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What are your plans for the 4th of July weekend? Jennifer Mazuc, 25, Dominick said she would be setting off Parker, 26, a Best her own fireworks at home. Buy employee from “On the 4th my husband Lexington Park, said and I and our three roomhe would be attendmates are setting off fireing a celebration at works at our house. We his work on July 3. went to Pennsylvania [to “They’ll be having buy them], so we’re althis celebration at the ready prepared,” she said, shopping center, so the laughing. whole community can come out.”

Karen Christy Holt Chesser, former county attorney and prosecutor for the St. Mary’s County State’s Attorney’s office, was swornin Wednesday afternoon as a new judge for the St. Mary’s County District Court, to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the Judge John F. Slade, III. Chesser was nominated by the Trial Courts Judicial Nominating Commissions and appointed by Governor Martin O’Malley.

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A vehicle collision that claimed the life of an elderly Mechanicsville woman is the second such fatality at the St. Johns Road intersection with Route 235 in as many years, county sheriff’s records show. Deputies are currently investigating the cause of the crash that killed Mary Ernell Butler, 81, on June 26. Police reports state that at about 11:17 p.m. the collision occurred when Butler tried to drive her 2003 Nissan Sentra northbound onto Route 235 from St. Johns Road and collided with a 2009 Toyota Camry coming south on Route 235 driven by Wade Christopher Wathen, 45, of Lexington Park.

Police reports state that Butler’s failure to yield the right of way led to the fatal collision. Butler was pronounced dead at the scene, police reports state, succumbing to injuries sustained in the collision. Wathen was evacuated by state police helicopter to Prince George’s Hospital Center in Cheverly. Police do not believe alcohol to be a contributing factor in the accident. Statistics over the last three years point to the St. Johns Road intersection with Route 235 to be a dangerous one. Since 2007 there have been two fatal crashes, one property damage incident that resulted in no injuries in a vehicle collision and 11 personal injury incidents.

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Michael Stoffl, 11, from California, said he was planning on going to Historic St. Mary’s City to see their fireworks display on July 2. “I’m going to this big concert thing where they’re going to have fireworks in St. Mary’s City,” he said, going on to say he may buy some fireworks to set off at home, but he hasn’t decided what kind he wants.

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Developer: $15M Indian Bridge Deal Hurts Private Enterprise By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

it to make a profit, but also to help add to the county’s apparent growing need for affordable workforce housing. With 21 units built only nine of them are occupied, they When Tom and Rick Benefield built the Crossroads told The County Times on Tuesday, and with the county’s apApartments just over a year ago on Great Mills Road they did proval of a state loan of $7 million to preserve the nearby Indian Bridge Apartments as workforce housing they say that it becomes increasingly difficult to compete. The Indian Bridge deal brings in a private developer to renovate and manage the property and keep rents in the range about $650 a month with most rents in the mid-to-high $800 range. Rents at the Crossroads property are comparable, say the Benefield brothers, with apartments that are newer and more energy efficient. The one thing they say stops them from getting more tenants is that they do not as yet accept housing subsidies often known as Section 8 vouchers. The Indian Bridge deal, they say, could force them to sell their property if it does not soon turn a profit, which would have the affect of actually reducing workforce housing stock. “It would weigh heavily on us to consider that,” Tom Benefield said. “If somebody bought that property there’s no way they could keep the rates where we have them.” While the deal to preserve the Indian Bridge apartments for affordable housing does not have a great expense to the county, Rick Benefield said that the taxpayers inevitably were paying for the cost. “It’s not a county expense but it is a taxPhoto by Guy Leonard payer expense,” Rick Benefield said, adding that The developers of the Crossroads apartments on Great Mills Road say that the deal struck the 40 year mortgage that came with the Indian recently for the Indian Bridge apartments puts them in a tough competitive position. Bridge deal was out of reach for most private

developers. “If we could get a 40 year mortgage we could lower rents but a private business can’t get that.” Both brothers say that while accepting Section 8 vouchers could bring in tenants they say that that would also increase the overall tax burden of citizens and it would also just encourage renters to move from one older property to a newer property such as theirs and the site would not actually help allay the shortage of workforce housing. Bob Schaller, head of the county’s Department of Economic and Community Development, said that the Benefields’ decision to enter the market came at one of the worst times possible economically with the recession. but he said that the county and state could examine changing laws that restrict allowing waiving building impact fees only for non-profit entities to include for-profit developers. He said that the Crossroads project could still be a valuable asset, but he said that the Section 8 issue was likely to lessen in the coming years because of a lack of funding. “They’re [the Benefields] helping the cause and that cause is to get more workforce housing,” Schaller said. “Section 8 funding is going down while the demand is going up; it’s competition but its diminishing competition.” Apartment and rental housing exists in large numbers around the county at affordable rates, and much of that space is already occupied, but there are openings. Places like Greenview Village Apartments report only a few vacancies, while the Londontowne apartment complex on Pegg Road reports only two properties open. Some of the largest, more affordable housing centers like the The Greens on Willows Road report a 93 percent occupancy, while Fox Chase Apartments on Chancellors Run Road are filled to 81 percent capacity.


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ews Election Ballot Filling up as Deadline Approaches By Guy Leonard Staff Writer The group of candidates filing for county, state and federal offices is growing just days before the July 6 deadline and local races especially are heating up as candidates widen the field of choices for voters. Three men have so far filed for the presidency of the Board of County Commissioners. Incumbent Francis Jack Russell (D-St. George Island) is running unopposed in the primary but will face one of two Republican challengers in November in either Kenneth F. Booth of Great Mills or Randy Guy of Clements. In the 1st Commissioner District incumbent GOP Commissioner Kenneth R. Dement is running in a contested primary against Cindy Jones and Richard A. Johnson, both of Valley Lee as well as independent business woman Dorothy Andrews of Callaway. Elfreda Mathis, of Valley Lee, who has been an elementary school prinicipal and a member of the county’s Commission on Aging, is the only Democrat so far to file for the District 1 primary. Arthur Shepard, a program director in the Recreation and Parks department, is also the sole Democrat to file for the District 2 race. The District 2 seat is being vacated by Thomas Mattingly. In the GOP primary for District 2

Brandon Hayden, chairman of the county’s planning commission is facing off against former sheriff’s deputy and state’s attorney investigator Dan Morris. In District 3 both incumbent commissioner Lawrence D. Jarboe, a Republican, and Democratic candidate and Board of Education member Bill Mattingly are running unopposed in their respective primary slots. For the seat in District 4 being vacated by Daniel Raley, school board member Mary Washington has filed for the Democratic primary and Todd B. Morgan, president of the local Navy Alliance, is running unopposed so far as a Republican. Michael Cain, a political scientist at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, said that the commissioner races were “exciting” heading into election season and that familiar faces in county government and from the community at large were becoming fresh ones on the political stage. But no matter who gets elected, he said, they will have to face tough fiscal realities in dealing with, at best, stable revenue streams. “I think everyone’s going to have to understand… there’s still going to be increasing costs either because of what the state does or because or just the cost of doing business.” No other challengers have joined the race for state’s attorney between GOP incumbent Richard D. Fritz and Democratic challenger John A. Mattingly.

Lex Park Volunteers Looking For Federal Dollars

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

long run, the money’s worth it.” The aging facility on Great Mills Road has been a central location for the county’s busiest rescue squad and, Hicks said, the size and needs of the rescue squad have outpaced what the cramped headquarters can provide. “The bays are too narrow, the ambulances aren’t getting any smaller they’re getting bigger,” Hicks said. “The new facility will have four drive through bays and one maintenance bay.” According to documentation provided to the county in seeking the federal loan, the new structure would be about 14,200 square feet in size on 1.76 acres of land, about twice the scope of the current station, Hicks said. The rescue squad has also topped more than 5,000 calls for service a year, Hicks said, and they see those numbers continuing to grow as the county’s population center swells. “It’s increasing by 2 to 3 percent each year,” Hicks said.

The leadership at the Lexington Park Volunteer Rescue Squad is appealing to the federal U.S. Department of Agriculture for a loan of $2.5 million to help build a planned new facility to replace their old squad bay on Great Mills Road. Back in 2007 the rescue squad was able to acquire a piece of land from a local developer to build a new structure near the current Bay District Volunteer Fire Department on South Shangri-La Drive. Ken Hicks, president of the rescue squad, said that the application for the loan came late because of the rescue squad’s need to pay off the mortgage on their newer facility on Buck Hewitt Road. Hicks said that the squad was seeking federal help because of the lower interest rates on the loan and because the county and state coffers could not support building the new station. “We can get funding through them [USDA] with a lower interest rate,” Hicks said, adding that the USDA provided the loan because of the county’s rural nature. The USDA loan would run for 40 years if approved, Hicks said, while banks he had sought loans from would only provide a loan for between 15 and 25 years with a higher interest rate. “That would have killed Photo by Guy Leonard us being a volunteer organi- The aging Station 39 of the Lexington Park Volunteer Rescue Squad zation,” Hicks said. “In the

Mattingly was indicted last year along with real estate business partner Daniel Brown on allegations of land fraud and theft but a special prosecutor from Prince George’s County has been appointed to the case. Mattingly, who also faces witness tampering charges from a shooting case two years ago, has denied any wrongdoing in the cases against him and has accused Fritz of political retribution for challenging him. Incumbent Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron is currently running unopposed in the GOP primary and no Democrat has filed. At the state level Del. John Bohanan (D-Dist. 29B) has filed for re-election and is unopposed in the primary so far. Republican Erik Anderson is challenging Bohanan and is also running unopposed in his primary. Del. John F. Wood (D-Dist. 29A), one of the longest serving delegates in the state, is running unopposed in his primary but will face one of three Republican candidates in Matt Morgan from Charles County, Joe DiMarco of Charlotte Hall and Henry Camaioni, a realtor residing in California. House Minority Leader Anthony J. O’Donnell of Lusby is running unopposed in the GOP delegate race for District 29 C, while Shawn P. Quinn, also of Lusby is running for the same seat as a Libertarian. Incumbent Democrat Sen. Roy P. Dyson, also a long-serving official, is unopposed in the primary. GOP candidate Steven

Waugh, of Lusby is running unopposed so far. In congress House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer, of Mechanicsville, is facing three opponents in the Democratic primary in Thomas Defibaugh, Sr. from Glen Burnie, Andrew Charles Gall of College Park and Sylvanus G. Bent of Accokeek. GOP challengers Collins Bailey and Charles Lollar, both of Charles County, will face off in the primary. H. Gavin Schickle, a Libertarian candidate from Indian Head has filed for the same seat as a Libertarian. Cain told The County Times that he believed Hoyer’s position is safe despite widespread discontent over his votes supporting controversial federal measures such as the health care bill. The real interest, he said, would be who would win between Lollar and Bailey. He characterized Lollar as a “charismatic speaker,” while Bailey was able to tap into the growing Tea Party movement to add to his campaign experience. Long-time U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski is also up for re-election and faces a broad field of six candidates in the Democratic primary. On the GOP side 10 candidates have filed as have four candidates who are either Libertarian or unaffiliated.


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Deputy in Cell Phone Seizure Suspended By Guy Leonard Staff Writer A St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Deputy has been suspended with pay over the weekend, The County Times has learned, in the aftermath of his arrest of a Great Mills woman who had recorded him on a cell phone camera. Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron said Monday that the suspension was due to the ongoing internal investigation into Cpl. Patrick Handy’s actions June 12 when he arrested Yvonne Shaw for allegedly trying to intercept his interaction with people while responding to a call in the Colony Square community. Cameron said Handy was suspended “based on allegations… and the potential seriousness of the alleged violations.” “This is also to protect both Handy and Shaw” during the investigation, Cameron said. Cameron went on to say that part of the inquest included looking into allegations that Handy attempted to contact Shaw after the arrest and her release. “There’s some indication that there was contact between Handy and Shaw… and that’s part of the allegations of conduct.” Last week State’s Attorney Richard Fritz

said he would drop the charges against Shaw because proving beyond a reasonable doubt that she was trying to illegally intercept his response to the call to a noise complaint would not have been likely. Fritz, however, said that he did not believe that Handy had engaged in any wrong doing during incident where he seized Shaw’s cell phone and subsequently arrested her. Both Fritz and Cameron said last week that law enforcement officers can have a reasonable expectation of being recorded while in public and on duty in most cases. Shaw was later released on her own recognizance following the arrest more than two weeks ago. Shaw claimed that she was recording Handy and another deputy during the incident because Handy was becoming verbally abusive to one of her friends. In charging documents, Handy wrote that Shaw’s intent in recording his interactions with the public were to try to show that he was harassing citizens. Cameron said he was uncertain as to how long the investigation would continue.

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A crowd of local officials participated in the ceremonious groundbreaking at John Baggett Park at Laurel Grove for the fifth phase of the Three Notch Trail, which when completed next year will run north out of the park for three miles. From left is St. Mary’s County commissioners Larry Jarboe, Tom Mattingly, Dan Raley, F. Jack Russell, Kenny Dement, Delagate Johnny Wood and Phil Rollins, director of county parks and recreation.

It’s Not Too Late to Join Savor St. Mary’s Restaurant Week

It’s not too late for locally-owned restaurants and local growers to sign up for Savor St. Mary’s Restaurant Week! Restaurant Week will be held from July 25 – August 8, 2010, and features dishes prepared by local restaurants using fresh ingredients from our area’s farms, waterways and vineyards. Registration forms can be downloaded on the Savor St. Mary’s website, For more information, call the St. Mary’s County Division of Tourism at 301-

475-4200 ext. 1404. All restaurants are invited to attend the Loveville Produce Auction Open House on Wednesday, July 7, 2010 at 9:30 a.m. Come to the open house and see how easy it is to buy local produce for your restaurant! Please R.S.V.P. to the Department of Economic & Community Development, Agriculture Division at 301-475-4200 ext. 1402. Walkins are welcome, but R.S.V.P.’s are appreciated.


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Bridge Replacement Depends on Federal Funding By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

The head of the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) told elected leaders from both St. Mary’s and Calvert counties Friday that federal funding will be key to getting started on building a replacement for the Thomas Johnson Bridge that links the two jurisdictions. “The bridge continues to be a priority,” Beverly K. Swaim-Staley, secretary of MDOT, told officials at a small meeting at the Calvert Marine Museum. “We need a new transportation authorization, not a quick fix but a long term funding solution.” Swaim-Staley said that the state will continue with the preliminary design study, which should be completed by spring or summer of 2011, to help ensure that if federal funding does become available the bridge project will be a front runner for engineering and construction dollars. “Neither the state or the federal government have committed to anymore construction projects, in fact we continue to cut,” Swaim-Staley said. “We have to have the study done so that we can say to everyone with a straight face that we’re ready to go, we need the money.” Estimates of the final cost of the bridge from state officials are edging towards $1 billion.

Gregory Slater, planning director for the State Highway Administration, told officials that the range now stands at between $865 million and $985 million for the planning, engineering and construction of the project. “We all know it’s going to be an expensive project,” Swaim-Staley said. Officials from both sides of the Patuxent River, which the bridge spans, have been concerned that the region’s traffic volumes have long outpaced the bridge’s capacity with its narrow two-lane design. Sen. Roy Dyson (D-Great Mills) said that accidents continue to snarl traffic on the bridge that can back up vehicles for miles in either direction. “This road is incredibly packed, God help us if we have an accident,” Dyson said. “It was never meant for [the traffic] we have today.” Slater said that the state is currently examining the options for a new bridge, including a new span next to the old one or even a no-build option, which was an unlikely pick. Dyson said that officials did not like the idea of a new second span to stand near the existing bridge. “Having two bridges, I think that would be horrendous,” Dyson said.

Southern Maryland Companies on the Leading Edge

The 10th annual Leading Edge Awards celebrated six of Southern Maryland’s leading businesses and executives on June 23, with Jeff Finkle, president and chief executive officer of International Economic Development Council, providing the keynote address. Co-hosting this year’s Leading Edge Awards with College of Southern Maryland (CSM) and the Corporate Center at CSM were Calvert County Department of Economic and Community Development, Charles County Technology Council, Patuxent Partnership, and the Small Business Development Center for the Southern Region of Maryland (SBDC). The CEO of the Year, presented by CSM’s Corporate Center, was Brianna Bowling, who started Zekiah Technologies in the basement of her home in La Plata in 1998. Asbury-Solomons Island was the Calvert County Business of the Year, presented by the Calvert County Department of Economic Development. Facchina Global Services was the

Charles County Technology Company’s Company of the Year, and Technology Security Associates, Inc. was the Patuxent Partnership Member Firm of the Year. CSM’s Partnership in Education Award was presented to Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), with its headquarters at Naval Air Station Patuxent River and Naval Warfare Center - Aircraft Division. Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home was honored as the Small Business of the Year, presented by SBDC. Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home opened its doors in May 2008 and in its first full year in business handled 57 percent more cases than projected. This is the 10th year for the Leading Edge Awards, which celebrates corporate success in Southern Maryland, recognizing organizations and individuals who inspire their staff, exude success and contribute to the economic vitality of the region. For information visit

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A week-long battery of ground tests greet- cessed the information on the mission consoles. ed the newest P-8A aircraft to reach Naval Air The aircraft demonstrated acoustic subsystem Station Patuxent River. capabilities of receiving, processing and disThe second test aircraft arrived last week- playing buoy data. end after a flight from Boeing’s Seattle facili“The acoustic system operated extremely ties. Rear Adm. Bill Moran, Maritime Patrol well throughout the entire two hour test flight, and Reconnaissance Group commander, was demonstrating very good correlation with the among the crew to deliver the aircraft, referred performance exhibited in the system integration to as T-2, a press release states. lab,” Neal Rothback, P-8A integrated product T-2 completed the first mission systems team deputy, said in the release. tests on the West Coast including an approxiThe program’s remaining flight test airmate four-hour test flight on June 11. The dedi- craft, T-3, will transfer to Pax River later this cated mission system flight was a joint opera- summer. Each aircraft will focus on extensive tion between a P-3 and the P-8 aircraft. mission systems and weapons system testing, Flight test points focused on acoustics, ensuring the P-8A’s ability to carry out the anticommunications and radar system functions. submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare and According to team leaders, all primary objec- intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance tives were met, and the systems were working operations. as advertised. The Poseidon will replace the P-3C Orion “Feedback from our flight test crews was as the Navy’s premier maritime patrol and revery positive from the first several mission system test events out in Seattle,” said Capt. Mike Moran, program manager for PMA-290. “It is unique to see the systems performing so well this early in the flight test phase of a program this size, but the investment in our high fidelity weapons system integration lab U.S. Navy Lt. Wayne Lewis, left, discusses flight procedures with Rear Adm. Bill Moran, with flight quali- Patrol and Reconnaissance Group commander, prior to departure of the second P-8A flight aircraft from Seattle, Wash., to Naval Air Station Patuxent River on June 19. fied hardware and test The aircraft, known as T-2, is one of three test aircraft that will focus on extensive mission software is clearly systems and weapons system testing, ensuring the P-8A’s ability to carry out the antishowing its value. submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaisAlthough we are sance operations. still early in the flight test program and the ma- connaissance aircraft. Its advanced mission sysjority of flight test events remain ahead of us, this tems, software and communications technology is a very positive first step for the program.” will allow the Fleet to carry out the same misOn the last test flight in Seattle the P-8 flew sions as the Orion, but with greater situational along side a P-3 to evaluate the acoustic system awareness that will enhance mission success. performance and conduct a direct comparison The P-8A program continues to meet all of the data coming through the sensors and dis- performance criteria and is on track for initial plays for both aircraft. During that flight test, operational capability in 2013, the Naval Air the P-3 deployed 30 plus sonobuoys. The P-3 Systems Command reports. and P-8 tracked the acoustic target and pro-

First Warfighter Support Conference Held

More than 200 warfighters, Pentagon officials, NAVAIR leaders, and industry representatives recently convened at the J.T. Daugherty Center in Lexington Park. Their purpose was to specifically focus on discussing how to better support the warfighter. “One of my key goals at this conference is to have an open exchange between NAWCAD and its warfighting customers,” Rear Adm. Donald Gaddis, NAWCAD commander, said in a press release. During the two-day conference, various NAWCAD leaders presented information on the NAWCAD capabilities, current initiatives and specific projects. As NAVAIR Commander Vice Adm. David Architzel opened the conference, he established two key points. First, NAWCAD is superior in its mission of aircraft Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, and acquisition support. Second, the NAWCAD resources of people, facilities, ranges and processes offer solutions to the warfighter. During his remarks, Gaddis said that while most of the Aircraft Division’s workload supports Naval Aviation Programs, there is a

very important part of the work that directly supports the warfighter in the field. He urged the NAWCAD workforce to focus on accelerating solutions to the battlefield, in support of the joint warfighter. Both Architzel and Gaddis encouraged networking during the conference as a means to facilitate solutions to current challenges facing our joint warfighters. John Chilton, senior director for the Operations Integration Group in the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy, addressed Irregular Warfare. He discussed the historical outcomes of Irregular Warfare within the Navy and Marine Corps which has made the importance of its effectiveness a clear priority. “The professional team under Rear Adm. Gaddis at the NAWCAD understands rapid response and is making a difference for the warfighter on the ground,” said Chilton. James O’Connell, director of the Joint Irregular Warfare Center, recognized irregular warfare as being a persistent form of conflict in the future and summarized fourteen specific focus areas to address this challenge.


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Maybe we Should Revert to the Monroe Doctrine

America is policing the whole world. Why? Our Congress gives the power to all agencies to spend the taxpayer’s money for any purpose they please. Suicide bombers kill civilians by the hundreds and if the Americans kill one civilian, the World is up in arms. These countries sue the US government. We spend millions of US dollars for contractors, who cater to warlords and terrorists. This money could be used to benefit our country’s problems. Why must taxpayer’s monies be spent by countries that hate the U.S.A.? Our troops are dying for nothing. Maybe we should revert to the Monroe doctrine. Spend taxpayer’s money on U.S.A. obligations.

Millions of dollars are made by contractors who revel in having a war. They are earning money hand over fist by supplying war products to anyone who has the money. Profit is the only thing that counts. Greed is all these contractors think of and to hell with their country. Money is their GOD! Why does Congress persist in giving taxpayer’s money to other countries in lieu of the United States of America? We do not need to buy friends. Congress is not fulfilling their constituent’s needs. They are self-serving as usual. Vote incumbents out, we need new blood in Congress. Get rid of career politicians. Daniel Wilson Leonardtown, MD

Obama Scores a D- For Leadership

Well, here we are after the last and present US President’s have each faced a major catastrophe. Let’s compare the results. President Bush had ambulances and emergency vehicles pre-positioned outside New Orleans prior to Hurricane Katrina’s arrival. The mayor of New Orleans and Governor of Louisiana, despite there being buses waiting to evacuate the residents, took no action and left people to fend for themselves. They had five days notice that Katrina was headed for them! When FEMA was activated, people were relocated, housed, fed, provided with medical care, and received vouchers to buy personal items. President Bush gets an “A” since the first responsibility lay with the local authorities and they did nothing to help their own constituents and spent time blaming the federal government for their own failures. President Obama immediately assigned blame to BP executives but did nothing other than assign the head of the Coast Guard to coordinate “the response.” Despite never actually talking with the BP executives his response was, “We will put our boot on the throats of the BP executives and keep it there until this mess is cleaned up.” The Netherlands offered to send us oil containment booms that they use when there is a North Sea oil spoil but were told, “No thanks, we can handle it.” I heard a petroleum engineer on the radio yesterday and he stated the best way (known for years through trial and error experience) to clean up the oil would be to

use oil eating organisms that eat the oil, breaking it down into harmless byproducts. He went on to say that the US has several million pounds of these organisms freeze dried and ready for use. He added “The federal government has not requested that it be used.” Oil containment and clean up equipment is sitting idle in the Gulf because the government is taking no action. Meanwhile, millions of gallons of oil continue to leak out with local papers predicting we will be seeing it soon in the Chesapeake Bay thanks to the Gulf Stream’s currents! President Obama gets a D- for his “leadership.” It would have been lower but what can you expect from a former Senator who routinely voted “Present” on bills rather than make a decision? The last presidential election saw the media hype a candidate with few qualifications who has little experience in decision making and, evidently, few leadership skills as well. While the groundswell was to “try” someone who was not a political insider, it seems to have backfired. While few trust experienced politicians, at least they know how to organize things and take action. Until we can pass some term limits on our federal office holders, let’s make sure a candidate’s qualifications are there when Election Day rolls around. Glenn Weder Hollywood, MD

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$20 Million Taxpayer Dollars, Worth $11 Million

In the modern day world of big government spending our money - as much as it takes to solve all our problems - our local elected officials recently obligated more than $15 million of your tax dollars to bail out an apartment complex that is worth only $8 million (on a real good day). They justify spending your money like this in the name of workforce housing. Using federal dollars (Hoyer), using state dollars (Dyson and Bohanan) and using county dollars (all 5 county commissioners) can now represent themselves as the guys who provided needed workforce housing to our community. Of course they did, using whatever amount of your money they needed to be able to say they did something about the problem. It’s what career politicians do, throw any amount of your money at the problem and then campaign on their ability to solve problems. For most of us, every day we are tasked with problem solving, but success comes from solving the problem in the most fiscally responsible way. Problem solving at any cost is not an option when it’s your money or your company’s money. This is why our country, our state, and our local governments all find themselves in a fiscal mess. Children in America today are born with mountains of government debt hanging over their heads because career politicians are more concerned with filling every need no matter the cost so they can get re-elected. It was just over a year ago when the St. Mary’s County Commissioners purchased the Hayden farm in the Leonardtown area paying more than $5 million for property valued at only a little more than $3 million. The property is proposed to be used for a school site, maybe a library site, and maybe some recreational uses. The need to acquire land for these uses was fairly well documented, although many arguments can be made that the location may not be best suited for all the stated uses. Yet overall the decision to purchase the land is not what was called into question, it was the price the county agreed to pay for the land that left folks disenchanted. There are very few people in St. Mary’s County who would use their own money to pay 40% more for a piece of property than what it is worth. No business, no institution, no individual, only a fool would be so reckless with their own money. And unless that fool had cash in hand to make such a decision, a worthy lending insti-

tution would not finance such a purchase. But government, using our money has plenty of cash in hand. Commissioner Larry Jarboe supported the $15 million in taxpayer dollars for the $8 million dollar investment in workforce housing. But Jarboe claimed to be against the purchase of the Hayden farm because the price was too high. Yet Jarboe didn’t use the legislative tools and resources available to him as a commissioner, one with 12 years experience, to force the anticipated purchase into public debate where common sense would have prevailed. Instead, Jarboe went along with the planned purchase in closed door meetings for more than a year, and at the 12th hour Jarboe did what he does best, be a populist career politician rather than an effective advocate for fiscal responsibility. Five years ago, Jarboe had the opportunity to support a plan that would have provided Habitat for Humanity county-owned excess property next to Indian Bridge apartments. At no additional cost to the taxpayers, Habitat would have the ability to build more than 250 workforce houses that people could own for less than the rents they will be paying at Indian Bridge apartments. And the land with new homes would have been put back on the county tax rolls. The plan died for lack of support. The county says the $15 million will assure 84 affordable apartments are available, affordable apartments that were already available before the $15 million. Market conditions around Indian Bridge apartments would have dictated they remain an affordable housing option without taxpayer dollars. A quick search of other apartment complexes that didn’t get taxpayer dollars finds that nearly all have apartments available in the same price range which Indian Bridge will rent for. And quick math shows that taxpayer’s could have provided a $200 per month subsidy for 200 apartments for 20 years and only spend a little more than half of the $15 million. Approximately half of the $15 million is proposed to be paid back to the taxpayer’s over the next 40 years from rent revenues. But these apartments are already nearly 20 years old, they will lose their effective life much sooner than 40 years unless more large sums of taxpayer dollars are invested in the property. Big government once again overreaches.

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Police: Woman Tried To Assault Another With Baseball Bat On June 27, 2010 at approximately 11:15 pm deputies responded to the Quik Shop on Great Mills Road for a report of a fight in progress. Upon arrival deputies observed Octavia Monique Ford, 23, of Lusby walking towards another individual with a metal baseball bat in her hand. Ford was screaming which attracted the attention of many bystanders. Deputies ordered her to drop the bat and she complied. Deputies detained Ford and ordered her to stop yelling as they conducted an investigation. Ford continued to yell and confront the crowd of people who gathered, police allege. Investigation revealed Ford had allegedly attempted to strike another female who was seated in a vehicle. Ford missed striking the woman and hit her vehicle causing a dent, police allege. Ford was arrested and charged with second degree assault, disorderly conduct and destruction of property

Sex Offender Charged With Failing To Notify Police Of Residence Change Detectives from the Bureau of Criminal Investigations Sex Offender Unit received information indicating John Morris Quade Jr., age 28, a registered sex offender, may have moved from his residence of record in Mechanicsville to a residence on Andover Estates Road in Valley Lee. An investigation was conducted and detectives were able to determine Quade had allegedly moved from his home of record to an address on Andover Estates Road in Valley Lee. On June 22, 2010, detectives responded to Andover Estates Road and located Quade at the residence. Quade was arrested, transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with failing to notify the Sex Offender Registry of an address change. Quade was presented before a District Court Commissioner for an initial appearance and released on his personal recognizance. Citizens with information concerning registered sex offenders are urged to contact Cpl. William Raddatz of the Sex Offender Registry at 301-475-4200 x1958. Callers can also make anonymous tips at 301-475-3333, or text “TIP239” plus your message to “CRIMES” (274637).

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Sex Offender Released Days After Arrest on Two Warrants

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

A convicted sex offender who detectives had been searching for on two warrants for allegedly failing to register back in January and also to provide the address where he was living was arrested June 25 and held on a no bond status by ruling of a District Court commissioner, but was released Monday by a District Court judge on personal recognizance, The County Times has learned. Michael Ray Anthony, Sr, 44, of Lexington Park, was released by Judge John F. Slade III, a court clerk confirmed Tuesday. Cindy Allen, spokeswoman for the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, said that the District Court commissioner set Anthony up for no bail on the charge of violation of probation stemming from a January bench warrant for his arrest and a $10,000 for failing to give his true residential address during the most recent sex offender check. Detectives stated Anthony was a violent sex offender. Sex offenders must register every six months, Allen told The County Times, and failing to do so would result in charges against them. They must also provide a true account of where they are residing, she said, and if they change residences they must notify Michael police before the six-month requirement.

Court records show that Anthony was due to register again June 1 and police reports state that detectives began an investigation into his whereabouts the same day. Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron said that detectives had searched for Anthony for nearly a month. “Our concern is always the safety of the community,” Cameron said. “We spent time, energy and focus … on finding and arresting him.”

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State Fire Marshals are investigating another arson in St. Mary’s County after an unknown suspect or suspects set fire to a trailer in Charlotte Hall. Deputy Chief Fire Marshal Duane Svites, commander of the regional office, said that investigators have no suspects in the case. “It was an arson,” Svites told The County Times on Monday. “We’re just getting off the ground on this one.” According to information from the fire marshal’s office the trailer was set ablaze at about 12:24 a.m. Monday on Charlotte Hall Road and caused about $3,000 worth of damage. The trailer was vacant and no one was injured, according to fire marshals. John K. Parlett, owner of CMI General Contractors, Inc, which owned the trailer and the property on which it stood, said that his company had purchased the land and the trailer about 10 years ago. “It’s property we have had up for sale,” Parlett said. “The trailer had very little value. It was boarded up, it was just abandoned.”

Information from the fire marshal’s office stated that the fire was started inside the trailer when the suspect or suspects ignited flammable materials in the interior of the structure. The trailer was completely destroyed, fire marshal reports stated. The fire was discovered by a passing motorist, the report goes on to state, and took 20 firefighters from both the Mechanicsville and Hughesville volunteer fire departments just about 15 minutes to extinguish. Svites said that fire marshals have investigated 14 separate incidents in St. Mary’s so far this year, with five of them being arsons to houses, four arsons to vehicles, one mailbox destruction, one dumpster fire and one chair set on fire outside a home in Mechanicsville that was related to a domestic issue. Investigators have also looked into two calls for a fireworks discharge and a false fire alarm at Great Mills High School near the end of May. Svites said that calls for service this year have closely mirrored the number for the same time period last year.


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Fireworks Safety Stressed as Holiday Approaches By Andrea Shiell Staff Writer

packages and to not allow children to use fireworks unsupervised. Meanwhile, officials are circulating the same message across the state as the holiday nears. Tom Stockett, 33, who runs a fireworks stand on Route 235 in Deputy Bruce Bouch, Public Information Officer for the MaryCalifornia, said this year was his first selling fireworks for PPI Pro- land State Fire Marshal’s Office, said that hand and eye injuries are motions, and while sales have been steady so far, he expects one last the most common in fireworks-related incidents, some leading to lost rush of consumer traffic before the Independence Day weekend. fingers, hands, or eyesight, but there are ways to minimize the danger “[Sales are] pretty good, and they’re picking up more now that if parents and children are careful. it’s closer to the holiday,” he said, pointing out sparklers and Red “You have to consider that you shouldn’t allow small children to Devil packets as among his most popular items. use fireworks,” he said, “but if you insist on using them, first off read Stockett said he didn’t see any of the products on his shelves follow the warnings. Never attempt to relight the fuse on a firework, as particularly dangerous, but it was important to heed warnings on and don’t drink alcohol when using them.” Bouch said he also recommends that people keep a bucket of water or a hose handy when discharging consumer-grade fireworks at home, since metal rods in most devices can cause serious burns. Even sparklers, which are common at home celebrations and public events, come Erie Insurance recently hosted its Silver Spring Branch Annual Dinner Meeting in Bethesda. The event recognized Erie agencies for outstanding production and with hazards, said Bouch, explaining that sparklers burn at 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit service to customers. Dan Burris’ Olde Towne Insurance Agency, located in Leonardtown, with ad- and often cause eye injuries or blindness in ditional office’s in La Plata and Bryans Road, was recognized at the event with the small children. Though regulations on fireworks have company’s highest honor, the F.W. Hirt Quality Agency award. been fairly consistent over the years, Bouch The award, named in honor of late Erie Insurance Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, F. William Hirt, is granted to an Erie agency that demonstrates long-term said that different municipalities follow different rules, and it’s important to check with commitment to exceptional service, performance and profitability. Olde Towne Insurance Agency was founded in 2000 by Dan Burris. For more local authorities whenever in doubt. “Where you plan to discharge the fireinformation, visit their Web site at According to A.M. Best Company, Erie Insurance Group, based in Erie, Penn- works is where you should purchase them,” sylvania, is the 14th largest automobile insurer in the United States based on direct said Bouch, going on to explain that Marypremiums written and the 18th largest property/casualty insurer in the United States land law allows the use of sparklers containbased on total lines net premium written. Erie Insurance Group has over 4.1 million ing no chlorates or perchlorates, groundpolicies in force and operates in 11 states and the District of Columbia. It is 14th based sparkling devices that are non-aerial largest automobile insurer in the United States and the 18th largest property/casualty and non-explosive, paper wrapped snappers containing less than 3/100 grains of explosive insurer. Erie ranks 484 on the FORTUNE 500.

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Hospital Receives Excellence Award For Third Straight Year

For the third consecutive year and the fourth year overall, St. Mary’s Hospital received the prestigious 2010 Delmarva Foundation Medicare Excellence Award for Quality Improvement. The hospital previously received the award in 2004 and in 2008 and 2009. St. Mary’s is one of only eight Maryland hospitals, four of which are MedStar Health affiliates, to receive this year’s award.“ Receiving this award three years in a row is an indicator that everyone at this hospital – physicians, clinical staff and all associates – has worked exceptionally hard to achieve this goal,” St. Mary’s Hospital President Christine Wray said in a press release. “St. Mary’s has a terrific team that works together across the board on behalf of patients to make us a quality hospital.” The Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care (DFMC), the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Maryland, recognizes individual hospital performance improvement in the four national inpatient clinical areas - acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, surgical care improvement and pneumonia. To merit the award, hospitals must improve individual performance measure rate to 90 percent or above on 15 required measures and sustain the improvement for at least three consecutive quarters. “This is clear evidence of our dedicated commitment to excellence,” said Vice President Joan Gelrud. “We believe that every patient deserves a safe, successful outcome here. Meeting such exacting criteria and achieving this award

for three consecutive years sends a message to our patients that they can have confidence in us.” DFMC is a nonprofit organization located in Maryland that has been monitoring and improving the quality of health care for citizens of Maryland since 1973. The data used to achieve this award is publicly reported and available on many websites, a hospital release states, such as Hospital Compare and the Maryland Health Care Commission’s website, more commonly known as the “Maryland Hospital Report Card.” St. Mary’s Hospital also won three workplace excellence awards for the second consecutive year through the Alliance for Workplace Excellence (AWE). They are the 2010 Workplace Excellence, the Health & Wellness Trailblazer and the EcoLeadership award. AWE is a non-profit organization that focuses on making companies in the greater Washington, D.C., area excellent places to work. The awards “highlight businesses that promote professional fulfillment and personal wellness at work, at home and in the community.” St. Mary’s was one of 61 businesses that received the Workplace Excellence Award in the region. The hospital was one of 34 businesses that received the Health & Wellness Trailblazer Award. The final award, which the hospital was one of 22 to receive, is the EcoLeadership Award, for companies that “recognize the importance of environmental sustainability.”



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State Delegate John F. Wood, Jr., D-St. Mary’s and Charles Counties, was recently named the most business-friendly Democratic legislator in the House of Delegates by the Maryland Business for Responsive Government, (MBRG) a press release states. Wood has scored the highest among all Democratic veterans in the House and Senate with a minimum of 4 years service. In each of the last four years, Wood has scored at least 75 percent, based on MBRG’s an-

nual evaluation of the votes published in this year’s 25th anniversary of Roll Call. Delegate Wood is also a recipient of the John Shaw Award given by MBRG to members of the General Assembly who have been leaders on business issues in Maryland. The MBRG is a statewide nonpartisan political research and education organization that works to improve Maryland’s business climate. For more information go to www.

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Michael Berenik, 67

Michael Joseph Berenik, 67 of Lexington Park, MD passed away on Saturday, June 19, 2010 at Chesapeake Shores Nursing Home. He was born June 11, 1943 in Washington, DC to the late Joseph Thomas Berenik and the late Pearl Alice (Sliger) Berenik. He is survived by his daughter Renee Alice Berenik; a sister Sue Ellen Goldsborough of Lexington Park, MD; and three nephews, Carlo Croce, Anthony Chapollris, and Joseph Tippett, all of Lexington Park, MD. Michael was a long time roofer. He loved to play bingo and dominos. The family received friends for a Memorial Service, Sunday, June 27, 2010 at the Chesapeake Shores Nursing Home, Lexington Park, MD. Interment was private.

Florence Blevins, 90 Florence P. Blevins, (Flo, Floss) 90 of Leonardtown, MD passed away on June 22, 2010 at her residence. Born August 5, 1919 in Glen Rock, PA, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Cora Smith. Floss was born on the family farm in Glen Rock, PA. She worked in her early years in the sewing factory located in the township of Glen Rock. The family moved to Kansas City, MO where she worked in the Electronics Plant. The family moved to St. Mary’s County in 1960 and she resided in her home on the Chesapeake Bay until 2009. Floss belonged to the Gray Ladies Nurses Aide Association in Leonardtown, MD, the Homemakers Association of Lexington Park, United States Power Squadrons Auxiliary, and retired from the St. Mary’s County Public School cafeteria program. In addition to her parents Floss was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Robert R. Blevins, siblings; John, Curt, Walter, Harold, Ruth, Treva, Margarite and Romaine. She is survived by her

daughter; Rae D. Bauman, (Paul) of West Bend, WI, son; Robert S. Blevins, (Lenore) of Lexington Park, MD, 8 grandchildren; Michael Bauman, Kathryn BaumanHill, Andrew Bauman, Tanya Bassett, Tammy Hallihan, Lance Blevins, Haley Blevins, and Taylor Blevins, also survived by 11 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Family received friends at Geiple’s Funeral Home, Glen Rock, PA, on Saturday, June 26, 2010 were prayers were said. Interment followed in Zion Lutheran Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lexington Park Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 339, Lexington Park, MD 20653

Mary Conrad, 95 Mary Evelyn Conrad, 95 of Hollywood, MD passed away on June 22, 2010 at St. Mary’s Hospital. She was born March 20, 1915 to the late Gilbert W. Brasher and the late Margaret Bell (Farley) Brasher. Mary is survived her loving husband John R. Conrad, Sr. of Hollywood, MD; three children, Harold R. Wilson of Corydon, IN, Dorothy L. Kitterman of Corydon, IN, and William T. Conrad of Annapolis, MD. She is also survived by three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Proceeded in death by a daughter, Evelyn Joyce Wilson; a stepson, John R. Conrad, Jr.; and two sisters, Anna L. Keal and Dorothy M. Thompson. Mary spent over 10 years in government service including a tour with the Peace Corps. She also had the honor of working for many notable figures including, U.S. Senator William F. Knowland of California, and seven of the original Apollo astronauts. Family received friends Thursday, June 24, 2010 in the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD where a prayer service was conducted. A Funeral Service was held at the funeral home on Friday, June 25, 2010. Interment followed in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Suitland, MD. Condolences to the family may be made at Donations may be made to Hospice of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD

James Forrest, 41 James Daryl Forrest, 41 of Lexington Park, MD passed away on June 22, 2010 at his residence. Daryl passed away suddenly at his Lexington Park home doing what he loved best, working on his computer. He is survived by his partner, Clay Griffin; his parents, Melvin and Minnie Forrest of Ridge, MD, sister, Rebecca (Lyn) Forrest of Dameron, MD, his nephew,

Jonathan Martin of Lexington Park, MD and his maternal grandmother, Ruby Adkinson of Aiken, SC. He is predeceased by his fraternal grandparents, Esther and Howard Forrest; his maternal grandfather, Brinkley Adkinson; and his niece, Jenna Lyn Martin. Daryl was a software engineer at J. F. Taylor, Inc. (Lexington Park). He was respected by his peers, commended by his managers, and recently celebrated his 18th year with the company. Daryl’s interest in computers began in the fourth grade, leading him to the first computer he owned: a TI-99. He was a computer enthusiast ever since then, taking pleasure in the advancement of technology year after year. Daryl graduated from St. Mary’s Ryken High School (Leonardtown) in 1987 with high honors, where he was a Merit Scholar and member of the Honor Society. Daryl received his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, with a minor in Math, from Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA) in 1992. Daryl delighted his friends with his generosity and thoughtfulness, and his irreverent and impish sense of humor. He took such great pleasure in giving gifts, that on Christmas he had to be reminded to open his own presents. He enjoyed computer gaming with a passion, and constantly tried to convert Clay into a fellow enthusiast. To his great delight, he succeeded in this with Lyn. Another of his greatest pleasures was talking games and cars and politics with Jonathan. Daryl approached dining with gusto, often exploring new restaurants and new cuisines with Clay, both locally and in the Washington Metro area. Family get-togethers were always events he enjoyed, chaotic conversations and tons of laughter. He was devoted to his family, especially his Mom and Dad. Daryl wasn’t only a ‘son’ or a ‘brother’ or an ‘uncle’, but a true and loyal friend as well. He enjoyed opening the world of computers to them and was the one turned to first for guidance, advice or help. He never let them down. If he didn’t already know the answer – which was extremely rare – he would soon come up with a

solution. Daryl was an avid reader who would quickly consume books. He was enthusiastic about gardening at his home, where he also took great pleasure from his cats and fish. Daryl listened to music constantly and kept abreast of architecture and the arts. Although he enjoyed periodic travel, he tried to avoid air travel because he hated – with a passion – having to take his shoes off for security. Daryl chafed against unnecessary annoyances in life, like too many previews at the beginning of DVDs, and poorly designed Web sites. He was known to his friends as a passionate advocate of Macintosh computers, iPhones, and iPads. During his last nine years, Daryl performed his professional work in his self-designed second-f loor home office, enjoying views of nature from the office’s ten windows. Daryl looked forward with great enthusiasm and optimism to everything the future had to offer. His excitement for living was continuing to grow when he reached the end of his brief, vibrant life. Family will receive friends on Thursday, July 1, 2010 from 5 to 7 p.m. in St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Ridge, MD with a Memorial Service at 7 p.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of f lowers, please send charitable contributions in Daryl’s name to Southern Maryland Food Bank; St. Mary’s Caring; or Food & Friends.

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Mary Virginia Rice and Barbara Eileen Jones. Siblings: Shirley Knott of Chaptico, MD; Dorothy Trossbach of Abell, MD; Ed Lacey, Howard Lacey, Joe Lacey of Avenue, MD; and Andrew Lacey of Compton, MD. In addition to his mother and father, he was preceded in death by his sister’s Louise Mattingly, Ann Cheseldine, Theresa Thompson and Margaret Hill. John is also survived by 4 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Mr. Lacey was a life - long St. Mary’s County farmer and also worked for the State Road Administration where he retired from after 30 years. He enjoyed gardening, playing cards and the fiddle in his younger days. John had a strong commitment to family and enjoyed just sitting back and eating hard crabs or sitting in the front of the garage playing with his dogs. He was such a giving person with a heart of gold. The family received friends on Thursday, June 24, 2010 at Mattingly - Gardiner Funeral Home where prayers were said. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Friday June 25, 2010 in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bushwood, MD with Fr. Francis Early officiating. Interment followed in the Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jason William Rice, Robert Lacey, Joe Lacey, Clyde Farrell, John Ira Nelson and Charles B. Nelson. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625 Leonardtown, MD 20650 and A.C.T.S. (A Community that shares) P.O. Box 54, Bushwood, MD 20618. To send a condolence to the family please visit our website at www.mgf h. com.

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John Gilbert Lacey, Sr. 77, of Clements, MD, died June 22, 2010 at his home. Born May 8, 1933 in Clements, MD he was the son of the late Walter and Minnie Lacey. John leaves behind his beloved wife of 58 years, Anita Lacey whom he married June 21, 1952 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bushwood, MD. He was preceded in death by his oldest son Robert “Bobby” Bowles, as well an infant child Brenda Eileen Lacey. John is survived by his children John Gilbert Lacey, Jr., James Francis Lacey, Agnes Marie Lacey,

Joseph “Howard” Neill, Jr., 75 of Hollywood, MD died June 26, 2010 at his residence. Born June 1, 1935 in Baltimore, MD he was the son of the late Joseph H. and Margaret L. Neill. Family will receive friends on Thursday, July 1, 2010 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD, where a Funeral Service will be conducted on Friday, July 2, 2010 at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in St. George Episcopal Church Cemetery. In lieu of f lowers memorial contributions may be made to Hospice House of St. Mary’s, Inc., P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650

Eleanor Raley, 83 Eleanor H. Raley, 83, a longtime McKays Beach resident died Saturday, June 26, 2010 St. Mary’s Hospital. Mrs. Raley was born on June 8, 1920 in Cabin John, MD, the daughter of the late Paul Hannen

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and Eleanor Hannen. She graduated from Bethesda Chevy Chase High school in 1944. Shortly after graduation she moved with her family to St. Mary’s county when her father, an LCDR in the Naval Reserve, was assigned to what would become the Flight Test Branch of the Naval Air Station Patuxent River. She met and married Claude Raley of Leonardtown in 1946. Mrs. Raley and her husband moved to the McKays Beach community in 1953 and raised three children there. She was a member of the McKays Beach Volunteer Fire Department Women’s Auxiliary. She loved living on McKays Beach, enjoying her wonderful friends

and neighbors, looking out over Herring Creek, and taking walks on the unspoilt beach along the Potomac. Mrs. Raley worked at the Leonardtown Memorial Library as a full time employee for over twenty years and developed many cherished friendships. She and her husband enjoyed square dancing in later years. After retirement she traveled extensively throughout both the USA and Europe with her husband and other family members. Other than her family, Eleanor’s passion was music. Her interests ranged from old standards to opera. Her children do not remember a time when there was not some music or song playing through the home. She had a wonderful singing voice and sang in several church choirs as well as being a member of the Senior Vibs. She was preceded in death by her husband, Claude Raley, to whom she was married fiftynine years. Survivors include her children, Michael Raley, of St John USVI, Barbara McWhorter, of Strasburg VA, and Paul Raley, of McKays Beach MD; and four beloved grandchildren. Family received friends on Wednesday, June 30, 2010 in the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A.,

Leonardtown, MD with prayers recited. A Funeral Service was conducted in St. George Episcopal Church, Valley Lee, MD with Reverend Greg Syler officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Second District Vol. Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 1, Valley Lee, MD 20692

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Lillie Jane Wathen (Mullen) 82, of Bushwood, MD died June 22, 2010 at St. Mary’s Nursing Center, Leonardtown, MD. Born in Beltsville, MD on February 27, 1928 she was the daughter of the late Amos Victor and Dora Virginia Rollison Mullen. She was the loving wife of the late Joseph Lawrence Wathen, Sr. whom she married in Holy Comforter Church in Washington, D.C. on August 2, 1947. In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by her brothers George Mullen and Lloyd Mullen. She is survived by her children Linda Miller and her husband Lee of Camden, DE, Elaine Blacker of Greencastle, PA, Margaret Monahan and her husband Chip of Alexandria, VA and Joseph “Larry” Wathen, Jr. and his wife Deborah of Port Tobacco, MD; her sisters Jean Lacey of Chaptico, MD and Joan Holgerson and her husband Kip of Pasadena, MD; her grandchildren Karen Jones, Teresa Lee and Tanya Miller all of Delaware, Christina Sarver and Cheryl Barrick both of Pennsylvania, Joshua Corbett of Oregon, and Jacob Hickey of Florida; and twelve great grandchildren. Lillie loved to go fishing an enjoyed spending time on the water and with all her family and friends. She also enjoyed traveling, listening to country music, gardening, cooking and reading, especially about the Civil War and History. The family received friends on Sunday, June 27, 2010 in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD, where prayers were recited. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday, June 28,

Mary “Elaine” Guy, 49 of Bushwood, MD died on June 27, 2010 in Mechanicsville, MD. Born June 2, 1961 in Leonardtown, MD she was the daughter of John C. Guy, Sr. and Margaret Spence Guy of Mechanicsville, MD. She is survived by her brothers and sisters Judy Copsey (Wayne), John Guy, Jr. (Kathi), Robert E. Guy (Jo), Valerie Smiley (Aaron), Diane Lacey, and J.R. Guy (Cathy) all of Mechanicsville, MD. A loving Aunt to a host of Nieces, Nephews, Great Nieces and Great Nephews. She was a lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County and attended Chopticon High School graduating in 1979. She worked as a management Analyst for the U.S. Department of Education for 30 years. Elaine belonged to the Mechanicsville Vol. Rescue Squad, Mechanicsville Vol. Fire Department, and the Mechanicsville Vol. Fire Department Ladies Aux. The family received friends on Wednesday, June 30, 2010 in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD, where prayers were said. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Thursday, July 1, 2010, in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Mechanicsville, MD at 10 a.m. with Fr. Ron Potts officiating. Interment will follow in Queen of Peace Cemetery, Helen, MD. Pallbearers will be John Guy, Jr., Robert E. Guy, J.R. Guy, Jay Long, Wayne Copsey and Brian Connelly. Honorary Pallbearers will be the members of Mechanicsville Vol. Fire Department, Mechanicsville Vol. Rescue Squad, and Mechanicsville Vol. Fire Dept. Ladies Aux. Contributions can be made to Mechanicsville Vol. Fire Dept., P.O. Box 37, Mechanicsville, MD 20659, Mechanicsville Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 15, Mechanicsville, MD 20659 and Hospice of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650. To send a condolence to the family please visit our website at Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.


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The Maryland State Board of Education unanimously voted to adopt the Common Core State Standards in English-language arts and mathematics for grades K-12, a move that will likely lead to changes in the county’s curriculum as well as the Maryland State Assessment (MSA). Chief Academic Officer Linda Dudderar told The County Times that the common core standards are a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governor’s Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, all of whom are set to begin a year-long process to revise the current curriculum to align with the new document, a draft of which was approved in early June by the Maryland State Board of Education. Maryland became involved in the project in June 2009, when Governor Martin O’Malley and State Superintendent of Schools Nancy Grasmick signed on to the initiative along with representatives from 48 other states and two territories. “We have a year where we’re going to be working through taking the state standards and what we currently have as standards … and they’re going to invite people from all the various counties to complete a gap analysis,” said Dudderar, going on to explain that hundreds of

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Wharf Cleanup Clears Water for Boats in Leonardtown By Andrea Shiell Staff Writer Volunteers and members from the Aviation Survival Training Center at Patuxent River Naval Air Station plunged the depths of local waters last week for what became an extensive cleanup effort at Leonardtown Wharf, starting on June 12 with the removal of lighter items and dredging up heavier bits of debris on June 17 and 18. “It was kind of a two-stage thing,” explained Leonardtown Town Administrator Laschelle Submitted Photo McKay, “because volunteers Volunteers and divers worked on June 12, and June 17 and 18 and members of the Aviation to remove more than 80 obstructions from the water at LeonSurvival Training group from ardtown Wharf. Items including old tires, pilings, a toilet and a Pax River did a survey and they kitchen sink. marked items that needed to be Norris added that some of the debris could removed,” later pairing with St. Mary’s County have been missed if not for buy-boats visiting Recreation & Parks to pull heavier items out of the area last year. the water, including large bits of construction “What really brought it to our attention refuse, pilings and even a kitchen sink. was the oyster buy-boats that came in last All told, there were about 80 items pulled year,” he said, “they’re old wood boats which from the water, said Leonardtown Mayor J. have quite a big draft, and they’re the ones that Harry Norris, going on to explain more about told us there was debris in the water.” the history of the Wharf itself. McKay said she expects the water to stay “The Leonardtown Wharf was on pil- relatively clear, and oyster buy-boats should ings over the bay itself, so when it burned over have no problem sailing into the Wharf for 15 years ago, it just collapsed into the bay, so Leonardtown’s Beach Party event on August what we found was remnants of the old build- 7. ing, remnants of the roof, and we also found “I’m sure on a periodic basis we’ll have an old commode and a sink… so we pulled up to go in and clean it up, but hopefully this will everything AND a kitchen sink,” said Norris, make it more navigable for the next few years, laughing. and we’re excited about the buy-boats comThe last cleanup happened as construc- ing in. People will be able to get on them and tion began at the site, said McKay, going on to tour them and talk with the captains, so we’re explain that when the promenade and the bulk- excited whenever they come in,” she said, gohead were constructed, old piers and pilings ing on to praise the individuals who lent their had been removed. talents for the cleanup effort, including volun“That was around three or four years ago teers Maurice Wathen from Leonardtown, Mithough,” she said, “so over time things kind of chelle Stokes from Lexington Park, and Stacy just accumulated in the area.” Mowery from California. Aviation Survival Training Center members included Tim Jeffas, Michael Mowery, Cory Stokes, Gus Gazda and Aaron Jones. “It was a nice cooperative effort, and everyone worked well together,” she said. “We got everything from the bulkhead 50 feet out … now it’ll be safe for any kind of boat,” said Norris, adding that cleanup efforts at the Wharf are likely to become regular events. “The Navy volunteers said they’d love to make it an annual exercise, and we really want Submitted Photo to thank them for that,” Aviation Survival Training Center members Michael Mowery, Cory Stokes, he said. Gus Gazda and Aaron Jones helped clear obstructions from Leonardtown Wharf during their recent cleanup effort on June 17 and 18.

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Captain Phil Langley, left, owner of Fish the Bay Charters, LLC spoke at the Cedar Lane Residents’ Association Meeting on June 10, where he gave accounts of his experience as a charter boat captain in and around St. Mary’s County, showing numerous pictures of various fish that he and some of his customers have caught and fielding questions from residents. He is pictured here with Walter Abell, right, President of the Cedar Lane Residents Association. Cedar Lane Apartments, located at 22680 Cedar Lane Court in Leonardtown, is a senior living community that serves the elderly and disabled. For more information, call 301-475-8966 or go to

Holy Cow!

Boots, who was born in August 2008, took home top honors as this year’s “Supreme Heifer” at the 6th Annual SMILE Livestock and Horse Show, which was held at the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds this Saturday. Pictured here with the cow are livestock judge Steve Majchrzak and Erin Mohler, from Charles County. This year’s winners from St. Mary’s County included Travis Trossbach (Reserve Grand Champion Feeder Steer), Cady Bryan (Best of Show – Dairy Doe) and Jason Fore (Grand Champion Feeder Goat). Winners from Charles County included Erin Mohler (Supreme Heifer and Best of Show – Meat Doe), Katie Burroughs (Champion Gilt), Colby Mohler (Reserve Grand Champion Feeder Goat), Evan Charles (Reserve Champion Feeder Lamb), Austin Bowling (Grand Champion Feeder Hog), and Amber Fisher (Reserve Grand Champion Feeder

Hog). Winners from Calvert County included Edward Bowen (Grand Champion Feeder Steer) and Katie Burroughs (Champion Gilt). The Southern Maryland Invitational Livestock Expo, Inc. (SMILE Inc.) was established in 2007 to provide educational activities for area youth to showcase their skills and talents, foster camaraderie and enhance their knowledge and appreciation of Southern Maryland’s agricultural heritage. For more information on this and other SMILE events, go to www.

CORRECTION: In an article published on June 24 of The County Times entitled “Mechanicsville Carnival Raising Funds for the 49th Year,” there was a statement indicating that money collected from the event would go to the Mechanicsville Vol. Fire Department’s Ladies Auxiliary. Carnival proceeds go directly to the fire department, however, and not directly to the ladies auxiliary. The Mechanicsville Vol. Fire Department has not yet applied funds raised from this year’s carnival to any particular project.


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Where to Find Fireworks In St. Mary’s County: Friday, July 2

Spring semester students in Professor Michael Maloney’s psychology and sociology classes collected 1,075 Teddy bears and 185 stuffed animals for patients at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C. Coordinated by Scottie Brannon of Great Mills, center, following a hospital stay by her 5-yearold daughter and seeing the impact stuffed animals could have on young patients, the drive captured the hearts of her fellow students. “I went to buy some last-minute bears to donate, and every place I went was wiped out,” said Whitney Reed of Leonardtown.

River Concert Series: Summon the Heroes

St. Mary’s College of Maryland will host an Independence Day concert and fireworks display as part of their River Concert Series. This year’s show will feature the music of John Williams, George Gershwin and Sousa Marches, featuring Brian Ganz on piano, the Sax Quartet from the “President’s Own Marine Band” and Ian Chaava, Young Concerto Competition runner-up. There will be fireworks after the performance. This event is free and open to the public. For more information call 240895-4107 or visit www.riverconcertseries. com.

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Cruisers will meet at the Calvert Marine Museum to view the fireworks display with heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Adults are $35. Pre-registration is required. For more information, call 410-326-2042, ext. 41.

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Hollywood Vol. Fire Department 2nd Annual Independence Day Celebration

Town of La Plata Independence Day Celebration

The second annual Independence Day Celebration at the Hollywood Vol. Fire Department (on Route 235) carnival grounds will start off with a car, truck, and bike show with registration ending at 3 p.m. and the awards to be given out around 5:30 p.m. Starting at 5 p.m. there will be kids games and carnival food and a Live DJ. At 7 p.m. the Live Music will begin with the band “No Green Jelly Beenz” playing until 11 p.m. Admission is free after 5 p.m., with fireworks commencing at dusk. For more information, go to

In Calvert County: Saturday, July 3 Chesapeake Beach Fireworks

This event will feature music, food and games along the water at Chesapeake Beach (4160 Mears Ave.), with fireworks discharged in front of the Rod-N-Reel. Any spot along the water should provide a good view. People will start arriving around 5 or 6 p.m.. with the fireworks display starting at dusk. For more information, call 410-257-2230.

Sunday, July 4 Solomons Fireworks

Fireworks will start at dusk, and be shot from a barge in the Patuxent River and can be viewed from the Riverwalk. Traffic and parking will be restricted on the island. Parking is available at Glascock Field across from the Calvert Marine Museum, at the museum, in the public lot behind Our Lady Star of the Sea and the Solomons Medical Center. A shuttle will run from Glascock Field. The rain date for this event is Monday, July 5.

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Teddy Bear Drive

The Town of La Plata is hosting a 4th of July Celebration and Watermelon Bash at the La Plata Town Hall, including musical entertainment, moon bounces, hot dogs, bottled water and ice cream – all free. There will be a Watermelon Bash featuring free watermelon slices, a watermelon eating contest, a watermelon roll (children ages 6 and under), and a watermelon toss. For more information, contact Amy Peña at 301-9348421 or

Town of Indian Head 4th of July Celebration

Indian Head will have its 4th of July fireworks at Village Green Park, starting with a Patriotic Opening Ceremony at 3:30 p.m. There will be live entertainment with Rockin’ Roger DJ, and food and beverages for sale. Fireworks are set to begin at 9 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. No pets of any kind or alcoholic beverages permitted. For more information, call 301-7536633 ext. 120.

Monday, July 5 Charles County Independence Day Celebration

The annual celebration will take place at the Charles County Fairgrounds (8440 Fairground Rd.) in La Plata starting around 5 p.m. There will be music, children’s activities and food available for purchase. The fireworks display will take place at dusk. For information contact Bruce Culver or Jim Arnold at 301-643-0033 or 301-932-1234, or go to

Patuxent Habitat Receives Grant from Maryland Energy Administration The Patuxent Habitat for Humanity organization announced that it has received a $94,264 grant from the “EmPOWER Clean Energy Communities” grant program. The grant program, overseen by the Maryland Energy Administration, helps local governments and nonprofits fund energy efficiency projects for low to moderate income Marylanders. Funding for the program comes from the Strategic Energy Investment Fund, which was created from public auctions of carbon credits through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. This grant was one of 21 grants in this round. “We are committed to building energy efficient homes for our partner families,” said Dan

Doherty, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Patuxent Habitat for Humanity. “We will use these grant dollars to incorporate energy efficient measures into existing and future homes in St. Mary’s and Calvert counties to ensure that our families can continue to meet their energy costs in their new homes.” Patuxent Habitat for Humanity is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, and works to create affordable housing in partnership with those in need in the St. Mary’s and Calvert counties. For more information about donating, volunteering or applying for a home, go to or call 301- 863-6227.

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July 2 ~ Summon the Heroes

River Concert Series

Jeffrey Silberschlag and the chesapeake orchestra welcome the 4th of July weekend with music of John Williams, George Gershwin and Sousa Brian Ganz Marches, featuring Brian Ganz, piano, the Sax Quartet from the “President’s own Marine Band” in P. Goldstein's "Abundant Air" and ian chaava, Young Artist concerto competition winner plus FiReWoRkS!!


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Thursday, July 1 • So. Md. Mobile Compassion Center St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (Mechanicsville) – 10 a.m. The Compassion Center provides food, clothing and spiritual care to people in need. Nominal donations also accepted. For more information please call 301-884-5184. • Am. Legion Post 221 Meeting AL Post 221 (Avenue) – 8 p.m. The July meeting will be a joint meeting including the installation of officers. Visit our website at or e-mail us at Call Gail Murdock for more information 301-884-4071.

Friday, July 2 • So. Md. Mobile Compassion Center St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (Mechanicsville) – 10 a.m. The Compassion Center provides food, clothing and spiritual care to people in need. Nominal donations also accepted. For more information please call 301-884-5184. • No Limit Texas Hold’Em FOP-7 Lodge (Great Mills) – 7 p.m. For more information call 301-863-6007. • River Concert Series: Summon the Heroes St. Mary’s College (Historic St. Mary’s City) – 7 p.m. Jeffrey Silberschlag and the Chesapeake Orchestra welcome the 4th of July weekend with the music of John Williams, George Gershwin and Sousa Marches, featuring Brian

Ganz, piano, the Sax Quartet from the “President’s Own Marine Band” and Ian Chaava, Young Concerto Competition runner-up. There will be fireworks after the performance. Free. For more information call 240-895-4107 or visit • Texas Hold’Em Tournament VFW Post 2632 (California) – 7 p.m. For more information or to pre-register, email Brian at poker@vfw2632, or call 240-925-4000.

Saturday, July 3 • So. Md. Mobile Compassion Center St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (Mechanicsville) – 9 a.m. The Compassion Center provides food, clothing and spiritual care to people in need. Nominal donations also accepted. For more information please call 301-884-5184. • SMAWL Pet Adoptions Petco (California) – 10 a.m. • Summerseat Open House Summerseat Farm (26655 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) – 10 a.m. Summerseat is a 120-acre working farm with a Queen-Anne style house, outbuildings including meat and dairy houses, barns and gardens, American Buffalo herds and other animals, a vineyard and trails including a Bluebird trail. Tables and a gazebo are available for picnickers. Manor House tours on the half hour beginning at 10:30am with the last tour given at 1:00pm. Free. Call 301-373-6607 or visit for more information.

• 2nd Annual Independence Day Celebration Hollywood Vol. Fire Department – 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Live music by “No Green Jelly Beenz” starts at 7 p.m. Fireworks display after dusk w/ the band performing until 11 p.m. Games, food, and beverages for the whole family. Free admission after 5 p.m. For more information, go to • Texas Hold’Em “Saturday Nite Special” Special Olympics No Limit Cash Game Bennett Bldg, 24930 Old Three Notch Rd (Hollywood) – 4 p.m. For more information call 240-577-0240 or 240-286-7964. • Park Bingo Hall (California) – 7 p.m. For more information or to register, email or call 301-643-5573. No email on the day of the event.

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Tuesday, July 6 • Nature Time at Greenwell Greenwell State Park (Hollywood) – 10 a.m. Pre-registration (no later than 24 hours in advance) is required via email - lpranzo@ - or by calling the Greenwell Foundation office at 301-373-9775. • Twilight Performance Series: Chautauqua College of Southern Maryland (Leonardtown Campus) – 6:30 p.m. This family-friendly, free series features a variety of artists performing weekly during July on the Leonardtown Campus. Music will begin at 6:45 and will be followed by a theatrical performance at 7 p.m. by a Chautauquan actor portraying Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American to serve on the US Supreme Court. For more information, call 240-725-5499 ext. 7861 or go to www.csmd. edu/finearts.

• Independence Day Concert Sotterley Plantation (Hollywood) – 1 p.m. Silent auction and brown bag raffle; food and drink for purchase. Admission per car, members and military free. Call 301-373-2280, 800-681-0850, or visit for more information.

• Special Olympics Hold’Em Tournament Bennett Building, 24930 Old Three Notch Road (Hollywood) – 7 p.m. For more information call Bobbi Sprouse at 240-577-0983 or Jim Bucci at 301-373-6104.

Monday, July 5

• Special Olympics Hold’Em Tournament Bennett Building, 24930 Old Three Notch Road (Hollywood) – 7 p.m. For more information call Bobbi Sprouse at 240-577-0983 or Jim Bucci at 301-373-6104.

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

Adopt A Pet!

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Wednesday, July 7

L ibrary • Libraries closed for holiday The libraries will be closed Sat, July 3 through Mon, July 5 but the Internet branch,, will be open. • Flumpa® and Friends Live performs July 12 The next Professional Performance will be an interactive musical science adventure performed by Flumpa® on July 12. Charlotte Hall’s performance will be at 10 a.m. at White Marsh Elementary School, Leonardtown’s at 12:30 p.m. at Leonardtown Elementary and Lexington Park’s at 3 p.m. at the library. The Board of Library Trustees is sponsoring this performer. • Library offers variety of free teen programs Teens ages 12 and older will use their own photos to create a celebritystyle poster while learning to edit photos at Charlotte Hall on July 7 at 1 p.m. They can also compete in an online Battleship tournament at Lexington Park on July 14 at 2 p.m. Registration is required for both. John Busby will teach a drawing class for teens at Lexington Park from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Teens can register for either a class on July 10 or July 24. Teens will launch rockets, sink subs and make impossible objects float at Splashdown Science. This hands-on program is offered July 13 at 1 p.m. at Leonardtown, July 21 at 2 p.m. at Char-


lotte Hall and July 22 at 2 p.m. at Lexington Park. Old clothes are recommended. Registration is required. • Children to explore early life on the Potomac Children ages 5-12 will explore the way people long ago depended on the Potomac River for traveling, trading and making a living. St. Clements Island Museum staff will present this hands-on program on July 15 at Charlotte Hall at 10 a.m., at Leonardtown at 12:30 p.m., and at Lexington Park at 3 p.m. Registration is required. • Quilters invited to tea Quilters are invited to an afternoon tea with Diane Fenwick of Olde Towne Stitchery and fellow quilters on July 16 at 2:30 p.m. at Leonardtown. The Heart of Maryland Libraries Quilt which will be on display at Leonardtown from July 7 through July 30 will also be explained. • Crafternoons and storytimes underway Children ages 4-12 can drop in from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and make a water-related craft for free each week at “Crafternoons” on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Charlotte Hall; Wednesdays at Leonardtown; and Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at Lexington Park. Baby and toddler storytimes have resumed. A complete listing of these and all the summer activities can be found at


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Series Rings in Fourth Year of Downtown Tunes

• Dave Norris DB McMillan’s (California) – 5 p.m. • DJ McNa$ty Big Dogs Paradise (Mechanicsville) – 8 p.m. • Thirsty Thursdays Karaoke Cadillac Jack’s (Lexington Park) – 8 p.m.

The Edds, an acoustic offshoot of the local band Miles from Clever, performed on June 26 in Leonardtown as part of the 4th annual Downtown Tunes series, which will offer two more free concerts in July and August.

Saturday saw crowds brave the heat once again to congregate on Leonardtown Square for the fourth season of Downtown Tunes, a free concert series featuring local musicians playing outdoor sets throughout the summer. Series director Robin Guyther smiled as he surveyed the crowd, admitting that the season had gotten off to a rocky start when the May 22 installment of the series, which was to feature Gretchen Richie and Jazz Cabaret, along with trumpeter Alex Norris and Fractal Folk, was rained out along with its rain date. “Really what we’ve got here is just some great acoustic music,” he said, nodding to the stage where The Edds were playing Beatles covers for the crowd. “Of course the jazz show got rained out, and that was funny because we didn’t have a rain date, really. Sunday was supposed to be our rain date but the forecast said we had like a hundred percent chance of rain on Sunday, so we didn’t have that one.” June 26 saw a much better turnout for the acoustic show, which featured The Edds along with local folk trio the Hamm-It-Ups, and future shows are promising to bring in more listeners from across the county. Attendance has been pretty consistent since the series started four years ago, said Guyther, going on to explain that as many as 300 or 400 people are expected to show up for the country music performance on July 24, which this year will feature contemporary country songs from local recording artist Jeff Miller, and older country classics from the Country Memories Band.

• Fair Warning Irish Pub Band CJ’s Back Room (Lusby) – 5 p.m.

• Ladies DJ Dance Night Hula’s Bungalow (California) – 8 p.m. • Open Mic Night Cadillac Jack’s (Lexington Park) – 8 p.m.

Friday, July 2 • Dave Norris DB McMillan’s (California) – 5 p.m.

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Just as popular with local listeners is the rock show scheduled for August 28, this year’s series finale featuring the Geezers and the 25th Hour Band. So far Guyther said that there are no definite plans for next year’s Downtown Tunes series, but that is partly because donations haven’t been accounted for yet. “It’s all funded by donations, so until the end of January I don’t know how much money I’ve got. And this year donations are down, so I’ve had to talk people into playing for less … for the first couple of years I just got people I knew to play, but people have been calling me so I’ve got to start mixing it up a bit,” he said, laughing. “Still I appreciate everyone coming … and I know it’s hot, but as long as it doesn’t rain I’m doing great.” This year’s Downtown Tunes is sponsored by the Leonardtown Business Association. Concerts are held at Leonardtown Square, located on Washington Street in the central business district, with music starting around 6 p.m. All concerts are free but visitors should bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on. For more information on this and other events in Leonardtown, go to

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

• Karaoke Club 911 (Mechanicsville) – 9 p.m. • No Green JellyBeenz Hula’s Bungalow (California) – 9 p.m. • After Hours Lounge (Live Music/DJ) Chef’s American Bistro (California) – 10 p.m.

Saturday, July 3 • Drew Stevyns Gilligan’s Pier (Newburg) – 2 p.m. • Glenn Jones (acoustic) Calypso Bay (Tracey’s Landing) – 3 p.m. • Fair Warning Irish Pub Band DB McMillan’s (California) – 5 p.m.


• After Hours Lounge (Live Music/DJ) Chef’s American Bistro (California) – 10 p.m.

Sunday, July 4 • Moe Stringz & N.S.A. Apehanger’s Bar (Bel Alton) – 3 p.m. • Country Music Jam Session St. Mary’s Landing (Charlotte Hall) – 4 p.m. • Vs. The Earth Gilligan’s Pier (Newburg) – 4 p.m.

Monday, July 5 • Mason Sebastian DB McMillan’s (California) – 5 p.m.

• Open Mic Night Scott’s II (Welcome) – 7 • Randy Richie (jazz piano) p.m. Café des Artistes (Leonardtown) – 6:30 p.m.*

Tuesday, July 6

• Karaoke Night • Fair Warning Irish Pub OCI Pub (Piney Point) – 8 p.m. Band DB McMillan’s (California) • Fair Warning Irish Pub • Nuttin’ Fancy – 5 p.m. Band Seabreeze (Hollywood) – 8 Donovan’s Pub (California) p.m. • Patty & Carl – 5 p.m. Ruddy Duck Brewery (Solo• The Redwine Jazz Trio mons) – 7 p.m. • Joe Martone Westlawn Inn (North Chesapeake Beach Resort/ Beach) – 8 p.m. • Open Mic Night Spa (Chesapeake Beach) Martini’s Lounge (White – 5 p.m. • Bent Nickel Plains) – 9 p.m.* Anderson’s Bar (Avenue) • Randy Richie (jazz piano) – 8:30 p.m. Café des Artistes (Leonardtown) – 6:30 p.m.* • Bone • Fair Warning Irish Pub Drift Away Bar & Grill Band • DJ/Line Dancing (Cobb Island) – 9 p.m. CJ’s Back Room (Lusby) Hotel Charles (Hughesville) – 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. • Car 54 Gilligan’s Pier (Newburg) • Captain John • Luau Party w/ DJ Toby – 9 p.m. DB McMillan’s (California) & DJ Andy – 5:30 p.m. OCI Pub (Piney Point) • DJ Mango – 7:30 p.m. Lexington Lounge (Lexing- • Karaoke with DJ Harry ton Park) – 9 p.m. Big Dogs Paradise (Me• Bent Nickel chanicsville) – 7 p.m. Seabreeze (Hollywood) – 8 • Karaoke w/ DJ Tommy T p.m. & DJ T • Sloe Jim Applebee’s (California) – 9 Gilligan’s Pier (Newburg) • Country Music Jam p.m. – 7 p.m. Session St. Mary’s Landing (Char• One Louder • Karaoke Night lotte Hall) – 8 p.m. Trader’s Seafood Steak & St. Mary’s Landing (CharAle (Chesapeake Beach) – 9 lotte Hall) – 7:30 p.m. • Ladies DJ Dance Night p.m.* Hula’s Bungalow (Califor• Open Mic Night nia) – 8 p.m. • Three Day Ride Hula’s Bungalow (CaliforApehanger’s Bar (Bel Alnia) – 8 p.m. • Bone ton) – 9 p.m. Gilligan’s Pier (Newburg) • Wolf’s Blues Jam – 9 p.m. • Too Many Mikes Beach Cove Restaurant Cryer’s Back Road Inn (Chesapeake Beach) – 8 • Jay Henley & the Stone (Leonardtown) – 9 p.m. p.m. Broke Band Vera’s White Sands Beach • Others May Fall Club (Lusby) – 9 p.m. Calypso Bay (Tracey’s *CALL TO CONFIRM Landing) – 9:30 p.m.

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Go to Page 23 to Find Out Where You Can Go To Watch Fireworks This Weekend!


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By Linda Reno Contributing Writer The 4th of July is almost here. Regardless of what some may think, it’s not just a good day for a picnic and fireworks. It is, however, a good time for all of us to consider our civic responsibilities. Are you one of those people who gripe about the government, but won’t vote? By not voting, you are a part of the problem. Crooked politicians depend upon folks like you to put them in office and keep them there. Your inaction is the same as a vote for them. Get informed, get involved, register and vote.

Now for some little known facts about the Revolutionary War. There were more than a few arguments among the delegates to the Continental Congress as to who was to command the American army. The Southerners didn’t want the army commanded by a New Englander. “Finally [John] Adams rose and boldly suggested that Congress consider, “. . . a gentleman from Virginia who was among us and very well known to all of us.” The New Englanders continued to press for General Artemas Ward, but Adams and others continued to lobby for Washington. “On June 15 Thomas Johnson of Maryland nominated George Washington to be commander in chief of the newly adopted army, and the election by ballot was unanimous.”

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Ants on Parade By Shelby Oppermann Contributing Writer Do you remember the Disney classic, Fantasia? There was a scene called “Elephants on parade” with magical music. Well, I keep hearing and humming that music as I walk around our house, except I have been changing the words to “millions of ants on parade.” You would think just my singing would drive them away. “Enough!” I tell them. “Don’t you all have homes and families outside, loved ones that miss you and will be worried when you don’t show up for dinner at your home!” Our ants seem to have a constant appetite for cat food. Our cat lives in the laundry room (she was wild and tamed to live indoors, but rarely ventures out into other areas of the house). The ants race towards her food bowl and up two boxes to get to her food bag. The ants have now taken to using the litter box. I guess they’ve moved in. Today I have cleaned out a white screw-top bucket to store her food in. Though, is there anything they can’t get into. When I was little and our kitchen was overrun with ants, both big and small, I was fascinated with them. I could not understand my mother’s frantic attempts to kill them in every sort of fashion. I’d watch them running in their long lines on the floor and up on the counter. They had such mission and purpose. After a purge she would sweep them out the door and out to the brick patio. I would gather them in a little pile, and bury them in the sandy soil next to one of our large trees. I used the spent matchsticks as their little grave markers. It was a very solemn ceremony. Looking back I guess that does seem a bit odd. I would think that the ants’ present relatives would have been handed down the history of my past kindnesses.



Now I feel like I am forever trying to keep the ants at bay. It’s probably only a matter of time before they reach the kitchen. I still have a fear stemming from 20+ years ago when I made two homemade apple pies to take to a family function. We left them on the counter and went outside for most of the afternoon. When we came back in both pies were covered with ants. Nightmare time. I check outside to see where they come in and believe they must have some underground pipeline. I try the home remedies that are posted on the internet and then as last resort spray around the house with chemicals that catch in my throat and burn my eyes. Over the years, I have tried cinnamon, black pepper, bay leaves, boric acid, and begging. Some years we have a professional do his magic – that might be soon. I see ants everywhere, stores, buildings, ice cream shops (that’s a given). It’s funny how you feel like they are crawling on you after you see a big group of them. And I do literally dream of them. I wonder if another animal would like them? Maybe I could just rent an anteater for a week. Tidbit will chase squirrels and birds, eat bees and lightening bugs. Maybe I can get her interested in ants. If I train her with a big stuffed ant then I might have something. I just took Tidbit down to the laundry room to start her training – she sniffed, checked her paws and ran back out. I wonder if I could catch a few and attach a miniature fuzzy tail. To each new day’s adventure, Shelby Please send comments or ideas to:

Although the Declaration of Independence was officially adopted on July 4, 1776, it was not signed by the delegates to the Continental Congress until August 2. Maryland’s representatives were Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, and Charles Carroll of Carrollton. It is stated that, as the signing was progressing, John Hancock, the President of Congress, asked Mr. Carroll, who had not the happiness of voting for the Declaration, if he would sign it. “Most willingly,” he replied; and taking a pen, he signed his name, as was his habit, Charles Carroll. A bystander remarked aloud as Mr. Carroll was signing his name, “There go several millions,” alluding to the great wealth endangered by his adherence to the cause of independence. “Nay,” said another; “there are several Charles Carrolls—he cannot be identified.” Mr. Carroll, hearing the conversation, immediately added to his signature the words “of Carrollton,” the name of the estate on which he resided, remarking as he did so, “They cannot mistake me now.”

Carroll died in 1832 at the age of 95 and was the last survivor of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Dr. Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer, born in Charles County, also put his life and fortunes on the line. He became the president of Maryland’s Council of Safety, the Patriot body established to organize Maryland’s military forces for the Revolution (1775-77). He represented Maryland in the Continental Congress (1778-82) while simultaneously serving as president of the state’s first senate (1777-80). In 1787 he and Luther Martin were sent to Philadelphia to represent Maryland in creating the U.S. Constitution. Luther Martin refused to sign the document, saying he was afraid of being hanged if the people of Maryland approved the Constitution. Jenifer, known for his sense of humor, told Martin that perhaps he should stay in Philadelphia so he would not be hung in Maryland.

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Real Estate Rentals A detached Guest House located beside a home overlooking the Potomac River with beautiful sunsets is available July 21st. Quite neighborhood located in Valley Lee approximately 20 minutes from the Navy Base. Will rent furnished or unfurnished for $700 per month in advance with no deposit or lease required. Refrigerator, cable and high speed internet available. Parking off street next to unit. No smoking and no pets. Suitable for only one professional adult. Call Jeanne at 301-994-1557 and leave a message for a return call. Price: $700. 5 br 2.5 BA spacious home with new appliances, new flooring and carpet, includes large in-law apartment with separate entrance. Large decks, nice size front and back yards, lots of off street parking; doesn’t have a garage. Great home in White Sands subdivision, Lusby Maryland. Within 25 minutes to Patuxent Naval Base, and 45 mins to DC. Can email pics upon request. Call for appointment 410-474-7669, or 301752-3578. Rent: $1495.

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AAHA Certified Small Animal Veterinary Hospital in Hollywood, Maryland is looking for individuals with at least 2 years medical or veterinary experience for a full time evening position and occasional weekends. We are seeking enthusiastic, motivated team players whose primary responsibilities include anesthesia, surgery, radiology, patient treatment, laboratory procedures, and client communications. Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with level of experience. Please send resume to Three Notch Veterinary Hospital, 44215 Airport View Drive, Hollywood, Maryland 20636, or fax to 301-373-2763. Attn: Medical Service Director.

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SOFTBALL SCHEDULE Thurs., July 1 Men’s Slowpitch League

By Chris Stevens Staff Writer

surrendering just one hit and lowering her earned run average to a neat and tidy 0.34. GREAT MILLS – Laura Welch pitched 10 Offensively, St. Mary’s shutout innings and earned both victories as St. American struggled against North Mary’s American swept Northern Calvert Black Calvert Black pitcher Tiffany Har6-0 and 12-0 in a Big League softball double- vell in the opening game, but broke header at Chancellor’s Run Monday night. through in the late innings to give Welch’s control and ability to get ahead of Welch some insurance runs. hitters impressed head coach Monty Wood. Shortstop Tori Bradburn “Laura throws strikes and when you do that, (Great Mills) and catcher Jennifer your put yourself in position to do well,” he said. Nagy (Chopticon) drove in two “She moves the ball over the runs apiece, plate and she’s got a good while the other defense behind her. That’s a two American great combination.” runs came on Welch was able to fielding erkeep the ball down against rors by North North Calvert hitters in the Calvert. first game, getting several In the groundball outs and at least second game, three line drives snared American (now by third baseman Lauren 13-1 this seaFairfax. son) had a much Photo By Chris Stevens “My fastball and my easier time Laura Welch pitched 10 scoreless innings over two games as drop ball were working,” said as first base- St. Mary’s American swept North Calvert Black on Monday night. Welch, who will be a senior man Cheyenne Wood says. “That takes away at-bats from your at Leonardtown next spring, Faunce (Chopadding that her teammates’ ticon) led the way with three big guns, but you just gamble that the others will effort in the field gave her a hits, improving her batting pull their weight, too.” Sarah Straub (Leonardtown) and Tiffany lot of confidence. average to .526. Nagy also After Welch, who has had two hits in the second Gardiner (Chopticon) pulled their weight in the second game also, as both players had two hits, struck out 21 batters in 34 1/3 Photo By Chris Stevens contest, moving her average inspiring confidence that this team can win the innings, St. Mary’s Ryken Joselynn Stewart of St. Mary’s American takes up to .618 on the season. graduate Stephanie Dameron a pitch during a Big League softball game at “We’ve got some good Big League softball tournament (at Baden Voltook over in the second game, Chancellor’s Run on Monday night. players and I let all 14 hit,” unteer Fire Department) in two weeks. “Our pitching and defense are doing pretty well and we’ve got a good lineup, so I expect we’ll do well,” Wood said. “We just have to stay together as a team, do our part and cheer each other on as we’ve been doing,” Welch said.

VFW2632 vs. The Green Door/Cullison’s at The Brass Rail, 6:30 p.m. Hi Octane vs. Budweiser at Captain Sam’s, 6:30 p.m. Bookkeeping By Blanche at Back Road Inn, 6:30 p.m. Grid Iron Grill vs. American Legion at Ridge American Legion, 6:30 p.m. Pax Bombers vs. Chaney’s at The Brass Rail, 8 p.m.

Fri., July 2 Young Men’s League Gary Gray’s Athletics vs. Cryers at Back Road Inn, 6:30 p.m. Flash Point vs. Dew Drop Inn at Chancellor’s Run, 6:30 p.m. Captain Sam’s vs. Quade’s Shockers at Captain Sam’s, 6:30 p.m.

Tues., July 6 Men’s Slowpitch League The Green Door/Cullison’s at Back Road

Inn, 6:30 p.m. Chaney’s vs. American Legion at Ridge American Legion, 6:30 p.m. Bookkeeping By Blanche vs. Pax Bombers at Pax River, 6:30 p.m. Grid Iron Grill vs. Budweiser at Captain Sam’s, 6:30 p.m. VFW2632 vs. Hi Octane at Knight Life, 6:30 p.m.

Wed., July 7 Women’s League Xtreme vs. ABC Liquors at Chancellor’s Run, 6:30 p.m. Knockouts vs. Bud Light at Back Road Inn, 6:30 p.m. Chesapeake Custom Embroidery vs. Bella Salon at The Brass Rail, 6:30 p.m. Captain Sam’s vs. Somerville Insurance at Chancellor’s Run, 6:30 p.m. Southern vs. Mix It Up at Knight Life, 6:30 p.m. Back Road Inn vs. Southern Maryland Physical Therapy at Anderson’s Bar, 6:30 p.m. Anderson’s Bar at Moose Lodge, 6:30 p.m.

St. Mary’s County Softball Standings (For games through the week ending Sunday, June 27)

Men’s Slowpitch League 1. Hi Octane 2. BRI 3. Chaney’s 4. Green Door 5. Pax Bombers 6. Budweiser 7. American Legion 8. Grid Iron Grill 9. VFW 2632 10. Bookkeeping By Blanche

Women’s League 15-5 14-5 15-7 9-9 6-11 7-12 6-13 6-14 3-13 3-17

Young Men’s League

Over 250,000 Southern Marylanders can’t be wrong!

1. Seabreeze/BRI/Moose Lodge 14-0 2. Gary Gray’s Athletics 15-2 3. Cryers 12-3 4. Dew Drop inn 12-6 5. Quade’s Shockers 9-8 6. Flash Point 4-12 7. Captain Sam’s 3-15

Division 1 1. Somerville Insurance 2. Bud Light 3. Southern 4. CCE 5. Mix It Up Division 2 1. Captain Sam’s 2. Back Road Inn 3. Anderson’s Bar 4. Bella Salon 5. Southern Maryland Physical Therapy Division 3 1. Knockouts 2. ABC Liquors 3. Moose Lodge 4. Xtreme

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Ryken’s Spaulding and Baranowski Make Elite Travel Team

Local Racer Earns a Spot at National Championship Motocross Race

By Chris Stevens Staff Writer

By Jason Zapoli 724 Productions

St. Mary’s Ryken boys’ lacrosse players Austin Spaulding and Jared Baranowski were both named to the Maryland Free State elite travel team recently and will travel along the East Coast playing the best of the best in prep lacrosse this summer. Both play-

Dowell, MD – Cameron Dowell just made his dream come true. The 12 year-old dirt bike racer has qualified for the largest amateur motocross race in the world, the 28th annual Air Nautiques/AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch. Cameron took on over 20,000 hopefuls from across America to earn one of just 1386 qualifying positions. “The Amateur Nationals at Loretta Lynn’s is the event every motocross racer in the country wants to compete in,” says Event Director Tim Cotter. “A win at the Amateur Nationals can serve as a springboard to a lucrative professional motocross career.” Most of America’s top professional motocrossers, including James Stewart, Ricky Carmichael, Travis Pastrana and Jeremy McGrath have won AMA Amateur National Championships at Loretta Lynn’s. Cameron, who attends Mill Creek Middle School, has been riding since he was 6 years old. Sponsors such as Traders Racing, RNB Racing, Tri-County Lawn & Tree Service and 724 Productions help pay his way to the races. He has won over 100 races in

Jared Baranowski

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ers are rising seniors at Ryken. “It’s a great honor when you’re picked for that kind of team and they only allow 270 tryouts,” Knights head coach John Sothoron said. “They’ll be playing the best of the best from New York and it should be a great confidence booster for Austin and Jared.” The Free States’ top 44 (the team Spaulding made) and top 22 (Baranowski’s squad) will play the New York Empire team

at Johns Hopkins University, a team which makes up the best of the best from Long Island and upstate New York, areas heavy on major college lacrosse talent. With Spaulding and Baranowski both standing at 6’2 and checking in at close to or over 200 pounds, their unique blend of size and skill is what has attracted the Free State coaches (as well as college coaches) to both players. “They’re big, strong and tough midfielders. That’s what coaches are looking for,” Sothoron said. “They play a physical game and they’re aggressive kids with good stick skills. I think they’re going to have a lot of choices in terms of being recruited for college.”

Golf Outing To Benefit Sabres Hockey Team Capital Welding Annual Golf Outing will be Wednesday July 13 at Swan Point Yacht & Country Club in Issue, MD. The Southern Maryland Sabres hockey club will receive 50% of proceeds from this tournament and all of the Sabres’ proceeds will go to ice cost for the Little Stars Program. This program had 95 new players last season. Registration begins at 8 am, followed by a putting contest at 8:45 and the tournament begins with a 9:30 a.m. shotgun start. The Format of golf is Captain’s Choice and fee is $125 per golfer. There will be a continental breakfast, refreshments and dinner included with donation. Prizes for first, second and third place teams as well as closest to the pin and longest drive contests. Many door prices will be available as well. Registration information and tee sponsor forms available at For more information email Sabres President Joe Bowling at

Pax Raiders Registration on Saturday The Pax River Raiders Youth Tackle Football and Cheerleading will hold Registrations for Tackle Football and Cheerleading for the Fall Season at Wal Mart Super Center in California, MD on Saturday July 3 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Summer Tackle Football Camp at Ryken High School and Cheerleading Camp registering as well. The Raiders will participate in the St. Mary’s County Recreation and Parks Football League for more information please visit, or (301) 6744226 for more information. July 3rd will be our last day for registrations.

Soccer goalkeeping camps accepting registrations Gretton Goalkeeping will offer its 8th Annual Summer Goalkeeper Soccer Camp Series beginning the week of June 21st through the week of August 16th. Various locations offered in the Southern Maryland Area. Camps run 4 days each week at various hours of the day. All ages and skill levels welcome! Field player training offered as well by separate field player instructor. For questions or to reserve your spot, please call 301-643-8992 or email

the last six years, and competes nearly every weekend in the Mid-Atlantic Motocross Association. Cameron will make the long journey to Tennessee along with his parents and brother. The race runs August 2-7, 2010. Cameron is just one of the over 20,000 who spent the last four months qualifying for the event. The top finishers in area and regional qualifiers earn a birth into the national championship race at Loretta Lynn’s. Racers may enter a wide variety of classes, from minicycle classes for children as young as four, all the way up to a senior division for riders over 50. There are also classes for women, and classes for both stock and modified bikes. The track is built on a section of Loretta Lynn’s Ranch and Campground in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. The course contains a variety of jumps, corners and other obstacles designed to test the skills and stamina of the racers. Most riders attend the event with the help of their families. In fact, many groups consider the event their family’s summer vacation. Besides races, the ranch provides family-friendly facilities including a game room, swimming pools, arts and crafts activities, and a fashion and talent show.

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Just Passing Through By Ronald N. Guy Jr. Contributing Writer

When the University of Kentucky hired John Calipari as its men’s head basketball coach last year, it knew exactly what it was getting; and to his credit, I suppose, Calipari has delivered. As complex a character as Calipari is, his entire personal equation – the dapper, star defense attorney appearance, checkered resume, questionable but peerless recruiting tactics and neglect of institutional control – can be reduced to a single word: slick. First and foremost, to give Calipari his due, he wins. Kentucky doesn’t hire you because you kiss babies and do grip and grins with luminaries. In his last three college stops, he led a previously moribund University of Massachusetts program to the Final Four, took a 20-years-dead Memphis program to the NCAA championship game and this year immediately restored the storied Kentucky basketball program to prominence. Sounds good, the problem is there’s always a “but” with Calipari. Those two aforementioned Final Four appearances – ’96 UMass, ’09 Memphis – were forfeited because players either accepted illegal “benefits” (Marcus Camby) or committed academic fraud (Derrick Rose). In both cases, when the odoriferously offensive solid waste connected with the rotating air circulator, Coach Cal, Teflon man and opportunist that he is, had already exited stage

left for other head coaching jobs, leaving his previous employers to deal with the consequences of their relationship with him. Enough though about Calipari’s stained resume: it speaks for itself. Suffice to say, recruiting and running a major college sports program is an increasingly impure endeavor, one infected with special interests and kids with one eye on the NBA. It’s a part of the job that tests the extent and fortitude of every coach’s ethics. Lets just say Calipari is able to sleep with more on his conscience than most and leave it at that. There is something else increasingly bothersome about the way Calipari wins. His recruiting is so successful that the guy literally runs a minor league NBA team. Early entrants to the NBA draft, kids that leave school before their eligibility has expired, is a reality of major college basketball. To be good, you need good players; and good players often don’t stay long. It is not uncommon for major basketball powers to lose a kid, here or there, early to the NBA. This year, though, Calipari took it to another level and provided what may be a glimpse of his tenure at Kentucky. Upon arriving at Kentucky last year, Calipari quickly pulled together the best recruiting class in the country. He led a talented, freshman-dominated lineup to the Elite Eight in the NCAA tournament. After the season ended, five players, four of which were freshmen, declared early for the NBA draft. Last week all five were picked in the

first round, led by John Wall’s #1 overall selection by your Washington Wizards. Good for the kids; but is this good for Kentucky? No doubt Calipari will score another top recruiting class next year and repeat the act again, but long-term, doesn’t this get old from a fan’s perspective? If you’re turning over a third to a half of your roster every year, there’s no continuity, no chance to really get to know the kids, watch them grow and develop a connection. Being a fan is about rooting for the colors, first and foremost, but identifying with a program’s best athletes means something too. For Maryland fans, the names Bias, Dixon and Vasquez – all four-year players - mean something. They are part of the Terrapin family. Will Kentucky fans feel the same way about John Wall? I doubt it. Retrospectively he’ll feel more like a summer fling: hot while it lasted, gone before they knew it (cue Summer Nights from Grease). In this age of twitter posts, speed dating, and disposable relationships maybe that’s okay (but hopefully not). After a few years of the “Calipari Way”, will Kentucky fans want more than 30 wins and a slew of first round picks? Will they want a greater connection with players and for their beloved University to be more than a gateway to the NBA? The magic 8-ball says, “without a doubt.” Send comments to

Lear First to Repeat at Potomac, Takes Third Straight Burroughs Memorial By Doug Watson Potomac Speedway BUDDS CREEK – Severna Park, Md’s Kyle Lear became the first repeat winner of the 2010 season as he was victorious in last Friday night’s 30-lap Henry Burroughs memorial at Potomac Speedway. The win for Lear, his 10th career Potomac limited late model feature win, was worth a cool $1000. Current Limited Late Model point leader Derrick Quade and Mike Latham paced the field to the initial green flag of the event. Quade got the jump at the start as he darted into the race lead. As Quade lead effortlessly, Lear, who started ninth, was on the move. He entered the top five by the 10th lap and secured second on the 15th circuit. A caution on lap- 8 set the stage as Lear out-dragged Quade into turn one to take the top spot.

From that point on, it would be a race for second as Lear would go on to lead the remaining laps to post his third-straight Burroughs memorial win at the controls of his MD1 race car no.151. “The track was the best I’ve seen it all year,” Lear stated. “I was able to move around a little bit and find where the car worked the best.” The lap 18 caution put Lear in a position to win the event. “I’m not really sure what happened to Derrick,” he said. “I think on the restart, he was trying to block the top and that left the bottom wide open. I said to myself here’s my opportunity, and we were able to pull off the win.” Quade would hang on for second, Stevie Long was third, Paul Cursey took fourth and David Williams rounded out the top-five. Heats for the 15 cars in attendance went to Quade and

Mike Latham. In other action, John Latham rolled to his third win of the season, and 25th of his career, in the 15-lap Hobby Stock main, Larry Fuchs was triumphant in the 15-lap four-cylinder feature, Justin Gilroy collected the win in the 20lap Strictly Stock main and Tony Archer annexed the 15-lap U-car feature.

Limited Late Model feature results (30 laps) 1. Kyle Lear 2. Derrick Quade 3. Stevie Long 4. Paul Cursey 5. David Williams 6. Tommy Wagner Jr. 7. Kenny Moreland 8. Ed Pope 9. Pat Wood 10. Tanner Kerr 11. Sommey Lacey 12. Mike Latham 13. Louie Littlepage Jr. 14. PJ Hatcher 15. Chuck Cox


Tennis USTA Tennis Senior Leagues

St Mary’s County USTA Tennis League is looking for Captains and 3.0 & 3.5 rated players for senior men, women and mixed doubles teams. Season runs from June-August. Must be a USTA member and have reached fifty (50) years of age prior to, or during, the 2010 calendar year. Contact MaiLiem Slade if interested, mlslade@ or 301-481-2305.

Tennis Social Doubles Social Doubles for Adults is held twice weekly and consists of informal doubles matches, put together by the site coordinator, based on that day’s attendance. All who show up will get to play. • 5 P.M. Sundays at Leonardtown High School, May 27th through August. Contact Cris Sigler at 410-326-6383 or zigh53@ • 5 P.M. Thursdays at Great Mills High School, June 6th through September. Contact Bob Stratton at 443-926-2070 or The league fee is $25 for the Leonardtown site and $30 for the Great Mills site. Fees include court costs and balls. No registration is required. Third Leg of the Southern Maryland Tennis Cup Series is the St. Mary’s College Open Tournament which will be held on July 3-5th. Point of Contact, Derek Sabedra, 410-610-4300, email or please go to for further up to date information! Registration is currently ongoing. Southern Maryland USTA sanctioned Juniors Tennis Tournament 2010 – July 21-25th at St. Mary’s College – inaugural tennis event! Point of contact, Derek Sabedra, 410-610-4300 or email or you can register at www.tennislink.usta. com/tournaments. The tournament identification number is 302761310. Registration is currently ongoing. St. Mary’s College Tennis Clinics for beginners, intermediate, and advanced junior players will be held for two weeks. July 26th-July 29th from 6:00-to 8:00pm and August 2nd to August 5th, 6:00-8:00. Point of Contact, Derek Sabedra, 410-610-4300 or email ddsabedra@ Instructor: Giac Tran.


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Floor Hockey League Fun For Adults By Chris Stevens Staff Writer

HELEN – In spite of the sweltering conditions in the Margaret Brent small gymnasium, spirits were high as the St. Mary’s County Rec and Parks adult floor hockey league was in action Tuesday night. The league, in its first season play, was started by Margaret Brent assistant principal Tyler Radez, who sent e-mails out to several teachers and administrators. Before long, he had enough responses for 50-60 players, divided up into 5 teams. “We were playing pickup games after school and we just decided to start our own league,” said Mike Gallo, who teaches sixth grade science at Margaret Brent. “We were able to get Photo By Frank Marquart enough people to start teams along with people who just Patrick Dooley gloves a shot in Adult Floor League at Margarent Brent wanted to play. It’s starting Middle School Tuesday night. off pretty good.” sports coordinator, suggested him for the job. Mike Nye, who refereed both games Tues“Hockey’s my life. I referee the roller day night, was recruited for the job by Radez hockey leagues down in Leonardtown and after Kenny Sothoron, recreation and parks I play the other days of the week,” Nye said. “It’s good exercise.” Matt Chew, who teaches senior English at Leonardtown High School, was one of many who jumped at the opportunity to join and play, captaining a team shrewdly called “Chew’s Friends.” “It was something I was interested in. It’s good to get out once a week and play hockey,” he said. “It gives us a chance to interact outside of the classroom,” said Tony Lisanti, head football coach and World History teacher at Chopticon High School. “We get to see each other in a different light.” Gallo is a part of Lisanti’s football staff and was instrumental in starting the Braves’ floor hockey team that was 4-0 going into Tuesday evening’s play. “That was my connection,” Lisanti said, adding that he played hockey growing up in Pennsylvania. “Tyler organizes things very well I heard about it through Mike.” “We all coach at Chopticon,” Gallo said of his Braves teammates. “We’re just having fun. It’s like reliving the glory days.” Photo By Frank Marquart

Joe Matchock, left, and Bill Dooley battle for the ball.

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Seven Blue Crabs Headed for Atlantic League All Star Game

Seven Southern Maryland Blue Crabs have been named to the Atlantic League Liberty Division All-Star Team, including centerfielder Jeremy Owens, shortstop Travis Garcia, first baseman Eric Crozier, designated hitter Matt Craig, second baseman Casey Benjamin and right-handed pitchers Dan Reichert and Ryan Speier. The 2010 Atlantic League AllStar Game will take place on Tuesday, July 6 at 7:05 p.m. at Suffolk County Sports Park in Central Islip, New York, home of the Long Island Ducks. The Blue Crabs seven All-Star selections ties the York Revolution of the Freedom Division for tops in the Atlantic League. Both clubs are currently in first place in their respective divisions, tied with a league high 37 wins at the time the All-Star teams were announced. Owens earns his second Atlantic League All-Star selection a season after leading the ALPB with 28 home runs and playing in last year’s game at Newark. He is tied for second in the league in home runs with 10 and has 33 RBI this season. This will be Travis Garcia’s second consecutive Atlantic League All-Star Game, as he carries a .272 average with nine home runs and 27 RBI in his eighth professional season. Eric Crozier will play in his first ALPB All-Star Game with a .273 average, nine homers and 29 RBI. Matt Craig earns an All-Star selection in his first season in the Atlantic League. He led the Crabs with a .347 average, 34 RBI and 18 doubles at the time the All-Star teams were an-

nounced. Craig’s average is also second overall in the league. Casey Benjamin also earns selection to the All-Star Game in his first Atlantic League season. He is tied for the team lead in triples with five, and is second on the club in average at .302. Former Major League pitcher Dan Reichert will make his first Atlantic League All-Star Game appearance in his 14th pro season. He leads the Blue Crabs in wins (7), strikeouts (63) and innings pitched (81.0). Reichert is 7-5 with a 3.89 ERA this season. Reliever Ryan Speier rounds out the Blue Crabs 2010 All-Stars, making the squad in his first ALPB season and his ninth as a pro. He has surrendered just one earned run in 21.2 innings for a remarkable 0.42 ERA since signing with Southern Maryland on May 12. Opponents are hitting just .169 against Speier this season. Blue Crabs Manager Butch Hobson, the only skipper the team has known in its three seasons, will manage the Liberty Division All-Stars, and will bring Crabs Pitching Coach Marty Janzen along with him. Hobson earned this privilege due to the Blue Crabs winning the Liberty Division Championship a season ago. It was the franchise’s first division crown and appearance in the Atlantic League Championship series, in just the second season of Southern Maryland Blue Crabs baseball. Hobson, an eight-season Major League veteran as a third baseman, also managed in the Major Leagues, guiding the Boston Red Sox from 1992 through 1994.

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They’re Jumping In The Boat, Maybe! By Keith McGuire Contributing Writer It looks like a banner year for the ubiquitous croaker. You can catch them anywhere! There seem to be four kinds of croakers: 1) Croakersauruses 2) Monster Croakers, 3) Horse Croakers, and 4) Worthless bait-stealing Little Croakers. Reports that I’m getting have the biggest croakers – up to 18” – in the Point Lookout area. Bluefish are around, too. Some of the croakers being caught are bigger than the bluefish! When you find an area that’s holding big croakers it is hard to leave before filling your limit (25 per person). These fish are not picky eaters. They will bite bloodworms, squid, shrimp, peeler crab, chicken breast, and other untold kinds of bait. As Christy Henderson proves, the efficiencies of fishing two-hook bottom rigs can get your limit more quickly than those fishing a single hook. The best locations to try for the noisy, voracious fish are Cornfield Harbor, the vicinity near the Point Lookout fishing pier, Point No Point, the MARI Reef (Woodrow Wilson Bridge debris), buoy 72A and B, and the Target Ship (USNS American Mariner). If you trailer to local launch areas like Point Lookout State Park, Buzz’s Marina, or other locations at the southern tip of St Mary’s County, you don’t have to burn a lot of fuel to get to the fish. The best time to fish for these tasty critters is in the evening on a moving tide, which allows you to avoid some of the oppressive heat we’ve been having lately. However, if you are the “I can take it” type of person you can catch them at any time of day.

People who venture out very early or fish late in the evening are also finding large schools of breaking fish. These schools contain stripers and bluefish, so the plastic twister tails and sassy shads may not be the best choice now. The stripers are your typical summer variety with fish up to 28 or 29 inches, along with many Arkansas Stripers (Little Rock) in the mix. The bluefish are small snappers and frequently, better sized fish up to 3 pounds. Both species will hit some of the more popular metal casting lures and jigs. Reports of breaking fish have come to me from Point Lookout and the Target Ship, all the way up to the Cove Point Liquid Natural Gas dock and the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant. Try to get out there at sunrise or just before sunset on a moving tide. Check the weather before you go and watch out for thunderstorms. Spot can now be caught in most of their usual locations. They also like to hang Christy Henderson around dock pilings, so check the pilings at your marina or dock to get spot to use for bait during your next fishing trip. The bigger ones can be caught in many soft bottom areas of the Bay and rivers. Croaker fishing is often interrupted with catches of spot that venture into the hard bottom areas. The preferred bait for spot is bloodworm, but they will also hit cut squid and artificial bloodworm alternatives. Photo By Mike Henderson Flounder are just beginning to show up in Cornfield Harbor and the Eastern Shore channel edges. The hard-core flounder anglers [like me] are catching a keeper or two in hours of fishing. Fishing with fresh cut spot or bluefish strips on shoals and changes in bottom contour are keys to success. Have you got a current fish picture and a story of a great catch? If so, send an email to Keith has been a recreational angler on the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries for over 50 years; he fishes weekly from his small boat during the season, and spends his free time supporting local conservation organizations.

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