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ews McKay Responds To Attack Ads Thomas F. McKay, candidate for St. Mary’s County Commissioner President, released the following statement Wednesday morning in response to political and personal attack ads funded by his opponent on the Republican primary ballot.

“While our county and state are overrun with government debt, burdened by excessive property taxes, and while our economy has most St. Mary’s County families strained with hardships, my opponent in the upcoming primary election has chosen to mislead you with inaccurate statements and accusations about me rather than focus on public policy solutions that will bring the change to county government that voters are hoping for this November. “My opponent, Randy Guy, who recently joined the Republican party so that he could serve as the front for his allies, including the slanderous Ken Rossignol, has made claims through the local rag known as the St. Mary’s Today which fly in the face of the truth and are calculated to deceive voters of St. Mary’s County. “While I would have hoped to welcome Mr. Guy to the Republican Party, I am disappointed to find that he has come here to spread hate and discontent with personal attacks rather than participate with other well-intentioned folks in honest debate. It would appear Mr. Guy would prefer to destroy our party rather than be a positive force within. His recent statement at a Republican Club gathering that he has switched many of his family members to Republican so they can vote for him in the primary and return to the Democratic Party afterward is yet another example of Mr. Guy’s intentions. “Mr. Guy claims that I lied about my college degree and that his associate’s degree represents a more qualified educational background. While there certainly was a mistake made in 2006 which I did not author stating that I had received a bachelor’s degree, I have taken full responsibility for the mistake, I corrected the mistake, and I have repeatedly apologized for the mistake, “saying that it was a difficult lesson to learn, but that I am a better person now for having learned that hard lesson.” And to claim that his undergraduate degree is of greater significance than my course of study which includes more than twice the credit hours of Mr. Guy, including more than half being upper level credits which Mr. Guy has none, is nothing more than misrepresenting the facts. I have earned more than 120 credits hours from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, University of Maryland College Park, and the University of Maryland University College, where I continue my education today. I am prepared to match my qualifications with those of Mr. Guy any day. “Additionally, Mr. Guy, through his mouthpiece Mr. Rossignol makes false and dishonest claims that I have received illegal campaign contributions in the past. These are absolutely distorted claims which once again show a disregard for the truth and attempts to mislead voters. All of my campaign contributions in the past have been properly received and properly recorded, as will all contributions in the future. My campaign has even placed a limit of $250 per any one contributor because of the difficult economy we all face, something which my opponent has failed to recognize. I encourage my opponent and his spokesperson, Ken Rossignol, to abandon the personal attacks and focus rather on what positive things they would do if elected to solve the many problems facing the families of our county and our state. The truth and honest debate is what citizens expect in this primary election, and I intend to give them just that, so too would my opponent if he has any decency at all,” McKay said.

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Fritz Touts One Conviction After Two Dozen Acquittals

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

After a four-day trial in which Leonardtown attorney and Democrat candidate for state’s attorney John A. Mattingly and his real estate business partner Daniel J. Brown were charged with conspiring to steal interest in land in St. Inigoes, the jury came back with just one guilty verdict against Brown, while Mattingly was found not guilty on all counts. Brown was found guilty of the misdemeanor of conspiring to unlawfully place a false public seal on a deed. According to a press release from State’s Attorney Richard Fritz’s office, Brown’s conviction carries a penalty of not less than two years in prison. The press release also states that the single conviction vindicates the indictments produced against the defendants back in 2009. “State’s Attorney Fritz indicates that this trial and conviction is substantial and is an important vinJohn A. Mattingly

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dication of his office in the face of the absurd allegations of a political prosecution against a candidate running against him for public office,” the release states. “Fritz has indicated that the trial of this matter focused to a substantial extent on protecting the sanctity of the lawful recordation of property transfers in this state, and upon punishing those who unlawfully and flagrantly disregard those procedures.” John Getz, Brown’s attorney and public defender, said that his client was found guilty of a technical violation and that the verdict cast a pall on the prosecution. “I don’t think it vindicates the state’s actions, not the number of charges that were pressed against him,” Getz told The County Times. “I think the jury verdict vindicated my client.” During the trial Mattingly testified that he was the victim of a politically motivated prosecution. Neither Mattinlgy nor Fritz returned phone calls for comment There were 25 charges against Brown that were either dismissed, not prosecuted or that came back with a not guilty verdict. Mattingly faced the same number of charges in the first of what was to be three separate trials regarding allegations of land theft and fraud, but after the July 22 not guilty verdict the prosecution dropped the other two land cases against both defendants. Mattingly and Brown still face trials for alleged witness tampering in connection with a shooting that occurred in 2007 and allegations of stealing money from one of Mattingly’s clients stemming from a lawsuit.


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Construction Funds For Jail Expansion Finally Here By Guy Leonard Staff Writer After several years of trying to find funds and much planning, the state has provided about $5.5 million in matching aid to St. Mary’s to begin construction of the first phase of an expansion of the Adult Detention Center in Leonardtown. The first phase should begin construction by the Spring of 2011, officials with the sheriff’s office said Tuesday and will provide an additional, two-story, 230-bed minimum security facility for inmates who present a lesser security risk. Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron said that in the past 13 months the average daily population of the jail has lessened somewhat but is still overcrowded, while the population of female inmates is steadily on the rise. The minimum security addition will allow the bulk of the inmates in the current facility to be placed in that section which in turn will allow more space to spread out the more dangerous maximum security inmates, many of whom are double bunked. Cameron said that double-bunking of maximum security inmates was a safety problem inside the jail’s walls. “It’s not ideal,” Cameron said. The next phase of the project would be to improve the aging and failing infrastructure in the jail, Cameron said, which includes replacing locks to cells as well as more modern surveillance cameras to maintain security and control. Commissioner President Francis Jack Russell (D-St. George Island) said that the process to get to construction funding had been worth the wait. “It’s nice to see it moving along, however slowly,” Russell said. Cameron said that the county detention center had a unique position around the state by getting this portion of funding. “It’s a major development in the expansion project,” Cameron said. “I think we’re the only jail expansion project in the state. “The need is obviously there.” The expected completion date for the first phase of the expansion is January 2013.


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ews Today’s Newsmakers In Brief “It’s ridiculous because it drives the cost of these developments through the roof. There’s no common sense in it.”

On the need to fill between 50 and 80 teacher vacancies for the coming school year with the best applicants. “We are taking nothing but ‘10’s’ for teacher applications.”

Commissioner Thomas A. Mattingly (D-Leonardtown)

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On the state’s requirement to improve the shoulder of Route 235 at a farmers’ market to support heavy traffic.

As Summer Wanes, County Unemployment Edges Up

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

There are more people unemployed now in the county than during the early days of the summer, according to data recently released by the state’s Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. The county’s unemployment rate now stands at 6.2 percent, four-tenths of a percent above last month’s numbers. County economic officials and some business owners were encouraged that the county’s unemployment rate had dropped to 5.7 percent in April, the lowest rate so far this year but they acknowledged that much of the improvement was due to seasonal hiring during the summer months.

The county’s overall labor force, comprised of either those employed or seeking employment, has steadily increased this year from 51,180 in January, state figures show, to 52,774, and while the number of those employed have grown with the labor force the rate of joblessness has reversed its decline since April. Currently there are 49,486 people employed here but 3,288 are without work, that’s 240 more people out of a job over last month. The county’s unemployment rate is slightly higher than the same time last year, which was 6.1 percent. The current rate here is comparable with the both Charles and Calvert counties and is still better than other counties in Maryland, save for Howard and Montgomery counties.

Schools: Graduation Rate Up, Enrollment On The Rise By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

Schools Superintendent Michael J. Martirano told county commissioners Tuesday that county high school students are graduating at a higher rate than last year and prior years. The numbers that the county school system presented Tuesday were not made official by the state Department of Education, Martirano said, but be believed they would stand up to the state’s analysis. Overall the county’s high schools are graduating nearly 89 percent of seniors, Martirano reported, with Chopticon High School leading the group with a 94.3 percent graduation rate. Leonardtown High School showed almost a 93 percent graduation rate while Great Mills High School showed an 81.3 percent graduation rate. Great Mills showed the greatest increase over last year’s 75.9 percent graduation rate, while Leonardtown increased by only about one percent. Chopticon showed an increase in graduations by about 4.5 percent over 2009. The overall graduation rate this year appears to be slightly better than last year’s rate of 86.2 percent, according to state figures reported on-line, the number of graduates this year reached 1,145 students. It was an achievement that Martirano called “record breaking.” The number of students enrolled

in educational pathways that specialize in teaching set skills such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics at Great Mills High School and the Academy of Finance at Chopticon High School has also exceeded 1,700 students this school year, Martirano said, achieving the bench mark of having at least 10 percent of the entire student body in the public schools on a track for either college level study or ready to take on a career. Martirano told commissioners and board of education members that while the numbers were encouraging, the school system still had to push achievement at the very earliest years of a student’s career to ensure they graduated on time. “The graduation rate is not a high school problem,” Martirano said, adding that reading comprehension was key to future achievement. “If you look at high school drop outs they’ve always struggled with reading.” The public schools are also getting more students, Martirano said. Last year there was a total of 17,188 students spread across all grades, he said, but this year the system is projecting that to increase to about 17,400. “Our enrollment continues to surge,” he said, adding that more space was needed particularly for the youngest students entering the system. “We need that second elementary school sooner than later,” he said.

The state’s unemployment rate sits at 7.6 percent at 2010’s midpoint. Bob Schaller, director of the county’s Department of Economic and Community Development, said that the numbers reflected a usual trend during the end of the summer but there was a greater challenge in the number of unemployed who have remained so. “These are typical trends,” Schaller told The County Times. “The longterm unemployed are now at the highest they’ve been in a long time.” Sectors of employment, like construction, continue to suffer, he said. “This is structural unemployment, where you no longer have a marketable skill.”

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ews What are your vacation plans this summer? Norm Bleakley, 62, an adjunct professor of business at the College of Southern Maryland, said that he’d already been on vacation this year with his wife Gail. “Back in June we went to Admiral’s Isle in North Carolina … I always get a place on the beach and invite my children and grandchildren. That’s four children and nine grandchildren … and we’ve got plans to go back down in late August to the same area.”

Grant Graessle, 45, a NAVAIR employee from California, said he was taking short trips with his family this summer. “We went to Six Flags, and we’re going camping in the Shenandoah Valley next week, plus we have swim lessons for the kids … but it’s mostly local.”

“I don’t have any vacation plans at all,” said Chuck Weeka, 24, a laborer who’s staying in St. Mary’s over the summer. “I have no money for a vacation.”

Leah’s House Looking for Federal Funds By Guy Leonard Staff Writer After looking for funds to build its new facility for several years from local and state sources, Marguerite Morris, the founder of Leah’s House in Valley Lee, is applying for a federal loan. Morris told The County Times on Monday that the $750,000 in loan money her organization is pursuing comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and that the total cost of building the proposed 9,000 square foot facility on the former site of the HappyLand bar will cost about $2 million. Morris has been unsuccessful in getting any funding from the county in recent years to run her shelter for battered and sometimes homeless women. She said the federal government option was one of the few left open to keep the operation running. “I guess I should have done that a long time ago,” Morris said of the loan application. “We’re strongly pursing all avenues.” Photo by Guy Leonard Leah’s House Director Sheila Davis. Morris has sought legal action against the directors of two human service providers in the past year, the county’s HousThanks our series sponsors Thanks ToTo our series sponsors ing Authority and Three Oaks Thanks To our series sponsors Arts Alliance Mary’s College Maryland • BAE Systems Arts Alliance of of St.St. Mary’s College of of Maryland • BAE Systems homeless shelter, in an attempt Arts Alliance of St. Mary’s College of Maryland • BAE Systems Booz Allen Hamilton • Comcast Cable Communications, Inc. • G&H Jewelers Booz Allen Hamilton • Comcast Cable Communications, Inc. • G&H Jewelers to get what Morris calls equiBooz Allen Hamilton • Comcast Cable Communications, Inc. • G&H Jewelers Lockheed Martin • ManTech International Corporation • Maryland Public Television Lockheed Martin • ManTech International Corporation • Maryland Public Television table treatment in receiving Lockheed Martin • ManTech International Corporation • Maryland Public Television Maryland State Arts Council • MetroCast Communications Maryland State Arts Council • MetroCast Communications funds. Maryland State Arts • MetroCast Communications Northrop Grumman • Raytheon • Council River Concert Series Audience • SAIC • Smartronix Northrop Grumman • Raytheon • River Concert Series Audience • SAIC • Smartronix The Housing Authority Northrop Grumman • Raytheon • River Concert Series Audience • SAIC • Smartronix St. Mary’s County Arts Council • St. Mary’s County Government • Wyle St. Mary’s County Arts Council • St. Mary’s County Government • Wyle is a state agency, while Three St. Mary’s County Arts Council • St. Mary’s County Government • Wyle Oaks is a non-profit similar July The Grand Finale 3030~ ~The Grand Finale to Leah’s house and receives JulyJuly 30~The Grand Finale some funding from the Board jeffrey Silberschlag jeffrey Silberschlag andand thethe of County Commissioners. Jeffrey Silberschlag and the Chesapeake Orchestra host Broadway Chesapeake Orchestra host Broadway “It’s about principal and Chesapeake Orchestra host Broadway equal access, because we’re Singing sensation 2010 tony Singing sensation andand 2010 tony singing sensation and 2010 Tony

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The Museum Division of St. Mary’s County Department of Recreation and Parks is hosting the annual Children’s Day event at the St. Clement’s Island Museum in Colton’s Point on Saturday, Aug. 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Museum staff and volunteers will provide kids with heritage games, face painting, crafts and free sno-cones. The museum’s water taxi to St. Clement’s Island will begin at 11 a.m., weather permitting, with the fee for children waived. Raised for this special event. Adults are $7 each, a county press release states. Representatives from the St. Mary’s County Library will offer story time and the St. Mary’s Hospital Health Connections van will offer a Teddy Bear Clinic. Parents can get screenings for high blood pressure. Ladies from The Delicados will give away free balloons. The Optimist Club of the 7th District will offer a boy’s and girl’s bike

giveaway (need not be present to win), a kiddie tractor pull, and 50-cent per item lunch menu! Bring a camera for pictures with Pinch, the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs baseball mascot from noon to 1 p.m. Free t-shirts will be available for the first 100 kids thanks to the following event sponsors: Chesapeake Custom Embroidery, Cullins Pool Water, Combs Drury Reeves Insurance Agency, Avenue Flags & Flagpoles, Delegate John F. Wood, Jr., Tidewater Dental Associates, Checkers Restaurant, Colton’s Point Marina, GTMR, Inc., and PNC Bank. The St. Clement’s Island Museum is located in Colton’s Point at the end of Route 242, nine miles south of Clements intersection at Routes 234 and 242. For more information, please call 301-769-2222 or visit recreate/museums.


An article published in the July 1 edition incorrectly stated the town of residence of Henry Camaioni, a Republican candidate seeking to unseat Delegate John F. Wood (D. Dist. 29A). Camaioni is a resident of Leonardtown, and at the time of the article had a post office box in California.


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The Reporter Gets an ‘F’

The County Times’ article last week on the recent Charles Lollar town hall meeting (July 22, 2010, Page 3) was an example of distorted and biased reporting. Nearly 100 percent of the crowd (minus a few of Steny Hoyer’s “plants”) in the audience was following every word from Charles Lollar and gave him resounding applause and cheers on each of his points. They heard a real gentleman and true patriot who understands that the Obama/ Pelosi/Reed/Hoyer agenda is rapidly ruining America. Who the hell is Michael Cain, the political science professor at St. Mary’s College? What is his background that makes him an “expert” on DoD matters?

Lollar vs Hoyer

This is in response to the July 22 article by staff writer Guy Leonard in The County Times, where Michael Cain, professor of political science at St. Mary’s College was quoted by Mr. Leonard as giving a lot of credit to Steny Hoyer for supporting military bases and jobs in his district. Mr. Hoyer does deserve credit for supporting the Military Bases, but let’s not give him more credit than he deserves. Specifically, The Base Realignment And Closure (BRAC) Commissions were “independent” and politics did NOT enter the BRAC decisions to move the Naval Air Systems Command Headquarters, or other Activities such as the Naval functions at Warminster, Pa, along with all the jobs, to PAX. Before I retired, I headed a group that provided data inputs to the BRAC Commissions and decisions were based solely upon Mission Requirements, Technical Aspects, and Cost Savings. Fortunately for our Country, politicians were not involved, so Mr. Hoyer can not take credit for these job gains for Southern Maryland, but rather these gains were a direct result of the hard work of the dedicated workforce at Pax and the factual inputs to BRAC. Certainly, Mr. Hoyer has supported the ongoing mission at PAX and other Bases in his District, but why wouldn’t he? We should not, in any way, imply that only Mr. Hoyer would

My Guess is that he fits the “liberal and progressive’ mold, who champions the “lets redistribute the wealth” and the socialist agenda. It appears to me that Mr. Cain wants to make some “brownie points” with Steny Hoyer, who happens to sit on the St. Mary’s College Board of Trustees. Maybe he is shopping for a million-dollar Steny Hoyer earmark (AKA Pork) that comes from the taxpayer’s pockets. Wake up Mr. Leonard – do some objective reporting, and not just biased “Hatchet Jobs.” Donald Beck St. Mary’s City, MD

provide this support. Charles Lollar, a US Marine Reserve Officer, is a strong advocate of our National Defense, and he has many other things going for him that Steny Hoyer does not. Here are the 3 main reasons that work and jobs will continue to come to PAX. (1) highly educated, highly trained civilian Engineers, Scientists, and Technicians; dedicated Military Officers and Enlisted; and, the Great Support Contractors.(2) Unique Test Facilities such as the Man-Flight Simulator, Shielded Hanger, and many many others. (3) geographic location to the Atlantic Test Ranges for Testing Aircraft and Weapon Systems. The biggest threats to PAX and jobs would be electing too many left wingers who do not believe in a Strong Defense, and “Encroachment” which our local elected officials must guard against. Our Country needs new leadership. Vote for Charles Lollar, a Fiscal Conservative, Businessman, Family man, US Marine Reserve Officer who believes in term limits, our Constitution, and the values our Country was founded upon. Joe Wible Sr. Leonardtown, MD

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Still Proud to be an American While recently working on our family history project with my brother who was visiting from Colorado, we discovered an amazing collection of family letters, photos, and WWII documentation, that served as a reminder of the real sacrifices made during the war then, and now. Reading through this tattered box of fading letters from the 1940’s, we gained valuable insight on the last days and moments surrounding the death of my Uncle, Corporal William Herbert Pearce, of the 468th Bomber Wing Air Force Unit on 7-13-1945.  Much of our family history since that day, in fact, has been forged on the impact of my young Uncle’s sacrifice, and death, as he was only 23. Further investigation of our collection of letters and photos also produced a startling connection to two notable U.S. historical figures, Frank V. Ortiz, Jr, who later became a distinguished U.S. Ambassador and member of the State Department,  and George Wallace, who later became Governor of Alabama.  Both Mr. Ortiz and Mr. Wallace were stationed with my Uncle on Tinian Island, in the South Pacific. Mr. Ortiz, according to the letters,  was a close friend of my Uncle, as well as a crew member on the plane that went down that day, just weeks prior to the Japanese surrender.  As such, Mr. Ortiz wrote numerous letters to my family at that time, and for a period of several years beyond.  Our collection of letters also includes letters and interesting documents from Governor Wallace and his wife, who also later became Governor of Alabama upon then end of Mr. Wallace’s terms as Governor. As my brother and I delved further into this awesome assortment of detailed letters, photos, uniform patches, and War Department letters and shipping orders, we were reminded that so much was given by so many at that time, that we so take for granted as Americans today.  These events of some 65 years ago are still a vivid part

of our family history, but more importantly, a reminder of what our Military families are enduring today concerning their loved ones defending our freedoms all over the world. We have been truly touched by the fascinating letters and actions of those surrounding my Uncle William, and our family, during that difficult time, and especially the lengths they went through to extend their condolences and insights to my grandparents and family.  Also lost that day in July 1945 was young William Teague, whose family also corresponded with our family for years to come. Our hope now  is to reach the families of those who sent the letters, in the hopes they may find value in the memories and events shared in such descriptive and inspiring detail. In a time before emails, texting, and cell phones, the primary method of long distance communication was writing letters.  What a lost art this has become it seems, and we will treasure our letters for many years to come. As a mother of a young child, I hope to also instill in my daughter the values of Duty, Honor, and Country, that my father so proudly instilled in my sister, brother, and I.  Perhaps our collection of letters and photos that have been stored for years in my father’s West Point Army trunk,  toted from place to place as we moved around, will also remind us to be grateful for all of the freedoms we do now enjoy, despite everything else going on in the news to the contrary. Our taxes may be high, our property values may be low, we may be out of work, and we may have loved ones fighting for unsure causes all over the world, but we do still live in the greatest nation of opportunities in the world, where many have perished for us, in the name of freedom. Susan Pearce Ditch Hollywood, MD

Congress Has Become Royalty

Recently an article in the Washington Post showed a copy of the rough Declaration of Independence in which Thomas Jefferson used the word subjects. Then the word subject was obliterated and the word citizens was inserted. This is a sad moment as our current Congress has replaced the word citizens with subjects. Congress has become royalty; using their incredible power to exempt themselves from any law they pass. The American taxpayers are subject to all laws passed for them. Congress will not give a reason for exempting themselves from specific laws. Congress claims, their unique power comes from the Constitution, Article 1 Section 6. The Powers of Congress are broadly interpreted. There is no exact source of this acquired power of exemption. They say it is in the Constitution but don’t know the exact location. Are Congressmen really Americans?

Section 9, the Title of Nobility Clause, prohibits Congress from bestowing titles of nobility on any person. But they have found a way to bestow upon themselves, the privileges of Nobility. How else can they exempt themselves from the laws passed for all Americans? Only Nobility has the capability to exempt themselves from laws passed for the ordinary subjects or citizens. The Supreme Court should research the exact place in the Constitution that gives our “Royal” Congress such power. Having this power leads to ignoring their constituents and exempting themselves from laws that earn them some benefit or profit. Why else would they exempt themselves? Daniel J. Wilson Leonardtown, MD

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Raley, Watts & O’Neill Insurance and The Selective Group Foundation have joined forces to support the positive efforts of Historic Sotterley, Inc. through a $1,000.00 grant. The grant represents a $500 donation from Raley, Watts & O’Neill matched by a $500 grant from The Selective Group Foundation. “Sotterley is such an important and beautiful historical landmark and also provides so many educational resources - there is truly nothing else like it in Southern Maryland,” Rick Tepel, CEO of Raley, Watts & O’Neill said in a press release. Tepel is a supporter and Board of Trustees member of Historic Sotterley, Inc. “The Matching Grant program allows us to partner with our agents to support the needs of the communities in which we serve and operate,” said Tony Albanese, Senior Vice President, Bond and Agency Development. “During these tenuous economic times, businesses are creatively finding ways to support Sotterley Plantation, and matching grants allow donated funds to be multiplied,” Nancy

Easterling, Executive Director of Sotterley Plantation said in a statement. “This generous grant will be applied toward the Riverside WineFest at Sotterley 2010, our well-established event now in its 10th year, with all proceeds directly supporting Sotterley’s significant educational programs. Our most sincere thanks to Raley, Watts & O’Neill and The Selective Group Foundation for being part of our continuing history.” Raley, Watts & O’Neill Insurance is an independent insurance brokerage founded in 1954 in Lexington Park. Selective Insurance Group, Inc. is a holding company for seven property and casualty insurance companies rated “A+” (Superior) by A.M. Best.

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Donna Cameron, 53

Donna Lee Cameron, 53, of Hollywood, MD and formerly of Philadelphia, PA, died July 24, 2010 at her home in Hollywood, MD surrounded by her family and friends. Born September 29, 1956 in Jacksonville, FL, she was the daughter of the late Richard C. Miller and Norma Jean Miller. She was the loving wife of William B. Cameron whom she married on October 4, 1986 in St. John’s Catholic Church, Hollywood, MD. She is also survived by her children Danny and Joanna Cameron both of Hollywood, MD, her Nieces; Lisa Mann and Debbie Bassford both of Chaptico, MD, Tina Burke of La Plata, MD, Jennifer Duncan of Seattle, WA, Michelle Cogar of Drayden, MD and Michelle Wotring of Fort. Myers, FL as well as her nephews; Mark Cogar of NC, Jamie Benton and Doyle Benton both of Atlanta, GA and Trey Benton of WA. Mary is also survived by her sisters Deborah Empting (Larry) of Smyrna, GA, Carol Cogar of Hollywood, MD her sister-in-laws; Anna Cameron of La Plata, MD and Mary Cameron of Chaptico, MD as well as her brother-in-laws; Pete Cameron and Joseph Cameron. Donna graduated from Great Mills High School in 1976 and worked as a Motor Pool Driver for the Paul Hall Center for the Harry Lundeberg School of Seamanship. Donna loved being the photographer at Potomac Speedway for 18 years. She enjoyed photography, antique cars, and thoroughly enjoyed watching movies. She also enjoyed piloting small aircrafts, camping and spending time at the beach with her family. The family received friends on Wednesday, July 28, 2010 in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD, where prayers were said. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Thursday, July 29, 2010, in St. John’s Catholic Church, Hollywood, MD at 10 a.m. with Fr. Emon Dignan officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Pall-

bearers will be William Bell, Al Roldan, Douglas Thron, Andrew Bean, Eugene Trudeau and Douglas Phillips. Honorary Pallbearers will be Roland Mann, Ron Wotring, Pete Cameron, Charlie Bassford, George Carr and Joseph Cameron. Contributions in memory of Donna Lee Cameron can be made to St Mary’s County Hospice, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650, American Cancer Society (St. Mary’s Unit) P.O. Box 1032, Leonardtown, MD 20650, and/or St. John’s Church building fund, 43950 St. John’s Road, Hollywood, MD 20650. To send a condolence to the family please visit our website at www.mgf h. com. Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.

William Cherry, 71 William Frederick Cherry, 71 of Ridge, MD died July 25, 2010 at St. Mary’s Hospital. Born November 10, 1938 in Danville, VA he was the son of the late Benjamin W. Cherry and Eva (Woodall) Cherry. William served in the U.S. Army from January 1958 until January 1961. He was a bricklayer. William is survived by his siblings Esther Cherry of St. Inigoes, MD, Elizabeth A. Budden of Topsham, ME, Margaret J. Cherry Smith of Youngstown, FL, Benjamin W. Cherry, Jr. of Annapolis, MD and Wanda Y. Cherry of Freeport, FL. A graveside service will be held on Thursday, July 29, 2010 at 11 a.m. at the First Friendship United Methodist Church Cemetery, 13723 Point Lookout Road, Ridge, MD 20680. Reverend John Wunderlich will conduct the service. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

David Dixon, 50

David Allan Dixon, 50 of Leonardtown, MD died July

23, 2010 peacefully in the comfort of his home surrounded by loved ones. David was born on July 12, 1960 in Annapolis, MD to Robert Stephen Dixon Sr. and the late Irene Anne Abell Dixon. David, affectionately known as “Davy D”, moved to St. Mary’s County with his family to live on Ellenborough Farm for the last 47 years. Through the efforts of his mother and father and other parents of disabled children in St. Mary’s County, The Association for Retarded Citizens, now known as the ARC was chartered. Over 44 years ago, David became an original attendee at the first daycare program created for disabled persons in St. Mary’s County. That program, first located at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Hall in Leonardtown, later moved the former Health Department building in Lexington Park and ultimately to it’s current location in Hollywood and is now known as The Center for Life Enrichment. This pioneering group of parents also fought to open the first group homes and create the first in-home care grants so families of the disabled could keep their children close to home or in their own home. David has received, over the years, loving care from first ARC staff and for the last 17 years from United Cerebral Palsy of Southern Maryland staff. He had many special friends and caregivers over the years from the ARC, The Center for Life Enrichment and UCP. His most special friend, Ms. Shirley Short, was with him the longest of all and although she is now retired due to health reasons, has remained a large part of David’s life. Her love and care over the past 17 years not only sustained him but also supported and comforted his father and mother, sister and brother. David was predeceased by his mother, Renee Dixon. He is survived by his father, Robert “Bob” Dixon, brother, Steve Dixon, sister, Lydia Dixon, and a host of aunts, cousins, and inlaws. For those who knew and loved him best, he will be remembered for his strength, humor, and tenacity. He was a loving and well-loved person. Family received friends for David’s Life Celebration on Tuesday, July 27, 2010 in the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. A memorial service was conducted. A private inurnment was held on Wednesday, July 28, 2010 at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Laurel Grove where he will be joined with his mother. In lieu of f lowers, donations may be made to The Irene A. Dixon and David A. Dixon Trust Fund, in care of L. Dixon, 22909 Cedar Lane Road, Leonardtown, MD, 20650, The Center

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for Life Enrichment, P.O. Box 610, Hollywood, MD 20636 or the United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Southern MD, 21815 Three Notch Road, Suite H, Lexington Park, MD 20653. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Samuel Jones, 80

Samuel “Sam” Albert Jones, 80, of Hollywood, MD died July 24, 2010 in St. Mary’s Hospital Leonardtown, MD. Sam was born on April 3, 1930 in Hollywood, MD. He was the son of the late Thomas Jarret and Annie Louise Ferguson Jones. He was the loving husband of the late Mildred Elmena Armsworthy Jones whom he married on June 26, 1954 in Holy Face Catholic church in Great Mills, MD. Mildred preceded him in death on February 21, 2009. He is survived by his children; Michael Earl Jones (Annie) of Hollywood, MD, Barbara Snavely (Jeffery) of Hollywood, MD, Patricia Stout (Gary) of Little River, SC, Lisa Price (Michael) of Highview, WV, Jeffery Samuel Jones (Robin) Oakville, MD and David Paul Jones (Sonya) of Umatilla, FL, his grandchildren; Melissa Garrison, Heather Jones, Crystal Jones, Mike Jones, Heidi Quade, Sarah Quade, David Quade, Joann LeBeaux, Ryan Jones, Amy Russell, April Russell, Glenn Price, Jonathan Price, Lauren Jones and Gary Spalding as well as his great-grandchildren; Leah Connnelly, Troy Jones, Jasmine LeBeaux, Brianna LeBeaux, Kelvin LeBeaux, Jayda LeBeaux, Malachi Bailey, Taylor Quade, Dominique Quade, Deamonte Lacey, Garon Jones, Kandace Russell, Keniya Russell, Shannon Price, Caylee Price and Leah Price. Sam is also survived by his siblings Leona Stone, Connie Copsey and Hoover Jones all of Hollywood, MD. Sam is preceded in death by his grandson Christopher Jones and his great-granddaughter Jocelyn LeBeaux as well as


his siblings Thomas Earl Jones, Ruby Lorraine Jones, Evelyn Clements, Amanda Dean, Hilda Morgan, Frances Lindbergh Jones, Cecelia Hope Morgan and McKinley Jones. Sam was a lifelong St. Mary’s County resident and was a Carpenter for many years working for Roger H. Dean & Sons Construction Company. He enjoyed gardening, playing cards, crafting and collecting antique model cars and trucks. The family received friends on Tuesday, July 27, 2010 in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD, where prayers were said. A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Wednesday, July 28, 2010 in St. John’s Catholic Church, Hollywood, MD with Fr. Emon Dignan officiating. Interment will follow in Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, MD. Pallbearers were Leroy Jones, Dale Dean, Billy Morgan, Jerry Clements, Calvin Morgan and Timmy Jones. In Lieu of f lowers donations may be made to the Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 7, Hollywood, MD 20636. To send a condolence to the family please visit our website at www.mgf Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.

James Mayonado, 69 James M. “Jim” Mayonado, Sr., 69, of Hollywood, MD and formerly of Baltimore, MD died July 25, 2010 in Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC after a brief illness. Jim was born on October 16, 1940 in Baltimore, MD. He was the son of the late Emilio Salvadore and Evelyn V. White Mayonado. He is survived by his wife of 48 years Elizabeth Grandea Mayonado whom he married on December 2, 1961 in Baltimore, MD. He is also survived by his children; James M. “Wade” Mayonado, Jr of Leonardtown, MD, Amalia Hawks of Baltimore, MD, Amanda Lawrence of Mount Airy, MD and Angela Bradford of Rockville, MD as well as six grandchildren. In addition to his children and grandchildren Jim is survived by his sister Sally LeVasseur of West Virginia and sister-in-law Joan Mayonado. He is preceded in death by his brother Frank Mayonado. Jim attended Franklin High School in Baltimore, MD and graduated with the “Class of 1958.” He attended Catonsville Community College and Johns Hopkins University. Jim moved from Baltimore, MD to St. Mary’s County, MD in 1963 and became a Maryland state roads engineer and was also a master bricklayer and gunsmith. Jim was a member of the CSS Alabama of the North-South Skirmish Association. Pallbearers will be Cal Ocampo, Mark Ocampo, Russ


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Continued Millar, Dan Ford, Dan Mayonado and Davud Grandea, Jr. In Lieu of f lowers donations may be made to the Helping Hands of Southern Maryland, P.O. Box 1658, Leonardtown, MD 20650. For service information or to send a condolence to the family please visit our website at www. mgf Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.

William Miedzinski, 73

Lexington Park, MD. Bill will be most remembered for his selfless service to others and his deep and abiding faith in God. Family will receive friends for Bill’s Life Celebration on Thursday, July 29, 2010 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 22375 Three Notch Road, Lexington Park, MD 20653. Prayers will be recited at 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, July 30, 2010 at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Serving, as pallbearers will be Johnny Hopf, Chuck Shultz, Wayne Pettit, Kelly Cutchember, George McKay, Wayne Miedzinski, Jeff Wettengel, and Hank Cumberlin. Honorary pallbearers will be Charlie Mills and Charles “Snookie” Miedzinski. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Leonardtown, MD. In lieu of f lowers memorial contributions may be made to Hospice House of St. Mary’s, P.O. 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650 Interment will be private. Arrangements provided by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD

Chilton Walker, 73

Phyllis Thomas, 77 William Francis “Bill” Miedzinski, 73 of Great Mills, MD passed away suddenly at his home on Sunday, July 25, 2010. Bill was born on June 30, 1937 in Hollywood, MD. He attended St. John’s School and Great Mills High School. After graduating from high school in 1955, Bill enlisted in the United States Army serving for three years as a military police officer at the Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, AL. During this time, he was a member of the team that provided security for the emerging rocket and missile program. After three years of military service he attended the Maryland State Police Academy where he graduated 3rd in his class. In 1962 he married Mary Grace Bean. Together they had three daughters; Tracey, Lisa and Linda. After a 20-year career with the Maryland State Police, he retired in 1982. Bill went on to serve as Chief of Police for the Patuxent River Naval Air Station, as an administrator for the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Department and as a bookkeeper at Camp Maria. Over his lifetime, Bill enjoyed camping, recreational black powder shooting and traveling. He shared many special times with his wife Grace, their family and friends camping in Shenandoah National Park. Bill was an active member of the North-South Skirmish Association. In his later years, he enjoyed tinkering with computers and spending time with family and friends. Bill served on the parish council, finance council, and was the coordinator of Eucharistic ministers at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in

Chilton T. “Chet” Walker, 73, of Leonardtown, MD and formerly of Suitland, MD died July 19, 2010 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Leonardtown, MD. Born July 2,

Phyllis Jean Thomas, 77 of Dameron, MD passed away on July 23, 2010 at Hospice House, Callaway, MD. Born January 24, 1933 in Lewistown, PA, she was the daughter of the late, Arthur W. and Esther Stroup. Phyllis was a homemaker. She loved animals, especially her cat Dusty. In addition to her parents Phyllis was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn Thomas. She is survived by her children; David Thomas of Prince Frederick, MD, Steve (Julie) Thomas, of Valley Lee, MD and Kimberly (Matt) Dillon of Pikesville, MD, siblings; Geraldine Fisher of Lewistown, PA and Mildred Spangler of Reedville, PA, also survived by 4 grandchildren; William “Billy” Thomas, Amber Thomas, Brandy Thomas, and Megan Dillon. Family received friends for Phyllis’s Life Celebration today Wednesday, July 28, 2010 in the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A.,

1937 in Fredericksburg, VA he was the son of the late Horace Elmo and Vernie Elizabeth (Humphries) Walker. He was the loving husband of the late Norma Jeanne Walker whom he married on April 4, 1959 in Mount Calvary Church in Forestville, MD. He is survived by his children; Bonnie Jeanne Walker of Leonardtown, MD, Daniel Chilton “Danny” Walker (Beth Currie) of Leonardtown, MD and Susan “Soozie” Ann Walker- Musselman of Waldorf, Maryland as well as six grandchildren; Lacey Santora, Ashley Walker, Graig Musselman, Courtney Sue Santora, Dominick Santora and Dalton Walker and four great grandchildren; Trinity, Scarlett, Kaylee and Rileigh. Chet is also survived by his sister Brenda D’Antuono of Selbyville, DE. He was preceded in death by his grandson Daniel Joseph Thomas Walker. Chet graduated from Suitland High School’s “Class of 1955” and opened up his own businesses after high school. He was the owner of Chet’s Decorating Center, Chet’s Pool Center and Regal Pool’s for over 40 years. Chet became a St. Mary’s County resident in 1988 after relocating from Charles County. Chet belonged to the Waldorf Christian Businessman’s Asso-

ciation, Kiwanis Club and the Mason’s Seat Pleasant’s Lodge 218 which he was Past master from 1976-1977. He was a family man and was an avid Redskins fan. He enjoyed watching NASCAR, fishing, woodworking and making award winning fishing rods. The family received friends on Thursday, July 22, 2010 in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD, where prayers were said. Funeral services were held on Friday, July 23rd , 2010 in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD with Rev. Paul Goodwin officiating. Interment followed in Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, Maryland. Pallbearers will be Danny Walker, Lacey Santora, Dominick Santora, Dalton Walker, Joshua Knepp and Willie Ridgell. Honorary Pallbearers will be Graig Musselman, Ray D’Antuono and Mike Roberts. To send a condolence to the family please visit our website at www.mgf Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.


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Briefs Deputies Make Arrests On Drug Possession Charges On July 24, 2010, Corporal B. Connelly responded to the EZ Wash Laundromat in Mechanicsville to check the welfare of two individuals who appeared to be passed out in a vehicle. Connelly located the vehicle and observed Stephanie Ann Shifflett, 23, of Waldorf, and Mark Allen Nalborczyk, 22, of Indian Head, inside the vehicle asleep. Shifflett was holding a rolled dollar bill in her hand. Through Connelly’s training and experience, he knew rolled dollar bills are sometimes used to ingest controlled dangerous substances. Connelly also observed a compact disc case with white powder residue and half of a prescription pill in the lap of Nalborczyk. Connelly contacted Nalborczyk and Shifflett. Nalborczyk was arrested for possession of a controlled dangerous substance. A search incident to Nalborczyk’s arrest revealed he was also in alleged possession of controlled dangerous substance paraphernalia containing burnt marijuana residue. Nalborczyk was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance and one count of possession of controlled dangerous substance paraphernalia. Further investigation revealed Shifflett was in alleged illegal possession of prescription narcotics. Shifflett was arrested and charged with three counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

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Suspect in Missing Woman’s Death Captured

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

A man investigators suspect killed an apparent acquaintance of his who had been miss-

Deputies Arrest Man On Tv Theft Charges On July 25, 2010, Deputy A. Croyle responded to the CVS in Lexington Park for a report of a theft which had just occurred. The investigation revealed a black male, approximately 6 feet tall, wearing white shorts and a black jacket with “Coogi” written on it walked into the CVS, picked up a 15-inch Craig brand television and walked out of the store without paying for it. An employee of the CVS reported this was the second time the suspect allegedly stole a television from the store. The employee stated the suspect also stole a television on July 6, 2010. Croyle reviewed the in-store surveillance tape of the suspect allegedly committing the theft. The suspect was last seen walking towards the Lexington Park library. Croyle checked the area and located the suspect sitting on the front porch of a residence on Rogers Drive in Lexington Park. The suspect was identified as Jeffrey Leon Lyles, 47, of Lexington Park. The CVS employee responded to Rogers Drive and identified Lyles as the person who allegedly committed the thefts. Lyles was arrested and charged with two counts of Theft. A search incident to arrest revealed Lyles was also in possession of controlled dangerous substance paraphernalia, a smoking device with suspected cocaine residue. Lyles was additionally charged with Possession of Controlled Dangerous Substance Paraphernalia and Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance.

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Devon Andrea Baker

Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office said that the county’s medical examiner had completed the autopsy of Baker’s body Tuesday afternoon. “The body showed no signs of traumatic injury,” DeBlasio wrote in a e-mail. “Both the cause of manner of death are pending additional investigation.” DeBlasio said that Baker’s body, initially found by a fisherman next to a stream, was discovered in the water. “It was badly decomposed,” DeBlasio said of Baker’s condition. Baker’s husband declined to comment on the circumstances surrounding his wife’s death, but co-workers at St. James deli and pub in Lexington Park said she was an excellent employee and very friendly and that her death was a shock. In the day’s following Baker’s disappearance investigators here listed her as a critical missing person. Baker had not used her cell phone, nor had she accessed her bank account after last being seen on Liberty Street in Lexington Park. Police here have not revealed what the relationship was between Moore and Baker and

ing for more than a week was captured in Canada and is awaiting extradition, law enforcement officials say, but mystery still surrounds the exact cause of death of Devon Andrea Baker. Law officers in Niagara Falls, Canada, apprehended Benjamin Moore, 46, of Lexington Park on July 26 after investigators here from the St. Mary’s County Bureau of Criminal Investigations, State’s Attorney’s Office, state police and the U.S. Marshal’s regional fugitive task force learned Moore was staying at a Day’s Inn hotel. Canadian authorities arrested Moore without a struggle, police reports stated, outside of the hotel. Moore was arrested on a warrant for second-degree murder that was obtained after detectives here executed search and seizure warrants in Lexington Park as well in Chesapeake, Va. where Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron said he was known to work during the week. Benjamin Moore Cameron said that Moore was one of the last people known to have contact with Baker, what possible motive he could have in the al37, just before she disappeared July 17. leged homicide. Baker’s body was found in Princeton Township New Jersey Sunday at about 8 p.m., local police reports state. Casey DeBlasio, spokeswoman for the

Man Charged With Drug Possession

Detectives with the Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s vice/narcotics unit began an investigation involving an apartment in Lexington Park that was allegedly being used as a drug distribution point. As the investigation continued investigators obtained a search and seizure warrant and searched the apartment with the assistance of the county sheriff’s office tactical team. Law officers state that when the team entered the apartment they observed suspect Norman Kenneth Dickerson, Jr. throw

items out the window of the apartment. Investigators recovered baggies of cocaine and marijuana as well as $300 in cash, police reports state. Dickerson, of Bushwood, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and cocaine but was released the same day of his arrest, court records show. Additional charges are pending a review of the case with the State’s Attorney’s Office, police reports state.

Deputies: Man Claims Ownership Of Stolen Tags

On July 25, Corporal D. Milam responded to the Charlotte Hall Motel in Charlotte Hall for a reported disturbance in a room. Milam contacted the individuals in the room who were reportedly causing a disturbance and advised them to quiet down. As she was leaving the parking lot, she noticed a Chevrolet pick-up truck occupied by two juveniles. Milam checked the registration of the vehicle through the Maryland Department of Motor Vehicles and discovered the tags on the vehicle were reported stolen. As Milam was speaking with the juveniles, Thomas Edwin Burmeister, 28, of Waldorf, exited the hotel and told Milam that the truck belonged to him. Burmeister was arrested and charged with theft.


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Original EA-6B Prowler Retires to Museum

By Maj. Timothy Davis and Lt. Cmdr. Donald Costello

June 30 marked the end of an era in aviation as the U.S. Navy’s oldest EA-6B Prowler’s engines were silenced forever after its final flight from Patuxent River to its new home at NAS Pensacola, Fla. The ‘‘Salty Dog” test pilots and aircrew of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Two-Three (VX-23) at NAVAIR had utilized aircraft side-number SD 534 (also known as P-4 and BuNo 156481) for more than a decade as a platform for developmental testing of the latest EA-6B components, systems and capabili-

ties. Now, it will inspire future generations of Navy and Marine Corps aviators in its final duty assignment as a static display at the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola. Currently, 91 of the 170 EA-6Bs originally produced are still considered to be active. The fact that the fourth aircraft ever produced was still flying for more than 40 years after it was delivered to the Navy serves as a testament to the excellence of U.S. Navy Photo both the original Northrop Grumman design and craftsmanship The 534 flies above NAS Patuxent River. as well as the continuing dedication of the Navy and contract maintenance departments that keep Prowlers flying today. P-4 can now be seen at her final respite aboard NAS Penthe National Naval Aviation Museum providing inspiration to sacola where she will continue to serve in a new and enduring future aviators and engineers alike. capacity as a static display in

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Schools Superintendent Michael Martirano recently announced his newest safety initiative for the 2010-2011 school year, which will build on previous programs this year to focus on bullying prevention. “Three years ago we did the safe driving initiative, last year we did cyber-bullying, and this year we’re taking on the issue of bullying in general,” said Martirano, going on to comment on the increase in attacks using social networking sites or electronic devices. “It’s a whole new arena with cyber-bullying,” said Martirano, explaining the expansion of last year’s cyber-bullying initiative to this year’s effort. “If I was bullied when I was a student, I could go home to the safe confines of my house, and I’d be protected. But now if a student is being bullied by text messaging and Facebook, they’re being inundated in their own house … so we’re trying to equip people with ways to deal with that when it happens,” he said, going on to describe the tenants of his anti-bullying campaign, which will start with a kick-off event at the James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center on August 4 and feature student assembles and community education forums throughout the year to guide interventions and help counsel victims of bullying. Martirano’s kick-off event will feature New York Times best-seller and bullying expert Jodee Blanco, who chronicled her own struggles as a student outcast in the New York Times bestseller “Please Stop Laughing At Me…One Woman’s Inspirational Story.” The event is open to the public and will include a meet-and-greet with community resource partners.

Blanco will also be the featured speaker at the school system’s professional development day on August 20, funded by the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE). Mike Wyant, Director of Safety and Security for the school system, said that the new initiative is being implemented as a preventative measure rather than a response to a current crisis at area schools, and students themselves have provided useful feedback to help shape the campaign so far. “Students have been formally surveyed and the results of this survey are being prepared for public release to the Board of Education in the next few weeks,” he wrote in an email to The County Times. “Additionally, this fall all middle school students will participate in training workshops to be presented by [Blanco]. The formal training sessions will specifically address student response to school basedbullying.” The Superintendent’s new initiative comes in addition to the Safe Driving Initiative, for which student assemblies will be held in September, and the FOCUS Cyber Safety Initiative, which will host community forums in partnership with PTA groups on cyber-bullying at public libraries in October. There will also be a community presentation about bullying prevention on September 9 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Leonardtown High School Auditorium. All members of the public are invited to attend. For more information on the school system’s current safety initiatives, call the Department of Safety and Security at 301-475-4256, ext. 150, or go to dss/departments/safety-and-security.

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“The outcry, of course, is that STEM has been good for everybody,” said Carpenter, “so what happens if I have a child who didn’t go into the By Andrea Shiell STEM academy? What opportunities will they Staff Writer have to participate in STEM activities? … I’d The halls at Great Mills High School say that out of 300, only a very small fraction of are typically pretty busy during the summer the kids here are STEM academy students.” This year’s camp had children putting months, said Laura Carpenter, Supervisor of Instruction for Gifted and Talented Programs together rockets and robots, with children in for St. Mary’s County Public Schools, but this grades 2-3 participating in role-playing chalyear there seemed to be a much stronger buzz lenges much like those done in Destination enveloping the place as roughly 300 students Imagination. “Their final challenge at the end of this have participated in this year’s STEM camp, which for the first time included a Destination week is a lot like a [Destination Imagination] Space 2010 program at Great Mills High School task. They’re creating a skit where they’re news reporters and they have to incorporate a rocket for students entering grades 2-3. “My goal this year was to not wait-list any- that they’ve built throughout the week,” exbody, and thankfully we haven’t,” said Carpen- plained Carpenter. “It really puts them through ter, going on to explain that the facility has only a process of role-playing, problem solving … had the capacity for 24 students per week for the and performing. So they’re learning a lot about Destination Space program, which is another writing as well.” This is a pilot year for the Destination extension of the school system’s STEM-for-all Space program, which has been funded by initiative. Patuxent Partnership to expand the current STEM summer camp sessions to students in grades 2-3. “This is the first year we were really able to get a program in … and whereas we’ve normally had about 150 students here in the summer, this year we’ve had 300 … and we have kids in the high school group who’ve been with us since they were in the fourth grade,” said Carpenter, going on to say that she wants to see the school system expand its STEM summer programs next to students in grades 10-12. “We have the potential to have a kids who’s in grade 2 stay with us all the way until the time they enter grade 9, but there is STEM teacher Allen Skinner works with Brittany Bain, 12, from St. Michael’s School, and Bethany Hoschar, 11, from a gap,” she said, “so I’d like to bridge that Spring Ridge Middle School at this year’s STEM camp at gap.” Great Mills High School.


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Fitting in with the strong Naval presence in the area is the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum, which showcases the region’s most innovative examples of modern warfare. Tom Quinlan, Deputy Director and Curator for the museum, said there are a wide range of flight simulators at the museum for visitors, ranging from WWII planes to more recent models. “There are 20 different aircraft simulation programs … you can do dogfights, carrier launches and approaches, you can do bombing missions,” said Quinlan, going on to explain that Patuxent River Naval Air Museum’s batch of simulators are run by Ron and Linda Schug, both of whom have maintained positions with the museum in previous years. The cost to test out the simulators is $10 for a half hour and $20 for an hour, and they have served as a good draw for visitors, said Quinlan. “You could describe it as an attraction that generates additional attendance at the museum, and it’s proved to be valuable for boy scout troops, education classes and the like,” said Quinlan. The museum also has 21 Navy aircraft on outdoor display, including the Boeing X-32B and Lockheed Martin’s X-35C Joint Strike Fighter concept demonstrators. “The fact that we have those concept demonstrators is a big draw,” said Quinlan. The museum’s other notable draws include unmanned vehicles like the Northrop Grumman X-47B (based on the company’s X-47A Pegasus), which is going through test runs at Patuxent River NAS. For more information, go to www.paxmuseum. com.

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Several groups converged on the newest addition to the Fenwick Ridge subdivision in Lexington Park on Tuesday to bless the latest home built by Patuxent Habitat for Humanity, a 3 bedroom, 1 ½ bath home for Catherine Dunn, a single mom and art teacher at St. Mary’s Ryken High School. Dunn beamed as she showed people the basement of her new home, Photo By Andrea Shiell where she’s been hanging paintings while she irons From left to right: Walter Nilsson, Brandon Dillow, Catherine Dunn out her plans to make the and Sandy Artz cut the ribbon at the house dedication for Patuxent Habitat for Humanity’s latest build at the Fenwick Ridge neighborspace into an art studio. It’s a far cry from hood in Lexington Park. where she’d been living “None of this would have been possible in St. Inigoes, she said, explaining that she’d without [Tommy],” said Dan Doherty, Presibeen living at a friend’s house in a small room dent of Patuxent Habitat for Humanity, going she shared with her son until Patuxent Habitat on to reference the Board of County Commishanded her the keys to her new home in April. sioners’ donation of land for Patuxent Habitat So far the biggest challenge for Dunn has homes when McKay was BOCC President. been adjusting to homeownership, but she has “This is the first time we’ve taken on this already planted a vegetable garden outside, kind of challenge as an organization. We’re and she said she is enlisting help from students building a small subdivision here. In the past and friends to help her finish the basement. we went out and built on individual lots,” “I’ve had kids from St. Mary’s College Doherty said, going on to praise the green who just graduated helping me with the dryfeatures in both homes, including geothermal wall,” she said, nodding to a wall of paintheating and cooling systems, house orientation ings behind her and explaining that she’s been to take advantage of natural light, Low E winhappy enough to just have the workspace to dows, extra insulation, longer-lasting roofing herself. materials, Hardy-plank type siding and EnAcross the street, Dunn said she had gotergy Star appliances. ten a great deal of support from her neighbors Catherine Dunn said that she couldn’t deBill and Tiffany Shreve, whose home was built cide what her favorite house feature was, but by Patuxent Habitat for Humanity and dedishe is happy enough to have a place that she cated last year. and her son can call home. “We’ve been helping her with the grass,” “This is a life-changing event, and I can said Tiffany Shreve, going on to explain that say Gus’s reaction was great,” Catherine said. the drought had affected growth on both hers “When they handed us the keys he said ‘Mom, and her new neighbor’s lawn. “We’ve been we finally have a place of our own,’ and that giving her some tips on watering … and trying really just made it so special.” to keep it alive,” she said, laughing. For information about sponsorship and The Fenwick Ridge neighborhood, lovolunteer opportunities with Patuxent Habitat cated south of the Patuxent River Naval Air for Humanity, call the office at 301-863-6227 Station, was established by Patuxent Habitat or 410-326-9050, or go to www.patuxenthabithrough a donation of land from the St. Mary’s County Government, and has been the site of many contributions by local businesses including Dean Lumber, A&G Electric, Patuxent Pump & Well, Taylor Gas, J&W Excavating and others donating supplies and labor. Some volunteers and sponsors were present at the dedication ceremony, including representatives from Dean Lumber who helped support and construct the new home, and Pastor Walter Nilson, from Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, who officiated the house blessing. Also present at the house blessing were Del. John Bohanan and Tommy McKay, candidate for President of the Board of County Commissioners, who was credited with helping secure five lots for the Fenwick Ridge subdivision Photo By Andrea Shiell when he was last in office. Catherine Dunn.


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Still Time to Register for 2010 Governor’s Cup Yacht Race

The overnight run of the St. Mary’s College of Maryland Governor’s Cup Yacht Race from Annapolis to St. Mary’s City is the star event, but the celebration on Saturday, August 7, has many opportunities for sailors and the community to enjoy. Racers sail across the finish line on St. Mary’s River from dawn through the morning. This year, boats will be tracked live by GPS. The Kattack GPS system, free to all racers, will display the race in real time, continually tracking the location of each boat by name throughout the race on an embedded player on the college’s Governor’s Cup web page, (www. Starting at 10 a.m., there will be entertainment and food

on the lawn of the James P. Muldoon River Center, with the Nautical Wheelers playing from noon to 4 p.m., and Key West Race Week performers Joe Bachman and the Crew performing from 7 to 11 p.m. Entrance to the party is free. Race Winners will be announced and given trophies at 4:45 p.m. under the tent on the waterfront. This year marks the 37th running of the race from Maryland’s current capital city to its first capital in St. Mary’s City. The Governor’s Cup is the oldest and longest continuously run overnight race on the Chesapeake Bay. Racers can register online at See the site for more information on the race.

Ehrlich Running Mate Attending River Concert Finale

Mary Kane, Republican Candidate for Lt. Governor, will visit St. Mary’s College of Maryland the evening of July 30 for the final River Concert of the 2010 season. Kane, who is former Governor Robert L. Ehrlich’s running mate, will take this opportunity to meet with Southern Maryland residents and hear them voice their concerns. Kane will be at the St. Mary’s County for Ehrlich booth from 6 – 7:30 p.m. “This is a fantastic opportunity for Mary Kane to meet with Southern Maryland residents and let them know she is listening,” St. Mary’s County for Ehrlich Campaign Director Julie Van Orden said in a press release. “Governor Ehrlich was a good friend for Southern

Maryland during his first term, and this reaffirms that relationship.” Kane is running with Ehrlich on a platform of revitalizing Maryland’s flailing economy, lowering the state’s tax burden - one of the highest in the nation - on families and small businesses and making government accountable to the citizens. Kane brings a strong professional background to the Ehrlich ticket, having worked both in the private sector and in government. She honed her legal skills as a private attorney and as Assistant State’s Attorney for Montgomery County, and in 2005 was named Maryland’s Secretary of State. Currently, Kane is active in her community and serves on several

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Lexington Park Rotary Elects New Officers

The Lexington Part Rotary Club recently installed its new officers at a ceremony held on June 24 at the the J.T. Daugherty Conference Center. Bill Moody was installed as President of the Lexington Park Rotary Club, and Kirk MacKinnon will serve as President-Elect while Karen Everett, Bill Rymer, Lillie Lane will serve as vice president, secretary and treasurer. Also joining the 2010-2011 board are: John Levay, Lane Director, Club Service; Robin Finnacom, Lane Director, International Programs; Paula Coxon, Lane Director, Community Service; and Ed Turbush, Lane Director, Vocational Service; Neil Jubeck, Special Projects; and Membership Lane Dirctor, Molly Chen. The Rotary Club of Lexington Park has been an af-

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• Captain Jack Russell to present program The public is invited to attend an informative program on local fish and crabs on Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. at Leonardtown. Captain Jack Russell will present this free program, which will include “live show and tell”. • August 2 Professional Performance John Sullens of Mad Science will perform wacky water experiments at the Aug. 2 professional performances. Charlotte Hall’s performance will be at 10 a.m. at White Marsh Elementary School, Leonardtown’s at 12:30 p.m. at Leonard Hall Recreation Center and Lexington Park’s at 3 p.m. at the library. These free performances are being sponsored by the Board of Library Trustees. • Free movies being shown at libraries Lexington Park will show a PG movie about a great white shark terrorizing residents of a community on the New York coast on August 4 at 3 p.m. This movie is planned for teens. Families can escape the heat and watch the PG movie about a young boy who finds a mysterious enchanted egg and when it hatches becomes the caregiver of a water horse, a sea creature of mythic proportion at Charlotte Hall on Aug. 11 and at Leonardtown on Aug. 18. Both start at 2 p.m. • TAG Meetings Teens can play Wii, experiment with the library’s flip video cameras, and help plan upcoming teen programs at the monthly TAG (Teen Advisory Group) meetings. Lexington Park’s will be Aug. 10 at 5:30 p.m., Charlotte Hall’s on Aug. 12 at 5 p.m. and Leonardtown’s on Aug. 12 at 5:30 p.m. Snacks are provided. • Library photos can be viewed on Flickr The many photos taken at the various programs offered at the library this summer can be viewed on Flickr. The library’s Flickr page can be accessed from by clicking on Flickr on the lower right side of the webpage. • Large Treasure Chest to be given away Hilltop Graphics and the library are co-sponsoring a Treasure Chest Hunt this summer. Only a few small treasure chests remain to be found. Clues are posted on their Facebook pages. A large treasure chest filled with goodies will be given away Aug. 20. The public is invited to stop by at one of the libraries or at Hilltop Graphics to enter the free drawing.

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• HVFD Carnival Hollywood Vol. Fire Department – 7 p.m. Games, rides, bingo, food and more. $10 unlimited rides bracelets. Nightly prizes including boys and girls bikes. For more information go to

• Texas Hold’Em Poker Mechanicsville Firehouse (28165 Hills Club Rd.) – 7 p.m. Proceeds go to Mechanicsville Optimist Club and Vol. Fire Department. For more information email

• Summerstock Production: “Cinderella” Great Mills High School (Great Mills Rd.) – 7 p.m. This year’s show will be Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” playing from July 23 – 25 & July 29 – August 1. Sunday evening shows begin at 5:00 p.m., all other evening shows begin at 7:00 p.m. Saturday matinee (July 31) will begin at 1:00pm. $14/adults, $12/senior citizens (60+), $6/children 10 & under. Matinee: $10/adults, $8/senior citizens, $4/children. • $40 Hold’Em Tournament. Donovan’s Pub (California) – 8 p.m.

Friday, July 30 • FOP Poker Tournament FOP-7 Lodge (Great Mills) – 7 p.m. • HVFD Carnival Hollywood Vol. Fire Department – 7 p.m. Games, rides, bingo, food and more. $10 unlimited rides bracelets. Nightly prizes including boys and

• River Concert Series: The Grand Finale St. Mary’s College of Maryland (Historic St. Mary’s City) – 7 p.m. Jeffrey Silberschlag and the Chesapeake Orchestra host Broadway singing sensation Kate Baldwin as their finish to the summer season, including a performance of Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 5.” Free. For more information call 240895-4107 or visit • Summerstock Production: “Cinderella” Great Mills High School (Great Mills Rd.) – 7 p.m. This year’s show will be Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” playing from July 23 – 25 & July 29 – August 1. Sunday evening shows begin at 5:00 p.m., all other evening shows begin at 7:00 p.m. Saturday matinee (July 31) will begin at 1:00pm. $14/adults, $12/senior citizens (60+), $6/children 10 & under. Matinee: $10/adults, $8/senior citizens, $4/children.

Saturday, July 31 • Community Yard Sale Hill and Dale Dr, (Mechanicsville) – 7 a.m. Yard sale from 7-12 includes toys, tools, furniture, kitchenware, movies, xbox games, clothes, household items and more. • Softball Tryouts John Baggett Park (Mechanicsville) – 10 a.m. For more information go to / SMOSPREYS/, or email Jim Sewell at • Summerstock Production: “Cinderella” Great Mills High School (Great Mills Rd.) – 1 p.m. (matinee) and 7 p.m. This year’s show will be Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” playing from July 23 – 25 & July 29 – August 1. Sunday evening shows begin at 5:00 p.m., all other evening shows begin at 7:00 p.m. Saturday matinee (July 31) will begin at 1:00pm. $14/adults, $12/senior citizens (60+), $6/children 10 & under. Matinee: $10/adults, $8/senior citizens, $4/children. • Special Olympics No Limit Hold’Em Bennett Bldg, 24930 Old Three Notch Rd. (Hollywood) – 6 p.m. For more information call 240577-0240 or 240-286-7964. • HVFD Carnival Hollywood Vol. Fire Department – 7 p.m.

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Games, rides, bingo, food and more. $10 unlimited rides bracelets. Nightly prizes including boys and girls bikes. For more information go to

Nightly prizes including boys and girls bikes. For more information go to

Sunday, August 1

• Nature Time at Greenwell Greenwell State Park (Hollywood) – 10 a.m. Pre-registration (no later than 24 hours in advance) is required via email - - or by calling the Greenwell Foundation office at 301-373-9775.

• Saint Vincent De Paul Society Breakfast Our Lady of the Wayside Church (Chaptico) – 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Adults-$8 Children 6-12 yrs old-$5 and children 5 and under are free. Proceeds from the event will go toward the expansion of the Our Lady of the Wayside food pantry. For more information contact Brenda Russell at rsbrssll@AOL.COM or 301-373-2709. • Summerstock Production: “Cinderella” Great Mills High School (Great Mills Rd.) – 5 p.m. $14/adults, $12/senior citizens (60+), $6/children 10 & under. • HVFD Carnival Hollywood Vol. Fire Department – 7 p.m. Games, rides, bingo, food and more. $10 unlimited rides bracelets. Nightly prizes including boys and girls bikes. For more information go to

Monday, August 2 • HVFD Carnival Hollywood Vol. Fire Department – 7 p.m. Games, rides, bingo, food and more. $10 unlimited rides bracelets.

Tuesday, August 3

• Am. Legion 221 Auxiliary Meeting AL Post 221 (Avenue) – 7 p.m. Open to all spouses of veterans who served in the United States Armed Forces during the listed war eras. Monthly meetings are on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. Visit the Post website at http://, or call Christina Barbour at 301-904-5876 for more information. • $25 Texas Hold’Em Cadillac Jack’s (Lexington Park) – 7:30 p.m. For more information call Christine at 443-624-2746.

Wednesday, August 4

• Why Snooze When You Can Crooze Nite Arby’s Restaurant (Leonardtown) – 5 p.m. • Poker Tournament FOP-7 Lodge (Great Mills) – 7 p.m.

Local Business Encourages Community to “Use Their Space” GRAND OPENING PLANNED FOR August 7TH – ALL INVITED Great Mills, MD – On Saturday August 7, Cecil’s Mill Self Storage located at 20184 Point Lookout Rd, will host a Grand Opening Celebration Event from 11am – 2pm. The community is invited and the following activities are planned: • Grand Opening exclusive storage discounts to all attendees. • Lexington Park Volunteer Rescue Squad will attend the event. • Bay District Fire Department will attend the event. • St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Department. • Pizza, Ice Cream, Fun & Door Prizes. • Moon-Bounce. Cecil’s Mill Self Storage is a brand new self-storage facility located on Point Lookout Rd. next to the Sheetz Gas Station. The storage facility contains over 53,425 square feet of storage space including RV and boat storage and serves customers mostly from Great Mills, California, Lexington Park, Callaway and Leonardtown areas. Managed by U-Store-It, the Cecil’s Mill Self Storage staff plans to hold several charity events throughout the year which reflects the companies’ unique core values of striving to make a positive impact in their neighborhoods by identifying people and organizations that need assistance and providing it to them. For more information visit For more information about Cecil’s Mill Self Storage contact Michael Bagarus 301-994-0095.


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The name for Oz in the “Wizard of Oz” was thought up when the creator, Frank Baum, looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N, and O-Z, hence “Oz.”

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Sea Water and Sand By Shelby Oppermann Contributing Writer Every summer, I find myself thinking about old beach vacations. It seems that everyone has their favorite beach, and usually goes to only one each year. Some folks are partial to Ocean City, Maryland, others to Virginia Beach, Virginia, and still others to the relatively quieter beaches of Rehobeth, Bethany and Dewey in Delaware. We were Ocean City beachgoers in the 50’s and 60’s, and then my mother switched to Virginia Beach in the 70’s. I miss the days of traveling to Virginia Beach twice a summer. My mother and I would hook up the Prowler camper trailer and stay at Virginia beach KOA (Kamp grounds of America). Before the trailer it was Triton Towers: a beautiful high rise hotel that was the first thing you saw when entering Virginia Beach. Teenage years at the beach are definitely fun. Virginia Beach had the Peppermint Beach Lounge that

catered to teenagers during the day. Giovanni’s Restaurant had the best manicotti I’d ever tasted besides the old Abbey Restaurant in College Park. And of course there was the most important part to the beach; swimming and playing in the ocean and laying in the sand. If I close my eyes right now and point my head towards the sun-filled window, I can hear the ocean waves and smell the suntan lotion mixed with the salt water of the ocean. If I concentrate hard enough, I can even remember the feel of wet sand grating in my bathing suit. Virginia Beach KOA was huge. They had the greatest swimming pool and the game arcade had everything a kid could want. I think I spent more time at the arcade playing air hockey than I did at the beach. Other teens and I would ride our bikes all the way along the highway into the beach. That was when parents felt safer about their kids going off on their own. The beach was so beautiful and the lifeguards were okay too.

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I once rode my bike all the way to the Edgar Cayce Hospital of health and Enlightenment on 67th street. It was a neat building built back in 1928 and I really wanted to explore it. I was only given the basic tour, no attic. My mother was fascinated with Edgar Cayce. He was known as a healer and psychic reader who could lay his head upon a book and then recite every word in the book. I remember us visiting the building a few times. I believe now it has another building offering everything from massage instruction to a health center and spa. Sounds nice to visit again. For years, my family went to Ocean City, Maryland for their vacations. I love the pictures in front of the old Oceanic Motel near the inlet. Trimper’s Amusement Park was so much fun. It has one of the oldest operating carousels in the country. Who hasn’t had a ride on that. Other fun activities were the bumper cars, or taking goofy pictures in the photo booths. My favorite attractions will always be the haunted river ride where you got in a small boat that took you past pirates, ghosts, and falling barrels, and the haunted house on the pier. In the past ten years, I have been to Ocean City quite a few times, but it has normally been for my husband’s softball tournaments. The focus was more on eating, playing ball, waiting to play ball, watching other teams play ball and going to Seacrets at night. It was still lots of fun. My husband always makes sure there is a good compromise for me of softball and things I’d like to do. We haven’t been in a few years, but now with my husband coaching again for Cryer’s Back Road Inn, maybe we will get to go there again. Even though I am a beach umbrella girl due to my fair skin, I miss that saltwater and suntan lotion smell even more each year. And who cares about a little sand in your suit? To each new day’s summer adventure, Shelby Please send comments or ideas to:

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By Linda Reno Contributing Writer Over the weekend of July 16-18, over 200 folks from all over the U.S. converged on Leonardtown for the Maryland-Kentucky reunion to visit the home of their ancestors who left us in 1785 for new homes in Kentucky and beyond. The Combs, Fenwick, Spalding and other families were very well represented. Leslie Roberts did a fantastic job of planning and coordinating the reunion, while the Historical and Genealogical Societies played a significant role in the events over the three day period. I was honored to play a small role. Hopefully the local papers will have more coverage on the event, but this article isn’t about that. These reunions have been held every two years since 1990. What most don’t know is that similar events have been occurring here for at least the last 100 years and surely before that. There was a very interesting article in the October 9, 1907 issue of the Baltimore Sun entitled “Sons of Old St. Mary’s.” Space limitations prevent the inclusion of the entire article, but some of the extracts are as follows. There is joy in Old St. Mary’s. From far and near her sons and daughters have come, and still are coming, to spend a few days here and to make merry. All over the county folk are entertaining guests. At one place it is a


son who has been away for years and comes back with a wife and children, alien to Maryland and her ways, but who straightway fall in love with both; at another it is a daughter who was wooed and won in some quaint old house by a beautiful watercourse, and then taken to a far country. She has come back with her husband to show him the rosebush she planted when a girl, blooming after all the years…..and to walk with him in the old box-lined paths they both knew so well in the courting days. Again, it is the boy who went away to seek his fortune in another State. He has found it and is back once more with the friends of his boyhood, now men whose hair show the silvery touch of the years. He goes out to the old home place, now owned by a man who never knew him, but who welcomes him as a friend and who puts the best he has before him and is glad to have him as a guest. St. Mary’s Loves Them All. And so it goes. All over the county there are today men and women bred and born in old St. Mary’s who are with her again after many years. And she is a faithful motherland and does not forget….for St. Mary’s loves her children, and rich or poor, successful or failures, they are her children still. And to them the gates are open and the latchstring is out. St. Mary’s, the beginning, the seed of all that is now meant by Maryland, is just as glad to have her own again within her arms….. And she shows it.

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

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Cinderella Gets Sweetened Up for Summerstock By Andrea Shiell Staff Writer

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• Ladies DJ Dance Night Hula’s Bungalow (California) – 8 p.m.

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

• 24/7 Band Anderson’s Bar (Avenue) – 9 p.m.

• Dave Norris DB McMillan’s (California) – 5 p.m. • DJ Chris Big Dogs Paradise (Mechanicsville) – 8 p.m. • Thirsty Thursdays Karaoke Cadillac Jack’s (Lexington Park) – 8 p.m. • Ladies DJ Dance Night Hula’s Bungalow (California) – 8 p.m. • Karaoke Night Cadillac Jack’s (Lexington Park) – 8 p.m.

all across the globe … Cinderella is a character that I think most people can identify with because she’s overlooked, and we all have those times when we feel like we’re invisible or we’ll do something but nobody notices,” she said. Though the actors have fallen into their characters naturally, Allison said her biggest challenge since rehearsals began in May has been coordinating the finer points of the production, juggling live music, choreography and technical crews along with the core cast. “There’s a lot of organization that theater requires … and it’s very difficult to make sure a message gets to everybody,” she said. “And I’ve always sort of thought of theater as like a mosaic, where you have to fit all these pieces together to make a picture … but in this case the pictures are all moving around.” Still, the mosaic’s roaming parts have a way of waltzing us dizzy once they come together onstage, the sweet story speaking to the wannabe-princess in us all when the carriage pulls up and Cinderella gets whisked away to her very own happily ever after. In the end, after all, that’s the side of the story worth celebrating. The Department of Recreation and Parks presents its second weekend of Rogers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” from July 29 to August 1 at Great Mills High School. Performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday will being at 7 p.m., with a Saturday matinee on July 31 only beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday’s performance will begin at 5 p.m. For information on purchasing tickets, go to, or call 301475-4200, ext. 1800 or 1801.

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Friday, July 30 • Dave Norris DB McMillan’s (California) – 5 p.m. • Fair Warning Irish Pub Band Donovan’s Pub (California) – 5 p.m.

• Black Onyx Memories (Waldorf) – 9 p.m. • Face Down Murphy’s Pub (Bryans Road) – 9 p.m.* • Lisa Lim & Over the Limit Delta Blues Juke Joint & Diner (Waldorf) – 9 p.m. • Plow Bow Vera’s White Sands Beach Club (Lusby) – 9:30 p.m. • Too Many Mikes Drift Away Bar & Grill (Cobb Island) – 9:30 p.m. • After Hours Lounge (Live Music/DJ) Chef’s American Bistro (California) – 10 p.m.

Saturday, July 31 • Vinyl Rhino Vera’s White Sands Beach Club (Lusby) – 2 p.m.*

• HROG Blues Jam w/ Wave Milor Fat Boys Country Store (Leonardtown) – 8 p.m. • Karaoke Quade’s Store (Bushwood) – 8 p.m. • Absinthe Calypso Bay (Deale) – 9 p.m.* • Black Onyx Hard Times Café (Waldorf) – 9 p.m.* • Crossfire Goose Landing (Benedict) – 9 p.m.* • DJ Blacky Lexington Restaurant & Lounge (Lexington Park) – 9 p.m. • Escape the Armada Hula’s Bungalow (California) – 9 p.m. • Evil Cecil Apehangers (Bel Alton) – 9 p.m. • Four of a Kind Cryer’s Back Road Inn (Leonardtown) – 9 p.m. • Kajun Kelly Crossing at Casey Jones (La Plata) – 9 p.m.

• Impact Apehangers (Bel Alton) – 3 p.m.

• Karaoke w/ DJ Tommy T & DJ T Applebee’s (California) – 9 p.m.

• Fair Warning Irish Pub Band DB McMillan’s (California) – 5 p.m.

• Fullsteam Vera’s White Sands Beach Club (Lusby) – 9:30 p.m.

• Nuttin’ Fancy Band Toot’s Bar (Hollywood) – 7 p.m.

• Randy Richie (jazz piano) Café des Artistes (Leonardtown) – 6:30p.m.*

• Locked-n-Loaded Drift Away Bar & Grill (Cobb Island) – 9:30 p.m.

• DJ/Line Dancing Hotel Charles (Hughesville) – 7:30 p.m.

• DJ Charlie Thompson Toot’s Bar (Hollywood) – 7 p.m.

• Country Music Jam Session St. Mary’s Landing (Charlotte Hall) – 8 p.m.

• Mike and Barry “Just Us” Ruddy Duck Brewery (Solomons) – 7:30 p.m.

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

• Karaoke Night Cadillac Jack’s (Lexington Park) – 8 p.m.

• Gretchen Richie (jazz cabaret) Westlawn Inn (North Beach) – 8 p.m.

• Randy Richie (jazz piano) Café des Artistes (Leonardtown) – 6:30p.m.* • Four of a Kind Town of La Plata – 7 p.m.

Sunday, August 1 • HydraFX Vera’s White Sands Beach Club (Lusby) – 2 p.m. • Bent Nickel

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Anybody who’s studied fairy tales knows how complicated Cinderella can be. She juggles her persona as a lonely orphan, a scorned sister, an abused teenager and a lost soul looking for love, and you could weave the different aspects of her situation together easily in any case. But all can agree her story is very dark at first glance, all about a girl who is treated cruelly by her stepfamily and forced to slave after her slovenly stepsisters under the demanding droll of their gaudy mother. The universe guides her to a way out, though, complete with mice-to-horses dragging the confused and abused orphan in a pumpkinturned-carriage through the wilderness to find true love with a prince who’s (conveniently) being forced by his parents to look for a wife. But really, there are so many sides to this story – from its comments on social class to its statements on royal politics – that one could write entire books analyzing each character and the flawed institution they represent, and that’s without going into the brutal violence that permeates many versions of the fairy tale (the gory Grimm version, for example, wouldn’t be considered suitable for children nowadays). But Rogers and Hammerstein’s version, which is being produced by the Department of Recreation and Parks as this year’s Summerstock musical, is decidedly sweeter and more nostalgic, stressing a tale about a girl who rises above her class and her confinement to find love and riches despite her lowly position. And this play’s magic shouldn’t be lost on St. Mary’s audiences. Director Allison Mehoffey, who graduated from Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2009 with a degree in English and a minor in Theater Arts, is rounding out her seventh year of involvement with Summerstock, making her directorial debut with a story that she said has always been near and dear to her as she’s played it over the years, first in more serious adaptations of the story and now with Rogers and Hammerstein’s more lighthearted version. “I think it’s a story that speaks to people

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Sea Breeze Tiki Bar (Mechanicsville) – 3 p.m. • The California Ramblers Apehangers Bar (Bel Alton) – 3 p.m. • Country Music Jam Session St. Mary’s Landing (Charlotte Hall) – 4 p.m. • DJ Charlie Thompson Toot’s Bar (Hollywood) – 7 p.m.

Monday, August 2 • Mason Sebastian DB McMillan’s (California) – 5 p.m. • Open Mic Night Scott’s II (Welcome) – 7 p.m.

Tuesday, August 3 • Fair Warning Irish Pub Band DB McMillan’s (California) – 5 p.m • Open Mic Night Martini’s Lounge (White Plains) – 9 p.m.*

Wed, August 4 • Fair Warning Irish Pub Band CJ’s Back Room (Lusby) – 5 p.m. • Captain John DB McMillan’s (California) – 5:30 p.m. • Karaoke Big Dogs Paradise (Mechanicsville) – 7 p.m. • Karaoke Night St. Mary’s Landing (Charlotte Hall) – 7:30 p.m. • Open Mic Night Hula’s Bungalow (California) – 8 p.m. • Wolf’s Blues Jam Beach Cove Restaurant (Chesapeake Beach) – 8 p.m. *CALL TO CONFIRM

For family and community events, see our calendar in the community section on page 24.

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Classifieds Real Estate 17.2 acres For Sale in Accokeek, MD. This is a beautiful piece of property loacated in the heart of Accokeek. 15.2 acres cleared, 2.3 acres wooded. Public water, sewer and electric.No floodplains, special exceptions etc. Clean DEED and Title. Zoned RA (residential agriculture) permitted uses ( church or place of worship, farm, horse ranch, residential homesites). Subdividable into lots. Price: $475,000. Call 301-778-3122. Nice 2 story home with full finished basement apartment. This home is located in a cul-d-sac close to the Meadow Lake Pond. The home has a formal living & dining room. Kitchen has upgraded appliances to include a gas counter top stove with grill and a built in oven. Kitchen has nook for kitchen table and a family room next to that. The upstairs has a Jacuzzi bath with master bedroom and 2 other good sized bedrooms with 1 hall bath. This home has an additional generator that operates sump pumps and both upstairs and downstairs refridgerators and lights in case of a power outage. Great neighborhood. Owner is anxious to sell. Email or call 814-282-8622. Current tenant in basement apartment for additional income for qualified buyer. Price: $289,900.

Real Estate Rentals 2 Bedroom 2 Bath. This mobile home uses gas for cooking and heating. Please call (vs. e-mailing) Jimmy at (240) 538-8772 for an immediate response. A one year leas a must. Please no pets and no secion 8s. Recent rental history from a legitimate rental company is preferred. Rent: $750. This partially furnished apartment offers its own covered porch ,private entrance, stackable washer/dryer, Micowave, refridgerator and tv (including cable) in a water privleged community. We are looking for a non smoking, professional female person with NO pets. Call 410-610-8296 for an appointment. Rent: $850. 3 bedroom house near Potomac River and public wharf in Colton’s Point. Quiet and private with plenty of parking, large yard, unfinished level walkout basement, remodeled kitchen, central a/c and heat, cable hookup. No smoking and small pet only with additional security deposit. Note: garage on property not included. $1400/month. Call Tom at 240 409-5089 (if no answer, please call 301 293-4217 to leave message).

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Youth Rugby Teaches Teamwork By Chris Stevens Staff Writer

match. “We had 14 kids come out last year and this year we have 41.” HOLLYWOOD – Even with temperatures hoverThomson and his teaming around 100 degrees early Saturday morning, the mates on the men’s rugby Pax River Rugby 11 and under team enthusiastically squad, as well as members of took to the pitch at Clark’s Landing, ready to do battle the women’s team, lend their with the South River Seahawks of Edgewater, Anne support and expertise to the Arundel County. younger players, as well as The children’s enthusiasm is channeled from rules and lessons that every league president Justin Thomson, who noticed that player must adhere to. there wasn’t a youth program for rugby in the Southern “Every kid has to touch Maryland region and decided to take action. the ball, we don’t promote “We’re the closest youth program before the An- showboating,” he says. “Only napolis area,” Thomson said before Saturday morning’s the captain is allowed to talk to the official – rugby is still a Photo By Chris Stevens game of chivalry.” Dylan Vogt and Jason Cantburry of Pax River surround a South River Seahawk The youth rugby pro- player during Saturday’s 11U Rugby match at Clark’s Landing. gram has two teams of two age levels, 11 and under and 13 and under. They prac- all-inclusive nature of rugby. “The team aspect of the game is enjoyable,” he tice twice a week at Clark’s Landing (Tuesdays and said. “Everybody gets to play and it’s nice to see your Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m.), so their time isn’t monopolized by the game, making it easier for them to kids do something fun.” Another factor is the low cost. With a fee of 40 stick with it. “I’ve had a few parents tell me that their kids have dollars largely going back to the kids (who are given quit every sport they’ve put them in, but this is the one red and yellow rugby shirts as well as their own ball), they’ve stuck with,” Thomson said. He believes the the youth league is a labor of love, giving kids an opkids are sticking with the sport because of the rewards portunity to experience something different. Thomson hopes that the popularity of the league of playing together as a team. will expand and provide opportunities for each South“They see it pays off – you don’t have to have just ern Maryland county to have their own separate one superstar out there,” he says. For Brian Grabarek of Lusby, he enjoys watching teams. “We have kids from Calvert and St. Mary’s playhis daughters Kaelyn (age 12) and Alexa (age 8) run ing now. In three to five years, I’d like to have teams around on the field, and he also has a chance to socialize with other parents who come to watch their kids in all three counties, then travel on Saturdays to play other teams,” he says. play. More information can be found at www.paxrug“I’ve made some really good friends that I Photo By Chris Stevens wouldn’t have met otherwise,” Grabarek says. “It’s Pax River’s Christian Echols looks to pass to an open nice to interact with other adults.” teammate. He believes his daughters enjoy it because of the

Gass Ready for Life of Liberty By Chris Stevens Staff Writer After an exceptional career in cross-country and track and field, Leonardtown graduate Jessica Gass is ready to – pardon the pun – hit the ground running at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. this coming fall. “I’m very excited and nervous,” Gass said Photo By Chris Stevens of the coming challenge of running both cross and Jessica Gass signs her letter of intent to run cross country and country and track at Lib- track at Liberty. She was accompanied by her parents Dean erty. “It’s Division I and and Amber, as well as cross country coach Jamie Cospey, the best athletes are there. Leonardtown principal David O’Neill and assistant coach The coach has high expec- Rick Hageman. distance-running background lending her tations, so I’ve been running all summer.” a special versatility on both sides of the Gass’ choice where she would contin- coin. ue her running career and education was “I like them both the same,” she said. between Liberty and Shippensburg (Pa.) “I run distance in track, it’s the same, just University, with Liberty winning out due different fields.” to the school’s strong Christian environFor her high school career, decorated ment, similar to how she was raised. heavily by gold medals in all three running “The atmosphere will be friendly,” sports (cross-country, indoor and outdoor said Gass, who plans to major in exercise track), Gass’ third-place finish in the 4A sciences in hopes of becoming a physical two-mile run (11:18) at the Maryland State therapist. Championships this past May ranks as one There will be a period of adjustment of her memorable moments, and she hopes for Gass as she moves from a close-knit to continue to shave more seconds off of high school atmosphere to college. her times even more at Liberty. “I’m just going to miss the team so “I’m hoping to drop my times down much, it’s going to be a definite change,” and get faster,” she said. “And I just want she said. “We’ll see it how it goes.” to fit in at college.” Gass plans to run both cross-country and track and field at Liberty, with her

St. Mary’s County Recreation and Parks Youth Roller Hockey Registration Ages 8 to 14 as of December 31st 2010 August 26th and September 2nd Leonard Hall Recreation Center in Leonardtown 7 to 9 p.m. Cost $75.00 per child

Adult Volleyball League meetings Women’s meeting Thursday September 2nd Co-Ed meeting Wednesday September 8th Men’s meeting Thursday September 9th All meetings at Leonard Hall Recreation Center 7 p.m. Individuals and teams welcome to attend For more information call Kenny Sothoron at 301-475-4200 ext 1830

Sabres Seek Midget-Level Players The Southern Maryland Sabres Hockey Club announces the formation of a Midget-level recreational hockey team for the 2010-2011 season. The Midget team includes players born in years 1992 through 1995. The rec hockey season begins in October and continues through February 2011 with an end-of-season tournament in early March. The team will play in the Capital Corridor Hockey League (CCHL).

Cost: $ 800.00 includes 18 practices, 8 home games at the Capital Clubhouse in Waldorf (with 8 reciprocating games), monthly skills clinics and the end-of season CCHL tournament. (USA Hockey insurance & jerseys not included.) Register online @ www. Please contact Jaime Cantlon, Sabres Rec Program Director at: recdirector@

Registration is also available online for all Sabres recreational hockey teams: USA Hockey 2010-2011 age groups: Atoms 2004-2005 Mites 2002-2003 Squirts 2000-2001 PeeWee 1998-1999 Bantam 1996-1997 Midget 1992-1995

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

Pee Wee Sabres Raise Banner For Undefeated Season

The Southern Maryland Sabres Pee Wee Rec ice hockey team celebrated its undefeated regular season with a banner-raising at the Capital Clubhouse on Monday, July 12, 2010. The team was 11-0 during the 2009-2010 season, earning the title “CCHL Regular Season Champions.” The Sabres Pee Wee rec team plays in the Capital Corridor Hockey League. The team came in second place in an end-of-season tournament.

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Bleachers Something (Not) To Believe In By Ronald N. Guy Jr. Contributing Writer

The integrity of the game: it is what anyone associated with competitive sports – coaches, players, fans – holds

most dear. Without it, games are little more than athletic exhibitions not far from the orchestrated theater of professional wrestling. Is that entertaining? Sure, but the unknown outcome of competitive athletics, the possibility of victory and the unspeakable fear of defeat, is what captivates its audience and drives its participants. And so, when pure, un-compromised competition is, well, compromised, it frays the very fabric of sport and spawns the sports world’s biggest scandals (perhaps rivaled only by world’s best golfer morphing into an adult movie star). The range of competitive corruption has included the outright throwing of games (the 1919 World Series/Black Sox scandal), gambling by those within the game (Pete Rose), point shaving/manipulation of final scores and of course the recent phenomena of un-leveling the playing field through the use of performance enhancing drugs (PEDs). At the risk of sounding naïve, given the salaries of professional athletes, it’s hard to imagine anything like the Black Sox scandal happening again and it seems unlikely that the financial windfall from any sort of point shaving ring would be adequate incentive for a player to risk his

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professional career and lucrative salary (although as NBA official Tim Donaghy proved, not all involved in the game have had their honesty financially secured). Instead, in the professional ranks, the carrot that created recent corruption isn’t the gambler’s overture but the professional paycheck itself; hence the proliferation of PEDs and the careers that could be born, sustained or enhanced through there use. Conversely, college athletics, for the athletes anyway, couldn’t be more different. From a financial perspective, the college athlete’s world is certainly more similar to that of those 1919 Chicago White (or infamously Black) Sox than it is to today’s professional athlete. Major college sports have become this combustible confluence of unscrupulous agents and boosters, uncompensated and impressionable young athletes and the universities whose financial coffers these athletes feed. To the credit of the schools, coaches and athletes, right mostly still prevails over wrong; increasingly though, and especially with more star athletes barely having a cup of coffee in college before turning pro, there are those that succumb to the “special interests” and accept illegal benefits. For me, child of the 80’s and college student of the 90’s that I am, the end of innocence came with the post-mortem on the most famous recruiting class of all time: Michigan’s Fab Five. Ray Jackson, Jimmy King, Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard and Chris Webber started as freshman, captivated college basketball and led Michigan to back-to-back championship games. Later we learned Webber had ac-

BUDDS CREEK – Gettysburg, Pa.’s Jeremy Miller scored a thrilling win in Friday night’s 40-lap, $5000-to-win, Three State Flyers series event at Potomac Speedway. The win was Miller’s first feature win at Potomac in nearly three years and his career 19th at the track. Miller and Keith Jackson were the front row for the start of the 40-lap main event. Miller got the jump at the start, as he would lead the event’s first circuit. Keith Jackson would then assert himself as he took the top spot on lap two and would lead the race for the next ten laps. Fourth-starting Josh Richards, the defending World of Outlaws Late Model series champion, would then grab the top from Jackson on lap 12. As Richards appeared to have the car to beat, Miller and Jackson would wage their own personal war for second and third that lasted nearly twenty-laps. A lap 37 caution set the stage for what would be quite a dramatic finish. On the ensuing restart, Miller secured second from Jackson and set his sights on Richards. Racing down the backstretch for the final time, Miller made a bold move to the inside as Richards slid high, bringing Keith Jackson with him, to steal the win at the stripe in front of the capacity crowd. “That was a lot of fun,” Miller stated from Potomac’s victory lane. “The track got black like we expected but there was still plenty of traction and I was able to

move around a little and find where the car worked best.” Miller felt his opportunity for the win came on the lap 37 restart. “I think Josh’s car had a broken shock or something,” he said. “He was having a little trouble keeping his car on the bottom, and if I was going to make a move, that’s where it would have to come from.” Tire choice would be critical in the outcome of the event. “ Tonight was all about tire management,” Miller said. “We went with a little softer tire and I saved something for the end of the race and it sure does feel good to win here at Potomac again.” Jackson finished second behind Miller, Richards settled for third, Jamie Lathroum came from 21st to secure fourth and Austin Hubbard completed the top five. Heats for the 34 cars on hand went to Ronnie DeHaven Jr., Miller, Richards and Hubbard with Jamie Lathroum claiming the consolation. In the 16-lap Street Stock feature, Aquasco, Md.’s Walt Homberg made his season debut a good one as he posted his first feature win of the season and 12th career at the track. Current Street Stock point leader Kurt Zimmerman roared out into the race lead at the drop of the green. As Zimmerman appeared headed to his fourth feature win of the season, disaster struck as he would spin from contention on lap 10. Homberg would then assume control of the event and lead the remaining laps to score the popular victory. Bryan Kerns rallied late for second, Jimmy Jessmer Jr. rebounded from an early race crash to fin-


Special Olympics Maryland is Victorious at National Games cepted illegal benefits and poof, the Fab Five was erased from the history books (if not our memories). A similar fate befell the ’96 UMass and ’08 Memphis men’s basketball teams. As awkward as it is to pretend we didn’t see what we know we saw, the solace in each of these cases is none actually won the championship; so no blood no foul so to speak. Unfortunately Reggie Bush and Southern Cal just drew blood. After years of investigation, the NCAA declared Bush ineligible for accepting illegal benefits and cited USC for a lack of institutional control. USC was forced to forfeit its 2004 national championship and Bush may well have to return his 2005 Heisman Trophy. An entire era of USC football, a national championship and one of the best championship games I’ve seen (2006 Rose Bowl) vanished. The complicated and icky legacy of all this is there’s nothing in college sports to believe in wholly. The championship won today may be vacated tomorrow. While he’s counting his millions, twirling this Super Bowl ring and frolicking with Kardashians, I hope Bush realizes this is his lasting contribution to college athletics. Ditto for Webber and those aforementioned UMass and Memphis teams. Hopefully tomorrow’s college star will absorb this sad episode and realize his/her integrity, and that of the game, is priceless. Until then (channeling Dave Mathews), the grace that used to be associated with “the old college try” is gone. Send comments to rguyjoon@yahoo. com

Miller Thrills at Potomac, Scores $5000 TSF Series Victory By Doug Watson Potomac Speedway

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ish third, Kyle Nelson was fourth and Dale Reamy completed the top five. Heats for the 21 cars entered went to Zimmerman and Josh Williams. In other action, Current Hobby Stock point leader Jimmy Randall rolled to his fourth feature win of the season in the division’s 15-lap event and Ray Bucci annexed his first win of the season in the 20lap Strictly Stock feature.

Late Model Feature Results (40 laps)

1. Jeremy Miller 2. Keith Jackson 3. Josh Richards 4. Jamie Lathroum 5. Austin Hubbard 6. Daryl Hills 7. Bo Feathers 8. Nick Dickson 9. JT Spence 10. Roland Mann 11. Ross Robinson 12. Mike Lupfer 13. Jeff Pilkerton 14. David Williams 15. Kirk Ryan 16. Alan Sagi 17. Dale Hollidge 18. Scott LeBarron 19. Matt Quade 20. Booper Bare 21. Jason Covert 22. Ronnie DeHaven Jr. 23. Walker Arthur 24. Kyle Hardy DNQ- Bryan Bernheisel, Colby Frye, Andy Anderson, Dustin Mitchell, Chris Cromer, Walter Crouch, Deane Guy, Brian Tavenner, Kyle Lear, DJ Myers

Street Stock feature results (16 laps)

1.Walt Homberg 2. Bryan Kerns 3. Jimmy Jessmer Jr. 4. Kyle Nelson 5. Dale Reamy 6. Kurt Zimmerman 7. Josh Williams 8. Sam Archer 9. Jason Murphy 10. Ben Bowie 11. Kirk Evans 12. Mike Sparks 13. Donnie Smith 14. Mike Reynolds 15. Dale Smith 16. Tony Archer 17. Troy Kassiris 18. Jonathon Oliver 19. Scott Wilson 20. Teddy Dickson 21. Stephen Quade (DQ)

10 volleyball players, 9 basketball players, a bowler, and a swimmer from St. Mary’s County attended the Special Olympics National competition in Lincoln, Nebraska from July 18 to 24. The event Jim Downs, Tiffaney Johnson, Brandon Chan kicked off on and Joe Quade of the Southern Maryland Sunday with Special Olympics basketball team defend an a memorable opposing player. Opening Ceremonies that included the parade of athletes from 47 states and the District of Columbia. The week-long event featured competitions in multiple sports, including those entered by the Maryland delegation. In aquatics, swimmer Kyle Russell competed in 4 events. He won a bronze medal in the 50 meter freestyle and 25 meter butterfly. He and his team won a silver medal in the 4x50 meter relay and he was victorious in the 50 meter backstroke, winning the gold medal. Kyle was amazed at the overall event. “I got to meet other athletes from all over the USA. We had a lot of fun.” Kyle’s coach, Lynne Baker, was very proud of his performance. “Each of the Maryland athletes improved upon their times during the final competitions. They truly stepped up at this prestigious event.” In bowling, Kegan Zimmerman and his fellow Marylanders competed in singles, doubles, and a 4-person team. Kegan won the bronze medal in singles, 4th in doubles, and 5th in team play. “My family was able to watch the progress of each match on the internet. That was really great,” commented Kegan. The bowlers received an authentic bowling pin adorned with the 2010 National logo. Each athlete used the pin to gather autographs of their fellow competitors. The traditional basketball team was divisioned in a group of teams that were very skilled. Unfortunately, this team did not win any of their preliminary games or in the final competitions. They did show everyone what sportsmanship is all about. In each game, this brave group of athletes played their hardest to the very last second. They maintained good spirits and had fun throughout the week. Several of the coaches of other teams commented on the demeanor of our athletes. Coach Bewick commented, “Our athletes were true sports. They knew the other teams were strong but they didn’t give up. Lloyd Grayson and I are so proud of each of them.” The team came home with a 4th place award. The volleyball team consisted of 6 athletes and 4 unified partners. The team played extremely well together and displayed the true meaning of a unified team. The team played against teams from Texas, Minnesota, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and Connecticut. In the final divisions, they won all of their games. In the gold medal round, they played a very experienced team from Texas. They split the first two games of the match. They went into the tie-breaker and lost to Texas, 16-14. A Special Olympics official at the event commented, “This was an incredible unified team. They played together and used the proper technique of volleyball. It was a pleasure to watch.” The Maryland delegation returned home on Saturday to a welcoming committee at BWI airport. The St. Mary’s delegation is thankful to all of the families and friends that traveled with them to Lincoln and supported them from home. Congratulations to the athletes, Thomas Smith prepares to block a shot coaches, and partat the net for the Southern Maryland Vol- ners on this incredleyball team, who won the silver medal ible achievement. at the National Special Olympics.

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St. Mary’s Ryken High School is in search of a Head Varsity Softball Coach. If interested, contact Athletic Director Dave Tallman, 301-475-7663 or








Men’s Slow Pitch League Chaney’s vs. Grid Iron Grill at Chancellor’s Run Park, 6:30 p.m. VFW2632 vs. Pax Bombers at Pax River, 6:30 p.m. Bookkeeping By Blanche vs. Budweiser at Captain Sam’s, 6:30 p.m. Back Road Inn vs. Hi Octane at Knight Life, 6:30 p.m. American Legion vs. The Green Door/Cullison’s at The Brass Rail, 6:30 p.m.

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

Sun., Aug. 1 Young Men’s League Cryers vs. Flash Point at Anderson’s Bar, 4:30 p.m. Quade’s Shockers vs. Flash Point at Anderson’s Bar, 6 p.m. Dew Drop Inn vs. Gary Gray’s Athletics at Moose Lodge, 6 p.m. Captain Sam’s vs. Seabreeze/BRI at Back Road Inn, 6 p.m.

Somerville Cruises, Improves to 16-1 By Chris Stevens Staff Writer

Mon., Aug. 2

Men’s Over 40 League (All Games Start At 6 p.m.) Captain Sam’s vs. Tri-County Aire at Back Road Inn Rita B’s vs. Hole In the Wall at Tippett’s Field Hobos at Anderson’s Bar Clements vs. All Star Utility at Fenwick Field Seabreeze vs. Park Sunoco at Knight Life

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Women’s League Back Road Inn vs. Southern at 7th District Park, 6:30 p.m. Chesapeake Custom Embroidery vs. Bud Light at Back Road Inn, 6:30 p.m. ABC Liquors vs. Knockouts at The Brass Rail, 6:30 p.m. Women’s Over 30 League Raley’s vs S&J Heating at Anderson’s Bar Rosebuds vs. Ryce Electric at Moose Lodge Back Road Inn vs. Hole in the wall at Tippett’s Field Hurricanes at Captain Sam’s

Tues., Aug. 3 Men’s Slow Pitch League Grid Iron Grill vs. The Green Door/Cullison’s at The Brass Rail, 6:30 p.m. VFW2632 vs. Budweiser at Captain Sam’s, 6:30 p.m. Bookkeeping By Blanche vs. Chaney’s at The Brass Rail, 8 p.m.

CLEMENTS – Somerville Insurance got contributions from everyone who played, cruising to a 19-4 win over host Southern Maryland Physical Therapy in women’s softball action Monday evening. “It makes it a lot easier to have a good hitting team,” said Somerville manager Lamont Saxon. “We have girls who can pick it up when others are struggling.” Somerville didn’t struggle much in their six inning victory, as 13 different players collected hits, with Trena Mainor, Anita Nelson, Karen Camp, Lisa Somerville and Robin Pettit drove in multiple runs in leaping out to a 16-0 lead after 3 ½ innings. Southern Maryland didn’t go down easily, as a two-run single by catcher Stacey Parker highlighted a four-run, six hit inning for the home team, in their first year of play in the league. “We’re a new team this year, we’ve lost five or six games by one run and two or three games by two runs,” manager Craig Spence said. “It’s a matter of putting the bats together, and that’s where we’re coming up short.” Spence said the plan was to play good defense against Somerville, but their hot bats made it a tough task.

Wed., Aug. 4 Women’s League ABC Liquors vs. Southern at 7th District Park, 6:30 p.m. Moose Lodge vs. Southern Maryland Physical Therapy at Anderson’s Bar, 6:30 p.m. Xtreme vs. Knockouts at The Brass Rail, 6:30 p.m. Back Road Inn at Captain Sam’s, 6:30 p.m. Bella Salon at Anderson’s Bar, 6:30 p.m. Somerville Insurance vs. Bud Light at Back Road Inn, 6:30 p.m.

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Southern Maryland Physical Therapy’s Rachel Meade watches the flight of the ball during Monday’s women’s softball game at Anderson’s Bar.

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Robin Pettit of Somerville Insurance chops an RBI groundout during Somerville’s 19-4 win Monday night over Southern Maryland Physical Therapy.

“They’ve got a good core of girls, great continuity, they the ball and they’re very well coached,” Spence said. “They’re 16-1 for a reason.” Saxon credits an improved defensive mentality for Somerville’s league best record so far this season. They lead Bud Light by 2 ½ games in Division I. “We work on that all the time,” Saxon said of the improved fielding of his team.

“Some of it just the routine – once you get that down, the rest will come.” Saxon also isn’t buying into the hype about Somerville’s almost-flawless record. “It’s softball – any team can beat anybody on any given day,” he says. “We just have to take it one game at a time.”

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

24-5 22-6 21-8 12-14 10-16 9-17 9-18 6-18 5-23 3-19

Young Men’s League 1. Seabreeze/BRI/Moose Lodge 2. Gary Gray’s Athletics 3. Cryers 4. Dew Drop inn 5. Quade’s Shockers 6. Flash Point 7. Captain Sam’s

18-1 17-2 16-4 18-7 10-11 4-18 3-20

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. ABC Liquors 2. Knockouts 3. Moose Lodge 4. Xtreme

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I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!

By Keith McGuire Contributing Writer One of the most important things in any bottom fishing angler’s arsenal is bait. Those who fish for flounder are most particular. Some believe that there is no other bait than cut squid and minnow. On the Virginia coast they call this a “Wachepreague Sandwich” when it is baited with a strip of cut squid, a minnow, and then another piece of cut squid on top of that. It is a good bait, to be sure. With the large minimum size restrictions that we have been living with for the

last few years, bigger bait is the better choice. I like strips of large spot filets and, failing that, strips of small snapper bluefish filets. Fresh is always best. When I catch one of these fish, I filet the fish without scaling and cut pennants from the filets with scissors so that I can be more precise. It may seem like a lot of work and too much attention to detail, but these baits will frequently catch bigger fish than the venerable squid and minnow combinations. Large spot and small bluefish are not always easy to find, so when I do find them I preserve the baits to use next time; just in case I can’t catch any fresh bait. I filet and strip the bait as usual and salt them down with kosher salt in a small plastic container and place them in the refrigerator at home until the next trip. One of the popular butter or margarine containers will usually fit the small plastic container bill perfectly. I’ve been doing this for years, and back in 1996 it got me into some trouble at home. My daughter was dating age and not living at home. She came to visit one summer weekend to introduce her new beau. To celebrate the event we had an informal family barbecue, complete with steaks on the grill, salads, other side dishes, and fresh corn-on-the-cob. The event was not going well. Since we had not met the young man before, he was visibly uncomfortable, making everyone a little nervous and unsettled. My daughter did her best to keep things light and easy, and we were all trying to make good impressions on one another. Finally, the informal dinner was served. The home cooked meal was placed before us on the table. As our guest prepared his cornon-the-cob, he reached for the “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter” tub and was shocked at what he found when he took off the lid. My wife and daughter screeched in unison because it didn’t contain butter at all. Instead, it was heavily-salted, delicately cut pennants

of spot and bluefish! It was only natural for me to commit a serious tactical error in the face of the situation as I fell out of my chair with laughter! It was way too late to explain how precious the cut bait was to a serious flatfish angler. The new beau was not a fisherman and was not amused at all. My daughter was mortified. My wife didn’t want to hear how or why I would cut up fish to use for bait, let alone put it in a butter container and place it in her fridge. Now happily married with a family of her own, my daughter still visits regularly. That young man never came back! She won’t use empty butter or margarine containers to store anything in her refrigerator. Soon after that day, I had to purchase a small used refrigerator for the garage to store bait, ice and cool drinks for fishing. It is mighty hot out there and really tough to fish. The fish are still there, but it takes some searching to find your target species. Don’t waste your time with a fishing trip dedicated to flounder. Try for these fish coincidently while fishing for something a little more prolific. Stripers, bluefish, white perch (in the rivers and creeks), croakers, and even red drum are still around. Try top water lures early in the mornings for stripers now. Get ready for the arrival of Spanish mackerel. They will be here soon. 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.

Blue Crabs

Blue Crabs Blank Bluefish, Continue Successful Home Stand

The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs shut out the Bridgeport Bluefish 4-0 Tuesday evening at Regency Furniture Stadium to improve to 5-1 on this franchise long 11game home stand. RHP Dan Reichert earned his leaguebest 11th win, allowing just four hits while striking out seven through as many innings. Bluefish RHP Denny Stark surrendered all the Blue Crab runs, including three in the first and dropped to 5-2 on the season. Centerfielder Richard Giannotti led off the bottom of the first with a double and subsequently advanced to third on a sac bunt by second baseman Casey Benjamin. Giannotti then scored on designated hitter Matt Craig’s RBI ground out to second. With two outs and third baseman Patrick Osborn on first courtesy of a walk, first baseman Eric Crozier knocked a two run home run into left-centerfield, his 14th of the year. It was Crozier’s second two RBI homer in as many nights, extending his hitting streak to 16 games. He

is now tied with Benjamin for the second longest hit streak this season. The Blue Crabs went down in order in the next two innings, but made it 3-0 in the fourth. Catcher Christian Lopez doubled to centerfield and advanced to third on a throwing error by Bridgeport centerfielder Adam Greenberg. Giannotti then singled to drive in Lopez. Giannotti went 2-for-4 on the night with the double, RBI single and run scored. Meanwhile, the Bluefish had no extra-base hits and advanced a runner to second just three times. RHP Steve Palazzolo struck out four batters in 1.2 innings of relief and earned his first save of the year. At 55-34, the first place Blue Crabs maintain the best overall record in the Atlantic League, and have the circuit’s best second half record at 13-5. The Blue Crabs close out their series with the Bluefish before beginning the final set of the home stand against the York Revolution. Game time for tonight’s game against the Bluefish is 7:05 p.m.


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Where organizers sure come in handy.

New Section of Townhomes, Grand Opening. Priced from the low $200’s*

If you believe a busy family is a happy one, you’ll love it at Wildewood. Because everyday, there’s another fun event to attend or family activity to enjoy. Located in a wooded section of California, MD, Wildewood offers over 15 homestyles to fit every kind of family, from single family homes to townhomes, priced from the low $200’s to mid $300’s. All built to last by Stanley Martin Homes. And all in a friendly atmosphere with nature trails, playgrounds, a community pool and a clubhouse. So if you’d like to live in a place where family always comes first, make Wildewood’s model home park your first stop.

Single Family Homes from the mid $200’s*





Clubhouse | 240.895.7900 MHBR#3588

*Prices, availability and features subject to change without notice. See Sales Manager for details.

A Stanley Martin Homes Community Realtors warmly welcomed.

THURSDAY July 29, 2010

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2010-07-29 The County Times  
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