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Town Hall Candidate Backtracks on Comments

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Texas Roadhouse Coming to Route 235

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Lt. Mike Thompson, commander of the Maryland State Police Barrack in Leonardtown, gives a Lexwood community child a push during National Night Out.


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“We know there’s certain people there who are intimidated and we’re going to every house there.” Sheriff Timothy Cameron, talking about an upcoming community meeting for the Colony Square neighborhood.




Domonic Romeo, left, and Andrew Holton III, both of Leonardtown, won Billy Mitchell Awards for the Civil Air Patrol on Wednesday earning the rank of Cadet officers. SEE PAGE 4

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Westminster. Holton was one of 120 cadets chosen nationwide from all states and Puerto Rico. He says he learned a lot about service while at the Academy. “It’s about a lot more than just twirling rifles,” he said. “This is a chance for us as youth to give back to those who are serving or who have served.” Romeo agreed. “We’re giving back by going to the airports to welcome them home and we cook on weekends because they don’t have enough troops sometimes,” he says. “It feels great to give back to them.”

Andrew Holton III and Domonic Romeo, both students at Leonardtown High School, won Billy Mitchell Awards for the Civil Air Patrol on Wednesday night at the new terminal at the Capt Walter Francis Duke Regional Airport in California. Senator Roy Dyson was expected to have a representative attend, as well as several members of the St. Mary’s County commissioners and St. Mary’s County public school board members. The Civil Air Patrol is the official auxiliary of the United States Air Force, and they are responsible for 90 percent of the country’s search and rescue missions. “CAP is modeled after the Air Force progression,” said Maj. Rob McCall, Deputy Commander of cadets for the St. Mary’s composite squadron. “We have three missions; aerospace education, emergency services, and our most important mission is cadet preparation.” “This award is very memorable. I can benefit from this in the future and go into any branch of service,” said Holton, who will be a sophomore at Leonardtown this fall. “This is my first step in continuing my promotion and hopefully a future career in military,” said Romeo, who will be a junior this fall. The award is named after General Billy Mitchell, who was able to demonstrate the importance of airplanes to warfare by capturing and sinking several battleships by plane between 1921 and 1923. By earning this award, Holton and Romeo have earned a rank of Cadet officers, as well as an E3 rating, which is a senior airman. Holton also finished at the top of the Honor Guard Academy class this summer at McDaniel University in Andrew Holton III and Domonic Romeo

A Candidates’ Forum featuring contested offices in the 2010 Primary Election will be held on Monday evening, August 23, at the Lexington Park Library. All local candidates, including those unopposed in the primary election, are invited to “meet and greet” the public and to offer campaign literature in the lobby of the library beginning at 6 p.m. The forum will begin at 6:30, the League of Women Voters said in a press release. The forum, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of St. Mary’s County in conjunction with the St. Mary’s County Public Library, will consist of two sessions. The first session will present candidates for the office of County Treasurer on the Democratic ballot, followed by candidates for State Delegate of District 29A on the Republican ballot. After a short break, the forum will continue with candidates on the Republican ballot for County Commissioner President and Commissioner seats for Districts 1 and 2. The question-and-answer format of the forum provides an opportunity for residents to submit questions to candidates either during the evening’s program or in advance by emailing The forum will be taped by the St. Mary’s Public Library and will then be placed on the library website www. for access by the public. DVDs of the forum will also be available for check-out at the library branches. The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan community-based political organization founded in 1920, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government. Learn more at the website


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County sheriff’s deputies along with officials from other agencies will take to the streets Thursday to knock on doors and hand out pamphlets encouraging Colony Square community members in Lexington Park to attend an Aug. 11 meeting where they can make their concerns and

grievances heard about life there. The County Times recently reported on constant crime, including escalating violence and drug activity, in the small neighborhood as well as resident complaints about property thefts, vandalism and accumulation of trash. Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron said the buildup to the community meeting was designed to let residents there know that the county knew about their problems and would take action. Cameron said that the small Colony Square neighborhood is among the most criminally active in Lexington Park, while some residents there blame government subsidized housing for the woes there he said that outside elements had come into the community to engage in illegal

activities. Cameron said the meeting Aug. 11 would include many county agencies other than the sheriff’s office and that community attendance was vital. “Unless we enlist the cooperation and include that community… we won’t be successful,” Cameron said of any focused enforcement action. “We know there’s certain people there who are intimidated and we’re going to every house there. “We know some of the concerns there already but we may not know them all.” The county sheriff said that the main thrust of the meeting would be to help develop strategies for fighting crime in the neighborhood, particularly the outside elements Cameron said were the major problem there. “We’ll identify the people plaguing them… and we’ll take action to eradicate the crime problem,” Cameron said. One resident said that despite the call to voice their concerns, they were wary about making their case in public for fear of reprisals. “I would be afraid to go to one of those meetings, because these people [the criminal element in Colony Square] will hurt you,” the resident said, who agreed to speak on condition of anonymity. The resident did say that problems persisted in the neighborhood but the sheriff’s deputies were making their presence more known. “They kind of hang out on the corner in their cars, there’s more of a police presence going in and out and it’s not just to arrest people,” the resident said. “I am happy about that.”

Environment Committee Offers Host Of Recommendations

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

The county government appointed Commission on the Environment presented a survey Tuesday that had a slew of recommendations for county and state government to pursue an effort to reduce water pollution and create more sustainable communities, but for 18 months of work the number of people who responded to the survey was relatively small. The survey the committee conducted had three iterations, the first survey netted only 18 responses while the next two efforts turned up 60 and then 23 responses altogether. John Wheeler, the chair of the committee, said that the survey, though not statistically significant, was still a good indicator of the community’s environmental concerns. There were 60 recommendations in total divided evenly between the two main concerns of halting water pollution and having sustainable communities. “We talk about the environment everyday, but we really [didn’t] know what the citizens think,” Wheeler told the Board of County Commissioners Tuesday. Many of the recommendations included restricting fishing of menhaden in the Chesapeake Bay, the province of the state’s Department of Natural resources and Virginia, but other recommendations had already been covered by recent legislation covering storm water management controls implemented

by the state as well as nutrient management plans for agriculture operations. One recommendation stated that the county should ensure that vacant office or building space is used before allowing any new development. Wheeler said that recommendations were recorded and reported in the survey without regards to their potential impacts on property rights issues, rather they were included because they were of major concern. “That came in high on the priority list but I know there are other issues related to that,” Wheeler told The County Times. Commissioner Thomas A. Mattingly (D.- Leonardtown) said that using vacant building space was ideal, but the site would not always fit the demands of the market when it came to providing what businesses actually needed. “You look to reuse existing property… but I’m not sure that should preclude the natural growth you have,” Mattingly said. “You need new development as you experience growth in the community. “You don’t want to restrict that.” He said that the survey had some promise as a working document but it was hampered by its low level of response. “You’re dealing with a small group that responded to it,” Mattingly said. “It’s a shame they didn’t have 400 to 500 responses.”

County commissioners and state delegates want swift action on the recommendations set forth in a task force report on ways to make better the operations of the county’s water and sewer authority, but the leadership of the Metropolitan Commission’s board of directors wants to exercise patience. In a letter to the county from Kathleen Werner, chair of the MetCom board, she wrote that several of the key recommendations of the report, including two that advised that MetCom Diretor Jacquelyn Meiser should not hold both the directorship and the general counsel role and that she should not have consistent outside employment in her real estate and development law practice, would “be taken under advisement.” In prior letters sent to both Meiser and local delegates the commissioners stated they wanted to see MetCom officials “act on this matter without delay.” Werner said that her board had to discuss the legal impacts of any changes to Meiser’s contract with the agency before they made any decisions. “They [the two recommendations] are the ones that have drawn the most controversy,” Werner said. “But we have to look at all of the ramifications.” Meiser’s hiring in 2009 was debated among pundits and officials alike because she would hold her previous role as general counsel as well as the leadership of the agency’s daily operations. Officials said privately that the situation, coupled with her private law practice, could cre-

to follow state-mandated rules of conduct governing attorneys when it comes to ensuring that her duties at MetCom and in her private practice do not create conflicts. But state delegates warned that if the MetCom board does not move to adopt the recommendations, barring a substantive reason why they should not, they may take legislative action next session. MetCom is a state authorized agency, dating back about 50 years, and can have its operations changed by law. “I would hope MetCom would take proactive measures on some of these recommendations,” said Del. John Bohanan (D-Dist.29B). “If not they may have to be changed by law. They should either adopt them or state specifically why they don’t want to change. They ought to be clear.” Bohanan said that state delegates wanted to meet with the county to discuss the recommendations, and a joint session between county commissioners and MetCom has been set for Aug. 24. Bohanan said that any real action, though, would likely take place after the election. House Minority Leader Anthony O’Donnell (R-Dist.29C) concurred with Bohanan on the possible need for legislative action. But Del. John Wood (D-Dist.29A) said that MetCom board members should have most of the responsibility in dealing with the recommendations. “They should be the ones looking at whether they support this,” Wood said.


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Town Hall Alliance – But With Whom? Political Ties in Question

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County commissioner candidate Randy Guy told The Enterprise newspaper in an article about his full-page “attack ad” aimed at his primary election opponent Thomas McKay in the St. Mary’s Today that the ad cost him “absolutely nothing.” Guy also told The Enterprise that he created the ad as “sort of a joking thing” when St. Mary’s Today tabloid publisher Kenneth Rossignol snapped a picture of him holding his associate’s degree. The comments sent Guy backtracking on his words when contacted by The County Times, and he also accused The Enterprise of misrepresenting his interview with reporter Jason Babcock. The comments made to The Enterprise and The County Times also reopen lingering issues about the Town Hall Alliance slate of candidates, which Guy is a member of, and its alliance with the St. Mary’s Today tabloid. Members of the Town Hall Alliance continue to claim they have no connection to St. Mary’s Today’s founder Kenneth Rossignol, despite published comments and advertise-

ments testifying the opposite is true. “I mean, my God, it’s pretty obvious,” Commissioner Thomas Mattingly said Tuesday about Rossignol’s involvement with the Town Hall Alliance. “Absolutely, there’s no question about it. It’s obvious in the advertisements that [Rossignol] is still actively engaged.” Mattingly is finishing out his third term as a county commissioner, and has become vocal this year against Rossignol’s paper and what he says are irresponsible comments and actions from Rossignol’s slate of candidates. “My greatest hope at this point is that the Rossignol agenda doesn’t see the light of day …” Mattingly wrote in a letter to The Enterprise in February. Mattingly told The County Times that Rossignol “writes a tremendous amount of inaccurate information that doesn’t present a true picture of what has transpired, it’s an injustice to the community to put out false information like that.” Mattingly went on to say that “it’s obvious that these candidates that are in this Town Hall Alliance of Rossignol’s are using that same information for their platforms, and I don’t think they’ve made an effort to become informed.” Guy apparently wasn’t informed about campaign finance laws in Maryland when he

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told Babcock his full-page ad in St. Mary’s Today cost “absolutely nothing.” According to Ross Goldstein, Deputy Administrator for the State board of elections, a newspaper is allowed to give out free advertisements to any candidate they choose, but it will be counted as an “in-kind” political donation. Goldstein, although, said there are maximums on how much free stuff you can give to candidates. During a four-year election, a business or person can donate up to $4,000 to any one candidate or slate of candidates, and a total of no more than $10,000 can be donated to all candidates in one election cycle. Guy, when contacted by The County Times this week, said the full-page ad in St. Mary’s Today wasn’t free and “definitely cost something” but needed to find out exact details before commenting further. When contacted a second time, Guy said the ad was “an in-kind contribution from the editor.” He also said that The Enterprise reporter Jason Babcock “misunderstood” his response in the July 30 article. The question, according to Guy was “did you pay in cash for the ad?” and that’s why he said he paid “absolutely nothing.” Before hanging up the phone on The County Times reporter, Guy said he was sure Rossignol had to be involved as the editor of St Mary’s Today, but that he had no direct contact with him. Babcock, when contacted by The County Times, said he did not specify a payment method in the question, and simply asked what Guy paid for the ad, to which he responded “ … absolutely nothing.” Guy also told Babcock that he stood there with the degree in hand while Rossignol took the picture. Rick Boyd, editor of The Enterprise, told The County Times that the newspaper 100 percent stands behind what Babcock reported, without a doubt. “We believe that Jason accurately re-

ported that conversation,” Boyd said. St. Mary’s County Commissioner Larry Jarboe, head of the Town Hall Alliance, said earlier this year to The County Times that Rossignol is no long a volunteer member of the Alliance. That comment came after the Alliance’s Web site attributed sexist comments about MetCom director Jackie Meiser to commissioner candidate Dan Morris – only to have Morris later claim that those comments were actually written by Rossignol and Morris’s name was incorrectly attached. “He’s resigned from any volunteer duties with the Town Hall Alliance,” Jarboe said at the time about Rossignol. Jarboe did not answer numerous calls and messages this week seeking comment for this article. Rossignol hung up the phone on a reporter after saying “if there’s any questions, have Tom McKay call.” “Tell Hambone to call me, I want to talk to the Big Cheese himself,” Jarboe is quoted as saying on the St. Mary’s Today Web site in response to The County Times efforts to talk to Town Hall Alliance members. McKay, publisher of The County Times, said it will be interesting to see how campaign finance reports will shake out for the Town Hall Alliance and its candidates when the next report is released on Aug. 17. “Other candidates have said Rossignol quoted full page political ads at $700 a piece. At that cost, a quick look at the last few issues shows that paper is running at least $1,000 worth of free ads, or in-kind ads if that’s what they’re calling them now, in each issue,” McKay said. “It would be interesting to see what a criminal investigation into Rossignol’s skirting of the $10,000 political contribution limit would find … there has been Town Hall Alliance ads appearing there for the better part of a year.” Staff Writer Sarah Miller contributed to this article.

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We Are in Trouble Do you remember Jimmy Carter – double digit inflation, home mortgage rates 16-18%, long gas lines and rationing, American hostages held by Iran for over a year, and our Armed Forces, CIA and Intelligences gutted. Thank God for Ronald Regan who inspired America, rebuilt our Armed Forces, won the Cold War without a shot, cut over taxes despite having a Democratic Congress, and renewed American’s confidence in the greatest nation ever put on this planet. Contrast recent vision of America with Barack Obama who goes on world wide “apology tours”; cuddles up to world’s worst – Castro, Chavez and Ahmadi-Nejad; refuses to touch Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac (Barney Frank’s and Chris Dodd’s baby) despite they were the real culprits in the financial “meltdown”. Congress mandated that banks make “NO DOCUMENT” and loans to folks who never had a prayer of keeping up their mortgage payments. It is sad and frightening to see our wonderful Nation fall like a rock in the last 18 months with Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reed and Steny Hoyer leading the charge to ruin our auto industry, ruin the world’s greatest health care and rack up debt in the TRILLIONS while putting a “back breaking” burden on the next generations with nay a glimmer of hope for our future unless we rein in these “spendaholics”, redistribute the wealth and uncontrolled border policy crowd. It is sad testimony to have Britain, France and Germany lecturing the United States about the need to get over spending under control. Obama in 18 months has increased our National debt more than all the Presidents (combined) before him in our nation’s history. The Health Care Bill (a.k.a. Socialized Medicine) has been rammed down our throats and passed with a ton of bribes, trades and backroom deals. Why do the majority of Canadians come to America for major surgery? Well, waiting months or years for care in Canada may be too late. The American media tried to crucify “Joe the Plummer” in the last election as he dared to challenge Candidate Obama on his plan to “Redistribute the Wealth”. We are the next financial disaster like Greece unless the Republicans can get a check on the one party rule and “TO HELL WITH THE PEOPLE MENTALITY”. What can St. Mary’s County and 5th Congressional District voters do to help save our Nation? Vote out the progressives (code name for Liberal Democrats) and start with giving Nancy Pelosi’s right hand man (Steny Hoyer) his walking papers and send this 28 year career politician home. Steny has never seen a tax he didn’t like. Before you accuse me of being a Tea Party wacko and racist (the usual Democratic “dirty trick”) you better read on to see the candidate I am supporting to represent us in Congress. He is a true American Patriot who exemplifies everything good we NEED in Congress. Steny Hoyer, career politician and BIG EARMARK PORKER, has $1.4 million in his war chest for re-election. Over 90% of these funds come from outside the 5th Congressional District, most comes from big unions and PACS (Political Action Committees). He CLAIMS his Democratic (liberal and progressive) fight for the little man, but he knows where his special interest cronies and al-

ways votes to protect their special interests. Many of my old Navy cronies say “Steny saved the Base in the last BRAC (Base Relocation and Closing). To this I say “B…S…”. A lot of smart and hard working Navy folks (active and retired) and Civil Service employees did their homework and busted their buns to show the tremendous capability and marvelous work force at PAX. Credit ZERO to Hoyer!!! Steny was totally a big anti-defense guy until PAX came into the district. Why does he have all his Union and special interest folks on stage at his Town Hall meetings??? It is time for term limits and send these career politicians home and we should start with Steny. I am supporting Charles Lollar for the 5th District Congressional. He is a remarkably gifted, honest, hard working, dedicated family man, successful business man and staunch advocate for limited government and balanced budgets. He has 13 years in the U. S. Marine Corps reserves and has been tested in combat. He is a fiscal conservative and good Christian man that we need to send to Washington to stop the secular and socialized agenda of President Obama. Steny Hoyer has voted 100% for Obama’s radical agenda and thinks BIG Government is the answer to everything. Get rid of the Progressives starting with Steny Hoyer and save our great Nation from a precipitous fall. It is later than you think!! Donald Beck St. Mary’s City. MD

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Democrats Dropped The Ball in Congress I want to share with you an item that appears in the Washington Times, Tuesday, July 27, 2010, page A2. It is included there within the column “Inside the Beltway” by Jennifer Harper. This item is entitled: “BUH-BYE FOLKS,” and reads as follows: “The lifting gets lighter when you drop the ball. Congress is about to adjourn for a SIX-WEEK summer recess -- THE LONGEST IN MEMORY (my caps here). This despite the fact that Democrats have completely failed to address Americans’ worries about the ECONOMY, UNEMPLOYMENT, RECKLESS SPENDING, SKYROCKETING DEBT, JOBKILLING TAX HIKES, RISING HEALTH CARE COSTS, ENDLESS BAILOUTS, AND WASHINGTON’S OBSTRUCTION OF PRIVATE SECTOR SUCCESS,” (again, my caps) says the Republican Study Committee.

The next paragraph notes: “While Vice President Biden and other Democrats seem to think that ‘the heavy lifting is over,’ all the aforementioned issues remain major concerns for the public. Why? Because the heavy lifting is not actually over. DEMOCRATS JUST DROPPED THE BALL.” (And my caps were also use here.) Now I really expect that most of my friends will agree with this item above. And I sure do hope that you will help do something about this situation. What to do? Well, make sure that you and your family and friends are ready to vote in the primary in Maryland this coming September 14 and then “gear up” for the election of November 2. And my advice here: VOTE RIGHT! Spurgeon Terry Hollywood, MD

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still needs to get permits from the county, a liquor license and other things in order before construction would begin, Parlett said. The 30-acre Park Place development has an approved site plan from the county that includes a total of five restaurants fronting Route 235, a financial institution, a church, a 100-room hotel and three office buildings. A new corporate headquarters is already permitted in the planning stages for defense contractor SAIC in the center of the development. They are expecting to break ground this fall, Parlett said. “And we are currently negotiating with two additional restaurants that I cannot disclose at this point,” Parlett said. Parlett said his company is actively seeking out potential tenants and buyers to fill all sections of the development, including negotiations with a church.


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Bohanan, Hoyer Meet With Defense Contractors By Andrea Shiell Staff Writer

Defense contractors voiced some of their concerns about their dealings with the Navy on Wednesday morning at a meeting at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center hosted by Del. John Bohanan and Congressman Steny Hoyer, during which some offered solutions to the headaches currently plaguing the defense contracting community in St. Mary’s County, including high turnover rates for contracting professionals and a lack of qualified personnel. Held as a follow-up to Bohanan’s July 7 meeting with defense contractors, which included discussions of office development related to Extended Use Leasing (EUL) programs and hang-ups with procurement, Wednesday’s meeting was to serve as an update for Congressman Hoyer, who will use some of the material to inform his report to Navy leadership in the coming weeks. “We spent the bulk of the time focused on the contracts issue, with some talk of in-sourcing,” Bohanan said after the meeting, “but most of it continued to focus on thoughts and ideas the community had on what Congressman Hoyer could take to the Navy leadership.” The contract services portion at Pax River needs attention, said Bohanan, “and the bulk of it is we need to reduce turnover … but we need to look at some models that are being employed at other bases.” General suggestions from contractors included opening up lines of communication between defense contractors serving different branches of the armed services, and enhancing

the role of the NAWCAD Government-Industry and others will develop over the next couple of County Commissioners Larry Jarboe and Tom Acquisition Improvement Team (AIT), which weeks, containing solutions or suggestions that Mattingly, and Dick Myers from the office of was set up 10 years ago to address issues be- Hoyer will then present to Navy leadership. Sen. Barbara Mikulski. tween government procurement professionals Other officials in attendance at Wednesand private industry. day’s meeting included Del. Johnny Wood, “We had an excellent discussion on those issues, and some acknowledgement of progress that we’re beginning to make,” said Bohanan, going on to comment on Hoyer’s dealings with the contracting community. “He’s a firm believer in public-private partnerships. You have to work together on these issues,” he added. Hoyer’s staff circulated some earmarks in the works for defense and related agencies, including $5 million to develop modular communications systems for psychological operations, intelligence and reconnaissance capabilities. Also earmarked for Patuxent River NAS would be $3 million for mission based field experimentation at Webster Field, $4 million for underwater explosives and warhead research, $2.3 million for the purchase, test and evaluation of weapon systems for Special Operations Forces, and $2 million for engineering and laboratory support for aircraft. “These are moving through the process right now,” said Bohanan, going on to say that the items will likely be included in the final Defense Appropriations Act for FY 2011. In the meantime Bohanan said that Former NESEA Director Bob Waxman, Rep. Steny Hoyer and Bob Schaller, Director of Economic & Community Developdiscussions at Wednesday’s meeting ment, at Wednesday’s meeting with defense contractors at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center. would factor into a white paper that he

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Frances Abell, 96 Frances Indiana “Polly” Abell, 96, of Hollywood, MD died July 29, 2010 at her home in Sandy Bottom, MD surrounded by her family and friends. Born January 19, 1914 in Redgate (Leonardtown) MD, she was the daughter of the late John P. Wilkinson and Frances Indiana Yates. She is preceded in death by her husband Francis Karl Abell, Sr. whom she married on April 2, 1934 in St. John’s Catholic Church in Hollywood, MD. Frances is preceded in death by sisters Mary Julia Nelson, Mary Frances Owens, Mary Linda Downs, Mary Ellen Downs, Louise Loretta Leib, Myrtle Anne Borgman, Estille P. Greenwell and Agnes Cecelia Insley and one brother John Frances Wilkinson. Frances was a lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County. She was a housewife and enjoyed family gatherings, soap operas, flowers, cooking, trips to Dover, and annual trips to Ocean City with family. Frances is survived by her children John V. Abell (Edna) of Leesburg, FL, Francis K. Abell, Jr. (Eleanor), Ramona Thomas (Jimmy), Marjorie Jones “Susie” all of Leonardtown, MD and J. Alfred Abell (Janice) of California, MD as well as 19 grandchildren, 56 great-grandchildren, and 16 great-great grandchildren. The family received friends on Monday, August 2, 2010 in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD, where prayers were said. A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Tuesday, August 3, 2010, in St. John’s Catholic Church, Hollywood, MD with Fr. Raymond Schmidt officiating. Interment followed in the Charles Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Leonardtown, MD. Pallbearers were her grandsons Timothy W. Abell, Harry C. Jones, Jr., Mark Jones, Bryan Abell, David Abell, and Jeff Thomas. Honorary Pallbearers were all of the granddaughters. Contributions in memory of Frances Indiana “Polly” Abell can be made to St. Mary’s County Hospice, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650, and St. John’s Church building fund, 43950 St. John’s Road, Hollywood, MD 20636 and Hollywood Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 7, Hollywood, MD 20636. To send a condolence to the family please visit our website at www. Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.

Andrea Baker, 37 Andrea “Dee” Devon Baker, 37, of Lexington Park, MD died July 25, 2010. Dee was born on December 28, 1972 in The Women’s Center, Washington, DC. She was the daughter of Delores E. Clinton and James A. Berry both of Lexington Park, MD. She was the loving wife of John A. Baker whom she married on September 25, 2004 in the Leonardtown Courthouse, Leonardtown, MD. She is also survived by her children; Kevin Berry, Keena Berry and Kanisha Berry all of St. Mary’s County, MD, her grandson Kevin Berry, as well as her sisters; Diane Height

of Calvert County, MD and Theresa Kauffman of Virginia. Dee was a lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County and attended Great Mills High School, Great Mills, MD. Dee was a cashier for several years working for St. James Store in Lexington Park, MD. She also worked for B & B Maintenance for one year as a custodian. Dee loved spending time with her family and watching football. She especially enjoyed watching the Redskins play. The family received friends on Monday, August 2, 2010 in St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, St. Inigoes, MD where a Mass was celebrated with Fr. Scott Woods officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were be Darryl L. Miles, James Baker, Joseph Baker, William Baker, Robert Berry and Jeffery Carter. Timmy Bush was an Honorary Pallbearer. To send a condolence to the family please visit our website at www.mgfh. com. Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.

Judith Briggs, 67 Judith Ann “Judy” Briggs, 67, of Lexington Park, MD died July 30, 2010 in Baltimore, MD. Born August 11, 1942 in Winfield, IA she was the daughter of the Lloyd Lee and Verla Mae Morgan Briggs. Judy is survived by her children; Russell R. Nichols of Mankato, MN, Terri L. Beauchamp (Mark) of Winfield, IA and Lori Ann Martin (Tim) of Lexington Park, MD, four grandchildren and six great grandchildren. She is also survived by five sisters and one brother. Judy is preceded in death by a grandson. She worked in many nursing homes as a Certified Nursing Assistant for 25 plus years before retiring in August of 2004. Judy loved to read, listen to music and shop. All services are private. Memorial contributions in Memory of Judy may be made to the Paralyzed Veterans of America, 801 Eighteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006-3517. To send a condolence to the family please visit our website at Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.

John Burch, 45 John Glen “Big Bubba G” Burch, 45 of Leonardtown, MD, lost his two-year battle with cancer with his family by his side, on August 1, 2010 at his residence. He was born January 9, 1965, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardtown, MD. He is the son of Elizabeth “Betty” Burch of Hollywood, MD and the late Robert E. Burch, Sr. In addition to his mother, he is also survived by his children; John Cody Burch, Lacey Nicole Burch, and former wife Patricia Burch all of Bushwood. His wife Rhonda Bender-Burch and step-daughter, Gina Valentino both of Great Mills, MD, siblings; Laura (Leroy) Lacey of Abell, MD, Robert

“Cindy” Burch, Jr. of Compton, Mark Burch of Hollywood, and Alan (Susan) Burch of Mechanicsville, and half sister; Peggy Burch of New Port Richey, FL. He was a devoted father, brother, husband and uncle to many nieces and nephews. He graduated from Leonardtown High school in 1983. He enjoyed NASCAR racing, hunting, playing softball, and spending time with family. He was a very talented carpenter who took pride in everything he did. To many, he was known as “Big Bubba G’ doing the weekly NASCAR report on 102.9 WKIK. He enjoyed life and always made you smile. He always put others first and could be counted on to help anytime of the day. Pallbearers will be; Leroy Lacey, Sr., Leroy Lacey, Jr., Robert Burch, Jr., Mark Burch, Alan Burch, and Glenn Knott. Honorary pallbearers are; Steven Burch, Alex Gharib, and Eric Vogt. Family will receive friends on Thursday, August 5, 2010 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD with prayers recited at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, August 6, 2010 at 11 a.m. in Holy Angels Catholic Church with Father William Gurnee officiating. Interment will follow in Charles Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice House of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650 and/or The American Cancer Society, St. Mary’s County Unit-350, Lexington Park, MD 20653 Arrangements provided by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD

Susan Evans, 63 Miss Susan Marlena Evans, 63 of California, MD passed away on Sunday, July 25, 2010 at the St. Mary’s Hospice House in Callaway, MD. Born July 4, 1947 in Kansas City, KS she was the daughter of the late James L. Evans and Dorothy W. (Johnston) Evans. A resident of St. Mary’s County for nearly 30 years, Miss Evans was a successful Realtor with O’Brien Realty for nearly twenty years. After retiring from real estate, Susan continued to market houses using her talent in graphic arts. She created and designed real estate websites, advertisements and brochures. Miss Susan loved to travel and would often “disappear” over a long weekend, only to reappear later with happy tales of the places she’d recently visited. Her favorite destinations were usually rural, farming towns with a “Mayberry” appeal to them. One of Miss Susan’s greatest joys came from teaching Bible classes for over twenty years to the children in her congregation. Because she always carried a shopping bag full of assorted goodies to share after worship services, Miss Susan was also affectionately known as the “Candy Lady” to these same children. Some of Susan’s other interest: she was an accomplished photographer, had a pilot’s license, wrote music and possessed a fun and wacky sense

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of humor. Miss Susan is survived by her close friends Dan & Denise Page of Hollywood, MD; Debbie & Joel Dunlap of Great Mills, MD; and a very loving congregation at the Church of Christ in California, MD. Family and friends are invited to a Memorial Service on Sunday, August 8, 2010 at 1 p.m. at St. Mary’s County Church of Christ on St. Andrew’s Church Road in California, MD. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice House of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Audrey Johnson, 69 Audrey Marie Johnson, 69, of Hollywood, MD peacefully fell asleep in death on July 30, 2010 at Taylor Farm in Bushwood, MD. Born in Teutapolis, IL on September 4, 1940, she was the daughter of the late Joseph C. Schimpf and Frances C. Van de Riet Schimpf. Audrey is survived by her husband of 43 years, John Arnold Johnson of Hollywood, MD, her two daughters, Kiri Inger Johnson of Stafford, VA and Viki Esther Johnson of Lake Anna, VA, three granddaughters, Megan Valerie, Madeline Palmer and Meredith Audrey Hook. She is also survived by her eldest sister Rosemary (late Richard) Lapinski of Glenview, IL, her brother Jerome (Beverly) Schimpf of Hanover Park, IL, her brother Charles (late Mary) Schimpf of Streamwood, IL, her sister Madonna Schimpf of Lockport, IL, her sister Kathleen (Richard) Rose, of Norman, OK, her sister Jane (Dennis) Crosse of Hickory Hills, IL, and her youngest brother Mark Schimpf of Calumet, MI, many nieces and nephews, and her dear aunt, Ann Byers of St. Louis, MO. She is preceded in death by her parents, and six of her 13 siblings, James Schimpf, Dolores Rutter, Virginia Lopez, Loretta Brookins, Kenneth Schimpf, and Carmelyn Dautzenberg. Audrey graduated from McKinley High School in St. Louis, MO in 1958. After graduating from St. Louis City Hospital School of Nursing as an R.N., she flew out to Monterey, CA, where she married her husband John on December 17, 1966. Audrey and John lived in various places including Hampton, VA, Key West, FL and Daytona, FL before moving to St. Mary’s County, MD in June of 1974. In recent years, John and Audrey became “Snowbirds”, and would spend the cold months down in warm, sunny Lakewood Park, FL. Audrey was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses on July 17, 1971 in Milwaukee, WI and spent many happy years sharing her Bible-based faith and teaching others about her God, Jehovah. She was an active member of the Callaway Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. She firmly believed in the Bible’s hope of the resurrection and always talked about seeing her friends and family again on a paradise Earth. In addition to her volunteering in the ministry, Audrey enjoyed cooking,


sewing and homemaking, caring for the family’s varied pets and the yard and garden. Family and friends were invited to Audrey’s Life Celebration on Monday, August 2, 2010 at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. A Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, August 3, 2010 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 20770 Seth Court, Callaway, MD. Family requests contributions be made to Hospice of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Condolences to the family may be made at

Shirley Kidd, 73 Shirley Ann Kidd, 73, of Leonardtown, MD died July 30, 2010 in Leonardtown, MD. Born June 22, 1937 in Washington, DC she was the daughter of the late Harry and Agnes Nalley Limerick. Shirley was the loving wife of the late Robert Kidd who preceded her in death on August 18, 2006. She is survived by her children; Robert E. Kidd III of Fredericksburg, VA, Cheryl A. Frisco of Hollywood, MD, Robert Fulcher of Deale, MD, Debbie Fulcher King and Sharon Fulcher Sykes both of Florida. She is also survived by her 11 grandchildren and siblings; Nancy McNabb of Lusby, MD and Carol Hill of Lothian, MD. Shirley was preceded in death by a son Timothy and brothers Bobby Limerick and Harry Limerick. She worked for AFL-CIO in the accounting department where she was a secretary and also did data processing. The family will receive friends on Saturday, August 7th, 2010 from 8:30 – 10 a.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD, where a funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. with Deacon Ripple officiating. Interment will follow in Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery, Washington, DC. To send a condolence to the family please visit our website at www.mgfh. com. Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.

William Miedzinski, 73 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


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Continued 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 Lexington Park, MD. Bill will be most remembered for his selfless service to others and his deep and abiding faith in God. Bill is survived by his wife Grace, his children, Tracey Heibel (Jake) of California, MD, Lisa Rader (Tim) of Vienna, VA and Linda Miedzinski of California, MD, grandchildren, Jeffrey S. Wettengel, Christina M. Wettengel, Michaela N. Richardson, Lauren K. Heibel, and Zachary N. Rader, siblings, James E. Miedzinski of Woodbridge, VA, Shirley A. Copsey of La Plata, MD, Elizabeth P. Conner of Virginia Beach, VA, George F. Miedzinski of Hollywood, MD, and David W. Miedzinski of Hollywood, MD. He was preceded in death by his siblings, John R. Miedzinski, Phillip Miedzinski, and Doris C. Johnson. Family received friends for Bill’s Life Celebration on Thursday, July 29, 2010 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 22375 Three Notch Road, Lexington Park, MD 20653. Prayers were recited. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Friday, July 30, 2010. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Johnny Hopf, Chuck Shultz, Wayne Pettit, Kelly Cutchember, George McKay, Wayne Miedzinski, Jeff Wettengel, and Hank Cumberlin. Honorary pallbearers were be Charlie Mills and Charles “Snookie” Miedzinski. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Vincent DePaul, c/o Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 22375 Three Notch Rd., Lexington Park, MD 20653. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Agnes Orosz, 82 Agnes Marie Orosz, 82, of Fredericksburg, VA died July 29, 2010 in Stafford, VA. Born November 2, 1927 in Washington, DC she was the daughter of the late William Ford McKay and Hilda Rea Walter. She is preceded in death by her husband Julius Steve Orosz whom she married on July 16,1949 at St. Teresas Church in Washington, DC. Marie was also preceded in death by her son David Orosz, her daughter Mary Cooper and her brother William F. McKay. She is survived by her children Roni Clary of LaPlata, MD, Julia Lindsay of Supply, VA, Kathy Talbott of Georgetown, DE and

Michael Orosz of PA, three grandchildren Ryan Gallen, Gloria Clary and Jessica Ramos. Marie worked at Bowling AFB for a year, raised her family and then worked as a bus aide for the disabled in the PG County School System. She liked gardening and bird watching, her favorite bird was the Robin and her favorite flowers were tulips and iris. Marie sang beautifully while in college; and later in life she sang with a chorus group of the Heartfields Assisted Living, Fredericksburg, VA. The family received friends on Tuesday, August 3, 2010 in MattingleyGardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD, where prayers were said. A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on August 4, 2010, in St. George’s Catholic Church, Valley Lee, MD with Msgr. Carl Chimiak officiating. Interment followed in Church Cemetery, Valley Lee, MD. To send a condolence to the family please visit our website at www. Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.

Mary Raley, 83 Mary Frances “Fance” Raley, 83, of Silver Spring, MD, died July 27, 2010 at Univ. of MD Medical Center, in Baltimore, MD. Born April 10, 1927 in Beachville, MD, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Clyde and Elizabeth C. Wood Raley. She was preceded in death by her sister Anna Marie Cooper, and brother John J Raley. She is survived by her sister Helen C Jensen of Clarksville, Tenn., as well as a host of loving nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Mary graduated from St. Michael’s School in 1945 and worked as an Administrative Secretary for the U.S. Department of Labor. Mary loved bingo; needlepoint, playing cards and she belonged to the Women of Moose Lodge of Silver Spring, MD. Contributions in memory of Mary Frances Raley can be made to John Tracy Clinic for Hearing Impaired Children 806 W. Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90007-2505. The family received friends on Thursday, July 29, 2010 in St. Michael’s Church, Ridge, MD, where prayers were said. A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Friday, July 30, 2010, in St. Michaels Catholic Church, Ridge, MD with Fr. Scott Woods officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were James I. Raley, Joseph H. Raley, Charles R. (Robbie) Wood, Bernard Ridgell, Matthew Ridgell and James R. Cooper. To send a condolence to the family please visit our website at Arrangements provided by the MattingleyGardiner Funeral Home, P.A.

Mary Scaggs, 83 Mary Louise Scaggs, 83 of Mechanicsville, MD on July 14, 2010 the Angels took her to be with the heavenly father. Born April 2, 1927 in Hillside MD, she was raised by her mother,

father and several aunts and uncles. After graduating from St. Mary’s Girls Academy in Leonardtown, MD she enrolled in Beautician School. After receiving her beautician’s license she worked at several beauty salons in Washington, DC. She later met and fell in love with the man of her dreams, Willie Frank Scaggs. They were married on September 4, 1950 and resided in District Heights, MD. They were blessed with three children; Linda, Susan and Timothy. They were wonderful parents and so devoted to each other for 45 years. On Easter Sunday, April 16, 1995 Willie passed away. In 1996 Mary Lou relocated to St. Mary’s County to be near her children and her three grandchildren, Christopher, William and Andrew. She was very devoted to her children and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. She really enjoyed going shopping and having lunch at her favorite restaurant, Bob Evans. She also enjoyed the fresh fruit and vegetables from the Amish market and fruit stands. She looked forward to summer just for this reason. Not only was she an angel on earth but now she is an angel of god. She would do anything for anyone who needed help. Listening to her son playing his harmonica to the blues and watching the Minnesota Vikings was two of her favorite moments. She will really be missed not only as a Mom, but as a best buddy. She was preceded in death by her loving and devoted husband, Willie, her mother, Mary Blank, her father, D’Arcy East, and several aunts

and uncles. She is survived by her three loving children, Linda Scaggs, Susan Messick, and Timothy Scaggs, all of Mechanicsville; son-in-law, Ernest Messick; three grandchildren, Christopher Messick and his wife Heather of Waldorf, William Messick of Mechanicsville and Andrew Messick of Mechanicsville; also survived by five greatgrandchildren and a host of cousins. A private graveside service was held Monday, July 19, 2010 at Washington National Cemetery, Suitland, MD. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice House of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650 Arrangements provided by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD

Florence Townsend, 88 F l o r e n c e Townsend 88, of Morganza, MD, died July 29, 2010 at her home. Born October 21, 1921 in Carter County, TN, she was the daughter of the late Daniel Ingram and Kate Cornett. She was the loving wife of the late Jake Townsend whom preceded her in death on September 20, 1977. Florence is survived by her children Brenda Wathen of Chaptico, MD, Eddie Ingram, of Hampton, TN, Tamsey Herbert (Albert) of Morganza, MD, Shirley Herbert (Louis) of Mechanicsville. She is also survived by her siblings Maryann

Whitehead of Roan Mtn., TN, Nannie Stevens of Elizabethon, TN, Judy Lunchford of Hampton, TN, Lena Hill, Charlie Inrgam and Roby Ingram all of Roan Mtn., TN as well as several nieces and nephews, 3 half sisters, 2 half brothers, 16 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Florence has lived in St. Mary’s County for 47 years. She was a homemaker she loved cleaning, spending time with her grandchildren and reading the bible. The family received friends on Wednesday, August 4, 2010 in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD where prayers were said. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, August 5, 2010 at 10 a.m. in Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD with Pastor Daniel Moore officiating. Interment will follow in Charles Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Leonardtown, MD. Pallbearers will be Albert Herbert, Jr., Tommy Herbert, Louis Herbert, Jr., Bobby Herbert, Wilmer Wathen, Jr., and Danny Wathen. Honorary pallbearers are Jay Smith, Brian Mattingly, Philip Oliver, Paul Herbert and all of her great grandsons. Memorial contributions in memory of Florence may be made to Hospice of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Condolences may be left to the family at Arrangements provided by Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.


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Police: Woman Received Drugs From False Prescription

Vice/Narcotics detectives began an investigation into a possible prescription fraud at a Charlotte Hall pharmacy. Bernadette Theresa Gingery, 45, of Mechanicsville, was developed as a suspect. Gingery allegedly passed two fraudulent prescriptions and received a total of 210 tablets of 30 mg each of oxycodone. She was charged accordingly, police stated.

Man Charged With Flea Market Thefts

On July 31, 2010 deputes responded to the Framer’s Market in Charlotte Hall for a report of a theft. Witnesses at the Farmer’s Market observed Philip James Meed, 42, of Leonardtown allegedly stealing items from various venders at the market. Deputies located Meed in the parking lot of the market and found him in possession of suspected stolen items including a lap top computer. Meed was arrested and charged with two counts of theft.

Police Arrest Man For Assault In Sandgates

On August 1, 2010 deputies responded to the Sea Breeze Restaurant in Mechanicsville, for a traffic complaint. While deputies were investigating the traffic complaint they witnessed an individual, later identified as Joseph Leonard Goldsborough, 34, of Newburg, allegedly pushing several individuals. Deputy Flelage attempted to speak with Goldsborough but the suspect would not cooperate. He initially ignored the deputy and continued to push others who were standing in the parking lot, police stated. Flelage again attempted to speak with Goldsborough and Goldsborough again ignored the deputy. Goldsborough then took an aggressive stance and balled up his fist as if he was going to punch the deputy, police allege. Goldsborough was ordered to stop his disorderly behavior, which he allegedly refused. Goldsborough was arrested and charged with two counts of assault and one count of disorderly conduct.

Troopers Arrest Leonardtown Man On Missouri Warrant

On Friday, July 30, 2010 at 5:26p.m., TFC M. J. Pitcher initiated a stop on Maryland Route 249 at Hewitt Road on a white Oldsmobile for a traffic violation. Upon making contact with the driver, a METERS/NCIC query revealed that Nicholas David Johnson, 24, of Leonardtown had an outstanding warrant through Missouri. Following confirmation of the warrant status and extradition guidelines, Johnson was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. Johnson will be held pending arrangements with the originating agency for service or extradition.

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Deputies Asking Interviewees For More Information By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s deputies are using a new field reporting system that is designed to help distinguish subjects more accurately from one another by having law officers ask anyone they interview for their driver’s license number. And while the license number is usually information that is only given out at traffic stops, Sheriff Timothy Cameron said, residents do not have to give that information to deputies if they are interviewed about a crime or investigation in most cases unless they are a material witness. Cameron said that the taking down of the license number, or the number assigned to state residents by the Department of Motor Vehicles if they do not drive, was always something police used when getting a suspects information. Now that practice has broadened to everyone deputies contact in their duties. “It’s a data set, a unique identifier to make sure they are who they say they are,” Cameron

told The County Times of the field reporting system. Deputies now file reports using mobile data browsers, special lap top computers, instead of typing or writing one. Cameron said that the information was not designed to formulate a specific data base and that the use of computers was more efficient. “Before it could take months to get a report into the system,” he said. “I haven’t had one complaint about it except from the deputies because they’re not used to it, it’s an extra step.” License information is readily available to police in other records. Cameron said that the extra information could help police distinguish people who share the same name and even date of birth, which would aid investigators trying to solve crimes and help keep track of where witnesses could be found even years after a crime was committed. “You might be a witness today but a suspect tomorrow,” Cameron said. “If we have enough information we can solve crimes.”

Two Arrested For Break In At St. Clements Museum By Guy Leonard Staff Writer St. Mary’s County deputies say that two men from Alexandria, Va. broke into the St. Clements Island Museum in Colton’s Point and that shoe prints from one of the suspects helped to identify them.

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According to charging documents filed in county District Court both Mario E. Fuentez, 25, and Didier L. Hernandez-Fuentes, 29, were both charged with second-degree burglary, fourth-degree burglary, malicious destruction of property and trespassing for their alleged break-in at the museum July 30. Court papers state that police responded to the museum at about 1 a.m. in response to a burglar alarm and found two windows opened with one of them smashed. Two witnesses at the home next to the museum told police they had heard the alarm and witnessed a Hispanic male wearing either an orange or red pair of shorts and a light colored shirt leave the back side of the museum building and walk to a parked vehicle across the street, court

papers stated. The suspect then crossed museum property and headed towards the nearby fishing pier. When a canine patrol arrived at the gate, the pier was unlocked, law officers found four Hispanic males hiding behind pillars at the end of the pier and detained them. A piece of broken glass at the crime scene had a shoe print left on it, charging documents stated, and the pattern matched those of shoes worn by Fuentez. A witness who said they saw HernandezFuentes, the other suspect, earlier that morning positively identified him as the suspect who fled from the back side of the museum building. Charging documents state that both Fuentez and Hernandez-Fuentes broke into the museum with the intent of committing a theft but court papers did not allege whether they had actually stolen any items from the museum. On-line court records show that both defendants remain incarcerated at the county detention center. Both face a possible 18 years in prison for the combined second-and-fourth-degree burglary charges.


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Dr. Joseph Urgo’s new office is still a hodge-podge of boxes, books and little furniture, but the new president of St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) said he’s made a lot of progress moving into the space once his term began on July 1, and he’s eager to get to work. So far Urgo said there are a lot of similarities between St. Mary’s and his former place as Dean of Faculty and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Hamilton College, a private liberal arts school in Upstate New York. “It’s a little soon to tell, but there are a lot of similarities. Both are in rural areas, so both have a small, rural, isolated kind of feel to them. That one is landlocked, of course, and this one isn’t … but small colleges are a breed, and they’re more alike than different,” said Urgo, going on to explain that SMCM’s public status is a “major slight difference,” but one he’ll get used to as he settles into his “hands-on” role as president and defines his priorities for the school. High among his priorities is increasing college accessibility, he said, going on to explain that he thinks all colleges should move away from merit-based scholarships. “Access to educate is critical, so even though the price tag here is about at half of what it was at the institution where I came from, the overall price tag of $23,000 or $24,000 [per year] is still a lot of money to most people,” he said, “so we’ll need to talk friends of the college and alumni of the college who may be interested in creating scholarships and making it possible for the next rising generation to go to college.” Urgo said that in addition to fostering continued partnerships between the college and Historic St. Mary’s City, he wants to focus on environmental stewardship as one of his campus initiatives. Urgo also said he wanted to also introduce campus beautification projects for students. “One of the emotional pulls here is that this place is so beautiful, and I’d like to have the students themselves have a hand in maintaining the beauty of the campus, whether that’s with shared gardens or just doing cleanup projects on campus,” he said. Urgo also plans to examine the faculty pay structure, as he said that SMCM needs to offer competitive pay and benefits to retain the college’s best staff members.

“I’ve asked our finance VP to analyze our faculty salaries to be sure that we’re competitive, and to look at attrition rates to make sure we’re competitive … we’ve had a number of years with no salary increase, and furloughs at the state level, so I don’t want us to reach a point where we’re losing faculty members,” he said. Urgo plans to have an internet radio show broadcast from campus once a week, which he said will mix interviews with people from

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Farm Life Exhibit at CSM, Prince Frederick

The College of Southern Maryland in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is hosting the NEH traveling exhibit “Farm Life: A Century of Change for Farm Families and Their Neighbors,” at the Prince Frederick Campus, made possible by NEH on the Road, a special initiative of the NEH. It was adapted and is brought by Mid-America Arts Alliance. “There are so many themes and images in the exhibit that everyone will find something that they can connect with,” said CSM Library Director Tom Repenning, who was in charge of assembling each of the exhibits from wooden crates. With displays including

real clothing, tools and numerous photographs ranging back to the early 19th century, visitors will walk away with a sense of understanding of how these families lived, he said. “I want people to find it interesting and enjoyable, but I also hope that the exhibit stirs some memories or sparks an interest in exploring our connections to the land, both past and future.” The exhibit will be on display in Room 122 of Prince Frederick’s Flagship Building every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m., until August 12. For more information, call 240-725-5312, 443-550-6199, or visit


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ment between the management and the community helped to bolster relationships in the aftermath of the drug problems. “We do movie nights and families come out,” Bolin said. “We’re Neighborhoods around St. Mary’s County celebrated the fight doing more activities to bring the community closer together where as against crime Tuesday with National Night Out, and several were able to before it wasn’t like that.” count their blessings as they have either maintained their communities or Residents who used to live there who caused problems, Bolin said, driven crime out. have likewise been moved out for violations or for drug offenses. At the Leonard’s Freehold community in Leonardtown children and “We’re now doing criminal background checks,” Bolin said. “Anyadults alike gathered for hotdogs, hamburgers and even a dousing from thing that’s a felony you’re not moving in now.” the hose of a Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department truck. National Night Out was just one of the events Bolin credited with increasing the community’s quality of life; there was also greater cooperation with the county sheriff’s office to enforce the neighborhood quiet hours from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. “It’s worked. That’s what helps is the police getting involved, showing a presence.” Residents at the Town Creek community in Lexington Park said that neighborhood watch groups had been instrumental in improving relations with local law enforcement. “We’ve grown a lot since we came here. The road is paved now, but that makes cars go faster, and sometimes they go too fast,” said Nancy Royalty, a founder of Town Creek’s neighborhood watch program who has lived in the Town Creek neighborhood since 1966. She added that serious crimes had never been as much of a concern for the community, but loitering at the parking lots near the elementary school and acts of vandalism had always topped the list of concerns. “I remember there was a stream of egging that occurred a few years ago – I wasn’t part of that, by the way – but there’s not too much here,” said Bob Kelly, 40, who’s lived in Town Creek since 1991. “We have good coverage from the sheriff’s department here, and we have three deputies that live in the neighborhood so they’re real responsive to us.” The Country Lakes Homeowners Association hosted their National Night Out at the park near their community starting at 6 p.m., and board members said they viewed the event as an opportunity to educate residents about the police, fire and rescue services available to them. “We have the sheriff’s department here, some Maryland state troopPhoto by Frank Marquart Lt. Mike Thompson, commander of the Maryland State Police Leonardtown Bar- ers, the fire department … this is just so everyone can get out and meet rack, helps a Lexwood Drive resident get a snow cone on National Night Out. each other,” said Monty Wright, 45, who helped put together Tuesday’s event for the Country Lakes community. He went on to describe vandalThey had a lot to celebrate. Just three years ago the neighborhood ism, break-ins and thefts as some of the problems he’d seen in the comwas rife with reports of drug activity and public disturbances. Residents munity since moving in several years ago. there had complained of open air drug markets; one even said that drug James Loveless, who has lived in Country Lakes since 1987, said he dealers would swarm vehicles as soon as they turned in to the small also viewed National Night out as a chance to recruit more residents for neighborhood to peddle narcotics. homeowners association meetings, which he hopes will help the comA large raid there in 2007 using tactical teams from St. Mary’s, munity develop a neighborhood watch. Charles and Calvert counties cut down the problems, and now manage“We don’t have one right now. For three years we were trying to get ment has said that the community is on the mend, though problems still it underway, but there really wasn’t enough interest,” he said, going on to linger. comment on how there are more than 700 homes in the neighborhood but “It’s not out in the open,” said Katie Bolin, senior property manager only six members on the board, a fact he said he hopes to change. for the Leonard’s Freehold and Leonardtown Village. “It’s not residents Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron went to several of the 20 National but people who come into the neighborhood.” Night Out parties Tuesday. He told The County Times that in the past Bolin, who used to live in the community, said that greater involve- few years the relationships between neighborhoods and law enforcement have strengthened with a concurrent drop in crime. That includes communities taking it upon themselves to invest in their homeowners associations and neighborhood watch programs. “People are more involved than they’ve been before,” Cameron said. Police involvement isn’t just about making arrests either, Cameron said, but included taking on issues like

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Guyther said that he had always heard it rumored that the springs had healing powers, and tests had revealed that the springs’ reputation was more than just hype. An analysis made of the water in 1889 by Professor R. W. Silvester from the Agricultural College showed that the water contained very low percentages of organic and mineral matter (two samples he sent to his department director contained 25 ½ and 47 parts per million of total solids), making it cleaner than many modern brands of spring water until development began to contaminate the springs starting in the 1940s. Today, historical records show that the springs were most popular after the pestilence of 1697, and for years after development exploded in the area, visitors were still making trips to the site to taste the waters and perhaps sample their restorative powers. But today one is likely to miss the site completely as they travel through the area, and the springs are marked only by a gate and a historic marker, but they still serve as a fitting reminder of the area’s natural history, made even richer by the site’s supernatural reputation. The “Ye Coole Springs of St. Maries” are located on Charlotte Hall School Road across from the St. Mary’s County Welcome Center. For more information and directions, call 301884-7059.

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Tudor Hall Reopens

The St. Mary’s County Historical Society has been in the process of the second phase of a major renovation of Tudor Hall, the Society’s headquarters, which is also the oldest historic home in continuous use in the county. After sharing ownership with the Barnes family (18th and 19th centuries), the Key Family, (19th and 20th centuries), and the Mary Patterson Davidson family through their restoration and donation of the home to the county as its first public library, the Society purchased this home, overlooking Breton Bay, from the Davidson estate on December 31, 1984. The mansion is what is left of a tidewater plantation, which contained over a thousand acres and surrounded the county seat of Leonardtown on two sides. In 2008, using funds secured from a 2007 Maryland General Assembly Bond Bill, the Society renovated the outside of this 260-plus year old Georgian mansion in Leonardtown, and then used a Bond Bill from the General Assembly to begin the restoration of the interior of Tudor Hall.

The original archway under the home’s hanging staircase was reopened, walls were built in the parlor area to reflect the home’s original configuration, the indoor kitchen was restored, the bookstore moved, and plastering, painting, flooring, electrical work, plumbing and other maintenance work was completed. The Society is now refurnishing the rooms on the first floor. The Historical Society is currently in the process of raising funds to complete the refurbishment of the second and most challenging floor of Tudor Hall. One Society member has pledged $1000.00 a year for the next three years to assist in this effort. For now the Society’s Research Center, Archives, and Bookstore are now open again and awaiting researchers and visitors. Tudor Hall is open Tuesday from 9-2, Wednesday-Friday from 9-4, and on the second and fourth Saturdays from 10-4. The Society’s email is and its website is found at The Executive Director may be contacted at 301-475-2467.

Newtowne Players Announce Auditions for Alan Ayckbourn’s Table Manners The Newtowne Players announce open auditions for the upcoming production of Table Manners, a comedy by Alan Ayckbourn. There are parts for three men and three women ages 25-50. People interested in helping with the technical and support crew are also welcome. The show runs Nov. 5-21, 2010. In Table Manners, Norman has captured the eye of his wife’s sister, but the best-

laid plans prove impossible to achieve. While other family members and spouses help take care of mother and the house for the weekend, the six characters’ multiple seductions never take place, despite their daring and imaginative attempts. Auditions will be held Aug. 7 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Aug. 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Three Notch Theatre on 21744 South Coral Drive in Lexington

Park. Auditions will be readings from the script; no prepared material is necessary. If you cannot make these times but wish to work either onstage or backstage for this production, contact Director Larry Silvestro at 301-904-2741. For more information about volunteer opportunities or other upcoming programs, please visit

L ibrary Items • Russell to present “live show and tell” fish program The public can find out more about the fish and crabs in this area as well as be entertained at a special program presented by Captain Jack Russell at Leonardtown Library on Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. The free program will include “live show and tell.” • Activated Storytellers to perform August 9 On Aug. 9 the last Professional Performance will feature Activated Storytellers who will take the children on a voyage to foreign lands, distant eras and various cultures. 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 made possible in part by a grant from St. Mary’s County Arts Council and matching funds from SMECO.

• LEGO Beach Fun planned Children will listen to a beach story and then create beach “stuff” with LEGOs at Lexington Park on Aug. 12. LEGOs are provided and children are asked not to bring their own. The fun starts at 2 p.m. • Free movies being shown at libraries Families can escape the heat and watch the PG movie about a young boy who finds a mysterious enchanted egg and becomes the caregiver of a water horse, a sea creature of mythic proportion, when it hatches. The movie will be shown at Charlotte Hall on Aug. 11 and at Leonardtown on Aug. 18. Both movies begin at 2 p.m. • TAGs to meet Teens can hang out, 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. • Artwork on display The artwork of Geoffrey Reynolds, Tammy Vitale and Ruth Collins is on display at the Lexington Park Library Art Gallery through August 15. Reynolds paints in oil and channels the passion, brush stroke and color of Vincent Van Gogh. Vitale is a multidimensional artist in both medium and message. Collins works primarily in oils with a strong emphasis on illustrative techniques. Members of St. Mary’s County Camera Club will display their work from Aug. 16 through Sept. 30. The public is invited to an opening reception on Aug. 19 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. to meet the members and discuss their work.

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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Thursday, August 5

more information call 240-895-3039 or visit

• So. Md. Mobile Compassion Center St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (Mechanicsville) – 10 a.m. The Compassion Center provides food, clothing and spiritual care to people in need. Basic need items are provided free of charge to those seeking assistance. Nominal donations for items are requested from visitors who can afford it. For more information call 301-884-5184.

• FOP Poker Tournament FOP-7 Lodge (Great Mills) – 7 p.m. For more information call 301-863-6007.

• Cheesesteak Night VFW Post 2632 (California) – 5 p.m. For more information call 301-862-3247. • Ridge Vol. Fire Department Carnival Ridge Vol. Fire Department – 7 p.m. There will be a boat motor and trailer raffle with winner being drawn the last night of the carnival. Food, games, prizes, and rides for the entire family. • Am. Legion Post 221 Meeting AL Post 221 (Avenue) – 8 p.m. Visit our website at http://www. or e-mail us at Call Gail Murdock for more information (301) 884-4071.

Friday, August 6 • So. Md. Mobile Compassion Center St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (Mechanicsville) – 10 a.m. The Compassion Center provides food, clothing and spiritual care to people in need. Basic need items are provided free of charge to those seeking assistance. Nominal donations for items are requested from visitors who can afford it. For more information call 301-884-5184. • Community Shred Event Cedar Point Federal Credit Union Headquarters (Lexington Park) – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring your box of outdated financial records to Cedar Point and dispose of them safely. There will be free ice cream, too. The Credit Union Headquarters Office is located just behind the Chipotle on Rt 235 in Lexington Park. Call 301-8637071 for more information. • First Friday Downtown/Uptown Leonardtown (Various Businesses) – 5 p.m. Author signing of “Dishing Up Maryland” on the square (purchase books at Fenwick Street Used Books and Music). Music on the square: Fortune’s Turn from 7:30 to 9:30 PM. Raffle drawing at 8:30 PM. Visit http://www.leonardtownfirstfridays. com/ for more information. • Governor’s Cup Yacht Race St. Mary’s College Waterfront (Historic St. Mary’s City) – 6 p.m. Marks the 37th running year of the race from Maryland’s current capital city to its first capital in St. Mary’s City. Admission for yacht race; Free for Saturday activities. For

• Ridge Vol. Fire Department Carnival Ridge Vol. Fire Department – 7 p.m. • Texas Hold’Em VFW Post 2632 (California) – 7 p.m. For more information or to preregister contact Brian at poker@ or call 240-925-4000. • Newtowne Players: Laundry & Bourbon and Lone Star Three Notch Theater (Lexington Park) – 8 p.m. The Newtowne Players will perform these two one-act comedies by James McLure Thursdays through Sundays, Aug. 6-22. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students, senior citizens and the military. Thursday shows are $10 general admission. Light refreshments and beverages are also available for purchase at the theatre. Note: Some material may be inappropriate for children. Reservations are recommended; cal 301.737.5447 or visit

Saturday, August 7 • Kids Triathlon Wildwood Community Center (California) – 8 a.m. There will be six age categories grouping ages 5 through 17 into one of four race distances according to age. This event is a sanctioned race and hosted by the Patuxent River Triathlon Club. Pre-registration via the website is encouraged to accommodate number of athletes. For more information call 301-3739751 or visit • Auction St. George’s Episcopal Church (Valley Lee) – 9 a.m. St. George’s Church is located on RT 244 ½ mile from the Valley Lee post office. This auction will include antiques and collectibles, household items, tools, cars, yard equipment and much more. Consignments accepted prior to the auction. Food and beverages will be available. For more information call Donnie Carter 240-925-4690 or the church office at 301-994-0585. • So. Md. Mobile Compassion Center St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (Mechanicsville) – 9 a.m. The Compassion Center provides food, clothing and spiritual care to people in need. Basic need items are provided free of charge to those seeking assistance. Nominal donations for items are requested from visitors who can afford it. For more information call 301-884-5184. • Auditions for “Table Manners” Three Notch Theater (Lexington Park) – 10 a.m. The Newtowne Players an-

nounce open auditions for the upcoming production of “Table Manners,” a comedy by Alan Ayckbourn. There are parts for three men and three women ages 25-50. People interested in helping with the technical and support crew are also welcome. The show runs Nov. 5-21, 2010. Auditions will be readings from the script; no prepared material is necessary. If you cannot make these times but wish to work either onstage or backstage for this production, contact Director Larry Silvestro at 301-904-2741. • Governor’s Cup Yacht Race St. Mary’s College Waterfront (Historic St. Mary’s City) – 10 a.m. Marks the 37th running year of the race from Maryland’s current capital city to its first capital in St. Mary’s City. Admission for yacht race; Free for Saturday activities. For more information call 240-895-3039 or visit • Point Lookout Lighthouse Open House Point Lookout Lighthouse (Scotland) – 10 a.m. Docents from the Point Lookout Lighthouse Preservation Society will be on hand to answer your questions. No charge to enter the lighthouse, but standard park entrance fees apply ($5 per person in-state, $6 per person for out-of-state). For more information go to or email • SMAWL Pet Adoptions Petco (California) – 10 a.m. For more information visit www. • Summerseat Open House Summerseat Farm, Three Notch Road (Mechanicsville) – 10 a.m. Open to the public for self-guided tours of the property and guided tours of the house the first Saturday of the month, May–October,. The Manor House tours on the half hour begin at 10:30 a.m. with the last tour given at 1:00 p.m. Free. Visit www., or call 301-3736607 for more information. • Children’s Day St. Clement’s Island Museum (Colton’s Point) – 11 a.m. Games, crafts, demonstrations, food, music, magic show and more. Free water taxi ride for kids. HC. Visit, or call 301-769-2222 for more information. • Beach Party on the Square Leonardtown Square (Washington Street) – 4 p.m. Family entertainment, music, sand volleyball, jump rope and hulahoop contests, games, prizes, and crafts. For more information go to or call 301-475-9791. • Special Olympics No Limit Cash Game Bennett Bldg, 24930 Old Three Notch Rd. (Hollywood) – 4 p.m. For more information call 240577-0240 or 240-286-7964. • No Limit “Deep Stack” Hold’Em St. Mary’s County Elks Lodge (California) – 6 p.m.

Thursday, August 5, 2010 For more information call the lodge at 301-863-7800, or Linda at 240-925-5697. • Ridge Vol. Fire Department Carnival Ridge Vol. Fire Department – 7 p.m. • Newtowne Players: Laundry & Bourbon and Lone Star Three Notch Theater (Lexington Park) – 8 p.m.

Sunday, August 8 • All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast 2nd District Vol. Fire Department (Valley Lee) – 8 a.m. The cost will be adults are $8.00; children between the ages of 6 thru 12 are $4.00; children 5 and under are free. • Drive-Thru Chicken Dinner Mechanicsville Vol. Fire Department – 12 noon For more information call 301-884-4108. • $35 No Limit Hold’Em Bennett Bldg, 24930 Old Three Notch Rd. (Hollywood) – 2 p.m. For more information call 240577-0240 or 240-286-7964. • FOP Poker Tournament FOP-7 Lodge (Great Mills) – 2 p.m. For more information call 301-863-6007. • Newtowne Players: Laundry & Bourbon and Lone Star Three Notch Theater (Lexington Park) – 3:30 p.m. • Ridge Vol. Fire Department Carnival Ridge Vol. Fire Department – 7 p.m.

Monday, August 9 • Auditions for “Table Manners” Three Notch Theater (Lexington Park) – 10 a.m. The Newtowne Players announce open auditions for the upcoming production of “Table Manners,” a comedy by Alan Ayckbourn. There are parts for three

men and three women ages 25-50. People interested in helping with the technical and support crew are also welcome. The show runs Nov. 5-21, 2010. Auditions will be readings from the script; no prepared material is necessary. If you cannot make these times but wish to work either onstage or backstage for this production, contact Director Larry Silvestro at 301-904-2741.

Tuesday, August 10 • Dollars for Dylan 5th Annual Golf Tournament Breton Bay Golf & Country Club (Leonardtown) – 8 a.m. Entry fee of $85/person includes green fees, cart, beer & soda on the course and lunch. Prizes to be awarded for: 1st through 3rd Teams - Closest to the pin - Longest drive - Putting Contest begins at 8 a.m. All proceeds go to “Victory Junction Gang,” a day camp for children with special health care needs. Contact Becky Gibson at 301-769-3290, or Nancy Hall at 301-769-4132 to sign up or for more information. • $35 No Limit Hold’Em Bennett Bldg, 24930 Old Three Notch Rd. (Hollywood) – 7 p.m. For more information call 240577-0240 or 240-286-7964. • $25 Texas Hold’Em Cadillac Jack’s (Lexington Park) – 7:30 p.m. All proceeds go to “Start-ALife.” For more information call Christine at 443-624-2746.

Wednesday, August 11 • 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. • $35 No Limit Hold’Em Bennett Bldg, 24930 Old Three Notch Rd. (Hollywood) – 7 p.m. For more information call 240577-0240 or 240-286-7964.

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Thursday, August 5, 2010

By Linda Reno Contributing Writer 1st Row (left to right): James Edward O’Dell Buckler (1915-1938), son of Hamilton Ethelbert Buckler and Mary Eleanor Graves; Philip McDaniel Gray, (1908-aft. 1930), son of John William Gray and Margaret Rebecca Knott; Thomas Elmer Quade (1912-1989), son of Joseph Isaac Quade and Sarah Frances Williams.

Laurel Grove School Picture, ca 1922 (Key) Is a picture worth a thousand words? Definitely! I can look into the faces of these young children and see some of the same features in their children and grandchildren. Some of you can probably do the same. They’re gone now, but certainly not forgotten.



Fortunate Mistakes guess. I suppose I thought that the bleach would be washed out quickly. Wrong again. Quite a few of the clothes have nice spotted areas, though I probably won’t be hand-painting these. Maybe in time, I will look at them again and see if I have a vision of what each piece could become. It’s kind of like some of my artwork; sometimes I just start painting a background and see where it will take me. Those, of course, have normally become the more abstract pieces. I should probably grab a few canvasses now and throw on some paint. Then take a look at them in a few weeks to visualize something unusual. Did Picasso create that way? One never knows. My favorite things that I thought were going to be a mistake were many of the dogs I’ve had throughout the years. In fact, I named one dog Booboo because of that. Brownie and Buttons were at first thought of as mistakes too. Buttons, Except for my Tidbit, was one of my favorite dogs, and I found her on the side of the road in Medley’s Neck. I kept telling her, as I asked people in that neighborhood if she was theirs, that this is a mistake. I can’t keep a dog in an apartment. Buttons was a great mistake. One of my most fortunate mistakes was the beginning of my career. A friend in college was going to apply at a frame shop and then realized it wouldn’t work due to her color blindness. You can’t be colorblind and pick out mats for pictures. I was going to apply at a sub shop. She convinced me to go to the frame shop instead. Twenty-nine years later… To each new day’s adventure Shelby Please send comments or ideas to: shelbys.


liam Edward Davis and Mary Etta Curry; Shirley Thelma Dean (1909-1987), daughter of John Caleb Dean and Ella Matilda Joy; Nellie R. Buckler (1914-1998), daughter of Hamilton Ethelbert Buckler and Mary Eleanor Graves.

3rd Row (left to right): Doris Virginia Graves (1917-1974), daughter of Jesse Cronin Graves and Sarah Jane Harding; Margaret Lee Graves (1913-1979), daughter of Jesse Cronin Graves and Sarah Jane Harding; Mary Agnes Dixon (1910-1991), daughter of William Floyd Dixon and Marthaline C. Johnson; Nellie Katherine Wallace (1909-2003), daughter of William Biscoe Wallace and Charlotte R. A. Ledley; Marjorie Graves (1910-2004), daughter of Jesse Cronin Graves and Sarah Jane Harding; Mary Viola Davis (1909-2000), daughter of Wil-

of an Aimless

*****Please remind me to never write another article about ants and antagonize them. They got their revenge this morning. I woke up to find ants covering the kitchen counter, and a portion of the floor. They were even creating a long trail to the ceiling. I’ve windexed them until I can’t close my hand. My husband said, “Good thing you didn’t notice them in the middle of the night.” Ugh, I thought, how many times did I get up in the middle of the night up to drink water from my glass on the counter?***** Working with chemicals seems to be the highlight of my day today – Windex for the ants, and bleach for the whites. I almost lost my grip on the bleach bottle, which I had precariously balanced on the edge of the open washing machine. Twice over the years, I have accidentally made a splash with bleach. The first time was in the 80’s, when I couldn’t get the top off right, and it splashed all over a pile of laundry on the floor. I tried to get the clothes in fast, but it was not fast enough. When I pulled them out I had a polkadotted mess. Luckily that was the time period of painting on fabric. I bought fabric paint and hand-painted flowers on shirts, and filled in with paint on designs where the pattern was missing. That also worked when I wore a white dress to work back then. I opened up a can of dark stain, and it exploded all over the dress. That time I cut wild animals pictures out of fabric and used heat transfer to mount them to the dress. With fabric paint I outlined them and wore that dress for a long time after that. It was actually a fortunate mistake. A few weeks ago, I bleached a stain off of a white shirt, and then put the shirt in with a regular load of wash. Just wasn’t paying attention I


2nd Row (left to right): Leonard Thomas Dixon (1911-1960), son of William Floyd Dixon and Marthaline C. Johnson; William Jennings Bryan Buckler (1910-1970), son of Hamilton Ethelbert Buckler and Mary Eleanor Graves; James Lewis Quade (1909-1948), son of James Sylvester Quade and Mary Dyree Williams; Andrew Johnson Quade (1911-1940), son of James Sylvester Quade and Mary Dyree Williams; George Lafayette Buckler, Jr. (1912-1979), son of George Lafayette Buckler and Mamie Viola Dyson.

Wanderings By Shelby Oppermann Contributing Writer

A Journey Through Time

4th Row (left to right): Grace J. Dean (1908-1993), daughter of John Caleb Dean and Ella Matilda Joy; Anna Laura “Annie” Graves (1908-1993), daughter of Jesse Cronin Graves and Sarah Jane Harding; Gladys Myrtle Davis (1903-1930), daughter of William Edward Davis and Mary Etta Curry; Mabel Erma Davis (1905-1973), daughter of William Edward Davis and Mary Etta Curry; Lola Agnes Wood (1898-1984), daughter of Charles Joseph Wood and Mary Elizabeth Drury (teacher); Harriett Ann Graves (1907-1978), daughter of Lewis Booth Graves and Eva Elton McGinley; Rebecca Barber Wallace (1912-1993), daughter of William Biscoe Wallace and Charlotte R. A. Ledley. NOTE: This picture is said to have been taken in 1920, it was probably taken a few years later. Doris Virginia Graves appears to be the youngest child in this picture. Born in 1917, she would not have been attending school in 1920. She appears to be about 5 or 6 years old when this photograph was taken. Jay R. Long obtained a copy of this picture from Stanley and Norma Buckler who had thankfully identified the children. He, in turn, shared it with me. Too often we find old pictures and no one has any idea who is in them. I added middle names, years of birth and death, along with the names of their parents. Thank you all for enabling us to see these beautiful faces from the past.

Book Review Photo Courtesy of Helen Carroll Beavers Patterson

“Goliath: Hero of the Great Baltimore Fire” by Claudia Friddell, illustrated by Troy Howell

c.2010, Sleeping Bear Press By Terri Schlichenmeyer Contributing Writer

What happens when Mom or Dad gives you a job to do? For some kids, regular chores are part of life. They know what needs to be done, and things are finished with barely a thought and no complaining. Then there are the kids who hate chores and would rather grumble than do the job. Some kids move their feet, while others drag theirs. Which describe you? Before you answer, read “Goliath: Hero of the Great Baltimore Fire” by Claudia Friddell, illustrated by Troy Howell. After learning this true story, you may never look at a job the same again. Goliath was a big horse – so big that his feet were many times the size of a man’s hand. He lived in the stables at Baltimore Fire Engine Company 15, and the firemen loved the gentle giant. Everybody at Engine Company 15 knew that when Goliath was twitchy, there was probably a good reason. And on a chilly February morning in 1904, the dapple gray Percheron was twitching plenty. Hostler Mark Hill lifted Goliath’s huge foot to check for sharp glass or a stuck rock. Something was bothering their “ultimate fire horse.” And then – BAM! – Goliath kicked the side of his stall just as a fire alarm sounded. There was a fire on German Street, and it was a big one. Within seconds, the firemen of Engine Company 15 slid down the pole, the horses were harnessed, and everyone raced down the street. Goliath and his team had a

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fire to fight! When they got there, flames were roaring out of the building, but Goliath bravely stopped the rig and stood still. It was his job to stay steady and wait until he was needed somewhere else. No matter what was going on around him, he knew he had to stand solid. But then, just as the driver started to unhook Goliath to lead him to safety – BOOM! – the building blew up. Ash and flames fell everywhere, even on Goliath, who stood statue-still. Bricks scattered, people gasped and ran, and the building was in danger of collapsing. Engine Company 15’s rig was trapped, but the driver knew who could get it past the burning bricks and beams… Based on a real two-day fire and a real horse, author Claudia Friddell makes readers nearly breathless in “Goliath: Hero of the Great Baltimore Fire”. Kids will love the excitement, and the afterward that updates them on the rest of the story and beyond. There’s also a glossary at the back of the book, which helps answer questions posed by children who only know big trucks as the antidote to fire. What charmed me, though, are the illustrations. Artist Troy Howell brings majesty, love, and urgency to his pictures, so be prepared to spend lots of time returning to them as you read this book aloud. If your 5-to-8-year-old is horse-crazy or aspires to be a firefighter someday, you’ll want this book on your shelf. For them, “Goliath: Hero of the Great Baltimore Fire” will only fan their flames.

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Bourbon for the Ladies, Beer for the Boys

Newtowne Players Present Two McClure One-Acts By Andrea Shiell Staff Writer Audiences can expect a few laughs at Three Notch Theatre this week, where the Newtowne Players will be presenting two one-act plays by James McClure, Laundry & Bourbon and Lone Star, both of which serve as little snapshots of characters marooned in a little town called Maynard, Texas, a place where neighbors slug hard liquor as they fold their clothes, and where a 1959 pink Thunderbird is the ultimate status symbol. Director Steve Fogle, formerly Photo By Andrea Shiell of Shakespeare in Hollywood and the Fantasticks, said he approached Ashlee Forehand (in back), Rachel Laslo and Jessica the one-acts as pieces with loosely Cantrell in Laundry & Bourbon. connected characters, one about a – what’s underneath the surface isn’t so much group of three women discussing bridge games, amusing as sad. daytime television and the problems they have In Lone Star, Roy is mean and obnoxious as with their husbands, and the other – a compan- he slurs his speech over bottles of beer and beats ion piece featuring related characters – following up on his brother Ray, who’s hiding a hefty secret three men in the same town drinking beer and from him the whole time. His penchant for fighttalking about cars, war and women. ing is only rivaled by his love for his 1959 ThunIn Laundry & Bourbon, a young housewife derbird, but both passions have pigeonholed him named Elizabeth (played by Ashlee Forehand) in a shiftless space with no prospects. welcomes her friend Hattie (Rachel Laslo) into In Laundry & Bourbon the conversations her home for an afternoon of drinks and dryer center more on how the three women’s marsheets, during which she vents and pines over ried lives haven’t lived up to their expectations, her wayward husband Roy, who hasn’t been the whether they married for love like Elizabeth, for same since he came home from Vietnam two money like Amy, or just to settle down like Hatyears ago. Later they’re joined by local bridge tie. But none of these characters seem very hapclub snob Amy Lee (Jessica Cantrell), and the py, even when they’re talking about how much gossip ends up igniting old disputes about mar- they love their spouses or children. riage and money. “The theme for both shows is that their lives In Lone Star, Roy (played by Richard Ec- really haven’t turned out the way they thought cleston) and his brother Ray (Peter Klug) opt for they would,” said Fogle, explaining what he beer instead of hard liquor, joined by their dim- found when he did some research on the town of witted acquaintance Cletus (John Raley) at a club Maynard, Texas, where both plays take place. in the same town on a Saturday night. “It’s a town in Texas that even as of today Even though both one-acts are packed with only has about 75 people in it,” he said, “and for clever quips about men, women, cars, clothes years after World War II, it was taken off the map and card games – and the banter itself is funny in Texas, and it was almost a ghost town … but slowly people started moving back in, but it never really recovered … it’s still a little rural town in the middle of nowhere, and the characters are stuck.” Stuck or not, the characters are well played, and it is perhaps for that reason that the darker elements of their stories stand out. Between the funny moments are two studies of colorful personalities brimming over with lost loves and unfulfilled dreams … oh, and alcohol, of course.

Laundry & Bourbon/Lone Star will run August 6 to 22 at Three Notch Theatre in Lexington Park.  Performances are Thursday - Saturday at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday at 3:30 p.m. To order tickets onPhoto By Andrea Shiell line, go to, or Peter Klug, John Raley and Richard Eccleston in call the Box Office at 301-737-5447. Lone Star.

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

Thursday, August 5 • Fair Warning Irish Pub Band CJ’s Back Room (Lusby) – 5 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.

Friday, August 6 • Dave Norris DB McMillan’s (California) – 5 p.m. • Fair Warning Irish Pub Band Donovan’s Pub (California) – 5 p.m.

Vera’s White Sands Beach Club (Lusby) – 9 p.m. • Permanent Damage Drift Away Bar & Grill (Cobb Island) – 9 p.m. • Roadhouse Band Martini’s Lounge (White Plains) – 9 p.m. • After Hours Lounge (Live Music/DJ) Chef’s American Bistro (California) – 10 p.m.*

Saturday, August 7 • Drew Sevyns Gilligan’s Pier (ewburg) – 2 p.m. • Fair Warning Irish Pub Band DB McMillan’s (California) – 5 p.m. • Randy Richie (jazz piano) Café des Artistes (Leonardtown) – 6:30p.m.* • Karaoke Quade’s Store (Bushwood) – 8 p.m.


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

Sunday, August 8 • Gary Rue w/ Joe Martone Seabreeze (Mechanicsville) – 3 p.m. • Moe Stringz & N.S.A. Apehanger’s Bar (Bel Alton) – 3 p.m. • Country Music Jam Session St. Mary’s Landing (Charlotte Hall) – 4 p.m.

Monday, August 9 • Mason Sebastian DB McMillan’s (California) – 5 p.m. • Open Mic Night Scott’s II (Welcome) – 7 p.m.*

Tuesday, August 10

• DJ Harry Big Dogs Paradise (Mechanicsville) – 8 p.m.

• Richard Wagner Port of Leonardtown Winery (Leonardtown) – 5:30 p.m.

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

• Snakebite Beach Cove Restaurant (Chesapeake Beach) – 8 p.m.*

Open Mic Night Martini’s Lounge (White Plains) – 9 p.m.*

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

• Bent Nickel Anderson’s Bar (Avenue) – 8:30 p.m.

• The Navy Cruisers (jazz, R&B, pop) Calvert Marine Museum (Solomons) – 7 p.m. • Nuttin’ Fancy Toot’s Bar (Hollywood) – 7 p.m. • DJ/Line Dancing Hotel Charles (Hughesville) – 7:30 p.m. • Geezer Island Bar & Grill (St. George’s Island) – 7:30 p.m. • Country Music Jam Session St. Mary’s Landing (Charlotte Hall) – 8 p.m. • Karaoke Night Cadillac Jack’s (Lexington Park) – 8 p.m. • Ladies DJ Dance Night Hula’s Bungalow (California) – 8 p.m. • Broadcast

Wednesday, August 11

• Crushing Day Vera’s White Sands Beach Club (Lusby) – 9 p.m.

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

• DJ/Dance Night Cadillac Jack’s (Lexington Park) – 9 p.m.

Captain John DB McMillan’s (California) – 5:30 p.m.

• Face Down Memories (Waldorf) – 9 p.m.

Karaoke Big Dogs Paradise (Mechanicsville) – 7 p.m.

• Four of a Kind VFW Post 10081 (Bel Alton) – 9 p.m.

Sloe Jim Gilligan’s Pier (Newburg) – 7 p.m.

• Impact Cryer’s Back Road Inn (Leonardtown) – 9 p.m.

Karaoke Night St. Mary’s Landing (Charlotte Hall) – 7:30 p.m.

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

Open Mic Night Hula’s Bungalow (California) – 8 p.m.*

• Middle Ground Goose Landing (Benedict) – 9 p.m. • Roadhouse Band Martini’s Lounge (White Plains) – 9 p.m.

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NFL Camps Are Open – Oh, Happy Day!

By Chris Stevens Staff Writer Football fans, rejoice. After months of basketball free-agency foolishness, the local baseball teams struggling and the Washington Capitals falling out of Stanley Cup contention, the return of the National Football League is upon us – and for football fanatics like me, it’s not a moment too soon. While we still have more than a month to go before the first regular season games, training camp is still the start of a new season, with plenty of storylines to keep us glued to ESPN and (to those fortunate enough to have expanded cable plans) the NFL Network for the next seven weeks. The Dallas Cowboys and the Cleveland Browns were the first to open their pre-season practices last Thursday and the Cowboys, as they often do, led the headlines. Rookie wide receiver Dez Bryant, who early on in practice established himself to be an electrifying player to watch, thumbed his nose as the veteran establishment when he refused to carry

incumbent receiver Roy Williams’ pads after a recent practice. Bryant, who took less money to get to work on time, was suddenly demonized by veteran NFL players who proudly take part in what they consider to be hazing/initiation rituals. Bryant’s recent high ankle sprain, which will keep him out the rest of the pre-season, is being thought of as karma, a silly statement considering Williams can’t catch a cold. Cowboys fans should hope for Bryant’s healthy return to pair with the equally dynamic Miles Austin. In Cincinnati, the Bengals have cemented their three-ring circus status by signing free agent Terrell Owens. Owens and Chad Ochocinco (Johnson) are good friends, and after working out with Owens, Cincy QB Carson Palmer convinced management to give T.O. a shot. Hopefully this doesn’t backfire on Palmer as those two egos could sink a battleship. If the O&O show can keep their minds focused on the task at hand, the offensive weaponry makes the Bengals the odds-on favorites in the AFC North again. The Ravens are not to be taken lightly, even

Wagner Scores Convincing Win Friday at Potomac By Doug Watson Potomac Speedway BUDDS CREEK – Mechanicsville’s Tommy Wagner Jr. scored his second feature win of the season in last Friday night’s 20-lap limited late model feature at Potomac Speedway. The win for Wagner, the defending and two-time limited late model track champion, was his eighth career trimph at Potomac. Wagner drew the pole for the feature and would lead the field down to the green flag. Wagner would then dart into the race lead and eventually lead all 20 laps of the event to post the win. As Wagner led, the race for second was quite intense. Current points leader Derrick Quade first took up the chase as he hounded Wagner for the first 11 laps before fifth-starting Paul Cursey took over the runner-up slot on lap 12. Cursey would get close to Wagner on several occasions, but he would have to settle for second-place money. “We’ve really been struggling the past few weeks,” Wagner stated. “We went back to the basics with the car and tonight it was as good as it’s been all season.” Cursey’s late race rush was Wagner’s only worry during the event. “I knew Paul was back there,” he said. “There’s a lot of good cars in this class and we really had to be on our toes to beat those guys tonight.” Quade settled for third, P.J. Hatcher was fourth and J.T. McGlanigan completed the topfive. Heats went to Cursey and Kyle Lear. Winchester Va.’s Mike Corbin, the defending Winchester Speedway pure stock track champion, made his first Potomac Speedway start a good one as he scored the win in the 25-lap Potomac/Winchester challenge event for the Street Stocks. Eric Johnson lead the first two laps of the race before a flat tire ended his night. Defending Potomac street stock champion Kyle Nelson then took the top spot and would lead the

event for the next six laps. Meanwhile, 10thstarting Mike Corbin had reached second by the fifth lap and would then wrestle the lead for good from Nelson on lap-nine. Corbin would then have to survive a late race flurry by current point leader Kurt Zimmerman to score his second career Potomac feature win. “Roy Anderson gave us a great car tonight,” Corbin stated. “There’s a lot of good cars here tonight and I’m glad we were able to get the win.” Mike Bennett placed third, Mike Reynolds was fourth and Scott Wilson rounded out the top five. Heats for the 26 cars on hand went to Bennett, Johnson and David Kaiser. In other action, Rusty Alton scored his second feature win of the season in the 15-lap Hobby Stock main, Larry Fuchs rolled to his fourth win of the season and career 31st in the 15-lap four-cylinder feature and Will Nelson annexed the 15-lap U-car feature.

Limited Late Models (20 laps) 1. Tommy Wagner Jr. 2. Paul Cursey 3. Derrick Quade 4. PJ Hatcher 5. JT McGlanigan 6. Kenny Moreland 7. Roy Skaggs 8. Dave Adams 9. Louie Littlepage 10. Chris McGlanigan 11. Kyle Lear 12. Jr Carter

Street Stocks (25 laps) 1. Mike Corbin 2. Kurt Zimmerman 3. Mike Bennett 4. Mike Reynolds 5. Scott Wilson 6. Troy Kassiris 7. Tony Archer 8. James Sparks 9. Dale Reamy 10. Teddy Dickson 11. Kyle Nelson 12. Buddy Wilson 13. Barry Williams Jr. 14. Stephen Quade 15. Sam Archer 16. Terry Staton 17. Donnie Smith 18. David Kaiser 19. Scottie Nelson 20. Jason Murphy 21. Eric Johnson 22. Walt Homberg 23. Michael Carter 24. Craig Parrill 25. James Gray 26. Billy Crouse (DNS)

if they just got thinner in the secondary with Domonique Foxworth’s season-ending injury. Ray Lewis will inspire a ferocious front seven, while on offense, Joe Flacco has one of the top receivers in the game in Anquan Boldin at his disposal. If Ray Rice, Willis McGahee and Le’Ron McClain can continue to brutalize defenses in the run game, the Ravens should be fine. And then we have the Redskins. Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock or just can’t bear to watch, defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth showed up to camp 40 pounds lighter – and still failed his physical fitness test. While the tests new head coach Mike Shanahan had him perform aren’t exactly for children (two 300-yard shuttle runs to be exact), Haynesworth has once again raised the ire of an angry fan base that wants results from their 100 million dollar man. Aside from the Haynesworth saga, the Skins have major questions at the running back posi-

tion. New acquisitions Willie Parker and Larry Johnson along with Clinton Portis would be a dynamite backfield trio – in Madden ’05. Now, it just seems that Portis doesn’t care, Johnson and Parker are aging and Donovan McNabb will be revisiting his early days in Philadelphia as his team’s best running option. With all of the said, rosters have to be shaped, game plans have to be constructed, and most important of all, games have to be played. So we can speculate and make predictions about what team will do what, but we really won’t know until they step on the field and play the game. Thanks to the spectacle that is the National Football League pre-season, we can rejoice in the fact that the real deal is not too far away. Questions? Comments? Complaints? Send ‘em all to Chris at chrisstevens@countytimes. net.

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

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Matthews Ready To Put In Work at Pfeiffer

By Chris Stevens Staff Writer

in political science and pursue a law degree, is expected to play a lot of minutes as a freshman, Basketball has played a major and is planning to get used to the part in the life of St. Mary’s Ryken added workload. graduate Elijah Matthews. “I got to talk to Coach [Jer“Basketball probably kept me emy] Currier and he wants me out of trouble,” Matthews said afto play big minutes,” Matthews ter signing his scholarship to play said. “The biggest difference is ball and attend school at Pfieffer going to be the workouts and the University this coming fall. “I work ethic.” have friends who are either dead Matthews says Pfeiffer is or in jail. I’ve been playing since I getting a player that is a “Hardwas six years old and I love it.” working defensive stopper who Matthews played all four will do what it takes to win.” years at St. Mary’s Ryken, where In leaving Ryken, Matthe 6-foot, 205-pound guard was thews is a part of the senior class known for his leaping ability and that won the most games in one Photo By Chris Stevens season in school history (18), a his tenacity on defense, traits he hopes to take with him to the Fal- Accompanied by father Elijah, Sr., mother Joyce, sister Elisha, Uncle Terry Boykins memory he plans to take with cons, a NCAA Division II just 25 and Ryken coaches and principal Rick Wood, Elijah Matthews signs his letter of him to college. miles away from Charlotte, NC. “I loved everybody on that intent to attend Pfeiffer University. Mathews had a short list of team and setting those records “They have a real nice campus. ed to a few teachers and some basCoastal Carolina, Mt. St. Mary’s, It’s a good Christian, family envi- ketball players and they persuaded was fun,” he says. Holy Family and Philadelphia Uni- ronment and the people are friendly me to go there.” versity, but Pfeiffer won out because down there,” Matthews said. “I talkMatthews, who plans to major of an atmosphere similar to Ryken.

District 7 Falls Short In East Softball Championship By Chris Stevens Staff Writer The District 7 softball team, made up of several St. Mary’s County high school athletes, advanced to the Big League East Region softball championship game before falling to Laurel, Del. 6-2 Sunday afternoon at Robert Dean Stethem Park in Waldorf. District 7 breezed through the tournament unbeaten until the championship game, when Laurel’s Melanie Thompson hit a three-run homer off of District 7’s Stephanie Dameron to provide the winning runs for Laurel. Great Mills graduate Tori Bradburn won two games and Dameron (St. Mary’s Ryken) won two ball games and saved another. District 7 started pool play Thursday with a 2-1 win over New Jersey’s Big League representative and followed that up with an 11-1 six inning victory over Wallingford, Conn. Friday morning, District 7 earned a berth in the semifinals with an 8-0 win over Milford, Del., then earned the top

seed with a 6-3 win over Carbino, Pa. in the afternoon. Chopticon’s Jordan Wood keyed a rally with a two-run single in the fourth inning to give District 7 the win. Sunday, they advanced to the finals by defeating Carbino again, this time 6-2 in nine innings. The two wins were revenge for Carbino defeating District 7 in the East Region Tournament in 2009. Later in the afternoon, Thompson’s first inning home run was gave Laurel a lead they would not surrender and a trip to the Big League Softball World Series. Delaware opens play in Kalamazoo, Mich. Thursday, Aug. 5, at 1 p.m against Canada. The Big League Softball World Series championship game will be broadcast live on ESPN2 on Aug. 11 at 8 p.m. “It obviously hurts to come so close to going to the World Series and not get there. We all wanted it so bad,” District 7 manager Monty Wood said. “But I am very proud of the way these girls came together as a team. It was a joy to be a part of it.”

Lexington, Ky. – St. Mary’s College of Maryland was one of 450 teams honored by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) with the AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2009-10 season as announced by AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer Tuesday afternoon. St. Mary’s was one of 75 NCAA Division III women’s teams honored while the Seahawks were one of two teams to represent the Capital Athletic Conference as Gallaudet University made the cut as well. The AVCA Team Academic Award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors volleyball teams at the

high school and college level that are successful in the classroom. Nominees include high school or college teams that have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.30 (on a 4.00 scale) or 4.10 (on a 5.00 scale) during the full academic year (both semesters or all quarters), and include all varsity athletes who competed in volleyball with the institution for any portion of the academic year. This year’s recognition marks the seventh time that the Seahawks have received the AVCA Team Academic Award, including earning the award for six consecutive years from 1995 to 2000.

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

Tennis Social Doubles Social Doubles for Adults is held twice weekly and consists of informal doubles matches, put together by the site coordinator, based on that day’s attendance. All who show up will get to play. • 5 P.M. Sundays at Leonardtown High School, May 27th through August. Contact Cris Sigler at 410-326-6383 or • 5 P.M. Thursdays at Great Mills High School, June 6th through September. Contact Bob Stratton at 443-9262070 or The league fee is $25 for the Leonardtown site and $30 for the Great Mills site. Fees include court costs and balls. No registration is required.

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

Seahawk Volleyball Team Earns National Coaches Honor



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Stephanie Dameron won two games on the mound as the District 7 Big League softball team made the East Regional finals.

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@

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SOFTBALL SCHEDULE Thurs., Aug. 5 Men’s Over 40 League (All Games Start At 6 p.m.) Hole in the wall vs. Clements at Anderson’s Bar Tri-County Aire vs. Seabreeze at Tippett’s Field Anderson’s vs. Park Sunoco at Knight Life All Star Utility at Captain Sam’s Rita B’s vs. Hobos at Back Road Inn Men’s Slow Pitch League Bookkeeping By Blanche vs. The Green Door/Cullison’s at The Brass Rail, 6:30 p.m. Amercian Legion vs. Hi Octane at Knight Life, 6:30 p.m. VFW2632 vs. Chaney’s at The Brass Rail, 8 p.m.

Mon., Aug. 9 Women’s League Somerville Insurance vs. Chesapeake Custom Embroidery at The Brass Rail, 6:30 p.m. Captain Sam’s vs. Southern Maryland Physical Therapy at Anderson’s Bar, 6:30 p.m. ABC Liquors vs. Xtreme at Chancellor’s Run Park, 6:30 p.m. Knockouts vs. Moose Lodge at Chancellor’s Run Park, 6:30 p.m.

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Shockers Outlast Dew Drop in Extras



Thursday, August 5, 2010

By Chris Stevens Staff Writer GREAT MILLS – In a potential preview of the upcoming Young Men’s softball playoffs, Quade’s Shockers lost their early lead, only to take an 8-5 eight-inning victory from Dew Drop Inn at Chancellor’s Run Regional Park Friday evening. “If we didn’t hold their two, three and four hitters in the seventh, they would’ve beat us,” said Shockers manager Paul Hutmaker. “The guys just knew what they to do and they did it.” Dew Drop Inn (18-8) and Quade’s (12-11) are seeded fourth and fifth as the standings currently play out, meaning they would meet in the first round of the playoffs. Both teams battled as if it were the playoffs, with Quade’s jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. All three runs came on home runs as Mike Guy hit a two-run shot to centerfield and Joey Jimney followed with a solo homer to left. Dew Drop Inn rallied twice in the later innings, pulling even at 4 on a Dave Atkins RBI single in the bottom of

Women’s Over 30 League Captain Sam’s at Moose Lodge Hole in the wall vs. Hurricanes at 7th District Park Ryce Electric at Back Road Inn S&J Heating vs. Rosebuds at Tippett’s Field

the fifth. After Bobby Cox’s run-scoring single gave the Shockers the lead again in the top of the sixth, Dew Drop had one more rally left. Corey Hayden took advantage of miscommuncation on his shallow fly ball and turned it into a double. The next batter, Grant Johnson, reached first base on an overthrow and Hayden zipped home from second to tie the game at 5. Neither team were able to score in the seventh inning, as Quade’s kept the heart of the Dew Drop order – Chad, Bird and Benny Johnson – off base after they combined for six hits in their previous nine plate appearances. Quade’s finally took the lead for good in the top of the eighth, with Steve Guy, Lee Quade and Cox collected RBI singles to open up a threePhoto By Frank Marquart run lead. Dew Drop went down quietly in Bucky Hobbs takes a swing during Shockers’ 8-5 victory the bottom half of the inning to end over Dew Drop Inn Friday night. the game. pleased with his team’s effort, and was con“We know we’re going to see these guys fident that they would pick up their hitting in again, so this was huge for our entire team,” time for the playoffs. Hutmaker said, noting that the Shockers “We left 13 men on base, but neither team did not have their full lineup Friday night. really hit tonight,” he said. “We just have to “We’ve just got to play the game. Dew Drop’s wake the bats up and hit like we can.” a good team.” Dew Drop Inn manager Tom Stone was

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Men’s Slowpitch League 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

25-6 25-6 23-8 14-15 14-16 10-18 9-20 6-21 5-25 3-23

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

23-1 17-4 17-5 18-8 12-12 6-19 3-23

Division 1 1. Somerville Insurance 2. Bud Light 3. Southern 4. CCE 5. Mix It Up

17-1 13-3 11-6 11-7 12-8

Division 2 1. Back Road Inn 2. Captain Sam’s 3. Anderson’s Bar 4. Bella Salon 5. Southern Maryland Physical Therapy

11-8 8-7 9-9 8-11 6-13

Division 3 1. Knockouts 2. ABC Liquors 3. Moose Lodge 4. Xtreme

8-10 7-10 4-12 0-20

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By Keith McGuire Contributing Writer

The Ordinary


We’ve all listened with envy as retirees lament the passing of time. “I don’t know how I found the time to work,” they say. Five and a half years into retirement, I now understand the reason for that conundrum. When I worked, life revolved around my work schedule and everything else was either family obligation or spontaneous fun. Work was a rigid schedule and easy to plan around, so it was easy to find time for other important things in life. When a person retires, life is turned upside down. Family obligations and fun become the anchor activities and everything else has to be scheduled around them. I have joked many times that my full-time job is now fishing and hunting, while everything else is a hobby. Each week of summer my fishing trips are planned before any other event and all other daily activities are scheduled around those trips. Similar planning goes into the hunting season. When there are schedule conflicts, hunting and fishing get the priority because, after all, that is my job! When I commit to some activity with, “Sure, I’ll be there,” I’m telling you that your activity conforms to my weekly hunting or fishing schedule and I can make it. A lot has been written recently about the good fishing opportunities that exist at this time of year. Indeed, it is a great time of year for fishing and it is getting better every day. However, each trip needs to be carefully planned, and tides, currents and weather forecasts need to be taken into account. There are no “sure catches” out there for the novice and poor planning can produce an unsuccessful trip on the boat or to the pier and beach. Early mornings, for example, are prime times to find breaking fish and for top water casting to structure for stripers. Bright sunlight and changing tidal currents are prime times for flounder. Calm evenings on shell bottoms are great times to find big croakers. Rainy days and spinner baits: White Perch. Conditions don’t have to match these examples perfectly, but they will provide the most realistic opportunities and should be considered when planning your next trip. If you find yourself at the water’s edge on a day when you haven’t matched any of these conditions, the day will become a test of your fishing skills. But if you approach the situation realistically and manage your expecta-

Sure, I’ll Be There!

Captain Brady Bounds with a striper caught on a surface plug.

tions accordingly, you should be able to salvage the day. I was recently asked, “What do I need to catch a shark in the Bay?” My answer: “A lot of sunscreen!” Please plan accordingly! Spot, croakers, white perch, bluefish, rockfish, Spanish mackerel, red drum, and cobia are all being caught now. Captain Brady Bounds proves that casting top water plugs early in the morning or late in the evening around structure should produce stripers now. Spanish mackerel are just beginning to show up in the Bay. Fast trolling small spoons is the most common method used. A few cobia have been caught at the Target Ship and in the Mud Leads. Flounder are not abundant now. If there are successful fluke chasers out there, they are keeping their mouths shut. You say you want me to fish with you on Tuesday morning? Sure, I’ll be there! Have you got a current fish picture and a story of a great catch? If so, send an email to “This article is dedicated to William DeLorme. Good luck in your retirement!” 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 Pinch Bears

Kelsey Gieseler and Cody Coppins are proud to announce the birth of their daughter.

Kyra Anne Gieseler-Coppins Born July 15, 2010 at 7:53 pm at Calvert Memorial Hospital. Weighing 6 lbs 8.1 oz’s.

NEWARK, NJ – Casey Benjamin’s RBI double to right-center in the sixth inning snapped a 1-1 tie and highlighted a three-run rally, leading the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs to a 4-1 victory over the Newark Bears Tuesday afternoon at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium. Benjamin laced his double off Bears starter Ryan Glynn (2-2), scoring Shaun Cumberland, who led off the sixth with a walk. Benjamin then scored on a three-base error and Eric Crozier, who reached on the three-base miscue, scored on an RBI single from Travis Garcia, capping the rally. Kenny Rayborn (9-5) pitched six solid innings, allowing just one earned run, scattering eight hits and striking out four while walking two. Jason Waddell pitched one scoreless inning, giving way to Ryan Speier for the eighth, who ended up striking out the side in that frame, and Jim Ed Warden, the Atlantic League’s saves leader, pitched a per-

fect ninth for his league-best 19th save. After the two teams posted zeroes for the first three innings, Southern Maryland got on the board when Crozier belted a mammoth 420-foot homer to right field, his 15th of the season, giving the Blue Crabs a 1-0 lead. The Bears tied the game in the home fifth, when Pablo Ozuna and Brian Barton delivered consecutive singles and Ozuna scored on Daryle Ward’s sacrifice fly. Newark had several chances in the opening innings, leaving the bases loaded in the first and leaving two runners on in both the second and fourth innings. The Bears also threatened in the eighth inning, but stranded runners on first and third when three straight Newark batters fanned against reliever Speier. Glynn had a solid start for Newark, pitching seven strong innings, allowing just two earned runs and five hits, striking out three. Ozuna and newly acquired Eric Munson had two hits each for the Bears.


Thursday, August 5, 2010

The County Times

Take me out to the ball game... y t i l i t

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on 8/11, sMeco customers can get tickets to see the southern Maryland Blue crabs play for only $8.11 as a reminder to always call Miss Utility at 811 before digging.

Call Before You Dig

call Miss Utility by dialing 811 before you plant a tree or shrub, start a garden, or install a fence. sMeco and the other Miss Utility member utilities will mark the location of underground lines on your property. one call will save you a lot of time, trouble and money. it could also save your life!


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to get your tickets: • Visit and click on “Buy tickets Now.” • select the $13 tickets for the 8/11 game (offer is only valid for the game on August 11.) • enter 811 as the promotional code and the ticket price will reset to $8.11.


this offer is presented to you by sMeco and the southern Maryland Blue crabs.


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