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Police Officers’ Homes Shot Up

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Artfest 2010 is This Weekend

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Patuxent Panthers Start Off Perfect Photo by Sean Rice

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Calvert Memorial Hospital Center for Breast Care

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On T he Cover

Ron “Doc” Wexler, director of the Orphaned Wildlife Rescue Center in Lusby, holds a possum that was attacked and seriously injured by a cat.


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2,977 American flags were planted on the grounds of the Charlotte Hall Veterans’ Home in honor of the number of Americans who lost their lives on Sep. 11, 2001. SEE PAGE 6

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15 Locals 16 Obituaries

Peter Fyffe is trying his hand at toy boat building at last year’s Patuxent River Appreciation Days. The festival is returning this year on the weekend of Oct. 9-10.


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Jordan Haines crawls into the end zone for a first quarter touchdown as the Panthers shutout Leonardtown 41-0 Friday night. SEE PAGE 10

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LOCAL NEWS Body Found in Burned Car


eputy State Fire Marshals and the Calvert Investigation Team are investigating an incident with a deceased victim from a fatal vehicle fire that occurred on Sept. 5, 2010. The incident occurred in the vicinity of the 1100 block of Ponds Wood Road in Huntingtown, Calvert County. At approximately 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, the Calvert County Emergency Operations Center received a call about a vehicle located in the woods where a fire had occurred and self extinguished. Maryland State Police responded to the scene and determined the remains of a body were located inside the vehicle. Investigators from both the Office of the State Fire Marshal and the Calvert Investigation Team responded and are currently investigating the incident. The origin and cause for the fire remain under investigation at this time. The remains were transported to the Office of the State Medical Examiner for an autopsy and identification.


Thursday, September-2010

Two Police Officers’ Homes in Ranch Club Hit With Bullets


he Calvert Investigative Team is currently investigating two shootings that occurred in the Chesapeake Ranch Estates in Lusby on Friday evening through Saturday morning, Sept. 10-11. Police say that in both instances the residences of two police officers were shot at by unknown suspects. As a result of the preliminary and ongoing investigation, police believe the two shootings may be related. On Friday between 10:30 and 11:00 p.m., Maryland State Police and Calvert County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a residence on Coyote Trail in Lusby for the report of a shooting. The residence is owned by a Maryland State Trooper. Unknown subjects fired numerous rounds into the residence. The Trooper was not at the residence, but family members were, police report. On Saturday, deputies were dispatched to a residence on Algonquin trail in Lusby for a report of a residence and vehicle being shot at. This residence is owned by a St. Mary’s County deputy. The deputy reported that between 10:30 p.m. and 11:00

p.m. he heard what he thought was a “popping” noise like firecrackers. When he awoke in the morning he observed a round had been fired through the window of his marked cruiser, as well as two more rounds fired into the residence in the area of his toddler’s bedroom. Multiple shell casings were found around the exteriors of both homes. Bullets were recovered inside both homes. On Sunday morning at approximately 10 a.m., police issued an update saying, “There is no longer an immediate threat to public safety in reference to the homes shot at on September 10th in the area of the Chesapeake Ranch Estates. However, law enforcement is still actively investigating the incident.” Police are asking anyone with information about the shootings to contact the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office at 410535-2800, the Maryland State Police at 410-535-1400, or the Calvert County Crime Solvers at 410-535-2880. Individuals who provide information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects may be eligible for a $10,000 reward. Callers may remain anonymous.

32nd Annual Pax River Appreciation Days


atuxent River Appreciation Days (PRAD) is celebrating 32 years on October 9 and 10 at the Calvert Marine Museum. The longest running festival in Southern Maryland promises two days of free family fun for all ages from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday the “Green Village” features scores of non-profit groups that celebrate the river in a wide variety of ways. See exhibits, demonstrations, displays, and educational activities about “green” products, recycling, oyster restoration, native plants, wildlife, restoration efforts, and more. The juried arts and craft fair with over thirty artists and local food vendors will be located in the museum’s parking lot. The music stage will host live performances by Tom Lewis, Fractel Folk, Calico Jack, Captain John, and the Southern Maryland Concert Band. Enjoy free boat rides aboard the Wm. B. Tennison and the Nathan of Dorchester; toy boat building and rowing in the boat basin; and free admission to the Calvert Marine Museum. Across the street is free parking and pony rides for a nominal fee. Submitted Photo Back by popular Peter Fyffe is trying his hand at toy boat demand is Bounty of building. the Patuxent on Saturday and Sunday from 12 – 4 p.m. in the Corbin Nature Pavilion. Local wineries will offer wine tasting, locally grown produce from the farmers’ market, and other tasty treats will be available to sample and buy. The annual PRAD Parade with a one-mile route along Solomons Island Road begins on Sunday, October 10 at 2:00 p.m. Non-profit organizations are welcome to join the parade with cash prizes offered for “Best Float” entries. To enter your float, contact Randy Geck at For more information about PRAD, including a complete schedule of events, visit http://www.pradinc. org, or call 410-3262042 ext. 41.



Police Cracking Down on School Bus Law Violators


alvert County Sheriff’s Deputies are warning drivers not to speed past school buses with their lights on. Corporal Vladimir Bortchevsky says this year the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and the Calvert County School Board, will be conducting additional enforcement to catch drivers endangering kids. The effort, called “Operation Saferide” is funded by a $10,000 dollar grant received from the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and targets drivers who fail to stop for school buses that are loading or unloading students while displaying flashing red lights. The funding supports officer overtime to follow school buses during their routes and to patrol those school bus stops that generate complaints of school bus law violations. Drivers can expect additional police presence on roadways that have school bus stops and in the school zones designated by signs and flashing amber lights. Speeding through a school zone will cost you twice as much as the same speeding violation elsewhere and passing a school bus with flashing red lights activated could set you back hundreds of dollars, if convicted. Calvert County Sheriff Mike Evans added, “The children of this county are our future and we all need to do our part to ensure their safety. The risks of passing a stopped school bus with flashing red lights are too great, there will be zero tolerance shown towards the violators and they will be charged accordingly.” The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office

urges citizens and the bus drivers to report school bus and school zone violations. “Be specific when reporting violators, provide the following information: describe the violation, make and model of the vehicle, color, license plate number and if possible the description of the operator as well as your contact information so the deputies may follow up with you at a later time,” says First Sergeant Todd Ireland, commander of the Sheriff’s Office Community Action Team and Traffic Safety Division. The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office works closely with the Calvert County Public Schools Transportation Department to ensure that all complaints regarding red light running are investigated. The majority of the complaints are received from school bus drivers who observe the violations. If a violation is observed, officers request the bus drivers document the violation, the vehicle license plate, the vehicle description, a description of the operator of the vehicle if possible, and the date, time and location of the violation. Bus drivers also solicit assistance from their students in getting the information for the complaint form. If parents observe a violation at the bus stop, they can report the violation to the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Community Action Team (CAT) at (410) 586-1027 or email The violation may not necessarily be running the red lights of the school vehicle, but could include improper passing of the school vehicle, speeding in the area of the bus stop, following too closely, etc. If parents need to report an emergency they are asked to call 911. By Diane Burr (CC)

Watermen Waiting for State’s Response on Sanctuary Option


alvert County watermen hope that a proposal sent to the state to shift the boundaries of oyster sanctuaries will get an answer soon. State officials with the Department of Natural Resources say that they are considering it, though the boundaries the state wants have taken effect for the time being. Tommy Zinn, president of the Calvert County Watermen’s Association, said that watermen are looking to get back more of the Patuxent River to harvest oysters, which for them are some of the richest beds still available. The state has expanded the amount of area the sanctuaries take up in the Chesapeake Bay and the surrounding watershed from nine to 25 percent. “We gave up some to get some,” Zinn said of the watermen’s proposal turned into the state by the Sept. 2 deadline. “We proposed to give up more of the bay shore.” The proposal included giving the state river bottom from Long Beach up to Plum Point, Zinn said, while freeing up about a mile’s-worth of productive bottom in the

Patuxent River. The river offers an easier time for watermen to harvest oysters, Zinn said, because of the calmer waters than are found in the Chesapeake Bay. The new regulations for oyster sanctuaries took affect Sept. 6, which included opening up thousands more acres of watershed bottom for aquaculture operations. While the state is heavily encouraging aquaculture, the seeding and farming of man made oyster bars, watermen have been cautious in investing in the project. Many have complained that the state’s lease costs are too high, though the Calvert watermen’s association has acted as a cooperative with a state university to farm oysters. John Griffin, secretary of the Department of Natural Resources, stated in a press release that the condition of the oyster harvest, about one percent of historic levels, necessitated drastic state action. “The newly adopted plan is very reasonable give the status of the Bay’s oyster population and interests of all of Maryland’s oyster stakeholders.” By Guy Leonard (CT) info@somdpub-

Thursday, September-2010



What is the Orphans’ Court?


eath is an inescapable part of life. Chances are there could come a time when you as a resident of Calvert County, will experience the after effects of death and will want to sit in front of three judges who are compassionate good listeners. “Orphans’ Court is a safe guardian of people in the estate,” says Chief Justice Barbara Bowen Elliott. The three-judge court’s mission is to ensure the estate and trust laws of Maryland as well as the assets and liabilities of the deceased person and heirs are handled in a non-partisan way. While the name implies that the judges help determine guardianship of minors, the majority of their work centers around administering estates. The origins of today’s probate court arrived with Lord Baltimore when he set up a system similar to London’s Widows and Orphans’ Court. At the time, wid-

All four candidates have previous experience serving on the court. The three sitting judges were elected to their positions and have served their last two terms together. Pelagatti was appointed in the past to serve out the term of another elected judge. Maryland’s constitution does not require Orphans’ Court judges to be attorneys. In fact, two thirds of the state’s probate judges are lay people. Maryland law requires all elected judges to attend two full days of training in Annapolis every year. However, according to Downs, they also voluntarily participate in conferences throughout the year offered by the Maryland Association of Judges of Orphan’s Court and the Maryland BAR association. Not many people understand why they should care about electing Judges for Orphans’ court or even what qualifica-

Sept. 11 Remembered at Veteran’s Home


wo thousand nine hundred seventy seven flags lined the walkways of the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home Saturday, one for every life lost on the events of September 11, 2001, before the memorial even began. Keara Schmiser, a 17 year old student at St. Mary’s Ryken, began the tradition last year after she got the idea at a leadership conference in Washington, D.C. When she came home, she and another student approached the people at the veteran center to get permission to hold the memorial. “Without the Charlotte Hall Veteran Center, this could not be possible,” Schmiser said. Other students from St. Mary’s Ryken were present to help pass out candles, which were lit in a candlelight vigil during the memorial, and help in whatever way they could. They were also out Sunday to collect the flags from the veterans’ home. “I think this is a wonderful event to commemoPhoto by Sarah Miller rate the 2,977 lives lost,” said Naval Captain Linda The Joint Armed Forces Color Guard, comprised of members from Ireland. “There are Vietnam all branches of the United States Armed Forces, was on hand at veterans here and they can the 9/11 Never Forget Memorial at Charlotte Hall Veteran’s Home relate to an attack on the on Sept. 11. when the US was attacked as never becountry.” Speakers at the memorial included fore,” said Chow during his speech. He Maryland Department of Veteran’s Affairs went on to tell the story of that day, and of Secretary Edward Chow Jr., Command a Vietnam veteran who refused to leave the Master Chief Lloyd Long of Patuxent Riv- twin towers until “everybody else got out.” er Naval Air Station, Steven Wynn, Vet- His body was never found. “The actions of thousands of people eran’s Home administrator and the King’s that day showed you don’t need a uniform Christian Academy Choral Ensemble. “9/11 would be remembered as a day to save or sacrifice,” Chow said. By Sarah Miller (CT)

2,977 American flags were planted on the grounds of the Charlotte Hall Veterans’ Home in honor of the number of Americans who lost their lives on Sep. 11, 2001.

Jesse Jo Bowen, left, Leslie Downs and Barbara Bowen Elliott.

ows were not allowed to own property so a court decided on matters of inheritance and guardianship of minor children. Maryland and Pennsylvania are the only two states left that still keep the original English Common Law. Maryland voters elect all three judges to four year terms at the same time. This year judges Barbara Bowen Elliott, Jesse Jo Bowen and Leslie Downs are running for re-election while local attorney Thomas Pelagatti is running against them for one of the three seats.


tions voters should consider, according to the current judges. “A voter should be interested in (the candidate’s) community service, sound judgment and common sense,” said Bowen. Downs agreed. “At some point in time what we do will affect your lives. You want to know the people handling the estate are someone you know and trust.”

By Corrin McHugh Howe (SCG)

Thursday, September-2010

Photo by Sean Rice



Thousands Expected to Attend Watermen’s Festival



many as 2,000 spectators are expected to show up to watch watermen and charter boat captains test their piloting skills at the Watermen’s Festival on Solomons Island set for Sept. 26. Tommy Zinn, president of the Calvert County Watermen’s Association, said that the competition draws as many as 20 or more boats from around the Chesapeake Bay Watershed to see who can dock their fishing boats the fastest. Zinn said that the festival has gained in popularity and that anyone who wants to attend may do so free of charge. Food and beverages will be for sale, he said, so coolers and other accoutrements are prohibited from the event. Also, there will be no room for boat slips at the event, Zinn said. The event has become so popular and widespread that many of the watermen who come to compete are from the Eastern Shore, or even in Virginia, Zinn said. “Very seldom do I get anyone from the county, last year there was one waterman from St. Mary’s,” Zinn said.

Zinn said that the event would take place at the Watermen’s Wharf, with the support of Calvert County government, which provides seating and local businesses who supply about $15,000 in prize money through donations. Zinn said that top prizes for the docking contest can net a waterman as much as $3,000 in prize money, but the contest is set up to ensure that every waterman who competes is something of winner. “Every boat that competes gets something,” Zinn said. “Everyone gets show up money.” “It’s pretty competitive and it gets down to tenths of a second, and money-wise it can mean three grand, two grand or a thousand,” said Zinn. “It’s sort of like a shootout, and that’s where they pull all the plugs out, anything goes and they’re wide open.” The bleachers for the crowd are only a few feet from the seawall, and the boats racing in reverse kicks up a wall of water that may send a mist over the crowd if the wind is blowing right. There will also be games and crafts for children, music, seafood, pulled pork sandwiches, beer and kettle corn. “This started out, and it is to this day, that we never intended that we would do this to make money, we’re doing this to pay back to the community,” said Sonney Forrest, president of the Solomons Charter Captains Association, who co-organizes the event with Zinn. “It’s to show the professionalism of the watermen and their traditional heritage. We don’t want to loose sight of where we came Photo by Sean Rice from and why we’re here.” The event is scheduled to begin at noon and is ex- Sonney Forrest, left, president of the Solomons Charter Captains Associapected to move ahead rain or shine, Zinn said. By Guy Leon- tion, and Tommy Zinn, president of the Calvert County Watermen’s Asso-

ard (CT)

ciation, are organizers of the Calvert County Waterman’s Festival.

It’s All Political

Calvert County Report Card Republican or Democrat, Which Are You?


iberal and conservative authors have made a fortune writing books on what they think is wrong with America and why their party’s leadership is the only way to fix our ills. Their diatribes often uncover new problems that most Americans didn’t even know existed until brought to light by these “diligent seekers of accuracy.“ (Note the sarcasm and realize that facts are not usually the primary take away from these rants.) When the reader gets riled up enough by the content to hate the other side even more, mission accomplished. That being said, it’s hard to ignore a decline in the overall progress that has defined America’s greatness for centuries. Economic ups and downs, financial irresponsibility in federal government, a rise in business schemes, dwindling natural resources, lack of regulations protecting consumers, costly wars, and politicians failing to create effective solutions to public issues, are a few of the problems contributing to the feeling that America has veered off course. Our unresolved issues bring into question just how effective the Democratic or Republican parties are for us now. For the last four presidential administrations, party ideals did not always translate into strict party leadership. George Bush Sr., a Republican, established the Clean Air Act, a piece of environmental legislation usually driven by democrats, and he raised taxes. Bill Clinton, a democrat, who initially promised a middle class tax cut in his 1992 campaign, is largely remembered for being a fiscal conser-

vative who balanced the budget and left a surplus. In 2009, the last year of George W. Bush’s presidency, the size of government grew by 18%; clearly not an ideal the Republican Party would claim. Barack Obama, a Democrat, in his second year as President, is often criticized for having policies that some believe to be similar to his predecessor, a Republican. Both parties have failed to live by the ideals that we as citizens are encouraged to stand by. It is fair to say there are times when most believe in smaller government and lower taxes and there are times when many agree that government may be the only answer for a particular challenge. There have been times that our social ills have required correction by government and times when we need to toughen up and be masters of our own fate. America always succeeded because individuals in private enterprise gathered, and time after time, capitalized on the next big thing. From transportation, technology and industry to factories and manufacturing, many point to rugged individualism and political compromise as the fuel that made America great. Some may call these “Republican ideals.” The government does contribute to progress, in part, by following the development of the free market and creating regulations as needed to keep workers safe and healthy. The government also builds infrastructure to keep Americans moving, creates incentives for needed markets, and opens our borders to immigrants coming into urban centers to work in our factories and start small businesses, perhaps

a “Democratic ideal.” The point is that both are useful. We should consider the sway of a pendulum over the hammer and nail. So, in our local general elections most voters I have spoken to say they will vote the individual candidate and not the party. Further, some have even named themselves “Conservative Democrat,” or “Moderate Republican.” One thing is clear. Calvert County has its own unique challenges and does not fit nicely into the national Republican and Democratic boxes. We will be best served by choosing individuals over party at this time. The first and most important thing that each and every one of us can do to get America back on track is to vote, get our neighbors and friends to register to vote, and be as informed as we can possibly be. We can influence our government when we are active and involved and the first step is that vote. It’s key. Many have felt for a long time that their vote doesn’t matter. They are right in that when there are fewer citizens registered to vote, our voice is weakened. If we take control of our right to make an informed decision about who runs our government we will see results, no matter which party our favorite candidates represent. Nick Garrett is the owner of The Garrett Music Academy in Owings, published author, former candidate for commissioner, and has served and continues to serve on various boards and commissions in Calvert County.

Thursday, September-2010


Artfest 2010 Coming to Solomons


performances, wine tasting, delicious Along the Path food, and unusual activities. Learn about the importance of Annmarie Garden is proud to pres- our ecosystem while helping Southern ent award winning children’s performer, Maryland Oyster Cultivation Society, Barry Louis Polisar, made possible with SMOCS. Visitors can view and interact a grant from the Maryland State Arts with the clearing demonstration; learn Council and the National Endowment how oysters clear the water of algae and for The Arts. Polisar will be performing help preserve the oyster population. he Calvert County office of the University on Sunday, September 19th at 1 p.m. on In the Studio School of Maryland Extension will be offering the Main Stage. Visit the Studio School, located Master Gardener training in October/NoArtsfest will include the work of across from the Arts Building, for a vember 2010. more than 150 artists’ booths, from sneak peak of the classrooms, class listTrainees (also known as interns) are screened, inpainters to potters; sculptors to jewel- ings, and a little bit of open studio exterviewed and accepted into the program. Once they ers; wood turners to photographers; to perimentation! Try your hand at a varicomplete the course and final exam with a passing inventive non-traditional, something to ety of art media. Paint at easels, play in score, they must provide 40 hours of volunteer service please everyone. clay, draw with pastels, and more. Meet to the program within 12 months to be certified as a Festival-goers can also leave their the Studio School faculty and watch Master Gardener. mark when they paint, glitter, glue and them demonstrate techniques that will University of Maryland Extension programs are more - decorate yourself like never be- be taught in their classes. open to all citizens without regard to race, color, genfore in the Discovery Tent or try your Admission is $6 for adults, kids der, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, marital hand at paint, clay, or sketching activi- under 11 and members are free. Downor parental status, or national origin. ties and enjoy demonstrations in the load a $1 off coupon at www.annmarieClasses will be held Tuesday and Thursday eveStudio School. Returning this year to Follow the Artsfest signs to nings, October 12 –November 18, 2010 from 6:15 p.m. Artsfest, the Zany Zone welcomes silly Annmarie Garden, 13480 Dowell Road, to 8:45 p.m. at Community Resources Building, 30 play while children with hula hoops, in Solomons. Duke Street, Room 105, Prince Frederick, MD 20678. beach balls. Proceeds from Artsfest help pay for Two Saturday field trips are planned. Stroll the beautiful garden while many other programs at Annmarie GarThe cost is $175 which includes a Maryland Masenjoying great shopping, diverse per- den, including exhibits and classes, free ter Gardener Handbook and other materials needed to formances, fantastic food and wonder- family programs and maintenance of the teach the course. ful music. Try a Philly Cheese Steak grounds. Everything Annmarie Garden If you have a disability that requires special asSandwich, Italian Sausages, Crab does has a positive impact on our qualsistance for your participation, please contact us. For Cakes, Beer Battered Brats, Sweet ity of life. more information, call University of Maryland ExtenPotato Fries and enjoy cool beverages For complete event information, sion at 410-535-3662 or 301-855-1150 or visit our webPhoto by Andrea Shiell such as lemonade, frozen fruit smooth- visit or call site at Class size is limited and Annmarie Garden was swarming with art enthuie and frozen coffees. Also available (410) 326 – 4640. the deadline to register is September 30. siasts over the weekend for ArtsFest 2009. are wine and micro brews. Bands and entertainment acts perform continuously throughout the garden and a variety of hands on activities will engage kids of all ages. Dowell Road, Solomons Take time to create your own masterpieces at Artsfest. Stop by three separate locations to participate in fun, family-friendly activities during the festival. All activities are free with admission. In the Discovery Tent Stop by the Discovery Tent in the grassy meadow to try your hand at our creative activities. Leave your mark with paint, glitter, glue and more – decoMembers Free Children 11 & under Free rate yourself like never before. Make your mark and decorate a colorful, playful hat with all the fun, colorful materials provided. Experience the Zany Zone near the Discovery Tent and test Photo by Andrea Shiell your skills with hula hoops and beach Members of the Calvert Artist Guild, the Calvert Arts Council and more than 170 other individual artists disballs.

Master Gardener Volunteer Training Available


nnmarie Garden Sculpture Park & Arts Center in Solomons will host Artsfest ‘10 on September 18 & 19, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day. Set amidst the art and trees of the sculpture garden, Artsfest provides an unforgettable festival experience for all ages. Artsfest offers more than 150 artist booths to shop and browse, exceptional

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Local High School Has a Two-For-One Weekend

The Patuxent High School Cheerleading Squad


atuxent High School held two fundraisers Saturday – one for the track team and one for the cheerleading squad. The track team hosted a 5K marathon to raise money for new uniforms and other needed equipment. “We’re in desperate need of new warm-ups,” said

Dave Walser, track coach and teacher at Patuxent High School. According to Walser, the men’s and women’s track teams do everything as a combined team unless they’re at a competition. This is in an effort to “get the most out of the coaching staff,” Walser said. The team raises money through a 5K by recruiting sponsors and though the entry fees, which was $15 for the school athletes and $20 for adults. The entry fee included a tee-shirt. The winner of the 5K marathon was Chris Tuttle, a Waldorf resident who works as an aquatic manager for Arlington Public Schools in Virginia. “I just came to get a run in,” Tuttle said. The cheerleading team was also out raising money. They had their last carwash of the year at the Burger King to raise funds for warm-ups and competition fees, among other things. “We do it at this exact location because it’s close to Patuxent High School and Burger King is nice enough to let us use this parking lot,” said Leah Leech, one of the cheer coaches with Patuxent High School. Kim Callison, a student at Patuxent High School, was involved in both fundraisers. “It’s a lot of fun to support both teams in one day,” Callison said. By Sarah Miller (CT)

Spotlight On

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Pax Elementary Teacher Picked As Maryland Teacher Of The Year Finalist Doris L. O’Donnell, a kindergarten teacher at Patuxent Elementary School, was named as one of the seven finalists for the 2010-2011 Maryland Teacher of the Year. State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nancy S. Grasmick announced the finalists in late August and the winner will be announced during a gala reception and dinner on October 8th. “This year’s talented finalists demonstrate unwavering dedication to academic achievement of all Maryland’s students. They are masters in their field and an important reason Maryland education has been ranked number one in the nation for the second consecutive year,” Grasmick said in a press release. “These educators, unequivocally, deserve our gratitude and acknowledgement, as well as our respect.” The finalists (in alphabetical order by jurisdiction) include: Doris L. O’Donnell, Calvert County; Mark S. Howell, Charles County; Michelle Shearer, Frederick County; Lisa Mullen, Harford County; Matthew Kinloch, Howard County; James Schafer, Montgomery County; and Tiffany Doster, Prince George’s County. The finalists were selected by a panel of judges from key Maryland education organizations representing principals, teachers, school boards, teacher unions, parents and higher education. Finalists were measured against a rigorous set of national criteria that include teaching philosophy, community involvement, knowledge of general education issues, and suggestions for professional and instructional improvement. Oral interviews with the seven finalists were conducted on Saturday, Sept. 11.

The 2010-2011 Maryland Teacher of the Year will be announced during a gala reception and dinner at Martin’s West on October 8th. The winner will receive cash awards, technology equipment, national travel opportunities, and a new car valued at over $25,000, donated by Maryland Automobile Dealers Association. The Maryland Teacher of the Year goes on to represent teachers throughout Maryland and also competes for the esteemed title of National Teacher of the year. The year 2010 marks the 20th anniversary of Maryland’s Teacher of the Year Gala. About Doris L. O’Donnell, Patuxent Elementary School Kindergarten teacher Doris O’Donnell has been a passionate teaching professional for eleven years. Currently at Patuxent Elementary, O’Donnell serves as Kindergarten Team Leader, Team Data Management Coordinator, and Academic Excellence Team member. She also serves at-risk kindergarteners through an after school reading program. During Family Nights, she works with parents in areas of math, reading, and technology. O’Donnell has led school and county staff development opportunities for SMARTBoard activities and differentiated listening centers. She also presents at the Southern Maryland School Readiness Conference. O’Donnell holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University.

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Sp rtsPanthers Defeat Raiders For Second Straight Shutout

Photo by Chris Stevens Patuxent’s Daryus Taylor takes down the Raiders’ Marcus Stout.


he Patuxent High School football team has yet to allow a single point in two games this season, shutting out Leonardtown 41-0 Friday night to begin their season 2-0. The Panthers also blanked Lackey 13-0 on Sept. 3. “Our defense won the game for us again this week,” Panthers head coach Steve Crounse said. “They gave our of-

fense a short field and they were able to execute and score.” Four of the six Panther scoring drives started inside the Leonardtown 30-yard line, with senior quarterback Ed Massengil accounting for four of the six touchdowns (throwing passes three scores and running for another). “Our defense stepped up and gave us the room to make things happen,” Massengil said. “That was an important start for us.” Massengil opened the game with a seven-yard keeper to the right side and connected with junior receiver Colin Gant for two scoring passes in the second quarter that broke the game

Patuxent 41, Leonardtown 0

first half. “They were 1 2 3 4 Total important,” he Pax (2-0, 1-0 SMAC) 13 15 13 0 41 said. “The closer LHS (1-1, 0-1 SMAC) 0 0 0 0 0 we are to the goaline, the faster we Pax – Massengil 7 run (run failed) can score.” Pax – Haines 2 run (Maratta kick) Senior linePax – Gant 9 pass from Massengil (Maratta kick) man Jake RobPax – Gant 8 pass from Massengil (Massengil pass to Gant) ertson says that Pax – Austin 23 pass from Massengil (Maratta kick) hard work and toPax – Douglas 13 run (kick failed) getherness is the key to the Panthers’ defensive gles prepared them for a potential 2A success. South playoff run this season. “Everybody thought we weren’t go“This was a big game for us. We ing to do good because we didn’t have any want to feel like we’re in the discussion big names. Well, everybody’s a big name and that’s what these guys want,” Crounse

wide open. Massengil was sharp, completing 11 of 13 passes for 156 yards and three touchdowns. Gant caught seven of those passes for 86 yards and the two touchdowns. “We just did our work and did everything we needed to do,” Gant said. He also credited the defense for limiting the Raiders to just 23 yards of total offense in the

Zach Dameron (74) and Jake Robertson (57) line-up on defense for Patuxent.

on our team,” Robertson explained. “It’s all about confidence and hard work – no one works as hard as we do.” Crounse was pleased with his team’s effort, believing that last season’s strug-

said. “I’m very happy to see them experience these kind of victories.” The Panthers return to action tonight when they visit county rival Calvert High School. Game time is 7 p.m. By Chris Stevens


Jordan Haines crawls into the end zone for a first quarter touchdown as the Panthers shutout Leonardtown 41-0 Friday night.


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Photo by Chris Stevens

Photo by Chris Stevens




Tony O’Donnell is Right Where He Should Be Kelly Harvey of Lusby is a busy lady, and seems obsessed with Anthony O’Donnell, what with all the letters she has written to various southern Maryland newspapers. Lately she asks “where is Tony O’Donnell?” Kelly seems to be under the impression that when the citizens elect a representative, the representative’s duty is to hob-knob with local businesses and attend social functions. I must be naïve, because I was under the impression that the representative’s job is to represent the concerns of the citizens. I can tell you where Delegate O’Donnell is.  He is in Annapolis where he is supposed to be, representing the citizens of his district. How do I know that?  When Delegate O’Donnell fought for a Megan’s Law, where were the Maryland Leftist’s? According to Wikipedia, Megan’s Law is “an informal name for laws in the United States requiring law enforcement authorities to make information available to the public regarding registered sex offenders.  Individual states decide what information will be made available and how it should be disseminated.  Commonly included information includes the offender’s name, picture, address, incarceration date, and nature of crime.  The information is often displayed on free public websites, but can be published in newspapers, distributed in pamphlets, or through various other means.” While Ms. Harvey wants Tony O’Donnell to rub elbows with his constituents, she should be happy that Tony O’Donnell fought hard and won in passing a Megan’s Law in Maryland.  Moreover, it seems like a no-brainer, passing a law so that the citizens of Maryland will know if there is a sex offender living among them.  Who would be against that? Tony O’Donnell, with the support of concerned Republican groups in Maryland, pushed this law through by embarrassing the Leftist Democrats who initially fought against it. Kelly Harvey not only promotes Chris Davies, a Democrat, but was instrumental in recruiting him to run for delegate.  So, Ms. Harvey is not a disinterested observer. What are Mr. Davies’ priorities?  He wants us to believe his priorities are economic recovery, stable jobs, education, safety and security, and the environment.  He also states, “We have to make Maryland pro-business and maintain our AAA bond status by creating the incentives to attract businesses to Maryland.”

Maryland Needs Table Games, Not Slots

I recently took a day trip to Dover for people, like myAre you kidding me? Tony some gambling relaxation. Dover has just self, would rather O’Donnell has been fighting for implemented table games to their Dover play the table these same priorities but the MaryDowns Casino and I love to play cards. The games over the machines, where the odds are land leftists have made it their goal reason I am writing this is because in 2008, less predetermined and supposedly better. to ensure all the citizens work in the Maryland voters voted to change Maryland’s With these other jurisdictions having the table rice paddies. Constitution adding 15,000 video lottery ter- games, I and I’m sure others, will choose to Who has been in charge of the minals to Maryland’s way of generating funds drive a little further in hopes of keeping their state government the last four years?  in specified locations. Already behind with money longer and hopefully adding to it. I Governor O’Malley - it pains me to Delaware, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania would much rather keep my money in my own write that - and his band of leftists already having casino style gambling, Mary- state however I want to enjoy the time whether have spent and taxed our great state land’s lawmakers with their political coward- I win or lose and not just feed some machine. into the gutter.  O’Malley made sure ice put the decision on the citizens of MarySo if the state should find the video lotthat Maryland ended up like Baltiland. Almost 2 years later, we still have no tery terminals alone aren’t bellying up what more, where he was Mayor. funds being generated but we still have fights was anticipated because of these other jurisRecently, Maryland lost out to of where the terminals will be placed. dictions having table games, will there have Virginia for the location of the HilI’m not exactly sure why location is a to be another constitutional amendment? Will ton headquarters.  Why did Hilton question as this legislation was all about help- the citizens have to vote on the addition of tago to Virginia?  Because that state is ing the dying horse racing industry. If that ble games because of the political cowardice business-friendly.  If the Maryland were the case, you would think that the ter- of the General Assembly? The Constitution is leftists really wanted this state to be minals would be placed at the existing horse not a place for this type of legislative activity pro-business, they have long had the tracks, not some Mall that I’ve been seeing and should have never been there to start with. power to do so.  However, they have ads on TV. How can slot machines in a mall The Constitution is a document that describes not.  If they are pro-business, then help a horse racing industry? Keeping people the structure of the Government, the rights, why are they intent on passing a law away from the tracks and in the malls would responsibilities, and duties of the citizens and that penalizes only one corporation?  likely not help the horse racing industry at all Governmental Institutions. Revenue generaThat corporation is Wal-Mart and if but in fact hurt them. tion is the duty of the General Assembly, not they are successful in passing a law Not only will Maryland be behind with the citizens. that stands up in the courts, then exthe machine type gambling, Maryland will pect Wal-Mart to pull out of Marybe competing with other jurisdictions that Jimmy Hayden land.  How much money and how now offer table game style gambling. Many Leonardtown, MD many jobs will then be lost? Ms. Harvey seems to doubt that Tony O’Donnell is busy and even questions where he lives.  Believe me because I have asked Tony and he does indeed live in Calvert County.  In addition, he is accessible to the citE-mail letters to: izens.  I have no problem in contacting him and asking him questions. I cannot say the same concernSend to: ing the Leftists that Kelly Harvey seems to like.  Where was Steny Make sure you include your name, phone # and the city you live in. Hoyer during the health care deWe will not publish your phone #, only your name and city bates?  Talk about a representative that did not want to meet with his constituents.  Congressman Hoyer conducted one town hall meeting in Publisher Thomas McKay a controlled environment such as a Associate Publisher Eric McKay hospital for only hospital staff and Editor Sean Rice another where union goons attemptOffice Manager Tobie Pulliam ed to intimidate the citizens.  Is that Graphic Artist Angie Stalcup considered being accessible to the Advertising constituents? Email Tony O’Donnell does not hang Phone 301-373-4125 out at establishments that feature slot machines, which he is part ownStaff Writers Guy Leonard Government Correspondent er.  Do you hear me Mike Miller?  Sarah Miller Community Correspondent He is out there fighting for the citiChris Stevens Sports Correspondent zens of this county, attempting to stop the outrageous spending and Contributing Writers Nick Garret taxation.  That is why I voted for Corrin Howe him and why I will continue to vote Southern Calvert Gazette Diane Burr for him. P. O. Box 250 . Hollywood, MD 20636 In addition, if you want a delegate that will fight for you and for Southern Calvert Gazette is a bi-weekly newspaper providing news and information for the residents Maryland, than Delegate O’Donnell of Southern Calvert County. The Southern Calvert Gazette will be available on newsstands every other Thursday of the month. The paper is published by Southern Maryland Publishing Company, needs to be re-elected.

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he Orphaned Wildlife Rescue Center in Lusby has been there for the animals in the tri-county area for 20 years. The founder and president, Ron J. “Doc” Wexler, said he started the rescue center to fill the void left by the Chesapeake Wildlife Sanctuary when it moved. According to its website, the Chesapeake Wildlife Sanctuary, “no longer provide[s] direct care to wildlife.” “We’re trying to fill the gap,” Wexler said. In order to do just that, Wexler has donated his life savings, his home and his retirement to helping animals all over the state. The center sits on three acres of woodland and there are 18 habitats and 6 buildings for equipment on the property. One of the sheds has humane traps, which Wexler says are used to capture animals that get into buildings. A lot of the cages Wexler lends out don’t come back. “I’ve been to many yard sales where I bought my own traps back,” Wexler said.

Injured Animals F “We’re basically an emergency set up,” Wexler said. His house is equipped with a crash cart and a bone cart for orthopedic work, as well as basic veterinary medicines and minor surgical facilities. There are vets who work out of his house, which Wexler said makes things easier for them because they don’t have to set up and maintain a separate clinic in the area. “Vets from all over this end of Maryland refer to us. They all know who we are,” Wexler said. He receives calls and animals from cops, citizens, the TriCounty Animal Shelter and animal control workers from all over the tri-county area. Even personnel from Patuxent River Naval Air Station know how to get a hold of him and do so on a regular basis. One time, Wexler kept getting phone calls about a “horse, goat and German Shepherd in the highway on Route 4.” He said it sounded like the beginning of a joke and dismissed the phone calls as pranks. Eventually the police came to escort him

Photo by Sean Rice Wexler holds a box turtle that is suffering from metabolic bone disease, caused by improper nutrition resulting in a calcium deficiency. The condition is dubbed tophat.

to the area where the animals were wandering into and out of the road because the stretch of highway had to be shut down until the animals were gone. The center specializes in turtles, though all animals are welcome. The survival rate for a turtle brought into the center is 95 percent, according to Wexler. The center is even licensed through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to catch and help sea turtles. The center takes in turtles from all over the country, including one who was shipped to the center for treatment from Florida. Wexler has even been to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands to teach classes and set up spay and neuter clinics for cats and dogs, who can get so numerous that they endanger the native wildlife is left to procreate unchecked. Some of their licenses are issued by the Department of Natural Resources, which Wexler find ironic. “We’re regulated by the people who promote hunting,” he said. Wexler said he sometimes sends animals to other specialists in the tri-county area. Two such people are Mary Martin and Matt Wilkes, both of whom work on the Navy base and specialize in foxes, raccoons and eagles. According to Martin, they have taken in 86 raccoons so far this year. Some of the raccoons have to be bottle fed for a while. It is important that only one or two people feed the baby animals so they don’t become too acclimated to people in gen-

eral, which is what happens to animals at larger facilities where the people feeding them changes day by day, Martin said. There is also a place called Bunny Magic in Lusby that works with domestic rabbits. Between 1,600 and 2,000 animals are brought into the center during the year. The most animals are brought in during the spring, when baby animals are being born. The slow time comes in late summer. They try to release the animals in the area they were found in, though sometimes this isn’t possible. If an animal was found in the street, or in a private residence, they will be released in an area that is close to what their natural habitat would be. There is a pair of eagles that Wexler released near his home that are still nesting in the area, seven years later. According to Wexler, most animals have a one-mile territory. Wexler said that many places like his rescue center will shut down if its director leaves or dies. In order to avoid that, Wexler said he is working on a foundation that can take care of the rescue center when he decides to step down. There is a law firm in Baltimore that is helping his cause for free. The foundation has been named by the lawyers the Wexler Foundation for Wildlife. The center is always in debt, Wexler said. They’ve had three large donations over the years, and the center receives grants from the Snyder Foundation for

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Find Help at Wildlife Center Animals. The center is classified as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. According to “Organizations described in section 501(c)(3) are commonly referred to as charitable organizations ... the organization must not be organized or operated for the benefit of private interests, and no part of a section 501(c)(3) organization’s net earnings may inure to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual.” Any money that comes into the center goes to buy supplies

volunteer basis. There are vets who come in a couple times a week and work out of the center that help with the animals. “We’re just fortunate they don’t charge us anymore,” Wexler said. There are also interns that spend the summer at the center. In exchange for lodging and a stipend and 12-15 credit hours for their schools, the interns get training in wildlife care and practical, hands-on experience. Each year between 100 and 125 stu-

Submitted Photo Dorothy Locy feeds a fish to a pelican that was at the center for six weeks recuperating from a broken wing.

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Volunteer Barbara Poison bottle-feeds two baby squirrels.

for the center and the animals. According to Wexler, one of the biggest expenses for the center is feed and animal baby formula. All of the help Wexler receives is on a

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dents apply for the summer internships, but only three are accepted. When the interns are not in residence, the housing provided for them is used for volunteers if they have to stay the night due to a storm

or to watch over an animal that requires round-the-clock intensive care. In addition to the vets and the interns, there are also licensed rehabilitators and rehabbers in training that help the center. To get their wildlife rehabilitator license, a rehabber has to go through two years of training with a licensed facility. After their first year of training a rehabber is allowed to take animals home with them. According to Wexler, many of the rehabbers are housewives or people who have very flexible work schedules and can get home for the regular feedings. Some animals, like baby birds, require feeding every 15 to 20 minutes, which would be impossible to do and keep up with a job.

People who want to make donations to the center or volunteer to help can contact Wexler at 410-326-0937 or visit www.

orphaned-wildlife-rescue-center. com. Anyone can also contact the num-

ber when an injured animal is found. Wexler is looking for volunteers who can donate 3-4 hour blocks of time at a set time of week. According to Wexler, it’s easier to schedule and coordinate when the volunteers have a set time that they can be counted on to show up during. “It’s really for the love of the animals,” Wexler said. “There’s certainly no money involved.” By Sarah Miller (CT)

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It’s Been a Busy Year for Calvert Arts Council

By Pat Carpenter


t has been a busy spring and summer at the Arts Council of Calvert County (ACCC), starting with the awarding of over $25,000 in grants to 21 schools in Calvert County for the 2010-2011 school year. These grants will fund a record 52 different programs including dance, photography, fantasy art, puppet theatre, music, painting, bookmaking and writing, theatre, pottery, ink block printing, mask making, clay artistry and mosaics. And, as they do every spring, the Arts Council awarded the “Best in Show” to the winner of the Calvert Pines Senior Center Arts Competition. Sylvia Hill won the award with a pencil drawing of a young child. The artwork of all of the senior winners in each category was then displayed at CalvART Gallery where the Arts Council offices are located. The Arts Council also participated in the judging of the Congressional Arts Competition for Congressman Steny Hoyer’s District, and hosted a reception honoring the young artists at CalvART Gallery at which the Congressman was a special guest. This summer, the Arts Council successfully collaborated with Annmarie Garden to produce two Summer Arts Camps which were held in Huntingtown in July and August. The artists of CalvART Gallery provided four partial scholarships for students attending the camps. In addition to hosting a booth at Annma-

rie Garden’s Artsfest on September 18 and 19, the Arts Council will once again provide the “Best in Show” award. Arts Council President Bill Chambers will present the award at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 18. Throughout the year CalvART Gallery, a program of the Arts Council, features more than 200 pieces of two and three dimensional works of art created by some of Southern Maryland’s leading artists. The co-op gallery, located in the Prince Frederick Shopping Center provides a permanent exhibition space for local artists to share and sell their work, strengthening both the Arts Council’s and the Gallery’s commitment to promoting artistic expression in Calvert County. The Gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.. New to CalvART Gallery is the Young Artists Gallery, which features monthly art displays of area school-aged children. This gallery allows area art teachers to showcase the artistic creations of their talented pupils. The Arts Council of Calvert County is the official Calvert County arts organization as designated by the Board of County Commissioners and the Maryland State Arts Council. Its Mission is to invest in and encourage the arts in Calvert County. The ACCC also fosters increased support for the arts, art education and art-related activities and works to enhance knowledge and appreciation for all genres of the arts, increase funding for the arts and art education, and encourage participation in the arts throughout the county. Pat Carpenter is the Executive Direc-

tor of the Arts Council of Calvert County.

CalvART Gallery President Carl Wood presents Arts Council of Calvert County Executive Director Pat Carpenter with a check for four partial scholarships for this year’s Summer Arts Camp students. The CalvART Gallery showcases artwork by artists throughout Calvert County. It’s located in the Prince Frederick Shopping Center and is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Cindy P. Alderman, 58

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Mary Dean, 86

Cindy P. Alderman, 58, of Prince Frederick, MD passed away on August 27, 2010 at her home. She was born on August 27, 1952 in Worchester Massachusetts to the late Sarah Brady and Robert Pitcher, Sr. Cindy had many pleasures in her life but the most important to her was her family. She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and family making them many a good meal to share at family gatherings. Cindy is survived by her children, Vonda Stamp and her husband Stormy of Lusby, MD and Kevin Alderman and his wife Jodi of Lusby, MD. Grandmother of Kayla, Chase, Amber, and Abby Alderman, Nathan and Joshua Taylor, and Cody and Ryan Stamp. She is also survived by her siblings, Bobby Pitcher, of Baltimore, MD Sheila Hudson of Prince Frederick, MD, Sharon Kicklighter, Clearwater FL and Amy Brown, of Annapolis, MD. The family received friends at the Rausch Funeral Home, Port Republic, MD on Monday August 30, where service followed at 8 P.M. Interment will be at a later date in Chesapeake Highlands Memorial Gardens, Port Republic, MD. Memorial contributions may be made

Mary Matthews Dean, 86 of Leonardtown, MD died peacefully at St. Mary’s Nursing Center on September 6, 2010 after a lengthy illness. She was born on November 1, 1923 to Wilmer Theodore and Frances Large Matthews in Great Mills, MD. Mrs. Dean attended St. Mary’s Academy, and graduated from Margaret Brent High School in 1943. After graduation, she went to work at the newly opened Patuxent River Naval Air Station in the Supply Department. She then married Francis Dean of Hollywood, MD on July 14, 1945. After a brief honeymoon in New York City, they then traveled to Pampas, TX where her new husband was stationed as a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps. After the war, they settled down in Leonardtown, MD and concentrated on raising their family. Mary worked for a few years as the secretary for the Leonardtown Commissioners. Mrs. Dean was an active volunteer in

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the community, serving in the PTA at Father Andrew White School, including a term as president. She also worked as a volunteer librarian at the school. Mary was a volunteer at St. Mary’s Hospital for many years, up until shortly before her illness began. She was a long time member of the St. Mary’s County Historical Society. She was also a member of the Breton Bay Ladies Golf Association. Mary was a devout parishioner at St. Aloysius Church for her entire life. She enjoyed playing the piano, playing golf, and was an avid bridge player. Mary enjoyed nothing more than taking home her 75 cents winnings from her weekly bridge group. Mary was a sweet, intelligent, fun-loving person who will be greatly missed by all her family and friends. She is survived by her brother, Charles Matthews of Chicago, sister, Jeanne Cross of Baltimore, daughter, Marjorie McNew (Lonnie) of Whitehall, MD, her sons, William Dean (Angela) of Hollywood, MD, and Steven Dean, of Port Republic, MD. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Robert, Richard, Stacie, Megan, Rachel, and Katherine and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 65 years, Francis R. Dean, her son, John Alan Dean, granddaughter, Joanna Dean, daughter in law, Jon Davies Dean, brother in laws, William Brubacher, Russell Dean, and Greg Cross, and sister in laws, Joan Dean and Irene Matthews. Family will receive friends for Mary’s Life Celebration on Thursday, September 9, 2010 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Prayers will be recited at 6:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, September 10, 2010 at 10 a.m. at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, Leonardtown, MD. Interment will follow in St. Aloysius Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Rachel Dean, Katherine Dean, Megan McNew, Robert Dean, Lonnie McNew and William Bailey. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Nursing Center, 21585 Peabody Street, Leonardtown, MD 20650 or St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation, 25500 Point Lookout Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral. com. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Hugh Fowler, 79 Hugh T. “Hughy” Fowler, 79, of West River, MD passed away September 1, 2010 at his residence. Known as Hughy, he was born May 22, 1931 in Fairhaven, MD to James M. and Daisy Stinnett Fowler. He was raised in Calvert County and worked as a farm hand raising tobacco with farmers in Anne Arundel and Calvert Counties. Hughy loved hunting and bluegrass music. He was

an avid fan of the Washington Redskins and the Baltimore Orioles and also enjoyed watching 35 and Over Calvert County Softball League games. He was also very fond of his pet beagle “Rocky.” Hughy is survived by a sister-in-law Anne Fowler of West River, MD with whom he lived; nephews Sonny Anderson of West River and Toby Stallings of Calvert County; a great niece Trisha Meunier (Earl Jr.) of West River and a great nephew Gregory Anderson of West River; and a great-great nephew Zachary Meunier of West River. Visitation and funeral services were held on Sept. 3, at Rausch Funeral Home, Owings, MD. Interment is private. Expressions of sympathy in Hughy’s name may be made to Hospice of the Chesapeake, 445 Defense Highway, Annapolis, MD 21401 or to a charity of one’s choice.

Laurin Huard, 51 Laurin Renee “Lauri” Huard, 51, of Lusby, MD passed away suddenly August 19, 2010 at her residence. Lauri was born April 18, 1959 in Washington, D.C. to George E. and Barbara Day Buete. She was raised in New Carrollton, MD until moving with her family to Sunderland, MD when she was fourteen years old. She graduated from Northern High School, class of 1979, where she completed her certificate in Cosmetology in the VocationalTechnical program. Upon passing her state testing requirements Lauri was employed as a cosmetologist and beautician at “Hair It Is” in Owings, MD and later at Davidson’s Beauty Supply in Annapolis. She retired due to health concerns in the mid 1990’s. She was formerly married to Robert Huard. In her leisure time Lauri enjoyed animals and wildlife, and was fond of turtles. She was known for helping others in need, and loved spending time with friends and family, especially her granddaughter. She had been a resident of her “little house in Lusby” since 1999. Lauri was preceded in death by her parents Barbara and George Buete. She is survived by her daughter Leslie D. Andrew and granddaughter Kyra L.

Andrew of Chesapeake Beach, MD; sisters Theresa L. “Terri” Windsor of Huntingtown, Denise L. “Denni” Cassidy and husband John of Huntingtown and Angela M. “Angel” Shutt of Sunderland. She is also survived by a longtime friend, Will Wyatt. A memorial gathering and celebration of Lauri’s life was held Sunday August 29, 2010, at the Jefferson Patterson Park Pavilion in St. Leonard, MD.

Walter Nelson, 87

Hamilton Square, NJ and a daughter, Elizabeth Davis of Lusby, MD; 5 grandchildren and 1 great grand daughter. A Memorial Service is planned for Oct 22, 2010 at 2:30 PM in the Asbury~Solomons Auditorium with Pastor Randy Casto officiating. Inurnment will be private. Arrangements provided by Rausch Funeral Home, P.A., Lusby, MD.

Daniel Rice, 60

rine Group in Shady Side, MD. Dan was a life member of the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Disabled American Veterans. He was also a member of Maryland ABATE, a motorcycle legislative action organization. In his leisure time Dan loved spending time with his family. He also enjoyed gardening, woodworking, playing golf and riding motorcycles. Dan was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers Eugene and Ronald Rice and by a sister Charlotte Ruffner. He is survived by his devoted wife Donna, a son Daniel P. Rice and wife Teri of Lusby, MD, granddaughters Courtney and Elizabeth Rice, sisters Mary Katherine Ferguson of Ebensburg, PA and Janet Strang of New Jersey and a brother Jay Rice of Dunkirk, and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation and memorial services were held on Sept. 11 at Rausch Funeral Home, Owings, MD. Interment is private. Expressions of sympathy in Dan’s name may be made to the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, Attn: Sharon Mattia, 29449 Charlotte Hall Road, Charlotte Hall, MD.

Jack Witten, 92

Walter Peter Nelson, 87 passed away peacefully on Sept. 7 surrounded by his family in Solomons, Md. Walter and his wife of 68 years, Marion, previously of Mill Creek, in Dowell, MD where they lived for 17 years, are presently residing at Asbury of Solomons. Prior to retiring to the Solomons area, they lived in Princeton, N.J. Mr. Nelson was employed by The Home News Publishing Co., New Brunswick, N.J. for over 60 years. Walter was an active Life Member of Kiwanis Foundation, Chamber of Commerce in New Brunswick, N.J., Executive member of The Boy Scouts of America, a Hospice volunteer, a Calvert Marine Museum Docent and a Friend of Anne Marie Garden, as well as SIYC and SMSA. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving during WWII thru the Korean Conflict, Mr. Nelson remained on Indefinite Reserve Status until his death. Born Oct 22, 1922, in Mt. Vernon, N.Y. Mr. Nelson was predeceased by his sister, Ruth Flink, and his son, Craig. He is survived by his wife Marion; 2 sons, Joel of Wolfeboro, NH and David of

Daniel B. Rice, 60, of Dunkirk, MD passed away suddenly September 7, 2010 at Calvert Memorial Hospital in Prince Frederick, MD. Dan was born November 12, 1949 in Colver, PA to Jesse F. and Jessie Brown Rice. He was raised in Ebensburg, PA and graduated from Central Cambria High School. He moved to Maryland at age 19 and enlisted in the US Army March 11, 1971. He served in the infantry during the Vietnam Conflict earning the Good Conduct, National Defense Service, Vietnam Service and Sharpshooter Medals, and was awarded the Purple Heart. He was honorably discharged January 10, 1972 as a Specialist 4th Class. He married Jeannie James in 1969 and they were later divorced. He married Donna Honaker February 14, 1984 and they made their home in Dunkirk, MD. Dan was employed in the printing industry and worked as a Journeyman Folder Operator with Saul’s Lithograph in Washington, D.C. for thirty four years. He was currently employed as a handyman for Clarks Landing Ma-

Jack Francis Witten, 92, of Great Mills, MD died September 3, 2010, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardtown, MD after a short illness. Born March 25, 1918, in Highland Park, IL, he was the second of three children of the late Harvey Witten and Frances Green. In 1943, he married Vera Kennedy McCreadie, who preceded him in death in 1965. In 1969, he married Millicent Wilson, who preceded him in death in

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2004. He is survived by two children, Robert Witten of Chevy Chase, MD and Barbara Witten Bradley of Annapolis, MD; four grandchildren, Eric Bradley, Ashley Shaklee, Cameron Witten and Evan Witten; and three great-grandchildren, Emma Bradley, Jake Bradley and Vera Shaklee. He is also survived by a sister, Grace Brown of Neenah, WI., and a brother, James Witten of Huntingtown, MD. Mr. Witten will be remembered as a conservationist who loved the natural beauty of Southern Maryland and a naval aviation buff who could recall details of every aircraft he ever worked on. He was also a music lover who enjoyed playing the organ and a longtime, long-suffering Redskins fan. He was a faithful parishioner at St. George Roman Catholic Church. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1938 and flew anti-German submarine patrols off the coast of Brazil. After World War II, he joined the Navy’s Bureau of Aeronautics in Washington, DC, where he served on the change board and was active in the Institute of Aeronautical Sciences and the Society of Automotive Engineers. In 1970, Mr. Witten transferred to Patuxent River Naval Air Station to direct the logistics center; he retired in 1975. Mr. Witten was an avid sailor who logged 50,000 nautical miles along the U.S. East Coast and to and from the Bahamas. He served as president of the Potomac River Association and helped successfully lead the fight against a refinery at Piney Point in 1974. He was a member of the Chesapeake Bay Commission and ran unsuccessfully for St. Mary’s County Commissioner in 1978. He received numerous awards for his service from St. Mary’s County and the State of Maryland. He was always proud that his birthday, March 25, was also Maryland Day. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, September 18, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at St. George Roman Catholic Church, 19199 St. George’s Church Road, Valley Lee, MD 20692. The Rev. Msgr. Karl Chimiak will officiate. Interment will be Tuesday, November 2, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at Arlington National Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be, Eric Bradley, Cameron Witten, Evan Witten, Michael Witten, Roy Dyson and Joseph Spelz. Memorial contributions may be made to St. George Roman Catholic Church, P.O. Box 9, Valley Lee, MD 20692. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.


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The Calvert County Fair By Joyce Baki


alvert County’s long rich agricultural history can be viewed each year at the Calvert County Fair. The first Calvert County Fair was held in 1886 on the farm of Dr. Talbott in Smithville, now known as Dunkirk. The event began as a display of cattle and tobacco, a way to get the men of the county together. In these early days, horse racing was also a popular part of the event. Basically social events, it is believed that the gatherings continued during the early years of the century. In the early 1900’s Mr. John Drury

started what is now known as the Extension Service in Calvert County. The fair grew more popular as people wanted to see the results of new methods to raise livestock and crops. But with World War I, the area came upon leaner times and farming was crucial to the war effort. Little was done to promote the fairs during those years. In the early 1920’s, a new agricultural agent came to Calvert County. John Morsell saw the need to bring farm families together for educational purposes as well as fun. The Calvert County Farm Bureau was organized. County Agent Morsell showed them that the displays and competition would help bring new and effective

methods of farming, which would help build a better cash crop. It was determined the County Fair should be held in the center of the county at the end of summer. This would allow farmers to participate because crops would be, for the most part, completed. The first midcounty fair was held at the Prince Frederick Town Hall with the livestock show on the grounds of Dr. Everett Briscoe’s farm just south of the Hall. In subsequent years it was held in front of the Evans Hotel (now Courthouse Square on Main Street), the Town Hall on Main Street, the “Roberts” property and later on the school grounds, now the site of Calvert Middle School. In 1940, several Farm Bureau members including Mr. Morsell, Mr. Ellis Bowen and Mr. Claude Turner, determined that the County Fair needed a permanent home. They contacted a bank for a loan and personally obligated themselves to the purchase of a permanent site for the Fair. Mr. Ellis Bowen, who was then President of the Farm Bureau, resigned this position to become the first Fair Board President. They purchased a 9 acre site from Mr. Duke BrightSubmitted Photo well which was located on what later came to be known as Armory Road. As the Fair grew, two more parcels were added, bringing the total acreage to twelve. Cattle and animal buildings were built as well as a larger hall. The cattle buildings later burned mysteriously the night before a Fair but the large exhibition hall survived. These grounds were used until the present location was established in Barstow. The Calvert County Fair Board, Inc., an all volunteer organization, strives each year to build upon

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the work begun by those early Fair organizers. It is the goal of the Fair Board to hold an event that both educates and entertains, that reminds the current generation of its agricultural roots and promotes the importance of the agricultural community in the lives of all. There is something for everyone at the Calvert County Fair. Our County Fair will run from Wednesday, September 29 to Sunday, October 3. Visit the 4-H Building and watch the faces of the children who have entered exhibits see their first ribbon. Tour the Homemakers Building to view some of

the finest needlework, home crafts, art and cooking in the country. Enter the pie eating contest, watch the antique tractor pull, place your bid on a cow or pig at the 4-H Livestock Auction. View entertainment throughout the day, including our own “Elvis” Jim Godbold, the Granpa Cratchet Show, and Kachunga & the Alligator. Enjoy the carnival rides and savor great Southern Maryland cooking at one of the many food vendors. See you there!

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Out&About Things To Do In and Around Calvert County Experience and discover the site of Maryland’s largest Naval engagement on Saturday, September 19, at Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum. “The War of 1812 Re-enactment & Encampment” takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All ages will enjoy this living history event with American and “British” reenactors demonstrating camp life and engaging in battle reenactments, historic crafts, hands-on activities, live entertainment, food, merchandise and fun! Admission is $3 per person or $10 per car. Continue the 1812 experience that evening at “Tavern Night!” Huzzah! Come celebrate the “high spirits” of 1812 as you unwind in their version of a tavern from the 1800s. The evening will provide period games, song and lively entertainment and this evening of fun and festivities will not be forgotten! Admission is $10 per person. Come in period dress and receive a $2.00 discount on the admission fee. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. For information, call 410-586-8515. The event is hosted by The Friends of Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum with proceeds sup-

porting educational programs and heritage events. Annmarie Garden hosts Artsfest ’10 on September 18 and 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. An unforgettable festival experience for all ages, Artsfest ’10 features more than 150 indoor and outdoor artist booths along with indoor exhibits, great food, wine tasting, terrific children’s activities and live music at the Main Stage and the Council Ring. Young visitors will enjoy a variety of engaging art activities under the Discovery Tent.  In the new Zany Zone, little ones can enjoy silly fun with hula hoops, giant beach balls, monster feet and more while their parents enjoy live

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music and refreshments. Admission to Artsfest is $6.00 per person. Download a $1.00 off coupon by visiting the Artsfest page at  Maertens Fine Jewelry & Gifts hosts the 3rd Annual Breakfast at Sniffany’s on Saturday, September 25 at the Solomons Yacht Club from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring your favorite four-legged friends and enjoy the bountiful buffet featuring food from local restaurants as well as a doggie treat buffet. Participate in the silent auction and raffle to help raise money that will benefit many local rescue groups. Heather Maertens cares deeply about animals and has created two pieces collections of jewelry to benefit our local animal shelters – The Puppy Love and The Shelter Dog. For information on tickets, or to purchase a piece from either The Puppy Love or The Shelter Dog collections, contact Maertens Fine Jewelry & Gifts at 410-394-3990. Vera’s White Sands will host a benefit for PAWS on Saturday, September 25. Enjoy a feast of crabs and oysters from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Only 200 tickets will be sold, so buy them early! Begin your holiday shopping early at the silent auction. Consider adopting one of the cats or kittens that will be on site. Tickets are $35 each and can be bought at Vera’s or PAWS. There will also be burgers on sale Vera’s will donate $1 from every “Lucky Dog” specialty drink to PAWS. For more information call 410-326-1616. Enjoy great talent on Saturday, September 25 when the Adult Day Care of Calvert County hosts “The New Ed Sullivan Show” at Huntingtown High School. Named after the executive director of ADC, Ed Sullivan, this is a senior talent show that the entire family will enjoy! The list of talent lining up to perform is impressive, including the Southern Maryland Blend Quartet; The Chesapeake Swing Band; singer and actress Clare O’Shea; Diva Rose Bullock; and jazz singer Joyce Kinser. ADC provides a structured, therapeutic program for adults, age 18 and older whom are physically, mentally or emotionally challenged.  The proceeds from the fundraiser will help purchase a new wheelchair accessible vehicle for the Adult Day Care of Calvert County. The event begins at 2 p.m. Admission is $20 per person. For more information call 410-535-0133 or visit The Museum Shop at the Calvert Marine Museum presents “Sunday Conversations with Chesapeake Authors,”


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featuring local Chesapeake authors and artists as they talk about the process used to conceive, research, write, and illustrate their books. The free series, hosted by the Museum Store, begins September 26 at 2:00 p.m. with Peter Vogt author of “The Monster Shark’s Tooth”. In this children’s book, the young protagonist travels through time into the Miocene period to confront a real Megalodon shark. Illustrator Tim Scheirer, a member of the Museum exhibits staff, will discuss the process of bringing the book to life through his art. All books and featured items will be available for purchase in the museum store. The Ninth Annual Watermen’s Festival, sponsored by the Calvert County Watermen’s Association, will be held on Sunday, September 26th at the Watermen’s Wharf in Solomons, MD beginning at noon. This family oriented event, free to the public, features contests in boat docking and anchor throwing. Activities for the children in attendance include face painting and ceramic lighthouse painting. Music entertainment will be provided by Deanna Dove of Island Girl Records. Food and beverages are available for purchase during the afternoon as well as souvenir T-shirts. This is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon and, at the same time, experience the heritage of the Chesapeake Bay’s commercial watermen. Saturday, September 25 pack a picnic lunch and spend a great day at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum. Tour the museum or take part in one of the programs occurring throughout the day. At 9 a.m. “The Native Garden” will teach you about domestic and wild plants used by Native Americans. At the end of summer and into the fall, help will be needed harvesting the crops. Come enjoy a roasted ear of corn from the field you helped to plant, tend or harvest! At 1 p.m. enjoy a special guided tour that will explore the local history of Native Americans, the first plantations, the War of 1812 and the largest naval battle in Maryland’s history. The tour is $5 per person. You can make reservations three ways - stop by the Visitor Center, call 410-586-8501 or email jppm@ For more events, visit online at

Rotary’s Performing Arts Series Adds Variety This Year


he Leonardtown Rotary Club Performing Arts Series is gearing up for the 2010-2011

season. “We’re looking for an eclectic mix of entertainment,” said Lynn Fitnell, a member of the Leonardtown Rotary Club. The Performing Arts Series used to be restricted to musical entertainment, but this year the Rotary Club is looking to provide something for everybody and “provide a variety of entertainment.” The variety includes things from musical groups to impersonators. The first performer will be John Chappell on Sept. 18. Chappell will be impersonating the writer Mark Twain in his act “Mark Twain! On Stage.” The routine is what Fitnell called “entertaining and informative.” “It’s what you would expect to hear from Mark Twain,” Fitnell said. After Chappell will be the Alexandria Harmonizers on Oct. 16. The Alexandria Harmonizers are “a men’s a cappella performing chorus of national renown, and a competing member of the Barbershop Harmony Society,” according to their website, and have performed for the U.S. Supreme Court Historical Society, at the White House, Carnegie Hall, Wolf Trap, Disneyland and five times at the Kennedy Center Honors. Impersonator Eddie Miles, scheduled for Nov. 14, has been to St. Mary’s County

Singer and humorist David Pengelly will be finishing up the series on Jan. 8. Proceeds from the Performing Arts Series will go to fund “Service with a Simle,” a program providing fluoride rinses for third graders in St. Mary’s Public Schools, teacher scholarships and school programs as well as college scholarships and local non-profit organizations. The Leonardtown Rotary has also outfitted a school in India with refurbished computers and helped furnish a library there.

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several times in the past and I a “good mix for everybody from old to young,” Fitnell said. She described the act as “half Elvis and half other entertainers.” He’ll be doing a routine entitled “A Salute to Elvis and Country Legends.” The Maryland State Boychoir, performing on Dec. 4, is comprised of 140 boys between the ages of 7 and 20. Their performance will also will also feature the Great Mills High School Choir, Fitnell said.

Each performance is at 7 p.m. in the Great Mills High School auditorium. Cost for tickets for the entire Performing Arts season are $75 for adults and $50 for children under the age of 15. Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $25 for adults and $15 for children under the age of 15. To purchase tickets, mail a check made out to the Leonardtown Rotary Club to PO Box 738, Leonardtown MD 20650. Sponsors are also welcome to make donations. Each sponsor will be listed in the program and other printed material. People donating $25-$49 will be listed as a Donor, $50-$99 will be listed as a Patron, $100-$499 will be listed as a Century and anybody donating $8500 will be listed as a Benefactor. For more information, call 301-4756999 or go online to By Sarah Miller (CT) info@

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Snakehead Haute Cuisine By Keith McGuire


n my real career – the one I retired from in 2005 – I had several opportunities to travel to some exotic places and to enjoy some, shall we say, different foods. As the years go by, more and more of these different menu items are available right in our own kitchens. Such is the case of the northern snakehead. In July 2002, Marylanders were shocked to discover a snakehead caught in a pond in Crofton, MD. In 2004, a snakehead was caught in a Virginia tributary of the Potomac River. Not long

after that, snakeheads were being caught in fresh and brackish waters in several parts of Maryland. In May this year, the Department of Natural Resources issued a press release – Snakehead Fish Reminder – that renewed the department’s approach to snakeheads. “We want you to catch and kill snakeheads,” says Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Inland Fisheries Director Don Cosden. “This is not a species that we encourage in our waters.” “There should be no confusion about what anglers must do when they catch a snakehead. Maryland fishing regulations allow the taking of snakeheads so long as

the fish is immediately killed and its head removed, or the fish is gutted, or both gill arches are removed, or the fish is filleted. Otherwise, the capture and possession of snakeheads is not subject to any season, creel limit or size limit. “Maryland does not require the reporting of snakehead catches. However, DNR does want to know about any snakeheads caught outside of the Potomac tidal waters by contacting Don Cosden at or call (410) 260-8287. This will help DNR track the expansion of the species.” My friend Jim, brought a snakehead by the other day that was dead and gut-

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Water ted, and iced down nicely to preserve it. He wanted me to have it, announcing that it was “right up there with white perch” as some of the best eating fish available in our area. I filleted and skinned the 15 inch long beast and found two very nice fillets of white meat. I presented them to my wife who said, “Ew! Yuk!” A little encouragement got the fillets fried using our favorite white perch recipe. It had the taste of white perch with the consistency of good catfish fillets. Jim catches snakeheads in Mattawoman Creek with many of the types of top water frog lures. I

don’t know about you, but if DNR says that we have to kill the snakeheads that we catch, we may as well invite them to be a part of a local exotic meal! Fishing Report: My friend at Buzz’s Marina said “squirrelly wind patterns” kept most anglers shore bound, which included me this week. When they could get out, stripers were found near the shore and bluefish were everywhere. Croakers are still at Point Lookout and the spot are getting bigger. Patuxent River anglers are finding “all the stripers you want.” Stripers can be caught trolling

small bucktails, casting poppers and top water lures to structure, and jigging. Captain Dennis Fleming of Fishamajig Guide Service reports that white perch fishing is the best of the season with decent size fish in the shallows. Do you have a current fish picture or story of a great catch? If so, send an email to

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