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The County Times is looking back at the top stories of 2010 – starting on page 8 check out the top stories from January to June, 2010.



A look back at the first six months of 2010 in sports.

“We’ve been informed from DNR that they’ve been in discussions with a private company that is interested in building a power plant that would turn solar energy into electricity.” Angel Systems Inc.

- Derick Berlage, director of county planning and zoning




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The Leonardtown High School dance team practices for their upcoming Orange Bowl halftime performance before they fly out for Florida on Friday morning.

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During this week’s Christmas break, students, staff and volunteers have been working to get the St. John’s School in Hollywood set up for the students’ return.


It’s the week after Christmas, and the Red Cross still has a long wish list of items they need. Mike Zabko, CEO of the Southern Maryland chapter of the Red Cross, explains what the trucks should look like once they are painted.

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What is your New Year’s Resolution for 2011?

Police Kick Off Holiday DWI Enforcement

Glenda White of Lexington Park said her New Years resolution is to start exercising more. She said she plans to start running and walking outside once the weather gets better. She chose this resolution because she said it would help her lower her cholesterol and help her live a healthier lifestyle.

“To provide for my family, that’s the most important thing,” said Jackie Smith, a resident of Compton. She also said she wants to lose weight, a resolution she called “the same old thing every year.”

“I just haven’t had a resolution to make,” said Tammy Joseph of Lusby. She said her resolution is usually to lose weight, but she and her husband have decided to make that more of a life change goal than a New Years resolution.

“My New Year’s resolution this year would be do more volunteer work in the community,” said Glenn Weder from Hollywood. He said he plans to accomplish this by volunteering at Summerseat Farm all year and by helping out with the ARP tax preparation.

Photo by Katie Hammerer At lunchtime on Dec. 23, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s office set up DWI roadblock on Route 235 southbound near the intersection with Buck Hewitt Road. Sheriff Tim Cameron said this checkpoint was the first of several that will occur during the holiday season. On Dec. 23, police report 618 vehicles were checked, but there were no arrests made. Capt. Steven Hall, Commander of the Special Operations Division, said that complaints have come from the Naval Air Station concerning some people that have been having “liquid lunches” and returning to work intoxicated. During the checkpoint, Buck Hewitt Road was also backed up with traffic with vehicles that turned off Route 235 just before the checkpoint. Many other vehicles could be seen making legal U-turns on Route 235 just prior to the roadblock, which was clearly marked with signs as drivers approached.


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ews Elms Power Plant Proposal Under Review By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Officials with county government confirm that an as yet unnamed power plant builder may want to build a solar power facility on the Elms property in Lexington Park, possibly answering several years of speculation over just what type of plant would be placed there. The state has had plans for decades to build a power production facility of some kind on the property, part of which is leased to the county for use by the Board of Education and local hunters. Derick Berlage, director of the county’s planning and zoning agency, said that representatives with the state’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and members of the Elms Advisory Committee, residents appointed by county commissioners to oversee the property’s use, will learn more about the potential project at a Jan. 5 meeting set for 11a.m. in the Chesapeake Building in Leonardtown. “We’ve been informed from DNR that they’ve been in discussions with a private company that is interested in building a power plant that would turn solar energy into electricity,” Berlage told The County Times Monday. “DNR contacted the county in the past week and told us that the discussions had become serious enough

to brief us [on the proposal.]” The County Times reported last year that the state was in negotiations with a private developer to build the power plant at the Elms property, which contains an environmental education center for the school system as well as park land, but the state would not reveal who the developer was or what type of power plant the facility might be. A letter from Peter Dunbar, director of the Power Plant Research Program at DNR, informed the county commissioner board that back in August the developer proposed leasing 20 acres of the total 1,020 acres there to build the four mega-watt facility. The facility could be placed on a site where some abandoned and dilapidated homes now stand, Dunbar said. “We are most interested in this renewable energy project… it appears to be an excellent fit with the existing electrical infrastructure of the county and also strikes us as an equally excellent complement to the county environmental center’s activities,” Dunbar wrote in his Dec. 20 letter. Dunbar said that the meeting would be to discuss lease options for the developer and he described the project as “pretty potential.” “This is just the first step in seeing what

County Property Values Drop Again Guy Leonard Staff Writer State-released data about the second round of assessed property values in mid-St. Mary’s County shows that over the past three years the subject properties have lost more than $880 million in cash value from the assessment of Jan. 1 of 2008. Property values around the state in the latest round of assessments, which take place every three years, show a 22 percent drop from the beginning of the triennial process. The net drop in property values for the residential and commercial properties reassessed here in St. Mary’s County over the same period of time is 16 percent. The area affected encompasses Hollywood, Leonardtown, Valley Lee and St. George Island as well as a small portion of the Wildewood community. The state Department of Assessments and Taxation is calling the reported decrease the largest ever for the agency. “[The assessments] ref lect the largest decrease in real estate values for residential properties in the history of the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation,” an agency statement read. Sean Powell, head of the local property tax assessment office, said that with the Homestead Tax Credit in place, which acts as a five percent cap on properties that have been a long-time principal residence, some property owners might still see an increase in their tax bill. This is because they have not been paying on the full cash value of their homes; they will continue to pay at an increase, he said, until they have reached the full cash value.

But other home and property owners who have been paying taxes at the full value will likely see a decrease in their tax bill, Powell said. With the boom period in property values a thing of the past, Powell said, the county continues to take part in the nationwide correction of the real estate market during one of the longest recessions on record. “I think what you are seeing is property values settle into the current market situation,” Powell told The County Times. St. Mary’s property values decreased at a lesser rate than Charles and Calvert counties, state assessment information shows. The second group of properties assessed in Charles dropped by almost 27 percent, while Calvert saw a near 21 percent decrease. County Administrator John Savich said that the drop in values was not a surprise and would be factored into the county’s budget process for the next fiscal year. The affect on property tax revenues had yet to be fully assessed, he said. “It remains to be seen what increase or decrease there will be,” Savich said. “It [the decrease] was within the range we expected.” County Commissioner Cindy Jones (R-Valley Lee) said that despite some expected revenue loss, the county government should not look to any tax increases. “I think raising taxes would be an absolute last resort,” Jones said Tuesday. “[The decrease in property values] doesn’t make [citizens] any more able to pay more property taxes or income taxes.”

lease options are available to a developer,” Dunbar said in recorded message to The County Times. The state purchased the land back in 1974 for the purposes of building a new power plant, with 476 acres leased to the county for hunting grounds, the Elms Environmental Education Center and for the county park space. The rest of the state controlled portion has been in use for hunting purposes since plans to build a power generating facility there have been

as yet unfulfilled. Dunbar went on to write that the potential solar power plant “does not preclude the development of other generation facilities in the future.” Dunbar’s letter state’s that construction of the facility could begin in late 2011 if the plan meets project review requirements as well as mandates from the Public Service Commission.

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ews Partnership at Elms Working By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Hunting season is coming to a close next month but a project that re-opened 85 acres of wooded land at the Elms property in Lexington Park to bow hunting of deer this year has been a success, says a county official and a volunteer coordinator for the program. “The whole thing has gone very well,” said Phil Rollins, director of the Department of Recreation and Parks. “I’ve had no reports of any problems. “It’s been a win-win situation for everybody.” The deal to reopen the 85 acres, which are part of a larger 476-acre tract of land leased by the county from the state, came about after a lengthy hearing process in 2009 to address hunter complaints that for years they had been forced to abandon their longtime hunting grounds by both the county school system and the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Hunters claimed the two agencies had worked together to expand the safety boundaries around an environmental education center on the property to push the hunters out. The state eventually signed off on a compromise to allow the 85 acres to be used for bow hunting only if the county could find someone to manage the hunting there. The Mattaponi Bow and Black Powder Club, a group of regionally based hunters and hunter safety instructors, made a proposal that was accepted by the county and state and they began to manage hunting at the property. Brian Malpasso, a Mechanicsville resident and president of the organization, had hopes that the incidentfree hunting at the Elms property would convince the county that more hunting should be permitted there. “I’d like to see [the hunting options] expand to muzzle loading,” Malpasso told The County Times Monday. “And it’d be nice if they’d [the county] open up the prop-

SMECO Warns of Higher Bills Next Month By Guy Leonard Staff Writer The Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) is warning its customers that the frigid temperatures combined with recent snowfalls this December will likely translate into much higher bills in January when customers use more power to heat their homes. “Demand for electricity is projected to be 11 percent higher for December than the same time period for 2009, and nearly 18 percent higher than our five-year December average,” said SMECO president and CEO Austin Slater in a press release. “That is a substantial increase in electricity demand and will impact our customer-members’ bills for January.” SMECO recommends that customers turn down their thermostat to 68 degrees to reduce energy consumption through their home’s heating system; they also caution against using bathroom exhaust fans except when necessary because they can draw heat out of the home. The cooperative also recommends that customers avoid changing the level on their thermostat once they have it set at a comfortable level because it causes the heating system in their home to operate less efficiently. Tom Dennison, spokesman for SMECO, advised that customers can access the cooperative’s Web site at to find out more ways they can conserve on energy bills. “The month of December had 22 days where the temperature fell below 32 degrees,” Dennison said in a statement. “Add gusting wind and snow and you are looking at an increased demand for power to stay warm. “We encourage customers to take steps [to curb power use] as we continue to endure these record low temperatures.”

erty for turkey in the spring.” Rollins said that this season his department, which helps oversee the management project, had issued 21 permits to allow hunters to harvest deer on the property. Bow hunting of deer lasts until the end of January.

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Red Cross Looking For Help By Sarah Miller Staff Writer It’s the week after Christmas, and the Red Cross still has a long wish list of items they need. “So far, Santa Claus hasn’t contacted us,” said Mike Zabko, the CEO of the Southern Maryland chapter of the Red Cross. And with only a couple of days until the New Year, it’s looking like the citizens of Southern Maryland are going to have to help out the man in the red suit and his flying reindeer. “So far, nobody has done anything on our wish list,” Zabko said. “We have all needs.” The list includes volunteers to help with the design, planning, and execution of an extensive fundraising program to support the Red Cross programs in Southern Maryland and vol-

Mike Zabko of Southern Maryland Red Cross

unteers to be trained to respond to disasters and teach first aid and CPR. An office space building located in Southern Maryland to house a new Regional Red Cross Chapter house is needed so the Red Cross can continue to provide adequate services for the growing area. The Red Cross has space in the Technology Security Associates building in California, which is donated by Tom Jarboe and Lee Bradshaw free of charge, but they can always use more. The Red Cross is also looking for someone to paint donated vehicles the standard Red Cross red and white colors as well as a serviceable cargo van for disaster and Health and Safety proPhoto by Frank Marquart grams. Along with A car on Sotterley Road in Hollywood drives through wind blown snow on Monday. other vehicles, the Red Cross needs a munity,” Zabko said. “It comes from nowhere else.” He said the serviceable, towable trailer to be used by the Red government doesn’t give to the Red Cross. It is a completely Cross communicators to build a community funded venture. Financial assistance is also needed. Corporate and organiportable antenna tower and emergency power transport that would zational sponsors to underwrite the purchase of cold weather be used to establish critical emer- outerwear for volunteers and cash donations to support the Logency communications in remote cal Emergency Response Fund and our General operations fund locations in the event of a major would be both welcomed and appreciated. Zabko said the problem is, people are willing to give for disasters They also need portable elec- things that are splashed over the television, like the disaster in tric generators to provide backup Haiti, but they don’t help the people who need help in their own power to sites of disasters to pro- back yard as much. Zabko said they need to know there are peovide immediate assistance to vic- ple locally who need assistance too. The money helps maintain the Red Cross’s ability to help tim and digital trunking public service scanners for the disaster victims of disaster and train people to be prepared for disasters. “We need everything and more,” Zabko said. operations center and each of the Southern Maryland Red Cross gional offices. “It has to come from the com-


Thursday, December 30, 2010

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To The Editor:

Child Support System Killed Homeless Man Letters Filled With Fallacious Diatribes It simply must be told that the recently hundreds of others that will chose most any-

discovered death of the St Mary’s County homeless man Greg Gray (December 17, 2010) was not truly a death by freezing or him being drunk or drugged but because that man was a father that owed child support and the law enforcement hounded the man to death. I knew Greg very well and he was in and out of court and jail and out of jobs and homelessness for many long years and it always boiled down to the child support enforcement that pressured him to pay with his blood. Greg wanted to pay his child support and he kept trying to pay and pay and even now I know he would not want me to tell of his trials but by-God the living need to be told. His children now have lost their father and our community is not improved by these events and he is not some one-and-only case because the oppressive child support laws have created many more as hundreds of dirt poor and dead broke parents are here in St Mary’s County with thousands across Maryland and millions of parents trashed across the USA based on those misguided yet self righteous laws. St Mary’s is expanding our County Detention Center to house hundreds of more inmates and it will be quickly filled with many more dirt poor and low income parents going in and out of jail because the blind law is aggressively trying to pillage more and more child support money out of parent who have nothing more to pay. There is the “Three Oaks homeless shelter” and even some local Churches giving emergency housing shelter this winter but they all require of any applicant to get processed through the Social Services office which is also the child support collection center so that any homeless parent that applies for emergency shelter is first subject to the child support collection which means if a dirt poor parent applies for shelter then they fear being sent to jail instead. There is a common saying that homeless people will purposely go to jail just to get winter housing but the reality is that for any one person who might chose jail for shelter there are

thing out of their desperation rather than go to jail. The claims of a few people are misused to promote the cruelty against many others. Greg Gray is not the only parent in such trials as he is simply notorious because he turned up dead. Another one here in our hometown St Mary’s County was Edward E. Guffey, 27, who just died December 11, 2010, and he too was homeless and hounded by the child support enforcement and now his three children will grow up without their father. I am not free to give details of Edward’s death as I was a close friend of him too, and I take liberty in telling that he was tortured by the child support system which he could not satisfy and it drove him to self destruction when his only crime in that regard was in him being a low income father which the law hounded him into his grave. I saw Edward two days before he died and at that time he showed me his latest picture of his youngest daughter and he cared very much about his children and any claim otherwise is not correct. There are other claims that so long as a parent tries to pay a little or pay what they can then they will be okay with the law and that is not true, it is also said that a parent can go to Court and get their case straightened out and that is not true. The only thing any parent can do is pay the full amount of child support demanded or else they are deemed as a “deadbeat” and the more poor and lower the income of each parent then the greater the pressure and greater the danger they are subjected to, and as such our laws are unjust, tyrannical and immoral. I realize that many people do not want to face such hard realities and do not appreciate my own many efforts in denouncing this treasured commandment of parents being forced to pay child support but now we have two more parents paying with their lives and 2 more families degraded and there are many more pending their turn, so now God is their true witness more-so than I.

It is tempting not to respond to the fallacious diatribes that from time to time appear in the Letters to the Editor section of any newspaper, but, as an unreconstructed Marylander, I can’t resist a comment or two regarding a recent letter from James P. Cusick, Sr. [Dec. 23, 2010]. As is so typical of those possessed of an insensate hatred of the South, Mr. Cusick appears to be uninformed and labors under certain faulty presuppositions concerning the War of Secession and its causes. After almost 30 years of research, I can sum up this God-awful war this way: The North invaded the South at the urging of Northern business interests, and the South defended herself. Halfway through the war Lincoln decided that it was to his advantage that the conflict be all about slavery and issued the Emancipation Proclamation freeing only the slaves in the unoccupied South hoping those in bondage would rise up violently. Lincoln did not care one whit about black people; in fact he believed black people were inferior to whites. Slavery was a predicate of the war but not a root cause. The Confederates were not rebels and the late unpleasantness was not a civil war – the South did not seek the overthrow of the central government. The Southern states simply sought to depart a union which they had voluntarily joined, reserving the right to leave should the central government become coercive. Interestingly, in the early 1800s, several Northern states threatened to secede for their own reasons. Great Britain and France abolished slavery without internecine slaughter, but we soaked our soil with the blood of 600,000 men because of Northern aggression, mercantile greed and diplomatic shortcomings. If Lincoln’s sole purpose had been to free the slaves, then there were many irenic avenues to this end. In fact there were many abolitionist Southerners who would have welcomed his honorable overtures, but when the North invaded they did as all patriots do: They put down the plow and picked up the sword. Those who say that if slavery had not existed in the South, the war would not have occurred do not understand the subtleties of that time and place: The North chose to enforce its view by shot, shell and bayonet. Had Lincoln acted wisely, had he not sent troops to Charleston Harbor, had he not ordered the

march on Baltimore, he would not have lost the Upper South. Many Virginians, for example, including Robert E. Lee [who incidentally believed that slavery was immoral] opposed secession initially, but their loyalties lay ultimately with their native state. While waiting for the Old Dominion to decide on boarding that dissolution wagon, Maryland, whose fate was inextricably linked with that of her sister state, was invaded and occupied by Northern troops. Indeed, some historians believe the conquest of the Old Line State by the North was a key factor in the South’s defeat. And that defeat, the North’s victory, had grave implications for America. Contrary to what Mr. Cusick thinks as evidenced by his assertions in past letters to this newspaper, our free republic rests on the sovereignty of each individual state. In the absence of this federated system, we have degenerated into one enormous nationalist state with all the excesses against which our founders warned. Concerning the modernist-revisionist’s begging the question that Maryland was and is a Northern state, I posit this: An objective and dispassionate reading of history proves the absurdity of this conceit. Maryland, in spite of what amounts to an infestation of carpetbaggers attempting to culturally cleanse her, has a proud Southern heritage. There are people who like to create their own realities, and I think Mr. Cusick is one of them. They have their revisionist history, but they don’t even bother to quote that. Failing to present a reasoned, coherent argument, they resort to name-calling. They cannot defend the North otherwise because the facts get in the way. Mr. Cusick, I note did not validly refute one point so eloquently made by the SCV Maryland Division commander. Instead Mr. Cusick launched ad hominem attacks, the weapon of the chronically-angry unread. But the history of the War of Secession and Maryland’s role in that war deserve much more than a cursory glance, and a discussion of that pivotal era is better served by intelligent debate. Joyce Bennett, Vice-Chairman Maryland League of the South Clements, MD

J.P. Cusick Hollywood, MD

I Need a Democrat Dictionary Ten years ago my company’s CEO notified all employees that they would receive a $100 a month raise. We were all overjoyed. When we got our first paycheck containing the raise, we all spent it in whatever way we thought best. This past October, my company’s CEO contacted all employees and told us the company wasn’t doing so good, so he was going to rescind the raise he gave us so long ago. Naturally, we had all adjusted our standard of living to the paycheck we had been receiving

for all these past ten years. We set up a terrific howl of protest. Our supervisors heard our pleas and supported our cause. They went to the CEO and the other company honchos and said the employees were revolting against the planned pay cuts. The CEO gave in and allowed the raise he gave us ten years ago to continue in affect. However, he and the other company officers who had wanted to cut our pay complained to high heaven that the company couldn’t afford to give us employees a pay raise at this time

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and said they had already spent the projected savings the pay cuts would have provided. We employees were confused and astounded. A pay RAISE? What did the CEO mean, a pay RAISE? There was no pay raise. It was just an avoidance of a pay CUT. Do any of our readers see the comparison between the analogy above and the way the Democrats are trying to pass off the extension of President Bush’s tax cuts of ten years ago as a current day tax cut? The extension of the 10-year-old tax cuts are neither a tax increase

nor a decrease. What has happened is that there has simply been an extension of current tax rates. Nothing more. Nothing less. I would love to obtain a copy of the Democrat dictionary. Words just don’t mean the same thing to Democrats as they do to us common folks – you know, us gun totin’, Bible clingin’, rednecks who are too stupid to see what’s really going on. James H. Hilbert Mechanicsville, MD

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Top Stories of 2010 We at The County Times are recapping the top news stories of 2010 to give readers a glimpse of the most interesting and eventful news of the past year. This week we look back and give snippets from the top stories from January to June, next week we will finish the recap. See the sports section of this newspaper for the top stories of the year in sports. All stories printed in The County Times can be viewed in their entirety online at www. Check out the archive for full-page views of each issue of the paper.

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Roofs Continue to Fail After Back-To-Back Storms – 2/12

January Celebrity Chef Spices Up Southern Maryland- 1/14

JuMPiNG FOR JOy St. Michael’s School Will Remain

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Open for 2010-2011 School Year

County Officials Not Worried About O’Malley Budget Story Page 4

Charlotte Hall Prospering During Recession Story Page 8

Great Mills High Hosting Jeopardy Tournament

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Photo by Frank Marquart

A Community on the Edge – 1/21

A snowstorm that dumped between 17 to 19 inches on St. Mary’s residents has officials saying they will be on the lookout for even more damage to buildings and homes. County emergency management officials are warning county residents and businesses to beware of structural damage and roof collapses in the wake of another snowstorm that pounded the county once again this week. Building roofs that collapsed included a portion of St. Johns School in Hollywood, the Loffler Senior Center and the Mechanicsville Post Office. The sheriff’s office also had an evacuation when the roof began to sag. St. John’s Working to Place Students After Cave-In – 2/12

“Sales were not good, the place wasn’t doing enough business, and we were really hurting,” said Jim Seymour, owner of Catamaran’s Restaurant. And that was when he decided to bring in celebrity Chef Robert Hesse to breathe new life into the place. Hesse, formerly known for his spot on season five of the Fox network reality show, “Hell’s Kitchen,” accepted the job, explaining that he wanted to work in an area with personality and potential, so his meeting with Seymour (who had been looking for a new chef for over a year) proved a great boon for both of them. It is also helping Hesse to expand his fine dining repertoire, which also includes his four-star restaurant in the Hamptons called “Georgica,” to creating upscale casual dining, which features a modern spin on classic “comfort” dishes. $600,000 Raised to Save St. Michael’s School – 1/21 Students, parents and parishioners in the community around St. Michael’s School in Ridge are heaving a sigh of relief this year, as fundraising efforts to keep the school open for another year have proved successful. “This community is the most amazing community ever in their support,” said Principal Lila Hofmeister. “You don’t raise that kind of money in that short of time without a tremendous community effort. And from every area people have come forward.” Hofmester added that media exposure has also helped spur interest in the school, and enrollment has increased. “Enrollment went up 18%, and in the past year it went up 9%,” said Hofmeister, explaining that part of the challenge this year has been the Archdiocese stopping school subsidies, in effect “changing the rules” about how funds are allocated.

The Chesapeake Ranch Estates development is among the largest in the region, with about 4,000 homes and 67 miles of roadways all maintained as part of the private community. But part of that community is in danger of falling off the shoreline cliffs and right into the Chesapeake Bay. About 90 homes are at the frontline of the erosion problem along Calvert County’s shoreline, say officials of POACRE, the ranch club’s property management board, but federal and state mandates prevent those homeowners from finding ways to harden the shoreline and slow the erosion, because of a tiny inhabitant in the cliffs known as the Puritan tiger beetle.

As the area was hit by the most powerful snowstorm in years, several buildings across St. Mary’s County suffered structural damage, among them St. John’s School in Hollywood. The school’s roof collapsed from heavy snowfall on Saturday, Feb. 6, damaging a number of classrooms, offices, the computer lab and the library, which are all located in a section of the school built in 1953. “The community has been incredibly generous, a lot of schools and other parishes have offered space,” said Susan Gibbs, Director of Communications for the Archdiocese of Washington. College Land Deal Under Investigation –2/25 A land deal between St. Mary’s College of Maryland and a member of its board of trustees has gotten the attention of the state in a recent audit that shows the college did not disclose all the information it should have about the transaction. According to the audit’s findings, the value of the land ac-


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cording to an appraisal ordered by local real estate firm owner Michael O’Brien was far greater than two other independent appraisals obtained by the college administration. O’Brien is also a member of the college’s Board of Trustees and chairs one of its committees that deals with buildings and the grounds of the campus.

March Golf Course Privatization Up For Discussion – 3/4

Oyster Sanctuary Issue is a Pivotal Moment – 3-18 When about 100 watermen from around the state took time off work last week to protest against a proposed state plan to take some productive underwater oyster bars and turn them into sanctuaries, it was an uncharacteristic move that one of their kind says shows their plight. “That’s how desperate they are,” said Tommy Zinn, president of the Calvert County Watermen’s Association. Watermen, he said, feel that by taking away more waterway space that they have traditionally used to harvest their livelihood will put what few are left out of business. “We don’t have a degree, they think we’re a bunch of rednecks,” Zinn said.

April Hoyer Hounded at Campaign Event – 4/1

Rebarchick, owner and operator of Lenny’s Restaurant in California. “Maybe a business has five employees and they’ll do it with four.” Schools Look For More Money in Strapped Budget – 4/29

A multitude of teachers and school system workers, as well as local boys and girls club advocates and shelter workers implored the St. Mary’s Board of County Commissioners to help their shrunken operations with more money from the county’s own lean budget at a late night public hearing Tuesday. About 70 speakers took to the podium at a packed house at Chopticon High School’s auditorium to offer their take on the county’s spending plan for fiscal 2011. “It costs money to provide a high quality education to all students and money really does matter,” said Schools Superintendent Michael Martirano. “Ultimately you get what you pay for.”

May The chair of the Wicomico Shores Golf Course Advisory Committee says that the time has come for the group to discuss the possibility of privatizing the entire operation at the public course and not just those at the restaurant there. Jim Hodges told The County Times that financial reports on the golf course show that for the past six months of 2009 the entire course operated at a deficit of over $23,000. Hodges disputed the county’s claims of the course’s profitability. “That’s debatable. We don’t necessarily agree with that.” A Crisis on the Horizon for Schools? – 3/11

Billion Dollar Baby? – 5/13

House Majority Steny H. Hoyer came to Lexington Park Monday to introduce a speaker at a Patuxent Partnership event but was first greeted with jeers from local detractors calling for his ouster from the U.S. Congress. “Steny Hoyer, you embarrass your own county,” said David Willenborg through a megaphone to local traffic on Route 235. “Vote Hoyer out!” “They have a right to express their opinion,” Hoyer said. “I’m not going to delude myself into thinking I have 100 percent support.” Hoyer defended the health care vote that took place last week, the most sweeping change to the health care industry in some 40 years. Gang Recruiting A Big Concern For Local Cops – 4/1

Following on the heels of the news that St. Mary’s County Public Schools ranks last in the state this year in overall per-pupil funding levels, also comes the news that local funding from the county may be reduced by nearly $4 million for next school year. With local county funding for schools amounting to 40 percent of the school system’s budget, the reduction may assure that St. Mary’s remains at the bottom of the list again next year, a potential prospect that educators see as disturbing and not sustainable in the long run.

In the wake of a shooting in Calvert County that police say was between two local criminal gangs, the issue of either small local criminal factions or even members of national gangs operating in the region could become a pressing problem. Right now the situation is contained, local county sheriffs and detectives say, but that could change if smaller bands of local criminals and members of national gangs already here to decide to expand their operation. The key to nabbing suspected gang members, St. Mary’s County Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron said, and getting them enhanced penalties for their crimes is to prove that they are committing crimes in furtherance of their organization. Unemployment Tax Increases 400 Percent – 4/15 The recession has nearly wiped out the state coffers that were set aside to provide unemployment insurance for those who lost their jobs, and now the state has approved a 400 percent increase in how much businesses must pay into the fund to replenish it. The new tax rate for most businesses statewide will be set at 2.2 percent, which is up from just 0.6 percent for 2009. “Any tax on labor can be a potential job killer,” said Dan

A state and federal effort to replace the Thomas Johnson Bridge connecting Calvert and St. Mary’s counties is one of the few major projects still moving forward in Maryland, despite the state’s dismal financial outlook, a State Highway Administration official said last week. The short list of alternatives still on the table range from costing near $550 million on the low end to nearly $950 million on the high end (in dollars inflated to year 2020 prices), an SHA official said. “We’re approaching that ‘B’ number right there, so we’re not dealing with some chump change,” said Russell Anderson, a transportation engineer for SHA’s Office of Planning and Preliminary Engineering. Tacks Caused Bicycle Crashes During Race – 5/20

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St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the apparent scattering of sharp tacks along the race course of the Leonardtown Creterium bicycle competition held Sunday that they believe caused several crashes that resulted in one cyclist being seriously injured. The town square and surrounding streets were closed down all day Sunday to prepare for the race and the race’s chief organizer said that cyclists were plagued with problems most of the time. “There were tacks throughout the day,” said Steve Whetstone of the Pax Velo Bicycle Club. “It was not just one race.”

vigorous, and you have to control that.” But networking with the other 14 members of the cooperative has helped Baldwin settle into a growing routine, she said, and she’s proud of the product now being sold at the Port of Leonardtown Winery, which will celebrate its grand opening on May 21.

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Sheriff: Citizens Can Record Officers in Public – 6/24

June Detectives Confiscate Bogus Products at Farmers Market – 6/17

Winery Opens in Leonardtown – 5/20

French grapes don’t do too well in Southern Maryland, said Caroline Baldwin, President of the Southern Maryland Wine Grape Growers Cooperative. “They’re probably one of the most difficult grapes to grow in this area,” she said. “They’re viniferous, and the original French grape, so they’re not a hybrid, and they’re very prone to all of the mildews and the rots, and in my case the vines are very

Plainclothes detectives from the county’s Bureau of Criminal Investigations took in nearly $100,000 in counterfeit merchandise June 12 during an on-site investigation into consumer complaints regarding sales at the Charlotte Hall farmers market. Much of the merchandise seized included counterfeit clothing, police said, as well as accessories such as purses and handbags. Some vendors who were allegedly selling the counterfeit goods fled when they noticed that police were trolling the market looking for bogus items, police on the scene said, abandoning their products on the table where they were stationed.

In the wake of an incident that involved the arrest of a woman who recorded a sheriff’s deputy with her cell phone during a noise complaint call last week, State’s Attorney Richard Fritz has said he will drop the charges against the defendant in the case. Fritz said that in most cases police operating in the public have a reasonable expectation of being recorded; he added that the officer likely had probable cause to make the arrest for intercepting his communications but proving that in court beyond a reasonable doubt was unlikely. Fritz, who said he did not view the cell phone recording made by Yvonne Shaw, said that from the charging documents he read the officer in question, Cpl. Patrick Handy, did nothing wrong in disbursing a disturbance June 12. $15 Million Pumped into Affordable Housing – 6/24 The Board of County Commissioners authorized an agreement Tuesday that would have the state fund a $15 million acquisition and renovation project using state and federal dollars for the preservation of the Indian Bridge Apartments complex. According to county documents regarding the deal, which brings in a private management company to take a 51 percent stake in the ownership of the complex, the assessed value of the property once renovated would be only about $8 million. But county officials who have worked on the deal for three years say that the state-sponsored financing package is necessary to preserve what affordable housing stock the county has.


Thursday, December 30, 2010

Glad Tidings of Comfort and Joy

This past May I was tremendously fortunate to be invited on a trip to Israel as part of a Maryland delegation. The trip was funded through a generous outreach and education program of The Harry and Jeannette Weinberg Foundation. No taxpayer dollars were spent on this trip. The delegation included, besides myself, Maryland Lt. Governor Anthony Brown, and MD Secretary of Health John Colmers as well as leaders of private businesses and non-profit organizations in Maryland. The trip included visits to Israeli government, business, religious and non-profit sites and organizations. We also met with representative Palestinians to get their perspective of the disputed territories and the broader Arab-Israeli conflicts. Although I could probably write a small book on the trip and all the places we visited and the people we met, I certainly cannot do a description of the trip justice in the limited space available in this column. I will say that in many ways the trip to the Holy Land and the excellent program and structured itinerary provided by the Weinberg Foundation was a once in a life time experience for me. The trip had a profound impact on how I both understand and how I view

that part of the world that I never would have obtained on the nightly news or other media outlets for that matter. I want to briefly describe one portion of my trip to Israel that relates to the Christmas Holiday and the birth of Jesus Christ. One of the sites we visited was a little town in the disputed West Bank territories. That little town is famous the world over. We sing songs about this little town and what happened there over two thousand years ago. This dusty little town in a disputed territory outside of Jerusalem, administered today by the Palestinian Authority, is of course the famous little town of Bethlehem. To have the honor of visiting the birthplace of Jesus Christ is something I will vividly remember all of my life. It was a small town that three wise men visited at the time of the birth of Christ. A rather non-descript little town that has been visited by an endless stream of kings and queens and the worlds rulers ever since. It was a moving experience for me and as this Christmas Day approached I thought about what transpired there that has so changed the course of events for thousands of years, and for us believers for eternity. I am truly thankful to have had the opportunity to visit one of the most holy sites in all of Christianity. While there at the conclusion of our trip the Maryland delegation was afforded the opportunity to purchase some mementoes of our visit to Bethlehem. One of the really inexpensive and simple items I purchased, I actually obtained the limited remainder the vendor still had, was a simple Christmas tree ornament. The simple ornament is wooden and carved from olive tree wood from Bethlehem. It is a small three dimensional star around a simple structure depicting a manger with two figures representing Joseph and Mary and what appears to be a small baby. It takes some imagination but anyone familiar with the Christmas story and knowing this came from Bethlehem would understand what was being depicted in this simple hand carved ornament. This simple ornament, as inexpensive as it was, has been one of the best gifts I have been able to give to a few close family and friends on this Christmas Holiday. It has more meaning to me, and I can tell to those who have received this small token gift, than virtually any other gift I have given regardless of material worth or value in my life. It has meaning in that it actually comes from the birth place of Christ and that it can adorn a tree we decorate to honor this most holy of holidays. Simple, meaningful, inexpensive gifts embody the spirit of giving and of this season of comfort and joy! Feel free to contact my local legislative office at (410) 326-0081 or email at anthony.odonnell@house. with questions, comments or concerns regarding these items or other matters.

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EPA Establishes Landmark Chesapeake Bay ‘Pollution Diet’

The Environmental Protection Agency is putting the Chesapeake Bay on a “pollution diet” in hopes of restoring the largest estuary in the United States. The EPA is calling it one of the world’s largest water pollution control projects. On Wednesday, EPA officials outlined the plan which would reduce nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment from the six states in the watershed (Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, and Delaware) plus the District of Columbia. The federal agency is now directing a cleanup effort once led by the states. The 200-mile-long bay has been environmentally crippled by farm, urban and suburban runoff and pollution, creating vast dead zones and harming marine life. The diet is intended to get the bay off the nation’s impaired waters list. EPA regional administrator Shawn M. Garvin called the agreement “monumental.” The pollution diet, formally known as the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), identifies the necessary reductions of nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment from Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. The TMDL is shaped by an extensive public and stakeholder involvement effort during the past two years, coupled with detailed plans by jurisdictions for how they will achieve pollution reductions. Among the significant improvements in jurisdiction plans are: • Committing to more stringent nitrogen and phosphorus limits at wastewater treatment plants, including on the James River in Virginia. (Virginia, New York, Delaware) • Pursuing state legislation to fund wastewater treatment plant upgrades, urban stormwater management and agricultural programs. (Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia) • Implementing a progressive stormwater permit to reduce pollution. (District of Columbia) • Dramatically increasing enforcement and compliance of state requirements for agriculture. (Pennsylvania)

• Committing state funding to develop and implement state-of-the-art-technologies for converting animal manure to energy for farms. (Pennsylvania) • Considering implementation of mandatory programs for agriculture by 2013 if pollution reductions fall behind schedule. (Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, New York) The TMDL still includes targeted backstops for those jurisdictions that did not meet all of their target allocations or did not meet EPA’s expectations for providing reasonable assurance that they will achieve the necessary pollution reductions. EPA will also regularly oversee each of the jurisdictions’ programs to make sure they implement the pollution control plans, remain on schedule for meeting water quality goals and achieve their two-year milestones. This oversight will include program review, objecting to permits and targeting compliance and enforcement actions as necessary to meet water quality goals. The pollution diet calls for a 25 percent reduction in nitrogen, 24 percent reduction in phosphorus and 20 percent reduction in sediment. The TMDL - which sets Bay watershed limits of 185.9 million pounds of nitrogen, 12.5 million pounds of phosphorus and 6.45 billion pounds of sediment per year – is designed to ensure that all pollution control measures to fully restore the Bay and its tidal rivers are in place by 2025, with at least 60 percent of the actions completed by 2017. EPA has also committed to reducing air deposition of nitrogen to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay from 17.9 to 15.7 million pounds per year. The reductions will be achieved through implementation of federal air regulations during the coming years. Federal agencies will contribute to restoration efforts, particularly through implementation of the federal strategy created under President Obama’s Executive Order. Eleven federal agencies have committed to a comprehensive suite of actions on the same 2025 timeline as the TMDL. As part of this work, federal agencies will be establishing two-year milestones that directly support the jurisdictions’ activities to reduce water pollution. The Associated Press Contributed to this report.

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What Can the School System do to Survive the Coming Budget Crunch? “I think they should lower teacher salaries,” said Eric Pulliam, an employee of the school district who lives in Lexington Park. He said the teachers spend 45 minutes of each hour in the classroom, with an hour free for planning. He said they shouldn’t be paid for the time they don’t spend actively teaching and should have a pay cut until the economy gets better.

Mary Ann Jordan, a resident of Hollywood who has put three children through St. Mary’s Public Schools and seen two of her grandchildren go to school there, said she thinks the school should do more fundraisers. “I believe in fundraisers,” Jordan said. She said she’s rather see the children and their parents going door to door selling things than the school having to cut anywhere. “It’s sad they have to cut anything if it’s for the kids,” Jordan said.

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St. Johns School Set to Re-Open By Katie Hammerer Contributing Writer After the major snowstorm that caused the roof of St. John’s School’s library to collapse last winter, the school is preparing to re-open in the New Year. Jan. 3, is the date set for St. John’s School, located in Hollywood, to welcome back students displaced by the cave in. During this week’s Christmas break, students, staff and volunteers have been working to get the school set up for the students’ return. Last winter, St. John’s 180 students helped pack up the schools desks, books and other salvaged items after the collapse, to begin moving to their temporary home at Holy Angels Sacred Heart Catholic School in Avenue, which had formally closed in 2009. “Moving into Holy Angels was much easier, everything basically went into storage. All we really had to think about was what we needed for a classroom,” said Pat Suit, principal at St. Johns School. The most optimistic projection on re-

ed,” Quade said. The cost for the new facility was not cheap; at an estimated $500,000, the funding for this project was primarily donations from the community. Laverne Schaefer, head of fundraising for St. John’s School said the aid to rebuild the recently demolished library, built in 1953, came from insurance placed on the building; whereas renovating the rest of the school, built in 1923, came from the St. John’s Capital Campaign. The capital campaign goal is to raise $500,000 to fund the modernization of the building built in the 1920s, Schaefer said. The official kick off date for fundraising was June 1, accepting pledges and donations, as well as a phone-a-thon that followed in August. However fundraising did not commence until the recently built Monsignor Harris Center’s fundraising project was completed. “Seeing the pictures from when the roof collapsed were heart wrenching,” Schaefer said.“People have been very generous.”

“I wouldn’t mind seeing a small, one time education tax,” said Michael Long of Hollywood, who has children both in the school district and children who will be attending the schools in the future. He suggested the school district require each family give $20 to $25 if they have children in the school district. He said it would be worth it if it kept teachers in place and prevents class sizes from growing.

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turning to the modernized school was set for September, however things did not move as quickly as hoped. “Opening half way through the year is delighting,” Suit said. Nearly 11 months after the devastation, teachers, parish members, students and volunteers connected to the St. John’s School can once again pack up their belongings to move back into the newly renovated St. John’s School. Everything is so hectic and with Jan. 3 creeping closer, taking breaks is not a favorable option and that’s why even corporate businesses in the area are offering to help; Chick-fil-a offered to bring lunch for the volunteers to the school on Wednesday. “The community has been wonderful, the contractors and sub-contractors have been fantastic” Suit said. Betty Ann Quade, the Advising SubCommittee Chair said moving will continue throughout the student’s winter break in order to be ready for the highly anticipated opening. “The teachers and kids are very excit-

Generous could be an understatement; as of Dec. 17, the total amount of money pledged towards the fund was $456,639, 91 percent of the goal. With the money donated, the newly modernized 1920s building now contains 14 classrooms equipped for kindergarten to eighth grade students as well as a new science lab; the new school is also able to hold a capacity of 250 students. “If the school hadn’t of collapsed, we would have never received such wonderful funding and support from the community,” Suit said. “I love it, I have been here for 25 years as principal and dealing with a 75 year old school’s plumbing, heating,” Suit said. “it’s great to be able to start with everything new. It’s truly amazing.” St. John’s School welcomes the community to view the new school on two different occasions in January. There is an open house set for Jan. 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as well as guided tours made by appointment on Jan. 21.


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Chiropractor Opens Office in Wildewood Plaza By Sarah Miller Staff Writer When a person is in a car accident, they can personally suffer more than twice the damage their car took in the accident. The trauma a person’s body takes during an accident does not always show up Jay Lipoff opened his new chi- right away either. It can become ropractic office in Wildwood in November. The Grand evident months, even years, after Opening is scheduled for the accident happened. January. Jay Lipoff, St. Mary’s newest chiropractor, said this is one of many good reasons a person should see a chiropractor even if they may not think it’s necessary. His new office is located near Sears in the Wildewood Shopping Plaza. Lipoff said a chiropractor differs from a traditional medical doctor in that chiropractors are more focused on working on the body from the outside. They also don’t issue prescriptions, Lipoff said. “You sort of encourage people to take care of their own health,” Lipoff said. A big problem is people don’t pay attention to their spines like they would their teeth because they can’t see it. For that reason, people don’t go to chiropractors like they would their dentists and often don’t know something is wrong until their back goes out. In order to stress how important it is for people to get checked out by a chiropractor, Lipoff said he is willing to tell people to visit a chiropractor other than him. “The key is to go somewhere and get checked out,” Lipoff said. This is the second time Lipoff has opened a chiropractic practice since moving to Maryland. Before he moved, Lipoff had a private practice in New York for 15 years. He said he sold

his previous profession and moved to Maryland after meeting a Plaza for other prizes. woman from St. Mary’s County while he was playing in a base“The plaza is only as strong as the people in it,” Lipoff said. ball World Series Tournament in Florida. For more information, visit or Lipoff has received a Bachelor of Science degree from Syr- call 301-863-2378. acuse University in 1990 and a Doctorate of Chiropractic from New York Chiropractic in 1994. In 2005, he became a Certified Fitness Trainer. He is also a board member for the international Chiropractors Association Council on Fitness and Sports Health Science. Lipoff said the building was leased toward the end of the summer, but only opened their doors Nov. 15. They had to do a lot of renovations and adjustments in the building before it could be used. “We had to do a full build out,” Lipoff said. The people in the office are still working out a few kinks in the computer system and waiting for the last pieces of equipment. In addition to the tables and tools for chiropractic adjustments and treatment, there are machines for physical therapy and rehabilitation. Lipoff said it’s typical for a chiropractic office to also do some physical therapy. The tables in the office include a hydrotherapy massage table and an intersegmental spinal traction table. He said the people in the office try to keep the experience casual for patients. “We try to be fun and relaxed and make it more of an enjoyable experience,” Lipoff said. Lipoff said a Grand Opening is scheduled for Jan. 15. He said people who come in during the grand opening will get door prizes, and there is a possibility that he will be working Jay Lipoff demonstrates chiropractic tecqniques on one of the people working in the office, with other establishments in the Wildewood Jen Klesch.

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Briefs Police: Man Held Wife At Knife Point

On December 23, 2010, Deputy Jean Vezzosi responded to a residence in Avenue for an alleged assault. Vezzosi learned Jeffrey J. Jones, 30,of Lusby became involved in an argument with his wife. The argument escalated and Jones is alleged to have held the victim down by their throat, threatened them with a knife and prevented them from leaving the residence. Jones was arrested, charged with first and second degree assault, and false imprisonment. He was released to the custody of the St. Mary’s County Detention Center pending an appearance before the District Court Commissioner.

Troopers Make Drug Paraphernalia Arrest

On Friday, December 17, 2010 at 2:10pm, TFC N. E. Gresko responded to the 20000 block of Point Lookout Road in Lexington Park in reference to locating Ohmer Watson Webb, 27, of no fixed address for an outstanding warrant. Gresko located Webb and arrested him on the outstanding warrant, a search incident to arrest reveal Webb in alleged possession of CDS paraphernalia. Webb was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged accordingly. He was held pending a bond review with the District Court Commissioner.

Man Arrested On Assault Warrant

On Monday, December 20, 2010 at 12:35pm, TFC E. J. Page served a bench warrant on Aaron C. Bankins, 20, of Lexington Park. The warrant for Bankins’ arrest was issued by the District Court of St. Mary’s County on December 10, 2010. The original charge was second degree assault. Bankins was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and held pending a bond review with the District Court Commissioner.

Troopers Make Arrest In Theft Case Warrant

On Friday, December 24, 2010 at 11:40am, TFC C. M. Evans served a bench warrant on James Joseph Ickes, III, 23, of California. Ickes was wanted by the District Court of Calvert County. The warrant was issued on July 21, 2010 with an original charge of theft greater than $500 in value. Ickes was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and held pending a bond review with the District Court Commissioner.

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Fritz Considering Attempted Murder Charge in Shooting Case By Guy Leonard Staff Writer In the wake of an incident where a Compton man allegedly fired multiple shots at carload of victims last week, State’s Attorney Richard Fritz said that after reviewing the case that his office may charge Gregory Wayne Arnold with attempted murder. “It may be upgraded,” Fritz said of the case against the 38-year-old Arnold, who currently faces first-degree assault, reckless endangerment and illegal firearm possession charges. “When someone fires at a car… they’re intending something more than just scaring people,” Fritz said. Fritz said that his office is still weighing its options in the case, due to statements that the victims involved may have posed a signifi- Gregory Wayne Arnold cant threat to both Arnold and his wife. himself and when they did Arnold allegedly “These other guys [in the vehicle] allegedopened fire on the car with an SKS type semily had a shotgun pointed at his wife,” Fritz said automatic carbine. of the investigation so far, adding that Arnold’s The vehicle occupants immediately ran wife and an independent witness are making back to the car and fled, with Arnold allegedly that claim. continuing to fire at the vehicle as it sped away, The case becomes more complicated howcourt papers stated. ever, because Arnold is alleged to have fired Bowles was struck in the hip by one of the additional shots at the vehicle with its occurounds that penetrated the vehicle and entered pants as they were fleeing his gunfire. into the passenger compartment, charging doc“We’ve got to weigh one against the othuments revealed, with her infant child seated er,” Fritz told The County Times. next to her. Detectives with the county’s Bureau of Arnold, who has a felony burglary convicCriminal Investigations (BCI) charged Arnold tion on his record according to police, is not Dec. 22 after he was arrested for allegedly legally allowed to own firearms, and his wife firing at a 1986 Lincoln Town Car in front of surrendered the weapon to police when they his home on Sassafras Lane that had stopped contacted him the day of the shooting, chargthere after the husband of one of the victims, ing documents stated. Autumn Leigh Bowles, stopped to confront the Arnold was arrested without incident and defendant’s wife in an argument, court papers admitted to shooting at the vehicle but said that state. he did not know there was a small child in the Charging documents did not reveal the car, police said. cause of the argument, but stated that shortly after the argument ensued, the male pants of the vehicle got out to confront Arnold

Man Charged With Bringing Pills Into Jail By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

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A county jail inmate who had been let out on work release had his privileges revoked Monday after being charged with smuggling prescription drugs into the county’s detention center. Johnson R. Beckwith, 26, of Mechanicsville has been charged with three counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance and as many counts of possessing contraband in the county jail. Each count of drug possession carries a four-year jail term, while each of the contraband charges could net three years incarceration if Beckwith is found guilty of all counts. Police allege that when Beckwith returned to the detention center in Leonardtown at the work release entrance a search found that he was in possession of eight prescription pills. One of the pills contained methamphetamine salt; another six pills were found to contain benzodiazepine and yet another was found to contain oxycodone, charging documents alleged. Beckwith was taken out of the work release program and re-incarcerated at the local jail.

Aside from the contraband and drug charges, Johnson also faces trial for a previous charge of obtaining prescription medication through a fraudulent prescription back in September as well as allegedly passing a bad check back in June, court records show. While on work release Beckwith was serving a local sentence of 18 months for a theft scheme to which he pleaded guilty. His local sentence was reduced from an original five-year term, court records show.

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Mary Bean, 83 M a r y “Virginia” Boggs Bean, 83 of Park, Hall, MD died on December 24, 2010 in St. Mary’s Hospital, Leonardtown, MD. B o r n October 20, 1927 in Leonardtown, MD to Herbert Eugene and Mary Lucille Norris she

was one of 13 children. Virginia was the loving wife of the late Hayden Boggs whom she married in 1960 and they were married until his death in 1976. In 1992, Virginia married Joseph Bean and they were married until his death in 1997. She is survived by her children; Greg Boggs (Carla), Steve Boggs (Terri), June Hardin (John), and daughter-in-law Reddy Lacey. She is also survived by her 8 grandchildren; Crystal Bookwalter, Travis Boggs, Joey Birch, Heather Moritz, Carrie Boggs Stephen Boggs, Justina Hardin, and Jerica Hardin as well as 11 great-grandchildren; Ryan Langley, Krishus Bean, Dawson Bookwalter, Jordan Boggs, Logan Boggs, Morgan Moritz, Elizabeth Moritz, Joseph Birch, Jarred Birch, Anthony Birch, and Peyton Birch. She was preceded in death by her son Richie Lacey. Virginia grew up on the family’s sharecropper farm on Medley’s Neck Road, Leonardtown, MD. Virginia and her sisters commuted to Washington, DC where she worked her first job. Later she worked various positions within the St. Mary’s County school system, as a custodian and cafeteria worker at Great Mills High School and Esperanza Middle School. Virginia enjoyed crabbing, bowling, canning, reading Danielle Steele romance novels, and she attended Holy Face Church in Great Mills, MD. The family received friends on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home in Leonardtown, MD where prayers were recited at 7 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at 10:00 AM in Holy Face Catholic Church, Great Mills, MD with Fr. Joseph A. Calis officiating. Pall bearers were Travis Boggs, Stephen Boggs, David Bookwalter, Andy Norris, Bryan Swann, and Fred Moritz. Honary pallbearers were Joey Birch and Brandon Nelson. Contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Mary’s County, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650 or the Lexington Park Rescue Squad, 21633 Great Mills Road, Lexington Park, MD 20653. Condolences may be left to the family at Arrangements provided by Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Thomas Clarke, 80 Thomas Maurice Clarke, 80 of Hollywood, MD, died Friday, December 24, 2010 at St. Mary’s Hospital. Born September 6, 1930 in Great Mills, MD, he was the son of the late James Clar-

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ence and Mary Olive Cullison Clarke. Maurice retired from SMECO in 1986 and then worked for St. Mary’s Transit System for 16 years until 2003. He enjoyed visiting Subway daily where he chatted with friends and staff. He loved listening to music and enjoyed tinkering with electronics. He was a lifetime Redskins fan. He was always smiling, joking, and full of life. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy E. Clarke of Hollywood, MD, whom he married on June 18, 1999. Also survived by his siblings; James Clarke of Park Hall, MD, Glenwood Clarke of Calvert County, MD, Donald Clarke of Mechanicsville, MD, Alvin Clarke of Fayetteville, NC, and Loretta Radcliff Morgan of Annapolis, MD. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his twin brother, Benedict Clarke, brother, John Clarke, and sisters; Wilhelmina Ford, and Evelyn Corso. The family received friends for Maurice’s Life Celebration on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 in the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD with prayers recited at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at 10 a.m. in St. John Francis Regis Catholic Church, with Father Ray Schmidt officiating. Interment will be private. Condolences to the family may be made at

Hilda Faunce, 89 Hilda Cole Faunce, 89, of Abell, MD and formerly of Kinsale, VA, died December 26, 2010 at her residence. Born August 2, 1921 in Kinsale, VA, she was the daughter of the late Marvin and Hilda Cole Walker. Mrs. Faunce was loving wife of the late Joseph Evans Faunce, Jr., whom preceded her in death on October 11, 2002. She is survived by her children; James D. Faunce, Deanna Faunce, Connie S. Faunce and Patricia I. Faunce all of Abell, MD. Mrs. Faunce was a housewife. The family will receive friends on Thursday, December 30, 2010 from 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM in the MattingleyGardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD where a Memorial Service will be held at 6:00 PM with Rev. Harry Harper officiating. Interment will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to the Seventh District Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 7, Avenue, MD 20609. 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.

Zachary Hill, Jr., 57 Zachary Joseph “ZJ” Hill, Jr., 57, of Chaptico, MD died on December 26, 2010 at his home in Chaptico, MD. Born September 22, 1953 in Leonardtown, MD he was the son of the late Zachary Joseph Hill, Sr. and Mary Edith Hill.

Zachary was the loving husband of Barbara Jean Hill, whom he married on April 7, 1973 in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Morganza, MD. He is survived by his children; Sherry Kathleen Wolfe and son inlaw Robbie Wolfe of Chaptico, MD and Tammy Jean Hill and fiancé Joseph Lockman of Brushwood, MD. In addition to his wife and children he is survived by his siblings; Celie Hill, Jimmy Hill of Chaptico, MD, Bobby Hill of Avenue, MD, Edith Bell of Chaptico, MD, Betsy Guy of Leonardtown, MD and Ree Knott of Chaptico, MD. He is also survived by three grandchildren; Zachary Luther Wolfe, Karlie Kathleen Wolfe and Cassidy Emma Wolfe. He was preceded in death by his sister Mary Loretta Lawrence. Zachary graduated from Chopticon High School in 1971. He was a lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County. Zachary was a Fuel and Ash Planner for Mirant (Morgantown Plant) and had retired on September 1, 2010 after 37 years. He is the current president of the Seventh District Volunteer Rescue Squad, past Assistant Engineer and Vice President. He was also President and Lt. Governor of the Seventh District Optimist Club, and a member of the Southern Mary-

land Antique Power Association, as well as a CPR Instructor. Zachary enjoyed tractor pulling, camping and family gatherings. The family received friends on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 in the MattingleyGardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD where prayers were said at 7:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at 10:30 AM in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Brushwood, MD with Fr. Francis Early officiating. Interment followed in Sacred Heart Catholic Church Cemetery, Brushwood, and MD. Pallbearers were Randy Hill, Gary Hill, Greg Bell, Andy Bell, Teeny Lawrence and Timmy Hill. Honorary Pallbearers were Mirant Co-workers, Members of the Seventh District Volunteer Rescue Squad, and Members of the Seventh District Optimist Club. Contributions in memory of Zachary Joseph Hill, Jr. may be made to Seventh District Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 7, Avenue, MD 20609, and or the Seventh District Optimist Club, P.O. Box 53, Avenue, MD 20609 and or A.C.T.S. P.O. Box 54, Brushwood, MD 20618. Condolences may be left to the family at Arrangements provided by Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

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Continued Margaret Howard, 65 Margaret Jane Howard, 65 of Mt. Airy, MD, formerly of Huntingtown died December 26, 2010 at Frederick Memorial Hospital, Frederick, MD. She was born October 21, 1945 in Huntingtown, MD to Charles and Lillian (Norfolk) Carroll. She was married to Charles “Tink” Howard in Huntingtown March 31, 1964. Mr. Howard died March 9, 2010. Margaret was educated in Calvert County schools and graduated from Calvert High School in 1963. Margaret was employed at Calvert Memorial Hospital for 35 years and by Dr. Mark J. Kushner until her retirement in 2009. Having been raised on a farm Margaret enjoyed nature. She especially loved her cat Patches, birds and flowers. Besides her husband Tink, Margaret was preceded in death by a sister Elsie Mae Zentgraft. Surviving are her daughters Jana Howard of Mt. Airy, MD and Michele Heier of California, MD; a granddaughter Racheal Howard of Frederick, MD and a brother Charles E. Carroll and his wife Anita of Dunkirk, MD. Visitation and funeral services were held Dec. 29, 2010, at Rausch Funeral Home, Owings. Interment followed at Southern Memorial Gardens.

Bettina Lynch, 81 Bettina Dorothy Lynch, 81, died on December 24, 2010 at her home which she loved with family by her side in Hollywood, MD. Born November 21, 1929 in New Jersey she was the daughter of the late William and Margaret Zachares. Mrs. Lynch was the loving wife of the late Edward Aloysius Lynch. She is survived by her children; Tim Lynch (Ginger) of Richland, WA, Jody Gilstrap of Mechanicsville, MD, Nancy Lynch of Nanjemoy, MD, Michael Lynch (Peg) of Upper Black Eddy, PA, Ellen Palmer (Steve) of Bethesda, MD and Joanne (Katharine) Lynch of Louisville, KY. Tina is also survived by her grandchildren; Barbara Drake, Christopher Lynch, Joshua Lynch, Sarah Gilstrap, Zachary Gilstrap, Selah Lynch, Marta Lynch, Aaron Palmer, Ryan Palmer and Maria Palmer as well as great-grandchildren; Carter Drake, Camryn Banagan, Austynn Drake and her cat Tigger, who will miss her greatly She is preceded in death by her sister Margaret Pasczyk. Mrs. Lynch grew up in Nutley, New Jersey and graduated from Nutley High

School. She earned an Associates Degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University. After marrying Edward Aloysius Lynch they lived in California, England, Massachusetts, North Carolina and Alabama before settling in St. Mary’s County when Edward took a job at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station. When her children reached adulthood, Tina took up real estate, and worked for O’Brien Realty for many years, and won many awards among them was being named Southern Maryland Realtor of the year. The family wishes to thank long-time and dear friend Sheila Nelson for her kindness in giving compassionate care to Tina in her final months of life. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 11:00 AM in St. John’s Catholic Church, Hollywood, MD with Fr. Ray Schmidt officiating. Contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Mary’s County, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650 and Patuxent Riverkeepers, 18600 Queen Anne Road, Rear Barn, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774. Condolences may be left to the family at Arrangements provided by Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Daniel Mahorney, 50 Daniel James Mahorney, 50, of Lexington Park, MD passed away at his residence on December 24, 2010. Born September 1, 1960 he was the son of the late Joseph Bernard Mahorney and Ruby Irene (James) Mahorney. Daniel enjoyed bicycling, fishing and watching the Three Stooges. He loved the outdoors and was a friend to all animals. He is survived by his dear wife Mary (Burch) Mahorney of Lexington Park, MD; Two children, Patrick Mahorney of Lexington Park, MD and Sara Michelle Mahorney of North Carolina; Two brothers, Matthew Mahorney of Beverly Beach, MD and Brian Mahorney and his wife Trish of Ellicott City, MD; and a nephew Mark Mahorney of Ellicott City, MD. Also survived by his close friend Bessie Norfolk of Great Mills and his fatherin-law Thomas Oakley Burch of Lexington Park, MD. Private Services to be held at a later date. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A, Leonardtown, MD.

William Salmon, 25 William Robert “Billy” Salmon, 25, of Huntingtown, MD died December 14,, 2010 as a result of a motor vehicle accident. Billy was born February 13, 1985 in Silver Spring, MD to William B. and Tammy G. (Gray) Salmon. He was raised in Glen Burnie and graduated from Glen Burnie High School in 2003.

He was married to Joanna Kale in Glen Burnie in 2003. The couple made their home in Shreveport, LA until the marriage ended in divorce. Billy returned to Maryland in 2006. He became a Certified Diver in 2008 and worked for Marine Technology of Baltimore until 2009. Billy then went back to work as a HVAC technician for Trumbull Mechanical Services, Inc. of Waldorf. Billy was passionate about hunting as well as being an avid fisherman and crabber. He was very quick witted and was able to make everyone laugh. He always strived to be the best in whatever he pursued. Surviving are his parents William B. and Tammy G. Salmon of Huntingtown, MD; his son Drake Hunter Salmon of Cheyenne, WY; sister Jessica and brother Joshua Salmon of Huntingtown, MD maternal grandfather Raymond J. Gray of Charlotte Hall, MD; maternal great grandmother Annabelle Gray of Milford, VA and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral services were held on Dec. 18 at Rausch Funeral Home – Owings. Interment followed at Mt. Hermon Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy in Billy’s name may be made to the Drake Hunter Salmon Education Unified Trust c/o William B. Salmon at 2705 Hidden Hill Court, Huntingtown, MD 20639.

Kevin Lewis Stauffer, infant Kevin Lewis Stauffer, infant son of Bryan and Gladys Stauffer of Oakville, MD, died Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at home. He was born on Sunday, December 19, 2010 in St. Mary’s Hospital, Leonardtown, MD. Surviving him are four sisters; Samantha, Emily, Bethany and Carrie, also three brothers; Matthew, Ivan and Jonathan. Grandparents are David and Grace and Verna Stauffer. Proceeded in death by maternal grandfather, Irvin B. Stauffer. Pallbearers were Tyler and Lester Stauffer. Viewing was Thursday morning at home, and graveside services were Friday morning at Stauffer Mennonite Church in Loveville, MD. Rest in peace, Baby Kevin, you are loved. To leave a condolence to the family please visit our website at Arrangements provided by the MattingleyGardiner Funeral Home, P.A.

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Joseph Wise, 99 Joseph Edward “Eddie Buck” Wise, 99, of Avenue, MD, died December 24, 2010 at his residence. Born August 6, 1911 in Avenue, MD, he was the son of the late Marshall and Annie Victoria St. Claire Wise. Mr. Wise was the loving husband of the late Mary Ora Dingee Wise whom he married in 1932 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bushwood, MD and whom preceded him in death on December 4, 1970. He is survived by his children; Joseph W. Wise and Thomas H. Wise (Linda) both of Manassas, VA, Mary Ann Williams (Stanley) of Avenue, MD, James W. Wise (Barbara) of Salisbury, MD, Tina Wise Reed (Neil) of Jacksonville, FL and Mike Wise (Brenda) of Leonardtown, MD. Mr. Wise is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 37 great grandchildren as well as one sister Mary Alice Brubacher of Leonardtown, MD. Mr. Wise was preceded in death by his siblings; Ralph Wise, Horace Wise, Francis Wise, Madeline Jackson and Elsie Mattingley. Mr. Wise was a lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County and attended River Springs School. He was also a lifelong farmer and enjoyed wood carving and raising farm animals. The family received friends on Wednesday, December 29, in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD where prayers were said at 7:00 PM. A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 10:00 AM in Holy Angels Catholic Church, Avenue, MD with Fr. William Gurnee officiating. Interment followed in Sacred Heart Catholic Church Cemetery, Bushwood, MD. Pallbearers were Brad Pillips, Ken Cusic, Ryan Wheeler, James Wise, David Williams and Billy Bowles. Honorary Pallbearers were Robert Farrell, Belinda Phillips, Faye Wheeler, Jane Cusic, Chris Farrell and Melissa Austin. Contributions in memory of Mr. Wise can be made to Holy Angels Catholic Church 21340 Colton Point Road, Avenue, MD, 20609, the Seventh District Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 7, Avenue, MD 20609 and/or Hospice of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650. To send a condolence to the family please visit our website at Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.


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Thursday, December 30, 2010

First Fridays are Happening in Leonardtown

First Friday in Leonardtown is Here! Next big event is January 7 starting at 5:00 p.m.

Visit uptown and downtown to rediscoVer the many treasures of historic/new Leonardtown!

the winner of the december raffLe is esther seep! congratuLations, esther! ParticiPating businesses & staying oPen late: big larry’s comic book café, brewing grounds, café des artistes, craft guild shoP, colleen’s dream, college of southern maryland, fenwick street used books & music, good earth natural foods, the shoPs of maryland antiques center, creekside gallery, leonardtown galleria, leonardtown grill, Vineyard café & tea room, north end gallery, oga’s asian cuisine, olde town Pub, olde towne stitchery, on a roll, Port of leonardtown winery, rustic riVer bar and grill, quality street kitchens, shelby’s creatiVe framing, southern maryland artisans center, the front Porch, treadles studio, white rabbit children’s bookstore, ye olde towne café


CRAZY FOR EWE - 22715 Washington Street- Join us this First Friday at Crazy for Ewe for a fun yarn-tasting of Elsebeth Lavold Baby Llama. We're using this yarn in the beautiful wrap for this month’s knit-along project. Purchase the Baby Llama for this project and receive the pattern book for free--that’s an $18 value! As always we’ll have Crazy for Ewe pink cocktails and open knitting.

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THE FRONT PORCH - 22770 Washington Street - Come by for some Casual dining in the Heart of Leonardtown. Great service, fun bar, excellent food and the Best Martinis in St.Mary's County. All 4 fireplaces are crackling, warm and ready for you to to enjoy a warm coffee drink, dinner or some of our homemade Bread Pudding covered with chef prepared Grand Marnier sauce. Our Lounge also offers a great place to "Dine and Unwind". Look for updates on our website or daily specials on Facebook, see you all soon at The Front Porch. Cheers.

Phone: 301.475.3000 Fax: 301.475.3002

NORTH END GALLERY- 41652 Fenwick Street - In 2011 the North End Gallery will be celebrating its 25th anniversary year . The kickoff show will be "Art, a Community Affair". A portion of the show will be a silent auction of work donated by members of the gallery. The proceeds of the silent auction will go to a scholarship fund for St Mary's County Schools Fine Arts Camp. The camp is for children in grades 3 to 8. The silent auction will take place during the First Friday Reception on January 7th from 5 to 8 PM. Please come by and place your bids! The January Show runs from the 4th until the 30th.



THE GOOD EARTH NATURAL FOODS COMPANY - 41675 Park Ave. - Wynne Briscoe of Forever Eden and Yvette Jones,

afghans and baby buntings, wood carvings, lamps and clocks, home décor, handspun yarns, and much more.TBA TREADLES STUDIO - Maryland Antiques Center Building 2 -Misti and the Fuzzy Farmers will host a craft party for grownups. Come by and join the fun as we weave with the kids' old potholder looms in a whole new way. As always, there's no charge - we just want to have fun! OLDE TOWNE STITCHERY - 41665 Fenwick Street - TBA LEONARDTOWN GALLERIA - 10% off on anything in the Gallery. I would like to welcome the three new artists that have joined the Gallery recently. They are: Margot Eppard painting in Acrylic, Helen Hautzenroder, who is a watrercolorist and Collen Lochausen who is a painter and a sculptor. Her specialty is horses, in clay and bronze

RUSTIC RIVER BAR & GRILL (formally Arizona Pizza) 40874 Merchants Ln (Rte 5) - Bourbon Tasting $2 for a 1 oz. taste. Oysters on the Half Shell and Oysters Casino.• •


Country French Dining in a Casual Atmosphere

FENWICK STREET USED BOOKS & MUSIC - 41655A Fenwick Street - Fenwick Street Used Books & Music (41655A Fenwick St, downtown Leonardtown) Open Mic music and poetry featuring Robin Guyther, followed by John Shaw. Call 301 475-2859 or email if you would like to On the square in historic Leonardtown perform.

ASHINGTON STREET • P.O. BOX 707 RDTOWN, MD 20650 Classy entertainment, Prix-Fixe Menu & more

Reservations Recommended CAFE DES ARTISTES - 41655 Fenwick Street - Leonardtown's

original neighborhood bistro with French Country Charm, a casual and friendly atmosphere, fine food and excellent service. Creative, comforting dishes are Classic French with an American flair and pair perfectly with the great variety of wines from Leonardtown to France. Featuring Randy Richie on Piano and "Magic in Watercolor" Art Exhibit by Mary Blumberg


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THE BREWING GROUNDS - 41658 Fenwick Street - 10 % discount on drinks! QUALITY STREET KITCHENS -41675 Fenwick Street - Wine tasting, Employees favorites plus Laconiko Olive Oil; Come out and sample all! $5 fee. $1.00 OFF for any wine or Olive Oil purchased that night!

Tuesday ~ Friday: 10 a.m. ~ 5 p.m. CREEKSIDE GALLERY - Maryland Antiques Center - TBA Saturday: 10 a.m. ~ 2 p.m.

301-904-2532 MD Antiques Center ~ Bldg. 2 ~ 26005 Point Lookout Rd ~Leonardtown, MD 20650

CRAFT GUILD SHOP - Maryland Antiques Center Building 2 - We’re a cooperative of local artisans and craftsmen offering handcrafted original work including jewelry, scarves, shawls,

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***Buffett served on Saturdays and Sundays***



BIG LARRY'S COMIC BOOK CAFE- 22745 Washington Street -TBA

about her Natural Skin Nourishment Collection. For more information on this local business and their products visit www. Also, Yvette is once again available for seated massage mini-sessions during the event. Start the New Year off by doing something Healthy for Yourself - visit The Good Earth for First Friday!

HOURS OF OPERATIONS: Monday – Friday: 7am – 3pm Saturday – Sunday: 8am – 3pm

MARYLAND ANTIQUES CENTER - 26005 Point Lookout Road - $25 Gift Certificate Good for any Vendor at the Shop

22720 22720WASHINGTON WASHINGTONSTREET STREET• •P.O. P.O.BOX BOX707 707 MT will be at The Good Earth on January 7 from 5 pm until 8 LEONARDTOWN, LEONARDTOWN,MD MD20650 20650 pm. Come talk with Wynne of Forever Eden and get the facts (301) (301)475-3151 475-3151• Toll • TollFree: Free:(800) (800)872-8010 872-8010• Fax: • Fax:(301) (301)475-9029 475-9029

Located on the Square in Leonardtown

OGA'S ASIAN CUISINE - 22745 Washington Street- TBA COLLEEN'S DREAM- 41665 Fenwick Street - TBA

Menu featuring classic southern dishes, seafood, steaks, brick oven pizzas & calzones and more by Chef Rick

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North End Gallery (301) 475-3130

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ON A ROLL - Will return in 2011 OLDE TOWN PUB - 22785 Washington Street- Relax after work, meet with friends, or come watch the big game on our giant 6041652 Fenwick St. inch plasma TV. We offer 14 beers on tap, your favorite mixed Leonardtown, MD 20650 drinks using only premium spirits, and popular wines. In addition, we have tasty appetizers and great meals for the entire family. Our Tues. - Sat. 11 am - 6 pm, Sunday Noon - 4 pm traditional décor offers a welcoming atmosphere whether you’re celebrating a big event or winding down after a day at work. We look forward to serving you at the most popular nightspot in Southern Maryland. WHITE RABBIT CHILDREN'S BOOKSTORE - 25470 Point Lookout Road, Unit G (Located in the Shops of Breton Bay) TBA CAHIL'S CAFE AND CATERING- located at the Maryland Antique Center is under new management. Tammy Hilburn is the new owner/manager. She will be open for Dinner on First Friday. SHELBY'S CREATIVE FRAMING - 26005 Point Lookout Rd. (Route 5): MD. Antique Center- Building 2- TBA

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Dance Troupe Going to Florida

By Sarah Miller Staff Writer The dance team from Leonardtown High School has been successful in their fundraising efforts. They will be leaving for Florida at 4 a.m. Dec. 31 in preparation for their halftime performance at the Orange Bowl on Jan. 3 in Miami. “We did so many fundraisers it’s not even

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funny,” said Denise Lourette-Brady, the coach of the dance team. One of the teams biggest fundraisers was a Longaberger Basket Bingo, which was paid for by private sponsors. Lourette-Brady said the bingo took in about $3,000, which equated to $200 for each girl going on the trip. It was that fundraiser that put them over the top for their fundraising goal. Ducks Unlimited, the NAACP and the Lions Club also made donations to the team. There were also donations from private individuals of up to $100. The parents were also asked to front $550 for each of their students. “The parents have been working tirelessly,” Lourette-Brady said. The students going on the trip are looking forward to it. “I’m nervous, but I’m excited at the same time,” said Leonardtown High School sophomore Kaitlin Davis. Ashlie Payton, a junior at Leonardtown, agreed with Davis’s feelings. “We’re all excited and just can’t wait,” she said. Some of the students’ parents will also be going on the trip as chaperones. “We’re excited,” said Carolyn Dalton, one of the parents going to Florida. “It’s been a lot to get ready for.” Lourette-Brady said the principal at Leonardtown High School, David O’Neill, donated the tops for the dancer’s uniforms, which only left them with the pants to pay for. “It was very nice of him to support us like that,” she said.

Kaitlin Davis leads the dance team during rehearsal Tuesday morning.

The students will be flying to Florida rather than taking a tour bus. While there, they will be staying in Ft. Lauderdale and commuting to Miami. “It was cheaper to fly, amazingly,” Lourette-Brady said. The team worked with SouthWest Airlines, who Lourette-Brady said was accommodating with helping them find a flight on New Year’s Eve and work with them to pay over a period of time. They will be meeting at the Baltimore Washington International Airport at 4 a.m. to catch a 6 a.m. flight. “It’s all really exciting,” Lourette-Brady said. Lourette-Brady said the hard part of be-

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ing the coach for the dance team is coaching teenage girls and dealing with the “drama” that can come with that. She said she has a zero-tolerance policy for drama, but it hasn’t been too much of an issue. “I have a really great bunch of girls,” Lourette-Brady said. Since last year, the team has grown from nine girls to 22. There are 10 girls going to the Orange Bowl, and eight of them are the original team members from last year. Lourette-Brady said the team received DVDs of the routine that will be done during the Orange Bowl a couple weeks ago, and she made the girls copies so they could practice at home. In addition to practicing on their own, the team had been meeting at the school during their Christmas break to rehearse as a group. While they are in Florida, they will be practicing with the large group and doing other things with the event for 12 hours each day. “I’m proud of those girls for having the opportunity to go,” said Joey Troiano, a parent who is going to Miami, but not as a chaperone. He said the girls have been putting in a lot of hard work and earned their trip. “I think it’s going to be a good thing,” Troiano said. Photo By Sarah Miller

The Leonardtown High School dance team practices for the upcoming Orange Bowl performance before they fly out Friday morning.

Piney Point Lighthouse Holiday Exhibit

25th Annual Christmas Doll & Train Exhibit



Piney Point Lighthouse Museum

St. Clement’s Island Museum

Happy Holidays from the St. Mary’s County Museum Division! December 23 to Jan. 2 - 10 am -4 pm Closed Christmas and New Years

Join us for special holiday exhibits and gift shopping in our museum stores! Closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Call or visit us on line for more information:

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Dec. 23 - Jan. 2 Open daily 10 am - 4 pm Closed Christmas and New Years


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“Students Against Underage Drinking”

Poster Designed by: Rachee Jackson 12th Grade Great Mills High School

The Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention funded this project under grant number BJAG-2077-1166. All points of view in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position of any State of Federal agency

“Students Against Underage Drinking”

Poster Designed by: Markiesha Gressen 12th Grade Great Mills High School

The Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention funded this project under grant number BJAG-2077-1166. All points of view in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position of any State of Federal agency

Community By Sarah Miller Staff Writer

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Thursday, December 30, 2010


Chopticon JROTC Gearing Up For Basket Bingo

The Parent’s Auxiliary Support Flight for the Chopticon Air Force JROTC is doing its part to get the students the equipment they need by holding a Longaberger basket bingo fundraiser on Jan. 22. All proceeds from the fundraiser will go to benefit the JROTC program. Kimberley Bowles, the parent in charge of organizing and coordinating the event, said the money will go to buy things like braids, uniforms for competitions and other items that the group needs.

Bowles said the team wants to buy uniform items so they will look like more of a team at their drill competitions. She said she was the one to come up with the idea for the basket bingo. “I help them with everything and anything,” Bowles said. The students like the idea of the basket bingo fundraiser as well. “I think it’s a good idea because we can raise the money for all the things we need,” said Tyler Bowles, a junior at Chopticon High School and one of the cadets in the Air Force JROTC. He said the cadets will be helping with the bingo by handing out specials, showing the baskets, serving food and selling the tickets. There will also be students helping with the set up and

tear down of the event. The Longaberger Basket Bingo will be held at the Holy Angel’s Hall in Avenue on Jan. 22. The doors open at 2 p.m. and regular bingo starts at 3 p.m. Admission will be $20, which buys a book of 20 games. Extra books will be $5 each. There will also be 4 special games for $1 each, food, door prizes and 50/50 raffles. For more information, or to reserve a table, call Bowles 301-904-6607.

Community Dinners Held on Christmas By Sarah Miller Staff Writer

Arthuretta Bowman, Tom Fanz and Andrea Bowman dishing up the turkey and the laughs at at the Father Andrew White School in Leonardtown.

Emma Carrigg, Ben Carrigg and Kavon Goldring man the dessert table.

While most places shut down for the holiday, some groups made sure nobody was alone on Christmas. A dinner service was held on Christmas at the Father Andrew White School in Leonardtown, run by Regina Bowman-Goldring. Bowman-Goldring said she started the dinner seven years ago after having a conversation with her sister, who’s birthday is on Christmas, and they realized there are no community dinners on Christmas like there are during Thanksgiving. The dinner is held annually at the Father Andrew White School and is sponsored by the St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Aloysius Church. “It’s open to anyone who is in need of a meal or fellowship,” Bowman-Goldring said. The dinner is entirely volunteer run and free to the public. Some of the volunteers are members of Bowman-Goldring’s family, while others are members of the community who want to lend a helping hand. “It’s an opportunity for us to serve others within our community,” Bowman-Goldring said. She said in total, there were about 200 people who ordered meals to be delivered, 100 people who came in and ate at the school and 40 people who came in and took their food to go. In addition to the dinner in Leonardtown, there was a community dinner at the American Legion in Lusby that was sponsored by SMILE of Southern Maryland. The event was also free and open to the public.

Saturday Night Dances Come to Southern Maryland During the time of "The Greatest Generation" when our nation endured economic turmoil and war, the local Saturday night dance provided a pleasant diversion, a place where couples young and old would enjoy a few hours of music and dance. Folks looked forward to dressing up, getting together, dancing, socializing, catching up with old friends and making new ones. This nostalgic tradition has been updated and revived at The House of Dance. “We want to provide our community with an evening of wholesome fun and entertainment that lets you meet others who share your interest in dance,” House of Dance owner Donna Jordan said in a press release. For anyone who enjoys watching popular TV dance programs like “Dancing With The Stars”, it's an opportunity to get off the couch and learn one of the fastest-growing pastimes in America – Ballroom dancing. Don't worry if you can't dance like Jennifer Grey, every Saturday dance begins with a one hour beginner's class to acquaint

even first-time dancers with the various dance styles. The large main ballroom at The House of Dance, with its high ceilings and gleaming wood floors, is both inspiring and intimate, providing the perfect setting for an evening of swing, salsa, waltzing and foxtrots. Dances will be held every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month from 7 to 11 p.m.. The first dance will be Jan. 8, 2011. Dance lessons will begin at 7:15 p.m. followed by dancing, fun and games Dress is "dressy-casual" - no jeans please. The low admission price of only $15 per person (at the door) includes the introductory dance lesson. Advance purchase is discounted to $12 per person and is available at the studio or online. Reservations are appreciated. The House of Dance is located at 24620 Three Notch Road in Hollywood. A complete list of classes are available at For more information, contact Donna Jordan at 301-373-6330 or email

Marie Hill, Jake Boren, Andrea Bowman and Dan Carrigg preparing to go plates at the Father Andrew White School in Leonardtown.

Steve and Wendy Wolfe serving meals at the SMILE Christmas Dinner at the American Legion Post in Lusby.

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Chase away winter’s doldrums with a New-Fashioned Sock Hop Saturday, Jan 29, from 6 to 10 p.m. at Tom Wisner Hall at King’s Landing Park, Huntingtown. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and desserts by Turnabout Café; wine from local wineries. Leap of Faith will play music from '50s to present. Fabulous silent auction. Proceeds benefit Turnabout, Inc, a 501c3 non-profit organization that provides training and employment opportunities in the food service industry for those with developmental challenges and other special needs. Tickets are just $40 in advance; $45 at the door. For tickets and more info, call 301-855-8241.

St. Maries Musica Looking for Two Voices Southern Maryland vocal ensemble St. Maries Musica is looking for two voices to join their ranks during the spring season. They are looking for a tenor and a soprano. People with prior musical experience who are interested in auditioning should call Barb Lorton at 301-373-8181 for more information.


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Thursday, Dec. 30 • Special Olympics No Limit Poker Bennett Building (24930 Old Three Notch Road, Hollywood) – 9 a.m. $5-$5 blinds cash game. Dealers will be provided and the nightly high hand is awarded. There will be homemade fried chicken and all food and drinks will be free. Proceeds go to benefit the St. Mary’s Special Olympics and the Center for Life Enrichment. People who would like to help with the Special Olympics should call Mary Lu Bucci at 301-373-3469 or 240-298-0200. For more information about the poker game, call 301-373-6104 before 6:30 p.m., 240298-9616 or 240-587-1362. • Seahorses Calvert Marine Museum (14200 Solomons Island Road, Solomons) – 1 p.m. Join an interpreter by the seahorse exhibit to get a look at these fascinating creatures. Explore their habitat, their relatives, and why there are so few of them left. Free with museum admission, fifteen minute programs starting on the top of every hour from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m. • Thursday Night Yoga with Lynn Joy Lane Healing Center (43288 Joy Lane, Hollywood) – 7 p.m. Lynn has been teaching yoga in St. Mary’s County for almost ten years. She wants her students to come away from class truly understanding the meaning of the beautiful word, Namaste - “The Divine

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Light within me recognizes and honors the Divine Light within you. We are all One within this Divine Light.” The cost is $72 or $15 for drop-ins. To register, call 301-3732522 or email info@joylanehealingcenter. net

time Exhibit. The museum is open today from 12 to 4 pm. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for senior citizens and members of the military, $1.50 for kids 6 to 18 and free for children under the age of 5. For more information, call 301-994-1471.

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• Christmas Doll and Train Exhibit St. Clements Island Museum (38370 Point Breeze Road, Colton’s Point) – 10 a.m. The exhibit includes antique and collectible dolls, toys, and miniature trains. The Crab Claw Museum Store contains an array of unique gift items and souvenirs from lighthouses to ladies jewelry. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for senior citizens and military members, $1.50 for children between the ages of 6 and 18 and kids 5 and under are free. For more information, call 301-769-2222.

• New Year’s Resolve to Evolve Yoga Evolve Yoga and Wellness Center (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 10 a.m. On New Year ’s Day, Ann Hunt of Evolve Yoga and Wellness will be offering a “Resolve to Evolve” yoga class. This class will be by donation to raise money for studio improvements. Please bring yoga or exercise mats and some water. Some mats are available to rent for a nominal fee.

• Piney Point Lighthouse Holiday Exhibit Piney Point Lighthouse (44720 Lighthouse Road, Piney Point) – 12 p.m. The Piney Point Lighthouse, Museum and Historic Park will host a militarythemed holiday exhibit set up in the lighthouse keepers’ quarters. Visitors must check in at the museum to begin the tour which includes the holiday exhibit located on the south campus. Each room of the keeper’s quarters offers a display of military history from the Civil War to World War II. The tour also includes a visit to the lighthouse and the Potomac River Mari-

• Texas Hold ‘Em – The Big Game St Mary’s County Elk’s Lodge (45779 Fire Department Lane, 
Lexington Park) – 6 p.m. Buy in is $100 or $10,000 in chips. The top ten percent of places will be paid. People who arrive by 5:45 p.m. will receive an extra $1,000 chip. A $10.00 add on buys an additional $2,000 in chips and an entry in a 50/50 drawing for the money accumulated in the add-on pool. Blinds start at $25/$50 and progress from there every 20 minutes Side games available. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Enter through the side of the building.

Sunday, Jan. 2 • St. John’s Monthly Breakfast St. John’s Parish Hall (43950 St. John’s Road Hollywood) – 8 a.m. All-you-can-eat full course breakfast including pancakes and sausage gravy. The price is a donation. Families are welcome.  Sponsored by the St. John’s Knights of Columbus. • Last Night for Garden in Lights at Annmarie Gardens – Wear Your Pajamas Annmarie Garden (13480 Dowell Road, Solomons) – 6 p.m. Garden in Lights is a magical walking tour that takes visitors on a beautiful trip through the woods. As people stroll along the protected path, they will be transported to a magical place of spectacular lights and amazing “light sculptures.” Guests will be surrounded by mythical beasts, wild animals, pirates, illuminated works of art, and fantastical creations, to name but a few. Because all the “light sculptures” are handmade at Annmarie Garden, the designs are one of a kind. Nothing in this show is commercially available – it is all made just for visitors to Annmarie Garden. Admission for people over the age of 5 is $5 and free for Annmarie Garden members and children under the age of 5.

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

Monday, Jan. 3 • No Limit Texas Hold ‘Em Bounty Tournament St. Mary’s County Elk’s Lodge (45779


Fire Department Lane, Lexington Park) – 7 p.m. Part of the Leaderboard Challenge Fall-Winter Season. Anyone can join or play at any time for no cost other than the buyin to each tournament. There is no need to be part of the points system. Buy in is $25 or $3,000 in chips. Blinds start at $25/$50 and progress from there every 20 minutes. People can earn points for every tournament they participate in. The number of points earned is determined by how many people are eliminated. People accumulating the most points will receive a free roll to the $150 Leaderboard Challenge Tournament scheduled for February. Number of players receiving the free roll will be determined by the amount of money that accumulates in the pool at the end of the season. Side games available. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Please enter through the side of the building. For more information, call the lodge at 301-863-7800 or Linda at 240-925-5697.

Tuesday, Jan. 4 • Open House at the Tidewater School The Tidewater School (45779 120 Cox Road, Huntingtown) – 9 p.m. This is an opportunity for parents to visit the school while classes are in session. Following a brief introduction to the school, guests will be escorted to each class level and then invited to participate in a question and answer session with the director. Call 410-535-0533 to reserve a space.

Wednesday, Jan. 5 • Learn to Line Dance Hotel Charles (45779 15100 Burnt Store Road, Hughesville) – 7 p.m. The Boot Scooters of Southern Maryland are offering free Line Dance Lessons. The lessons will be followed by the regular weekly practice session for team members. Anyone interested in obtaining more information about these lessons or interested joining the Boot Scooters of Southern Maryland can contact them through link on their website at www.bootscootersofsomd. • Auditions for “A Flea in Her Ear” Three Notch Theatre (21744 South Coral Drive, Lexington Park) – 7 p.m. The Newtowne Players announce open auditions for “A Flea in Her Ear,” a French comedy by Georges Feydeau. There are parts for nine men and five women, ranging in age from early 20s to mid-60s. The show runs April 29 through May 15. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. The theatre will be open at 6:30 p.m. for script perusal prior to auditions. If a person cannot make these times but wish to work either onstage or backstage for this production, they should contact Valarie Green at 301-904-1108. • $25 No Limit Texas Hold ‘Em Fraternal Order of Police (21215 Chancelors Run Road, Great Mills) – 7 p.m. Buy in is $25. Cash games will be available. For more information, call 301-863-6007.


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not yet accounted for. The Paul family was also from Dorchester County and came here about the same time as the Foxwells. Charles Paul married first, Milcah Wright (died in Dorchester County in 1828) and after her death moved to St. Mary’s County where he married in 1833 Margaret Bowes (1808-1886), daughter of Christopher Bowes and Elizabeth Howard. The members of the Foxwell and Paul families were all members of St. Paul’s Methodist Church in Leonardtown. Shadrach Foxwell (1805-1843), son of Levin, married Mary Ann Paul (1811-1894), daughter of Charles, in 1832. They were the parents of Jackson Van Buren Foxwell (1838-1891) who married Sarah Jane Cox (1838-1894), daughter of George Cox and Sarah Bean. Their son was John Thomas Foxwell, born 1866 in Leonardtown. The Foxwells were primarily watermen and John was no exception. Throughout his adult life, he was known as Captain Foxwell. On April 6, 1891 Capt. John Foxwell married Rosena “Rosa” Sanner, daughter of Abell and Serena Ann

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By Linda Reno Contributing Writer The Foxwells of St. Mary’s County are descendants of Levin Foxwell, born about 1771 in Dorchester County who moved here by 1829. He was married twice--first to Elizabeth Layton on January 23, 1797 by whom he had George, Shadrach, James and (possibly) Stephen Foxwell, all born in Dorchester County. He married second, Matilda Simmons, January 12, 1816 by whom he had Andrew Jackson Foxwell and Mary Jane Foxwell, both in St. Mary’s County. There may have been other children that I have

(nee) Sanner, and they had two children, Lillian and Willard Sanner Foxwell. Rosa died in 1899. For the next 15 years Capt. Foxwell remained a widower. Then, on January 19, 1915 he married second, Elizabeth Ann “Lizzie” Bennett, daughter of Thomas Washington Bennett and Mary Emily Wheeler. Their happiness would be marred just a few months later with the death of Capt. Foxwell’s daughter Lillian who died August 12 at the age of 23. More tragedy followed on March 17, 1917 with the death of Capt. Foxwell’s second and only remaining child, William Sanner Foxwell in Baltimore at the age of 24. The final blow would be struck just three months later with the death of Capt. Foxwell. This must have been a slow, torturous, agonizing death based on the newspaper account: “Capt. John T. Foxwell was drowned in the river near the entrance to the Tidal Basin at Washington, D.C. on Saturday night or early Sunday morning. His body was found in a standing position, his feet embedded in the mud and his clothes were found on the seawall. The Coroner reached the conclusion that he had gone in the river to take a bath and became stuck in the mud, with his head exposed at low water. Survived by a widow, who was Miss Lizzie Bennett, and one brother, Charles W. Foxwell. A son and daughter by a former marriage recently preceded him in death. His remains were brought down by steamer on Tuesday last and buried in St. Paul’s M. E. Cemetery.” (The Enterprise, June 16, 1917).

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By Shelby Oppermann Contributing Writer

Emmanuel in the House

*** I hope everyone had a warm and joyous Christmas or Hanukkah. Ours was crazed and hurried, up until Christmas Day, and then it was much calmer on the actual day. My husband made a lovely Christmas Eve dinner of marinated beef tenderloin, mashed potatoes, and vegetables which we ate after the 5:00 Christmas Eve service with his children and our grandchildren, opened presents and then he and I went back for the more subdued 9:30 service. I felt so much more relaxed after that and could again feel the true meaning of Christmas and who it is for. I had several nights working in my shop until 11 p.m. trying to make sure all Christmas orders were finished. One night, one of my dear friends even brought a delicious crab dip and a bottle of wine for me. Where would we be without loving and caring family and friends? I could only have one glass or my eyes would have shut. I had been drinking high-test tea to keep going- or at least until the wine cork popped off into my tea cup. In fact the next day I didn’t have much luck with my tea either. I accidentally dropped a forkful of tuna and macaroni & cheese casserole in it. I kept drinking it that time. It’s all going the same place right? I shopped after working one night and was so tired and dazed that when I came out of the store I had to sit in my car for a few moments and regroup. I sat there wondering which store I had just come out of, and then couldn’t remember how to get out of the parking lot. I was back to normal (no comments, please) after a little bit. *** We have a little church mouse, which is not so unusual in a historic 274 year old church, who likes to wander around during the service. There are most likely quite a few mice, but this one is not afraid of people and has his own mission or ministry in the church. We’ve only noticed him the last few weeks as the weather took it’s nasty cold turn. He’s just a tiny thing, but seems quite happy to visit and listen to Father Jessee’s sermons. The first time he made his appearance was during a sermon where Father Jessee mentioned that Emmanuel was in the house. Well, another parishioner

and I looked at each other and just knew that this little, vagrant mousy should be named Emmanuel. Then we giggled – probably when we shouldn’t have. Kind of like when a visiting Priest spoke of being “joyously plump”. This same parishioner and I laughed and took that term wholeheartedly for ourselves. Emmanuel has different meanings depending on which religion is defining it. The name can refer to Jesus as a child, or it can mean “God is with us”. Naturally since the appearance of our church mouse I like the latter definition of “God is with us”. Whose to say what form God takes. I love the Johnny Cash Christmas song, “The Christmas Guest” where the man has set a place for God and waits all day for him to come. He has three visits: from a beggar, an old woman, and a lost child. The man helps each one, but wishes each one were the special visitor he is waiting for, but God never comes. As the hours of Christmas dwindle he prays asking why God didn’t come to his home. Of course, God tells him he did come – three times in the guise of the man, woman, and child. This story doesn’t even need a religious context to have meaning for all of us. We should treat every person as if they have a special place in our hearts and lives – not as if we are looking over their shoulder for the “more important” person to be coming. How does that bode for our little mouse Emmanuel. I suppose even a small mouse could embody the goodness of the season. I was a little worried that he might have succumbed to an awful Christmas fate during the 5:00 Christmas Eve service. A large, heavy wreath fell loudly from it’s hook on the balcony and scattered pine needles over those of us in the two back pews. But Emmanuel popped up not far from the scene and continued his wandering vigil. I hope during the remainder of the Christmas season and throughout our lives we are always on the lookout for Emmanuel in the house. To each new day’s adventure, Shelby Please send comments or ideas to: shelbys.

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That one piece of the Photo Courtesy of Helen puzzle, the Carroll missing itemPatterson to Beavers complete a collection, the antique you’d remembered from your childhood had been missing for so long that you sometimes wondered if you had imagined it. You’d almost forgotten about it. And then, just when you weren’t looking for anything in particular, there it was: the Holy Grail. That which was missing. The thing you wanted. Corcoran “Cork” O’Connor wasn’t looking for anything except an entrance into an old mine, but in the new book “Vermilion Drift” by William Kent Krueger, he found something he never expected: six dead bodies. Along the top of Minnesota’s Iron Range, the Great North Mining Company had been in operation for a long time, and what the company wanted, it got. It could move entire towns and it could make people rich. But it couldn’t change their minds. Max Cavanaugh, owner of the mining company, had found a good use for one of his depleted mines, Vermilion One, when the U.S. government short-listed it as a possible site for nuclear waste. The mine was geologically sound and unlikely to leak. The problem was that nobody in Tamarack County – particularly the Ojibwa on the nearby reservation – wanted nuclear waste in their back yards. While the fight within the community hurt his soul, Cork O’Connor barely thought about that. His concern: he’d been hired to find Max Cavanaugh’s

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sister, Lauren, who had been missing for days. It wasn’t unusual for Lauren to flit off, but this time, she didn’t come back. Resentment over the mine made Cork believe there was a tie. Threatening notes had been sent to Cavanaugh and others who were involved. Protestors lined the grounds entrance, things were escalating, and Cork’s fellow Ojibwa weren’t happy with him. Being half-Shinnob and working with Cavanaugh, Cork was seen as somewhat of a traitor. But when an abandoned entrance to the mine was discovered and along with it, six female bodies, the controversy took a gruesome turn. One of the skeletons was that of Cork’s long-missing cousin, and Henry, his friend and Mide, claimed that Cork’s late father had known about everything. Which made Cork wonder if something else was missing, too… Every time I sit down with a novel by author William Kent Krueger, I lose track of time. But this book almost lost me. “Vermilion Drift” starts out slow and almost a little confusing. There are a lot of characters, right from the start, and it takes awhile to sort them out. The good news is that the confusion doesn’t last long, and before I was 20 pages into this mystery, the clock stopped for me again. Fans of Cork O’Connor won’t be disappointed here; in fact, what you’ll learn will fill in some blanks on this smart, stoic PI. Not already a fan? Start this book and you will be, because when winter nights practically beg for a good curlup-and-read book, this is what it’s calling for. For mystery fans, “Vermilion Drift” is an incredible find.

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New Year’s Eve Celebrations By Sarah Miller Staff Writer New Year’s Eve is only a few days away, and venues on both sides of the bridge are getting ready to party. On the St. Mary’s County side of the bridge, La Tabella, Photo Courtesy of Philip Morgan located at 23154 WetMount’N Ride at a benefit concert for Caidey Sayler. stone Lane in California, will be ringing is located at 24801 Three Notch Road, in the New Year by offering four-course Hollywood. meals with live Jazz music until 10 p.m. For people planning to celebrate on Reservation are recommended for the din- the Calvert County side of the bridge, the ners. The first seating will be at 6 p.m. and Ruddy Duck Brewery in Dowell, in conthe second will be at 9 p.m. junction with the Hilton Garden Inn in SolAnthony Ferraro, one of the co-own- omons, will also be hosting a four-course ers of La Tabella said walk-ins at dinner on meal. The two seatings will be at 5 and 8:30 New Years Eve will be welcome until there p.m. People can make their reservations is no more space, and the restaurant only through the Hilton, at 410-326-0303, and seats about 100 people. He said it’s best for get overnight accommodations, a pass for people to make their reservations sooner dinner and the midnight champagne toast rather than later. and a pass to the breakfast bar in the morn“There’s quite a few already,” Ferraro ing at the Hilton for $245 per couple. said. People can also make reservations The four-course meal is $40 per through the Ruddy Duck for dinner only person. at $45 for the first seating and $50 for the From 10 p.m. until 2 a.m., the people second seating. People can reach the Ruddy at La Tabella, will be moving the tables out Duck at 410-394-3825. of the way and welcoming the second mu“The menu is incredible and overnight sical entertainers for the evening, Mount’n accommodations with the breakfast bar is Ride. Ferarro said the bar will be open dur- amazing,” said Beverly Brown, the director ing the second half of the evening, and they of Sales with Hampton Inn. will close at 2 a.m. because of Maryland Because seating and rooms are limstate law. ited, Brown said reservations are recomFor more information about the party mended. To see the full menu, visit www. at La Tabella, or to make reservations, call 240-237-8333. For more information about For people looking for something a Mount’N Ride, visit www.mountnride. little more active on New Years Eve, the com. Lord Calvert Bowling Center will be hostThe Hollywood Volunteer Fire De- ing a New Years Eve Rock-N-Bowl from 9 partment will also be hosting a “New Years p.m. until 1 a.m. Eve Blowout Bash” featuring The Craze There is no age limit for the event, but from 9 p.m. until 1:30 a.m. Doors open at reservations are recommended for people 8 p.m., and there will be complimentary who wish to reserve a lane. The price is $20 party favors and a midnight toast. Break- per person, parties reserving a lane have to fast will be served by Bear Creek Open Pit put down a $25 deposit. The remainder has Barbeque. to be paid when entire party checks in, and There will be a cash bar and people will be determined by the number of people must be 21 or older to attend the party at the in the party. Volunteer Fire Department. Tickets are $30 The bowling alley is located at 2275 per person and can be purchased at Gattons Solomons Island Road in Huntingtown. For Barbershop as well as the fire department more information, or to book a reservation, on Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. Tickets can also call 410-535-3560. be purchased at the door. Fire Chief D.J. Brady said there is no limit to the number of people who can purchase tickets and reservations are not required. “The more the merrier,” Brady said. He said this is the first time in a while the fire department has held an event like the dance. “This is something we’re trying out to see how it goes,” Brady said. Mount’N Ride’s Logo. For more information about the They took the inspiration for their band party, e-mail Brady at name from a WWII B-17G Flying Fortress, The Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department a veteran of the fighting in Europe. We post nightlife events happening in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties. To submit an event for our calendar, e-mail Deadline for submissions is Monday by 5 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 30 • Special Olympics No Limit Poker Bennett Building (24930 Old Three Notch Road, Hollywood) – 9 a.m. • Dave Norris DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 5 p.m. • Thirsty Thursday Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 6 p.m. • Turbo Poker Tournament R.T.S. Building (21367 Great Mills Road Lexington Park) – 8 p.m. • All You Can Drink Night with D.J. Chris Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) – 8 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 31 • Christmas Doll and Train Exhibits St. Clements Island Museum (38370 Point Breeze Road, Colton’s Point) – 10 a.m. • Piney Point Lighthouse Holiday Exhibit Piney Point Lighthouse (44720 Lighthouse Road, Piney Point) – 12 p.m. • New Year’s Eve Party at the River Rustic River Bar and Grill (40874 Merchant’s Lane, Leonardtown) – 4 p.m. • Dave Norris DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 5 p.m. • New Year’s Eve Party La Tabella Ristorante Italiano (23154 Wetstone Lane, California) – 6 p.m. • New Year’s Eve dinner in conjunction with the Hilton Inn Solomons Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 6 p.m. • Randy Richie on Piano Cafe Des Artistes (41655 Fenwick Street, Leonardtown) – 6:30 p.m. • First Friday Live Music The Brewing Grounds (41658 Fenwick Street, Leonardtown) – 6:30 p.m. • Dine, Dance and Celebrate New Year’s Eve VFW Post 2632 (23282 Three Notch Road, California) – 7 p.m. • Dine, Dance and Celebrate New Year’s Eve VFW Post 2632 (23282 Three Notch Road, California) – 7 p.m.

• New Year’s Eve Bash with D.J. Chris and D.J. Billy Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) – 8 p.m. • New Year’s Eve Dance Immaculate Conception Parish Hall (28297 Old Village Avenue, Mechanicsville) – 8 p.m. • New Year’s Bash Lexington Restaurant and Lounge (21736 Great Mills Road, Lexington Park) – 9 p.m. • New Year’s Eve Party Festuring the 25th Hour Band – purchase tickets in advance Cryer’s Back Road Inn (22094 Newtowne Neck Road, Leonardtown) – 9 p.m. • Mudcat New Year’s Eve Performance Leonardtown Grill (25470 Point Lookout Road, Leonardtown) – 9 p.m. • New Year’s Eve Rock-N-Bowl Lord Calvert Bowling Center (2275 Solomons Island Road, Huntingtown) – 9 p.m. • New Year’s Eve Party with Abrassive Action, Absinthe and Throwback Memories Nightclub and Bar (2360 Old Washington Road, Waldorf) – 9 p.m. • New Year’s Eve Party Featuring Frankie and the Actions Apehangers Bar and Grill (9100 Crain Highway, Bel Alton) – 9 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 1 • Apehangers is Open Apehangers Bar and Grill (9100 Crain Highway, Bel Alton) – 11 a.m. • Big Dog Zone Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) – 11 a.m. • Randy Richie on Piano Cafe Des Artistes (41655 Fenwick Street, Leonardtown) – 6:30 p.m. • True Blue Country St. Mary’s Landing (29935 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall) – 7:30 p.m. • The Redwine Jazz Trio The Westlawn Inn (9200 Chesapeake Avenue, North Beach) – 8 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 2 • NFL at the Duck Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 6 a.m. • Last Night for Garden in

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Lights at Annmarie Gardens – Wear Your Pajamas Annmarie Garden (13480 Dowell Road, Solomons) – 6 p.m. • Fraternal Order of Police Deep Stack Tournament Fraternal Order of Police (21215 Chancellors Run Road, Great Mills) – 6 p.m. • Fair Warning DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 6 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 3 • Mason Sebastian DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 5 p.m. • No Limit Texas Hold ‘Em Bounty Tournament St. Mary’s County Elk’s Lodge (45779 Fire Department Lane, Lexington Park) – 7 p.m. • Salsa Night Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 4 • Fair Warning DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 5 p.m. • Karaoke with D.J. Harry Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) – 7 p.m. • Live music with Mike and Barry “Just Us” Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 5 • Mason Sebastian DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 5 p.m. • Ladies night with D.J. Chris Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) – 7 p.m. • Learn to Line Dance Hotel Charles (45779 15100 Burnt Store Road, Hughesville) – 7 p.m. • $25 No Limit Hole ‘Em Tournament Fraternal Order of Police (21215 Chancellors Run Road, Great Mills) – 7 p.m. • Auditions for “A Flea in Her Ear” Three Notch Theatre (21744 South Coral Drive, Lexington Park) – 7 p.m. • Band in a Box St. Mary’s Landing (29935 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall) – 7:30 p.m.

For family and community events, see our calendar in the community section on page 22.

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Sun., Jan. 2 Boys’ Basketball St. Mary’s Ryken at Paul VI, 3:30 p.m.

Tues., Jan. 4 Boys’ Basketball St. Mary’s Ryken at Bishop O’Connell, 7 p.m. Girls’ Basketball Bishop O’Connell at St. Mary’s Ryken, 7 p.m. Hockey Bishop Ireton vs. St. Mary’s Ryken at Tucker Road (Ft. Washington), 5 p.m. Wrestling Chopticon/Huntingtown at Great Mills, 5 p.m. Westlake at Leonardtown, 7 p.m.

Wed., Jan. 5 Boys’ Basketball Chopticon at McDonough, 7 p.m. Great Mills at North Point, 7 p.m. Leonardtown at Westlake, 7 p.m. Girls’ Basketball Chopticon at McDonough, 7 p.m. North Point at Great Mills, 7 p.m. Westlake at Leonardtown, 7 p.m. Hockey Leonardtown vs. St. Mary’s Ryken at Capital Clubhouse (Waldorf), 6:45 p.m. Wrestling St. Mary’s Ryken/Bishop Ireton at St. John’s, 3:30 p.m.

Wed., Dec. 22 Boys’ Basketball Glen Burnie 56, Chopticon 37 Great Mills 65, Leonardtown 56

By Ronald N. Guy Jr. Contributing Writer

Some time ago, I attended a sports memorabilia show in Baltimore. As I meandered among the displays a promoter scurried up and handed me a flier for an upcoming autograph show featuring a young Yankees prospect by the name of Derek Jeter. Undoubtedly I was identified as a person of interest because of the Joe DiMaggio Yankees jersey I was wearing. The guy was so excited, both because he had surely drummed up business for the upcoming show and, as a Yankee fan himself, for the coming of next great Yankees legend, that I didn’t have the heart to tell him I was a junkie of old time baseball, not a Yankees fan. Instead I politely took his flier and tried to sound excited about a player I hadn’t heard of. Fortunately he bought it and an awkward social exchange was avoided. That moment is as vivid in my mind as if it happened last week, when in reality, it occurred in 1994. And Jeter, that prospect who was once so unknown runners chased apparent Yankees fans at predecessor memorabilia shows to fill his autograph line, is now a Hall of Famer in waiting in the twilight of his career. I have thought of that moment many times over Jeter’s decorated ca-

reer, mostly during his momentous events, because I didn’t go to that autograph show and missed meeting the man before he became the man. But who knew he’d be all that? I guess the snake oil is sometimes the magic elixir it’s purported to be. That’s not the point, though. The point is that an astounding 16 years have passed since that that show and since Jeter was a barely known Yankees farm hand. We all have ways of accounting for the passage of time: through graduation dates, birth of children, weddings, significant historical events or the appearance of our first gray hair. Sports fans keep time via the careers and accomplishments of athletes and teams. In rapid-fire fashion I can tell you the year of every Skins Super Bowl win, the year Cal Ripken Jr. broke Lou Gehrig’s consecutive games streak and the year and my precise location when Len Bias died and the Terrapins won the basketball championship. I have a million sports “anchors” in my life. Now before you label me a complete degenerate and recommend immediate psychological help, let me just offer that more people are wired in this way than you probably want to know (sports are kind of a big deal), and if you’ve lasted this long into this article, you might be part of that disturbed mass of comfortably deranged sports fanatics. Regardless of how you internally chronicle your life’s events, the reality is time is whizzing by us all. Whether we

want to or not, we’re all roaring down the highway of life in the fast lane with a white-knuckled grip on the wheel and the pedal to the floor. And as additional components – spouses, kids, careers – are introduced as years clip by, the pace of living accelerates. The consequence of the intense alacrity of our existences and constantly competing stimuli are the moments we don’t fully absorb or miss entirely. The next thing is inbound, often before the present is fully complete and digested. The residual feeling associated with this wicked concurrency and cycling of past/ present/future and the accumulation of a past that wasn’t experienced wholly when it was our present is nostalgia with a dash of regret. As the book closes on another year, this regret can quickly turn to guilt over things left unfulfilled in 2010, the innocent victims of the limited resource of time. Before getting hung up on the perceived shortcomings in the rear view, remember life is racing forward and new opportunities and experiences await. It’s good to reflect on the year that was; it’s more important to celebrate the possibilities of the one that will be. Walking that dog myself, if I attend a sports memorabilia show in 2011 and a promoter touts an upcoming autograph event with an alleged future star, I’ll go this time. Send comments to rguyjoon@yahoo. com

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Fur and Feathers By Keith McGuire Contributing Writer Bill Heavy, an outdoor writer for Field and Stream, recently stated emphatically, “Every gun I own shoots better than I do.” Most modern firearms are highly consistent in the way they shoot. This means that a gun will shoot exactly where the muzzle is pointed when the trigger is pulled. This is an article about making sure the sight plane that we use to aim a firearm matches the path that a bullet will take when it leaves the barrel. Our ability to make a bullet strike the target somewhere within an inch or two of where a properly sighted gun is aimed is more a factor of the shooter’s inconsistencies rather than some mechanical refinement of the gun or its sights. A gun will shoot the same way every time – given the same type of cartridge (or shell), the weight of bullet and the same

charge (gunpowder). Sighting in should be done at a proper range or a safe place with an appropriate bench rest that will help eliminate variables unrelated to the gun and gun sights (or scope). Remember, we’re not concerned with our ability to shoot under field conditions; rather, we want to make sure that the aiming sights are aligned with where the gun sends a bullet each time we pull the trigger. The principles of sighting in are the same whether you’re shooting a 20 gauge shotgun with a rifled deer barrel, or a .270 caliber rifle. It doesn’t matter if your gun has open sights or a scope. If the gun has a scope, make sure it has been bore-sighted before it is used the first time. Bore-sighting is an approximation that assures that the scope is aligned with the bore of the gun. Never take a bore-sighted gun to the field without sighting in at a range. Be prepared to shoot 25 – 30 rounds with the same ammo in terms of brand, bullet weight, and charge. When the gun sighted in, the ammo used in the field should be identical to the ammo used at the range. Set up a target at 50 yards. Taking a good rest, with a perfect bull’s eye sight picture, you need to fire three shots. The result should be a group of three holes somewhere in the target, but close to one another. If they were low and to the right, adjust the rear sight of open sights up and to the left. If you have a scope, adjust the elevation up and the windage to the left. Most scopes are designed with detents in the adjustment knob that cause “clicks” in the dials of the knobs. One click usually equals ¼” at 100 yards. So, if your group was one inch low it will take four to eight clicks to correct it. Windage is defined in the same increments. Once you’ve made the appropriate adjustments, fire three more rounds. Your group should have moved closer to the bull’s eye. If the shots weren’t right on, make another adjustment and check it with three more shots. Repeat these steps at longer ranges as necessary.

If you complete these adjustments each year, then your gun will continue to shoot better than you do. The difference between the accuracy of your gun and your ability to make it shoot straight will become less significant the more times you shoot it. I will be offering stories of hunting adventures in future articles for this column. If you have a particularly interesting story, drop me an email at Be safe and enjoy the season.

Feast or Slammin’ Charity Tennis Event Smcm To Host Baseball Spring Training Program Raises $1160 for SoMD Food Bank

St. Mary’s City, MD – The St. Mary’s County Tennis Association partnered with St. Mary’s College of Maryland Tennis to host the “Feast or Slammin’ 2010” charity tennis event on November 27, 2010, at the college’s Somerset Tennis Complex. Created by local resident and tennis player Jennifer Carlile, the Feast or Slammin’ featured a King-of-the-Court doubles tournament, from which all proceeds were donated to the Southern Maryland Food Bank. All told the event raised $1160, of which $700 was donated by the tournament’s participants. Event sponsors Wells Fargo Home Mortgage and Henry Chiropractic each contributed $360 and $100, respectively. Carlile was assisted in her efforts by Jason Wynn, Vice President of the St. Mary’s County Tennis Association (SMCTA) and Derek Sabedra, Head Coach of Men’s and Women’s Tennis at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. “Derek and I took care of coordinating all of the tennis related stuff so that Jen Left to right: Derek Sabedra, Brenda Dicarlo, Jason Wynn and could focus on the charity part,” said Wynn. “This was a great Beverly Bishop. idea and is the kind of thing the SMCTA would love to do more Carlile, Wynn, Sabedra, and Beverly Bishop of Wells Farof, and to my knowledge it’s the first tennis event of its kind in go Home Mortgage met with food bank Director Brenda DiSt. Mary’s,” he added. The Feast or Slammin’ tournament was designed to ac- Carlo in Hughesville on December 21st to present the checks. commodate up to 24 players, in order to fully utilize the col- Sabedra presented a check for $350 on behalf of St. Mary’s lege’s 6 tennis courts. A minimum entry fee of $15 per person College of Maryland, and Bishop presented a $360 check on was set, but participants were encouraged to give more if they behalf of Wells Fargo. Wynn presented a $450 check on behalf wished, whether it be in the form of cash or canned goods. Prior of the SMCTA, which included the contribution made by Henry to the event, Carlile solicited sponsorships from Wells Fargo and Chiropractic. The Southern Maryland Food Bank is able to buy 8 Henry Chiropractic. Wells Fargo agreed to a matching contribution equal to the minimum expected take of $360, and Henry pounds of food for every dollar they raise, which for this doChiropractic gave a flat $100 donation. The tournament itself nation equates to over nine-thousand pounds of food. Dicarlo went on to raise $700 and 24 pounds of canned goods, nearly reported that this was enough to feed roughly 375 families. “We wanted to hold the event earlier so that we could have double the expected amount. “I am still floored with how generous they were,” said Car- the gift ready by Thanksgiving, but it was all put together kindlile of the event’s participants. “Everyone who came is so amaz- of last minute so we did it the weekend after,” said Sabedra. “Our plan is to make this a yearly event,” he added. ing and I can’t thank them enough”.

St. Mary’s College of Maryland will host a six-week Spring Training 2011 baseball program for players in grades 1 through 12 from January 2 to February 6. St. Mary’s College head coach Lew Jenkins will direct the program in conjunction with U.S. Baseball Academy. Sessions are offered in advanced hitting, pitching and catching lessons at a cost as low as $99 for six weeks. Space is limited. Registration is now under way. For more information, visit or call toll-free 866-622-4487.

High-School Tennis Clinic Series 2010 Dates: February 27, 2011. Location: St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Somerset Tennis Complex 18952 East Fisher Road (Outdoor Facility) St. Mary’s City, Maryland 20686 Times: Sundays, 9:30 am – 11:30 am (Mini-matches included) Instructors: St. Mary’s College Coaching Staff and Players Cost: $25.00 per session!! Players: Beginning 9th graders to Seniors!!!! Registration: Contact Derek Sabedra, Head Tennis Coach, St. Mary’s College Cell: 410-610-4300 and/or email


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2010: Year in Review The start of a new decade saw the winter sports seasons at the local high schools resume after the annual Christmas-New Year break. Action picked up from the ice to the wrestling mat, as the St. Mary’s Ryken hockey team began their push to the first playoff spot in the team’s eight-year history with a 7-3 win over Southern Division contender La Plata on January 8. Freshman Nathan Blondino emerged as a much-needed third scoring option for the Knights, earning his first career hat trick in the win. Less than a week later, the Leonardtown wrestling team gained a measure of revenge against Chopticon, beating the Braves as well as Patuxent in a regular season tri-meet. The Braves had defeated the Raiders the previous year, but Leonardtown, led by Sam Corey

(119 pounds) and B.J. Frederick (140), turned the tables in their favor. On the basketball court, the Great Mills boys continued their hot start to the season, moving to 6-2 with a 62-36 win over Calvert in which the Cavaliers didn’t score a point until the final five seconds of the fourth quarter. The SMAC indoor track meet at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning complex on January 23rd saw each St. Mary’s County public school claim at least one individual champion in various events. For Chopticon, tireless senior Tyler Ostrowski (now running at Clemson University) claimed the 3200-meter individual title while running with a stomach virus that had plagued him all week. Cody Jarboe also won the high

February The St. Mary’s Ryken hockey team clinched their first MSHL playoff berth on February 1 with a 10-1 win over Southern, then battled Southern Division champion Huntingtown tooth and nail in the first round before falling 7-4 on February 5. Spirits were high and hopes for the future were bright as first year head coach Chris Palombi, a former hockey player Photo by Frank Marquart at Michigan State University, brought Nathan Blondino helped St. Mary’s Ryken earn their first playoff apa level-headed brand pearance in hockey, winning seven games in 2009-10. of coaching and a wealth of knowledge to Ryken. The game of the year in boys’ or girls’ basketball was played Tuesday night February 16 at Leonardtown High School. The Raiders hosted Great Mills and with both teams winning against the other earlier in the season, it proved to be a rubber match of epic proportions. Leonardtown led most of the fourth quarter, but Great Mills rallied with six points in the final minute, including a heart-stopping free throw by Kamaron Barker to force overtime. Great Mills outscored the Raiders 16-7 in the extra session, earning the title of county champions with a 71-62 victory. Back on the mat, several St. Mary’s County wrestlers claimed SMAC individual titles in the conference meet at North Point on February 20. Chopticon’s Stephen Cannon and Mark Bohanan of Leonardtown continued unique family traditions in earning titles in their respective weight classes. Cannon (152 pounds) won his first SMAC title in his final try, duplicating a feat achieved his brother Michael, who wrapped a star-studded wrestling career at American University. Bohanan was the class of the heavyweight division and was also a chip off of the old block. His father, Delegate John Bohanan, was a SMAC champion in 1976, winning the 188-pound class for Ryken High School. Sam Corey of Leonardtown (119 pounds) and the Braves’ Alec Pence (171) also won SMAC championships. In college hoops, the St. Mary’s College men’s basketball team won their second straight Capital Athletic Conference regular season crown and returned to the NCAA Division III tournament with an exciting 80-76 win over Wesley in the CAC tournament championship game. The Hawks also earned the right to host one of the Division III sectionals with the win.

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Kerese Chase of Chopticon goes over the bar in the SMAC indoor track meet held in January.

jump title with a leap of 5 feet 10 inches for the Braves. Great Mills’ Derrick Petett (now attending and playing football at the Naval Academy) won his first SMAC shot put gold medal with a throw of 47 feet 2 1/2 inches, nearly four feet longer than his nearest competitor.

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2010: Year in Review Mykel Harris was one of several players who were key in Great Mills advancing to the 4A East Finals. Photo by Frank Marquart

The month of March started off with a bang as Leonardtown senior Martez Allen worked his way through the 152-pound bracket of the Maryland state wrestling tournament and became the first wrestler in the history of the Raider program to win an individual state championship, taking a 3-1 decision over Reservoir High School’s Mike Mullens in the championship match on Saturday March 6. Allen hoped that his hard work and perseverance would inspire future Leonardtown wrestler to shoot for state glory. The Great Mills boys’ basketball team also went on a memorable journey through Anne Arundel County the first week of March as the Hornets (who had the misfortune of drawing the 12th seed in the 4A East playoffs) dropped North County and Glen Burnie in the quarterfinals and semifinals before falling to thirdseeded Old Mill 76-54 in the regional championship game. The St. Mary’s College men’s basketball team hosted a sectional of the NCAA Division III national tournament and used their home-court advantage in an 88-59 win over Purchase State (NY) in the opening round and a pulsating come-from behind 7269 win over Virginia Wesleyan the next night, advancing to their second Sweet 16 in three years. The Seahawks fought Franklin and Marshall College tooth and nail, but the Diplomats pulled out a 92-87 win, ending SMC’s season with a 26-4 record, the best in school history. Another action-packed season of rubbin’ and racin’ kicked Photo by Chris Stevens off at Potomac Speedway near the end of the month with Bo Camontae Griffin and the St. Mary’s College men’s basketball Feathers and Stevie Long picking up victories in the Late Model team made their second NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in three and Limited Late Model season openers on Friday March 19. years last season.

April Spring sports began in earnest in April, as well as the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs’ third season. The Crabs, Atlantic League finalists in 2009, were ready to take another shot at the league championship, led by popular manager Butch Hobson, who shortstop Travis Garcia described as “the best manager I’ve ever played for. He’s very intense, and when you have a manager who wants to win as much as he does, you want to win for him.” The high school softball season began with a highly competitive Leonardtown tournament Sat. April 2. The Raiders won their home tourney for the first time in recent memory, defeating

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Hard-throwing Roni Peters struck out 19 batters in the Leonardtown softball team’s home tournament win in April.

Patuxent 7-0 in the first round and edging county rival Chopticon 2-1 in the championship game. Out of play but still on the field, the turf was finally laid down at St. Mary’s Ryken’s brand new stadium, which was still under construction at the time. The synthetic grass’ placement symbolized a new era in Ryken sports as the much larger and modern facility was being constructed on the same ground that Ryken field hockey/boys and girls Photo by Chris Stevens soccer/boys and girls lacrosse played Daniel Batong and the St. Mary’s Ryken boys’ lacrosse team made another WCAC semi- on a smaller, not-so-modern field for so final appearance in 2010. many years.

Even with no home field, the St. Mary’s Ryken boys and girls lacrosse teams had successful seasons, with the boys going 14-5 and falling short to Gonzaga 10-9 in the WCAC semifinals while the girls won their first WCAC playoff game in recent memory, defeating Bishop O’Connell 16-13 in the quarterfinals. To close out the month, Leonardtown and Chopticon faced off in a softball-baseball doubleheader at Chancellor’s Run Park in Great Mills Friday, April 30. The games were not only unique because of their location and format, but because both teams played for a great cause. Both schools wore pink shirts in honor of the battle against breast cancer, an idea hatched by Chopticon baseball players Mitchell Seifert and Andrew Mika. Chopticon and Leonardtown both sold pink t-shirts to raise money, and the total amount donated to the Pink Ribbon Project was $1,500.


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The final high school playoffs for the 2009-10 school year got underway in May, and several St. Mary’s County teams and athletes gave it their all coming down the stretch. The Leonardtown girls’ track & field team continued their dominance, as Jessica Gass and Erin Kelly led the Raiders to an unbeaten season and another SMAC championship. Gass won the girls’ 1600 and 3200 meter events at North Point while Kelly won the girls’ long jump crown with a leap of 16-04.25. Ashya Short of Chopticon also brought gold back to St. Mary’s County, winning the girls’ shot-put championship. After struggling for much of the season, the Chopticon baseball team found their stride at just the right time, winning three games in a row to close the regular season at 10-10, then made their way to the 3A South semifinals before losing to Northern. The Braves’ first playoff win, a 4-3 decision over Thomas Stone, didn’t come without some drama. After pitcher JaSubmitted Photo cob Nealis fielded a line-drive The Leonardtown Criterium returned to downtown Leonardtown after in the top of the 7th inning, his a three-year absence. throw to double the Cougar runner off of third base got past third baseman 4A East region, knocked off three higher-seeded Mitchell Seifter. Seifert however was able to re- teams in a week’s time (Arundel, Old Mill and cover the ball and throw the runner out at home North Point) before finally meeting their match plate to preserve the victory. The Braves upset in Chesapeake High School, losing 5-2 in the La Plata 8-5 in the quarterfinal round before los- region championship game. Brady Jameson homered and Will Pagliarulo pitched solid relief ing to Northern 2-0 in the 3A South semis. The Leonardtown girls’ lacrosse team was innings, but the Raiders fell just short of their the top seed in the 4A-3A East region and stood ultimate goal. Also in May, after a three-year absence, the toe to toe with Anne Arundel power Broadneck before losing 15-8 in the semifinals. That was Leonardtown Criterium bicycle raced returned the Raiders’ first and only loss of 2010, finishing to downtown Leonardtown with over 240 racers taking twists and turns through Washington with a 14-1 record. To close out the high school season, the Street, Lawrence Avenue, the Leonardtown fire Leonardtown baseball team, seeded 10th in the department and the Olde Town Pub.

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Brady Jameson’s bat helped the Leonardtown baseball team ride to the 4A East finals in May.

In reviewing the calendar year 2010, plenty of athletes and teams made their mark on the St. Mary’s County sports scene, from champions to award winners to record setters. For this edition of the Times, we take a fond look back at the first half of the year, looking back on all of the events that made January to June an interesting six-month stretch.


Southern Maryland BMX Highlighted the month of June as the organization took part in the American Bicycle Association’s Relay for Life races at Chaptico Park. SOMD BMX raised over $2,000 for leukemia research during their races, with their efforts earning bonus Submitted Photo points for riders Ryan Dungey headlined the winners at the annual AMA championships who hoped to compete in regional and at Budds Creek in late June. for parent-prepared media guides for high national events later school enrollments between 1,501 and 1,900 in the summer. The best softball players from the four students. Mrs. Connor oversaw production St. Mary’s County high schools joined forc- of the Leonardtown football guide and when es on the St. Mary’s American Big League the National High School Sports Publication softball team, and got off to an exceptionally Awards were looking for entries, she submitted the Raider media guide for considerquick start, winning their first six games. Leonardtown’s football team earned ation and came out a winner. On the weekend of June 19, Budds an off-season award as Kimberly Connor (mother of Raider lineman John Connor) Creek was filled with eager fans and comwas honored with a 2009 Silver Award petitive racing as the annual American Motocross Association championship took place at the track. It was a hot event literally as temperatures stayed well into 90s most of the day, but the big winners were Dean Wilson, who drank plenty of water to win the second 250 cc moto and the overall championship for that bike class. In the 450 cc class, Ryan Dungey continued his dominance on the season, winning the second moto and the overall championship, repeating his success from 2009 in the 250 cc class at Budds Creek. Closing out the month at Potomac Speedway, Kyle Lear became the first racer of any class to repeat as the week’s winner, taking the checkered flag at the Henry BurPhoto by Frank Marquart roughs Memorial on Ben Loflin crests up a hill during SOMD BMX’s Relay for life race at Friday, June 25. Chaptico Park.

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