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Poker players at the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7 on Chancellors Run Road consider their hand during a game of Omaha hold ‘em, a variation of the widely popular Texas hold ‘em.


ON THE BACK Chris Harney, along with players Sam Burum and Alex Franz, athletic director Scott Devine, Michael P. O’Brien and president Joseph R. Urgo, celebrate his achievement of becoming St. Mary’s College’s all-time wins leader as men’s basketball coach.

“So we bury him in our hearts and just know that the good Lord has wrapped his arms around him to welcome him into the kingdom of heaven … His long walk is over. You can rest now ‘Yogi’.” Angel Systems Inc.

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A roadside memorial sprang up for Buhrman K. “Yogi” Baird, 87, who was killed on Mervell Dean Road in Hollywood last Wednesday when he was struck by an off-duty Maryland State Trooper. Police are continuing the investigation into the crash amid questions from community members. A memorial service is scheduled for Baird on Friday at 6 p.m. at Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home in Leonardtown. PAGE 8

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Teen Court Sets Success Story Example Navy’s Land Lease Proposal Stalled By Corrin M. Howe Contributing Writer

St. Mary’s County found a positive way to reduce teenage recidivism rates in the Juvenile Court system while teaching the offenders how the actions impact those around them. Originally a St. Mary’s College of Maryland student project on the success of Teen Courts around the nation, in January 2002 a committee looked into the feasibility of running such a program within the county. Teen Court is designed for the first-time teenage offender who has admitted to being guilty of a minor offense or citation such as speeding, shoplifting or minor alcohol and drug violations. If the teen is eligible, program coordinator Reggie Spruill talks to the offender and his/her parents and any victims. If all agree, the teen’s case will be heard by a teen jury. The offender must fulfill the sanctions determined by the court within 90 days or her case is remanded back to the juvenile court system. According to Dan Schaidt with the Department of Juvenile Services, St. Mary’s Teen Court is a “true diversion program” meaning the Sheriff’s department flags potential cases, send them to James Hicks at Juvenile Services, who determines if this is the teen’s first offense and that the offenses are eligible for a teen court hearing. If so, Hicks sends the case directly to Spruill who arranges speak to the teen and parents. “The goal is to divert away children, who meet the criteria, from Juvenile Services,” said Schaidt. Karen Everett, St. Mary’s County Government Public Information Officer, said a report came out in January 2007 which showed the recidivism rate for

St. Mary’s Teen Court was 14 percent compared to the national rate of 35-45 percent. Community service and serving on Teen Court during the 90 day probation are some of the positive consequences, according to Schaidt, who went on to say that St. Mary’s Board of Education will count the community service hours as their sanction toward their required community service requirements. The advantages to participating in the program include having the offense removed from their record, earning community service hours and firsthand experience of the judicial system. Offenders also see how their actions impact those around them and allows them to feel a “higher level of accountability.” Standing before Teen Court and accepting punishment is voluntary. However, if the teen declines the offer, rejects the sentence or fails to carry it out in a timely manner, the case will be remanded back to the juvenile court system. Although the program is housed under the Human Services Department, it partners with the Board of County Commissioners, the school board, the Sheriff’s Office, State’s Attorney office and others. The program is supported by local businesses such as Chick-Fil-A, Dynacorp, Four Star Pizza, Papa John’s, St. Mary’s Bar Association, Northrop Grumman, St. Mary’s County Church of Christ and Printing Press, Inc. Teen Court is in need of adult judges and jury monitors and teenage attorneys and jurors as well as financial and in-kind donations. For more information contact Reggie Spruill at 301-475-4200 x1852 or teencourt@co.saint-marys.

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer A proposal to build new office space and amenities inside the base main gate at Naval Air Station Patuxent River as part of a strategy to update aging facilities there has stalled, officials on base and with the U.S. Navy told The County Times. Edward Zeigler, spokesman for the Naval District of Washington, said that congressional questions surrounding the proposal, which would affect seven different sites on base, and some in the local community fear would harm business outside the gate, have brought the process to a halt. The Navy was still waiting on congressional approval of the proposal, Zeigler said. “Until we get that we’re kind of at a standstill right now,” he said. Capt. Stephen Schmeiser, commanding officer of NAS Pax River, said the process has yet to move past a meeting that called for requests from developers to bid on the project. “We’re still at the draft stage,” Schmeiser said. Calls to Minority Whip Steny Hoyer’s office, representative for the 5th District, as to what the actual problems with the proposal were, were not returned as

of press time. The Navy held a industry forum in June of 2010 to advertise the requirements for the project and give developers both large and small a chance to bid on the project, though local companies complained that the Navy likely already had large-scale construction vendors in mind to complete the large and novel project and that smaller contractors would likely be excluded by virtue of their size. Bob Schaller, director of the county’s department of economic and community development, said that while rumors had been swirling about why the proposal had stalled, one of the reasons was simple: this project coupled with one at the Solomons recreation annex and the Indian Head facility in Charles County was simply too large to handle quickly. Meanwhile local base officials still have to deal with an aging office infrastructure which they have said could hinder the base’s ability to attract new workers, new programs and stay relevant. “One of the practical issues is that all three of these are still in the draft stage,” Schaller said. “It may be that it’s an ambitious endeavor to do three projects at once. “The first one of anything is always the hardest.”


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ews 2011 Tax Sale Could Be As Wildewood Continues to Grow, Bad As The Last But Not Without Pains

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

Staff in the office of County Treasurer Jan Norris are busy getting ready for this year’s tax sale and Norris says that there are already 676 properties to be advertised on the list for the 2011 sale. And while many of those properties will have the taxes owed on them paid before the actual sale this fall, Norris said that she expects to see as many property accounts go unpaid for sometime, meaning either missed or lagging revenue for the county government. The last tax sale saw 361 accounts actually go to sale, but 121 of them received no bid,

Norris said. Norris said she expects perhaps as many properties to go to sale this time around, as well as a similar number to go unpurchased. “Which is not a good thing,” Norris said. In just the past few years the number of properties up for bid at auction on the tax rolls has dramatically increased, as more and more property owners cannot pay what they owe the county. For the 2008 tax sale there were just 85 properties up for bid, Norris said, and all of them found a buyer. “There were plenty of bidders out there, they were fighting over the properties,” Norris said, lamenting the new economic landscape in the county with many more properties on the list and too few buyers. While the amount the county lost out on last time, nearly $188,000, was just a small fraction of the entire estimated $120 million tax roll, Norris said that it was still an economic indicator. And that indicator showed that while some have hoped for economic recovery in one of the nation’s worst recessions, that hope has gone unfulfilled. “It’s an indicator of the times,” Norris said, adding that failure to pay taxes now meant even more expense for those in arrears later. Sean Powell, head of the county assessors office, said that while some have struggled in paying property taxes, and for all the complaints about higher property taxes, the recent drop in state assessments have kept the number of property tax appeals low. “We have valuations that most people are comfortable with,” Powell told The County Times.

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Study Shows Drop in Affordable Rentals By Guy Leonard Staff Writer St. Mary’s County residents who may not be able to afford to purchase their own single-family homes are also facing a declining number of rental properties that fit their income levels, a study released Wednesday revealed. The report completed last year by the Real Property Research Group based in Columbia and just released by the state’s Department of Housing and Community Development stated that in 2000 households that made about 60 percent of the county’s average median income of about $76,000 could afford about two-thirds of the rental units available — by 2008 those same families with the same income levels could only afford to 52 percent of rentals. “In response to this decreasing proportion of affordable units, more renters are paying a greater share of their income towards rent,” the study reads. “The share of

St. Mary’s County renters paying more than 30 percent of their income on rent increased from 35 percent in 2000 to 43 percent in the 2006-2008 period.” Moreover, the study noted that renters who were paying more than 50 percent of their income to stay in rental housing during the same period of time increased from 15 percent to 20 percent. The study also estimates that in the Leonardtown area and in Lexington Park, the two major submarkets for rental housing, there will be unmet demand in the amount of 400 rental units in the former and 370 units in the latter within three to five years. Through 2016 the shortage in the Leonardtown area and in the northern portion of the county is projected to increase to 658 units, but the demand in Lexington Park is set to decrease to 176 units. Projects planned in Lexington Park that would answer some of the demand accounted for the decreased number, the report stated.

By Sarah Miller Staff Writer The Wildewood subdivision has seen a lot of growth in the past, and it hasn’t seen the end of its expansion. Developers from the Wildewood Planned Unit Development (PUD) were present at the Planning Commission meeting Monday evening to give the first of two updates for 2011. As of right now, there have been 2159 units built in the Wildewood development, with another 1633 units that haven’t been started yet. There were members of the community present at the planning commission meeting to express their concerns with the growth of the development and the danger cars present to pedestrians and bikers. Charles Roberts, a resident who owns a condominium on Rosewood Court, said that speeding is a major problem in the community. He himself has broken his arm when he was forced off the road by a car, and he said he found a child who had

been hit in a crosswalk in the area. “There is a total disregard to road signs and speed signs,” he said. Not everybody drives through Wildewood at breakneck speed, but there are enough where things like sidewalks, bike paths and other measures to keep pedestrians safe need to be considered, he said. “I’m not saying everyone is bad, but it’s a problem,” said Roberts. County Commissioner Todd Morgan was also at the meeting and urged the planning commission to make sure the residents of Wildewood were included and considered in future plans. He said the problems are small now, but they will get bigger with time if no action is taken. “The drum beat is going,” Morgan said. Patrick Buckley, a member of the homeowners association, suggested taking the people’s concerns to the sheriff’s office and get a town hall or something similar in the works.

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ews Officials Push for More Parks Funding By Guy Leonard Staff Writer With county leaders facing another tight budget year, the head of the county’s Recreation and Parks Department has asked for money for the design and planning of a new park in Leonardtown to be placed on the Hayden Farm property. Phil Rollins told the Board of County Commissioners Monday during a budget work session that the new park would include athletic fields that would coincide with a new

elementary school planned for the property. Rollins told commissioners that the new fields would ideally be designed along with the new elementary school in cooperation with the county’s Board of Education to make the process more efficient. The planning and engineering costs of what Rollins called Leonardtown Park would be $100,000 for fiscal 2013 with construction funds coming in either fiscal 2015 or 2016. Rollins said that the county might be able to use up to $75,000 of the state’s Project Open Space money to engage in planning but that

would ensure that the land could only be used for open space and for no other purpose. Dorsey Park on Hollywood Road is already taking more use from athletic teams than for which it was designed, Rollins said, and the central portion of the county was in need of more athletic space. “There’s a huge need in central county,” Rollins told commissioners. “It’s underserved and sports programs continue to grow.” Rollins also requested that funding for improvements in Lancaster Park on Willows Road in Lexington Park be moved up about

four years to fiscal 2012. The money would be used for more design and engineering for extra parking and playing fields at the site, which now includes 50 acres of land where the Lexington Manor community once stood. Rollins said that field is also “heavily used” and that traffic and parking is becoming a problem at the site and that solutions were needed now as opposed to the planned fiscal 2015 and 2016 date for engineering the project.

Bring Your Own Beer Parties Drawing Fire By Sarah Miller Staff Writer The county Alcohol and Beverage Board reports a recent resurgence of parties where alcohol is being sold without a license. According to Tamara Hildebrand, the board administra-

tor for the alcohol board, private parties, such as birthdays and wedding receptions, where people are invited to bring their own alcohol or alcohol is provided free of charge are legal. The point where the event becomes illegal is when profit is being made. If a person were to throw a party and charge money for people to get in, or have them pay for their drinks, then they would need a license. And one-day licenses can only be obtained by non-profit organizations. “Our concern is circumvention of the alcohol laws,” Hildenbrand said. She said the halls people rent for parties have to be up to date on the laws and standards for private parties and alcohol. Once a person is charging a door charge and making the party open to anybody who wants to come and pay, it’s no longer a private party. “Some of the halls need to be aware of what is going on,” she said Events like weddings and parties that have a cash bar are a different story, Hildenbrand said. Those events are usually catered and caterers have to have licenses of their

own. The guidelines for obtaining a one day license reads: “section 7-101 (r) of Article 2B of the Annotated Code of Maryland authorizes the issuance of certain licenses, for temporary periods of time, to any bona fide religious, fraternal, civic, veterans’, hospital or charitable organization, subject to any conditions the Board of License Commissioners may impose on the issuance of the license.” Applicants for the special one-day license must be a resident of St. Mary’s County and must be alcohol awareness certified. Other counties have their own guidelines for who can have special alcohol permits. Whether the organization qualifies for a temporary license is at the discretion of the Board upon its review of the documents provided. The application for the license has to be submitted no less than 30 days prior to the special event for which the license is being requested. For more information, visit the Alcohol and Beverage board’s page on or call 301-475-7844, extension 1600.

FDR Boulevard Still a Viable Vision By Sarah Miller Staff Writer FDR Boulevard, a planned road to run parallel to Route 235, is still in the planning stages, though discussion at the planning commission meeting centered on making that vision a reality. “FDR Boulevard is an absolutely critical project for our county,” said Derek Berlage, Director of the Department of Land Use and Growth Management for St. Mary’s County. He said FDR Boulevard, once completed, could be vital in relieving pressure on Route 235, which gets congested often, being only the road in the area that allows north-south access near Naval Air Station Patuxent River. “FDR may one day be the real commercial spine,” Berlage said. John Groeger, Deputy Director of the Department of Public Works and Transportation said FDR Boulevard has a history going all the way back to the 1960s and was shelved until the 1990s, when it was envisioned as a four-lane highway. He said it in the mid-1990s, the road was re-imagined as a two-lane, residential road. Currently, there are a couple of isolated sections that have been completed by individual developers. “Now we have a bunch of gaps to fill in,” said Groeger. Planning commission members said it was important to get a map together so they can get an idea of where the road will be so they can keep people from building on its future site. They said with a plan of where the road will be, they can

reserve zoning to facilitate the construction of FDR Boulevard. The road will be about five miles long, with four miles of the road being constructed by the county. Private developers who build along the future site of the road will build the remaining mile. Berlage said the land for the road between Pegg Road and Chancellors Run Road has been purchased, as have the buildings that are in the way that would need to be demolished. “We’re in pretty good shape,” he said. While the construction is still in the planning stages, the people in charge of it have to juggle things like the expiration dates of the permits, which have to be renewed on a regular basis, and the watershed regulations. Some of the sections of the road have been grandfathered in under different regulations. Some sections of the road will be constructed on wetlands, and that has to be taken under consideration as well. “We develop lists, that’s how we manage it,” Groeger said. Groeger said they have the money to buy the land for the road, but little money for the actual construction of the road itself. The Planning Commission said they would like to see a more specific plan for FDR Boulevard. They also recommended scheduling a work session with the county commissioners to keep them up to date and hash out the answers to a few questions that couldn’t be answered at the meeting Monday evening.


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He was Not “Lawnmower Man’ to Those Who Knew Him Mr. Buhrman K. Baird, better known as Yogi, was a fixture in the Hollywood area for as long as I can remember. Anyone who passed through Hollywood would see him walking on the shoulder of the road pushing his lawnmower with a milk case fastened to the top that held his purchases. He was easy to recognize by his camouflage jacket and hat. Some may have thought of him as a nuisance and others may have questioned his unconventional lifestyle but they were the ones who never took the time to talk to Yogi. Anyone who took a minute to speak with him knew him as a fiercely independent and patriotic soul who liked people and his simple way of life. He kept to himself and never bothered anyone. During World War II he served his country well and was on a disability from the Veterans Administration. He was one of the ones who suf-

fered so the rest of us can enjoy the freedoms we have today. He never asked for anything in return and would graciously decline offers of assistance but would gladly speak to anyone who would spare him a minute and listen. He touched many people in positive ways as shown by the roadside memorial the sprung up in his honor immediately after his passing and before the news accounts of the accident were made public. He was a quiet and simple person to whom we all owed a debt of gratitude that will never be paid. He will be missed by many. May God bless him and hold him in His palm. Rest in peace Yogi, you deserve no less. David A. Ryan Hollywood

Cleaning Waterways Will Benefit Everyone The EPA-imposed clean up of the Chesapeake Bay has at its core two mandates: 1) a specific pollution diet (known as the TMDL or total maximum daily load) for all impaired waterways and 2) a deadline when all jurisdictions must adhere to this diet. That deadline is 2025 — just fourteen years away. But wait, there’s more. Governor O’Malley has moved up this deadline to 2020. We have just nine years to meet the new pollution diet. The County Times page 6 story [New Bay Cleanup Plan Could Leave County With Big Bill; Thursday, Jan 13, 2011] did not mention this deadline. Therefore the story suggests the county commissioners are planning to clean up our waterways over the next 25 years. Hopefully, this timeline is incorrect. Here’s why. Cleaning up our waterways is a direct benefit to everyone. Recreational opportunities abound with clean water, and currently we are not receiving the full benefit. Swimming beaches are closed periodically due to pollution. Fish, crabs, and oysters are not as plentiful. Healthy beds of underwater grasses and thriving oyster reefs no longer subdue wave action and arrest shoreline erosion. Land values are affected by water quality too. Studies indicate that residential property values can depreciate by as much as 20% when nearby streams become polluted. This reduction in land values directly impacts the local tax base reducing revenues necessary to run governmental services. Our local economy could suffer in other ways too. The EPA has assured us that if we should fail to meet the pollution diet, they will

impose restrictions on land development — possibly denying permits for all new development projects. Under the new rules imposed by the EPA, each jurisdiction has an opportunity to write their own plan on how they will meet the pollution diet by 2025. St. Mary’s County officials are asking the state to do this for us. This will result in a plan that is less sensitive to local needs. The County Times story also mentions an estimated clean up cost to our county of $300 million based on a pilot plan developed by Anne Arundel County. This is conjecture and not based on science and sound economics. The Anne Arundel figure is based on today’s dollar value and did not factor in inflation. Finally, Anne Arundel suggested that their clean up plan would be difficult to implement within the state’s (or EPA’s) imposed deadline and that 25 years was a more realistic timeframe. Fortunately — there’s good news too. The St. Mary’s River Watershed Association, in partnership with the Center for Watershed Protection, has secured a $134,000 National Fish & Wildlife Foundation grant to write the clean up plan for the St. Mary’s River drainage area, which covers about 20% of our county. We are dedicated to raising necessary funding to implement this plan and meet the pollution diet by the imposed deadline. We recognize the value of clean water. With everyone working together, we will be witness to a healthy and vibrant St. Mary’s River. Bob Lewis, executive director St. Mary’s River Watershed Association

Retraction In the January 20th edition of the County Times, there was an ad for the Educational

Systems Federal Credit Union that previously ran last October. That ad featured erroneous information and the correct ad is running in this week’s edition of the County Times. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

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A Community Christmas Thank You The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) of St. Aloysius Church in Leonardtown would like to send a sincere thanks to all who contributed in making the 2010 Community Christmas Dinner a success! Over one 125 volunteers throughout the tri-county area and beyond, one as far away as Texas, devoted their time and talents to prepare, serve, and deliver the meals; donate desserts and gifts; as well as set up before and clean up afterwards. Over 209 meals were delivered to St. Mary’s County residents and 150 neighbors joined us at Father Andrew White School for fellowship and a hearty all-you-can eat meal or carryout. A special thank you is due to Joe Curry who, through his timely efforts, allowed the dinner to continue uninterrupted. In its 7th year, this effort has evolved to be the spirit-filled extended collaboration it was envisioned to be when conceived and we pray for continued momentum. My family truly considers it a blessing to live in a community that recognizes that the true spirit of Christmas does not come wrapped or placed under a tree, but rather is the love

Time to Ban Comics

The usual suspects have ejected themselves from the woodwork to again scream for gun control and castigate Fox news, talk radio, Sarah Palin, right wing rhetoric, and a lack of civility as being the cause for the killings of people in Arizona. It distressed me so much that I went out, bought a newspaper and turned directly to the Sunday comics section. I needed some happy thoughts. Oh, my! What I found! Page 1, “Baby Blues”: Kids screaming, fighting, and driving their parents to distraction. “Doonesbury”: References to disliking children, getting “shot down” “Pickles”: Logic is shot “all to pieces.” Page 2, “The Argyle Sweater”: Implied violence “When good habits wander into the bad part of town.” “Lio”: Lobsters in a tank call for revolt, anarchy, and fighting the establishment while the store owner violently throws a protester out of his store. “Barney & Clyde”: The guy with the

of Christ to be shared not only at Christmas time but all year long, especially to those in need. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international Catholic organization of laypersons who wish to live their faith by loving and serving the poor and needy, on a person to person basis, in the spirit of Christ. A key strength of the Society is in the personalized delivery of help. The Society recognizes that it must assume a role of advocacy for those who are defenseless and voiceless. An essential precept of the Society is to provide help while conscientiously maintaining the privacy and dignity of those who are served. For those in need of assistance, the SVdP Society of St. Aloysius Church in Leonardtown can be contacted by calling 301-481-2753. Thank you again for your support and continued prayers for our ministry. May God bless you in this New Year! Regina Goldring Christmas Dinner Coordinator

pointy hat shoots daggers at the back of a police officer. Page 3, “Ook and Mook”: Upon establishment of a rock rather than a stick being the standard for all commerce and trade, one of the guys uses the stick to beat the other senseless and take the rock. “Pearls Before Swine”: A brick is thrown through the window. The note the brick carries tells the pig to return overdue library books. Page 4, “Big Nate”: Conversation about the arrival of a bully includes implied profanity. Efforts to be civil are met with violence from the bully. I put the comics section away. A question ran through my mind – should I start a grass root movement to ban comics? Or should I start a grass root movement to ban rocks, sticks, kids, incivility and knives? I need help with this. James H. Hilbert Mechanicsville, MD

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ews Investigation into Death of ‘Yogi’ Baird Continues By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Officials with the Maryland State Police say the investigation into a state trooper who drove into and killed an 87-year-old pedestrian in Hollywood last week could take weeks, but once completed it will be turned over to the state’s attorney’s office to see whether charges are merited against Wesley Goldston, 33, assigned to the Automobile Safety Enforcement Division. Greg Shipley, spokesman for the agency, said that speed still does not appear to be a factor in the collision that killed Buhrman K. “Yogi” Baird the night of Jan. 19 as he was walking along Mervell Dean Road with his lawn mower. In the aftermath of the tragic death of the man many community residents came to see as a local fixture, they have both privately and openly questioned the nature of what transpired that night. A state police report states that Baird was struck while he was walking south in the southbound travel lane of Mervell Dean Road. But two witnesses, one who talked to investigators and another who talked to The County Times, said they saw Baird minutes before the collision on Beck Road, which is south of where he was struck. Others in the community have also questioned why police say Baird was in the travel portion of the road when he was known to be cautious in using the shoulder on his many walks from his home on Old Hollywood Road to destinations as far away as California. They also have questions about the trooper’s exact speed that night. Police stated that Goldston tried to swerve to avoid hitting Baird but was unable to. Citizens questioning the crash details question whether the damage to the vehicle and scars left on the asphalt jibe with what police have said about the collision. “I personally question how appropriate it is for the State Police to investigate an accident involving one of their own,” said David Ryan of Hollywood, an acquaintance of Baird. Ryan said many who knew Baird are questioning the preliminary official report released by police the night of the collision. “A visit to the accident scene will clearly show the roadway is ramrod straight for over a quarter of a mile and is probably the best lighted section of roadway in St. Mary’s County due to the five pole-mounted lights on private property on the northbound side,” Ryan said in a letter to The County Times. “The scars in

the asphalt, probably made by the lawnmower wedged under the vehicle, show the point of impact and where the vehicle came to a stop. Those marks are not in the middle of the road and the distance, over 200 feet, seems much longer than the possible stopping distance in a 40 mph speed zone.” In response to lingering questions from the community about the exact details of the crash, Shipley told The County Times: “All of those issues are being examined … I understand the concerns of residents and we’re cognizant of them.” “No one feels worse than the trooper involved,” he added. Baird was often seen walking during the daylight hours but Lt. Mike Thompson, commander of the Leonardtown barrack said that information investigators gathered showed that Baird had changed his pattern in the last six to eight weeks before his death, walking later during the day and returning at night, though why he did so was unknown. Thompson also said that the lack of skid marks from the collision was attributable to the anti-lock brakes on the Jeep Laredo Goldston drove that night. Thompson also said that crash investigators did not mark off the path of the vehicle using paint on the roadway, as is common in some investigations, because state police used advanced global positioning system software to mark the route.

Photos by Sean Rice Deep scars in the asphalt on Mervell Dean Road mark the area where Baird was struck. Below is the damage done to the striking vehicle.

Yogi Remembered As a War Hero, Pillar of Community

By Sean Rice Editor

Buhrman K. Baird, also known as Jim, or Yogi, or even as Sneedy by some, is remembered by countless local residents as the old man who walked up and down Route 235 and other roads pushing a lawnmower with a milk crate attached to the top. But those who knew Baird personally say he was not the eccentric “lawnmower man”, but a fiercely independent, big-hearted man with his-

tory in St. Mary’s County going back nearly 70 years. Baird, of Hollywood, was killed last Wednesday when he was stuck while walking on Mervell Dean Road by an off-duty Maryland State Police Officer driving a state-owned Jeep. Baird has no surviving relatives, was never married and never had children, according to the executor of his estate and a long-time friend Connie Tiger of St. Inigoes. “I was his only family … We had a special bond together,” Tiger said. Tiger met Baird when she worked at Burchmart in Hollywood, in the days when Baird, for transportation, would drive his Bobcat skid loader on the shoulder of local roads. (Eventually police ticketed Baird for driving the Bobcat and he stopped.) Tiger said she began driving Baird to doctor appointments and to other errands he needed. Baird spent Christmas at Tiger’s home about 5 years ago. “He was my best friend. I was like a daughter to him,” Tiger said. “He loved people. He loved telling stories.” Baird liked to tell stories about his experiences in the military and construction jobs he took part in through the years, and “would gladly speak to anyone who would spare him a minute and listen,” said Dave Ryan of Hollywood. “Anyone who took a minute to speak with him knew him as a fiercely independent and patriotic soul who liked people.” Rick Greer of Hollywood has been a friend

of Baird’s for more than 10 years, and he last spoke with him two weeks ago when he convinced Baird to visit the Charlotte Hall Veteran’s Home, where Greer was trying to persuade him to move to. “He was an expert welder, a really good mechanic, and not only did he help build buildings on Base, but also the Lexington Park fire department,” Greer said. A few years ago, Baird gave Greer a cache of personal papers, including newspaper clippings, personal notes and official documents he accumulated during his life. Greer is working on a written biography of Baird, which he plans to read at his memorial service at 6 p.m. Friday at MattingleyGardiner Funeral Home in Leonardtown. According to Greer’s documents, Baird was in the U.S. Army, stationed at Patuxent River when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. His time with the Army, and later with the Army National Guard, took him to Europe during World War II with the 121st Engineer Battalion, B Company. He also served during the Korean War and the Cuban Conflict. He was severely injured in WWII, which resulted in several surgeries and left him with permanently slurred speech. Baird volunteered with the Lexington Park Volunteer Fire Department, starting in the 1950s, and served as department president, vice president and chief engineers, according to his papers. He also maintained ambulances for the Lexington Park Volunteer Rescue Squad. Baird was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 77. He once

worked as a night watchman for Aldridge Ford, and obtained a special chauffeurs license. In his final years, Baird lived in a small camper he had permission to park on land on Old Hollywood Road. In the past he lived in a small trailer parked on Greer’s land for about a year, and later on Greer’s neighbor’s land. Bay District Volunteer Fire Department

Public Information Officer Douglas Medley remembered Baird in a eulogy published on the department’s Web site ( “So we bury him in our hearts and just know that the good Lord has wrapped his arms around him to welcome him into the kingdom of heaven,” Medley wrote. “His long walk is over. You can rest now ‘Yogi’.”


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Commissioners Get Close Student Opportunities with Look at Joint Strike Fighter ‘Destination Pax River’

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

County elected officials and department heads got a close look at the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter undergoing tests at Naval Air Station Patuxent River on Tuesday and some of them asked the question that has circulated in defense industry circles: How does it compete with the newly unveiled stealth fighter produced by the Peoples Republic of China. The F-35 has been billed as the military’s fighter of the future and has become one of the largest and most critical programs at Pax River. A senior official with the program told commissioners and department heads that little is actually known of the Chinese fighter’s capabilities since it was revealed, somewhat surprisingly, during a recent visit to China by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. However, the senior official said, the Chinese fighter seems to be a very close copy of the F-22 Raptor project, scratched from the nation’s defense inventory by Gates last year as a too-costly aircraft for its performance.

“It’s more of a sister ship of the F-22,” the program official told the county commissioners, and as such it was likely made to be highly maneuverable. And while the F-22 was designed to be an air superiority fighter, the official said, the F-35 was superior as far as its avionics and its on-board tactical computer systems. “Systems wise they will be infinitely bigger,” the official said, adding that the difference in the fighters showed the debate between whether planes would fight over longer distances or engage in close action. “I don’t know when was the last time someone turned and shot somebody,” the official said. Defense analysts are still unsure about the capabilities of the new Chinese stealth fighter, known as the J-20, and question whether the aircraft can actually operate in a stealthy fashion, but Gates expressed concern during his China visit that the emerging superpower was making strides in military technology along with its economic growth. Vice Admiral David J. Dorsett, director of naval intelligence, said in a statement that he agreed with Gates assessment. “Over the years, China’s military doctrine has been hide and bide — hide your resources and bide your time,” Dorsett was quoted in a Department of Defense publication. “They now have shifted to an era where they’re willing to show their resources and capabilities.”

By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Students looking to get a foot in the door with military jobs now have an opportunity during the summer. Kathy Glockner, the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) educational outreach coordinator with the Naval Air Station Patuxent River, said the opportunities for summer employment and internships are for high school and college students. “Our primary focus of our jobs is growing the next generation of scientists and engineers,” Glockner said. The summer opportunities are a way for NAVAIR and other affiliated programs to reach out to students in the classroom, Glockner said. Of the students hired, 87 percent are college students, Glockner said. The other 23 percent are high school students. “There’s enough out there to make it worth student’s while to apply,” Glockner said. Glockner said the students who are employed by NAVAIR for the summer wouldn’t just be doing clerical work, either. They will be getting hands on experience in the programs they are working with. Glockner said they employ a ‘get them young, get them for life’ policy in recruiting students who have not yet

completed their educations. “We really are looking for students who are interested in science and technology careers,” she said. She said there are also scholarship opportunities for students, some of which include their tuitions paid fully. She said one common misconception from students thinking about applying for scholarships is they would be required to join the military. She said they can be employed as civilians, and they are under no obligation to join the military. “We have a critical shortage of scientists and engineers, particularly engineers, in our country,” Glockner said. The deadline for the Paid Student Programs for high school students is Feb. 1, and there is no published deadline for NAWCAD and NAVAIR college summer employment program. Glockner said they are looking for students who perform well in school and have high GPAs, as well as being involved in extracurricular activities. They are particularly interested in students involved in robotics and the STEM project. Students interested in submitting resumes for consideration should go to

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Briefs Police: Man Hurls Coffee, Threatens Victim With Knife

On Jan. 22, deputies responded to a business on Maddax Road in Chaptico, for a report of an assault. Investigation revealed George Carlton Mattingly, 60 of Chaptico, allegedly threw coffee on a victim. When a second individual came to the aid of the victim, Mattingly allegedly grabbed and threatened that individual with a knife, police say. Mattingly was arrested and charged with second-degree assault. Search incident to the arrest revealed Mattingly to be in suspected possession of control dangerous substance paraphernalia and was charged with possession of controlled dangerous substance paraphernalia, police report.

Woman Arrested In Diamond Theft Case

On Jan. 22, 2011 Corporal Kirkner responded to the Kmart in California for a report of an employee theft. Kmart Loss Prevention reported between Jan. 19 and Jan. 21 Christine Marie Bowersox, 20, of Lusby, a jewelry associate for Kmart had allegedly stolen two diamond rings valued over $2,200. The thefts were discovered through a store internal audit and verified through in store video surveillance, police reported. Bowersox was arrested and charged with two counts of theft.

Woman Charged With Knife Assault

On Jan. 23 deputies responded to a residence on Foxchase Drive in Lexington Park for a report of an assault. Investigation revealed Junieshia Lavonna Curlin, 22, of California was engaged in a verbal dispute with the victim, which escalated into a physical assault when Curlin allegedly held a knife to the victim’s head. Curlin fled prior to the arrival of deputies but was located a short time later, and was arrested and charged with first-degree assault.

Man Charged In Vehicle Theft

On Sunday, Jan. 16 at 4:31a.m., Tpr. E. R. Mersman responded to the 24000 block of Old Three Notch Road in Hollywood for a reported theft of a motor vehicle. Upon arrival, contact was made with a female complainant, 45, of Hollywood, who advised that she left her 2002 GMC Sierra truck running while entering her residence. At that time an unknown subject entered the vehicle, without permission, and left the scene headed in the direction of Maryland Route 235. Numerous law enforcement units canvassed the area in an attempt to locate the vehicle. At 5:15 a.m., a St. Mary’s County sheriff’s deputy located the vehicle in the 42000 block of St. John’s Road in Hollywood. Found to be in possession of the vehicle was Alex Patrick Shively, 20, of Hollywood, police stated. Shively was arrested for motor vehicle theft, a search incident to arrest also revealed alleged marijuana in his possession.

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Two Juveniles Arrested for Home Invasion By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Local detectives have arrested two juveniles they allege are responsible for a home invasion and armed robbery in Lexington Park. Detectives took a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old, both described as African American males, into custody Tuesday, reports from the Bureau of Criminal Investigations state. Both have been charged with second-degree assault and theft. Police stated that they released the 16-yearold suspect into the care of his parents to await possible action by juvenile justice officers. The 17-year-old remains incarcerated at the Cheltenham youth facility and detention center in Prince Georges County. The incident occurred Jan. 2 when three men reportedly broke into a residence on Cabot Lane at about 6:45 p.m. and stabbed the victim, initial police reports stated. The suspects took items from the residence and fled on foot. The victim was treated and released from St. Mary’s Hospital in the aftermath of the break-in.

Initial police reports from the break-in stated that the third suspect was also a black male, but the commander of the criminal investigative section, Capt. Terry Black, said that the two suspects in custody marks the end of the arrests in the case up to this point. “We’ve got nothing on the third suspect,” Black told The County Times. “Nobody seems to be able to identify the third suspect.” Despite the stabbing involved in the incident, Black said that after consultation with the state’s attorney’s office they were asked to only file for the lesser assault charge and not the more serious first-degree assault count that often follows stabbings or cuttings. Black said that the incident appeared to stem from an apparent argument before the home invasion, but what the context of that argument was is still unknown to police. “It’s a concern that these guys are so young, but regardless of the age we’re going to investigate and make an arrest where appropriate,” Black said.

Three Charged After Charlotte Hall Pill Sting By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

Darago. Detectives also report finding 13 of the endocet pills in Harding’s possession as well as 31 clonazepam pills and more than $1,000. Capt. Daniel Alioto, commander of the vice/narcotics section said that the amount of

An undercover officer working for the county’s Vice/Narcotics unit arrested three people this week for allegedly dealing in and receiving illegal prescription drugs. All three defendants face up to four years in prison for the charges against them if found guilty or a $25,000 fine. According to charging documents filed by Det. MiDaniel Darago William Bryan Darago chael Labanowski Doris Ann Harding of the St. Mary’s County sheriff’s office, he narcotics seized plus the money showed Hardobserved one of the defendants, Daniel Lee ing was what he alleged to be a “working drug Darago, 55, of Pomfret, get into a parked car dealer.” at the Charlotte Hall Farmers Market with the “This is the real deal,” Alioto said. “This alleged dealer of the prescription medication isn’t nickel and dime stuff.” endocet, Doris Ann Harding, 65, of La Plata, The drugs Harding was alleged to have and purchased some of the pills from her. sold can go for as much as one dollar a milliAfter the purchase, court papers alleged, gram, making their illicit sale highly lucrative. Darago went back to another parked vehicle This contributed to the growing problem at the farmers market and gave some of the of illegally dealing pills, Alioto said. pills he just purchased to his nephew, William “We’re doing everything we can to keep Bryan Darago, 40, of Huntingtown. up with it, but this is a snowball coming down All three suspects were arrested without hill,” Alioto said. incident, court papers stated. Police stated that other charges may be Law officers say they recovered from pending against the three defendants. Daniel Darago three pills of endocet, which is a narcotic pain reliever, while they found 30 pills of the same medication on William

Fire Marshals: Clements Fire Accidental Investigators with the Maryland State Fire Marshals Office say that a garage fire that took 40 firefighters 45 minutes to control was caused by a wood stove. The incident is still under investigation but the preliminary cause is believed to be accidental in nature, according to a state fire marshal press release. The homeowner discovered the fire after

they heard a loud noise in the detached garage at their Clements home in the early morning hours of Jan. 26. The garage was completely destroyed, the release stated. The estimated damages come to $100,000 between both the shed and its contents, fire marshals reported.


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Buhrman Baird, 87 Buhrman “Yogi” Baird, 87, of Hollywood, died January 19, 2011, when he was struck by a vehicle driven by an off-duty Maryland State Trooper on Mervell Dean Road in Hollywood. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, January 28, 2011 at 7:00 PM in the MattingleyGardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD with Pastor Daniel Moore officiating. Interment will remain private. Baird has no surviving family members. Friends will gather for a memorial service on Friday, January 28, 2011 from 6 - 7 p.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD.

Henry Baumgartner, 80 Henry Peter “Pete” Baumgartner, 80, of Lexington Park, MD, died January 22, 2011 at his residence, Lexington Park, MD. Born July 14, 1930 he was the son of the late Henry Peter and Mabel Fern Baumgartner. He was the loving husband of Barbara May Baumgartner whom he married on June 14, 1952 in Brunswick, Maine. Mr. Baumgartner is survived by his children; Cary Vincent “Vince” Baumgartner (Marylou) of Hollywood, MD, Lisa K. Winkelmann (Tony) of Leonardtown, MD as well as four grandchildren; Mary E. Baumgartner, Carrie A. Baumgartner, Alexander B. Krepacki, and Megan L. Winkelmann. He was proceeded in death by his step father Cary V. “Pops” Miller and siblings; Bernardine Wood, Bill Baumgartner, Libby Brocklesby and Jean Cunningham. He received his GED and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1947 he was transferred to St. Mary’s County in 1958 from Brunswick, Maine. Mr. Baumgartner served in the U.S. Navy as a storekeeper retiring in 1968 after 22 years of service, his duty stations included; Barber’s Pt. Hawaii, Patuxent River, MD, Brunswick, Maine, Iceland, and served on the commissioning voyage of the U.S.S. Saratoga for four years. He worked as a Civil Service Budget Analyst for 22 years, retiring in 1993. Mr. Baumgartner enjoyed bowling, softball, birds, gardening and basketball. The family will receive friends on Saturday, January 29, 2011 from 10 – 11 a.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD where a funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in Charles Memorial Gardens Leonardtown, MD. Pallbearers will be Cary Vincent “Vince” Baumgartner, Tony Winkelmann, Alex Krepacki, Joe Pohutsky, Chris Ruppert, and David Wick. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 629, Leonardtown, MD 20650. To send a condolence to the family please visit our website at Arrangements provided by the MattingleyGardiner Funeral Home, P.A.

William Buckler, Sr., 71 William Leroy Buckler, Sr., 71 of Hollywood, Maryland, passed away on January 20, 2011, at his home, surrounded by his family. Born January 19, 1940, in Leonardtown, Maryland, he was the son of Mary Agnes Wood Buckler of Leonardtown, Maryland, and the late Howard Theodore Buckler, Sr. Leroy was a lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Rose Marie Cusic Buckler, sons, John Kennedy “Kenny” (Dee) Buckler of Hollywood, Maryland, and William Leroy “Roy” (Marie) Buckler, Jr. of Mechanicsville, Maryland, and grandchildren, Katie and Geoffrey Buckler. He is survived by his sister, Linda Buckler (Mock) Mattingly, sisters-in-law, Jean Hayden Buckler, Mary Linda Cusic, Kitty

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Ann (Paul) Barber, and brother-in-law, Charles (Mary Catherine) Cusic. He was a retiree from the St. Mary’s County Department of Public Works and was a self-employed painter. He enjoyed gardening, playing cards, and hunting. He loved animals but most of all his beloved dog, Toby. He was predeceased by his father, Howard Theodore Buckler, Sr., his brother, Howard Theodore Buckler, Jr., and his son, James Howard Theodore “Teddy” Buckler. The family received friends at St. John Francis Regis Catholic Church in Hollywood, Maryland, on Monday, January 24, 2011 with prayers being recited. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday, January 25, 2011. Interment followed in Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, Maryland. Pallbearers were Jay Mattingly, Jonathan Mattingly, Paul M. Barber, Jr., Steve Barber, Johnny Armsworthy, and Jimbo Burroughs. Honorary Pallbearers were Katie Buckler, Geoffrey Buckler, Ronnie Buckler, Chris Buckler, Michelle Roberts, and Gregory Ridgell. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Leonardtown Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 299, Leonardtown, MD 20650, the Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 79, Hollywood, MD 20636 or the Humane Society, 71 Industrial Drive, Waldorf, MD 20602. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

June Bussler, 79 June Mildred Brown Bussler, 79 of Compton, MD passed away on January 19, 2011 in the presence of her family at Taylor Farm Assisted Living, Bushwood, MD. Born June 3, 1931 in Park Hall, MD she was the daughter of the late James Hardin and Laura Wise Brown. June was a lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County. She married George “ Hoover” Bussler on April 26, 1950; he preceded her in death on February 21, 2008. She loved reading and teaching the Bible. She and Hoover would hold Bible study classes in their shop weekly for whoever wanted to attend. In addition to her parents and husband, June was preceded in death by her brother Douglas Brown. June is survived by her brother James “Jimmy” (Marilyn) Brown, nieces, Amy Brown, and Louise Pritchard, nephews, Michael Brown, Jimmy Payne, grand-nieces, Laura Estrada, Samantha Pritchard, and Elizabeth Payne, and grand-nephew, Tyler Payne. Family received friends for June’s Life Celebration on Monday, January 24, 2011 in the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD. A Funeral Service was conducted on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 in the Brinsfield Funeral Home Chapel with Father John Ball officiating. Interment followed in Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, MD. Pallbearers were; David Abell, Leo Klear, Jimmy Payne, Jay Eggler, Roger Bussler, and Brad Bussler. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Rosetta Carter, 66 Rosetta Mary “Rosie” Carter, 66, of Valley Lee, MD, died January 19, 2011 at George Washington University Hospital, Washington, DC. Born May 6, 1944 in Wise County, VA, she was the daughter of the late Venus and Leonard Freeman. Mrs. Carter was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother,

who enjoyed life with her family. She enjoyed fishing, crabbing, working in the garden and playing with her grandchildren. Mrs. Carter is survived by her husband William Roy Carter, Sr., her children; Marie Keller and her husband Tim, Cheryl Richardson and her husband James, William Carter, Jr., Kenneth Carter, Sr. and his wife Shawn, her sister; Margie Combs of Lexington Park, MD, her 17 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brothers; James Freeman, John Freeman, Vaselee Freeman and Troy Freeman, her sisters; Myrtle Freeman and Dephlea Brooks. The family received friends on Monday, January 24, 2011 in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD where prayers were recited. A Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD with Rev. Gregory Syler officiating. Interment followed in St. George’s Episcopal Cemetery, Valley Lee, MD. Pallbearers were James O’Neil, Kenneth Carter, Jr., Justin Carter, Timothy Keller, II, Jesse Ray Brotherton and Kenneth Brotherton. Honorary Pallbearers were Wayne Carter and Kevin Carter. Memorial contributions may be made to Second District Vol. Fire Department and Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 1, Valley Lee, MD 20609 or St. George’s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 30, Valley Lee, MD 20692. To send a condolence to the family please visit our website at Arrangements provided by the MattingleyGardiner Funeral Home, P.A.

Mildred Carter, 53 Mildred Joan “Mickey” Carter, 53, of Valley Lee, MD, passed away January 19, 2011 in St. Mary’s Hospital, Leonardtown, MD. Born June 24, 1957 in Washington, DC, she was the daugh-

ter of the late Edward Joseph and Joan Mildred Rudolph Adelman. Mrs. Carter was the loving wife of James Nelson Carter, Sr. whom she married on June 7, 2008 in Valley Lee, MD. Mrs. Carter is also survived by her children; Keith Lee Adelman and Jamie Grinder as well as her grandchildren; Jackie and Raymond Rudolph, Madison and Logan Adelman and Nicholas Grinder and siblings; Arleen May Bowie (George), Toni Lee Adelman and Elizabeth Rae Rudolph. She was preceded in death by her brothers; Edward J. Adelman, Jr. and George C. Adelman. Mrs. Carter attended Lackey High School and moved to St. Mary’s County in 2005 from Prince George’s County. Mickey was a homemaker who loved life, nature walks, yard sales, and spending time with her grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 6 p.m. in St. George’s Episcopal Church, Valley Lee, MD with Rev. Gregory Syler officiating. Interment will remain private. To send a condolence to the family please visit our website at Arrangements provided by the MattingleyGardiner Funeral Home, P.A.

Bernice Dean, 100 Bernice Joy Dean, 100, of Hollywood, MD, passed away January 21, 2011 at her residence. Born April 6, 1910 in Hollywood, MD, she was the daughter of the late William Gwinn and Mary Blanch Heard Joy. Mrs. Dean was the loving wife of the late Charles

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Continued Myers Dean. She is survived by her son; Dale Dean of Hollywood, MD and her grandchildren; Lee Dean, Chris Dean and Beth Dean all of Hollywood, MD. Mrs. Dean was preceded in death by her sisters; Helen Joy, Estelle De Noon and Ann Joy. She was a lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County and was the owner and operator of “The Greenery” in Hollywood, MD. Mrs. Dean enjoyed knitting, crocheting, needlepoint and gardening. She belonged to the Happy Hearts & United Methodist Women’s Association. The family received friends on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD where prayers were recited. A Funeral Service was held on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 in Hollywood United Methodist Church, Hollywood, MD with Rev. Sheldon Reese officiating. Interment followed in Joy Chapel Cemetery, Hollywood, MD. Pallbearers were Lee Dean, Chris Dean, Andy Missler, Dale Dean, Beth Dean and Debbie Noble. Contributions in memory of Bernice Joy Dean can be made to the Hollywood United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 100, Hollywood, MD 20636. To send a condolence to the family please visit our website at Arrangements provided by the MattingleyGardiner Funeral Home, P.A.

James Hurry, Jr., 56 James Raley “Jimmy” Hurry, Jr. 56 of Clements, Maryland died at his home after a long illness on January 17, 2011. Jimmy was born on February 19, 1954 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Leonardtown, MD, son of James R. Hurry, Sr., and Rosalyn R. Hurry. He is survived by his wife Kathryn B. Hurry, his mother Rosalyn R. Hurry of Morganza, his siblings Mary Rose Dusch of Lancaster, NY, Rita Claire Dusch of Arlington, VA and Dennis Alan Hurry of Gaithersburg, MD, his stepsons Michael Hurry, Tyler Nichols, stepdaughter Ciara Nichols, grandchildren Jalen and Deziray Hurry, He is also survived by his niece Haidee Kolb of Buffalo, NY and nephews Ross N. Hurry and Brooks Q. Hurry of Gaithersburg, MD. Jimmy was preceded in death by his father, James R. Hurry, Sr. and his late wife Mary Carol Carter Hurry, to whom he was married from 1986 until her death in 2008. Jimmy was a lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County, Maryland. He graduated from Chopticon High School in 1972 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in 1976. After college graduation he continued operating Hurry’s Store of Clements, Maryland, a family-owned business with his parents until 1978, subsequently he was employed as a liquor route salesman until 1981 when he took over Hurry’s Store from his retired parents and operated the business until 2007. Jimmy was employed until 2010 as an assistant store manager at McKay’s grocery store in the Leonardtown Shopping Center. In his free time Jimmy enjoyed reading, watching old black and white movies, cooking, crossword puzzles, collecting antiques, fishing and spending time with his four dogs. Jimmy will be remembered by his many friends, family and coworkers for his sense of humor. He was fond of telling funny stories, including many from his own life experiences and retelling jokes he had heard. Jimmy will also be remembered for his kindness and generosity to others. Family received friends for Jimmy’s Life Celebration on Sunday, January 23, 2011 in the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A. with a Memorial Service held. Interment will be private. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to Hospice of St. Mary’s or Hospice House P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650 Arrangements provided by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD

Virginia Isaac, 82 Virginia Mae Isaac, 82, of Lexington Park, MD passed away January 19, 2011 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardtown, MD. Born January 26, 1928 in Easton, PA, she was the daughter of the late James T. Kester, Sr. and Grace V. Anthony-Kester. Mrs. Isaac worked at a pretzel factory during her years in Easton, PA. Mrs. Isaac moved to Baltimore, MD where she remained with family and friends until she became ill. Mrs. Isaac moved to Chesapeake Shores Nursing Home in Lexington Park, MD in November 2009. Virginia was the wife of the late Billy Isaac. She was the sister of the late Albert Kester, Arthur Kester, Bernard Kester, James T. Kester, Jr. and Joyce Walbert. Virginia is survived by her only living sibling, Donald and his wife Pauline Kester of Easton, PA. She was the step-mother to Gregory A. Isaac and the late Patricia L. Joudrey. She was the grandmother of Nicholas and his wife Nichole Moneymaker, along with Kristen M. Joudrey and Shelby E. Isaac. Virginia was the great-grandmother of Mackenzie L. Moneymaker and the soon to be born Marco A. Capone. All services will be private. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Walter Mason, Sr., 81 Walter Aloysius Mason, Sr., 81 of Mechanicsville, MD died January 14, 2011 at Washington Hospital Center. Born June 30, 1929 in Leonardtown, MD he was the son of the late Harrison Mason and Mary Alberta (Barnes) Mason. Walter is survived by his children; Rita Holt of Waldorf, MD, Sharon Brown of LaPlata, MD, Bernadette Jones of Randallstown, MD, Faye Mason of Waldorf, MD, Bridget Mason of California, MD, Lisa Mason of Morganza, MD, Adrienne Denczek of Rockledge, FL, Walter Mason, Jr. of Bowie, MD, Allan Mason of McDough, GA, Michael Mason of Morganza, MD, and Terrence Mason of Morganza, MD, 20 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings; Harry Mason of Leonardtown, Sarah Milburn of Leonardtown, MD, Nellie Clayton of Callaway, MD, Veronica Thorne of Prince Frederick, MD, Alberta Campbell of Leonardtown, MD and Idella DeLeaver of Prince Frederick, MD. He was preceded in death by his wife Marie Augustine Mason. Family received friends on Thursday, January 20, 2011 in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Morganza, MD. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated with Reverend Keith Woods officiating. Interment followed in Queen of Peace Cemetery, Helen, MD. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Anthony Servello Jr., 60 Anthony Thomas Servello, Jr., age 60, died at St. Mary’s Hospital on Friday, January 21, 2011, after a courageous battle against pancreatic cancer. Born May 27, 1950, in White Plains, NY, to Anthony Thomas Servello, Sr., and Jenny DeMilio, he attended Paul Smith’s College immediately following high school, later earning his bachelor’s degree from Regent’s College in New York, and then his teaching degree

from the University of Maryland in 1991. Tom enlisted in the United States Navy in 1969 and served in the Vietnam War and the first Gulf War before retiring after 22 years as a Chief Petty Officer. He then taught NASA Lab and Electronics at the Forrest Career and Technology Center for 15 years before beginning his third career as a government contractor supporting Navy programs at RBC and then finally Eagle Systems. On November 19, 1972, in Mamaroneck, NY, he married Elizabeth Ann DeAngelo. Together Tom and Elizabeth lived in San Diego, CA, and Memphis, TN, before settling in St. Mary’s County in 1974. Survivors include his wife Elizabeth, his brother Richard and his sister Wendy, his sons Christopher and Jeffrey, their wives Lahn and Jennifer, and the apples of his eye, his grandchildren Zachary, Eva and Whitney. Tom will be especially remembered for being a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, an avid Navy football fan, and a man dedicated to national and community service. The family will receive friends on Thursday, January 27, 2011, from 5 – 8 p.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD, where prayers will be recited at 7p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday, January 28, 2011, at 11 a.m. in St. John’s Catholic Church, Hollywood, MD with Fr. Raymond Schmidt officiating. Interment will follow at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in the name of Anthony T. Servello may be made to either the St John’s School Capital Fund, 43900 St. John’s Road, Hollywood, MD 20636, or to the St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation-St Mary’s Hospital, c/o Development Specialist, Marketing & Public Relations Department, P.O. Box 527, Leonardtown, MD 20650. His family would like to thank the dedicated and caring healthcare professionals at St. Mary’s and Johns Hopkins Hospitals, their St. Mary’s County Public Schools and Eagle Systems colleagues, and the countless friends and family who made the last nine months bearable through their humor, support and love. To send a condolence to the family please visit our website at www.mgfh. com.

Frances Sullivan, 70 Frances F. (Frankie) Sullivan died on December 17, 2010 surrounded by her family. She battled cancer for a year. Born on September 16, 1940 in Hollywood, MD, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Theresa Wilkinson. She graduated from St Mary’s Academy in Leonardtown, MD and retired from George Washington Hospital in Washington DC. Her home was in Gambrills, MD. She is survived by her three sons- Chris (Kathy), Russell (Denise), Michael (Sandy), and her daughter Pam (Eric), seven grandchildren- Mike and Matt Sullivan, Brittany Sullivan, Brooke and Berkley Sullivan, Wade and John Korvin, great grandson- Bentley, and three sisters- Dot Barclift, Thelma (Tookie) Hayden, and Phyllis Joseph. Her brother Johnny is deceased. She always had a smile especially when she was dancing. She enjoyed spending time with her many friends and family at her condo in Ocean City. Her happiest times were with her children and her grandchildren especially their annual week at the condo. She was able to enjoy this time last summer. The family received friends at Hardesty Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Our Lady of the Fields Church on December 22, 2010 in Millersville, MD. She was laid to rest at the church cemetery. After services, a celebration of her life was held at Kaufmann’s Restaurant in Gambrills, MD. Memorial contributions can be made to: Hospice of the Chesapeake Anne Arundel County 445 Defense Highway Annapolis MD 21401

George Thorne, Jr., 82 George Franklin Thorne, Jr., 82, died January 16, 2011 at his residence. Born in Fort Foote, MD, he was the son of the late George and Mary Thorne. He was a graduate of Oxon Hill High School and served in the U.S. Army from 1946 to 1947. He attended the University of Maryland at College Park for his undergraduate work, and received a Master’s degree from North Carolina State University with a concentration in Plant Breeding and Mathematics/Statistics.  Mr. Thorne taught mathematics at Leonardtown High School and Chopticon High School in St. Mary’s County.  He also taught university courses at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station for many of our local engineers.  He then served as a Supervisor of Instruction in mathematics for St. Mary’s County before retiring in 1992.  Mr. Thorne is predeceased by his beloved wife, Mae Rosaline (Gibson) Thorne.  He is survived by his children, George Franklin Thorne III of Leonardtown, MD; Thomas Lawrence Thorne (Holly Clark) of Salt Lake City, UT; and Rose Elaine Thorne (Ned Keegan) of Arlington, VA.  He is also survived by his grandchildren, Cassidy Rose Clark and Milo Thomas Thorne.  Other survivors include his siblings Margaret Gates, Dorothy Roland, Robert Thorne and wife Ruth, and Wilma Tinsley.  He is predeceased by sisters Zelda Johnson and Elsie Thorne.    The family will receive friends on Saturday, January 29, 2011, from 10 – 11 a.m. at Brinsfield Funeral Home in Leonardtown, MD, with a Memorial Service at 11 a.m.  Interment will follow at Our Lady’s Church Cemetery at Medley’s Neck.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of St. Mary’s, PO Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650; or Our Lady’s Church at Medley’s Neck, 41348 Medley’s Neck Rd, Leonardtown, MD 20650-4115.

Sallie Vincent, 46 Sallie Jean Vincent, 46 of Ridge, MD passed away January 16, 2011 at Georgetown University Hospital. She was born on April 6, 1964 at Fort Belvoir Hospital in VA to Bobby Walker of Danville, VA and Jean Stamper of Crystal River, FL. Sallie graduated in 1982 from George Washington High School in Danville, VA. After graduation, Sallie joined the Navy and retired as a Chief in 2003. Following her retirement, she continued supporting the Navy in a Civilian position as a Configuration Manager on the V22 Program at Patuxent River, MD. During this time Sallie continued her education at the College of Southern Maryland where she received her AA in Communication. In addition to her parents, Sallie is survived by her husband Marc A. Vincent, her step-father Lewis Stamper, daughters; Stephanie M. Barger of Ridge, MD, Kellie A. Barger of Baltimore, MD, Nikkie M. Vincent of Ridge, MD, Brittney K. Vincent and Scottie BrannonElerick of Callaway, MD, two grandchildren; and sisters; Montina Aldridge (Tim) of Yanceyville, NC and Gina Walker of Sutherlin, VA. A Memorial Service was held on Thursday, January 20, 2011 at First Saints Community Church. Interment will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, St. Mary’s County Unit 350, P.O. Box 1032, Lexington Park, MD 20653 or the SPCA, 40 W. 24th Street, Suite 3F, New York, NY 10010.


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School Bracing for 2012 Budget Calamity By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Like the many places in the rest of the county, St. Mary’s County Public Schools is facing the next fiscal year with even less funding than it had this year. During the school board meeting Tuesday evening, Superintendant Michael Martirano said the state will be cutting funding to St. Mary’s County Public Schools by more than $3.25 million. This, with other cuts to the funding the school district will be receiving, means the school district will be facing a difficult fiscal year in 2012. He said the best way to prepare for the problems foreseen with next year’s budget is to take action in the current year’s budget. To help prepare for the loss of money, Martirano is implementing three directives, effective immediately The first thing Martirano is going to do is execute a hiring freeze on all positions. He said this is not a decision he made lightly, but it is something he sees as necessary to prepare for 2012. “We recognize our employees work extremely hard, every day, on behalf of our children,” Martirano said. The second initiative is a freeze on all conferences and travel that will have bearing in the budget. As of Tuesday evening, all trips for teachers and administrators that were being paid for out of the budget were cancelled. Martirano said any future trips will have to be cleared through the proper channels, and he encourages employees to explore teleconferences. The board of education hasn’t traveled on money from the operating budget in years, he said. The third thing Martirano said they will be doing is examine further ways to conserve energy. Brad Clements, the Chief Operating Officer with St. Mary’s County Public Schools, will

be assisting with re-evaluating what the schools are doing to save energy and what more can be done. Martirano said some costs are unavoidable and contributed to factors beying the school district’s control. The busses that take children to and from school, for example, run on diesel, which is not getting any cheaper. There has also been a long cold spell, which has a direct impact on the heating costs of each of the buildings. Even Martirano, who generally sees himself as a “glass half full” kind of guy, is worried about what will be happening in the future. “Things could get worse before they get better,” Martirano said. He said he hopes what is happening right now is the worst-case scenario, but he said he’s also a realist and wants everybody to understand that it’s necessary to be prepared in case things get worse. “Every variable will be considered during this process,” Martirano said. He said the money the school will be receiving for fiscal year 2012 is not yet set, and they may be receiving more, or less, money that he was told the school district would be receiving may still change. The governor, who sent the projected allocations, is the first voice in the process but not the last. “Now, more that ever, I need people to tune in and acknowledge with full transparency what is going on in our school system,” Martirano said.

“We recognize our employees work extremely hard, every day, on behalf of our children,” -Superintendant Michael Martirano

St. Mary’s Students Visit Holocaust Museum By Sarah Miller Staff Writer After a two-week intensive unit on history of the Holocaust, where every class was doing something that related to it, the junior class of St. Mary’s Ryken last week went to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. St. Mary’s Ryken junior Julian Ortaz said the students went to the Main Holocaust Museum and Daniel’s Story exhibit. “It’s kind of like the diary of Anne Frank,” said Maggie Sheehan, a junior at St. Mary’s Ryken. The students also heard a presentation by Holocaust survivor Manya Friedman. “She was feisty,” Sheehan said. She said one of the most memorable things Friedman said was the answer to a question about what she would say to Hitler if she could. Friedman’s answer was “I’m still living and you died.” “I think that was the best part,” Sheehan said. Kayla DeOca, another St. Mary’s Ryken junior, said the students might have gone to the museum with certain facts that they needed to find, but it didn’t take long for them to just get absorbed in what they were seeing and forget their mission-driven thoughts. “It just sticks in your brain,” DeOca said. She said Friedman’s presentation was life changing, but so was Daniel’s Story. “You can walk in and see how his life changed when he was little,” she said. There was hatred towards innocent people, which is still going on today, DeOca said. One of the most difficult things for the students was the shoes exhibit. “I had to walk quickly through that room,” Ortaz said.

He said one of the worst things about the shoes was the residual smell from them, and imagining that it must have smelled 100 times worse in the camps. “You get kind of a queasy feeling,” Sheehan said. DeOca said there was another exhibit with one of the train cars used to transport people to the concentration camps. She said it was small and hot, and even the shortest of people had to stoop down to fit in it, and she couldn’t imagine having to be squashed in there with 100 people. Of course, the people working at the museum couldn’t let the people leave without at least a momentary taste of what it would be like to be in that press of humanity. DeOca said in one of the last elevators she went in, they filled the elevator until she thought it was full, then crammed another 15 to 20 people in. Sheehan said it was better to have gone to the museum after the coursework was completed. “You can relate to things in the museum,” she said. Ortaz said a person could spend an entire day in the museum and still not see everything, and that’s not counting the exhibits that aren’t permanent. “I passed exhibits because we were running out of time,” he said. Patrick Farrell, the campus ministry director at St. Mary’s Ryken, said the junior trip to the Holocaust Museum has been going on for more than 10 years, since before he came to work at the school. He said the trip became his assignment when he started working for the school and after nine year’s it’s getting easier to plan. “This year was probably one of the better year’s we’ve had,” Farrell said.


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First Fridays are Happening in Leonardtown

First Friday in Leonardtown is Here! Next big event is February 4 starting at 5:00 p.m.

Visit uptown and downtown to rediscoVer the many treasures of historic/new Leonardtown! 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, craft guild shoP, crazy for ewe, 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, the front Porch, treadles studio, white rabbit children’s bookstore, ye olde towne café


NORTH END GALLERY- 41652 Fenwick Street - In celebration of the North End Gallery’s 25th year of operation, this year’s Invitational Show Theme is “A Silver Collaboration”. Member artists and invited guest artists will be expressing this theme in any way they are inspired. Some may use a literal interpretation, while others may just be celebrating the continued experience of showing in a well established gallery with fellow artists. The exhibition will be installed January 31st. The opening reception will be on February 4th (First Friday) from 5-8 pm. The show will run through March 27. The annual Invitational exhibit has been well received over the years as it offers many outstanding non-member artists and the member artists an opportunity to show their work together. It is always exciting to see the various interpretations of the selected theme. As always, you may enter the monthly drawing for a donated piece of work by one of our member artists by placing your email address in our entry box. You do not need to be present to win, and you will be helping us by supplying us with an alternative to the expensive and less earth friendly mailing of invitations to our shows.

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FENWICK STREET USED BOOKS & MUSIC - 41655A Fenwick St-Christine Trent, author of The Queen's Dollmaker, will lead a discussion and signing copies of her new book, A Royal Likeness. Fully costumed, Christine will make this an enjoyable evening!


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. Dinner Special - Veal Sweetbreads


THE BREWING GROUNDS - 41658 Fenwick Street - 10% discount on all orders from 5 – 8


QUALITY STREET KITCHENS - 41675 Fenwick Street - Start your First Friday with a Wine Tasting! A selection of 4 wines from Prestige Distributor’s will be available with special pricing that night! 5:30 to 8:00 pm. $5.

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CRAZY FOR EWE - 22715 Washington Street - home of quality yarns and stylish designs. When will it be spring? Not soon enough, I’m afraid, but spring will seem much closer when you get your hands on some Spud & Chloe sweater yarn in mouthwatering new colors. Join us First Friday in Leonardtown to kick-off a fabulous new knit-along! We’ll be working the “Easy Top-Down Pullover" from the Spud & Chloe blog this month. It’s a wonderful, easy to On the square in historic Leonardtown knit raglan sweater worked in the round at a gauge of 5 stitches per Classy entertainment, Prix-Fixe Menu & more inch on a size 7 needle. We’ll get you measured and swatched and Reservations Recommended cast on so you can go knit happy all month! It’ll be great fun.

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CREEKSIDE GALLERY- In Maryland Antiques Center In keeping with a romantic and appreciative theme for the month, we will be honoring our past customers with a 10% off coupon. Our February First Friday email will include this coupon, so bring it with you to enjoy the savings. After viewing the beautiful local art, you can also dine at Cahil’s Café, participate in a book signing at the Antiques Center, take a chance on a gift certificate, and enjoy the lite fare provided by the artists.

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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, afghans and baby buntings, wood carvings, lamps and clocks, home décor, handspun yarns, and much more. - Shake those winter blues and come see what the artisans and crafters have been creating. With lots of new pieces and displays, there’s plenty to cheer you up and set your sights on spring. Make the Craft Guild Shop your first stop every First Friday. TREADLES STUDIO - Maryland Antiques Center Building 2 - Misti and the Fuzzy Farmers are throwing a craft party for

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grown-ups. For February, we’re playing in paper and making handcrafted valentines. Come to the studio and in 15 minutes you’ll have something for your sweetheart, as nice (or naughty) as you like. OLDE TOWNE STITCHERY - 41665 Fenwick Street - TBA MARYLAND ANTIQUES CENTER - 26005 Point Lookout Road - will host a book signing featuring Vincent dePaul Gisriel, Jr.’s true story about his parents during World War II. Heart’s Away, Bombs Away relates his father’s bombing missions and military life in general during the war as well as his mother’s accounts of life back home through letters written to each other. A raffle drawing will award a lucky couple two tickets to a performance of their choice to the Port Tobacco Players. Lite refreshments will be served. For information, call 301-475-1960. LEONARDTOWN GALLERIA (IN THE MARYLAND ANTIQUES CENTER) -10% off on everything for first Friday. Come join us for light refreshments.

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CAHIL'S CAFE AND CATERING- (Located in 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 PORT OF LEONARDTOWN WINERY - 23190 Newtowne Neck Rd - Proudly presenting acoustic duo UPSTROKE! Join us inside the tasting room from 5:30-8:30pm for some acoustic pop, rock, jazz, and blues favorites, as well as free wine tastings. Take in some local wine and local music - a great pairing! For more information and instant updates, look up "Port Of Leonardtown Winery" on Facebook.

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ON A ROLL - RETURNING SOON! OLDE TOWN PUB - 22785 Washington Street- Relax after work, meet with friends, or come watch the big game on our giant 60-inch plasma TV. We offer 14 beers on tap, your favorite mixed drinks using only premium spirits, and popular wines. In addition, we have tasty appetizers and great meals for the entire family. Our 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

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Texas hold ‘em Becomes a Fixture in Southern Maryland

By Sarah Miller Staff Writer

It’s not a fad, it’s not a flash in the pan and it’s not going away anytime soon. Like it or not, poker games have become a weekly ritual for many people in St. Mary’s County. Joe Barrick, the drummer for the locally based Sam Grow Band, said he would make a living of playing poker if he could. “When we’re not playing music, we’re playing poker,” he said. Most of the local games are Texas hold ‘em, a specific type of poker. In Texas hold ‘em, each player is dealt two cards and they decide whether they’re in or out. The dealer then lays three cards on the table, known as the flop, which are considered community cards. There’s another round of betting, then the dealer lays down another card, the turn. A fifth and final card, the river, is laid on the table after the round of betting closes after the turn. The player with the best hand, or the best bluff, wins the pot after the river. One of the reason’s poker and other table games are so popular is because they’re not based entirely on luck. Rusty Williams, another local hold ‘em player, said he likes card games as opposed to slot machines and scratch offs because he feels like he has more of a say on whether he wins or looses. “It’s all about strategy,” he said. He said instead of pushing a button over and over, or pulling a lever and hoping you get lucky, card games are more cerebral. You have to remember the rules and what combinations are higher than others, as well as being able to do a certain amount of mental math to figure out percentages and probabilities. It takes skill to play card games and, unlike with slot ma-

chines, the more you play the better you’ll get. There are several local venues in the county to play poker or other table games, and even Bingo. One place is the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7 on Chancellors Run Road, which holds a game on Sundays at 2 p.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. Patricia Conlon, the manger of the lodge, said on an average night between 30 and 40 people will come in to play, with Fridays being their slow night for the week because of how many places have poker games on Fridays. “We kind of share the wealth,” she said. “Just about every non-profit has a poker night.” Another local spot people can go play Texas Hold ‘em is the Elks Lodge located at 45779 Fire Department Lane in Lexington Park. There are poker games every Monday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 6 p.m. Linda Hill, the manager of the tournament at the Elk’s Lodge, said the portion of the money that goes straight to the house, called a rake, is put into a general fund which the Elk’s Lodge uses to fund the various charities they are affiliated with, such as the Charlotte Hall veterans Home, Little League, hospice, the Special Olympics and the Boy Scouts. “It’s entertainment and it’s a way for the different responsible charities to raise money,” Hill said. She said poker games are good for charities because there is not a lot of money that has to be invested into them, unlike other fund raisers like dances and shows, which require a larger amount of capital up front. “You almost have to guarantee success to keep from losing money,” Hill said. Unlike other fundraisers, they also don’t have to approach local businesses to sponsor the games. Approaching businesses for money isn’t always a sure thing, Hill said, because there are so many that are struggling to make ends meet without giving out any money. Poker games aren’t only played in halls and local venues. “We’ve played at a million friend’s houses,” Barrick said. Williams said many of the venues for poker in the area donate a certain percentage to charities to get around the fact that table games are, for the most part, banned in Maryland. One way to get a poker game or casino night le-

galized at a public venue is to go through the sheriff’s office and set up a benefit game, where 100 percent of the profits go toward a charitable organization. “As a general matter, table games and roulettes are banned,” said Holly Knepper, the assistant attorney general with the Maryland State Lottery, but when it comes to benefit games, like poker fundraisers and bingo nights, the individual counties determines the standards governing them. Cindy Allen, the Public Information Officer with the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s office, said the benefit games in St. Mary’s County have to be set up and run by members of the organization. For example, a poker night for the Special Olympics has to be set up and run by people who work for the Special Olympics. Places that host poker games and casino nights and take a cut of the profits to be used for something other than the charity are not doing so legally. Allen said that was what the problem with pull-tab machines came from, the places that had a machine were taking a cut of the money and saying it was for the upkeep of the machine, or rental of the space it was in. “The companies with the pull tabs were not conforming to the specifics of the law,” Allen said. There are special bingo licenses that organizations have to get from the sheriff’s office, which are for one time use only and have to be used within a certain period of time, Allen said. What doesn’t have to be donated to charity are the payouts and prizes that go to winners. “Casino nights have to pay out,” Allen said. So long at the bulk of the money the bingo night, or other gaming event, takes in is given to charity. While charitable games are legal in some capacity, other games are banned across the board in Maryland. Carole Everett, the director of communications with the Maryland State Lottery, said the fact that table games are not allowed in Maryland whole other forms of gambling, like scratch off tickets and the lottery, are legal is due to legislative regulations. “We’re just carrying out what the legislature has deemed appropriate for Maryland,” Everett said. She said the laws would have to be changed to allow for legalized non-charitable table games. The individual counties determine the charitable games,


and the laws governing them, Everett said. “One has nothing to do with the other,” she said. Money brought in through the Maryland Lottery is put into the general fund, which is doled out by the Maryland legislature. “It’s like a giant checkbook the state uses,” Everett said. People in the county agree with Everett that legalized, across the board gambling would bring in more revenue for the state and that is shouldn’t be banned. Barrick said legalized gambling would bring in revenue and jobs for the state, and he doesn’t see the negative associations with gambling, like drinking and crime, being much of an issue. According to him, the benefits to legalizing gambling across the board would far outweigh any negative impact if could have. “They generate jobs and they generate prosperity,” Barrick said. Williams agrees with Barrick and said table games should have been legalized when pull-tabs, scratch offs and the state lottery were legalized. “If you’re gonna legalize one, you should legalize them all,” he said.

Nancy Schmitt rakes in a pot after winning a hand a the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7 on Chancellors Run Road

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Local Man First From County to Lead Boumi Temple By Sarah Miller Staff Writer

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He recently relinquished his position as Potentate of Boumi Temple in Baltimore, but Ron Carlson will always hold the honor of being the first Potentate from St. Mary’s County. The Boumi Temple is the home base for the Boumi Shriners, a branch of the international Shriners, known best for the ShriPhoto Courtesy of Ron Carlson Photo Courtesy of Ron Carlson ner’s Hospitals for Chil- Carlson and his wife Arlene. Carlson Carlson and other members of the Boumi Temple at the Delta Parade. dren and circus they run. held the position of Potentate of the The Shriners are a Boumi Temple in 2010. group for people who are Getting to be the Potentate was wonderFreemasons who have attained the title of Mas“You have to go up the ladder,” Carlson ful, he said, but the only thing that being from ter Masons. The Shriners used to be closed to said. “It takes seven years to go up the ladder.” St. Mary’s County meant was an additional Master Masons who had not yet attained the The “ladder” is called the Divan, which a 210-mile trek to the temple. 32nd degree in another Masonic appendage, Shriner can be invited to join. It is a seven-year He said getting to be the Potentate took a like the Scottish Rite, but it is now open to any program that culminates in the person being lot of work, and it went by really fast. He said Master Mason. he’s looking forward to taking some time off named Potentate. The Potentate is the leader of the temple Once a person is appointed to be the Po- and doing his duties as a past Potentate without Photo Courtesy of Ron Carlson for a branch of Shriners and Carlson was the tentate for the temple, they hold that title for the responsibilities of being the current one. Carlson and his wife Arlene in front to one of the first person from St. Mary’s County to receive one year. Carlson was the Potentate for 2010. In addition to being the first Potentate vans used to transport area children to the Shriners the position. Carlson said there are 4,000 Shriners in from St. Mary’s County, Carlson has an inlet in hospital for treatment. Maryland. The Boumi Shrine was founded in Antarctica named after him. The Carlson Inlet, located at 78°0’S 1872 and is the 18th shrine to be built in the ime Only! 78°30’W, is an ice-filled inlet lying between United States. T d One of the major things Carlson did with Fletcher Ice Rise and Fowler Ice Rise. It was named after Carlson, who, now rethe Shriners was work with the local Shriner’s tired after a 31 year career the U.S. Navy, flew hospital. The Shriners operate 22 hospitals across R4D-8 and C-130 aircrafts to support the Interthe country, which provide free treatment to national Geophysical Year and United States children with orthopedic conditions, burns, Antarctic Research Program field parties between 1958 and 1963. spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate. On Dec. 14, 1961, he commanded a C-130 “It’s a lot of fun and satisfaction to be the head of the shrine and to bring the masons to Hercules flight across the Ellsworth Mountains, during which he photographed and the hospital,” Carlson said. He said the hospital takes children be- sketched the inlet now named after him. The Carlson Inlet is pictured on the pin tween the ages of 3 and 18. Treatment for the children is free, no matter what their family’s Carlson designed when he reached the level of Potentate. He said everyone who attains that position is in life or ability to pay. “It was really great with the kids,” Carl- level gets to design his own pin. Carlson’s wife, Arlene, said she’s proud of son said. One thing Carlson said he won’t miss it her husband and all he’s accomplished. “I think he’s been very successful in his the drive to and from Baltimore, which he said lifetime,” said Arlene said. takes 105 minutes. “There was a lot of driving in the last years,” Carlson said.



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Thursday, January 27, 2011


St. Mary’s is Facing Fences

After months of preparation, research and planning, the Facing Fences exhibit had its grand opening Saturday afternoon. The exhibit is a collaborative effort between St. Mary’s College of Maryland, the Between Fences traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution and the tri-county area as a whole. Jean Drzyzgula, a sophomore at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, said there was work being done on the actual exhibit from halfway through the semester until 10 minutes before the show opened. “It was great,” Drzyzgula said. “It really brought together the college and the community to a larger extent.” Drzyzgula was a member of the Intro to Museum Studies class, which, in addition to helping set up the exhibit as a whole, worked with students from St. Michael’s School, Chesapeake Public Charter School, Town Creek Elementary School and Spring Ridge Middle School, among others, to paint fence pickets, which were displayed at the exhibit in Boyden Gallery and other locations around the county. In addition to the students’ fence posts, there are pieces in Boyden Gallery about Scientist Cliffs in Calvert County and the borders the United States shares with Canada and Mexico, showing fences are as much of a concern close to home as they are in international issues. Joe Urgo, the president of St. Mary’s College, called the exhibit “a tremendous college community collaboration.” He said the exhibit shows how few fences there are between the community and the college.

L ibrary Items “It’s kind of interesting to look at what constitutes boundaries and people’s perspective on that,” said Judy Angelheart from Lusby who came down to see the exhibit’s grand opening. Regina Faden, the executive director of St. Mary’s City and the instructor of the Intro to Museum Studies Class, said it “feels wonderful” to finally have the exhibit up and open to the public. She also said it was good for the students to see a project they worked on be successfully executed. “I’m sure it’s going to be gratifying for the students,” Faden said. The exhibit will be up until March 4. For more information, visit

Leonardtown Rescue Squad Installation The Leonardtown Volunteer Rescue Squad had its Installation of Officers on Saturday evening. Installed where the new Operational Officers, the executive Officers and the Auxiliary Officers for 2011. Pictured below are the Operational officers. Seated from left are: Assistant Engineer Jesse Bauer, Safety Officer Chris Smith, Supply Officer Jaime Weber, Assistant Chief Amy Smith, Lieutenant 19A Jackie Norris, Lieutenant 19B Doug Pennock, Lieutenant 19C Larry Trader and Assistant Engineer Kirk Windsor. Standing is Assistant Engineer Charlie Cooksey, Safety Officer Chuck Adams, Captain Kerry Klear, Chief Joe Wilkinson, Lieutenant 19D Tom Pilkerton, Deputy Chief Dave Wright, Chief, Engineer Mike VanRyswick and Assistant Engineer Greg Schultz.

The new Executive officers, also pictured below, are, seated from left: Corresponding Secretary Lisa Morgan, Historian Kateline Norris, Member at large Jamie Weber and Member at Large Greg Schultz. Standing is President Shirley Copado, Vice President Donna Whites, Recording, Secretary Dave Wright, Treasurer Mary Borland and Chief Joe Wilkinson. The new auxiliary officers are President Candy Chesser, Vice President Genny Taylor, Treasurer Debbie Schultz and Secretary Ella Neal.

Photos by Sarah Miller

MD Boating Safety Education Offered The US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Solomons Flotilla 23-2, will present a four-session Maryland Boating Safety Education course at the Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center, 24005 Point Lookout Road, Leonardtown on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, Feb. 8-17. Class will begin at 6:30 pm each evening, and will end by 9 pm. This course satisfies the MD Boating Safety Education requirement for persons born after July 1, 1972, and graduates of this course will receive the MD Boater Safety Education certificate. This certificate must be carried by any person born after July 1, 1972 while that person operates a registered vessel in MD waters. Students must attend all four sessions and pass a final examination in order to obtain the certificate. Topics include: Introduction to Boating Terms, Boating Equipment, Boat Trailering, Boat Handling Underway, Navigation Aids, Boating Emergencies, MD Boating Laws, Jet Ski Operation, Water Skiing Regulations, Hunting and Fishing. Contact Gary Smith at 410-326-8377 or fsope.232@hotmail. com to preregister. Course administration fee is $25.

Leonardtown Rotary Club Accepting Grant Applications The Leonardtown Rotary Club is accepting grant applications from St. Mary’s County non-profit programs and public services agencies. The deadline for this award period is March 4, and awards will be announced in May. A key element of “service above self” as practiced by the Leonardtown Rotary Club is providing grant funds to local agencies and programs that provide humanitarian services to the citizens of St. Mary’s County. This is a competitive grant process and awards typically range between $250 and $500 depending on the need expressed in the application and funding availability. To be eligible for the 2011 award, applications must be received on or postmarked by March 4, 2011. Applications have been sent to organizations that were awarded grants last year. The application is also available on the Leonardtown Rotary website, or by contacting Phil Rollins, Community Service Director, Leonardtown Rotary Club, P.O. Box 738, Leonardtown MD 20650 or Leonardtown Rotary Club is a participating club in Rotary International. As defined, “Rotary is an organization of business and professional persons united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world.”

• Annual Report sent electronically In an effort to become more environmentally responsible, the library has distributed this year’s annual report electronically via email. For those who do not receive email notices and e-newsletters, copies of the report are posted in each library or it can also be accessed from the library’s website. Highlights of 2010 are covered in the report. • Storytelling at its best Professional storyteller Janice Curtis Greene, President of the Griots’ Circle of Maryland, will mesmerize all ages with her lively presentation of folktales, original stories and rap, all woven with historical facts and life lessons, at the Black History Month Celebration on Feb. 13, at 2 p.m. at Lexington Park Library. The performance is free and is being co-sponsored by UCAC (Unified Committee for Afro-American Contributions) and NAACP. Light refreshments will be provided. • Free adult computer classes offered The basics of writing a resume, the different types of resumes, and how to use the resume templates in Word 2007 will be covered in Resume Basics in Word 2007 offered on Feb. 8, at Lexington Park at 5:30 p.m. Space is available for the basic class, Introduction to Computers, offered on Feb. 7 at Leonardtown at 2 p.m. Registration is required for both of these classes. Leonardtown and Charlotte Hall provide one-on-one basic computer instruction by appointment. • Teens can win digital camera Teens can earn a chance to win a digital camera by creating a book trailer or a video featuring “the awesomeness of reading” for the Teen Tech Week Video Contest. Once created, teens post their videos on YouTube with the tag, STMALIB TTW Video Contest 2011, and then submit the entry form found on the library’s teen webpage. Entry deadline is March 9. The winner will be announced at the Video Showcase on March 12 at Lexington Park. More details can be found on the Library’s teen page. At the next TAG (Teen Advisory Group) meetings, Feb. 8 at 5:30 p.m. at Lexington Park and on Feb. 10 at 5 p.m. at Charlotte Hall and at 6 p.m. at Leonardtown, teens will learn how to create a video without using a camera. All teens are welcome. Snacks are provided. • Evening storytimes and LEGO fun planned An evening storytime will be offered at Lexington Park on Feb. 2 and on Feb. 3 at Charlotte Hall and Leonardtown. All three start at 6 p.m. After the storytimes each branch will offer LEGO Fun at 6:30 p.m. for children to build LEGO creations while listening to a story. LEGOs are provided. Children are asked not to bring their own.


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Thursday, Jan. 27 • Special Olympics Poker Bennett Building (24930 Old Three Notch Road, Hollywood) – 7 p.m. $5-$5 blinds cash game. Dealers will be provided. 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 Jim Bucci 301-373-6104 before 7 p.m. and 240298-9616 after. • Poetry Reading Daugherty-Palmer Commons at St. Mary’s College of Maryland (18952 E. Fisher Road, St. Mary’s City) – 8 p.m. Poet Gina Franco will read from her works as part of the VOICES Reading Series. The evening is free and open to the public.

Friday, Jan. 28 • Grace Griffith and Friends in Concert Christ Episcopal Church Parish Hall (37497 Zach Fowler Road, Chaptico) – 7p.m. The Southern Maryland Traditional Music and Dance Association is proud to present Grace Griffith and friends in concert. Griffith was named Artist of the Year in 2006 by the Washington Area Music Association. Her CD “My Life” was named Recording of the Year as well as best contemporary folk recording. Admission is $12 for non-SMTMD members, $10 for members (band members are free). Light refreshments will be provided, donation requested. For more information, including directions to the Parish Hall, visit http://www. • $25 No Linit Texas Hold ‘Em Fraternal order of Police (21215 Chancellors Run Road, Great Mills) – 2 p.m. $25 by in for No Limit Texas Hold ‘Em. Cash games will be available. For more information, call 301-863-6007.

• Newtowne Players Present Doubt Three Notch Theatre (21744 South Coral Drive, Lexington Park) – 8 p.m. The Newtowne Players will perform “Doubt: A Parable,” a drama by John Patrick Shanley, Thursdays through Sundays, Jan. 28 through Feb. 13. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances start at 8 p.m.; Sunday shows begin at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students, senior citizens and the military. Thursday shows are $10 general admission. Light refreshments and beverages are also available for purchase at the theatre. Reservations are recommended. For more information or to make a reservation, 301-7375447 or visiting

Saturday, Jan. 29 • Pax Rats Kick Off 2011 The Tides Restaurant (46580 Expedition Drive, Lexington Park) – 6 p.m. Come out and help The Pax Rats kickoff 2011. They will be playing jazz standards, some blues and who knows what else. There is a $10, cash-only, cover to see the show. Beverages will be available from the bar and the menu will be available from the kitchen. For more information or to make a reservation, call Dorothy Whitehead at 301-862-5303. • St. John’s and the SuperMagicMan Unite St. John’s Parish Hall (43950 St. John’s Road, Hollywood) – 7:30 p.m. Reggie Rice, AKA SuperMagicMan, is DC’s 2-time Comedy Magician of the Year. His award- winning show has opened for Jordin Sparks from American Idol and has also appeared on National TV’s Travel Channel. Along with his goofy, lovable personality, this show is filled with amazing illusions, music, comedy, dance and audience participation that takes magic to the next level of entertainment. The SuperMagicMan’s Illusion show will have a tribute to the King of Pop in a new opening act, people disappearing into thin air and a flaming torch passing through an arm, among other acts. For more information, check out: www. Tickets will be $8 per person and Visa and MasterCard will be ac-

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• Everyone has a story to tell: Memoir Writing Basics Garvery Senior Activity Center (21580 Peabody Street, Leonardtown) 1:30 p.m. Whether a life is unconventional or relatively normal, there’s bound to be something fascinating about it. Seniors are invited to the Garvey Senior Activity Center on Tuesdays until March 1 to participate in this memoirwriting workshop. In this group they will learn how to focus their life stories, give them literary purpose, and apply such craft elements as character, plot, description, dialogue, setting, pacing, and theme. To sign up, or for more information, call 301-475-4200, extension 1050.

• Soup Served on Sunday Church of the Ascension (21641 Great Mills Road, Lexington Park) – 2 p.m. Hot soup will be served to all who care to join every Sunday afternoon at. Everyone is welcome; the meal is free. Call 301-863-8551 for more information. • $25 No Linit Texas Hold ‘Em Fraternal order of Police (21215 Chancellors Run Road, Great Mills) – 2 p.m. No Limit Texas Hold ‘Em, buy in is $15 plus $5 for bounty. Cash games will be available. For more information, call 301-863-6007.

Monday, Jan. 31 • Free Tax Preparation at Senior Activity Centers St. Mary’s County Senior Activity Centers (26845 Point Lookout Road, Leonardtown) - 9 a.m. IRS/AARP certified tax counselors will provide free tax preparation and electronic filing at the three Senior Activity Centers in St. Mary’s County. Call 301-884-8370 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to schedule an appointment. Personal returns only: no out of state returns or returns involving farms, businesses, rental properties, or partnerships. Taxpayers must have proof of Social Security number and picture identification. Bring a copy of last year’s return and all income and tax related information including names, social security numbers, and birth dates for all persons who will be listed on the return.

Tuesday, Feb. 1 • Open House at The Tidewater School The Tidewater School (120 Cox Road, Huntingtown) – 9 a.m. This is an opportunity for parents to visit the school while classes are in session. Following a brief introduction to the school, guests are then escorted to each class level and then invited to participate in a question and answer

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Wednesday, Feb. 2 • Evening Story Time Lexington Park Library (21677 FDR Boulevard, Lexington Park) - 6 p.m. Enjoy a family story time. For more information, call 301-863-8188 • Special Olympics Poker Bennett Building (24930 Old Three Notch Road, Hollywood) – 7 p.m. $1-$2 blinds cash game. Dealers will be provided and the high hand is paid nightly. 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 240-2980200. For more information about the poker game, call Jim Bucci 301-373-6104 before 7 p.m. and 240-298-9616 after. • Free Line Dance Lessons Hotel Charles (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. Anyone interested in obtaining more information about these lessons or interested joining the Boot Scooters of Southern Maryland can contact then through link on our website at http://www.bootscootersofsomd.

GRACE CHAPEL Grace Chapel (Meeting at Mechanicsville Elementary School) Pastor Carl Snyder Worship Service: 10:00 am Phone: 301-884-3504 • Website: John 8:32 Member of fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches


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By Linda Reno Contributing Writer Joseph Long was born in 1792 and was the son of Charles Long and first wife, name unknown. Charles Long would marry twice more— Elizabeth Dart in 1813 and Sarah Thompson in 1814. He is the ancestor of the Long family that lived (and some still do) in the Oakville, Oraville, and Laurel Grove area. Joseph Long, like his father, was also married three times--first, Catherine Dean in 1816; second, Catherine Knott in 1821 and lastly

Elizabeth Jane Watson, widow of William Newton in 1845. Generally, widows and widowers didn’t remain that way very long. Men needed someone to take care of the children and home and women needed a husband to support them. That’s just the way it was. Between 1850 and 1852, both Joseph and Elizabeth Long died, leaving behind two young children—Joseph, born in 1846 and Ann Maria, born in 1850. In 1860, Joseph, Jr. was living with his grandmother, Susanna (Wilson) Watson/ Jones/Knott; in 1870, he was living in the home of William Dixon and then disappears from the local records. Ann Maria was taken in as an infant by the family of Charles and Henrietta (Shaw) Posey where she presumably lived until she married Joseph Henry Curry in 1876. Joseph and Ann Maria would be married about 13 years before Joseph died in 1889 at the age of 38, leaving Ann Maria, four little children, and another one on the way. Ann Maria struggled on alone until 1892 when she married Walter Barnett “Barney” Bond. Barney doesn’t appear to have had a lot going for him and was described as a ne’er do well. Yet, Ann Maria needed to provide a home for herself and her children and probably

Wanderings of an Aimless Superstitions By Shelby Oppermann Contributing Writer I didn’t realize what a big deal superstitions are to me until a few days ago. I was working on my painting for the upcoming North End Gallery Invitational and was just to the point of cutting up some mirror for part of the design. No, it’s not one of my realistic paintings. As I set my hand held glass cutter down on the mirror I suddenly got a twinge of worry. If you cut up a mirror in other than a basic shape does that cause partial bad luck. A minute earlier I thought maybe it would be easier to break the mirror if I took it out to my workshop and hit it with a hammer. Then the primal instinct of fear really kicked in. If I break a mirror for art does that still cause seven years of bad luck? Hmmm…I wasn’t sure what to do. Isn’t it only when you break a mirror accidentally that you have the dire predictions of bad luck? Maybe you worry so much about getting bad luck that you cause it. You have probably heard a lot about that theory called “The law of attraction” popularized by the book titled The Secret. I suppose bad luck can be attracted to previous bad luck. Some days I think I must be walking around in a magnet covered outfit. I am telling myself I don’t really believe all this stuff. Nonsense. I’m not superstitious. Then I thought about my daily habits. I am a creature of habit in many respects. My basic daily routines don’t vary too much, and I don’t mind it that way I found this out very definitely on Saturday evening. We were having friends over and my husband said since I was at work he had the house cleaning and the prep of the oysters under control. What a man. Did I say he was wonderful? … 30% of the time. Really it’s 85%. THEN, I came home from work to find that he had completely rearranged the living room. This is the problem when you have a husband who is home through the winter. I felt like my juju had lost it’s juice. I was not happy. Once I have furniture the way I like it – that’s it. I told him he had had the house for twenty-eight years, and I only for ten. I still have eighteen more years to go with everything the way it is- the way I feel comfortable, safe,



and secure. How was I to watch the beautiful early morning sunrise from my spot. What about my tradition of grabbing my tea, sitting in my seat and listening to the opening trumpet fanfare on CBS Sunday morning. Even if I don’t listen to the rest of the show I need to hear the theme song. I feel like that predicts how my Sunday will go. One night my husband went to grab something on the island and knocked the salt shaker off the top of it. I know I gave a loud gasp and said, “Oh no!” He replied. “What, it’s just the salt.” “Now, you have to pick up a pinch of salt and throw it over your left shoulder!” “Why?” “You’ll have bad luck if you don’t, and my Mother said so!” He shot back, “Your Mother has been gone for 11 years.” I don’t think I’m superstitious I told my husband, it’s just what my Mother always said. Sounding like my Mother scared me even more. So, later, when he sneezed three times I had to bite my lip to stop myself from saying, “Sneeze three times and have good luck.” Come to think of it, my Mother did have lots of superstitions she passed on to me. I can’t drive over railroad tracks without lifting my feet. If my nose was itchy she’d say, ”Oh, you’re going to get in a fight.” And she was right. Promptly my Mother and I would get in an argument. If my left hand itches I get excited – that means money is coming to you. If my right hand itches I get worried – that means you’ll be giving money away. My husband says use some hand cream, or his ever-funny comment of, “If you’d wash more often you wouldn’t have that problem.” Ha ha. He’s back down to 30% now that I think of it. And worst of all is my own private superstition – I have not been able to drive by “The God Spot” every morning. What can that mean. Workmen are still working on the bridge area of Mechanicsville Road. But I don’t think God puts much truck in superstitions. There is one superstition that I’d love to be able to ask my Mother about. Why did she always tell me to hold my breath through tunnels? What would happen if I breathed? It was usually fine. But I’m still fighting the trauma of that Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel trip. To each new day’s adventure, Shelby Please send comments or ideas to:

thought she had made the best decision. Unfortunately, she would die within a few years and now the children would be scattered to the four winds. Mary Etta, born 1878 worked as a cook in the home of the Dixon family until she married Willam E. Davis in 1901; Elizabeth J., born 1879 married Elijah Norman Thompson when she was just 16; and Fannie, b. 1883, lived with the Hill family until she married Lewis Benjamin Gray in 1904. The two youngest children— James Burton (called Burton), born 1888 and Violet, born 1889 went to live with their uncle, William Thomas Curry. Violet married Harry Overt Elliott in 1909. Burton Curry, the only son, was living with his uncle in 1900 and then with this sister Fannie in Washington, D.C. in 1910. Shortly after this he met Harriett Marie “Hattie” Langley, daughter of James Finnegan Langley and Sophia Frances Morrison who lived at Solomon’s Island. They would be married on December 14, 1914 and at last Burton would have a home and family of his own. Burton died in 1963. Hattie went to live with her daughter in Washington State where she died in 1985. The charming picture that accompanies this article was taken in 1912, probably right after the couple met--all dressed up in their Sunday best and ready to face the future together.

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• Dave Norris DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 5 p.m. • Gretchen Richie “Broadway’s Golden Era” Café Des Artistes – 41655 Fenwick Street, Leonardtown) – 6 p.m. • Live Music with Freddie Long Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 7 p.m. • Special Olympics Poker Bennett Building (24930 Old Three Notch Road, Hollywood) – 7 p.m. • Salsa Thursdays at House of Dance House of Dance (24620 Three Notch Road, Hollywood) – 7:30 p.m. • All You Can Drink Ladies Night Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) – 8 p.m. • Poetry Reading Daugherty-Palmer Commons, St. Mary’s College of Maryland (18952 E. Fisher Rd, St. Mary’s City) – 8 p.m. • Martini Karaoke with DJ Steve Martini’s Lounge (10553 Theodore Green Boulevard, White Plains) – 9 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 28 • Dave Norris DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 5 p.m.

• Randy Richie Cafe Des Artistes (41655 Fenwick Street, Leonardtown) – 6:30 p.m. • $25 No Limit Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament Fraternal Order of Police (21215 Chancellors Run Road, Great Mills) – 7 p.m. • Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament Mechanicsville Fire House (28165 Hills Club Road, Mechanicsville) – 7 p.m. • Bent Nickel House of Dance (24620 Three Notch Road, Hollywood) – 8 p.m. • Newtowne Players Present “Doubt” Three Notch Theatre (21744 South Coral Drive, Lexington Park) – 8 p.m. • All You Can Drink Night Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) – 8 p.m. • Karaoke Isaac’s Pub, Holiday Inn Solomons (155 Holiday Drive, Solomons) – 8:30 p.m • Karaoke by Stephanie Apehangers Bar and Grill (9100 Crain Highway, Bel Alton) – 9 p.m. • 360 Martini’s Lounge (10553 Theodore Green Boulevard, White Plains) – 9 p.m. • Cat’s Meow The Blue Dog Saloon (7940 Port Tobacco Road, Port Tobacco)– 9 p.m.

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Sunday, Jan. 30

• Special Olympics Poker Bennett Building (24930 Old Three Notch Road, Hollywood) – 4 p.m.

• NFL at the Duck Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 6 a.m.

• Fair Warning DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 6 p.m.

• Big Dog Zone Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) – 11 a.m.

• Pax Rats Kick Off 2011 The Tides Restaurant (46580 Expedition Drive, Lexington Park) – 6 p.m. • No Limit Texas Hold ‘Em Bounty Tournament St. Mary’s County Elk’s Lodge (45779 Fire Department Lane, Lexington Park) – 6 p.m. • Randy Richie Cafe Des Artistes (41655 Fenwick Street, Leonardtown) – 6:30 p.m. • Live with Jennifer Ann Cooper and Band Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 7 p.m. • Special Olympics Poker Bennett Building (24930 Old Three Notch Road, Hollywood) – 7 p.m. • Winter Celtic Music Festival Concert St. Mary’s Ryken High School (22600 Camp Calvert Road, Leonardtown) – 7:30 p.m. • Jim Ritter and the Creole Gumbo Jazz Band The Westlawn Inn (9200 Chesapeake Avenue, North Beach) – 8 p.m. • Karaoke OCI Pub (45413 Lighthouse Road, Piney Point) – 8 p.m. • No Green Jellybeenz California Applebees (45480 Miramar Way, California) – 9 p.m. • Karaoke with DJ Tommy and DJ T Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) – 9 p.m. • Too Many Mikes Hotel Charles (15100 Burnt Store Road, Hughesville) – 9 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 31 • 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. • $20 Turbo Poker Tournament RTS Building (21367 Great Mills Road, Lexington Park) – 8 p.m. • The Nuttin Fancy Band Cryer’s Back Road Inn (22094 Newtowne Neck Road, Leonardtown ) – 9 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 1 • Fair Warning DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 5 p.m. • Open Pool Tables Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) – 7 p.m. • Special Olympics Poker Bennett Building (24930 Old Three Notch Road, Hollywood) – 7 p.m. • Live with David Morreale Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 2

• Full Steam Apehangers Bar and Grill (9100 Crain Highway, Bel Alton) – 9 p.m.

• Mason Sebastian DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 5 p.m.

• One Louder Vera’s White Sands Beach Club (1200 White Sands Drive, Lusby) – 9 p.m.

• Karaoke with DJ Harry Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) – 7 p.m.

• 360 Martini’s Lounge (10553 Theodore Green Boulevard, White Plains) – 9 p.m.

• Special Olympics Poker Bennett Building (24930 Old Three Notch Road, Hollywood) – 7 p.m.

• Dee Jay Christian The Blue Dog Saloon (7940 Port Tobacco Road, Port Tobacco)– 9 p.m.

• Live with Anthony Ryan Country Band Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 7:30 p.m.

• Hate the Toy and Sum Bich Memories Nightclub and Bar (2360 Old Washington Road, Waldorf) – 9 p.m.

• Wolf’s Hot Rods and Old Gas Beach Cove Restaurant (8416 Bayside Road, Chesapeake Beach) – 8 p.m.

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Libraries Brimming With Activities For All Ages By Sarah Miller Staff Writer The library has a lot to offer for individuals who are looking for more than a book to read or a movie to watch. There are things for people of all ages to do, from toddlers to grown ups. In St. Mary’s County, there are branches in Charlotte Hall, Lexington Part and Leonardtown, all of which offer various activities for the citizens of the tri-county area. Jill Hutchison, the Children’s Department Supervisor at the Leonardtown library, said the activities for very young children, like toddlers, there are Lego story times and other interactive activities, are planned by the Children’s Department Supervisors from all the libraries, who have training in early childhood development. “We plan things that are fun and interesting,” she said. The goal of the activities for the children is to get them ready for learning to read in Kindergarten while making reading fun. There are activities like Lego story times and other activities, which change from month to month and year to year, and events like the Dr. Seuss’s Birthday celebration, which is held every year in March. For teenagers, there is the Teen Advisory Group (TAG). “We do a lot of reading and listening to music and they have that and it’s all here,” said Sean Nodland, a member for the TAG at the Leonardtown Library. His brother, Rich is also a member of the group. There is a branch of TAG in every library, and currently the students in the group are working on video projects for the 2011 Teen Tech Week Video Contest. The videos are to be book trailers or a video to

show the “awesomeness of reading.” Students will be shown examples and given lessons on making their video and how to submit it during the TAG meetings. Submissions are to be made by posting the video to YouTube and tagged “STMALIB TTW Video Contest 2011.” The videos for the video contest will be judged on March 10 and 11, with the winner being announced at the Video Showcase at the Lexington Park Library at 2 p.m. The grand prize is a digital camera and the viewers choice prize is a “golden” trophy. Hutchison, who is also the advisor for the TAG group at the Leonardtown Library, said the video contest is open to all teens and “tweens” and they don’t have to be members of TAG to submit videos. The TAG group also volunteers with the summer reading program. Hutchinson said there are about 20 active members of the TAG group at any given time, and upwards of 70 summer reading volunteers. Hutchison said the students in TAG develop a lot of their own activities, which she said helps them develop leadership and planning skills. They bring in guest speakers to address the kids. “They’re learning skills while having fun,” Hutchison said. The teenagers also help with activities for the younger children, which is another part of learning leadership skills, Hutchison said. Along with the programming for children and teenagers, there are groups and activities for adults. There are book discussion groups at each library, who choose their own books and meet monthly to talk about the books. For younger age groups there are Chapter Chats, where they can discuss books more appropriate to their age and grade levels. The book groups at each of the three

libraries read their own books and work with library staff to develop the book list for the year and make sure there are copies available for people to borrow. The book group at the Charlotte Hall Library meets on the first Friday of every month at 7 p.m. The group at the Leonardtown Library meets on the third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. and the Lexington Park groups meets on the second Monday of the month at 6 p.m. For some months, such as Black History Month in February, books are chosen in honor of the holiday. The library also brings in speakers for all ages. Lash said the next one to come up will be Janice Curtis Greene, President of Griot Circle of Maryland, who will come in and tell her folktales, original stories, and raps woven with historical facts and life lessons. “We also offer computer classes, basic to more advanced like excel, [which are] very important to job seekers and those with little computer skills, particularly since they are free,” Lash said. The programs offered at the library have a little bit of something for everyone, in all age groups and for all interests. “Our library programs are another way to reach out to our community and provide opportunities for them to learn, discover, and relax. Whether computer classes, professional performers or a program on archaeology, our programs are educational, entertaining and free. Our programs also allow us to highlight our collections, books and other items, promote our

services and attract both regular and new users of all ages and backgrounds to the library,” Lash said.

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1. One of two equal parts 2. About ilium 3. June’s birthstone 4. Calamity 5. Jefferson named unalienable ones 6. Rest in expectation 7. Baseball’s ____ Ruth 8. Flows away 9. Belonging to Robert E. 10. Attempt 12. House in Spanish 14. Lerner and _____, wrote “My Fair Lady” 15. Summer shoe


20. Formerly Persia 21. A small wooded hollow 26. Duct or cellophane 27. Large flightless birds 28. Genus leuciscus fish 29. A place to sleep 30. Minerals 31. Scarlett’s home 32. 7th Hindu month 34. Poised to 38. Fitness guru Austin 39. Czech & German River 40. Slogged 41. College army 43. Short sharp barks 44. CA. citrus county 47. Brews 48. Fearful and cautious 49. The people of Chief Kooffreh 50. Euphemistic damn 51. Far East wet nurse 52. Where birds hatch their young 53. Wander 54. Male undergrad social club 55. Programming language

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Thurs., Jan. 27

Sat., Jan. 29

Wrestling North Point at Chopticon, 7 p.m.

Girls’ Basketball St. Mary’s Ryken at Bishop McNamara, 1:45 p.m.

Fri., Jan. 28 Boys’ Basketball Huntingtown at Chopticon, 7 p.m. Leonardtown at Calvert, 7 p.m. St. John’s at St. Mary’s Ryken, 7 p.m. Girls’ Basketball Chopticon at Huntingtown, 7 p.m. Calvert at Leonardtown, 7 p.m. St. Mary’s Ryken at St. John’s, 7 p.m. Hockey St. Mary’s Ryken vs. Huntingtown at Capital Clubhouse, Waldorf, MD, 5 p.m. Swimming Chopticon/Thomas Stone vs. Huntingtown at Lackey, 5 p.m.

Wed., Jan. 19 Boys’ Basketball Thomas Stone 46, Chopticon 32 Great Mills 71, Westlake 63 Lackey 58, Leonardtown 40 Girls’ Basketball Chopticon 48, Thomas Stone 42 Westlake 66, Great Mills 23 Leonardtown 48, Lackey 47 St. Mary’s Ryken 80, King’s Christian Academy 15 Hockey Huntingtown 9, Leonardtown 1 Boys’ Swimming Northern 175, Chopticon 99 Girls’ Swimming Northern 151, Chopticon 127

Thurs., Jan. 20 Boys’ Basketball St. Mary’s Ryken 52, Good Counsel 44 Wrestling Lackey 52, Great Mills 27 Westlake 46, Great Mills 30

Indoor Track Southern Maryland Athletic Conference meet at Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex, Landover, MD, 8 a.m.

Sun. Jan. 30 Boys’ Basketball Bishop Ireton at St. Mary’s Ryken, 3:30 p.m.

Mon., Jan. 31 Boys’ Basketball Chopticon at Patuxent, 7 p.m. Girls’ Basketball Patuxent at Chopticon, 7 p.m.

Tues, Feb. 1 Boys’ Basketball Paul VI at St. Mary’s Ryken, 7 p.m.

Leonardtown 34, Chopticon 28 Leonardtown 42, Patuxent 24 Chopticon 49, Patuxent 30

Fri., Jan. 21 Boys’ Basketball Calvert 61, Chopticon 50 Great Mills 55, Patuxent 54 Girls’ Basketball Calvert 70, Chopticon 40 Great Mills 48, Patuxent 34 Good Counsel 76, St. Mary’s Ryken 61 Hockey Leonardtown 4, La Plata 4 (tie) DeMatha 5, St. Mary’s Ryken 0 Boys’ Swimming North Point 171, Great Mills 105 La Plata 148, Great Mills 131 Leonardtown 207, Westlake 45 Leonardtown 198, Calvert 77 Girls’ Swimming North Point 186, Great Mills 88 La Plata 145, Great Mills 130

Girls’ Basketball St. Mary’s Ryken at Paul VI, 7:30 p.m. Wrestling Chopticon at Lackey, 7 p.m. Great Mills/McDonough at North Point, 5 p.m. Huntingtown at Leonardtown, 7 p.m.

Wed., Feb. 2 Boys’ Basketball Great Mills at Lackey, 7 p.m. Leonardtown at McDonough, 7 p.m. DeMatha at St. Mary’s Ryken, 7 p.m. Girls’ Basketball Lackey at Great Mills, 7 p.m. McDonough at Leonardtown, 7 p.m. Hockey St. Mary’s Ryken vs. Bowie at Capital Clubhouse, Waldorf, MD, 6:45 p.m. Swimming Chopticon/Westlake vs. Lackey at Lackey, 5 p.m.

Leonardtown 204, Westlake 62 Leonardtown 197, Calvert 83

Sat., Jan. 22 Girls’ Basketball St. Mary’s Ryken 68, Bishop Ireton 48 Wrestling Leonardtown 35, North Point 34 Leonardtown 45, Thomas Stone 21

Mon., Jan. 24 Boys’ Basketball Urbana 76, Great Mills 61 Girls’ Basketball Elizabeth Seton 55, St. Mary’s Ryken 41 Hockey Northern 7, St. Mary’s Ryken 5

Tues., Jan. 25 Boys’ Basketball Bishop McNamara 70, St. Mary’s Ryken 63 Girls’ Basketball Bishop McNamara 70, St. Mary’s Ryken 59

Bleachers 32 Rolling Stones? By Ronald N. Guy Jr. Contributing Writer

We love us some homeruns and slam-dunks; they send adults leaping off couches, kids to backyards for reenactments and chisel unforgettable moments onto our memory tablets. They inspire primal celebrations from players and fans and instantly swing the momentum of games. Baseball’s most romanticized players - the likes of Ruth, Aaron, Mays and Mantle - were its biggest sluggers. Our reverence for the long ball is why the steroid era, and the soiling of cherished homerun records, cut so deep and mattered so much. The dunk, popularized by Julius Erving, Michael Jordan and Larry Bird (just kidding), helped catapult the NBA into a major global sport. Of all the indelible images of Jordan’s career, his logo, the “jumpman”, is his silhouette gliding through the air moments before…an emphatic slam. Football’s equivalent to baseball’s tater and basketball’s dunk is, of course, the long bomb. It’s the unquestioned go-to play of backyard weekend warriors. No neighborhood quarterback throws the five-yard out to Jimmy by the oak tree when Tommy is open deep just inside the hedges. And so, similar to the dunk’s influence on basketball, it’s no wonder that football’s explosion in popularity has coincided with the game’s evolution

to one dominated by quarterbacks, sophisticated passing attacks and breathtaking aerial exploits of outrageous wide receivers. With deference to wide receivers of the past, the position is now unquestionably deeper and more talented than it has ever been. And while a lot of receivers can stretch the field, no one has ever gone deep like Randy Moss. Period. Moss, with his combination of size, blazing speed and Jordan-esque jumping ability, was engineered for the deep ball. What makes (or made) him the greatest deep threat though are his soft hands and uncanny ability to adjust to the ball in the air. Like Willie Mays in centerfield, Moss corralling a bomb is amazingly graceful and effortless. I’ve never seen anything like it. However, Moss’s greatness has always been clouded by his intangibles; immaturity early in his career led to several on and off-field incidents and questions about his effort have rightfully dogged him consistently. After a meteoric rise to stardom, Moss wore out his welcome in Minnesota after 7 seasons and was traded to Oakland. While with the Raiders, his and the team’s poor play dimmed his star so significantly that the Patriots acquired him in 2007 for merely a 4th round draft pick. It was the equivalent of a career CPR. Teamed with Tom Brady and cast, Moss thrived. He recorded a NFL record 23 receiving touchdowns in 2007, blended well with teammates and acted with a rare maturity (for Moss anyway). It appeared Moss had buried his demons and recognized his stint in New

England for what it was: an opportunity to overcome his worst enemy, himself, fulfill his talent and cement his legacy as one of the greatest players in NFL history. This year, unfortunately, bad Randy returned. Angling for a new contract, Moss made several provocative comments regarding his future in New England and his performance plummeted. The Patriots promptly traded him to Minnesota, where, after only four lackadaisical games and accusations of boorish behavior, he was released. Tennessee claimed him off waivers but he was essentially a nonentity for the Titans catching only 6 passes over eight games. Remember that Titan? I hope not. As the saying goes, a rolling stone gathers no moss. This offseason, the 32 NFL teams may make like rolling stones and leave Moss, the aging (34), football-indifferent, free agent to be on the unemployment line. If so, it will be an unfortunate ending to what was, intermittently, an electric career. And even if he does get a gig, it’s hard to imagine Moss reasserting himself as a consequential force. As a football player, he lacks an often assumed, fundamental tenet of success: effort. And those that fail to exert themselves at work, at school or in their relationships, produce unnecessarily diminished results. It was all there for Randy Moss; it just inexcusably never occurred to him to consistently try. Somewhere a long bomb just fell harmlessly incomplete…to everyone’s chagrin. Send comments to

Pax Rugby Offering Co-Ed Youth and Adult Tag Rugby League And Classes

Patuxent River Rugby Club will be offering a free Co-Ed Youth/ Adult tag rugby and conditioning classes throughout the months of Jan and Feb. No experience needed, we will teach you everything you need to know. More details and registration can be found on or by calling Justin Thompson at 732-492-9760 or 1-877-806-7775.

St. Mary's Babe Ruth Baseball Registration 2011 Registration Information

LOCATION: Mechanicsville Firehouse

DATES: Saturdays – January 29 & February 5, 2011, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Wednesday February 2011, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.


LOCATION: Leonardtown Firehouse & 7th District Firehouse DATES: Saturdays – January 29 & February 5, 2011, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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!!!!

Baseball is available for children ages 6 through 18, with a machine pitch level for those up to age 8.

Registration: Contact Derek Sabedra, Head Tennis Coach, St. Mary’s College

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Wins Mark Another Achievement for SMC’s Hard-Working Harney By Chris Stevens Staff Writer

Photo by Frank Marquart

St. Mary’s College men’s basketball coach Chris Harney has used hard work to help the Seahawks become a national power.

ST. MARY’S CITY – When Chris Harney interviewed for the head coaching job of the St. Mary’s College men’s basketball program six years ago, the committee threw him one final curveball before it ended. “I was nervous during the interview and it was almost over when they asked me if I had anything more to say. That was like you make a great move with the ball and then there’s that lay-up,” Harney said, chuckling at the memory. “I told them that I couldn’t promise anything, but I was going to out-work anyone that I was up against. I knew that I would feel good about what I would put into this program.” Harney has proven himself to be a hard-hat prophet as the Seahawk men are currently ranked Number 13 in NCAA Division III and Harney recently became the school’s all-time wins leader with 105 victories and counting, surpassing Ed Cole on January 5 with a 91-65 win at Mary Washington. After a rough 2005-06 season, Har-

ney guided the Seahawks to the Capital Athletic Conference semifinals in 2007, and the next year they were CAC tournament champs and making their first appearance in the NCAA Sweet 16. Last winter, the Seahawks returned the national tournament after a one-year absence and hosted a sectional of the tournament, which saw them come within 30 seconds of a trip to the Elite Eight. Senior point guard Alex Franz, who was an up and coming freshman during that first Sweet 16 run, says that Harney’s pitch can’t be matched when recruiting players to attend SMC. “He sold us on what kind of program he wanted to build. You could hear it in his words and we believe in him,” said Franz, a candidate for CAC men’s basketball player of the year. “He’s a helluva coach and a helluva recruiter.” “I was really excited about what Coach had going on when I came here,” senior center Sam Burum, who went from playing very little as a freshman to the starting center the past two seasons. “He was building something that was going in the right direction.”

The only characteristic that matches Harney’s hard-work personality is his intensity on the sidelines during games. During any given Seahawks game, you can hear his low-tenor voice screaming out offensive and defensive commands to his players. He has mastered the art of exasperation, either at a mistake his team has made or at what he felt was a missed call by a referee. “He expects you and wants you to be better,” reserve point guard Joe Smith said. “Whenever we have a long and hard practice, there’s always a purpose behind it. He wants what’s best for us and he cares about us.” Harney prefers to give credit to his coaching staff and players for matching his work ethic, modestly admitting he never saw this coming. “I never really envisioned things happening the way they have, I just knew I was going to work hard,” he said. “My assistant coaches and the players work hard too. We have it on our shirts for a reason.”


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Fur and Feathers By Keith McGuire Contributing Writer Picture a pit, 18 feet long, four feet deep and four feet wide. Fix a bench in the pit along its length and cover the top with long stalks of dry grain and weeds. It’s dark and the temperature outside on this 500 acre Eastern Shore farm is 21 degrees with a slight breeze that makes it feel like 10 degrees. The pit looks uninviting and cold. The guide has done little to make it warm, but that will change. 500 artificial snow goose decoys were arranged over an acre of ground surrounding the pit. Their presence generated some warm excitement among our group and made the pit more inviting. We were hunting with Tom Marvel’s Chesapeake Guide Service, a premier Kent County waterfowl guide. Six of us climbed into the hole in the ground and sat on the bench with our shotguns, ammo, snacks and warm drinks. The guide joined us. It was not exactly comfy, but more comfortable than the open field. It was pre-dawn and the sun’s early light was just beginning a glow on the eastern horizon. The guide told us to hurry and load our guns because the snow geese will fly at first light. He would frequently pop his head above the weed cover of the pit for an early look at anything that might be flying our way. He instructed us to stay low until he called the shot. Then he said, “Stand up through the cover like a man. Don’t be timid about it!” We laughed and teased one another about who might be timid. No one was cold. The guide became excited as he scanned the south eastern sky. He grabbed his call and trumpeted goose sounds unlike any I had ever heard. It was the sound of a master musician to my ears. He ducked down in the blind and said, “Get ready! You guys are about to learn what 50,000 geese sounds like.” The noise was amazing. I could get glimpses of the sky through the cover of the pit. Wave after wave of snow geese were flying over at different heights. Suddenly, the guide yelled, “Take ‘em!” and we jumped up to see 1,000 geese low above us. We all fired heavy loads of 12 gauge steel into the crowd of geese and 8 fell from the sky. The noise was deafening and I was glad that I had taken time to put in ear

plugs. More were coming! We got back down into the pit and quickly reloaded. Many of the geese passed this field, which had already been fairly well devastated by their constant foraging of winter greenery. They were headed to a neighboring farm that had fresh fields of winter wheat. Eastern Shore farmers abhor the snow goose onslaught. The geese can quickly destroy a winter cover crop by eating the green stalks and blades and pulling up the plant by its roots. Soon there was a single “Boom!” from the direction of the targeted farm and thousands of snow geese were in the air once again. This time, they were headed back in our direction. The guide, once again, played a tune on his goose call and said, “Get ready. Take ‘em!” This flock was much bigger. Geese were everywhere! In the confusion only five geese fell. We laughed and joked about our terrible shooting for a short while when we were told to get ready again! Amazing! We finished by 9:30 AM with 22 geese. The field was beginning to thaw in the morning sun as we climbed out of the warm pit to a stiff chilling breeze. We noted that there was not a single inch of ground without a goose footprint in the mud. Snow geese were still flying this way and that with tundra swans and Canada geese mixed in. It was time for breakfast! 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.

Lower Potomac River Marathon Returns Soon Ramp up your mileage, runners! The Lower Potomac River Marathon is only nine weeks away. The 26.2-mile race, presented by Chesapeake Bay Running Club and hosted by the Harry Lundeberg School of Seamanship, returns for the 7th running on March 13, 2011. Top runners will compete for modest cash prizes, and age-group awards will be presented to the top three finishers in ten-year divisions. For more information, contact Liza Recto, 301-481-0832 or

Matt Hoehn, Don McDougall, Keith McGuire, Scott McGuire, Richard Everson, Jr. and Richard Everson, Sr. with their 22 snow geese.

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Berry Beats Buzzer, Lifts Hornet Boys to Fourth Straight Win

Thursday, January 27, 2011


Basketball DeAndre Berry scored the game-winning basket at the buzzer as Great Mills edged Patuxent 55-54 Friday night. Photo by Frank Marquart

By Chris Stevens Staff Writer

quarter. The fourth quarter was a back-and-forth affair that saw several lead changes, with Patuxent taking a 54-53 GREAT MILLS – There are few greater moments on a tip in by Jacob Robertson (10 points) with 19 secin an athlete’s career than a game-winning score, espe- onds to go. Great Mills let the air out of the ball and ran the cially with time running out or already expired. Great Mills senior guard DeAndre Berry lived that clock down, only to experience some serious Panther moment Friday evening as his lay-up at the buzzer lifted pressure, leading to a wild scramble in the final seconds that saw the fate of the Hornets’ winthe Great Mills basketball team to ning streak in Berry’s hands. a wild 55-54 victory over Patux“Jordan Hurt saw me open ent, the Hornets’ fourth straight and I was able to finish under the win after a crushing 77-47 loss to basket,” Berry explained. “We just Calvert two weeks ago. want to keep progressing and going “Having the ball at the end of forward.” the game, what better time,” said “That was awesome,” said seBerry, who scored six of his eight nior forward Brandon Teston, who points in the frantic final period. led all scorers with 17 points. “We’re “It’s an incredible feeling that in the middle of the season with a hopefully I’ll remember forever.” nice winning streak and Dre came Before Berry’s game-winner, up big and put the ball in the basket.” the Hornets (8-7 overall, 3-3 in “I told the guys after that game Southern Maryland Athletic Conthat winning but 10 or 12 is great,” ference games) had to fight off a head coach Frank Peck said, “but relentless Patuxent team, who winning by a point or at the buzzer fought all the way to the end. convinces them they can win in tight Great Mills held a 29-21 lead situations.” at the start of the third quarter, Great Mills had their winning but the Panthers (2-12 overall, streak snapped Monday night with a 1-5 SMAC) got 11 points in the Great Mills’ Jordan Hurt defends 76-61 loss at Urbana High School in third quarter from senior guard Travez Lee of Patuxent during Friday Frederick County. Brandon Durbin, including three night’s boys’ basketball game. straight three-point shots to tie the game at 42 going into the fourth Photo by Frank Marquart

Ryken Girls Rally, but Can’t Catch up to McNamara By Chris Stevens Staff Writer LEONARDTOWN – On their fourth game in five nights, the St. Mary’s Ryken girls’ basketball team struggled in the first

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Myla Somerville of St. Mary’s Ryken drives past Bishop McNamara’s Carrie Alexander during Tuesday’s WCAC girls’ basketball game. Katie McCormick led all scorers with 19 points, but Ryken still fell 70-59 to Bishop McNamara Photo by Victor Marquart Tuesday night.

half against Washington Catholic Athletic Conference foe Bishop McNamara, but made the second half interesting in a 70-59 loss Tuesday, their third loss in their last four games.

“The result might have been different if we were able to play the full 32 minutes,” Knights head coach Tara Everly said. “Some nights you aren’t feeling up to it, but you still have to perform.”

Ryken, coming off of a 55-41 loss to Elizabeth Seton Monday night, struggled from the start, as McNamara jumped out to a 24-10 lead after one quarter, led by sophomore forward Jade Scaife’s eight points. “We just didn’t execute,” said junior guard Katie McCormick, who led all scorers with 19 points. “We weren’t thinking on defense and we just weren’t executing on offense, but we picked it up in the second half.” After McNamara took a 52-32 lead late in the third quarter, McCormick, Myla Somerville and Molly Grund led a 19-6 run spanning six minutes to get Ryken within single digits in the final three minutes of the game. “We just wanted it more in the second half,” said Somerville, who finished with 12 points. “Coach told us at halftime to keep our heads up, play hard and stay in the game.” Eight points was as close as Ryken would get as McNamara hit the offensive glass and had crucial buckets from Taylor Brown and Sierra Clark to keep the Knights at arm’s length. The test coming down the stretch for the Knights is if they can take Monday night’s second half and extend it to full games from this point forward. “That’s been our biggest problem - we haven’t done that yet, but we’re getting their McCormick said.


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SMCM Subs Get Shine in SMC Men’s Victory By Chris Stevens Staff Writer ST. MARY’S CITY – In his four years on the St. Mary’s College men’s basketball team, senior point guard Joe Smith is charged with the task of firing the team up before games, leading the way through defensive commands. Smith, along with several other reserves, got plenty of playing time Saturday as the starters and regulars watched with excitement in the final minutes of a comfortable 86-55 win over visiting Stevenson University, their second straight win after a Monday loss at Wesley College. “Joe represents everything we try to do as a program,” Seahawks coach Chris Harney said. “He came from DeMatha, sacrificed being a star and he was one of our freshman that learned from the seniors. Now he’s a part of the seniors leading the next wave.” “We’re 15 deep – anybody on this team could start for us,” said Smith, who scored eight points off the bench. “It’s easier to lead by example because everyone’s going to play different amounts, but the goal as always is to win.”

And the Seahawks (14-4 overall, 8-1 in Capital Athletic Conference games) won in convincing fashion, with center Sam Burum and guard Alex Franz combining for 28 points in the first half, pushing SMC to a 48-19 lead at intermission. “I said before the game that good teams get off to a good start, but great teams jump on teams from the start so it’s not even a game,” explained Franz, who finished with 17 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals. “We wanted to get it over and done with so everybody else could play.” All 15 Seahawks that suited up played at least nine minutes, with everyone from Smith to junior Deon Queen (seven points) and freshmen Brendan McFall (seven points) and DeVohn Gilmore (four points) getting in on the action. “If we can come out and put teams away, that’s good for us,” said Burum, the Seahawks’ leading scorer on the night with 19 points. “Alex and Sam got us off to a great start and we were able to play our bench,” Harney added. “It’s great to see those guys set the tone.”

Seahawk Women Handle Mustangs the Second Time Around By Chris Stevens Staff Writer ST. MARY’S CITY – After their first trip through the Capital Athletic Conference schedule, the St. Mary’s College women’s basketball team is starting to get used to their closest competitors. If Saturday’s 68-54 win over Stevenson is any indication, that could prove to be problematic for the rest of the league in the regular season’s final month. “We’ve got more composure, more experience and the things we’ve been working on are more ingrained in us now,” head coach Barb Bausch said. “They’re getting used to the college game now, getting to know each other and their expectations on the floor and as a team.” The Seahawks (9-8 overall, 5-4 in CAC play) had a hard time with Stevenson the first time around, needing tying foul shots and a last-second three-pointer by Jasmine Jones in a 61-58 overtime victory December 4. No such heroics were necessary Saturday afternoon as SMC got balanced scoring, led by sophomore center-forward Taylor Petrisko and freshman guard Shana Lewis with 11 points each. SMC also out-rebounded the Mustangs 39-34 and

forced 29 turnovers, and their bench out-scored Stevenson’s 36-15. Petrisko, who scored eight points in the first four minutes of the second half to widen the Seahawk lead to as large as 18 points, agreed with her coach about the experience factor. “It was our first conference game on the road when we played them last time,” she said. “Now we have played each team and we know we can beat the best teams in our conference.” It wasn’t just Petrisko and Lewis as 10 of the 11 Seahawks that played found the scoring column, with freshman forward Raven Owens and senior Jamie Roberts adding nine and eight points respectively. “That makes us very tough to guard, because people have to decide who to stop,” Bausch said. “[The balanced scoring] makes us more of an offensive threat.” “It’s a nice thing to have because it shows teams that everybody can score on this team,” Petrisko added. “They can’t just focus on one or two players.”

Hockey Raiders Tie La Plata, Improve Playoff Position By Chris Stevens Staff Writer After two tough losses to MSHL Southern Division powerhouse La Plata, the Leonardtown hockey team forced a 4-4 tie with the Warriors Friday night at Capital Clubhouse, earning at least a point in the MSHL South Standings. “I think our two teams are evenly matched, so it was nice to play a full three periods against them,” Raiders coach Rob Barthelemes said. “We had the upper hand for most of the game, but we had some bad bounces at the end. That’s the way it goes.” The Raiders (5-5-1 overall, 4-5-1 in division games) got two goals from senior Gordy Bonnel and Evan Wright and Nicholas Pontorno also finding the net. Goaltender Sean Urlocker stopped 18 Warrior shots on the evening. Leonardtown has 11 total points, nine within the division and will close the season out with games against Northern (this Friday night at Tucker Road in Ft. Washington at 6 p.m.) and a battle with county rival St. Mary’s Ryken next Friday, Feb. 4. With a win or a point in any of those games, the Raiders will earn an MSHL playoff spot. Barthelmes believes that teamwork will be the key a trip to the post-season, which would be the Raiders’ first in team history. “Everybody has to contribute, we can’t rely on one or two individuals to be successful,” he explains. “If we just keep playing the way we’ve been playing, we’ve got a good chance to win.” Barthelemes also remarked that his team had come a long way since their season-opening loss to Huntingtown. “I’m really happy with the way they’ve played. They’re improving each game and playing really well,” he said. “That’s all you can ask for as a coach.”

Ryken Falls to Northern By Chris Stevens Staff Writer Matt McGowan had a hat trick and Nathan Blondino scored two goals, but it wasn’t enough St. Mary’s Ryken fell to Southern Division foe Northern High School 7-5 at Tucker Road Monday night. The loss was the Knights’ sixth straight, all coming since the beginning of the 2011 calendar year. Ryken (3-11-0 overall, 2-9-0 in MSHL South play) will return to the ice Friday night at Capital Clubhouse, where they will face-off against division leader Huntingtown. Game time is 5 p.m.

THURSDAY January 27, 2011

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Teen Court Sets Example of Success

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Officials Push for More Parks Funding Story Page 6

Community-Wide Fences Exhibit Kicks Off Story Page 20

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