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“In order to get these going you may have to go out and borrow money … You can’t sit there and find ways to say no.” - St. Mary’s Commissioner Todd Morgan, talking of ways to get needed county projects completed.


It may be more than a month before any repairs are made to this washed-out section of Budd’s Creek Road (Route 234), which was destroyed by water. Nearby businesses in St. Mary’s and Charles counties are hurting from the lack of access to their companies.


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ews College, Pax River Partner for Scientific Research

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

For several years now, faculty and students in the St. Mary’s College of Maryland science departments have been partnering with scientists

and engineers at Patuxent River Naval Air Station to conduct advanced research that benefits students and the defense industry. On Monday, Navy and college officials and the local Patuxent Partnership organization signed an agreement cementing the relationship they hope will advance the students’ scientific experience and help the Navy refine new defense technologies. Two such students who took advantage of the program, Adam Hammett and Rebecca Prasher, worked over the summer on base on technology that uses clusters of rubidium atoms to act as advanced sensors for detecting submerged submarines. The work involves plenty of theory and using lasers to keep the atom clusters cool, a condition critical to making the sensors work properly. The experiments, Hammett said, seek to miniaturize the apparatus that holds the atom clusters, which themselves act as detectors of magnetic anomalies produced by submerged warships, into a platform like an unmanned aerial vehicle. The work, they said, was tough but rewarding and gave them a chance to apply their considerable knowledge to practical matters. “We essentially are working on the go,” Hammett said, during his presentation to officials with the colMary’s Col- lege and the Naval Air Warfare Cen-

ter Aircraft Division (NAWCAD). “There’s no manual for what we’re doing.” The advanced theoretical physics labs on Pax NAS allowed the pair to do more than what they could in the college classroom, which college President Joseph Urgo said was precisely the point. “This shows that our faculty and staff are fully engaged beyond the classroom,” Urgo said, adding that the chance for students to expand their knowledge could also translate into some of the most lucrative jobs involving physics and technology right here with the defense industry. “It’s all about the science,” Urgo said. “They’re expanding their understanding of physics. “If we can keep the most talented ones here all the better.” NAWCAD commander Admiral Randy Mahr said that the technology students like Hammett and Prasher worked on could prove to be the next generation of sensors for Navy anti-submarine efforts in the next 20 years. Technology jobs are many but candidates to fill them for the Navy’s work are sometimes few and far between; keeping plenty of capable scientists close at hand local for the workforce would ultimately help the Navy fulfill its mission. “The more you make, the better off we’ll be,” Mahr said.

NAWCAD commander Rear Adm. Randy Mahr, left, St. lege president Joseph Urgo and Bonnie Green, executive director of the Patuxent Partnership sign an agreement to strengthen education and research ties.


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ews Town Planning Commission Approves Jail Concept By Guy Leonard Staff Writer A project to expand and renovate the county’s jail cleared one of several hurdles Monday when the Leonardtown Planning and Zoning Committee voted to approve its conceptual site plan. The plan calls for an addition which will allow for the maximum inmate population to reach about 530, as projected over the next two decades or so. In recent years, the average daily population at the jail has burgeoned up to about 360 inmates, many more than the 230 inmate capacity which the jail was originally designed. The current average daily population now hovers at about 240 to 260, Sheriff’s Office Capt. Michael Merican told board members Monday. “According to our needs assessment, our major influx in the jail would be for minimum security [offenders].” Merican said. The building of the new minimum security wing is the first phase of the project, which is set to cost about $20 million between the state and the county. Plans also allow for renovations of older parts of the jail to include replacing locks and other se-

curity measures that are now 30 years old and for which parts are out to 20 years,” McKay said. “Timing is going to be an issue.” no longer manufactured. Town planning board member Glen Mattingly said now The renovation phase is projected to cost about $4 million was the time to correct lingering issues of the jail’s operations and both components are expected to be completed over a two- which affect the neighborhood where he lives. year construction. He complained that he and neighbors have lights from the Town officials have worried that the town’s water and sewer jail beaming into their homes at night for lack of enough trees to treatment plant would not be able to handle the extra capacity act as a buffer. needed to support a jail expansion, especially because of a re“I sure would like to see that reforested,” Mattingly said as cently enacted ordinance to limit the parceling of that capacity a recommendation in moving forward with the final jail plan. to key redevelopment projects in the town as the plant nearing capacity. County Times - Week of October 10, 2011 Town Administrator Laschelle McKay said the town’s recent effort to undertake a delayed project to expand and upgrade the sewage treatment plant will increase its capacity to 940,000 UPCOMING PUBLIC AUCTIONS gallons per day, which should support the jail expansion as long as the plant Saturday, October 15, 2011 ‐ 9:00 am project is finished first. 15141 Truman Manor Lane ‐ Waldorf, Maryland 20601 “It’s going to take us to 940,000 (Off Gallant Green Road) gallons per day which should take us VARIETY OF SHOP, POWER & HAND TOOLS, QUALITY FURNITURE & HOUSEHOLD ITEMS, 

State Reopens Some Local Waters for Shell Fishing By Guy Leonard Staff Writer The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) has reopened waters in St. Mary’s County that were previously restricted from shellfish harvesting, including all the waters of Smith Creek, the southern half of the St. Mary’s River, nearly all of Carthagena Creek and the southern third of St. George’s Creek. Both Calvert and St. Mary’s watermen use the waters in the southern portion of the county for oyster harvesting every fall, especially the St. Mary’s River where they are most abundant. “The St. Mary’s River is usually one of the most productive to us,” said Tommy Zinn, president of the Calvert County Watermen’s Association. The prospects of a decent haul of oysters make the St. Mary’s River a worthwhile trip for Calvert watermen, he said, despite the lengthy distance from their usual harvesting

grounds of the Patuxent River. The lifting of the restrictions occurred Oct. 17, according to MDE information releases obtained by The County Times. The waters of the St. Mary’s River north of Pagan and Church points, however, remain open to shell fishing only on a conditional basis, MDE stated, and could be closed for up to three days after a heavy rain. Portions of St. Inigoes Creek the furthest east remain completely closed to oyster harvesting or other shell fishing as do portions of St. George’s Creek. The northern most reaches of Carthagena Creek are also closed off from shell fishing. Certain county waterways grow rife with bacteria during the summer months that can infect oysters and other shellfish due to the high temperatures, but during the fall months as temperatures decrease the bacteria no longer poses a significant threat.

Appeals Board Votes to Approve McKay’s Expansion By Sarah Miller Staff Writer St. Mary’s County will soon see a brand new, 60,000 square foot McKay’s Food and Drug in Charlotte Hall on the west side of Route 5, replacing the existing store currently on the east side of the highway. The maximum allowable size for a store is 50,000 square feet under the county zoning code, but McKay’s received a tentative approval for the additional 10,000 square feet at the Oct. 13 meeting of the St. Mary’s County Board of Zoning Appeals. McKay’s President Thomas McKay told the board that the additional area would help the store compete with larger locations in Prince Fredrick, Waldorf and La Plata. McKay said the county-based grocery stores are an asset to the community. There are

five McKay’s locations, employing 350 people county wide, McKay said during the meeting. There is also a gas rewards program for customers, which has saved customers $500,000 to date collectively. The current Charlotte Hall store, which McKay told the board was built in 1982 and is only 49,000 square feet, is too small to serve the community properly and has been too small for quite a while. “We maxed out 25 years ago or more,” McKay said. The Board of Appeals, in what Chairman Howard Thompson called a “straw poll” verbally voted unanimously to grant the variance. A “findings of fact” will be written and entered into the record by the board at their next meeting Oct. 27, Thompson said.


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Commissioners to Look at Refinancing Debts

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

County government currently holds about $100 million in long-term debt consisting mostly of payments for schools, roads and other vital infrastructure projects, said Commissioner Todd Morgan. Refinancing that debt so the county can pay lower interest rates may be one way to cut costs to taxpayers. In a tight economy, with revenue coming into the county flat or going down and the need to repair or build new infrastructure still pressing, refinancing long-term debts might be a way to free up both political and economic capital to balance both interests, he said. “It’s something we’ve had to collectively think about,” Morgan told The County Times on Wednesday. “It’s a way to find revenues by cutting down on expenses.” The long-term debt picture, however, needs close analysis because different building projects that make up that debt were financed at different interest rates. Morgan said he wanted to consider the projects with the highest rates for refinancing. Refinancing works by borrowing money to pay down the remaining debt on a particular project, but receiving the newly borrowed money at a reduced interest rate, Chief Financial

Officer Elaine Kramer explained. The county uses a financial advisor to put their debt out to bid to see who would take it up at a lower rate. “We’re substituting new debt for old debt and we’re using the new debt to pay off the old debt because the new debt has a lower interest rate,” Kramer said, adding that the new debt would be for the same amount of years as on the remaining old debt. This has the effect of keeping costs to a minimum, she said. The county commissioners have some refinancing options that will be brought to the table at the Oct. 25 meeting, Kramer said. With the county’s debt rating at AA+, Morgan said, and capacity to borrow more still available, elected officials should still consider borrowing money for key infrastructure projects like completing FDR Boulevard connections. County infrastructure projects funded entirely with county money should mean that local firms should get a strong preference in getting the work, but that means that the county would have to use debt to put local contractors back to work. “In order to get these going you may have to go out and borrow money,” said Morgan (RLexington Park). “You can’t sit there and find ways to say no.”

Sheriff’s Office Holds Community Cleanup By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Trash, public drinking and vagrancy have been lingering problems in the older portions of Lexington Park along Great Mills Road, but recently, the Sheriff’s Office, along with residents who were issued criminal citations who agreed to do community service, worked to clean up some of the worst spots. Dep. James Stone, the enforcement officer for the county’s Alcohol Beverage Board, told board members the Oct. 8 operation not only helped to beautify the community but it also discovered a gas leak at a building that could have grown to be more dangerous, as well as turned up a finger print on a wallet that

led to a break in a robbery case. The work centered around Lore’s Laundromat, Stone said, where foreclosed properties have been a favorite spot for consuming alcohol and illegal drugs. Break-ins have also been a problem at these foreclosed properties, Stone said. According to sheriff’s office reports, workers were able to fill seven trailers full of trash and other refuse that was later disposed of at the county’s landfill. Trash collected included mattresses, televisions, microwaves, alcohol bottles and chairs. “You did a good job,” said liquor board member Linda Palchinsky.

Budds Creek Road Repairs Could Take Another Month By Guy Leonard Staff Writer State Highway Administration (SHA) representatives say that despite the wait of nearly one month since two major storms battered Southern Maryland and caused Rt. 234 to be washed out, residents and business owners will still have to wait for a temporary bridge to get the road functioning again. “We’re still looking at a mid-to-late November timeframe for getting the bridge up and running,” SHA spokeswoman Kelly Boulware told The County Times. A public meeting Wednesday night in La Plata was set for SHA officials to tell citizens what the near future held for the critical road. Virginia Tennison, owner of the Chaptico Market in Chaptico, said that the continued road closure, with the concurrent decrease in

traffic near her store, has been devastating for business. “It’s terrible. It’s really affecting our business,” Tennison told The County Times. “Every little bit affects us; we’ve lost a lot of the breakfast crowd going up the road.” Tennison’s business has been operating on Maddox Road for 46 years and has been a fixture in the community, especially when inclement weather cuts the local residents off from larger stores and turn to her small business for necessities. But more than that, Tennison said, she is worried about the state’s perceived lethargy in getting the road repaired since it was critical in emergencies. “Route 234 is an emergency route,” she said. “I can’t believe they’ve let it go like that. You go up Route 6 and it’s a jammed mess.”


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County Budget Process Update

By Marta Hummel Mossburg

By Cindy Jones Commissioner, District 1

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It turns out we don’t know as much as we think we do. Tribune Newspapers recently reported that antioxidants may not promote health. This should be big news because food and nutrition products with the compounds thought to neutralize free radicals, associated with cancer and other illnesses, are big business. Last year Americans spent $5 billion on them. It’s almost impossible to avoid antioxidants as so many staples, including orange juice and cereal, are fortified with extra doses of them to help those averse to fruits and vegetables. But as Julie Deardorff reported in “A radical rethinking of antioxidants,” studies show mixed results at best for those who pumped up their intake of them. This is just one of the many findings in recent years that upend conventional wisdom. Any parent of young children sees allegedly hard science change constantly in relation to their offspring. For example, a few years ago children younger than 1 were not supposed to be exposed to certain fruits, including strawberries, and peanut butter, which often cause allergies. Now infants are supposed to eat those things before their first birthday to build their immune system and prevent allergies from forming. Car seats were until a few months ago considered safe in the front-facing position for children over 1 year. Now children are supposed to remain rear facing until at least age 2. Keeping up with the changes requires daily vigilance. And overturning of once-set knowledge is not just happening in the seemingly less prestigious subdivisions of science. Physicists recently found neutrinos that travel faster than the speed of light -- an ability deemed impossible by Einstein’s theory of special relativity. And researchers in Switzerland at CERN just published a study showing that cosmic rays and the sun are most likely responsible for climate change on earth -- not man made global warming as is conventional wisdom. The people involved in the experiment are not Fox News presidential wannabes, but scientists at the top of their profession. Most people take advances in knowledge in stride and adjust their way of thinking based on the latest evidence in concert with their own common sense and personal experience. But climate science is different. For many it is a religion, not a testable theory of how the world functions. Man-made climate change believers should not be exempt from science in the same way that parents should not ignore the latest research about child health and safety. As Bryan Caplan writes in “Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids,” we live in a much safer and healthier world than 50 years ago because of progress across a multitude of professions and products. We did not achieve the amazing advances he chronicles because of willful ignorance but because of creativity, hard work and intellectual honesty. Gov. Martin O’Malley and legislators who would like to force Marylanders to adopt exorbitantly expensive green energy standards based on a green religion owe Marylanders the same commitment to science in that field as they hold in other areas. Marta Hummel Mossburg is a senior fellow at the Maryland Public Policy Institute.

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The Board of County Commissioner’s has decided to update and streamline the county’s budget process. The revised budget process and the FY 2013 budget calendar were approved by the BOCC on September 27. Budget time will soon be upon us. The first Board of County Commissioner’s FY 2013 Budget Work Session is Monday, November 21st. Features of the updated process include: • Fewer budget work sessions; • Simplified requirements for budget submissions • New timing and rules for Board of Education budget submission • Capital budget discussions focused primarily on major changes and key projects; and • Flexibility to delete or add work sessions as needed Current fiscal realities are not only markedly different from the FY 2007 – FY 2008 timeframe, but also they are widely recognized as ongoing. At all levels of government we hear this reality referred to as “the new normal.” New fiscal realities require revised budget approaches. The key approaches supported by this updated budget process are: • Eliminate the baseline budget approach; use FY 2012 as the starting point; • New funding requests restricted to essential cost changes necessary to maintain services; • County department budgets proposed by the county administrator; and • No presentation by submitters The Board of Education and the Board of Commissioners held a joint meeting on Tuesday of this week. The meeting focused on the upcoming FY 2013 budget process. In order to provide for a smoother budget process, the budget calendars have been married. The challenge is that both boards have external deadlines they must meet, as well as a great deal of uncertainty regarding the timeliness of critical information needed to create their budgets. The budget calendar allows for a later BOE budget submission, to allow more time to deal with the fluidity of information in their budget preparation, and firm requirements for a complete submission, to provide the BOCC with all the information needed for a thorough review. Below is a list of key FY 2013 budget dates (all in 2012) – March 1 – Board of Education operating budget with supporting documentation due March 27 – Board of County Commissioners approves recommended budget for public hearing April 24 – Public Hearings on property tax rate and county budget May 29 – Board of County Commissioners sets property tax rate and approves final budget June 26 – Board of County Commissioners approves Board of Education budget July 1 – Fiscal Year 2013 begins These are challenging times for counties to develop their budgets. Grant and program funding from state and federal agencies continue to decline. St. Mary’s County had the fastest growth of any county in Maryland, according to the 2010 Census. While we continue to grow, funding for essentials – road infrastructure, public safety and education – remains uncertain. Maintaining county services will require all involved in the budget process to work together to determine priorities, develop effective budget approaches and implement innovative strategies for the benefit of all St. Mary’s County residents. For questions or comments, contact Cindy Jones at Contact The County Times at

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Mary Bateman, 87 Mary Beatrice “Bea” Fuller Bateman, 87, of Loveville, MD, died October 13, 2011Bu shwo o d , MD. Born on November 10, 1923 in Clements, MD, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Grover and Mary Gwynetee Ching. She was the loving wife of the late Notley “Shortie” Bateman whom she married in January, 1997 in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Morganza, MD, and preceded her in death on July 20, 2011. Mrs. Bateman is survived by her children; Danny Fuller (Kathy) and Eddie Fuller (Sharon) both of Loveville, MD. Mrs. Bateman is also survived by her stepchildren; Chester Bateman of Prince George’s County, MD, Robert Bateman of New Holland, MI, William Bateman of Calvert County, MD, Donald Bateman of St. Mary’s County, MD, and Kathy Payne of New Bern, NC, a brother Raymond Ching of Lexington Park, MD, 5 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her siblings; Aloysius Ching, Mildred Lacey, and Johnny Ching. Mrs. Bateman graduated in 1940 from Margaret Brent High School, Mechanicsville, MD. Mrs. Bateman was a Supply Administrator with the Federal Government for 35 years, and was a lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County. She enjoyed spending time with family, friends, and singing with the “Vibes” group at the Senior Center. The family received friends on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home where prayers were recited. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 10 a.m. in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Morganza, MD with Fr. John Caulfield officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be; Donny Fuller, Bobby Fuller, Wayne Stewart, Bryan Thomas, Timmy Quade, and Jim Bailey. Contributions may be made in memory of Mary Beatrice “Bea” Fuller Bateman to Hospice of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD and/or Leonardtown Vol. Fire Department, P.O. Box 50, Leonardtown, MD 20650. To leave a condolence for the family please visit

Alice Cromwell, 76 Alice Teresa Cromwell, 76 of Leonardtown, MD passed into the loving hands of our heavenly Father in the early morning hours of October 6, 2011 surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Leonardtown, Maryland on May 5, 1935 to Margaret “Belle” Yates Wathen and George Roger Wathen.

She was raised with her nine siblings in Leonardtown and graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in 1953. She enlisted in the United States Air Force on November 2, 1954 and was in service to her Country until January 13, 1956. Alice returned to live in Leonardtown in 1964 and began a career at St. Mary’s Hospital that would span almost fifty years. For many years Alice served as a nurse’s aide providing warm tender care to the many patients that she came in contact with. Later in her career she became a certified monitor technician watching over the sickest patients from behind her station, her quick eye and understanding of the data that she was processing provided valuable information that served to assist in patient treatment decisions. She was still a full time employee of St. Mary’s Hospital at the time of her death. Alice was a very active athletic woman who played softball on various leagues in St. Mary’s County, she was inducted into the St. Mary’s County Women’s Softball Hall of Fame in 1992. She retired from playing softball after participating in her last Senior Olympics in the late nineties at the age of 65. As much as she enjoyed softball, bowling was her true passion. Her bowling career spanned more than five decades. She participated in numerous national and state tournaments throughout the United States, she loved traveling by car so she always drove herself so she could experience and enjoy the Country that she loved so much. She had 37 years of continued participation in the USBC Women’s Championship Bowling Congress missing only two tournaments, one this year due to health issues. Her most recent excursion was to Texas in the summer of 2010 to participate in her last major tournament. In 1974 she received an award for obtaining the highest individual female average in Maryland, Virginia and Washington DC. Although she will be remembered for all of these accomplishments, most importantly she will be remembered for touching the lives of many with her generous nature and giving heart. If there was a need Alice was always there ready to fill it, smiling all the while. She especially enjoyed the luxury that grandparents have of spending time with grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her passing will leave a huge void in the lives of many, but especially the loved ones who survive her; her daughter Sandra Cromwell and her son Robert Cromwell and his wife Ella of Leonardtown, her beloved grandchildren Jason Cromwell and his wife Mandi of Lexington Park, Jeremee Cromwell and his companion Tiffany Grooms, Terri, Mandi L., and Jesse Cromwell all of Leonardtown. She is survived by her great grandchildren, Joshua, Megan, Jeremee, Valeriee, Lucas, Devin, Liam and Nicholas. She also leaves behind three sisters, Catherine Ann Hayden, Mary Rita Delozier and Ramona Hayden of Leonardtown. Alice was predeceased by her parents and her siblings Rebecca

Profitt, Frannie Owens, Grace Mattingly, Roger Wathen, James G. Wathen, Robert Wathen and her great grand daughter Carissa Maria Cromwell. The family received friends for Alice’s Life Celebration on Thursday, October 13, 2011 in the Brinsfield Funeral Home, Leonardtown, Maryland. Prayers were recited. A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Friday, October 14, 2011 in St. Aloysius Catholic Church Leonardtown, Maryland. The Reverend John Dakes, Pastor of the church was the celebrant. Interment followed in the Old St. Aloysius Cemetery, Leonardtown, MD. Contributions to honor Alice’s memory may be made to either of the following: Susan G. Koman for the Cure, Attn: Donor Services P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309. (Alice was a 45 year breast cancer survivor) or MDA, 8501 La Salle Road, Towson, MD 21286 Attn: Donations. Condolences may be made to family at

Jane Huckel, 74 Jane Helen (nee Mallon) Huckel, 74, of Callaway, Maryland died peacefully at home on October 13, 2011. Jane is predeceased by her husband, the late Joseph Edward Huckel (the love of her life), her son, the late Joseph Lawrence Huckel and her parents, Michael Andrew and Mary Ellen (nee Keating) Mallon. Jane is survived by her children and daughter/son in-laws: Jane (Richard) Hoffman, Joanne (James) McGilloway, John Huckel, Jeffrey (Erin) Huckel and Maureen (nee Horn) Huckel. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren: Jacqueline, Joseph, Lisa and Danielle Huckel; Timothy, Kelly and Shane Hoffman, Kasey and Ryan McGilloway; and Olivia and Ethan Huckel as well as 4 great grandchildren Kyerra, Treyvon, Jermaine and Hailey. In addition, Jane is survived by her siblings Mary Diamond, Kathleen Slachta, Michael and Thomas Mallon. Jane was active in her church ministries by participating in Meals on Wheels, Soup Kitchen and Holy Face Altar Guild. Jane enjoyed reading books, completing word search puzzles, building jigsaw puzzles and spending time with her children and grandchildren. A favorite vacation was spent with her family in the Outerbanks where she was affectionately dubbed “The Queen Bee” by the photographer. Relatives and friends were invited to Jane’s Life Celebration on Sunday, October 16, 2011 at Brinsfield Funeral Home located in Leonardtown, MD 20650. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, October 17, 2011 at Holy Face Church located in Great Mills,

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MD. Interment followed on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at St. Cecilia’s Cemetery located on Blackhorse Hill Road, east of Cedar Street in Coatesville, PA. For those desiring, contributions in Jane’s memory may be directed to Little Flower School located at 20410 Point Lookout Road in Great Mills, MD 20634. Condolences to the family may be made to www.brinsfieldfuneral. com.

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lessen the violence between the two groups; she traveled to North Carolina in the 1970’s for Civil Rights work; she traveled to Fort Benning, GA in the 1990’s to protest our Government’s then-policy of educating and supporting military personnel from Central and South American dictatorships in population-control techniques at the so-called School of the Americas; she traveled with others from her church to the Pine Ridge Lakota Reservation in South Dakota several times in the past decade to provide aid for and to learn the culture of the Lakota Souix. Betty herself had grown-up as a victim of racial prejudice.  Betty was born to an Anglo father (Ross Rufus Ruble) and a Mexicana mother (Esther Zomora Ruble), in Tampico, Mexico in 1927.  In 1928, Ross brought his young latina-bride and family to live in the United States first in Arkansas for several years and then in Dallas, Texas.  As a result of having an Anglo father and a Mexican mother -- and herself looking Hispanic -- Betty and her two brothers (four-year older Robert R. Ruble and two-year younger Ross Rufus Ruble, Jr.) were treated as “different” in their mostly White neighborhood and schools including the King’s Daughters School of Nursing in Temple, Texas from which Betty graduated in 1947.  All three young Rubles had to work twice as hard as their friends and classmates to succeed -- as a result, Betty was a top student in public and nursing schools.  Betty’s strong work ethic and her personal experience with injustice fueled her unceasing/unsettled/anxious/busy/unrelenting efforts to promote social justice.  Over the last year of her life, living with her daughter’s family, Betty found settled-contentment with herself and with her life.  Betty’s two brothers, Bob (and his wife Betty) and Ross, her two children, Walt (and his wife Rebecca Mase) and Sue (and her husband Clay), her three awesome grand-children, Aidan Mase-Kemnitz, Carson Tyler Myers, and Annie Grace Myers, and her loving Chu rch- of-the- Good-Shepherd family remain on this Earth loving Betty. Thank You, God, for the Work, the Joy, the Love, and the Peace You have given Betty.  All services will be private. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral. com.

Early on October 9th, 2011, 84 year-old Betty Pauline Ruble Kemnitz of Leonardtown, MD died peacefully in Hospice House of St. Mary’s near the home of her only daughter (Susan Kemnitz Myers) and “son-in-love” (Clayman Campbell Myers, III) in Leonardtown, Maryland. Betty lived contentedly with Sue for the last year and a half of her life. Before that, Betty had resided in Michigan since 1947 after coming to Ann Arbor to be a nurse at the University of Michigan Hospital.  A short time later, she met her loving husband-to-be (the late Walter Robert Kemnitz, Sr.) while Walter was delivering mail for the United States Post Office to the Nurses Dormitory on the University Hospital’s campus.  After marrying in 1950, the couple spent the next seven years designing and building a home together with their own hands on a verdant hill over-looking Barton Pond on the Huron River.  This home was “Heaven” for them, and it afforded Betty ample opportunity to “watch birds” as was one of her four great passions.  A second was co-parenting with Walter their two children (Walter Robert Kemnitz, Jr. and Susan) both of whom Betty and Walter lovingly trained to be self-sufficient, accepting, and openminded.  A third passion for Betty was her professional life, first  as a staff nurse and supervisor at the University Hospital for twenty-five years, and then for another twenty years as a director of nursing at several Ann Arbor area nursing homes -- in 1974, Betty became the first Director of Nursing at the Evangelical Hope Martin, 92 Home in Saline.  Her fourth, and probably her greatest passion, was Hope Moody “doing justice, loving kindness, and Martin, 92, of Calwalking humbly with [her] God.”  ifornia, Maryland (Micah 6:8.)  Supported strongly died peacefully by her Ann Arbor church family, at October 13, 2011 the Church of the Good Shepherd, at The HermitU.C.C., Betty worked to promote age in Solomons, Social Justice:  she worked for more Maryland. than twenty years with the Ann ArBorn May 7, bor Interfaith Council for Peace and 1919, in her famJustice; she was one of the many trained non-violent peace-keepers ily home in Lincoln, Maine, she was in Ann Arbor in May of 1998 who the daughter of late Alexis Winfield stood in between Ku Klux Klan ac- Dudley and Jessie Ellen Moody. She graduated from high school tivists and anti-Klan protestors to


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at Mattanarcook Academy in Lincoln, Maine. She attended University of Maine in Orono earning a degree in home economics and was a graduate Cum Laude. For her first job, she taught home economics in Elsworth, Maine. She introduced school lunches there in 1942. She joined the Maine Extension Service in 1947 and eventually moved to Wyoming in 1949 to work with the Extension Service there. In July 1953 she met her husband, Bruce Martin, and they were married in December that year. They moved to Bakersfield, California for five years where she taught a junior high clothing class. In 1959, they moved to southern California and she taught at South Pasadena Junior High. They moved back east in 1964 and settled in St. Mary’s County in 1965. She worked for the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension Service in St. Mary’s County. She earned her Master’s degree in volunteerism. Since the Cooperative Extension Service had so many volunteers, she defined each position with accountability of hours served. When new integration laws took effect, she was instrumental in combining the segregated homemakers clubs in St. Mary’s County. Hope was the 1973 Maryland recipient of the Distinguished Service Award by the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. In 1979, she initiated what became the Oyster Festival Cook-Off Contest and in 2004 she was recognized for her contribution at the Oyster Festival and given a special plaque. She retired from the Extension Service in 1981. She is survived by three nieces and a nephew and was a great, great aunt. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Bruce Martin, her brother, Stewart Moody and her sister Kathryn Moody. A graveside ceremony will be held at Charles Memorial Gardens on Friday, October 21, 2011 at 10 a.m. with Rev. Mike Jones officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 79, Hollywood, MD 20636. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral. com.

William Pappaconstantinou (wife Sandee) of Mechanicsville, MD, Michael John Pappaconstantinou (wife Dawn) of Wake Forest, North Carolina, and Daniel Mark Pappaconstantinou (wife Ashlee) of Charlottesville, Virginia. She is also survived by her mother Harriett Daley of Massachusetts, and five siblings, Harriet Cares of Shelbyville, TN, June Brunetta of Sterling, MA, Helen Leary of Chelmsford, MA, Michael Daly of The Villages, FL, and Barbara Kiloski of Tyngsboro, MA. She is predeceased by two brothers, John Daly of Lowell, MA and William Daly of Dracut, MA. Mary moved to Charles County from Massachusetts in the early 1960’s. While raising a family, she was employed as a teacher with the Charles County Board of Education for 37 years. She had a great love for teaching elementary students especially the first grade. Upon retirement in 2002, she followed her second love, which included a variety of activities such as watching soap operas and Life Time Movies. She also loved the sun and the beach. She greatly enjoyed placing a comfortable chair in the warm sand, sinking in her toes, and reading a novel by her favorite author, James Patterson. Retirement also allowed Mary to follow another love, that being time spent with her grandchildren. Mary will be greatly missed by nine loving and devoted grandchildren, Mary Beth (M.B), Brooke, Kaylee, Derek, Brittany, Mikey, Caleb, Matthew, and Abigail. The family received friends for Mary’s Life Celebration on Monday, October 17, 2011 at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD where prayers were recited. A funeral liturgy was performed on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 in the Brinsfield Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed at The Charles Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice House of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral. com.

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Josephine M. Romer (Nee Hann), 82 of Drayden, MD died on October 6, 2011 at Prince George’s Hospital Center. Born On July 30, 1929 in Goshen, NY she was the daughter of the late Adeline E. (Hackett) and Albert U. Hann. During her lifetime, Josephine lived in Warwick, NY, Virginia Beach, VA., and Drayden, Maryland. She was a clothing designer and seamstress/tailor. She was an avid animal lover, loved to read and enjoyed homemaking. Josephine leaves to mourn her beloved children, Cynthia J. Gillette

Mary Daly Pappaconst antinou, 68, of Waldorf died peacefully October 14, 2011 at Hospice House of St. Mary’s. Born May 2, 1943 in Lowell, Massachusetts, she is the daughter of Harriett T. Clark and the late John Daley. Mary is survived by her husband, Charles Pappaconstantinou, whom she married July 9, 1965 at the Charles County Courthouse in La Plata, Maryland. She is also survived by her children, Charles

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and husband Walt of Drayden, MD., William A. Romer and wife Debbie of Milford, PA., Roxanne L. Dean and John Revnel of Norfolk, VA., Joyce Ann Straub and husband Roger of Goshen, NY., Darlene S. Simimi and husband Steve of Palm Harbor, FL. She is also survived by 15 Grandchildren and 30 Great Grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Josephine was pre-deceased by her husband, the late William F. Romer, and her siblings the late Elizabeth (Betty) O’Dell, and the late Albert, Richard, Robert and Clinton Hann. There will be graveside services held on Saturday, October 29, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Florida Cemetery in Florida, NY. For those desiring, contributions in memory may be directed to St. Mary’s Hospice Foundation, Nursing Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 527, Leonardtown, MD. 20650 Family and Friends may leave condolences at

Mills High School. He enjoyed playing computer games. Wesley is survived by his father, his brothers, Nathaniel and Adam Seevers, and paternal grandmother, Gail Seevers of Denver, CO. Family will receive friends for Wesley’s Life Celebration on Thursday, October 20, 2011 from 5 until 8 p.m. at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD 20650. A fu-

neral service will be held on Friday, October 21, 2011 at 1 p.m. in the Brinsfield Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be private. Memorial contributions in Wesley’s name may be made to the charity of your choice. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral. com.

Wesley Seevers, 18 Wesley James Seevers, 18 of Lexington Park, MD died October 15, 2011 at Georgetown University Hospital. Born May 24, 1993 in Abington, PA, he was the son of David C. Seevers and the late Laurette (Byers) Seevers. Wesley was a senior at Great

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Briefs Police: Drug Deal Gone Bad

On Oct. 15, Andrew Joseph Burnette, 21, of St. Inigoes, and Nicholas Alexander Stubbs, 22, of Lexington Park, drove to a residence on Krystal Lane in Lexington Park where they attempted to purchase percocet pills from Jeremy Raymond Eberle, 21, sheriff’s deputies alleged. When Burnette and Stubbs did not receive the pills they had paid for, they exited the vehicle and began kicking and punching Eberle on his upper body, police reported. Stubbs also allegedly brandished a knife at Eberle. As Burnette and Stubbs were leaving the area, Burnette attempted to strike Eberle with his vehicle, police alleged. Deputies responded to the scene and located Burnette and Stubbs. Burnette and Stubbs were charged with first- and second-degree assault. Eberle was charged with theft, trespassing and conspiracy to sell drugs.

Police: Woman Left Carload of Kids in Parking Lot

On Oct. 16, at approximately 10:30 a.m., deputies responded to the parking lot of Wal-Mart in California for the report of underage children being left unattended in a vehicle. Investigation revealed Cathrine Anne Annulis, 45, of Great Mills, left her four children all under the age of 10 unattended in her vehicle which was locked and running, police alleged. Deputy Kirkner responded to the scene and spoke with a witness who advised he had observed the children unattended for at least 10 minutes prior to Kirkner’s arrival, police said. While Kirkner was on the scene, Annulis returned to her vehicle pushing a grocery cart of food. Annulis was charged with confining an unattended child. Annulis also had an extraditable warrant through Bucks County, Penn., police reported.

Man Charged With Choking Woman

On Oct. 15, at approximately 4 a.m., deputies responded to a residence on Rodgers Drive in Lexington Park for a report of an assault. Investigation revealed Francis Corey Proctor, Jr., 26 of Lexington Park was involved in an altercation with the victim, police said. Proctor allegedly grabbed the victim by her neck and began choking her. Proctor then grabbed the victim’s arms and threw her to the ground, police alleged. Deputy Rodgers responded to the scene, arrested Proctor and charged him with second-degree assault.

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Collar Tightening on Burglary Suspects By Guy Leonard Staff Writer St. Mary’s Sheriff’s Office leadership announced Monday night at a community meeting in Town Creek they will soon be ready to arrest two suspects they believe are responsible for nearly 100 burglaries in St. Mary’s over recent months. While they did not release the identities of the two suspects, they told Town Creek residents they believed the two alleged burglars were responsible for most of the breaking and entering incidents in their community so far this year. Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron, along with members of his command staff, talked to residents there about the 19 residential burglaries that have occurred in their neighborhood; the two as-yet-unidentified suspects, they said, perpetrated 11 of these burglaries. Lt. Eric Sweeney, the officer in charge of the patrol district in the county that includes Town Creek, said that the prospects of retrieving precious metals, especially copper, is what is driving residential burglaries all over the county. He said precious metal thieves are targeting older homes that appear to be vacant. “Older homes have more copper in them

than newer ones,” Sweeney said at the Town Creek Elementary School gathering. He said residents should try to take more notice of even the most mundane circumstances, such as unmarked utility trucks that continually show up at vacant or older homes. “What I want you to be is very curious,” Sweeney said, adding that 12 of the 19 burglaries in the community involved unlocked windows and doors. Capt. Edward Willenborg, commander of the sheriff’s office patrol division, said that investigators are coming close to completing their work in tracking down the two suspects. “If they haven’t been indicted they soon will be,” Willenborg said. Residential burglaries targeting precious metals or other goods that can turn a quick profit are the result most often of drug addiction on the part of the offenders, police have said. This habit has now taken the form of prescription pills, but is already transforming into something else. “Because we’re seeing the pills which are synthetic heroin, now we’re starting to see heroin,” Cameron said.

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State Fire Marshal’s Office investigators have charged Jeb J. McWade, 29, of Lexington Park with setting fire to items inside a mobile home while the occupants, Jessie Russell and Samantha Shaddrick, were still in it. According to fire marshal reports, McWade faces maximum penalties of nearly 32 years in prison if convicted of both first-degree arson and second-degree malicious burning at the Flat Iron Road incident that occurred at about 2:30 a.m. Monday. Charging documents filed by Deputy Chief Fire Marshal Dexter Hodges in St. Mary’s District Court allege that the fire had been set in the children’s bedroom of the mobile home. “Burned paper products and clothing were located directly below the window in the room,” charging documents read. “The items were charred and the damage was confined in the bedroom.” Court papers stated Shadrick awoke after she heard a noise outside and got up to investigate; she woke Russell and both went to the front of the home to see what the source of the noise was. Once in the hallway they noticed a light reflecting from a bedroom and both Shadrick and Russell observed McWade standing outside of the open window holding burning material inside the home, which he then dropped into a plastic container with clothing inside, charging documents allege. McWade then fled the scene, court papers

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stated. Russell said that she knew the defendant and both witnesses had seen him on several occasions in the past. St. Mary’s sheriff’s deputies later caught up with McWade at a convenience store on Great Mills Road, arrested him and took him to the detention center where he remains on a no-bond status. The damage was estimated at only $100 and no injuries resulted from the small fire, investigators reported.


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The St. Mary’s County Board of Education approved an appropriation on Oct. 12 to reinstate pay for three furlough days that were added to the budget earlier this year. This would result in about 2,000 thousand teachers and related positions receiving a check for three days’ pay in mid December. Superintendent Michael Martirano will seek the Board of Commissioners’ approval Oct. 25 to utilize the $2.2 million insurance rebate, along with the post-audit fund balance to return those workdays and make an Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) payment. This would leave the school system with a remaining fund balance of $2.1 million for fiscal year 2013. “We’re working strategically with the county, so this request will come as no surprise to the commissioners,” Martirano stated, explaining this is not seeking additional revenue from the county, rather solving problems from within. The payment would occur around the

same time as two pay periods without deductions for healthcare benefits. “We’re essentially just returning our employees’ own monies back to them as it’s returned to us,” School Board member Cathy Allen said of the healthcare bump. Martirano said that while he, the school board and union representatives would love to have additional funding, “The reality is we’re doing the best we can in these difficult economic times.” He said the school board has expressed concern about the welfare and morale of staff, stating, “We’re trying to acknowledge and uplift our people.” Should the commissioners give the goahead Tuesday, Martirano said the school board will incur some extra work, including a calendar change. “But it’s good work, because we’re taking care of our staff and our students,” he said. The superintendent said he feels “extremely good” about being in a position to return work and pay to affected staff and get the budget in good shape. “It’s just the right thing to do.”

School Board, County Start Talking About Next Year’s Budget By Carrie Munn Staff Writer During a joint meeting of the St. Mary’s Board of Education and the Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday, emphasis was placed on understanding and communication. County Administrator John Savich explained the budget process and timeline can be confusing and strenuous, especially when resources are tight and judgments based on need, rather than wants, are essential. Savich said the meeting is part of a concerted effort to “establish a unified response from St. Mary’s County to the state,” and stated, “[We’re often asked to] make the best judgment we can based on crummy information and a crummy situation.” Tensions ran high for members of both boards, public school staff and throughout the community as difficult decisions were faced for the current fiscal year. Much of that, members of each board suggested, was due to misinformation and a barrage of deadlines. The school system’s and county’s budget timelines have been realigned to provide a clearer path for all involved. Superintendent Dr. Michael J. Martirano said, “We’re looking to mitigate those tensions … be proactive, and [have] honest discussions about needs.” Commissioner Todd Morgan said the lack of up-to-date details and lag in communications made last year’s budget process “more disruptive than constructive.” Martirano and Savich suggested this year could be even more contentious, with the legislation’s decision of how to handle the expense of retiree benefits, the plans for a new elementary school and insecurity in the current economy on many minds. The schools’ Director of Fiscal Ser-

vices Greg Nourse said he found out earlier that morning about cuts to federal programs, adding it is a continuous effort to adjust and carefully monitor the budget with shifting information always coming in. Elaine Kramer, the county’s Chief Financial Officer, shared data with the groups that indicated a decline in property tax revenues and a less than spectacular outlook for local income tax revenues as well. Both play a big part in funding public schools and other community infrastructure. “When the state declined,” she said, “we all got dragged down.” Kramer said she is worried that St. Mary’s’ slice of the state pie might decrease and recommends scrutinizing spending and not using fund balance for future years’ recurring costs. That savings, she explained, “provides financial flexibility.” It is from this pot that $3.3 million was pulled for recovery following Hurricane Irene and the commissioners were able to provide $750,000 above maintenance of effort to prevent a loss of jobs for the current school year. “At this point in time,” said Commissioner Larry Jarboe, “jobs are a blessing.” He said the county’s budget must be wellmanaged to enable necessary capital projects and infrastructure maintenance. The commissioners and school board members agreed flexibility and pragmatic decision-making are critical for getting through the next budget and beyond. “We’re in good shape because of our cautious decision making,” Savich said. “The goal is to respond to the present while preparing for the future.”

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Advisors Help Make Students College, Career Ready By Sarah Miller Staff Writer In addition to an academic foundation certified with a diploma, local students are offered practical advice on their futures in areas such as financial responsibility. Robin Willis, the Great Mills High School college advisor, said they work with students on after-graduation plans beginning in their junior year. Advisors administer self-assessment tests and help the students find out what they like and what path seems to be the best fit for them. Nearly everything in junior year focuses on “exercises to get to know themselves.” They also go through cost of living conversations, learning about the prices of the things they want, like cars, what they will likely be earning and their needs, like groceries. Willis said she helps students work out budgets and understand how to live within their means. Seniors are prepared for college applications, with letters of recommendation prepared and college applications readied by mid-December. Willis said she handles the transcripts and will even mail the applications if needed. After Christmas break, Willis said the schools work with students to apply for scholarships and navigate financial aid websites, like the and She is also willing to work with parents and students to fill out the often complex FAFSA forms. For more information, or to find out about assistance offered through the high schools, contact the college and career readiness centers at the local high schools.


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By Sarah Miller Staff Writer

Students at Great Mills High School had the opportunity to speak with potential employers at a lunchtime job fair in the school library. Julie Ashby, the youth client services manager with the Tri-County council for St. Mary’s County, said the job fair was a collaboration between the career, research and development (CRD) class and Southern Maryland JobSource. The job fair served a two-fold purpose, Ashby said. The students are seeking parttime jobs, and the employers are looking for extra help as the holiday season approaches. Employers at the fair included Lowe’s and Best Buy. Students had the opportunity to fill out applications, hand out resumes and interview for available positions. The job fair proved so popular that the 200-student capacity for the event was reached easily, and Ashby said she had to turn students down from signing up. “Everyone’s looking for jobs,” Ashby said. “It’s a difficult time right now.” In addition to her work on the job fair, Ashby said she brings speakers in to the CRD class to talk about interview preparedQBH Gradview County Times Half Ad_Layout 1 9/6/11 4:41 PM Page 1 ness, dressing for success, entrepreneurship


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and other related topics. Ashby said she has been in so often working the CRD class that students have started calling her by nicknames, such as “job lady.” Great Mills High School Principal Jake Heibel said the CRD class is part of the completer path for students to receive their high school diploma. Students have to hold down a part-time job or complete volunteer hours as part of their graduation requirements. “It’s huge for our kids,” Heibel said. Brandon Minucci, a Great Mills senior who attended the job fair, said he’s grateful for the chance to apply for jobs without having to go door-to-door, which is time consuming. “It’s really cool,” he said. “It makes it easier on the students.”

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Thursday, October 20, 2011



United Way Welcomes New Executive Director

By Sarah Miller Staff Writer

Jennifer Hollingsworth, the new executive director of the United Way of St. Mary’s County, jumped into her new position head first, with little time to get acclimated to the position before the kickoff breakfast and the annual Day of Caring. Hollingsworth is a native of St. Mary’s County, having graduated from Great Mills High School. In her senior year, she was voted “most likely to stay in St. Mary’s County.”

She finished her schooling at Salisbury University, but eventually came back to the county. She said she found out she got the job as executive director while she was at her husband’s lacrosse game and doesn’t regret taking on the challenge. “I’ve enjoyed every minute of it,” she said. Hollingsworth was a paraeducator at Lexington Park Elementary School, prior to taking the position of United Way executive director. It was actually Lexington Park Elementary Principal and United Way Board of Directors vice president Susie Fowler who suggested Hollingsworth as a potential executive director. “She has a wonderful skill set in terms of working with people,” Fowler told The County Times. This is Fowler’s fourth year serving on the Board of Directors and she said she is, “pleased to serve the community in this capacity.” Hollingsworth said she understands the responsibility she has taken on and plans to rise to the challenge. “I know people are relying on me and I want to give the best,” she said. In the near future, Hollingsworth said she plans to go door to door as much as possible and get to know the agencies the United Way supports and the agencies that give to the United Way. She said she wants to make the St. Mary’s County United Way an active presence in the community instead of a group that comes around once or twice every year during their fundraising campaigns. She wants to find out what are the specific needs of the county so she can find better ways to serve the community. “We’re actively open and working,” Hollingsworth said. When she comes up against a wall or gets an answer she doesn’t like, she intends to persist until things go a way she likes. “I keep searching until I find the right answer,” Hollingsworth said. One of her goals has already been realized. She wanted to see people able to donate through the United Way of St. Mary’s website and that feature has already been added. Donating through the website, for any amount, is now just a matter of a few clicks of the

mouse. She also has big goals for the future of the United Way. She said she wants to reach out to the age group between teens and seniors, a large group of people that doesn’t often get as heavily involved in the volunteer projects. “That’s going to take a lot of time and a lot of effort and a lot of research,” Hollingsworth said. Normally, high school students get involved to fulfill their volunteer hour graduation requirement, while older citizens are looking to stay active after their retirement. Between teens and seniors is a largely untapped population. The United Way is currently in the middle of their payroll deduction campaign and just wrapped up the 14th Annual Day of Caring. Scott Stahr, United Way of St. Mary’s Board of Director’s president, said this year was his 12th Day of Caring. He said the event gives local businesses and employees who support the United Way a chance to work on community projects with the people who benefit from their donations. Stahr said this year’s projects included working on a couple houses, yard work and building picnic tables for Leah’s House. “The projects looked great and everyone was happy,” Hollingsworth said. The United Way will accept anybody with time, money or talents to offer. Hollingsworth said they work with the College of Southern Maryland to place individual volunteers with groups. Not all service is limited to large projects either. Individuals wanting to come into the United Way office and help with administrative duties such filing paperwork and other tasks would be more than welcome. “We’ll put anybody to work,” Hollingsworth said. For more information, visit


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Thursday, October 20, 2011



Local Artist Finds Inspiration in Horses

By Sarah Miller Staff Writer


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When Colleen Lochausen saw her last child leave the house, college bound, she decided it was time to live a little. “I decided it was time to do something for me,” Lochausen said. She began taking art courses, starting with drawing, painting and computer graphics. She took her first sculpting class “kicking and screaming,” but soon fell in love with the art. “I put my hands in clay and don’t know if I’ve painted since,” Lochausen said. She said clay is definitely one of her favorite mediums. “Clay gives me the ability to create.” She said the class started with sculpting people, but she wanted to try sculpting horses. She went on the internet looking for a class that taught equine art and ended up taking a week-long course in Lexington, Ky. It was there that she learned the basics of horse art. “[The horse’s body is] basically a square,” Lochausen said. Since her first piece, Lochausen has come a long way. One of her most recent works, Thunderdance, was accepted into the Ex Arte Equinus 4 Equine Art competition. She said of 1,000 international entries, only 96 were chosen and hers was one of them. She also has three pieces, Thunderdance, Legs and The Wave, on display at the gallery in the Leonardtown Antique center. Lochausen works out of her home studio, where she will generally have two or three works in progress at once. Her sculptures are made initially of clay over a wire frame, then she works with other artists to make a wax “negative” which is used to cast the bronze replicas. The wax cast is not made of the entire piece but of sections, which are cast separately and reattached. “They’ll destroy my piece to cast it in bronze,” Lochausen said. The clay Lochausen uses is oil based, meaning it will not dry out and remains malleable for years after being removed from the packaging. The only problem is, if the clay gets too warm it becomes extremely soft and falls apart. Lochausen ran into this problem with one of

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her works in progress, Freedom. Rather than scrapping the project entirely, Lochausen saw this as an opportunity to improve the work. “It was the best thing I could have done,” she said. In addition to the pieces shown in Leonardtown, Lochausen has been involved in the living gallery at Annmarie Garden, where she hopes to return to, as well as other shows in the tri-county area. She said she gets her inspiration from simple gestures and movements she sees in horses or pictures. Lochausen and her husband, Vern Lochausen, also raise Spanish Arabians. Lochausen said she has been around horses since she was 13, and her father bought a horse for $75 that she helped break. In addition to showing her pieces, she takes pictures of them and posts them to her website as they progress. For more information, or to see photos of current and past work, visit www.hoofbeatsonmyhear t. com.

Lochausen shows off Legs, above. Left is Hello World, a work in progress.

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Thursday, October 20, 2011


McKay’s Teams Up With 4H For NAACP Holds Annual Celebration Beneficial BBQ

By Sarah Miller Staff Writer

The St. Mary’s County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) held their annual Freedom Fund Banquet on Oct. 15. St. Mary’s NAACP President Wayne Scriber said the banquet was an “opportunity for members to get together” and have an enjoyable evening out. During the dinner, five NAACP members were recognized posthumously with NAACP Lifetime Achievement Awards. Family members of Robert B. Grant, Dr. James A. Forrest, Beatrice C. Bowman, Viola M. Gardner and Stephen R.

L. Young accepted the awards for their loved ones. The dinner also featured guest speaker Dr. E. Faye Williams, Esq., who gave a speech meant to inspire and encourage the people assembled to continue the work their ancestors started. “We are destined to be a great people,” she said, adding that African Americans are the descendants of kings and queens. “We thought we were slaves, but no,” she said. “We were enslaved.” For more information, visit

Chef Loic Sweeps 45th Annual Oyster Festival

Photo courtesy of the Trossbach family Travis Trossbach, of Dameron, proudly shows off his prize hog at the 2011 St. Mary’s County Fair, before it was purchased by McKay’s Food Stores.

By Carrie Munn Staff Writer

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Oyster lovers come out each and every year from up the road, out of state and across the globe to St. Mary’s County’s very own festival of shellfish shucking and slurping. This year, said first-year “Oyster Queen” and event organizer Beverly Brown, the farthest traveling visitors were from California, Hawaii and Australia. While overwhelming, Brown said she enjoyed her duties overseeing an event attended by about 14,000 people. Along with eats, the festival also offered entertainment with performances by great local bands like the Sam Grow Band, Geezer and Them Eastport Oyster Boys. For the second year in a row, Mike Martin of Panama City, Fl. will represent the U.S. at the Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival in Ireland, after winning the 2011 Oyster Shucking champion title. Local restauranteur Chef Loic Jaffres, owner of Café des Artistes in Leonardtown, swept the oyster cook-off, as the Grand Prize Winner, People’s Choice Winner and Best Presentation. Funds that the festival earns are distributed back to the community by the Lexington Park Rotary Club’s grant committee, supporting such things as BECA scholarships, Leah’s House, Patuxent Habitat for Humanity and Christmas in April. Next year’s event is already lined up for Oct. 20 and 21, 2012.

On Saturday, two McKay’s Foods stores will offer a tasty Pork Roast from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. But these lunch choices will not only benefit the tummy, they’ll also go far in helping the youth of St. Mary’s County continue their agricultural learning and experiences with the local 4-H program. McKay’s purchased two hogs last month during the 65th annual St. Mary’s County Fair’s 4-H Livestock Auction from two young men, then donated them back to the 4-H program. The hogs were raised by these 4-H participants and will be prepared by the stores’ food specialists for Sunday’s lunch. Those proceeds will then go back into scholarships and funding to keep kids engaged and involved in agriculture-based education. Mikey Van Ryswick, 11, raised his champion hog on the 115-acre farm that’s been in his family for more than a century. A sixth-grader at Father Andrew White School in Leonardtown, who’s raised hogs for three years as a livestock project for the Tudor Hall 4-H Club, Mikey has also explored engineering, bee keeping and public speaking through 4-H, among other subjects. Though Mikey hopes to continue raising hogs, he also stays busy as an honor roll student and member of his school chorus, band and Lego team. The second hog was raised by 13-year-old Travis Trossbach on his family’s farm in Dameron. Travis has raised hogs for 4-H for five years and is a member of its Rope’n Wranglers Club. He also raised two steers and has participated in the state Cattleman’s and Swine Skillathon Contests. Aside from tending his livestock, Travis has done marksmanship, wood working and small engine projects with 4-H. As a seventh-grader at St. Michael’s School in Ridge, he plays on the varsity basketball team and also enjoys robotics, baseball and football. “This is an awesome community service fundraiser,” said Donna Sasscer, the county’s agriculture and seafood coordinator. McKay’s CEO David McKay explained that they’ve bought 4-H hogs and hosted these barbeque benefits for the last few years, adding it’s one of many ways their stores give back to the community and support the local economy. The company purchases more than $100,000 in local produce each year and, McKay announced, it will also be hosting a pit beef event at the Charlotte Hall store to support the Charles County 4-H program. For more information on the range of programs available through the St. Mary’s County 4-H program, call (301) 475-4478 and to grab a lunch that supports ag-savvy kids in the community, visit the Leonardtown Square or Wildewood Shopping Center McKay’s locations Saturday.

The Platters – Live in SoMD Herb Reed and The Platters – stroll back in time with this Hall of Fame musical group. Their hits include “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes”, “The Great Pretender”, “Only You” and “My Prayer”. Mr. Herb Reed has managed, performed, and toured as The Platters or Herb Reed and The Platters continuously since 1953. His voice is heard on every one of the nearly 400 recordings of The Platters. The show at Leonardtown High School on Dec. 10 will include their top hits and a selection of holiday music. Doors open at 6 p.m., show begins at 7 p.m. Advance tickets are $50, $60 at the door, if available. The concert benefits Mission of Mercy (MOM) of Southern Maryland. Mission of Mercy (MOM) is a national endeavor that has been providing free dental services for underserved and uninsured adults since 2000. MOM of SoMD is being coordinated by volunteers from St. Mary’s, Charles and Calvert counties. An outpouring of dentists from across the state of Maryland – along with dental hygienists, dental assistants, lab technicians, other health professionals and a myriad of lay volun-

teers will work in concert with community groups and agencies to better the oral health of individuals who come to the clinic. The first local two-day clinic for Southern Maryland will be held in June 2012 using portable equipment for cleanings, x-rays, extractions and fillings. We will serve as many adults as time, volunteers and supplies allow. All dental services are provided by board certified dental and medical professionals.


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                                         

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Thursday, Oct. 20

Saturday, Oct. 22

• Small Business Roundtable General Membership Meeting Southern Md. Higher Education Center (4219 Airport Road,
California) – 10 a.m. The Sign-in and Meet and Greet begins at 7:30 a.m., with presentations beginning at 8 a.m. The SBR will present the SBR Year In Review for 2011 and offer the overview for 2012. The guest speaker will be Monica M. Randall, SBA Business Development Specialist of the Baltimore District Office and the presention will focus on the Women Owned Small Business Program. The full agenda can be found on the SBR Web site,

• 3rd Annual Bluegrass for Hospice The Flat Iron Farm (45840 Highway to Heaven Lane, GreatMills) – Craft Fair from 7 a.m. to Noon; Music festival doors open at 11 a.m. Once again it’s time for the big Bluegrass event that offers one day of great music and benefits the Hospice House of St. Mary’s County in Callaway. This year, in addition to great local bluegrass performers, the event will feature chart-topping 5-piece group The Gibson Brothers and The Country Gentleman Tribute Band fronted by “Ambassador of Bluegrass” Bill Yates and with Calvert County native Mike Phipps on guitar. The day’s lineup will feature a bevy of bluegrass bands offering their own styles like The Blue Grass Gospel Express, The Jack Tippet Band, Jay Armsworthy and Eastern Tradition, Charlie Thompson and Bottom Couty Bluegrass, and Buddy Abell and Sppon Creek. On top of the music, Gracie’s Guys and Gals dancers will perform and 50/50 raffles, door prizes and silent auctions will add to the fun. Food will be available from the 3rd District Optimist Club Kruzin’ Kafe. The craft fair will run from 7 a.m. to Noon, with the doors opening for Bluegrass for Hospice at 11 a.m. Non-perishable food items are also being collected to help replenish the Southern Maryland Food Banks. Tickets are $25 at the door. For more information, visit www.bluegrassforhospice. com or call (301) 737-3004.

Friday, Oct.21 • Free Wine Tasting at Guenther’s Fine Wine and Spirits Guenther’s (25470 Point Lookout Rd. Suite B, Leonardtown)- 5 to 9 p.m. Wine lovers are welcomed to Guenther’s for a free wine tasting and would like to invite folks to visit Guenther’s Bistro, now open, and nearby. Call (301) 475-8989 for details. • • Wings Over America Scholarship Foundation Golf Tournament Cedar Point Golf Course 23438 Cedar Point Rd, Patuxent River)- 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wings over America Scholarhip Foundation provides financial assistance for higher education to dependants of active duty and retired, officer and enlisted personnel connected to Naval Aviation. This inaugural golf tournament is a 4-Man Captain’s Choice scramble. $70 individual entry fee or $240 per foursome Registration 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. with a 9 a.m. Shotgun start.

• Call for Actors for Sotterly Plantation’s Holiday Candlelight Tours Sotterly Plantation (44300 Sotterley Ln., Hollywood) 3 to 5 p.m. Sotterly Plantation is pleased to announce open auditions for this year’s Holi-

Thursday, October 20, 2011

day Candlelight Tours. “Sotterly Christmas Past” will run on Dec. 8, for Member’s Night and on Dec. 9 and 10 for the general public from 6 to 10 p.m. Actors will portray characters from Sotterly’s 300-year history. Two caucasian males, aged 45 to 55, three caucasian males 25 to 35, two African-American males 20 to 30, one caucasian male 16 to 20, one African-American female 40 to 50, two caucasian females 40-50 and one caucasian female 20 to 25 are sought. Assistance is also needed for directing, lighting and costuming. Auditions will take place Saturday, Oct. 22 and again Saturday, Oct. 29 from 3 to 5 p.m. • Grand Opening of All Saints’ Church Thrift Store All Saints’ Thrift Store (Oakley Road, Avenue) – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come out for the opening of the new thrift store in the church hall at All Saints’ Episcopal Church Saturday. All are invited to enjoy apple cider and goodies. For more information, call (240) 925-1432.

Sunday, Oct. 23 • Southern Maryland Author Book Signing at Fenwick Books Fenwick Street Used Books and Music (41655A Fenwick Street, Leonardtown) – Noon Ms. S.E. Simpson will be signing copies of her new young adult book “Ginger and the Bully” from Noon to 2 p.m. Susan Simpson is a native Southern Marylander. She has a BA in English/Educationf rom St. Mary’s College of Maryland and a BS in Nursing from the University of Maryland at Baltimore. She has worked as a teacher, a nurse and an editor. She

CHURCH SERVICES DIRECTORY Running the 2nd & 4th Week of Each Month

To Advertise in the Church Services Directory, Call The County Times at 301-373-4125





Sundays - 9:30 AM 41695 Fenwick Street Unit 3 Leonardtown, MD 20650 301/997-1235

BAHA’I FAITH BAHA’I FAITH God is One, Man is One, and All Religions are One

Discussions 3rd Wed. 7-8 Lex Pk Library, Longfellow Rm 301-884-8764 or

A member of the Southern Baptist Convention 8505 Leonardtown Road, Hughesville, MD 20637 301-884-8645 or 301-274-3627 Pastor Keith Corrick Associate Pastor Kevin Cullins

• Sunday Morning Worship • Sunday School (all ages) • Sunday Evening Worship & Bible Study • Wednesday Discipleship Classes (Adults, youth & Children)

10:30am 9:15 am 6:00 pm 7:00 pm

CATHOLIC CHURCH St. Cecelia Church 47950 Mattapany Rd, PO Box 429 St. Mary’s City, MD 20686 301-862-4600 Virgil Mass: Sunday: Weekday (M-F): Confessions:

4:30 pm Saturday 8:00 am 7:30 am 3-4 pm Saturday


Offering worship and serving opportunities at… First Friendship campus – Ridge 9:00 am Traditional worshipc St George Island campus – Piney Point 9:45 am Children and Adult Sunday School 11:00 am Traditional worship St. Paul’s campus – Leonardtown 8:05 am Traditional worshipna 9:15 am Contemporary worshipnca(ASL Interpreted) 10:45 am Contemporary worshipnca 6:00 pm The Refinery (interactive worship)nc n – nursery provided c- children’s Sunday school also available a- adult Sunday school also available 301.475.7200


has been writing stories and poetry ever since penning her first poem in the second grade--a poem that won a red ribbon at the county fair. She has been blessed with two daughters and also shares her home with four cats and one dog. Meet the author and get your copy of “Ginger ad the Bully” signed. For more information, call (301) 475-2859. • Sacred Heart Parish Hall Annual Fall Dinner Cole Cinema at the Campus Center, St. Mary’s College of Maryland (Bushwood) – Noon to 4:30 p.m. Sacred Heart Church’s Annual Fall Dinner offers a menu that includes; Fried Oysters, Stuffed Ham, Turkey with Dressing and Gravy, Parsley Potatoes, Candied Sweet Potatoes, Green Beans, Cole Slaw, Rolls, Tea and Coffee. Prices are; Adults $23, Children 12 and under $6, Drive-Thru Carry-Outs $23. We will also have a Raffle, Cake Table and Country Store. Hope to see you there!

Monday, Oct. 24 • Documentary Follows Feminist Art Movement Cole Cinema at the Campus Center, St. Mary’s College of Maryland (18952 E. Fisher Rd.,
St. Mary’s City) – 4:45 p.m. Hannah Piper Burns, an Artist House artist-in-residence at the college, wil introduce a documentary on the Feminist Art Movement at the Cole Cinema. Through intimate interviews, art and rarely seen archival film and video footage, “!Women Art Revolution” by Lynn Hershman Leeson reveals how the Feminist Art Movement fused free speech and politics into an art that has transformed the art and culture of our times. Burns, a St. Mary’s 2006 graduate, is an experimental documentary, video, and installation artist who lives and works in Portland, Oregon.

Tuesday, Oct. 25 • Special Olympics No Holdem Poker Night Bennett Building, (24390 Old Three Notch Road, Hollywood) $1 and $2 Blinds No limit cash game with dealers provided. Free food and drinks. High hand paid out nightly. Games benefit Special Olympics St. Mary’s County and the Center for Life Enrichment. For more information on the event, call Jim Bucci, Sr. at (301) 373-6104 and for volunteering information, call Mary Lu Bucci at (301) 373-3469 or (240) 298-0200.

Wednesday, Oct. 26 • Dining to Donate at Applebee’s Applebee’s Restaraunt (45480 Miramar Way, California) – All Day Pick up your flyer and enjoy a filling and fulfilling meal at Applebee’s on Wednesday and 15 percent of your bill will be donated to the Great Mills High School Band. For details, contact the school by calling (301) 863-4001.



Thursday, October 20, 2011

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Thursday, Oct. 20

• Dave Norris DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 5 p.m. • Blues Band and Karaoke Martini’s Lounge (10553 Theodore Green Boulevard, White Plains) – 6 p.m. • ‘80’s Night with $1 Domestic Draft and Rail Fat Boy’s Country Store (41566 Medleys Neck Road, Leonardtown) – 7 p.m. • The Piranhas Toots Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood) – 8 p.m. • All You Can Drink Ladies Night with DJ Chris Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) – 9 p.m. • Ladies Night with DJ Pablo Cadillac Jack’s (21367 Great Mills Road, Lexington Park) – 9 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 21 • Dave Norris DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 5 p.m. • Randy Richie Café des Artistes (41655 Fenwick Street, Leonardtown) – 6:30 p.m. • Country Nights Dance Hotel Charles (11511 Burnt Store Road, Hughesville) – 7:30 p.m. • Road House Martini’s Lounge (10553 Theodore Green Boulevard, White Plains) – 8:30 p.m. • All You Can Drink Night with DJ Chris Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) – 9 p.m. • Paranormal Memories Nightclub and Bar (2360 Old Washington Road, Waldorf) – 9 p.m. • No Green Jelly Beenz Vera’s White Sands Beach Club (1200 White Sands Drive, Lusby) – 9 p.m. • Karaoke On Demand with DJ/KJ Steadyrockin Cadillac Jack’s (21367 Great Mills Road, Lexington Park) – 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 22 • Fair Warning DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 5 p.m. • Randy Richie Café des Artistes (41655 Fenwick Street, Leonardtown) – 6:30 p.m. • Live Music: “Piranhas” Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 8 p.m. • Diane Daly The Westlawn Inn (9200 Chesapeake Avenue, North Beach) – 8 p.m.

• TBD Martini’s Lounge (10553 Theodore Green Boulevard, White Plains) – 8:30 p.m. • Virgil Cain The Blue Dog Saloon (7940 Port Tobacco Road, Port Tobacco) – 9 p.m. • Mudd Fence Memories Nightclub and Bar (2360 Old Washington Road, Waldorf) – 9 p.m. • Live Music: “Piranhas” Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 9 p.m. • Backstage Pass Apehangers Bar and Grill (9100 Crain Highway, Bel Alton) – 9 p.m. • Sam Grow Vera’s White Sands Beach Club (1200 White Sands Drive, Lusby) – 9:30 p.m. • Karaoke On Demand with DJ/KJ Steadyrockin Cadillac Jack’s (21367 Great Mills Road, Lexington Park) – 9:30 p.m. • No Green JellyBeenz Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) – 10 a.m.

Sunday, Oct. 23 • NFL Sunday w/ $1 Drafts Fat Boy’s Country Store (41566 Medleys Neck Road, Leonardtown) – all day

Monday, Oct. 24 • $2.50 Margaritas Every Monday Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) – 10 a.m. • Team Trivia Night DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 6:30 p.m. • Southern Maryland Karaoke Championship Toots Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood) – 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 25 • Live Music: “Fair Warning” DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 26 • Mason Sebastian DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 5 p.m. • Live Music: “Sam Grow” Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 8 p.m. • Wolf’s Hot Rods and Old Gas Blues Jam Beach Cove Restaurant (8416 Dayside Road, Chesapeake Beach) – 8 p.m. • Comedy Night Live Martini’s Lounge (10553 Theodore Green Boulevard, White Plains) – 8 p.m.

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Bluegrass for Hospice Back for Another Year By Sarah Miller Staff Writer It’s that time of year again. Lovers of bluegrass music should get their lawn chairs out of storage and prepare the cooler for the third annual Bluegrass for Hospice at Flat Iron Farms. The event is The Grascles, last year’s headliners. Saturday from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. A craft show will be held from 7 a.m. until noon, when the music begins. Jay Armsworthy, the coordinator for the event, said his grandfather passed away in 2007, and he received hospice care. “I asked, what can I do to pay them back?” Armsworthy said. He decided to hold a Bluegrass for Hospice event. He said he hadn’t initially planned for it to become an annual event, but that’s what’s happening. Armsworthy plans to continue as the organizer. Right now, he also acts as the stage manager, MC and “complaint taker.” In addition to the rest of his responsibilities, Armsworthy will be performing with his band, Jay Armsworthy and Eastern Tradition. Originally, somebody else ran the Bluegrass for Hospice event, but it hadn’t been held for a few years when Armsworthy “resurrected” it. For the third annual Bluegrass for Hospice concert, Armsworthy said he aimed to “bump it up, spice it up a little bit.” To do that, he has two headlining bands instead of one, which he had for the last two concerts. This year’s headliners are the Gibson Brothers, recently given awards for Best Album of the Year and Vocal Group of the year through the International Bluegrass The Gibson Brothers full band, consisting of Clayton Campbell, Joe Walsh, Leigh Gibson, Music Association (IBMA). Eric Gibson and Mike Barber. Photo courtesy of Leigh Gibson Leigh Gibson said he’s “excited” to be involved in raising money for hospice. “I’m well aware of their service LOCALLY and role,” he said, adding that his

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grandmother had hospice care. He said the concert at Flat Iron Farm works well into their lineup, going from New York to North Carolina currently. “We were already working our way south,” Gibson said. The second headlining group will be Bill Yates and The Country Gentlemen Tribute Band with Mike Phipps. Other groups performing during the afternoon include Jay Armsworthy and Eastern Tradition, the Jack Tippett Band, Charlie Thompson and Bottom County Bluegrass, Bubby Abell and Spoon Creek, The Bluegrass Gospel Express. There will also be an appearance by Gracie’s Guys and Gals Dancers performing to “Cotton Eye Joe,” a performance that was a hit last year, Armsworthy said. Armsworthy said it was the president of Hospice who suggested Flat Iron Farm, owned by Bubby Knott, as a venue. Knott agreed to allow Bluegrass for Hospice to take over his farm for the day, and is allowing it again this year. In addition to the music, there will be raffles and door prizes. Armsworthy said there are so many door prizes to give away that “Everybody there should walk away with something.” The price of admission to the Bluegrass For Hospice is $25 at the door. For more information about the bluegrass festival, visit www.bluegrassforhospice. com. For more information about the St. Mary’s Hospice House, visit

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A Week in the Life of an Artist

By Shelby Oppermann Contributing Writer I don’t know why I even bothered laying down last night – I didn’t sleep. Not that I sleep much normally, but this week is deadline, whirl wind, accomplish five creative tasks at one time, crazed artist week. My husband dreads, yet secretly enjoys I believe, watching the creative process. I, on the other hand, only know this way of life. I asked him this morning if he was still really happy that he married an artist. I received a half smile in response. And no, I don’t paint paintings every week, I don’t make jewelry every week. I do write every week. And then there is a week like this one where I try to work, write, paint, craft, and decide I want to have all the laundry washed, folded, and actually put away. I had every intention this year of displaying at the Sotterley Wine Festival earlier this month, but didn’t have enough artwork, and no jewelry ready for a show. You all know how our year has been, maybe like yours: illness, earthquake, flood, famine and pillaging. Sorry, got carried away with the last bit. Our wines and Bible study starts next week so I guess the famine and pillaging thing is just naturally on my mind. Instead, I happened to read in an e-mail that Ingleside Winery in Oak Grove, Virginia is having their Harvest Festival with arts, crafts, food vendors…and wine on Saturday, the 22nd. The problem is that I just read the e-mail last Thursday. By Saturday, I had a return e-mail back that there was space available. But, what is more fun than creating on a deadline? Having five root canals performed while being stretched on the rack is more fun, but this is how I, and many other artists prepare for a show. It would have been nice to have seen the e-mail a few weeks ago, though it wouldn’t really have made much difference in me doing the bulk of the fevered work a few days to a week before the event. I don’t know how I used to do twelve shows a season. Every weekend was a show somewhere between here and Annapolis. I did have lots more energy back then, and could paint every night without my eyes and hands getting tired. What could be better than displaying, and hopefully selling, at a wine festival. Not too much, I’m thinking. I know the Sotterley Festival was always enjoyable. And there does come a point after the second tasting that you forget all about coming to sell. Not really, the best feeling is when someone finds a painting you’ve created that speaks to them – one that a person wants to look at in their home every day. So, Sunday was church and Redskins day (win or lose), and working on house stuff like cleaning the bathroom, doing laundry, vacuuming, and gathering all supplies needed for the week. The first three items in the list are very important because they are the initial avoidance techniques that have to be done so you create even more of a tight deadline for the creative work to be done. I threw in e-mail clean-up too, and extra room organization to make sure the avoidance was done properly. Okay six hours wasted there. Two hours of which was wasted matching up my husband’s socks. By ten Sunday night, I was exhausted but ready to start my first project: finishing one of the paintings I ripped out of the canvas the week before. By eleven thirty I was done, and then came the wired part of my evening. No sleep ahead. The early hours of Monday morning from two until five were spent wandering back and forth between the bedroom, dining room/ art studio, and couch, over and over. I’d work on jewelry for a couple of hours, try to rest, then paint, try to rest, run endless lists through my head of what I needed to complete, and the timeline of what I needed to do. This, then, will be the pattern for the rest of this week. I suppose I should also add in the times I walk in the bedroom and ask my husband if he is awake and does he mind if I turn on the light so he can critique the project I’ve just finished. I won’t write what exactly transpires on those occasions, but he is very supportive. This week is pretty much like a normal week for me and it is remotely possible that I might have a touch of ADHD – just slightly remotely. My relief will come at some point very late Friday evening or very early Saturday morning when I suddenly realize, okay I’ve done as much as I can do. A calmness comes over me and I am fine after that…at least through Saturday evening then I start worrying about what to paint for the next show. To each new day’s adventure, Shelby Please send your comments or ideas to:

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On April 27, 1854 an inquest was held over the body of Mary Ann Williams near Mt. Zion Church in Laurel Grove, six days after her death. Her death was suspicious and was the talk of the neighborhood. The prime suspect was Mary Ann’s husband, William Henry Williams. Born about 1816, Mary Ann Scott was the daughter of Henry Scott and Dorothy Thompson. Her first husband, William Washington Wood, died in 1849. She had only been married to Williams a little over a year. Statements were taken from a number of friends and neighbors. The most damning one was given by Mrs. Thomas Dean (nee Susan Hazel) who said “I saw Mrs. Williams going home on Thursday morning walking very fast, apparently in good health. Mr. Williams came over to our house on Friday at 12:00 and told me that his wife was dead. He was crying and told me that he did all he could. I went home with him to make a shroud for his wife. I saw her, she was very black around her neck, as black as black could be. I had some suspicion going to Mr. Williams’ house, because he told me that she was too fond of other men. I thought when I got there that some violence had been committed. I asked him when her neck became so black and he gave me no answer. On Saturday he came to my house and told me that people wanted to


make out something about her neck and I told him that it was true, she had a dreadful bad neck.” An editorial appeared in the May 4th issue of the St. Mary’s Beacon: “The verdict of the jury…fails to establish the fact that those marks were the result of violence, and consequent cause of death. We publish this verdict, in order that so perfect a model of a clear, explicit and definite finding may be rescued from undeserved oblivion. It is ‘the jurors do say, upon their oaths, that Mary Ann Williams came to her death by some violence committed on her throat which might or might not produce death by strangulation.’ Can the jury, or the sapient foreman (for we understand that this individual managed the whole proceedings, and boasted that they could never have got along without him) explain to us what this means?... The meaning raked by us from the wordy rubbish…is that they discovered marks or appearances on the throat of the deceased which might or might not be the effect of violence. Their verdict… amounts to no verdict--it is a sheer absurdity…they dodge the question of violence. If the grounds for attributing the marks to violence were reasonable, why not so determine? If… well-founded doubts intervened to preclude violence, it was their duty to say so…it appears to us that a strong prima facie case exists pointing suspicion to a certain party. We give this individual…the benefit of the doubtful verdict of the coroner’s jury, and forbear to mention his name.” • Learn how to save with coupons Kimberly Pepper-Hoctor will explain the basics of couponing and how to save money-using coupons at a free program at Leonardtown on Oct. 27 and at Lexington Park on Nov. 7. Both programs begin at 6:30 p.m. Charlotte Hall will host the same program on Jan. 24. Registration is required.

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• Halloween programs scheduled Not-so-scary stories, creepy crafts, and trick-or-treating through the libraries are planned at the Halloween programs to be held on Oct. 29 at 10 a.m. at Charlotte Hall and on Oct. 31 at 6 p.m. at Leonardtown and Lexington Park. The programs are free but registration is required.

• Charlotte Hall adds a storytime Due to the popularity of the storytimes at Charlotte Hall, the library will offer an additional preschool storytime on Wednesdays. Starting Oct. 26, preschool storytimes will be at 9:45 and 10:15 a.m.

• National Gaming Day to be celebrated at libraries Families can enjoy an afternoon of gaming fun at each branch on Nov. 1 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. to celebrate National Gaming Day. Wii and various board games will be available for families to play. Snacks will be provided.

• Paying for college to be discussed Dr. Caroline Bright, Director of Financial Aid at St. Mary’s College, will provide information on paying for college and on filling out the FAFSA form at 7 p.m. at Leonardtown on Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. Local scholarships will also be discussed.

• Archaeology Exhibit on display at Leonardtown The Archaeology Exhibit hosted this summer at Lexington Park is now on display at Leonardtown. The exhibit, a project of the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Lab at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum and the Maryland Historical Trust, contains local artifacts from three important St. Mary’s County archaeological sites.

• Art Contest winners to be announced at Showcase The public is invited to view the entries in the teen Express Yourself Art Contest and hear the announcement of winners at the Gallery Showcase at Lexington Park on Oct. 24 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

• Friends will hold mini book sale The Friends of the Library will hold a mini book sale on Leonardtown Library’s front sidewalk on Sunday, Nov. 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rain date will be Nov. 13.

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St. Mary’s Dept of Aging SENIOR LIVING

Firecracker Showcase & Luncheon Do you have a hidden talent? Well now is your chance to shine! The Garvey Senior Activity Center is seeking acts or solo performers: singers, dancers, magicians, comedians, or other fun talents to perform at our first annual talent show on Tuesday, October 25. The show will begin at 11:00 a.m. Lunch will be served at noon. The menu for lunch includes sliced turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, cinnamon glazed carrots, green beans, and pumpkin upside down cake with ice cream. To sign up to share your talent, call 301.475.4200, ext. 1062. To be a spectator and reserve a meal, call 301.475.4200, ext. 1050.

Meals on Wheels Volunteers Sought The St. Mary’s County Department of Aging Meals On Wheels Program is looking for volunteers to deliver meals in the Mechanicsville area! If you or someone you know would like to contribute to the service of seniors in the Golden Beach, Charlotte Hall and Mechanicsville communities, please contact Bridget Maddox at 301.475.4200, ext. 1060 or email bridget.maddox@stmarysmd. com. Volunteers give our meals their wheels!

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• Additional Day for Art Class at Loffler Senior Activity Center The Tuesday art class is now full but our art instructor has started a new class on Fridays. If you think you can’t even draw a stick man, think again! New students are being accepted into our open studio sessions on Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon. The only cost is whatever supplies you will need for whatever medium you choose to work with. Beginners should bring a #2B drawing pencil and a drawing pad. Call 301-737-5670 ext. 1658 for more information. • Gourd Ghouls Get in the spirit for Halloween with a ghostly gourd ghoul. Make a cute Halloween decoration using locally grown gourds at the Garvey Senior Activity Center on Wednesday, October 26 at 10 a.m. Cost: $3.00. Sign up by calling 301-475-4200, ext. 1050. • Scripture Study Sessions to Start November 4 Our True Identity in Christ, a new class that focuses on looking through God’s Word and the encouragement He offers us in our daily walk, will be offered at Loffler Senior Activity Center on the following dates: November 4, 18; December 2, 16, and 30 from 10 to 11 a.m. Topics will include “God’s Comfort” and “Direct Access to God.” There will be take-home handouts for personal devotion time. • EFT Clinic at Loffler twice a month Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is a simple, yet very effective treatment that consists of tapping on several meridian points within your body to release emotional difficulties that cause you physical illness. Based on the tenets of acupuncture but simplified to tapping that you can learn to do yourself; EFT has been used to treat addictions, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, pain, disease and many other complaints. Richele McLeod, a registered nurse, is the practitioner and will be available at Loffler the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. Initial 30 minutes of the first appointment is free and if you find that the session is helping you and you wish to continue, the next hour is $45. After that you many continue the tapping on your own or, if you need another session you can simply make another appointment. Richele makes her own appointments and can be reached at 240-925-4309. For more information call Shellie301.737.5670 ext. 1655. You can also find more information about EFT by going to

Loffler Senior Activity Center 301-737-5670, ext. 1652; Garvey Senior Activity Center, 301-475-4200, ext. 1050; Northern Senior Activity Center, 301-475-4002, ext. 1001; Ridge Nutrition Site, 301-475-4200, ext. 1050.

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Bleachers Teflon Men By Ronald N. Guy Jr. Contributing Writer It doesn’t take obsessive weekly viewing to deduce that professional American football is a quarterback-dominated game. The NFL’s been trending this way for some time, but now you simply must have an elite signal caller to consistently contend for championships. (If you want evidence of the importance of an elite quarterback, see your 2011, Peyton Manning-less Indianapolis Colts.) Fortunately for many teams and football fans, the demand for great quarterbacks has been met with a healthy supply. There’s probably more quarterback talent in the NFL today than at any other point in league history and guys like Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady – the best of the best – are re-defining great play at the position. But this isn’t about the quarterback establishment; it’s about two fresh quarterback faces - one with less than a handful of NFL starts to his credit and the other a green rookie. If you’re suffering from Tim Tebow fatigue, this is going to be a gut-check. Please bear with me. I’ll be brief. I promise. Tebow, the polarizing could-be golden arm/could-be complete flop quarterback for the Denver Broncos is set to start his first game of the season this Sunday. Denver fans have been clamoring for this as much as Broncos coaches have been avoiding it. After an uninspired 1-4 start, though, head coach John Fox begrudgingly relented and will give the mob what it wants: Tebow behind center. Tebow is, very likely, the most dissected quarterback ever and most of this probing is merciless, unrelenting criticism. Tebow is the piñata quarterback: everyone gets to take a joyous swing hoping to deliver the fateful blow that triggers a feeding frenzy on the entrails. By now Tebow’s heard it all: he’s too slow to play his spastic game, can’t read defenses, lacks sufficient arm strength, has a slow throwing motion, is far too inaccurate and will inevitably be a complete failure. (Breathe) What isn’t debated though is that Tebow is a tireless worker, has the guts of a pickpocket and has an amateur track record that screams “winner”. The question then is whether Tebow, who remains as impressively unchanged by the swarm of critics as he was by his overwhelming success at the University of Florida, can will himself to NFL success. We’re about to find out. In Charlotte, another fascinating story surrounding an over-critiqued young quarterback is playing out. Cam Newton, the fishbowl resident that he is, was in an absolute pressure-cooker during Auburn’s national championship run last season and was the obsessively hen-pecked #1 overall pick in this past year’s NFL draft. Despite the overwhelming pressure, being drafted by a poor team and having a lockout-shortened off-season to figure out how to play quarterback in the NFL, Newton has starred from day one. What he is doing with the Panthers, given the considerable obstacles, is remarkable. It is absolutely amazing how poised, classy and effective this young man has remained through all the scrutiny. Unfortunately the praise he has received for his nearly unprecedented accomplishments hasn’t nearly equaled the ridicule that has unfairly followed him. Could race (Newton happens to be African American) be a factor in the fountain of negativity and muted praise? It’s hard to tell, but quarterback is the only position in sports where race matters anymore (although thankfully far less than it used to). I’ll leave it at that. Parents preach this creed to their children: you can be anything you want to be. To realize this great opportunity and achieve one’s dream, though, a child must exert tremendous effort, remain steadfastly determined and tenaciously maintain self-belief – something of a Teflon shield – throughout their pursuits. Somewhere in the lives of Tebow and Newton, both young men were equipped with this magic formula. Neither is a conventional quarterback and both have received, fairly and unfairly, a healthy amount of criticism. Through it all, they’ve displayed complete belief in their abilities and both are on the verge of proving that common parental promise true. That said; when you figure out why it’s apparently taboo to root for these fine young men, let me know. Send comments to

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Chopticon Marching Band State Champs Third Year In A Row

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The Chopticon Marching Band competed at Towson University on Saturday, in the United States Scholastic Band Association, Maryland State Championship Class IIIA, and went on to win the title for the third straight year. The group scored 80.375 and won the caption awards for best visual performance, music, effect and guard. Under the direction of Todd Burroughs, director of bands at Chopticon High School, the 50 plus-member band performed its 2011 show, “The Heart of Madness.” The CHS band participates in a grueling two-week plus camp in August and has threehour practices three to four times per week after school, according to Mary Ann Scott. The work has paid off in the 2011 circuit as the band has received first place in every competition so far this year, including shows at Northwest High School in Germantown, Md., Herndon High School in Herndon, Va., and Chopticon High School, where CHS hosted the second annual “Showcase of Bands” USSBA competition on Oct. 8. The marching band also performs at every Chopticon home football game, and three parades in the county, including the St. Mary’s County Fair, the Blessing of the Fleet and the Veterans Day Parade. This year the band also participated in the “Eleven Laps to Remember” 9/11 Memorial Service in Leonardtown. The Chopticon Marching Band will conclude its season during the weekend of November 12-13 at the USSBA National Championship in Allentown, Penn.


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Bowles Farms 2011 Corn Maze & Pumpkin Farm Southern MD’s Largest Corn Maze & Pumpkin Harvest is BACK!!!

“Come see why getting lost is so much family fun” Operating Dates: September 24th to October 30th, 2011

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Hours Of Operation Mon – Fri: By Appointment Only Saturday: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM Sunday: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Rates Admission: $10.00 3 and Under FREE Croup Rates Available (15 or more)

By Keith McGuire Many of the people I know – working and retired – are either avid anglers or hunters. Several of them go over the top for both outdoor pursuits. Being one of the latter, this particular week is one filled with anxiety. Fishing is winding down from the all out blitz of many different species of fish and crabs to be caught in the warmer months to a selection of the best known fish for the region. Largemouth bass, crappie and catfish dominate the sweet water scene, while white perch and rockfish become more common catches in the rivers and the Bay. Weather plays a big part in these adventures, and most anglers Dotty Vee Floating High! will find something else to Tom Kemp, Jerry Gaff and Curt Barrett joined do if it is going to be windy us as we headed toward the Bay at 7:00 a.m. on or rainy. This week marks the beginning of the Ear- Thursday. The weather was not so good, and the ly Muzzleloader Deer Season on Thursday. A winds – predicted to be easy – picked up to the lot of us will be grabbing the “poke poles” and level of “snotty” at around 1:00 p.m. The fish? heading to the woods for a chance at an early Well, someone forgot to tell the really big fish buck. A hunter participating in this early muz- that we were coming. We managed to put three zleloader season is allowed one buck on Thurs- decent stripers and about 15 bluefish in the box day, Friday or Saturday and only antlerless deer before we called it a day. As with many fishing trips, it was as much all next week. Avid hunters began preparations weeks ago with scouting, sighting in, cleaning an opportunity to catch up with one another as and de-scenting hunting clothing, and other such it was to put fish on the table. We traded stories tasks. You can’t just grab the musket and head and jokes all day long to return at a very high tide pushed up the Bay by the strong south wind. for the woods. The long range weather forecast for the The dock was under 6 inches of water, so we had week is, well, a long range weather guess. Since to take off our shoes and wade ashore; a first for I’m planning to be in the woods, I would prefer Captain Bruno. If you fish this weekend, I hope you don’t cold and breezy weather with a very light drizzle for the next three days. Sitting in a tree stand have to wade ashore. If you hunt this weekend, with balmy temperatures, light wind and crys- wish for some good nasty weather. Don’t forget to take a picture of your catch tal clear sunshine makes me wish I was fishing. Really nice autumn days cause my better half to – or your deer – and send it to me with a report at wish I was home doing yard work. A cold, nasty the email address below. drizzle helps me focus on hunting and reduces the chatter about things that need to be done Keith has been a recreational angler on the around the house. I managed to get out last week and fish with Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries for over 50 my long-time friend Captain Bruno Vasta on the years; he fishes weekly from his small boat during the season, and spends his free time supportDotty Vee. His brother-in-law, Corky Kirk, was ing local conservation organizations. in town from Hawaii and they wanted to troll up a few big stripers. Other long-time friends,

Admission To The Farm Includes

Corn Maze, Petting Zoo, Wagon Rides, Mini Straw Maze, Children’s Corn Box, Children’s Barrel Rides, Straw Mountain, Corn Maze Express, Special Weekend Events

Decorating Supplies:

Mums, Corn Stalks, Straw, Gourds, and Indian Corn

Cupcake Shop

Food & Refreshments On-Site

Take a taste of fall home with you.

Large Covered Picnic Area Air-Conditioned/Heated Restrooms

Host Your: Team Building Event or Birthday Party Here!! Located at the intersection of Route 234 and Pincushion Road in Clements, MD For More Details Visit Us At: Office: 301-475-2139

Saturday & Sunday, October 22nd & 23rd (All Day)

ANTIQUE TRACTOR PULL Sat - Weight Class 2,500 to 5,500 Sun - Weight Class 6,000 to 10,500


Sunday, October 23rd Breast Cancer Awareness Day

Show your support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month by wearing your pink shirt and Bowles Farms will donate $2 of your admission to the Relay for Life, St. Mary’s Hospital Team.

The County Times

Thursday, October 20, 2011

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2011-10-20 The County Times  

2011-10-20 The County Times newspaper.

2011-10-20 The County Times  

2011-10-20 The County Times newspaper.