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ews Centuries Old Church Finds One More Way to Serve By Guy Leonard Staff Writer For almost 370 years, the All Saints Episcopal Church in Avenue has stood in the 7th District, but its congregation members are still seeking new ways to help the surrounding community. Their latest service effort on Oakley Road, about two miles down from the actual church, has them using a section of their fellowship hall for a thrift store that they say has already exceeded expectations. Selling all kinds of wares from kitchen supplies to toys and clothes at much reduced prices, the store opened up for the first time Oct. 22 with about 50 people showing up to find deals in just the first couple hours. “We had people waiting in line outside before we opened

up,” said Marilyn Butterfield, a long time congregation member who tended the small jewelry counter in the thrift shop. Barbara Seeman, who coordinates the new store, said that there are only about 30 members in the church who are active anymore, but they still felt the need to start up the store as a way to provide for community needs in tough economic times as well as a method of outreach. “It’s been a big group effort,” Seeman said, adding that the space was previously used for seniors to spend time. “The building wasn’t being used for many things,” she said. “There are certain church groups and we have some receptions. “There’s no other shop like this in the 7th District.” Parish members drew their inspiration in part from the Episcopal Church on St. Andrew’s Church Road, Seeman said. “They were very generous by helping us with some of our

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shelving and inspiration in terms of how to do it,” Seeman said. “This idea had been around for a while but it never seemed to be the right time, but now it is the right time.” Going into the thrift store, one might get the impression that women in the church were the only ones running it, but Seeman said that church men had been instrumental in setting it up. “My husband didn’t sit around too much, he has a truck and he hauled a lot of items,” Seeman said. “We couldn’t have done this without the men.” The store will be open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Parish members said they will continue to operate it as long as there is a need in the community. “We’re a dedicated group, we love our church,” Butterfield said.

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Dyson Agrees to Talk to GOP on Opposition to Tax Increases By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Local Republican Central Committee chair David Willenborg has challenged Democrat state Senator Roy Dyson to share his ideas with Republicans on how to fight looming tax increases and revitalize the state’s economy. Willenborg made his challenge in a public letter to Dyson expressing the local GOP’s accord with Dyson on opposing any tax increases in a letter the senator penned Oct. 14, but noting he offered little in the way of solutions to Maryland’s revenue and spending problems. Willenborg wants Dyson to talk to GOP members at the central committee’s meeting in December.

Dyson responded to calls from The County Times by saying he would meet with the local GOP to discuss his opposition to any tax increases, especially on fuel which has been recommended by a state-wide blue ribbon commission. “I’m opposed to tax increases, I’m opposed to increasing the gas tax,” Dyson said Wednesday, adding that he had only first found out about Willenborg’s letter from The County Times. Dyson said that the state must continue to make spending cuts but also stop raiding the transportation trust fund that was originally designed to take tax dollars and spend them on critical transportation needs. “There was probably enough raided to build another Thomas Johnson Bridge,” Dyson said.

He also said small businesses continue to suffer under much regulation from the state, especially when it comes to payments to the unemployment insurance fund which have gone up as much as 400 percent in the past two years. Dyson said that businesses that have kept their employees during the recession should be exempted from paying such high amounts into the insurance fund. Willenborg said that the GOP group was “truly curious” to hear Dyson’s suggestions, and that cuts to state spending really meant cuts to state jobs which was not always so well received. “It’s politically safe to say no more taxes, but with cutting, it’s all about jobs in the end,” Willenborg said. “Cutting means some people will lose jobs.”

Displaced Students Get Cruise Ship Housing By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Officials at St. Mary’s College of Maryland originally planned to move about 350 students from mold-infested dormitories to local hotel space or other vacancies on campus, but because of transportation problems students face in getting to class on time the college has decided to employ a private cruise ship to house the students. Barbara Geehan, spokeswoman for the college, said that about 250 of the displaced students will go on board the ship set to dock at the college by Friday. Charles “Chip” Jackson, associate vice president for planning and facilities at the college, said the vessel is a 300-foot long ship named “Sea Voyager” and will be able to give a billet to every student the college has had to put up in a hotel room.

Students will share rooms on the vessel as they did in hotels, Jackson said. “There’s a bed for every student,” Jackson told The County Times. The college has been running buses to bring students to and from campus during the mold remediation process, which had to run constantly. This way the students would be able to stay close to the school and it would cost the college the same amount to hire the vessel as it would to pay for hotels and transportation fees, Jackson said. “The transportation was going to be a challenge, the hotels are far away,” Jackson said. “By bringing in the ship the students return to campus.” The college had to remove students from both Prince George’s and Caroline halls to eliminate mold there, Jackson said, and he expects students would not be able to return to their normal housing until mid-December.

Sheriff Says Red Light Cameras Worth Study By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron, noting what he called “horrific” traffic accidents that have occurred recently, said he is studying whether installation of red light cameras at key intersections would reduce serious collisions. Cameron said his original opinion of red light cameras tended to be the devices are just revenue-generating devices, but recent safety data from Charles County’s experience with the cameras has helped change his mind. “I’ve always been suspect of red light cameras because of the reasons for placing them,” Cameron told The County Times. “But I’m more open to it as being less about financial gain and more about traffic safety. “It’s reduced accidents and accident severity [in Charles County],” he said. Recent serious accidents, like the one that seriously injured Maria Morgan, the wife of County Commissioner Todd Morgan, helped bring more focus on red light cameras. Also, he said, the public has come to him and expressed interest in red light cameras to reduce collisions.

Cameron said he will seek the recommendation of the county’s Highway Safety Program task force in November as to whether they want him to further study implementing the cameras. Jackie Beckman, the county’s traffic safety coordinator for the State Highway Administration, said the group is already overwhelmingly in favor of red light cameras and would almost certainly give Cameron their backing to continue. Their effectiveness has been proven in Charles County already, Beckman said. “Their crashes have reduced,” she said. “It’s a life saving, injury reduction issue.” Cameron said red light cameras continued to have the stigma of being a cynical revenueraising tool among the public, but if they help change driving behavior they could actually reduce their own impact on residents’ wallets by reducing the running of red lights. “If we do this correctly, we’ll pay for them up front, break even and then lose money on them,” Cameron said. guyleonard@countytimes.net

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The St. Mary’s County Board of Zoning Appeals has changed the way they conduct business. Instead of making an official ruling the night a person comes in for a public hearing on an issue, members are now conducting a “straw poll” on the night of the hearing, and officially voting on the issue at the beginning of the next scheduled meeting. This change, according to Board of Appeals President Howard Thompson, came out of a need to make sure they are paying attention to every detail in a case. “We’re just trying to come on the straight and narrow,” he said. Thompson said the board came up with the new procedure during one of their retreats, and it has been an issue they’ve been thinking about for a couple years. County Attorney George Sparling said board actions are not official until the board adopts a formal, written order, which includes a finding of fact. He said the written order is adopted at the beginning of the next meeting after the public hearing. The written order consists of three aspects – the finding of fact, a discussion of the applications of the facts to the law and a decision. All the facts discussed are presented during the public hearing.

The St. Mary’s Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved the schools’ request to utilize funds within their budget to restore three furlough days for teachers that resulted from last year’s strained budget decisions, and also authorized an upcoming payment of $2.2 million to the OPEB trust fund which provides retiree benefits. After those actions, SMCPS will carry a $2.1 million fund balance to handle any unforeseen expenses, such as fuel fluctuations or weather-related emergencies. “We are working with an eye constantly on the future,” Martirano said. Commissioner Todd Morgan said, “This is a prudent fiscal move,” while Commissioner Cindy Jones stated, “The steps taken today show a new approach to budgeting.” Martirano explained that getting staff back to their negotiated, regular salaries was very important as is being responsible with commitments made to OPEB. He said while many of his colleagues are choosing to ignore that burden, St. Mary’s is being praised across the state for their efforts to take care of teachers and staff.

Buddy Hance Talks to Newcomers Group By Corrin M. Howe Staff Writer Maryland Secretary of Agriculture Earl “Buddy” Hance recently spoke to Southern Maryland’s Newcomers and Neighbors Club about topics that include buying local and the newest technologies in farming. Hance began his talk explaining he’s a fourth generation farmer. His family has farmed a piece of land since 1905 on the south shore of Battle Creek in Calvert County. When it comes to buying local, Hance warned the group to ask questions. He said the state found that “Buy Local” became a marketing tool for many grocery stores, which choose to define local in a broad number of ways. One international chain decided “local” was anything grown in the United States. Another national chain decided it was anything that could be trucked in within 24 hours. Maryland recently passed a law that requires stores to post where the produce comes from. They can call it local but it has to say “From Wisconsin” if it came from there. Hance admitted the law doesn’t have any teeth

to it, but it does give consumers the right to question where their fresh meat, vegetables and dairy came from. “Roadside stands are the best local products. They will have products in season.” Hance said when he first went to work for the Department of Agriculture there were 60 farmer’s markets throughout the state. Now there are approximately 100. He commented that he has not seen a significant down turn in the farmer’s markets despite the sluggish economy. He talked about how advances in technology and science in agriculture are making it possible and profitable for the next generation of farmers to keep farmland in the family. Science is extracting DNA out of various plants to produce more yield, withstand poor climate conditions and attacks from pests. He said his father produced 70 bushels of corn with the seeds he planted. Now Hance can harvest 170. “I saw an automatic tractor which can run 24/7.” He chuckled that he’d never give up driving a tractor himself since it was part of what makes farming worthwhile.


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OWS Needs New M.O. By Marta Hummel Mossburg Occupy Wall Street is an authentic street protest movement in the same way the ubiquitous Baltimore formstone is real stone. It has the veneer of organized resistance, replete with disgruntled youth, homemade signs and disruptive behavior, but it lacks a unifying mission. And protesters, at least in Baltimore, seem more interested in practicing what looks like tai chi and playing guitar than rallying residents to their cause. Maybe it’s because their purpose is defined only by vague complaints: that the rich need to pay their (undefined) fair share; that government needs to return to the people; that (unnamed) Wall Street criminals be put in prison; that we build too many prisons and not enough schools; and that (an unidentified) “they” are allowed to run the world for themselves. Some of their musings -- at least those outlined on the occupybmore.org website -- make sense and deserve a wider audience. The fact that a handful of developers are the only people allowed to thrive in the City of Baltimore is one of them. The same could be said of most counties in the state. That theme could have been the rallying cry for a string of targeted protests around Maryland; would have brought attention to how politics works in this one-party fiefdom; and would have had a chance to force government to work for the people instead of the politically favored. But so far, protesters have squandered their chance to be relevant. Here are a few examples of how they could trigger social change: They could show up at the headquarters of the state Department of Housing and Community Development in Crownsville in Anne Arundel County to protest the agency’s planned move to Prince George’s County. The new headquarters will more than double the rent and force major commutes for many employees. The developer of the new site, Carl Williams, has donated thousands of dollars to Democrats. The state has revealed nothing about him, however, other than that he is a resident of Prince George’s County. Nor will the state release his group’s winning proposal. Or they could camp out at Rocky Gap Lodge and Golf Resort, the taxpayer-bailed-out resort near Cumberland, where no sane business will put a slots casino. A third option would be to occupy the area of the planned $1.5 billion State Center project in Baltimore. It will cost taxpayers $127 million in the first phase, according to a July report by the Maryland Public Policy Institute, while guaranteeing above-market rents and tax breaks to developers -- and luxury office space for state workers at a time so many are struggling to find jobs. Wall Street bankers may be easy to vilify, but Maryland has plenty of homegrown crony capitalists equally worthy of identifying and shaming. Until protesters turn their attention -- and the media’s with it -- to local and specific examples of their complaints, politics won’t change. Unless not showering for weeks and sleeping outside is the only satisfaction protesters hope to achieve, they need rethink their goals and strategy. Marta Hummel Mossburg is a senior fellow at the Maryland Public Policy Institute.

Response to Dyson Letter, Talk of Tax Increases The St. Mary’s County Republican Central Committee agrees with Senator Dyson (D) when he said “I find it impossible and downright inhumane to dump tax increases on Marylanders enduring the recession’s hardships.” While the Senator maybe concerned for the overtaxed citizens of Maryland, he offered no solution in his letter. One obvious answer to Maryland’s economic woes is increased employment. Sweeping tax hikes will only harm job creation. By increasing taxes, we increase the cost of doing business in Maryland, which leads to higher unemployment. Why set up shop in Maryland when the cost of running your business is less in Virginia or Delaware? The reality is that Maryland is hostile to businesses, and we rely mostly on government jobs. The Governor may be concerned about less federal funding coming to our state, but the real blow will come when congress starts to slash the federal budget, and with it many Marylanders livelihoods. Our budget problems are the product of over spending, not a lack of tax revenues. I invite Senator Dyson to come to our December Republican Central Committee meeting to share his plan to cross party lines and defeat Governor O’Malley, and the rest of the Maryland Democratic Party leadership, in his attempt to extort another one billion dollars from the citizens of Maryland. David Willenborg Hollywood, MD

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NAACP Concerned Over Lack of Response to Hate Crime Hate crimes remain an appalling and horrifying problem in the United States that damage and threaten the very fabric of our society. Although there are laws on the books to deter hate crimes and protect victims, too often these heinous acts go unreported or under reported by institutions seeking to protect their interest and reputations. Such is the case at the Leonardtown Campus of the College of Southern Maryland (CSM). In the early morning hours of July 19, 2011, an African American employee of the college became the latest victim of a hate crime. Shortly after arriving at work, she was notified by campus security that her vehicle had been vandalized. The culprits spray painted numerous racial epithets on the victim’s vehicle causing damage so severe that the vehicle was declared a total lost by her insurance company. This incident was reported to officials of the College of Southern Maryland and the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Department. Despite being provided the name of a prime suspect, who has a history of making racially charged remarks, had opportunity and access to the victim’s vehicle, no arrests have been made in this case. In fact, the victim has repeatedly been subjected to interrogation by the Sheriff Office Investigator, while reportedly, there has only been a passing interest in the suspect. College of Southern Maryland President, Dr. Brad Gottfried’s response to such a despicable act was seemingly casually reported in the local newspaper. The public needs more information about this hate crime, immediately. The St. Mary’s County Branch of the NAACP is saddened to learn that hate crimes continue to occur in St. Mary’s County and throughout the nation in 2011. We are equally saddened and disturbed that this horrid act occurred on the property of an institution of higher learning. This act of domestic terrorism deserved no less than a strong condemnation from CSM President Gottfried and a commitment to all students, faculty and staff at CSM , especially African Americans, that they can expect to study, work or visit all CSM campuses without fear of intimidation, harassment or personal injury. Instead he chose to under report the incident, calling it an “Ethical” incident, clearly failing to inform the college community and the citizens of St. Mary’s County as to what really occurred at the CSM Leonardtown campus in the early morning hour of July 19, 2011; an intolerable, despicable hate crime. The NAACP is demanding an extensive and thorough investigation of this incident by the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and the College of Southern Maryland. We are committed to preventing or, if necessary, ensuring the proper reporting of and investigation of hate crimes regardless of where they occur. Wayne Scriber, President St. Mary’s County Branch of the NAACP

Alzheimer’s, Hospice Fund Drive Was Best Ever St. Mary’s Chapter 969 of the National Active & Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) would like to take this opportunity to say Thank You to all of the businesses in the area that so graciously participated in our Alzheimer’s & Hospice of St. Mary’s fundraiser in September by giving permission to our volunteers to collect donations – McKay’s, Wal-Mart, Giant, Charlotte Hall Food Lion, Ridge Market, Leonardtown & Charlotte Hall True Value, Monterey Restaurant, & April’s Pool & Spa in Charlotte Hall. Without their support and assistance, our fundraiser would not have been as successful. The kind and generous people of St. Mary’s County really outdid themselves this year in donating to our volunteers. Our drive raised $8,650 -- the most ever raised since St. Mary’s Chapter 969 began its weekend fundraising. Our thanks and appreciation go out to all of you that contributed. A big thanks also to our many volunteers who gave of their time to assist in these very worthwhile causes. Patricia A. Myers, President, St. Mary’s Chapter, NARFE

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A little building with a long history of business in St. Mary’s is now home to a one-stop home renovations shop. A chance meeting of two experts in their fields, looking into renting commercial space along Three Notch Road in Mechanicsville led to Tony Langley and Jimmy Stinson setting up shop in one shared building. Langley owns The Fabric Store and Stinson owns Broad Creek Kitchens and Millwork. This is Stinson’s second location, following his f lagship business in Fort Washington. A resident of Hughesville, Stinson frequently stays busy on-the-job. One of the advantages his business offers, he explained, is that customers see him not only designing new kitchens and collecting the check, but on the job hanging cabinets or doing trim work. Stinson has been in the business for about 25 years and says he offers real wood products and quality workmanship, because he and his small crew do entire kitchen makeovers from the f loor to the carriemunn@countytimes.net ceiling, from structural work to designer lighting fixtures. In the rear of the Mechanicsville business, customers can find a man who’s been in the fabric business for 44 years. With an assortment of high-quality home décor fabrics at $9.95 per yard and affordable, professional upholstery work, Langley said, “Anyone would have a hard time touching my pricing on the East Coast.” Over the years, Langley has forged relationships with fabric manufacturers and encourages his cliPhoto by Carrie Munn ents to take samples home, “live Tony Langley, left, owner of The Fabric Store, and Jimmy Stinson, owner of Broad Creek with them for a Kitchens, stand in front of their shop along Three Notch Road in Mechanicsville.

Loveville Leather Hosting Open House Loveville Leather Tack and Feed – a local “Amish-type” saddlery and supply shop - is hosting an open house Saturday Nov. 19, from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Special activities include door prizes, homemade cookies and coffee and free balloons. Also featured will be “how to” presentations on properly fitting tack, feeding and housing your horse or other livestock and many incentives. Horse and outdoor enthusiasts, hunters and all in the community are welcome.

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to Hospice of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD, Cancer Care & Infusion Service of St. Mary’s, 2550 Point Lookout Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650, and/ or the Ovarian Cancer Survivor Newsletter, P.O. box 7948 Amarillo, TX 79114-7948 or www.ovarian-news.org. To leave a condolence for the family please visit www.mgf h. com. Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A, Leonardtown, MD.

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Lois Jeanette Abell, 64, of Mechanicsville, MD, died on October 19, 2011 at her residence. Born on January 5, 1947 she was the daughter of the late Charles B. and Julie M. (Wilson) Owens. She was the loving wife of Robert W. Abell, Jr., whom she married on January 23, 1965, in Leonardtown, MD. Mrs. Abell is survived by her children; Cheryl Kennedy (Steve) of Hobbsville, NC, Karen Abell (Joey Brooks) of California, MD. She is also survived by her siblings; C. Gilbert Owens of White Plains, MD, Lynn O’Brien of California, MD, Dwight Owens of Indian Head, MD, Ross Owens of Leonardtown, MD, and grandchildren Shelby and Summer. Mrs. Abell is preceded in death by her siblings; Mark and Reed Owens. Mrs. Abell graduated from Leonardtown High School, in 1964 and was a lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County, MD. She was a homemaker and enjoyed; reading, spending time with family, yard sales and thrift shops. The family received friends on Monday, October 24, 2011 in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, where a Memorial Service was be held with Fr. Lawrence Young officiating. Interment was private. Contributions may be made in memory of Lois Jeanette Abell

Mary M. Adams (Mattingly), 80 of Lexington Park, MD passed peacefully on October 21, 2011. Born on October 25, 1930 to her parents, the late Lester and Madeleine (Bussler) Mattingly, Mary lived in St. Mary’s County her entire life. She was pre-deceased by her husband, the late George Robert Adams, Sr. and her son, the late George Robert Adams, Jr. Mary was a loving mother and grandmother and her children remember her as a family historian. She was a great Southern Maryland cook, often filling her home with the scents of steamed crabs, crab cakes and stuffed ham. She also enjoyed canning her own vegetables, jams and jellies and always supported her family farm. A devout Catholic, Mary was a member of the Ladies of Charity at Holy

Face Catholic Church. She also leaves to mourn, her beloved family, her children, David Michael (Cathy) Adams of St. Mary’s City, MD, Alan Lester (Jennifer) Adams of Pasadena, MD, Patrick Wayne Adams of St. Mary’s City, MD, Christopher Mark (Jenifer Beall) Adams of Park Hall, MD, and Sandra Adams Schroeder of Leonardtown, MD. Dear sister of Angela Ryan of Santa Barbara, CA, Carol Garner of Hollywood, MD, Aubrey Mattingly of Leonardtown, MD, and the late Joan Dean, James and Lester Mattingly. Loving grandmother of 11 grandchildren. Family will receive friends for Mary’s Life Celebration at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650 on Thursday, October 27, 2011 from 5 to 8 p.m. with prayers at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday, October 28, 2011 at 10 a.m. at Holy Face Catholic Church in Great Mills, MD. Interment will follow in Holy Face Catholic Church Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be James Mattingly, Troy Garner, Dylan Adams, Madeline Adams, Mike Schroeder and Jon Schroeder. For those desiring, contributions in memory can be directed to Lexington Park Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 339, Lexington Park, MD 20653. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

John W. Barnes, 79 Peacefully on Saturday, October 22, 2011 John W. Barnes went home to be with the Lord. Family and friends will unite on Saturday, October 29, from 9 am until time of Christian Burial 10 am at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church 22375 Three Notch Road, Lexington Park, Maryland. Interment will follow after the service at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church

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Thomas Hodges, 79

Thomas George “Little Tom” Hodges, 79 of Avenue, MD died October 17, 2011 at St. Mary’s Hospital. Born May 29, 1932 in Leonardtown, MD, he was the son of the late Edwin Joseph Hodges and Mary Helene (Hayden) Hodges. Tom attended St. Mary’s Academy in Leonardtown, MD and was a member of the Old Gum baseball team. He worked for the St. Mary’s County Public Works Department for nine years and was a farmer as well as a waterman. Tom enjoyed gardening and spending time with family and friends. Tom is survived by his wife, Mary Lee (Gough) Hodges whom he married on April 24, 1971, his children, Thomas George Hodges, Jr. (Bonnie) of Mechanicsville, MD and Kimberly Ann Hewitt (Keith) of Avenue, MD, grandchildren, Eddie Hewitt, Amy Hewitt, and Courtney Miley. He is also survived by his siblings, Edwin Joseph Hodges, Jr. (Shirley) of Waldorf, MD, Barbara Ann Lorence (Andy) of Newberg, MD, Margaret “Jackie” Bailey (Robert) of Avenue, MD and Louis Charles Hodges of Abell, MD. Family received friends for

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Tom’s Life Celebration on Friday, October 21, 2011 in the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Prayers were recited. A funeral service was held on Saturday, October 22, 2011 in the Brinsfield Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Lawrence A. Young, pastor of Our Lady’s Church conducted the service. Interment followed in Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, MD. Serving as pallbearers were Robert Bailey, Michael Oliver, Robert Hodges, Robert T. Brown, Robert Anderson and Daniel Oliver. Memorial contributions may be made to the Seventh District Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 7, Avenue, MD 20609 or the St. Mary’s Hospital Nursing Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 527, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Robert Kennett, 56

Robert “Rooster” Edward Kennett, 56 years old of Avenue, MD died October 20, 2011 at Civista Medical Center in La Plata, MD. Born November 18, 1954 in Leonardtown, MD, he was the


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son of Edward Kennett and Genevieve (Delahay) Kennett. Robert graduated from Chopticon High School in Morganza, MD in 1972. In 1974 he began a career at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station Fire Department as a firefighter/driver operator. After 26 years of proud and dedicated service, he retired in March of 2000. Upon retirement, Robert began a second career of truck driving which he tremendously enjoyed. At the time of his death he was employed with Cullins Trucking located in Clements, MD. and held clearance for a special Transportation Certificate allowing him entrance to classified locations. He also enjoyed riding Harley Davidson’s. Between crossing the country in a tractor-trailer and riding his Harley, he covered many miles. He was an active member of ABATE. When time allowed, he greatly enjoyed farming and riding tractors on his family’s farm, The Bluestone Farm. He was known for always wanting to stay busy. Robert is survived by his parents, Edward and Genevieve “Teeny” Kennett of Avenue, MD, and brother George Kennett also of Avenue, MD and a very loving, devoted, daughter Hayleigh E. Kennett of Hollywood, MD., and Hayleigh’s mother Stacey Kennett. As a father, he was extremely proud of Hayleigh and took tremendous enjoyment in joking and kidding with her. Family received friends for Robert’s Life Celebration on Monday, October 24, 2011 in the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Prayers were recited. A Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at Holy Angels Church in Avenue, MD. Interment was private. Serving as pallbearers were Chris Hammett, Brian Hill, Greg Casoni, Stevie Lawrence, Bill Cullins and Noodles Nelson. Memorial contributions may be made to The Account of Hayleigh E. Kennett C/O The Navy Federal Credit Union, 22598 MacArthur Blvd., California, MD. 20619 Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Xavier Smith, 73

  Peacefully on Saturday, October 22, 2011 Xavier Murphy Smith went home to be with the Lord. Family and friends will unite on Friday, October 28, from 9 a.m. until time of Christian Burial 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church 29119 Point Lookout Road, Morganza, MD 20660. Interment will follow after service at Charles Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Xavier Murphy Smith, was

born on April 11, 1938 in Morganza, Maryland, to the late Joseph Washington Smith and Margaret Theresa (Dyson) Smith. After several months of illness, the Lord called him home on Saturday, October 22, 2011. Xavier, affectionately known as “Murphy” attended St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Morganza, MD. He pursued most of his educational, social and spiritual endeavors in St. Mary’s County. Murphy retired from the St. Mary’s County School Board where he worked as a custodian at Chopticon High School, Chaptico, Maryland and retired on June 14, 2000. Murphy was reared in a large family with little means, but when he grew up and started working he appreciated the money he had earned and spent it frugally. He was distinguished in his dress and loved to venture out to social gatherings. He enjoyed company and conversing with family and friends. He was free spirited and would give his last dime. Murphy enjoyed cooking and made many delicious meals. He was a Washington Redskins fan and was a music fan of James Brown (the Godfather of Soul). The world could not contain the good and pleasant things we could say about him, and space won’t allow. Anyone that came into his company could testify to that statement. He will be dearly missed. Murphy leaves to cherish his memory, three brothers, Leonard Washington, James Walter, and Thomas Maurice; three sisters; Agnes Theresa, Mary Alethia Swann, and Margaret Louise Brown; and one brother-in-law, Elmer Brown, Jr. He is also survived by a host of nieces, and nephews, relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brother’s, Joseph Edward, Charles Alexander, and Thomas Marshall; three sisters, Sarah Regina, Veronica Marie, and Charlotte Core Lee. Arrangements by BriscoeTonic Funeral Home

John Unkle Sr., 80 John Henry Unkle, Sr., 80, of Charlotte Hall, MD, died October 19, 2011 at his residence. Born

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February 8, 1931, he was the son of the late James Unkle, Sr., and Pearl Marie (Morgan) Unkle. He was the husband of the late Edna Mae Huntington Unkle whom he married in Maddox, MD and whom preceded him in death in February 2003. Mr. Unkle is survived by his children; Daniel Unkle (Karen) of Charlotte Hall, MD, John Unkle, Jr. (Karen) of Frederick, MD, Tina Marie Swart (Paul) of Clayton, NC, Mary Catherine Unkle of NC, 10 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Mr. Uncle was preceded in death by a son Gregory M. Huntington. Mr. Unkle was a lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County and was the owner operator of Wood Craft Shop, Inc., in Alexandria,

VA, as well as a local Tobacco Farmer until his retirement. Mr. Unkle served in the United States Army from September 9, 1952 until his honorable discharge on June 10, 1964. The family received friends in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD on Monday, October 24, 2011 with prayers recited. A Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, October 25, 2011 in the MattingleyGardiner Funeral Home with Fr. John Caulfield officiating. Interment followed in Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, MD. Pallbearers were: John H. Unkle, Jr., Bobby Devin Penkert, John H. Unkle, II, Daniel Brian Unkle, Bobby Devin Penkert, Jr., and Kenneth Russell. Contributions may be made to the Mechanicsville Vol. Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 15, Mechanicsville, MD. To send a condolence to the family please visit our website at www.mgf h.com. Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.

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On Aug. 24, at 11:38 p.m., police units responded to the area of Sell Drive, Lexington Park, for the report of a motor vehicle striking a tree. Upon police arrival it was determined the operator of the vehicle, Deandre Agustus Hawkins, 20, of Lexington Park, had suffered a fatal gunshot wound in his upper torso. Anyone with information or who may have witnessed this incident is asked to contact Detective R. McCoy at 301-475-4200 Ext. 9119. Callers can make anonymous tips to Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus your message to “CRIMES” (274637). If the caller’s tip leads to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for this crime, the caller may receive a cash reward of up to $1,000.

Two Charged In Motor Vehicle Theft

On Oct. 22, at 2:10 a.m., a broadcast was transmitted by Deputy First Class Stone for a black Honda Civic traveling north on Great Mills Road in Lexington Park, which displayed stolen Maryland tags. The vehicle was located by responding deputies and a traffic stop was conducted at the intersection of North Essex Drive and Enterprise Road, Lexington Park. The driver was identified as Devin Wayne Michael Herrod, 19, and the passenger was identified as James Daniel Seifert, 19, both of Leonardtown. Both the tags and the vehicle were confirmed to be stolen, police reported. During a police search of the vehicle, marijuana paraphernalia and suspected marijuana were located in the center console of the vehicle. Herrod and Seifert were arrested and charged with unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, theft under $10,000, theft under $1,000, theft less than $100, CDS possession of marijuana and possession of CDS paraphernalia.

Man Charged In Great Mills Assault

On Oct. 22, at approximately 11:30 p.m., deputies responded to a residence on Iverson Drive in Great Mills, for a report of an assault. Investigation revealed Dustin Paul Lorraine, 34, of Great Mills, engaged in an argument with the victim. During the argument, Lorraine allegedly grabbed the victim by her hair and threw her to the ground. Deputies responded to the scene and arrested Lorraine who was charged with second-degree assault.

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Police: Men Tried to Haul Copper Out of Lowe’s By Guy Leonard Staff Writer St. Mary’s County police arrested two men from Lusby last week for allegedly walking into the California Lowe’s home improvement store and attempting to walk out with about $700 worth of copper. Both Christopher, 24, and Robert Bysheim, 23, were arrested soon after the incident and initially jailed and charged with theft less than $1,000. According to charging documents filed in St. Mary’s District Court by Trooper First Class Dustin Brill, both brothers went to the store Oct. 20 and began behaving in a suspicious manner. The men went to the plumbing section of the store and loaded two large packages of copper wire into a shopping cart and attempted to exit the front of the store, walking past all the cash registers, police say. When store employees confronted the men, they left the cart at the door and fled the scene in a Dodge Neon, according to police. Employees reported the alleged attempted theft and police arrested the pair in Calvert County shortly afterward, and transported them back to the St. Mary’s County detention center. When St. Mary’s Bureau of Criminal Investigations detectives interviewed the pair, both men admitted their involvement in the attempted theft, charging documents stated. Capt. Terry Black, criminal investiga-

tions commander, said copper thefts continue because of the high prices thieves can get for the precious metals. The alleged crime shows the lengths which people would go, he said. “There’s a fine line between being Robert Bysheim brazen and foolish,” Black said. “It’s a sign of the times. They target whatever they can get the most money for.” Court records show that this is the first occasion of either Christopher or Robert Bysheim Christopher Bysheim being charged with any crimes in St. Mary’s County, but in Calvert County both have been charged numerous times with various offenses for which they have mostly avoided prosecution. Christopher Bysheim, however, was found guilty on two theft charges as well as a charge of possession of marijuana. guyleonard@countytimes.net

Citizen Posts Own Reward By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

able to sleep at night,” Maxwell said. “I don’t know if my house is going to be broken into.” Burglaries to residences and vehicles continue to be one of the most serious crime problems in St. Mary’s County, police officials say, with homes burglarized for items like precious metals and anything else that can turn into a quick profit. Many of these burglaries are fueled by drug addictions, police say, with the greatest trend now being prescription pills. Sheriff’s Deputy Patrick Bowen is the investigating officer at 301-474-4040.

On Oct. 12, Dale Maxwell found that his home in Mechanicsville was burglarized and numerous high-value items were stolen. Now he has posted his own $1,000 reward for information that leads to the capture and conviction of whoever was responsible, he said, and getting the items back isn’t even the most important issue for him. He said he wants the perpetrators punished. “The only way we can catch these people is to get it out to the public,” said Maxwell, a State Highway Administration employee based in Loveville. “If I had $10,000 I’d put that up, but I can’t afford that much.” Maxwell said the stolen items included a Yamaha PW 50 dirtbike, four Stihl brand chainsaws and a climbing harness and boots; the value of the stolen items amounts to more than $3,500. “I want somebody to come forward, I want the suspects caught,” Maxwell told The County Times. The worst part about having his home’s garage burglarized, he said, was that his peace of mind is gone as well as all the Maxwell said this dirt bike along with other items stolen from his home property. prompted him to put up his own reward money. “It’s about not being


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By Carrie Munn Staff Writer Lexington Park Elementary was buzzing with activity Thursday, as it hosted Shining the Light on After School Partners 2011. “The purpose of this is to remind the community of the importance of providing kids with quality activities afterschool,” said Coordinator of Special Programs for St. Mary’s County Public Schools Mark Smith. Partnering with St. Mary’s College of Maryland and individual businesses, the event exposed students and their families to many of the great activities available to them. Kids were enthralled by the art and craft activities, enjoyed the high-energy learning games and were offered a chance to learn more about distance running teams, 4-H activities and tennis. Smith said Booz Allen Hamilton was recognized as the Bright Stars this year and was awarded state recognition for their support of afterschool programs in St. Mary’s. The company has a handful of volunteers who have operated the Tiara Troopers at Lexington Park Elementary for the last several years, teaching a group of 25 girls about health and nutrition, distance running skills and teamwork. Aside from the one-on-one support given by their employees, the company also donates $3,000 to cover enrollment in races and ensure the girls get quality running shoes and team t-shirts. Todd Winter, who works for Lockheed Martin, and his wife, a media specialist at the school, have also started the Panda Pacers, which is available to third, fourth and fifth graders. The group currently has 17 boys and two girls participating. Winter, dressed in a Panda suit to draw the kids’ interest, told the County Times, “I’m happy to volunteer my time and be able to support these kids while sharing my passion for running.” St. Mary’s College of Maryland students participating in the Women in Science club do outreach to middle school girls, boosting their interest and confidence in math and science in schools and through camps. Several were on hand providing educational games during the spotlight program. Students from CSM’s nursing program also shared information about healthy living and safety with the kids. Jopet Santos, who was talking to kids about Internet safety and cyber bullying, said this information is perfect for their age group. Hollie Ridgell, studying to become an obstetrics nurse, said participation in the event also provides great experience in working with kids for her and other students.

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4-H Clubs

4-H offers activities learning about livestock, gardening, wood working, shooting sports, small engines, crafts, photography and leadership. Membership is open to kids aged 5 to 18. Visit stmarys.umd.edu or call (301) 475-4478 for details.

St. Mary’s Dance Academy

For under $50 per month, your little dancers can take weekly dance classes. Offering classes in ballet, tap and jazz to hip hop and mommy and me classes. The studio is located in the Wildewood Shopping Center and more info can be found at www.stmarysdance@yahoo.com. Other dance classes are available at Ballet Caliente in Lexington Park, House of Dance in Hollywood, Dreams Studio of Dance in Mechanicsville and Power Explosion Studio of Dance in Charlotte Hall.

Martial Arts

Tae Kwon Do, Shotokan Karate and Shorin Rye classes let kids blow off steam through physical activity while teaching them discipline and self-confidence. Programs sponsored by St. Mary’s Recreation and Parks are available at Spring Ridge and Leonardtown middle schools, as well as through private studios like the Blackbelt Academy.

Art and Crafting

Recreation and Parks also supports numerous classes for the artistic and creative kids. New pottery and ceramics classes are forming in November, classes on model airplane building and flying, digital photography and general arts and crafts are available at different locations throughout the county.

Exercise and Sports

Beyond the standard physical education in schools, kids, aged 8 to 12, can stay active with Zumba for Kids classes, take youth golf lessons or learn to play tennis. The county’s youth basketball program will begin registrations in midNovember and practice and play at different locations throughout St. Mary’s, as will the youth indoor soccer league and roller hockey group. Year-round swimming is available at Great Mills pool, with lessons for younger kids and a competitive club for other youth and with the Chesapeake Bay Aquatic Club at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

Music

Many local music stores offer lessons for a variety of instruments, including Bella Music School in Leonardtown, which advertise, “research shows that children who learn music do better in math and science.” For more details, visit www.bellamusicschool.com or visit Nanbo’s or Allegro in California. Scouting, acting and drama clubs, and various other guided, group activities are available and Superintendent Michael Martirano suggests utilizing St. Mary’s libraries, calling them a “wonderful resource for our kids.”

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Students, parents and teachers donned their costumes and came out for a night of safe fun during Ridge Elementary School’s third annual Fall Festival. PTA leader Dorothy Nelson did a lot of behindthe-scenes work to put on what she said is one of their biggest fundraisers. Volunteers and donations helped accomplish an affordable way for families to spend the evening with their kids and meet school staff and other parents. Nelson said this year they took the community involvement factor even further with a food drive to benefit Harvest for the Hungry, yielding about 180 pounds of non-perishables for the less fortunate. Funds raised from the festival will help Ridge Elementary purchase two new interactive white boards. Mary Lusk, president of Great Mills High School PTA, said she’s been a member of a PTA for as long as she can remember. She explained teenagers often share much less information about what’s going on at school than elementary-aged kids do. As treasurer for the county’s Parent Teacher Association, she said local PTA leadership “plays an active role in advocating for our students on a larger scale,” through input on school board decisions and legislative decisions. “PTA’s are a united voice for our children - our students,” she stated. Great Mills PTA increased membership by 75 percent last year and with the help of community partners, is able to sponsor enrichment events at the school like “Hornet Culture Day,” an outdoor school beautification project. Mother of six, with five attending public schools, Lorie Joy serves as president of Oakville Elementary’s PTA. She grew up in the county and said a few years back she helped resurrect the school’s PTA from near failure. While involvement of parents and teachers is not at a level Joy would like to see, she said she tries to make everyone feel comfortable in contacting her and making suggestions by sending newsletters, e-mails and maintaining a Facebook page. Past fundraisers enable the purchase of new equipment for the school nurse, a new sign and recess equipment for all grade levels. Piney Point Elementary’s PTA president Lisa LaPaglia told the County Times, “Our PTA Board is a dedicated and competent group of women who are all strong leaders in the community as well.” She said her group supports multiple student en-

richment programs throughout the year and helps teachers restock on their basic supplies, so they don’t have to spend their own money to keep their classrooms top-notch. “Our volunteers go above and beyond and all we want our children to know is we care about their education,” she said. Christine Wojcik, Leonardtown Elementary PTA leader and mom of four, said there are days she struggles to juggle the schedules, but enjoys her involvement in the school. “Whether heading up a committee, helping from home or somewhere in between, each of those pieces add up to making a better experience for our children,” she said. PTAs throughout the county host everything from ice cream socials to book fairs to yearbook production and science fairs. “You do not have to be an expert to get involved,” shared Lusk, adding, “Diversity is an important aspect of our PTAs … new people bring new ideas.”

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By Carrie Munn Staff Writer Superintendent Michael Martirano understands the importance of support for school-aged kids beyond the classroom. Kids are only in school 10 percent of their time, he explained, so despite recent funding cuts, “We’re making certain our strong commitment to after school programs still exists.” He said that while some grants were lost, others were found, and when possible, budget adjustments are made to retain some semblance of support within the schools. Martirano explained that when the call goes out to the community, it is answered by parents, individuals and businesses with in-kind donations of time and talent that often genuinely benefit the kids. Great partnerships within the

county – such as the over 5,000 volunteer hours St. Mary’s College students spend in the school, programs offered through the Patuxent Partnership and through NAS Patuxet Naval Air Station and others – allow more kids to benefit from extra-curricular support. “Our community is remarkable in helping us fill the holes left by lost funding,” Martirano said. The PTA groups in the schools make great bridges between school and community and work so hard to provide so much for kids, he stated. “Not everybody gets all the recognition they truly deserve … many are very humble in nature and are simply doing it out of the kindness of their heart, for the betterment of our community and our kids,” Martirano said. “They are real unsung heroes within our schools.” Principals in every school, the superintendent explained, put their business savvy and entrepreneurial skills to work in pursuing community involvement, program sponsorships and anything else to make their schools the best they can be. “I’d like to do more,” Martirano said, “But even in these tough economic times, we have tried to do our best to make sure no students are feeling that crunch and going without the support they need.”


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While Shootings Rare, Police Go to Their Guns Often By Guy Leonard Staff Writer In the wake of an officer-involved shooting in which a St. Mary’s sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a man who reportedly injured the officer in a violent struggle, agency officials say they are still investigating the actions taken by Deputy First Class Robert Gill on Oct. 20. Despite police-involved shootings being few and far between in St. Mary’s, Sheriff Tim Cameron said that deputies are forced to draw their weapons for any number of reasons, from assisting other officers in routine traffic stops to calls for break-ins, or any other situation potentially involving force or violence. “That’s everyday,” Cameron said of deputies drawing their weapons. “When officers assist in a traffic stop they stay in the car with their guns drawn out of sight.” Cameron said assisting officers do this in case the officer talking to the driver is suddenly surprised by a suspect with a weapon or threatened with injury or death. The same applies when a deputy responds to a bank robbery or building search. In a situation where deadly intent can come up in a few seconds, having their gun drawn discreetly can give the assisting deputy an advantage, Cameron said. Deputies are taught a host of non-lethal defensive skills before graduating from the police academy and any force they use has to be justified, especially lethal force. “We use minimal force to accomplish what we’re doing,” Cameron said. During his days as a patrol deputy, Cameron remembers being on several calls for a subject with a gun; one in particular when he and other officers were on the lookout for a vehicle full of subjects who were reportedly

pointing guns at people. Cameron was armed with a shotgun that day; it turned out that the subjects were using squirt guns, and no shots were fired but the use of the firearms was considered justified. In another instance years ago, another deputy was deemed to have acted correctly when he shot a person on Camp Cosoma Road who he believed was pointing a gun at him, Cameron said. The lesson being that deputies are justified in using firearms if they have reason to believe their life is in danger. That suspected firearm turned out to be a pellet gun, and the suspect in that case survived. In this latest instance of an officer firing his weapon, the sheriff’s office reported that Dfc. Gill, a six-year veteran, responded to a home on Spinnaker Circle in Lexington Park for a domestic assault in which the suspect Kotrell Omar Newsome, 38, had assaulted his wife. Newsome became aggressive with Gill, police reported, and a struggle ensued where Gill used his Taser and other equipment to subdue Newsome, but all measures were ineffective. When Gill became injured in the fight, he fired his handgun and struck Newsome, who was declared dead on the scene. Both a criminal investigation into Gill’s actions and an administrative review to determine if he adhered to the agency’s use of force policy are currently underway. Gill has been placed on leave pending the outcome of the investigation. Capt. Terry Black, commander of the Bureau of Criminal Investigations, said that despite the reputation Tasers have for putting down suspects using electrical current fed via leads shot into the suspect, they are not a panacea for use of force situations. “Nothing is 100 percent effective,” Black said of

Tasers. “People can pull [the leads] out.” Newsome reportedly pulled out the leads after being hit with the Taser. Assistant Sheriff Major John Horne said that when chemical spray first came into widespread use, officers believed it would be universally effective until experience showed that some suspects were simply not affected by it. Horne said that officers are trained in the judicious use of force and must report on any force they use in the line of duty – the decision to draw their weapon is especially scrutinized. “When you pull your weapon you have to be careful,” Horne said. The aftermath of a shooting affects law officers differently, Cameron said, but all deputies are required to take counseling after firing their weapons. In times past it was seen as a sign of weakness by some officers to take the counseling, so mandating the counseling became necessary. “There was a stigma, years ago, there absolutely was,” Cameron said. Cameron declined to comment on details surrounding the shooting investigation, including whether Newsome had a weapon, citing it would be inappropriate to do so. Newsome had no criminal record in St. Mary’s County or in Maryland according to court records outside of being charged with traffic offenses. guyleonard@countytimes.net

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Young Life Provides Faith-Based Fun, Fellowship in St. Mary’s

By Carrie Munn Staff Writer

quet Sunday, Oct. 23, Sapp called Young Life club meetings “controlled chaos” and later explained, “High school-aged kids are looking to Recent Leonardtown High School gradu- make their own decisions and Young Life alate Jason Johnson credits Young Life and Area lows for that.” Director Kevin Burgess with transforming “Teenagers are notoriously difficult to his life. After becoming active with the group reach. If you want to say something meaningtwo years ago, Johnson has participated in ev- ful to them, the one thing you don’t do is force ery level of the ministry, from the weekly club it on them,” said Dave Kindley, committee meetings to the group’s summer camps, and chairman. will now continue on as an emerging leader. Kindley explained how the levels of parBurgess said he has walked with Johnson ticipation cater to the age group whether servthrough some tough stuff and has watched him ing as an introduction to scripture and Chrisdevelop into a leader amongst his peers. After tianity or as a tool to grow for kids who have leadership training, Johnson will help expand been in church for years. the Young Life program in St. Mary’s County. He explained that the non-denomination Leonardtown senior Amy Sapp also says group approaches things through a natural Young Life changed her life. She currently lives progression and through college students and with Burgess and his wife Kelley due to family young adults becoming leaders and befriendPhotos by Carrie Munn hardships. ing kids in area schools. group of St. Mary’s Young life participants and volunteer leaders greet guests at the group’s annual banquet “I’ve never met someone in my life that A Young Life leader, Burgess, in his high A and fundraiser Sunday at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. From left is Abby Riegert, Matt Higgins, Kaci Gram and cared so much for kids like they do,” she said. school saw the leadership qualities in him, adult volunteer leader, Shanise Yokely. Despite her turmoil, Sapp is a straight-A which he couldn’t see himself. them the captain of the football team or the teen student, and plans to attend College of Southern “He moved me from an observer to a par- missionaries. “There’s great potential in this community mom, should be able to hear the message comMaryland in the fall, in addition to staying ac- ticipant in life,” Burgess said. tive in Young Life. He explained the group is almost two- and in these kids. They can become the young municated in a language they can understand “I want to share this with my friends,” thirds of the way there, with its annual bud- men and women God intended them to be if we from leaders they know and trust,” Beckwith said. she said. “I want them to experience the same get just shy of $100,000, thanks to individual help forge their lives,” he said at the banquet. Keynote speaker for the banquet and ReKevin and Kelley Burgess, Beckwith said, amazing things I have.” supporters who give monthly donations and At the group’s annual fundraising ban- local churches that support Young Life as gional Director Rick Beckwith is another who had become dear friends of his and respected is paying it forward though Young Life, nod- leaders of the mission, adding, “…and St. ding to the group’s leadership in Montgomery Mary’s is fortunate to have them.” County some years back for being an instruBurgess is proud of the current Young Life mental part of his life. participation at Leonardtown High School with “The course of my life has been infected 60 to 100 kids involved, with weekly club meetby their investment,” he said. ings each Tuesday night at First Saints ComBeckwith explained that Young Life is munity Church’s Callaway House. “But I don’t a non-denominational organization with a think that’s enough,” he said, adding that his faith-based, youth-focused mission that’s been focus is on the future. around for 70 years, reaching out to millions Contact work has already started at Great of kids. Mills High School, with Craig Culbertson, a “We believe every kid, regardless of their Navy officer aboard NAS Patuxent River and color or their socioeconomic background, be volunteer team leader, leading the charge and working with staff. Arthur Shepherd, who for decades managed St. Mary’s County’s Recreation Division, has begun work at CSM, building relationships and recruiting student leaders. Burgess said he anticipates Young Life being fully available at both schools in January. He said the group is also looking to get WyldLife, a ministry for younger kids, into the middle schools soon and he’s spoken to folks at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and in Calvert County. “We are open to new clubs,” Burgess stated, adding that it’s the community, the volunteers, the parents that decide where Young Life will go next. at the Well Pet Clinic in Millison Plaza in Lexington Park. 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Spiggy & Friends 18th Annual ‘Fun Raisers’ A Hit Once Again Blessed with excellent Fall weather and renewed enthusiasm throughout “Redskins Nation”, Spiggy Hogette and his many Southern Maryland friends organized another thoroughly enjoyable weekend of fundraisers to take care of local needy children and their families. Spiggy successfully put together a Celebrity Golf Tournament on Friday, Sept. 30 at the Chesapeake Hills Golf Club as well as a large Sunday Benefit at the American Legion Post in Lusby the afternoon of Oct. 2. These outings continue to grow in popularity and attendance and this year proved to be no exception despite the troubling economy. This group of close-knit friends from all over the Tri County area raised more than $50,000 in donations of cash, products, and services. The proceeds from their efforts will be distributed to organizations long known for their dedication to helping the unfortunate within the community. Among the outfits that will benefit from this fund raising are: Children’s Hospital, Washington, DC; Ronald McDonald House; United Way of Calvert; The Optimists; The Knights of Columbus; The Hunter Scott Fund; and local Rescue Squads and Volunteer Fire Departments. This year’s golf tournament was named the “Grand Paw Hogette Memorial Classic” in tribute to Ralph Campbell who passed away one year ago. Ralph was the most beloved of all the Hogettes and was widely known throughout the Metropolitan area during his 27 years of funny and humorous antics that kept both the sick children and their parents in “stitches.” More than 150 golfers played in this annual event and included former Redskins stars Ron “the Dancin’ Bear” McDole and Ron Saul, Bob Windsor of the San Francisco 49ers and the New England Patriots, and Mike “Mad Dog” Curtis of the old Baltimore Colts. Teams of Sheriff Deputies from both St. Mary’s and Calvert Counties joined other golfers in what turned out to be a perfect day on the links. The St. Mary’s Deputy Team headed up by Deputy Jim Molitor turned in the winning score and each member of the team won a $100 gift certificate to the Pro Shop at Chesapeake Hills. In attendance at the Tournament was Ralph’s widow Tommie Campbell and several members of her family who came to thank everyone for remembering “Grand Paw”. She was completely surprised when Spiggy presented her with a large portrait of Ralph that he prepared as a means to honor Ralph’s memory and what he meant to the Hogettes. The Sunday Benefit saw more than 280 die hard Redskins fans show up to root on their favorite team and enjoy large banquet tables of donated food and cold beverages and watch the game on a 100-inch screen. A long list of special guests included Ashley, Breanne, Chelsea, and Meghan from the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders, “Pinch”. Ron Lord and Bat Boy Jordan Stearns of the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs Baseball Team, Rockin’ Elvis Jim Godbold, Mr. Tom, the Reptile Man with his 12-foot Boa Constrictors and Gila Monsters, and Mr. Slice from Papa Johns. Ron McDole and Bob Windsor signed autographs for many appreciative fans, and nine of the 12 Hogettes were on hand to add lots of color and hilarity to this large indoor tailgate party! A terrific Silent Auction with 50 pieces of football memorabilia and other items were available and went for truly good prices. Sports Paradise was available to offer Redskins jerseys and goodies at significantly reduced prices to the delight of those in attendance. During half time, each of the Redskins Cheerleaders and Hogettes introduced themselves and spoke of their involvement with the “Skins and posed for pictures for an appreciative audience. Then Spiggy brought up 20 members of the Hunter Scott family to present them with a $1000 check for the Hunter Scott Fund. Sandra Scott, Hunter’s mom spoke of her 7 year old son receiving his “angel wings” this past June despite a three year long battle with cancer and thanked all present for their work and contributions in helping them find a cure for this tragic disease. Next, Jordan Stearns, the Blue Crabs Bat Boy, asked to speak about the miracle that Children’s Hospital provided him at the age of one when they performed an operation that saved his life. And despite being born with Cerebral Palsy, Jordan

was able to graduate with honors from Patuxent High this past year and is now attending college. Spiggy then spoke of another of his efforts this year to support the families of the 24 Navy Seals who lost a husband and father in the shoot down of the Army Chinook helo over Afghanistan in August. One of the Seals’ wives is Kimberly V., a former Redskin Cheerleader, who helped the Hogettes with their fundraising four years ago. He devised a plan to sell raffle tickets for his Hogette Bobblehead throughout the area and raffled two Bobbleheads during the afternoon. At last count, his idea has helped his Hogettes raise $4000 for this cause. This money will be given to Navy Seals Foundation in Norfolk next month. Finally, Ms. Margit Miller of Lusby asked to make a presentation and presented the Hogettes with another large check for Children’s Hospital, a contribution she makes annually to support their efforts. What is so amazing about her generosity is the well known fact that she is a long term devout New York Giants fan, but she admires and appreciates the dedication and example The Hogettes provide the community. Despite all this hard work, neither of these two great days of giving would have been possible without the big warm hearts of the sponsors who provided the financial support to make it happen, starting with JJ and Kathleen of O’Hennon Builders who put up the $4,500 to sponsor the golf tournament. They always rise to the occasion and are two of the most generous people in Calvert County! Other special “Spiggy Friends” who always come through include Outback Steak House, California, Joe Bozick Distributors, Bayside Chevrolet, Century 21 New Millennium Realtors, American Legion Post 274, The Grill Sergeant, Mel’s Crabs, Hammerhead Productions, Embroidme, Southern Maryland Mustang Association, Delegate Tony O’Donnell, Chesapeake Hills Golf Club, Papa Johns, Mary Lou Troutman, Cakes by Jeneva, and each member of the Board of Calvert County Commissioners. And much thanks to Tommy McKay and Southern Maryland Publishing Company for the super ads, and the 40 + sponsors that purchased signs displayed at the Golf Tournament and Benefit. When asked about why he continues to organize and run these large events each year despite his “retirement age”, Spiggy states that he is one of the luckiest of people in the world, in that he has always enjoyed good health, has a wonderful wife and family, three grown kids who are successful in their own lives and nine happy, smiling, healthy grandbabies that bring he and his wife Debby great joy. He believes each of us need to consider those less fortunate than ourselves and provide them with opportunities for the happiness that many take for granted. He has spent much of his adult life helping others and he hopes he has set an example for his family and friends that is catching and will rub off on them as well! For his long term reputation and commitment to others, Spiggy was recognized earlier this year by the State Council of the Knights of Columbus as the “Maryland Citizen of the Year for 2011”. He states he appreciates this recognition, but is now makes it harder for him to say “no” when asked to help! And, he says this award also belongs to his many great friends who always come to his aid; he says “They are easy to spot as they wear bright gold T Shirts that say Spiggy’s Friend in big burgundy letters on the back”. Hence, his every annual charity raiser is always titled “Spiggy & Friends”! He wouldn’t have it any other way!


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Community Local Tree Named State Champion By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Even the smallest of trees can be hugely significant. A locally grown Hibiscus syriacus, better known as the Rose of Sharon, was named the Maryland State champion for its species after a visit from the Maryland Big Tree Program. The Rose of Sharon consists of four trunks, or leaders, rising from a single root mass. Only the largest leader was counted to meet the standard, measuring 9 inches in circumference, according to Grace Mary Brady, Historic Preservation Planner with county Land Use and Growth Management. To qualify as a “tree,” a specimen must have a circumference of 9.5 inches at 4.5 feet above the ground, and have a height of 13 feet. St. Mary’s Rose of Sharon has a circumference of 14 inches and a height of 23 feet, making it well above the minimum standard, according to a press release from the Big Tree program. The Rose of Sharon is typically a shrub, but the one in St. Mary’s County is only one of three in the U.S. large enough to count as a tree. The other two are in Virginia, a Big Tree press release states. This specimen was found on an estate in Mechanicsville, along with a number of other champion trees. The other species include a pecan, a sugar maple, a bald cypress and an osage orange, all of which became the St. Mary’s County Champions for their species. “All of these trees are assumed to have been planted by a previous owner, probably in the 1930s,” the release states. Brady said she got involved in the Big Tree program two years ago, and is excited to be working with them. She said she doesn’t actively go out to find large trees, but when she sees one she takes the time to stop and take note.

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“I just happen to notice them as I’m out and about on my job,” she

She said the Big Tree people come down twice per year, and she keeps track of the trees she wants them to look at. For more information, or to report a tree that could qualify as a champion, call Brady at 301-475-4200, ext. 1549 or contact John Bennett with the Big Tree program at mdbigtreeprogram@aol.com or call 410-287-5980. sarahmiller@countytimes.net

St. George’s Episcopal Annual Silent Auction St. George’s Episcopal Church in Valley Lee will hold its Annual Chinese Auction on Saturday, Nov. 5. Bidding will begin at 9 a.m.. Tickets will be drawn starting at noon. Items include Blue Crabs and MIR tickets, collectibles, new and like new items, restaurant gift certificates, over 50 themed baskets, autographed items, hotel accommodations, a day at the races for 10 at Pimlico Race Course or Laurel Park and much more. Tickets are $0.50 each. Baked goods, sandwiches and beverages will be available for purchase. The church is located at 19167 Poplar Hill Lane in Valley Lee. Take Rt. 249 south from Callaway. Turn right onto Rt. 244 at the Valley Lee Post Office. Travel one half mile. The church is on the left. For more information, call Gail at (301) 994-0585.

Hospital Foundation to Host Annual Gala Step into a world where art and artifacts seemingly come alive at the St. Mary's Hospital Foundation Gala – A Night at the Museum - on Friday, Nov. 18 from 7p.m. to midnight at the Hollywood Social Hall. As Southern Maryland's premier formal fundraising event to raise funds for the Foundation Scholarship Program, hospital equipment and a variety of capital projects at St. Mary's, this year's Gala will be a remarkable event, a hospital foundation press release states. Proceeds from the event will go toward the Foundation Scholarship Program, which provides funding to help train talented local scholars for a career in health care. In its 12th year, this unique program is a proactive step to recruit and retain highly qualified associates. The money raised may also go toward capital projects and equipment for the hospital. Last year’s event brought in more than $123,000. To date, the program has funded more than 100 scholarships. Guests will enjoy delicious hors d'oeuvres and delectable cuisine crafted by nationally renowned Master Chef Ken Upton. Spend the evening dancing to the sounds of Highway Star. Guests at this one-of-a-kind event will have an opportunity to purchase a chances to win one of three prizes, including LASIK Surgery performed by world-renowned ophthalmologist, Dr. Mark Whitten; a pendant accented with Diamonds and Tanzanite donated by Blair's Jewelry & Gifts; or a "Sunflower" original oil painting, by artist M. Jane Rowe. Only 300 Chances will be sold. You must be present to win. Pre-purchase a chance at $60 per ticket or two for $100. Seating is limited and ticket prices are $200 per person. Sponsorship opportunities are available and begin at $750. For more information, visit www.stmaryshospitalmd.org or contact our Foundation liaison, Jane Loughran at 301-475-6455.


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Leonardtown Volunteer Rescue Squad Continues Tradition of Excellence By Carrie Munn Staff Writer Once again, units from the Leonardtown Volunteer Rescue Squad were awarded the Seal of Excellence by the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems. The squad was the first in the county to earn the honor in 1990 and has kept up that commitment to quality in years since. A voluntary program that requires a lengthy and in-depth application process, the seal of excellence certifies that the squad’s vehicles and gear are up-to-date and well maintained. “The EMS service down here is as good as anybody’s in the country,” said Lt. Doug Pennock, who has volunteered for about 20 years. He works full-time as an engineer on NAS Pax River. Pennock explained that parts of the county are not as rural as they used to be, with growth over the past couple decades continually increasing the number of incoming calls for emergency medical services. “I think a lot of people don’t realize the quality of care they receive [from volunteer squads],” he said. “I benefited from the system myself back in the late ‘90’s, after I was struck by a vehicle walking on the side of Rt. 235,” Pennock said. “If it weren’t for the response of local EMS and modern medicine, I wouldn’t be standing here.” He said the interconnectivity of fire, EMS and the Medevac units is critical in saving lives of St. Mary’s County residents. Most volunteers work full-time jobs and some also volunteer for the all-volunteer fire departments and work with Advanced Life Support units as well. Hours of training to stay on top of new requirements and procedures are required in addition

to these individuals’ already often-hectic schedules. Pennock explained there are about 1,000 people in St. Mary’s doing volunteer fire and rescue work and the potential cost, if the county had to actually pay these full time salaries, would be approximately $50 million. He went on to explain that due to the rapid growth of Leonardtown, the squad is in need of more equipment and a bigger facility to house it. The squad hopes to rebuild at its current, central location on Lawrence Street, but millions of dollars must be raised for that dream to be realized. A building committee has been working at a way to come up with the funding to do that for several years and because there is little tax support for the rescue squads, the auxiliary plays an important role in organizing fundraisers. The squad can also often be seen providing stand-bys at local athletic events and out on the square during Leonardtown events. Pennock said it’s great to get out and meet the public, especially kids who, he says, “are always interested in the big trucks with flashy lights.” He said this interaction helps kids not be so intimidated if they’re involved in an accident requiring the rescue squad’s services and also serves as an important recruitment tool. Lt. Jackie Norris joined the squad at 16, as soon as she was eligible to do so, and has volunteered ever since. She also serves with Leonardtown’s Volunteer Fire Department, works parttime and is a biology major at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She said she currently receives a $1,500 scholarship for school through her active status as a volunteer. “It’s the cool thing to do, like being in a club,” Norris said.

Walk for Pink

Photo by Carrie Munn Lieutenants Jackie Norris and Doug Pennock show off Leonardtown Rescue Squad’s first seal of excellence from 1990 and the one awarded just this year.

She stated that she enjoys the social aspect and the camaraderie found amongst fellow volunteers. Her sister, Katie, serves as the Leonardtown Rescue Squad’s historian. carriemunn@countytimes.net

Booz Allen Hamilton Donates to CSM’s STEM Program

Photo by Frank Marquart Leonard Hall Junior Naval Academy (LHJNA) students held a “Walk for Pink” on Wednesday. LHJNA Head Mistress Suzanna Wisnieski said: “Today was our school’s silent show of support, our Walk for Pink for our secretary Ms. Young, who’s currently battling breast cancer.”

Fashion Bug Hosts Motivational Speaker The Fashion Bug in San Souci Plaza will welcome Janice Simpson, a locally based motivational speaker, at the store Oct. 29 at 11 a.m. Simpson has “16 years of experience as a keynote speaker and workshop and seminar leader,” according to her pamphlet. She is a breast cancer survivor who “has an insight on life that shines like a ray of light through its darkest clouds” and takes audiences “on a roller coaster ride of emotions” with her presentations. Fashion Bug is located at 22599 MacArthur Boulevard in California. For more information, call Simpson at 410-474-8694 or e-mail justmotivateme@gmail.com.

Booz Allen Hamilton Principal Ray Wernecke presented a $2,500 check to College of Southern Maryland officials to boost the community college’s program focused on science, technology, engineering and math. The college is hosting four robotics competitions beginning with a Maryland qualifier on Dec. 3 and preparing a week of STEM activities in April including a regional robotics competition, a regional STEM conference for educators, the Fourth Annual Youth in Technology Conference for middle and high school students and a job fair that will include employers from STEM-related fields. For information on CSM’s STEM initiatives, visit www.csmd.edu/ISTEM.


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• Award-winning Poet Gives Reading Daugherty-Palmer Commons, St. Mary’s College of Maryland (18952 E. Fisher Rd St. Mary’s City) – 8:15 p.m.. Award-winning musician, playwright and poet Amiri Baraka will read from his works on Thursday evening at Daugherty-Palmer Commons at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Baraka is the author of “Digging: The Afro American Soul of American Classical Music,” a winner of the 31st annual American Book Awards for 2010. Baraka also received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Rockefeller Foundation Award for Drama, the City College Langston Hughes Award and a lifetime achievement award from the Before Columbus Foundation. He was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1995 and in 2002 was named poet laureate of New Jersey and Newark Public Schools. In addition to his poetry and plays, Baraka is the author of numerous essays and jazz operas and the founder of the big band New Arkestra. Refreshments will be served following the reading, part of the college’s VOICES Reading Series, which is supported in part by the Maryland Humanities Council.

• Open Auditions for “Headquarters” Three Notch Theatre (21744 South Coral Drive, Lexington Park) –10 a.m. to Noon Pursue your acting ambitions as The Newtowne Player announce open auditions for the upcoming production of the original, one-act play, “Headquarters,” by Peter E. Abresch. There are parts for one elderly male role and one role that can be cast as either male or female and is not age specific. People interested in helping with the technical and support crew are also welcome. The play will represent The Newtowne Players at the Maryland Community Theatre Festival, Jan. 13 through 15, 2012 at Three Notch Theatre. “Headquarters” is about an elderly gentleman facing and coming to terms with the end of his life. Audition will be cold readings from the script. Scripts will be available for review 30 minutes before the scheduled audition time. For more details about the auditions or the festival, contact Director Bill Scarafia at (301) 863-2329 or wscarafia@hotmail.com.

• Mother Catherine Spalding School Golf Tournament and Benefit Wicomico Shores Golf Course (35794 Aviation Yacht Club Road, Chaptico – 9 a.m. Mother Catherine Spalding School is sponsoring a golf tournament! $85 fee per player includes green fees, golf cart, lunch and prizes. All proceeds will benefit the school. To enter or get more information, contact Shirley Guy at (301) 475-9244.

Friday, Oct.28 • Seventh District Volunteer Rescue Squad Spaghetti Supper 7th District Rescue Squad Building (21530 Colton’s Point Road- Rt. 24, Avenue) – 5 to 8 p.m. Support your volunteer rescue squad and enjoy a great meal at the same time. Spaghetti supper with meatballs, salad, bread with coffee and tea will be available for eat-in or take-out for $9 adults, $5 age 12 and under. Kids under 2 eat free. Homemade dessert table, with donations appreciated for your selection. • St. Mary’s Hospital Auxiliary Holiday Bazaar Front Lobby at St. Mary’s Hospital (25500 Point Lookout Road, Leonardtown) – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This popular event features a host of items to fulfill your holiday gift list, including beautiful, handmade items such as quilts, crocheted blankets and more. A variety of gourmet nuts that are perfect for entertaining, gift-giving or for use in cooking and baking will also be on sale. Other items that will be available include the Auxiliary cookbook that features recipes from all over our community, as well as homemade baked goods, holiday decorations, floral arrangements and wreaths. All proceeds benefit the hospital. Call Rosemary Cox at (301) 475-9645 or the St. Mary’s Hospital Auxiliary Gift Shop at (301) 475-6153 for more information.

Saturday, Oct. 29 • St. Mary’s County Fair Association Indoor Flea Market St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds (42455 Fairgrounds Road, Leonardtown) – 8 a.m. to Noon The St. Mary’s County Fair Association is having an indoor Flea Market at the Fairgrounds on Saturday morning. All vendors and crafters are welcome. An 8’ by 10’ space with one table may be rented for $20. For more details or to reserve a space, contact Cheryl Ciecka at (301) 475-9543. • The Mulling of the Wine Port of Leonardtown Winery (23190 Newtown Neck Road, Leonardtown) – 5 to 8 p.m. The Port of Leonardtown Winery invites all out for ”The Mulling of the Wine.” $5 cover with 10 percent off for those in costume. Enjoy a haunting fall evening at the winery with mulled wine, live music, kabobs and a special new red wine release. Wine and mulled wine samples are free. Glasses, bottles and kabobs are available for purchase. Organic Mulling Spices provided by Yera de Herbal Teas, kabobs by Lynn’s Catering and music by Justin Myles & Rusty Williams. Reserve ahead by calling (301) 690-2192 and be entered in a drawing to win two

Sunday, Oct. 30 • 2nd Annual Monster Rockfish Festival Greenwell State Park (25420 Rosedale Manor Lane, Hollywood) – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s the Official Rockfish Festival of Maryland! Admission is free. A $5 per car parking fee applies; vans and buses higher. Spend a day at Greenwell State Park, nestled high on the banks of the Patuxent River. The Second Annual Monster Rockfish Festival offers something for everyone: Rockfish tastings and other seasonal culinary delights, beer, music, tours of historic Rosedale Manor, awards ceremony for Monster Rockfish Tournament (held the day prior), pony rides, horseback riding demos, kayaking demos and rides (weather permitting) as well as artists, crafters and outdoor outfitter vendors displaying their wares. The event will also be a safe trick-or treat site. All proceeds benefit the Greenwell Foundation’s inclusive programs including horseback riding lessons, kayaking, summer camps and Nature Time. Proceeds also help Greenwell serve as a host site for Southern Maryland Vacations for Vets, a respite program for our nation’s wounded servicemen and women. Visit www.greenwellfoundation.org for more information.

Monday, Oct. 31 • Kids In Costume Eat Free Rustic River Resaraunt (40874 Merchants Lane, Leonardtown) – 11 a.m. Kids under 12 wear your costume to Rustic River on Halloween and get a free kids meal! Two free kids meals per adult entree purchased. Call (301) 997-1700 for details.

Tuesday, Nov. 1 • Piano Talk with Brian Ganz Auerbach Auditorium at St. Mary’s College of Maryland (18952 E. Fisher Rd
St., Mary’s City) - Noon St. Mary’s College of Maryland pianist Brian Ganz will conduct one of his popular piano talks. The talks are a series of informal lecture/demonstrations where he plays and discusses composers’ works to take the audience behind the scenes.

Wednesday, Nov. 2 • Holiday Vendor and Craft Show Aboard NAS Patuxent River Lincoln Military Housing Community Center (21967 Cuddihy Road, Pax River)- 4 to 8 pm. Celebrate Military Appreciation Month and kick-start the holiday shopping season at this event hosted by military spouses, and government and contract employees. Give back those who serve or have served. Many of the vendors will be offering discounts and specials to those with military IDs or CAC cards. The organizer of the fair, a military spouse who runs her own home-based business, created the event as a means to give other military spouses – active duty and retired – as well as base personnel, a venue to sell their wares while paying tribute to those who serve our country – the men and women in uniform, military families and the base personnel that support them. Over 25 vendors will participate.

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Thursday, Oct. 27 • Live Music: “Dave Norris” DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 5 p.m. • Live Music w/ Groove Span Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 8 p.m. • ‘80’s Night with $1 domestic draft and rail Fat Boy’s Country Store (41566 Medleys Neck Road, Leonardtown) – 7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 28 • B.Y.O.B Halloween Dance Knights of Columbus Hall (41655 Fenwick Street, Leonardtown) – 6:30 p.m. • Karaoke Night w/ Super KJ Cadillac Jack’s (21367 Great Mills Road, Lexington Park) – 9:30 p.m. • All U Can Drink Nite w/ DJ Chris Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) – 9 p.m. • Live Music: “Fair Warning” DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 5 p.m. • Live Music: “DWJ Jazz Band” Martini’s Lounge (10553 Theodore Green Boulevard, White Plains) – 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 29 • Live Music w/ Justin Myles Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 8 p.m. • Halloween Party Bash Vera’s White Sands Beach Club (1200 White Sands Drive, Lusby) – 8 p.m. • Live Music: “The Craze” and Halloween Party Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) – 9:30 p.m. • Halloween Party Martini’s Lounge

(10553 Theodore Green Boulevard, White Plains) – 8 p.m. • Live Music: “No Green Jelly Beenz” and Halloween Party Hotel Charles (15110 Burnt Store Road, Hughesville) – 9 p.m. • Live Music: “Lee Travers and the Music Program” The Westlawn Inn (9200 Chesapeake Avenue, North Beach)- 8 p.m.

• Live Music: “Frankie and the Actions” and Halloween Bash Apehangers Bar and Grill (9100 Crain Highway, Bel Alton) – 8 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 30 • Halloween Party w/ “Sam Grow Trio” Rustic River Bar and Grill (40874 Merchants Lane, Leonardtown) – 6 p.m. • NFL Sunday w/ $1 Drafts Fat Boy’s Country Store (41566 Medleys Neck Road, Leonardtown) – all day

Monday, Oct. 31 • Team Trivia Night DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 6:30 p.m. • $2.50 Margaritas Every Monday Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) – 10 a.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 1 • $2 Crabs, $2 Beers Calypso Bay Crab House (120 Charles Street, Solomons) – 4 p.m. • Cigar Night The Westlawn Inn (9200 Chesapeake Avenue, North Beach)- 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 2 • Karaoke with DJ KayCee Loveville Tavern (28275 Point Lookout Rd., Leonardtown) – 8 p.m. • Open Mic Night Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 8 p.m


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

Library Items • Class explains saving with coupons Kimberly Pepper-Hoctor will explain the basics of couponing and how to save money using them at a free program at Leonardtown tonight, 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. Please register. • Halloween programs to include trick-or-treating Not-so-scary stories, creepy crafts, and trick-or-treating through the libraries are planned for 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 both Leonardtown and Lexington Park. The programs are free but registration is required.

• Evening storytime and LEGO fun offered Lexington Park will hold an evening storytime on Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. followed by LEGO fun at 6:30 p.m. Charlotte Hall and Leonardtown will offer their evening storytime on Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. followed by LEGO fun at 6:30 p.m. • Friends’ mini book sale set for Sunday 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. • Artist holds opening reception An opening reception will be held for Allen Price on Nov. 10 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Lexington Park Library Art Gallery. Price’s photography, which ranges from wildlife to waterfalls to gardens goes on display Nov. 1 and runs through Dec. 15. Artists interested in displaying their artwork should contact Candy Cummings at 301-863-6693.

Cat of the Week

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I was born in early summer of 2011. I was born in a feral colony where a man has been feeding us. He contacted Feral Cat Rescue and they have been helping him get everybody vetted so there will not be any more babies. I was destined to go back to the colony and live an outside life but thankfully Diane who is one of the volunteers at Feral Cat Rescue decided to try to find me a home. You see, she put me in her bathroom to recover from surgery and she realized what a love girl I really am. I was not the least bit feral. Whenever she opened the door, I would run over to see her. Now I run around her whole house and when she touches me, I instantly purr. I also love, love to play. I love to chase balls especially. When my foster mom spins the ball in the spinning thing, it is my job to stop it which I do with such zeal! Please fill out an application at www. feralcatrescuemd.org and email it to Diane at moonandhunt@hotmail.com If you have questions about me, you can call her at 301-481-0171 Looking forward to my new life with you, Whitney

PEt of the Week Hello Everyone, My name is Garth and I am a sweet and lovable male collie/beagle mix. I am a little shy and just need someone who can give me lots of love and attention. I was born on July 1, 2010 and am looking for a family who will love and cherish me the rest of my life. Our one sister found a home and I still have another sister and two brothers who are looking for families to call their own. We would love to be home for the holidays! We are current on vaccinations, neutered, crate trained, heart-worm negative and identification micro chipped. If you have a place in your heart and home for me please contact Lora@secondhoperescue.org or call 240-9250628. Please Adopt, Don't Shop !!!

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Halloween Activities For All

Whether spooky or safe, St. Mary’s offers many options for folks to get out and enjoy Halloween and fall festivities. Safe trick-or-treating, events with something for everyone, and fun stuff for kids can be found at: Trick-or-Treat on the Square Downtown Leonardtown, Saturday, Oct. 29

on over to Callaway Baptist Church and enjoy the evening. For further information, please call the church office at (301) 994-0655.

Leonardtown merchants will have goodies to share downtown from 1 to 3 p.m., custom scarecrow making for adults and children with the guidance of the Crafts Guild of St. Mary’s runs from noon to 3 p.m. and this year the St. Mary’s Animal Welfare League will invites you to bring your costumed pet by their table to have a photo of your pet taken to be entered into our Facebook pet costume competition, pick up a special treat for your pet and say hi to mascot, SMAWLIE.

Halloween Party Bash House of Dance, 24620 Three Notch Rd., Hollywood, Saturday, Oct. 29

Family Fall Festival Mt. Olive Farm, 45433 Drayden Rd., Valley Lee, Saturday, Oct. 29 This family-oriented event includes carnival games, hay rides, pumpkin painting, a costume contest, magic show, food vendors and lots of prizes. The day of fall fun is sponsored by Optimist of Tall Timbers to benefit Camp Inspire, Dylan Lumpkins and Adam Lumpkins. Activities run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Join us for an afternoon of fun and games, dancing, trick-or-treat and a special Halloween Parade! Free Admission, open to the public! Children under 12 require parent supervision. The party runs from 3 to 5 p.m. Fall Colors Walk Myrtle Point Park, 24050 Patuxent Blvd., California, Saturday, Oct. 29 The Friends of Myrtle Point Park invite all out for a leisurely amble through the park to enjoy the fall colors. Join leader Bob Boxwell in looking for signs of the changing seasons and enjoy the cooler weather it brings in a beautiful outdoor setting. Meet in the grass parking lot to the left upon entering the park. The educational stroll will take place from 10 a.m. to noon.

Callaway Annual Fall Festival Callaway Baptist Church, Intersection of Rt. 5 and 249, Callaway, Saturday, Oct. 29

Spirits of Point Lookout Point Lookout State Park, 11175 Point Lookout Rd., Scotland, Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 29

This is a wonderful and safe alternative to Halloween. Come enjoy a time of fun, fellowship, games, and, weather permitting, a moon bounce. The festival begins at 4 p.m. with food and fellowship. Fun and games begin at 5 p.m. to be concluded at 7 p.m., with door prizes. So put on your costume, bring the children, come

“An event of historic and supernatural proportions,” brings visitors to the park to explore its spookier side. Tickets are $15 at the gate, with limited availability and proceeds will benefit local youth programs through the St. Mary’s Kiwanis Club. The event runs 7 to 10 p.m. both days.

St. Mary’s Square Fall Festival St. Mary’s Square Shopping Center, Great Mills Rd., Lexington Park, Satirday, Oct. 29 A day of family fun with a costume contest at 2:30 p.m., trick-or-treating from 3 to 5 p.m., carnival rides, food and craft vendors, and live entertainment. Event runs from Noon to 6 p.m. Free Community Halloween Party Mechanicsville Volunteer Rescue Squad, 8120 Flora Corner Rd., Mechanicsville, Sunday, Oct. 30 Celebrate with the MVFD Ladies Auxiliary with the hall decorated with Halloween flair, age-specific costume contests and lots of fun games, prizes and treats. Baked goods will also be available at this event, beginning at 2 p.m. 10th Annual Halloween Safe Stop Hollywood Church of the Nazarene, 24710 Sotterly Rd., Hollywood, Monday, Oct. 31 This FREE event takes place on our field, beside the church and features inflatables, games, music, candy, hot dogs, popcorn and fun for all ages. Come out from 6 to 9 p.m. Wildewood Trick-or-Treat Wildewood Shopping Center, California, Monday, Oct. 31 Join the businesses of Wildewood Shopping Center for trick or treating. Stores will be handing out candy; food and drinks will be available along with other activities! The event runs from 5:30-9 p.m.

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Classifieds Real Estate Beautiful six bedroom colonial located on a quiet culdesac in sought after Marley Run subdivision in Huntingtown. 5,100 square feet of living space located on two beautiful acres. House includes very large master bedroom with luxiourious bath, washer and dryers located both on the top level and another set in fully finished basement. Basement includes two bedrooms and a great kitchenette. Main floor includes grand kitchen, private office, large living room and family room. Just minutes from Plum Point Middle and Huntingtown High School. Call 202-409-6450. Price: $559,000

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17. Physician’s organization 18. Boy Scout merit award 20. Same name son (alt. abbr.) 23. The quality of being capable 24. Outdoor furniture woods 25. Emotional intelligence 26. An explosion fails to occur 29. Trauma center 30. Anger 31. Brown coal 32. Sent as an official emissary 35. Egg mass of a lobster 36. Dog-_____: shabby 38. A Hebrew captive in Nineveh 40. Take a puff 41. Binge Eating Disorder Assoc. 42. Pitcher Bedard 43. Disconcert 44. Tea spoonful (abbr.) 45. The bill in a restaurant 46. Being a single unit 47. Grounds of a film studio

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By Shelby Oppermann Contributing Writer I can’t think how many times I have heard these words in the past few weeks, “Wow, this year has gone by fast”, or ”Look, Christmas stuff is out already!” You might have heard these comments or said them yourself while out shopping. Yes, you do hear these sayings every year, but I think it’s true this year. In fact, the holiday buying season doesn’t start on Black Friday anymore, it starts now about two weeks (or more) before Halloween. It used to be when people referred to the “holiday season” they meant Thanksgiving through New Years. Halloween starts the holiday season now, and has become a huge buying frenzy. As I am writing this paragraph, I can hear a home fragrance commercial with The Nutcracker type music in the background. The announcer is telling us to fill our home with holiday fragrance. I’d like to enjoy Fall first. Maybe that home fragrance company can come up with smells like burning leaves, or sawdust from chain sawed trees. I would like that for right now. But no, the scents go straight from suntan oil to cranberries, cinnamon, and balsam. I suppose I’m just as bad as starting the holidays extra early. I’ve been driving around for a few weeks with a ghostly five foot skeleton in the back of my vehicle. I had him sitting up in a Rubbermaid box watching all the drivers behind me. I took him out last week after he didn’t do his job. I still got stopped by the police. The ghost neglected to remind me that the speed limit was thirty and not forty something. The policeman did seem to take a step back when he looked in the back of the car. I tried to blame my ticket on a demon following me around all the time, and that I kept hearing strange moans and screams from inside my vehicle. The policeman didn’t buy it. He said he hears that one all the time – it’s usually the speeder starting to whine and cry. This year we are adding a new path to the Halloween Trails, and party that we host every year. This one will be a short detour through the edging of trees, and mainly for the teenagers that come through. My husband really gets in to thinking up fun new things to scare them. I think what would really scare teenagers is having a classroom re-creation with a teacher standing there asking for homework, or telling them that there is a pop quiz that evening. You know, that isn’t a bad idea. If we keep adding on to the trails each year we will inevitably end up winding through the house at some point. I might not even have to decorate, I could just not dust for a few weeks, and add a black light bulb or two. Instant haunted house. We stopped by the Spirit store a few days ago to pick up a few more props for the trail. You wouldn’t know there was anything wrong with the economy if you walk in one of the Spirit stores. It really is fun to go through this seasonal pop-up shop and see and hear the animated creatures that are scattered throughout. We can’t get the really cool creatures this year, but with some creepy cloth and masks, we can whip up some contenders. We have lots to do yet – inside and out. We do have some nice creatures we have amassed over the last few years, though some I have other plans for at present. The new clown figure we bought is one of them. As soon as I finish emptying out the display walls and tables from my vehicle, I am going to replace my previous unearthly traveler with this twelve foot creepy clown. The clown’s head is sixteen inches wide with long, glaring teeth. I’m hoping he will sit quietly in the Rubbermaid box and keep vigil, maybe even scare off a policeman. Though I will keep to the thirty mile speed limit on that particular road. If not, maybe my new creepy clown friend can keep me company in the hoosegow. I hope he doesn’t talk as much as the last passenger. To each new day’s adventure, Shelby Please send your comments or ideas to: shelbys.wanderings@yahoo.com

The County Times By Linda Reno Contributing Writer

A Journey Through Time The

Grace Fenwick, daughter of Edward Fenwick and Ann “Nancy” Hebb, was born 1775 in St. Mary’s County. About 1797 she married Edward Neale (son of Bennet Neale of Charles County and Elizabeth Sprigg Medley of St. Mary’s County). They lived in Charles County and had six children before Edward Neale’s death in 1814. Their youngest child, Anthony Neale, was born and died the same year as his father. About 1818, Grace left her five surviving children in the care of relatives and became a Carmelite nun, taking the name Sister Barbara of St. Joseph. Two years later her daughter, Olivia Neale (born in 1803) also became a Carmelite nun, taking the name Sister Isabella of the Angels. They lived in the same convent until 1825 when Grace died but it said they refrained from displaying their personal attachment to each other. Olivia began having mental problems in the late 1830s. She began refusing food, wanting to eat only leaves and grass. On Sunday, August 18, 1839 she fled the monastery into the streets of Baltimore begging for protection, claiming she was being held against her will. “The Nun stated that she had entered the Convent at a very early age; that she had long desired to escape; that on one occasion before, she had got out, and was met and carried back by Priest Gildea. And she demanded in the most earnest and piteous manner the protection of the people. Many rumours soon got afloat, —which aided in

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exasperating the public mind; but whether they were true or not, we shall not now enquire.” (A later article referred to an unidentified brother of Olivia who also had mental problems). Over the next several days, thousands congregated outside the convent, some threatening to tear it down. The mayor found it necessary to call out the militia and it was only after he had personally interviewed all of the nuns and assured the crowd that no one was being held prisoner, did the crisis come to an end. Olivia was placed in the care of her sister Elizabeth and her husband, Col. William Brent of Washington, D.C. No longer a nun, she received a mental evaluation and as a result was placed in the care of the Sisters of Charity at Mount Hope (a mental hospital) in Baltimore. On several occasions she begged to be readmitted as a nun, but was refused. She died at Mount Hope on May 8, 1864 at the age of 61. The unidentified brother of Olivia named in the Baltimore Sun was Dr. Leonard Neale The 1839 will of their brother Edward F. Neale devised the major part of his estate to his sisters, Priscilla Neale and Elizabeth Brent “all of my estate to be divided equally, upon the sole condition that they shall take care of and provide for their brother, Leonard Neale, at present in the City of Baltimore.” It’s entirely possible that Leonard was also an inmate at Mount Hope. Leonard died in 1841. My thanks to Sister Miriam John of Mt. Carmel who shared her extensive research on this family.

Book Review

“Breast Cancer: 50 Essential Things You Can Do”

by Greg Anderson, foreword by Christiane Northrup, M.D. c.2011, Conari Press

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By Terri Schlichenmeyer Contributing Writer Though you tried, there was really no way you could ignore it. The first time your fingertips spotted the lump, you were sure it was nothing. Just a little abnormality beneath the skin, probably one of those weird things everybody’s body does now and then. But the lump was there the next time, and the next, and you couldn’t ignore it anymore. With a big lump in your throat (ironic, huh?) you saw your doctor and got the diagnosis you dreaded. So what next? How can you get past breast cancer and stay well? You can begin by finding Breast Cancer: 50 Essential Things You Can Do” by Greg Anderson. Before you start reading, though, Anderson says to grab some paper and create a Wellness and Recovery Journal. Write whatever comes to mind: your insights, thoughts, fears, questions you have for your doctor, success stories. Paste in it articles you find interesting. Use it as a reference on your journey. Next, remember three things: there is no single cause for all breast cancers and there is no one cure. The names of the kinds of breast cancer may be similar (and you’ll find a listing in here) but you’re an individual and so is your disease. Remember that you’re “not looking for more medicine. You are seeking the best medicine. The two are not the same.” And remember that hope is your “greatest ally.” So you’re ready to fight. Anderson, who is founder and CEO of Cancer Recovery Foundation International,

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says that you should ask, ask, ask questions. Don’t be intimidated by your doctor. If you’re uncomfortable with him or her, look for a doctor with which you have great rapport. Studies show that exercise boosts long-term survival rates for breast cancer, as do healthier eating and nutritional supplements. Learning to focus will stop negative thoughts from swirling around in your head. Put yourself in charge of your disease, and learn as much as you can about it. Reframe statistics and ignore pessimistic predictions. Know your options and believe in the one you choose. Laugh, play, sleep, love more, and share your experiences. When you get a cancer diagnosis, it’s natural for your mind to do frantic loops of doom but in order to get through what lies ahead, you need real answers. “Breast Cancer: 50 Essential Things You Can Do” can help. From the panic of first opinion to surgery and beyond, author Greg Anderson takes patients through every step as he offers nurturing advice along the way. There’s a lot of new information in this book, as well as plenty of common sense guidance of which breast cancer fighters need to be reminded. Anderson doesn’t step lightly here; he charges through the battlefield, which is the perfect tone. Though bits of this book are a little on the new-agey side, “Breast Cancer: 50 Essential Things You Can Do” would, overall, be of great benefit to patients. If you’ve just received the diagnosis that set your world a-tip, this is a book you can’t ignore.


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St. Mary’s Dept of Aging Programs and Activities

SENIOR LIVING

Health Fair Offers Connections to Valuable Services, Information

• Fun with Fondue Celebrate National Fondue Month at the Garvey Senior Activity Center on Tuesday, November 1 at 11:00 a.m.! Learn the history and traditions of fondue while sampling classic fondue favorites. To sign up, call 301-475-4200, ext. 1050. • Cards for Our Troops On Tuesday, November 1 from 1:304:30 p.m. the Garvey Senior Activity Center will be making handcrafted Christmas cards for our United States service members serving abroad to send home to their loved ones. All cards made will be donated to From Our Hearts. The mission of From Our Hearts is to provide homemade greeting cards to service members to send home to family while away from home. Supplies will be available; we need your help to stamp and assemble the cards. If you are interested in volunteering with this project, call 301-475-4200, ext. 1062. • 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 a.m. to 11 a.m. Topics will include “God’s Comfort” and “Direct Access to God.” There will be takehome handouts for personal devotion time. This class will be taught by Karen Abbott and Monique Greer. For more information call 301-737-5670 ext. 1658. • Crafting with Terra Cotta Terra cotta pots are not just for gardening anymore. Explore creative ways to use these inexpensive pots to decorate your home for the holidays. On Thursday, November 3 at the Garvey Senior Activity Center make a Scarecrow from Terra Cotta pots. The cost for this project is $4.00. Sign up by calling 301-475-4200, ext. 1050.

About 480 people attended the Community Health Fair at Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department Friday, collecting information, taking advantage of several free screenings and learning more about the healthful living. The fair is hosted by the departments of Aging and Human Services and has been an annual event for at least 15 years. Photos By Carrie Munn

Demonstrations about nutrition, diabetes management, reflexology, budgeting and self-defense went on throughout the day, flu shots were available and as were opportunities to learn about social activities, like dance and exercise classes for seniors. “The health fair is a comprehensive way of bringing the county’s public and private health care providers, businesses and organizations together to create a one-stop-shop for residents,” said St. Mary’s Department of Aging Community Programs and Outreach Manager Jennifer Hunt.

• ‘Sunday Dinner’ play On Monday, November 7 at 1 p.m. the ‘Sunday Dinner,’ play will be preformed by the Northern Stars Theater Group at the Northern Senior Activity Center. (The Pucketts are gathering to celebrate Granny’s birthday and it’s a Sunday afternoon of wisecracking fun. You are invited to join the family for dinner!) Enjoy your Salisbury steak and mashed potatoes/ gravy lunch at noon. Reserve your seat and a lunch by calling 301-475-4002, ext. 1001 by noon on Friday, November 4. The cost for lunch is by donation for adults 60

years and older; $5 for individuals under 60. • ‘Honoring Our Veterans’ On Thursday, November 10, at noon, a special tribute will be presented to honor our service men and women for their devotion and dedication to our country at the Northern Senior Activity Center. Identify which branch of the military you served by wearing any pins, medals, hats or other items to signify your group. Seating will pair you up with fellow comrades. If you are a veteran, and want to attend or have personal mementoes to display, please call 301-475-4002, ext. 1003 to be included. Anyone interested in reserving the stuffed chicken breast lunch should call 301-4754002, ext. 1001 by noon, Wednesday, November 9. The cost for lunch is by donation for seniors 60 and older; $5 for individuals under 60. • 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 12 p.m. 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. • 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 Shellie- 301-737-5670 ext. 1655. You can also find more information about EFT by going to eftuniverse.com

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. Visit the Department of Aging’s website at www.stmarysmd.com/aging for the most up-to date information.


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Community Pet Costume Contest and Trick or Treating

St. Michael’s School

HALLOWEEN PARTY Saturday, October 29th 5:30 p.m. Trunk or Treat

The St. Mary’s Animal Welfare League (SMAWL) will be hosting a table at Leonardtown’s “Trick or Treat on the Square” on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 1-4 p.m. Stop by the table to have a photo of your pet taken to be entered into a Facebook pet costume competition and grab a special treat for your four-legged friend. The afternoon’s festivities will also include a guest appearance by Smawlie the dog and information regarding SMAWL’s pets currently available for adoption. The St. Mary's Animal Welfare League is a non-profit membership organization working to help the homeless, abused and neglected animals in our local community and, in times of extreme need, in our larger national rescue community. For additional information and news on all of SMAWL’s events and animals available for adoption, “like” SMAWL on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/smawl.

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Issued Marriage Applications for September 2011 September 1, 2011

September 6, 2011

William Clay Roberts Wilson 43 California, Md Kristen Elizabeth Adair 26 California, Md

Jamal Dante Parker 23 Lexington Park, Md Shannon Marie Lawrence 27 Lusby, Md

Samuel Leon Clubb 42 Lexington Park, Md Lawanda Kay Shively 40 Lexington Park, Md

Robert Eugene Wilson, Jr., 62 Prince Frederick, Md Pauleen Marie Dyson 55 Lexington Park, Md

MacArthur Deshazer, Jr., 36 Fairfax, Va Susan Melissa Blanton 34 Fairfax, Va

Paul Allen Unkle 36 Mechanicsville, Md Jessica Ann Hamilton 29 Mechanicsville, Md

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Jeremy Lee Green 28 LaPlata, Md Meghan Anne Massey 24 LaPlata, Md

Darryl Kevin Nicely 50 Mechanicsville, Md Kathryn Elizabeth Moore 53 Mechanicsville, Md

James Edward Breeden 23 Mechanicsville, Md Jessica Ann Tayman 22 Mechanicsville, Md Ray Edgar Gaskill, III Valley Lee, Md Bobby Jo O’Connor 29 Valley Lee, Md Robert James Bender 24 Lexington Park, Md Lauren Casey Mihelich 24 Lexington Park, Md Brooks Anthony Whiteford 25 Elkridge, Md Kimbrey Anne Pierce 25 Elkridge, Md Peter John Elias 22 Lexington Park, Md Kristina Elaine McInturff 21 Lexington Park, Md Kyle Joseph Canaan Tippett 18 Indian Head, Md Casey Aleen Boland 19 Indian Head, Md

James Charles Clem, Jr., 23 Leonardtown, Md Rachel Lynn Hayden 23 Leonardtown, Md September 8, 2011 Dante’ Maurice Eubanks 37 Leonardtown, Md Carrie Sachiko Rowe 34 Leonardtown, Md September 9, 2011 Patrick Terrell Brock, Jr., 20 Portsmith, Va Dianne Katrina Frais Manuel 22 Great Mills, Md David Andrew Vallandingham 24 Ridge, Md Christina Maureen Falk 27 Ridge, Md September 12, 2011 Joseph Francis Ichniowski 34 Leonardtown, Md Courtney Elizabeth Antemann 30 Leonardtown, Md

Timothy Larry Brown 37 Charlotte Hall, Md Rebecca Kimberly Thomas 35 Charlotte Hall, Md Trevor Franklin Brown 26 Washington, Dc Elizabeth Joy Smith 25 Washington, Dc September 13, 2011 Ryan Scott Beacham 29 Halethorpe Md Stephanie Michelle Riggs 25 California, Md

September 19, 2011 Eric Dean Erb 25 Lexington Park, Md Jonquil Renee Moore 28 Lexington Park, Md Ryan Christopher Gould 26 Great Mills, Md Becky Lynn Lonkert 29 Great Mills, Md Matthew Evin Lanier 27 Mechanicsville, Md Alison Ann Page 25 Mechanicsville, Md September 21, 2011

James Frederick Babcock II 19 Patuxent River, Md Olivia Renee Hargrave 21 Mt. Carmel, Il

Brian Curtiss Brookhart 35 Clements, Md Julie Ann Wallace 36 California, Md

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Darrell Wayne Goode 23 Valley Lee, Md Laura Madison Sweeney 25 Valley Lee, Md

Nathan James Baker 26 Bowie, Md Brittany Michelle Payne 24 Bowie, Md September 15, 2011 Angelo John Bonaccorsy 29 Arlington, Va Mary Englehart 27 Arlington, Va September 16, 2011 Donald Gene Geller, III 36 Lexington Park, Md Michelle Lynn McCloskey 41 Lexington Park, Md Eric Xavier Bond 46 Compton, Md Gladys Marie Duckett 47 Compton, Md Jaryd Mikahl Bern 29 Washington, Dc Colleen Marie Costello 28 Washington, Dc Robert Phillip Nickey 25 Ridge, Md Shannon Elizabeth Barr 24 Ridge, Md

Raymond Richard Outt, Jr., 37 Mechanicsville, Md Sandra Lynn Lucas 38 Mechanicsville, Md John Walter Wise 48 Clements, Md Veronica Ann Knott 44 Clements, Md Roger William Leonard Davis 56 California, Md Bonnie Lynn Mattingly-Napier 52 California, Md Dario Ivan Moran 27 Lexington Park, Md Jennifer Louise King 25 Lexington Park, Md September 23, 2011 Adam Douglas Edwards 22 Winston-Salem, Nc Caitlin MaClennan Brooks 22 Winston-Salem, Nc

Schoen Daniel Tribett 32 Mechanicsville, Md Tiffany Sue Shorback 29 Great Mills, Md September 26, 2011 Brian Edward Knott 36 Mechanicsville, Md Tina Marie Alsup 56 Mechanicsville, Md Corey Joseph Gilbert Duley 25 Lexington Park, Md Ashley Nichole Davis 24 Lexington Park, Md Rory Leighton Rieger 50 Lexington Park, Md Valerie Shawn Lechman 39 Servera Park, Md September 27, 2011 Ivan Earl Nealy 32 Bushwood, Md Debra Jane Kruse 26 Bushwood, Md Frederick Jusuyke Sharron 45 Hollywood, Md Meridith Birkhimer 47 Hollywood, Md September 29, 2011 Jeffrey Michael Geerts 50 Great Mills, Md Susan Mary Buckler 50 Great Mills, Md Marvin Ernesto Carabantes 20 Chesapeake Beach, Md Amy Michelle Howes 19 Chesapeake Beach, Md September 30, 2011 Tarvon Jarkeast Nolan 27 Lexington Park, Md Tiffany Renee Irion 27 Lexington Park, Md

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

By Keith McGuire Wind, rain, more wind, a nice day or two, then wind, rain, more wind, and a little more rain; such is the weather lately. (I’ve concluded that I’m much more accurate when talking about the weather that has been, rather than the weather that will be. I think the same can be said about some local prognosticators, eh?) I’m beginning to think that the marina stores know more than anyone of us. I’ve been getting a lot of mail lately on deals for winterizing October Crabs the boat. in Hollywood on Sunday, October 30th from The reports that I’m getting from local anglers indicates that on the “nice day or 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM. The Festival includes two” that we’ve had lately, fishing has been, the awards ceremony for the Tournament. The Festival features the 2nd Annual Monwell, O.K. Stripers continue to be schooled-up and chasing baitfish to the surface in the main ster Rockfish Cook-Off featuring restaurants stem of the Bay, but they are mixed with a lot of from the greater Maryland area. Taste and vote what I call “Arkansas Stripers”, or Little Rock. for the People’s Choice Award! Enjoy other seasonal culinary delights at There are still quite a lot of bluefish in these schools of breaking fish. Persistence (and lots of the festival, plus, beer and local wine. There tackle) will find the right school of breaking fish will also be music, tours of historic Rosedale with keeper sized stripers for you to take home. Manor, pony rides, horseback riding demos, The good news is that Patuxent River an- kayaking demos and rides (weather permitglers are doing well at catching decent keepers ting), and children’s activities. The Festival is a of 23 – 25 inches. Captain Bruno Vasta reported designated SAFE TRICK-OR-TREAT ZONE. that the Patuxent River fish are fat little footballs, Greenwell will offer candy and other treats to children. well fed on menhaden and alewives. Admission to the Festival is free; however, Scott McGuire took a break from deer hunting on one afternoon last weekend to go a parking fee does apply. So, don’t let the mail from the marina crabbing in the Patuxent River. Using his crab traps in 8 – 12 feet of water from his boat, he was shops get you down. If it is too windy to get on able to catch a half bushel of really nice jimmies the Bay, try the river! Keeper stripers and white perch are being caught there. On the other hand in just a couple of hours. For you tournament anglers, you might be if you have already winterized your boat, why interested in The Monster Rockfish Tourna- not treat the family to a major fishing-related ment, which takes place on Saturday, Oct. 29. event at Greenwell State Park? Don’t forget to take a picture of your catch It’s the Chesapeake Bay’s biggest open rockfish tournament with $130,000 in prizes. Registra- – or tournament winning fish – and send it to tion and further information about the Bay-wide me with a report at this email address: rivertournament is available at www.monsterrock- dancekeith@gmail.com. fishtournament.com. The last day to enter is Keith has been a recreational angler on today, October 27, 2011. The Greenwell Foundation is a benefactor the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries for over of the tournament and receives a portion of the 50 years; he fishes weekly from his small boat proceeds. In addition, Greenwell will host the during the season, and spends his free time sup2nd Annual Monster Rockfish Festival at the porting local conservation Greenwell State Park on Steerhorn Neck Road organizations.

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