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also examples of the base’s importance and a reason to keep it going in perpetuity, he said. Some say the fighter would be the last manned combat air superiority fighter the nation would field, but that doesn’t mean that people will no longer be needed, he said. “This is not the end; with manned or unmanned systems they both require men and women to be in the loop,” Schmeiser said.

After serving two years as Commanding Officer of Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Capt. Stephen Schmeiser says that it is one of the best places for young officers and enlisted personnel to serve and, despite challenges it faces, will continue to be a major hub for naval aviation for decades to come. Schmeiser first came to the base more than 20 years ago and has made his home with his family in Leonardtown since 1996. He said that since taking command of the base two years ago, the capstone to a 27-year career, he viewed the centennial celebration of naval aviation on base as one of the highlights of his tenure. But his tenure has also not been without challenges. During his command the Navy tested base security and found it wanting, leading to more stringent identification checks with a lesser number of security personnel. This led to many complaints about traffic being snarled at the base’s main gates on Route 235, which Schmeiser said security personnel were able to fix by opening more lanes to accommodate incoming traffic. “Now there’s no more traffic from the gate down past St. Mary’s Square,” Schmeiser said in an exit interview with local media Monday. The military in recent years has downsized, he said, and with budget cuts looming and demands in the fleet the priority, there are personnel shortages on base that he has had to manage, especially with there not being enough masters-at-arms in security. But, this has lead to ordinary base employees keeping their eyes open to pointing out any miscellaneous problems, like something as mundane as a traffic light malfunction, that usually security had to find for itself. “I need the eyes and ears of everyone on base to report anything that is amiss,” Schmeiser said. Key programs at the facility like the Joint Strike Fighter are Capt. Stephen Schmeiser


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Dfc. Michael Licausi of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, who is currently assigned as a staff instructor at the Southern Maryland Criminal Justice Academy (SMCJA), was named the 2011 SMCJA Instructor of the Year at the Maryland Police and Corrections Training Commission Instructor’s Conference, which was held in Sykesville. Licausi began his career with the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office in 1997. Licausi transferred to SMCJA as an instructor in 2010. He is also a member of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Service Team and has been selected the Training Class Coordinator for the Police Entry Level Training Program which will begin on Jan. 14, 2012. “We no longer live in an era where deputies are appointed, strap on a badge and gun and serve without preparation or experience,” St. Mary’s Sheriff Tim Cameron said in a press release.


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NAACP Decries Response to Racial Vandalism By Guy Leonard Staff Writer The St. Mary’s County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) castigated the College of Southern Maryland and the Sheriff’s Office for what it believed was a lax response to a hate crime incident over the summer in which a vehicle of a college employee was vandalized with racial epithets on the Leonardtown campus. “Too often these heinous acts go unreported or under reported by institutions seeking to protect their interests and reputation,” wrote local chapter President Wayne Scriber in a press release. “Such is the case at the Leonardtown campus.” Scriber also wrote that the victim in the case had been the subject of repeated “interrogation” by detectives working the case and that police have shown only a “passing interest” in what Scriber called a “prime suspect” which had been made known to police.

Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron, who noted that his agency and the NAACP have a mutual agreement to share concerns, said Scriber had not informed him of any dissatisfaction with the agency’s handling of the case. “There was no communication with us prior to the press release,” Cameron said. “This is a despicable hate crime and we have a viable suspect.” Cameron also took issue with Scriber’s assertion that the female victim in the case had been repeatedly interrogated; he said that detectives had gone back to the victim to corroborate information they turned up in their investigation or to clarify leads. It was part of normal police work, Cameron said. “The victim has been completely cooperative and helpful,” Cameron said. “This is an active case; the victim has not been interrogated … The victim has not been treated as a suspect.” Scriber called the incident an act of “domestic terrorism” and called on CSM president

Bradley Gottfried to more strongly condemn the crime, accusing him of “underreporting” the incident. Gottfried said his administration immediately informed sheriff’s officials when they learned of the hate crime and were committed to ensuring those kinds of incidents did not happen again on any of the college’s campuses. He said the incident has caused officials to increase their efforts to install surveillance cameras at the parking lots in all campuses, especially the Leonardtown campus, as quickly as possible. A project to retrofit buildings with cameras to watch for any kind of criminal activity “is all but finished,” Gottfried said, adding he believed the college’s response was appropriate. “There would’ve been more cause for concern if we’d tried to cover it up,” Gottfried said.

Lex Park Sewer Upgrades May Be Done in Two Years By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Officials with the county’s water and sewer authority, the Metropolitan Commission (METCOM), said their efforts to install sewer treatment plant upgrades for the entire Lexington Park development district will likely be completed by the summer of 2014. The upgrades will allow the plant to meet the state’s new stricter standards for removing nitrogen and phosphorus from water released back into the Chesapeake Bay. METCOM Director Jacquelyn Meiser told county commissioners that the design process for the upgrades is about 65 percent complete and, using an additive called magnetite along with other techniques, it would be able to filter the pollutants with greater efficiency. “About 95 percent [of the magnetite] will be recaptured” and recycled, she said, which

means the upgrades would cost less in the long run than with technology they had previously considered. The total cost of the upgrades are estimated to be about $35.5 million, Meiser said, with $11.6 million paid by a state grant through the Bay Restoration Fund and another $7.1 million coming from the U.S. Navy’s contribution to the project. The rest will be funded by a loan from the Maryland Department of the Environment, Meiser said. Meiser explaigned the upgrades to the plant should allow for an eventual expansion of its overall capacity at a lower cost. That expansion, which several years ago was estimated to cost over $100 million and needed to be reengineered to lower the exorbitant costs, is designed to boost capacity from 6 million gallons treated each day to 7 million. Meiser said the Bay Restoration Fund’s primary source of revenue, sometimes known

Route 234 Bridge Replacement Begins By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Work crews have started engineering at the Route 234 bridge site in Charles County that will support an emergency roadway over Allens Fresh Run to allow the road to reopen to traffic by late November, according to information from the State Highway Administration (SHA). The original bridge was washed away from major storms that impacted the entire region back in August and September; the intervening detours onto other routes off of Route 234 has caused traffic back ups and delays. Businesses that depend on traffic up and down Route 234, also known as Budds Creek Road, have also complained about loss of revenue from the road closure. SHA has established a Web site where citizens can track the project’s progress. The agency reports that construction crews have planted concrete anchors on the west side of

the bridge site and the same kind of anchors will soon be placed on the east side. The replacement bridge will be a two lane, steel project that will help make way for a new permanent span, which is still in the design stages. The web updates for the replacement project can be found at

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MetCom Wants Clarification on Hook Up Regulations

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

State law requires residents who live near public water and sewer lines to hook up to them, even if they have their own well and septic systems. But, because no firm definition of a service area exists, officials with the Metropolitan Commission (MetCom) and the county asking the government to come up with one. With uncertainty present over what defines a service area, some residents have received conflicting information over what they should do when faced with having to hook up to public water and sewer, often at their own expense. Under the regulations, a home that abuts new water and sewer lines, while being in a service area, must switch over to public water and sewer. Some homeowners have complained about the requirement to hook up to a new water or sewer line that is laid close to their homes, often because they are satisfied with their own wells or have paid a high cost in refurbishing it. “The service areas, that’s where the ambiguity lies,” said MetCom Executive Director Jacquelyn Meiser in a joint meeting Tuesday with the Board of County Commissioners. Phil Shire, acting director at the county’s Department of Land Use and Growth Management said that planners have had to deal

By Sarah Miller Staff Writer


After participating in two events in Cumberland dentists throughout the tri-county area and the state have decided to host a Mission of Mercy dental clinic in Southern Maryland. On June 22 and 23, a free dental clinic will be set up in the auditorium at Chopticon High School to serve those in the tri county area who are in need but can’t make regular dental appointments due to being underinsured, unemployed or holding a job that doesn’t bring in much money. Local participating dentist Martin Barley, DDS, said the dental clinic will be open to anybody who shows up. Before getting dental treatment, individuals have to go through a health screening, which “almost everyone passes,” Barley said. The only things that can disqualify a person from receiving treatment are blood pressure or diabetes issues. Barley said Southern Maryland Mission of Mercy has to raise $50,000 to hold the clinic, which will pay for the dentist

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with the issue brought to them by homeowners and, without a definition of what a service area is, have had to respond “on a case by case basis.” “We do need a solid definition,” Shire continued. “Some will be aggrieved by that and some will be happy with it.” Shire said later that some citizens have received waivers from the requirement if it was not economically feasible, but not every one met those criteria. Commissioner Dan Morris (R-Mechanicsville) said the county should take steps to plan out water and sewer service for construction yet to come, but homeowners with functioning wells should not have to abandon them. “I don’t have a problem defining the areas for future growth,” Morris said. “I do have a problem with citizens who have wells and septic [systems] that work being forced to hook up. “If your well and septic system are working you should be left alone,” he said. Del. John Wood said that some welcome the requirement to hook up to a new MetCom line, especially if their septic system is failing, but for those who want to stay on their own systems prospects for changing the state law look dim. “The chances are pretty slim to none on getting it changed,” said Wood (D-Dist.29A). “Once you get something in place it’s hard to get rid of it.”

chairs, tools and materials for fillings and other work. To get the money, there will be a fundraiser at Leonardtown High School featuring Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Platters, singing a medley selection of their hits and Christmas songs on Dec. 10. The Missions of Mercy is a nationwide initiative bringing free dental care to persons who may not have access to it. For more information on Southern Maryland Mission of Mercy, visit www.smmom.


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Currie Double Standard By Marta Hummel Mossburg

“No one would call him smart.” His verbal skills and memory are “not good.” Plus, he’s not organized. These are not comments about a high school dropout with a drug and alcohol problem, but the former head of the powerful Budget and Taxation Committee, state Sen. Ulysses Currie. And they were made by high-profile witnesses, including U.S. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, called to his defense in a federal bribery trial. As a reminder, Currie is black, and he used to be in charge of parsing the $30 billion state budget. The fact that he is using this defense speaks to four possible scenarios. First and least likely, it shows that we live in a color-blind society where everyone can be dumb or smart without that status reflecting on one’s race. Two, it reveals once again the double standard with regard to racism in America. In any other setting the opinions of defense witnesses would have been excoriated loudly and repeatedly by anyone in power to the media, but so far the no-racist-shall-be-left-unturned Revs. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson Sr. have been mum as well as every other powerful minority representative in the state. What’s the deal? Are they lost in silent prayer, or does their muteness signal a recognition that harsh words against an African-American are only racist when used to put him in prison? Remember, it was only last year that former Baltimore City State’s Attorney Patricia

Jessamy, who is black, said a win by challenger Gregg Bernstein, who is white, would “set us back 60 years.” Three, few smart people choose politics. Or four, right and wrong don’t matter when hard time is on the line. Personally, I think it’s a combination of scenarios two, three and four. The “stupid” defense also speaks volumes about the character of the man who would pimp himself out for a large fee to a company, Shoppers Food Warehouse, and gleefully catalog his achievements on its behalf without ever noting his affiliation on state ethics forms. When caught, he had so little integrity he approved a defense that tarnishes not only the very essence of his being, but every member of the General Assembly by affiliation. As an editorial in The [Baltimore] Sun stated recently, “... the public is left now to choose whether to believe Mr. Currie -- and, by extension, the institution that entrusted him with tremendous responsibility -- was bumbling or corrupt. The way things are going, many in the public may well conclude the answer is both.” At the very least, Currie’s trial should prompt changes to state transparency laws. No law can prevent legislators from hiding their jobs on financial disclosure forms, but the General Assembly could make it much easier to review the paperwork they do submit. As it stands, financial disclosure forms are not available online and an inquirer must submit a name and address to obtain them. It’s time for legislators to fear retribution for false statements and inappropriate behavior instead of those who seek to hold them accountable.

Please Don’t Follow Plan to Further Tax Families

The following was a letter that was send to the St. Mary’s County Board of Commissioners Most accommodation taxes paid in St. Mary’s county are through the motels. Most of the motel business is business related. Government travel in particular. The traveler whose bill is paid by the government is not concerned about whether the tax is 11% or 13.5% . Tourism business is different, taxes collected is paid out of pocket of the consumer. Most tourists are families who are looking for a nice place close to home not too expensive. It would be a mistake to increase the existing accommodation taxes on tourists. It is hard enough competing with other tourism destinations as it is. St. Mary’s doesn’t have the entertainment venues Ocean City has. We don’t have the villages with gift shops along the Bay that Solomon’s Island, Annapolis and St. Michaels do. Our historical sites are miles and miles apart. Not an ideal vacation destination for families with young children. Fact is St. Mary’s County really doesn’t have much to offer the typical family tourist. I believe that Camp Merryelande is one of the most popular privately owned tourist destinations in the county. Camp Merryelande caters to families with young children, these families are struggling as it is they don’t deserve a luxury tax added to their expenses. We do approxi-

mately 20,000 tourist nights per year. To raise taxes on this vulnerable segment of business is similar to the boat tax implemented years ago by the state of Maryland, it resulted in negative effects on boating taxes collected, Boat building manufactures shutting down and higher unemployment. Don’t put this extra tax burden on an already struggling business sector. My suggestions are thus • Implement some budget cuts, that’s the hard one, but you wanted the job. • Tax business travelers only. • Eliminate the 4 room exemption, tax every room rented. Does one doctor pay more tax than the other because he has more rooms? Why penalize the growing business and why should I pay accommodation tax when the guy next door doesn’t. • Car taxes are OK, they are mostly used by government workers who use these rental cars to drive to the airports and make unnecessary trips all over the country. When they have phones, faxes computers and who knows what to transact their business. • Charge an admission fee into county parks, after all it cost a lot of money to maintain and manage these parks. Michael Evans Owner and Manager, Camp Merryelande Beach Resort Camping Piney Point, MD

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Request for Proposals Commissioners of Leonardtown Wastewater Treatment Plant Lighting Upgrade The Commissioners of Leonardtown are seeking qualified contractors to provide proposals for the Wastewater Treatment Plant lighting upgrade that is part of the Maryland Energy Administration’s, Empower Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Clean Energy Communities Program. The grant is financed with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (hereinafter, “ARRA”) funds. A site visit will be held on Monday, November 7, 2011 at 9:00 a.m., at the Town of Leonardtown's Wastewater Treatment Plant, 22620 Van Wert Lane, Leonardtown, Maryland 20650. Sealed bids must be received no later than Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. Submittals should be addressed to: Commissioners of Leonardtown, P.O. Box 1, 41660 Courthouse Drive, Leonardtown, Maryland 20650 Attention: Sealed Bid- Lighting Upgrade The Commissioners of Leonardtown encourage proposals from small, minority and female-owned businesses; and does not discriminate on the basis of handicap status. The Commissioners of Leonardtown reserve the right to reject any and all bids and proposals, and to accept any proposals deemed to be in the best interest of the Town. Interested bidders can request copies of the RFP by contacting Laschelle McKay, Town Administrator at 301-475-9791, or 11-3-2011

PlanMD Will Put Choke-Hold on Local Decisions In an off-handed comment at the past summer’s conference of the Maryland Association of Counties, Governor O’Malley asserted that, “Counties can still make stupid mistakes (as they relate to planning,) but the state will no longer pay for them.” This philosophy is the hallmark of PlanMaryland, the Governor’s and Maryland Department of Planning Secretary Richard Hall’s scheme to choke off the county’s right to local planning. The choke-hold will be applied in this manner. If a county wishes to grow in a certain way, and the state disagrees with that growth, the state will refuse to pay the infrastructure expenses it would traditionally shoulder. In this scenario the state will have de facto planning power. The counties will be left to beg unelected Secretary Hall and his successors for growth waivers. This is a fundamental change in how property rights are exercised within the counties. It will no longer be up to the county, but rather an appointed, unaccountable Annapolis bureaucrat to decide growth in the state. We’ve seen how well this has worked in the past. Centralized planning like Plan Maryland has failed whenever and wherever it’s been tried. It requires a certain degree of arrogance to believe that we have evolved beyond previous attempts at centralized planning. I believe that planning should stay within the purview of county government, in the hands of elected officials, who must explain their land use and growth decisions to the voters at the end of every term. If you agree call Governor O’Malley at (800) 811-8336 and Maryland Department of Planning Secretary Richard Hall at (877) 767-6272. Cynthia L. Jones, St. Mary’s County Commissioner Valley Lee, MD

Hate Crimes Are Unacceptable

In response to the NAACP letter concerning the racist hate crime committed at the College of Southern Maryland Leonardtown campus on July 19, I must agree that it surely was not properly reported to the public in the reprehensible terms which it deserved. Without giving aggressive denunciation within such reporting about such a racist hate crime then any such witness to the crime will not be encouraged to come forward with information or testimony, and even the culprit(s) of such crimes will not feel pressured to regret their action or to confess their crime. The victim of that crime does not stand alone, and it is not just the NAACP who stands along with her, because there are many of us white people who also despise the hateful racism being given to an African American citizen of our community, and we need to make it well known that such things are not acceptable here. JP Cusick Hollywood, MD James Manning McKay - Founder Eric McKay -Associate Tobie Pulliam - Office Sean Rice - Angie Stalcup - Graphic Sarah Miller- Reporter - Entertainment.........................sarahmiller Guy Leonard - Reporter - Government, Carrie Munn - Reporter - Education, Sales

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Lois Abell, 64 Lois Jeanette Abell, 64, of Mechanicsville, MD, died on October 19, 2011 at her residence surrounded by her loving family after her courageous battle with ovarian cancer. 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 home maker and enjoyed; reading, spending time with family, yard sales, thrift shops and sharing conversations with the nurses at the Cancer Care and Infusion Services in St. Mary’s Hospital. The family received friends on Monday, October 24, in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, where a Memorial Service was held with Fr. Lawrence Young officiating.   Interment will be private. Contributions may be made in memory of Lois Jeanette Abell 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   Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A, Leonardtown, MD.

Mary Abell, 95 Mary Eva Abell, 95 of Leonardtown, MD peacefully died on October 27, 2011, at The Hospice House of St. Mary’s in Callaway, MD, surrounded by her loving family.

Born October 11, 1916 in L e o n a r d t ow n , MD, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Emanuel Higgs and Florine Lucretia (Bowles) Higgs. Eva was united in marriage to Thomas Benedict Abell, Jr. on January 6, 1933 at Our Lady’s Church in Medley’s Neck. In 1949 she and her husband moved to Rosedale Farm in Medley’s Neck. They spent 62 lovely years together raising ten children, planting many acres of tobacco, corn and soybeans. From their joint efforts of farming, she canned countless jars of fresh vegetables, and delicious jellies and jams. She was known throughout the area as not only being a great cook but upon entering her home, no one ever left hungry. She was also described as a very devoted mother, loving wife, sister and grandmother. In all of her long hours of caring for her children and doing chores, she never complained. Through good times and hard times, she remained kind and giving. She was a wonderful seamstress and often mended and sewed for family and friends. Eva’s children all agree that she taught them three important rules of life. She told them they were to be honest, work hard, and practice their religion faithfully. Often when asked by her children about current events and the world’s situation, she would look up in the sky and say, “There’s something going on.” Eva is survived by seven of her ten children, Margaret Ann Alvey of Charlotte Hall, MD, Robert “Bobby” Benedict Abell of Ridge, MD, Mary Vannah Bassler of Winchester, VA, Joseph Walter Abell of Kensington, MD, Joanne Staniszewski (Walt) of Baltimore, MD, Edward Allan Abell of Leonardtown, MD, and Patricia Katherine Tennyson (Bo) of Clements, MD. She is also survived by one sister, Rebecca Shaulis of Frederick, MD, 19 Grandchildren, 28 Great Grandchildren, and 13 Great-Great Grandchildren. In addition to her husband, Thomas Benedict Abell, Jr., she was preceded in death by three children, Elizabeth Lee Russell, James Edward Abell, and Thomas Michael Abell. Also preceding her were seven siblings, Elsie Woodburn, Theresa Ford, Helena Armstrong, Frances Wiltrout,

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Bernice Ferguson, Thomas Higgs and Charlotte Metzger. Family received friends for Eva’s Life Celebration on Sunday, October 30, 2011 at The Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Prayers were recited. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday, October 31, 2011 at Our Lady’s Church in Medleys Neck, MD. The Reverend Lawrence A. Young was the celebrant. Interment followed in Our Lady’s Church Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Kee Abell, Michael Alvey, Beau Bassler, David Higgs, Bobby Russell, Timmy Tennyson and David Abell. Memorial contributions may be made to the Leonardtown Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 299, Leonardtown, MD 20650 or Our Lady’s Cemetery Society, P.O. Box 1226, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral. com. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A. Leonardtown, MD.

res “Midge” Wise and husband Afton Wise, brother, Wesley Dixon, sister, Jeanine Johnson and husband Rev. Scott Johnson, nephew, Dakota Johnson and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. L.T. was preceded in death by his grandmothers Emily Laurette “Bootsie” Garner and Phyllis Graves Dixon and grandfathers, Donald Edward Garner, Sr. and Leonard Thomas Dixon. L.T. enjoyed family, friends, socializing, eating and fellowshipping in the Lord. Family received friends for L.T.’s Life Celebration on Saturday, October 29, 2011. in the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. A Memorial Service was held with the Reverend Scott Johnson officiating. Interment will be in Lakeland, FL. Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church Imperial Lakes, F.B.C.I.L., 1905 Shepherd Road, Lakeland, FL 33811. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral. com.

garden with her flowers. She loved to read, embroider, and bake. The family received friends on Tuesday, November 1, 2011 in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD where prayers were recited with Women of the Moose prayers. A Funeral Service was held on Wednesday, November 2, 2011 in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home Chapel with Father John Dakes officiating. Interment followed in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Bryantown, MD. Pallbearers were; Calvin Jordan, Chris Jordan, Curt Jordan, Craig Jordan, Lenny Gatton, and Tommy Tippett, III. Honorary pallbearers were; the College of Regents. As a special thank you, contributions may be made to Dr. Kahn, and his angel nurses at the St. Mary’s Hospital, Cancer Care and Infusion Services, P.O. Box 527, Leonardtown, MD 20650 Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD

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Bettie Ann Gatton, 79 of L e o n a r d t ow n , MD died in the loving arms of her daughters, and son-in-laws at her home on October 27, 2011. She was born on April 11, 1932 at Providence Hospital, Washington, DC to the late George Emory and Maria Roberta Canter Carrico. Bettie was married to the late James Calvin Gatton on February 15, 1953 at St. Francis DeSales Catholic church, Benedict, MD. She is survived by her daughters; Patricia Ann Crelly, (Tom) of Eureka, MT, Maria Louise Jordan (John), and Janet Lynn Scully (Carl) both of Leonardtown, MD. She enjoyed her six grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren, and was known to all as Mom-Mom. She attended Hughesville School, and LaPlata High School, where she graduated in June 1949. Bettie became a Senior Regent of the Mechanicsville Moose Lodge #495 in 1991. She retired from the St. Mary’s Public Schools as an Assistant Manager of the Cafeteria for 26 years. After retiring she enjoyed working in her

N a n c y Marie Feldman Hayden, 66 of Valley Lee, MD died October 31, 2011 at Hospice House of St. Mary’s, Callaway, MD. Born February 3, 1945 in Leonardtown, MD she was the daughter of the late Herman Otto Feldman and Thelma Marie Wiggington Feldman. Nancy was a lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County and worked for the U.S. Postal Service for over thirty years. Everybody on her mail routes knew her well and she always had a smile for everyone. She loved her family dearly, and her grandchildren were her pride and joy. She enjoyed talking to everyone she met and getting to know them. She was a very kind and caring person and was always willing to lend an ear to listen. Nancy is survived by her children, Michael A. Hayden (Daria), David A. Hayden (Teresa), Donna M. Roenigk (Kevin), and Laura A. Hewitt (Paul) all of Valley Lee, MD. She was the grandmother of Justin Hayden (Heather), Kyle Hayden (Chelsea), Tyler Hayden, Donald J. Hayden,

Leonard Thomas “L.T.” Dixon, Jr., 46 of Lakeland, FL died October 22, 2011 in Hinton, WV while visiting a friend. Born March 6, 1965 in Leonardtown, MD, he was the son of Leonard Thomas Dixon, Sr. of Laurel Grove, MD and Delores (Midge Garner) Wise of Lakeland, FL. L.T. attended Mother Catherine Spalding Grade School and Chopticon High School. He was previously employed by Bell Motor Company, Inc., Leonardtown, MD, Don Garner’s Auto Sales, Lexington Park, MD, and was the owner/operator of a Dollar Store located in the Wildewood Shopping Center, California, MD. After moving to Florida, he worked in the telecommunications field. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Imperial Lakes and was baptized in 2000 in Lakeland, FL. L.T. is survived by his father, Leonard Thomas Dixon, Sr. and friend Joyce Howlett, mother, Delo-

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Amanda Hayden, Jason Hayden, Paul Hewitt, Josephine Hewitt, Joshua Hewitt, Lee Grimes (Crystal), Sherri Watkins (D.J.) and Donna Grimes. She was the great-grandmother of Jayden Tippett, Molly Hayden, Billy Hayden, Kylie Watkins, Morgan Watkins and Lilly Grimes. She is also survived by her sister, Marge Joy (Elwood) and brothers, George Feldman (Catherine) and William Feldman (Kitty), and sister-in-law, Mary Rose Flaherty (William). Nancy was preceded in death by her husband, J. Donald Hayden, Jr. Family will receive friends for Nancy’s Life Celebration on Friday, November 4, 2011 from 5 until 8 p.m. in St. George’s Catholic Church, 19199 St. George’s Church road, Valley Lee, MD 20692. Prayers will be recited at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in St. George’s Catholic Church cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Tyler Hayden, Donald J. Hayden, Justin Hayden, Amanda Hayden, Jason Hayden and Lee Grimes. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Gary Joy, Mark Flaherty, Michael Hayden, David Hayden and Paul Hewitt. Memorial contributions may be made to St. George’s Catholic Church, P.O. Box 9, Valley Lee, MD 20692 or to the Hospice House of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral. com. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Russell Pierpont, III, 48 Russell Martell “Marty” Pierpont, III, 48, of Avenue, MD, formerly of Landover Hills, MD, died October 29, 2011 at Washington Hospital Center. Born October 28, 1963 in Cheverly, MD, he was the son of Russell Martell Pierpont, Jr. and Carol Jeanne Negle Pierpont. Marty attended Fairmont Heights High School in Capital Heights, MD. He began working for the Potomac Electric Power Company (PEPCO) in 1981. For 29 years he worked as a Commercial Service Inspector for them. He was a member of the 7th District Optimists Club in Avenue and a member of the Order of the Moose Lodge 495 in Mechanicsville. He was also a founding member of the Asphalt Angels, a car club. Marty is survived by his wife, Tracy Pierpont; father, Russell M. Pierpont, Jr. and wife, Ruth; mother, Carol Jeanne Pierpont; children, James Earl Pierpont, Jackie Aikman (fiancé, Brandon, Flax) and Charlie Cloud; brother, Robert Earl Pierpont (Diane); step-siblings, Carolyn Pollack, Steve Popp, Robert Popp and Rick Popp; 1 grandson, Devin Flax and many other family members and

friends. The family will receive friends for Marty’s Life Celebration on Saturday, November 5, 2011 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Encounter Christian Center, 30080 Henry Lane, Charlotte Hall, MD, 20622. A Memorial Service will be held at 12 noon. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made in Marty’s name to Encounter Christian Center, P.O. Box 412, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622. Arrangements are being handled by Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, P.A., 30195 Three Notch Rd., Charlotte Hall, MD 20622.

Carolyn Polsin, 65 Carolyn Burford Polsin, 65 of Hollywood, MD died October 27, 2011 at her residence. Born April 9, 1946 in Salt Lake City, UT, she was the daughter of the late Col. Alvin Felix Meyer and Vivian (Burford) Meyer. Carolyn is survived by her daughter, Dee Yarbrough (David) of Glen Allen, VA, grandchildren, Zachry and Joshua Yarbrough and brother, A. Felix Meyer, III. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sons, Jay Dean Rhode and Stephen Drury Rhode. Family received friends on Monday, October 31, 2011 in the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. A graveside service was held on Tuesday, November 1, 2011. at St. Michael’s Church Cemetery, 16555 Three Notch Road, Ridge, MD 20680. Serving as pallbearers were Mark Polo, Joe Goldsborough, Mike Lacey, Tony Whipkey, Corey Wood, and George Reese. Memorial contributions may be made to SMAWL (St. Mary’s Animal Welfare League), P.O. Box 1232, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral. com. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

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by his brother Joseph William “Billy” Tinsley. Family will receive friends on Thursday, November 3, 2011 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. A prayer service will be conducted at 7 p.m. Interment will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 79, Hollywood, MD 20636. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral. com. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

James Woodburn, 85 James Henry Woodburn, 85, of Bushwood, MD, died on October 24, 2011 in Leonardtown, MD. Born September 25, 1926, he was the son of the late Henry Tester and Mary Grace (Heard) Woodburn. Mr. Woodburn is survived by his loving wife Elsye Mae (Guy) Woodburn whom he married on February 23, 1963 in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Morganza, MD. James is survived by his daughter Lisa

Ann Bell (Gary), and 2 grandchildren Gary Sterling Bell, Jr., and Christopher Scott Bell all of Leonardtown, MD. Mr. Woodburn is also survived by his siblings; Charles Woodburn (Barbara) of Waldorf, MD, Robert Woodburn (Elizabeth) of Ridge, MD, Mary Rose Bailey of Avenue, MD, Doris Ann Dorsey (Vernon) of Mechanicsville, MD, Catherine Lee Guy (Charles) of Leonardtown, MD, Joan Russell (Joseph) of NC, and Hilda Woodburn of Owings, MD. He was preceded in death by his brother Bendict Woodburn and brother in law Harvey Bailey. Mr. Woodburn graduated from Great Mills High School and worked as a farmer his whole life. A lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County, James joined the Seventh District Volunteer Fire Department in 1953 and became a lifetime member in 1995. In 1960 he joined the Seventh District Volunteer Rescue Squad and was a charter member. In 1969 he joined the St. Mary’s County Farm Bureau and served as the Director for 37 years. James was also a Board Member for Soil Conservation of St. Mary’s County for 43 years and served as the Treasurer there for 39 years. He was also a St. Mary’s County School Bus Contractor for 17 years as well as a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church where he sang in the church choir for many years. The family received friends in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral

Home, Leonardtown, MD on Friday, October 28, 2011 with prayers recited. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday, October 29, 2011 in Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Fr. Francis Early officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were: Gary Bell, Jr., Chris Bell, Charles (Buddy) Guy, John Patrick Dorsey, Larry Woodburn, and Joseph Woodburn. Honorary Pallbearers were; Members of the Seventh District Volunteer Fire Department and Auxiliary, Seventh District Volunteer Rescue Squad, George T. Herbert and Members of Soil Conservation. Contributions in memory of James Henry Woodburn may be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 23070 Maddox Road, Bushwood, MD 20618, 7th District Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 7, Avenue, MD 20609, and the 7th District Vol. Fire Department, P.O. Box 206, Avenue, MD 20609. To send a condolence to the family please visit our website at www. Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.


James Tinsley, 51 James Franklin “Jimmy” Tinsley, 51 of Hollywood, MD died October 31, 2011 at his residence. Born December 23, 1959 in Leonardtown, MD, he was the son of Agnes C. (Wood) Tinsley of Hollywood, MD and the late Fred Rudolph Tinsley. Jimmy attended Chopticon High School and was employed by Woodburn Construction and then Delahay Construction. He was a heavy equipment operator. In addition to his mother, Agnes C. Tinsley, Jimmy is survived by his siblings, Ellen Bailey of St. Inigoes, MD, Fred R. Tinsley, Jr. of Richmond, VA and Michael “Tony” Tinsley of Hollywood, MD. In addition to his father, Jimmy was preceded in death

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Briefs Dameron Man Charged In Sex Offense Case

On Oct. 25, detectives from the St. Mary’s County Bureau of Criminal Investigations, Special Victim’s Unit, initiated an investigation into allegations that George Leonard Frye, 63, of Dameron, sexually assaulted two female children, under the age of 13, who were in his care and custody in 2005 serving as a foster parent. Frye was subsequently charged with two counts of child sexual abuse and two counts of fourth-degree sex offense. Frye was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was being held on $25,000 bond.

Man Charged In Slapping Incident

On Oct. 29, deputies responded to a residence on Megan Lane in Lexington Park to check the welfare of a citizen. Upon arrival the deputies contacted the individual to check on them. The woman/victim alleged that Shawn Allen Redman, 22, of Lexington Park slapped her and pulled her out of a vehicle. The victim displayed visible signs of injury, police reported. Redman was arrested and charged with second-degree assault.

Man Charged In Dual Assaults

On Oct. 31, at approximately 3 a.m. deputies responded to a residence on Our Drive Way in Leonardtown for a report of an assault. Investigation revealed Gokhan Donald Ilhan Oztas, 27, of no fixed address, was engaged in a verbal dispute with the victim that escalated into a physical assault when Oztas allegedly punched the victim numerous times in the face and head. A third party attempted to stop Oztas from assaulting the individual, police reported. Oztas allegedly struck that victim in the face splitting her lip. Oztas fled the residence prior to the arrival of deputies, police reported, but was located a short time later, arrested and charged with two counts of second-degree assault.

Threat Of Arson

On Oct. 26, at approximately 10:30 p.m., deputies responded to the area of Midway Drive and North Essex Drive for a report of a disturbance. Two witnesses alleged that Patrick Shawn Daly, 21, of Lexington Park was out in the street yelling at the victim’s residence that he was going to “shoot the house up and burn it down”. Deputy Grusholt arrested Daly and charged him with threat of arson.

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Two Nabbed in Hotel Heroin Sting By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Two defendants from St. Mary’s County were arrested and charged late last week with dealing heroin out of a Calvert County hotel, which detectives in both counties say was part of a larger distribution scheme. According to information from the St. Mary’s vice/narcotics officers, they began the investigation into Regan Muse Simpson, 29, and Daemon Scott Robertson, 27, both of Great Mills, as suspects plying the heroin trade. Detectives executed a search and seizure warrant at a residence in St. Mary’s where they recovered 10 baggies of heroin with a street value of about $500 and seized a 2006 Honda civic as well, police reported. Capt. Daniel Alioto, commander of St. Mary’s vice/narcotics officers, said Simpson was the original target of the investigation and was arrested during a vehicle stop while the warrants were being executed. “We’d been investigating Simpson for a while; heroin is her deal,” Alioto said. St. Mary’s detectives soon learned that the suspects were allegedly dealing heroin in Calvert and called on detectives there to assist. “We assisted with the surveillance and the arrest,” said Calvert Investigative Team commander Lt. Steve Jones. “In a case like this, it takes a lot of manpower.” Detectives from both counties executed a search warrant on the hotel room where the suspects were known to be staying and found 18 baggies of heroin with a value of $1,000 on the street and an extra three grams of heroin valued at more than $300, police reported. They also seized jewelry believed to have been traded for drugs as well as a laptop computer and cell phones. Robertson, who had been in the car with Simpson during the initial traffic stop, attempted to get into the hotel room in Calvert to retrieve items, Alioto said, but was detained and arrested by Calvert detectives who were

Regan Muse Simpson

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waiting for him in the room. Simpson is being held at the St. Mary’s County Detention center while Robertson is incarcerated in Calvert County on $50,000 bail, according to court records. Both Alioto and Jones said that the rise of prescription pill abuse continues to lead drug users to heroin, which offers a more powerful high at a lower price.

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By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Earlier this summer a farmers market run by members of the Amish community in Charlotte Hall had a money box taken from them by a suspect reported to be casing the open air establishment. Now, Sheriff’s Office detectives are looking into even more thefts they believe are the responsibility of homeless man for whom they have a warrant. “He’s homeless because he chooses to be,” said Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron of the wanted subject, whose name he did not reveal. “He has a place he could stay but he doesn’t go there.” So far over the summer months the suspect has stolen both money and food stuffs from the establishment, which for years has been a popular spot to buy Amish baked goods and fresh produce. The incidents have drawn not only the attention of the sheriff’s office but also of the county government and library system, which operates its regional branch right next to the market on Route 5 Kathleen Reif, director of the library

system, said that when the staff learned of the reports they created internal memoranda designed to alert library staff to the potential dangers to their facility. “This is just basic risk management,” Reif told The County Times, adding that the incident has increased the need to install security cameras in the Charlotte Hall branch parking lot for surveillance. Donna Sasscer, agricultural specialist with the county’s economic and community development arm, helped to establish the farmers market and said she knew of at least four thefts at the site. Some of those thefts occurred at night, while others occurred while the Amish were operating their stands, she said. Sasscer said that if food was the aim of the suspects, the Amish likely would have been accommodating if they had only asked for assistance. “This [agriculture] is one of the hardest ways to make money,” Sasscer said. “To just plain steal from them is sad and just wrong.”

School Calendar Adjustments St. Mary’s County Director of Student Services Charles Ridgell announced changes to the 2011-2012 school system operational calendar Tuesday, following the reinstatement of previously scheduled furlough days. With adjustments considered due to Hurricane Irene closures, built-in snow days and the replacement of work days, Ridgell said the following changes have been made: • Following winter break, schools will reopen on Monday, Jan. 2 and that will be a full day of school. • At the end of the school year, June 13, 14 and 15 will be early dismissal days and June 15 will also be a 2-hour early dismissal and the last scheduled day for students. Five built-in inclement weather days remain on the books for pending inclement weather and any future adjustments will be made as necessary.


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Carol Morris, an art teacher at St. Michael’s School in Ridge for nearly two decades, and her artistic students have a shot at winning thousands of dollars worth of classroom resources through McGraw-Hill’s “What Math Means to Me” contest. Morris explained that after Principal Lila Hofmeister sent her the link to the contest details, she began collaborating with each grade’s teachers on how to integrate the math lessons and themes from class into art project. Students also wrote short essays on what math means to them and the submissions ref lect the multi-faceted approach to encouraging kids to explore “the art of math.” Rather than selecting a single student’s work to submit, Morris continued in the spirit of collaboration, making designs that ref lect the works of each class and combining their writings into statements representative of each grade level. Morris explained it was important to her to artistically represent appropriate grade-level math concepts, so themes ranged from kindergartners’ shapes and colors to fifth-graders’ rotation, multiplica-

tion and division. The opportunity to win one of twelve $14,500 prizes is exciting for the school. “Winning any amount is a great thing, but winning this amount would do phenomenal things,” Morris said. Morris said working to integrate lessons and make art projects meaningful is nothing new to her or St. Michael’s School. Often, working in collaboration with her sister, a Baltimore-based art teacher, she designs projects that engage the kids in multiple ways. In January, she and St. Michael’s English teachers will join forces with a local Veterans of Foreign Wars branch to lead students in writing letters to service men and women overseas with postage designed in art class. Morris said the kids love the idea that their work is on display online and encourages Southern Marylanders to vote for and comment on local kids’ submissions between Nov. 11 and 23, by visiting Searching “Ridge” will help in finding the students work quicker.

Photos courtesy of Carol Morris St. Michael’s School third-graders, Jenna Hamilton. left, Kyle McKay and Mystic Royer work on their “What Math Means to Me” projects.

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Twenty four Sea Scouts attended the National Sea Scout Advance Leadership Training (SEAL) at four locations around the United States. SEAL Training is a relatively new training experience conducted each year in some of the Boy Scout Regions around the country. Ship 548’s Boatswain Meredith Billiter of Leonardtown and Chesapeake Bay Flotilla Boatswain Brenda Renninger of Lusby, both members of local Ship 548 in Avenue, were selected to attend SEAL this past summer. Renninger was assigned to Galveston Bay, Texas and Billiter went to Newport Beach, Calif. Each SEAL training is conducted aboard motor or sail boats of 45 to 60 foot in length, both in port and underway, a press release states. It is a Management/ Leadership course. It includes classes in Goal Setting, Planning, Preparing and Implementing, Coordinating Commanding and Delegating, Evaluations, Motivating, Team Building, Leadership, Training, Communicating, Problem Solving, and Counseling. Some locations also have classes in Use of the Boatswin’s Pipe, How to Handle Procrastination, Shackleton style of Leadership, 15 Steps to Professional Development and Meredith Billiter Recruiting tips. These learned skills are then used as the scouts rotate through the different leadership positions aboard ship while underway. Each scout takes a turn of duty as the vessels navigator for the day. The next day as the vessels Boatswain with full command of the vessel and its crew, and the remainder of days underway are spent as the Helmsmen, Foreword Lookout and Deck crew, rotated each hour. More then 50 percent of SEAL graduates are selected for the Naval and Coast Guard Academy. Both Meredith and Brenda passed the course and returned to lead their units with new leadership skills. Sea Scout Ship meets at Holy Angels Church Hall in Avenue on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 PM. For more information contact Skipper Doug Yeckley on Brenda Renninger

NAACP ‘Speaks Out’ on Lack of Diversity By Carrie Munn Staff Writer St. Mary’s County NAACP President Wayne Scriber urged the superintendent of St. Mary’s County Public Schools to make compliance with state integration standards a top priority and stated, “The issue of cultural diversity is a shared responsibility.” Several representatives of the local NAACP branch voiced concerns over eliminating the racial achievement gap and the lack of minority teachers in the public schools at Monday’s Board of Education meeting. Several referred to state law requiring the schools have a 20 percent minority staff to reflect the 20 percent minority student population, or at least to be actively working toward that goal. Superintendent Michael Martirano has already worked with the group to develop plans to recruit, hire and retain minority, highly-qualified teachers and support staff. But, as NAACP Education Committee Chair and retired SMCPS educator Janice Walthour explained, “It’s not happening fast enough.” The disparity between that balanced target and the current number of minority professional staff in the schools is adversely affecting minority students, advocates said. They expressed concern that too few minority role models in the

students’ educational experience could be contributing to alarming trends in lower graduation rates. “This is unacceptable,” Walthour told the superintendent and school board. Walthour told the County Times that a group, “Speaking Out for Student Success,” has been established as a direct action group to expedite progress on this issue. While steps have been made in the right direction, Walthour said, “they need to work a little smarter.” She said the NAACP liked the response of School Board Member Cathy Allen and agrees that more concentration on recruiting from historically black colleges may be one efficient way to attract more minority teachers to St. Mary’s. Martirano remarked, “We will never run away from issues and will do everything we can to rectify the situation.” Anti-discrimination and equal opportunity hiring policies are firmly in place and the school system now has a Minority Recruitment Specialist focused on the mission. But Martirano said St. Mary’s loses a lot of the few potential recruits to more metropolitan areas. “We market ourselves well, but it’s like a free agency,” he said, adding it took a lot of work to see minor gains and ensure there is minority representation in each school.


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History Aw ai t s Thursday, November 3, 2011

Thursday, November 3, 2011

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Digging Deep to Complete the Story of Newtowne Neck St. Francis Xavier Church’s current priest, Father Brian Sanderfoot, overlooks a recently backfilled excavation site at the cemetery, where the 1622 chapel is believed to have stood.

Photos by Frank Marquart

By Carrie Munn Staff Writer Exploratory digs at St. Francis Xavier Church Cemetery indicate evidence of Maryland’s potentially oldest Catholic church is waiting to be uncovered. Centuries-old graves, many unmarked and some disturbed, as well as enough evidence to suggest the location of the original 1662 chapel structure built by some of the earliest American Catholics has recently been found. In the midst of religious bigotry and political upheaval during early Colonial days in Maryland, William and Temperance Bretton gifted a small Catholic congregation in Newtowne one and a half acres upon which to build a chapel and cemetery. In centuries since, the chapel has been lost while the cemetery continues active use. Newtowne Neck is a little peninsula in St. Mary’s County, bordered by St. Clements Bay, the Potomac River and Breton Bay. Acres of the waterfront land is owned by Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources and a small state park sits between two historic sites marking a Colonial Catholic settlement about to celebrate 350 years in existence. With the support of Father Brian Sanderfoot, the priest currently assigned to the St. Francis Xavier Church, a team of archaeologists, experts and historians began the search in late 2010. Documenting the unmarked gravesites and determining the location of the 17th Century chapel were two prime objectives of the study. In September and October of 2011, Grave Matters, led by James Gibb, Ph.D, conducted a limited, strategic dig in the southeastern corner of the cemetery. By the summer, the team had unearthed architectural and domestic artifacts dating to the mid-1600s as well as a unique oyster shell feature believed to be a walkway or foundation of some sort. Parishioners, area volunteers and professionals assisted with screening during shovel tests and cataloging artifacts found, including Fr. Sanderfoot himself. “Father Brian has shown a great passion for the history of St. Francis Xavier church and its earliest beginnings, and has provided the means for my team to search for the tangible remains of the site,” said Grave Matters owner Scott Lawrence. Lawrence was among many who expressed concern about this remote, historic site during a St. Mary’s County Historic Preservation Commission meeting last Thursday, as DNR may begin developing the state park area in the near future. Lawrence explained that if development is not carefully checked, important cultural resources and historical data can be lost. “Excavating this site is a unique opportunity as there is little archaeological data on 17th century chapel sites. He and other commission members are actively pursuing dialogue with DNR to ensure consideration for these historic sites is included in any plans. Fr. Sanderfoot also hopes to be part of the conversations and explained he has concerns, but sees it as an opportunity to work together. He and members of the parish plan to advocate for the church alongside the commission and area archaeologists.

Archaeologist and Cultural Resources Manager for The Local Naval bases Michael Smolek took part in prior studies conducted on the grounds where the 1731 Church and 1789 manor house sit, finding evidence of a tannery operation and remnants of older buildings. Smolek said DNR can sometimes be completely oblivious to the archaeology and urged the commission to take action to make sure loss of the valuable history isn’t a byproduct of state park development. Some evidence has likely already been lost due to natural erosion, cultivation and underbrush clearing machines over the years. Aside from early Jesuit settlement artifacts, Native American items were also unearthed. Lawrence explained that the finds yielded from the very limited explorations are exciting and let historians and archaeologists know there’s a lot waiting to be discovered at Newtowne Neck. Fr. Sanderfoot is originally from Wisconsin and became the priest at St. Francis Xavier just a little more than a year ago. He explained that uncovering new pieces of the story is important work. Not only is the history significant from a local standpoint, allowing more understanding of the early Colonial times in Southern Maryland, but he suggested, “the site has national significance for Catholics.” “This is the first site of organized Catholic education and of a church established by the initiative of its parishioners,” he said. As he read the language from a copy of the 1661 deed, where the Brettons bestowed the land to early Catholics, he said, “This was not only a legal document but also a statement of belief and an expression of the wants of the community here.” Even before a structure was built for the purpose, the mission was established for people to practice their chosen religion and Fr. Sanderfoot explained that following the Intolerant Act of 1704, the Jesuits had to take their worship underground and the construction of these churches was “an act of political courage.” He said, “It’s unique and fortunate that so much documentation exists which can help further piece the story together.” Up until World War I, parishioners mostly traveled by water, he explained, adding, “in 2011, it seems like we’re at the end of the road, but in 1662 we were at the start of it.” Logic would suggest the original chapel would be near a water entrance and that’s where archaeologists discovered the most compelling evidence. The parish currently consists of about 250 families or around 1,000 people, Fr. Sanderfoot said. Many have been attending St. Francis Xavier for decades and one modern day parishioner is a direct descendant of one of the mission’s founders. Many recognizable names from the community can be found on gravestones in the cemetery and within historical texts connected to the Catholic establishment at Newtowne. Bob Schaller, Director of St. Mary’s Economic and Community Development, not only has an interest for the sake of county history and tourism, but also a highly personal connection to the church. He and wife Wendy grew up in Compton and were both baptized, took First Communion, attended mass and were married at the church in 1974. Their families were closely connected with the farming activity in the area. Schaller’s father ran the general merchandise store that served

the Delahays, the priests that last occupied the Newtowne Manor House, and the Russells, who ran the farm for the Jesuits. “There is a great story unfolding that has not fully been told,” Schaller said. He explained finding the 1662 chapel would pre-date the chapel in St. Mary’s City, built in 1667, and that it’s likely the site of the current church and manor house was host to the first courthouse or at least a commons area where the sheriff or constable of this early settlement conducted operations. Schaller said Fr. Sanderfoot’s arrival coincides with the state’s purchase of Newtowne Neck and has led to a “renewed interest in the historic value of the property.” The rich history of Newtowne Neck and the Catholic establishment built there means different things to different people, but none want to lose the chance to fully explore it. As Fr. Sanderfoot overlooked the grounds and historic structures at his parish, he smiled and said, “There’s just so much meaningful history here. A lot we already know, but there’s a lot that we don’t.” Moving forward, plans to acquire grantmatching funding to continue the archaeological research and communications with DNR about their plans for the peninsula are underway. “Piece by piece and bit by bit, we’re filling in the gaps of a wonderful story,” Fr. Sanderfoot said.

The 1731 church sits next to the 1789 manor house amid the pristine and lush natural landscape at Newtowne Neck.

Sanderfoot reads text from the original 1661 deed for the acre and a half William and Temperence Bretton gifted to local Catholics.



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Local Relay for Life Revving Up for 2012

By Carrie Munn Staff Writer Relay for Life of St. Mary’s hosted an event Tuesday night to jump-start their season of fundraising for cancer prevention research and support services. Spring Ridge Middle School Relay Team Captain and event chair for the group’s committee Kristy Wilhite said Tuesday’s rally sought to provide a wealth of information on participation and interest community sponsors. They were also able to announce they would host the Cancer Prevention Study 3 at this year’s annual walk in June. CPS-3 is a research program that seeks healthy, cancer-free adults to help in understanding ways to prevent the disease that claims more than half a million lives in the U.S. each year. She told The County Times that a few new teams were gained during the event and the organization was able to spread the word that fundraising is year-round, as Relay hopes to raise $336,000 this year and gain the participation of 107 teams. Many teams already exist in the county, with 100 percent participation in the schools, and other groups stepping up from area businesses and military units. Relay committee public relations spokesman Ken Ritter explained the event was held to promote community awareness, recruit team captains and celebrate survivors and caregiv-

Ken Ritter of Relay’s committee provides information about events to interested visitors. Photos by Carrie Munn

ers. He told many attendees about the great events planned for 2012, from the Kickoff in January to the Survivor’s Reception and day-long walk in June. The always entertaining “womanless beauty contest” and memorial Luminaria Ceremony, Ritter explained, offer additional fundraising options Spring Ridge Middle School Relay for Life participant Jenna Cox and Team Captain Kristy Wilhite welcome visitors to the group’s Rally during the big event. Local top participant Jac- Tuesday night. lyn Shaw shared via the group’s is what it's all about” he said. website, “Almost everyone has been touched Some raise money and walk because they by cancer, either through their own personal or a loved one is battling the often-deadly disbattle or through someone they love.” ease or in remembrance of a loved one lost to Ritter said participation is something any it. If interested in sponsoring Relay for Life of and every one can do to fight back against St. Mary’s events, teams or in participating, get cancer. more details at “It’s hard to explain until you do it, but seeing all these people sharing a common goal

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Local Clydesdales Return From World Clydesdale Show By Daniel Mast The Suttler Post Farm Clydesdales competed in the World Clydesdale Show in Madison, Wis., on Oct 20-24. This show only comes around every four years. With 150 exhibitors from the US, Canada’s seven providences, Germany, France, England, Australia, Scotland, and Nova Scotia, there were over 550 Clydesdale horses this year competing. The trip from St. Mary’s County took 20 hours and 1,036 miles with two trucks and trailers to haul all eight horses, tack and crew to Madison. The first day, we set up stalls, received class assignments and reviewed the four-day show schedule, along with snow flurries to remind us we were in Wisconsin. Thursday morning started with halter classes, Roy and Tony took 8th and 9th out of 23 geldings. Friday started with washing eight horses and preparing for the show that night. We took reserve in Men’s Cart out of 44, 11th in the Four-Horse hitch out of 17, and 10th in the Six-Horse hitch out of 15. Then back to the barn around 11 p.m. after showing to wash harness and feed horses before the next day began. Saturday, we took 10th in the Unicorn hitch out of 14, and 13th in the Supreme Six Horse hitch that night. We entered into the costume contest with Gus, which the girls dressed up in all pink with a tiara and a bra to promote breast cancer awareness for the month of October. The girls wore pink breast cancer awareness shirts to show their horse off and took 4th place out of 13. The crowd really enjoyed our horse’s costume. Sunday started out with washing four horses for the show that day. We took 6th in Men’s Tandem out of 13 and reserve in Men’s Team out of 23. All in all the show was well worth the trip, even with the

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Bay Trust Seeks Annual Awards Applicants Attention Southern Marylanders: The Chesapeake Bay Trust is seeking nominations or applications for five awards honoring Bay-related education and volunteerism. A $2,500 grant will be awarded to an educator who motivates and inspires students and two $5,000 scholarships will go to Maryland high school or college students who demonstrate a strong commitment to the Bay and environmental community leadership. The Trust will also name winners of the Allen Fraites Award, as outstanding Steward of the Year, and the Melanie Teems award for an exemplary CBT-funded project that engages the community or youth in restoration and education work. Bay advocates can apply directly and if you know someone who dedicates their time and talent to the betterment of the Bay, get details on how to nominate them by visiting The deadline for award applications and nominations is Dec. 16. The Chesapeake Bay Trust has a range of grant programs available which are now accepting proposals until Dec. 9. Last year, the group awarded grants totaling $109,480 to Calvert County and $46,340 to St. Mary’s County groups for Bay-related projects, programs and outreach initiatives.


Library Items • Mini Book Sale scheduled 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. Many gently used books that would make great holiday gifts will be available. • Learn to save with coupons Kimberly Pepper-Hoctor will explain the basics of couponing and how to save money using them at Lexington Park on Nov. 7 at 6:30 p.m. Charlotte Hall will host the same program on Jan. 24. Please register for these free programs. • 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. • Spanish storytime to be held at Charlotte Hall A drop-in storytime in both English and Spanish will be offered at Charlotte Hall on Nov. 14 at 10 a.m. • Teen Art Contest winners announced A total of 49 pieces of artwork were submitted by 31 teen artists in the Express Yourself Art contest. The winners were: Kelly McGowan at Charlotte Hall, Andrea Woodland at Leonardtown, and Adrianna Kamosa at Lexington Park. Jordan “J.R.” Riggin took viewer’s choice. All artwork will be on display through Nov. 7 at their respective branches with the winning artwork being displayed till Nov. 23. Photos of the artwork can be viewed on the library’s Flickr page. • Ask about eReaders for a chance to win a NOOK Color or Kindle If you are thinking of purchasing an eReader for a holiday gift, stop by any branch and try using one. All three branches have a NOOK Color, Kindle, and an iPad that you can use or have staff demonstrate. Anyone inquiring about eReaders or attending the workshop will be entered in a drawing for a NOOK Color or Kindle to be given away on Dec. 17. The next eBook Workshop will be held at Leonardtown on Nov. 21 at 5:30 p.m. Registration is required. Kindle users are reminded that they can now download books free from the library’s collection.

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Curvy Girls Support Group Marks One Year The Curvy Girls Scoliosis Support Group marked its first anniversary meeting at the gathering on Oct. 22. CoLeaders Sara Cochran and Anna Staats welcomed two new members to the steadily growing group. As they discussed their accomplishments and outlined plans for the future, the girls remarked on their diverse perspective, a press release states. The group currently includes six girls from around Southern Maryland: two girls wear back braces at night, two girls wear back braces 23 hours daily and Photo courtesy of Sara Cochran two others are rebounding From left is Natalie Mroz, Sara Cochran, Emily Clark, Anna Staats, Kelly from spinal fusion surgery. Burroughs and Christina Wirth. The members gather monthly to share experiences faced by those affected by scoliosis and offer encouragement about how to best handle the challenges that can be particularly daunting for teenagers. Curvy Girls of Southern Maryland held its first meeting at the Lexington Park Library on November 2010 with Anna Staats, Sara Cochran and two adults who had struggled in their teens with the same issues 30 years ago. That small group has met throughout 2011, held a Lemonade Fund-Raiser on the Square in Leonardtown and shared ambitious plans to attend the first ever Annual Convention in Long Island, NY next spring. Christina Wirth’s words demonstrate the benefits of the group meeting on Oct. 22: “When I went to my first Curvy Girls meeting I felt like I wasn't alone anymore. I've had my brace for almost three years and most of my friends don't know I wear one. I felt like they wouldn't understand. At the meeting, everybody's story seemed similar. One minute you’re fine; the next you find yourself cocooned in a plastic shell that doctors say will help you. It all happens so fast ... now I know that’s not true and that I'm not alone. There are girls who are just like me. They have been in my shoes and they know what it’s like to be a Curvy Girl.” For more information, contact: Sara Cochran at 301-475-1759,


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Community SMECO Sends Crews to Assist with Penn Power Outages After an early winter storm rolled across New England on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 29 and 30, Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) send 20 linemen to Boyertown in eastern Pennsylvania to help restore electric service to customers of Metropolitan Edison, a FirstEnergy company. SMECO’s linemen left early Tuesday morning to help put up power lines that were downed when snow laden branches snapped and fell on lines breaking utility poles and cross arms. Pictured left to right is, first row: Bobby Hamilton, Donnie Hill, Larry Hayden, Hal Spence, John Boome, and Scott Gaglardi; second row: Eric Reardon, Harry Jackson, Jared Stern, Rick Mattingly, Brent Hancock, Mike Niland, and Jason Dunning; third row: Steve Cook, John Meade, Tony Knox, Tony Suttle, Jason Murray, and Rob Dennee.

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Former College of Southern Maryland student and current Miss Maryland Allyn Rose visited the St. Charles Children’s Learning Center at CSM as a “Celebrity Reader” on Oct. 24. Rose attended CSM as a student and a member of the volleyball team and she currently serves as Miss Maryland. Rose read from one of her favorite children’s book, “The Giving Tree,” by Shel Silverstein. Following the story the children asked Rose, shown here, about the many pins on her Miss Maryland sash, and Lynn Duff, director of the CLC, presented her with a gift thanking her for her visit. Celebrating its fifth anniversary, where learning is child’s play, the Children’s Learning Center nurtures and enhances the lives of children and their parents by creating an environment that helps children interact with their world and peers, building confidence, self-esteem and a life-long love of learning. For information on the Children’s Learning Center, visit

First Nationwide Test of Emergency Alert System St. Mary's County government is advising residents that the first-ever national test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) will take place at 2 p.m. on Nov. 9. The test, which may last up to three and a half minutes, will include an audio message on broadcast radio and television stations, cable television, satellite radio and television services and wireline providers. During this period, regularly scheduled television, radio, cable and satellite shows will be interrupted as the system is being tested, a press release states. “This test of the Emergency Alert System will ensure all of the citizens of St. Mary’s County have access to critical information in the event of an emergency or natural disaster,” Commissioner President Jack Russell said in a statement. The test is being conducted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Communications Commission and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The national Emergency Alert System is an alert and warning system that can be activated by the president, if needed, to provide information to the public during emergencies. The test will help determine the reliability of the system, as well as its effectiveness in notifying the public of emergencies and potential dangers. St. Mary's County Government encourages the public to visit for more information on how to prepare for and stay informed about what to do in the event of an actual emergency. Citizens are reminded that everyone should have an emergency preparedness kit and an emergency plan for themselves, their families, communities and businesses.

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Thursday, Nov. 3 • Military Visit Historic St. Mary’s City Free in November Historic St. Mary’s City (18751 Hogaboom Lane, Saint Mary’s City) – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Veteran’s Day is celebrated on Nov.11, but at Historic St. Mary’s City recognition of veterans will last all month long. Those who have served our country are invited to visit the museum of living history and archaeology on the site of Maryland’s first colonial capita free with valid I.D. and accompanying family members will receive $1 off admission. Visitors can climb aboard a tall ship, help run a colonial printing press, explore a Yaocomaco witchott and help in the Plantation’s kitchen garden.  At the St. John’s Site Museum, discover how archaeologists and historians know what they know.  For more information, see • Golden Beach Community Meeting with Sheriff Cameron Golden Beach Fire House (28165 Hills Club Road, Mechanicsville – 7 p.m. Sheriff Tim Cameron and the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Citizen’s Advisory Board, in their continuing efforts to strengthen community and law enforcement partnerships, will host a Golden Beach Community Meeting. Sheriff Cameron will provide an overview of calls for service in the Golden Beach area and respond to citizens’ questions. Residents are encouraged to attend. • Writers’ Harvest Reading Uses Food for Inspiration Daugherty-Palmer Commons (18952 E. Fisher Rd.,
St. Mary’s City)- 8:15 p.m. The experiences of eating and cooking provided plenty of food for thought for writers at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Students in a “Summer Sustainability Books that Cook” class translated their culinary experiences into recipe recollection essays and foodie fictions, and will share this work. The reading will be followed by a reception featuring food prepared by the students. A suggested donation of $2 will go to Share our Strength, a national non-profit that aims to end childhood hunger in the U.S.

Special guests include Michael S. Glaser, former poet laureate of Maryland, and Karen Leona Anderson, author of the poetry collection “Punish honey.” The reading is part of the VOICES Reading Series, the Environmental Studies Program, and the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Program at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

Friday, Nov. 4 • Richard Wagner performs at Leonardtown Arts Center for First Friday Leonardtown Arts Center, (22660 Washington St, Second Floor, Leonardtown) – 5 p.m. Richard Wagner is an acoustic-based folk/ rock singer/guitarist from Solomons MD. His influences among others include Neil Young, John Prine, CSN, James Taylor, and Jack Johnson. Richard plays in and around Southern Maryland as a solo artist and with other local musicians. • Benefit Auction for Immaculate Conception Church’s Parish Hall Immaculate Conception Church Hall (28297 Old Village Avenue, Mechanicsville) – 4 p.m. A live auction, country store, and tables featuring baked goods, plants and gardening, foods, Christmas items and raffles provide lots of fun and excitement while fundraising for the parish hall. Quilts, furniture, antiques, picnic tables, gift sets, dinners, sports memorabilia, collectibles, afghans, rockers and many other items made and donated by the parish community will be available for purchase. Auctioneer will be A.J. Bussler. Food (stuffed ham sandwiches, fried chicken, hot dogs, potato salad and vegetable crab soup) and drinks available from 4 p.m. on. The auction begins at 6 p.m. For more details, call (301) 884-4567 or (301) 884-3123. • “Fabulous with 47” 5K and Wine Tasting Woodlawn Estate (16040 Woodlawn Lane, Ridge)- 8:30 a.m. Registration is open for the “Fabulous with 47” 5K with all proceeds from the event going to bring a world-class Special Education Conference to Southern Maryland. Your 5K runner registration or spectator registration will include

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Saturday, Nov. 5 • St. Michael’s School Cash Bash St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds (42455 Fairgrounds Rd., Leonardtown) – 11 a.m. More than $300,000 in cash and prizes will be given to ticketholders attending this fundraiser for St. Michael’s School in Ridge. Among the prizes are gift cards for thousands of dollars and big-ticket items like a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, John Deere lawn equipment and new cars and trucks. Every five minutes someone will win one of a long list of prizes. Tickets are $75, with only 10,000 to be sold and can be purchased online at or via phone at (240) 587-7111. All proceeds go to benefit St. Michael’s School. • Annual Winter Bazaar St. Andrew’s Church (44078 St. Andrew’s Church Rd., California) – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Complete your holiday shopping, decorate your home and stock up on frozen meals and baked goods at the St. Andrew’s Church Winter Bazaar at the Parish Hall. Visitors are invited to browse the wide inventory of gifts, unique crafts, plants, jewelry, knitted items, jewelry and much, much more. The St. Andrew’s Thrift Shop will also be open during the bazaar. For more information, call the Church Office at (301) 862-2247 or visit the church’s website at www. • Free Public Star Party Myrtle Point Park (24050 Patuxent Boulevard, California) – 7:30 p.m. Weather permitting, the Friends of Myrtle Point Park invite the public to observe the Moon, planets in stars through a variety of astronomical equipment provided by the Southern Mary-

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land Astronomical Society. A great activity for all ages. Visit or call (301) 743-7003 for additional information. • All Faith Church Annual Fall Dinner Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Dept. Social Hall (28165 Hills Club Road, Mechanicsville) – Noon to 5 p.m. All Faith Episcopal Church of Charlotte Hall will host its annual fall dinner with a meal including fried oysters, Southern Maryland stuffed ham, fried chicken, side dishes and drinks. Dinner is $20 for adults and $10 for children 8 and younger. Carry-out dinners are also available for $20 each. Crafts, desserts and a silent auction are also featured. Proceeds are dedicated to the maintenance of the church, which is 244 years old.  For more information about the fall dinner, call All Faith Church at (301) 884-3773, or visit the website at

Sunday, Nov. 6 • Charlotte Hall Rotary Club Super Basket Bingo Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Dept. Social Hall (28165 Hills Club Road, Mechanicsville) – 12:30 p.m The Charlotte Hall Rotary Club hosts its 12th annual Super Basket Bingo to benefit Stephen’s Fund. Proceeds will benefit special needs children in the community. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. and bingo will start at 1:30 p.m. More than $5,000 in prizes to be won. Two for one - all regular game baskets will be filled with another Longaberger basket. Anyone who reserves a seat qualifies for a chance to win a holiday gift basket set. The person who brings the most people with them will win the medium Fill-It Hurricane. Pull tabs for baskets, King Tutt, 20 door prizes and more. Call Shirley at 240-298-3885 for more information or to make reservations for 6 or more.

Monday, Nov. 7 • Leonardtown High School Book Fair Leonardtown High School Media Center, (23995 Point Lookout Road, Leonardtown) – 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Raider Nation Book Boutique will run from Friday, Nov. 4 to Thursday, Nov. 10 and offers something for everyone. Get your holiday shopping done early and all proceeds benefit Library Media Resources/Technology for Staff and Students. Contact Mrs. Hager or Mrs. Rose in the Media Center, at (301) 475-0200, ext.124 for details.

Tuesday, Nov. 8 • Special Olympics No Holdem Poker Night Bennett Building, (24390 Old Three Notch Road, Hollywood) – 6:30 p.m. $1 and $2 Blinds No limit cash game with dealers provided. Free food and drinks. High hand paid out nightly. Games benefit Special Olympics St. Mary’s County and the Center for Life Enrichment. For more information on the event, call Jim Bucci, Sr. at (301) 373-6104 and for volunteering information, call Mary Lu Bucci at (301) 373-3469 or (240) 298-0200.

Wednesday, Nov. 9 • Hollywood VRS Monthly Meeting, Member Recruitment Hollywood Voluneter Rescue Squad building,(24801 Three Notch Rd., Hollywood) – 7 p.m. WE NEED MEMBERS!!! Anyone wishing to become a member of the Auxiliary is encouraged to attend. For more information, call (240) 298-7956.



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Thursday, Nov. 3

Live Music: “Sam Grow Band” The Tides Restaurant (46580 Expedition Drive, Lexington Park) - 8 p.m. Live Music: “No Green Jelly Beanz” Acoustic Greene Turtle (6 St. Mary’s Avenue, Suite 104, La Plata) – 8 p.m.

Live Music: “Snakebite” Beach Cove Restaurant (8416 Bayside Road, Chesapeake Beach) – 9 p.m. Live Music: “The Not So Modern Jazz Quartet” The Westlawn Inn (9200 Chesapeake Avenue, North Beach) - 8 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 6

Live Music: “TCB” Icon Bar and Lounge (2106 Crain Highway, Waldorf) - 8 p.m.

Live Music: “Country Memories Band” St. Mary’s Landing (29935 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall) - 4 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 4

Live Music: “Paul Adkins Band” and Bluegrass Concert Jameson-Harrison American Legion Post 238 (6265 Brandywine Road, Hughesville) - 2 p.m.

Live Music: “17 Scars,” “Burn Avenue,” and “Medusa Switch” Memories Nightclub and Bar (2360 Old Washington Rd., Waldorf) – 8 p.m. Live Music: “Bob Wire and the Fence Posts” Rustic River Bar and Grill (40874 Merchants Lane, Leonardtown) - 8 p.m.

NFL Sunday w/ $1 Drafts Fat Boy’s Country Store (41566 Medleys Neck Road, Leonardtown) - all day

Monday, Nov. 7

Live Music, Leonardtown First Friday The Brewing Grounds (41658 Fenwick Street, Leonardtown) – 6:30 p.m.

$2.50 Margaritas Every Monday Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) - 10 a.m.

Comedy: “Kelly Terranova” Southern Md. Sailing Association Clubhouse (14490 Solomons Island Road, Solomons) – 8 p.m.

Girl’s Night Out: Wine and Dish Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center (13480 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 5 Live Music: “Thrill” Plus Jager Promos Hotel Charles (15110 Burnt Store Road, Hughesville) - 9:30 p.m. Live Music: “Brent and Co.” Casey Jones Pub (417 E. Charles St., La Plata)- 9:30 p.m. Live Music: “Three Days Rain” Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) – 9 p.m. Live Music: “Impact” Cryer’s Back Road Inn (22094 Newtowne Neck Road, Leonardtown) – 9 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 8 Trivia Night Island Bar and Crab House (16810 Piney Point Road, Piney Point) – 7 p.m. $2 Guiness Night DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 9 Live Music: “Sam Grow Band” Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) - 8 p.m. Live Music: “Mason Sebastian” DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) - 5 p.m.

PET of the Week CAT 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, heartworm negative and identification micro chipped. If you have a place in your heart and home for me please contact or call 240-925-0628. Please Adopt, Don’t Shop !!!

Hi my name is Diana. She was the goddess of moon and hunt. I was living in a feral colony that Feral Cat Rescue was helping get vetted and while I was recovering from surgery one of the volunteers noticed that I had a bladder infection so she took me to the vet and helped to heal me. I am much better now. She, soon, saw how sweet I am and decided to try to find me a home instead of sending me out to live in the elements. Boy am I glad! It is cozy here and plenty to eat. I have been making a little pig of myself because this is so grand. I found out that this is only temporary, as I need to go to a more permanent home. I am a purr baby. Last night I curled up in the crook of my foster mom’s arm to snuggle while she watched TV. We both were so cozy that we both fell asleep. How about it? Can I snuggle with you? Please fill out an application at and email to Waiting to snuggle with you, Diana

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The Man Who Came to Dinner By Carrie Munn Staff Writer George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart’s three-act comedy, “The Man Who Came to Dinner,” as directed by Rick Thompson and performed by the Newtowne Players, will run Nov. 4 through 20. A sneak peak revealed a frantic and funny cast of characters in a single setting, the small town home of factory big wig, Ernest Stanley and family. The impetus of the play is the visit of cynical and often outlandish international radio star Sheridan Whiteside, who wreaks havoc in the Stanley home following a slip on the ice while visiting for dinner. The cantankerous Whiteside is played by Greg Rumpf, who helped build the theater, and director Rick Thompson also plays one of the star’s many off-beat visitors, Beverly Carlton. Rumpf provides a delightful portrayal of a fickle, self-centered elitist who commandeers the family’s home, tries to steal their staff and wildly offers advice to the Stanley children. Whiteside is accompanied by his nervous nurse, Miss Preen, who is skillfully played by Sara Meador in her first on-stage appearance at Three Notch, and Maggie Cutler, a strong-willed secretary who has learned to put up with his eccentricities. Jennifer Carnahan, an actress new to Southern Maryland, pulls off Maggie well, ranging from trading tongue-in-cheek jabs with her employer, to extreme joy then utter frustration and sadness due to his manipulations and meddling. While Mr. Stanley seethes and resents Whiteside’s disregard, his house is filled with a motley lot of characters, from murderers to an overzealous entomologist who brings the star a cockroach city. When Whiteside worries that the love of a young newsman may steal Maggie away, he calls in reinforcement in the way of a sexed-up starlet eager for a role in the newspaper man’s play. Veteran Newtowne Players actress Emily Funderburk plays Lorraine Sheldon and oozes over-thetop in the role. With the last two acts centered ovember around Christmas Eve and Christmas morning, Whiteside’s plots unravel with an elaborate tree and gifts handguns from worldly figures as a backdrop and when the wiles of Miss Sheldon ntique wordS no longer serve his purposes, he mmo And cceSSorieS recruits the help of another wacky character, Hollywood oddball, Banjo in making her “disappear.” An array of characters pop in and out of the scene throughout the play, adding to the effect of chaos, which seems to follow Whiteside wherever he goes. Dr. Bradley, played by Henry Burger, a radio broadcast crew, doorman and maid

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tend to the Stanleys, their houseguest with a wornout welcome and his many absurd visitors throughout the play. Julie Mae Hartshorn, making a return to theater and new with the Newtowne group, portrays Mr. Stanley’s sister, Harriet, whose creepy yet candy-sweet treatment of Whiteside makes her memorable. She becomes the play’s means to an end, of sorts, but through a rapid turn of climactic events, Whiteside’s not sitting as pretty as he’d like all to believe. Currently a retired journalist and publisher, residing in Prince Frederick, Thompson said, “I’m really glad to be directing and Three Notch Theater has been fun to work with.” Having previously acted and been a behindthe-scenes technician, Thompson is thrilled to direct what he called, “a best of the screwball comedy genre.” Information on times and tickets for “The Man Who Came to Dinner” can be found by visiting or by calling (301) 737- 5447.


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Classifieds Real Estate Beautiful NEW 3 level townhome is located in the WILLOWGATE community, 1 mile from Patuxent Naval Air Station, close to Solomon’s Island and St. Mary’s City. 3 bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths ,hardwood floors in living room + dining room, finished basement den, 10’ x 10’ deck with steps to great yard, nice community. VA and other 100% financing available. Qualified buyers can move in for NO MONEY! Mortgage payments are comparable to rent in this area. Seller will contribute toward closing costs + ask about Military Incentives. The sales office and model home are open daily from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Please call or visit our BRAND NEW MODEL HOME soon! Contact: Barbara Golladay, Community Sales Manager, 301866-0808. Price: $220,400.

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Horse Farm Looking for Reliable Help. Allan & Clover Sport Horses, located in Brandywine, is a busy, professional horse training and instruction facility currently with 25 horses. We are looking for reliable, trustworthy help with everyday chores including turn in/out, feeding, mucking, water buckets, minor fence repairs, etc. Looking for weekend and weekday help. Candidate must be completely dependable and have own transportation. Must have experience working directly with horses. Please email jennifer@allansporthorses. com for more information. Some riding for the right person.

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Wanderings A Journey Through Time of an Aimless




By Linda Reno Contributing Writer

Off to the Coffey Grounds

McHenry Howard was born December 26, 1838 in Baltimore and was from one of Maryland’s leading families. His father was Charles Howard, son of Col. John Eager Howard, a hero of the American Revolution to whom tribute is paid in the Maryland state song:

By Shelby Oppermann Contributing Writer Thank goodness Halloween is one of those quick holidays. You can drag everything out in one day and then put it all away the day after. The candy seems to linger for quite awhile though. I’m taking the bowl to work today – customers love to take a treat while they are looking around. That means less that I will eat. I really like Smarties – lots more than chocolate. Thanksgiving / Fall decorations can stay up from the first day of Fall until a week after Thanksgiving, and I never get tired of them. I love Fall decorations the most; the warmth, the coziness, just like apple pies, and home-cooked comfort foods. Even Christmas decorations get to linger until Twelfth Night. But Halloween is quick and intense, at least for us, and as soon as it’s over I am immediately ready to put it all away. That’s what I am still trying to do this morning. I’m trying to be good this year, and check each creature that needs batteries or mini-lights and either take them out or put in new ones. After an hour and a half of organizing and drying outdoor decorations, I’m already worn-out and it’s not even 9 a.m. There are still quite a few things drying. The rain was supposed to hold off until midnight on Halloween, but by 9ish it was already sprinkling, and by 9:30, just as we finally got to all sit down, and the fire pit was really cranking the downpour began. We ran as much stuff in as we could, and left the rest. When I still had endless amounts of energy, my friend Jenny and I would meet at our church’s cemetery at midnight on Halloween to see if anyone would speak to us – that was after the Trails and clean-up. I think my eyes were closed by 10:30 on Monday night. I’ll go back out in a bit and put more decorations away. At least inside I can see my dining room table again. That’s where we threw most of the wet electronic things. We’ll keep putting things away for the next day or so. But, I don’t have that much time. I still have to pack for our trip to the “Coffey Grounds”. I believe I mentioned that my Father’s relatives were from Kentucky, and that the family names were Lee and Coffey, hence visiting the “Coffey Grounds”. We aren’t traveling there this time to see my relatives, but as many as I seem to have there, we will probably trip over them without even knowing it. We will leave on Thursday, hopefully not heading into any wild, winter storms on the way. Our former Rector has moved back home to Kentucky to lead a church in the capital city of Frankfort. The street they now live on is called Isaac Shelby Court, so they said they couldn’t get away from me anywhere they went. Well, I don’t want them to forget me. Friday night is Father Neat’s Institution service and where my husband, as Junior Warden, will formally “give him away” to his new church family. I think it will be a lovely weekend with many events planned. Maybe on Sunday we can slip over to Monticello to see the town where some of my family resides. I have a cousin who upon occasion mails me original photos of my grandparents. As so often is the case in our mobile society, family pictures can be stored away in an older relatives items for years before they are uncovered as surprise family treasures. I know very little about my Father, his parents, and grandparents. Any photos are cause for great excitement with me. I’d love to find out more about the great uncle who left home at 17 to become a vaudeville performer. Maybe some more information has been uncovered. Even if I can’t see any of the relatives, I’m looking forward to this long weekend away. Our tenth anniversary is in two weeks, so this will be a nice trip no matter what. Well, I say that now, I’ll let you know how eleven hours in a car with somewhat divergent radio tastes works. My vote might be to have some radio breaks and talk about all the things we forget to talk about during our hectic weeks. A renewed start for the next ten years, and a pleasant start for the coming season. To each new day’s adventure, Shelby Please send your comments or ideas to:

Thou wilt not cower in the dust, Maryland, My Maryland! Thy beaming sword shall never rust, Maryland, My Maryland! Remember Carroll’s sacred trust, Remember Howard’s warlike thrust,And all they slumberers with the just, Maryland! My Maryland! His mother was Elizabeth Phebe Key, daughter of Francis Scott Key. In June 1861 Howard left Baltimore with two other men on their way to Virginia to enlist in the Confederate army. They arrived by steamboat at Millstone Landing, where they asked for directions to the home of George Thomas where they intended to spend the night and get his assistance in crossing the Potomac to Virginia. George, James, and Richard Thomas lived with their mother at Mattapany (site of the Patuxent Naval Air Station). All three of the Thomas brothers served in the Confederate army. “George Thomas requested us to remain with him until Monday when he himself would accompany us, an offer we were glad to accept. The next morning, Sunday, we drove some distance to the Episcopal Church [St. Andrew’s] and were shown much attention by the congregation, there being no necessity of keeping up any disguise in this country.” On Monday morning, in full uniform, riding in an open wagon, they made their way further south to the east bank of the


St. Mary’s River. There Howard said they were joined by several others including Thomas A. Hebb [killed December 17, 1861 at Front Royal, VA] and his cousin, William Hebb Greenwell [killed June 15, 1863 at the Battle of Rector’s Cross Roads, VA]. “After a short delay we sailed in a canoe directly down the river, landing in the evening at the place of Mr. Coade [William R. Coad]. After dark George Thomas went in a boat to reconnoitre the Potomac and reported something like a gunboat as having passed, but we trusted the way would be clear by morning. In spite of Mr. Coade’s hospitable protests, we lay down to sleep on the floor, thinking it time we should begin to accustom ourselves to the hardships of a soldier’s life.” At dawn on June 4, they sailed across the Potomac, landing in Northumberland County, VA. Nearby was the home of Dr. James Smith and his wife Nannie Ogle Key, daughter of Henry Greenfield Sothoron Key and a cousin of McHenry Howard, where they were warmly greeted. “Dr. Smith offered the men a drink saying ‘I don’t know whether you gentlemen are much acquainted with this liquor, but we drink a good deal of it in this part of the country.’ Such was my first introduction to an apple brandy julep.” Despite wanting to continue their journey quickly, the Smiths insisted they stay for breakfast and dinner (dinner was the same as lunch—supper was the evening meal). To be continued.

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SENIOR LIVING • Garvey Senior Activity Center Luncheon & Entertainment On Thursday, November 10 at noon, the Garvey Senior Activity Center will serve lunch featuring fruit juice, stuffed chicken breast with mashed potatoes and gravy, broccoli, lemon glazed carrots, dinner roll and chocolate chip cookies with ice cream for dessert. At 12:30 p.m., listen to Sally Lehman playing piano and vocals by Rita Holden and Kitty Mendolicchio. Cost for lunch is by donation for those ages 60 and above and $5.00 for those under the age of 60. To sign up, call 301-4754200, ext. 1050.

Join the fun! Make new friends! Improve your health!

• Circle Celebration to be held at Loffler Observe Veterans Day on Thursday, November 10, (the eve of Veterans Day) at Loffler Senior Activity Center with a continental breakfast followed by a ceremony honoring veterans for their service. Breakfast is at 10 a.m. Opening ceremony follows at 10:30. This event is FREE for veterans and $2 for civilians. Call 301-737-5670 ext 1658 by Tuesday, November 8 to sign up. Indicate whether you are a veteran or civilian when you call. Wear your uniform and bring some of your memorabilia if you wish!

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When signing up for EnhanceFitness, please arrive 1/2 hour early to complete registration materials.

• Ten to 20 people close to your own level of fitness  • A certified  instructor  with special training in exercise for  older  adults     • A 5-minute warm-up to get the  blood  flowing  to your muscles    • A 20-minute aerobics workout that gets you moving • A 20-minute  strength training workout  • A 10-minute stretch to keep  flexible your muscles  cool-down • A 5-minute • Balance exercises throughout  the class     

• Chess Club is coming back to Loffler Senior Activity Center Starting November 16, Mr. Gary Stewart, Executive Director of the MD Education of Chess Association, will be on hand to show you how to play chess or give you tips to improve your current game. The Loffler Chess Club will meet every Wednesday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. There is no cost for participation. Call 301-737-5670 ext. 1658 for more information.

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• ‘Whimsie Works’ Pottery Group meets On Tuesday, November 8, from 2-4 p.m., pottery making is held at the Northern Senior Activity Center. ‘Whimsie Works’ is for creative persons seeking a different medium to experience and don’t mind playing in the mud! A volunteer in-

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Programs and Activities structor will give guidelines and directions for beginners on how to use the pottery wheel and hand building. Finished pieces are fired and then glazed for a final firing. All supplies are provided, cost is by donation. Experienced potters are welcome to join the group, too. Walk-ins are welcome. • ‘Homespun Angel’ Basketweaving Sign up by Thursday, November 10, to make this unique ‘homespun angel’ table basket at the Northern Senior Activity Center. The two-part class will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 15 & 16, from 1-4 p.m. This is a great holiday gift or worth keeping yourself. This makes an attractive centerpiece or a nice storage basket. Size is 8” x 10” diameter at the top. A choice of homespun angels will be provided to accent this holiday basket. Cost is $35 payable at time of sign up at the front desk. Basket weaving experience is not required. Call 301-475-4002 ext. 1001. • Book Discussion Group On Wednesday, November 9 at 10 a.m., the Garvey Senior Activity Center Book Discussion Group will review “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” by Jamie Ford. For more information, call 301-475-4200, ext. 1072. • Scripture Study Sessions to start at Loffler November 4 Our True Identity in Christ, a new class that focuses on looking through God’s Word and the encouragement He offers us in our daily walk will be offered at Loffler Senior Activity Center on the following dates: November 4, 18; December 2, 16, and 30 from 10 to 11 a.m. Topics will include “God’s Comfort” and “Direct Access to God.” There will be take-home handouts for personal devotion time. This class will be taught by Karen Abbott and Monique Greer. For more information call 301-737-5670 ext 1658.

Visit the Department of Aging’s website at for the most up-to date information.

Times include evenings and weekends! 

St. Mary’s Dept of Aging

Loffler Senior Activity Center (SAYSF), 240.725.0290; 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.



Harvey Senior Activity Center’s Barn Party

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Brought to you by the Board of County Commissioners for St. Mary’s County: Francis Jack Russell, President; Lawrence D. Jarboe; Cynthia L. Jones; Todd B. Morgan; Daniel L. Morris and the Department of Aging.

Seniors kick up their heels to music by Billy Hill and Friends at the Harvey Senior Activity Center's Barn Party held at the St. Mary's County Fairgrounds on Friday, October 7, 2011.


Thursday, November 3, 2011

A View From The

Sources Of Motivation By Ronald N. Guy Jr. Contributing Writer

I don’t like Ray Lewis. It’s not personal; it’s his employer. He plays for that other team that took up residence in the Maryland/D.C./Virginia cul-de-sac. It doesn’t need to be this way. Given the infrequency of their matchups (once every four years), ‘Skins and Ravens fans really don’t have to treat one another with such animosity. Nevertheless, it is what it is. I do not like them, Sam I am. Here’s the thing with the Ravens (from a ‘Skins fan). They are thoroughly annoying. They are the neighbors with the best lawn, the most polite kids, the cleanest cars and the perfect marriage. They somehow always have a warm pie to offer, a presentable home and milk that’s within date. They (Ravens) just do things better than we (‘Skins) do. What’s more irritating is, we used to be them. The prior owners of their residence (Colts) let their palatial estate fall into disrepair right about the time we finished a fabulous renovation project (Joe Gibbs era 1.0) that left us as one of the crown jewels of 123 NFL Way. Deeply shammed, they left in the middle of the night without saying goodbye or returning the circular saw we loaned them. So no, the disdain isn’t about Lewis, it’s about the uniform he wears. Still, I love football. Love it. Did I mention that I love it? This love makes it possible to appreciate the truly great players regardless of team. I’ve come to respect Lewis deeply. He’s a rare modern-era athlete whose effort has always equaled his talent and whose passion remains unaffected by age, accomplishment or wealth. He plays as relentlessly today as he did as a rookie in 1996. I find myself watching Lewis with increasing awe this season; the nostalgia’s grabbed me before Father Time has victimized Lewis. Lewis’ time in the middle of the Ravens defense is short, and when he’s gone it will end the greatest era of defensive football in my lifetime. You heard me. The mid-80’s Bears defense might have been better in spurts, Philly’s “Gang Green” more flamboyant and, sadly, infamous, but no one’s matched Ray’s Ravens’ excellence and longevity. Observing Lewis this season, I’ve been curious about what it is - with absolutely nothing to prove and presumably overflowing wealth - that keeps him motivated. Part of it is just his makeup; the dude is wired for football. Last Monday night, in a brutal defensive struggle with the Jacksonville Jaguars, he unexpectedly provided another part of the answer to that complex question without uttering a word. There’s no way to understate how grotesque the Ravens were offensively against the Jags. The stats tell a brutal tale: no 1st downs until the 3rd quarter and no points until late in the 4th. After another failed possession in the second half, the camera panned to Lewis who, with a disapproving shake of his head, snapped up his helmet and prepared to go back to work. Ahhhh, I thought, so that’s it. A substantial footnote to Lewis’ great Ravens defenses is how amazingly subpar the offense has remained throughout his career. This footnote begs the question of how much more Lewis could have accomplished had his teams not been marked with such an offensive and defensive imbalance. The answer is probably more, but not nearly as much as you think. See, Lewis has been playing uphill – against that week’s opponent and the Ravens’ inept offense – his entire career. And truth be told, he wouldn’t have it any other way. He thrives on needing to will the Ravens to victory, individually and with his boys on defense, in spite of the offense. The motivation behind success sometimes springs from odd sources. Critiquing that which maintains our resolve and sharpens our focus on our goals is unimportant. What matters is defining the individual concoction, regardless of the origin or the ingredients, that creates and fans the enabling fire in our bellies and supports the realization of our potential. At first brush, spite and accomplishment may seem like strange bedfellows, but Ray Lewis has linked the two quite effectively.

Ice Hockey Registration Open Registration is now open for the Southern Maryland Sabres Hockey Club's Little Sabres program. For ages 4 - 10, Little Sabres is a four-level program that teaches children the fundamentals of ice hockey. Each level includes four, 45-minute sessions of skills-based instruction on ice. Children receive equipment at the end of each level so they have everything needed by the end of the program. The cost is $50 per four-week session. Annual USA Hockey Insurance is required at $35. (Free for ages 6 & under). The next four-week session begins Dec. 3 at the Capital Clubhouse in Waldorf. Level 1: includes helmet, stick, jersey & gloves Level 2: includes elbow pads, shin guards & bag Level 3: includes hockey socks, pants & garter belt Level 4: includes shoulder pads & $40.00 voucher for skates at Mike’s Sporting Equipment at the Capital Clubhouse. Register online at For more information, please contact Little Sabres Director Amanda Vaccaro at littlesabres@

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We gratefully acknowledge the support of everyone who participated in our 3rd Annual Jail & Bail “Fun-raiser” that turned the Old Jail Museum into a fun-filled afternoon for those in attendance. A very special thank you is extended to the following ‘Arrestees’ and patrons whose contributions directly support Care Net Pregnancy Center. ‘ARRESTEES’

3rd Annual Jail & Bail “Fun-raiser” Benefiting Care Net Pregnancy Center of Southern Maryland

Jessica Bowles—Principal, Mother Catherine Spalding School Jim Curry—Care Net Board of Directors Tina Garrison—Hair in the Square Pastor Daryl Godlock—Calvert County Baptist Church Rev. Jack Kennealy—Pastor, Immaculate Heart of Mary Church Pastor Mike Jones—Patuxent Presbyterian Church Aaron Ringer—Charlotte Hall Nutrition Pastor Walt Nilsson—Cornerstone Presbyterian Church J.B. Watters—Principal, St. John’s School Steve Weems—Calvert County Commissioner

Pastor Edd Cathey—Grace & Peace Presbyterian Church Bruce Dale Chris Plumback Cindy Jones—St. Mary’s County Commissioner Jerry Hicks—District Deputy, Knights of Columbus Linda Maloney—Principal, Father Andrew White School Val Spencer—Laser Lube Tony O’Donnell—MD State Delegate, Calvert County Patti Willenborg Johnny Wood—MD State Delegate, St. Mary’s County



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I’m getting pretty tired of writing about the weather, but it continues to get top billing. The wind, rain and snow (for some) resulted in postponement of the Monster Rockfish Tournament scheduled for last Saturday. It will now be held on this coming Saturday, November 5th. The Monster Rockfish Festival did occur on Sunday, October 30th, and according to Greenwell Foundation reports, was a tremendous success. There will be other tournaments before the striper season ends on December 15th like the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermen’s Association Fall Classic Tournament on November 19 and 20 ( Those of us who continue to fish on the nice days of the fall will find willing rockfish in the Potomac and Patuxent Rivers, and the Bay. On the Bay, there are plenty of birds and breaking fish feeding on baitfish at the surface in or near the main shipping channel. Correctly rigged lures for trolling should produce keeper fish for everyone onboard your boat. If you decide to cast to some breaking fish, be prepared to change lures frequently to find the one that the finicky eaters like. Water clarity is better now than it was during the summer, so lure and leader choice is important. Some of us fish all year long or, at least, devote ourselves to fishing, the study of fishing, or gathering supplies and tackle for fishing. The Ordinary Angler Column started this year on February 17th, and this will likely be the last one until early next year. The photos below represent some of the most memorable catches of the year. These fish made memories for many of us. Watch this space for the Fur and Feathers Column beginning next week. If you have a particularly interesting hunting story drop me a line at


Tim Lowe with February Yellow Perch

Kaden Cotugno’s First Fish

Scott McGuire with March 18 Catch and Release

Bill and Mitchell Goddard with Father’s Day Catch

Daniel Stock with First Croaker on April 10

James Cotugno and Mom with Mother’s Day Striper

Anna Wilhelm’s 20 in Flounder

Mike Henderson’s May Flounder

Alan Gower with First fish in the USA

My Bucket List Fish

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