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ews Lollar to Lead Grassroots Group, Won’t Run Against Hoyer By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

candidate and that the GOP should continue to push for the ouster of Hoyer, who, he said, continues to vote for more left-leaning political issues. “I wish our congressman voted a little less like [House Minority Leader] Nancy Pelosi,” he said. O’Donnell did not say for sure whether he would seek higher political office, either the one belonging to Hoyer or another, but said that events in the country like the Occupy Wall Street movement might mean he should seek to do more than he is now. “I feel as minority leader … I’m doing very important work there,” O’Donnell said of his tenure. “But I’m increasingly concerned about the future of the country; we actually have people openly advocating for an end to capitalism.” David Willenborg, chairman of the St. Mary’s County GOP

Charles Lollar, a rising star in the GOP who faced U.S. Rep Steny Hoyer in the 2010 congressional race for the 5th District seat, announced last week that he will not run against the entrenched Democrat incumbent again; he will focus instead on running the conservative grassroots group New Day Maryland. Lollar said in October that he would base his decision to run again on the wishes of his family, particularly his wife, because his budding political life coupled with numerous deployments as a reserve Marine Corp officer to the Middle East had put a strain on his family. Lollar has focused in recent speeches on the need to support candidates for office who will make Maryland more viable for small business growth with less dependence on the federal government’s spending. “I can’t just sit around and watch Maryland fall apart,” Lollar said in a statement. “I fully enjoyed the support that our team received during our race for Congress, but I believe that we can do more for each citizen in the district and across the state by promoting a New Day for Maryland.” State House Minority Leader Anthony O’Donnell said the strain of campaigning is often a key decision in choosing to pursue office, putting a particular burden on families. “It’s a very personal decision,” said O’Donnell (R-Dist. 29C). “I can understand the pressure that families are put under.” QBHO’Donnell Gradview County Times Half Ad_Layout 1 9/6/11 4:41 PM Page 1 said Lollar was a good

Central Committee, said Lollar’s early statement to bow out of the future race meant that the GOP, regionally, had time to search for a viable candidate. “It allows the party to do more recruitment, it allows for the possible [candidates] to gear up,” Willenborg said. Political observers have said the statewide GOP has suffered from a dearth of candidates to choose from, relying instead on one or two perennial candidates, like former governor Bob Ehrlich, to carry the party. But O’Donnell disagreed. “There are plenty of people who can represent this district and represent it very well,” O’Donnell said.

Watershed Groups Want to Build Oyster Reef

The St. Mary’s River Watershed Association has applied for permits from the state to construct an oyster habitat in the county’s eponymous river, according to a press release from the organization. The reef would be a three-dimensional structure on state land in the river, in Horseshoe Bend next to St. Mary’s College of Maryland. The aim of the project is to restore five acres of historic oyster reef with the structure not to exceed one foot in height “below mean lower low water” on about 2.8 acres of the northern portion of the site, the release states. On the remaining 2.2 acres of the site the aim is to install “a shell pie oyster bar not to exceed six inches above the river bottom.” The entire area is to be planted with native oysters and is located in the state-mandated oyster sanctuary in the river. The organization is holding a public informational meeting at the Lexington Park Library Nov. 22 from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. in Room B.

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ews Parks Department Wants Beach Fees to Stay By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Before the start of the spring vacation season the Board of County Commissioners approved entrance fees at Myrtle Point and Elms Beach parks for local and out of town visitors, and after the first season, parks and recreation personnel say the fees should stay. Phil Rollins, recreation and parks director, said the entrance fees at both parks raised a total of $21,000, $19,000 of which was used to pay for supervisory staff at the parks. Under the new rules, during the spring season county residents paid $5 to enter the parks, while out of town residents paid $10. Rollins said that many visitors welcomed the staff at the parks, still some others chose to turn around and avoid the fees. Some also tried circumventing the fees entirely by parking along the access road leading to the park on Patuxent Boulevard and walk in around the fee booths, Rollins said. He asked the county commissioners to designate the shoulder of the road along Patuxent Boulevard as parking sites to ensure that visitors stopping there would have to pay. “It worked as we envisioned it,” Rollins told commissioners of the overall fee plan. “It was very successful. “A lot of folks liked the fees, they liked the supervision, some did not,” he claimed.

Commissioners praised the apparent reduction of incidents of alcohol use and bad behavior that had been the subject of complaints in the past, but Commissioner Larry Jarboe (R-Golden Beach) said that county residents should not have to pay to access county-owned land, especially waterfront property they have been enjoying for decades. Rollins said in a later interview that two extra staffers were posted at each park, one to collect fees and another to attend the grounds. Their presence had the affect of deterring undesirable behaviors from the past, he said. “We didn’t have any problems associated with [the presence of alcohol],” Rollins said. “It helped to deter it, it helped to reduce it.” With the county’s revenues from both income and property taxes actually increasing by nearly $6 million over last fiscal year and with expenditures going to support other non-county agencies, Jarboe said that asking county residents to pay to access the beaches amounted to another tax. The money was there in the budget to provide extra staff for parks and recreation without the fees, he said. “Why do you think I’ve opposed it?” he told The County Times. “It’s obvious money is out there.” Commissioners were asked to vote on the parks and recreation recommendations, which include charging admission beginning May 1, sometime before the start of the next season.

County Touts High Bond Rating

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Last week officials announced the Fitch Ratings agency based in New York issued the county a AA+ bond rating, essentially making it one of the best debt risks around when it comes to borrowing cash. County Administrator John Savich said while the announcement itself is good news – the only bond rating that is higher is a AAA rating – the analysis behind it shows the county is ahead of others in Maryland when it comes to fiscal policy. “We don’t sell bonds that often … but the key point is that they affirmed the rating,” Savich said. “We [citizens] sometimes worry if we’re borrowing too much … but Fitch said our debt was low; they say we’re borrowing less than average for a county our size and paying it off faster than average.” Savich said the Fitch analysis shows the county would have 70 percent of its debt paid off in about 10 years; much of the debt the county

incurs goes to capital building projects such as roads, schools and other buildings. St. Mary’s County also borrows far below the average amount per citizen than other Maryland jurisdictions do, Savich said of the report, which cites the average county usually borrows about $2,659 per resident. St. Mary’s borrows only $1,340 per person according to 2009 data. “We’re meeting the needs of a growing county while borrowing half as much as others,” Savich said. The county also borrows much less when the amount is compared to its assessable property tax base. Savich said the county’s percentage of debt compared to the base was just 1.2 percent, whereas the average Maryland was 2.2 percent among counties. The report from Fitch said though the county had a “narrow economy” founded in the defense technology industry, it was stable and provided wages on average 20 percent higher than the rest of the country.

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ews Project HOMES To Send Troops Holiday Joy By Carrie Munn Staff Writer

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NATIONAL DIABETES month CELEBRATION Saturday, November 19 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. St. Mary’s Outpatient Pavilion Health Connections

College of Southern Maryland English professor and military mom Barbara Link, with the brainstorming aid of neighbor Doro Stubbs, conceived of a student project that will be sending little boxes from home to local service men and women serving abroad. The students involved decided to name the project Honoring the Military Excellence in Southern Maryland (HOMES). The participants have been pooling their resources and talents to spread the word, collect items for the care packages and network with area businesses and organizations to amass enough to treat about 300 local veterans to a little sense of home for the holidays. Link explained that with CSM’s focus on veteran support and creating student servicelearning activities, the project made perfect sense. She said many students are connected to the military, with some even still on active-duty. A few troops that will be receiving boxes are former students of Link’s and a nephew of fellow CSM professor Rex Bishop and deployed lieutenant colonel will serve as a distributor to fellow service members in the field. Non-perishables, toiletries, hand-made crafts, thank you letters and small tokens from the soldiers’ Southern Maryland community back home are being collected now until Dec. 9, when Link and her students will prepare packages for shipment. Student Anne Bailey, who was on ac-

tive duty until 2005, has been actively involved in raising funds and community interest in the project. “I can tell you from experience everyone looks forward to mail day, it is a piece of home that your loved ones are sending to you,” she said. Through donations at campus stores and what Link described as amazing support from community businesses, troops will open up boxes to find Crabby crackers from the local McKay’s stores, condiments and mints from Café des Artistes, patriotic postcards crafted by local elementary school students and helpful items for their deployments. “I know the soldiers will love these boxes … they are full of appreciation,” said Rachel Cooksey, another student involved with the project. As a military spouse, Link said she moved 23 times in 21 years, and in addition to a son who served two tours in Iraq, she has many friends that are veterans or actively serving. The college is hosting Connections Literary Series readings with proceeds helping the H.O.M.E.S project’s shipping cost. Military spouse and poet Jehanne Dubrow will read works inspired by long deployments Friday at CSM’s Leonardtown Campus at 7:30 p.m. and will also host a roundtable open to military families and veterans to openly discuss concerns at 4 p.m. Link invites anyone with useful, easy-toship items and mementos from home to contact her at (240) 725-5455 or via email at balink@ “The more the merrier,” she said.

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10th Annual Silent Angel Memorial Set

Sheriff Tim Cameron and the Silent Angel Memorial would like to invite the family and friends of homicide victims of St. Mary’s County to attend the Silent Angel Memorial Tenth Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Bay District Firehouse, 46900 South Shangri La Drive in Lexington Park, Maryland on Sunday, Nov. 27, at 6 p.m. The Silent Angel Memorial Foundation was established in 2002 by Eileen Bildman whose son Kevin was tragically murdered in St. Mary’s County in November of 2001. Each year a special memorial ceremony is held in remembrance of the victims. During the ceremony an angel ornament is placed on a

Christmas tree by the family members and the names of each homicide victim in St. Mary’s County are read aloud. The ornaments are inscribed with the name of a victim and the date they became a “Silent Angel”. The Silent Angel Memorial Foundation’s hope is to bring the community together to provide comfort and support to the survivors of homicide. The Silent Angel Memorial Foundation is non-profit, supported solely by the community and sponsored by the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office. We hope you can join us in remembrance on November 27, 2011. Please visit the website at for more information.


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Promises and Good Intentions Only Go So Far By Marta Hummel Mossburg

In April 2008, following both a special legislative session at the end of 2007 and the regular one that raised sales, corporate and personal income taxes, Gov. Martin O’Malley all but declared victory over the recession. “Over these last 14 months, we have restored fiscal accountability to our state, reduced spending, and have come together to protect our priorities and expand opportunity for Maryland’s small businesses and families,” he said in a news release. What has happened since that point in time paints a very different record from the one he trumpeted 3 1/2 years ago, however. Maryland is one of the worst states at creating jobs since the recession ended and has consistently ranked in the top 10 states in the nation for foreclosures. According to a September report from the state Department of Housing and Community Development, Maryland foreclosure rates are the highest in the region, too. Census data also show that income inequality has increased in Maryland during O’Malley’s tenure, and the number of residents needing federal food assistance has risen, too. If that is not bad enough, the governor and legislators still cannot balance the budget despite the extra $1 billion-plus generated from the new taxes passed just a few years ago and the $195 million “surplus” predicted for this year based on increased income tax collections. That is because the tax increases and the extra revenue are not enough to bridge the difference between what the state spends each year and what it collects. So, the governor and legislators again face the same problems they did in 2007 and 2008. This time around, however, Maryland has a much less competitive tax structure in place, which will hinder it from attracting new wealth, and no federal stimulus dollars. Whether legislators can so easily raise taxes again -- for gas, the Chesapeake Bay or anything else, in the upcoming legislative session is unclear. Elected officials have a much more cynical public with whom to contend than a few years ago. Promises about slots revenue have proved false, and state government’s good intentions in preventing foreclosures have saved few homes and have not translated to a better housing market. Years of raiding dedicated trust funds for transportation and the Chesapeake Bay have left people skeptical that taxes raised in the name of those issues will be used for them. Public corruption trials of two prominent state politicians in the past year cannot help, either. And callers to the popular “Ron Smith Show” on WBAL (AM 1090 Baltimore), incensed over the prospect of higher gas taxes in the coming year, barraged phone lines for an entire three-hour program last week. Even in a state whose voting districts were just redrawn to make it even more Democratic, people will not roll over forever. The uproar and then successful petition drive to put in-state tuition for illegal immigrants up for a referendum is a case in point. O’Malley and legislators may not recognize limits to their power, but people’s bank accounts do. Marta Hummel Mossburg is a senior fellow at the Maryland Public Policy Institute.

Bluegrass For Hospice, Another Year, Another Success Wow, what a turnout! Bluegrass For Hospice-2011 held Saturday Oct. 22 was another great success. $20,461 was the total amount that was raised at the event. Most importantly, I’d like to say “thanks” to you, the people, for supporting Bluegrass For Hospice-2011. The community of St. Mary’s County is very generous. Thanks to my wife, Michelle, for all of the hard work that went into the last few days of planning and finalizing. I couldn’t have done it without you. Thanks to Johnny Armsworthy, Tina Williams, and Barbara Robinson for getting some great door prizes and silent auction items, to the businesses who donated the items and the Amish/Mennonite Community for their generosity, Betsy Voss and the McCormick Spice Company for donating the spice basket. Thanks to the media: The County Times, The Enterprise and Southern Maryland This Is Living magazine for all of the news coverage. And also thanks to Bubby Knott for allowing us to use the Flat Iron Farm once again. Thanks to the great team of volunteers: Ashley Morgan (you’re an angel) and her mom, Debbie Morgan. Thank you Debbie Johnson and Jeanene for selling 50/50’s. Thanks to Vince & Pat Roche, and to Judy Woodburn (the coffee table was

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Honoring Veterans

On Veteran’s Day, many people honor America’s veterans by attending parades and visiting cemeteries or veterans’ homes. I would also recommend visiting the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, Virginia. It’s an excellent museum that does a good job of simulating some battles so you can experience what the military does. Parking and admission to the museum are free, but freedom isn’t free. At the museum you’ll get an idea of what freedom costs. Another way of honoring veterans is to take part in the Wreaths Across America Project, whose mission is to remember, honor and teach. Charles County Right to Life is working with them again this year to place wreaths at the graves of veterans buried at the Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery and also to raise money for our organization. Log onto <> for more information. Placing a wreath on a grave is a positive way to honor veterans buried in that cemetery. Even if you don’t know the veterans, they may have had a positive impact on your life or the lives of your family or ancestors. For example, during World War II, many veterans helped to defend England and to liberate European countries, the Philippines, etc. Because of them, we still have our freedom and are speaking English instead of some other language. And since


Hitler believed in the superiority of the Aryan (white) race, Jews and non-whites might consider how their lives would be different today. We all owe a debt of gratitude to those and other veterans who have defended and assured our freedoms over the years. The wreath laying ceremony starts at noon on Saturday 11 December at the main building near the entrance. It lasts about 45 minutes, and includes a color guard, prayers, and the laying of seven wreaths to honor the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine and POW/MIA. The remaining wreaths are then handed out for the purchasers to place on the graves. If you do not have a designated grave site for the wreath, it will be placed by one of the participating organizations at a grave site of their choosing. The wreaths are $15, with $5 going to the organization that sold them. Contact George Satterthwaite at (301) 292-2312 or gs2nd@aol. com <> , or Robert Boudreaux at (301) 638-7042 or boodro6@comcast. net <> to order a wreath or if you have any questions. If you order a wreath but cannot attend the ceremony, I’ll place the wreath on the designated grave. Robert Boudreaux Waldorf, MD

a good idea), Lorraine Armsworthy (helping with door prizes), Tri-County; ABC Liquor & lounge; Two Guys Collision Center; and Denise Bragg for selling raffles all day. Thanks to the Hos- Christine Wray & John Felicitas; CSC; PNC Bank; La Grande pice volunteers for all your help. Resort RV, Inc.; John & Vicki Wenke; J.F. Taylor, Inc.; Aloft Also a special thanks to Kerry, Jesse and the staff at the Solutions LLC; Guy Distributing Co.; L-3 Services, C2S2; Dr. Printing Press for providing all of my printing needs, Wayne John Scott Tidball, MD; TSA, Inc.; Phocus Video CommunicaMass Signs, Wawa store #592 in California for providing back tions; Broadwater Woodworking, Inc.,; State Farm Insurancestage refreshments, and to everyone that went out and sold Phil Riehl Agent; Blue Heron Services, Inc.; W. M. Davis; Brad tickets. & Linda Gottfried; Clark’s Flooring, Inc.; Ziner Tax Service; All of the bands did a great show. Thanks for donating your Southern MD Property Inspections; County First Bank; C & time: Jack Tippett, Spoon Creek, Charlie Thompson, the mem- C Plumbing & Septic, Inc., Grid Iron Grille; Margaret Taylor, bers of my band, Eastern Tradition, Bluegrass Gospel Express, LLC; and Stanley & Joanie Williams. and Gracie Myles of Gracie’s Guy’s and Gals Dancers for bringThanks for all the food donations that went to help the ing a talented group of young dancers. Bill Yates, Mike Phipps Southern Maryland Food Banks. It was delivered to the Helpand the Country Gentlemen Tribute Band along with The Gib- ing Hands in Hollywood. We have a very generous community son Brothers did a fantastic job entertaining everyone. A sincere here in St. Mary’s County. You enjoyed the Bluegrass music, thanks to the one person who sat in the same place all day, but but you’re generosity helped keep a great service going in our still worked very hard. The sound could not have been possible community. without him, and that’s Troy Jones. You Rock, Man! Last but not least, I’d like to thank the businesses who Jay Armsworthy, Promoter/Event Coordinator helped sponsor the Bluegrass For Hospice 2011: Jan BarnesBluegrass For Hospice Century 21 New Millennium; Bob Taylor Engineering, Inc.; and St. Mary’s Arts Council. Also along with Community Bank of James Manning McKay - Founder Eric McKay -Associate Tobie Pulliam - Office Sean Rice - Angie Stalcup - Graphic Sarah Miller- Reporter - Community..............................sarahmiller Guy Leonard - Reporter - Government, P.O. Box 250 • Hollywood, Maryland 20636 CarrieMunn-Reporter-Education, Sales News, Advertising, Circulation, Classifieds: 301-373-4125

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Money AVIAN Makes Former Conference Center New Home By Carrie Munn Staff Writer The building formerly known as the J.T. Daugherty Conference Center, which hosted many job fairs and high profile luncheons, is now the home of AVIAN Engineering, LLC. AVIAN’s Charlie Aquilino explained the service disabled, veteran-owned Department of Defense contactor’s move into the large space was spurred by growth. He said the company had doubled in size this year and could double again next year if they win a few of the contracts they’ve bid for. Spearheaded by an executive leadership comprised of U.S. Naval Test Pilot School graduates and experts in their respective technologies, AVIAN was founded in 2005. In 2010, the small business placed as number 230 on Inc. Magazine’s list of the 500 fastest growing private U.S. companies. It was the only company founded and headquartered in St. Mary’s County to make the list, (according to the magazine.) Aquilino said a good deal of work was necessary to transform one of the three ballrooms into offices and common areas, and now about 25 people work out of the new space every day, with others coming in and out. If growth continues, the company will transform a second ballroom to accommodate its growing workforce. To find out more about AVIAN Engineering LLC and the services they provide, visit

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Fiesta Cafe Expands to Second Location By Carrie Munn Staff Writer The union of a Mechanicsville native and an immigrant with a business administration background from Mexico City led to two restaurants offering of “A Taste of Mexico in St. Mary’s County.” Temo and Cindy Amezcua opened their second Mexican eatery, with the grand opening of the Tequila Grill at 30320 Triangle Drive in Charlotte Hall on Nov. 2. Their original, and significantly smaller flagship restaurant, the Fiesta Café in Mechanicsville, has garnered positive word-ofmouth accolades since it opened in 2009, Cindy said. It was the café’s clientele that encouraged the Amezcuas to open the more up-scale, larger restaurant in the rapidly-growing Charlotte Hall area. With 128 seats and authentic, artistic décor from Mexico, the Tequila Grill will cater to lunch and dinner crowds seeking fresh Mexican dishes. Cindy explained that head chef Arturo Moreno is an invaluable part of the team and offers menu options that simply can’t be found elsewhere. In addition to the standards, Moreno prepares several traditional dishes and offers a “Uniquely Mexican” menu on Saturdays and Sundays. The chef cooks with the freshest ingredients, which the owners say are purchased locally whenever possible. The new restaurant’s furniture is all locallypurchased and Amish-made. Mexican culture and holiday celebrations are often incorporated into the dining experience. Cindy explained that her husband, Temo, serves as a bit of a mentor to the 18 immigrant workers they employ. He began as a busboy and now owns two restaurants and just last week, officially became a U.S. citizen. John Parlett, of CMI General Contractors, Inc.

owns both commercial spaces that house the Amezcua’s eateries and was instrumental in helping the couple through the process of starting their businesses, Cindy said. The couple continue learning from their experiences thus far as local restaurateurs. “To be successful, it’s just as important to have great customer service as it is to serve delicious food,” Cindy explained. “We’re both just so grateful for the community’s support and positive feedback.” The Tequila Grill is open Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday until 9 p.m. For more information, visit

Photo by Carrie Munn Tequila Grill owners Temo and Cindy Amezcua, along with head chef Arturo Moreno, offer fresh and distinctly authentic dishes seven days a week.

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Pearl Bowman, 95 Mrs. Pearl Simmons Joyner Bowman, 95, died peacefully at her residence in Cedar Lane Apartments, Leona rdtow n, MD on Sunday, November 6th, 2011 following a number of years of

declining health. A native of Caswell County, NC, she was the daughter of Elisha L. Simmons and Martha Rice Simmons, both deceased. Prior to moving to Leonardtown in September 1998, she lived in Burlington, NC for over 30 years, and was an active member of Union Ridge Church where in 1984, she was chosen as “Mother of the Year” by the Senior High Youth. Pearl was an accomplished seamstress who for over 40 years fashioned an abundance of highly crafted clothing for her family, nieces, nephews and grandchildren. Over the years, there was many a young child who was delighted by her special gifts of clothing at Christmas, on birthdays and for school. As with her sewing abilities, throughout her life she willingly gave of her time, talent and finances to assist family, church and friends. She was a friend to all. Survivors include two sons, Thomas W. Joyner, Jr (Emily) of Lexington Park, MD, and Ronald C. Joyner (Carol) of Poquoson, VA; three granddaughters, Helen Murphy (Doug) of Goochland, VA, Stephanie Joyner of Catonsville, MD, and Rebecca Joyner of The Hague, Netherlands, and two grandsons, Donald Joyner (Dottie) and Courtney Joyner (Kelly) of Poquoson, VA; three great granddaughters, Gwen and Astrid Jensen of Catonsville, MD and Adriana Joyner of Poquoson, VA, and three great grandsons, Sean and Aiden Murphy of Goochland, VA and Michael Joyner of Poquoson, VA. She is also survived by two sisters, Grace Shambley of Snow Camp and Francis Gilliam of Union Ridge, and one brother, Felix Simmons of Henderson, NC, and many nieces and nephews. Mrs. Bowman was preceded in death by husbands Thomas W. Joyner, Sr. of Petersburg, VA and Van L. Bowman of Burlington, NC and infant son Donald L. Joyner, nine brothers, Roy, Otis, Porter, Luther, Ben, Robert, Clyde, Leonard, and Augrum Simmons, and four sisters, Eunice Roberts, Daisy Tate, Gladys Page, and Lessie Simmons. The funeral services will be conducted by Rev. Dan Ficklin, Senior Pastor. Union Ridge Church, Rich & Thompson Funeral Home in Burlington, NC on Monday, November 14, 2011, at 11:00AM. Burial will follow at Pine Hill Cemetery in Burlington. The family will receive friends at Rich & Thompson Funeral Home in Burlington, NC on Sunday, November 13, 2011 from 4-6 p.m.. In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of St Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650.

Joseph Cheseldine, 95

Mary Cooper, 90

Joseph Clement “Clemie” Cheseldine, 95, of Avenue, MD died peacefully on November 4, 2011, at his residence. Clemie was born on July 16, 1916 in Avenue. He was the son of the late Richard Benjamin Cheseldine and Agnes Gwennette Bowles Cheseldine. He was preceded in death by his son, Bill Cheseldine and his siblings Audrey Emery and Melvin Cheseldine. He is survived by his wife, Marguerite Hayden Cheseldine, whom he married 71 years ago, his daughters Mary Henderson, California, MD, and Rose Davis,(Danny) Hollywood, MD, daughter-in-law, Patsy Cheseldine, Leonardtown, MD, eight grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren plus one to arrive in the spring and two great-great grandchildren. He is also survived by sisters; Linnie Knott, Chaptico, MD and Marie Graves (Mully), Avenue, MD. Since his youth Clemie made his living working on the water. He was a lifelong waterman who very much enjoyed his work. Clemie was honored by the Seventh District Optimist Club as the First Annual Ancient Order of the Waterman recipient. He was a member of the Watermen’s Association. Clemie, along with his wife, delivered “Meals on Wheels” to residents in the 7th District who were younger than both of them. His undying love for his wife of 71 years was such a beautiful love in itself. In addition, the love, joy, and pride he felt and demonstrated for his children and all of his grandchildren was equal to none. He loved to work and he loved good food and music. He was a great story teller. He always enjoyed entertaining friends and family. He had a great sense of humor. He was kind and generous to anyone he knew was in need. In his later years, he started building model boats and carving ducks. He donated a lot of them to different organizations for fundraisers. Clemie had numerous pets over the years, however his dog “Boomer” was his favorite. Family received friends for Clemie’s Life Celebration on Monday, November 7, 2011 from 5-8 p.m. in the Holy Angels Catholic Church, Avenue MD. Prayers were recited at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial was offered at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at the Holy Angels Church. Interment followed in the Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, MD. Serving as pallbearers were Danny Davis, Johnny Cheseldine, Gary Cheseldine, Dale Anderson, Ben Harding, Billy Harding and Mason Cheseldine. Honorary pallbearers were the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the 7th District Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 7, Avenue, MD 20609 or ACTS, P.O. Box 54, Bushwood, MD 20618. Arrangements by Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Mary Janice Cooper, 90 of Leonardtown, MD died November 3, 2011 at St. Mary’s Nursing Center. Born June 25, 1921 in Dameron, MD she was the daughter of the late James Douglas Dunbar and Mary Lilian (Armsworthy) Dunbar. Spending her whole life in St. Mary’s County, Janice attended Great Mills Elementary and Great Mills High Schools. On December 11, 1943 she married Carl Thomas Cooper before he was shipped out to North Africa for World War II. After the war, the couple resided on Cedar Lane Road where she gave birth to her only child, Patricia Ann in June 1946. In 1951, they built a home on Medleys Neck Road where they lived for over 45 years. Janice was an accomplished seamstress and did alterations for many years in Leonardtown at Sparlings Department Store. She was well known in Leonardtown as “Little Bit”. Janice is survived by her daughter, Patricia Goin of Leonardtown, MD, granddaughters, Mary Alice Hatfield and Judith Leppo of Baltimore, MD and four great-grandsons. In addition to her parents. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl T. Cooper on January 18, 1996. The family received friends on Monday, November 7, 2011 from 5-8 p.m. in the Brinsfield Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD. Prayers were recited at 6 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady’s Church, Leonardtown, MD. Interment followed in Charles Memorial Gardens.

Susan Fenwick, 40 Susan Cecelia Fenwick, 40 of Leonardtown, MD died peacefully on November 3, 2011 after a long and courageous battle with cancer at her home in the Breton Bay Community surrounded by her family. Born on June 29, 1971 in Washington, DC, she was the daughter of the late Vincent Ralph Tayman, Sr., and Mildred Cecelia (Windsor) Tayman. The family moved from Clinton, MD in 1975 to Mechanicsville, MD where she grew up on the small family farm. Susan, a graduate of La Plata High School in 1989, also attended the College of Southern Maryland, and took several classes throughout the years while working and raising her family. She was proud to be a stay at home mom with her boys while they were young. She enjoyed volunteering at her son’s schools both at St. Andrew’s pre-school and later at Father Andrew White S.J. Her love of children naturally led her to have a home day care and also work part-time at St. Andrew’s pre-school. It was in these environments that one of her strongest

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characteristics, unselfishness, shown through. She joined the Federal Government workforce in December 2000 as a library technician aboard the Patuxent River Naval Air Station and later moved to the Technical Communications Office as an editorial assistant. She great-heartedly assisted many patrons and so enjoyed her time there and the friendships that so naturally developed, especially among her working companions. Susan will always be remembered for her love of family and children, her concern for others, her determination to prevail and her extremely impressionable devotion to her Catholic faith. Susan is survived by her husband, John Kidd Fenwick, whom she married February 8, 1992 at St. Aloysius Church in Leonardtown, and her beautiful children, Ryan Kidd Fenwick and John Andrew Fenwick. She is also survived by her siblings, Vincent Ralph, Jr. (Virginia), Thomas Wayne, Sr. (Eileen), Russell Lawrence, Sr. (Melissa), Christopher Windsor, Sr., Patricia Windsor (Pete), Mary Lou Harris (George) and Tracy Gardiner (John). Her father and mother-in-law, Dr. and Mrs. John F. Fenwick, sister and brother-in-law, Dr. Lynn Fenwick and Timothy Buhler and many wonderful nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Susan was preceded in death by her brother, James Matthew, Sr. The family received friends for Susan’s Life Celebration on Sunday, November 6, 2011 from 2-5:00 p.m. at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD. Prayers were recited at 4:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday, November 7, 2011 at 11 a.m. at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, Leonardtown, MD with Rev. John T. Dakes as celebrant and Rev. Rory T. Conley as concelebrant. Interment followed in St. Aloysius Church Cemetery, Leonardtown, MD. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650.

Mary Garner, 71 Mary Lillian Mason Garner, 71 of Lexington Park, MD, affectionately known as “Lillian”, was born November 6, 1939 in Lexington Park, MD, to the late George Toney and Elizabeth Garner of Lexington Park, MD. She departed this life on Saturday, November 5, 2011 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardtown, MD. She attended St. Peter Claver and Cardinal Gibbons Catholic schools in Ridge, MD. As a teenager she moved to Baltimore, MD where she lived with her Aunt Louise and Uncle Henry Johnson. During her life in Baltimore, she was self employed and later worked as a domestic until she retired. Lillian met the love of her life “Mason” at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station. She later moved back to Baltimore with Mason where they spent their life together until he departed. Lillian loved to cook, she loved to serve, and be served a good meal. She loved entertaining her family and friends and making them feel at home. She touched everyone in a special way. She had many truth stretching stories to tell. Lillian leaves to mourn her son, Thomas Mason (Niecy) of Baltimore,


MD, two sisters, Edna Bolt-Barnes of Lexington Park, MD, and Helen Smith (Joe) of Lexington Park, MD, five granddaughters, Monique (aka “Niki”), Keonna, and Sharnqovia (aka “Coco”), Jasmine, and Rhonda of Baltimore, MD, eight great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, friends, and a special friend Eleanor Scott. She was preceded in death by her parents, George (“Temp”) Toney, Elizabeth (“Lizzy”) Garner, her husband, Alexander Mason, her son, Bernard Campbell, two sisters, Elizabeth (“Leavy”) Chase and Hilda Jenkins, and a special Aunt Louise Johnson. Lillian will be deeply missed by everybody. We all know that she is in a special place. We love you Ms. Lil! Family will receive friends on Saturday, November 12, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 22375 Three Notch Road, Lexington Park, MD 20653. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Reverend Scott Woods at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Chris Chase, Darnell Chase, Raymond Chase, Thomas Chase, Eugene Smith, Jr. and Marcus Wade. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Eric King, Anthony Evans and Douglas Frederick. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Theodore Muth, 78 Theodore Bernard Muth, 78 of Lexington Park, MD died October 28, 2011 at Hospice House of St. Mary’s. Theodore was born on April 19, 1933 in Washington, DC. He served in the U.S. Air force from 1953 until 1957. Theodore worked for NASA during the Gemini and Apollo programs and was later employed by Dyna-Corp. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #9968 and was a devout member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. A Memorial Mass was celebrated on Monday, November 7, 2011, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Lexington Park, MD. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Knights of Columbus Council #9968, c/o Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 22375 Three Notch Road, Lexington Park, MD 20653. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Carolyn Polsin, 65 Carolyn Burford Polsin, 65 of Hollywood, MD died October 27, 2011 at her residence. Born April 9, 1946 in Salt


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Lake City, UT, she was the daughter of the late Col. Alvin Felix Meyer and Vivian (Burford) Meyer. Carolyn is survived by her husband, Michael Polsin, 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, Leonardtown, MD. A graveside service was held on Tuesday, November 1, 2011, at St. Michael’s Church Cemetery, Ridge, MD. 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.

Kevin Poort, 47 Kevin Wray Poort, CDR U.S. Navy (Ret), 47 of California, MD died October 30, 2011 at Hospice House of St. Mary’s. Born September 29, 1964 in Wichita, Kansas, he was the son of Larry Wray Poort and Linda Suzanne (Finch) Barnes. Kevin graduated from USC College in 1986. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1986 until 2010 when he retired as a Commander. Kevin is survived by his parents and his siblings, Michael Poort of Carmichael, CA, Danielle Isaac of Ashland, OR, and Ashley Poort of Sanford, FL. Interment will be in Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, CA. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Ruth Suite, 81 Ruth Boutwell Suite, 81 of Clinton, MD., died Nov. 6, 2011, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardtown. She was born March 11, 1930 in Washington, DC, the daughter of the late Norman Griffin and the late Hancy May Boutwell Griffin. Mrs. Suite was a Picture Restorer and Framer with the Gold Leaf Shop in Hughesville, MD for 35 plus years and a member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Clinton, MD. In her early years, she worked for Merkle Press in Washington, DC. She was a graduate of Gwynn Park High School class of 1947. She was an avid sports fan (Orioles, Capitals, Terps, Redskins, Ravens, and NASCAR). She was a member of the Gwynn Park Alumni Association and the Margaret Brent School Alumni. She enjoyed being with her grandkids and attending their sports events. She was a very giving person, especially with her Catholic faith and Hospice. She was predeceased by her

parents. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Matthew Suite; two sons, Matthew (Mickie) Suite, Jr., of Mechanicsville, MD and David (Sandy) Suite of Stevensville, MD; one daughter, Cindy (Glenn) Mitchell of Mechanicsville, MD; one sister, Hancy Finney of Fredericksburg, VA; six grandchildren: Matt III, Michael, Michele, Diane, Brian, and C.J. Also survived by 8 great-grandchildren. A Gathering of Friends will take place Friday, November 11, 2011 from 10AM until Mass of Christian Burial at 11AM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Bryantown, MD, with Fr. Joseph Kleinstuber officiating. Interment will be by the family at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Mary’s (PO Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Arrangements by Raymond Funeral Service, P.A., La Plata, MD.

Frances Turgeon, 72 Frances Turgeon, a 15-year resident of Southern Maryland and a student of its history lost her life on November 4th, 2011, at the Hospice of St. Mary’s. Mrs. Turgeon was born on 11 November 1938, South Orange, NJ, the eldest of Frederick and Frances Dudley. She is survived by Charles, her husband of nearly 48 years and a retired Navy Captain, two sisters, Susan and Patricia, three children, Frederick King and his wife Sarah, Jeffrey and his wife Terry, and Christopher and his wife Vicki, and four grandchildren, Kristen, Jonathan, Nicholas, and Emma. From the outset, Frances was recognized as an accomplished student, graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, and receiving a Master of Arts in Teaching from Harvard. Coming to Washington in 1964, she was employed by Kiplinger Washington Editors, first as a magazine editor and, subsequently over a 31 year period, as the curator of the Kiplinger collection of imagery of historic buildings and monuments of the City of Washington. Acquisition of these painting, etchings, photographs and other historic prints brought her into regular contact with other collectors and curators in the White House, the Smithsonian and other institutions involved in historical research and development. In 1995, Mrs. Turgeon retired after what the Kiplinger leadership termed “thirty-one years of valued service.” She and her husband were well prepared for this transition, having spent much of the preceding 10 years in restoring a waterfront home in Hollywood, MD. Throughout her years in Washington and, more recently, in Southern Maryland, Mrs. Turgeon had deepened her knowledge of the colonial history of the land between the Patuxent and Potomac Rivers and the preservation of their historic structures. Soon after her arrival, Mrs. Turgeon affiliated with Sotterley Mansion, a meticulously restored plantation whose main build-

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ing predates George Washington’s home at Mt. Vernon. The work at Sotterley opened new avenues of research and quickly developed a new circle of friends in the local area. Not long after her arrival she became a member of the Sotterley Plantation Board of Trustees. Over the past sixteen years, Mrs. Turgeon has pursued with equal vigor the welfare of St. Andrew’s Church in Leonardtown, MD. where she served as Chair of the Woman of St. Andrew’s, Co-Chair of the Alter Guild, and member of the choir. Services will be held at St. Andrew’s Church, Leonardtown, on Monday, November 14th, at 11 a.m. with a reception following. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650, or Historic Sotterley, Inc., P.O. Box 67, Hollywood, MD 20636, or St. Andrew’s Church, 44078 St. Andrew’s Church Road, California, MD 20619. Condolences to the family may be made at

Margaret Wilson, 86 Margaret “Peggy” Wilson, 86 of Leonardtown, Maryland made a gentle transition into death on November 5, 2011.

Peggy was born in Carbondale, Pennsylvania on August 23, 1925 to the late Margaret Cecelia Purcell and Martin Horne Morrison. After graduating from Benjamin Franklin High School in Carbondale, she attended St. Michael’s School of Nursing in Newark, New Jersey. During her nursing career, she was one of the first nurses to administer the new drug penicillin to GIs after WWII. Peggy met her future husband, Henry “Willie” Thomas Wilson, on a sunny beach in Mexico. The two were married a year later on May 18, 1950 in San Diego, California. Her husband Willie’s Naval career led them around the world as their family grew. They were stationed in Guam, California, and Hawaii before settling in Southern Maryland. Peggy’s great strength and faith helped her raise her four children while her husband continued his Naval travels. She was a dedicated wife and mother; a gifted seamstress who enjoyed various types of needle work and a talented cook who collected recipes from around the world. Her pie crusts won many first place prizes at the St. Mary’s County Fair. She was a lifelong parishoner at Holy Face Church, a firm believer in the power of prayer and was active in her community and church, volunteering for the Ladies of Charity, the American Red Cross, and Navy Relief. She passed her love of trivia, crossword puzzles and classic movies to her children and grandchildren.

Peggy will be forever remembered by her four children Martin, Mark, Jeffrey, and Maureen, treasured grandchildren Marina, Madison, Katie, Connor and Lila, caring in-laws Christine, Dan, and Victoria, along with countless other friends and family. She is preceded in death by her two sisters, Betty and Jane Clare and brother James E. Morrison. Many thanks to the staff of Cedar Lane and Hospice for making the last phase of her life filled with comfort, dignity and kindness. Family received friends on Monday, November 7, 2011 from 5-8 p.m. at Holy Face Catholic Church, Great Mills, MD 20634. Prayers were recited at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday, November 8, 2011at 10 a.m. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Face Catholic Church, 20476 Point Lookout Road, Great Mills, MD 20634. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

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Man Charged In Beating

On Nov. 5, deputies responded to a residence on Mojave Drive, in Great Mills, for a reported assault. Investigation revealed Edward Wendell Bowman, 45, of Mechanicsville, was involved in an argument with the victim. During the argument Bowman allegedly struck and punched the victim numerous times about her body. The victim’s son arrived on the scene and tried to intervene but was assaulted by Bowman as well, police say. Deputy Seyfried arrested Bowman and charged him with first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault and malicious destruction of property.

Five Charged With Breaking Into Home, Attacking Victims

On Nov. 6, at approximately 2:10 a.m. deputies responded to a report of a fight on Old Missouri Avenue in Lexington Park. Police allege that Adrian Cordrell Gray, 22, Duane Cornelius Mason, 23, Michael Christopher Chase, 20, Rena Lynn Mason, 38 and a male juvenile, 17, all of Lexington Park, forced entry into the victim’s residence and began assaulting two victims using a pole and their fists. Deputy First Class Ruest and Deputy Ellis arrived and arrested the five assailants. They were charged with burglary, first-degree assault and second-degree assault.

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Two Charged for Botched Arby’s Robbery By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

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St. Mary’s detectives have charged two men with allegedly trying to rob the manager of the Arby’s fast food restaurant in Charlotte Hall at gunpoint Sunday night. Matthew Harper, 21, of Mechanicsville, and Christopher French, 21, of Charlotte Hall, were incarcerated after being charged with robbery as well as first- and seconddegree assault. Harper was later charged with possession of narcotics when he was searched by police who found what prescription medication the defendant admitted to freebasing, charging papers filed in District Court stated. Police say two men dressed in black and wearing ski masks that brandished at least one handgun accosted Jeremy Rawlings Huntzberry, the restaurant’s assistant manager, in an attempt to rob him. The two men ordered him to give over cash and one of the suspects took a card used to open up cash registers, charging documents state. Huntzberry thought he recognized the voices of the two assailants as former employees and called out one of their names. The suspects then left the business and fled on foot. The victim later told police that Harper and French had approached him about taking part in a robbery of the store two or three months ago, but Huntzberry said he refused. When police made contact with both suspects and interviewed them separately they told investigators that they drove to the Arby’s late at night because they knew they could catch Huntzberry outside, behind the store on

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a smoke break just before closing, court papers stated. The suspects drove past the store and parked away from it lest the victim recognize their car; they then hid behind a dumpster and waited for Huntzberry to smoke a cigarette before approaching him with black and silver-finished air-soft handguns and attempted to bring the victim back inside, police allege. Both defendants told police they were playing a joke on Huntzberry and were only trying to scare him, but could not explain why they did not tell Huntzberry that at the scene, court papers state. Harper later led police to where one of the weapons used in the robbery was hidden – at French’s residence on Gershwin Road – where police say they found the air pistol as well as a black sock containing two hypodermic needles and a spoon that had been burned with white powder residue. Harper told police the residue was from the prescription medication Percocet, charging documents state, and the defendant confessed that he freebased and injected the narcotics intravenously.

Detectives Make Arrests in Cocaine Distribution Case By Guy Leonard Staff Writer St. Mary’s vice/narcotics detectives said they were able to make undercover buys of cocaine from a suspected drug dealer operating in Piney Point over a two month period before arresting her last week. Betty Lou Mason, 42, was charged with possession of cocaine, according to information from detectives, but a warrant search of a residence on St. George’s Avenue turned up not only cocaine but marijuana, a scale, cash and a handgun. Detectives began their investigation into Mason’s alleged activities when they received reports that she had been selling cocaine, marijuana and prescription medication from various locations in the county. While detectives conducted their investigation Nov. 3, they saw Alphonzo Berry contact Mason and conduct what appeared to be a hand-to-hand transaction, charging documents alleged, and when police contacted Berry they found a quantity of suspected cocaine valued at about $100.

B e r r y admitted to making the purchase from Mason, charging documents stated. Police also arrested Mason’s son, Charles Darnell Mason, 20, at the home during Betty Lou Mason the search and seizure operation, police said, but court records do not show for what crime he has been charged. Capt. Daniel Alioto, commander of the vice/narcotics division, said Charles Mason was charged with possession of cocaine and marijuana and that additional charges are pending against both he and his mother.


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‘Cash Bash’ a Win for St. Michael’s School, Participants By Carrie Munn Staff Writer The county fairgrounds was brimming with more than 2,000 folks full of anticipation for winning one of 62 prizes at the St. Michael’s School Cash Bash on Saturday. A crowd lined up to get tickets at the gate that morning and enjoyed a day out with food and beverage vendors and prize winners announced every five minutes between Noon and 5 p.m. St. Michael’s Principal Lila Ridgell Hofmeister said the huge undertaking involved more than a year’s worth of planning and was primarily led my Sandy and Paul Sullivan and their family members. This event was wonderfully successful, she said, adding the funds raised would be used to provide tuition assistance to the school’s families through the Archangel Scholarship Foundation. Among the many winners Saturday, Doris Cousino of Hollywood won a 2011 Can-Am Spyder. While Hofmeister said the elegant senior citizen would have looked beautiful riding on the motorcycle, she elected to take the cash option instead. Maryann Chasen of Christmas in April won the Harley-Davidson motorcycle, but took the cash pay out. “Prizes couldn’t have gone to nicer people,” Hofmeister said. Other prizes included a Chevy Camaro Coupe, a brand-new pop-up camper and several large cash sums and gift certificates. “The greatest strength of [our school] is the St. Michael’s Catholic school community,” Hofmeister said.

“The cheerful giving of time and talent of all our sponsors contributed to the Cash Bash becoming the most amazingly successful event ever hosted by a school.” Next year’s Cash Bash is scheduled for Nov. 3.

Photo courtesy of Robin Pajak One participant watches the prizes announcements with a slew of tickets stashed in his cap.

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School Buses Fined for Entering District By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Since 2007, charter buses have been required to buy a $50 permit for a six day pass to go into Washington, D.C. Until this summer, school buses weren’t feeling the pinch, and the permit requirement was waived for buses transporting students and bearing the name of a school district. Times have changed. The first hint that school buses would now have to get the permit accured during a trip to the district in May, when five St. Mary’s County school buses were ticketed for not having the permit. Each ticket carries a potential fine of $500. “That’s the first incident that we had,” said Jeff Thompson, Director of Transportation with St. Mary’s County Public Schools (SMCPS). Since then, the schools have been getting the permits, which for most trips, come out of the pockets of the students and their parents. Until this summer, Thompson said, there was an agreement with former International Registrant Plan Manager Joan Bailey stating buses carrying students and bearing the name of the school district didn’t have to obtain permits. A waiver that applied to both busing contractors, which are used by all but four Maryland jurisdictions, and buses owned by a county government. “If a school bus is transporting students under long-term contract with a municipality or a city government and is readily identifiable as the typical yellow school bus, it does not have to ob-

tain apportment or obtain a trip permit,” Bailey told Leon Langley, pupil transportation officer with the Maryland State Department of Education in an e-mail forwarded to Thompson. Calvert County Public Schools transportation officials also confirmed being in receipt of this email, and until this May’s incident, had not been purchasing permits for buses to enter city. Sylvia Ballinger, Communications director with the Washington D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles, said the confusion is due to a misunderstanding of the law. “Unfortunately, the information communicated … in 2007 was incorrect. The charter bus law is clear. All school buses must secure trip permits in order to travel into the District unless the vehicles have apportioned tags or DC tags,” Ballinger said in an email. “Every jurisdiction is governed by laws enacted by local officials, and D.C. is no exception. The Council of the District of Columbia enacted amendments to existing motor vehicle registration law and the Council authorized DMV to implement the charter bus requirement in March 2007. We apologize for any misunderstanding that may have been conveyed at the time the law was enacted.” SMCPS Chief Operating Officer Brad Clements said all non-curriculum field trips are paid for by the schools and the students. For students’ families who cannot pay for the trips, Clements said the schools and the PTAs hold fundraisers and other events to make sure all students can participate.

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St. Mary’s County Board of Education approved the purchase and installment of a two-classroom modular unit, commonly referred to as a “relocatable,” to be built at Evergreen Elementary School in California. With the current enrollment at Evergreen at 718 and a stateset capacity of 644, more space is needed to continue providing student programs, according to the request. Chief Operating Officer Brad Clements explained that growth in population and enrollment has put Leonardtown Elementary and Evergreen Elementary, like all schools in the development district, at capacity. While a new elementary is in the works, Clements suggested, with it still a couple years out, some temporary measures are necessary to allow these schools to fully utilize their space. Once the new elementary is constructed and operational, Clements said, it will relieve the rapidly-growing enrollments of other schools. Future consideration of redistricting is anticipated to address the issue for the long-term. The modular unit will most likely be utilized for auxiliary functions or specials like art and music rather than as instructional classrooms. The contract with Modular Genius for $127, 323 will allow the company to manufacture, deliver and fully set up the building, which SMCPS Director of Design and Construction Larry Hartwick described as an extension of the green school with many eco-friendly features. Hartwick said the public schools had previously worked with the contractor and had great experiences. He said the site approval process can be time consuming but the installation of the building itself is pretty automated. The work is expected to be completed by spring of 2012.

The students of Lettie Marshall Dent Elementary School gave “A Salute to Veterans” on Friday. Each class sang patriotic favorites like “You’re a Grand Old Flag” and “Yankee Doodle Boy” and new songs like “We Remember.” Visitors from the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, active duty service members and family and friends of the students were treated to two concerts paying tribute to their service. Music teacher Gail Tyler was also honored for her 36 years with St. Mary’s County Public Schools, as she had officially retired on Oct. 31 but stayed on, volunteering her time to help put on the patriotic show. Principal Kelly Courtney pinned a corsage on Tyler and thanked her for her dedication. Tyler said this was the fifth year for the program and that it had become quite popular over the years. She and Music Specialist Lynn Hudak implemented stage choreography and all-American props into the show. Hudak explained that through music class, the students gain an understanding of what it means to be a veteran and how they keep our country free. “This concert is a great way to honor so many men and women from our community who have served our country. They can never be thanked enough,”

she said. Commenting on her co-worker’s retirement, Hudak stated, “Mrs. Tyler has touched so many children’s lives at Dent through her love of music. She will be missed.” Several fathers, mothers and extended family members were in attendance and smiling as the kids gave their all in singing songs of gratitude. Superintendent Michael Martirano said he and School Board Member Mary Washington were delighted to take in the morning performance, and Cub Scout Pack 1786 and Brownie Troop 881

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Despite Improvements, Local Veterans’ Services Still Lacking By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Southern Maryland has a high proportion of veterans spread across the tri-county area but in recent years many have complained that getting both physical and mental health care services, especially for those returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, has been anything but convenient. Things are slowly changing for the better, according to Wayne Clark, Executive Director of the Tri-County Council of Southern Maryland. This is because elected officials are working to include $6.6 million in funding for a new communitybased outpatient clinic (CBOC) at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home in St. Mary’s County. Clark said that the CBOC funding has passed the House and Senate on Capitol Hill separately as part of the fiscal 2012 federal budget and now it only needs to survive a conference committee vote of both houses. The current CBOC at the veterans home is leased by the state, and veterans can get basic medical and mental health care there, but the facility is running out of space, Clark said, and has trouble keeping up with demand. To circumvent these issues until the new CBOC is constructed next to the old one, the Veterans Administration is using telecommunications with doctors to aid in providing mental health counseling for veterans and has hired a full-time registered nurse to provide medical care. There are also plans, Clark said, to hire a “health care coach” who would go to individual homes of veterans to do basic medical screenings such as blood pressure and medicine checks. Kidney dialysis may also be available to veterans at the new CBOC once constructed, Clark said. Meanwhile at the older clinic physical therapy will start up in the next few months in an extension trailer, he explaigned. All of this has been done in response to ever-increasing needs of veterans who need the care but have mostly had to travel to either Baltimore or Washington to get the services. “We’ve had significant advances but there’s still more to do,” Clark said. One issue that still exists is how to get veterans who need non-mental health care to full service hospitals in urban areas. Clark said that problem remains, while state employees working with the Commitment to Veterans Program have been helping transport veterans to hospitals farther north for mental health treatment. Another problem officials grapple with is homeless and Photos by John Douglass A U.S. Color Guard participates in a service for veterans on Sunday at the “On Watch” monument in Solomons Island.

unemployed veterans, whose numbers are difficult to ascertain, particularly with those living on the streets or in shelters. An annual point-in-time survey that seeks to count the homeless across jurisdictions in just one day is not always the most useful tool, Clark said, since reports from county agencies that have intermittent contact with homeless veterans show a growing problem. “The reports from all sectors are higher than the point-intime survey,” Clark said. Amy Henderson, president of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) for Southern Maryland based in Lexington Park, said that mental health services for veterans here in the region has only gotten marginally better. “The way the [Veterans Administration] portions out the care… it’s not very convenient for us,” Henderson said. “Just to go to D.C., on a good day, it’s an hour-and-a-half … If they’re flaring up, the last thing you want to do is put them in a long car ride.” Henderson said the tele-psychiatry program at the Charlotte Hall home has helped some veterans but what is known as a veterans center, a place where veterans can stop in to get help in coordinating services and even get some on-the-spot counseling with their problems, only exists in Annapolis and Clinton (for service to the region.) A mobile veterans center that visits Charlotte Hall to provide services only comes on the last Thursday and Friday of each month, Henderson said. A Hollywood resident who wished to be known only as Roberta, whose son is a combat veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan, said that getting treatment for her son’s post traumatic stress condition has been aided by the state’s willingness to provide transportation farther north, but it is still inconvenient. “You have to go to either Baltimore or Washington, that’s the biggest drawback to living in Southern Maryland,” Roberta said. “Your’e in a critical situation … we’ve found ways around it but when you’re in a crisis, you don’t want to have to go on a Capt. Steve Schmeiser, commanding officer of Naval Air Station Patuxent two-and-a-half hour trip.” River, participated in Sunday’s ceremony in Solomons. Henderson said that two psychologists make the trip to the Lexington Park office of NAMI Southern Maryland to try and trists,” she said, adding that as more veterans continue to come help with counseling until better solutions can be found. back from war zones, the mental health needs will only increase. “Our office has become a de facto clinic,” Henderson said. That can be worsened by veterans who may choose not to “We’re happy to provide the service, we want them to be able to seek help because of the stigma surrounding mental illness. get that service in their own back yards.” “They are often very hesitant to seek help,” Henderson said. What troubles Southern Maryland veterans, Henderson “It’s often their families who are seeking the help for them.” said, is the overall lack of health professionals of all kinds. “We have such a shortage of them all, especially


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Golden Beach Residents Work to Ensure Neighborhood Safety

By Joany Nazdin Contributing writer The monthly meeting of the Golden Beach/Patuxent Knolls Civic Association started with a moment of silence to honor K-9 officer Kendo, who recently passed. Kendo had been a member of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office since 2009 and was certified in the Patrol and Explosive Detection fields. “Kendo was a hometown hero, he lived right here in the Golden Beach area,” St. Mary’s Sherriff Tim Cameron (R) said. “Dogs and children,” said Cameron, “they are pure of heart.” Cameron was speaking to a standingroom-only crowd of more than 40 residents at the Golden Beach Fire Station and wanted to share current crime trend information with the community. According to statistics compiled as of October, crime in the northern end of St. Mary’s County was down compared to last year. There had been 12 assaults, including one domestic assault in the area so far this year, compared with 19 assaults and 11 domestics for 2010. There were 18 reported thefts so far in 2011, compared with 33 in 2010. Motor vehicle theft was down by half, with only one car reported stolen this year versus two in the previous year.

Lt. Ken Cusic, District 1 Commander, regularly attends civic association meetings, attributed the current downward trend in crime to officers using Comp Stat, a computer program which shows trends in area crime. “Stats tend to go up and down. Comp Stat allows us to talk about what is happening and identify the trends, and then we are able to allocate resources,” Cusic said. “For example, to try to identify vandals who were damaging mailboxes, homes and vehicles by tossing rocks, we used decoy vehicles and unmarked cars in an attempt to catch the culprits.” Comp Stat allows residents to see the location and details of crimes in a two-mile radius. Users can also send police tips and locate sex offenders. To access Comp Stat, visit Cameron stated that he looked forward to talking to residents of Golden Beach. “Golden Beach is a nice safe neighborhood,” Cameron said. “It is because of the things that you do like have meetings like this that make it that way. In Golden Beach, people talk to one another, and I know it is important to know what goes on in your community.” Brenda Handley and her mother Dorothy White have been residents of Golden Beach for five years.

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Cameron stated the countywide trend toward prescription drug abuse is also contributing to traffic problems. “The number one killer of young men in the county now is prescription drugs instead of motor vehicle accidents,” Cameron said. “When we pull over impaired drivers now, if they are impaired at night it is usually an alcohol problem, but during the day we see mostly prescription drug impairments.” Cameron also mentioned there is an increase in heroin use in the county. When the floor opened up to questions, Cameron was able to reassure residents that they were on top of their other concerns, such as gangs in the county (not that much of a problem, but still present, he said), counterfeit items for sale at the farmers market in Charlotte Hall, and the sale of pets and puppies at the farmers market and on roadsides. “We have checked several of the people out who sell puppies, and they have all checked out okay,” Cameron said. One thing Cameron noted was an increased use of the county parks, which puts a new demand on the sheriff’s office. “We have some lovely parks here,” Cameron said. “We are seeing a lot of increased use of them.” One of the community concerns expressed was the fact that communication equipment won’t work in some spots in Golden Beach, Dameron and Breton Bay. Residents were informed that the department is aware of the communication blackouts, which were caused by topographical challenges. Currently, there were four radio towers in an area that could use eight, he said. Cameron reminded the community that residents are the sheriff’s office’s number one resource. “Talk to your neighbors and talk to us so we know what is going on,” Cameron said. “Golden Beach is a wonderful community, with a real home-town feel.”


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The life a teenager can be filled with happiness one moment, uncertainty the next, frustration in another, and every emotion in between. 13-year-old Anne Frank turned to her diary to record all of them. Based on her writings, the Pulitzer Prize winning play “The Diary of Anne Frank” will be performed by St. Mary’s Ryken students on Nov. 18, 19 and 20. The show begins at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18 and Saturday, Nov. 19, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20. All performances will be held in the Romuald Hall Theater on the lower campus of St. Mary’s Ryken. Doors open one hour before showtime. Tickets can be purchased at the door: $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets may also be purchased online at This show is appropriate for children ages 10 and up. St. Mary’s Ryken is at 22600 Camp Calvert Rd., Leonardtown, MD, 20650. “The Diary of Anne Frank” is set in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam in 1942. When Anne’s older sister, Margo, is ordered to report to a “forced labor” camp, the Frank family and several of their friends go into hiding by moving into a secret annex of an office building. In the annex, we watch as the residents try to maintain some sense of a “normal” life against the backdrop of the Holocaust. And, we watch as Anne grows up. St. Mary's Ryken is a college preparatory high school sponsored by the Xaverian Brothers. Each year, approximately 99% of graduates go on to college and the Class of 2011 earned $12.8 million in scholarships. Students come from many different counties across the region including Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, King George, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties.

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Photo by Carrie Munn Schools Superintendent, Michael Martirano, recognizes the essays on Veteran’s Day during the Board of Education meeting Wednesday. Leonardtown Elementary School fifth-graders, from left, Lauren Menges, Kathryn Kindley, Madison McCauley and Liam Byers read their essays to the board and will read them again during the Veterans Day celebration on the Leonardtown Square on Friday.

Zumba Fundraiser to Help Local Charity On Saturday, Nov. 12, local Zumba enthusiasts will have a chance to shake their bodies while helping a good cause at the same time. The Crib, a non-profit organization that supports Southern Maryland families, will be holding a Zumba Fundraiser from 12-2 p.m. at The House of Dance, in Hollywood. Zumba instructors Geno Rothback, Pat Whitmer, and Heather Arthur will be leading the group during this event. Admission is a $15 donation, and 100% of all funds raised will go towards helping local families. The House of Dance is located at 24620 Three Notch Road, Hollywood. In addition to the Zumba, there will also be vendors selling a variety of products; from Soylicious Candles, to locally produced Herbal Teas, and Organic Skincare by Forever Eden. A portion of sales from these products will also be donated to The Crib. The Crib assists parents in crisis by providing a place where they can find support and encouragement. Beyond providing critical assistance in locating and accessing resources for essentials such as food, shelter and medical care, the staff and volunteers at The Crib adopt a holistic approach and work towards providing education and support for both parent and child. The goal of The Crib is that upon completion of the program clients are self-sufficient, capable parents on a life path that inspires them. The Crib is a caring community committed to empowering parents in crisis situations. A parent who has the courage to raise their baby alone has the strength to be a role model for both their child and community. The Crib is intended to have a multigenerational impact; each parent who successfully completes the program will see its effects on their own life and on the life of their child. Executive Director Andrea Templeton explains, “By taking action now, we can create a cycle of hope and success for future generations.” For additional information about The Crib, or to donate, please visit or call Templeton at 323-791-2967, or e-mail to

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Photo by Frank Marquart Members of the 404th MP company, part of the Army’s 4th Armor Division, who were station in Goeppingen, Germany, from 1957 to 1971, got together recently for their sixth annual reunion, this time at the Hollywood home of Rick Stegmeier, who was in the unit from 1965-1968.

Free Holiday Fund Raising Concert The Pastoral Counseling Center of St. Mary’s County (PCC), a non-profit, faith-based organization serving all three counties in Southern Maryland, is hosting a fundraiser on Sunday, November 13, from 5-7pm at Olivet Methodist Church in Lusby. The PCC offers a variety of counseling options for adults, children, families and couples. The staff consists of licensed, professional counselors with diverse backgrounds. This fundraiser will help offset the compensation given to a counselor who sees a client who can only afford to pay $30 or less. The Center uses a sliding scale to determine client fees based on the client’s income. Almost 75% of the clients seen at the PCC are minimum or below minimum paying clients, meaning they can pay $30 or less. An agreement is in place to pay the counselor at least $30 for every session no matter what the client can afford. So in order to ensure the counselor is compensated, a fund must be established to support this agreement. Organizers are hopeful that this fundraiser, which is a free will offering, will help to allow the PCC to continue to support any and every client who seeks our services.

Fred Tutman, Patuxent Riverkeeper, will be the featured speaker at the Potomac River Association’s annual public forum. He will speak about the fragility of certain soil types and conditions along St. Mary’s County eastern shore and the implications for the Patuxent River. When Fred received the 2007 Bernie Fowler Award for outstanding contributions to Bay habitat and health, Governor O’Malley said “ Fred has an extraordinary ability to bring people together – no matter what their background – to act toward our common goal of improving the Bay.” “Fred is an aggressive protector of the environment and a dynamic speaker,” said Robert Elwood, PRA president. “He deserves to be more widely heard and we are pleased to be able to give him a forum in St. Mary’s County.” Recent storms that caused so many trees to topple over on the eastern side of the county show the instability of those soils—the topsoil is shallow, of a powdery consistency and highly erodible. The forum will address what that means for the health of the Patuxent and for human activities in that watershed. Preceding Mr. Tutman’s presentation, Robery Willey, a lifelong resident of the county will show photographs and talk about his investigations into some extreme erosion events in the hills east of Rt. 235. The presentation will be held on Wednesday, November 16, 7pm, at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, 44219 Airport Road, California, MD. This is a FREE event. For more information call 301-769-3840.


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Thursday, Nov. 10 • USMC 236 Birthday Celebration Old Town Pub (22785 Washington Street, Leonardtown) – 5 p.m. The Patuxent River Detachment 1305 of the Marine Corps League will celebrate the 236th Marine Corps Birthday Ball. A special invitation is being extended to all Marines and FMF Corpsman to join us in celebrating the birthday of our beloved Corps. An open invitation is being extended to the public. Social hour will be at 5 p.m. followed by a shotgun raffle drawing and cake cutting ceremony. The Commandant’s Message will be played along with other motivational video clips throughout the event. Casual dress code is encouraged. Admission is free. Beverages and food are available in the pub area for purchase. For more information, visit th

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Friday, Nov. 11 • Annual Veterans Day Parade The Leonardtown Square (Downtown Leonardtown) – 10 a.m. Salute America’s veterans at the annual parade beginning on Fenwick Street and featuring veterans, marching bands, military units, color guards, bagpipers, boy and girl scouts, cheerleaders, floats, motorcycles, classic and antique cars, horses, dance troupes, fire, police, and emergency equipment and more! Immediately following the parade, spectators are encouraged to remain in the Town Square for the Veterans Memorial Ceremony with guest speakers, patriotic music and laying of wreaths. Traffic into the downtown area will be detoured to designated parking areas as Washington and Fenwick streets will be closed to thru traffic. Spectators are encouraged to park at the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds and take the round trip bus service into the Square.  The event is sponsored by the Commissioners of Leonardtown and the Board of Commissioners for St. Mary’s County. Call (301) 475-9791 for more information. • Veterans Day Concert Montgomery Hall, Room 25, at St. Mary’s College of Maryland (18952 E. Fisher Rd., St. Mary’s City) – 4 p.m The St. Mary’s College of Maryland Choir and Chamber Singers will honor the tenth anniversary of September 11th and those who have fought for our country. “In Remembrance” will be co-directed by Kelly Combs, music teacher at Calvert High School and a St. Mary’s alumna, and T.C. Mazzeo, music teacher at Maurice J. McDonough High School in Charles County.

Saturday, Nov. 12 • Unique Boutique’s 38th Annual Fine Art and Craft Show Hollywood Volunteer Firehouse Social Hall (24801 Three Notch Rd., Hollywood) 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Over 40 Artisans, in support of Hospice of St. Mary’s, invite you to browse and shop their quality, one-of-a-kind wares in a festive marketplace setting. The event will also be open Sunday, Nov. 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy free admission, plentiful parking and a chance to win one of the door prizes awarded every half hour. Food is available. For more information, please visit www. or call Sandra at (301) 292-9512. • Animal Tracking and Woods Lore: For Kids Historic St. Mary’s City – 10 a.m. Learn to read the secret signs animals leave behind at the Woodland Indian Hamlet. The fee is $20 per parent and child pairs or $15 for friends of the museum and includes supplies and full day museum admission. Space is limited and advance registration is required. For more information or to register visit programs@ or call (240) 895-4489.

Sunday, Nov. 13 • Benefit for Allison Fellner Pauole Mechanicsville Mouse Lodge (27636 Mechanicsville Road, Mechanicsville) – 1 to 7 p.m. The $20 admission fee for this event includes a meal ticket, with food served from 2 to 4 p.m. There will be a cash bar and live music from the Wanderers, Hollow Point

and The View From Here. There will be raffles, door prizes, a cake walk, silent auction and live auction. A 1986 Corvette Convertible Pace Car, a pair of Dallas/Redskin tickets will be raffled off and an autographed guitar by Trace Adkins will be auctioned off. Proceeds will support a mother of three battling cancer. For more information, call Joey Harris at (240) 375-1223. • Celebrate with Camp Maria Retreat Center Camp Maria Retreat Center, 41290 Camp Maria Rd. Leonardtown) – 2 p.m. Come out and help the destination celebrate its 75th anniversary with a Gospel Music Extravaganza. The event is free and open to the public; food and drink will be available for purchase. For details, call Ann Kovalcik at (301) 475-8330. • Chesapeake Community Chorus’ presents “Holiday Concert and Jingle Bell Workshop” Olivet United Methodist Church (13575 Olivet Road, Lusby) – 5 p.m. The concert will feature contemporary, gospel, classical Christian and secular music plus Christmas Music of the Season by John Rutter, Phillip Bliss, Andy Beck, Victor Johnson, G. F Handel and others. A free-will offering will be taken to support the Pastoral Counseling Center of Saint Mary’s County. The Chorus is a volunteer group of over thirty singers in its ninth season of giving concerts for the benefit of charities in Calvert and nearby counties. The chorus has raised over $50,000 for these charities. Contact Director Larry Brown at (301) 855-7477. • Book Signing by Ellynne Brice Davis Fenwick Street Used Books and Music (41655A Fenwick Street, Leonardtown) – Noon to 4 p.m. Author Ellynne Brice Davis will be signing copies of her two children’s books, Oh Holy Night, which is a play and Susan and the Seagulls. The event is free. Ellynne is a retired St. Mary’s County Public Schools teacher, having taught elementary school music and English-as-a-Second Language. For details, call Joe Orlando at (301) 475-2859.

Monday, Nov. 14 • Low Cost Rabies Clinic St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds (42455 Fairgrounds Road, Leonardtown) – 6 to 8 p.m. The St. Mary’s Animal Welfare League is sponsoring this low cost rabies clinic at the main building at the fairgrounds. The cost is $10 per pet. For more information call (301) 3735659 or email

Tuesday, Nov. 15 • Loffler Holiday Bazaar Crafters, artists, knitters, crocheters and seamsters are gearing up for the season and will be selling their hand-crafted items at the holiday bazaar, the same day as Loffler’s annual Thanksgiving Lunch Connection. You can shop while waiting for the Open Mic entertainment to begin. Proceeds from the sale will benefit arts and craft programs at Loffler. If you have some hand-made items you wish to donate or wish to share some of your gift-making talents with others call Shellie at (301) 7375670, ext. 1655. • Maryland Traditions Lecture Auerbach Auditorium at St. Mary’s College of Maryland (18952 E. Fisher Rd., St. Mary’s City) – 4 p.m. Every state has its living cultural traditions. Oral historian Millie Rahn will explore Maryland’s rich culture with a talk, “The Land of Pleasant Living: Looking at the Folklore and Folklife of Maryland.” Topics discussed will include decoy and millstone carving, Amish quilts, crab-picking, African-American jazz and even making purple martin houses.

Wednesday, Nov. 16 • Business After Hours Cedar Lane Apartments (22680 Cedar Lane Court, Leonardtown) – 5:30 to 7 p.m. St. Mary’s County Chamber of Commerce invites business leaders to a fall celebration with food, door prizes and other fun. Call (301) 737-3001 for more information.

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Live Music: “No Green Jelly Beanz Acoustic” Vera’s White Sands Beach Club (1200 White Sands Drive, Lusby) – 7 p.m. Live Music: “Gretchen Richie Jazz Cabaret” Cafe Des Artistes (41655 Fenwick Street, Leonardtown) – 6 p.m. Live Music: “Half Naked Band” The Blue Dog Saloon (7940 Port Tobacco Road, Port Tobacco) – 8 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 11 Live Music: “Sam Grow Band” Denny’s Place (15800 Brandywine Rd., Brandywine) – 9 p.m. Live Music: “No Green Jelly Beanz” Rustic River Bar and Grill (40874 Merchants Lane, Leonardtown) - 8 p.m. Live Music: “Chyp and Andrea” Rustic River Bar and Grill (40874 Merchants Lane, Leonardtown) – 8:30 p.m. Live Music: “Justin Myles” Island Bar and Crab House (16810 Piney Point Rd., Piney Point) – 9 p.m. Live Music: “Anthony Ryan and Renegade” Lenny’s Restaurant (23418 Three Notch Road, California) – 8 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 12 Live Music: : “The Sam Grow Band” Hotel Charles (15110 Burnt Store Road, Hughesville) – 9 p.m. Live Music: “Nuttin Fancy Band” Fat Boy’s Country Store (41566 Medleys Neck Road, Leonardtown) - 9 p.m. Live Music: “No Green Jelly Beanz” Vera’s White Sands Beach Club (1200 White Sands Drive, Lusby) – 9:30 p.m. Live Music: “The Craze” Cryer’s Back Road Inn (22094 Newtowne Neck

Road, Leonardtown) – 9 p.m.

Contra Dance featuring Elgin Perry Christ Episcopal Church Parish Hall (37497 Zach Fowler Road, Chaptico) – 7 p.m. Live Music: “Redwine Jazz Trio” The Westlawn Inn (9200 Chesapeake Avenue, North Beach) – 8 p.m. Live Music: “Synergy” Apehangers Bar and Grill (9100 Crain Highway, Bel Alton) – 8 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 13 Live Music: “The Sam Grow Band” Anthony’s Bar and Grill (10371 Southern Maryland Blvd., Dunkirk) - 7 p.m. Live Music: “Slow Rush Revival” Mango’s Bar and Grill (7149 Lake Shore Drive, North Beach) – 8 p.m. NFL Sunday w/ $1 Drafts Fat Boy’s Country Store (41566 Medleys Neck Road, Leonardtown) - all day

Monday, Nov. 14 $2.50 Margaritas Every Monday Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) - 10 a.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 15 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. Open Mic Night Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 16 Free Beginner Line Dance Lessons Hotel Charles (15110 Burnt Store Road, Hughesville) – 7 p.m.


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Library Items • Libraries to be closed All three libraries will be closed Friday in observance of Veterans’ Day. The Library’s Book Cart Drill Team and Book Guard will be marching in the Veterans’ Day Parade in Leonardtown. • Spanish storytime and crafternoon to be offered A drop-in storytime in both English and Spanish will be offered at Charlotte Hall on Nov. 14 at 10 a.m. Children ages 4 to 12 can drop in and make a fall craft on Nov. 23 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Leonardtown. Supplies will be provided.

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• eReaders explained at workshop An overview of eReaders and the downloading process will be presented at an eBook Workshop to be held at Leonardtown on Nov. 21 at 5:30 p.m. Registration is required. 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. • Free grant webinars scheduled Two webinars to help non-profit organizations create more effect grant proposals are scheduled at Lexington Park on Nov. 30. Proposal Writing Basics will begin at noon and provide an overview of proposal writing process and the basics of what to include. The second, Proposal Budgeting Basics, starts at 1 p.m. and is geared for the novice grant seeker. How to prepare and present a budget proposal will be discussed including “personnel”, non-personnel and overhead expenses and the relationship between budget for the project and overall budget. Participants can register for one or both webinars. The webinars are presented by the Foundation Center.

Naval Academy Alumni Hosting Luncheon The U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association, Greater Southern Maryland Chapter (GSMC) will hold their Fall Leadership Luncheon on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at the River’s Edge Catering and Conference Center on NAS Patuxent River from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The featured speaker is Vice Admiral David Architzel, USN, Commander, Naval Air Systems Command and a USNA graduate with the Class of 1973. The luncheon begins with the hot buffet and salad bar at the Rivers Edge Club at 11:30 a.m.. Introductions begin at 11:50 a.m. followed by VADM Architzel’s remarks regarding the need for NAVAIR Leadership versus Management in building and equipping a world class naval air force in a climate of shrinking and austere Defense acquisition budgets. The cost for the luncheon is $15. Reservations may be pre-paid, on-line, by visiting the GSMC website, or by contacting Rick Snyder at 301-863-5895 x5300 or Please RSVP by Monday, Nov. 14. This luncheon is open to the entire military, civilian and industrial acquisition community as well as alumni and ALL friends of the Naval Academy with access to the Pax River base.

Cat of the Week My name is Lillie. I was born October 2008. As you can see, I am gorgeous. My fur is to die fur. LOL I’ve got 3 brothers, but early on the adults thought that I was a boy and they were girls—can you believe it!! How could they not have noticed my inner diva? Thankfully that’s straightened out now. I am a clever little girl also. Can’t you tell? I am hoping to go to my new home really soon. I like the usual cat things like seafood, playing, sunning, purring, and of course napping. My mom thinks I am just a little beauty queen. I am very shy. I am hoping someone will be patient with me and love me. We come fully vetted which is a huge savings. From what I have heard the adults discussing, they say that if you took us to a vet, it would be a lot more expensive. If you are interested in adopting me, please call go to and fill out an application. You can email it to Love forever, Lillie

PEt of the Week Hello Everyone, My name is Garth and I am a sweet and lovable male collie/beagle mix. I am a little shy and just need someone who can give me lots of love and attention. I was born on July 1, 2010 and am looking for a family who will love and cherish me the rest of my life. Our one sister found a home and I still have another sister and two brothers who are looking for families to call their own. We would love to be home for the holidays ! We are current on vaccinations, neutered, crate trained, heart worm negative and identification micro chipped. If you have a place in your heart and home for me please contact or call 240-925-0628. Please Adopt, Don’t Shop !!!

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An Interview with Sam Grow: Homegrown Musician Heads West By Carrie Munn Staff Writer Sam Grow grew up in Charles County and cut his first record at the age of 17. After making a name as the front man of The Sam Grow Band, the artist will now head to California to perform an acoustic solo set of original songs as the opening act for popular singer-songwriter Tony Lucca. Now 24 and fronting one of Southern Maryland’s hottest bands, Grow said he’s excited to open for a performer he is such a huge fan of. “It will be a big moment for me,” he shared during an interview Friday.

Grow said he’s continually learning from and is humbled by the veteran musicians he shares the stage with routinely, as the Sam Grow Band plays about 300 gigs a year. He explained how as a kid, hanging out at the Hot Licks in Waldorf, current bassist Gene Quade barely gave him the time of day. But after meeting up with the 30-year music veteran at a studio, Quade co-wrote Grow’s “Ignition” album and has been a mentor and driving force ever since. “Gene’s been the boss since day one,” Grow said, adding Quade often challenges him to grow as a songwriter. Grow said lead guitarist Mike Stacey and drummer Joe Barrick are also phenomenal musicians. “I’m a fan myself … I’m just the fan that gets to be on stage with these guys,” Grow said. “The only reason I am the performer and musician I am today is because of [my bandmates].” After four years as a full-time band and with a bevy of sponsors like Coors Light, Jagermeister, Bully Bling Energy Drink and Hot Licks, The Sam Grow Band typically plays four to six shows each week. The week prior to heading out to open for Tony Lucca, the group played six shows, three of which were local benefits. Grow said, “That’s the payoff for me … getting to do those kinds of things and give back to an area that’s given so much to us.” When it comes to benefits, Grow said they’re the band that never says no. He doesn’t refer to the crowds that gather at shows as fans, but rather he calls them the Sam Grow Family and said, “Bands make it because of their support system.” “Over the years, we’ve gotten to know

our true fans and have nurtured relationships with them,” Grow explained, adding, “It’s still amazing to me to see the same faces in the crowds at several shows every week.” The support means so much to Grow that he continues to personally respond to an abundance of Facebook posts weekly, stating that while management offered to take over the task, he didn’t like the stale, impersonal responses and thought fans deserved more. “Showing genuine appreciation for anybody who thinks you’re cool enough to buy your cd’s and come out to your shows and listen to your music is just so important,” he said. Grow said he’s proud to be a local boy and “Southern Maryland born and raised.” Grow said the local open mic nights are a hotbed of raw talent and he enjoys hanging out and hearing the up-and-comers share their talents on his rare off-nights. He does take two days each week to spend time with his young daughter and fiancé, who he described as one of his biggest supporters. Grow’s mom has also been instrumental in his pursuit of music as a career. He said that near the completion of a college degree in business administration, he knew he would much rather dedicate his energies to writing music and when he shared that with his mother, she helped make it happen. “She’s always been my biggest cheerleader,” said Grow. Some of young Grow’s earliest influences were The Platters, Roy Orbison and Elvis Presley. In fact, he said, his father bought him his first guitar after he’d learned an Elvis tune. “I’ve come to appreciate how timeless that music really is,” he said. His music has been influenced by everything from indie to country. “I like music that tells a story,” Grow said.

While Grow and his band aren’t eager to sign with a record label, he said some have taken interest in the group. Recently, with the help of the “Sam Grow Family” and social networking, the group’s single hit number seven on the iTunes singer-songwriter list of most downloaded songs in a day. “I’m still riding high on that,” the singer said. The band has received compliments from within the music industry on their grassroots approach, winning over Southern Marylanders and successfully marketing singles. Grow said he feels the longer the band can remain unsigned and independent, the better. Though they have traveled to New York and Nashville for performances and Grow is about to embark on a set of West Coast solo shows, the group likes playing in Southern Maryland. The Sam Grow Band has become a local favorite, booking bigger rooms like Vera’s and Hotel Charles and also playing acoustic sets in all-ages, family-friendly venues like Rustic River. “I love performing,” Grow said, “That’s when it really all comes together and I’m so grateful to be able to do what I do.”

WHY DID SO MANY TREES FALL IN ST. MARY’S COUNTY? The short answer of course is that there was a lot of rain and a lot wind. But there is another factor. More trees fell on the eastern side of the county, from Wildewood to the Patuxent River, and this area has a particular soil type that is especially vulnerable to rain events. On Wednesday November 16 the Potomac River Association will explore the instability of the soils along the Patuxent River side of the county and implications of runoff for property owners and the Patuxent River. Fred Tutman, Patuxent Riverkeeper, will talk about the relationship between the land and the health of the river. Fred is a brillliant and passionate advocate for the environment. Lifelong county resident Robert Willey will give a short talk and show his photographs about ugly runoff events of the Myrtle Point area. There will be a question and answer period with soil and tree experts. The event is free and open to the public. Wednesday, November 16, 7PM, at Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, 44219 Airport Road, California, Maryland.

For more information call 301-769-3840 The Potomac River Association is the oldest environmental group in Southern Maryland. The PRA is incorporated as a nonprofit educational and charitable organization.

Grocery Auction

November 17, 2011 ‐ 5:30 PM To be held at 

Mother Catherine Spalding School 38833 Chaptico Road (Rt. 238) ‐ Helen, Maryland 20635 That’s right a “grocery auction”. If you have never been to one, plan to attend. Grocery auctions have been gaining popularity all over the Country. We never know ahead of time what we are getting, but expect anything that could be found in a grocery store. Auctions of this type will have a lot of “pass outs”. The larger the crowd the better because the distributor can move more product at a better price – the bigger the crowd the better the deals! Items will be offered and available in small and/or large lots – buy as little or as much as you like. TERMS: Cash or check payable to MCSS. Gre at    s De or a ! als   e l t e DRINKS CANDIES & SNACK – MEATS – CHEESE DRY GOODS ! t k i l i   l   s u a   o CANNED GOODS - VEGATABLES - FROZEN FOODS - SUPPLIES Buy h as y c mu For more information contact:

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Little Ups and Downs

By Shelby Oppermann Contributing Writer My hands are still shaking and clammy from our trip home from Kentucky and I wasn’t even driving. The route we took home out of Monticello, Kentucky was old Route 92. My cousin and her mother, who are probably still laughing now, told me that the road had a few ups and downs. I guess if you grow up in the mountains and unless you live on Mt. Everest, everything else is considered a few little ups and downs. It wasn’t but twenty or so miles outside of Monticello, when we started driving up on the high ridges. When I say high ridges I mean the very top of the mountain. Route 92 is a two lane road and in many areas there is a few hundred feet drop off on either side of the road. No shoulders, and just the basic metal guard rail. Sometimes we’d pass through a section of old ramshackle house and trailers perched right on the cliff edge. Right after we passed by Lake Cumberland is when this scary portion started. After researching a little about lake Cumberland and the Wolf Creek Dam, I think we were really on the scariest part when we crossed over the dam. Lake Cumberland stretches over 100 miles and is breathtaking. Though I found out that there has been a leak in the dam forever due to erosion of the limestone underneath. There are even caves under the dam. I’m glad we didn’t know all this before we drove over it. We had a wonderful time at our former Reverend’s institution ceremony on Friday night in the beautiful Church of the Ascension in the capital city of Frankfort. During the day we had time to visit a Bourbon distillery and two wineries. As you probably know, Kentucky Bourbon is a big industry. I don’t drink bourbon and don’t think I’ve ever tasted much of it in my life, but the tours really were fascinating. I now know about all the factors that affect bourbon, from the type of water used to whether rye is used or corn is used. Rye gives it a spicier flavor. All the distilleries agreed that the limestone filtered water played a big part in the taste. I took a few sips here and there. I normally can’t get past the smell of it. However… Friday night at the home reception after the church service, and parish hall reception, I was given a cold glass of what I thought was Bailey’s Irish Cream liqueur, but turned out to be Buffalo Trace Bourbon Cream Liqueur. The taste is much richer and mellower. This could become a holiday favorite. Luckily, on Saturday, our first adventure of the day was to the Buffalo Trace Distillery. We had to be there for an 11:00 a.m. tour. I thought, “Wow, that’s early to start tasting.” But, the tour takes quite awhile to do, and we had a wonderful tour guide named Fred, who clearly loved his job. When we entered one building of the distillery, the sweet, rich smell of bourbon almost knocked you down at the door. The workers seemed to be very happy workers. They smiled a lot while we wound our way through. I think everyone in the group was smiling a lot too by the time we walked out of that room. When we reached the tasting room, the biggest draw were the shots of the cream liqueur they handed out. Though many people tried all the different bourbons offered, including the moonshine known as White Dog. I guess a white dog is what you see after drinking moonshine. The Kentucky bourbon balls were a real hit too. I did have a wonderful time with my cousins. It’s funny how I am related to many of the husbands and the wives. So, I could cover a lot of family history. My Aunt Juanita, who is more likely a cousin removed several times volunteers in the Wayne County Museum located in Monticello. What a neat museum – it’s housed in an old three story hotel. Every guest room is now used as a display room. It is very impressive how much history they have beautifully displayed in the huge old structure. The basement was the most fascinating part. You can look down a three foot diameter hole into the old mining caves underneath. It’s sort of an eerie feeling to know what you are standing over. My main concern was hoping no earthquakes would hit. Kentucky was great to visit, but Maryland will always be my home with much smaller ups and downs. To each new day’s adventure, Shelby Please send your comments or ideas to:

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By Linda Reno Contributing Writer Dr. Smith took Howard and the other men to Heathsville where two companies of infantry were stationed and organizing. “The companies were drilling on the village green, but broke ranks incontinently and fraternized. I suppose we were the most popular guests Heathsville had ever entertained and we had no small difficulty in persuading them to let us go on. Applejack flowed freely…and bouquets were presented by the ladies…Being finally permitted to leave, we drove across Northumberland…and arrived at the house of Mr. Carter, a member of the Legislature by whom we were hospitably entertained.” The men were awakened early the next morning by Mr. Carter who insisted they drink not one but two large glasses of applejack julep, “which our host modestly informed us he had some reputation for mixing,” had breakfast and then sailed across the Rappahannock to Urbana. “The soldiers were quartered in the principal church of the village, and my feelings were for the first time shocked by seeing a sacred building in military occupation; and I never saw one abused as this was. A fiddle was soon produced, as well as an abundance of applejack, and dancing -- among the men -- drinking and card playing offered for our entertainment, in which we declined to join.” The next part of their journey would be by land and


boat to King William County. “We were kindly received and treated, but our arrival did not create the same sensation as at the other two places. Wooden barracks, with bunks, had been erected, in which we were assigned quarters and we observed Tattoo and other regulations with the soldiers.” The next morning Howard and the men were told that Judge John S. Caskie of Richmond wished to be introduced to them. When they met, Judge Caskie said, “You are Marylanders and I wish to call your attention to some stirring verses I have seen in the newspaper. I wish I could repeat them, but the refrain is, `Maryland, my Maryland.’” On June 6, the men finally arrived in Richmond and began to immediately seek out Captain William H. Murray of the Maryland Guard under whom they proposed to raise a company. “We had all determined to go into service together.” About June 14th “having easily got together more than the number required by law for the formation of an infantry company (about 50) we elected our commissioned officers: captain, William H. Murray; first lieutenant, George Thomas; second lieutenant, Frank X. Ward, [McHenry Howard served in this company as an orderly sergeant] and marched to Capitol Square to be mustered into the Virginia service, for as yet the different States had their own troops, which a little later were turned over to the general government. Our expectation was to be enlisted, like most of the other commands, for the term of twelve months, and our indignation was great at being informed when drawn up in line, by the mustering officer, that we must enlist ‘for the war.’” To be continued.

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By Terri Schlichenmeyer Contributing Writer You saw them walking around town today. Everyone did, and they all smiled. They had to be seventy- or even eightysomething. He had a cane over one elbow and his other was crooked for her. She held tight to him as they walked and talked and when she looked at him, years melted away. They were so in love, and you wondered how they sustained it. How did they manage to stay together through everything that happens over decades of marriage? Wed for over 20 years, author Iris Krasnow thinks she knows. In her new book “The Secret Lives of Wives,” she explains. When you’re a bride – particularly a first-time bride – nervous is normal. You love that guy you’re hitched to now, but what if marriage turns out to be a big mistake? If you married today for the first time, you’d have had plenty of time to consider things. Modern newlyweds are older than those of yesteryear, they’re more educated, and more affluent. What’s more, over 85% of us will marry at some time in our lives. So what keeps a couple together? The first thing, says Krasnow, is to “work on yourself” and to keep part of your identity separate from that of your husband. Remember who you were before you were Mrs. or Mommy. Cultivate your own interests and friends, both male and female. Krasnow even advocates separate vacations. “You don’t get it all from one person in one place,” says Krasnow. In fact, she learned that the happiest

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wives don’t rely on their husbands for their happiness. Insist that you both do what you say you’re going to do. Tell each other about your day and your thoughts. Lower your expectations – nobody’s perfect – and accept what is. Inject three elements into your marriage: “trust, respect, and intimacy, emotional and physical.” And remember that it’s your marriage and whatever works for you is what’s right. Overall, though, says Krasnow, the best way to stay married is not to get divorced. Understand that the grass is not greener on the other side of the aisle and that even a “fresh romance” will also go stale

eventually. If you’re a wife, there are many reasons to like reading “The Secret Lives of Wives.” There are also many reasons to raise your eyebrows in surprise. By using stories from real women who were “willing to reveal all,” as well as through her own experiences, author Iris Krasnow shows readers that marriages can thrive and survive, even during a time when divorce is relatively easy. Her advice, and that of experts, will give any struggling bride comfort. I liked Krasnow’s optimism and her been-there honesty. But even Krasnow was astonished at what she uncovered. To maintain a marriage of longevity, some happily wedded wives are resorting to actions that are unconventional, to say the least... If you’re limping toward “the finish line” in marriage and you want to know how others got there, you’ll find this book intriguing. For you, “The Secret Lives of Wives” are finally unveiled.

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St. Mary’s Dept of Aging Programs and Activities

• Loffler Holiday Bazaar Tuesday, Nov. 15 - 9 a.m. Crafters, artists, knitters, crocheters and seamsters are gearing up for the season and will be selling their hand-crafted items at the holiday bazaar, the same day as Loffler’s annual Thanksgiving Lunch Connection. You can shop while waiting for the Open Mic entertainment to begin. Proceeds from the sale will benefit arts and craft programs at Loffler. If you have some hand-made items you wish to donate or wish to share some of your gift-making talents with others call Shellie at (301) 737-5670, ext. 1655. • Free Memory Screenings On Friday, Nov. 18, from 8:30 a.m. to noon, free and confidential memory screenings will be held at the Northern Senior Activity Center. This service is being offered in recognition of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s National Memory Screening Day. A physician will conduct the screenings and be available for questions afterwards. Reservations for halfhour sessions are limited. Sign up by calling (301) 475-4002 ext. 1001.


• Scrapbooking Marathon On Thursday, Nov. 17, at 9:30 a.m.,

scrapbookers meet to work on current projects or start new ones at the Northern Senior Activity Center. Organize all those photographs sitting around into an attractive scrapbook. A variety of paper is available to choose from free of charge. Bring photos and your scrapbook to get started. Volunteers are on hand to guide you if you are a beginner. • Scratch Happy Bingo Play bingo and win Maryland Lottery Scratch Off tickets at the Garvey Senior Activity Center on Tuesday, Nov. 15 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Cost to play is $1 per bingo card for up to 3 cards. Make reservations for this special bingo by calling (301) 4754200, ext. 1050. Maybe you will win big in time for the holidays! • Pokeno It’s not Bingo … it’s POKENO! The dealer calls out cards while players cover the indicated card on their board. Bring your pennies and come learn the Garvey Center’s interesting spin on this game! The game will be played on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 10:30 a.m. Reserve your lunch for after the game by calling (301) 475-4200 ext. 1050.

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The College of Southern Maryland men’s soccer team, coming into the North Central District Championship match ranked 19th in the nation, toppled the top-ranked Schoolcraft College of Michigan in a 5-4 penalty shootout on Saturday to punch their ticket to nationals. After the scoreless regulation and overtime periods, in which the CSM crowd loudly voiced their enthusiasm, the penalty kicks were filled with tense moments of silence each time a CSM player approached the penalty box. All five CSM penalty shots scored. When it was Schoolcraft’s turn, all but one penalty shot met the back of the net, as freshman CSM goalkeeper Dameon Hayden continued his shootout heroics by diving to his left to stop the final shot. Hayden had also saved key shots in a penalty shootout against Essex in the regional semifinals. “I read his feet and body,” Hayden said. The game marked the first time CSM has ever hosted a District Championship match, as well as the first time post-season contests have been played at home. The field, newly renovated, has a professional-quality playing surface that is considered among the top soccer fields in the conference. The match-up against the No. 1 ranked squad in the nation, with a 22-0 record prior to the game, further cemented the importance of the game in the eyes of the Hawks. “They’re number one for a reason,” said CSM Head Coach Derek Dyson before the match. The CSM victory was capped off with the classic ‘olay, olay’ chant many soccer fans are familiar with and a Gatorade shower for Dyson. When asked how the team rallied to pull out the win, Dyson, a first-year head coach, said, “They believed in me, and I believed in them.” CSM (12-3-3), advances to the NJCAA National Tournament hosted by Paradise Valley Community College in Arizona from Nov. 17-20. The eight teams seeded for the double bracketed tournament are Monroe College, N.Y. (13-1); Darton College, Ga. (17-1); Iowa Western Community College (18-1-1); Lincoln College, Ill. (18-3); Cloud County Community College, Kan. (20-1-3); Tyler Junior College, Texas (17-1-2); Pima Community College, Ariz. (18-6-1) and CSM. This is the second time in the history of CSM’s soccer program that it has advanced to nationals. For information and live coverage of the tournament, visit For information on CSM athletics, visit Story and photos by by CSM students Angel Torres and Diane Payne.

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After Grim Diagnosis, Calvert Parents Turn to Internet St. Mary's Students Begin Living on Cruise Ship

CNS Photo The cruise ship Sea Voyager is docked right next to the Maryland Dove, a replica of the boat that brought some of the first settlers to Maryland.

By Tom George Capital News Service At St. Mary's College of Maryland, students have long been able to rent boats and take classes on boats with world-class sailing instructors. Now, some students get to live on one. After a mold infestation forced the college to evacuate two of its dorms in October, the college moved students first to off-campus hotels, then changed course and put them in a luxurious cruise ship docked at the waterfront campus. “I went to La Quinta hotel and then a week later we found out we were going on a boat,” sophomore Nicholas Samuels said. The university had been paying about $20,000 per day to keep students in local hotels, but the 20-minute drive to the isolated campus was a burden for the relocated students. So, college administrators used an alumni connection to bring in the Sea Voyager, a 286-foot cruise ship that features a gym, a coffee shop, a dance floor and lounges. The ship pulled in Sunday and more than 200 students began moving in on Tuesday. Renting the ship cost the college as much as it was paying for hotels -- and the boat included a few extra perks. The boat's staff cleans the rooms and washes the students' clothes. “It's nice because we get fresh towels and we don't have to do them ourselves,” said sophomore Elizabeth Smith. Not every student who was moved out of the mold-infested dorms -- Caroline and Prince George halls -- got a spot on the boat. “I kind of wish I was on it instead of a forced triple,” said freshman Hannah Sturm, who now lives with two other students in a two-person room in another dorm on campus. Repairs on the moldy dorms will probably be finished before winter break, said Associate Dean of Students Joanne Goldwater. But the boat will stay docked until the end of the semester to give students time to settle in before moving again. The unique housing arrangement is not without problems. Right now, a single narrow gangplank provides the only way to get on the ship, though construction workers are building another exit to the dock. It's also drawn criticism in Historic St. Mary's City, which aims to transplant visitors out of the 21st century. The modern Sea Voyager is docked right next to the Maryland Dove, a replica of the boat that brought some of the first settlers to Maryland.

By Ashley Latta Capital News Service Julie Leach knew something was amiss during a routine check-up. “At my 20-week sonogram the technician took an awful long time trying to get a shot of her jaw,” Leach said. Later, when she and her husband Matt Leach learned the rare diagnosis of their newborn daughter, a condition that puzzled doctors, they turned in desperation to the Internet. “Twenty to 30 years ago when we didn't have the Internet our parents probably had to go to the library,” said Jae Eun Chung, an assistant professor at Kent State University who researches health communication in new media. “Now we are just one click away from medical information.” A study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project found that one in five Americans uses the Internet to find people with similar health concerns. For people with chronic illnesses, it's one in four. When doctors asked Julie Leach, of Calvert County, to return for another sonogram to get a better measure of her baby's jaw, she scoured the Internet for “small jaw” and prepared for the worst. “By the time we went in there, I knew pretty much all there was to know, because I needed to,” Leach said. “I need to at least have some idea, to know the terminology, and to be able to carry on an educated conversation.” But the Internet provides more than basic medical information. For Leach, it offered a forum for sharing her story when it was too difficult to share face-to-face. Social networks, like Leach's blog, help families cope with the difficulties of chronic illness. “Now we have social networking tools that allow people to connect with each other for emotional and informational support,” said Dr. Gunther Eysenbach, of the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation. “For the patient, it is greatly empowering.” Leach was admitted to the University of Maryland Medical Center at just 29 weeks. Doctors spent the next five weeks monitoring her and the baby. On Oct. 22, 2010, shortly after midnight, Abigail “Abby” Leach was born at 4 pounds and 17 inches. Two hours later, the Leach's went down to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), where a doctor showed them Abby's X-rays. “The majority of her ribs were in pieces,” Julie Leach said. Abby has Cerebrocostomandibular Syndrome (CCMS), a rare condition most often resulting in infant death. “In the beginning, they did not have a lot of hope for her,” said Julie Leach. “They were just on eggshells.” Doctors gave the Leach's all the information they could. “The geneticist gave us one piece of paper that she Xeroxed from a medical book from the 70s,” Leach said. “It was basically a death sentence.” CCMS is characterized by deficiencies in cerebral development, cleft palate, and malformation of the ribs and jaw, according to the National Library of Medicine. It is unclear how many confirmed cases have been reported worldwide. Most sources say the number is between 50 and 75. “Once we found out her real diagnosis, we went right to the Internet again,” Julie Leach said. They found one researcher in Boston, but he couldn't provide much information. Feeling helpless, Matt and Julie Leach found support in family, friends and prayer. After six weeks, Abby was transferred to Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital, where she spent another six weeks in the NICU, and her parents began

training to care for her at home. Learning that their daughter would need many surgeries to repair her ribs, jaw, cleft palate and spine, Matt and Julie Leach immediately began finding the best spinal surgeon, thoracic surgeon and pulmonologist in the area. Abby, who is intubated and has a gastrostomy tube (g-tube) that allows her to get nutrition without requiring a tube in her nose, needs constant care. “We learned how to do trach care, trach replacement, and to clear and change the g-tube,” Julie Leach said. “We did take performance and written tests before we could even talk about going home.” Even with painstaking preparation and constant care-giving, Abby's odds were not good. Many infants with CCMS die from respiratory complications during the first few months of life. Many more are lost within the first year. “Our geneticist who diagnosed it only knew what it was because she saw one case in residency 30 years ago,” Julie Leach said. “We had to go to the Internet. We pored through online medical journals. I just kept researching.” Now, families touched by CCMS are reaching out to Leach through her blog (http://lifeasaleach.blogspot. com/p/abigails-journey.html), which she began shortly after Abby's diagnosis. “One family in Chicago Googled and found me,” she said. “And another family in New Jersey has a daughter who is 12. Her issues are a little different than Abby's, but she's been a real encouragement to me.” At Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital, the nursing staff gives the Leach's information to parents who need a little hope. “I've been able to tell them, yes there is life after a ventilator and there is life after a trach,” she said. “The more we see, the more we feel like God has given us Abby so we could share her story.” Leach said she still occasionally searches the Internet for CCMS. “I want to see what comes up,” she said. “I also want to search it to see if anyone else is blogging about CCMS.” Despite the benefit of social networking, doctors and other health professionals remain the primary source for personal health information and diagnoses. “It's very difficult for parents to get an idea of what the future holds for these kids,” said Dr. Manbir Singh, Abby's pediatrician. “It gets frustrating for a lot of parents when there is not a cut and dry answer.” This is particularly true with rare diagnoses because patients are inundated with complex, sometimes conflicting information. While the Internet can help parents sort through it all, Singh believes it can lead to worry and doubt. But despite these concerns, communication scholars see the benefit of expanded access to health information. “Those patients who are motivated have the tools to educate themselves,” Chung said. “Doctors need to adjust to their patients who are now more empowered and educated.” Julie Leach said educating herself was the best way to prepare and push through the grim reality of CCMS. “I strongly believe in the power of researching and tell every family that is facing a difficult diagnosis to research everything they can,” said Julie Leach, 29. “You'll find the worst-case scenarios, and it won't be any worse than that.” But the young couple says they couldn't have made it on research alone, raving about the support they received from the NICU staff, the hospital chaplain, family, friends and especially from God. “I'm convinced that prayer works, more than ever now,” said Matt Leach, 33. The Leach family recently celebrated Abby's 1st birthday, yet another milestone for this little girl who has far surpassed initial expectations. “She has so much personality,” Julie Leach said. “When we first got her diagnosis we were told she wouldn't be much more than a vegetable.” Not so for Abby, who plays, laughs and stands. “We don't want people to have to walk this road alone,” Julie Leach said. “And it's a very dark and scary road.”


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Beware The White Tail

Fur and Feathers By Keith McGuire Contributing Writer The hot topic now is the bow season for white tailed deer. Starting now, it is the peak of the rut – or breeding season – for the white tailed deer. This time of year is absolutely sublime for those who love to pursue these animals. For those who don’t particularly care about hunting, it is also a time to be on guard. The white tail deer become absolutely hapless and care free during this time of

year. Bucks pursue does and the does play hard to get. They run through the woods with reckless abandon, oblivious to anything (including hunters) that might be there. The side note here is that, if there is a highway between a buck and a doe, one of them is likely to run across the road with the same reckless abandon, potentially spelling a not so glorious encounter with the allAmerican automobile. Don’t laugh! It happened to me last year about this time. A doe bounded across the road in front of me as I was headed out

for pizza after a long day in the woods. I know enough to be wary that there is usually more than one running deer in this situation. Even so, I continued without slowing down and wondered, “Huh. There are usually at least (Bam!) two.” And my brand new Chevy Silverado was christened. I suppose it could have been worse. Be aware that this doesn’t only happen in the dark. Deer can get into this frenzy at any time of day or night. Just the other day a buck darted across the road in front of me at 10:00 AM. There are plenty of deer lying dead at the side of the road, and you can bet that they didn’t all have their automotive encounters in the dark. Be very careful. If you see a live deer at the side of the road, slow down, put one foot above the brake in case a quick stop is needed, and proceed with caution! If a deer streaks across the road in front of you, be very mindful that another one may not be far behind. In the realm of regulations, the last Sunday hunt of the bow season in Calvert,

Charles and St. Mary’s counties (among others) comes up this weekend on November 13th. Sunday hunts are allowed on private land only. Saturday November 12th and Sunday November 13th (on private land) is also the junior firearms deer hunt season. That means that bow hunters must wear fluorescent orange when in the woods on those days whether they share the woods with a gun-toting “junior” or not. Rabbit season opened last weekend, and those pesky gray squirrels have been in season since September 3rd. We can keep hunting the bunnies and bushy tails until the end of February. (There must be way too many of them out there for DNR to allow such a long season.) How many times have you wondered what a snipe is? If you were hunting one day for snipe, and a clapper or king rail, and a sora or Virginia rail jumped up in front of you, would you know which one to shoot? As it turns out, whichever one you shot would be O.K. on November 9th, but it had better be a snipe after that! I’ve never been snipe hunting – except as a joke when I was a kid! Have you? If you have a particularly interesting hunting story and a picture (or if you have snipe hunting experiences) please drop me a line at

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