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ews Blighted Property Under New Ownership By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

Photo by Carrie Munn Kids lined up on the Leonardtown Square for their photo ops with Santa and Mrs. Claus, Saturday. For a decade now, the town has hosted the free, jolly holiday event.

Lore’s Lodging and Laundromat, long a fixture in downtown Lexington Park for rental property has in the past few months, fallen into deep disrepair — becoming a home for vagrants and a dumping ground for trash after the property went into foreclosure. One of the buildings on the property has suffered other damage beyond break-ins and vandalism, including major flooding from Hurricane Irene in the downstairs portions that some county officials have said may have been as high as five feet. Robin Finnacom, head of the county’s Community Development Corporation, said conditions there are set to improve now that the property has been acquired from the last owner, Crescendo Realty, LLC. The last sale price to Crescendo was $3.2 million after the first owner, Dick Lore’s Laundromats Inc. sold in 2007, but reports from local realtors and business owners say the most recent sale price was just $610,000 for four buildings on about one acre of land. Finnacom said the details of the sale should be on the public record in the next 30 days. “What they’re doing is immediately fixing it up,” Finnacom said of the new buyers. “It should be ready to show in three months time.” Finnacom said, after talking to one of the three buyers in the group, that their intentions are to restore the apartments and the laundromat. “Having it go into foreclosure was a significant concern,” Finnacom told The County Times. “It’s very

promising to have a new owner to renovate the property. “That will benefit the community in the long term.” Fin nacom said if the county had stronger blight laws at the time of the foreclosure it could have forced the owner to do more to maintain it, but that situation may change if the county adopts stricter protocols as recommended by a task force examining the growing problem. She said the county was fortunate to have a buyer come in and take over the property after only about four to five months. For now, much work is needed to clean up the property Finnacom said, especially the middle building where the flooding occurred. “That will likely have to be gutted.” guyleonard@countytimes.net


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Thursday, December 22, 2011

ews State Proposes More Time for WIP Proposed Legislative District Map Tweaks St. Mary’s. By Sarah Miller Staff Writer

When the Chesapeake Bay’s Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) was first introduced by the EPA, Maryland volunteered to reach the 100 percent reduction goals by 2020, instead of 2025 as required by the EPA mandate. Now, with less than 10 years until 2020, the state is proposing to move their goal back to 2025 in order to have more time, according to Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) spokesperson Samantha Kappalman. “The targets are constantly shifting,” Kappalman said. She said since the start of Phase I of the WIP, the state recognized a need to move the timeline out. “The early target date would be too hard to reach,” Kappalman said. In the draft of WIP Phase II the state submitted to the EPA, they proposed moving the self-imposed deadline back to 2025, in addition to other changes to be reviewed by the EPA before being adopted. “We’re now on track to meet it by 2025,” Kappalman said. Representatives of individual counties support moving the deadline back. Jeff Jackman, senior planner with St. Mary’s County, said the county could probably meet the goal by the current deadline of 2020, but the process is “intricate, challenging and expensive.”

“It is something we have to move forward with,” Jackman said. He said the additional years could be useful, but if the state continues to change the deadline, he said there would need to be an understanding between the state and the individual counties so the counties deadline isn’t continuously changing as well. “It certainly would help,” said Calvert County Principal Environmental Planner David Brownlee. Currently, Calvert is working on a WIP Phase II to be submitted to the state and the EPA. He said Calvert County wouldn’t have met the goals by 2020, though efforts have been made to come in line with the EPA mandates. According to a Dec. 6 presentation by Brownlee to the Board of County Commissioners, some of the efforts made haven’t been fully recognized by the state and continued growth presents an additional challenge. “We need to turn the tide on pollution and we have made progress,” Brownlee’s presentation reads. “However, growth continues set us back on the progress we are making. Jackman said the “missing piece” is money. In order to get on track and stay on track for the reduction goals, funding is required. Brownlee also said Calvert County hasn’t yet committed funding to WIP Phase II. sarahmiller@countytimes.net

By Alex Panos Contributing Writer A proposed redrawing of state legislative district lines released by the governor’s office Friday would give Delegate Tony O’Donnell (R29C) more of St. Mary’s County and cut in half his geographic represenRecommended 2012 Maryland Legislative District Plan* tation in Calvert. as Proposed by the Governor's Redistricting Advisory Committee This move, in efSouthern Maryland fect, “isolates RepubDecember 16, 2011 licans in the long-run in St. Mary’s County ` A 32 Anne (district 29),” according Arundel ? ¸ 31B $ e " ! to Todd Eberly, politiÓ ? cal science professor at 21 33A 23A 33B St. Mary’s College of ( k & % | I o 22 I Maryland. 30A 24shows | I above, Delegate Tony O’Donnell’s Eberly believes the The existing legislative district map, 47A district 29C includes the lower half of Calvert Æ County and ¸ a small sliver of St. ? legislative redistricting Mary’s encompassing NAS Pax River. TheA Ñ 23B new map, below, shows A proposed ( k & is the Democratic par- that district stretching across St. Mary’s,% ¦ Pax River moving into district I with NAS Ì A ¼ of25 ? Del. John Wood ty’s attempt to gain more 29B. Also, in the new map, the section 30BJr.’s district, 29A, in ¼ ? ( k & ¼ ? political control in ar- Charles County is removed. % í A Î A eas such as Washington ¸ ? ¦ I 26 and Frederick Counties, ½ Prince ? Calvert while realizing that in È A George's 27B the long-run St. Mary’s Ø A Ø ?½ 27A A ð A Charles Î A County is destined to Î A ¦ I ¼ ? continue leaning to the ÕAÕ A ½ AÚ ? right side of the aisle. 28 Ú 27C A Additionally, while Ú A ¾ ? ¾ ? the Democrats may see St. Mary's the district becoming ¦ I ¦ I ¼ ? more Republican in the 29A Û A Ü A ÕAÕ A Ü A long-run, changing the ½ ? ½ ? legislative map will not ß A ß A even hurt them in the ¼ ? ¼ ? 29C short-term, because all ½ ? ã A ã A ½ ? 29B the sections of district 29A, B and C are curÜ A Ü A rently under the control ½?½ ? of Democrats. And that is not ex* This map represents the recommended 2012 Legislative District plan as proposed by the pected to change anytime Governor’s Redistricting Advisory Committee. soon. Del. John Wood a small section of St. Mary’s near to, and inJr. (D-29A) is a conservative democrat and a cluding, Naval Air Station Patuxent River. The well-respected figure in Southern Maryland, proposed map removes NAS Pax River from Eberly said, and should come out unscathed, his district and extends it west to the south side even though he stands to lose his small section of Leonardtown. of Charles County. While John Bohanan (D-29B) would have “In any other state, Wood would be con- to deal with new Republican voters near Naval sidered a Republican,” Eberly declared. Air Station Patuxent River, he still has all of The move makes O’Donnell, stronger, be- southern St. Mary’s County to carry him in an cause he has historically run better in his sliver election, Eberly said. of St. Mary’s than he has in Calvert. Now, he However, the professor said it is not unhas a very healthy section of St. Mary’s to realistic to expect that if any Democrat reprework with. sentative in St. Mary’s County gives up a seat, Under the existing map, O’Donnell has that section of district 29 could go Republican. $ e " !

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ews Youth Memorial Park Offers Place of Remembrance By Carrie Munn Staff Writer Many drivers frequently pass by the youth memorial located on Point Lookout Road just south of the intersection with Great Mills Road, but many don’t understand the local significance and history of the memorial. The central grotto, originally built in 1902 at the St. Mary’s Academy in Leonardtown and moved to this new site in 1984, is surrounded by stones with the names of local youths who lost their lives due to tragic circumstances. Thomas Edward and Agnes Langley Tippett led the charge, years ago, to offer grieving parents a central place to hold memorials for the many lives lost too soon. They were among the small crowd that braved

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ews O’Malley Enacts PlanMaryland Local Officials Say it Usurps Local Authority

By Alex Panos Contributing Writer On Monday, Governor Martin O’Malley enacted PlanMaryland, beginning the vision of what state officials say will be long-term sustainable growth and development. The plan uses three types of maps, an environmental “GreenPrint”, agricultural “AgPrint” and developmental “GrowthPrint” in order to determine and implement the best growth pattern for Maryland, while preserving as many environmental and agricultural resources as possible. “[PlanMaryland] will serve as a tool for targeting resources,” O’Malley stated in a press release. “In the long run, that means a healthier environment, stronger communities and a more sustainable future and better quality of life for our kids.” According to the plan, the state government, more specifically a “Smart Growth Subcabinet”, will have majority say as to where state government funding will be going and how it will be spent by county and local governmental entities. St. Mary’s County Commissioner Todd Morgan is one of many local officials who oppose PlanMaryland, saying the idea of the state government having such a large say in local decisionmaking is “ridiculous.” While it is still to be determined which areas the Smart Growth Subcabinet will allocate money to, there is concern among Morgan and many other local officials in Southern Maryland that it will not be coming their way. Morgan believes that most of the funding that was being

sent to Southern Maryland will now be going into metropolitan areas such as Annapolis, Baltimore and the DC metro area. “With money going up the road, we are limited to what we can do because of PlanMaryland,” Morgan said. Calvert County Commissioner Evan Slaughenhoupt said O’Malley’s administration ignored 17 counties when they made the decision. “We wanted time to make improvements to the plan,” Slaughenhoupt said. “It was a single-minded decision … We never heard back on our suggestions. It was not even known if it was taken into the plan.” Leonardtown Town Administrator Laschelle McKay says there is a “concern over process of where to grow” because it is unknown of how the growth maps will look. However, state documentation claims the plan does not ignore local governments, but help them. According to plan.maryland.gov: “Rather than threatening the ability of local governments to control their own destiny, PlanMaryland will enhance their capacity to do so.” Slaughenhoupt called this “laughable.” “The first chapter says how they will not control local zoning ... and the rest of the document described how they will control local zoning,” he said. St. Mary’s County officials echo a similar stance. “I strongly question the word ‘enhance,’” Morgan agreed. But O’Malley’s spokespersons defend the claim, emphasizing that the long decision making process has only just begun. “They will be part of the process.” Spokesperson Raquel

Guillory said. “We’re planning on sitting down and meeting with county and town officials.” The Maryland Association of Counties, or MACo, has been voicing its concerns and will play a big role by representing Southern Maryland’s views during the planning process. As Associate Director Leslie Knapp points out, there are still many holes to fill in the final draft of PlanMaryland. For the plan to be acceptable to MACo, Knapp says the state must advocate the planning guidelines, dilute the power of the Smart Growth Subcabinet and address fully if the local government is authorized to fund its own local projects. While Guillory said that the state would not stop a local government from beginning projects on its own dime, Knapp believes the document implies otherwise. Aside from growth and development, officials claim PlanMaryland aids the preservation of Maryland’s vital natural resources. “We are going to make sure state resources are used wisely; agriculturally and environmentally,” Guillory said. Still, local officials aren’t buying it. “We have preserved 30,000 acres of land [in Calvert County] and are on track to preserve 40,000,” Slaughenhoupt said. “We know what we’re doing and don’t need someone controlling it.” “The Grinch that stole Christmas equals Governor O’Malley and PlanMaryland,” Morgan said.

Burch Oil Ensures a Leonardtown Lions Deliver Gifts Warm Christmas By Alex Panos Contributing writer

By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Burch Oil is making sure people in need throughout the tri-county area have heating oil before Christmas. “They really do need this service, and they need it now,” said Sandy Greenwell, credit manager and head of customer service with Burch Oil. The 306 customers receiving oil are low income and get assistance through the Office of Home Energy Program (OHEP) of the Southern Maryland Tri County Action Committee. OHEP Director Virginia Pilkerton said the funds funnel through the Maryland Energy Assistance Program from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The money helps pay for heating oil, wood, gas and electricity. Because Congress was slow in determining how much would go to LIHEAP, everything that depends on that money also got delayed. Due to the delay, the money for the oil won’t be received until January, but Greenwell said they got the list of names from the Southern Maryland Tri-County Community Action Committee and made the deliveries anyway. Greenwell said she had a number of phone calls from customers asking about the deliveries that normally would have started in November. “People were getting desperate,” Greenwell said. So instead of waiting for the government money to come in before getting people in need their heating oil, Burch Oil got the list of names from Pilkerton and began making the deliveries. “They were life savers,” said Dawn Binger of Hollywood, who is enrolled in OHEP. Binger’s brother contacted The County Times to alert the newspaper of Burch Oil’s good deed. Binger said she would have run out of heating oil before Christmas, but due to what Burch Oil did, she’ll make it though the Christmas season and the rest of the winter without a problem. “It’s just a God send,” she said. For more information about OHEP and the Southern Maryland Tri County Action Committee, visit smtccac.org. sarahmiller@countytimes.net

Filby had been chairman for the past three years before sharing duties at the helm with Carolyn Russell for the first time this holiday season. Filby said for his tag, a 17-year-old asking for a laptop, he purchased a used laptop in good condition and updated it with a new hard drive and modern software programming such as Windows 7. “We got a 2-year-old boy that liked blue and wanted warm clothes,” Schaller explained. “And a 5-year-old girl that wanted a talking doll.” He and his wife purchased the boy some blue outfits, a jacket, a stocking hat, and some toy trucks to play with as well. The girl will be receiving her talking doll, as well as some additional outfits. They also made sure to put batteries with the toys to ensure the children would be able to use them come Christmas morning. Schaller said that in addition to the unexpected gifts, Russell made sure every child she delivered to was also given a candy cane. But while the candy canes and presents may be the gifts for the children, the members of the Leonardtown Lions Club may be receiving the real gift this season. “Being able to put gifts under those trees really pulled at our heart strings,” Schaller said.

Leonardtown Lions Club members hand-delivered donated gifts to 43 needy local families Sunday. Thanks to the Lions, approximately 98 children, from Park Hall to Mechanicsville, will experience the joy of opening Christmas gifts this year. The Lions Club, which according to their Website is the largest and most active service organization in the world, consists of men and women that believe by working together they can accomplish much more than individually possible. There are more than one million Lions in 185 countries throughout the world. Lion Dick Russell originally developed the gift-giving program more than 30 years ago. Second VP Bob Schaller said after Dick’s passing, his daughter, Carolyn Russell, along with the rest of the Lions, all of who understand the importance and significance of the event, have continued to carry on his tradition. “I’m pretty sure Lion Dick is smiling down,” Schaller wrote in an email to members of the chapter. The Lions Club received descriptions of different likes and interests of eligible children in St. Mary’s County from Social Services. They then put the name, age, and interests of each child on what were called “tags.” The tags were then hung on a large Christmas tree and during a ceremony, each Lion selected a tag or two at random and purchase gifts that fit the individual child’s wishes. Eligible kids range from the age of infancy to 18. The Lions then picked up additional gifts from the teachers and parents at St. Mary’s Ryken High School, which the school collects annually through its own program. Some children met the Lions at the door, while others still have yet to be surprised with gifts during their holiday celebration. “The gifts ranged from socks to an Xbox,” Co-Chairman of the event Mike Filby Presents ready to be opened by overjoyed children throughout Southern Maryland said.


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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Here’s a Bright Idea

In regards to the article in on Dec. 15, 2011, “Ideas Vary on How to Spend Surplus.” I have a very simple solution as to how to spend this windfall surplus. That money belongs to the hard working citizen’s of St. Mary’s County. The $30M represents a refund to every man, woman and child of St. Mary’s County of approxi-

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mately $1000. Instead of worrying about how to spend the money by our Commissioners, simply give it back to us. It’s our money!! Jack Hughes California, MD

The Battle for Christmas

It’s that time of year again when the battle for Christmas really gets going. You hear or read about Holiday trees, removal of nativity scenes from government buildings, etc. Christians should recognize this as just one of the battles in the broader war against Christianity, with most attacks coming from our federal, state or local government. While a large majority of Americans claim to be Christian, there are also some who want to eradicate Christianity. These are often CINOs (Christians In Name Only) or cafeteria Christians, who pick and choose which of God’s Commandments and laws they will follow or disobey. Two glaring examples of this are abortion and homosexuality. In Jeremiah 1:5, God says life begins at conception and in Genesis 16:11, the Angel of the Lord tells Hagar that she is “with child” (a term used to describe a pregnant woman at least eighteen other times in the Bible). Our government says that life begins after the child is completely out of the womb. In Exodus 21:22-24 God set the punishment of “…life for life, eye for eye…” for anyone killing or injuring an unborn child. Our government says there is nothing wrong with abortion, that it is perfectly legal. In Genesis 2:24, God clearly states that marriage is between a man and a woman, and in Leviticus 20:13, He clearly states homosexual acts are an abomination punishable by death. Some state governments have already legalized same-sex marriages. The federal government has abolished the Don’t ask, Don’t tell policy, therefore ruling that homosexuality is acceptable by allowing homosexuals to serve openly in the military. You can probably think of other examples of where our government laws and rules are contrary to Christianity. But we shouldn’t blame our government, but ourselves, because we live in a nation where we elect our government officials. As that great philosopher, Pogo, once said “We have met the enemy, and he is us”. Jesus stated how He would deal with those so-called Christians in Matthew 7:21-23. Verse 23 says “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you, depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!” Christmas is a time to decide what kind of Christian each of us is and which side of the war we are on. Robert Boudreaux Waldorf, MD

Please Tell Leaders to Finish Trail At the Dec. 13 St. Mary’s County Board Of County Commissioners meeting a proposal for the endorsement of a federal grant application dealing with Phase VI of the Three Notch Trail was tabled until the Jan. 10 meeting. It seems that our new commissioners might need to have a better insight on what the completion of this phase of construction would mean to all the citizens of St. Mary’s County. Currently, the trail consists of two major improved segments separated by a 5 mile gap through Mechanicsville. Completion of Phase VI would fill in the gap and provide county citizens with a continuous 11-mile trail built on county owned property through relatively lightly developed areas in the northern part of our county. The stretch from the county line down to Baggett Park is the longest unbroken portion of the old railroad bed. Further south, many sections have been given up for the widening of Route 235 thereby complicating the creation of a continuous off-road trail route. Furthermore, the existing right of way from California to Lexington Park has been overcome by heavy commercial development and future plans for FDR Boulevard. It just seems to make sense to complete the trail from its northern terminus at Deborah Drive southward to Baggett Park. Existence of the trail will enhance property values in and around Mechanicsville and will offer the residents an opportunity to enjoy healthful activities along the tree-lined pathway. Please ask your commissioners to favorably endorse the completion of this gap in our Three Notch Trail. James K. Swift California MD

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Mouths Watering For Extra Cash

The County Times’ Dec. 15 issue contained an article titled, “Ideas Vary on How to Spend Surplus”. I can just picture the County Commissioners’ mouths watering on how to spend this $30 million windfall. As a working family man, homeowner and taxpayer, the answer is simple to me. We already have a budget. All of the current planned expenditures should be covered by that budget. Let’s not splurge and throw this money at something that was already agreed was not a top priority (i.e. funded) project. Put the money where it will do the most good. Pay down the debt. By doing that you reduce our interest expense and consequently may even help to generate another surplus next year. Doesn’t the thought boggle the mind? Dennis Ritaldato Hollywood, MD

Don’t Let Trail Be Taken Hostage

Recent developments are threatening the completion of the northern section of the Three Notch Rail Trail. The five-mile section in question (Phase VI) would link two established portions to form a continuous 11 miles of trail. This stage of trail progress is being held hostage by a small group of trail encroachers and NIMBYs (Not in My Back Yard) who reside in the Mechanicsville area along the existing rail right-of-way. This small group of individuals has convinced four of five Board of County Commissioner members that they represent the views and sentiments of all Mechanicsville residents. Some of these opponents come by their opposition from strongly held, if irrational, beliefs that multi-use trails bring only hoodlums, vandals, thieves, kidnappers, and other criminals. In fact, trails reflect the criminal patterns and activities already occurring in a community. To my knowledge, Mechanicsville is not a hotbed of crime. The Sheriff’s Office maintains a database that shows current portions of the trail have NOT generated an up tick in criminal activities over the last five years of operation. Fact demonstrates that the trail can be a safe asset for the community. Why have these sections of the trail been peaceful and safe? The trail is utilized by veterans from the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, senior citizens, pet owners walking their dogs, joggers, cyclists, skaters, and families spending time together outdoors. In other words, trail users are our friends and neighbors. The county-owned railroad right-of-way that now serves as the primary footprint for the trail was neglected by county government in years past, which allowed late night nuisance use by local inconsiderate motorcyclists and ATV operators. It appears that many of these long-suffering NIMBYs have, using faulty logic, assumed that a managed linear park will result in the same or worse abuses that happened during the decades that the county failed to provide adequate stewardship for the rail bed. However, the usage of already completed sections of the trail proves that these fears are unfounded. Trust that your neighbors and friends, using the trail, will help contribute to its safety and security. One issue that hasn’t received much attention is that the most vocal opponents to the development of the connecting section of the trail are trail encroachers. These individuals, over the decades, have attempted to take portions of the County owned rail right-of-way for their own personal use. How is it that the trail bed, which belongs to the citizens of St. Mary’s County, can be co-opted by a handful of encroachers? The majority of Mechanicsville residents, other county citizens and out-of-county potential trail users support the completion of Phase VI of the Three Notch Trail. All citizens of St. Mary’s County are entitled to benefit from the economic, recreational and social advantages the completed 11-mile trial will bring. I ask for your support in defending our trail. The Commissioners will hold a county public forum on Jan. 3, 2012, at the Valley Lee firehouse at 6 p.m. Please attend the forum to let your voices be heard. Bring family members and friends who support the completion of this community asset. If you can’t attend the forum, send a note or e-mail in support of the trail to your Commissioner. Dan Donahue, Former Chair Recreation and Parks Recreation Trail Subcommittee Mechanicsville, MD

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From Start to Finish, Shop Offers Variety of Projects

By Carrie Munn Staff Writer In light of a generally weak economy and a downturn in new home building and purchasing, many homeowners are looking to home improvements and remodeling projects. That means business is good for Southern Maryland Kitchen, Bath, Floors and Design located in the Wildewood Shopping Center. The home makeover shop boasts a knowledgeable staff that can walk a client through the entire process of re-doing a space, from design consultations to professional installation. Store leader and owner Anthony Obedoza has worked in the industry for nearly a decade and prides himself on excellent customer service. In fact, the store has won a customer satisfaction award for two years in a row, he said, adding his business is the only home improvement store accredited by the Better Business Bureau in St. Mary’s County. The store is also a member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association. “We wanted to offer something unique for the area,” Obedoza said, explaining how the multiple types of projects offered – from flooring to kitchen and bath projects – mean a more streamlined, less burdensome experience for customers. Southern Maryland Kitchen, Bath, Floors and Design offers several exclusive products, has the largest selection of tile in the area and carries a wide variety of fixtures, he said. The professional crews complete jobs ranging from a day’s work to multimonth projects, with something for every budget, Obedoza said. Designers Shannon Obedoza, Jessica Amos and Allison Zentner conduct free consultations, looking at the clients’ space and working with them to understand what designs will help them achieve their goals. That advice helps homeowners seeking to do a home renovation project make smart investments and functional choices during what can be an overwhelming process. Designer Jess Amos, an Allied Member of the American Association for Interior Design, crafts beautiful rugs that are available at the store.

The business has been open for almost three years, keeping busy with projects of various scopes throughout the tri-county area and earning more than $3 million in revenue annually. Obedoza said he’s hoping to expand into other locations in the coming years. The company has given back to the community through the building of St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church’s thrift store and projects with Patuxent Habitat for Humanity, among others. For those considering an upgrade to that bathroom, a kitch-

en overhaul or a flooring or tiling project, the staff at Southern Maryland Kitchen, Bath, Floors and Design is ready to assist in making sure you get top-quality service and products plus an excellent customer service experience. Stop in and see the team and the extensive showroom Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., or call 301-866-00337 for an appointment. carriemunn@countytimes.net

Photo by Carrie Munn The staff at Southern Maryland Kitchen, Bath, Floors and Design, from left is administrative assistant Saralyn Bowling, installer Wayne Brooks, sales and design consultant Allison Zentner, owner/manager Anthony Obedoza, operations lead Sean Piland and office manager and designer Shannon Obedoza.

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is on civilian careers in the Navy as scientists, engineers and mathematicians. Additionally, the Fleet and Family Readiness Regional Human Resources Department will present information on summer employment for lifeguards, water safety instructors, camp counselors, recreation aides and a host of other customer services positions. Specific job announcements, application deadlines and the on-line application process will be covered. These positions are located at Patuxent River, Solomons Recreation Center, Dahlgren and Indian Head.

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Briefs Sting Nets Prostitution Charge

Annette Pamela Sapia, 45 of Dundalk, was arrested after responding to St. Mary’s County to engage in sexual intercourse for money with an undercover vice narcotics detective, police allege. She was charged with one count of prostitution.

Waterman Arrested on Patuxent

On Dec. 9 at 12 p.m., Maryland Natural Resource Police Officers boarded the commercial fishing vessel “Gina Marie,” in the Patuxent River, finding and charging Benjamin Byers, 31 of Bozman, with harvesting oysters while his license and activity was suspended. A trial date has been set for Feb. 20, 2012.

Suspected Thief Hit with List of Charges

On Dec. 18, deputies responded to a residence on Camden Court, Hollywood, for a burglary report. Investigation revealed Casey Michael Shores, 19, of Leonardtown, was observed by two witnesses running from a residence carrying items stolen from vehicles, police said. The two witnesses chased Shores and were able to detain him long enough to retrieve the stolen items, a police report states, and a struggle ensued and Shores got away. Deputies responding learned a garage was burglarized and two vehicles were broken into and items were stolen from within. Police located Shores a short time later at his residence and he was positively identified by the witnesses. Deputy Flerlage arrested Shores and charged him with first-, third- and fourth-degree burglary, rogue & vagabond and theft.

Probe Leads to PCP Arrest

Vice narcotics detectives began an investigation into suspect Francis Michael Barnes’, 53, alleged distribution of PCP from his Leonardtown home. After a several week investigation, a search and seizure warrant was executed on his residence. Several vials of PCP (empty and full) cocaine, marijuana and related paraphernalia were recovered, detectives report. Additional charges are pending.

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Officer Guilty of Stealing from Navy By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Federal prosecutors with U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein’s office announced Friday that a former commander in the U.S. Navy concealed the fact that he was still being paid as if he was on active duty even though he was off of active duty for over a year. Carl W. Marquis, 48, of Burke, Va., faces five years in prison after entering his guilty plea in federal court; the original charge was concealment of a material fact from the government. Marquis received an overpayment of $159,712 from the government for a 15-month period after he finished a brief tour of duty on Patuxent River Naval Air Station at the Naval Air Systems Command. Marquis’ main job was as a civilian at the Federal Aviation Administration but was also part of the U.S. Navy Reserve. After leaving his three-month stint at the

base he failed to out-process, federal prosecutors report, and remained on the Navy’s active duty pay list, collecting more than $8,000 each month. “Marquis failed to notify anyone with the Defense Finance and Accounting Service, the Naval Air Systems Command or his reserve unit to correct the overpayment,” a U.S. Attorney’s Office release stated. “When Marquis returned to his reserve unit for monthly drills, he was asked repeatedly by his unit administrator why he was failing to appear on the reserve rolls and was directed to take steps to resolve the error. “Not only did Marquis fail to follow-up as directed, he never mentioned that he continued to receive active duty pay.” Prosecutors say that by June of this year Marquis had spent all but $25,000 of the money stolen from the Navy. guyleonard@countytimes.net

Calvert Man Arrested in Pill Sting By Guy Leonard Staff Writer St. Mary’s County narcotics officers say they have arrested a Chesapeake Beach man for allegedly running an illegal prescription medication distribution operation. Law officers say that after a six-month investigation which involved detectives from Calvert County into allegations surrounding Robert Anthony Mister, 42, they caught him in St. Mary’s County during a transaction. In that arrest, police alleged when they found Mister, he had more than 100 oxycodone pills in bottles that had either torn or removed labels; the drugs alone had a street value of $2,800. Detectives also seized $30,000 in cash from Mister on the spot, police stated, while Calvert police raided his Chesapeake Beach home and found two handguns and other evidence. Detectives were able to seize an additional $2,300 in cash from the raid, police information stated, and also recovered other prescription medication — suboxone and alprazolam. Lt. Steven Jones, commander of the Calvert Investigative Team, said their first tip on Mister’s alleged operations came from their own jurisdiction about half a year ago and then they saw it come to St. Mary’s County. Jones said he believed that the alleged drug sales were going on longer than just six

Robert Anthony Mister months. With the amount of drugs police seized from Mister as well as the cash, Jones said Mister had a significant impact on the drug trade locally. “He was a major player,” Jones said. “Fortunately we were able to catch him with the fruits of the crime, that’s the money, and that can be used to fight drugs.” Proceeds from drug seizures can be used to fund equipment purchases and other training for law enforcement officers in narcotics seizures. Vice/Narcotics commander in St. Mary’s, Capt. Daniel Alioto, said the sharing of information between both counties helped the sting to be so successful. “Without the coordination it isn’t so successful,” Alioto said. “This is another prime example of our relationships with other jurisdictions and our cooperation with Calvert County.”

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Two Arrested for Water Meter Theft On Dec. 7, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Butler responded to the Waste Water/Sewer Treatment Plant, located on Van Wert Lane in Leonardtown, for a burglary report. Investigation revealed several water meters had been stolen from a shed located on the property. The victim valued the loss at approximately $3,800. On Dec. 12, a representative from Super Salvage Scrap Metal Recycling Facility located in Prince Frederick, contacted Butler and reported they

received the stolen property at their location, police report. Butler responded to Super Salvage and viewed videotape showing two subjects bringing in the stolen water meters. Butler was able to identify the two Brandon Underwood subjects as Kyle Stephen Fink, 19 and Brandon Henry Underwood, 18, both of Leonardtown, police said. Butler arrested Fink and Underwood, and they were charged with seconddegree burglary and theft. Kyle Fink


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Wilfred Berry, 96 Wilfred A. Berry, age 96, passed away on December 17, 2011 at his home in California, Maryland. Wilfred was born in Patchogue, Long Island, New York on August 24, 1915, to the late Edwin B. Berry and Edith A. (Weeks) Berry. He married Gertrude E. (Saxty) Berry on May 26, 1939 and celebrated their 62nd anniversary before her death in October 2001. Wilfred came to St. Mary’s County in 1942 when the construction of the U.S. Naval base began. He was commander of the U.S. Power Squadron at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station. He loved gardening, boating and sailing, cutting and splitting wood and walking his dog, Molly. Wilfred took great pride in having taught three of his youngest grandchildren who lived next door to him, Stephanie, Crystal, and Luke Berry to play piano. Wilfred is survived by his children, Kenneth A. Berry (Mellie) of California, MD, and Claudia D. Hipkins (David) of Waterford, VA, grandchildren, Mark Hipkins, Daniel Hipkins, Darla Dodl, Kendra Mortureux, Timothy Hipkins, Stephanie, Crystal and Luke Berry, fourteen greatgrandchildren and four great-great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Stanley M. Berry of Hagerstown, MD. In addition to his parents and wife, Wilfred was preceded in death by his son Clifford D. Berry. Family received friends on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 in the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. A Funeral Service was held on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 in the Brinsfield Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, MD. Contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral. com. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Carl Downing, Jr., 59 Carl Edward Downing, Jr., 59 of Piney Point, MD died December 14, 2011 at St. Mary’s Hospital. Born March 14, 1952 in Pleasant County, West Virginia, he was the son of the late Carl Edward Downing and Ella Mae (Shaw) Meeks. Carl was a painter in the construction field. He loved fishing, cooking, spending time with his wife, grandkids and family. He also loved reading the Bible and time with God

and his pets. Carl is survived by his mother, Ella Mae Meeks of WV, his wife, Gail Downing, his children, Miranda Miller of NC, Carla Downing of NC and Tanja Outlaw (Tony) of NC, grandchildren, Hannah, Marina and Emily Miller, Dwayne and Kayla Pernell, and Olivia, Warness and Victoria Outlaw. Charles is also survived by his siblings, Ted Downing and Carol Sullivan of OH, Dottie Grimes, Gary Meeks, Edwin Meeks, Kathy Parsons, Lana Fischer, and Pam Hune all of WV, Edward Meeks of FLand Sam Meeks of WV. Carl was preceded in death by his father, Carl E. Downing, Sr., his stepfather, Ed Meeks, Sr., his brother, Ron Meeks and his sister Penny Fulton. All services will be private. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral. com. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Arthur Eckardt, 81 A r t h u r “Art” Joseph Eckardt, 81, of Lexington Park, MD, died on December 14, 2011 in Callaway, MD surrounded by his loving family. Born on August 31, 1930 he was the son of the late Arthur Charles and Josephine Elizabeth Eckardt. He was the loving husband of Joan Barbara Eckardt whom he married on October 7, 1950 in St. Malachy’s Church, Brooklyn, NY. Mr. Eckardt is survived by his children; Frederick Arthur Eckardt of Pennsylvania, Margaret Joan Hammett (Anthony) of Colton’s Point, MD, Jonathan Peter Eckardt (Cheri) of Redgate, MD, and Mary Susan Sanders (Glenn) of Mechanicsville, MD.  He is also survived by a sister Elizabeth Biscardi of San Jose, CA, 4 grandchildren, 5 greatgrandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, and 3 step-great grandchildren. Arthur graduated from East New York Vocational, in 1948 before enlisting in the United States Navy in August, 1948. He retired from the United States Navy in April, 1968 as a Parachute Rigger Sr. Chief. He earned the National Defense Service Medal (2nd Award) and Good Conduct Medal (5th Award) period ending November 24, 1964.  He was stationed in Patuxent River, MD during his 20 years of service and moved to Southern Maryland in 1958.  Mr. Eckardt enjoyed Blacksmith tools and running marathons. The family received friends on Monday, December 19, 2011 in the Mattingley-Gardner Funeral Home Chapel with prayers recited. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 in Holy Face Catholic Church, Great Mills, MD with Fr. Joseph Calis officiating.  Interment followed in the church cemetery.  Pallbearers were; Jim Swift, Tom Brown, Anthony Ham-

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mett, Glenn Sanders, Dan Edelbaum, and Jon Eckardt. Contributions may be made in memory of Arthur “Art” Joseph Eckardt to Hospice House of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD, and/or the American Cancer Society, 1041 Rt 3, North Building A, Gambrills, MD 21054.  Arrangements provided by the MattingleyGardiner Funeral Home, P.A, Leonardtown, MD.

Iola Ferguson, 89 Iola Elizabeth “Betty” Ferguson, 89, of Valley Lee, MD died at her home on Sunday, December 18, 2011. Born September 26, 1922 in Washington, DC, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Gertrude Plowman. She married W. McGordon Ferguson on May 15, 1941 a union that endured for 62 years. They met while working at the flagship Woodward and Lothrop Department Store in downtown DC. While her husband was serving in the Navy, in the Pacific Theatre of WW11, she became active in the Order of Eastern Star, an associated body of the Masons. In 1945 at the age of 23, she served as the head of her Eastern Star Chapter, Takoma No. 12, in DC. At the time of her passing, she was the Chapter’s Senior Living Past Matron. She was also a Life Member of Julia Halla Chapter No.

107, OES, in California, MD. Mrs. Ferguson’s association with the Masons spanned four generations, being the daughter and the grandmother of Master Masons, the wife of a Past Master of a DC Masonic Lodge and the mother of a Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of DC. From the 1940’s into the 1970’s, Mrs. Ferguson managed the Capital Nurse Registry. After residing in Kensington, MD for 20 years, Mr. and Mrs. Ferguson retired to St. Mary’s County, moving into their waterfront dream home. Over the next 25 years, both served as volunteers and appointees in several local civic and church groups, including the Hospice of St. Mary’s County. Her husband passed away in September 2003. Mrs. Ferguson was the last surviving member of her generation of siblings and spouses in both families. She is survived by a son, Gordon Lee Ferguson, of Kensington, MD, a daughter, Judith Hansen-Childers of Gardiner, ME, three grandchildren, and one great grandchild, with a second expected in January. The family received friends for Betty’s Life Celebration at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 with an Eastern Star Memorial Service, followed by a prayer service. A Funeral service will be held on Thursday, December 22, 2011 at 11 a.m. at St. George

Episcopal Church, 19167 Poplar Hill Lane, Valley Lee, MD. Interment will follow in the church cemetery, next to her husband. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Mary’s, Inc., P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650 or St. George’s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 30, Valley Lee, MD 20692. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral. com. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Gerald Fleming, 73 Gerald Allen Fleming, 73 of California, MD died December 16, 2011 at his residence. Born February 7, 1938 in New Mexico, he was the son of the late Gerald Arthur Fleming and Zathsu Hyden. Gerald was an umpire in the tricounty area for over 20 years and referee for baseball, basketball and football. He worked at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station for 25 years as an instructor.

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Continued Gerald is survived by his wife, Pearl Effie Fleming, his children, Cindy Preston (Kurt) of Hollywood, MD, Toni Stephens (Larry) of Moore, OK and Tammy Wilkerson (John) of Moore, OK, his step-children Debbie A. Daniel (Curtis) of WV, Barbara J. Pollard of Hollywood, MD, Patty McMahan, Melissa Ritter, and Del Smith of St. Mary’s County, 15 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, and brothers, Kenneth Fleming of WA, and James Fleming (Joan) of WA. In addition to his parents, Gerald was preceded in death by his wife Roberta Fleming in 1998. A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, December 22, 2011 at 7 p.m. at Life Community Church of God, 22512 Chancellors Run Road, Great Mills, MD 20634. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral. com.

Joseph Hayden, Sr., 81 J o s e p h Aloysius “Pop” Hayden, Sr., 81, of Leonardtown, MD formerly from Hollywood, MD, died on December 18, 2011 in Callaway, MD surrounded by his loving family. Born on March 8, 1930 he was the son of the late Francis Roger and Gertrude Wells Hayden. He was the loving husband of the late Ann Juanita Abell Hayden whom he married on May 29, 1950, in Hollywood, MD. Mr. Hayden is survived by his children; Joseph A. Hayden, Jr. of Lottsburg, Virginia, Daniel T. Hayden of Mechanicsville, MD, James R. Hayden of Leonardtown, MD and Francis W. Hayden, John R. Hayden, and Charles K. Hayden all of Hollywood, MD as well as 15 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his siblings; Francis Roger Hayden, Thomas Edward Hayden, Robert Wells Hayden, Loretta Goldsborough, and Gertrude Dean. Joseph graduated from St. John’s Catholic School, and was a lifelong resident

of St. Mary’s County, MD. He was a Carpenter for the IAMAW until retiring in 1990. Mr. Hayden enjoyed playing horseshoes, shooting pool and playing music. The family received friends on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 in the Mattingley-Gardner Funeral Home Chapel with prayers recited. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, December 22, 2011 at 12:30 p.m. in St. John’s Catholic Church, Hollywood, MD with Fr. Raymond Schmidt officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be; Joe Hayden, Jr., Billy Hayden, Danny Hayden, Hank Hayden, Chuck Hayden, and Jimmy Hayden. Honorary Pallbearers will be his grand children. Contributions may be made in memory of Joseph Aloysius Hayden, Sr., to Friends of Cedar Lane Apartments, 22680 Cedar Lane Court, Leonardtown, MD 20650, Hospice of St. Mary’s P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650, Leonardtown Vol. Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 299 Leonardtown, MD 20650, and/ or Hollywood Vol. Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 79, Hollywood, MD 20636. To leave a condolence for the family please visit www.mgfh.com. Arrangements provided by the MattingleyGardiner Funeral Home, P.A, Leonardtown, MD.

Paul Greenwell, 88 Paul H. Greenwell, 88, of Callaway, Maryland was peacefully called home by the Lord on December 14, 2011. As a young man, Paul worked on the farm with his family. His first county employment was on Patuxent River Naval Air Test Station in the boiler room. He then obtained employment at St. Mary’s College, St. Mary’s City, where he began as a waiter in the cafeteria and proceeded to the library. He was employed there from 1954 to 1983. Family and friends will unite on Thursday, December 22, from 9 a.m. until time of Mass of Christian Burial at10 a.m. at Holy Face Catholic Church, 20408 Point Lookout Road, Great Mills, Maryland 20634. Interment to follow at Holy Face Catholic Church Cemetery. Arrangements by Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home, 2294 Old Washington Road, Waldorf, MD

 

Charles LaMarr, 84

Charles Arthur LaMarr, 84 of Hollywood, MD died December 19, 2011 at Solomons Nursing Center. Born September 11, 1926 in Indianapolis, IN, he was the son of the late Paul A. LaMarr and Mary (Monroe) LaMarr. Charles was a United States Marine Corp. Master Sergeant, serving for twenty-four years. After retiring from the USMC in 1968 at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station, he worked for 22 years as a manual writer for Lockheed Martin. Charles was the first volunteer for the Maryland State Police, Leonardtown, MD, serving over 10,000 hours. He was a member of the Hollywood Moose Lodge, Chapter 2173 and the VFW in California, MD. Charles was married to Rosalie Anderson on February 8, 2003 in Issue, MD. Charles is survived by his wife, Rosalie, his children, Thomas Gauchat (Lin) of Solomons, MD, Michele Zito of Helena, AL, and Donald LaMarr of (Joan) of Santa Clarita, CA, his stepchildren, Joseph L. Anderson (Kim) of Hollywood, MD, Michelle Richards (Scott) of Hollywood, MD, Mary McLean (Michael) of Waldorf, MD and George C. Anderson (Beth Poor) of Leonardtown, MD, 17 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren and 7 great-great grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Charles was preceded in death by his wife Rosemary (Elliott) LaMarr in 2001, his children, Mary Perkins and John Gauchat and his brother, Paul LaMarr. Family received friends for Charles’ Life Celebration on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at St. George Catholic Church, 19199 St. George’s Church Road, Valley Lee, MD 20692. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Monsignor Karl A. Chimiak. Interment was private. Serving as pallbearers was members of the Maryland State Police. Serving as honorary pallbearers were two of Charles’ sons and six grandsons.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 79, Hollywood, MD 20636. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral. com. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Paul Lubosch, 33 Paul Joseph (Abbott) Lubosch died on November 28, 2011 at his home in Jenks, OK. Born at Patuxent River, MD on May 25, 1978, he lived the first half of his life in St. Mary’s County, MD loving his family and friends and being a fine student, musician and athlete. The loves of his life in Oklahoma included his family, especially his two sons, and friends, hunting, fishing, and being a fine husband, father, friend, neighbor and co-worker. He is survived by his wife Charlee, his sons Peyton Jacob Lubosch and Kaden Paul Buckner, his father Bernd (Abbott) Lubosch and his wife Janice, his mother Carol (Abbott) Wilson and her husband Tom, his grandmother Jean Truster, his Aunts and Uncles Mike Lubosch and wife Yvonne, James Truster, Robert McGee and wife Gail, Mike Derry and wife Elaine and several cousins. Funeral services were held on Friday, December 2, 2011 at Floral Haven Funeral Home, Broken Arrow, OK.

John Mosher, 61 John Morris Mosher died at his home in Hollywood, MD on Tuesday, December 13, 2011. Born on August 29, 1950 he was 61 at the time of his death. John moved here from Sothern California after he retired from a long and distinguished career as a paramedic and firefighter for San Diego and Los Angeles counties. He enjoyed the beauty and charm of Southern Maryland and loved to spend his time around the Patuxent River with his golden retriever and faithful companion, Abagail (Abbey). John loved being a fireman and loved his country. He was part of a group of Los Angeles county firefighters who went to New York after the 9/11 attacks on the world trade center to aid the victims and help the families of the fallen NYFD firefighters. He is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and fought for our country in the Vietnam War. He was a volunteer for the Make a Wish Foundation and enjoyed helping others. He is preceded in death by his mother Elizabeth L. Mosher and

his father Morris E. Mosher and is survived by his daughter Kristen Mosher and his sister Cindy Mosher. A private service for friends and family will be held at a time and place to be determined. Contributions may be made in John’s honor to the Hollywood vol. Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 7, Hollywood, MD 20636. To leave a condolence for the family please visit www.mgfh. com. Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A, Leonardtown, MD.

Gloria Nagel, 85 Gloria N. Nagel, 85, of Piney Point, MD, died peacefully on December 14, 2011 at her home due to a short bout of lung cancer. Born September 19, 1926 in Texas, she was the daughter of the late John and Scottie Denton. She is survived by her husband Kennard N. Nagel, her sons Gregory Nagel (Kathy), Dennis Cyr (Sallie), William Stewart Nagel (Jocelyn); her daughters Rebecca Lake, Janaree Nagel; her sister Kathy Miskimens, 12 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brothers; Perry (Doc) Denton, W.L. Denton, and sisters June Clarey and Dean Fernandez. She will be remembered for her kindness, generosity, the love of her family, and close friends. For many years, she and her husband “Pinky” owned and operated a restaurant “Elsie D” in Piney Point where she mastered the art of cooking by making the world’s best crab cake along with tending to the needs of her customers. Her greatest enjoyment & serenity of life was working in her yard, mowing and planting flowers. She loved playing cards, board games, and watching her two favorite sports teams, the Washington Redskins and the Baltimore Orioles. She enjoyed working crossword puzzles daily, which she began early in life with her sisters Dean and Kathy. A private ceremony will be held at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Gloria Nell Nagel to the Second District volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 1, Valley lee, MD 20692. To leave a condolence for the family please visit www.mgfh.com. Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A, Leonardtown, MD.

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there, but we’re not seeing an over-generosity.” “The appetite is very conservative,” he said. Martirano and Clements said projects, like the recent request for an HVAC system renovation for Greenview Knolls Elementary, are requiring a fight to get fully funded. And with the new elementary school project on the horizon, Clements said, “A lot of things have to happen in this first year for the project to stay on track and the funding is critical.” He explained that currently, the schools, county and town of Leonardtown are working through the steps for annexation, subdivision and infrastructure planning of the construction site on the Hayden property and said, “we have to have a title before we get the first dollar of state money.” Beyond the funds going for the actual brick and mortar building of the brand new school, Martirano told the school board to keep in mind the recurring funding it will take to outfit the school with a full staff, a cost he estimated at about $3.8 million annually. Clements said discussion on how to phase in that expense and possibly open up the Loveville annex to house students zoned to attend the new school as it’s being built are underway, with the plan culminating in doors opening in August of 2015. Board member Mary Washington commented that the board of commissioners’ fiscally conservative approach, “will benefit the whole county,” adding it’s important to make sure and acquire all that is needed to get the new elementary school moving forward. “At the end of the day, we state our case … but we’re getting some refutiating information that we need to slow things down and that the monies aren’t flowing,” Martirano said. carriemunn@countytimes.net

‘Common Core’ to Bring Changes By Carrie Munn Staff Writer School officials delivered an informative update and an accompanying 358-page document on the Bridge to Excellence Master Plan and the Race to the Top initiative that outlines what is driving education conversations at the state and local level during the St. Mary’s County Public Schools board of education meeting Dec. 14. Scott Smith, director of secondary schools, who compiled the information, explained the major components steering decisions in local public education. The biggest, he said, being the Race to the Top, which breaks down to, “a sizable amount of money with $240 million in state funds aligned to four broad assurances: [standards and assessments, data systems to support instruction, great teachers and leaders and turning around the lowest performing schools].” As the curriculum shifts to fully integrate the common core standards, educator effectiveness training and pilot programs are emphasized, as is communications to keep parents and the community informed about how these

changes will affect their students. James Corns, the schools’ director of information technology, explained part of the transition is making sure the technology infrastructure can support the needs and a recent wireless deployment, school system-wide, would facilitate online instruction and assessments, as well as enhance data management. Smith confirmed that MSDE would seek an AYP waiver this year to which the superintendent added, “The AYP standard isn’t that good of a measurement for real performance in schools.” He said, “It’s an archaic data point that needs to be revisited, causing more trouble than it’s worth.” The goal is to have the state standards aligned with the common core by 2013-2014, so, Martirano said, “The next few years will be eventful.” “There’s a great amount of flux in transitional work going on right now,” he said, adding, “We’re morphing into something completely different right now … and we’ll be another beautiful butterfly when we do.” carriemunn@countytimes.net


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The world focuses is on employment, money and materialism, Bowman said, and people are cut off from their natural gifts. They never get the chance After living in St. Mary’s County most of his life, C. Aloy- to live their dreams. sius Bowman of Leonardtown is choosing to “plant the seed” of “Most people who are working are just going his wide reaching charity organization in the community that through the motions,” he said. shaped him. Bowman said if an individual pursues their With The Elijah International Foundation, Inc., Bowman dreams they are bound to thrive. They are driven to aims to bridge the divide between government and religion while succeed because they are doing what they love. creating and restoring communities. He said the Elijah Foundation is his passion, and “Our hope is to restore Eden one community at a time. By he gave up his job in order to devote himself wholly empowering our youths through the Wisdom of God, the Gospel to the foundation rather than dividing his time and of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit, we’ll equip them resources and never really giving the best of himself to inspire the world to return to our communal state with God,” to anything. the foundation’s website reads. He said he hopes his example will inspire others “Our vision establishes a partnership between the federal to live their dreams. government and the universal church. With the power of the Holy “If you want the best out of anybody else, you Spirit, together we’ll do our part to restore and renew our com- have to give your best,” Bowman said. munities and elevate the ideals of America, while creating a susThrough the initiatives, Bowman hopes to retainable economic strategy to give hope to our youths.” store Eden on Earth. The foundation is made up of four initiatives – Peter’s Rock, “We’re on a journey to find the essence of God,” Elijah’s Faith Project, David’s Call and Joseph’s Way. Through Bowman said. these four initiatives, the foundation offers humanitarian aid, He said the biblical garden was only one small promotes environmental awareness and stewardship, works for part of Eden. The whole of Eden was designed to social and economic change and even supports entertainers. provide for all the needs in life. In a new Eden, there With connections in nearly every industry, Bowman said the would be an understanding that all things come from foundation becomes “the perfect partner” for any organization. God and the Earth. Bowman said an example of a By having such varied and far reaching initiatives, Bowman rift that could be mended is the culture clash between hopes to offer anyone interested a way to follow their passions. city mentality in Baltimore and Washington D.C. “Everyone on the planet was given a gift,” Bowman said. and the laid back mentality in St. Mary’s County and Southern Maryland. Bowman is putting action behind his words by offering periodic bus trips to Washington, D.C. for children and adults. The first of these trips took children from the community to see the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and the Holocaust Museum. The goal was to get disadvantaged children out to the memorial to learn about their culPhoto by Sarah Miller tural heritage and be in- Tykia Bryant explores the Washington D.C. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial during Bowman’s spired to strengthen their first community bus trip. community. The next trip will deon getting his first board of directors together. He said he plans part from St. Mary’s City after the an- to have young people and pillars of the community on the board, nual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer and hopes to cycle fresh youths in every few years while keeping Breakfast on Jan. 16. Reservations are the experienced members of the board on as advisors. In doing $25 per seat and due by Jan. 9. For this, he hopes to benefit from the new perspectives the youths more information, or to reserve a seat, bring in and the experience of the older members of the board. call 240-431-2112. He is also working on an entertainment extravaganza to “Our Journey Back To Destiny serve as a fundraiser and an attention getter for the foundation. Community Bus Trip is birthed out of Eventually, he hopes to make the show an annual event. He is our theme of ‘Unify to Unity’, and will looking for support and a venue for the show. elevate the experience of the Annual “I can’t do it alone,” Bowman said. MLK Prayer Breakfast, and maniBowman first tried forming a similar non-profit organizafest something empowering for our tion, Bowman Enterprises, in 1987. The venture was ultimately youth,” Bowman said. “Each year we unsuccessful, but Bowman is hopeful about his new foundation. hope to remind our community of the A driving force behind Bowman’s second attempt was the vision and hopes of Dr. King and to birth of his son in 2000. He said he wants to change the world inspire ourselves to continue with the and make it a better place for his son to grow up and eventually, efforts required to fulfill his vision of have his own family. In 2008, he reincorporated the Elijah Interthe “Beloved Community.” national Foundation, Inc. Bowman is getting support from In his first initiative, Bowman said he included a recycling family and community members initiative that was ahead of its time. 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By Carrie Munn Staff Writer Two short months ago, Michele Barickman’s 22-year-old son, Richard, “Ricky” Ince, IV took his own life. This will be the first year she celebrates the holidays following the loss. As hard as it is for the mother to handle, she decided to memorialize her son, planting and decorating a tree in his memory and offering a place for others in the area to remember their lost loved ones. Ince leaves behind three small children, a sister and niece and many friends and neighbors, along with his mother who said, “Especially during the holidays, when things become stressful in somebody’s life, you need to take them serious.” Barickman said her son had been having a hard time dealing with many stressors in his life, struggled to find stable work and had attempted suicide just four months earlier. Ince was under the influence of alcohol when his mother took him to St. Mary’s Hospital after the first threat to his own life, but he was released with a list of numbers to call for support. Barickman said her son’s lack of health insurance and the wait times to talk to someone combined with his history of self-medicating and untreated bi-polar disorder, as diagnosed in his teen years, left him without a way to improve his mental health. She and her 19-year old daughter, who was very close to her big brother, found Ince on Oct. 8. Barickman said, “They say suicide is hereditary, it’s a disease.” She explained how Ince’s father had similar tendencies, had suffered from Gulf War Syndrome and had passed away in a self-prophesized auto accident when her son was only 7 years old. “I feel like that had a lot to do with his trouble in dealing with hardships,” she said. Barickman said she and those close to Ince experienced anger after his passing and are now dealing with the lingering whys and what-ifs but have found it’s necessary to look at the underlying issues, the reasons behind his choice and to look forward to healing in a healthy way. The mother said she runs into people who don’t want to mention his name and sees the stigma attached as an obstacle for survivors. BarMichele Barickman, at right, is joined by neighbors and close friends of her son Ricky Ince, Caitlynn Rader and Megan Knott next to the tree erected in his memory off Point Lookout Road in southern St. Mary’s County.

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Handling Stress During the Holidays By Carrie Munn Staff Writer

Photos by Carrie Munn Michele Barickman, of St. Inigoes, shared her story of loss with The County Times and said she hoped her tree memorial may help others dealing with trauma at the holidays to heal.

ickman said she’s been fortunate to have a good friend who recently lost her father, who has offered an open ear and a lot of support as the holiday season approaches. She also met a friend through social networking who lives in Leonardtown and recently lost her son to suicide as well. Barickman said the similarities between the two young mens’ lives are eerie. “I think if more people talked about it and didn’t look down upon [suicide], it would ease the grieving process a little bit,” she said. “I want to talk about him, remember him … it’s healthier to talk about him.” She said she and her sister are hoping to start some type of support group that’s very localized. Barickman said it’s important to find support from those that have been in your shoes and though bereavement counseling is available, it’s a far drive from the St. Inigoes area. This year, as Christmas approaches, Barickman said the hole Ince left in the family is still fresh. She said many don’t have lights up, because it was her go-getter son that annually climbed the roof to put them on for family members and friends. The memory tree concept, she said, is much like the Angel Tree, but is open to anyone wishing to honor a lost loved one, regardless of how they passed, by placing their photo or an ornament on the tree. “If people have somewhere to go and recognize and remember those they’ve lost, it may help them heal,” she said. Barickman shared her story with The County Times on Friday and accomplished getting the tree up on her property at Beachville Road and Rt. 5 in St. Inigoes by Monday. After being contacted by Barickman’s coworker at the Ridge Volunteer Rescue Squad, where she’s volunteered for 10 years, local tree farmer Joe Gardner donated a good looking-holiday evergreen for the cause. “It’s in my nature to help and it makes me feel good,” Gardner said. The mourning mother was joined by family and neighbors in lighting and decorating the tree, and topping the tree with a framed picture of Ince. The lighted memorial can be seen from Point Lookout Road near the intersection with Beachville Road. For more details on how to get involved with her effort, search for Michele Barickman on Facebook or call her at 301-431-7499. carriemunn@countytimes.net

With businesses bustling and preparations being made for the coming holiday, experts say many individuals struggle during the season. Those at-risk throughout the year often feel problems amplified as the days grow colder and shorter and the stresses of meeting the merry expectations increase. “The holidays are a concern in this line of work,” said Kathy O’Brien, executive director of Walden. “The holidays are an image we create … of Normal Rockwell or perfection, and life often doesn’t live up to those unrealistic expectations.” When that occurs, stress is caused and O’Brien said those in the human services fields see existing problems magnified. Depression and anxiety increase, domestic violence escalates and drinking and drug use often heightens as well. “The statistics bear it out,” she said of the difficulty many find in the time leading up to, during and following Christmas, when bills arrive and add financial strain. Those who have lost a loved one, oftentimes, have a harder time coping with their grief and are more apt to experience emotional duress. The emphasis on family and tradition can leave survivors feeling like there’s a void, and when combined with environmental factors, stress and fatigue, mental health can be adversely affected. Holiday strain is acknowledged by Mental Health America, which states, “Even more people experience post-holiday let-down after January 1.” The national association offers suggestions on how to manage stress levels during the season, encouraging us to be realistic about our expectations and understand that it’s alright to experience feelings of sadness or loneliness, spend time with supportive people and be aware that excessive drinking will only exacerbate feelings of depression. For individuals and families in crisis, Walden offers intervention services and a 24-hour hotline, 301-863-6661, and area hospitals and churches have bereavement counseling and grief support groups that can help keep those at-risk mentally healthy throughout the holiday season.


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Dr. Jay M. Lipoff; Owner of Back At Your Best Chiropractic & Physical Therapy is thanking our local active duty military service members for the sacrifices they have made protecting our country, as well as, the members of the police, sheriff and fire department who protect, serve and keep us safe each day. Dr. Lipoff is offering free treatment on Monday, Jan. 2, 2012. If you would like to take advantage of this special event please call the office at 301-863-2378 and schedule an appointment for Jan. 2. You will need to present your active duty military ID or First Responder ID in order to qualify. This will be on a first call - first serve basis due to demand. The office will be closed this day to all regular patients so that we may accommodate these brave men and women that deserve to be recognized as heroes, a press release from Lipoff states.

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U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots of St. Mary’s sent two well-dressed representatives to Green Holly Elementary School on Dec. 14, where they received two bikes and enough toys to fill two boxes. A “casual for a cause” fundraiser, led by ISIC paraeducator Lynne Baker, had teachers, administrators and staff donating for a day to dress down. Baker said $155 was generously gifted from the outside, but the remainder of the $708 was raised within the school. This was more than double what the school raised last year. The funds were enough to give two bicycles and fill two Toys for Tots boxes with new toys that will benefit less fortunate kids throughout St. Mary’s County this year. Students in Green Holly’s SAIL program were eager to fill the boxes and enjoy decorating cookies Baker had brought in for them. “We’re extremely grateful for all the support Toys for Tots gets locally,” said Staff Sergeant Eric Cyr. He said the Marines collected over 10,000 toys and more than $25,000 so far this year, meaning many families right here in St. Mary’s will have a bit happier of a holiday.

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• Piney Point Lighthouse Holiday Exhibit Piney Point Lighthouse Museum (44720 Lighthouse Road, Piney Point) – 10 a.m. Join the folks at the Piney Point Lighthouse, Museum and Historic Park for a special holiday exhibit. Kids and parents alike will enjoy the “Reading Lights the Way” theme that highlights a different holiday storybook in each room of the historic keeper’s quarters building. The keeper’s quarters, built beside the lighthouse in 1836, is not normally open to the public so visitors will get a rare opportunity to view the inside of this structure. Don’t miss the children’s activity inside the museum and the chance to sign up for a boy and girl’s bike give away donated by the Tall Timbers Optimist Club. The Lighthouse Lens Museum Store offers and array of unique gifts for everyone on a holiday gift-giving list! Clothing, jewelry, books, sea glass, lighthouse items, home décor, pirate booty for the kids, and more! Proceeds benefit the museums. Admission is $3 adults, $2 senior citizens and military, $1.50 children 6 – 18. Kids 5 and under are free! Admission includes the holiday exhibit and tour of the museum, Potomac River Maritime Exhibit and the lighthouse! Call the museum at 301-994-1471 for more information or visit www.stmarysmd. com/recreate/museums.

Friday, Dec. 23

• “Spartacus and the Circus of Shadows” Book Signing Fenwick Street Used Books and Music (41655 Fenwick Street, Leonardtown) – 5 p.m. Molly Johnson will be siging her new release, “Spartacus and the Circus of Shadows.” with illustrations by Robin E. Kaplan, at Fenwick Street Used Books and Music. Cover summary of “Sparticus and the Circus of Shadows” - “When Spartacus Ryan “Poop Lip” Zander finds his house destroyed and his wacko, Human-Cannonball mother missing, it’s obvious that she’s been kidnapped by Bartholomew’s WorldRenowned Circus of the Incredible. But when his dad and brother refuse to believe it-because they’re morons, obviously-it’s up to Spartacus to be the hero. With the Internet-wizardry of his best friend and clues from his mom’s postcards, Spartacus sets out on a rescue mission. But as the stories about the circus get stranger (and Spart’s enemies get weirder), he realizes the only way to bring his family back together is to bring the big top down, once and for all.”

Saturday, Dec. 24

• Christmas Eve Candlelight Service Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church (9463 H.G.Trueman Road, Lusby) – 7 p.m. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be held Dec. 24 at 7 p.m. Come celebrate Christmas Eve as the doors of this new church building at, open to the community for its first Christmas season. For more information, visit www.shepherdofthebay.com or call 410-231-2075.

Sunday, Dec. 25

• Christmas Day Service at Friendship UMC Friendship United Methodist Church, Friendship – 11 a.m. Come celebrate the joy of Christmas in prayer, message, sharing, and traditional carols! Nursery is provided. Friendship Methodist is 1 block east of the roundabout on Route 2, 1.3 miles north of the light at Routes 2 & 260 in Owings. For more information, call 410-257-7133, e-mail bsuedean@comcast.net visit or www.friendshipmethodistchurch. org • SMILE Christmas Lunch American Legion Post 274 (11820 Hg Trueman Road, Lusby) – 11:30 a.m. The SMILE dinner is free and open to all. Santa will be handing out gifts for children.

Monday, Dec. 26

• You OTTER know! Calvert Marine Museum (14200 Solomons Island Road, Solomons) – 1 p.m. Join an interpreter for two fact filled quiz sessions about one of the museum’s most popular residents – the North American River Otters. Set up like Jeopardy, this interactive game will leave you with a lot of information…and possibly an “otterly” amazing prize! Free with museum admission in the auditorium • Christmas Doll and Train Exhibit St. Clement’s Island Museum (38370 Point Breeze Road in Colton’s Point) – 10 a.m. Join us for a holiday tradition at the St. Clement’s Island Museum! The 26th Annual Christmas Doll & Train Exhibit captures the wonder of childhood and the magic of the holidays with an array of antique dolls, toys, and working miniature trains in a festive holiday setting. This

year’s theme “Our Nation’s Heritage” highlights America’s lighthouse service, volunteer fire departments, railroads, Girl Scouts of America, and more! The Crab Claw Museum Store offers an array of unique gift items for everyone on your gift-giving list! Don’t miss our Maryland scarves, totes, lighthouse items, cookbooks, clothing, home decor, jewelry, kid’s pirate items, and more! Proceeds benefit the museums so shop where your dollars make a difference! Admission is $3 adults, $2 senior citizens & military, $1.50 children 6 – 18. Kids 5 and under are free! For more information, call the museum at 301-769-2222 or visit www. stmarysmd.com/recreate/museums.

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• Holiday Camp Days Southern Community Center (20 Appeal Lane, Lusby) – 8 a.m. Winter break fun for ages 5-12! Drop your child off at Southern Community Center for crafts, games, movies, snacks and more. Each day will be highlighted by new games and crafts. Please bring a bag lunch each day. The Holiday Camp Days will be help Dec 27 and 30. Entry is $15 per day. Call 410-586-1101 to register or for more information. Calvert County services are available to individuals with disabilities.

Wednesday, Dec. 28

• NAACP Monthly General Meeting SMECO Building (Hollywood Road, Leonardtown) - 6:30 p.m. The St. Mary’s County Branch of the NAACP holds its general monthly meeting the last Wednesday of each month. These meetings are open to the public. All members and prospective new members are encouraged to attend. For more information see www.stmarysnaacp.org • No Limit Hold ‘Em Tourney Bennett Building (24930 Old Three Notch Road, Hollywood) – 7 p.m. $25 plus $5 for charity buys $5,000 in chips. $1 - $2 blinds cash games available. Dealers will be provided. Drinks will be free. Proceeds go to benefit the St. Mary’s Special Olympics and the Center for Life Enrichment. For more information about the poker game, call Jim Bucci 301-373-6104 before 6 p.m. or 240-298-9616.

Thursday, Dec. 29

• Tai Chi class Evolve Yoga and Wellness Studio (Wildwood Shopping Center) – 7:30 p.m. Yang Style 24 Step Simplified Form, one of the world’s most widely practiced form, excellent for beginners. For more information, visit www.EvolveYogaWellness.com or call 301-862-1236. • Community Meet and Greet DB McMillan’s Irish Pub (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 7 p.m. Are you “In” for 2012? Join Us! Obama for America – St. Mary’s County Community Meet and Greet. For more info or to R.S.V.P. www. mybarackobama.com or call 301-862-2296. Paid for and printed by volunteers. This communication is not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.

Friday, Dec. 30

• New Year’s Special Bingo Father Andrew White School (Leonardtown) – 7 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. and Bingo begins at 7 p.m. $1000 Jackpot Guaranteed and $1000 Special Guaranteed. $300 Specials Guaranteed. $100 Regular Games, plus numerous other games and prizes throughout the night. The cost for regular books is $6, special books are $7 and early birds are $2.

Saturday, Dec. 31

• New Year’s Eve Party American Legion 206, Upper Level Main Ballroom (Route 260, Chesapeake Beach) – 6 p.m. Festivities commence at 6 p.m. with hot hors d’oeuvres, then a luscious dinner, followed by dancing to the tunes of the 2-4-U Band, a champagne toast bring the New Year in, and finally a continental breakfast. Cost is $55 each or $100 per couple. Tickets can be purchased online at ALpost206.org. For more information, call Jack Dohony at 301-855-6466. • New Year’s Eve Party VFW Post 2632 (23282 Three Notch Road, California) – 7 p.m. Dine, Dance, Sing and Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Friends at the VFW. Enjoy a catered buffet-style dinner, dancing and karaoke, party favors, noise makers and champagne toast at midnight. Music and karaoke provided by DJ Crazy Craig. Tickets are on sale through Dec. 30, $25 for singles and $45 for couples. Party without dinner is $10 each at the door. Attendees must be 21 or older. Dressy attire is suggested for this event. Go to www.vfwpost2632.com for more information under upcoming events.

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Thursday, Dec. 22 Live Music: “Oren Polak Duo” Casey Jones Pub (417 E. Charles St., La Plata) – 9:30 p.m. Live Music: “Half Naked Trio” The Blue Dog Saloon (7940 Port Tobacco Road, Port Tobacco) – 8 p.m. Live Music: “Sam Grow” Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) - 8 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 23 Live Music: “Neil Tracy Trio” Island Bar and Crab House (16810 Piney Point Rd., Piney Point) – 7:30 p.m. Christmas Party & Live Music: “The Sam Grow Band” The Greene Turtle (6 St. Mary’s Avenue
Suite 104,
La Plata) – 9 p.m. Live Music: “Silvertung Christmas Bash w/ the Black Dahlia” Memories Nightclub and Bar (2360 Old Washington Road, Waldorf) – 8 p.m. Live Music: “Dave and Kevin Trio” Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 8 p.m. Live Music: “Natural Progression” Back Creek Bistro (14415 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 6 p.m. Live Music: “Diane Daly” The Westlawn Inn (9200 Chesapeake Avenue, North Beach) – 8 p.m. Live Music: “No Green JellyBeanz” Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) – 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 24 Live Music: “Groove Span” The Blue Dog Saloon (7940 Port Tobacco Road, Port Tobacco) – 6:30 p.m.

Pajama Party w/ DJ Mike Apehangers Bar and Grill (9100 Crain Highway, Bel Alton) – 9 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 25 Open Christmas Day Apehangers Bar and Grill (9100 Crain Highway, Bel Alton) – 2 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 26 Open Mic Night Rustic River Bar and Grill (40874 Merchants Lane, Leonardtown) – 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 27 Trivia Night Rustic River Bar and Grill (40874 Merchants Lane, Leonardtown) – 6:30 p.m. Open Mic Night Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 6:30 p.m. Live Music: “Fair Warning” DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 28 Live Music: “Wolf’s Hot Rods and Old Gas Blues Jam” Beach Cove Restaurant (8416 Bayside Road, Chesapeake Beach) – 8 p.m. Live Music: “Acoustical Sounds” Martini’s Lounge (10553 Theodore Green Boulevard, White Plains) – 8 p.m. Live Music: “Mason Sebastian” DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 5 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ Harry Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) – 7 p.m.


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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Give the Gift of Holiday Safety The kitchen is the heart of every home and safety must be adhered to when preparing the family feast. During all of your holiday celebrations, a lot of activities are going on and friends and family are in the home. “Holidays are a time of celebration. Please follow these simple guidelines to ensure a fire safe holiday meal,” Maryland State Fire Marshal William E. Barnard said in a press release. • Make sure your smoke alarms are working properly by testing them. Additionally, ensure your guests are aware of all available exits if a fire would occur and have them meet at a designated location outside. • The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking. Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food. • Establish: A “Kids & Pets Free Zone” around any area where hot foods or drinks are prepared. Have activities that keep kids out of the kitchen during this busy time. Provide games, puzzles, books, etc. outside of the kitchen to keep them busy. Kids can get involved with preparations with recipes that can be made outside of the kitchen. Just in case, ensure you turn handles inward on the stove and countertop to avoid spills. • Be alert while cooking; avoid consuming any alcoholic beverages while preparing the meal. • Keep a lid nearby when you are cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the burner. Leave the pan covered until it has cooled. • Keep anything combustible - oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels, etc. away from the stovetop. • Eliminate clutter in the kitchen. A clean work area allows for

Christmas Tress Can be Recycled St. Mary’s County residents are encouraged to bring their undecorated Christmas trees to the St. Andrews Landfill and six regional convenience centers after the holidays. Last year, the County collected nearly 15 tons of Christmas trees at the convenience centers. Trees are ground into mulch and used by the Department of Public Works and Transportation and the Department of Recreation and Parks to maintain county property. Almost 5,000 tons of mulch is produced annually at the St. Andrews Landfill site and is available to citizens while supplies last. The St. Andrews Landfill and convenience centers will be closed on Sunday, Dec. 25, in observance of the Christmas holidays and Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012 in observance of New Years Day, respectively. The convenience centers will be open early for operations the week of Dec. 26-31, between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the landfill will be open for normal business hours during that week. More information on recycling and solid waste can be found under the recycling link in the “Residents” section of the county’s website at www. stmarysmd.com. Residents can also call the St. Mary’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation at (301) 863-8400.

better efficiency and less chances for mishaps. • Keep matches and lighters out of reach of curious children’s hands. Place them out of reach, preferably in a locked cabinet or drawer. • Do not leave lit candles unattended or in places where they could be knocked over by children or pets.

Turkey Fryer Safety • Many turkey fryer appliances can be easily tipped over, allowing for hot oil spillage. Ensure you place them on a hard, level and non-combustible outdoor surface. • Do not place a turkey fryer under an overhang or temporary roof. A flare up can easily ignite materials above the appliance. • Partially frozen turkeys can cause a spill over and cause a flare up. Thoroughly thaw the turkey before cooking. • Constantly monitor the temperature of the oil. It can easily reach temperatures to the point of combustion. • Be careful not to overfill the fryer. Follow manufacturer’s guidelines for proper filling levels. • The handles and lid will get dangerously hot. Use well insulated potholders or oven mitts. • Never leave the fryer unattended while cooking. Keep an allpurpose fire extinguisher on hand. Do not use water in an attempt to extinguish a grease fire. Following these simple guidelines for fire and life safety, will help to ensure a tragedy free holiday meal.

The Eighth Annual MLK Prayer Breakfast Dr. E. Faye Williams, national chair of the National Congress of Black Women, will be the keynote speaker of the eighth annual Southern Maryland Martin Luther King, Jr., Prayer Breakfast Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Starting at 6 a.m. in the college’s J. Frank Raley Great Room at the Campus Center with breakfast, the event itself begins at 8 a.m. and includes performances by the choirs of First Missionary Baptist Church, Spring Ridge Middle School, and the college’s Black Student Union. Breakfast tickets are $8.50 and are available at the door. Early arrival is recommended as space is limited; advanced registration is not required. Dr. Williams also is president/CEO of Natural Health Options, one of the businesses inspired by the 1995 Million Man March, she is chair of the board of the Black Leadership Forum and former counsel to the U.S. Congress’s District of Columbia Sub-committee on the Judiciary and Education, and was recognized as one Ebony magazine’s “100 Most Influential Black Americans.” She holds a master’s degree of public administration from the University of Southern California, a juris doctorate from Howard University School of Law, and a doctorate of ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary. For further information on the prayer breakfast, contact William Howard at 240-895-4388 or wlhoward@smcm.edu.

Correction An article in the Dec. 15 edition of The County Times incorrectly stated the date of the annual MLK Prayer Breakfast at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. The event will take place the morning of Monday, Jan. 16 on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

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Library Items • Libraries to be closed for holidays All three branches will be closed from Friday, Dec. 23 through Monday, Dec. 26 for Christmas and closed Jan. 2. The Internet branch, www.stmalib.org, will be open. The Board of Library Trustees and library staff wish you a happy and safe holiday filled with good books, movies and music from the library. • Art Reception for Candy Cummings An opening reception will be held at the Lexington Park Library Art Gallery on Dec. 29 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for Candy Cummings whose artwork is on display through the January 31. Her artwork, with the exception of her paintings, consists of found objects and/or de-constructed materials. Artists interested in displaying artwork at the library gallery should contact Candy Cummings at 301-863-6693. • Free computer classes offered The libraries offer free computer classes for adults at all three branches and individual instruction by appointment at Charlotte Hall and Leonardtown. Lexington Park will offer basic computer classes on Thursday afternoons at 2 p.m. in January. The classes offered introduce users to computers, Windows, Internet and email. Registration is required. Charlotte Hall branch is offering an introduction class to Word 2010 on Jan. 9 at 2 p.m. Introduction to Digital Photo Editing class is scheduled on Jan. 10 at Leonardtown and on Jan. 19 at Charlotte Hall. Both start at 2 p.m. Registration is required. • Evening storytimes and LEGO Fun offered Families can drop in and enjoy an evening storytime on Jan. 4 at 6 p.m. at Lexington Park branch and on Jan. 5 at 6 p.m. at Charlotte Hall and Leonardtown libraries. LEGO Fun will follow the storytime at Charlotte Hall and Leonardtown at 6:30 p.m. • Poets can share poetry Poets of all ages can share poems they have written or favorite ones at Poetry Open Mic on Jan. 11 at Leonardtown library. The public is invited to come and listen. No registration required. Reading begins at 6:30 p.m. • Planning for college Dr. Caroline Bright, Director of Financial Aid at St. Mary’s College, will discuss the options available for paying college expenses and filling out the FAFSA (application for federal student aid) while Chopticon High School career advisor Chris White will discuss scholarships at a free program on Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Charlotte Hall branch. • eReaders announced The winners of the NOOK Colors were June Stanley at Charlotte Hall, Julie Vass at Leonardtown and Dorothy Lee at Lexington Park. The Kindle winner was Christina Henderson. eBooks can be downloaded to eReaders free from the library’s website. Staff can provide assistance and demonstrate the download process. Each branch has various eReaders for customers to check out to use within the library.


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Is your bar or business hosting a special celebration on New Year’s Eve? Let us know when and where, so our readers can find the best spots in Southern Maryland to ring in 2012. Please send detailed info to carriemunn@countytimes.net no later than Monday, Dec. 26.

Southern Maryland Crowns New Karaoke Champ By Carrie Munn Staff Writer After 13 weeks of Southern Marylanders singing their hearts out on Monday nights at Toot’s Bar in Hollywood, four karaoke finalists vied for the top honors Dec. 11. Kayla Chaffee, of Lusby, was deemed “Karaoke Queen,” walking away with a trophy, a $500 check from Toot’s owner Patrick Dugan and an invitation to share the stage with local country act Anthony Ryan and Renegade at their New Year’s Eve show at the bar. Second-place winner Judy Bowles got a $250 check and said it was fun participating in the competition and her friends and family enjoyed getting together to show their support. Finalists Amanada Shumaker, also a bartender at Toot’s, and Leroy Herman, both of Hollywood, also had plenty of fan support. Many wearing “Team Amanda” shirts sang along with her on her second song, Joan Jett’s “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” and the whole bar joined in with Herman’s soulful rendition of The Temptations’ classic, “My Girl.” A panel of celebrity judges, including St. Mary’s native and Country Music Association lifetime member, music producer and talent manager Jim Purdee , judged the contestants on two karaoke performances, scoring their vocal ability and stage presence. In the end, Chaffee’s sassy performance and vocal prowess performing “Lady Marmalade,” complete with Christina Aguilera-esque note-holding and Lil Kim rap, won her the title. Anthony Ryan hosted the event and got the girls out to the dancefloor, taking his turn at karaoke to sing Luke Bryan’s hit “Country Girl (Shake it For Me).” He told the packed house at Toot’s, “People say there’s nothing to do on a Monday night in Southern Maryland, but we just proved them wrong.” Shumaker said the karaoke competition doubled the bar’s Monday night business and Dugan said he’s keeping the crowd-pleasing event going and announced the next karaoke competition, featuring duets or groups, would culminate with finals in February. Karaoke champ Kayla Chaffee, a full-time student who works two jobs, was a lastminute competitor, but her powerful voice and confident stage presence earned her first place at Toot’s Southern Maryland karaoke competition.

Amanda Shumaker, karaoke finalist and bartender at Toot’s, had a cheering section that got down while she performed in the competition.

Photos by Carrie Munn

Left: Calvert County’s Judy Bowles took home second place and $250. The mom of two said she had a good time doing the Monday night karaoke contest.

While many performers sang country or pop hits, Leroy Herman delivered soulful performances of Motown favorites.

Musician and host of the karaoke championship Anthony Ryan invited “Karaoke Queen” Kayla Chaffee to perform with him at Toot’s on New Year’s Eve in addition to her winning the $500 top prize and title.


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11. Cowpunchers 13. Mend a sock 14. Ship’s canvas 16. Aformentioned 19. Big man on campus 20. English actress Stark 22. Malaria mosquitoes 23. Many subconsciousses 26. A scrap of cloth 27. Cry loudly 28. Actress Farrow 29. S. Korean Pres. Syngman (1948-65) 30. Rectangular grooved joint 31. “___ the night before Christmas” 32. Male parents 33. Earlier in time 34. Rampart of felled trees 35. Scoundrel (Yiddish) 36. Pencilmark remover 37. Danish ballet dancer Erik 40. Blood clams genus 41. Subsititutes (abbr.) 44. Spoken in the Dali region of Yunnan

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The Christmas Orange

By Shelby Oppermann Contributing Writer Just a few more days…oh no. Sometimes I wish there was a simpler way to enjoy Christmas, but I think those days are long passed. My husband and I were watching the new show, “The Middle” a week or two ago. I normally watch Ghosthunters, but I started watching the first few minutes of “The Middle” and got hooked on that episode. What a great name for a family – the Heck family. The Mother, Frankie Heck, in the show wanted to have a simpler Christmas without all the emphasis on buying, buying, buying. This is hard for me – since as a small business person you do want customers to buy from you, but in the dark recesses of your mind, you wish that everyone could just hug, and be grateful for the fruit in their stocking – in some cases coal. As Frankie is preparing for Christmas, she goes down to the basement for the stockings and decorations. In the bottom of one of the stockings she finds an old moldy orange, which reminds her something, her Grandmother told her long ago. She also finds past Christmas presents that her kids wanted so badly at the time, but looked at or played with only once. Feeling the wastefulness in this Frankie keeps bringing up to her family an old family story about how special this one particular Christmas was for her Grandmother as a small girl. It was during the depression and all she received was an orange in her stocking, and how grateful she was to receive it. Frankie decides then and there to have simpler Christmas, and to get each of her three children one special gift, and of course to put oranges in their stockings. The wrench in the works comes when Frankie’s parents come to stay for the two weeks before Christmas. Her Mother tells her she is not going to participate in a “simple” Christmas, having come from 140 miles to spoil her grandkids. Grandma and Grandpa indulge the kids in every way from money to every present they could ever dream of. When Frankie goes berserk, then gets caught trying to hide all the presents that her parents have placed under the tree, she finally breaks down and tells everyone what the tale of her grandmother receiving a solitary Christmas orange during the depression means to her. Her Mother waves this off by saying, “You can get oranges year

round now – who cares?!” The episode ends up with everyone participating in the family Christmas skit and all loving each other. All the oranges Frankie placed in her kids’ stockings get put to use by pelting the annoying neighborhood bullies. Everyone is happy. It is a sitcom after all. But, this episode resonated with me. When I think of Christmases past, I don’t always think of the toys I received or didn’t receive. I think back to our stockings, which were never actually hung on our fireplace for some reason. We always hung the stockings on a handmade solid maple bookcase we had. No, I don’t know how this tradition ever got started. The bookcase is now on permanent loan to our former Reverend and his wife who moved to Kentucky – with all the old nail holes for stockings still visible on the top shelf edge. Our stocking always held the same things; an orange, maybe an apple, chocolate covered Raisinets, licorice, and a banana sticking out of the top. The smell of the stocking is stored in me forever. There were never any presents in the stockings, just a constant, simple tradition. I do remember lots of the toys I suppose. I do still have my Barbie wardrobe case, Barbies, and a few games and such, but they are fleeting. I think back to “must have” toys that I bought my own sons that weren’t always played with for very long after Christmas Day. Sometimes it would hurt to think that I, or my Mother had knocked ourselves out trying to get those toys. Even then, and today, I filled (or fill) the stockings for my sons with the traditional fruits and candies of my childhood. I did start adding Skittles and Starbursts to their stockings, as they got older. Now, with grandkids, we add small toys to the stockings. Are there too many toys then, does that take away from the simple joys of Christmas. I don’t know – too late to change now I guess. And I don’t want to upset Tidbit either, who never appreciated the whole, orange, banana, licorice thing. She enjoys her traditional bone and mini bag of licorice. As for me, when I make my own stocking (as most moms do) I will keep my own family tradition, and “appreciate the orange”. Merry Christmas to all of you, Shelby Please send your comments or ideas to: shelbys.wanderings@yahoo.com

By Linda Reno Contributing Writer It’s December 20 and I’m still waiting for the Christmas spirit. I keep telling my family “I’m done.” Two weeks ago I took my daughter shopping and told her “we’re going to pick up your presents, you’re going to wrap them and act surprised on Christmas morning.” This wouldn’t be new to her or to my son. Many years ago, long before cell phones, I got them each a phone for their rooms. They found the boxes and unwrapped, then rewrapped thinking I didn’t know (why do kids think their parents are stupid?). On Christmas morning they both gave Academy Award performances. As for gifts, this year, just for you, I’ve done my own take on “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” On the first day of Christmas, my true love sent to me A partridge in a pear tree (The tree blew down in the last storm and there was hardly enough meat on the partridge to make a decent snack) On the second day of Christmas, my true love sent to me

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Two Turtle Doves (They hated each other—the coroner ruled it a murder and suicide)

Eight maids a-milking (I have no cows and these hussies won’t iron or do windows)

On the third day of Christmas, my true love sent to me Three French hens (No good—too skinny to bother with plucking and they hated Americans)

On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me Nine ladies dancing (No rhythm whatsoever; they were ugly; and they certainly weren’t ladies)

On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me Four calling birds (Too many calls; they’ve been charged with stalking)

On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me Ten lords a-leaping (Only with each other—do I really need to explain?)

On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me Five golden rings (What does one do with five rings? One for my nose; two for my belly button; two for my lips?)

On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love sent to me Eleven pipers piping (Can you imagine? When will that show be over? That’s like going to see “River Dance.” After the first dance you’ve seen it all).

On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me Six geese a-laying (It wasn’t eggs they were a-laying and it’s all over my carpet) On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love sent to me Seven swans a-swimming (The swimming pool has been condemned by the Health Department; they’re lovely to look at but nasty) On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me

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On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me Twelve drummers drumming (Aspirin doesn’t work for this) This year my “true love”, Ronnie (my husband) is giving me two pair of slippers I picked out. Will he get the colors I asked for? I can’t wait….time for another Academy performance. Merry Christmas!

“Bedbugs”

by Ben H. Winters

c.2011, Quirk Books $14.95 / $16.95 Canada 253 pages By Terri Schlichenmeyer Contributing Writer Did you hear that? It was loud, like a clunk but not quite. And it smells like smoke in here. Or minty; definitely something. You can’t smell it? Unbelievable that you didn’t notice; you’re usually really observant. And did you do something different with this room? So. Is it hot in here, or is it me? Am I losing my mind? That’s a question Susan Wendt asks herself over and over in the new book “Bedbugs” by Ben H. Winters. And she won’t like the answer… Until their daughter, Emma, was born, Alex and Susan Wendt had been quite happy with their Brooklyn apartment. It was cute, just one-bedroom-plus-nook, perfect for two-plus-baby. Four years later, it was getting cramped in there, and though the idea of a move made Alex want to scream, Susan was looking for a new home. When she found the adorable old brownstone walk-up in Brooklyn Heights, she couldn’t believe

their luck. At 1300 square feet, the apartment was bigger than their current one. The price was right, the landlady was a little quirky but nice, and the place included a charming studio so that Susan could go back to painting again. The Wendts couldn’t move in fast enough. Life at 56 Cranberry Street was good – at first. Emma loved the parks surrounding their new neighborhood and Susan loved the stores. There was even an old-fashioned butcher shop nearby, which was handy. And though there were problems with the apartment that they hadn’t noticed before, Susan actually felt like picking up a brush for the first time in ages. But then the pings started. They sounded like they came from the walls, low and soft, like a bumblebee trying to get out of a jar. Then there was that nasty old handyman, a friend of the landlady’s, who seemed to be watching Susan. The bites began right around that time, but only on Susan’s body: three, in an intensely itchy

group, just like bedbugs but not on Alex or Emma. And when Susan’s new painting seemed to be screaming, it was only a matter of time before Susan did, too… Are you scratching yet? If not, you will be when you read this very creepy book. Right from the start, “Bedbugs” is subtly unsettling. You’re made to believe from the beginning that Susan might not be quite stable, that perhaps she’s downright unhinged, and that Alex knows more about this than you might care to learn. Watching Susan spiral downward feels squirmy and it seems a little voyeuristic, but it’s hard to look away – mostly because you just know that author Ben H. Winters has more in store for you and it’s probably going to be really, really bad. That leads to a deliciously shivery undercurrent of evil throughout this book and, well, who can resist? You won’t be able to, if you’re a fan of scary books like this. You might not even be able to take this book to bed with you, but bite into “Bedbugs” anyhow. And night-night.


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Happy Holidays from the staff at the St. Mary's County Department of Aging & Human Services

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St. Mary’s Dept of Aging Programs and Activities

SENIOR LIVING Check out the Senior Activity Centers when activities resume on Tuesday, December 27, 2011! Senior Activity Centers will be closed on Friday, December 23, and Monday December 26 in observance of Christmas. Meals on Wheels will also not be delivered those days; use the shelf stable meals you have received.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

• Explore the many culinary treasurers of South Carolina and Georgia Join us from March 7-12, 2012 for a 6 day/5 night tour that includes sampling fantastic local cuisine and learning about the culture and history behind the cuisines of the area. If you are a foodie, like Paula Deen and want to experience Gullah cuisine and shrimping, this is the trip for you: Culinary Treasures of South Carolina and Georgia. We’ll travel by deluxe motor coach, and learn why this area is called the “Treasured Coast.” Cost: $1,375 per person/double occupancy. To learn more about the exciting itinerary, contact Kathy Mather 301-475-4200, ext.1072. • Open Pottery Studio begins Starting on Friday, Dec. 30, at 9 a.m., an Open Pottery Studio will be held every Monday and Friday at the Northern Senior Activity Center. Drop by to get the feel of using clay with handbuilding or the potter’s wheel. (The Whimsie Works pottery classes will still meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month with the assistance of a volunteer instructor.) Walk-ins are welcome. • Dates for Next Scripture Study at Loffler in December If you are interested in participating in the Loffler Senior Activity Center’s new scripture study program the next date is Friday, Dec. 30, at 10 a.m. We do have bibles on hand but the print is pretty small so if you have a favorite bible you might enjoy bringing it with you. For more information call 301-7375670, ext. 1658

• New Year’s Toast On Tuesday, Jan. 3, at 12:30 p.m., a New Year’s toast will be celebrated at the Northern Senior Activity Center. Join in singing Auld Lang Syne, and make a toast to the New Year! Everyone can share something that went well for the past year and their hopes for 2012. A champagne toast (non-alcoholic) will take place right after lunch. Music, noise makers and dancing in the aisles, wear a party hat and whoop it up! • Two Day Art Workshop at Loffler Senior Activity Center Learn to paint using pen & ink and watercolor and take home a completed painting! Faith Gaillot, a local award-winning artist, will walk you through a mixed medium rendition of a landscape with a historic barn. She will teach you some of the methods she has developed over the years to produce a work of art suitable for framing. The two-day workshop will take place Thursday, Jan. 12 and Friday, Jan. 13 from 1-4 p.m. Cost is $50 which includes 6 hours of instruction and the use of required supplies needed to complete the project. To sign up or request more information call 301-737-5670, ext. 1658. • Bunco Meets every Thursday at Loffler Here’s a fast-paced, social game that requires more laughter than skill. If you can pick up dice and roll them you can play! Bunco meets every Thursday at 1 p.m. at Loffler Senior Activity Center. Take advantage of this free opportunity to make friends and have fun! For more information call 301-737-5670, ext. 1658.

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

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

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Listen Up And Laugh – Health Benefits Are Waiting By Mark Underwood Did you know a good dose of laughter can actually help your immune system and decrease stress? Have you ever wished you could let go and laugh more often at the silliness of life? It sounds easy but it’s not always possible, particularly if you’re facing ups and downs of life’s challenges. But if you can lighten up and be more playful, you’ll give yourself the freedom to have more fun. The good news is laughing has built-in health benefits to boot. Here’s another reason to laugh. It’s contagious. Have you ever wondered why some people tend to attract others? Look more closely. It may be that they laugh easily and frequently even when they are surmounting numerous challenges connected with their health and aging. Over 50 years of research back up the fact that positive social connections improve health outcomes and laughing is part of that equation. If you admire people who age gracefully, you may have noticed they smile easily and seem to radiate a joy for life even though they probably face an assortment of life’s ups and downs.

Laughter for better health

There’s no doubt about it laughter make you feel good, but research has shown that it also helps boost immunity, relax muscles, decrease pain, ease anxiety and relieve stress. Think of laughter as “internal jogging.” Laughter causes positive changes in brain chemistry by releasing endorphins, and that brings more oxygen into the body with the deeper inhalations caused by laughing. Keep in mind laughter is more than just a temporary mood booster. It is a powerful tool that helps us find new sources of meaning and hope. It gives us strength in difficult times, and connects us to others.

Giggle like a child

Boost your mental outlook by acting like a kid again. As you age, allow laughter, humor, games and playfulness to your life. Daily humor can help you feel more relaxed, creative and joyful. Studies have shown that the average preschool child in the U.S. laughs about 400 times a day. As adults we laugh far less frequently. According to studies at Ohio State University the average adult breaks out and laughs only about 15 times a day. If you can find a giggle in a situation, even for a few minutes, it will ease stress and help you refocus on positive things. As you age, you may feel there are many things you can’t do as well as you used to. May-

be you can’t turn cartwheels like you used to, but no matter what your age, you can look for the humorous side of life. Laughter is a powerful tool. And it’s free to use anywhere, anytime.

Laugh everyday because…

Most of us don’t remember when we first smiled, but you were probably smiling when you were just a few weeks old. If you don’t laugh out loud very often, don’t despair, you can learn to laugh at any stage

of life. Look for something to laugh about everyday because you will automatically take yourself less seriously. Laugh everyday because it helps shift perspectives, recharge your batteries, and stay focused. Laughter helps you feel less anxious and sad. What’s more, having a good hearty laugh at least once a day can help trigger better relationships and stronger bonds with your friends and family members. Laughing produces a high speed exchange of positive enforcement between your brain and the people around you.

Keep a “laugh kit around”

These are some ways you can treat yourself to daily doses of good humor. • Hang out with positive “kids” of all ages— friends and family members from young to old, children, grandchildren, and great-children. • Surround yourself with reminders that there is a lighter side to life. • Put a funny cartoon somewhere visible in your home where you start your day. • Watch a funny movie or TV show. • Play with a pet. • Read the funnies. Positive emotions can reduce health risks. So go ahead, create as many microseconds as possible of happiness-related chemistry. Laugh and you’ll improve your physical, mental and social health. Mark Underwood is a neuroscience researcher, president and co-founder of Quincy Bioscience, a biotech company located in Madison, Wisconsin focused on the discovery and development of medicines to treat age related memory loss and the diseases of aging. Mark has been taped as an expert in the field of neuroscience for The Wall Street Journal Morning Radio, CBS and CNN Radio among others. Mark is also a contributor to the “Brain Health Guide” which highlights the research at Quincy Bioscience and offers practical tips to help keep health brain function in aging. More articles and tips for healthy aging can be found at www.TheGoodNewsAboutAging.com.

Choose a Healthier You for the Holidays For many people, the holiday season brings more than joy – it can also bring unwanted pounds. Whether it’s your mom’s eggnog or Aunt Judy’s signature holiday cookies, it can be tough to pass up those favorite holiday foods you only taste once a year. After all, ’tis the season to indulge, right? Before you reach for that next gingerbread cookie, think about this: Extra pounds can affect more than your ability to fit into your holiday party apparel – being overweight can also increase your risk for cancer and other diseases. This holiday season, choose to put your health first. To stay well, the American Cancer Society recommends maintaining a healthy weight throughout life, staying active (at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity on five or more days of the week), eating a healthy diet emphasizing fruits and vegetables, and limiting the amount of alcohol you drink. By joining the American Cancer Society Choose You movement at ChooseYou.com, you can get the support you need to make healthy choices throughout the holidays – without making yourself the Grinch of holiday parties.

Here are a few tips to enjoy a healthier holiday party:

Get off to a good start. Don’t go to a party hungry. Snack on healthy, filling foods before you leave the house. You’ll be less tempted by high-calorie options if your stomach isn’t

growling. Good pre-party bets include a handful of nuts, an apple, or a half a turkey sandwich. Once you arrive, ask for a glass of water to help you feel full and avoid overindulging. And don’t head straight for the food – make a point of greeting friends or introducing yourself to new people. Think small. When it does come time to indulge, use a small, appetizer- or dessertsized plate and fill it first with healthy choices such as fresh fruit and veggies (go easy on the dip). Leave just a little space for a small sample of whatever decadent treat you’re craving, but eat that last, after you’ve filled up on the more nutritious offerings. Position yourself for success. If you’re standing by the buffet table or facing the food while seated, you’ll be tempted to “graze.” Turn your back to the table, and focus on having fun, not having food. Avoid alcohol. Not only are alcoholic beverages loaded with calories, but drinking them tends to weaken your resolve to eat better. However, if you decide to indulge, avoid heavy holiday drinks and stick with light beer or a glass of wine instead. In addition to making healthy eating choices this season, don’t forget to make time to exercise regularly. The flip side of eating more or indulging at parties is that, to avoid weight gain, you need to move more to burn those extra calories.

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

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Issued Marriage Applications for November 2011 November 2, 2011 Martel Tyron Jiminez 21 Lexington Park, Md Nicki Lee Combs 20 Hollywood, Md November 3, 2011 Kenneth Arthur Kratz 58 Great Mills Md Meredith Marie Wescott 58 Great Mills, Md November 4, 2011 Cesar Augusto Navarro Jimenez 34 Lexington Park, Md Saida Angarita Arteta 30 Lexington Park, Md

Alan Michael Ross 49 Great Mills, Md Maria Melba Iwersen 58 Great Mills, Md

November 16, 2011 Jeremy Sean Kerby 26 Mechanicsville, Md Grace Robin Brozgal 24 Mechanicsville, Md Edward R Samuel Drayden, Md Joy Marie Taylor 55 Drayden, Md November 10, 2011 Anthony Lee Rudd 32 Lexington Park, Md Lauren Marie Smith 23 Lexington Park, Md

November 7, 2011 John Scott Patrick Callicott 47 Jacksonville Fl Lisa Cullison Orwig 47 Leonardtown, Md

James Franklin Brooks, Sr., 66 Leonardtown, Md Cynthia Canisius Ridgell 41 Hollywood, Md November 14, 2011

Craig Thomas Melvin 53 Tall Timbers, Md Geneva Ann Arnette 65 Lexington Park, Md

Jesus David Weigand 23 Tamuning, Gu Rebecca Lynn Olszowy 21 Patuxent River, Md

Samuel S Fisher 20 Mechanicsville, Md Elizabeth M Stoltzfus 19 Mechanicsville, Md

Keith Tyrone Briscoe 43 Great Mills, Md Lakeshia Diane Jenkins 35 Lexington Park, Md Samuel Aaron Stoltzfus 21 Charlotte C.H., Va Rebecca Hostetler Stoltzfus 21 Mechanicsville, Md November 17, 2011 Froilan Lopez Lopez 24 Lexington Park, Md Norma Isabel Ramirez Melendez 21 Lexington Park, Md November 18, 2011 Franklin Alfonso Briscoe 56 California, Md Sharon Evounne Compton 54 California, Md

Nathan Andrew Hess 24 Leonardtown, Md Maureen Lucille Yarbrough 23 Delta, Pa

Jonathan Edward Bailey 22 Mechanicsville, Md Brittany Rosanne Abell 21 Valley Lee, Md November 28, 2011 Robert Roy Wahrenbrock, Jr., 30 California, Md Tiffani Rose Harmon 25 California, Md Adam David Torr 33 Piney Point, Md Samantha Jo Penn 25 Piney Point, Md November 29, 2011 John Royce Redman Jr., 25 Lexington Park, Md Liberty Renee Combs 25 Lexington Park, Md Kris Edward Blankenship 35 Lexington Park, Md Emerald Kay Worley 24 Lexington Park, Md

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November 9, 2011 Matthew Lincoln Travis 28 Lincoln, Ma Amy Kay Spelz 31 St. Inigoes, Md

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William Francis Wilkins 24 Charlotte Hall, Md Tabatha Kristina Lawrence 19 Charlotte Hall, Md

Samuel David Lawson 59 Bonaire, Ga Joyce Ann Curtis 54 Lexington Park, Md

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Deer Harvest

Fur and Feathers By Keith McGuire Contributing Writer I’ve been hearing reports from Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties that the firearms season for our region was dismal. I can vouch for that! The deer just seemed to disappear when the guns came out – more so than usual. Sure, there were some lucky hunters who bagged really nice bucks with their guns, and quite a few does as well. The local deer processing facilities report that numbers of deer brought in for butchering are less, but very nearly the same as they were last year. As I sat in the woods throughout the season, there were not as many blasts punctuating the woodland symphony as there seemed to be last year. Last Friday, Maryland DNR released the preliminary harvest totals for the 2011 firearms season. Overall, the harvest is up slightly from 2010, but in our region the overall total is down by about 1% (according to them). Statewide the total harvest from the regular firearms season was 41,421. In 2010 the total was 40,694. The totals for the tri-county region 2011 Regular Firearms Season are as follows: County Antlered Calvert 243 Charles 555 St. Mary’s 379

Antlerless 549 792 1085 839

Total 2010 Total 704 1640 1878 1218 1304

The Junior Firearms Season was 2 days long this year – for the first time ever – and the harvest for this season alone was up by 47%. Twenty of the State’s 23 counties allowed hunting on Sunday on private land during the junior season. The statewide total harvest for the Junior Firearms Season was 3,014. In 2010, 2053 deer were harvested by juniors. The breakdown for the tri-county region Junior Firearms Season is as follows:

Ah those summer days of fishing!

County Antlered Calvert 32 Charles 61 St. Mary’s 48

Antlerless 30 62 50

Total 62 123 98

2010 Total 30 79 42

Last Saturday, instead of being in the woods for the beginning of the late segment of the Muzzleloader Season, I found myself at an afternoon holiday party. There was not a single hunter or angler there besides me, so I was a little out of my element. One very nice lady asked me if I knew of a way to get more deer to her back yard. She loves to watch them and has had little success at attracting them to stay. She has tried apples and even a salt lick. The apples rot where she puts them – even hanging from a string – and the salt lick dissolves away in the rain. Now, I really hate to tell people how to attract deer to their backyards because those who do often regret their actions when they discover how deer love to eat flowers and rub the bark from small trees and

shrubbery. Still, the lady persisted, so I told her to coat her salt lick with molasses or one of the concoctions sold in sporting goods stores for this method of attracting deer. If that’s not enough, buy several bags of “deer corn” (which is little more than shelled corn) and spread that corn on the ground. Autumn harvest “ear corn” will also work. Then I reminded her that deer are very nocturnal creatures, but when fed and not disturbed, she could expect to see them at all times of day or night. Deer are fascinating creatures to watch. A few years back, I used these methods to attract deer to my own back yard until my better half – a devoted gardener – taught me the error of my ways. If you have a particularly interesting hunting story and a picture, please drop me a line at riverdancekeith@gmail. com. If you have a particularly interesting hunting story and a picture, please drop me a line at riverdancekeith@ gmail.com.


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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Save ENERGY and Save MONEY this winter SMECO has a variety of programs that can help reduce your energy use and increase your savings. SMECO’s top ten ways to reduce heating costs 10

Consider upgrading to high-efficiency heating equipment.

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Remove leaves and snow from around your heat pump.

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Open curtains and blinds during the day.

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Tune up your heating system annually.

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Insulate your attic and ductwork.

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Take advantage of SMECO’s energy efficiency programs and rebates.

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Schedule a Quick Home Energy Check-up.

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Change your air filter once a month.

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Set your programmable thermostat to 68°F.

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Weather-strip around doors and caulk around windows.

Visit www.smeco.coop/save for updates, ideas, and more ways to save. This program supports the EmPOWER Maryland Energy Efficiency Act.

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