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The Rhythm Club from Spring Ridge Middle School earned two standing ovations for their beat-laden performance and many in attendance at the Eighth Annual Southern Maryland Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast at St. Mary’s College of Maryland on Monday were moved to tears when they sang, “I Believe I can Fly.”

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On T he Cover Charles Jenkins “Jenks” Mattingly, III, an Orphan’s Court judge and long time volunteer firefighter died, Tuesday after a long battle with cancer, but his legacy will continue say his family and friends.


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ews Norris Won’t Seek Another Term as Mayor Burris Announces Plan to Run By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Leonardtown Mayor J. Harry Norris announced Wednesday that he will not seek reelection to the town’s top executive post after nearly two decades on the job. Elections are set for this spring. “For personal and professional reasons I am not presently able to devote the amount of time I feel necessary to fulfill the mayoral obligations of a successful and growing town,” Norris said in a prepared statement. “I am very proud of our accomplishments since 1995.” Those accomplishments center around a long-term revitalization of the town’s downtown business core, which suffered in the early and mid-1990’s when local government anchors moved out about a mile away on Route 245. Also, a bypass through downtown starting at the top of the hill on Fenwick Street hurt business traffic there, according to county economic development head Bob Schaller. “When that happened Leonardtown went dark,” Schaller told The County Times, calling Norris “a central figure” in revitalizing the town. “He’s had a good run and the town’s better for it,” Schaller said. For his part, Norris credited town staff and elected officials who have served on the town council with working just as hard to improve the town’s business climate. Other successes include the reopening of the Leonardtown Wharf, managing commer-

cial and residential growth as well as, in years past, lobbying to keep the courthouse and post office as valuable anchors in the downtown. Norris and the council have also acted recently to strengthen property maintenance standards and have overseen the demolition of dilapidated structures in town. “If you don’t have good staff and good boards and council members you can’t get anything done,” Norris told The County Times. He said since he took office in 1995 the population of the town has doubled, but the number of people who come out to vote has not, a fact he laments. “It would be nice to see more people involved in the process,” Norris said, adding that demands on the mayor’s office had become such that it is an on-call job. “I can’t see anyone doing this job properly unless they’re retired or self-employed,” he said. “[The next mayor] has to be available, you have to be there when something happens.” The non-partisan election will be held May 1 and two council seats will come open. Current councilmember Walter Wise will be up for reelection, and councilmember Dan Burris plans to run for Norris’ seat, he told The County Times on Wednesday. “I filed today,” Burris said. No other candidates have filed for the mayors position as of Wednesday. Mayor J. Harry Norris Norris said he plans to serve out the remainder of his term.

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Oyster Rancher Suing State Over Creek Testing By Guy Leonard Staff Writer The proprietor of an oyster aquaculture operation in Ridge is suing the state’s Department of the Environment (MDE), alleging the agency failed to use the most accurate testing methods for fecal coliform bacteria in local waters, which resulted in the closing of viable oyster farming areas. Richard Pelz, owner of Circle C Oyster Ranch, said the agency has ignored a recently enacted state law that requires it to use the most accurate testing methods. It has become routine practice for the MDE to close down certain creeks in St. Mary’s County when it finds unacceptable levels of fecal coliform bacteria, but Pelz argues in his suit that there is conclusive scientific evidence to show the test used is inaccurate, unreliable and has caused damage to his business. MDE has already revoked certain permits for Pelz’s aquaculture, he told The County Times, particularly putting St. Thomas Creek off limits for oyster aquaculture harvesting. Pelz has a significant amount of oysters in St. Thomas Creek that cannot be sold currently. “It shows a whole bunch of false positives,” Pelz said of the current test. “It casts way too wide a net.” Right now Pelz has had to shift his operations to other permitted local waters or to Virginia, he said, and has renewed his focus on

selling aquaculture equipment to residents for their own projects. “I have to try and make a living without [some] permits now,” Pelz said, who has been in business for about 20 years. MDE has already tried to get the case dismissed in county Circuit Court in a hearing Jan. 11; they have also argued in letters to local elected officials that their current test is the most accurate test and they do not have the resources to ramp up the amount of testing of local oyster habitats, despite local government’s pleas to do so. Pelz slammed the agency for actually standing in the way of oyster aquaculture, which many in the scientific community have said would go a long way in cleaning the Chesapeake Bay watershed because the bivalves act as a natural filter for pollutants. “It’s very lucrative to have a dirty bay when you’re an environmental agency,” Pelz said. “You get money thrown at you.” Jay Apperson, MDE spokesman, said that the agency’s testing passes scientific muster. “Our testing is adequate and is consistent with the requirements of the National Shellfish Sanitation Program,” Apperson said. “We are audited annually by the [U.S] Food and Drug Administration and they have found no fault with out methodology.” guyleonard@countytimes.net

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ews Local Man Survives Christmas Heart Attack By Sarah Miller Staff Writer St. Mary’s native John “Boogieman” Gray received a Christmas miracle, surviving a Christmas Day heart attack and being brought back to life twice. Gray, of Hollywood, had a rough December all around. He came home from the hospital Dec. 16 after a liver transplant went into rejection. At quarter to midnight Dec. 24, he said he woke up with pain in his chest that he attributed to acid reflux, a condition he is currently taking medication for, and went back to sleep. He still had pain the next morning, so he drank a Pepsi and got some relief. He attributed anything wrong to anti-rejection medications and steroids he was taking. He and his wife went to see their kids and family in Piney Point. On the way home he had to have his wife drive. The pain, which he likened to an elephant sitting on his chest, was back and worse than before. They stopped at St. Mary’s Hospital, where he went to the emergency room. They immediately took him to an examination room. “St. Mary’s hospital did an excellent job,” Gray said. He said there were two people in the room when they finally got him hooked up to the monitors, one standing near the door and the other looking at the readings. He said they looked at the monitor, and the nurse at the door went for a doctor, who looked at the monitor and told Gray “you’re having a heart attack,

and you’re having a heart attack right now.” They packed him onto a helicopter with two medics, Bob and Katie, to fly out to Washington Hospital Center. He said Bob had a series of ten needles in his shirt pocket, and told Gray to let him know what the pain was on a scale of one to ten. Initially, Gray told him it was a three, but it escalated to an eight. The last thing Gray said he remembers is seeing Bob rip the paper off a needle. He woke up in the hospital 14 hours later. Gray said he was told that he had to be resuscitated twice, once in the helicopter and again in the hospital. He credits Bob and Katie, the medics on the helicopter, for saving his life. They also came to visit him in the hospital to see how he was doing, giving Gray the chance to thank them in person. Another Christmas miracle came a couple days later. Initially, doctors told him he had one artery that was 100 percent blocked, which they worked on immediately. Another artery was 85 percent blocked, but when they went in to fix it, the blockage was gone. Gray wants to thank everyone in St. Mary’s County that prayed for him and to warn people that if they are experiencing any chest pain, whatsoever, they should go to the hospital. The other classic symptoms, like pain in the arm and difficulty breathing, may not be present but that doesn’t mean a person is not having a heart attack.

John “Boogieman” Gray, of Hollywood, had an angel on his shoulder on Christmas Day, when he was twice resuscitated by medics during a heart attack.

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ews Running Errands for a Living By Sarah Miller Staff Writer From providing rides to running errands, Meg Davis, owner of Errand Officer, is in the market to do it all for her customers. Davis has always been about helping people. From working for social services for nine years to caring for her 81-year-old mother, Davis has dedicated her life to helping others. So when she saw a need in St. Mary’s County for somebody to run errands and Meg Davis offer assistance to the elderly and disabled, she jumped at the opportunity. She said her business has been well received in the community. “I really think it won’t be long before I have to bring employees on board,” Davis said. Recently, Davis was hired by a blind person who needed to run a couple errands and didn’t want to bother family members to help him out. Davis took him to various places like JC Penny, Staples and McKay’s. Davis did things like read labels at the grocery store and help find shoe sizes and colors at JC Penny. She also recently took a woman from Cedar Lane to the eye doctor and took notes during the appointment. Davis is also willing

to go grocery shopping and wait for plumbers and maintenance workers so people don’t have to take time off work. Davis said she is willing to go from “Point Lookout to Mechanicsville” and offers taxi services, having received the insurance to cover her passengers. She said this is a service needed especially for visionimpaired customers with seeing-eye dogs. Some cab drivers will not allow the dogs in their cars, Davis said. Photos By Sean Rice The only services Davis said she won’t provide is dating services, and she isn’t qualified to perform nursing tasks such as administering medications and helping a person eat and use the restroom. Davis charges a flat fee of $20 per hour for her services. She charges one full hour at minimum, then 15-minute, $5 increments after the first hour. She doesn’t charge for mileage. Davis said she is also developing package Meg Davis helps Clarence Schadegg shop at the McKay’s Supermarket in Wildewood. plans and gift certificates. For more information, or to schedule Davis for errands, call 240-262-0250 or e-mail errandofficer@yahoo.com. sarahmiller@countytimes.net

Bay Cleanup May Cost County $100 Million-Plus By Guy Leonard Staff Writer The Board of County Commissioners learned Tuesday that the costs of cleaning up the county’s share of nitrogen in the watershed from septic systems to meet stringent federal and state guidelines by 2020 could cost well over $100 million, and several of the county’s strategies for removing the nutrient actually fall short of the state’s goal. Gov. Martin O’Malley’s target date for removing certain pollutants is actually ahead of the federal government’s timeline by five years; the Obama Administration ordered the EPA to act to clean up the Chesapeake Bay and the federal agency subsequently delegated the states in the watershed to come up with action plans. Daryl Calvano, director of environmental health services for the county health department, told commissioners that the one scenario which would meet the septic clean up goal in the next eight years would require homeowners in Town Creek, Scotch Neck, Hollywood Shores and Country Lakes to hook up to public water and sewer as well as the balance of homes in the critical area within 500 feet of the shoreline receiving advanced upgrades to their septic systems.

The total cost of that plan would be $117.8 million according to the figures presented to the commissioners and would actually exceed the nitrogen removal goals by 227 pounds for a total of 86,049. Other options, such as just upgrading the septic systems for those living in the critical area nearest the water, which encompasses a significant portion of the county’s land mass, would cost more than $143 million and would still be a little more than 7,000 pounds short of the goal. The Maryland Department of the Environment’s calculations as of 2009 show that septic systems contributed to just six percent of the nitrogen load in the Chesapeake Bay, but Commissioner Cindy Jones said recent evidence she learned of at a conference concerning the state’s new comprehensive land use plan claimed septic systems contributed less than one percent of the total nitrogen load. She said that the requirements being laid out by the state and federal governments “are going to have a huge impact on this county.” “This will affect our residents more than anywhere else in the state,” Jones said. guyleonard@countytimes.net

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ews Russell: County Will Sit on Surplus Millions By Guy Leonard Staff Writer County Commissioners will likely hold fast on spending any of the $30 million in surplus money recently discovered from underestimating how much in income taxes the county collected, Commissioner President Francis Jack Russell said last week. Russell, speaking at the yearly legislative banquet held by the county’s Farm Bureau board in Leonardtown, quoted the Bible by saying “the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away” in warning attendees that the state might decide to withhold tax disbursements to the county next time around because it received more than was expected last time. Russell made his statement after some in the room at the Breton Inn expressed concerned about the future of agriculture saying some of that money could be used to help their industry. “We’re going to sit on it for a while,” Russell (D-St. George Island) said Jan. 13. “We need you to bring some good proposals to us. “We’re going to be very careful how we spend it.” For several weeks since the discovery of the surplus the commissioners have been inundated with requests from citizens and groups to fund projects and other interests. But both Commissioners Dan Morris and

Todd Morgan agree that commitments for that money already exist. Morris (R-Mechanicsville) said from replacing emergency radios to combat dead zones to repaving roads, there would only be so much money the county can spare to allocate to citizen proposals. “It’s not $30 million we have that’s unaccounted for,” Morris said. “These [critical] items aren’t thousands of dollars they’re millions of dollars.” Morris said the county still has to replenish its reserves from cleaning up the damage done by Hurricane Irene last summer to the tune of about $3.5 million. “It’s not $30 million we can just play with,” Morris told The County Times. Morgan (R-Great Mills) said the figure of $30 million may prove to be too high. “It’s too high … until the state tells us what are numbers were for the last year we don’t have a solid number,” Morgan said, warning that continued talk of shifting teacher pensions from the state to counties complicates financial planning. “We should be happy we have a surplus, but it has to be a pragmatic approach” to spending the money, Morgan said. “It can’t be a knee jerk reaction.” guyleonard@countytimes.net

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County Looks at Refinancing to Bail Out Wicomico Shores By Guy Leonard Staff Writer For several years now the Wicomico Shores Golf Course has been losing money, but staff with the county’s Recreation and Parks Department gave county leaders options this week on how to, at least, make the public course reduce its deficit. Parks and Recreation Director, Phil Rollins, told the Board of County Commissioners that the clubhouse, added in 2008, could be refinanced to a rate lower than the current 5.62 percent and save the county about $17,000 in debt service each year. Since the clubhouse, which includes a new restaurant, was built more than three years ago the golf course as a whole has lost about $138,000. Rollins said that since the economy went into recession in 2008, the usual 39,000 rounds of golf played each year at the facility dropped off by 15 percent and this contributed greatly to the loss in revenues. Despite the current deficit of $81,000 for the operations there; the cash balance in the enterprise fund, which has been used for about 25 years to fund the facility, remains positive at $184,000. That balance has been used to help cover the deficits the golf course has run the past several years. “This facility has always been self-supporting, the taxpayers have never subsidized its operations,” Rollins said.

Other options to reduce the deficit at the course included reducing some of the staffing through attrition but also replenishing the enterprise fund with $250,000 in amusement tax money that the county had erroneously collected for the state but never paid. Rollins said the golf course had been paying the amusement tax to the state but found that it was actually exempt from it since the early 1990’s. Commissioner Cindy Jones (R-Valley Lee) said that she did not believe that all of the worries of the golf course and clubhouse were from the lagging economy, rather the decision to raise fees at the golf course to cover the deficits also contributed to a lack of golfers. She also criticized the long-term erroneous payments of taxes. “That’s not a good example of management,” Jones said. Both Commissioners Larry Jarboe and Todd Morgan agreed that refinancing the mortgage on the clubhouse could be a viable option, but it wasn’t necessarily critical to ensure that the operation actually made money. The great object, Morgan said, was to ensure that an amenity that served the public well was preserved. “We’re elected to look out for the benefit of the whole,” Morgan said. guyleonard@countytimes.net


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Why Are You Bashing Federal Employees? Please have your editorial staff check submitted guest editorials for correctness. Ms. Mossburg states in her Jan. 5 guest editorial in the fourth paragraph: “… in large part due to the thousands of federal employees with large pensions.” She insinuates that many federal retirees are drawing $1,000,000+ pensions as part of the ‘1 Percent Millionaires’. As a retired civil servant of 32+ years, participating in the CSRS retirement system, I know of NO civil servant or ever read of, or heard of a federal pensioner who gets paid $1,000,000 + in yearly pension payments as inferred in Ms. Hummel’s editorial. According to the Congressional research Service, in 2005 the average Federal Retiree Pension was $17,640 per year. A far cry from $1,000,000 a year as insinuated in Ms. Mossburg’s guest editorial. I doubt that average has jumped 6000 percent in 6 years. Ex presidents and long term serving senators and congressmen don’t draw a $1,000,000 pension. As a matter of fact, it is impossible for any current or retired civil servant to accumulate enough years and pay in order to collect a $1,000,000 a year pension from the old

CSRS or new FERS retirement systems. Even if a person was hired for federal employment today at the GS-15 level as new hire aged 22 (impossible again as GS-15’s are educated and highly skilled/experienced workers, usually in their 40’s) and worked for 50, 60, or 70 years, they could not accumulate enough pay and time to collect a $1,000,000 a year federal pension with the current FERS retirement system. Once again federal employees are being ‘bashed’ with non-facts, conjecture, and half-truths. As a newspaper highly dependent of the business you get from a predominately federal worker funded economy, I’d think you’d be more careful in printing yet another column bashing federal workers. Please have Ms. Mossburg submit a retraction/clarification of her guest editorial withdrawing her accusation that many federal retirees draw $1,000,000 a year in federal pensions. Please don’t let her come back and add the TSP to the equation as that is a 401K type investment plan for federal employees and not a pension plan. Evidently Marta Mossburg uses innuendos, false assumptions and conjecture in her

responses. If you draw a pension of $25,000 a year, you’ll get $1,000,000 in about 30 - 40 years (Don’t forget federal pensions did not get a COLA the last two years) if you live that long. Getting $1,000,000 from a defined benefit pension totally depends on how much your pension is and how many years you actually live. Since most federal employees retire in their 60’s (over 50% stay 6 years or longer after becoming eligible - OPM’s An Analysis of Federal Employee Retirement Data, March of 2008) and don’t live as long as ones who retire when first eligible. Seriously doubt many of them actually collect a $1,000,000. If indeed their pensions are worth $1,000,000 over 30 - 40 years, so is Ms. Mossburg’s house, her inheritances, her investments, her social security all that factors into her retirement portfolio which all of that has nothing to do with the 1 percent. Federal employees retire at a 17 percent less rate in the DC area than the norm pushing their probability numbers for a long life even lower. Unfortunately, I can’t find the source, but I read years ago the average CSRS Retiree collects his pension for less than 3 years. With-

What’s To Fear in 2012 Daily, each of us faces the possible grim prospects of financial collapse, accident, sickness, crime, and death (or worse). While we hope for the best, most of such incidents will be beyond our choice or span of control. However, come this fall’s elections, we can opt out of remaining in the dire situation encompassing our nation today. We, as clear thinking Americans can choose to reject being governed by a second term under President Obama. Further, we can strive for a Republican Congress as was accomplished by the Democrat party in 2008. Obama’s first three plus years have been bad enough but granting the man four more to come, in lame duck status no less, would prove disastrous for this nation. A disaster from which we might never recover. America as we have known it would more evolve to that of its European socialist neighbors rather than stand as instituted by our founding fathers under the inspirational guidance of God Almighty. If you’ll be honest with yourself you know that under this regime something radically injurious is at work in America and things are worsening at mystical speed. Socialism, in concert with today’s race and class warfare are dominant precepts among liberal Democrat party leadership. Their politicos favorably trump alternative conservative views to society’s issues and challenges with the party’s handy razor edged tools. And you can count on liberal media ensuring their success. Equally notable within the Democrat platform is its unwavering support for the snuffing out of America’s unwanted innocent little ones under the sanitized ruse of “pro choice”. Concurrently, they continue promoting further advancement of man-devised homosexual marriage. How the Almighty judges such pretentious societal traits

means nothing to the unbelieving and/or unlearned among leading secular Democrat politicians. This year, leading up to the elections, today’s evolved Democrat party, federal and local leadership, will ensure more of the same: lack of a comprehensive energy policy (other than continued degradation of American domestic oil, natural gas and coal suppliers) at the behest of environmental extremists; belittling of the steady rise of our $15 trillion indebtedness; dismiss the proposed Defense of Marriage Act; fund Planned Parenthood abortions with half a billion taxpayer dollars; further enact or enforce oppressive business restrictions with unemployment levels at or above 8.5 percent; discount 20k plus new jobs via disfavoring Canada’s Keystone Pipe Line/Life Line offer; ignore increasing costs of food and commodities; ignore deteriorating infrastructure; neglect our open borders; push nationalized healthcare and further shun and disrespect our best friend, Israel. Locally, Democrat ineptness in Annapolis will punish us further with an additional $.15 per gallon gas tax while delivering on homosexual marriage. The fear of sustained Obama governance and exacerbation of societal ills are avoidable unless we continue to elect liberal Democrats to lead us nationally and statewide. We can vote conservative Republican across the board this November. And if they don’t set things aright we can throw em’ out in favor of more of the inept madness present today. Your two clear choices are: roll over for prolonged intensity of the same flawed concept(s) or stand for right. Chester M. Seaborn, Jr. Mechanicsville, MD

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out the source I can’t swear by that number. I’m sure someone at OPM can produce the real number. A little research wouldn’t hurt. It took me 5 minutes to find the OPM report. I suggest Ms. Mossburg read a little before drawing conclusions from the popular media or where ever else she gets her ‘facts’. I’’m a retired federal employee and don’t consider myself a 1-percenter as I struggle to pay my bills and put my daughter through college. Go pick on the business elite and stop bashing federal employees because it’s convenient and juices up a rather dull editorial. Bruce Whiteman Hollywood, MD Editor’s Note – Marta Hummel Mossburg, Senior fellow, Maryland Public Policy Institute, issued the following response to Mr. Whiteman’s letter: “I never stated that federal employees were drawing $1 million yearly pensions. I said many of them were millionaires because their pensions are worth over $1 million total. The piece laid out why Maryland is so wealthy – the federal government – and why the rest of us can’t afford to support such an unsustainable model.”

Mother County Deserves Better than Old, Moldy Library I’m sorry, but unless our current county commissioners rethink their controversial decision to shelve a new home for the Leonardtown branch of the Saint Mary’s County Public Library, there is no way in good conscience that I could ever vote for any them again. Are the county commissioners aware of the situation? Have they ever even walked into the Leonardtown Library? Try it. The building is old – and moldy. The bathrooms are drippy and the facilities are crowded. There is only one community meeting room serving this entire area of the county. The children’s area is claustrophobic, and their computers are ridiculously placed on two tiny tables butted up against the circulation desk. Computers for job-hunters and researchers are sparse and packed. The “Living Room” is a well-meaning attempt to afford privacy to those who want to read or study in quiet, but due to the lack of meeting spaces, people are often “meeting” here, thus interrupting the quiet conditions. Yet some want to keep all this in the “historic Armory?” Our county deserves better. A well-educated community has two things going for it: great schools and great libraries. The two go hand-in-hand toward promoting literacy, from children’s programs to after-school programs, teen programs, and adult book groups. (But our county commissioners are smart educators, mentors, and scout-masters -- so, they already know this – and thus would be willing to put this issue back on the table.) Our library should be our community’s centerpiece. A place where we can go to research the rich local history of our area, keep current using programs that inform us, and of course, read to our hearts’ content. Our community has outgrown the Armory as documented by the facilities study conducted by Providence Associates. $16 million for a new library? $30.1 million in “leftover money?” County Commissioners, do you want my vote? Then you do the math. Patricia McCrary Leonardtown, MD

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Liquor Board Suspends Friendly’s License By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Continual calls for police to deal with fights and other disturbances at Friendly’s Sports Bar on Route 234 convinced the members of the county’s Alcohol Beverage Board to suspend the bar’s license for 30 days because the activities at the business had grown to be a threat to the neighborhood’s tranquility and security. The three license holders at the bar were charged with not upgrading the security at the bar last November and received a charge of allowing customers to stay past the mandated 2 a.m. closing time. Tony Hill, one of the license holders, admitted to the latter violation but denied that he and his partners had not done enough to promote security at the bar. Dfc. James Stone, the alcohol enforcement officer for the board, testified he had spoken to the licensees about improving security to include better lighting, surveillance cameras and crowd control. One of the biggest problems at the bar was the sudden letting out of patrons into a full parking lot that often led to fights breaking out and other disturbances. Stone said, however, the licensee meeting was “positive.”

“I felt they were receptive with the conversation,” Stone said, adding however that fights would continue to break out at the bar when it let out. “There’s no control,” he said. Stone also testified that promoters who came to the bar would put on a show and encourage 18-year-olds, especially females, to attend, which created problems because of the younger crowds. Hill said he had asked for police assistance in dealing with the rambunctious closing time crowds but Stone responded that the parking lot was the licensee’s responsibility. “It’s not our responsibility to clear your parking lot,” Stone said. “I’ve seen them [bar security] attempt to police the parking lot but they have no control over patrons leaving.” “You have security but it’s not sufficient.” Hill responded that he and his partners had put in extra lighting as well as cameras, though they had technical issues. “We’ve done our part” to improve conditions at the bar, Hill said. The 30-day license revocation was given in addition to a $500 fine for having customers on the premises after the legal closing hour. guyleonard@countytimes.net

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Joseph Bond, Sr., 68 Joseph Arthur Bond Sr., age 68, of Leonardtown, Maryland peacefully passed away on January 14th, 2012, at his home surrounded by his loving family after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Born to John Henry Sr. and Sarah Rosetta Bond of Leonardtown, MD (Compton) on November 19, 1943. Joseph, affectionately known as Jimmy or JB, was a lifetime member of the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church of Leonardtown, MD. Joseph was employed for many years at the former St. Mary’s Ice and Fuel Co. as an Office Assistant; he later was employed at the Burch Oil and the Southern Maryland Oil companies. Joseph’s latest employment was at the Department of Agriculture in Washington D.C. until his health would no longer permit him to work. Joseph was also known for his services in the community as a heating & air mechanic and pool maintenance specialist. Joseph was joined in holy matrimony with Dorothy Ann Thomas on October 19, 1963, they were blessed with five children; Joseph A. Bond Jr., Eunice V. Bond (Kelly), Deborah D. Briscoe (Henry), Brian-Tony Bond, Dwayne W. Bond (Carla). Seven grandchildren Joseph A. Bond III, Keneisha N. Holt, Rashad Briscoe, Lexie Bond, Andrew Bond, Brittney Bond, and Carlos Bond. Some of Joseph‘s favorite past times were softball, playing the keyboard in a band, playing

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On Jan. 14, Deputy Green responded to a residence on Fox Chase Drive in Great Mills for a report of an assault. Investigation revealed Derisha Lesha Marshall, 26, of Great Mills, was engaged in a verbal dispute with the victim, which escalated into a physical assault when Marshall allegedly choked the victim. Marshall was arrested and charged with second-degree assault.

cards, keno, and the lottery, and bid-wiz tournaments. Joseph was also a member of the Big Foot Hunting Club. Joseph was preceded in death by his parents, John Henry Bond, Sr. and Sarah Rosetta Bond. He is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren and his siblings, Anna T Robinson, John Henry Bond Jr. (Victoria), Mary Florence Travers (John), Mary Arthur Lee Burroughs, and Linda Bond. Family and friends will unite on Friday, January 20, 2012 from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 29119 Point Lookout Road, Morganza, MD. Interment immediately following at Charles Memorial Gardens, 26325 Point Lookout Road, Leonardtown, MD Arrangements by Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home of Mechanicsville, 38576 Brett Way, Mechanicsville, MD 20659

Edith Carey, 104 Edith Mary Carey, 104, (affectionately known as “Nannie” and "Miss Eddie") of Lexington Park, Maryland passed away peacefully on January 9, 2012 at Hospice of St. Mary’s in Callaway. She was born in Redgate, Maryland on November 25, 1907 to the late John Hopkins and Mary Hopkins. After Edith’s parents died at an early age, she worked for local families as a housekeeper and cook to care for her brothers Francis and Joseph

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Four arrested in bar disturbance

On Jan. 13, deputies responded to a local bar on Mervell Dean Road in Hollywood for a report of a large disturbance. Upon arrival deputies were directed by the establishment’s security to four individuals who had allegedly assaulted a female and were trying to leave. Deputies attempted to interview the individuals who were intoxicated, belligerent, uncooperative and challenging, police claimed. The individuals were yelling and cursing which caused a further disturbance and deputies warned the individuals to stop yelling and cursing but they refused. Deputies attempted to arrest one of the suspects at which point the other three attempted to interfere and stop the arrest, police alleged. All four individuals were arrested and charged with the following: • Robert Allen Hayden, 27 of Lusby, charged with disorderly conduct, failing to obey a lawful order of a police officer and alcohol beverage intoxication endangerment; • Dinia Kaye Jafari, 27, of Prince Frederick, charged with disorderly conduct, seconddegree assault, failing to obey a lawful order of a police officer, alcohol beverage intoxication endangerment and resisting arrest; • George Sumner Harrington III, 31, of Mechanicsville, charged with disorderly conduct, second-degree assault of a police officer, failing to obey a lawful order of a police officer, alcohol beverage intoxication endangerment and resisting arrest; and, • Bobby Jake Herbert, 28, of Lexington Park, charged with disorderly conduct, indecent exposure, second degree assault, failing to obey a lawful order of a police officer, alcohol beverage intoxication endangerment and resisting arrest.

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Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance

On Jan. 16, at approximately 3 a.m. Deputy Wood was conducting a patrol check of Nicolet Park in Lexington Park, when he located a vehicle, running, with its lights off, parked in the rear of the park. Wood investigated and discovered Craig Ryan Scopin, 21, of Lexington Park in the vehicle. A canine scan of the vehicle resulted in a positive alert for controlled dangerous substances, police reported. Further investigation revealed a small plastic baggie containing suspected cocaine residue and a metal smoking device containing suspected cocaine residue inside of the vehicle, police said. Scopin was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of controlled dangerous substance paraphernalia.

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Stanley. After Joseph died at the age of 5, Edith moved to Trenton, New Jersey in 1920, where she stayed briefly, but it never had the feel of home. She moved to Arlington, Virginia after a brief stay in Trenton. While in Virginia she met John Evans and from that union she bore two children, the late George Francis Hayden and Hilda Mae Hayden. In 1946, she moved back to St. Mary’s County where she met and married her late husband John Edward Carey. Edith was employed at Leonard Hall School as a cook in 1948 and retired from there in 1969. After a brief hiatus, she went to work for the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in 1970 and retired in 1982 after 12 years. At this time, Edith decided it was time to relax and enjoy her family. She helped raise every generation of her family and continued to play a vital role in nurturing her family until shortly before her death. Edith loved to play a card game called “pitch” and for years played every Friday night with a group of regular friends. She loved to cook and could cook anything that you liked, especially stuffed ham. She loved her coconut cake that she looked forward to getting every year for her birthday and Christmas from her daughter-in-law. Edith had a garden for many years and loved to work “in the dirt” and grew numerous vegetables. She also enjoyed walking and could out-walk anyone. She pretty much walked everywhere she went. She would always say, “walking would lead to a long life and that exercise was good for you. She never learned to drive. Edith was preceded in death by her parents John and Mary Hopkins; her husband John Edward Carey; brothers John Hayden, Joseph Stanley Jones, Francis Edward Jones, and sisters Ada, Mattie and Lillian Hayden; her son George Francis Hayden; her grandson, Joseph Stanley Hayden; and her great-grandson, William Derreck Young. She leaves to cherish her memories her daughter, Hilda Hayden; five grandchildren, Mary Young and Karen (Sissy) Hayden of Lexington Park, Maryland, Patrick of Los Angeles, California, Darryl Keith Hayden of Newport News, Virginia and Beverly Galloway of Camp Springs, Maryland. She has nine great-grandchildren: Tiffanie Tinsley of Hyattsville, Maryland, Dwayne Young of California, Maryland, Warren Young, LaQuasha Hayden, Rashard Hayden and Vashon Hayden all of Lexington Park, Maryland, Darryl Monique Hayden of Newport News, Virginia, Crystal Hamlin and Rahmal Adams of Camp Springs, Maryland. She has thirteen great-great grandchildren, Imari Brandon, William Matheny, Davonna Young, and Jakari Young, Dasani Young, Khyri Wells, Daniel Perkins, Ayden Adams, Ja’cori Thomas, Rashard Hayden, Tyron Hayden, La’Niya Hayden and Darnajah Warrick. She also leaves a niece Gertrude Hayden of Leonardtown, Maryland and two great nieces Doris Chase of Lexington Park, Maryland, Shirley Brooks Briscoe of Temple Hills, Maryland and two great nephews, James (Buddy) Curtis and Joseph (Joe Duck) Mitchell. She is also survived by one very special daughter-in-law Cecelia Hayden-Smith of Washington, DC and a host of other relatives and friends. Family and friends gathered on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at St. Aloysius Catholic Church,

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22800 Washington St., Leonardtown, MD. Interment immediately followed at Charles Memorial Gardens in Leonardtown, MD. The Family fellowshipped with friends at the Hollywood Rescue Squad in Hollywood, Maryland. Arrangements by Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home of Mechanicsville, 38576 Brett Way, Mechanicsville, MD

Katherine Clark, 90 Katherine S. Clark, “Kay,” 90 of Lexington Park, MD died at Washington Hospital Center on January 10, 2012 with family at her side, of heart failure. She embodied the saying, “Life’s journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting, ‘What a wonderful ride!’” She was predeceased by her husband of 54 years, W. Ralph Clark, who died in 1997. Kay was born in Billings, MT, and raised on Long Island, NY. She attended Hofstra University and earned a Bachelor’s degree from New York University. She was a proficient classical pianist, and during college she enrolled in the Civil Air Patrol Training program and earned her pilot’s license before she was 20. After her marriage to Ralph in 1943, they moved to Hawaii where they worked as civilians supporting the U.S. Navy during WWII, then moved to St. Mary’s County in 1947 to work at NAS Patuxent. She worked part time as a secretary at Patuxent and also for the St. Mary’s College of Maryland, when it was the “Seminary.” For 25 years they lived in Washington DC during the week when Ralph’s job took him there, and returned to St. Mary’s on weekends. Always seeking new horizons, Kay earned a Master’s degree in Liberal Studies at Georgetown when she was 70. She was a world traveler, visiting, skiing and sailing in many countries for more than 50 years. A lifelong gourmet cook, she earned a cooking certificate from a cooking school in Italy. She traveled and taught as a volunteer with Elderhostel programs in Europe in her seventies and eighties after Ralph died. She was active in many local organizations and a founding member of the St. Mary’s Historical Society and the St. Mary’s River Yacht Club. She was a member of the St. Mary’s County Garden Club for many years and an active member of the Arts Alliance. She and friends in Washington D.C. formed a “French Group” that has met monthly for over 40 years to maintain their proficiency in that language. But these facts don’t capture the spirit of this intrepid woman who thought nothing of driving 12,000 miles throughout Europe during the 1960s, when her husband was working with the Navy on an aircraft carrier off Viet Nam for 6 months. “Life may not be the party we expected, but while we are here we should dance!” She is survived by her two daughters, Lani Clark

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(husband John Paradis) and Christine Paula Clark (partner Patrick Hillis) of St. Mary’s City; three grandsons: Jay Ralph Bloomer and Michael James Bloomer, both of Winter Park, CO and Theodore Keith Clark of St. Mary’s City; and many nieces and nephews. Family received friends for Kay’s Life Celebration Gathering on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 in the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to the St. Mary’s County Public Library, 23250 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650 and the SMCM Arts Alliance, 18952 East Fisher Road, St. Mary’s City, MD 20686. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com.

Randolph Edwards, 79 Randolph Jackson “Jack” Edwards, 79 of Leonardtown, MD died January 13, 2012 at St. Mary’s Hospital. Born May 5, 1932 in Baltimore, MD, he was the son of the late William Robert Edwards and Harriet (Jackson) Edwards. Jack is survived by his wife, Julia Hoke Edwards, his children, Randolph Hoke Edwards of Maryland, States William Edwards of Maryland and Matthew Charles Edwards of Colorado, five grandchildren and a sister, Jane Brand of Ellicott City, MD. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 28, 2012 at 11 a.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 37497 Zach Fowler Road, Chaptico, MD 20621. Interment will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to Christ Episcopal Church, 37497 Zach Fowler Road, Chaptico, MD 20621. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

John Eldridge, 61 John Samuel Eldridge, of Lexington Park, died peacefully, January 14, 2012, at Hospice of St. Mary’s in Callaway. Born October 24, 1950 in Lexington Park, he was the son of the late Mary Edith Gordon Jones and Lester Clay Henry Eldridge. Mr. Eldridge was a lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County. He received his education in the St. Mary’s County Public School System. Throughout his life he enjoyed working as a roofer and handyman. He enjoyed watching TV—especially sporting events, including boxing and the Baltimore Ravens, playing cards, dancing and being around his grandchildren and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, stepfather Wil-

son W. Williams, and his lifelong companion and friend of over 37 years, Blanche Marie Spears, who died only 13 hours prior; the two were inseparable even in death, brother; James William Eldridge, two sisters; Elizabeth Bryan and Brenda Williams; nephew Kevin Williams. He is survived by his son, Thomas Jay Spears and daughter-in-law Danielle; grandchildren Jalen and Jaela Spears all of Waldorf, Martel and Martaz Spears of Lexington Park. He is also survived by his sisters and brothers, Jennifer Brown (Eli) of California, MD, Renee Shelton (Daniel) of Nashville, TN, Bridgette Hughes (Bennie) of Waldorf, Claudia Barnett of Lexington Park, Lionel Williams of Nashville, TN, Kevin Williams (Arlene) of Toronto, Canada, and Vernon Eldridge of Waldorf; special aunt Edna Taylor of Baltimore and a host of other family and friends. The family will receive friends Saturday, January 21, 2012, from 10 to 11a.m., with services to be held at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Missionary Church, with Pastor McClanahan officiating. Interment will take place immediately following the service at the church cemetery. Arrangements Entrusted to Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home, Mechanicsville, MD

Norman Fox, 64 Norman Albert “Country” Fox, 64, of Compton, MD, died on January 9, 2012 in Leonardtown, MD. Born on May 20, 1947 he was the son of the late Frank James and Alyce Ida Mundt Fox. He was the loving husband of Lucheria Amanda Fox whom he married on May 28, 1977 in Leonardtown, MD. Mr. Fox is survived by his sons; Michael James and Richard Allen Fox both of Mechanicsville, MD and 2 grandchildren. Norman graduated from Oxon Hill High School in 1965 and went to Indiana Institute of Technology in Ft. Wade, Indiana. Mr. Fox moved from Ft. Wade, Indiana to St. Mary’s County in 1972, and worked as a surveyor for Washington Sanitary Suburban Commission for 33 years retiring on December 31, 1999. Norman was a member of the Mechanicsville Moose Lodge, and enjoyed camping with his gang. The family received friends on Friday, January 13, 2012 in the Mattingley-Gardner Funeral Home Chapel with a Funeral Service held with Fr. John Mattingley officiating. Interment was private. Contributions may be made in memory of Norman Albert “Country” Fox to the Leonardtown Vol. Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 299, Leonardtown, MD 20650. To leave a condolence for the family please visit www.mgfh.com. Arrangements provided by the MattingleyGardiner Funeral Home, P.A, Leonardtown, MD.


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Charles Jenkins “Jenks” Mattingly, III of Hollywood, MD died January 16, 2012 at St. Mary’s Hospital. Visitation will be at Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department Thursday, January 19, 2012 2 - 4 p.m. and 5 – 8 p.m. Life Celebration with prayers recited at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. John's Catholic Church Friday, January 20, 2012 at 11 a.m. with cemetery services. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com.

Carroll Nash, 94 Carroll Underwood Nash, 94, of Solomons, Maryland died January 13, 2012 at the Asbury Solomons Health Care Center. Born May 24, 1917 in Columbus, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Anne Carroll Underwood and Arthur W. Underwood. She graduated from St. Mary of the Springs Academy and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, Ohio, graduating Sum-

ma Cum Laude. She was selected to “Who’s Who” in American Colleges. On November 16, 1950 in Richmond, Indiana, Carroll married Robert A. Nash. Her career paralleled her husband’s naval career as she was employed by the United States Navy in Columbus, Ohio and Millington, Tennessee in the Disbursing and Payroll Office. After many years of dedicated service, she retired in the early 1970’s from the U.S. Census Bureau in Suitland, Maryland, having served as a Budget Analyst and Administrative Officer. Carroll was a longtime member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, in Lexington Park, MD, and the St. Vincent de Paul Society. She served on the Board of the local American Cancer Society and volunteered for Meals On Wheels. She enjoyed playing bridge, working crossword puzzles, and vacationing in Ocean City, Maryland with her husband. She was known within her family and among her friends for always being ready and willing to help when someone needed her. She had a lifelong interest in following her family’s history and its Irish heritage. She loved having fun and cherished life’s humorous moments. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Robert A. Nash, and their son, Thomas Arthur Nash, as well as one sister, Mary M. Watson, and two brothers, Charles F. Underwood and Robert R. Underwood. She is survived by twelve nieces and nephews. Carroll’s family expresses their sincere appreciation to her special friends who gave so generously of their time to visit and help her in so many ways. They added immeasurable comfort and happiness to her life. The family also thanks the caregivers at Asbury Solomons who were especially kind to her. The family received friends Wednesday, January 18, with a prayer service said in the Brinsfield Funeral Home Chapel in Leonardtown, MD. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated January 19 at 11 a.m., at the Immacu-

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late Heart of Mary Church, Lexington Park, MD. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, and in Carroll’s memory, the family suggests contributions be given to The Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 22375 Three Notch Road, Lexington Park, MD 20653, The American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 1032, Lexington Park, MD 20653, or the Hospice of one’s choice. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD

Angela Quade, 56 Angela Dorene Quade, 56 of Lexington Park, MD formerly of California, MD passed away on January 9, 2012 in Washington Hospital Center. Born August 17, 1955 in LaPlata, MD, she was the daughter of the late George R. and Dorothy D. Taylor. Angela is survived by her children; Rebecca Quade and Joseph Quade both of Maryland, siblings; Richard Taylor of North Carolina, and Ralph Taylor of Angela Dorene Quade, 56 of Lexington Park, MD formerly of California, MD passed away on January 9, Virginia. In addition to her parents Angela was preceded in death by her husband’s; John Quade whom she married July 6, 1971 and passed away on April 16, 1980, and Joseph H. Quade, Jr. whom she married on June 30, 1983 and passed away on January 21, 2005, son, Sean L. Quade, and granddaughter, Ashley Nichole Ryce. Angela was a lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County. She graduated from Leonardtown High School and was a Laundry Aide at St. Mary’s Nursing Center for 25 years retiring in 2008. Angela enjoyed playing pool, reading, fishing, and spending time with her family and friends. The family received friends on Monday, January 16, 2012 in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD with prayers recited. A Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 with Deacon Bill Nickerson officiating. Interment followed in Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, MD. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lexington Park Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 339, Lexington Park, MD 20653. Arrangements provided by the MattingleyGardiner Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD

Blanch Spears, 73 Blanche Marie Spears, of Lexington Park, died peacefully, January13, 2012, at St. Mary’s Hospital. Born March 10, 1938, in Hollywood, MD, she was the daughter of the late Joseph A. and Idola M. Spears. Ms. Spears was a lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County. She received her education in the St. Mary’s County Public Schools system. Throughout her life she enjoyed working for several families as a caregiver for their loved ones. She had a love for reading, watching the Game Show Network, playing cards, and being around her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and her lifelong companion and friend of over 37 years, John Eldridge, who died only 13 hours after her; the two were inseparable even in death, two sisters, Delores Somerville and Margret Nurse; two brothers Francis Adolph

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Spears and Joseph Spears. She is survived by her son, Thomas Jay Spears and daughter-in-law Danielle; grandchildren Jalen and Jaela all of Waldorf, Martel and Martaz of Lexington Park; brothers, James Eugene Spears of Ridge and Charles Leroy Spears of Lexington Park; sisters, Mary Helena Spears of Lexington Park; Phyllis Marie Thomas of Hampton, VA; aunt Gertrude Wallace of Buffalo, NY and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. The family will receive friends in St. John’s Catholic Church, Hollywood, MD. Thursday, January 19, 2012 from 10 -11 a.m., with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 11 a.m., with Father Raymond Schmidt officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, Maryland.

Ethel Wilson, 71 Ethel Collee Hart Wilson, 71 of Hollywood, MD died January 12, 2012 at St. Mary’s Nursing Center. Born January 8, 1941 in Perry, FL, she was the daughter of the late Joseph E. Hart and Ethel Lee (Moore) Hart. She was raised in Foley, FL. Collee married James A. Wilson in 1967. He and his children held a treasured love in her heart and life. Collee was a lifelong student and teacher, attending Foley Jr. High, Taylor County High, Florida State University, Hood College in Frederick, MD and graduate school at the University of Maryland. Collee was a favorite student assistant in Dean Moore’s office of School of social work, FSU, working there all of her college years. She was mentored by Mrs. Carolyne Richardson who enjoyed her friendship all her life. She loved Florida and Florida State University. She was also an ardent football fan. Collee taught home economics in Maryland schools for many years. Before that, she worked at Furchgott’s Department store in Jacksonville, FL. Collee is survived by her husband James and her step children, Michael Wilson (Lori) of Hollywood, MD, Stephen Wilson (Patty) of Dallas, GA, Elizabeth Ann Baker of Dallas, GA, and Mark Wilson (Melody) of Sharpsburg, GA, all of whom she delighted in. Her grandchildren were the light and loves of her life. Collee is also survived by her siblings, Joseph E. Hart, Jr., M. Elizabeth (Rusty) Dagley, B. Le Merle Milsom, John I. Hart and Katy Ann Bostelman, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles who loved her dearly. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, B. Maxine Wallace. To all of her family and friends, Collee was one of the most beautiful people God ever created; a blessing, a very special person who was kind and gentle who walked closely with God. She enjoyed her many friends who found her devotion and loyalty to them heartwarming. The Baptist church in whatever hometown she found herself always inspired Collee and she shared an abundance of time and talent with each. She especially loved G A Camp and working in the church nursery, loving all the children and nurturing them. She loved and was loved by such a large company of “church people” who mentored her and whom she mentored. She truly walked in beauty, grace, love and laughter. Surely she continues to do so. 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.


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New Dunkin Donuts Opens

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A new Dunkin’ Donuts location open for business in Charlotte Hall. Owner Maria Icaza, who also owns the California store, said the local community had been very welcoming, sales are good and the staff is well trained and ready to provide great service. Icaza said as a local business owner she feels it’s important to give back to the community andCounty makesTimes roomHalf in the budget each year4:41 to provide support to local organizations and offer rewards QBH Gradview Ad_Layout 1 9/6/11 PM Page 1 for excellence to area school kids. She said she is looking for a location for a third store in the Leonardtown area.

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Money Chopticon Grad to Open New ‘Sport Clips’ Sport Clips Haircuts is holding a grand opening on Saturday for a new store at 46400 Lexington Village Way in Lexington Park. The Lexington Park store will be the third Sport Clips location in Southern Maryland, adding to the more than 840 locations across the country, a press release states. “What’s better than being in a relaxing environment, where sports is on TV everywhere you look, with well-trained stylists and no need for an appointment when it’s time for a haircut?” Jeff Burroughs, Team Leader for the new Sport Clips, said in the release. “Sport Clips has really caught on here in Southern Maryland, and having this additional location will make it even more convenient for guys to take care of their haircut needs.” According to Burroughs, the new Sport Clips will offer men: • The MVP Treatment – precision haircut, massaging shampoo, hot steamed towel treatment, and neck and shoulder massage • Stylists who specialize in male hair care and stay up-to-date on industry trends • Haircut services without an appointment – walk-ins are welcome • Large, flat-screen televisions playing sports programming at each haircut station and in the lobby, along with reading materials • Special lighting and massaging chairs in the shampoo area to promote relaxation • Male-focused hair care and styling products. “We’re looking forward to providing our unique services to more men and boys in the area,” said Burroughs. “It’s great to be a part of a successful, growing company, like Sport Clips. And, to be able to experience it all in the great area like Lexington Park and Southern Maryland – it’s a win-win … The other thing is that it is very cool to bring a fun business like Sport Clips to an area where you grew up.” Sport Clips at Lexington Village will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.haircutmensouthernmaryland.com.

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Superintendent Michael Martirano presented a draft proposal of the fiscal year 2013 operating budget for St. Mary’s County Public Schools to the board last Tuesday, beginning the process of seeking the commissioners’ approval come March. As proposed, the budget would increase by about $6 million over last year’s and includes a request for $4 million in additional county funding for one time expenditures for a pension benefits payment and $1 million for science textbook adoptions. In his introduction to the proposal, Martirano writes, “In almost all instances, this budget holds the line on expenditures and reflects only those increases that are absolutely necessary to the functioning of this school system.” He explains it was forged with three main priorities being people, programs and performance and holds no threats of position eliminations or major changes. The Board of Education is seeking the public’s input at a forum Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 5:30 p.m. in the Central Administration Building. The working budget is available to view at www.smcps.org.

By Carrie Munn Staff Writer While citizens will cast their votes for school board members, among other elected positions this year, members of the Education Association of St. Mary’s County (EASMC) will elect a new president in February. Current president Wanda Twigg said once she steps down from her seat she will continue to advocate for teachers, staff and students and lobby in Annapolis and D.C. for critical education issues affecting the county. The County Times is providing the following profiles of current candidates that EASMC members can vote for.

She said one of the biggest issues professional educators are facing is the federal mandate of teacher evaluation being largely based on student performance. Laughlin said she’s become well known by local, state and national elected officials through her service and stated, “I never shrink from a fight and I am not afraid to speak the truth.”

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stakeholders, which she said, “are begging for an educated workforce.” “My experience both in the classroom and the community will provide the voice of reason, because I fully understand the issues and know how to get along with the community at large,” she said.

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Homeless Student Count High, Receiving Help Annie Gast, a SMCPS pupil personnel worker (PPW) who oversees the homeless education component shared some information on the number of homeless children attending our schools and what is being done to ensure they have what they need to stay enrolled and engaged in education. Gast explained the many definitions of homelessness that qualify children for the service, commenting that those without a permanent residence are growing in numbers and that it’s mandated they receive transportation and meals, and that PPWs try to get the kids anything they may need- be it clothing or athletic equipment- to ensure they can participate as fully as any child. Martirano agreed with Gast’s statement that in recent years the number of homeless students has been on the rise. Currently, she shared, there are 154 receiving services in the school system, with the highest number of them in the elementary schools. Partnerships within the school system administration and the community enable those children to be identified and services to be rendered, but Gast explained sometimes the help is turned down by parents, while other times children without a stable living situation remain under the radar. Informational posters have been distributed in an effort to make sure school staff and members of the community know they can help students facing the hardship by directing them to the correct people. During the board of education meeting, a SMCPS bus driver delivered a check for $1,000, a donation from his “Church Without Walls” to help support homeless student tutoring at the Lexington Park Library.

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Laughlin is the current EASMC vice president and has been an active member and education lobbyist since coming to St. Mary’s County in 1989. She holds a bachelor’s degree in science, social studies and secondary education and a master’s degreee in special education. She teaches social studies at Leonardtown Middle School and said now that her own daughter is a college freshman; she can full dedicate herself to the position, which requires a huge commitment. Laughlin said her colleague William Breslin of Leonardtown High shares many of her concerns and is running for vice president, adding, “Together we hope to institute changes which will make this organization more friendly and accessible to our members and bring a better understanding and appreciation for those who are not currently among our ranks.”

Johnson currently teaches seventh grade science at the STEM Academy at Spring Ridge Middle School. She has been a teacher for 22 years and an EASMC member for as many years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and an Advanced Professional Certificate. Simultaneous economic uncertainties and new state and federal mandates are a substantial issue impacting educators and students, Johnson said. When the board of education and county commissioners are not in agreement on funding needs, she said, “… educators are forced to focus time and energy lobbying, instead of devoting their time and talents [to] curriculum development and services enhancements which directly affect students.” Johnson said she has been a member of the EASMC Negotiations Team during four SMCPS administrations, over 16 years, and she has gained a great depth of knowledge by taking advantage of Maryland State Education trainings, workshops, conferences and convention, all the while networking at the local and state levels. She has also developed extensive relationships with community

Meyers teaches social studies to sixth-graders at Esperanza Middle School and has been a teacher for 22 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in education, social studies, American history and government as well as a master’s degree in administration and supervision of human resources. Meyers is also a father and has coached and refereed local youth and collegiate sports for some time. Meyers said he agrees with Delegate John Bohanan’s statements during the EASMC legislative breakfast that the county commissioners can, and should, do more to support schools. He said priorities need to be set and said if elected, he planned to visit teachers in the schools, keeping his finger on the pulse, finding out the commonalities in what people are thinking and really talking about. He said the “fair share” concept is one that may be less than popular, but it needs due attention. Meyers said he continually reads up on the issues, stays informed and feels it is necessary to build coalitions and become part of the political process, especially at the local level, and he has no qualms about doing so. Meyers said upon earning the seat, “I hope to create a positive working relationship and maintain open communication with the board of education and the board of county commissioners … we have to let our voice be heard.” carriemunn@countytimes.net


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Jenks Mattingly Remembered for Love of Community By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Charles Jenkins “Jenks” Mattingly, III, an Orphan’s Court judge and long time volunteer firefighter died, Tuesday after a long battle with cancer, but his legacy will continue say his family and friends. Mattingly was well known for his love of St. Mary’s County and its residents. His brother, Bill Mattingly, said Jenks was so well liked and respected he often acted as a facilitator in disputes or problems in both official and unofficial capacities. Jenks was known for his service on the county’s Alcohol Beverage Board but he was even able to help a local business get their liquor license after he was out of that position, Bill Mattingly told The County Times. When that business owner called Bill to offer condolences on his brother’s passing, that person said Jenks was responsible for saving his business. “He would call and work behind the scenes with someone who had a problem,” Bill said. “He just knew everybody.” It was those connections that made him such an able negotiator between parties, Bill

said, and he carried that skill into his job as a Judge of the Orphans Court, where estates are settled. “He had a way of convincing them it was the right thing to do,” Bill said. “He just loved being able to help somebody.” Aside from serving as an influential facilitator and mediator in public and private venues, Mattingly was a career firefighter at Naval Air Station Patuxent River as well as a longtime volunteer with the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department. He also took part in virtually every county festival or celebration and was a member of the Optimist Club and the Knights of Columbus. “That was Jenks’ life. First and foremost he loved St. Mary’s County and he loved the people,” Bill said. “He had a passion for giving back to the community.” Leonardtown Councilman Dan Burris said that Jenks often visited his insurance office and talked about politics, as well as to solicit donations for the Hollywood firehouse carnival. “He loved to stop by and talk politics, he liked to be on top of what was going on,” Burris said. John Gatton, Jr., a fellow member of the Hollywood fire company, said that just last

year Jenks continued to be an active member and went out on fire calls; this despite his battle with cancer. “He was still coming out; he was still very much involved in the department,” Gatton said. Jenks was also instrumental in raising funds for his beloved fire service at home and also to benefit the families of Southern Maryland firefighters, rescue workers and police through the Southern Maryland Police, Fire and Rescue Fund, Gatton said. “He was a driving force in raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for that,” he said. Given the impact he had on people’s lives, Gatton said Jenks will be sorely missed. “He was kind of a larger than life personality,” Gatton said. “I would expect over 1,000 people easily at his funeral.” Mattingly will lie in state at the Hollywood firehouse social hall today at 2 p.m. with prayer services to start at 7 p.m., Gatton said.

Charles Jenkins “Jenks” Mattingly, III

His funeral will take place the Friday at 11a.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church, where he will also be interred. guyleonard@countytimes.net

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Photos By Frank Marquart Jenks Mattingly receives his award for 50 years of service to the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department in 2011 from Chief Dennis Brady Jr.

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Inspirational Athlete, Author Discusses Book with Ryken Students

By Carrie Munn Staff Writer St. Mary’s College of Maryland alum and Southern Maryland local legend Brian Boyle visited English students at St. Mary’s Ryken last Friday to talk about his inspirational, nonfiction book, “Iron Heart.” The work was assigned reading for several Ryken juniors and Boyle addressed their inquiries about his true-life account of overcoming injuries sustained in a 2004 severe automobile accident and going on to complete the grueling Ironman competition. At 18, Boyle, of Welcome, in Charles County, was an honor student and all-star athlete at McDonough High School when his life was placed in peril after his Camaro was struck by a speeding dump truck. In 2007, Boyle, who technically died multiple times during surgeries and was told he may never walk again, made headlines when he crossed the finish line after the intense 2.4-swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile full marathon in Kona, Hawaii. From coma to Kona, “Iron Heart” is his personal and inspirational tale and one that Ryken English teacher Misty Frantz said her students connect with.

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Above: Athlete and author Brian Boyle answers a variety of student questions during his visit to St. Mary’s Ryken High School Jan. 13. Below: Meeting the author was exciting for students, said Ryken English teacher Misty Frantz, especially after reading his personal and inspirational book, “Iron Heart.”

“Every day I inspire my students to accomplish their goals and make the world a better place,” Frantz said, adding the choices she makes in literature have to support the ‘quitting is not a option’ philosophy she lives and teaches by. “Brian’s story fits right in with that philosophy,” she told The County Times. She explained “Iron Heart” is an inspirational yet relatable tale for her students and that the experience of meeting Boyle makes the book come to life for them. Students asked Boyle questions ranging from the serious; “Did you ever want to just give up?” and “Did you ever question your faith?” to the superficial; “Do you have a girlfriend?” and “How much can you bench?” Boyle answered them all candidly and with a sense of humor. As one session wrapped up, he told the high schoolers, “I’m nothing different, I just have a crazy story to share.” Boyle said the book was borne from his personal journaling during the lengthy recovery process, explaining it took time to determine which memories were a reality and which were not. Boyle said he was determined to get out of the hospital bed he’d spent weeks in, not just for his sake, but for his parents’. “I just had to pull through for them,” he said. He said as crazy as it sounds, it took something as intense as finishing the Ironman for him to feel his recovery was complete. “Every week, every day was and is a gift,” Boyle said, adding that in the years since his miraculous recovery he has sought out the medical workers who saved his life and thanked them, has become an American Red Cross advocate and public speaker, as well as pushing the athletic envelope for himself. He continues to train extensively and competes in many endurance events with sponsorships. Boyle said he is working on getting back to Kona, to disprove the naysayers who claimed he only got the chance to compete because of the media attention and his amazing story. He said in the future two goals are to qualify straight-up for the Ironman and The Boston Marathon. The athlete shared that his outlook on life is forever changed, saying he wakes up happy

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to be able to move his toes each morning and has an enhanced level of determination and appreciation in life. When a student asked the author, “Would you go back and change it if you could?”, Boyle responded that as tough as it was, he wouldn’t take it back for the platform his experience has given him to help others. He said his thoughts went from ‘Why did He let this happen to me?’ to ‘Why has He saved me?’ From there, his spirit of determination carried him through a remarkable recovery and he now serves as inspiration for other athletes and trauma patients facing a seemingly insurmountable return to normalcy. As for his book, “Iron Heart” is written in a simplistic, first-hand narrative and Boyle said his hope in publishing the work is that it ends up in the hands of someone in a similar situation and gives them the hope to push through it. “My students continually tell me that this is the one book they enjoyed reading,” Frantz said, adding that Brian is real and by him taking the time to come meet with the students, “…my students see you can accomplish anything you put your mind to.” Many excited students requested photos with the athlete and author following their open dialogue about the reading. Boyle’s book is available through Amazon. com and all major retailers. More information can be found by visiting www.iron-heart.org. carriemunn@countytimes.net


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The County Times is always looking for more local talent to feature! To submit art or band information for our entertainment section, e-mail carriemunn@countytimes.net.

Southern Maryland Sounds: New Tunes, New Artists Sam Grow Single To Hit iTunes Soon

Local Rapper ‘Hell’s Imigrent’ Finds Escape Through His Rhymes

Photo by Mike Batson

By Carrie Munn Staff Writer One of Southern Maryland’s local rising stars, The Sam Grow Band, took a short break from their steady shows last week to record a new single, “Shot of Crown.” The new song will be available Jan. 25 for download on iTunes for $0.99. Frontman Sam Grow said the group is hoping to top previous singles that hit numbers 13 and 7, respectively, on the top downloaded singles under the singer-songwriter genre in iTunes. Grow, along with bassist Gene Quade, lead guitarist Mike Stacey and drummer Joe Barrick, went into Nightsky Studios in Waldorf with the help of producer Ron Vento, and crafted “Shot of Crown.” The song is a personal one, Grow explained, as the inspiration came from listening to a recently-divorced friend with a penchant for Crown Royal tell him that try as he might, he wasn’t able to drown out the problems with alcohol. Grow said it may be considered a cross-over tune, calling it a hybrid of pop, soul and country that was well-received by local radio stations. Many loyal fans may find the tune familiar, as Grow said it became referred to as the secret song by fans catching acoustic shows, where the band would often play and hone the tune prior to taking it to the studio. He said that while releasing singles is a bit of a throwback idea, in the new age of iTunes and other Internet-based music retailers, doing well at it draws a great deal of attention. Grow said he continues to be grateful for the packed houses the band plays to and the overwhelming responses they get via Facebook. “We’re very, very blessed,” he said. The band will be traveling out of state often in 2012, but aims to continue playing shows in St. Mary’s, Calvert and Charles counties each month and local acoustic shows as well. Grow said the group is working on its next album and hopes to write and record in the studio. Grow said that for his birthday on Jan. 21, the best present you could give him is to buy “Shot of Crown” four days later. For more information about The Sam Grow Band, visit their webpage at www. samgrowband.com.

Edgy rapper “The Great H.I.” hales from Southern Maryland and offstage goes by the name Dale Lokey. He was born in Prince George’s County but grew up around Piney Point in St. Mary’s. Lokey said he developed his love of music during a difficult time in his life, as he and his mother moved from motel to motel to escape an abusive father. Music became an escape for him, he explained, then, as a teenager he got the chance to “spit a few rhymes” for a local rap artist he looked up to, named Soul B. The next thing he knew, Lokey said, he was signed to his label, Ill Soul Productions, and has since released his first 13-track release titled “Wud Dup Y’all” and is currently working on a follow up. Photo Courtesy of David Lokey Lokey said the H.I. stands for “Hell’s Imigrent” and his brand of horrorcore hip-hop contains explicit content. He credits such musical influences as the Insane Clown Posse, DMX and Billy Idol for influencing him to use music as an outlet. His first album has sold more than 300 copies, he said. To check out the intense musical stylings and get more information on this local rap artist, check out www.reverbnation.com/dlthegreathi.

Country Up and Comers The Justin Crenshaw Band, based in La Plata, has been together about three short months, but has already become a busy group, playing gigs around Southern Maryland. With Justin Crenshaw on guitar and vocals and father and son George Habicht, Jr. and George Habicht, III playing drums and bass, the trio said they play modern country, with classic and southern rock thrown in the mix. The elder Habicht has been playing music for a long time. He first made a name with Southern Express in the ‘80s and prior to the formation of the current lineup, played with his son in a group called Twisted Up. He also owns George’s Custom Painting in La Plata, but said he’s happy to be playing music often. Crenshaw explained he met his bandmates at an open mic night, after he and the younger Habicht had talked about music via Facebook. Shortly after, Crenshaw was invited to open up for Twisted Up and the group evolution naturally occurred from that point forward. Crenshaw said he had been working as a solo artist and

was happy to have met the Habichts, which allowed him to really take it to the next level. He said he recently scaled back the hours at his day job since the music has kept them quite busy. As a group, they have built a buzz about a great live show that often ends with the musicians swapping instruments, taking turns singing and showcasing their multiple talents. Photo by Mike Batson Local energy drink company Bully Bling recently became a sponsor of the group, helping them book more venues throughout the tri-county area. All three members of the band said folks don’t need to be country fans to enjoy their shows – audiences at a variety of venues have taken to their brand of music. The group said while they’ve drawn interest playing covers, they hope to eventually work on some original tunes. The younger Habicht, “Georgie,” books the gigs and can be reached by email at JustinCrenshawBand@gmail. com. Visit the Justin Crenshaw Band Facebook page for more information and check the entertainment calendar for upcoming shows by this up-and-coming local band.

Local Band Evolves, Keeps On Rockin’ Local performers known as The Nuttin Fancy Band have announced the group is moving forward with new members and new music under the new band name R & R Train. The group features Tommy “Tex” Bowles; custom percussion and vocals, Cheyenne Wilson; on guitar and vocals, Jimmy

Thompson; also a guitarist and singer, Mark Uncle; providing vocals and bass and Ed Emery on drums. The St. Mary’s County based quintet plays classic and Southern rock and is comprised of musicians with various backgrounds and influences ranging from Pantera to Hank

Williams, Jr. and Lynyrd Skynyrd. This new lineup will play their first show Jan. 28 at the Gridiron Grill in Callaway. Watch for future dates on The County Times’ weekly entertainment schedule. carriemunn@countytimes.net


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Diversity, Community Themes of MLK Day Events By Carrie Munn Staff Writer While the Eighth Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast packed the house for a morning of rousing speakers and performances in remembrance of the civil rights activist on Monday, the meeting that followed got the conversation started about current concerns over the proportionately low number of minority teachers in St. Mary’s County Public Schools (SMCPS). The St. Mary’s County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) President Wayne Scriber said the community conversation was intended to inform and allow a forum for citizen input on the topic of eliminating the achievement gap in the public schools. The recruitment and retention of teachers of color has become a central part of that discussion, as the NAACP filed a formal complaint about the discrepancy between the roughly 20 percent of minority students represented by roughly 9 percent of teachers and staff, citing a failure to meet an integration requirement within Code of Maryland. Scriber said he is awaiting word SMCPS Superintendent Michael Martirano

from the Maryland Attorney Gen- proaches and raising public awareeral, since the local board of educa- ness that the school system is seeking tion argued the law is no longer ap- to hire highly qualified minorities, plicable. Regardless of that outcome, can help change the problem. Scriber Scriber said, there is an understand- said the most valuable message is ing that students benefit from a ra- “we need to remember that we are cially and culturally diverse staff the county, we can make changes.” and the meeting showed, “there are Attendees’ comments ranged many adamant about the fact it is not from St. Mary’s College of Maryacceptable to have such an unequal land’s Vice President of Advancerepresentation of minorities in those ment Maureen Silva’s comments on positions.” education as empowerment, to father Many spoke about their own ex- of five Leon Carrington’s sharing periences and offered comments on memories of meeting Dr. King as ways to increase the graduation rates a young African American boy in and yearly progress scores, while de- Chicago and making the statement, creasing the disciplinary and drop- “[My son] needs the guidance of out rates among African American someone who looks like him.” students. Voters paying attention to elect“It’s a community problem and ed officials’ stances on education we need the community’s involve- and bringing the issues to light in ment,” Scriber said, later telling The public forums and various meetings County Times he’d like to see the is the way the community can force group participating in the discussion the change or speed it up, Scriber become more diversified and repre- explained. sentative of the population as well. Wayne Scriber, President of the St. Mary’s County branch He said while of the NAACP, spoke at the morning ceremony as well he understands the at the organization’s community conversation which argument that it’s dif- followed. ficult to attract new, minority teachers to St. Mary’s County, outside-the-box ap-

Dr. E. Faye Williams, Chair of both the National Congress of Black Women and the Black Leadership Forum and president/CEO of Natural Health Options, served as the keynote speaker, offering a humorous yet motvational speech.

SMCPS Superintendent Michael Martirano addressed the crowd and the “fierce urgency of now” that the NAACP leadership has called attention to. He shared his personal history of being raised in foster care following the death of his mother and was at one time considered one of those “at-risk” students. He said it was the community rallying around him and offering him encouragement that forged his successful career in education. “The beautiful thing about St. Mary’s County is that we’re shining the light on the problem, we’re addressing it,” Martirano said. “We’re moving in the right direction, but we’ve got to do more and I need your help.” He told attendees to call him or email him with specific suggestions or concerns and said, “Shame on you if you don’t.” Martirano told The County

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Times following the event that his goal from day one has been not just to lessen but to “eliminate” the achievement gap and he can cite several successes over his seven years as superintendent, such as a 3 percent increase in minority hiring and the suspension rates for both black and white students being cut by a third. “However, the work is not done and the gap persists, regardless of how wide,” Martirano said. “I firmly believe [this] is the greatest civil rights issue facing America.” The superintendent said he was pleased to see the community engaging in such a positive and non-blaming way during the meeting. For more details about the local NAACP’s “Speak Out for Student Success” campaign and future meetings, visit www.stmarysnaacp.org. carriemunn@countytimes.net

The racially diverse Rhythm Club from Spring Ridge Middle School earned two standing ovations for their beat-laden performance and many in attendence at the Eighth Annual Southern Maryland Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast at St. Mary’s College of Maryland on Monday were moved to tears when they sang, “I Believe I Can Fly.” Here, the kids joyfully create complex rhythms as a cohesive group.


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Students from nine participating schools collected their awards and exhibited their creative works representing “What Diversity Means to Me …” during the St. Mary’s County Council of PTAs Reflections Exhibit Gala at the James A. Forrest Tech Center on Tuesday evening.

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Members of the Advisory Board for Marcey House, Leonardtown’s halfway house for recovering alcoholics and drug addicts, are awaiting a meeting with the St. Mary’s Board of County Commissioners to express their concerns about moving to the private sector. The transition to privatization, a decision made by the commissioners during the last budget cycle, would mean that the county is no longer responsible for providing funds to the Marcey House. Marcey House officials asked to be placed on the Dec. 13 commissioners’ agenda, but their request was denied. Commissioner Cindy Jones said the board has already made its final decision to privatize Marcey House, due to a combination of budgetary constraints and decreasing revenue. “In these tough economic times we are streamlining our diminishing resources,” Jones said. “Throughout the country, these kinds of organizations tend to run well as private entities.” Jones stressed that even with limited resources, the commissioners are working hard to continue to provide governmental services to as many citizens as possible, including Marcey House residents. Furthermore, Commissioner President Jack Russell said it would be “inappropriate” to grant a request for proposal and put them on the agenda while new people are taking over control of Marcey House. Instead, Russell said they plan to have two commissioners meet with representatives from the Marcey House Advisory Board, to discuss how they can support a smooth transition for the

clients and staff. However, according to Marcey House Advisory Board Chair Carol Gallagher, the board is still waiting to be contacted and the county commissioners have not had any communication with them. “We were told we’d be part of the transition and have no idea what’s going on. We’re not getting answers from anybody,” Gallagher said. When the sides do meet, Gallagher hopes the advisory board will be part of the decision-making. In 2011, the total operating cost of Marcey House was $424,554 with 48 percent ($203,658) of revenue coming from state and federal funding. County funding provided an additional 41.4 percent ($175,669). Only 10.6 percent ($45,227) of all revenue came from client fees and donations. The organization plans to eliminate the day part-time house manager position for 2012 while it transitions to the private sector. Still, the total operating cost is projected to be $397,490 in 2012. Founded in 1989, Marcey House offers a variety of certified recovery support services ranging from community resources to in-house care for each individual. There are approximately 17 different programs available to each client. Of the residents in the program, 56 percent are from St. Mary’s County while 19 percent come from Calvert and Charles. An additional 6 percent are from outside the tri-county region. Marcey House’s program completion rate is 75.5 percent, well above the 60 percent state average of similar halfway houses. news@countytimes.net

Hollywood Celebrates 55th Installation of Officers

Photo by Frank Marquart Pictured above are Hollywood’s volunteer firefighters during the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department’s 55th Installation of Officers on Saturday. The installation is an evening to recognize the achievements of individuals and celebrate the men and women who continue to serve the community.


Library Items • Annual report highlights 2011 The library once again distributed its annual report electronically via email in an effort to be more environmentally responsible. For those who do not receive email notifications or e-newsletters, copies of the report are posted in each branch and on the library’s website. The annual report features the highlights of 2011. • Chess Workshops being offered Steve Ortiz, President of Maryland Educational Chess Association, is conducting chess workshops at 6 p.m. at the Lexington Park branch for beginners and those who wish to improve their game. The topics of the remaining workshops are: Fun with Tactics on Jan. 24, Checkmate to Win on Jan. 31, and Forming a Strategy on Feb. 7. Participants can attend one or all of the workshops. • Pepper-Hoctor to present coupon class A free coupon class will be presented by Kimberley Pepper-Hoctor, a 30-year coupon user, at the Charlotte Hall branch on Jan. 24 at 6:30 p.m. She will discuss the basics of coupon use and explain how to use coupons most effectively to save money. Registration is required. • “Books, Coffee and Conversation” is coming The library is introducing a new monthly program for adults to get together and share books they have read or listened to and to enjoy light refreshments and conservation. “Books, Coffee and Conversation” will be offered at the Charlotte Hall branch on the last Thursday of the month at 10:30 a.m. starting Jan. 26, at the Leonardtown branch on the second Monday at 1 p.m. starting on Feb. 13, and at the Lexington Park branch on the third Tuesday of the month at 10:30 a.m. starting Feb. 21. Registration is not required.

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Thursday, Jan. 19

Live Music: “Michael Bell” Sixty-Six Beans (29948 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall) – 7 p.m.

Live Music: “Courtlyn Carr’s Winter Interlude” PF Library 7 p.m. Live Music: “The Piranhas” Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood) – 8:30 p.m. Live Music: “Jill Parsons” La Tabella (23154 Wetstone Lane, California) – 5:30 p.m. Free Comedy Show DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 8:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 20 Live Music: “The Musician Protection Program” The Westlawn Inn (9200 Chesapeake Avenue, North Beach) – 7:30 p.m. Live Music: “Justin Crenshaw Band” Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood) – 9:30 p.m.

Live Music: “Pet the Monster” Anthony’s Bar and Grill (10371 Southern Maryland Boulevard, Dunkirk) – 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 21 Live Music: “A Day Off Earth” Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood) – 8:30 p.m. Live Music: “Hate the Toy” Memories Nightclub and Bar (2360 Old Washington Road, Waldorf) – 9 p.m. Live Music: “Hot Tub Limo” Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) – 9 p.m. Live Music: “The Piranhas” The Green Turtle (98 Solomons Island Road, South
Prince Frederick) – 9 p.m.

Live Music: “Random Impact” The Blue Dog Saloon (7940 Port Tobacco Road, Port Tobacco) – 8 p.m.

• Workshop provides eReader demonstrations Demonstrations of various eReaders and how to browse, checkout and download from the library’s collection will be given at an eBook Workshop being offered on Jan. 30 at 2 p.m. at the Leonardtown branch. Registration is required. Library staff at any branch can assist those who need help downloading to their eReaders or who would like more information about the various devices.

Live Music: “Full Steam” Memories Nightclub and Bar (2360 Old Washington Road, Waldorf) – 9 p.m.

• Karaoke fun planned Lexington Park Library will host a Kids’ Karaoke for ages 8-14 on Feb. 2 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. No registration is required.

Live Music: “No Green JellyBeanz Acoustic” Olde Town Pub (22785 Washington

Live Music: “The Piranhas” Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 8 p.m.

Live Music: “Liquid A w/ Car 54” Hotel Charles (15110 Burnt Store Road, Hughesville) – 9 p.m. Live Music: “Dylan Galvin” Island Bar and Crab House (16810 Piney Point Road, Piney Point) – 9 p.m. Live Music: “Bob Wire and the Fence Post” Rustic River Bar and Grill (40874 Merchants Lane, Leonardtown) – 8 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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

www.firstsaints.org 301.475.7200

Live Music: “Sum Bich” Apehangers Bar and Grill (9100 Crain Highway, Bel Alton) – 9 p.m. Live Music: “No Green JellyBeanz” Vera’s White Sands Beach Club (1200 White Sands Drive, Lusby) – 9:30 p.m. Live Music: “Naked Jam Band” Martini’s Lounge (10553 Theodore Green Boulevard, White Plains) – 8 p.m. Live Music: “The Steve Chapin Band” CSM Fine Arts Center (8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata) – 8 p.m. Live Music: “Justin Crenshaw Band” Lone Star Café (4300 Hawthorne Road, Indian Head) – 9:30 p.m. Live Music: “Creole Jumbo Jazz Band” The Westlawn Inn (9200 Chesapeake Avenue, North Beach) – 7:30 p.m. Chill Put w/ Chili Port of Leonardtown Winery (23190 Newtowne Neck Road, Leonardtown) – 5 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 22 Superbowl Party w/ “Sam Grow” Rustic River Bar and Grill (40874 Merchants Lane, Leonardtown) – 4 p.m. Live Music: “California Ramblers” Cryer’s Back Road Inn (22094 Newtowne Neck Road, Leonardtown) – 3 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 23 Open Mic Night Rustic River Bar and Grill (40874 Merchants Lane, Leonardtown) – 5 p.m. Karaoke w/ Band In A Box Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood) – 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 24 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.

Wednesday, Jan. 25 Wolf’s Blues Jam Emerald Cove (3800 Harbor Road, Chesapeake Beach) – 8 p.m. Open Mic Night hosted by Mike Damron Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood) – 8:30 p.m.


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Thursday, Jan 19 • Piano Concert St. Mary’s College of Maryland (18952 East Fishers Road, St. Mary’s City) – 8 p.m. To mark the sesquicentennial of the birth of Claude Debussy and the centennial of the birth of John Cage, pianist Eliza Garth will perform their works in Auerbach Auditorium of St. Mary’s Hall at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Both men are counted among the most influential composers of the 20th century.

Friday, Jan. 20 • Winter Concert Festival Southern Maryland Higher Education Center (44219 Airport Road, California) – 6 p.m. The Southern Maryland Higher Education Center is proud to host our First Annual Winter Concert Festival with Musical Guest Fractol Folk. Come and enjoy dinner and show with the food stylings of Sunshine’s and Canard’s Catering. Enjoy and taste local brewery Ruddy Duck’s craft brews and indulge yourself in the variety of Solomon’s Island Winery wines. View, purchase and support local artisans works, from oil paintings to fabric work, there is sure to be a piece that is perfect for you. Admission is $7 at the door. For more information please visit www.smhec.org or contact Katrina Cropp, at 301-737-2500.

Saturday, Jan. 21 • Christina Allen to speak at Friends’ Annual Brunch Local author and farmer Christina Allen will be the featured speaker at the Friends of the Library annual brunch on Jan. 21 at 11 a.m. at St. George Episcopal Church in Valley Lee. She will discuss her children’s book and heritage turkeys, the subject of her book. Reservations are due by Jan. 16 to Annette Madel at 301-769-4633. • Sip Tea with a Queen Wannabe Saphron Restaurant (485 Main Street, Prince Frederick) 11 a.m. Lift your cup and saucer at the Calvert CommuniTEA fundraiser and audience with Mardi Gras Queen Candidate Patt Parker. Enjoy special teas, sandwiches and desserts by Charlene while listening to music and purchasing unique handcrafted items from local Calvert Artisans, each of whom will be donating a portion of their proceeds toward votes for Patt in her quest to be crowned Queen of the 2012 United Way of Calvert County Mardi Gras! Your tax deductible donation of $25 will count as 25 votes in support of Parker’s quest to be crowned! Featured Artisans include: Bay Beads, Busy “B”s Baskets, Ch’Naca Fiberworks; Darzie’s Creations, Mr. Mac’s Woodworks, The Happy Turner, The Printed Leaf and Teachers with Cameras. “The more you shop, the more votes I receive!” exclaimed Parker when asked how the fundraiser works. Parker, a resident of Dunkirk, has over 30 years in professional leadership development and executive coaching. She has volunteered as a member of the Government Affairs Committee for the Calvert County Chamber of Commerce, served as a Sunday School Director for the Dunkirk Baptist Church, and is a member of the UWCC’s Women’s Initiative Leadership Council. “In my bid for Mardi Gras Queen,” Parker stated, “I hope to bring more awareness of UWCC – both opportunities for assistance and ways residents can volunteer.” Education will play an integral part in her campaign to garner votes. Parker plans to document her visits to the 31 United Way partner agencies on Facebook, shedding more light on their role in helping people of all ages. This year’s Mardi Gras features a Riverboat theme and will be held at the Solomons Holiday Inn and Conference Center on March 10, 2012. To learn more about Patt Parker’s run for Mardi Gras Queen or to submit votes, visit her website at www. votepatt4queen.wetpaint.com. For more information on United Way of Calvert County, visit www.unitedwaycalvert.org, or contact us at 410-286-0100.

Sunday, Jan. 22 • Boys Youth Lacrosse Clinic and Registration Chopticon High School Gym (25390 Colton Point Road, Morganza) – 12 p.m. Boys Youth Lacrosse clinics and registration for Mechanicsville Youth Lacrosse Club, Inc. from 12-3 pm. It is only $5 or free with registration. The ages are 5 - 14 years. New and experienced players are welcome. It is a great opportunity to try out a new sport before you commit or buy all of the equipment. The first half of the time is spent teaching skills and mastering fundamentals. The second half is a time to scrimmage to put to work the

The County Times new skills learned. Registration is $110 for each player or $160 for a family. The fee includes a $25 U.S. Lacrosse membership fee. Persons interested in learning about coaching the sport for youth are also welcome. We are looking to expand our coaching staff. Any questions, please contact Fred Lusk at luskfred@verizon.net or Junior Johnson at george.w.johnson@att.net • Chesapeake Community Chorus - Singers Wanted Northeast Community Center (4075 Gordon Stinnett Avenue, Chesapeake Beach) – 4 p.m. The Chesapeake Community Chorus is a volunteer group of over thirty active singers starting its 9th season giving concerts for the benefit of charities in mostly Calvert County. Our concerts have raised over $50,000 for charities in Calvert County. We are always interested in adding new singers to the chorus. There are no auditions required, just the love and enjoyment of singing. The chorus meets about every two weeks, holidays excluded, to learn the music for our concerts, and our concerts usually are scheduled to replace a practice time. Practices move from location to location in Calvert County as we have members in all parts of this long county. Practice time is on Sunday afternoon from 4 to 6 p.m. Members are from various church choirs but we have a large number of singers from various communities, even a number from outside Calvert County. We do all types of music but since we are usually invited to churches to raise money for a charity of their choice, we do a lot of sacred music. We are always interested in adding new opportunities to serve charities in Calvert County or nearby. All the proceeds from our concerts go directly to the charity. The sponsoring organizations provide the concert venue and volunteers to help with the logistics of the program. It you are interested in scheduling a concert or joining the chorus, contact Larry Brown at 301-855-7477.

Monday, Jan. 23 • St. Mary’s County Genealogical Society Meeting Leonardtown Library (23250 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown) 7 p.m. The St. Mary’s Genealogical Society is holding their next meeting. The public is invited and admission is free. The subject of the meeting is “You Can Use Facebook for Genealogy”. Speaker is Mr. Wade Thompson. Refreshments served. Contact Loranna Gray at 301 373-8458 or Peg Richardson at 410 3264435 for directions or information. Thank you, Peg Richardson Publicity Chairman • CSM Auditions – Raggedy Ann and Andy College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Fine Arts Center (8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata) – 6 p.m., Jan. 23-24 CSM Auditions for “Raggedy Ann and Andy.” The CSM Theatre Company will hold auditions for its upcoming children’s production, “Raggedy Ann and Andy.” Raggedy Ann, America’s most endearing and enduring folk doll, comes to life in a production that captures the imagination. A newcomer has arrived in the playroom, a fancy French doll named Babette. But that very evening, a certain prince Leonard-the-Looney-Hearted comes by and whisks her away to Looney-land. Raggedy Ann and Andy climb out the window into the “deep, deep woods” to fetch Babette back home. To audition, monologues are welcome but not necessary, and auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Auditions for this production are open to those in high school and above. This production will be performed at the CSM La Plata Campus March 9 - 10. Old Line Bank is the proud sponsor of the College of Southern Maryland’s 2011-12 Theatre Arts productions. 301-934-7828, 240-725-5499, 443550-6199, 301-870-2309, Ext. 7828 or BxOffc@csmd.edu. www. csmd.edu/Arts. • CSM Auditions – The Laramie Project College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Fine Arts Center (8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata) – 6 p.m., Jan. 23-24 The CSM Theatre Company will hold auditions for its upcoming Cause Theatre production, “The Laramie Project.” CSM’s Cause Theatre offers several touring shows per semester, each bringing to light a different social issue, designed to be informative and challenging. “The Laramie Project,” a play by Moisés Kaufman, tells the true story of a student at the University of Wyoming who was kidnapped, severely beaten and left to die, tied to a fence in the middle of the prairie outside Laramie, Wyo. His name was Matthew Shepard, and he was the victim of this assault because he was gay. “The Laramie Project” explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable. To audition, monologues are welcome but not necessary, and auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Auditions for this production are open to those in high school and above. This production will be performed at the La Plata and Leonardtown campuses March 22 – 31. • CSM Auditions – Our Town College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Fine Arts

Center (8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata) – 6 p.m., Jan. 23-24 The CSM Theatre Company will hold auditions for the production of Thornton Wilder’s, “Our Town,” the story follows the small town of Grover’s Corners through three acts: “Daily Life,” “Love and Marriage” and “Death and Eternity.” Audiences follow the Webb and Gibbs families as their children fall in love, marry and eventually die. To audition, monologues are welcome but not necessary, and auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Auditions for this production are open to those 10 years old and up. This production will be performed at the CSM La Plata Campus April 12 -14 and 19 - 21.

Tuesday, Jan. 24 • No Limit Poker Bennett Building (Old Three Notch Road, Hollywood) – 7 p.m. $1 and $2 blinds. Earn your way into a $250 tournament just by playing. See any Saturday listing under free poker tournament and get your free seat. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics of St. Mary’s County. All food and drink is free. Dealers are provided. For more information, call Jim Bucci, Sr., at 301-373-6104 or 240-298-9616.

Wednesday, Jan. 25 • Port of Leonardtown Art Show Port of Leonardtown (23190 Newtowne Neck Road, Leonardtown) – 12 p.m. Port of Leonardtown Winery Tasting Room will host an art show by local photographic artist, Katie Buckler, beginning Wednesday, Jan. 25. Katie’s photographs depict common local scenes and objects from a fresh, new perspective that give viewers a glimpse of her subjects that might have ordinarily been missed. Her work will be available for show and for sale. Katie’s work was recently on display at the WARMTH Art Show fundraiser for Three Oaks at the Camalier House. The public is invited to come and meet the artist at the winery’s First Friday event on Feb. 3 at the Tasting Room 6-8 p.m. The Tasting Room at the winery is open Wednesday through Sunday 12-6 p.m. For more information call 301-690-2192 or visit us at www.portofleonardtownwinery.com.

Thursday, Jan. 26 • YPI Game Night La Tabella Ristorante Italiano (23154 Wetstone Lane, California) – 6 p.m. The Young Professionals Initiative of St. Mary’s County will host a Game Night. Young professionals living or working in St. Mary’s County are invited to come enjoy games, fun and food with other young professionals. If you are not a member of YPI, this is a great and informal way to learn more about the organization and meet new people. The cost is free for YPI Members and $5 for non-members. Appetizers will be provided by Sabre Systems. For more information or to RSVP contact missellington@ gmail.com. • VOICES Poetry Reading St. Mary’s College of Maryland (18952 East Fishers Road, St. Mary’s City) – 8:15 p.m. To kick off the spring semester of St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s VOICES Reading Series, Josè Ballesteros, associate professor of Spanish at St. Mary’s, will read from his works at 8:15 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, in Daugherty-Palmer Commons. Refreshments will be served after the reading. His poetry has been featured in the Spanish language poetry anthology “At the Foot of the White House: Hispanic Poets of Washington D.C.” He is one of the translators for the English edition of the anthology that will be published in 2012. Also, his co-translation of Marcial Molina Richter’s book-length poem “The Word of the Dead” will be published in Lima, Peru, this spring. Ballesteros’ poetry also has been published in journals such as “Rio Grande Review,” “Hispanic Culture Review,” “Visages d’ Amerique Latine: Revista de studios iberoamericanos,” and “Kiosk.” • Obama for America (OfA)-St. Mary’s County for Obama Lexington Park Library (21677 FDR Boulevard, Lexington Park) – 6:30 p.m. There will be a community meeting and volunteer orientation for citizens interested in working in the campaign to re-elect President Barack Obama. Lewis Powell, regional lead for Southern Maryland for Obama, will present campaign information and local leadership team coordinators will meet with volunteers who have signed up to work. All supporters and volunteers are invited to attend. For more information, call Janice Walthour at 301-862-2296.


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Paper Trails By Shelby Oppermann Contributing Writer I am really making progress on my January organization tasks. I’m feeling lighter in mind and stuff already. Let me know if you are doing the January, or Winter, purge thing too – we can encourage each other. Two huge bags of paperwork are ready for the burn barrel – still haven’t got a shredder. My outside workshop is about halfway finished, and our office is about one quarter finished. I even went through a merciless paperwork-purging mission at my shop. While straightening, I took a hard look at some of the things I had, and decided to put a few things on the Southern Maryland online yard sale site on facebook. We’ll see what happens. I probably need to list them on Southern Maryland online as well. I’d love to have a “real” yard sale, but it’s hard when I am at my shop almost every Saturday or I might just have to do it there. How do we accumulate all this stuff? I don’t even buy that much stuff and I feel like things grow on their own. Once I get the office paperwork under control, then I am going to start on my clothes closet, which is also in the office. Over the summer I received an anonymous metal closet organizer – no one has ever owned up to it, UPS couldn’t find a sender name, and I think I have waited the appropriate amount of time in case someone made a claim on it. I’m going to use it. It’s so exciting to think what I might finding the back of the closet. I had an exciting find while clearing out old paperwork on my desk by finding a $5 bill. Is there anything better than finding money?! When I was underneath the steps reorganizing the holiday, and stored family boxes, I found an old metal strongbox with my grandparents’ last wills and testaments, and my mother’s penmanship certificate from the early 1940’s. On the bottom is a seal with the words “Freedom in writing”. Everything from the WWII era has some sort of wartime slogan or logo on it. It seemed that the whole country had one communal focus on the war effort. As more technology creeps or rather races into our lives, the distractions are increased too. The last Providence Hospital statement for my grandmother was in the bottom of the box just a few months before she died in 1967 and her birth date. Another paper gave her exact date of death. Another fun find in the box was my grandfather’s wallet. I always thought he was born in 1903, but there was his Motor Vehicle Operator’s License with an expiration date of September 1967, birth date of 1901, weight of 130, and height of 5’ 4”. How ironic that he died two months after the card’s expiration date. There was also an employee insurance card from May’s Brake Service on Bladensburg Road, N.E. I didn’t realize that my grandfather and my father both worked there. I knew that they had worked for a Nash dealership in D.C. together. Both grandparents’ social security cards were in one sleeve with their old Orange and Kearny, New Jersey addresses typed on the back. It might make a fun trip to visit those old addresses. My mother took me to Kearny in the 1960’s to show me the house where she was born (by mid-wife) and the old ice cream parlour that her Father’s parents owned. I mainly remember a lot of swampland. Trivial bits of information. Extra papers. Can I throw them out? No, not yet. Some of these dates I have really wanted to know. I can get back on Ancestry.com and add in my grandparents’ proper birth and death dates. As soon as I can get my scanner to work again I think I will scan all these papers. I want to do photographic family history books for both my sons and my niece and nephew. Oh no, I think I’m making more projects for myself. But some things like documenting family history shouldn’t be left too long – I might even have to take a peek at the expiration date on my driver’s license… To each new day’s organization adventure, Shelby Please send your comments or ideas to: shelbys.wanderings@yahoo.com

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Have you ever heard the old question, “who’s buried in Grant’s tomb?” Presumably it’s Ulysses S. Grant and he probably is, but sometimes things are not always what they seem. George Thompson was born about 1803 near Bushwood. In 1827 he married Sybil Garner who died 1850-1851. In 1852 George married Mary Lucinda Cheseldine. In 1860 the family was living near St. Clement’s Bay. After that they dropped off my “radar screen,” but not for long. George and his family moved to Washington, D.C. prior to 1863. I was told he died January 3, 1864 and was buried at Congressional Cemetery. Another source said he died December 28, 1863. I was also told he had died while in the service (meaning a soldier in the Civil War). I wasn’t buying that he was in the Army. In 1864 he was at least 60 years old. I then checked the records of Congressional Cemetery. The obituary appended to “our” George Thompson said the man who died that date was George W. Thompson and he was 20 years old; funeral services were held at the home of his mother (no name given). I located and confirmed the younger George Thompson and he definitely wasn’t “ours.” Then a correspondent provided me a copy of a Mary Lucinda’s 1912 widow’s pension application based on the service of her second husband Edward Davison Taylor, a Union soldier (we’ll discuss Mary Lucinda next week). Her statement (referring to George Thompson) “1st husband died December 28, 1863 at Geesebury, Maryland, was in Government employ when he died.” Over the years, “in government employ” became “was in the service.” Now…where was

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Geesebury, Maryland? Here’s the short answer. It was a large plantation called “Gisborough”, located in Washington, D.C., and is now the site of Bolling Air Force Base. In August 1863 the Army of the Potomac took possession of the plantation and made it a Calvary Depot for horses. “Over 200,000 horses were received, issued, died or sold at Giesboro during the war.” The government employed about 5,000 laborers to get the place up and running—one of those men was George Thompson. Now back to the tombstone. As you’ll notice from the picture, also buried at the same site is George’s daughter, Charlotte L. Stein who died in 1920. Obviously the stone wasn’t placed until after Charlotte’s death (probably much later). By the time Charlotte died, George had been dead 57 years. Memories had faded. Unfortunately, two men named George Thompson died within days of each other. The younger one (and the only one) was buried at Congressional. My guess would be that whoever had the stone placed lept to the incorrect conclusion that the George Thompson buried there was Charlotte’s father. The tombstone is correct regarding dates, but Charlotte was not the daughter of the George Thompson named on this tombstone. So where lie the remains of George Thompson who died December 28, 1863? He’s probably buried at Sacred Heart in Bushwood, but I’ll be looking!

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In a normal weeks’ time, you get many applications from many job-seekers. That’s no surprise in any economy, but what caught your eye this week was that the number has soared. Veterans are returning to the civilian workforce in waves, and they’re reaching out to you for employment. Fortunately, you might have a place for someone with military experience but making room on the payroll isn’t all you’ll need to do. In the new book “Field Tested” by Emily King, you’ll learn how to keep the best employee you may ever have. Every year, and particularly now, tens of thousands of military personnel leave their old jobs to join the ranks of civilian workers. You’d love to tap into a veteran’s discipline, that can-do attitude, and the training that comes from working for everybody’s favorite Uncle. But there are things you need to do before you post a Help Wanted ad. There are considerations on both sides of the desk, and preparation is key. First, understand that most employees don’t leave a job, they leave a manager. Managing properly for retention, therefore, is what you ultimately want. Since the average veteran goes through three jobs before acclimating to civilian workplaces, it’s to your advantage to anticipate the challenges that will come with transition. At issue is that the military is a very different kind of business than the one you have in the civilian world, and you can’t make assumptions. Your new hire may never

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have had to negotiate for salary or benefits. He or she may be unaccustomed to a more casual, less-regimented office with unique relationships between employees. Office hours are gentler. Even the uniforms are different. So what can you do for your new hire to help with what amounts to a diversity issue and a “culture clash.” How can you keep him or her working for you? Arm yourself with an understanding of what your employee is leaving behind and how it affects thinking. Make sure he or she knows what the job entails, how departments work together, and what is expected. Don’t assume anything. Pair a new employee with an established co-worker who is a veteran, too. Check in often and keep the doors of communication wide open. You’ve seen the posters and ads reminding you to hire a veteran. Does it really have to be this hard? Author Emily King has studied this subject at length and she says that it could be, but that knowledge is essential for “[A]nticipating and heading off challenges…” I liked that King, who has a passion for this subject and has “committed” herself to ensuring that veterans are prepared for civilian workplaces, gives employers lots of tools for keeping those challenges in perspective. I also appreciated the first-hand accounts from veterans who’ve made the transition. Be aware that this book is occasionally repetitive, may feel like baby-steps at times, and is nowhere near reading-lite. Still, if you’re eager to strengthen your business in a relatively easy way, “Field Tested” is a book you’ll salute.


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Food and it’s Connection to your Health By Debra Meszaros MXSportsNutrition.com As promised in last week’s article, here’s part two of the connections between food, allergies, intolerances, autoimmunity, and dysfunction. The strength of your immune system and all physical health revolves around one area, the small intestine. This is the area in which you actually absorb and utilize the nutrients from your food. So how important do you think intestinal health is? A healthy intestinal wall produces enzymes like lactase, sucrase, maltase…but if there’s damage to the walls from bacterial infections, diarrhea, gluten intolerance or any chronic food allergy….bingo! Malabsorption of nutrients! And, without adequate breakdown of foods, like carbohydrates for instance, they remain in the intestinal tract fermenting, creating a perfect food for the “bad” bacteria (candida). Your body’s natural reaction to this would commonly be to produce a mucus lining with an objective to retain the toxins from entering the bloodstream; but that in turn hinders absorption even further. Any substance that irritates the small intestine produces this affect. Once an individual has identified their allergens, intolerances, or culprit that has damaged their small intestine, they can then begin to support the body in rebuilding. The good news is the intestine is highly self-regenerative and usually can absolutely repair itself if ALL irritating foods are eliminated. This is ones motivation, at any age, to identify the culprits and remove them from ones diet. What is the relationship between autoimmune disease and your intestinal health? Ready? Although there are always several factors that come together to create dysfunction and disease in the body, all autoimmune disorders involve “leaky gut”. What is “leaky gut”? When the intestinal lining is in an unhealthy state, particles larger than normal are able to enter the blood stream. These incompletely digested particles stimulate allergic, immune responses throughout the body. This places the body into an alarm state. These particles and your own body tissue resemble themselves closely (in amino acid configuration) and the body, not knowing the difference, attacks these particles as well as its own body tissue. These particles are in your blood stream, within the circulatory system, and then contribute to things like chronic fatigue syndrome. Furthermore, these particles affect all digestion, and create a weakness, lessening the body’s ability to absorb much needed nutrients, creating a cycle of overall bad health and even weight gain. What makes a healthy food bad? If one was to think about one thing to support the theory of food rotation it would be this: How much has the human body actually changed over time? The answer is very little, if at all. How much have our eating habits changed over time? The answer is a whole lot! Fact is the human body loves va-

riety and hates repetition. Its design supports eating things only when in season or at least the practice of a rotational diet plan; separating your favorite foods by 4 days. Example: Eating chicken on Monday and then not again until Friday. So eating a so-called healthy food everyday can actually become unhealthy? Strangely enough the answer is yes, it’s very possible. This is also part of the belief behind why gluten intolerance is a fast growing dietary concern. The human body may very well be rebelling against our dietary habit of consuming wheat and grains at every meal, everyday. A simple way to build a healthy diet would be to create a diet containing a wide variety of foods, following perhaps the 4 day rotational theme. Rotating everything from what you drink to what you eat. If this is indeed something you’d like to give a try, simply grab a piece of paper, write down each day of the week and plan out all the foods you enjoy within the 4 day rotation. Let this become your new routine and you just might be onto a healthier lifestyle!

Disclaimer: When you read through the diet and lifestyle information, you must know that everything within it is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. I am making no attempt to prescribe any medical treatment. You should not use the information here for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem or for prescription of any medication or other treatment. The products and the claims made about specific products have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. You should consult with a healthcare professional before starting any diet, exercise or supplementation program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem. Confirm the safety of any supplements with your M.D., N.D. or pharmacist (healthcare professional). Some information given is solely an opinion, thought and or conclusion based on experiences, trials, tests, assessments or other available sources of information. I do not make any guarantees or promises with regard to results. I may discuss substances that have not been subject to double blind clinical studies or FDA approval or regulation. You assume the responsibility for the decision to take any natural remedy. You and only you are responsible if you choose to do anything with the information you have read. You do so at your own risk. Use your intelligence to make the decisions that are right for you. Consulting a naturopathic doctor is strongly advised especially if you have any existing disease or condition.

Debra Meszaros

is a Certified Sports Nutritionist and Biofeedback practitioner with further educational studies in Naturopathy, Homeopathy, Orthomolecular Nutrition and additionally holds fourteen U.S. patents. Through her extensive health education, and experience of 20-plus years in cellular biology, she has developed an all-encompassing Holistic health service that allows individuals to discover their biochemical uniqueness, allowing them to fine tune their health. The basis of her service is to facilitate access to information that will help your understanding of health processes and elements that are within your area of control. Her services are available in Maryland, Virginia and South Carolina. She can be reached at (540) 622 – 4989 Monday through Friday.

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285 feet of breath taking views!! Breton Bay has never looked so good from the front window, or the end of your 120’ pier. A recently remodeled home awaits your friends and family, a close commute to Pax. River, and firmly situated in the Leonardtown school district. Too many extras to mention, this owner is highly motivated and ready to sell, NOW!!!!! Please call 240-925-2169 for more info. Price: $425k.

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Beautiful 3BR/2BA single family Cape Cod home nestled in Hickory Nut neighborhood of highly sought after Wildewood community. Dining room, office/den, attached 2-car garage, covered front porch, screened porch w/patio in rear; large attic provides plenty of additional storage space. Hardwoods in living room, entryway and hallway. Large master has walk in closet w/built-in shelving; double closets in 2nd and 3rd bedrooms. Jogging trails, playground, optional pool membership. Move in ready! Call 850-830-2877 to schedule a showing. Price: $279,000.

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RENOVATED four bedroom, two 1/2 bath split level. Brand new carpet and paint. dishwasher, washer and dryer. Full use of 2 car garage. Two decks. Good credit required. Desirable location, convenient to DC, Patuxent River Naval Air, CCNPP. Plum Point and Huntingtown school districts. Pets upon approval. Great place for family! Rent: $2200. Call 240-508-2403 for more info.

Apartment Rentals Seeking a Young Professional roommate for 3 bedroom, 1 bath Leonardtown home. Must be okay with two (very friendly) cats. Room available March 2011. House is a small rambler with a full kitchen, dining room, living room, screened-in back porch, large yard, and unfinished basement (used for storage, litter boxes, and second fridge). $600/month, includes utilities (electric/heating oil/cable/internet). Background check. Please email if interested - ansta89@ yahoo.com. Serious inquiries only please.

Employment Seeking experienced body men for a busy auto collision repair facility. Also seeking an experienced painters helper. If interested please contact Laura by cell at 301-399-8675 or by email at laura@sullivansautobody.com. AMP is seeking a part-time mortgage loan processor in the Southern Maryland area. Must be detail oriented, organized and have knowledge of mortgage loan programs. Experience with Encompass software is a plus. This is a work from home position and compensation would be paid on a per loan basis. Please email resume to ngarofalo@ampros.net or fax to 410-286-1359. Class A CDL Driver needed. Clean driving record. Drug testing required. Call for Billy for details (240) 298-2014.

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So Now What?

Fur and Feathers By Keith McGuire Contributing Writer As the hunting season winds down and we begin to reacquaint ourselves with our wives and other family members, our spare time starts to fill with activities that are unrelated to hunting and fishing. There are a few things happening, though, that we might find interesting to fill the time and help us maintain our focus on outdoor

sports in spite of the less than comfortable weather and closed seasons. The Southern Maryland Chapter of the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermen’s Association is having their monthly meeting Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Solomons Fire Hall. The guest speaker will be Ken Lamb, proprietor of The Tackle Box, who will discuss the best lures to use for catching specific types of fish. The meeting is open to the public. The Patuxent River Chapter of the

Coastal Conservation Association, Maryland will have their second Anglers’ Night Out on Monday January 23rd, from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m., at The Ruddy Duck Brewery and Grill in Solomons. This event features the film “Stripers Gone Wild” that explores the environment and feeding habits of our favorite recreational fish. Again, the public is invited. Now is a good time to renew your fishing license for 2012 because your 2011 fishing license expired with the beginning of the New Year. Don’t be caught short when a quick trip for yellow perch or white perch comes up. CCA Maryland is sponsoring a catch and release “Pickerel Challenge” January 15 through March 15, so there are fishing opportunities. If you’re interested in the Pickerel Challenge, details are available at www.ccamd.org. On top of that, the Baltimore Boat Show opens Jan. 19 and runs through the weekend. Lots more shows, meetings, flea markets and outdoor events will be happening in the weeks to come. But….it is still hunting season! Die hard deer hunters can pursue whitetail deer in our region with a vertical bow or crossbow until Jan. 31. If you really get into pulling a bow string in freezing temperatures, now is the time for you!

The upland game (like rabbits and crows) and certain forest game (like squirrels) seasons continue through next month (check State regulations). Hardy hunters who are not into waterfowl, but like to hunt cold conditions enjoy these times afield and in the woods. And, then there’s the waterfowl season. The late season for most species of ducks and geese continues through the end of the month. I’m getting reports that the migration of ducks through the area is light this year compared to previous years, but there are a few decent flocks of Canada Geese to fill the void. On the Eastern Shore, snow geese are cooperating for some of the professional guides. I’ll be heading that way next month to celebrate Ground Hog Day when I hope to shoot enough snow geese to fill the freezer until fishing season starts. The “Light Goose Conservation Order Season” continues until April 14th. The only place to find really abundant populations of these birds is on the big farms on the Eastern Shore. I’ve seen the cover crop on 400 acre farm fields reduced to mud, goose footprints, feathers and scat after the snow goose flocks come through. I completely understand why unplugged shotguns and an unlimited bag limit are the rule for this season. So, there’s always something going on that will tweak the pleasures we get from the outdoors. All we have to do is find them! If you have a particularly interesting hunting or fishing story and a picture, please drop me a line at riverdancekeith@ gmail.com.

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Animal Relief Fund Adoption Days every Saturday from 11:00 - 3:00

at the Well Pet Clinic in Millison Plaza in Lexington Park. Call 301-866-0303 for directions Get a preview of our pets available by going to:

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SENIOR LIVING • Pencil Portrait of Abraham Lincoln Sign-up by Monday, Jan. 23, by calling 301-475-4002, ext. 1001, for a three part series in pencil sketching a portrait of Abraham Lincoln at the Northern Senior Activity Center. Class begins on Monday, Jan. 30, from 1-3 p.m., and continues through Monday, Feb. 6 and 13. Students will be taught ‘Quick Draw’ techniques as a warm up to get the feel of sketching in pencil. Make objects look three-dimensional by learning to shape and shade. Supplies will be provided. Test your artistic skills and try something new if you have never drawn before! Beginners and experienced artists are both welcome. Take home a finished portrait to be proud of. • A Beginner’s Guide to Writing Memoir Writing a memoir is a journey— through your memories, journals, photo albums, and family lore. As the memoir progresses, things become muddled with confusion. In this series at the Garvey Senior Activity Center on Tuesdays, Jan. 24 – Feb. 7 from 1:30-3 p.m., participants will learn and discuss: 1. How to begin your memoir. 2. What questions to ask and answer to help your memoir have a focus. 3. How to find the all important themes necessary for your memoir. 4. How to claim your truths, and ways to conquer the inner critic. 5. About creativity and writing process. 6. Ways to create a plot and good story structure out of true events. 7. Not to worry about the legal and ethical issues until later. 8. How to edit, revise, and finish your memoir. The majority of the course content comes from the National Association of Memoir Writers. Advance registration required; call 301-475-4200, ext. 1050.

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St. Mary’s Dept of Aging

Programs and Activities • January Date for Scripture Study at Loffler In January, there will be one date for the scripture study program at Loffler Senior Activity Center. It will be held Friday, Jan. 27 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. Drop ins are welcome! For more information call 301-737-5670 ext. 1658 • Lunch Bunch to meet on Jan. 30 On the last Tuesday of every month, a group of friends meets at a different restaurant to enjoy lunch together. New friends are always welcome! This month we are trying out Thai-Inter located in San Souci Plaza. We will meet there at 11:15 a.m. on Jan. 30. If you would like to go to this month’s “lunch-out” call 301-737-5670 ext. 1655 before Jan. 29, so that you will be included in the reservation. • Black History spotlights Dr. Ben Carson Dr. Benjamin Solomon Carson will be featured for Black History recognitions at the Northern Senior Activity Center. An excellent motivational speaker and inspirational role model, Dr. Ben Carson is an accomplished Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon who has achieved many outstanding accomplishments despite unfavorable odds as a child. You don’t want to miss showings of the documentary and motion picture, both entitled “Gifted Hands - The Ben Carson Story.” Published works that he has written about his life, career, and honors will be on display during February’s Black History month. Contact the Center at 301-475-4002, ext. 1001 for the schedule of all the various films about Mr. Carson.

Loffler Senior Activity Center (SAYSF), 240.725.0290; Garvey Senior Activity Center, 301.475.4200, ext. 1050; Northern Senior Activity Center, 301.475.4002, ext. 1001; Ridge Nutrition Site, 301.475.4200, ext. 1050.

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Auditions for Cabaret Night Northern Senior Activity Center Friday, March 9 from 2-5 p.m.

Attention worthy entertainers: Have you got talent? Would you like to audition for one of the performer’s slots in our upcoming Cabaret Night? Open auditions will be held at Northern Senior Activity Center on Friday, March 9 from 2-5 p.m. A panel of 4 judges will watch your act and decide whether or not you make the cut. Auditions are open to any person or group of entertainers over the age of 21. Be prepared to complete your audition in 2-5 minutes. If you need music for accompaniment a CD player is available. A keyboard (but not a piano) will be available for your use at the audition and on Cabaret night, but you will need to provide (or be) your own accompanist. Sign up for the auditions by calling any of the senior activity centers. Walk-in acts will be fitted in at the audition if time or space is available. For questions or to sign up call any of the following: Garvey Senior Activity Center 301-475-4200, ext. 1050; Northern Senior Activity Center 301-475-4002, ext. 1001; or Loffler Senior Activity Center 301-737-5670, ext. 1658.

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Is your old HVAC system for the birds?

Receive between $100–$500 in rebates on HVAC equipment and services.

As much as half of your winter energy goes to heating your home. SMECO has rebates available for: • New HVAC Equipment • HVAC Diagnostic Tune-up • HVAC Duct Sealing

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