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Andrew Fenwick, Jennifer Olson, and Sebastian Leonard-Reyes from the Forrest Center had 20 minutes to investigate a mock crime scene for the CSI skills. Their team finished seven minutes early and placed second in the regional SkillsUSA championship held over the weekend.


Leonardtown Psychiatrist Carol Paris, left, is the only private practice outpatient psychiatrist in St. Mary’s County. She is moving out of the area at the end of the year. (301) 475-3151

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On T he Cover Dr. Dorota Krajewski, an endocrinologist with St. Mary’s Hospital talks to patient Wendi Wheeler. The full time addition of Dr. Krajewski is helping solving the doctor shortage issue in Southern Maryland.


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ews Densford Takes the Bench By Guy Leonard Staff Writer David W. Densford was formally sworn in Friday as the third Circuit Court Judge for St. Mary’s County and promised those in attendance he would not become an ivory tower member of the judicial branch. Densford said he went into the job knowing there were restrictions on what he could do or say in public regarding cases, but stated he would be out in the public as much as possible. “Behind locked doors … it’s easy to become isolated,” Densford said sitting on the bench in Leonardtown with Judges Karen Abrams, Michael Stamm and C. Clarke Raley, whom he is replacing. “I will not forget the outside world when I make these decisions.” Densford, until recently, was a criminal defense lawyer and was appointed by Gov. Martin O’Malley to fill the vacant seat. He is now in a campaign against Assistant State’s Attorney Joseph Stanalonis who is seeking the seat this election year. If either of the candidates win in both the Republican and Democratic primaries in April, they will win the race. The courtroom was packed with attorneys, current and former lawmakers, as well as friends and family members of Densford’s.

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D) said that Densford’s peaceful installment as the new judge was reminiscent of the 2000 elections where George W. Bush won the presidency despite Al Gore’s winning 500,000 or so more popular votes. That day, power was transferred, Hoyer said, without “a gun or a tank.” “He will have more power posited in him than a senator or a member of Congress,” Hoyer said of Densford. “We have said to David Densford: ‘We trust you.’” Fellow attorney and former state Del. J. Ernest Bell (D) called Densford’s character “inquisitive, independent and genius.” Densford said with his installation that he was “not so Photo By Guy Leonard much as the honorable but the David Densford, right, is sworn in as the new Circuit Court judge for St. Mary’s County by Clerk of the Circuit Court Joan honored.” Williams. Outgoing Judge C. Clarke Raley, background, looks on. “I now know at the age of 60 what the first day of school is like all over again,” he said.

Jay Mattingly Enters Council Race

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer The son of a former town councilmember has filed for one of two contested seats on the Leonardtown Town Council, and says he wants to see more small business commerce come to town. Filing for the race Wednesday was James “Jay” Maguire Mattingly, 30, a public safety dispatcher with the county’s Department of Public Safety. “I’d like to see more shops come into town,” Mattingly said. “I’d also like to see a small grocery store like the one we used to have.” Mattingly’s father James “Mock” Mattingly served on the town council from 2004 and 2008 and his grandfather served as town mayor until his death in 1992, he said. Mattingly now serves on the board of directors of the Singletree Homeowners Association as its treasurer, he said. “I’ve lived in Leonardtown for 30 years,” Mattingly said. “I love the community, I love the people and I just want to do what I can to see Leonardtown grow.”

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Reports of Ordnance at State Park Continue

March 10, 2012

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By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Residents who live in the areas of Compton and Newtowne Neck continue to report finding pieces of old, unexploded ordnance along the beach weeks after the first few shells believed to be from the World War II era were found and detonated in early January. Deputy State Fire Marshal Bruce Bouch said at least one report came in just a week ago about possible ordnance found on the beach, but he warned that residents who continue to walk on the beach at the Newtowne Neck State Park are doing so in defiance of the park being closed and are putting themselves in danger. Beachgoers might actually be walking over buried ordnance, he said. “It’s not washing up, it’s there already,” Bouch said. “The sand is shifting and it’s exposing the ordnance when it does.” Lynn Delahay, a long time resident near the park, said the ordnance might have been a threat for a longer time than the park’s closing in January. More visitors to the park once it reopens could mean more munitions being found, she said.

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Looking Forward to Seeing You!!! “Anytime stuff is in the ground it works itself to the top,” Delahay said. “Somebody’s going to get hurt, the odds are working against you.” State fire marshal officials have said the Army Corps of Engineers is researching the history of the site, hoping to find it was owned by the military as an ordnance testing range; this would allow for federal funds to continue the search for old munitions. But the history of the area is already well known, Delahay said, from being a site for early English colonists to

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a testing site for critical proximity fuse technology on anti-aircraft shells during World War II. Currently the park is designed for use as a boat launch and public open space area. It is important to clear up the site in order to preserve it, she said. “If they clean it up, wouldn’t it be better to have that as an educational park?” Delahay said.

Traffic Restrictions Coming to School Intersection By Guy Leonard Staff Writer The State Highway Administration (SHA) has decided to take action to calm traffic congestion at a dangerous location on Route 235 – the intersections of Mar-A-Lee Drive and School House Road. SHA officials found that as motorists leave the parking lot of Oakville Elementary School they have limited sight distance at the School House Road intersection. Planners have chosen to restrict crossing over Route 235 to Mar-A-Lee Drive during peak hours of school bus traffic in the morning and afternoon, starting in August, the beginning of the next school year. Left turns from School House Road onto southbound Route 235 will also be restricted, SHA said in a letter to the Board of County Commissioners. Charlie Gischlar, spokesman for SHA, told The County Times the new traffic signs will be posted before the start of the new school year.

The restrictions will only be on school days, Gischlar said, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and again from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. All the traffic from School House Road would be directed north on Route 235 during those hours, he said. “It’ll be right turn only and then you can safely make a U-turn … at the intersection at Loveville Road,” Gischlar said. A new traffic signal was recently installed at that intersection. The soon-to-be restricted intersection has earned a reputation as one of the most congested and dangerous along Route 235 and at least one fatal crash has occurred there in the past four years. “It would be a significant safety improvement, it’ll help with the congestion in that area,” Gischlar said of the planned traffic shift.











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ews Community Wants Answers on Newtowne Neck By Guy Leonard Staff Writer State officials told concerned residents of the Newtowne Neck community on Tuesday night that the state will include the public in hearings on the future of the eponymous park the state

questions over the use of the land and how it will be developed as a state park will eventually be answered. “There are going to be future stakeholder meetings … but that’s been put on hold,” Bright said. In a later interview, Bright told The County Times that recent findings of old World War II era ordnance on the property was one of the issues pushing back efforts to make firm plans to develop the park. “We will welcome public input when the time comes for a public meeting,” Bright said Wednesday. Residents of the area say they have been concerned about the future of 1912–2012 the park since the state purchased it from the Society of Jesus, who had owned the

purchased in that area several years ago, but just when those meetings will occur is unknown. Christy Bright, the park ranger at Point Lookout State Park who oversees operations at Newtowne Neck, told residents attending a public forum with the Board of County Commissioners that

A Century of Caring ~ St. Mary’s Hospital Centennial Celebration

Art & Essay Contest Now is the time to engage our community’s future generations! To get young people involved in the hospital and in health care, we are sponsoring an art contest for all St. Mary’s County fourth and fifth graders and an essay contest for the county’s Middle School students. Homeschool students are also invited to participate.


Art Contest Art Contest St. Mary’s County fourth and fifth grade students are invited to participate in an art contest to help St. Mary’s Hospital celebrate its Centennial. Students are invited to illustrate their idea of a health care hero for a chance to win a $100 cash prize. There will be one winning entry in each grade. Only one entry per student.

About the Contest: Show us what your Health Care Hero looks like. Is it a family member who makes sure you eat properly? Is it a nurse, doctor or a rescue team member who saves a life? Is it the Seeing Eye dog helping someone cross the street? Is it someone you know in your community? Use art to show us who your health care hero is!

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All St. Mary’s County Middle School students are invited to participate. The essay contest offers students an opportunity to express why they think St. Mary’s Hospital is Important to Our Community for a chance to win a $200 cash prize. Only one entry per student. About the Contest: Why do you think St. Mary’s Hospital is an important part of St. Mary’s County? What does it mean to you or family to have the hospital here? Give us your thoughts on the importance of your community hospital.

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land for centuries. They say that they were never brought in on discussions about the purchase or any future uses there. “They never really asked stakeholders for their input,” said Lynn Delahay, a member of the newly formed Newtowne Neck Heritage Alliance. “Where’s the master plan?” Delahay said instead of developing the park as a boat launch, it might be a better idea to build it out as an educational site, offering history from the time of Native American tribes to its apparent use as a testing site for critical proximity fuse technology as used in anti-aircraft guns during World War II. “We wanted to open up a dialogue so we can do this thing smart,” Delahay said.

Public Input Sought For Final Stages of Rt. 5 Project at College By Carrie Munn Staff Writer The public is invited to provide feedback during an open house and public meeting on the Route 5 Traffic Calming Project at St. Mary’s City on Feb. 15. St. Mary’s College and the Capital Design Advisory Committee (CDA), a joint committee of the college and Historic St. Mary’s City, will host the event, where final design concepts will be presented. An extensive study, which polled students, faculty/staff and the public indicated concern for the section of the state highway that runs directly through the campus. Among the concerns revealed, pedestrian safety topped all lists and, in 2009, a trafficcalming project was recommended as the preferred solution. Issues of vehicle speeds exceeding the 30 mph speed limit, inadequate lighting and pedestrians outside of crosswalks, prompted the group to move forward with the project’s improved lighting, improvements to high-traffic pedestrian walkways and traffic calming measures to include bump-outs, or extended curbs that further narrow the driving lane at the major crosswalk area. The slated improvements have been planned with the goal

of also preserving environmental, archaeological and the eyepleasing “viewshed”. With the posted speed limit at 50 mph on Route 5 near Park Hall Road, decreasing to 40 mph upon approaching St. Mary’s City and down to 30 mph, combined with times of heavy pedestrian traffic crossing the roadway, the improvement has been a long time in the planning stages. CDA Co-Chair Chip Jackson said though the group is pretty far along in the process, any input will be taken into account before moving ahead with the detailed engineering drawings. Currently, and most often during the lunchtime traffic increase, a crossing guard has been on duty at the college’s major pedestrian crosswalk. Jackson explained this is both for the safety of pedestrians and to facilitate an eased traffic flow. The open house will be held at SMCM’s Glendening Annex from 4 to 6 p.m. and the public meeting will be held at Cole Cinema at the Campus Center from 7 to 8 p.m. More information on the project, and the work done so far, can be found by visiting www. or by calling 240-895-4412.


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SMECO Reduces Energy Charges Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) has filed an application with the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) to reduce its energy charges. SMECO’s Standard Offer Service (SOS) rate is made up of the energy charge and the Power Cost Adjustment (PCA). SMECO is filing to reduce the residential winter energy charge from 9.11 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) to 8.68 cents per kWh, a reduction of 4.7 percent, a press release states. Winter energy charges appear on bills rendered November through May. Residential energy charges for summer will decrease from 9.75 cents per kWh to 8.92 cents per kWh, a reduction of 8.5 percent. The filing was submitted Jan. 31, and, if approved by the PSC, the reduced charge will appear on customermembers’ April 2012 bills. Lower power supply costs have

been reflected in the PCA on SMECO’s monthly electric bills. Customers have received a PCA credit every month since September 2011. The credit reduces the overall SOS rate, which is made up of the PCA and the energy charge. With the PCA credit, the SOS rate for January has, in effect, been reduced from 9.11 cents per kWh to 8.57 cents per kWh. The total SOS rate in April will be the combination of the new reduced energy charge and the PCA, which changes monthly. For an average residential bill for 1,300 kWh, the base SOS rate will be $5.56 less. SMECO uses a portfolio approach to purchasing power, aggregating power supply agreements with a variety of suppliers to purchase energy for its base load and peak load, the release states. SMECO’s residential energy rates peaked in the summer of 2009 at 12.53 cents per kWh. According to SMECO,

natural gas prices, which reached $13 per million British thermal units (BTUs) in 2008, dropped to $3 per million BTUs in 2009, and now those prices are even lower. SMECO’s new rates are based on forecasted power costs for April 2012 to March 2013, which are estimated to be less than $80 per megawatt-hour (MWh) for wholesale power supply. This cost is nearly 11 percent less than the estimated costs the co-op submitted in its last filing in January 2010. “The co-op does not make a profit on energy charges. We also use a portfolio approach to purchasing power, with contracts for base load and peak load and long-term and short-term contracts. The co-op’s power portfolio produces stable energy rates and helps to save money for customer-members overall,” Austin J. Slater, Jr., SMECO president and CEO said in a press release.

CSM Students Heading to Annapolis Today Student leaders from the College of Southern Maryland are joining students from Maryland’s 16 community colleges in Annapolis today for Student Advocacy Day. The yearly event gives students an opportunity to urge lawmakers to keep community colleges affordable, a CSM press release states. Specifically, students are asking for support of the funding formula for the amount of state aid granted to each college and support of capital requests at community colleges throughout the state. In 2002, 25 percent of tuition at CSM was funded by the state, in 2011 that amount dropped to 19 percent. are TImes being Half joined CSM President Brad QBHStudents St M County Ad by code_Layout 1 7/5/11Dr. 3:03 PM GottPage 1 fried and CSM staff for a rally in the Presidential Conference

Room of the Miller Senate Building. Among the legislators scheduled to address the students are Senator Thomas “Mac” Middleton and Speaker of the House of Delegates Michael E. Busch. Following the rally, CSM students planned to meet with elected officials from Southern Maryland to ask for their support for full funding of community colleges in the Governor’s FY2013 budget. Students representing each campus are telling legislators their stories of how attending a community college is helping them achieve their goals and what being able to access affordable quality higher education means to them and their families. There were more than 12,000 credit enrollments at CSM for the 2011 academic year, the release stated. For information, visit

ews Health Care Scholarships Available The St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation offers scholarships to eligible Southern Maryland residents interested in pursuing a career in health care. Each of the scholarships awarded covers payment for tuition, books and fees associated with the degree, license or certification for a period of up to four years. Since 2001, the Foundation has awarded nearly 100 scholarships to individuals interested not only in nursing, but also in the growing field of allied health, a press release states. These allied health professionals are involved in many aspects of health care, including physical, occupation and speech therapy; radiology; respiratory therapy; laboratory technology; and many more. New this year, scholarships are also available for students pursuing degrees in health care finance and health care information technology. Applications must be postmarked by March 15, 2012. For complete scholarship requirements or to download an application, visit or pick up a copy in the hospital’s Human Resources Department. For more information about the scholarship program, call 301-475-6018.


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By Sarah Miller Staff Writer When a baby fell out of a cart at Target, Angela Smith knew exactly what to do thanks to CPR classes taught by Jonathan Riffe and Kim Jones. Riffe and Jones offer CPR classes at various businesses throughout the tri-county area, as well as monthly sessions for individuals at Huntingtown Volunteer Fire Department. In the past year, Jones said, they held more than 50 classes, averaging five to seven classes per month. Photo courtesy of Jonathan Riffe Kim Jones oversees while two students practice CPR.

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“This is life saving training,” said Riffe, who is chief of the Huntingtown Volunteer Fire Department. “You have the potential to change someone’s day and save their life.” Everyone who goes through CPR and First Aid training is certified for two years, Riffe said. After two years, a refresher course is required for their re-certifications. Jones said the people going through certification classes vary. Some are babysitters or people starting a day care center, others are preparing to go into nursing programs and others are getting certifications to be personal trainers. One man came in whose wife is a nurse and he wanted to be able to save her life if he needed to. “That was the sweetest thing I ever heard,” said Jones, who is a paramedic with Calvert Advanced Life Support. Both use personal stories to explain how CPR and First Aid training has practical applications and its use in real life situations, Jones said. She said they have taught classes in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties, and have leads in Washington, D.C. and Virginia for groups wanting classes. Small group CPR classes are $60 and CPR and First Aid classes are $80, though Riffe said they work with larger groups for individual rates. The next class will be Feb. 26 at the Huntingtown Volunteer Fire Department at 10 a.m. Pre-registration is recommended. For more information, or to schedule a class, visit


The County Times

Thursday, February 9, 2012

To The Editor

Who is Fighting for the U. S. Constitution? Which of our Congressional Maryland representatives are fighting to support the Freedom of Religion in the U.S. Constitution? The quick answer is none of them. In a letter to Catholic Priest in the Archdiocese of Washington, Cardinal Wuerl stated the following “On Jan. 20, 2012, the United States Department of Health and Human Services with the approval of President Barack Obama issued new federal mandate making coverage of abortion drugs, sterilization and all FDA-approved contraceptives mandatory for virtually all employers, including faith-based institutions.” These regulations are based on the wide-ranging authority given to the HHS Secretary under the Affordable Care Act better known as Obamacare. Remember when Nancy Pelosi said of Obamacare, “we have to pass it to know what is in it”? Well undermining the First Amendment freedom of religion is in it. Democrats Steny Hoyer, Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski wildly cheer the passing of Obamacare and the erosion of our God given rights. The government is now forcing the Catholic religion and others opposed to this mandate to make a decision: 1) give up your beliefs, 2) do not provide health care for any employee and be fined, or 3) hire and serve only Catholics. None of these options are in line with the Catholic faith. This mandate is the latest in a long line of attacks on religion by this administration. What can we do? First and foremost, vote for someone who holds the U.S. Constitution as law of the land and will stand up to fight for it. This means voting for the opponent to Hoyer and Cardin in the next election. Right now you can call, e-mail, fax or write letters to Hoyer, Cardin and Mikulski and reprimand them for their incompetence at upholding their oath of office to protect the U.S. Constitution. Follow this up with a personal visit to each of their offices and hand them a pink slip. We must vote for politicians who hold the same values and principles we do. This latest atrocity of injustice is proof Hoyer, Cardin, Mikulski and President Obama do not share our freedom of religion values! Vote them out and restore our U.S. Constitution and First Amendment rights. Deborah C. Rey Lexington Park, MD

A World Without Oil Our environmentalists are really upset about our need to drill for oil and would like to see only alternative fuels used in the USA. I wonder if any of these people who have been educated beyond their intelligence would like the results of an oil free environment. Let’s look at some of the possibilities. First, I would have them regard their surroundings and eliminate all the objects that require the use of oil in their manufacture. Let’s start with the office in which they work. No paper, no computer, no ink pens, no chairs, desks, cups, cellophane, waxed floors…in fact, no item that contains plastic, wood or metal. Aside from the fact that all such items contain oil in some form, without the machinery that was “oiled” or “greased,” the items usually contain some form of petroleum. Apply the same knowledge to everything from the blacktop in the highway to the tires on the cars environmentalists drive, the food they eat, and a multitude of items not named, and I have only one question: How do we substitute wind, sunshine, geothermal, or other forms of non-petroleum energy for all those things other than oil to provide us with the ability to exist in the future as we do now? James H. Hilbert Mechanicsville, MD

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Let’s Put the Brakes on O'Malley’s Gas Tax By Christopher B. Summers There's a coordinated push by Gov. Martin O'Malley to raise Maryland's gasoline tax by applying the state's sales tax of 6 percent to fuel purchases. That means that, at current gas prices, the state tax would rise from 23.5 cents per gallon to 44.5 cents - an increase of 89 percent. This would make Maryland's gas tax the ninth-highest in the nation. Many in the business community, mainly the Maryland Chamber of Commerce and Greater Baltimore Committee, are misguidedly supporting this tax hike. Make no mistake about it, this tax hike will not help our state's economy and it won't address the real problems facing Maryland's transportation funding structure. The governor and his allies claim we need this tax increase to pay for much-needed transportation projects. This claim assumes the new revenue will go to high-value transportation projects, but there's little reason to think that that will actually happen. Recent Maryland history offers plenty of examples of policymakers using gas tax revenues to pay for non-transportation projects, or else routing them to projects that have great political value but do little to unclog Maryland's overburdened roads. Why think that state officials will become more responsible with taxpayers' transportation dollars when more of those dollars flow into Annapolis? Faulty reasoning on new jobs In Fiscal Year 2010, for instance, Annapolis took $370 million from the state's Transportation Trust Fund to cover other spending needs. Though that money supposedly was only "borrowed," it has yet to be returned. FY2010 is not an outlier. Overall, some $1.1 billion that has been "borrowed" from the trust fund in recent years has yet to be repaid, and there currently are no serious plans for repayment. This isn't the only problem with advocates' arguments for this tax hike. Take their claim that the higher taxes would lead to more jobs. Yes, the tax revenue would finance more state spending (which perhaps would be in transportation, and perhaps not), and that spending would lead to employment. But the $491 million a year in additional tax revenue would come from motorists who buy gasoline. Without the tax increase, this money would be spent by motorists on other goods and services, or else be saved by motorists, and thus lent out by their banks as investments.

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Handing an additional $491 million to the state means that Maryland motorists will have $491 million less for themselves, and that means that jobs will also be lost because of the tax. Gas tax as user fee Not only are the job creation numbers of this tax hike overhyped, but so, too, is the need for massive transportation repair in Maryland. According to the Federal Highway Administration, Maryland is around the national average in infrastructure quality. That's not great, but it's not the dire emergency that some make it out to be. And in terms of important areas like bridge safety, Maryland performs above average. I don't dispute that there are some transportation maintenance and building projects that need to be completed. We don't need a gas tax hike to fix those problems, however. Simply reprioritizing current funding would free up significant revenue. Focusing the tax revenue Marylanders pay when fueling their cars and trucks on projects that serve cars and trucks would be a good first step. In its ideal form, a gas tax is very close to a user fee: those who use roads pay for the building and upkeep of those roads. In Maryland, however, those who use roads not only pay for the building and upkeep of the roads; they also pay for the building and upkeep of mass transit. Roughly half of the total money the state spends on highways and transit combined goes to pay for transit, but transit accounts for a mere 4 percent of the statewide travel. Of the new revenue the state has allocated for highway and transit funding, transit has received 95 percent in the past decade. And no, upgrading transit does not take enough cars off the road to justify siphoning money away from roads, nor does it yield much environmental benefit. Another consideration weighing against this tax is the burden it will place on poorer Marylanders. The gas tax is a regressive tax that forces people with lower incomes to pay a greater percentage of their income than do the wealthy. The disproportionate impact of this tax will hurt households that are least able to afford it. Any transportation needs the state has can largely be addressed by fixing the fundamental flaws in how our state allocates transportation funding. Raising the gas tax is the wrong answer to an overhyped problem. Christopher B. Summers is president of the Maryland Public Policy Institute.

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Joseph America, 91, of Prince Frederick, MD, passed away at his residence on Friday, Feb. 3, 2012. Joe was born on Feb. 24, 1920 in Washington, DC. He attended McKinley Tech High School and was stationed in Okinawa with the 1113th Engineer Construction Group during World War II. After the war he settled with his family in Prince Georges County, MD and was a Master Tool and Die Maker at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. He moved with his family to Prince Frederick in 1977. He loved to spend time fishing, crabbing and boating with his family and friends. He was a devoted husband and father. When his beloved wife Minnie died in 1974, he retired from his job and assumed the role of parenting the seven of his fourteen children that were still living at home. Survivors include his daughters Trudy Dean (Roy), Eileen Lynch (Robert), Evelyn English, Peggy Hampton (Robert), Christine Real (Matthew), Catherine Manley (Chuck), Carol Wheeler (Craig), Miriam Gholl (Robert), Mary Taylor (Jim) and sons Joseph America (Denise), Martin America, John America and James America (Ingrid). Joe leaves behind 38 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife Minnie and his daughter, Joanne Pantuso. The family received friends Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012 at Rausch Funeral Home, 4405 Broomes Island Road, Port Republic, MD. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. John Vianney Church, 105 Vianney Lane, Prince Frederick, MD on Monday, Feb. 6, 2012. Burial followed at Fort Lincoln Cemetery, Brentwood, MD. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Calvert Hospice, P.O. Box 838, Prince Frederick, MD 20678. Arrangements provided by the Rausch Funeral Home of Port Republic, MD.

Judith Ann “Judy” Bell, 66, of Lusby, MD, passed away Dec. 27, 2011 at Calvert Memorial Hospital in Prince Frederick, MD. Judy was born Feb. 8, 1945 in Cleveland, Ohio to Malcolm M. and Roxy (Jones) MacKenzie. She lived in Glen Burnie, MD and graduated from Glen Burnie High School, class of 1964. She also lived in Cumberland, Baltimore, Riviera Beach and Annapolis, MD from 1964 to 1970, until moving to Calvert County in 1971. Judy attended the College of Southern Maryland, where she studied law enforcement. She was employed as a security officer at Calvert Cliffs from the mid 1970’s until retiring in 1987. She was a member of Waters Memorial Church, Port Republic, MD. Judy enjoyed living near the Chesapeake Bay, the beach, making jewelry, reading and watching movies. She also enjoyed flowers and was fond of her cats. She is survived by daughters Heather D. Bell Roark of Prince Frederick, MD, Michelle Y. “Shelly” Beale of St. Leonard, MD and a son Charles F. Bell III “Chuck” and wife Kerri of North Carolina. Also surviving are eleven grandchildren, three great grandchildren, brothers Malcolm “Buddy” MacKenzie of Fallston, MD and Norman MacKenzie of Aberdeen, MD and sisters Joyce Thomas of Arnold, MD and Elaine Herman of Red Lion, PA, she was preceded in death by a sister Merline Richardson. A memorial service and celebration of Judy’s life was held Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012 at Rausch Funeral Home, P.A., 8325 Mt. Harmony Lane, Owings, MD. Interment followed at Asbury Cemetery in Prince Frederick, MD.

Brenn Carter, 18 Brenn Monet Carter, 18, of Huntingtown, MD passed away on Jan. 22, 2012 at Calvert Memorial Hospital, Prince Frederick, MD. She was born September 11, 1993, to

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Pauline Chase, 51 Pauline Denise Chase, 51, of Great Mills, MD passed away on Jan. 19, 2012 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Leonardtown, MD. Pauline was born on April 16, 1960 in Calvert County, MD to Carolyn V. Chase and William Chase, Sr. She attended Calvert County Public Schools. She was a member of Mount Zion Church in Ridge. She worked at Chesapeake Shore as a nursing aide. She was married to Johnson “JB” Bright. She loved to play cards and hang out with friends and family. She also loved cooking. She leaves behind her son, Harold C. Garner, Jr. (Juanita); her grandchildren: Tarhara, Shiann and Maliki; her sister MaryAnn (Tyrone); her brother, William E. Chase, Jr.; two nieces, Ebony and and Quantia (Bryan (KB)); two nephews, Jerell and Shawn (Megie); great-nieces and great nephews: Ja’miya, Carolyn, Malaysia, MaKayla, Bry-


ana, Bryan; and Chenelle’; her godchildren: Somore, T.J. Thomas and Ronnie; a special friend, Harold C. Garner, Sr.; good friends: Barbara and Mike Garrison, Mrs. Kathy and her sister Liz Taylor and Mr. and Mrs. Statesman and a host of cousins and friends. Funeral service was held on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, at Zion Hill Church of God in Christ, Lusby, MD with Elder Leroy Berry officiating. Interment was at Zion Hill Cemetery, Lusby, MD. The pallbearers were family and friends and JB, Levi, Leroy, Moody and TJ. Funeral arrangements provided by Sewell Funeral Home, Prince Frederick, MD.

Joan Davis, 78 Joan Lillian Davis, 78, died of natural causes on Feb. 1, 2012 at her residence in Friendship, MD. Mrs. Davis was born in Worcester, Massachusetts and was a graduate of High School of Commerce in 1952. She married her husband of 40 years, Robert Edward Davis, who was active duty in the military, in 1954. She was a homemaker, mother of three daughters, a Campfire Girl Troop leader, and a Red Cross volunteer who enjoyed spending time with her family. Some of her hobbies included ceramics, sewing, and crossword and jigsaw puzzles. In later years, she enjoyed quilting and traveling to various countries. She enjoyed living in Southern Maryland. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Edward Davis and a sister Barbara Green of Worcester, Massachusetts. She is survived by three daughters, Barbara Knowles of Huntingtown, Jennifer Gieser of Kapolei, Hawaii and Jacqueline Heffner of Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania; five grandchildren and one great granddaughter; and one brother, Walter E. Hutchinson of Worcester, Massachusetts. Family and friends will be received Saturday Feb. 11 from 2-3 PM at Rausch Funeral Home, P.A., 8325 Mt. Harmony Lane, Owings, MD, where a Memorial Service and celebration of Joan’s life will follow at 3PM. Inurnment at Arlington National Cemetery will take place at a later date. Expressions of sympathy in lieu of flowers may be made to the American Cancer Society, Calvert County Unit, P.O. Box 752, Prince Frederick, MD 20678. For additional information visit www.

William Ewaski, Sr, CMSgt. Ret., 90 William Peter Ewaski, Sr, CMSgt. Ret. – USAF, of Dunkirk, Maryland, died on Jan. 29, 2012 at the age of 90. William was born on Jan. 31, 1921 on a farm in Colebrooke, Ohio, to Michael and Frances Ewaska. He was one of 10 children. In June, 1950, he married Helen Berry. In Dec., 1991, William lost the love of his life. William served in the United States Air Force, serving during


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On Saturday, January 28, 2012, Francis Michael Barnes, also known affectionately as “Spot,” 53 of Hollywood, MD, peacefully answered the Lord’s call to come home to Glory. Francis was born October 10, 1958 in Leonardtown, MD, the last of five children born to the late Emmett Hamilton Barnes and Agnes Hortense Hebb Barnes. Francis received his elementary and secondary education in the St. Mary’s County Schools of Benjamin Banneker Elementary, Leonardtown Middle and Chopticon High School. Francis graduated in the Class of 1976 from Chopticon High. He also attended Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD. For many years, Francis was employed with the U.S. Government, where he worked with the U.S. Bureau of Public Debt as an account technician. Francis enjoyed sports. In his early days, Francis played youth league baseball on several teams in St. Mary’s County. Francis’ two favorite positions were pitching and shortstop. As an adult, Francis switched to playing softball. He played softball with various teams in his hometown as well as in Washington, D.C. When Francis’ job relocated to West Virginia, Francis began his career as an umpire and started officiating softball games in West Virginia. Francis had a hearing problem but some of you who had your games officiated by him probably thought he needed glasses too. Francis also loved to fish, cook, and party. Francis was an avid Oakland Raiders fan, much to the dismay of his three brothers who rooted for the Washington Redskins. But one of Francis’ favorite pastimes was gardening, which he inherited from his Dad. Each year, Francis planted and harvested a wide variety of vegetables and herbs that he shared with family and friends. Most summer days and late in the fall when he wasn’t at a family function, a softball game or in the community, you could find Francis in his garden. Francis is survived by his mother Agnes Hortense Hebb Barnes; his two children: Myia Washington and Davarea Barnes; his brothers: William (Rosetta) Newport News, VA; Emmett Roanoke Rapids, NC; and, James (Joyce) Lanham, MD. Francis also leaves to cherish his memory: his Godfather and Uncle Francis X. Hebb; Godson and Nephew Jason Henry Matthews; Goddaughter Janiqua Robinson; Nieces: Shena Matthews and Monique Barnes; Nephews: Marvin Lawrence, Eric Barnes, Shawn Barnes, Ryan Barnes; Grandnephews Daquan Barnes and C.J. Lawrence. A void will be left in the hearts of many of Francis’ friends and family members, especially a very special friend Angela Jordan; his very special cousins: Lisa Thomas, Mary Catherine Thomas, Karen Wilson, Maurice Robinson, Charles Barnes, Tom Hebb, Peter Hebb, Brian Hebb, and Larry Fenwick; his Aunts: Mary Gough, Linda Dyson (Preston), Ella Robinson, Joyce Barnes; and, his Uncle Joseph (Mary). In addition to his father, Francis was preceded in death by his sister Lucy Barnes Matthews. Family received friends on Friday, February 3, 2012 in St. Aloysius Church, Leonardtown, MD. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Reverend John Dakes. Interment followed in Queen of Peace Cemetery, Helen, MD. Condolences to the family may be made at

James Edward Butler, Jr., 70, of Leonardtown, Maryland, lovingly known as “Jitter”, passed away peacefully on February 3, 2012. Jitter was born on December 25, l941 in Oakville, Maryland to the late James and Sarah Butler. He was raised with his two sisters, Mildred and Agnes; and three brothers, David, Rudolph and Francis. Jitter received his education from St. Joseph’s Colored Elementary School in Morganza, Maryland and completed his education at Banneker High School in Loveville, Maryland. In September 1962, Jitter married the late Mary Cecelia Mills, celebrated thirtyeight years of marriage before her death in May 2000. From this union Jitter and Mary had four sons: William, John, Joseph and Marvin. Jitter’s primary occupation was as a carpenter. In the early years of his life, he worked for Bill Raley’s Furniture Store as a deliveryman and all around handyman. After his retirement, Jitter enjoyed working with his sons. He loved working with his hands and enjoyed his life with his friends and having a good time. Jitter is survived by his sons, William (Brenda), John (Barbara), Marvin (Carla); daughter, Sarah Young (Dwayne); four sisters, Mildred Gross, Barbara Neale, Mary Holton (Kelsey), Agnes Mason; two brothers, David and Francis Butler (Evelyn); nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and one uncle, John Ernest Berry and special friend, Jennifer Bush and three close neighbors, Tywanda, Skip and Dave and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Mary Cecelia; his son, Joseph Butler; brother, Rudolph (Pete) Butler and his parents, James (Cullins) and Sarah Butler. Jitter is at home in Heaven at peace. Friends and family will unite on Friday, February 10, 2012 at 9 a.m. until time of Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Queen of Peace Cemetery in Helen, Maryland. Arrangements by Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home, 38576 Brett Way, Mechanicsville, MD 20659.

parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Bernard Francis Cameron. Family received friends on Friday, February 3, 2012 in the Brinsfield Funeral Home. Prayers were recited. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at Our Lady’s Catholic Church, Medley’s Neck. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Serving as pallbearers were David Miller, Gene Miller, Marek Wayment, Jacob Gottschalk, Lee Murphy and David Shotwell. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1041 Route 3 N, Bldg. A, Gambrills, MD 21054. Condolences to the family may be made at

Mildred Colliflower, 96 Mildred M. Colliflower, 96 of Lexington Park, MD died February 5, 2012 at the Hospice House of St. Mary’s surrounded by family and friends. Born March 12, 1915, she was the daughter of the late Vernon E. and Goldie C. Webber of Knoxville, MD. She was the wife of Vernon Leo Colliflower who preceded her in death in July 1963. She is survived by her children, Sue Cropper of California, MD, Vikki Norris (Francis) of Lexington Park, MD and Richard Colliflower (Peggy) of Bushwood, MD; her grandchildren, Dale “ Chip” and Adam Cropper, Michelle “Jo-

lie” Smith, Matthew and Joshua Colliflower; seven great-grandchildren; and her sister, Nancy Smith (Frank) of Frederick, MD. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Mabel Jennings, Anna Livingston and Charles Webber and son-in-law, Father Dale Cropper. She was employed by the “Joy Shop” (Lexington Park) for many years until her husband’s death. She attended Strayers Business School in Washington, DC. She was employed at the NATC Supply until her retirement in 1983. Her retirement years were filled with volunteer work, which included the Red Cross, The Office on Aging, St. Mary’s Nursing Center, School, and her Church, Lexington Park United Methodist Church. She was the last charter member of her church and loved by all of her church family. She was often seen walking, for over 46 years, down Town Creek Drive. Family received friends for Mildred’s Life Celebration on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at the Brinsfield Funeral Home. Prayers were recited. A graveside service will be held on Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 10 a.m. at Ebenezer Methodist Cemetery, Great Mills, MD. After the service at the cemetery, a Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. in the Lexington Park United Methodist Church, Lexington Park, MD. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice House of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650 or the Lexington Park United Methodist Church, 21760 Great Mills Road, Lexington Park, MD 20653. Condolences to the family may be made at

Joseph Cameron, 74 Joseph Bernard “Bucky” Cameron 74 of California, MD died January 31, 2012 at St. Mary’s Hospital. Born June 5, 1937 in Leonardtown, MD he was the son of the late Bernard Eugene Cameron and Mary Christine (Peacock) Cameron. Bucky retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1978 after 21 years of service. Bucky is survived by his wife, Julia Cameron, his children, Christine Wayment of CA, and Catherine Gottschalk of VT, five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, siblings, Mary Jean Goldsborough of MD, Elizabeth Ann Miller of MD and Mary Bernadine Schoeling of OK. In addition to his

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Continued Joyce Connelly, 54 Joyce “Darlene” Connelly, 54 of Lexington Park, MD died in January 29, 2012 in Fort Washington, MD surrounded by her loving family. Born December 13, 1957, she was the daughter of Benedict Raley of Park Hall, MD and the late Fran Raley. Joyce is survived by her children; J.C. and John Connelly both of California, MD, and three grandchildren, siblings; Marvin Raley of Park Hall, MD Debbie Abell of Maddox, MD, David Raley, Judy Bean, and Chuggy Raley all of Lexington Park, MD, Lillian Clark of Great Mills, MD, and Betty Tennyson of Dameron, MD. Joyce graduated from Great Mills High School. She was a homemaker and a lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County. Joyce loved the holidays, spending time with her grandchildren, (Shane, Matt, and Faith), going to yard sales, collecting nick knacks, drinking diet coke, and she loved her two best friends in the world Tammy Myers, and Lind McFall. The family received friends in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD on Thursday, February 2, 2012 with prayers recited. A funeral Service was held on Friday, February 3, 2012 in the Funeral Home chapel 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 To send a condolence to the family please visit our website at

Thomas Davis, 57 Thomas Wayne Davis, 57, of California, Maryland passed away on Sunday, January 29, 2012, at Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC. Tom was born April 12, 1954 in Kansas City, Missouri, the Son of Betty (Etherton) Davis and the late William Elliott Davis. He married Nancy Jane Gray June 23, 1984 in Waldorf, Maryland. They have 3 Children, John Elliott (Danielle) Davis, Andrew Davis and Kaitlin Davis. He has one Sister, Claudia Denise Davis of Nashville, Tennessee. Tom graduated from the Naval Academy in 1976 as an electrical engineer and retired as a Commander in the U.S. Navy. While on active duty, he flew P-3’s, C-130’s and E 6’s. After retiring from the Navy, he flew (as a pilot) for American Trans Air. At the time of his death, he worked for Wyle LABS as a government contractor. He was an Eagle Scout (as were his two sons). During his service (as a scout) he received the coveted appointment to the “Order of the Arrow”. Tom also served as Scout Master for Troop 1785. He attended the Calvert County Church of Christ where he taught Bible classes and ministered from the pulpit. According to Tom’s wishes, he will be cremated and then entombed at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland on February 24, 2012, at 11 a.m. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the College Educational Fund for Andrew & Kaitlin Davis in c/o of John A. Gray, 24661 Blackistone Road, Hollywood, Maryland 20636.

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Lillian Gorman, 84 Lillian “Tillie” Guy Gorman, 84, of Mechanicsville, MD, died on February 5, 2012 in Leonardtown, MD. Born January 2, 1928 she was the daughter of the late William A. and Lillian Alice Guy. The family will receive friends in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD on Thursday, February 9, 2012 from 5 – 8 p.m. with prayers recited at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, February 10, 2012 at 10 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Mechanicsville, MD with Fr. Ansgar Laczko officiating. Interment will follow in Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, MD. To send a condolence to the family please visit our website at

John Ivancik, 88 John Richard Ivancik of Lexington Park, MD., died on January 30, 2012 in Leonardtown, MD. Born on December 28, 1923 in Chicago, IL, he was the son of the late John and Mary Szabo Ivancik. John was the loving husband of Janice Theresa Ivancik whom he married on June 30, 1956 in Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Lexington Park, MD. He is survived by his children; John William Ivancik of Lusby, MD., Felicia Ann Ivancik of Lexington Park, MD, and 3 grandchildren; John William Ivancik, Jr., Dawn Ashley Ivancik, and Lauren Marie Ivancik. He is preceded in death by his sister; Frances Sharrock. Mr. Ivancik attended St. Rita High School and graduated in 1952. He moved from Chicago in 1952 to St. Mary’s County and worked as a Postal Carrier for the United States Post Office for 23 years. Mr. Ivancik was a member of the Knights of Columbus and enjoyed playing softball. The family received friends in Holy Face Catholic Church, Great Mills, MD., on Saturday, February 4, 2012 where a Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated with Fr. Joseph Calis officiating. Interment followed at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Cemetery, Lexington Park, MD. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lexington Park Vol. Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 339, Lexington Park, MD. To send a condolence to the family please visit our website at

Clinton Leeland, 85 Clinton Howard Leeland, 85of Mechanicsville, MD, and formerly of Northern Virginia, passed away peacefully at his home on February 2, 2012. He was the loving father of Diane Leeland and Carol Martin of Arlington, VA. Mr. Leeland was a watchmaker and jeweler, private pilot, bridge player and WWII veteran. Family and friends are invited to Mr. Leeland’s Celebration of Life Memorial Gathering at his home on February 12, 2012 from

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Daniel Ross, 62 Daniel Charles “Dan” Ross, 62 of Lexington Park, MD died January 26, 2012 at St. Mary’s Hospital. Born November 21, 1949 in Aurora, IL he was the son of the late Alfred Walter Ross, Jr. and Dorothy Lorraine (Burgess) Ross. Dan retired from the United States Army as a Master Sargent on January 31, 2000. Dan is survived by his wife, Sujinda (Muttamara) Ross whom he married on February 11, 1994. He is also survived by his children, Jacinda A. Ross and Jace A. Ross of Lexington Park, MD, his step-daughters, Wendy Acheman of MN, and Kellie Ross of FL, siblings, Ken Ross of Naperville, IL and Glen Ross of Sandwich, IL. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Jimmy Ross. Family received friends for Dan’s Life Celebration on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at the Brinsfield Funeral Home. A Funeral Service was held. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a date to be determined. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite #300, Jacksonville, FL 32256. Condolences to the family may be made at

Lawrence Schadegg, 67 Lawrence (Larry) M. Schadegg, age 67, of Omak, WA died on January 27, 2012, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Vallejo, California, he is the son of the late Alfred Henry Schadegg and Leona Rosetta Reed Schadegg. Larry is a 1969 graduate of the United States Naval Academy and a 1970 graduate of the Naval Post Graduate School. His active duty years were spent in Vietnam, then as EW Project Officer at Patuxent River Naval Air Station and finally as the Tactical Action Officer for the Carrier Battle Group Staff. In 1978, he resigned from the military as a Lieutenant Commander to pursue support of the American soldiers in another manner. He spent the next 29 years helping to build PRB, Inc. from a five-man partnership to a large organization 400 strong. Equally important, he fostered a family environment by leadership through service. The result was a group of strongly bound people able to work much more efficiently and passionately accomplishing more for the American servicemen and women: the PRB family. Larry’s involvement in the community included serving as President of the St. Mary’s County Technology Council. Consistent with his passion for learning, he played a key role in bringing educational opportunities to the county through creation of the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center. Larry also contributed his apt business skills to the local Hospital by serving on the Board of Directors of St. Mary’s Hospital and the St. Mary’s Hospital Finance Committee. He stayed active at his church as well serving previously as the Director of Religious Education at Holy Face Church in Great Mills, MD. Larry loved the outdoors and was particularly fond of his ranch in Omak, WA and the surrounding land. He also loved to be near


the water. He enjoyed fishing with his friends, tubing with his Grandchildren, and parking his Austin Healey at water’s edge for the view with cigar in hand. Larry is survived by his nine children: Lawrence M. Schadegg, Jr. (April) of Colonial Beach, VA, Jennifer Lynn Henkel (Timothy) of Hollywood, MD, Susan Aurora Craley (Brian) of Colonial Beach, VA, Caryn Michelle Schadegg (Brendan Kombol) of Brooklyn, NY, Christine Grace Schadegg of Greensboro, NC, Emily Ann Marie Schadegg (Steven Coogan) of Hollywood, MD, Reed Raymond Schadegg of Colonial Beach, VA, Gretchen Rose Schadegg of Catonsville, MD, and Mary Josephine Schadegg of Leonardtown, MD. He is also survived by his siblings: Cyril Matthias Schadegg of Anoka, MN, Michael Timothy Schadegg (Jane) of Nevis, MN, Patricia Kathleen Edgarton (Neil) of Andover, MN, and Clarence Arnold Schadegg (Nancy) of Richfield, MN and 14 Grandchildren. He was pre-deceased by his Granddaughter, Devyn Nicole Schadegg, and his sister, Mary Cecilia Schadegg. For those desiring, contributions in memory of Lawrence, may be made to the Lombardi Cancer Center at Georgetown Hospital, 3800 Reservoir Road, Washington, DC 20057 or the Hospice of Calvert County, PO Box 838, Prince Frederick, MD 20678. Condolences to the family may be made at

Shirley Thomas, 80 Shirley Ann Thomas, 80, of Colton’s Point, MD formerly of Hyattsville, MD., died on February 5, 2012 in Lexington Park, MD. Born on September 10, 1931, she was the daughter of Lawrence and Florence McGrath. Shirley is survived by her children; Sharon Wertz (Tom) of Riverdale, MD., Karen Fox (Jim) of Anthony, FL., James Thomas (LaVonne) of Ft. Meyers, FL., Ronald Thomas (Debbie) of Ellicott City, MD., Neal Thomas of Baltimore, MD., 8 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, and a brother David McGrath of Colton’s Point, MD. She is preceded in death by her siblings; James McGrath, Teresa Rousseau, Charles McGrath, Donald McGrath, Mary Adams, and Raymond McGrath. She moved from Hyattsville, MD. In 1992 to St. Mary’s County, and worked in Adult Education Food Service at the University of Maryland for over 20 years retiring in 1992. Shirley loved her trips to Las Vegas, college basketball and football, she was an avid Redskins fan, and loved Capt. Leonard’s cream of crab soup. The family received friends on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 with prayers recited in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD. A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 10 a.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home with Pastor James Bell officiating. Interment will follow in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Bushwood, MD. Pallbearers will be; Ronald Thomas, Joe McGrath and Jim Fox. Contributions made be made to Hospice of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650 and/or Seventh District Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 7, Avenue, MD 20609. To send a condolence to the family please visit our website at


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By Corrin M. Howe Staff Writer On Saturday, Calvert Career and Technology Academy teemed with activity from early in the morning until late afternoon for the SkillsUSA Maryland Region 4 – Southern Maryland Championships. Students from Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties competed in 18 skills competitions ranging from Advertising Design to Welding. While 150 individuals registered, some of the students had to work in

Andrew Fenwick, Jennifer Olson, and Sebastian Leonard-Reyes from the Forrest Center had 20 minutes to investigate a mock crime scene for the CSI skills. Their team finished seven minutes early and placed second.

Carpentry 1st Place: Shawn McElravy, Calvert Career and Technology Academy 2nd Place: Gregory Hill, North Point 3rd Place: Kyle Hayden, Forrest Center Cosmetology 1st Place: Camille Link, Calvert Career and Technology Academy 2nd Place: Adrienne Barnes, North Point 3rd Place: Brittney Martin, North Point Crime Scene Investigation 1st Place: Maria Williams, Chelsea Twemlow, Nick Walker, Forrest Center 2nd Place: Andrew Fenwick, Sebastian Leonard-Reyes, Jennifer Olson, Forrest Center 3rd Place: Kayla LaPorte, Amber McDonald, Andrew Dantos, Calvert Career and Technology Academy Criminal Justice 1st Place: Warren Forinash, Forrest Center 2nd Place: Chad McKay, Forrest Center 3rd Place: Brandon Morrison, North Point CPR/First Aid 1st Place: Kristen Smith, Calvert Career and Technology Academy 2nd Place: Amber Major, Forrest Center 3rd Place: Jasmin Garcia, North Point Culinary Arts 1st Place: Christine Daugherty, Forrest Center 2nd Place: Elizabeth Prinkey, North Point 3rd Place: Jessica Hamilton, North Point Firefighting 1st Place: Willie Gray, Calvert Career and Technology Academy 2nd Place: Greg Foard, Calvert Career and Technology Academy 3rd Place: Phillip Ward, Calvert Career and Technology Academy Graphic Communication 1st Place: Joshua Hammaker, Calvert Career and Technology Academy 2nd Place: Sherryleigh Mooney, Calvert Career and Technology Academy 3rd Place: Tyler Boito, Calvert Career and Technology Academy Internetworking 1st Place: Coltyn Morland, Forrest Center 2nd Place: Justen Mehl, Forrest Center 3rd Place: Christopher Gill, Forrest Center Masonry 1st Place: Erick Goshen, Calvert Career and Technology Academy 2nd Place: James Adams, Calvert Career and Technology Academy 3rd Place: Nickolas Mitchell, Forrest Center Nurse Assistant 1st Place: Abby DePaul, Calvert Career and Technology Academy 2nd Place: Katie Doran, North Point 3rd Place: Kari Presley, Calvert Career and Technology Academy Photography 1st Place: Julie Banner, Forrest Center 2nd Place: Cody Vance, Calvert Career and Technology Academy 3rd Place: Garrett Moreland, Stethem TeamWorks 1st Place: Steve Wilson, Jacob Francisco, Brad Darmstead, Jake Koleda, Calvert Career and Technology Academy 2nd Place: Nick Cutter, Troy Durham, Philip Guine, Austin Barnhart, North Point 3rd Place: Michael Moore, Garrett Hagan, Brandon Mason, James Clowers, Career and Technology Academy Technical Drafting 1st Place: Katrina Quade, Forrest Center 2nd Place: Cody Hill, Calvert Career and Technology Academy 3rd Place: Alex Morris, Forrest Center Video Product Development 1st Place: James Rhine and Avery Echols, Forrest Center 3rd Place: Scott Atkinson and Tashara Mitchell, Forrest Center 2nd Place: Alyssa Sullivan and Markya Reed, Forrest Center Welding 1st Place: Zachary Maguire, North Point 2nd Place: Danny Powell, Calvert Career and Technology Academy 3rd Place: Ryan Achterberg, Calvert Career and Technology Academy

teams, according to Elaine Bradley, Calvert’s SkillsUSA Lead Advisor and this year’s regional coordinator. According to its national website, SkillsUSA is a nonprofit organization and partnership which exists to ensure American has a skilled workforce in careers in trade, technical and skilled occupations, including health occupations. The first, second and third place winners of this event head up to University of Maryland in May for the state competition and out to Kansas in June for the national competition. Every two years there is an international competition. The skills events started Thursday, Feb. 2 and lasted through Saturday and were held at Calvert Career and Technology Academy, Calvert High School, Huntingtown Fire House, Dr. James A. Forrest Career & Technology Center in St. Mary’s, North Point High School and Robert Stethem Center in Waldorf. Bradley said the 50 to 60 judges come from the community and the proCalvert Career and Technology Academy’s Camille Link gram committee. placed first in Cosmetology. She will head to state finals in May.

After Website Teaches ‘Pass-Out Game’ School Issues Warning By Carrie Munn Staff Writer Letters came home with many St. Mary’s County Public School students informing parents about the resurgence of dangerous play that may threaten their children’s safety. Several students in Charles County required medical treatment last week after playing what’s referred to as the “knockout” or “pass-out game”, also called “Tap Out,” “Hangman” or “Elevator’. The game involves self-induced choking to cause a loss of consciousness by compressing the carotid arteries, blocking blood flow to the brain and diminishing oxygen levels. Participants in the game are attempting to obtain a “high” but what they are actually getting is the brain dying, thousands of cells at a time. Such a risky behavior often results in injury from falling while passing out, or from uncontrolled movement while unconscious and could lead to moderate to severe brain damage or death. Many students confessed that they easily found tutorials

on how to play the “game” via social media sites like YouTube and Facebook. St. Mary’s Public Schools Superintendent Michael Martirano said he asked a local news website,, to remove a video that demonstrated how to do the dangerous act earlier this week and said principals at each of the county’s schools will be speaking to their students about the health risks and potential consequences of the behavior. He said students participating in such activities would face disciplinary actions for disrupting the school day and their parents would be notified. An international non-profit association called G.A.S.P. (Games Adolescents Shouldn’t Play) offers additional information, a list of warning signs to watch for and advice on how to talk to your kids about the dangers of the dangerous game. Visit their website at Parents with information to share or seeking more information at the local level are encouraged to call the office of student services at 301-475-5511, extension 198.


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Physician Shortage Continues to Plague County By Guy Leonard and Carrie Munn Staff Writers Since St. Mary’s Hospital joined with MedStar Health, one of the priorities of the new partnership has been to increase the number of physicians and medical professionals in the county. While there has been some progress, hospital officials and local doctors say there are still plenty of hurdles. Dr. Stephen Michaels, vice president of Medical Affairs at the local hospital, said the emergency room sees a number of visits equal to more than half the county’s residents. “It’s between 55,000 to 57,000 visits each year,” Michaels told The County Times. “It’s been growing at 5 to 6 percent a year.” “That speaks to access problems to primary care physicians,” he added. Michaels said the hospital did not have capacity problems and that turn around time was down to about 20 minutes for each new patient to be seen. But he noted there are problems with depending on emergency care for concerns that really should be taken to a family physician’s office. “Emergency room care cannot be your longitudinal care provider,” Michaels said. “A family physician knows your history

and knows your problems.” So far, MedStar Health has used federal programs that allow doctors who come to provide services in underserved areas to get a 10 percent premium on their Medicare reimbursements and the hospital itself gives money to local physicians’ practices to help recruit new doctors with the stipulation they remain in the county for a minimum of three years. Medstar is also bringing in doctors in residence from its affiliate Franklin Square Medical Center in Baltimore to practice family medicine, Michaels said. Those kinds of incentives are geared toward bringing doctors here and showing them the community has much to offer, leading them to stay of their own accord, he said. The physician shortage has been a problem plaguing most regions of the state of Maryland for years, with the Southern region at critically deficient levels in 25 of 29 physician categories, according to key findings of a 2007 physician workforce study’s executive summary. This steering committee, consisting of physicians, hospital and state regulatory representatives, made several recommendations and one has garnered the support of Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown. In January, Brown advocated for the creation of “health

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enterprise zones,” which would provide tax incentives and other financial rewards to primary care doctors and specialists for practicing within those designated zones. While the plan aims to decrease the disparity in access to healthcare for Maryland’s minorities, it also would incentivize practicing medicine in many of the state’s geographically remote, underserved areas, aptly including Southern Maryland. The “enterprise zones” will be before state lawmakers this year. It’s an acknowledgement of a lingering perception problem with St. Mary’s County, said one local doctor, who came to the area 20 years ago with the U.S. Navy. “Nobody wanted to come down into the boonies,” said Dr. John S. Tidball, who has a family practice in California. “We’re looked at as being rural and that there’s not much to do … which I don’t believe is true.” Tidball said that since most physicians and medical professionals get their training in metropolitan areas, they become used to that lifestyle and find it difficult to justify

moving to somewhere like St. Mary’s. Tidball, 64, said he grew up in Eastern Iowa where the geography and people were remarkably similar to those here, which is why he chose to retire here. “This was very similar to Eastern Iowa, it’s just that the sailing is better here,” Tidball said. Tidball echoed a recruiting pitch Medstar Health uses to attract doctors here (though he has no connection to the hospital); that all the activities of the metropolitan lifestyle are close by with the benefits of a quieter home life. Michaels said the hospital’s recruitment efforts have seen some success, such as bringing in two full-time adult endocrinologists into the county, among others. “There was a desperate need and those two have become very busy,” Michaels said. “We have a lot of coverage in specialties but we don’t have very deep benches in those specialties.” One of those specialties is psychiatry,

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as Congress debates another round of base closures. When looking at NAS Patuxent River, both said adequate access to healthcare in the community surrounding the base will be one of many factors assessed. “If we come through [a BRAC] well, and another nearby base closes, we’ll have an influx of people to the community, which will only amplify the problem of the doctor shortage,” Paris said. Schaller said he’s noted a trend of many physicians moving from private practice to the blanket of a larger provider, like the hospital, because the cost of malpractice premiums continues to increase. He said many doctors in the area want to do more than simply complain about the problem and are beginning to become more proactive about the issue. One local effort to get more family doctors and specialists that is making its way through Annapolis is to create a tax break for medically trained military personnel returning from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to entice them to come to St. Mary’s. Commissioner Dan Morris (R-Mechanicsville) proposed the idea to the county’s delegation and said it would make a good pilot program for the state’s other rural counties also dealing with physician shortages.

The close knit military community here would be beneficial to returning veterans, he said, adding it would still allow them to remain connected with other active service members. “Here’s the number to hit on, 55,000 visits to the emergency room, that’s because the family doctors are booked,” Morris said. “They’re busy and we have all these sick people here.” Morris said now is the time for state legislators to act because veterans returning from combat in Iraq after the formal withdrawal would likely be scooped up by other states or counties if nothing is done. “If they don’t do something this year, it’ll be too late,” Morris said. “We need to recruit the medical professionals before someone else does.” But there are other problems in recruiting physicians to St. Mary’s and Maryland in general, Tidball said, and those are often financial in nature. The insurance payments primary care physicians can expect to get are much lower than in other states, Tidball said, making Maryland a less attractive place to practice medicine. “It’s in the lowest 25 percent,” Tidball said. “If you match that remuneration with the higher costs of living, it’s something of a no-go.”

The above chart illustrates the severity of the physician shortage impacting Southern Maryland, where deficiencies existed in 25 of 29 physician categories, following the 2007 Maryland Physician Workforce Study.

Michaels said, adding the county needs “more than one” to fill the demand. That demand is now set to grow since the only private, outpatient psychiatrist in the county is closing her doors. Carol Paris, the only private-practice outpatient psychiatrist in St. Mary’s County, recently announced she would offer an incentive of her own, offering up her successful Leonardtown practice to a qualified replacement willing to treat patients in the county for several years. The physician shortage is something she’s been well aware of and vocal about for years. “We have shortages in almost every single specialty and what that means is that people have to wait a very long time or have to travel miles away for the specialty care they need,” Paris stated. Highlighting the lack of psychiatrists in the area, she posed the question, “If St. Mary’s Hospital can’t discharge a patient to an outpatient psychiatrist, then what good is it to have an in-patient psych facility?” Paris said she felt that so far, the Med-

Star partnership had not done much to solve the problem. Amy Henderson, President of the Board of Directors of the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) Southern Maryland agreed that Dr. Paris’ leaving would be detrimental. When The County Times inquired about her thoughts on the widespread issue of insufficient access to mental health treatment in the area, Henderson said: “I believe that there is a long-held belief in our society that psychiatry is a ‘luxury’ medical specialty. People hear the word ‘psychiatrist’ and think of the patient on the couch, recounting their earliest childhood memories while Dr. Freud takes notes,” Henderson said. “Or they think of ‘mental problems’ and giggle nervously, because no one wants to be thought of as ‘crazy’”. “The truth is that there is no health without mental health.” Paris, as well as St. Mary’s County Director of Economic and Community Development, Bob Schaller, indicated the shortage of physicians may be problematic

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By Carrie Munn Staff Writer Carol Paris, the only private-practice outpatient psychiatrist in St. Mary’s County, told The County Times, “I’m going to Nashville for Christmas and I’m not coming back.” As Paris approaches 60 years of age, she runs a successful practice in downtown Leonardtown that stays continuously booked, but said she’s to the point where she would essentially turn the keys over to a qualified, capable psychiatrist if they were willing to commit to practicing in St. Mary’s County for at least five years. “I’m exhausted by seeing the strain of unmet need in this community,” Paris stated, adding it breaks her heart that a patient sometimes has to wait upwards of three months to see her. Paris is originally from Hyattsville, and, after completing her training at West Virginia University, returned to the area to work with Calvert Psychiatric Associates on Moakley Street. When the group went out of business, she knew there was a definitive need in the community and decided to open her private practice to meet it. A few years back, Paris moved into the Drury Building on the Leonardtown Square and put a lot of work into building an inviting atmosphere and successful practice. She’s been an outspoken advocate for a single-payer national health program, resulting in her 2009 arrest for speaking out at a Senate Finance Committee hearing on healthcare reform. She’s also been heavily involved in statewide physician workforce studies, which, in 2007, declared Southern Maryland had critical shortages in 25 of the 29 physician categories, including psychiatry. “Southern Maryland is the worst of any area in the state in terms of specialists and even primary doctors,” she said. Though the study and the recommendations are a few years old, the doctor said little has changed and it’s been an ongoing battle to recruit doctors to the area. “I’ve done my due diligence … I’ve

Photo by Carrie Munn Psychiatrist Carol Paris, left, talks to staff members Michelle Napier and Donna Houck between treating patients at her busy Leonardtown private practice.

tried, but the system is far more broken than I can deal with,” Paris said. Paris’ office also has zero tolerance for visiting drug reps, because she said they add no value to her ability to use medication effectively and stated, “I have no desire to make my patients wait while I talk to them, I don’t need them to buy my staff lunch and I don’t need their pens.” She’s opposed to the corporatization of medicine and said within the last 18 months or so, she has adopted a policy of treating each patient as if they could lose their job, and their health insurance, tomor-

row. Rather than starting them on brandname samples, which eventually turn into costly trips to the pharmacy, she often starts them on generics from the start so there’s less chance that they’ll find themselves unable to maintain their medication costs and stability. The doctor explained that frustration has mounted about the health insurance industry’s influence on the outpatient practice of psychiatry and she feels that reimbursement schedules are skewed, disincentivizing her from practicing medicine in a way that allows her to sleep at night. Many patients see, when examining their explanation of benefits, that doctors accepting their insurance often settle for a significantly lesser payment than what they actually charge. What many don’t understand is that insurance companies place value on a particular type of treatment, meaning they offer the highest payment for something like a 15-minute medicine check-up, while offering little more for a 60-minute psychotherapy session. “If I just keep seeing more and more people to make up for the fact that there’s lousy reimbursement, I’m merely seeing volumes of people and not giving them what they really need.” That get ‘em in, get ‘em out methodology doesn’t enable Paris to practice medicine in the way she believes is right. “I’m not complaining about how much money I make, but I want to be compensated fairly and I don’t feel that I am.” Paris said recruitment and headhunter

services have proven unsuccessful, so she’s taking a different approach. She’s seeking a psychiatrist to fill the void she will leave and has basically offered to turn the keys to her profitable practice over, without asking them to buy it, but simply to run it well and continue providing a service that is so needed in the community. Her two-person staff, billing specialist Michelle Napier and office manager Donna Houck, are sad that Paris is planning a departure, but shared they are also concerned about the need going unmet if a replacement is not found. Paris said, “[Michelle and Donna] are two of the most caring and competent women I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with,” adding their efficient and professional support would make stepping into her shoes an enjoyable experience for someone. When the holidays draw near, Paris plans to relocate to Tennessee to spend more time with family, including her grandchildren, and to spend six months of the year practicing medicine in New Zealand, where a national healthcare program already exists. “I love patient care,” Paris said, explaining she hopes to continue doing what got her started in medicine many years agohelping people- in a place that shows appreciation for good doctors. To contact Dr. Carol Paris, call 301-997-1494.



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Buffalo Wild Wings Donates to Habitat

Alan Shirley, General Manager for the new Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant located on Route 235 in Lexington Park, along with his staff, presented Pamela Shubert, Executive Director of Patuxent Habitat for Humanity, with a check for $1,602. Buffalo Wild Wings chose Habitat for Humanity as their charity to donate a portion of the proceeds of sales from their opening weekend to assist Habitat in their mission of providing safe, decent, affordable housing in Calvert and St. Mary’s counties.

SoMD Sudoku Championship Returns For the second year, St. John’s School in Hollywood will hold the SoMD Sudoku Championship to determine who the better players are in the region. Saturday, March, 3 is the date and participants can start anytime between 9 and 10:30 a.m. There will be cash awards in the Novice, Intermediate, Advanced and Expert levels. The event is designed so you can pick your level of play. The target audience is anyone in the tri-county area and it is open to all ages. Last year’s event proved to be a little long for some, so participants will complete three puzzles total instead of last year’s five, a press release states. However, in the new Expert level, where the best players are expected to compete, a total of four puzzles will be worked. It is anticipated most will complete the event within three hours. Drinks and light foods will be provided. For all those who wonder where you might fit on the local Sudoku scale, this is your opportunity. With your permission, we will post the results of all finishers on the website showing placements similar to a road race. The idea is to have some healthy competition, have some fun, possibly win some prize money and generate funds to benefit the school scholarship fund. Play and prize details can be found on the school website at, or by a Google query on “SoMD Sudoku Championship 2012”. We are also seeking sponsors and the sponsor form is available at the same site. Please contact Mike Thompson at 301-373-8545 for additional details.

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Walden Launches ‘Beacon of Hope’ On Feb. 3, Walden Behavioral Health began sending an even stronger signal that recovery is possible to those with addiction issues and their friends and family. Beacon of Hope Recovery Community Center, a new project for Walden, will open on Friday nights and weekends in Millison Plaza in Lexington Park, to serve individuals seeking recovery, working on recovery and loved ones of those with addiction issues, a press release states. Beacon of Hope will be open Fridays 4-9 p.m., Saturdays 1-7 p.m. and Sundays 1-7 p.m. There is no cost for any services offered at Beacon of Hope. “Beacon of Hope is more than just a new project for Walden,” Kathleen O'Brien, Executive Director of Walden, said in a press release. “It is an entirely new service for this community – and one greatly needed – that is all about providing a welcoming place focused on peer and volunteer support. Beacon of Hope will help people whose lives are touched by a desire for recovery to improve their quality of life. At Walden, we are known for providing assessment and treatment services at our residential and outpatient clinics. Beacon is an extension of that, but different: Beacon of Hope is about helping people with the business of living in recovery through providing a place to go with empathetic supporters and listeners, role models, and new ideas and approaches to see and to try for living better. We are Photo By Laura Webb very excited to be a part of bringing these services into the Left, Recovery Coach Ursula Harris, receptionist Jessica Poole and Recovery Coach Jessie DeGroat work on a special art project called “In Another’s Shoes” during Beacon of Hope’s opening weekend. community!” For informational materials about Beacon, to enroll Beacon will be staffed with Recovery Coaches and groups, virtual recovery labs, gentle exercise and art classtrained volunteers. A typical monthly calendar of events es, 12-step meetings brought in by community partners, for e-news about Beacon, or to volunteer at Beacon, please at Beacon will include recovery skill-focused, well-being coffee house hours, movie and sports big screen events, contact Laura Webb at 301-997-1300 x 804 or lauraw@ focused and recreational activities. A glance at the activi- bingo and a quiet room for reading or meditation. Beacon ties to be offered at Beacon include peer and family support of Hope is a recovery community center geared to adults.

Penny Walk Raises $1,150 As part of its weeklong Catholic Schools Week celebration, St. John's School in Hollywood participated in a “Penny Walk”. Students in grades Pre-K through 8 collected coins to raise money for the Sisters of The Institute Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matara, a religious community of Marian devotion. Students were challenged to collect enough coins to wrap around the entire gymnasium. Students' enthusiasm and generosity helped them cover the perimeter of the gym four times over and then went on to line the basketball lines on the gym floor. Pictured above, second graders Carmen Jackson, T.J. Alvey, and Matthew Pilkerton show off their coins during the event. In total, $1149.73 was raised. To view more pictures of this event, please visit www. .

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Citizen Arrested for Recording Congressional Hearing By Varun Saxena Capital News Service The director of the Oscar-nominated, documentary “Gasland” was arrested last week for filming a hearing on fracking, a natural gas extraction technique, led by Maryland Republican Rep. Andy Harris, of the House Energy and Environment Subcommittee. Filmmaker Josh Fox was questioned about credentials for taping the event in the Rayburn House Office Building. He had none, and after he declined to leave the hearing with his camera, two Capitol Police officers handcuffed him and led him out of the room. Fox was later charged with unlawful entry and released to face an October court date. The move drew protests from Rep. Brad Miller, D-N.C., who asked for the committee rules to be suspended to allow Fox to record the hearing. The committee recessed for a half-hour, then returned to vote along party lines to reject the motion. Miller then unsuccessfully moved to delay the hearing. House rules require permission of the chairman or credentials from one of the galleries that govern the media to videotape a hearing. Fox asked about credentialing before the hearing, but they were not issued. Harris said after the hearing that he “might have been predisposed” to suspend the rules were it not for the fact video of the hearing can be viewed on the committee website. In an interview with The New York Times, Fox said his First Amendment rights were violated by the committee's action. “No one on the Hill is exempt from the Constitution,” Mr. Fox told the Times. “Period.” Afterward, Miller's office took Fox's side, saying when Miller was chairman of the subcommittee in the past, he never requested that documentary filmmakers leave the hearing room. Miller's Press Secretary LuAnn Canipe said her boss considers Harris' action “extreme.” Freelance journalist Kerry Meyer was also turned away for trying to film the meeting. He was fooled into thinking that he had been hired by ABC according to Zach Kurz, the committee's communication director. Meyer left the meeting without resistance. ABC News confirmed to the committee that it did not send a journalist to film the hearing. Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is a controversial extraction technique for natural gas that is under discussion for use in Maryland. It has been used in other parts of the country, and its environmental consequences were the subject of Fox's “Gasland” film, which includes footage of homeowners setting the water from their faucets on fire due to natural gas contamination. When the hearing finally began, Harris opened with an attack on President Obama by saying “in a remarkable display of arrogance and disregard for the plain facts, the president last week proclaimed his support for expanded shale gas production, while at the same time allowing every part of his administration ... to attack these practices through scientific innuendo and regulatory straightjacketing.” Obama, in his State of the Union speech, supported fracking saying, “The development of natural gas will create jobs and power trucks and factories that are cheaper and cleaner, proving that we don't have to choose between our environment and our economy.” The hearing was called specifically to look at an Environmental Protection Agency report investigating complaints by residents of Pavillion, Wyo., that their water quality decreased after fracking for natural gas began in the town. The EPA determined that Pavillion's wells contained levels of the carcinogen benzene 25 to 50 times the acceptable level, and that the contaminants are “most likely” the result of fracking. Harris questioned EPA Administrator Jim Martin aggressively. “You've already testified you've read the report,” he told Martin sarcastically, when Martin struggled to recall the exact language that it contained. “The whole point of this hearing is to say, 'Look, you're jumping the gun,'“ Harris said. Martin said results of the study do not apply to the Marcellus Shale formation, which runs through northwestern Maryland, because it is has different geology. Harris called on Maryland Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley to lift his moratorium on fracking because the natural gas “is in the most economically depressed regions of the state.” Harris said is concerned the governor will use the study to oppose fracking in Maryland even though the EPA said it is not supposed to be interpreted that way.

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STATE NEWS Poll: Fix Economy Before Fixing Bay The Maryland State Builders Association (MSBA) released a new poll showing continued public support for job creation and an overall desire for representatives of State Government to focus primarily on taking steps to rebuild Maryland’s economy. The poll was conducted by Gonzales Research & Marketing Strategies from Jan. 9 through Jan. 15, 2012. A total of 808 registered voters in Maryland who vote regularly were interviewed by telephone. The poll results demonstrate Marylanders’ continued concerns regarding a sluggish construction industry and its negative impact on the overall economy. Nearly 74 percent of those surveyed believe the state needs to do more to help new construction in Maryland in order to create jobs and stimulate economic recovery, a press release states. Also among the questions asked were several regarding Maryland residents’ perspectives on the use of the State’s financial resources. The vast majority – 84 percent, in fact – believe creating jobs should be a higher priority for the Governor than taking steps to reduce Chesapeake Bay pollution. Alternatively, just 12 percent feel O’Malley’s priority should be taking steps to clean up the Chesapeake Bay as opposed to job creation and economic recovery. The Maryland State Builders Association (MSBA) represents Maryland homebuilders. MSBA believes a healthy environment and a healthy building industry are not objectives with cross purposes rather they are goals that can be advocated in coordination without one harming the other; and MSBA is committed to doing its fair and equitable share to clean up the bay, the press release states.

Advocates: Give the Public Raw Data Maryland, Not Tweets By Brooke Auxier Capital News Service Maryland lags behind other states in making government information easy for citizens to access online, open government advocates said, despite Gov. Martin O'Malley's push to make Maryland more digitally transparent. O'Malley is well known for using data to measure the effectiveness of government programs and policies. But open government advocates said O'Malley's administration has not done a good enough job making raw data held by state agencies available to citizens who want to evaluate the performance of state government -- and O'Malley's administration -- on their own. “What's happening in the government should be public,” said David Moore, executive director of the Participatory Politics Foundation, an open government advocacy group. “Transparency in the process increases trust among the wider percentage of citizens and when civic trust is built up, then there's more engagement.” The Center for Digital Government, a research institute focused on information technology policies and best practices for state and local governments on the Web, evaluates state websites using factors like innovation, citizen engagement and openness. Their latest Digital States Survey, conducted in 2010, gave Maryland a B on an A-to-C-minus scale. Maryland's neighbors -- Pennsylvania and Virginia -- received top marks, along with Utah and Michigan. “There is absolutely always room for improvement,” said Teri Greene, director of Web systems for Maryland's Department of Information Technology, an agency established in 2008. Within the next six months, the department plans to make mobile-friendly, introduce more multimedia content, make the site more accessible to individuals with disabilities and implement a geographic location feature that tailors content to the user's local community. They also hope to improve the search function on the site. “It's been a while since we updated the navigation. We want to make it really easy for people

to get to what we know are the most used links,” Greene said. Greene and other Maryland administrators said they've made it a priority to reach more citizens using social networks like Facebook and Twitter. Maryland's government agencies can decide independently to communicate using social media platforms. Of the 114 state government agencies, 59 percent use Twitter, 43 percent use Facebook and 15 percent have video content embedded on their site or on a YouTube channel, according to “We've developed a very vibrant and robust social media aspect to our site,” said Raquel Guillroy, the governor's communications director. But advocates for open government like Moore said that improving the state's social media presence shouldn't be the most pressing issue. He and others want easy access to data from government agencies. And on Maryland websites, “data is not open or easily found,” Moore said. “A lot of governments say they have open government because they have a Facebook page and they're on Twitter -- and we reject that. Those services are fine and they are popular and we use them, too. But fundamentally, states have to make a commitment to opening their data fully and that's got to be the first step,” he said. Jack Murphy, executive director of the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association said that isn't well organized, isn't written in plain language, and doesn't feature any frequently accessed databases. “There's a lot there, but I am not sure it's organized in the best possible way,” Murphy said. Open government advocates said the state needs a central repository for data from state agencies similar to the federal website President Obama's administration created the site as part of an effort to make government more transparent. Raw government data does exist on various agency websites, however, but it is not easily found, open government advocates said. “We don't have just a central place with a list of all of the data sets that Maryland offers,” said Greene. “We're looking to have something within the next year and hoping to find ways to aggregate that kind of information.”

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Live Music: “Gretchen Richie: The Songs of Rodgers & Hart” Cafe Des Artistes (41655 Fenwick Street, Leonardtown) – 6 p.m. Live Music: “The Piranhas” Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 7:30 p.m. Live Music: “Shane Gamble” Casey Jones Pub (417 E. Charles St., La Plata) - 9:30 p.m. Live Music: “Dylan Galvin w/ Rusty” The Blue Dog Saloon (7940 Port Tobacco Road, Port Tobacco) – 8:30 p.m.

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Live Music: “Justin Crenshaw Band” The Blue Dog Saloon (7940 Port Tobacco Road, Port Tobacco) – 8:30 p.m. Live Music: “R & R Train” Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood) – 9 p.m. Live Music: “Fair Warning” Hole In the Wall Tavern (24702 Sotterley Road, Hollywood) – 8:30 p.m. Live Music: “Pet the Monster” Memories Nightclub and Bar (2360 Old Washington Road, Waldorf) – 9:30 p.m.

Live Music: “Kajun Kelley Duo” Casey Jones Pub (417 E. Charles St., La Plata) – 9:30 p.m. Live Music: “Matt & Brad” Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 8 p.m Live Music: “Bob Wire and the Fence Post” Rustic River Bar and Grill (40874 Merchants Lane, Leonardtown) – 8 p.m. Live Music: “Mardi Gras Party feat. Vendetta” Apehangers Bar and Grill (9100 Crain Highway, Bel Alton) – 9 p.m. Live Music: “Naked Jam Band” Scott’s II (7050 Port Tobacco Road, Welcome) – 9 p.m. Live Music: “Legend” Loveville Tavern (28275 Point Lookout Road, Leonardtown) – 9 p.m. Live Music: “Pet the Monster” Jake & Al’s Chophouse (258 Town Square Drive, Lusby) – 9:30 p.m. Live Music: “Renegade Band” Hole In the Wall Tavern (24702 Sotterley Road, Hollywood) – 9 p.m. Live Music: “Red Wine Jazz Trio” The Westlawn Inn (9200 Chesapeake Avenue, North Beach) – 7:30 p.m.

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Live Music: “Jen & James of Groove Live Music: “Rusty in the Middle” Rustic River Bar and Grill (40874 Mer- Span” chants Lane, Leonardtown) – 8:30 p.m. Running Hare Vineyard (150 Adelina Road, Prince Frederick) – 1 p.m. Live Music: “Three Day Ride” Mechanicsville Moose Lodge (27636 Mechanicsville Road, Mechanicsville) – 8 p.m. Live Music: “Stephanie Williams Band” Apehangers Bar and Grill (9100 Crain Highway, Bel Alton) – 9 p.m. Live Music: “Too Many Mikes” Hole In the Wall Tavern (24702 Sotterley Road, Hollywood) – 9 p.m.

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Saturday, Feb. 11 Live Music: “The Piranhas” Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood) – 8:30 p.m.

Live Music: “California Ramblers” Cryer’s Back Road Inn (22094 Newtowne Neck Road, Leonardtown) – 3 p.m. Live Music: “Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out” American Legion Post 238 (6265 Brandywine Road, Hughesville) – 2 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 13 Open Mic Night Rustic River Bar and Grill (40874 Merchants Lane, Leonardtown) – 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 14 – Valentine’s Day

Live Music: “Funny Money w/ Absinthe” Memories Nightclub and Bar (2360 Old Washington Road, Waldorf) – 9:30 p.m.

Live Music: “Dave & Kevin Trio” Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 6:30 p.m.

Live Music: “Justin Crenshaw Band” Fat Boy’s Country Store (41566 Medleys Neck Road, Leonardtown) – 8 p.m.

Live Music: “Diane Daly” The Westlawn Inn (9200 Chesapeake Avenue, North Beach) – 7:30 p.m.

Live Music: “The Craze w/ John Lusky” Hotel Charles (15110 Burnt Store Road, Hughesville) – 9 p.m.

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

Live Music: “Dylan Galvin- Acoustic Solo” Live Music: “Jukebox Thieves” Martini’s Lounge (10553 Theodore Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Green Boulevard, White Plains) – 6 Road, Mechanicsville) – 9:30 p.m. p.m.

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Thursday, Feb. 9 • Southern Maryland Boating Club Member Meeting The Mixing Bowl Restaurant (21797 N Coral Drive, Lexington Park) – 5:30 p.m. Southern Maryland Boating Club, Patuxent River Sail and Power Squadron, a unit of United States Power Squadrons is the world’s largest private organization of men and women who share a common love and appreciation of pleasure boating. The organization’s main goals are the promotion of self-education, civic service and social activities. Boat ownership is not a requirement for membership. Regular membership meetings offer programs that are interesting and instructive, as well as a chance to meet with other members. In addition, social affairs are a regular part of the calendar, with a number of on-water and off-water events. Patuxent River Sail and Power Squadron meets the second Thursday of each month at The Mixing Bowl restaurant in Lexington Park. Most members meet at 5:30 p.m. for dinner. Call 301-475-3883 for more information. • Compassionate Friends - St. Mary’s Meeting First Saints Community Church (25550 Point Lookout Road, Leonardtown) – 7 p.m. The Compassionate Friends is a national nonprofit, self-help support organization that offers friendship, understanding, and hope to bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings. There is no religious affiliation and there are no membership dues or fees. For more information, please call 240-434-8414.

at 6:30 p.m. with Mass at 7:30 p.m. The registration fee is $10. For more information, contact Joe and Sally Hamilton at 410-3254054, Kathy Wolfe at 410-326-2726, Cheryl Ware at 410-394-3575, or Virginia Bauer at • 2nd Saturday Series - “To Live Enslaved” at Sotterley Plantation Sotterley Plantation (44300 Sotterley Lane, Hollywood) – 1 p.m. In honor of Black History Month, Sotterley Plantation is pleased to offer the second of four presentations of the 2nd Saturday Series entitled, “To Live Enslaved.” These specialty tours will run at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. Slavery was a part of Sotterley’s history from the turn of the 18th century and lasted for over 160 years. Hear the voices and visit the places where African Americans lived and labored. Hear the stories of their resistance and their quest for freedom and learn how research helps us to uncover these important stories. Advance reservations only. $15 per person. Limited to 20 people per session. Ages 13 and up. Outdoor walking required. Purchase tickets online at

• Basket Bingo St. Mary’s School (13735 Notre Dame Place, Bryantown) – 6 p.m. St. Mary’s School in Bryantown will host a basket bingo to benefit its Home and School Association. Doors open at 6 p.m. Early bird games at 6:45 p.m. Regular games start at 7 p.m. $20 admission gets you 25 chances to win some great baskets. There will be a 50/50 raffle, door prizes, and a grand raffle. Opportunities to win bonus • Compassionate Friends - St. Mary’s prizes throughout the evening. Must be at Meeting least 7 years of age to play. Everyone in the First Saints Community Church, St. Paul’s bingo area must have a $20 paid admission. Campus (25550 Point Lookout Road, Leon- Food will be available for purchase. Call ardtown) – 7 p.m. Kimberly Bowling at 301-870-1868 for resThe Compassionate Friends is a nation- ervations or for more details. al nonprofit, self-help support organization that offers friendship, understanding, and • Contra Dance hope to bereaved parents, grandparents and St. Andrews Episcopal Church Hall (44078 siblings. There is no religious affiliation and St. Andrews Church Road, California) – 7 there are no membership dues or fees. For p.m. more information, please call 240-434-8414. The Southern MD Traditional Music and Dance Association will sponsor a Contra Dance, featuring caller Greg Frock. Beginners are encouraged to arrive at 7 p.m. for instruction in this wonderful form of dance. • Father/Daughter Dinner and Dance The dance will begin at 7:30 p.m. Contra is Southern Community Center (20 Appeal a traditional American style of social dance Lane, Lusby) – 6:30 p.m. and is a huge amount of fun! If you’ve ever 21st Annual “Semi-Formal” Father/ danced a Virginia Reel, you have a good idea Daughter Valentine Dinner/Dance at the how much fun it can be. If you haven’t, it’s Southern Community Center. All ages are about time you tried it! Beginners are more welcome. Admission is $12 per person. Fa- than welcome, and instruction will be prothers and daughters will enjoy a great din- vided in a very friendly atmosphere. Admisner, DJ, dancing, door prizes, dance con- sion is $8 for non-SMTMD members, $6 for tests, funkiest tie and shoe contest, limbo members and band members are free. There and much more! Pre-registration is required. will be an ice cream social following the For more information, call 410-586-1101. dance. For more information please go to • Tidewater School Open House Tidewater School (120 Cox Road, Huntingtown) – 1 p.m. The Tidewater School will be hosting • Peppers Pet Pantry Grand Opening an open house. Call 301-257-0533 or e-mail Pepper’s Pet Pantry (13372 HG Trueman e-mail for Road, Solomons) – Noon more information. Pepper’s Pet Pantry’s Pet Supplies and Dog Wash will be hosting a grand opening celebration. Adoptable pets and information will be available from Greyt Expectations, PAWS, Friends of Felines, Golden Retriever • Day of Renewal Rescue, SMAWL and the Humane Society Our Lady Star of the Sea (225 Alexander of Calvert County. Mr Tom will attend with Street, Solomons) – 8:30 a.m. his reptiles. There will be samples available A Day of Renewal will be held at Our from Beaverdam pet foods and drawings Lady Star of the Sea Church in Solomons, and giveaways throughout the day. From MD Saturday, February 11th from 8:30 a.m. 1-3 p.m. only The Calvert Well Pet Clinic - 3:30. Prayer and praise will start Feb. 10

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will be offering $10 Rabies vaccinations and $25 microchipping. Paper proof of prior rabies vaccinations required for 3-year tag. All animals must be leashed or in a carrier. For more information about the vaccinations and microchipping, please call the Calvert Well Pet Clinic at 443-295-7873. Calvert County pet licenses available. For more information, please call 410-326-4006.

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Thursday, Feb. 16 • Lost Towns of the Chesapeake Calvert Marine Museum (14200 Solomons Island Road, Solomons) – 7 p.m. The Lost Landmarks Series features Jane Cox presenting Lost Towns of the Chesapeake in the auditorium. Cox, Assistant Director for the Lost Towns Archaeology Project, will share the fascinating story of how lost towns are discovered and what they teach us about the past. The event is free of charge.

• Myrtle Point Nature Walk Myrtle Point Park (24050 Patuxent Boulevard California) – 1 p.m. Join Bob Boxwell Sunday afternoon in front of the gates at Myrtle Point Park. Celebrate Valentine’s Day early with a heart healthy hike around the park. We will look for signs of winter activities, including the return of the great blue herons to their rookery. For more information call Bob at 410394-1300, Dudley at 301-475-1858 or e-mail: • Drive-thru or Dine-In Dinner Great Mills High School Cafeteria (21130 Great Mills Road, Great Mills) – 5 p.m. The GMHS Engineering Club will be sponsoring a fundraising dinner with food • Bay Montessori Language Night provided by the Ruddy Duck Bar and Grill. Bay Montessori School (20525 Willows Meals must be ordered by Tuesday, Feb 14th. Road, Lexington Park) – 6 p.m. The cost of the meals is $20 and features an Bay Montessori is located on 13 acres entree and a homemade dessert. The entrees with six classrooms, developmentally appro- include Short Ribs, Meatloaf, Seared Salmpriate playgrounds and a pool. We give chil- on, and Penne in a Vodka Cream Sauce. dren the opportunity to learn at their own Meals will be brought to waiting cars or you pace in a stimulating environment. Come may dine-in at the intimately chic GMHS see how the Montessori materials are used cafeteria where you will be treated with to teach language. If you have any questions the finest wait staff in Southern Maryland. or would like to schedule a tour another day Order forms and more information can be please call 301-737-2421 or email office@ found at gineering-club or by calling Allen Skinner at 240-925-4241. All proceeds from this event benefit the GMHS Engineering Club and their quest to attend the 2012 international • “My /insert adjective/ Valentine” Open Botball Tournament. Mic Calvert Library Prince Frederick (850 Costley Way, Prince Frederick) – 7 p.m. Traditionally, we host a Heart and • Golden Retriever Rescue of Southern Spleen Open Mic. Same deal here - bring Maryland Celebration your love/hate poetry, stories, music, im- Leonardtown Library (23250 Hollywood prov! Register for a 5-minute slot. For Road, Leonardtown) – 10 a.m. Golden Retriever Rescue of Southern more information, call 410-535-0291 or Maryland will celebrate its fifth year of res301-855-1862. cuing local goldens in need. The celebration will include a review of successes to date, goals for the upcoming year, election • Newcomers and Neighbors Luncheon of officers, recognition of volunteers, a siLa Tabella Restaurant (23154 Wetstone lent auction and refreshments. After a short Lane, California) – 11 a.m. break, home visitor and foster family panel Newcomers and Neighbors of Southern discussions will take place. All golden lovers Maryland will have their monthly luncheon. are invited to attend. For more information Meet ‘n’ Greet will begin at 10:30 a.m. and about the meeting or the rescue, contact resat 11 a.m. a delicious dessert recipe will be cue president, Pat Johnson at 301-994-0132 demonstrated. For more information about or visit www.goldenretrieverrescueofsouththe group or to attend this luncheon please

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Spend a Sweet Saturday Surrounded by Art By Carrie Munn Staff Writer The creative occupants of The Leonardtown Arts Center are opening their doors and their hearts Saturday, Feb. 11. From 2 to 5 p.m., the center will host Art From the Heart, an event that welcomes the public to check out the wealth of artistic works, with 10 percent of all proceeds going to the American Heart Association. Drawings for free works of art, wine courtesy of the Leonardtown Winery, food prepared by John Spinicchia and the artists, along with tunes provided by saxophonist Renee Fabian, will make for a romantic and enjoyable afternoon. Find something unique for your loved one or yourself that goes beyond the standard Valentine’s Day gifts like flowers and chocolates. Local artists’ paintings, hand-made jewelry and sculptures will be available for purchase, and many artists will be in their studios, available to talk to about commissioned works, as well as classes and workshops they offer. Abundant Spirit creator Laura Howard said she has several love and heart-themed pieces available and welcomes visitors to come into her workspace and see how it’s done. She offers individual or small group instruction, allowing students to make their own

wearable art. Painter Pam Callen said she’d recently considered offering an entry-level painting for adults in the pleasant and unintimidating atmosphere at the arts center. Several other artists also offer art classes for kids and acting technique classes are happening at Missy Bell’s Art Shack. Barbara Hance will be offering a demonst ration on her unique metal clay medium technique the following Saturday, Feb. 18, from 1 to 2 p.m. The Art From the Heart event is the perfect time for visitors who have never ventured out to the Arts Center to come see what it’s all about, enjoy some fine creations, food, drink and music. Meet the local artists and find the perfect one-of-a-kind gift for your sweetheart. While supporting local art at the event and benefit, visitors can also check out the many nearby locally-owned shops and eateries around the Leonardtown Square. For more information on the event, call the Arts Center at (301) 475-5775 or contact Joe Orlando at 301-475-2859 or via email at

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Forever is Only for Today

By Shelby Oppermann Contributing Writer I’d like to mention how nice it was to meet Captain John Smith and his lovely wife Pocahontas when they stopped by my shop last Friday; A cute way they introduced themselves. What an enjoyable visit on what would become a life-changing day. And Barbara, I still want to see examples of your hand-painted china. I’m hoping you feel the spark of inspiration in unexpected moments, and let those feelings take hold and take off. Today is the day, and today is the only day we can actually be sure of anything, even though we, as humans, continually plan out our futures with bright hopes. Which is why I really want to come back as a dog next time, so I live only for each moment and for the next new, dazzling smell on the horizon. This is just one of those times I don’t know where to start or how to write what I want to say. I thought I would start my day with some comfort food. I hadn’t had my old favorite Cream of Wheat in maybe a year. I was so looking forward to it’s rich, creamy taste and texture. Even Tidbit was happily licking her lips and wagging her tail when she saw the familiar red and white box with a picture of a kindly old gentleman emerge from the pantry. After the water reached the boil, I slowly poured in the light flakes, began to stir…only to see moths doing the backstroke in MY Cream of Wheat. I guess a trip to True Value is in store for me today (I’m always looking for some kind of excuse to go in there anyway) to buy more Rubbermaid pantry storage containers. Shortly before Christmas, my Mother-in-law Shirley left our home to make a trip to Florida to spend the holidays with her youngest daughter Paula and her family. Even at 83, Shirley is a go-getter. All someone has to say is: You want to go to Florida, Vermont, Hawaii, watch several grand or great grand children, bake for the church, help at a church function, preside over an installation for the American Legion’s Women’s Auxiliary, or shop at a department store, and she is packed, dressed, and ready. I hope I am this willing to serve and travel at 83. All that Shirley does makes me tired writing about it. Shirley has lived with us for ten years, having moved in the week of our wedding, because her husband Lou passed away the week before. No one knew how this would work, but it was what had to be done, and it just was. It was great for me because Shirley liked to do all the things my Mother never did. We went to yard sales, bake sales, craft sales, interesting shops, and ganged up on my husband when he aggravated us too much (most of the time). He has a habit of passing by his Mother when she is engrossed in a TV show and sticking his finger in her ear. No, I don’t know why. Family tradition I guess. I’m not trying to paint a completely rosy picture. No household where two adult women live together is going to be perfect. But we never raised voices, and Shirley never interfered with my husband’s and my relationship. So all in all, we got along remarkably well. I got so used to Shirley just always being here. All that changed last Friday night. My husband received a call from his sister in Florida, that his mother had likely suffered a stroke. This was after taking a fall there a few weeks earlier which fractured a bone in her arm requiring surgery and rehab. It was found that a major stroke had occurred. My husband, his daughter, and his oldest brother were available and able to fly out, and along with their sister Paula…to give their Mother all the strength and love that is possible, with my husband’s two other sisters, and families sending a strong force of love and support from here in Maryland. They are a tight family. Other more damaging effects of the stroke quickly developed leading to transfer from the hospital, off life support, and to hospice care. She is still with us as of this writing but I don’t know for how long. Her five children, many grandchildren, and great grandchildren can be sure that her love for them was the most important focus in her life. She lived for them. I have my crying jags when I go downstairs to load the woodstove, and find myself turning in a circle to look at all her things and thinking that I won’t get a chance to see her alive one more time. But then realize I did, we all did, and I also realize that she is now on her greatest adventure after a life of good deeds, and total love…and… she is packed and ready. To each life’s new adventure, Shelby Please send your comments or ideas to:

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A Journey Through Time

By Linda Reno Contributing Writer In April 1754 Sergeant John Wills of the Virginia Regiment was at Charlotte Hall recruiting troops for the French and Indian War. It didn’t go very well and complaint was made to Governor Horatio Sharpe. Sgt. Wills said he was at the house of William Harris near the Cool Spring where he enlisted William Bullock and William Tub, but Mr. Harris and others convinced the recruits not to go with him and one of them “seized him by the throat and took his cutlass from him to oblige him to discharge them which he did, being overpowered, and received back the enlisting money.” This could have been the end of it, but Sgt. Wills then said that “Gerrard Jordan drank [to] the Pretender’s health, damned him that would not pledge him, and huzzaed for the Tartan Plaid & White cockade; that he also sang several disloyal songs and was joined by Joseph Broadway and others; that they damned King George’s soldiers and said that they had no business to fight for him…Sgt. Wills “seized his halbert and made a pass at Jordan, by which means he cleared the house of the rioters, locked the doors and placed some other recruits as sentinels, and that he was obliged to keep in the house from about one o’clock in the afternoon til the evening when some gentlemen coming by reprimanded the mob who had all that time beset the house with clubs and stones.” The Committee of Grievances and Courts of Justice for the General Assembly recommended to



Governor Sharp as follows: “It being represented to your Committee, that several Papists in St. Mary’s County have made great opposition to the enlisting men for his Majesty’s Service, in order to march to the Ohio, to repel the Invasion of the French and Indians in Alliance with them, and offered many insults to the recruiting officer, as appears by a copy of the deposition of Serjeant Willis…Your Committee therefore humbly conceives that such conduct and behaviour of the Papists, at this critical Juncture, join’d with their known disaffection to his Majesty’s Government, heretofore often manifested, requires the consideration of your Honourable House, that some effectual Means may be used to secure this part of his Majesty’s Dominion, against our domestic as well as foreign Enemies….” On May 30, 1754 Governor Sharpe issued a proclamation offering a reward for the arrest of Jordan (20 pounds) and Broadway (10 pounds). I found this very interesting because to find a Jordan who was a Catholic was like finding a Pope who was Protestant so I began to investigate a little further. On October 26, 1753 Thomas Reeder deposed that his overseer, “a professed Roman Catholic”, told him that Richard Ellis (a Jesuit Priest) was requiring an oath of Protestants marrying Catholics that they would raise any children in the Catholic faith. The overseer told Reeder he saw Father Ellis administer the oath to Gerard Jordan and then perform the marriage between Jordan and Mildred Mahoney (Catholic). To be continued.

Library items Meet Frederick Douglass! The public is invited to travel back in time and meet Frederick Douglass at the Black History Month celebration on Feb. 18 at 1:30 p.m. at Lexington Park Library. Professional storyteller Walter Jones will portray Frederick Douglass first as a motherless slave child who taught himself to read and write and then as a daring young man who risked his life and limb as he plots his escape to freedom. His performance will also include music. Light refreshments will be served. St. Mary’s County Branch NAACP, Unified Committee for Afro-American Contributions and the Minority Outreach Coalition are co-sponsors. This free program will not only be entertaining but educational and inspiring for young and old. Changes coming to library’s online catalog Starting Feb. 13, the library’s online catalog, COSMOS, will have a new look and offer many new features to improve searching and provide several new conveniences for the user. One of the new features is the ability to easily narrow the search by material type, author, publication dates, and even by library plus search both library items and magazine articles simultaneously. Libraries offering free training for childcare providers The libraries are offering free Every Child Ready to Read training to childcare providers at Charlotte Hall branch on Feb. 16 at 6:30 p.m. and at Lexington Park branch on Feb. 23 at 6

p.m. The providers will learn simple activities they can do every day to help children in their care get ready to read. Providers will earn two CEUs. Registration is required. Adults can enjoy coffee and conversation Adults can come for coffee and engaging conversation at the new adult program, “Books, Coffee, and Conversation.” It will be held at the Leonardtown branch on Feb. 13 at 1 p.m., the Lexington Park branch on Feb. 21 at 10:30 a.m. and the Charlotte Hall branch on Feb. 23 at 10:30 a.m. No registration is necessary. Kids’ LEGO programs and computer class offered On Feb. 17 children ages 3-6 can build LEGO creations at Charlotte Hall branch at 10 a.m. and at Leonardtown at 1 p.m. and children ages 6 and older can attend at 2 p.m. at both branches. Children ages 7-12 and their parents can register for an Introduction to Word class at Lexington Park branch on Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. They will learn to open, create, format, print and save documents in Word 2010. Libraries celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday Stories, songs and fun activities related to Dr. Seuss will be featured at his birthday celebration on Feb. 25 at Leonardtown at 10:30 a.m. and on Mar. 3 at Charlotte Hall at 10:30 a.m. and Lexington Park at 2 p.m. The event is free but registration is required.

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Fraud Seminar presented by the Fraud Unit, State of Maryland, Office of the Attorney General Sadly, many seniors and "vulnerable adults" are targets of scams ranging from sweepstake offers to scams involving home medical equipment. telemarketertelemarketertelemarketertelemarketertelemarketertelemarketertelemarketerFast-talking telemarketers, phony charities, fly-by-night home repair contractors, and shady investment “advisors” prey on the trustworthiness that make many older citizens a target in the eyes of unscrupulous criminals. Hugh Williams, with the State of Maryland Office of the Attorney General, will instruct you on ways to spot the common warning signs of scams and fraud in order to protect yourself and your loved ones on Thursday, February 16 at New Towne Village in Leonardtown, MD. Received any questionable phone calls or letters by mail lately? Bring them in and have Mr. Williams use his expertise to decipher if they are legitimate. For more information contact, Jennifer Hunt at 301.475.4200 ext. 1073.

Programs and Activities “Gifted Hands”-The Ben Carson Story” movie On Tuesday, February 14, at 12:30 p.m., the movie “Gifted Hands - The Ben Carson Story” will be shown at the Northern Senior Activity Center. It stars Academy Award winner Cuba Gooding Jr. and is based on the life story of worldrenowned neurosurgeon Ben Carson who is known for his great accomplishments despite unfavorable odds as a child. Walk ins are welcome. Try Your Hand at Penny Bingo Bring a bunch of pennies (around $5 worth) to Loffler Senior Activity Center on Wednesday, February 15 at 10:30 a.m. and see if you can increase your fortune! Penny bingo is where you use pennies for markers on the cards and whoever wins the bingo gets all the pennies that are on everyone else’s cards! No need to sign up - just come on in! For more information call, 301.737.5670, ext. 1658. A President’s Day Cabin Fever Party Join us for a viewing of “The Lincoln Assassination” an A&E production that explores the mystery surrounding this assassination on Tuesday, February 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m at the Garvey Senior Activity Center. At noon,

we will serve lunch reflecting traditional American cuisine. Following lunch we will play American President trivia. The cost of the lunch is donation for those 60 and older and $5.00 for others. Sign up is required in advance by noon Friday, February 17. To make your reservation call, 301.475.4200 ext. 1050. Two Overnight Trips Later This Year! The St. Mary’s County Dept. of Aging and Human Services is sponsoring two exciting trips: Myrtle Beach; October 4-7, 2012; 3 nights in ocean front room at Ocean Reef Resort; 3 breakfasts; 3 full course dinners; shopportunities, 2 full-length shows, plenty of time to relax on the beach: $660 pp double occupancy. For more information call Shellie at 301.737.5670, ext. 1655 or email: sheila.graziano@stmarysmd. com . New York City Holiday Tour; December 7-9, 2012; 3 days/2 nights, 2 continental breakfasts, 2 family style dinners, 2 shows (The Nutcracker at Lincoln Center and The Rockettes at Radio Center Music Hall), guided food and history tour of West Village, holiday decorations tour: $900 pp double occupancy. For more information call Joyce at 301.737.5670, ext. 1656 or email: joyce.raum@stmarysmd. com.

Loffler Senior Activity Center 301-737-5670, ext. 1652; Garvey Senior Activity Center, 301-475-4200, ext. 1050; Northern Senior Activity Center, 301-475-4002, ext. 1001; Ridge Nutrition Site, 301-475-4200, ext. 1050. Visit the Department of Aging’s website at for the most up-to date information.

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AmeriCorps Position Available Serve approximately 30 hours per week and receive $5,900 paid out in bi-weekly installments throughout the program year. AmeriCorps members directly serve in their community. Position requires that the member serve with St. Mary's County Dept. of Aging's nutrition program and complete additional AmeriCorps requirements. Member will serve lunch to seniors residing in a local senior housing facility in Leonardtown and assist with the Meals on Wheels program. Hours are flexible, generally, M - F, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Upon successful completion of the program year member will receive an education award of $2,675. For additional information about the position please contact Alice Allen at 301-475-4200, Ext. 1063. For additional information about AmeriCorps position requirements please contact Michelle Bard at 410-535-0817.

Seeking Entertainers for Cabaret Night

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 four 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 before Feb. 11. For questions or to sign up call Jennifer Hunt at 301.475.4200 ext. 1073.


Tools For Planning Your Future

Long-Term Care Awareness Conference Coming March 13th The conference will provide attendees with the tools needed to plan for access to long-term care in their future. A series of professional speakers will present key elements on topics including: a legal overview of Public and Private Guardianship; long-term care funding; Medicare at age 65; understanding services in long-term care facilities, life in a nursing facility, planning for wellness; and exercise and aging with tai chi. The program will conclude with guidelines for self development of an individual plan of care. Conference date is Tuesday, March 13, 2012, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the James A. Forrest Career & Technology Center, 24005 Point Lookout Road, Leonardtown. Cost $20 per person; plus $5 if CEUs needed. Contact Kathy Goodspeed or Mindy Carter (301-475-4200, ext. 1050) for a registration form. Preregistration a must, deadline is Friday, March 9th.

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Winter Fishing The Ordinary


By Keith McGuire Contributing Writer What the heck is winter fishing? When I was younger and the winters were more harsh than they have been in recent years, we called it ice fishing. In 2012, conditions are quite a bit different. It isn’t cold like Canada, but there are fish biting. Now is a good time to fish for crappie in local lakes and tributaries where there’s fresh water. Yellow Perch are just beginning to start their spawning run in some locally favored spots, although those catching them are fairly tight-lipped about their actual locations. Because of the warm conditions, Maryland DNR is starting their trout stocking program early this year, so the “put and

take” ponds like the ones at Gilbert Run and Myrtle Grove should be stocked soon. Check their website for stocking schedules. Another fish to try for is chain pickerel. The Coastal Conservation Association of Maryland is sponsoring a catch and release contest through March 15th called The Tidal Pickerel Challenge. Local tackle shops in key areas of the state are helping CCA MD with the event by sponsoring “teams” to compete for prizes. Our local shop, The Tackle Box, is one of the sponsors. Here’s how it works. Local anglers register at The Tackle

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Box and become part of its team in the challenge. Awards are given for largest pickerel and most net inches, and are presented to both individuals and the winning tackle shop team(s). Judging is done based on photos in the catch and release event. The Tackle Box team will match up against stiff competition from other tackle shops throughout the state. There is no limit to the number of anglers on a team, so the more the better. Fish at your leisure and then record and report your catch to contribute to your team’s success. Anglers can obtain their official ruler and contest rules at The Tackle Box, 22035 Three Notch Road in Lexington Park. Some of us are new to pickerel fishing. To help us out, local light tackle guide, Capt. Brady Bounds, offers this advice. “Any creek or stream that harbors yellow perch should hold pickerel. The head of the creeks where they become feeder streams are best. On the Patuxent, look in creeks above Benedict and perhaps the main river above Wayson’s Corner. You may also find them near the headwaters of other creeks such as Battle Creek, St. Leonard Creek, Mill Creek, Cuckold Creek, St. Thomas Creek, Cat Creek, Washington Creek, Trent Hall Creek and Indian Creek. On the Potomac side, consider the St Mary’s River

BleaChers By Ronald N. Guy Jr. Contributing Writer

And there the other woman goes, off into the cold February sunset. We will miss her. She creates conversation among friends, forces Sunday to be restful and warms us through winter’s encroachment. She asks for nothing in return, beyond a paid television bill, and consistently delivers a riveting thrill ride. Her departure could trigger despair, but the true sporting gigolo spends not a second bemoaning the NFL’s departure and quickly moves on to the other objects of his affection. Let’s see, what do we have here? College basketball is heating up and baseball returns in short order. Speaking of baseball, last week America’s pastime shoved its way on to the front pages well ahead of the official return of the boys of summer. It’s said that any press is good press. Not this time. Josh Hamilton, star outfielder for the Texas Rangers, competed with the Super Bowl for national headlines last week. Hamilton had apparently had a few adult beverages at a Dallas watering hole last Monday night. Normally an athlete has to do far more than just use alcohol to make a blip on the media’s radar these

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where it becomes marsh. Other likely places for pickerel include Breton Bay where it becomes MacIntosh Run, the head of St Clements Bay in marsh up to Rte 234, Wicomico River up to Rte 234 at Chaptico Creek and Allen’s Fresh Run, Port Tobacco River in the marsh and canals, Nanjemoy Creek, the headwaters of Mattawoman Creek, and Piscataway Creek at Fort Washington. Fishing the high tide is best in winter and also along sunny shorelines in water that is three to six feet in depth.” The helpful people at The Tackle Box will make sure you are well armed with the right tackle and bait. The good news is that you won’t have to chop a hole through the ice to find fish this winter. At least I think that’s good news! Keith has been a recreational angler on the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries for over 50 years; he fishes weekly from his small boat during the season, and spends his free time supporting local conservation organizations.

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The Under-Belly of Fame

days. Run-ins with the law, domestic abuse, illegal drug use and twitter meltdowns are the bar that has to be cleared. Quietly having a few drinks isn’t typically newsworthy. Josh Hamilton is atypical, though. Hamilton, the ultra-talented #1 overall pick in the 1999 draft, nearly ruined his career amidst rampant drug and alcohol use before he ever played a game in the major’s. Hamilton got clean, debuted in the big leagues with the Reds in 2007 and subsequently found a home with the Rangers in 2008. Since arriving in Texas, Hamilton has won a Most Valuable Player Award (2010) and has led the Rangers to two straight American League pennants. Like most alcoholics and drug addicts, though, life for Hamilton is not all homeruns and cheering crowds; he remains a work-in-progress and there have been hiccups – one in 2008 in addition to this recent relapse - in his sobriety. Hamilton got out ahead of the current situation by notifying the Rangers, his employer, and, no doubt, his family and friends immediately. Hamilton, because of the fame that accompanies what he does, had to take another step: a damage-controlling press conference. And so, there was Hamilton, just a few hours beyond a regretful night, standing naked before the nation confessing his sins and reaffirming his dedication to sobriety. It was a saddening scene - not because of anything Hamilton did (he’s to be commended) but that it was necessary in the first place. There is a growing and disconcerting tendency to confuse the famous with the infamous. The famous

are capable of extraordinary acts. The infamous create a buzz from outrageous acts or some oddly popular, frivolous concept. For example, President Obama is famous. Steve Jobs was famous. Tom Brady is famous. Josh Hamilton is famous. The Jersey Shore cast, the Kardashians and the latest reality show stars are not famous; they’re infamous. What the famous and infamous have in common, and what creates the confusion, is that they’ve all distinguished themselves from the masses. However, the infamous continue to be relevant only through their ability to behave controversially. This relevance-equation and the infamous’ very existence in the headlines speaks to some insatiable thirst within society for unstable, nefarious individuals failing spectacularly. Perhaps the train wrecks make us feel better about ourselves or satisfy a jealous inability to feel genuine happiness for those who’ve attained perceived fame. The problem is the truly famous, those whose achievements are likely through nothing more than an innocent possession of talent, hard work and dedication to their craft, get the same cutthroat treatment from the press and public as the infamous. Josh Hamilton was merely the latest victim. The requirement for Hamilton to publicly air his failings says more about us than it does his ongoing personal battle. He didn’t owe us an explanation or an apology. If you think he did, ask yourself why…and ponder whether you’d like to live to the same standards of the fishbowl through which he’s observed. Send comments to


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The Foundation of Disease By Debra Meszaros WThere are many opinions and a vast array of healthy advice flowing freely through just about every form of media on healthy living. The most common question asked by my clients is “What would be the top, single action I could take to be healthier?” The answer is the most addictive substance known to man, sugar, and its balance within our daily diets. Realistically, sugar comes to us in many different forms and it is more about what happens within the body in response to these forms, than sugar itself.

But doesn’t everything we eat turn to sugar? Technically the body does manufacture glucose from our food but it is the glycemic index of the food that becomes the issue. Building each meal around twenty to thirty grams of protein would be a foundational point in developing a “healthy” diet. Starting the day off with protein is an ideal way to build long term energy and the ability to get to the next meal without having to snack. Snacking usually happens when the body has been fed too many sugar type foods (grains, pastas, starch), and not enough protein. This triggers the body to call for more food since your nutritional needs have not been met and/or the body begins crashing from the highs and lows of sugar consumption. You will know when your diet is balanced because you will wake up and make it through your entire day with stable energy. Running the body on protein and quality fats is the key to long term energy. But I like sugar and my body seems happy….. We all like sugar but the happiness is a temporary high and the downside can be a tremendous downturn to your health. Sugar is acidic to the body and body PH is a foundational component to health, especially cellular health; like cancer for instance. Disease loves an acidic environment. Diabesity [the term for the connection between obesity and diabetes], blood lipid levels [elevated cholesterol and triglycerides], liver, pancreas, kidney, thyroid, and brain function are all affected by sugar levels. Candida, fungus, bacteria, viruses, and cancer cells all love sugar; without it they struggle to survive. So when a client asks that question “What would be the top, single action I could take to be healthier?” …..remove sugar and sugar-type products from your diet and do not re-

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We all know those sugary desserts, cookies, and candies are not health foods; but fruits and whole grains are healthy right? Fruits are a “health food” no doubt but there is a point in which a truly healthy food becomes an issue to the human body. Fructose is the sugar form found in fruit and even though it’s a natural sugar, it can still overwhelm the body if eaten in excess. The best way to consume fruit would be in its natural, uncooked, whole form, and not juiced. More than two pieces of fruit per day for most individuals may be the daily limit. Why? Two pieces of fruit usually equal about 15 grams of fructose (sugar) and due to the amounts of sugar found in the remaining foods we consume each day. More than two pieces would place many of us in a state of excess in the body and placing stress on the liver and pancreas. Whole grains, especially sprouted whole grains, are a better alternative than fully processed grains and pastas; but they too are sugar to the body. If you are utilizing grains as your means of reaching your dietary goals for fiber, I urge you to switch to vegetables, flax seed, and fresh, whole fruits as your source of fiber.

Debra Meszaros

is a Certified Sports Nutritionist and Bio-feedback 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.

place them with the many sugar-type substitutes either; they are worse than sugar itself! 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.


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