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Airport Buildings Destroyed in Blaze By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Two trailers used by the local Civil Air Patrol (CAP) squadron at St. Mary’s County Airport were destroyed by fire Wednesday morning, county officials said, and investigators are still trying to determine what caused the blaze. Gary Whipple, with the county’s Department of Public Works and Transportation, deals with airport operations and said the call for the fire came at about 6:45 a.m.

“They use them for a command post and also search and rescue exercises,” Whipple said. “I don’t think there’s much they can salvage, the interior was pretty gutted.” Whipple said that investigators from the State Fire Marshal’s Office came to inspect the fire damage. Fire marshals had not released any official information regarding the fire as of press time Wednesday.

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Triton Metals Tries New Approach to Grow its Business By Guy Leonard Staff Writer For the past 10 years, Triton Metals, a locally owned metal manufacturing business in Hollywood, has been a vital indicator touted by officials who argue that light industry can be successful in a county known for its dependency on the defense industry. But there have been struggles, owners and management at Triton Metals told The

County Times. After 10 years they are doing $10 million a year in sales but they are struggling on how to break past that ceiling. They are also struggling with being effective in getting their products out the door. Mike Hutson, the business development manager for Triton Metals, said the company’s goals now are to be “remarkably reliable” in delivering its products by actually releasing less work onto the shop floor and











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hired 10 people where I would’ve only needed three,” Poole said. “We were struggling to break $10 million in sales; I think we’re going to at least double that.” Poole said his business has only been using the TOC paradigm for about three months, but when it started and employees did not see as much raw materials on the shop floor there were worries that the company was in trouble. There were even rumors that the business might go bankrupt, which caused The County Times to contact Triton Metals for comment. “People were getting nervous, because it looked like there wasn’t much work,” Poole said. “TOC teaches you different. “Our sales numbers have not dropped but our payables have gone down because we reduced the work in progress.” Mike Comer, production manager, said it was tough getting used to TOC, but the results are undeniable. “It’s amazing but it’s kind of hard to grasp,” Comer said. “In the past two months we’ve been able to take care of all our bills. “Stress levels are way down,” he said. Bob Schaller, director of the county’s Department of Economic and Community Development, said that Triton Metals is valuable not only for what it produces but also for who they helped. “Employment, that’s what it’s about,” Schaller said. “It’s employing about 100 people in a job that for most of us is gone, manufacturing. “They’re showing us a way forward.”

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ews Volunteers Rush to Find Homes For Feral Cats or neutered and before being let loose in the wild they are kept and cared for in cages or sheds for 30 days to acclimate them to their new home, Harris said. County Director of Public Safety and Information Volunteers with the local Feral Cat Rescue organization are moving wild felines from their long-time col- Technology Bob Kelly said complaints from nearby liony site next to the Lexington Park Library after getting brary staff about vultures destroying the roof was the a reprieve from county government, which had, up until last straw. Kelly said that food left to feed the cats, as well as recently told the volunteers they would move this week to remove the animals and take them to the Tri-County open trash dumpsters at several nearby restaurants, were attracting the vultures. Animal shelter, feral cat caretakers said. To get rid of the vultures, moving the cats was a Volunteers, who say they have helped manage the colony of vetted, spayed and neutered cats for some sev- necessity, Kelly said. “You have to figure out what’s aten years at their own expense, protested quickly by saying that the cats being sent to the animal shelter would tracting the vultures, [the dumpsters] are attracting them and there’s also likely end in their being euthanized. County animal control officials and the volunteers open containers that are feeding the met late last week and came to a compromise, county cats.” Kelly said that last year alone the officials said, which gives them time to move the cats to other locations with assistance from the county in the vultures were responsible for $16,000 worth of damage to the library roof. form of traps. The area where the feral cats live is “We’re trying to move them to new locations where good Samaritans will feed them for the rest of their in the way of both the extension of FDR lives,” said Diane Harris, vice president of Feral Cat Boulevard and the construction of a Rescue. “So far we’ve only gotten two out of there; we’ll new Lexington Park Volunteer Rescue be catching more, we had to set traps and find places for Squad building, Harris said, so finding the cats a new home is logical. them.” “It’s good to get them out of there Because some of the feral cats are not adoptable due to their wild nature volunteers find landowners who are anyway, but it wasn’t necessary [for the close to rural or wooded areas who are willing to let the county] to say one week,” Harris said of the abrupt decision. “That was scary.” cats stay there. QBH Gradview County Half Ad_Layout 1 and 9/6/11 4:41spayed PM Page 1 Harris said that in the past three Any feral catsTimes captured are vetted then By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

years volunteers had captured and vetted about 900 feral cats, with 360 of those going to homes where they were able to be domesticated and 540 that were too wild taken to other volunteer sites around the county. Their efforts have helped save the county money in having the cats taken to the animal shelter to the tune of thousands of dollars, she said. “Even if you hate cats we’re doing a community service,” Harris said.

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ews RedBlack Up For Sale By Corrin M. Howe Staff Writer Last week Ultralife Corporation, a small publicly owned and traded corporation, best known for making non-rechargeable, rechargeable and charging systems, put their wholly owned subsidiary company, RedBlack Communications, a local engineering and technical services company, up for sale. Originally known as Innovative Solutions Consulting, RedBlack was founded in 1999 in Hollywood. RedBlack became the engineering and technical services arm of Ultralife, a global provider of power solutions and communication accessories, in 2007. When purchased, RedBlack was redesignated from a small business to a large business and annual revenue grew from $2.2 million in 2007 to $4.1 million in 2009 and stabilized in that range while making more profit in 2011 than any time since the acquisition. According to Ultralife’s Fourth Quarter Results, “Senior management, as authorized by the Board of Directors, will divest the company's RedBlack Communications business in 2012. As a result of management's ongoing review of the company's

business portfolio, management has determined that RedBlack offers limited opportunities to achieve the operating margin thresholds of the company's new business model,” a press release states. In other words, RedBlack’s government services business model does not align itself well with the corporation’s new commercial products business model, according to RedBlack’s local senior executive, Gene McHugh, VP of Operations. RedBlack has 36 employees who work in a 20,000 square foot facility off Airport View Road. The company’s largest contract to date was for the Battle Command SystemMobile Communication Switch Subsystem worth $30 million. The current portfolio of contracts has RedBlack performing a full spectrum of system design, integration, installation, test and logistics support of fixed, deployable and mobile communications systems for NAVAIR and numerous federal agencies and senior government leaders. Among other products and services RedBlack has been noted for its work on various emergency response (communication) vehicles for the federal government, FBI, and the armed services.

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Town Planning Board Approves Clark’s Rest By Guy Leonard Staff Writer After years in the concept stages the developers of the Clark’s Rest community project in Leonardtown got a favorable recommendation for their final site plan for 335 homes on 177 acres from the town’s planning board. The four phases of residential development will now go to the town council for final approval. The project includes about 17,000 square feet of commercial building space, representatives for Marrick Homes told town planning and zoning board members. The project first made its way to the town planning commission in 2005 with approval of its conceptual site plan in 2009. Since then the developers have had to go back and forth with the state over permits of varying kinds and just reached an accommodation on a road right-ofway issue with the State Highway Administration along Route 5, said Rick Bailey, a partner in Marrick Homes. The development will be located northbound on Route 5 in the northern section of town. “The entire project has been engineered, and we’ve received all of our wetlands permits,” Bailey told board members Tuesday. “And the utilities have been designed and approved for water and sewer.” The neighborhood will eventually be built out to provide connectivity throughout the community, with abundant sidewalks for pedestrians. Board member Hayden Hammett, who is also running for a town council seat, praised the developers for their work. “This is the kind of development that Leonardtown is looking for,” Hammett said.

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Get Growing, Southern Maryland Farmer’s Markets Reopening Soon

By Carrie Munn Staff Writer Budding interest in locally-grown products, along with initiatives to support existing and new farmers, are helping agriculture become a business force to be reckoned with in St. Mary’s County. Following the tobacco buyout, many farmers have diversified their crops or transitioned into other ag-based operations. The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC), a part of the Tri-County Council, has launched numerous initiatives to promote renewed interest in local farming, including Maryland FarmLINK. This online tool gives those looking to buy, sell or lease farmland in Maryland a platform to share that information via a property exchange page. It also provides forums in which farmers can share knowledge and answer questions, volunteer to mentor new or transitioning farmers or find business partners or apprentices. An “Everything Ag” link provides details on upcoming workshops and events, and provides an extensive and easily accessible database of tools and resources. Greg Bowen of the SMADC explained the understanding that many farmers are aging is lingering in the back of many minds. “We need new, young farmers,” he stated. With so many raising such different types of crops these days, Bowen said the network FarmLink provides is important for connecting those growing novelty crops with expertise when issues arise and the bevy of information and one-to-one connections it provides is also beneficial. “It really requires an intimate knowledge of the earth to farm,” Bowen said, adding he is happy to see new programs attracting younger and first-time farmers. He mentioned a survey conducted by the National Young Farmers Coalition that revealed that 70 to 80 percent of new farmers did not grow up on farms, which is contrary to the standards throughout previous generations. The Coalition also reports that for every farmer under age 35, there are six farmers over the age of 65. With the average farmer’s age at about 57, many in the ag industry know something must be done to recruit new bodies to do the work and keep existing

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farmland viable. Bowen also mentioned a program which is encouraging veterans returning from war to look into farming as a career. For details on the many ways to connect within the local ag-community, visit www. Year Round Farming Even’ Star Organic Farm is a successful St. Mary’s County grower that offers community-supported agriculture subscriptions (CSAs) in both the summer and, a rarity in the region, winter. They also offer a 6-month

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Many fans of locally-grown foods are missing the farmers’ markets during the winter, but St. Mary’s County Agriculture and Seafood Coordinator Donna Sasscer recently shared a schedule for the re-opening of the local farm-fresh spots. • The BAE market in California will be open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 12 to Oct. 27. • The Home Grown Farm Market in Lexington park will re-open on March 31, and will be open Saturdays only, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. until July 7. Then, the market will extend it’s open doors to Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Thursdays, from 3 to 6 p.m., in addition to Saturdays through Nov. 3. After that date, the market will return to Saturdays only until it closes for the season. • The Charlotte Hall Farmer’s Market will re-open at the end of March, and will be open Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the month of April, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. From May to October, the market is open Monday through Saturday, weather permitting, during the same hours. In November, the days and times the market stays open will decrease though it may stay open until Christmas Eve if there is local product available and the weather is cooperative. Only locally-produced (within the tri-county) products are permitted, and those interested in becoming vendors should call 301-4754200, ext. 1402.

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Another State Takeover of Local Authority By Cindy Jones St. Mary’s County Commissioner, District 1 Now that the General Assembly is in session, I’d like to provide some information on a bill that could greatly impact St. Mary’s County, The Sustainable Growth and Agricultural Preservation Act of 2012. The name sounds innocuous. What is this bill? Filed in the Senate as SB236 and cross-filed in the House as HB445, this is the “septics bill.” The septics bill grants the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) authority to approve residential subdivision plats for major and minor subdivisions, using each local government’s definition of major and minor subdivisions in effect as of Jan. 1, 2012. Beginning at the end of this year, MDE may only approve minor subdivisions on septic or any subdivision on public sewer unless a local government as adopted the “four tier” system into its comprehensive plan. Especially troubling is Tier III, which includes areas zoned for large lot rural development, not planned for sewer and not targeted for agriculture or natural resource protection. Tier III allows for minor subdivisions on septic systems or major subdivisions on septic systems provided that two conditions are met. 1) The subdivision has been approved by the local planning board. 2) Maryland Department of Environment has determined in a one-time consultation with the Maryland Department of Planning (MDP) that the local government’s Tier III and IV areas meet applicable criteria. The second condition invests a great deal of authority in MDE and MDP. Is there any assurance that the “applicable criteria” will not change without the concurrence of and/or an appeals process for local jurisdictions? Giving MDE final approval authority over all residential subdivision plats for both major and minor subdivisions will not come without costs. 1. This new regulatory scheme will hamper development. Since significant development potential may be lost in some areas, the loss of property value needs to be addressed and a method for appropriate compensation created. For example, farmers may lose some of the equity in their land, resulting in difficulty securing loans. 2. The additional regulatory burden will cost local governments more money at a time when revenue is decreasing. 3. Like the PlanMaryland statewide land use plan, this bill removes local planning authority and replaces it with state authority exercised by regulatory agencies. I encourage you to contact your local legislators to make them aware of your concerns about the septics bill. Switching gears to another important topic, I am extending an invitation to a discussion of education funding in St. Mary’s County. The public is cordially invited to attend a joint meeting of the Board of County Commissioners and the St. Mary’s Delegation on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012 at 7:00 PM at the Commissioner’s Meeting Room at the Chesapeake Building in the Governmental Center in Leonardtown. There are many moving pieces in this discussion, with bills before the General Assembly that will affect the counties’ ability to fund education. In addition, there is great benefit in a factual and objective review of the FY11 audited budget figures and the process for calculating maintenance of effort, i.e. how the county actually funds education. I hope to see many citizens in attendance.

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Legal Notice: Commissioners of Leonardtown of Leonardtown Commissioners Notice of Public Hearing Notice of Public Hearing The Leonardtown Mayor and Town Council will hold a public hearing on Monday, March 12, 2012 at 4:15 p.m. at the Town Office, 41660 Courthouse Drive, Leonardtown, MD for the following request for ANNEXATION. The purpose of the public hearing will be to present for public review and to receive public comment regarding the request for the HAYDEN FARM PROPERTY, Tax Map 32, Parcels: 82, 339 & 225, containing ±171.18 acres to be annexed into the corporate limits of Leonardtown. The owner’s of said property have requested that the Hayden Farm Property be annexed into the incorporated town of Leonardtown. If annexation is approved, said property will be zoned Institutional Office (I-O). Copies of the annexation documents are available for public review at the Leonardtown Town Office. The public is invited to attend and/or send written comments to be received by March 12, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. to the Commissioners of Leonardtown, POB 1, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Special accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities upon request. By Authority: Laschelle E. McKay, Town Administrator. 02/23/2012

In Support of Judge David Densford What memories I have of the Densford/Broun family! Mr. Broun traveled in the United States to find the special wife and her three sons that busted the buttons off his shirt. They came to Maryland in 1962 when Jim Densford (David’s oldest brother) and I were in 7th grade. We became fast friends and that friendship extends through our time at Leonardtown High School and to this day. During that time here is what I learned about the Densford/Broun family: they all lived by “to whom much is given, much is expected.” Their household, driveway, garage pier, etc., were our favorite hangouts. Their brothers were good friends and good kids. Their quick minds were always at work, and we enjoyed their flying model helicopters, driving go-carts and being on the water. Mr. and Mrs. Broun were gracious hosts and their mother is still a trooper at 85 years of age.

In later years, David and I have connected with some common interests, such as our sailing group and competing in the Governor’s Cup, but the biggest thing I want readers to know is that David cares about people. During the last several years or so, I have brought five of my acquaintances from volunteering to David for legal help. David has been very generous with his time and help. He believes in the legal system and in helping people in need. I’m grateful because these five people and their extended families think I’m a hero. David is not just generous to those he knows as friends; he’s also been active in many St. Mary’s County community services and charity groups. I know he will be a great judge and I hope you will vote for home on April 3rd. Howard Burch Charlotte Hall, MD

County Doesn’t Have an Extra $6 Million The General Assembly is currently debating a proposal from Governor O’Malley to shift hundreds of millions in pension costs from the state to the county governments. Counties disagree that this shift will do anything to improve the sustainability of state pension funding. County governments don’t run the pension system, don’t negotiate teacher salaries and did not create these costs – but the Governor’s budget sends this ticking time bomb to the county governments – who would simply have to pay the freight without any say in the system or its costs. In St. Mary’s County alone, the cost shifted by

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the state to the county will reach $6,000,000 by 2016 and continue to grow. That kind of burden would put massive pressure onto the county’s taxpayers and the public services our citizens deserve and depend on. The state should resist the temptation to balance its budget on the backs of the counties. We urge our senators and delegates to stand in opposition to these massive cost shifts. Board of County Commissioners for St. Mary’s County, Francis Jack Russell, Lawrence D. Jarboe, Cynthia L. Jones, Todd V. Morgan and Daniel L. Morris

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Man Guilty of Threat with Rifle By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Last week in county Circuit Court Ryan Patterson Foss, 26, of Waldorf, entered a guilty plea to firstdegree assault for pointing a rifle at his estranged girlfriend and mother of his children at the Burchmart convenience store in Leonardtown in September 2010. Foss faced other charges in the original indictment including second-degree assault and stalking the victim, Brittney Marie Medeiros, as well as another, James Bernard Burroughs, but prosecutors did not pursue those counts. According to charging documents filed in county District Court, Foss pulled into the parking lot of the Burchmart when he saw Medeiros and Burroughs together, pulled out a long gun from his vehicle, shouldered the weapon and pointed it at both of them. “The victims then fled the scene in fear for their lives,” charging documents state. After the incident Foss left the


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Burchmart but was later found at the Dash-In store at the intersection of Route 5 and Newtown Neck Road where he was detained and his vehicle searched. Police found no weapons and Foss denied ever having one. Foss was also arrested and charged for backing into another car on Lawrence Avenue after leaving the Burchmart. Police reports showed that Foss pulled the weapon on Medeiros and Burroughs when he saw him hand her some flowers; Medeiros said that she had recently broken up with Foss and believed he had been stalking her. Police reports also revealed that Medeiros had recevied a temporary protective order against Foss. Assistant State’s Attorney Daniel J. White said he would seek a jail term in state prison for Foss, who remains in custody at the county detention center. “That’s a significant case and he deserves a significant penalty,” White said.

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer A Lexington Park man who was arrested last year and charged with trying to set fire to the interior of a mobile home with two occupants inside on Flat Iron Road has pleaded guilty in county Circuit Court. Jeb J. McWade, 29, has yet to be sentenced for the crime of second-degree arson but the prosecutor in the case, Assistant State’s Attorney Daniel J. Jeb J. McWade White, said he will argue for a term of incarceration at a state prison. Charging documents filed by Deputy Fire Marshal Dexter Hodges in St. Mary’s District Court say the fire was set in a child’s bedroom of the mobile home on Oct. 17. “Burned paper products and clothing were located directly below the window in the room,” charging documents read. “The items were charred and the damage was confined in the bedroom.” Court papers stated victim Samantha Shadrick awoke after she heard a noise outside


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and got up to investigate; she woke Jessie Russell and both went to the front of the home to see what the source of the noise was. Once in the hallway they noticed a light reflecting from a bedroom and both Shadrick and Russell said they observed McWade standing outside of the open window holding burning material inside the home, which he then dropped into a plastic container with clothing inside, charging documents state. There were no injuries as a result of the small fire and damage was estimated at only about $100. McWade was picked up and arrested at a convenience store on Great Mills Road that same night, police reported. Along with the arson plea Feb. 17, McWade also pleaded guilty to distribution of marijuana and felony theft from a local salvage yard in two other unrelated cases, White said.

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Daniel “Dan” Charles Darney, 51, of California, MD died at his residence on February 17, 2012. Born on January 31, 1961 in Washington, DC, he was the son of the late Vera Mae Darney and George Frederick Darney, III. Dan is survived by his siblings; Linda Zimmerman (Nathan) of Amhearst, VA, Eve Moreno of Torrance, CA., Susan Trossbach of Leonardtown, MD., and George F. Darney, IV of California, MD. Dan is also survived by his nephews and nieces; Robert Laabs (Vickie), of Lexington, VA., Shannon Bates of China, Joshua Trossbach and Linda Trossbach both of Lusby, MD., Dawn Zimmerman, and Robin Laabs both of Lexington Park, MD. In addition to his parents Dan was preceded in death by his sister Yvonne McKenzie. Dan moved to St. Mary’s County in 1971 and graduated from Great Mills High School in 1979. He was the owner of DC & D Painting for 18 years. Dan enjoyed fishing and watching sports. All arrangements are private. To leave a condolence for the family please visit Arrangements provided by the MattingleyGardiner Funeral Home, P.A, Leonardtown, MD.

Arthur Eugene Engman, 82 of Leonardtown, MD died February 15, 2012 at the Hospice House of St. Mary’s surrounded by family and friends. Born 21 March 1929 in Canton, OH he was the son of the late Arthur and Clara Engman. He is survived by his wife, Jean Engman of Leonardtown, Maryland and son Kim Engman of Great Mills, Maryland. Arthur served 20 plus years in the Navy focusing his career in the Aviation Fuel System division. After Arthur’s retirement from the Navy in 1966, he became a manager in the civil servant section. He retired from Civil Service after his combined military and federal service, totaling 42 years. He was stationed in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba during The Bay of Pigs and was in charge of the air traffic terminal for Guantanamo Bay. He often stated, “It would be amazing to be a scuba diver, for there is so many valuable items in the Guantanamo Bay”. While stationed at The Patuxent River Naval Air Station, he was in charge of all the petroleum products brought onto the base. During his tenure at Pax River, he was a consultant for Nav Air and traveled extensively throughout the United States and Europe. Arthur was an active member of the Fleet Reserve Association Branch 93 located in Lexington Park, Maryland. Arthur was also an active member of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. Along with Arthur’s other various retirement memberships, he so proudly held the position of not only an active member but also Past Master for the Thomas J. Shryock Masonic Lodge No. 223 A.F. & A.M. located in Hollywood, Maryland. When Arthur was not volunteering, he was passionate in refurbishing old cars, working on clocks and searching for antiques. The family received friends for Arthur’s Life Celebration on Friday, February 17, 2012 with Masonic Services at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Friends and family were also received at the McDow Funeral Home, 1701 West Main Street Waynesboro, VA Saturday, February 18, 2012. Interment followed at the Riverview Cemetery, Waynesboro, VA. Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice House of St. Mary’s, Condolences to the family may be made at

Henry Dodson, Jr., 93 Henry “Hank” Lee Dodson Jr., 93 of Solomons, MD died on February 17, 2012 at Calvert Memorial Hospital in Prince Frederick, MD. Born November 16, 1918, in Schenecdady, NY, he was the son of the late Henry Lee Dodson, Sr. and Elizabeth Gray Dodson. Henry served in the United States Army from 1941 to 1946, achieving the rank of Major. Following his military service, Henry came to the area and worked as a civilian for the Department of the Navy at the Patuxent River Naval Air Test Center. He retired as the Chief Engineer of the Service Test Division in 1975. Henry was also a member of the St. Mary’s River Yacht Club and the founder of the Dickerson Owners Association of the Chesapeake. He was also a long time member of St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Hollywood, MD. Henry was an avid seaman, the captain of his sailboat, and thoroughly enjoyed the Chesapeake Bay and the beauties it offered. Henry is survived by his wife, Betty Porter Dodson, his sons William Hunt Dodson (Arlene) of Hollywood, MD and Richard Lee Dodson of California, MD, and two grandchildren, Stephanie Dodson of Singapore and Robert Dodson of Hagerstown, MD. Henry was predeceased by his first wife, the late Helen Peck Dodson, his son, the late Robert Curtis Dodson, and his brother, the late Thomas Gray Dodson. . The family received friends for Henry’s Life Celebration on Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Prayers were recited. Funeral Services will be celebrated by Rev. Beverly Wheathery on Thursday, February 23, 2012 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in California, MD at 11 a.m. with interment immediately following at St. Andrew’s Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be John Porter, James Porter, William Porter, John Walters, Robert Dodson and Gary Hyatt. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 44078 St. Andrew’s Church Road, California, MD 20619. Condolences to the family may be made at: Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

United Methodist Church in St. Inigoes, Maryland where she was a member of the Women’s Choir. Later in life, when she could no longer attend church services and activities on her own, she joined St. Peter Claver Catholic Church in St. Inigoes, Maryland, where she attended faithfully as her health permitted, with her daughter with whom she also resided. Maintaining her quiet, caring, and generous composure, she took great pleasure in giving to anyone who needed a helping hand. She also spent an immense amount of time enjoying and caring for her children, grandchildren, and other local children. Anna enjoyed past-times including dancing and entertaining family and friends. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Charles Melvin Fenwick; one child, Vincent Fenwick; one sister, Lucy Lee; four brothers: Joseph Smith, Clarence Shubrooks, Robert Shubrooks, and James Shubrooks; four grandchildren: Nita Fenwick, Irlene Dickens, Verlene Dickens, and Dana Collins, Jr. Anna leaves to cherish her memories four daughters: Annette Dickens (James) of St. Inigoes, MD, Sylvia Martin (Arthur) of Virginia Beach, VA, Cordelia Martin of Lexington Park, MD, and Beverly Fenwick of St. Inigoes, MD, three sons: Melvin Fenwick (Patricia) of St. Inigoes, MD, Morris (Maxine) of Lexington Park, MD, and William (Sherrie) of Park Hall, MD: one sister: Catherine Chisley of Lexington Park, MD; and one brother: Leonard Shubrooks of St. Inigoes, MD. Anna leaves behind more than forty grandchildren and great grandchildren. She also leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends, too numerous to mention. Anna is also survived by sister-in-laws Daisy Fenwick, Idolia Shubrooks, Regina Slaughter, and Shelby Fenwick, and one brother-in-law Jessie Fenwick and a special family friend, David Thompson helped care for her and assist her fam-

ily during her lengthy illness. Family and friends will unite on Saturday, February 25, 2012 for visitation at 10 a.m. until time of Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, 16922 St. Peter Claver Church Rd., St. Inigoes, Md. with Reverend Scott Woods officiating. Interment immediately following at St. Peter Claver Church Cemetery. Arrangements by Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home, 38576 Brett Way, Mechanicsville, MD.

Donald McGunigal, 89 Donald Lee McGunigal, 89 of Lusby, MD died peacefully on February 17, 2012 at St. Mary’s Nursing Center, surrounded by his family. Born September 18, 1922, in Washington, DC; he was the son of the late Lee McGunigal and Carrie McGunigal. He married his beloved, Helen Lee on August 29, 1942 in Washington, DC. They were to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary in August. Donald moved from Forrestville, MD (Prince George’s County) to Calvert County in 2002, to be closer to his family. He served for the Marine Corps during WWII and the Korean Conflict. He was injured in the Chosen Few Reservoir and was awarded the Purple Heart, the Victory and Korean Ribbon. After the service, Donald was a Repair Technician for C & P Telephone Company for 40 years. In addition to his wife, Helen Lee McGuni-


Anna Fenwick, 85 Anna Mae Fenwick, 85, of St. Inigoes, Md., peacefully passed away at her residence on February 14, 2012. Anna was born on January 28, 1927 in St. Inigoes to the late Samuel Shubrooks and Juliet Milburn-Bennett. During her youth, Anna attended St. Mary’s County Public Schools and moved on to become employed at St. Mary’s College of Maryland located in St. Mary’s City, Maryland where she remained until her retirement. For more than 40 years she was blissfully joined in Holy Matrimony to the late Charles Melvin Fenwick and together, the two of them raised seven children. As an exemplary Christian, Anna always attended Sunday church service and supported countless religious activities hosted by local churches. For decades she attended Mt. Zion

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Continued gal, Donald is survived by his daughters and their children, Carolyn D. Messineo of Lusby, MD and her son Gary D. Messineo, Cheryl Dean and her husband Jack Dean of Frederick, MD, their son, Joseph Dean and his daughter, Valerie Dean. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his two sisters, Ethel Hoofnagle, Peg Crandall and his brother, Ralph McGunigal. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Donald’s name may be directed to the Maryland SPCA, 3300 Falls Road, Baltimore, MD. 21211. He has finally joined his beloved dogs, “Mick” and “Tuffy”. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Johannes Rasmussen, 92 Johannes Led Rasmussen, 92 of Leonardtown, MD died February 13, 2012 at his residence. Born September 4, 1919 in Yankton, SD, he was the son of the late Johannes Rasmussen and Marie Led. Joe studied music at the University of Illinois. He played the coronet in the U.S. Marine Band, The President’s Own, for 30 years, from 1947 until 1976 and performed regularly at the White House. He served in the U.S. Marine Band during the Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon and Gerald R. Ford Administrations. Joe retired after 30 years of service with the USMC as a MGYSGT. Joe, in recent times, enjoyed playing Happy Birthday for his fellow Cedar Lane residents and for special events. Joe is survived by his children, Beverly Rasmussen of Owings, MD, Linda Rasmussen of San Antonio, TX, Cheryl Ciecka of Leonardtown, MD, Barbara Rasmussen of Odenton, MD, Kenneth “Butch” Rasmussen of Deale, MD and Jon Michael Rasmussen of Annapolis, MD. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA at a date to be determined. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Sherman Smith, 95 On Thursday February 16, 2012, Sherman H. Smith 95, of Fort Washington, MD died at his home. He was the son of the late Maude Dean and Umphrey Winfield Smith. Beloved husband of the late Helen Mattingly Smith whom he married at Mt. Zion Methodist Church in Laurel Grove, MD on July 30, 1938. Devoted father of Wayne S, Smith of the home and Rosalie (Jim) Potter of Davidsonville, MD. Brother of the late Maude (Bill) Lawrence, Dorothy (Calvin) Kirby, Thelma Schmalgemeyer, Donald (Lillian) Smith and survived by three grandchildren James S. Potter, Helen R. Curry, Sommar A. Drake, and five great grandchildren. He was a graduate of Great Mills High School in St. Mary’s Co. MD class of 1933. He retired in 1978 from the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. after 45 years. He also worked

for the National Corporation of America for 15 years. He will be remembered as a true gentleman. Friends and family called at the Mattingly-Gardiner Funeral Home on Fenwick St. in Leonardtown, MD. Viewing was Monday Feb. 20, 2012 with a prayer service. A funeral service was at Mt. Zion Methodist Church in Laurel Grove, MD on Tuesday February 21, 2012. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

Laura Smith, 47 Laura Ellen Brooks Smith, 47, of Tall Timbers, MD died from cancer 14 February 2012, at her residence. Born 29 March 1964 in Takoma Park, MD, she was the daughter of the late Leonard Paul and Ellen Dawn Brooks. She was most recently employed by DCS Corporation in Lexington Park, MD. She is survived by her husband of 17 years, James C. Smith; her daughters Shannon and Colleen; sisters Ginger Aben of Edgewater, MD and Donna Bryant of Nokesville, VA; and brother John Brooks of Birmingham, AL. A memorial service was held at St. George’s Episcopal Church, 19167 Poplar Hill Lane, Valley Lee, MD, 18 February 2012. The family received friends following the service at the church hall. Memorial contributions can be made to St. George’s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 30, Valley Lee MD, 20692. Condolences to the family may be made at

Mary Somerville, 63 Mary “Cecelia” Dorsey Somerville, 63, of Leonardtown, Maryland, passed away on February 11, 2012 at Southern Maryland Hospital. Mary was born on November 20, 1948 in Avenue, Maryland, to the late Charles Henry Dorsey and Clara Elizabeth Jones Dorsey. On November 6, 1965, she married her late husband, John B. Somerville. Cecelia was a lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County and attended St. Mary’s County Public Schools. She was a homemaker and always enjoyed her family, playing the lottery, watching her soaps and game shows. Cecelia was a very welcoming and caring person. She would take any one of her family members in if they needed a place to stay. Cecelia leaves to cherish her fond memories her children, Kelvin M. Dorsey (Rhonda) of Mechanicsville, MD., Bernadette Barnes (John), John B. Somerville, Jr. (Yalanda), Brenda L. Somerville (George), Stephanie A. Somerville, William A. Somerville (Ellie), all of Leonardtown, MD.; her special niece, Leslie Young; two grandchildren, Shonita and Calverio Somerville, (whom she raised as her own); her siblings, John B. Dorsey (Lucille), John M. Dorsey (Cynthia), Joseph D. Dorsey (Catherine), Natalie J. Edgeston (John), Margaret A. Dorsey, Rosie A. Scriber (Randolph), Harry A. Dorsey; sixteen grandchildren, ten great grandchildren; two telephone buddies Agnes (Hess) Dorsey and Patricia Patsey Parker and her goddaughter, Karen Dorsey, who stuck with the family throughout Cecelia’s whole ordeal; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

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Cecelia was preceded in death by her husband, John B. Somerville; parents, Charles and Clara Dorsey; three brothers, James T. Dorsey, Charles H. Dorsey, Robert S. Dorsey; two sisters, Alice C Parker, Mary T. Curtis Dorsey; two grandchildren, Takia M. Somerville and Lakia M. Somerville; and best friend, Mary A. Maddox. Family and friends united on Saturday, February 18, 2012 at Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home Chapel, 38576 Brett Way, Mechanicsville, MD. Elder Joseph Bowman officiated. Interment followed at Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, MD.

George Tennison, 54 George Patrick Tennison, 54, of Leonardtown, MD went to join Nana Marjorie Coyne and Nana Shirley Tennison in heaven on February 13, 2012. Born March 16, 1957 in Leonardtown, MD, he is the son of Jim and Anne Tennison of Leonardtown, MD. He is survived by his devoted wife of 34 years, Kathleen (Lowmiller) Tennison and his cherished daughter, Kaitlin Noelle Tennison of Leonardtown, MD; his siblings, Jim Jr. of Mechanicsville, MD, Lisa Goddard (Mike) of Rockhill, SC, and Joey of Leonardtown, MD; and many nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind his four legged buddies, Mayhem and Khaos. He is a 1975 graduate of Ryken High School. He spent 20 years as a SMECO employee, working his way from apprentice lineman to foreman. He took great pride in his job and looked forward to going to work every day. He was well respected by his fellow employees and tackled any given job with enthusiasm. George and Kaitlin shared a passion for all sports. Another great pleasure was fishing with his father from a pier in Breton Bay and rock fishing in the Chesapeake Bay with his buddies. George was a faithful member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church for over 25 years. He was an avid gardener; something he and his wife enjoyed together. They also enjoyed traveling, having taken trips to Europe, St. Lucie, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the beaches up and down the east coast. George remained partial to Ocean City, MD and particularly of St. Mary’s County. George will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. His whole life was lived for his family, faith and friends. Family received friends for George’s Life Celebration on Thursday, February 16, 2012 at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Prayers were recited. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Reverend Brian Sanderfoot on Friday, February 17, 2012 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 21370 Newtowne Neck Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Serving as pallbearers was Michael Hurry, Raynor Blair, Frank Wathen, Mike Mattingly, Eddie Bonifant, Perry Guy, and David Taylor. Serving as honorary pallbearers was his colleagues from SMECO. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice House of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD. 20650 and the Ronald McDonald House, 623 West Lexington Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.


Richard Wathen, 78 Richard Arthur Wathen, 78, of Leonardtown, MD died February 20, 2012 in Callaway, MD. Born on July 8, 1933, he was the son of the late Arthur M. Wathen and Mary Effie Lacey Wathen. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth L. Abell Wathen whom he married on June 14, 1958 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Hollywood, MD. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Lawrence Wathen, his sister, Marie Miller, and his second wife, Kathy Kepler Wathen. He is survived by his children, Richard Wathen, Jr. (Marlene), Edie Woodburn (Pat), Kathy Wathen, Susie Regel (Jeff), Cheri Eckardt (Jon), Lisa Miedzinski (Jim), Janie Allshouse (Mark); his sisters, Edith Roehs, Bea Rippy, and Rachael Quade, his brother, Donald Wathen, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Richard graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in 1952 before enlisting in the U.S. Air Force where he received an honorable medical discharge. He then worked as a meat cutter and after retirement, he provided in-home care for the elderly. He enjoyed gardening, and, most of all, spending time with his family. His final residence was Cedar Lane Apartments where he enjoyed playing cards and the friendly company of neighbors and staff. The family received friends on Wednesday, February 22, 2012 in the MattingleyGardiner Funeral Home chapel where prayers were recited. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 10 a.m. in St. John’s Catholic Church Hollywood, MD. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be Michael Miedzinski, Patrick Woodburn, David Miedzinski, Brian Allshouse, Kevin Allshouse and Jon Eckardt. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice House of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650 and/or Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 7, Hollywood, MD 20636.

Marshall Wood, 68 Marshall Bernard (Bernie) Wood originally of Calvert County Maryland, died on Sunday, February 5, 2012 at Providence Hospital in Anchorage, Alaska. Bernie was born on March 1, 1943. He was the son of the late Herman and Nellie Wood of Prince Frederick, Maryland. Bernie is survived by his wife of 41 years, Marianne Wheat Wood, 4 children, Randy and Crystal of Alabama, Kelsey and Kyle of Alaska and 8 grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Herman Reese Wood (Verna) of Merritt Island, Florida and sister, Esther Wood Anthony (Robert) of Prince Frederick, MD and many nieces and nephews. Bernie served in the U.S Navy for 4 years and in the early ‘90s he and Marianne moved to Alaska. He worked in the building trades as an electrician and plumber for many years. Contributions may be made in Bernie’s name to Hospice of Anchorage, 2612 East Northern Lights Boulevard, Anchorage, AK 99508, American Cancer Society or American Heart Association. Memorial services will be held at a later date in Prince Frederick


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With Student Debt Reaching Crisis, Scholarships Key

By Carrie Munn Staff Writer

the money raised going directly to scholarships for deserving St. Mary’s students. For details, visit or call 240-577-1697. Scholarship season is in full swing and, with the soarLast year, Schaller said, the organization gave ing national student loan debt making national headlines, out twenty $1,000 scholarships in addition to those it’s important that college-bound students, and their parents, offered by local businesses and community orgaget savvy on affording that important, yet costly education. nizations. The number of awards going to Great Locally, there is help for that. St. Mary’s County Public Mills High School students is also growing, thanks, Libraries offer a wealth of assistance, such as their Paying in part, to the efforts of Robin Willis, the school’s for College program and databases on scholarships, fellow- College Access Program (CAP) and career center ships and loans, as well as the Grant to Individuals database advisor. available at the Lexington Park Branch. Willis started working with students in SepThese resources can help simplify the search for edu- tember of 2006, at a time when she said collegecation funding, allowing students and their families to tap bound students were just starting to apply to collegdirectly into resources that may otherwise be obscure. The es in February and March. By having the students libraries’ reference staff is available to help with finding dedicate themselves CAP one day a week for an specific information. hour, Willis said, many were able to finish their colPhotos By Carrie Munn The St. Mary’s County Business, Education and Com- lege applications by Christmas break and have their munity Alliance (BECA) has streamlined the process of Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Robin Willis works with a group of Great Mills High School juniors and seniors on Wednesday afternoon. applying for scholarships available, offering a common ap- completed by Jan. 5. such as the downturn in the economy, job loss, recession plication that allows students to be eligible for numerous High school juniors and seniors visit Willis awards. This year, in addition to the BECA organization’s during their lunch periods for guidance through the appli- and the cost of tuition exceeding the level of financial aid own scholarship fund, 35 local businesses and organiza- cation process, help editing essays and gathering letters of available or the ability of the family to afford it. When Willis was asked if those graduating are thinktions are offering awards obtainable through the singular recommendation. By this time, many are awaiting their fiing differently about what to major in and which career path application. nancial aid packages and looking into scholarships. The deadline is fast approaching, with both online and The atmosphere in the college and career center is a to pursue because of the student loan debt crisis and the hard copy submissions due by 5 p.m. on March 15. supportive one, according to senior Shaquann Johnson, weakened economy and job market, she answered yes and Bob and Wendy Schaller, who volunteer along with who said Willis has helped him get to a point where he has no. “I personally vacillate on this subject [because] I bemany others to manually review, interview and serve as a now been accepted into several colleges and is confidently clearinghouse for the multiple awards, explained BECA has college ready. Another student, Kristy Vo, hugged Willis lieve you need to find your passion in life, however, one still grown significantly over the past few years, allowing more upon entering the room on Wednesday, thanking her for a needs to pay the bills,” she said. While many are still basing St. Mary’s students to benefit. recommendation which could mean up to $10,000 toward their choice of major on what interests them, students are conscious of their decisions in term’s of today’s world, she BECA will host its annual fundraiser on Friday, March her academic pursuits. 9 at Bowles Farm, featuring dinner, live music and aucWillis said she is very passionate about her job and added. “In the program, I preach heavily on the amount of tions. This casual affair promises to be a good time, with proudly displays a board overflowing with students’ accepdebt a college graduate should carry, while being able to tance letters in her room. “The program has changed the number enjoy a young professional lifestyle,” Willis stated, adding of college-bound students at Great Mills,” she she works with students to help them clearly understand said, adding parents also come in for guidance monthly budgets, using the average starting salary of their in completing their part of the FAFSA and look- chosen occupation minus realistic expenses. “The students quickly realize the debt level they can manage.” ing into available scholarships. “To put it bluntly, a college graduate with a $200,000 “I encourage parents to come see me, [because] as a mother of three teenagers, I com- college debt – which is not at all unreasonable in this day pletely understand the lack of communication and age – can’t live on their own, buy a car … they must depend on their parents for survival,” Willis said. She is one flow from student to parent,” Willis said. She keeps an updated list of scholarships of many helping students get a grasp on the realities of not that is disseminated throughout the school and just attending, but affording college. With total student loan debt in the U.S. tipping the said she tries to keep abreast of the trends of the $1 trillion mark and the amount of debt carried by college college admission. Willis said last year 100 Great Mills gradu- graduates and the number of defaults on the rise, it becomes ates went to the College of Southern Maryland. important for students, and their families, to make finanShe said many students over the last few years cially sound decisions about higher education. are choosing to complete their first two years at CSM to save money. That overall trend, she Dani Gorman, Willis and Kristy Vo stand near the board full of students’ accep- said, is a strong indication of several factors tance letters in her classroom.

Locals Donate $1 Million to St. Mary’s College St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s President Joseph R. Urgo announced last week the receipt of a $1 million gift from philanthropists Joe and Kathy Garner. The Joseph and Kathleen Garner Endowed Scholarship Fund will provide tuition and supplementary co-curricular support to academically talented, financially challenged students attending St. Mary’s College, with a preference for St. Mary’s Ryken High School graduates. Joe Garner graduated from St. Mary’s College in 1974 and from Ryken High School (now St. Mary’s Ryken High School) in 1966. Kathy Garner graduated from the University of Maryland and served as a teacher in the St. Mary’s County region. Joe benefited from an internship as an undergraduate before going on to a successful career at

Booz Allen Hamilton, and both he and Kathy understand the value of experiencing other cultures. Thus, the Garners designed the award to also include internship and studyabroad opportunities. “The Garner donation ensures full participation in the liberal arts experience by providing scholarship recipients the opportunity to attend St. Mary’s College and to learn beyond the boundaries of the classroom,” Urgo wrote in a press release. The Garners, who were long-time residents of St. Mary’s County before relocating to Florida, were pleased to have the opportunity to offer such an educational award to well-deserving students. “I am excited about the opportunity to link two out-

standing St. Mary’s County institutions through our scholarship program. This scholarship will pave the way for some of St. Mary’s County’s best and brightest students to deepen their roots in the community through their St. Mary’s College experience and eventually contribute to the growth and vitality of the community that has meant so much to my family and me,” Joe Garner stated. Kathy Garner added: “We intentionally established our scholarship to provide students with a complete experience, void of the need for supplemental loans, so that their education and the experiences that support it, are their focus. We cannot wait to see the differences it will make.”

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Local Criminal Justice Teens Are Tough Competitors By Carrie Munn Staff Writer The Criminal Justice program at the James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center had a strong showing at the SkillsUSA regional competition earlier this month, taking first and second place awards for both categories. The first place team in the Crime Scene Investigation competition consisted of juniors Maria Williams and Nick Walker and senior Chelsea Twemlow, all who said their practice really paid off. For four Saturdays, plus a few days after school, groups worked as a team on mock scenarios, processing evidence as quickly as possible and responding to their instructor’s critiques. During the 20-minute timed competition, there are often tricky, easily overlooked elements. Williams said planning out who does what is critical, so that each members’ job doesn’t overlap and waste precious time. She said the TV show, CSI Miami, triggered her interest in forensics and she took the course to make sure she would like to work in law enforcement, ultimately finding out she does. Twemlow said her interest was also sparked by several family members involved in various law enforcement careers. She is particularly interested in the psycho-

logical aspect of crime. She said while the shows are entertaining, they’re not entirely realistic, since the CSI work is separate from that of detectives. Walker said it just seemed like a cool class, but he has decided he definitely wants to pursue a career in the field. As a team, the second-year students processed a crime scene with a bed, drugs, a trashcan and a footlocker containing a day-planner. While the objective wasn’t to solve the crime, they had to thoroughly and accurately scrutinize everything, just as a real team would. The three agreed the win was exciting and said they will remain a cohesive team in moving onto the state competition. Junior Warren Forinash took top place in the individual SkillsUSA criminal justice challenge. Tech center instructor and retired St. Mary’s Sheriff’s deputy Sgt. Mickey Bailey said he is a quiet student but fared quite well in the competition. While both contests are intense, he said the individual competition is difficult to practice for since there’s no idea what to prepare for, requiring the student to think on their feet. “It’s a lot of pressure,” Bailey said. Bailey was still a working cop when he took on the role of teaching the criminal justice program. Only days after his official retirement, he was hired by the school board and returned to school himself to ac-

quire the necessary certifications. The students wear uniforms every Wednesday and during internships, where they are bussed to the nearby courthouse, Sheriff’s Office and the jail (after turning 18). Twemlow commented that during these visits, working with real law enforcement, is a “very eye opening experience.” She added that many officers and detectives are supportive of the students, offering to be references. The senior said she is looking into colleges that offer forensics as a field of study. Bailey said he rotates the students around during the internship phase, allowing them to get a first-hand glimpse at the various jobs. He said, “Sheriff Cameron is real gung-ho about education,” adding he would like to do even more if the budget allowed for it. Many that have come through the Tech Center and Bailey’s class have gone on to become St. Mary’s County deputies and corrections officers in St. Mary’s and Charles Counties. One, John Allen Pilkerton, became a Maryland State Police officer and another student, who placed in the top three at the national SkillsUSA com-

petition, went on to a career in federal law enforcement. Bailey explained while some students are able to find out the criminal justice field isn’t as glamorous as the popular shows make it out to be, others are able to finish with six credits under their belt through the College of Southern Maryland, providing them with a leg up on an associate’s degree. Sheriff Tim Cameron told The County Times, “the program is very valuable in preparing students for potential criminal justice careers by exposing them to all facets of the field and by placing them in intern positions in the Sheriff’s Office to garner first-hand experience.” He said there are currently a number of students working for his office in a variety of positions from patrol to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation to corrections and some also discover significant opportunities for careers as civilian experts such as crime analysts or forensics technicians. “I look forward to increasing our support of this very successful program,” the sheriff stated.

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Bohanan Gave Key ‘Yes’ Vote on Gay Marriage Bill By Guy Leonard Staff Writer With last week’s narrow 72-to-67 vote in the Maryland House of Delegates in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage, Del. John Bohanan knows his support for the measure is bound to bring controversy and disapproval from many voters in Southern Maryland. Bohanan’s was one of just two votes in the entire Southern Maryland House Delegation supporting the bill. “People are going to be unhappy with that … every time you take a vote someone’s unhappy,” Bohanan said Monday. “This will go to referendum, Marylanders deserve the right to say they want it or not. “Emotions are strong and this gives people a chance to express them.” Bohanan said he made up his mind to vote for the issue Thursday evening just before the following day’s vote. His vote initially did not show up tallied as in support of the bill because of a technical glitch, he said, even though he said he deliberately voted in favor the first time. “There’s a glitch in the system, they’ve been working on it all weekend,” Bohanan

said. “It’s a new system and we’ve already had a lot of problems with it this year.” Bohanan said he personally favors “strong civil unions” for same-sex couples, which is just short of a full marriage, but his vote was designed to allow Marylanders to settle the issue in referendum once and for all, he claimed. Residents would have to petition to overturn the law by referendum, if approved by the Senate. Bohanan’s vote came as a surprise to his St. Mary’s County colleague Del. John Wood (D-29A) who voted against the bill. The other Southern Maryland delegation vote in favor was from Charles County’s Del. Peter Murphy, who is openly gay. “We knew where Peter was at,” Wood said. But Wood said he found Bohanan’s vote very strange. “Everybody in Southern Maryland [delegation] has always been strongly against that,” Wood said. “That’s something he’s got to live with, not me.” Wood said the measure almost did not pass. “Just two less votes and it would’ve failed,” Wood said.

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Same Sex Marriage Well on Way to Law By Sarah Miller Staff Writer

Debate over allowIf the Maryland Senate acts as planned, this time ing same-sex marriage in next year same-sex couples will be able to marry in Maryland reached a new Maryland, barring a citizen referendum attempting to height in 2010 when Atoverturn the law. torney General Douglas The Civil Marriage Protection Act does not force Gansler wrote an opinion religious organizations to perform a wedding if doing so saying that state agencies would be against their religious doctrine, providing that should recognize such doing so would be “…in violation of the right to free exmarriages, noting that ercise of religion guaranteed by the First Amendment to states respect the legal rulthe United States Constitution…” the House bill reads. ings and contracts made “Each religious organization, association or society by other states. has exclusive control over its own theological doctrine, At that time Bohanan policy teachings and beliefs regarding who may marry wrote an opinion piece within that faith,” according to the bill. in the St. Mary’s Today The bill would go into effect Jan. 1, 2013. newspaper stating his Del. John L. Bohanan, Jr. (D-29B) was the only delstrong opposition to legalegate in Calvert or St. Mary’s counties to vote for the bill. izing same sex marriage. Del. Joseph F. Vallario, Jr. (D-27A) said the bill first “Formal opinions came around last year, but it didn’t make it to the house of the Attorney General floor. are simply the Attorney He said there are minor changes the Senate will see General’s interpretation when they vote on the bill, and if it passes there, then of what a court may rule it goes to the governor. If enacted, residents will have … an Attorney General’s an opportunity to petition and have the issue put on a opinion is not law,” Bostatewide ballot. hanan wrote. “I continue to If the bill were to make it through a statewide pubbelieve that in Maryland, a lic vote, Vallario said Maryland would be the first state marriage is between a man in the country to have passed a same-sex marriage law and a woman. through a referendum. “Marriage is an imVallario said he voted against the bill because he beportant tenet upon which lieves marriage is a union between a man and a woman, families are built and I though he supports civil unions. will continue to fight for Delegate James E. Proctor, Jr. (D-27A) said he was the institution of the famnot surprised to see the way the vote went, seeing that the ily in the Maryland legisgovernor made it a priority this year. Like Vallario, he lature,” Bohanan wrote. said he would have supported the bill if it was simply for Todd Eberly, profesequal rights and responsibilities in civil unions. sor of political science “I could more or less have voted for that,” Proctor at St. Mary’s College of said. Maryland, said that BoHouse Minority Leader Anthony O’Donnell (Rhanan’s vote could cost 29C) said he would not have supported the bill, even if it him. was for civil unions instead of marriages. He said it will “I think there will probably pass through the senate without a problem. be fallout from this,” Eb“It’s not a big mystery, everyone expects it to pass erly said Monday. “He the Senate,” O’Donnell said. “I believe the citizens will represents that southern have the final say on the ballot, one way or the other.” chunk of the county and the county has trended Republican. “On this vote it’s out of step with what voters would have preferred.” Bohanan narrowly defeated GOP political newcomer Erik Anderson in the 2010 election to keep his seat in Annapolis, Eberly said, and this latest vote for a locally unpopular law could make him a target in the next election. “This was not a surprise to me,” House Minority Leader Anthony O’Donnell said of Bohanan’s vote. “He works for Congressman [Steny] Hoyer and he’s been an activist for this at the federal level.” Richard Conner, a local Baptist pastor, said the issue was one that undermined the family. “It’s a very sad day in our nation when we devalue the sanctity of the home,” Connor said. “It’s not just a sin it’s an abomination unto God … I hope our leaders would consider very carefully the consequences before they pass this law.” Photo By Frank Marquart


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Setting An Example of Sustainability

By Carrie Munn Staff Writer Tucked away atop a hill near the intersection of Route 5 and Willows Road sits Frank and Christina Allen’s homestead. On about 10 acres, the Allens have established a productive, self-sustaining way of life and serve as mentors to many local young farmers. Both were raised in New England and neither grew up farming. On a quick trip to St. Mary’s County in the mid-‘90’s, following a set of military base realignments that led Frank, a physicist, to employment in the area, Christina spotted the small farmhouse on the hill. When they found it was for sale upon moving to the area, they bought it and made it home Labor Day weekend of 1995. Their long, sloping driveway was once a rolling road which pre-dates Route 5, Frank explained. The corncrib, most likely built in the 1800’s was rehabbed and turned into

a comfortable studio for artist Christina. An old tobacco barn houses the couple’s farm implements and a 1500-gallon tank collects the rainwater from the structure’s metal roof. Over the years, through a great deal of work, the Allens have planted a bevy of edibles and began raising livestock, all through organic methods Frank said are reminiscent of centuries past. Because of his severe food allergies, Frank explained, they grow the bulk of their own foods and Christina has become an amazing cook, learning to incorporate many root vegetables and other things non-familiar in the modern American diet. With vegetable gardens producing yearround, Frank said there is no off-season and every month of the year, there is work to be done. The 63-year-old said it’s intensive, but the work brings a sense of satisfaction. Much of what he and Christina have accomplished has been self-taught, through research and trial and error. Their flock of Jersey Buff turkeys are a bit of a rarity and includes Chip, which they raised from an egg and became the inspiration for Christina’s awardwinning children’s book, “A Micro-chip on My Shoulder: A True Story of A Little Poult”, now in it’s second printing. Frank explained the breed of turkeys was once quite popular in the Mid-Atlantic region, but “a lot of the heritage livestock and seed stock is disappearing … that’s just what is happening in agriculture these days.” They raise chickens and sheep and have a plethora of fruiting trees and plants throughout their yard. Christina is also a fiber artist, using the woolen coats of the couple’s flock of sheep to craft wearable works of art and rendering the fat to make soap. Frank explained that, much like the Native Americans, they are grateful for the sustenance their animals provide and try to let very little go to waste. “By raising them yourself, you realize how important they are.”

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Slaughtering, he said, is the hardest part, adding Christina is the one who does it, with each animal providing multiple meals for the couple. Their animals also eat well, consuming any excess. They have located the turkeys near the orchard where they serve as a sort of natural pest control. “We tend to do all natural,” Frank stated, asking, “Why spray chemicals if you don’t have to?” On the Allens’ back porch, Frank pointed to a box of miscellaneous food items they received from a local soup kitchen, which, while unable to be given to the public, provides natural nutrition for their livestock. In exchange, he explained, the couple often offers fresh vegetables to the organization. It’s all part of the network Frank said is slowly being built in the area, adding both he and Christina are always happy to help others better understand the benefits of natural farming. A “slow food movement” which helps promote the art of both growing and eating what one consumes is on the horizon as is an overall shift in thinking, he said. “We need more younger farmers,” he said, adding, “Local farming is going to come back big time.” He said it’s been the relatively low cost of petroleum that’s created an environment in which food and many other items are transported long distances or imported. As gas prices steadily increase, as does the cost of food, locally grown foods will again become competitive. “There’s no reason why [people] can’t be eating from their own gardens 12 months out of the year,” he said, adding local organic farmer Brett Grosghal is doing so and providing that for members of the community through year-round CSAs. The Allens have become mentors for many up-and-coming local growers including Farah Mughal and Brandon Perkins. “We can talk to them for hours as they are an endless resource of knowledge,” Mughal said. Christina showed the couple how to slaughter chickens and has offered a great deal of advice about their journey into natural farming. “The Allens are just amazingly real people. Their simple approach to life fills their days with hours of actual work and in return they have fresh foods to nourish themselves with … What a way to live!” A student and “WWOOFer” or member of the World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms organization was visiting the Allens’ homestead, offering his labor in exchange for

room and board. He shared that after graduating from a Baltimore high school last year, he was taking a gap year before starting college. He spent the fall in Ecuador and plans to organic farm hop down the coast, learning as much as possible about sustainability. The couple also welcomes visitors via the Southern Maryland Trail. Frank said beyond the realm of agriculture, he also has an understanding of other big issues within the community, namely traffic. While the 20-fold increase in drivers near his peaceful residence is an aggravation and a result from rapid development along Willows Road, he said as an employee of the Navy he has seen it become increasingly difficult to attract talent down to “this cul-desac county,” especially when it’s difficult to get from point A to point B on the heavily congested roadways. He has ideas about a rapid transit commuter bus that could solve the transportation problems plaguing the community and threatening the vitality of NAS Patuxent River. He said he plans to share those with the Navy Alliance and the county in coming weeks. He also supports further development of dedicated bicycle trails and diversification of the county’s workforce, commenting, “We need to start thinking and need to start building industry that doesn’t solely rely on the base.” Through their individual efforts, the Allens are taking a “from the bottom up” approach and through his efforts as president of the Patuxent Tidewater Land Trust’s board of directors, Frank is helping push a “back to the earth” initiative overall. “Many can do this,” he said, adding that even a raised garden in the backyard is a step in the right direction. As he stood barefoot, overlooking the land, Frank told The County Times, “Our homestead is like a resort in it’s own way … it’s an enjoyable way of living.” He said he feels very in touch with the earth and his own body, adding that his mother always called him “nature boy.”


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First Fridays are happening in Leonardtown! Now Open on the Leonardtown Square: Friday, March 2, 2012 5 to 8 PM --Wear Green and Be Seen -March on down for a great night out!

First Friday is made possible by these businesses and other LBA members: ParticiPating businesses & staying oPen late: bella Music school, big larry’s coMic book café, brewing grounds, café des artistes, craft guild shoP, colleen’s dreaM, college of southern Maryland, crazy for ewe, fenwick street used books and Music, fuzzy farMer’s Market , good earth natural foods, the shoPs of Maryland antiques center, creekside gallery, kevin’s corner kafé, leonardtown arts center, leonardtown galleria, leonardtown grill, lynn’s café and catering, MontParnasse gallery and gifts, north end gallery, oga’s asian cuisine, olde town Pub, olde towne stitchery, on a roll, Port of leonardtown winery, rustic river bar and grill, quality street kitchens, shelby’s creative fraMing, st. Mary’s Macaroni kid, the farMer’s daughter cuPcakes, the front Porch, treadles studio, ye olde towne café

BIG LARRY’S COMIC BOOK CAFE22745 Washington Street. Be sure to stop in at Big Larry’s Café for all we have to offer, like one of Big Larry’s delicious Subs or Burgers. As always on First Fridays, our Nathan’s All Beef Hot Dogs are half price at 99 cents. Or maybe a 100% Real Fruit Smoothie or our Hershey’s Premium Ice Cream. We are also a full service Comic Book and Game Store. See you at Big Larry’s this First Friday!


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BREWING GROUNDS- 41658 Fenwick Street. Live music with the Three Amigos from 6PM to 8PM and 10% discount on food and beverage purchases. CAFE DES ARTISTES- 41655 Fenwick Street. Live Music and Dinner Specials. Leonardtown’s original neighborhood bistro with French Country Charm, a casual and friendly atmosphere, fine food and excellent service. Creative, comforting dishes are Classic French with an American flair and pair perfectly with the great variety of wines from Leonardtown to France, and al fresco dining available on our quaint patio sidewalk! CHEZ NOUS -- Fenwick Street 240-5384571 Mon - Sat 10AM - 6PM, Sun 12PM - 4PM. Come see our new chocolates and jewelry designs ready for Valentine’s Day. Free chocolate samples while they last. Unique hand made one of a kind fine jewelry by Balbina Meyer (Art in Wire) Jewelry Designer. Artisan chocolates, handcrafted in Baltimore for German chocolatier Albert Kirchmayr. CRAFT GUILD SHOP- 26005 Point Lookout Road (next to Maryland Antiques Center). Our featured artisan for the month of March is Katherine Major of Valley Lee, MD. She bring to the Shop’s assortment of many handmade items, crocheted baby sweaters, blankets, hats, booties and kitchen towels, as well as colorful, sewn stuffed toys and rattles. She also makes cozy, fleece blankets. The Craft Guild Shop is a co-op of diverse and dedicated local artisans and hand-crafters. The Craft Guild Shop offers traditional and contemporary crafts. Many of these items are one-of-a-kind. Various classes offered. Call 301-997-1644 or visit our website, www.craftguildshop. com. Hope you join us for First Friday. FENWICK STREET USED BOOKS and MUSIC- 41655A Fenwick StreetGreat reads and music! Join us for a return of local author Christine Trent and purchase her newest book, By the King’s Design. Ms. Trent will be signing copies starting at 5:00 PM. Click here for more info!

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FUZZY FARMERS MARKET – 22696 Washington Street. If you’re looking for unique, high quality items to give or to keep, you’ve come to the right place. Indulge yourself with handmade goat’s milk soap and unique jewelry. Then fill your home with locally made blankets and baskets, kitchen towels and textiles. There’s fun and funky fiber art along with felted figurines of farm animals and fairies. We have handspun yarn and dyed fiber ready to knit, crochet, spin, and felt.

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GOOD EARTH NATURAL FOODS41675 Park Ave. Come to The Good Earth and meet our March guests: Andy of Barlean’s and Dr. Dent of Harbor Bay Chiropractic. Andy will offer samples of Barlean’s Greens and Dr. Dent will perform posture screenings. Learn more by visiting and www. Stop on in for some preventative maintenance tips and put some “spring” in your step! Happy Spring and St. Paddy’s Day! CREEKSIDE GALLERY- (in Maryland Antiques Center) “Local Treasures” will continue this month featuring the watercolor paintings of Sue Stevenson, who is well known for her capture of Southern Maryland’s local seascapes and landscapes. There is always a story with each painting that connects the piece with the history of the area. The gallery will also begin its “Historic Southern Maryland Show,” displaying the works of many other local artists in variety of mediums. Beautiful wood works will be displayed along with decorative gourds and hand crafted jewelry. LEONARDTOWN ARTS CENTERCourt Square BLDG, 2nd floor, 22660 Washington St. The art center is a lively addition to the Leonardtown arts scene. Come visit local artists in their studios working on their craft. Painters, sculptors, jewelers and more. LEONARDTOWN GALLERIA- (in Maryland Antiques Center). More than 80 fine arts creations, including paintings in oil, acrylic and watercolor, sculpture, woodwork, porcelain tile creations and jewelry. The Galleria is open 10:00 am – 5:00 pm seven days a week. The Leonardtown Galleria is managed by members of the Color & Light Society of southern Maryland. The gallery features art works by 15 members of the Color and Light group and one guest artist. In the coming months, the Galleria plans to have special guest shows, classes and workshops. For more information, call Carole Thieme at 410-394-0326. MONTPARNASSE GALLERY AND GIFTS - 22760 Washington Street. Montparnasse Gallery and Gifts is a venue that showcases contemporary works of art by regional, national, and international artists. The mission of Montparnasse is to display and promote artists, poets and musicians, meanwhile providing a comfortable environment where artists and visitors are free to dialogue. We are committed to building community bonds by celebrating cultural diversity, and encouraging creative expression. Montparnasse promises to provide affordable items, demonstrations and events. Regular business hours, ThursSunday 1-6 pm, open later on Fridays 301247-1119 NORTH END GALLERY- 41652 Fenwick Street. Spring is on its way, and so is a new show for March ... “Transformation” is about each artist giving their own way of looking at the subject. Some may show how we move through time, while others may give depictions of change. Each artist has a unique look at “Transformation” for you to

enjoy. This special show opens on Feb. 28 and will run until April 29th. Join us for our First Friday Reception from 5PM to 8PM. Thanks to all those visitors in February who dropped off items for our troops during our collection week for Operation Valentine! North End Gallery offers unique gifts from 32 of Southern Maryland’s best artists and artisans. Treat yourself or someone you love to a hand made treasure from your community.

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OLDE TOWN PUB- Washington Street. Relax after work, meet with friends, or come watch the big game on our giant 60-inch plasma TV. We offer 14 beers on tap, your favorite mixed drinks using only premium spirits, and popular wines. In addition, we have tasty appetizers and great meals for the entire family. Our traditional décor offers a welcoming atmosphere whether you’re celebrating a big event or winding down after a day at work. We look forward to serving you at the most popular nightspot in Southern Maryland. PORT OF LEONARDTOWN WINERY- 23190 Newtowne Neck Road. Thanks to all those visitors in February who dropped off items for our troops during our collection week for Operation Valentine! Local wine, art and local music make for a great evening! For more information and instant updates, see our website or like us on Facebook. QUALITY STREET KITCHENS- 41675 Fenwick Street. Tastings and specials! RUSTIC RIVER BAR AND GRILL- 40874 Merchant’s Lane (Route 5). Dinner and drink specials. Live music. ST. MARY’S MACARONI KID - Thanks to all those visitors in February who dropped off items for our troops during our collection week for Operation Valentine! Stop by in March and make a musical St. Paddy’s day craft. Meet Miss Carol from Nanny on Call. Take a peek in her special “nanny bag” and learn all about their wonderful local child care service. Our craft table is always FREE for kids! St. Mary’s Macaroni Kid is a free weekly e-newsletter and website offering all the kid and family friendly events in the county. Look for us inside Ye Olde Towne Café. THE FRONT PORCH- 22770 Washington Street. An intimate restaurant featuring creative American Cuisine. Set within the Sterling House, we offer casual dining in a cozy atmosphere. The menu includes a broad selection of starters, soups, sandwiches, salads, and entrees. We offer daily specials, feature seasonal ingredients, local produce, and boast an ever changing dessert menu. The “back room” at The Front Porch showcases over 40 varieties of wine, while our bar presents Specialty Drinks, Boutique Beer, along with traditional cocktails. YE OLDE TOWNE CAFE- 22865 Washington Street. Live music. Enjoy Home Cooking with a freshly made dessert at a reasonable price. Free crafts for kids with Macaroni Kid!

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Community ‘Hairy’ Hits New York Stage By Carrie Munn Staff Writer Local playwright George Johnson said not being cast in “The Importance of Being Earnest” was one of the best things to ever happen to him. That, he explained, was the catalyst behind his writing “The Importance of Being Hairy” for the Newtowne Players 2010 Footlight Festival. The work was chosen out of hundreds to be performed at the Riant Theater’s Strawberry One-Act Festival in New York City on March 3. The prestigious festival and competition, now in its 21st season, awards $1,500 to the winning playwright and provides the opportunity to have a full-length play developed by the Riant.

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Colored Troops Memorial Groundbreaking Set A Groundbreaking Ceremony is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, March 4, for the St. Mary’s County United States Colored Troops (USCT) Memorial Monument. The ceremony will be held at John G. Lancaster Park, 21550 Willow Road, Lexington Park. An invitation is extended to everyone to witness this historical Groundbreaking Ceremony after a vision of over 20 years. Years of dedication by a local volunteer group, the Unified Committee for Afro-American Contributions (UCAC) and the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) have made it possible for residents and visitors to pay homage and respect to these men who served our country. “The United States Colored Troops were regi-

ments of the United States Army and Navy during the Civil War that were composed of African American soldiers and sailors. Many of the men who served as USCT were slaves prior to volunteering for the Union Army,” a press release states. “In St. Mary’s County during the 1800s there were more than 6,500 slaves and over 600 were recruited as USCT. All Union soldiers and sailors from the county will be honored.” The memorial monument is scheduled to be dedicated on June 16, at 10 a.m. during the annual Juneteenth Celebration. For information contact: Nathaniel Scroggins, President (UCAC) - (301) 862-9635, Idolia Shubrooks, Co-Chair (301) 863-2150 or Janice Walthour, Co-Chair (301) 862-2296.

Student Awarded for Engineering On Saturday, Feb. 4, St. John's School student Sarah Papp participated in the St. Mary's County Science and Engineering Fair. Her project "Effect on Windmill Blade Design on Electricity Production" was awarded the prestigious Wyle Laboratories Award: 1st Place Junior Division Engineering Award in Applied Aerospace Principles. She was presented with a certificate and a cash award.

Photo by George Johnson From left to Rebecca Masters, Andrea Hein and Jessica Cantrell rehearse.

Johnson said while he was happy just finishing the play, he was shocked when “The Importance of Being Hairy” won audience choice at the Footlight Festival. From there, he explained, it was produced at the College of Southern Maryland as a Southern Maryland one-act original, then at the 2011 state and Laurel Mill Playhouse one-act festival and at the American Globe Theatre’s 15-Minute play festival in New York. Johnson shared that his first trip to New York with his debut work was incredible. “Driving past 42nd Street and through the theater district and Times Square to see a play I wrote being performed Off-Off-Broadway was something I never even dreamed of,” he said. The play centers around a mix-up when Jessica, who is looking for a hairy-chested man, wears a rose meant for someone else and Harry believes he’s on a blind date with a girl he was to meet for the first time … a girl wearing a rose. For the Strawberry Festival, the play will be put on by first-time director A. Gilligan, and a cast that Johnson called “outstanding.” There will be a send-off performance of “The Importance of Being Hairy” at CSM’s Leonardtown campus auditorium in building A on March 1 at 7 p.m. for a $10 donation. Johnson has already written a sequel, “Twit!” which was produced as part of the 2012 Southern Maryland Originals and said he has a few ideas for other plays that could become the third act in the adventures of Harry.

Color and Light Society to Open Special Art Showing Members of the Color and Light Society of Southern Maryland will display many of their artistic creations at the Annmarie Garden’s Mezzanine (Arts Building), starting March 11. Approximately 60 artistic creations will be on display for a two-week period. Art works include paintings in oil, acrylic and watercolor, sculpture, porcelain tile creations, and jewelry. Presently, there are 24 local artists in the Color and Light Society — from St. Mary’s and Calvert counties. A special reception will be held Friday, March 16, from 5 - 8 pm. Visitors will be able to enjoy all of Color & Light’s art works on the Mezzanine as well as other activities being held in the Arts Building that evening. The Annmarie Garden Arts Building is open 10 am – 5 pm, seven days a week. Cost of admission to the Garden’s Mezzanine is $3 for Garden non-members, no charge for current Garden members. Seniors over the age of 65 only pay $2. The Color and Light Society of Southern Maryland, Inc., a nonprofit organization, was formed to provide a means by which local artists could meet

periodically to foster growth in the individual artist’s talents. Color & Light believes that exhibiting one's art encourages learning, development and pride of one’s original work. Annual dues are $60. Monthly workshops and lectures are held to explore various artistic techniques. For more information on the society, contact current president Carole Thieme, of Solomons, at 410-394-0326.


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n O g n i Go In Entertainment Thursday, Feb. 23

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chants Lane, Leonardtown) – 8 p.m.

Live Music: “Juke Box Thieves” Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 8 p.m.

Live Music: “R & R Train” Gridiron Grill (20855 Callaway Village Way, Callaway) – 9 p.m.

Live Music: “Eric Scott & Doug Segree” Casey Jones Pub (417 E. Charles St., La Plata) – 9:30 p.m.

Live Music: “Hyjinx” Vera’s White Sands Beach Club (1200 White Sands Drive, Lusby) – 9:30 p.m.

Open Mic Night Jake & Al's Chophouse (258 Town Square Drive, Lusby) – 9 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 24

Live Music: “Renegade Band” Hole In the Wall Tavern (24702 Sotterley Road, Hollywood) – 9 p.m. Live Music: “Three Day Ride” Loveville Tavern (28275 Point Lookout Road, Leonardtown) – 9 p.m.

Live Music: “yellowtieguy & Pet the Monster” The Greene Turtle (6 St. Mary's Avenue
Suite 104,
La Plata) – 9:30 p.m.

Live Music: “Gretchen Richie” Cafe Des Artistes (41655 Fenwick Street, Leonardtown) – 7:30 p.m.

Live Music: “Ken Fischer” Vera’s White Sands Beach Club (1200 White Sands Drive, Lusby) – 8 p.m.

Live Music: “Wild Good” Cryer’s Back Road Inn (22094 Newtowne Neck Road, Leonardtown) – 8:30 p.m.

Live Music: “Groove Span: The Blue Dog Saloon (7940 Port Tobacco Road, Port Tobacco) – 8:30 p.m. Live Music: “Coalition & Releasing My Demans” Memories Nightclub and Bar (2360 Old Washington Road, Waldorf) – 9 p.m. Live Music: “Coastal Flats” Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 8 p.m. Live Music: “Marla Vicker’s Project” Apehangers Bar and Grill (9100 Crain Highway, Bel Alton) – 9 p.m. Live Music: “Three Sixty Band” Martini’s Lounge (10553 Theodore Green Boulevard, White Plains) – 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 25 Live Music: “Three Days of Rain” Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood) – 9 p.m. Live Music: “Korupt w/ Guilty As Charged” Memories Nightclub and Bar (2360 Old Washington Road, Waldorf) – 9 p.m. Live Music: “Surreal” Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) – 9:30 p.m. Live Music: “The Piranhas” Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 8 p.m. Live Music: “Lost in Paris & The Sam Grow Band” Hotel Charles (15110 Burnt Store Road, Hughesville) – 9 p.m. Live Music: “HydraFX & A Day Off Earth” The Green Door (18098 Point Lookout Rd., Park Hall) – 9 p.m. Live Music: “Chyp & Andrea” Rustic River Bar and Grill (40874 Mer-

Live Music: “Buster Brown Duo” Casey Jones Pub (417 E. Charles St., La Plata) – 9:30 p.m. Live Music: “Jerome Fix Group” Anthony’s Bar and Grill (10371 Southern Maryland Boulevard, Dunkirk) – 9 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 26 Arts Exhibit: “Made In Maryland” North End Gallery (41652 Fenwick Street, Leonardtown) - Noon Live Music: “The Sam Grow Band” Vera’s White Sands Beach Club (1200 White Sands Drive, Lusby) – 3 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 27 Open Mic Night Rustic River Bar and Grill (40874 Merchants Lane, Leonardtown) – 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 28 Live Music: “Fair Warning” DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 5 p.m. Open Mic Night Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 6:30 p.m. Live Music: “Kappa Danielson & Paul Larson Duo” Anthony’s Bar and Grill (10371 Southern Maryland Boulevard, Dunkirk) - 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 29 Wolf’s Blues Jam Emerald Cove (3800 Harbor Road, Chesapeake Beach) – 8 p.m. Live Music: “Acoustical Sounds” Martini’s Lounge (10553 Theodore Green Boulevard, White Plains) – 8 p.m. Live Music: “Mason Sebastian” DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 5 p.m.


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12:30 p.m. with Early Bird games beginning at 1:30 p.m. Regular bingo games will start at 2 p.m. Early Bird packs are $5 and regular • R&B Line Dance Workshop bingo is 20 games for $20, this includes five House of Dance (24620 Three Notch Road, specials. Purchase your tickets early! Call Hollywood) – 6 p.m. Heidi @ 410-257-6078, Kathy @ 410-952Have you always wished that you were 4880 or Cindy @ 410-610-2965 for more one of the party guests up on the dance floor information. when the DJ starts playing The Electric Slide, but stayed in your chair because you didn’t know the moves? Well - here’s your chance to get down, get funky and have a • Genealogical Society blast at the next party or wedding you attend. Leonardtown Library (23250 Hollywood Learn the old “standby” line dances that are Road, Leonardtown) – 7 p.m. currently out as well as some new and excitThe St. Mary’s Genealogical Society ing ones such as “The Wobble”, “The Balti- is holding their next meeting. The public is more”, “Mississippi Slide” and much more invited and admission is free. Subject of the which will have you dancing, feeling fit and meeting is “If It’s On the Internet, How Can ready to party the night away! Complimen- I Find It.” Speaker is Linda Vert. Refreshtary, 30-minute practice session (and review ments served. Contact Loranna Gray at of the line dances we learned that night). $15 301-373-8458 or Peg Richardson at 410-326for one workshop. 4435 for directions or information.

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Friday, Feb. 24

• Black History Celebration First Missionary Baptist Church (47359 Lincoln Ave., Lexington Park) – 2 p.m. Join First Missionary Baptist Church for a Celebration of Black History as we commemorate Harriet Tubman. Joyce Harris, Storyteller and Historian, will be bringing the legacy alive with her rendition of “Harriet Tubman - The Influence of Church & Spirituals in the Underground Railroad. Contact the church, 301-863-8388, for further information.

Saturday, Feb. 25 • St. Mary’s County Fair Association Flea Market St Mary’s County Fairgrounds (42455 Fairgrounds Road, Leonardtown) – 8 a.m. St. Mary’s County Fair Association is having an indoor Flea Market at the Fairgrounds. All vendors and Crafters are welcome. An 8 X 10 space with ones table may be rented for $20. For information or to reserve a space you must call 301-475-9543. • Asbury Solomons Sale Asbury Solomons Retirement Community Auditorium (11000 Asbury Circle, Solomons) – 9 a.m. Betty’s Closet, a resale of new and gently used clothing, accessories and jewelry. The library committee will also have many books on sale at great prices. Grannies Treasures will also be selling housewares, furniture and many miscellaneous items. All proceeds will benefit the Benevolent Care Fund. We also contribute excess items to various charities in the community, so you are also helping people in these difficult times. For more information, call 410-394-3483. • Lampwork Beadmaking Workshop Calvert Pines Senior Center (450 West Dares Beach Road, Prince Frederick) – 10 a.m. Please join Calvert Artist Guild members in the Art Room at Calvert Pines Senior Center. After a brief meeting, Lonnie Harkin will present “Lampwork Beadmaking.” Free to the public. For additional information, please contact Gerry Wood 301-863-9663 or

Sunday, Feb. 26 • Basket Bingo Dunkirk Fire House (3170 West Ward Road, Dunkirk) – 12:30 p.m. The Patricia L Rogers Educational Scholarship Fund is holding their 4th annual Basket Bingo. Doors will open at

Tuesday, Feb. 28 • “Horton Hears a Who” Family Fun Night Event Jarboe Educational Center (21161 Lexwood Drive, Lexington Park) – 5:30 p.m. The Family Access Center of St. Mary’s County is hosting the “Horton Hears a Who” Family Fun Night. This event will allow participants to gather together to watch the movie, make arts and crafts, and celebrate the upcoming birthday of Dr. Seuss. Please contact Crystal Brehm at 301-866-5332 or 240-682-4778 for more information or to RSVP. • What’s Brewing? Bible Study Grace Chapel Church (39245 Chaptico Road, Helen) – 10 a.m. What’s Brewing? - Filtering your plans, priorities & perspectives. A Stonecroft topical study makes the Word of God accessible to everyone, no matter where they may be on their spiritual journey. This is a woman’s study offered weekly, Wednesday mornings from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.. Refreshments, coffee and tea will be provided. Each participant will be provided a book for $6. Childcare is provided at the church. Please consider coming to meet other Christian women for fellowship and studying the Word. E-mail Jen at for more information.

purpose of the project is to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus, which is a deadly disease taking the lives of nearly 60,000 women and babies each year. To eliminate this disease by immunizing 100 million mothers and their future babies, Kiwanis, Key Club and UNICEF are dedicated to raising $110 million, and the Key Club of Great Mills High School is committed to raising as much as possible toward this cause. Tickets for the event will be sold at the door for $15 for adults and $10 for children age 10 and under, and includes the dinner plus admission for the music concert and motivational speaker. Advance tickets are also available by emailing GMHSKeyClubD22@gmail. com or by calling Key Club faculty advisor, Eva Donahue at Great Mills High School at (301) 863-4001. Key Club is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of St. Mary’s County.

• A Senior Medicare Patrol Town Hall Northern Senior Activity Center (29655 Charlotte Hall Road) – 10 a.m. Calvert County Office on Aging, Charles County Aging and Senior Programs, and St. Mary’s County Department of Aging and Human Services, along with invited guest speaker U.S. Senator Ben Cardin will host “A Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) Town Hall Meeting to Address Scams against the Elderly In Southern Maryland.” Learn how to Detect, Prevent & Report popular scams; identity theft; medical insurance, consumer and financial fraud. Hear from Represen• Zumba Fitness Classes tatives of the U.S. Secret Service, Federal Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad (43256 Trade Commission and others; how to hanRescue Lane, Hollywood) – 5:45 p.m. dle scams that arrive by phone, in the mail, Every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:45 on the internet, or at your front door. Regto 6:45 p.m. Cost is $7 per class or $25 for istration is required, to register call Debbie five classes. Proceeds benefit Hollywood Barker at: (301) 475-4200, ext. 1050. Volunteer Rescue Squad. For information call 301-757-2336.

• Kid’s Day Out Lexington Park United Methodist Church (21760 Great Mills Road, Lexington Park) 9 a.m. The church offers a Kid’s Day Out program. The program meets every Tuesday, starting at 9:00 a.m. until 3:30. The program offers parents time for doctors appointment, cleaning, visits to friends, shopping or just time to sit back, relax and enjoy some time to regroup knowing that their children are in a safe, loving environment. The program is open to children 4 months through age 4. The teachers are trained, FBI checked, first- aid and CPR trained. The cost of the program is $40 a week for age 4 months to 1 year, 1 year to 4 years $30. Let the staff provide you with a day to yourself where your children are safe, in a loving, spiritual and educational environment. For more information contact Patricia Pinnell, Director at 301-994-9327 or 301 -863-3900 or bnppin- • Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser Great Mills High School (21130 Great Mills Road, Great Mills) – 6 p.m. The Key Club at Great Mills High School is hosting a spaghetti dinner fun• Free Beginner Line Dance Lessons draiser and is inviting the public to attend. Hotel Charles (15100 Burnt Store Road, The dinner will include spaghetti, meatballs, Hughesville) – 7 p.m. salad, garlic bread, drinks, and dessert. This The Boot Scooters of Southern Mary- event is much more than just a dinner, as the land offer free beginner Line Dance Les- evening will include a motivational guest sons every Wednesday night from 7-7:30 speaker, special musical performances by p.m. Guests may stay and watch, or even the Great Mills Tri-M National Honor Sociparticipate in, the more advanced practice ety, a cake auction, and raffles of gift cersession that follows the beginner lessons. tificates for local restaurants. All proceeds Anyone interested in obtaining more in- from the event will go to the Eliminate Projformation about these lessons can contact ect, which is the Worldwide Service Project us through the Boot Scooters of Southern supported by Key Club and Kiwanis InterMaryland website at www.bootscootersof- national, in partnership with UNICEF. The

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The Calvert Gazette is always looking for more local talent to feature! To submit art or band information for our entertainment section, e-mail

Duo Dishes Out Dynamic Sound By Carrie Munn Staff Writer Steve Nelson and Dain Johnson make up the Southern Maryland band A Day Off Earth, but despite perhaps possible preconceived notions that they are an acoustic duo, the two produce an abundance of sound. About a year ago, explained Nelson, he and Dain met at the Thursday night open mic he hosts at Jake ‘n’ Al’s Chophouse in Lusby. They hit it off right away and began tightening up by playing a wide range of covers.

Nelson had previously played in a local group called Shallow Deep, but said the band eventually fell apart. Johnson is a Navy transplant to the area. Nelson said as far as musical influences go, he loves everything from Elton John to Incubus, “anything with a strong vocal and a rocking riff.” Johnson said he’s a fan of Dave Matthews Band, but also has some jazz influences, which he incorporates into the band’s rock, alternative and dance covers. At the group’s Saturday night show at the Rustic River Bar and Grill in Leonardtown, they scaled back a bit for the dining crowd, with both rockers commenting it’s sometimes more challenging to play a quieter set. Johnson said however, in that setting, it helps him to hone his skills. But even slightly hushed, Nelson’s rig, which splits his guitar’s signal between a guitar and a bass amp, plus his use of effects and Johnson’s creative rolls and rhythms, add interesting layers to their songs. They kicked off their low-key first set with some Tom Petty, Jack Johnson, Creedence Clearwater Revival and interjected a rocked-up version of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean.” Their second set included some radio rock hits from the likes of Smashing Pumpkins, Weezer and Tool, but also included their own versions of dance/pop hits from Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. The name, A Day Off Earth, Neslon explained, essentially signifies the escape – from the daily grind, worry, work or bills – that he hopes their shows provide. While the two can rock out when the venue calls for it, he said eventually they may seek to add a keyboardist or lead guitarist to further enhance their sound. Nelson said the duo often receive compliments on their musicianship and are grateful for the opportunities to play in different venues throughout the area. He also hosts the relatively new open mic night on Mondays at Rustic River, where owner Rick Stommel said he is big on booking a variety of entertainment to draw new crowds and please the regulars the two-year-old, awardwinning spot has earned.

Photos By Carrie Munn

Nelson said currently he is slowly working on writing originals and hopes to keep progressing toward eventually playing and recording them. A Day Off Earth will play a show at The Green Door on Saturday, Feb. 25, opening for friends and fellow local rockers HydraFX. Nelson promised, “It’ll be an awesome show.” For more information on this group, visit www.

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Classifieds Real Estate Great Rental Property - Rambler w/ Detached In-Law Apt. 2 for 1!!! This property includes a 3 bed/2 bath rambler, as well as a huge detached 2 bed/2 bath in-law apartment with 2 bay garage. Both in great condition and easily rented due to close location to NAS Pax, Webster Field and St Mary’s College. Quiet location on almost 2 acres. Current leases must convey. Easily make a monthly profit... turn-key! Please call John at 301-9949578 if interested in viewing (please leave a message). Price: $349,000. Cozy 3br/1ba home on 3.097 acres with 399 ft of waterfront located on protected Breton Bay.The property is bounded by woods and wetlands on both sides and has a rock wall revetment. There is a detached garage and a large Amish built shed. Refrigerator, oven and washer are included. Enjoy your own private sandy beach, beautiful sunsets, crabbing, fishing, boating and abundant wildlife. NAS Patuxent River is minutes away and it’s an easy commute to DC/NorthernVA, and Annapolis. Agents welcome. Shown by appointment. Call 410-474-2173. Price: $415,000.

Real Estate Rentals 3 bed/3 bath. 1900 sf total. Attractive interior in top condition. Large dining room, family room, and entertainment level. Spacious yard with privacy. Expansive deck fantastic for get togethers. Huge 2 car garage with work bench. Located in quiet Greenbrier neighborhood minutes from NAS Patuxent River. $1750 per month if lawn care desired. $1650 per month if lawn care not desired. Pets negotiable - deposit required. Please call 301-769-8395 for more information if interested. Great home in Piney Point for rent immediately. Waterview single story home with 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, pergo floors throughout, updated kitchen, plus new heatpump, and windows to make it very energy efficient. Pet friendly, and will consider groups and housing vouchers. Call for more info, pictures or to see. 301-481-2696.

Employment Seamstress needed for Local Furniture Company. Salary commensurate with experience. Please fax resume to 1 410 257 1306. The position includes sewing cushion jackets with pre-made patterns. Some custom work is also available. Please call 410-257-1302 if interested.


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Wanderings of an Aimless



Wacky Weather

By Shelby Oppermann Contributing Writer *** Thank you for the kind wishes and words for my Mother-inlaw, Shirley. The family appreciates it so much. Shirley passed away last Thursday morning and this week her journey to a new peaceful destination will be complete. As usual, the Brinsfield and Echols families will tenderly and expertly take care of all the family’s needs.*** But Spring is not far away; the season of re-birth as it is widely known. I am in need of re-birth and re-focus. I believe Spring started two months ago, if not earlier. Doug Hill and Bob Ryan from ABC 7 Weather are calling it “Wacky Winter”. They are so right. I know there are many people wishing for snow out there, but I for one, after last year’s (maybe the last few year’s) destructive weather events am soooo content with the pattern now. I love sunny weather with temperatures between 45 and 75 degrees, though some of my most favorite days are ones that start out misty (not dreary) and suddenly change to sunny. By the time you read this column the temperature will be 70 degrees. How nice. Someone said the other day how we haven’t even had to pull out the heavy coats this winter. I haven’t even worn a coat too much at all. Needless to say, I’m fifty and warm a good deal of the time. I believe Green Acres Nursery off Parsons Mill Road in Loveville is sending me my yearly gardening vibes. I need to go walk through the greenhouses and outdoor plants and get my spring fix. Of course, I’ll have to hit Wentworth’s, Zimmermann’s, and Meadows Farm’s garden centers along the way too. Anywhere where I can smell moist, warm soil in a greenhouse will do. I think that aroma is one of the most soothing aromas in the world. Well, besides Dreft laundry detergent for babies. New herb plants are first on my list, and probably some ceramic pots. The plastic pots can only weather a few winters before they crack and split. One I’ve had for at least twenty years cracked up within the last few months. Ironically it made it through the two feet of snow we had. Those hardy Winter Pansies should still be out, and some other cool weather plants I just read about. Our forsythias are beginning to bloom, and the daylilies are sending their shoots up out of the mulch. The inch of snow a few days ago didn’t seem to thwart their growth at all. Our pussy willow, which is at the very least fifteen feet tall is due for a trim. There is a tree growing right out of it’s center that will have to be removed and transplanted. We all have lots of yard maintenance to take care of I know. I’d really like to get one of those outdoor storage units for gardening tools and rakes. Our front yard and back yard are like two completely different worlds – it would be nice to have a second set of everything in the front yard. Oh…gardening dreams. One thing that I know my husband will be adding to the yard this year is a pumpkin patch. On Christmas Day, right before all our children and grandchildren were due to come over, I was trying to get rid of all the little pumpkins I scattered around for decorations, and later kept for the squirrels to enjoy. I was in a hurry, so I threw some of them in the woods, and a few behind the brush pile. Christmas Day was beautiful; a great day for kids to be outside. At one point it was just four year old Aiden and Grandpop rooting around outside. Aiden naturally rooted out the hidden pumpkins and was so excited. He came running in to tell his Father, “Daddy, Grandpop has a pumpkin patch!” Aiden ended up gathering most of the pumpkins I had just tried to hide. He somehow convinced his parents that he needed to take them all home with my husband, the aforementioned Grandpop, encouraging this. Well, we haven’t heard the end of this, mainly because most of the pumpkins were rotting and stinky. Next Fall, if Grandpop has his way and if the weather cooperates, Aiden will have even more pumpkins to take home. My husband’s son might be speaking to us again by then. To each new day’s adventure, Shelby Please send your comments or ideas to:

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A Journey Through Time

By Linda Reno Contributing Writer Toward the end of January, after corresponding for several weeks with Michael Bowling, on the Bowlings, Tennisons, and other families, he casually wrote: “Wyatt Earp’s mother was a Cooksey from Kentucky, I’ve wondered about a connection.” Upon reading this I went into poltergeist mode! Have you ever heard of a Mattingly having other than St. Mary’s County roots? The same applies to the Cooksey family of Charles County (but who started out in St. Mary’s County, so we get to claim them). And, as it so often happens, other discoveries were made. The Earps were originally from Maryland too. The immigrant ancestor was Thomas Earp who died 1720 in Anne Arundel County. Wyatt Earp’s father was Nicholas Porter Earp. His mother was Virginia Ann “Victoria” Cooksey, born 1821 in Ohio County, KY. Virginia’s grandfather was Philip Cooksey IV of Charles County who moved to Fauquier County, VA about 1780 and died there in 1836. Philip Cooksey IV was the great-grandson of the immigrant ancestor, Philip Cooksey who was transported to Maryland from England about 1659 and patented land in what was then St. Mary’s County but would later become a part of Charles County. Wyatt Earp is best remembered for the shootout at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona on October 26, 1881. It would be the Earp brothers and Doc Holliday against the Clanton gang. Wyatt comes off as a hero and perhaps he was that day, but he was no angel. His various exploits, legal or otherwise, included horse stealing, running brothels, driving stage coaches, gold mining, running saloons, and murder, just to name a few. In 1870 Wyatt had married Urilla Suther-



land. She died in 1871. This would be his only legal marriage as far as anyone has been able to prove; afterwards he had two presumed common law marriages. About 1878 he met Mattie Blaylock, a friend of “Big Nose Kate”, the girlfriend of Doc Holliday. He abandoned her in 1881 whereupon Mattie turned to prostitution to make a living and in July 1888 she committed suicide. His third companion was Josephine Marcus whom he met upon his arrival in Tombstone. That relationship would endure for over 50 years, ending with Wyatt’s death. He had no children. Wyatt spent his last years in Los Angeles. He and Josie wrote his autobiography and a screenplay about his life as a lawman. They hung out with movie people, hoping to get a movie made but nothing came of it until 1931 when Stuart Lake, in collaboration with Josie who insisted often that he remove “unflattering information” wrote “Wyatt Earp—Frontier Marshal.” This would propel Wyatt Earp to fame, but he didn’t live long enough to enjoy it. Wyatt Earp “died in bed, with his boots off, January 12, 1929 in Los Angeles, California.” Josie died in 1944. They are buried in Colma, California with just a simple, flat plaque to mark their graves. Previously there had been a 250 pound stone marker there, but in 1957 it was stolen.

Library Items Customers can create own book lists One of the changes to the online catalog is that customers can create and maintain their own personal reading lists in the My List section of their account. Books can be added to the lists directly from the catalog. Any number of lists can be created. It is a great way to keep track of books read or books to read in the future. A video on how to set up and use these book lists can be found on the library’s website. Other “how-to” videos on using the updated catalog are also available. Free childcare providers training offered Lexington Park Library will offer Every Child Ready to Read training for childcare providers 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. They will earn two CEUs. Registration is required. Introduction to Word class offered for kids Space is still available for the Introduction to Word class for children ages 7-12 and their parents to be held at Lexington Park branch on Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. Registration is required.

Libraries celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday Stories, songs and fun activities related to Dr. Seuss will be featured at the Dr. Seuss 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 programs are free but registration is required. Kindergarten readiness help offered at workshops A series of three free workshops are being conducted by the Early Childhood Council at the Charlotte Hall branch from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Feb. 29, Mar. 7 and Mar. 14. Parents and caregivers will learn fun and easy ideas to use at home to help their children get ready for kindergarten. Children are welcome. Registration is required. Poetry Open Mic scheduled at Leonardtown The monthly poetry open mic will be held at Leonardtown on Mar. 7 at 6:30 p.m. Poets of all ages can share their favorite poems or ones they have written. The public is welcome to come and listen.


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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Tools for planning your future – Long-Term Care Awareness Conference Coming March 13 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.


St. Mary’s Dept of Aging

Programs and Activities

ple with arthritis using Sun style Tai Chi, one of the four major recognized styles of Tai Chi. This style includes agile steps and exercises that may improve mobility, breathing and relaxation. The movements don’t require deep bending or squatting, which makes it easier and more comfortable to learn. The class will be offered at the Garvey Senior Activity Center, Wednesdays March 7 – April 25 from 9 – 9:45 a.m. There is no fee for the program. Attendance at all class sessions is highly suggested. Sign up in advance by calling 301.475.4200, ext. 1050.

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 SOUTHERN MARYLAND   Two-Day Art Workshop at Loffler Senior Ac tivity Center March 1 and 2     Take home a completed watercolor painting Invited Guest Speaker: nty  after this two-day workshop. The title of the paint-


Author to Give Presentation at Loffler Senior Activity Center Dr. Jay M. Lipoff, practicing chiropractor and author of the newly released book “Back At Your Best; Balancing the Demands of Life with the Needs of Your Body, “ will be at Loffler Senior Activity Center on Friday, March 9 at 12:15 p.m. to give a talk on “Simple Ideas for Healthier Living” This presentation is free and you can sign up by calling 301.737.5670 ext. 1658 or stop by the reception desk by Wednesday, March 14. Be sure to wear comfortable clothing.

Make a Wind Chime at Loffler Senior Activity scene. Class will be held Thursday, March LL MEETING TO ADDRESS Ben SCAMSCardin AGAINST a1 water U.S. Senator nd  Center and Friday, March 2 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Cost ing you will be working on is Rock Fortress and is

FRIDAY, March 2, 2012 ELDERLY IN SOUTHERN MARYLAND    PM County  10 AM-1:30 by the Maryland Department of Aging, Calvert is $50 and includes 6 hours of instruction plus all supplies needed to complete your painting. Payment can be made directly to the instructor on the first day of class. If you have questions or wish to have a flyer (which includes a picture of the project  you will be working on) e-mailed to you contact  . You may also call 301.737.5670 ext. 1658 for questions or to sign up by February 27.

Here is a very simple and inexpensive project that you can enjoy year round. Cost for this workshop is $5 and will take place Friday, March 2 at 10:30 a.m. at Loffler Senior Activity Center. Sign up by calling 301.737.5670 ext. 1658 or stop by the reception desk by Wednesday, February 29.

 Line Dancing at Northern Aging,  On Wednesday, Feb. 29, at 1 p.m., line dancCharles Countyby Aging & Senior Programs,ofand Sponsored the Maryland Department Aging, ing will take place at the Northern Senior Activity T S N I A G A S M A C S S S E R D D A O T G N I T E E M L L A H N W O T A Calvert County on Aging, Center. Beginners can join, learn dance steps, and Still-Life Painting in Acrylics y’s County Department of Aging &Office Human Services Maryland Department of Aging, Calvert County  follow along. Enjoy a fun afternoon dancing to This four week course at the Garvey Senior Charles County Senior lively music! Line dancers meet every Wednesday Center on Mondays beginning March DNAAging LYRA&M NRPrograms, EHTUOSandNI YLREDActivity L E E H T 5 – 26 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. will guide you in at 1 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome.  St. Mary’s County Department ofPrograms, Aging & Human Services Charles County Aging & Senior and how to compose, draw, and paint realistic objects on  from life. Beginners are welcome. The instructor, Double Pinochle Players Meet aryland Department of Aging, Calvert& County On Tuesday, February 28, at noon, pinochle Amy Davis, is primarily a self-taught artist. She nty Department of Aging Human Services players meet at the Northern Senior Activity Cenhas studied figurative drawing, portrait painting,

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Two Overnight Trips Later This Year! St Mary’s County Department of Aging and Human Services is sponsoring 2 exciting trips: Myrtle Beach - October 4-7, 2012; 3 nights in an 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: 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:

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Thursday, February 23, 2012


Scratching the Itch The Ordinary


Perching in February. Camouflage not required.

By Keith McGuire Contributing Writer Mother Nature is tempting us with nice sunny days two or three times a week now. With temperatures pushing the 60 degree mark, the fishing itch is getting stronger and stronger. Yellow perch are still staging for the spawning run. If you can find the deep hole where they’re staging, you can load the boat with big, beautiful, pre-spawn yellows. This staging will end toward the end of this week, or the beginning of next week, when they will head to the tidal boundary to spawn ribbons of fertilized eggs on the shallow bottoms of local streams. Yellow perch don’t eat when they spawn, but they certainly tie on the feedbag before and after the tiring ritual. This aggressive feeding activity is what makes them vulnerable to hardy anglers. After the yellow perch spawning run,

the white perch will bunch up in the same areas. On the right tide, these slightly smaller perch feed as aggressively as their yellow cousins, providing another tasty treat for anglers lucky enough to catch them. Another fishing opportunity for the early spring angler is the catch and release striper fishery in the Chesapeake Bay and Potomac River. Barbless, unbaited hooks are the rule of the road for catch and release striper fishing. They can be caught by the trolling method, but savvy light tackle anglers can get into the action with spinning gear and a barbless jig head with a twister tail or Bass Kandy Delight. Look in areas around structure, and warm water discharges from power plants or other industrial complexes on the water front. Catch and release fishing is least harmful in the colder late winter or early spring waters than it is at other times of the year, and

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the survival rate for the fish is really quite high. Some really big fish can be caught on light gear, making the sport a really interesting and exciting challenge. Even if you can’t get out there to catch a fish, there are some other activities that can help scratch the fishing itch. One of these activities is the upcoming Angler’s Night Out hosted by the Patuxent River Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association of Maryland. The event will be held on Monday, February 27th at The Ruddy Duck brewery and restaurant in Solomons starting at 6:00 PM. These events are always fun. A film will be shown and you’ll get to rub shoulders with some of the hardy anglers who have been out there catching fish at this time of year. Clean-up and maintenance of your fishing gear and boat is another activity that will keep you occupied until your favorite season comes along. Anything is better than stealing the remote from your better half and

Bleachers By Ronald N. Guy Jr. Contributing Writer

Despite my stubborn inclination to con sist e ntly feature a single subject, sometimes the sports world’s cup of topics runneth over. This week was one of those “sometimes.” My normally effective idea-reduction efforts stalled with two options standing - so you’re getting both “thing 1” and “thing 2” (good enough for Dr. Seuss, good enough for me). Don’t worry, there’s no charge for the second one; it’s on me. Thing 1… A few weeks ago, the New York Knicks were mired in the stench enveloping the bottom half of the NBA’s Eastern

Conference. Having acquired perennial all-stars Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony last season, the Knicks were expected to compete for a title, not for a tee time with Wizards immediately after the regular season’s conclusion. To make matters worse, New York’s two stars - Anthony via a pulled groin and Stoudemire due to a death in the family – were to miss considerable time. The situation seemed hopeless and, being as we’re talking bigtime sports, it fueled speculation that head coach Mike D’Antoni’s job could be in jeopardy. D’Antoni, with an embattled coach’s angst showing all over his face, certainly resembled a coach occupying an uncomfortably hot seat. With a severely underachieving team and minus two all-stars, a nearly out-of-options D’Antoni gazed down his bench and called on an undrafted, NBA Development League entity to turn his frown upside down. From this desperate act, “Lin-sanity” was born. A month ago the name “Jeremy Lin” would have moved the national sports needle only marginally more than “Ronnie Guy.” Alas, our paths have di-

switching the channel to watch Bubba shoot another deer on the Outdoor Channel. Boat shows and Fishing Flea Markets are still happening on the weekends. No doubt you can find one in the region within 100 miles that would be worth going to. Like an extreme case of chiggers, you can scratch the fishing itch, but it only helps for a little while. Once the scratching begins, nothing seems to help but more scratching. A fellow once asked me, “Do you know what a guy wants right after he catches a monster fish?” “Sure” I replied, “He wants to catch another monster fish!” 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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verged…ever so slightly…in recent weeks. Lin’s historic stat-compiling start to his NBA career has shoved the Knicks back into contention and his multi-layered, rags-to-riches story has captivated the nation. With so much attention being paid to his oncourt superlatives, Lin’s peripheral impact - specifically his apparently successful against-all-odds rescue of his head coach – hasn’t yet been adequately considered. Pre-Lin, D’Antoni had become something of an every-person’s sympathetic figure: the leader responsible for accomplishing a complex task, one whose scope far exceeds any individual’s ability to control, without several critical resources. D’Antoni neither forgot how to coach before Lin nor learned how to once Lin was inserted into the starting lineup. D’Antoni is merely the latest to prove a leader’s creative vision and sound strategies mean little without the executers: the right people in the right place at the right time. “Lin-sanity” has left NYC in a craze, but it has injected some much-needed sanity into the professional existence of Mike D’Antoni. He’s wearing a much more pleasant expression these days. Thing 2… On Saturday, October 25th, 1986, I was at my parents’ house hanging out with a good friend. No, I’m not so hopped

up on gingko biloba that I maintain vivid memories of obscure, 26-year-old evenings. October 25th, 1986 offered one of those “where were you when” moments in the form of Game 6 of the ’86 World Series. After scoring two runs in the top of the 10th and recording the first two outs in the bottom half of the inning, the Boston Red Sox seemed poised to exorcise “The Curse of the Bambino” and win its first championship since 1918. The New York Mets and their ever-smiling catcher, Gary Carter, had other ideas. Carter broke the ice with a base hit. A few more followed, and after Mets outfielder Mookie Wilson hit an innocent dribbler that infamously rolled through the legs of Red Sox first baseman Bill Bucker, the Mets had secured a miraculous win and went on to win the series in Game 7. Gary Carter, 57, died on February 16th. He took his physical smile with him but, like his rally-starting base hit in the ’86 series, it remains in the memory of those who had the good fortune of his infectious optimism’s influence. If I had to come up with Carter’s epitaph, it would be this: he made people believe that the semi-filled vessel was half full. When your legacy is a contagious smile and the proliferation of optimism, you lived well. Send comments to rguyjoon@yahoo. com


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Balancing Women’s Health By Debra Meszaros One of the top health challenges is the balancing of the female body. Most problems are very complex and often revolve around the balance (imbalance) of hormones. Hormonal disturbances can develop from a wide range of reasons, stress and emotional problems, nutrition, toxins, pharmaceuticals, lifestyle, pregnancy, and more. Many practitioners miss an important cofactor in hormonal balance, the proper healthy function of the liver. Disorders of the liver or excess stress placed on the liver, can contribute to hormonal imbalance because the liver is the organ that helps metabolize the excess of these hormones. When stress levels rise so does testosterone and adrenaline which are both believed to contribute to endometriosis. Alcohol even in moderation inhibits Omega 3 conversion and proper hormonal balances. The delicate female system can easily be affected by caffeine from cola, chocolate, coffee, and tea; with nicotine being an additional disturbing substance. They all raise the body’s needs for an array of B vitamins. The more simple carbohydrates in your diet the more B vitamins are also needed and multiple B vitamins are needed to convert fatty acids to certain hormones. Keeping an adequate supply of essential fatty acids in the diet is a critical component as the body uses them to make different regulatory hormones. Supplementation of Omega 3 is often needed to provide hormonal harmony; experts say about 3 grams per day. Many menstrual issues, hot flashes, restless or incomplete sleep, attention issues, focus and PMS are all effected by sugar levels in the body. It’s always best not to snack on a simple carbohydrate before bedtime. Utilizing long term melatonin supplementation to manage sleep can have adverse effects by decreasing sex drive, creating headaches, nightmares, and mild depression. It should never be taken by children, pregnant or nursing women, women trying to conceive, if you have hormonal imbalances, severe allergies, auto-immune disorders, lymphoma or leukemia; please seek the advice of your doctor. Those struggling with their regulation of estrogen may consider the use of flavonoids, especially my favorite, Quercetin. Women taking oral contraceptives should realize nutritional requirements of the body change. Oral contraceptives can create imbalances in zinc,

tyrosine (a thyroid essential component), most B vitamins, and interfere with calcium absorption and utilization. Taking recommended daily allowances of these nutrients may not be enough to overcome a deficiency in them. Many women make a mistake of not realizing that proper nutrition is needed before becoming pregnant. There are many nutrients, minerals, especially iron that the body needs to store ahead of pregnancy in order to have sufficient reserves for both mother and baby. Nutritional needs are raised beyond normal dietary intake and without reserves the deficiency becomes a deficiency throughout pregnancy, birth, and breast feeding. Most women experiencing a lack of sufficient milk production is a result of not storing certain nutrients in advance. So the balancing of women’s health involves taking a close look at lifestyle and dietary habits and then making the nutrient adjustments needed to give the body what it needs to balance 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.

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.

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