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Candidates Face Long Race for Seat on Bench By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

At the Stanalonis camp in Wildewood, the mood was jubilant at his performance against a sitting judge. Densford was recently appointed to the post by Gov. Martin O’Malley to fill a retirement vacancy. “It’s going to be a long seven months but it’s going to be a good seven months,” Stanalonis told his supporters that night. He credited a large number of volunteers putting up signs and working the polls for his strong finish. He also said Densford’s signs showed a belief that the race should have been over Tuesday because they only said vote April 3. “Our signs just say vote for Joe Stanalonis,” he said. “There was a presumption this would be over today. He was wrong.” Densford said he would have liked to win the Assistant State’s Attorney Joe Stanalonis watched election returns with his supportrace by taking both primaries but he was prepared ers at the community pool clubhouse in Wildewood. to carry the campaign all the way to November. vember when President Obama faces the GOP challenger. “I have always trusted the voters to do the right thing,” But the real lynchpin of the coming election would be Densford said. “I don’t believe any voter wants someone among independent and unaffiliated voters who were not with less experience … to be a judge. allowed to vote this time around. “Right now I’ll concentrate on being the best judge I “The wild card in this are the independents and how can be while running the most aggressive campaign I can they’ll break because nobody knows how that will go,” consistent with being a judge.” Cain said. Michael Cain, political science professor at St. Mary’s The current race mirrors one back in 1972 when Judge College of Maryland, said the race results allow Stanalonis Joseph Weiner, appointed by then-Gov. Marvin Mandell to “fight another day.” lost a primary challenge to Joseph Mattingly, resulting in He noted that voter turnout Tuesday night favored him only serving about a year on the bench. Republicans because of the contested presidential primary election; Democrats came out in relatively lower numbers but Cain said he expected them to come out in force in No-

Judge David Densford and his opponent Assistant State’s Attorney Joseph Stanalonis now face a hard seven months of campaigning toward the general election in November after Tuesday night’s primary election saw both men win the Democratic and Republican nominations respectively, but there was no clear overall winner. Densford won 3,125 votes among Democrats compared to Stanalonis with 1,836 votes. Stanalonis finished strong with the GOP at 4,519 votes compared to Densford’s 2,315.

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Promoting Local Business, Talking to County Times, Lead to Ouster Bob Schaller, the county’s economic development head who is now on leave after supposedly resigning abruptly a month ago, told The County Times he was offered the option to resign or have his contract terminated. Schaller said he was informed of his options shortly after several presentations he gave to the Board of County Commissioners on March 6. Records show the five commissioners held an executive session on personnel matters for about 30 minutes that day after the regular meeting. Commissioner Cindy Jones made the first motion to go into executive session and it was seconded by Commissioner Todd Morgan. All five voted to go into executive session. “I was dazed and confused by a sucker punch,” Schaller told The County Times on Tuesday. “This happened in a matter of minutes.” Schaller’s wife, Wendy, wrote a letter to the commissioners Monday and sent copies to local media detailing what she said was the county government’s backlash against her husband for pointing out issues that commissioners did not want to deal with, for example her husband’s support for the completion of FDR Boulevard. “He was fired for political reasons,” Wendy Schaller said in a later interview. “They don’t want to answer questions [about issues] because they don’t do their homework. “It’s been bothering me, the injustice of it all.” Wendy Schaller also pointed out that her husband’s open relationship with The County Times also rubbed Commissioner President Jack Russell the wrong way. County officials point to an e-mail from Schaller to schools superintendent Michael Martirano dated Feb 29 in which Schaller talks about the school system declining to buy propane fuel from a local business, Taylor Gas, because they were not the low bidder, that they say adds more to the story. “He [Taylor] has done everything possible to bring his best offer, but economies of scale are not his strong suit,” Bob Schaller wrote. “I must be careful about advocating for a friend. I’m really pitching the buy local theme for all the reasons you’ve heard.” At that time, the county had just instituted a new policy favoring local bidders and Schaller was pitching the benefits of giving extra preference to local companies. Schaller wrote that he hoped the school system would follow the county’s lead. “This is the e-mail that led to the executive session and that’s what led to Bob

resigning,” County Administrator John Savich said. “I think this situation speaks for itself. “We have to hold ourselves to a higher standard and behave better than what people expect of us. This is not something any county employee should get involved with,” Savich said. Commissioner President Jack Russell said it was Martirano who informed county officials of the e-mail from Schaller. “I’m glad he brought it to John Savich’s attention rather than to [Attorney General] Doug Gansler’s attention,” Russell told The County Times. Schaller said it is obvious his e-mail to Martirano was promoting local vendor preference, not to steer contracts to anyone. “The contract was already awarded,” Schaller said. “It was not meant to influence anything.” Schaller said that his work environment was “not supportive” and that he often tried to speak to commissioners about issues in the community without going through county administrator John Savich. Schaller wrote in a letter that he was “resigned to the fact that the county administrator and commissioner president [Russell] in particular wished that I no longer be part of the county’s management team.” Schaller said his openness with The County Times led to friction with Russell on several occasions. At one point, the department of economic development’s key to the government building was taken away by Savich after Schaller gave a tour of the building to a County’s Times reporter. “That’s the kind of stuff we have to put up with,” Schaller said. “I told him ‘Jack the media is your friend but he doesn’t understand how to work with the media.’” Russell denied having conversations with Schaller about dealing with the media but he did have a discussion with him about the county’s “chain of command.” “Everybody needs to be accountable to somebody,” Russell said. “John Savich is the county administrator and he needs to be kept in the loop on most everything.” Commissioner Dan Morris (R-Mechanicsville) declined to discuss what happened in the executive session that day but said Schaller was not forced out. “He resigned, he was not fired,” Morris said. “I did not want to see it happen because I like Bob Schaller. “It was beyond my control. I, personally, was very sorry it happened,” Morris said. Editor Sean Rice contributed to this story.

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Virus Outbreak Hits Two Care Facilities By Guy Leonard Staff Writer The past two months have seen as many outbreaks of a virus at both the St. Mary’s Nursing Center and Cedar Lane Apartments, both located in Leonardtown, officials with the county health department confirmed. Melanie Gardiner, the communicable disease nurse for the health department, said the first outbreak took place in February at the nursing center located near Medstar St. Mary’s Hospital. That outbreak affected “a small number of residents and staff” at the nursing center and in March a similar outbreak hit staff and residents at the Cedar Lane facility. “It’s over,” Gardiner said of the Cedar Lane outbreak. “It was well contained.” Gardiner said those who were sickened had recovered. Tests have shown that food was not the vector by which the virus was transmitted, Gardiner said, and health department staff are waiting for more tests to see what the source was. “It’s a culture sample, not a blood test, so it takes time,” Gardiner said. Dr. William Icenhower, chief county health officer, said the Cedar Lane outbreak appeared to be a norovirus akin to the type reported on cruise ships that affect large numbers of passengers. He described the symptoms felt by patients at the apartments as “mild to moderate gastrointestinal disease.” He said that about seven patients had contracted the virus and exhibited bouts of diarrhea and vomiting. “But it was nothing truly serious,” Icenhower said. A norovirus is easily transmitted, he said. “This virus is just out there, it’s passed by touch,” Icenhower said. “The virus is carried on the hands; it’s fairly contagious.” No fatalities resulted from either outbreak, health officials said. Nursing homes and care facilities are required by state law to inform health departments if they have a viral outbreak and coordinate with authorities to control or eliminate it, Gardiner said.

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Punishment Conspirator Pleads Guilty in Bank Robbery Case By Guy Leonard Staff Writer A former employee of Cedar Point Federal Credit Union in Leonardtown has pleaded guilty in county Circuit Court for her part in the robbery of the establishment back in 2004. Martha Thompson received a 10year sentence for conspiring to rob the credit union with main suspect Cornelius Chase, as well as felony theft, Assistant State’s Attorney Daniel White told The County Times. Her plea deal with prosecutors, acquiescing to both counts, netted her a a decade-long sentence in the state Department of Corrections, but that was suspended to an 18-month local sentence in the county detention center. White said that Thompson aided Chase, who is currently serving a triple life sentence plus 45 years for the armed robbery as well as first-degree assault for using a handgun in commission of the felony, by providing inside information on the workings

of the bank so the perpetrators would know the best method to rob it. Overall, Chase and at least one other unindicted conspirator stole $262,000 from the bank after herding the bank employees into a room upstairs at gunpoint. The bank robbers drove a car through a cornfield behind the bank on Point Lookout Road in order to mask their approach. Chase was arrested shortly after the robbery, following an attempt to buy used cars with money police and prosecutors alleged were proceeds from the robbery. Thompson met with Chase twice after the robbery to receive cash from the heist as well, White said. “Major cases like this are never done until the bad guys are all in jail,” White said Wednesday. Thompson was indicted almost exactly one year ago and her conviction marks another turning point in the investigation of the robbery. “She has agreed to cooperate with our investigation,” said White.



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bound on the Route 235 sidewalk, which was not a designated bicycle lane, while Adkins’ car was stopped at the sign at the access road intersection but struck Smith when he began to pull out and Smith failed to yield the right of way. Smith was transported by state police helicopter to Prince George’s Hospital Center’s shock trauma unit for treatment, police said.

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County: Reconsider Sotterley Cut Dear Commissioners, I am writing to express my concern about the cuts in funding to Sotterley. This property on the Patuxent River is known in our region as a very substantial representation of St. Mary's County heritage. Sotterley's Staff and Volunteers do an outstanding job maintaining this historic site for residents and visitors. The events at Sotterley add variety to the local

calendar, and if you have not connected to Sotterley in one visit to the grounds, then you haven't been there. I recommend you visit Sotterley before deciding to cut the additional $7500 funding out of your budget. Here's the real reason I decided to send this correspondence...while Staff and Volunteers are busy saving buildings and managing huge trees lost in the storm last year, you decide to cut what little funding

the Sotterley receives from the county it represents? Really? This is an ill-timed decision. Budget cuts are always tough, and I too have had to cut line items during this long recession. I have not, however, lost site of my responsibility to support Sotterley. Now is the time to be creative. That's what this economy has promoted in all of us...finding new ways to make ends meet. Commissioners, I challenge each of

you to re-double your efforts. Find a way to fund the entire $15,000 that St. Mary's County Government will potentially remove with this added budget cut, and drive a new campaign to preserve this significant historic site that is cherished by many. Chris McNelis Sotterley Sponsor since 2007 Solomons, MD

Schaller Was Forced Out ‘Who Among You Will Cast the First Stone’ The following is an email to the St. Mary’s County Commissioners from Wendy Schaller, wife of Economic Development Director Bob Schaller. I am e-mailing in response to the action taken against my husband Bob Schaller. Bob came to my place of work to tell me how you all allowed the county administrator to fire him and to save Bob the embarrassment and all involved, the commissioners would allow him to resign. He was told by the county administrator he had committed an ethics violation. I work for SMCPS. I am a Para-Educator and I love my job, but I only make $27,000 a year. How ironic that I work for the situation that caused some of this problem with the Commissioner President and County Administrator. But in the end, what this really is all about is that President [Jack] Russell and County Administrator [John Savich] wanted and needed to get rid of Bob for their own political reasons. We were warned over a year ago that Jack was not happy with Bob’s success in the community, especially after he was awarded the community award from the Chamber of Commerce. He was also warned about his friendliness with the newspapers and especially The County Times. They told Bob he needed to lay low; so the political gossip began against my husband. Bob had no affiliation with anyone or anything that was a political sticky situation. He is only a kind person and a teacher at heart and likes to share and get the information that is important to our community. But I will tell you first hand he did not want John’s job and he did not want to be a commissioner. He only wanted his job. You see, we heard these rumors also and then Bob would explain I love my job and this is what I do best. I even heard him tell people that John is great as our County Administrator. Bob loved his job so much and he gave it his heart and soul seven days a week almost 24 hours a day and it showed in all he did for the county. I know. I lived it with him. He really believed he was doing his best to help the businesses in our county and all who live here. Jack accused him once of not being loyal to John and this greatly disturbed Bob. He had done nothing to support this accusation. Wherever he went, he was advocating for all who work in the county. He showed this numerous times

with the support he gave the commissioners, with doing their events for free or publicizing them as individuals. He helped all of you get voted in as commissioners and gave you the best support. Some of you never had my husband’s back and the reason was because people like and trust Bob. Some of you felt threatened by his commitment to our community. If you had just stopped and realize Bob’s title was economic and community development. How could Bob do all these wonderful things in our community and lay low? Bob helped so many things get started in our community. The winery, the farmers, the Navy, etc. How could you get rid of someone that was so effective in helping with connecting the community and building partnerships with so many business and especially the Navy? Why and how could you justify hurting a family for your own jealousy and lack of security in yourselves? You let a good man go just because of political gossip! A lot of people that vote really see the injustice in what you all have done. Only one of you has reached out to my husband and that person will always have my respect and vote. But most of all, Bob was not even given the courtesy to stand in front of you and explain the situation, and the only evidence was an e-mail that could have been tampered with! He was advocating the new policy changes the county had put in place for local businesses to compete, and he was informing SMCPS of the changes and hoping this would help our businesses in the future and maybe partnerships would evolve with the county government and SMCPS. Only greed and jealousy causes these kinds of injustices. What is really scary is someone took revenge on a man with seven children and a seventh grandchild on the way. You do not have the best intentions for St. Mary’s and most of you are only looking out for yourselves. Who among you can throw the first stone? What are you doing to help our community for the future and the present? I pray all the time for understanding and forgiveness for what has been done to Bob. Today at morning Mass the entrance song was this: “Contend, O Lord with my contenders; fight those who fight me, Take up your buckler and shield; arise in my defense, Lord, my mighty help.” So those words from church have helped me with this e-mail, which has taken a lot of courage to send to you all. I

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know it will probably never be read, but maybe it will help me find peace and understanding! Thank you for reading, and thank you for letting us be part of county government.

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IN THE MATTER OF ARIEL ELIZABETH REESE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ARIEL ELIZABETH PERRY BY AND THROUGH HER MOTHER AMANDA CATHERINE PERRY In the Circuit Court for St. Mary’s County, Maryland Civil No.: C12-455 The above Petitioner has filed a Petition for Change of Name in which she seeks to change the name of a minor child from Ariel Elizabeth Reese to Ariel Elizabeth Perry. The Petitioner is seeking this name change for the child for the following reasons: The child’s current last name is the mother’s maiden name. The mother is now married (since 8-20-10) and would like the child’s last name to be the same as her last name. Any person may file an objection to the Petition on or before the 21st day of April, 2012. The objection must be supported by an affidavit and served upon the Petitioner in accordance with Maryland Rule 1-321. Failure to file an objection or affidavit within the time allowed may result in a judgment by default or the granting of the relief sought. A copy of this Notice shall be published one time in a newspaper of general circulation in the county at least fifteen (15) days before the deadline to file an objection. JOAN W. WILLIAMS, Clerk of the Circuit Court for St. Mary’s County Maryland 04-05-12

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Staff Honored for Length of Service

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Photo By Carrie Munn Superintendent Michael Martirano and members of St. Mary’s County Board of Education honor Virginia Butler, center, a pre-K paraeducator at Dynard Elementary, with 45 years of service, as well as fellow Dynard teachers Cynthia Gianacopolos and Mary Hart, both with 40 years of dedicated service for the school system. Many other SMCPS teachers and staff with 25, 30 and 35 years of service were also recognized.

Several students from St. Michael’s School in Ridge were treated to a brunch at Café in Des Artistes in Leonardtown on Wednesday morning. The school’s art teacher Carol Mackie Morris explained this is the third year that students in grades pre-K through eighth have had their artwork, depicting religious icons, displayed at the restaurant. Through a metal embossing process called repousse and watercolor painting, the icons the students create are reproductions of religious works with historic significance. This allows them to simultaneously learn artistic techniques and history, while exhibiting their faith. Co-owner of Café des Artistes Karleen Jaffres was happy to host the students and to provide a venue for them to “proclaim how they feel,” she said. She told The County Times she had enjoyed talking with several students, learning more about why they chose Our Lady and explaining how they crafted their piece of art. “We do it every Lent, because being Catholic, being a Christian, I believe that Lent is the perfect time for everyone to draw close to God and this allows the students to share how they’re doing it,” Jaffres said. She shared, “So many of our customers actually went to St. Michael’s School so it really brings back memories and stirs up some emotion when they come in.” Morris said each year the up-scale brunch event is always a treat for students and they take pride in sharing their creative works with the community. carriemunn@

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Diversity Awareness Remains a School Priority By Carrie Munn Staff Writer In the weeks following a racially charged incident involving threats with a noose at Leonardtown High School, Superintendent of St. Mary’s County Public Schools Michael Martirano said diversity awareness and accountability have come to the foreground. In a recent interview with The County Times, Martirano said, “With close to 18,000 students and over 3,000 employees, [SMCPS] is a big system and I can’t always control the behaviors that come into my schools, but what I can control, is if you choose to do something within our schools, I will hold you accountable.” The responsible students were suspended, and in a letter posted to the school’s website, the superintendent stated, “I condemn and denounce these horrible acts which cause great emotional pain to our students, staff, families and communities.” He said he is proud to have shined the light on the problem. “As a white man in a leadership position, I have the potential to make a dent in this issue,” he said. Martirano explained he had wanted to put a diversity officer in place but the budget hadn’t allowed for it, but it was pushed up and the job announcement was posted. The position of a Diversity Supervisor recently closed according to SMCPS Director of Human Resources Dale Farrell, who explained applicants would be reviewed by a superintendent-appointed board next week. Martirano explained, “The fact is it’s not a comfortable topic for people, but we

don’t want to become part of the problem by pushing it to the side.” Rather, he explained, the school system is taking it head-on and said at the start of next school year, each student in the public schools will participate in a developmentally appropriate lesson on diversity and tolerance, regarding race, gender and sexual orientation. “When we talk about preparing our children for the 21st century, for the global economy, the melting pot that is America is what we’re all about,” he said. Janice Walthour, Chair of the St. Mary’s County branch of the NAACP’s education committee and active volunteer, has been one of many to speak out at Board of Education meetings and community forums about the achievement gap issues the county is facing, which she feels made an impact on bringing the issue to light. She said the creation of the position “is certainly not a waste of money,” adding whoever selected to take on that responsibility will need to be a “maverick.” “Everybody wants it, everybody knows it’s a good thing, but have to move to see change occur,” Walthour said. “Community involvement and student and parent outreach is critical,” she told The County Times. “The bottom line is racism is alive and well,” Martirano said, adding that he agrees with Walthour’s sentiment. “The community has to engage too as young people are influenced by behaviors and comments that are shared in families … something which I cannot control.”

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• Maintain open communication    with Town Residents • Encourage Planned Controlled Growth  • Address Traffic Challenges along Routes 5 and 245 • Foster Economic Development and Retail Activity to prevent    an increase in residential property taxes

My Highest priority is to continue to make Leonardtown the  best place to live, work and play in Southern Maryland  • Native of Leonardtown

• Married to Donna for 28 Years

• Two Daughters: Erin (24) & Meghan (22) 

• Proprietor of Olde Towne Insurance Agency • Certified Insurance Counselor and    Accredited Advisor in Insurance

• Current Leonardtown Councilman • Current Member of the 

 St. Mary's County Board of Library Trustees • St. Mary's County Chamber of Commerce,    Past Board Member 

• Chairman Leonardtown Recreation, Inc. • Past President of the Leonardtown    Business Association

• Past President of Southern MD 

 Independent Insurance Agents Association • Served on the State of Maryland 

 Economic Development Commission by    appointment of Governor Ehrlich • Past Member Leonardtown 

 Planning & Zoning Commission

If you old like to discuss any issue or have any concerns, stop by my office, on the square in Leonardtown, or call 301-475-3151.

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Norris Leaves a Legacy of Success By Guy Leonard Staff Writer After 17 years as mayor of Leonardtown, J. Harry “Chip” Norris has a lot to celebrate: a vibrant town that is growing rapidly each year by both population and income and one that is viewed as an example of some of the best public planning by state officials. But it wasn’t always like this, Norris said, and he can remember back in 1994 when the condition of the town was far from what it is today. “The downtown was in really poor shape,” Norris said. “There was a meeting in 1994 to dis-incorporate the town.” That little known meeting took place at the courthouse, he said, because the sentiment among some in the town was that they were not getting the services they were paying for so dissolving the town to save money seemed like a good idea. Starting back in the 1970s, Norris had served on the town council and as what then amounted to the mayor’s position for 10 years, all while he was still in his 20s. Leonardtown was a cause worth the sacrifice, but it wasn’t something he was looking to take on again. But he said what seemed like the very real possibility of doing away with the county’s only municipality got him thinking about town government again. “The fact that there was a meeting told me it was time to get ourselves together,” Norris said. When he took office, Leonardtown was in danger of losing its government anchors – like the court house – which Norris believed was essential to keeping traffic flow so businesses could get back on their feet. The county government had already moved its operations farther out of town on Hollywood Road, so Norris focused on lobbying state and federal officials to keep buildings like the U.S. Post Office in the downtown area. Coupled with the policies of Governor Parris Glendening regarding Smart Growth, which eschewed sprawl in favor of revitalizing aging centers, Norris

and the town government had a fighting chance of bringing prosperity back to the town. “His smart growth programs fit our problems,” Norris said. After several years, new restaurants started to open up, homeless living on the town square left and boarded-up vacant buildings started to come back to life. Norris credited the growth and prosperity in Leonardtown to elected leaders on the town council who, over the years, have fostered a business-friendly environment. “The businesses are the backbone of the town physically and financially,” Norris said. Daniel Raley, a former county commissioner for 12-years, said that Norris and Leonardtown are often nearly synonymous in people’s minds. “It’s safe to say in the last decade, at least, that when you thought about Leonardtown you thought about Chipper,” Raley said. You could never disagree that he was pro-Leonardtown. “He was a great small town mayor.” Raley said in his dealings with Norris and the town, he should have done a better job while he was a commissioner when it came to whether or not to build a new library. He said he should have worked harder to come to a compromise with Norris on the possibility of putting a new library on property near the county drill hall instead of plans to put it on the adjacent Hayden Farm property. More contact with the town could’ve resulted in a spot for the library, but funding problems led to the project eventually being shelved. “I wish I’d gone to Chipper and come to a compromise,” Raley said. Raley pinned Leonardtown’s overall success on the fact that it was incorporated with a mayor and town

Norris in Annapolis accepting the Priority Places designation from then-Gov. Robert Ehrlich in 2005.

“Mayor Norris’s leadership in Leonardtown has demonstrated that smart growth is important and doable in our smaller, rural communities, just as it is in our larger communities. His downtown revitalization efforts, redevelopment of the wharf area, local winery and related accomplishments are great smart growth case studies. Most important, he has made his town a better place to live, work and play for current and future citizens.” - Maryland Planning Secretary Richard E. Hall. council who could get noticed by county and state leaders. Raley pointed to Lexington Park being unincorporated as a lesson in what can happen to communities without close representation. “Where does Lexington Park start? Where does it stop?” Raley asked. “You don’t have the focus like Leonardtown.” One of the key areas Leonardtown must focus on is connecting the town’s housing developments, Norris said, with back streets to allow traffic to flow easily around town without putting increased pressure on the already overburdened Route 5 and Route 245. Once he leaves office it will be up to another mayor and new council members to keep that in mind, he said. “The connectivity, the roads; that’s a big issue,” Norris said. “There’s not a road from the nursing center to the hospital.” Keeping the small town nature of Leonardtown will be another big challenge, he said, as more and


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more people move there, consumer behavior and demand will change. Small businesses and boutique-style shops may struggle to keep up. “The thing we’ve been opposed to is the big box stores,” Norris said. “That’s an issue for the future, that’s going to be a big issue.” Several small business owners say they owe Norris and recent administrations credit for continuing to support their operations by keeping up the town’s infrastructure that helped to increase the all-important foot traffic. “He’s a staunch supporter of business in Leonardtown,” said Karleen Jaffres, co-owner of Café des Artistes. “I can’t imagine Leonardtown without him. “He was always accessible to us and I could never say enough about the staff he had.” J. Harry Norris in the 1970s as a town council member. Leonardtown-based attorney J. Earnest Bell has watched the political process in the town for the last three decades as the town’s election judge and credits Norris’ roots in Leonardtown with his success. “The reason he’s been successful is his abiding love of Leonardtown. [For Norris] the sun rises in Leonardtown and the sun sets in Leonardtown,” Bell said. With Norris’ decision to leave the mayor’s seat, the circumstances have led to one of the most important elections in Leonardtown in recent years. Bell said that people have begun to express more interest in this election not only because of the caliber of the candidates but also because voters want to ensure they have good leadership to sustain the gains the town has made. “For most of the time, we haven’t had contested elections,” Bell said. “This is one of the most contested elections in a long time. “People are proud of Leonardtown and don’t want to see it regress.” Bell said Norris’ tenure as mayor was a successful one and residents would not likely see another of its kind. “He set a good tone,” Bell said. “He just loved what he was doing and you can’t manufacture that.” But with the quality of candidates running for office in Leonardtown this time around, it was likely the town’s future was in good hand’s, Bell said. “It’s not going to collapse because we lose one person, after the election the sun will come up and life will go on,” Bell said.

Norris, right, awards retiring Town Council member Charlie Faunce a plaque for his service.

Chip, Your family is so proud of the hard work and dedication you have put into "our town". It was a great place for you & I to grow up, to raise our own children, Kelly, Kristin & Jay and now we get to see our grandchildren, Will, Logan & Olivia enjoy what our town has become! Love, Jan.

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LEONARDTOWN TOWN SEAL The coat of arms of Seymour is described in Burke’s General Armory of England, Scotland and Ireland. By an Act of the General Assembly, the earlier act of August 8, 1683 was amended establishing a “town at Britton’s Neck between Britton’s Bay and St. Clement’s Bay” and by an act dated December 17, 1708 authority was given to establish a town of 50 acres of Shepherd’s Old Fields, near the head of Britton’s Bay, on the land of Phillip Lynes, Esq.

PROPER HERALDIC DESCRIPTION ARMS: Gules, Two Wings Co-Joined in Lure, or.

CREST: Out of a Ducal Coronet, or, a Phoenix of the Last, Issuing from Flames, Proper MOTTO: Foy Pour Devoir

TRANSLATION ARMS: Red, Two Wings, Joined at the Back with Tips Point Downward, Gold

Leonardtown is Our Only Town By Laschelle McKay Town Administrator When you look at a map of Maryland, you will see many hundreds of place names, but there are only 157 municipal governments among them, including Baltimore City. Municipalities exist in 21 of the 23 counties in Maryland; the exceptions are Baltimore and Howard Counties. Municipal populations, other than that of Baltimore, range in size between about 40 people and 50,000 people. Municipalities are typically the business, employment, educational, and cultural centers for their local areas or regions of the state. County and municipal governments are recognized as co-equal local government entities under Maryland state law, and each derives its authority directly from the state. Counties provide traditional city services in many areas that are unincorporated. All cities and towns are charter governments and have been given home rule authority by the State of Maryland. Because of this, cities and towns have a good deal of governmental power, more autonomy for example than the non-charter counties in Maryland. What is best about living in a municipality?

What’s Going On In Leonardtown Downtown Tunes- Saturdays, May 26th, June 23rd, July 28th and August 25th. 6-9 p.m. Great music on the square! Dine at an outdoor café. Twilight Performance Series- Tuesdays, July 17th, 24th and 31st. 6:45 p.m. Groove on the green at the College of Southern Maryland’s Leonardtown Campus. <http://www.> First Friday’s- Each month, year round, historic Leonardtown celebrates “First Friday’s” with a host of dining, entertainment and shopping specials. 5-8 p.m. www. <http://www.> Beach Party on the Square- Saturday, August 4th. 4-9 p.m. Music, food and tons of fun (and sand!).

Perhaps most important is the fact that citizens residing in a city or town largely have control over their own destiny. Municipal government is often referred to as “grass roots government” because municipal citizens directly have the authority as well as accountability for making quality-of-life decisions for the community. Municipal citizens are elected by the community to hold public office, and citizens from the community are appointed to municipal boards, commissions, and committees. Municipal elected officials have the power to change their structure of government and amend the contents of their municipal charters when local needs or desires change. City and town residents have direct access to their elected officials. They have the opportunity to communicate with them about a concern or issue when they see them on the street or at a community function. In St. Mary’s County Leonardtown is the lone municipality. On Dec. 17, 1708, Governor Seymour signed a law enabling the purchase of 50 acres of land at Shepherd’s Old Fields on Breton Bay. That town was then named Seymour Town, later becoming Leonardtown. Over 300 years later Leonardtown still serves as the county seat of St. Mary’s County.

CREST: Out of Ducal Coronet, Gold (Usually Shown with 3 Green Stones and 2 Red Stones in the head Band,) A Phoenix of Gold Issuing from Flames, as they would appear in life. MOTTO: Foy Pour Devoir (Faithful to Duty) The Motto is displayed on a Silver Banner with Gold Tassels. The Motto is of ancient French origin. The a foregoing heraldic devices are displayed on a field of Royal Blue since Leonardtown was established under a Royal Decree of King Charles the Second and later Decrees of Queen Anne and King George II. The Whole is surrounded with a band of gold on which is inscribed the words, “LEONARDTOWN, MARYLAND”, at the top and the date “1728” at the bottom; all spaced by 13 Stars indicative of the fact that Leonardtown was an old town with the 13 original states were formed.


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The County Times is providing the voters of Leonardtown with transcripts of the interviews our staff conducted with the three men running for the Mayor of Leonardtown, and the three men running for two seats on the Leonardtown Town Council. Each candidate was given the exact same questions and the other candidates in that race. The responses printed here were edited for length, with all effort give to keep the spirit of the answers.

Dan Burris, Candidate For Mayor 1 - Leonardtown is one of two development districts in St. Mary’s County, do you feel development over the past 10 years has been too slow, too fast or about right, and would you propose changing that pace in the future? DB - Actually I think it’s been at just about the right pace over the last 10 years. We’ve been averaging 40 to 50 new homes a year and I think any more than that would probably put a strain on our infrastructure. It’s been able to allow us to keep up with water, sewer, roads, Etc. and I’d like to see that pace continue. 2 - What plans do you have to promote infill of new businesses in Town? DB - I’d like to us pursue the arts and entertainment district designation with the state. With that comes a statewide marketing program, bringing visitors and people from outside of St. Mary’s County. And of course that would allow more diversity and retail downtown. The other thing is our events that we have downtown. A lot of the businesses that have opened up is because of some people that have visited these events see what we’ve got going on downtown. So, they decided to open up businesses after they see what’s taking place downtown, and uptown on the Route 5 corridor. 3 - Leonardtown has gone through an aggressive revitalization over the past 10 years, what specific plans do you have to continue that revitalization? DB - What we’ve just discussed, I’d like to see that continue of course. We do have what we call a PIRD, Planned Infill and Redevelopment District designation, and that’s in the core business district downtown. That gives the town council flexibility on revitalization. 4- Leonard’s Grant residential development is in its final phase and Clark’s Farm residential project has just been given the town’s approval to move ahead – how important is the Tudor Hall development project for the economic welfare of Leonardtown? DB - For the long term it’s certainly a vital part of the economic development of Leonardtown. Currently we’ve got the Leonard’s Grant that’s in the final phases of its build out. Clark’s Rest is coming online like you said. That’s 300 homes each. Again, so we don’t put a strain on our infrastructure, I’d like to see Tudor

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Hall come on a little bit later after Clark’s Rest has a chance to get going. If all three had started at one time, in this economy, the housing market just wouldn’t have been able to sustain all three at one time. So again, good slow progressive growth. 5 - What would you do, if anything, to complete the development of the Leonardtown Wharf waterfront project? DB - In the Leonardtown Wharf area I would like to see a restaurant and a few small shops down there possibly. It’s one of my priorities to put out an RFP (request for proposals), if I do become mayor, to see what kind of interest we can generate. 6 - Route 5 and Route 245 are both State Highways. The County and Town have both been requesting improvements to these roads for years. What would you do as Mayor to address these state highway issues? DB - Of course the state doesn’t have any money. So we actually will have to look at our comprehensive plan and transportation plan and until we get the money to do the improvements on Route 5 especially, I was able to place language in our comprehensive plan that allows connectivity between the different projects, the different developments. For example, Singletree, Moakley Street, presents a problem getting out onto Route 5 now. Once Clark’s Rest is developed the state has said a light will go there at that intersection of Route 5 and Clark’s Rest and Tudor Hall and there will be a connector road linking Singletree to that light. So it’s things like that, that we need to concentrate on to take some of the traffic off of Route 5. The other thing I will maintain is to make sure we have a great relationship with the secretary of transportation, and stay in front of them to make sure we stay a priority. One of my opponents is touting his connections at the state level, but he was county commissioner for 12 years and couldn’t get Route 5 improvements completed. 7 - Is there anything the Town can do to address dilapidated or abandoned building and property? DB - That is a touchy subject because of personal property rights, but we’ve actually been able to work with some property owners to get dilapidate buildings down by agreeing to set aside a number of EDUs (Equivalent Dwelling Units) for that property after it’s torn down. So when they tear the building down they still have the number of units. Then once they rebuild or sell it, those EDUs stay with that property so they are allowed to rebuild with that same number of units. 8 - Do you believe the financial condition of Leonardtown’s government is adequate, and would you support any changes to tax rates or fees? I think Leonardtown financial stability is very sound, and no I do not see a need for property tax increases at this time, or any time in the near future. We’ve got a lot of new homes, with Clark’s Rest coming on that will bring

additional income to the town, but I don’t see the need for tax rate increases. 9 - What is you overall vision of Leonardtown going forward? DB - I’d like to see us continue on a slow pace managed growth. We certainly need to grow, so we don’t wither on the vine and die. I would like to see some more retail downtown. Some more diversified retail I guess, like some boutique clothing shops, that kind of thing that we don’t have. Certainly as we bring in more retail, that allows tax income to go up also, and that helps alleviate any possible tax increases on the residents. I just want to make sure Leonardtown remains the best place to live, work and play in Southern Maryland.

I’ve pictures of 15 boarded up buildings in downtown from 15 years ago, and I don’t want to see that come back. My opponent said he thought Tudor Hall should have gone through before now, and I disagree with that because of the economy. I was actually president of Leonardtown Recreation Inc., which was the non-profit set up by the town for the public portion of the Tudor Hall project. The town owns 200 acres of that 400 acres, free and clear. If all three projects, Tudor Hall, Clark’s Farm and Leonard’s Grant, went through at the same time, there is just no way in this economy that we could sustain that growth and make all three project work. It has worked better that each one come on at a little different time. Dan Burris

10 - Why should voters choose you over your opponents? DB - I’ve been part of the town my whole life, I was born and raised in Leonardtown. I was on the town council 20 years ago, Since then I was on several boards and commissions, and for the last four years again on the town council. I’ve seen what’s worked and I’ve seen some things that haven’t worked. Not only do I live in town, but I have my business in town, so I certainly have a stake in the success of Leonardtown. I do appreciate everything Chip has done over the past several decades, and I’d like to see the town continue in the pattern that is has over the last 10 or 15 years.

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needs to be put forward certainly with the LBA and try to get some professional expertise to see how we could best do that.

1 - Leonardtown is one of two development districts in St. Mary’s County, do you feel development over the past 10 years has been too slow, too fast or about right, and would you propose changing that pace in the future?

3 - Leonardtown has gone through an aggressive revitalization over the past 10 years, what specific plans do you have to continue that revitalization?

TM - I think the pace has been probably on line with what it should be. Of course the town has had some challenges with sewer capacity that they seem to have addressed now. One area that’s missing, and I guess it’s because of the Tudor Hall project didn’t move forward, is some more commercial development in town to try to expand the tax base a little bit. Hopefully in the next few years we can develop a development plan that meets the future needs of the town, both from a residential standpoint as well as a commercial standpoint. But the town has grown reasonably well, even through the recession. 2 - What plans do you have to promote infill of new businesses in Town? TM - You continue to look for the small, little start-up businesses that want to come into town. Again it goes back into the expanding of the retail because that will help support as they work together through organizations like the LBA. That will help all of them succeed if you expand the opportunities there. It’s somewhat limited right now. If you want to get your hair done … if you want to buy clothing, there’s no place there to do that. There’s got to be a strong effort to do that and I believe some of that effort

TM - Well, beyond the downtown piece which is generally complete, I think there needs to be some significant work on the streets that come into the town. Of course with the state taking the highway user money away from the town, that somewhat limits what they can do from a budgetary standpoint. But I think there needs to be an effort to try to revitalize – toward the Lawrence Avenue side in particular and try to upgrade all of that. Try to build on the plan for the future of the Tudor Hall development project so that there is connectivity. We did a little bit of that … when I was county commissioner. We took some money in the county budget and offered that to the town to upgrade places where there were opportunities for people to trip and fall. I know there’s interest in sidewalk connectivity out towards Leonard’s Grant. I’ve heard that feedback some and that’s certainly something that needs to be looked at.

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the commercial expansion of the downtown business district as well as the opportunities for families to have reasonable accommodations if they desire to move into Leonardtown. I think one of the missed opportunities that were out there, that was probably most significant for Leonardtown, was when the original Tudor Hall project failed to move forward. That was probably the opportunity of a lifetime for Leonardtown and it’s been through a lot of renditions to try to get it back on track, there’s been a lot of people that have invested a lot of money into it and lot of people that lost a lot of money. But it’s very important that a reasonable development plan be developed, showing the expectations of the town. That’s certainly one of my goals is to try and go back and revisit the Tudor Hall property. It’s going to change dramatically because it was all layed out and designed around a golf course which probably will not happen again. So the use of that property and the way a lot of that property was purchased with program open space money is going to take a lot of work to make that project really come forward. And I think it’s going to take some professional expertise to take and develop an idea of what the town really needs and wants, whether it’s expanding the arts, whether it’s expanding the business district and also certainly looking at the type of housing and residential units that could go in there.

4 - Leonard’s Grant residential development is in its final phase and Clark’s Farm residential project has just been given the town’s approval to move ahead – how important is the Tudor Hall development project for the economic welfare of Leonardtown?

5 - What would you do, if anything, to complete the development of the Leonardtown Wharf waterfront project?

TM - It’s vitally important, both for

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the original concept that came forward was deviated from back when the county was originally attempting to purchase a piece of property for redevelopment. It was only a commercial site and that’s where the idea of three commercial buildings, a restaurant and two other commercial buildings, came forward. And with the development of the townhouses, that certainly created some issues down there. Those folks don’t want to look down on a rooftop and they’re sitting on top of a hill. It is important for that piece of property be placed back on the tax roll so that it can generate revenues. There’s a lot of interest in a restaurant down there, you hear a lot of folks talking about that. Unfortunately the town decided last year to return some money for the finger piers that were shown in the original concepts and I think that takes away from the opportunities for the boating traffic to get in from along the river and from other areas of the county. You’d have to get somebody to work up a site plan to see if another commercial development would work there. Parking’s an issue, because people are not going to be able to walk up and down that hill to go to a restaurant. 6 - Route 5 and Route 245 are both State Highways. The County and Town have both been requesting improvements to these roads for years. What would you do as Mayor to address these state highway issues? TM - I would continue to work with the state delegation and in particular with the governor’s office to encourage the state department of transportation to take and move the funding up for that.

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As you know, the state budgetary issues are pretty significant to say the least and I wouldn’t expect anything to happen to change that in the near term, but the projected traffic on that road, and usually those estimates tend to be pretty accurate, they’re talking about 50,000 cars per day coming through there in another 15 years or so. That’s almost double what’s there today and it’s a bottleneck today. So there are a lot of safety issues and a high accident rate. Over the 12 years that I was in office as a commissioner I worked to try to encourage the state to do something with some specific intersections to reduce the accident rate during that section and they did a lot of the improvements at Hollywood Road and at Newtowne Road, which dramatically reduced the accident rates there. The piece that did not get addressed was the Moakley Street hospital area and the Breton marketplace. I think a lot of the reason there’s so much issues over on Miss Bessie off Hollywood Road is a lot of the traffic on Moakley finally just gave up and they’re using that as an outlet, so the volume of traffic has just shifted. What happens is that people coming out of Moakley end up just taking a chance, after sitting there for 10 to 15 minutes trying to get out. There are also issues with the Mennonite buggy traffic. The plans they’re showing today include an area for the buggies. 7 - Is there anything the Town can do to address dilapidated or abandoned building and property? TM - I think one of the biggest issues they’ve had in dealing with the properties in disarray has been assurances that EDUs (equivalent dwelling

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units) will remain on the property or that the connection to the sewer system would remain intact. That was a key discussion point on a number of properties that they’ve looked at. I’m not real strong on attaching the cost of cleaning those properties up - say for example the town cleaned the project up and then assigned that cost to the property owner - I’m not too crazy about that idea. But I expect there could be some ordinances written to encourage people to do that and maybe even give them a tax credit to do so, encourage them to do it on their own. I don’t think the town should be going in and cleaning people’s private property up, because where do you stop it? Guaranteeing EDUs is clearly an important thing. Some of the property on Route 5 is sitting … reluctant to do anything because they don’t what is going to be done with the road and that can dramatically impact what they’ll be able to do. 8 - Do you believe the financial condition of Leonardtown’s government is adequate, and would you support any changes to tax rates or fees? TM - Not at this point, no. To my understanding, the budget is on sound fiscal ground and with the development that is taking place. I’m certainly going to go through all that with the town staff and the town council members to see what their wants and needs and suggestions are. If I have the opportunity to serve as mayor, I’ll involve them as much as I can in developing a set of goals with the town. 9 - What is you overall vision of Leonardtown going forward? TM - It clearly has a tremendous

history. It has a great story to tell. It’s very similar to the county in a lot of ways in that there’s a tremendous story to be told there that has not been told. Continue the managed growth in town so that it grows in a reasonable fashion that can be controlled and so that we can accommodate the needs of the new people moving into the community. And most importantly, I think something that is lacking is to get more citizen involvement within the town. Right now the has a good strong LBA and Bob Schaller, before he left the county, worked really close with the town and helped them develop the business association. But there’s not enough involvement from the citizens, the people new to town. Many don’t even know they have a town council. 10 - Why should voters choose you over your opponents? TM - I think I have a good sound base as far as experience goes. I think my 12 years as a county commissioner has given me exposure to the political arena that can be an advantage to the town. I have good sound communications with our state delegation and with the governor’s office. I have a very solid background in volunteering for the community. I’ve spent 49 years, since I was 16 years old, doing volunteer work with the fire department and before that I was doing volunteer work in

town, even as a young teenager. With my background and experience and I’m retired, I can commit myself full-time to the job just as I did as a county commissioner. I don’t intend to change the town’s operations to mirror what the county is doing, but I do think that there needs to be a good sound relationship between the town and the county. Everything I’ve ever done around Leonardtown has been to better Leonardtown and make it a better place to live. It’s where I chose to raise my family and is where I was born and raised and I’d like to just continue to offer my time to the town. I think there needs to be more transparency in town government, to make people aware of what’s going on without them having to read it in the newspaper. Tom Mattingly

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1) The overpriced purchase of Hayden Farm through a vote on Christmas Eve. 2) The down zoning of 20,000 acres of private property in Rural Legacy Areas taking property rights so the State’s Rural Legacy area program would not have to pay for them. 3) The Leonardtown pier project which started out with big promise but ended up in court. (People purchased expensive homes to be part of a project that was not completed.) 4) The Leonardtown Library conflict which has cost the people of Leonardtown tens of thousands of dollars without any real progress. 5) Now the Hayden Farm boondoggle has been annexed into the town of Leonardtown. How much could that end up costing the town?


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Henry Camaioni Candidate For Mayor 1 - Leonardtown is one of two development districts in St. Mary’s County, do you feel development over the past 10 years has been too slow, too fast or about right, and would you propose changing that pace in the future? HC - Well it has slowed down to a decent pace now, but it had been too fast in the past, which has caused problems as we know with our housing market. But the major change- there’s going to be a lot of changes because Maryland has to deal with the EPA’s new regulations. So even a lot of the plans already in the works may end up being rethought for the new drainage and runoff requirements and we may need to even go back to some of commercial existing areas to deal with that also. It’s, I believe, the term is low impact development, to try to reduce the flow of pollution and runoff into our tributaries. The regulations are going to get stiffer on that and if we don’t address that quickly, they’re going to force us to, so we need start working on that right away. 2 - What plans do you have to promote infill of new businesses in Town? HC - Well, I think we’re on a pretty good start with the First Friday idea to bring more attention to Leonardtown. I do believe we need to, in the town government, really need to promote Leonardtown as much as possible. The square has been taken off the main path there and is now the side street, but it’s still a major part of our county and I believe that it can be grown into a nice town, a focal point. 3 - Leonardtown has gone through an aggressive revitalization over the past 10 years, what specific plans do you have to continue that revitalization? HC - There have already been a lot of plans in the works that have been put on hold, so what I’m more interested in now is to review everything that has been proposed, see what exactly needs to be done for those projects to make sure that they’re going to fit the new regulations and also to review and see what’s really best for the town. We’ve had projects that have started and turned into a mess and gone to court- the Leonardtown Pier project- and then there was a golf course community that was proposed that didn’t seem to work (Sean- Tudor Hall), even though there were millions put into that. So one of the main things that I believe needs to be done is a thorough look through a project to see if it’s actually going to work before we get too far involved. And that’s where- I’ve been a real estate investor and in real estate for years, and I think that some of that experience really was necessary for them to do the right thing in the past which is why we’ve had failures. 4 - Leonard’s Grant residential development is in its final phase and Clark’s Farm residential project has just been given the town’s approval to move ahead – how important is the Tudor Hall development project for the economic welfare of Leonardtown? HC - I don’t know if it’s all that important for the economic development of Leonardtown. I know it would be handy for local lawyers and attorneys to be able play golf on their time off so they won’t have far to go to the courthouse, but there are some other uses of the property that might be a better proposal. If that plan was really well accepted and considered to be such a great thing for the town, I don’t think it would have been so slow to come to fruition. So, I’m not sure it really is the best thing for the town. 5 - What would you do, if anything, to complete the development of the Leonardtown Wharf waterfront project? HC - Well, at this point, I feel we need to do something about it, because all those people that purchased all those townhomes that are right down there and some people actually put money into homes near that area because Leonardtown was promoting this great project and some of these people paid three quarters of a million dollars for their townhouse because they were go-

Leonardtown Voters Guide ing to have a pier. And at this point it was a project that just fell apart but it’s almost as if those people have been defrauded out of that investment. Their property values aren’t what they would have been if they had received what they were supposed to. So I think possibly a joint venture with a commercial enterprise to see if we can’t possibly get some lease agreements or find out what the interests would be before the investment is put out there so we can offset costs with investors. That way the town won’t have to put out so much money for something that will be mostly for the community there. I really think we need to start to follow through with things that are promised, but make sure that when we make a promise it’s a realistic one. 6 - Route 5 and Route 245 are both State Highways. The County and Town have both been requesting improvements to these roads for years. What would you do as Mayor to address these state highway issues? HC - The first thing I would do is push for a correction of the roads that aren’t even in Leonardtown. We have a lot of traffic going through Leonardtown because we have congestion in the California area. People will either go south on Pegg Rd. and Chancellor’s Run Road, go down to Great Mills Road, take a right on 5 to bypass that whole section, and then they’re going up through Leonardtown. If they corrected the problems in California, and they’re actually going to work on that- I talked to someone from the State Highway Administration just this weekend- they are going to put an entry road that goes down toward the bridge to double up the lanes for a short period of time, a short distance, I forget exactly the length of it, but I really think that needs to be extended all the way to the bridge. It would take off hundreds of cars off the road, open up the congestion at the intersection and then so many cars that go south then go north would be able to have a shorter travel time and a more direct route and it would take traffic away from Leonardtown. So we need to fix the problems in other areas to stop them from coming to our area. 7 - Is there anything the Town can do to address dilapidated or abandoned building and property? HC - I do believe we ought to try and promote that sort of thing, but there’s a fine line there. These are private properties and when you start crossing the line into telling people that they’re going to have to take care of properties in a certain way or we don’t like this building so you’ll have to replace it or perhaps do things that they can’t afford. Then we may be requiring people to do things that may actually cause people to lose their homes or their properties. That’s a very delicate issue and I do believe that when you’re crossing the line into personal property rights, it’s a very dangerous road to go down. We do have to make sure things are safe though and those requirements are already out there, they just need to be looked at a little closer. There are actually some cracks in some of the buildings right on the town square, and may be structural problems that need to be looked at. I believe you’re aware of Duke Street, they’ve had the bricks falling from the top before and that’s been repaired. I mean those types of things are actual possible dangers and we obviously have to correct that. 8 - Do you believe the financial condition of Leonardtown’s government is adequate, and would you support any changes to tax rates or fees? HC - You know, I believe, everyone is already struggling now and I do not wish to put any more fees on struggling families. Just the opposite, I believe that what we need to do is really look at streamlining. Even though it’s a small government, we need to streamline everything we can to make sure we won’t have any need to increase any taxes and hopefully possibly even reduce them. There’s been a lot of waste. Just recently, the town paid, I believe, to tear down some old buildings on the property they thought they might use for the library and I believe that cost the town close to $30,000… I’m not sure about that and you may have that information yourself. Some of the planning has cost

money and of course the golf course project, they’ve been thinking about that for a while, and while they do that, they spend money on planning. And even if they’re wasting the stae’s money on things, they’re still wasting money. 9 - What is you overall vision of Leonardtown going forward? HC - I’d like to develop a little more community involvement. In the last election, out of thousands of people, 280 people voted, which quite possibly means that for community involvement the number is not much greater. So for things like the library and even the different directions that the town might go, I don’t really think it should be the mayor’s decision or the council’s decision, it should be the people that live in the town’s decision. Or at least they should have a lot of input in that to help direct things. So I believe we need to try to reach out to members of the community to get their input. If we need to do that through contacting them or trying to find out some electronic methods, maybe similar to e-voting, except for it wouldn’t actually be a vote, it would be an idea to be able to get their opinion. So we could send them a request for their opinions on things. I consider the position more of a management position and you’re managing for the people that live in that area and it has to be handled in a way that they would feel best serves them. 10 - Why should voters choose you over your opponents? HC - Well, because my opponents already have a history and their history, I believe, has been more in the lines of some of the mistakes I’ve talked about in the past. And I really think that needs to stop. I really want to bring the ideas from the community into it. My plan is to try to manage the town in a manner that the people of Leonardtown would like and not to decide that I have great plans and I’m going to force them on the community. I believe that just that attitude would be such a great change for Leonardtown and that, in itself, is enough reason to vote for me. In addition to those ideas, I do have years of experience with multiple companies. I started my first company when I was in my 20’s. I’ve had years of real estate experience. With the business and real estate experience, I believe some of that has been missing in what we’ve had. I believe even in the county government, some of the past problems have been a lack of knowledge about investment. Because when you’re managing the citizens’ money, being a poor investor with those funds, for investing in infrastructure, in the community and in property for future development, it’s just wasting tax dollars if you don’t do a thorough investigation and make sure that every decision that’s made is- for a term we have in real estate- the highest and best use. Whether that’s the highest and best use of the tax dollars, the property, the area or your personnel… all the tools you have at hand in government. I always have liked that term- the highest and best use- I think it’s an idea that’s Henry Camaioni

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Walter Wise – Candidate For Town Council 1- Why are you interested in serving on the Town Council? WW - I have served Leonardtown for over 25 years on various Boards, the last 17 years on Town Council. I love Leonardtown and want to do anything I can to help. I am out in the Town every day and know the issues that need to be addressed. 2 - Do you support the rate of residential growth in the town over the past 10 years and do you think growth should be managed differently into the future? WW - I agree with the direction the Town has gone in over the last 10 years. We have planned well and controlled the rate of growth. We have done an excellent job of managing our resources. 3- What are Leonardtown’s best assets? WW - The layout of the Town and the fact that we have kept our town square intact. We work hard to keep it clean and inviting. I have spent a great deal of time on both the Leonardtown Wharf and the Port of Leonardtown Park and Winery revitalization projects and feel they are a huge asset to the Town. 4 - What are Leonardtown’s greatest challenges? WW - Maintaining our water and sewer system is extremely important. Without these assets we would not be a Town.


5 - Do you support changes in tax rates or fees for Leonardtown residents or businesses? WW - If necessary to preserve the quality of life for our residents then I would consider it. For many years we have been able to manage our budget without a tax increase and still provide quality services to our residents. 6 - What is your overall vision of Leonardtown going forward? WW - Continuing to protect and improve the downtown business district. I would also like us to complete the Leonardtown Wharf and Port of Leonardtown Park projects. I would like to continue to enhance the recreational facilities for the Town residents. 7 - Why should voters choose you over your opponent? WW - I have over 25 years of service working with various town boards. I also have 20 years of business experience running my own businesses and 22 years of County public works experience. I have used this experience to help guide the Town in maintaining these areas. My family has Walter Wise lived in Leonardtown for 60 years and I know the c o m mu n it y well and will continue to serve its residents to the best of my ability.


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Hayden Hammett – Candidate for Town Council 1 - Why are you interested in serving on the Town Council? HH - I want to continue the good work that generations before me have started. I see an opportunity to offer my vision and knowledge to the success of our town. We have such a rich history to share and bright future ahead of us; I want to help in maintaining both. 2 - Do you support the rate of residential growth in the town over the past 10 years, and do you think growth should be managed differently into the future? HH - The growth that Leonardtown experienced, and is still experiencing, is a reaction to several economic factors. St. Mary’s County and Maryland saw some of the fastest growth rates in the U.S. over the last 10 to 15 years, mostly due to the proximity to major federal facilities (jobs) and our nation’s capitol city (more jobs). Because our town is such a desirable place to live, work, and play, we can’t be immune to this growth. The challenge during the last 10 years for our elected town officials was anticipating and PLANNING for growth. I think the town did a good job of this. The new housing in town is attractive, walkable, and connected. Leonardtown is still one of the most desirable places to live in Southern Maryland. 3 - What are Leonardtown’s best assets? HH – Leonardtown has more assets than can be discussed here, but a brief list, in no particular order, would include: • Our long and important history in the Mother County of Maryland; pre-dating the nation by more than a 100 years; • Our beautiful waterfront, which has played an enormous role in the aforementioned history; • Locally owned businesses that give our town character, and make it such a convenient place to live; • Our fire department, rescue squad, and hospital are all important for obvious reasons, and each has an exceptional history of their own. In addition, St. Mary’s Hospital serves the town as an employment center and economic anchor; • A variety of options in education; public, private, primary and secondary schools, and the College of Southern Maryland; • Lastly, but certainly not least: 3,000 family members, friends, and friends still to be met. 4 - What are Leonardtown’s greatest challenges? HH - Short and not-so-sweet, our greatest challenges in Leonardtown all have to do with transportation; state and regional highway plans, locally oriented transit, connector roads, traffic signals, parking, and sidewalk extensions and repair. Right now, state and local resources for new projects are scarce. This means that we are going to have to come up with much more innovative and cooperative solutions. 5 - Do you support changes in rate rates or fees for Leonardtown residents or businesses? HH - No.

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6 - What is your overall vision of Leonardtown going forward? HH - From a business and financial perspective, there is one word I always hear mentioned when people talk about investing – diversification. Historically, analysts, advisors, even farmers will tell you: It’s not wise to put all your eggs in one basket. This principle guides my vision for our town. To keep Leonardtown a vibrant and prosperous community, it takes all kinds - all kinds of businesses, housing units, employers, etc. In our town today, we have retirees, empty-nesters, families with kids of all ages, DINKs (dual-income, no kids), and Yuppies (young urban professionals). Just outside of town there are Amish and Mennonites, farmers, watermen, and vintners. I cannot think of a more diverse place. My vision for town is to make sure the types of housing in town (houses, townhouses, condominiums, apartments) meet the needs of the people who call Leonardtown home. In addition, I see a need for further diversification of businesses in town. There are nearly 20 restaurants in Leonardtown that I can name off the top of my head, but I can’t think of a single place to buy a new shirt. Many people who live in town drive anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours away just to buy everyday goods like clothing and home furnishings. My vision is not a new one; there are underutilized parcels of commercial land at the core of town already zoned for redevelopment, as well as sections of Tudor Hall Farm that will add to Leonardtown’s existing commercial space. 7 - Why should voters choose you over your opponents? HH - I’ve been involved with the town for several years, serving on the Comprehensive Planning Committee and the Planning and Zoning Board. I worked in land planning and civil engineering for five years here in Leonardtown at Mehaffey & Associates, where I learned land use and development regulations in depth. Today, I am a Commercial Loan Officer with Community Bank of Tri-County. I earned a bachelors degree from Grove City College in Business Management and Political Science. Prior to that, I graduated from Leonardtown Elementary, Middle, and High Schools. I will bring to the council my experiences from the County Chamber of Commerce, the Leonardtown Lions Club, Leadership Southern Maryland, and, more recently, the Board of Cedar Lane. I have a deep affection for this place. My family lives here now, and has lived here for generations. One of my greatgrandfathers was a farmer here in Leonardtown, and another served as Sheriff of St. Mary’s County. As a young person, I bring new perspective, but I will always be mindful of our history and those who have come before me. I offer my time, ability, and experiences thus far. I will work hard to keep our town a wonderful place to live, work and play. Thank Hayden Hammett you for taking the time to be involved, and I look forward to serving you on the council if I am elected.



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1 - Why are you interested in serving on the Town Council? JM - An aspiration to improve Leonardtown combined with deep family roots has increased my desire to pursue a seat on the Town Council. I was born in Leonardtown and have resided here for the past 31 years. My wife, Tabitha and I have made our home in the Singletree Community where I currently serve on the Board of Directors as Treasurer. I have been listening to what my family, friends, and neighbors, have to say about Leonardtown for as long as I can remember. Whether it was in tow of my grandfather, Mac Mattingly who served as Mayor from 1988 until 1992 or from my father, Mock Mattingly who served as town councilman from 2004 until 2008, I have always been passionate about the needs of others. 2 - Do you support the rate of residential growth in the town over the past 10 years, and do you think growth should be managed differently into the future?

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JM - The rate of residential growth has been on a good pace. We must prepare for future growth with adequate supervision of roads, water and sewerage. Schools must be constructed to accommodate the increase of new residents. Additionally, the expansion of St. Mary’s Hospital over the past 10 years has helped guarantee a greater number of residences occupying Leonardtown can seek desired medical attention. In the future we need to ensure our roads are able to handle the amount of traffic accompanying the main thoroughfares. Monitoring the growth and projected needs of the residents is essential as a member of the Town Council. 3 - What are Leonardtown’s best assets?


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JM - Leonardtown’s best assets are its residents, its rural character, and its friendly atmosphere. Additionally, the College of Southern Maryland offers tremendous educational opportunities. Leonardtown is a convenient town with many locally owned and operated businesses. The Town hosts numerous annual events which promotes support for our local businesses. The Veteran’s Day parade is a very popular event, as well as, the Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony and the “First Friday’s,” to name few. Safety is at the forefront of Leonardtown. This is made clear through the presence of a town deputy – a unique safety precaution which gives peace of mind to residents and business to owners. 4 - What are Leonardtown’s greatest challenges? JM - Due to the increase in the number of residents and businesses, the effectiveness of the current water treatment plant needs to be taken into consideration. Ensuring residents have the most convenient access to a public library is another topic which needs to be


addressed. As the number of individuals who frequent Leonardtown has increased, available parking in historic Leonardtown can, at times, be sparse. Most importantly, one of Leonardtown’s greatest challenges is overcoming the growing incidents of traffic congestion. 5 - Do you support changes in rate rates or fees for Leonardtown residents or businesses? Of so, please explain. JM - Being unable to predict an upswing in the economy poses a challenge in addressing changes to rates and fees for Leonardtown. Financial stability for the residences should be of the utmost importance to the members of the Town Council. Residents should have a sense of comfort and security knowing their monies are being handled with caution and due regard. Trudging through the economic difficulties has given me a great appreciation for, not only securing my financial state, but ensuing that same consideration is offered to the residents of Leonardtown. 6 - What is your overall vision of Leonardtown going forward? JM - The future of Leonardtown is endless. So many possibilities and opportunities exist for this town. Watching the development of Clarks Rest subdivision, the expansion of Maryland Route 5, and the addition of traffic signals to ensure safety remains the number one priority for all residents, will be captivating. We have established committees, such as the Leonardtown Business Association, which do an excellent job of ensuring Leonardtown continues a forward progression in today’s society. Ideally, the town council and staff should strive to ensure a seamless stream of communication is held in high regard. This will guarantee residents and business owners feel their voices and opinions are heard. 7 - Why should voters choose you over your opponents? JM - Being born and raised in this great town has given me a front row seat to observe the many changes that have occurred. I want to see Leonardtown move forward; but, at the same time keep the hometown feel. I will go above and beyond if elected as your next town councilman. I have always been dedicated to Leonardtown, now I am not only dedicated to the town, but to its residents, business owners and tourists. My wife and I are both community servants, who seek to better Leonardtown. At 31, one of my greatest attributes is my youth. I will provide endless energy and work tirelessly to ensure the resident’s opinions are heard amongst the Town Council. I have a vested interest in ensuring the future of Leonardtown is bright because I will be here for years to come. My dedication and perfectionJay Mattingly ism allows for an intense combination which seeks excellence at every level. Actively listening is a lost art in today’s society, one in which I hope to bring back.


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Thursday, April 5 • Zumba Fitness Class Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad (43256 Rescue Lane, Hollywood) – 5:45 p.m. Cost is $7 per class or $25 for five classes, and all proceeds benefit Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad. For information call 301-757-2336.

Friday, April 6 • Pitch Card Party Mechanicsville Volunteer Rescue Squad (28120 Old Flora Corner, Mechanicsville) – 7:30 p.m. Come out and support the Mechanicsville Volunteer Rescue Squad Auxiliary by participating in a Pitch Card Party. The card party is being sponsored by the Mechanicsville Volunteer Rescue Squad Auxiliary. Play starts at 7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be available. Players must be 16 years of age or older to play. There is a $5 admission.

Saturday, April 7 • Nature Center Spring Cleaning Greenwell Foundation (44974 Steer Horn Neck Road, Hollywood) – 10 a.m. The Greenwell Foundation is looking for volunteers to help with the spring cleaning of our Nature Center house. The nature center is used for childhood and young adult outdoor education. Come help us get it spruced up and looking nice for the coming spring/ summer/fall learning year. Duties include, painting, washing, sweeping, weeding, cutting bamboo, picking up beach glass and litter and raking leaves. Join us Saturday April 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Water will be provided; bring a bag lunch. Letters of service hours will be provided.

Sunday, April 8 • Sterling House Easter Egg Hunt Front Porch Restaurant, Sterling House (22770 Washington Street, Leonardtown) – 9:30 a.m. The Front Porch Restaurant at the Sterling House will restore a springtime tradition to Leonardtown. All are
 invited to attend an Easter egg hunt on the lawn of the Sterling House in
 historic Leonardtown. The event is free and open to the community. The last familial owners of the home, the Sterling Family, held a longstanding custom of welcoming extended family and friends into their home to enjoy the festivities of holidays. Mary Theresa “Aunt Theresa” Sterling, known for devotion to her family and to the community, kept the Easter tradition of creating baskets and organizing a children’s egg hunt well into her seventies. Current Sterling House owners, Dean Beck and Jo Ann Beck, wish to continue this Easter tradition and have plans for offering future seasonal events. “It is our hope to recreate some of the Sterling family traditions by offering events and celebrations that bring our community together. Leonardtown is returning to a thriving neighborhood and we’d like The Front Porch at the

Sterling House to be a gathering place that continues the traditions of the Sterling hospitality”, states Dean Beck. The hunt will be organized into two age groups, children 2-5 years at 10 a.m. and 6-10 years at 10:15 a.m. Various prizes for finding the golden egg 
and the most eggs will be awarded. Light refreshments will also be served. The 
event is free and open to the public. For more event information contact Joann Beck 301-997-0984 or joann@ or the Front Porch website

Monday, April 9 • Dog Obedience Class St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds (42455 Fairgrounds Road, Leonardtown). Saint Mary’s County Dept of Recreation and Parks is sponsoring Spring Dog Obedience Classes which will start the week of April 9 with Puppy Kindergarten is $45, Basic class is $50, Advanced class is $50 and Tracking class is $75. Classes will be held at the Leonardtown Fair grounds. Pre-registration is required. For more information, call 301-475-4200 ext 1801 or visit www. • Pax River Quilters Guild Meeting Good Samaritan Lutheran Church (20850 Langley Road, Lexington Park) – 6:30 p.m. New members are welcome! For more information, contact Carol Evans at

Tuesday, April 10 • Nature Time at Greenwell Greenwell State Park (25420 Rosedale Manor Lane, Hollywood) – 10 a.m. Enjoy the wonders of nature at Greenwell State Park through games, crafts, stories, movement, and exploration. Nature Time is a program for children and their families/caregivers. Recreation, education, and conservation all play a part in the activities. This week’s theme is “Meet Our Horses.” Visit for more information.

Wednesday, April 11 • Crib Volunteer Meeting Private Residence (Callaway) – 7 p.m. Please join us at our monthly volunteer meeting to learn about volunteer opportunities that will make a difference for single parent families in critical situations in St. Mary’s County. The Crib, a St. Mary’s County, Maryland nonprofit organization providing case management and support services for single parents in critical situations (such as homelessness, unemployment, lack of education, and lack of family support) is looking for volunteers to help with mentorship, planning monthly events for clients, and fundraising. We are looking for people to join a core of volunteers for the organization by taking on a specific volunteer position (3-5 hours weekly, flexible) for one year or more, as well as volunteers to fill support roles as needed. The Crib has been in operation in St. Mary’s County since 2008. For more information, or direc-

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tions to the meeting, visit or contact Anna Gardiner at or 443-454-7158.

Thursday, April 12 • Seminary Chorus Concert Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church (9463 H.G.Trueman Road, Lusby) – 7 p.m. The Seminary Chorus of forty one extraordinary male voices is on tour and will perform. Admission is free. For more information call 410-231-2075 or check • Screenwriting Workshop Calvert Library, Prince Frederick (850 Costley Way, Prince Frederick) – 7 p.m. Calvert Library’s tag line is “Your destination for imagination, information and inspiration.” One of the ways that they live up to this assertion is through the support of several writing groups. One of the groups is Writers by the Bay which meets monthly at Calvert Library Prince Frederick. Several published authors attend the sessions and more that hope to be published soon. Primarily, the genre the group works on is prose fiction but recently there has been some interest in screenwriting. To support that interest, Will Joy, a graduate of the New York Film Institute, will be hosting a workshop covering the fundamentals of the screenplay. He has worked on several films including two major Hollywood features. He will cover structure, stylistic elements including plot, character, action, description and dialogue as well as technical format. If you have ever wanted to write for a movie, this is a workshop not to be missed. If you are just curious about how the process works, you are welcome as well! Please register online or by calling 410535-0291. For more information, call the Calvert Library Prince Frederick at 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

Friday, April 13 • Bunco Tournament VFW 2632 (23282 Three Notch Road, California) – 7 p.m. Everyone over 21 is welcome. Bunco offers the perfect excuse to get together with friends for laughs, drinks, conversation and relaxation. It’s a fun dice game that is easy to Play! Bring a friend or meet new friends at the VFW. Cash buy-in is $5 – cash payouts are determined by the number of players. Must be 21 or older to play. Game instructions explained at 6:30 p.m. and game play starts at 7 p.m. Register at Check out all our upcoming events at or on Face Book at VFW 2632.

Saturday, April 14 • Treasure Sale All Saints’ Episcopal Church (100 Lower Marlboro Road, Sunderland) – 8 a.m. Find great buys at All Saints’ Episcopal Church’s Treasures Sale. Free admission and free parking. For more information, call 301-855-4865. Proceeds benefit the Episcopal Church.


• Asbury Solomons Betty’s Closet Sale Asbury Solomons Retirement CommunityAuditorium (11000 Asbury Circle, Solomons) – 9 a.m. The day will include 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 a great price Grannies Treasures will also be selling house wares, furniture and many miscellaneous item. All proceeds will benefit the Benevolent Care Fund For more information, call 410-394-3483. • Golden Retriver Rescue Yard Sale 42855 Lytle Lane, Leonardtown – 8 a.m. Golden Retriever Rescue of Southern Maryland will be holding a yard sale. Please call 301-475-7022 for further information. • Therapeutic Horsemanship  Barn Cleaning Greenwell State Park (25420 Rosedale Manor Lane, Hollywood) – 10 a.m. The Greenwell Foundation is looking for volunteers to participate in its yearly spring cleanup of the Therapeutic Riding Program barn. Come and help us get our barn spruced up. Our horses and riders appreciate all the work we do. Duties include; washing horse blankets and halters, washing water buckets, organizing supplies, sweeping aisles and removing unneeded items from the loft. Water provided; bring a bag lunch. Letters of service hours will be provided. • 2nd Saturday Series “From the Ground Up” Sotterley Plantation (44300 Sotterley Lane, Hollywood) - 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. From the basement to the attic of Sotterley’s 1703 Plantation House there are numerous nooks and crannies rarely seen by most people. Presented by Sotterley’s Restoration Manager, this exclusive tour will reveal how the structure was built and what the various spaces tell us about the over 300 year history. Advanced reservations only. $15 per person. Limited to 16 people per tour. Indoor and outdoor walking required. Call for reservations.

Sunday, April 15 • Homemade Home-style All You Can Eat Breakfast 2nd District Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad (45245 Drayden Road, Valley Lee) – 8 a.m. The community is invited is an all you can eat breakfast. The menu includes scrambled eggs, home fried potatoes, pancakes, French toast, sausage links, ham, hot biscuits, creamed chipped beef, spiced applesauce and assorted juices, milk and coffee. Adults are $8, children between the ages of 6 and 12 are $4 and children under the age of 5 eat free. Proceeds benefit the fire department and rescue squad. For more information, call 301-994-9924.


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John Clabaugh, Jr., 86

Helen Hubley, 85

John William Clabaugh Jr. died 23 March 2012 at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, Charlotte Hall, MD. He was born in Essex, Baltimore County, MD on 8 Jun 1925, the fourth child and only son of John W. and Martha Elizabeth Krug Clabaugh. His older sisters were Katherine, Beatrice, and Dorothy; his younger sisters were Ella and Margaret. When he was 17 years old, John escaped the household of women by enlisting in the USMC. After completing boot camp at Parris Island, SC he headed for the Pacific Theatre: Guadalcanal, Leyte, Mindanao, and the Admiralty Islands. After the end of WWII, John was transferred first to MCAS Cherry Point, NC then on to MCAS Eva, Oahu, HI. In June 1949 he married Jeanette Florence Feeney and transferred to Patuxent River, MD. In 1951 John was promoted from MSgt to 2nd Lt. The war in Korea took him back to the Pacific; he served MAG 33 at K-3 during 1952 and 1953. At the war’s end, he was transferred back to Patuxent River where he served until his transfer to Atsugi, Japan in 1956. John returned stateside in 1958 and was assigned to MCAS Cherry Point, NC then to the USS Roosevelt. Captain Clabaugh retired from the USMC in June 1963. He considered St. Mary’s County, MD his home and purchased farmland in Hollywood – a change of pace from the military life. In addition to farming, John served as Police Chief in the city of Leonardtown before he purchased the Leonardtown Texaco Station. “Captain John” as he was known, is survived by his daughter Mac Clabaugh and her husband Jim Bacot of Hollywood MD, his sister Margaret and her husband Jess Smith of Bel Air, MD, and numerous nieces, nephews and their families who live in the Baltimore and Philadelphia areas. He donated his body to further scientific research; there will be no funeral. John’s family thanks the staff at the Veterans Home and Hospice for making his last few months more comfortable. Friends and family are invited to make a donation to Hospice of St. Mary’s, P O Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650 in lieu of flowers.

Helen Marie Hubley, 85 of California, MD died March 21, 2012 at her son’s residence. Born on May 7, 1926 in Boston, MA, she was the only child of the late William Devery and Frances (Cushing) Devery. She grew up and went to school in Hyde Park, MA, graduating in 1942. When Helen was just fifteen, she obtained a job at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) to support the household when her father died of appendicitis. There she worked as a purchasing agent in the radar development department. She married her childhood sweetheart, Stephen James (Jim) Hubley on July 13, 1948 and had two children, Kenneth James and Ellen Ann. They always had a summer cabin whether it was at Moosehead Lake, ME or Newfound Lake, NH. They spent many happy summer hours there. She loved working in the yard and had many plants in and around the house. She loved animals and always had at least one cat if not a dog or two. She enjoyed reading and was a member of the local book club. Helen was an active member of the Catholic Church. Her uncle was Cardinal Cushing. Later she worked as receptionist for Jenny Beachcraft with her husband. After her husband’s death, she worked in retail at Leachmer and several other small stores until she was 80. This allowed her to be around people. Helen leaves to mourn her passing a son, Kenneth James Hubley of California, MD, and a daughter, Ellen Ann Dick of North Chelmsford, MA. She also leaves 4 grandchildren, Jeannette Hubley of Maryland, Christopher Hubley of Ohio, Stephen Hubley of Maryland and Stephanie Dick of MA, 2 great-grandchildren, Hailey and Lily Hubley as well as other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Jim on May 13, 1982. A Funeral Service was held on Saturday, March 31, 2012 in the St. George Church, Framingham, MA. Interment followed in Edgell Grove Cemetery, Framingham, MA. A Memorial Service will be held at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Lexington Park, MD on April 23, 2012 at 10 a.m. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

George Darney, IV 58 George Frederick Darney, IV, 58, of California, MD., died on March 27, 2012 at his residence. Born on June 19, 1953 in Clinton, MD, he was the son of the late Vera Mae and George Frederick Darney, IV. George is survived by his sisters: Susan Trossbach of Leonardtown, MD., Linda Zimmerman of Amherst, VA, and Eve Marino of Torrance, CA. He survived by his nephews and nieces: Joshua Trossbach and Linda Trossbach of Lusby, MD., Robert and Frederick Laabs of Lexington, VA, Robin Laabs, and Dawn Zimmerman of Lexington Park, MD., and Shannon Bates of China. He is preceded in death by his siblings: Yvonne McKenzie, and Daniel Darney. George graduated from La Plata High School and was the Co-Owner of DC & D Painting and Coldwell Banker. He enjoyed sports, gardening, and his family. Services will be private. Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A, Leonardtown, MD.

Virginia Hughes, 60 Virginia Elizabeth “Ginny” Hughes, 60, of Leonardtown, MD, formerly from Washington, DC died on March 24, 2012 in Callaway, MD. Born on August 24, 1951 she was the daughter of the late Helen Elizabeth and George Washington Fowler. Virginia is survived by her son Robert G. Hughes of Aylett, VA., Siblings: Zoe Ann Vest of Port Royal, VA, Anthony Fowler of Fisherville, VA., Richard Fowler of Colonial Beach, VA, Mary Russell of Valley Lee, MD., Jamie Fowler of Avenue, MD and her cat “Dixie”. Virginia is preceded in death by siblings: George Bitsy Fowler and Celeste Downs. Ginny graduated from Great Mills High School in 1970. Virginia moved to St. Mary’s County in 1965 and was a homemaker. Ginny loved collecting cat figurines. A Memorial service was held on Saturday, March 31, 2012 in the Downs Family Cemetery, Oak Grove Farm, 3875 Oak Grove Place Najemoy, MD 20662. Contributions in memory of Virginia Elizabeth Hughes may be made to Hospice of St. Mary’s P.O. Box 625 Leonardtown, MD.

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Elizabeth March, 65 Elizabeth Cecelia March, 65, of Lexington Park, Maryland, peacefully passed away on March 28, 2012. Family and friends gathered on Friday, March 30, 2012 for a graveside service at Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery, 22020 Chancellors Run Road, Great Mills, Maryland. Arrangements by Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home, Mechanicsville, Maryland.

Darcy O’Donnell, 43 Darcy “Darce” Diane O’Donnell, 43, of Mechanicsville, MD formerly from Pennsylvania, died on April 1, 2012 in Leonardtown, MD. Born on August 13, 1968 in Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of Jackie Thorne of Calvert County, MD and the late Bing Thorne. Darcy was the loving wife of Patrick Michael O’Donnell whom she married in La Plata, MD on October 17, 1998. Darcy is survived by her son Page Michael of Mechanicsville, MD., siblings; Dray Throne of Mechanicsville, MD., Dirk Thorne of Calvert County, MD., and Dana Thorne of Las Vegas, NV. Darcy graduated from McDonough High School in 1986. The family will receive friends on Thursday, April 5, 2012 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home Leonardtown, MD. A Funeral Service will follow at 11:30 a.m. with Deacon Bill Nickerson officiating. Interment will be private. To leave a condolence for the family please visit Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A, Leonardtown, MD.

Robbie Robinson, 70 Robbie J. Robinson, 70, of Mechanicsville, MD died peacefully on April 1, 2012 in Callaway, MD surrounded by his loving family . Born on July 20, 1941 in Sanborn, Iowa, he was the son of Clyde T. and Myrna E. Steen Robinson. Mr. Robinson is survived by his loving companion of 25 years Lynn Dixon and children: Robin Kaye Groth (Michael) of Cary, NC. Thomas James Gibson (Nicole) of Garner, NC., and 4 grandchildren: Austin James Robinson, Jordan Kaye Groth, Brianna Robinson, and Lexi Robinson. Mr. Robinson graduated from Sanborn High School and went on to serve in the United States Navy from July 14, 1960 to Sept 30, 1980 retiring after 20 years. While in the Navy, he served in Vietnam earning; (4) National Defense Service Medal, (2) Meritorious Unit Commendation, Vietnam Service Medal, (2) Navy Unit Commendation, Navy Achievement Medal, (5) Good Conduct Award. Mr. Robinson moved to St. Mary’s county in 1985 and worked for BAE Systems as a defense Contractor retiring in 2004. Robbie was


a member of the Moose lodge; golf was his passion, and spending time with friends and family. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 from 6 – 7 p.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD. A Funeral Service will follow at 7 p.m. Interment will be held at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery Arlington, VA. Contributions may be made to the Hospice of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625 Leonardtown, MD, American Lung Association of MD 211 E. Lombard St, #260 Baltimore, MD 21202. To leave a condolence for the family please visit Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A, Leonardtown, MD.

Catherine Saxon, 96 Catherine Mary Coates Saxon, 96 of Hollywood died on March 31, 2012 at her residence. Born January 19, 1916, in Pearson, MD, she was the daughter of the late Charles Ignatius Coates and Julia Veronica Washington Coates. She attended school in St. Mary’s County before meeting her husband, the late Oliver E. Saxon, whom she wed on April 15, 1950. Mr. and Mrs. Saxon lived in Lexington Park for more than 40 years. Mrs. Saxon dedicated much of her life to taking care of others. She worked for two families, one in Washington, D.C. and one in St. Mary’s County, providing a mixture of love and learning for the children whose growth and success became her passion and joy. She began working for Harry and Anne Lancaster in 1951 and has remained a part of their family for more than 60 years. Mrs. Saxon is survived by her sister, Blanche Coates Jones of Elizabethtown, NC, and a host of cousins including Melva Ann Coates, Charles Saxon Jr., and James Saxon. She was predeceased by four siblings, Samuel Coates, Andrew Coates, Charles Coates, and Laura Coates, and a favorite uncle, James Melvin Coates. Family members received friends on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. A funeral service was held in the Brinsfield Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Cemetery, 22375 Three Notch Road, Lexington Park, MD 20653. Serving as pallbearers were David L. Lancaster, George H. Lancaster, Harry S. Lancaster, Charles Saxon, Jr., James Saxon, and Aaron Lancaster. Donations in memory of Catherine Saxon may be made to Hospice of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Edward Smith Sr., 84 Ecclesiastes 3:2 A time to be born, and a time to die Edward Allen Smith, Sr. 84 was born June 15, 1927 in Washington, D.C. to Rebecca Alice Mayhew and Edward Smith. He departed this earthly life on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 6:31 A.M from the portal of St. Mary’s/MedStar Hospital in


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Leonardtown, Maryland. He resided in Great Mills, Md Edward was raised, nourished and fostered by William Bunton and Ella “Hawkins” Thomas-Valley Lee, MD from the age of 3. He attended St. Peter Claver Elementary School, Jarboesville ES and graduated from Cardinal Gibbons Institute (class of 1944 at the age of 16). Edward attended the Washington Conservatory of Music. He proudly served in country in the US Navy. Ecclesiastes 3:8 A time to love, Edward married his next-door neighbor Thelma Luvenia Gladden September 3, 1960. Of this union four children were born; one daughter Clarissa Jean Smith; three sons Edward Allen Jr., Robert Leon and John Michael Smith. Mr. Smith was a Junior 4-H Club leader; he played baseball with the Piney Point Eagles. He was a past Exhalted Ruler of Lodge #1120/ Valley Lee, MD. He was instrumental in assisting of the forming of Little League insurance coverage under Official Little League Baseball of Boys” Town USA in St. Mary’s County. “The First” is the Hall of Fame established by the Institute for Human Growth and Development, Inc. to heighten the community’s awareness of the historical contributions of its pioneers. Mr. Smith was inducted in 2004. He with Mr. Fred Talbert were instrumental in breaking racial barriers that resulted in African Americans being allowed to pay baseball in St. Mary’s County. He coached and managed the Little League and Pony Leagues of Valley Lee. A true pioneer- a man who not only dared to dream, but worked hard to make it a reality! Ecclesiastes 3:4 and a time to dance Edward loved to dance, make merriment and enjoy life. He was an avid collector of caps; he enjoyed making his own cassette tapes/gospel and R&B; playing cards, checkers, dominoes, playing pool; doing word search puzzles and watching his favorite TV game shows (Let’s Make A Deal, The Price Is Right, Wheel Of Fortune and Jeopardy). Mr. Smith leaves to cherish precious memories his daughter, Clarissa Jean Smith of Great Mills, MD; one son, John Michael (Shirley) Smith of Lexington Park, MD; nine grandchildren, thirty great grandchildren, six great-great grandchildren; one brother Charles Tyler (Evelena) of Washington D.C, two sister-in-law’s Bertha Mae Dukes (William) of Washington D.C., Ella Mae Tyler of North Carolina. The Thompson Family, one godchild Eric Lionel Barnes, a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. Mr. Smith loved his family and would boast about the five generations. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Thelma L. Smith, two sons Edward A Jr. and Robert L. Smith, brother Robert “Bobby” Tyler, sister Evelyn Young. *Honorary Mention: Shirley Mary Frances Saxon-Barnes and Joseph Emerick Barnes. Family and friends will unite on Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 10 a.m. until time of service at 11a.m. at St. Mark's UAME Church, Happyland Road, Valley Lee, MD. Interment will follow at Bethesda United Methodist Church Cemetery, Happyland Road, Valley Lee, MD. Arrangements by Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home, Mechanicsville, MD.

Ruth Walker, 85 Ruth Marie “Penny” Walker, 85 of Lusby, MD passed away on March 22, 2012 at Bayridge Health Care, Annapolis, MD. She was born on October 9, 1926 in Washington, D. C. to the late Reddie Wright Sweeney and Norman W. Sweeney. Penny was always known for her compassion, wisdom

and understanding. She was preceded in death by her loving husband Norman Evans Walker. Penny is survived by her beloved daughters, Candis Lee Tewell of Lusby, MD, Ginger Marie Walker and Roxanne Dee Walker both of Silver Spring, MD; grandchildren, Dawn Beckwith of Clements, MD, Brandy Myers of Charlestown, WV and Lindsay Tewell of Prince Frederick, MD; great grandchildren, Starla, Isaac, Christopher, Tommy and Chase; great great granddaughter Emma and her sonin- law Ricky Tewell. The family received friends at the Rausch Funeral Home, P. A., 20 American Lane, Lusby, MD on Thursday, March 29, 2012 until the time of the service celebrating her life. Interment followed at Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham, MD. Should friends desire contributions may be made in Penny’s memory to Autism Speaks, 1060 State Road, 2nd Floor, Princeton, NJ 08540

Robert Watson, 82 Robert Edward “Pete” Watson, 82, of Leonardtown, MD, a former longtime resident of Friendship and Fairhaven, MD, passed away March 27, 2012 at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, MD. Pete was born January 13, 1930 in Owings, MD to Samuel W. and Bertie M. (Catterton) Watson. He was raised in Owings and attended Calvert County public schools. He served in the US Army, and married Jacqueline Louise Bittner January 29, 1949. They lived and raised their family in Friendship and Fairhaven, MD. Pete was employed as a refrigeration and plant engineer at the Meadow Gold ice cream plant in Alexandria, VA, retiring in the mid 1980’s. He had also been a longtime farmer raising tobacco and livestock for many years. He and Jacqueline were divorced after 25 years of marriage. Pete had lived in Tracy’s Landing, MD for the past twenty years. In his leisure time Pete loved playing golf, and also enjoyed crabbing. He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters Evelyn Bowen and Helen Humphrey, and brothers Samuel and Vernon Watson. He is survived by six children: Judith A. “Judy” Neiswenter and husband David of San Angelo, TX, Robert V. “Bobby” Watson of Prince Frederick, MD, P. Michael “Mike” Watson, Sr. and Carole of Leonardtown, MD, Deborah J. “Debbie” Dickerman of Prince Frederick, MD, Victoria L. “Vicki” Avila and husband Ralph of Roseville, CA, and Daniel E. Watson and wife Rebecca of Harwood, MD. Also surviving are ten grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. A memorial visitation was held on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at Rausch Funeral Home, P.A., 8325 Mt. Harmony Lane, Owings, MD 20736. Inurnment followed in Mt. Harmony United Methodist Church Cemetery, Owings, MD. For additional information visit www.

Gene Weimer, 90 Gene S. Weimer, 90, of Hollywood, MD died peacefully with his family on March 25, 2012. Born September 26, 1921 in Canton, Ohio, he was the son of the late Otto and Hazel (Steiner) Weimer. Gene graduated from Washington Jefferson University with

a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was married to the late Martha Jean (Sailer) Weimer for 61 years. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a Meteorologist during World War II. Gene worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a Special Agent for twenty-five years. After retirement, he enjoyed many hobbies including taxidermy, golf, and fishing. Gene is survived by his daughters Sherri Tanner (Bob) of Sun Lakes, AZ, Bonnie Herzog (Bobby) of Sun Lakes, AZ, and Linda Davis (Mike) of California, MD; four grandchildren, Matthew Tanner, Adam Tanner, Melissa Mirfield, and Eric Mirfield; and a brother, Jack Weimer of Canton, Ohio. All services will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements provided by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A. Leonardtown, MD 20650.

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Live Music: “Fair Warning” Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 7:30 p.m. Open Mic Night Jake & Al’s Chophouse (258 Town Square Drive, Lusby) – 9 p.m. Live Music: “HydraFX Acoustic” The Blue Dog Saloon (7940 Port Tobacco Road, Port Tobacco) – 8 p.m.

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Live Music: “Michael Bell” Leonardtown Arts Center (22660 Washington Street, Leonardtown) – 5 p.m.

Live Music: “The Piranhas” The Green Turtle (98 Solomons Island Rd., South
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Live Music: “Three Amigos” Ye Olde Towne Café (22685 Washington Street, Leonardtown) – 6 p.m.

Live Music: “Chyp Davis & Andrea Romero” Island Bar and Crab House (16810 Piney Point Rd., Piney Point) – 7:30 p.m.

Live Music: “Kappa Danielson and Paul Larson” The Westlawn Inn (9200 Chesapeake Avenue, North Beach) – 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 7 Live Music: “Three Day Ride” Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) – 9:30 p.m.

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

Scarlet Plus Karaoke & DJ Patuxent Moose Lodge (23886 Mervell Dean Rd., Hollywood) – 8 p.m.

Live Music: “Rusty in the Middle” Hole In the Wall Tavern (24702 Sotterley Road, Hollywood) – 8:30 p.m.

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

Karaoke Dance Party w/ DJ Coach Scheible’s Restaurant (48342 Wynne Rd., Ridge) – 9 p.m.

Live Music: “Sam Grow Band w/ Too Many Mikes” Hotel Charles (15110 Burnt Store Road, Hughesville) – 9 p.m.

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

Live Music: “Three Notch Country” Hole In the Wall Tavern (24702 Sotterley Road, Hollywood) – 9 p.m.

Live Music: “Catfish Joe and Mark Benedict” Fenwick Street Used Books & Music (41655A Fenwick Street, Leonardtown) – 5 p.m.

Live Music: “Miles From Clever” Cryer’s Back Road Inn (22094 Newtowne Neck Road, Leonardtown) – 9 p.m.

Live Music: “HYJINX” Vera’s White Sands Beach Club (1200 White Sands Drive, Lusby) – 9:30 p.m. Live Music: “Pet the Monster” Jake & Al’s Chophouse (258 Town Square Drive, Lusby) – 8 p.m. Live Music: “Car 54 Acoustic” Casey Jones Pub (417 E. Charles St., La Plata) – 9:30 p.m. Live Music: “Three Amigos” Rustic River Bar and Grill (40874 Merchants Lane, Leonardtown) – 7:30 p.m.

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County to Get $1.8M for Irene Cleanup

Saturday, April 7 2012 Easter Festival Leonard Hall Recreation Center (23415 Leonard Hall Drive, Leonardtown) – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rain or shine, this event features egg hunts for all ages, arts and crafts, egg decorating contests, raffles face painting, a performance by the Super Magic Man, local vendors, food and photo opps with the big bunny himself. Admission for this event is free.

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Federal elected officials announced Tuesday that St. Mary’s County will receive a little more than $1.8 million in public assistance grants through the state to defray some clean up costs after Hurricane Irene devastated some homes and forests here last summer. The grant comes from the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, according to a joint press release from Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin. “Last summer’s storms stunned the region and depleted state and local resources,” Mikulski said. “[We] fought to make sure that Hurricane Irene didn’t turn into a budget disaster for Marylanders. The people of St. Mary’s County shouldn’t have to shoulder this burden on their own. I’m so pleased to see St. Mary’s County will be getting these federal dollars. They deserve a government on their side.” County Commissioner Todd Morgan (R-Great Mills) said the county has already spent $3.3 million on storm clean up so the $1.8 million is a welcome addition. But there are still many areas of the county that bear the scars of the storm’s arrival last August. “I go through Wildewood and it’s still a mess,” Morgan said.

Easter Egg Hunt in Hollywood Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad (23469 Rescue Lane, Hollywood) – 11 a.m. The rescue squad auxiliary is hosting a free egg hunt for children aged 12 and under. The Easter Bunny will be there and kids can also enjoy games, tattoos, light refreshments, a cupcake walk and door prizes. Fossil Egg Hunt Calvert Marine Museum (14200 Solomons Island Road, Solomons) – 10:30 a.m. Eggs filled with real fossils will be hidden throughout the museum, so kids ages 3 to 8 can bring their own baskets and collect them. Children will be divided into two age groups and the egg hunt is free with museum admission.

Hopping To Help Photo By Carrie Munn Caroll’s Caption: Eric Risbon, 4, of Lexington Park visits the Easter Bunny at Carroll’s Equipment in Dameron on Saturday. Other fun opportunities to celebrate the holiday are coming up around the county.

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Photo submitted by Katherine Stormont Golden Egg Caption: A free Easter event in Leonardtown offers the chance to find the golden egg for prizes. “It is our hope to recreate some of the Sterling family traditions by offering events and celebrations that bring our community together. Leonardtown is returning to a thriving neighborhood and we’d like The Front Porch at the Sterling House to be a gathering place that continues the traditions of the Sterling hospitality,” stated co-owner Dean Beck.

Egg Hunt on the Sterling House Lawn The Front Porch (22770 Washington Street, Leonardtown) – 9:30 to 11 a.m. A local Easter tradition returns, with Dean and Jo Ann Beck, owners of The Front Porch Restaurant at the historic Sterling House, hosting a free egg hunt on the lawn. The event is free and open to the public, with a hunt for kids aged 2 to 5 beginning at 10 a.m. and for those aged 6 to 10 at 10:15. Prizes for the lucky hunter finding the golden egg and the most eggs will be awarded and light refreshments will be served.

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Warm Smiles with a side of Fried Chicken and Stuffed Ham By Shelby Oppermann Contributing Writer As we were heading back from our Parish Hall a few days ago, a pungent yet sweet aroma filled our noses. It was a good smell. We were still wondering about it as we pulled into the Chaptico Market parking lot. Was it some type of flower blooming? Inside, the aroma was a bit stronger, but we still didn’t figure out until after we left. Driving past the back of the Market, it finally hit us. It’s Easter. Stuffed Ham! The already hard working cooks were busy preparing their delicious stuffed hams for lots of repeat and hopefully new customers. This all got me to thinking about Chaptico Market’s fried chicken. Not that there isn’t wonderful fried chicken and stuffed ham in this county from Murphy’s Store in Avenue, to McKay’s to St. Mary’s Landing and lots of places in between. But, when we come out of Christ Church around noonish on Sundays, Chaptico Market fried chicken is what we smell cooking. And you are just sort of led by air to their door. My husband and I rarely eat fried foods anymore, and I can’t tell you the last time we fried anything at home, but there are times when the urge overtakes you and a piece of the Market’s chicken is all that will cure you. The hardest part of buying the market’s chicken is getting it home. Invariably a piece (or if it’s my husband, two or more) will be eaten and the bones flung out of the car window. I’m sure there is a trail of chicken bones that radiate down every road leaving the market. You just can’t help yourself. I think back to the many visits to Dr. Guazzo over the years he was in practice (Dr. Guazzo’s Chaptico Infirmary was just up the hill from the Market and our church), and how my big treat was to get a one piece chicken dinner and sit by a tree in front of, what is now, my church. I wondered how much fried chicken do they fry up each week, and how many holiday stuffed hams do they make. So, I called down to Chaptico Market (I just so happen to have their number in my phone) and asked. I was told that they cook 2000 pounds of chicken a week. Yes, a ton of chicken. Wow! The amount of stuffed hams was quite a bit too: 70 for Easter, 200 for Christmas, and 175 for Thanksgiving. That is why Chaptico always smells like food. There are many times I have seen people sitting in their cars in the Chaptico Market parking lot eating their food. Many times I have been one of them. Sometimes it’s a little cup of the greatest bread pudding and an old-style glass ice-cold bottle of Coke for breakfast. Well, you want me to be happy during the day right? How much happier can it get then that? Another day I look forward too is meatloaf day. Yes, I’ve had a sandwich or two of those in the parking lot. But, even when the parking lot is not as full, you can see evidence of “careaters” everywhere: chicken bones all over the parking lot. It gets cleaned up pretty fast if not by Chaptico market employees, then by Charlotte, the wandering Chaptico Husky-mix dog. I haven’t seen her in awhile. I hope she’s all right. Sometimes, I’ve seen a little plate of food left by the corner of the store left for Charlotte. Yes, the Market’s fried chicken, stuffed ham, meatloaf and everything else is great. But the thing I look forward to the most is walking in and getting a “Hi sweetheart” from Mr. Tennyson, or some kind words from Mrs. Tennyson, the owners of Chaptico Market, no matter how busy they are. We know all their wonderful cashiers and always have a laugh or a chat. The meat cutters, and food preparers are never too busy for a smile with your order. The hometown feel is still alive and well in this county, and I hope it lasts for a few centuries more. I know what to do next time we take a hike and have a possibility of getting lost; stop by the Chaptico Market and buy some fried chicken. To each new day’s adventure, Shelby Please send your comments or ideas to:

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A Journey Through Time The


Sorting out the various families in St. Mary’s County Copsey. is always a chalTwo years later, lenge. It seems as if on January 23, 1882, everybody named and now called Joseph their children James, Wood, he married John, Joseph, Mary and Elizabeth and Mary Ida Dean, widthat’s bad enough, but chaos can ensue ow of Francis Domiwhen they change their names not once, nick Hill. From then but several times. until his death in 1926 Such was the case of Joseph Copsey, he went by the name born April 11, 1843, the illegitimate son of Joseph Wood. From of Alexander “Sandy” Wood and Harriett that time forward, Copsey. On May 10, 1862 Joseph Copsey members of the fammarried Mary R. Knott. ily go by the surname By 1870 he had moved his family to Wood. There’s cerWashington, D.C. and was calling himself tainly no problem with B. F. Wood where he was listed in the centhat as Joseph could sus as a steam engineer. Also listed was have used either surwife Mary and two sons, James C. Wood name since his father, (born 1866) and William Leonard Wood was in fact, a Wood. (born 1868). When Joseph Jane Pauline (Wood) Dengler, Courtesy, The family then moved to Altoona, Dengler family returned from PennPA where Jane Rebecca Knott (Mary’s sylvania, he left his sister; they were the children of Thomas R. Knott daughter Jane Pauline in the care of her aunt, Jane and Jane Margaret Greenfield) and her husband (Knott) Howard who had no children of her own. William Thomas Howard also moved after their On June 11, 1891 Jane married Christian Dengler marriage in Washington, D.C. in 1868. William in Altoona. Jane and her family often visited St. Howard was, at one time, the mayor of Altoona. Mary’s to visit her father. Jane died in 1961. In Altoona in 1873 Mary gave birth to their In 2002 I made contact with Susan Porter, first daughter whom they named Jane Pauline. one of Jane Pauline’s granddaughters who said: “I Family lore says there was another daughter named do remember Pauline (known to us as ‘Muzzy’). I Maxine, but no record has been found nor has any remember her teaching me to knit (we were both further record found of their son James. Family left-handed)...I also have a vague memory when tradition says that two children died of diphtheria we were stationed in Washington D. C. of going to while the family was living in Pennsylvania and visit the Wood family in Maryland with my parents these may be those two. and grandparents. I was always under the impresSome time between 1873 and 1880, Mary died sion that Pauline was adopted by the Wood family... and Joseph returned to St. Mary’s County. At the thus I never thought I would be able to trace her time of the 1880 census he identified himself as lineage.” Benjamin F. Copsey, farmer. Listed with him was Freddie and Lorraine, it’s time for another rehis son, William L. Copsey and his mother, Harriett union. Be sure to invite your Dengler cousins!

Library Items to make photos spectacular. All classes are free but registration is required. Poets can share poetry Poets of all ages are invited to share either their favorite poems or ones they have written or just come and listen. Poet Gwendolyn Lowe will open the Poetry Open Mic at Leonardtown branch on Apr. 11 at 6:30 p.m. with the reading of her poems in celebration of National Poetry Month.

Adults invited for coffee and conversation Adults can attend Books, Coffee and Conversation and enjoy light refreshments and conversation with other adults at the Leonardtown library on April 10 at 1 p.m. rather than on Apr. 9 as previously announced or at the Lexington Park library on Apr. 17 at 10:30 a.m. No registration is required.

Leonardtown library to host concert The students of Bella Music School will present a free family concert at the Leonardtown branch on Apr. 14 at 2 p.m. The concert will feature a student orchestra, solos, ensembles and more.

Hunger Games open to all ages Lexington Park library will host a Hunger Games program for all ages on Apr. 24 at 6:30 p.m. Those participating will test their survival skills and Hunger Games trivia knowledge. Registration is required.

Free computer classes are offered Introduction to PowerPoint 2010 will be offered for adults at 2 p.m. at Charlotte Hall branch on Apr. 10 and at the Leonardtown branch on Apr. 16. Lexington Park library will hold an open computer lab on Apr. 17 at 5:30 p.m. for adults who want to work on computer skills or job search skills and receive help from trained library staff. Charlotte Hall will offer part two of “I took these what?” in which adults will explore various techniques including the roles of manipulating lighting and exposure

Starting a Small Business workshop to be offered Information on starting and financing a small business will be presented by the Small Business Administration at a free workshop at Lexington Park on Apr. 25 at 9:30 a.m. SBA will also discuss the programs and services they offer; the process of developing a business plan; financing credit, and available tools to help individuals get started. The workshop will be repeated at Leonardtown and Charlotte Hall in May.


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Classifieds Real Estate Walk right in to this mid-level one bedroom condo located in the Rosewood section of Wildewood. New carpet, freshly painted, new washer/dryer. Wonderful neighborhood located close to schools and shopping. Asking $119,500, with some closing help available. Please call 301-373-5732 to take a look. 2.44 Acres in Mechanicsville. Lot is fully wooded and ready to be cleared. Property is ready to be built on. Lot is secluded and sets off the main road. Property is quiet and private. Approved perc. Plat is avaliable upon request. Asking price $97,000/obo. Willing to negotiate any offers. Any questions, feel free to ask. E-Mail: or call Matt at 443-532-6936.

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Thursday, April 5, 2012


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St. Maries Musica Prepares for Spring Season By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Starting this Friday, St. Maries Musica is getting into the full swing of their spring concert season. St. Maries Musica is not the average community chorus. The bylaws of the group limit the number of singers to 24, with a director and additional support instrumentalists as needed. With the exception of the director and the accompanist, the group is wholly volunteer, and some have been in the group for more than 20 years. Each member auditions for a part in the choir, and the group only holds auditions once or twice per year, as needed. Ed Forsman has been in the group since 1978. He said they originally came together as a group of people who wanted to sing madrigal music. Because he had sung in various groups all his life, he was happy to get involved with Musica. He said having a small group of people makes it easier to blend voices and get the sound right. Mike Judd joined the group in 1975, taking a break between 1995 and 2000 when he was in Memphis. He said he never auditioned. “I just kept showing up,” he said, and the chorus never asked him to leave. He said he initially joined the group because he was looking for a serious group of musicians. In St. Maries Musica, all of the singers are experienced musicians with several years of singing

experience under their belts. Forsman said several members are also instrumentalists, with some playing the flute, the guitar and the saxophone. Director Krystal McCoy has been with the group for two years. She said the timing was perfect, with the position opening shortly after she and her family moved to Southern Maryland. She said she likes the variety of music the group can handle, with the current season as an example with music from Vivaldi to Rogers and Hammerstein. She said the singers are impressive, and she enjoys working with them. “They’re just so dedicated,” McCoy said. The selection of music and singers, when auditions are held, are done by committee. Musica Chairperson Susan Duby said there is a second benefit to the smaller group size. During their winter season they dispose of the formal choir attire and don period costumes to perform at the Madrigal Dinners. If the group were to be larger, even as many as 50 people, they would not fit into

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the venue. Duby said they would have to split up into smaller groups, which would be detrimental to the chorus. St. Maries Musica will be offering a traditional performance of “Miserere Mei Deus” at the 7 p.m. Good Friday service at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in at 16566 Three Notch Road in Ridge. The next community concert will be the SMILE Benefit Concert April 29 at 3 p.m. at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catho-

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

SENIOR LIVING A Night on the Town - Cabaret Style!! Enjoy a night on the town with dinner, dancing to jazz standards performed by the Kim Reynolds Quartet from Washington D.C., and live acts at the St. Mary’s County Department of Aging & Human Services first Cabaret! Join us on Friday, April 13, from 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Mechanicsville Moose Lodge for this evening of fine entertainment. Buffet dinner features Steamship Round, Penne Pasta with Marinara Sauce, Chicken Parmigiana, a variety of vegetables, and dessert. Tickets are $20 for those 50 years of age and older, $25 for those under 50. Buy your ticket at any senior activity center or contact Jennifer Hunt at 301.475.4200, ext. 1073 . Tickets are available until Tuesday, April 10. Spring Luncheon Followed by YoYo Presentation On Thursday, April 12 at noon, the Garvey Senior Activity Center will serve Garden Salad, Quiche Lorraine, Petite Peas, Carrots with lemon glaze, Lemon Bars and Ice Cream, milk/coffee/ tea. After lunch, enjoy a yoyo presentation by John Hankla, “The Lost Art of Yo Yoing.” To make reservations, call 301.475.4200, ext. 1050. Latin Line Dance Instructor Linda Miller will teach Latin style line dance for 8 weeks at the Garvey Senior Activity Center on Fridays, April 12 - June 1 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Linda has been dancing and teaching dance for over forty years and has taught dance in St. Mary’s County for over five years. The dances she teaches include Meringue, Rumba, Salsa, Hustle, Tango, Cha Cha, and Samba. The fee for this 8 week session is $40.00, make checks payable to Linda Miller. For more information, call 301.475.4200, ext. 1050.

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Watercolor Painting ‘Open Studio’ Begins On Monday, April 16, at 9 a.m., an ‘Open Studio’ for watercolor painting will be starting at the Northern Senior Activity Center. Experienced artists as well as beginners are welcome. A variety of nature and wildlife pictures will be available for reference or bring your own picture to work from. Direction and assistance will be provided for starting your painting. Enjoy the company of fellow artists and come to the open studio from 9 a.m. - noon. Walk-ins are welcome, no prior sign up is necessary. Bring your own supplies, however paints and brushes are available for use. Book Discussion Group On April 11 at 10:00 a.m. the Garvey Senior Activity Center Book Discussion Group will discuss The Paris Wife: A Novel by Paula McLain. A deeply evocative story of ambition and betrayal, the book captures a remarkable period of time and a love affair between two unforgettable people: Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley. For more information, call 301.475.4200, ext. 1050. “Around the World and Back Again” On April 25, at 10:30 a.m., the Charles County Show Troupe dancers will perform at the Northern Senior Activity Center. Back by popular demand the show troupe will be entertaining us by stepping out for spring! Showtime starts promptly at 10:30 a.m., so come early to get a good seat. Complimentary coffee and iced tea will be available. Call 301.475.4002, ext. 1001 by noon Tuesday, April 24 to reserve a seat and lunch afterwards. The menu will be glazed spiral ham, sweet potatoes, seasoned spinach, cranberry sauce, pumpernickel roll and Dutch apple pie. The cost for lunch is by donation for seniors 60 and older; $5 for individuals under 60. Lunch will be served at noon.

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

Americorp Position available Serve approximately 15 hours per week and receive a living allowance of approximately $60.50 before taxes, paid out in bi-weekly installments through the end of August. AmeriCorps members directly serve in their community. Position requires that the member serve with St. Mary's County Dept. of Aging's nutrition program and complete additional AmeriCorps requirements. Member will serve lunch to seniors residing in a local senior housing facility in Leonardtown. Hours are flexible, generally, M - F, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Upon successful completion of the program year (end of August), member will receive an education award in the amount of $1250. For more information about the position please contact Alice Allen at 301.475.4200, Ext. 1063. For additional information about AmeriCorps position requirements please contact Michelle Bard at 410.535.0817.

Holistic and Herbals The Lyme Discussion and Support group's 2012 Quarterly Program continues with a presentation on "Holistic and Herbals" scheduled for 1 p.m. on April 12 at the Northern Senior Activity Center in Charlotte Hall. Holly Dunbar, licensed massage therapist and herbalist, will discuss how essential oils, herbs, and supplements can help ease the symptoms of Lyme Disease. Learn simple options for topical application of essential plant oils and massage to relieve pain, and herbs which can strengthen the body and ease fatigue. There will be testers of essential oil-based products. Brief seated massage sessions available to this group afterwards. Advance sign-up is required. Contact the Center at 301.475.4002 ext. 1001 with any questions.

Senior Protection Against Identification Theft & Telemarketing Fraud Hugh Williams, Consumer Protection for the Attorney General will be presenting tips on avoiding identification theft and telemarketing fraud for seniors. Learn how to spot the warning signs of scams and protect yourself. Learn the tricks of the “scammers” from an expert. This is the last time this presentation will be featured. The presentation has received excellent reviews. Sign-up is not required. Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. Loffler Senior Activity Center

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Mind Numbing The Ordinary


By Keith McGuire Contributing Writer If you spend much time in tackle shops or attend a fishing club function, you might get the impression that there is only one fish to be caught in our area of the Chesapeake Bay – Rockfish. I have a theory about why this is true. It’s called mind numbing regulations. Ask any recreational angler when the Maryland Trophy Rockfish season starts and the minimum size fish we are allowed to keep and they will immediately tell you. It starts on April 21st and you can keep one fish per person over 28 inches. Now ask a group of 10 recreational anglers the season, size and creel limit for another species like croaker or flounder, and you will likely get 10 different answers. Combine the issue of seasons,

sizes and creel limits with the other regulations that anglers must follow – like who needs to buy a license and who needs to register in the National Saltwater Angler Registry – and our minds begin numbing. We won’t go into the differences between the regulations for the tidal portions of the Chesapeake and the coastal regions of Maryland – at least not this week. In St. Mary’s County, we have to concern ourselves with Potomac River regulations because the entire western border of the county is on that river. The regulations for seasons, sizes and creel limits for many species are different! If we leave Point Lookout at the southern end of the county and travel across the mouth of the Potomac to Smith Point, we find ourselves in Virginia waters and another entire set

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of regulations with different seasons, sizes and creel limits. Whew! Lucky for you, I get to write this column every week where I frequently go over some of these regulations to help keep you out of trouble with “The Fish Police!” Since it is now April, let’s take a look at the regulations for the fish that you might catch this month. Striped Bass: In the main stem of the Chesapeake Bay (no tributaries) and the Potomac River up to the Harry W. Nice Bridge (Rte 301) it is the Spring Trophy Season. You may catch and keep one fish per person per day of no less than 28 inches in length from April 21st through May 15th. White Perch: In Maryland there is no size or creel limit for fish caught with a hook and line. In the Potomac you can keep as many as you want, but the minimum size allowed is 6 inches. Croaker: In Maryland, croakers have to be at least 9 inches long and you may keep up to 25 per person per day. In the Potomac, there is no minimum size limit and you may keep up to 25 per person per day. Summer Flounder: In Maryland the season begins on April 14th and continues through December 16th. A summer flounder has to be at least 17” and you may keep 3 per person per day. In the Potomac, the season is open year round, a flounder has to be at least 16 ½” and you may keep 4 per person per day. Stay tuned for more mind numbing regulations for other fish in the coming weeks.

Bleachers By Ronald N. Guy Jr. Contributing Writer

Basketball in the 1980s featured two players - Larry Bird and Earvin “Magic” Johnson – who couldn’t have been more different. Bird, a white guy from tiny French Lick, Indiana, played at basketball non-descript Indiana State University. Johnson, an African American, hailed from Lansing, Michigan and attended Michigan State University. On the court, Bird’s stoic expression resembled a kid in algebra class; Johnson’s non-stop smile screamed recess! Bird’s play – fundamentally sound and featuring a sweet jump shot - was stereotypical Indiana and straight out of the movie Hoosiers. Johnson had the fundamentals down too, but his game had juice and he excelled in the

open court where he could showcase his knack for flashy improvisation. Both men thrived in perfect NBA settings: Bird with the Boston Celtics in the gritty, plodding Eastern Conference and Johnson with the L.A. Lakers…Hollywood baby…’nuff said. Their final, collective tally included 8 NBA championships, 24 All-Star appearances and an Olympic gold medal. They developed one of the greatest rivalries in sports history and authored, inarguably, the greatest era in professional basketball history. Their obvious differences spoke to the diverse appeal of basketball and together they had something to offer for nearly every young basketball fan. First, the obvious: I’m a white dude from a small town. The slightly less obvious: I grew up in the 80s, for the most part (no one should ever fully grow up), and was a big basketball fan. This combination of my birth date and love of the bouncing orange sphere predisposed me to a life-long connection with Bird and Magic. Given my background, I initially gravitated to Bird. His look and game seemed like something I could model. He

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Capt. Bruno Vasta with a 2011 April Trophy.

If you go fishing and catch something slightly more worthwhile than a cold, be sure to take a picture and send it to me at 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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was limited athletically. Me too. He could shoot really well; I couldn’t… but that could come with practice, I thought. He rocked a mullet…something I could, and shamelessly later would, grow. Magic’s flamboyant style was fascinating but seemed unattainable. I was taught to possess the ball with care and run offensive sets, not push the ball and improvise…and certainly not with any pizzazz. Heck, I had a coach that mandated a 5-pass minimum during each possession. He benched me once for launching a three-pointer after only 2 passes…nevermind that I made the shot (for once). On November 7th, 1991, the day Magic announced he had HIV, my childhood relationship with Magic and Bird ended and an adult one began. In this new phase, one where the importance of jump shots was greatly reduced, Magic became the more influential athlete in my life. In much the same way that Len Bias’ death taught me about the seriousness of drug use, Magic’s announcement put sexually transmitted diseases firmly in my conscience and redefined HIV as a disease that could afflict anyone. What I will never forget is Magic’s defiant optimism at that press conference. He was upbeat about the future and even managed to smile - despite contracting an illness that was, at the time, thought to be a death sen-

tence. Time has shown that he knew or believed in something that no one else did. Magic Johnson continues to “win” at everything he does. He is the rare superstar athlete whose post-retirement accomplishments rival those of his playing career. His latest professional challenge – perhaps his greatest – is being part of the new ownership group of the moribund L.A. Dodgers. The Dodgers, a flagship MLB franchise, were hamstrung last year by the nasty divorce of its former owner, Frank McCourt, and struggled to meet its payroll. The perfect tonic for the impossible? Magic…Johnson, that is. I have no doubt that the Dodgers will be just fine now – and that seemed wholly unlikely just over a week ago. Magic Johnson’s made a habit out of defying the odds and delivering seemingly impossible outcomes with a casual, “I told you so” smile. The Dodgers will simply be his next great feat. If Johnson’s on-court style was unachievable for some aspiring young basketball players, his winning formula – an unstoppable combination of self-belief, optimism and hard work – certainly can be attempted…and we could all stand to inject a little “Magic” into everything we do. Send comments to rguyjoon@yahoo. com


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Midnight Madness and ET Series Kick-Off! This Friday night, April 6th, MIR will host the first Speed Unlimited Midnight Madness event of the season. The Midnight Madness series is a great place to check out street legal drag racing, hang out with your friends, enjoy great food, meet new people and cruise the pits. You can even enter your own streetcar or street bike into the event for time runs, grudge runs or trophy racing. It’s safe, fun, affordable, and legal. Plus, this Friday night will feature the X275 Drag Radial heads-up class. Gates will open at 6:30 p.m. and first round eliminations will start at 10 p.m. for all classes. General Admission for adults is $10, and kids 11 and under are free. Race Entry Fee is only $20. On Saturday, April 7th, MIR will kick off the season with a Double Header Speed Unlimited ET series. There will be two points races in one day for Top, Mod, Motorcycle and Jr. Dragster. The Summit Super Series programs will be in effect this Saturday. Gates will open Saturday at 9am, First Race eliminations in all classes will start at 2 p.m. Second Race eliminations in all classes will start at 6:30 p.m. General Admission for adults is $15, and kids 11 and under are free. MIR will be closed this Sunday, April 8th in observance of Easter. For more detailed information on these events call the 24-Hour Dragline Hotline at 301-884-RACE or visit us at www.mirdrag. com                

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