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ews Mayor Candidate’s Residency Challenged By Guy Leonard Staff Writer The election judge for the Town of Leonardtown will hold a public meeting Monday to address whether Henry Camaioni, one of three candidates for Mayor, is actually a town resident. The hearing comes as a result of a complaint filed by town resident and town appeals board member Joan Ritchie who claims that in her research she found Camaioni, a real estate agent, has numerous addresses but none of them are his principal residence. Camaioni claims he has lived in town at an address on Point Lookout Road for the required amount of time to be a mayoral candidate and it is his primary residence. “It has been for the past few years,” Camaioni said of the apartments at 25525 Point Lookout Road, which he owns. He railed against Ritchie for the “fictional evidence she’s providing” to J. Earnest Bell, the town’s election judge of nearly 30 years, claiming it is an effort to push him out of the race. “There is no evidence.” Ritchie said state tax records do not show Camaioni as a Leonardtown resident, rather addresses he has given at public hearing testimony include one on South 40 Drive on Breton Bay and even one on White Elm Court in Wildewood to name a few. Despite Camaioni’s claims, a review of online property tax records do not show either the Point Lookout Road or the South 40 Drive address to be his primary

residence. The South 40 Drive address is listed under his son Russell’s name. Camaioni showed The County Times his driver’s license, which indicates the Point Lookout Road address in town. His most recent income tax filings also reflect this address. Ritchie doubted the address on Camaioni’s driver’s license, saying it took no independent documentation to confirm the change in address matched where he was actually living. “Where does this man really live,” Ritchie said. “It’s my right to question [whether] he lives here.” In a written response to Bell, Camaioni stated that basis for the complaint amounted to “rumors” and Ritchie was trying to ensure support for candidate and town councilmember Dan Burris in his run by trying a “political attack” on Camaioni. “It appears that you are allowing Mr. Burris to use one of his supporters to manipulate Henry Camaioni you, the council and the election process,” CaHis ruling would possibly come by the end of the maioni wrote. “It seems clear to me that you following Tuesday, but he said his ruling could not be are disregarding the factual evidence, like my legal drivers license and challenging my status with Ms. Ritchie’s rushed because it was a true rarity in Leonardtown’s election history over the past few decades. ‘rumors.’” “We’re breaking new ground, it’s not like we’ve Bell said that the hearing would begin at the town done this before,” Bell said. offices on Courthouse Drive at 4:30 p.m. He said both Camaioni and Ritchie would have a guyleonard@countytimes.net chance to present their cases.

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ews Board of Appeals Retreat Dodges Public By Sean Rice Editor The St. Mary’s Couty Board of Appeals held a “retreat” meeting on Friday with numerous county land use officials and the executive director of the state Critical Area Commission, to talk about updates to environmental law and upcoming issues. The public meeting was held at the Harry Lundeberg School of Seamanship in Piney Point but the public was given very little notice about this, or prior similar meetings, The County Times has learned. The only written notification of Friday’s meeting provided to the public was a notice taped to the door of the administrative offices of St. Mary’s County Land Use and Growth Management (LUGM) two days before the meeting. When contacted, LUGM officials said they were not required to broadly distribute a notice to the public of the meeting. County Attorney George Sparling agreed, saying the public notice requirement was met by the notice on the door. But when asked how the public would have known about the meeting other than from standing in front of the LUGM office door, Sparling said: “I don’t know how they would.” A quick review of the Maryland Open Meeting Act – and the Maryland Code sections that outline St. Mary’s County’s stronger open meetings rules – show the county did not provide ample public notice of Friday’s meeting, or hold the meeting in an appropriate location, accessible to the general public.

Circumstantially, a reporter with The County Times was the lone member of the public at the day-long meeting, despite the fact that three newspapers and at least two news websites regularly cover St. Mary’s County government actions. The Maryland Open Meetings Act states notice of public meetings “should be given as soon as is practicable after the body has fixed the date, time and place …” The Maryland code that outlines St. Mary’s County’s special open meetings rules states that a minimum of 48 hours notice must be given. Sparling points to that law, saying the notice requirement was met, although, the Open Meetings Act specifically states that whichever interpretation leads to greater public access takes precedence. The Board knew the details of this retreat during their last regular meeting on March 22, if not before, The County Times learned. The County public information office regularly posts all meeting notices on the county’s website and sends out emails to news media and the public, including county meetings and even kickball tournaments. No electronic notice of the appeals retreat was given. The Open Meeting Act states notices can be placed on doors and bulletin boards if that is what the media is accustomed to, and if the location is near the regular meeting room. The LUGM office is not the same building where the board of appeals meets. In addition to not using the routine notice methods the public and news media expect, the meeting was also held in a location not normally accessible to the general public. The Open Meetings Act states meetings are to be held

“in places reasonably accessible to individuals who would like to attend … a public body may not meet in a room posted as off limits to the public, even if a determined member of the public might be admitted despite the sign.” The Harry Lundeberg School is on gated private property. The County Times learned about the meeting two days prior from a tip, and requested access to the school to attend. Commissioner President Francis Jack Russell, who is on the Critical Area Commission and is employed at the seamanship school, said he had no prior knowledge of this particular meeting but he knew of at least one other retreat between the appeals board and the critical area officials. “I hadn’t heard about this meeting,” Russell (D-St. George Island) said last week. “I had nothing to do with setting it up.” Howard Thompson, chair of the county planning commission and another seamanship school employee, said that had received a call from LUGM staff to have the meeting at the school and told them was a room available. “The school is glad to help the county out when we can,” Thompson, the hotel manager at the school said. Thompson is also a former member of the Board of Appeals and said that such retreats happened annually to better acquaint members with ever-changing critical area regulations. “They have to stay on top of these things,” Thompson said. “It was never anything that was kept secret, but it hasn’t [drawn] an abundance of people.” Reporter Guy Leonard contributed to this story. news@countytimes.net

Habitat Houses Another Family With Chiefs Help By Carrie Munn Staff Writer “There just are no words to describe this,” Mary King told The County Times the morning Patuxent Habitat for Humanity hosted the groundbreaking of her family’s new home. For the second year, Habitat volunteers are partnering with Chief Petty Officers from Naval Air Station Patuxent River to build a new home for members of the community in need. On Friday, a group gathered at the Milton Lane build site in Lexington Park, ready to break ground and get right

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In hearing Serey’s presentation, Sparling said he heard “there’s a lot of flexibility in mitigation.” Mike Mummaugh, a homebuilder who specializes in waterfront homes and an alternate appeals board member, said he got the same signal from Serey’s presentation. He added the board had recently ruled on a case where a property owner had requested a reduction in the mitigation requirement, but was told the county could not accommodate the request. Mummaugh said that now, with the clarification, the board could expect a lot more requests to ameliorate the requirements. “Do I think that’s good? Sure.” Mummaugh said. “It’s going to make more work for the Board of Appeals. “Time and sense will tell you more people will come with requests.” Mummaugh said he had always operated under the assumption that the three-toone rule was not up for discussion. “I never thought that was negotiable from what I knew,” Mummaugh said. Serey told The County Times, in a follow-up interview, that while there is flexibility, the board of appeals still must ensure as much of the forest buffer be protected as possible. Local boards of appeals in all counties traditionally have and should rely on their local planning departments to decide how the mitigation plans should pan out, he said. “They have the flexibility but the responsibility and that’s why local planning departments are the most appropriate entities to make those on-site decisions.” guyleonard@countytimes.net

Country Lakes No Longer Country The U.S. Census Bureau says Country Lakes, the housing development created in the mid-1970s near Mechanicsville, is no longer country, according to a release from the U.S. Census Bureau. The 2010 Census counted 2,603 people living in 833 homes in Country Lakes, earning the community the designation as an “urban cluster.” Country Lakes also has a population density of 778 people per square mile. The Census Bureau identifies two types of urban areas: “urbanized areas” of 50,000 or more people and “urban clusters” of at least 2,500 and less than 50,000 people. There are 486 urbanized areas and 3,087 urban clusters nationwide. Golden Beach, located in the northern part of St. Mary's County, was named an “urban cluster” after the 2000 Census. Golden Beach keeps that designation after the 2010 Census counted 4,452 people in 1,590 homes there. That comes out to a population density of 974 people per square mile. The Census Bureau says the area consisting of Lexington Park, California and Chesapeake Ranch Estates in Calvert County is now an “urbanized area” with 58,875 people living in 23,790 homes. That's a population density of 1,179 people per square mile. The nation's urban population increased by 12.1 percent from 2000 to 2010, according to the Census Bureau. Urban areas — defined as densely devel-

oped residential, commercial and other nonresidential areas -- now account for 80.7 percent of the U.S. population, up from 79.0 percent in 2000. Although the rural population -- the population in any areas outside of those classified as “urban” — grew by a modest amount from 2000 to 2010, it continued to decline as a percentage of the national population. The nation's most densely populated urbanized area is Los Angeles-Long BeachAnaheim, Calif., with nearly 7,000 people per square mile. The San Francisco-Oakland, Calif., area is the second most densely populated at 6,266 people per square mile, followed by San Jose, Calif. (5,820 people per square mile) and Delano, Calif. (5,483 people per square mile). The New York-Newark, N.J., area is fifth, with an overall density of 5,319 people per square mile. Among urbanized areas with populations of 1 million or more, the Charlotte, N.C.-S.C., area grew at the fastest rate, increasing by 64.6 percent, followed by the Austin, Texas, area, at 51.1 percent, and Las Vegas-Henderson, Nev., at 43.5 percent. The population within the nation's 486 urbanized areas grew by 14.3 percent from 2000 to 2010. For any given urbanized area, population increase may be attributed to a combination of internal growth, outward expansion to include new growth, and outward expansion encompassing existing communities that previously were outside the urbanized area.


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Lexington Park’s Size May Attract Air Quality Laws By Guy Leonard Staff Writer County planning officials say that because the population of the Lexington Park and California areas has surpassed 50,000, the federal government is looking to implement air quality standards for those communities. Similar regulations exist for Charles and Calvert counties, due largely to their traffic patterns heading north into the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area, but because St. Mary’s County has its own leanings toward metropolitan growth, the same regulations could come here. Sue Veith, county environmental planner, first mentioned the possibility last week in Piney Point during a Board of Appeals retreat. Land Use and Growth Management Director Phil Shire confirmed that such a possibility existed Wednesday. Shire said the county was informed via a notice from the Maryland Department of Transportation late last month that Lexington Park and California have, along with

Chesapeake Ranch Estates in Calvert County, been designated by U.S. Census data as new urbanized areas. Regulations on air quality, often in the form of vehicle emissions controls, may not be far behind. “This sounds like it’s going in that direction,” Shire told The County Times, adding that the process would still take time to be coordinated between the federal, state and local governments. “It’s going to be a long time,” Shire said. Veith also said that cars here, which currently do not have to undergo repeated inspections for pollution, would be the likely target of any new regulations. “The biggest change for people would emissions tests in air quality attainment areas,” Veith said. But, Veith said, details on any new regulations were scant; she told Board of Appeals members because it could become an issue in the future. guyleonard@countytimes.net

Acidic Soil Unearthed By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Officials with the local Soil Conservation District have received reports from construction sites of sulfurous soils being dredged up at depths required to lay down sewer and water lines. But the big problem is the longer these soils are exposed to oxygen and rainfall the more sulfuric acid they produce which can damage the most common construction materials. Bruce Young, district manager for the soil conservation office, said these types of soils have been found in Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties frequently but only twice in St. Mary’s County during the past two years. Sulfur-laden soil was most recently found in the county at the Elizabeth Hills development just off of Indian Bridge Road, Young said. “The soils most recently encountered were at 10 to 12 feet deep,” Young said. “The acid [if at a sufficiently low pH level] can work on concrete, steel and aluminum. “About the only material it won’t affect is PVC or plastic.” The Soil Conservation District, a state agency which exists to preserve soil and wa-

ter quality, has not issued a broad warning about the soils but has worked with the developer on site of the Elizabeth Hills project to mitigate the problematic soils, Young said. Burying the soils as quickly as possible, Young said, is the only way to ensure that they don’t come in contact with oxygen, which can cause formation of sulfuric salts. When these salts come in contact with moisture, it forms sulfuric acid which can run off with stormwater. The longer the soils are exposed the stronger the salts and sulfuric acid becomes. Young said it can take up to 25 tons of lime to treat one acre of land where the acid has reached its strongest levels. The acidic runoff can flow into streams and create dead zones where flora and fauna cannot survive, Young said. There is no natural local vegetation able to exist with sulfuric acid reaching the lower pH levels, Young said, adding the soils are not known to be widespread here. If the soils are handled with bare hands, it will cause a burning sensation on the unprotected skin. “If it’s encountered, bury it as quickly as possible,” Young said. guyleonard@countytimes.net

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Southern charm abounds in this home. Hardwood maple floors with 9’ ceilings and crowing molding throughout. Unique picture molding in main rooms. So much detail in this home on corner lot. This house is impeccable! Directions: Wildewood Blvd. to Wildewood Pkwy. Turn right on Wildewood Pkwy. Turn left on Cypress Drive. Follow to Silverberry Way.

Sunday John Gatton, Jr.: 301-904-6939

$674,900

Beautiful waterfront home on St. Georges Creek, with over 450ft of shore, private dock, boatlift. 1.22 acres Directions: Route 5 to Route 249 to (L) on Clarke Road to (L) on Grace Lane. Last house on the (L).

Sunday Jennifer L Goddard: 301-481-2696

43992 FRESIA LANE CALIFORNIA, MD 20619

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Brand new construction, available May 1st. Hardwoods, granite, stainless, trex Lexington Park, MD deck and deededStafford, boat slip. VA Directions: Rt 5 540-659-1450 To Rt 249 To Right Into 301-862-2169 The Landings At Piney Point To Right Lusby, MD On Whitestone Drive, Waldorf, MDSign. Left At Stop VA Lexington MD Stafford, VA Home OnPark, (R) 410-326-1700 301-870-8400

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$593,000

Unique Waterfront Home W/Spacious Floor Plan & In-Law Suite At The Head Of Lewis Creek! 5Br/3Fb/2Hb. Open Floor Plan W/Wood Flrs; Ss Appliances, Lg Rec Room, Tons Of Storage, Deluxe Master Suite & Multiple Decks W/Access From Several Rooms. Solar Heated Pool W/New Liner. Great House For Entertaining. Apt Over Gar W/ Fb, Fully Equipped Kitchen, W/D; Sep. Entrance & Parking. Video Surveillance System. Search SM7793370 On Realtor.Com Open 1-4

Waterfront on Abington Cove! Four Finished Levels. Shows Like a Model Home! Approx. 30 Miles to DC. Directions: From Solomons Island Rd South , Take a R on Old Town Rd, L on Hunting Creek Rd, Left on Holland Cliff Rd (2.8 miles), R on Abington Manor Dr.

Saturday - Sunday Monique Hailer & Wendy King 443.532.5407 • 301-518-2331

$479,000

This beautiful home in Wildewood has it all! Lots of space and tons of upgrades.Hardwood throughout fully finished basement and wooded backyard. Directions: Wildewood Parkway To Right On Dahlia Drive To Left On Tallwood To Right On Canna Right On Fresia Lane.

Saturday - Sunday Chris Hill 410-610-9032 Hosted by Alan Smith 301-481-8495

301-862-2169 540-659-1450 Saturday Washington McLean, VA D.C. Jennifer L Goddard: 301-481-2696 Lusby, MD Waldorf, MD 703-556-4222 202-546-0055 410-326-1700 301-870-8400 Woodbridge, VA McLean, VA Washington D.C. VA Alexandria, 703-491-9570 ntly 703-556-4222 202-546-0055 703-922-4010

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Culpeper, VA 540-825-1613

Fredericksburg, VA 540-373-2000

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Woodbridge, VA 703-491-9570 Annapolis,

Directions: L on Millstone Landing; L on Esperanza; L on Lake; Very First L on Adams Court to the end.

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Saturday - Sunday Chris Hill: 410-610-9032

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Saturday - Sunday Chris Hill: 410-610-9032

$368,900

Beautiful new subdivision close to Solomons with 2 story foyer including 3500 finished square feet 4 bedrooms, and 3.5 bathrooms. (9 lots left!!) Directions: Route 4 to Dowell Road, right on Dannielle’s Way, Model Home on Right.

Saturday - Sunday Veronica Kolterjahn: 301-672-0840

23244 HICKORY NUT DRIVE CALIFORNIA, MD 20619

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$675,000

Directions: Rt 235 N. Right on Rt 4, Left on Kingston Creek Rd., Right on Gross Drive, Left on Kingston Shores Lane. First house on Left.

Charming Cape Cod on 3.78 Acres which include a separate buildable lot. Great view, deep water, minutes to Patuxent River. Directions: From Rt 235,Rt 4 North, last left before bridge, immediate left to driveway at end.

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Sunday Glenda Lytle : 301-904-0889

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Sunday Roy Hart: 301-904-0889

$299,900

Updates galore, including granite counters, upgraded baths, new roof! Fireplace, 4 BRs, 2 1/2 baths, 2-car garage--charming and comfortable--come see! Directions: Rt 235 to Wildewood Blvd, at Wildewood Shopping Center. Right at stop onto Wildewood Pkwy, right on Hickory Nut, home on right at corner of Oak Crest.

$424,000

One of the best Views in Mill Creek! Deep Water! 3 Bedroom, 3 Bath, Boat lift, New Septic and Well Directions: Rt 4 to 760 right on Anchor bear left on Mill Creek Dr house is on the left

House open 12-3 Sat. and 1-3 Sunday DeAnna Pinno: 240-925-9863

Saturday - Sunday Susan Stachelczyk: 240-298-3970

40813 MEADOW DRIVE LEONARDTOWN, MD 20650

$449,500

Gracious home located within the Breton Bay Comunity Upgraded kitchen with Quartz Cabinets, 5 BRm 3 FBs 2 HBs, 2 CAR garage and includes a first floor MIL/AuPaur suite Directions: rt. 5 in Leonardtown, turn on 243, Left on Bull, follow through to Society Hill Rd, take L at Potomac View Drive, Turn right on Meadow and continue straight. The home is on the left on the corner.

Sunday 305-797-1171 Hosted by Gabriela Agostinelli

$379,900

Saturday Tracey Summers: 240-298-8917

Sunday Tracey Summers: 240-298-8917

Better than new! 4 bed,3.5 baths, sunroom, plus fully finished basement w/ 2nd kitchen. Open 2-4pm. Directions: South on Rt 5 past St Mary’s City to Left on Heritage Hill Lane

22384 DOUGLAS COURT GREAT MILLS, MD 20634

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Lovely home situated on hill in Breton Bay Community located within walking distance to the Breton Bay Golf Course, Beach or Playground. 3 BR, 3 Full Bath, Finished Basement with Large Brick Fireplace perfect for family gatherings. Directions: Rt 5 in Leonardtown, Turn L on 243, Turn L on Bull, follow through to Society Hill Rd, Turn L onto Potomac View Drive. House is on the left.

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Alexandria, VA 703-922-4010 Starting in mid 400’s

Upgraded end-unit 3 bedroom 2 and ½ bath. Freshly painted, new stove, new flooring, new carpet… Nothing to do here!!! Just move in!!! You won’t be disappointed. Agent on site. Directions: 235 South, right on Old Rolling Rd, Left into laurel Glenn, to right on Woodstown Way, end unit on left see sign

Saturday Mike Tennity: 301-481-8197

25656 POINT LOOKOUT RD, LEONARDTOWN, MD 20650

$289,900

What a find! Located on 2.23 ac with an in path home. town setting & an inground pool. Renovated

in 2010/2011 new roof, new kitchen, new SOUTHERNWOOD HOMES! Stunning home appliances and Great sun porch Columbia, MD Fredericksburg, VAMUCH more! Lexington Park, MD Staffo plans with distinctive finishes. Quick delivery that can be opened to a screen. 410-730-8888 540-373-2000 540-6 homes available! Directions: north on 235 301-862-2169 to left on St. Andrews Directions: Route 235 in Great Mills to to right on Rt.5 to 2nd driveway past Moakley st . Culpeper, VA Gainsville, VA Lusby, MD Waldo Chancellor’s Run Rd, Right onto Longfields (Singletree) with sign. VABlvd, Columbia, MD Fredericksburg, VA Lexington Park,301-8 MD 540-825-1613 Left onto Douglas Ct, Model on Left.703-753-7910 Saturday - Sunday 410-326-1700

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

F-35 Team Hits Weapons Testing Mark

Arby’s Returning to Southern Maryland By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Starting with the one in Charlotte Hall, Arby’s restaurants throughout Southern Maryland may soon be re-opening. Home Café, Inc., owner-operator of 30 Arby’s restaurants, including 10 in the Washington area, reopened the Arby’s at Charlotte Hall on April 12. The restaurant was closed last year along with nine others by the original franchisee due to financial difficulties, a press release states. Home Café, Inc. Vice President of Operations Chris Massaro told The County Times the company took control of the Arby’s in Charlotte Hall a month ago. After cleaning the store, replacing the awning and equipment and getting the store “up to standard,” they opened the doors. “We’re certainly happy to be here, that’s for sure,” Massaro said. The new location also offered 33 jobs for local workers, he said. Home Café, Inc. is in negotiations with landowners and bankruptcy courts to acquire additional locations in the county, including the ones in Leonardtown

and Lexington Park, Massaro said. Home Café, Inc. is owned by Trevor Streeter and his family, a large restaurant group based in Northern, Va. The Streeter family was one of the original Arby’s franchisees and has successfully operated Arby’s throughout the East Coast for more than 40 years, a press release states. According to Trevor Streeter, CEO of Home Café, Inc., the company plans to reopen several of the 10 shuttered Arby’s in the Maryland area. “The good news is that Arby’s great food is coming back to Southern Maryland,” Streeter said. “We’re starting out with the Charlotte Hall store … We are optimistic that more of the closed locations will work out and we can bring back even more jobs and serve more people with Arby’s Roast Beef and other great Arby’s products,” Streeter states in a press release. Massaro said the locations in St. Mary’s County would be a great way for the company to expand in a wider area near the Washington, D.C. area. sarahmiller@countytimes.net

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After ejecting a 500-pound bomb from F-35B test aircraft BF-3, the test team took a collective breath, and watched as it hurtled toward the concrete deck. Coming to rest in the foam covering the pit floor, the March 29 “pit drop” marked the end of two weeks of testing nine different weapons combinations inside the Joint Strike Fighter’s two internal weapons bays. “Completion of these weapons ejections into the pit gets us closer to in-flight release of weapons from the F-35,” Navy Capt. Erik Etz, director of test and evaluation for F-35 naval variants, said in a press release. “It’s another step in expansion of the F-35’s warfighting capabilities.” Weapons pit-drop testing collects data to measure stresses on the airframe and adjacent stores, ensures proper weapon and suspension equipment function, and validates the separation models for the munitions’ ejection characteristics, including trajectories and velocities. “We pushed the team pretty hard on those runs to get everything done,” said John Fahnestock, lead government weapons engineer. “We’ll spend some time going through the data to validate our models, but so far it looks good.” Testing included inert versions of the GBU-12 Laser-Guided Bomb, the 1,000-pound GBU-32 Joint Direct Attack Munition and the AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile. More weapons testing on the F-35B and F-35C carrier variant is ongoing at Naval Air Station Patuxent River. Current test events including pit drops, captive carry and instrumented weapons environmental flights, lead up to flight separation testing scheduled for later this year.

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Great location on Point Lookout Road. Includes main house and another currently rented tenant home. Awesome property with pond, 2 barns & sheds for storage. 32 Acres being farmed now. This a great opportunity to own this property which has been farmed for many generations. Direct frontage on Point Lookout Road just 1 mile south of Great Mills. Also potential for for subdividing. Priced to Sell - Call Donna Knott SM7761845 $650,000

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Earth Day: Open 11- 8 with full Sunday Brunch/ Dinner menu plus specials of Vegetarian Pasta w/Vodka Sauce, Wild Mushroom Vol-au-vent, Warm Brie & Poached Pear Salad

LUNCH: Tues. - Fri. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. DINNER: Tues. - Sat. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sun. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Closed Mondays

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Classic Country French Dining in a casual, relaxing atmosphere.

• Piano every Friday and Saturday night • Jazz cabaret/dancing on special evenings • 3-course prix-fixe dinner menu $23.95 available until 6 pm daily and all night on Wednesdays! • $8 lunch & beverage special daily • Sunday brunch á la carte items • “Le Salon” (private room) available

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For more information call 301-475-9791 Sponsored by the Leonardtown Business Association and the Commissioners of Leonardtown, with funding in part by a grant from the St. Mary’s County Arts Council

Celebrate Earth Day at the Leonardtown Arts Center.

Meet and greet with the artists from 12:30 to 4:30. Reception in the gallery. Special guest, former Poet Laureate of Maryland Michael Glaser at 1:00 PM followed by an open mic poetry event. Rain or Shine

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Spotlight On

By Carrie Munn Staff Writer Each year, students in first through eighth grade at King’s Christian Academy participate in a Serve-A-Thon and

this year, kids were found sprucing up several spots around Southern Maryland on Friday. Celeste Pullias, the school’s secretary of development, told The County Times, “This is our chance to give back to the community, while teaching our students about the value of helping others.” Pullias along with other parent volunteers joined Jocinda Rhiner’s second grade and Regina Sayre’s third grade classes at Point Lookout State Park, where they worked to rake up the dense pine needles covering the campground and picnic area. The students got to

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Students Perk Up Parks During Serve-A-Thon have a short “play-a-thon” following lunch, but when Sayre called them back to the task of “serving Jesus by serving others,” they promptly got back to work. Several parents commented on the amount of work the students had accomplished and Pullias said the park’s Ranger Steve was also impressed with their efforts. Fifth and sixth graders visited Greenwell State Park where they helped with gardening, painting and staining projects. Other groups cleaned up other public spaces at St. Mary’s City, Jefferson Patterson Park and Piney Point Lighthouse and Museum. carriemunn@countytimes.net

Aidan Suckow and Brandon Pullias

Schools Celebrate Completion of Leonardtown Middle School officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday morning to celebrate the completion of the limited renovation project at Leonardtown Middle School. The contract for what became a major overhaul utilizing state, county and school funding was fulfilled by J.A. Scheibel, Inc. based in Huntingtown. Photo submitted by SMCPS

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Spotlight On

Student-Planned Talent Show a Hit By Carrie Munn Staff Writer Shante Bonds is a Great Mills High School Senior who attends Fairlead Academy II, in addition to being a second year Hospitality and Tourism student at the James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center. This year, for her senior project, she presented the first-ever talent show at the center and was glad to see such a positive response. From R & B duets and a cappella singing to dance, drumming and original music, the Friday night show provided entertainment for ticket holders and a place for students to get some spotlight. Bonds’ Hospitality and Tourism instructor, Bonnie Kelly, said she was required, like all completer program students, to execute an original idea for a senior project. Kelly told The County Times, “I am very impressed with the work that Ms. Bonds put into this project, this was no small undertaking.” She added that planning such an event involves a lot of organization, attention to detail and stress, and she handled it all well. “The evening went off without a hitch and was enjoyed by all who attended,” Kelly said. Several weeks back, Bonds enlisted the help of Beverly Gardner, who mentored her through the project and emceed the talent show. From holding auditions, selling tickets and designing programs to the night of the big show, Gardner said she helped Bonds make her ideas a reality and stay on track. Gardner is a secretary at Fairlead II who also serves as a mentor, substitute teacher andin other roles. “It took a lot of work,” Gardner said, explaining the whole thing came about over the course of just a few weeks, with a dress rehearsal the day the students returned from Spring Break. Gardner said she and Bonds, as well as many of the students performing, were sur-

Photos by Carrie Munn Duo Julie Banner and Kaitlyn McKay showcase their song and dance routine at Friday’s studentplanned talent show at the Tech Center.

MAJOR 2-DAY REGIONAL EQUIPMENT/TRUCK AUCTION NOTE SELLING EQUIPMENT & TRUCKS FROM: *Saint Mary’s County Government; *Area Contractors & Farmers; *Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative; *Federal Bankruptcy Court; *Several Small Estates; *Banking & Lending Institutions; *Equipment Dealers; And Other Owners are Participating!

45820 Highway to Heaven Lane FLAT IRON COMPLEX IN GREAT MILLS, ST. MARY’S COUNTY, MARYLAND

FRIDAY APRIL 20, 2012

AUCTION BEGINS AT 8:00 A.M. Selling the following:

Leonardtown High School student Kaitlin Davis performs an original song after sharing she had been writing music since seventh grade.

prised by the size and support of the audience. “It was awesome and all the students involved had a lot of fun.” Other hospitality students were recruited to help with the big night and the broadcasting students were on hand to videotape and provide tech support. Gardner herself, joined in performing Whitney Houston’s “The Greatest Love of All” at the request of the students. Bonds’ project still requires a presentation on the process, but Gardner said she believes the student enjoyed what she accomplished and the collaboration involved. She added that while no one can duplicate the idea in the future, she would advocate for more talent shows to be held in coming years. Exemplary projects from students in the completer programs will be showcased at the Tech Center’s Senior Gala on May 8. Ruc Woodard, as Michael Jackson, dances to a “Billie Jean” remix.

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Farm Equipment Including: Hay and Forage Equipment, Tillage & Planting Equipment, Rotary Mowers of Various Sizes, Wagons, Manure Spreaders, Scraper & Box Blades, Boom Poles, Post Hole Diggers & Other Farm Equipment and Related Machinery Coming In Daily-IMPOSSIBLE TO LIST! Lawn & Garden of all kind; Misc. Tools of All Kind, Garden Equipment, Tree, Shrubbery & Flowers & Related Items.

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SATURDAY APRIL 21, 2012

AUCTION BEGINS AT 8:00 A.M. Selling the following:

Quad, Tri-, Tandem & Single Dumps; Road Tractors; Support Trucks; Specialty & Utility Trucks; (60+) Pickups, Vans, and Cars to 2010 Model Year by Chevrolet, Ford, GMC,Toyota and Others! Trailers & EZ Dumper Inserts; Hydraulic Excavators-including Mini; Mobile Rubber Tire Excavator; Track Loaders & Track Dozers; Vermeer RT550 4X4 Trencher-Very Low Hrs.-Excellent Condition; Pavers & Asphalt Rollers; Motor Graders & Dirt Rollers; Loader Backhoes; Skid Loaders Including: Bobcat, Caterpillar, Case, Deere, New Holland – Some on Track. 100+ Attachments of all Kind –Brief Listing-Impossible to List! Telescopic & Straight Mast Forklifts, Warehouse Forklifts, Working Platforms, Scissor Lifts & Others! Combines; (50+)Tractors; Excellent Farm Machinery; ATV’S, Golf Carts & 4 Wheelers; Nice Zero Turn Mowers; Misc. Heavy Equipment; & Other Items Too Numerous To Mention!

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NOTE: WILL SELL WITH SEVERAL AUCTIONEERS AT ONE TIME! BE PREPARED! BUYER’S PREMIUM Applies to all purchases-Rates are as follows: $0.00 to $5,000-10%; $5,000& Up- $500.00 Flat Fee


The County Times

PNC’s Taste of 235 At the PNC California Branch

Saturday • April 21 • 11-2 Stop by the PNC California Branch to enjoy FREE samples of great food from your favorite local restaurants. • • • • • •

The Tides Restaurant • Teariffic Café DB McMillan’s • Chick-fil-A® Anita’s Cake Shop • Dunkin’ Donuts® Pepperoni’s Pizza & Subs The Mixing Bowl • Balloon Artist PNC Prize Wheel

• Enter for a chance to win* Raffle Prizes: $ 250 PNC Bank Visa® Gift Card (12pm), Apple® iPad 2® (1pm) & a Big Green Egg (2pm).

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Vets Share First-Hand Stories with Students By Carrie Munn Staff Writer Esperanza Middle School eighth-graders got to hear the first-hand accounts from several local veterans Monday and Tuesday, as part of their service-learning project on veteran’s history. Social Studies teacher Renee Marquart said the project is based on the national one, through the Library of Congress’ American Folk Life Center, created by legislation in 2000. The idea is to capture and preserve the personal accounts of American war veterans. Marquart, along with Esperanza’s other Social Studies teachers Mike McDevitt and Arturo Leon, developed the idea and worked with St. Mary’s Public Schools Supervisor of Social Students instruction and Student Service-Learning Coordinator Kevin Wright to modify the project for the eighth grade classes. Wright said a lot of pre-planning to structure lessons to align with the project was undertaken. The students questioned the vets in a panel style with students assigned to engage in active listening and note-taking focusing on one of the speakers. They will later work collaboratively to write a biography of that serviceman. That reflection portion is key, explained Wright, who said the whole idea is to promote civic awareness, and then, aligned with literacy standards, create a product that can be shared with the public for the service aspect of the project. The students’ work can be submitted to the Library of Congress, but Wright said he would be happy to see them submitted to the St. Mary’s Historical Society, since all the vets are local. “We’re piloting here,” Wright said, adding it took significant planning on the part of Esperanza’s Social Studies team, as well as a great partnership with Southern Maryland American Legion Post 221 in Avenue. “This is history brought to life for our students,” Marquart said. She added that while the connection to U.S. history lessons is present, the students also get an understanding of bigger themes such as war, patriotism and citizenship. She said students had been working on the project for several weeks and have more

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Lou Holden, a Korean War veteran, shows the students a letter he has kept for years from his then-girlfriend and eventual wife of 57 years. “The U.S. Postal Service guaranteed they’d get this letter to me, wherever I was in the world, and we moved around a lot,” he said, when asked about communicating during deployments.

Photos By Frank Marquart U.S. Navy vet Mike Barbour (back) and U.S. Air Force National Guardsman Shane Cameron, who recently served in Afghanistan, exemplify the range of veterans who came out and shared their stories with Esperanza Middle School eighth-graders Tuesday. Students will collaboratively work to create bios of the veterans as part of their service-learning project for the year.

to do, but all the research, interviewing and writing will earn them 15 student servicelearning hours. Students are required to gain 75 such hours for graduation. Mike Barbour, Post 221’s First Vice Commander, said, “All the participants felt this interaction was very favorable both for the veterans and the students.” He explained part of the American Legion Constitution Preamble includes the lines: "to foster and perpetuate a one hundred percent Americanism," "to preserve the memories and incidents of our associations in the great wars," and "to inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state and nation." “What better way to do that than our first-hand sharing of personal stories with these students?” Lou Holden, who was wounded during his service with the U.S. Army in the Korean War was accompanied to the panel by his grandson Shane Cameron, a member of the Air Force National Guard who returned from a toour in Afghanistan in January. Cameron and Randy Limberg, a U.S. Navy Vietnam veteran, both captivated students as they shared their memories of arriving at their overseas destinations via an intense combat landing, because the bases were under enemy fire. “It felt like dropping out of the sky … scarier than any roller coaster you could imagine,” Cameron told students. From the food they ate while deployed, to their most memorable experiences and how they were able to keep in touch with loved ones at home, the local veterans of various ranks and specialties, from each branch of service, offered the students a glimpse into what service meant throughout many eras and levels of combat. “It’s very rewarding all the way around,” Barbour said. Marquart agreed, adding, “this project is really engaging the kids and meeting a need.” carriemunn@countytimes.net


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I Am a Father, Not a Criminal I am writing with concerns of how custodial parents spend their children’s child support income. I believe the law should require any person receiving child support to file a verified quarterly report of how all money received is spent. The reason for my concern is because even though my children’s custodial parent receives child support income, my children are not getting any new clothes, shoes, toys, bedding, or any other necessity to my knowledge. I have great concern that the money is being spent on other items like cigarettes, drugs and alcohol. I have, on one occasion, walked into a grocery store to find my child’s mother buying wine and cigarettes using her EBT card, which is how she receives her child support income. In light of this, I have had to purchase my children’s clothing, shoes, toys, bedding, school photos, and other various items for my children because I don’t want to see them go without these necessities. I believe that I should be given the option to instead of paying child support, be allowed to buy the things my kids need every month instead of being forced to pay it to the mother and have her spend it on items which no child needs. I know that not all custodial parents misuse their child support income but I believe more do than not. Another concern I have is how the department of child support enforcement handles payment of child support and lack of payment. A few times I have fallen a few months behind on my support and I have been harassed with threatening letters, and with threats of losing my drivers license. After receiving these threats, I went to the department of child support enforcement and paid my child support arrearages and was told that my notice of drivers license suspension would be taken care of and that when my court date came (for contempt of court for being behind on support) that the enforcement officer would notify the court that I was in compliance. But to my great surprise only a few months later I’m being pulled over for having a suspended driver’s license and being arrested for a child support warrant because the enforcement officer could not do his job correctly which cost me almost a thousand dollars in lost wages and fees, not to mention a great deal of embarrassment and a few days in a jail cell. Then when I try to pay my child support in advance I’m told that I can’t pay more that one-month ahead. I feel that if I have the money to pay it, that the department of child support enforcement should accept it. But instead I have to make arrangement to go pay my support every month instead of being allowed to make several months worth of payments at the

same time to save myself a lot of hassle and time. I think that the way they handle each case is the same and that every person behind on support is a criminal to them, but this is not always the case and I believe that each case should be looked at on a case-by-case basis and that a person only two months behind on support should not be treated exactly how the people who are tens of thousands of dollars behind are treated. In this economy it is not uncommon for a person to lose their job, and with a short lapse of no income and no way to pay, they should be given more time. Seeing that it takes almost four months to get a hearing to lower support due to a lack of a job, I think it would only be fair that you be given a six month grace period seeing that not everyone files for a hearing as soon as they lose a job because they don’t expect to not be able to find another job. I believe that by only giving two months before taking action, that a responsible person who is struggling to find work can be hurt severely by having their license taken from them since they suspend your license before you even get a chance to go the court a explain your circumstances to a judge. I believe that the law should be changed to be more lenient on people who are only a few months behind on support and whom are trying to make an effort to pay their support and not treat us like a common criminal and try to destroy our lives by locking us up and taking our license from us. I understand that some people need this kind of enforcement to help them pay their obligations of support, but I believe that this is not always the case and that some people don’t have the ability to pay due to the economy and lack of employment available to them and that more than two months is needed sometimes to find a new source of income. But in light of all this, my child support is paid up to date and I still am getting notices of license suspensions and when I ask the department of child support enforcement why this is happening I am told that it happens all the time. That their computer does it and that they have to look at every case that comes before them to make sure that the computer didn’t mess up and send off a request to the MVA to have their licenses revoked. I don’t believe that a computer should be making these decisions and that more people should be hired to handle the child support cases so less mistakes would be made and it might even help boost the economy by giving people jobs instead of having a computer doing it. John Morris Quade Jr. Lexington Park, MD

To The Editor Legal Notice NOTICE TO BIDDERS LAWN MAINTENANCE CONTRACT COMMISSIONERS OF LEONARDTOWN NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Commissioners of Leonardtown will be accepting bids for lawn maintenance of its public facilities for a threeyear period beginning July 1, 2012 with two one-year options. Interested bidders may obtain a bid package from the Town Office located at 41660 Courthouse Drive, Leonardtown, MD between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday thru Friday. Sealed bids, addressed to the Town Administrator and marked “Sealed bid for Lawn Maintenance”, will be accepted until 11:00 a.m. May 3, 2012, at which time the bids will be publicly opened and read. A pre-bid meeting is scheduled for April 26, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Please call 301-475-9791 or email to laschelle.mckay@verizon.net with any questions. The Commissioners of Leonardtown reserve the right to reject any and all bids and proposals, and to accept any proposal deemed to be in the best interest of the Town. 4-19-2012

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Ryken Spring Gala a Success My deepest thanks to the 450 parents, alumni, community leaders and friends who attended our major fundraiser for the year – the St. Mary’s Ryken Spring Gala – where we raised $100,000 for the St. Mary’s Ryken Fund, which meets the most pressing needs of the school including those for tuition assistance. At St. Mary’s Ryken, we are inspiring lives of learning, faith and service and rely upon our family of friends to make this possible. Thank you to those who wish to remain anonymous and to all of our sponsors. To J.F. Taylor Inc., our Double Diamond Sponsor, and to all of our Diamond Sponsors: Burch Oil Co.; CMI General Contractors; Community Bank of Tri-County; Old Line Bank; Paragon Properties; Sabre Systems; Technology Security Associates; and Tennyson Wealth Management Group. Thank you to our Platinum Sponsors: AMELEX; DCS Corporation; Hooper & Associates; the Knights of Columbus, St.

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Edward Baroniak, Sr., 86 Edward Robert Baroniak, Sr., 86 of St. Mary’s City, MD died April 7, 2012 at St. Mary’s Hospital. Born August 21, 1925 in Leonardtown, MD, he was the son of the late John Frank Baroniak and Anna (Matty) Baroniak. Edward graduated from Great Mills High School in 1944. He owned and operated his own excavating company and began farming and raising grains and cattle. Edward enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and hunting. Edward is survived by his daughter, Judith Tennyson (Melvin) of St. Mary’s City, MD, his grandchildren, Krystle Kessler (Matt) of Parkville, MD and Mark Tennyson of St. Mary’s City, MD, his sister, Dorothy Settle of St. Mary’s City, MD, his friend, Velma Ridgell, as well as many nieces, nephews and friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Anita Baroniak, a son, Edward Baroniak, his brothers, George and Jack and sisters, Anne and Kay Olga. All services will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ridge Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 456, Ridge, MD 20680 or the Ridge Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 520, Ridge, MD 20680. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Leon Berube, MD., 86 Leon William Berube, M.D., 86 of Mechanicsville, MD passed away April 11, 2012 after a short illness. He was born on February 18, 1926 in Tarrant County, Texas. He was the son of the late Carl Joseph and Marie Vavian Berube. Dr. Berube graduated from the University of Kansas in 1948 with his Bachelor's degree in

Engineering Physics where he served as a cancer research assistant and won 2nd place in the Kansas branch of the American Cancer Society. He completed his medical degree at the University of Kansas in June 1953. He served in the U. S. Navy from July 1943 to April 1951. Upon discharge he joined the U. S. Navy Reserves from 1951 to 1954. He served on the U.S.S Comstock. He earned the Victory Ribbon WWII, American Theater Ribbon, Asiatic Pacific Ribbon and the Navy WWII Occupation Ribbon. He joined the U. S. Public Health Service in 1953 until 1955. Upon his separation from the U. S. Public Health Service he completed his internship in Portsmouth, VA. Dr. Berube then joined the practice of Guyther and Gill which later because Village Medical Center in Mechanicsville, MD in 1956, where he practiced medicine until his illness in March 2012. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his son, Paul Raymond Berube. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary Virginia Wedman Berube, daughter, Nanette Berube Thomas, son, Bill Berube, son-in-law, Arthur Thomas; grandchildren, Jennifer Burrows and her husband Michael Burrows, Margaret Allen and her husband Richard "Mike" Allen, Kimberly Thomas and her fiancée James "Mike" Marean, Christopher Thomas, William "Pete" Thomas, Catherine Berube, Nicholas Berube and Mitchell Berube; and great-grandchildren, Madelynne Burrows, Lucas Allen and Samantha Marean. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Mechanicsville at 10 a.m. Rev. Kevin O'Reilly, Rev. Peter Alliata and Msgr. T. Ansgar Laczko will be officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Roy Guyther, Dr. John Roache, Stuart Geisbert and Andy McWilliams. All arrangements are being handled by Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, P.A., 30195 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in honor of Dr. Berube to the Mechanicsville Volunteer Rescue Squad, P. O. Box 15, Mechanicsville, MD 20659; Hospice House of St. Mary's, P. O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650; and The American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria

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Samuel E. Brookbank, Sr., 100, a native of St. Mary's County, died on April 13, 2012 at home in Chesapeake, VA. Born at Notley Hall Farm in Maddox, MD on June 4, 1911, he was the son of the late Samuel T. and Ruth Knott Brookbank. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Gertrude Lanham Brookbank, his six siblings, his son, James S. Brookbank and daughter-in-law, Lynda Cooper Brookbank. He is survived by his children Mary Lu Bucci (Jim) of Hollywood, MD, Samuel E. Brookbank, Jr. (Joy) of Waldorf, MD, Trude A. Parsons (Donald) of Chesapeake, VA, and John A. Brookbank, Sr. (Tina) of Hughesville, MD; 14 grandchildren, 30 great-grand children and 2 great-great grandchildren; his brotherin-law John (Edward) Lanham (age 103), and sisterin-law Sara. The youngest of seven siblings, he attended Manor Road School, and inherited his farming skills from his father who was said to be one of the finest farmers of St. Mary's County. After working more than 20 years as an auto mechanic, he retired from the Federal Government as a machinist. He enjoyed fishing, hunting with his beagles, gardening, bird watching, annual trips to Emerald Isle, NC, including this past summer after his 100th birthday. Visitation will be held from 3-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on April 19 with prayers at 7 p.m. Service will be held at 11 a.m. on April 20 at Christ Church, Chaptico. Burial to follow at Charles Memorial Gardens in Leonardtown, MD. Pallbearers will be his grandsons Jimmy, Bret, Ray and Russell Bucci, Skip, Steve, Ross and John Brookbank, Jr. and Chris Parsons. Arrangements are being handled by Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Special Olympics St. Mary's County, 25926 Whiskey Creek Road, Hollywood, MD 20636.

Michael Daisey, 43 Michael Edward "Mike" Daisey, 43 of Bushwood, MD passed away on April 14, 2012 in Leonardtown, MD. Born July 30, 1968, he was the son of Sharon Huffman and Raymond Daisey. Mike is survived by his wife Vanessa Daisey of Bushwood, MD, whom he married on Sept. 15, 2007 in Grace Brethren Baptist Church, and his son Tyler Lee Daisey of Mechanicsville, MD. Mike graduated from Surrattsville High School in 1987 and was employed as the Service Manager for Ahern Rentals. He enjoyed restoring cars; he loved cooking, spending time with his son and family time with his wife. The family will receive friends on Thursday, April 19, 2012 from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home chapel where a Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. with Pastor Robert Wagner officiating. Interment will be private.

Lucy Dudly, 92 Lucy Mae Dudly, 92, of Lexington Park, MD., passed away on April 6, 2012 at her residence surrounded by her loving family. Born March 3, 1920 in Lexington Park, MD she was the daughter of the late James E. Carroll and Grace Tolson Carroll. Mrs. Dudly was the loving wife of the late Nathanael Dudley. The family received friends on Saturday, April 14, 2012 in St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church, St. Mary’s City, MD., where a Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated. Interment followed in St. James Catholic Cemetery, Lexington Park, MD. To send a condolence to the family please visit our website at www.mgfh.com. Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.

Francis Hayden, 59 Francis William "Billy" Hayden, 59 of Hollywood, MD died April 14, 2012 at Hospice House of St. Mary's. Born October 10, 1952 in Leonardtown, MD, he was the son of the late Joseph Aloysius Hayden, Sr. and Ann Juanita (Abell) Hayden. He was the second oldest of six boys. Billy graduated from Chopticon High School in 1970. He had an interest in becoming a brick mason, which was his occupation for over 35 years. Billy had a passion for playing softball and was inducted into the St. Mary's County Young Men's Softball League Hall of Fame on October 19, 1985. He also played on the men's horseshoe league for many years, and continued to watch the games when he retired from playing. Billy also played on shuffleboard, pool and dart leagues over the years. Billy is survived by his wife of fourteen years,

Janet Hayden, his children, Cheryl Wheeler of Hollywood, MD, Daryl Thompson of Hollywood, MD and Corrine Sanbrook of Lexington Park, MD and grandchildren, Peyton, Shawn, Kerri, Savannah and Brayden. He is also survived by his siblings, Joseph Hayden, Jr., Daniel Hayden, John "Hank" Hayden, Kenny "Chuck" Hayden and Jimmy Hayden. Billy was diagnosed with colon cancer in July of 2005 and went through many surgeries with hopes to be here for his family and friends. He especially wanted to watch his granddaughter Peyton grow up. He will be missed dearly by everyone who knew him, but to know he is not suffering anymore is a blessing of its own. Family received friends for Billy's Life Celebration on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 in the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Prayers were recited. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at St. John Francis Regis Catholic Church, 43927 St. John's Road, Hollywood, MD 20636. Reverend Raymond Schmidt was the celebrant. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Jimmy Hayden, Hank Hayden, Danny Miedzinski, Danny Hayden, Daryl Thompson and Chuck Hayden. Serving as honorary pallbearers were Donnie Lacey and Mickey Hayden. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice House of St. Mary's, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Condolences to the family may be made at www. brinsfieldfuneral.com. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Frances Kidwell, 70 Frances Lucille Kidwell, 70, of Mechanicsville, MD, passed away at Civista Medical Center on April 15, 2012. She was born in Bowie, MD on October 11, 1941. Lucille was the daughter of the late George F. McKenze and the late Marie Brady. She was raised on a farm and went to Woodmore High School. Lucille was married in 1965 to "Pete" Thomas Joseph Kidwell, Sr. and she worked for Prudential Building Loan in downtown, DC. She also loved bingo and raising her family. Aside from her parents, Frances Lucille was predeceased by her sister, Anna Walthen. Frances Lucille is survived by her loving husband, Thomas Joseph Kidwell, Sr. of Mechanicsville, MD; her two sons Thomas Joseph Kidwell, Jr. and Benjamin Francis Kidwell, both of Mechanicsville, MD; her daughter-in-law, Cathy McGowan, of La Plata, MD; her three brothers; her granddaughter, Elizabeth Louise Kidwell of La Plata, MD; and many other family members and friends. All arrangements are being handled by Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, P.A., 30195 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622. The Viewing and Service dates and times will be posted on the website later this week. Interment is scheduled to be held at Ft. Lincoln Cemetery, 3401 Bladensburg Road, Brentwood, MD 20722. To leave online condolences, please visit the website at: www.brinsfieldecholsfuneral.com.

Wanda O’Neil, 68 Wanda Kathleen O’Neil, 68 of Hollywood, MD died April 9, 2012 at her residence. Born May 10, 1943 in Galax, VA, she was the daughter of the late Omar Wayne Manuel and Kathleen (Nelson) Manuel. Wanda worked at St. Mary’s Hospital as the Director of Materials Management until her retirement in 2010. Earlier in her career, she worked as a secondary education teacher for Fairfax County, Washington, DC and the Leonard Hall Jr. Naval Academy. Wanda was president of the United Christian Church as well as a member of the Daughters of the Lamb. She was very active with her church and enjoyed studying religion and gardening. Wanda is survived by her children, Shane C. O’Neil of Hollywood, MD and Martha L. Hinely of Raleigh, NC, granddaughter, Holly Toler and great grandchildren, Hayden C. Toler and Dailyn B. Toler all of Lewisburg, NC. She is also survived by her sisters, Carolyn G. Manuel of McKinney, TX and Karen D. Lukenich of Mechanicsville, VA as well as many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Wanda was preceded in death by her husband, James Alexander O’Neil and brothers, O. Wayne Manuel and Michael L. Manuel. Family received friends for Wanda’s Life Celebration on Friday, April 13, 2012 at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. A Memorial Service was held in the Brinsfield Funeral Home Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148. Condolences to the family may be made at www. brinsfieldfuneral.com. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.


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and St. Mary’s counties are welcome to join. She and her husband alternate the meetings from one side of the bridge to the other to allow families the chance to join in. The first meeting was April 15 at Dorsey Park in St. Mary’s County. Harrington said a common misconception is food allergies only cause stomachaches or a rash. In Luke’s case, he accidentally ingested milk when he was 8 months old and went into anaphylactic shock. She said he was turning blue from oxygen depravation before he started responding to medication. “It was the most terrifying thing in my life,” Harrington said. Contributing to the misconception is people who will Photo By Sarah Miller say they have food allergies Bethany and Marc Harrington with son Luke just to keep items like onions or tomatoes out of their food at restaurants. This leads people to think drinks. She said they have to stay “five steps food allergies are a minor inconvenience, ahead” to make sure Luke doesn’t come into contact with his allergens. Harrington said. As he gets older, Harrington said she She and her husband are learning from scratch what to keep out of the house and and her husband will help Luke learn to conhow to keep Luke safe. She said there is no trol his allergies, but until he’s old enough history of food allergies on either side of the to tell people what he’s allergic to and stay family, and scientific studies about the food away from them, she said he doesn’t go to allergies are constantly occurring and new birthday parties or other such events. The idea for a support and playgroup information is always coming out. Because of the severity and nature of came from living in California, Harrington his allergies, she said Luke could not get said. There were several large support into daycare because the daycare provid- groups on the West coast, but when she and ers could not assure he would not come into her husband moved to St. Mary’s County, contact with the substances. Other children, she could find nothing. So she decided to not knowing about his allergies, could offer take matters into her own hands and put to share some of their snacks and the result something together. For more information, including the could be fatal, Harrington said. Taking Luke to a playground offers date of the next meeting, visit www.facesimilar dangers. Harrington said before book.com/PAAKofSOMD or e-mail paathey get Luke out of the car, she and her kofsomd@google.com husband survey the area to see if anyone is having a picnic, or who has snacks and sarahmiller@countytimes.net

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Police seek sandwich shop robbery suspect

On April 16 at 7:47 a.m., patrol units from St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to an armed robbery at the Subway sandwich shop, located in San Souci Plaza. An armed male entered the establishment, approached an employee and demanded money. The employee complied and the suspect fled the area with an undisclosed amount of U.S. currency. Anyone with information regarding this crime can contact Detective Sarah Russell at 301-475-4200 ext. 9105. Tipsters may also provide information by contacting Crime Solvers at 301-475-3333 or text your information to CRIMES (274637). Simply enter “TIP239” (847239) before your tip. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

Deputies investigate fatal motorcycle crash

On April 14, at approximately 1:46 p.m., deputies responded to a serious motorcycle crash on Maddox Road in the area of Notley Hall Road in Chaptico. Preliminary investigation revealed Michael Edward Daisey, 43, of Chaptico was operating a 2008 Suzuki Hayabusa southbound on Maddox Road at a high rate of speed, police reported. Daisey passed a vehicle and approached a sweeping curve at Notley Hall Road. The motorcycle reportedly went into a high-speed wobble, failed to negotiate the curve and exited the southbound shoulder sideswiping the guardrail. The motorcycle continued to travel southbound, crossed over Notley Hall Road where it struck a curb sending the motorcycle airborne and ejecting Daisey. Both he and the motorcycle came to rest in the wooded area south of Notley Hall Road. Daisey was transported to St. Mary's Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The Sheriff's Office Crash Reconstruction Team responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. Speed and operator error are considered contributing factors in the crash, police reported. Anyone who may have witnessed the crash and has not already provided their information to authorities is requested to contact the primary crash investigator Deputy First Class William Watters at 301-475-4200 Ext. 9114.

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Police: Man Crossed Counties in Sex Assault Spree By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Police in both Calvert and St. Mary’s counties have charged David Allen Dobbs, 56, of Lusby with multiple counts of sex offense and assault for allegedly fondling juvenile girls in Wal-Mart stores David Allen Dobbs in both Prince Frederick and California. Dobbs is currently incarcerated at the St. Mary’s County detention center on charges that he fondled a 13-year-old girl April 7, but Dobbs has also been charged with a similar assault just a few days prior at the Prince Frederick store. Detectives allege in charging documents that Dobbs came up to two young girls in the toy aisle in the Prince Frederick store while their adult guardian had left them alone for a few minutes and began brushing up against them, laughing as he did. One young girl told police that the perpetrator, who was later identified from a surveillance photo to be Dobbs, police alleged, put his hand down one of her back pants pockets while no one else but her friend and Dobbs were in the aisle. A few days later, St. Mary’s police alleged that Dobbs committed a similar sex assault in California when he encountered a young victim in one of the

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River Clean-Up Helps Suffering Waterways

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For the fourth consecutive year, volunteers paddled the water trail between the Great Mills Canoe/Kayak Launch and Adkins Road cleaning up the St. Mary’s River on Saturday morning. About 200 pounds of loose trash was collected, along with 32 tires and 20 bags of garbage and recyclables. This local effort, hosted by the St. Mary’s River Watershed Association (SMRWA), is part of the yearly Alice Ferguson Foundation’s Potomac Watershed Cleanup, which yielded several tons of Photo Submitted By St. Mary’s River Watershed Association harmful trash and litter Andy Shaw, left, and Will Gates with a canoe full of trash collected from the St. from the Potomac River Mary’s River during the 4th Annual St. Mary’s River Cleanup. Watershed. In its continuing effort to improve the health of the St. Mary’s River, the SMRWA and the Maryland Sea Grant Extension are hosting a free workshop and installation of a 375-square-foot rain garden at a residence in St. Inigoes. This eco-friendly landscaping is a visually-pleasing way to stop stormwater run-off and volunteers can fulfill community service hours while learning how to plan and install their own rain gardens. The event begins at 9 a.m. and registration is required. Call 301-862-3517 or email info@stmarysriver.org for details.

Libraries to be closed half day for training Lexington Park branch will be closed this Friday, Apr. 20, until 1 p.m. for staff training. Leonardtown branch will be closed until 1 p.m. on Apr. 27 and Charlotte Hall branch will be closed until 1 p.m. on May 4. Who can survive the Hunger Games? Adults and teens are invited to test their survival skills and Hunger Games trivia knowledge at a Hunger Games program offered at Lexington Park library on Apr. 24 at 6:30 p.m. Those attending can come sporting their districts’ wear. Registration is required. Workshops on Starting a Small Business to be offered Information on starting and financing a business will be presented by the Small Business Administration (SBA) at a free workshop at the Lexington Park library 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 and credit; and available tools to help individuals get started. The workshop will be repeated at Leonardtown on May 4 and at Charlotte Hall on May 9. Both of these will start at 9:30 a.m.

Maryland wants to promote growth in cities and towns where people can live, work, shop and play and be less car-dependent to do things. Addressing the issues surrounding PlanMaryland are Rich Josephson, Director of Planning Services, MD Department of Planning, Charles Johnston, Director of Planning & Zoning, Calvert County and Phillip Shire, Director of Land Use & Growth Management, St. Mary’s County. These experts will provide information and answer questions from those in attendance. Asbury~Solomons Island is just north of the Thomas Johnson Bridge on Rt. 2 & 4. Turn at the light on to Patuxent Point Parkway and park in the EVENTS parking lot on the left where a shuttle will be available to the site. For more information about the League of Women Voters go to www.lwvmd.org.

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Kindle Workshop scheduled at Charlotte Hall Adults can bring their Kindles to Charlotte Hall branch on April 26 at 4 p.m. and learn the basics of using it, how to download eBooks, and how to manage their digital content. Registration is required. Master Gardener’s plant clinics have resumed The Master Gardeners are available to answer gardening questions from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lexington Park branch on the first and third Tuesdays and at Leonardtown branch on the second and fourth Tuesdays. The plant clinics will be held at Charlotte Hall branch on the first and third Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

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Thursday, April 19 • Alzheimer’s Workshop College of Southern Maryland (22950 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown) – 10 a.m. This workshop is for anyone who would like to know more about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. The warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease are often dismissed as side effects of normal aging. If you or someone you know is experiencing memory loss or behavioral changes, it’s time to learn the facts. Early detection gives you a chance to begin drug therapy, enroll in clinical studies and plan for the future. At this interactive workshop, you will learn the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s disease. We’ll separate myth from reality and address commonlyheld fears about Alzheimer’s in America. Hear from people who have the disease and find out how to recognize the signs in yourself and others.

by Renée Fabian and light hors d’oeuvres by Canards Catering will make for an enjoyable and memorable evening. Admission is $5 for non-members; $4 for members; reservations are not required. To learn more, visit www. annmariegarden.org or call 410-326-4640.

Saturday, April 21 • Mother Catherine Spalding Mulch Sale Mother Catherine Spalding (38833 Chaptico Road, Helen) – 8 a.m. Mulch Sale to benefit Mother Catherine Spalding School will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hardwood shredded mulch will be available by the bag at $4 a bag or $168 for a pallet of 42 bags. Pre-sale orders will be accepted. For more information call 301-884-3165.

• Indoor Flea Market St. Mary’s Fairgrounds (42455 Fairgrounds Road, Leonardtown) – 8 a.m. St. Mary’s County Fair Association is having an indoor Flea Market at the Fair• Zumba Fitness Class grounds. All vendors and Crafters are welHollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad (43256 come. An 8x10 space with one table may be Rescue Lane, Hollywood) – 5:45 p.m. rented for $20. For more information or to Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad reserve a space you must call 301-475-9543. will host Zumba fitness classes every Tuesday and Thursday. The cost is $7 per class or $25 • Tidewater School Open House for five classes. Proceeds benefit Hollywood Tidewater School (120 Cox Road, HuntingVolunteer Rescue Squad. For information call town) – 9 a.m. 301-757-2336. The Tidewater School will be hosting a Toddler Program and Open House. Call 301• Leonard Hall Junior Naval Academy 257-0533 for more information. Basket Bingo Leonardtown Firehouse (22733 Lawrence • Bluegrass Gospel Express Avenue, Leonardtown) – 6 p.m. Hollywood Church of the Nazarene (24710 Doors open at 6 p.m. game starts at 7:00 Sotterley Road, Hollywood) – 6 p.m. p.m. The Bluegrass Gospel Express will be performing to celebrate their 20th anniversary. For more information about the band, visit www.bluegrassgospelexpress.com or e-mail • Retro Zumba Party bluegrass.gospel.express@gmail.com. The Blackbelt Academy (24801 Three Notch concert is free to the public. For information Road, Hollywood) – 7 p.m. about the concert, call Jerry at 301-373-8370 Retro 60’s and 70’s Zumba Party at the or the church at 301-373-2130. Blackbelt Academy in the Wildewood Shopping Center. Cost is $5 and kids are welcome to join. Kids ages 10 and under are free. Wear comfortable exercise clothes and bring a • Leonardtown Earth Day Celebration water bottle. This location has a “no shoes” Leonardtown Square and Wharf - 12:30 p.m. policy because the floor has mats. Call 301Get the whole family involved, come 373-8850 for more information. spend Earth Day in Leonardtown. Talk to experts in soil and water conservation, animal • Annmarie After Hours rescue, solar energy, gardening and recycling. Annmarie Garden (13480 Dowell Road, See painting and yarn spinning demonstraSolomons) – 6 p.m. tions and live animal exhibits. Relax with a Celebrate the opening reception of My massage in the Square or stroll around and African-American Community: A Collec- visit local shops and restaurants – many will tion of Photographs and Stories, 2000-2010.  have Earth Day specials! Enjoy the scenic This exhibit features the photography of walk to the Wharf for free kayak and canoe William Poe, who has spent the last decade rides, or bring your mat and join in the yoga documenting the local African-American class. Kids are invited to hop in our moon culture.  If you are seeking an alternative, qui- bounce, sing along at the puppet show and eter outing from the grand opening of the Tiki make earth-friendly crafts that they can take Bar, come to Annmarie Garden.  Live music home. Don’t miss the live entertainment,

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music and dancing, crafts, vendors, food and more! Sponsored by the Leonardtown Business Association and the Commissioners of Leonardtown. Call 301-475-9791 for more • PlanMaryland Community Information Forum information. Asbury~Solomons Island Auditorium (11100 Asbury Circle, Solomons) – 7 p.m. • “Music for Spring” Have you heard about PlanMaryland? North Beach Union Church (8912 ChesaDo you know what it means for our commupeake Avenue, North Beach) – 5 p.m. The Chesapeake Community Chorus nity? The League of Women Voters of Calpresents a concert “Music for the Spring.” vert and St. Mary’s Counties will present a The concert will feature contemporary, gos- community information forum. Co-sponsors pel, classical Christian and secular music by for the event are St. Mary’s College of MaryJohn Rutter, Mary McDonald, Samuel Ward, land’s Center for the Study of Democracy, Phillip Bliss, Peter Choplin, and others. The Concerned Black Women of Calvert County concert will include for the young in heart, and the American Association of Univerfive nursery rhymes as well as the famous sity Women, Patuxent River Branch. Planstory of ‘The Tortoise and the Hare’. Other Maryland evolved from a requirement from songs will include: ‘America the Beautiful, the Maryland General Assembly that a state and ‘Down to the River to Pray’. A free-will development plan should be prepared by the offering will be taken to support the Calvert newly created Department of Planning. The Hospice House. The Chorus is a volunteer plan is about achieving the best practices in group of thirty singers in its 9th season giving smart growth, protecting our environment, concerts for the benefit of charities in Calvert enhancing our communities and achieving County. The chorus has raised over $51,000 the vision set forth by the legislature. Planfor these charities. For more information, Maryland wants to promote growth in citcontact Director Larry Brown at 301-855- ies and towns where people can live, work, 7477 or lbrown9601@verizon.net. shop and play and be less car-dependent to do things. Addressing the issues surround• Polish Peasant Style Dinner ing PlanMaryland are Rich Josephson, DiSt. Francis Patrick Xavier Church Hall rector of Planning Services, MD Depart(Route 243, Compton) – 4:30 p.m. ment of Planning, Charles Johnston, DirecThe Knights of Columbus St. Francis tor of Planning and Zoning, Calvert County Xavier Council 10957 will be hosting a Pol- and Phillip Shire, Director of Land Use & ish peasant style dinner. General admission Growth Management, St. Mary’s County. will be $12, seniors over the age of 65 will be These experts will provide information and $10 and children between the ages of 4 and answer questions from those in attendance. 12 will be $5. There will be Polish music and Asbury~Solomons Island is just north of the dancing. The menu will include Polish sau- Thomas Johnson Bridge on Rt. 2 & 4. Turn sage (keilbasa), sautéed cabbage, onion and at the light on to Patuxent Point Parkway and buttered noodles (halushki), potatoes and park in the EVENTS parking lot on the left cheese turnovers sautéed in butter and onions where a shuttle will be available to the site. (pieorgi), beets and slices and seasoned ap- For more information about the League of ples (yuptka). For more information, call Tom Women Voters go to www.lwvmd.org/. Koviak at 301-997-0089 or 24-434-1464 or John Polko at 301-475-9119 or 410-212-8592.

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Monday, April 23 • Basic Sign Language Instruction Board of Education Meeting Room (23160 Moakley Street, Leonardtown) – 6:30 p.m. The Partners for Success Resource Center for Families and Schools will be offering a workshop entitled Basic Sign Language for Parents and Caregivers. Laurie Stiles, a sign language interpreter, will be presenting the workshop. Stiles will be teaching basic signs as well as the alphabet. These signs may be used with individuals who are deaf as well as with individuals who are experiencing speech and language delays and are learning to communicate with sign language. This workshop is free, but registration is required. To register, contact Susan Shannon at 301-863-4069 or e-mail partnersforsuccess@smcps.org.

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• R&B Line Dance Workshop House of Dance (24620 Three Notch Road, Hollywood) – 6 p.m. Have you always wished that you were one of the party guests up on the dance floor when the DJ starts playing The Electric Slide, but stayed in your chair because you didn’t know the moves? Well - here’s your chance to get down, get funky and have a blast at the next party or wedding you attend. Learn the old “standby” line dances that are currently out as well as some new and exciting ones such as “The Wobble”, “The Baltimore”, “Mississippi Slide” and much more which will have you dancing, feeling fit and ready to party the night away! Complimentary 30-minute practice session and review of the line dances we learned that night. The cost is $15 for one workshop.


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Wanderings of an

A Journey Through Time

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time. I could really write the book on one-day trip adventures. I think with my Father being sick for seven years and losing him when I was 18 made me appreciate the moment. He was the first to encourage me to just go and do, which, in turn does not make you the best planner in the world. You tend to live by spontaneity, or as one close friend has always told me, “You seem to float through life and usually come out alright.” She has always been a planner, and I was always trying to get her to loosen up and just live. Needless to say, Friends’ mothers were not always thrilled with me either. We all survived. And I am still thinking how I can convince my husband to make a Williamsburg trip when I know he doesn’t care for peanut soup, and probably wouldn’t be too interested in colonial history. The reaction I got to being so excited about all the Civil War historical events occurring now and in the next three years being a good indication of his feelings on the matter. I’ve got it! I know what would be a great compromise; a quick stop at the King’s Arms to pick up the soup, and then onto Virginia Beach for a sunset picnic on the sand with peanut soup for me and a cold cut sub for him. We could eat and still be back home by Midnight.

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By Linda Reno Contributing Writer In July 1814 William Kilgour, Jr. and his brother John Kilgour (sons of William Kilgour, a native of Scotland who came to St. Mary’s County about 1740) each received unwelcome visits from the British as they freely marauded about our waterways. “On Saturday Admiral Cockburn, with 1,200 marines, and about 400 sailors landed on the farm of John Kilgour, Esq. at the mouth of St. Clement’s Bay. Mr. Kilgour had repaired to camp, leaving a young infant with his sisters, (Mrs. Kilgour is lately dead).* Anxious about the fate of his sisters and children, he obtained a furlough and hurried home—In a few minutes after his arrival, the enemy debarked at his landing, treated him with respect, declaring they must have stock. They took from him twenty head of cattle, twenty-one sheep, much poultry, and some vegetables…” Had Admiral Cockburn been aware that John Kilgour was a member of the militia, things would have been much worse. The following week the British were on the Patuxent River and this time they hit the farm of William Kilgour, Jr. “On Thursday a detachment of about 500, inclusive of sailors, landed from the Patuxent shipping near Trent Hall. The sailors were armed with boarding pakes and cutlasses... They ascended into the country in quest of a quantity of tobacco and other property belonging to Mr. Wil-

liam Kilgour, which he had removed about three miles to a Mr. Alvey’s**, as a place of safety. The property was in a barn and covered with Alvey’s wheat, this they deliberately removed… and rolled out four hogsheads of tobacco, which they gave Alvey as an equivalent for the remaining wheat and a saddle they took from him— the barn was then burnt with all of the tobacco. They then, under the direction of a negro of Mr. Kilgour’s, who had gone to them, patiently selected the bacon and other things belonging to him, and denied to Mrs. Kilgour, who was there, even a small portion of necessities for her immediate use saying that they had determined to destroy everything they should find which had been removed by the proprietors; that they would act otherwise where they remained at home. Mr. Kilgour’s loss is ruinous. He has a large family of young children, and with that humanity, for which he has always been distinguished, he has taken into his family the children of the late Rev. Mr. Smoot.”*** *In 1811 John Kilgour married Margaret Goldie, daughter of Rev. George Goldie (also a native of Scotland) and widow of George Reeder. Margaret died June 24, 1814 less than a month before the raid. The infant was Jane Hague Goldie Kilgour then just two years old. **Probably James Alvey (1756-1817). ***William Kilgour, Jr. married Sarah Egerton in 1798 and at this time they had at least four young children; another baby was born in 1815. The orphans were the 8 young children of Rev. Charles C. Smoot and his wife, Ann Egerton (sister of Sarah).

***Has anyone noticed that it sounds like a constant gentle rain in their woods? Any place under trees in our yard sounds this way. My husband and I thought that we were sitting through drizzle on several fire pit nights, until we solved the mystery one morning. The soft rain is actually thousands and thousands of tiny black seeds. I’ve tried looking this up on line, but haven’t found a good answer yet. The seeds seem to come from the Oak trees, and the closest answer I have found is of Jumping Galls in California. The seeds in this case are not really seeds but contain wasp larvae that imbed in tree flesh. Yuck. At first glance the nearly microscopic black specks look like tiny black ticks – a bad word in our house after last year’s tick borne illness bout. I think I might call our local agricultural extension office to see if they know what these are. I don’t remember seeing them before. But with summer coming two months early who knows what is happening to our plants and trees. The outdoor tables and benches are covered. I suppose I will keep hosing them off every day or so. I will look through the tree books that my friends Dave and Toni, have kindly let me borrow. I am on a mission again.*** It reached almost 90 degrees ear- To each new day’s adventure, lier this week, and what am I thinking Shelby about? Peanut soup, or more precisely Williamsburg, Virginia Cream of Pea- Please send your comments or ideas to: nut Soup. It is one of the most comfort- shelbys.wanderings@yahoo.com ing foods I know of, and I really want to go and get some at The King’s Arms Tavern in Colonial Williamsburg. It would be nice to visit Williamsburg again too I must admit. I have such wonderful memories from there. I can make my own peanut soup of course and have many times, with rich chicken stock, To Advertise in the Church Services Directory, Call The County Times at 301-373-4125 peanut butter, half and half, celery, onions, flour, and butter. But the ambiance and history of Williamsburg is not to be matched. In my earlier HUGHESVILLE BAPTIST CHURCH days, I would convince friends THE ANGLICAN MISSION A member of the Southern Baptist Convention that we needed to drive to WilOF SOUTHERN MARYLAND 8505 Leonardtown Road, Hughesville, MD 20637 liamsburg to get the soup. We 301-884-8645 or 301-274-3627 would drive to Williamsburg Pastor Keith Corrick Sundays 9:30 AM and back in a day in my big old Associate Pastor Kevin Cullins 41695 Fenwick Street Unit 3 Offering worship and serving opportunities at… burgundy and cream Delta 88. • Sunday Morning Worship 10:30am Leonardtown, MD 20650 What a great old boat, at least • Sunday School (all ages) 9:15 am First Friendship campus – Ridge Traditional worship until I blew the engine. • Sunday Evening Worship & Bible Study 6:00 pm 9:00 am 301/475-9337 • Wednesday Discipleship Classes 7:00 pm There were times when www.amosm.net St George Island campus – Piney Point (Adults, youth & Children) my friends and I would drive 9:45 am Children and Adult Sunday School 11:00 am Traditional worship to Ocean City for a day, so I could get strawberry and St. Paul’s campus – Leonardtown cream cheese crepes at The 8:05 am Traditional worship 9:15 am Contemporary worship Bayside Skillet. One time we 10:45 am Contemporary worship St. Cecelia Church BAHA’I FAITH left from Clinton in the after6:00 pm The Refinery (interactive worship) 47950 Mattapany Rd, PO Box 429 God is One, Man is One, noon to walk on the cool sand St. Mary’s City, MD 20686 301-862-4600 and All Religions are One of Ocean City’s beach that Virgil Mass: 4:30 pm Saturday Discussions 3rd Wed. 7-8 night. We kept some sand in a Sunday: 8:00 am Lex Pk Library, Longfellow Rm bottle and drove on back home. Weekday (M-F): 7:30 am www.firstsaints.org 301-884-8764 or www.bahai.org It’s amazing anyone still talks 301.475.7200 Confessions: 3-4 pm Saturday to me, but we sure had a good

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Destination: Dennis Point

Family-Owned, Family-Oriented Hot Spot Offers Something for Everyone By Carrie Munn Staff Writer Down in Drayden, sits 50 acres of serenity. Three local families took over as new owners of the facility in February and

are working to enhance and expand the marina and campground to make it a true Southern Maryland destination. Adam and Jenn Houck, Melissa Seigman and Mark Rabush and the Godey family took ownership of Dennis Point Marina and Campgrounds, deciding to return the original name given by the Gardiner family who first carved it out of the corn fields and pastures of the Cartagena Farm in 1966. Generations of the Gardiners ran the marina, gradually expanding the amenities and garnering a solid reputation for their boating knowledge and service. In 2006, it was purchased by Underhill Properties and renamed St. Mary’s Yachting Center.

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THE COMEDY DEPARTMENT At The Leonardtown Firehouse Is Having A Comedy Night On

Saturday April 21, 2012

Featuring, Directly From Las Vegas

SYD DAVIS

Syd has appeared in the MGM Grand in Las Vegas as well as The Tropicana. He just finished his first TV special “Who’s Laughing Now” .

And Back By Popular Demand, Our Headliner:

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Kier appeared at the first comedy night in Leonardtown two years ago to a sold out crowd. Kier, a comedian, singer and songwriter, has appeared on numerous television programs including TNN and shared the stage with such greats as Kenny Rogers, Reba Mcintire, Sara Evans, Sinbad and the late Roy Orbinson.

Real Talent, Real Comedy and Real Fun!

The Houck, Seigman-Rabush and Godey families’ goal was to restore the family-owned and operated model and give the treasure, slightly off the beaten path, a major facelift. Rabush explained that as owners of Colton’s Point Marina, located at St. Clement’s Island, they were looking for an investment opportunity and thought they could really turn this one around. “We’re really hands on,” Rabush said, explaining that Adam runs the operations at Colton’s Point, his wife Jenn the newly renovated Waterman’s Creekside Restaurant, his own wife bounces between the two, and handling accounting. Jokingly he added, “The kids are responsible for the playgrounds and the dog downstairs is our complaint department.” Essentially, it’s an all-hands on deck work ethic and in the 10 weeks that they’ve owned it, the families have added multiple playgrounds and recreation areas as well as a community garden. The owners are working feverishly to complete multiple projects for the busy season of summer and Rabush said they are “aiming to turn this place around” and “make it a place people can truly get away.” Some things at Dennis Point remain familiar, he said, like “fixture” and seasoned marine tech Fuzzy Norris, who has worked there for 35 years and knows nearly everything about the property. The spot offers a wealth of amenities for the boating and camping communities, with a marina offering 80 deep water slips for boats up to 100 feet and a campground with 105 waterview sites, most with water, electric and onsite septic connections. There are also rental cabins and valet camping, kayak rentals and a nature trail, plus a swimming pool with a pristine view of the water. Waterman’s Creekside Restaurant and open air bar offers a reasonably priced menu with great variety, emphasizing local produce and seafood. In the three weeks since it opened, Rabush said, wordof-mouth has helped pack the house on

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weekends. He explained they hope to add a hyper-local element with the art on the restaurant’s walls, featuring photographs and stories of the “generations of watermen that have made St. Mary’s County.” Another addition to the business, and a “no-brainer” way for folks to get into the boating community that enjoys the county’s enormous amount of shoreline, is the Southern Maryland Boat Club. Rabush explained, “It’s essentially boating without owning … members can get all the enjoyment of boating without any of the headaches.” He said for less than the cost of insurance and a slip fee, members can pay monthly for access to five pleasure and fishing boats. A web-based reservation system adds convenience and Dennis Point takes care of all the maintenance. The concept exists around the country and has grown in popularity, but until now, he said, the closest one was in Annapolis. The options for an outing are numerous at Dennis Point Marina and Campgrounds and the new family owner operators hope they’ll draw locals and tourists to the all-inclusive, family-friendly destination. “If you want to get away for the weekend, we offer that place to really get away,” Rabush said. He said the cell service isn’t great and in the very rural spot, you can easily see stars. “To me, it’s sort of the best of both worlds. You feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere, but it’s not a far drive to get into town.” “We want [people] to come see the place and use it,” Rabush stated. The owners say their office door is always open and they welcome any visitors. For more details on all that Dennis Point Marina and Campgrounds has to offer or to find out more about the brand-new Southern Maryland Boat Club (the first 10 members get the first month free), call 301994-2288 or visit www.DennisPointMarina.net.


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Karaoke w/ DJ Dusty Sea Breeze Restaurant & Crab House (27130 S. Sandgates Rd., Mechanicsville) – 8:30 p.m. Free Comedy Night feat. David Wingfield and Jesse Thomas DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 8:30 p.m. Live Music: “Mike Mead” Vera’s White Sands Beach Club (1200 White Sands Drive, Lusby) – 7 p.m. Live Music: “No Green JellyBeanz” Olde Town Pub (22785 Washington Street, Leonardtown) – 7 p.m.

Friday, April 20 Live Music: “Renegade” Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood) – 8 p.m. Live Music: “Under the Covers” Vera’s White Sands Beach Club (1200 White Sands Drive, Lusby) – 8:30 p.m. Live Music: “No Green JellyBeanz” Dew Drop Inn (23966 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood) – 9:30 p.m. Dinner Theater: “On Golden Pond” Adam’s Ribs (2200 Solomon’s Island Road, Prince Frederick) – 6 p.m. Live Music: “Smoke Creek Rounders” Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 8 p.m. Live Music: “Pet the Monster w/ The Black Dahlia” Memories Nightclub and Bar (2360 Old Washington Road, Waldorf) – 9:30 p.m. Live Music: “Justin Crenshaw Band” The Blue Dog Saloon (7940

Port Tobacco Road, Port Tobacco) – 9 p.m.

Poetry Night Sixty-Six Beans (29948 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall) – 7 p.m. Live Music: “Firm Roots” The Westlawn Inn (9200 Chesapeake Avenue, North Beach) – 7:30 p.m. Live Music: “One Louder” Calypso Bay Crab House (120 Charles Street, Solomons) – 6 p.m.

Saturday, April 21 Live Music: “Hydra FX” Rustic River Bar and Grill (40874 Merchants Lane, Leonardtown) – 8 p.m. Live Music: “The Piranhas” Cryer’s Back Road Inn (22094 Newtowne Neck Road, Leonardtown) – 9 p.m. Live Music: “R & R Train” Hole In the Wall Tavern (24702 Sotterley Road, Hollywood) – 9 p.m. Live Music: “Carol O’Neill, David Norris and Charely Bass Trio” Tall Timbers Marina (18521 Herring Creek Road, Tall Timbers) – 6:30 p.m. Live Music: “No Luck for Landes” Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 8 p.m. Live Music: “Virgil Cain” The Blue Dog Saloon (7940 Port Tobacco Road, Port Tobacco) – 8:30 p.m. Live Music: “The Sam Grow Band” Vera’s White Sands Beach Club (1200 White Sands Drive, Lusby) – 9:30 p.m. Live Music: “Pounding Sand” Cookie’s Hometown Sports Bar & Grill (41566 Medleys Neck Rd., Leonardtown) – 8 p.m.

Comedy Night feat Mike Diesel and Dionne Alexander The Lexington Restaurant and Lounge (21736 Great Mills Road, Lexington Park) – 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 22 Family Fun Day feat. “The Sam Grow Band, Three Day Ride and No Green JellyBeanz” Mechanicsville Moose Lodge (27636 Mechanicsville Road, Mechanicsville) – 11 a.m. Free Concert feat. The St. Mary’s College of Maryland Choir, Chamber Singers & Orchestra Immaculate Heart of Mary Church (22375 Three Notch Road, Lexington Park)- 4 p.m. 19th Annual Blessing of the Bikes, Southern Maryland feat. “Snakebite” St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds (42455 Fairgrounds Road, Leonardtown) – 10 a.m.

Monday, April 23 Open Mic Night Rustic River Bar and Grill (40874 Merchants Lane, Leonardtown) – 5 p.m. Team Trivia Night DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 24 Live Music: “Fair Warning” DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 5 p.m. Open Mic Night Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 25 Free Screening: Tom Shadyac’s “I Am” Historic St. Mary’s City Visitor’s Center Auditorium (18751 Hogaboom Lane, St. Mary’s City) – 6 p.m.

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Used Book Sale The Garvey Senior Activity Center will host a used book sale fundraiser on Monday, April 23 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. All funds raised will go toward special events and entertainment at center. For more information, call 301.475.4200, ext. 1050. High Society Hats on Derby Day You are invited to the pre-party for the 138th Kentucky Derby on Friday, May 4 at the Northern Senior Activity Center. We’ll be enjoying traditional Derby Day festivities between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. with an brunch including mock mint-juleps, the pageantry of the Spring Hat parade, Derby song favorites and race videos. You won’t want to miss this elegant day that will make you feel like you are a stylish spectator at one of the most famous horse racing events. Ladies are to wear fabulous hats with their spring fashions and men their most cheerful suits. There will be prizes for best dressed and special take-home mementoes. Be looking for the special invitation-style flier for more details. Tickets will be $6 to reserve your seat. Mother’s Day Tea Mother’s Day is May 13, and we’re inviting all mothers to this popular event as we honor you, the heart of the family! Reservations are required for our Mother’s Day Tea which will be held on Friday, May 11 at 10 a.m. You’ll be served an assortment of teas and tasty treats while enjoying gentle entertainment. Reservations are a must, due by Monday, May 7. Call 301.737.5670, ext. 1658 or stop by the reception desk to sign up.

Great Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt Feed your brain! By the end of this course, you should have a feeling that you personally know the men and women who made Egypt the greatest nation of the ancient world. The format for each session is a half-hour lecture followed by a half hour discussion led by Marston Husmann (Mark). Pre-registration is required by May 7, 2012. Classes begin on May 9 from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m., 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month. Please call 301.737.5670, ext. 1658 to register or for more information. Line Dancing at Loffler Senior Activity Center Learn the latest in line dancing on Fridays at 11 a.m. The instructor has been teaching line dance for several years and will be offering this class at no charge. You do not need to sign up. For more information call 301.737.5670 ext. 1658. Tai Chi for Arthritis begins at Loffler Senior Activity Center Tai Chi for Arthritis, a program developed by Dr. Paul Lam for the Arthritis Foundation will be taught at Loffler Senior Activity Center for eight consecutive Tuesdays from 9 -10 a.m. beginning May 9. This form of exercise uses gentle, Sun style Tai Chi routines that are safe, easy to learn and suitable for every fitness level. This class is being offered for FREE but pre-registration is required. Participants are asked to attend all 8 classes if they sign up. Only 20 students will be able to register and priority will be given to those who have not yet taken the Tai Chi for Arthritis class at Garvey. If you would like to commit to the eight sessions, you can sign up by calling 301.737.5670 ext. 1658 or by stopping in at the reception desk at Loffler.

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

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

Memphis at the Kennedy Center Join us for an excursion to the Kennedy Center to see the hit play, Memphis, on Saturday, June 16, 2012. Set in the turbulent south in the 1950s, Memphis is the story of Huey Calhoun, a white radio DJ whose love of good music transcends race lines and airwaves. Thanks in part to his passionate persistence, "race" music reaches the center of the radio dial, quickly exploding throughout mainstream America. But when Huey falls for a beautiful black singer he has set on the path to stardom, whether the world is really ready for this music, their love is put to the test. Cost is $120.00 per person and includes balcony 1st tier seating, coach bus transportation, pre-performance tour of the Kennedy Center, lunch on your own, and gratuities. Call 301.475.4200, ext. 1072 to reserve your spot.

Spring Bazaar The Northern Senior Activity Center Council & the Department of Aging & Human Services are sponsoring a Spring Bazaar which is open to the public. The event will be held at center in Charlotte Hall, Maryland, on Friday, April 27, from 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. and on Saturday, April 28, from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Vendors participating include, but are not limited to, Avon®, books, Celebrating Home®, ceramics, Norman Rockwell plates, jewelry, knives, Mary Kay®, MICHE® bags, Pampered Chef®, pictures, flower arrangements, plants, Rozies Cozies, scarves, Scentsy®, Tastefully Simple®, Tomboy Tools®, embroidery/monogrammed items and fabric-backed glass plates. If you have any questions about the Spring Bazaar, contact Council President Pat Myers 301-884-8714


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It’s been a shameful few weeks, sports fans. Instead of behaving like role models, our heroes have resembled boorish frat boys with an intelligence-sapping beer buzz and a thirst for mischief. The figurative police blotter reads something like this… The New Orleans “Saints”…how oxymoronic… are mired in the smelly wake of former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams’ tenure. Williams’ bounty system – a disturbing pay-for-injury program – scored him an indefinite suspension from the NFL and has left the Saints without their head coach for the season (Sean Payton was suspended for the upcoming season). Ozzie Guillen, the habitually pottymouthed manager of the Miami Marlins, spewed ignorance and cultural insensitivity when he inexplicably praised Fidel Castro’s ability to survive 60 years of opposition. For his “enlightened” rhetoric, Guillen was suspended for 5 games and will be left with the massive chore of healing his relationship with the Latin community. Arkansas head football coach Bobby Petrino, a 51-year-old married father of four, wrecked his motorcycle and initially neglected to mention that his 25-year-old mistress was aboard. When faced with the release of the police report, Petrino finally came clean. Classy. His introduction now goes something like this: “Hi, I’m Bobby Petrino…I’m a liar, a cheating husband…and a recently unemployed football coach.” And then there’s the cherry on the top of the sports world’s boob sundae: Tiger Woods. Once upon a time Woods’ performances at The Master’s were synonymous with record-setting performances, fist pumps and slipping on green jackets. This year, in the midst of an oncourse meltdown, Woods paid homage to his inner “terrible two” and dropped kicked his club after an errant shot. Ahhh yes…Tiger Woods…the ultimate gentlemen for a gentlemen’s sport. Interesting then that the mature counterbalance to this collection of pompous gray-bearded scoundrels that ought to know better is two youngsters not quite at the dawn of their professional careers. That dawn will arrive with the first two picks in the upcoming NFL Draft when Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III (RGIII) are selected - likely in

that order. It seems the Colts and ‘Skins, holders of the first two picks, will acquire the rarest of NFL assets: an ultratalented young quarterback without a blemish on his character resume. In the intense spotlight of today’s sports coverage (one I’m glad won’t illuminate my past), both young men consistently say and do the right things and, given the absence of dirt on either one, apparently have always done so. They are remarkable and refreshing young lads, particularly considering the behavior of the aforementioned stooges (all apologies to Larry, Curly and Moe). After two miserable decades of very sporadic success and bad quarterback play, RGIII’s likely arrival in D.C. has ‘Skins fans in a full lather. Anticipating his diverse skill-set in burgundy and gold has inflated the hope-meter to levels not seen since Joe Gibbs returned – and rightfully so. RGIII behind center, in this quarterback-dominated era, raises the possibility that the ‘Skins will become something they haven’t been since Gibbs’ first tenure: perennial contenders. Gasp! I know, right? Crazy talk. The ‘Skins have had good quarterbacks…long, long ago…but never anyone with the skills of this guy. RGIII is more mobile than Joe Theismann, has a deep ball as sweet as Mark Rypien’s, appears to have Sonny Jurgensen’s bravado and is as unflappable in the moment as Doug Williams (I’ll withhold any comparison to Sammy Baugh until I see him punt and play cornerback). With that said, I’ll offer this plea: pump the brakes on the expectations sled. The hysteria makes it easy to forget RGIII will arrive as a 22-year-old rookie with a lot to learn and, despite his poise, no comprehension of ‘Skins nation’s justifiable desperation for a franchise savior. The adjustment will take him, like any new arrival to a team or organization, time. Permit him this. Be patient. Create an environment that promotes his comfort and growth. Ignore the radio and print sharks that will inevitably pick him apart like the great fish in Hemmingway’s Old Man and the Sea. RGIII will succeed – his talent and intangibles are too great not to – as long as our expectations don’t overwhelm him. Send comments to rguyjoon@yahoo. com


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Trophy Season By Keith McGuire Contributing Writer It’s kind of pointless for me to discuss anything but stripers this week because Saturday, April 21st, marks the beginning of the Trophy Rockfish Season in Maryland portions of the Chesapeake Bay (minus the tributaries) from Brewerton Channel south to the Virginia state boundary. The Potomac River Trophy Season is also starting this weekend from the Harry W. Nice Bridge (U.S. Rte. 301) south to the mouth of the river at Point Lookout. I hope you’re ready! Reports are that there are plenty of fish out there to be caught. Those anglers who have participated in the catch and release season have hooked plenty of fish up to 46” long south to Point Lookout in the Bay and the Potomac River. Most of the pictures of spring stripers on Buzz’s Marina’s website (www. buzzsmarina.com) appear to be post-spawn beauties, which is a good thing for the fish. There is some skepticism about whether the big fish will be here for long because of the early spring weather conditions. Other theories, based on a lack of sea lice on the fish and the mild winter that we’ve experienced, might indicate that the big girls have been here all winter and that they may move out in the first week or two of the trophy season. A few sage theorists have concluded that the big spawning migration hasn’t happened yet, which could mean a longer than normal season. We get the same prognostications every year as the fever to fish builds to opening day. My theory – We’ll know when we know! I don’t have a good photo to include with the article this week. Many of you will, no doubt, have stories next week of a great fishing trip during the Trophy Season. Remember, a story without pictures is, well, just a story! If you catch a nice trophy and want to send me a picture, I will do my best to print the best ones in a future article. Here are a few tips for quality photos:

- Hold the fish high across the angler’s chest (if that’s possible), and try to hold it at arm’s length (again, if possible). If the fish is held vertically, bring the head up high so that the whole fish is in the picture. - Make sure the angler can be seen. Try not to cut off the top of the angler’s head. - Make sure there are no obnoxious words or slogans on the angler’s hat or clothing. - If it is sunny, make sure the sun is behind the person taking the picture. If the angler’s face is darkened by shadow, have the angler remove his cap, or force the camera flash to work as the picture is taken. - Unlike most of my photos, ask the angler to remove his or her sunglasses. - Make sure the angler smiles like they’ve just won the lottery! A big smile highlights the accomplishment like nothing else can. - If you’ve got one of those cameras that includes a date stamp in the photo, please turn it off. Flounder season opened in Maryland last Saturday. I have no reports from our section of the Bay at this early point in time, but the coastal regions are red hot! Croakers continue to be caught by shore anglers off Point Lookout, and the commercial guys are rumored to be catching good numbers in their nets. Snakeheads are being caught all over the Charles and Prince George’s County sections of the Potomac. Remember to take a picture and send me your story at riverdancekeith@gmail.com. riverdancekeith@hotmail.com. 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.

East Coast Door Wars This Weekend On Friday, April 20, MIR will host a Test & Tune. This event is open to all Streetcars, racecars, street bikes, drag bikes, and junior dragsters. This will be a full night of time runs, grudge racing, and testing with no gambler eliminations. The test & tune will be from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Admission is just $10 to watch or $20 to race. On Saturday and Sunday, April 21-22, MIR will hold the 4th annual East Coast Door Warz, featuring Pro Mod, Outlaw 10.5, Outlaw Drag Radial, X275, Ultra Street, 422 Motorsports, and the Speed Unlimited ET series. This will be an action packed day of wheels up side by side racing with all of the

top Outlaw cars from across the country will be here! The internet has been buzzing about this event and world records will fall. See wheel standing radial tire cars, to the wild 6-second 230 mph Pro Mods. The gates will open at 9am each day. On Saturday Qualifying for the feature classes will be at 12noon, 4pm, and 6pm. On Sunday, eliminations will begin at 12noon for the feature classes. Don’t miss this unique event, Admission is just $20 per day or a 2-Day pass is $35. Children 6 to 11 are $5, and kids 5 & under are free. For more detailed information on these events call the 24-Hour Dragline Hotline at 301884-RACE or visit us at www.mirdrag.com.


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