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ews Special Session Will Revisit Tax Hikes, Pension Shift By Guy Leonard Staff Writer When the legislature left Annapolis without passing Gov. Martin O’Malley’s key tax increase provision, it meant $500 million in cuts to services like education and allocations to counties, but with the May 14 special session looming, lawmakers seem poised to increase taxes on those making more than $100,000 and begin making counties responsible for teacher retirement. Political observers on both sides of the aisle said the O’Malley administration likely has the votes to pass legislation that would bridge the gap left by the so-called “doomsday budget.” House Minority Leader Anthony O’Donnell (R-29C) slammed the special session as a detriment to prosperity in an already down economy because it would not only raise taxes on struggling families, but force counties to raise taxes again to pay for teacher pensions. He said that despite the $500 million in cuts, the budget still increased overall by $700 million. “They called it doomsday because two percent wasn’t enough,” O’Donnell said. “This is going to be a killer for families who are struggling to pay their bills and put food on their tables.”

Still, O’Donnell believes there were enough votes in the House of Delegates to pass the measure. It already has enough support in the Senate. “The Democrats will fall in line and say ‘Yes sir, yes sir three bags full,” O’Donnell said. Del. John Wood (D-29A) said he would not support the package as it was left at the end of the session unless there are changes to lessen the impact on taxes and teacher pension costs. “It’ll affect a lot of people,” Wood said. “I didn’t support it then and the chances are pretty likely I will not.” Sen. Roy Dyson said he would also oppose tax increases but believes O’Malley has worked to line up votes to ensure the package’s passage. To go into the special session without the votes lined up would be too big of a political risk for a governor who did not look good during the initial session. “This would be a political disaster [for O’Malley] if not,” Dyson said. Todd Eberly, political science professor at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, said O’Malley all but certainly has the votes to pass the tax increases and the pension shift. The key, he said, is to do the business in the three days allotted. Failing to pass the measure quickly would relive the embarrassment the legislature suffered the first time around, he


“There’s not much that anyone can do to slow it down,” Eberly said. “I don’t see anything stopping it.” Many of the high salary residents in Southern Maryland would be hit by the tax increases, he explained. “They’d rather take the heat for tax increases than for cutting services,” Eberly said. Still the actual cuts to services were not really as severe as initially billed. “The cuts weren’t that bad,” Eberly said. “They weren’t a doomsday.” Del. John Bohanan (D-29B), the chair of the House Spending Affordability Committee, said the tax increases are necessary if cuts to education are to be avoided. The state already cut a great deal to employment at state agencies, he said, by 5,500 employees over the past several years. “State agencies are pretty well skinnied up,” Bohanan said. “Pretty much we have volunteers running our state parks. “I hate tax increases as much as anybody. We’ve got a choice, either cut education or raise taxes on 10 percent of the state.”

Officials Daunted by Sewer Upgrade Costs By Guy Leonard Staff Writer County and Metropolitan Commission officials came to the Board of County Commissioners Tuesday for guidance on how to proceed with expanding the county’s main wastewater treatment plant, but elected leaders would not commit to a course of action due to the uncertainty of costs. Upgrades to the Marlay Taylor treatment plant for the Lexington Park area to remove even more nitrogen and phosphorus from water will cost about $34 million, according to MetCom Executive Director Jaquelyn Meiser, but actually expanding the plant’s capacity to make way for development could be much more, county officials say. The enhanced nutrient removal (ENR) upgrades will provide no additional capacity to the current limit of 6 million gallons per day, county documents show. The plant is also over-allocated, accord-

ing to county information, because the total equivalent dwelling unit capacity of the plant is 24,000, but currently over 25,000 have been allocated. Phil Shire, Department of Land Use and Growth Management director, said much of that has not been hooked into a development yet and with growth much slower in a down economy, it doesn’t pose an immediate problem. Officials said expanding the plant could cost millions of dollars, which commissioners said was a daunting expense. The associated increase would nearly double the plant’s capacity, but dealing with the state and federally mandated Watershed Implementation Plan, would require another 1.8 million gallons of capacity above that scheduled to be completed by 2019 in order to to handle the state’s plan of hooking up about 6,500 septic systems into the treatment plant to reduce pollution into the watershed. Hooking up those systems, while meet-

ing the stringent state and federal goals for pollution reduction, could cost up to another $250 million, commissioners learned Tuesday. “It’s a huge capital expense,” said Commissioner Todd Morgan (R-Great Mills). In a later interview Commissioner Larry Jarboe (R-Golden Beach) said with facing such costs, the county should consider upgrading the homes already here rather than building new roads like FDR Boulevard, which could encourage new homes being built in the development district. Those new homes could see their onetime new customer connection charges increase from $1,744.78 to $3,712.81 if MetCom’s proposed rate increases for residential sewage are implemented. Water service for the same new residences would go from a $1,329.49 fee to $2,459.33, under the same proposal. “It’s going way beyond what the taxpayers can afford,” Jarboe said. “At a certain

point, do you just step back and just make due with what you have?” Commissioner President Francis Jack Russell (D-St. George Island) also balked at some of the steep increases proposed, calling them “rather dramatic.” Meiser said the proposed increases are simply a function of the need to pay for the increased costs of expanding the system and to make way for expected growth. “We need to have some real decisions made on this,” Meiser said. Russell responded by saying that it is impossible to do so, because “there are too many balls in the air,” specifically, he suggested, the costs associated with Plan Maryland as well as the federally-mandated Watershed Implementation Plant which calls for drastic reductions in pollutants into the Chesapeake Bay by 2025.

‘River Affair’ to Toast Bernie Fowler By Carrie Munn Staff Writer A River Affair, an annual fundraiser for the St. Mary’s River Watershed Association (SMRWA), will be anchored by the toasting of long-time river advocate and former Senator Bernie Fowler this year. The group will spotlight Fowler’s work, his numerous awards for helping the passage of pro-environmental legislation and his heightening awareness about the poor health of Maryland’s rivers through an annual wade-in at Broome’s Island and others, donning his iconic overalls and straw hat. “Senator Fowler is relentless. He is driven by his desire to again witness clean, healthy waters and thriving fishing communities. His legacy will be a healthy

Chesapeake Bay for our future generations,” said Joe Anderson, president of SMRWA. A River Affair will be held Sunday, May 20 at Woodlawn Farm, overlooking Calvert Creek in Ridge, from 1 to 4 p.m. Festivities will include brunch prepared by Michael and Lisa Kelley, Gretchen Richie’s Jazz Cabaret, a silent auction, art and Slack Wines’ award-winning 2009 Petit Manseng under the signature label “A River Affair”. Tickets are $60 and can be purchased online at www.SMRWA. org. All proceeds from this fund raising event will support the restoration and preservation of the St. Mary's River and the communities that live within its drainage area.

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County Begins Redistricting in 2013

A bill passed by legislature this year revises an old county law on redistricting of county commissioner districts and sets the time for the process to begin sometime in the first quarter of 2013. County Attorney George Sparling said the new law allows the redistricting process to move along faster, whereas under the older law, the districts might not be settled until after the 2014 commissioner election. Under the revision, the new district lines will be drawn by Dec. 31 of 2013, giving prospective candidates six months before the filing deadline for the 2014 gubernatorial elections as well as ample knowledge of which districts they will actually be running in. “We’re going to be a little short on time, but we’ll be in time for the filing deadline,” Sparling told The County Times on Wednesday. “It corrects the problem as best as it can be corrected.” The redistricting law requires that a committee meet to investigate the commissioner boundaries after publication of national census data. The county is already starting two years behind on the process, Sparling said. The last time records show the county engaged in a redistricting process, Sparling said, was 1990, but no records showing such a

process could be found for 1980 or 2000. The redistricting statute had not been amended since 1974, Sparling said, when the commissioners went from three seats to five. The process is important, especially now, Sparling said, because of the intense population growth St. Mary’s County has experienced in the past 10 years, sending the county’s numbers over 100,000. “With the increase in population and how it’s proportioned, the more significant redistricting becomes,” Sparling said. Districts must be compact and contiguous according to state law, with roughly the same number of voters in each, which means that districts that have seen large increases in population could see their actual political boundaries shrink in favor of another less densely populated area. After the redistricting board has been appointed by commissioners and has finished redrawing boundaries, they are required to hold at least one public hearing on the plan in each of the four commissioner districts, according to the revised law. The final plan will then be submitted to the commissioners; 60 days after their submittal, the plan becomes law.

Newtown Neck Remains Closed By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

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ews Residents Want Action on Speeders Commissioner Todd Morgan (R-Great Mills), who was not at the public Speeding along Wilforum at Evergreen Elemendewood Parkway and other tary School on Tuesday dangerous driving habits night, but is aware of the again brought Wildewood complaints, said that speed residents out to plead with humps on the parkway the Board of County Comare the answer and he will missioners for help. push for their installation Complaints from the in upcoming commissioner ever-growing community meetings. about rampant speeding “It would force people - Commissioner Todd Morgan and illegal passing of school to slow down,” Morgan said, (R-Great Mills) buses, endangering chilnoting it could be a quick dren and adults as they walk fix. “I truly don’t think it’s along the community’s main that much money to have to thoroughfare, has increased in recent months and resi- go through the budget process again.” dents say it is because nothing ever really gets done to Morgan defended the efforts of the sheriff’s office solve the problem. in trying to curb speeding and dangerous driving in the Tracey Clinnine-Noel, who lives on Green Acre community, and chided residents who continue to drive Lane, said she walks along the parkway with her in an unsafe manner. 8-month-old baby, where speeders often race up and Since Wildewood Parkway is a dead end, Morgan down the parkway. said, most of the people speeding along the road are “It’s incredibly dangerous when people speed probably residents putting their own neighbors at risk. past,” she said. “Cars have flown past when school bus“I’ve talked to [Sheriff Timothy Cameron] repeates have stopped.” edly about that,” Morgan said. “They [police] will get Eilenn Hislop, of St. Andrews Lane, complained a few people and it slows down for a week … Then the that despite numerous calls from citizens to stop the sheriff leaves and when the cat’s away, the mice will speeding in the California area, it continues virtually play.” unabated. Morgan said speeding residents need to take the “You’ll never see a police presence against speed- initiative and slow down. ers or illegal passing unless they’re coming to an ac“You can’t have a sheriff out there everyday,” Morcident or to lunch,” Hislop said. gan said. “The residents are complaining about other “I don’t know what we’re paying for,” said Ray St. residents, they have to take some responsibility.” Onge, who lives on Larkspur Street. “There’s no real sheriff’s presence out there.” By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

“They [police] will get a few people and it slows down for a week … Then the sheriff leaves and when the cat’s away, the mice will play.”

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By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Property owners close to the site where a Mechanicsville farmer plans to construct a meat processing facility have filed a lawsuit in Circuit Court aimed at stopping his efforts. The civil action was filed in mid-April and pits 14 property owners, some of whom hold outof-county and out-of-state addresses, against the county’s Zoning Board of Appeals, which earlier this year approved a special exception to allow the major agricultural facility to move ahead. Johnny Knott, the farmer who proposed the project to process beef at his Reeves Road property about three to four days out of the week, has characterized it as a small scale operation that could help revitalize the market for local meats to keep agriculture viable. Opponents have said it will take on the appearance of a mobile slaughter facility because of the offal, or waste product, associated with the project. However, county officials testified that animals would be dispatched at the individual farmer’s property before being trucked into Knott’s property for processing. All of the operations there would be overseen by U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors, county planning staff have testified. A mobile meat trailer, as well as two fixed trailers on the site, are designed to prevent the escape of odors, animal byproducts and gray water. A 2,000 gallon tank will be used as a container for all gray water coming off the site, county documents stated. Knott has proposed to operate four days a week, split between off-site and on-site work to initially process between three to four cattle a week, and the mobile meat truck will be the only one traveling to and from the site. The petitioners are “aggrieved parties” because their homes are in close proximity to Knott’s 30acre farm, the petition for judicial review states.


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Defense Experts Talk on Rapid Prototyping By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

tion and resources community,” he said. “This is going to be good for the war fighters in the near term,” Dee said. Earl Wyatt, deputy assistant secretary of defense for rapid fielding, said contractors need to focus on making the best products they can with short time frames and limited resources to meet urgent needs in the field. “It’s really about capability, it’s what I can get to operators in the field that they can use somewhat,” Wyatt said. “What’s good enough? You’ve got to find out what you can afford not to do.” Gary Kessler, executive director of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Di- Earl Wyatt vision, said rapid prototyping has becoming a specialty at Patuxent River NAS. “Rapid prototyping is becoming our core service here,” Kessler said, noting projects like the Fire Scout unmanned air vehicle began their service in quick prototypes.

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GNC Owner Aims to Get St. Mary’s Healthy By Carrie Munn Staff Writer “It’s all about helping people live their lives the best they can,” said owner of the GNC store in Wildewood Shopping Center Don Beals. Beals said he stands by the products he sells, knowing they’re of the purest quality and have passed GNC’s stringent scrutinization. Having worked for the 81-year-old company for about 15 years as a regional manager helping train new franchisees, Beals knows the company inside and out. In August of last year, he decided to buy the local store, knowing he had what it takes to run it right. He is friends with the company’s current vice president and said GNC is expanding globally as people become aware of the benefits of its high-quality products, opening 250 new stores each year. Beals is friendly and energetic, knowledgeable about all the products on the shelves of his store, as is his staff. “We’re big on customer service,” he said. “We have no magic wands, but do have tools to help people get healthy.” He said he often puts in 70 hours a week, adding, “I love being here, I love helping people.” Beals told The County Times the most satisfying part of the job is having customers come in with a thank you, sharing how

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his advice and GNC products helped them lower cholesterol, shed unwanted pounds or improve mobility. Beals said he never suggests customers stop taking prescription medications, but he encourages them to learn more about how supplements may help with many ailments, without the side effects of many drugs. He said popular television star Dr. Oz has done a lot to change people’s ways of thinking, encouraging the use of things like fish oil to fight inflammation, high cholesterol and even attention-deficit disorder. Beals said while fish oil pills are available at big box and drug stores, what GNC sells is 100 percent pure, containing no fillers, as are the rest of the products he sells. He said consumers should thoroughly educate themselves about anything they put in their bodies, adding that more patients and even doctors are discovering the benefits of natural supplements. Those with thyroid disorders find adding kelp to their daily diet helps regulate this hormone-producing gland and people suffering from gout find relief by using black cherry juice, he explained. Fat-burners and muscle-building products, as well as a bevy of multi-vitamins and detox treatments, are available at the store and Beals said he often offers samples so customers can taste and try out various things before making a purchase.

Originally from Warren, Penn., Beals said he grew up poor and he and his brother had to work hard to achieve their dreams. His brother, a military hero, now working for the CIA, supported Beals in his venture to own his own GNC store. Beals lived in Tampa for about 24 years prior to coming to St. Mary’s County and has ranked as high as second in the world in BMX racing. While he said he has given up the international-level competitions to focus more on his business, he continues to train and race as a GNC-sponsored athlete within the U.S. He recently taught a BMX clinic at Budd’s Creek, then donated the proceeds to the track for upgrades. He said he still loves to ride and, at age 47, attributes his good health and stamina to long-time use of vitamins and healthy living. Beals just purchased his second store in Summer’s Point, N.J. and plans to expand by purchasing more franchises in the future. While the new ventures will require him to travel, Beals said he will likely spend the majority of his time at this store, the only one in St. Mary’s County. “I like the area and I feel that my store is needed and wanted here,” Beals said. “Helping people get healthy is a good feeling and seeing their success makes it all worthwhile.”

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District Spotlights Support Staff Nominees for Educational Support Professional of the Year for 2012

Superintendent Michael Martirano and members of the Board of Education recognized the importance of educational support professionals and the contributions they make within the learning community of St. Mary’s County Public Schools at a ceremony April 30. From paraeducators to secretaries, parent liaisons and building service staff, these individuals help the schools run smoothly and their dedication often has a significant impact on the students and families, a school’s press release states. Richard L. Carroll, Sr., a bus driver trainer for SMCPS, was named as the Educational Support Person of the Year. Florence Cline Devine, Mary E. Holton and Brenda Raley received an Honorable Mention.

School officials call attention to the important work of support professionals during a ceremony April 30, where they also named Richard L. Carroll, Sr., center, 2012’s Educational Support Professional of the Year.

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Second-graders from Chesapeake Public Charter School take a closer look at aquatic insects pulled from streams in the St. Mary’s River Watershed, learning how the pollutionsensitive creatures can be indicators of the water’s health. They were among 37 students who participated in a day-long field trip at St. Mary’s River State Park last week, learning from students at the Dr. James A Forrest Career and Technology Center and members of the St. Mary’s River Watershed Association about the importance of a healthy watershed. Moving through several environmental education stations, the second-graders got to touch fish, frogs, snakes and bugs while learning about them and their habitats. “The field trip gives students the opportunity to experience nature first-hand and learn about the organisms that live in our streams and the surrounding watershed,” Lindsay Tempinson, St. Mary’s River Watershed Association member said in a press release. “It’s wonderful to see students teaching students and sharing their knowledge and excitement for the environment with the younger generation.”

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Not Much “Doom” in the Doomsday Budget By Marc Kilmer Maryland Public Policy Institute If you’re reading this, you are probably aware that the General Assembly is set to meet on May 14 and 15 for a special session to rework the socalled “doomsday budget.” This budget, which actually increases spending, will cut funding for certain key programs by small amounts. The hits that education and public safety will take from this budget are often in the news, but in reality the vast majority of savings will come from other programs that few would consider vital (take a look at the list on page 8 of this document - For instance, one of the “doomsday” cuts that will occur is the elimination of 500 state government positions. Some have claimed this means the state will fire 500 workers. That’s not necessarily true. The state has thousands of positions that are currently unfilled but which the budget funds. Eliminating these unfilled positions will meet that requirement of the “doomsday budget.” Another “doomsday” cut that will occur is ending the scholarships that delegates and senators hand out. To me this seems like a no-brainer. Why are legislators handing out scholarships in the first place? And, if they want to award them, why are they using our tax money to do so? These are simply a form of political patronage. They are a way for legislators to reward supporters and ensure that they have goodwill in their community. These scholarships are a highly inappropriate use of tax dollars and it should not have taken a “doomsday” budget for them to be eliminated. Yet another cut in the “doomsday” budget is the elimination of the biotechnology tax credit. This tax credit is simply a form of corporate welfare. It uses our tax dollars to reward a small handful of companies. What’s notable is that this (as well as the stem cell research fund that’s eliminated) is the only corporate welfare cuts in the “doomsday” budget. It certainly says something about our legislators’ priorities that they will trim education funding and eliminate local police grants but preserve welfare to film studios, horse racing, and other giveaways to for-profit corporations. I’ll be exploring other aspects of the “doomsday” budget for the next week, but this should give you a good idea that there is a lot more to the story than you’ll hear from legislators or the press. Many of the cuts in the “doomsday” budget are common sense budget savings. The governor called legislators back into session so they could raise taxes in order to restore funding for delegate scholarships, keep 500 empty positions in the state budget, and restore corporate welfare tax credits, among other things. Keep that in mind when you hear all the whining about the hardship the “doomsday” budget imposes on the state. Marc Kilmer is a Maryland Public Policy Institute senior fellow.

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Please Restore Funds Cut From Budget The following letter was sent to the St. Mary’s County Board of Commissioners. Dear County Commissioners: It is sometimes said that the measure of a community is how the least of its citizens are treated. We must consider how those who struggle the most are faring. There are always people in crisis who require help. The Justice and Advocacy Council of St. Mary’s County speaks for them. We thank you for your willingness to provide funding to those non-county agencies that provide services to those in need. However in the light of the continuing struggles of these same people we ask you to rethink the funding cuts that this proposed FY 13 budget imposes on groups like the Literacy Council, St. Mary’s Caring soup kitchen and the Southern Maryland Center for Family Advocacy. Some groups are staffed only by volunteers, and while most of them do fundraise, fundraising activity surely takes volunteers and resources away from ful-

filling their mission. Your budget message says, “It (the budget) must address the community needs and priorities”. We agree that public safety and education are priorities. The work done by non-county social agencies is a community need. The appropriation to these social service organizations is not about entitlement, but rather it is about providing an infrastructure that promotes and supports self-reliance, dignity and independence. This too must be a community priority. The total dollars requested by non-county agencies represents .75 percent of the 211 million dollar budget, less than one percent. The recommended budget appropriates .63 percent of the $211 million. We respectfully request that you restore funding to the level requested by those organizations serving our disadvantaged citizens. Barbara Thompson, Chairman Justice and Advocacy Council of St. Mary’s County Archdiocese of Washington

Volunteers Helped Dozens in Need All of us from Bay Community Support Services would like to give a big THANKS to all of the incredible Christmas in April Volunteers who did work on three of our group homes in Waldorf on Saturday, April 28. It was a truly amazing sight to behold. We had between 30 and 50 volunteers at each of the three group homes where people with disabilities live. They did maintenance and renovation work which included pruning trees, painting, mulching, replacing floors, power washing and the list goes on and on. Our homes were truly in need and their volunteer time made an enormous difference to the folks who live in the homes. It was an inspiration seeing so much work being done. Great people all thrilled to be helping out. Groups of volunteers came from all different walks of life to include Comcast, AKA sorority, Knights of Columbus, Old Line Bank and more. It’s an opportunity to see first-hand your fellow community members making a difference. It was truly a faith-renewing, feel-good day. And, the amount of planning and organization that goes into such an

enormous project is mind boggling. Many thanks to Sandy Branan from Christmas in April who has been preparing for this event for months. I’m just so pleased Bay Community Support Services was chosen to be part of this incredible endeavor. I’d also like to thank Congressman, Steny Hoyer for taking the time to come out and thank those great volunteers. It makes all the difference when our leaders take the time to thank people for being good neighbors and humanitarians. We were all thrilled to see him, shake his hand hear his words of appreciation. The residents of the Bay Community Support Services homes and their families and even their neighbors were thrilled to see the dramatic changes to the homes. Thank you to everyone for your great deeds, for giving of your time and for wanting to help your fellow man. You inspire us all by showing us the power of volunteerism and what can be accomplished when we care about our neighbors. Mitzi Bernard, Executive Director Bay Community Support Services

Slavery Should Not Be Glorified I wish to take issue against the contributing writer Linda Reno and her claim that the book by her friend Rob Long is of any merit for anyone to read. They are falsely claiming that those rebels from our own St Mary's County had some form of “valor” when they betrayed the USA and betrayed Maryland as they fought against and killed American soldiers and fought against the American flag Their betrayal was for the lowest and most beastly of purposes of preserving the African slavery in the USA, and yet to all of that Ms. Reno and Mr. Long call those traitors as acting with “valor” when it most certainly was not “valor” at all. Of course some people like to claim that the Civil War was a dispute about “States

Rights” but we can read the constitution of the Confederacy and in it the rebels were loosing many States' rights as they would also lose human rights and the Confederacy would even take away citizens' rights under their constitution, and in particular it ordered the entire “negro” race into slavery forever under the force of law, per Article 4 Section 3 line 3 of the Confederate Constitution. So the Civil War was fought over the issue of slavery even if some people demand that it was an issue of states rights concerning the slavery, but under any name their actions and their motivation were very far away from being included as any part of “valor” as was claimed. Ms. Reno and Mr. Long also claim that the St Mary's County residents “resented”

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having Union soldiers here as “occupiers,” and if that is correct then we still today have Union soldiers occupying here at the Pax River Naval Air Station and yet these are neither “resented” nor are they seen as “occupiers.” The claim to “valor” includes that those rebels and traitors were fighting against Abraham Lincoln who was rightly and lawfully elected as the President of the entire USA, and those traitors fought to breakup the USA into two separate countries with the southern side being a country of white supremacy having the black people being forever locked into slavery under the force of their rebel constitution. That reality is not an example nor a true claim of “valor” and it is despicable for those that try to present such dishonorable actions as if

they were. At that time if those people truly wanted to express courage and honor and valor then they needed to have stood by their country in its time of need, and they could have worked for the freedom of the slaves as did many other people, and to have valor then the persons must do right instead of doing so wrong. To read some far more accurate books to explain and expose the hard realities of those times then that can be found in the writings and books by Frederick Douglas who was an eyewitness and he was an escaped slave from our Maryland, and his books do not white wash our history. James P Cusick Hollywood, MD

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Rose Marie Badbinton, “Pinkey”, as she was affectionately known by her family and friends, departed this life on May 1, 2012 at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Maryland. For years she battled her sickness, but never once did she complain. We can truly say, “she was a fighter” and lived life to the fullest. “Pinkey” was born on March 30, 1951 to the late Joseph Butler and Alice Frances Kane Gough of Leonardtown, Maryland. She was the second of four children. In 1991, she was joined in holy matrimony to Isaac Badbinton who always called her “My Rosie”. “Pinkey” attended St. Mary’s County Public Schools and graduated from Chopticon High School. Upon her retirement (due to her illness), she was employed for 22 years with the Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service. She loved traveling with her grandchildren and golfing with her husband. “Pinkey” loved coming to St. Mary’s to play cards as well as going to the casinos. Her true joy was spending time with her family and talking on the phone to her daughter, Roshannda, who was truly the apple of her eye. At family gatherings, “Pinkey” was always the life of the party. She cherished spending time with her nieces, whom she gave nicknames, Karen (Panny), Ericka (Poochie), Priscilla (Gee-Gee), Paula (Lala), Tiffany (Timmie) and Connie (Connie-Boo). “Pinkey” leaves to cherish her precious memories, her husband, Isaac Badbinton; daughter, Roshannda Williams (Brian); four grandchildren, Kara, Toni, Amber and Keith; one brother, Thomas Gough (Ann); two sisters, Diane Wade (Frank) and Linda Stewart (George Stewart-deceased); two aunts, Mary Catherine Kane and Lucille Berry; four godchildren, Thomas (Tommy) Gough, Priscilla (Gee-Gee) Gough, Anthony Wade and Sonia (Lulu) Miles; and Nathaniel Parks, who was like a son to her, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. “Pinkey” will truly be missed by all who knew and loved her. Family and friends united on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 until time of Mass of Christian Burial at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 22375 Three Notch Road, Lexington Park, MD. Interment followed at Charles Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Arrangements by Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home, Waldorf, MD.

Frances Edna Braden, 65 of Lexington Park, MD died May 7, 2012 at her residence. Family will receive friends on Friday, May 11, 2012 from 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. A Memorial Service will be held at 6 p.m. A full obituary will appear at a later date.

Hezekiah Briscoe, 70 Hezekiah Anthony Briscoe, “Kiah”, as he was known to most, 70, of Hillcrest Heights, Maryland (formerly of Chaptico, MD), passed away on May 3, 2012. Kiah was the fifth child born on September 4, 1941 to the late John Frank Briscoe, Jr. and Mary Pauline Briscoe in Chaptico, Maryland. Kiah was raised in St. Mary’s County, MD and was educated in the St. Mary’s County Public Schools and graduated from Banneker High School. Upon graduation, he moved to Washington, D.C. where he began his work career. Kiah worked at Lyon and Conklin, Treasury Department, Morton’s Department Store, St. Elizabeth Hospital, National Capitol Housing and Metro (formerly called D.C. Transit). He worked for Metro for thirty-six years (he boasted that he only missed two days of work) from where he retired in 2002. In May 1961, Kiah escorted a beautiful, young lady by the name of Yvonne Hackett to her high school prom. He mesmerized her with his charm and they married on November 24, 1962. From this union, three children were born: Derick, Darrell and Sean Briscoe. In 1971, the family moved from Washington, D.C. to Hillcrest Heights, MD. where Kiah was still residing upon his death. He molded this house on St. Clair Drive to make it ‘Kiah’s Castle’ . His home was always spotless and the lawn meticulously manicured. Kiah’s lawn and garden were simply BEAUTIFUL! He spent so much time in his garden, was a resourceful handyman, and would work on his neighbors’ lawns as well. He kept the inside of his home just as spotless as his lawn was. He would always say “everything has a place; and everything in its place”. You were almost afraid to sit down in his house because it was always so neat. Kiah saw all the comings and goings in his neighborhood, thus earning the title “The Mayor of St. Clair Drive”. Not only did Kiah consider his yard and lawn to be beautiful, he considered himself to be even more beautiful. You could always hear him say “neat in the waist and cute in the face.” Kiah spent more time in the mirror than most women.

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Kiah loved good soul food, enjoyed meeting with the guys in the mornings over a cup of coffee, was very witty and sharp-tongued and it was always “his way or no way”. Besides landscaping and primping, Kiah’s other hobbies included motorcycle riding, attending car shows and cleaning and maintaining his personal cars, which he loved and was very particular about them. No one, I mean no one, could ever eat in his cars. Kiah leaves behind to cherish his memories his children, Derick, Darrell and Sean Briscoe and Jean and Darnell King; his former wife, Yvonne Briscoe; six siblings, Francis “Ting”, John X. “Johnny” (Sally), John Frank ‘Junior” (Ann), Mary “Ronnie”, James “Jimmy” and Charles “Butch” Briscoe; six grandchildren, Lil’ Derick Baumgardner, Ashley Francis, Jessica Martin, Deshea Williams, Danielle and D’aira Sweeney; three great-grandchildren, Khalil Baumgardner, Skyler Francis and Timothy Francis; long-time companion, Regina Robinson; and a host of other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Margaret Hebb, and sisterin-law, Frances Dickerson Briscoe. Kiah will be dearly missed. Whenever he would leave you, he would never say goodbye. His parting words were “plant you now and dig you later”. This time was no different. Family and friends will unite on Thursday, May 10, 2012 for visitation at 10 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church, 2210 Callaway Street, Temple Hills, MD. Interment following at Resurrection Cemetery, 8000 Woodyard Road, Clinton, MD. Arrangements by Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home, Waldorf, MD.

Bret Craven, 24 Bret Wallace “MeisBret” Craven, 24 of Lexington Park, MD, a loving son, caring friend, and high-spirited soul, died unexpectedly on Monday, April 30, 2012. Born on July 14, 1987, in Jacksonville, FL, he was the son of Victor Dudley Craven of Jacksonville, FL and Kathleen Lynn Bellinger of Hollywood, MD. Bret graduated from Leonardtown High School in May 2006. He attended the Forest Career and Technology Center. He competed in and won first place in SKILLS USA, Telecommunications event in 2006, for the State of Maryland. This led him to the National SKILLS competition in Kansas City, MO where he placed third in the nation. He began his professional career with Chesapeake PC Source in Leonardtown, MD. From there he moved to the Spalding Group, a military contractor; and then to his current position in Information Technology with General Dynamics in Lexington Park, MD. He was well liked and respected throughout the Information Technology field. Bret served as a mentor for the Forrest Center’s IT Program. He volunteered at the Historic Sotterly Plantation providing over 1,500 volunteer technical support hours each year. He recently joined the NewTowne Players as a stagehand, providing technical support and using his “handyman” building skills. Bret was a self-made man who marched to the beat of his own drum. If you were lucky he would bring you along for the ride. His zest for life took him on many adventures. He lived his life OUTLOUD, never meeting a stranger and always ready to lend a hand to anyone who needed it. In addition to his parents, Brett is also survived by his step-father, Merle Bellinger of Hollywood, MD; brothers, Clifton Craven (Valerie) of Jacksonville, FL and William Joseph “Bill” Parks of Detroit, MI; maternal grandparents, Ferrel and Frances Shoe; paternal grandmother, Jewell Williams; nieces and nephews, Will Parks and Allie Parks of Detroit, MI; aunts, Annette, Diana and Connie; uncles, Marty, Donnie, Darryl and Carl; great-uncles and aunts, Bill and Carolyn Willhoite and Bob and Jeanie Willhoite; step-brothers,


Jeremy Bellinger (Allison) and Aaron Bellinger (Ashley); step-nieces, Adelai Bellinger and Emma Bellinger; step-grandparents, Ed and Lois Bellinger and Todd and Betty McCoy; step-aunt, Paula Gee and many loving nieces, nephews and cousins. Family received friends for Bret’s Life Celebration on Friday, May 4, 2012 at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650 with shared memories. Memorial contributions may be made to Sotterley Foundation, Inc., Attention: Arleen Strider, P.O. Box 67, Hollywood, MD 20636. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Donald Evans, 57 Donald “Donnie” L. Evans, age 57, of Leonardtown, MD, died unexpectedly on May 3, 2012. Donnie was born on April 20, 1955 to the late Joseph Floyd Evans and Agnes Veronica Hill Evans Dunlap. Donnie lived his entire life in St. Mary’s. Donnie graduated from Chopticon High School in 1973 and attended the Lincoln Technical Institute. He worked at Pepco since 1974 as a Senior Fuel and Ash Technician, an occupation that matched his outgoing and friendly personality. He was a collector of gadgets and would often give away items to those who held an interest. He is survived by his siblings; Deborah Carter (Lairy) of Lexington Park, MD; Francis Michael Evans of Tall Timbers, MD; Cynthia Murphy (Gilbert) of Avenue, MD; Victor James Dunlap of S. Carolina; Joseph Emitt Evans, Stephen Wayne Evans and William Webster Evans all of Glen Burnie, Md; Catherine Evans James of Hyattsville, Md; and the late Anthony Dale Dunlap. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Family will receive friends for Donnie’s Life Celebration on Thursday, May 10, 2012 from 6 to 8 p.m. with prayers at 7 p.m. at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 11, 2012, 10 a.m. in the Brinsfield Funeral Home Chapel. Interment services will follow in Queen of Peace Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be, Lairy Junior Carter, Dustin Lee Carter, Ryan Nicholas Evans, and Kevin Michael Evans. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Leroy “Roy” Wilson, John Wilson, Robert “Bobby” Wilson, Kenny Hill and Glenn Grabis. In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Donnie may be directed to the St. Mary's Animal Welfare League, P.O. Box 1232, Leonardtown, Maryland 20650. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Richard Loheed, Sr., 97 Richard Weymouth Loheed, Sr., 97 of Valley Lee, MD died April 28, 2012 at Saint Mary’s Hospital. Born March 4, 1915 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, he was the son of the late Arthur Irwin Loheed and Myrtle Gladys (Jones) Loheed. A graduate of Brockton High School in Massachusetts, Mr. Loheed received a B.S. in civil engineering in 1937 from Norwich University, Northfield, VT. Graduating fifth in his class, he was a member of the U.S. Army Reserves, attaining the rank of Captain. In August 1938, he married Phyllis E. Nor-


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ton of Springfield, VT, mother of his four children. During WWII, Mr. Loheed was a process engineer at Bethlehem Steel in Baltimore, MD, producing war materiel using techniques he would later adapt to paper and packaging design. After the war, he became a development engineer and Division Manager for the Sealright Corporation in Phoenix, NY. During this time, he carried the world’s first plastic coated paper milk carton from research to production of 750 million units annually. In the early 1950’s, he moved with his family to Cleveland, OH, becoming a process engineer for Pure-Pak Corporation. Here he helped to develop the ubiquitous “pitcher-pour” milk carton, the first of its kind, and still in worldwide use today. In the late 50’s, he created the Paper and Plastics Division of Charles T. Main Engineering in Boston, MA; and served as the President of TAPPI (Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industries). This led to his appointment as Director of Research for Inland Container Corporation of Indianapolis, IN. In that capacity, he moved to West Lafayette, IN, to design, construct and operate the Inland Container Research Laboratory at Purdue University. In the 1970’s, Mr. Loheed founded PakCo Inc., a producer of vacuum formed plastic packaging components. He retired from active business in 1990, becoming involved in other pursuits including assistance in construction supervision of the Oak Run residential project in Westport, ME; summer management work at Boothbay Harbor Inn; sailing and travel across America—and to Costa Rica and his birthplace in Argentina. Mr. Loheed is survived by his children: Candace Loheed of San Francisco, CA; Shelley Loheed of Manchester, NH and Cambridge, MA; Richard W. Loheed II of Valley Lee, MD; and Philip N. Loheed of Lincoln, MA; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and his sister Bettina L. Moore of Lake Wales, FL. In addition to his parents, Richard was preceded in death by his siblings, Katherine L. Packard; Hubert B. Loheed and Robert S. Loheed. Family received friends on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 47477 Trinity Church Road, St. Mary’s City, MD 20686. A Memorial Service was held. Condolences to the church may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Joel Marquis, 58 Joel Perry Marquis, 58, of Mechanicsville, MD, died Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at the Hospice House of St. Mary’s, Callaway, MD. Born on December 6, 1953, in England, he was the son of Paul Marquis of New Zealand and Doris Edwards Marquis of Waldorf, MD. Joel grew up in New Carrollton, MD. Soon after graduation from high school he joined the United States Navy and the United States Army, proudly serving a total of five years. He then became a car salesman, an occupation that matched his outgoing and friendly personality. He was most recently employed with Brandywine Auto in Brandywine, MD. In 1978, during his lunch break at Dudley’s Pizza in Washington, D.C., he met his wife, Virginia. They were married in 1979 in Upper Marlboro, MD. Joel had many hobbies that he loved to spend time-sharing with others. He loved to play pool, enjoyed a good game of golf, and was always ready to go fishing. He also enjoyed the adventure of splunking, an adventure his nephews and friends will always remember. He was also known as “Wolfman Joel”, a nickname given to him for this talent of being a DJ at events, great singing voice, and for playing the guitar. For quiet time he en-

joyed doing crossword puzzles and spending time with his Labrador dog named “Bosco.” He was a member of the Patuxent 2393 Moose Lodge, the Mechanicsville 499 Moose Lodge, the American Legion and the VFW 2693. In addition to his parents, Joel is also survived by his wife, Virginia Frances Marquis, his daughter, Collette Marquis of Crofton, MD, and one grandson, Logan Fare, of Crofton, MD. He is also survived by two brothers, Dennis Marquis of Hagerstown, MD and Mark Marquis of Branson, Missouri, as well as two sisters, Renne Emmert of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Terry Gladmon of Charleston, South Carolina and many loving nieces and nephews. Family received friends for Joel’s Life Celebration on Monday, May 7, 2012 with a Memorial Service at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Reverend Marguerite Morris; her husband, Isaac Goodwin; three sisters, Jameka Morris, Charlotte Morris-Breeden and Aja Long; three brothers, Willie Morris, Jr., Christopher Morris, and Andre Morris and four very special friends, Shaudae, Sam, Michelle and Rose.. Katherine was loved by many and will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers, you may make a contribution in “Katherine’s Memory” to Leah’s House at or mail your donation to Leah’s House, P.O. Box 203, Callaway, MD 20620. Family and friends will unite to celebrate Katherine’s life on Saturday, May 12, 2012 for visitation from 9:30 a.m. until time of service at 10:30 a.m. at Gospel Tabernacle of Prayer Church, 24516 Budd’s Creek Road, Clements, MD. Interment will follow at First Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery,47359 Lincoln Avenue, Lexington Park, MD. Reverend Roderick McClanahan will be officiating.

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Mary Frances Norris, 74, of Valley Lee, MD passed away on May 4, 2012 in her home surrounded by her loving family. Born on September 24, 1937 in Leonardtown, MD., she was the daughter of the late James Carroll and Gladys Victoria Sheehan. Mary was the loving wife of Joseph Carroll Norris whom she married on May 7, 1955 in Drayden, MD and who preceded her in death on January 22, 1980. She was also formerly married to Charlie Earl Scott whom preceded her in death. Mrs. Norris is survived by her children Donna Jean Scott (Johnny) of Chesapeake, VA., James Richard Norris of Hollywood, MD., Robert Michael and Thomas William Norris both

William Thorward Moore, 81 of Lexington Park, MD passed away at Washington Hospital Center on May 1, 2012. Born November 27, 1930 in Caldwell, NJ, he was the son of the late Llewellyn Josephine (Thorward) Moore and William Lawrence Moore. William graduated from Grover Cleveland High School in 1949. He joined the police force in North Caldwell, NJ in 1958. He became Chief of Police in 1976 and retained that position until his retirement in 1983. After retiring, he developed a passion for antiques that he pursued the rest of his life. After living in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Washington State, William spent the last year back on the east coast closer to his family. William is survived by three children, William Moore of Lexington Park, MD, Barbara Thompson of Mount Pocono, PA and Lori Petito of Budd Lake, NJ. He is also survived by twelve grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. William was preceded in death by two wives, Florence Redford-Moore and Jacqueline Lambert-Moore, two children, Diana Linton and Steven Moore and three stepchildren, Lynnann Soboil, Raymond Coger, and Leslie Valente. William’s family plans to hold a memorial in Caldwell during the summer where family and friends can gather to say goodbye and celebrate his life. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

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of Callaway, MD., 5 grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren. Mary is also survived by her siblings; Hilda Trossbach of Scotland, MD., Carol Johnson of Valley Lee, MD.,, and James Sheehan of Great Mills, MD. Mrs. Norris was a lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County and was a homemaker. She enjoyed flowers, plants and care giving. The family received friends on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 with prayers recited in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home Leonardtown, MD. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, May 10, 2012 in St. George Catholic Church, Valley Lee, MD with Msgr. Karl Chimiak officiating. Interment will follow in St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery Ridge, MD. Pallbearers will be: Michael Hickman, Timmy Redman, Bill Clarke, Michael Weeks, Bobby Norris, and Pat Redman. Honorary Pallbearers will be: Kyle Moore, Kyle Kidwell, Joey Norris, Marcus Hickman, Tyler Mecure, Kaylynn Moore, and T.J. Redman. Contributions may be made to St. George Catholic Church P.O. Box 9, Valley Lee, MD 20692, Hospice House of St. Mary’s P.O. Box 625 Leonardtown, MD 20650 and/or Leonardtown Lions Club P.O. Box 363 Leonardtown, MD 20650.

Lydia Steenrod, 29 Lydia Ann Steenrod, 29 of California, MD died May 3, 2012 at her residence. Family will receive friends on Saturday, May 12, 2012 from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. A Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, MD. A full obituary will appear at a later date.

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Katherine Morris, 22 Katherine Sarah Morris, affectionately known as “Kat”, 22, of California, MD, passed away on May 6, 2012. Born in Baltimore, Maryland on March 11, 1990 to Willie Morris and Marguerite Morris, she was the baby girl of six brothers and sisters. Katherine received her education in the St. Mary’s County Public Schools and St. Mary’s Ryken from where she graduated. She attended the University of Maryland and earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Family Services. Just prior to her death, Katherine had applied for admission to the Air Force Officer’s Training School. Katherine was an avid reader, enjoyed working with young children, and did an enormous amount of volunteer work. Other hobbies enjoyed by Katherine were cooking (which she did a superb job) and jewelry-making. Katherine leaves to cherish her precious memories her parents Pastor Willie Morris and FAMILY-OWNED & OPERATED FOR FIVE GENERATIONS Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A. 22955 Hollywood Road Leonardtown, Maryland 20650

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Pride in the Park On Parade By Carrie Munn Staff Writer People lined the new sidewalks along Great Mills Road on Saturday morning to watch the inaugural Pride in the Park Parade, with more than 650 participants celebrating Lexington Park “When people say ‘that was awesome’ it just makes your day to hear that kind of response to a first-time effort,” said Robin Finnacom, president/CEO of Community Development Corporation. Finnacom, who coined the phrase “pride in the park” during a Lexington Park Business and Community Association (LPBCA) many months back, has been diligently working for years to promote the revitalization of St. Mary’s County’s most heavily populated area. “What we’re doing today is spreading the message about how wonderful Lexington Park is, how its future is

bright and its past is phenomenal,” she told a small group of community leaders at a pre-parade reception at Lexington Park Elementary School. “Leveraging the ribbon cutting to commemorate the completion of the MD 246 Streetscape project really gave us the opportunity to create a signature event for Lexington Park,” she told The County Times. Several local elected officials joined State Highway Administration (SHA) and community leaders to walk the parade route, moving down south ShangriLa Drive, to Essex Drive, where they paused to cut the ribbon and up Great Mills Road. Robert Murphy, SHA’s District 5 Regional Engineer, remarked on the first time he met Finnacom before the streetscape project launched, saying, “I could tell that she had the vision for this project in spite of the hurdles and barriers … she had the vision we can all now see as a reality.” He thanked project manager Rick Buckmaster, who spent 26 months overseeing the project which “created a main street,” and also thanked the businesses for their cooperation and motorists which were inconvenienced by the construction in a high-traffic area just outside of NAS Patuxent River. “It was a blessing that the public responded and protected our workforce,” Murphy said, adding there were no accidents and with the help of Rustler Construction, the $9.7 million project was completed on time and on budget. Finnacom said members of the LPBCA hoped to get at least a hundred participants for the parade, “to at least make it respectable,” and they were delighted at the number of community groups and businesses that took part. “It was just a wonderful outpouring of support, and we felt really rewarded by the number and range of groups that participated,” she said. Marchers including local churches, the Farm Bureau Queen and her court, Great Mills High School’s marching band, local businesses like Taylor Gas, with deep roots in Lexington Park, vintage car groups, the Civil Air Patrol and school groups like Image, Inc. and Gentlemen on a Mission walked or rode, waving to spectators and sharing goodies.

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“I was pleasantly surprised at the turnout and the enthusiasm of the community,” said Mark Pinekenstein, chair of the LPBCA and CEO of Compass Systems. “I think it shows that when we pull together we can really put together a nice event.” He and Finnacom both said they’ve heard an abundance of positive comments from all involved. While some naysaying persists about the efforts to enhance Lexington Park, Pinekenstein said: “We’re going to prove them wrong. I don’t see them out there doing anything to create positive changes, they’re not making any contribution other than negative comments.” “I’m just feeling the excitement from the community,” he said. “I look forward to doing more things like this under the banner of ‘Pride in the Park’.” As the LPBCA continues to meet regularly with busi-

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ness owners and residents dropping in on meetings that average 20 to 25 attendees each month, more ideas about projects, events and ways to enhance the busy corridor will be fleshed out. Pinekenstein said his whole impetus for joining the association was to get more involvement from county government officials, “that can really help us achieve what we’re trying to do.” Local resident Jacqueline Roguemore, whose daughter walked the parade as part of Image, Inc., a group from Lexington Park Elementary, said she was thrilled about the parade. “When my kids see good things like this happening, it gives them an incentive to stay positive.” Roguemore, not originally from Lexington Park, said

it’s been a good area to raise her children. Her oldest son, now at Towson University, has plans to return to St. Mary’s County and make a difference. “Our experience has been very positive,” she said, explaining though she now works on base, she commuted far distances for work before so she wouldn’t have to pull her kids out of a community and school system that was working well for them. Another spectator, Dean Johnson, said he brought his kids out to watch the parade, and recalled the great community feelings invoked by watching and being in big parades as a kid. “We need to get back to that sense of being part of a community,” he said. Ya-Ling Pan, owner of The Mixing Bowl restaurant


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Police: Sex offender charged with rape, multiple sex offenses

Man charged with receiving testosterone Vice Narcotics Detectives received information that a package containing controlled substances was in route to St. Mary’s County for delivery. The package was intercepted and scanned by St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Deputies. A Search and Seizure warrant was obtained and executed before the package was delivered to its destination, a local hotel, police said. Detectives recovered syringes and vials of testosterone and other paraphernalia. Arrested was Joshua Wesley Nye, 31 of Kent, Washington. Joshua Wesley Nye


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Police Briefs On April 27, detectives from the St. Mary’s County Bureau of Criminal Investigations, Special Victims Unit, initiated an investigation regarding allegations of a sexual assault involving a minor under 14 years of age. During the investigation it was learned a suspect was utilizing the screen name, “AWWMANCAM”, on a Facebook screen log-in for the alleged purpose of soliciting and engaging in sexual activity with the victim. The suspect eventually met with the victim and engaged in sexual activity at a residence in Lexington Park, detectives alleged. Following the execution of a search and seizure warning on that residence, Cameron Antwone Ball, 21, was arrested and various items of evidence recovered. It was also determined, during the investigation, Ball was currently a registered Tier 1 sex offender, police said. Ball was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center, charged with second-degree rape third-degree sex offense, fourth-degree sex offense, knowingly providing false information of material fact as a sex offender registrant and knowingly failing to register screen names as required by the Sex Offender Registry as a Teir 1 registrant, police said.

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Alioto said that Gardiner filled the prescription at the pharmacy and came back out The commander of the and made the alleged sale. county’s vice/narcotics enforceThe sale was not a conment unit says the arrest of a trolled drug buy, Alioto said, Leonardtown woman for allegbut declined comment on edly dealing prescription drugs whether the buyer was also in the parking lot of a pharmacy arrested. is just the beginning. Selling prescription drugs Police believe Victoria in public places and in broad Gardiner, 44, received an illegal daylight, Alioto said, has come prescription of oxycodone tabto characterize one aspect of lets from Rite Aid in Charlotte this particular narcotics trade Hall when a narcotics detective that has become what law enin the parking lot observed her Victoria Gardiner forcement officers say is the taking part in a “suspected drug transaction,” most pressing drug problem here. according to charging documents filed by Det. “The actions of both the buyers and sellers Michael Labanowski. are brazen,” Alioto said, adding that users drivWhen he arrested Gardiner after the alleged ing after taking drugs is also on the rise. transaction he found oxycodone pills of 15-mil“There are more people driving drugged ligram weight, charging documents stated. than ever before, it’s a huge concern,” he said. Alioto said he could divulge little more Alioto did not specify what means Gardiner about the actual investigation into Gardiner’s al- used to obtain allegedly illegal prescriptions. leged drug sales but noted that she faced much “She utilizes fraudulent means to obtain more than simple possession of controlled dan- prescriptions and then she sells them,” he said. gerous substances. “She’s been under investigation for a period of “She was the seller,” Alioto said of the case. time.” “She’s got a ton of charges coming; it wasn’t happenstance that we found her in the parking lot.”

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Civil War Living History Event On Saturday, May 26, at 1 p.m. meet two historic Marylander Civil War heroes portrayed by the Maryland Historical Society Players who bring history to life and make it relevant for today’s audiences, a press release states. Clara Barton was known as the “Angel of the Battlefield” and was founder of the American Red Cross. Learn how one woman’s courage and generosity commanded the respect of every soldier. Also meet Christian Fleetwood, a Baltimore-born free black man who as a Union soldier willingly risked his life during the Civil War and became one of the first African-American’s to receive the Medal of Honor for bravery. Both performing artists, Britt Olsen-Ecker and Roderick Howard II, will bring to life the stories of these extraordinary individuals. They will also present a short talk highlighting Civil War era objects that appear in the Maryland Historical Society’s exhibit Divided Voices: Civil War in Maryland and will lead a discussion with the audience. The exhibit is open through 2015. “When the Maryland Historical Society contacted Sotterley Plantation to be a partner site for their Civil War living history project, we quickly agreed,” Sotterley Executive Director Nancy Easterling said in a release. “Sotterley is always excited to find new ways in which we can help make history come alive for our site’s visitors, and we were thrilled when the Historical Society received their grant and we could take part in this project.” This FREE program is made possible by the Maryland Historical Society through the Maryland Humanities Council’s generous grant program. Call 301-373-2280 for reservations, as space is limited.


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8th Annual Animal Fair This Weekend The St. Mary’s Animal Welfare League will be hosting their 8th annual Animal Fair benefit and family/pet fun day on Saturday, May 12, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds in Leonardtown. The day will be filled with fun and activities including a pet parade, “woof it down” pet/owner pie eating contest, blessing of the pets, pet adoptions, pet pageant, vendor booths, silent auction, food, music and much more. The 2012 Pet King and Pet Queen will be crowned at the Animal Fair and will lead the Parade of Pets. “Animal Fair is a day to celebrate pets and their owners,” April Mattedi, Chair of the 2012 Animal Fair, said in a press release. “Animal Fair is also a time to celebrate those pets who will be at the fair looking for their “furever home.” We will have many rescue groups on site who will have adoptable pets for our fair guests to meet. We hope that each animal at the fair who is looking for his/her new home will return to next year’s fair as a happy, adopted pet

that is a member of a loving, safe, and caring home.” Admission to the 8th Animal Fair is $5 for guests age 13 and over. Children 12 and under are $1. Pets are free; all pets on leashes are welcome to attend the Animal Fair. In an effort to generate support of the SMAWL Pet Food Pantry, visitors are asked to bring an unopened can or bag of pet food or litter; contributors to the Pet Food Pantry will receive an entry for a special gift basket drawing. For more information on the 8th annual Animal Fair, visit or call 301-997-0394.

Local Teen in Miss Maryland Competition Elizabeth Fazio of Leonardtown, a 2012 graduating senior at St. Mary’s Ryken High School, was crowned the 2011 Queen of Tolerance. A part of the honor of being Miss Queen of Tolerance, she was invited to compete in the Miss Maryland Pageant. The winner of the Miss Maryland Pageant goes on to compete in the Miss America Pageant. This is a scholarship based pageant and is associated with the Children’s Miracle Network. The Miss Maryland Pageant will be held June 17-23, at the Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown, see Elizabeth will be judged in five categories: Interview, Talent, Evening Wear, Life Style & Fitness, and on stage Question. She will be competing Wednesday through Friday, with the finale on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Anyone can attend the Miss Mary-

land Pageant by purchasing tickets. All ticket proceeds go toward scholarships. A silent auction consisting of baskets donated by each of the contestants will be held on Saturday evening. These funds will also go towards scholarships. Sponsors of all kinds will be recognized for their contributions. If you are unable to attend and would like to support Elizabeth, there are many ways you can do this: • Take out an ad for the Pageant Program with Elizabeth in your ad; • Donate towards the scholarship fund; • Provide items for the silent auction basket; • Send items of encouragement to Elizabeth during competition week. If you are interested in any of these sponsorships or have any questions please contact Teresa Fazio at 301-475-5736 or

A Story of ‘Incredible Courage’

“Incredible Courage,” a true story of British resistance in 1919 to the expansion of Communism to Finland and Estonia, will be presented Thursday, May 17 at the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum in Lexington Park at 3 p.m. A reception with the author, Juan O’Callahan will follow. It will be presented as part of the “Semper Fi Weekend” activities honoring the U.S. Marine Corps. Other activities include the Fifth Annual Claude D. Alexander Memorial Golf Tournament at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, May 18; and the Sixth Annual Leatherneck 5k Race/ Fun Run/Walk at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 19. Both events are at the Cedar Point Golf Course onboard NAS Patuxent River. “Incredible Courage,” which will also be presented at 10:30 a.m. the same day at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, tells of Royal Navy Capt. Augustus Agar and Sir Paul Dukes, renowned as the greatest spy in British Intelligence history. In the summer of 1919, just after the end of World War I, the British were intent on bottling up the Russian Bolshevik fleet in Kronstadt Naval Harbor outside St. Petersburg. The objective: Keep the Russians from overrunning Finland and Estonia. For more information on the “Incredible Courage” presentation and the golf tournament, contact Capt. Ted Harwood at 240-298-8865. For the Leatherneck 5k, contact Capt. Jeremy Nelson at 301-342-7776.

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Hospital Auxiliary Sings Members’ Praises

Tom Burke, center, was honored recently as the MedStar St. Mary’s Auxilian of the Year. He is pictured with Auxiliary President Kay Owens, left, and MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital President Christine Wray. Burke was recently awarded the 2012 Fayrene Mattingly Auxilian of the Year Award for his decades of tireless service to the hospital. He wholeheartedly supports numerous fundraising events on behalf of the hospital. He has also worked in the Gift Shop, where customers praise his cheerful personality and his eagerness to assist. In addition, he served as the Auxiliary’s treasurer for 13 years. A loyal and supportive member of the auxiliary for 27 years, Tom is a frequent participant in events, including the group’s annual golf tournament held each fall, a press release states. Around the county, Tom is also known for his rich and smooth singing voice. At the award luncheon, however, it was everyone else who was singing Tom’s praises. The Fayrene Mattingly award is named for its original recipient who tirelessly supported the Auxiliary for over 35 years.

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Local Students Win $21,000 in Scholarships Katelyn Chan of Great Mills High School and Paige Junge of Leonardtown High School were selected to each receive a $6,000 scholarship from the Marine Corps Aviation Association (MCAA) John Glenn Squadron, a press release states. A $4,500 scholarship will also be awarded to Trevor Butcher, Courtney Jennings, Alexander Kracinovich, and Kyle Vance of Leonardtown High School, and to William Clark and Kelles Gordge of Great Mills High School. Scholarships will be presented at a ceremony on the evening of June 14 at the Calvert Marine Museum Drum Point Light House where Vice Admiral David Architzel, Commander of the Naval Air Systems Command, will be the guest speaker and assist the Squadron Commander, Colonel Gregg Monk, with presenting awards. Superintendent of Education, Dr. Michael Martirano, has also been invited. MCAA John Glenn Squadron scholarships are merit based. They are awarded to Tri-county area high school seniors who are pursuing a STEMbased degree and whose future career plans could support the Department of Defense and naval aviation. Since the inception of the scholarship program in 2007 the Squadron will have awarded $183,000 to 45 local students. To learn more about the June 14

presentation event, the MCAA John Glenn Squadron scholarship program and past recipients, or the Squadron itself, please visit The squadron is a 501(c)(19) veterans' organization. These scholarships would not be possible without the support of the following corporations, local business, and individuals: American Electronics, Alliant Techsystems, Agusta-Westland, AVIAN Engineering, BAE, Bell Helicopter, Blue Wind Gourmet, Boeing, Bowhead, Bruster's Ice Cream, Camber Corp, Cheeseburger-in-Paradise, Chick-Fil-A, Paul & Carol Choporis, Cedar Point FCU, DAU Alumni Assoc, DCS Corp, Dial & Assoc, East Custom Golf, Eaton Corp, Elbit Systems, GDIT, GE Aviation, Harris Corp, Island Inn & Suites, Jahn Corp, Jim & Janet King, J.K. Hill & Assoc, Lockheed Martin, ManTech, Mattedi Gallery, Maximum Health & Fitness, McKay's Food & Drugs, Miss Suzie's Charters, Northrop Grumman, Organizational Strategies, Paragon Properties, Pratt & Whitney, Precise Systems, Rockwell Collins, Rolls Royce, Sabre Systems, Sikorsky, Saddle Butte Systems, Shackleton Group, Shadow Objects, Staples, Starbucks, StraCon Services Group, Tekla Research, Triton Metals, Technology Security Assoc, WBB Consulting, World Gym, Wyle, and Zenetex.

‘Money Smart’ Workshop Coming The College of Southern Maryland is partnering with the Lexington Park Rotary and the Southern Maryland Association of REALTORS (SMAR) to present ‘Money Smart’ educational sessions May 19 at the Leonardtown Campus. The day will include an expo and three sessions. CSM working with local financial experts identified the most pressing issues affecting residents in Southern Maryland. The one-hour sessions will emphasize common-sense answers about taxes, insurance and investments; real estate and mortgage

hot topics; and personal banking information including budgeting and saving, managing credit and identity theft. A bonus expo will open at 8:30 a.m. to meet with Money Smart professionals at their tables, with the financial seminars to begin at 9, 10 and 11 a.m. The Money Smart workshops and expo are free and will be offered at the Leonardtown Campus, Building C. For information on Money Smart visit MoneySmart.

Mom, without you, there would be no me. Your love, your attention, your guidance, have made me who I am. Without you, I would be lost, wandering aimlessly, without direction or purpose. You showed me the way to serve, to accomplish, to persevere. Without you, there would be an empty space I could never fill, no matter how I tried. Instead, because of you, I have joy, contentment, satisfaction and peace. Thank you, mom. I have always loved you and I always will.


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Library Items Reading activities and parachute games planned for children Parents and caregivers can enjoy fun interactive reading activities with their children at “Read-Learn-Grow” on May 12 at 10:30 a.m. at the Leonardtown branch. No registration is required. Children ages 3-6 can join in a variety of games using a parachute at Parachute Play at Lexington Park branch on May 14 at 10:30 a.m. Spring storytimes have ended. Summer storytimes will resume June 25. Applications for summer volunteers due May 12 Teen Summer Reading volunteer applications are due this Saturday, May 12. The summer volunteers are needed to help with the summer reading program at each branch from June 4 to August 11. Students entering the sixth grade this fall and older may apply. Applications are available online or at any branch. Training will be provided for those selected.

Jacquelyn Boone, a junior at St. Mary’s Ryken, has been selected for the 2012 U.S. Lacrosse Women’s Division National Tournament. The tournament takes place at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York, at the end of May and is one of the major college recruiting events in the country. Jackie, from Leonardtown, was one of 400 girls from the Washington, D.C., region that vied for a spot on the team.

Adults can discuss books Books, Coffee and Conversation will be held at Leonardtown on May 14 at 1 p.m. and at Lexington Park on May

15 at 10:30 a.m. Adults can come for coffee and share books they have read or listened to. Each branch offers a monthly book discussion. At the Charlotte Hall branch the discussion is held on the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m. They will discuss Kyung-Sook Shin’s book, “Please Look after Mom,” on June 4. The discussion group that meets at the Lexington Park branch meets on the second Monday at 6 p.m. and will discuss Jerome K. Jerome’s book, “Three Men in a Boat” on May 14. The Leonardtown branch holds their book discussion on the third Thursday at 7 p.m. and will discuss Tea Obreht’s book, “The Tiger’s Wife,” on May 24. Photo editing class offered Adults can learn how to transfer digital photos onto their computer or upload to the web at a class at Charlotte Hall library on May 17 at 2 p.m. Basic photo editing techniques will be discussed. The class is free but registration is required. Each branch offers one-on-one basic computer instruction. Those interested should contact the library to set up an appointment.


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Thursday, May 10 • Gutbuster Cheese Steaks VFW 2632 (23282 Three Notch Rd, California) – 5 pm. Yes, they are big and they will bust your gut and, additionally, proceeds help to support veterans. These all-beef PhillyStyle Cheese Steaks are cooked-to-order and come with your choice of cheese, roasted peppers and onions, served with fries for $8. Check out other events at • The Patuxent River Sail and Power Squadron Meeting Mixing Bowl Restaurant (21797 N Coral Drive, Lexington Park) – 5:30 p.m. The Patuxent River Sail and Power Squadron will hold its monthly meeting. Dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting will start at 7 p.m. Squadron Commander Randy Headrick will talk about the Squadron’s Facebook page.

Friday, May 11 • “As Bees in Honey Drown” Three Notch Theatre (21744 South Coral Drive, Lexington Park) – 8 p.m. Performance of “As Bees in Honey Drown”, a satirical romp centering around Evan Wyler, a young writer, who gets caught up in the conflict between fantasy and reality and is enticed by access to fast fame and fortune. Some language and themes are not suitable for children. Tickets available at the door, via phoned reservation, or online at For more information, call 301-737-5447. • Mother’s Day Weekend Special Bingo Father Andrew White School (22850 Washington Street, Leonardtown) – 5 p.m. The Knights of Columbus Council 1470 supports numerous  local charities year-round and will be sponsoring a Mother’s Day Weekend Special Bingo at Father Andrew White School in Leonardtown. Doors will open at 5 p.m. with bingo starting at 7 p.m. Guaranteed two $1,000 games and $300 specials with numerous other games and prizes throughout the night!

Saturday, May 12 • Contra Dance Christ Episcopal Church Parish Hall

(37497 Zach Fowler Road, Chaptico) – 7 p.m. The Contra Dance is sponsored by Southern Maryland Traditional Music and Dance, featuring caller Kim Forry. Doors open at 7 p.m. and dancing begins at 7:30 p.m. Contra is a traditional American style of social dance and is a huge amount of fun and exercise! If you’ve ever danced a Virginia Reel or been to a Square Dance, you have a good idea how much fun it can be. If you haven’t, it’s about time you tried it! Beginners are encouraged to arrive at 7 p.m. to get some instruction in the various dances. Admission is $8 for nonSMTMD members, $6 for members and band members are free. No fancy or outlandish clothing is required. You need to be comfortable, to move freely. There will be an ice cream social following the dance. For more information and directions go to • Green Gardening - Saving the World One Yard at a Time Sotterley Plantation (44300 Sotterley Lane, Hollywood) – 9 a.m. Going Green is more than just a passing trend; making more eco-friendly choices has become a vital part of our everyday lives. Linda Crandall, St. Mary’s County Master Gardener and Bay-Wise Coordinator, will offer sound suggestions on bringing planet preserving techniques and practices to gardening. From selecting the right plants and materials to disposing of yard waste, simple steps make a difference. Come and learn some tips and strategies for ways to have a beautiful yard without having a negative impact on the world around you. Everyone will leave knowing how to garden smarter, no matter what size of yard they have, while at the same time helping our local environment and promoting better water quality in the Chesapeake Bay. Crandall is also a wonderful cook who loves preparing meals using the fresh vegetables and herbs that grow in the little potager right outside her kitchen door. Linda has lived here in St. Mary’s County for more than 25 years, and along with her work as a Master Gardener, she also volunteers locally at Annmarie Garden. Advance reservations are required. Please call 301-373-2280 or 800-681-0850 to make your reservation, as space is limited. Admission is $15 per person and $12 for members. • Summerseat Annual Plant Sale Summerseat Farm (26655 Three Notch


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Slumber, Ilia and Manic Drive. For more information, call 240-925-6058 or visit • 5th Annual Calvert Wine & Arts Fest All Saints’ Episcopal Church (Routes 2 and 4, Sunderland) – 11 a.m. Sample the best Patuxent Wine Trail wines with a $15 souvenir tasting glass at the 5th Annual Calvert Wine & Arts. Shop from outstanding Southern Maryland juried artisans, delicious food, live entertainment, children’s crafts, mason jar raffle NS more. Tour our 1692 church and labyrinth. Rain or shine! Save money; reserve your wine glass at Age verified by picture ID at fest. No admission fee. Proceeds benefit parish and community projects. For more information call Mary Ann Munn at 410-286-7586. • Animal Fair St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds (42455 Fairgrounds Road, Leonardtown) – 10 a.m. The St. Mary’s Animal Welfare League will be hosting their 8th annual Animal Fair benefit and family/pet fun day. The day will be filled with activities including a pet parade, “woof it down” pet/owner pie eating contest, blessing of the pets, pet adoptions, pet pageant, vendor booths, silent auction, food, music, and much more. Back by popular demand is the annual pet King and Queen competition. Similar to a benefit walk or bowl-a-thon, the King and Queen competition offers entrants the chance to collect cash donations to benefit SMAWL. The top fundraising male and female pet from all entrants will be crowned King and Queen at the Animal Fair on May 12. SMAWL will provide a sample “sponsor me” letter for your pet to send to all his/her friends and family to collection donations. Or, your pet can hold their own fundraising event to raise money. All donations will be tax deductible and 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit the St. Mary’s Animal Welfare League. Is your pet up for the challenge? Does he have the charisma to charm those around him? Is she popular enough to attract all her friends and family to our cause? Are they ready to be the inaugural pet King and Queen of St. Mary’s County? If so, register your pet today for this fun and worthy competition. Register your pet by downloading a copy of the King and Queen Entry form on the

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SMAWL website at • Cat Chat Concert St. John’s Church (43950 Saint Johns Road, Hollywood) – 6 p.m. Join us for a night of faith and fun at a live Cat Chat concert. Cat Chat concerts are specifically geared for young families with kids (preKgrade 6). The songs are dynamic and packed with God’s Word and Catholic teachings that bring children into a refreshing experience of Catholicism. The concert is filled with powerful music, crowd participation, unicycling, juggling, yo-yos, prizes, good humor, prayer times and family fun. After the concert, the Cat Chat family and Moses the Cat stick around to take photos, sign autographs and “chat” with the families. Doors open at 6 p.m. with pizza, snacks, and drinks available for purchase and the concert starts at 6:30 p.m. at St. John’s Church in the Monsignor Harris Center. The concert is free to attend. A good-will offering will be taken to help pay for the concert. For more information visit Education/CatChatConcert.aspx or contact Rich Olon at 301-373-2281or

Sunday, May 13 • Mothers Day Outing Myrtle Point Park (24050 Patuxent Boulevard California) – 1 p.m. Bob Boxwell will lead his traditional Mother’s Day Walk. Take a leisurely stroll around Myrtle Point Park. A chance to look for birds, wildflowers, animal tracks, and whatever else catches your eyes, ears or nose. Meet in the grass parking lot on the left as you enter the park. For more information call Bob at 410-394-1300 or Dudley at 301-475-1858 or • All You Can Eat Breakfast 2nd District Fire Department (45245 Drayden Road, Valley Lee) – 8 a.m. Menu includes scrambled eggs, home fried potatoes, pancakes, French toast, sausage links, ham, hot biscuits, creamed chipped beef, spiced applesauce, juices, milk and coffee. Adults are $8, children between 6-12 are $4, children 5 and under are free. For more information call 301-994-9924. • Mothers Day Brunch St. John’s Church (43950 Saint Johns Road, Hollywood) – 10:30 a.m. St. John’s Church and School will be hosting a special Mother’s Day Brunch in the Monsignor Harris Center, on Mother’s Day from 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. For more information please visit AboutSJS/Mothers-Day-Brunch. aspx or contact Patrick Dugan at The menu includes: roast beef, Rosemary po-

tatoes, French toast, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, chocolate fountain, fruit, cheese, muffins, croissants, coffee, milk, orange juice, cranberry juice and Mimosas. Children Up to 5 years old are free, 6 to 12 years old are $10, 13 and up are $15.

Monday, May 14 • Pax River Quilter’s Guild Meeting Good Samaritan Lutheran Church (20850 Langley Road, Lexington Park) – 6:30 p.m. The next regular monthly meeting of the Pax River Quilters Guild will be held at 6:30 p.m. New members are welcome! It’s membership renewal time. For more information, contact Carol Evans at caroljevans@ or visit the group’s Facebook page.


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Tuesday, May 15 • Cedar Point Ladies Golf Season Start Cedar Point Golf Course (23248 Cedar Point Road, Patuxent River) – 8:15 a.m. The Cedar Point Ladies Golf Association (CPLGA) has officially started their golfing season and will meet to play every Tuesday at 8:15 a.m. at Cedar Point Golf Course, with 8:30 – 9 a.m. tee time. Lady golfers of all skill levels are welcome to join; annual dues of $45 cover the end of season luncheon, prizes and awards. All lady golfers eligible to use the Cedar Point Golf Course, without discrimination based on age, race, color, religion, or national origin, may become members of the CPLGA. Eligible members include all active duty, reserve, retired or military personnel or their dependents; DOD federal personnel and family members employed at Patuxent River, St. Inigoes, or Solomon’s Annex, Cedar Point Officers’ Club silver card holders, contractors, members of the Navy League, and sponsored guests. For more information please email CPLGA Chairman Shirl Vatter at or call 301-373-2366

Every day at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital, our highly trained nurses provide quality care to our community. As the baby boomer generation retires, the need for talented clinicians grows. This National Nurses’ Week, May 6 – 13, MedStar St. Mary’s would like to thank all nurses for their clinical expertise and dedication now and in the future.

Wednesday, May 16 • Rugby Registration Roy Rogers Restaurant (14000 HG Trueman Road, Solomons Island) – 5 p.m. Patuxent River Rugby Club will be offering its Co-Ed youth touch rugby season for youths 5-15 years of age this summer. Registration will be at the Roy Rogers Restaurant in Solomons from 5-9 p.m. First practice will be May 29 and registrations can be done at all practices throughout the season. More details can be found on or by calling 1-877-806-7775

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Weekly Races, Friday Socials, Comedy Shows and Sailing Lessons By Sarah Miller Staff Writer With a prime location on the waterfront of Solomons Island, the Southern Maryland Sailing Association offers its members a place to get on the water as well as a place to unwind. Every Wednesday and Thursday, the association holds races. Wednesday is the weekly keelboat races, starting at 6:30 p.m. and small boat races are on Thursdays starting at 6:30 p.m. In addition to the weekly races, the association holds the annual Screwpile Light House Challenge during the summer. This year’s regatta is July 15-17. The entry fee is $180 per boat, if received by 12 p.m. on June 30. Entries received after June 30 will include a late fee of $75. No entries will be accepted after 12 p.m. on July

11. Entry forms can be printed at and mailed to P.O. Box 66 in Hollywood. Port Events coordinator Hannah Schneider said people don’t need a boat to join the association. “A lot of people don’t realize they can get on the water very easily in Southern Maryland,” Schneider said. Individuals without boats can join a crew for one of the races on Wednesday, which encompasses boats over 21 feet long. She said members often go on cruises and are willing to take people with them. While sailing is a large part of the association, they also hold four or five “Port Events” every year at the clubhouse for association members and their guests. Schneider said she puts events together whenever there’s an idea and she has the time to commit to it. Schneider said they try to get programs together that are “pizzazzy.” Past Port Events have included a murder mystery dinner theatre, a comedy show, Oktoberfest and, most recently, Burlesque by the Bay, an oyster scald and a luau. Coming up is a performance by The Eastport Oyster Boys on June 10. The Oyster Boys are “A troupe of Chesapeake Bay Troubadours celebrating life here in the ‘Land of Pleasant Living’ and along the shores of the Chesapeake ... through song and story, and mirth. The Eastport Oyster Boys have been acclaimed as the Musical Goodwill Ambassadors from the City of Annapolis, the Maritime Republic of Eastport and the Chesapeake,” according to their website. Doors open at 4 p.m. for the Oyster Boys. Tickets can be purchased on the Southern Maryland Sailing Association website for $15 or for $18 at the door, if available. Every Friday, the association holds a hap-

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py hour starting at 5 p.m., with a cash bar open to individuals over the age of 21. There are also classes held, including kids camps during the summer where they learn to sail a dinghy by themselves. Schneider said several area schools have started sailing teams. Communications coordinator Megan Hildenberger said all money made from events and the regatta goes to pay for the clubhouse space and other bills. For more information, visit

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Live Music: “Gretchen Richie: The Songs of Sinatra” Fenwick Street Used Books & Music (41655 Fenwick Street, Leonardtown) – 6 p.m. Salsa Thursday House of Dance (24620 Three Notch Rd., Hollywood) – 6:30 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ Dusty Sea Breeze Restaurant & Crab House (27130 S. Sandgates Rd., Mechanicsville) – 8:30 p.m.

Friday, May 11 Live Music: “Rusty in the Middle” Sea Breeze Restaurant & Crab House (27130 S. Sandgates Rd., Mechanicsville) – 8 p.m. Live Music: “Hot Tub Limo” Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) – 9:30 p.m. Live Music: “Matt Garrett” Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 8 p.m. Live Music: “The Naked Jam Band feat. Jennifer Cooper” The Blue Dog Saloon (7940 Port Tobacco Road, Port Tobacco) – 8:30 p.m. Live Music: “Bob Wire & the Fence Posts” Rustic River Bar and Grill (40874 Merchants Lane, Leonardtown) – 8 p.m.

Live Music: “Safe Harbor” @ SMAWL Animal Fair St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds (42455 Fairgrounds Road, Leonardtown) – 1 & 3 p.m. COSMIC Symphony Season Finale Great Mills High School (21130 Great Mills Road, Great Mills) – 7 p.m. Live Music: “Ta’Kila Jones” Vera’s White Sands Beach Club (1200 White Sands Drive, Lusby) – 9:30 p.m. Live Music: “Pet the Monster” Sea Breeze Restaurant & Crab House (27130 S. Sandgates Rd., Mechanicsville) – 8 p.m. Scarlet Plus Karaoke Contest Gridiron Grill (20855 Callaway Village Way, Callaway) – 8 p.m. Live Music: “Seventh Day Slumber with Manic Drive & Ilia” The 7:30 Club (28297 Old Village Road, Mechanicsville) – 7 p.m.

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Live Music: “Justin Crenshaw Band” Port Tobacco Marina (7610 Shirley Blvd., Port Tobacco) – 9 p.m.

Free Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament OCI Pub (45413 Lighthouse Road, Piney Point) – 2 p.m.

Live Music: “Sam Grow Band” Dew Drop Inn (23966 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood) – 9 p.m. Live Music: “Too Many Mikes” Cryer’s Back Road Inn (22094 Newtowne Neck Road, Leonardtown) – 8 p.m.

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Live Music: “Mayday Mayday” Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) – 9:30 p.m.

Live Music: “Country Memories Band” Vera’s White Sands Beach Club (1200 White Sands Drive, Lusby) – 3 p.m.

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Live Music: “Three Notch Country” Anderson’s Bar (23945 Colton Point Road, Clements) – 8:30 p.m.

Live Music: “The Piranhas” The Green Turtle (98 Solomons Island Rd., South
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Live Music: “Dave & Kevin Trio” Hole In the Wall Tavern (24702 Sotterley Road, Hollywood) – 9 p.m.

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Monday, May 14 Open Mic Night Rustic River Bar and Grill (40874 Merchants Lane, Leonardtown) – 5 p.m.

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Wednesday, May 16

Live Music: “Joy Bodycomb Band” Anthony’s Bar and Grill (10371 Southern Maryland Blvd., Dunkirk) – 9 p.m.

Live Music: “Mason Sebastian” DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 5 p.m.

Live Music: “The Not So Modern Jazz Quartet” The Westlawn Inn (9200 Chesapeake Avenue, North Beach) – 7:30 p.m.

“Wolf’s Open Blues Jam” Emerald Cove (3800 Harbor Road, Chesapeake Beach) - 8 p.m.

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Special Olympians Shine at Spring Games By Carrie Munn Staff Writer More than 200 athletes from around St. Mary’s County participated in the 42nd annual Special Olympics Spring Games on Thursday. Long-time director Mary Lu Bucci told The County Times more than 400 volunteers were on-board for the event, with high school students serving as buddies for the athletes; base personnel and Special Olympics volunteers manning the events; and community sponsors like Booz Allen Hamilton and Wyle offering photo ops and gifts for the athletes and their supporters. Participants of all ages and skill levels competed in track and field events and played bocce at Leonardtown High School, and about 100 of them will go on to regional competitions and on to the Summer Games at Towson University in June, Bucci explained. St. Mary’s competitors also include swimmers and a softball team. Bucci’s son, Russell, has been a participant for several years, and she understands the joy those unable to participate in standard organized sports gain from being part of Special Olympics. She enthusiastically cheered on several athletes, calling each by name, during the Spring Games. “In reality, many here today won’t go on to other competitions, but this is their chance to come out and experience this,” Bucci said. “It means a lot.” Volunteer buddies, coaches and members of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office showed their support and the joy and pride was clearly visible on many athletes’ faces after completing their event or accepting their medals. To further help those participants able to move on to state competition, Special Olympics St. Mary’s holds numerous fundraisers, like the upcoming Cash Bash on May 19. The rain or shine event from 12 to 6:30 308 San Souci Plaza, California, MD • 301-737-4241 p.m. at the Hollywood fire-

Photos by Carrie Munn Participates concentrate on their Bocce match (left), one participant raises his arms in triumph as he receives a medal from a member of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office (above) and Oscar Ocasio of Wyle, a sponsor of the Spring Games, awards a medal to another joyful Special Olympian.

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Announcin Issued Marriage Applications for March 2012 March 1, 2012 Richard Kenneth Selby, Jr., 47 Hollywood, MD Thipawan Yipkrathok 35 Hollywood, MD March 2, 2012

Ronald Pepania Yuayan 31 Lexington Park, MD Maria Lourdes Asunsion Yongco 28 Lexington Park, MD

Jose Alejandro Rivera Veras 31 Washington, DC Aurora Lea Borener 30 Washington, DC March 8, 2012 David Francis Hill 61 Corning, NY Regina Alice Cobb 50 Avoca, NY March 12, 2012

David Michael Maguire 26 Mechanicsville, MD Jessica Camille Lidh 26 Mechanicsville, MD

Dewayne Maurice Cutchember 29 California, MD Krystal Lynn Deats 24 California, MD

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By Linda Reno Contributing Writer George Loker continued. On March 20th, the British barge returned to George Loker’s home, this time to retrieve the wife of one of Robert Dunkinson’s slaves. It would take 12 years, but George Loker was compensated for the loss of his slaves in the amount of $2,240. Later that year George Loker married Janet Lilburn, daughter of William Lilburn (a Scottish immigrant) and his wife, Angelica Clarke. George died in 1832 and Angela died in 1841. They had only two children: William Napolean



Loker (1817-1895) and George Hannibal Loker (1819-1895). “Margaret Clem (aka Margaret Jones) escaped from George Loker’s farm on Sunday, February 19, 1815. She went with six other slaves, including her three daughters, Elizabeth Jones, Lilly Jones, and Julian Jones. All seven slaves boarded the British frigate Havannah and were transferred to the Orlando on February 27, 1815. Margaret appears with her children on the list of African American refugees who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Halifax List recorded approximately two thousand slaves that the British sent there between 1815 and 1818.” Margaret and her family may have jumped from the frying pan into the fire. “New research has found that along with the American POWs were buried 104 African-Americans, the least lucky of the slaves who escaped the plantations

of Maryland as British regulars sacked Washington in 1814…About 2,000 liberated slaves were carried to Nova Scotia aboard royal war vessels and quartered at the military base.” I don’t know what happened to Margaret and her family, but at least during this war the British kept their promise to the slaves and transported them to freedom. They certainly did not do so during the Revolutionary War when slaves were abandoned in droves after the Battle of Yorktown and were left to face the wrath of their former masters. As for Caleb Barnhouse, he would make his own escape. “One cent reward for apprentice boy, Caleb Barnhouse who ran away on September 8. He is well grown and rough spoken. Thomas Hall, St. Mary’s County.” Caleb made his way to Washington, D.C. and by 1818 all of the trouble with Hall must have been over when he made the deposition concerning

the taking of the slaves of George Loker. Caleb remained in Washington where he worked as a carpenter. He married three times, and had seven children. He died on February 13, 1865 and is buried in Congressional Cemetery. Thomas L. Hall took on two more apprentices on November 13, 1819. “Thomas Jones binds his son William Jones until September 8, 1822 when he will arrive at the age of 21”, and “William Langley binds his son William Langley until October 15, 1823 when he will arrive at the age of 21 to Thomas L. Hall, house joiner and carpenter.” Hall died about 1830. In 1832 his property called “Junio’s Choice”, 296 acres located on St. Inigoe’s Creek, was sold to the highest bidder. His widow, Elizabeth (Biscoe) Hall, married James H. Hopewell on December 27, 1830.


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By Shelby Oppermann Contributing Writer

of an Aimless Mind A Beach Kind of Day

What a beautiful string of days we are having. I hope you are able to enjoy the outdoors as well. It has been easy to breathe, and pleasantly warm. The mosquitoes are taking the opportunity to rest up for a week or so more. Hence, I am writing outside. Today is the kind of dry, breezy day where if you close your eyes you can imagine lying on the sand at Ocean City ( or the beach of your choice). It helps that I brought a candle outside which smells like suntan lotion. My husband loves the smell of suntan lotion. I am hoping that my husband and I

can get away soon and spend a weekend, or maybe longer, in Ocean City this year. No more health problems please for any of us. It seems that for the last few years our getaways have revolved around trips to Baltimore for doctors appointments. I’m pretty sure the last time we went to Ocean City was several years ago for a softball tournament. If you’ve been away for a softball game, you know that it is rush to the game, play, wait anywhere from an hour to four hours to play again, and lots of group thing. There is usually not enough time in between to really go do anything. But I really miss it. It was crazy fun. My husband always tried very hard though to make sure either at night or on our way home, that I

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“You Are What You Wear” by Dr. Jennifer Baumgartner

c.2012, DaCapo Lifelong $16.00 / $18.50 Canada 250 pages By Terri Schlichenmeyer Contributing Writer It’s an old joke, but so true: you haven’t got a thing to wear. Yes, your closet’s crammed. You could wear a different outfit for six months with no repeats. You could skip doing laundry for weeks and you’d be okay, but when you got dressed this morning, everything was all wrong. Why can’t you get rid of that ripped sweatshirt from college? Are you wearing things that show too much skin? Why aren’t you taken seriously at work? Dr. Jennifer Baumgartner says that what’s in your closet can answer all those questions and more. In her new book “You Are What You Wear,” she explains. When Jennifer Baumgartner was a small child, she loved to explore her grandmother’s closet. Even at that early age, she realized that she could understand a lot from the things her grandma wore and loved. “Much like a turtle with its shell,” she says, “we tell the world the who, the what, the where, and the when of our lives by what we wear on our backs.” Every item in your closet is there because of an unconscious feeling. You may have hangers filled with baggy clothes because you’re ashamed of your body. Perhaps you have drawers full of neon because you’re afraid of getting older. You might still have racks of ‘80s fashions because they hold memories. Maybe you’ve got things that are inappropriate, too big, too small, too scruffy, or duplicates. Those clothes are affecting the way you live, and they may be

holding you back. You need, says Baumgartner, to make sure the outer you matches the inner you. Start by examining what you have. Empty your closet and dressers and “begin by blowing the top off your wardrobe…” Figure out what bugs you about your clothing, then ask yourself why you filled a closet with things that aren’t right for you. Next, think about what you want your clothes to say about you, then purge or add accordingly. What do you keep? What do you need? What feels good (or uncomfortable) about these choices? And how will you stay the course in the future? So your Dress for Success plan is coming unbuttoned? The look you thought was cool makes you look a fool? Then this book can help. First, though, I do have to admit that I was surprised with what I read. I expected “You Are What You Wear” to be more psychology-based and more revealing, personality-wise – but while there’s psychology in this book, it’s more of a how-to. That’s okay, though. Author and psychologist Jennifer Baumgartner does a thorough job in helping women (and men!) to understand what they need to do to find the look they need with maximum style and minimal cash outlay. I liked the step-by-step approach, and I appreciated that Baumgartner includes threads of all kinds. If you’ve ever been told to tone your wardrobe down, spice it up, or update it, buckle down with this book. For you, “You Are What You Wear” will help you wear a smile.

could do something I wanted to do. Usually a trip to a local winery was enough to keep me happy – still is. You probably know by my picture or writings that I am not a lay in the sun kind of girl with my fair skin. After a Senior Week trip in High School where I burnt myself to a crisp, I’ve never been out like that again. Oh my gosh, was that painful. I was so sunburned that my friends had to lift and carry me everywhere for a few days. I couldn’t even bend my joints – I probably should have gone to a hospital. But who thought of that at 17 in 1979. I was 90 pounds of red, angry skin. I do love walking the boardwalk, especially if it involves Thrashers boardwalk fries and some ice cream. I often wonder if the Spooky House with all the tumbling barrels is still there. No matter how many times I rode through that as a child, I still thought those barrels were going to fall on me, or that some real person was going to reach out and grab me. My favorite places were always the miniature golf centers and the arcades. My Mother would lay out on the beach with her already dark skin, and I would wander around. Parents probably don’t, or shouldn’t let, their kids do that anymore. The Jolly Roger amusement pier is

still a fun place at any age – more so for the kids of course. The neon and bright lights are exciting. My absolute favorite place to go though was The Caribbean Bar and Grill at Plim Plaza. Plim Plaza is one of the older hotels on the boardwalk. On Sundays before we left the beach we had a tradition of going to this second level rooftop to have frozen drinks and listen to the band play smooth jazz. What a relaxing way to end a fast-paced weekend. I can close my eyes again and pretend I’m there too. Ahhh, Pina Coladas. I have expanded somewhat since that 90 pounds (must have been all those Thrasher Fries) , so I probably won’t be seen in a bikini, or one-piece cover-up for that matter, any time soon. I think we could find plenty to do though. And I do have a selection of books waiting to be read under a beach umbrella. My husband would go at the drop of a hat. So, Maybe this Summer we will make our plans. Until then, I’ll just close my eyes, light my candle…and pretend. To each new day’s adventure, Shelby Please send your comments or ideas to:

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Programs and Activities

Six Week Living Well Series starting this month at Loffler Senior Activity Center Loffler Senior Activity Center to host the Living Well - Take Charge of Your Health series on Tuesday evenings from 5 to 7:30 p.m. beginning May 22 and ending June 26. This evidence-based program for self-management of chronic conditions comes from Stanford University. Impressive statistics on health improvement, fewer medical expenses and hospitalizations and overall sense of well-being is for those who are serious about taking control of their condition. The Department of Aging and St. Mary’s Hospital Health Connections are making this program available to residents of St. Mary’s County at no cost. To sign up or for more information about this incredible opportunity call 301.737.5670, ext. 1658 or e-mail Shellie at sheila. At least 10 participants must register in order to hold this workshop so please call as soon as possible. Deadline for signing up is Friday, May 18. Attendance at all six sessions is highly recommended. Basic Middle Eastern Belling Dancing Class with Yasmine Learn the basic steps and movements of middle Eastern dancing with its captivating music at the Garvey Senior Activity Center on Tuesdays, May 15-June 26 from 9-10 a.m. (no class on June 5). Students will learn correct body posture and alignment and basic body isolations. Learn to loosen and relax your muscles with hip and pelvic movements, twists, shimmies and more. Enjoy this sensational, fun, and beautiful art that will help you to rediscover your beauty. During the course, students will learn a simple choreography, integrating the belly dancing steps learned. Payment is due at the time of registration. Space is limited, registration closes Friday, May 11. Cost is $18.00 payable to Geno Rothback. For more information, call 301.475.4200, ext. 1050.

Garvey Senior Activity Center Unveils the “Man Cave” The Garvey Senior Activity Center will host a variety of activities geared towards men on Tuesdays beginning May 15 at 10:00 a.m. The room features a billiard table, a 42 inch television, and a Wii gaming system. The room includes seating for socializing, talking over coffee, or tables for playing cards, including a poker table. During the “grandopening” of the man cave on May 15, gentlemen are invited to partake in these activities, while snacking on traditional “man cave” treats. For more information, call 301.475.4200, ext. 1050. “Potting Shed” event to be held at Loffler Senior Activity Center On Friday, May 18, at 10:30 a.m., get together at the Loffler Senior Activity Center with friends and Toni Axtell to make yourself a flower basket you can take home. Everyone brings different varieties of flowers and you can pick and choose what you’d like to put in yours! We’ll supply the soil and you bring a container to plant your flowers PLUS two 6-packs or more of annuals. You may want to bring some garden gloves and your favorite potting tools. Call 301.737.5670, ext. 1658 or stop by the reception desk to sign up by Wednesday, May 16. “Senior Matters” This group meets at the Northern Senior Activity Center the 1st and 3rd Tuesday at 10:45 a.m. Structured like a small study or focus group, participants explore issues and concerns related to aging as facilitated by Elizabeth Holdsworth (LCSW-C). Topics may include, but are not limited to, health care, challenges of rural living, emotional issues, advance directives, finance challenges, community resources and more. Please contact the Center for more information. 301-475-4002 ext. 1001.

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.

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Law Enforcement Appreciation Day The 12th Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Day Ceremony will take place on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, 44219 Airport Road, California, MD 20619. This event occurs during National Police Memorial Week and will pay tribute to law officers who have died in the line of duty. The public is invited to attend the memorial ceremony and honor the Officer of the Year selected from each department based on their outstanding service to the community.

Garvey Senior Activity Center Celebrates Older Americans In celebration of Older American’s Month, the Garvey Senior Activity Center will host jazz singer, Gretchen Richie, on Thursday May 17 at noon. Ms. Richie has performed locally at numerous DC-area venues, including Blues Alley in Georgetown. She has also performed nationally and internationally, including Boca Raton, FL, Palm Springs, CA as well as in France. Since 2000, Gretchen has been the featured entertainer at the Café des Artistes in her hometown of Leonardtown, MD. She’s recorded two CDs: ‘Close Your Eyes’, and ‘It Could Happen To You’. Prior to Ms. Richie’s performance at 12:30 p.m., the Garvey Senior Activity Center staff will serve a special staff – prepared meal of chicken alouette, rice, cranberry strawberry salad, green beans, pineapple upside down cake, juice/milk/coffee/tea. To make reservations, call 301.475.4200, ext. 1050.


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Boost Your Brain Health By Socializing By Mark Underwood It’s always good to have a variety of social activities in your life. Did you know that getting together with friends, going to the movies, having someone over for dinner or simply enjoying conversations with other people, all add up to improved health benefits? Socializing can be a challenge for people who live alone and no longer drive or have health issues that limit their ability to get out of the house. Still, there are many ways to include people in your life so loneliness doesn’t set in. When you live alone you feel alone and non-socialization can affect your mind and body. Many people enjoy spending some time alone but after a while an isolated, stay-at-home lifestyle can lead to depression and declining health as the musculoskeletal system declines. To have a healthy aging life, exercise, eat right and socialize! A new study found that older adults who stay connected socially are more likely to retain their memories and cognitive abilities later in life. The takehome message from the recently published study in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior is that we need a variety of brain stimulation, including social activity, to keep our minds sharp. This is especially true later in life, when aging takes its toll on memory and other complex neurological processes. Researchers analyzed data over several years of 1,667 adults older who were 60 –years old and older. They looked at the likelihood of participants engaging in social activities with friends and family, joining clubs, and going to social engagements. The study also examined cognitive ability, memory acuity as people socialized more often. While we often ‘feel’ better after a good visit with family or friends, this study concluded that we may actually be improving our health with social activities. Older adults who were less socially active than who were socially active had both cognitive and physical limitations. The results are stunning; the socially active group had healthier brain scans, and seemed to be better protected from aging over time. As scientists gain ground in unlocking the mysteries of aging and neurology, we understand that we have some control over our cognitive and physical health. So eat well, exercise and your health will benefit. But you should also socialize. By doing so you will not only enjoy the company of people around you, you will keep your brain stimulated.

Tips for Increasing Social Activity and Better Brain Health • Be active, both physically and mentally. Read every day, walk every day. • Avoid sitting home alone day after day. If you can’t get out due to health restrictions, invite people to come and visit. Sometimes people need to be “invited” because they don’t want to drop by unannounced. • Prioritize having a social life no matter where you live or how you feel. You don’t have to have numerous social events on the calendar. Any time that you are with other people is a social event. Looking forward to getting together with friends and family is part of the fun. Remember, being with other people is good for your health. • Be a planner. Every day plan some activity that will allow you to talk to other people—in person if possible. If you have the mobility, go to a shopping mall and chat with people who work in the store. Shopping, even window shopping, is a good way to strike up a conversation about products and items in front of you. • Try new ways of meeting people. Join a book club, a card group, church choir or volunteer at a local hospital, shelter or food pantry. Anything you can think of that gets you out of the house and enjoying the world around you is a benefit. Mark Underwood is a neuroscience researcher, president and co-founder of Quincy Bioscience, a biotech company located in Madison, Wisconsin focused on the discovery and development of medicines to treat age related memory loss and the diseases of aging. Mark has been taped as an expert in the field of neuroscience for The Wall Street Journal Morning Radio, CBS and CNN Radio among others. Mark is also a contributor to the “Brain Health Guide” which highlights the research at Quincy Bioscience and offers practical tips to help keep health brain function in aging. Visit for more articles and tips for healthy aging.

Encore Institute Receives Aging Program Grant Encore Creativity for Older Adults will be returning to St. Mary’s College of Maryland for its fifth season from June 19-23, 2012. As a result of the MetLife Foundation Creative Aging Program Grant recently awarded to the program, the program will be expanding this year, offering its award-winning Encore Chorale program in addition to a band program, a dance program, and a theater program. Encore Creativity for Older Adults is a community outreach organization based in Washington, D.C. Encore Chorale is the nation’s largest choral program for older adults, with a summer program at St. Mary’s College of Maryland that draws participants from across the

country. This year, Encore will join with New Horizons Band and Dance Exchange to offer band and dance programs for older adults. In addition, St. Mary’s County resident Michelle Freire will direct a new theater program for older adults. Encore Creativity for Older Adults is presenting a Spring Concert – Southern Maryland Encore Chorale – Conducted by Krystal Rickard McCoy. The event will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at Calvert Marine Museum 14200 Solomons Island Road, Solomons Island. Admission is free. For more information see or call 301-261-5747.

Games Women (Should) Play to Get Fit and Healthy You are a woman and you don’t exercise as often as you should. What would it take to get you moving? Fun and games! A new survey from the American Cancer Society found that 40 percent of women would be more physically active if exercise felt less like work and more like play. This finding is all the more relevant now because next week (May 13 to 19) marks National Women’s Health Week, which encourages women to make their physical and mental health a top priority. “It’s understandable that you’d want your routine to be enjoyable rather than a drag,” says Shannon Wallace, Jr., CPT, owner of 368 Athletics & 368 Bootcamps in Frederick. “The more fun you have while you work out, the more chance there is that you will keep on exercising and reaping all the health benefits from your fitness program.” If you believe that “exercise” is synonymous with “boredom,” think again! Wallace points out that while the words “boot camp” may conjure up images of all work and no fun, it is, in fact, an enjoyable and exciting experience. “We don’t stick to one boring routine or push participants beyond their physical capabilities, and there is nobody standing over you with a whip!” he points out. “Our training is based on pleasant variety – every day at camp is different and we change exercises every few minutes, so your body doesn’t get used to one routine and stop responding to it.” And just because the activities feel more like play than back-breaking labor doesn't mean the workouts are not effective. “To the contrary, we actually play games, do obstacle courses, circuits and relays to keep participants moving and using different muscle groups,” Wallace notes. “These activities incorporate cardio, strength and balance training, as well as core work – all of which help you lose weight, burn fat, and generally get fitter and healthier – while you play!” In case you forgot why you should be exercising, shedding weight, and burning fat, here is a reminder: a new study published earlier this month in the journal Cancer Research, suggests that overweight or obese women who lose at least 5 percent of their body weight may lower their risk of developing several types of cancer. “We know that certain cancers, including those of breast, colon, esophagus, pancreas, gallbladder, and kidney, are linked to obesity,” Wallace notes. “And, of course, it’s no news to anyone that obesity can also lead to other serious medical conditions such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes.” He adds that while the above-mentioned study focuses on women, men too are at risk of developing cancer and other diseases linked to obesity and inactivity. “The bottom line is this: whatever gender you are, get physically active. Choosing a fun exercise program that feels more like play than hard work can help you accomplish your fitness and health goals much quicker and more enjoyably.” Founded by Shannon Wallace, Jr., 368 Athletics, Inc. represents the concept of optimal fitness and wellness encompassing 8 Essentials of Athleticism. They are strength, power, flexibility, reflexes, SAQ, balance, mental preparation, and recovery. Wallace can be reached at or 877-368-3681.

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Springtime specks can be found!

By Keith McGuire Contributing Writer Now is a good time to start fishing for a variety of species of finfish and crabs – if you haven’t already! Our diets can be substantially enhanced by fish and crabs from our local waters. I have a couple of fishing buddies who love to fish, but can’t tolerate fish as a meal. These are the characters that fish with me who bring along some of the unhealthiest snacks known to man. When the action slows and snack time rolls around, out come the sausages, chicken livers, beef sticks, jerky, corn chips and jalapeños to take their minds off

fishing. If I don’t find fish in a hurry, the HoHo’s and Twinkies will be on deck and more than a few beers to wash it all down. I call this their “See Food” diet. If the snack has high cholesterol, high fat, high calories, high salt, or is spicy enough to take the top of your head off, then it qualifies as a good snack on the boat. Basically, anything they are not allowed to eat at home is fair game on the boat. Despite the ominous weather predictions the past weekend wasn’t a bad time for fishing. The winds weren’t great, but most boating anglers were able to get out there to

catch a few. Most folks headed to the Bay for trophy stripers and found lots of willing fish to bite their trolled tandem rigs, umbrellas and daisy-chains. On Friday, I headed over to the Eastern Shore area to look for some of the speckled trout that were reported by The Tackle Box and others. We found the trout and lots of small stripers. I also snagged a cow-nosed ray that made for a surprisingly exciting battle. Other anglers fished for croaker. It seems the hardhead are more cooperative now, and are providing good action along the shores of the Naval Air Station and some of the local fishing piers.


White perch action is also picking up. Fish the oyster bars in the rivers with bloodworm or peeler crab for the best catches. Crabs are beginning to come on well. This will get better in the weeks to come after the spectacular full moon that we’ve just had. Next Wednesday, we’ll be able to keep some of the smaller stripers that we’ve had to throw back recently as DNR changes the size and creel for stripers beginning May 16th. From that date, we will be allowed to keep one fish over 28” and one fish over 18”. If no fish over 28” are caught, then two over 18” can be kept. The Patuxent River boundary is relaxed a little at the same time and you’ll be able to fish for stripers in the mouth of the river from Point Patience to the Bay. The size and creel limits for the Potomac River change at the same time. The boundary also changes there on May 16th from below the Harry W. Nice Bridge to below the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. Remember Mother’s Day is this weekend – even though the calendar says it’s only Sunday! How about a really nice seafood dinner with fish or crabs that Mom caught? (You might want to leave the “See Food” and beer at home.) Remember to take a picture of your catch and send it to me with your story at Keith has been a recreational angler on the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries for over 50 years; he fishes weekly from his small boat during the season, and spends his free time supporting local conservation organizations.

Hackett is Fourth Potomac Winner With Stellar Victory By Doug Watson Contributing Writer

class this season. Defending track champions Ben Bowie and Ed Pope paced the field to the initial green flag of the event. Bowie Laplata’s Ryan Hackett was victorious for the first time shot into the race lead and appeared as though he would snare this season in last Friday night’s 20-lap limited late model fea- his second feature win of the season. Meanwhile, fourthture at Potomac Speedway. With the win, Hackett became the starting Hackett, had worked his way to second by the fourth fourth different division winner, in the four races run for the lap and set his sights on Bowie. Hackett hounded Bowie for the next 13 laps before he would make the winning pass on the seventeenth lap. Hackett would then control the remaining circuits to post the win. “I just want to thank everyone who helps with this car.” Hackett stated. Without them we wouldn’t be here tonight.” Hackett has been quite busy in To be placed in the May 31st publication. 2012 splitting his time between the late models and limited cars weekly at Potomac. “This is our Steel Block Bandit $25 With No Picture motor with a two-barrel carburetor on it.” Said Hackett. “Ben (Bowie) is re$35 With Picture ally good in this class and it’s an honor to beat him.” Bowie held on for second, ninth-starting Derrick Quade came 2x2 30 WORD MAX home third, Ed Pope took fourth and TyKatie Thompson, Please Contact: ler Emory completed the top-five. Bowie Graduation is a time to celebrate your scored the heat race win. achievements, prepare for a Matt Suite Mike Latham continued his early future of opportunities and embrace a world of infinite season domination of the street stock possibilities. ranks as he scored his third feature win of 301-399-6417 the young season in the division’s 16-lap -Love Mom & Dad Jennifer Stotler feature. Kurt Zimmerman jumped into the early race lead before Stephen Quade 2x3 assumed the top-spot on lap-three. As 301-247-7611 Quade took the lead, Latham followed Katie Thompson, Mickey Ramos into second. The duo put on quite a spirGraduation is a time to celebrate ited battle before Latham took the lead your achievements, for good on the twelfth-lap. Latham 240-298-0937 prepare for a future of opportunities and would then lead the final four-laps to embrace a world of post his 25th career Potomac street stock Kit Carson infinite possibilities. feature win. Quade eventually finished second, eighth-starting Darren Alvey -Love Mom & Dad 706-897-9526 was third, early leader Kurt Zimmerman

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was fourth and Mike Raleigh rounded out the top-five. Heats went to Quade and Troy Kassiris. It took six races to do it, but there was finally a repeat winner in the hobby stock ranks as Brian Adkins romped to his second win of the season in the division’s 15-lap main. Adkins darted into the race lead, and would go on to lead every lap of the event. Matt Tarbox collected second, Don Breach rallied for third after a mid-race spin, Jimmy Randall was fourth and Will Nelson filled the front five. Heats went to Tarbox and Breach. A late evening rain shower forced the cancellation of the u-car and strictly stock features which will be made up at a later date. Limited late model feature finish 1. Ryan Hackett 2. Ben Bowie 3. Derrick Quade 4. Ed Pope 5. Tyler Emory 6. Dave Adams 7. Sam Archer 8. JT McGlanigan 9. Charles Wyant Street Stock feature finish 1. Mike Latham 2. Stephen Quade 3. Darren Alvey 4. Kurt Zimmerman 5. Mike Raleigh 6. Teddy Dickson 7. Scott Wilson 8. Johnny Oliver 9. Dave McBrayer 10. Dale Reamy 11. Troy Kassiris Hobby stock feature finish 1. Brian Adkins 2. Matt Tarbox 3. Don Breach 4. Jimmy Randall 5. Will Nelson 6. Robbie Gass 7. Travis Hopkins 8. Jonathon Raley 9. James Sutphin 10. John Burch 11. Jerry Deason 12. Bobby Miexsall (DQ) 13. Shane Roloff (DQ) 14. Tommy Randall (DNS)


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Thursday, May 10, 2012

A View From The

Bleachers By Ronald N. Guy Jr. Contributing Writer

Remember the 2010 World Series? The Texas Rangers, the American League representative, were constructed by Nolan Ryan, one of the best pitchers in baseball history, coached by Ron Washington, a man who overcame a positive drug test during the season, and were led on the field by slugger Josh Hamilton, a one-time can’t miss prospect who resurrected his career after it nearly succumbed to drug and alcohol abuse. Facing those fascinating Texans were the San Francisco Giants, a team seeking its first championship since moving west from New York in 1958 - this despite having once employed greats like Willie Mays, Willie McCovey and the swollen version of Barry Bonds. These Giants amped up the entertainment meter with characters like Tim Lincecum, the quirky, flowing-locked ace of the pitching staff and eccentric closer Brian Wilson and his awkwardly long, jetblack beard and zany, Jim Carey-esque

interviews. The storylines ultimately proved more enthralling than the series itself: the Giants prevailed in five mostly undramatic games. Still, for those without an identifiable rooting interest, it was hard not to like both teams and get wrapped up in their individual journeys. Strangely, the aforementioned headlines-grabbers aren’t what I remember most about the 2010 World Series. That distinction goes to Aubrey Huff, the solid but unspectacular veteran 1st baseman for the Giants. Huff didn’t claim real estate in my meager and overloaded memory banks with any memorable on-field play; it’s Huff’s interviews that are still with me. At the time, Huff was a well-traveled veteran of exclusively bad teams (including a stint with the Orioles). Having finally stumbled on something special 11 years into his career, Huff appeared punch-drunk on euphoria. He was completely awestruck by the mo-

Two Seasons… And An Eternity Ago

ment; so overjoyed that he simply couldn’t suppress his inner little boy that was boiling over for all of America to see. In this era of filthy rich and lackadaisical athletes that often make one wonder if they still play for any of the reasons that originally attracted them to the game, it was moving. Huff was certainly getting paid, and rather well, for his and his team’s success, but there’s no doubt he would have played for free. Not even two years later, it seems that joyous smile has apparently been wiped from Huff’s face, his youthful spirit absent from his demeanor. His struggles on the field since the Giants’ World Series triumph are inescapable: a career .279 hitter, Huff’s average plummeted to .246 in 2011 and below .200 in 2012, respectively (sort of). Huff’s life off the field isn’t faring much better as he’s mired in a divorce. In an alltoo-common scenario, Huff’s personal and professional struggles have taken a psychological toll. Recently, Huff announced that he was taking a leave of absence from the team to seek treatment for anxiety - heavy stuff…and a long way from the beer-soaked celebrations Huff basked in just 18 months ago. There is a silly, occasional inclination for fans to view professional athletes as something other than – not

necessarily better or worse…just “other than” – human beings. Perhaps that’s from some superhero complex or a “loathing the rich” attitude. Regardless, it’s not fair; the folks between the lines aren’t fundamentally different from those in the seats…just ask Aubrey Huff. Anxiety is a common and debilitating bugger. It cares not for its victims’ backgrounds, occupations or salaries. It can creep into one’s psyche through environmental triggers or just meander in and out of the afflicted individual’s life without any identifiable cause. It acts as something of a mental virus…robbing its hosts of healthy bandwidth and filling their processors with negative, compulsive thoughts. It’s real, dangerous and can be life-arresting. It is also treatable…for those with the fortitude to dispel their stubbornness and pride and seek help. That is often a difficult step to take because of anxiety’s shadowy, intangible qualities and of the stigma – a sign of weakness – it carries. Huff courageously took that step toward recovery. While he searches for mental peace, I’ll hold fast to my memory of the giddy Aubrey Huff from October 2010 and remain hopeful of his return to baseball and full health. Send comments to rguyjoon@yahoo. com

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