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Commissioners OK Two Special Tax Districts By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Residents living in Drum Point and the Chesapeake Ranch Estates are facing new Special Tax Districts, both approved by the Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday. The Chesapeake Ranch Estates board of directors petitioned for their fifth Special Tax District (STD) and got their current one extended instead. Homeowners will continue to pay $250 per year. The Ranch Estates board of directors will also have to spend down their surplus of $3 million, the commissioners said. By extending the current STD, County Attorney John B. Norris, III said the county will allow the board to keep up their momentum and get the funds for fixing and paving roads and improving the infrastructure, but there shouldn’t be that much left over.

Commissioner Susan Shaw, who said she owns three properties in the Ranch Estates, made the motion to extend the current STD for one year, which was seconded by Commissioner Evan K. Slaughenhoupt Jr. Commissioner President Jerry Clark said the fact that Drum Point board members were neither present at the public forum June 14 nor at the commissioners meeting Tuesday, “concerns me tremendously,” adding “the community is only as strong or successful as the members on the board.” He said there is a “tremendous amount of money and a tremendous amount of things at stake,” and the board members should make an effort to be at the meeting that has a bearing on what they will do in the coming years. The fourth Drum Point STD renewal will begin July 1 and expire June 30, 2016. The annual fee will be raised to $150 per lot, an increase from the $50 currently paid. Lots owned by the Drum Point Home-

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owners Association (DPPOA) are exempt from this STD. Unspent funds from the third STD will be carried forward. Monies spent by the DPPOA form the

STD have to be approved by the County Commissioners. sarahmiller@countytimes.net

SMECO Applies For Smart Meter Go-Ahead By Guy Leonard Staff Writer The Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) says that two pilot projects which employ advanced meters that eliminate the need for manual readings have been successful and they have now applied to the state’s Public Service Commission (PSC) to use the so-called Smart Meters with all of their residential and commercial customers. “We’re regulated by the Public Service Commission and they have control over us going to full scale deployment,” said Austin J. Slater, president and CEO of SMECO. “The meters will pay for themselves in utilities and operational cost savings.” Slater said the meters were installed in homes in the St. Charles development in Charles County and at Patuxent River Naval Air Station in St. Mary’s County and have proved successful, and the filing with PSC to move ahead with full installation was June 13. Slater estimated that the savings from the Smart Meter project would be enough to pay for their cost over the next 10 years; beyond that the savings should increase, he said. Utility providers PEPCO and BG&E have already gone to Smart Meter technology, Slater said, and SMECO is following their lead. “We’re trailing them by about a year,” Slater said.

The project aims to save money by eliminating the need to send out employees to read meters manually as well as by giving automatic notices of electrical outages instead of having a crew go out to confirm it. Customers will also be able to view their electricity consumption on-line, Slater said, which would allow them to regulate how much power they consume throughout the day and better control their bills. But not everyone believes that Smart Meters are as efficient as they have been billed and they even believe that the constant radio waves the units send out are harmful to residents who live right next to them. Jonathan Libber, of Maryland Smart Meter Awareness, said his group would soon file with the PSC to have the body intervene to stop the installation of these meters until they have been proved safe. Libber said there is no information to suggest whether the radio transmissions from the meters are detrimental to people’s health, and he disputed claims that the meters broadcasts were minimal. “The most serious problem is there’s never been a study done on the health affects of these meters,” Libber said. “It’s a very powerful form of radiation … it’s like having a cell tower attached to your house.” Slater said that such claims were “wildly inaccurate” that the cell phones have 50,000 times the electromagnetic output that Smart Meters do.

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Libber said the study quoted by Slater was “bogus” and promulgated by utilities companies as a way to support their projects. Beyond the health concerns there are also worries about privacy, Libber said. Smart Meter technology, which is wireless in nature, is open to hacking and misuse by anyone able to access the information. “They’ll be able to figure out all kinds of things about you,” Libber said. “Like when you are home and when you’re not, when you’re asleep, when you’re awake and what kind of appliances you use.” Libber said something like fiber optic cable technology is a better option. “It’s much, much harder to hack,” he said. Slater said the technology would be protected to ensure that customer privacy is ensured. Libber also disputed the premise that the Smart Meters would save customers money, because evidence from states like California where they have been used show that they have not resulted in anyone using them to curb their power consumption. For more information on the Smart Meter project visit www.smeco.coop or for the opposition at www.marylandsmartmeterawareness.org. guyleonard@countytimes.net

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Vera’s Hosts ‘Battle of St. Leonard’s Creek’ By Alex Panos Staff Writer

because Chopticon was attempting to fund a trip to represent Maryland, the school’s band wanted to create replicas to honor the state. The second leg of the day’s festivities, now using metal row boats, required participants to row across the creek to a small island, obtain a flag and return back to the starting line; all while being attacked with water guns and bombarded with water balloons shot from catapults. Alas, Chopticon – who’s row boat was draped in Maryland flag decorations – was no match for Gorden Spalding and Diane Rowe, founder and co-founder of the event’s sponsor, the Maryland Powerboat Club. The duo was dominating the battle, despite an onslaught of water balloons administered from Chopticon’s band members that remained on the shore. One cardboard boat, miniscule in comparison, that survived the first race, got a late start off the beach but came up big in the end by remaining stealthy and stealing the flag from right under the powerhouse Powerboat club’s nose. As the “Polish Princess” (which was the captain’s nickname for his soaked cardboard box) returned to the sand, it’s saturated captain declared, “All’s fair in love and war!”

The marching band from Chopticon High School in St. Mary’s County continued its quest to fund a trip to Hawaii to represent Maryland at the annual Pearl Harbor Parade by taking part in Vera’s Beach Club’s “Battle of St. Leonard’s Creek.” The battle, which featured a cardboard boat race as well as a “battle for the flag” race, was held Saturday in White Sands in honor of the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. Geoff Westbrook of Mechanicsville, band booster and parent of a band member, won the day’s first event, the cardboard boat race, in his replica of the USS Maryland. Westbrook blew away the entire field, most of which saw their cardboard boats fall apart or capsize within the opening moments of the race, and had finished the entire race before the second place finisher even rounded the last buoy toward the home stretch. Despite dominating the event as a first timer, Westbrook said it took just four days in the garage after work to build his boat, and he had no secrets to reveal about constructing an efficient cardboard boat. “We were going for looks,” Westbrook said, band booster Geoff who then explained that Chopticon Westbrook screams with excitement

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Diane Rowe and Gorden Spalding, left, take an early lead in the “Battle of St. Leonard’s Creek”

Abington Shores Solar Farm Contested By Sarah Miller Staff Writer The Abington Shores Homeowners Association has succeeded in getting more answers about a Board of Appeals decision in October that allowed Solis Energy Solutions to install a solar energy field on a nearby farm property. Retired Judge Graydon S. McKee III ruled in favor of the homeowners’ association when they appealed the board’s decision to the county circuit court. Solis Energy Solutions President Luke Hutzell said the judge vacated the ruling, meaning the matter will be remanded to the board for further consideration, and they will have to re-write their order. “We are going to evaluate our options,” Hutzell said. “We are not going to give up on the project.”

He said plans include further public hearings and evaluations. He commended the Abington Shores Homeowners Association for their vigilance and for making their opinion known, but he said Solis Energy Solutions will not be walking away from the project. “We are committed to making this project a reality,” Hutzell said. Once they are through the appeals board process and have site plan approval and the necessary permits, Hutzell said instillation will take approximately four months. He said they knew the homeowners association planed on appealing the Board of Appeals decision, and they waited to see the outcome before moving further. Abington Shores Homeowners Association representatives could not be reached as of press time. sarahmiller@countytimes.net

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From spending one-on-one time with kids to leading a group, Calvert has an abundance of ways to provide youths with mentors. The Calvert County Mentoring Partnership (CCMP) has a goal to unify and organize the entire county’s mentoring opportunities and organizations. With more than a dozen groups using mentors in the area, there was a need for an organization to pull them all under one umbrella and, moving forward, keep them from “reinventing the wheel,” according to CCMP co-chairperson Nadine Happell. Happell is also a field director with the Girl Scouts. Volunteers agree that mentoring is the type of volunteering that benefits everyone. Jeff Gay, who has been volunteering with Big Brothers, Big Sisters for the past four years, said he started working with his “little brother” Wes when Wes was 12 years old. Over the years, they have gone camping and worked at car shows in the area, and Wes has even joined Gay’s family on vacations. Often, Gay said he will pick Wes up and take him for dinner or simply bring him back to his house to hang out. Not everything with his little brother is fun and games, Gay said. Like a real older brother, he acts as a mentor and father figure to Wes, who grew up with a single parent mother and sisters. “His mom calls me on something he does wrong,” Gay said, recalling times when Wes came home with bad grades or got into trouble. In an action more like a father than a brother, Gay said he talked Wes into signing up for football one year to teach him about teamwork and help him be more physically

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active. Gay even worked as an assistant coach with Wes’s team, driving from his home in Lexington Park to northern Calvert three times per week for practices. He said being in the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program is a long-term commitment and, while the organization says a volunteer should be able to visit with their little sibling twice per month, he commits much more time. Big Brothers, Big Sisters Match Support Specialist Mary Lu Gultekin said it is normal for mentors to go far above and beyond the minimum requirement. Having a dedicated umbrella organization like CCMP in the area allows mentoring organizations to function more efficiently, by pointing people to organizations that are the best fit for

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the time they have to commit and the type of commitment they want to make. “It’s helped us become better advocates,” Gultekin said. Not all mentors work on a one-on-one basis. Debbie Jaeger has been working with the Girl Scouts for the past couple years, after having been a scout herself when she was a child. Jaeger said working with the Girl Scouts got her through a rough period after she retired. She said she was floundering, and not sure what to do with herself until she began getting involved as a troop leader for her niece. “It’s like they saved me,” she said. Currently, she is the leader of Daisy Troop 3542. Jaeger said troop leaders help

the girls grow into leaders, allowing them to organize events and run their meetings as they get older. She has also worked at Girl Scout camps and helped with the annual cookie sale. Happell said part of being a mentor is be able to teach kids to learn from past experiences. “One thing I try to tell leaders is to let them make mistakes. They learn from mistakes,” she said, explaining that she let a troop she was leading plan a party and didn’t say anything when they forgot to put drinks, plates and napkins on the list of things to buy. She said they learned, and when they went on a camping trip later they didn’t miss a thing. Gultekin said there is a marked difference between the types of mentoring. In one-on-one mentoring, there is a deeper relationship based on the needs of a single child. With group mentoring models like the Girl Scouts, there is more focus on helping youths develop life skills and guiding them. In both types, the goal is to help young people become adults who can be active and productive members of the community. Happell said she and co-chair Roseanna Vogt are currently searching for somebody to volunteer for the CCMP itself. She said they need an administrator to plan the meetings between heads of mentoring organizations, to take minutes and organize everything overall. For more information, or to volunteer with CCMP, call Vogt at 301-778-3848 or Happell at 410-610-3217. sarahmiller@countytimes.net

Judge Denies Woodburns Liquor License Transfer By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Last August, Solomons-based grocer Woodburns Food Market applied to the Calvert County liquor board to transfer their liquor license to operate the business inside Food Lion in Lusby. Calvert’s liquor board unanimously denied the transfer and, after an appeal before Judge James J. Lombardi, the decision was upheld in a decision released earlier this month. Betty Johnson, co-owner of Woodburns, said the judge’s decision was made on the basis that Food Lion is not a similarly-sized establishment as Woodburns. She said the judge’s opinion was that the license is qualified to be grandfathered,

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years, but it was attached to Woodburns for decades. During the hearing, the argument was made that Woodburns technically got a new license every time the license changed class, and should not be considered under the grandfather law. Johnson said that is incorrect. “People do it all the time, they upgrade or downgrade their license,” Johnson said. She said her family is strongly leaning toward appealing the judge’s decision, and will be deciding within the next week. sarahmiller@countytimes.net

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CSM Operating Budget Adopted By Sarah Miller Staff Writer The College of Southern Maryland is in a unique situation when it comes to its operating budget – there are actually three budgets, one for each individual school, rolled up into the overall budget. School President Brad Gottfried said each campus has an individual budget made up of the tuition paid to the school, county funding and state funding. “We do not mix and match,” he said. Ideally, the three components would each make up a third of each school’s funding. Unfortunately, that’s not the way it has been working. The state has cut funding to approximately 19 percent of the total budget, and student tuition is making up 51 percent of the budget, Gottfried said. County funding ideally makes up the remainder, he said. When tuition goes up, be it at a fouryear university or a community college like CSM, the institution begins to lose students. All totaled, the operating budget for the three CSM campuses is $59,195,108. The La Plata campus is the largest, with an operating budget of $35,216,947. The Prince Frederick campus works with an operating budget of $11,671,328 and the Leonardtown campus has a $12,306,833 budget. At the June 21 Board of Trustees meeting, the trustees passed the proposed budgets despite Charles County not having made a formal funding commitment yet. During the meeting, the board agreed it was worth the risk of passing it in June

rather than pushing it off to the next board of trustees meeting in July, after the new fiscal year starts. The budget includes a four percent tuition increase for students. Part of the budget increase includes payments into a retirement fund for employees. Gottfried said setting up the fund will take care of employees after they retire without continuous tuition raises to cover them. Gottfried said the budget reflects the size of the campus and the size of the student population at the campus. In the recent past, because of the growth of the student population, the cost of doing business has been steadily increasing. In order to best serve the students, the schools have been adding buildings and staff, such as teachers and advisors. “I think it’s going to moderate in the

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near future,” Gottfried said, adding that he “It’s certainly not an art or a science,” anticipates the student population leveling he said. “Maybe it’s somewhere in between.” off in the coming years. He said when they approach the coun- sarahmiller@countytimes.net ties with their budget and the amount they’d like the county to contribute, Gottfried said they don’t go in with an inflated number assuming the county will cut some. They ask for what they need and compromise, and look at where they can trim expenditures. Tuition increases are a last resort, Gottfried said, and help cover gaps left by state funding, county funding and the income from the current tuition, if there is any after trimming and By Sarah Miller tightening measures are made to Staff Writer the budget. The Beach Elementary School’s chess team, the Beach Bishops, travel throughout the state for chess tournaments during the school year. But during the summer, unless they get together or find other people to play with, there is a two-month span where they don’t practice. To help give these students a chance to play during the summer, Beach Elementary Principal and chess club advisor Mike Shisler has organized a weekly chess night at the Northeast Community Center for the second consecutive summer. Last summer, he said between 12 and 20 people showed up every night and, while the turnout has been disappointing so far, he hopes Why advertise your more people start coming to the chess nights in July. There is no entry fee, and the chess sets goods and services and snacks are provided. There are several benefits to playing chess in SOMD Publishing? regularly, he said. “Chess is a wonderful game that makes • Readers are actively people slow down and think,” Shisler said. Chess helps people learn to strategize and looking for your listing. think ahead, and think creatively, he said. It can also help keep a person’s mind young. Shisler • Our newspapers are also said there is a chess club at Asbury Solomons, and he takes the club there on occasional afteronline for everyone to see! noons and evenings to play. Chess also teaches • Potential buyers can people about sportsmanship. “You learn to win gracefully and you learn clip and save your ad. to lose gracefully,” he said. Nobody is too old to learn to play chess. Shisler said they welcome players of all ages and ability levels to chess nights at the community center. The County Times The next chess nights at Northeast Community Center are July 10 and 17 from 6:30-8 Serving St. Mary’s p.m. They are free and open to the public. The Northeast Community Center is located at 4075 G Stinnett Boulevard in Chesapeake Beach.

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County to Tackle Parking Issues By Sarah Miller Staff Writer A number of plans were brought up during the June 20 Planning Commission meeting, ranging from agritourism and ecotourism back for another go-round, and a plan from Planning and Zoning to revise parking regulations in Prince Frederick. Planning and Zoning Director Charles Johnston said when he drives through Prince Frederick he sees “very frequently an abundance of empty asphalt.” He said this indicates to him underutilized space, which could be more efficiently developed. “It’s a commonly accepted notion that there is too much parking,” Johnston said, adding that while the department thought it would be simple to change the required parking spaces, there are many more implications that need to be studied. He said he will bring the matter back before the board again in the future. Changes to the agritourism, ecotourism, and heritage tourism uses section of the Planning and Zoning Code were brought back before the board for consideration after being sent to various commissions for study and review. Changes include the number of public events a private farm can host, and who has the authority to make the decision about what events are allowed. After some discussion, including Planning Commission member Malcolm Funn wondering if the changes are actually a zoning matter and out of the purview of the Planning Commission, the Planning Commission voted unanimously to release the document for public comment. Johnston also briefed the commission on the Sign Regulations Review Ad-Hoc Committee, saying they recently met with a representative from the State Highway Adminis-

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tration to discuss a “non-enforcement policy” which would allow temporary signs to be erected on state right of way along Route 2/4 on weekends. He said they are also looking at all the sign regulations for Calvert’s town centers and how to bring them into line with each other. Commission chairman Maurice T. Lusby III said he admires the idea and understands the need for sign uniformity, but considering the scope of what the signage commission is attempting, he said “I don’t think it’s going to work.” In other news, the planning commission approved an application from Anthony C. Williams to cut down on the amount of sidewalks to be installed in Prince Freder-

ick Crossing, having them installed on one side of the road rather than both. “Most people do not want sidewalks on both sides of the street,” Williams said, adding “in my opinion, it’s a waste of money” and “most people want sidewalk on one side, green space on the other.” The development will still include a bike loop. For more information, or to see future meeting dates and agendas, visit www.co.cal.md.us/business/planning/ planningcommission. sarahmiller@countytimes.net

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Chamber of Commerce President Steps Down After serving for 14 Carolyn McHugh years as the chief professional officer of the Calvert County Chamber of Commerce, Carolyn McHugh, announced she is stepping down as the organization’s President/CEO, a press release states. Her last day at the Chamber is Sept. 18. Sonja Cox, Chair, confirmed the Board of Directors was informed of the resignation at a Board meeting on June 20. Cox indicated that steps are being taken to form a Search Committee to determine important details such as job descriptions and salary. “We are in the process of determining next steps and how to get the information out as quickly as possible so that anyone interested in applying can do so,” Cox said in the release. “We appreciate that Carolyn has given us more than adequate notice, but searches of this nature do take time and the Board is prepared to take whatever time it needs to ensure that we find the right person for the position. We’re pleased that Carolyn has agreed to use her knowledge to assist the Search Committee in the process.” “McHugh came to the Chamber with over 10 years of experience in non-profit management and her experiences helped turn a financially beleaguered organization around so that now the organization is on sound financial footing,” Cox said. “During her 14 years at the Chamber, McHugh introduced the first Chamber web-site, managed and staffed two Tourist information centers, managed the physical relocation of the Chamber to its present site on Dares Beach Road, maintained and grew membership, introduced new programs, wrote a newspaper column which highlighted chamber members, and much more.

We’ll be looking for someone who can build on the solid foundation she’s leaving behind.” The Board of Directors annually engages an independent auditor to assist the management and finances of the Chamber on behalf of the membership. McHugh’s announcement to the Board followed another favorable annual auditor’s report in which an independent auditor indicated that the Chamber was a wellmanaged organization on firm financial footing, the Chamber release stated. “I have been blessed to work with a wonderful staff, inspiring business and community leaders, and many hard working and dedicated business owners.” McHugh said. “I will miss them all, but I expect I’ll see many of them as I get involved in other things in the community, things that will interest me but give me more personal time to enjoy our beautiful county.” The Chamber has over 700 members and representatives. Collectively the businesses represented in the Chamber employee over 9,600 workers. The Chamber’s serves as a central agency to unite the business community towards the goals of building strong relationships with other resource organizations in the area, improving the business climate, and maintaining a strong community in which to live and work. Encouraging the growth of tourist, a major economic driver for the county, is also a goal of the Chamber. Through a contract with the County, the Chamber’s President ensures that the County’s two Information Centers are staffed with knowledgeable tourist specialists. During the fiscal year 2010201 the centers provided assistance to nearly 15,000 county visitors.

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Fleming Sworn In as New Rotary President

Photo by Stovy Brown New officers for the Rotary Club of Prince Frederick sworn in; Al Schwencer, left, Martha Canfield, Jean Gelatka, Ed Burkhart, Rich Fleming, Mike Hammond, Justin Ruest, Paul Summers and Philip Yeats. Not shown, Gene Karol.

Dr. Richard Fleming, Vice President and Dean of the Prince Frederick campus of the College of Southern Maryland, was recently sworn in as the President of the Rotary Club of Prince Frederick. Other officers for the 2012-13 year will be Justin Ruest, Vice President, Ed Burkhart, Secretary, Mike Hammond, Treasurer, and Al Schwencer, Sgt.-at-Arms. Martha Canfield becomes Immediate Past President, a press release states. Also serving for the coming year are: Jean Gelatka, Club Service; Philip Yeats, Community Service; Paul Summers, International Service; Gene Karol, Vocational Service. Dr. Fleming has 33 years of experience in higher education instruction and administration. During his career, Fleming has been an active Rotarian in four other states, Virginia, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona. Fleming is married to Dr. Jean Fleming, and has a daughter, Meredith, and a grandson, Ian, who live in Texas. The Rotary Club of Prince Frederick is the local affiliate of Rotary International, the oldest international service club. Rotary club members are business and professional leaders who volunteer in their communities and promote world understanding and peace. Rotary’s 31,000 clubs in more than 165 countries and regions encourage high ethical standards and carry out humanitarian projects to address such issues as poverty, health, hunger, education, and the environment. The Rotary Club of Prince Frederick meets every Monday at Stoney’s in Prince Frederick. For further information, contact Dave Elkinton at 410-535-6139.

Cruisin’ Southern Maryland Raises $4,000 for Vets Home On June 7, Cruisin’ Southern Maryland presented a $4,000 donation to the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home. The funds were raised from the Cruisin’ Southern Maryland 2012 event held on May 12. The donation will be used to provide and enhance activities that would not otherwise be available for the Veterans, a press release states. Cruisin’ Southern Maryland is sponsored by a coalition of local car clubs including the Southern Knights, East Coast Drifters, St. Mary’s Rod and Classic, East Coast Pro Streets, Night Thunder Cruisers, and the Quarter Masters. The May 12 Cruise started in Charlotte Hall and traveled through Charles, Prince Georges, Anne Arundel, Calvert, and St. Mary’s counties. Over 125 vehicles participated in the 100-mile event. Stops along the way included Brandywine Crossing, Waysons Corner, Prince Fredrick, and California, where impromptu car and truck shows were held. The final stop was at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home where the veterans had the opportunity to enjoy the hot rods, classic cars, trucks, and motorcycles. One vehicle was selected for an award at each stop by a local business or the local fire department. The Veterans selected the winning vehicle for the Veteran’s Choice Award that was presented at the conclusion of the event. In addition to the car clubs involved, assistance and support for the event was provided by numerous major sponsors including: Charlotte Hall Retail Center, Henry’s Engineering, Maryland International Raceway, Combs Drury Reeves Insurance, Speed Unlimited, Old Town Automobile, Mahaffey Motorsports, Dave’s Auto Body, Coffee Hill Welding, Jimmy Rader’s Auto Repair, Allusion Design, and Apex Design. Over two dozen associate sponsors also participated including the Brandywine, Prince Fredrick, and Bay District fire departments. This is just the beginning of what is expected to be a great partnership between the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home and the Cruisin’ Southern Maryland family. Plans for next years cruise are already in the early planning stages, the release states. For additional information visit Cruisin’ Southern Maryland on the web at www. cruisinsomd.com.

Pictured here from the Cruisin’ Southern Maryland group are: back row, Rick Greathouse, Ed Mattingly, John Vannatta, Johnny Brooks, Harry Adams, Ann Rader, Jerry Cecil, Jimmy Rader, Carol Lantz, John Shaffer. Sitting on the right with the event shirt is Mike Lantz. Front row is John Parlett, Carole Lewis, Mike Farr, and Wade Mahaffey. CSM group members not available for this photo, but should be recognized are Mike Kline, Bill Higgs, Dave Miller, Stan Proctor, Hans Svane, Rick Gentry, Colbert Carter, Jay Hayden, and Dave Desmarais. Those not named in this photo are the real heroes, our veterans.


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‘Mission’ Complete First Ever Southern Maryland Free Dental Clinic Serves 800 By Alex Panos Staff Writer Standing six foot six inches tall, it is not hard to believe Dr. Garner Morgan was once a standout basketball player at Chopticon High School. Last week, he returned to Chopticon’s gymnasium – and the basketball court he scored the first two points on in 1965 – to lead the first free dental clinic in Southern Maryland. Morgan, a Mechanicsville dentist, is co-chairman of this year’s only Mission of Mercy (MOM) in Maryland– a free two-day dental clinic, hosted by hundreds of volunteers, providing teeth cleanings, fillings, minor denture repairs and even oral surgery to people who otherwise could not afford it. Along with his co-chairmen Dr. John Knowlton and Dr. Martin Barley, Morgan previously volunteered at the first two Maryland MOM’s in Western Maryland. Due to the need Morgan said exists in Southern Maryland, the three doctors lobbied hard to organize a Mission closer to home. Patients were served on a first-come first-serve basis, and nearly 600 were prescreened, which Morgan said, “made a huge difference in the speed of service.” With equipment on loan from Maryland and Virginia, and a donated budget of approximately $65,000 from various firms, insurance companies and private individuals, Mission of Mercy provided treatment for approximately 800 patients. More than 600 volunteers, serving in six-hour shifts, were placed in one of seven categories; dentists, hygienists, pharmacists, nurses, leads, escorts and general support staff before making their unique contributions. Members of each category wore different colored t-shirts to help patients differentiate between personnel. The entire system of programming and scheduling for the clinic was invented by MOM organizers. “We have so many good people that it works,” Morgan told The County Times on Friday afternoon, as he simultaneously directed operations in the bustling school. Because it wasn’t feasible to expect to take care of everything for every patient, Morgan said the main priority was to alleviate pain and discomfort. The dentists were in charge of determining the most necessary, important and overdue procedures for each individual. Nearly half of the volunteer manpower was needed for tooth extractions, which Morgan believes is an indication of the huge number of people that cannot afford regular dental care “with the economy the way it is.” “We have no choice,” Morgan said about putting half of the volunteers on extraction duty. Dental professionals, such as the Re-

gional Mobile Dental Office from Silver Spring, traveled from all over the area to volunteer at the clinic. The mobile dental office brought 10 people, including three dentists and one oral surgeon. William Kelson said the mobile dental office had never traveled such a far distance, but felt they had to come and take part in the year’s only MOM in Maryland. “All the supplies are here, everyone has been helpful and attentive,” said Dr. Eric Bradshaw of the mobile dental office. “We’re providing quality care.” MOM patient Bruce Barker, who traveled from Upper Marlboro to have a tooth pulled as well as a cleaning, said he was more than satisfied with his first experience at the Mission of Mercy. “Everything went great. They even prescribed me medicine for the pain,” Barker said, referring to the free pain and antibiotic medication available on site. Helping individuals like Barker was awe inspiring to all those volunteers that took part in the mission, said Jeannie Guy, a Leonardtown resident and employee in Dr. Morgan’s office, said everyone she ran into was nothing but “helpful and eager.” She was so inspired by the level of commitment from the volunteers that although she was only scheduled to work a few hours on Thursday, she wound up spending two entire days volunteering. Volunteers who couldn’t give any more of their time found other ways to continue to contribute. “One volunteer was so impressed he gave $50 out of his pocket,” Morgan said. One patient, Billie Jo Eure of Lusby, was left so impressed with the clinic that she hopes to contribute to the cause in the future. “It’s making me want to help and volunteer next time; people struggling in today’s society and everything,” Eure said.

Photos by John Douglass Dr. Garner Morgan, in rear, stands with the volunteer team from the Regional Mobile Dental Office out of Silver Spring.

In addition to medical attention, Eure also received educational attention on her way out of the clinic. MedStar Hospital Health Department Nurse Jane Dodds was explaining to Eure, and anyone else that would listen, the effects tobacco and sugar can have on one’s overall well-being. Dodds had set up displays showing the amount of sugar in common sodas and sports drinks, as well as the effects it can have on the body. Eure said the visual props that Dodds was using, mainly the bottles filled with tablespoons of sugar in order to show the amount in each serving, was eye opening. “You give (Gatorade) to your kids thinking it’s good and it’s not,” Eure said as she stared at the pile of sugar in the bottle. Eure’s reaction is exactly what Dodds and Patrick O’Malley of the Calvert Health Department desired. For them, the name of the game for public health is not treatment, but rather prevention. “We save more with prevention than we do with treatment. That’s why we’re here today,” O’Malley said.

Morgan hopes eventually to have Mission of Mercy clinics held at four different locations throughout the state; Western, Eastern and Southern Maryland and Baltimore City. There is a large need to have more than one program a year, Morgan said, because even with all hands on deck, there were still many people in need of dental attention that got turned away. “The hardest part was closing it when people still needed care, there was just no way we could physically do it.” Organizers plan to have a Mission of Mercy in Southern Maryland every two years. Morgan also believes that Mission of Mercy should be available to everyone in the country, because so many people are in need of the attention and top-notch care volunteers give to each patient. “It’s not a third-world clinic,” Morgan said. “This kind of clinic should be done everywhere in America.” The next Mission of Mercy will be held in March in Salisbury. alexpanos@countytimes.net


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Davis started off with a chemical engineering degree but quickly decided a career in engineering wasn’t for him. He went back to law school. A position as Circuit Court Judge Thomas Rymer from 1991 to 1992 brought him to Calvert. Following his clerk position, he became an associate when it was then Bruce & Upton in 1992. He became partner of Davis & Upton in 1995 and member in 2002. He focuses his practice in the areas of Real Estate, Corporation and Business Associations, and Land Use & Zoning representing clients such as Constellation Energy, PNC Bank, The Gott Company and County First Bank. As the firm started its change in focus, Davis had everyone in the office read “Who Moved My Cheese.” “There is always a better Mark Davis Photo By Frank Marquart way of doing something. We try to think strategically and grow for the long term.” He also recommends any manager read the “One Minute Manager.” As the company continues to take on a broad range of legal issues, he still wants the attorneys to be focused. And he likes to remain in the office as much as possible to be a resource to those within the firm.

Mark Palumbo

When Palumbo first came down from Prince George’s County, he thought he was going to miss the fast pace. Calvert “is a different kind of practice. It’s a small community where everybody knows each other, and it makes it easy.” As an attorney specializing in criminal defense and personal injury, he likened working in the community to the old Coyote and Roadrunner cartoon were the two characters were occasionally depicted as walking into work together being cordial until they punched the time clock. Then they became adversaries until they punched out. He lives in Anne Arundel where he is active in his community. He has coached baseball since before he was married and is involved in Southern Maryland Little League. Mark Palumbo Photo By Frank Marquart He is a member of the Calvert Bar Association. Davis, Upton, Palumbo and Dougherty participate in “more charity work than any firm I have worked for. I think we were the only law firm with a Relay 4 Life team.” Palumbo also goes to the Carol Porto treatment center about once a month to talk about legal issues and tell the clients what can happen if they stay on their current course. He is probably the attorney that spends the most time in court and travels more than others because of his area of practice. He figures he’s in court two or three times a week. His background started as a law clerk, then assistant State’s Attorney in Prince George’s county, associate attorney at several local law firms until he became an associate at Davis, Upton and LeBlanc in 2001. A year later he became a partner.


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Paul Dougherty

Dougherty became the newest partner about six months ago after being an associate in the firm for five years. He splits his work between circuit and federal court for large value civil litigation, contract disputes and corporate disputes. In addition, he spends the other half of his time on bankruptcy either by managing the debtor practice (overseeing other attorneys) or representing banks or businesses on both sides of bankruptcy. “I get to learn about something new every day,” Dougherty said. “Part of my job is to learn about their business, competition and industry. With each new case it keeps things fresh.” While he said that it sounds cliché, what he likes the best about working with Davis, Upton, Palumbo and Paul Dougherty Photo By Frank Marquart Dougherty is the people. “We are much stronger. Instead of a half dozen generalists, you have a guy who has real depth of law in … planning and zoning. And we all have access to one another because we know a guy in house.” Although he started off in corporate bankruptcy working in Delaware, he said he actually earned his Maryland law license first. He eventually found his way down to Baltimore. Then he married and lived in Annapolis, finding himself “orienting south.” Then through a contact of his wife’s he started a networking conversation with Davis which turned into a job offer. “For me it is a point of pride. When I first got here I didn’t understand the history. Now it is clear to me that Davis, Upton, Palumbo (& Dougherty) is a recognized brand because of Jack Upton, Mark Davis and Mark Palumbo,” Dougherty said.

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One-stop shopping was the overall impression Davis gave when he announced additional services available to current and potential clients last month during a Business After Hours event sponsored by his firm. He and other owners purchased a Re/Max One commercial and residential real estate sales franchise. This combined with Maryland Trust Title & Escrow, Davis with his Photo By Frank Marquart broker’s license will allow all common real estate actions to happen in one location. And Davis, left, Dougherty and Palumbo. before or after, the client can stop by Lunch Box Cafe, which is at the front of the firm’s building (though not connected to the firm). ence room size, the firm has found that a particular offering like short sales and real estate “We are looking for ways to broaden the scope of services here,” said Davis. contracts seminars need a second offering. The reason he, Palumbo and Cindy Dinan purchased Re/Max is because it is already Last month, the firm “beefed up” its real estate seminar so that it qualified as a credited a No. 1 brand, internationally recognized, with a strong infrastructure and reputation, ac- continuing education course for real estate agents. Next month it will offer Real Property cording to Davis. 101 up in Dunkirk. So far the five agents are telling him that the number of referrals they are receiving “It will be about what agents like and need to know,” Davis said. “We try to make it from the Internet site “are impressive.” more convenient for the agents.” By offering local training. “It’s steady. No easy deals like before. Things are happening but not at a pace they used The firm is also willing to meet with groups and offer informational seminars such as to five years ago. I think we’ll see slow improvement. Interest rates are at historical lows and farm land trust, identity theft, estate planning and advance directives. will start creeping up. Right now a lot of people are on the edge of their mortgage or under “We try to be a resource. We would like people to call us first when they need an atwater.” Davis said. torney. If we can’t help them, then we will point them in the right direction.” Davis said. The reality of the economy makes it necessary for Davis to be involved in short sales Office Manager Lori Norton added that the firm offers a number of internships “to too. In these cases a lender agrees to take less than owned on the mortgage and release the give high school and college students an inside look to see if they really want this.” lien “in full satisfaction.” She finds that the students are smart and gives them projects they can do. “Even if they “Lenders are finding that (short sales) minimizes their loss,” Davis said. go through a file, they see what the letters, motions and legal documents look like.” While most of this is done before it gets to him, he does work closely with the real estate agents. He feels his unique position gives him the knowledge to be able to assist in Where are they now these types of transactions. Stephen Claggett was appointed to Maryland District Court Judge in 1996 and retired in 2008. Jack G. Upton is now “of counsel” which means he practices on a limited basis. Community Involvement His previous practice focused on land use issues, real estate transactions, personal injury “We try to get all attorneys to become active members of the community,” Davis said. and criminal defense. “We try to be involved and take leadership roles.” Davis has or is currently been involved with the Calvert Memorial Hospital Foundation, Trustee for Calverton, the Chamber of Commerce and mock trials. Dougherty is on Contact Davis, Upton, Palumbo & Dougherty at 132 Main Street, Prince Frederick, MD 20678, the board of the Arc of Southern Maryland. Upton is a part of the Optimist Club. And even one of the associates, Joshua Welborn, is serving on the board for the Boys and Girls Club. 410-535-1780, www.DavisUpton.com Re/Max One at 132 Main Street, Prince Frederick, MD 20678, 410-535-6291, One. Besides employees volunteering in the community, the firm itself takes an active role. It offers free legal seminars about 10 times a year. They are normally during the lunch hour Maryland.Remax.com. Maryland Trust Title & Escrow, LLC at 132 Main Street, Prince Frederick, MD 20678, about subjects of interest to the business community such as basic contract law, landlord and tenant relationship, and debt collection. Since the size of the group is limited by confer- 410-535-2507


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Dale Bailey, 77

Peggy Brooks, 57

Betty Lou Buckler, 77

Dale Nelson Bailey, 77, of Lottsburg, VA, died June 16, 2012 of pulmonary fibrosis. He was born to the late Charles and Helen Bailey on October 27, 1934 in Washington, DC and graduated from Oxon Hill High School in 1955. He married Betty J. Stultz in 1955 and worked as a carpenter until his retirement in 1989. Dale and Betty lived together in Prince George’s County, MD before retiring to the Northern Neck area of VA in 1990. For over 56 years, Dale was the beloved husband of Betty Bailey. He was the loving father of Daniel (Katey) Bailey and the late Timothy (Kelly) Bailey. He also is survived by his grandson Timothy (Nichole) Bailey, Jr., granddaughter Rebecca Bailey, brother Richard (Kay) Bailey, and numerous nieces and nephews. Family received friends at Lee Funeral Home in Owings, MD on Monday, June 18, where Funeral Services were held on Tuesday, June 19. The burial followed at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton, MD. Memorial contributions can be made to: Melrose United Methodist Church Building Fund, 1317 Lewisetta Road, Lottsburg, VA 22511. www.melroseumc.com; or Calvert Hospice, P.O. Box 838, Prince Frederick, MD 20678.

Peggy Ann Gist Brooks of Lusby, MD was born on September 4, 1954 to the late Johnny and Magdalene Gist. She entered into eternal rest on June 2, 2012 at Hadley Hospital in Washington D.C. after a lengthy illness. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Ada & Edna Gist of Spartanburg, SC and one brother John Wesley Gist also of Spartanburg, SC. She entered the Army in 1979, where she met and was joined in holy matrimony with Marcus Brooks I, on September 26, 1981. She served 15 years in the Army, with 5 years of Foreign Service in Germany and the remaining time in Fort Bragg, NC. She had reached the ranking of a Sergeant E-5 and was a decorated officer, receiving numerous awards such as Army Service Ribbon, Army Lapel Button, National Defense Service Medal, Army Accommodation Medal-Three Leaf Clover, Army Achievement Medal-Two Leaf Clover, Army Good Conduct Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, and the NCO Professional Development Ribbon. She leaves to cherish her memories her devoted husband, Marcus I; three sons: Marcus II (Tiffany), Ahman and Darius and one daughter, Shoshoni all of Lusby, MD. She also leaves to cherish her grandchildren Marquan, Ashad, Aakailah, Aajailah, Taraji, & Kendall, all of Lusby, MD; three sisters: Anne, Shirley, and Karen Gist, all of Spartanburg, SC; one brother: Willie (Arlene) Gist; one sister-in-Iaw: Imagene; one Aunt:Edna Stroble; Special Niece: Audrey (Franklin) Tate of Gaffney, SC; Godson: Javier Jones of Spartanburg, SC; Godsister: Deveda English also of Spartanburg, SC; a host of sisters-in-law, brothers-inlaw nieces, nephews, and special friends: Mary Wood, Annie Creek, Isaiah & Lucille Brown, and Mrs. Hattie. Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at Sewell Funeral Home’s Chapel, Prince Frederick. Internment followed at Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery 11301 Crain Highway Cheltenham MD.

Betty Lou Buckler, 77, of St. Leonard, MD passed away on June 21, 2012 in Calvert Memorial Hospital, Prince Frederick, MD. She was born on April 7, 1935 in Calvert County to Sallie Parks King and Kenneth Edward King. She was the loving wife of Maurice Miller Buckler whom she married in November of 1952. Betty was a life long resident of Calvert County, MD. She was always a loving person who was devoted to her family and many friends. All who knew her will miss her deeply. She was preceded in death by her parents and by her husband Maurice Miller Buckler who passed away on July 24, 1985. Betty Lou is survived by her daughter Vicki Lynn Goff and her husband Thomas of Carlsbad, NM; son Mark Kevin Buckler and his fiancée Angie Holden of Calabash, NC, three grandchildren, Matthew Goff and his wife Dawn, Scott Goff and his wife Casey and Sally Goff; three great-grandchildren, Will, Oren and Kush; sister Doris Williams and her husband Edgar “Dickie” of St. Leonard, MD and sister-in-law Lorraine King of Prince Frederick, MD. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews from the King and Buckler families. The family received friends on Monday, June 25, 2012 at Rausch Funeral Home, P. A., 4405 Broomes Island Road, Port Republic, MD. A service celebrating her life was held on Tuesday June 26, at Broomes Island Wesleyan Church, 8520 Church Road, Broomes Island, MD 20615 with Rev. Rick Schaffner and Rev. Linwood “Sonny” Benton officiating. Interment followed in Waters Memorial U.M.C. Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jerry King, J. Calvin Wood, Jr., Thomas “Smitty” Smith, David Lines, Gary Rymer and Michael Foley. Honorary pallbearers were Betty Little, Shirley Bowen, Hattie Rickett, Elijah Sewell, Albert Mackall and Rodell Mackall. Should friends desire memorial contributions may be made in Betty’s name to Broomes Island Wesleyan Church or to American Diabetes Association, Washington DC-MD Office, 1025 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 1005, Washington, DC 200364104 http://www.diabetes.org. For additional information or to leave condolences visit www.rauschfuneralhomes.com.

Dolly Balkenbush, 75 Dolores V. “Dolly” Balkenbush of Dunkirk, Maryland, passed away on June 18, 2012 at the age of 75. Dolly was born in Washington, DC on January 7, 1937 to Robert and Mary Frances Marks. She is the beloved wife of Dan Balkenbush. Mrs. Balkenbush was a history enthusiast and enjoyed researching her genealogy in her free time. In her searches she discovered several connections and became a member of The Daughters of The American Revolution. Friends were received at Lee Funeral Home Calvert, P.A., 8200 Jennifer Lane, Owings, MD 20736 on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 from 10:00AM until time of service at 11:00AM. Interment followed in Trinity Memorial Gardens.

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Joseph Cannon, Jr. 54 Joseph P. Cannon, Jr. 54 of Lusby Maryland, formerly of Fairfax, Virginia passed away on Saturday June 23, 2012 at his home. He is survived by his wife of 28 years Peggy Cannon and his children; Jason, Joseph, III, Anita, Amanda, Brittany and Bradley. He was also known as grandpa “Opa” to his six grandchildren; Eli, Emma, Lilly, Atlas, Kyla and Myah. He is also survived

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by his parents Joseph P. and Rita J. Cannon, brothers; Mark and Michael and sisters; Patricia and Denise, many nieces, nephews other family and friends. His main joy was riding his Harley all over the country side and building “things” A memorial mass is being scheduled for a later date and funeral services are pending. Arrangements provided by Lee Funeral Home, Owings.

Phil Ermer, Sr., 83 Phillip L. “Phil” Ermer, Sr., of North Beach, MD, passed away on June 14, 2012 at the age of 83. Phil was born on May 19, 1929 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Leo and Addie Ermer. He He is the beloved husband of Ann Ermer, loving father of Phyllis (Steven) Glazer, Kathy (Chuck) Soucy, Phillip L, Jr., and Tom Ermer. Devoted grandfather of Lauren, Jordan and Renee. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. He was a member of Elevator Constructor’s Union Local #10 since 1954. He served in the United States army during The Korean War and was also a 48-year member of American Legion Post # 108 in Cheverly, MD. Phil kept busy by doing things with his hands. He enjoyed building doll houses and working on intricate puzzles. Many of his puzzles were framed and can be founding hanging in various building throughout Maryland. He was an avid animal lover and took in many strays over the years. However, it was Phil’s sweet tooth that he was most known for. He made pounds of his famous fudge to give away to others. He loved talking with his family over coffee and 7-11 donuts. Friends were received on Monday, June 25, 2012 at Lee Funeral Home Calvert, P.A., 8200 Jennifer Lane, Owings, MD 20736. Interment with military honors took place at Maryland Veterans’ Cemetery in Cheltenham, MD on Tuesday, June 26, 2012.

Walter Gott, Jr., 78 Walter M. Gott, Jr., 78, of Lusby, Maryland passed away at his home on June 19, 2012. He was born on November 11, 1933 in Prince Frederick, Maryland to the late Alice and Walter M. Gott, Sr. Walter served in the Army from 1956 to 1960 and was a member of the American Legion Post #85. He was also a member of the Maryland 4-H All Stars, Rotary International and the Prince Frederick Fire Department. Walter helped develop and set up the One Room School House Program at Christ Church. He worked with the boy scouts in the development of the nature trail. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family. Besides his parents, he is also predeceased by his brother Thomas Gott. He is survived by his wife, Joan M. Gott of Lusby, father of Randy Gott and his wife Patricia of St. Leonard, and Judy Gott Mabry and her husband Russell of Prince


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Frederick. Grandfather of Rebecca Mabry Smith, Jacob R. Gott, Patricia J. Gott, Cory Mabry, Kyle J. Gott, and Alison N. Mabry he is also survived by his siblings, Ruby Seifert of Phoenix, AZ, Agnes Draper of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Mason Gott of Chesapeake Beach MD, and Frederick Gott of Port Republic, MD. The family receives friends at the Rausch Funeral Home, 4405 Broomes Island Road, Port Republic, MD on Thursday June 21, 2012. Funeral services were held on Friday June 22, 2012, at Christ Episcopal Church, 3100 Broomes Island Road, Port Republic, MD 20676. Interment followed in the Church Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to either Christ Episcopal Church or Calvert Hospice.

Clyde Holland, 68 Clyde William Holland, 68, of Prince Frederick, MD passed away on June 3, 2012 at Anne Arundel Medical Center, Annapolis, MD. Clyde was born on October 27, 1943 in Calvert County, Maryland. He was the oldest child born to the late Edward Holland and Grace Hicks. Clyde was educated in Calvert County public school system. He worked as a laborer in construction for about 25 years. Clyde was a member of St. Matthews Free Gospel Church where he was also baptized. Clyde always had a smile on his face. He is known for helping people whenever they were in need. He found great joy in spending time with family and friends. He loved to visit his family and friends, he never missed a family gatherings and he loved to eat. He will always be remembered for cheering on the Dallas Cowboys. Clyde loved to play pool with his friends at Calvert Pines. He also liked to hang out at McDonald’s with his friends. He was preceded in death by dad & mom, Edward Holland & Grace Hicks, (1) sister, Selena Smith, (3) brothers, Edward G. Holland, Nathaniel Holland, Carroll Holland. He leaves to cherish his memory, (4) sisters, Ida A. Chambers (Carroll), Mary Helen Jones, Theresa E. Holland, Mary L. Holland-Savoy (James), (2) brothers, Wilson L. Holland, George C. Holland, (2) aunts, Dorothy Pinkney, Laura Holland. Funeral services were held Saturday, June 9, 2012 at Sewell Funeral Home’s Chapel 1451 Dares Beach Road Prince Frederick Maryland 20678. Internment followed at St. Edmond’s UM Church, Chesapeake Beach.

Cecilia Humphries, 50 Cecilia Rose “CeeCee” Humphries of Dunkirk, Maryland, passed away on Friday, June 15, 2012, at the Washington Hospital Center at the age of 50. She was born in Malone, New York on July 22, 1961 to William Daniel and Mar-

garet Julia (Price) McKenna. In 1969, her family moved to Maryland. At the age of 14, she married James Gary Humphries. On their last anniversary, they celebrated their 37th year of marriage. Cecelia was the loving mother of Faye Bryant and her husband, Steve; and Jimmy Humphries. She was the devoted grandmother of McKenna Rose and Sydney Kathryn Bryant. She was the sister of Patrick, Joan, Daniel, Timothy, Colleen, Ann-Alice, Shawn, Maureen, Terrence and the late Veronica. She is also survived by many other loving family members and friends. Cecilia loved making people laugh and it was sometimes due to her “potty mouth”. She enjoyed cooking and spending time with her dogs. She had a soft heart and showed concern for everyone close to her. When it came to her grandchildren, Cecilia was always supportive and loving. Memorial contributions may be made to: National Kidney Foundation, 1401 K Street, NW, #702, Washington, DC 20005. www.kidney.org/

Janice Lohman, 76 Janice Marie Lohman, 76, of North Beach, and formerly of Accokeek, MD passed away June 24, 2012 at Calvert County Nursing Center, Prince Frederick, MD. She was born March 5, 1936 in Amelia, VA to John Ed and Dorothy Virginia (Shivley) Bell. She was raised in Virginia and Washington, DC and graduated from Eastern High School in Washington, DC. She married Harry Joseph Lohman on February 19, 1955 in Baden, MD. Janice was primarily a homemaker until her children had grown. She then worked as a U.S. Marshall and jail matron for Prince George’s County in Upper Marlboro, an assistant for a Washington, DC cardiologist, a realtor and as a sales woman at Marlo Furniture Co in Forestville In her leisure time Janice enjoyed her boxer dogs, arts and crafts such as floral arranging and jewelry making. Janice was preceded in death by her husband Harry J. Lohman in 1997. Surviving are her three children Lori L. Degollado and her husband Daniel of Chesapeake Beach, MD, Cara L. Naumoff and her husband Anthony of Prince Frederick, MD and Kurt Joseph Lohman of North Beach, MD; two grandchildren Myles T. and Alec J. Naumoff of Prince Frederick, MD; two brothers Ronald Howell and his wife Wanda of Speedwell, TN and David Howell and his wife Michelle of Owings, MD and a nephew Ronald Howell, Jr. of Speedwell, TN A Mass of Christian Burial and celebration of Janice’s life will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, June 28, 2012 at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 470 Main Street, Prince Frederick, MD 20678. Memorial contributions may be made to Calvert County Nursing Center, 85 Hospital Rd, Prince Frederick, MD 20678. Arrangements by Rausch Funeral Home, 8325 Mount Harmony Lane, Owings, MD.

Diana Osman, 69 Diana Carolyn (Downs) Osman, a resident of Manchester, ME passed away June 12, 2012 in Melbourne, FL where she also maintained a residence. Diana was born April 30, 1943 in Washington, D.C. to Donald W., Sr. and Beulah (Mosely) Downs. She was raised in Piscataway, MD and graduated from Gwynn Park High School. She married William Taylor and lived in Friendly, MD. They later divorced and Diana relocated to Brandywine, MD and was employed as an office clerk. She also worked as a waitress at several restaurants in Prince George’s and Charles Counties. Diana moved to Manchester, ME in 2007, and also had a residence in Melbourne FL. She was married to Pete Osman who preceded her in death. In her leisure time Diana enjoyed spending time with people, playing dominos, and working crossword puzzles. She was also devoted to her grandson Danny. Diana is survived by three sons, William Taylor, Jr. of Oxon Hill, MD, Kevin Taylor of NY, NY, and Daniel Taylor, Sr., and wife Karen of Manchester, ME, and by a grandson Daniel “Danny” Taylor, Jr. of Manchester, ME. Also surviving are sisters Barbara Humphrey of San Francisco, CA and Janet Andrews of Piney Point, MD, and a brother Donald Downs, Jr. and wife Violet of Huntingtown, MD. Friends and family will be received on Friday June 29 from 10 to 11 AM at Rausch Funeral Home, P.A., 8325 Mt. Harmony Lane, Owings, MD, where a memorial service and celebration of Diana’s life will be held at 11:00 AM. A reception will follow the memorial service at Huntingtown United Methodist Church, Huntingtown, MD. Interment is private. Arrangements by Rausch Funeral Home, 8325 Mount Harmony Lane, Owings, MD

Art Owsianny, 88 Arthur “Art” Owsianny, 88, of St. Leonard passed away on June 22, 2012, at the Calvert Hospice House in Prince Frederick, MD. Art was born on September 23, 1923 to Walter and Frances Owsianny in West Allis, Wisconsin. Art was a ball turret gunner in a B-17, flying 33 bombing missions over Germany and France in World War II. After having a honorable discharge from the military he later moved to Texas and served as an instructor during the Korean War. After his service to the country he went on to complete his education and became a design engineer for Ruemlin Company located in Milwaukee. Art retired in 1984 after many years of dedicated service. He is survived by his daughter Rachel Schrader; two grandchildren, Sandra Schrader and Katie Hassell; and two great grandchildren Audrey and Mikey Szukala. He is also survived by a devoted and loyal companion of 28 years Billie Winstead.

The family will receive family and friends on June 29, 2012 from 6:30 – 7 PM at the Rausch Funeral Home, 4405 Broomes Island Road, Port Republic, MD 20676. There will be a Memorial Service to follow at 7:00 PM. Interment will be at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery.

Merton Stone, 91 Merton I. Stone, 91, of Dunkirk, passed away on Saturday, June 16, 2012. He was the beloved husband of the late Opal N. Stone; loving father of Bunny Hervey, Denise Stone Scherl and the late Michael Stone; grandfather of Ronnie, Eric, Tracy, Jenni, Laurie and Stephen; great-grandfather of Chris, Joseph, Rebecca, Katelyn, Jonathan, Matthew and Hope; great-great grandfather of Charlotte. Brother of Regina LaPanne and the late Leon Stone and Jeanette Stone. The family received friends at Lee Funeral Home Calvert, P.A., 8200 Jennifer Lane, Owings, MD 20736, on Tuesday, June 19, where services were held on Wednesday, June 20. Interment followed at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Suitland, MD.

Lillian Walker, 83 Lillian Anna Walker, 83, of Prince Frederick, died peacefully at Chesapeake Shores Nursing Home on Tuesday June 12, 2012. She was born to the late John and Mattie Hatman, April 25, 1929, by a midwife at home in Bedminster New Jersey. Lillian graduated from Bernards High School in 1948. She worked at Mack Manufacturing Co. in New Jersey. She married the late Raymond Walker on June 25 1955 and they lived together in New Jersey, Florida and then Maryland. They were married for almost 46 years. When she lived in New Jersey she volunteered with the Ladies Auxiliary and then in Florida she volunteered at a thrift store in Sanford. She would show off her permed hair and beautiful skirts to her family. Her sweet tooth would come out in the sweet tea she made and the goodies she baked. Lillian loved to make beautiful and elaborate crocheted doilies and knitted blankets. She had a generous heart and cared for everybody from her oldest granddaughter’s cat she fed, when she made cupcakes for her oldest grandson’s Halloween party, and teaching all her granddaughters’ how to knit and crochet. Then, lovingly crocheting the last blanket she would ever make for her great granddaughter. Lillian is survived by two children: Janice Allen of Prince Frederick and Douglas Walker of Sanford, Fl. She is also survived by five grandchildren: Jennifer Allen and Donna Allen of California, MD and William Allen, Alysha Allen and Dakota Allen of Prince Frederick, MD and two great-grandchildren: Isabella Allen and William Dowell of California, MD. Arrangements were provided by the Rausch Funeral Home of Port Republic, MD.


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Tax District Does Not Have Support of Owners I’m writing in reference to Mr. Max Munger’s letter that was published June 20, “Drum Point all mixed up”. I read the article that Mr. Munger mentioned and I believed that the Recorder supported DPPOA’s position. I believe the problem here is Mr. Munger, he stated that 75 percent of people who attended three meetings were supportive of the STD position. The question is how many people were there and how many were couples? There are 1641 lots in Drum Point according to DPPOA, approximately 140 lots are non-voting, and plus of minus 50 are owned by the association and according to their bylaws cannot be voted. The others are double lots and the like, and once again the bylaws

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state only one vote per owner no matter how many lots they own. I don’t believe Mr. Munger or DPPOA are claiming that they have the support of 1125 lot owners which is 75 percent or even 750 which would be 50 percent. I suggest Mr. Munger be a man of his word and push for a vote on this matter, after all he did say in print “members get to vote on all expenditures” and we are talking about spending a lot of our money. Our county Commissioners should demand proof that DPPOA does actually have the support of the majority of property owners and Mr. Munger, if he is a man of integrity, will be supportive of this effort. Arthur W Dawson Lusby, MD

Hope and Change Does anyone besides me find it a bit ironic that Rajat Gupta, a Wall Street icon, was found guilty on three charges of insider trading (giving away business secrets to unauthorized people) and one charge of conspiracy and now faces 65 years in jail? The jury only took 10 hours to come up with a verdict.

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It turns out there were a lot of truths that weren’t very true in Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth.” But it has not stopped him from becoming a celebrity icon of environmentalists, fawned upon by believers around the world who pay him to speak about science he can’t defend. In the same way, Gov. Martin O’Malley has risen from mayor of Baltimore to governor of Maryland to head of the Democratic Governors Association based on a record that only acolytes of progressivism could defend. He needs to be called out as he jets from national talk show to talk show proclaiming the gospel of government spending to help President Barack Obama retain his job -- and set himself up to run for the highest office in 2016. Let’s focus on his record on jobs, as creating them is O’Malley’s main goal. When then-Mayor O’Malley was running for governor in 2006, he said he created thousands of jobs in Baltimore during his tenure. Statistics showed the city lost thousands of jobs while he was in office. When asked about the discrepancy, he explained that he did not mean net new jobs, just jobs. That should have alerted voters to the fact that he cared more about the appearance of jobs than actual ones that come with a paycheck. But voters didn’t seem to care. He beat Republican incumbent Robert Ehrlich by a 6 percent margin in 2006 and then beat him again in 2010 by a 15 percent margin. Call it failing upward. Fast forward to 2012. Maryland lost 6,000 jobs in April, according to the most recent labor statistics, and needs to create almost 150,000 jobs to bring employment back up to prerecession levels. At the same time, income inequality has expanded under O’Malley and a record 700,000 people receive food assistance. Thanks to the federal government, Maryland’s 6.7 percent unemployment rate is lower than the national average of 8.1 percent. But the most he can say is that he presided over Baltimore’s decline, saw thousands leave the state through outmigration while governor, and was lucky to receive billions in federal stimulus dollars so that he didn’t have to make hard choices about state spending. Even if he can be credited with bringing federal dollars to Maryland, that means they were taken away from someplace else to bring wealth to a few people in this state -- a tactic for which he constantly criticizes presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. As he said recently on “Meet the Press”, Romney’s job at Bain Capital “was to return profits as quickly as possible to a very narrow few rather than to create long-term jobs for the many.” So far, the only things that O’Malley has shown he is good at are raising state spending -- from $29.6 billion a year to $35.9 billion in the six years since he took office -- and hiking taxes. That strategy is making Maryland less competitive and its residents more financially stratified. If that is the kind of country Americans want, they can find their man in Annapolis. Marta Hummel Mossburg is a senior fellow at the Maryland Public Policy Institute.


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A Journey Through Time By Linda Reno Contributing Writer On October 11, 1808 a shoemaker named Robert Beatty was dragged from his shop, beaten, tarred, feathered, and paraded through the streets of Baltimore in a cart. Eight men were arrested who said they had exacted punishment because of anti-American statements by Beatty, a native of England. Beatty’s former employer backed him saying he never heard him say anything disrespectful about the U.S. government. Beatty said he had not provoked the mob…“I have not written this, because I am deprived of my eye-sight, through the barbarity practiced upon me by an unfeel-

ing and misguided mob. It has, however, been read to me, after it was written from my own mouth, by persons in whom I have confidence.” In January 1809 the men went to trial and were found guilty. Seven were sentenced to six months in jail and fined $50 (the last one got one month and was fined $20). These were extremely light sentences in view of the crime and its ultimate result. That might have been the end of it, but Gov. Robert Wright decided to pardon the criminals! The pardon was issued January 28, 1809 and read: “And, whereas it has been proved by satisfactory testimony, that said Robert Beatty is a British subject who lately deserted from Bermuda; that the said Beatty abused the Americans, declaring them a set of rebels, the offspring of convicts, transported for thieving, murder and treason—that the president and congress were a set of French Jacobins, that they sup-

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plied Bonaparte with money to carry on his wars; that if a war took place between this country and Great Britain, he would join Great Britain and fight against this country: And, whereas it has been represented that all the said persons are native Americans, mostly shoemakers—that the said Beatty is a shoemaker, and that they warned him against such abuse, declaring they would tar and feather him—that he persisted in it, and that in consequence of that insult, they committed said offense. And, whereas, at this crisis, when our national honor is insulted by Great Britain, our citizens under their influence murdered, in the execution of our laws and the murderers rescued by force from condign punishment; when by proclamation the king of Great Britain has invited our

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By Shelby Oppermann Contributing Writer

of an Aimless Mind

I got sort of a chuckle a little while ago. Yesterday, I was eagerly reading the newest issue of AARP magazine when I went to reach for my tea mug and noticed that I was also using the mug that had a blaring 50 logo on it. The kind of design that looks like it is exploding with 50’s. And besides that I had on my comfiest old sleeping t-shirt (well actually Robert’s comfiest old softball championship t-shirt) a pair of blue sweatpants that I had just made the tiniest cut in the elastic waistband to “loosen” it up a bit and a pair of neon green & yellow super fuzzy socks with my miracle foam and sheepskin slippers. I don’t know how to scream effectively in typeface, so please visualize and feel my scream. Besides that while I was reading, and sipping tea at the kitchen counter, I was eating hot buttered rye toast. Rye toast that I toasted a bit too long and was so dry even with I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter (I have to worry about my touch too high cholesterol now too you know) that the toast broke in half as I took a bite. The large piece of toast that fell didn’t hit the counter, or the floor…no it fell firmly and quickly on to my (Robert’s) t-shirt – butter side down of course. Did I go change? No. Did I worry about it? No. I did wipe the excess butter off with the kitchen towel. Then I thought let me try to smooth

my hair down which was stuck up at all sorts of angles, as it is wont to do in the mornings, before my husband comes in the kitchen and then I realized there was still butter on my hand. Who needs expensive smoothing gels anyway. This is the way I said goodbye to my husband yesterday morning. Not that he was dressed any better. He is a “Pool Boy”, I mean “Pool Man”, so his work attire is sleeveless shirts with old chlorine holes and some sort of blue adhesive usually on them, work-worn shorts, and Wolverine work boots. I like the look myself. But I started thinking that he might not appreciate my couture. Could I convince myself, or him, that this was my own Bohemian look? I didn’t think so. But it’s so comfy to dress this way. Of course I dress a little better for work, but I am a picture framer which means somehow I am going to rip what I am wearing, get stain on me, or pop off a button. I know there are a lot of women out there who wear their husband’s old t-shirts to sleep in. Please tell me there are. I can’t believe everyone dresses in silk and satin nightgowns like on the TV shows every night. If I wear something satiny and with spaghetti straps I get cold and end up all twisted up tight in the straps. I do have nicer pajamas that I wear most of the time –the cute Capri types, but if I am under stress, or not feeling well, I want an old tshirt. I took my Dad’s old t-shirts

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with me to college. It seemed like all the girls wore old, oversize tshirts at St. Mary’s. I still have my favorite old t-shirt of his in my top drawer. It is so ripped up that there is more open space than fabric now. I can’t seem to throw it away. Is this the way I should be after only ten years of marriage? Is my mystique gone? Did I ever have any? Wait, I think I was this way before. Not really - I don’t even think I took my make-up off at night for the first year or so. I didn’t want him to wake up and see me “without my face”. That gradually fell away too. It’s like the old Bill Cosby routine I suppose, where he tells about the first year of his marriage when they would quietly slip into the bathroom as they woke up and brush their teeth, hoping each would think that they didn’t have morning breath. As the years go on they slowly stopped that and would just roll over and start talking right in each other’s faces. Is this a bad thing, or does all this mean that the façade for work and life just falls away when you find someone you can truly trust and love, and know that they only see the inner, beautiful you? That is real love and commitment. I decided last night to slip into bed in my satin nightgown, so I could say goodbye to my husband this morning showing him my outer beauty. By the time I fought to get my arms out of the straitjacket that was my gown, and tried to talk

citizens to violate the laws and treasonably give aid and comfort to our enemies—a spark of honest zeal for their country’s cause and a respect for their ancestors, appear to have led them to this transgression of the letter of the law; to defend the SPIRIT and principles of the REVOLUTION and the character of their progenitors:--I have no doubt, from the practice of our ancestors, during our glorious revolution, this is one of the cases, contemplated by the framers of the constitution, in which the prerogative of mercy was intended to be exercised.” The pardon created a firestorm and led to Gov. Wright being forced to resign. The charge was led by the people of St. Mary’s County. To be continued.

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while it slowly strangled me, my husband was already heading out the door in a hurry, yelling “Love you, have a great day!” I gurgled something incoherent back, vowing that it really is much safer the other way.

To each new day’s adventure, Shelby Please send your comments or ideas to: shelbys.wanderings@ yahoo.com

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Five Tips for Safe Summer Sun By Dr. Kevin Ronneberg, M.D.

By Mark Underwood If you’re overdue for a vacation, prioritize getting away and changing your scenery because vacations are not just about fun—they can help relieve stress and improve your health. Many people don’t take a vacation often enough while some people almost never escape the routine of their daily lives. But research shows that people who regularly take time off from their daily lives often get an extra bonus for doing so. What these folks are doing is giving their mind and body the gift of improved health. How can vacations improve your health? Let’s start with the fact that a vacation can lower stress levels. Those getaways give you extra time to recharge your batteries. One of the most significant reasons to take a vacation is that your “down time” may help you stay healthy longer. One study found that when people are on vacation, enjoying the freedom from everyday stress, they keep that anxiety-free feeling as long as five weeks after the vacation is over. That’s a huge benefit! A stress-less vacation not only leads to better health overall, it can lead to better brain health. Did you know that your brain produces between 5,000 and 10,000 brain new brain cells each day? But if you are leading a life filled with tension and worry, the stress in your life actually hinders the brain’s elasticity. If you’ve dragged your feet about taking a vacation this year, you’re not alone. It’s not uncommon to worry about all the things that you have to do in order to make a vacation happen. After all, when you leave home base for a while it takes planning and time, and for some people that alone can be stressful. But it doesn’t have to be like that. Remember, once you get away, you’ll have time to relax and release pent-up stress and rejuvenate your mind and body. Here are some tips for making your getaway a low-stress vacation and the best time off it can possibly be. • Take the hassle out with careful planning. Take care of as many details ahead of time as possible. That means don’t show up at busy tourist destinations during peak times without lodging reservations. • Prepare for the unexpected. Think through “what if” scenarios ahead of time. Then pack, plan and prepare yourself for them as best as you can. • Go with the flow. Once you get to your vacation spot, it’s time to let go, and give in to a less stressful flow of life. Recognize that you can’t control everything, and when you’re on vacation, you shouldn’t worry about being in charge of things you can’t control. Vacations are more than a state of mind. They are a time we all need to rejuvenate, to create lasting, terrific memories for our families, and improve our health while we’re having fun. 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. More articles and tips for healthy aging can be found at: www.TheGoodNewsAboutAging.com.

Summer has arrived. As the weather heats up, it's critical for beachgoers and outdoor fun-seekers to be sun-safe. This begins with choosing the right sunscreen to protect yourself from harmful UV rays. Equally important are these five simple tips from the Skin Cancer Foundation, which also will help you mitigate sun damage and reduce the risk of skin cancer. First, seek the shade. Simply minimizing exposure to UVA and UVB rays can go a long way toward protecting your skin. Taking a break from direct sun is especially important between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when rays are strongest. And remember, clouds don't block UV rays. Infants under 6 months should always be kept out of the sun -- protected with clothing, an umbrella or a stroller hood. Children and adults should wear protective clothing, including wide-brimmed hats and UV-blocking sunglasses. Second, use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher. Regardless of the season, this kind of sun protection should be used on a daily basis. Most people understand the importance of sun safety during the summer months, but many underestimate the need for year-round protection. The temperature may drop, but UV rays remains strong. And the cooler temperatures may actually prevent people from realizing the extent of the damage the sun is doing to their skin. Next year, new regulations from the Food and Drug Administration will help consumers know they're getting the right protection by prohibiting manufactures from labeling their sunscreens as "broad spectrum" or making claims about protecting against skin cancer and aging unless they're SPF 15 or higher. And sunscreens with lower SPF values will have to sport a warning that the product may not offer protection against the harmful effects of exposure to the sun. Third, apply 1 ounce of sunscreen to the entire body 30 minutes before going outside. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, for full SPF protection, sunscreen must be applied half an hour before sun exposure. If you are average size, you'll need a full ounce -- or about two tablespoons -- to adequately cover your skin. Studies show that most people apply less than half that amount, losing the full benefit of the SPF protection. Reapplication is just as important as putting sunscreen on in the first place, as sunscreens tend to break down with exposure and can be rubbed off or washed off by sweat or water. So sunscreen should be applied every two hours, and immediately after swimming or a set of tennis. During a full day at the beach, one person should expect to use at least a quarter of an 8 oz. bottle of sunscreen. Fourth, do not let yourself burn. Sunburn is the most immediate and obvious sign of UV damage. When immune cells race to the injured skin site to start healing the damage, they produce the reddening and swelling. Tanning is the skin's response to this damage and may permanently affect skin cells. While many believe a "base tan" will prevent damaging burns, that's not the case. There is no such thing as a healthy or base tan. Finally, check your skin regularly and ask your doctor for a skin cancer exam annually. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer. Tans and burns can be the first step. Intermittent but intense UV exposure is more closely associated with melanoma, the most deadly variety of skin cancer, than chronic sun exposure. One blistering sunburn in childhood or five in a lifetime doubles the risk of melanoma. To check yourself for signs of skin damage, inspect your skin from head to toe, looking for spots or sores that heal too slowly, new growths, and any moles or beauty marks that change in color, texture, or size. And once each year, be sure to ask your physician for a skin checkup. Sunscreens are an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. They keep skin looking young and reduce the risk of many skin cancers. They must be used properly, however. These five suggestions will help keep you and your skin safe. Dr. Kevin Ronneberg is the associate medical director at Target.


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Budding Dancers Get Start in North Beach By Sarah Miller Staff Writer After 26 years offering dance lessons to people of all ages, the Abigail Francisco School of Classical Ballet is set to expand. School founder and artistic director Abigail Francisco, a Brazilian native who moved to the United States 35 years ago, has been teaching the Vaganova method of ballet for 40 years. She said the students at the school are not there to compete with each other but to have fun and promote the arts and awareness of the arts. The school’s dancers perform at senior homes, children’s events and charities in the area, Francisco said. In addition, they are invited to give performances out of state. She said they have been to Georgia and California, and have already been invited to Miami in March 2013 and Texas in April 2013. When they travel, Francisco said part of the tab is picked up by the organization extending the invitation, and the dancers hold fundraisers, find further sponsors and pay whatever gap may be left out of pocket to go. Nobody is too old to begin dance lessons, Francisco said. Students can begin ballet lessons at 3 years old and Jazz at 7 years old. The oldest student Francisco has had for ballet lessons was 73, and a 96 year old woman took a low-impact version of a Broadway dancing class Francisco offered. “It is a blast,” she said. While nobody is too old to take lessons, not everyone who comes through the school can expect to become world famous. “Everyone can dance, not everyone can be a professional,” she said. That’s not to say Abigail Francisco School of Dance doesn’t have success stories. Alexandra MacWilliams, a recent Calvert High School graduate, will be heading to Annapolis to begin as a trainee with the Ballet Theatre of Maryland. MacWilliams said she began taking ballet lessons when she was 4 and, while she has taken other dance classes, ballet is her passion. She said

she credits her acceptance into the program to her instruction at the school and Francisco. “She did everything,” MacWilliams said. Classes run September through June with shorter workshops and camps in the summer. All classes begin after 4:30 p.m., which Francisco said allows everyone to participate without worrying about missing school and work. Children living in southern Calvert and even St. Mary’s County don’t have to travel all the way to North Beach for lessons. In addition to the classes at the school, Francisco offers lessons at Annmarie Garden for children between the ages of 3 and 8 every Wednesday from 4-5:30 p.m. Even with the school already thriving, there is always room for growth. “I feel I have to give more to the county,” she said. Francisco said the school is preparing to break ground for an addition involving a third studio that is handicapped accessible, within the month. She said this will allow her to bring in more students and offer classes for people with disabilities. This will be an expansion on a volunteer project she runs offering dance lessons at the Calvert Country school. “It’s a blast for them,” she said. She said she has always wanted to offer more such classes, and the expansion will make it possible. Dancing offers several health benefits by keeping people active and moving, and can even be a meditative experience for some. Francisco said she tells her students to leave their problems at the door and focus on dancing. The next summer dance workshop will begin July 23 and run through Aug. 2, from 5:307:30 p.m. For more information, including class descriptions and registration information, visit www.abigailfrancisco.com, call 301-855-0282 or go to the school at 4110 3rd Street in North Beach. sarahmiller@countytimes.net

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Independence Day Traffic Plans Traffic Plan for Twin Beaches on Tuesday, July 3 The Calvert County Sheriff Office traffic plan is set up to eliminate all left hand turns on a portion of Route 261 going through the Twin Beaches, eliminating the need to stop traffic randomly and enabling traffic to flow with minimal stopping. The centerline of Route 261 will be blocked with delineation devices that will prohibit vehicles from making U-turns. Traffic north of Route 260 along Route 261 on the east side of Route 261 must make right turns and exit left on 5th Street to Boyd’s Turn Road to Route 260. Traffic on the west side of Route 261 must make a right turn and exit on 27th Street to G Street to Route 260. Traffic south of Route 260 along Route 261 on the east side of Route 261 must make a right turn and must turn left onto Route 260. Traffic on the west side of Route 261 must turn right and continue along Route 261 to Summer City Blvd or continue south to Ponds Wood Road and proceed to Maryland Route 4.

Traffic Plan for Solomons Fireworks on Wednesday, July 4 All southbound traffic will be prohibited from gaining access to Solomons Island for approximately one hour after the fireworks display ends. There will be a sign on the north end of Glascock Field indicating the exit on that end of the field will be for St. Mary’s County traffic only. The road in front of the Solomons Island Visitor Center will be shut down completely from the St. Mary’s exit from Glascock Field to Rt. 2. The exit from Glascock Field to Rt. 2 will allow traffic to flow northbound in the southbound lane. This traffic will exit onto Rt. 4 north at the exit across from Roy Rogers. There will be lane delineation devices separating the northbound and southbound lanes of Rt. 2 from Glascock Field to the exit onto Rt. 4. All traffic leaving Solomons Island beyond Glascock Field will continue north along Rt. 2 to the access to Rt. 4 just north of Boomerang’s Restaurant. Motorists needing to travel south can proceed to the light at Patuxent Point Parkway to make the left onto southbound Rt. 4. The access for southbound traffic to exit to go under the Thomas Johnson Bridge will be blocked with delineating devices. The exit for northbound traffic to gain access onto Rt. 2 at the base of the bridge will be blocked with delineating devices. The median crossovers in front of Patuxent Plaza and the Navy Rec Center will be blocked off with delineating devices. All traffic exiting Dowell Road will be denied access to Rt. 4 at Dowell Road. Dowell Road traffic will be made to turn right onto Rt. 765 to Coster Road. Motorists needing to travel south will continue to the light at Rt. 760 to gain access to the southbound lanes of Rt. 4.

Thursday, June 28 • North Beach Planning Commission Meeting North Beach Town Hall - 7 p.m. The agenda includes 1) Minutes from the May 24, 2012 Meeting 2) Fence Permit for 8936 Frederick Avenue 3) Category II Site plan Rehabilitation Project Revision – 9104 Chesapeake Avenue 4) Board of Appeals Case – 9238 Atlantic Avenue

Sunday, July 1 • Southern Maryland Costumers Sewing Afternoon Jefferson Pattern Park, Breckinridge Education Center (10515 Mackall Road, St. Leonard) – 1-4 p.m. Bring your projects from all eras or help with the costumes for the museum’s War of 1812 exhibit.

Monday, July 2 • Kim Stone Scholarship Fundraiser Mexico Restaurant, 2520 Solomons Island Road, Huntingtown We hope everyone is having a great summer. Our July dinner will be at Mexico Restaurant in Huntingtown. They will be donating a percent for the entire day - so you could go for lunch. You will need a flyer to give to your server. For more information, including a copy of the flier, contact Nancy Wolf-Fisher at stonescholarship@gmail. com. • “A Royal Likeness” Calvert Library (850 Costley Way, Prince Frederick) - 7-8:30pm. Meet and discuss “A Royal Likeness” by Christine Trent. As France still seethes with violence in the wake of the Revolution, Marguerite’s husband is killed during a riot, and the young widow travels to Edinburgh and becomes apprentice to a wax exhibitioner. When Prime Minister William Pitt commissions a wax figure of Admiral Nelson, Marguerite becomes immersed in a dangerous adventure - and earns the admiration of two very different men. For more information, call 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862. • S.M.A.R.T Meeting Prince Frederick Elk’s Lodge (1015 Dares Beach Road, Prince Frederick) – 7 p.m. The Southern Maryland Artifact Re-

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covery Team is holding their monthly meeting in Prince Frederic. Everyone with an interest in metal detecting is welcome to attend.

Tuesday, July 3 • Writers by the Bay @ the Library Calvert Library Prince Frederick (850 Costley Way, Prince Frederick) – 7-8:30 p.m. Looking for a writers’ group? All writers and would-be writers are welcome to come for critique and camaraderie. For more information, call 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862. • Chesapeake Beach Fireworks Town of Chesapeake Beach (8200 Bayside Road, Chesapeake Beach) – Sunset Join the folks in the beaches for a day of fun in the sun, culminating with a sunset fireworks display. For more information call 410-257-2230.

Want to learn Mahjongg? Hope to make your Scrabble skills killer? Games are a great way to keep your brain sharp while having fun! Join us! For more information, call 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

Monday, July 9 • Monday Morning Movies Calvert Library (850 Costley Way, Prince Frederick) – 10-11 a.m. Bring the little ones for a movie and a story. For more information, call 410-5350291 or 301-855-1862. • Book Discussion Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch (3819 Harbor Road, Chesapeake Beach) – 7-8:30 p.m. “What Have You Read Good Lately?” is the annual summer gathering to catch up with each other and to discuss suggestions for the upcoming year of reading! For more information, call 410-257-2411.

Wednesday, July 4 All libraries will be closed for Independence Day. • Solomons Firework Display Solomons Riverwalk – 9 p.m. Sponsored by the Solomons Business association. For more information, call 410-326-2549. • Fireworks Cruise Calvert Marine Museum (14200 Solomons Island Road, Solomons) – 8 p.m. Registration is due by June 28. Tickets are $35, and no children under the age of 7 are allowed. For more information, call 410535-2042 ext. 41.

Friday, July 6 • On Pins & Needles Calvert Library (850 Costley Way, Prince Frederick) – 1-4 p.m. Bring your quilting, needlework, knitting, crocheting, or other project for an afternoon of conversation and shared creativity. For more information, call 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

Saturday, July 7 • Brain Games: Mahjongg, Scrabble & more Calvert Library (850 Costley Way, Prince Frederick) – 12-2 p.m.

Tuesday, July 17 • Teaming Agreements: Sub-Contracting and Joint Ventures Calvert County Courthouse Square Conference Room (205 Main Street, Ground Floor Prince Frederick) – 9 a.m.-12 p.m. The Procurement and Technical Assistance Program will hold a workshop for companies with limited or no experience in developing teaming agreements and would like to learn strategies for developing agreements and related documents. Entry is $85.

Thursday, July 26 • “Share, Dine, Wine, and Donate” Friday’s Creek Winery (3485 Chaneyville Road, Owings) – 5-9 p.m. Join us for “Share, Dine, Wine, and Donate,” a pot luck fundraising event to benefit Adult Day Care of Calvert County. Spice up your weeknight! Show off your cooking or baking skills or bring already prepared food. Let’s see which wines pair well with your “pot luck” choices! Experience a local winery in this family friendly setting. Indoor and outdoor seating available. Proceeds, tips, donations benefit Adult Day Care of Calvert County, a nonprofit organization in Prince Frederick serving frail elderly and disabled adults, including those with Alzheimer’s Advanced Dementia. For more details visit www.adcofcalvertcounty.org. Pre-register on the website by July 15th to receive free wine tasting tickets at the event.

Entertainment Calendar Thursday, June 28 Tween Summer Book Festival Calvert Library Southern Branch (20 Appeal Way, Lusby) – 6:30 p.m. Live Music: “Dave Norris” DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 6 p.m.

Friday, June 29 Live Music: “Lake Effect” Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200

Dowell Road, Dowell) – 8 p.m.

Saturday, June 30 Movie on Mainstreet: “The Muppets” Duke and Main Streets, Prince Frederick – 8 p.m. Fairy and Gnome Home Festival and Tour Anne Marie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center (3480 Dowell Road, Solomons) – 9 a.m. Live Music: “Cazhmiere”

Vera’s White Sands Beach Club (1200 White Sands Drive, Lusby) – 9:30 p.m. Live Music: “Groove Span” Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 8 p.m.

Tuesday, July 3 Open Mic Night Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 4 Live Music: “Jennifer Cooper ad GrooveSpan PAX-NAS River’s Edge Center (7402 Buse Road - Bdg. 467, NAS Patuxent River) – 6 p.m. Solomons Fireworks Solomons Island – 9 p.m. Fireworks Cruise Aboard the Wm. B. Tennison Calvert Marine Museum (14200 Solomons Island Road South, Solomons) – 8 p.m.


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Thursday, June 28, 2012

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

A Clean Boat The Ordinary

Angler

By Keith McGuire Contributing Writer As a rule, I like to have guests on my boat when I go fishing. All I ever ask is that they bring whatever they want to eat or drink. Any donations they want to make toward fuel and boat ramp expenses are always welcome. I can usually help with fish cleaning if the guests accompany me back to the house, but, as a rule, I seldom ask for help cleaning the boat. I have been known to fish all day on a given fishing trip and clean the boat all the next day. I actually enjoy making the boat and all related equipment sparkle before the next time it hits the water. People who fish with me rarely encounter a smelly cooler, a nasty live-well, bait stains on the gunnels, or a dirty deck. The motor gets flushed with fresh

water and the trailer even gets a good rinse. I believe that a good cleaning and freshwater rinse is a fairly easy counter to the corrosive effects of the saltwater environment where I fish. My wife thinks that I’m nuts! Generally speaking, Fishing Guides and Charter Captains are particular about cleaning their boats at the end of a fishing trip. Of course their logic is rooted in client satisfaction; no one wants to fish from a dirty boat. The Captains of bigger boats often have a First Mate whose job is to make sure the boat is ready before it leaves the dock and clean after it returns. Private boat owners seldom have that luxury, so if a messy boat can’t be tolerated, then the owner has to make sure the equipment is clean and in tip-top shape.

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to Cobb Island and beyond. Those launching at Quade’s Store at Bushwood, Wicomico Shores and Chaptico are finding croakers with ease. Large and abundant white perch are also easy to find on oyster bars, along marshy shore lines, and around structure. Folks who fish for white perch and croakers are frequently catching small red drum. Be careful with these fish because red drum have to be at least 18” long and shorter than 27” in order to be kept. Red drum outside that slot have to be released. Bluefish and stripers are fairly easy to find in the bay and rivers. Some spot are in the area and can be offered up as live-lined bait for stripers when bluefish Rick Long (www.paxriverproducts.com) with a nice Speck from last don’t interfere. Trolling is Saturday. producing keeper stripers This sort of maintenance actually begins and bluefish with some consistency. before the first fishing season starts. Proper Flounder remain tough to find in our waxing and painting done at the beginning of the year makes clean-up at the end of each area, but speckled trout are still around. Let’s fishing trip a lot easier. My boat won’t hit go fishing! I won’t make you clean the boat! Remember to take a picture of your the water for the first time before these tasks catch and send it to me with your story at are done. I’ve missed parts of early season fishing to make sure the preliminary work is riverdancekeith@gmail.com. done. Boat, trailer and engine maintenance Keith has been a recreational angler is also part of the routine. If everything is on the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries clean, scheduled mechanical maintenance is for over 50 years; he fishes weekly from his easier to keep up with. Fishing is good now. The Potomac small boat during the season, and spends is loaded with nice croakers all the way up his free time supporting local conservation organizations.

Bleachers By Ronald N. Guy Jr. Contributing Writer

My high school baseball coach called me “Scoreboard.” A nearly photographic memory of sports statistics earned me the moniker. At practices, coach would quiz me on the previous night’s scores and updated standings. I was rarely incorrect. It became a running joke, my freak show act. Had Robert Ripley caught my routine, I may have been a museum exhibit. Believe it, or not. Given a few minutes with SportsCenter or dad’s crumpled sports page, there wasn’t much I couldn’t recall. I’m sure my teachers and parents were proud. If only I would’ve remembered the periodic table of elements or Pythagorean theorem so well; but alas, we don’t choose our passions, they choose us. Adulthood has robbed me of the bandwidth required to maintain my statistics obsession. Fortunately the information age made my act obsolete. Coaches and players today already have a resident statistician: their smart

phones. The Buggles once sang, “Video killed the radio star.” I guess Steve Jobs killed “Scoreboard.” Thank you Steve Jobs. I mean that. No, really. My act only mattered because it was obscure. And it was obscure because sports didn’t matter in the 1980s like they do today. Technology (the internet, HD T.V., mobile devices, etc) has made it easier to follow and more enjoyable to watch sports. That has broadened sports’ appeal and earned it a firm and rightful place in American pop culture. That’s a beautiful thing. Lack some basic knowledge of the sports world today and you’re risking your “cool.” Chicks have always dug the long ball, but now sports junkies are mildly attractive and sports statisticians aren’t wholly repulsive (which wasn’t the case in the ‘80s…trust me). The increased popularity of sports and unprecedented access – via 24/7 coverage and direct-line twitter feeds – to athletes has its perils, however. Simply put, we know too much and can

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At Last, A King Connects With The Commoners

express our angst too easily. Know enough about anyone and undesirable qualities will be exposed. And if the information age has taught us anything, it’s that many superstar athletes have personal flaws ripe for viral web banter. Even those that mostly do the right thing are subject to vicious critiques. An athlete’s field of play used to be his or her insulated sanctum, a place where superheroes were innocently created. Now it’s a fish bowl for obsessive character attacks (many of which are completely justified) that dim their stardom. One of the primary victims – a term used loosely given his substantial responsibility for his public relations issues – of the new-age reality of sports coverage is LeBron James. Yes, Lebron James is a victim…sorta. Certainly James invited criticism by his many mystifying performances with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the personal reality show/single-ring circus he created two summers ago on his free agent tour. Still, James doesn’t deserve the attacks he’s received during his NBA career and, particularly, in the last two seasons with the Miami Heat. James is, by all accounts and unlike many NBA stars past and present (Michael Jordan for example), a good teammate and decent hu-

man being. And it is James’ unselfish, all-around game that any basketball fan hopes to see youngsters emulate. So what’s been the public’s real rub with James? It’s simple: James has underachieved. James is as physically gifted as anyone I’ve seen since Bo Jackson. For a guy whose talents permitted him to escape many of the social and professional challenges faced by teens and 20-somethings, there’s little tolerance for unfulfilled potential in the court of public opinion. James might’ve changed everything last Thursday night when he hoisted a well-earned NBA Championship. James worked hard for this title. He dealt with many personal failures and criticisms, fair and unfair. He was doubted by others and likely doubted himself during his tumultuous, 9-year journey to this point. “King James” or “The Chosen One’, as he’s known, looked neither royal nor divine in reaching his profession’s pinnacle. This title required a born king to roll up his sleeves and grind like a peasant. Will his every-man journey be what finally earns King James the favor of the commoners in the stands? It should. Send comments to rguyjoon@yahoo. com


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