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By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Since it went active in April, speed cameras have caught hundreds of people speeding past Beach Elementary School in Chesapeake Beach. Joshua Hathaway, sales and account manager with Optotraffic, the company that installed the cameras, said it is active year round. More than 461,000 vehicles have passed the cameras since it went active, Hathaway said. First Sergeant Greg Bowen, supervisor of the Twin Beaches deputies, said the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office approved 1,212 citations to be issued as of July 13. He said the camera has to be calibrated daily, and while Optotraffic issues the citations, the sheriff’s department has to review and approve them before they can be sent. They have to ensure the camera was properly calibrated at the time the photo was taken, as well as make sure the tags match the car and other procedural details. Citations are $40, Bowen said, and they can be appealed to district court, the same as other traffic tickets. Because the tickets are a civil citation, the fine is a flat fee and no points are reflected on the drivers’ license. Money from the tickets is split between Optotraffic and the beaches, 39 and 61 percent respectively, and the money to the beaches goes into public safety, Bowen said. He said he didn’t know what to expect when the cameras were activated, but he has seen a benefit for the community. He said the cameras and the citations are a big deterrent for speeding, and the camera’s presence makes individuals drive more cautiously. The speed limit on the stretch monitored by the cameras is 30 MPH. The cameras record anybody traveling more than 12 MPH over Photo by Guy Leonard the speed limit. sarahmiller@countytimes.net

New Summer Festival Next Weekend RE/MAX One and Bayside Auto Group will host the first annual Summer Festival at Auto Drive on Saturday, July 28, from 8 am – 12 pm. The festival will be located across the street from Bayside Auto Group at 110 Auto Drive, Prince Frederick. Admission is free. Featured attractions will include rides in the full-size RE/MAX Hot Air Balloon (weather permitting), Fantasy World Entertainment Game Patrol and Rainforest Slide, Calvert County Sheriff’s Mobile Unit, music by DJ Dave, sweet treats by Smoothie King, face painting, food and more. Proceeds and donations to benefit the Calvert Memorial Hospital Foundation. Co-Sponsors to include: Calvert Wealth Management, Davis, Upton, Palumbo & Dougherty, Inc., Maryland Trust Title & Escrow, LLC, Fantasy World Entertainment, Cotton’s Septic and Smoothie King. Special Thanks to Dave Fegan of Mar-Ber Development Corporation.

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There were only about three sharks, 10-inch chain Dogfish to be exact, in a small pool in an outdoor pavilion at Calvert Marine Museum over the weekend, but those three small fish still drew hefty crowds to Solomons Island on Saturday. Sherrod Sturrock, the deputy director at the museum, said the sharks, which the museum owns, will grow to about twice their size and will be put on display there during special occasions. Holding the shark display outside also kept lines more manageable this year, Sturrock said, which meant that visitors were more apt to stay at the museum longer and take in the other exhibits from fossils to maritime history that forged the character of communities along the Patuxent River’s banks. In year’s past the museum was able to bring in bigger sharks — nurse sharks that were at their largest three feet long — but their presence didn’t help improve the visibility of the marine museum itself, she said. People would come just to see the sharks and the lines were long. People found themselves waiting in line for up to four hours to get a glimpse of the apex predators. “They were so exhausted they would come and touch the shark and then they’d leave,” Sturrock said. Sturrock said this year’s Shark Fest was a more balanced approach. Visitors who milled around enough found out there were plenty of other exhibits and even opportunities to rent paddleboats and go for a cruise around the marsh on the museum property. “It was a successful event,” she said. “It wasn’t a mosh pit around the shark tank.” But even with the sharks on hand, one of the biggest attractions at the event was still the pair of otters in their own water tank. Kids swarmed around the windows to watch them swim and play, and the otters responded by eyeing the kids as they swam past. “Everyone loves the otters,” Sturrock said. Photo by Guy Leonard

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Last week local business men and women attending the monthly Business After Hours were greeted by docents dressed in 1860 period clothing. The Calvert Library sponsored the Calvert County Chamber of Commerce event to kick off the five-panel Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War traveling exhibit now sitting in the lobby of its Prince Frederick branch. In keeping with the theme, the library hired Express Caterings to replicate the food and drink at Abraham Lincoln’s Inaugural party. Debbie Hammond, owner of the catering company, prepared ham biscuits, chicken salad in tarts, and oyster stew served in mini-bread bowls for the entrée. Appetizers included fruit, cheeses and nuts. The menu noted that apples and nuts were known to be Lincoln’s favorite snack. The dessert table had macaroons, mini apple pies and Abe’s almond sponge cake. Rounding out the beverages with lemonade, tea and water. “It’s just a sampling,” said Hammond. “We had to make the oyster stew thicker than normal because it kept soaking through the bread.” Calvert Library Director Patricia Hoffman told business men and women that the exhibition was made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and local sponsors such as Friends of Calvert Library and the Maryland Humanities Council, supported by American Library Association, Calvert County Economic Development, College of Southern Maryland, Calvert Historical Society, National Archives and Records Administration, Calvert County Board of Education, Surratt House,

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COUNTY NEWS Autopsy Complete in Dead Infant Case

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Law enforcement officials have the autopsy report detailing the circumstances and the cause of death of an infant that was found dead in the trunk of a car in March, but are not releasing details yet to the public. Lt. Steve Jones, commander of the Calvert Investigative Team, said Tuesday the county State’s Attorney’s Office is consulting with the Medical Examiner’s office in Baltimore regarding the case. During the initial investigation of the discovery on Hallowing Point Road, police officials said if the baby was stillborn, then there would be no felony charges involved. The baby was found near the home

of the mother, according to police, but the mother had not lived there for about 30 days. Police said the mother’s parents found the deceased infant when they were cleaning out the car. Investigators found that the mother did not call for any type of medical assistance during or after the birth. When the infant was found, the body was in such a state of decay that investigators could not readily tell if the infant was newborn or a fetus. Police were not exactly sure how long the infant had been there when the investigation began nor could they tell if there even had been a crime committed.

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She further noted that she loves patriotic music, which is what the band played. Jeff Wood brought his daughter, Gracie, for the entire day as well. Gracie said her favorite part of the day was playing with Jacob’s ladder, a series of attached blocks which roll down one from another. Pam Bell, who normally works at the Fairview branch, came to help with the kid’s area. “We had the perfect number of people. And they all came with the 1860’s in mind for the crafts and games – no bells and whistles.” The five panel exhibit will be at the library until Aug. 24 with docents to help guide visitors. Checkout the website for a list of activities open to the public: calvert.lib.md.us/ lincoln.html.

A number of families spent their entire Saturday at the Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War traveling exhibit in Calvert Library Prince Frederick. Both the Jones and Wood families arrived first thing in the morning for the Federal City Brass Band’s performance and musical history to see accurate music, instruments and uniforms of the era during Abraham Lincoln’s presidency. After, they stayed to see Jim Getty’s impersonation of the president. The morning show was geared more for the younger children and centered on Lincoln’s life. The later show was more about the political climate. Throughout the day, the library had demonstrations of games, crafts and foods from the 1860’s in the second-floor chilcorrin@somdpublishing.net dren’s area. Parents Erin and Allan Jones wrapped yarn around CD cases to make yarn dolls for their two daughters, Ava and Meagan. The girls played with Jacob’s ladder, ball in cup, and other common toys of the era. Ava said she enjoyed the brass band most of all the activities. “It was good. It wasn’t the talk- Jeff and Gracie Wood play checkers as part of the games from the 1860’s display ing Lincoln.” at the library.

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The North Beach Town Council discusses recycling bins.

In response to repeated requests for recycling bins for individual residences, the North Beach Town Council voted unanimously to purchase the bins during its July 12 meeting. The council will purchase 200 32-gallon recycling bins from Otto Environmental Systems at a cost of $8,640, with the money coming from the municipality’s rainy day fund. Council member Gregory McNeill’s motion to charge a non-refundable $15 per container failed when no other council members moved to second the proposition. “This is a new and exciting time with the adoption of this recycling plan,” said Council member and Environmental Committee Chairperson Gwen Schiada. During the meeting, the council members discussed surveys that showed support for the recycling bins. McNeill said other surveys showed residents didn’t mind paying $15 for their bins, and expressed disappointment in the council for its lack of support.

North Beach residents will be able to put all their recyclables in one commingled bin. The council also approved a modification to the declared use of the new Boys and Girls Club building. In addition to the Boys and Girls Club, the facility will be used by Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, bridge clubs, the Celtic society and other groups during the times the Boys and Girls club is not using the space. Board members said they are pleased to see the building will be used all day long. The new building’s formal ribbon cutting will be July 24 at 3 p.m. In other news, Westlawn Inn owner Lee Travers was appointed to North Beach’s Planning Commission and Code Enforcement Officer Paul Goins submitted his resignation after moving to the Eastern Shore. Town Clerk Stacy Wilkerson is temporarily handling Goins’ responsibilities in the interterm. For more information about North Beach, visit www. ci.north-beach.md.us/pages/index. sarahmiller@countytimes.net

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Police: Man Fired Shots at Party On July 14 at 1:37 a.m. Dep. M. Quinn responded to a party on Chaneyville Road in Owings for the report of a fight with shots fired. Upon arrival she learned from witnesses that a fight had ensued between two large groups of people attending the party and that a man had gone to his vehicle, brought out a revolver and allegedly fired it in the air several times. After the fight did not break up, the man reportedly fired more shots in the air then pointed it at the crowd telling people to back up. The man then got in his car and drove away. A witness had observed the license plate number and a lookout was broadcast. The vehicle was located in Chesapeake Beach and the driver was apprehended and then interviewed by detectives of Calvert Investigative Team. He advised Det. R. Naughton that he was intending to break up the fight, police said. The gun was located and found to have been stolen during a burglary. Hunter Lee Skeen, 18, of Chesapeake Beach, was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment and theft. Man Arrested for Gun Threat Cpl. A. Moschetto and Sgt. J. Hollinger responded to the area of Golden West Way and San Angelo Drive in Lusby on July 11 at about 5 p.m. for the report of a man with a gun. After making contact with the complainant and several witnesses they learned that a man had allegedly been pointing what appeared to be a semiautomatic pistol and an assault rifle at various citizens while yelling threats that he was going to kill them. No one was injured. Moschetto and Hollinger made contact with the suspect, identified as Eric Demon Booker, 18, of Lusby, and took him into custody. Two guns were recovered next to Booker, they were determined to be “Airsoft” guns that had been painted to resemble real weapons. Police also recovered a 10-inch fillet knife. Booker was charged with second- degree assault, concealing a dangerous weapon and disorderly conduct. Jewels, Money Stolen From Home A home on Tobacco Road in Chesapeake Beach was burglarized on July 10 between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Approximately $15,000 worth of jewelry and money was taken. Cpl. R. Selkirk is investigating. Snack Stand at Park Vandalized Someone attempted to break into the snack stand at the Marley Run Recreation Area on Mairfield Lane in Huntingtown between July 10 and 11. Approximately $800 in damage was done but nothing was stolen. DFC J. Lord is investigating. Construction Equipment Stolen A ditch witch locator and a starter rod together valued at $2800 were stolen from a truck owned by PEI Underground Utility Construction of Glen Burnie that was parked in front of Calvert Pines Senior Apartments overnight between July 11 and 12. DFC J. Lord is investigating.

Chamber Transitioning Business Mini-Expo

By Corrin M. Howe Staff Writer This year’s Business Mini-Expo is open free to the public to come in and discover local business offerings throughout Southern Maryland, according to Calvert County Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Carolyn McHugh. “In the past it was more like a traditional Business After Hours.” Typically, while open to the public, a Business After Hours charges $5 for chamber members and $20 for non-members. This will no longer be the case. The Mini-Expo will be held on Thursday, Aug. 9, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Calvert

County Fairgrounds Administration Building. The Chamber hopes to move it to another venue in the future, but discussions are still ongoing, McHugh said. Businesses wanting to set up a table will be charged $150. Those wanting to become an event sponsor can pay $250. The Mini-Expo is an opportunity for both business and potential consumers to learn about business, products, services and techniques available. Some of the participating businesses so far include: Calvert County Fair Inc., PNC Bank. Event Sponsors: College of Southern Maryland, Comcast, Community Bank of TriCounty and Fantasy World Entertainment. For more information, or to RSVP, contact the Chamber at 410-535-2577.


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Heritage Area Grants for First Ever Sun and Music Fest Tourism Projects Awarded Rocks Southern Maryland By Sarah Miller Staff Writer

The Southern Maryland Heritage Area Consortium (SMHAC) announced Tuesday that four projects in Southern Maryland submitting grant applications for Fiscal Year 2013 will receive funding from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority. These funds are made available to non-profits and government organizations inside the Heritage Area that seek to promote heritage tourism and economic development. Heritage tourism is defined as traveling to experience the places that authentically represent the stories and people of the past and present – including historic, cultural and natural resources, a press release states. The Project Grant awards in Calvert and St. Mary’s counties are: • Project: War of 1812 Fair and Reenactment Recipient: Friends of Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum Grant Award: $10,000 • Project: Enhancing Historic Sotterley’s Visitor Experience Recipient: Historic Sotterley, Inc. Grant Award: $16,250 “We are so honored to have this support for so many of our projects here Southern Maryland,” said Roz Racanello, the executive director of the heritage area. “We continue to be a source of support for projects like these so that visitors as well as residents can enjoy our history and heritage.” The SMHAC office also received funding for support of the Heritage Area office in the amount of $60,000 for the year, these funds will also support the position of the Byway Manager for the Religious Freedom National Scenic Byway. The total of all grants awarded for Fiscal 2013 in the region will be $186,250. All those who wish to learn more about membership or future grant offerings should contact the Consortium at 301-274-4083, or by email, SoMdHeritage@tccsmd.org. Additional information about the Southern Maryland Heritage Area is available on the web at: www.DestinationSouthernMaryland.com.

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Despite rain showers and other hiccups that can plague an outdoor festival, especially during an inaugural weekend, the first ever Southern Maryland Sun and Music Fest went smoothly. The two-day festival had it all – beer and locally produced wines, big name bands like The Fabulous Thunderbirds to smaller acts like newly formed Colossus of Clout. With more than 2,000 tickets sold for the event, co-founder Jimmy Zirakian said he is excited about the results from the weekend, though he hopes the crowd will be even larger next year. A portion of ticket sales will go to Calvert Hospice and End Hunger. Zirakian said plans are to rotate the charities receiving money every year, and continue to allow other local charities to advertise free at the festival. He said the final costs have not yet been reconciled, but he is looking forward to presenting checks once all the dust has settled. The Southern Maryland Sun and Music Fest started as a wine festival. Zirakian and co-founder Jim Meunier first approached historic St. Mary’s City as a venue, but were told they only allowed one wine festival per year. After more

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By Sarah Miller Staff Writer When Gary Jameson and his wife travel, they stay in rental cottages instead of hotels. In hopes of offering the same opportunity to visitors in North Beach, they began renting out a cottage of their own. The Seahorse Guest Cottage and Artist’s Retreat is a fully restored 1930s property that the Jamesons have been renting out for the past year. The house was restored with “historical accuracy and a sense of whimsy,” Jameson said. They purchased the property in 2010 and spent a year restoring it before renting it out. Jameson said his family prefers renting cottages because they generally offer more space and accommodations, including kitchens and extra bedrooms. Often, they also allow large dogs or other animals that would be banned at hotels. Jameson said the Seahorse property is completely fenced in and he welcomes guests who are traveling with animals. With bedding and other comforts included in their stay, Jameson said people don’t need to bring more than they normally would to a hotel. He and his wife also live next door, so if anything goes wrong they are on hand to take care of it immediately. The Seahorse Cottage also offers an artist and musician studio behind the main house to offer some privacy. His property has been booked constantly since May with people from all over the country. For Bob Carpenter, this is also his first year booking his rental cottage on a weekly basis. Until this year, the Skipjack Corner Beach Cottage was rented out on a long-term basis. So far, he said his family has been “very lucky,” because the property has been steadily occupied, though a little light in the winter. He said people were calling to make summer reservations as early as January. His property can comfortably sleep six comfortably. Carpenter said there is something for everybody. Some people like going on vacation at resorts while others look for a “home away from home.” Jameson said people in rental cottages often get involved in the community, sometimes getting to know their temporary neighbors. They also shop at local stores and help boost the economy, Carpenter said. For more information, or a full listing of rental cottages in the area, visit www.vrbo.com. For more information about Seahorse Guest Cottage and Artist’s Retreat, visit www.seahorseguestcottage.com or call 410-610-9322. sarahmiller@countytimes.net


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Calverton Welcomes New Head of School By Sarah Miller Staff Writer The Calverton School’s new head of school is ready to get to work and help the school continue to graduate creative thinkers who will be well equipped to face the challenges of tomorrow. Spencer Taintor took an unusual route to becoming an educator. He started out as a resort development consultant, and then taught chemistry in Florida before coming to Calverton. Taintor has a degree in psychology and a minor in chemistry. He worked as a resort developer for companies like Royal Caribbean and Sandals. He even owned his own business, then decided he wanted to give back to his community. With several educators in his family, he chose to try his hand in the classroom.

Originally, he applied to be a business teacher in Florida, but they said they needed him as a chemistry teacher. Not one to back away from a challenge, Taintor accepted the position. “I’m one of those people who loves to roll up my sleeves and jump in,” he said. Before coming to Calverton, he spent five years in the classroom and nine years as an administrator, serving as the head of the Lake Mary Preparatory School in Florida, among other positions. Taintor has two children – Spencer and Emma, who will be entering fifth grade and kindergarten respectively. He said his family decided it was a “good time to make the transition,” and he visited the school several times before moving them. The visits served two purposes. Taintor got to make sure the environment was right for his family and got the chance to learn about Calvert County and the traditions of the school. He said he wanted to be a part of the Calverton tradition and that meant meeting the kids, families and staff at the school. He said Calverton is the kind of school that is rich in tradition, and

he finds that “inspiring.” Moving forward, Taintor said he hopes to help Calverton continue to offer increasingly high levels of academic rigor. “The age of information regurgitation is no longer,” Taintor said. He said it is important for students to learn to apply what they learn in one class to another, think globally about problems and “crosspollinate ideas.” He said students need to be able to think outside the box, and he is always willing to help them. He said if a student comes to him with a problem, he’ll tell them “I may not have all the answers, but I bet you and I could find them.” Bringing in successful alumni Photos by Sarah Miller can help students make those con- New Calverton Head of School Spencer Taintor prepares nections. Taintor said when he was in for the coming school year. Florida, he brought in a former stuschool’s funding. He said he hopes to dent to talk to students about physics, then explained their real life application secure grants and endowments to ensure when scientists used physics to calculate school funding “from now to the end of the trajectory and landing locations of de- time.” He said his goal is to integrate his bris from the Space Shuttle Columbia. He said he also intends to communi- ideas with the schools existing tradicate with the Board of County Commis- tions to ensure Calverton will remain sioners, the public schools, the College of successful. “The last thing I want to do as head is Southern Maryland, St. Mary’s College and even school alumni to get students come in and change the culture,” he said. out of the classroom learning experiences. sarahmiller@countytimes.net Taintor also wants to look at the

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Hilton’s Housekeeping Crew Awarded for Hospitality

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“You can’t spell ‘great’ without ‘Greta,’” a guest wrote about Greta Barnes, who is a room attendant at Hilton Garden Inn in Solomons. The hotel’s General Manager Charles Reed said in all his years of working in the industry he’s never worked with a housekeeping staff that goes above and beyond to connect to their guests. “They make miracles happen all the time,” he said. Management from the hotel boasts about the things their employees do on a regular basis. During a recent Business After Hours, Beverly Brown, sales and marketing director, told a group of business people “they manage to find out when we have a bride and groom staying with us. I don’t know how, but they do. And they’ll decorate the room.” Claudette White makes sculptures with hotel towels. Her creations vary from a two layer wedding cake, to a multi-layered cake, to bride and groom swans arranged so make a heart. This year she was recognized company-wide for her Teddy bear with a special delivery. “A guest was in town for a job interview and came down to the desk top purchase nail polish remover, but we didn’t have any,” Brown said. Housekeeping staff drove down to the local pharmacy, purchased the item, a rose and candy, out of their own pocket. They left a teddy bear made of towels in the room with the items and a handwritten note that wished the guest good luck on the interview. “The team likes what they do. They are very proud of the hotel. Phyllis is a great leader,” Reed said. Management pointed out that it is generally true of all hotels and their employees that the housekeeping staff tends to be the most invisible to the guests. “It can be challenging for housekeeping to get feedback from the guests; although those with extended stays have more opportunity,” Reed said. Quiana Hill has been working at the H i l -

ton for three years. She said she greets everyone she sees. to make themselves visible, Reed said the housekeeping She’ll talk to the guests she sees while she is working. She’ll team and food and beverage team will be running neck and ask them if they need anything else in their rooms. Some- neck. In most hotels this wouldn’t be the case since food times she does this in the form of a note left on the bed. and beverage teams are the most visible employees, espeTiana Forbes said she loves smiling. Her notes usually cially to the extended stay guests. say “Enjoy the day and keep smiling.” Reed and Brown are quick to point out that their guests Forbes said she had a guest on extended stay who regularly tell them how all of the hotel’s teams go above and brought her intense workout video series. Having done the beyond in making guests feel at home. It takes the entire same series, Forbes left her guest an extra hand towel with staff. In fact, the Hilton Garden Inn in Solomons was reca note, “You’re gonna need this hand towel.” ognized this year in the top 100 in its group for “cleanliness Reed said the guest stopped him and told him how of room, guest loyalty and recommendations.” much she appreciates Forbes extra attention to detail. Brown recently pointed out during a networking meetLisa Armstrong notices the soda and snack preferenc- ing of business women that within the hotel is the Great es of her extended stay guests when she takes out the trash. American Grill restaurant and a 3,600 square foot meetShe’ll then buy a soda or a bag of chips and leave a note, ing and banquet space which can accommodate up to 250 “Have a drink on us.” guests. When the housekeeping staff finds out about special “You can go wait 90 minutes or you can come to eat occasions like weddings or birthdays, they’ll recognize with us.” those days by decorating the room or leaving a goody bag. For more information about the Hilton Garden Inn go Brown said she knows of occasions when they’ve pur- to Solomons.stayhgi.com or410-326-0303. chased champagne on their own, placing it in the room with rose petals, candles and towel sculptures. corrin@somdpublishing.net “They go crazy. They feel empowered and they take that and run with it,” Brown said. Although the managers receive feedback about their employees through a number of means throughout the year, the summer time the company has a “Catch Me At My Best” campaign. Every morning during the team “pow wow” notes written by guests are read aloud, then added to the wall in the service corridor outside of guest sight. Both Brown and Reid said the entire corridor will be covered ceiling to floor From left is Alicia Washington, Phyliss Bell, Quiana Hill, Lisa Armstrong, maintenance chief Victor Moreland, Patrice White and Greta Barnes. in notes by the end of the summer. As a testament to the ability of the housekeeping staff


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Center: Greta Barnes. Bottom left: Claudette White makes sculptures out of towels. Bottom right: Special delivery Teddy Bear with nail polish remover for a guest. Top right: Lisa Armstrong takes a moment to leave her guest a note. Top left: Quiana Hill keeping a room.


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Carolyn Bryant, 73 Carolyn Erma Bryant “Mom”, 73 of Lusby Maryland passed away on Saturday July 14, 2012, at her residence with her family by her side. She was born on October 31, 1938 in South Nuttal, W.Va., to Madge Hicks Board and Arthur C. Board. She was the loving wife of Vernon L. Bryant whom she married on December 3, 1956 in West Virginia. Carolyn was a resident of Mt. Rainier, MD until 1987 when she relocated to Mechanicsville, MD. She was known as “Mom” to everyone she met. Carolyn loved yard sales and especially hosting them. 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; her husband Vernon L. Bryant who passed away on October 18, 1996; her brothers Wink Bryant and Boardie Board and her great grandson Victor Thurston. Carolyn leaves behind her daughter, Mary Dickson of Lusby, MD; son, Stephen Bryant of Mechanicsville, MD; daughter Carolyn Noonan of Lusby, MD; one granddaughter, Katherine Campbell; three great grandchildren, Vernon Thurston, Robert Thurston and Kourtney Campbell and three sisters, Bonnie Reed of Shelbysville, TN, Jane Bryant of OH and Betty Fugate of OH. The family will receive friends on Friday, July 20, 2012 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. at the Rausch Funeral Home, P. A., 20 American Lane, Lusby, MD. A service celebrating her life will be held on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 12:00 noon at Charles Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Leonardtown, MD with Pastor Keith Corrick officiating. Pallbearers are Stephen Bryant, Vernon Thurston, Robert Thurston, Wayne Jones, Jay Bon-

ner, Mike Campbell and Dustin Jones. Memorial contributions can be directed to Calvert Hospice, P.O. Box 838 238 Merrimac Court, Prince Frederick MD 20678.

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private. Memorial contributions in Rosalie’s name may be made to Hospice of the Chesapeake, 445 Defense Highway, Annapolis, MD 21401. For additional information or to leave condolences, visit www. rauschfunerlahomes.com.

rial contributions in Mamie’s name may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. For more information or to leave condolences visit www. rauschfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements by Rausch Funeral Home, 8325 Mount Harmony Lane, Owings, MD.

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Pearl Rosalie “Rosie” Crandell, 81, of Lothian, MD passed away July 11, 2012 at Anne Arundel Medical Center, Annapolis, MD. She was born April 29, 1931 in Bristol, MD to Eugene P. and Ella E. (Catterton) Griffith. Rosalie was raised on her family’s farm in Bristol and attended Owensville Elementary School in West River and graduated from Southern High School in Lothian, MD. She married Nelson Reed Crandell on March 28, 1953 and they resided in Lothian. Rosalie was employed as a bank teller at the former Maryland National Bank, now Bank of America, in Upper Marlboro, MD and retired from the bank after 35 years of employment. She was also a homemaker and a farm wife. Rosalie was a member of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church in Lothian. In her leisure time, she enjoyed gardening, dancing, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. Rosalie was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Nelson Reed Crandell who passed away July 18, 2005. She is survived by a daughter Deborah Crandell Whetzel; grandchildren Melissa L. and Josh S. Whetzel, all of Lothian. Also surviving are great grandchildren Hailey L. and Colin L. Whetzel, a sister Virginia G. Schmitt, a brother Earl E. “Sonny” Griffith and wife Lillian and a nephew Jeffrey Griffith and wife Chris, all of Lothian, MD. Family and friends were received Monday, July 16, 2012, at Rausch Funeral Home, P.A., 8325 Mt. Harmony Lane, Owings, where a memorial service and celebration of Rosalie’s life followed. Inurnment in Mt. Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery is

M a mie Aileen Fowler, 90, of Huntingtown, MD passed away July 6, 2012 at her residence. She was born July 5, 1922 in Chaptico, MD to John W. and Myrtle (Russel) Morgan. Mamie was raised in Chaptico, where she attending St. Mary’s County public schools. She married Fayette Leroy Fowler on May 28, 1940 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and they made their home on a large farm in Prince Frederick. Primarily a homemaker, she was also employed at Mademoiselle, a ladies fashion boutique in Prince Frederick, as a salesperson and manager until the store closed. Mamie was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, and was also a member of the Calvert Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, working in the gift shop. She was also a volunteer at the Calvert Pines Senior Center. In her leisure time Mamie enjoyed painting, crocheting, sewing, wildlife, especially bird watching, and spending time with her family. Mamie was preceded in death by her parents, a son Fayette L. “Fred” Fowler, Jr., and by her husband Fayette L. Fowler, Sr. who passed away in 1991. Mamie was the last surviving of 13 children born to John and Myrtle Morgan. She is survived by daughters Betsy Ann Fowler Bollo of Prince Frederick and Mary Jane Fowler of LaPlata, MD; eight grandchildren, twenty two greatgrandchildren, and five great-great grandchildren; longtime dear friends Gail Where Life and Heritage are Celebrated Mixon and Laura Marchand; and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service and celebration of Mamie’s life Affordable Funerals, Caskets, Vaults, was held SatCremation Services and Pre-Need Planning urday, July 14, 2012 at St. Family Owned and Operated by Paul’s EpiscoBarbara Rausch and Bill Gross pal Church, 231 www.RauschFuneralHomes.com Church Street, Prince Frederick. Inurnment followed 8325 Mt. Harmony Lane 4405 Broomes Island Rd. 20 American Lane in the church 410-257-6181 410-586-0520 410-326-9400 cemetery. Memo-

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Janice Cullember Hall, 71, of Prince Fr e d e r i c k , Mar yland passed away July 14, 2012 in Prince Fr e d e r i c k , Maryland. She was born on May 13, 1941 in Prince Frederick, Maryland to the late Hazel I. nee Walton and James Wm. Cullember. Janice worked for Mutual Fire Insurance Company for many years. She was the beloved wife of Robert Donald Hall , Sr. of Prince Frederick, MD and devoted mother of Robert D. Hall, Jr. of Prince Frederick, MD, Jill Hall Dowell of Sunderland, MD, Lisa Hall of Prince Frederick, MD, Donna Gott of Prince Frederick, MD , Debra Hill of Prince Frederick, MD and the late David Warren Gott. Grandmother of 15, she is also survived by her siblings, Lorraine Catterton of Owings, MD, Anna Mae Bowen of Owings, MD, William Cullember of Harrington DE, Ronald Cullember of Pittsburgh PA and Arlene Sherbert of West River, MD. The family received friends on Tuesday July 17, 2012, at the Full Gospel Assembly of God Church 890 Solomons Island Road, Prince Frederick, Md. where services were held on Wednesday July 18. Interment followed in Asbury Cemetery, Bartow MD.

Cora Sanford, 85 C o r a Louise Sanford, 85, of Chesapeake Beach, MD passed away July 8, 2012 at her residence. She was born November 1, 1926 in Washington, D.C. to Charles and Isabelle (Dawson) Childress. She was raised in the District, where she attended public schools. Cora married Albert Vernon Sanford on December 1, 1945 and they lived in Washington, D.C. In 1954, they moved to Seat Pleasant and in the late 1970’s to Owings in Calvert County, MD. For the past seven years Cora has resided in Chesapeake Beach. Cora worked as a lithograph operator for the Government

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Printing Office until 1961 and after her son was born she was a full time a homemaker. Cora enjoyed playing bingo, spending time with her family, especially attending her son’s sporting events and raising three generations of her family. Cora was preceded in death by her parents, a granddaughter Dawn Smallwood and her husband A. Vernon Sanford. She is survived by a daughter Joyce M. Smallwood and a son Lucky Sanford both of Chesapeake Beach. Also surviving are grandchildren Venus and Rhonda Smallwood, Joyce Dillow and Brittany Sanford; ten great grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren. Family and friends were received on Wednesday, July 11, 2012, at Rausch Funeral Home, P.A., 8325 Mt. Harmony Lane, Owings, where services and a celebration of Cora’s life were held July 12. Interment followed at Ft. Lincoln Cemetery, Brentwood, MD. Arrangements by Rausch Funeral Home, 8325 Mount Harmony Lane, Owings, MD.

Donald Walker, 77 Donald Everett Walker, 77, of Prince Frede r ick , MD passed away July 6, 2012 at Calvert Memorial Hospital. He was born March 8, 1935 in Washington, D.C. to William Luke and Rose Ida (LaBille) Walker. Donald was raised in Washington, D.C., until moving with his family to Landover Hills. He attended Bladensburg High School, and later entered the US Army serving from 1954 to 1958. Donald made his home in Landover, MD and has been a resident of the Chapline House Senior Center in Prince Frederick for the past six years. Donald was employed as a construction worker and was a member of the American Legion in Lusby, MD. In his leisure time, he enjoyed playing Texas Hold’em, video games, watching old movies and traveling. Donald was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by children Karen W. Whitwood and husband Allen, Lynda LaMond and Donnie and Michael LaMond. Also surviving are eight grandchildren, one great granddaughter and a sister Hazel A. Mallonee of Huntingtown and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service and celebration of Donald’s life will be held at a later date. For more information or to leave condolences visit www. rauschfuneralhomes.com.


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Commissioner’s Corner California is Coming to Maryland By Susan Shaw Calvert County Commissioner, District 2 I am Calvert County’s Representative to the Maryland Association of Counties, also known as MACO. One of the roles of MACO is to lobby the Maryland Legislature on behalf of the Counties with regard to legislation that affects the Counties’ constituents: YOU. In addition to siphoning over $10 million in annual recurring operating costs from the Calvert County budget in recent years to pay for state spending, the MD Legislature is pushing environmental legislation that is sometimes beneficial, almost always prohibitively expensive, and sometimes ineffective and foolish under the guise of cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay and the environment. Recent examples began with the passage in 2006 of the new water resources element, municipal growth element, and priority preservation element of Comprehensive Plans. (HB 1141 and HB 2). 2007 followed with new stormwa-

ter management requirements (HB 786/SB 784). Instead of stormwater management ponds to collect water run-off, these bills require on-site collection through rain gardens, bogs, and other on-site collection methods. 2008 saw the passage of new critical area requirements in HB 1253. In 2009, new planning visions, Smart Growth measures and indicators, and plan consistency requirements were passed in HB 294/SB 273, HB 295/SB 276, and HB 297/SB 280. In 2010, new transportation planning requirements were set in HB 1155. In 2011 PlanMaryland was decreed by Executive Order, taking a page out of the federal Obama administration tactics. In 2012, we got new Growth Tiers and septic system restrictions in SB 236, which has far-reaching implications for every Marylander. Meanwhile, the EPA and the State are requiring Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPS) to limit Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDLs) of pollutants at a projected cost to Calvert County of $1.3 Billion with a B. What’s up next? Greenhouse gas reduction initiatives taken straight from the California playbook are proposed for the coming year’s legislative agenda. Have you noticed that California is bankrupt? In the name of the environment and the Chesapeake Bay, the MD Legislature is trying to change our way of life at extreme cost to all of us. Am I anti-environment? Hardly. Am I against ineffective environmental regulations? YES,

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I am! No cost/benefit analysis has been done on ANY of this. Platitudes are offered, such as “Clean water will benefit tourism.” If only we were really headed toward clean water. The emperor has no clothes. Here is the latest example of this hoax being perpetrated on the taxpayers of Maryland: the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) is proposing new regulations that would require Best Available Technology (BAT) nitrogen-removing septic systems on ALL new homes in MD not on sewer systems, at an extra cost per home (or addition to a home) of about $12,000 plus electricity to run the technology, plus payment for monitoring and oversight. Yes, the Septic system has a mobile terminal that advises authorities if it is not working properly or not properly maintained. The expectation is that YOU will spend $60 Million on new nitrogen-removing septic systems over the next few years, which will reduce nitrogen to the Chesapeake Bay by 1/200th of 1%. Are you prepared for all this? It’s coming … Starting now with the fact that grandfathering of major subdivisions on septic systems ends October 1, 2012. My colleague from Howard County told me today that their Planning Department is inundated with permit applications for major subdivisions trying to beat the grandfathering deadline. Welcome to California/Maryland.

Race for Board of Education Vastly Important Most Calvert County voters going to the polls in November will be reasonably informed when voting for President, U.S. Senator and their U.S. Representative. Television, radio, web, and print media will be inundated throughout the fall with campaign messages for the federal races. I am glad for that, as it is critical our nation elects the correct people in those races. But another race on the Nov. 6 ballot is critically important to our beloved Calvert County’s future. Our Board of Education will be facing some of its most challenging times in the coming years, bound to make difficult decisions that will have lasting effects on every county resident regardless of whether they have children or not. I challenge each voter to learn about the candidates, about their views and experiences. Please visit the candidates online, attend upcoming forums and debates, read about them in the local media and meet them yourselves. A good candidate will make him or herself accessible and will make it easy to find his or her views on the pertinent issues. I have been asked why this particular race for the Board of Education is so important. The Board of Education spends about half the county’s entire budget plus another $80 million more from the state, meaning a huge percentage of your tax dollars used locally are managed by those to be elected this year. The top foreseeable challenge our Board of Education will face in the near future is deciding how to maintain high standards and remedy a number of issues, including a less than amicable relationship with the teachers’ union, on a smaller budget. Until this year, the Board of Education and the Board of County Commissioners had an agreed-upon funding formula in place that ensured continued, appropriate funding. The agreement on the formula expired after the fiscal year 2012 budget was built and has not been reworked. Without a

funding formula, the county commissioners very capable, the county could find itself is in both reading and math. It is equally dishave no guidance other than the minimum an even tougher spot. appointing to note that students who are required by state statute. Take into account The post-election Board of Education African American, or receive special eduthe state has built something of a penalty will need to examine and reexamine all cation services, or have limited English prointo its Maintenance of Effort law for those possible ways to provide the best for Cal- ficiency, or are economically disadvantaged counties putting more than the minimum vert County’s children. Those board mem- continue to experience a lag behind other into their school systems. In fact, over the bers will need to explore ways to increase students. Every child in Calvert County depast several years, the amount the coun- efficiency, cut wasteful spending, and serves the best education we as a commuties contributed above the Maintenance of maybe even find new sources of funding to nity can provide. Effort was about $6 billion. That means provide the very best for students, teachI hope the importance of this year’s the state quietly but effectively cut spend- ers, staff, administrators and of course the election cycle spurs meaningful conversaing for education by $6 billion across the county as a whole. tion about the issues at hand. state.  Maryland also reduced state aid to The financial aspect is huge but it is You can find out more about me by education to Calvert County due to the Geo- not the only issue. Although our schools visiting me online at www.ChooseJoe.com, graphic Cost of Education Index while Cal- accomplish a great deal academically each or www.facebook.com/Better.Education. vert County increased funding to the Board year, the school system came up short on the in.Calvert, or twitter.com/jchenelly. of Education due to the Collaborative Grant latest state report for a few groups of stuAgreement. dents. The target of 80.4 percent proficiency Joe Chenelly On top of Maryland cutting educa- was not met for Special Education students Lusby, MD tion funding, the state has placed another huge financial burden Publisher Thomas McKay on Calvert County by Associate Publisher Eric McKay forcing it to pick up Editor Sean Rice $2.8 million in teachGraphic Artist Angie Stalcup er pension expenses Office Manager Tobie Pulliam in fiscal year 2013. Advertising sales@somdpublishing.net Worse, that amount Email info@somdpublishing.net is set to nearly double Phone 301-373-4125 over the next four years. Staff Writers The next Board Guy Leonard Law Enforcement of Education will Sarah Miller Government, Education need to be able to Corrin Howe Community, Business Alex Panos Staff Writer work with the county commissioners to deContributing Writers velop and agree on a Joyce Baki new funding formula Keith McGuire while keeping the Susan Shaw P. O. Box 250 . Hollywood, MD 20636 county’s new finanSherrod Sturrock cial responsibilities in mind, along with the The Calvert Gazette is a weekly newspaper providing news and information for the residents of Caldisincentive from the vert County. The Calvert Gazette will be available on newsstands every Thursday. The paper is state to exceed the published by Southern Maryland Publishing Company, which is responsible for the form, content, and new Maintenance of policies of the newspaper. The Calvert Gazette does not espouse any political belief or endorse any Effort levels of fundproduct or service in its news coverage. Articles and letters submitted for publication must be signed ing. Again, if those and may be edited for length or content. The Calvert Gazette is not responsible for any claims made who are elected in by its advertisers. November are not

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Community Navy Testing Over Beaches The Naval Research Laboratory is currently conducting a series of tests for aircraft systems over the coastline at their Chesapeake Bay Detachment (CBD). These tests will continue through July 31. Part of that time period will be devoted to the set-up and take down of the equipment with actual helicopter flights. Weekend testing is not currently scheduled; however, depending on the weather, it may be necessary to conduct some flights on the weekends. As part of the tests, the helicopters will dispense small flares, while in flight. The flares, which are visible, but not harmful to the human eye, will appear like the flash of light from a bright lamp, lasting about 6 seconds.

Buy Local Week Starting Saturday Calvert County will celebrate “Buy Local Agriculture Week” July 22-29 by stressing the benefits of buying local products from area farms. The state’s Buy Local Challenge is happening July 21-29 and for that campaign, residents are being asked to eat one thing from a local farm every day. Visit www.buy-local-challenge.com for more information on the Maryland initiative. By purchasing directly from stores, restaurants or farms that feature local products, residents can enjoy the convenience and variety of local meats and produce while helping to ensure that neighborhood businesses and the region’s economy continue to flourish. This summer, consider the impact that you can have in your own backyard by dining, shopping and visiting neighborhood merchants while you help stimulate Calvert County’s economy. The Calvert County Agriculture Commission offers a wealth of information about the county’s farms, including when and where to buy local produce and meats. Visit www.calvertag.com for information.

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Ruth’s Miracle Overcoming 3rd Year Hump By Corrin M. Howe Staff Writer Ruth’s Miracle Group Home is a transitional house for at-risk women of Southern Maryland. Founder Veronica Alston named it for Ruth, of the Old Testament Bible, because Ruth was strong, dedicated, motivated and went from being a poor widow to the wife of a wealthy and respected man. Taking on Ruth’s characteristics is something Alston wants for the women who pass through the A-frame home, which opened in Lusby in 2009. The idea for the home itself came out of Alston’s own 24 years as a drug user. “I knew what I had gone through. I know what it is like to let family and friends down and to get tired of losing,” said Alston. The home wasn’t originally in her retirement plan. In fact, she and her husband, both postal workers, had planned to retire and move to Virginia where she planned to open up her dream restaurant, Roni’s Wings. “I lost my very best friend in 2008,” she said of her husband, Howard Knowles. After he died she ended up in two different treatment centers. It was at the second center in Connecticut that she started to research what she would do next. “I love people and I love helping people. The Heavenly Father put me where I am. At that point a pastor put her hands on me and said, ‘Pack your bags and go home. Before long you will have a line and not be able to accommodate everyone.’ I didn’t know what she was talking about then.” The second part of her group home’s name is ‘miracle’ is because Alston said she knew that the miracle comes after the storm. “Don’t ask me how, but everywhere I submitted my letters – the state, the homeowner’s association – I got back, ‘Yes, yes, yes.’ And at the eighth month mark a friend said, ‘You’ve been carrying around your baby for eight months, it’s time to give birth,’ So the next month I opened the house.” Alston doesn’t take drug addicts coming directly from the streets. She requires that they attend a detoxification program first. She offers up to a year of transitional living after completing recognized recovery programs. “I didn’t reinvent the wheel (regarding rules, chores, and mandatory meetings), but what makes the house different is that it is a program. We provide structure they didn’t have before.” Alston remembers when she was going through this period. “You don’t care about doctor’s appointments or remember birthdays.”

But to be in the home, the women not only keep individual schedules, but every Sunday, the entire house sits down and writes down everyone’s schedules. The appointments include mandatory attendance at church and Wednesday night Bible Studies, one-onone meetings, classes, and volunteer work. The house is authorized to house up to nine women at a time. However, it has never had more than eight, which Alston thinks might be a blessing. “It is a houseful of women in recovery,” she tosses back her head and chuckles. The house is the home that she and her husband owned. After his death, she did redecorate it so it reflects more of her own personality. She also sunk her retirement money into the project. After three years, she is looking for grants and donations for the first time to keep the house running. She felt like she had to give everything she had in order to show others that she’s committed to seeing the group home become a success. “A businessman once said that if you can overcome the third year hump, then you’re on a slide to the fifth year of success.” For those interested in learning more about the group home, Alston invites anyone to come over anytime. She and her guests are ready, willing and able to answer any questions about the program. For more information email: ruthsmiraclegh@gmail.com, website: www.ruthsmiraclehome.com and phone 410-326-9170.

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Spotlight on Volunteers The Promise Resource Center By Sarah Miller Staff Writer The Promise Resource Center in Charlotte Hall offers supplements to the state-approved education curriculum, in addition to free educational materials for parents and families in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties. “People really need to know this place is not just for child care providers and educators,” said Executive Director Siobhan Ponder. Anyone in the community, including parents, grandparents and other guardians, are welcome to come to the center for educational ideas and materials. Volunteer Cyndi Scheffler came to the center in an unusual way – she got a speeding ticket, and when provided with a list of places the could serve community service at in exchange for keeping points off her license, she chose the Promise Resource Center. With a background in childhood development and education, she thought it was a perfect fit. Even though her community service obligation ended years ago, Scheffler has remained as a volunteer with the center because she believes they offer a valuable service to the community. Scheffler said she left for a little while once she was finished with her community service hours, but when she started teaching pre-school she came back for supplies, ideas and eventually began volunteering at the center once again. Every couple of months, Scheffler spends a day at the resource center doing whatever they need done, from assembling take-home kits in three ring binders to laminating cutouts and even pasting together construction paper components for pre-school games. Even though Scheffler gives up her free time to help the center, she never feels like her time isn’t well spent. “Any time spent on or for children is not time wasted,” she said. Most materials from The Promise Resource Center are completely free, and using volunteers helps keep it that way, Ponder said. They also apply for grants, state and county finding and hold periodic fundraisers. Currently, the center is planning a Celtic music festival fundraiser for December. Ponder said the tentative venue is the Wildewood Lodge in California, though they are still confirming details. She said they can use volunteers to help with the festival. Anything that can help children develop skills before entering the classroom is needed, she said, adding the center’s goal is to get tools and information out in the community to help children. The kits have suggestions for getting children actively involved in reading. For example, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle, involves laminated illustrations of all the things the caterpillar ate, which kids can sort into different categories and decide which ones are healthy and discuss why, giving them a lesson on the importance of making healthy eating choices. The resource center is looking for volunteers from all over the tri-county area to help prepare materials, as well as organize and run open houses. Ponder said they have a presence in public libraries, community centers and schools throughout Southern Maryland. They also work with the Judy Center, the United Way and social services. “It’s a gem of a resource,” Ponder said. For more information, visit thepromisecenter.org or call 301290-0040 or 866-290-0040. net

Siobhan Ponder demonstrates reading “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.”

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Cyndi Scheffler cuts out ducks for an activity folder. Photos by Sarah Miller Various activity folders are available for teachers, care providers and families to use.


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From Kansas to the Emerald City Summer Stock Brings the Wizard of Oz to Southern Maryland By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Summer Stock welcomes the public to join Dorothy, Toto, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion and the Scarecrow as they follow the yellow brick road, and take a timeless classic from the big screen and to the stage at Great Mills High School. St. Mary’s County summer stock welcomes youths under the age of 21 from all over the tri-county area to get their first taste of professional theatre. For Autumn Mallory, playing Dorothy Gale, this is her third summer stock production, having been in “Cinderella” and “The Music Man” previously. “I’ve always been into singing and acting, so I wanted to give it a try, and once I did I wanted to come again and again,” Mallory said. She carries her role as Dorothy well, from her “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” solo that kicks off the play to her defeat of the Wicked Witch of the West. One thing that sets “The Wizard of Oz” apart from earlier plays is the number of young children involved as the denizens of Munchkin Land. Mallory said she has enjoyed working with the younger kids. “They really look up to me as Dorothy, it’s kind of cute,” she said. The younger actors aren’t the only factor making this year’s production a challenge. Set designer Rachel Mehaffey said the aesthetics of the play are vastly different from 2011’s “The Music Man,” and designing the set has been “a juggle between the demands of the story and the demands of the stage.” While last year’s goal was to bring River City to life, this year’s goal is to “play up the dreamland aspect” of Oz. Mehaffey said she went to college for theatre, and has worked on professional stages putting together sets for as many as five shows in nine weeks. Working on one play for an extended period has allowed her to delve more into detail and indulge her inner perfectionist, though she said she is still “learning when to say that’s good enough.” She was also in summer stock when she was a kid and “leapt at the opportunity” to work on the productions again. Music director Joey Hoopengardener said several former actors came back to support the production, and several have gone on to be successful in the theatre community. He said summer stock has produced “The Wizard of Oz” three times. The last production was 10 years ago, before several of the current Munchkins were born. From that production, he said Dorothy started a theatre in Texas, a munchkin now plays Belle on a Disney cruise ship, and the Tin Man fell in love with Glinda the Good Witch and they have children “It’s an experience they cherish the

rest of their lives,” he said. Hoopengardener said he has been working with summer stock for a number of years and always looks forward to it. “It’s really a nice way to spend my summer,” he said. The actors have put their own spin on the classic characters. Sean Scriber, the Tin Man, said comedy ranges from the Scarecrow’s physical humor to the Cowardly Lion’s colorful and outrageous personality, adding there is something for audience members of all ages. The Cowardly Lion may be a chicken, but the Calvert High School graduate playing him certainly is not. This year is Christopher Lange’s first summer stock production, and he tackled the role with enthusiasm, and is already looking forward to next year’s production, whatever that may be. The production will be held at Great Mills High School on Friday, July 20 through Sunday, July 22 and Thursday, July 26 through Sunday, July 29. Sunday evening shows begin at 5 p.m. with all other evening shows beginning at 7 p.m. There will also be a matinee on Saturday, July 28 at 1 p.m. Ticket prices are $14 for adults, $12 for senior citizens 60 years and older and $6 for children 10 and under. Matinee prices are $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens 60 years and older and $4 for children 10 and under. Doors will open one hour before each performance for ticket sales and patrons will enter the auditorium for general seating thirty minutes before each show time.

Cash only will be accepted for ticket sales at the door. To purchase tickets online, visit www.stmarysmd.com/ recreate or walk in purchases at the Recreation & Parks main office in Leonardtown. People purchasing tickets online must print their ticket and bring to the show for admittance. For more information, call 301-475-4200 ext. 1800. sarahmiller@countytimes.net


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Going Batty By Shelby Oppermann Contributing Writer It’s just as I suspected. Our house is as batty as we are. No, we don’t have “bats in the belfry”, but we do have bats in our shutters. At first glance it doesn’t seem possible that anything other than insects could fit between the slats of the vinyl siding and the sliver of space where the shutters begin. The bats have found that sliver of space to be an inviting opening. Early this morning just as the tangerine glow of the sun was starting to show, I was drawn to the bay window in the living room to lots of dark shapes flying back and forth faster than any bird I had seen. I pressed my nose close to the glass and then could also hear the thump of the bats against the house. As it was still more dark than light at this time, it was difficult to make out what the shapes were. I really had no idea at first that they were bats. I thought that they only traveled at dusk and through the night. It only makes sense that the bats would need to return to their “shutter cave” at some point. A little research on many different sites from about bats.com to several university sites such as Penn State revealed that bats are a very important and beneficial part of our Earth’s never-ending life cycle. Depending on the species, bats can eat anywhere from 1200 to 3000 insects per night. Translate that

in St. Mary’s County to MOSQUITOES! That’s what I hope anyway. About nine species live in the Northeastern United States. The bats at our house look to be the Little Brown Bat or Big Brown Bat. “Vampire” type bats are primarily down south, way down south like Mexico. And they can stay there too. When the bats return to their cozy little homes at dawn it is called swarming. They fly back and forth very fast until they finally settle in for their day long rest. Sounds like me when I have caffeine too close to bedtime, or when I cocktail-waitressed until two in the morning. You have to wind down and do something to get all that excess energy out. I used to clean all night then, maybe I should start waitressing again. Oh, but I digress. I guess this transfers our home from single family to duplex or more like quad-plex status. They have taken up residence in four of our ten shutters. Maybe we have a quintplex since we share our house with them .The reason I know it is only four shutters is quite simple. One of the articles said the way to tell if Bats are nesting in your eaves, attic, or under the rain gutters is a tell-tale brown stain trailing from the openings. There will also be the droppings – guano. After all this fun research, Tidbit and I went out front to find the truth. All this time, I figured birds were

living behind the shutters, but upon closer inspection I realized that what I thought were leaves and twigs were actually bat poop oozing out. Yuck! Wait ‘til I point this out to the grandkids – they will think this is so cool. I wonder if using a broom to sweep the exposed guano off will disturb the bats greatly. What to do? My inclination is to leave them there, and scrape the guano at the edges. The bats don’t hurt anybody, and as was stated are actually beneficial to our yard. Or I could get one of John Mould’s beautifully handcrafted bat houses (from the Crafts Guild of St. Mary’s next door to my shop) so future generations could “leave the nest” so to speak. I’m sure the teen Bats would love that. If a bat can make it to their teens, they have a good chance of making it to adulthood and living for twenty years or more. From the sound of all their squeaks and fluttering wings it already sounds as if overcrowding could be an issue. That way they might not use their right of eminent domain or squatter’s rights and spread their city to our other shutters. I read that it took three years for one colony to finally move in to their new quarters, and that was after the original extralarge bat McMansion had collapsed under their weight. Bats get very attached to their home. I’m kind of attached to

A Journey Through Time The By Linda Reno Contributing Writer If you think that children marrying against the wishes of their parents or being lazy happens only in today’s world, think again. If you don’t like it, write them out of your will. On May 18, 1829, John Baptist Farr did exactly that but made it clear if his children changed their ways they could have a part of his estate. They apparently didn’t. “Whereas my daughter, Elizabeth Farr, has been disobedient to my counsel and advice, has treated me unkindly, and persisted and still insists on intermarrying and connecting herself with Henry Hilton, son of Henry Hilton of St. Mary’s County, contrary to the advice and affectionate entreaties of a father, and whereas my son, Benedict Farr has, from time to time, for some years past, spurned my advice, refused to listen to the counsel of a father or to obey his commands, and became idle, I am apprehensive about leaving him any part of my estate because he would waste it and I am also apprehensive about leaving my daughter anything because Henry Hilton would waste it in the event of her marriage to him. I am, however, desirous of not depriving them from all benefit of my estate but wish to give some part of my estate to my son, John Farr in trust for their benefit. I therefore de-

Chronicle vise the remaining half of the residue of my estate to my son, John Farr in trust for my daughter, Elizabeth Farr and my son, Benedict Farr….to annually pay the interest or profits…to Elizabeth and Benedict equally. If my daughter, Elizabeth Farr should marry Henry Hilton as I have strictly forbidden, her interest in my estate is to cease and her share is to be equally divided among my other children. If, on the other hand, she marries a sober, industrious, and discreet man that meets with the approval of my son, John Farr or conducts herself for two years after my death with industry and prudence, in an unmarried or single state of life, John is to pay to her all of the estate devised to her and she is to be in full possession of it. In addition, if my son Benedict Farr will go to work after the present year and will prove himself an industrious, prudent, discreet youth and by his industry show and prove that he is able to support himself in credit and good repute, John is to pay to him, two years after my death, all of the estate devised to him and he is to be in full possession of it. If Benedict should marry a prudent, discreet, and industrious woman, John is to also pay over his part of my estate.” Elizabeth ignored her father and married Henry Hilton, Jr. on December 26, 1829. She was deceased by 1838 and Henry went on to marry twice more (Ann Joy in 1838 and Elizabeth Joy in 1841). Benedict Farr married Catherine Curtis in 1842. No further record of him has been found.

this same home. When I came in to write this, I could still here the bats thumping around getting settled. Two of the shutters are on either side of this office window. I bet they really hate it when that pesky woodpecker starts drilling on the house every morning. It’s like having noisy neighbors you can’t get rid of. Even when we are not here, our house has this whole world of life going on. Bats in the shutters, woodpeckers drilling for food, ants trying their best to get back in the laundry room for cat food, the occasional wolf and various spiders, and fall field mice, we have a virtual nature center all the time. I suppose I should never feel lonely again if Robert is at a meeting. I could tap on the interior wall behind the shutters in code. I think I will get a few bat houses this year, not so they leave their shuttered existence, but so they will bring their friends and eat every last mosquito in our yard. As of now, the mosquitos are winning hands down. To each new day’s dawn adventure, Shelby Please send your comments or ideas to: shelbys.wanderings@yahoo.com


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Thursday, July 19 HVFD Carnival, July 19 – 22. Hollywood Volunteer Firehouse (24801 Three Notch Rd., Hollywood) CSM Twilight: You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown CSM LaPlata Campus (8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata) – 6:30 p.m. Live Music: “Hydra FX” Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 7:30 p.m. Free Comedy Night DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 8:30 p.m.

Friday, July 20 Live Music: “Pint and Dale” Calvert Marine Museum (14200 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons) – 7 p.m. Live Music: “River Concert Series: A Wagnerian Finale for 2012” St. Mary’s College of Maryland
(18952 E. Fisher Rd
St. Mary’s City) – 8 p.m.

The Town of North Beach (8916 Chesapeake Ave., North Beach) – 8 p.m. Live Music: “Country Memories” Vera’s White Sands Beach Club (1200 White Sands Drive, Lusby) – 2 p.m. Live Music: “TripWire” Vera’s White Sands Beach Club (1200 White Sands Drive, Lusby) – 9:30 p.m. Live Music: “Jim Ritter and the Creole Gumbo Jazz Band” The Westlawn Inn (9200 Chesapeake Avenue, North Beach) – 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 22 Lynard Skynard Live In Concert St. Leonard Volunteer Fire Deartment (200 Calvert Beach Road, St. Leonard) – 7 p.m. Summerstock Production: “The Wizard of Oz” Great Mills High School (21130 Great Mills Road, Great Mills) – 5 p.m. Live Music: “Down River Band” Vera’s White Sands Beach Club (1200 White Sands Drive, Lusby) – 3 p.m.

Summerstock Production: “The Wizard of Oz” Great Mills High School (21130 Great Mills Road, Great Mills) – 7 p.m.

Live Music: “Legal Action” Sea Breeze Restaurant (27130 South Sandgates Rd., Mechanicsville) – 3 p.m.

Live Music: “Dave and Kevin Trio” Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 8 p.m.

Monday, July 23

Live Music: “Blues Jam” Fat Boys Country Store (41566 Medleys Neck Road, Leonardtown) – 9 p.m.

Saturday, July 21 Live Music: “Jennifer Cooper and

Carl Reichelt” Back Creek Bistro (14415 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 6:30 p.m. Live Music: “Legends” Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 8 p.m. Live Music: “R & R Train” Dennis Point Marina (46555 Dennis Point Way, Drayden) – 5 p.m. Summerstock Production: “The Wizard of Oz” Great Mills High School (21130 Great Mills Road, Great Mills) – 7 p.m. Free Movie on the Beach: Harry Potter

Live Music: “Country Memories” Sotterley Plantation (44300 Sotterley Lane , Hollywood) – 6 p.m.

Tuesday, July 24 CSM Twilight “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare CSM Leonardtown Campus (22950 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown) – 6:30 p.m. Open Mic Night Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 6:30 p.m. Live Music: “Fair Warning” DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 4 p.m.

Wednesday, July 25 Beginner Line Dance Lessons Hotel Charles (15110 Burnt Store Road, Hughesville) – 7 p.m.

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Out&About Thursday, July 19 • Dream Big Calvert Library Prince Frederick (850 Costley Way, Prince Frederick) – 2:30-3:30 p.m. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862 Calvert Library Fairview Branch (Rt. 4 and Chaneyville Road, Owings) – 2:303:30 p.m. 410-257-2101 Learn about the careers of people who have changed the world by dreaming big! Dream Big focuses on designers, musicians, astronauts, inventors, athletes, chefs and visionaries. The program features a related story, craft, and snack each week. For children from Kindergarten to 5th grade. Registration not required. • TWEEN Summer Book Fest Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch (3819 Harbor Road, Chesapeake Beach) – 6:30-8:30 p.m. 410-257-2411 Calvert Library Fairview Branch (Rt. 4 and Chaneyville Road, Owings) – 6:30-8 p.m. 410-257-2101. Calvert Library Southern Branch (20 Appeal Way, Lusby) – 7-8:30 p.m. 410-326-5289 5th to 7th grade students are invited to great evening of fun activities! Registration required. Stop by Calvert Library to register - the first 10 registrants receive a free copy of the book “Stoneheart” by Charlie Fletcher. Refreshments provided. Space is limited. • Children’s Summer Fun Program Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum (4155 Mears Avenue, Chesapeake Beach) – 10-11:30 a.m. Free children’s programs, crafts, games and exploration of the museum and its history. For more information, call 410257-3892 or visit www.cbrm.org.

Friday, July 20 • On Pins & Needles Calvert Library Prince Frederick (850 Costley Way) – 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 410-5350291 or 301-855-1862. • River Concert Series St. Mary’s College of Maryland (18952 E. Fisher Road, St. Mary’s City) – 5 p.m. The ever-popular St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s River Concert Series on the shores of the St. Mary’s River begins its 14th year on June 22 and runs every Friday through July 27. The weekly celebration includes world-class music and delicious food from local vendors. Gates open at 5 p.m. and concerts start at 8 p.m. Renowned guest artists, including jazz vocalist Hilary Kole, pianist Brian Ganz, and jazz musician Don Stapleson will join music director Jeffrey Silberschlag and the Chesapeake Orchestra. The outdoor concerts are free and open to the public, and picnic baskets are welcome. For more information, visit the River Concert Series website at www. smcm.edu/riverconcert. This summer, the evening celebrations of music include works from the Czech Republic, France, and Germany performed by international artists includ-

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ing mezzo-soprano Edita Randova, pianist Cziky Boldizar, and tenor Roger Isaacs. An Independence Day celebration will include some of John Williams’ famous movie themes and classic American jazz music, concluding with the “1812 Overture” and fireworks. On July 20, the Chesapeake Orchestra welcomes the River Concert Series Festival Choir. The grand finale on July 27 will showcase an abundance of jazz, Blues, and folk artists. This week’s selection will be A Wagnerian Finale for 2012 (in case the Mayans are right). At least the world will go out with a bang—this performance features the compositions of Wagner and Debussy, the latter of which will be accompanied by a sixteen-woman chorus and electronics. Piano soloist Brian Ganz will perform Grieg’s energetic Concerto for Piano. • CSM Twilight Performance Series CSM, Prince Frederick Campus, Room 119 (115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick) – 6:30 p.m. The family-friendly theatrical performance of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” will be presented as part of CSM’s Twilight Performance Series. Each week the series features a different performance on each campus. Bring a picnic with a lawn chair or blanket (no alcoholic beverages permitted. Admission is free. For more information, call 301-934-7828, 240-7255499, 443-550-6199, 301-870-2309, Ext. 7828 or visit www.csmd.edu/Arts. • Campfire on the Beach The Town of North Beach (8916 Chesapeake Avenue, North Beach) – 7 p.m. Join us for a campfire! For more information, call 410-257-9618 or visit www. northbeachmd.org.

Saturday, July 21 • Guided Canoe Trip Warrior’s Rest Sanctuary (Port Republic) – 4-7 p.m. Depart from Warrior’s Rest and enjoy a scenic tour of Parkers Creek. Reservations are required. Call 410-414-3400 or e-mail info@acltweb.org for more information. Canoe trips are physically strenuous, requiring paddling for three hours (frequently against wind and tides), and may require participants to help carry a canoe for up to one-quarter mile over sand to access the creek. Rain date is Sunday, July 22. • Jewelry Workshop: Beaded Crystal Hearts Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center (13480 Dowell Road, Solomons) – 10 a.m. Member Cost: $50 Nonmember Cost: $55 Materials Fee: $40 due to instructor at class Instructor: Holly Cook Learn to weave a sparkling floating heart pendant made of crystals and seed beads. Well explore this beautifully woven, 3-dimensional pattern and add an embellishment or two along the way. materials fee includes everything you need to make one beautiful pendant. To register, call 410-326-4640. For more information, visit www.annmariegarden.org/annmarie2/for_adults


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• Waterman for a Day Lore Oyster House (14430 Solomons Island Road, Solomons) – 1-4 p.m. Experience life as a waterman and work in an oyster packing house, use oyster tongs, work in the shucking room, sing work songs, and MORE! FREE fun on-going activities in the oyster house and out on the dock. The Southern Maryland Oyster Cultivation Society (SMOCS) will be on hand with live oysters. Special one hour cruises aboard the Roughwater, a Chesapeake Workboat at 12:30, 2 and 3:30 p.m. for $20. Call 410-326-2042 ext. 41 to register.

Sunday, July 22 • Quarter Throw Down Vendor Auction Prince Frederick Volunteer Fire Department (Route 4 North - next to the Holiday Inn Express) – 1 p.m. Over 16 vendors will be on hand with a huge variety of products, most for only 1 or 2 quarter bids. Paddles are $3 each. Raffles, concessions, and pull tabs will be available. To learn more, or to read how to play a quarter auction, visit the Fun Bunch Team website at www.mdquarterauctions. com. For information or reservations, call 410-474-2958 • Lynyrd Skynyrd in Concert St. Leonard Volunteer Fire Department (200 Calvert Beach Road, St. Leonard) – 7 p.m. This concert series raises funds to support the fire, rescue and EMS services that are provided to the community and its neighbors by the St. Leonard Volunteer Fire Department. Tickets are $41 for general admission, $46 for reserved and $56 for premium. Purchase tickets online at www. slvfd.org or call 410-586-1713. Gates open at 5 p.m.

Monday, July 23 • Monday Morning Movies Calvert Library Prince Frederick (850 Costley Way, Prince Frederick) – 10 a.m. Bring the little ones for a movie and a story. For more information, call 410-5350291 or 301-855-1862. • Books & Toys Calvert Library Prince Frederick (850 Costley Way, Prince Frederick) – 10 a.m. Moms, parents, caregivers and your tots! Book club for mom, playtime for kids! This month’s selection is “Loving Frank” by Nancy Horan. For more information, call 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862. • Calvert Eats Local: Buy Local Challenge Potluck Calvert Library Prince Frederick (850 Costley Way, Prince Frederick) – 6:30-8:30 p.m. Join Calvert Eats Local in a giant potluck celebrating local food. Bragging rights to those who bring the dishes with the lowest number of “food miles.” Bring your plate, utensils, cup and napkin for a truly green experience! For more information, call 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862. • Sotterley Colonial Farm Sotterley Plantation (44300 Sotterley Lane , Hollywood) – 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.

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Summer Mini Camps at Sotterley Plantation July 23 – 25 - Grades 3 - 5 Students will have the opportunity to learn about Sotterley’s history as a farming community in creative and fantastically fun ways! Children will be working on team projects, hiking in the morning, visiting animals, experiencing nature, learning and experiencing foodways of the colonial period, learning about tools, planting, ecosystem, and animal husbandry, learning how the river and the tidewater was and is still unique, crabbing, fishing, playing Colonial games, making items to take home and more! Small group format, teamwork, problem solving, hands-on sensory activities. Groups are limited to 25 students. Tuition is $95. Tuition for children of Sotterley Members is $85. Registration is now open. Print registration form directly from www. sotterley.org.

Tuesday, July 24 • Summer Fun – Women of Color Northeast Community Center (4075 Gordon Stinnett Ave, Chesapeake Beach) – 10-11 a.m., 410-257-2411 Dunkirk Fire Department (3170 West Ward Road, Dunkirk) – 2-3 p.m., 410-257-2101 This inspiring play is about Mae Jemison an African-American physician and a NASA astronaut. Dr. Jemison was the first African American woman to travel in space. All ages will enjoy this play. • Kids Learn about Lincoln Calvert Library Prince Frederick (850 Costley Way, Prince Frederick) – 2-3 p.m.

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Children K-5th Grade are invited to join us for 45 minutes of reading and crafts that celebrate the life of Abraham Lincoln during the weeks of our exhibit Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War. Topic this week: Young Lincoln. Please register. For more information, call 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

Wednesday, July 25 • Summer Fun – Women of Color Calvert Library Southern Branch at Patuxent Elementary School (35 Appeal Lane, Lusby) – 10-11 a.m., 410-326-5289 Calvert Library Prince Frederick (850 Costley Way, Prince Frederick) – 2-3 p.m., 7-8 p.m., 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862 This inspiring play is about Mae Jemison an African-American physician and a NASA astronaut. Dr. Jemison was the first African American woman to travel in space. All ages will enjoy this play. • Dream Big Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch (3819 Harbor Road, Chesapeake Beach) – 2:30-3:30 p.m., 410-257-2411 Calvert Library Southern Branch (20 Appeal Way, Lusby) – 2:30-3:30 p.m., 410-326-5289 Learn about the careers of people who have changed the world by dreaming big! Dream Big focuses on designers, musicians, astronauts, inventors, athletes, chefs and visionaries. The program features a related story, craft, and snack each week. For children from Kindergarten to 5th grade. Registration not required.. • Nutrient Management Regulation

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Meeting Calvert County Fairgrounds (140 Calvert Fair Drive, Prince Frederick) – 7 p.m. The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) will host a series of public meetings across the state to provide information to farmers, environmental interests, local governments and other stakeholders on proposed changes to Maryland’s Nutrient Management Regulations and offer an opportunity for public comment. The draft regulations are scheduled for publication in the Maryland Register on June 29, 2012. To read the proposed regulations online visit the Maryland Register www.dsd.state. md.us/MDRegister/mdregister.aspx or MDA’s website: www.mda.maryland.gov/ pdf/proposednmregs2.pdf. The proposed regulations were submitted to the Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review (AELR) on May 22 of this year following months of discussions with stakeholder groups and input from Governor Martin O’Malley’s Baystat Scientific Panel. They are designed to achieve consistency in the way all sources of nutrients are managed and help Maryland meet nitrogen and phosphorus reduction goals spelled out in its Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) to protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay. MDA will hold public meetings in four locations around the state next month. All meetings will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. For more information, contact the Nutrient Management Program at 410-841-5959.

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are great fish for the smoker. Look for schools of breaking fish to find stripers and bluefish. Cast into the schools of breaking fish with small metal jigs for great fun. Despite my report and picture last week of a flounder in the Patuxent River, I have not been able to find fishable numbers of the fish; nor have I found a good report of flounder catches in our area. Flounder anglers don’t talk much, so they could be here and I just haven’t found them yet! Public Meeting: This week the Southern Maryland Chapter of the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishing Association will have a meeting on Thursday evening at 7:00 PM at the Solomons Fire House. Their guest speaker will be Joseph Love, Ph. D. of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources who will give a talk about invasive species of fish in our region. This discussion will probably focus on the snakehead invasion in our area, but may include a discussion of other types of invasive marine life. Smokey Joe’s will have barbeque pork and chicken sandwiches for sale beginning at 6:00 PM and other refreshments will be available. Remember to take a picture of your catch and send it to me with your story at riverdancekeith@gmail.com. Keith has been a recreational angler on the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries for over 50 years; he fishes weekly from his small boat during the season, and spends his free time supporting local conservation organizations.

By Keith McGuire White perch are still biting in shallow water around the area. These fish are very abundant this year and it’s easy to find several 10 inchers for dinner. In the shallows where you find white perch, there are also croakers, small puppy drum (too small to keep), and spot. Break out the light fishing rod and go catch some! Small jigs and spinner baits can provide great action on white perch, but bloodworms on a bottom rig will also work. Bigger croakers can be found in the rivers and on the Bay in decent numbers. They will be in deeper water (40’ deep – or more) during the daytime hours and in shallower water in the evenings. Shrimp, squid, bloodworms, and peeler crabs make very good baits for croakers. Speckled trout are still being caught. These fish have to be 14” to keep and most are found over on the Eastern Shore side of the Bay. If you want to take a ride on your boat to look for these fish, check out the waters around the Honga River and the marsh islands over behind the Target Ship. Most of the speckled trout are being caught in skinny water (3 – 10 feet deep) where the water is clear and there is a moving current. Bright colored jigs or minnows rigged Carolina style will do the trick. Striped bass are being caught in several areas, but there seem to be a lot of small ones in our area this summer. Don’t get me wrong. It is possible to find keeper size rockfish in the rivers and the Bay, but they seem to be just a little bit harder to find this summer. Stripers can be caught trolling small bucktails dressed with a “sassy shad” or twister tail. Try to get your trolling rigs to run deep in 20 – 50 feet of water over structure or changes in bottom contours. Of course these fish can also be caught by other methods like chumming, jigging and live-lining small spot. Bluefish have made an appearance in good numbers in our region of the Bay. These

Richard Everson with a nice speckled trout. Eating your tackle is optional.

6th Annual Buck Wild Outdoors Expo Coming Getting geared up for deer season? Want some tops on how best to get a big fish on the line? Or maybe you just want to come out and be a part of Maryland’s biggest outdoor show. The 6th annual TOYOTA/SCION of Waldorf’s Buck Wild Outdoors Expo – held Aug. 24-26 at the Charles County Fairgrounds in La Plata – has something for outdoorsmen of all ages and interests. The Expo’s reputation is growing each year and for the first time it has expanded to three days. On Saturday and Sunday, get a dose of reality from “Swamp People” stars R.J. and J. Paul Molinere. Bring your bow and participate in the “Ultimate Bowhunter Challenge” 3D tournament. Or get your trophy scored for the state record book during the Maryland Trophy Deer Contest. If you enjoy hunting, fishing, camping, boating and everything the great outdoors has to offer, you can’t miss this event. There will be door prizes, raffles and giveaways all weekend. The show starts on Friday with a new gun given away every 30 minutes, courtesy of Benelli, Beretta and Savage Arms. The first 500 through the gates on Saturday and Sunday will be entered to win a Stihl chainsaw. And don’t forget to bring the young ones. The free Kids Zone is bigger and better than ever, featuring a moon bounce, games and plenty of other attractions. For more information on exhibits and schedules, visit www.BuckWIldExpo.com.


The Calvert Gazette

Thursday, July 19, 2012

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2012-07-19 Calvert Gazette