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Gazette Calvert

August 16, 2012


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Thursday, August 16, 2012

August 16, 2012


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Deputy Superintendent Robin Welsh talks to new teachers during orientation on Tuesday morning. Twenty-three new teachers are joining the county public schools.

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Public Comes Together to Help ‘Little Frankie’ Page 12

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Sheriff Evans Addresses Republican Men’s Club By Sarah Miller Staff Writer

Sands, though the majority of them are in jail now, Evans said. He said there is relatively little gang activity in Southern Calvert Sheriff Mike Evans was invit- Maryland, and even less organized crime, ed to the Republican Men’s Club to discuss and many gang members living here are the state of law enforcement in Calvert, documented. which included updates to technology and Evans also addressed a recent local the tragic murder-suicide on July 31. tragedy. He said the felony crime rate is down He said an hour before the tragic murfrom previous years, through there are “still der-suicide occurred in Owings, emergency way too many thefts from vehicles.” services received a call from Frank HayMany thieves are looking for items ward, Jr., saying he wanted to harm himself, they can cash in quick for drug money. but the sheriff’s office got no notice until There was also an “upheaval” of the “Get later, when it was too late. Money Goons” gang in Lusby and White “That’s just not acceptable,” he said, adding the hour could have made a huge difference. The sheriff’s office chaplain was on the scene that day, who talked to the officers that afternoon, as well as informing family members. “You can’t put a price tag on that,” he said. Welfare calls were made about the family in the past, Evans said. Officers respond to all “check welfare calls”, but all they can do is ask about the welfare of the residents in the home. If they say everything is fine, the police will leave. In some cases, check welfare calls have helped find citizens who needed help and, in one case Evans remembered, an elderly woman who had passed away and had no Photo by Sarah Miller family checking in on her.

Sheriff Mike Evans during the Republican Men’s Club meeting.

End Hunger Receives Shopping Matters Grant Share Our Strength has awarded End Hunger In Calvert County with a $500 Shopping Matters grant. The grant will be used to teach low-income individuals in Calvert County how to shop, cook, and eat healthy on a budget. On Aug. 23, participants will visit the Dunkirk Giant for an interactive, in-store shopping tour in which they will learn four key food shopping skills: buying fruits and vegetables on a limited budget, identifying whole grains, comparing unit prices and reading food labels. “End Hunger In Calvert County’s mission is to move individuals from dependency to self sufficiency,” says Robin Brungard, Director of Programs for End Hunger In Calvert County. “This grant helps achieve that mission because Shopping Matters teaches life skills that will empower individuals and families to make healthy and affordable meals.” At the end of the tour, participants will be given a $10 gift card to use in the $10 Challenge Shopping Spree Challenge. During the challenge, they have the opportunity to put all that they have learned into practice. Shopping Matters is a key component of Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign’s strategy by teaching families how to shop for healthy foods on a limited budget.

A neighbor called because she noticed the woman’s mail was piling up. Citizen vigilance has also ensured officers obey the same rules they do. Evans said they receive several calls about officers speeding, and new technology will allow the main office to track every car’s location and speed, which will be displayed on a large screen at headquarters. He said the tracking will have two positive effects – officers will be more aware of their speed and driving, and dispatch will also be able to send officers to calls more efficiently by knowing who is in the area instead of putting out a blanket call. Evans talked about various protection contracts the office has with Chesapeake Beach, North Beach and Dominion Cove LNG, as well as increased presence in Calvert schools. He said the officers in the schools act as teachers, mentors, councilors and security officers. They have also

inspired students to participate in the district’s growing criminal justice program. He also discussed the recently announced retirement of Assistant Sheriff Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Hejl, who has been with the office for more than 30 years. Patrol Commander Lieutenant Dave McDowell will succeed him, allowing another officer to be promoted to his position. Evans said it is good for morale when people are promoted, and many have been vying for the open positions. A new state law will also protect McDowell from being fired in the event Evans is not re-elected in 2014. He can only be demoted to the position he previously held. Evans said the future of law enforcement in the county is looking bright. “Calvert County it in very good hands,” he said.

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Police Investigate Fatal Crash

Police Find Man Hiding in Closet through the house. The girls told police he was still in the home even as police arrived on Calvert police arthe scene, according to rested a man late last week charging documents filed they say broke into a house in county District Court. in Sunderland – catching Several troopers enhim while he was hiding tered the home, and as from law enforcement they were clearing the officers. house they found a white Dwayne Lee Sudduth, male wearing a red shirt 33, faces multiple charges smoking a cigarette while including first-, third- and sitting in a closet. fourth-degree burglary “The suspect was and malicious destruction Dwayne Lee Sudduth of property for allegedly forcing his way into apprehended and advised that he was being a home on Christiana Parran Road Aug. 9 chased,” police wrote in charging documents. Police found that the door to the resijust before 10 a.m. According to charging documents filed dence had been pried open and the new damby the Maryland State Police, two teenage age was confirmed both by witnesses who girls staying inside the home called police were in the home and by the property owner and told them that a white male wearing a once they had arrived on scene. Police bered shirt had gained entry to the home and lieve Sudduth used a pry bar to gain entry to the home. was opening doors. Sudduth has since been committed to The two girls, 16 and 18, were hiding inside a closet continuing to update police the county detention center on a $350,000 as the suspect was continuing his search bond. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted of the first-degree burglary charge. He also faces 10 years incarceration for thirddegree burglary and three years for fourthdegree burglary. The destruction of property charge also carries a possible three years or $2,500 fine.

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By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Maryland State Police are looking for answers to the crash that killed a Port Republic man in the early morning hours of Aug. 11. Police responded to the Market Square Shopping Center in Prince Frederick and behind the center they found a 2005 Dodge 1500 pickup truck that had overturned. Police believed that the driver of the vehicle had been spinning the wheels of the vehicle in the parking lot behind the Salsarita’s Restaurant and as the vehicle spun in a circle it struck a curb causing the vehicle to crash and overturn. Edward Earl May, 23, was sitting on the window sill of the passenger side door when the vehicle rolled over and killed him. Thomas Michael Parise, 20, of Prince Frederick, was arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence, police reported, but police say that they are not sure if other charges will be levied against Parise. “It’s too early in the investigation to determine that,” said Lt. Randy Stephens, commander of the Prince Frederick barrack.

Scrap Metal Theft Rates Continue to Rise By Sarah Miller Staff Writer One of the more unusual things to come up during the recent North Beach Town Hall meeting was during the sheriff’s office report, when 1st Sergeant Craig Bowen reported the theft of a gate. “In this line of work you see a lot of different stuff, some of it a little strange,” Bowen told the Calvert Gazette. Such theft is part of a growing issue in the nation – scrap metal theft. Bowen said thieves have stolen rain gutters, air conditioning units and “pretty much whatever they can get their hands on.” “Scrap metal is the big thing,” he said. Scrap metal theft has been growing for the past couple years, according to Lt. Steven Jones. He said it has gone “through the roof” since the economic downturn. Many thieves are looking for a quick buck for drug money. “It’s been a pretty big deal in the last few years,” Jones said.

In addition to Bowen’s list, he said thieves have taken the copper from telephone poles and even stolen old cars from driveways and yards to bring to the salvage yard. Typically, Jones said neither towing services nor salvage yards take a vehicle unless the individual selling it has proof of ownership. During the last 18 months, the sheriff’s office has worked with local pawnshops, which Jones said includes jewelry stores because they purchase metal, and salvage yards to create a database of merchandise bought and sold. Anything purchased from an individual has to be documented, Jones said. The sheriff’s office checks with individual establishments daily, and pawnshops and salvage yards call with tips when something seems off. “They don’t want to buy stolen metal,” he said, adding when a pawnshop or salvage yard purchases stolen items that are later seized by police, the establishment loses both the money and the merchandise.


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Police Raid Bunny Magic, 222 Rabbits Taken By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Of the 265 rabbits at Bunny Magic on Aug. 8 when the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control Unit, with assistance from the Criminal Investigative Team, executed a search warrant, 222 were removed from the Lusby-based rabbit rescue. According to a sheriff’s office press release, the Animal Control Unit received information in reference to an alleged animal cruelty complaint at 1309 Tongue Cove Lane in Lusby on July 24. On Aug. 8, at approximately 9:33 a.m., the sheriff’s office, animal control and a practicing veterinarian out of St. Mary’s County, who Lieutenant Steve Jones said is qualified in rabbit care, visually checked 265 rabbits located on the property. The veterinarian advised 222 rabbits be seized due to poor living conditions. They had been kept inside the residence and a one-car garage. The remaining 43

rabbits were left on the scene. They appeared healthy and were in a separate and clean environment. The seized rabbits were transported to the Tri-County Animal Shelter (TCAS) and will be held until a final disposition can be obtained, the press release states. Jones said the case is still under investigation and charges are pending. Anyone with more information should call Jones at 410-535-1600, extension 2462. Bunny Magic Owner Carole Van Wie told the Calvert Gazette she had no comment after the rabbits were seized. “I don’t want to discuss it, that’s the advice from my lawyer,” Van Wie said. In an earlier interview with the Calvert Gazette, Van Wie said Bunny Magic is a 501 c 3 organization founded in 2000 to take in rabbits. In the June 21 interview, she said they housed 100 rabbits. “We try to take them from death row in a shelter,” Van Wie said. She said the organization uses volun-

20 Companies and 500 Job Seekers Expected at Job Fair By Corrin M. Howe Staff Writer Calvert County Department of Economic Development anticipates a better turn out to this year’s Job Fair than last year’s, which was interrupted by Hurricane Irene’s widespread power outage, according to Danita Boonchaisri, Business Development Specialist. The fair will have approximately 20 local businesses offering information about their companies and conducting onsite preliminary interviews. These businesses are actively seeking full or parttime employees.” We have a wide variety of companies,” Boonchaisri said. The names of the businesses so far include: Calvert County Government, Calvert Memorial Hospital, Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa, College of Southern Maryland, Constellation Energy,

Recorded Books, The Arc of Southern Maryland, 21st Century Real Estate and Exit Realty. “People should come dressed as they would dress for a job interview, bring resumes, samples and business cards, if they have them,” Boonchaisri said. The fair is sponsored by the Department of Economic Development, Calvert County Chamber of Commerce, Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation and the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland. “Because all the companies participating in the Job Fair are actually located in the county, the annual Job Fair is a great one-stop resource for anyone wishing to find either full or part-time local employment,” said Carolyn McHugh, President/ CEO of the chamber. The fair is held at the County Fairgrounds off Route 231 in Barstow on Aug. 29. The hours are from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

teers to care for the rabbits, including ones from local high schools and others from the community. She said three volunteers came in daily to help with the rabbits. She said there are relatively few veterinarians who can take care of rabbits, and she can drive up to 100 miles to find one. She also said it is difficult to tell when a rabbit is feeling unwell because they try to hide it.

“You have to be watching them to catch it if they’re sick,” she said in the June interview. According to, Van Wie is a licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator in the state of Maryland with over 15 years experience in rescuing rabbits.


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By Corrin M. Howe Staff Writer “Unfortunately it takes a tragedy to enact proactive measures,” said Tara Pavao, Crisis Intervention Center Community Outreach Coordinator. “We are always a bystander of some incident.” Pavao finds that bystanders, who witness and ignore an act of violence in a grocery store or parking lot, describe feelings of being scared of doing anything, afraid they will make the situation worse. However each one of these incidents offers an opportunity to build a community that doesn’t tolerate domestic violence. “It’s an opportunity to change the social norm,” Pavao said. The social norm has been to blame the victim, to think that the victim must have done something to bring about the behavior. Pavao said that it is important for a bystander to understand when to intervene and how to intervene. Much of this will also depend upon the personality and the confidence of the bystander. “The easiest and safest way is to call 911 if you witnessed a slap or a violent verbal argument you believe could lead to violence,” Pavao said. When calling the police, be prepared to give them as much information as possible such as location, descriptions of those involved, explain the incident overseen and stay, if safe and possible to meet the responding officers. Pavao offers to teach community groups the five considerations before acting to intervene which are: • Notice if the incident could lead to an act of violence; • Determine if the situation demands immediate action; • Decide if the bystander has a responsibility to act.



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Keep in mind that most people will assume that someone else will act; • Choose a form of intervention. A call to 911. Approaching the party with a question, comment or something to diffuse the tension; and • Understand how to implement the chosen course of action. Many of the answers to above will depend upon the relationship of the bystander to those involved, whether or not the bystander is male and the confidence of the bystander. “Studies have shown that men will think twice before intervening because men confronting other men can escalate the situation rather than diffuse it,” Pavao said. She admits that she has a unique personality and confidence, which allows her to intervene in situations. She recounted one night when she heard violence and a woman screaming for help. She called the police, but couldn’t direct them to where situation was taking place. The cries were coming from a wood line between neighborhoods. She asked that the police come to her house so she could point them in the right direction. When the police got there and took her information, they knew right away which house it was probably coming from, one street over. The following day, Pavao took her 160-pound dog for a walk down that street to make metal notes of which houses were up for sale, which were vacant and which had people living in them so the next time she heard cries for help, she’d know where to direct police. In regards to the recent murder-suicide in Owings, where details are starting to surface that there was domestic violence in the relationship, Pavao said bystanders can help. “If you know something is wrong, but don’t know what, ask questions. ‘How are you doing today?’ or ‘Is everything okay?’” according to Pavao, provide the victim an



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opportunity to open up or talk if they are ready. Bystanders can contact the Crisis Intervention Center, which has come up with an innovative approach to slip the victim information which is innocuous to an abusive partner but contains a long list of valuable resources for the victim. Veronica Kirkland, a child psychiatrist on staff at the Crisis Intervention Center, said there are signs that teachers, coaches and another adults working with children can be aware of pointing to potential domestic violence in the household. If the child’s behavior changes where they are increasing impulsive, or become lethargic, when they are hypervigilent, have high levels of anxiety, have stopped talking, are more clingy, start missing activities, are fighting more, etc. Kirkland said she knows of a situation where a child was constantly in trouble at school and eventually suspended. No one had dug deeper to discover the child had been abused at home for over a year. “Listen to what they are saying and don’t dismiss it. They are crying out for help. If they aren’t talking, ask them who they are afraid will get into trouble if they tell,” Kirkland said. “And then act on what they tell you.” Both Pavao and Kirkland said calls to authorities can be anonymous for those who fear for their own safety or that of their families. The Crisis Center 24-hour helpline is 410-535-1121 or 301-855-1075. Community trainers are available to come to local community groups and provide information. Call 410-535-5400. Pavao wrapped up with a quote from Martin Luther King, Jr. “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”


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Independent Business Owner Passionate About Product and Company By Corrin M. Howe Staff Writer Women spend about 20 hours a month shopping for the household, according to Lynda Lacy Adams, an independent business owner. Her passion is telling people about the million high quality and earth friendly products and services available to them at a click of a button. She enjoys inviting clients to her home and walking them around to various rooms so they can visualize how many products they can use within their home. When potential clients arrive, she offers them dozens of flavors of high energy drinks with less than 10 calories. Her pantry is stocked with toilet paper, napkins, storage bags, coffee, protein shakes, energy drinks, canned chicken, and more. Next stop, the laundry room where virtually any clothes cleaning and care product is available: all concentrated & biodegradable. “By being concentrated there is less (packaging) going into the landfill,” Adams said. Her bathroom has skin care products, makeup and basic body care such as toothpaste, mouth wash, body soap, and shampoo and much more. The products also include baby wipes, facial tissue, razors and many drugstore items. In her office, she has two portable displays she can take with her to events. One display centers on makeup and the other on health and nutrition with products ranging from their most popular “light up” lip gloss to full range of vitamins, supplements and sports nutrition plus multi-vitamins for children. While in the office, Adams pulls up the website to the company she represents, showing all the available products, which is about everything in the middle aisles

Lynda Lacy Adams shows the products available around the house.

of a supermarket. But she doesn’t stop there. She is excited about her company’s global citizenship, giving $141 million dollars and logging 2.3 million volunteer hours for causes related to disadvantaged children throughout the world. Then there is the money and efforts devoted to disaster relief, environment, workplace and grants. Adams was a professional Realtor with O’Brien for 25 years. In 2000 she and her husband both retired but after awhile she said she was “kind of bored because I’m a people person.” Friends turned the couple on to this online business opportunity and invited them to look into the company. “She said (to me), ‘These people are so awesome. I really want you to meet them.’” Adams said. For a year the Adams’ didn’t pursue the idea. But the same couple came down to Florida where the Adams were staying during the winter and invited them to a conference in North Carolina. “What did we have to lose?” Adams said, with an atmosphere of positive people, quality products, a way to earn passive income, and low investment why not? She added, “we could continue to travel and actually do this

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“online” business anywhere.” So they did. “People want another option with the economy the way it is and where retirement is only an illusion,” Adams said. In addition to her passion for the product, Adams passion is helping others get started in their own business. Offering mentoring and coaching for anyone that is “teachable and motivated.” The company was founded by two Navy buddies who created LOC in their basement, the world’s first biodegradable, concentrated multi-purpose cleaners.” They were “green before it was the thing to do,” Adams said. The 53-years-old company is privately held, (not answering to a board of directors) and totally debt free. In the last 12 years its sales have been up and selling in North America and 80 countries and territories. The company has experienced steady growth for the past 18 months running; nearly $11 billion for 2012. What is this company she is so passionate about? … Amway, “with principles of Reward, Family, Hope and Freedom.”

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Tidewater School Welcomes Families Back By Sarah Miller Staff Writer School doesn’t start until the end of the month, but the teachers and families of the Tidewater School are already coming in and getting settled for the new year. Along with the familiar faces, the Tidewater School welcomes new members of the family this year, including Head of School Grace Yannakakis and primary teacher Robin DeLamater. “I have felt very, very welcome,” Yannakakis said. She said the students have been excited to see their favorite teachers as they come through the school. The Tidewater School is a Montessori school where students are grouped into ages rather than grade levels, and have the same teacher for two or three years, sometimes more. Students also have a say in how their day is structured and what lessons they do. Lower elementary teacher Rhoda Switzer is going into her fourth year with the school. She said seeing students year after year allows for more individualized planning, and greater ease in getting back into the classroom. “I don’t lose September getting to know who this person is,” she said. Often she has picked up a book or come across something that she knows would connect to one specific child. She said the Montessori method fosters teamwork and social skills because there are only small numbers of a material available, unlike some schools that have a copy for each student. Tidewater students learn to negotiate, work together and be patient when someone else is using the

material they want. Parents are welcome in the classroom and are encouraged to help continue their children’s education out of the classroom. Switzer said there is no homework, but children are expected to continue learning when they leave. The Montessori method fosters lifelong learning. When the children leave the school and go into middle school, either private or public, they have succeeded because of the foundation laid at the Tidewater School. They know how to learn independently and how to ask questions, Switzer said. The Tidewater School is also “more individualized than you would be able to explain.” Teachers learn kids favorite authors, what kind of snacks they like, what their favorite lessons are and even when they prefer to have recess. “That’s a big asset,” Switzer said. DeLamater is looking forward to building that relationship with her students, having already met a couple during the open houses. “They’re curious about me and I’m curious about them,” she said. Already she has had students telling her about their summers and what they have learned, including one child whose family watched the Olympics and used the opportunity to learn about different cultures and even cook meals from other countries. She said she loves the materials and methods used at the Tidewater School and looks forward to becoming another piece of the school’s culture. “It’s a really special place,” she said. In order to meet families and students before the school year, Yannaka-

Grace Yannakakis is ready for the new school year.

kis started a series of morning potlucks. There is also a parent night Aug. 21 at 7 p.m. and a visitation day Aug 24. Practical life day will be Aug. 25. Yannakakis said practical life day is an annual morning event right before the start of school for students and parents to come in and help get the school ready for the year and spruce up the grounds, followed by a barbeque in the afternoon.

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“The idea is just to get the campus looking beautiful for the first day of school,” Yannakakis said. The first day of school is Aug. 27. For more information, visit or call 410-257-0533.

Crush Softball Forming Fall Lineup By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Southern Maryland’s Crush fast pitch organization is gearing up for the fall league. Crush was established in 2009 and has been growing ever since, this year

adding a 10U team to the lineup. Crush founding member Lisa Morgan said they have 60 girls in Crush. She manages the 18U team, and teams available run the gambit from 10U to 18U. Girls can come in from Little League and play with Crush until they enter college. The organization is like a family.

When not playing softball, Morgan said coaches help the young women preparing for college find a school that will be a good fit for them. They also help them find schools with softball programs so they can play for college teams if they want to, and perhaps even get a scholarship opportunity doing so. They also keep track of the girls grades and make sure they have the tools to succeed academically as well as athletically. Morgan said they get teamwork and leadership skills from being involved in the league. In addition to playing softball, Crush also gets athletes involved in their community. Morgan said they volunteer with Christmas in April every year, and are looking for more opportunities to get the youngest girls involved. Crush has been holding tryouts for the past month. Any girl interested in trying out who could not make the tryout dates should e-mail to schedule an individual tryout. For more information, visit www.

Photos by Sarah Miller Mackenzie Owens warms up for tryouts.


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Belk Hosts Kidfest 2012 By Alex Panos Staff Writer

opportunity to meet new people that may attend different schools. She added that Kidfest gives pre-KindergarYoung models walked down the runway in Belk de- ten age participants – who do not attend daycare partment store Saturday, modeling the latest trends in back- – a chance to socialize with peers. to-school youth fashion during the semi-annual “Kidfest.” “A lot of people came together here that After Belk employees directed kids to the latest fash- didn’t know each other,” White said. ions throughout the store, participants chose any clothing More than 300 Belk department stores held items they desired right off the store’s racks. Kidfest 2012 throughout the country over the Store manager Judy White said the company-wide weekend. fashion show provides an outlet for local children to “exKids and their parents traveled from all over press their creative nature” by selecting their own unique St. Mary’s and Calvert counties to the Belk locatoutfits for the show. Kidfest “promotes friendship in the ed in Wildewood Shopping Center – including community,” White explained, because it gives children an Annalia Pucciarella, 10, Mallory Moore, 10 and Andrea Gerber, 9, from Our Lady Star of the Sea school in Solomons, and Gabrielle Moore, 14, and from St. Mary’s Ryken High School in Leonardtown. Vicki Cross, California Belk’s Sales Team Manager, said some of the models on Saturday were making their third or fourth Kidfest appearance. “They consistently look forward to it,” Cross said. “Belky the Bear”, left, poses with the models after the show. After the show, the models respring during the pre-Easter spring show to model summer ceived “goody-bags” full of items and games, and enjoyed a post-show party consisting wear. Belk recruits models by advertising, and reaching out of prizes and refreshments, as well as meet and to models who have participated in past. Overall, White believes the 2012 fall edition of Kidfest greet with a clown and mascots “Belky the Bear” ran smoothly. and the Chick-fil-A cow. “It went well considering everyone’s ages,” she said. Participants also received discounts of 15 percent off already on-sale items. Photos by Alex Panos The next Belk Kidfest will take place in the Young models prepare to walk down the runway.

Triathlon, Wellness Fair to Honor Veterans Come join in the fun as we address the Invisible Wounds of War at the Tribute to the Military Veteran Family and the third annual Tri-Forces Sprint Triathlon and Wellness Fair on Saturday, Sept. 29. This will be held on the boardwalk of the thriving Chesapeake Bay’s Town of North Beach. Our wellness fair has expanded the venue to spotlight community assistance and resources for these families. This unique event raises awareness through educating both the community and the Military Service Members and Veteran families who are transitioning to live in Southern Maryland’s Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s Counties. We invite other counties, including Prince Georges and Anne Arundel to collaborate. In an unprecedented partnership, federal and state interests stand united with our local community to support the military vet-

eran family. Arianna Day, Maryland’s Commitment to Veterans’ Navigator, reported: “We are expanding what was already a great event.” Elizabeth N. Lawton, founder of Team TriForces, commented: “We are leveraging our lessons learned from the past two years making this into a professional event that offers sports, information, and relaxation in a memorable setting on the picturesque Chesapeake Bay. The Town of North Beach welcomes you! The Tri-County area is Veteran Friendly and we are reaching out to let these families know that we appreciate their Service; and we are willing to do what it takes to help these families be happy and safe at home.” Please be a part of our event. More information is available on the website at:

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District Governor Presents Awards Rotary District Governor Bob Parkinson visited Prince Frederick on Aug. 6 and presented six Paul Harris Fellow awards to club members. The Paul Harris Fellow award is named for the founder of Rotary International and indicates a contribution to Rotary’s philanthropic work of $1,000. These awards were surprises to the club’s most active members. The awards were presented to Ed Burkhart, Marshall Damerell, Rich Fleming, Gene Karol, Warren Prince and Philip Yeats. Parkinson began his term as District Governor July 1, and will visit each club in the district over coming months. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Lexington Park, where he has served in most major leadership positions.

District Governor Bob Parkinson speaking to Prince Frederick Rotary Club.

Parkinson himself is a Paul Harris Fellow, and has funded fellowships for his wife and two sons as well. 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. The Rotary Club of Prince Frederick meets every Monday at Stoney’s in Prince Frederick. For further information, contact club member Dave Elkinton at 410-535-6139.

Sassy Seniors Win Buy Local Challenge

The North Beach Sassy Seniors took the Maryland Buy Local Challenge and won. The Sassy Seniors group pledged to eat at least one item from a local farm every day during Buy Local Week, July 21-29. At the end of the week, they prepared dishes made from fresh produce purchased from local farms and held a luncheon at Town Hall.

Annual Poker Run Aids Veterans By Alex Panos Staff Writer Secretary of the U.S. Military Vet’s Motorcycle Club, “Jethro”, said the club’s annual Poker Run has raised over $5,000 in the past and, “generally speaking,” he expects a similar figure from this year’s run, held Saturday. Throughout the last 10 years, Jethro said he has learned most residents at the Charlotte Hall Veterans’ Home get their basic necessities from state funds, especially if the individuals do not have family to support them. All the proceeds from the Poker Run to go toward helping raise funds for the veterans’ for simple items such as socks, baseball caps and toothpaste that most people take for granted. “Due to budget cuts all the little personal items have

been cut out for these freedom fighters, with no one to sponsor them, they go without,” a promotional flyer read. “We put the money toward what the veterans need,” said Jethro, who declined to provide his full name. The veteran’s motor cycle club receives a “wish list” from staff members at the home to ensure they purchase the specific items the veterans are lacking. The participants traveled, most of them via motorcycle, from stopto-stop collecting one card at a time. They were given a map of five places to visit during the day in order to form their poker hand. Then riders got a chance at the last stop, Hughesville American Legion, to trade-out their hand and try to obtain better cards. Participants registered for the poker run by making a donation to the home, and were awarded $500 for best hand, $250 for second, $150 for third and $100 for worst-hand. Jethro told The Calvert Gazette that 136 people signedup and completed the run, and many community members made generous contributions and donations throughout the day as well. “It was a fantastic turnout,” Jethro said, despite mentioning that some riders chose not to take part because of the uncertain weather. Popular Southern Maryland bands “Hydra FX” and “Sam Grow Band” donated their time and efforts to the

cause, performing entirely for charity during the post-run party. Jethro believes people enjoyed the bands, but were really touched by the initiative to help the veterans of Southern Maryland. He noticed how impressed everyone was with the community involvement, adding that he probably spoke with about 80 percent of all that attended the event. “By in large, the comments were ‘a big thank you for putting it together and trying to help’ from everybody,” Jethro said. “A lot of relatives were very appreciative.” Anyone interested in donating money or items to the home should contact or jethro_

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Community Turns Out To Support ‘Little Frankie’

By Corrin M. Howe Staff Writer

New owners of Anthony’s Bar and Grill, Charlene and Ronnie Ward, have never pulled off a night like last Friday and are overwhelmed by the community support given to raise money for Frank J. Hayward III, the sole survivor of the recent murder-suicide in Owings. “We raised $4,528 but we are still collecting on some items,” Charlene Ward said. “We were crazy busy.” Friday evening around 8 p.m. patrons of the bar were already spilling out into the parking lot. Anthony’s Bar and the Travis Adams Band’s Facebook pages announced the regular concert planned would also include fundraising for Hayward. The event responder on Facebook confirmed 200 were planning to come and another 200 said they might come. “We had to purchase event insurance and a special liquor license to be able to serve outside the restaurant,” said Charlene.

Ralph Sanford of First Class Promotions donated the tent and trailer outside the restaurant while the Dunkirk Fire Hall donated the extra tables and chairs. Dunkirk B.P. Gas donated the soda and water so the profit went to the fundraiser. Bully Bling, Coors Light and Bob Hall Distributing donated drinks. Hall included an outdoor beer trailer too. With all the liquids at the restaurant, Cotton Septic donated a port-a-potty to the event. The band, the wait staff and bar owners all donated portions of their proceeds to the fund. “Local businesses donated items for the silent auction,” Charlene said. As Wayne and Kim Darmstead volunteered to run the silent auction and 50/50 raffle, Matt Loiacono, of Limos, Inc. in Upper Marlboro, walked in with two box seat tickets to the Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney concert, which included a limo ride and cookout at the park. Loiacono said the two tickets were part of the box suite he purchased for himself. The event organizer decided to

hold a traditional auction for the tickets. Dunkirk Fire Chief Toby Sealey heard that “Little Frankie” likes fire trucks. So Sealey donated one of his jackets and helmets to him. EmbroidMe put Hayward III on the bottom of the fire jacket. Along with the fire suit, Dunkirk Fire Department but a boot on the display for people to donate cash. Ward said the boot is still at Anthony’s for those who Frank J. Hayward III want to donate. The local firehouse is also giving 10 percent of its proceeds from a Cash Bash scheduled for Sept. 27. Check www. for more information. Before Travis Adams Band began to play, Reverend Robert Hahn held a moment of prayer, he said he doesn’t do moments of silence because he knows “God has his hand cupped to his ear longing to hear our prayers.” Ward passed out candles for those in the bar, then everyone lit them while listening to Hahn pray that the Hayward and Rogers families along with the rest of the community were confused and hurting and asked for healing for the families and Little Frankie. Hahn brought up Isabelle and Han-

nah Lunczynski, who “took lemons and made lemonade” out of the situation by “spontaneously and naturally following through on wanting to do something.” The girls raised $2,300 in a week for Hayward III by selling lemonade along Chaneyville Road in Owings.

“God has his hand cupped to his ear longing to hear our prayers.” - Reverend Robert Hahn

Reverend Robert Hahn tells the crowd at Anthony’s about how Isabelle Lunczynski, 13, and her sister Hannah, 11 raised $2,300 from selling lemonade along Chaneyville Road.


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Bar Owner Charlene Ward, center, passes out candles to Bobbie Long, left, and Danielle Sinisrope, members of Frank Hayward III’s family.

This was the first of several community-wide events scheduled in response to the murder-suicide on July 31. Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to an anonymous call to Hayward home around 8:30 a.m. They thought they were entering a hostage situation but quickly found Cynthia Hayward, her two-year-old daughter, and her husband, Frank J. Hayward, Jr. dead. Her 12-year-old son, Frank III was found with lacerations on his neck and burns to his body. He was in critical condition after

Kim Darmstead volunteered to run the silent auction table when Matt Loiacono, of Limos, Inc. in Upper Marlboro, walked in to donate additional prizes.

being flown to Children’s Hospital. To date, no further formal information into the investigation or Little Frankie’s condition has been released. Members of Little Frankie’s extended family were at Friday’s fundraiser, but did not want to comment on the recent events. Anthony’s owner said she was pleased with the results after pulling off such a large event on short notice. As new owners of the bar, she and her husband hope to do more community events in

the future. But for now, they are still recovering from closing the bar at 1 a.m., cleaning inside and out in the parking lot until 5 a.m., and then turning around and

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Vern Harden, 71 Vernard Roscoe Harden, 71, of Dameron, MD died August 8, 2012 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardtown, Maryland. Vernard, who was also known as “Vern” or “Bootsie” by his family and friends, was born September 13, 1940 in Staunton, Virginia to the late John Otis Harden and Sedonia Leech Harden. Vernard is a 1961 graduate of Morgan State College, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. In August 1963, he married the love of his life, Jacqueline A. Cottom in Sewickley, Pennsylvania. They celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary on August 3, 2012. They resided in Staunton and Charlottesville, Virginia for a few years before settling in St. Mary’s County in 1967. In 1968, he received a Data Processing Certificate from the University of Virginia. He was employed at the Computer Services Directorate on the Patuxent River Naval Air Station with the Naval Air Systems Command and Naval Aviation Logistics Command as a computer systems specialist until 1991. He continued his career as a computer systems analyst for FDIC-Resolution Trust Corporation, in Washington, D.C. In 2001, he retired after more than 35 years of federal government service. After retirement, he worked for Lowes Home Improvement Warehouse in California, Maryland in the Kitchen Design Center. Vernard truly enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. His hobbies included photography, playing the trumpet and piano, riding his bike, fishing, golfing, cooking on the grill during family events, playing chess, and singing in the St. Peter Claver Gospel Choir and the St. Peter Claver Men’s Choir. He put the carpentry skills that he learned from his father to good use at home and church. He often built and fixed things for family and friends. He also enjoyed researching and putting together his family tree. He was proud of his accomplishment of locating 500 family members and creating a website that the ancestors of his family could access. Vernard also enjoyed being an active member of St. Peter Claver Catholic Church.

His church family was extremely important to him and he loved the Lord. He assisted with various church and community activities. They included serving as a member of the St. Peter Claver Museum Committee, helping the Knights of St. Jerome with Lenten Dinners, serving as the coordinator of the Chess Sphinxes with the Ladies and Gentlemen of the Village, being a member of the NAACP and taking an active role on the campaign team to elect Elfreda Mathis for Commissioner. Vernard was also a very proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. He was initiated into the fraternity at Morgan State College in 1959. In July 2009, he became a charter member of the Leonardtown-Prince Frederick Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. where he was presented with an honorary award in celebration of 50 years in length of service. It was one of his and the family’s most memorable moments. In addition to his wife, Jacqueline A. Harden, Vernard is survived by five daughters, including Jocelyn Wimbush (Wayne) of White Plains, MD; Sonia Greene (Darrell) of Upper Marlboro, MD; Vanessa Harden of Waldorf, MD; Celeste Fenwick (Robert) of Ashburn, VA; and Jalisa Harden of Dameron, MD; his twelve grandchildren, including Justine Murray, Charles Graham II, Duwan Wimbush, Daisha Wimbush, Myles Greene, Gabrielle Greene, Janessa Harden, Vernon Harden, Jalante Hall, Dominic Harden, Christopher Fenwick, Jenny Fenwick; his two great-grandchildren including Dexter Street, Jr. and Damari Harden; his brother, John Harden (Dorothy) of Upper Marlboro, MD; his sister Shirley Vaughn of Staunton, VA; and his close extended family members, including Vincent Biscoe (godfather), Joy Rothwell, Jim Hill (best friend), Steve and Dr. Francine Hawkins, Loretta Dove, and a host of sister-in-laws, brother-in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins. Vernard was preceded in death by his first-born daughter Jacqueline Harden, his parents John Otis Harden and Sedonia Leech Harden, his in-laws Harold DeWolfe Cottom and Edna Owens Cottom, brother-in-law Eugene Vaughn Sr., and a close extended family member, Dexter Street, Sr. The family will receive friends for Vernard’s Life Celebration on Friday, August 17, 2012 from 9 to 11 a.m. at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, 16922 St. Peter Claver Road, St. Inigoes, MD 20684. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in St. Peter Claver

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Jack Jones, 84 Denton “Jack” M. Jones, of Upper Marlboro, passed away August 6, 2012. Jack was born in Plainview, Texas, and was one of the proudest Texans you ever met. He served a few years in the U.S. Army as an automotive mechanic and then had a long career as a auto mechanic, as well as some years driving an 18-wheeler. God blessed Jack’s life with two wonderful wives and families. Jack was married to Peggy for 43years. They raised 3 daughters and a son. His daughter, Connie, sums up her daddy by saying, “he was a man who could make you stop still in your steps with just a look, but that same man could make you laugh with songs that he made up while working in his shop.” Wouldn’t it be nice if all children could have a daddy like Jack. Although Jack went to high school with Jackie Duley, it wasn’t until both of their spouses has passed that they got reacquainted and married. Jack and Jackie would have celebrated their fourteenth wedding anniversary on August 20th. When he married Jackie, Jack also got her five girls and their families. Jack never met an engine he didn’t like. He could coax life out of a car you thought was a goner. And he was generous sharing that talent with those of us who don’t know a spark plug from a muffler. Jack’s other passion was bluegrass music. He loved listening to it, but he also appreciated seeing the musicians perform. That big old grin would light up his face when the fiddle started playing. We celebrate Jack’s life here with us on earth. But we know that if God has an old Ford truck up in heaven, Jack is under the hood with the angels around him playing a foot-tapping bluegrass song. Jack is survived by his loving wife, Jacqueline “Jackie” Jones; children, Gloria (Wendell) Cordis, Connie (Andy) Huse, Cindy (Ron) Branson, Sandy (Bill) Lange, Melanie (Bernie) Spicer, Pamela Ferris and Wendy (James) Veon; grandchildren, Annette, Ginny, Geoffrey, Amber, Scott, Eric and Codie; great grandson Ian and a brother, Daniel Jones. He is preceded in death by his first wife, Marjorie; daughter, Virginia and son Lenoard. The family received friends on Aug. 8 at Lee Funeral Home, Owings. A funeral service was held Aug. 9 in First Baptist Church of Upper Marlboro. Internment followed at Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham.


Donald Miller, 84 Donald Richardson Miller, 84, of Huntingtown, MD passed away July 30, 2012 at Southern Maryland Hospital Center, Clinton, MD. He was born February 18, 1928 in Newport, Vermont to Maxwell A. and Alice L. (Conklin) Miller. Donald was raised in Spring Valley, NY where he attended public schools. His family moved to Takoma Park, MD and he graduated from Montgomery Blair High School. He worked for the Washington Star Newspaper as a messenger. Donald entered the United States Army in November 1950 and was honorably discharged in March 1951. He was then employed at the Hahn Shoe Company in their window display department. He worked in Wheaton and Landover, MD, retiring in 1992. In 2010 he moved into an assisted living facility in Ft. Washington, MD and then moved to a nursing home in Clinton where he resided until his passing. Donald loved going to the National Zoo, painting by numbers, doing puzzles and was an avid Washington Redskins fan. He was preceded in death by his parents. Donald is survived by a sister Julie Ann Alexander and husband Gale of Southold, NY and brothers Eugene and wife Mary of Solomons, James and wife Mary Ann of North Carolina, John and wife Anna of Fredericksburg, VA, Francis and wife Janet of West Virginia and Robert Miller and wife Elizabeth of Huntingtown, MD. The family will receive friends from 2-3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, at Rausch Funeral Home, Owings, where a memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Internment will be private. Memorial contributions can be directed to National Zoo at FONZ Development PO Box 37012 MRC 5516, Washington, D.C. 20013.

Joan Perry, 81 Joan Louise Perry, of Prince Frederick, passed away August 12, 2012. Joan was born on May 2, 1931 in Washington DC to Arthur, Jr. and Helen Stanley. She passed away on August 12, 2012 at her residence in Prince Frederick, MD., at the age of 81 surrounded by her family. Mrs. Perry lived in Prince Frederick since 1977. She was a member of the Calvert Elk Lodge, American Legion Ladies Auxiliary and Trinity United Methodist Church. Joan enjoyed cooking, playing cards and volunteering in her spare time. During her family’s majorette events you could always find Joan on the sidelines cheering them on. Throughout the years Joan has traveled the United States.


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She is the beloved wife of 30 years to the late James Perry. Sr. Loving mother of Penny LaHaye, James Perry, Jr., Deborah Bondurant, Arthur Perry, Elmer Perry, Elizabeth Sorensen and Earl Perry. Devoted grandmother of 24 and great grandmother of 33. Also survived by her sisters Jeanine Shipley and Mary Ann Anscomb. Friends were received Wednesday, August 15, at Lee Funeral Home, Owings, where Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 11:00 am. Interment to follow in Southern Memorial Gardens, Dunkirk.

Stephen Tripp, 59 Stephen Michael Tripp, 59, of Huntingtown, passed away on Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at his home. Mr. Tripp was a signalman for Amtrak with over 34 years of service and was a member of Local 119. In addition to his Amtrak job he enjoyed starting new local business ventures. He owned JST Communications and Appearances Beauty Salon both in Owings. He enjoyed listening to and playing classic rock, mostly by ear. He also had his own woodworking shop and enjoyed making furniture, instruments, game boards and novelty items such as gavels. Mr. Tripp was also intrigued with new electronic gadgets and technology. To his family he will always be remembered as a good provider. He is the loving husband of Janet Tripp and loving father of Wade and Melissa. He is also survived by his grandchildren Nicole, Wade, Natalie and Tre, sisters Ellen, Laurie, and Kathleen. His brother Edward predeceased him. The family will receive friend from 3-5 p.m. Friday, August 17, 2012, at Lee Funeral Home Calvert, Owings, where a funeral service will follow.

Stanley Valenta, 92 Stanley (Stanislav) Valenta passed away Aug. 5, 2012. He was born in Hrabenov, Czechoslovakia on February 28, 1920 to Jedek Valenta and Marie Kubicek. Stanley was baptized as a Roman Catholic, on February 29,1920, in the Roman Catholic Parish of Ruda (diocese of Olemouc, Czechoslovakia). Stanley had an older brother Jerry (Jaroslav) and a younger brother Johnny (Janislav) and two sisters, Mary and Francis (all now deceased). Stanley, along with his father, mother and two brothers immigrated to America, leaving Czechoslovakia on 12/31/1928 and arriving in the US on 1/14/1929. The fam-

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ily lived in/rented their Aunt Mary’s home (Montgomery Street, Patterson, NJ) during this time in America. Stanley, along with his father and younger brother Johnny returned to Czechoslovakia in 1936. Jedek bought a dance hall in Hrabenov with the money he made in the US. As Hitler’s threats to Austria and Czechoslovakia became more real, the family returned to the US in 1937 as Jedek was worried that his sons would be forced to serve in the Russian Army as he did in WWI, or worse. The family eventually bought a house in Paterson, NJ. Stanley attended Paterson Vocational School, studying textile design and manufacturing, from 1937 to 1939, then beginning his career in textile design in New Jersey/New York City area in various positions. In 1939, Stanley met his future bride, Gloria (Bunny) Miller. Their first date was attending the 1939 World’s Fair in New York followed by a viewing of ‘Gone with the Wind’ and attending a big band (Dorsey/Miller,etc.) concert. In 1941, with the war in Europe escalating and the real potential for US involvement, Stanley decided to support the war effort by going to work for Wright Aeronautical (1941-1942) manufacturing small parts for aircraft. On Dec. 15, 1942, Stanley enlisted in the Army Air Corps as a cadet with the hopes of to becoming a pilot. He received his basic training in Atlantic City, then attending Penn State University taking an accelerated curriculum focusing on academic studies and finally completing his basic training in Nashville, TN. His pre-flight training was received at Maxwell Field, in Montgomery, Alabama. He attended ‘Primary’ pilot training in Ocala Fl, taking his first solo flight on Nov. 24, 1943. He attended ‘basic’ pilot training in Bainbridge, GA and ‘advanced’ two engine training at Turner Field in Albany, GA. In the middle of all of this military training, on April 23, 1943, Stanley became a United States citizen. Upon completion of his pilot training, Stanley was assigned various positions as an instructor, a pilot for North African Division of the Air Transport Command (ATC) based in Casablanca and a pilot for the Domestic Ferry Group. Stanley was awarded both the European-African Theater Ribbon and the American Theater Ribbon for his service. He logged over 1500 hours of flight time, in various aircraft, during his two years and eight months in the Army Air Corps. On November 27,1943, Stanley married ‘Bunny’ in Ocala, FL, while he was attending primary Army Air Corp pilot flight training. On May 7, 1945, his only Son, Glenn, was born in Paterson, NJ. On June 17, 1953, his only Daughter, Heidi, was born in Ridgewood, NJ. While Stanley wasn’t a big baseball fan, his wife Bunny was. They both attended the only perfect game to be pitched in World Series history (Don Larson’s perfect game against the Brooklyn Dodgers on 10/8/1956). His son Glenn still has the ticket stubs. After the war, Stanley resumed his career in textiles with various positions in the textile business in and around New York

City as follows: 1945-1952 Stanley took a position as a Textile Designer, at Meadox, in Waldwick, NJ. 1952- 1958 Stanley took a similar position at Ronitex, in Paterson, NJ. 1958-1960- Turpan Inc. 1960-1963- Wayne Weavers 1963-1966- Ronitex (again) 1966- 1971- Schulman-Sunshine company. In 1971, Stanley took on the professional challenge of his life, moving to Rutherfordton. NC and becoming part of a ‘start up’ textile company, Mastercraft, specializing in ‘high end’ upholstery fabrics. Both Stanley’s, and Mastercraft’s, name and reputation grew in recognition during the ensuing years such that, by 1985, Stanley was considered one of the top textile designers/ stylists in his field and Mastercraft was considered one of the premier upholstery textile design and manufacturing companies in the US/world. With Mastercraft, Stanley enjoyed ever increasing roles of responsibilities and authority, including being a Plant Manager and eventually becoming Executive Vice President until his ‘career change’, at the age of 70, in 1990. He remained with Mastercraft, as a Design Consultant, until his retirement, at age 79, in 1999. In addition to his military and professional careers, Stanley was an accomplished musician, learning the accordion at an early age and continuing playing into his adulthood. Stanley played accordion in his older brother’s (Jerry) orchestra and later formed his own dinner/dance quartet ‘The Esquires’, playing various local northern New Jersey venues during the 1950 and 1960s. Story has it that, once in the 1950s, Stanley was visited by the renown ‘Les Paul’, who was interested in learning how the accordion was amplified. Les had this crazy idea of applying this technology to a guitar. Stanley continued his enthusiasm for flying after the war. He obtained his pilot’s license and flew recreationally both in New Jersey and in North Carolina. Stanley trained on a PT-17 Stearman trainer while in Ocala, FL. in 1943. Later on in life, Stanley’s son Glenn, living in nearby Orlando, FL at the time, was employed by a firm whose owner (Robert Finfrock) was an avid flyer of vintage aircraft and who also happened to own a restored PT-17 Stearman. On one trip to Orlando to visit his son, Stanley took advantage of the opportunity to fly the Boss’ Stearman, just like the one he flew during his WWII flight school days in Ocala. Upon inspection of the Boss’ vintage aircraft, Stanley discovered that the Boss’ plane was THE exact plane (same VIN # as recorded in his 1943 log book!!!) Stanley trained on, back in 1943. Stanley enjoyed golf. While living in New Jersey, he enjoyed playing various golf courses in the northern New Jersey/New York area. Upon his relocation to North Carolina, he took the opportunity to ‘live the golf club lifestyle’ by building a home on a golf course, Cleghorn Golf and Country Club in Rutherfordton, NC, where he played quite often during his 30+ years living there. He recorded the only hole-in-one of his life on his ‘home’ course (3rd hole/Par 3) when he was 75 years young.

Stanley and Bunny moved to Owings, Maryland, to be closer to their daughter, after his retirement in October, 1999. Unfortunately, Bunny had a brain hemorrhage in April, 2000 and passed away from complications a few years later (October, 2003). Stanley spent the majority of time caring for Bunny during this time. After his wife’s passing, Stanley enjoyed his time in Maryland, continuing to play golf, being a homeowner and traveling with his daughter. He also took advantage of his close proximity to Washington, DC to visit all of the local sights and attractions. During his time in Maryland, one memorable moment occurred when Stanley attended a dedication ceremony for a display of Charles Lindbeg memorabilia, donated to the Smithsonian Nation Air and Space Museum (Udvar-Hazy Center), by an old business colleague, Stanley King.

Vicki Wilson, 65 Victoria Lucy “Vicki” Wilson, 65, of Rose Haven passed away on August 8, 2012. Vicki is resting peacefully after many years of fighting her chronic illnesses. She was born September 3, 1946 to F. Paul and Thelma Maeder. She completed her education at Southern High School after her family relocated from Chevy Chase, MD to Rose Haven., Vicki married John William (Bill) Wilson, Jr. of Friendship, MD in 1963, and they raised two children in Rose Haven. She and Bill later divorced. Vicki was predominately a Mom and homemaker. Over the years she worked for a local marina and for her mother’s Beauty Salon, La Mer Beauty Salon, located in Rose Haven. She also worked in the pool and spa business. Vicki loved her family and friends and made the most of every minute spent with them. She loved to laugh, dance and listen to music. She enjoyed traveling, camping, and fishing, and was a devoted fan of the Washington Redskins. Victoria was preceded in death by her parents, a sister Paula Nowatski, and long time partner, Hank Tayman. Vicki is survived by her two children, their spouses and grandchildren, Lucy M. and Billy Franklin and their sons, Will and Zach Franklin, all of Friendship, MD, and B. Paul and Cindy Wilson, their son Sean and daughter Abby, all of Dagsboro, DE. Vicki is also survived by a niece, Joanne Nowatski of Calvert County, her current traveling companion Bill Disney, and by many friends. The family received friend from 7-8 p.m., followed by a memorial service, on Aug. 15 at Rausch Funeral Home, Owings. A Celebration of Life will also be held Saturday, September 22 from 2-6 P.M. at Vicki’s home. Internment is private. Memorial contributions can be directed to Calvert Hospice, P.O. Box 838 238 Merrimac Court, Prince Frederick MD 20678.


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Thursday, August 16, 2012


Spotlight on Volunteers Seniors Helping Others By Sarah Miller Staff Writer They may be seniors, but the men and women of Senior Companions are active and out to help their community even in their retirement years. Senior Companions are a group of volunteers from all over the tri-county area who want to continue serving their community, said Program Director Michelle Bard. Senior Companions volunteer between 15 and 40 hours per week after 40 hours of training, Bard said. They also attend monthly in-service training in areas such as Alzheimer’s, strokes, diabetes and mental health. “The goal is to keep seniors living independent longer, and out of nursing homes,” Bard said. The volunteers talk to clients, play games with them, occasionally prepare light snacks and generally make sure their clients aren’t alone. In some cases, Bard said Senior

Companions provides a respite for families caring for disabled or elderly relatives, allowing them to leave the house for a few hours without worrying about their loved one back home. Senior Companions do not administer medication or other nursing duties. “We don’t take the place of paid type services,” Bard said. She said the companions get as much out of volunteering at the clients. They feel needed and get out of the house when they might otherwise remain shut in because they have nothing to do. Companions have to pass background checks and other requirements, and Bard and her staff always make sure both client and companion are a good fit for each other. If a companion is sick, there are no “floater” companions to take their place. If the illness is short term, they will go back to their client as soon as possible. If it is a long-term illness or covalence from a surgery, another companion

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will be assigned to the client. When the companion is better, they can either go back to the same client, if both client and companion agree to, or they will be reassigned. Volunteers can also be reassigned if clients no longer need Senior Companions. Sometimes clients only need someone to stay with them during convalescence after illness or surgery, and once they are back up and around they withdraw from the program as clients. Bard said some past clients have even become current Senior Companions. Clarice Gross has been with Senior Companions for three years. She remembered her first client was a blind woman who she would talk with and read to. “It made me feel like I was doing something helpful,” Gross said. When the woman passed away, she said it felt like losing a member of her own family. Now, Gross volunteers at Friendly Adult Daycare in Huntingtown and helps get meals together, plays bingo and other activities. She said she is willing to go wherever the organization needs her. “Anything they want me to do, I’m there,” she said. She said it’s important to volunteer like this because you never know what the future holds. Some companions are assigned to adult day cares, assisted living facilities or nursing homes, volunteering in group settings. While others are sent to individual homes to spend one-on-one time with clients. Bard said all Senior Companions have to be over 55. According to the website,, they also need to have an income 200 percent or below federal poverty guidelines, though there are no income restrictions for clients. Volunteers receive a stipend of $2.65 per hour, plus .40 cents per mile if they drive. Typically, Bard said companions are assigned clients within their own county, preferably near their homes. Companions also receive $50 toward a mandatory yearly physical. Bard said they are always looking for Senior Companion volunteers. For more information, or to volunteer, visit, or call 410-535-0817.



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Are You Familiar With the Term ‘Sequestration’? By Susan Shaw Calvert County Commissioner District 2 Under the past Budget Control Act, the spending authority of many federal departments and agencies will be automatically reduced on Jan. 2, 2013, in order to comply with spending reductions between fiscal years 2013 through 2021 as required by the Budget Control Act. The across the board funding cuts of certain federal entities, or “sequestration,” will be split between defense spending and non-defense accounts. According to analysis by U. S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, the Jan. 2, 2013, full implementation of the defense sequester would have a dramatic negative impact on our nation’s ability to defend itself. Secretary Panetta points out that the sequestration’s total cut will rise to approximately $1 trillion. Rough estimates show that after ten years of these automatic cuts, the U.S. would have the smallest ground force since 1940, the smallest number of ships since 1915, and the smallest Air Force in the nation’s history. But why is a Calvert County Commissioner concerned about the effects of these cuts? The short answer is that the employment of many Southern Maryland residents will be directly affected. One renowned economist, Anirban Basu, when speaking at the recent Calvert County Economic Development Strategic Planning Meeting, predicted that unemployment in Calvert County will double if sequestration occurs, with dramatic impacts to our income tax base, and thus, to all of us. Sequestration is so serious at this point in time that even the Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget argues that Congress should invest time in coming to an agreement to avoid sequestration. Jan. 2, 2013 is a few short months away. Will the U. S. Congress act? The currently elected Congress is stalemated. The Board of County Commissioners received a letter from the Superintendent of Schools alerting us that if sequestration were to go into effect on Jan. 2, 2013, the immediate impact on the Calvert County Board of Education would be a loss of about $650,000 in federal funding. Recently, I met with a high level County employee who wanted to better understand my position on the Calvert County budget and employee pay raises. He was vaguely familiar with the bipartisan Super Committee in Congress that was supposed to reach a compromise on spending cuts, yet failed to do so. He was not familiar with the word sequestration nor the effects it would have on our local economy, which is so dependent on federal employment and the spin-off to federal contractors. He knew that our property tax base had shrunk due to declining property values. He had not understood that our income tax base is threatened by sequestration. Nor do we know what will happen with the so-called Bush tax cuts nor the tax rate on investments (capital gains). These unanswered questions on the federal level filter directly down to the state and local levels, creating an atmosphere of uncertainty and an inability to plan. In order to increase the County budget by about $1.3 million for one step increase (longevity pay based on a satisfactory job performance), we must know that the additional tax revenue will be available into the future, as well as for the current budget year. Otherwise, we would be forced to institute furloughs, lay-offs, and pay cuts in future years. Until Congress acts, we are all hostage. I suspect that this era of unknowns will continue until after the November elections. Meanwhile, conservative and careful budgeting is our best defense against whatever Congressional action or inaction the New Year brings, along with its effects on our Southern MD citizens.

Legislators Should Show Their Cards Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot sent out the following letter to state legislators (and a similar letter to Gov. Martin O’Malley) on Aug. 8, one day before the special session for the Maryland General Assembly began. The Maryland General Assembly is poised to reconvene in Annapolis tomorrow for its second special session in less than three months, and the third in less than a year. The principal purpose is to pass legislation that would pave the way for a Las Vegas-style casino in Prince George’s County and table games at Maryland’s other gambling parlors. As you finalize your own preparations for the special session, I would respectfully encourage you, as well as all members of the Maryland General Assembly, to voluntarily disclose all contributions from national gambling interests that have been received by all of your personal and affiliated committees from the date of their most recent reports. This suggestion is based on my growing sense that Marylanders are questioning the timing of, and doubting the need for, yet another special session. Their doubts, which I share, are predicated on these points: • Even if voters were to approve a new Prince George’s County casino this November, it will be several more years before that casino is built, open for business, and generating revenue for the State of Maryland. To this point, it is worth noting that nearly four years after the voters approved slots parlors at five locations, only three, to date, exist. As of June 30, those three had combined to generate about $200 million for the State of Maryland (source: http:// – not nearly enough to cover the $267 million that we have spent to purchase and lease the slot machines for the casino operators. In other words, there is little to no evidence that this precipitant action by the General Assembly will have any meaningful effect on the current fiscal challenges facing our state, from its lingering structural budget deficit to an unfunded state pension and retiree health care liability that is now estimated at $35 billion and growing. • There is considerable cause for concern that approving a new casino in Prince George’s County – without the opportunity for scrutiny, professional analysis and debate that is afforded in a traditional session – will result in unintended consequences. For example, we cannot ignore the very real possibility that three casinos, located within an hour’s drive of one another, will cannibalize one another and jeopardize the viability of the state’s entire program. Similarly, we simply cannot dismiss the fact


that one of our state’s biggest and most powerful employers would be MGM Resorts, a company that, due to alleged ties to organized crime interests in China, failed to meet the State of New Jersey’s standards for corporate integrity. Given these unresolved questions, it is not unreasonable for taxpayers to ask why the state is circumventing the traditional legislative process. • The mere act of convening a special session for the benefit of a single industry is highly irregular. As you know, this state is facing an extraordinary set of economic challenges. The State of Maryland lost 11,000 jobs in June. It was the third highest rate of job loss in the nation, and marked the fourth consecutive month of net job losses in Maryland. We rank 48th in the nation this year in both average private hourly and weekly earnings growth, and have actually experienced year-over-year declines in both categories. The future of industries that have sustained this state through generations – from seafood harvesting and agriculture, to manufacturing and defense – have grown increasingly tenuous, as the recent closure of the Unilever plant in Hagerstown painfully reminded us. To my knowledge, at no point have we ever convened a special session to buttress those industries, as we are about to do for the national gambling industry. In short, I believe there is mounting public suspicion that this latest special session is not about jobs, revenue or public reinvestment, but rather an illustration of the corrosive effects of special interest money in our political system. Such pervasive cynicism, left unaddressed, will further erode public confidence in our institutions of state government. With this in mind, it is my hope that we can conduct this extraordinary special session in a true spirit of openness. Were this topic to be debated in a regular session, Marylanders would have the ability to scrutinize our campaign finance reports and draw their own conclusions. Given what is at stake over these next few days, I think they deserve that same opportunity now. This voluntary gesture would send a powerful message to the people we serve that Maryland’s oftstated commitment to progressive values is matched only by our dedication to transparent government. Regardless of how we may feel about this special session and the topic at hand, it would be a statement of values in which all Marylanders could take pride.

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Get Deals on Dining Out The warm weather can be a boon to the restaurant business, or it can be a disadvantage depending on how restaurant owners approach the situation. Patrons dining out can make the most of summer dining by employing strategies to eat on the cheap every time. Although some restaurants have no problem keeping customers coming back for more, the sheer volume of restaurants in most cities and towns can make competition feisty throughout the year. However, during the summer, when many individuals spend their time at home, on vacation and on weekend getaways, restaurants may have to work even harder to attract business. As a result, diners can expect new specials and incentives to get them in the door. When selecting a restaurant, there are certain things that can help you cut some of the fat off the final bill. * Avoid the hot spots. Look for less trendy, though established, restaurants and neighborhoods to save money. At trendy establishments, you could find long wait times for tables and inflated prices to cover the cost of decor and specialty ingredients. With a long waiting list wrapping outside of the door, chances are this restaurant is not going to cater to customers looking for a bargain. Cost-conscious diners should also avoid trendy neighborhoods. Many people find the lure is too powerful to ignore in warm weather. In turn, restaurants that overlook the water or are located along the beach may be more populated and pricey than others just a short distance away. There’s a good chance that if you do a little exploring you can find a comparable restaurant nearby that may offer a better deal. * Dine out during the week. Leave the end of the week and weekends for cooking meals at home. When you want to eat out, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday may be the best days for finding a coupon or special discount deal. That’s because restaurants know patrons tend to dine out later in the week. To drum up business on slower days, restaurants may offer special menus or steep discounts. This is an advantage if the entire family is dining out. * Turn to chain restaurants in a pinch. Although there’s nothing quite like the unexpected flavors and variety that independent restaurants can offer, chain restaurants offer consistency, familiarity and often hard-to-beat deals. Many of the popular franchise restaurants offer kids’ meals starting at $4 and prix fixe meals where two adults can enjoy dishes for a total of $20. * Order appetizers only. The warmer weather tends to mute hunger pangs, and smaller portions can leave you feeling full. If you want to try a higher-priced restaurant, consider only ordering appetizers and salads, which will certainly cut down the cost of the bill. * Clip coupons. At-home coupon mailers and special dining-around-town supplements are often included in the newspaper or mailed directly to your home. Browse through and take advantage of the coupons within. Discounts might be as high as 30 percent off your bill. * Choose from BYOB restaurants. Many restaurants keep overhead costs down by choosing to make their establishments BYOB, or bring your own bottle. The meal may be slightly lower in price than other restaurants, and you will save money on the final tab by bringing your own wine or beverage. Dining out inexpensively is something anyone can do during the often competitive summer season.

Thursday, August 16, 2012


Create Delicious Fish on the Grill

Cooking on a grill is not just conducive to making steaks or burgers. Seafood is something that also cooks easily and tastefully over an open fire. Grillmasters too often shy away from cooking seafood on the grill. They may feel it’s too complicated. Although cooking fish on the barbecue requires a little know-how, it tends to be just as easy as cooking traditional barbecue fare once you get the hang of it. Fileted fish tends to break apart quite easily once it is cooked. If you have reservations about cooking fish on a grill, you may want to start with a thicker cut of fish, or the entire fish itself. Fish steaks are thicker cuts and, though they take longer to cook on the grill, they’ll also hold together better than thin, filet slices. Many different types of fish can be cut into steaks, including halibut, salmon, shark, tuna, and more. Even if the fish you are cooking is thick, there is still a chance of making a mess of it while grilling unless you follow two important rules: Cook on a well-oiled grill, and don’t touch the fish too much during cooking. A well-oiled surface is essential to keeping the steak or filet from sticking to the rungs of the grill. Many people like to flip grilled foods several times to check for doneness, but doing so with fish can cause it to flake apart. Instead, leave the fish alone until the edges have become opaque and are just starting to flake apart before you turn it. Then do not handle the fish again until you are ready to take it off the grill. Cooking directly over the flame is

fast, but you also can use non-stick foil and steam the fish within a foil packet. With this method of cooking you can better seal in juices and even top the fish with lemon slices or vegetables so the items cook together. Using a foil packet also helps keep the fish from breaking apart on the grill, and can be a safe method to try if this is your first foray into grilling fish. Finned fish are not the only types of sea-dwelling creatures that can be cooked on the barbecue. Everything from clams to shrimp can be tossed on the barbecue. Oysters and clams can be cleaned and placed directly on a well-oiled grill. Simply cook for 3 to 4 minutes until the shells of the oysters and clams open up widely. Shrimp can be grilled using a seafood basket that keeps the food contained for easy flipping en masse. Otherwise, slide shrimp on kabob skewers or bamboo sticks (soak wood sticks in water before putting on the grill) to cook easily. Shrimp cooks quickly. Check for a pink color after a few minutes so the shrimp don’t overcook and become rubbery. You can also cook lobster or crayfish on the grill. Parboil the lobster inside the house for a few minutes. Then take the lobster out of the pot and dunk into ice water to stop the boiling process. Halve the lobster and brush each side with melted butter. Then place the lobster, meat-sidedown, onto the grill. Cook for an additional 5 minutes per side, or until the meat looks opaque in color. Grilling seafood is nothing to fear. Once you master some of the techniques for success, delicious meals will follow.


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How parents can dine out without drama Some parents cringe at the mere mention of dining out with their children, envisioning 90 minutes of crying, taunting and tantrums. While some cultures place great significance on dining out as a family, North Americans seem less inclined to do so -- unless it is at a family-friendly (not food-friendly) chain restaurant or fast food establishment. However, dining out with young children doesn’t have to be a debacle. Employ a few of the following tips, and your next night on the town with the youngsters in tow might just prove to be a nice family experience. * Get munchies. A hungry child is often a cranky child. Ask if bread, crackers or chips can be placed on the table early on so that the kids have something to snack on and distract them from hunger pangs. * Request a table near the bathroom. While looking at the restroom doors may not make for the most inviting ambiance, it does reduce the hassle of snaking through tables and rows with a child who needs to use the restroom. * Order for the table. Giving kids a choice may waste time and lead to arguments. Order a few items that everyone can share, increasing the likelihood that your child will find something he or she wants to eat. * Stick with recognizable foods. Now is not the time to ask junior to delve into seafood salad or osso bucco. Save taste-testing for another time when there’s nobody else around to hear your child’s protestations. * Make dessert a reward not an expectation. If the children behave to your liking, dessert can be a reward. It will reinforce good behavior the next time you decide to dine out.

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Prep Work Makes Weeknight Dinners Easier There is often no denying how busy the week can be for the average individual or family. Very frequently people eschew cooking dinner simply because they find the process takes too much time out of their already hectic days. Some people look to fast food or dining instead, but this can be costly and potentially unhealthy. Though home cooking can be time-consuming, planning ahead for weeknight meals can drastically reduce the time it takes to whip up a good meal. While it may seem like people are spending more time eating out, statistics point to the contrary. In a 2009 survey sponsored by CBS News, 43 percent of American respondents said they cook 6 to 7 nights out of the week, and 32 percent of the respondents said they cook 4 to 5 nights out of the week. Individuals who are still dining out or ordering in instead of cooking may benefit from the following time-saving tips. * Make a meal schedule. Take a cue from schools and office cafeterias and create a weekly or monthly meal calendar. Come up with items you enjoy eating and combine them for meals. Use cooking magazines for inspiration if necessary. Having a schedule of what you will be cooking enables you to shop for the ingredients in advance and to know exactly what you’ll be serving each night -- two time savers. * Create a detailed shopping list. Use the meal calendar to make a list of the ingredients you will need for each meal. Some ingredients will overlap (i.e. fresh spices, like garlic and parsley), but there may be some ingredients unique to a particular recipe. Buying all of the ingredients in advance enables you to have them on hand when it’s time to cook, instead of running out for something that is missing. * Do preparation work on the weekend. Spend a few hours prepping food over the weekend for the

upcoming week. If vegetables need to be diced, do so then and store them in zip-top plastic bags. Meats that take a long time to cook can be pre-cooked and simply reheated before being served. Certain meals, like casseroles and baked pasta dishes, can be made entirely and stored in the freezer. Having some of the work already done may help to make weeknight meals easier to cook. * Invest in a slow cooker. If you prefer a hot meal right after walking in the door, a slow cooker can be an invaluable tool that delivers meals-ondemand. A slow cooker works by cooking ingredients at a very low temperature over a long period of time. Ingredients can be added in the morning before you leave for work, and the meal will be ready and hot by the time you return home. There are dozens of different slow cooker recipes and cookbooks completely devoted to meals made in a slow cooker. It is a versatile tool and one that can be an asset in a busy person’s kitchen. * Think outside the meal box. Dinner doesn’t necessarily have to consist of “dinner” foods. Turn pancakes, eggs and sandwiches into heartier meals with the addition of a few ingredients. Omelets can be enhanced with cubed meats and vegetables. Top pancakes with fresh fruit and granola for a more substantial meal. Paninis are popular these days, so take an ordinary sandwich and make it gourmet just by pressing it and heating. Taking the time to plan ahead for meals means that weeknight dinners can be less stressful to put together.

There is no denying that ours is a culture increasingly dependent on technology in all facets of daily life. We rely on e-mail and messaging to keep in touch and turn to our tablets or smart phones to keep track of current events and entertainment. Meetings and even educational programs are offered via video chats and groups. Many people would admit that they’d feel lost without their gadget of choice at the ready. Individuals who rely on technology may be in search of other ways to employ their digital prowess, and researching restaurants and making reservations online might be right up their alley. With their phones boasting apps that can zero in on top-rated restaurants and other nearby establishments, individuals very often turn to their trusty tablets or smartphones to make decisions on where to eat. According to AISMedia, 89 percent of consumers say they have researched a restaurant online before dining there. Those most likely to use the Internet to check out menus and other information about food establishments are people ages 25 to 45. And of those consumers who have researched a restaurant online, 33 percent view other consumer’s reviews online prior to dining. Researching restaurants isn’t all people are doing online. They’re also making reservations. Services like OpenTable (www.opentablecom) allow diners to browse through more than 25,000 restaurants partnered with the service and make reservations -- even down to table selection. Simply search for your favorite restaurant or browse by specific region. Then select your time and fill out the required information. Many restaurants are using this service to help manage their restaurant reservation process. Although services like this may help remove confusion over reservations, there also are steps diners can take to ensure their night out on the town goes off without a hitch. * Choose restaurants based on food quality and not based on celebrity sightings. Restaurants concerned about food are more likely to seat you promptly than trendy spots would. * When calling for a reservation, do so in the early afternoon when the hostess station is not overwhelmed with customers. If you have been a good customer in the past, it doesn’t hurt to mention that. * Use a service like OpenTable. You’ll have a restaurant confirmation to show the hostess. * Tip the maitre d’ or hostess on your way out from dining if you plan to return again. * If there is a wait, stand by the hostess station to reduce your risk of being lost in the crowd.

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Thursday, August 16, 2012


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Twin Beach Players Gear Up for Frankenstein By Sarah Miller Staff Writer The Twin Beaches Players have put on a number of plays since their start in 1997, but the upcoming presentation of “Frankenstein” will be something unique. It will be the world premier of a new adaptation written by Baltimore playwright Mark Scharf. Last Saturday, a group of Twin Beach actors, along with the playwright, director Sid Curl, composer Bob Snider and others gathered for the first reading of the new adaptation. Scharf said writing adaptations is different from his normal work, and when approaching Frankenstein, he chose to go to the Mary Shelley novel and use as much of the original language as possible. He said it is also unusual to have a script with as many characters as “Frankenstein.” Unlike some adaptations, Scharf remains loyal to Shelley’s manuscript, making him an articulate being who questions his own existence and the nature of good and evil. There are themes in “Frankenstein” that resonate even now, such as what can be accomplished through science and the morality of some accomplishments, Scharf said. Parallels can be drawn between fictional Victor Frankenstein’s playing God by giving life

Photos by Sarah Miller Director Sid Curl, left, and playwright Mark Scharf comment on the first reading of “Frankenstein.”

Twin Beach Players run through “Frankenstein.”

to a creature and factual developments in cloning and gene therapy. Such basic questions of right and wrong are “constant themes in life,” which is why “Frankenstein” can speak to a modern audience, Scharf said. Many adaptations also change major plot points or attempt to modernize the script “like it’s not enough.” Scharf said such changes aren’t needed, and his adaptation leaves out the iconic Igor and the green faced, inarticulate version of Frankenstein’s monster. “I really wanted to stick to the novel for once,” he said. Curl said there will be several challenges in staging this adaptation, but is confident in the abilities of cast and crew. The idea is to invoke a “feeling of terror,” which Scharf said can sometimes be accomplished best by leaving some things to the imagination. “Audiences are brilliant, wonderful creators and they will bring in all sorts of details,” he said. From an actor’s point of view, it’s best to distance oneself from adaptations that have come before. “I’ve got to set myself apart,” said Justyn Cristofel, a member of the Twin Beach troupe who read the part of Victor Frankenstein on Saturday. The first reading allows Scharf and the troupe to iron out kinks and places where the script doesn’t read naturally. Curl said normally the playwright is torn apart during the first reading of their script, especially one that has never been performed before, but Scharf’s piece is nearly ready to go, which makes the development process quicker.

Snider will be composing a score uniquely for Frankenstein. During Saturday’s reading he took pages of notes for potential cues and transitions. He said the point of the music is to enhance the mood, not to distract the audience from the stage. Ideally, the audience won’t even notice the musical undertones. Scharf wrote the play in eight months, having been asked in January. While the children’s troupe performs original pieces every year, it is fairly rare for the adult troupe. This is perhaps the second time in 14 years the adult troupe has gotten to premier a play never produced on another stage before. Curl said it’s an exciting time for the group. “We have come from nothing to something,” Curl said, adding they were incorporated in 1998 and hope to have their own building by 2015. Currently, the Twin Beach Players use whatever space is available to them, such as the Boys and Girls Club building. Curl said he looks forward to having a dedicated home for the troupe with all the trappings a typical theatre has. They are also always looking for actors to join the adult troupe, Curl said. Auditions for “Frankenstein” were held all this week. The last opportunity is Aug. 16 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club in North Beach. Rehearsals are Aug. 26-Oct. 18 and performances will be Oct. 19-Nov. 4. For more information, visit

Entertainment Calendar Thursday, Aug. 16

Friday, Aug. 17

Live Music: “Boston featuring Sam Grow Band” Calvert Marine Museum (14200 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons) – 7:30 p.m.

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

Back to School Family Fun Night Family Access Center (3695 Hallowing Point Road, Suite 6, Prince Frederick) – 5 p.m.

Live Music: “Sam Grow Band” and “Rollerblades 90’s Tribute Band” Vera’s White Sands Beach Club (1200 White Sands Drive, Lusby) – 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 18

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

Live Music: “James Witherite” Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 7 p.m.

Live Music: “Matt Zimmerman” Running Hare Vineyard (150 Adelina Road, Prince Frederick) – 12 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 19 Live Music: “Gerry Swarbrick” Running Hare Vineyard (150 Adelina Road, Prince Frederick) – 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 21 Open Mic Night Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 6:30 p.m.


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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Thursday, Aug. 16 • Boston in Concert Calvert Marine Museum (14200 Solomons Island Road, Solomons) – 7:30 p.m. Waterside Concert Series presents Boston. Mark your calendar for this mustsee concert. For more information, call 410326-2042 or visit • Dream Big Calvert Library Prince Frederick (850 Costley Way, Prince Frederick) – 2:30-3:30 p.m. Wrap up the Dream Big program with a really big musical party. We will read a story, make a craft, and participate in activities and enjoy a celebratory cake accompanied be a live jazz band. Participants of the Dream Big program from all 4 library locations are invited. Registration not required. Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way, 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862. • “1812: Tide of War” CD Release Party St. John Vianney Catholic Church (470 Main Street, Prince Frederick – 7 p.m. The Calvert County Historical Society is proudly hosting the CD release concert for Gary Rue and Don Shomette’s “1812: Tide of War.” Please be aware that seating is limited on a first come, first serve basis. To ensure guaranteed seating, contact the Calvert County Historical Society at (410) 5352452 or

Friday, Aug. 17 • The Art of the Waterman, The Simison Collection Opening Reception Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center (13480 Dowell Road, Solomons) 6-9 p.m. Aug. 17-Feb. 25, 2013 This exhibit features 23 paintings by renowned Chesapeake artist Marc Castelli on loan from the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michael’s. Seventeen of the paintings were donated to the museum from the Diane Simison collection. The remaining images are from the artist’s personal collection. For more information, call 410326-4640 or visit www.annmariegarden. org. • On Pins & Needles Calvert Library Prince Frederick (850 Costley Way, Prince Fredercik) – 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. • Teens Own The Night Summer Party Calvert Library Prince Frederick (850 Costley Way, Prince Frederick) – 1-4 p.m. Join us as we end the summer on a scary note! We’ll enjoy snacks, a scary movie, and award a Kindle Fire to the winner of our summer reading contest. For more information, call 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862. • Justin Crenshaw Concert North Beach Pavilion – 6 p.m. Because of the rain and storms, the Justin Crenshaw concert has been rescheduled. Come out for an evening of good music and good times. It will be worth the wait! • Moorish Science Temple of America Friday Night Meeting Southern Maryland Community Center (20 Appeal Lane Lusby) – 7:30 p.m.

The Moorish Science Temple of America (A Religious Corporation) was founded by the Divine Prophet Noble Drew Ali in 1913 A.D., and has consistently promoted plans for the betterment of man and mankind in general. In our missionary work we urge those who know that their spiritual, social, intellectual and economic condition can be better to join the Moorish Science Temple of America. We are Moslems and we have proclaimed our Nationality and the Divine and National Principles of our Forefathers in order to meet the Constitutional standards of Law of the United States of America, become citizens of the U.S.A. and have political status in our government. The object of our Organization is to help in the great program of uplifting fallen humanity and teach those things necessary to make our members better citizens. The work of the Moorish Science Temple of America is largely religious and we are committed to a plan that promotes Unity, Spiritual Fulfillment, Economic Power and Truthful Education of our Posterity. We advocate that the Moorish Science Temple of America is the only national organization amongst our people that can solve our problems because the true teachings of Prophet Noble Drew Ali will redeem our people from mental slavery which we now have. We teach that our people are Asiatic because according to all True and Divine Records of the Human Race there is no negro, black or colored race attached to the Human Family. These names are unconstitutional and are a result of and delude to slavery. We consider it to be a sin to cling to names and principles that delude to slavery. Therefore, we are calling on all Asiatics of America to learn the truth about their Nationality and their Divine Creed because they are not negroes. We urge them to link themselves with the families of nations. We honor all true and divine prophets. For More information contact Shahidah Brewington Bey at 410.326.8063 or Roger Brewington Bey at 410-814-8458.

Saturday, Aug. 18 • Picnic Cruise Calvert Marine Museum (14200 Solomons Island Road, Solomons) - 5:30-7 p.m. Bring a picnic basket along and enjoy a cruise on the Patuxent River. Cost for adults is $15, for children 12 and under is $10. Registration is required by Friday, Aug. 17. For more information, call 410-326-2042, ext. 41 or visit www.calvertmarinemuseum. com. • Guided Canoe Trip American Chestnut Land Trust (Warriors Rest Sanctuary, Port Republic) – 3-6 p.m. Depart from Warriors Rest and enjoy a scenic tour of Parkers Creek. 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, Aug. 19. Registration is required. For more information, call 410-414-3400 or 410-414-3402 or visit • Free Movie on the Beach: “50 First Dates” Town of North Beach (8916 Chesapeake Ave., North Beach) - Dusk Free showing of “50 First Dates” in North Beach. For more information, call 410-257-9618 or visit www.northbeachmd. org.


• Garden Smarter: Grow It, Eat It, Preserve It Calvert Library Prince Frederick (850 Costley Way, Prince Frederick) – 10-11:30 a.m. Learn to identify safe food preservation practices, how canning preserves food, and processing high and low acid foods using a water bath and pressure canner. For more information, call 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862. • Kids Learn about Lincoln Calvert Library Prince Frederick (850 Costley Way, Prince Frederick) – 2-3 p.m. 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. This week’s topic: Mourning Lincoln. Please register. For more information, call 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

Sunday, Aug. 19 • Sunday Afternoons with the Pattersons Tour Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum (10515 Mackall Road, St. Leonard) – 2-3:30 p.m. Point Farm was the country retreat of the late Mr. and Mrs. Jefferson Patterson. In 1983 Mrs. Patterson donated the property to the state in honor of her late husband, creating Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum. Join us for a guided tour of this beautiful 1933 Colonial Revival brick house and gardens designed by noted female architects Gertrude Sawyer and Rose Greely. For more information, call 410-586-8501 or visit • Chesapeake Community Chorus Singers Wanted North East Community Center (4075 Gordon Stinnett Avenue, Chesapeake Beach) – 4-6 p.m. The Chesapeake Community Chorus is a volunteer group of over thirty active singers starting its 10th season giving concerts for the benefit of charities in mostly Calvert County. Our concerts have raised over $52,000 for charities in Calvert County. We are always interested in adding new singers to the chorus. There are no auditions required, just the love and enjoyment of singing 4-part (or more) music. The chorus meets about every two weeks, holidays excluded, to learn the music for our concerts, and our concerts usually are scheduled to replace a practice time. Practices move from location to location in Calvert County as we have members in all parts of this long county. Members are from various church choirs but we have a large number of singers from various communities, even a number from outside Calvert County. We do all types of music but since we are usually invited to churches to raise money for a charity of their choice, we do a lot of sacred music. For more information, e-mail

Monday, Aug 20 • Calvert Eats Local Calvert Library Prince Frederick (850 Costley Way, Prince Frederick) – 7-8:30 p.m. Encourage local agriculture, discover ways to eat locally, and share resources, energy, good ideas and great food! For more information, call 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

Tuesday, Aug. 21

• Call for Actors, Tech and Make-up Sotterley Plantation (44300 Sotterley Lane, Hollywood) – 10 a.m. Sotterley Plantation is pleased to announce open auditions for two of our annual signature events: Ghosts of Sotterley and Sotterley Holiday Candlelight. Auditions will be held at the Sotterley Warehouse on: Tuesday, August 21, 6-8 p.m. Saturday, August 25, 10-12 p.m. Ghosts of Sotterley 2012 entitled, “1918: Influenza, War, and Restless Spirits,” will run on October 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27 from 7–10:30 p.m. While restoring Sotterley Plantation to its former glory, owner, Herbert Satterlee disturbs more than the bricks and mortar as the country is in the midst of a flu pandemic and the remains of the Great War. This outdoor production takes place on the Sotterley grounds. This year’s Sotterley Holiday Candlelight entitled, “From This Day Forward” will run on November 29 for Members’ Night, then November 30 and December 1 for the general public from 6–10 p.m. In this living history production set within the 1703 Plantation House, visitors will encounter Sotterley’s past Christmas seasons and the families who lived and worked here. Share love, laughter and sometimes bittersweet memories at home on the plantation. For more information, contact Linda Tucker Jones at or 301-373-2280.

Wednesday, Aug. 22 • Painting Workshop: Beyond the Background Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center (13480 Dowell Road, Solomons) – 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dates: Aug. 22-23 Series: 2-class series Member Cost: $40 Nonmember Cost: $45 Materials Fee: $10 due to instructor at class Instructor: Megan Hoover Create textural, colorful backgrounds using found objects as stamps, stencils, and scraping tools. We will go beyond the background to find our subject matter and use various mixed media to bring it to life. Join us for this fun artLAB painting extravaganza! To register, call 410-326-4640. For more information, visit

Thursday, Aug. 23 • NAMI Family Support Group Trinity United Methodist Church (90 Church Street, Prince Frederick) – 7 p.m. National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Family Support Group (FSG) for individuals 18 years and older who are family members of, or who care about, someone who has a mental illness. A NAMI FSG is a place that offers respect, understanding, encouragement and hope. NAMI FSGs are led by trained family members who are also supporting a loved one’s recovery from mental illness. Meetings are held in a flexible, casual and confidential environment the fourth Thursday of each month (third Thursday on holiday months). There is no registration or enrollment required. Contact 301-737-1988 or namisouthernmd@gmail. com.

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Thursday, August 16, 2012


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Red Hot August The Ordinary


By Keith McGuire Contributing Writer It always seems that the wind blows on the weekends and the thunderstorms always happen at high tide. As we ease into August, my wishes are that temperatures will diminish, the wind will offer long respites of calmness, and the thunderstorms will become more predictable! The quality of fishing depends on who you ask. The best striper fishing is still north, for the most part. Live-liners are finding fair catches north of the LNG Docks at Cove Point when they can escape the schools of marauding bluefish. Schools of breaking fish can be found further north near Chesapeake Beach and Breezy Point. Massive schools of keeper sized stripers have been located near Sharps Island Light north of buoy #76 on one day, and then further north on other days. In the early mornings and late evenings some anglers have managed a few keeper-sized stripers by casting top water plugs along the shore lines at the mouth of the Patuxent and Potomac Rivers.

Bottom fishing remains hot! Spot, and croaker are easy to find and fat white perch are everywhere. According to Ken Lamb at The Tackle Box, white perch are so abundant that they’re “eating the bottoms off boats!” Bottom fishing catches are often punctuated by puppy drum, toadfish or cownosed rays to keep things interesting. The occasional speckled trout can also be found while bottom fishing. Anglers who intentionally pursue these spotted beauties are finding respectable catches in many places along the Eastern Shore. Anglers fishing out of Buzz’s Marina are catching so many specks that Mike and Christy Henderson are calling 2012 “the year of the speckled trout!” Flounder are being found with a bit more frequency now by die-hard fluke hunters, but finding them is not for anglers without an insatiable drive to catch flat-fish. Last week, pictures began to show more than one flounder as opposed to earlier sporadic catches of a single fluke. Still, pictures with

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limit catches in our region are rare. Spanish mackerel have showed up on the scene with some regularity. These fish, along with bluefish and striped bass should become more prolific in the coming weeks. Anglers who find them are finding them in abundance, but they are not everywhere all the time. One boat can be bailing fish, while another boat no more than a mile away can spend the day looking for fish. Schools of big red drum (too big to keep) have been reported between buoy 72A and 72 at night, and there have even been reports of cobia being caught out of Photo Courtesy of Capt Bruno Vasta Point Lookout. Steve Sadler Spanish Mackerel Meetings: Bill Goldsborough, fisheries director, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, will discuss “Restoring the Bay’s Filter Feeders” at the Monday, August 20 meeting of the Coastal Conservation Association’s Patuxent River Chapter. The meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. at Stoney’s Kingfisher in Solomons, is free and open to the public. Attendees can order from Stoney’s menu at 6 p.m. Goldsborough, who also serves as a Maryland representative on the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC), will review the status of oysters and menhaden and why they are important for recreational angling. He’ll also talk Photo Courtesy of Buzz’s Marina about the ASMFC’s recent work on menha- Kolbe with a pair of nice Flounder den management and discuss water quality in the Bay. The monthly meeting of the Southern Maryland Chapter of MSSA will be held tonight (8/16) at 7:00 PM at the Solomons Fire Hall. Remember to take a picture of your catch and send it to me with your story at Keith fishes weekly from his small boat during the season, and spends his free time supporting local conservation organizations.

Photo Courtesy of Buzz’s Marina T-Bone of 98.3 Star FM with a nice Speckled Trout

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