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Music fans at Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons wait for classic rock legends Boston to take the stage.

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During “Greet Your Seat” day at Dowell Elementary School, pre-k student Anastasia Cahill and third grader Sarina Cahill greet Principal Jennifer Young the day before school started.

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Town Council Still Sore Over Budget By Sarah Miller Staff Writer The Aug. 16 Chesapeake Beach Town Hall meeting started out heated, with one council member asking to postpone the introduction of an ordinance amending the annual budget for an increase to the utility rates. Mayor Bruce A. Wahl opposed the postponement. “Taking this off the agenda tonight puts our budget in peril” he said in response to the motion. Council Member Patrick Mahoney then reminded Wahl that the council passed a balanced budget “which you vetoed, sir.” “What’s the point of having elected officials?” Mahoney asked. The council voted unanimously to postpone the introduction of the ordinance, but later got a presentation from Utility

Rates Commission Chairman John Bacon on the commission’s recommendations for changes and updates to the utility rates, which includes a combined rate structure. Bacon said under this plan, fixed costs will be divided by the number of users per class, detailing three proposed class types, and variable costs divided by the number of gallons of water used. The structure would apply to both water and sewer systems. Although the rates will be higher across the board, Bacon said Chesapeake Beach residents would be paying less than other individuals throughout Calvert. “If you want a lower water bill, move to Leonardtown,” Bacon said. He said aging infrastructure and meters will also need to be updated. The council will discuss the commission’s recommendation in work sessions before bringing it back to a town council meeting. During the meeting, is was also an-

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Weems Hosts St. Leonard Town Hall By Sarah Miller Staff Writer After members of the St. Leonard community voiced concerns about being ignored in the process of updating their Town Center Master Plan, County Commissioner Steve Weems invited the community to another meeting Monday evening to discuss the history of the town center and their concerns. Weems said the evening was an “exercise in the dissemination of information as well as transparency.” Community members discussed the need for an emergency route out of the area for the Calvert Beach and Long Beach Area. One resident said they have been discussing the road for a long time, and “now we’re being told it has to be pretty.” She said to do away with any plans for a sidewalk or landscaping on the road and just get something in that will function in an emergency. Her sentiment was echoed by another resident urging the department of community planning and building to keep plans simple. Another concern was that St. Leonard would come to

resemble Lusby in coming years, an area that wasn’t originally planned to be as large as it has become. Weems said Lusby is a special case with the population “mushrooming” in the Chesapeake Ranch Estates causing businesses to gravitate to that area and the money there. He said St. Leonard simply would not have the population or economic base to support a community as large as Lusby. Others were worried about their septic systems and the possibility of public sewer in St. Leonard. Department of Community Planning and Building Director Chuck Johnston gave a presentation on recent legislation, including the watershed implementation plan as well as the four tiers of land use categories in the Sustainable Growth and Preservation Act of 2010, aka the Septic Bill. The four tires Photo by Sarah Miller include Tier 1 being areas currently served by sewerage, Tier 2 being areas planned to be services by sewerage sys- County Commission Steve Weems fields questions from St. Leonard residents. tems, Tier 3 being areas planned for growth on septic sysAug. 30, and St. Leonard residents are welcome to submit tems and Tier 4 areas being planned for preservation and written comments. For more information, visit conservation and prohibit major residential subdivisions on septic systems. The record will be open for public comment through

Detectives Track Sex Offender to Florida By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Calvert investigators were able to use social media and some educated guess work to track a registered sex offender who should have told officers he was planning to move out of the county all the way to Florida, police said. A Calvert Investigative Team member obtained a warrant last week for James Russell Johnson, 51, who was last known to be living in North Beach but had failed to register a change of address properly, police say. Sex offenders are required by law to notify law enforcement officials if they move from one residence to another.

Sgt. Tim Fridman was able to track Johnson to Pace, Fla., by using social media on the Internet, according to police, and contacted Santa Rose County Police as well as the U.S. Marshal’s Service to apprehend Johnson at his residence. “We received an anonymous tip and we did a home check June 28,” Fridman said. “He was still there but our information said he was planning to leave.” Fridman said that Johnson had been planning to buy a house in Florida and continue a relationship with a woman who was from Maryland. That woman is currently not facing any charges here, he said.

Johnson was convicted of a fourth-degree sex offense and second-degree assault in April of 2008, Fridman said, and is listed as a Tier I sex offender. When officers arrived Johnson was not home, and so waited for him to arrive and arrested him without struggle. Johnson faces not only local charges for allegedly absconding from the county but interstate sex offender violations, law officers said, for which he may be charged federally. Johnson is also facing charges in Florida for not registering there as a sex offender, police said.

Correction An article on Page 3 of the Aug. 16 Calvert Gazette headlined: “Sheriff Evans Addresses Republican Men’s Club” incorrectly quotes Sheriff Mike Evans, saying Frank Hayward, Jr., called emergency services saying he wanted to harm himself an hour before the tragic murder suicide. Hayward Jr. called his employer, not emergency services. The error was made in reporting.

Boston, Sam Grow Band Rock Calvert By Scott Loflin Contributing Writer With the summer concert season winding down at other venues, Calvert Marine Museum showed the season is still going strong at last week’s show with the Sam Grow Band opening for the 1970’s powerhouse Boston. With a sold out crowd of over 5,000 people, the Sam Grow Band took the stage with their brand of hard driving music. The Sam Grow Band is one of Southern Maryland’s homegrown bands with Sam growing up in the area. While other groups may refer to their followers as fans or groupies Sam calls his the “Sam Grow Band Family.” According to Sam, they draw strength from the love and support of their “family” and their real families. While studying for a degree in business, Sam felt the pull of music stronger than getting a degree. With his mother’s blessing he left college and started performing full time. His father is also one of his biggest boosters. Sam recounted being at a show at the museum years ago with his father. Telling his father one day he would be up there on stage

performing – and Thursday was a dream fulfilled. With the crowd warmed up, Boston took the stage. With Tom Scholz leading the current lineup they immediately launched into their long string of hits. While the stage show was minimal, Boston performed the songs with the tightness of many years playing on the road. In the crowd were many of those who sported much longer hair when they were listening to Boston on vinyl, but also a surprising contingent of younger fans. In attendance was Robert Jorgensen who traveled from Pittsburgh to see the show. Jorgensen is one of Boston’s younger Boston fans but his ties are strong. On his back was tattooed the classic Boston spaceship logo with the band’s autographs. When asked why he had the tattoo, he replied that his mother had sung backup on Boston songs and he grew up with the band. With the Calvert Marine Museum entering in a partnership with PNC Bank Southern Maryland can look forward to having larger and more sought after bands playing the venue.

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Ocean City Lifeguard Stands Often Occupied by Southern Marylanders By Corrin M. Howe Staff Writer Late morning at the beginning of July, Chris Barton, of Lusby, was on his lifeguard stand in Ocean City watching the people in the water. He saw a man floating face down, but wasn’t initially concerned when swimmers nearby were not showing signs of distress. Twenty seconds later, he looked back and the man was still floating face down and those around him were moving toward him. “I whistled twice, calling my crew for assistance and then ran into the water. He was about 100 yards out, near a sandbar. By the time I got to him, two other swimmers were trying to lift him out of the water, but his face was still down.” Having practiced the exact skill only a few days before, Barton was prepared. “I said, ‘Turn him over.’ When they did, I could see foam coming out of his mouth.” Barton went underneath the swimmer and held his neck in a “Hawaiian sling” to prevent further neck and back injury. Then he began backing out of the water to the beach. By this time, his fellow crew members in the stands to his north and south, were helping to carry the legs. “I was getting tired as I got to the shore. My legs gave out, but the guys knew what to do.” Once on the shore, they set him down and administered two rescue breaths and began CPR. Barton did the chest compressions while his crew chief did the breathing. However, with the foam coming out of the man’s mouth, it was hard to get air into his lungs, Barton said. Almost immediately, another supervisor arrived on an ATV with an Automated external defibrillator, but the display said, “don’t shock,” according to Barton. At that time the local EMS arrived and took over. Barton said that by that point he felt he could do more good by moving back up into the stands and keep his eye out for the other swimmers.




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Unfortunately, these types of injuries are too common, according to Ocean City Beach Patrol (OCBP) Public Relations Coordinator Kristin Joson. Approximately 60 percent of the head, neck and spinal cord injuries the patrol responds to are because swimmers ride waves into shore incorrectly. The other 40 percent are swimmers diving into shallow water or attempting tricks. “Most people would never think of attempting a flip in the middle of a parking lot for fear of striking the ground. However, many of these same individuals will attempt these aerial maneuvers on the beach or into a few inches of ocean water, with the all too often result of witnessing our spinal injury management technique first hand,” Jorson said. While most people know never to move a person on land who might have suffered a head, neck or back injury, putting a swimmer on a backboard could cause more injuries. The result is that all the surf rescue technicians are trained to work as a team to minimize head, neck or back injuries. The OCBP has been adapting a technique originally developed in Hawaii with input from the medical

community and emergency providers. The technique unique to OCBP and “has been approved by the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services as a state standard with the Ocean City Beach Patrol as the only organization that is cer-

tified to teach other first responders and organizations in this victim removal technique,” according to Joson. Ocean City Beach Patrol averages 2,500 rescues, 1,500 minor first aid and 500 lost persons a year.

Chris Barton watches the water from his Ocean City lifeguard position.

Ocean City Beach Patrol is holding testing for next summer’s lifeguards on Sept. 1, 2012. No pre-certification requirements and experience in ocean rescues is necessary. The qualifying candidates are eligible for appointment to an eight-day Beach Patrol Surf Rescue Academy scheduled for next May and June. Registration for the test begins at 10 a.m. with an orientation and a full day of testing starts at 11:30 a.m. The tests include swimming 500 meters, running 300 meters, swim/water rescues and demonstrating running fast in timed sprints. Living in Southern Maryland need not be a deterrent for interested candidates as several of the current leaders and guards are from Calvert, St. Mary’s and Charles counties. The current captain, Melbourne “Butch” Arbin III, of Charles County has been with the patrol for 40 years and leading its 200 employees since 1997. Kristin Joson, public relations coordinator is also from Charles County. Chris Barton, mentioned above, is from Calvert and one of the other crew members who helped him on this rescue, Vince Martirano, is from St. Mary’s. For more information go to



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Heading for the Top By Corrin M. Howe Staff Writer “They used to call me the Queen of political signs. It used to be just me. Now I’ve got some competition. It’s time for me to take back my Queen position,” said Stacy Shea, owner of Signs by Stacy, a 27-year old home-based company in Lusby. A sign hanging at the end of a driveway of a home is the only indication there is a business on the property with a ranch-style house, large yard with some apple trees and a pond. For years, Shea said she received business by ‘wordof-mouth’ because everyone knew her and her family. Her parents owned Lusby Liquors for over 40 years and her dad also owned his own oil distribution company. He brother owns the “Shea-d-lady” charter fishing boat. “Word-of-mouth isn’t good enough now. There are so many new people to the county,” Shea said. “I told my son a few weeks ago, we’re going to get back on top. I don’t want anyone else sharing my glory.” Business has been tough for her the last several years. Along with the economy, she’s lost her husband, mother and her father suffered a heart attack. Her largest client, a national company, declared bankruptcy and her bill is in the


hands of a collections company. “My local customers have been loyal to me,” Shea said. “When my daddy had a heart attack, they called and said they needed some lettering, but they wanted me to know my daddy came first.” Her son, Johnny, has been working with her since he was 16-years-old – half his life. “He was one step ahead of my husband on the computers when he started working,” she said, as he watched the signs for The United Way’s Day of Caring and Home Towne Real Estate are flow out of the vinyl machine. “We do everything but electric and neon.” Shea recently finished a billboard for Dunkirk Supply. Signs by Stacy can also wrap vehicles. “My competition will try to sell a full body wrap. You don’t need a full wrap. A partial will work fine. I can do two sides and the back for $1,500.” A price she says is about $2,000 cheaper than others in the area. Prior to owning her own business, Shea worked for five years managing the art department for Anheuser-Busch, Bob Hall’s distributing, in Upper Marlboro. However, she wanted to work closer to her son. “My friends used to said I had it good when I complained about driving to Upper Marlboro and they were going to D.C.”

Johnny and Stacy Shea work in their sign shop.

She purchased the property she is on now and gutted the then 60-year-old house. She’s seen a lot of changes in Lusby during the time she’s grown up there. She said she used to be able to walk her son all the way to the beach from her house. Now there are a number of housing developments between her home and the water. Shea tells a story of a time when she went to vote and she was pulled out of the line and put to the front because she made all the political signs. “They called me the Queen of Political signs. My husband was mad because they left him back at the end of the line. I was getting my glory.” She’s determined to be back on top again. In fact she has a check list of the things she plans to do to become number one in the county again.

United Way Ready to Get Busy

By Sarah Miller Staff Writer

Everyone looking for an opportunity to get involved in their community will soon have the chance – the United Way Day of Caring is Sept. 12 and volunteers are still welcome to sign up and get involved. The United Way of Calvert County (UWCC) is an independent, separately incorporated organization governed by local volunteers who serve only Calvert County. UWCC began by supporting six agencies and now works with more than 30 partner agencies. United Way has evolved from a fundraising organization into a community building partner, focusing on three vital impact areas: meeting basic human needs, building bridges to success for children and youth and fostering family health and safety, according to the website. United Way of Calvert County was incorporated on April 23, 1980. Since then, UWCC has raised almost $9 million, its website,, states. Day of Caring is a county-wide event using 300 individuals to help the community. In the past, local companies have given their employees a day off to help local nonprofits with special projects that meet a need. “There are many ways to get involved,” said Director of Community Impact Jennifer Moreland. One new opportunity this year is a career exploration day for middle school students, Moreland said. For this year’s event, United Way of Calvert County opened the application process up to all local 501 c 3 organizations that are focused on meeting an education, income or health related need in Calvert County. Projects are be based in Calvert County, and capable of completion on Sept. 12 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. The maximum number of projects allowed is based on expected volunteer attendance. The deadline for project submissions was June 28. Final project approval is based upon a review by United Way staff. “[Day of Caring is] the prefect opportunity for people to get involved and see the needs in the community,” said Calvert United Way Chairperson and CEO Kelly Chambers, adding “it’s a real feel good day. It’s my favorite day of the year.” Day of Caring also allows volunteers to test out dif-

The United Way is preparing for the 2012 Day of Caring

ferent opportunities and get “great introductory experience with an agency,” Moreland said, adding both volunteers and agencies enjoy the opportunity. “You don’t see people with frowns on their faces at Day of Caring,” she said. Day of Caring offers something for anybody, Moreland said, from working with middle school students to senior citizens or out in a garden to working in a kitchen. She said she has been with the United Way for 20 years, starting as a part-time administrative assistant and moving up. She said she was drawn to the United Way because of her interest in non-profit organizations, and she wanted to see the impact on the community from her efforts. In addition to using volunteers for Day of Caring, the United Way and partner organizations use volunteers for a myriad of projects. Chambers said the United Way uses volunteers to help run events like the Monday’s Golf Clas-

Photo courtesy of Jennifer Moreland

sic at Twin Shields Golf Course, which pulled in 96 golfers, and the $1 million in two years campaign. As part of the campaign, there are several events coming up, like a corn hole tournament. There are also book drives and holiday activities the United Way needs volunteers for. Moreland said with such a large network of partner agencies, they can generally place anyone who comes to the United Way looking for a volunteer opportunity, or help them find a place to look. They have even used their “sphere of influence” in Calvert to help partner agencies find board members and reach out to the community. To submit a project, get a project guidebook and forms at or e-mail Day of Caring Coordinator Sherri Gedridge at uwadmin@unitedwaycalvert. org. For more information call 410-286-0100.


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Calverton Welcomes New Teachers By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Calverton will be seeing several new faces this year, on both sides of the teachers desk.

Photo by Sarah Miller Head of School Spencer Taintor addresses new teachers.

Along with a number of students coming into the Calverton School, nine new teachers school wide will be learning the ins and outs of the school. While nine doesn’t sound like a lot, especially when spread across lower, middle and upper school, Admissions and Marketing Director Amy Brady said it’s an unusually high number for the school because the turnover rate is very low. Lower School Head Mary Margaret King agreed with Brady, saying it’s typical for teachers to come to Calverton intending to stay several years. Normally, teachers only leave because they “move, marry or have a baby,” and often come back as soon as possible. King herself has been with Calverton 32 years, and managed to retire for a year before being called and asked to come back to work. She said the teachers are typically experienced classroom veterans who have demonstrated creativity, perseverance and a good attitude. Each new teacher this year fits that bill. “We’ve got the best of the best this year,” King said.

Teachers were brought in early to get their schedules, fill out forms, and for orientation to the Calverton curriculum, which is different from the Common Core Curriculum the public schools will be implementing. Challenges facing new Calverton teachers include learning about the Calverton tradition and all the little things that everyone takes for granted, but King said students and their coworkers will help them. One tradition new teachers will learn about is the Calverton handshake, where teachers shake their students hands as they enter and leave the classroom as a sign of mutual respect. “It’s hand to hand, eye to eye and heart to heart,” King said. There is also a Halloween parade, a fall festival and an annual auction, all parts of the Calverton tradition. There is a back to school picnic Aug. 27, and classes begin Aug. 28. Ready or not, summer has come to a close and school is in session.

County PTAs Ready for School By Sarah Miller Staff Writer While students, staff and teachers geared up for the first days of school this week, another group was getting ready for the busy time of year – county and local PTA organizations. Fall is the season most PTAs undergo several changes, from members coming and going to officers stepping down or changing positions, said county PTA Vice President Sherry Mervine, also a member of the Southern Middle School PTA. She said she will soon be a member of Appeal Elementary School and Patuxent High School PTAs. It is typical for parents to be involved in schools their children attend, Mervine said. County level and local level PTAs are completely separate entities, Mervine said. The county level PTA is a conduit to get information from the state PTA to the local PTAs at individual schools, said county PTA Vice President Stuart Miller. He said they

Dowell Welcomes Students

Photo by Corrin M. Howe During “Greet Your Seat” day at Dowell Elementary School, pre-k student Anastasia Cahill and third grader Sarina Cahill greet Principal Jennifer Young the day before school started.

hold monthly meetings to discuss hot topics about schools and education, and issues that affect students in the classroom and out. Everyone on the county PTA board is also a member of a local PTA organization. Each school level PTA is a separate non-profit entity as well, Mervine said, and the county PTA is an organization by itself. Three voting representatives from the county PTA are sent to state PTA functions and meetings, Mervine said, though anyone is welcome to attend the county and state level meetings. Another difference is that local, school based PTAs work with students while the county PTA works “a lot more with adults,” she said. One of the most challenging PTA positions? Treasurer. According to Miller, treasurers have to go through special training about taxes for non-profit organizations and all the ins and outs of book keeping and using money from fundraisers. Taxes alone can be an arduous process, Miller said. “Your head’s spinning by the time you finish it,” he said.

Even for non-treasurer members, PTAs can entail a lot of work. Mervine said local PTAs put together fundraisers for their schools regularly. Money from the fundraisers goes back into the schools through a number of venues. Sometimes they are used to purchase materials or programming for kids that normally wouldn’t be in the school budget, or to help kids pay for field trips. Exactly how funds are utilized is determined by the local PTAs, Mervine said. Involvement in the PTA has a number of benefits. Parents get “first hand, hot off the presses knowledge,” Mervine said, in addition to access to various resources. The local PTA has even brought in speakers for parents – from food service employees to discuss nutrition to Sheriff Mike Evans to talk about school safety. Anyone interested in joining the PTA should attend the PTA open house Tuesday, Sept. 25 at Huntingtown High School from 6-8 p.m. Each local PTA will be welcome to set up a table at the open house, Mervine said.

Freshman Orientation Culminates at Harpers Ferry By Sarah Miller Staff Writer The beginning of a new year can be a nerve wracking time for students, and for incoming high school freshmen it is even more stressful – new school, new faces, new teachers and the knowledge that the next time they go to a new school they will be heading for the next stage in their lives. At the Calverton School, 25-30 percent of the approximately 25 freshmen are brand new to the school while the rest have risen up with their classmates from middle and elementary grades. The freshman class this year is average, with as many as 45 and as few as 14 freshmen starting together in past years, said college counselor and English teacher William Wright. Because classes are so small, it’s important for all of them to get along, so Calverton takes them on a trip in before the first day of school for freshman orientation. Wright, who was one of the chaperones on the trip, said the day was for getting to know the school and new teachers, while working on team building activities during a day of white water rafting at Harpers Ferry. He said the activities during their orientation are meant to encourage team building and “unit cohesion.”

Photo courtesy of Amy Brady Rising Calverton Freshmen go white water rafting at Harpers Ferry.

“We really emphasize students lifting each other up,” Wright said. Even white water rafting is a team building exercise said because everyone needs to work together and it becomes impossible for individuals to keep to themselves. “They laugh together, which is one of the best ways to bond,” Wright said. Parents of incoming freshmen also go through orientation, Wright said. They learn about admissions, Calverton’s expectations and materials, and other details they will need to know. Wright said there will be a back to school night and more team building activities for the freshmen in the coming weeks, and he welcomes all the new students to Calverton.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012



Gazette Joins ‘Calvert Can: Eat Right and Move More’ Initiative

By Corrin M. Howe Staff Writer







A change in the culture and improved habits are goals for a county-wide movement to positively impact the lifestyle choices of Calvert residents. Representatives from Calvert County’s Health Impact Council want to be the catalyst for residents to improve overall health, according to Margaret Fowler, director of Community Wellness at Calvert Memorial Hospital. Calvert’s United Way formed the health impact council with representatives from the local government, businesses, schools and non-profit agencies to address findings of a 2010 Maryland Behavioral Risk Surveillance System. According to the United Way press release, the survey found that 73 percent of Calvert County adults are overweight or obese and 60 percent of county residents do not meet the daily recommended 30 minutes of moderate exercise. The impact council’s goal is to spread the message throughout other agencies and businesses that “Calvert Can: Eat Right and Move More.” The Calvert Gazette has taken up the challenge and will run regular stories about the initiative starting with this summary of the genesis and the goals of the program. Calvert Memorial Hospital, with local partners, received

a grant to provide free and low-cost fitness and nutrition programs to populations most at risk, which will benefit an estimated 500 residents. “We want our programs to be easy and accessible so that ‘Calvert Can Eat Right, Move More’ becomes part of our culture,” Fowler said. Jennifer Moreland, director of United Way Impact Councils, adds, “A lot of these programs already existed. We just needed someone to be able to pull them all together into a resource center.” The grant requires tracking metrics to prove the program’s success in impacting the overall trends during the next five years, said Moreland. The trends should show lowering the average weight of residents and increasing the number of adults and children meeting the daily minimum exercises levels. Calvert Can, an abbreviated name for the campaign, is beginning to hit its stride as staff work through obstacles and brainstorm new ways to “transform the county into a culture of wellness,” Fowler said. For example, the citizens can signup for an online “interactive report card/food suggestions system powered by Vitabot.” The program states that “nutrition is much more than just counting calories. This patent-pending system finds nutritional deficiencies in your daily mealplan, and then uses your favorite foods to help you correct them.” Fowler said that using the program has proven overwhelming for some

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because scientists and engineers for the astronaut program developed it. So an idea for making the program more accessible to the average citizen is to have the person write down what they eat for 3 to 14 days and bring it into the Wellness Center. Someone will enter the data and help the citizen learn how to input their own meals. “Most people eat pretty much the same things, so once we get it started, it should be easier for them to maintain,” said Fowler. Another part of the program is to get residents moving more. One piece is called “Walk Off Weight,” an eight-week challenge which can begin at any time. Those interested can download a 32-page PDF ( of tips, sample stretches, a log and 13 suggested walking locations within the county. Call 410-535-8233 to find out where a local WOW station is nearby to weigh and record distances anonymously. Future ideas to involve the entire community include talking to local restaurants about including a Calvert Can: Eat Right, Move More logo on healthy meal choices, mapping out “count your quarters” trails, and sponsoring a local Biggest Loser contest, according to Fowler. The first contest is tentatively scheduled to begin in the fall. Other programs include getting others involved. “We’d like different sized businesses to have “challenges” within their companies, making “wellness part of their business culture.” Fowler said. Fowler said they are hoping that local business will be willing to donate money and in-kind gifts in the future since grant money will run out eventually. One way a company

could help is to pay for the time and expense of running the online meal suggestion program. Right now the program is free to Calvert citizens, but in the future, the program may be forced to charge a small fee to cover the operating expenses. “Count Your Quarters” signs will begin popping up all over the county soon. These signs will mark quarter mile increments in designated areas such as Town Centers. “The idea is that as someone is in the center buying groceries or eating dinner, they will see the signs and remember they haven’t walked their 30 minutes yet. The route is already mapped out for them and they can walk by four signs and satisfy their daily exercise requirement,” Fowler said. Businesses can donate these signs and even have areas around their business marked out. Churches, daycares, home-school groups, non-profits and more are invited to call and ask about Community Care Coordinators to come to their location and tell them more. Fowler said at a community presentation about the program, a Mom’s group approached her about learning more. The primary way to address heart disease, diabetes and other health issues is to tackle weight management and lack of exercise, according to Moreland. “Small steps make big changes. All you have to do is take the first step,” said Fowler. Keep picking up the Calvert Gazette to learn more about the county-wide initiative, including more programs available to the public, regular updates on progress and future success stories.

Local Man Loses 220 Pounds

By Corrin M. Howe Staff Writer

In March 2012, Merrill “Monk” Wells left for the Biggest Loser Resort in Malibu, having won a month stay through a Facebook “Year of You” contest. During that five weeks he lost 67 pounds, and since he’s returned an additional 50. From his heaviest point, Wells has lost 220 pounds, but he still has 90 pounds to go to meet his goal. “Since I’ve been back, I’ve had my up days and down days. When I was at the Biggest Loser Resort I didn’t have to worry about work, family or paying bills. But now I remind myself to take one step at a time, one day at a time,” Wells said. Wells was the top vote getter in the online contest using his message, “Firefighter Saving Own Life.” About 20 months ago, he went in for knee surgery and discovered he was over 500 pounds. He didn’t know how much over because the scale only went to 500. He decided to take control of his life for

his son Mason’s sake. He wanted to live long enough to watch Mason grow up. Since returning, Wells said he’s had many small accomplishments which make him feel good about himself, in control of his life and motivated to keep on working. Most recently he said he went to a ballgame and didn’t have to worry about whether or not he’d fit in the seat. “I know where I am going to fail. I love to go to ballgames, but instead of eating there, I packed a lunch and water bottles and I didn’t feel hungry.” The highlight of his time away at the resort was to be able to focus on himself. A typical day began at 4:35 a.m. when he was required to work-out until 8 a.m. At that point the residents had to go on timed walks. “Straight up a mountain or on the beach until 11:30. We had 30 minutes to clean up and get to class which was more work-outs on machines, like the treadmill, in the pool or aerobics.” Lunch was followed by sessions learning how to eat, count calories and cook. Then

back to the machines, dinner and lectures until 8 p.m. It was that way every day except Saturday where it was the same until 1 p.m. “Then we’d get our butts kicked in Monk Wells and his son, Jason. obstacle courses for an hour and a half.” Sunday was weigh-in. Wells admits the last few weeks he hasn’t being hitting his program hard. He’s neither gained nor lost weight. He’s in the process of trying to juggle his work schedule, family and coaching football and make time for exercise. The worst part about being away those five weeks was missing Mason. However, Wells said that Mason inspired him to keep going.

“I had a picture of him on a key chain around my neck all the time except for when I was sleeping or showering. If I started to get discouraged, I’d look down at his face.” Wells said that he wants to support anyone struggling to lose weight. He couldn’t do it without all the support he’s received. “I’ll friend anyone on Facebook who wants to talk to me about how I’m doing it.” He also has a blog at http://monkwells.

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Classifieds Of All The Problems in the World, Maryland is Fixated on Gambling and Pit Bulls? Real Estate Rentals By Marta Hummel Mossburg Maryland politics is like a badly dubbed movie where actors' mouths move out of sync with the sound. Big debates are happening in the nation about big issues, including what it means to be an American and how to pay for our way of life. President Barack Obama ignited a firestorm in the media and in homes around the country last month when he said, "you didn't build that," giving credit to government for entrepreneurs' success. Voters in San Diego and San Jose, Calif. dramatically slashed previously sacrosanct government employee pensions by overwhelming margins in June to help keep their cities solvent. Thousands lined up at Chick-fil-As around the nation to show appreciation for a company some prominent national politicians said they wanted to block from their cities because its founder believes in traditional marriage. And Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's selection of Rep. Paul Ryan as a vice presidential running mate means the economy, national debt and the future of entitlement programs will be at the center of political debate in the remaining time before the election. But you wouldn't know it living here. Gov. Martin O'Malley is still blaming former President George W. Bush for the Great Recession on national television like a wind-up toy. And he called legislators into a special

session — supposedly a prerogative reserved for emergencies — to debate whether to expand gambling. And while legislators are at it, they also debated how to handle liability for pit bull attacks and other issues of alleged consummate importance to the future of Maryland. It is as if the governor and legislators are busy planning a bachelor party for a wedding that has been called off. This is a state that thousands leave each year. Thousands more flee high-tax, highregulation counties including Baltimore City and Montgomery County for more hospitable places like Frederick, Carroll, and Harford Counties. It's a state that has been losing jobs for 4 months in a row despite the previously impenetrable backstop of the federal government. And this is a state whose pension system — which the Pew Center on the States ranks as one of the worst-funded in the nation — earned a .36 percent return over the past year, and 5 percent over the past decade while predicting an annual 7.75 percent return. In fact, the pension system board is so confident in its projections, members voted in July to affirm that rate of return despite all evidence it is as impossible to achieve as disgraced financier Bernie Madoff's fake perpetual profits. Those are issues worthy of a special session, not least because a growing number of cities around the country are considering bankruptcy to escape overwhelming public

employee pension burdens. Three in California alone have declared bankruptcy since late June. And high-tax states including California and New York are hemorrhaging people just when they need new jobs and the taxes generated by them to dig them out of chronic deficits. Governor O'Malley denies these are problems. Instead, he blames the Bureau of Labor Statistics for faulty jobs numbers. "With all our economic indicators demonstrating positive trends, we would not be surprised if the Bureau of Labor Statistics once again significantly revises these preliminary numbers," he said in a July news release. He also personally attacked Larry Hogan of Change Maryland for publishing federal data showing people migrating out of Maryland, but he did not address why people are leaving. Ridiculing the messenger may be good politics. But it will not improve the job prospects for those living in a state still struggling to return to pre-recession employment. And while gambling may increase employment slightly in Maryland, it will not improve state finances unless the governor and legislators stop promising to spend more than the tax base can support. Until then, expanded gambling is just one more false messiah waiting to be proven wrong by next year's budget. Marta Hummel Mossburg is a senior fellow at the Maryland Public Policy Institute.

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Bruce Atkinson, 58 Bruce Wayne Atkinson, 58, of Huntingtown, MD passed away Aug. 3, 2012 at University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. He was born March 8, 1954 in Laurel, MD to Leslie Campbell and Willie Murl (Noble) Atkinson. He was raised in Kent Village in Prince George’s County and graduated from Bladensburg High School. He lived in Prince George’s County until moving to Huntingtown in 1986. Bruce was employed as a sheet metal worker the Sheet Metal Workers Local 100 in Washington, D.C., retiring in 2009. In his leisure time, Bruce enjoyed riding motorcycles and fishing. He was preceded in death by his father Leslie Atkinson. Bruce is survived by his mother Willie M. Atkinson, a sister Deborah J. Atkinson, both of Huntingtown, MD, and a nephew Jason Atkinson of King George, VA. Services for Mr. Atkinson will be private. Arrangements are by Rausch Funeral Home, 8325 Mount Harmony Lane, Owings, MD. For additional information or to leave condolences visit

Jack Greene, 86 John Virgil “Jack” Greene, 86, of Arnold, MD passed away Aug. 13, 2012 at his residence. He was born Jan. 13, 1926 in Cumberland, MD to John Virgil and Helen (Echman) Greene. Jack was raised in Cumberland, where he attended public schools, graduating from LaSalle High School. He was also a graduate of St. Francis College in Pennsylvania. He served in the US Navy from 1944 to 1946 and was discharged as a Seaman First Class having earned the American Theater Ribbon and WWII Victory Medal. Jack married Claire Hursh in 1948 and they moved to the Wash-

ington D.C. area in the early 1950’s. They raised their family in Silver Spring and Wheaton, and relocated to Arnold in 1986. He was employed as a cryptologist and analyst for the National Security Agency. He attended St. Andrew by the Bay Church in Cape St. Claire, MD. In his leisure time he enjoyed traveling, sports, and spending time with his family. Jack was preceded in death by his parents and by his wife Claire E. Greene. He is survived by daughters Mary R. “Bobbie” Badger and husband Tim of Tracy’s Landing, Catherine E. Collins and husband Tom of Gaithersburg, MD, and Elizabeth A. Di Battista and husband Vito of Columbia, MD, and sons John P. Greene of Arnold, MD and Michael G. Greene and wife Brenda of Annandale, VA. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, one greatgranddaughter and a sister Susan Kallmyer of Rockville, MD. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Friday, Aug. 17, 2012, at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, West River, MD. Private interment will take place at Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Crownsville at a later date. Memorial contributions in Jack’s name may be made to Hospice of the Chesapeake, 445 Defense Highway, Annapolis, MD 21401. For additional information or to leave condolences visit

Ida Mister, 89 Ida Virginia Mister, 89, of Broomes Island, MD passed away on Aug. 19, 2012 in Prince Frederick, MD. She was born on April 8, 1923 in Prince Frederick, MD to the late Moody L., and Rosy Marie Smith. Ida was a very simple woman who enjoyed to garden and work around the house. In addition to her parents Ida was predeceased by her daughter Shirley Smith. She is survived by her children, Claudette Wise of San Antone, TX, Glenda Earnest of Georgia, Nancy Darnell of Lusby, MD, Martin Mister of Broomes Island, MD, 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. The family received relatives and friends on August 22, 2012, at the Rausch Funeral Home, 4405 Broomes Island Rd,

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Michael Palko, Jr Michael Joseph Palko, Jr., 72, of Dunkirk, MD passed away Aug. 15, 2012 at Burnett–Calvert Hospice House, Prince Frederick, MD. He was born February 17, 1940 in McAdoo, Penn., to Michael Joseph and Catherine (Potochny) Palko. Michael was raised in McAdoo and Tresckow and educated in McAdoo and West Hazelton, Penn. He entered the United States Army Aug. 29, 1958 and served as a Nike Missile Site motor pool driver until being discharged as an SP4 on August 28, 1961. Michael was employed as a photo lab supervisor with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for 46 years until retiring in 2002. Michael also had a variety of other jobs throughout his life including driving instructor, bus driver, motel receptionist, and retail positions with Giant Foods and Sears. Most of his career was as a professional photographer for over fifty years, specializing in portraits, weddings, school, sports and church events. He was also a photographer for Rosecroft, Ocean Downs and Freestate Racetracks taking photo finish, winner circle and PR photos. He was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church for over 35 years and a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 7870. Michael was a life long sports fan enjoying football, basketball and baseball. His favorites were the Philadelphia Eagles, New York Yankees and Mickey Mantle. He coached his son’s basketball team through Calvert County Parks and Recreation, and enjoyed playing softball, baseball and bowling with FBI teams and slow-pitch softball with the St. Anthony’s team. Surviving are his beloved wife of 50 years, Mary Palko, a daughter Monica Palko Furlow of Arnold, MD; a son Michael J. Palko III and his wife Julee of Gibsonia, Penn.; four grandchildren Blair and Ava Furlow and Joshua and Zachary Palko; two sisters Catherine Smolinksky of Beaver Meadows, Penn. and Rita Palko of Tresckow, PA and a brother Gabriel Palko of Tresckow, Penn. Friends were received Aug. 17, at the Rausch Funeral Home, P.A., 8325 Mt. Harmony Lane, Owings, MD. A Mass of Christian Burial and celebration of Michael life was held Aug. 18, 2012 at St. Anthony’s Church, North Beach, MD with a reception following. Interment was Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012. Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Crownsville. Memorial contributions may be made to Calvert Hospice at www.calverthospice. org.


Peg Redden, 89 Margaret F. (Peg) Redden, 89, died suddenly on Aug. 19. Mrs. Redden, recently of Solomons, Maryland was a long time resident of Towson and was born and raised in the Bethlehem Steel Corporation housing on Sparrows Point, Maryland. She was the fourth of 5 children born to Anna and Stephen Yancura and was the last to pass away. Margaret graduated from Sparrows Point High School in 1940 and began working at Bethlehem Steel in the Accounting Department during World War II. She took night classes from a local business school for several years. After working at Bethlehem Steel for 12 years she married William H. "Bill" Redden of Bethlehem's Metallurgy Department in 1953. They spent the next 58 years married until Bill's death last November. They have three surviving children: Robert S. of Morris Plains, NJ; David L. of Poolesville, MD; and, Paul W. of Dale City, VA. There are 6 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. After Bill's retirement in 1980, Mr. and Mrs. Redden moved to Conway, SC from 1985 until returning to Maryland in 1997. They have resided in Solomons, MD since that time. Mrs. Redden spent time as a clay pottery maker in the 1970's until their move back to Maryland in 1997. Many friends and family members have the intricate and beautifully sculpted pieces she made. The family will receive friends on Friday, Aug. 24, 2012 from 3-5 PM at the Rausch Funeral Home, P.A., Lusby, MD. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, August 25, 2012 at 11:30 AM in the Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Dundalk, MD with Fr. George Gannon officiating. Interment will follow in the Sacred Heart of Jesus Cemetery, Dundalk, MD. For more information please visit

Walter Sawyer III, 68 Walter W. Sawyer III, 68, of Tall Timbers died Aug. 12, 2012 at his home surrounded by family and close friends. Born April 24, 1944 in Baltimore, MD, he was the son of the late Dr. Walter W. Sawyer, Jr. and Miriam Sherlock Sawyer. He graduated from Great Mills High School in 1962, St. Mary’s College in 1965, and Towson State College in 1967. He served in the United States Navy as a Lieutenant from 1968 to 1971 and saw duty in Vietnam, Guam and San Francisco,


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CA. After serving his country he enrolled in the University of Baltimore where he received his Juris Doctorate (J.D.) in 1973 and his Legum Magister (Master of Laws, LL.M.) from the University of Miami in 1974. He started practicing law in 1974 and was an Assistant State’s Attorney and a Deputy State’s Attorney for St Mary’s County. He was a law partner with Roger J. Myerberg in the Law Firm of Sawyer & Myerberg, P.A. of Lexington Park for 32 years. Known for being able to reduce complicated issues down to one sentence explanations he prided himself on being a champion for the underdog and the poor. He always spoke the truth and believed that honesty and integrity were the most important values in his practice of law and his personal life. He had great respect for the judicial system but understood that justice was indeed blind and always told his clients to “bring your toothbrush” when going to court because nobody knew for certain what a judge or jury would decide. Walter enjoyed collecting art, reading, traveling and speculating on real estate. He especially enjoyed supporting local artists and attended North End Gallery openings whenever possible. His collection of Marylyn Monroe memorabilia was extensive and hung along with the works of Andy Warhol, Robert Indiana, Charlie Hewitt and Candy Cummings. His love of art was joined by his love of sports. A former Great Mills High School Athlete of the Year in Basketball, he followed the Washington area teams and was passionate about the Wizards and the Redskins. He is survived by his wife Margaret Campion Sawyer, his two sons, Walter Wilson Sawyer of Washington, DC and Wesley Sherlock Sawyer of Stevensville, MD, his stepchildren, Christopher Frazier of Osan, A.F.B., South Korea and Molly Reynolds of Charlotte Hall, MD and his sister, Sara Margaret Sawyer and her husband Bill of St John, Virgin Islands. A Memorial Service will be held at Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650 on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 at 11 a.m. Memorial Contributions may be made to Hospice of St Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650 or the Southern Maryland Food Bank, P.O. Box 613, Hughesville, MD 20637. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD 20650.

Sonny Streets, 72 Fred Junior "Sonny" Streets, 72, a resident of Volga, W.Va, passed away on Thursday Aug. 16, 2012 at his residence. He was born July 4, 1940 in Flemington, W.Va, a son of the late Fred Dale and Virginia Marie "Jean" (Kelley) Streets. He was united in marriage to Wilma Grace Streets who survives at home. Also surviving are: Two daughters, Kari Ann Streets of Strasburg, VA., and Patricia Lynn Streets of Owings, MD; Two step-daughters, Sheryl Briggles and companion Mike of Falling Waters, W.Va, Victoria Pridgen and husband Charles of Martinsburg, W.Va; Two sons, Fred James Streets and wife Sherri of Chesapeake Beach, MD, Aron Matthew Streets of Strasburg, VA; One step-son, George Briggles of Boonsboro, MD; Three sisters, Patricia Sandy-Rowan and husband John of Philippi, Janet Streets of Parsons; Jeanie Sandy and husband Ralph of Langsville, OH; One brother, Charles Streets of Buckhannon; 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Mr. Streets was preceded in death by three brothers, Richard Streets; Willard Streets and Bernard "Butch" Streets. Mr. Streets retired with 35 years as a surveyor fro Pepco and also worked as Safeway Foods. He served on the Board of Directors for Heart & Hand, Volunteered at St. Joseph's Hospital, Treasurer of the Republican Party, Lay Academy- March 24, 2012, Blood Donor for over 40 years, avid outdoorsman and enjoyed his family. Mr. Streets was a member of the Queens Chapel Methodist Church, Volga, W.Va, Friends were received on Aug. 18, at the Wright Funeral Home, where services were held Aug. 19 with Rev. Randy Simms officiating. Interment followed in the Mt. Vernon Memorial Cemetery.

David Walsh, 80 David Jerome Walsh, 80 of Bowie, MD passed away on Aug. 18, 2012 in Charlotte Hall Veterans Home. He was born June 5, 1932 in Scranton, Penn. to the late David J.

and Helen Moran Walsh. Beside his parents, David is predeceased by his wife, Nadine J. Walsh and a sister, Joan Walsh. David served in the Army making rank of Sergeant from 1952-1955.After his service in the Army, he worked as a landscaper for the State of Maryland until his retirement. He is survived by his children, Karen Pitcher, of Broomes Island, MD, Gail Stewart, of Dunnsville, VA, Teresa McKinney, of Elkridge, MD, Robert Walsh, of Bowie, MD, Dierdre Walsh, of Upper Marlboro, MD, and David Walsh, of Lusby, MD. Grandfather of 15, Great Grandfather of 7, he is also survived by his siblings, John Walsh, of Boonsboro, MD, Joe Walsh, of Port Orange, FL, Eleanor Folk, of Alexandria , VA, and Helen Walsh, of Suitland, MD. The family will receive friends on Friday Aug. 24, 2012 from 11- 12 noon at the Rausch Funeral Home, 4405 Broomes Island Road, Port Republic, MD, where services will be held at 12 noon. Interment will follow in Chesapeake Highlands Memorial Gardens, Port Republic, MD.

Loren Zaremba, 70 Loren A. Zaremba, 70, of St Leonard, Maryland passed away on July 24, 2012. Loren was born on July 12, 1942 in Wyandotte, Michigan to Andrew and Irene Zaremba. Loren was a nuclear physicist and retired from the FDA after many years of service. He was also an avid sailor who enjoyed sailing on the Chesapeake Bay. He also enjoyed walking the beaches of Calvert County looking for shark teeth. Loren was very intrigued by stars and the moon and grew fond of and studied astronomy. Loren is survived by his wife Terrye G. Zaremba and many cousins. He also leaves behind many friends who will truly miss him. The family will receive relatives and friends for a memorial visitation on August 25, 2012 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Rausch Funeral Home, 4405 Broomes Island Road, Port Republic, MD 20676.

In Memory Of... Anna E Kimble, 88 Anna E Kimble born December 6, 1923 in Washington, DC to the late Walter and Elizabeth Grant. On July 19, 2012 the Lord peacefully called her to her eternal resting place with her Lord and savior. Anna was raised in Prince Georges County, later in years she was married to the late Joseph Carter Kimble Sr. Anna was employed with Perpetual Savings & Loan as a supervisor for many years until she retired to spend time with her loving husband before his passing away. Anna devoted her life to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and enjoyed having friends in her home for Bible study and fellowship. She was a loving mother of five children, Son: Larry Robey Sr (wife Jane) of Chesapeake Beach ,MD, Daughter: Betty Jo (husband James) Saunders of Cobb Island, MD, Daughter :Patricia Kimble Quereshi (preceded in death) of South Carolina, Daughter: Gloria J Kimble (preceded in death) of Waldorf, MD, Son: Joseph C Kimble Jr of Port Tobacco, MD. She is also survived by 16 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren.

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The Calvert Gazette

Thursday, August 23, 2012


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‘Colossus of Clout’ By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Barely out of the starting gate and with only a few months under their belt as a band, Colossus of Clout has already played a couple venues on both sides of the bridge, as well as the first ever Sun and Music Fest in Calvert. The band consists of Barry Grubbs, Sid James and Alex Bizzarro, along with the occasional saxophonist and other back up musicians. The guys are all from the area and have been playing in groups together since high school. Grubbs said he first met Bizzarro at Patuxent High School when Bizzarro would sneak out of his jazz band class and into Grubbs’ guitar lesson. The two would hang around and have a jam during class and after school. Their varied musicals backgrounds come out in the selections they play. From blues and rock to jazz and “beachy music,” Grubbs said they have a little bit of something for everybody. He said because the band members are familiar with such a wide array of music, he said they can usually play requests and, in the off chance none of the band members are familiar with it, they can normally find a satisfactory alternative. They

have played Hendrix, Sublime, and even classic country standards. They even play original songs composed by the members of Colossus of Clout. “Nothing is off limits,” Grubbs said. The variety is beneficial for the members of the band as well. “We all get board real easily, so we like to change up things we do a lot,” he said. Their abilities range not only in the types of songs they can play, but the instruments they are proficient on as well. Bizzarro plays guitar, piano and percussion as well as clarinet. He said playing a variety of instruments and genres helps keep musicians from “losing some of your creativeness.” For Bizzarro, his favorite music involves “up beat, groovin’, funk things.” Colossus of Clout is not the only project the band members have going. Individual band members can be found at open mic nights at Jake & Al’s Chophouse and the Ruddy Duck or even in other groups, which Grubbs said is normal for musicians in Southern Maryland. “That goes for a lot of us, we all have side projects,” Grubbs said. Grubbs and Bizzarro have played in blues jams in

Entertainment Calendar Thursday, Aug. 23 Presidential Memorabilia Exhibit St. Clement’s Island Museum (38370 Point Breeze Road, Colton’s Point) – 10 a.m.

Friday, Aug. 24

Live Music: Lizzie Deere” Lotus Kitchen (14618 Solmons Island Rd, Solomons) – 6 p.m. Live Music: “Benji, Dominic, and Fox” Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 8 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 25

Live Music: “Mac Walter and John Cronin” Calvert Marine Museum (14200 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons) – 7 p.m.

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

Live Music: “Tony Lapera” Running Hare Vineyard (150 Adelina Road, Prince Frederick) – 5 p.m.

“Cornhole for a Cure” The Tiki Bar (85 Charles Street, Solomons) – 3 p.m.

Photos by Sarah Miller

Colossus of Clout at the Southern Maryland Sun and Music Fest

North Beach, Leonardtown and even St. Mary’s City. Bizzarro and Grubbs recently graduated from college. Having played together for so long makes it very natural, Bizzarro said. “Sometimes, we don’t even have to say anything to know where to go,” he said. “When you get to that level of playing with someone, it’s pretty cool.” Currently, the band is taking a break from playing venues while they rehearse and get more songs in their set list, though Grubbs said they will play at events or engagements that catch their interest, or if they are invited to play. Playing in Southern Maryland affords musicians the opportunity to play with other high quality groups. “There are a lot of great artists down here,” Bizzarro said, adding the people in Southern Maryland seem to welcome and actively support their local bands. For more information, including upcoming concerts and booking information, visit www.facebook. com/ColossusOfCloutMusic.

Hand Dancing American Legion (3330 Chesapeake Beach Road, Chesapeake Beach) – 6:30 p.m. Free Concert at the Back to School Block Party Trinity United Methodist Church (90 Church St. Prince Frederick) – 3 p.m. Live Music: “Hate The Toy” Vera’s White Sands Beach Club (1200 White Sands Drive, Lusby) – 3 p.m. Live Music: “One Louder” Vera’s White Sands Beach Club (1200 White Sands Drive, Lusby) – 9:30 p.m.

Live Music: “Diane Daly” The Westlawn Inn (9200 Chesapeake Avenue, North Beach) – 7:30 p.m. Live Music: “Mike Butler” Running Hare Vineyard (150 Adelina Road, Prince Frederick) – 12 p.m. Live Music: “Radio Caroline” Running Hare Vineyard (150 Adelina Road, Prince Frederick) – 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 28 Open Mic Night Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 6:30 p.m.


The Calvert Gazette

Thursday, August 23, 2012

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

Friday, Aug. 24 • On Pins & Needles Calvert Library Prince Frederick (850 Costley Way, Prince Frederick) – 1-4 p.m. Bring your quilting, needlework, knitting, crocheting, or other project for an afternoon of conversation and shared creativity. For more information, call 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862. • Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department Third Annual Gold Tournament Twin Shields Golf Course (2425 Roarty Road, Dunkirk) – 7 a.m. *7:00 Check In *Captains Choice *8:30 Shotgun Start *Many Contests and Prizes *Raffles and 50/50 *Snacks at the 9th Hole *Lunch *Awards Ceremony Entry Fee: Individual-$125 Foursome-$400 (Includes green fee, cart, putting green, beverages, lunch, and awards ceremony) Spectator-$25 *Sponsorship Packages Still Available* Register Online at • 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. • Lizzie Deere Lotus Kitchen (14618 Solomons Island Road South, Solomons) – 6 p.m. Pianist Lizzie Deere in concert.

Saturday, Aug. 25 • Back to School Block Party Trinity United Methodist Church (90 Church Street, Prince Frederick) – 3-7 p.m. Grab the family and head over to Trinity’s first ever Back to School Block Party. This free event offers fun for the entire family from live music, a BBQ picnic, bake sale, free school supplies, a giant pirate ship, face painting, magician, a Lego room, Mad Science, a Tae Kwon Do demonstration, door prizes, and much more. In addition, the Calvert County Sheriff’s Department will be on site offering DNA swabbing for the first 100 children. Entrance is free; food is available for a small fee. There will also be a vendor fair. Space is available for $20. Call 410-535-1782 to reserve a table or for more information. • Garden Smarter: Invasive Plant ID Calvert Library Prince Frederick (850 Costley Way, Prince Frederick) – 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Invasive plants are disrupting natural ecosystems throughout the U.S. Most residents are unaware if these plants are growing in their landscape or woods. Learn to identify invasive plant species commonly found in Maryland. For more information, call 410535-0291 or 301-855-1862. • 146th Annual Calvert County Jousting Tournament Christ Church (3100 Broomes Island Road, Port Republic) – 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Come and enjoy a day of jousting! Also visit our bazaar, country supper and historic church. Box suppers are available. Calvert County bluegrass band “Unclouded Day” will be performing a free concert 2 to 4 p.m. For more information, call 410-586-0565 or visit • 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: 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.

• Key Club Bake Sale Walmart (150 Solomons Island Road North, Prince Frederick) – 9 a.m. Come and support the Calvert High School Key Club, a local student service organization! The Calvert High School Key Club will be hosting a bake sale in order to raise money for the club. CHS Key Club participates in service projects such as: running book drives, hosting the school talent show, participating in Project Eliminate, making cards for kids at the hospital, and assisting with Christmas in April. • Hand Dance American Legion 206 (Rt 260, Chesapeake Beach) – 6:30 p.m. It’s better than ever! One hour lessons commence at 6:30 p.m. followed by dancing until 11 p.m. Open to the public. $7 per person. Cash Bar and hot sandwiches available. American Legion Stallings-Williams Post 206 Upper Level Ballroom in Chesapeake Beach on Route 260. Call Fred Baumgarner for further information at 301-855-6466 or visit • Membership Meeting American Legion 206 (Rt 260, Chesapeake Beach) – 7 p.m. The Auxiliary meeting begins at 7 p.m. All members are encouraged to attend for a very important review of the upcoming year’s budget and rules. For information call Clarisse Choux at 443-964-5461 or visit

Sunday, Aug. 26 • Sealed with a Kiss EXPO Hilton Garden Inn Solomons (13100 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 12-4 p.m. This is an EXPO that is sure to please all involved. Exhibitor and Sponsorship opportunities are available, but there are limits for each category. Don’t delay in registering for this one of a kind event. This is an event unlike any other. The Exhibitor that brings in the most clients to the EXPO (as indicated on the registration form) will win a special Give-Away. For more information about how to sponsor or to be an exhibitor, please contact Monique Melton at info@ This event is for engaged and married couples, but singles are welcome too. The event features workshops that will benefit couples of all walks of life. Couples will explore the many different services offered by the Expo’s elite businesses. We will host a meeting one week before the show. Please see the Vendor registration form for more details.

• Patty Dorsh & John Shaw Lotus Kitchen (14618 Solomons Island Rd South, Solomons) – 2 p.m. Hip Guitar Bongo Trio Patty Dorsh and John Shaw.

Monday, Aug. 27 • Books & Toys Calvert Library Southern Branch (20 Appeal Way, Lusby) – 10-11 a.m. Moms, parents, caregivers and your tots! Book club for mom, playtime for kids! This month’s selection is Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard. For more information, call 410-326-5289. • Hooping Class Annemarie Garden (13480 Dowell Road, Solomons) – 11 a.m. You’re invited to learn hooping in the beautiful atmosphere of Annemarie Garden. Bring your own hoop or use one available to borrow. Light beginner hoops will be for sale for $10. Lots of fun, beautiful surroundings and great exercise! To RSVP visit!/ events/311231618975709. Entry is free for children under 12, $5 for all others.

Tuesday, Aug. 28 • Learn to use Open Office Charlotte Hall Library (37600 New Market Road, Charlotte Hall) – 10 a.m. Don’t have Microsoft Office? Adults can learn how to use the free tool, Open Office, in place of Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint). Free. Registration required. 301884-2211 or

Wednesday, Aug. 29 • Calvert County Job Fair Calvert County Fairgrounds (140 Calvert Fair Drive, Barstow) – 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Several employers seeking workers will be available to take applications and answer questions.

Thursday, Aug. 30 • “African American Civil War Memorial & Museum” Sotterley Plantation Barn (44300 Sotterley Lane, Hollywood) – 3 p.m. Sotterley Plantation is proud to partner with The Boeing Company in announcing the upcoming 2012 Speaker Series presentation entitled “African American Civil War Memorial and Museum” by Frank Smith, Ph.D. Fulfilling a lifelong dream to honor African Americans who fought for freedom as United States Colored Troops during the Civil War, he is the founder and president of this significant Washington, D.C., memorial and museum. The United States Colored Troops made up over 10 percent of the Union or Northern Army even though they were prohibited from joining until July 1862, 15 months into the war. They comprised 25 percent of the Union Navy. Yet, only one percent of the Northern population was African American. Clearly overrepresented in the military, African Americans played a decisive role in the Civil War. African Americans fought in every major campaign and battle during the last two years of the war earning 25 Medals of Honor. Abraham Lincoln, recognizing their contributions, declared, “Without the military help of the black freedmen, the war against the South could not have been won.” This event is free to the public. Advance reservations are required due to limited seating. Call 301-373-2280 for more information or to make your reservation.

The Calvert Gazette

Thursday, August 23, 2012





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