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Mary and Carl Wood show off their 1961 Ford Thunderbird Roaster at a benefit car show held for 12-year-old Frank Hayward III on Saturday at Sneade’s in Lusby.
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Kathy Mazur, left, Sue Allen and Holly Herzog, of Lusby, have been walking partners for years. Calvert Memorial Hospital developed a “Walk Off Weight” program as part of the Calvert Can initiative.
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Solomons is gearing up for a jam-packed weekend, with the third annual Solomons Offshore Grand Prix and the 19th annual Artsfest at Annmarie Garden happening concurrently.
Calvert Memorial Hospital’s 3rd annual 5K Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, October 13. Join the fun and run or walk around beautiful Solomons Island. Funds raised will benefit the Sheldon E. Goldberg Center for Breast Care. You can register online at www. active.com or in person at the KeepWell Center.
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County Mourns Passing of Mac McCartney By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Over the years, Laben Jackson “Mac” McCartney became a familiar face in the county, serving on the planning commission, running Penn Auto in Prince Frederick and operating several other businesses. On Aug. 31, McCartney passed away at Calvert Memorial Hospital after a long illness. “He will be sorely missed,” said Maurice Lusby, president of the planning commission and a longtime friend of McCartney’s. He said they met in 1972, and got to know him over lunch and dinners with their families. When McCartney was appointed to the Planning Commission in 2004, he knew the Board of County Commissioners was making the right decision. McCartney was an “excellent business person” who knew challenges business owners face and how to protect them as needed, Lusby said. He said McCartney was always happy to talk to people about issues in the county, be it in the Planning Commission room
or at the grocery store. He was always willing to listen to other people’s views. “I never knew him to be anything but fair,” Lusby said. Planning Commissioner Rob Reed said McCartney was the kind of man who reasoned his positions so well that, even if you disagreed with them, you had to respect his point of view. “When be believed in something, he championed the cause for it,” Lusby said, echoing Reed’s
thoughts. He said McCartney was “ahead of his time” when it came to nitrogen removal in sewer systems, and was advocating the idea before it was state mandated. Board of County Commissioner President Jerry Clark met McCartney in 1977, and even helped him put up signs when McCartney ran for Board of County Commissioners, a campaign in which Lusby was treasurer. “He was always the voice of practicality,” Clark said. He and McCartney went into various small business ventures together, Clark
said, and in their down time they enjoyed going to harness races and horse races in general. Though McCartney was in poor health for a long time, he rarely missed a Planning Commission meeting. Clark and Lusby agreed this was typical of McCartney. “It showed his determination and stubbornness not to give in,” he said. Moving forward, the county commis-
sioners will need to fill the void left in the Planning Commission, though Clark said the process will take a couple months. McCartney is survived by his wife, Elizabeth “Bette” McCartney of Huntingtown, his grandchildren Morgan and Sydney Fluster, his son-in-law Eric Fluster and four nieces. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Chamber Hosts Legislative Breakfast By Sarah Miller Staff Writer The Calvert Chamber of Commerce hosted the Board of County Commissioners on Monday for a commissioner’s legislative breakfast, in which county officials answered lingering questions about the budget, possible restructuring in county government and new septic laws. The most contention came over building the budget and whether county government was looking at restructuring. “Not yet, but it should,” said Commissioner Evan K. Slaughenhoupt Jr., adding with the United States economy in shambles, Calvert should have been looking at becoming more efficient, not sticking to the same old structure they’ve always had. “Government is slow, doesn’t have to be, could be more efficient,” he said. He also advocated going back to “baseline basics” in building the budget and starting from the ground up instead of the “salami slicing” he has seen in previous years. He said the county also needs a more user friendly website where people can go for answers. On the whole, county government could be more streamlined and efficient, he said. Commissioner President Jerry Clark
said Slaughenhoupt had some good points, but the problem is some employees inherently work harder than others. He said the other problem is county government has to enforce regulations, and in doing so they can be vilified. He said there have been claims that Calvert County is not business friendly, but they are more business friendly than the state. There was also discussion about the new septic bill, which commissioners all agreed was a way for the state to take authority from local governments and tell them where to focus growth in their jurisdictions. He said there are issues, but they cannot all be blamed on the way county government is structured. “I’m gonna defend my staff,” Clark said. Commissioner Susan Shaw agreed with Clark, calling the septic bill a “flagrant example” of the state taking power from local jurisdictions. When it comes to the budget, Shaw said there may not be a lot of money but the current commissioners always make sure the budget is balanced, which is a vast improvement from the deficit spending situation the board was faced with when she first took office. She said she personally goes through
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Local Meat Processing Facility Moves a Step Closer By Guy Leonard Staff Writer A St. Mary’s County Circuit Court judge has approved a motion to voluntary dismiss opposition to a meat processing facility planned for a farm in Mechanicsville. The lawyer representing the opposition to the project filed the motion to withdraw an appeal for judicial review earlier in August and the order was signed last week to approve the withdrawal, according to on-line court records. This effectively removes Johnny Knott a major hurdle to the meat processing facility finally being constructed; it is a project that Southern Maryland farmers were hoping would succeed so that it would be easier and more profitable to start a local meat industry. Donna Sasscer, agriculture specialist with St. Mary’s County Department of Economic and Community Development said the facility would make it much easier for farmers to participate in the local markets for meats. Any meat that is slaughtered and then butchered must be prepared in a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) facility under close inspection before it can go to market. Currently many Southern Maryland farmers take their livestock to a USDA facility in either Virginia, the Eastern Shore or in Central Maryland. All are about two hours away, Sasscer said, and to sell their meat locally they have to travel back to the facility and bring it back which is often too expensive. A local meat market will allow local
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Nearly $4,000 Raised at Little Frankie Car Show A total of 61 cars participated in a benefit car show for 12-year-old Frank Hayward III on Saturday at Sneade’s in Lusby. Organizer Kristen Freeman said $3,853 was raised during the event, and that Frankie attended and had a great time. “His smile was priceless,” she said. Frankie’s choice was a 1968 Prostreet Ford Fastback Mustang, owned by Mark Agamber. In the far right photo is a special canvas for well-wishers to leave personal notes to Frankie. One person wrote, “From one survivor to another …” At right, Mary and Carl Wood show off their 1961 Ford Thunderbird Roaster. “We used to have a sailboat. Now we have a boat on land,” Mary said. See www.facebook. com/FrankHaywardBenefitCarShow for more information.
Nuclear Plant Has 60 Days to Find American Backer By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (ASLB) has made a ruling that UniStar has 60 days to find a U.S. partner before they close the proceedings on the proposed third nuclear reactor at Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Energy Plant in Lusby. This is not a rejection or denial or the application as a whole, said Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Public Affairs Officer Neil Sheehan. There is still work the NRC can do with the application, but getting through the ASLB’s three judge panel hearing remains a major hurdle. UniStar has to get approval
from the ASLB and the NRC New Reactor Review staff before going before the fivemember NRC. Should UniStar’s owner, Électricité de France (EDF), find a domestic partner to join in building a third reactor at Calvert Cliffs, they could petition the ASLB to reopen the hearing beyond the 60-day window, Sheehan said. UniStar Spokesperson Laura Eifler said UniStar has no official comment on the ruling. Barring a petition for review, a full decision will be made on Oct. 9, an NRC release reads. Beyond Nuclear, a Maryland-based group advocating an end to nuclear power and nuclear weapons, released a statement Aug. 30 saying it “views the decision as simply a delay in the inevitable cancellation of all French reactor plans on US soil.” “It’s just a matter of time - 60 days in fact - before we see the phantom promise of the so-called ‘new generation’ French reactor evaporate here in the US,” Beyond Nuclear Director Paul Gunter said in a release. “In fact, industry-wide,
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By Corrin M. Howe Staff Writer Novartis Nutrition completed a study of Amish adults and found that men “take an average of 18,425 steps a day and women take 14,196. Compare that to about 4,000 steps for the average American adult. Only four percent of Amish adults are obese, versus 31 percent of the general population.” According to Calvert Memorial Hospital’s Community Wellness website, “Walking is one of the easiest ways to exercise. You can do it almost anywhere and at anytime. It’s also inexpensive. All you need is a good pair of shoes. To help you get started, Calvert Memorial Hospital developed a guide as part of “Walk Off Weight” (WOW) Calvert to encourage more local residents to walk as part of a healthy lifestyle.” Karen Mohn, program coordinator, is willing to come out to groups to launch WOW, an eight-week program “all about getting fit and healthy by walking off weight.” A leader of a group wanting to start a walking program can call 410-535-8233 to schedule Mohn to come out with tools and resources to start a walking program. One option is to pay $8 per person for a bag which contains a tape measure, pedometer, and walking guide which includes stretching exercises, a log and information about 13 public trails within the county. The WOW guide is also available online at http://www.calverthospital.org/ body.cfm?id=729. Mohn will talk about Vitabot, the online meal suggestion system, and free fitness programs available throughout the county. Then she will help the walkers weigh in, measure their waist and determine their body composition. “A high waist circumference and too much abdominal fat puts you at high risk for type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart disease. By measuring your
List of Walking Trails: American Chestnut Land Trust, Annmarie Garden, Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Calvert/Patuxent High School tracks, Calvert Cliffs State Park, Chesapeake Beach Boardwalk, Cove Point Park, Dunkirk District Park, Flag Ponds Nature Park, Hallowing Point Park, Jefferson Patterson Park, Kings Landing Park, North Beach Boardwalk, Northern/Huntingtown High School tracks, Prince Frederick Blvd.
Kathy Mazur, left, Sue Allen and Holly Herzog, of Lusby, have been walking partners for years. Starting when their kids were in elementary school, they would leave after the kids were on the bus. Now their kids are at Patuxent High School.
waist circumference, doctors can track your body composition before, during and after your weight loss efforts,” according to the walking guide. The 28-page booklet provides directions to each of 15 different walking sites along with information such as handicapped accessibility, lighting, restrooms, water fountains, terrain and much more. Groups can continue walking past the eight-week program and Mohn will continue to check in with them to help measure, provide resources and hand out incentives/awards. One award is the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award, or PALA for completing a six-week challenge where adults exercise 30 minutes a day and children 60 minutes while picking up six new healthy eating habits. Individuals can participate in WOW by going to a station set up at the Aquatic Center or Solomon’s Urgent Care. There participants can read the instruction on how to login with an anonymous user name and start tracking their weight loss and the increased physical activity. Margaret Fowler, director of Community Wellness at Calvert Memorial Hospital, asks those who are actively
attempting to lose weight and increase their movement to sign-up for one of the programs around the county. The grant, for which the hospital is the lead sponsor, requires Calvert Can initiative to track the trends leading to healthier lifestyles. Those who don’t have a group, can come to the World Gym in Prince Frederick, at the opposite end of the Safeway, on Wednesdays at noon. Individuals will have Mohn and personal trainers to walk with down Prince Frederick Blvd. “Last year we had a woman with a cane who came out to walk with us,” said Mohn.
World-Renowned Scientist to Speak on Vibrio By Alex Panos Staff Writer Calvert Marine Museum (CMM) is hosting Dr. Rita Colwell, a global infectious disease specialist, who will be lecturing about a dangerous flesh-eating bacteria found in the Chesapeake Bay, estuaries, brackish ponds, and coastal waters – Vibrio vulnificus. Roy Fedders, a member of the St. Mary’s County Health Advisory Committee, saw a neighbor of his die from the infection in 1999, and another person he knew nearly died when the lethal bacterium invaded their body in 2004. “People need to be aware of this often misdiagnosed bacterium that if not treated within 48 hours has the potential to lead to death,” Fedders said in a press release. Fedders says Vibrio vulnificus “comes and goes” in the Chesapeake Bay, and there is not a definite way to determine if the bacterium is present. Because the bacterium is not always present in the wa-
ters, Maryland government does not conduct annual testing of the water for the infectious bacteria. According to Fedders, it would take too much time, be too expensive, and the state lacks the “manpower” to conduct the tests. “So awareness to these symptoms is essential for those working around water,” he said. The bacterium enters the body through open wounds when swimming or wading in infected waters. People can also contract the infectious disease by consuming raw or undercooked seafood. Fedders said some preventative tactics include not entering the water with open wounds, and encouraging individuals with compromised immune systems to be extra cautious. According to a press release, people with weaker immune systems are 80 times more susceptible to Vibrio. Colwell will be providing further insight about what Fedders called a “highly dangerous disease.” She is a distinguished Professor at University of Maryland College Park, lectures all over the world, and has vast knowledge of the
disease. She also possesses 48 honorary degrees from higher education institutions, and has authored or co-authored 17 books and over 700 scientific publications. “It’s unprecedented to have someone of her qualifications in the community,” said Fedders. Tracy Cimini, CMM public relations official, said the museum is “excited” to be able to host someone like Colwell in Southern Maryland, and it fits with CMM’s mission of “exploring life in the bay.” The intent is not to alarm the public of this deadly disease, she added, but rather to educate them to take precautions in the water. Symptoms of Vibrio may include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pains and skin blistering. The lecture is being held this Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Calvert Marine Museum auditorium. Visit calvertmarinemuseum.com for more information. firstname.lastname@example.org
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‘Pitch Across Maryland’ Bus Coming By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Starting Sept. 18 business owners, entrepreneurs and inventors with a product or service to offer will get a chance to have their sales pitch recorded on video and voted in an on-line contest to see just how promising their ideas are. The Pitch Across Maryland bus will come to each campus of the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) where entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to video tape their “pitch.” Videos taken on the road will be up loaded to a social networking website and available for public voting. The two-hour event will allow prospective innovators three to five minutes for a recording spot to get their product or service noticed by investors. The bus, complete with video equipment, is scheduled for 4 to 6 p.m. at the Prince Frederick Campus, 115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick, on the temporary parking lot in the Northeast corner. The top 16 vote getters from the public voting process will be able to pitch their innovations at the Entrepreneur Expo in November. Robin Finnacom, head of St. Mary’s County Community Development Corporation, said the project is collaboration between state eco-
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nomic development agencies to promote innovation and entrepreneurship. “I think this is an opportunity for people with innovations to step forward,” Finnacom said. “We hope to have 10 companies from St. Mary’s County to take part, we already have two registrants.” Compass Systems, a defense contractor, has a product it wants to pitch for civilian use, Finnacom said and the Conwell Group, a consulting business has signed on for the event as well. Kim Mozingo, president and CEO of the group, said her business deals in strategic communications. “It keeps your communications aligned,” she said of their business. “We make sure that you’re saying the right things at the right time to the right people.” Mozingo said she is excited to have the chance to get her business’s name out to the public. “Anytime you have the opportunity to stand up in front of people and talk about your business it’s a good thing,” she said. To register for the pitch event contact Maria Dorsett, Calvert County Business Retention Specialist, at 410-535-4583, email@example.com. md.us.
First Anti Bullying Block Party Draws a Crowd By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Calvert Parks and Recreation hosted the first ever Anti Bullying Block Party at Cove Point Park on Saturday morning, drawing kids and parents from all over for a fun time. Southern Community Center Recreation Coordinator Diane Holloway said the block party has been approximately six months in the making and welcomed vendors from all over the county. The block party also featured a 3:3 basketball competition, a three-point shootout and other games including a moon bounce. Holloway said parks and recreation was surprised by the community interest in this first year event. “We didn’t expect this many people to come out,” she said. She said the event also received support from the Board of Education, the sheriff’ office and state police and others. The afternoon also featured an anti-bullying splashdown with Unique Divine and her mother, Kim Keemer. Unique has been a crusader against bullying since being bullied in school, having hosted an anti bullying rally in Prince Frederick in March and recorded inspirational songs against bullying. Nate Smith, Assistant Sports Coordinator with Parks and Recreation, said he thought the splashdown was a great addition to the block party, and a way to end the summer with a bang. He said getting information out on bullying is important, and Unique’s quest is a “really worthwhile cause.” Kim Keemer said she looks forward to next year’s event and hosting another splashdown, though she said she aims to time the splashdown to be closer to the beginning of the school year. Some parents expressed concern about the block party’s advertising, having been led to believe it was a pool party. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Changes on the Horizon for Calvert Schools By Sarah Miller Staff Writer The Calvert County Board of Education last week discussed several plans and projects for district in coming years. The board discussed the proposed Capitol Improvement Plan (CIP) for 20142019, which included nearly $9.7 million in spending on projects for FY 2014, with the largest line item being the Calvert High School Replacement, costing the state approximately $3.14 and local government another $1.3 million. Looking forward in the future is $4 million for Northern High School renovations in 2015, and another $13.6 million in 2016 for construction, with additional line items projected. This is in conjunction with smaller projects, like roof replacements for Sunderland Elementary School and Patuxent High School and HVAC updates and replacements system wide. The board will continue to review the CIP during the next meeting and intends to vote on it in October.
Another topic of conversation was the Master Plan, an annual document required by the Maryland Department of Education. Every jurisdiction throughout the state has to file such reports, according to Policy and Communication Specialist Gail Bennett. She said this year is “really a transition year for the master plan” to begin accommodating reporting Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs). Also during the meeting, Calvert Education Association President Debbie Russ spoke to advocate starting contract negotiation earlier this year in hopes of reaching an agreement before Superintendent Jack Smith presents the proposed budget on Jan. 24. She said she would like to start having meetings the week of Nov. 5 and hold them twice weekly until negotiations on salaries are complete. “We cannot be side tracked by the schedule of any one person and the priority must be to reach a ‘decent and reasonable’ salary increase for our membership,” she said during the meeting. The board also discussed challenges
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Calverton Soccer Celebrates 100th Win By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Nobody at the school was keeping track. Calverton Women’s Varsity Soccer Coach Carlton Leslie was more focused on teamwork and building a fiercely competitive team than counting the wins the women have racked up since 2006. It was a parent who informed Leslie that the team’s Sept. 5 victory over Indian Creek High School was a milestone – the 100th win since Leslie started coaching them in 2006. “I was quite surprised,” he said. Calverton’s women’s soccer team was formed in 2005. Before then, girls played with boys on a co-ed team. After their first season, Leslie was asked to step up to the head coach position from his assistant coach slot with the co-ed team, he said. He credits the team’s strength to a number of factors, from excellent assistant coaches to the players’ teamwork and dedication in conditioning during their summer vacation. “We work hard, we train hard,” he said. They hold drills and practices during the summer, Leslie said, but it is also up to the girls to individually work out and stay in top form. Another thing giving the girls an edge over their competition is the number of games they play during the year. Because they are a private school, Calverton has no limit on the number of games they can play during the year. Leslie said they play approximately 20 games every year, and they are currently well into their season, with a 6-0 streak going. Senior Captain Peyton Draper started with the Cal-
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Community Comes Together for St. Leonard Sign By Sarah Miller Staff Writer After a year of hard work and fundraising, the St. Leonard Elementary PTA has seen the fruits of their labor – a brand new marquee sign sitting on the edge of the school property to broadcast messages to the community as they drive past. Sign Committee Member Jennifer Fleming said St. Leonard was the only school in Calvert without a marquee sign, and the PTA decided to do something about it. They started fundraising in Sept. 2011 and ended in June 2012, with enough money to have the sign installed over the summer and be ready for the new school year. Fundraisers included selling engraved bricks (which will become part of the paw print design in front of the sign), hosting a cooking club and other activities. The PTA worked hard to raise money for the sign, and the community responded to their efforts readily, said Sign Committee Chairperson Carrie Clark. Families and individuals donated time and money to the project, and the whole school community got involved. “I’m so excited,” she said. “Everyone gave what they could.” Finishing the project in one year meant a lot to Clark. Her son just started at Southern Middle School, and last year was Clark’s final one with St. Leonard. She wanted to see the project through to fruition, but at first it looked like the sign would be a multi-year effort, similar to the playground equipment the PTA paid for. The project cost approximately $10,000. At one point, Clark said the PTA was “desperate for money,” and when a member saw an election sign for Delegate Tony O’Donnell (29-C) they decided to try approaching him for help. Clark said they set up a meeting with O’Donnell to present their cause and ask if he could help. In the middle of the meeting, he pulled out his phone and made a call to Dominion LNG to personally pitch the idea and see if they could give the PTA a grant. Clark had to fill out some paperwork to accept the grant, but meeting with O’Donnell got the PTA $1,500 toward a sign. In a non-mone- Erica Smith tary donation, T.M. Erica@coletravel.biz
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By Susan Shaw Calvert County Commissioner District 2 Writing this column has given me the opportunity (for which I am very grateful) to share some of what I learn as a County Commissioner, and, in the process, to inform you, the public. As I watched or listened to both of the national party conventions over the last few weeks (yes, I tried to listen to or watch as much of both as I could), I was listening for information, honesty, and courage. Like you, I already know the general party platforms and where each of the parties professes to stand. I already know (and I hope you do, also) the basic philosophy that underpins each at this point in our history. Some of you may know that I have been an active member of both parties at different times in my life. My family were Roosevelt Democrats. My parents lived through the Great Depression, which had profound effects on them and my grandparents. My father served in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC’s) as a teen and young adult and it made him very loyal to Franklin Delano Roosevelt. To me, picking a party was like picking sides in a game of Red Rover. It really didn’t make much difference, except it was good to be on the side of the winner. Personalities of the leadership was key. I never REALLY started looking at the opposite sides until I decided to run for Commissioner when members of both sides told me I was on the wrong side: that I belonged more in the Republican ranks than the Democratic ones. Eventually, I decided I had better listen and I finally did what I usually do, and that was to belatedly do my homework with regard to the philosophies underpinning each of the major parties. I have discovered that it isn’t the kind of situa-
tion where I can do my homework once and then it is done for the rest of my life. Not only have I changed and evolved as a person affected by my own life experiences and those around me, but the parties have also evolved and changed. That ever-changing dynamic is fascinating to me. So, I was trying to REALLY LISTEN to the meaning behind the rhetoric of the conventions and not to pre-judge. I hoped to learn and to be more informed. So, as you can probably guess, I get really frustrated when politicians say a lot, but tell me nothing new, or there are few facts and mostly characterizations of the other position, (which is two sides of the same coin because I can characterize the two sides without any help, thank you!, and a characterization does not a fact make), or I know full well that the speaker is making it all up as he/she goes, or I am not surprised later when the fact checkers debunk what was said. So much for information, honesty, and courage. The national politicians do not have a monopoly on techniques of diversion, though. Nor on positions that are meaningless without the details. I get just as frustrated when my quest for the truth results in increasingly sophisticated efforts to divert my attention paired with insufficient facts to adequately make a judgment on a claim or to endorse a change. Here are some recent examples: “We need a new baseline.” What exactly is the definition of a “baseline”? How about a “re-alignment? Phase-out? Pay-out? Reduction? Privatization? Consolidation?” I bet that I could get about as many definitions and examples as there are people who read this column. Just give me the unvarnished facts, please. I don’t feel like guessing. These catch-words are not informative. Would the honest talk be about lay-offs, reductions in force, lost jobs, lost benefits, selling assets, reduced expectations, less quality of life? If so, please have the courage to frame the debate that way. Then we can all decide.
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Ever see a collision coming so clearly that you can even predict the after affects where folks are pointing fingers and placing blame? Those who seem closest to the financial projections (deficits as far as we can see) and have the most history with the organization simply seem unable, or unwilling to see why taking a different approach is not only needed, but overdue. It’s times like this when I am reminded of some television shows such as “Restaurant Impossible” or “Bar Rescue” where taking a different approach solves systemic problems. I’m not talking about the national nor even state level of governmental budgeting and financing; which are in very bad shape. Rather, I am concerned about our own local county budgeting. In our prolonged down economy and projected deficits, we are on a path of doing things “the way we always have” without even first performing a baseline, nor addressing areas of improvements that could include re-alignments, consolidations, privatizations, phaseouts, payouts, or reductions. The economy remains in the slumps. County employees can make good arguments for salary increases. Citizens have concerns with making ends meet after paying taxes. Unfortunately, the county continuing along the same way of doing business (building the FY-14 budget) will yield no improvements. Editor’s Note: This column is being reprinted due to an error last week. The word “baseline” was misspelled.
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Pottery Patch Making a Go of It in Dunkirk By Corrin M. Howe Staff Writer Nicole Kerfoot and her mother, Gina, opened The Pottery Patch this summer with a flurry of summer camps. Now they head into the fall with a number of ideas to keep their store busy. The Pottery Patch is a store that offers clients an opportunity to paint their own pottery. The business provides the paints, space, sponges, stamps, expert assistance and firing of the completed work for the price of the item and half its price for a studio fee. This is not a franchise, but the Kerfoots did purchase display pieces, tables and inventory from Paint ’N Pottery, in Huntingtown when it went out of business. “It’s the same concept but we brought it to Dunkirk,” Nicole said. This summer offered children 6-yearsold and above the opportunity to work with wet clay and to paint fired pottery according to themes – one a jungle and another beach. They offered a “painting techniques” camp, but it didn’t draw any interest. Next summer they plan to continue offing wet clay classes and different themes. “I hope to get more wet clay classes where you can build your own piece and paint it, but I don’t have the resources right now,” Nicole said. Currently she is limited to “pinch pots” instead of a potter’s wheel. The store is well stocked with unpainted pieces ranging from small tiles, coasters, and beer steins to large serving trays, bathroom accessories and garden displays. Children may be interested in painting Disney, Spiderman or whimsical critters.
“Anybody can paint pottery. We’ve had some two-year olds come in and make what looks like tie-dye but it’s really cool when it’s fired,” Nicole said. Parents like to bring in infants, children and pets to capture their hand, foot and paw prints for loved ones. Some customers are working on their own place settings for meals – from plates to serving pieces and salt/pepper shakers. Another is working through bathroom accessories including the faceplate on a light switch. The Pottery Patch has a private room for groups and parties which include birthday, bridal showers, wedding gifts, baby showers, Ladies’ Night and Senior Citizens. Periodically they offer a “tween and kid’s night” where parents can drop off their children on a Friday night, the children receive pizza, drink and paint a piece. The cost is $7 cover and the price of the piece Nicole Kerfoot they chose to paint. Ladies’ Night is the third Wednesday the expertise in the craft. Gina is the bookof the month. Women over 21-years-old can keeper and a quiet presence when Nicole bring their own drinks, snacks and friends is coaching Northern High School’s Girl’s for half the studio fee, from 7 to 10 p.m. Field Hockey or working for Anne ArunSenior Citizen’s Day is the first Tuesday del’s Park and Recreation. and they also receive half off the studio fee. The store is located in the strip with Nicole is planning to offer various classes throughout the year. Currently she is offering a sports logo class. “If you have a sports logo and enough space, you can pretty much put it on any piece of pottery,” Nicole said. Look for themed classes the rest of the calendar year. Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas not only decorate the house but make great gifts. For those who are not artistic – at least don’t want to try their own hand at it – Nicole will paint custom pieces and/or write on pieces for an additional fee. In the future The Pottery would also like to offer “paint and go” where they bring pieces to daycares or clubs. After the pieces are done, they will bring them back and fire them for the customers. As co-owners of the store, Nicole and Gina have found their own niche. Nicole has been working with clay and painting pottery since she was in high school. She offers
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Solomons is gearing up for a jampacked weekend, with the third annual Solomons Offshore Grand Prix and the 19th annual Artsfest at Annmarie Garden happening concurrently. Offshore Grand Prix Race Director Mike Yowaiski has been involved in boat racing for 10 years, since he joined the Chesapeake Bay Power Boat Association. “It’s been a roller coaster ride ever since,” he said. Three years ago, he helped move the race from Cambridge to Solomons Island, bringing all the excitement of the sport with it. Coming to Southern Maryland is a homecoming for Yowaiski, who is originally from Lexington Park. He said he wanted to bring big races to Solomons, and he has seen that dream become a reality. Popular crowd attractions returning this year include Miss Geico the Geico Caveman. Miss Geico’s return is an inspirational one – the team will be racing a new boat after a fire on the original Miss Geico
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bor, heading across the Chesapeake Bay to Palm Beach Willie’s in Taylor’s Island, then returning Vera’s White Sands and Beach Club. The Chesapeake Bay Power Boat Association will be donating a majority of the proceeds from the Offshore Hero’s Poker Run to help a Melissa Smith in her fight against a deadly disease. Smith has survived bouts with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, not once, but twice. As a result of radiation treatment for her cancer, Smith, a resident of Annapolis, is now battling Transverse Myelitis. “This cheerful, friendly young woman graduated from Towson with a 4.0 and had recently been accepted into the nursing program at Anne Arundel Medical Center, but unfortunately due to this disease, that has to be put aside,” the release states. For more information about the Offshore Hero’s Poker Run, or to register, visit www.cbpba.com.
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Race activities start Friday at 9 a.m. with race setup. Poker run registration begins at 9 a.m. at Solomons Yachting Center and starts at 11 a.m. Races begin with Race 1 at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. Race 2 begins at 2 p.m. and Race 3 begins at 3 p.m. There will be spectator areas available on land and on the water. The race closes with a 7 p.m. awards ceremony at the Tiki Bar. For all the details on the boat race, visit www.solomonsrace.com. Just up the road from the Offshore Grand Prix, Annmarie Gardens is preparing for the 19th annual Artsfest on Sept. 15 and 16. Artsfest is a fine arts festival for all ages, featuring more than 150 artists from across the country showcasing different art forms, such as jewelry making, ceramics, painting, photography, fibers, metalworking and more. For individuals looking to get some early Christmas shopping done, Director of Marketing and Development Jackie Sudore-Flood said all featured artists will have wares for sale on site. The Annmarie Garden gift shop will also be open for business. Sudore-Flood said there will be plenty of opportunities at Artsfest for the public to get hands on with art. There will be painting and clay projects designed for adults in he studio school, and several fun activities with balls, glitter and bubbles for kids in the Zany Zone and the Discovery Tent. “Annmarie Garden is a very creative, playful place and we love to have the community involved,” Sudore-Flood said. If visual or hands on art is not a person’s speed, that’s not a problem. There will be more than 25 acts performing on the main stage, within the Council Ring, inside the Arts Building and throughout Annmarie Garden. Special performances include folk rock musicians Yellow Tie Guy and the Slim Harrison & the Sunnyland Band, a roots and kids participatory jug band, on
the Main Stage. Sudore-Flood said having artists, acts and activities scattered throughout Annmarie Garden serves two purposes – it gives the whole venue exposure, and it keeps the visitors from congregating in one concentrated area, a large concern with more than 10,000 visitors expected. Parking at Artsfest is free, as is parking on Solomons Island. Anybody wanting to attend both events without driving back and forth the whole time are in luck – a free shuttle will be running from Annmarie Garden to the center of Solomons Island every 30 minutes. The Artsfest Bus is provided by Thomas and Sons Transport. Sudore-Flood said this is the first year Artsfest and the boat races have fallen on the same weekend, but she believes it will be a positive thing for both events. With free transportation from one event to the other offered all day, she said it will also be a way for visitors to Solomons to experience all the area has to offer. She said there have been a number of logistical meetings between all groups to ensure the safety of all visitors to Solomons. With so many to come out to Artsfest alone, keeping everyone safe is a top priority Sudore-Flood said. Artsfest is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. With admission only $6 for adults over the age of 11, Artsfest is a affordable way to get out and have fun. Admission covers all activities in the garden, Sudore-Flood said, and a person could potentially spend the whole day exploring all Annmarie Garden has to offer. For more information, visit www.annmariegarden.org or call 410-326-4640. Neither event happens by accident. Both Sudore-Flood and Yowaiski said planning for the next year’s event will begin within days of this weekend’s end. At Annmarie Garden, applications for artists hoping for a place in Artsfest are collected as early as January, with the deadline in March, before a long process of narrowing
entries through a jury panel. There is also a matter of booking and juggling all the bands, acts and even boats scheduled to appear during the weekend for both groups. After 19 years, Sudore-Flood said planning generally runs smoothly, and they make sure artists are situated and ready before the floodgates open.
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Mable Brown, 75 Mable Lee Brown, 75, of Prince Frederick, MD passed away on Aug. 25, 2012 at her residence. Mable was a lifetime resident of Calvert County, Maryland. She was born on May 18, 1937 to the late Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Coates in Prince Frederick, Maryland. She was one of 11 children. In 1962, she married the late, Walter Wallace Brown, Sr. To that union three children were born, Walter Brown, Jr., James Brown and Mable (Terry) Morsell. Thereafter, Mable met the late, Arthur Stepney. Through this love six children were born Rosie (Arnold) Carter, Linda (Andre) Jackson, Arthur (LaKisha) Stepney, Jackie Jones, Willia Stepney, Leslie (Bertrand) Spann; fourteen grandchildren, Latasha Brown, Evan and Marcus Morsell, Angel Jones, Raeeqs Dobyns, Richard White, Rahim and Baiyina Jones, Jasmine Ferguson, Jordan Jalloh, Brandon Yarbrough, Zonte Spann and Briana Spann and one greatgrandson, Christopher (CJ) Reed. She was preceded in death by five brothers, Nathaniel Coates, Samuel Coates, Aaron Coates, James Coates and Allen E. Coates and one sister, Julia Coates. She leaves to cherish her memories her children, grandchildren, great-grandchild, two brothers; Marion and Joseph Coates, two sisters; Willa Mae Jones and Genevieve Stepney and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins and friends. Funeral service was held on Friday, August 31, 2012 at 11:00 AM at Sewell Funeral Home, Prince Frederick, MD with Elder ShaRon Morsell officiating. The interment was at Holland Cemetery, Huntingtown, MD. The pallbearers were family and friends. Funeral arrangements provided by Sewell Funeral Home, Prince Frederick, MD.
John Cranford, Sr., 70 John Gibson Cranford, Sr. of Huntingtown, MD, passed away suddenly Sept. 7, 2012, at Calvert Memorial Hospital, Prince Frederick, MD. He was born Oct. 2, 1941, in Prince Frederick to Walter Ralph and Beulah L. (Trott) Cranford.
He attended Calvert County schools and on May 6, 1962, married Carolyn Weisman at St. John Vianney Church in Prince Frederick. John was a tobacco farmer who also drove school bus for Dorsey Gray, was a heavy equipment operator working for the state of Maryland and later Calvert County and at Southern Memorial Gardens. John retired in 2007. In his leisure John enjoyed camping and fiddling in the garage, fixing anything that was broken. John was preceded in death by his parents and a great granddaughter Skyler Moses. Surviving are his wife Carolyn Cranford; three children John G. Cranford, Jr. and his wife Liz, Victoria Feuerstein and Donald C. Cranford and his wife Dawn all of Huntingtown, MD; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren; three sisters Thelma Beeasman and her husband Richard of Melbourne, Fl, Shirley Mae Gibson and Jean Cranford both of Huntingtown and a brother Ralph Cranford and his wife Joan of Huntingtown. Friends were received on Monday, Sept, 10, and a celebration of John’s life was held on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at Rausch Funeral Home, P.A., Owings, MD. Interment was in Southern Memorial Gardens. For information or to leave a condolence visit www.RauschFuneralHomes.com
Jimmie Cross, 78 Jimmie Danial Cross died peacefully at the age of 78 at his home in Dunkirk, MD, on Sept. 5, 2012. He was born on May 25, 1934, in Arno, Va., to Henry and Maude (Rumley) Cross. Jimmie lived in Calvert County since 1977 and went to work from the WSSC in 1983, where he later retired and became a member of their Retirement Group. After his retirement he worked as a Bailiff at the Prince Georges County Courthouse in Upper Marlboro. He was also a member of the Prince Frederick Masonic Lodge. Jimmie loved his dog, Stormie. He enjoyed playing cards, traveling around the country and going to casinos. He is survived by his devoted wife of 57 years, Evelyn, son, Daniel, daughter, Debby and granddaughter, Rebekah. He is also survived by two sisters, Peggy Gale of Pace, FL and Joyce Welch (Jim) of Columbia, SC and other family members and many friends.
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Dorothy Jacks, 80 Dorothy Gertrude Jacks, 80, of Owings, MD passed away on Aug. 25, 2012 at Calvert Memorial Hospital, Prince Frederick, MD. Dorothy Gertrude Thomas Jacks was born on Jan. 15, 1932 in Calvert County, MD, to the late William and Ruth Thomas. She was the fourth of seventeen children. She was educated in Calvert County School System. Dorothy was devoted to her family. Her kindness was extended to all she could assist. Often times she was known for giving to others even if it meant she would go without. She loved having family gatherings where she was known to cook her famous crab cakes, sweet potato pies and seafood salad. She also loved writing poems, coloring, softball and of course playing her slots. Her favorite color was red. Dorothy loved her family and friends, but more importantly her first love and passion was for the Lord Jesus Christ. She accepted Christ at an early age and joined Mt. Hope United Methodist Church; in which she was very active until her illness. She was preceded in death by her parents William and Ruth Thomas; her sisters, Mary Harvey, Bertie Booth; brothers, Robert, Donald, James and George Thomas; and a wonderful friend Blanche Ward. She leaves to cherish their memories; her sisters, Vernice Custard, Mary Green, Corrine Reed, Beatrice Riggs, Valeria Mason, Cynthia Jones; brothers, Everett, William (Duck), Earldee, and Vincent (Pinky) Thomas; brothers-in-Iaw, Sidney Jones and Arthur Riggs; sister-in-law Mary Thomas; children, James Jacks, Jr., Ruth Neal, Thomas Jacks, Brenda Buck, Carter Jacks, Balena Mackall, Hernanda Jacks, Ingeborg Jacks-Curtis, Deley Jacks and Lezshell Jacks; sons-in-Iaw, James Neal, William Buck, Alexander Mackall and Randy Curtis; daughters-in-Iaw Essie Jacks, Amber Jacks and Nina Jacks; Grandchildren, Lawerence, Lavina, Antoine & Isha, Weldon & Zeisha, Brian, Tania, Dale, Margo, Joan, Jonathan, Crystal, Jamal, Jessica, Cedric, Jason & Pam, Lezshell, Tyler, Tayden, Travis, Tinesha, Chikita, Crystal C., Jaden, Maya, Delijah and Berna; great-grandchildren, Devin, Antoine Jr., Jazmin, Weldon Jr., Dondre, Patrina, Kededria, William, Brittany, Brashuna, Desmond, Ciara, Jordon, Johanah, Josiah, Jazlyn, Lilyana, Kristiani, Brielle, Zion and Latajah; one great-great-granddaughter, Amaya and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Funeral service was held on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012 at Mt. Hope UM Church, Sunderland, MD with Rev. Roosevelt Oliver officiating. The interment was at Mt. Hope UM Church Cemetery, Sunderland, MD. The pallbearers were Vincent Thomas, Alexander Mackall, Jason Mackall, Terrence Oliver, Vaughn Thomas and James Rawlings. The honorary pallbearers were Weldon Randall, Travis Wilkerson, McDaniel Alvin Thomas, Anitino Thomas and Randy Curtis. Funeral arrangements provided by Sewell Funeral Home, Prince Frederick, MD.
Mac McCartney, 73 Laben Jackson “Mac” McCartney, 73, of Huntingtown, passed away Aug. 31, 2012, at Calvert Memorial Hospital in Prince Frederick, MD. He was born Aug. 4, 1939, in Lewis County, W. Va., to Laben J. and Lelah P. (Armstrong) McCartney. Mac was raised in West Virginia where he attended public schools. He married Elizabeth Ann Barron on July 27, 1959 and they lived in Arlington. Mac was employed by the Market Tire Company and later by Penn Jersey automotive parts store as a district manager. In the early 1970’s he purchased the Penn Jersey store in Prince Frederick and operated it as Penn Auto for many years. He and Bette moved to Calvert County in the mid 1970’s and he operated several businesses including Jerry’s Subs and Pizza in Dunkirk and the former Turner Wells liquor store in Sunderland which he operated as 2 & 4 Liquors. He was also involved in construction and remodeling with his business partner Jerry Clarke. Mac retired in June 2003 and then served on the Board of the Arc of Southern MD, and was currently a member of the Calvert County Planning and Commission where he had served for the past six years. In his leisure time Mac enjoyed raising and racing horses, and traveling, and was an avid Civil War buff. Mac was preceded in death by his parents and recently by his daughter Katherine Ann McCartney. He is survived by his wife Elizabeth “Bette” McCartney of Huntingtown; grandchildren Morgan and Sydney Fluster and son-in-law Eric Fluster, all of Slingerlands, NY, and by four nieces. A visitation for family and friends was held Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 at Rausch Funeral Home, Owings, MD. Memorial contributions may be made in Mac’s name to the Civil War Trust, 1140 Professional Court, Hagerstown, MD 21740. For additional information or to leave condolences visit www.rauschfuneralhomes. com.
Lola Parks, 104 Lola Mae Parks, 104, of Solomons, MD passed away on Sept. 1, 2012 in Solomons, MD. She was born on March 4, 1908 in Litchfield, Neb., to Arthur Henry and Dora Eta Hughes. Lola was a very accomplished woman, she graduated from Fletcher College; located in Iowa, with a bachelor’s degree in 1935. After finishing college she moved to San Diego, with her parents and sister. While in San Diego she had taken and successfully passed the examination to join the police force in 1940. She would spend four years on the police force; she later transferred to become an assistant probation officer for San Diego County. She met her future husband while he was stationed on a destroyer prior to World War II breaking out in San Diego. She would later move out east when he returned home from the war. While here in Maryland she had taught in Calvert High School. She also received her masters from the University of Maryland in 1958. She would go on to become supervisor of public personnel for the Calvert County
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Board of Education, and later the Director of Pupil Services until her retirement in June of 1976. Lola has been on many boards and committees such as Administrative board for St. Paul’s UMC, Chairmen of Volunteers for Calvert Hospital, and Co-Chairman of Library Committee for Asbury-Solomons just to name a few. She had also taught Sunday school at St. Paul’s UMC for over 47 years. Lola’s main hobby was China painting of which she has many beautiful examples. She was preceded in death by her husband Nathaniel Parks, her sisters, Mariana Hughes, Ruby Dean, Ruth Davis, brother, Milford D. Hughes, niece Jacqueline Herndon, and nephews Richard and LeRoy Dean, and Milford L. Hughes. She is survived by her niece, Vicki Hurt and husband Robert of Clyde TX; nephew Joe Dean and wife Jeniene of Leander, TX; and many great nieces and nephews. A visitation was held on Monday September 10, 2012, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Lusby, MD. A funeral and internment followed at the church. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the St. Paul’s UMC Building Fund, 110960 HG Trueman Rd., Lusby, MD 20657. Arrangements by Rausch Funeral Home, Port Republic, MD.
Robert Severn, 80 Robert Francis Severn of Prince Frederick, Maryland, passed away peacefully on Sept. 4, 2012, at the age of 80. He was born on April 5, 1932 in Washington, DC to James Anthony, Jr. and Rosalie (West) Severn. On Jan. 7, 1956, he married Ann Riedl, the love of his life. In 1998, Robert and Ann moved to Prince Frederick, Maryland and became members of St. John Vianney Catholic Church. Robert worked for and retired from the DC Government as an Insurance Examiner. He was a member of the Society of Financial Examiners and also worked as a Certified Financial Examiner. He loved to work crossword puzzles, go fishing, swimming and tried his hand at playing golf. During the football season, he could be found cheering on the Washington Redskins football team. Robert is the beloved husband of Ann Severn and the loving father of Timothy, Mary, James, Patricia and Robert. He is the devoted grandfather of 12 and great-grandfather of five. He is also survived by numerous family and friends. Family received friends to Lee Funeral Home Calvert, 8200 Jennifer Lane (Rt 4 & Fowler Road), Owings, MD 20736 on Monday, Sept 10. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, Sept. 11, at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Prince Frederick, MD 20678. Interment followed at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Silver Spring, Maryland. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John Vianney Catholic Church.
Buddy Simonds, 68 Gilbert “Buddy” Salvatore Simonds, Sr., 68, of North Beach, MD, passed away on Sept. 9, 2012. He was born October 4, 1943 in Washington, DC to Gilbert and Jennie (Russo)
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Simonds. He was raised and educated in Washington, DC. He married Dolores Boerckel on Nov. 23, 1963 at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Owensville, MD. Buddy was employed by the D.C. school Board as a Boiler Plant Operator until retiring in the 1990’s. He was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, North Beach and Past President of the Beach Buccaneers. Buddy enjoyed playing baseball as well as coaching Babe Ruth and Little League baseball and Buccaneers football. For many years he maintained Kellam Field in Chesapeake Beach. He was preceded in death by his parents Gilbert and Jennie Simonds, sisters Mary Weller and Vita Simonds and a daughter in law Nikki Simonds. He is survived by his wife Dolores Simonds; two daughters Linda Sullivan and her husband Dave of Chesapeake Beach, MD, Lorrie Magerer and her husband Michael of Dunkirk, MD; four sons Gilbert S. Simonds, Jr. and his wife Trina of Woodstock, GA, John Simonds and his significant other Samantha Williams of Chesapeake Beach, MD Charles Simonds of Scranton, SC and Brian Simonds and his wife Amy of St. Leonard, MD; 14 grandchildren Ashley Simonds and her fiancée Shayne Kenny, Amanda Mackey, Monica Simonds, Brandon Simonds and his fiancée Tayler Cooksey, Shawn Sullivan, John Simonds, Jr., Brianna and Justin Simonds, Timothy Vantassel and his wife Jill, Heather Wiley, Jennifer Magerer, Deianna Reinhartt and her fiancée Kent Gregory, Hallie Williams and D.J. Sullivan; two great grandsons Marcus Harrington-Arcuri and Coleman Vantassel; two sisters Jackie Jones of Taylorsville, GA and Joanne Crawley of Hyattsville, MD; two brothers James Simonds and his wife Betty of Dunkirk, MD and William Simonds and his wife Teresa of Kingsport, TN. Also surviving are two aunts, numerous nieces, nephews and in laws. Friends were received on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, at Rausch Funeral Home, Owings. A Mass of Christian Burial and celebration of Buddy’s life will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012 at St. Anthony’s Church, North Beach, MD. Interment will follow at Ft. Lincoln Cemetery, Brentwood, MD. Memorial contributions may be made to Calvert Hospice, P.O. Box 838, Prince Frederick, MD 20678 or at www.calverthospice. org. For information or to leave a condolence visit www.RauschFuneralHomes.com
Shoshanah Tulkin, 67 Shoshanah Yaffa Tulkin, 67, passed from this world into Glory on Sept. 2, 2012 at Suburban Hospital, Bethesda, Maryland. Shoshanah was born on June 19, 1945 in Bronx, New York. She was the youngest child of David and Mae Tulkin. She was 6 months old the family moved to Prince George’s County where Shoshanah grew up. She graduated from Northwestern High School in 1963. Shoshanah was a writer. She had written several novels, none of them published. She made her living as a graphic designer until her retirement. What she loved the most in the world was her Savior, her family, her cat and a good laugh! She will be missed. She is survived by her daughter, Laura
Hinkle, son-in-law, Roy Hinkle, Jr., two grandchildren, Emily Caroline Hinkle and Jack Lewis Hinkle and her brother, Steve Tulkin and sister-in-law, Sydney Kapchan. The family received friends on Thursday, Sept. 6, at the Rausch Funeral Home, P.A., 20 American Lane, Lusby, Maryland. A service celebrating her life was held on Friday, Sept. 7, at Southern Calvert Baptist Church, Lusby, with Pastor Steve Fehrman officiating. Interment followed at Chesapeake Highlands Memorial Gardens, Port Republic, Maryland. Should friends desire contributions may be made in her memory to the Jewish National Fund (JNF), 78 Randall Avenue, Rockville Centre NY 11570 http://www.jnf. org, USO (United Service Organization), P.O. Box 96322, Washington, DC DC 200906322, www.uso.org, or to Tents of Mercy, c/o Tikkun International, P.O. Box 2997 Gaithersburg MD 20886, (Within the USA, please send your tax deductible contributions to Tikkun and make checks payable to Tikkun International. Include a separate note indicating that the donation is for Tents of Mercy.) http://www.tentsofmercy.org.
Everett Wills, 72 Everett Russell Wills, 72, of Saint Leonard, MD passed away on Aug. 30, 2012, at Future Care Pineview Nursing & Rehab. Center, Clinton, MD. Everett was the son of the late Harold and Mary Wills and was born on June 14, 1940, in Paris, Maryland. He was the seventh of 10 children and was known to be quiet, obedient, and humble. Everett farmed most of his life until it was no longer profitable to raise tobacco. Although he enjoyed farming and being outdoors, he had a thirst for knowledge. He received his early education in the public schools of Calvert County, Maryland. Everett continued his education and received several accolades at Maryland State College in Princess Anne, Maryland. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in 1963. Everett joined the United States Navy in September 1963. He was accepted in the Aviation Officer Program in Pensacola, Florida and was the only African-American in his class. After Honorary Discharge from the Navy, Everett accepted a job in the United States Postal Service. He was later employed by the Board of Education in Calvert County, Maryland to teach Math and Industrial Arts. Later in his career, he worked construction until his retirement. Everett was joined in Holy Matrimony to Ephonia Lee Mason on June 24, 1967. From this union, came three children: Stacy, Margo, and Dawn. Everett and Ephonia were inseparable for 45 years. Everett attended Peter's United Methodist Church as a youth. He became a member of Brooks United Methodist Church in 1971. He served as Treasurer and Finance Committee Member for over 30 years. Everett enjoyed gardening, cooking, landscaping and carpentry. Most of all, he loved spending time with his grandchildren and attending their activities. Everett will be remembered as a great family man, a community activist and volunteer, as well as a legacy for his family as the first to receive a college degree. His humbleness and selflessness will be remembered throughout his family, friends and colleagues. His memory will be cherished by those
he leaves behind, his wife, Ephonia; his children: Donna Rice, Cheryl Wills, Sandra (Jeffrey Tolson), Stacy Wills (Tracy Commodore), Margo (Darry McNair), Dawn (Barron Parker); his grandchildren: Kym Rice, Jeffrey Tolson, Braxton Commodore, Brian Commodore; his siblings: Mattie Prout and Robert Wills; his step sister, Glenda Wallace; his aunt, Elizabeth Wills; his sisters-in-law: Yvonne Wills, Shirley Wills, and Lillian Wills; his brother-in-law, Enoch Tyler; his Goddaughters: Marshann Graham, Donna Jones, and Sherrise De Baugh; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Everett was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Mary Wills; his siblings: Leroy Wills, Doris Tyler, Mary Frances Thomas, John Wills, Helen Wills, George Wills, and James Wills. Funeral service was held on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 11:00 AM at Dunkirk Baptist Church, Dunkirk, MD with Bishop Darnell Easton eulogist. The interment was at Brooks UMC Cemetery, St. Leonard, MD. The pallbearers were Alvin Wills, Charles Tyler, Gregory Wills, Berjerone Mason, Ricky Wills and James Wills. The honorary pallbearers were Sidney Jones, Harry Harrod, Charles Riggs, Nicholas Bond and Frances Thomas. Funeral arrangements provided by Sewell Funeral Home, Prince Frederick, MD.
Eleanor Winiarczyk, 89 Eleanor Woloszynska Winiarczyk, 89, of Dunkirk, MD, passed away Sept. 5, 2012, at Calvert Memorial Hospital in Prince Frederick, MD. She was born February 5, 1923 in Buffalo, NY to John and Genevieve (Nowak) Woloszynski. Eleanor happily married Walter Winiarczyk on April 7, 1942 and they made their home in Clarence and Franklinville, NY. She moved to Dunkirk in 2005 to live with her daughter. Eleanor was a homemaker who loved to cook, bake, knit and crochet. She maintained a beautiful flower and vegetable garden each spring and summer. In her later years, she discovered her artistic talent and began to paint. Her beautiful artwork ranged from florals, wildlife and landscapes done in pastels and oils, all of which her family and friends proudly displayed. She was the recipient of many awards for her art. Eleanor loved and cherished her family and friends. She always enjoyed spending time with them and reveled in their accomplishments. Eleanor was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband of 47 years Walter Winiarczyk, Sr. She is survived by a son Walter M. Winiarczyk and wife Karol of Amherst, NY, and daughter Kathleen Schnobrich of Dunkirk. Also surviving are grandchildren Lynn Isula and husband Paul of East Amherst, NY, Walter Winiarczyk III and wife Jennifer of Cicero, NY, Norman Schnobrich III of Columbia, MD and Russell Schnobrich of Annapolis, MD; a great grandson Walter Aiden Winiarczyk, and her sister Dolores Syroczynski of North Tonawanda, NY. Services for Mrs. Winiarczyk will be private. For additional information or to leave condolences, please visit www.rauschfuneralhomes.com.
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Spotlight on Volunteers CareNet Helps Expecting Parents Prepare By Sarah Miller Staff Writer With 60 volunteers spanning three locations, CareNet has been serving the community since 1991, offering free care for expecting parents facing unplanned pregnancies.
Volunteer Mike Crowe
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Currently, CareNet volunteers are preparing for the 2012 Baby Steps at St. Mary’s Ryken on Sept. 15, as well as the FatherDaughter Purity Ball on Nov. 3, and other yearly events and fundraisers. CareNet Executive Director Cheryl Keen said CareNet depends on 60 volunteers that donate their time to the operation yearly. “Our volunteers are busy people that make time in their busy lives” Keen said. Services CareNet offers include pregnancy tests, limited diagnostic ultrasounds, education on pregnancy, parenthood, abortion methods, risks and alternatives and various support groups and counseling. Registered nurses who have gone through specialized training with the machine conduct ultrasounds, Keen said, adding the ultrasound has been a “tremendous tool.” Soon, CareNet will also offer STD and STI testing. Keen said they are seeking a physician or nurse practitioner to help with the testing and in the clinic. She said the goal is not to push mothers in a specific direction, but to give them all the information available. “We never want someone to say ‘why
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expectant mothers and they come across something she didn’t know, or she sees the mother light up about something they experienced first hand. “You see that connection and you know what you’re doing is wonderful,” she said. Though the majority of CareNet’s volunteers are female, there are men who volunteer with the organization. Mike Crowe has been at the Lexington Park center for three months and has been mentoring young fathers in Dad to Dad peer counseling. He started with CareNet because his wife volunteers with them, and he was interested in the center. He said he talks to young men about the challenges they will face, and shares experiences about how his own life changed when he and his wife had children. Keen said there is something for anybody who wants to get involved, no matter his or her age or skill set. Aside from counseling and nursing, there is a group of young volunteers goes into schools and to events, like the county fairs, to teach young people about abstinence. All volunteers go through different types of CareNet training, from the nurses learning to utilize an ultrasound to counselors and even the abstinence promotion team, Keen said. For more information, visit www. carenetsomd.org or www.friendsofcnpcsm. com. Applications to volunteer are available at all CareNet centers. Centers in St. Mary’s County are located at 21562 Thames Avenue in Lexington Park and 25482 Point Lookout Road in Leonardtown. The Calvert County location is at 2196 Solomons Island Road in Prince Frederick. The next CareNet fundraiser is Baby Steps at St. Mary’s Ryken in Leonardtown, starting at 12 p.m. It’s not too late to get involved. Pre-registrations are still being accepted, and Keen said registration will even be accepted the day of the event for $25. email@example.com
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Car Seat Laws Are Changing By Corrin M. Howe Staff Writer Earlier this year Maryland changed its requirements for child car seat regulations. Now a child must be in a rear facing infant seat until the age of 2 and use booster seats until 8. “We’d like to see the laws match the current recommendation,” said Cpl. Phillip Foote, certified car seat installer. The American Academy of Pediatrics changed its suggested guidelines last year following research and injury studies. Materials handed out a Middleham-St. Peter’s Community Health Fair on Saturday suggested, “Young children who are placed in vehicle belts rather than booster seats are twice as likely to suffer devastating injuries, including severe damage to the brain, liver, spleen, stomach and spinal cord. Most children need to use a booster seat until age 10 to 12 for maximum protection and improved comfort in the car.” A 2007 study published in the medical journal Injury
Prevention found that children younger than 2 were 75 percent more likely to die or be seriously injured when facing forward. Many parents express concern over children’s legs pushing against the seats when they are over 1 year old or 20 pounds, according to Foote. “Feet hitting the vehicle seat back is not an issues in injures. Children are pliable and not fully developed in the hip and pelvic area.” Furthermore, Foote and his helpers pointed out that countries in Europe, such as Sweden, leave their children rear facing until they are 5 years old. For more information go to www.carseat.org > Parent’s Corner> Helpful Handouts or call SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A.
Members of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office help properly install a car booster seat at a recent Community Health Fair at Middleham and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Lusby.
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Bob Hope Visits Calvert Fair Grounds By Sarah Miller Staff Writer
Photo by Sarah Miller Re-enactors Thomas McIlroy, left, Sam Fulks and Steve Fulks in WWII garb.
From Bob Hope and Bing Crosby performing inside to WWII soldiers camping outside, this year’s Circle of Angels’ WWII Remembered - Military Salute Fair offered something of interest for all visitors. This year was the second for the Circle of Angels salute fair. Circle of Angels Director Roseanna Vogt said she was a little disappointed with the turnout, due in part to the number of other events happening Saturday, but she is already looking forward to next year and making the third annual fair the biggest and best yet. She said many who came out were fans of Bob Hope out to watch impersonator Lynn Roberts, others checked out the WWII memorabilia exhibit or talked to the re-enactors about soldier experiences in WWII. “We’re enjoying it,” Vogt said. She said they were even flying a 48 star flag, which she said the re-enactors had brought out especially for the salute fair. Donald Knepp came back this year with antique
and replica WWII period weapons, toys and other memorabilia. He said he doesn’t often show his collection outside his home, but he enjoys the salute fair because he gets veterans who come up and recognize items he has, and they talk about those memories. “That alone is worth it,” Knepp said. That memorabilia was what brought Leonard Hall Junior Naval Academy student Nicholas Cammaroto out to the fairgrounds Saturday. Cammaroto said he started a business dealing in WWII memorabilia and has read a lot about the period. “This is my passion, I love WWII,” he said. Next year, Vogt intends to reach out to American Legions and VFW posts throughout the tri-county area and find ways to draw in a younger crowd, and looks forward to the challenge in growing the salute fair to match similar events in other states. For more information, call 301-778-3848, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.circleofangels. org. email@example.com
$8,000 Raised for ‘Little Livi’ By Corrin M. Howe Staff Writer The Ruddy Duck community of owners, staff, bands, and customers raised just under $8,000 for “Little Livi” born prematurely to one of the staff waitresses. “It’s a just a start,” said Stephanie Abrams “Little Livi is a fighter, but faces a difficult road ahead.” Olivia was born at the beginning of August in her 28th gestational week. She weighed one pound and nine ounces. Her mom, Rachel Ptaszynski, was the Ruddy Duck’s employee of the year. According to Abrams the brewery/restaurant is a tight community where staff and customers love and look after their own. “We want to thank everyone who came out to support her, especially Michael Kelley and Carlos Yanez (co-owners) and all (five) bands,” Abrams said. “It was really touching,” Abrams said of the local businesses who gave $3,000 in prizes, and attended Sunday evening’s events. The purpose for the fundraiser is twofold. “Dad is a
barber and mom is a server, if they don’t work every day, they don’t have money,” said Jackie Gheen, one of “Olivia’s Angels”. Abrams agreed that the money collected will help Rachael pay bills until she can return to work. The fundraising and Olivia’s needs are just beginning. “She is continuing to do well physically, but cognitively she has a cyst on her brain. She may always be a special needs baby. We will love her all the same.” Those who could not attend Sunday’s event have an opportunity to donate either by contacting Abrams at Steph@ Ruddy duckbrewery.com to find out which website to go to, or stop by the Ruddy Duck to purchase a “Pink Duck” for a dollar or more. The paper ducks are growing on the wall in the entrance of the brewery located at Route 765 and Dowell Road, in front of the Hilton Garden Inn Solomons. Olivia is currently at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and is expected to remain there until at least Nov. 1. The fundraiser included live music from The Piranahas, Friends of Rachael Ptaszynski (center) have dubbed themselves Olivia's Angels and helped collect donations Sunday. From left is Dave and Kevin Trio, Hydra Fx, and Funkzilla. Shannon Genthner, Stephanie Abrams, Jackie Gheen, Rachael Ptaszynski, Brandi Harris, Laura Rivers and Brooke Brown
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By Linda Reno Contributing Writer John Barton Dyer was born 1775 and was the son of James Dyer and Mary Redman. In 1801 he married Jane Newton, daughter of Bernard Newton and Mary Ann “Molly” Greenwell. On May 29, 1812 Dyer enlisted for five years as a private in the 14th U.S. Regiment. His recruitment officer was Lt. John White Thompson (one of the Fightin’ Thompsons). At the age of 37 with a wife and three children he would enlist is a mystery. By September 26 the 14th Regiment had made its way to Buffalo, New York. “On Saturday [September 26, 1812] the 14th U.S. Regiment and infantry under the command of Col. William H. Winder, arrived and encamped in the village. They will, we understand, soon march for Lewiston. This regiment is composed of fine healthy young men, 337 in number. It is to be lamented that the number is so few and that the men have not received their winter clothing, as they came from the southward and are not accustomed to our climate.” John Barton Dyer only had a few more days to live. According to a certificate signed by Lt. Thompson, he “died or was slain at Fort Niagara” on October 1, 1812, but I think he was probably killed on October 13, 1812 at the Battle of Queenston Heights, New York (aka the Battle of Lewiston), the first major battle of the War of 1812 that was won by the British. “The Americans, who were stationed in Lewiston, New
York were unable to get the bulk of their invasion force across the Niagara River [into Canada] due to the work of British artillery and reluctance on the part of the undertrained and inexperienced American militia. As a result, British reinforcements were able to arrive and force those Americans on the Canadian side to surrender.” By 1815, Jane (Newton) Dyer had presumably died too. Her uncle, Joseph Greenwell (of George) made his will on April 3, 1815. There was no mention of Jane but he made bequests to “Alexander Dyer, William Dyer, and Ann Dyer, children of Barton Dyer.” In December 1816 the Orphan’s Court appointed Edward Battle of Queenston Heights Ford guardian to “Alexander, William and Eleanor Dyer, orphans of John B. Dyer.” their deceased sister, Ann Eleanor Dyer. In 1829 William Stephen Dyer married Mary E. The Dyer children were entitled to bounty lands rd as a result of their father’s service. Edward Ford, how- Combs. In 1850 the family was living in the 3 District and William’s occupation was given as wheelwright. ever, declined the land in lieu of cash payments. The children were to receive instead $4 per month until Their children were: Mary Jane Dyer, born 1831 who married James Uriah Norris; Joseph Alexander Dyer, February 17, 1820. In 1828 William Stephen Dyer and John Alexan- born 1833 who married Mary Mahala Norris; and der Dyer signed receipts to Edward Ford for their share Martha Ellen Dyer, born 1836 who married William of their father’s estate and half [each] of the share of H. Drury.
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By Terri Schlichenmeyer Contributing Writer You just can’t stop yourself. When it comes to a project you’re interested in doing, you’ve got the tenacity of a toddler with a new toy, the grip of a pit bull, the grasp of a rock climber on a sheer cliff. Nothing deters you. You stick around to see the whole thing finished, no matter what. You can’t let go. Nikki Bordeaux Harper feels the same way, especially when it comes to the people she loves. In the new book “Imitation of Death” by Cheryl Crane, Nikki’s doggedness includes solving murders, too. Realtor Nikki Harper should’ve been home. The paint job in her kitchen should’ve been done and her mother, actress Victoria Bordeaux, should’ve had her Hollywood mansion all to herself again. Nikki would return to selling expensive houses and Victoria could enjoy semi-retirement. That’s the way it should’ve been the morning that Eddie Bernard was found behind the Bordeaux mansion with gardening shears buried in his chest. Eddie, son of Victoria’s long-time neighbor, Abe, had just gotten out of rehab two weeks prior. Not one to give up his drugs, he’d thrown a party the night before that culminated in several fights. One of the loudest was with Victoria’s gardener, Jorge. Everybody saw it happen. Everybody knew Jorge and Eddie detested one another. And since the shears had Jorge’s name engraved on the handles, everybody knew they were his. Jorge was the son of Victoria’s housekeeper,
and Nikki had known him forever. She was sure he didn’t kill Eddie; Jorge wasn’t that kind of guy. Yes, he had reason, but so did just about everybody. Eddie had been messing around with too many women with jealous boyfriends. Abe’s second wife, Ginny, reportedly loathed her stepson. There were a lot of people at the party who seemed to want Eddie for his money and his drugs, and Nikki heard rumors that some of the hangers-on were “dangerous.” Still, she couldn’t let Jorge go to jail for something he didn’t do. She had to know who really killed Eddie, but someone definitely wanted her to stop looking… Ho boy. Finally! A mystery that isn’t revealed on page 25. Nope, author Cheryl Crane keeps the speculation going by tossing all kinds of false leads in her readers’ way and by leading us down thought-paths we know are wrong but that are fun anyhow. The characters here seem to be a loose blending of real Hollywood folks (Crane is the daughter of Hollywood’s Lana Turner) a feature that turns into a guessing-game and that moves this story right along. Add in a few ingenious plot twists, some things that surprise us as much as they surprise the characters, a definite lack of four-letter words, and no gratuitous violence, and wow! We have a winner! Whodunit fans who hate the let-down of a toosolvable mystery will love this delightfully tangled novel, the second in a semi-series that can be read as a standalone. Just remember, though: once you start reading “Imitation of Death,” you’ll never be able to stop yourself.
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Thursday, September 13, 2012
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Plays Begin Before the Curtain Rises By Sarah Miller Staff Writer The stage is a magical place. A wellproduced play has the ability to transport the audience into the world and imagination of the playwright, while a bad one can be nothing more than a jumble of bad lines against a poorly-constructed backdrop. But what goes into making a successful production? A good stage cast, certainly. But it also takes a dedicated crew of men and women behind the scenes who are willing to work hard and put in time months before the curtain ever rises. “It’s really quite a lot of people when you get down to it,” said Twin Beach Players president Sid Curl. The Twin Beach Players are currently working on their next production – “Frankenstein,” an adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic novel by playwright Mark Scharf.
Photos by Sarah Miller New Directions Community Theatre rehearses “On Golden Pond” in the home of Director Phil Cosman.
The play will be a world premier for Scharf’s adaption of the classic story, and the Twin Beach Players are pouring everything they have into it, Curl said. Work began in January, when the players first approached Scharf to write the play. The music for the play is being composed specifically for the production, and they are working to make a performance space in the Boys and Girls Club into a convincing cabin on a ship trapped in the middle of an icy wasteland. He said they have an artist in residence who is working on the stage and another who is working on making realistic brains out of Jello. There is also a costume designer. Curl said they are sticking to black, white and grey to invoke the feeling of a black and white movie, one of the most common presentations of “Frankenstein.” Everything, from the costuming to the set and even the music and lighting, has to work in harmony to make the play a success. To that end, Curl said there are regular production meetings for everyone on the technical side of the production. The crew takes demands of the script into account as well. In “Frankenstein,” the monster is an absolute giant who towers over other men. To accomplish this effect, he said they are using lifts in the actor’s shoes, and a stage that is split into two levels. By putting Frankenstein’s monster on the higher level, it gives the optic illusion that he dwarfs other actors. Safety is another concern when staging a production – in one scene in “Frankenstein,” Curl said an actor has to deal with dry ice. To do so safely, they had to work the heavy gloves needed into the script as part of the costume. The Twin Beach Players have a venue for “Frankenstein” at the Boys and Girls
Entertainment Calendar Thursday, Sept. 13
Friday, Sept. 14
Zumba Fitness St. Mary’s Sunshine Center (22995 Moakley Street, Leonardtown) – 6 p.m.
Interactive Murder Mystery St. Clement’s Island Museum (38370 Point Breeze Road, Colton’s Point) – 6 p.m.
Live Music: “Dave and Kevin Trio” Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 7:30 p.m. Steam Coffin Presentation Calvert Marine Museum (14200 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons) - 7 pm. Free Dixie Power Trio Concert Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum (4155 Mears Ave, Chesapeake Beach) – 7:30 p.m.
Live Music: “Latrice Carr” Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 8 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 15 Artfest ’12, Sept. 15-16 Annemarie Sculpture Garden and Art Center (13480 Dowell Road, Solomons) – 10 a.m.
Club in North Beach, though like several performing groups in the area, they are without a permanent home stage. Finding a venue is a constant challenge for New Directions Community Theatre, according to New Directions Director Phil Cosman. He said a lot of energy is spent “trying to find a place to perform that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.” With a dedicated theater, rehearsal and performance space is guaranteed and consistent. For homeless theatre groups, there can be a challenge finding rehearsal space. When New Directions performed Ernest Thompson’s “On Golden Pond,” they were set for a dinner theatre production at Adam’s Ribs, but they couldn’t rehearse in the space needed for regular dining. Cosman welcomed the group into his home for three months for rehearsals before they could get into Adam’s Ribs, then only had a couple days to tweak the performance to fit the venue. “The venue is really the driving force,” Cosman said. In terms of setting stages, sound and lighting, having a dedicated home stage makes a huge difference, Cosman said. Local actress and CSM theatre student Amanda LePore has had the luck to work with one of the few groups in Southern Maryland with their own stage – St. Mary’s County’s the Newtowne Players. “It takes a lot of people to make a show,” she said, adding when many go to the theatre, the only thing they focus on is the actors. That, she said, is the sign of a successful production, when everything comes together so well the actors on stage are completely natural and the audience can slip into their world. Depending on the complexity of the show, LePore said it can take from three to five months from to start to opening night. Typically, there are at least as many people Solomons End-of-Summer Beach Bash Solomons Volunteer Rescue Squad and Fire Department(13150 HG Trueman Rd) – 3 p.m. Live Music: “Crystal Brandt and the River” Annemarie Garden (13480 Dowell Road, Solomons) – 1 p.m. The Green Door (18098 Point Lookout Rd, Park Hall) – 9 p.m. Live Music: “Fast Eddie and the Slow Pokes” Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 8 p.m.
working behind scenes as there are actors on stage, she said. LePore has been on both sides of the stage. She said being in the crew and helping behind the scenes is an excellent way to get involved in the theatre. She said many individuals who wouldn’t feel comfortable on stage get into the technical side of the production because they love the theatre enough to find a way to get involved. “Not everyone can act all the time,” she said, adding she will “do anything that a show needs.” Curl echoed LePore’s comments. Like many, he is filling several roles, acting as both director and technical designer for “Frankenstein,” calling himself “a man of many coats and knowledge of little.” email@example.com Live Music: “Ben Connelly” Running Hare Vineyard (150 Adelina Road, Prince Frederick) – 12 p.m. Live Music: “No Green Jelly Beenz” Vera’s White Sands Beach Club (1200 White Sands Drive, Lusby) – 9:30 p.m. Live Music: “Jim Ritter and the Creole Gumbo Jazz Band” The Westlawn Inn (9200 Chesapeake Avenue, North Beach) – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 16 Live Music: “RetroPhyt” Running Hare Vineyard (150 Adelina Road, Prince Frederick) – 12 p.m.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Thursday, Sept. 13 • Dazzling Dames in Watercolor – Figuratively Speaking CalvART Gallery (110 Solomons Island Road S, Prince Frederick) - Thursdays thru Sundays 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sept. 13 – Oct. 14 Featuring Mary Blumberg, full color, layered watercolor and Ann Trentman, minimal wet or dry watercolor; Jazz singer, Joyce Kinser and; short watercolor demonstrations of the artists dynamic and very different painting styles. Mary Blumberg and Ann Trentman are well known in Southern Maryland and beyond. One a full color, the other a minimalist, they show the full range of possibilities of watercolor. The artists’ reception is September 22 from 5-8 p.m. This is a can’t miss event combining spectacular new works of art, fabulous jazz singing by Joyce Kinser and brief demonstration by the artists on watercolor techniques you can learning a matter of minutes. For more information call 410-535-9252 or visit www. calvartgallery.com. • Calvert Conversations Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch (3819 Harbor Road, Chesapeake Beach) – 10-11 a.m. The topic of discussion at the first gathering will be “Oystering on the Bay”. The setting is perfect, overlooking an historic harbor on the bay. Branch Manager Joan Kilmon will lead the “conversations” that take place the second Thursday of each month: September 13, October 11, November 8, December 13, January 10, February 14, March 14, April 11, May 9. New-timers and old-timers gather together to ask questions, get answers, all the while enjoying a cup of coffee or tea and meeting other folks who want to know more about where they live. Join in the discussion! For more information, call the Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch at 410-257-2411 or check the website at calvert.lib.md.us. • Kids Just Want to Have Fun! Calvert Library Prince Frederick (850 Costley Way, Prince Frederick) – 2-3 p.m. Reading, discussion and projects for children in K - 3rd grade. Please register. For more information, call 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862. • Evening Storytime Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch (3819 Harbor Road, Chesapeake Beach) – 6:30-7:15 p.m. This storytime is for the family with children of multiple ages. Children enjoy books and language through short stories, songs, crafts and more. An adult must accompany child. This week’s theme: Back to School. For more information, call 410-257-2411.
Friday, Sept. 14 • Learn to Square Dance Open House Southern Community Center (20 Appeal Lane, Lusby) – 7:9:30 p.m. Aqua Squares invites families, singles, or couples to try out square dancing Sept. 14 and 21. Call for information and questions, or just come. Then sign up for classes, which begin September 28. For more information, call Elaine Reilly at 301-855-7937 or Mary and Bernie Ridgell at 301-863-8054 or visit www.aquasquaresclub.com
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• 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.
Saturday, Sept. 15 • 10th Annual Pet Day 5K Run/Walk Our Lady of the Sea Church (50 Alexander Lane, Solomons Island) – 7 a.m. The Humane Society of Calvert County (HSCC), a no-kill animal shelter, is announcing their 10th Annual Pet Day 5K run/walk. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the event begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. The cost is $25 for adults (13 and older), $20 for children (ages 6-12), and children 5 and under is free. If you register for the event on line there is a $5 discount. Leashed, well-behaved dogs are welcome to attend; no retractable leashes please. Last year’s event brought out more than 300 friends of the HSCC and more than 50 dogs. To register on line, please go to: www.active.com (search for HSCC’s Pet Day 5K) or search for more information, including how to volunteer, on the HSCC web site at www. HumaneSocietyofCalvertCounty.org. Additional information, including how to volunteer at HSCC, can be viewed on their web site at www.humanesocietyofcalvertcounty.org For more information, call Kirstyn Northrop-Cobb at 301-648-8278 or e-mail Northrop-Cobb@comcast.net. • Friends of Calvert Library Super Sidewalk Used Book Sale Calvert Library Prince Frederick (850 Costley Way, Prince Frederick) – 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Buy from the fantastic selection of gently used books – fiction, non-fiction and videos. Great opportunity for early holiday bargain shopping! For more information, call Robyn Truslow at 410-535-0291. • Playtime Calvert Library Fairview Branch (Rt. 4 and Chaneyville Road, Owings) – 10:4511:15 a.m. 410-257-2101 Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch (3819 Harbor Road, Chesapeake Beach) – 10:45-11:15 a.m. 410-257-2411 Calvert Library Prince Frederick (850 Costley Way, Prince Frederick) – 11-11:30 a.m. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862 Playtime is a learning and discovery time for you and your child. Engage in interactive play, connect with other parents and caregivers, and have fun! Bring a nonbattery operated toy to share. No registration. For ages birth through 5 years old. • Kids Just Want To Have Fun Calvert Library Fairview Branch (Rt. 4 and Chaneyville Road, Owings) – 2:303:30 p.m. Reading, discussion and projects for children in K - 3rd grade. Please register. For more information, call s410-257-2101. • Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s Asbury Solomons (11100 Asbury Circle, Solomons) – 8:30 a.m. Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer care, support and research. The National Capital Area Chapter will host two Walks in Southern Maryland
on Saturday, September 15, 2012. Participants will learn more about Alzheimer’s disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical trial enrollment, and the Association’s support programs and services. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s — the nation’s sixthleading cause of death. Start a team. Join a team. For more information, visit www. alz.org/nca, call 301-934-5856 or email AlzWalkSoMD@alz.org. The end of Alzheimer’s starts with you!
Saturday - Sunday, Sept. 15, 16 • Artsfest ‘12 Fine Arts Festival Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center (13480 Dowell Road, Solomons) – 10 a.m.5 p.m. You won’t want to miss Artsfest - a wonderful weekend of great shopping, live music, delicious food & drink, wine tasting, free children’s activities, and much more all set amidst the lovely trees and sculpture of Annmarie! Adults will love exploring more than 150 juried artist booths set up inside the Arts Building, outside in the Tent Circle, and along the Wooded Path (a shady walk you will love!). Enjoy a wide variety of live music and dance by more than twentyfive different performers on the Main Stage and the Council Ring. The kids will want to try all the creative activities under the giant Discovery Tent and the whacky fun in the Zany Zone. The Studio School classrooms will also be open where visitors can play in the clay or paint a masterpiece. Come celebrate the arts during Artsfest at beautiful! For more information, visit www.annmariegarden.org.
Monday, Sept. 17 • Girl Scout Open House Northeast Community Center Rooms A & B (4075 G Stinnett Boulevard, Chesapeake Beach) 6:30-8p.m. Come learn about the Girl Scout program and connect with troops in your area. Bring your daughter as there will be activities for the girls to participate in. Financial assistance is available and girls of all abilities are welcome. Volunteer opportunities for adults will also be discussed. For more information, contact Nadine Happell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-834-1702. • Monday Morning Movies & More Calvert Library Prince Frederick (850 Costley Way, Prince Frederick) – 10-11 a.m. Bring the little ones for a movie and a story! For more information, call 410-5350291 or 301-855-1862. • Kids Just Want to Have Fun! Calvert Library Prince Frederick (850 Costley Way, Prince Frederick) – 6:30-7:30 a.m. Reading, discussion and projects for children in K - 3rd grade. Please register. For more information, call 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862. • 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, and good ideas for great food! For more information, call 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.
Tuesday, Sept. 18
• Girl Scout Open House Olivet United Methodist (13575 Olivet Road, Lusby) 6:30 - 8p.m. Come learn about the Girl Scout program and connect with troops in your area. Bring your daughter as there will be activities for the girls to participate in. Financial assistance is available and girls of all abilities are welcome. Volunteer opportunities for adults will also be discussed. For more information, contact Nadine Happell at email@example.com or 800-834-1702. • Downton Abbey Schemes and Skeins Calvert Library Prince Frederick (850 Costley Way, Prince Frederick) – 5-6:30 p.m. Bring your knitting/crochet project and join us for the hot PBS Masterpiece Classic series Downton Abbey on the big screen. For more information, call 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.
Wednesday, Sept. 19 • Girl Scout Open House Calvert Library Prince Frederick (850 Costley Way, Prince Frederick) – 7-8 p.m. Come learn about the Girl Scout program and connect with troops in your area. Bring your daughter as there will be activities for the girls to participate in. Financial assistance is available and girls of all abilities are welcome. Volunteer opportunities for adults will also be discussed. For more information, contact Nadine Happell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-834-1702. • PlayTime Calvert Library Southern Branch (20 Appeal Way, Lusby) – 10:25-10:55 a.m. Playtime is a learning and discovery time for you and your child. Engage in interactive play, connect with other parents and caregivers, and have fun! Bring a nonbattery operated toy to share. No registration. For ages birth through 5 years old. For more information, call 410-326-5289. • Book Discussion Calvert Library Fairview Branch (Rt. 4 and Chaneyville Road, Owings) – 2-3:30 p.m. “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand” by Helen Simonson. For more information, call 410-257-2101. • Book Discussion Calvert Library Southern Branch (20 Appeal Way, Lusby) – 7-8:30 p.m. “The Cellist of Sarajevo” by Steven Galloway. This brilliant novel with universal resonance tells the story of three people trying to survive in a city rife with the extreme fear of desperate times. One Maryland One Book selection. For more information, call 410-326-5289.
Thursday, Sept. 20 • Kids Just Want to Have Fun! Calvert Library Prince Frederick (850 Costley Way, Prince Frederick) – 2-3 p.m. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862 Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch (3819 Harbor Road, Chesapeake Beach) – 6:30-7:30 p.m. 410-257-2411 Reading, discussion and projects for children in K - 3rd grade. Please register.
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Keep On Fishing! The Ordinary
By Keith McGuire Contributing Writer Deer season started last Friday with the early bow season. This is the beginning of a sport that will suck up all of your time for fishing if you let it. I can tell you from experience that you will become food for many critters if you head into the woods now. The blood-sucking, feeding critters include ticks, chiggers, mosquitoes, and biting flies. I will grant you that mosquitoes and biting flies can be a problem when fishing, too. But, you don’t have to worry so much about using repellants because the scent doesn’t matter much to the fish. (TIP: Be sure to wash insect repellants from your hands before handling bait or lures.) Historically, the rest of the boating season and well into December is without question the best time to be on the water in pursuit of fish. Like most creatures at this time of the
year, fish are tying on the feed bag in preparation for big migrations and to store fat for the colder periods of the year. At certain times of the year there are two major populations of striped bass in the Bay and river systems in our region. During the summer months, rockfish fry are growing to self-sustaining sizes. They will stay in the Bay and river systems for 5 – 6 years before they begin the migration patterns of their older relatives. At this time of year, they school up to chase large schools of baitfish and aggressively feed until the baitfish moves on to warmer waters. Larger and older striped bass migrate out of the Bay and move up the coast to cooler waters during the summer months. Many of them return to the Bay every year and begin their annual migration from late October through December.
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Bleachers By Ronald N. Guy Jr. Contributing Writer
In his song “Fruitcakes”, Jimmy Buffett quipped, “Relationships…we all want ‘em, we all got ‘em…what do we do with ‘em?” Exactly. They come in various forms and one’s as baffling as the next. Has anyone figured out the parent-child dynamic yet? From either side of the equation? What about husband and wife? Right, we stand united in our confusion. Siblings? The phrase “sibling rivalry” is, no doubt, fact-based. At least we’ve found harmony in our professional relationships. Bosses and employees always function well together and coworkers routinely get along. Uhhh…nevermind. In the sports world, where the best in humanity can be found (even if you have to squint sometimes to see it), relationships remain a work in progress. Teammates quarrel regularly and coaches will fuss at players for as long as the sun keeps rising (21 Dec 2012, right?). But that’s all because of their
mutual love and respect. Of course, of course (uttered with a wink). However, the real relationship fruitcakes of the sports world reside in the stands and glued to TVs. Sports fans (me included) have the emotional maturity of teenagers. Our feelings are simple, passionate and polarized. We love or we hate. We lost our gray crayon long ago, if we ever possessed one at all. We develop insatiable, one-way crushes based on little more than an athlete’s wardrobe. We’re that deep as a people. Wear our colors and we’ll find any reason to root for you, dress like you, adorn our walls with your life-sized image, tattoo your name on our biceps over our ex-wife’s and name our first born after you. Don a rival’s logo and you’re the enemy and the target of an over-flowing caldron of emotional venom that will envelop your earthly existence and saturate your posthumous journey to the depths of Hell. We promise you that, mister. Just try us. Dare you.
Other fish begin a migration out of the Bay as waters cool. Naturally, before they go, they will “bulk up” by eating as much as they can. Other species of fish – like white perch – do not migrate, but stay in our local area. They will be bulking up to get through the colder months of the year. Feeding fish translates directly to successful catches! If you decide that you would rather be in the woods feeding ticks and chiggers while you wait for furry critters to pass within range, then you are going to miss one of the most exciting times to be on the water. Top water action for stripers is now at its peak. Give it a try! Bluefish are still in the area and some of them are over 5 lbs. Nothing fights better! There are still a lot of puppy drum in the area and a few of them are keeper size (18 – 27 Inches). Speckled trout can now be found on both shores of the Bay for anglers
who know how to catch them. Croakers can still be found and some of these are of a premium size. We may have to wait until next year for find fishable numbers of flounder in our area. Now don’t get me wrong! I like to hunt almost as much as I like to fish, but I think I’ll wait until temperatures cool and bugs are less of a problem. Besides, there are fewer boats on the water during the autumn months, and that suits me just fine! Remember to take a picture of your catch and send it to me with your story at email@example.com. Keith fishes weekly from his boat, The Ordinary Angler, during the season, and spends his free time supporting local conservation organizations.
To See Clearly, Close Your Eyes Such a, ahem, “rational” perspective can occasionally depart one’s view ever so slightly from reality. Exhibit A: former ‘Skins tight end Chris Cooley. After the ‘Skins cut Cooley, the most popular and longest-tenured player on the team, the outrage from fans and former players was swift and Cooley-nostalgia swelled to extravagant levels. The feeling, from those owning now obsolete Cooley jerseys, was that the ‘Skins rudely discarded one of their best players and part of the team’s identity. The reality is Cooley’s play had regressed and, even in his prime, he was one of the best players on otherwise pedestrian rosters. Stated differently, he may have once been an elite ‘Skins player, but he was never an elite NFL player. That’s harsh, but it’s the Vulcan-like, unemotional truth. Before you flood my in-box with hate mail, hear me out. Cooley wasn’t just another player. We, my fellow ‘Skins fans, had a relationship with him, and that’s precisely why it’s really hard for us to assess him objectively. To clear emotion’s rose-colored glasses, try this exercise: close your eyes and ponder Cooley’s career. What immediately came to mind? I didn’t see much beyond a couple of goofy interviews and random broken tackles. Now,
repeat the exercise with true ‘Skins greats like Darrell Green, Dexter Manley and John Riggins. Did you see franchise-defining plays in playoff games and Super Bowls? See the difference? You can do that quick exercise with just about any relationship. Try it with a random sample of your 543 Facebook “friends”. If your visions produced no real shared experiences or continuing bond, then they’re probably not a “friend”, but a virtual acquaintance. Want to know if you can work for that autocratic boss or commit long-term to your fabulously (or is it fatally) flawed significant other? Close your eyes for clarity. Do the positive images trump the warts? As Jimmy Buffett noted, and who’s to argue with man inspired by palm trees, booze and the perfect cheeseburger, relationships are a confounding human need. ‘Skins nation had a strong bond with Chris Cooley. I’ll miss him and the primal “Cooooooooooool” chants on Sundays, but not as much as I still miss the true greats to wear the Burgundy and Gold. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
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