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Gazette Calvert

September 20, 2012


Everything Calvert County

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8 Letters 10 Education 11 Business 12

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14 Newsmaker 15

Design Diaries

16 Obituaries

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With more than 150 artists, 25 performers and numerous refreshment booths, Artsfest at Annmarie Garden offered fun for all ages last weekend.

18 Community 19 Classifieds 20 Entertainment 21

Out & About

22 Games 23 Sports


The Calvert County Fair has been a tradition for 126 years, and this year will be no different, with everything from animals to carnival rides and homemade bread to funnel cakes offered to satisfy children and adults of all ages.

Mark Your Calendar! Race Day is October 13, 2012

Have fun & raise funds for a great cause!

Anissa Swanzy, owner and designer of SKD Studios in Lusby says: “We are the best kept secret in Maryland and we don’t want to be any more.”

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. or in person at the KeepWell Center.

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More Bacteria Infections Expected in Local Waters By Guy Leonard Staff Writer A world-renowned expert on bacteriological infections from the University of Maryland says that local residents must be careful when fishing, crabbing, oystering or even taking pleasure swims in or around the Chesapeake Bay, as vibrio vulnificus, a virulent bacteria that can cause lethal infections is going to be on the rise. Rita Colwell, a professor with the university’s Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, told a gathering of concerned residents at the Calvert Marine Museum that given the apparent incremental rise in water temperature in the bay and surrounding waters the conditions are right for the pathogen’s successful multiplication. Colwell said climate change is a central factor in this. “With respect to global warming, yes, indeed vibrio species will increase,” Colwell told the gathering Sept. 16. Vibrio infections literally “liquefy internal organs,” Colwell said, and are essentially flesh eating. The bacteria can enter the human body through uncooked seafood and also open wounds. Not all infections are fatal or incredibly serious, she said, and indeed there are probably many more that are undiagnosed because those who are younger with strong immune systems simply ride out the infection without seeking

medical attention. Sam Sayers, a Ridge resident, contracted a vibrio infection in his leg several years ago and still bears the scars. At the forum he said when he first sought medical treatment the doctors did not put him on antibiotics strong enough to knock out the pathogen that ravaged his flesh. Several years later, despite having survived, he said his one leg is still 30 percent larger than the other and lamented that local physicians were not more aware of the presence of vibrio and the signs of an infection. “The doctors have no idea what’s going on,” Sayers said, who added that a close friend and neighbor who is also a physician saw the signs and was able to get him much stronger treatment. “You’re a very lucky guy,” Colwell said. “He saved your life.” One problem though, she said, is to ensure that people understand how the bacteria can infect a person as common sense measures like cooking seafood well eliminate its poisonous effects. “It’s a conundrum of not wanting to scare the living daylights out of the public by telling them not to eat seafood which doesn’t make sense,” Colwell said. “I just don’t eat raw oysters.” Sen. Roy Dyson, who also attended the forum, gave statistics showing that reported cases of vibrio infections

statewide might be on the rise. Just last year there were 37 such cases with one fatality, so far this year there are already 38 cases but no fatalities. “But there have been some amputations,” Dyson told The Calvert Gazette, adding that the information came from state and local health departments in both Calvert and St. Mary’s counties. In 2010 the were 47 cases, a 10-year high, Dyson reported, but no deaths. In 2005 there were 25 cases with four fatalities. Hope is growing though for earlier detection of vibrio infections in people and also for creating predictive models using environmental factors to tell when and where vibrio bacteria would infest local waters, Colwell said. Many times patients would come to see doctors and have to wait nearly a week before getting results that would show the vibrio in their systems, which is why she said she is working to start up a company that would make rapid DNA testing available “so you don’t have to wait five days.” Satellite data can also show salinity and temperature fluctuations in local waters, she said, and using that data scientists can predict vibrio outbreaks, she said. “We’re looking at maybe a two-to-three month warning system to show which parts of the bay have the potential for a vibrio vulnificus infection,” Colwell said.

Offshore Grand Prix Makes a Splash By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Parking was hard to come by this weekend on Solomons, between Artsfest and the third annual Solomons Offshore Grand Prix. “It was a good time,” said race coordinator Mike Yowaiski. He said the weekend was ”awesome” and “very successful”, adding everything ran smoothly. They had no lack of people out to see the boats, with spectators lining the Solomons boardwalk, camping out in the beds of pickup trucks and even on boats in the Patuxent. Yowaiski said he’s already in discussions for a fourth annual event, but nothing’s settled yet. This was Prince Frederick resident Cater Mackiewicz’s second time at the races. “I’ve always been into boats,” he said. “It’s nice to have something so close to home.” He came last year with his son, and they returned this year because they had a lot of fun. He said his favorite boat is Miss Geico, featured in the final race of the afternoon.

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State fire marshals have arrested a man for allegedly setting fire to the contents of a trash bin at a Prince Frederick business back in July. Jason Brandt Anderson, 32, of Waldorf, faces one count of second-degree arson and one count of malicious destruction of property over $500. If convicted of both charges he could be imprisoned for up to 23 years and/or face $32,500 in fines, according to fire marshals. On July 12, investigators were called to look

into a fire at R&R Fabrications located on Schooner Lane where the owner told fire marshals that employees were able to quickly extinguish the fire in the restroom, but not before it caused $5,000 in damages. There were no injuries as a result of the fire, investigators reported. Investigators believe that Anderson was responsible for starting the blaze and arrested him on a warrant Sept. 13 at the fabrication facility.

Police Investigate Another Fatal Crash By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Calvert Sheriff’s Office investigators say charges against the driver of a Jeep Liberty are pending after he was involved in a crash in Lusby that killed his passenger. Police are investigating the crash that occurred on Gunsmoke Trail on Sept. 12, in which they found that 19-year-old Eric Ashton Harvey’s vehicle left the road and went into the nearby woods at about 8:30 p.m. The preliminary investigation has revealed that the Jeep was traveling southbound on Gunsmoke Trail in the area of Sitting Bull Trail when Harvey failed to maintain control of the vehicle as

he came to the turn. The Jeep went through a front yard on Gunsmoke Trail and then went into the air, crossed a driveway and continued into the woods near the home. The vehicle struck a large tree on the passenger’s side before it stopped, police said. Justin Earle Wilder, 19, of Lusby was taken to Calvert Memorial Hospital were he was pronounced dead. Anyone with information on the crash is asked to call Sgt. V. Bortchevsky at 410-535-2800 of the Crash Reconstruction Team.

Stop Means Stop Drivers Continue Running Stop Arm on School Buses By Sarah Miller Staff Writer School buses. Nobody likes getting stuck behind these slow moving, constantly stopping vehicles, and sometimes, when they have stopped once too many times and a person’s in a hurry to get somewhere, there is a lot of temptation to bypass the stop arm on the bus and move faster than a snails pace. “Drivers continue to bypass the stop arms on school buses at a frightening rate,” a press release from the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) states. In information gathered through a MSDE sponsored survey in April, 4,657 drivers went around the stop arm in one day. This number is lower than the more than 7,000 counted in one day in 2011, but the number is still has state officials worrying. "Schools are opening, and it is important to understand that it is illegal to pass a bus with its stop arm extended and its lights flashing," State Superintendent of Schools Lillian M. Lowery said in a press release. "There are no excuses for this violation. We need to keep Maryland school children safe." In the April survey, more than 63 percent of



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drivers contributed information. Statistics show larger systems had more violations, with Montgomery County tallying 1,494 violations. Kent County drivers proved to be the most cautious, with zero incidents reported. In Calvert, 100 drivers ignored the stop arm, and 67 were reported in St. Mary’s County. When a driver runs a stop arm, they should know they are not invisible to the driver. Director of School Transportation Ed Cassidy said there is a system set up for drivers to document violations. There are also grants available for police to follow buses and station themselves at trouble spots to deter violations. Since the beginning of the school year, he estimated 6 to 12 violations have been reported. In terms of safety, he said there are things everyone has to remember. Kids and parents should be at bus stops 5-10 minutes early and refrain from approaching the bus until it has stopped and the door opens. Drivers should be aware that they must stop when the bus’s lights are flashing and the stop arm is down. Failure to do so could result in citations and other repercussions.

Non-Functioning Traffic Light Law to Take Effect

Beginning Oct. 1, a driver approaching a non-functioning traffic control signal, from any direction, at an intersection shall stop at a clearly marked stop line; before entering any crosswalk; or before entering the intersection, according to the Maryland State Police. After stopping; the driver must: yield to any vehicle or pedestrian in the intersection; and remain stopped until it is safe to enter and continue through the intersection. Just because a traffic control signal is not functioning at an intersection does not mean drivers are relieved of their duty to exercise care and caution. The new law makes clear the procedures each driver must now follow. Violations of the new law carry a fine of $90 and two points if the offense does not contribute to an accident. If the violation contributes to a crash, the fine is $130 and three points.

Assault Rifle Stolen

At 2:15 p.m. Sept. 13, Trooper First Class Williams responded to the 1100 block of Plum Point Rd. in Huntingtown for a reported theft. The victim’s assault rifle was stolen from his residence. The investigation continues.

Wallet Stolen from Cabinet in Class

At 2:45 p.m. Sept. 13, Sergeant Bevard responded to the Beach Elementary School in Chesapeake Beach, for a reported theft. The victim’s wallet was stolen from her purse. The purse was in an unlocked cabinet drawer in the victim’s classroom. The investigation continues.

DUI Arrest After Crash

At 2:07 a.m. Sept. 14, Trooper First Class Smith responded to a single vehicle collision on Dalrymple Road at Christiana Parran Road in Huntingtown. The driver, Marvin R. Odell Jr., 23 of Chesapeake Beach, was found to be driving under the influence, police said, and during a search, both marijuana and suboxone were found. He was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.

Theft from Vehicle

Sometime overnight between Sept. 9 and 10 someone smashed the front passenger window of a vehicle that was parked in the 8700 block of C Street in Chesapeake Beach and stole a black TomTom GPS. DFC J. Norton is investigating.

Destruction of Property

The driver side window of a vehicle parked on Frederick Avenue at Sea Breeze Court in North Beach was smashed by an unknown object causing $200 in damage overnight between Sept. 9 and 10. Nothing was stolen from inside the vehicle. DFC J. Norton is handling the investigation.

Lusby Vehicles Burgled

Two unlocked vehicles parked outside a home on Marina Overlook in Lusby were entered at around 2:00 a.m. on Sept. 10. Some money and a Sirius satellite radio receiver were stolen. DFC R. Weems is investigating.

Car Windshield Smashed

A victim advised Dep. J. Migliaccio that on Sept. 14 between 8:45 a.m. and noon, her vehicle was parked at the Dash-In parking lot on Chesapeake Beach Road in Owings and someone smashed her front passenger window. She advises that the vehicle had been left unlocked and that nothing of value was in the car at the time. Nothing appears to have been stolen.

Beer Bottle Hurled at Car

A woman advised DFC J. Parsons that on Sept. 16 at 1:38 a.m. as she was driving on White Sands Boulevard in Lusby, someone threw an object at her vehicle, shattering the rear window of her SUV. Parsons determined that someone had thrown a full beer bottle at the vehicle. No suspects were located and no one was injured. The damage is estimated at $200.

Disorderly Conduct Arrest

DFC J. Parsons arrested a man for disorderly conduct on Sept. 16 at 3:45 a.m. after he was called to a home on Swaggers Point Road in Solomons. Upon arrival Parsons observed the man running through the front yards of homes, police said. Witnesses advised he had been banging on the door of a home and screaming that he was going to kick the door in, according to police. Parsons arrested Brandon Matthew Creech, 24, of Solomons, and charged him with disorderly conduct after Creech ignored advice from police and allegedly continued to be a disturbance.


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Artsfest Offers Creative Fun More than 150 artists, 25 performers and numerous refreshment booths, Artsfest at Annmarie Garden offered fun for all ages last weekend. Activities and artists were scattered throughout the gardens, offering quiet retreats and plenty of opportunities for early Christmas shopping. Children had the opportunity to play with hula hoops and make crafts and adults could experiment with clay and painting, as well as talk to different artists about their works on display.

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By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Friends of the library gathered for a behind the scenes tour of the Calvert Library Prince Frederick, getting the chance to go behind the circulation desk and even into the office of Calvert Library Director Patricia Hofmann. During the tour, Hoffman told the attendees about the building process for the Prince Frederick Library, which took $8 million, a year to design and two years to build. “It shows the county’s pride in itself,” Hoffman said. The also discussed the new southern branch library coming to Solomons. The Calvert Board of County Commissioners recently approved $773,280 for WM Davis, Inc., out of Leonardtown, to do the interior renovation of the library at their Sept. 11 meeting. Calvert County Marketing Communications Specialist Mark Volland said the work will be a complete “retrofit of the interior,” including carpeting, HVAC and even doorways. He said the work will take an estimated 180 days from start to finish. The Calvert Library Foundation will also be helping raise money to outfit the Solomons library, Hoffman said, in actions similar to their assistance with outfitting the Prince Frederick library with things like furniture and resource materials. They have even helped send librarians to specialized training classes. For more information about the Calvert Library Foundation, visit For more information about the Friends of Calvert Library, visit

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By Sarah Miller Staff Writer All over the county on Sept. 12, groups worked on projects for the United Way of Calvert County’s Day of Caring. There were approximately 250 volunteers working 33 projects for 19 member agencies. A large group landed at Safe Harbor in Prince Frederick, weeding the gardens and yard, trimming trees and hedges. An eager group of workers even removed a dead tree from the property. “That’s the beauty of the Day of Daring, you think they’re going to do a little gardening and they take out a tree,” said Director of Community Impact Jennifer Moreland. Moreland’s favorite group was the kids who went out to Serenity Farm to learn about gardening and nature. Adults with them had a chance to mentor the children, and the children had a great time. “They were in heaven,” Moreland said. Jeff York with Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant was the project manager at Safe Harbor, and one of the men in-

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volved in removing the dead tree. He said he’s been working on Day of Caring for the past eight years, and believes the work volunteers do is important. “We can transform an area in a very small amount of time,” he said. “Very inexpensively too.” Not all volunteers come with a company. Leslie Brooks of St. Leonard chose to volunteer on her own and became attached to the Safe Harbor group. She said she is semi-retired and was looking for a volunteer opportunity. Day of Caring was a perfect fit for her, she said, and was happy to spend the day working outside. Karen Smith with SMECO said volunteering and giving back to the community are essential. “With out the support of everybody, out community suffers,” she said. To keep the community safe, happy and whole, everyone should do what they can, when they can, to give back.

New Chamber CEO To Take Over By October By Corrin M. Howe Staff Writer Invitations for the Calvert Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting went out in the mail last week. In the meantime, Wednesday evening, the personnel committee submitted their recommendation for the person to replace out-going CEO/President Carolyn McHugh, according to board members. The annual meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn Solomons Conference Center & Marian on Wednesday, Oct. 17 from 6 to 9 p.m. Awards will be presented in the following categories: Small Business of the Year, New Business of the Year, Home-Based Business of the Year and Chamber Member of the Year. Entertainment will be provided by Commissioners Pat Nutter and Steve Weems. The new website for the chamber now allows businessmen and women to go online to register and pay for chamber sponsored events. Registering for the annual meeting required basic information and a credit card for the $55 member and $65 non-member fee. Reservations are required for the dinner. Go to or call 410-535-2577 for more information.

Photo by Sarah Miller John Finneyfrock and Jeff York shovel mulch at Safe Harbor.

North Beach Borrowing $2.5M to Buy Land By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Changes may are on the horizon in North Beach, between the new land acquisitions and a new home for the Bayside History Museum. The North Beach Town Council during its Sept. 13 meeting decided to move forward with a purchase of four parcels of land. The town will use its bonding authority to complete the transactions, with loans totaling $2.5 million. “Generations in North Beach will be in your debt,” said Mayor Mark Frazer, who disagreed with the plan to borrow for these projects, said after the vote to approve an emergency ordinance to issue the bonds for the purchases. Land is being purchased from Van Metre Homes of Northern Virginia and RAR Associates, which includes land on Chesapeake Avenue. The board assured concerned citizens that taxes will not be going up due to their actions.

Future plans for the parcels include parking, perhaps even a multilevel parking garage, and other needed improvements to the town’s infrastructure. In other news, Grace Mary Brady with the Bayside History Museum announced the museum’s move to the former North Beach Community Center would be taking place soon. The additional room will allow for additional museum exhibits. There was also an update on the wave barrier project, whish is still under review by the Army Corps of Engineers, in addition to various flooding and storm water management issues. “We’re really dealing with holding back the Chesapeake Bay,” Frazer said. Landowner Ron Russo spoke up during public comment to update the council on his proposed hotel and conference center at 5th Street and Bay Avenue, in addition to other ongoing projects. He said the hotel and conference center is soon to begin development.

CareNet’s Baby Steps More Than A Fundraiser By Corrin M. Howe Staff Writer Getting the community and families involved was one of the goals for the CareNet Pregnancy Center’s 2012 Baby Steps Walk For Life, according to Cheryl Keen, CEO of CareNet. In the past, the center has had a walk at Solomons, but it was nothing like what they pulled off Saturday at St. Mary’s Ryken High School, Keen said. She and board member Mike Williamson paused their walk around Ryken’s track surface to share how pleased they were with the community participation and turn out. The plan for the day was to open the track from noon to midnight for family and community members to come out and spend some quality time

together and show their support. The previous walk was held at Solomon was designated for a certain time, only covered Solomons and everyone walked together as a group. By spreading the hours out, families and community groups were able to stop by throughout the day. During the four to five o’clock hour, a number of children raced around the track together holding helium inflated balloons. Several families walked together. One family had a father, mother and three teenage daughters. Another had dad, a very pregnant mom and two preschool children and while another had dad carrying an infant. One family held hands as they strolled around the track. The walk also included men walking with men, women walking with women as they enjoyed the sun

shine, comfortable temperatures and a breeze periodically sweeping across the fields. A number of churches stopped by throughout the day to provide entertainment for the walkers, including St. Aloysius’s choir, Leonardtown Baptist’s Youth group, Vision 8, Walls of Jasper and God’s Misfits. Ryken provided the place to walk, and the booster club, National Honor Society and Knights of Columbus were instrumental in helping throughout the day. “We are so appreciative of all those who came along us, giving their time. They are a tremendous blessing,” said Keen. The walk brought in $11,000 and 85 walkers covered the path continuously from noon to 8:30 p.m.

Friends and families came out to support CareNet Baby Steps Walk for Life at St. May’s Ryken High School, raising $11,000 for the pregnancy center.


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Dominion Expansion Moving Along By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Dominion Cove Point is moving forward with their plans to expand into exporting Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) from the plant on Cove Point Road. Most recently, Dominion Cove Point acquired a parcel of land straight across Route 2/4 from the intersection at Cove Point Road. Dominion Cove Point Spokesperson Dan Donovan said the area is approximately 100 acres. Dominion will also be leading an additional 80 acres from the county, adjacent to the land Dominion is purchasing. Dominion intends to conduct a traffic study to ensure they don’t cause undue stress and congestion on Route 2/4 during construction, Donovan said. Donovan said they will use the area to store and cut lengths of pipe for the project, as well as other materials. Dominion will also be using a field near the Patuxent River, normally used for parking at Calvert Marine Museum concerts, to take deliveries by barge. He said they will be working with the museum so they can still use the field or event parking. Donovan said Dominion looked at several sites that were less convenient, and they’re pleased everything has been coming together so well. “We’re excited about it,” Donovan said. Dominion is also considering putting additional administrative space in the Patuxent Business Park, though Donovan said those plans are still tentative. The offsite areas will only be used during construction. Donovan said once construction is finished, the new LNG export facility would fit within the current Dominion Cove Point footprint. Donovan said they are still in the pre-filing process with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and welcome public comment on the project. Construction is projected to begin in 2014.


Prescription Drug ‘Take Back’ Day Set In July 2009, the Prescription Drug Abuse Disposal Committee was formed in order to educate Calvert County residents to proper prescription medication disposal and to increase awareness of prescription drug abuse. The committee, which has changed its’ name to Prescription Drug Abuse Abatement Committee (PDAAC), meets monthly to collect and share data, develop awareness events and activities, promote disposal of expired and unused medications and develop resource information, a Calvert Sheriff’s Office press release states. National and state data indicate a dramatic increase in prescription drug abuse. During the past five years Calvert Substance Abuse Services has seen a 350 percent increase in requests for treatment for prescription drug abuse. The statewide average is 103 percent. The county’s State’s Attorney’s Office has seen the number of “pill” cases increase almost double the amount from last year and 2012 is not yet over. Additionally, many crimes ranging from burglary, theft, sexual assault, robbery and child neglect occur because the defendant is addicted to or uses pills.

Eighty-two percent of Calvert County’s foster care children were removed from homes in which drug or alcohol were a contributing factor to their removal. The Prescription Drug Box located at the Sheriff’s Office can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and collected over 600 pounds of medications last year. On Sept. 20 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., the College of Southern Maryland Prince Frederick Campus will feature a Prescription Drug Abuse Community Forum. All are welcome and refreshments and door prizes will be provided. Also, Sept. 29 is Prescription Drug “Take Back” Day when citizens can bring their unused and/or expired medications from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to any of the following locations: • The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office in Prince Frederick • Mt. Hope Community Center in Sunderland • Northeast Community Center in Chesapeake Beach • Southern Community Center in Lusby For more information, please contact the Calvert Alliance Against Substance Abuse at 410-535-3733 or e/mail them at or visit


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Volunteers Shine on Day of Caring

By Evan K. Slaughenhoupt, Jr. Calvert County Commissioner, District 3

On behalf of Chesapeake Church and Chesapeake Cares Food Pantry, I would like to thank the community for their efforts during this year’s United Way Day of Caring. Chesapeake Cares Food Pantry had 35 volunteers from World Gym of Owings, College of Southern Maryland, Constellation CCNPP, Asbury/Solomons, and Calvert Co DPN. That morning our volunteers divided bulk food items to distribute to local families. They prepared homemade meals for homebound and disabled seniors in our community, provided admin support, and offloaded 20,000 pounds of food into the food pantry warehouse. In addition, our volunteer’s packaged fresh string beans that were provided by Farming 4 Hunger. It was truly a community event. Every year, over 10,000 people in Calvert County utilize local food pantries and it is our privilege to serve them. October is End Hunger In Calvert County Month and as a partner food pantry, I encourage everyone to get involved and participate this year. Food drive information, upcoming events, and volunteer opportunities can be found at There is something everyone can do. Once again, thank you to the United Way, the local businesses, Farming 4 Hunger, End Hunger In Calvert County, and all of our great volunteers. Great partnerships accomplish great things. Debbie Weber, Director Chesapeake Cares Food Pantry

There is a saying that goes something like: “There are none so blind as those who refuse to see.” That saying is appropriate when thinking about how to make local government more transparent. So, when citizens observe elected officials deflecting improvements to the county government by refusing an honest and transparent assessment of the government, it infers somebody is hiding something. That deflection is asserted by claiming the need of definitions of terms such as baseline, re-alignment, phase-out, pay-out, reduction, privatization, consolidation, lay-offs, reductions in force, lost jobs, lost benefits, selling assets, reduced expectations, less quality of life, etc. Before listing a set of definitions, I offer first another saying we’ve often heard that goes something like, “putting the cart before the horse.” Why? Because, before even addressing the multitude of terms above (cart), we elected officials should first have data (horse) available that is derived only by doing a baseline. By definition, a baseline is “a basic standard or level; guideline: to establish a baseline for future studies.” Baseline data is basic information gathered before a program begins. It is used later to provide a comparison for assessing program impact. By advocating our county government first perform a baseline of functions and services, we start with essentially a blank sheet to document what is appropriate, or not, for the government to do and identify relative priorities of those functions and services.

From the basics, we start with an Activity, “work, that involves direct experience by the participant.” Think of drafting this article as an activity. All activities have Inputs and Outputs, because if they don’t logic dictates that activity ought not to occur. A Process consists of a systematic series of activities. These Processes should be documented and then managed (controlled) by those in a leadership position. Activities such as Researching, Drafting, Editing, Reviewing, Approving, and Publishing can be described in a Process called “Commissioners Corner.” Functions and services are derived by assessing Processes. A Function, “the purpose for which something is designed or exists” is a way to describe a Process. Another way to describe a function is a Service, “an act of helpful activity, help, aid.” The function for this Commissioners Corner may be called News Article. The service might be called, Informing Citizens. To sum the above, we need to establish a standard guideline that involves direct experience by the participants that describes county’s purpose for existence. Doing so is called establishing a baseline. So, before we get all caught up in the flack that experienced politicians are equipped to fire, we should begin a Baseline effort that gathers the needed information before building the budget and determining the proper organizational structure of the county government.

Thank You Oktoberfest Supporters Munich came to Calvert County September 15 as Calvert Healthcare Solutions hosted Oktoberfest 2012! Three-piece polka group The Continentals and the Herb Fredricksen Dancers guided attendees through Bavarian folk dances, polkas, and waltzes. Authentic German cuisine and beverages helped to create a party atmosphere as guests filled the dance floor for the evening event. One couple even celebrated their wedding anniversary with us German-style!

This celebration was a wonderful opportunity to salute the medical providers and volunteers who help Calvert County's lower income, uninsured residents gain access to valuable health care services. On behalf of the Calvert Healthcare Solutions board of directors and staff, I would like to recognize the following medical providers for their service to our program and the community: Advanced Orthopedic Specialists, Bayside Primary Care, Dr. Charles Bennett,

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to Oktoberfest and can be found at the Calvert Healthcare Solutions website. Additionally, I would like to recognize the following supporters for their contribution to the success of this event: St. John Vianney Family Life Center, Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa, Dreamweaver Catering, Main Street Copy and Printing, Ruddy Duck Brewery and Grill, and Wemyss Liquors. Calvert Healthcare Solutions (CHS) appreciates the generosity of all its supporters. Since no enrollment fee is charged to its clients, this non-profit program depends entirely on community support and grant funding when available. To help support our efforts as a volunteer or financially, please contact CHS at, 443-404-5761 or visit our website at www.calverthealthcare. org. If appropriate, please consider designating Calvert Healthcare Solutions through the Combined Federal United Way or Maryland Charities campaigns. Thanks again to all for their support. Ein Prosit! W. Michael Shaw, Executive Director Calvert Healthcare Solutions

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Thursday, September 20, 2012


Calvert Retains ‘100 Best’ Rank By Sarah Miller Staff Writer For the third year running, Calvert County has been named one of the 100 Best Communities

Photos by Sarah Miller Carol Harvat leads discussion after the America’s Promise announcement.

for Kids across the United States by America’s Promise. “The major goal of America’s Promise is to increase graduate retention,” said Guffrie Smith, President of the Calvert Collaborative for Children and Youth (CCCY). In the fight to keep students in school through graduation, teachers and parents of students are the “unsung heroes.” He said Calvert is one of the best communities for kids because of the level of community involvement there is in the lives of students. Calvert works hard to help students succeed in life. In addition to watching the unveiling of the 100 Best Communities for Kids, students were brought in from across the county to talk about their experiences growing up in Calvert. The youth’s testimonies were also an important part of the application for America’s Promise.

Smith said they send written essays from schools all over the county with the packet. Some students were invited to the watch party at the library to share their testimony and talk about why they love Calvert. Patuxent High School senior Raphael Douglas said his family moved here when his father got a new job, and when his parents died a couple years ago, he and his brother had to make the decision about where they would live. They chose to stay in Calvert. “I got a sense of how close this community was and I definitely wanted to stay here,” Douglas said. The football team from Patuxent High School came to his mother’s funeral to offer support, and the community offered everything from a place to stay to help renovating his cousin’s basement for living space.

Library Promoting Reading Early By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Calvert libraries are encouraging parents to read 500 books with their children by the time they are 5 years old. Youth Services Coordinator Beverly Izzi said the new program came out of a study showing children who are read to regularly have increased vocabulary and develop reading skills more quickly. She said the library wants to encourage parents to form a “habit of reading to little guys” daily. “It builds a stronger relationship with your child and increases basic speech and communication skills,” a library press release reads. “It also improves logical thinking, increases vocabulary, enhances concentration and discipline, helps ease transitions to major milestones or other potentially stressful experiences; all of which promote school readiness and a love of learning.” To promote parents and children to keep track of books read, the libraries are offering a craft with

“I owe my success to the people at Patuxent High School,” he said. Douglas is part of the minority cohort at Patuxent High School. Plum Point Middle School student Hayley Koteff was also at the celebration to talk about the various activities she has gotten into, from sports through parks and recreation to after school activities. She said there are plenty of things for young people in Calvert, in addition to it being a beautiful area. Though CCCY submits the application, Smith said it is a whole-county effort to make the community youth friendly. “This isn’t the collaborative’s award, this is Calvert County’s award,” Smith said. Getting the award doesn’t mean the county has nothing left to strive for, Smith said. Calvert needs to continue to find new ways to serve youth and promote the success of young people throughout the county. Superintendent of Schools Jack Smith called the three-time accomplishment a “tribute to the Calvert County community,” The afternoon ended with a short discussion to generate ideas about increasing the graduation rate and how best to promote Cal-

Career and Technology Nursing Graduate Auryelle Wade addresses the group.

vert’s youth. Some suggestions included programs to ensure pregnant teens still get to graduate, or at least earn their GED. Others discussed ways to make youths aware of all the county has to offer. Moderator Carol Harvat said discussions like this are important because kids are an important part of the community, and it takes the whole county working together to keep the reputation of being a community that welcomes and promotes youth. For more information about CCCY, visit

Kids Have Fun with Bubbles a bookmark to write book titles on. There is also an online option to keep track of books by clicking on the 500 by Five logo on Izzi said parents can reach this goal in five years if they begin bringing their children to story time from birth, within two years if they read one book per day with their child or within a year if they read two or more. Calvert schools Supervisor of Elementary Reading Leanne Meisinger approves of the plan, saying teachers, especially in pre-k and kindergarten, are encouraged to read to children during the day and encourage parents to do the same. It is an essential part of early education curriculum, she said. Reading to a child is a “huge part” of vocabulary development, as well as letter and word recognition. Reading to children “promotes and encourages all kinds of pre-reading skills,” Meisinger said. Simply reading to children will help their vocabulary and word recognition, and other activities, like discussing pictures or having children find certain words or words that begin with specific letters, teach them to think creatively and love reading. Learning to read is a process that differs with every child, Meisinger said, but no matter the child, a varied exposure to books is a “wonderful foundation” to begin with. For more information about 500 by Five, visit or call 410-535-0291.

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Kids blow bubbles at Calvert Library Prince Frederick at the weekly Kids Just Want to Have Fun activity. “The crafts are really fun and I really like the books we read,” said Micah Taylor, a regular attendee at the Prince Frederick Library. Kids Just Want to Have Fun is geared for children grades kindergarten through third. Every branch has weekly activities with books, hands-on activities and crafts. For more information about the program or the net date at the library nearest you, visit www. and click on the “Kids” tab at the top.


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Wentworth’s Collision... Building a Team By Corrin M. Howe Staff Writer While Howard Wentworth, owner of Wentworth’s Collision Works, said he’s most proud of his commitment to youth sports in Calvert and St. Mary’s counties, he and his Lusby location manager, James Yurko, say teamwork at his two shops is what contributed to the company’s success. “I’m always preaching, ‘You see the people who work with you more than your own family.’” Wentworth said. Yurko agreed, “We are very teammind. We function as a unit. We feed off each other. All work toward a collective goal – good product and quality service.” Wentworth acknowledged that most of his teams have worked together for years, sometimes at other shops, but mostly together. At first Wentworth worked at Auto Body Builder’s, which was the name of his shop before he purchased it. His longest term employee has been there since 1982. “It is always a good sign when we all stay together,” Wentworth said. This statement also includes his customer base. Many of the car owners have repeat business with him. Yurko said, “They become friends. They are such high repeat customers we start to get to know them on a first name basis. They have a lot of confidence in us.” The “bread and butter” of their business base comes from working with major insurance companies. But Wentworth said their true passion is to do custom design and restoration work. “We do a little bit, but it’s hard to explain to an insurance company and car owners why their car wasn’t ready in two weeks like we promised, so we keep it to a

minimum,” Wentworth said. For the last five years, Wentworth has tried to expand his business on his Lusby property. He has an acre in the back which he would ultimately like to have a separate shop where they can restore and sell older model cars; however, he’s not been able to get anything through the county’s planning and zoning department. He renewed his extension on his application to the Solomon’s Town Center Plan twice before he decided to look into other options. He purchased Two Guys Collision in Mechanicville in February 2011. “My extension is about to expire again. I told them, ‘You know what, I don’t care if you renew it or not.’ Some things have got to change. It doesn’t have to be like California or Lexington Park, but I would like to have an auto parts store [at the southern end of] Calvert so people don’t have to drive over the bridge for a spark plug.” When the other shop came up for sale, he said “Mechanicsville is a great location on Route 5. It stands by itself. It’s far enough away that we aren’t competing with ourselves and I’m not in competition with someone I used to work for.” Wentworth is dedicated to the community. He said he rarely can bring himself to say “no” to a sports team seeking some financial support. He’s been involved in other community efforts, but decided his true passion was with youth sports. He was born and raised in St. Mary’s, has a house in both St. Mary’s and Calvert. His two teenage sons were active in sports when they were younger and are attending schools in St. Mary’s. “I’m not pushing them (into the business). One is involved in the STEM program, maybe something in aerospace en-

Howard Wentworth, owner, and his “right hand” James Yurko pose in the lobby of the Lusby location of Wentworth’s Collision Works I and II.

gineering. The other is into computers.” Of the younger one, Wentworth can see his son either doing computer graphics or joining the military and flying drones.

Working in auto repair and refurbishing is “like being a school teacher. It is more fulfilling than paying.”

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High Style Meets Lusby: Affordable Home Designs for Contractors and DIY

By Corrin M. Howe Staff Writer

Anissa Swanzy, owner and designer of SKD Studios in Lusby says, “Our customers are the people who want to redesign their space for $100,000 or $10,000. We can do it all.” SKD Studios is hidden in Lusby Commons Shopping Center, behind the Starbucks. “I don’t’ know why people from St. Mary’s won’t come over the bridge and compare our prices and designs with our competitors. If they were willing to drive the five miles, they could find we can beat our competition.” Swanzy’s passion for design and quality products is apparent within minutes of sitting across from her counter – in a barstool-high director’s chair. Displayed prominently on the wall is her mission statement: “Our promise to you is a product you will love, on a budget you can afford in a timeframe you can expect.” “We are the best kept secret in Maryland and we don’t want to be any more.” Swanzy said. “We want people to know that they don’t have to go to Annapolis or D.C. for their design. We are a local design studio.” Furthermore, she wants potential clients to know that she will work with anyone. “We’ll work with our licensed contractors on your project. We’ll work with you if you’re doing it yourself. We’ll work with your Uncle Bob, if he’s a contractor. We want people to know that we aren’t only interested in the $100,000 jobs. We want the $8,000 jobs too.” She used to go to people’s homes to give them free estimates, but found she was spending gas money and several hours of her time working with people to redefine a space only to have them take her work and go with someone else.

“I was basically giving them free design advice. Not even my competition was doing that. If someone wants to bring in measurements and get a plan, I can do that for free, just like my competition.” But those willing to pay $125 for her to come out to the house and create a plan, she will credit the cost back if they use her services, even if they decide to do the work themselves. Some of the advantages of using a designer over a hardware store with a design program, include: • Access to resources all over the world that are only available to members of the trade; • Knowledge and experience with designers who know how to stretch at budget and “know where to spend dollars for the ‘wow factor.’; • Design the room with the adjoining rooms in mind; • Avoid design flaws which often come with inexperienced sale personnel using the design computer software. “I had a guy come in. He was looking to compare a design from Lowe’s, I told him that he was never going to be able to open his cabinet door because the microwave oven stuck out too far on his current plan.” Another drawback to designs from national chains for “do-it-yourself” clients is that the plans only address cabinets and appliances. They don’t consider all the other “layers” which pull a space together – things like lighting, back splashes, paint colors, flooring, tiles, fixtures, etc. “The kitchen is the most important room in the house. I don’t understand how they can design it without considering the adjoining rooms. I can do it all. I can bleed in the colors from the other rooms and think about a back splash,” Swanzy said. Not only that, but Swanzy promises to be there with her clients when the proj-

“We are the best kept secret in Maryland and we don’t want to be any more. We want people to know that they don’t have to go to Annapolis or D.C. for their design. We are a local design studio.”

a time when you don’t want to see my face or the contractor ever again, but in the end, if you push forward, it will be the space we promised and it will be exquisite.” She laughs, “There is a reason why DIY Network and HG-TV don’t allow people into the house while they are remodeling. It’s because people start to second guess. They don’t understand that it’s all about the layers.” By “layers” Swanzy means the paint, then the flooring, fixtures, cabinets, and all the way down to the vase of flowers set on the kitchen counter to pull the entire room together. She said she recently suggested painting a dining room a bright orange and the client started getting nervous. In the end, the client admitted she wished she had gone with an even brighter orange. In the future, she hopes to have a bigger shop, one that can showcase some of the work they can do, such as lighting, window

- Anissa Swanzy

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ect hits the inevitable unexpected circumstances – the quartz countertop arrives with a huge stain or the manufacturer sends the wrong cabinets. “If you call me, you’ll find that I’m already on top of it. And if you’ll trust me and give us a chance, you’ll find that this isn’t our first rodeo. We have a good track record. Believe me. We feel your pain when we’ve torn up your kitchen and you’ve eaten nothing but grilled cheese or microwaved food for two months.” Swanzy has gone through this so much that she even prepares her clients up front. “I tell them trust us, there is going to come


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treatments, key furniture pieces and more. What she won’t have is “50 faucets and 30 sinks on display.” “Every job is unique. We are not a cookie cutter design studio. We go in and look at the space, learn about the clients, their styles, and how they will use the space. We are not your average show room. We are not going to slap cabinets on the wall. We are going to help people redesign their space.” The most important things Swanzy wants people to know about SKD Studios are that they are located in Lusby, tucked away in a corner by the Starbucks, they work with doit-yourself clients, they are just as interested in the small jobs as the big jobs, and they design more than kitchens and bathrooms. Swanzy invites people to stop by the studio or email, check out or call 443-404-5686.

“The kitchen is the most important room in the house. I don’t understand how they can design it without considering the adjoining rooms. I can do it all. I can bleed in the colors from the other rooms and think about a back splash.” - Anissa Swanzy

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Spotlight on Volunteers Girl Scouts Opportunities Not Only For Kids By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Girl Scouts offers young women opportunities to grow as leaders and serve their community, all while having fun. It also offers the adults working with the girls similar opportunities. Field Director for Calvert County Nadine Happell was a Girl Scout for three years as a child, and when her family moved she decided to stop. Happell got pulled back into Girl Scouts as a “supportive parent” when her daughter wanted to join a troop. “As she got more involved, I got more involved,” Happell said. When her daughter’s troop leader moved on with some of the older girls, Happell’s daughter and a few additional Brownies needed a new leader. Happell said she was asked to take the position. From there she became a service unit manager, and worked her way into the position she holds now. Adults get as much out of being involved in Girl Scouts as the girls do, Happell said. Along with the girls, they learn to be leaders. They also organize encampments and activities. Parents help organize cookie sales and keep track of units sold and make sure there are girls at the cookie booth. They learn time and people management skills, all while acting as mentors and helping girls grow to be responsible young women who will be leaders in their community. One time Happell said she knew she was doing something that made a difference was during an art project. She had her troop make a tambourine by putting beans on a paper plate, folding it in half, then gluing the edges shut. The girls then decorated the outside of their instruments and got to take them home. One of the girls in her troop was from a family who didn’t have much, and she was excited to show her parents what she had made. Happell said that was one small instance where she saw a girl take pride in her accomplishment, and want to share it with others. “That was when I stopped being a leader because of my daughter and started being a leader because I wanted to be a leader,” Happell said. She said another time, she had two girls in her troop whose parents were divorced, and they and their mother had been in Project ECHO. They were starting with nothing, and Happell said she saw the girls get involved in their community through Girl Scouts, and their mother developed leadership skills by working with the troop that she could apply to her job. During the time Happell knew the family, the mother worked her way up the ladder at work, and the whole family got into a better situation in life. “I saw that family change,” Happell said. Volunteer activities for adults aren’t limited to being troop leaders. Happell said there are openings for adults who can only give a couple days or a week to help with camps,

Photo By Sarah Miller Nadine Happell talks to parents at a Girl Scout open house.

or to help with distribution during cookie season. For adults who don’t think they could handle 10 or more hyperactive girls for extended periods of time, there is always plenty of administrative work that needs doing. There are adults who specialize in presentations and programs, such as in financial literacy, and troop leaders bring them in specifically to teach the girls on that one program. Photo Courtesy of Nadine Happell The Girl Scouts will take any volunteer, Happell said. There is always an opening for any skill set, and she said she Girl Scouts have fun and learn during various activities. is happy to match volunteers with projects in the Girl Scouts. The girl spoke no English, but her troop would act out games Girl Scouts does not let go of volunteers easily, either. “Once you’re in, it’s hard to get out,” said Ann Schnei- and make sure she was always included and knew what was expected of her. der, a troop leader and former Girl Scout. Girls are not always in the troop associated with their Schneider said she has been involved with Girl Scouts school. Troop Leader Karen Walling said she once led a for more than 40 years, starting as a Brownie and now leading as ambassador troop, the oldest age group for Girl Scouts. troop that consisted of girls from public and private schools, She is in the middle of planning a backwards encampment for and even a couple who were home schooled. None of them this weekend. She said everything will be backwards, from went to school together, but they became good friends having the campfire and s’mores in the morning and bacon through Girl Scouts. When it comes to joining troop, it is important for the and eggs in the evening. Her daughter even put together a girls to be comfortable with the leader and the activities the pre-encampment report detailing all the fun the girls had. Schneider said she got involved in Girl Scouts as an troop enjoys. Some troops go camping every weekend, and adult when her daughter wanted to join a troop. She had di- others go on a trip to get manicures and pedicures at the end rected a summer camp for the past 10 years, and seen girls of every school year. Every group is different. “Your troop is who your leader is,” Schneider said. in her troop grow up. Some parents stay with one troop from The adults involved in Girl Scouts become friends too. Daisy to Ambassador while others stay with one age group and lead a different troop every couple years. Schneider said Walling said she is still in touch with her former troop leader she is considering finding another troop to get involved with and parents from Happell’s daughter’s troop still have “troop when her girls graduate high school. She said Girl Scouts meetings” to catch up with each other. For more information or to get involved, visit www. is a “wholesome, enjoyable, activity” for everyone involved. or contact Happell at or She said girls learn tolerance, and they make sure no activities exclude girls with physical or mental handicaps. She 800-834-1702, extension 4011. said one time, a girl from China went to camp with her troop. Anna Corteville, Natalie Williams and Olivia Owen, ready to talk to potential Girl Scouts.

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Jennifer Bowen, 41 Jennifer Catherine Bowen, 41, of North Beach, MD passed away Sept. 10, 2012 at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. She was born May 23, 1971 in Silver Spring, MD to James Diana (Kelley) Chaney. Jennifer was raised in Calvert County and graduated from Northern High School in 1989. She married Robert Tucker Bowen, Jr. on Sept. 4, 1993 at Jesus the Good Shepherd Catholic Church. Jennifer enjoyed listening to music and reading. She is survived by her husband Robert T. Bowen, Jr., a daughter Kiersten Stacie Bowen of North Beach and her parents James P. and Diana Chaney of Rotonda West, FL. Also surviving are a sister Kimberly A. Harrison and husband John, Jr., of Chesapeake Beach; uncle Richard T. Kelley of Rotonda West, FL; a nephew Nicholas J. Harrison and a niece Gabrielle M. Harrison both of Chesapeake Beach, MD. A memorial visitation was held Thursday Sept. 13, 2012 at Rausch Funeral Home, Owings. Interment is private. For additional information or to leave condolences please visit

Mernie Braden, 78 Mernie Elizabeth McDowell Braden, 78, of North Beach, MD, formerly of LanhamSeabrook, MD passed away peacefully on Sept. 10, 2012 at the Burnett Calvert Hospice House, Prince Frederick, MD after a courageous battle with lung cancer. She was born October 20, 1933 in Luke, MD to William H. and Mernie (Cosner) McDowell. She graduated from Bruce High School in Keyser, WV in 1951. She then

moved to Washington, D.C. and worked for C&P Telephone, where she met her husband Charles “Chuck” Braden, Jr. They were married on January 18, 1952. She and Chuck moved to Gastonia, NC, then to Danville, VA before returning to Washington, D.C. in 1955. She began her career with the Department of Agriculture in March 1955 as a clerk typist. In 1957 she and Chuck moved to Lanham, MD. Mernie took a break from working to stay home and raise her four children. During those few years she was employed with the U.S. Postal Service and Citizens Bank of Riverdale. In June 1968, she returned to the Department of Agriculture and retired after 30 years of service on January 1, 1993 as Head Planning and Development Section, Budget and Program Management Staff. Mernie was an avid bowler, loved traveling, and spending time with her family. She was a member of Mt. Harmony United Methodist Church. She was a devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and a loyal friend. Mernie was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband of 47 years Chuck, on Dec. 18, 1999 and a sister Dorothy Marie Lancaster She is survived by daughters Mernie K. Bone and husband Barry of Mt. Airy, MD, Nancy L. Philyaw and husband Harley of North Beach, Lena M. Benoit and husband Raymond of Ridgley, MD and a son Charles E. Braden and wife Marie of Hughesville, MD. Also surviving are sisters Virginia C. Wilt of Toronto, OH, Mildred L. Cottrill of Cumberland, MD brothers William S. McDowell and wife Maxine of Rawlings, and Asa H. McDowell, of Dundalk, MD; 12 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Family and friends were received Wednesday, Sept. 12, at Rausch Funeral Home, Owings, MD and Sept. 13, at Mt. Harmony United Methodist Church, Owings, MD. Services and a celebration of Mernie’s life followed with the Rev. Sandra Taylor officiating. The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Burnett Calvert Hospice House, Mt. Harmony U.M. Church or a charity of one’s choice. For additional information or to leave condolences please visit

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Linda Estelle “Linnie” Jaworski, 59 of St. Leonard, MD formerly of Baltimore, MD passed away on Sept. 15, 2012 in Washington, DC. She was born on October 5, 1952 in Baltimore, MD to the late John W. Gibson, Jr. and the late Alma Ruth Gibson. She was the loving wife to Chester ‘Chip” Jaworski whom she married on Nov. 20, 1976 in Baltimore, MD. Linnie graduated from Western High School in 1970 and went on to graduate from St. Mary’s College in 1974. She moved to Calvert Co. in 1976 from Baltimore and became a School Teacher in the Calvert Co. Public School System. She retired from Patuxent High School in 2008 after 25 years of service. Linnie enjoyed scrapbooking, reading, cooking with Eddie Bear, and church. Linnie is survived by her husband, Chester “Chip” Jaworski of St. Leonard, MD; daughters, Cheslie Williams and her husband Eddie, Jr., of Prince Frederick, MD and Courtney Jaworski of St. Leonard, MD; siblings, Beverly Horich of Severna Park, MD, Carolyn G. Moore of Brooksville, FL, Thomas H. Gibson of Baltimore, MD, and Karen K Schepers of Gambrilles, MD; and one grandson, Eddie Williams, III. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, John E. Gibson. The family received friends on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at Rausch Funeral Home, Port Republic, MD, where funeral services were held on Sept. 19, 2012 with Rev. David Moore, Jr. and Rev. Heath Wilson officiating. Interment followed in Asbury Cemetery, Barstow, MD. Pallbearers will be Joshua Moore, Jerome Schepers, Eddie Williams, Jr. and Martin Horich.

Shirley P. Quintero, 80, was born in Calvert County in 1932 to the late Albert and Julia Parks. She was one of four children. Shirley married her late husband, Roger Quintero, in 1952. They had two daughters and the family was a Naval family, traveling to many different places for 21 years. Shirley and Roger were married for 49 years before he passed away in June of 2001. Shirley was a true fighter; she was a 20-year breast cancer survivor. She loved spending time with her five granddaughters, traveling to Myrtle Beach, cruising and shopping on QVC. Shirley is survived by her loving daughters; Patrice (Dan) Silvestri and Lynne (Mike) Mulligan; five granddaughters; Julie Mulligan, Meghan Mulligan, Kelsey Curtin, Madison Mulligan and Kaleigh Mulligan; siblings; Calvin (Grace) Parks and Sharon (Lou) Miller and her favorite dog, Fritz. Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Roger; parents, Albert and Julia Parks and her sister, Jean Pitcher. The family received friends to Lee Funeral Home Calvert, Owings, on Sunday, Sept. 16 where a funeral service was held on Sept. 17. Interment followed in Southern Memorial Gardens, Dunkirk, MD. Memorial contributions may be made to Susan G. Komen at

Kris McCarthy, 45 Kris Francis McCarthy of Huntingtown, died suddenly on Sept. 5, 2012 at the age of 45. He was born on Dec. 8, 1966 in Washington, DC to Thomas Francis and Helen Frances (Goetzger) McCarthy. He is the beloved husband of Joy McCarthy and loving father of Cole, Carson and Carly. He is the son of Helen Frances McCarthy and the late Thomas Francis McCarthy, son-in-law of Ritchie and Bonnie McGuffin and brother of Kim Coakley (Brian), Kyle McCarthy, Kerry McCarthy, Karen Jez (Kevin), Kellie Colliflower (Tommy) and the late Kevin McCarthy. Family received friends to Lee Funeral Home Calvert, 8200 Jennifer Lane (Rt 4 & Fowler Road), Owings, MD 20736 on Friday, Sept. 7. Funeral Services were held on Saturday, Sept. 8, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 90 Church Street, Prince Frederick, MD 20678, with Interment at Asbury Cemetery, Prince Frederick, MD.

Daniel Robinson, 55 Daniel Leon Robinson, 55, of Owings, MD passed away at Washington Hospital Center suddenly on Sept. 14, 2012. He was born in Toronto on July 22, 1957 to Thomas Henry and Claudine Celine (Devienne) Robinson. Daniel was a graduate of University of Maryland’s School of Engineering and was employed by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He will be remembered as an avid storyteller with a heart of gold. He was preceded in death by his father Thomas H. Robinson and a brother Peter Robinson. Surviving are his three children; Emily Robinson of Woodstock, MD, Kelly Robinson of Owings, MD and Thomas Robinson of Prince Frederick, MD; a grandson Bryce Van Oudenaren and he was awaiting the arrival of his granddaughter Audree Pagliocchini; his mother Claudine C. Robinson of Annapolis, MD; a sister Patricia Robinson Hamoodi and her husband Hamid of Diamond Bar, CA and brother Thomas Robinson and his wife Carol of Edgewater, MD. A Memorial gathering was held Wednesday, Sept. 19, at Rausch Funeral Home, P.A. 8325 Mt. Harmony Lane, Owings, MD.


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Mary Straub, 92 Mary Elizabeth Straub, 92, a longtime resident Chesapeake Beach, MD passed away Sept. 13, 2012 at Calvert County Nursing Center in Prince Frederick, MD where she had resided for the past several years. She was born July 6, 1920 in Lower Marlboro, MD to Malcolm Joseph and Olive Reed (Jones) Bowen. Mary was raised in Lower Marlboro and attended Fairview Elementary and Calvert High School, graduating in 1937. Mary lived in Washington, D.C. and was employed at C&P Telephone Company where she was a supervisor until her retirement in 1976. She married John Straub in 1968 and they lived Chesapeake Beach. She was a former member of Lower Marlboro U.M. Church and was currently a member of the Telephone Pioneers, North Beach VFD Auxiliary, Calvert County Democratic Club and New Hope Baptist Church in Lothian. In her leisure time, Mary enjoyed doing needlework and visiting with her family and friends,. She also enjoyed watching sporting events, especially those in which her grandchildren and great-grandchildren participated. She was an avid fan of the Baltimore Orioles, and was fond of listening to country music. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, her husband John G. Straub, brothers William, Joseph and Earl Bowen and sister Ruth Bishop. She is survived by a son Jesse Ray Stuart, Jr. and wife Carolyn of Dunkirk, grandchildren Joseph Shane Stuart of Eldon, MO, Jesse Ray Stuart III and wife Renee, and Marlin Taylor Stuart, all of Prince Frederick, and by two great-grandchildren, Sarah Stuart and Jesse Stuart IV. She is also survived by her sister Doris Knopp and husband Alvin of Deale, MD. Family and friends were received Friday, Sept. 14, at Rausch Funeral Home, P.A., 8325 Mt. Harmony Lane, Owings. A funeral service and celebration of Mary’s life was held Saturday, Sept. 15, at Lower Marlboro United Methodist Church. Interment followed in the church cemetery. For additional information or to leave condolences please visit

Mary Terry, 81

Justin Wilder, 19

Mary Irdine Terry, 81, of St. Leonard, MD, formerly of Washington, D.C., passed away Sept. 15, 2012 at her daughter’s residence. She was born Oct. 13, 1930 in Washington, D.C. to Charles Arthur and Minnie Irdine (Dewell) Murgia. Mary was raised in Washington, D.C., where she attended public schools and graduated from McKinley Tech High School. She married James Robert Terry on June 6, 1947 and they lived in Washington, D.C. Mary and James later lived in Alexandria, Fairfax, and Nokesville, VA and Surfside Beach, SC. Mr. Terry passed away in 1993. In 1995, Mary moved backed to Virginia, and lived there with family, and for the past four years she has lived in St. Leonard with her daughter Robin. A devout Catholic, Mary was a member of Jesus the Divine Word Parish, and she was involved in many church activities. She was also a member of the Ladies Auxiliary in Nokesville, VA and the Surfside Beach Lions Club. She was primarily a homemaker who loved doting over her grandchildren. In her leisure time she loved gardening, canning, and doing arts and crafts. She also enjoyed swimming, animals and was an accomplished cook. Mary was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, James R. Terry, V.P. of Operations, Giant Food. She is survived by daughters Robin A. Montgomery and husband Ronald of St. Leonard and Joanna K. Holland and husband Larry of Manassas, VA; sons Glen C. Terry and wife Barbara of Melbourne, FL, James R. Terry II and wife Kim of Nokesville, VA and Charles M. Terry and wife Nancy. Also surviving are thirteen grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, sisters Josephine Hecker of Seffner, FL and Margaret Engel of Woodbridge, VA and brothers Charles Murgia of Ocala, FL and Michael Murgia of Newport Richey, FL. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Wednesday Sept. 19 at Jesus the Divine Word Parish, Huntingtown, MD. Interment followed in Southern Memorial Gardens, Dunkirk, MD. Memorial contributions in Mary’s name may be made to Calvert Hospice, P.O. Box 838, Prince Frederick, MD or online at Arrangements are by Rausch Funeral Home, P.A., Owings, MD,

Justin Earle Wilder, 19, of Lusby, passed away suddenly on Sept. 12, 2012, in Lusby. He was born Sept. 10, 1993 in Prince Frederick, to Shannon E. WilderMiller and Bruce Yeckley. Justin graduated from Patuxent High School in 2011. He had a passion for life and the outdoors. He loved to fish, workout, lift weights, and play basketball and football with his friends. He is survived by his mother, Shannon E. Wilder-Miller of Friendsville, MD, father, Bruce Yeckley of Lusby, MD,, brother of Jordon Miller of Prince Frederick, MD, Savannah Grace Miller of Friendsville, MD and Keely Wilder of Friendsville, MD. Grandson of Beverly and Cecil Wilder of Bruceton Mills, WVA and Doug and Natalie Yeckley of Lusby, MD., he is also survived by his Godparents, Danny and Terry Wilder and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. He is predeceased by a brother, David Miller, Jr. The family received friends on Sunday Sept. 16, 2012, at the Rausch Funeral Home, Port Republic, MD. Funeral services were held on Monday Sept. 17, at St. Paul United Methodist Church, Lusby, MD. Interment followed in Asbury Cemetery, Barstow, MD. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Leonard Wood, 76 L e o n a r d Leon Wood, 76, of Dunkirk, MD passed away Sept. 11, 2012 at Calvert Memorial Hospital in Prince Frederick, MD. He was born Jan. 17, 1936, in Washington, D.C. to Thomas Leonidous and Zelda Gertrude (Robertson) Wood. He lived in Washington, D.C. with his family until moving to Camp Springs, MD where he was raised. Leonard attended Charlotte Hall Military Academy in Charlotte Hall, MD, graduating in 1954. He married Kathryn Mattingly in December 1954, a marriage that ended in divorce in 1969. Leonard lived in College Park, Temple

Hills, and District Heights before moving to Dunkirk in 1978. He was employed as a glazier with Suburban Glass in Tuxedo, MD. In 1967 Leonard was involved in a work related accident that left him confined to a wheelchair as a paraplegic. Despite that challenge, Leonard raised his four children and was active in his community. He was a member of the National Capital Area Chapter of the National Paraplegic Foundation. Leonard enjoyed spending time with his family, friends and neighbors. He was an avid NASCAR fan, and enjoyed boating, fishing and traveling. Leonard is survived by his four children: Karen D. Demerick and husband Peter of Silverdale, WA; Gary L. Wood and wife Diana of Huntington Beach, CA; Gregory N. Wood and wife Paula of Dunkirk, MD; and Glen A. Wood and wife Michele of Schwenksville, PA. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren and a sister, Marlene W. Cleary of Syracuse, NY. Family and friends were received Sunday, Sept. 16, at Rausch Funeral Home, Owings, MD, where a funeral service and celebration of Leonard’s life followed. Interment is private. For additional information or to leave condolences please visit

Naomi Woomer, 96 Naomi Elliott Woomer, 96, of St Leonard, MD passed away on Sept. 17, 2012 at Burnett- Calvert Hospice House in Prince Frederick. She was born June 15, 1916 in Baltimore, City, MD to the late Guy W. and Eileen H. Sewell Elliott. Besides her parents Naomi is also predeceased by her husband, James John Woomer, and siblings Wilmer, John, Harvey, and Ronald Elliott, Delores Dowell, and June L. Grover. Woomer is survived by her siblings, Ruth Joyce Godwin, Joseph Franklin Elliott, Gordon Elliott, Romonia Mulligan and Glen Elliott. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and other relatives. The family will receive friends at the Rausch Funeral Home, 4405 Broomes Island Road, Port Republic, MD on Thursday Sept. 20,2012 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. where funeral services will be held on Friday Sept. 21, 2012 at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in St. Paul United Methodist Church Cemetery, Lusby, MD. Memorial contributions may be made to Calvert Hospice P.O. Box 838 Prince Frederick, MD 20678.

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5K Raises Money for Humane Society By Sarah Miller Staff Writer It was a busy weekend for Solomons Island, kicking off Saturday bright and early with the 10th annual Calvert County Humane Society 5K around the island. The 10th annual 5K also had the biggest turnout since it started, said board member Kirstyn Cobb. The money raised goes to help the humane society care for the animals they house. She said donations to non-profit organizations like the humane society have been down in recent years, and money from fundraisers helps them feed and shelter animals, provide them with vet care and help them find homes. There are 30-45 dogs at the humane society, in addition to numerous cats and even guinea pigs. One time, the shelter, took in a pot bellied pig, which Cobb said was an interesting animal to care for and transport. But it’s all part of the job. “If there are animals in need, we are willing to help out,” she said. Sarah Lounsbury has been the race coordinator for the past two years. She said planning begins at least six months out, with finding sponsors and coordinat-

ing the run with the Our Lady Star of the Sea, where the 5K traditionally begins, the sheriff’s office and Solomons Island. This year, she said the track was altered slightly to keep from going on to the state highway. The humane society 5K was also open to four legged running partners, and several runners brought their dogs out. For many, this was their first year at the humane society 5K. Jeff Williamson said he heard about it through, and brought his dog out. He said he enjoys helping any charity organization. Nancy Fechtig from Great Mills said she came out because her sons are on the St. Mary’s Ryken crosscountry team. The coach brought the tram out, and Fechtig decided to join in the fun. Several runners were running in honor of Coach Rod Stewart, a Calvert teacher who passed away this summer after a battle with leukemia. A group of runners, including his daughter, Carlie Stewart, purchased orange shirts and donated a little extra for leukemia research. For more information, or to get involved in the Calvert Humane Society, visit

A group of runners honor the memory of Coach Rod Stewart.

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PRAD Celebrates 35 Years Patuxent River Appreciation Days (PRAD) is celebrating 35 years on Oct. 6 and 7 at the Calvert Marine Museum. Since 1978, one of the longest running festivals in Southern Maryland promises two days of free family fun for all ages from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The juried arts and craft fair with over 30 artists and local food vendors will be located in the museum’s parking lot both days. The music stage will host live performances including Pond Scum, Joey Tippett and the California Ramblers, Deanna Dove, Southern Maryland Jazz Band and other local musicians. Make toy model boats, enjoy free harbor cruises aboard the Wm. B. Tennison, Nathan of Dorchester, Dee of St. Mary’s and rowing in canoes in the boat basin throughout the weekend. Admission is free to the Calvert Marine Museum. Across the street is free parking and pony rides for a nominal fee. The “Green Village” features scores of non-profit groups that celebrate the river in a wide variety of ways. See exhib-

its, demonstrations, displays, and educational activities about “green” products, recycling, oyster restoration, native plants, wildlife, restoration efforts, live animals, and more, a press release states. Back by popular demand is Bounty of the Patuxent on Saturday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Corbin Nature Pavilion. Local wineries will offer wine tasting, locally grown produce from the farmers’ market, and other tasty treats will be available to sample and buy. The annual PRAD Parade with a one-mile route along Solomons Island Road begins at 2 p.m. Oct. 7. Non-profit organizations are welcome to join the parade with cash prizes offered for “Best Float” entries. To enter your float or organization, contact Randy Geck at For more information about PRAD, including a complete schedule of events, visit, or call 410326-2042 ext. 41.

Poker Run Raises $3,500 for Infusion Center Family and friends of Page “Pop” Ramsey recently donated $3,500 in his memory to Calvert Memorial Hospital’s Infusion Center. His wife, Phyllis, and daughter, Lisa Ramsey-Meyers, held the second annual Poker Run on July 21 and funds raised were dedicated to “Page’s Girls” who took care of him in Infusion for five years in his valiant fight against cancer. To date, they have raised almost $7,000 for the Infusion Center; plans have already begun for next year’s event. Pictured are Chris Shipley, RN, left, Ellen Hightower, Les Myers, Lisa Ramsey-Meyers, Dick Buzik, Phyllis Ramsey, Steve Thorne of the Warrior Brotherhood, Teresa Baran, RN, Director, Infusion Center, Duane Nolete, Victoria Lock, RN, Commissioner Steve Weems, Brenda Poole and Commissioner Pat Nutter.

Vendors Needed for Christmas Bazaar The American Legion Auxiliary Stallings-Williams Post 206 will host its very popular and successful Annual Xmas Bazaar on Saturday Nov. 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is currently seeking applications from businesses to rent a table to display and sell merchandise (No Baked goods, please). The Bazaar is a very popular Southern Maryland main-stay, having been held on the 4th Saturday of each November for many years to officially kick-off the holiday season. Vendors are asked to offer holiday-themed items and/or items suitable for gifts. The Auxiliary will offer light breakfast and luncheon meals and drinks, plus a bake table, music, and various other tables and Santa to round out the festive mood. The cost to rent a table is $30 plus a saleable gift for the Auxiliary sale table. If no gift is forthcoming, the cost is $35. Applications can be obtained by calling Kimberly Faull at (410) 2570908 or by email or The Auxiliary would appreciate receiving applications prior to Nov. 3.


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County Fair Offers Fun for All Ages By Sarah Miller Staff Writer The Calvert County Fair has been a tradition for 126 years, and this year will be no different, with everything from animals to carnival rides and homemade bread to funnel cakes offered to satisfy children and adults of all ages. Fair Board Member Barbara Stinnett said Calvert’s fair is one of the oldest in Maryland. It started in 1886 in Smithville, which is now Dunkirk. It was started as an agricultural event, and remains largely agricultural. Stinnett said it is a point of pride they are not a “carnival fair,” but continue to devote a large amount of focus to animals and household shows. “It’s an old fashioned fair,” Stinnett said. “It keeps the spirit alive.” There are upwards of 50 people who make the fair possible, including the 18 on

the Board of Directors, 18 associate directors and a number of honorary members. Everyone is a volunteer, Stinnett said, and they work to make the fair happen every year. They hold monthly meetings starting right after the yearly fair. The first meeting is generally a critique of the year’s fair and suggestions to make the next one better. Many of the volunteers have been working with the fair for a long time, some as long as 50 years, Stinnett said. The fair is funded through a variety of venues, from a weekly yard sale to the county budget. Stinnett said the county contributes to help pay for tags and other items that need to be taken care of before gates even open. There are also sponsors like Lusby Motor Company and other businesses. The fair features a variety of special events, like Feed the Needy night Sept. 26, where admission is $1 or a 14 oz. or larger can of food. Historically, this night has brought in enough to fill an on-site trailer, Stinnett said. Sept. 27 is Senior and Handicapped Day, with free admission and a lunch for seniors and handicapped persons. Anybody under 18 gets in free before 4 p.m. on Sept. 28. Stinnett said Youth Day is one of the busiest days of the fair. Dotty Greene has been helping coordinate Youth Day since it started 24 years ago. She and a team of volunteers organize kid-friendly entertainment, from bands to dance shows and karate demonstrations. There will be a spelling bee starting at 9:45 a.m., and children are welcome to sign up from 9 a.m., when gates open, to start time. The high schools take turns hosting a face painting area, and Greene said this year students from Patuxent High School will be working that section. Kids day gets a large amount of com-

Entertainment Calendar Thursday, Sept. 20 Live Music: “Stereocase” Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 7:30 p.m. Live Music: “GrooveSpan Trio” Running Hare Vineyard (150 Adelina Road, Prince Frederick) – 5 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 21 Live Music: “The Musician Protection Program” The Westlawn Inn (9200 Chesapeake Avenue, North Beach) – 7:30 p.m.

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

Saturday, Sept. 22 Lighthouse Adventure Cruise Calvert Marine Museum (14200 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons) The 1812 Fair and Reenactment feat. Live entertainment and music Jefferson Patterson Park (10515 Mackall Road, St. Leonard) – 10 a.m.

munity support, Greene said. Calvert Marine Museum, Jefferson Patterson Park and the Watermen’s Association all host booths, and the Board of Education arranges the school calendar every year so students are out of school and able to attend. K-Mart has donated two bikes to kids day, one girls and one boys, to be raffled off at 4 p.m. Children must be present to register, but not to win. Also featured at the fair will be bands and shows on stage daily, including aerial act The Flying Pages and Vicenta’s White Tigers. The fair draws between 30,000 and 40,000 individuals every year, depending on the weather, Stinnett said. They don’t expect this year to be any different. Fair favorites include Calvert Idol, a local version of American Idol featuring local talent, and the animal areas. There are 1,000s of entries every year into various fair categories, Stinnett said. Miss Tranquility and Lord Calvert are crowned yearly. This year’s pageant and competition are Sept. 23, and Stinnett said the winners receive $2,500 scholarships to use toward college. Calvert Idol also has cash prizes, she said. Another crowd pleaser is the antique tractor pull, featuring tractors form 1960 and older. Livestock is also a huge part of the fair, pulling in 4H kids and adults alike. Live Music: “GrooveSpan” Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 8 p.m. Live Music: “Tony Lapera” Running Hare Vineyard (150 Adelina Road, Prince Frederick) – 12 p.m. Live Music: “Broadcast” Vera’s White Sands Beach Club (1200 White Sands Drive, Lusby) – 9:30 p.m. Live Music: “Diane Daly” The Westlawn Inn (9200 Chesapeake Avenue, North Beach) – 7:30 p.m.

“It’s very beneficial for the kids,” she said, adding a large number of fair show entries come from 4H kids and other local youth. Mark’s Electronics Inc., based out of California, Md., will once again be hosting Washington Redskin players at a signing event. This year, fans will have the chance to meet Redskin’s Super Bowl champions “Downtown” Charlie Brown and Ricky Sanders on Sept. 29. Brown will be signing memorabilia from 4-6 p.m. and Sanders will be available from 5-7 p.m. Redskins cheerleaders will also be on site for photos and autographs. This year’s fair runs Sept. 26-30. Gates open at 4 p.m. Sept. 26, 10 a.m. Sept. 30 and 9 a.m. the rest of the time. For more information, visit www.calvertcountyfair. com or call 410-535-0026.

Sunday, Sept. 23 Live Music: “Matt Zimmerman” Running Hare Vineyard (150 Adelina Road, Prince Frederick) – 1 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 24 Trivia Night Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 26 Calvert County Fair Calvert County Fairgrounds (140 Calvert Fair Dr. Prince Frederick) – 9 a.m.


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Thursday, Sept. 20 • Yes, You CAN Use a Computer! Calvert Library Fairview Branch (Rt. 4 and Chaneyville Road, Owings) – 2-3 p.m. Mouse and Keyboarding. Beginners who have never used a computer before can learn the basics of using a mouse and the keyboard. The training will last one hour and will take place in a small group. Please register. For more information, call 410-257-2101. • 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.  • NARFE Meeting Calvert Pines Senior Center (450 West Dares Beach Road, Prince Frederick) – 1 p.m. National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE), Calvert County Chapter 1466 will meet Sept. 20. There will be a short presentation by Betsy Bossart from Senator Steny Hoyer’s office, followed by a business meeting. Also, join them for an early lunch at 11:30 p.m. this month at La Tolteca in Prince Frederick. Active and Retired Federal employees, spouses, members, non-members and guests are welcome. For NARFE membership Information and Application, Call 410-586-1441 or email

Friday, Sept. 21 • 2012 Circus Train Display Tans Cycles Parts (9032 Chesapeake Avenue, North Beach) Sept. 21 – 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Sept. 22 – 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Come out for a free family fun day! New this year is Fiona’s High Flying Fairies and John’s Pigs on Parade. For more information, call 410-257-6619 or 301-855-8337. • 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 • 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. • Peace for Returning Veterans St. John Vianney Family Life Center (440 Main Street, Prince Frederick) – 6:30-9 p.m. This year’s International Day of Peace Celebration will focus on the challenges that veterans have when reestablishing their place here at home. What are the physical, mental and emotional challenges faced by veterans when trying to find a normal life

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again? How can we, as a community, help make the transition better? Four expert panelists will discuss the issues. The audience will have an opportunity to ask questions and join in the discussion. Please join the conversation! Unclouded Day will open the gathering with song. The International Day of Peace was established by the United Nations in 1981. The concept is to inspire people to embrace compassion, to respect life and to live in harmony with one another, celebrating diversity rather than using it as a reason for conflict. Sponsored by the Calvert Interfaith Council & The Community Mediation Center of Calvert. For more information, visit, or call 443-295-7456.

Saturday, Sept. 22 • Betty’s Closet Asbury Solomons Retirement Community Auditorium (11000 Asbury Circle, Solomons) – 9 a.m.-3 p.m. This will include Betty’s Closet a resale of new and gently used clothing, accessories and jewelry. This sale will be the end of season for summer items and the new arrival of winter items. The library committee will also have many books for sale at wonderful prices. Grannies Treasures will also be selling house wares, furniture and many miscellaneous items. All proceeds will benefit the Benevolent Care Fund. For more information, call 410-394-3483. • Garden Smarter: Putting Your Garden to Bed Calvert Library Prince Frederick (850 Costley Way, Prince Frederick) – 10-11 a.m. Now is the time to clean up your garden for a long winter’s nap. Learn how to properly winterize to eliminate future problems and improve your soil to ensure a good spring growing season. For more information, call 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862. • 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. • Brain Games: Mahjongg, Scrabble & more Calvert Library Prince Frederick (850 Costley Way, Prince Frederick) – 12-2 p.m. Want to learn Mahjongg? Hope to make your Scrabble skills killer? Games are a great way to keep your brain sharp while having fun! Join us!  For more information, call 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862. • Forget-Me-Not Fitness Hop North East Community Center (4075 G Stinnett Boulevard, Chesapeake Beach) – 9 a.m.-1 p.m. A community fundraising event to benefit Adult Day Care of Calvert County, a nonprofit organization in Prince Frederick serving frail elderly and disabled adults.


Presented by Delaney & Keffler, LLC and Calvert County Parks & Rec: “4 Hours–4 Fitness–4 Fun–4 the Benefit of Adult Day Care of Calvert County.” Price of registration is $20. A variety of programs will be offered continuously throughout the event including fun and popular fitness workouts for all fitness levels, enticing door prizes from local businesses, and more! Also offered for an additional nominal fee will be 15 minute massages, event t-shirts, and box lunches to go. Register at First 100 to Register Receive Free Event T-Shirt! • Yard Sale to Benefit Golden Retriever Rescue of SOMD! 12634 Deerfield Drive Lusby – 7 a.m.-12 p.m. Rain or Shine! Large yard sale with items from multiple families. All profits will go to Golden Retriever Rescue of Southern Maryland to pay for goldens spay or neuter, vaccinations, medical treatments, flea/tick and heartworm prevention prior to adoption.

• 19th Annual Patriot Classic Marching Band Competition Northern High School Football Field (2950 Chaneyville Road, Owings) – 4 p.m. Gates open at 4 p.m., show begins at 6 p.m. Admission is $6 for ages 13 years and above, $4 for children 6-12 years and free for children 5 years and under. The Marching Patriots will perform with nine other high school marching bands from Southern Maryland, Howard County and Virginia. Over 540 musicians and guard will be judged for musicianship and showmanship. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. Sponsored by the Northern Music Boosters. Proceeds benefit the NHS Instrumental Music Program. • SMSA Comedy Night Southern Maryland Sailing Association (14490 Solomons Island Road, Solomons) – 6 p.m. We’re going to have some real jokers at SMSA. Not the same old wise crackers we’re used to, but two real comedians. Doors open at 6 p.m., the show starts at 8 p.m. The show will start at 8pm, doors open at 6 p.m. The headline act is Lucas Bohn and the opener is “Coach” Tom Holaday Tickets are available on the SMSA website at

Sunday, Sept. 23 • Frank Hayward III Benefit Car Show Bay View Avenue 3rd street to 7th street, North Beach – 12-4 p.m. Awesome Car show, live music from Stickey Wicket and so much more. If you would like to show your car, bike or truck please email kristenfreeman15@yahoo. com with your name way to contact you and what year showing. Registration is 20. For more information, visit www.!/ events/398938756827251/ or ?ref=hl. • Sunrise Yoga North Beach Boardwalk – 6:45 a.m. Come celebrate the Fall Equinox at the 6th Annual Sunrise Yoga will be held on the boardwalk.

Monday, Sept. 24

• Books & Toys Calvert Library Southern Branch (20 Appeal Way, Lusby) – 10 a.m. Moms, parents, caregivers and your tots! Book club for mom, playtime for kids! This month’s selection is “The Buddha in the Attic” by Julie Otsuka, a novel about a group of young women brought over from Japan to San Francisco as “picture brides” nearly a century ago. For more information, call 410-326-5289. • Lifelong Learning Series: Downloading eBooks using Overdrive Calvert Library Prince Frederick (850 Costley Way, Prince Frederick) 7-8:30 p.m. Want to take advantage of the free downloadable e-books the library offers? Learn how to download e-books from the library onto your own e-reader. Please register. Bring your device with you if you have one already. Please register. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

Tuesday, Sept. 25 • Watercolor Class Annmarie Garden (13480 Dowell Road, Solomons) – 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Annmarie Garden will present a Watercolor Class, a two class series taught by Nancy Thompson on September 25 and 26. Great for any level, learn to be fast and fearless with your watercolors as you expand your painting techniques, and apply color to paper in bold, fresh ways. Cost is $135 for non-members; $125 for members. Visit or call 410-3264640 to register.

Wednesday, Sept. 26 • 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.

Thursday, Sept. 27 • 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.

Friday, Sept. 28 • 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. Mic

• Home Spun Coffee House Open

Christ Church Parish Hall (37497 Zach Fowler Road, Chaptico) – 7 p.m. The Southern Maryland Traditional Music and Dance Home Spun Coffee House will sponsor an Open Mic. This is a great event with many varieties of music and lots

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bait for diehard flounder anglers. Flounder are still tough to find in our area, but some are reported every week. There are still quite a few small flounder in the region, which can only mean that there are bigger ones out there somewhere. White perch are coming into their own again with plentiful catches in the rivers. Not that they have diminished in numbers recently, but they are still there for white perch angling aficionados who quit fishing for them to pursue other seasonal fish. I have had more fun bothering those puppy drum than anything else I fish for on each trip. Ounce for ounce, the little redfish hit harder and fight better than anything else of its size. If you hook a 17-inch puppy, you will swear that you’ve got a bigger fish! The other great thing about them is that when you catch one, there will be others there to take your hook on the next cast! Look for them near the shoreline or near structure in fairly shallow water – say 4 – 15 feet deep – where there is good current. Remember the rule: structure plus current equal fish. Structure without current won’t work, and current without structure will only work if there is a point of land, a shoal or some other feature nearby. Cast a small plain jig head (1/4 to 3/8 ounce) adorned with a 4-inch soft plastic bait like a swim shad or twister tail near to the structure and bounce it back as you retrieve the line. Just remember: these fish have to be between 18 and 27 inches to keep. Short ones and long ones have to go back! The places where I’m finding juvenile red drum are places that I used to fish for stripers with jigs and top-water baits in previous years. The bonus of fishing for these little reds in these areas is that you may also catch stripers and even

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Autumn Begins The Ordinary


By Keith McGuire Contributing Writer This Friday marks the beginning of autumn for calendar watchers. As we anticipate shorter days and cooler temperatures, the fish have already started their fall patterns. Fishing is wide open right now. More and more of the little redfish (red drum, puppy drum are alternative names) are becoming legal size. Speckled trout are still here in good numbers on both sides of the Bay. Better populations can be found on the Eastern Shore side, but they are on our side of the Bay and river systems, as well. Bluefish are pushing 5 pounds with regularity now, and frequently Spanish mackerel can still be found in schools of breaking fish. Stripers, also, can be found in schools of breaking fish on the Bay and in the mouth of the Potomac River. Trolling anglers can find plenty of stripers in the rivers and light tackle anglers are having great success with top-water tactics. Croakers and spot are still plentiful and provide fun for bottom fishing anglers. Of course, spot can still be used to live-line stripers at the usual haunts, and they make terrific

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Bleachers By Ronald N. Guy Jr. Contributing Writer

A wise elder once offered me this insightful career advice for surviving within large organizations: if you’re struggling with a boss or co-worker, stand by, both will change soon enough. At the time the tip seemed far too passive; my youthful exuberance could hardly remain idle and wait for fate to intervene on an undesirable situation and deliver me to destination unknown. But, like so many gentle suggestions that I steadfastly ignored in my knowit-all-youth, this kernel of wisdom eventually validated itself in practice and penetrated a nearly impervious object: my thick skull. The career guidance proved correct, of course, because it is steeped in this fundamental fact of life: change is omnipresent. A life well led will often include multiple jobs, a few significant others, various home addresses and many style-fades (some, like the male perm, mullet and basketball shortshorts, are more forgettable…or regret-

table…than others). Kids will be born, grow up and leave home. Technology will continue to alter entertainment and communication. Friendships will fade and new ones will sprout. Our interests and politics will evolve. Follicle failures and morning weigh-ins will “progress” over time. Son’s- and daughter’s-inlaw will arrive. We’ll greet newborns, introduce grandchildren and bid painful adieus to some we cherish most. As proof of change’s prominent link with life, all of those things, or at least a good portion of them, will occur organically, the product of simply and consistently participating fully in one’s time on earth. Change is inescapable, even for those desiring a static existence. And in that undeniable point resides the obverse of the advice my career guru provided (but neglected to mention). Yes, change can play the role of white knight and mercifully cure an unfavorable state. However, it acts just as natu-

Photo Courtesy of Buzz’s Marina Matt Luxford with a 5 pound bluefish.

speckled trout! Of course you know that rules and methods are things that drive humans. The fish don’t necessarily follow the rules, but they do seem to follow certain trends and patterns as we explore the changes in seasons. Try these methods. If you catch something good, take a picture and send me your story. I’ll do my best to share it with our readers in a future article. Keith fishes weekly from his boat, The Ordinary Angler, during the season, and spends his free time supporting local conservation organizations.

When In Doubt, See Dr. Seuss rally as the black knight, intervening and upsetting perfectly good situations. Over a decade ago (hard to believe), considerable change swept through Southern Maryland. Whether that change arrived in the form of a white or black knight is an individual call. What is unanimous is that the resulting physical, economic and cultural changes left nearly no one, local or transplant, unaffected. The years have clouded the disparity between past and present. The passage of time will do that. I was reminded recently, though, of the area’s significant transformation when I reminisced about County softball with an old friend. Our conversation easily rewound the calendar three decades to a time when softball was king and the undisputed centerpiece of the County’s recreational offerings. We recalled a time of bitter rivalries and packed stands. These games were must-see events; some were even broadcast live on the local radio station, if my memory serves me correctly. The game is still wildly popular today, of course, but it’s not like it used to be. Many of the old softball fields are still in use, but I miss those that aren’t. The one that cuts the deepest is Pennie’s Bar. I pass it twice a day. Pennie’s was the crown jewel

of County softball at its peak and one of the places where I learned the game, how to cuss with the proper reflection and the importance of sharing a post-game beer with the “enemy.” I think I even snuck a few of my first beers from unattended coolers (don’t tell my mom). The bar is now long-since boarded up and the softball field resembles an old western outpost that time forgot. When this property ultimately gets re-developed, there ought to be a monument incorporated to document its social significance. Seriously! The conversation with my friend left me a little saddened. Nostalgic journeys will do that to you. I caught myself though, for that’s an unhealthy emotion for any good times claimed by change. To refresh my perspective, I sought the counsel of a trained medical professional: Dr. Seuess, our resident life-ologist. He nailed the situation when he offered this wise nugget: “Don’t cry when it’s over, smile because it happened.” Good advice, for this situation and any other when a good thing comes to an end. I doubt my old career counselor could’ve done better. Send comments to

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power outage Through rain, wind, snow, and ice, Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative strives to keep the power on for every home and business in our community. But we still have our share of hurricanes and ice storms, and these weather conditions can cause our customers to lose power.There are some steps you can take before, during, and after an outage. The key is being prepared. • Have an alternate source of light: keep flashlights and extra batteries where they can be found easily. Lanterns and candles can cause fires; they are not recommended. • Keep a battery-powered radio with fresh batteries, and stay tuned to local news bulletins and weather reports. • Keep your automobile’s gas tank full. • Maintain a supply of cash. Credit cards and ATM machines may not work if the power is out. • Stock emergency food and related items. Ideal choices are nonperishable foods that do not need cooking. • Keep a manual can opener handy, along with disposable plates and utensils. • Keep your gas grill available yearround for cooking during an outage. (Always use a gas or charcoal grill outside.) • Store extra water in clean jugs, bathtubs, laundry tubs, or other containers if you know a storm is on the way. • Plan an alternate source of heat in the event of a cold-weather crisis. If you have a fireplace or wood stove, keep adequate kindling and firewood on hand. Have extra clothing, blankets, or sleeping bags available.

• Consult a plumber or other home specialist for other steps to take in the event of a prolonged outage. • If someone in your household depends on electricity to operate a life support system, plan ahead for alternate sources of power or lodging. SMECO’s outage restoration policy is to make repairs that will restore service to the most people in the least amount of time. • Place your portable generator outside, never in the house, garage, attic, crawl space, or basement. Make sure your generator is connected safely; an improperly connected generator can cause serious injury or death. When your power comes back on, turn off and disconnect your generator. • Keep fresh batteries in your smoke detectors. • It is helpful to have a corded phone available: cordless phones will not work without electricity. If you have a cell phone, you may need an auto adapter to recharge it. • If you have livestock, you will need a means of obtaining adequate supplies of fresh water. A generator is recommended.

Never touch downed power lines or attempt to remove trees from power lines. Contact with power lines may result in serious injury or death. Let qualified SMECO crews handle the clearing and repair work. Please report downed power lines to SMECO immediately.

To Report Outages, Call: 1-877-74-SMECO (1-877-747-6326)

During an outage: • Turn off all the major appliances in your home, especially the heat pump. This will prevent damage to the appliances once the power is restored. Turn on appliances one at a time so the electric demand does not jump suddenly. • Make sure the oven and stove are off; this will prevent fires if the power comes back on while you’re away. Do not set dishes, towels, or paper on the stove; these may catch on fire if a burner is on when the power comes on. • Leave the freezer and refrigerator closed so food will stay cold longer.

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