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ews Residents Hot Over Fire Warning Signal By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Town residents and members of the Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department had an at times contentious meeting Monday night over what to do with a powerful warning siren that many in town say is far too loud. Both president and fire chief of the department, Gary Bell and Thomas Mattingly, Jr., said they were willing to compromise on the level to which the siren is used but were adamant that it is important part of ensuring as many volunteer responders as possible come out to emergency calls. Bell said the siren is reliable and audible to 29 or so volunteers who live around town, 14 of whom are top responders in the department of around 70 members. Several of the firefighters receive notification through pagers, but at their personal expense. “The pagers are what we rely on most,” Bell said, adding that text messaging is not as trustworthy as it could be. “That’s great technology but it’s not totally reliable,” he said. Still many in the group of residents who attended at the town hall want something done about the noise level, although they couldn’t agree on a solution among themselves often raising voices among each other. JoAnna Rooney, who lives in the Singletree neigh-

borhood, said that when the new siren was installed it was a big change in the peaceful community. “When it went off I went ducking for cover,” she said, adding that the sheer noise of it, especially at night when her children are trying to sleep, was a real nuisance. “Every time a siren goes off they think there’s a tornado coming,” Rooney said. Another resident who lives near the siren’s blast complained about its use in the early morning hours, when he thought firefighters would have their pagers close at hand. “You can’t tell me at 2:30 in the morning… you have to sound that siren,” Mark Berntsen said. “There’s no reason.”

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Berntsen represents a group that wants the siren turned off completely as a means of alerting for fire calls, instead they only wanted it used to alert for prisoner escapes at the detention center; nuclear emergencies like the kind that could happen at Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant; and, for natural disasters. Joe Wible, Sr. said he suggested a more reasonable solution – taking the two horns of the siren that directly face certain houses (there are eight horns total on the apparatus) and turning them off. This would allow for a signal loud enough to hear but relieve some of the noise on homes directly in the path of the siren’s blare. Wible said it was not good for the community to be at odds with the local fire department, especially as it has for the past several years. “It’s a shame we have to have this, it’s like a standoff,” Wible said. “We don’t need this.” Linda Shepherd, grateful to volunteer firefighters who came to her home and helped with damage sustained during last year’s Hurricane Irene, said she believed their siren was affecting her health. “My ears ring constantly,” Shepherd said. “I’m looking at it as a health issue as much as anything else.”

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Department of Defense police assigned to Naval Air Station Patuxent River responded to reports last week of an employee making threats in their workplace, but no arrests were made as a result, said Gary Younger, spokesman for the base. “Our emergency services acted appropriately to take care of the situation,” Younger told The County Times. “He was questioned and released.” The incident occurred Oct. 18 just be-

fore 10 a.m., according to reports from the base. “We take threats very seriously and our first priority is the safety and security of our employees,” said Capt. Ted Mills, NAS Patuxent River’s commanding officer, in a prepared statement. The base police followed up the original report coming into the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office. Younger declined to comment any further on the details surrounding the incident.

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By Guy Leonard Staff Writer High priced raffle tickets that were set to be sold at a fundraiser benefiting the election campaign of Judge David Densford were held back because of a last minute notification that their price appeared to violate state campaign finance laws, Densford’s campaign treasurer told The County Times. Information on the fundraiser on Densford’s web site leading up to the event and even afterward advertised a cocktail reception at a private home in Valley Lee on Oct. 18 with admission tickets listed as $300 per person and $500 per couple. The entrance fee allowed each attendee a raffle ticket to participate in a drawing for a portrait sitting with artist Carolyn Egeli, the event flier stated, with additional raffle tickets available for $100 or six for $500. Maryland campaign finance law prohibits selling raffle tickets for any price greater than $5 and no individual

is allowed to buy more than $50 in raffle tickets. “I’m not aware of any exceptions to the raffle provisions,” said Ross Goldstein, deputy administrator for the State Board of Elections. When they learned of it, supporters of Assistant State’s Attorney Joseph Stanalonis, who is running to unseat Densford, quickly pounced on the price of raffle tickets as being in violation of the law. But Joseph Densford, campaign manager for his brother David, said that because of the restriction in the law, no tickets were sold. “That’s the end of it as far as I’m concerned,” Joseph Densford said. “That was a mistake and I’ll admit it.” He added that campaign officials learned of the restriction just before the event was about to start. Those who paid to get into the event were still given a ticket as part of their admission, he said.


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ews State Forcing $7 Million SMECO Project By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

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The Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative’s (SMECO) president and CEO Austin J. Slater told the Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday that the customer-owned utility has the shortest average outage time of any provider in the state, but the state is still making them improve their track record. Slater said SMECO has a “restless desire to keep improving” but what the state is directing all electricity providers to do following recent massive power outages will be costly. “The requirements are onerous,” Slater said, adding the improvements will cost $7 million over the next four to five years. He likened the state’s response to a blanket reaction due to poor performance from other utilities elsewhere in the state during the latest major storms. “When you’re a hammer the whole world looks like a nail,” Slater said. Commissioner Todd Morgan (R-Great Mills) praised the SMECO’s work to keep power flowing in Southern Maryland. During Hurricane Irene, SMECO had to deal with 108,000 power outages, while the heavy winds in the June 29 derecho accounted for 60,000 outages. The combined outages amounted to two out of three largest power restoration efforts in SMECO history, according to the cooperative’s records. Morgan said SMECO is being saddled with unfair burdens from the state similar to other jurisdictions with the new Watershed Implementation Plan. “It’s another $7 million unfunded mandate being pushed down on the tri-county area,” Morgan said. Slater updated commissioners on the Southern Maryland Reliability Project, which seeks to install two 230 kilovolt circuits on the current 69 kilovolt circuit to make a continuous loop through both St. Mary’s and Calvert counties. The project includes 28 miles of overhead transmission line and two miles of cable under the Patuxent River. This will improve reliability across both counties through increased capacity and help eliminate the risk of power outages, SMECO officials said. The entire project is set to be completed by 2015 with much of the above-ground work in St. Mary’s County happening in 2014. While the reliability project is set to make things better from an electricity standpoint in the near future, Slater said the state-mandated solar project SMECO has undertaken should not be held to the same standard. He said only 18.5 percent of the physical plant of the solar project will provide electricity over its 25 year life span due to weather and sunlight conditions. Slater said the state’s mandate for solar energy as part of SMECO’s portfolio is pushing them in this direction as there is really no customer demand. “Without a mandate from our customers we [normally] would not undertake a project like this,” Slater said.

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Public Meeting Set on New Septic Law By Guy Leonard Staff Writer A new piece of legislation that restricts septic system development in rural areas of the county will have significant impact on the ability of residents in those parts of the county to develop their own property, county officials warn, so they have set up a public information session on Nov. 13 at the County Commissioners meeting room in Leonardtown. The meeting on the Sustainable Growth and Agricultural Preservation Act of 2012, also known as the Septic Bill, will feature staff from the county’s Department of Land Use and Growth Management. The new law requires counties to create a four-tier system that would restrict septic system proliferation in many rural areas as well as regulate central sewage systems. The fourth tier of this system effectively bans major subdivisions served by septic systems, allowing only minor subdivisions of five lots. The commissioners recently acted to allow up to seven lots for the definition of a minor subdivision in anticipation of the law’s taking effect Jan. 1. The county has until Dec. 31 to make

the change or forever be restricted by the state to just five lots on septic systems in rural areas. The county could choose not to enact a four-tier system but under the new law it would be forbidden from approving major subdivisions served by septic systems outside of areas served by public water and sewer. The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. with a presentation from county staff, followed by discussion with a question and answer period. Commissioner Dan Morris (R-Mechanicsville) said that the strict mandate from the state is onerous but the county is being forced to meet it. “I think people still don’t understand the impact of the law,” Morris said. “I think it’s a lot of malarkey. There’s no evidence septic tanks are bad.” Morris and other commissioners have said the actual science showing just how much nitrogen being expelled from septic systems is still in dispute. “All one person has to say is … where’s the proof septics are bad,” Morris said. “It’s a sad situation; we’re stuck with it.”

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Meet the Candidates District 2 Challenger Jim Davis By Alex Panos Staff Writer Candidate Jim Davis believes his background in finance and engineering brings something no other board member can bring to the table. The District 2 challenger says his opponent, incumbent Cathy Allen, has great experience but is lacking a technical and business background which he could provide to the board. The board has two primary functions, he said, hiring the superintendent and maintaining the school budget. Davis has a graduate degree in finance and a Masters of Business Administration. He believes these to be key indicators that he can help the board handle an $87 million school budget, which is approximately 45 percent of the entire county budget. “We need people with a science background on the board,” he says. Additionally, Davis holds two engineering degrees, which he says will help establish the best route to take in building new needed schools. While he acknowledges it is not a

board member’s job to be actively involved in the planning and building of new school buildings, he is certain his expertise will come into play. Davis is the current Chairman of the Airport Advisory Committee, a position where people make decisions based in part on his opinions and expertise. He believes if elected to the board, the knowledge he has on building and construction will be utilized in a similar way. “It’s the advise and consent rule,” he says. “I have the financial experience to provide oversight in design and construction as well as the ability to determine the best way to design the school.” “The contrast between me and my opponent is extremely clear.” As a former college professor, Davis says he knows what students need education-wise in the 21st century. “We should emphasis science and technology,” he said, explaining these courses give kids marketable skill sets in the future. Mathematics and hard sciences, such as biochemistry and biology, need to be at the educational forefront in public school

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Meet the Candidates District 2 Cathy Allen By Alex Panos Staff Writer Incumbent candidate Cathy Allen is relying on her experience and accomplishments as a Board member this election, while also keeping an eye on the classroom of the future. Her 12 years of school board knowledge combined with a skill-set acquired during her tenure will allow her to continue to work closely with her fellow board members, she said. Allen was instrumental in moving the starting age of kindergarten students from December to September a decade ago as a member of Maryland’s early childhood learning committee. She has been a part of a board which during her tenure has hired a superintendent “head and shoulders above the rest of the pool,� and created pathways for every student – through programs such as the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) initiative, the Charter School and classes at the Forrest Career and Technology Center – by “focusing funding into the classrooms.� There are learning opportunities for the entire range of the student-body, she said,

and noted she has been part of a team which recently helped the school system receive a $2.5 million STEM grant and $300,000 for the Apex Learning program, an on-line curriculum alternative for students. “My understanding of what’s going on in the classroom is very valuable,� Allen said. “My time on the board has allowed me to understand what the school system does, how the board operates and allowed me to understand political pitfalls.� Allen said it is important to her to ensure every student leaves the public school system prepared for the next step in their respective lives, be it college or the workforce, and becomes a functioning member of society. Allen told The County Times she is also very sensitive to the economy, and understands the need to be resourceful with regard to the school budget, without increasing taxes on the community. Another point of emphasis, Allen continued, is to implement the “21st century classroom.� She said she will continue to work with her fellow board members, if reelected, to add more technology in the classrooms for a world becoming more and more “saturated� with technology. One of her best qualifications, she said, is her understanding of her role as a board

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member. “People often promise things as a candidate,� she said, “only to discover what they’ve promised is not within the purview of a school board member.� People often run for school board, Allen believes, because they have specific policies or ideas they want to implement into the school system. “That’s not our job,� she said, noting the board leaves the day-to-day operations to school Superintendent Michael Martirano. “It’s not down in the weeds. We articulate a vision and work with the superintendent to implement it.� What the board does do, she explained, is manage the school budget and focus on big picture goals of the school system. She believes over the last decade she has developed skills to continue to complete these tasks at a high level. One task the board has is dealing with contractors, where wording can “help you or hurt you� depending on the specific language used. According to Allen, she brings a valuable combination of analytical thinking and communication skills to the Board to help deal with this reoccurring issue. She also said she works hard to be sure

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all options have been considered for each subject, and makes sure she knows the decisions made are the best approach. “I ask a lot of questions because I’m not a trained educator,� Allen said. “I have always worked to ask questions.� Aside from her service on the board, Allen volunteered in her children’s schools before they graduated. Her previous experience included active involvement in the Parent Teacher Association, and member of the School System’s Growth Management Advisory Committee. Allen has lived in St. Mary’s County since 1996, graduated from the University of Virginia and spent time as a critical care nurse. Overall, she believes people should reelect her this November because she has a great understanding of the education process, from the school budget to the classroom. “I’m here because I see great value in an educated workforce, well prepared for the future,� Allen said. “The work I’ve done speaks for itself.�

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Schools Receive Visual Tech Grant By Alex Panos Staff Writer Green Holly Elementary and several special school programs have received a grant giving them access to advanced visual learning software for one full year. The grant from Monarch Teaching Technologies (MTT) allows access to VizZle District Edition visual learning software, which consists of interactive and visually supported curriculum customized for each child. According to the press release, the curriculum and software acquired through the grant is a $50,000 value. The release also states the system has thousands of premade lessons using flexible templates and imported clips. Green Holly Principal Wauchilue Adams said the program allows teachers to access already made learning activities and create custom lessons for students. “We always talk about customized learning for children,” Adams said. “This definitely does that.” Teachers can track student progress through the program as well. “Teachers are looking at learning styles,” Adams said. The release states Green Holly is one of six schools nation-wide to receive the grant. Adams said Green Holly was found eligible because they are currently utilizing technology. In addition to the visual learning grant, Green Holly has “SMART technology” throughout the school, several computer labs and access to computer tablets.

262 Students Receive AP Scholar Awards A total of 59 students at Chopticon High School, 72 students at Great Mills High School, and 131 students at Leonardtown High School have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP Exams for the 2012 school year. “The students earning this recognition represent the most academically able students in St. Mary’s County Public Schools,” Superintendent Michael Martirano said in a press release. “When these gifted learners are taught by our excellent AP instructors, the results speak for themselves.” The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program (AP) provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams, the release states. About 20 percent of the 2.1 million students worldwide who took AP Exams performed at a sufficiently high level to also earn an AP Scholar Award. The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students’ performance on AP Exams. Two students at Chopticon High School, five students at Great Mills High School, and six students at Leonardtown High School qualified for the National AP Scholar Award by earning an average score of four or higher (on a five-point scale) on all AP Exams taken, and scores of four or higher on eight or more of these exams. Of this year’s award recipients at Chopticon High School 16 are sophomores or juniors, at Great Mills High School 25 are sophomores or juniors, and at Leonardtown High School 63 are sophomores or juniors. These students have at least one more year in which to complete college-level work and possibly earn a higher-level AP Scholar Award.

“We have a lot of devices where we could use technology for students,” Adams said. She added that along with utilizing technology, Green Holly earned the grant by expressing to MTT their plan on how to utilize the programs, and their ability to train teachers during professional development seminars. Teacher instruction, which began last week, included an overview of the site, an “exploration” of all the sites features and setting up different classes. More training sessions are planned, Adams said. Along with teacher involvement, she hopes to have parents get involved with the program as well. Students will

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Leonardtown’s newest jewelry shop, “Sharon’s Dragonfly Designs,” celebrated its grand opening last week by offering refreshments and door prizes to customers. • Easier tracking of progress The shop offers a large variety of jewtoward your goals elry including necklaces, bracelets, earrings, • Greater flexibility in managing belts, purses, watches, scarves, artwork, hair your savings decorations, pocketbook holders and chil• A variety of investment options dren’s jewelry. • Investment advice based on The shop features a lot of sterling silyour complete financial picture ver pieces, natural stones and crystal. It even has some more unique materials used such If you’re like most people, retirement as amber and drusy. is the most challenging financial goal “I haven’t seen anywhere else in the you will ever face. As one of the nation’s county that has amber,” said owner Sharon largest and most experienced IRA Weiner. providers, we offer the guidance you Weiner said her selection of fresh water need to take control of your future. pearls was very popular at her grand opening, as well as the matching necklace, earSTEVEN RICHARDSON ring and bracelet sets the store features. Branch Manager “I got a lot of positive feedback,” WeinFinancial Advisor er said of the event, noting she plans on add41640 Courthouse Drive, ing antiques and even more jewelry variety Suite 200, P.O. Box 187 to her inventory. Leonardtown, MD 20650 “I have more selection here [than other Tel: 301-475-7935 stores],” she said, adding that her prices are much more affordable than other stores in the area. “I have all those kinds of things Investment products and services are offered through Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network, LC(WF AFN), QBH St M County TImes Half Ad:Layout 1for3/1/11 3:28 PM looking Page 1 to complete the average person Member SIPC, a registered broker-dealer and a separate non-bank affiliate of Wells Fargo & Company. ©2011 Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network, LLC. All rights reserved. 0411-2909A [86267-v2] A1517 a look.”

After 35 years of teaching in the public school system, the newly retired instructional research teacher and substitute principal was eager this summer to follow her passion of jewelry and design. Even during her time as teacher, Weiner has always been interested in art and jewelry, often participating in craft fairs. “It’s the same kinds of things here,” Weiner said, comparing her two passions – jewelry sales and teaching. “You engage with people and find things that interest them.” Engaging with her customers is a primary reason Weiner has opened the shop, along with help from her friend, former teacher Sandi Ulbarri. She says she will give her customers “one-on-one” attention and get to know every one. She plans to make the shopping experience “more personal,” by helping them make selections based on their own unique tastes and interests. “I have an eye for jewelry and what goes with a person’s taste,” she said. Weiner says she believes her family has a good standing in the community because they are actively involved in charity organizations. Weiner often donates artwork to Three Oaks Warmth, a charity for the homeless shelter, and her husband John is currently the Vice President of the Christmas in April Foundation. She picked Leonardtown to open her

shop because her family has a long reputation in town. “There’s a good name here,” Weiner said. “It’s a name people can associate with respect and honesty.” Sharon’s Dragonfly Designs is open Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Weiner also plans to open on Saturdays closer to the holidays. She is also available to open by appointment. She can be reached on her cell phone at 240-434-5495. The shop is located across from the Circuit Court, in the “Weiner” building. For more information on Sharon’s Dragonfly Designs, contact Weiner at sgweiner49@yahoo. com.

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victim, Clemens, hitting her in the head, police alleged in charging documents. Some of Hinson’s friends arrived and took him away but he returned a little before midnight on Oct. 11 and entered through the damaged door and retrieved a butcher knife he had previously hidden, police said. Butler saw Hinson with the knife and she told police he had brandished it at her; he went to confront Clemens in the back bedroom. He allegedly demanded, “Give me my money … you have five seconds to give me my money.” When Clemens did not give Hinson any money, he allegedly cut her with the butcher knife, swinging at her continually. “The defendant was wildly slashing at the victim with the butcher knife while she was on the ground attempting to defend herself,” charging documents revealed. A slash from Hinson cut into her lip, Clemens alleged, and she could feel it grate into one of her teeth. After the alleged assault Hinson is reported to have stolen Clemens purse with $1,100 in rent money as well as an IPhone 5, identification card and two credit cards. Hinson was arrested on a Circuit Court warrant on Oct. 19 and remains jailed at the county’s adult detention center.

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Judge Candidates Spar In Final Public Forum By Alex Panos Staff Writer Audience questions brought on spirited discussions, contradicting statements, politically motivated allegations and questions of integrity during the Circuit Court Judge’s forum last Thursday. The two continued to trade jabs when the County Times followed up with both candidates about issues addressed during the forum. Circuit Court Judge David Densford said during the forum that he would not be sending any mailings out attacking his opponent, Assistant State’s Attorney Joseph Stanalonis, yet that evening citizens received a full page letter titled “About My Opponent” in the mail, highlighting reasons he believes Stanalonis is not qualified to be judge. While at the debate table, Stanalonis rolled his eyes when Densford said there would be no mailings attacking his opponent. Stanalonis had already seen the letter before the debate started, and believes Densford will have more negative mailings in the coming weeks, he told The County Times in a forum follow-up interview. “I knew he wasn’t being truthful to the audience,” he said of Densford’s claim. “He’s given me no reason to believe he’s not going to continue to make false allegations against me.” After the forum, Densford said he was talking about one final mailing planned before Election Day, not the one sent out last week. “We hope to do another mailing. I certainly expect it to be positive. I intend to finish positively,” Densford said. Densford did, however, leave the door open for more criticizing mailings. “I’m not going to sit still and be attacked,” he said. Stanalonis countered, “His campaign writes letters every week to [the local papers]. I’m going to continue to be positive and focus on my considerations and experience.” The letter highlighted the Judicial Campaign Conduct Committee’s (JCCC) findings against Stanalonis, and stated a number of local attorneys believe he should resign from his position in the State’s Attorney’s Office. Stanalonis brushed off the allegations, along with an anonymous complaint filed to the Attorney Grievence Commission, which he says has “no merit to it.” He expects the complaint to be “dismissed the day after” the election. “I think it was politically motivated,”

Stanalonis said of the unsigned letter. “It’s an anonymous complaint filed right [before] an election.” Densford took exception to the remarks made during the forum, and said he’s “not surprised” Stanalonis finds the grievance biased and against him. “I guess that’s just one more group that he wants to put the blame on,” Densford said. “It’s another political organization conspiring against him. He’s saying the political timing is to last the election – to embarrass him.” The two candidates were asked to explain the interest from other counties in the area, and again began pointing fingers at each other. “I haven’t brought in any [one out of county],” responded Densford in reference to political figures – such as former Maryland Gov. Bob Ehrlich – attending Stanalonis’ fundraisers. “So I’ll let him address that.” Densford has, in fact, received out of county attention. He received $6,000 from the Prince George’s Committee to Elect the Sitting Judges, which Stanalonis made a point to mention during the forum. Stanalonis called the organization a PAC fund, meaning they are a group of donors with one common interest, and their main objective is to keep sitting judges on the bench. “All of their donations have been made to whoever was appointed by the governor,” Stanalonis said, concluding that their donation is not a reflection of himself or his opponent. Densford opposes this claim and believes this committee is not a PAC, but instead a corporation whose members’ main objective is to keep the “best, most experienced judges.” “They don’t want to come down here and have to clean up a mess for 15 years,” he said. A concerned citizen pointed out the problem of logjams and backed up cases in the Circuit Court system. Stanalonis says he would be efficient as a judge, scheduling multiple cases throughout the day to get them through the court system quicker. “That way if a case falls out the whole day isn’t wasted,” he said. “We need to be as efficient as possible.” Densford says he is working as quickly as possible, and if the lights are off in his court room it’s because he is working in chambers. The feuding throughout the campaign season brought on questions of ethics and integrity from the audience, which again led to

Circuit Court Judge David Densford, left, and Assistant State’s Attorney Joseph Stanalonis.

banter between the candidates. “We have to answer the questions asked,” Stanalonis said. “The answers need to be the truth. When I’m not in a forum, I’m not focused on my opponent. I’m focused on myself.” Densford claims he has spent 90 percent of the election focusing on himself. “Look at the mailings over the next 19 days and see if my opponent lives up to that.” Stanalonis was asked why he believes he is qualified if his name was not sent to Governor Martin O’Malley for consideration, and he cited his 17 years of experience “in the courthouse every day.” The committee is silent on the process, so no one knows what factors go into their decision making. “The fact my name hasn’t been sent is a mystery,” Stanalonis said. Densford quipped in a following interview, “It’s not a mystery to anyone except him.” The two have opposing views on how to handle juvenile cases. Stanalonis says juvenile cases should be “geared toward rehabilitation” because it will keep them out of the adult system. He thinks more money should be put into financing rehab programs. Meanwhile, Densford said his main objective as a circuit court judge, along with rehabilitation of the community’s youth, is to

protect the citizens of the county and keep the streets safe. They did agree on working towards eliminating racial disparities in the courtroom. Stanalonis hopes programs can be implemented to help educate the public and keep people out of the justice system. Densford whole-heartedly agrees with Stanalonis that citizens should have the right to vote for judge, even after being appointed by the Governor. The forum came to a close with Densford on the offensive. While Stanalonis noted he had the most total votes in the primary and how proud he was to send the primary to a general election, Densford took one last shot at his opponent. “My opponent finished the process the way he started… attacking me and not respecting the process. How would you like to be in front of a judge for the next 15 years who knows as little about a case as you know?” The event was the final public forum between the two candidates. The forum was sponsored by The St. Mary’s College of Maryland Center for The Study of Democracy and the local St. Mary’s Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Board of election at-large candidates Marilyn Crosby, left, and James Tomasic; District 2 candidates Cathy Allen and Jim Davis; and, District 4 candidates Joel Rose and Mary Washington took part in one final public forum last week.


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Board Answers Questions In Last Public Forum By Alex Panos Staff Writer The Board of Education candidates fielded questions concerning community engagement and the achievement gap, classroom technology, sex education and creationism in the school system. Marilyn Crosby, an at-large candidate, said the achievement gap is being lowered by a newly implemented Apex online learning program and the lower number of school suspensions administered.

A spirited Crosby voiced her opinions last Thursday.

“How can you teach students if they aren’t in front of you?” she asked. Challenging Crosby for the at-large seat is James Tomasic, who said he hears a lot of good ideas in the community for lowering the achievement gap. As a parent, coach and Boy Scout leader, Tomasic feels he brings more to the table than a member who only deals with administrators and other school staff members. He said it’s important to compare programs in the schools, because some are more effective than others in certain areas. Mary Washington, candidate for a District 4 seat, encouraged citizens to attend Board of Education meetings and more parents to get involved in the Parent Teacher Association. In addition, she wants a home access center so interested community members can stay involved even if they can’t attend meetings. Classroom technology is at the forefront in light of the recent $2.5 million grant to St. Mary’s Public Schools (SMCPS) from the Department of Defense. The candidates all agreed the future’s classroom appearance is uncertain, so technology must be implemented one step at a time. They agree teacher organization is important, so that the instructors help the children understand how to use technology. “What we can do for students is make sure they have the tools to be successful,” District 2 candidate Cathy Allen said, stressing students need to all be “media literate.” The candidates had a say on sex-education and creationism, and agreed it would be best not to change current policy. Sex-education is only taught by certified instructors and creationism is not taught in the public school system. Crosby believes her experience separates her from Tomasic, who feels he brings a strong parent voice. Allen said she knows her role and how to be a successful Board of Education member. Her challenger Jim Davis says his engineering background will come in handy as the board plans to build new schools moving forward. Washington feels “she has the time to do the job,” where as her challenger Joel Rose is currently engulfed in his career with the Air Force. But Rose feels his job is what separates him from Washington in a positive way, because he travels a lot with the First Lady of The United States, and he can provide opportunities for the school system others can’t. Rose came out swinging Thursday night when he read a 2010 quote from Washington. “She said she was running for county commissioner

because she felt she had done all she could do on the board,” he said. The quote was the beginning of what turned into a back and forth between District 4 candidates, as Rose and Washington jockeyed for the upper hand up until the closing statements. “I want what’s best for all children, not just my children, Mrs. Washington,” Rose said in response to Washington calling him “narrow” minded. The two also argued on time commitment issues, as Washington said Rose has a “sworn duty” to the United States Air Force like her husband did before he retired from

the military. “I’ve never missed any significant events in my children’s lives,” Rose said, adding he “invited” her to learn what he actually does, which is much different from her husband’s job. Davis and Allen had a much lighter back and forth during the closing statements. Allen said she has been around for a while, and her work speaks for itself. “Think of me as Classic Coke,” she said. “Classic Coke is too fatty,” responded Davis.

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Are We Massachusetts Yet? Maryland will take one more step towards her complete transformation from a once conservative Southern state into a Yankee blue state if Marylanders say yes to same-sex marriage on Nov. 6. On Election Day voters will have the chance to veto Question 6, a referendum on the Civil Marriage Protection Act, which was passed in March of 2012 by the Maryland Legislature. If it isn’t defeated, then Maryland will join Massachusetts in changing the definition of marriage. Disgracefully, there are Protestant ministers who are supporting gay marriage in the name of “equality.” And Catholic clergy tacitly allow the faithful to vote for pro-gay marriage candidates as long as those candidates support “social justice” and illegal immigration. Some of them are likely reassured by the fact that the law grants clergy the right –how generous of our lawmakers in Annapolis- to refrain from performing same sex-marriages ... for now. But there is no right to marry another of one’s sex (I don’t use the term gender as this only applies to grammar). The Constitution does not guarantee such a right even under the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment. The federal government and state governments for that matter have no business passing laws regulating who may or may not marry. What is clearly protected by the Bill of Rights is freedom of religion, and as Congressman Ron Paul has said, it is up to churches to marry people not civil authorities.

And don’t fall for leftist arguments that marriage equality is justified because same-sex partners can be loving and committed. This is beside the point. And neither should you fall for the trope that because all traditional marriages aren’t perfect this is proof that other types of marriage might be just as valid. There will always be failed heterosexual unions because human beings are flawed creatures, and there will always be heart breaking situations in some families. No human institution is perfect nor will it ever be. And lesbian and gay individuals, including my own brother, are as likely as anyone to be good friends, citizens and neighbors. But none of this has anything to do with what marriage is. It is a union, blessed by God, between one man and one woman. Marriage is the basis for the family, and it is the family that preserves Western Civilization. In the course of a busy day, the most important work done by mothers or fathers is that related to the raising of children to be moral human beings. And morality does not change over time and is defined by Judaic-Christian values. Let’s begin to take back Maryland by voting to save marriage. Let’s not be Massachusetts! Go to to learn how you can make the Free State free again. Joyce Bennett, Chairman Maryland League of the South Clements, MD

Keep Children First My name is Marilyn Crosby and I am running for re-election to the at-large seat of the St. Mary’s County Board of Education. I must write this letter to defend myself. My own teacher’s union has endorsed my opponent while I have given tirelessly to them. I worked to keep the paraeducators, keep the instructional resource teachers, get more money from the commissioners to keep our teachers in this era of low monies and the list goes on and on. I have always worked for low class sizes as everyone knows. You can’t meet children’s needs in classrooms that include the disabled when classes are large. I have 24 years of teaching experience, have been on the board for four years and understand the intricacies of education. Go to and read more about me. I have the time for this job whereas my opponent who claimed he attends board meetings has only attended one in anyone’s memory. The union president got that one wrong. He said the same thing at a League of Women Voters’ Forum and I rebutted him. He also talks about his children in our programs but then criticizes the programs

when he thinks no one is paying attention. We need a team player who improves things through bringing problems to our attention and proposing viable solutions. By the way, all three of my children graduated from Great Mills, and my grandchildren are currently attending our wonderful schools. I, frankly, don’t have time to combat my own union’s lack of support for me. Actually, their vote did not represent many. Also, only 62% of teachers are currently in the union. I stay in because of my life insurance. Many more want to leave, but they must stay in for one more year. Just remember, in all of this hurtful activity by my union, I have continued to work for the children and the teachers. I always try to do what is right. One more thing for Mr. Tomasic, grandchildren do count even though he said they did not at a meet and greet. I have three down here, of which one is in STEM. I hope all grandparents take his attitude into consideration when they vote. Keep All Children First! Marilyn Crosby Lexington Park, MD

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After reading last week’s articles and editorials regarding the circuit court judge election, I felt that a statement promoting democracy was needed. The Maryland Constitution states that circuit court judges are elected. For the first time in more than 50 years, there will be a judge election in November. The people have spoken and Joe Stanalonis will appear on the ballot against O’Malley’s appointment. My first concern: Why are a group of lawyers from P.G. County funding Densford’s race for circuit court judge in St. Mary’s County? My second concern: This past week Mr. Densford sent a long letter to try to garner more votes by placing doubts into the voters’ minds about the character, position, and experience of Joe Stanalonis. May I make a suggestion? Could the Maryland Judicial Campaign Conduct Committee (MJCCC) please review these false statements and reprimand Mr. Densford? These false statements have got to be criminal! By the way, the MJCCC was formed in 2006. Why this committee was formed is beyond me. What “conduct” was this committee formed to control? Free speech? I realize that when a candidate is losing an election, they get desperate. They try to muddy the waters and attempt to defame their opponent as a last ditch effort. I am sure this is the intention of Mr. Densford. I am asking you, the voters, to review the qualifications, character, commitment and honesty of Joe Stanalonis. He is a well-respected, family man who is committed to our community. He was not appointed by O’Malley. I am sure Joe is the right man for the job! I appreciate the fact that we have the right to vote for our circuit court judges in Maryland. Now let’s go vote! Vote Joe Stanalonis for Circuit Court Judge. Anne Zabiegalski Leonardtown, MD

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During the current contest for St. Mary’s Circuit Court Judge, a position currently occupied by Judge David Densford, I have read several articles expressing the biased nature of the “Judicial Nominating Commission for Calvert and St. Mary’s counties.” Every St. Mary’s County citizen should be deeply offended by these assertions being made by the Assistant State’s Attorney Joseph Stanalonis. The Judicial Nominating Commission for Calvert and St. Mary’s counties consists of thirteen members: nine are appointed by the Governor and four are chosen by the presidents of the local bar associations. It has both lay people and lawyers, Democrats and Republicans. The current chair of the commission is a Republican, originally appointed by Governor Erlich. The commission’s job is to review the applications and qualifications of applicants for judge, to choose those applicants who are qualified to be a judge, and to recommend those candidates to the Governor for consideration of appointment to a judgeship. In St. Mary’s County, there were a number of candidates for the last two judicial vacancies (one vacancy in District Court and one in Circuit Court). Both times David Densford applied for the available position and both times he was found qualified and his name was sent to the governor for consideration. Also, both times Mr. Stanalonis applied and in both instances the commission found him not qualified and as a result did not include his name on its list forwarded to the governor. Mr. Stanalonis has suggested that he was not chosen because he is a prosecutor and the “defense attorneys” control the nominating process. In fact, most of our judges, both Circuit and District, have also been prosecutors – our current District Court Judge Chesser and Circuit Court Judge Stamm were both deputy state’s attorneys, in addition to their experience in private practice. Additional Judge Densford has served as a special prosecutor. Judge Raley, replaced by Judge Densford, was also the state’s attorney for our county. Furthermore, one of the candidates for judge who was on the list of qualified candidates forwarded to the governor by the commission was Ted Weiner, a current deputy state’s attorney. It is a fact that in the November 2012 election Judge David Densford is the only candidate found qualified to be a judge by the “Judicial Nominating Commission for Calvert and St. Mary’s counties” and subsequently he was appointed by the governor. Our county deserves the best judge possible, a judge who is qualified and the only qualified candidate in the 2012 election is Judge David Densford. Mike Colina Lexington Park, MD


Thursday, October 25, 2012

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Response to Al Gough In my eyes, there is no shame associated with Gov. Bob Ehrlich’s endorsement of Joe Stanalonis for Circuit Court Judge. Who better to give their opinion than a former Governor of Maryland, who is also a practicing lawyer? The fact that Ehrlich appointed the chairman of the Judicial Nominating Committee years ago means absolutely nothing to me. O’Malley is the governor now and he ultimately appointed Densford. O’Malley’s appointment only further proves that his interests do not align with mine or a majority of the citizens in this county. The nominating committee never found Mr. Stanalonis unqualified. That is again spin from the opposing side. No one knows the reasons

why one candidate was chosen over the other because the entire process is confidential. To me, it sounds like Mr. Al Gough does not support judicial elections and I take offense to that. As citizens of the United States of America, we should be promoting democracy by embracing our right to vote. Not shaming people for voicing their opinion or for disagreeing with a nominating committee that in my opinion seems to be out of touch with what the citizens of this county want. George Dickson IV Mechanicsville, MD

Student Supports Washington My name is Sharmaine Miller and I am pursuing a degree in Biology and Animal Behavior at Towson University. I am hoping to attend veterinary school in two years. The reason I am writing to you is to commend the dedication and passion of Mrs. Mary Washington and explain why she should be re-elected. I have known Mrs. Washington since I was in second grade, so for quite a long time, and I’ve always remembered her as an active member of her community. She loves and cares greatly about the

students of her community and has proven this by conducting numerous activities, such as, visiting a variety of schools and reading to eager students. In fact, I can still remember when she told my peers and I to believe in ourselves and treat others like we would want to be treated. She is an energetic and devoted individual who would continue to be an excellent member of the Board of Ed. Sharmaine Miller Lexington Park, MD

Washington Is About Service There are some positive qualities that our elected officials should reflect to students, families and communities and Mary Washington has proven that she is highly qualified. I have known Mary for 19 years as a friend, as the former Director of Religious Education at Patuxent River Navy Base Chapel and most importantly, as a Board of Education Member. One important quality is that Mary has been a devoted member of the Board of Education for 16 years, where she has served our students on a full time basis. It is her only job. Another quality that Mary has is the experiences she shares with our military families. She is the wife of a retired military officer who served our country for 23 years. So, you see her values lie in the service of family, community and country. Mary is the mother of two children who graduated from St. Mary’s County Public Schools. I have continuously watched Mary unselfishly serve as a leader as she works with students and families because she strives to see all students succeed in our public schools. She

is a woman of integrity and honesty; a woman who is the right choice because she is a responsible person who can be trusted to fight for what’s right, to always listen, listen, listen to all sides of an issue. She listens because she recognize, rewards and respect the diverse community that we live in. In our community, we need a champion, someone with courage to stand for what is right even if she has to stand alone and that is my friend Mary. I am truly amazed at her diligence to work hard and her love for the people of this community. Mary is a visionary. She often says that children are the future and we need to do everything to ensure that our students are well prepared for a global society, because America’s future depends on it. Ladies and Gentlemen, Mary Washington is the right choice for us all as a member of the Board of Education. Bobbie Ridley California, MD 20619

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To The Editor Tomasic is the Best Choice My name is Stan Beall and I am writing to show my support for the Board of Education at-large-candidate James Tomasic. I have known Jim for over 23 years, professionally and personally. He is the best qualified candidate for many reasons, including his background, educational and business experience, volunteerism and civic duty, but the icing on the cake is that he is a parent of five children, four of whom are currently attending the SMCPS system in two different high schools, one in middle and one in elementary school. The current Board of Education does not have one elected member who is a parent of any student in the school system. I find that unacceptable. They have numerous members who represent other various groups, but none represent the parents. As a father myself with three children in the school system, I want to make sure that someone with a personal vested interest is overseeing and looking out for the students. I have seen Jim’s dedication to education and children within St. Mary’s County. We need a board member who will look at the issues, ensuring that the students and education system in St. Mary’s County are the priority. Jim regularly attends School Improvement Team (SIT) meetings, is an active member of the PTA’s, has been a Science Fair judge for numerous years, was chair of the BOE’s Budget Advisory Committee (BAC), attends special meetings with the BOE/community including textbook adoption and high school achievement and speaks at Board of Education meetings about various issues and concerns. He has been Science Engineering Apprentice Program (SEAP) mentor to high school students for over 16 years, a coach in the parks and recreation and a scout leader for the Pack, Troop and Crew out of St. Mary’s City. James Tomasic unique experience and firsthand knowledge is needed on the Board of Education. Since Jim has children at all three levels (high, middle, elementary), he will be able to bring the concerns to the table that are important to parents. He has that parental link to the students in the school system. He is endorsed by the Education Association of St. Mary’s County (EASMC) over his opponent, so he is the teacher’s recommended choice. The board is lacking a very important component, the voice of a parent with children in the system. I highly support James Tomasic for the Board of Education At Large Seat. Tomasic is the Parent’s Voice. Tomasic is the Parent’s Choice. Stan Beall Lexington Park, MD

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Washington Is A.B.C. As a mom of five children in which one is in high school, two are in middle school, and one is in elementary school, I would like to share my appreciation and support for the re-election of Mrs. Mary Washington to the St. Mary’s County Board of Education. It is always reassuring to see Mrs. Mary Washington at the many, many events I attend that are school related, as well as, general community celebrations and recognitions. She advocates for our students and school system. She seeks to resolve problems in a positive manner. She goes into the community to see the students and families and she does not hesitate to ask questions. Mary Washington exemplifies character and most importantly, she has a good listening ear. She loves people. Without fail she has continued to display all of these qualities with unbelievable stamina and with a positive attitude. It is always encouraging to see her and to know that she is looking out for the best interest of the children. Education is important to her and I can see in her the ABCs, that is, Above-Beyond-Caring. One of the most precious things that a person has is time. Mrs. Wash-

ington takes much of her personal time to come out and show support for my children and all the children in St. Mary’s County Schools. I appreciate her presence and dedication and want to say “thank you”. Her sacrifice of personal time is a testament to her dedication and determination to be the best Board of Education member she can. This is and has been a tremendous asset to our schools and we cannot afford to lose this important member at this critical juncture. Many have seen the “fruit” of her tenure as board member at the table and in the community and are pleased and excited at what she has accomplished for our students and look forward to a fifth consecutive term. Mary Washington has worked hard as a member of the Board of Education team and deserves our continued support. She has invested countless hours of her time for the children. Surely, we can take minutes of our time and vote for her re-election back to the St. Mary’s County Board of Education. Dawn Gant Lexington Park, MD

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Should Christians Vote? Although most Americans claim to be Christians, many Christians don’t vote. Some feel there are no perfect candidates, and that no one is completely in line with their Christian principles. They think that a vote for “the lesser of two evils” is still a vote for evil. Some even fear that God will punish them for voting for a “less than perfect person”. Jesus had a similar situation when He was physically on earth that we have at election time. He had to choose people to be leaders of His church after He returned to heaven. At election time, we have to choose people to be the leaders of our nation, state, school board, etc. Did Jesus choose only perfect people? Was impulsive Peter perfect? Were James and John (the sons of thunder) ideal candidates? I’ll bet Jesus didn’t have any doubts about Thomas. And we can all agree that Judas was certainly a good choice. Since Jesus was the only perfect human who ever lived, He had to choose the best people He could, even if they weren’t perfect. I believe He expects us to do the same. When Christians don’t vote, they leave the choice of this nation’s leaders to others. If Christians are opposed to drugs, abortion, homosexuality, etc. and don’t vote, they leave the choice of our leaders to drug deal-

ers, pro-choicers, homosexuals, etc. Do you expect those people to vote for leaders who will support or oppose them? So, what did Jesus do? Did He sit by and let others choose His apostles and future leaders? Did He leave their selection to the Romans and Pharisees? Jesus lived in a nation at a time when He didn’t have the opportunity to vote. But when we became a nation, God gave us the incredible opportunity and serious obligation to choose the best leaders we can for this nation. We have to decide whether we want elected officials who will pass laws that are in line with or contrary to our Christian beliefs. In the latter case, we have the extra work of fighting against opposing officials while trying to save souls and establish God’s kingdom. I pray that God will convince you to vote and that He will guide your choice of the best candidates. Someone once said “The only thing required for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing”. If you think evil is triumphing in our country, it could be because good Christians aren’t voting or they aren’t voting for righteous candidates. Robert Boudreaux Waldorf, MD

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Robert Armstrong, 74

Karen Marlow-Bennett, 56

Phoebe Collins, 73

Diane Height, 44

Robert Bernard Armstrong, 74, of District Heights, Maryland (formerly of St. Mary’s County), peacefully entered into eternal rest on October 19, 2012. “Robert Bernard”, as he was affectionately known, was born on October 1, 1938 to the late Annie Marie Armstrong and Harry Wilson Thomas. He has two devoted daughters, Phyllis and Monique and one grandson, Malik, all of whom he adored. He would always say that “Phyllis was the warden, boss and the overseer”. Robert Bernard received his education in the St. Mary’s County Public School System. He was employed as a Facilities Engineer at the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland for over 35 years, retiring in 1999. Robert Bernard was a sort of quiet person. He loved his daughters and grandson and enjoyed spending time with them. His favorite interests were watching TV, especially wrestling (no. 1), Gun Smoke and Bonanza. He also would often travel to St. Mary’s County to buy his country sausage, bacon, oysters and soft shell crabs, and while in St. Mary’s, he would sometimes go to Budd’s Creek to the racetrack. Robert Bernard was respected and admired by his neighbors. He would just sit outside on the stoop to pass time and enjoy the neighbors coming and going. He was so well liked in one of his neighborhoods; Robert Bernard earned the title “The Mayor of Mt. Olivet Road”. He will also be affectionately remembered as “being tight with a dollar” and his famous saying “Believe what I tell you”. Robert Bernard was preceded in death by his parents, Annie Marie Armstrong and Harry Wilson Thomas, and brothers, James “Benedict” Armstrong and Joseph “Boy” Armstrong. Robert Bernard leaves to cherish his memories his daughters, Phyllis Armstrong Robinson and Monique Coles; grandson, Malik Coles; son-in-law, Aundrie Robinson; three brothers, John Armstrong (Jean), Thomas Armstrong and James Walter “Buddy” Thomas (Delores); three sisters, Dorothy Ann Blackwell (Henderson), Barbara Ann Easterling (James) and Anna Jackson (Carl); one uncle, William Armstrong; four aunts, Agnes Queen, Caroline Countiss, Elizabeth Dickerson and Rose Anna Shade and a host of other relatives and friends. Robert Bernard will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Visitation will be Friday, October 26, 2012 at 10 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at Holy Angels Catholic Church, 21340 Colton’s Point Road, Avenue, Maryland. Interment to follow at Sacred Heart Church Cemetery, Bushwood, Maryland.

Karen Elizabeth MarlowBennett, 56, of Hollywood Maryland died on October 16, 2012 at her home after a long courageous 4-year battle with cancer, surrounded by her husband, family and extraordinary friends. Daughter of the late William and Gracia Marlow, Karen was born April 10, 1956 in Bethesda Maryland and left there in 1974 to attend St. Mary's College in Southern Maryland. She eventually made this beautiful county her permanent home and married lifelong resident Charles R. Bennett in 1987. Karen is also survived by sisters Laurie Boegel and husband Jimmy, Melissa Reid and husband Eddie, brother Billy and wife Jennifer. She was the devoted mother to Jenny Conrad and her husband Pat and devoted grandmother to Gannon, Devan and Quinn. She is also survived by and was favorite Aunt to Hollie, Joey and Brice Reid and Alison and Jamie Boegel; and her Aunt, Penelope Madden. Karen had many special friends who admired and loved her. Karen was a devoted teacher at Margaret Brent Middle School for 31 years and was loved by students and coworkers alike. In July 2007 Karen received the Work Hard Be Nice Award. Prior to Karen's diagnosis of cancer and even at times during her battle with cancer she stayed active, bike riding, rollerblading, jazzercise, swimming and dancing to her favorite music. Karen loved gardening, cooking and spending time with her two beloved dogs Lulabell and Ranger. Sadly Ranger died suddenly earlier this year. Karen loved the beach; long walks, swimming in the ocean, sunsets, and spending time with family on vacations. The family is grateful to St. Mary’s Hospice and St. Mary’s Cancer Care Center for their care. A very special thanks to Beth, Louise, Cathy Jo, Geri and Janet, for their loving care and devotion. And to Kathy York for bringing beautiful flower arrangements to Karen for many weeks to brighten up her days; and to Diane Burroughs for sharing Flora Corner Farm for Karen's Celebration of Life Gathering. Visitation was held in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD, on Saturday, October 20, 2012. A Memorial Service was held in the Funeral Home Chapel, a Celebration of Life Gathering immediately followed, at Flora Corner Farm, 28385 Flora Corner Road, Mechanicsville, MD. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1041 Rt. 3 North Building A, Gambrills, MD 21054, and/or Heifer International, 1 World Avenue Little Rock, AR 72202. Heifer International, 1 World Avenue, Little Rock, AR/USA 72202 Heifer International, 1 World Avenue, Little Rock, AR/USA 72202

Phoebe F. Collins, 73, of La Plata, Maryland, passed peacefully on October 22, 2012. She was born in Washington, DC on August 10, 1939. She is the daughter of the late Thelma I. (Corkins) Ogden, and the late Frank Corkins and wife of the late Jack Donald Collins. She attended Surrattsville High School in Clinton, Maryland. She was a devoted Prince George’s County School bus driver for 26 years. She was survived by her children: Rixie Lee Dennison, Falls Church, Virginia; Karen Ruth Jimmink (Jack) Lakewood Ranch, Florida; John Mark Dennison (Dana) Cheyenne, Wyoming; Robin Jane Owens (Michael) Mechanicsville, Maryland and her grandchildren: Jessica Marie Dennison; Casey Lyn Dennison; Mark Alton Dennison and Lily Grace Owens; her sister: Alma Louise Fagan (Mike) of Weems, Virginia. The family is grateful for the Hospice House of St. Mary’s for their compassion and care. Services will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.

D i a n e Yvonne Height, 44 of Lexington Park, MD, departed this life on October 17, 2012 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Leonardtown, MD. Diane was born on April 13, 1968 in St. Mary’s, Maryland to Delores Edith Clinton of Lexington Park, MD and James Anthony Berry also of Lexington Park, MD. Diane graduated from Chopticon High School and went to work at the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant in Lusby, MD. She also worked at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home where she earned her CNA. Later, she attended the Southern Maryland Criminal Justice Academy (SMCJA) where she trained to be a corrections officer. She worked at the detention center in Leonardtown, MD. In addition to her parents, Diane leaves to cherish her memory, her husband Raymond Height, Jr.; her children, Tamara Denise Baker and Natasha Yvonne Baker both of Lexington Park, MD; her sister, Theresa Elizabeth Kaufman (Courtney) of Williamsburg, VA; brother-in-law, John Anthony Baker of Lexington Park, MD; niece Kaniesha Michelle Berry; and nephews, Kevin Benjamin Berry and Keenan Anthony Berry. Family received friends on Monday, October 22, 2012. at St. Peter Claver Church, 16922 St. Peter Claver Church Road, St. Inigoes, MD. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Reverend Scott Woods. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Joseph Baker, Sr., Joseph Baker, Jr., James Baker, Joseph Williams, Louise Baker and Michael Gibson. For those desiring, contributions in memory may be directed to the National Kidney Foundation, Heaver Plaza, 1301 York Road, Suite 404, Lutherville, MD 21093-6008. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Doris George, 86 Doris Lorane George, 86 of Piney Point, St. George Island, MD died October 19, 2012 at Chesapeake Shores Nursing Home. Doris was born in Greenville, Mississippi, on Nov. 14, 1925 to the late Chester Evan Thrash and Naomi (Williams) Thrash. Doris lived in the Jacksonville, Florida area most of her life and worked for State Farm Insurance for 30 years. She enjoyed watching football and making her famous chocolate meringue pies. Doris is survived by her son, William "Al" George (Mary Jo) of St. George Island; four grandchildren, Kindra George of Jacksonville, FL, Richard George (Elizabeth) of Charleston, SC, Marcie Blevins (Pat) of St. George Island, Melanie Blevins (Mark) of Ashburn, Virginia; nine great-grandchildren, and her sister, Julie McKinney (Ed) of Birmingham, Alabama. She was the wife of William A. George, Sr. for 62 years, who preceded her in death in 2006. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, Chester Laverne Thrash. Services will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of St Mary's Inc., P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Henry Poon, 65 Henry Pong-Hon Poon, 65, of Charlotte Hall, MD, passed away at St. Mary's Hospital in Leonardtown, MD, on October 20, 2012. He was born in China on December 16, 1946 to the late Tze Mee Pong and the late Chu-Ying Cheng Pong. He owned and operated Good View Chinese Restaurant. Henry loved cooking, not just as his career, but as a hobby as well. Henry also enjoyed gardening. He was great and devoted husband, father, and grandfather. Henry is survived by his wife, Sau Ching Poon; his four children, Susan Wong (Edward), Sarah Sung (Michael), Raymond Poon (Ying-ki), and Simon


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Poon (Luping); his brother, Tony Poon; his sister, Laiwah Chan; and 7 grandchildren. Family and friends will be received to celebrate Henry's life on Saturday, October 27, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, P.A., 30195 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622. There will be a funeral service on Sunday, October 28, 2012 from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., here at the funeral home. Interment will follow to National Memorial Park Cemetery, 7482 Lee Highway, Falls Church, VA 22042.

Jack Rottman, 80 Jack Rottman, 80, of Solomons, MD passed away at St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardtown, MD on October 17, 2012. Jack was born on March 4, 1932 in Benton, OH to the late Rotis Budge Rottman and Lela Belle (Painter) Rottman. He attended Millersburg High School, Millersburg, OH. He earned his bachelor's degree in Sociology in 1956 from Ohio University in Athens, OH. Jack was a U.S. Air Force veteran, serving from 1948 until 1952 during the Korean War. His duty stations included Washington state as well as England. On January 16, 1954 he married the love of his life, Barbara (Litteral) Rottman. From 1956 until 1966 Jack worked at Wright Patterson AFB in Dayton, OH as a U.S. civil servant. He worked for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, DC from 1966 until his retirement in 1988. After retirement, he held positions in construction, real estate, and insurance. In 1995 Jack (Pappy) and Barb (Nanny) moved to Hollywood, MD and to AsburySolomons in 2011. Jack enjoyed fishing, crabbing, boating, camping and reading. Pappy especially loved spending time with his grandchildren. Jack is survived by his wife Barbara Rottman; his children, Steven Rottman and his wife, Robyn Affron of Chestertown, MD; Eric L. Rottman and his wife, Melissa of Huntingtown, MD; Gary D. Rottman and his wife, Mary of La Plata, MD; and Kevin J. Rottman and his wife, Amanda of Purcellville, VA; eight grandchildren, Tanner, Kaitlin, Logan, Kyle, Heidi, Grace, Gavin and Emilie; and four siblings, Mary Jean Hoover, Margie Henderson, Thomas Rottman and Bill Rottman, all of Wooster, OH. A Life Celebration Service for Jack will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at Asbury-Solomons, 11100 Asbury Circle, Solomons, MD 20688. Interment will take place at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Solomons VRSFD, P.O. Box 189, Solomons, MD 20688. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Lynda Soo, 60 Lynda Deneice Downing Soo, 60, of Arlington, Virginia, passed away peacefully on October 13, 2012 at Virginia Hospital Center after a four year fight with cancer. Lynda was born on February 29, 1952 to the late Mary and William Downing. She was married to her husband and companion, Robert Soo, for over 31 years and from this union they had one daughter, the late Erin Soo. Lynda was a long-time resident of “S” Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. and received her education in the D. C. Public School System. While Erin was growing up, Lynda spent much of her time with her at the beach or at the pool. Lynda enjoyed traveling around in her RV, along with her husband, going to Southern Maryland. They would travel to St. Mary’s County where they would camp out or stayed in base housing. In addition to traveling around in her RV, Lynda loved cooking, shopping, fishing and crabbing and loved being around people. In the early 1990’s, Lynda and husband met Gorman and Ogden Thomas and later their large extended family (Thomas and Chase). Lynda was referred to as Gorman’s “adopted” daughter. For years, before her health failed, Lynda would travel to St. Mary’s just to bring a meal to Gorman and sit with him and enjoy his company. The Thomas and Chase families made Lynda and her husband feel like they were a part of their family. Lynda loved these families and was always so grateful to them for opening up their hearts and homes to her. Lynda was preceded in death by her parents, Mary and William Downing, her daughter, Erin Soo and one sister and two brothers. Service were held on Friday, October 19, 2012 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 22375 Three Notch Road, Lexington Park, MD. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Arrangements by Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home, Mechanicsville, MD.

Gary graduated from Crossland High School in 1978 and went on to graduate from the University of Maryland in 1982 with a Masters in Political Science. He moved to St. Mary’s County in October of 1987 and worked as a Postal Carrier for the United States Postal Service. The family received friends on Friday, October 19, 2012 in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home,

Leonardtown, MD. A Funeral service was held in the Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed in Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, MD. Pallbearers will be Gary L. Weaver, Jr., Dale Williams, Jr., Jeff Lytton, Greg Lytton, Jimmy Shipman, and Jimmy Ballard. Honorary Pallbearers will be Matt DiMarco and Jason Shire.

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CMH Breast Cancer 5K the Biggest Ever A sea of pink-clad supporters from across Southern Maryland surged into Solomons on Oct. 13 for Calvert Memorial Hospital’s 3rd Annual Breast Cancer 5K Walk/Run. The spirited crowd of 780 easily swamped last year’s turnout and raised over $10,000 to benefit the Sheldon E. Goldberg Center for Breast Care at CMH. Proceeds from the race will be used to expand support services available to all patients of the breast center as well as to support a special fund for patient financial assistance, said Kasia Sweeney, associate vice president for corporate communication at CMH. Eighteen minutes and three seconds after the race started, the winner crossed the finish line. Noah Wood, 29, of Prince Frederick teaches first grade students with special needs at Arrowhead Elementary School in Upper Marlboro. A close second was Andrew MacWilliams of St. Leonard, who came in 17 seconds later. The top female was Hannah Couto of Prince Frederick, a sophomore at The Calverton School who runs cross country, who finished at 22:30.

Bluegrass For Hospice This Weekend This year’s Bluegrass For Hospice-2012 is scheduled for Saturday Oct. 27, at the Flat Iron Farm in Great Mills, and will feature two of the top names in Bluegrass music today – Fiddler Michael Cleveland and his award-winning band Flamekeeper along with the up and coming Brother/ Sister Duo, The Roy’s, from Nashville, Tennessee. This one day music festival begins at noon with the doors opening at 11 a.m. Presented and organized by Jay Armsworthy, Bluegrass for Hospice-2012 will again feature many local Bluegrass bands as well. The Southern Maryland area is endowed with Bluegrass talent. This year we welcome back “The Bluegrass Gospel Express” providing some fine Gospel music. Also crossing the stage that day will be “Charlie Thompson & Bottom County Bluegrass”, “Bubby Abell & Spoon Creek”, “California Ramblers”, “David Norris”, and once again we welcome back “Gracie’s Guys and Gals Dancers”. Troy Jones will provide sound for the event. Throughout the day there will be many raffles including 50/50’s, Door Prizes, Silent Auctions, and food will be available for sale by the 3rd District Optimist Club “Kruzin’ Kafe”. There is a $500 money raffle that is on sale between now until the end of the event. Tickets for the raffle are $5 each or 3 for $10 and can be purchased at the address listed below. You need not be present to win. Also, please bring a non-perishable food item to help replenish the Helping Hand Food Bank in Hollywood. Tickets are $25 per person at the door. Children under 12 are free. All proceeds from this day will go toward the Hospice House of St. Mary’s.

Jenna Fowler of North Beach holds her dog, Lily, and niece, Taylor Alexander, at Memorial Hospital’s 3rd Annual Breast Cancer 5K Run/Walk. She joined 36 others from the Southern Maryland Oral Surgery Group to complete the 3.1-mile course around the tiny island.

Ridge VFD Election Day Luncheon

The Ridge Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will be hosting an Election Day luncheon on Nov. 6, at the Fire House located at 13820 Point Lookout Road, Ridge, MD. Stuffed Ham and Chicken Salad Sandwiches will be on the menu. Stuffed Ham Sandwiches will be $5 each. Chicken Salad sandwiches will be $3 each. Pre-Orders are highly encouraged and are now being accepted. In order to guarantee your order, pre-orders must be turned in no later than Oct. 31. You can pre-order your sandwiches by sending an email to which includes your name, phone number, number of sandwiches, and when you will pick-up

(Monday evening or Tuesday morning) or by calling 301-872-5671 and leaving a message with the same information. Email orders will receive an electronic confirmation. All pre-orders can be picked up on Monday, Nov. 5 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. or on Tuesday, Nov. 6 beginning at 7 a.m. PreOrders must be picked by 12 p.m. on Tuesday or they will be sold. Please specify the day and time you wish to pick up your order. Come out and support a great cause, enjoy great Southern Maryland Stuffed Ham and famous Ridge VFD Chicken Salad, get lunch for the office, and don’t forget to vote! Baked goods will also be available for sale.

Papa John’s Teams With Taylor Swift

Papa John’s announced the company is getting together with Taylor Swift for the highly anticipated release of the 6-time Grammy-winning superstar’s latest CD, “Red”. Papa John’s is offering customers the opportunity to engage with the brand and Taylor’s new album through a variety of channels, including the ability to purchase “Red” and a large one-topping pizza for $22 in-store or at beginning Oct. 22, a press release states. Available now at, customers can sample Taylor’s latest video on “Papa’s Pizza Party Playlist,” shop for Taylor merchandise packages, and enjoy a 25 percent savings on regular menu priced orders through the limited-time “Taylor Swift Pizza Party” offer, using the promo code 25RED for online orders. The offer is good through Oct. 21. Promotional components of the partnership between the mega-star and the world’s third largest pizza company include a customized four-color large pizza box, in-store point-ofpurchase elements and a Web page – all featuring Taylor’s image from the “Red” CD cover. “We’re thrilled to partner with Taylor Swift on the launch of her highly anticipated CD, Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. Red,” said Papa John’s Founder and CEO John Schnatter, about the brand’s foray into the muChildren ages 7 and older can regsic world. “It’s a successful combination of No. 1’s. Papa John’s is No. 1 in the American Cusister for the Hungry for Science program tomer Satisfaction Index and the Harris Poll Equitrend Study, and Taylor has spent weeks at at Lexington Park branch on Nov. 6 at 2 No. 1 atop Billboard’s all-genre Hot 100 chart and topped the iTunes charts in 32 countries.” p.m. and explore digestion, food content and mealtime safety.

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Applications being accepted for Library Board positions Board of Library Trustees members Everlyn Holland and Daniel Burris will end their terms on Dec. 31. Applications to fill these positions are being accepted until Nov. 14. Information and applications are available at any branch or at Children’s programs planned Halloween fun is planned for children ages 5 and under at the Halloween programs on Oct. 27 at Charlotte Hall branch at 10 a.m. and on Oct. 31 at 5:30 p.m. at Leonardtown branch and at 6 p.m. at Lexington Park branch. No registration is required. Evening storytimes will be offered on Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. at both Charlotte Hall and Leonardtown branches followed by LEGO Fun at 6:30 p.m. Lexington Park branch will offer evening storytime on

Paying for college options presented The final Paying for College program presented by Caroline Bright, Director of Financial Aid at St. Mary’s College, will be held at Charlotte Hall branch on Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m. Training set for child care providers Leonardtown library will offer free child care providers’ training at which the providers will learn activities to help prepare children to be ready to learn to read on Nov. 3 at 2:30 p.m. Two CEUs will be awarded. Registration is required.

Children’s Art Exhibition

The Leonardtown Arts Center is holding a Children’s Art Exhibition featuring the work of K-12 students taking classes at Yellow Door Studios in Leonardtown. The exhibition opening is Friday Nov. 2, from 5 – 8 p.m., and will feature paintings, drawings, and prints made by children ages 5 – 17. The exhibition runs from Nov. 2 –25. Carrie Patterson is the owner of Yellow Door Art Studios and she is also an Associate Professor at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. For more information about Yellow Door Art Studios go to Art Education students from St. Mary’s College of Maryland will be offering free art demonstrations during the opening on Friday Nov. 2. Children and families are welcome to try their hand at painting, drawing, printmaking, or even an easy animation on an iPad. Come out and enjoy Leonardtown and the arts. The Leonardtown Arts Center is located at 22660 Washington St., 2nd Floor.


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Thursday, Oct. 25 • Gutbuster Cheese Steaks VFW 2632 (23282 Three Notch Road, California) – 5 p.m. Yes, they are big and they will bust your gut, additionally, proceeds help to support veterans. These all-beef PhillyStyle Cheese Steaks are cooked-to-order and come with your choice of cheese, roasted peppers and onions, served with fries for $8. So bring your family, friends and co-workers because the VFW is a great place to relax and unwind, and you’re always welcomed at the VFW. Check out our other events at • Gates of Summerseat Ghost Walk Summerseat Farm (26655 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) – 7 p.m. “You will laugh. You will also scream and pray for daylight!” It’s Summerseat’s famous Ghost Walk! Last year’s event sold out to cheering ovations! This year our amazing cast brings one of Summerseat’s oldest legends to life for three magnificent and bloodthirsty nights! Tours last approximately 40 minutes (if you survive). For tickets see • “1918: Influenza, War, and Restless Spirits” Ghosts of Sotterley 2012 Sotterley Plantation (44300 Sotterley Lane, Hollywood) – 7 p.m. Oct. 25, 26 and 27, 2012 Experiences run every 10 minutes Advanced Reservations Required – No Walk-ins This year’s production will take guests back in time to the year 1918. While restoring Sotterley Plantation to its former glory, owner, Herbert Satterlee disturbs more than the bricks and mortar as the country is in the midst of a flu pandemic and the remains of the Great War. Prepare to encounter both the earthly inhabitants of the time and those not of this earth on this historical and spooky outdoor walking tour.

Friday, Oct. 26 • Fall Festival Park Hall Elementary School (20343 Hermanville Road, Park Hall) – 6 p.m. Annual Fall Festival at Park Hall Elementary School, sponsored by the PHES PTA. Activities include carnival games, face painting, cake walk, food and snacks, the “Haunted Hallway”” and more. Family-friendly costumes are encouraged. All PTA proceeds to directly benefit the children of our school. • Halloween Extravaganza-Family Halloween Campout Southern Community Center (20 Appeal Lane, Lusby) – 7:30 p.m. Bring the family, pitch a tent and join us for a campfire party in the backyard of SCC! There will be games, stories, songs, marshmallow roasting, music, hula/limbo/ dance contests all under the stars. Breakfast will be served in the morning. You may arrive early to set-up camp while it’s still light out. Pre-registration required, call 410-586-1101. If you’re up for it there will also be a costume contest for all ages beginning at 6:30 p.m., check-in begins at 6 p.m. Great prizes to the winners. Calvert County services are available to individuals with disabilities.

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• Spooky Spaghetti Supper Seventh District Volunteer Rescue Squad (21530 Colton’s Point Road, Avenue) – 5 p.m. Seventh District Volunteer Rescue Squad Auxiliary will be hosting A Spooky Spaghetti Supper at the Rescue Squad Building. Dinner will include Spaghetti with sauce (with and without meat), garlic bread and garden salad. Eat-in or takeout will be available. $10 admission for adults, $5 for kids 12 and under and free for 2 and under. • Home Spun Coffee House Christ Church Parish Hall (37497 Zach Fowler Road, Chaptico) – 7 p.m. Southern Maryland Traditional Music and Dance is excited to present a Homespun Coffee House featuring Pam and Bill Gurley. Admission is $10 for members, $12 for non-members. Refreshments are available. For more information and directions, go to

Saturday, Oct. 27 • 2nd Annual Recovery Discovery Walk Leonard Hall Recreation Center (23145 Leonard Hall Drive, Leonardtown) – 8:30 a.m. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the Recovery Walk commencing at 9 a.m. After the Walk, an Open Mic sharing session will be available until 11 a.m. The Recovery Discovery Walk is an easy 1.25 mile route around Government Center that should be accessible to all ability levels. This is a family friendly event, and pets on a leash are welcome. For a donation of $10, participants can receive a recoverythemed t-shirt. • All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner Valley Lee Episcopal Church (19167 Poplar Hill Lane, Valley Lee) – 5:30-8 p.m. St. George’s all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner supports the Valley Lee Episcopal congregation’s growing Sunday School, youth group, and families. $10 for adults; $5 kids, and anyone 4 and under eats free. In fact, the kids are putting on the meal. Menu includes spaghetti with meat sauce, garlic bread, salad, beverages, and cake. All are welcome, and it’s a family-friendly dinner. All proceeds go to help our growing Christian formation ministries. • Meet Macaroni Mama Fenwick Street Used Books and Music (41655 Fenwick Street, Leonardtown) – 1-3 p.m. Silly, engaging, stylish, colorful, joyful and so much fun! That’s what families say about Macaroni Mama is the super savvy mom on the go and in the know about all things kid friendly! Meet this one-of-a-kind mama and her big blonde beehive at Fenwick Street Used Books and Music during Halloween on the Square. Macaroni Mama will treat kids to macaroni spider making and sweets for their goody bags. At 2 p.m., sit a spell for some not so scary stories. Macaroni Mama hosts monthly Macaroni Mommy and Me Meetups at Chick-fil-A. Learn more at www. • Trick-or-Treat on the Square Leonardtown Square – 1-3 p.m. Make the most of your Halloween costumes this year by bringing your kids and your pets to the Square in Leonar-

dtown! The Town of Leonardtown, the Leonardtown Business Association, the Craft Guild Shop and the Southern Maryland Animal Welfare League will be hosting a fun-filled Fall Festival for the whole family! For a small fee of only $8, the Craft Guild Shop is providing the materials and instruction for making life-size scarecrows. At the same time, merchants all over town will have free treats available for Trick-or-Treating. Register your costumed pet at the SMAWL table and have a photo taken to be entered into the Facebook pet costume competition. While you’re there, pick up a special treat for your pet and say hi to SMAWLIE. Please be safe and make sure each child is accompanied by an adult, as the roads will not be closed for this event. For more information contact the Town at 301-475-9791, the Craft Guild Shop at 301-997-1644 or, or SMAWL at www. • Indoor Flea Market St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds (42455 Fairgrounds Road, Leonardtown) – 8 a.m.-12 p.m. All vendors and Crafters are welcome. An 8 X 10 space with one table may be rented for $20. For information or to reserve a space you must call 301-475-9543.

Sunday, Oct. 28 • Children’s Halloween Party Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department (28165 Hills Club Road, Mechanicsville) – 2 p.m. This event is free to the public. Join us for games, arts and crafts, costume contests and more. For more information email

Monday, Oct. 29 • St. Francis Xavier Church’s 350th Anniversary Speaker Series St. Francis Xavier Church Hall (21370 Newtowne Neck Road, Leonardtown) – 7 p.m. Rev. Rory Conley, Historian for the Archdiocese of Washington, D. C. will present “Religious Practice Among Colonial Catholics.” All are welcome to attend.

Tuesday, Oct. 30 • Author Signing Fenwick Street Used Books & Music (41655A Fenwick Street, Leonardtown) – 11 a.m.-1 p.m. William Cooke will be signing copies of his book, “Witch Trials, Legends & Lore: Dark, Strange and True Tales.” For more information, call 301-475-2859. • All Member Show North End Gallery (41652 Fenwick Street, Leonardtown) – 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Join us at the North End Gallery for a Fall All Member show that will be running Oct. 30 through Nov. 18. On Nov. 2 there will be a First Friday reception from 5 until 8 p.m. at the gallery. The holiday season will be with us soon and you might wish to begin your shopping now. Please come and visit us to find special gifts for the special people on your list. For more information, call 301-475-3130 or visit

Wednesday, Oct. 31 • Halloween Safe Stop Hollywood Church of the Nazarene (24710 Sotterley Road, Hollywood) – 6 p.m. Come on by for our Halloween Safe Stop. This free, annual festival in our field features inflatables, food, candy, games, music, crafts, and fun. It’s really something the whole family will enjoy. For more information, call 301-373-2130 or visit www. • A SAFE Halloween Trick-or-Treating Event Chick-fil-A at First Colony Center (45150 First Colony Way, California) – 5-7 p.m. Are you looking for a safe Halloween event? Chick-fil-A at First Colony Center is partnering with local businesses to provide the community with a SAFE Halloween Trick-or-Treating event. We will close our front parking lot for a “Trunk-orTreat”. The community is invited to visit each of the cars in our front parking lot for a “trunkload” of goodies. The event runs from 5-7pm on Halloween night. All ages are invited. Trunk-or-Treating is free. For more information, call 301-862-1018.

Thursday, Nov. 1 • Military Appreciation Holiday Craft & Vendor Show NAS Pax River - Lincoln Military Housing Community Center (21967 Cuddihy Road, Pax River) – 4-8 p.m. In honor of Military Appreciation month, military spouses, government, & contract employees will host the Annual Military Appreciation Holiday Craft/ Vendor Fair at Lincoln Military Housing Community Center. Over 45 vendors will be offering items for sale including holiday ornaments, jewelry, handbags, crafts, artwork, home decor, and much more. Many vendors will be offering specials to all military (active/retired) and government personnel. The event is free and open to those with base access only. For vendor information, please contact Kimberly at • Pulled Pork Sliders VFW 2632 (23282 Three Notch Road, California) – 5:30-7:30 p.m. We hope you will join us this Thursday night for pork sliders. Our pulled pork mini sandwiches are delicious; they are served on a potato roll with coleslaw -- order one for yourself or a bunch to share, you’ll get one for $2, 4 for $7 or 8 for $12 - order fries for an additional $2. Eat at the Post with a cold one or take some home to the gang.

Friday, Nov. 2 • Children’s Art Exhibition Leonardtown Arts Center (22660 Washington St. 2nd Floor, Leonardtown) – 4-8 p.m. The Leonardtown Arts Center located at 22660 Washington St. 2nd Floor is pleased to announce a Children’s Art Exhibition featuring the work of K-12 students taking classes at Yellow Door Art Studios in Leonardtown. The exhibition opening is Friday Nov. 2 and runs thought Nov. 25.

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Local Bands Play for a Cause By Alex Panos Staff Writer Some of the most crowd-drawing bands on the Southern Maryland circuit performed in Hollywood Fire House on Sunday at a Center for Life Enrichment fundraising event. The Sam Grow Band, Juke Box Thieves, Hydra FX, The Piranhas and Funkzilla all volunteered their time, and were packed into a six-hour show. The bands featured their usual genres; covering a variety of modern and classic rock songs as well as select originals. The festival took a brief moment in the mid-afternoon to recognize the St. Mary’s County Special Olympics soccer team that won the gold medal in Greece during the summer of 2011. “The money that’s earned here from these fundraising activities can go to enhance services that the center

provides,” said Jack Hormell, special project coordinator for the center. According to Hormell, the center serves about 300 people with disabilities each day. “It speaks volumes of these bands that they’re willing to come up here on their Sunday,” said Ray Ferguson, the center’s executive director. “You don’t see that very often.” The event was the first ever of its kind held by The Center for Life Enrichment, and the idea to host the music festival stemmed from the center’s volunteer committee. It took about two months worth of planning. Ferguson said multiple people involved with the committee had connections with members of the bands and got them to commit to the event, despite the Oyster Festival and other marquee events going on in the area. He said he is certain there are connections between The Sam Grow Band

and Hydra FX, the latter of which volunteered at the center’s “Cash Bash” in May – the center raised $10,000 during that event. Along with the music, the event held 50 raffle drawings and food sales to raise more money. Heavenly Chicken and Ribs, of Dunkirk, donated a percent of their proceeds to the center. Overall, Ferguson said he was pleased with the event because it promoted awareness for the center and brought the people out to have a great time. “Making money is one thing,” he said. “Promoting awareness and bringing the community together is even more important.” “It’s clearly helping to grow and

develop from this event,” he said. Ferguson said the center “definitely plans to repeat” the event at some point during the spring, but next time organizers will do more to promote the event. The Center’s next event is the yard sale at their Hollywood facility. It takes place Nov. 10 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Center for Life Enrichment is a certified, licensed program which offers comprehensive approaches to the individuals with disabilities enrolled in the program. Their goal is to provide unique and individualized services, in order to help people experience an improvement in their quality of life.

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Saturday, Oct. 27 Live Music: “Sam Grow Band” Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) – 9 p.m. Live Music: “Bar Dogs” Chief’s (44584 Tall Timbers Road, Tall Timbers) – 7 p.m. Live Music: “Fair Warning” DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 6 p.m.

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Local Schools to Host Interactive Plays

By Alex Panos Staff Writer Racial tolerance, cultural adaptation and financial decision making will be at the forefront during a live community theatre production, says Charna Lacey, St. Mary’s County Public School’s diversity specialist. “We have parallels like that today in society,” Lacey said, adding she hopes the messages in the production help influence students’ decision making. All these issues are addressed in Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin In the Sun,” a play being put on “to provide enhanced educational opportunities for students, parents, guardians and concerned community members,” according to a press release. The play, being performed by students of the College of Southern Maryland’s (CSM) Cause Theatre, is about an African American family in the 1950s who recently inherited a large amount of money and move out of their inner city neighborhood. The family desegregates its new neighborhood for the first time. Lacey says older community members will be able to relate to the particular time period and recall where they were when these types of desegregating events were taking place. In act three, the family adapts to life in the new neighborhood. A main character loses the money for his sister’s college fund in a business investment, because according to Lacey, he was naïve. Younger audience members, including students, will be able to relate to adjusting to different cultures and adapting to certain environments. She says students will also relate to the danger of carelessly spending money. One comparison some students

have already made, she said, is winning the lottery and blowing all the money quickly. According to Lacey, a primary goal of the performance is “to show parallels” to students and community members between these events and events taking place in today’s society. Lacey also hopes the audience members develop a “sense of empathy” for the characters. Act one has been cut due to time constraints to ensure there is time for an interactive post-performance group discussion. The conversation at the end of the play will consist of open ended questions from the CSM Cause Theatre cast members to help the audience understand how events that occurred in the 1950s are still relevant even today. Keith Height, the play’s director, Mike Wyant, safety officer and Lacey will also take part in the “theatre talk back” discussion. Lacey believes people should attend the play because it will help people identify similarities and differences to cultural issues in the 1950’s, and they will be given a unique opportunity to discuss how the issues pertain to St. Mary’s County’s “past and present.” Performances will take place at all three public high schools over the next month, beginning on Friday at Chopticon High School. Leonardtown High School will host the second event Nov. 2 and the final play takes place Nov. 19 at Great Mills High School. All performances begin a 6 p.m. There is no charge to attend. For more information contact Lacey at 301-475-5511 ext. 193.

Woman of The Year Sought Nominations are now being accepted for the 2013 Woman of the Year and 2013 Woman of Tomorrow awards from the St. Mary’s County Commission for Women. Award nominees will be recognized and winners announced at the Commission’s annual Women’s History Month Banquet on Thursday, March 14, 2013, at the Dr. James Forrest Career and Technology Center in Leonardtown. The Woman of the Year award honors exemplary community service while the Woman of Tomorrow award recognizes a high school-aged, young woman for exemplary community service. You may submit a nominee for either award or both. To request a nomination packet, visit the Commission’s website at; or send an email to; or call 301-475-4200, ext. 1689. All nomination forms must be submitted by Jan. 16, 2013. If you wish to attend the banquet, tick-

ets are $20 per person and include dinner. Reservations must be made by March 1, 2013. Proceeds from the banquet benefit the Jane Hale Sypher Scholarship at the College of Southern Maryland Leonardtown, which supports a non-traditional student who is a single parent or displaced homemaker. In addition to recognizing women for outstanding community service, the Commission will present a Lifetime Achievement Award at the banquet. The Lifetime Achievement Award honors a woman, who resides in St. Mary’s County, for outstanding service and dedication to the needs of women in the community. If you have any questions, you may contact Chairwoman Denise Krumenacker at 301-475- 4200, ext. 1689 or by email at or you may call the Department of Aging & Human Services at 301-475-4200, ext. 1849.


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Wanderings of an Aimless Shrinking Away By Shelby Oppermann Contributing Writer I’m shrinking, I’m shrinking…I didn’t realize how much I’ve been shrinking. I went to a doctor’s appointment on Monday and had to do the obligatory height and (get depressed for the rest of the day) weight check. First the nurse asked me how tall I was, and I answered 5 foot 2. After I stood on the height/weight machine the nurse read off ??? for my weight (I’m open, but I’m not that open) and 50 and ½ inches for my height. I said, “What? I’m only five feet tall now?” She said, “And a half”. “Oh, WooHoo” I said, “I hope I can hold on to that half inch for a while longer. Here I’ve always said I was five foot two, eyes of green my whole adult life. I’m shrinking already? – I’m only 51. I thought that

wouldn’t start for another ten to twenty years yet.” The nurse replied, “No. darlin’ we start shrinking much earlier than that.” Darn. My Grandmother was only about 4 foot 11, so I guess I’m catching up to her, or is that catching down? I’m not even sure if my Grandfather was much taller than her. Oh well, I suppose I’ll have to start lowering the kitchen cabinets. I always have liked being short anyway, and will have to start liking it more. Nothing to get anxious about. Especially after spending the weekend at our church’s women’s retreat I told you about last week. The retreat leader’s talks (called meditations) on anxiety and peace were wonderful with lots of uplifting stories. The section on strong female saints really appealed to me, and now I am going to research Saint Brigid a little more. One

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By Linda Reno Contributing Writer In 1797 Sarah (Howe) Cole, widow of Robert Cole, Jr. made her will devising to her sister, Ann Howe twenty slaves “during her life” and then they were to be freed. Sarah died in 1799 and John Baptist Howe, their nephew, contested the will but lost. Ann Howe made her will in 1814 freeing her sister’s slaves and her own stipulating that her property was to be sold and the money applied to the use of the slaves whom the executors deemed to be most in need. Ann died in 1819. John Baptist Howe contested the will, claiming that Ann was not of sound mind when she made her will. Testimony was taken as follows: Basil Alvey (1760-1825): He used to see her in a sleepy way. Sometimes she would brighten up and talk very well and would appear to be capable of making any contract. He was a near neighbor of hers and often saw her while she lived with Mr. Goddard. He never saw her out of her senses…In 1814 and in other years when he had seen her, she appeared to be often asleep, but he considered that it proceeded from her being deaf and not having persons to talk with. Edward Barton Goddard (1778-1828): Ann Howe lived with him about five years during which time she was frequently out of her head and in a deranged state of mind, but that when she came to she would appear to be perfectly rational…He was acquainted with her for thirty or forty years…She would sometimes sing and sometimes jump. She came to his house in January 1814 and remained there until 1818…Whenever she talked of making her will, whether in her senses or not, she expressed her wish and intention of setting her Negroes free. He heard her say that Mr. Malava, a Priest, had advised her to sell some of her Negroes and make herself comfortable, but she said she would not take his advice for all of the money on earth. In 1815, when her Negroes would come to see her, she would tell them they were free. When he would come in the house, she would ask who he was…She would call on people who had been dead for more than 50 years and say that people in the sky were calling her. She would sometimes ask him to take his horse and go after the people who were selling her Negroes. She was then said to be 90 or 100 years old. Mary Goddard, wife of Edward Barton Goddard: In 1815, she was a great deal out of her senses. But, when in or out of her senses, she always said her Negroes were to be free. Her fear that someone would sell her Negroes often crazed her. The last year of her life, she was more in her senses more than any other time since 1815. While crazy, she would tell her Negroes how to escape and that people were after them to sell them. To be continued….



of her patronages is poets, and she founded a school of art. Strong women of any century are important. The retreat was such a nice mental break before the holiday season ahead. I am a list-maker and a planner which inevitably leads to an anxious feeling that you have left something off of your list. It’s like when you go to the grocery store for one main, important thing, leave with twenty items, but not with the item you originally came for. If you’ve never done that - I admire you endlessly. In fact the only thing I was worried about this past weekend was getting to the Cosmos Club off DuPont Circle to pick up the retreat leader and her friend and then taking them back up there after the retreat was over. I suppose I was right to be anxious. As it turned out I decided to listen to my phone’s GPS voice system thinking that this would be safer than trying to read my map quest directions. Consequently, I now know every street and alleyway in South East DC, and Anacostia. I was leaning out of car windows at lights and street corners asking directions for the 395N detour. I also

enjoyed seeing the Mall, and the WWII memorial. Somehow, and I have no idea how, I ended up only about 5 or 10 minutes after our scheduled pick-up time with time to spare for a Cosmos Club tour. The retreat leader, and her friend from Boston, also ended up with the scenic route on our trip from the Cosmos Club to the Loyola Retreat House. Maybe this is why they insisted that I drop them off at Reagan National Airport (which I can find) instead of the Cosmos Club on their way back home. They said they didn’t want to use up my time or stress me. I was game to try again, but they said they would take a cab from the airport back to the club. I must have made the retreat leader a bit anxious. I guess my mind takes the same circuitous route in writing that it does in driving. I’m thinking of visiting the museums downtown soon, so if anyone wants to go with me and is up for an adventure, let me know. “What? You said you’ll drive? Chicken.” To each new day’s adventure, Shelby Please send your comments or ideas to:



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Thursday, October 25, 2012

St. Mary’s Department of Aging Programs and Activities Mystery & Mischief Scavenger Hunt

On Wednesday, October 31, starting at 10 a.m., have some Halloween fun with a special scavenger hunt on Halloween Day at the Northern Senior Activity Center. Come dressed in Halloween colors or flair to be part of this fun. Please bring a trickor-treat bag and be ready to collect fun things you have to uncover, discover and search for throughout the spooky rooms of the center. Goodies will include useful items, confections and other surprises. Cost is $2 due by October 30 at the front desk.

Halloween Party at Loffler Senior Activity Center

Let your hair down and get your laugh on for a rollicking good time as Loffler celebrates Halloween! The fun takes place on Wednesday, October 31 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. This party will offer music, dancing, skits, a costume contest (several categories) and who-knows-what-else! Costumes are not required but will be thoroughly appreciated, and perhaps rewarded. Lunch will be supplied by our regular caterer (FitzVogt) and your donation will be the only cost required to attend. Reservations are required so that we can order your meal. To sign up call 301.737.5670, ext. 1658 or stop by the

reception desk by noon, on Monday, October 29.

Two-Day Beginner’s Cake Decorating Class Coming Up

Anita Kriner, owner of Anita’s Cake Shop is offering a 2-part workshop on basic cake decorating at Loffler Senior Activity Center Tuesday, November 6 and Wednesday, November 7 from 1-4 p.m. Cost for Tuesday’s Part 1 class will be $60 (includes instruction and materials). If you wish to continue with Part 2 cost is $96 for both classes. Techniques to be taught during Part 1 include leveling, torting & filling the cake, then icing, smoothing, bordering and finishing with confectionary calligraphy. Techniques for Part 2 include making buttercream roses and fondant cutout flowers, icing & smoothing the cake, creating a basket weave design, then finishing with grass, leaf and rope border techniques. A minimum of 4 people are needed to sign up (maximum of 10 students) and payment must be made in advance. Please register as early as possible by calling 301.737.6440 Tuesdays – Fridays 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. or Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Anita can take your payment by VISA or Mastercard over the phone. Payment can also be made in person by stopping in at Anita’s Cake Shop located

at 22741 Three Notch Rd #17 in California, MD. Registration and payment must be completed by Friday, November 2. For more information call 301.737.5670, ext. 1658.

“All Things New” Christian music

On Friday, November 9, at 12:30 p.m., this ‘Easy Listening Lounge’ performance series will showcase local artists in a social and casual atmosphere at the Northern Senior Activity Center. Enjoy good company, with a noon time meal. At 12:30 p.m., “All Things New” Christian singing group will perform with Bonnie Jackson and fellow musicians. A donation collection for our entertainers will be taken by staff. Get your meal ticket at 11:30 a.m., lunch will be served. Reserve a lunch by noon 24 hours in advance by calling 301.475.4002, ext. 1001. The cost for lunch is by donation for seniors 60 and older; $5.50 for individuals under 60.

COPD Learn More Breathe Better

Garvey Senior Activity Center is joining the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s (NHLBI’s) COPD Learn More Breathe Better campaign in observing

SENIOR LIVING COPD Awareness Month. COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is a serious lung disease that makes breathing difficult. It is the third leading cause of death in the United States. In honor of COPD Awareness Month, the Garvey Senior Activity Center is hosting a discussion with Beth Slick, Better Breather’s Club facilitator on Friday, November 9 at 10:30 a.m. Topics to be addressed include risk factors for the disease and how real people took steps to manage the disease and breathe easier. Sign up in advance by calling 301.475.4200, ext. 1050.

Practice Your Tai Chi for Arthritis with New Friends and a Certified Instructor

If you’ve learned the core AND advanced movements of the Tai Chi for Arthritis program and would like to practice it with others who have done so, the Weisman Room at Loffler Senior Activity Center is available to you for this purpose on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-10 a.m. On Thursdays there will be an instructor to guide you through the practice. On Tuesdays participants can help and encourage each other while improving health, balance and form. For more information, call 301.737.5670, ext. 1658.

Loffler Senior Activity Center 301-737-5670, ext. 1652; Garvey Senior Activity Center, 301-475-4200, ext. 1050 Northern Senior Activity Center, 301-475-4002, ext. 1001; Ridge Nutrition Site, 301-475-4200, ext. 1050.

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Thursday, October 25, 2012


Football Recap Week 8 By Alex Panos Staff Writer The Great Mills Hornets (1-8) are in the win column for the first time this season after a handling La Plata (1-7) 40-28. The two were tied at half, and the Hornets trailed by a point after three, but kept the Warriors off the board the rest of the way with some clutch stops down the stretch in front of their home crowd. Warriors quarterback Alex Calvert threw two touchdowns and Jacob Fitch was the only La Plata back to gain positive yards with 122. The Hornets travel to Waldorf next week to face Westlake (5-2) at 7 p.m. Chopticon’s (1-7) woes continued last week losing to Thomas Stone (4-4) 28-20. The Braves gave up 21 points in the first quarter and played catch-up the rest of the way. Thomas Stone called just one passing play the entire game, a 10-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Kieron Morsell to Malik Simms. A quartet of running backs punished the Braves on the ground, collecting 309 yards for an average of over six yards per carry. Morsell and Ray Dotson each ran for over 40 yards on a single play. Braves sophomore Brady Snyder racked up the defensive stats, collecting 14 solo and 17 total tackles on the day. The Braves play next on Friday against Lackey (1-7). Calvert (6-2) routed Leonardtown 41-6 this week. Leonardtown was just 3 of 11 passing for a measly 16 yards and interception. They did manage to collect 274 yards on the ground for an average of 7.4 yards per carry, yet found the end zone just one time in the fourth quarter. The Raider defense gave up 370 rushing yards, including a 69

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A Texas Road Trip Adventure The Ordinary

By Keith McGuire Contributing Writer I’ve been out of town for 2 weeks to visit my granddaughter in Willow Park, Texas. My wife and I had a great adventure and enjoyed our visit immensely. I didn’t get to fish while I was there, but I did get to try my hand at hunting feral pigs one day. As it turns out, I got to take my gun for a walk in the woods as I watched deer casually walk through the area where the pigs were supposed to be. My son-in-law was a little luckier and managed to shoot a small piglet for the Sunday barbeque. I’m back in the saddle now (as they say in Texas) and ready for more Southern Maryland adventures. October is my favorite time of year as temperatures become more tolerable, wildlife becomes more active, and fish feed up for their fall migrations. The problem is deciding whether to fish or hunt on any given day. Since I returned last Friday it has been calm and sunny which complicates the muzzleloader deer season because these are also prime fishing conditions. Nonetheless, I took some time on Saturday to take my smoke pole for a walk in the woods. As I sat in the woods waiting for a hapless deer to walk by, I enjoyed the antics of the squirrels and birds that are always there, and became annoyed by the mosquitoes that were taking advantage of the warm conditions. I wondered if I should have gone fishing instead. Muzzleloader deer season continues through this coming Saturday, October 27th, but not for bucks. Only does


can be taken now. On the other hand, bow season continues through November 23rd and one buck or any number of does can be taken. The peak of deer activity will be happening soon as the rut comes into full swing in early November. On the fishing front, anglers are beginning to focus on stripers as most other targeted species like croakers, bluefish and spot move out of the Bay for the winter months. There are still some juvenile red drum being caught and the speckled trout bite is tapering off. White perch are moving into deeper waters and can be found with bottom rigs baited with bloodworm in areas where the water is 15 – 25 feet deep. Brackish water and freshwater anglers are having a good time catching catfish and largemouth bass as water temperatures cool. All is not roses in the fishing arena, though. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources released their 2012 striped bass juvenile index last week and it was not good.

Commonly known as the “young of year” survey, the index findings were the worst on record. The press release said, “This year’s striped bass juvenile index came in at 0.9, the lowest on record. Last year’s survey showed the fourth highest result in the 59-year history of the survey. The longterm average is 12. Striped bass spawning success can vary dramatically from year to year. Typically, several years of average reproduction are mixed with large and small yearclasses. Environmental conditions such as flow rates and water temperature influence spawning success. The highly successful years of 1989, 1996, and 2001 were followed by below-average years.” Time will tell as striped bass juvenile index surveys are done in the coming years. DNR Fisheries Director, Tom O’Connell said, “Three consecutive years of poor reproduction would be necessary to trigger mandatory conservation measures.” Keith fishes weekly from his boat, The Ordinary Angler, during the season and spends his free time supporting local conservation organizations.

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