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Election Day Questions Answered By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Last week when Frank Marquart walked into his polling place wearing a hat supporting Circuit Court Judge Candidate Joseph Stanalonis, the county’s head election judge Regina Goldring told him that he had to remove his hat or cover it up, he said. He said he complained about the ruling to Goldring, who then called Board of Elections Director Wendy Adkins. On Nov. 9, Adkins said that Marquart’s complaint was valid, although she did not actually speak to him about it. “They can come in wearing their campaign gear as long as they come in and vote and leave,” Adkins said of the rules regarding campaign clothing. “He got to vote so his rights weren’t violated.” Voters who wear campaign clothing

are not allowed to linger once they have cast their ballot, Adkins said. Voters, told to remove articles of clothing that had messages of support for certain candidates while in polling places on elections day as they cast their votes, were not required to do so, Adkins said. Once there was a prohibition against wearing such clothing into polling places but that was rescinded some years ago, she said.

No ID required Despite many voters trying their best on Election Day to verify their identity with either their drivers’ license or some other form of photographic evidence they were quickly told they needed only three pieces of information to be allowed to vote. Wendy Adkins, director of the St.

Mary’s County Board of Elections, said that technically any person with the name, address and date of birth of another person could impersonate them and cast a vote in their place. That was the potential hazard of not requiring some type of photographic identification, she said. “Everybody wanted to show their ID but we said we don’t need it,” Adkins said. “My answer was to talk to their legislators. Maryland laws are Maryland laws and we just have to follow them. I hear the complaints all the time.” Adkins said that she has never seen or heard of a case of one voter impersonating another either in the county or the state. If a voter coming in finds that someone has already come in and cast their vote, an investigation can then ensue, Adkins said.

“Then we know someone has voted in your place, and that’s a federal offense,” Adkins said.

County Commissioner’s Wife Dies By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Maria Morgan, wife of County Commissioner Todd Morgan, died today more than a year after suffering a traumatic brain injury in a severe car accident. She was 47. Her husband said she died at the Hospice of St. Mary’s House in Callaway Wednesday around mid-day. “She died around noon, I was holding her hand,” Morgan said. “She finally succumbed to the injuries she sustained in that car crash. She was one hell of strong woman and she put up one hell of a fight.” Morgan had kept the community posted on his wife’s condition from the July 2011 car crash up through the time when he brought her home for constant care from specialist hospitals. The accident occurred July 11 of last year and resulted in Maria Morgan being flown out by helicopter for emergency treatment. Police reports stated Morgan, in her Audi TT, was making a left turn onto Route 235 from Millstone

Landing Road when struck in the driver’s side by a Ford F-150 driven by Michelle Mason Malone, 27, from Mechanicsville. The collision’s force drove Morgan’s car into a 2005 Nissan Armada that was in the left turn lane of southbound Three Notch Road, police reported. In county district during January 2012 Malone pleaded guilty to two citations for running a red light and negligent driving. She paid $460 in fines. “I loved her so much, she meant so much to me,” Morgan said of his wife, adding that she died in the hospice house, a place that she had a hand in building. Morgan said every day of the last 16 months had been a struggle not just for his wife but for him and his entire family. “She’s in a better place now and not in any pain,” Morgan said. “God’s got her in his hands right now.” Commissioner Francis Jack Russell said that his colleagues felt sorrow at Morgan’s loss. “Our hearts go right out to him.”

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Non-Profit Pushing Sheriff’s District Station By Guy Leonard Staff Writer This week the county took its first step toward placing sheriff deputies in the county’s population centers. Robin Finnacon, the director of the county’s Community Development Corporation, a non-profit organization, said it has a contract of sale with the Lexington Park Volunteer Rescue Squad to purchase their old facility on Great Mills Road. The building would be the first of several district sheriff office stations providing sheriff patrols more time in their local beats without having to continually come from the Leonardtown headquarters.

This is the first step in making a community policing initiative of dedicated officers in Lexington Park a reality. Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron says he has a plan to replicate this initiative in other parts of the county giving deputies a proactive approach to policing, eliminating crime before it happens. However, he believed the real proof will be the pilot program for the Lexington Park community. Community policing focuses on officers working in neighborhoods to combat trends like blight, truancy and public intoxication continuing the cycle of social decay leading to more crime. The sheriff’s office is trying to close several current vacancies but is also set to

hire four newly authorized deputies who would form the basis for the communitypolicing project. “What we’re talking about is a place to house the community policing division for Lexington Park as well as for patrol,” Finnacom said. “It would be much more active than any substation would be.” The cost of buying the old facility is about $450,000, Finnacom said, but the price of renovating is still unknown. “It would be the first district station in the county,” Finnacom said, adding that she would brief the Board of County Commissioners on the concept Nov. 20. “It makes a strong statement to put a sheriffs station on Great Mills Road.”

The commissioners would have to decide if they would support a lease to allow the sheriff’s office to stay at the building, she said. Cameron said he was supportive of the idea for a district station though getting enough deputies for the entire agency, which still had a number of vacancies, was his first priority before he could move ahead with this special effort. “There’s a desire to have a station that is manned 24 hours a day and I don’t have the people to do that,” Cameron said. “I have to bolster the numbers in patrol.”

Demolition to Lead to Larger Redevelopment By Guy Leonard Staff Writer The Board of County Commissioners gave their approval to economic development officials to seek state grant money for the demolition of a key piece of property on Great Mills Road that is designed to pave the way for the redevelopment of an entire community. It will also mean the relocation of perhaps 700 residents. The commissioners threw their support behind Community Development Corporation Director Robin Finnacom’s bid to get $500,000 to demolish an old dry cleaning

plant as the final piece to allow for redeveloping 76 acres of land into a mixed-use project with 81,000 square feet of commercial space, 129 single family homes and 527 apartments. “It’s set to be workforce and middle income housing,” Finnacom said. Brian Norris, president and CEO of Cherry Cove properties, said that this redevelopment would mean the eventual relocation of between 500 and 700 people living in the park. “We haven’t make the decision that this is 100 percent going ahead,” Norris said, adding that much depended on the national economy in the near future. The relocation of residents there would take place at the earliest 14 months from now, Norris said, and many residents would stay much longer. But eventually all would be relocated, though those who could afford to stay in one of the new apartments or homes would have that opportunity, he said. “There are definitely some who could afford it,” said Norris. “Some tenants will be in there for up to five or eight years.” Relocation assistance

St. Mary’s County Public Schools Seeks Name for New Elementary School  

St. Mary’s County Public Schools is soliciting public input for proposed names for the new elementary school. The new school will be constructed on property acquired in Leonardtown, adjacent to the Leonard’s Grant subdivision. All St. Mary’s County citizens are invited to put name suggestions forth for consideration by the Naming Committee, in accordance with St. Mary’s County Public Schools Policy FF - Naming and Renaming of Facilities. Suggestions should be forwarded to the committee at the following address: Department of Capital Planning and Green Schools, 27190 Point Lookout Road, Loveville, Maryland 20656. They may also be sent via email to All names must be submitted by December 5, 2012.    

funds would also be made available to residents to help them find new homes, he said. The money for the initial demolition will come from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development for what is called strategic demolition of “gray fields” or properties that are economically obsolete. The demolition of an abandoned gas station and an old bar on property neighboring

that owned by Cherry Cove properties were two other steps in getting the project moving, Finnacom said. “This would be the first wave of demolition projects… to leverage redevelopment,” Finnacom said.

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County To Compete To Be Health Enterprise Zone By Guy Leonard Staff Writer St. Mary’s County is underserved when it comes to physicians and medical professionals prompting the county’s Community Development Corporation to compete for one of four state enterprise zone designations, allowing for tax breaks and other incentives to bring physicians to the area. Corporation director Robin Finnacom said the designation would also allow the county to get funding to build certain medical facilities. The whole effort is geared towards the Lexington Park Development District, Finnacom said, which has been shown to have a disproportionate number of residents suffering from ailments like heart disease and diabetes which have gone without proper treatment. The Health Connections van, pioneered by the late Dr. Robert Jarboe, provided a great service in getting health care to either the uninsured or the underinsured but with the increasing demand services of its kind are not enough, she

said. The Lexington Park community simply needs more doctors. “There is a tremendous demand for that amount of services,” Finnacom said. If a community wins the zone status it can access state income tax credits, grant funding for services, building construction and even assistance repayment school loans for physicians who agree to provide care in underserved communities. Joan Gelrud, vice president of Performance Measurement with MedStar St. Mary’s, said a 2007 study found an 86.2 percent shortage – or not enough doctors in 25 of the 30 specialty areas serving the county. “We’re definitely not statistically significantly better now,” Gelrud said. To successfully apply for a health enterprise zone designation the county must show the Lexington Park and Great Mills area meet several criteria, including a population of at least 5,000; high Medicaid enrollment; high participation in programs like Women Infants and Children (WIC); and, have a life expec-

tancy below the median age of the rest of the state. Lexington Park, Great Mills and Park Hall have 30,000 residents with a Medicaid rate of just over 200 per 1,000 people. WIC participation is at nearly 39 per 1,000 people, higher than the state average, according to information from the development corporation. All these disparities in health care access put the county in the

competition. “We clearly meet the disparity [requirements],” Gelrud said. The county is competing for four available enterprise zones which receive state funding between $500,000 to $2 million a year for four years.

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All St. Mary’s County Government Offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 22 and Friday, Nov. 23 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. County offices will re-open Monday, Nov. 26. The St. Andrews Landfill, six convenience centers and St. Mary’s Transit System will be closed Thursday, Nov. 22, and will be open normal business hours on Wednesday, Nov. 21 and Friday, Nov. 23. All three St. Mary’s County Public Library branches will close at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, and remain closed on Thursday, Nov. 22. The libraries will re-open Friday, Nov. 23 for normal business hours. All Senior Activity Centers will be closed Thursday, Nov. 22 and Friday, Nov. 23 with no Meals on Wheels Delivery. Their normal schedule resumes Monday, Nov. 26.

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Citizen Sought for Tri-County Council The Board of County Commissioners for St. Mary’s County is seeking applications from citizens who are interested in volunteering their time to the community by serving as the St. Mary’s County member at-large on the Tri County Council for Southern Maryland Executive Board. Formed in 1964, the Tri-County Council is a cooperative planning and development agency which fosters the social and economic development of the Southern Maryland Region. The Council also serves as a forum for the resolution of region-wide issues and the attainment of regional goals. Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland is a partnership of State and local government and acts as the regional development and planning organization for South-

ern Maryland. Executive Board meetings are generally held once per month, and the term for this voluntary position is for one year. Citizens interested in this opportunity should provide a letter of interest and a bio or resume, including complete contact information, to the Board of County Commissioners for St. Mary’s County, P.O. Box 653, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Information can also be emailed to: Donna. Deadline for information to be received is Friday, Nov. 30.

Farm Breweries One Step Closer By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Having previously approved zoning text amendments that allow wineries and distilleries in the county’s rural preservation zone, the Board of County Commissioners is now ready to consider an amendment allowing breweries on farms to produce 15,000 barrels of beer in one calendar year. Tuesday’s public hearing on the proposed change went without a single comment. Farmers, looking for new ways to make agriculture more profitable since regulations snuffed out traditional tobacco production, have supported wineries, breweries and distilleries as part of that plan.

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Joint Venture to Tackle Youth Drug Abuse On Wednesday Nov. 7 partners of the St. Mary’s and Charles counties’ Juvenile Drug Courts received training to provide the Seven Challenges Program intervention to youth engaged in their programs. The program is designed to treat adolescents with drug and other behavioral problems in a relationshipbased manner. It is a nationally recognized best practice approach to working with youth. “I hope that this program will serve to address substance abuse and underlying problems more effectively than the more traditional approaches for adolescents,” says Pete Cuccinotta, Drug Court Coordinator for the Circuit Court of St. Mary’s County. Maryellen Kraese, Drug Court Coordinator for the Circuit Court of Charles County says, “Charles County Juvenile Drug Court is appreciative of the opportunity to work with the St. Mary’s County Juvenile Drug Court in this joint venture. We look forward to more joint projects to benefit all the youth in these programs in the near future.” Executive Director of Walden Si-

erra Kathleen O’Brien says, “As a mental health and substance abuse treatment provider working with teens and families in both counties, we are delighted to be able to train on and begin using Seven Challenges. It will be of benefit to Walden and other providers in working with any teen with drug or other behavioral problems, and most especially those in the juvenile drug court programs. The Seven Challenges emphasis on focusing all conversations between counselors and teens on the most important issues to the teen-- rather than the most important issues to the adults-- and then framing those issues in a conversation around the Seven Challenges, is empowering and impactful.” Members of the Charles County Juvenile Drug Court include representatives from Charles County Circuit Court, Charles County Department of Health, the Department of Juvenile Services, Office of the Public Defender, Charles County Sheriff’s Office, Charles County Public Schools, State’s Attorney’s Office, Center for Children, and Walden Sierra.

Members of the St. Mary’s County Juvenile Drug Court include representatives from St. Mary’s County Circuit Court, State’s Attorney, Office of the Public Defender, St. Mary’s County Public Schools, Department of Juvenile Services, Office of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff, and Walden Sierra. The Joint Mental Health Juvenile Drug Court Task Force includes representatives from both Charles and St. Mary’s County Circuit Courts, Department of Juvenile Services, St. Mary’s County Department of Social Services, St. Mary’s County Public Schools, Charles County Health Department, Charles County Sheriff’s Office, Charles County Protective Services, Tri County Youth Services Bureau, NAMI Southern Maryland, Board of Child Care, and Walden Sierra. More About Seven Challenges: Seven Challenges is recognized on the National Registry of EvidenceBased Practices (SAMHSA.) Created by Robert Schwebel, Ph.D., the practice helps teens respond to the following sev-

en challenges: 1) talking honestly about themselves and about alcohol and other drugs. 2) looking at what they like about alcohol and other drugs and why they are using them; 3) looking at the impact of drugs and alcohol on their lives; 4) looking at their responsibility and the responsibility of others for their problems; 5) thinking about where they are headed, where they want to go, and what they want to accomplish; 6) making thoughtful decisions about their lives and the use of alcohol and other drugs; and 7) following through on decisions. For more information, go to www. The opportunity to bring this intervention to St. Mary’s and Charles was made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program Grant. The St. Mary’s County Courts administer this grant.






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Charlotte Hall Library 37600 New Market Road Charlotte Hall, MD 20622 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) is in the planning phase for a Park and Ride facility in St. Mary’s County, located at the northeast corner of MD 5 (Three Notch Road) and MD 6 (New Market Turner Road). MTA invites you to attend a community Open House meeting on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 from 6 to 8 PM at the Charlotte Hall Public Library, located at 37600 New Market Road. MTA staff will be available throughout the meeting to accept feedback and address comments regarding the proposed Park and Ride Facility. The proposed Park and Ride facility will provide approximately 500 parking spaces to meet future commuter demands. Location is accessible for people with disabilities. Anyone who requires special assistance or additional accommodations should contact MTA Office of Customer Service one week in advance to make necessary arrangements at 410-767-3999 or TTY 410-539-3497. For more information, or if you are unable to attend the meeting and wish to email your concerns, please contact Mr. Paul Weiner at 410-767-3754 or by email at


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By Alex Panos Staff Writer A new directional sign, business and art gallery will be coming to Leonardtown’s town square shortly. The sign, the first of three around town, will be placed in Town Square next to Jeannie’s Flowers and Gifts. It is similar to a mall directory, featuring a “you are here” notification and a legend listing all the local establishments associated with the business association. Joe Orlando, the association’s vicepresident, says the group hopes to have the first directional sign up by Christmas. The other two signs, one by the Port of Leonardtown Winery and another in the wharf, will be built as funds become available. As of last week, the association has 103 members in the group. “We’re going strong,” said Treasurer Susan Kilroy, before Orlando added they hope to add the few businesses around town not currently members. One of the businesses recently added to the association is the new Yellow Door Art Studios, which will open its doors on Jan. 4. The new studio, on Town Square next to The Front Porch, offers monthlong classes for children on Fridays and Saturdays, according Carrie Patterson, owner of the studio. Participants can expect to paint, draw, build sculptures and work with different mediums, she said. They are currently accepting registration, and adult “Wednesday work-

shops” are planned for March. A new art gallery, OPAL fine art, which features local and guest artists sculptures, paintings, photos and jewelry, is new to the town as well. The gallery, located on Park Avenue, is open Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., says Cynthia Rosenblatt, a co-owner of the gallery. A check presentation highlighted the meeting. The group, which raised nearly $2,400 for the Sisters with Bracatude during Pink Friday – a rally for a cancer society walk which was held in Wildewood – and gave the proceeds to the American Cancer Society. Teri Wheeler, one of the sisters, said it meant so much to her to be part of the first walk in St. Mary’s County and to help fund breast cancer research, she said. She added it was special to be involved with Leonardtown’s small community which provided “personal feel and support.” “We’re hoping next year, they will consider walking in Leonardtown,” said Carol Picon, chairperson of the First Friday Committee. She added, due to weather and bigger holiday events First Fridays will take a brief back seat. “Just because there’s no music doesn’t mean it’s [First Friday’s] not happening,” she reminded the group. “We want to share with everybody all the great things you’re doing.”

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State Math Council Recognizes Two Local Teachers By Alex Panos Staff Writer Public school instructors Cortney Dvorak and Rebekah Loker received state recognition for their work in the public school system. The Maryland Council of Teachers of Mathematics – a professional group serving as the public voice, vision and professional development of mathematics education – awarded Dvorak with the 2012 Outstanding Elementary Mathematics Teacher. After six years of teaching second grade at Lettie Marshall Dent Elementary, Dvorak recently became a resource instructor for students and staff at Leonardtown Elementary. “By being able to create professional development for other teachers, I’ll be able

to reach a wider range of learners,” said Dvorak. Dvorak interned in the county’s professional development office while pursuing her master’s degree in instructional development. Over the course of two months during the summer of 2011, she created a course to implement higher order thinking skills for teachers. “She designed, developed and implemented it,” Loker said. Loker, who shares a similar desire on preparing students and staff for the future, nominated Dvorak for the award due in part to her efforts to aid other teachers in becoming elite instructors, and because of all her work with “higher order thinking.” However Dvorak ultimately received the award for her efforts in the classroom

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– the council watched a full hour-long uncut video of Dvorak teaching her students. Dvorak says while she hopes to eventually get into professional development, for now she is enjoying working “mostly with kids” as a resource teacher. Loker received the mathematics educator award for her work for her work as the county’s program advisor for elementary schools. She is “in charge” of the elementary math program, and responsible for writing curriculum, creating assessments and helping aid with teacher professional development. Loker has focused on slowly implementing common core – education requirements given by the state – into the Photo by Alex Panos curriculum over the last Rebekah Locker, left, and Cortney Dvorak several years, to avoid Loker said, “and it wouldn’t matter without overwhelming teachers and students when Maryland changed its teachers like Cortney in the classroom.” While it is going to take time for evstandards last year. “By the time it came full-force, we eryone in the county to adjust, Loker bewe’re ready for it,” Loker said, adding she lieves the county is in good shape. “This county is incredibly poised,” believes other counties are not as prepared Loker said. “They just make it happen.” as St. Mary’s. Last year, Park Hall Elementary teachShe says her job is to help children prepare for the classroom, but would be er Jessie DeLorme received the teacher of useless without teachers willing and able to the year award. apply the concepts. “I could write all kinds of curriculum,”

CSM Holds Online Fundraiser By Alex Panos Staff Writer The College of Southern Maryland held an online fundraising event yesterday, the first ever of its kind, to raise money for scholarships, the athletic department, trade schools and programs such as the science technology mathematics and engineering (STEM) initiative. Michelle Goodwin, the vice president for advancement, expects the event, ending at 12 a.m. on Thursday, to raise up to $20,000 in a 24-hour period for CSM and a combined total of around $100,000 for all colleges. “It’s an investment in Southern Maryland, the future workforce and higher education,” she said. The event, called “The Big Give,” features all 16 community colleges accepting monetary donations utilizing social networking tools including Twitter, Facebook and Smart Phone apps. CSM donors selected from a wide-range of specific projects to donate to, such as workforce development, the theatre program, robotics and the student union. The money will be put into starting a new lacrosse team, which still needs around $3,000, and into the

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Clarence Adams, Jr., 79 Clarence Gwinn Adams, Jr. 79, of Drayden, MD. Passed away surrounded by his loving family on November 7, 2012 in Callaway, MD. Born on April 6, 1933 in Leonardtown, MD, he was the son of late Clarence G. Adams, Sr. and Catherine Gwenette Adams. The family received friends on Saturday, November 10, 2012 in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD. A Funeral Service followed in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be private.

Janine Armstrong, 54 Janine Beddow Armstrong, 54, of Lexington Park, MD, passed away November 12, 2012, at Hospice House after a long and courageous battle with melanoma. Janine was born November 7, 1958, in Alexandria, VA, to Thomas Franklin Beddow of Charlottesville, VA and the late Doris Hitchins Beddow. Janine spent her youth in Charlottesville, VA, Marlton, NJ, and Chester, VA, where she graduated from Thomas Dale High School. She attended Longwood College in Farmville, VA, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business education. Upon graduation, Janine began a 31-year career as a financial officer for the Navy, supporting various programs. From late 2000 through 2001, she served a tour of duty in Bahrain as financial officer to 5th Fleet. In 2011, she retired on disability out of NAVAIR, Patuxent River, MD. Janine enjoyed traveling to Europe and the Middle East. She was an accomplished sailor, participating in races in the Arabian Gulf and the Chesapeake Bay, where she skippered a J27 sailboat in many club races and enjoyed the competitive and social aspects of the sport. She was a member of the Dahlgren Yacht Club, the Bahrain Yacht Club and the Southern Maryland Sailing Association. She supported, through donations, the St. Mary’s College sailing program. Janine was a member of Bits and Pieces theater group in Dahlgren, VA, and the King George Wine Society. Her other interests included plants and flowers, interior decorating, collecting china, and the songbirds who made her yard their home. She was a lifelong animal lover and rescued many cats and dogs. Janine maintained her indomitable spirit and sense of humor throughout her long and often painful illness. In addition to her father, Janine is survived by her loving husband of 22 years, Bill Armstrong of Lexington Park, MD, and her sister, Kathleen Simpson of Ruck-

ersvillle, VA. She is preceded in death by her mother. Family will receive friends for Janine’s Memorial Life Celebration on Sunday, November 18, 2012 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. A time for sharing remembrances will be held at 2 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice House of St. Mary’s, 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.

Frances Bean, 95 Frances Edith Unkle Bean, 95, of St. Mary’s City, passed away peacefully on November 7, 2012 at her daughter’s home. She was the wife of the late Stephen Edward Bean who preceded her in death on January 8, 1997. She was an exceptional example of a St. Mary’s County farmer’s wife. Edith was born on May 27, 1917 to the late Joseph and Sarah Unkle in Hermanville, MD. She attended Little Flower School and graduated from Great Mills High School in 1936. She and Stephen were married on January 31, 1940 in Holy Face Rectory, Great Mills, MD. They were tenant farmers in Beachville, Jarboesville and Drayden before purchasing their first farm in 1954 in St Mary’s City. Over the years, they raised turkeys, ducks, chickens, pigs and cows. She took pride in caring for her home, cooking 3 full meals a day and sometimes re-enacting the parable of the “loaves and the fishes” as there was always an ample amount of food on hand for all. Tending her vegetable garden and canning and making jams and jellies for her family were just an extension of her farm life tradition. Everything for the family was provided from the farm. She had many friends who were her egg customers when she lived in Drayden and St Mary’s City. No one ever went home without taking with them strawberries, tomatoes, string beans or any multitude of other vegetables. She was a devout Catholic praying her rosary daily. Until recent years, she was an active parishioner of St. James/St Cecilia’s Church and enjoyed working at the rummage sales, baking for the bingos and cleaning the church. For several years she worked at the Spring Festivals at St. James Hall. She volunteered at the bake table for the Knights of Columbus monthly dinners. She delighted in caring for her grandchildren, cooking holiday meals, tending the flower beds that surrounded her home and relaxing on her screened-in porch after a full day on the farm. Edith is survived by her daughter, Frances Bean Titus, Ridge and son, William Edward (Joyce) Bean, St. Mary’s City, grandchildren, Ricky Bean, Linda (Duncan) Lepper, Joan Bean, Jessica (Tim) Snyder and Marsha (Brian) Evans, 2 greatgrandchildren, Lydia and Richard Lepper,

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sister-in-law, Mary Bean Hockman, Olney, MD and special caregivers, Darla Ridgell, Arlene Carter, Salinda Carroll and Jean Cooper-Harmon. She was predeceased by her daughter-in-law, Joyce (Teany) Bean, son-in-law, Joey Titus, her brothers, Joseph William, Benjamin Osborn, James Wilson, John Roger, Harry Ignatius, Joseph Ralph, and Joseph Frederick Unkle, her sisters Mary, Agnes, and Margaret Unkle. She was the last surviving member of the Joseph Frederick Unkle family. Family received friends for Edith’s Life Celebration in St Cecilia’s Catholic Church, 47950 Mattapany Road, St. Mary’s City, MD on Monday, November 12, 2012 with prayers recited. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 in the Church. Interment followed in St. James Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were her greatgrandson, Richard Lepper and nephews, David Unkle, Brian Unkle, Jimmy Bean, John Bean and Brian Bean. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ridge Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 456, Ridge, MD 20680, Hospice of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650 or St. Cecilia’s Food Pantry, P.O. Box 429, St. Mary’s City, MD 20686. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Stephanie Cutchember, 35 Stephanie Yvonne "Steph" Cutchember, 35, of Lexington Park, MD., entered into eternal rest on November 4, 2012 at St. Mary's Hospital. Visitation was held on Saturday, November 10 at Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home Chapel, 38576 Brett Way, Mechanicsville, MD. Interment to follow at Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, MD. Bishop Daniel S. Jones will be officiating. Arrangements by Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home, Mechanicsville, MD.

Richard Faunce, Sr., 71 Richard Howard Faunce, Sr. (Dickie) of Abell, MD went home to god on November 6, 2012. Born November 30, 1941 he was the son of the late Joseph Evans Faunce, Sr., and Agnes Irene Faunce. Dickie is survived by his loving wife Dorothy Ann Faunce, children: Richard Howard Faunce, Jr.”Ritchie” (Jennifer), George Kelly Faunce (Michelle), grandchildren: Jacob, Joshua, Katlin, Travis, Jordan, Caleb, and one great grandchild Sage. He is also survived by his brothers: Eddie and Bobby Faunce. He is preceded in death by his granddaughter Bianca Ann Marie; his brothers: Evens, and George; Sisters: Rose, Louise, Eileen and Sylvia. Dickie


was a waterman by trade. He loved more than anything, being in his boat and greatest thrill was taking his grandchildren out and teaching them the joys of being a waterman. Dickie loved being around children. He loved being with his grandchildren and all the kids in and out of the family. Children seemed to flock to him and he had names such as “Dickie Daddy”, “Pop”, “Poppy” and many more. The family received friends on Sunday, November 11, 2012 with prayers recited in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD. A Funeral Service was held on Monday, November 12, 2012 in the Mattingely-Gardiner Funeral Home Chapel with Deacon Bill Nickerson officiating. Interment followed in Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, MD. Pall bears were: Ernie Woodall, Mike Woodall, Joe Bowles, Nace Farrell, Wayne Morgan, and Bruce Chainay. Contributions may be made to the Seventh District Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 7, Avenue, MD 20609.

Mary Foley, 83 Mary Rosetta Foley “Bo”, 83 formerly of Rosebank Road, Compton, MD, died November 12, 2012 at Cedar Lane Apartments, Leonardtown, MD. Born November 2, 1929 in Compton, MD she was the daughter of the late Etta and Francis Leslie Cryer. In addition to her parents Mrs. Foley, lost her husband Charles William Foley, the love of her life at the young age of 46, she joined him in death on what would have been their 65th anniversary, November 12, 2012. Mrs. Foley is survived by her children; Charles Michael (Joyce) Foley of Compton, MD, Janet Marie (George) Branson of Lexington Park, MD, Susan Rose (Billy) Johnson of, Morganza, MD, and Kathryn Lynn (Pat) Arnold of Bushwood, MD, grandchildren; Kimberly Foley Gatton, Julie Foley, Lauren Martz, Charles Johnson, Craig Branson, Emily Arnold, Melanie Johnson, Jesse Arnold, Joseph Johnson, Bethany Klobnock, and Erin Tule, great-grandchildren; David Foley, Christian Erdolino, Brendan Gatton, Kylie, Haylie, and Jacob Martz. Mary was preceded in death by her son John Dennis Foley, a grandchild; Denise Branson, siblings; William Cryer, Maude Nelson, Helen Barnett, Marie Galer, and Catherine Frey. Mary graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in 1947, Mary was a lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County, she was a homemaker and mother, early on being the daughter of a waterman she was an avid soft crabber, she worked at Minitec in Leonardtown, was a Geriatric Aide at Mary’s Nursing Home and Bayside Nursing Home. Following the death of her beloved husband Mary went to work for the St. Mary’s County Public Schools as a food service worker at Leonardtown Middle school, then became Cafeteria Manager at Banneker Elementary, for many years she worked for Leonard Gallery of Homes as a real estate agent, at one point she held 3 jobs. Mary enjoyed attending prayer meetings and praying the rosary, traveling to


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Italy twice, she made many pilgrimages to Conyers, GA. She loved to be surrounded by her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed warm days on her porch and the simple things life offer. The family will receive friends on Thursday, November15, 2012 from 5 to 8 p.m. with prayers recited at 7 p.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, November 16, 2012 at 10 a.m. in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Morganza, MD with Father Keith Woods officiating. Interment will follow in St. Francis Xavier Catholic Cemetery, Compton, MD. Pallbearers will be; Charles Johnson, Craig Branson, Jesse Arnold, David Foley, Joseph Johnson, and Ben Martz. Honorary pallbearers will be; Christian Erdolino, Kylie Martz, Jacob Martz, Brendan Gatton, Haylie Martz, and CJ Bolen. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society (Pancreatic Department), P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 and/or Hospice of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650

Richard Halsey, 76 Richard Edward Halsey, 76 of California, MD died November 12, 2012 at St. Mary’s Hospital. Born April 30, 1936 in Greenport, Long Island, NY he was the son of the late Richard Francis Halsey and Kathryn Ann (Oberholtzer) Halsey. Richard was a graduate of Shelter Island High School in Shelter Island, NY. Richard was a field service representative for Grumman Aircraft in Long Island and Patuxent River Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD for 31 years. He enjoyed working outdoors, flying model aircraft, and spending lots of time with his family and grandchildren. He also enjoyed puzzles and watching game shows. Richard is survived by his wife of 55 years, Marjorie A. (Raynor) Halsey; his children, Valerie A. Wettengel of California, MD and Richard E. Halsey, Jr. (Marie) of Leonardtown, MD; grandchildren, Bryan and Kelsey Wettengel, Ashley and Dylan Halsey and Daniel Soto; siblings, Douglas Halsey his wife Paula of Hampton Bays, NY and Lucinda Griffin of Shelter Island, NY. Family will receive friends on Thursday, November 15, 2012 from 5 until 8 p.m. in the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Prayers will be recited at 7:00 p.m. Interment will be in Shelter Island, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Shelter Island Fire Department, P.O. Box 613, Shelter Island, NY 11964. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

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Joseph Kohut, 26 Joseph Robert “Joey” Kohut, 26 of Lexington Park, MD died October 26, 2012 at Georgetown University Hospital. Born November 1, 1985 in Clinton, MD he was the son of Donna Kohut of Hollywood, MD. In addition to his mother, Joey is survived by his aunts, Nancy Griffin of Alabama, Patty Flanagin, Jeany Kohut of North Dakota and Sandy Miller of Florida; his uncles, Bob Kohut of Oklahoma and Rick Kohut (Michelle); his devoted friend, Mark Todd of Missouri; family friend Mark Kiger; cousins, Richard and Judy Riche, Alisa and Craig Griffin, Bill, Ron and Shannon Flanagin, Erin Clopton, Ron Kohut, Gina Stanford, Bobbie Jean Combs, Alan Kohut, Margaret Miller, Kirk, Matt and Britney Prinson and Stephanie and Amanda Kohut; Joey’s friends and care providers at Chesapeake Shores in Lexington Park, MD, the Center for Life Enrichment in Hollywood, MD and the Cerebral Palsy House in Leonardtown, MD. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Joseph and Kathleen Kohut; his uncle, Ronald Kohut; and cousins, Michael Miller and Tiffany Burns. A Graveside Service will be held on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 12 p.m. at Evergreen Memorial Gardens, 22020 Chancellor’s Run Road, Great Mills, MD 20634. All are welcome to attend the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Center for Life Enrichment, 25089 Three Notch Road, Hollywood, MD 20636. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

States Navy on the USS Bennington. He was an airplane mechanic for Capital/ United Airlines for 36 years retiring in 1992. Lee moved to St. Mary’s County in 1992 fulltime, however spent his summers at McKays Beach cottage all of his life. “Lee” enjoyed; sailing, traveling, golf, and shooting. The family received friends on Sunday, November 11, 2012 and Monday, November 12, 2012 fro in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD. A Funeral Service was held

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Francis Moreland, Jr., 81 Francis Lee Moreland, Jr. “Lee”, 81, of Drayden, MD formerly of Fairfax, VA passed away surrounded by his loving family on November 5, 2012 in Falls Church, VA. He was the son of the late Gladys Mercedes and Francis Lee Moreland. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Mary Elizabeth Moreland whom he married on June 27, 1955 in Washington, DC, and whom passed away on October 9, 2002. Francis is survived by his daughters Mary Ann Bendinelli of Gainesville, VA of Manassas, VA, and Lisa Lee Moreland of Manassas, VA, sister Jane E. Moreland of Ashburn, VA, special friend Patricia Norris of Hollywood, MD., nephew James Moreland, 4 grandchildren Robert and Elizabeth Bendinelli, Walter and Emily Bouchard and 6 great-grandchildren. Francis is predeceased by his brother Stephen Moreland, and Great Grandson Brandon Lee Bendinelli. Francis graduated from Washington-Lee High School in 1951. Francis served in the United

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Lois Morris, 89 Lois Owens Morris of Avenue, MD., passed away in Leonardtown, MD on November 8, 2012. Born August 7, 1923 in Abell, MD., she was the daughter of the late William Lee Owens and Catherine Dove Russell Owens. She was the loving wife of the late Wesley (Sam) Morris whom she married on July 19, 1946 in St. Martins Catholic Church in Washington, DC. She was also the loving wife of the late Arthur E. Grogan whom she married on April 7, 1991 in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bushwood, MD. She is survived by her devoted nieces: Catherine Sylvia Ryce of Hollywood, MD, Cheryl Walker Jackson, and Linda M. Morris both of Abell, MD; Nephews: James M. Owens and friend Susan Spencer of Chaptico, MD. William A. Owens Jr., and wife Cathy of Lewisburg, TN, James L. Owens and wife Mary of Aspen, CO, James A. Russell of Watsonville, CA, James P. Walker, Jr. and Joseph Lee Russell both of Abell, MD. As well as 8 great nieces and nephew, 8 great great nieces and nephews, and 6 great great great nieces and nephews. She was the sister in-law and friend to Virginia Owens Reynolds, Mary Ann Gibson and Evelyn Welty Owens. Lois is preceded in death by her siblings: Mary Irma Hodges, William A. Owens, Sr., Annie Rebecca Russell, and James Ignatius Owens.. Lois attended Holy Angels Catholic School in Avenue, MD for 8 years and graduated from Margaret Brent High School in Helen, MD class of 1941. She worked for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers from 1941 till 1948 returning to Avenue, MD in 1948, she worked for the Naval Air Station at Patuxent River, MD as a Purchasing Agent Supervisor retiring in 1973. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bushwood, MD. American Legion Auxiliary Post 221 Avenue, MD, and a member of the Margaret Brent High School Alumni. The family received friends on Monday, November 12, 2012 with prayer recited by Deacon Bill Nickerson. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bushwood, MD. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were: Johnny Thompson, Mike Lacey, Bill Owens, Joseph Lee Russell, Kenneth Ryce and Clarence Bowles. Contributions may be made to the Seventh District Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 7, Avenue, MD 20609.

Beverly Putnam, 75 Beverly Jean (Bowman) Putnam, 75 of Great Mills, MD passed peacefully on October 1, 2012 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Beverly was

born on July 15, 1937 in Kankakee, IL to the late Nicholas Bowman and Bessie Gertrude (Irvine) Bowman. Beverly grew up in Kankakee, IL, graduating from the University of Illinois in 1959. She raised her two daughters in various parts of the country while loyally serving as the wife of a career Naval Aviator. The family settled down in Great Mills, Maryland when husband Wayne retired after 30 years of service to our country. She enjoyed most of all spending time with her family and friends. Beverly spent numerous years reuniting with her Chi Omega sorority sisters all over the country over the past 50 years. She enjoyed cooking wonderful meals for all who would partake, shopping for the best deal of the century and overall just having fun. Beverly touched the lives of many people and her kind-heartedness, radiance and grace will be missed tremendously. She is survived by her devoted and loving husband, Wayne A. Putnam; daughters, Diana Moeller (Chuck) of Gloucester, VA, Debra Lyn Zurkowski (Robert) of Hollywood, MD; three grandchildren, Michael Zurkowski, Matthew Zurkowski, and Megan Zurkowski; one step granddaughter, Rebecca Kelly Moeller; and four step great grandchildren, Destiny Moeller, Brittany Bowles, Amber Bowles, and Cassie Bowles. In addition to her parents, she was also predeceased by her sister, Ellie (Bowman) McBroom. Family will receive friends for Beverly’s Life Celebration on Friday, November 16, 2012 from 5 until 7 p.m. at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Prayers will be recited at 6:30 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 11 a.m. at St. John Francis Regis Catholic Church, 43927 St. John’s Road, Hollywood, MD 20636. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a date to be determined. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Mary’s, 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.

Wayne Putnam, 75 Wayne A. Putnam, CAPT, USN (Ret.) 75 of Great Mills, MD passed peacefully on November 11, 2012 at his home in Great Mills, MD. Wayne was born on December 22, 1936 in Kankakee, IL to the late Arnie W. Putnam and Freida (Ebling) Putnam. Wayne grew up in Kankakee, IL, and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy, receiving his commission in 1958. In 1959, he completed Naval flight training and was awarded his “wings of gold,” commencing his career as a Naval Aviator. Wayne retired in 1987 at the rank of Captain. During his naval career he earned Navy Battle "E", Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces Honor Medal (First Class), Navy Achievement Medal, Air Medal S/F-1, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service

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Ribbon, Navy Unit Commendation, Air Force Expeditionary Medal (Cuba), Navy Expeditionary Medal (Cuba), National Defense Service Medal, Expert Pistol Ribbon, Meritorious Service. Throughout his career, Wayne, with the enduring support of his loving wife Beverly Jean (Bowman) Putnam, served our nation with distinction and honor. Wayne was a devoted husband and father. Wayne had many interests throughout his life, including a life-long love of golf. He would play at every opportunity, traveling frequently to his vacation home in Hilton Head, SC to play every day he was there. He participated in many retired military tournaments with his former Navy classmates, and won several events. He enjoyed teaching his grandson Matthew how to play, and was thrilled that his step greatgranddaughter Amber wanted to learn and play with him as well. Wayne also donated much of his time helping local organizations such as Meals-On-Wheels in St. Mary’s County as well as hospice assisting patients to and from hospitals in Baltimore, MD and Washington, DC area. Wayne is survived by his daughters, Diana Moeller (Chuck) of Gloucester, VA, Debra Lyn Zurkowski (Robert) of Hollywood, MD; three grandchildren, Michael Zurkowski, Matthew Zurkowski, and Megan Zurkowski; one step granddaughter, Rebecca Kelly Moeller; and four step great grandchildren, Destiny Moeller, Brittany Bowles, Amber Bowles, and Cassie Bowles. In addition to his parents, he was recently predeceased by his wife, Beverly Jean (Bowman) Putnam. Family will receive friends for Wayne’s Life Celebration on Friday, November 16, 2012 from 5. until 7 p.m. at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Prayers will be recited at 6:30 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 11 a.m. at St. John Francis Regis Catholic Church, 43927 St. John's Road, Hollywood, MD 20636. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a date to be determined. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Mary's, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Condolences to the family may be made at

Elizabeth Ricketts, 82 Elizabeth “Betty” Ingalls Ricketts, 82, of Leonardtow n, MD died peacefully Tuesday, November 6, 2012, at St. Mary’s Nursing Center in Leonardtown, MD. Betty was born on February 3, 1930 in Leonardtown, MD to the late Edgar Terry Ingalls and Agnes Marie Griffin Ingalls. She was born in St. Mary’s County, but moved to Potomac, MD when she


was six years old. In 1947, she graduated from Richard Montgomery High School. On June 15, 1952, she married her beloved husband, Clifford Mackall Ricketts in Bethesda, MD. They recently celebrated 60 wonderful years of marriage. In 1963, she moved to Potomac, MD. In 1978, they purchased waterfront property in Leonardtown and came down most weekends with their family. In 1995, they permanently moved to St. Mary’s and built a beautiful home off of Breton Bay. Betty has an identical twin sister, Isobel Ricketts. They both married identical twin brothers. They have spent their entire lives doing things together, and enjoying every moment. Betty’s career began at the age of fifteen as a model with her twin sister for Woodword and Lothrop and Garfinkels. She left there and transferred to the Government Employees Insurance Company (GEICO) as a keypunch operator. She left there to work as an instructional aide at Beverly Farms in Rockville, MD. Her last job was as an instructional aide and playground aide at Banneker Elementary. After she had her children, she made taking care of them her full-time job. Betty loved children and enjoyed working with them. In 1994, she and her twin sister appeared on the Phil Donahue Show, Jenny Jones Show, Australian Show, and CBS This Morning. They also made a television commercial for Sears. Her hobbies included collecting twin antique dolls, designing and crafting cloth dolls, and she loved to sew. She was a past president of the Dollology Club of Washington D.C. Once retired, Betty, her husband, and her twin sister and her husband, traveled abroad to England, Italy, Scotland, Greece, Germany, Ireland, and France. In addition to her husband, Betty is survived by her children, Layne Ricketts of Blacksburg, VA, Carolyn Ricketts of Edgewater, MD, and Diane Brewer (Rocky) of Laramie, WY; her identical twin sister Isobel I. Ricketts (Martel) of Leonardtown, MD; her brother Huntley H. Ingalls of Boulder, CO; three grandchildren, Lance Ricketts, April Cleven (Chris) and Logan Brewer; and four great-grandchildren, Jaeden Cleven, Cole Cleven, Shane Cleven and Declan Cleven. Family will receive friends for Betty’s Life Celebration on Saturday, November 17, 2012 from 1 to 3 p.m., with a service at 3 p.m. at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. The funeral service will be conducted by Pastor Ruth Dixon of First Saints Community Church, Leonardtown Campus. Interment will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018 or the St. Mary’s Nursing Center, 21585 Peabody Street, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Condolences may be made at www. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.


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Phyllis Smith

Clarence Taylor, 80

Phyllis M. Smith died peacefully at home on Friday, November 2nd of Alzheimer's Disease. God granted her wish and brought her home. She is predeceased by her parents, Ella S. and H. Albert Davis, her brothers Francis Albert and Lewis H. Davis and her loving husband of 59 years, William S. "Bill" Smith and her son-in-law, Leo Fedor and grandson Edward S. Kukoski, Jr. Phyllis was born and raised in Chaptico, Md and attended St. Mary's Academy, graduating in 1945 and then attended secretarial school and worked at the bank in Leonardtown. She married Bill in March 26 of 1951 and began her lifetime career of amazing Mom in September of 1952. She lived in Leonardtown with her growing family until Bill was transferred from the Patuxent Naval Base to NAFEC. Bill and Phyllis moved to their new home in Northfield NJ in June of 1959 and it would remain her home until her death. Phyllis was an avid bridge player. She learned to play bridge at Mainland High School in order to meet people in her new home and she played in bridge clubs for fifty years. She was one of the best players around. We always used to laugh and say that we couldn't get married on a "bridge night" or when she had her weekly hair appointment because Mom wouldn't be able to make it. She loved her home, taking care of her family, her yard, and all things to do with Gone with the Wind. She didn't have a green thumb; she had an "emerald thumb". You could always find her in her beloved "yard" where she always found such happiness. She was the center of our family. Every birthday, holiday, graduation etc. was always at Grandma's house. Our family always found love, comfort, happiness and amazing food at Mom's. She worked for years on the chicken barbecue and St. Bernadette's (St. Gianna) church and was a member since the church was founded. All of the neighbors knew that if they had a death in their family, illness or new baby they were going to have food come their way from Mom's kitchen. She was a true "southern lady". She leaves behind to grieve, her children, Kathy Broomell (Dave), Stan Smith (Megan), Cindy Kukoski (Ed), Mary Frances Fedor and Eric Smith (Kellie). Her beloved grandchildren, Jennifer and Christopher Broomell, Jamie Stricker, Erica and Alexandra Kukoski, McKenna, Jordan and Aidan Smith and her one great granddaughter Kaitlyn and her sister in law Betty Ann Davis. A Mass of Christian burial will be held in Our Lady of the Wayside Catholic Church, Chaptico, MD with Father John Mattingly officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, Mechanicsville, MD. Please visit our website at www.mgf h. com.

Clarence Edward Taylor, 80, of Dameron, Maryland, passed away on November 10, 2012 at FutureCare Pineview Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre in Clinton, Maryland. Clarence was born on February 21, 1932 in Park Hall, MD., to the late Samuel C. Taylor, Sr. and Mary Luvenia Matthews Taylor. Clarence graduated from Jarboesville High School and was drafted into the United States Army on November 18, 1952 and served during the Korean War until released from active military service on November 17, 1954, receiving the Korean Service Medal, United Nation Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. He was honorably discharged from the United States Army on December 7, 1960. After being released from active military service, Clarence was employed by the Public Works Department, U.S. Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, MD., for 34 years, retiring on February 27, 1987. Clarence was a member of Zion United Methodist Church until he met the love of his life, Elizabeth Josephine “Betty” Gant, whom he married on February 26, 1955. Clarence was later baptized in the Catholic Faith and was a devoted member until his illness. After 45 years of marriage, he lost that very special person on April 18, 2000. Clarence was a very quiet person. Although Clarence and Betty never had children, they nurtured Judson Mark Barnes, John Stevens, and Cynthia Thomas Webb as their own and also many other children. Clarence leaves to cherish his memory John Stevens, of Calvert County, MD., Mark Barnes, of Baltimore, MD., Cynthia Thomas Webb, of Temple Hills, MD., and Colbert Barnes, of Lexington Park, MD.; three brothers, Samuel C. Taylor, Jr., of Park Hall, MD., Willie M. Taylor, of Upper Marlboro, MD., and James O. Taylor (Sylvia), of Accokeek, MD.; one sister, Rachel E. Christy (Stanley), of Millersville, MD.; four sistersin-law, Evelyn Gant Peterson, Hortense Hubbard, Blanche “Dotty” Bettis, of Baltimore, MD., and Dorothy Gant, of Ridge, MD; one brother-in-law, Richard Gant, of Baltimore, MD., and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. In addition to his parents and wife, Clarence was preceded in death by four brothers, John Henry, George B., Charles W. and James Hoover Taylor and two sisters, Maggie Taylor Rhodes and Bertha M. Fenwick. “Since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus comes, God will bring back with Jesus all the Christians who have died.” 1 Thessalonians 4:14 The family will receive friends on

Friday, November 16, 2012 at 9 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, 16922 St. Peter Claver Rd., St. Inigoes, MD. Interment to follow in the church cemetery. Arrangements by Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home, Mechanicsville, MD.

Ronald Thompson, 53 R o n a l d “Ronnie” James Thompson, 53, of Valley Lee, MD., passed away on November 8, 2012 in Valley Lee, MD. Born on August 22, 1959 in Washington DC., he was the son of Herta Thompson of Arapaho, NC., and James and Ginny Thompson of Newburg, MD. Ronnie is survived by his special friend Debbie King of Valley Lee, MD., children: Melanie Hicks of Mechanicsville, MD., Mandi Bernazzani of Piney Point, MD, Larry Mercer of TX, and 2 grandchildren. Siblings: Patricia Simons of Virginia Beach, VA., David Thompson of Araphoe, NC, and Thomas Thompson, of Park Hall, MD, Pat Spatarella, Joe, Mary, Bonnie and Ray Rison. Ronnie was preceded in death by his brother Donald Rison. He worked as a Well Driller for Schofield Well Drilling. Ronnie was a lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County, MD and enjoyed; hunting, fishing, and motorcycle riding. The family received friends on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD. A Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, November 13, 2013 in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home Chapel with Deacon Bill Nickerson officiating. Interment will be private.

Nannie Young, 91 N a n n i e Theresa Swales Young, 91 of Leonardtown, MD entered into eternal life on November 2, 2012 at her residence. Theresa, daughter of the late Frank and Jane Frances (McWilliams) Swales was born on June 06, 1921 in Leonardtown, MD. Theresa was educated in the public school system in St. Mary’s County Maryland. Theresa was united in holy matrimony with James Richley Young Sr. for 34 years. They were blessed with 9 children. Theresa enjoyed reading her bible throughout the day and night. She

loved sharing those words of wisdom to the young and old. Mother loved cooking and taking care of her family. All who entered her home did not leave hungry. Cards, jeopardy, wheel of fortune and pokeno were just a few of her favorite games. Theresa cared very much for her community. She was instrumental along with Thomas Cole, Louise Kelly, Lucille Young, Brenda Queen and Gerona Kelly in starting the Citizens for Progress. This project was to benefit those who needed help with their GED, basic job skills, home making skills and parenting skills. During this time Theresa, at the tender age of 57, obtained her GED. Mother encouraged the young people in the community to stay in school and take advantage of their education. Mother was also very faithful and active to the prison ministry at the Detention Center in Leonardtown, MD. Her faith and wisdom along with caring for those who were incarcerated left a lifetime impression on those individuals. Theresa leaves to cherish her fond memories her children, Alice Swales, of Landover, MD, James Young Jr. (Dorothy Ann), of Laurel, MD, Frances Frazier, of Upper Marlboro, MD, Maxine Little, of Washington, DC, Marilyn Harris (Edward), of Great Mills, MD, George Young, of Lexington Park, MD, Walter Swales (Ann), of California, MD, and Bertha Hunt, of Leonardtown, MD. Out of her eighteen siblings, she has one sister remaining, Harriett Forrest, of Leonardtown, MD. Seventeen grandchildren, 36 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. Also a host of nieces, nephews and special telephone friends; Thomas Cole, Alberta Campbell, Arthuretta Bowman, Nettie Stevens, Susie Butler, Ida Harris, John Hanson Briscoe, Wanda Butler, Evelyn Holland, Kevin Goldring, Brenda Queen and the late Florene Mason. She was preceded in death by her parents, her grandmother, Alice Toney, her husband James, one son, David Young and one daughter, Barbara Spears. The family received friends for Theresa’s Life Celebration on Saturday, November 10, 2012 for viewing and service followed at the Hollywood Church of the Nazarene, 24710 Sotterley Road, Hollywood, MD 20636. Serving as pallbearers were John B. Swales, Phillip Swales, Joseph Swales, Kevin Goldring, Patrick Scriber and John C. Bowman. The honorary pallbearers were all of her grandsons. Condolences may be made at www. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD. NOTICE: Due to the restricted conditions at the gravesite, the immediate family will be the only ones allowed to attend that part of the ceremony.

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Parade Honors Veterans By Alex Panos Staff Writer People lined the streets in Leonardtown last Sunday, nearly six deep, during the annual Veterans Day Parade and wreath-laying ceremony in town square. “These are the only persons to sign a contract for America with his or her life,” said Floyd Derby, Vietnam War veteran in attendance at the event. Derby served in the Navy for 20 years and says he can’t relate to those who are serving now. “It’s just so tough today,” he said. “People don’t entirely realize what they [military members] are doing.” He continued, Veterans Day is a great chance to “stop and shake hands” with people that help defend the country. Although Derby believes many people don’t appreciate veterans as they should, children of Leonardtown Elementary captured the audience during a wreath laying ceremony – a moment taken to acknowledge and honor locals that died during different wars over the decades – which followed the parade – with original essays they wrote about what Veterans Day means to them. “Veterans have traits that make them special people,” said elementary student Drew Weller, noting their dedication and courage. Riley Ferguson read her essay with a family friend in mind who was killed in action while serving overseas. “When I think of veterans, I think of sacrifice, bravery and honor,” she said. Rosemary Wild, a fifth grade student, shared her gratitude, thoughts and opinions. “Veterans Day frustrates me, because I was always told not to fight; especially with my brother” she began, going on to explain the impact wars – such as the Revolutionary War, World War I and II, Vietnam and the current War on Terror – throughout America’s history have had on independence, freedom, democracy and security. “There are things worth fighting for,” she concluded. Edward Chow, veteran affairs secretary for Maryland, spoke during ceremony. He shared a story with the crowd of his recent visit with a young military veteran who lost three limbs in a helicopter accident. The individual told Chow she did not regret her decisions, he explained, because without veterans in the past during previous wars, the country would have been in trouble many years before. “Her words resonated with me,” he said. “We are indebted to more than 42 million who have served our nation during times of peace and times of war.”

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Photo By Alex Panos St. Mary’s County Commissioners President Jack Russell, center, takes a moment to reflect on Veterans Day during the wreath-laying ceremony in Leonardtown Sunday.

Chow was on hand in Leonardtown representing Maryland because Leonardtown’s parade was recognized this year as a Veterans Day Regional Site as determined by the Veterans Day National Committee – a committee formed by Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1954 to plan and promote Veterans Day events. According to Delegate John Bohanan, there is only one nationally recognized site in Maryland and a total of 36 in America. Along with recognizing a few local families that recently lost loved ones in the military, Bohanan thanked and commemorated the town for continuing to put on what has become the best Veterans Day parade in the state. The nationally-recognized event included several displays set-up to accompany the parade and wreath-laying ceremony. Volunteer departments, kids of military schools such as Leonard Hall Junior Naval Academy and many others participated in the 175-vehicle parade. As a fire-truck rounded the corner on Fenwick Street concluding the parade, a vintage World War II aircraft B-25 Panchito flew over town square, attaining the curiosity of children and captivating the older audience members as seemingly everyone starred into the sky. Steve Fulks, part of the living history infantry division, was sharing knowledge and displays of World War II items and weaponry. For him, Veterans Day is a chance to reflect on his 12 years in the Navy, and he is honored to live in an area where such a large commitment is made to recognizing veterans. “Every day, I’m honored to be a part of this community,” said Fulks. Maria Fleming, the event coordinator, noted about

3,000 people attended the parade last Sunday, which is less than last year’s attendance. She added things went well due to the decision to move parking down the road and offer shuttle buses, help from the St. Mary’s County Sherriff’s Department and a courteous audience that was cautious of observing parade barriers. “This is definitely not a one person job,” she said. Fleming said after all the planning and running around, she finally had a moment to stop towards the end during Sam Prettyman’s performance of “Taps” and the Prince George’s County Police Department playing “Amazing Grace.” “That was my first chance to stop, take it in and reflect on what the day meant,” she said. Clancy Lyall, a decorated war veteran, started the annual parade in Leonardtown during the 1970s as a way to carry his passion through local businesses and citizens. Fleming believes Leonardtown’s proximity to Naval Air Station Patuxent River, patriotism and history the local community is especially touched by recognizing veterans. Commanding Officer of Patuxent River Naval Air Station Capt. Ted Mills, County Commissioner President Jack Russell and Mayor Daniel Burris spoke during the wreathlaying presentation. At the conclusion of the ceremony, Chopticon High School’s Marching Band –which will perform in Hawaii during the annual Pearl Harbor Day Parade – performed “Armed Forces Salute.” “It’s a fantastic day,” fifth grader Taylor Vaughn said as she read her essay to the crowd. “I love veterans.”

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Washington Will Continue I am very pleased with the overwhelming votes and support for me during the 2012 Election. Due to your help, I was re-elected to the Board of Education for the fifth consecutive term. I am very grateful. I have been volunteering about twenty-five years in St. Mary’s County Public Schools. I love what I do. Education is my calling, my purpose, and my passion. I promise to continue to do my utmost best to support the goals, mission, and vision of St. Mary’s County Public Schools. I will continue to build collaborative relationships based on mutual respect and trust with Board of Education members, County Commissioners, students, citizens, and all stakeholders. I will continue to have an open mind and listen to all sides of an

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Legal Notices IN THE MATTER OF MAKAYLA NAKARI BRANCH FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO MAKALYA NAKARI CORBIN BY AND THROUGH HER MOTHER VANESSA M BRANCH In the Circuit Court for St. Mary’s County, Maryland Case No.: 18-C-12-001522 The above Petitioner has filed a Petition for Change of Name in which she seeks to change her name from Makayla Nakari Branch to Makayla Nakari Corbin. The petitioner is seeking a name change for the following reason: It is my desire for my daughter to have her father’s surname. Any person may file an objection to the Petition on or before the 10th day of December, 2012. The objection must be supported by an affidavit and served upon the Petitioner in accordance with Maryland Rule 1-321. Failure to file an objection or affidavit within the time allowed may result in a judgment by default or the granting of the relief sought. A copy of this Notice shall be published one time in a newspaper of general circulation in the county at least fifteen (15) days before the deadline to file an objection. JOAN W. WILLIAMS, Clerk of the Circuit Court for St. Mary’s County Maryland 11-15-2012

Fire Marshall Warns of Winter Fire Hazards As the temperatures begin to drop outside, State Fire Marshal William E. Barnard provides Marylanders life and home saving heating safety tips. “Elements of home heating continue to be a significant factor in home fires in Maryland,” according to the Fire Marshal. “Following these guidelines, we can work together to reduce the number of residential fires.” • Ensure chimneys are cleaned annually or more frequently if used as the primary heating equipment. • Use properly sized fireplace screens or enclosures. • Never use a flammable liquid to start a fire. • When disposing of cooled ashes, do not use paper or plastic containers to remove them, instead use a metal container. Ashes will insulate hot embers long after the fire is considered out.

• Make sure all fuel burning stoves are installed according to local fire codes and manufacturer’s instructions. • Have your furnace inspected and serviced annually. • Check portable electric heaters for frayed/damaged wires and ensure they are clean and placed on a flat level surface. Use only “listed” by an approved testing laboratory equipment and follow manufacturer’s instructions. • Do not use extension cords with portable space heaters. The extension cord can overheat and cause a fire. • If you use kerosene fuel fired heaters, use only “K-1” kerosene fuel. Never fill the unit inside, remove it to the exterior after it has cooled before refueling. • Open a window enough to provide proper ventilation. • Keep combustibles (furniture, curtains, clothing, paper goods, etc.),

at least three feet from all heat sources. • Fuel burning appliances can produce the deadly, tasteless and odorless gas known as carbon monoxide. Install and maintain CO alarms inside your home to provide an early warning of dangerous carbon monoxide levels. • Always turn off portable heating equipment when leaving the room for extended periods. Portable heaters should never be operated unattended. Along with these heating tips, check to make sure your smoke alarms are in good working order. “Routine maintenance and safe operation of heating equipment, combined with properly installed and operating smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, are a life-saving combination for all Marylanders,” stated Barnard.


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By Guy Leonard Staff Writer A Hollywood man faces four counts of reckless endangerment for allegedly firing shots during a dispute in front of his own home. According to charging documents filed by police in District Court, Robert Lacey fired a .380-caliber Bersa pistol into the ground at his home during a dispute with James Simpkins, who had arrived with Kim Simpkins to pick up Lacey’s children in an apparent custody sharing arrangement. The two men told different accounts of

the incident to police. Lacey recounted the following to the police. He claimed he was outside talking with a friend when Simpkins returned home, stepped out of his car and struck Lacey in the right side of his face and continued to assault him around the yard. He retreated inside his home and retrieved his pistol. He said Simpkins was banging on his door. He told Simpkins he had a pistol and to go away. When Simpkins eventually went back to his car, Lacey went outside again. Then Simpkins got back out of his car and came towards Lacey, saying he fired three shots into

the ground to warn Simpkins to stay away. Simpkins told police no such altercation occurred and that Lacey fired the shots because he was upset at Simpkins coming to pick up Lacey’s children. Police said they arrested and charged Lacey. At the police headquarters, police administered a blood alcohol test to Lacey. The test showed .10 level two hours after the incident took place, according to documents. Prior to the alleged shooting, Lacey was at a banquet with his family, charging papers state.

Two Charged With Smuggling Pills Into Jail By Guy Leonard Staff Writer County vice/narcotics detectives have charged two women with conspiring to bring prescription narcotics into the local



detention center. Police say that Brandi Beckett, an inmate at the jail in Leonardtown on work release, used the opportunity to allegedly buy the illicit narcotics. Det. Cpl. Mike Labanowski indicated that he observed Beckett “in an authorized area” making contact with a subject who was known to traffic in prescription medications, according to charging documents.


Beckett got some morphine pills from that person and then was able to get them back into the detention center to distrib- Brandi Beckett ute to Tina Tippett and Crystal Quade, other inmates, police alleged. Police report corrections officers later found that both suspects had crushed the pills into powder. All three of them tested positive for opiates, police alleged.

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Police Investigating Hit-And-Run By Guy Leonard Staff Writer County sheriff’s deputies are investigating an incident in which a 65-year-old pedestrian was struck by a motor vehicle on Nov. 11 on Harrison Street in Great Mills. The next day deputies were able to identify the vehicle involved – a 2012 Dodge

Ram 2500 pickup truck – and the 21-year-old male operator from Lexington Park, according to police report. A state police helicopter flew the elderly victim to Baltimore Shock Trauma. He was last listed as being in critical condition. According to the sheriff’s office, the driver has not been charged and is not currently in police custody.

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Second Degree Assault On Nov. 10 deputies responded to a residence on Sue Drive in Lexington Park for a disturbance. Investigation revealed Shawn Michael Miles, 20, of Lexington Park was engaged in a verbal dispute that escalated into a physical assault when Miles allegedly grabbed the victim by the arms causing scratches. Miles was arrested and charged with second-degree assault.


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Collecting Gifts for Kids By Alex Panos Staff Writer Operation Christmas Child, an initiative to deliver gifts to less fortunate children all over the world, began its “National Collection Week” last Monday. “It’s a simple gift, it’s a shoebox you put stuff into,” said Francie Smith, the project’s relay center coordinator for Lexington Park Baptist Church. “And yet it does so much.” The shoeboxes are collected from churches in countries such as the United States, Spain and the United Kingdom, and shipped to children living below the poverty level in South America, central Asia, Europe, Africa and in some cases Alaska. Last year, people donated more than 8.6 million shoe boxes stuffed with school supplies, small toys, hygiene items and even jewelry to children between the ages of 2 and 14. The collections this year will result in a grand total of 100 million boxes donated in the project’s 19 years, according to Smith. “We get real good at putting a maximum amount of items in these boxes,” said Carla Werme, a project lead, as she put cloths and bigger items in first before stuffing the box to the brim with candy and crayons. The Lexington Park Baptist Church, which collected 1,845 boxes last year, has volunteers on hand packing items into shoeboxes to prepare for shipment abroad. “It encourages me and is really heartening,” Smith said of St. Mary’s County community members. “When people [in the area] are made aware, they step in and take part.” Smith is struck with awe at “the beautiful thing about” Operation Christmas Child. Only 81 people worldwide involved with Operation Christmas Child, project of Samaritan’s purse an international relief and evangelism organization Samaritan’s purse, are on a full-time pay staff. The rest is done by volunteers all over the world, and millions of shoeboxes are sent to children through volunteer efforts, coordination and donation. “Everyone that packs a shoebox is a volunteer,” she said. People can then track their shoeboxes online due to electronic scanners, which Smith says is “kind of cool” because it gives people a better of idea of the children they are helping enjoy the holiday season. Kids cherish the gifts so much it is common for

Lexington Park Baptist Church volunteers Howard Brown, left, Daniel Werme, Francie Smith, Carla Werme and Sandy Brown pack shoeboxes full of gifts for needy children.

them to keep the wrapping paper and sleep with the shoeboxes at night, says Carla Werme, a project lead. “It’s that precious to them,” she said. In addition to the items in the box, organizers are asking people donate $7 to help cover the shipping costs, and they are accepting additional monetary donations. In St. Mary’s and Calvert counties Baptist churches are the designated collection centers collecting boxes throughout the week. Lexington Park Baptist Church will be collecting shoeboxes today through Monday in the afternoon and early evening. Monday they will be collecting last minute donations from 8 to 10 a.m. before transporting them to a processing center in Waldorf. Additional collection sites can be found on

Library Items Libraries to be closed All three libraries will be closing at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 21, and be closed on Thanksgiving Day. Libraries are collection sites All three libraries are collection sites for Toys for Tots and Southern Maryland Food Bank. Toys should be new and should not be gift-wrapped. The libraries are also accepting donations of hats, mittens, and scarves through January 4 for their Trees of Warmth. The items should be new or gently used. These donations will be given to local organizations to give to those in need and possibly some will be sent to the victims of Sandy. Programs planned for children A dance party will be held at Lexington Park branch on Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. for children to come and dance to their favorite storytime songs. Children aged 7 and older can register for the Hungry for Science program being offered at Leonardtown library on Nov. 23 at 2:30 p.m. They will learn about digestion, measure fat and sugar content of their favorite foods, and experiment with food safety. Class to cover filling out online application Leonardtown library will offer a short, one-hour class for job seekers who need help filling out and submitting an online application on Nov. 20 at 2:30 p.m. No registration is required.

Photos By Alex Panos Volunteers with packed boxes ready to be processed in Waldorf. Smith says the room will be filled with boxes by Monday.

Workshops focus on eReaders and tablets Anyone interested in buying an eReader or tablet will discover the pros and cons of the various devices, get their questions answered, and try out the library’s eReaders and tablets at Leonardtown branch on Nov. 19 at 5:30 p.m. or at Charlotte Hall branch on Dec. 7 at 2:30 p.m. Registration is required. Several one-hour mini sessions are planned at Leonardtown branch that do not require registration. On Nov. 24 at 3:30 p.m. customers can try out the various eReaders and get their questions answered about eReaders. Those who have an iPad can attend a session on Dec. 4 at 10 a.m. to find out how to check out books using an iPad. Those who own a Kindle Fire can attend a session focusing on that device on Dec. 6 at 1 p.m.

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Air Museum Hosts First ‘Meet the Airplane’ Event

Thursday, November 15, 2012


President Declares November Military Family Month

The Patuxent River Naval Air Museum is hosting its first in a series of bimonthly “Meet the Airplane” Dec. 8 from 12 to 3 p.m. The first focus airplane is the E-2 – the one with the huge “saucer” on the top. The museum will have active duty military personnel on hand to answer questions and will host an indoor activity to demonstrate the basic concept of “How Radar Works” and what it’s used for. Children of all ages will find the activity fun and educational. Days Off Catering sponsors the food and the local band GeeZer provides the music. Join the exclusive FOD Club; find FOD (Foreign Objects that Damage aircraft) in and around the museum; get a FOD Club Card stamped for additional savings at the Flightline gift shop. The St Mary’s County Amateur Radio Association will be on hand communicating via ham radio. The association is the oldest amateur radio organization in southern Maryland, established in 1956. A 50/50 will be held for a lucky winner for the day. Another “Meet the Airplane” winner of the Raffle receives a re-marked Hank Caruso Aerocature print. Additional Aerocature prints will be available at the museum gift store with Hank Caruso on-site autographing prints. The museum gift shop has the largest collection of aviation themed merchandise in the southern Maryland area. For any additional information or specific questions about the event, contact the museum at 301-862-1900.

Admiral to Share Vision for NAVAIR The Patuxent Partnership announced that on Thursday, Nov. 29, Vice Admiral David A. Dunaway will discuss his vision for Naval Air Systems Command at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center. The public is cordially invited to attend. “I’m pleased to share my Commander’s Intent with the Patuxent Partnership audience,” said Vice Admiral Dunaway. “I recognize that it is very important for both industry and the public to understand NAVAIR’s strategic direction and command focus areas.” Bonnie Green, the executive director for the partnership, said “Vice Admiral Dunaway has returned to Pax River several times to lead various Navy programs and commands. He knows the community well and he knows how we all work together. We welcome his return, and appreciate his time with us. We look forward to a valuable presentation.” Vice Admiral Dunaway assumed command of NAVAIR in September. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He also holds a Master of Science in Aviation Systems Management from the University of Tennessee, and a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the

"In our military families, we see the best our country has to offer. They demonstrate the virtues that have made America great for more than two centuries and the values that will preserve our greatness for centuries to come," President Barack Obama said in his proclamation declaring the month of November as Military Family Month.

Navy Photo of the Day Vice Admiral David A. Dunaway will share his vision for NAVAIR at the end of the month.

Naval Postgraduate School. His full biography can be viewed online at The Patuxent Partnership website. The Southern Maryland Higher Education Center is located at 44219 Airport Road, California, Md. Coffee and check-in will begin at 7:30 a.m., the program will run from 8 to 9:30 a.m. This is a no-cost program, and advance registration is recommended to guarantee your seat. The Patuxent Partnership works with government, industry and academia on initiatives in science and technology, hosts programs of interest to NAVAIR and the broader DoD community, and supports workforce development including education initiatives and professional development. Visit or call 301-866-1739.

Flight Deck personnel conduct night operations with MV-22 Osprey aircraft aboard the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). Boxer is currently conducting operations off the coast of California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Oscar Espinoza/RELEASED


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Sotterley Reopens ‘Adopt-A-Tree’ Program Restoration efforts have been ongoing for over a year since Hurricane Irene, and Sotterley Plantation is ready to begin the

next phase of growth through the Adopt - A - Tree Program. Initially, donations are being accepted to cover the costs of 16 trees

that will be located within the historic core, but additional plantings are planned for all over the site. Individuals or organizations may choose to either adopt an entire tree, or they can simply make a donation of any size to the tree fund. With the support of the generous community, the hope of Historic Sotterley, Inc. is to rejuvenate the landscape with new plantings to be enjoyed by all for generations to come. “Donations can be made for a variety of reasons - in memorial for a loved one, to celebrate a special occasion or event such as a wedding, anniversary or birthday, or simply because you would love to see Sotterley’s landscape restored,” stated Nancy Easterling, Sotterley Executive Director. During last year’s hurricane over 170 trees were downed, some dangerously close to the 1703 Plantation House, the original 1830’s Slave Cabin, and other outbuildings. As a precautionary measure, the Sotterley Landscape Committee opted for the removal of the remaining two trees looming over the rooftop of the Plantation House.

All donations will be entered into a special journal which will become a permanent part of Sotterley’s Archives. Donations can be made out to Historic Sotterley, Inc., and please note “Adopt a Tree Fund” in the check’s memo line. To donate by credit card or to learn more about the planting plan details, we welcome calls to 301-373-2280 during regular business hours.


Special Olympics Athletes Compete In Kayaking State Finals After a season of training at Greenwell State Park, 11 Special Olympics athletes competed in kayaking events in Sykesville, Md. on Oct. 6. Patuxent River Medical Clinic volunteers Erica Toussant, Christopher Johnson and Nina Merrill assisted the group at practices. New volunteers Paul Thurman and Kayla Woolridge and returning coaches Cheryl Carson, TJ Parkes, Zach Weaver and Mark Fondren coached the athletes. Coach Carson described the finals as “great competition in a beautiful venue and everyone had a lot of fun!” Athlete Kyle Russell summed up the experience as “really exciting and all the other athletes were very friendly.” With the exception of Kyle Russell’s gold medal performance in the top division of the 500-meter race and Rebecca Elwell’s silver medal 500-meter race, windy weather limited the competition to 100-meter races. New athlete Kennedy McReynolds and returning kayaker Isaac Weiser won gold medals in their races. The duo of athlete Brady Carrigan and partner Brian Hartz won gold in their unified race. Receiving silver medals were Joshua Fondren, Michelle Johnson, Karla Kless and Jeremy Degler. Visually impaired athlete April Mielcarek came home with a gold medal, racing solo in a traditional kayak with a “shadow” kayak next to her while giving instructions to stay on course. A special thanks to Greenwell Park for the use of their facilities

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Thursday, Nov. 15 • Craft and Vendor Night Hollywood Elementary School (44345 Joy Chapel Road, Hollywood) – 6-8 p.m. Vendors will showcase holiday crafts and gifts including jewelry, accessories, food, home décor, and much more. This is your opportunity to do your shopping for all your holiday gifts in one place. • Twain Lecture Series St. Mary’s College of Maryland (18952 E. Fisher Road, St. Mary’s City) – 8 p.m. The Twain Lecture Series of St. Mary’s College of Maryland presents “Music & Truth,” a musical performance by Nashville songwriter John Reynolds and traditional/roots musician Gary Kirkland. Professor Ben Click, director of the Twain Lecture Series, will also provide commentary from the works of Mark Twain during the event. The event is co-sponsored by the American Roots Concert Series and is free and open to the public. For more information, visit • State of the St. Mary’s County Public Schools Luncheon Olde Breton Inn (21890 Society Hill Rd., Leonardtown) – 11:30 a.m. Dr. Michael J. Martirano, Superintendent of St. Mary’s County Public Schools, will be reporting on the issues that are most relevant to the business community during the State of the St. Mary’s County Public Schools Luncheon. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., and lunch will be served at 12 p.m. Cost: $25 per person, prepaid reservation required. • Grocery Auction to benefit Mother Catherine Spalding School Mother Catherine Spalding (38833 Chaptico Road, Mechanicsville) – 5:30 p.m. Ronnie Farrell is the auctioneer. Items to be auctioned typically include candies, snacks, sodas, frozen meats, frozen vegetables, frozen pizza, canned goods, dry goods, dairy products and cleaning supplies. Items will be offered and available in small lots and/or large lots. There will be some great deals. We suggest bringing your cooler for any frozen items purchased. Payment can be made by cash or check. For more information, call 301-884-3165. • Happy Holly-Days Craft/Vendor night Hollywood Elementary School (44345 Joy Chapel Road, Hollywood) – 6-8 p.m. Vendors will showcase holiday crafts and gifts including jewelry, accessories, food, home décor, and much more. This is your opportunity to do your shopping for all your holiday gifts in one place.

Friday, Nov. 16 • Sea Squirts Calvert Marine Museum (14200 Solo-

mons Island Road South, Solomons) – 10:30-11 a.m. Grow Up Great with special guest Jennifer Anderson. Jennifer gets the children to sing, clap, and dance about fish in this special program sponsored by PNC Bank. Free drop-in program for toddlers 18 months to three-years-old and their caregivers. Due to overwhelming demand, we are limiting participation in each session to 40 people, first come, first served.

Saturday, Nov. 17 • Comparative Gallery Talk Calvert Marine Museum (14200 Solomons Island Road South, Solomons) and Annmarie Garden (13480 Dowell Road, Solomons) –1:30 – 4 pm Pete Lesher, Curator of Exhibits at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, will present a comparative gallery talk regarding Watermen of the Chesapeake, at both the Calvert Marine Museum and Annmarie Garden. Leshner will begin his presentation at the Calvert Marine Museum, discussing the Endangered Species: Chesapeake Watermen photography exhibit, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The discussion will resume at Annmarie Garden at 3 to 4 p.m. on Marc Castelli: The Art of the Waterman exhibit. Please call Annmarie Garden to register, 410-3264640; $10 fee. Light refreshments will be served. For more information visit: • St. John’s Christmas Bazaar The St. John’s School Christmas Bazaar Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, November 17th from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. We will be featuring new and returning crafters/vendors, refreshments, homemade baked goods, and gift raffle! Come get a start on your Christmas shopping while supporting our school! • Indoor Flea Auction St. Mary’s County Fair (2455 Fairgrounds Road, Leonardtown) – 8 a.m.12 p.m. St. Mary’s County Fair Association is having an indoor flea market. 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. • Holiday Bazaar Margaret Brent Middle School (29675 Point Lookout Road Mechanicsville) – 10 a.m.-2 p.m. We will have many vendors and crafters, door prizes, raffles, baked table, crafts for kids, and Santa will be on site between 11 a.m.-1 p.m. for a visit and pictures. Proceeds from the event will go to Relay For Life. 6ft tables are being rented for $20 and 12 ft tables are $25. Participating vendors will donate an item for the raffle table. For more information or to rent a table please email or call 301-672-0891 • 16th Annual Thanksgiving 5K Historic St. Mary’s City – 9 a.m. Pre-registration is $15. The first

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hundred to register receive a long sleeved t-shirt. This event benefits Special Olympics St. Mary’s County. Runners, walkers, and children are invited to participant in a number of events. • Amish Quilt Auction (Grove Farm Lane, Mechanicsville) – 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Bid on quilts and other handstitched items created by the women of the local Amish Community at this traditional auction held on an Amish farm. Directions: Route 5 (Point Lookout Road) to Route 236 (Thompson Corner Road) to Grove Farm Lane in Mechanicsville. Warm up with home-made soup and settle in for the fun. Home-baked breads and pies will also be available. Proceeds support the needs of the Amish Community.

Sunday, Nov. 18 • The Point of Grace Church Park Hall Elementary School (20343 Hermanville Road, Park Hall) – 11:30 a.m. Join us for Sunday Worship at The Point of Grace Church, located in Park Hall Elementary School. Nursery is provided. Contact Pastor Arthur Shepherd at 240-561-3815 for more information. • St. Michael’s Catholic School 2012 Fall Festival St. Michael’s School (16560 Three Notch Road, Ridge) – 12 p.m. The Dinner is catered by Paul Thompson of Thompson’s Seafood and will include “Down County” as well as “Northern County” stuffed ham. The All-You-Can-Eat menu will also include fried oysters, turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, and more. Other activities include the Ladies of Charity Bake Sale, Home Party Sales Vendors, a Craft Room, Homemade Crafts, Raffles, Children’s Craft Room, and Pictures with Santa! The ticket prices for the Dinner are $25 for Adults, $13.50 for children 6 to 12, and free for children 5 and under. Carry-outs are available for $23. All proceeds go to support St. Michael’s School. For tickets or more information, please contact Karen Byrne at 301-8720683, Michele Slade at 301-872-9405, or St. Michaels School at 301-872-5454.

Monday, Nov. 19 • Relay For Life Forrest Technology Center (24005 Point Lookout Road, Leonardtown) – 6-8 p.m. Join us for a Fun information night! come out and learn all about Relay For Life of St. Mary’s County 2013 and meet the 2013 Committee. We will have information tables set up and even an opportunity for participants and teams to sign up on site. This event is for everyone including currently registered participants, new participants and anyone who wants to learn more about Relay For Life and our fight against cancer. Refreshments will be served. For more information about our event visit www.


Tuesday, Nov. 20 • Public Review of Legislative Proposals Chesapeake Building (41770 Baldridge Street, Leonardtown) – 6:30 p.m. The Board of County Commissioners and members of the St. Mary’s County Delegation have agreed to hold their joint public meeting to review legislative proposals. Commissioners are tentatively scheduled to discuss and vote on the legislative proposals at their business meeting on Tuesday, December 4. For more information, please contact George R. Sparling, County Attorney, at 301-475-4200 ext. 1700.

Wednesday, Nov. 21 • Breakfast with the Rays Calvert Marine Museum (14200 Solomons Island Road South, Solomons) – 9 a.m. Everyone loves to watch the cow nose stingrays swimming around - but don’t miss the chance to learn what makes these cousins of sharks so fascinating. Learn about the behavior, types, and amazing migrations of these flattened fish at 9:00 a.m. Go behind the scenes to see the food preparation and holding areas. A continental breakfast will be provided. Children must be at least 5 years old and accompanied by an adult to participate. Space is limited, pre-registration required. Fee is $15 per person, $10 for members and includes museum admission. Call 410-326-2042 ext. 41 to register.

Thursday, Nov. 22 • Zumba Fitness St. Mary’s Sunshine Center (22995 Moakley Street, Leonardtown) – 6 p.m. Zumba is a Latin inspired Aerobic work out that’s fun and energetic. The cost is $7 per class or $25 for a 5-class pass.

Friday, Nov. 23 • Hearth and Home in Early Maryland Nov. 23 and 24 Historic St. Mary’s City (18751 Hogaboom Lane, St. Mary’s City) – 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Getting stuffed! St. Mary’s stuffed ham is examined, tasted, and, yes, stuffed! Explore the colonial table and discover how Maryland’s first settlers celebrated the end of the harvest season. Help churn butter, shuck beans, grind corn and learn about the many tasks required to cook the family feast over a 17th-century hearth. For more information, call 240-895-4991 or 240-895-4967. • Fill the Van 2012 Nov. 23 and 24 Walmart (45485 Miramar Way, California) – 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Kmart (16080 Three Notch Road, California) – 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Dress Barn (45147 First Colony Boule-


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vard) – 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Toys for Tots for St Mary’s County has begun its official toy collection for the 2012 Holiday Season with local events including “Fill the Van 2012” which takes place until For further information on how to sign up to receive toys, as well as information other toy drop-off/collection events/places, go to, choose Maryland, then St Mary’s County and complete the appropriate form.

ment Ladies Auxiliary is hosting their Annual Holiday Craft Bazaar. Start your Christmas shopping as you browse through the variety of crafters and vendors. Bring the kids to get their picture taken with Santa and don’t forget to get your tickets for our beautiful handmade Amish made Quilt. For More information or to reserve a table Contact Peggy at 301-884-4519.

• Unify to Unity – Community Bus Trip to Washington, D.C. Depart from Wildewood Shopping Center – 9 a.m. Come discover the truth about the power of faith in unity that inspired people to unite and overcome two of the greatest challenges of humanity. Lunch provided. For more information, e-mail or call 240-431-2112.

• Zumba Fitness Callaway Baptist Church (20960 Point Lookout Road, Callaway) – 6:30 a.m.-1 p.m. No dance experience required. Zumba is designed for all ages, all background, and all fitness level. No need to pre-register, stop by any time on Mondays. Get a $25 fitness card for six classes. Admission is $5 each class. For more information, call 301-247-1322.

Saturday, Nov. 24 • Thanksgiving Classic Soccer Tournament The Central Maryland Soccer Association is currently accepting team registrations for the 23rd Thanksgiving Classic soccer tournament scheduled for November 24th & 25th at venues in the Dundalk - North Point communities in the Baltimore metropolitan area. The tournament is USSF sanctioned thru Soccer Association for Youth (SAY) and is open to all school; recreation and club USSF affiliated travel teams from throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Single age competition is offered for both boys and girls teams in the age groupings of eight thru 14; with dual age competition for high school U16 and U18 teams. Registration forms are available at the tournament’s web page located at For more information e-mail

Sunday, Nov. 25 • Holiday Craft Bazaar Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department Social Hall (28165 Hills Club Road, Mechanicsville) – 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Mechanicsville Vol. Fire Depart-

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• No Limit Texas Hold ‘Em “Bounty” Tournament St. Mary’s County Elk’s Lodge (45779 Fire Department Lane, Lexington Park) – 7 p.m. Part of our Leaderboard Challenge Fall-Winter Season (Monday sessions) Anyone can join or play at any time (no cost other than your buy-in to each tournament). No need to be part of the points system, you can just play to win. Buy-in is $25 for $3,000 in chips. Blinds start at $25/$50 and progress from there every 20 minutes. For more information, call the lodge at 301-8637800, Linda at 240-925-5697, James at 240-577-0828 or Chuck at 301-904-8747.

Tuesday, Nov. 27 • No Limit Poker Tourney & Cash Game (24930 Old 3 Notch Road, Hollywood) – 7 p.m. $40 No Limit Poker Tournament starts at 7 p.m. $25 to the prize pool and $5 to the charity buys $5,000 in. Cash Game with $1 and $2 blinds starts as soon as players available. Dealers are provided. All food and drink is free. For more information, contact Jim Bucci Sr. at 240-298-9616 or 301-273-6104.

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Wednesday, Nov. 28 • Free Line Dance Lessons Hotel Charles (15100 Burnt Store Road, Hughesville) – 7 p.m. The Boot Scooters of Southern Maryland offer free beginner line dance lessons every Wednesday. Guests may stay and watch, or even participate in, the more advanced practice session that follows the beginner lessons. Anyone interested in obtaining more information about these lessons can contact us through the Boot Scooters of Southern Maryland website at

Thursday, Nov. 29 • Vice Admiral David Dunaway Briefing Maryland Higher Education Center, Building 2, Center Hall (44219 Airport Road, California) – 7:30 a.m. The Patuxent Partnership invites members and the regional community to a briefing by Special Guest Speaker Vice Admiral David Dunaway Commander, Naval Air Systems Command. This is a free program. There is limited seating, so advance registration is required to guarantee your seat. Register at cfm?action=CL2&Entry=1017. • Manufacturer’s Focused Panel Discussion and Match-Up Event Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship (9250 Bendix Road, Franklin Room, Columbia) – 10 a.m. Maryland Procurement and Technical Assistance Program (PTAP) in conjunction with the BASE Business Initiative (BBI) is hosting a special Manufacturer’s focused Panel. This event is unique in that it will combine information on contract opportunities and professional development, for small businesses navigating the Manufacturing sector. The event will start with a panel discussion where experts share insight on the manufacturing industry and business development solutions for manufactures that can help help them increase competitive advantage in an ever changing environment.  Invited panelist in-

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clude Regional Manufacturing Institute, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership In the second half of the program both CECOM and Northrop Grumman Electronics Division will discuss procurement opportunities one-on-one with Match-UP Participants. The 15-minute Match-Up meetings will give manufacturers an opportunity to discuss capabilities and understand procurement needs. Participants include Kenyata L. Wesley, Chief Associate Director for CECOM Office of Small Business Programs; Voltaire Walker, Manager, Socio-Economic Business Programs, Supply Chain Management Northrop Grumman; and FLIR, Desigh Manufacturers. They are looking at companies to fulfill needs as either prime or subcontractors. If you are a manufacturing business with any of the following NAICS codes:  541330, 334220, 334511, 334111, 541712, 334210, 336413, 334290, 333314, or 335312, please come to this event. Seating is limited to 20 companies, so register early.  For event questions contact Kellyann Few at  To register, go to www.

Friday, Nov. 30 • “From This Day Forward” - Sotterley Holiday Candlelight Sotterley Plantation (44300 Sotterley Lane, Hollywood) - Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 6:30-10 p.m. In this living history production set within the 1703 Plantation House, visitors will encounter Sotterley’s past Christmas seasons and the families who lived and worked here. Share love, laughter and sometimes-bittersweet memories at home on the plantation. For the second year, Sotterley Education Director, Jeanne Pirtle has written a script, which audiences are sure to enjoy. Live musical performances from local premiere high school choral groups and complimentary cookies and punch will be available in the historic Barn, prior to the reserved performance time. Advance reservations are required. For more information, visit www.sotterley. org. The cost is $15 per person.

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Band’s Variety Appeals to Multi-Generations By Alex Panos Staff Writer One of the more common names on the Southern Maryland band circuit, GrooveSpan is bringing their own style to popular classic holiday-themed songs this December. Jennifer Cooper, the bands lead vocalist, says the group plans on performing the traditional tunes with upbeat go-go and reggae-style vibes to bring energy and encourage dancing at holiday parties. The band will transform typical Christmas music to “soul music” as well, which drummer Paul Christian says gives songs such as Otis Redding’s “Merry Christmas Baby” a unique feel. “They’re going to be holiday tunes that groove,” Cooper said, prompting Christian to make a light-hearted comment.

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“And Jen will wear a Santa hat.” GrooveSpan contains five members, the “trio” or the “duo” – varying depending on location, availability and customer preference. No matter if it’s the full five person band, or the duo of Cooper and guitarist Carl Reichelt, the lead singer says the band is sure to bring a variety of songs and genres that stretches decades of music. Cooper adds that she often receives compliments regarding the range and quality of the music. It is common for the band to perform private parties where they must appeal to multiple generations at one time because of their ability to appeal to everybody, from teenagers with modern-day hits to 90-year-olds by playing music from the 1920s. “We span the groove of time,” said Cooper, a former professional opera singer. “People say to me ‘you not only cover all of that, but you do it with quality.’ In fact, the concept of spanning the groove of time is where the name “GrooveSpan” came from, Cooper says, although its meaning is interpreted a number of ways. “The name reminds me of grooves in a record,” Christian said. “As a drummer I like staying in the grooves.” He continued, GrooveSpan has the ability to appeal to any setting. They have performed an entire set low enough for people to chat during dinner, and then “crank it up” for a dance party

going deep into the night. They leave room for improvisation throughout the performance. Christian said if someone is particularly “hot” on a given night, they will keep throwing them solos to keep the party going. Ability to touch so many spectrums, Cooper and Christian agreed, is due to each member’s extensive musical background. Reichelt was a main member of the Southern Maryland band “Round Midnite” for years and Alex Dean on electricviolin produces sounds he has acquired over four Jennifer Cooper, left, and Paul Christian will bring plenty of holiday decades. cheer with their band mates in GrooveSpan this month. Frank Smith had been handling the duties on bass, until the rhythm during each performance – a he recently decided to form his own trio task commonly handled by the drummer and bassist. “Straight Shot.” “It’s a challenge and an opportunity,” The bands newest bass performer, he said. “The more I can get used to playBill Hones, will be taking over for Smith in January. Cooper says she is excited to ing with different musicians, the more I can be working with someone with so much improve.” GrooveSpan Trio – vocalist, guitars experience – Hones served as the Principal and violin – recently recorded their first Bassist of the US Air Force’s orchestra for studio album, “Your Way with Me,” featurover 26 years. Until then, Dan Dawson will be sub- ing covers of jazz songs. Cooper says the CD is available durbing as the bassist – and will become altering their performances or by directly connate bass player after that. “We’re kind of lucky to go from a re- tacting The next time to catch GrooveSpan ally good bass player, to two really good live is next Thursday at The Ruddy Duck bass players,” Christian said. Christian is looking forward to work- in Dowell at 8 p.m. ing with a new set of ears to help him set

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Thursday, Nov. 15 Live Music: “Dave Norris” DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 6 p.m. Live Music: “No Green Jelly Beenz” Olde Town Pub (22785 Washington Street, Leonardtown) – 8 p.m. Live Music: “Mixed Business” Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 16 Live Music: “R&R Train” The Blue Dog Saloon (7940 Port Tobacco Road, Port Tobacco) – 9 p.m. Live Music: “Wolf’s Blues Jam” Fat Boys Country Store (41566 Medleys Neck Road, Leonardtown) – 8 p.m. Live Music: “Friends” Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 8 p.m. Live Music: “Bar Dogs” Chief’s Bar (44584 Tall Timbers Road, Tall Timbers) – 8 p.m. Live Music: “Rick Olivarez, John Previti and Jim Stephanson” The Westlawn Inn (9200 Chesapeake Avenue, North Beach) – 7:30 p.m. Live Music: “Tony Lapera” Running Hare Vineyard (150 Adelina Road, Prince Frederick) – 6 p.m. Live Music: “Dave Norris” DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 6 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 17

Live Music: “DJ Brittney” Blue Dog Saloon (7940 Port Tobacco Road, Port Tobacco) – 9 p.m. Live Music: “Mike Bulter” Running Hare Vineyard (150 Adelina Road, Prince Frederick) – 12 p.m. Live Music: “Bar Dogs” Breton Bay Golf and Country Club (21935 Society Hill Road, Leonardtown) – 7 p.m. Live Music: “Pet The Monster” Heavy Hitters Bar and Grill (30125 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall) – 9 p.m. Live Music: “Jim Ritter and the Creole Gumbo Jazz Band” The Westlawn Inn (9200 Chesapeake Avenue, North Beach) – 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 18 Live Music: “Gerry Swarbrick” Running Hare Vineyard (150 Adelina Road, Prince Frederick) – 1 p.m. St. Michael’s Catholic School 2012 Fall Festival St. Michael’s School (16560 Three Notch Road, Ridge) – 12 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 19 Zumba Fitness Callaway Baptist Church (20960 Point Lookout Road, Callaway) – 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 20 Live Music: “Straight Shot” Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 7 p.m.

Live Music: “JukeBox Thieves” Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) – 9:30 p.m.

Live Music: “Fair Warning” DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 5 p.m.

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

No Limit Poker Tourney and Cash Game Counseling Service of Hollywood (24930 Old Three Notch Road, Hollywood) – 7 p.m.

Live Music: “Latrice Carr and the Muzican’s Den” Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 8 p.m. Live Music: “Legend” Cryer’s Back Road Inn (22094 Newtowne Neck Road, Leonardtown) – 9 p.m. Live Music: “Bad with Names” Port Tobacco Marina (7610 Shirley Blvd., Port Tobacco) – 9:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 21 Live Music: “Mason Sebastian” DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 5 p.m. Free Beginner Line Dance Lessons Hotel Charles (15110 Burnt Store Road, Hughesville) – 7 p.m.

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St. Mary’s Department of Aging Programs and Activities Watercolor Christmas Cards In this class at the Garvey Senior Activity Center on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 1 p.m., participants will make beautiful Christmas cards using watercolor painting techniques. All supplies are provided. Cost is $5 per person. To sign up, call 301-475-4200, ext. 1050. Christmas Angel Ornament At the Garvey Senior Activity Center on Friday, Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. seniors are invited to make angel ornaments using crochet cotton thread. Crocheting is not required. Learn how to make these ornaments and make them for gifts for family and friends. Cost is $3 per person. To sign up, call 301-475-4200, ext. 1050. Welcome To Medicare Seminar!

Do you have questions about Medicare Part A, B, C or D? If so, join us at the Northern Senior Activity Center in Charlotte Hall on Friday, Nov. 16 at 1 p.m. This seminar is great for people new to Medicare or about to become eligible. To register call 301-4754200, ext. 1050. Sheriff Cameron Set to Meet With the Seniors

On Thursday, Nov. 29, at 11 a.m., Sheriff Tim K. Cameron will visit with area seniors at the Northern Senior Activity Center. The event is for attendees to hear about activities in the area and learn how the Sheriff’s office is making safety a priority for the community. The session begins at 11 a.m. followed by lunch at noon. To register for the event, call 301-475-4002, ext. 1001 by noon on Nov. 28. The lunch menu includes: chicken cordon bleu, mashed potatoes, green bean almondine and blueberry pie. The cost for lunch is $5.50 for those under 60 and by donation for those over 60 years old.

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On Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 10:45 a.m., the “Senior Matters” discussion group will meet at the Northern Senior Activity Center. This group meets every 1st and 3rd Tuesday at 10:45 a.m. Structured like a small study or focus group, participants explore issues and concerns related to aging in a small group setting. Elizabeth Holdsworth, LCSW-C, will facilitate a discussion about seniors and nutrition. Please contact the center for more information at 301-475-4002, ext. 1001. Hand Crafted Items for Sale at Loffler Holiday Bazaar

The arts and crafts programs at Loffler Senior Activity Center will offer beautiful, handmade treasures at very reasonable prices at their holiday bazaar on Thursday, Nov. 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This one-day event is open to the public. Take advantage of this great opportunity to get some holiday shopping done. Proceeds from the sale will go to the arts and crafts council, which supports programs at Loffler Senior Activity Center. For more information call 301-737-5670, ext. 1658. Introduction to Facebook

In this class at the Garvey Senior Activity Center on Mondays, Nov. 26 – Dec. 10 from 11 a.m. to Noon, you’ll learn what Facebook is about. Learn how to set up your own Facebook account. Use Facebook to find friends and connect and share with the people in your life. Pre-requisite: This class is designed for the person with basic computer experience and new to Facebook. Participants are asked to bring a photo of themselves saved in digital format. Cost: $10. Space is limited so register early with the Garvey Senior Activity Center Receptionist. Payment is due at the time of reservation. Call 301-475-4200, ext. 1062 for more information.

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Play bingo and win Maryland Lottery Scratch Off Tickets at the Garvey Senior Activity Center on Wednesday, Nov. 28 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Cost to play is $1 per bingo card for up to three cards. Make reservations for this special bingo by calling 301-475-4200, ext. 1050. Maybe you will win big in time for the holidays.

New Arts & Crafts Class Started at Loffler Senior Activity Center

Form-a-Line is a unique method of card embroidery that makes stunning greeting cards and gifts. A design is punctured onto card stock then embellished with embroidery floss. Each week a new design will be featured. For your first class, bring $4 to cover supply costs and a small pair of scissors for snipping thread. This class meets on Mondays at 1 p.m. For more information, call 301-737-5670, ext. 1658.

Northern One-Stop Holiday Shoppe The Northern Senior Activity Center in Charlotte Hall can make your holiday shopping easy with an assortment of lovely and useful gifts that can be wrapped at a courtesy wrap station (we provide all the supplies.) All porcelain, ceramics and pottery is fired in-house and crafted with pride by programs within the Northern Village Arts Studio. Choose from porcelain lattice edged plates, ornaments, Tea Sets for one, three piece tea sets, nightlight covers, religious pieces and seasonal ceramics. Functional pottery is available as pitchers, pots and bowls with a more rustic touch. Our beaded treasures sparkle with nightlights and snowflake ornaments perfect for the tree or as window dressings. These are just some of the unique gifts available if you need something different and are buying on a budget. More formal gifts/sets may be able to be customized with advance notice. Come visit the Center or call with any questions, 301-475-4002 ext. 1001.

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By Shelby Oppermann Contributing Writer Okay it’s happening again. Thanksgiving has flown in fast without anyone realizing what is going on or how it got here so quickly – at least for me. I realized this last night, when we came home to find a panicked message from my niece Doria in Warrenton asking if I was bringing the turkey with “Grandma’s stuffing”, the pot cheese and noodles, cheese biscuits, and apple pie. And she added as an afterthought that she wanted us too, not just my cooking. I suppose I could just Fed-ex out the food and no one would notice I was missing. If you go in most any store you would think Christmas is the next holiday and not Thanksgiving. How many times do you hear this line when you walk in a store, “They have their Christmas decorations out already?” I have heard it a few times. I have said it a few times. I’m in retail, and this is something I struggle with every year; when to start decorating for Christmas. Does it really make a difference? I found lots of debate on this topic on the Internet. Many retailers say they have heard from their customers that it is annoying. Some customers feel extra pressure, and begin to feel overwhelmed. I think everyone gets a little overwhelmed at Christmas time now. And according to Gene Detroyer a retail consultant on RetailWire, “Consumers continue to purchase later and later in the season. So why should retailers start earlier and earlier? There is little or no risk from a revenue point of view to start later. The later the retailer starts, the better the bottom line (profit).” The other side is that constant reminders of holiday sales and Christmas stick in the consumer’s mind and help the impression that there is so little time - you better get started now. Nordstrom is one of the big department stores choosing to wait until Black Friday to start their Christmas decorating and selling season. I like the ad I’ve seen on facebook and on-line from Nordstrom: “We won’t be decking our halls until Friday November 27th. Why? Well we just like the idea of celebrating one holiday at a time.” Since Nordstrom is a huge store, they can probably take this line of thought easier than a small business owner I suspect. But I believe every business knows their clientele and should start decorating when they see fit. But I will never be a fan of opening on Thanksgiving Day. What really worries me is that now even Thanksgiving Day is not a quiet, sacred sort of day. As you have most likely heard, Wal-Mart and Sears have decided to open the Christmas selling season on Thanksgiving night at 8 p.m. Some of the other big stores like Target, Kohl’s, and Macys, I believe are opening Thanksgiving night/morning at midnight again this year. I know there are people who thrive on the hustle and bustle of Black Friday, my husband being one of them. I still have never shopped on Black Friday, mainly because my shop is usually open. But I don’t think our smaller shops ever get the Black Friday crowds. As for myself, I am a deadline shopper. My husband and I don’t really start shopping for presents until the week before. That’s when it really hits me that it is Christmas time. I like to write out my list of names, and really try to think of what my family and friend’s interests are. Then I forget the list and but something in a frenzy. No, I do try to think it out. I know friends who say they go to the stores and wait for inspiration to strike. That theory has its advantages because you might find something perfect for someone you didn’t know existed. My husband actually has two Christmas presents purchased from last weekend that we found while heading back from the Northern Neck of Virginia. They will be perfect for the two recipients. So I will debate back and forth about decorations for another week or so, and by that time it will be the day after Thanksgiving anyway…yes! Decision made. To each new day’s adventure, Shelby Please send your comments or ideas to: shelbys.wanderings@

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The Clement Wathen Family, Part I By Linda Reno Contributing Writer Clement Wathen (1800-1843), son of James Hanson Wathen and his wife, Mary Ann Lowe married Mary Ann Spalding (ca1805-1839), daughter of Thomas Spalding, Jr. and Rebecca Yates on April 17, 1826. Clement Wathen, Jr., the eldest of the three children of Clement Wathen and Mary Ann Spalding, was born in1827. In 1847 he enlisted in the U.S. Army to fight in the War with Mexico. At that time he was described as being 6’ 1” with gray eyes, brown hair, and a florid complexion. He was discharged in 1848 at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri. On April 3, 1850 he married Maria S. “Missouri” Morgan, daughter of John Llewellen and Elizabeth (Morgan) Morgan. In 1852 Clement filed suit in Equity Court to take control of the estate of his sister Mary Amanda (1829-1858) whom he described as “a lunatic since birth, in a state of mental imbecility, and has epileptic seizures.” Between 1853 and 1860, Clement and Missouri had three children, Mary Estelle (1853-1894), Florence M., (1857-1878) and Felix Eugene (1860-1905). In 1859 St. Mary’s County began preparing itself for war. In Leonardtown, Clement became one of the original members of “Riley’s Rifles” and may have been one of those to suggest the name. During the War with Mexico there was a group of the same name formed under Brigadier General Bennet Riley (born in St. Mary’s County—Ft. Riley, Kansas

is named for him). Then in early 1861, Clement accompanied Joseph Forrest to the west. The purpose of this trip isn’t specifically known, but they could have been planning to move their families out of harm’s way from a war they knew was inevitable. Joseph Forrest later did so. “Returned Home. Joseph Forrest, Esq., who has been on a visit to the South and South West during the past month, returned to the county last week, and is, we are happy to state, in excellent health. Mr. Forrest expresses himself highly gratified with his visit and speaks in the most flattering terms of the country which he visited. Clement Wathen, Esq., who accompanied him, is at present in Mississippi, and is not expected to return until the Fall. The “sergeant” has the good wishes of every body who know him in the county and particularly of the members of the “Rifles,” to all of whom he has endeared himself by his amiable manners and gentlemanly deportment.” (St. Mary’s Beacon, April 4, 1861). Clement Wathen didn’t return in the fall. Instead, on August 1, 1861, he enlisted as a private in the First Mississippi Cavalry aka Mississippi Mounted Volunteers, Wirt Adams’ Regiment (CSA). His enlistment and other military papers gave his name erroneously as Clem Watham or Wathem. In 1862, as C. Wathen, he asked to the transferred to the Maryland Line and his request was approved, but it was not to be. It is noted in the record that he “died at Camp Rucks in Deer Creek, Mississippi on November 25, 1862.” It was almost four agonizing years before Clement’s family discovered his fate.

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By Terri Schlichenmeyer Contributing Writer You’ll always wonder about the truth. But since you’re not a high-ranking government official, not privy to political goings-on or world affairs, and you don’t have a time machine, you’ll always wonder what really happened in battle, old or new. What was on Harry Truman’s mind, for instance, at the end of World War II? How did General Hooker truly feel as he rode into Chancellorsville? Sometimes, it helps to know that you’ll never know. As you’ll see in the new book “Custer” by Larry McMurtry, the truth often dies with leaders of war. In 1876, about 40 million people lived in the United States. America was a growing nation and nobody was more dismayed about it than its Natives. Indians then were “periodically paraded through Washington or New York” in order to impress upon them the “futility of… resistance.” But resistance there was. In the 1860s and 1870s, Indians organized uprisings, killed white immigrants “in messy ways,” and fought against takeover of their land. There was a “Peace Policy” that was widely jeered, and 350 treaties were broken. Into this mix, the Army sent Custer. George Armstrong Custer, who was a favorite of General Philip Henry Sheridan, had graduated from West Point 34th out of 34 and directly entered the Civil War. Ulysses Grant reportedly didn’t like Custer much but Custer’s cavalry skills made him a hero during the war. War was “sport” for Custer. It gave him ambition, a career, and undeniable arrogance. McMurtry

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says Custer also lacked empathy, although he loved his family and animals. As for his men, he was less sentimental: deserters – and there were many – were hunted down and shot. His troops, it’s been said, hated him. On June 25, 1876, Custer, ignoring counsel and command, ordered his men to the mouth of the Little Bighorn River. It was midday and troops were “very tired” from miles of marching, but he divided them into three groups and attacked. McMurtry says Custer expected to fight a few hundred Natives. There were ten thousand Indians there… Several times throughout his book, author Larry McMurtry says that he never intended it to be a definitive volume on the life of Custer. This isn’t, therefore, a deep look into the history of G.A. Custer, Little Bighorn, or Native American relations. But I loved it anyhow. Part of the appeal of “Custer” is McMurtry himself. Fans of this author will appreciate his almost waggish treatment of Custer and the stories that surround him and his career, and they’ll like the concise, distinct McMurtry-style overview of it all. What I liked most, though, are the illustrations. McMurtry pulled together artwork by Western artists, maps, and authentic photographs from the Civil War through the late 1880s. The latter, especially, are striking, strangely affecting and are reason alone to own this book. Yep, it’s a keeper. I believe, in fact, that if you’re into Custerology or if you’re a history buff, there’s one word to remember when asked what you want this gift-giving season: “Custer.” Because it’s truly impressive.

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The Spark Plugs of Body Function By Debra Meszaros CSN Ever wonder what makes you blink your eyes, breathe, think, or move? What about all the functions of the body that happen without us even thinking about them? Metabolic enzymes are the driving force behind thousands of body functions. They are the spark plugs of life itself, without them the human body would die in just a few days. So how can we support this important element of life? Since the pancreas is the primary organ producing and releasing metabolic enzymes into the body, alleviating stress that is placed on the pancreas is one place to start. Theoretically, since sugar places stress on this organ, keeping sugar intake as low as possible should leave the pancreas in a less stressful state. Both the liver and pancreas carry our eighty percent of the metabolic demands of the human body. Both also play a role in sugar metabolism. The liver has more than five hundred functions to do within every day. If your blood sugar levels are being spiked throughout the day, the liver must stop one or more of the five hundred important functions to deal with sugar levels. Dr Edward Howell, enzyme expert, also theorizes that humans are actually born with a limited supply of metabolic enzymes, and we must replenish this supply to stay healthy. Key one – reduce sugar. There are also other situations that affect our meta-

bolic “spark plugs”, one is aging. Yes, the aging process is actually a lack of enzymes. Once one reaches the age of twenty, our bodies begin to head towards metabolic enzyme deficiency, because we produce less and less each year thereafter. A few indications of enzyme deficiency are wrinkles, bone loss, and other aging issues. These “spark plugs” are the catalysts that place phosphorous into bone, attach iron to red blood cells, allow your heart to beat, and carry out the absorption of oxygen. They play a vital role in cell regeneration, repair, wound healing, and protecting your DNA. They flush toxins from the body, synchronize the function of every organ, and produce energy. The more physical stress placed on the body, the more the body needs enzymes. Exercise seriously increases the body’s needs as your heart beats faster, you need more oxygen, and the neurons that carry out your movements all rely on your “spark plugs”. Key two – replenish your enzymes. Supporting the replenishing of metabolic enzymes is a relatively easy task. There are two options to explore, dietary intake, and supplementation. On the dietary side, sprouts, sprouted seeds, sprouted grains, sprouted nuts, and true raw foods are ways to accomplish this. A true raw food is one not heated above 115 degrees. Fresh, raw vegetables and fruits can also be added to the diet. Some experts believe that our diets should be more than 50 percent raw to accomplish metabolic enzyme balances that are sufficient to our body’s demands. On the supplementation side, there are products on the market that aid the body in its demands. In researching metabolic enzyme supplementation you will find that there are even formulas with specific targets, like repair, detoxification, and organ support. Consulting a doctor, pharma-

Healthy Holiday Recipe Re-do Contest Cooking healthier doesn't mean you have to sacrifice your favorite indulgent holiday recipes. In fact, with a few simple cooking tricks and smart ingredient substitutions, you can transform many dishes from tastes-great to tastes-great-and-good-for-you. Let your new, creative recipe makeover skills shine and you could win The Fit & Healthy St. Mary’s Coalition Holiday Recipe Re-do contest. The coalition invites everyone to trim down a favorite holiday recipe. “This contest fits in perfectly with our community focus on wellness,” said Jaclyn Shaw, Health Connections operations specialist and contest coordinator for the coalition. “It demonstrates how just a few simple changes can make a smart difference with no loss in taste.” The Fit & Healthy St. Mary’s Coalition will announce the winner in mid-December. The winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to Good Earth Natural Foods and a Fit & Healthy gift basket.

Contest Rules • Select your favorite holiday recipe; make changes that create a healthier version of the original recipe. You must submit both the original recipe and the new version for review. • While your version of the recipe should resemble the original in taste and look, it needs to contain less fat and fewer calories per serving and be made from wholesome ingredients. • Feel free to incorporate new ingredients (such as different veggies, meats or dairy products), eliminate ingredients and zip it up with fresh spices or seasoning. • Submit recipes to Jaclyn_ and put Recipe Contest as the subject. Or, you can mail your entry to: Recipe Contest, Attn: Jaclyn Shaw, Health Connections, MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital, Box 527, 25500 Point Lookout Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Be sure that your name and your contact information (phone numbers, email, etc.) are included with your entry. Contest ends Dec. 15. For more information go to or call Jaclyn at 301-475-6019.

cist, or holistic practitioner, knowledgeable in enzymes, is always suggested before taking supplements for the purpose of enzyme replacement. Maybe these “spark plugs” are your key to a youthful balance? ©2012 Debra Meszaros All rights reserved; no duplication without permission. DISCLAIMER: When you read through the diet and lifestyle information, you must know that everything within it is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. I am making no attempt to prescribe any medical treatment. You should not use the information here for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem or for prescription of any medication or other treatment. The products and the claims made about specific products have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. You should consult with a healthcare professional before starting any diet, exercise or supplementation program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem. Confirm the safety of any supplements with your M.D., N.D. or pharmacist (healthcare professional). Some information given is solely an opinion, thought and or conclusion based on experiences, trials, tests, assessments or other available sources of information. I do not make any guarantees or promises with regard to results. I may discuss substances that have not been subject to double blind clinical studies or FDA approval or regulation. You assume the responsibility for the decision to take any natural remedy. You and only you are responsible if you choose to do anything with the information you have read. You do so at your own risk. Use your intelligence to make the decisions that are right for you. Consulting a naturopathic doctor is strongly advised especially if you have any existing disease or condition.

How To Keep Healthcare Costs Manageable The cost of living is on the rise. Gas, groceries and even healthcare continue to become more expensive. Healthcare, in particular, has become a burden to many people. The rising costs of medical care and prescriptions is making it difficult for many people to afford adequate healthcare. It's hard not to be impacted by the cost of healthcare, which is on the rise for a variety of reasons: * reduced contributions from employers into employee healthcare plans; * increased incidences of medical malpractice suits, which drive up doctors' insurance costs; * greater involvement by patients in their healthcare choices, with more requests for in-depth testing; * an aging population requiring more medical care, and * increased innovations in medical technology. These factors have made it challenging for many people to keep healthcare costs manageable. Yet, there are ways to keep healthcare expenses affordable. * Compare plans. Figure out which plan offers the biggest bang for your buck. Although one person in the relationship may be the proverbial "breadwinner," that doesn't mean his or her health insurance plan is the best option available. Compare your options and choose the best plan for you and your family. If neither is sufficient, decide if purchasing your own insurance with a union affiliation or through a different method would be better.

* Live a healthier lifestyle. A sick individual will have to pay more for healthcare. Eat the right foods and maintain a healthy weight. Do not smoke or drink alcohol to excess. Be sure to include exercise in your daily activities. * Check for discounts. Some health plans offer rebates to policy holders who exercise regularly. Each plan is different, but check your policy for the details. * Review the explanation of benefits. Explanation of benefits, or EOBs, are statements provided by your health insurance provider. Make sure they are accurate and void of discrepancies. Report any errors to the insurance company, even if it means singling out a physician who may not be operating truthfully. * Participate in incentive programs. Some insurance providers will offer incentives, such as a points program, for taking surveys or taking part in health-related activities. * Use in-network providers.

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Thursday, November 15, 2012


Potomac Speedway Crowns 2012 Track Champions By Doug Watson Contributing Writer The final event of the 2012 Potomac Speedway season took place last Saturday night, as its track champions were honored for their seasonal achievements. Six classes raced weekly at Potomac during the season, with four of those champions garnering their respective first-ever titles at Potomac. On the strength of a three-feature win campaign, Kenny Moreland was crowned late model champion, in his rookie season in the late model division. Kenny joins his father, 2000 Potomac champion George Moreland, as the only father/son duo in track history to win a late model title at Potomac. Moreland, at the controls of his custom race engines/Rocket 24, was equally impressive outside Potomac, as he took single event wins at Hagerstown and Winchester, and made the starting lineup for the world finals in Charlotte. Stevie Long, Dale Hollidge, Daryl Hills and DJ Myers joined Moreland as late model winners during the season. Ben Bowie repeated as limited late model track champion, as he was also the division champion in 2011. Bowie’s title

was his fourth overall at Potomac as he was claimed back-to-back hobby stock crowns in 2002-03. Piloting his selfowned Rocket 17, Bowie scored two wins during the season and out pointed Ryan Hackett, also a two-time Potomac LLM winner, to secure the title. Kyle Lear was the only other multiple winner on the season as he collected two feature wins. Single main event wins went to David Puckett, Derrick Quade, Tommy Wagner Jr. and 2012 Winchester LLM champion Brad Ritter. Kurt Zimmerman became a repeat Potomac track champion in the tracks street stock division. Zimmerman scored two wins during the season, including the highly coveted Southern Maryland Nationals in October. Zimmerman’s first Potomac title came in 2010 and his two-win season upped his career win total to 23, third on the tracks all-time win list. Mike Latham (six), Stephen Quade (three) and Kyle Nelson (two) all were multiple class winners with single wins going to Mike Corbin, Scotty Nelson and Darren Alvey. John Burch became a three-time Potomac titlist in the hobby stock division. Burch scored two titles in 1998-99 and would eventually hold-off the late season rush of eventual runner-up Jonathon

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Raley to preserve the title. Burch was a one-time winner on the season, upping his division-leading feature win total to 47. Brian Adkins and Matt Tarbox tied with four wins apiece with Jimmy Randall (three) and Raley (two) as multiple class winners. Other winners were Rusty Alton and Don Breach. Brian Dobie became the sixth-different modified track champion since 2007 with his first-career Potomac title. Dobie took one win during the season and used consistent finishes to secure the championship. Dan Arnold and Mike Reynolds each took two wins during the season with single event wins going to Chris Arnold and Curtis Barricks. Potomac rookie Kevin Pollard became a first-time Potomac champion with his title run in the u-car division. Pollard scored a division-leading five feature wins to outpoint David Coates in the final point tally. Tom Paddock, Race Alton and David Coates each took two wins with single event wins going to 2011 Potomac champ Justin Bottorf and 2012 Winchester champion Kevin Oates. In the closest title race of the season Nabil Guffey scored one win and held-off Buddy Dunagan by one point to claim his first-ever strictly stock title. Ed Pope Sr., Dunagan, Ed Pope Jr. and Dave Moseley were all two-time winners with Guffey and Ray Bucci each taking one.

After much speculation concerning the classes’ fate during the end of the season, the modified division, was dropped from the Potomac schedule for 2013. Limited late model champion Ben Bowie stated he would not defend his title in 2013. According to Bowie, unless sponsorship can be secured, his operation would be put on hold until funding for a new power plant can be secured. U-car champion Kevin Pollard has aspirations of racing with the late models in 2013, but cites costs of running one of these cars may just keep him in the ucar’s for next season. With his potent 9A sold, street stock champion Kurt Zimmerman has no plans to race next season. However, rumor has it, that Zimmerman may pilot a street stock owned by former hobby stock champion Jimmy Randall, for selected events. The late model drivers were informed the “Three-State Flyers Series” will return to Potomac in 2013, possibly running a Winchester/Potomac combo race with Potomac’s event running on a Saturday night. It was also noted that the ARDC midgets and the URC sprint cars will return for events next season. Both ARDC shows last season were completed, however, the highly anticipated URC event was lost to rain. Dates for these events will be released shortly.

Golf Course Waives Fees: Asks for Food The staff at the Wicomico Shores Golf Course will host the 12th Annual Thanksgiving Day charity golf event on Thursday, Nov. 22. Golf Course staff is donating their time to open the course on Thanksgiving Day and will waive greens and cart fees for patrons who contribute various non-perishable food and household items to charity. This year’s donations will be distributed to the Mt. Zion Church food pantry. The pantry, located in the Laurel Grove area of Mechanicsville, helps citizens in need from all over St. Mary’s County. The facility provides direct aid to individuals and families who face economic hardship and are in need of temporary assistance with food and other household items. Golf course staff hopes to exceed last year’s event total of over 2,000 items collected. Traditionally, most players donate at least one bag of non-perishable groceries that includes canned fruits and vegetables, boxed mixes, soups, canned meats, pasta and noodles. Cash donations are accepted. Patrons are encouraged to reserve tee times one week in advance. Tee times will be for morning hours only. For more information about the event and to reserve tee times for your group, please call the Wicomico Shores Golf Course at (301) 884-4601 or (301) 934-8191.


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Impossible to Pouch Everything

Fur and Feathers By Keith McGuire Contributing Writer Back in the day when I regularly hunted the West Virginia firearms season I met a traditionalist black powder hunter. He dressed in period attire right down to his buckskin jacket and handmade moccasin boots. His gun was an old .50 caliber Hawken that looked like an original from the 1800s, although it was very well maintained. He poured his own lead bullets and carried his black powder in a powder horn. He carried everything he needed to load, shoot and clean the gun in a small pouch that he called his “possibilities pouch,” presumably be-

cause each item in the pouch might possibly be needed in the field. He carried nothing else but a small homemade knife with a deer antler handle. He hunted from the ground, often stalking deer to within range. He was a crack shot and could hit the center of the bottom of a soda can at 100 yards with open sites. As I pack into my tree stand in the woods to hunt deer in firearms season, I often think about that “possibilities pouch.” There’s no way that my extra gloves, hand warmers, haul rope, grunt call, doe-in-rut scent, tree clippers, ammo, compass, range finder, binoculars, field dressing kit, harvest tags, deer drag, coffee thermos, and a tasty snack and drink (to get me through the midmorning munchies) would fit into a small pouch of any kind. I carry a backpack. My jacket pockets are full of all manner of other things that I think I might need (or want)

A View From The

Bleachers By Ronald N. Guy Jr. Contributing Writer

He’s been coaching college or pro football for nearly three decades. His coast-to-coast (and back again) professional tour has included gigs with Southern Cal, the University of Miami, the Cleveland Browns, Boise State University, the Oakland Raiders and the Baltimore Ravens – to name a few. His nomadic resume is one professional football coaches know well. He’s coached exclusively as a defensive assistant along the way; a career path that often opens less head-coaching doors than does experience on the more glamorous offensive side of the ball. Perhaps that explains his glacial ascension through the coaching ranks, despite his consistently stellar performance. Nevertheless (or “finally”), at the end of last season he received the call he’d been pursuing for 30 years. The Indianapolis Colts were on the other end and this time the offer wasn’t for yet another assistant coaching position. The Colts were seeking a head coach and tapped Chuck Pagano for the job. For such

a long-time assistant coach, this opportunity must have felt more like a final destination than yet another brief rest area visit along his career highway. This moment was vindication for other head coaching hires that probably left Pagano scratching his head and justification for his serial job-hopping and U-haul trailers that often occupied his rear-view mirror. This opportunity was a gateway to the pinnacle of his profession; an invitation to join the exclusive fraternity of NFL head coaches. Pagano’s rush period was a long one, but his brotherhood was well earned. I suspect Pagano’s excitement was quickly tempered by the enormity of task at hand. He was inheriting a Colts team that had dissolved into the NFL’s worst and had parted ways with one Peyton Manning. On the bright side, Pagano faced the lowest of expectations and the Colts held the number one pick in the 2012 NFL Draft - a coveted position that assured them of acquiring Andrew Luck, a once-in-a-gen-

while I’m in the woods. I perch myself atop a manufactured ladder stand and shoot a modern shotgun with accuracy that rivals a modern rifle. My gun has a scope with enough magnification that I can distinguish the individual hairs of a buck at 100 yards. I frequently spend time thinking about why I’m not losing weight because of all the stuff that I carry to my tree stand. I dress in the most modern, scent elimination, camouflaged hunting gear and wear the very best insulated underwear that would keep me warm in the arctic. I’ve got wool socks and put toe warmers in my 1000 gram Thinsulate boots. I monitor the weather and worry if the temperature is forecast to be below 50 degrees. I don’t like cold. A buckskin jacket and moccasin boots won’t do. Last weekend was this year’s Junior Deer Hunt. Youngsters under the age of 16 who were accompanied by a licensed adult got first shot at the 2012/2013 deer herd. This is a wonderful opportunity for fathers or

grandfathers to spend time with their youngsters who have an interest in the sport. The hunt this year was scheduled at the peak of the rut, so deer were moving nicely, instead of bedding during daylight hours. I haven’t had the chance to hunt with a youngster for many years. It would have been fun to teach a junior hunter how to pack a “Possibilities Pouch”. The regular deer firearms season opens on Nov. 24. Be sure to take your gun to the range before opening day to make sure that it’s still on target. y deer gun shoots better than I do, but I make sure to check it before opening day every year. If I miss a deer I know that it’s my poor skill and not the gun that caused it. Keith has hunted wild game and waterfowl in Maryland and other states for more than 45 years. When the fishing season wanes, you will find him in the woods until deer season finishes.

Adversity Spawns Inspiration eration quarterback. The Colts, masters of the obvious that they are, selected Luck; but they did little else to revamp a talent-deficient roster. After three games, though, they were already halfway to their 2011 win total (two) and had a noticeably improved vibe. That’s when Pagano, just a few weeks into his first season as a NFL coach, received news that trivialized – and threatened - his recent career accomplishment. Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia and immediately took an indefinite leave of absence from the post he spent his adult life seeking. Pagano’s progress is encouraging. Just a few weeks ago his cancer was reported to be in remission. During his absence he’s remained spiritually, if not always physically, present with his team. The Colts have responded by leaving the light on 24/7 in Pagano’s office and allowing him to speak with the team when he’s able. Just last week, dozens of players shaved their heads in tribute to their ill head coach. Those are classy acts, but where the story transcends our imagination and becomes movie-worthy is between the lines. Despite (or is it because of?) the adversity, Luck looks more like, well, Peyton Manning than a rookie and the Colts are win-

ning. At 6-3 they’ve already tripled last season’s win total and are very much in position for a fairytale playoff berth. It’s been said that, “winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.” With all due respect to that famous athletic creed, the attraction of sports is far more complex than wins and losses. Fans watch to be personally challenged, to be inspired and to see some of the most competitive people on the planet encounter and overcome ridiculous circumstances. Sometimes that magic happens between the lines, other times it occurs in a player’s or coach’s private life. Regardless, we need seminal moments of achievement – times when human tenacity shakes a defiant finger at sports’ (or life’s) greatest obstacles - to find the strength and resolve to confront our own unfortunate events. Chuck Pagano and the Colts have authored one of these heartening moments. Here’s hoping that the extraordinary situation in Indianapolis continues to be conquered by even more extraordinary people. Continued success to the Colts…and Godspeed Chuck Pagano. Send comments to

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