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Jerry Hovanec works on a vase during an open house demonstration Dec. 1.


Pharmacist Donna Dennino demonstrates the many safety features that are built into the new “smart” intravenous (IV) pumps.

Protecting identities of children and foster care parents, Frank Marquart created a photo illustration of youth going to a new foster care home.

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Calvert Cliffs Takes Down Unit 1 By Sarah Miller Staff Writer After being powered down for testing, Unit 1 at Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant Cliffs was brought to a full shut down Nov. 27. The testing followed finding “electrical noise” from Control Element Assembly (CEA) 37, according to Calvert Cliffs spokesperson Kory Raftery. He said such noise could indicate an interruption of the electric current to coils associated with CEA 37. The reactor was powered down to less than 50 percent production capacity on Nov. 26 to make it safe to conduct testing, Raftery said. This outage follows a similar scenario during the summer, when CEA 9 had a shortage in its associated coils, causing the rods to drop into the reactor. He said the apparatus acted as it should have. The rods defaulted to their safest location within the reactor to stop the reaction. The noise was an indicator of a potential issue, and Raftery said workers went in immediately to determine what exactly was causing the electrical noise. “At Calvert Cliffs, we always make

conservative decisions for the safety of the people,” he said. After testing, he said Calvert Cliffs found there was an issue with the coil and shut the reactor down completely on Nov.

27. While the reactor was down, he said they conducted “mores invasive” tests of the other 56 CEAs, including the recently repaired CEA 9. The testing revealed no further issues, Raftery said, and the coil

associated with CEA 37 has been repaired. For more information, visit www.

Commissioners Consider Tier Mapping By Sarah Miller Staff Writer In anticipation for Dec. 31, Community Planning and Building, the Planning Commission and the Board of County Commissioners are working on tier mapping associated with the septic bill. At the Dec. 4 Board of County Commissioners meeting, Maryland State Secretary of Planning Richard E. Hall was on hand to answer questions and explain parts of the septic bill. According to Community Planning and Building Director Chuck Johnston, the bill necessitated breaking the county into four “tiers.” Tier I includes be areas currently served by public sewer, Tier II is land planned to be served by sewer in the county water and sewer plan, Tier III is land that is not served by sewer and is not planned to be in the future and Tier IV is land not served by sewer, not planned for the future; farm and forest districts; and, wetlands or land in permanently protected zoning areas. Johnston’s presentation to the commissioners shows 47 percent of land in Calvert designated Tier IV. Commissioner Susan Shaw said the law will effectively “close off 47 percent of [county] acreage to growth,” adding she is not pleased with the state imposing such strict limitations on the county. The state’s planning secretary had little to say other than assuring the commissioners the state was listening to their concerns and is working to find the best way for Maryland citizens. Commissioner Evan K. Slaughenhaupt echoed Shaw’s sentiment, saying in a prepared statement the septic bill “diminishes the property rights of our citizens” and showcases another movement in the “war on rural Maryland.” During the meeting, the board discussed raising the maximum amount of homes allowed in a minor subdivision from five to seven, though a firm ruling on that matter is still coming. The board has until the end of the

month to make a decision, Johnston said. After that, they will not be able to increase the number, though they will always have the option to lower it. Delegates Tony O’Donnell and Mark Fisher came out to the meeting. O’Donnell addressed the commissioners stating his worries about the septic bill’s impact on the economy.

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By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Visitors to the Calvert County website Nov. 20 probably noticed something different – the entire face of the website has been rearranged. The alterations are more than skin deep, said spokesperson Carrie Lovejoy. She said the site is designed to be more interactive than the old one, and more easy for an individual to adapt to their needs. She said they worked with CivicPlus for the redesign. Departments collaborated on the re-design to make a product they felt would best serve the community. The new site allows individuals to create usernames and passwords so they can log onto a personalized site, Lovejoy said. The new website also works more closely with the county’s tourism website, The tourism site has also been redesigned to be compatible with the look of the main county website. CivicPlus is a web design company that specializes in government sites, from design to hosting, accoding to a press

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release. The former website was seven years old, Lovejoy said, and “obsolete.” The new redesign was an 18 month process. The county has also launched a Facebook page, named “Calvert County Government, Calvert County, Md.” Users will have access to county government press releases and important information during emergencies on the Facebook page, and it will include a wealth of information about county locations and amenities. The Facebook page is linked directly from the new county website. Comments on the page will not be allowed, a press release states. As with most major overhauls, some files have gotten lost and links broken. Lovejoy said the county has software to locate and fix broken links, but things do “slip through the cracks.” She said if anyone finds something missing, they should call her and she will be sure to get it fixed. For more information, or to check out the new website, visit


County Weather Observer Needed Wind direction, high and low temperatures, rainfall amounts, snowfall depths – for some people, these are interesting topics. The National Weather Service (NWS) is hoping to find those people. NWS is looking for a volunteer cooperative observer for Calvert County in the Dunkirk area. NWS provides the needed equipment and training is planned for spring of 2013. Members of the Cooperative Observer Program are a source for the nation’s weather and climate information. More than 11,000 volunteers across the country take observations on farms, in urban and suburban areas, national parks, seashores and mountaintops. Volunteers are expected to take daily maximum and minimum temperatures and measurements of snowfall or rainfall. The data are used to help measure long-term climate changes and define the climate of the U.S. Volunteers send the data daily to NWS and the National Climatic Data Center. Some volunteers also provide hydrological or meteorological data, such as evaporation or soil temperatures. Anyone who is interested in being a volunteer cooperative observer can call the Calvert County Department of Emergency Management at 410-535-1600, ext. 2638, or email

Students Graduate from First Electrical Training Program Once unemployed or underemployed 24 students graduated from End Hunger In Calvert County’s first Electrical Training Program and are now working fulltime, making top dollar with great benefits. In partnership with the JATC IBEW Local 26 Electricians Union and Southern Maryland Tri-County Community Council, End Hunger In Calvert County launched the Electrical Training Program last summer to provide a job-training program to get Calvert County residents back to work. “This program was provided completely free to our students, including tuition and tools,” says Rev. Robert P. Hahn chairman of End Hunger In Calvert County. “Our mission at End Hunger is to help move people from dependency to self-sufficiency. Because of the Electrical Training Program, 24 people who once were not able to provide for their families now can. That’s what it’s about for us.” The 15-week course was a combination of classroom lectures as well as hands on practicums. Students received 90 hours of

training experience and became certified in OSHA, CPR, and basic first aid. Graduates are now part of the residential program through the Electrician Union and are qualified for above entry-level positions with electrical companies. Many will begin pursuing a career with the Electrician Union’s apprenticeship program. “When you give to End Hunger In Calvert County, 100 percent of all donations stay in Calvert County helping to feed needy families and funding programs like the Electrical Training Program that get people back to work,” says Jacqueline Miller director of communications for End Hunger In Calvert County. “End Hunger is a grassroots organization united behind the mission that hunger in Calvert County can be defeated. Together we, are making a real difference for real people.” For more information about End Hunger In Calvert County and how you can get involved, please visit their website at www.

Photo taken by Puna Miller at the graduation ceremony for the Electrical Training Students Electrical Training Student receiving his certificate of completion. Ralph Neidert: JATC IBEW Local 26 Electricians Union. Rev. Robert P. Hahn: Chairman of End Hunger In Calvert County


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Two charged in pill bust

On Nov. 26 at 8:49 a.m. Dep. M. Quinn conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on Md. Rt. 4 near Briscoe’s Turn Road in Owings. She found the driver and passenger to be in possession of suspected drugs, police alleged. The driver, Veronica M. Disney, 51, of Huntingtown, was arrested and charged with possession of a schedule IV drug; Alprazolam, possession of a schedule IV drug; Zolpidem, possession of a schedule II Veronica M. Disney John Herman Sears drug; Endocet, and possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia; a glass blown smoking device, police said. The lone passenger, John Herman Sears, 39, also of Huntingtown, was arrested and charged with possession of a schedule IV drug; Alprazolam, possession of a schedule II drug; Endocet and false statement to a peace officer for failure to provide his correct identity. Sears was also served with an outstanding Calvert County warrant for violation of probation.

Vehicle burglarized

Unknown suspect(s) entered an unlocked vehicle parked outside a home in the 12000 block of Sagebrush Drive in Lusby sometime between Nov. 22 and 23 and stole $40 in cash and a paycheck. DFC A. Clas is investigating.

Police warn of law enforcement imposters

A citizen on Carson Court in Lusby reported to Cpl. M. Naecker that on Nov. 26 an unknown subject came to her house and left a sticker on her front door and mailbox stating they belonged to District Court Service and for her to contact them because they had legal documents or a court summons. A neighbor advised that the subject was driving a small black vehicle. The citizen then called the phone number provided on the sticker and left a message. She later received a return phone call from someone identifying themselves as a detective with the Prince George’s Police Department. The citizen asked for his badge number and he hung up the phone. Citizens are asked to contact the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office at 410-535-2800 to report any type of suspicious activity.

Police investigate copper theft

Someone stole $3,000 worth of copper piping from behind a home in the 600 block of Yosemite Lane in Lusby. The theft was discovered on Nov. 27. DFC J. Harms is handling the investigation.

Car wheels stolen

Unknown suspect(s) stole 16 inch Camaro IROC wheels, valued at $500, from behind a home in the 5100 block of Christiana Parran Road in Chesapeake Beach sometime between November 16 and 21. Dep. L. Wood is investigating.

Copper stolen from air conditioning

An outside air conditioning unit was damaged and $1,000 in copper piping was stolen from the rear of a home in the 12000 block of Algonquin Trail in Lusby. The theft was discovered on Nov. 27 and is being investigated by DFC W. Wells.

Traffic stop leads to drug charges

On Nov. 27 at 12:25 a.m. Cpl. G. Shrawder observed a vehicle traveling in front of him at a high rate of speed and crossing the center and right roadway lines numerous times, police alleged. He conducted a traffic stop and was assisted by DFC R. Kreps. Kreps found the driver, identified as William Gary Wade, Jr., 32 of Lothian, to be under the influence of alcohol. Wade was also found to be in possession of suspected drugs, police said. Wade was charged with possession of marijuana in the amount of less than 10 grams, use of drug paraphernalia; a multicolored glass smoking device, driving under the influence of alcohol and numerous traffic citations.

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Attorney General Issues Cease and Desist By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Two Calvert County home improvement contractors, one of whom has already pleaded guilty to operating without a license, have been ordered by the state to pay more than $420,000 to clients they allegedly contracted to do work for but failed to do so. Christopher Manion, of Huntingtown, and Albert Styles, of North Beach, have both been given cease and desist orders to stop all work on home improvement jobs, according to a press release from Attorney General Douglas Gansler’s office. “Especially in these financially challenging times, the last thing consumers should have to worry about is whether the home improvement contractors they hire are misrepresenting their credentials or taking their hard-earned money,” Gansler said in a prepared statement. “Marylanders looking to hire contractors should always do their homework and ensure that the company or individual in question is properly licensed and has a good reputation.” Both men face charges from the office but Manion pleaded guilty to operating as a home improvement contractor without a license July 9, on-line court records showed. The office alleged that both men provided home improvement services without the proper licenses but also extracted large sums of money from customers by promising services but not delivering. Manion and Styles will only be allowed to resume work if they obtain licenses, the attorney general’s office stated, and by posting a bond or cash surety with the state in the amount of $200,000. Manion and Styles operated under various business names such as Comfortable Construction, D&M Construction, LLC and Built-Tite Construction, according to the state.

Maryland State Police Blotter Jewelry stolen from home

On 11/26/12 at 3:06 pm, Trooper First Class Logsdon responded to the 2500 block of Cecil Lane in Huntingtown for a reported theft. Numerous pieces of jewelry were reported missing from the home. Investigation continues. William Gary Wade, Jr.

Cash stolen from vehicle

Unknown suspect(s) entered an unlocked vehicle parked outside a home on Harbor Road in Chesapeake Beach sometime between Nov. 27 and 28 and stole $1,920 in cash. DFC M. Velasquez is investigating.

CDS violation alleged

On Nov. 30 at 9:53 a.m. a person reported that a known suspect had taken their vehicle without their permission. Dep. J. Brown and DFC Morgan located the vehicle on Cody Trail and activated emergency equipment. The vehicle came to a stop and the driver exited the vehicle. He was arrested, identified as Jeremy M. Baran, 23, of Lusby, and charged with possession of a schedule II drug; Percocet, possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia; a silver spoon, and theft of a motor vehicle.

Woman charged with having false vehicle tags

On 11/26/12 at 1:21 pm, Trooper First Class Esnes stopped a vehicle at Steeple Chase Dr. at Armory Rd. in Prince Frederick. The vehicle’s registration plates were listed in the computer as expired however, the expiration date displayed on the plates were July of 2014, police said. Investigation revealed that registration sticker was stolen. Melissa M. Benton, 36 of Lusby, was charged and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.

Traffic stop leads to drug arrest, DUI charge

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On 12/2/12 at 02:17 am, Trooper First Class Wiesemann stopped a vehicle for alleged traffic violations on Rt. 260 near Boyds Turn Rd. in Chesapeake Beach. Jeffrey P. Cannon, 24, of Huntingtown, was arrested for DUI. During a search of the vehicle, marijuana was located, police alleged. Cannon was incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.


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CSM Recognized for Innovation The College of Southern Maryland’s Nuclear Engineering Technology Associate’s Degree Program was recognized by the League for Innovation in the Community College as a Workforce Preparation and Development 2012 Innovation of the Year. CSM was recognized for developing and implementing an innovative partnership with an area employer to meet current and future workforce needs, while providing local students with the training necessary to secure high-paying jobs in the communities where they lived. Alliance award winners met criteria of quality, efficiency, costeffectiveness, replication potential, creativity and timeliness. “It is an honor for CSM to be recognized for the work that CSM’s NET Coordinator Bob Gates and others have provided in cementing such a valuable partnership with one of Southern Maryland’s top employers. By addressing the workforce needs and the training necessary to meet those needs through this innovative partnership, local students will have greater opportunities to build exciting, rewarding careers as nuclear engineering technicians without having to leave Southern Maryland,” said CSM President Dr. Brad Gottfried. In 2008, CSM and Constellation Energy Nuclear Group (CENG) created a partnership under the Nuclear Energy Institute’s (NEI) Nuclear Uniform Curriculum Program to address a looming shortage in trained nuclear energy technicians in the region. Working with partners, CSM developed

associate’s degrees in three specific NET disciplines to meet the requirements of both the stringent nuclear industry curriculum and demands of the regional workforce. The Center for Nuclear Energy Training was funded through grants and established at a temporary site near CSM’s Prince Frederick Campus. The facility includes state-ofthe-art trainers for the hands-on experience to enhance the knowledge-based curriculum. “This partnership has resulted in programs that provide our industry partner with highly trained, entry-level technicians. For our community, the partnership is providing high-paying jobs—and for our students who meet the strict program entry requirements, the partnership is providing scholarships that cover tuition,” Gates said. The first degrees were awarded for the program in May 2012 and many of the graduates were granted opportunities for local positions. There are more than 40 students in the NET program as of the fall semester. In spring 2013, CSM’s Prince Frederick Campus will complete a second building with more than 3,000 square-feet of classroom and lab space dedicated to the NET program. The League for Innovation in the Community College is an international organization dedicated to catalyzing the community college movement and improving community colleges through innovation, experimentation and institutional transformation.

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DiGiovanni’s Under Old Management Original Owners Come Out of Retirement lishments offering Italian cuisine. She found the waterside location and, after some encouragement from friends, decided to make the move to Solomons. “You can sit and dine as you’re watching the boats Gerri DiGiovanni-Epps has a head for dates. On Sept. 3, 1999, she opened the doors of DiGiovan- glide by,” she said. The location on the water makes DiGiovanni’s a prime ni’s Dock of the Bay on Solomons, with Chef Annamaria DeGennaro manning the kitchen. On April 12, 2010, she, destination during the Parade of Lights, with the boats passing right in front of the wall of windows facing Back Creek DeGennaro and Ceferino Epps retired from the restaurant. Two and a half years later, the three have come out of and the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. Twelve boat slips make the location accessible from the water. retirement and back to the restaurant they started. Dinner is the most important meal of the day at DiDiGiovanni-Epps said when she and her husband decided to come back to the restaurant; DeGennaro an- Giovanni’s, mostly because it is the only meal served during the day. nounced she would be returning as well. Everything at DiGiovanni’s is cooked fresh to order, The original idea for the restaurant came to DiGiovanni-Epps when she visited Solomons Island for the first time. DeGennaro said. She draws from her childhood in Venice, She fell in love with the location, but there were no estab- Italy, for authentic recipes, she said. DeGennaro has a long history in the kitchen. After moving to the United States, she was the corporate chef at Joe Theisman’s restaurants for 19 years. She was out of the restaurant business for nine months before she jumped back into the fire and opened DiGiovanni’s with DiGiovanni-Epps. Epps enjoys finding unique wines beyond the familiar red and white wines to compliment DeGennaro’s dishes. He keeps a map on hand to show customers where their wines come from, and is always ready with an anecdote to explain why he brought that blend St. Leonard, MD 20685 • 410-586-1161 • to DiGiovanni’s. He said his By Sarah Miller Staff Writer

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Photo by Sarah Miller Gerri DiGiovanni-Epps, Ceferino Epps and Annamaria DeGennaro are back and ready for business.

favorite wine is an Apulia, which has been popular with customers. Atmosphere is another important component of DiGiovanni’s. DiGiovanni-Epps said her restaurant has “the feeling of coming into our home and not just a restaurant.” The approach has collected a following, DiGiovanni-Epps said, and several customers she saw weekly before she retired came back when she, Epps and DeGennaro returned. Though only open to the public for dinner, DiGiovanni’s is available as a rental location for wedding receptions, business functions and other events. DiGiovanni-Epps said they work with customers to tailor events to suit their needs. The trio has become a family, and DiGiovanni-Epps said their customers are an extension of that family. DiGiovanni-Epps said she has been “blessed” to work with DeGennaro. She met Epps after opening the restaurant. He said a friend invited him to come out one night, and he added it to his rotation of “watering holes.” He met DiGiovanni-Epps at the restaurant, and they married in January 2002. The reception was held at Vera’s White Sands Beach Club, DiGiovanni-Epps said. The location was special to them because they both knew Vera Freeman and DiGiovanni-Epps considered her a mentor and a friend. After more than a decade with DiGiovanni’s, the trio has several fond memories of past events. DiGiovanni-Epps and Epps remember a wedding that ended with the newly weds getting on a boat and “sailing into the sunset,” Epps said. DeGennaro remembers hosting a cooking class in the DiGiovanni’s kitchen, teaching customers to prepare their favorite dishes at home. Above all else, DiGiovanni-Epps said her favorite times in the restaurant are when individuals at different tables begin talking back and forth, giving the room a family atmosphere. The trio works as a team to keep the establishment running smoothly. DiGiovanni-Epps is in charge of administration and accounting, DeGennaro is the executive chef and Epps is the bar manager and human resources contact. In the future, DiGiovanni-Epps hopes to open future branches and continue the success of the restaurant. DiGiovanni’s is open 5-9 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 4-8 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, including a menu and prices, visit


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Glass Blowing is a Full-Family Affair By Sarah Miller Staff Writer

Almost every weekend, the furnace at Hovanec Handblown Glassworks is lit and the family, consisting of husband and wife Jerry Hovanec and Ruthann Uithol and their 12-year-old daughter Renée Hovanec, come out to create one-of-a-kind glass pieces. Hovanec has been in the glassblowing business since 1979. He said he started out as a potter. After 10 years as a Photos by Sarah Miller potter, the owner of the gallery Hovanec works on a vase during an open house demonstraHovanec worked with told him Jerry tion Dec. 1. his art was getting stale. Hovanec said the owned pressured him to go to Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina to get new inspiration. He said he experimented in single fire pottery, Raku, salt firing and other methods, but he was “looking for something more spontaneous.” Eventually, he began haunting the glassblowing room, which was open and staffed 24 hours per day. Eventually, he said one young woman noticed him lurking around the department and handed him her blowing pipe, nursing him through the creation of his first glass tea bowl. “I was hooked,” he said. Glass working has an immediacy that pottery doesn’t have, Hovanec said. With pottery, he had to create a large batch before Bowls and candy dishes on sale at Hovanec firing it, which meant if he experimented Handblown Glassworks. with a technique on one pot, he could forget works. Renée isn’t sure what she plans to do the experiment before he saw the result. In glassblowing, he can see the result that same with her life, but she said she intends to conday. It makes it easier to “follow an experi- tinue glass working. “It doesn’t have to be a full time job, you mental line,” Hovanec said. “It gets condensed from 30 days to 30 can pursue other things,” she said. Renée has good role models for that apminutes,” he said. A glass blowing studio’s set up is fairly proach to her craft. Both of her parents work simple, Hovanec said. It needs a concrete full time at the Smithsonian, and work on floor, space for ovens, colors and a 500-gal- glassblowing on the weekends. Hovanec said he and his wife collabolon propane tank. He had a couple different studios before 1994, when the family moved rate on pieces frequently. Uithol said she is into their current location at the old T. Rayner more of a glass assistant, but enjoys working in the art. She said being in the studio Wilson Blacksmith Shop in Lusby. Renée has been helping with glass blow- has allowed Renée to pick up the art natuing since she was three. Hovanec said he and rally. Hovanec agreed, saying she sometimes Uithol brought her with them on weekends in comes up with ideas more creative than the the workshop, and one time she came up and ones he and Uithol make. “We try to have fun with it,” he said. grabbed the pipe while he was rolling glass Hovanec demonstrated his craft at an out, wanting to help him. In 2008, Ambassador Marianne Myles open house Dec. 1 and 2. He said they come selected Renée's "The Four Seasons Vase down to their second home in Calvert CounSeries" to be displayed at the ambassador’s ty every weekend, but they take a break from residence in Cape Verde as part of the U.S. glass blowing during the summer. He said Department of State's "Art in Embassies" the temperature in front of the furnace is 30 program. Hovanec said Renée is the young- to 40 degrees higher than the ambient temperature outside – too hot to handle during est artist to participate. The series started as an idea to make a the hottest parts of the year. Normally, Hovanec only opens his Christmas heart vase, Renée said. It evolved into the four seasons series, which she had doors for one open house per year. This year, created multiple permutations of the group- the family will be back in town Dec. 15 from ing. She said she hasn’t completed a piece on 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a second open house to her own from start to finish, including the demonstrate glassblowing, answer questions blowing and shaping, but she helps her father and sell pieces, which Hovanec said are great with every step of the process and does her for gifts. own artwork on the surface. She said she favors creating vases, but has dabbled in other

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Christmas Shopping at School By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Last weekend offered several opportunities for Christmas shopping, with back-to-back craft fairs at Calvert Middle School and Dowell Elementary School. Calvert Middle School was open to the public Friday night, with vendors lining the hall, the Relay for Life team selling refreshments, the student council hosting a variety of games and young musicians providing entertainment in the cafeteria. Calvert Middle art teacher Jill Griwatz said the arts department organized the evening to showcase student art, both visual and musical. Proceeds from the craft fair help fund the art department, Griwatz said. Dowell Elementary hosted a similar craft fair Saturday afternoon. Coordinator Sandy Artz said the third annual fair attracted a record number of vendors, in addition to Mr. Tom the Reptile Man, Santa and Mrs. Claus, the local Redskins Spiggy Hogette. Money from the fair benefits PTA sponsored activities, Artz said. Activities include assemblies, which have to be booked months in advance, and the

Chrystie, left, and Karley Trinidad look at ornaments at Dowell Elementary.

Photos by Sarah Miller Nadine Cunningham sells bags at Calvert Middle School.

Fiona Pallotta, left, and Lauren Weber play with rabbits at the Dowell Elementary School craft fair.

spelling bee in March. The fair is the school’s second big fundraiser during the year, Artz said. The other is the Move-A-Thon in October. For more information about Calvert Public School activities, and links to schools near you, visit

Vendors line the halls at Calvert Middle School.

Calverton School Considering Dormitories By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Calverton School has a long-term plan that considers dormitories, according to Head of School Spencer Taintor said they are not in the immediate future. At its Nov. 14 meeting, the Planning Commission meeting approved a zoning ordinance text amendment allowing dormitories in the county. Director of Community Planning and Building Chuck Johnston told the commission the proposed changes would benefit the Calverton School, currently boarding exchange students in rented housing. Since the current housing plan may not be feasible in the long run, the school may look to dormitories in the future. The

proposed changes to the zoning ordinance will allow for that when the time comes, Johnston said. The school is working on a strategic plan, and dormitories will allow the school to accommodate inquiries they receive from out of state, or even in state families who want to cut down on the time their child spends traveling to and from an out-of-county school every day. Taintor said dormitories provide an option he wants to consider. “Who knows what will happen tomorrow?” he asked. The text amendment added a definition of “dormitory” to definitions for educational institutions. The definition says a dormitory is “a structure specifically designed for a long-term stay by students of a school,

college and/or university, for the purpose of providing rooms for sleeping purposes. One common kitchen and some common gathering rooms for social purposes may also be provided.” The proposed text amendments modified the definitions of “College of University” and “Elementary of Secondary School,” adding the school premises “includes buildings, structures of facilities that by design and construction are primarily intended for the education of students including accessory associated uses, such as dormitories, office buildings, athletic fields, etc.”


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Prescription Drug Abuse Impacting Foster Care Programs

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Officials in St. Mary’s and Calvert counties’ foster care programs are burgeoning with children and that the recent rise in prescription drug abuse, from either legal or illegal sources, is the prime driver of the need to place children into foster care. Jeanne Schmitt, assistant director for services with the St. Mary’s County Department of Social Services, said that there are about 150 children in foster care, adding drug abuse in general “has contributed to the growth of children in foster care.” Prescription drug abuse, a segment of that problem, she said, is a rising trend impacting children whose parents succumb to it. “Is it a growing number? Yes,” she said. The foster care system and social services officials often work with families before children are removed from the home: therefore, Schmitt said it is not easy to ascertain just how many children in the county are being negatively affected by the prescription drug abuse of their parents

“It still places children at risk,” Schmitt said. “But we can still work with those families.” Ella Mae Russell, the director of the local social services office, said that removing a child from a home into the foster system was a complicated process. It could only occur, she said, once a judge ruled to remove the child. “The decision to remove a child has to be made by the court,” Russell said. Relatives often take the children going into foster care, to the tune of roughly half in St. Mary’s County. Relatives, acting as foster parents, receive benefits, including cash assistance and is ideal in an already difficult situation, according to Social Services. “We have one of the highest numbers of kinship care in the state and that’s a good thing,” Russell said. Schmitt said social service workers try to ascertain whether a parent, who is legally prescribed prescription drugs, is abusing them; however, it is difficult because subjects often refuse to allow them access to their medical records. Prescription narcotics are relatively Prescription drugs confiscated on raids and arrests.


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easy to get because of their medicinal use for pain management, she said. “People claim things like they have a back ache or are in pain but [doctors] really can’t [disprove] that,” she said. Schmitt said the range of children now entering foster care is increasing and their age is going down. Now the children enter foster care as pre-teens and younger rather than as teenagers, officials said, who also warned that sibling groups are being displaced more frequently. “It’s been a steady climb since 2000,” Schmitt said. “But the most growth has been in the last five to seven years.” In Calvert County, social service specialists say that the foster system has begun to explode with more children needing services. They have also seen a decrease in the ages of those needing care as well as an overall increase in the number of children. Deborah Walsh, assistant director for social services in Calvert, said that prescription drug abuse has undoubtedly contributed to the growth in the need for foster care. She said that, as of September of this year, of the 103 children in the system 82 percent were removed because of some kind of alcohol or drug abuse in the home. Of the children removed into foster care eight were newborns exposed to

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drug or substance, she said. Seventy-eight percent of the parents interviewed in those cases reported that their drug of choice were prescription opiates, which types of synthetic heroin, she said. Walsh said there was a “direct correlation” between prescription narcotic abuse and children being placed in foster care. “Most of our situations are neglect,” she said. “They’re just not able to provide for their children because they are either high or going out to get drugs. It’s a tough battle we have ahead of us.” The head narcotics detective in St. Mary’s County, Capt. Daniel Alioto, said that when it came to prescription drug abuse, more and more children are paying the price along with their parents who used narcotics. “The problem is here and it’s here to stay,” he said. “We’re going to lose a generation if we don’t wise up.” Parents facing conviction and sentencing for prescription drug crimes often appear in court with their children to try and get a lighter sentence, he said. It was just one way children were impacted, he said. “Kids are always collateral damage,” Alioto said.

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Money Tree Doesn’t Replinish I found it a bit comical how some Obama fans seem to believe President Obama has some sort of mandate after winning this past Presidential election (Anti-Obama Legislators Nov. 28). President Obama garnishing just 25.1 percent of eligible voters does not a mandate make, yes I said 25.1 percent. You see the real winner of this past election was President Apathy with 50 percent of the vote since about 120 million eligible voters decided to stay home election day. To add to the dismal turn out, over 8 million people that voted for Obama in 2008 decided he didn’t deserve their vote this time around. I guess nothing really changed since the Republicans took over the House in 2010. The Democrats still have control of the Presidency and Senate while the Republicans control the House and the majority of Governorships, same same. Mandate? No, I don’t think so. As far as demanding Republicans get over Obama’s win and jump on board an agenda of failure, I have to remind the Obama drones that Obama wasn’t elected emperor or dictator; he

Commissioner’s Corner By Susan Shaw Calvert County Commissioner, District 2 You will not be surprised to learn that in the County Commissioner’s job, I encounter critics. Lots of critics. Criticism can play an important role toward improvement, so I am open to constructive criticism. If you want me to listen, please do not begin by threatening me or insulting me. It would also be helpful if you have your facts straight. Even if you are not EVER voting for me, please try to refrain from telling me that before you ask for what you want. It’s surprising how often when I offer to discuss an issue with someone who just lambasted me, they never take me up on the offer. However, some

portunity that other countries don’t figure it out and make U.S. businesses an offer they can’t refuse. Wouldn’t that be a hoot if Cuba becomes the new land of opportunity? Bottom line is the Federal government is just too big, too bloated and delving into areas they have no business being in. For decades the government, through excessive regulations and taxes, has been picking winners and losers in the private sector when it should be the market making that decision. Look at it this way; I saw a stat where if you took every penny from all the Fortune 500 companies it would only feed the government trough for 88 days, you tell me who the greedy ones are. Oh by the way, taking every penny from the money tree leaves nothing, no money, no jobs, and no tax revenue, so then what? Again don’t punish success, government doesn’t have a revenue problem, government has a spending problem, a 16 trillion dollar one. Brian D. Lee Lusby, MD

One Solution Not Right for All criticism is dangerous. Last week I received a postcard in the mail from One side trumpeted “Maryland’s Rural Lands are in Danger!” along with a color-coded map of all the Counties and Baltimore City in MD. The colors ranged from red for pavement to forest green for preservation. On the other side was a turkey saying “Gobble Gobble! Our rural lands are at risk of being gobbled up by suburban development!” I’m sure the creators thought the turkey theme was cute at Thanksgiving and that the reader would be left with the word “gobble” in their brains. Reading further, the card said, “Maryland Sustainable Growth and Agricultural Preservation Act of 2012 (commonly known

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was elected president, just one branch of our government. Those in Congress elected by their constituents to stop Obama’s moving this country towards a European Socialist type government are expected to do what they can to thwart that attempt. I also find it quite ironic that we used to bash socialist countries such a Cuba for decades for being socialist and here we find out after 50 plus years of socialist failure Cuba is turning to the free market system while we run head long into that same big government socialist style government they are running from, I just hope it doesn’t take us 50 years to figure it out. Obama worshippers lay praise at Obama’s feet for his eat the rich policy, which sadly has resonated with many voters, at least for now. You got to admit Santa plays a whole lot better with voters then a responsible adult does. When the job creators and entrepreneurs have had enough of being punished for their successes we will start seeing lay-offs and businesses bolting for more friendly regions. I just hope when this country ceases to be the land of op-

as the Septic Bill) is intended to limit high-polluting subdivisions on septic systems and encourage growth in areas with public sewer service.” It is true that the state legislature and the governor of Maryland want everyone to live in towns on sewer systems. But are subdivisions on septic systems really high-polluting? The next paragraph is when the big lie hits: “Sprawling development on septic systems pollutes the Chesapeake Bay, fragments farms and forests, undermines agriculture, and burdens local governments with higher costs for basic services.” Even though this lie sounds plausible, the truth is that sewer systems are pouring far more pollution into the Chesapeake Bay than septic systems, even if

we assumed that all the septic systems were malfunctioning, which they are not. Two sewer spills in the Baltimore area last year overwhelmed all our efforts in the rest of the state to reduce pollution into the Bay. Septic systems account for less than two percent of all the pollution entering the Chesapeake Bay. Failing systems in the Critical Area (within 1000 feet of mean, high tide) are a definite problem, which Maryland law requires be corrected. It costs millions of dollars to upgrade sewer systems and to prevent spills from major storm surges. Inevitably, the sewer system isn’t just upgraded, it is also enlarged, to accommodate all those new people moving into cities from the more rural areas. In Maryland, where are our cities located? Within the critical area, of course, adding to pollution on the waterfront. You know what I mean if you have witnessed the trash in the water at the Inner Harbor in Baltimore. Meanwhile, landowners pay the bill for septic systems. Not allowing septic systems is a land grab! The basic premise of 1000 Friends of Maryland is flawed. Now they are upset that the

required tier maps are not having the desired result. News flash: when statewide land planning like the Septic Bill becomes law, it doesn’t work well all over the state. The Septic Bill treats all jurisdictions the same. It does not recognize that Calvert County pioneered land preservation efforts, for which we have won many awards! It doesn’t recognize that subdivision regulations serve a different purpose from septic regulations. It doesn’t recognize that our clustering and open space regulations prevent sprawl development. It looks at a complex landscape with tunnel vision that sees only one facet of that landscape, and it is a minor facet. The state can prevent new septic systems. They can force everyone currently on septic to pay $12,000 to upgrade to a nitrogen-removing septic system. But the Chesapeake Bay will NOT be measurably cleaner due to the much bigger problem from the ever-growing sewer systems on our waterfronts. Then who will be pointing the fingers at whom? Be careful what you believe.

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Dean Michael Hastings, 61 Dean Michael Hastings, 61, of Rose Haven, Md. passed away unexpectedly Dec. 1. He was born in Toledo, Ohio Jan. 8, 1951 to Larry Gerard and Rita Ann (O’Shea) Hastings. His family moved to Oxon Hill, Md. when Dean was a young boy. He attended Prince George’s County Schools and was a 1969 graduate of Oxon Hill High. Dean worked as a payroll specialist with Amtrak from 1980 until joining his brothers Vic and Bernie as a commercial electrician. He attended St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in North Beach. Dean enjoyed boating, fishing, hunting, astrology, Harley Davidson motorcycles, and spending time with family and friends. Dean is survived by two sisters Christina T. Durell and her husband Mark of Catlell, Va., Martha F. Packard and her husband Rick of Sunderland; four brothers Larry G. Hastings and his wife Margot of Germantown, Tenn., Victor P. Hastings of North Beach, Bernard R. Hastings and his fiancé Sheila of North Beach, Md. and Michael S. Hastings and his wife Sue Ann of Centreville, Va. and three children Ryan and Shannon Hastings of New York and Priscilla Hastings of Kent Island, Md. Friends were received Dec. 6 at Rausch Funeral Home, P.A., 8325 Mt. Harmony Lane, Owings, Md.. A celebration of Dean’s life and Mass will be offered at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, North Beach at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 7. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belford Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, Fl. 32256 or

Joyce P. Ireland, 91 Joyce P. Ireland, 91, of Lusby, Md. passed away on Nov. 25 in St. Mary’s Hospital, Leonardtown, Md. She was born on Oct. 30, 1921 in Ft. Worth, Texas to the late Homer Pullen and Florence Parlier Pullen. Joyce had a career as an outstanding Administrative Assistant for Patuxent River Naval Air Station and was well known to many throughout this area. She was a very active member at Olivet United Methodist Church. Joyce served on the Church Board and was the Sexton in charge of the church cemetery for numerous years; she was also an avid reader. She leaves behind a niece Gail Dove of Lusby, Md. and her great nephew Kevin Dove of Lusby, Md. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews in Texas, Virginia and elsewhere. She was preceded in death by her husband Harold E. Ireland, her parents, a brother and five sisters.

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“Waldo” Lamson, 90 Julia Louise “Waldo” Lamson, 90, of Prince Frederick, Md. died Nov. 29 at the Calvert County Nursing Center in Prince Frederick surrounded by her family. She was born in DeWitt, Nebraska, March 19, 1922 to the late Harmon Orville and Louisa Marie Damkroger Waldo. Julia attended Gage County public schools and the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. She married Warren Clark Lamson on Aug. 25, 1940. She was a homemaker until her children were grown and then was employed by the Damascus Courier Newspaper in Damascus, Maryland. Mrs. Lamson was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, DeWitt, Nebraska. She was predeceased by her husband, Warren C. Lamson in 2008. She is survived by her three children, Gary W. and his wife Joan Lamson of Florida; Larry D. and his wife Francine Lamson of St. Leonard; and, Gayle L. and her husband Richard D. Lloyd of St. Leonard, six grandchildren Brandon, Shawn, Justin, Jeffrey, Marshall and Kristin, and one great grandson, Damian. The family will receive friends on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 12 p.m. in the Rausch Funeral Home, P.A., 20 American Lane, Lusby, Md.; where a service celebrating her life will be held at 3 p.m. with Pastor Randall Casto officiating. Interment service will be held on Monday, Dec. 10, 10 a.m. at Christ Episcopal Church Cemetery, Port Republic, Md. Should friends desire contributions may be made in Julia’s memory to Calvert County Nursing Center, 85 Hospital Road, Prince Frederick, Md. 20678. For more information please visit

“Bobby” Parks Sr., 82 Robert Alvin “Bobby” Parks Sr., 82, a lifelong resident of Deale passed away Dec. 3 at South River Health and Rehabilitation in Edgewater, where he has resided for the past four years. Robert was born Aug. 6, 1930 in Deale to Alvin Samuel and Vir-

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ginia Marie (Bates) Parks. He was raised in Deale and attended Deale Elementary and Southern High School in Lothian, Md. Bobby worked in construction as a heavy equipment operator, and later was a beer truck route driver for Schlitz Brewing Company for many years, retiring in 1998. Bobby also worked part-time at a family owned liquor store, Parks Liquors, in Deale. Bobby married Eva Jean Lovelace on May 7, 1960 and they resided and raised their family in Deale. He was a member of the Deale Elks, enjoyed traveling and spending time with his family. Bobby especially loved being on the water, boating, crabbing and fishing. Bobby was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Eva, who died Dec. 29, 1986. He is survived by a son Robert A. Parks Jr., and wife Cindy of Friendship, and a daughter Patty Scheiding of California, Md.. Also surviving are three grandchildren; a brother Louis “Butch” Parks and wife Pam of Deale; one nephew and two nieces. Family and friends were received Dec. 5 at Rausch Funeral Home, P.A., 8325 Mt. Harmony Lane, Owings. A graveside service and interment will be held Saturday, Dec. 8 at 10 a.m. at St. James’ Parish Cemetery, 5757 Solomons Island Road, Lothian. Memorial donations in Robert’s name may be made to St. James’ Parish. For additional information or to leave condolences visit www.rauschfuneralhomes. com

“Pat” Rosa, 74 Blanche P. C. “Pat” Rosa, 74, Of Upper Marlboro, Md. passed away on Nov. 16, at her home with her faithful puppy, Sissy and family by her side. Her husband the late Antone C. Rosa, Jr. (MSgt. USAF, Ret.) passed away in 1998. She is the loving mother of Debra Ann Rosa of Damascus, Md.; James Anthony Rosa of Charlotte Hall; Anthony Joseph Rosa of Charlotte Hall; Katherine Leah Rosa of Windsor Mill, Md.; and, Dean Raymond Rosa of Camp Springs, Md. Grandmother of Amy Rosa Romano of Olney, Md.; Tiffanie Rosa Plunkett of Nanjamoy, Md.; Stephanie Lee Rosa of Nanjamoy, Md; Michael James McGehee, David George McGehee and Mary Catherine McGehee all of Damascus, Md. Great grandmother of Layla, Giovanni, Camille, Dominic and Joseph. Sister of Raymond Barr, Kay Ann Stout and Michael Brown. She is also survived by several other family members and friends. Mrs. Rosa really enjoyed working in her flower gardens. She loved to entertain her family with her great meals, cakes and desserts, which her family will always remember. In her younger years she lived and traveled all over the world. Funeral services were held on Nov. 24 at the Lee Funeral Home Calvert, P.A. 8200 Jennifer Lane Owings, Md. Interment will follow at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery.


Landon Carroll Sneade, 4 months Landon Carroll Sneade passed away Nov. 21, 2012 at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. surrounded by his devoted family. He was born Aug. 1, 2012 at Anne Arundel Medical Center, in Annapolis, Md. Landon is survived by his loving parents Jason Michael and Kristen Marie (Rogers) Sneade; and grandparents Darrin and Candi Rogers of Owings and Sandra and Michael Sneade of Hedgesville, W.V. Also surviving are great-grandparents Debbie and Joe Catterton, Jr. of Owings, Donna Tessier of Prince Frederick, John Rogers of North Beach, Margaret Burns of Hedgesville, W.V. and Wilson and Peggy Sneade of Chesapeake Beach; a great-great-grandmother Lorraine Catterton of Owings; an aunt Stacie Rogers of Owings and uncles Shawn Bennett of Owings and Marty Zattau of Baltimore. Landon is also survived by many loving family members. Family and friends were received on Nov. 27 at Rausch Funeral Home, P.A., 8325 Mt. Harmony Lane, Owings, to celebrate his life. Interment followed at Mt. Zion U.M. Church Cemetery, Lothian, Md. Memorial donations in Landon’s name may be made to the American SIDS Institute 528 Raven Way Naples FL 34110. For additional information or to leave condolences please visit

Mildred D. Wilson Of The Villages, Fl, formerly of Berwyn Heights, MD. Mildred was born on Feb. 14, 1926 to Irby and Ollie Thompson of Greensboro, NC. She passed away on Nov. 26, 2012. Mildred is the beloved wife of over 50 years to the late George R. Wilson until he passed away on March 1, 1990. She is the loving mother of Mary (Roger) Selson, George Wilson, Jr., Walter (Sandra) Wilson and Larry (Debbie) Wilson. Sister of Howard Thompson. She is also survived by 10 Grandchildren, 19 Great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. Mildred was an avid reader. She also enjoyed playing games such as the card game, Triple Play and the dice game, Bunco She was a member of the Red Hat Society and an avid Redskins Fan. Although she enjoyed being independent, she loved spending time with her family. Friends will be received on Sat. Dec. 8 from 1 to 3 p.m., the time of the service at Lee Funeral Home Calvert, P.A., 8200 Jennifer Lane (Route 4 and Fowler Road), Owings, Md. 20736.


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Lusby Business Association’s 3rd Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

Charron Dean leads Girl Scout Service Troop 10-10 in 12 Days of Christmas and other carols at the Lusby Business Association’s Christmas tree lighting Dec. 1.

Santa and Mrs. Claus were on hand at the Lusby Business Association’s 3rd Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Garner and Duff Hosts Open House By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Last weekend Garner and Duff owner Marcia Handrick held an open house a little over a year after she took over the shop Nov. 17, 2011. She said the business is heading into the busy season, normally between Christmas and Valentine’s Day, with another spike around Mother’s Day. During the open house, Jerry Ann Maten won a raffle for a $100 gift certificate to use. Maten intends to use the money to give gifts to others, and leave silk flowers on a grave. “It’s so pretty in here,” Maten said. “I didn’t want to leave.” Handrick sells silk and real flowers, becoming the latest in a long series of owners. Even though it’s gone through different hands, the shop has always housed a florist shop. Handrick runs the shop with her sons, Matt and Zach. Her husband keeps the books and her other three children lend a hand when needed. Zach loves working with his mother and brother. “It’s great working with my family all day,” he said. “We pull together to get it done.” Garner and Duff is located just north of Wal-Mart in Prince Frederick. For more information, visit Photos by Sarah Miller

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Christmas Concert by Patuxent Voices Patuxent Voices, Southern Maryland’s premiere women’s a cappella group, will perform Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols followed by a selection of holiday favorites on Friday, Dec. 14, at 7:30 p.m., at All Saints Episcopal Church in Sunderland; Saturday, Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m. at Middleham St. Peter’s Parish Hall in Lusby; and Sunday, Dec. 16, 3 p.m. at Trinity Church, St. Mary’s College. There is no admission charge, but donations are welcome. A Ceremony of Carols is a choral piece for treble voices and harp written in 1942. The piece consists of eleven songs or movements that tell the Christmas story. It is hauntingly ageless, using old English text and modal melodies. The second half of the performance blends beloved carols such as Once in Royal David’s City and O Holy Night, with sentimental favorites like I’ll be Home for Christmas and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Rocking ‘Round the Christmas Tree, and of course We Wish You a Merry Christmas. It’s a great way to get into the holiday spirit. Patuxent Voices has been in existence since 2004, started by friends who love to sing unaccompanied music. The 13 women who make up Patuxent Voices hail from Calvert and St. Mary’s Counties; the group offers concerts in December and May, and appears at local events such as the Solomons Christmas Walk and Sotterley’s Family Plantation Christmas. To learn more or see additional performance dates, visit or friend us on Facebook. For additional information contact: Sherrod Sturrock, 410-474-2430

Smart Pumps Are at Forefront of Medication Safety Calvert Memorial Hospital is investing over $825,000 to fully implement new “smart” intravenous (IV) pumps throughout its facility. The advanced system features many built-in safeguards and provides superior accuracy. Coupled with existing initiatives like bar coding and electronic prescribing, the new technology puts CMH at the forefront of medication safety in the state. “We have dedicated considerable resources to this new technology because we believe it will be of great benefit to our patients,” said CMH President and CEO Jim Xinis,” and reassure them they are receiving the best possible care.” A portion of the funding was raised by the hospital’s charitable foundation. CMH plans to add the new smart IV pumps in the hospital’s infusion therapy center, operating rooms and intensive care unit along with its emergency department and family birth center for use with post-partum patients and mothers in labor. Last year, Calvert Memorial Hospital scored 96.3 percent for medication safety on an annual survey conducted by the Institute of Safe Medication Practices – surpassing the national average of 71 percent and the statewide median of 77 percent by a wide margin. “We are continually looking at ways to improve our medication safety,” said CMH Pharmacist Kara Harrer. “There is no doubt that smart pumps will significantly strengthen those efforts.”

Studies at major medical centers have shown that this new technology has a critical impact in preventing potentially serious IV medication errors. So, what makes the pumps so smart? According to Harrer, the smart pump’s “brain” consists of customized software that contains a drug library. This software essentially transforms a conventional IV pump into a computer that sends an alert if an infusion is programmed outside a particular medication’s recommended limits for dose, rate or concentration based on a patient’s age, weight and medical condition. Going above or below the limit will prompt the machine to sound an alarm, notifying the clinician of the error and how to fix it. “So even if a staff person accidentally presses the wrong button,” she said, “the smart pump lets you know before you administer the medication.” According to Harrer, the pumps also log data about all such alerts, including the time, date, drug, concentration and programmed rate, thus providing valuable continuous quality improvement information. Harrer said the smart pumps have other built-in safeguards that provide an extra layer of protection. “For example, if you have a surgical patient who is on continuous pain medication and his oxygen level drops,” she said, “the smart pump will automatically shut off the medication even before the nurse reaches the patient’s bedside.”

In addition, Harrer said, the pumps are programmed with specific drug dictionaries that ensure the drugs are administered according to best practices. They also have free-flow protection – a key safety feature is designed to prevent unintentional overdoses of medication or fluid.

Collegiate Robotics at CSM The College of Southern Maryland’s collegiate robotics team, the Talons, challenged the Mulhlenburg College of Pennsylvania to the game “Sack Attack” Nov. 3 at the La Plata Campus. “Our first-ever college robotics tournament, with support from the Charles County Technology Council and NAVEODTECHDIV, ran smoothly with some close matches, but the Talons came through in the end with a win,” said CSM Professor Bernice Brezina, the team’s sponsor. “All their hard work is starting to pay off and I couldn’t be more proud of how well the team did and their positive attitude throughout.” The Talons team of Tiffany Lei, of La Plata; Nathan Hancock, of Bryantown; Ngan Than Ngo, of Waldorf; John Hamel and Team Captain Willy Hamel, of Mechanicsville; Stewart Smith, Chiebuka Ezekwenna and Jimmy O’Brien, of Waldorf; Jonathan Frank, of Indian Head; and Jacob Brezina (junior member), of Swan Point, along with team members not pictured, Heather Stripling, of Waldorf; Mark Mahan, of Nanjemoy; Elliott Bebee, of Owings and Christopher Williams, of Waldorf, are preparing for the collegiate VEX League ranking sessions and then the League Championship at CSM on Feb. 16 at CSM. For information on CSM’s robotics program, visit csmroboticsVEX.html.


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Dangers of Buying for a Hunter, Angler person unless they have told you exactly what to buy and, in many cases, where to buy it. A novice who buys hunting or fishing gear for the enthusiast might as well buy golf clubs from a department store for Arnold Palmer or sports-car driving gloves for a truck driver. No doubt, the recipient of your well-meaning gift will graciously accept the gift and any conditions that you might put on its use. They might also seem happy about it. Trust me, they would be much happier with a gift certificate that they can use toward the purchase of the gear best suited for the game. It is crunch time. If you haven’t gotten the Christmas gift for the outdoors person on your list, here are a few general ideas. Every angler or hunter enjoys reading a good hunting or fishing magazine. There are some good ones out there and the subscription prices are a bargain. You could try Field and Stream or Outdoor Life as a starting point. There are some great outdoor shows coming up in the New Year. Try ordering admission tickets in advance. A good show for hunters is coming up Jan. 25 – 27 at the Frederick Fairgrounds called the NRA Great American Hunting and Outdoor Show. General admission is $10. Find them online at www.

Fur and Feathers By Keith McGuire Contributing Writer “Why on earth are you using that gun for goose? That’s a skeet gun,” I asked innocently. My friend answered in a very matter of fact way, “Karen [his wife] gave it to me for Christmas and said she wanted me to shoot a goose with it.” It happens every year. A well-meaning relative or very close friend buys hunting or fishing equipment as a Christmas gift that doesn’t quite fit the bill. This may be fine for the person who only occasionally wets a hook or takes to the field. Most of us are much more serious about the sport. If you are that well-meaning gift giver, please don’t buy hunting or fishing gear for your dedicated outdoor sports

The largest outdoor show in the Northeast is the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show. This show runs from Feb. 2 – 10 and is held at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Penn. This show is so big that it is impossible to see everything in one day. The show is about fishing, boating, hunting, camping, and everything outdoors. General admission tickets go for $14. Look for it online at The Mid-Atlantic Outdoor Sportsman Expo will happen at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro Jan. 11 – 13. This is another show that will focus on hunting, fishing and boating. Tickets will be $12 at the door, but they have an online special for advance tickets at $10. A military ID gets a 50 percent discount. www. outdoorspor tsmanexpo. com. Every angler or hunter I know appreciates a gift certificate from locally owned sporting goods shops in our area. Stop by The Tackle Box, or search sporting goods shops online. I also recommend Green Top Hunting and Fishing in Ashland, Va. You can find them online at Now, if you don’t mind, I have to get back in the woods to see if I can find a deer that will stand still very nearby so I can shoot it with the goose/deer/turkey/duck gun that my wife bought for me last Christmas.

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.


When Salt Is Good By Debra Meszaros What would be left of your body if it was turned to ashes? What if all the water in your body was taken away? What would remain? What would be left are the basic chemical building blocks of the body known as cell salts. There are twelve biochemic tissue salts that make up the human body. They are used on the cellular level and are “root” elements of health, as they affect or control all that transpires in the body. When attempting to “get to the bottom” of foundational reasons for disease and dysfunction, we find these building blocks are often deficient. So is it possible that if we kept these salts in balance we’d maintain optimal health? Our lifestyles leave the majority of us in periods of stress. Whether this stress is from an emotional, mental, or physical cause, it is still stress, and has an adverse af-

fect on every one of us. It is highly likely that with decades of practicing this type of lifestyle, the stress begins to affect our assimilation of nutrients. Our digestive abilities normally decline as we age, and minerals begin to be poorly absorbed. Many people regardless of age have compromised absorption due to prior antibiotic use, pharmaceuticals, and food allergies and intolerances. Are we able to trick the body into absorbing minerals? Cell salts are in ionic form, therefore very digestible. They are biochemic remedies in homogenous homeopathic form. When these tiny tablets are placed under the tongue to dissolve, they go directly into the bloodstream, bypassing the digestive system. Since they are in a form that cells already recognize, they are sucked into the cellular membrane instantly. This becomes an excellent option for those who exercise, train for a sport, or simply perform any action that results in excessive sweat. Your essential minerals can be restored instantly with the use of cell salts. This could quicken recovery and speed up cellular repair. The advantage of this nutrient being in a reduced ionic form is that once enough of a cell salt has been absorbed, the remaining balance is easily excreted without stress to your elimination system. This is different then an herb, nutritional supplement, or pharmaceutical, since the body expends no energy to dispose of the excess. What can these salts do for us? These salts known as Bioplasma cell or tissue salts

are associated with: all elastic fibers of skin, vessels, bone surfaces, teeth, connective tissue, blood plasma, liver and bile fluids, muscles, brain cells, intercellular fluids, nerves, hair, and nails. Some of the actions they are involved in are: the uptake of fluids into your cells, the regulation of the excretion of excess water, transportation of oxygen, the breakdown of old red blood corpuscles, the prevention of illness, and healing processes. Hopefully I have shed some light on the fact that all “salts” are not created equally. BioPlasma cell (tissue) salts can be found on the Internet or local health food stores along with a vast amount of educational information. Happy exploring! ©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.

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‘A Christmas Carol’ in Dickens Own Words reads the part, or one of the other children reads it. Even though attendance is a challenge when dealing with kids, she said they are eager to help fill in absent actors. A few roles are also double cast to work around conflicts with actual performances, Cashman said. The kids often come up with different ways to make scenes work, and Cashman is always happy to let them try their ideas. “They go for it,” she said. “They’re willing to take risks.” Opening weekend rehearsals right before are normally the most chaotic, between last minute details for the actors, light and sound and the stage. “They get pretty psyched, especially opening week,” Cashman said. A Christmas Carol runs through Dec. 16, on Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. For more information, visit

By Sarah Miller Staff Writer The Twin Beach Players’ third adaptation of “A Christmas Carol” is the most realistic rendering yet, according to Regan Cahsman, director. The language is lifted directly from the original Charles Dickens manuscript, she said. The tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, on stage at the North Beach Boys and Girls Club, features children from first grade through high school. “I don’t dumb it down for the kids and that’s what amazes people,” Cashman said, who has directed the play five times, including performing in it twice. In addition to learning their lines, the children work with Cashman and other adults to understand what they are saying and why they are using specific phrases. “It’s not good enough to just memorize lines,” she said. A number of the kids have acted in “A Christmas Carol” several times, Cashman said. For others, this is their first experience in a community theatre production.

Ebenezer Scrooge (Michael Saunders) works late on Christmas Eve.

Photos by Sarah Miller Ebenezer Scrooge (Michael Saunders), left, talks to the ghost of Jacob Marley (Bryan Brown).

Marlena St. Jean joined the Twin Beach Players for the first time after experiencing the play for the first time last winter when she saw the play with her grandparents last winter. Caleron Walker, a five play veteran with the Players, keeps coming back for more because he likes the messages that “you should be thankful in your heart” and people can change. The end of the year is always the busiest for Twin Beach Players, Cashman said. This year, “A Christmas Carol” comes right on the tail of the fall production of “Frankenstein,” recycling pieces of the former set; a standard practice for small troupes, Cashman said. “A Christmas Carol” is traditionally one of the most successful shows of the year, Cashman said. “It’s a show everybody comes to.” She said one of the difficulties in working with a crew of kids is working around their schedules. On average, each actor has only attended half of the rehearsals. When a child is absent, Cashman said she

Entertainment Calendar Thursday, Nov. 29 Live Music: “GrooveSpan” Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 8 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 1 Live Music: “GrooveSpan” Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 6:30 p.m.

Faith Tyndall makes an appearance as the Ghost of Christmas Past.

Live Music: “Lake Effects” Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 8:30 p.m. Live Music: “No Green Jelly Beenz” Vera’s White Sands Beach Club (1200 White Sands Drive, Lusby) – 9:30 p.m. Live Music: “Fran Scuderi” Running Hare Vineyard (150 Adelina Road, Prince Frederick) – 1 p.m.

Live Music: “Redwine Jazz Trio” The Westlawn Inn (9200 Chesapeake Avenue, North Beach) – 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 2 Live Music: “Gerry Swarbrick” Running Hare Vineyard (150 Adelina Road, Prince Frederick) – 1 p.m.

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Make is a shopping day by discovering 10 participating businesses: CalvART Gallery, Dream Weaver Cafe, Artist Parran Collery’s Eartha Tile Studio, Chesapeake Art and Frame, The Bead Boutique, Calvert Commercial hosting Sue Page Beads, Fantasy Art at Third Eye Comics, Aggro Joe’s Skate Boards, 4H Crafts and demonstrations from two clubs at the Community Resources Building. Also, artists Abbey Griffin and Ann Trentman will be showing their media at Historic Linden. Music will be performed by Mark Guiffrida, Tuba Santa and The Garrett Music Academy. (410) 257-7005

• Solomons Annual Christmas Walk Solomons and Annmarie Sculpture Garden, 6 to 9 p.m. • Careers in Construction Day Activities include tree lighting, puppet Southern Maryland, Center for Trades show, lighted boat parade traditional tree and Energy Training (CTET), 17 Irongate lighting ceremony complete with Santa at Drive, Waldorf. 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. This CTET career and job fair brings the Solomons Riverwalk Pavilion In adlocal business and military organizations dition to the holiday shopping atmosphere together in one place to recruit trades work- at Solomons’ businesses, will be P.A.W.S. ers in plumbing, electrical, HVAC, welding pet adoptions at carmen’s Gallery, a live and carpentry for job openings and future nativity scene weather permitting at Our workforce needs. Within the highly com- Lady Star of the Sea, and “GLITZ: Art that • Point Farm Garden Restoration petitive construction industry, those with Sparkles” exhibit at Annmarie Sculpture Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum,10515 certifications and licenses, as well as entry- Garden and Arts Center. Mackall Road, St. Leonard, 9 a.m. to 12 level workers, are invited to learn about opp.m. portunities in Southern Maryland. Partici- • “Rufus the Rednosed Raindog” Point Farm was the country retreat of pants are encouraged to bring resumes and Our Lady Start of the Sea Church, 225 the late Mr. and Mrs. Jefferson Patterson. In to be dressed for an interview. Information Alexander Street, Solomons, 7 p.m. 1983 Mrs. Patterson donated the property to Free puppet show presented by the the state in honor of her late husband, creon CSM training in the trades will be available. Free. For information, contact CSM Blue Sky Puppet Theatre and sponsored by ating Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum CTET Director Dr. Ricky C. Godbolt, Community Bank of Tri-County. (JPPM). Join members of the JPPM Garden or 301-539-4733. Club as they work to recreate the splendor Saturday, Dec. 8 of the main house gardens using the origi• First Friday Tours of the Marynal plans of noted landscape architect Rose • Greens Sale and Beach Hayride land Archaeological Conservation Greely. Call 410-586-8536 or go to www. American Chestnut Land Trust, Warriors Laboratory Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum,10515 Rest Sanctuary, Port Republic, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mackall Road, St. Leonard, 1 p.m. • Sixth Annual Christmas Market Purchase fresh-cut evergreens for holi- All Saints’ Episcopal Church, corner of Rts Enjoy a free behind-the-scenes tour of the Maryland Archaeological Conservation day decorations, drink hot cider and take a 2 and 4, Sunderland, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Laboratory, a state-of-the-art facility that hayride to the beach. Greens sale benefits Two floors of terrific craftspeople houses more than eight million artifacts, Warriors Rest Sanctuary. Call 410-414- will help with your Christmas shopping. including collections from every county in 3400 or 410-414-3402 or go to www.aclt- Baked goodies, gourmet cocoa & glühMaryland. The guided tour allows visitors wein add to holiday spirit. Rain, snow or to get up close and personal with conservashine. No admission fee. Proceeds benefit tors and collections. Reservations are not • Third Holiday Prince Frederick Art parish & community projects. required. Call 410-586-8562 or go to www. Walk CalvART Gallery, 110 Solomons Island • Solomons Christmas Walk Road North, Prince Frederick, 11 a.m. to 5 Calvert Marine Museum, 4200 Solomons p.m. • Solomons Christmas Walk Island Road, Solomons, 6 to 9 p.m. Reception at CalvART Gallery, 5 to 8 p.m. Calvert Marine Museum (14200 Solomons Enjoy live entertainment, crafts, reThe Annual Prince Frederick Art Walk is freshments, and a visit from Santa and the otIsland Road, Solomons), 6 to 9 p.m. Enjoy live entertainment, crafts, back. Organized by the artists of CalvART ter both nights. Free. Do your holiday shoprefreshments, and a visit from Santa Gallery, the 2012 Prince Frederick Artwalk is ping in the Museum Store – CMM members and the otter both nights. Free. Do your capped off with reception. Raffle basket full save 20 percent all weekend. holiday shopping in the Museum Store of gifts and stocking stuffers to be awarded – CMM members save 20 percent all to one of our lucky Artwalk and Reception • Lighted Boat Parade attendees. Detailed Artwalk maps are avail- Calvert Marine Museum 14200 Solomons weekend. able at Island Road, Solomons, 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. Boat captains and crews are invited to Recurring Events participate in the Solomons Lighted Boat Parade on Saturday evening during the 28 • Artworks@7th Annual Solomons Christmas Walk. All Artworks@7th is located at 9100 Bay Avenue in North Beach, 1 to 6 p.m. boats, any size, shape, or make are welcome Please join us at the opening reception for our holiday gift show featuring small to decorate your ship’s starboard side and works by over 25 local artists, including jewelry, ceramics, paintings, prints, cards, fabric more to show your holiday spirit. Prizes will art, ornaments and more. The show goes from Nov. 29 thru Dec. 30. Artworks@7th is a be awarded. Visit www.solomonsmaryland. cooperative gallery with 23 artists in media ranging from pottery, sculpture, ceramics, com for more information and to register. glassware, custom art jewelry, and stained glass to landscape paintings and photographs with views of Chesapeake and North Beach, of local scenery, barns and farmland, water • Solomons Annual Christmas Walk views, equestrian art and historic views of Washington, D.C. We also have wonderful Activities florals and still life in pastel, oil and watercolor. Solomons and Annmarie Sculpture Garden, Hours are 11 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday or by appointment. For more 6 to 9 p.m. information or directions call 410-286-5278 or go to In addition to the holiday shopping atmosphere at Solomons businesses, will be • Garden In Lights P.A.W.S. pet adoptions at carmen’s Gallery, a December 7, 2012 – January 1, 2013 live nativity scene weather permitting at Our Celebrate the holidays at Annmarie Garden during Garden In Lights, a glorious, Lady Star of the Sea, and “GLITZ: Art that Award-Winning, outdoor light show, featuring unique displays of one’s wildest imaginSparkles” exhibit at Annmarie Sculpture ings. Begin your evening in the Arts Building where you will find nightly entertainment, Garden and Arts Center. exhibits, the annual ornament show and sale, sweet treats, hot chocolate and coffee, special discounts, shopping opportunities, and fun activities, like the “Holiday I Spy Game”. • Breakfast with Santa Garden In Lights is a magical tour that takes visitors of all ages on a beautiful jourIsaac’s Restaurant (in Holiday Inn in Soloney through the glittering woods. As you walk along the protected path, you will be mons), 8 to 11 a.m. transported to a fantastical place of spectacular lights and amazing “light sculpture”. Cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children Guests will be surrounded by superheroes, wild animals, airplanes, pirates, princesses, ages 10 and younger. Children must be acdinosaurs, fantasy land, and outer space – to name a few. All of the “light sculptures” are companied by an adult and reservations are designed and made at Annmarie Garden; nothing in this show is commercially available. required by calling 410-326-6311. Admission to Garden In Lights is free for Annmarie Garden Members and Children (four and under); $6 per person otherwise. Ample, accessible and handicap parking is • Santa’s Coffee House available. Please note that Garden In Lights is closed the evenings of Dec. 10, 11, and 12 Calvert Marine Museum, 14200 Solomons (however we are open during the day). For more information about special nights and Island Road, Solomons, 6 to 9 p.m. nightly entertainment please visit or call 410-326-4640. The Weather conditions permitting. lights display is 6 to 9:00 p.m., on scheduled nights (weather permitting).


• Lighted Boat Parade Solomons Yachting Center and end along the boardwalk will begin at 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. The parade can be easily viewed from many of the restaurants and establishments on Back Creek or the Patuxent River boardwalk. • Annual Calvert County Central Republican Committee Christmas Party Cynthia and Cal Steuart’s Home, 1955 Potts Point Road, Huntingtown, 7 to 10 p.m. Serving ham, turkey, gravy, sweet potato casserole, sauerkraut, cranberry salad, rolls, corn pudding, open bar with beer, wine, iced tea, coffee and dessert. Silent auction. $30 per person. RSVP by Dec. 1.

Sunday, Dec. 9 • Members Yule Party Calvert Marine Museum, 14200 Solomons Island Road, Solomons, 12 to 4 p.m. CMM members only will enjoy a visit from Santa and Squeak the river otter, cookie decorating, entertainment featuring clowns, Blondi and Bunky, along with good food. The museum is closed to the public; the Museum Store is open to all visitors from 10:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. • SBA sponsored Holiday Party The Back Creek Bistro, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The event is open to the public and reservations are required. Cost is $30 per person. For reservations, call 410-3269900 or email

Tuesday, Dec. 11 • Sea Squirts Calvert Marine Museum, 14200 Solomons Island Road, Solomons, 10:30 to 11 a.m. Terrific Turtles. Free drop-in program for children 18 months to three-years-old and their caregivers. The Discovery Room has lots of new reptilian residents and this program introduces the Sea Squirts to several special turtles. • Integration of Unmanned Aviation into National Airspace Patuxent River Naval Air Museum, 22156 Three Notch Road, Lexington Park, 5 to 7 p.m. The Patuxent Partnership and the Association of Naval Aviation’s Squadron 18 invite members of the public, business, and base communities to a panel and reception Integration of Unmanned Aviation into National Airspace. The moderator will be RADM Tim Heely, USN (ret), and the keynote speaker will Mr. Michael R. Erk, SES, Deputy Program Executive Officer Unmanned Aviation PEO U&W, Naval Air Systems Command. Panelists include Mr. Mike Deitchman, ONR, and Mr. Matt Scassero, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Unmanned Aerial Systems Coalition. Business Casual/Military uniform of the day. The cost is $10 per person paid in advance (before Monday, Dec. 10 at noon.) by credit card (VI/MC) on the Patuxent Partnership website or by cash or check delivered or mailed to The Patuxent Partnership, 21789 N. Coral Dr., Suite 2C, Lexington Park, Md. 20653. $15 per person paid at the door, if seating is available. Sorry, no refunds. Proceeds after expenses go to The Association of Naval Aviation’s Squadron #18 and Patuxent River Naval Air Museum Association


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Library Events Thursday, Dec 6 • Holiday Evening Storytime Calvert Library Fairview Branch, Rt. 4 and Chaneyville Road, Owings, 7-7:45 p.m. Join us for a wide variety of holiday stories and activities. For more information call 410-257-2101. • Retiring Gracefully Series: Healthy Retirement Lifestyle Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way, 7- 8:30 p.m. Hear from high-energy Keri Lipperini, Office on Aging Program Manager who will host a Family Feud-style exchange to get you excited and informed about an active and involved retirement. Meet a few active retirees who are great examples of making the most of your golden years. Please register by call 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862. • Holiday Evening Storytime Calvert Library Southern Branch, 20 Appeal Way, Lusby, 7- 8 p.m. Family storytime for preschoolers. Program includes books, songs, and flannel board stories. For more information call 410-326-5289.

Friday, Dec. 7 • On Pins & Needles Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way, 1-4 p.m. Bring your quilting, needlework, knitting, crocheting, or other project for an afternoon of conversation and shared creativity. For more information call 410535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

Saturday, Dec. 8 • Gingerbread House Workshop Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch, 3819 Harbor Road, Chesapeake Beach, 10-11a.m. & 2-3 p.m., 410-257-2411. Calvert Library Fairview Branch, Rt. 4 and Chaneyville Road, Owings, 10-11 a.m. and 2-3 p.m. Come and celebrate the holiday season by building a small gingerbread house. Each child is asked to bring a bag of candy to share with the group to decorate all the gingerbread houses. For children in first through seventh grades. Please register.

Monday, Dec. 10 • Book Discussion Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch, 3819 Harbor Road, Chesapeake Beach, 7-8:30p.m. Pot Luck Holiday Meal at Town Center Apartments. For more information call 410-257-2411.

Tuesday, Dec. 11 • Lifelong Learning Series Downloading eBooks using Overdrive Calvert Library Twin Beaches

Branch, 3819 Harbor Road, Chesapeake Beach, 7-8:30 p.m. Do you own an iPad, Kindle, Nook, or other e-reader or tablet? Did you know you can check out ebooks from the library for any of these devices? In this workshop we’ll show you how, and discuss the differences between the devices themselves. Perfect for Christmas research. Please register, and if you have a device, bring it. For more information 410-257-2411

If you are interested in volunteering at Calvert Library, come for an orientation. You will hear what opportunities are available and what commitments you will be expected to make as a volunteer. If you have not already completed an application, please bring a completed one with you. Please register by calling 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

Wednesday, Dec. 12

• On Pins & Needles Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way, 1-4 p.m. Bring your quilting, needlework, knitting, crocheting, or other project for an afternoon of conversation and shared creativity. For more information call 410535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

• Creative Memoirs: Reinventing a Life Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way, 2-3:30 p.m. Join author and editor Elisavietta Ritchie as she encourages the art of creative memoir writing. Bring 12 double-spaced copies of your piece of memoir, 500-800 words, to work on and share with the group. For more information call 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862. • Yes. You CAN Use a Computer Calvert Library Southern Branch, 20 Appeal Way, Lusby, 2-3 p.m. Create a resume. Participants will learn the basics of formatting a resume using Microsoft Word. The training will last an hour and will take place in a small group. Please register. 410-326-5289.

Thursday, Dec. 13 • Calvert Conversations Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch, 3819 Harbor Road, Chesapeake Beach, 10-11 a.m. An informal discussion of local history of interest to long-time Calvertonians and newbies. Complimentary coffee and tea. Come, relax in our living room, and share or learn something new. For more information call 410-257-2411. • JobSource Mobile Career Center Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way, 3-7 p.m. Stop by to get job counseling, resume help, search for jobs and get connected with Southern Maryland JobSource. This 38 foot mobile center features 11 computer workstations, smart board instructional technology, satellite internet access, exterior audio visual and broadcasting capabilities; state of the art workforce applications and connectivity for wireless mobile device access. For more information call 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862. • Holiday Evening Storytime Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch, 3819 Harbor Road, Chesapeake Beach, 6:30-7:15 p.m. Join us for a wide variety of holiday stories and activities. For more information call 410-257-2411. • Volunteer Orientation Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way, 7-8:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 14

Saturday, Dec. 15 • Yes, You CAN Use A Computer Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way 10-11:00 a.m. Beginners can learn how to use Microsoft Word to create, edit, save, and print documents. The training will last one hour and will take place in a small group. Please register by calling 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862. • Brain Games Mahjongg, Scrabble and more Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way, 12-2 p.m. Want to learn Mahjongg? Hope to make your Scrabble skills killer? Games are a great way to keep your brain sharp while having fun. Join us. For more information call 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

Monday, Dec. 17 • Books and Toys Calvert Library Southern Branch, 20 Appeal Way, Lusby, 10-11 a.m. Moms, parents, caregivers and your tots. Book club for mom, playtime for kids. This month’s selection is The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty. 410-326-5289. • Calvert Eats Local Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way, 7-8:30 p.m. Encourage local agriculture, discover ways to eat locally, and share resources, energy, and good ideas for great food. Barbara Kingsolver wrote Animal, Vegetable, Miracle (published in 2007), she helped to build the buylocal food movement across the country. A respected and popular fiction writer, Kingsolver moved with her family to rural Virginia and she and her family spent a year trying to only eat locally sourced food. She documented those experiences in Animal, Vegetable, Miracle that became a national best seller. Greg Bowen will lead a discussion on the book. For more information call 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

Out&About Tuesday, Dec. 18

• Resume and Cover Letter Workshop Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way, 10-12 p.m. Need help with your resume? Join job counselor Sandra Holler in a small group to learn what makes a strong resume and cover letter. If you have one started, bring it with you so editing can happen on the spot. Please register by calling 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862. • Board of Trustees meeting Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way, 2-5 p.m. Calvert Library Board of Trustees monthly meeting. For more information call 410-5350291 or 301-855-1862. • Yes, You CAN Use A Computer Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way, 2-3:30 p.m. Beginners can learn how to use Microsoft Word to create, edit, save, and print documents. The training will last one hour and will take place in a small group. Please register by calling 410-5350291 or 301-855-1862.

until she makes the devastating discovery she never will be able to have children. The same year in India, a poor mother makes the heartbreaking choice to save her newborn daughter’s life by giving her away. We follow both families, invisibly connected until Asha’s journey of self-discovery leads her back to India. For more information call 410-326-5289.

Thursday, Dec. 20 • Yes, You CAN Use a Computer Calvert Library Fairview Branch, Rt. 4 and Chaneyville Road, Owings 2-3 p.m. Participants will learn the basics of formatting a resume using Microsoft Word. The training will last one hour and will take place in a small group. Please register by calling 410-257-2101. • Holiday Concert & Sing-along Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way 7-8:30 p.m. Bring the family to enjoy “Fathers & Sons” barbershop quartet singing holiday songs and then join in a sing-along of fun holiday favorites. For more information call 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

Friday, Dec. 21

• Downton Abbey Schemes and Skeins Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way, 5-6:30 p.m. Bring your knitting/crochet project and join us for the hot PBS Masterpiece Classic series Downton Abbey on the big screen. For more information call 410-5350291 or 301-855-1862.

• On Pins & Needles Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way, 1-4 p.m. Bring your quilting, needlework, knitting, crocheting, or other project for an afternoon of conversation and shared creativity. For more information call 410535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

Wednesday, Dec. 19

Monday, Dec. 24

• Book Discussion Calvert Library Fairview Branch, Rt. 4 and Chaneyville Road, Owings, 2-3:30 p.m. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Despite the tumorshrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. For more information 410-257-2101

Library Closed for Christmas. 12-12 a.m.

• Yes, You CAN Use a Computer Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch, 3819 Harbor Road, Chesapeake Beach 2-3 p.m. Beginners can learn how to use Microsoft Word to create, edit, save, and print documents. The training will last one hour and will take place in a small group. Please register by calling 410-257-2411. • Book Discussion Calvert Library Southern Branch, 20 Appeal Way, Lusby, 7-8:30 p.m. Secret Daughter by Shilpi Gowda. Somer’s life is everything she imagined it would be

Tuesday, Dec. 25 Library Closed for Christmas. 12-12 a.m.

Thursday, Dec. 27 • Movie based on Hunger Games Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way 6-8:30 p.m. Join us for a showing of the recent popular movie based on Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Rated PG-13. For more information call 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

Friday, Dec. 28 • On Pins & Needles 1:00-4:00pm. Bring your quilting, needlework, knitting, crocheting, or other project for an afternoon of conversation and shared creativity. Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way, 410535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

Monday, Dec. 31 Library Closes early for New Year’s Eve. 5 p.m.

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