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ews Commissioners Terminate Jail Expansion By Guy Leonard Staff Writer The Board of County Commissioners voted 3 to 2 to end a project expanding the local detention center. At the same time it voted to withdraw its support of the jail expansion in light of the more than $7 million in overages. Commissioner Todd Morgan (R-Great Mills) and Commissioner President Francis Jack Russell (D-St. George Island) opposed voting down the Sheriff’s office’s request to seek additional state grant funding for the expansion. The engineering company overseeing the construction bid, L.R. Kimball, posted a letter to commissioners Dec. 7 analyzing and itemizing the cost increases in the overall bid package from the contractor stated that delays in the bidding process may have been to blame for the results. The commissioners said the letter did not adequately explain why the $23 million jail project had significantly increased. “They can’t build us a jail for this amount of money… they want more,” Commissioner Daniel Morris (R-Mechanicsville) said. Public works Director George Erichsen explained the letter suggests reducing the cost of the project was to reduce the size. The design is for an extra 280 minimum-security beds and renovating internal security for older portions of the facility. “There’s not enough they can cut out without addressing the scope of the project,” Erichsen said. Morgan hoped the board would ask for state aid but Morris reminded members the initial cost estimates were based on the engineering analysis from the independent firm. “It does suck, what’s happening,” Morgan said. “But I don’t see the down side to asking.” Morris said: “They gave us a ballpark figure, it wasn’t just thrown out there.” Russell suggested the board consider a discussion with neighboring counties to construct a regional detention facility. Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron said that the vote effectively terminated years of planning. However, Cameron he understood the commissioners’ position. Overcrowding and aging infrastructure inside the jail are a challenge to overcome, according to Cameron. “Obviously I’m disappointed, I think it was a well developed project,” Cameron said. “It’s done, that [vote] killed it.”

College of Southern Maryland Purchasing Land CSM President Brad Gottfried announced the college is close to closing on a land acquisition deal. He said he couldn’t name a location until the deal is

finalized, but the deal should be finished by the end of the month. The purchase will add a fourth campus to its system.

Commissioners Don’t Support Park and Ride By Guy Leonard Staff Writer The Board of County Commissioners will send a letter to the Maryland Transportation Administration withholding their support for a proposed park and ride facility. Commissioner Todd Morgan (R-Great Mills) said the state has not sought public comment but has tried to move ahead. “It [the state] hasn’t exactly been transparent in how they want to do things, especially with the public,” Morgan said. Protesting the proposed location in New Market on Route 6 near the intersection of Route 5, local residents fear impact on traffic projected by the 500-car project, clogging a tenuous intersection. Others are concerned a parking facility in a wooded area could provide concealment for criminals and child predators in close proximity to Lettie Marshall Dent Elementary School. Elected leaders said a proposed alternate site in

Mechanicsville, at the intersection of Route 5 and Mechanicsville Road, might be a viable if the state changes its stance on its preferred site. The person in control of the property has said he would be willing to lease the land for a park and ride, but the state has not contacted him. The state mostly likely won’t proceed with the New Market project without county support to maintain it once it has been built, according to local officials. Commissioner Cindy Jones (R-Valley Lee) suggested a work session to consider other potential sites. Commissioner Dan Morris (R-Mechanicsville) said that the county’s infrastructure is not ready to handle park and ride facilities the size of which the state was pursuing, including the one under construction in Charlotte Hall on Golden Beach Road. “I’ve never supported these mega park and rides,” Morris said. “The roads and intersections need improvements.”

Planning Commission Holds Off On TDR Exemption By Guy Leonard Staff Writer The county Planning Commission tabled dis-

cussion on a text amendment that would exempt certain public and semi-public facilities, such as libraries, schools museums and churches, from having to purchase transfer of development rights (TDRs) that would ensure land in the rural tier would never be built out. Under normal county rules TDRs are a required purchase that act to pay for the preservation of rural land while encouraging development in commercial and residential centers. Commission members could not agree on which entities to consider for inclusion under the proposed rule change and instead opted to hold a work session to work out whether non-profits and not-for-profits were appropriate to have under the new law. The text amendment process started when several churches in the rural tier of the county wanted to expand their operations but wanted to avoid paying extra money that they believed could be better used in outreach programs. Several representatives from local churches came to show their support for the measure. Shelby Guazzo, a commission member, said the text amendment had merit but if it passed it would allow 16 different kinds of entities to avoid paying for TDRs, which would mean the county could miss out on a significant amount of revenue to preserve rural land. “The planning commission is concerned that it would make a loophole but the other question is how big of a loophole it would be,” Guazzo said. “It’s the law of unintended consequences.” Commission members are expected to wait until sometime after Jan. 7 to hold a work session on the text amendment.


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Comptroller Visits Leonardtown By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot visited small businesses in Leonardtown, praising them for their efforts to keep dollars in the county’s local economy. He commended them on the local jobs they provide, at the same time chiding the state a bit for the hard time it has had in creating private sector jobs. Franchot, as the state’s chief tax collector, has pushed fiscally conservative policies and often criticized those of Gov. Martin O’Malley’s administration, placing taxation above fiscal recovery. He was especially impressed with The Hair Company, as a model for private sector job growth, employing more than 40 people. “We turn ourselves inside and out to get a company with 25 employees,” he said. Franchot said the state excelled at using public dollars to create jobs but private sector growth, which allows such jobs to exist, was a different story. “We’re No. 1 in the country for public sector employment growth but we’re No. 32 in the country for private sector growth and were No. 46 in the country for private sector wages,” Franchot said. “Statewide we need to focus more on the private sector.” Mayor Dan Burris said Franchot came down to promote the importance of buying local products, a practice that the town heartily supports. Burris said that Leonardtown had been a popular spot for Franchot in recent years; he visited back in 2009 to promote residents’ buying local goods. “He’s promoting buy local and so are we,” Burris said. “We want to keep dollars local. I think it surprised him to what we do have going on down here.”

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ews College, State To Partner On Oyster Restoration In St. Mary’s River By Guy Leonard Staff Writer St. Mary’s College of Maryland received more than $89,000 in grant money last week from the state to work with a local aquaculture business on novel ways to restore oysters in the county’s eponymous river. The grant comes from the state’s Department of Natural Resources and will be administered through the Maryland Industrial Partnership (MIPS) and will allow the college to work with Shore Thing Shellfish LLC on the project. Kevin Boyle, one of the founders of Shore Thing Shellfish, explained that the idea was to grow larval oysters in tanks on land and then take the tank in to the river to allow the oysters to begin maturing on shell. Once the oysters have set on the shell from the tank the mold is removed and the shell mass will remain on the river’s floor naturally. Bob Paul, a biologist who has spent years studying the water quality of the St. Mary’s River, said oysters were key to

making it better. “The water quality of the river is impaired, it’s very much a microcosm of the Chesapeake Bay,” Paul said. “The goal is to get the population stocks high enough to sustain a natural population.” Oysters have been called the “keystone” species for the bay and its surrounding watershed because they have been the main source of pollution control and cleaning for the waterways traditionally. But, due to continued fishing and decimation from diseases such as MSX and dermo, the populations have come down to just a mere fraction of their numbers from decades ago. St. Mary’s College of Maryland President Joseph Urgo said that cleaning up the river was part of the college’s duty to the support the community and the environment. “This river is so important to our identity as a college,” Urgo said. “This river is critical to who we are.”

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ews Town Council Receives New Development Plan

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A new proposal for land use in Leonardtown’s town limits would employ mixeduse projects to expand businesses and amenities in town, while maintaining the balance of residential access for both seniors and younger residents. The plan emphasizes revitalization plans to develop the wharf property for maximum commercial benefit as well as the western side of town, where the defunct Tudor Hall project was. Mayor Dan Burris said the goal is to provide connectivity in the town while at the same time bolstering growth. “This whole concept here is to create one town,” Burris said. “This isn’t set in stone, it’s an idea, it’s a vision.” The plan submitted by Crozier Associates of Savage, proposes potential land use plans in four subsections of the town. In the first section the plan proposes building new apartments to supplement current ones and creating a connection between Washington Street and Leonardtown Elementary School. Another section calls for forming new “green parks” to improve appearances and moving parking around the back of businesses. On Fenwick Street, which would be a mixed-use corridor, the plan shows expanding retail shops to include more food vendors, a pharmacy and larger building along the street and loft apartments and senior apartments. The third portion of the plan, addressing the western portion of town, proposes single-family homes that, while new, would resemble the cottages already there. This would help keep the “small town” feel of the neighborhood, the plan states. The final area of the plan focuses on Washington Street down to the wharf keeping historical buildings intact but including streetscapes to encourage residents walking rather than driving cars in town. The plan calls for a recreational park, amphitheater, three-to-four story inn and a 20,000 square foot conference center.

Salisbury University Joins Southern Maryland Higher Education On November 29, 2012, the Board of Governors of the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center approved a new Master of Social Work Degree and also a new B. S. in Social Work Degree for presentation at SMHEC by Salisbury University. The two social work programs will begin in the fall 2013 semester. Salisbury University joins 13 other universities that are located at and presenting 95 academic programs in their entirety at SMHEC. The MSW is an accredited degree that prepares graduates for licensure with the State of Maryland. All courses required for both the MSW and the social work will be offered at SMHEC. The degrees will be supported by a $432,000 grant from the University System of Maryland. A full time coordinator for the two Salisbury University social work degree programs is scheduled to be located at SMHEC as early as March of 2013, providing counseling and advisement for students interested in the social work programs. Information sessions are also planned for spring and summer sessions of 2013, including at a SMH-

EC Open House scheduled for March 21. Both social Work degree programs are fully accredited by the Council of Social Work Education--a must for the earning of a graduate’s licensure. Additional universities located at SMHEC include Johns Hopkins University, the University of Maryland at College Park, George Washington University, Towson University, Bowie State University, the University of Maryland University College, Capitol College, Webster University, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, Notre Dame of Maryland University, Washington Adventist University, Gratz College, and Stevenson University. Included among the over 90 academic programs at SMHEC are 37 STEM degree and certificate programs, 37 education programs, 14 business and management programs, 2 nursing programs and the 2 additional social work programs starting in the fall 2013 semester. For additional information contact Dr. Cynthia Shoemaker, SMHEC University Coordinator at 301-737-2500 or

‘Big Give’ Gives Top Support to CSM In an unprecedented show of support for the state’s community colleges during a one-day online giving event, the College of Southern Maryland placed first among Maryland’s 16 colleges with more than $23,000 given by 223 donors on Nov. 14. Responding to the student loan debt crisis and the need to raise funds for accessibility and degree completion, CSM united with Maryland’s community colleges in the unique online event to raise funds and support, using social media tools for the more than half-million students they collectively educate each year. CSM finished first with $23,014 raised in 24 hours. CSM’s online donors were able to support a variety of projects, including Student Life and Athletics,

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Local Alpaca Farm Selling Holiday Goods By Alex Panos Staff Writer Alpaca fleece, a soft, hypoallergenic, water repelling and stain resistant material, is readily available in Calvert. It makes a great gift this holiday season, says Dorys Brennan, owner of Finca Serena Alpaca Ranch. Brennan sells a wide variety of authentic fleece merchandise on her farm in Port Re-

public, including sweaters, gloves, scarves, hats, shawls, rugs, teddy bears and figurines. Unlike fleece distributors in Annapolis and Washington, Brennan says her products are much more affordable because she has no overhead expenses; majority of merchandise is handmade on-site. Most items average $50 to $70 with the product price from $15 to $150. “I make my own gloves, and I only charge $15,” Brennan said.

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The fleece comes from the farm’s 13 alpacas – producing nearly 50 pounds in varying natural colors annually. While she prefers all the natural white, brown and grey colors of alpacas, Brennan’s shop does feature more radical hues. She laughs and points to a green sweater, “I use KoolAid and other food colorings.” She outsources some fleece to Massachusetts and Tennessee in order to spin the fleece her alpacas produce. Brennan’s decision to outsource means she does not have to hire any employees, Brennan offers a variety of items made from alpaca fleece. keeping shop prices down. how to wash, spin and knit fleece. The larger companies spin the fleece She smiles, “I taught myself how to do into yarn and return it to her, sometimes it.” blended with wool or other materials. All sales proceeds go towards processA few items, such as socks, need elastic ing fleece and feeding the alpacas, she said, added to the fleece, Brennan said, which re- noting each alpaca on the farm has a distinct quires help from other companies. personality. “My goal is to make [all] handmade She says her efforts are not motivated by [items],” Brennan said, noting how time con- making money, but instead from a “passion suming it is to wash, spin and knit items. for animals” and working with their unique, Brennan discovered her love for alpacas soft fleece. when she and her mother went to buy eggs “I want people to have some [alpaca from a local farm. fleece] because it’s a wonderful product,” The former graphic artist had recently Brennan said, pointing out its lightweight, moved onto her current property, and was pill-resistant, moisture-wicking and durable looking for the right animal to raise on the characteristics. land. The shop, located at 1930 Rosemary Suddenly, an alpaca emerged into sight Lane, Port Republic, is open the next two where her mother was purchasing farm-fresh weekends –Friday through Sunday – from groceries. 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. After that customers are “I said ‘that’s it,” Brennan recalled. welcome by appointment. ‘That’s the animal.’ Call 443-498-8476 or visit alpacasfurBrennan soon became inspired by the for more information. alpacas, and their quality fur, and her interest in knitting fleece for the public grew. She spent two years learning how to

Hilton Garden Inn’s Brown Receives Award On Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Maryland Tour & Travel Summit held at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge, Beverly Brown was awarded the Audrey Davenport Hospitality Person of the Year Award. This award is named in honor of the Maryland Tourism Council past president, who was legendary for exceptional customer service. The late Audrey Davenport owned the Penwick House in Dunkirk and was instrumental in developing the first tourism offices in Calvert County. The nomination form states that this honor is awarded to an individual, who has demonstrated outstanding customer service to Maryland visitors. The nominee must have worked in the tourism industry Beverly Brown from her LinkedIn Profile Beverly Brown works as Director of for a minimum of three years and must display consistent outstanding service and Sales for the Hilton Garden Inn at Solomons a positive image about Maryland and her and is running for 2013 Mardi Gras Queen for the United Way of Calvert County. company.


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State Comptroller Recognizes Local Volunteer education process for her children. “It was the right place to be,” she said. Post attempted to take her volunteer service to the next level this year by running for the Board of Education. After failing to make it past the primaries, she is still deciding if she wants to run again during the next election, hoping to be on the board while her kids were still in the school system. Comptroller Peter Franchot believes volunteers such as Post will help the younger generation reach their potential – sharing a story of a young individual who may have found a way to identify early signs of pancreatic cancer. “Think about what potential there is around the schools in this state,” Franchot said Monday morning during a press conference at Great Mills High School. “[Kids] are the key to success and the future of our economy.”

By Alex Panos Staff Writer One of the area’s most active volunteers, Trish Post, was recently awarded the Golden Apple Award for her years of dedicated commitment to improving the county’s public school system. The award recognizes volunteers who are extraordinary, demonstrate superior work and “impacted the future success of Maryland students,” according to the press release. Post, the current Parent Teacher Association county council president, has volunteered in the educational system for more than a decade. “It’s always nice to be recognized,” she said, but her children, all of whom attend St. Mary’s County Public Schools, are what really drive her involvement in the schools. Post says a main reason for all her efforts over the years was her desire to be actively involved in the

In these tough economic times where resources are limited, volunteers such as Post are to vital kids developing and unlocking their potential, he continued. “You’re an unsung hero,” the Comptroller said, including her counterparts – “thousands” of volunteers all over the state – as part of the claim. Post’s previous service includes involvement in two redistrictings, school calendar, school policy and regulation, safety and security committees, chair of the Reflections Art Gala, and chair of the Lettie Marshall Dent Scholarship committee. “She’s been a quintessential parent in terms of involvement,” Superintendent Michael Martirano said during the conference, adding she and similar parents in the county help make his job easier. “We benefit from your work every day.” Trish Post

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Students Raise Hope and Funds for Haiti It was an idea that grew legs. Literally. The XBSS Stewards at St. Mary’s Ryken are a small, but enthusiastic group. The 11 seniors dedicate themselves to serving their faith, their school and their community and they wanted to do something significant that would show fellowship with students in Haiti. XBSS stands for Xaverian Brothers Sponsored School and St. Mary’s Ryken is one of 13 in the United States. As such, the students regularly hear about the Brothers’ work at the Maison Fortuné Orphanage in Hinche, Haiti, which is about 70 miles northeast of Port-au-Prince.

In the January 2010 earthquake, Hinche itself suffered minor damage, but was overwhelmed by refugees. The population of the orphanage increased by 100 to a total of 240 children and young adults. Soon afterwards, the region was hit by a cholera outbreak. “There is a Haitian saying: behind every mountain is another mountain,” said Brother Cosmas Rubencamp, secretary of the Maison Fortuné Orphanage Foundation, referring to the strength of the Haitian people in the wake of the many difficulties they face. The Stewards wanted to find a unique fundraiser that went beyond col-

lecting funds. They joined forces with students in the Hope for Haiti club and, soon, had brainstormed their way to “Walk to Haiti.” This first walk – which will become an annual event – took place in late October and involved 90 students and 20 faculty and staff members. Participants arrived at the SMR track at 7 p.m. on a Saturday night and stayed until 6 a.m. Sunday morning. Between the event and donations from the community and local churches, the students raised $3,546.95. “The foundation is responsible for raising most of the funds which keep the orphanage going, and this support is extremely helpful,” said Brother Cosmas.

“We will use them as the students wish, either for the operating budget which covers the food, clothing, shelter and education of the 240 kids at Maison Fortuné, or for any specific designation they might want to make—for instance, our fund for post-high school education of the young folks (We currently have three in college.), or for health care, the library, etc. In the meantime, we are very grateful to the Haiti Club and Stewards for their efforts and promise that every cent of what they have raised will go to the orphanage for any purpose, general or specific, they designate.” For more information about the orphanage, visit

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Photos courtesy of The Patuxent Partnership Matt Scassero, executive director of the Unmanned Aerial Systems Coalition and Capt. David Woodbury of the Office of Naval Research talk about the challenges of working aerial drones into the nation’s airspace.

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Patuxent River Naval Air Station can play a key role in integrating unmanned air systems (UAS) into the national air space, according to leaders in field development. If the base gains the status of one of the six FAA designated sites to engage in testing, development and integration of UAS into the national airspace, recognition officials are aggressively seeking. The main obstacle to overcome is the Federal Aviation Administration’s acceptance of unmanned aircraft as safe, avoiding collisions with other aircraft either manned or unmanned. The FAA currently applies rules to UAS meant for manned aircraft — mainly the requirement to see and avoid threats or possible collisions, according to Matt Scassero, executive director of the newly formed Unmanned Aerial Systems Coalition. Since UAS are not able to see threats, he said, the focus has gone from “see and avoid to sense and avoid” where radar and positioning systems technology takes the place of the human eye in a cockpit. If engineers and technicians can break this barrier, UAS would be well on its way to airspace integration and then broad access to the civilian market, Scassero said.

By becoming an FAA approved site, Pax River NAS could push integration, making the nation competitive with other nations already using the technology commercially. “It behooves us to become one of the six designated sites,” Scassero said. “They’re moving out and we need to be moving out also.” Adm. Tim Heely, retired commander of the Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons facility at the naval air station, said the navy was initially worried about the rise of UAS supplanting pilots. But anti-submarine warfare pilots proved to be a major supporter because UAS allowed them more tools to fulfill their mission. “The P-3 guys stood up and said this could be a force multiplier for us,” Heely said, adding that one of the great objects of UAS was to make them available to commercial entities and other groups beyond just the military. But to do that they had to be integrated into the national airspace and that meant dealing with the FAA’s concerns. In addition to the FAA concerns over the UAS’s inability to see other aircraft and avoid them, it raises issues of UASs endangering the privacy of ordinary citizens. Heely said that manned aircraft are allowed use of the airspace but surveillance concerns do not seem to

apply to them. “It’s a red herring,” Heely said. “It’s the only thing they could hang their hat on.” The special capabilities UAS have over manned aircraft increase privacy worries. Scassero said privacy concerns are serious but stakeholders are working to address them. UAS have a longer loiter time, used to scan areas. The UAS, some so small they can be hand launched, are able to get close to their targets to initiate surveillance. These capabilities increase the UAS’s effectiveness in a theater of war but have privacy advocates so worried, he said. Pax River NAS’s role in UAS integration means addressing this issue. “It really comes down to leadership, and we have leadership here at Pax River,” Scassero said. Heely said concerns with UAS are challenging, especially the possibility of supplanting the life and death decisions of men and women in the battlefield. “We always need to keep skin in the game,” Heely said. “[Without them] it’ll be too easy to push a button and blow something up.” The gentleman spoke at a meeting of The Patuxent Partnership held on Tuesday evening.

DOD Revises Tuition Assistance The Department of Defense released a revised Tuition Assistance Memorandum of Understanding (TA MOU) today, which includes input from universities and reflects many of the president's Principles of Excellence. DoD will implement the policy March 1, 2013, requiring an institution to have a signed DoD MOU in order to be eligible to participate in the TA Program. After March 1, 2013, schools without a signed DoD MOU will not be able to enroll service members under the TA program until they have signed the MOU. Institutions with a currently signed DoD MOU can compare both

versions and select to retain the original DoD MOU or sign the revised DoD MOU. The current version of the MOU provides information, support, and increased protections to services members; strengthens oversight, enforcement and accountability; and provides guidelines for educational institutions receiving military TA funding. The MOU ensures all service members participating in off-duty, postsecondary education programs receive quality education programs uniformly via the classroom or distance learning, on or off military installations.

During fiscal 2011, approximately 549,000 service members participated in voluntary education programs, which included tuition assistance, adult-based education, and counseling. More than 325,000 service members were enrolled in postsecondary courses earning almost 45,000 college degrees and approximately 530 certifications and licenses. DOD's voluntary education program consists of 245 education sites worldwide, including Afghanistan. To view the MOU, go to


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Open Letter to County Commissioners It should come as no surprise that meeting the requirements of the Watershed Implementation Plan WIP and the Total Maximum Daily Loads (WIP/TMDL) is going to cost a great deal of money. The jurisdictions that make up the Chesapeake Bay drainage area, stretching from here to New York state, have nearly destroyed the world’s largest and most productive estuary through ignorance and willful neglect. Correcting generations of mismanagement is not going to come easily or cheaply. Piecemeal and voluntary efforts of the past decades failed to prevent the continuing strangulation of the Bay. If we cannot implement this comprehensive strategy we will return to the blame-shifting and small-scale efforts of the past while the Bay continues to deteriorate. The WIP/ TMDL plan might well be the last best hope for restoration of the Bay. The central strategy of the WIP/TMDL is to reduce the nutrient inputs that we know are most harmful to the waterways—nitrogen and phosphorus being the most

significant. St. Mary’s County, like every jurisdiction in the six-state, 64,000 square mile Chesapeake watershed, must reduce the amount of nitrogen and phosphorous it leaks into the Bay system. Because of our development history the bulk of that reduction must occur in the treatment of human waste. Since 1634 we have enjoyed our extensive water views and access, and much private profit and tax revenue has been gained by exploiting that resource. The county government continued to allow new development into the critical areas long after we knew that such near-shore habitation was harmful to the environment. Now we must pay for our profligacy. We hope the commissioners are devoting themselves to finding the funding that it will take to implement the plan. We hope they are willing to consider innovative or, if necessary, drastic measures. (It seemed like a missed opportunity recently when the commissioners moved, with surprising speed, to increase the permitted housing density of certain categories of land. This was

Maryland Puts Citizens at Risk Last week, I tried to buy a hunting license and learned that the State of Maryland knowingly puts hunters at risk. When I walked into a local store to purchase my annual Maryland hunting license, I handed over the normal driver’s license and hunter safety card. What happened next both astonished and frightened me. The salesperson asked for my Social Security Account Number. I observed no less than six people listening to hear my answer. This is a change from last year. I declined. I didn’t know this person and was also shocked by the number of people attempting to listen. I had already given my full name, address, driver’s license number, and now was being asked for my SSAN for entry into the DNR˙s COMPASS database. I have already been the victim of credit card fraud so I’m a bit sensitive as to whom has information about me. I asked why he needed this information. He told me that the state of Maryland requires it. Needless to say, I didn’t give some random person behind a counter all of my information. I simply left with my money and uncompromised identity. But I like to hunt, so I thought I would investigate. I thought there must be some sort of mistake or work around. I just couldn’t believe the State implemented a system that required its citizens to hand over this vital information to a stranger. Has this person had a background inves-

a giveaway that could have had some revenue-generating potential.) We hope the commissioners will not throw up their arms and say it’s too expensive before they have exhaustively examined all potential revenue sources; we live in one of the highest-income counties in the country, after all. We hope, too, that the commissioners will not try and use the “need for more study” sham of an argument. We know what we need to do to reduce nitrogen inputs to the Bay watershed. The Watershed Implementation Plan demands a lot from all of the residents, economic sectors and governments of the Bay watershed. We hope you will recognize the need for bold action and get behind, or at least not grasp for ways to undermine, what might well be the last hope for a comprehensive solution to restoring our most prized resource. Robert Elwood President, Potomac River Association

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tigation? Who knows? The next day, I wrote the DNR, my State Delegate, John Wood and my Representatives. They simply pointed out that it was Maryland state law intended to ensure that the state did not provide services to people who owed money. They admitted that it did have unintended consequences, but offered no action or assistance in helping to fix the problem. So for the hunters that have already bought a license and given out your SSNs, take heed. I am a certified Information Technology Professional with years of experience seeing instances of data exfiltrate out of databases at the hands of hackers. It’s inevitable. It comes with the territory. Try as you might to protect it, no public facing website (one connected to the internet) using only a username/password combination can be considered truly safe. There is no authentication that when you log in that you can prove that it’s really you. Hackers know what the State of Maryland lawmakers apparently do not. So I fear that the State of Maryland may cause many hunters to have their identities stolen and they may never know how. Sadly, if you purchased a 2012 fishing or hunting license, your identity is now at risk. Dan Slick Mechanicsville

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I am writing to say thank you to everyone in St. Mary’s County for helping me to heal emotionally, mentally, and physically through a very long journey. As we know my assisted living as well as my home burnt down in Great Mills. The best part “no life was taken.” God’s graces spared not only my life, but at the time I had taken time off from my business “MaryEllen’s Personal Home Care” to heal from personal issues of loss. I must assure you I am well on my way to recovery. Planted firmly on ground, ready to rebuild and go back to my life’s purpose. “Nursing is my healing art.” Sometimes God’s intentions aren’t that clear to us, but he will make the picture known in his time and his purpose. At times, many, many times, my faith was tested and things felt so uncertain at its best. But even through those uncertain times, my faith, which is very deep kept my eyes focused above and I have important work to do and he is waiting patiently for me to gather my resources, rebuild and help others in need. Through all the obstacles, hardships, and trauma, God’s graces allowed me to experience so many abundances of his love. Yes I lost everything- all material, but that can be replaced- but left is a miracle. “You only have one chance.” And I was blessed. I am the process of rebuilding and would like to thank everyone in my home of St.

Mary’s County, MD for helping me through so much. Please know especially the following public, professional persons came to my rescue and now I am able to move on faster than I could ever imagine. St. Mary’s County Government, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Dept., St. Mary’s Maryland State Police, Social Services, Pax River Naval Base- much love to my angels above and below. Red Cross, which took me under their wing and made sure I had a place to stay, food, and all the basic needs. I feel I had heaven here on earth. Fire Dept., who came so fast and made this horrible disaster turn smooth. Doctors & Therapist, who knew I had such a hard time talking, but allowed me the time and space and waited until I was ready. You should see me now. I am now doing things I have not done in 30 years. My address is now going to: P.O. Box 2064 California, MD 20634 But Mary-Ellen’s Personal Home will be back to serve our county on a personal basis again, having my purpose in life “serving others.” Life is best lived on a purpose. Mountains moved because I trusted Him. Mary-Ellen Albert-Matttingly California, Md.

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Two Arrests for Methamphetamine By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Vice/narcotics detectives say that two people involved in a scheme to both use and sell methamphetamines in St. Mary’s have been arrested in Southern Virginia and will soon be extradited here to face drug charges. Capt. Daniel Alioto, commander of the narcotics interdiction unit, said that Aliesha Carver and Billy Ammons were first arrested along with other suspects in a drug raid earlier this summer. Alioto said that when detectives conducted the raid at a Mechanicsville apartment they found evidence of both manufacturing and the product being stored there. “We found that they were using the one-pot or what is known as the shake and bake method,” Alioto said. Manufacturers of methamphetamines, a narcotic that is a powerful and highly addictive stimulant, no longer need large production facilities in remote areas but can now mix chemicals needed in something as small as a soft drink bottle to produce the drug. The remains of the manufacturing process are highly toxic.

Alioto said the group had not been operating their alleged drug scheme for long but their activities necessitated an extensive clean up of the property. That effort was paid for through a partnership his unit had the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). “It cost thousands of dollars to do this,” Alioto said of the cleanup. Both Ammons and Carver soon after left the county, he said. “They left, they knew charges were coming,” Alioto said. Methamphetamines are not a strong drug trend in the county, Alioto said, but credited training he and his detectives received in Tennessee two years ago with being able to increase their expertise in making cases against methamphetamine producers. “It’s not something that’s widespread in our county,” he said. “It’s another example of us being ahead of the curve.”

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Traffic stop leads to drug charges On Dec. 8, 2012 Dfc. Watters stopped a Nissan Altima for an alleged traffic violation on Three Notch Road in Mechanicsville. The operator was identified as Jacob Paul Heller, 31, of Waldorf. As Watters was speaking with Heller he could smell an odor of burnt marijuana emitting from the vehicle, police said. Further investigation revealed suspected marijuana and controlled dangerous substance paraphernalia inside the vehicle, according to police. Heller was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of controlled dangerous substance paraphernalia.

Warrant service On Dec. 8 Keon William Sanders, 24 of Lexington Park was arrested on an open District Court warrant for failing to appear in court. A probable cause search of Sanders incident to his arrest revealed he was in possession of suspected marijuana, police said. Sanders was served with the warrant and charged additionally with possession of suspected marijuana.


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Next Generation’s Meal Solutions By Alex Panos Staff Writer McKay’s in Hollywood is open for business, bringing a new, unique grocery storerestaurant hybrid to St. Mary’s. The store features gourmet ready prepared soups, salads, pizza, sandwiches, buffets, wine bar and traditional supermarket items. David McKay, chairman of the grocery store chain, said the company focused on utilizing the strengths the Hollywood store exhibited in the past – by adding more prepared foods for the lunch crowd and alcohol selections to the liquor department – to come up with the new plan. According to Thomas F. “Tommy” McKay, company president, the renovated store will meet consumer-needs and food preference demands of each customer in St. Mary’s County; the innovations are a natural evolution. “Americans are changing to eat more foods prepared outside the home,” Tommy said. “As you see that happen over the last 20 years, we’ve tried to find ways to get those customers back.”

“Purchasing prepared foods, particularly high-quality foods, says a number of things about our society’s changing palate. They are interested in experiencing a range of ingredients, textures and presentations.” - Jennifer Cognard-Black, English professor at St. Mary’s College

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After years of research and formulating ideas, the company determined a business module similar to a Wegmans or Harris Teeter had an excellent chance of succeeding in this market. One main appeal to the new store is its mixture of convenience and quality, Tommy said. Jennifer Cognard-Black, English professor at St. Mary’s College, says society has drifted toward choosing quality and convenient prepared foods over the last few decades due to cultural preferences along with advancements in global technology and communication. She says over the last 40 years, the number of women seeking employment outside of the home has increased. “As our society has continued to expect women to be the primary bakers and cooks within families, prepared foods have become a means for women to feed themselves as well as their families.”

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While modern-day mothers may not have enough time each day to prepare meals from scratch, they still desire to feed their loved ones good-tasting, high-quality foods, without all the MSG’s and high-fructose corn syrup processed foods contain. Gourmet, exotic foods are now more readily available than ever before. In the nineteenth century, transporting fresh goods was extremely expensive or downright impractical, so the grocery store was originally more of a local-seasonal store and people consumed local goods. As time progressed and transporting goods became more affordable, people started to gain access to new types of foods. Cognard-Black believes the increasing demand for prepared, high quality foods suggests middle and working class families are developing a desire to try international dishes – once a delicacy only the wealthy class enjoyed. Nutmeg, she says for example, which

can now be purchased for cheap and sprinkled over eggnog at Christmastime was once an “impossibly expensive and exotic ingredient.” “Purchasing prepared foods, particularly high-quality foods, says a number of things about our society’s changing palate,” Cognard-Black said. “They are interested in experiencing a range of ingredients, textures and presentations.” However, she continues, people are not experienced or knowledgeable enough to prepare exotic or complex dishes from other cultures by themselves – so they turn to prepared dishes to pop into the oven, or bring home in a container. “This interest in global cuisine bespeaks, I believe, our [advances in] global economy, popular culture and communication technologies,” Cognard-Black explained. She adds, Americans have recently felt the desire to try more foods from Asian cultures, and its popularity is on the rise – “from

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east Indian curries, to Thai noodles to Middle-Eastern falafel.” One of the featured new commodities at Hollywood McKay’s is the full “Asian bar,” featuring many classic dishes such as General Tso’s chicken and fried rice. Along with Asian cuisine and a number of other gourmet international recipes, McKay’s continues to offer their famous stuffed ham. Similar to local dishes throughout the country, stuffed ham is an expression of local identity, and along with crabs and oysters, is a food people in Southern Maryland eat to express a “place-specific sense of community,” said Cognard-Black. “At their best, prepared foods can showcase the quality of local, seasonal produce, dairy and meats.” Cognard-Black said. “If you know stuffed ham, and you eat it, you’re saying to the wider world ‘I’m from Southern Maryland.’” Along with the new vast prepared-food selections, beer and fine wine is available for patrons, complimenting every meal, Tommy said. Selections from local wineries, such as the Port of Leonardtown, help make up a list of 28 available wines. According to Vanessa Roach, the beverage manager, the newly installed wine bar is expected to draw a lot of people into the store. “There’s tons of variety between grapes and pricing,” Roach said, noting beer is on hand as well ranging from Bud Light to Blue Moon. “There’s something here for everyone.”

Cathy Bigley, a store clerk, says the store compares to modern day, up-scale food stores. “It’s very urban for this rural area. This is something you would find in a city,” she observed. The grocery store aspect of the site has added to its services. McKay’s expanded on the freshly prepared meats and the seafood department, and offers a variety of fresh breads baked daily. David says butchers are on hand to cut meet to order, be it one-inch thick or two, and will cook raw seafood for customers upon request. Basic, typical grocery store items remain abundant as well. The community could see more of these types of McKay’s hybrid-stores in the future, David said, although McKay’s focus now turns to constructing a supercenter in Charlotte Hall.

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In all, the store has the ability to satisfy customers planning to prepare a meal, grabbing something on the way home, eating lunch before returning to work or out for a glass of wine on the weekend. “We realized this size store was not meeting the needs, for the past 10 years, of the general customer,” David said, explaining the site is too small to be a supermarket, and too big for a convenience store. “We wanted to meet the basic needs of the community.” McKay’s in Hollywood is located at 23860 Hollywood Road.

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Military Mom Publishes Children’s Books

By Alex Panos Staff Writer Julia Maki spent five years in the military, including one tour of duty, hunting submarines on an aircraft known as a P-3C Orion. Now supporting the military as a contractor at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, the Lusby resident spends her free time writing as a published author, and will be signing copies of two original stories. Maki’s book “My Mom Hunts Submarines” is meant to give children of active duty military members a better of idea of what their parents are doing. It focuses on explaining in better detail her job, duties and a day in the life while on tour – in a way that is appropriate and makes sense for kids. She wrote the story for her daughter, who was 7 years old at the time. On Aug. 28 her second book, “All Hands on Deck! Dad’s Coming Home!” was published. It focuses around a little boy whose father works on an aircraft carrier in the navy, and is occasionally deployed. The child passes time and goes through his day to day routine, waiting for his father to return home. The book is based on her sister’s time in the military, spent on the USS Stennis.

Both stories focus on showing kids how to deal with parents out on deployment and aim to help them cope a little easier with the separation of a parent, while at the same time learning about aircrafts and carriers. It’s meant to show kids, mom or dad is away right now but they will eventually come home, she said. “There are not a lot of books about moms in the military that kids can relate to,” she said. Maki loves to meet new people and running into someone who is excited about the book. “It’s a small niche,” she noted of the demand for children’s military books, “but there aren’t a lot out there for the community.” Maki adds, another major theme is for kids to think “if my mom can hunt submarines and fly planes, there’s really nothing I can’t do.” Maki wrote her first book about six years ago. Through a friend she found a publisher, and Tate Publishing elected to sign her on and provided an illustrator for the books. She laughs, “I’m not an artist.” Maki will be at Naval Air Station Patuxent River Navy Exchange this Saturday, and next week on Dec. 22, from noon until closing signing copies of her two stories. The exchange is located at 22099 Cuddihy Road, Patuxent River. For more information visit

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Dorothy Ann Cullison, 75 Dorothy Ann Cullison, 75 of Fairfax, Va. and Bushwood, Md, passed away on Nov. 17 at Avalon Assisted Living, Falls Church, Va. with family at her side after a long and challenging battle with Alzheimer’s. Dorothy (Ann) was born on Oct. 11, 1936 in Bushwood, Maryland. She was happily married to Joseph Cullison for over 55 years. Ann was an avid decorator, hostess, florist and doting grandmother. She will most be remembered for her warm hugs, laughter, kindness and friendship to all. She is survived by her husband Joe; her only child Pamela Kalnitzky; her son-in-law, Phil Kalnitzky and their three daughters, Victoria, Amanda and Mackenzie. Ann is also survived by her sisters, Susan Muth, Donna Farrell and Jeannie Bean, as well as her brothers, Joseph Jr.Farrell and Thomas Anthony Farrell. In death she has joined her sister, Louise Farrell and her brothers, Everett and Bobby Farrell. Family received friends for Dorothy’s Life Celebration on Nov. 20 at Brinsfield Funeral home, Leonardtown, Md. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bushwood Md. on Nov. 21. Following was a reception of fellowship and memories. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown.

Joan Dent, 83 Joan Marie Wilson Dent, 83, of Myrtle Beach S.C., formerly of Lexington Park, died Dec. 6 in Myrtle Beach. She was the daughter of the late John Pleasant Wilson Sr. and the late Hazel Ransom Wilson. Dent was a homemaker. She was a member of Callaway Baptist Church, Gallaway, where she was very active in the outreach and missions programs. While in South Carolina she was a member of Glenns Bay Baptist Church, Surfside Beach. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her

husband, Elmer Francis Dent Sr.; brother, John Pleasant Wilson Jr.; daughter, Francine Dent Deinlein; granddaughter, Patricia; and grandsons, Herbie and James. Her children, Elmer Francis Dent Jr. of Providence, R.I.; Catherine Dent Behanna of Myrtle Beach, John Theodore Dent of Great Mills, Teresa Dent Gibson of Conway, S.C. and Cora Irene Dent Hart of Pueblo, Colo.; 17 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild survive her. A service was held Dec. 11 at Mattingley Gardiner Funeral Home, Chapel of Remembrance, Leonardtown. Burial took place at Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown.

June Gardiner, 81 Laura ‘June” Gardiner, 81, of Williamsburg, Va. passed away on Dec. 1 in Williamsburg, Va. Born on Nov. 18, 1931 in Brooklyn, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late William H. and Rose A. Larkin Shirley. June was the loving wife of the late Aloysius Bowling Gardiner formally of Waldorf, Md., whom she married in St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Gastonia, NC on February 18, 1961. She graduated from Sacred Heart High School and Jr. College in Belmont, NC. in 1952. June was a homemaker and also worked as a payroll clerk for Woonsocket-Mill in Woonsocket, RI. She enjoyed sewing, reading raising and playing with her dogs Shadow and Cinder. She is survived by her daughter Jean Marie Bowman (Johnnie) of Newport News, Va., and 3 grandchildren; Sammy, Emma, and William Bowman all of Newport News, Va. June is preceded in death by her siblings; William H. Shirley, Jeanne Conn, and Donald Thomas Shirley. The family received friends on Dec. 10 in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, 41590 Fenwick Street, Leonardtown, Md. 20650. A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, Dec. 10 in the Funeral Home Chapel, Leonardtown, MD with Father John Mattingly officiating. Interment will follow in Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham, Md.

Hubert Gray, 66 Hubert Larry Gray “Bushes”, 66, of Hollywood, Md. passed away surrounded by his loving family on Dec. 9 in Callaway, Md. Born on June 11, 1946 he was the son of late Luke

Manning and Bertha Brown Gray. Hubert was the loving husband of Patsy Louise Gray whom he married on June 28, 1969 in La Plata. Hubert is survived by his children: Wayne Gray and Tammy Lozano both of Hollywood, 5 grandchildren Amanda Bassford, Michael Bassford, Jr., Falon Lozano, Austin Gray and Dylan Gray, he was expecting a great grandson in February, 2013. He is also survived by brothers; Ben and J. David Gray both of Hollywood, MD. Hubert is preceded in death by his brothers; Charles, Allen, George, and John B. Gray all of Hollywood, Md. He graduated from Leonardtown High School in 1965 and joined the United States Army, serving in Germany for 2 years. Hubert worked was a Pipe fitter/ and Installer for the Architect of The Capital House Office Building, in Washington, DC. Hubert loved sports; basketball, baseball, football, playing softball; the fun times afterwards, and he was a huge Redskins fan, he loved going crabbing, and watching WWF. The family will receive friends on Dec. 13 from 5 – 8 p.m. with prayers recited at 7 p.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home. A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, Dec. 14 at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in Charles Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be: Richard Gray, Michael Gray, Wayne Russell, J.W. Russell, Michael Plumer, and Michael Plumer, Jr.

Mary Jane Lasher, 91 Mary Jane Lasher, 91, of Hobe Sound, Fla., died Nov. 29 at the Martin Nursing and Restorative Care Center in Stuart in Florida. Born June 3, 1921 in Syracuse, N.Y., to Nellie and Harry Fellows. She graduated from high school in Syracuse and attended Syracuse University. She married Norbert A. Lasher in 1941. They traveled the world together as part of an Air Force family from 1941 to 1968. They lived in Syracuse, Baltimore, Newfoundland, Silver Springs, England, Missouri, San Antonio and Camp Springs until finally returning to Florida in 1971. Mary Jane enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She was an excellent cook and a superb artist. She loved china painting and giving each piece to her children and grandchildren. She lived life to the fullest and never had a bad word to say about anyone. She was always there to help

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anyone in need. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son (Patrick Lasher) and grandson (James Lasher). She is survived by two sons, Richard (Mary Jane) and Michael (Debbie), and her daughter Susan Thawley (Tom). Also surviving her are her grandchildren, Steven Lasher, Christopher Lasher, Hans Lasher, Robby Lasher, Jennifer Lasher, Emily Quinn, Shelly Thawley and Tanya Thawley, and four great-grandchildren.

Barbara Lumpkins, 82 Barbara Ann Tippett Lumpkins was born Aug. 17, 1930. She was the daughter of the late James Oakley Tippett and Gertrude Buckler Tippett. Barbara retired from St. Mary’s County Public School System in 1993 after twenty-one years of service. She took great pride in her home and loved taking care of her family, especially her grandchildren. She spent endless hours playing Bingo and Pitch. She was also an avid Baltimore Orioles fan. She is survived by her eleven children, Gerald “Jerry” Webster Jr., Francis Irvin “Pete”, James Carroll “Jack” (Mary Lou), Sandra Lee, Donald Wayne, Barbara Jo “Bo” (Robbie), Brenda Ann (Pee Wee), Richard Alan (Lyn), Sheila Bernadette (Tom), Marjorie Gail (Dan), Bonnie Sue, special brotherin-law Butch (Debbie), nineteen grandchildren, thirty-three great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. Her husband Gerald Webster Lumpkins Sr., grandson Kenneth Allen Lake, son-in-law Charles Z. Latham Jr., siblings Louise, Bernadette, Thelma, Irvin, Dennis, Archie, Doris, Bernard, Sis, Bettie Lee, and Elwood, preceded her in death. The family received friends on Dec. 6 with prayers recited in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, Md. A Mass of Christian of Burial was celebrated on Dec. 7 in Holy Angels Catholic Church, Avenue, Md. with Father Michael Tietjen officiating. Interment will follow in Charles Memorial Gardens Leonardtown, Md. The pallbearers were Kevin Lake, Petey Lumpkins, Jim Lumpkins, Robbie Baird, Jr., Stevie Long, Chris Lumpkins, Erich Bogie, and Trevor Guy. Honorary Pallbearers will be remaining grandchildren,


great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren. Contributions may be made to the Seventh District Vol. Rescue Squad P.O. Box 7 Avenue, Md. 20609 and/or the Adam C. Lumpkins Trust Fund c/o Union Bank & Trust 211 North Main Street Bowling Green, Va. 22427.

Robert Wilson Marsh, 82 Reverend Dr. Robert Wilson Marsh, 82, of California, Md., a lifelong Presbyterian minister, chaplain and musician, died on Dec. 4 at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home in Charlotte Hall, Md. Born on Mar. 13, 1930, in Holiday’s Cove, West Virginia, he was the son of the late George Harlan and Martha Wilson Marsh. Graduating from Weir High School in 1948, he was the first in his family to attend college, working many hours at the Weirton Steel Corporation to fund his education. He graduated cum laude from Grove City College in Grove City, Pa., in 1953 with a Bachelor of Arts double major in History and Politics. Raised a Presbyterian, he then began to prepare for his life’s work, realizing his calling to the ministry driven by his strong faith, keen interest in theology, and innate desire to do good for humanity. He subsequently earned three advanced degrees in support thereof. First a Master’s of Divinity from Western Theological Seminary (now called Pittsburgh Theological Seminary) in Pittsburgh, Pa. in 1956. Then, while serving as an ordained minister, he attended Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Va., where he received a Master’s of Theology in 1963 and Doctorate in Ministry in 1973. From 1966 to 1967, he studied French and The Reformation at the Université de Neuchatel, Switzerland. During this special year, he met his future wife, Sigrun Marlis, in West Berlin while traveling throughout Europe. Dr. Marsh proudly and passionately served as a pastor for more than 50 years. Ordained in 1956, he began his career in Pea Ridge, Ar., thereafter also serving congregations in Tx,, Md., La., Oh., and WV. While at his second pastorate in Ft. Worth, Tx., Dr. Marsh attended a prayer breakfast with local clergy at the Hotel Texas with President John and First Lady Jackie Kennedy, just a few hours before his assassination in Dallas. His longest pastorate was at the First Presbyterian Church of St. Mary’s County (now called Patuxent Presbyterian), where he served from 1977 until his retirement in


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1995. During his time in Md., Dr. Marsh, an avid musican, pianist, and hymn-writer, who loved to lead the congregation in song, launched an annual community music series at the church, bringing prominent musicians and choral groups to St. Mary’s County, including the U.S. Army Chorus and U.S. Navy Sea Chanters. Most notably, he was the visionary, inspiration, and force behind the relocation of the church from its original site in Town Creek to a much more visible and accessible location on MD Route 4 between Three Notch Road and the Thomas Johnson (a.k.a. Solomons) bridge connecting St. Mary’s and Calvert Counties. After much research and review, he led the relocation team in their selection of an esteemed architect who created the beautiful, open-air design. Dr. Marsh boldly and successfully led the congregation in this endeavor, despite its controversial nature, and the church continues to thrive and grow today. Following retirement, Dr. Marsh continued to work as an Interim Minister, guiding a number of churches including St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Leesville, La., Longs Run Church in Calcutta, Oh., First Presbyterian Church in St. Clairsville, Oh., First Westminster Presbyterian Church in Steubenville, Oh., Hill Top Presbyterian Church in Toronto, Oh., as well as his home church, Cove Presbyterian, in Weirton, WV., during the selection process and smooth transition between permanent ministers. Dr. Marsh was thrilled to have the opportunity to “go home” for over 10 years to the Upper Ohio Valley region he loved to continue serving as a seasoned minister in this important capacity. Dr. Marsh was a Chaplain in the Army Reserve and the Texas and Maryland Army National Guards for 30 years, retiring in 1990 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He was called up to active duty by President Kennedy in 1961, during the Berlin Crisis and served as a Chaplain for the 49th Armored Division at Fort Polk, Louisiana. His commitment to serve his country and fellow soldiers was something of which he was very proud. Dr. Marsh was a longtime Rotarian, active in a number of clubs where he resided, including Lexington Park where he was named a Paul Harris Fellow. He served on the Boards of St. Mary’s Hospice and the Pastoral Counseling Center. As a hymn-writer, he authored more than 20, with a number of them published in religious periodicals. He also enjoyed poetry and civil war history. He was an amateur genealogist and traced the earliest Marsh settler to colonial America, his great, great, great, great grandfather, Thomas Marsh,

who settled in Baltimore County in the mid-1700s and whose beautiful stone residence, the Eagles Nest, still stands today and which he visited on a number of occasions. He also confirmed the participation of several family members in multiple Civil War battles. As well, he was consistently involved in and/or led the Marsh-Atkinson family reunion, which met annually for over 100 years. He is survived by his wife, Sigrun Marlis Marsh of California, Maryland, two children, Kirsten E. Marsh of New York, New York, Bruce R. Marsh (Paola Piscioneri) of Alexandria, Virginia, and a grandson, Rowan W. Marsh. The family will hold a visitation at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650 on Sunday, Dec. 9. A funeral service will be held at the Patuxent Presbyterian Church, 23421 Kingston Creek Road, California, Md. 20619 on Monday, Dec. 10. The service will be conducted by Pastor Mike Jones. An interment service with military honors was held at the New Cumberland Cemetery in New Cumberland, West Virginia on Dec. 11. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that contributions be made either to the Music Ministry of the Patuxent Presbyterian Church, Attn: Dr. Robert W. Marsh Memorial Music Fund, 23421 Kingston Creek Road, California, Md., 20619, or the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, “In Memory of Robert Wilson Marsh,” 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, New York, 10018. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md.

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Dec. 26, 1941 to Nov. 21, 1945. He was assigned to recruiting duty and later served aboard the USS Bath (PF 55), a US Navy Tacoma-class frigate and also aboard the USS Wakefield, a troop transport ship. He received an Honorable Discharge at the end of the war. After the war, he was named and served as a member of the President’s Armed Forces Committee of St. Mary’s County and settled in Lexington Park. He was first employed in Lexington Park by the Federal Public Housing Authority as Tenant Advisor and Housing Project Manager of the Lexington Park and Carver Heights Project from 1946 to 1963. These homes were also known as the “Flattops” and many of Lexington Park’s future leaders and businessmen first came to this area and lived there. From 1963 until his retirement on June 30, 1972, he was employed by the Naval Air Test Station (NATC), Patuxent River, MD as Training Director and Supervisor of Technical Training. He joined the Lexington Park Lions Club in 1947 and was a tireless worker on their behalf for all of his adult life. In August, he received a 65year service pin from the Lions. During the 1960’s, he was active in

youth programs and the St. Mary’s County Little League for 10 years. Always a doer, he worked with the Great Mills High School Band Booster Club and was chairman of the committee that raised money to purchase band uniforms in 1963. He was also a Past President of the Ryken High School Association. He was a Life Member of the St. Mary’s County Elks Lodge 2092 and a member and past commander of the American legion John K. Fogarty Post 162. He was also an avid Redskins fan and season ticket holder from the early 1960’s and attended many games. In his later years, he would travel to the games with members of the Hogettes. After his retirement in 1972, he and Ruth enjoyed traveling in their camper and went on several cross-country trips. During the winter, he and Ruth would vacation at their condo in Hallandale, Florida. He especially enjoyed boating, gardening and taking care of his property in California, Md. He continued to do this until he was 93. Edgar is survived by his son, Wayne H. Russell and his wife Penny W. Russell of Fredericksburg, Va. and their children, Kevin W. Russell of Seattle, Washington, Zachary T. Russell of Fredericks-

burg, Va, Nancy A. Call of Fairfax, Va., Cary P. Scharf and her husband, Bryan, of Fredericksburg, Va., Thomas S. Call, Jr. and his wife, Lindsay, of Fredericksburg, Va. and also two great grandsons, Nathan and Adam Scharf. He was the patriarch of the family and will be forever and dearly missed. Family will receive friends on Dec. 13 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, located at 22955 Hollywood Road in Leonardtown. A funeral service will be conducted at 6 p.m. in the funeral home chapel by Reverend Joe Orlando. Interment will be Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. at Trinity Memorial Gardens in Waldorf. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lexington Park Lions Club, 23293 By the Mill Road, California, Md. 20619. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Edgar Russell, 96 E d g a r Gaines Russell, 96, of California, Md., passed away Dec. 7, at the Solomon’s Nursing Center. Born Nov. 28, 1916 in Gaffney, S.C., he was the son of the late Henry James Russell and Eliza Gaines Russell. Edgar was married to the late Ruth Hamilton Russell from Nov. 15, 1942 until her passing on June 17, 2011. He graduated from Berea Academy, Berea, Ky. in 1935 and also attended University College, University of Maryland. During World War II, he served as a Chief Yeoman in the United States Coast Guard from

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Pet Pictures With Santa

Duke, owned by Sahra Grube of Piney Point, turns to greet Santa at the Well Pet Clinic “Pet Pictures With Santa” on Saturday. All proceeds of the event support the Animal Relief Fund.

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Fitzgerald Realty Grand Opening

Photos by Stephanie Scott Tripp, owned by Beckie Tayman of Great Mills, compliments Santa’s ensemble.

CSM Graduates Newest Geriatric Nursing Assistants The workforce need for nursing aides is expected to grow 20 percent in the next 10 years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Occupational Outlook Handbook, from more than 1.5 million in 2010. Currently, in order to work in a Maryland licensed long-term care (LTC) facility, nursing aides must have both the certified nursing assistant certification and the geriatric nursing association registry. Since May 2012, students who have completed the College of Southern Maryland Geriatric Nursing Assistant Program through the Continuing Education and Workforce Development Department have a 100 percent pass rate on the Brittany Caruso of Huntingtown, left front, Tabitha Francis of Lexington Park and National Nurse Aide Assessment Michelle Fuller of Prince Frederick; Brandon Hosselrode of Lusby, left back, Karuna Patel of Lexington Park and Samantha Schohn of Leonardtown.. Program (NNAAP) Exam. “Completion of the program for nursing assistants in the country, ranging from and exam make our students highly marketable to $28,990 to $34,700, according to BLS statistics rework in the long-term and assisted living environ- lease in May 2011. ment,” said CSM Director of Healthcare, Workforce For information on spring GNA and CNA proDevelopment, Kelly Winters, MSN RN. grams visit or Maryland has among the highest annual wages contact Winters at

Highest Rating for Southern Maryland Nursing Center Once again St. Mary’s Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, (formerly St. Mary’s Nursing Center) distinguishes itself by receiving high honors from the State of Maryland for quality standards. Maryland’s “Pay for Performance” program links nursing home payments to quality measures. Pay for Performance was developed by the Health Facilities Association and Mid- Atlantic LifeSpan, as an incentive to help eliminate unnecessary health care spending and improving patient outcomes. Nursing Centers were surveyed for quality of performance in the areas of staffing measures; evaluating patient- staff ratios and staff stability. Other important categories rated for “Pay for Performance” were patient outcomes data, staff immunization and infection control guidelines. The Maryland Healthcare Commission Family Satisfaction Survey results were an important factor in the “Pay for Performance” scoring. St. Mary’s Nursing and Rehabilitation Center received 100 percent on the MHCC Family Satisfaction Survey in 2012. St. Mary’s Nursing Centerand Rehabilitation Center continues to distinguish itself as a quality care provider and offering a tradition of excellence. Our community needs to know we are here and we care.

Billy Fitzgerald (pictured with Jack Russell, President of St. Mary’s County Commissioners to right) of Fitzgerald Realty & Auctioneers, 37601 Golden Beach Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622, celebrated the Companies Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting on November 30, 2012. The event was a huge success.

Cedar Lane Selling Unique Calendar When volunteers Margaret Taylor and Mary Ada Candela began a program to provide art instruction for residents at Cedar Lane Senior Living Community in 2011, they had no idea of the hidden talents of their students. The Cedar Lane Resident Art Program immediately attracted beginner and experienced artists alike. This small, but dedicated group of residents meets for two hours every week to learn and advance techniques to create expressive works of art from still-life, photographs and independent ideas. In the process, they have formed and strengthened friendships, and have demonstrated remarkable talent. This summer each resident artist submitted works to the St. Mary’s County Fair, all winning ribbons. A piece by program member Rose Deckelman won the prized Blue Ribbon. The group hosts an annual art show at Cedar Lane to showcase their works of art to the public. This year, the group undertook a new project to produce a 2013 Desktop Calendar, which features a small collection of the artwork created by the group over the last year. Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Heritage Printing of Leonardtown, who printed the calendar, 100 percent of the proceeds from calendar sales will be used to purchase much-needed art supplies and equipment for the program throughout the next year. Cedar Lane invites the community to support the Resident Art Program by purchasing 2013 Desktop Calendars for $5 each, and welcomes volunteers to help with the community’s various programs and activities for residents. For more information about Cedar Lane Senior Living Community, the Resident Art Program, or to purchase a calendar visit or call 301-475-8966.


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Library Items Libraries to be closed for Staff Day

All three libraries will be closed tomorrow, Dec. 14, for their Annual Staff Development and Volunteer Appreciation Day. Customers can use the Internet branch to manage their accounts, pay fines, search the catalog, download books, and do research using the library’s online resources.

Survey underway to help determine budget priorities

The library is conducting an online customer survey through Dec. 21. The responses will be used to help determine the library’s budget priorities for Fiscal Year 2014. The survey is only three questions and can be accessed from the library’s homepage.

Grant-seeking basics to be presented


Choir Travels from Africa to St. Mary’s The Watoto children’s choir group performed last week at St. Mary’s Ryken High School and Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, engaging the audience in song and dance featuring an African theme. Watoto is a holistic care solution providing for the needs of children in Africa. According to a press release, the choirs act as ambassadors to raise awareness about the plight of the orphaned and vulnerable children of Africa. The choir presented Watoto’s vision and mission through their stories, music and dance. Photos By Alex Panos

Those seeking grants from foundations, corporations and grant making public charities can register to attend Grant seeking Basics at Lexington Park branch on Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. to get an overview of the funding research process. Registration is required.

Family movies to be shown

Lexington Park library will show a movie about Paws, Quinn, and a group of talking dogs who save Santa and show the world what Christmas is all about on Dec. 18. Leonardtown library will show a movie in which two mice set out to save a kidnapped orphan from the clutches of the villainous Madame Medusa on Dec. 27. Charlotte Hall library will show the Muppet version of the classic tale of an old miser’s redemption on Christmas Eve on December 28. All three movies will start at 2 p.m. Snacks will be provided.

Music students to present program

The public is invited to a Holiday Musical Showcase on Dec. 22 at 2 p.m. at Lexington Park library which will be performed by the students of the Bella Music School. The program is free.

Libraries now have MEEP! And LeapPad2

Each branch has both a MEEP! tablet and a LeapPad2 to use in the library. The MEEP! which is suitable for ages six and older has apps, games, eBooks and music. The LeapPad2 has five apps and is geared for ages three and up.

Donations of warmth being accepted

Donations of new or gently used gloves, hats and scarves are being collected at each branch through January 4. The donations will be given to local charities to distribute. The libraries are continuing to collect food for the local food pantries.

Call for Volunteers Volunteer teams are being formed to represent St. Mary’s County in the Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts in New York and New Jersey. We’re asking for anyone able to help with disaster clean-up and light construction repair to go for a week in January 2013 to help those able to salvage their homes. What we hope for is the opportunity to share the grace we’ve been blessed with here in St. Mary’s County. Won’t you join us or support us? Contact Aloysius Bowman at 240-431-2112 if interested.

Nominate Woman of the Year, Woman of Tomorrow Nominations are now being accepted for the 2013 Woman of the Year and 2013 Woman of Tomorrow awards from the St. Mary’s County Commission for Women. The winners will be announced and all nominees will be recognized at the commission’s annual Women’s History Month Banquet on Thursday, March 14, 2013, at the Dr. James Forrest Career and Technology Center, Leonardtown. The Woman of the Year award is for exemplary community service and the Woman of Tomorrow award recognizes a high school-aged, young woman for exemplary community service. You may submit a nominee for either award or both. To download the nomination forms, visit the commission’s webpage at women.asp. To request the nomination forms, send an email to commissionforwomen@; or call 301-475-4200, ext. 1689. All nomination forms must be submitted by Jan. 16, 2013.


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SMECO Employees Raise Funds for Local Organizations

SMECO Buyer Denise Chalmers, left, Executive Director of Calvert Healthcare Solutions Mike Shaw, President of the Health Partners Board of Directors Kit Wright, SMECO President and CEO Austin J. Slater, Jr., and Health Share of St. Mary’s Board Member Anne Bell. Health Partners uses the Transportable Dental Unit shown in the photo to serve four elementary schools to reach children who have limited access to dental care.

Employees of Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative recently donated more than $13,300 to three Southern Maryland organizations that help low-income residents receive medical care and prescriptions. The three groups, Calvert Healthcare Solutions, Health Partners of Charles County, and Health Share of St. Mary’s County, will each receive $4,448.95. SMECO raised the money through the 2012 Charity Golf Tournament, supported by a group of volunteers, vendors, and the SMECO executive team. The Co-op selects a different organization each year to benefit from the fundraiser. According to Richard Jarboe, SMECO supply chain director, “Sponsoring the event is a lot of work, but we enjoy pitching together with SMECO’s supply chain partners to help our community. We are grateful for the donations and sponsorships our vendors provide; they make up a significant portion of the proceeds.” “As the only free clinic in Charles County, we provide significant services to local residents,” said Kit Wright, President of the Health Partners Board of Directors. “We will use these funds to support our transportable dental unit, which serves four local elementary schools. Through this program, we reach children who have limited access to dental care and provide on-site cleanings, screenings, fluoride, and sealant treatments.” Wright added, “SMECO is a glowing example of how a co-op willingly participates in

the social fiber of its local community.” Ella May Russell, president, explained how the SMECO contribution would help Health Share of St. Mary’s: “We provide assistance to more than 2,200 clients, and that number is steadily rising. Health Share is a non-profit, all volunteer program, and all the money needed for services is obtained through private fund raising and contributions. We are grateful that SMECO recognizes the needs of our organization, which works with the low income uninsured and under insured adult population of St. Mary’s County who qualify for medical care and prescriptions at a minimal cost.” “Enrollment in the Calvert Healthcare Solutions program has significantly increased over the past few years as we have improved our ability to identify and reach out to eligible residents. Not only do we provide access to medical services, we help our clients navigate through other available community resources. Residents receive access to medical care, mental health care, laboratory and radiology care, and prescription medication through a foundational network of community partners,” according to Mike Shaw, Executive Director. He added, “Our clients constantly express their gratitude for the assistance they receive. On behalf of our clients and staff, we echo that sentiment and gratefully say thank you to SMECO, its employees, and vendors.”

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Throughout THE MONTH • St. Clement’s Island Museum Holiday Exhibit Celebrates 27th Year Located at the end of Route 242 in Colton’s Point, Md. Dec. 1 to 21, Wednesday through Sunday, from 12 to 4 p.m. Dec. 22 to 31, open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The St. Clement’s Island Museum in Colton’s Point, Md. will present its 27th Annual Christmas Doll & Train Exhibit beginning Dec.1 for a month-long exhibition. The museum will come alive with antique and collectible dolls, toys, and working miniature trains in a holiday setting sure to delight children from one to 101. Started in 1985 by former museum director Mike Humphries, the exhibit was conceived to attract more museum visitors at a time when visitation was low. He conferred with a local doll collector, Trish Guy, also a member of the Southern Maryland Doll Club, who along with members of the club, were able to present the very first Christmas Doll & Train Exhibit. In the years that followed, the Southern Maryland and Blackeyed Susan Doll Clubs have been the backbone of the exhibit creating themes and using their doll collections to make every year different and attractive. Other private collectors of dolls and trains also share their treasured collections with wide-eyed approval of holiday visitors. The exhibit has become a holiday tradition for many as those who visited in years past now bring their own children or grandchildren. The year’s theme celebrates “Life in the Good Old Days,” a time before the Internet, cell phones and video games. Visitors will learn or remember vintage dolls and toys of the early 20th century, homemade toys, and wintertime on St. Clement’s Island. Children can participate in a hands-on activity and make their own Christmas ornament. Visitors will also enjoy browsing through the Crab Claw Museum Store which features a myriad of unique gifts, children’s books and toys, clothing, jewelry, Maryland flags, lighthouses, souvenirs, and even crab pot Christmas trees. All gift shop proceeds benefit museum programs, projects and exhibits. Become a museum member and receive a 10 percent discount any time you shop throughout the year. The exhibit will be open Dec. 1 to 21, Wednesday through Sunday, from 12 to 4 p.m. The extended holiday schedule includes Dec. 22 to 31, open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Admission is $3 per adult, $2 for seniors and military, $1.50 for children six to 18 and kids five and under are free. The museum will present an open house on Saturday, Dec. 8 with free admission for everyone. Please call the Museum Division offices at 301-769-2222 for more information or log on to the website at museums. • Piney Point Lighthouse Museum Offers Holiday Exhibit 44720 Lighthouse Road in Piney Point, Md. Dec. 1 to 21, Friday to Monday, from 12 to 4 p.m. Dec. 22 to 31, open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Piney Point Lighthouse, Museum and Historic Park in Piney Point will present a holiday exhibit set up in the museum and the lighthouse keeper’s quarters, a historic building not usually open to the public. The exhibit theme complements the 2012 Presidential election year with an extensive exhibit of political memorabilia. Private and personal collections of local citizens are shared in a holiday atmosphere. Museum staff and volunteers will offer tours of the exhibit, museum, 1836 lighthouse, and Potomac River Maritime Exhibit filled with historic wooden boats. The lighthouse tower will be available for a climb to the top. The Lighthouse Lens Museum Store will be open with an array of unique gifts, lighthouse and nautical items, jewelry, clothing, home décor and children’s items. Don’t miss the new crab pot Christmas trees. Museum gift memberships are the perfect gift for “the one who has everything” and provide a 10 percent discount on museum store items. The museum and holiday exhibit will be open December 1 to December 21, Friday to Monday, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. The extended holiday schedule includes December 22 to December 31, open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Admission is $3 per adult, $2 for senior citizens and military personnel, $1.50 for children six to 18, and free for kids five and under. All are invited to the Christmas Open House on Sunday, Dec. 9 from 12 to 4 p.m. Admission is free for all. Kids should sign up for a boy and girl’s bike giveaway donated by the Tall Timbers Optimist Club. There will be free refreshments and children’s holiday activity inside the museum.


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Friday, Dec. 14 • St. Maries Musica Historic St. Mary’s City, State House, St. Mary’s City, 6:30 p.m. Madrigal Dinners. Reservations accepted. Contact 240-895-4991 or events@

Saturday, Dec.15 • St. Maries Musica Historic St. Mary’s City, State House, St. Mary’s City, 6:30 p.m. Madrigal Dinners. Reservations accepted. Contact 240-895-4991 or events@ • Santa and Mrs. Claus on the Square Leonardtown Square, 11 1 p.m. Kids, be sure to bring your wish list, and remind your parents to bring a camera for photos. If inclement weather, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus in the Winegardner Auto Showroom. For more information, visit or call 301-475-9791. • 13th Annual Home Baked Christmas Cookie Sale Hollywood United Methodist Church, 24422 Mervell Dean Road Hollywood, 9 a.m. Cost will be $10 per container. Choose your favorite cookies, and make a sweet start to the holiday season. For more information, call the church at 301-3732500 Contact Info: 301-373-2500. • Open House Maryland Antiques Center, 26005 Point Lookout Road, Leonardtown, 12 to 2 p.m. Santa will come for a visit and photo opportunities. Creek Side Gallery and Leonardtown Galleria in the Antiques Center feature local artists. Come out for free refreshments and relaxed shopping for that special something. For more information, contact Marta Kelsey at 301-373-3671. • “Ellynne’s Top Tomato Cookbook” Book Signing Fenwick St. Used Books & Music, 41655 Fenwick Street, Leonardtown, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Author Ellynne Davis and illustrator Joyce Judd will be available to sign copies of “Ellynne’s Top Tomato Cookbook.” Stop by and enjoy meeting and chatting with them. For more information, call 301475-2859 for more info.

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• Solomons 11th Annual TUBACHRISTMAS Celebration Our Lady Star of the Sea, 4 p.m. The TUBACHRISTMAS performance is open to the public and free of charge. Local musicians from Southern Maryland look forward to TUBACHRISTMAS every year and invite the public to come join them for this unique holiday celebration. All low brass players in the local area are welcome to play in the group. TUBACHRISTMAS features traditional Christmas carols arranged for tuba and baritone horn players as well as opportunities for the audience to sing along. Fee is $4 per child. Sign up at the Admissions desk on the day of the workshop.

Monday, Dec. 18 • St. Maries Musica Patuxent Presbyterian Church, California, Md., 7 p.m. Free community concert. For more information go to

Wednesday, Dec. 19 • Zumba Fitness Classes Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department Social Hall, 7 p.m. A Fun, Energetic Aerobic work-out routine with a Latin Inspired Atmosphere every Wednesday. Classes are $6 per class or you can purchase punch cards (six classes for $30). Get Fit while having fun and giving back. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Mechanicsville Vol. Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. For More information email or

• Holiday ‘Show Troupe’ Dancers Northern Senior Activity Center, 29655 Charlotte Hall Road, Charlotte Hall, 10:30 a.m. What better way to get in the Christmas mood, than by watching the Charles County ‘Show Troupe’ performing a series of holiday themed dances. Back by popular demand the show troupe dancers have always entertained and wowed the audience. Call 301-475-4002, ext. 1001 by noon 24 hours in advance to reserve a seat for this performance and lunch if you would like to stay afterwards. The cost for lunch is by donation for seniors 60 and older; $5.50 for individuals under 60.

Thursday, Dec.20

• Sea Squirts Calvert Marine Museum, 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m. Terrific Turtles. Free drop-in program for children 18 months to 3 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.

Wednesday, Dec. 26 • Zumba Fitness Classes Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department Social Hall, 7 p.m. A Fun, Energetic Aerobic work-out routine with a Latin Inspired Atmosphere every Wednesday. Classes are $6 per class or you can purchase punch cards (six classes for $30). Get Fit while having fun and giving back. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Mechanicsville Vol. Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. For More information email or

• Anatomy of an Oyster Calvert Marine Museum, 1 to 4 p.m. Join an interpreter in the Estuarium for a program starring Rock E. Feller, the museum’s giant stuffed oyster. Learn about the anatomy and biology of this fascinating species. FREE with museum admission, fifteen-minute programs starting at the top of every hour.

Thursday, Dec. 27 • Little Minnows Calvert Marine Museum, 10 to 11 a.m. You Can Draw Me: Chesapeake Bay Sea Life and More – Turtles presented by author Elaine Thompsen for children 3 to 5 years old. Sponsored by PNC Bank Grow Up Great Initiative, Thompsen will teach children how to draw a turtle swimming in a marsh by the bay, then have them paint it in with watercolors. Space is limited and pre-registration suggested: 410-326-2042 ext. 41. • Turtle Talks Calvert Marine Museum, 1 to 4 p.m. Join an interpreter in the Discovery room for an overview of the turtles that live in our area. Meet our juvenile turtles, our newest turtle resident, and touch a terrapin. Free with museum admission, fifteen-minute programs start at the top of every hour.

Friday, Dec. 28

• The World of the Megalodon Calvert Marine Museum, 1 to 4 p.m. Join an interpreter in the fossil hall for an overview of these gargantuan giants and learn what was in the water with them 8 to 20 million years ago. Free with museum admission, fifteen-minute programs starting at the top of every hour.

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• Orange and Grapefruit Sale St. John’s School, Hollywood, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday after Mass Cistis will be on sale during the 30th annual Navel Orange and Pink Grapefruit Sale. For more information, call Mike Thompson at 301-373-8545.

Sunday, Dec. 16 • St. Maries Musica Historic St. Mary’s City, State House, St. Mary’s City, 3 p.m. Madrigal Dinners. Reservations accepted. Contact 240-895-4991 or events@

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St. Mary’s City Revisits 17th Century Christmas By Alex Panos Staff Writer Entertainment relying on all five human senses highlights a new event in St. Mary’s City this weekend. “Christmas comes to St. Mary’s” focuses on how Maryland’s first settlers celebrated Christmas and holiday traditions in the 17th century. The two-week-old event has people participating in a number of hands-on activities including cooking, butter churning, wreath-making and a tour around the property, according to Elizabeth Nosek, director of public programs. The day may include wassailing, storytelling and puppet shows as well. Nosek says “making greens” – wreaths and other holiday decorations – has been one of the more popular activities during the event so far. The print shop in St. Mary’s City is open this weekend, Nosek said, urging people to come and see the historic 17th century printing press in action. St. Mary’s was home to Maryland’s first printing press, primarily used to print government documents. While the printing press on hand is a replica, it sits on the same spot Maryland’s first one did hundreds of years ago. “The fact that we have a printing press is a big deal,” Nosek said. Hearth cooking, an ancient cooking technique using an open-flame, stonelined oven, will be utilized to recreate some culinary masterpieces of the 17th century. Staff and volunteers teach patrons

People take part in many crafts.

facts about the recipes and background on the history of St. Mary’s while the food is cooking. For example, says Nosek, last weekend the staff explained spices in a Dutch chicken recipe were chosen because they were approved through trade barriers between countries. The educational opportunities continue with a “hands-on tour,” around the property beginning at 1 p.m. each day. As people walk through the property, taking part in activities and receiving refreshments, they learn different specific holiday celebrations in early America. “I think it’s a really neat way to step back and look at Christmas in context,” Nosek said, adding the day helps “bring us back to our roots.” Saturday’s tour ends around 2 p.m. at the chapel, just in time for a concert featuring the Chesapeake Charter School Youth Choir. On Friday the Great Mills High School Choir performs at noon. According to Nosek, people seem to enjoy the holiday concerts. “Anytime someone sings in there [the brick chapel] it’s magical,” she said. “It raises shivers and goose-bumps because of the wonderful acoustics.” After working their shifts, volunteers return with their loved ones to experience the activities leading Nosek to believe the event is successful. “It’s good to spend time with the family,” Nosek said. “And St. Mary’s is always beautiful.” Christmas comes to St. Mary’s begins at 10 a.m. Admission is $10 per adult, $9 for

Volunteers recreate 17th century St. Mary’s City.

seniors and $6 for students and children under 5 are free. “Friends” members get in free. For more information, contact the

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Live Music: “Swamp Candy” Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 8 p.m. Newtowne Players Performance: “A Christmas Story” Three Notch Theatre (21744 South Coral Drive, Lexington Park) – 8 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 14 Live Music: “GrooveSpan” The Blue Dog Saloon (7940 Port Tobacco Road, Port Tobacco) – 8:30 p.m. Live Music: “Matt Garrett” Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 8 p.m. Scarlet Plus Entertainment Anderson’s Bar (23945 Colton Point Road, Clements) – 8 p.m. Live Music: “Pet the Monster” Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) – 9:30 p.m. Live Music: “The Swag” Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood) – 8 p.m. Live Music: “Country Memories Band” Vera’s White Sands Beach Club (1200 White Sands Drive, Lusby) – 9:30 p.m. Newtowne Players Performance: “A Christmas Story” Three Notch Theatre (21744 South Coral Drive, Lexington Park) – 8 p.m. Live Music: “Dave Norris” DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 6 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 15 Santa and Mrs. Claus on the Square Town squae, Leonardtown – 11 a.m. Live Music: “Casino Night” Mechanicsville Moose Lodge (27636 Mechanicsville Road) – 7 p.m. Live Music “Bar Dogs” Chief’s Bar (44584 Tall Timbers Road, Tall Timbers) – 8 p.m. Live Music: “Four of A Kind Band” Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood) – 8 p.m.

Live Music: “One Louder” Vera’s White Sands Beach Club (1200 White Sands Drive, Lusby) – 9:30 p.m.

Newtowne Players Performance: “A Christmas Story” Three Notch Theatre (21744 South Coral Drive, Lexington Park) – 8 p.m. Live Music: “DJ Harry” Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) – 9 p.m. 27th Annual Christmas Doll and Train Exhibit St. Clement’s Island Museum (38370 Point Breeze Road, Coltons Point) – 12 p.m.

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Live Music: “Jim Ritter and the Creole Gumbo Jazz Band” The Westlawn Inn (9200 Chesapeake Avenue, North Beach) – 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 16 Live Music: “GrooveSpan Trio” Running Hare Vineyard (150 Adelina Road, Prince Frederick) – 1 p.m. Live Music: “Gretchen Richie’s Jazz Cabinet” Café des Artistes (41655 Fenwick Street, Leonardtown) – 6 p.m.

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Newtowne Players Performance: “A Christmas Story” Three Notch Theatre (21744 South Coral Drive, Lexington Park) – 3:30 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 17 Zumba Fitness Callaway Baptist Church (20960 Point Lookout Road, Callaway) – 6:30 p.m. Annmarie Garden in Lights Annmarie Garden (13480 Dowell Road, Solomons) – 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec 18 Live Music: “Fair Warning” DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 5 p.m. Annmarie Garden in Lights Annmarie Garden (13480 Dowell Road, Solomons) – 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 19

Live Music: “Four Friends Jazz Band” Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 8 p.m.

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

Live Music: “R&R Train” Cryer’s Back Road Inn (22094 Newtowne Neck Road, Leonardtown) – 9 p.m.

Free Beginner Line Dance Lessons Hotel Charles (15110 Burnt Store Road, Hughesville) – 7 p.m.

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St. Mary’s Department of Aging Programs and Activities Northern Senior Activity Center Seeking Members for Theater Troupe Have some fun with the ‘Northern Stars’ Theater Troupe at the Northern Senior Activity Center. New members (50 years +) are being recruited to help behind the scenes, on stage and with operations of a senior theater troupe. This includes directors, actors, sound and lighting technicians, creative designers and administrators for group meetings. Performances (typically short one-act plays) are held twice annually at the Northern Senior Activity Center and are taken on the road to senior housing audiences. For the upcoming production in April, please call 301.475.4002, ext. 1001; interest deadline is Dec. 15. The group meets the first Friday of the month at 10 a.m. and holds rehearsals closer to performance time.

Tickets Available for Department of Aging Annual Christmas Party Celebrate the holiday season at the Loffler Senior Activity Center on Friday, Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This year’s theme is ‘Merry and Bright”. Festivities include dancing to the music of DJ Mean Gene, door prizes, raffles and much more. Our menu will feature Spinach Salad, Roast Beef Au Jus, Parsley Potatoes, Broccoli, Dinner Roll with butter and a luscious dessert. Tickets are $12 suggested donation and are available at all senior activity centers while they last. Raffle tickets will be $10 each and the winning name will be drawn at the Christmas party. The winner gets a dinner for 6 to 8 people at the Loffler Senior Activity Center on a weekend evening in January or February. Choice of several appetizers, entrees, side dishes and dessert will be served on Loffler china in an elegant setting. Advance raffle tickets are available. For more information call 301-737-5670 ext. 1658.

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On Friday, Dec. 14, at 11 a.m., Santa will be cruising in to visit at the Northern Senior Activity Center. He will give out surprise gifts for those who have been nice,

compliments of the Northern Senior Council. Bring your camera as Santa will also be available for photos, if anyone is interested. Reserve a lunch by 12 p.m. on Dec. 13 by calling 301-475-4002, ext. 1001. The cost for lunch is a donation for seniors 60 and older; $5.50 for others.

to help cut, stamp and assemble cards, call 301-475-4200, ext. 1050. No previous experience needed.

Gift donations needed for Christmas Gift Bingo

On Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 9 a.m., let us do the cooking and cleanup in the morning while you enjoy a great start to your day & good conversation with others. Breakfast will be homemade by Paula, and served with complimentary beverages. The breakfast café will be serving up a ham, egg and cheese muffin with fruit salad. Cost is only $2 per person and signup and payment are due by noon on Tuesday, Dec 18. For questions or to sign up call, 301-475-4002, ext. 1001.

New and unwrapped items for our annual Christmas gift bingo are being accepted at the Loffler Senior Activity Center Monday - Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. The bingo will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 19 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. If you’ve bought or made something in the past year and found that you didn’t use it after all or received a gift that doesn’t quite work out for you, maybe you would like to donate it to our annual Christmas gift bingo (please, no candles, expired food or shopworn items -- our players give these as gifts to their loved ones). For more information call 301-737-5670, ext. 1658.

‘Senior Issues for the New Year’ On Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 10:45 a.m., the “Senior Matters” discussion group will meet at the Northern Senior Activity Center to talk about issues that seniors might encounter in the New Year. Structured like a small study or focus group, participants explore issues and concerns related to aging in a small group setting which is facilitated by Elizabeth Holdsworth (LCSW-C). The group meets the first and third Tuesdays at 10:45 a.m. Walk-ins are welcome. Please contact the center for more information at, 301-475-4002 ext. 1001.

Cards for Troops On Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 1:30 p.m. the Garvey Senior Activity Center will be making Valentine’s Day cards for service members stationed abroad to send home to their family and friends. All handmade cards will be donated to Cards for Soldiers, a nonprofit organization that provides homemade greeting cards to service members to send home to family while away from home. To sign up

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Holiday ‘Show Troupe’ Dancers What better way to get in the Christmas mood, than by watching the Charles County ‘Show Troupe’ perform a series of holiday themed dances. Back by popular demand, the show troupe visits the Northern Senior Activity Center on Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 10:30 a.m. Call 301-4754002, ext. 1001 by noon the day before to reserve a seat for this performance and a spiral ham lunch. The cost for lunch is by donation for seniors 60 and older; $5.50 for individuals under 60.

Woodcarving for Beginners A new class for beginning woodcarving will begin in Jan. at the Loffler Senior Activity Center. The class will be taught by Mr. Warren Brown, an accomplished and award-winning wood carver. On Jan. 15 from 1-4 p.m. an orientation will be held with an emphasis on safety and using the correct tools. At the orientation Mr. Brown will discuss your first project, the specific tools you will need (including a quality carving glove) and display samples of his own work. Please bring a notebook and a #2 pencil to this orientation. To sign up, call 301-737-5670 ext. 1658 by Friday, Jan. 11.

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Psoriatic Arthritis Affects Many People People who suffer from psoriasis or have a family history of this skin condition may be at risk for psoriatic arthritis, a serious disease that causes extensive swelling and joint pain. The Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Education Center notes that up to 30 percent of people with psoriasis also develop psoriatic arthritis. Psoriasis is an auto-immune skin condition in which the skin reproduces cells at an accelerated rate. This causes patches of flaky, irritated skin, also known as plaques. Psoriatic arthritis can develop at any time, but it is common between the ages of 30 and 50. Environmental factors, genes and immune system responses play a role in the onset of the disease. Patients with psoriatic arthritis can develop inflammation of their tendons, cartilage, eyes, lung lining,

and sometimes aorta. Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis do not necessarily occur at the same time. Psoriasis generally comes first and then is followed by the joint disease. The skin ailment precedes the arthritis in nearly 80 percent of patients. Psoriatic arthritis is a rheumatic disease that can affect body tissues as well as joints. Psoriatic arthritis shares many features with several other arthritic conditions, such as ankylosing spondylitis, reactive arthritis and arthritis associated with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. The rate of onset of psoriatic arthritis varies among people. For some it can develop slowly with mild symptoms. Others find it comes on quickly and is severe. Symptoms of the disease also vary, but may include the following;

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By Shelby Oppermann Contributing Writer Tidbit is merrily wriggling on her back in happy dog mode next to the, as yet, unadorned Christmas tree. True, maybe she is just scratching her back, but I choose to think she is truly ecstatic beyond words. Dogs love Christmas too – I know they do. I wonder what to get Tidbit just as much as I wonder what to get my husband. Well, maybe not. I’ll leave you to figure out which is harder. I think this particular happy dog dance was a plea for me to finish decorating the tree. As soon as it goes up Tidbit lays down with her nose as close to the tree as she can get. Maybe she like the warmth of the lights, or just maybe she is luxuriating in the smells that emanate from our artificial, pre-lit tree which sits in our cold, dark shed for 11 months of the year, and quite possibly is home to small furry creatures. I’m hoping we never experience a “Christmas Vacation” movie Christmas tree moment. Though when we find lots of leaves in the tree I do begin to wonder… This is one of those years where it is so hard to get in the mood for Christmas decorating. It is yet another 60 degree foggy morning. Tidbit and I have just returned from our early morning outdoor excursion. I love this type of day. I know it’s not sunny, but the smells of the leaves, dirt, trees, and my cooking herbs are in the air. The fog keeps the smells low and strong. I could stay outside forever, but I know I need to write, decorate, finish an interesting project for a customer/friend; which incidentally is going to be hard to return…or part of it at least, and go in to work for a while. This particular project that I have been restoring, when my hands cooperate, is a set of three statues (part of which belong to a nativity set). They have been well-loved and used over the years and had problems ranging from missing fingers, noses, heads that had come off and the like. One of the statues is St. Jude who was also missing several parts, one of which was an odd area on the top of his head near the front. It was small and round and obviously missing something. I wondered if it was some sort of medallion. I happened to be working on this last area of repair while the last few minutes of the Redskins vs. Ravens game was on, so I had to keep running to the computer to research the missing part during the commercials. Naturally, I guess naturally, I was carrying St. Jude with me between the dining room/work-table, to the couch, to the office for the last 4 or 5 minutes. If you watched the game you know the last quarter was a little scary for Redskins fans, and I couldn’t sit down. Then all of a sudden the game turned in the ‘Skins’ favor, just when I really thought, “Oh no they’ve lost”. But I still did my research, turns out that St. Jude is the patron Saint of desperate or lost causes. The description also said that St. Jude is bought for new homes, and that every home should have him. He should be in a place where he can look out over the whole room and keep an eye on things. The missing part on the top of his head was “a flame meant to signify the coming of our Lord.” I looked at this little statue in a whole new light, and now it was not going to leave my hands. We will probably own one before next week’s game in fact. St. Jude was a great sport and jumped with me, listened to me scream and smiled serenely throughout the last nervous seconds. Though, I could swear that his smile was a little wider at game’s end. Yes, I have a lot of Ravens fans as friends, but you can’t root for two teams. Poor Tidbit barks and runs around in circles when we yell and jump around like maniacs during the game. We, and Tidbit, were all doing happy dog dances at the end. My husband and I both wished we were at this exciting game like we happened to be last week. But would the outcome have been the same? Ah, superstitions. St. Jude is now fully restored and painted with a flame I created from doll-maker’s clay. He will be gone to his real home along with the other statues by tonight. Then I think I will be heading to Heavenly Presents on the square in Leonardtown as soon as possible for my own St. Jude statue…maybe even an ornament for the tree…just for Tidbit to stare at of course. To each new day’s adventure, Shelby Please send your comments or ideas to:

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Matthew Maddox, Revolutionary War Soldier By Linda Reno Contributing Writer Matthew Maddox was born in St. Mary’s County in 1752 and was the son of John Maddox and Mary Dyson. He died January 1, 1831 in Parkersburg, Wood Co., VA (now W. VA). The narrative below was written by his son, Matthew, Jr. in 1848. My father, Mathew Maddox was born and raised in Saint Mary’s County in Maryland, and married Rachel Bonifield of the same place [she was from Frederick Co., MD]. And in the time of the Revolutionary War he removed to the State of Virginia, and settled in Fauquier County on a branch of the Rappahannock River…Soon after his removal, there came on an eighteen months draft, and he was taken in that draft to march forthwith, under General Green, to the South, as the British and Tories were overrunning the South at that time. This fatal affair proved the ruining of my father, I could go into lengthy detail here that would

be interesting, but I [will] make short work of it. My father fought in seven hand battles, and at the general battle between General Green and Lord Cornwallis, he was wounded, and carried off the field by a man by the name of Andrew Bison, and left in the woods, and remained four days and nights without diet or water, only the dew that he got off the grass. At length he was taken up by those that came to bury the dead. Bison was tried for leaving him in the woods, and received 100 lashes. My father was taken to the hospital and his wounds examined. He was shot through the leg with an ounce ball. His leg was split open on both sides and the small bone of his leg taken out, from one joint to the other. He also had other wounds, which caused him to be opened thirty years after the war. I saw the operation performed…A considerable portion of his bowels was taken out and laid on a cloth by his side. He raised his head and observed that he had “seen his own guts.” When the remedy was applied they were returned back, and he got well, and

was tolerably healthy for twenty odd years before his death. He is now gone the way of all the earth. He was a peaceable, quiet man, kind to his family, obligable to his neighbors, and I believe, to all who knew him. Never got in a passion, his spirit was great…I have seen him twice in a passion and he would be sick for several days afterwards. And this temper runs in the family, hard to offend and hard to appease. My parents raised ten children. Eight of their own and two orphan children…and they are all alive. There never had been a death among them, which is an uncommon circumstance, and there is now living 64 grand children of my parents and 115 great grand children and 4 children of the great grand children, now at this date, June, 1848.

Book Review

“The Lost Christmas Gift” by Andrew Beckham

c.2012, Princeton Architectural Press

$29.95 / $34.95 Canada

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Contributing Writer

This Christmas, you’ll find lots of surprises beneath your tree. Some of them, of course, will arrive from Santa. Others will come in the mail from Grandma or a favorite aunt who lives far away. Then there are the beribboned packages that somehow manage to sneak under the tree, courtesy of someone special. Emerson Johansson never expected a gift, especially not something sent decades ago. But in the new book “The Lost Christmas Gift” by Andrew Beckham, he received a box full of memories… Two days before Christmas, a box arrived at Emerson Johansson’s house. It was wrapped in paper that was old and fragile, and he was surprised to see his father’s handwriting on the outside. His dad had been dead for years. During World War II, Emerson’s father worked as a cartographer in France and, judging by the postmarks, Emerson knew that that was where the box had come from, some seventy-odd years ago. He wondered where it had been all this time. With excitement, he wondered what was inside it. When he opened the box, he found a book. Memories came flooding back. It had been a special father-son outing, the kind that boys eagerly anticipate each year. They had set out to find the perfect Christmas tree; Emerson had taken his new camera to mark to the occasion, and a flask of hot coffee to keep them warm. It was a good thing, too, because the clouds rolled in about noon that day and it snowed very

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hard. Soon, Emerson and his father were lost and they knew they’d have to spend a cold night in a hastily-dug snow shelter. But before they could huddle down for the night, Emerson saw something in the woods: it was a small man who carried twigs, and Emerson took a picture. Then they saw another man through the trees, who left some coal. The gifts were just enough to get them through the cold night. As he looked through the book his father had made for him all those years ago, Emerson was amazed. His pictures – the ones he thought were missing – were in the book, along with drawings his father had made. Drawings made with love. Pictures with Christmas magic behind them… Okay, I have to admit that author Andrew Beckham had me there for a minute. In his brief introduction to “The Lost Christmas Gift,” he says that he’s known Emerson Johansson for years, which starts this delightful story off on just the right note. From there, we’re treated to a book-within-a-book and side-by-side, across the years comments about a special day shared and the incredible things that happened. I’m not going to give you one more hint here, except to say that if you’re not a believer in holiday enchantment now, you will be when you’re done reading this tale. This Christmas, start a brand-new tradition by reading this exquisitely illustrated, wonderfully told story together with your family. For you and for them, “The Lost Christmas Gift” is the perfect holiday find.

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1. Afraid 7. Love grass 11. Hepburn/Grant movie 12. Opposite of good 13. Whale ship captain 14. A major U.S. political party 15. Rate of walking 16. A ceremonial procession 18. Unfolded 20. More pretentious 21. Ribbon belts 23. Himalayan wild goats 24. 100 =1 kwanza 25. Japanese wrestling 26. ___asty: family of rulers 27. Luteinizing hormone 29. British Air Aces 30. Being a single unit 31. Opposite of gee 33. National Guard 34. A stratum of rock 35. Have a yen for

37. Cornell tennis center 39. Iranian monetary units 41. Settings in a play 43. Olfactory properties 44. AKA platyfish 46. Free from deceit 47. Ireland 48. 007’s Flemming 51. & & & 52. Kidney, fava or broad 53. W. African country 55. __ Frank’s diary 56. Induces vomiting

CLUES DOWN 1. Jame’s “Fifty _____” 2. Scottish game pole 3. Atomic #18 4. Tattered cloth 5. Tokyo 6. Force from office 7. Wigwam 8. Dynasty actress Linda 9. Small mongrel

10. Rapidly departed 11. A corporate leader 13. King of Camelot 16. Mrs. Nixon 17. Macaws 19. Symphony orchestra 21. Cunning 22. Wheatgrass adjective 26. U. of Texas residential center 28. Estate (Spanish) 32. Pilots and Blues 36. Right angle building wings 38. Store fodder 40. Supersonic transport 41. Brand of plastic wrap 42. Comb-plate 43. Puppeteer Lewis 44. Tatouhou 45. Security interest in a property 49. Direct a weapon 50. One point E of due N 54. Latin for “and”

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The Fastest Growing Drink In America By Debra Meszaros CSN What could the fastest growing drink in America be telling us? It seems the trend in sales of this beverage correlates with the increased amount of people having difficulties with focus, alertness, and fatigue. People lack energy. Energy drinks promise energy, and many do reach their goal; but what are you really paying, for that temporary burst of energy? Not all energy drinks are created equal. It is very important to your health to understand the differences between ingredients that are normally contained in these popular beverages. Some ingredients can cause significant side effects, some that will go unnoticed until the day they develop into a dysfunction or condition that then manifests physically. Our first step is to pay very close attention to serving sizes listed on the label, often there are multiple servings per bottle, can, or shot. You must consider this when consuming the product as drinking the whole bottle may very well place you in a danger zone with certain ingredients. What are the good and bad ingredients? Even though there are many different energy drinks on the market, there are really only a handful of ingredients utilized in each formulation. We’ll start off the bad list with caffeine. These beverages can contain anywhere

from 80 to 500 mg of caffeine per serving. Keep in mind a general safe dose of caffeine is 200 mg per day. Even if one was to keep intake in the “safe” range, caffeine is addictive, dehydrates the body {making it a very bad choice for an athlete} and for individuals like women in menopause or with hypothyroidism, caffeine will very likely effect hormone levels in the body. Over 200 mg per day can cause blood pressure to spike, cause insomnia, palpitations, and contribute to kidney stone formation. The body will also build some tolerance to caffeine and then you’ll require even more of it to get the same effect. Another ingredient found in these drinks is Guarana, a fruit native to the Amazon. It has twice the caffeine of a coffee bean. Sugar is our second bad ingredient on our list. It is not uncommon to see a single serving of an energy drink to contain 14 teaspoons of sugar, twice the safe daily range! Sugar will give you an energy boost as it spikes your blood glucose levels, stressing your pancreas, liver, and kidneys, while contributing to weight gain. Continued use is sugar abuse, which is a major component to just about every disease and dysfunction known to man. Most drinks contain B Vitamins. Why? Since most individuals are facing stressful situations daily, their body’s requirements for the vitamin B group rises. If you are deficient in B vitamins, you will get an energy boost from drinks containing them. B Vitamins are water soluble, meaning they do not collect in the body; our bodies will urinate any excess it does not need, with exception to B3 and B6. One still needs to be careful about how much is contained in each serving, as continued excess can upset the stomach and stress the liver. Why are we feeling fatigued to begin with?

You may very well be able to maintain your energy and focus by simply examining your dietary habits. Do you drink coffee? Consume more sugar, and simple carbohydrates then you should? Do you not manage stress well? Do you practice vitamin supplementation? Explore your options and take control over your energy, safely. ©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.

Can Diet Soda Cause Weight Gain? For decades, people have turned to diet soft drinks as a healthier alternative to regular soft drinks. However, consuming diet soda on a regular basis may have some serious health ramifications, including weight gain. It may seem counterintuitive to suggest that diet sodas may be causing people to gain weight, particularly because these sodas are commonly consumed by people who are trying to lose weight. However, artificial sweeteners found in some diet sodas may increase a person’s risk of obesity. It’s not entirely what you are eating that can cause weight gain but what the body thinks it is eating (or drinking) that plays a role. There are two factors at play with regard to the artificial sweetener conundrum. First, The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio has researched the potential link between obesity and artificial sweeteners. Researchers have found that something in the chemical structure of these sweeteners alters the way the brain processes the neurotransmitter serotonin. In addition to helping with sleep, mood and other functions in the body, serotonin helps tell the body when it is full. When natural foods and sugars are consumed, serotonin signals to the brain to turn off your body’s appetite. However, artificial sweeteners may prolong the release of serotonin, and your appetite remains in full force long after it should have abated. Another component of artificial

sweeteners, particularly aspartame, is that these chemicals can trick the body into thinking it has, in fact, consumed sugar. That triggers the pancreas to produce the insulin needed to regulate bloodglucose levels. It also causes the body to store the glucose as fat. This can lead to low blood sugar, which may cause you to eat a sugary treat in response. Having diet soda or eating a sugarless item once in a while won’t create any long-term effects. But repeatedly relying on artificial sweeteners could affect appetite and change blood sugar levels for good. These aren’t the only consequences to diet soda and other beverages. Drinking diet soda regularly may affect cardiovascular health. According to the American Heart Association, research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference found people who drink diet soda every day have a 61 percent higher risk of vascular events than those who reported no soda consumption. Regular soda isn’t a better alternative. It can contribute to weight gain and cardiovascular issues as well as an increased risk for diabetes. A 2011 review published in the journal Circulation stated that a positive association has been shown between sugar-sweetened soft drink consumption and weight gain in both children and adults. Nutritionists and doctors have advised that instead of adding artificial sweeteners to water and other beverages,

flavor them with lemon or lime juice. Instead of drinking diet soda, opt for unsweetened tea or plain water. Although diet soda may seem a like-

ly option to help curb calories and prevent weight gain, such beverages may actually be having an adverse effect on a person’s weight.

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Local Youth Football Advance to State The Mechanicsville Braves 9 and 10-year-old football team is traveling to the University of Maryland this weekend to compete in the Maryland state championship game. The Braves defeated the Laurel Steelers and the Germantown Panthers to get to the title game, both in shutout victories. The Braves are coached by Kerm Nored and his assistants Ralph Wheeler, Chris Holton Sr and Chuck Morrison. The game is at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday at Capital One Field in College Park, and tickets are $15 each.

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Overlooked upon its initial release, the nostalgic 1983 comedy A Christmas Story became a holiday classic. The Newtowne Players stage Philip Grecian’s theatrical version, based partly on the film and partly on Jean Shepherd’s original story collection, In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash.


November 30 - December 16, 2012 Three Notch Theatre, Lexington Park

Play by Philip Grecian, based upon A Christmas Story, ©1983 Turner Entertainment Co., distributed by Warner Bros., written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark, and In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash by Jean Shepherd.

Photos courtesy of Tera Gregory


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Deer Season Takes a Pause Other deer hunters become someone else entirely: waterfowl hunters. Years ago, Maryland arranged the deer and waterfowl seasons so that the pursuit of waterfowl didn’t interfere with the pursuit of deer. Accordingly, the late duck and goose seasons begin in earnest on the Dec. 11. On the upside, it is still a shooting sport. The rigors of scent control and long silent hours in the woods can take a toll on the human psyche, and waterfowl hunting requires neither one as a general rule. The stealth required in waterfowl hunting is entirely different. On the downside, it still requires rising well before dawn. This is a good time to reminisce about the past 2 weeks. It’s also a great time to get together and tell stories of the big buck you harvested, or the ones you missed. Some of us, like Dusten Gilbert, Field Producer for Kill Theory Outdoor Productions, have stories to tell that really get our attention. Fourteen main points and six countable kickers make for a 20 point buck of a lifetime: a deer that most of us only see in pictures or dreams. In addition to the huge set of antlers, the buck was partially piebald with big white patchy areas that are normally wild-deer brown. You can provide your own dreams. I’ll provide his picture. The rest of us can reminisce about the hours of solitude that we experienced in the woods. It’s almost as if we were some kind of monks, dutifully marching into the woods every morning, sitting among the trees, counting the twigs and leaves on holly branches, and listening to the squirrels rustle

Fur and Feathers By Keith McGuire Contributing Writer The main segment of the deer firearms season ended last Saturday. Deer hunters are busy with other things now unless they are headed to the woods with bows or crossbows to continue their pursuit. I take this time as a break from early rising to catch up on things that I’ve been putting off for the 2 weeks of the gun season. It is a short break; just a week long. The late segment of the muzzleloader season begins in earnest on Saturday, Dec. 15. So, what exactly do avid deer hunters do now? For one thing, they remember the pesky squirrels that startled them repeatedly with rustling leaves while they were keenly listening for the sounds of approaching deer. Some deer hunters are taking revenge on the overpopulation of squirrels around their deer stands this week.

Dustin Gilbert has a great story to tell.

about. This is enjoyable to me for the first day or two and then it becomes more than a little boring. When thoughts creep in about things like the fishing seasons or mowing grass and blowing leaves, then I know that I’ve become delusional. This is the direct result of spending too much time in the woods without seeing deer. Thankfully and shamefully, days in the woods were punctuated by the occasional doe. Thankfully because their appearance brought purpose and excitement to the effort even if they weren’t bucks. Shamefully because a missed shot makes an unwelcome

Photo Courtesy of Kill Theory Outdoor Productions

story to tell. For now, we’ll stick with the good stories and simply say that if you have never missed a deer, then you simply haven’t hunted them enough to experience this kind of disappointment. The deer season isn’t over yet! Gun season returns for two days on January 4 and 5. 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.

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