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Sources: CSM Bid Goes to Hughesville By Alex Panos Staff Writer Sources close to The County Times indicate College of Southern Maryland officials have chosen a 140acre plot of land in Hughesville to construct a new fourth campus. The new campus location, which will be built primarily as a trade school and facility for concerts and sporting events, could be announced by the end of the month, CSM President Brad Gottfried stated in a CSM Advisory Council Meeting on Dec. 12. Gottfried said decisions have not been made, and properties in St. Mary’s are still being considered. However he confirmed the college is making progress, and may possibly have an announcement before New Year’s. “Nothing has been finalized, we’re still talking,” Gottfried said. “But we’re getting closer to making a decision.” Gottfried said the college is seeking a “central location,” easily accessible off Route 5, in Southern Maryland.

CSM has narrowed their search down to Charlotte Hall in St. Mary’s and Hughesville in Charles – two towns are four miles apart, a 10 minute trip, along Route 5. St. Mary’s County Commissioner Larry Jarboe believes Charles County is the better option for the site because it would be expensive for St. Mary’s to build and the county will not lose business in Charlotte Hall. “I see Hughesville as a better place because it’s central to all counties,” Jarboe said. “Charlotte Hall is becoming the business center, and Hughesville is becoming a government center.” He believes people attending the college in Hughesville will make the short jaunt over to Charlotte Hall to shop and grab a bite to eat between classes, simply because their options will be limited. “They’re no businesses around [Hughesville],” Jarboe said. “They’ll drive the two extra miles to go to McKay’s in Charlotte Hall.” “A proposal never came to us in any way shape or form, about any of this,” said Francis Jack Russell, County Commissioner President. “You can’t mail a blank check.”

Russell says the county never really a chance to build such a project into a capital budget. Jarboe believes St. Mary’s is more “tight-fisted” with taxpayer dollars than Charles County, and is glad to see Charles eager to spend property tax for the public infrastructure. “If that’s the case,” he said of Charles County’s willingness to spend millions of dollars, “then welcome to a regional college in Hughesville.” Charles County Commissioners elected not to comment when questioned by The County Times. Gottfried explained he doesn’t want to continue paying the lease on Center for Trades and Energy and the Health Sciences buildings besides these programs are outgrowing their current locations. “What we’re looking at now is a 40 thousand square foot building,” Gottfried said of the building he hopes will replace the current smaller site in La Plata. “I don’t want to continue to put money into a lease [in La Plata] when we can own a building double in size.”

State Trooper Involved Accident By Sarah Miller Staff Writer The Bay District Fire Department extricated a Maryland State Trooper from his vehicle during evening rush hour traffic. A MSP helicopter transported Tfc. Jeffrey Gibson to Prince George’s Hospital Center where he was treated and released. After an accident on northbound Route 235, The accident occurred Dec. 18 at 4:24 p.m. at the intersection of Three Notch Road and Exploration Drive in Lexington Park. Responding to a call with his emergency lights and siren

activated, Gibson struck the passenger side of a 2001 Dodge Dakota pick-up truck, operated by Christopher Munson of Lusby. Munson was turning left attempting to drive into the lot south of Quality Transfer and Storage when he drove into Gibson’s path, a Maryland State Police press release states. Munson was able to exit his vehicle on his own and refused medical treatment at the scene. Detective Sergeant William Rosado said the barrack’s reconstruction team is investigating the accident, which normally takes 30 days. Once complete, the team will submit a report for further action.

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SMCPS Response to Connecticut Shootings Michael J. Martirano, Ed.D Superintendent of Schools

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I write to you with a heavy heart and on behalf of the Board of Education of St. Mary’s County. Words cannot fully describe our feelings about the horrific events that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on Dec. 14. We want to assure you of the proactive steps, procedures, and protocols our school district has in place to prevent and, if necessary, respond to a similar occurrence. We have implemented every conceivable and reasonable measure to prevent any such occurrence in our schools. Our approach to preventing campus violence is simplistic yet multi-faceted, and remains clearly rooted in the “lessons learned” by others who have had to deal with similar unfortunate acts of violence on school campuses in other states. Communication is the first and most critical component in our prevention efforts. In many previous incidents communication and the lack of communication within a community are cited as the single most critical factor that may have contributed to stopping campus violence. In almost all prior cases, there was someone within the community who possessed information or suspected an abnormality and failed to report what they knew or suspected to authorities who, in turn, could have taken preventive actions. Through this letter, I am strongly encouraging anyone who suspects or knows any information of concern to please report it. Please allow us the opportunity to work with the authorities to investigate and determine the validity of the information. There are many ways to report any suspicions or concerns. You can report information by phone or e- mail using school channels that include your student’s site administrator, the central administration offices, and the St. Mary’s County Public School’s (SMCPS) Confidential Reporting Hotline by calling 301-475-4256, extension 150 or 188. You are not required to leave any personal information and can remain completely anonymous if you use the hotline. You can also contact the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office or the Maryland State Police. We have an excellent working relationship with law enforcement authorities and information reported is investigated immediately through our established partnerships. Our law enforcement partnerships are highly proactive and extend far beyond investigations. We have worked

together to create many preventionfocused initiatives to include the school resource officers assigned to all secondary schools and “Adopt-A-School” officers for each elementary school. Most recently we worked together to develop the “Keeping Our Schools Safe” campaign that was fully implemented at the beginning of last school year. We also coordinate training efforts for staff and actively participate in joint emergency response exercises. Within our school system, central administration support staff and schoolbased staff work together to provide prevention services to our schools that include coordinating counseling and threat assessments for students who may require support. We work together to ensure compliance with the student code of conduct when bullying, fighting, or weapons violations have occurred on campus. We have deployed strong physical security protocols that are technologically advanced and support on-site school security. These protocols include visitor access management, security cameras, electronic locking systems, and dedicated professionally trained safety and security assistants in all secondary schools. Finally, we maintain emergency response plans and conduct school-based drills. Annual drills are mandated at each school and our emergency plans are updated annually. Words cannot fully describe my feelings about this horrific event and our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and families. Our schools should be safe havens and no harm should ever come to our young people, teachers, and staff. We have been relentless in our philosophy and our approach towards increasing the safety of our schools. Today's event is a reminder that we must be ever vigilant in our focus on school security and safety. Please be assured that we continually focus on safe and orderly schools and do all we can to ensure the safety of our students, staff, and visitors. The safety and security of our school community is one of our greatest responsibilities. If you have any questions or concerns or would like more information on this topic, please feel free to contact the SMCPS Department of Safety and Security at 301-475-4256, extension 150. Please keep the victims of this tragic event in your thoughts and prayers. Hug your own children tonight; and if they are not near you, call them and tell them that you love them. Peace to you as we try to comprehend this senseless act of violence.


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ews Commissioners Prepare for General Assembly Elected officials from St. Mary’s County will gather with leaders from Maryland’s 22 other counties January 2 - 4 for the 2013 Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) Winter Conference. The goal of the event is to provide county decision-makers with the tools for more effective leadership and a clearer perspective on the issues which will be addressed during the upcoming Maryland General Assembly session. The theme of the conference, which takes place at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay in Cambridge, Maryland, is “Counties: We Deliver!” The focus will be on county services, with a spotlight on responsiveness during emergency situations, open government, and innovative best practices. General sessions will include “County Service in Times of Trouble: The Local Role in Emergency response,” and “Open Government: What We Owe Our Citizens.” Other issues to be discussed include how local government communicates with citizens, the legal and technical applications of a county’s emergency response and continuity of operations plans. Commissioner President Jack Russell and Commissioner Cindy Jones are scheduled to attend the conference. “The 2013 MACo winter conference comes at a critical time for St. Mary’s County,” said Commissioner President Russell, a member of MACo’s Board of Directors. “With a number of unfunded mandates from the state and other economic pressures the conference will gives us an opportunity to strategize for 2013 and beyond.” Another highlight of the conference is the 2013 General Assembly Forecast. Leaders from both chambers of the General Assembly, an opposition party leader, and an Administration policy leader will discuss legislative priorities for the upcoming legislative session. “The conference allows us an opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge on a number of important issues,” says Commissioner Jones. “I’m very interested in learning what to expect from the General Assembly and what impact the session may have on St. Mary’s County and its citizens.”

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Liquor Board Grants Requests Despite Questions By Alex Panos Staff Writer Despite early controversy, the Alcohol Beverage Board approved the requests of three local businesses. Days Off Deli can purchase a liquor license; Loveville Tavern may transfer ownership of a liquor license; and, Lundeberg Port-O-Call may extend alcohol storage space. After early confusion over his residential address and business establishment, Justin Keys, owner of Days Off Deli, received permission to serve alcohol with meals – pending approval of the Fire Marshall “Right now, you’re not giving me a lot of confidence this license should be issued,” Moses P Saldana, board chairman, said to Keys when he could not remember his own addresses. “I’m just being straight with you.” Questions of forgery arose during Loveville Tavern’s request to transfer a liquor license to Rochelle Jackson. People were signing a petition, which is necessary to transfer the license, for their husbands and wives, which the law prohibits. Jackson’s husband, Ebon, said he was

driving around, “knocking on doors,” to get signatures and never thought to check for identification. However, this led to more questions from the board, because all signatures on the petition are required to be from property owners within a five-mile radius, or to have a direct relationship with Rochelle. “This is serious. And there’s been problems with Loveville in the past,” board member Linda Palchinsky said of the forgery allegations. Jackson convinced the board the forgeries were an honest mistake, and she attached a corrected document along with the packet. Palchinsky voted against the approval of the license transfer, but it passed three votes to two. Ebon assured the board he is beefing up security, and keeping underage drinkers out of the tavern since taking over several months ago. Loveville Tavern will soon be able to allow patrons off the deck with a beverage in hand. The license will only be granted if Jackson provides documentation from the Fire Marshall, personal property tax and treasures’ license.

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St. Mary’s County Government Christmas Holiday Closings All St. Mary’s County Government Offices will be closed on Monday, Dec. 24 and Tuesday, Dec. 25 for the Christmas holiday. County offices will reopen for normal business hours on Wednesday, Dec. 26. All County offices will also be closed Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013 in observance of New Years Day. The St. Mary’s Transit System will not operate on Tuesday, Dec. 25 or Tuesday, Jan. 1. It will be open for normal business hours prior to and after the observed

holidays. The St. Andrews Landfill and six Convenience Centers will be closed Tuesday, Dec. 25, in observance of the Christmas holiday and Tuesday, Jan. 1 in observance of New Years Day, respectively. The convenience centers will open early for operations the week of Dec. 24 through Dec. 28, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The landfill will be open for normal business hours during that week. Please call the St. Mary’s County Department of Public

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Works and Transportation at 301- 863-8400 for additional information about the landfill, convenience centers, or STS bus service. Residents are encouraged to bring their undecorated trees to the landfill and convenience centers following the holiday season. Last year, the County collected nearly 15 tons of Christmas trees at the Convenience Centers. Trees are ground into mulch and used by the Department of Public Works and Transportation and the Department of Recreation and Parks to maintain county property. Almost 5,000 tons of mulch is produced annually at the St. Andrews Landfill site and is available to citizens while supplies last. All three libraries will be closed Monday, Dec. 24 and Tuesday, Dec. 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday and will reopen Wednesday, Dec. 26. They will close at 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 31 and be closed on Tuesday, Jan. 1 in observance of New Years Day. St. Mary’s County Senior Activity Centers will be closed on Monday, Dec. 24 and Tuesday, Dec. 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday as well as Tuesday, Jan.1 in observance of New Years Day. Additionally, there will be no Meals on Wheels deliveries on those days.

Charged with Possession and Intent to Distribute Vice Narcotics detectives received information that Byron Donald Green (Age 31 of Lexington Park) was a distributor of “Oxycodone”. As a result of a search and seizure warrant was obtained and executed. As a result of the search and seizure warrant, Suspect Green was indicted by the St. Mary’s County Grand Jury on the fol- Lona Lee Plumb lowing charges: “Possession of Oxycodone with the Intent to Distribute”, “Obtaining “Oxycodone by Fraud” and “Wear, Carry and Transport Handguns”. Suspect Green was served a Criminal Summons issued by the Circuit Court and was provided a date to appear on Jan. 17, 2013 for an arraignment. Lona Lee Plumb aka “Lona Ogg” (Age 43 of Mechanicsville) was arrested on an open indictment for “Possession with Intent to Distribute Oxycodone”. Vice/Narcotics detectives indicted and subsequently arrested Aleisha Lynn Carver (Age 29) and Billy Wayne Ammons (Age 40) for Conspiring to Distribute and Manufacturing Methamphetamine. Both suspects were located in Southern Virginia and are awaiting extradition to St. Mary’s County. Inquiries should be directed to Captain Daniel D. Alioto, Commander of Vice Narcotics, at 301-475-4200 x1918.


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Schools Confident with Current Security By Alex Panos Staff Writer In the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary last Friday, St. Mary’s county school officials reiterated steps to ensuring safety for students moving forward. Michael Martirano, school superintendent, and Michael Wyant, director of security, agree partnerships with the Sherriff’s office and communication with the community are two vital pieces to keeping schools safe in St. Mary’s. According to Wyant, a number of components act as “building blocks” working together. While the school system utilizes a number of tools and electronic systems, nothing replaces the “human element” of communication and the relationship with the Sherriff’s office. “There’s nothing additional, but all hands are on deck to review safety procedures,” Martirano said of the school systems efforts this week. “Communication is the first and most critical component in our prevention efforts.” Police officers are on hand at each middle and high school, and St. Mary’s is one of the few counties with volunteers at elementary schools to help ensure safety through the adopt-aschool program. “But we do that all the time,” Martirano said. “What we have in place is good coverage.” Adopt-a-school volunteers can serve as law enforcement, but the school administrators are the people in charge of ensuring safety procedures are followed each day.

During operating hours, all doors are locked except for the front entryway leading to the main office. Everyone must sign in and be accounted for, Wyant said. Computer databases are utilized to help ensure people with criminal records are not entering the school system. Martirano says everyone has appeared calm this week, and he’s received nothing but positive feedback from all school principals. “It takes everybody for us to do this,” Martirano said, encouraging people to come forward even if they are the least bit concerned or see abnormality. He continued, “Every citizen in St. Mary’s has a responsibility. We need to know about erratic behavior in the community.” Students who are fearful for their own safety or in need of extra support will have access to psychologists and guidance counselors throughout the county. “We’re handling that on a as need basis,” Martirano said. He concluded, “Everybody did their job yesterday, and will continue to.” “There are real tight procedures in place, but we’re always looking for ways to improve and communicate. And we can never let our guard down.” For more information on the SMCPS Department of Security, call 301-475-4256, extension 150. For tips on suspicious activities in the school call 301-475-4256, ext. 150 or 188.

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Three Schools Test Positive for E. Coli By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Leonardtown Middle School, the Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center and Chopticon High School tested positive for E. coli following a routine check Dec. 4. Deputy Superintendent or Schools and Operations J. Bradley Clements said contamination was discovered during routine testing done in accordance with Maryland Department of Environment and the Health Department. This is not the first time Chopticon High School failed an E. coli test, according to an e-mail from a student wishing to remain anonymous. The school failed a similar test during the summer, but students still had access to the water, the student said. Schools have procedures in place for such occurrences, Clements said. They supply students with bottled water and sanitizer, and use disposable Styrofoam trays instead of washable plastic. Clements said these actions prevent students and staff from coming in contact with

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Classes Begin for Spring Semester Jan. 23 The last day of classes for the College of Southern Maryland’s Fall 2012 semester and Minisession II is Monday, Dec. 17. The college will close at 3 p.m., Friday, Dec. 21 through Tuesday, Jan. 1 in observance of the winter holidays. The college will resume its normal schedule Wednesday, Jan. 2 at 8:30 a.m. During this time, access to the college’s online services, including registration, remains available at through my.CSMD services. Classes for the January 2013 term will begin on Jan. 7. The course offerings are accelerated courses that cover 15 weeks of material in less than two weeks. For course availability, visit CSM is hosting non-credit open houses for its Career Starters programs Jan. 8 at the Leonardtown Campus, Jan. 10 at the La Plata Campus, Jan. 15 at the Prince Frederick Campus and Jan 17 at the CSM Center for Trades and Energy Training. All open houses are from 4:30 to 6 p.m. For information, visit www. or call 301-934-7765. The college is closed on Monday, Jan. 21 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day with classes beginning for the spring 2012 full-term and Minisession I on Wednesday, Jan. 23.

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SWISS WATCHES AND SWISS POCKET KNIVES Lane Construction Equipment Manager, North, Rocky Shuffleburg, left, and Mechanical Supervisor Chris Gray, right, talk about career opportunities at their company with Marcus Newman, of Bryans Road and Jalen Hays, of Chesapeake Beach, both students in CSM’s plumbing program.

The College of Southern Maryland welcomed more than 100 trades workers to the first Careers in Construction Day job fair Dec. 7 at the Center for Trades and Energy Training (CTET) in Waldorf. Attendees at the event were able to meet with professional organizations seeking entry-level and experienced workers with backgrounds in project management, electrical, welding, plumbing, carpentry, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in construction is expected to rise by 33 percent, or 1.8 million jobs, by the year 2020. Center Director Dr. Ricky Godbolt said he wants to make sure CTET students and residents of the tri-county area are qualified and ready to fill those jobs. “As the population increases in the D.C. Metro area there will always be a need to build and maintain structures to meet demand,” said Godbolt. For information on training in the trades, visit the CTET Open House 4:30 to 6 p.m., Jan. 17 or go to


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Suspicious Person Is FedEx Driver On Dec. 13 the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office received information regarding several local Facebook posting concerning a suspicious, mid-size, Budget Rental truck operating in the Louis Bailey Road Avenue, Maryland area. It was alleged that on Dec. 12 at approximately 5 p.m. the operator of the truck was driving slowly throughout neighborhoods, pulling into and out of several driveways. The Facebook postings also indicated that, at one point, the driver stopped a woman and made an inappropriate comment. Deputies responded to the area to attempt to locate the truck and driver. On Dec. 13 at approximately 4:35 p.m. the vehicle was located and stopped on Route 234 near the St. Mary’s County line. The operator was identified through his Maryland driver’s license. Further investigation revealed and confirmed, through employee identification, that the operator

of the truck was driver/employee of FEDEX. Deputies contacted FEDEX and spoke with a supervisor and explained the situation. The supervisor verified FEDEX does use Budget trucks and seasonal employees for holiday deliveries. The FEDEX employee was assigned to the Colton’s Point area to deliver packages. The driver produced an electronic log verifying he has been in the Louis Bailey Road area making deliveries. The driver explained he pulls into driveways to deliver packages and update his electronic log prior to traveling to the next scheduled delivery location. The driver stated he did not place the FEDEX magnets on his truck because he was sure of Maryland’s law regarding the placement of the magnets on vehicles. The driver was in possession and produced the FEDEX magnets for the truck. Deputies were permitted to search the cargo area of the ve-

hicle. Deputies observed children's toys sealed in boxes for delivery. Deputies were not able to substantiate the in appropriate comment complaint. Based on the investigation it was determined that there was no probable cause of a crime. The driver was told to place the FEDEX magnets on his truck so citizens would he aware the truck was a delivery vehicle. An Incident Report was completed and the driver was sent on his way. Social media is a very effective tool to transmit information, however; the Sheriff’s Office would like to remind citizen’s that social media is not the proper venue to report suspicious activity or crimes. Suspicious activity and crimes should be reported directly to the police to assure immediate response and follow up.

Sheriff Trains Civilian Employees On Dec. 6 the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office civilian employees completed their annual training in Piney Point, Maryland. Sheriff Timothy Cameron began the day with a warm welcome and an informative presentation on Leadership. Following the Sheriff’s presentation Mr. Joe Young, Assistant Director of the Southern Maryland Criminal Justice Academy presented information regarding work hazards and Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation. Social Networking was presented by Corporal Angela Delozier, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office School Resource/D.A.R.E.

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Deputy. Staff was placed into teams to complete a “Jeopardy” style game involving informative and fun facts on social networking. Agency social networking policies and procedures were through discussion. In addition, Cpl. Delozier presented social networking case studies regarding acceptable and unacceptable employee social networking conduct and First Amendment protection. Lunch was provided by the Harry Lundeberg School of Seamanship. The afternoon training session was conducted by Health Connections who provided information on work place stress and healthy living. Employees were taught how to recognize stress and provided resource information on how to transition from stress into living a healthier lifestyle. Proper nutrition and exercise, which can be performed at an employee’s desks, was also discussed. Extensive annual in-service training for sworn law enforcement and corrections officers is mandated through the Maryland Police and Corrections Training Commission. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office exceeds minimum training requirements. In addition to training sworn and corrections

personnel, the Sheriff’s Office provides annual training to civilian law enforcement and corrections support staff. “The efficiency of a law enforcement organization is enhanced when non-sworn personnel are also appropriately trained. We are committed to providing relevant, employee training for all personnel. We would like to thank the Harry Lundeberg School of Seamanship for their support and providing their auditorium for our training,” said Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron.

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POLICE BRIEFS Hit & Run Motor Vehicle Collision, Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance On Dec. 14 deputies responded to a report of a hit and run motor vehicle collision. Witnesses report a passenger vehicle was traveling north in the southbound lanes on Three Notch Road in Lexington Park, Maryland. The vehicle struck a sign and then pulled into a local church parking lot. Deputies located the vehicle in the church parking lot and contacted the driver Adam Peter Ireland, 31 of Solomon’s, Maryland. Deputies observed the right front tire of Ireland’s Mercury Sable was flat. Ireland displayed signs of intoxication. He was given a standardized field sobriety test. At the conclusion of the test he was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. A search incident to Ireland’s arrest revealed he was also in possession of suspected marijuana. Ireland was also charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance. Malicious Destruction of Property On Dec. 16 deputies responded to the Pegg Road Shell Station in Lexington Park, Maryland for a report of a fight in progress.

While trying to disburse the crowd the owner of a 2004 Nissan reported to deputies that Sheron Torrill Bush 38, Lexington Park, Maryland kicked the side of her car causing damage. Bush was still on the scene. Further investigation revealed probable cause that Bush damaged the vehicle. He was arrested and charged with destruction of property. Theft and Theft Scheme On Dec. 16 deputies responded to the Wal-Mart for a report of a theft in progress. Investigation revealed James Earl Rohme, 34 of Leonardtown, Maryland cut the security wiring from a 55” Vizio flat screen television, pasted all points of purchase and attempted to leave the store without paying for the item. Rohme was stopped by store security and detained until deputies arrived. Further investigation and examination of in store security video revealed that on December 15, 2012 Rohme cut the security wire from a 55” Vizio flat screen television, pasted all points of purchase and exited the store without paying for the item. Rohme was charged with two counts of theft and one count of theft scheme.


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Random Acts of Kindness By Alex Panos Staff Writer The holiday season means extra catering gigs for Personalized Touch owner Patty Sparks. And leftover food. Instead of wasting the food and throwing it all out, three local businesses teamed up to give it to needy people in the community – at random – and began an effort known as Random Acts of Kindness. Quality Street Kitchen and Catering and Twist Wine and Spirits answered Sparks call for help. The leftover dinners are from previously catered events, featuring chili, lasagna, turkey dinners, mashed potatoes and vegetables – the food is frozen and can be easily heated up when desired. Sparks laughed, “It’s actually better than my family has been eating lately.” After a breakfast at Cracker Barrel, Sparks and her employees rallied at the Elks lodge in California, and took to the ovens, baking treats for the community. “The idea is to get holiday spirit back into the community,” Sparks said. “I see people in need all the time, I feel guilty because I am so blessed. It’s a sin not to give back.” Sparks, her husband and children drove all over the county last Sunday delivering cookies and other baked goods to the 911 call center, police barracks, St. Mary’s nursing center and Cedar Lane Apartments assisted living center. In all, Sparks distributed 60 boxes of cookies and 6 apple pies to around 70 people. Throughout the rest of the week,

Volunteers baked and delivered cookies all day Saturday.

Sparks has been delivering complete “bigger meals” to six surprised residents in St. Mary’s. Sparks utilized social networking and friends word-of-mouth suggestions to find candidates “in need” of receiving food. Her list includes people who are ill, live alone or have recently been faced with financial struggles. “They might have just had a baby, just had surgery, homebound or just lost a loved one,” Sparks continued. The feedback was bountiful, includ-

Donna Bowles volunteered to make cookies to hand out throughout the county.

ing an email response from a 15-year-old girl requesting the nice gesture be made to her ill stepmom. A young man residing at the volunteer firehouse will receive a surprise quality meal as well. Sparks says the boy spends majority of his time at the firehouse. “The guys [volunteer firemen] are kind of raising him,” she said. She smiled, “People always want to eat. When you cook everybody is happy.” Sparks left her job at Northrop Grumman to start a catering company.

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Although she works harder and longer hours, Sparks couldn’t be happier doing what she loves – cooking full-time. Originally, she donated event food to the Bay District Fire Department, before deciding to expand her efforts across St. Mary’s. Ideally, Random Acts of Kindness motivates more local businesses and volunteers to get involved in the community next December. She believes a business can make a much larger impact on the community than one individual volunteer is capable.


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“The idea is to get holiday spirit back into the community. I see people in need all the time, I feel guilty because I am so blessed. It’s a sin not to give back.” - Patty Sparks, owner of Personalized Touch Catering

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Sparks added, while December is an ideal time to host Random Acts of Kindness, she would love to be able to deliver food to needy people all year long. Sparks’ charity initiative is another to add to her resume. She has been actively renovating homes as part of Christmas in April for the last 15 years, and helped raise $20,000 this year for the Wounded Warrior Foundation. While Sparks and her staff handled the baking on Sunday, Twist Owner John Winters opted to contribute his part by providing supplies, boxes and funding. He was ecstatic to participate in Sunday’s rally, and says the “good going on around him” encourages him to give back. However, the main reason he decided to support Random Acts of Kindness was to support his longtime friend. Winters, a member of the California Elk’s Lodge, has been volunteering alongside Sparks for years. The rally was held at the California Elk’s Lodge, using the kitchen, supplies and hall, which is often used for a number of charitable events. The lodge is often rented out, seating over 200 people, for large events.

Winters says the rental of the lodge is crucial to funding, which is then geared toward supporting local charities, veterans and youth groups. The lodge supports a youth swim team and multiple scholarships, Winters explained, adding people often enjoy renting out the pool or members lounge for parties. Sparks believes more planning time will result in a larger installment of Random Acts of Kindness next year. She did not begin formulating the idea this year until the middle of November. “It’s taken off pretty decent,” Sparks said. “But next year it could take off even bigger.” She hopes the small gesture results in kindness spreading throughout the county, and one little difference can have a big impact on a person’s life. She is looking forward to seeing the smiles on the faces when she first hands out the food. “Especially if they are having a bad day, and I helped change it, that’s what it’s all about,” Sparks said.

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The Big One That Got Away officials in Anne Arundel County suggesting a new higher learning center be located in neighboring Prince Georges County rather than Anne Arundel. Northern St. Mary’s County, complete with its various Park n Ride facilities, its flea markets, and its commuter buses has long been a commuter village disconnected from the mainstream of St. Mary’s County. It is a village without a sense of identity despite its rich history and heritage. Communities such as Golden Beach have coalesced around itself, forming a strong independent community that rarely is included into the cultural and social activities of Lexington Park or Leonardtown. Higher Education Facilities more often than not become the cornerstone of cultural and social development within a community. From the existence of students and faculty into the community during the day, to the bringing together of community members with evening and weekend activities, higher educational facilities become part of the fabric that melds and molds communities. It is normally a foundation that strengthens a community, and it would have been just the prescription for giving Charlotte Hall a new status, a new sense of purpose in a county that has changed dramatically while Charlotte Hall has stayed pretty much the same. Some thirty years ago Charles County Community College was petitioned to change its name to The College of Southern Maryland and to locate a campus into St. Mary’s County. Some elected officials at the time thought Indian Bridge Road would be a good location for the new college campus, but those with vision and understanding fought to locate the campus in Leonardtown. While no one would argue having the campus there is what makes Leonardtown what it is today, few however can argue with the fact that The College of Southern Maryland has been one of the cornerstones that moved Leonardtown from being a good place to live to that of being a great place to live. The commissioners got it right back then and 30 years later we are all grateful. This time the commissioners got it wrong, and 30 years from now we will still remember the big one that got away.

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Our Take The County Times has learned from several sources that The College of Southern Maryland will soon announce that 140 acres in Charles County will be acquired by the college for its new regional campus. Although the college will not confirm the location of the property at this time, it appears that St. Mary’s County will not be the home to this new higher education center. The College of Southern Maryland has been seeking property in the Northern St. Mary’s County area or Southern Charles County area for some time with plans to build a new Southern Maryland regional facility to serve all three Southern Maryland Counties. Opportunities to host facilities of higher learning do not come along often, as such they are coveted by nearly every community, every community except St. Mary’s. The County Commissioners for St. Mary’s County are largely to blame for the loss of this campus to neighboring Charles County, as their efforts to bring this facility to St. Mary’s County were non-existent, even to the point of publicly suggesting Charles County would be a better place to locate the educational facility. Commissioner Larry Jarboe, the commissioner elected from the northern part of St. Mary’s should have been the commissioner most engaged and determined to bring the biggest prize of his tenure, probably his lifetime, to Charlotte Hall. He was not. In fact Jarboe was nearly defiant on the issue, claiming that Hughesville should be the community of students and Charlotte Hall the community of seniors. What is wrong with Charlotte Hall being both? After all, the demographics of northern St. Mary’s County shows there are plenty of folks living in the area who are not seniors, in fact most are not. The general disposition from the St. Mary’s County Commissioners was to say so what if the new campus locates in neighboring Charles County, students from St. Mary’s can still attend. Can anyone imagine the elected officials of Montgomery County turning their backs on the opportunity for a new campus of higher education in their county, saying instead they would rather the campus be located in neighboring Prince Georges County? Imagine if you can the elected

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On Friday, Dec. 7th a bunch of local family and friends did our annual Christmas Crawl. This is an event where those participating dress as something representing Christmas and go to local area establishments and ask for donations. We went to the Patuxent Moose Lodge, Dew Drop Inn, Anderson’s Bar, Cryers Back Road Inn, Olde Town Pub, Hole in the Wall, and Toots Bar. With the help of those businesses and their clientele we raised $1,700. We would like to thank those businesses and the people

that donated to our cause. This is the second year that we have done this, last year raising $1,004. Last year we gave to a Hollywood family of five. This year we gave to two families, one family of four from Leonardtown, and one family of five from Mechanicsville. We hope to do it again for many years to come. Having fun and helping others is the perfect way to start the Christmas Season. Merry Christmas! Jimmy Hayden Leonardtown

Practice Personal Fiscal Responsibility Two years ago the major local issue in St. Mary’s County was more federal, state, and county money for education. Now the pressing national issue is the fiscal cliff/national debt. We obviously can’t keep spending more than we make but that is what our politicians seem to continue practicing lest they not be reelected. They are in “Don’t cloud the issue with facts” mode. Rather than rile any group, the try to appease everyone. I can see assigning more money to education. We should be educating our youth to their fullest capacity. There should be no scrimping or cutbacks. Give every young adult a level playing field so that each can apply for the job/ career field of their choice. But let us couple that commitment with a corollary that there should be only limited entitlements for adults. Limiting entitlements to injured military veterans and the mentally handicapped would be the extent of the federal government’s responsibility to adult citizens. Now it seems that anyone on welfare has little incentive to find work. Without the free handouts, these adults would be forced to find jobs to pay for their lifestyles. If they couldn’t find the job they wanted, they might have to lower their expectations until they could demonstrate an employment his-

tory resume’ and work ethic worthy of promotion. Let adults rightfully take responsibility for their actions. With this much national debt we should be encouraging people to adopt a new set of financial goals. They should be consciously saving part of each paycheck for their retirement. If their employer has a 401(k) plan that will match their contributions this is the best place to start; otherwise start funding an Individual Retirement Account. Don’t rely on future government handouts, create your own retirement fund. Also, everyone needs to learn to defer new purchases until they can actually pay for them. Unchecked immediate gratification without fiscal self-control will only lead to personal debt matching our national problem. New clothes, flashy cars, and the latest electronics will not provide for you 40-50 years down the road in retirement. Learn self-discipline, think long term, and defer purchases until you can afford them. Following these goals will obviate the need for massive federal (giveaway) entitlements and will, ultimately lead to a strong, stable debtfree national economy. Glenn Weder Hollywood, MD


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Navy Dad Surprises Daughters By Alex Panos Staff Writer All Kristen, mother, and her two daughters Madison, 9, and Morgan, 6, wanted for Christmas was to spend it with Dad. Andy Frill walked into the gymnasium at Lettie Marshall Dent Elementary Tuesday afternoon. His daughters, with tears in their eyes, raced from the stage to the entranceway to greet their father during the school’s annual holiday concert. His arrival was a complete surprise to them. A Petty Officer 1st Class in the United States Navy, Andy last held his daughters eight months ago, before his six-month deployment to El Salvador. This was his eighth deployment in his 17-year career. While in the states Andy is stationed in Jacksonville, Fl., 756 miles away from his daughters and wife – students and 4th grade teacher at Lettie Dent. Andy, 36, returned to the states on Dec. 1, and arrived in St. Mary’s on Monday. In El Salvador, he maintained a hectic work sched-

ule and helped stop nearly $1.3 billion worth of narcotics from entering the United States. “We live and die by the flight schedule,” Andy said, explaining there was little time to speak to his family, making contact maybe twice a week. In fact, he continued, it was not uncommon to work up to 18 hours per day, seven days a week. Andy is a P-3 Flight Engineer, and ensures the aircraft works properly throughout each flight. It was basically go to work, go back to the hotel at night, he said. The main form of communication was Face Time, or by phone – although the connections and video feed were less than ideal. “It works, but it’s not the best,” Kristen said. Additionally, his schedule was erratic, working nights and days. “It’ll be nice to get on a normal sleeping pattern [during his leave, which ends on Dec. 27],” he said. After that, it’s back to Jacksonville until May 2014, when Andy hopes to return to Naval Air Station Patuxent River, where he was stationed in 2008, and complete

Andy Frill embraces his daughters, Madison and Morgan

his active duty service. He plans on continuing his post-retirement career at NAVAIR. The couple recently bought a house in the area. “We’re going to see him maybe once a month again,” Kristen said of the chances of seeing her husband when he returns to Florida. “Usually only for a weekend or so.” Overall, the Frills have no illustrious plans for the holidays. What the family is looking forward to the most, Andy said, is rest, relaxation and some quality taking the kids to swim practice and reading them stories at bedtime. “Just going to enjoy being home,” Andy said. Kristen laughed, “He’s doing everything.” Photos By Alex Panos

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Michael Timothy Carroll, 45 Michael Timothy Carroll, 45, of Leonardtown, Md. died on Dec. 17, at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital surrounded by his loving family. Born February 25, 1967 in Leonardtown, Md., he is the son of Rose Kelley Carroll and the late Charles “Eddie” Carroll. Michael is a lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County. He is a 1985 graduate from Chopticon High School. On June 17, 2005, he married his beloved wife, Lisa Marie Lilley Carroll. He was employed as an electrical technician since 2005 with Greenfield Engineering supporting the Presidential Helicopter Program at Patuxent River. He volunteered at the Calvert Marine Museum doing security detail for many concerts. He was an avid Washington Redskins fan. He enjoyed working out at World Gym where he made many good friends over the years. Another favorite hobby included grilling and working in his yard. However, his greatest enjoyment came in spending time with his family. He was a loving husband and a devoted father. He took great pride in being with his girls and watching them grow. In addition to his loving wife, Michael is survived by his daughters, Shelby Lynn Carroll, Brya Marie Carroll and Kaleigh Sue Carroll, all of Leonardtown, Md.; his siblings, Kathy Klock Tennyson (Donnie) of Chaptico, Md., Danny Carroll of Avenue, Md., Tina Rhoads (Joe) of Bushwood, Md.;

his nephews, Ryan, Tyler, Charlie, and Eric; and his special friend, Linda Scott. Family will receive friends for Michael’s Life Celebration on Friday, Dec. 21 from 5 until 8 p.m. at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown. Prayers will be recited at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, Dec. 22 at 10 a.m. at Holy Angels Catholic Church, 21340 Colton’s Point Road, Avenue, Md., with Reverend Michael Tietjen officiating. Interment will follow at Charles Memorial Gardens in Leonardtown. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The American Heart Association, P.O. Box 5216, Glenn Allen, VA 23058-5216. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md.

Sarah A. Hassay, 91 Sarah A. Hassay, 91 of Hollywood died on Dec. 16 at her home. Born Oct. 4, 1921 in Muhlenburg, Penn, she was the daughter of the late Silas Gregory and Ellen Jane Moss Gregory. Sarah married the love of her life, William F. Hassay, on Sept. 29, 1950 at Foundry Methodist Church in Washington, D.C. They celebrated 62 years wonderful years together. She had many hobbies which included a love of the arts. All of her children learned to play

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instruments as a result of her encouragement. She enjoyed painting and calligraphy. As a devoted “family maker,” she always knew how to bring loved ones together, especially over home-cooked meals. Her love of travel propelled Sarah and her family on trips all over the world. Vacations in Ireland and sailing in Greece were particular favorites. Throughout her life, she delighted in the beauty of nature and keeping up on current affairs. As a member of several organizations, Sarah is a Past Worthy Matron of the Julia Halla Chapter #107 Order of the Eastern Star. She is a Past Regent and Past Treasurer of Major William Thomas Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. She also belonged to The Women’s Club of St. Mary’s County and was involved with Jobs Daughters Bethel #42 for many years. In addition to her loving husband, Sarah is survived by her children, William F. Hassay, Jr. of Owings Mills, Md, John R. Hassay (Maryellen) of South Dennis, Mass., Michael W. Hassay of St. Leonard and Stephen W. Hassay (Anna) of Hollywood; her grandchildren, Nicholas Hassay (Eva), Jessica Hassay, Zachary Hassay (Holly), Jordan Hassay, Sarah Hassay, Meagan Tkach, Colin Hassay, and Nathan Hassay; her great grandchildren, Gavin Hassay, Logan Hassay, and Santiago Hassay; and her sisters, May E. Gregory of Mulenburg, Pa. and Helen Haskins (Neil) of Rochester, N.Y. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brother, Myron S. Gregory (Kay) of Charlestown, WV. Family received friends for Sarah’s Life Celebration on Wednesday, Dec. 19 from 5 until 8 p.m. at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown. Prayers were recited by Reverend John Ball, Trinity Episcopal Church, St. Mary’s City followed by a service conducted by Julia Halla Chapter #107 O.E.S. and a benediction by Mr. Michael Sirk, Past Master of Thomas J. Shryock Masonic Lodge. Another visitation will be held on Friday, Dec. 21 from 7 until 9 p.m. at Clarke Piatt Funeral Home, Inc., 6 Sunset Lake Road, Hunlock Creek, Penn. Interment will be held Saturday, Dec. 22 at 11 a.m. at Bloomingdale Cemetery, Luzerne County, Penn. Serving as pallbearers will be William F. Hassay, Jr., John R. Hassay, Michael W. Hassay, Stephen W. Hassay, Nicholas Hassay, Jordan Hassay and Colin Hassay. In lieu of flowers, charitable donations may be made to Major William Thomas Chapter, NSDAR, to benefit the Good Citizenship Medal Program, C/O Chapter Trea-

surer Cindy Hartman, 6837 Maxwell Drive, Hughesville, MD, 20637. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown.

Freida Mae Howell, 80 Freida Mae Howell, 80, of Lusby died on Dec. 13 at MedStar Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. Born March 1, 1932 in Pulaski, Va., she was the daughter of the late Dewey Wade Largen and Edith Worrell. Freida loved to spend time with her family. She was always willing to sit and listen and never passed judgment. She enjoyed gardening, especially flowers. She is survived by her children, Sharon M. Morgan (James) of Mechanicsville, Lily Mae Grabis (Glenn) of Mechanicsville, Mary E. McDermott (George) of Lusby, Deborah C. Wood of Mechanicsville, John Wesley Howell, Jr. of Abell, Ronnie L. Howell Sr., of Colton’s Point, Joseph M. Howell Sr. of Compton, David W. Howell of Dameron, and Benjamin M. Howell (Sandy) of Colonial Beach, Va.; her sister, Marie Howe of Brandywine; her brother, Harry Largen of Warrenton, N.C.; 21 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and her friend of 45 years, Elsie Quesenberry. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, John Wesley Howell Sr.; and her siblings, Frank Largen, Sheldon Largen, Mary Largen, Margie Largen, Donald Largen and Ted Largen. Family will receive friends on Thursday, Dec. 20 from 5 until 8 p.m. at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown. Prayers will be held at 7 p.m. by Reverend James Cucuzza. A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, Dec. 21 at 10 a.m. at Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A. Interment will follow at Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown. Serving as pallbearers will be Chris Grabis, Gerald A. Wood, David McDermott, Jason Wood, Glenn Grabis, Jr., Jonathan Lyon and Jerry Howell. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

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David Vern Schirmacher November 23, 1933 – December 20, 2010 FAMILY-OWNED & OPERATED FOR FIVE GENERATIONS Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A. 22955 Hollywood Road Leonardtown, Maryland 20650

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Sadly missed along life’s way Quietly remembered everyday. No longer our lives to share; But in our hearts (Dave, Dad, Pop Pop) You are always there. Your loving family, Joyce Ann, Steven, Scott, John and Lily Maria



Thursday, December 20, 2012

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Judith Ann Crawley Johnson 71

William Jackson Trent, 86

Judith Ann Crawley Johnson 71 of Lexington Park passed away on Dec. 12 at Hospice House of St. Mary’s, Callaway. Born Feb. 18, 1941 in Kansas City, Mo., she was the daughter of the late Hubert Frazier Crawley and Bernadine (Fearon) Crawley. Judy attended Bishop Miege High School (class of ‘59) in Roeland Park, Kan., and attended Loretto Heights College in Denver. As a strikingly beautiful young woman, Judy often modeled in fashion shows along with her mother and siblings in Kansas City’s upscale Country Club Plaza stores. Judy’s early career was spent as a TWA airline stewardess. During long international flight layovers, Judy enjoyed exploring the many cities she came to love, including Lisbon, Madrid, Paris, Rome and Frankfurt. After raising her family in Boulder, Colo., Judy moved to Deerfield Beach, Fla., where she worked as an administrative assistant and enjoyed the sunny climate. She spent the last few years in Maryland bravely battling health issues, as she wanted to be near her family, whom she loved dearly. Judy was an enthusiastic and wonderful cook and loved sharing her many recipes. She had a wonderful sense of humor, admirable spirit of generosity, and a big, loving heart. As a devout Catholic, Judy’s unwavering faith was her rock of support. She was predeceased by her parents, Hubert and Bernadine Crawley, who were longtime Kansas City residents. Judy is survived by her daughter Amy Burvant Gass (William) of Solomons Island, son David Burvant of Fruita, Colo.; grandchildren, Cody and Michaella Burvant, and Elizabeth and Colin Heath; and her siblings, David Crawley of Ennis, Mont., Martha Crawley of Denver, Colo., Betsy Sykes of Cedar Park, Texas and Helen Drake of Larkspur, Calif. A memorial service will be held on Jan. 5, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Lexington Park. In lieu of flowers, charitable donations may be made in Judy’s memory to: The Hospice House of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown.

William Jackson Trent, 86, of Lexington Park passed away surrounded by his loving family on Dec. 14 in Lexington Park. Born on Nov. 6, 1926 in St. Paul, Va. he was the son of the late Andrew Jackson and Nellie Jane Stallard Trent. He was the loving husband of Carol Ann Trent whom he married on April 21, 2001. Bill is survived by his children: Roger Trent (Janice) of Namjemoy, MD, Tony Trent (Kim ) of Leonardtown, Billie Jo McCamman (Dave) of Mechanicsville, Norman Trent (Mai) of Texas, step children: Bill McCarthy of N.C., Tim McCarthy (Aundria) of Va., 7 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-greatgrandchildren and sister Louis Kennedy of St. Paul, Va. Mr. Trent is preceded in death by 13 siblings. Bill served in the United States Army for four years including WWII, and worked as a carpenter for 49 years in Union 132. Bill was a strong Christian believer who loved the Lord Jesus and spoke of him often. During Bill’s lifetime, he served Christ effectively in many ways and he was Head Usher in the Lexington Park Baptist Church, Lexington Park. The family received friends on Dec. 17 with prayers recited in the MattingleyGardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown. A Funeral Service was held on Dec. 18 in the Lexington Park Baptist Church, Lexington Park. Interment followed in Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown. Pallbearers will be Andrew Hamlet, Gregg Trent, Jon Spence, Glenn Boatright, Joey Parent, and Sean McCamman. Contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Mary’s P.O. Box 625 Leonardtown, MD 20650.

Mildred Marie Kennedy, 90 Mildred Marie Kennedy, 90, of Leonardtown. Formerly of Grand Rapids, Mich. passed away on Dec. 16 in Leonardtown. Born on April 7, 1922 she was the daughter of late Louie and Vesta Baker Vineyard of Okla-

homa. Mildred is survived by her children; Dennis Kennedy of California, Lucille Bok (Bill), Dale Kennedy (Dianna), Vicki Workman (John) all of Michigan, Karan DeKraker of Illinois, David Kennedy of Maryland, Sue Kennedy of Nevada, and Dick Kennedy (Char) of Indiana, 19 grandchildren, and many great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by baby James and good friend Charles Mattingley. Mrs. Kennedy moved from Michigan to St. Mary’s County in 1990 and worked as a homemaker. Mildred was a Member on the Counsel of Aging, Red Hat Society, Vibes Singing group, Retired Senior Volunteer Program, and Cedar Lane Activity Department. The family received friends Dec. 19 from 5–8 p.m. in the MattingleyGardiner Funeral Home in Leonardtown. A Funeral Service was held Dec. 20 at 10 a.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home Chapel in Leonardtown with Pastor Mark Dooley and Pastor Daniel Moore officiating. Interment followed in Charles Memorial Gardens in Leonardtown. Pallbearers were Alain Kennedy, Keith Kennedy, C.W. Kennedy, Patrick Kennedy, Andrew Kennedy and David Kennedy. Contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Mary’s P.O. Box 625 Leonardtown, MD 20650.

Mario Michael Tarantola, 92 Mario Michael Tarantola, 92, of Mechanicsville died Dec. 11, at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home. Born on June 10, 1920, in Omaha, Neb., he was the son of the late Antonio Tarantola and Rosalia (Ponzia) Tarantola. In additions to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife Aurelia (Tillett) Tarantola, his step sons, Veron and Stanley Lewark, his brothers, Rosario, Leo, Joseph, Tony, and Louis and great-grandson David Mario Brandt. He is survived by his son Michael Tarantola (Gwen) of Mechanicsville, granddaughters Cathy Barber (John) of South Carolina, Tammy Prout (Jim) of Shady Side, Md., and Grandson Michael W. Tarantola of W. Va. and great-grandchildren Christina Brandt, Faith Prout and Michael Allanon Tarantola.

May 1, 1950 – December 18, 2009

Love you, the Family

Mary Elizabeth Johnson, 91 Mary Elizabeth Johnson, 91, of Leonardtown passed away on Nov. 23 in Leonardtown. Born on September 1, 1921, in Drayden, she was the daughter of the late Oliver B. and Louise Virginia Adams Milburn. Mary was the loving wife of the late Ernest H. Johnson who preceded her in death on May 6, 1993, and whom she married on Jan. 6, 1944, in St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Leonardtown. Mrs. Johnson is survived by her children: Ann Kless of California, Md., David Johnson (Ann) of Powder Springs, Ga., Lynn Ramsey (Charles) of Lexington Park, Patrick Johnson of Laurel, Ernest Johnson, Jr. of Leonardtown, eight grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and sister Charlotte Bennett of Lusby. Mary was preceded in death by daughter-inlaw Rose Johnson of Leonardtown and siblings Delma Bennett, Virginia Stone, James, Harvey, Stephen, Robert, George, and Eliott Milburn. Mary graduated from Great Mills High School in 1939 and was a homemaker. She enjoyed growing flowers, gardening, and playing cards. The family received friends on Nov. 27 from 5-8 p.m. with prayers recited at 7 p.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home in Leonardtown. A Funeral Service was held on Nov. 28 at 10 a.m. in the Funeral Home Chapel in Leonardtown, with Father Gregory Syler officiating. Interment will follow in Charles Memorial Gardens in Leonardtown. Pallbearers were Ernest Johnson, Jr., David Johnson, Patrick Johnson, Kevin Johnson, Charles Ramsey, Jr., and Aaron Ramsey. Honorary Pallbearers were: Karin Kless, Karla Kless, and Kim Johnson.

Joseph Allen Bowles Dec 26, 1972 - Nov 12, 2003

Agnes Courtney

You’re truly missed by your husband, sons, daughters, sisters and brothers.

He joined the United States Army and served honorably in World War II. He retired from the active army and continued to serve in the United States Army Reserve where he obtained the rank of Major. He went to work for GSA, worked many years then retired. The family received friends on Dec. 14 from 11 a.m.– 12 p.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home in Leonardtown. A Funeral Service was held Dec. 14 at 12 p.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home Chapel with Deacon Bill Nickerson officiating. Interment followed at National Memorial Park Cemetery in Falls Church, Va.

In loving memory of our son. Wishing you a Happy Birthday! Even though you’re not with us we miss you and think of you and your pleasant smile everyday!


Mom, Dad, Brothers, & Family (Who knows Joe knows)

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Thursday, December 20, 2012


X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Completes First At-Sea Tests By Taylor DiMartino Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator completed its first at-sea test phase aboard the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Dec. 18. The first aircraft of its kind aboard a Naval vessel, the X-47B was put through myriad trials designed to assess the viability of an unmanned system’s operation aboard a carrier. Among the multitude of tests, the X47B was towed using carrier-based tractors, taxied on the flight deck via its armmounted control display unit (CDU), and had its digital engine controls tested within environments pervaded by electromagnetic fields. “The system has performed outstandingly,” said Don Blottenberger, program manager for the N-UCAS Program Office (PMA-268). “We’ve learned a lot about the environment that we’re in and how compatible the aircraft is with a carrier’s flight deck, hangar bays and communication systems.” “We validated our capabilities on an aircraft carrier,” said Mike Mackey, Northrop Grumman’s program director. “We gained a lot of knowledge that we could never have gotten anywhere else except on a carrier. It was perfect for the team. We demonstrated the program’s maturity and our team’s ability to interact with Sailors and the ship, which was one of the most important things for us to do.” Mackey said data collected from the aircraft’s performance throughout its two-week test period aboard Truman will contribute to future unmanned aviation programs. Although the X-47B, as a demonstration aircraft, will never be put into production, Blottenberger said sailors may one day see similar aircraft aboard ships. “There are a lot of people aboard Truman that will take this experience with

them,” said Blottenberger. “I think that all of this interest will help different programs both manned and unmanned. Hopefully, its impact will benefit future technologies.” Sailors aboard Truman were offered working experience with the X-47B as crewmembers directed the aircraft on the flight deck and handled it in the hangar bays. Lt. Cmdr. Larry Tarver, Truman’s aircraft handling officer, said his experience with UCAS-D during its testing was very interesting. “I believe our Sailors integrated with the system very easily,” said Tarver. “Getting Sailors to help out and participate was very easy as everyone was curious and excited to work with it. Apart from those minor differences, the aircraft moved much like any other carrier-based aircraft while taxiing under its own power.” Tarver said he believes aircraft like the X-47B will easily fit into a carrier’s environment in the future. “Moving the UCAS-D around with a spotting dolly was very similar to how we move other aircraft,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Daniel Colon, a supervisor in air department’s V-3 division aboard Truman. “Being the only carrier to have experience with this system so far, I am proud to be among the first Sailors to test this aircraft. I know my whole team feels the same way.” Blottenberger attributed much of UCAS-D’s success to the Truman crew’s open communication and support. “Approximately 40 percent of our test team onboard had never been on a Navy ship before,” said Blottenberger. “I think it was eye-opening for the team to see the complexities involved in running and organizing a ship effectively. The Truman has been outstanding. There are countless examples of support from a list of Sailors too long to count from almost every department on board. I could not imagine a better experience for the test team.” Capt. S. Robert Roth, Truman’s commanding officer, said Sailors benefitted

The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator taxies on the flight deck of the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), the first the first aircraft carrier to host test operations for an unmanned aircraft. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kristina Young/Released)

equally from N-UCAS’s embark. “There was obvious curiosity about the aircraft and tremendous enthusiasm from the entire crew to be part of the revolutionary testing,” said Roth after an event honoring the partnership built between Team Truman and N-UCAS. “These tests were the perfect match of a crew that knows the environment and the operation of aircraft at sea and a team with impressive new technologies. Our crew has taken great pride in being part of Naval aviation history.” Mackey, a retired Marine with more than 20 years of experience, said he loved being back aboard a Naval vessel to work with Sailors. “Every minute of the underway was an opportunity to see how far the Navy has grown,” said Mackey. “It’s awesome to see the caliber of today’s warriors. It’s been a

great experience for me aboard Truman.” With X-47B’s deck testing completed, Blottenberger said the aircraft will return to Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River for further testing and is scheduled to embark another carrier in mid-2013. “I’m a believer that this is only the beginning,” said Blottenberger. “We’re taking UCAS-D into next year with what we learned aboard Truman. We are planning to get it back on a carrier to complete catapult launches, arrested landings and aerial refueling tests. There is a lot ahead for our program and a lot of hard work behind us. I look at Truman as the beginning of future unmanned integration with the fleet.” For more news from USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), visit cvn75/.

Nominate Civilian Employers for Critical Military Support Award Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense agency, is encouraging all Guard and Reserve members to nominate their supportive employers for the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The Freedom Award is the DoD’s highest honor for civilian employers supporting Guard and Reserve members. The award highlights those employers going to extraordinary lengths to encourage their military employees’ service and provides Guard and Reserve members a way to show their appreciation for their employers’ tremendous support. Just over one month remains for Guard and Reserve members to nominate their employers. The nomination process does not take long to complete and family members may submit nominations on a Guardsman or Reservist’s behalf. Employers of every size and industry are eligible. ESGR will accept nominations at

through Jan. 21, 2013. “Guard and Reserve members understand better than anyone how critical America’s employers are to our national security, which is why we look to them to tell us which employers deserve this distinguished honor,” said Ron Young, Executive Director, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. “We call on all Guardsmen and Reservists who have received outstanding support from their employer to nominate them for the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. There really is no better way to thank these employers for standing firmly behind our military men and women.” The 2013 recipients will be announced in early summer and honored in Washington, DC during a ceremony next fall. Recipients of the 2012 Freedom Award included diverse employers such as a telecommunications company,

department of public safety, Midwest law firm, and small town church. The Freedom Award was instituted in 1996 under the auspices of ESGR to recognize exceptional support from the employer community. In the years since, 175 employers have been honored with the award. Established as a DoD agency 40 years ago, ESGR develops and maintains employer support for Guard and Reserve service. ESGR advocates relevant initiatives, recognizes outstanding support, increases awareness of applicable laws, and resolves conflict between service members and employers. Paramount to ESGR’s mission is encouraging employment of Guardsmen and Reservists who bring integrity, global perspective and proven leadership to the civilian workforce. For questions or interviews regarding the Freedom Award, please contact Beth Sherman, ESGR Public Affairs, at 571-372-0705 or by email at


Thursday, December 20, 2012

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Stories from a Waterman Library Items Holiday closings announced

All three libraries will be closed Dec. 24 and 25 and will close at 5 p.m. on Dec. 31 and be closed Jan. 1. The Board of Library Trustees and the Library staff send their warmest wishes for a happy and safe holiday.

December 21 last day to complete customer survey

Tomorrow, Dec. 21, is the last day to complete the library’s online customer survey. The responses will 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.

Today, the Chesapeake Bay watermen’s way of life is under pressure to survive. Captain Larry Simns has worked as a commercial fisherman in the waters of Maryland for nearly sixty years, serving as President of the Maryland Watermen’s Association since the 1970s. Through good and hard times, Simns has labored to keep working watermen profitable and relevant in spite of declining water quality and severe encroachment of prime fishing grounds. Here, find a funny, pointed, and candid portrait of one man’s journey to lead independent, hard-charging commercial fishermen. In chronological order, Larry shares 65 stories reflecting memories of his “best of times,” peppered with views on everything from fishing to politics. Enjoy his practical wisdom and dry humor; see part of his past through pen and ink drawings created by Ann Crane Harlan of Centreville, Maryland. Author, Robert L. Rich, Jr. was raised on a small farm near Annapolis. “Bob” graduated from The University of Delaware with a

MedStar Opens Wound Healing Center MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital will open the doors to its latest state-of-the-art facility, the MedStar Center for Wound Healing on Wednesday, Dec. 18. The center offers treatment to those with venous stasis and diabetes, as well as those with pressure sores, burns, post-

Music students to present Holiday Musical Showcase

On Dec. 27 Leonardtown library will show a movie about two mice who set out to save a kidnapped orphan from the clutches of the villainous Madame Medusa. On Dec. 29, Charlotte Hall library will show the Muppet version of the classic tale of an old miser’s redemption on Christmas Eve. Both movies will start at 2 p.m. Snacks will be provided.

Changes to storytimes coming

Winter/spring storytimes will begin Jan. 2. Charlotte Hall and Lexington Park libraries will keep the same storytime schedule, but Leonardtown library will change, offering storytimes on Wednesdays and Thursdays. The storytime schedules are posted on the library’s website. Evening storytime will be offered at Lexington Park branch on Jan. 2, at Charlotte Hall on Jan. 3, and at Leonardtown branch on Jan. 8 with all three starting at 6 p.m. LEGO Fun will follow at 6:30 p.m. at both Charlotte Hall and Leonardtown branches.

surgical, post-radiation and other non-healing wounds. The progressive center offers hyperbaric oxygen therapy. It’s a simple yet effective treatment process in which a patient breathes pure oxygen inside a pressurized chamber – stimulating the body’s natural healing capabilities. The combination of high pressure equal to being 33 to 45 feet under the ocean and pure oxygen can help your body heal itself at a quicker rate than traditional treatments. The center is fully staffed with a highly skilled multi-disciplinary team made up of experienced medical and program directors as well as a team of physician specialists, nurses and technologists trained to use the latest assessment and therapeutic methods. MedStar Health and MedStar St. Mary’s have partnered with Healogic to bring this progressive center to Southern Maryland. Healogic is the largest provider of wound care and related disease management in the country. If you suffer from chronic wounds, please call 240-434-7670 to make an appointment.

G R I F F I N ’S

The public is invited to come and enjoy the Holiday Musical Showcase presented by students from Bella Music School this Saturday, Dec. 22, at 2 p.m. at Lexington Park library. The program is free.

Libraries showing free movies

degree in agriculture and now lives in St. Michaels where he works with farmers in Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia. Pick up your copy today at the Calvert Marine Museum Store. The store is open daily from 10:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Please call the museum store at 410-326-2750 for special holiday hours. The Calvert Marine Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and military with valid I.D., and $2 for children ages 5-12; children under five and Calvert Marine Museum members are admitted free. For more information about the museum, upcoming events or membership visit our website or call 410-326-2042. Become a fan on Facebook.

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Maryland Olive Garden Raises $53 Thousand for Leukemia Students throughout Maryland have collected $53,000 through Pasta for Pennies, presented by Olive Garden and benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Thanks to the efforts of students nationwide, $10.7 million was raised through Pasta for Pennies this year, bringing the total raised since 1994 to more than $70 million. In Maryland, more than 14,000 students at 25 elementary, middle and high schools in 12 counties filled collection jars and boxes in their classrooms with spare change over a three-week period during the school year. The top fundraising class at each participating school received a pasta party from their local Olive Garden restaurant. Spare change raised through Pasta for Pennies helps fund blood cancer research and provides much needed services and support to leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma patients and their families. “We congratulate all of the students who put forth such an amazing effort in support of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society,” said John Caron, president of Olive Garden. “Through Pasta for Pennies they have come to understand

that even the smallest donation can have a significant impact on their local community. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is moving closer to a cure because of their efforts.” “Pasta for Pennies continues to provide so many teachable moments for these students,” said Tricia Sturm, campaign manager of the LLS Maryland Chapter. “Teachers do an amazing job incorporating Pasta for Pennies into their math and science curriculum. In addition, kids learn about how important it is to give back to the local community. We thank those teachers, students, parents and Olive Garden for making Pasta for Pennies so successful. Our patients and their families truly appreciate it.” The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. To learn more, visit or contact the Information Resource Center at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET. Olive Garden is committed to making a difference in the lives of others in the local community. For more information, visitwww.

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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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Thursday, Dec.20 • Sea Squirts Calvert Marine Museum,14200 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons, 10:30 a.m. to 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.

Friday, Dec. 21 • Bay Montessori School Tour and Observation Bay Montessori School, 20525 Willows Road, Lexington Park, 9 to 10 a.m. Join us for a prospective parent meeting to find out what Montessori is all about. We will discuss the differences between Montessori and traditional education, give a guided campus tour and provide for a brief classroom observation.

Saturday, Dec. 22 • Indoor Flea Market St. Andrews Methodist Church, 4 Wallace Manor Rd., Edgewater, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The indoor flea market, located at St. Andrews United Methodist Church will be held the last two Saturdays of every month. Fill a bag of clothes for $5. Items include clothes, shoes, furniture, jewelry, etc. Food and drinks will be sold. Call 410-269-7671 for space. $10 per space, $15 for space and table. • Home Grown Farm Market Home Grown Farm Market, 21078 Three Notch Road, Lexington Park, 9 1 p.m. Farmer’s Market on Rte. 235, Just South of Pax River. Local: in-season produce, baked goods, meats, eggs, crafts and Maryland Dairy Products.

• Solstice Spiral of Light Hollywood Rec Center, 24400 Mervell Dean Rd, Hollywood, 7 to 8 p.m. On the longest night of the year, come celebrate the light by walking a path of evergreens and creating a spiral of light! All ages welcome to participate in this beloved ritual. More information at • Las Vegas Nite Brass Rail Sports Bar, 20331 Great Mills Road, Great Mills. 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Poker, blackjack food... lots of fun. Must be 21 years of age. Proceeds to benefit Thoroughbred Placement Rescue. For more information, please call 301-994-9855. • Elk’s “BIG GAME” Texas Holdem Tournament Elk’s Lodge, 45779 Fire Department Lane, Lexington Park, 6 p.m. Buy-in $100/$10,000 in chips. Top ten percent of places paid. Arrive by 5:45 and receive an extra $1,000 chip. Game starts promptly at 6:00. A $10 add-on gets you an additional $2,000 in chips and your name in a 50/50 drawing for the money accumulated in the add-on pool. Blinds start at $25/$50 and progress from there every 25 minutes. Side games available. Food and beverage available for purchase. Please enter through the side of the building. Questions: Linda Hill 240-925-5697, James Dean 240-577-0828 or email:


• Christmas extravaganza St. Mary’s County Gymnastics Booster Club 20850 Langely Rd. Lexington Park, 8 a.m. Three days before Christmas get your absolute last minute gifts for your family, friends, teachers, office, etc. Local crafters will display their creations, unique vendors have several cash and carry items for you to choose from and there will be a “sweet shop” for your little ones to decorate a cupcake to take home. There will be a concessions table with light refreshments in the main hall. Each vendor/crafter will have an item to raffle off. You do not need to be present to win. If interested in a space, call J. Eagle 808561-2469. $20 vendor $15 crafter

Sunday, Dec. 23 • Christmas Cantata Friendship Methodist Church, Friendship, 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. The noted Sanctuary Choir of Friendship Methodist Church performs its beautiful, free Christmas Cantata. Friendship Methodist is 1 block east of Friendship Circle on Route 2, 1.3 miles north of the light at Routes 2 & 260 in Owings. 410-257-7133,, • “Blue Christmas” Holiday Service Friendship Methodist Church, Friendship, 5 p.m. For some, the holidays are sad, dark and lonely due to personal struggles, life circumstances, or losses. The pastors and Stephen Ministers of Friendship Methodist recognize that these emotional and spiritual feelings are raw and real. We would like to embrace those who need a “Grace lift” during this Advent. A Blue Christmas service will be offered for those who wish to find solace. Come as you are. 410-2577133

Monday, Dec. 24 • Christmas Eve Worship Celebrations Friendship UMC, Friendship 4 p.m., 8 p.m., 11 p.m. Four Christmas Eve Worship Celebrations at Friendship Methodist Church Come celebrate the joy of Christmas in prayer, message, sharing, and traditional carols. 4 p.m. Family focus featuring the Children’s Choir 6pm With the Sanctuary Choir (candlelight) 8 p.m. With music by the Voices in Praise (VIP) Youth Choir (candlelight) 11 p.m. Communion Service with special music (candlelight) Friendship Methodist is 1 block east of the circle on Route 2, 1.3 miles N of the light at Routes 2 & 260 in Owings. 410-2577133,, • “Unexpected Christmas” Leonardtown High School, 4 p.m. or 6 p.m. SouthPoint Church invites you to join us. There will be food, drinks, Christmas carols, a children’s choir, vibrant and relevant worship, candlelight, and the Christmas story. www. 240-925-8787 • Christmas Eve Service Hollywood United Methodist Church 24422 Mervell Dean Road Hollywood, 7 p.m. Music will be presented by the Gospel and Sanctuary choirs. Our services are traditional and all are welcome to attend. Childcare service will be provided. For more information please call the church at 301-373-2500


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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, 14200 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons, 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, 15 minute programs starting at the top of every hour.

Thursday, Dec. 27 • Little Minnows Calvert Marine Museum, 14200 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons, 10 to 11 a.m. You Can Draw Me: Chesapeake Bay Sea Life and More – Turtles presented by author Elaine Thompsen for children three to five 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: 410326-2042 ext. 41. • Turtle Talks Calvert Marine Museum, 14200 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons, 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, 15 minute programs start at the top of every hour.

• Zumba Fitness St. Mary’s Sunshine Center, Leonardtown- Moakley St., 6 to 7 p.m. Zumba Fitness every Thursday. The cost is $7 a class or $25 for a 5 class pass. Texas Holdem Poker Cash Game • No Limit Texas Holdem 24930 Old 3 Notch Rd Hollywood, 7 p.m. $1-$2 Blinds. Dealers Provided. Food and Drink Free. Benefits Special Olympics in St. Mary’s County. For more info, contact Jim Bucci Sr. 240-298-9616 or 301-273-6104 • Family Yoga and Craft Class Joy Lane Healing Center, Joy Lane,

Hollywood, 10 to 11:15 a.m. This class provides an opportunity for you to enjoy an interactive class along with your child or children. Enjoy yoga poses, partner poses, songs and games in an upbeat class and of course some wonderful relaxation at the end. Families will have the opportunity to make a craft at the end of class No yoga experience necessary. Bring your own yoga mat if you have one. Yoga mats will be available for you to borrow. Cost $25 for child/adult Yoga for families with children 4-10 years old. Pre registration is required contact 301-373-2522, email or go to

Friday, Dec. 28 • The World of the Megalodon Calvert Marine Museum, 14200 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons, 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 eight to 20 million years ago. Free with museum admission, fifteen-minute programs starting at the top of every hour. • New Year’s Special Bingo Father Andrew White School, 22850 Washington Street, Leonardtown, 7 p.m. Door Open at 5 p.m. Bingo Starts at 7 p.m. $1,500 Jackpot Guaranteed (Played in Two Parts) $500 Sunrise or Sunset and $1,000 Coverall $1000 Special Guaranteed (Played in Two Parts) $500 Letter L and $500 Outside Picture Frame (with 2 wild numbers) $300 Specials Guaranteed $100 Regular Games Plus numerous other games and prizes. Cost Regular Books: $6 Special Books: $7 Early Birds: $2. If you have any questions please call 240-925-2265

Saturday, Dec. 29 • Indoor Flea Market St. Andrews Methodist Church, 4 Wallace Manor Rd., Edgewater, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The indoor flea market, located at St. Andrews United Methodist Church will be held the last two Saturdays of every month from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fill a bag of clothes for $5. Items include clothes, shoes, furniture, jewelry, etc. Food and drinks will be sold. Call 410-269-7671 for space. $10 per space, $15 for space and table.

Monday, Dec. 31 • Featured Artist Joyce Owen Craft Guild Shop 26005 Pt. Lookout Rd. (Rt. 5 @ MD Antiques Ctr.), Leonardtown 10 a.m. For First Friday and the month December, our featured artist will be Joyce Owen, of Chaptico, MD. She is a Tole Artist / Decorative Artist. Tole painting is a technique used on any surface. Her medium of choice is acrylics on different surfaces and also pen and ink with oils on canvas. Her favorite thing to paint is anything with a Christmas theme. Joyce will be offering classes on this painting technique. The Shop offers a wide variety of unique, handmade items of all kinds, as well as Maryland souvenirs, and a year-round Christmas display. Various classes offered. Call 301-997-1644 or visit our website and online store at www. • New Year’s Eve Dinner and Dance Mechanicsville Moose Lodge 495 6 p.m. Proceeds will benefit Hospice and Shop-with-a-Cop. Come out and ring in the New Year with wonderful music and food. Get your feet moving to the great music provided by Country Memories Band. A delicious menu featuring hors d’oeuvres which include Cream of Crab Soup. Din-

ner will feature Steamship Round, Jumbo Fried Shrimp and Chicken Cordon Bleu. Party Favors and Door Prizes. Champagne and snacks after midnight. Sponsored By Mechanicsville Moose Lodge 495 and 7th District Optimist Club. Doors open at 6 p.m. Advanced Tickets $90 per couple. Cash Bar. For Tickets or more information, call 301-884-2398. • New Year’s Eve Dinner and Dance A-Maze-N-Place (Bowles Farm), 6 p.m. 7th District R/S Benefit Dinner and Dance featuring The Wanderer’s. Details will be forthcoming. • Hollywood VFD New Years Bash Location: Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department Social Hall, 8 p.m. New Years Eve blowout bash. Live entertainment by JUKEBOX THIEVES. Complimentary party favors and midnight toast. Also includes breakfast served by Lynn’s Catering. 50/50 Raffles and Cash Bar. No Coolers Allowed. Must Be 21 Years of Age to enter. Tickets available Tuesday nights At HVFD at 7 p.m. at Gatton’s Barber Shop or Call Billy Hill 301536-6713. Tickets are $25 Presale or $30 at the door.

Tuesday, Jan. 1 • Ring in the New Year with The Tides The Tides Restaurant, 4 p.m. Enjoy an inner city experience right here in Lexington Park without the hassle and inflated prices! We are offering an elegant four course menu from 4:00-9:00pm. Then the fun starts! We are throwing a spectacular party including -- live music, dancing, champagne toast out of a HUGE bottle, and passed hors d’ouerves. We have a few packages to choose from where value certainly exceeds the price. Call 301.862.5303 or email for more information.

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Garden in Lights Features Under the Sea By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Annmarie Garden in Lights is unique because its lighted sculptures are not commercially available but designed each year by volunteers and employees, according to Jackie SudoreFloor, director of marking and development. The themes change every year with more than 600 light sculptures in the gardens and something new to see. “As soon as you walk into the arts building, you can’t help get into the spirit,” Sudore-Floor said. This year Garden in Lights features nightly entertainment, light snacks and refreshments provided by the Dream Weaver Holiday Café, themed and discount nights through Jan. 1 from 6 to 9 p.m., weather permitting. Photos courtesy of Annmarie Garden Admission, covering all parts of the garden and arts building, is $6, with children four and under and members are free. “Garden In Lights is an enchanting award-winning outdoor light show, including the Wild West, From Sea to Shore, Super City Shenanigans, Soaring into Space, Dazzling Dinosaurs, Once Upon a Time, and Magical Moments. Guests will be surrounded by mythical beasts, wild animals, airplanes, pirates, princesses, circus performers, dinosaurs, and more,” according to a press release. A popular attraction this year is Under the Sea, which features lights that go overhead to make it feel like being underwater, Sudore-Floor said. “It’s just beautiful to see all these different sculptures,” she said. Every year at the end of October, volunteers pull out past themes and sculptures, decide which to recycle and how to integrate new ones, Sudore-Floor said, adding the garden’s groundskeepers deserve credit for the amount of work they put in to prepare and construct the Garden in Lights. For more information about Garden in Lights or Annmarie Garden visit or call 410-326-4640.

Garden In Lights Schedule

Dec. 7 through Jan 2, 2013 from 6 to 9 p.m. nightly (Closed Dec. 10,11,12, 24, & 25) Schedule of special nights and musical entertainment: Thursday, December 13 Golf Cart Tours for handicapped guests (as available) Calvert Brass Consortium – jazz, classical, holiday George Washington Carver Elementary Primary Chorus (outside)

Friday, December 21 Scout Night ($1 off with badge/pin) Magic Ray Jazz Girl Scout Caroling (outside)

Friday, December 14 Southern Maryland Teen Piano Group (6 to 7:30 p.m.) – classical COSMIC Flute Choir (7:30 to 9 p.m.) – folk, classical Juday Performance Arts, LeeAnn Russell (outside) – glow poi & hoops

Sunday, December 23 Candy Cane Night (a candy cane for each guest!) Steve Gellman – folk

Saturday, December 22 Bucket List – rock

Saturday, December 15 Doris Justis – folk

Wednesday, December 26 Military Discount Night ($1 off w/ ID) Southern Maryland Teen Piano Group – classical

Sunday, December 16 Public Safety Discount Night ($1 off for police, fire, EMS w/ID) Tom Pillion – country, bluegrass, gospel

Thursday, December 27 Golf Cart Tours for handicapped guests (as available) DJ Dave Entertainment with Karaoke

Monday, December 17 The Matt Strain Trio – jazz

Friday, December 28 Dominic Pragman – drums

Tuesday, December 18 Sax Appeal – swing, jazz, popular

Saturday, December 29 Garrett Music Academy, Students of Nancy Elliot – holiday, light pop, classical

Wednesday, December 19 Military Discount Night ($1 off w/ ID) Eric Skow & Bob Pfeiffer – rock, folk Thursday, December 20 Golf Cart Tours for handicapped guest (as available) Daniel W. Hill of Yellowtieguy – acoustic rock, blues George Washington Carver Elementary Primary Choirs (outside)

Sunday, December 30 Riverside – bluegrass band Monday, December 31 New Year’s Eve Pajama Party (wear your PJs) Justin Crandall – acoustic guitar Tuesday, January 1, 2013 Pet Night (bring your well-behaved pet; 6ft or shorter leash; $1/pet) Entertainment to be determined…


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Live Music: “Mixed Business” Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 8 p.m. Live Music: “Stephen Paul Heller” Fuzion Lounge (22576 Macarthur Blvd, California) – 9 p.m. Holiday Concert and Sing-Along: “Fathers & Sons” Calvert Library Prince Frederick (850 Costley Way, Prince Frederick) – 7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 21

Live Music: “Sara Gray Live” Martini’s Restaurant and Lounge (10553 Theodore Green Blvd., White Plains) – 8:30 p.m. Live Music: “ Sam Grow” The Greene Turtle (6 St. Mary’s Avenue
Suite 104,
La Plata) – 9 p.m.

End Of the World Party Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) – 9 p.m. Live Music: “Whiskey River Band” Apehangers Bar and Grill (9100 Crain Highway, Bel Alton) –

First Friday** Town Square, Leonardtown – 5 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 22

Live Music: “GrooveSpan”** Port of Leonardtown Winery (23190 Newtowne Neck Road, Leonardtown) – 5:30 p.m.

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

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

Live Music: “Dave & Kevin Trio” Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 8 p.m.

Live Music: “COSMIC Holiday Concert”** Patuxent Presbyterian Church (23421 Kingston Creek Road, California) – 7 p.m.

Live Music: “The Stephanie Williams Band”** Cryer’s Back Road Inn (22094 Newtowne Neck Road, Leonardtown) – 9 p.m.

Live Music: “Kappa Danielson and Paul Larson”** The Westlawn Inn (9200 Chesapeake Avenue, North Beach) – 7:30 p.m.

Newtowne Players Performance: “A Christmas Story”** Three Notch Theatre (21744 South Coral Drive, Lexington Park) – 8 p.m.

Live Music: “Pet the Monster” Anthony’s Bar and Grill (10371 Southern Maryland Boulevard, Dunkirk) – 9 p.m.

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

Live Music: “Dave Norris”** DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 6 p.m.

Live Music: “Angie Miller” Running Hare Vineyard (150 Adelina Road, Prince Frederick) – 12 p.m.

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Live Music: “Diane Daly” The Westlawn Inn (9200 Chesapeake Avenue, North Beach) – 7:30 p.m. Live Music: “Funkzilla” Jake & Al’s Chophouse (258 Town Square Drive, Lusby) –

Sunday, Dec. 23 Live Music: “Fran Scuderi” Running Hare Vineyard (150 Adelina Road, Prince Frederick) – 1 p.m. Live Music: “COSMIC” and “Gloria & Messiah” Holiday Concert** College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus (730 Mitchell Road, PO Box 910. La Plata) – 3:30 p.m. Newtowne Players Performance: “A Christmas Story”** Three Notch Theatre (21744 South Coral Drive, Lexington Park) – 3:30 p.m. Live Music: “ No Green JellyBeenz” Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) – 9:30 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 24

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

Tuesday, Dec 25 Live Music: “Fair Warning”** DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 26 Live Music: “Mason Sebastian”** DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 5 p.m. Free Beginner Line Dance Lessons** Hotel Charles (15110 Burnt Store Road, Hughesville) – 7 p.m. Live Music “Groove Span” The Blue Dog Saloon (7940 Port Tobacco Road, Port Tobacco) – 6:30 p.m. ** Times are subject to change.

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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.

Santa Visits Northern

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.

Gift donations needed for Christmas Gift Bingo

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

Breakfast Café

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.

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 301-475-4002, 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.

Loffler Senior Activity Center 301-737-5670, ext. 1652; Garvey Senior Activity Center, 301-475-4200, ext. 1050 Northern Senior Activity Center, 301-475-4002, ext. 1001; Ridge Nutrition Site, 301-475-4200, ext. 1050. Visit the Department of Aging’s website at for the most up-to date information.

The Marrying Maryman A Journey Through Time 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 over-

running 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.

Lilly M. Roberts, Mary, Great Grandpa Maryman


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Thursday, December 20, 2012

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The World Will Turn

By Shelby Oppermann Contributing Writer I know it seems like the world is ending lately, but it probably isn’t. It has already been a week since the horror of last Friday. There is nothing I could write about that hasn’t already been written, said, or felt, the world over. I, too, am still sad – that is enough. There are lots of good people in this world too. I know that is true. We really won’t know if the world will end until the 22nd will we? How did the end of the world happen to come right before Christmas; like there isn’t enough to worry about? We have been through several “end of world” scenarios in the last few years, and we are still here. We have an end of world gathering planned at our Parish Hall mainly as a mindless break from holiday shopping and daily worries. I am ready for something mindless, though some would say that is how I live my life. So, just like in Prince’s song 1999. We might as well try to enjoy our time whether it’s today, tomorrow, the 21st, or however long it is we have. Life shows us all the time how precious every moment is. Monday the 10th was a precious day for me when our newest little grandson Liam was born. Two of his three Grandmas were present at his birth, with one trying hard to get there. My son looked a little nervous during Liam’s birth, but Dr. Polko was great; funny and efficient as she put everyone at ease quickly. I love a doctor with a sense of humor. She said we would just have to help. This was a first for me, except for my own children’s births. Gosh babies are big now. Liam was nine and a half pounds. Mine were two pounds ten ounces and six pounds seven ounces. Will Liam’s future world be one of peace with a lessening of suffering? I wish we knew that. Lots of movies and books show all the dreaded ways the world could end, some predicting startling changes and innovations in outer space or under the seas. But the world still turns slowly and change is gradual. I don’t think you wake up one day and there is space travel. There are people and groups of people who value tradition and strive to keep the old ways alive. It’s wonderful to have all types of people to learn from. The Mayan culture, for instance, is still going strong with over six million lively people. Wikipedia states, “A New Age interpretation of this transition is that the date marks the start of time in which Earth and its inhabitants may undergo a positive physical or spiritual transformation, and that 21 December 2012 may mark the beginning of a new era. Others suggest that the date marks the end of the world or a similar catastrophe. Scholars from various disciplines have dismissed the idea of such cataclysmic events occurring in 2012. Professional Mayanist scholars state that predictions of impending doom are not found in any of the extant classic Maya accounts, and that the idea that the Long Count calendar “ends” in 2012 misrepresents Maya history.” I like the first part of that explanation. Christmas will still come on the 25th, and the world will still be here on the 22nd, of that I am sure. My wish is that everyone finds joy, not only in Christmas presents, but in their love of family and friends. Take time out on Christmas Day to tell someone how much they are loved even if you think they automatically know this. And, as I have seen written lately, “Party (and Love) like there’s no ToMaya.” Merry Christmas! To each new day’s adventure, Shelby Please send your comments or ideas to:


Introducing JobSource By Eric Franklin, Southern Maryland Workforce Investment Board Contributing Writer As Chairman of the Southern Maryland Workforce Investment Board, I strive to insure our community is fully aware of the resources available to workers and jobseekers and to businesses through our workforce delivery system, the Southern Maryland JobSource. The mission of JobSource is to expand economic opportunity for our citizens and to enhance the competitiveness of local businesses. Our highly trained professional staff at the JobSource Career Centers located in Prince Frederick, Leonardtown, and Waldorf endeavor every day to advance this mission. For Southern Maryland’s Citizens: JobSource provides employment planning and career assessment services as well as job search assistance. Workers and jobseekers are offered opportunities to gain the skills needed to excel in a rewarding career. With a finger on the pulse of our community, our staff offers insights into local and regional employment trends and equips citizens with the skills and resources necessary to identify and secure employment opportunities. Through a comprehensive employability assessment, our professional consultants can aid in skill, interest, and aptitude identification in order to find the career that is the right fit for each individual. We also provide assistance in the development of a productive job search strategy or training agenda that will help individuals land a position in their career of choice. Resume development assistance includes tips and guidance from professional resume writers on how to create, update and target effective resumes. Numerous workshops provide training in other job acquisition areas such as interviewing skills, basic computer use and the federal job search and application process to name a few. Job placement assistance provides all the tools needed to locate a desired job, and we also offer referrals to job openings. For Southern Maryland Businesses: Recruiting can be a costly and time-consuming endeavor for businesses of any size. Many businesses find they spend too much time screening resumes and applications, often from applicants that are not well qualified for their job openings. The cost of advertising for open positions is increasing, and managerial time could be better spent on more productive activities. JobSource offers our local businesses assistance in recruiting, and there are no fees for our services. Our skilled Business Services professionals can:

List job openings on the Maryland Workforce Exchange (MWE) jobs portal which allows a broad base of applicants to review them Pre-screen applicants Assist with any size recruitment effort from 1 to 5,000 Hold customized recruitments at our facilities Assist with recruitment of veterans, minorities, and/or disabled individuals to help meet EEO and affirmative action requirements Assist in the development of job descriptions Provide information regarding employment and labor law compliance Provide labor market statistics and trends Help with incentive tax credits for qualifying employees In addition, JobSource offers assistance with business downsizing. Reduction of workforce is an unfortunate situation for everyone involved. Because of our role as a key partner on the Maryland Dislocated Worker Unit Rapid Response Team, we can provide employees an excellent resource for transition, training, and reemployment services. I encourage Southern Maryland citizens and businesses to visit our JobSource Career Centers and explore the many ways we can assist with all workforce needs. Locations and contact information for the Career Centers are listed below.

Southern Maryland JobSource Career Center Locations: Calvert County 200 Duke Street Prince Frederick, MD 20678 Phone: 443-550-6750 Charles County 175 Post Office Road Waldorf, MD 20602 Phone: 301-645-8712 St. Mary’s County 23110 Leonard Hall Drive Leonardtown, MD 20650 301-880-2800

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The Myth of the Holidays By Laura Joyce Contributing Writer Now that the elections are over, all of the advertising seems to be holiday themed. We see cell phones and tablets and toys trimmed in holiday colors. What’s trendy for gift-giving comes and goes, but the idea that the holidays are about family and closeness is pervasive in the advertising, no matter the year. Even more than the push to spend, every commercial seems to show happy families smiling and laughing as they celebrate the holidays together. It is the image we all aspire to. Who doesn’t want to spend the holidays surrounded by joy and closeness in a gingerbread house with a fire crackling, deep drifts of snow turning the world beautiful (but somehow never interfering with driving). Like the myth of drifting but drivable snow, the idea of family perfection seems like a bit of a set-up, though. For many people, the holidays are not a time of easy joy. Certainly economics play a part; it is hard to greet the season with open arms when one is homeless, or unemployed, or facing a serious illness. There is another obstacle, too, within many families: the holidays create the sense that we should be close and spend time together, but if there’s conflict within the family, that enforced extra time together can have tragic results. A Thanksgiving dinner this year in Alabama illustrated this, when a man attacked a guest at the family dinner, nearly killing her. The assailant had apparently never liked the victim, who was close with his sister. I wish I could say this was the only Thanksgiving dinner that ended in an attack or a fistfight or recrimination and tears, but sadly, it wasn’t. This is the problem with families, yet also the blessing: they force us to try to get along with a range of people, some of whom we might otherwise never even choose to know. You dislike the person your sister

brought to dinner? Oh, well. Your grandfather’s politics anger you? There’s been a lot of that this year. Your child is going through that surly teenage thing and spends the entire meal texting? I’ve been there, and I sympathize. Our differences, whether we face them across a table at Christmas dinner or on the world stage, certainly have the capacity to drive us apart. It is perhaps a human tendency to turn our backs on that which divides us; it is so hard to know how to bridge the gaps at times, and so we do the easier thing and let those gaps become chasms, and then impasses we cannot imagine a way through. The cost is so high, though, and if we can’t connect across the table, where we have shared history and memories, and, at the very least, an obligatory sense of love and loyalty, how will we ever learn the tolerance and acceptance that are needed to deal with our differences out in the larger world? It is a cliché to say that we are all part of one family, but clichés take root because they contain an essential truth. What joins us—our basic humanity, and the choice we can make to see that humanity in everyone, no matter how different our circumstances—truly is greater than what separates us. This year, as we gather for the holidays, perhaps we could make a commitment to start a new tradition. We could take a moment, aloud or silently, to reflect on what joins us, and promise to first tolerate, and then work on learning to accept, that which separates us. Our lives go by in the blink of an eye, and we soon learn that something that seemed so very important in the moment is of no consequence in the passage of time. There is one exception to this, even with the imperfections and challenges: the love and acceptance of family never goes out of style—and may just be the foundation for peace.

Introducing Laura Joyce By Laura Joyce Contributing Writer Let me introduce myself, as well as the new column that is going to run in this space. My name is Laura Joyce, and I’m the Executive Director of the Southern Maryland Center for Family Advocacy, which provides free legal representation, advocacy, and other essential services to victims of domestic violence in Calvert, St. Mary’s and Charles Counties. I’m also the mother of three sons, all of whom are midlaunch: my youngest, Ben, is a high school senior at Leonardtown High School, and making preparations for college. My middle son, Tim, is a freshman at the College of Southern Maryland. And Chris, my oldest (or “Prince Firstly,” as we call him, a nickname from a favorite childhood book) is a junior at St. Mary’s College, in his first year there after completing two years at CSM. In addition to the full-time teens and the fulltime job, for many years I’ve been a writer: I’ve ghostwritten or co-authored five published books and authored various columns, articles and fiction. I’ve lived in St. Mary’s County for ten years this month (and even after ten years in which to forget the misery, I still wouldn’t wish a December 26 move on anyone else). However, I’ve had family in Southern Maryland for as long as I can remember; in fact, a long-ago ancestor, Marmaduke Semmes, was in one of the first waves of settlers to arrive in St. Mary’s City. One of my earliest memories involves long July road trips to family reunions on Church Cove in St. Inigoes, where we’d eat steamed crabs at big tables set up on the lawn, and swim and water-ski in the creek while trying to dodge the jellyfish. People would come up throughout the reunion and do that cheek-pinching thing

that adults did a lot when I was a kid (maybe that’s why almost no one in my generation does that to children now). They’d say how much I’d grown, which, as a chubby kid, would always embarrass me. Despite that, I loved the reunions, and I loved St. Mary’s County: for years I spent almost every summer weekend here, so when some of my family moved here full-time, I eventually followed. As it is for many of us, family is the foundation in my life. My work life has long been about helping families in crisis, and much of my social life is spent with family; most of the people I’m closest to are relatives. I’m grateful that I was born into a family that is so close, and is made up of people that I’d choose to be with even if we weren’t related. Time after time my family has come together to form a network of love and support, especially at the most difficult times: when a young uncle was dying of cancer; when our grandmother was drawing her final breath; when marriages fell apart or jobs were lost or teenagers were…well, being teenagers. At those times and in the many happier moments, the family was a quilt made up of many different personalities that provided warmth and comfort and support. That is the theme behind this column: family, and how it joins us, how it challenges us, how we can be both our best and worst selves, it seems, in the circle of family. The column will focus on concepts related to family—mine, yours and the larger family to which we all belong—and it will respond to questions sent in by readers. If there is a specific topic you’d like to see addressed, or a question you’d like to ask about a family issue or dilemma, please email me at

Healthy Soda, too good to be true? By Debra Meszaros CSN How can a company transform the leading contributor of obesity, chronic disease, and diabetes and turn it around to make it healthy? Add a healthy element like fiber, back it by a Japanese study done in 2006 on rats, get it labeled by Japan’s National Institute of Health and Nutrition allowing it to be labeled a “food for specified health use”; and presto magico! Healthy soda is born! As a health conscious consumer one of the things that I frequently practice is researching origins of my food. I tend to avoid the influence labels have over my purchases. I read the ingredients carefully and explore any item I’m not familiar with. So when “Pepsi Special”, “the fat blocking soda” hit the market, up went my eyebrows and my quest to understand “dextrin”. Dextrin is a popular fiber supplement in the United States and therefore considered to be healthy. When the 2006 study apparently found that rats fed dextrin absorbed less fat from their food, I’m sure the creative minds of companies looked for ways to expand its use. Could dextrin be used to reduce the body’s absorption of fat by placing it in

a beverage? Perhaps, but the real question is do we actually want to block the body from absorbing fats in our food to begin with? Remember, not all fats are bad. History has shown the creation of fat free foods has brought about a whole bunch of additional health concerns. Obesity has increased since the design of fat free foods, so that approach is clearly incorrect. What about the essential balance of quality omega fats we are supposed to maintain? Does dextrin block all fats or just the bad ones? If you told me dextrin reduced the body’s absorption of sugar, it might make more sense. Then it would have real health advantages. Unfortunately there are still so many individuals that have the old belief that fat turns to fat in our body. This beverage is utilizing this misconception to market their product as a healthy alternative. In actuality the reality is simple. It is sugar that turns to fat by tricking your metabolism, turning off your body’s appetite control system; and for the most part, it is fructose that turns directly into body fat. Is this just another deceptive move by the beverage giants? Whether intentional or not, regardless of form, there is nothing good about soda. Since “Pepsi Special” still contains the dangerous combination of high fructose corn syrup, caffeine, phosphoric acid, and coloring, adding dextrin does not seem to transform it from bad to good. From diet soda to their creative creations of “healthy” versions of soda, unless the main base ingredients of these popular bev-

erages change, they will never be healthy in my eyes. ©2012 Debra Meszaros All rights reserved; no duplication without permission. DISCLAIMER: When you read through the diet and lifestyle information, you must know that everything within it is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. I am making no attempt to prescribe any medical treatment. You should not use the information here for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem or for prescription of any medication or other treatment. The products and the claims made about specific products have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. You should consult with a healthcare professional before starting any diet, exercise or supplementation program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem. Confirm the safety of any supplements with your M.D., N.D. or pharmacist (healthcare professional). Some information given is solely an opinion, thought and or conclusion based on experiences, trials, tests, assessments or other available sources of information. I do not make any guarantees or promises with regard to results. I may discuss substances that have not been subject to double blind clinical studies or FDA approval or regulation. You assume the responsibility for the decision to take any natural remedy. You and only you are responsible if you choose to do anything with the information you have read. You do so at your own risk. Use your intelligence to make the decisions that are right for you. Consulting a naturopathic doctor is strongly advised especially if you have any existing disease or condition.

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Local Youth Football Second In State Bottom row: Devin Townsend, Chris Holton Jr., Cameron Rudolph, Gregory Griffith, Tyson Gregory,Brandon Speirs,Ryan Wheeler Standing: Ralph Wheeler(coach) Chuck Morrison(coach) Darrell Davis, Trevor Nored, Codie Holman, Bradley Brown, Doug Hoover, Sammy Bryant, Dominic Crampton, Jacob Ruslander, Kerm Nored (coach) Chris Holton Sr. (coach)

By Alex Panos Staff Writer The Braves suffered a heartbreaking 6-0 loss in the state championship game over the weekend, falling to Germantown at Capital One Field in College Park. “It was a very hard fought game as the score reflects,” said Tera Gregory, one of the team’s supporters. “The boys were a bit devastated but will realize in time that it was a wonderful experience and they should be proud.” She added the young kids were awestruck by playing in such a large stadium.

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Ghost Deer Seen In St Mary’s Woods

Fur and Feathers By Keith McGuire Contributing Writer A friend of mine refers to ghosts as “haints” because that’s what his ancestors used to call them. There’s an old Chapel of Ease site on the property where we hunt that he won’t go near because churches of all types typically have cemeteries, and he wants to avoid a chance meeting with a haint during pre-dawn or post-sunset travels to and from his tree stand. He steers clear of that section of woods and we chuckle about his paranoia. In case you don’t know, early American Episcopal Churches built small chapels in their local parishes for the convenience of their parishioners so they didn’t have to travel long distances for church services. Each of these chapels was called a Chapel of Ease. As time passed and people became more mobile, these chapels were abandoned. We normal people know that there are no such things as ghosts, unicorns, jack-a-lopes, or centaurs in St. Mary’s County woodlands; or any other woodlands, for that matter. Even so, some things happen in the woods from time to time that give a lone hunter with an active imagination pause. One of those ap-

paritions may be the piebald deer. I have harvested several big bucks in my lifetime and, although I tend to get excited by the encounters, it has been a long time since I missed a deer because I was shaken. We used to call it buck fever and the stories abound of deer hunters shaken so badly that they can’t shoot their guns. I now have to call it piebald fever because I encountered one of the rare specimens during the gun season and it left me totally rattled and defeated. As I sat in the tree stand one afternoon at 4 p.m., I was surprised as the woods came alive with running deer approaching 100 yards off to my right. Three does came into view and turned to approach my stand. When they ran right up close to within 15 yards and relaxed, I knew that they didn’t know I was there. As I began to take aim on the largest of the three, more noise erupted from their path some 100 yards away. I could hear running deer and grunts as they ran past not quite coming into view. Certainly, this was a buck chasing another doe that I had not seen. Maybe they would circle back. I paused. Then, in a matter of seconds, a third bunch of deer came down the same path and made the turn toward my stand to join the first three. It turned out to be three does and the middle one looked more like a white Great Dane with dark spots. Forget the buck. A piebald deer is a rare thing and a trophy that I have wanted for many years. I had never seen one in the woods. As I raised my gun to shoot it seemed that the target bounced around in my scope. A quick trigger squeeze might work, I thought, and pulled the trigger. Startled, all of the animals including the piebald quickly moved to points unknown, leaving me to recap what had just happened. I had clearly and cleanly missed. As I think about it now, it is entertaining for me to consider that it might not have really happened. Oh, I had fired a shot, but at what? No one has seen the piebald deer in these woods before or since. Was it really there? Or, was it a unicorn, jack-a-lope, centaur or haint? We may never know! 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.

A View From The

Bleachers By Ronald N. Guy Jr. Contributing Writer

The recent view from the bleachers has been difficult. Celebrating victory has been rare and tempered. A series of events has created an ever-present melancholy. In isolation, these events would have provoked a psychological jolt and personal reflection, but the mood-meter wouldn’t have been altered in a lasting way. Instead, the mythical fate waitress served every unfortunate course in rapid-fire fashion – and none of them were ordered. The dishes have left this bleacher-dweller feeling some combination of miffed, disappointed and, well, just sad. “Dinner”, so to speak, started like this… Nov 18, 2012, ‘Skins vs. Eagles: I attended the ‘Skins’ 31-6 win over Philadelphia at FedEx Field. Normally, the rout would have permitted me to bellow a mocking baritone version of “Fly Eagles Fly”, but the celebration was muted. Why? The sight of Eagles head coach Andy Reid

on the sideline. During his 14 years at helm of the Eagles, Reid’s been the ultimate gentleman, an Eagles coach even a ‘Skins fan couldn’t dislike. He lost his longtroubled son, Garrett, to a drug overdose in August and is now, after a disappointing season, facing near-certain unemployment. Such is life as an NFL coach, but Andy Reid deserves a better fate. And then… On November 25, Fireman Ed, the iconic, “J-E-T-S, Jets!, Jets!, Jets!” chantleading fan of the N.Y. Jets announced he was retiring his trademark fire helmet and would attend future games wearing more inconspicuous attire. The reason? Since donning the jersey of embattled quarterback Mark Sanchez, Fireman Ed said reactions from other Jets fans had grown too combative for his liking. Baz Luhrmann said in his piece Sunscreen, “Live in New York once but leave before it makes you

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Handle with Care hard.” In a sad commentary on sports fans, Ed Anzalone was apparently forced to apply the advice to his beloved fire helmet. And then it got far worse… December 1: Jevon Belcher, the 25-year-old linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs, murdered the mother of their daughter before driving to the team’s facility and turning the gun on himself in front of team officials. What compels a young father with such a seemingly bright future to commit such horrific acts? It’s a rhetorical question. The complexity of the answer defies our comprehension. Still, Belcher’s acts have prompted debate about gun control and rightfully so (particularly in the wake of the unimaginable tragedy in Newtown, Ct); but the circumstances and solutions are far more complex than just curbing gun ownership - like eradicating common, ignorance-based stigmas and apathy toward the psychological afflictions pervading society. And then, as I was writing this article, Jerry Brown of the Dallas Cowboys was killed in a single car accident. I use the term “accident” loosely: Brown’s teammate Josh Brent was behind the wheel and failed field sobriety tests. Brent now faces vehicular manslaughter charges and a conscience he’ll never be able to escape. Collectively these events are sobering reminders of the relative inconsequence

of sports, the fragility of life and basic responsibility we have for one another. But don’t just acknowledge that statement of the obvious; take the associated indirect personal challenges embedded within the stories. Acknowledge the unspoken issues we’re all dealing with and be more compassionate in your daily interactions. When you ask how someone’s doing, mean it; and offer assistance if the answer isn’t “okay.” Know the power of words and squelch the small-minded, visceral Facebook posts. Remain cognizant of the impact your actions have on others. Be a better neighbor during our brief time together on planet Earth and, very simply, handle each other with care. These aren’t deep thoughts but they could have a profoundly positive impact on the general decay of human decency. Unfortunately it often takes an embattled Andy Reid, a retired fireman’s helmet or the horrific loss of young lives – be they athletes or elementary school children - to snatch us from our insulated routines and spur broader action. At least that action may take place just as the holiday season arrives; a time of year that demands our peak benevolence. The challenge is to make it regular and recurring, not obligatory and seasonal. Send comments to

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