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Commissioners Elect Officers, Review Maps By Sarah Miller Staff Writer The Board of County Commissioners elected Pat Nutter the new president of the board at their Dec. 18 meeting. Nutter accepted the nomination, adding it’s best if all members of the board have experience leading the group. Former president Jerry Clark supported Nutter. Commissioner Steve Weems remains board vice-president. During the meeting, Technology Services Department Project Coordinator Kathy O’Brien, Analyst Erick Pate and Technician Eric Benson briefed the board on the addition on an interactive map to the new website. The map has sections for hikers and bikers, a video driving tour of historic Mackall Road in St. Leonard and old maps for researching property lines and historical sites. Historic Preservation Planner Kristi Uunila scanned and stored historic maps

onto a separate drive, making the information accessible to the public without interfering with the county’s server. Those interested in archeology use old maps because they show locations of sites that have been demolished and potential dig sites. Benson and Pate rewrote the code for the video detailing the history of Macall Road, allowing play on the website, smart phones and other platforms. “They’re my heroes,” Uunila said. Grant money facilitated the creation of the video. During the presentation, commissioners learned about different map features and how to navigate that part of the website. To get to the maps, visit www. County maps are under the heading “Visiting.”

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Government Holiday Closings The Courthouse will be open on Monday, Dec. 31 but closed on Tuesday, Jan. 1 for the New Year holiday. The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners announces the following office and facility closures for New Year holidays: • All Calvert County government offices will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 1. • The Calvert Pines, Southern Pines and North Beach senior centers will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 1. Meals on Wheels will not be delivered Jan. 1. • Calvert Libraries will close at 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, and be closed Tuesday, Jan. 1. • Public transportation will not be in service on Tuesday, Jan. 1. • Solid Waste sites will close at 4 p.m. on Dec. 31 and reopen for normal business on Wednesday, Jan. 2. • The Calvert Marine Museum will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 1. For more information, visit the Calvert County website at

North Beach Closing Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to our town residents and visitors. The Town Hall will close Monday, Dec. 31 at 12 p.m. and re-open on Wednesday, Jan. 2nd at 8:30 a.m. Don’t forget to join us on the waterfront for the Annual Polar Bear Plunge at 1 p.m. on New Year’s Day. Avoid the registration lines by pre-registering from our website, Another exciting event will be on Jan. 4 from 6 to 10 p.m., Jan. 5 from 12 to 10 p.m., and Jan. 6 from 12 to 6 p.m. The end of the pier will be transformed into an ice skating rink. We hope to see you there.

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Town Sends Resolution to School Board By Sarah Miller Staff Writer The Chesapeake Town Council drafted a resolution to send to the county Board of Education requesting it address overcrowding at Beach Elementary School. Council member Stewart Cumbo said taking action regarding schools is “beyond the scope” of the council’s purview, but making recommendations regarding a perceived issue is not. The board discussed redistricting extensively during the meeting, including a failed redistricting years ago when the town was split down the middle. Mayor Bruce Wahl remembered the school board split the town by geographic landmarks and not map lines, sending half the students to Calvert High School and the rest of Northern High School. The resulting rivalry between schools and students made for some tense times, he said, alienating students from after school activities in Chesapeake Beach. He recommended the council suggest where lines should be drawn to avoid a repeat of the past. Council member Valerie Beaudin lobbied to add language requesting the Board of Education make it easier for students to transfer out of Beach Elementary School and into less crowded schools.

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The newly sworn in Chesapeake Town Council

Beaudin’s amendment to the resolution was voted down. Wahl told her redistricting alone is “a first step.” “But it’s not an adequate first step,” she argued, adding redistricting takes a long time, and the overcrowding issue is only getting worse every year. She said the board should ask for more immediate action in addition to a long-term fix. Other board members said if they send too much to the board at once it may do more harm than good and suggested Beaudin draft her suggestions into a separate resolution. The meeting began with tension, after swearing in the new board members. After the mayor and the new board formally took their oaths of office, board member Pat Carpenter protested Pat Mahoney being nomi-

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nated as the vice president of the council. “I’ve seen him thrive on dissention,” Carpenter said. “I believe a leader shouldn’t participate in character assassination” referencing tactics he claimed Mahoney employed during the recent campaign and election season. Carpenter’s statements went unheeded,

and he was alone in voting against Mahoney for the position. For more information regarding upcoming meetings, visit

Verizon Donates to Boys and Girls Club

Photo courtesy of Sandra Arnette Judy Devey, Board Chair, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maryland, Casey Makell, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maryland, Joseph Askew, Jr., Verizon, Maryland Senator Thomas V. “Mike” Miller, Tabb Bishop, Verizon and Joy Hill Whitaker, Chief Development Officer, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maryland

By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Last week Verizon and Maryland Senator Thomas V. “Mike” Miller presented a $10,000 check to North Beach Boys and Girls Club. At the suggestion of the senator, the club wrote a proposal to the company requesting funds to support its “Graduate to Go” program, which encourages students of all ages to prepare for college, according to Boys and Girls Club Development Officer Joy Hill Whitaker. The money will help the program focus on STEM programs, said Verizon State and Government Affairs Vice President Tabb Bishop. “It was a nice gift for the season of giving.” Reinforcing and supplementing classroom skills, the Graduate to Go program aligns with Verizon Foundation's education objectives – promoting academic achievement, tutoring, and encouraging students to learn math, science and computer technology, Bishop said.

Verizon's support will reach 125 targeted youth and hundreds of additional youth through workshops and educational and career day activities while preparing them to succeed in their chosen careers, he said. The Boys and Girls Club works with more than 80 students on a daily basis, with another 80 coming in a couple times per week for theatre programs. Whitaker said approximately 45 youth come in on a daily basis. The rest come in a few times per week. Older students don’t come in every day, she added. She said the Boys and Girl’s Club offers programs at little or no cost to kids and their families, and without volunteers, grants and donations they would have a hard time keeping their doors open. “We were really happy they chose us,” she said. “Without a company like Verizon, we just couldn’t do it,” she said. “We need them.”


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Police Investigating Bridge Carryout Robbery On Dec. 17 at 9:13 p.m. the Calvert Control Center received a 911 call from a store cashier at the Bridge Carryout, located at 6654 Hallowing Point Road in Prince Frederick, stating the store had just been robbed. Calvert County Sheriff Office deputies responded to the scene and set up a perimeter while contact was made with the complainant. Det. N. DeFelice subsequently responded to the scene and assumed the investigation and determined two suspects were involved. Suspect one is described as a white male, early to mid-20’s, approximately 5’9” with a shaved head with dark hair and “chin strap” style facial hair, wearing a camouflage hat and a black and camouflage t- shirt. The second suspect is of unknown race, age or sex and is described as wearing a royal blue colored bandana across the face. It was determined that suspect one entered the store at approximately 9:06 p.m. and inquired about the closing time of the business. He then made casual conversation with the cashier while he purchased and played scratch off tickets. Suspect one then exited the business without any further incident. At approximately 9:10 p.m. this same suspect reentered the store and stood near the check-out counter. The second suspect then entered and demanded the cashier hand over the money. Suspect two gave the cashier a bag at which

Property Stolen from Dickinson Jewelers On Dec. 9 the suspects [in photos] stole property from Dickinson Jewelers, located in Dunkirk. Three suspects, a male and two females, entered the store and made contact with staff. The two teenage females inquired about purchasing a class ring distracting the employee. The older male, who walked with a pronounced limp, took a counter top display case and fled. The two females left the store shortly afterward, possibly in a dark colored full-size GMC pickup truck. The suspects are described as two black females approximately 16-18 years of age. One is light skinned with curly brown hair and facial piercings. The other, wearing a leopard print shirt, is dark skinned with long, dark hair. The black male is described as being approximately 50 years old. He was wearing a baseball hat, glasses and had facial hair. If you can identify these suspects or have information that may help solve this crime, please contact Det. N. DeFelice of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office at 410-535-1600 ext. 2669 or

time the cashier filled the bag with money from two registers. The two suspects then fled the store. A K-9 track was conducted by Dfc. Morder and his K-9 partner Wolf at which time the track led to the rear of the business. The track continued west towards a fenced-in area just prior to Hallowing Point Trailer Park. Dfc. Morder identified a recently broken portion of the fence which led to a gravel parking lot near the trailer park. A witness who was in the area advised that she observed a white BMW or Mercedes leave the area following the robbery which was parked in the area of the track. The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. DeFelice at 410-1600 ext. 2669.


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Calvert Republicans Elect New Chairman On De. 12, the Calvert County Republican Central Committee (CCRCC) elected Ella Ennis as its Chairman for 2013. She succeeds Frank McCabe who held the position for six years. He will chair the Precinct Organization preparing for the 2014 State and Local Elections. The Central Committee also reelected as officers: Bob Arscott, Vice Chair, Judy MacWilliams, Secretary, and Michael McNally, Treasurer. Each year the CCRCC elects officers for the coming year. Ella Ennis takes over Chairman Ennis is a resident of Port Republic and was appointed to the Central Committhe Calvert County tee in 2009 and elected to a full term on the CCRCC in 2010. She is a former President of the Republican Central Republican Women Leaders of Calvert and in 2011 was named Maryland Republican Woman Committee from Frank of the Year by the State Party. A long-time activist in local politics, Ennis recently volunteered McCabe, who chaired the group for six years. with the O’Donnell for Congress Campaign. She serves as the Legislative Co-Chairman for the Maryland Federation of Republican Women, organizing the very popular “Red Scarf Legislative Day” every February where Republican Women join together wearing the MFRW scarf lobbying legislators on issues. She is active in her community serving on the Board of the Friends of Jefferson-Patterson Park and Museum and represents the Western Shores Estates community on the Calvert County Cliff Stabilization Advisory Committee and coordinates Eucharistic Adoration at St. John Vianney Catholic Church. As a member of the Calvert Central Committee, Ennis works on legislative issues and served on the State GOP ByLaws Committee. She brings a strong background on State issues to the Committee. She is excited to take on the job as Chairman and immediately thanked Chairman McCabe for his outstanding leadership in guiding the GOP in Calvert. “As Chairman, Frank McCabe brought enthusiasm and a strong work ethic to the position. It is hard for anyone to turn Frank down when asked to take on a job. He has gone above and beyond for the Republican Party here and spent endless hours working to elect Republicans. The 2010 Election certainly proves that he did his job well with the election of so many Calvert Republicans. I know I can depend on him for good advice. There is no way we can thank Frank properly for all his many years of service. I do not expect him to slow down one bit just because he is no longer Chairman,” remarked Ennis. Ennis said, "While we were disappointed in the outcome of the recent election for Federal offices, the Calvert GOP remains strong and growing. In 2013 we will focus on local and state issues that are important to our Calvert citizens including opposing an increase in the gas tax, especially while the State continues to raid the Transportation Trust Fund for other purposes. We will register voters and recruit and train potential candidates for 2014. Plans are already in the works for classes this coming March for interested candidates, or anyone interested in working or managing a campaign. Qualified instructors will share campaign techniques as well as strengthen our use of the new media.” For more information on the CCRCC, visit the website at

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Public Notice: Vacancy on the Central Committee The Calvert County Democratic Central Committee will fill an opening in its rank of elected members on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at its monthly General Meeting. Please note the following: The term of office is until the Primary Election in 2014 when a new Central Committee will be elected. A candidate must be a registered Democrat in Calvert County. A candidate must be willing and committed to support the activities of the Central Committee for the election of Democratic candidates to office and for the good of the Democratic Party in the country, state, and county. Candidates for this office must submit a letter of application to the Central Committee by Wednesday, January 3, 2013. The letter must include the candidate's qualifications for the office. Submit letters by hand to a Central Committee member, by e-mail by clicking here <> , or by regular mail to: Calvert County Democratic Central Committee P. O. Box 2063 Prince Frederick, MD 20678

Party Bus Offers Worry Free Transportation By Alex Panos Staff Writer With New Year's Eve celebrations on the horizon, it is time to start planning for safe transportation. Thomas and Son Transport offers a unique late night transportation service, and those renting the Party Bus will have a unique experience, says CEO Travis Thomas. "What happens on the party bus, stays on the party bus," he said. The Party Bus is a full size school bus with a deluxe sound system and lighting, capable of comfortably holding 50 people – significantly more than the 10 to 15 a typical limo-bus can hold. Patrons can legally drink on the Party Bus, which is used for transportation to concerts, tailgates, weddings and local bar crawls, says Thomas. Due to the success of the Party Bus, Thomas expanded the nightlife services provided by the business. The company now offers van transportation as well, essentially a shuttle service to and from party spots. Based in Lexington Park, the company is "very versatile," and drives clients all over Southern Maryland, including popular sites such as the Tiki Bar. Thomas has taken clients to Baltimore – where he used to work as an on air personality for ESPN Radio – and once provided transportation services to and from a wedding.

Thomas laughed recalling his clients in Baltimore. "How they heard of us, I'll never know." Thomas left his job as a radio host to return home and join the family business several years ago – the bus company has been in service transporting children to school for over 40 years. He brings new ideas to the company as it continues to expand. Thomas, 32, attends events in the night life scene as a patron – which helps him remain aware of gaps and missing services in the industry. He knows what the customers want and utilizes social media outlets to give the company a leg up on the competition. "I have a good pulse on what works," he said. "I'm doing a lot of things I know they [the competition] don't do." He added, unlike taxi cab services with a number of things going on, Thomas and Son's primary objective is servicing the nightlife crowd. "If we say 20 minutes, we'll be there in 20 minutes," he said. Thomas learned the importance of small business "old school values" from his father. Often clients have last second plan changes or an additional person to pick up. "Our biggest compliment is how flexible we are," Thomas said. Ultimately, his big pan is to "change the way people get around late night."

The Party Bus is a full size school bus with a deluxe sound system and lighting, capable of comfortably holding 50 people

For more information on Thomas and Son Transport or The Party Bus, visit or call 240-237-8037. Vernon and Travis Thomas run a service for late night patrons.


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State Gives Calvert County Public Schools Growth Targets By Sarah Miller Staff Writer The successor of No Child Left Behind’s annual growth measure shows Calvert County schools in a wide range of effectiveness. Instead of meeting Annual Yearly Progress required by No Child Left Behind, each school will have a School Progress Index. Indexes are used to sort schools into five “strands” based on their growth and the number of yearly targets schools meet, such as closing the achievement gap and overall student growth. The state department of education determines the School Progress Index for each school and assigns the school to a Strand. The department describes a Strand 1 school as one with a school progress index 1.0 or greater and met all three annual Indicator Targets. A Strand 5 school has an index less than 0.9, meet-

Schools will be divided into five strands.

ing from zero to two annual Indicator Targets. For elementary and middle schools, student achievement will continue to be measured through the Maryland School Assessments in reading, mathematics and science. For high schools, student achievement will be measured through the algebra/data analysis, English and biology high school assessments, said Supervisor of Accountability and Instructional Technology Catherine Page. The measure marks progress for schools perceived ability to hit target numbers by 2017 goals for English and language arts, math, and science, Page said. At the elementary and middle school levels, achievement is 30 percent of the index; for high schools it is 40 percent of the index. The Student Growth component of the Index focuses on whether students in an elementary or middle school made

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Photo by Sarah Miller Gail Bennett, left, Catherine Page and Joe Chenelly talk about measuring school growth.

one year’s progress in both reading and mathematics. Growth is 30 percent of the index. The gap reduction indicator looks at the gap between the highest and lowest performing subgroups at a school. It makes up 40 percent to the index, Page said. These highest and lowest performing groups can include students in various racial groups, economically disadvantaged students, students with educational disabilities and English language learners. At the high school level, Collegeand-Career Readiness is measured by the school’s graduation rate and other measures that ensure students are prepared for life after graduation. This accounts for 20 percent of the high School Progress Index, page said. Superintendent Jack Smith sees each school’s growth will be measured against an independent starting mark, not against the district as a whole. This measure will make it clearer how the school is per-

forming against its own history. A downside is currently, scores and numbers from 2011 form the baseline measure. Data related to students can change in two years, and working off two-year-old data is a cause for concern, Smith said. In two years, the lowest and highest performing groups can shift in demographics and performance level, and to accurately measure growth teachers and staff need to work with the most current data. “I didn’t come today to attack or praise the system,” Smith said during the presentation, adding numbers in schools are “dynamic” and he is worried about compressing all variables into a single numeric indicator. For more information, including individual numbers for each school, visit and select Calvert County from the drop down boxes.

Teacher Evaluation System Premature By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Maryland public schools will implement a new teacher evaluation system with the common core curriculum, but with little time for testing officials worry the system will have little chance to succeed. Calvert public schools volunteered as a field test location for the new evaluation system, but instead of having a year for planning, implementation and observation, the state will compress the process down to three months – January through March, said Deputy Superintendent Robin Welsh. Welsh worries the truncated development period will result in unanswered questions and unaddressed snags negate any potential the evaluation system has thus reducing the systems acceptance. When the county signed up for the field test, the state promised assistance and workshops in developing

Student Learning Objectives (SLOs) and time for evaluation and observation. Now the field test is a “simulation field test.” “It never played out the way it was supposed to be,” Welsh said. Coming from a special education background, Welch said student learning objectives are valuable tools for teachers. Ideally, Welsh said objectives will align with the School Progress Index, which should align with the public school’s master plan. Welsh said the new evaluation system and common core curriculum should be rolled out concurrently. But since they are not, she the state is hitting some snags. Calvert is poised to implement the changes. By participating in field testing, the county can anticipate the state’s direction and participate in ironing out the rough patches. The state incorporated the expertise of Charlotte Danielson, internationally-recognized for designing

teacher evaluation systems. For teachers, the state assigned 12.5 percent to each of Danielson’s four principals: planning and preparation, classroom environment, instruction and professional responsibilities. The School Performance Index and student learning objects make up the other 50 percent of the teacher’s performance evaluation. Principal evaluations are similar, with 50 percent based on professional practice and student growth. Principal’s professional practice model includes eight areas – school vision; school culture; curriculum instruction and assessment; observation and evaluation of teacher; integration of appropriate assessments; use of technology and data; professional development and stakeholder engagement.


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Winning at the Collegiate Level in Robotics The College of Southern Maryleader, as she explained that the first land held its first Robotics Chal60-second autonomous challenge lenge – Collegiate Division, winning was followed by a 60-second remoteagainst Muhlenberg College on Nov. controlled challenge. 3 at the La Plata Campus. Using a small concourse, the Engineering positions will robots scored points according to always be in demand, said Byron how many bags each machine could Brezina, a technical engineering scoop, transport and dispense into project manager at the Naval Explocenter troughs with each match’s sive Ordnance Disposal Technology results displayed on the projector Division (NAVEODTECHDIV), screen. who attended and demonstrated two “I want to be a bio-mechanical Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) engineer who makes prosthetic robots at the competition. limbs,” said first-time Muhlenberg EOD robots have proven inCollege team competitor and engivaluable because each destroyed roneering student, Macauley Breault of Chiebuka Ezekwenna, of bot symbolizes a saved human life, Waldorf, a student at the Col- Allentown, Pa. which corroborates the importance of lege of Southern Maryland and “Computers have changed the engineering technology and learning a member of CSM’s collegiate world,” said former math and physics robotics team, the Talons, makes professor Peter Ezeswenna of Walfor students today, said Brezina. programming adjustments dorf, whose 19-year-old son, ChiebuThe EOD robots provide EOD some during the Nov. 3 robotics technicians with situational aware- competition with Mulhlenburg ka, competed with the Talons team. ness and are typically used in hostile Chiebuka Ezeswenna wants to College of Pennsylvania. situations. It’s standard procedure to be a computer scientist and joined send in a robot first to assess a potentially dangerous the Talons as an extracurricular activity. “It’s a great situation, said Brezina. environment for practical coding for something tan“The CSM engineering students are learning gible,” he said, adding that he also wrote some of the all the controls and structures and it’s basically the coding and the autonomous for the team’s small rosame concept,” he said. bot nicknamed “Overkill Junior.” In the game of “Sack Attack,” the conference The event attracted local resident Michael room’s projector screen announced the competition McPhee of La Plata and his 7-year-old son, Steven, of the CSM Talons against Muhlenberg College of because he enjoys the action figures and movie Allentown, Pa. “Transformers.” Both college teams designed and built two Melissa Curley is a student at the College of robots and each match totaled two minutes, said Southern Maryland enrolled in COM2300 Writing Bernice Brezina, CSM professor and Talons team for the Media.

CSM Faculty’s ‘Dirty Job’ Careers When College of Southern Maryland Vice President and Dean of Prince Frederick Campus Dr. Rich Fleming took a job while he was enrolled in college picking up and delivering clothes for a dry cleaning company, he never imagined diapers as part of the work and how ‘dirty’ the job could become. The job was one that even 46 years later, Fleming never forgot – it was the first thing that came to mind when he learned of CSM Career Services “Dirty Jobs Contest,” a contest that Fleming won by a wide margin. “I was fairly lucky in that the supervisor liked me, but on one particular week I was the only one available to run the diaper route,” said Fleming, who added that in the mid-1960s there was no such thing as a disposable diaper. The idea for the Dirty Jobs contest came from the television show by the same name, said CSM Career Services Associate Director Lisa Warren. “Our department’s primary function is assisting students with all phases of career development. We wanted to show students the diverse backgrounds and a sampling of the career paths of those that teach and serve them at the college. Students sometimes believe they must know exactly what they want ‘to be when I grow up’ and this can cause anxiety and self-doubt. Some students have a faulty belief that they will complete their degree and start at the top of the career ladder; the reality is that most people do not step out of college into a CEO job,” Warren said. The Career Services contest which ran during November included dirtiest job, most unusual job, highest number of jobs held, most dangerous job and hardest job categories. CSM Languages and Literature Assistant Professor Joy Syring took the top award for most unusual job as a pollen counter working for a doctor’s office. “As an undergrad I worked at an allergist’s office doing everything from payroll to insurance posting and anything else they asked me to do. Early in my career there, I was trained to count and identify pollen, calculate the ratio and distribute the information to local weather stations and eventually The Weather Channel,” said Syring. “Since the count had to be done daily, I can say I've worked seven days a week and on every major holiday, too.”

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

ing at a SMHEC Open House scheduled for March 21. Both social Work degree programs are fully accredited by the Council of Social Work Education--a must for the earning of a graduate’s licensure. Additional universities located at SMHEC include Johns Hopkins University, the University of Maryland at College Park, George Washington University, Towson University, Bowie State University, the University of Maryland University College, Capitol College, Webster University, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, Notre Dame of Maryland University, Washington Adventist University, Gratz College, and Stevenson University. Included among the over 90 academic programs at SMHEC are 37 STEM degree and certificate programs, 37 education programs, 14 business and management programs, two nursing programs and the two additional social work programs starting in the fall 2013 semester. For additional information contact Dr. Cynthia Shoemaker, SMHEC University Coordinator at 301-7372500 or


When a trusted supplier of patch testers discontinued manufacturing, Syring was again called to action as the practice’s guinea pig for potential replacement tests. “Scratch tests can be read the same day, but the patch tests, usually done for products like lotion, cosmetics and shampoo, require that the samples stay covered and taped to the skin for several days. The doctors didn’t want to submit their patients to malfunctioning medical supplies, so I agreed to help.” Rattling off the jobs held by the winner Joy Syring Rich Fleming Tim Murphy in the most jobs category, Waldorf Center for Higher Education Director Tim Murphy could Faculty Professor Katherine Humphries for caring for goats sound like Johnny Cash’s “I’ve Been Everywhere” when list- and other farm animals while also serving as a nanny to the ing his 35 jobs: “I’ve been a newspaper delivery boy, a week- human children. end custodian, pizza cook, athletic trainer, wrestling camp Most Unusual Job: first place to Syring for counting poltrainer, baseball camp trainer, golf course groundskeeper, len and serving as a medical guinea pig in an allergist’s ofroofer/carpenter assistant, racetrack beer server, call center fice and second place to Lead Student Success Coordinator worker, bouncer, junior high youth leader, nursery yardwork- Beverly Russell for stripping leaves and thorns off roses at a er, physical therapy assistant, physician’s assistant, summer florist shop camp director, Karaoke DJ, I’ve worked everywhere, man,’ Highest Number of Jobs: first place to Murphy with 35 the song would go. jobs and second place to Accounts Receivable Sponsorships "Chalk it up to a short attention span or following the op- Coordinator Loretta McGrath with 24 jobs. portunity of the moment; if someone asked me if I wanted to Most Dangerous Job: first place to Mathematics, Physdo something, I rarely said ‘no,’” Murphy said. ics and Engineering Division Professor Dr. Richard Beers for Most students – past and present – work hard at jobs that work as a nuclear weapons tester and second place to Murphy are not very glamorous and experience a trial-and-error pro- for work as a roofer for a roofing company. cess to discover where they belong, said Warren. Then someHardest Job: first place to Mathematics, Physics and times, it’s on to the next job or career. Engineering Division Associate Professor Stephanie Mc“The career experiences of staff and faculty at CSM de- Caslin for working two part-time jobs while in college—a tire pict what is pretty typical and I think that can be encouraging jockey/grease monkey while also an evening singing telegram for students. One of the important themes is keep working, worker and second place to Southern Maryland Studies Cenkeep gaining new skills and commit to lifelong learning— ter Coordinator Amy Richmond for her work as an indexer whatever it takes to find your calling.” with General Motors archiving photos of cars and facilities, Contest winners were, Dirtiest Job: first place to Flem- and searching for damaged negatives. ing for his work as a diaper delivery driver and second place For information on CSM Career Services, visit www. to Communications, Arts and Humanities Division Adjunct

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Caryn Lynne Gee Hammett, 33

Wil l ia m Sherman Chenault Sr., 85, of Lusby, Md. passed away on Dec. 17 in the Bu r net t- Calver t Hospice House in Prince Frederick, Md. He was born on January 20, 1927 in Booneville, Mo. to the late Isaac Dewey and Ona King Chenault. Bill and Helen loved to bowl and were very active for numerous years in various bowling leagues; he enjoyed playing cards and was also involved in a number of different pool leagues. William is survived by his wife Helen Marie Dixon Chenault of Lusby, Md.; sons, William S. Chenault, Jr. of Huntingtown, Md., Leroy Rosier Chenault and his wife Nancy of Wheaton, Md. and Robert Chenault of Westover, Md.; eight grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; brother Lyle Chenault of Booneville, Mo.; brother-in-laws, John Albert Dixon, Ralph Anthony Dixon and his wife Sarah and Paul Russell Dixon and his wife Diane; sister-in-law Doris Cecelia Dickinson and her husband Russell. He is also survived by a dear friend Rosemary Marra. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter Marie Kathy Hightman; brothers Sammy and Milton Chenault; sister Bessie Marie Chenault; daughter-in law Linda Lou Chenault; brothers-in-law William Herbert Dixon Jr., George H. Dixon, Frances A. Dixon and Harry J. Dixon and his sisters-in-law, Shirley C. Dixon, Elizabeth A. Dixon and Aurora Dixon. The family received friends at the Rausch Funeral Home, P.A on Dec. 19, with Deacon Paul Dixon officiating the following service. Interment was private. Should friends desire, contributions may be made in Bill’s memory to StallingsWilliams American Legion Post #206, P.O. Box 428, Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732. For additional information or to leave condolences visit

Caryn Lynne Gee Hammett, 33, of Dunkirk, Md. passed away Dec. 15. Caryn was born January 1, 1979 to John and Doris Gee in Prince Frederick, Md. She was raised in southern Anne Arundel County and graduated from Southern High School in 1996. Caryn was happily employed and loved her job as an office manager for a law firm in Annapolis. Outside of work Caryn had numerous hobbies, but first and foremost was being a loving mother to her daughter Kendall. In addition to raising Kendall, Caryn loved her family and friends. Whether it was having fun at the family pool, helping to host a party, or watching Sunday football, her focus was on everyone else. She took great pleasure in knowing that everyone that she loved so much was happy. Her fondest memories weren’t elaborate trips but enjoying good conversation and laughs with those she held close. Caryn’s dreams were always big but her feet were always grounded. Caryn is survived by her daughter Kendall, her parents John and Doris Gee, her brother John Gee II and his girlfriend Kelly Donahue, grandmothers Patricia Gee and Lorraine Lutz, and a multitude of family and friends. Caryn’s family received friends on Dec. 20 at Rausch Funeral Home, P.A., where a funeral service and celebration of her life was held Dec. 21. Interment was private. A fund in Caryn’s memory will be established in Kendall’s name. For additional information or to leave condolences visit the Rausch Funeral Home website at

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Roland A. Plater Sr., 91 Roland A. Plater Sr., 91, of Prince Frederick, Md. passed away on Dec. 10 at Calvert County Nursing Center, Prince Frederick, Md. Roland Alexander Plater Sr. was born May 9, 1921 in Sunderland, Md. He was the fifth of seven children born to the late Florence Parker Plater and Earnest Alexander Plater. Somehow he earned the nickname “Big Baby.” He attended public schools in Calvert County then joined the Army at the age of 17. It was World War II and after boot camp, he was sent to the Philippines. He worked as a communications technician and rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant. Because his father had died, he sent money home to help his mother and younger siblings. After the war, he began working construction, building roads and bridges around Maryland. He met and married Malinda Irene Brooks. They became entrepreneurs. Together they launched several businesses, first a dry goods store on Dares Beach Rd. and eventually they became School Bus Contractors. They helped build the Beacon Light Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Annapolis, Md. Then they founded the Emmanuel Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Prince Frederick, Md. Roland worked in various positions including treasurer, deacon and local elder. Malinda preceded him in death. He is survived by their children, Roz Plater, Dr. Marsha Plater, Roland A. Plater Jr., Queenie Plater, Joan Plater and Jonathan Plater; daughter-in-law, Dana Plater and seven grandchildren, Ryan, Brooke, Allison, Kaitlyn, Matthew, Paige and “Little Queenie.” Another son, Thurman Plater, daughter-in-law Eudora and grandson Carlos, and great grandchildren Isaiah and Jeremiah also survive him. He is also survived by his niece, Doris Spotswood, who was raised with him like a sister, three sisters-in-law, Volley Brooks, Lettie Brooks and Gertrude Plater, along with a host of other nieces and nephews. Funeral service was held on Monday, Dec. 17 at Chesapeake Church, in Huntingtown, Md. with Dr. Alfred Jones as eulogist. The interment was at Holland Cemetery, Huntingtown, Md. The pallbearers were Robert Carter, Mike Fletcher, Don Fowler, Terry Morsell, Teon Plater and Conrad White. Funeral arrangements were provided by Sewell Funeral Home, Prince Frederick, MD.

Ann Hutchinson Spigai, 73 Ann Hutchinson Spigai, 73, of Chesapeake Beach passed away Dec. 17 at her residence. She was born June 27, 1939 in Chattanooga, Tenn. to


Nicholas and Ethel Mae (Rives) Hutchinson. Ann moved to the Washington, D.C. area with her family as a young child and was educated in Montgomery County schools. She graduated from Washington Hospital Center School of Nursing as a registered nurse in 1961. She married Joseph J. Spigai on May 18, 1974 in Washington, D.C. Joseph and Ann made their home in Montgomery County until moving to Chesapeake Beach in August 2010. Ann worked for Dr. Melvin Carter in Silver Spring for over twenty five years. She was a member of Marvin Memorial Methodist Church in Silver Spring. Ann was an avid gardener and also enjoyed reading and spending time with her family, especially her grandsons. Ann is survived by her loving husband, Joseph, and by daughters Tracey McKirgan and husband Dan of Chesapeake Beach and Tara Cowe-Spigai and wife Kereth of Salem, Mass. Also surviving are grandsons Daniel and Timothy McKirgan and a sister Judy Hershey and husband Rick of Birmingham, Ala. A memorial visitation will be held Thursday, Dec. 27 from 1-2 PM at Rausch Funeral Home, P.A., 8325 Mt. Harmony Lane, Owings, where a memorial service and celebration of Ann’s life will follow at 2:00 PM. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Ann’s name may be made to the American Lung Association or Calvert Hospice. For additional information or to leave condolences visit

Jamie Truitt, 22 Jameson Castleman Truitt, “Jamie” of St. Leonard, Md., age 22, passed away on Dec. 16. A devoted father to MaryJane Truitt, he is also survived by her mother Nicole Truitt and beloved girlfriend Rachael Howes. He was the loving son of the late Chris Truitt and Alyson and Stuart Simmons, adored brother of Matthew, Andrew and Brendan Truitt and Abigail and Stuart Simmons Jr., cherished grandson of Judith and Lyle Britton; Richard and Barbara Stretch; Max and Susan Truitt; Charles and Elsie Simmons. Jamie was the biggest Redskin fan. He loved the beach and fishing, but more than anything else he loved his daughter, MaryJane. The sun and moon revolved around her and he spent his life trying to find ways to brighten her world. He was a protective older brother who was as fiery and brash as the Irish whiskey he was named after. The family received friends at the Rausch Funeral Home in Port Republic, Md. on Dec. 20. Funeral Mass was on Dec. 21, 2012 at Middleham Parish in the Great Hall. Interment followed at the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Jamie’s memory to Middleham & St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 10210 H.G. Trueman Road, Lusby MD 20657.


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Master Gardener Volunteer Training Do you have a love of gardening and want to share with others? The Calvert County office of the University of Maryland Extension will be offering Master Gardener training in February/March. Trainees (also known as interns) are screened, interviewed and accepted into the program. Once they complete the course and final exam with a passing score, they must provide 40 hours of volunteer service to the program within 12 months to be certified as a Master Gardener. The University of Maryland is an Equal Opportunity Employer and offers Equal Access Programs. Classes will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings, Feb. 12 to March 21, 2013 from 6:15 to 8:45 p.m. at Community Resources Building, 30 Duke Street, Room 105, Prince Frederick. One Saturday field trip is planned. The cost is $175 which includes a Maryland Master Gardener Handbook (valued at $69) and other materials needed to teach the course. If you have a disability that requires special assistance for your participation, please contact us. For more information, call University of Maryland Extension at 410-535-3662 or 301-855-1150. Class size is limited and the deadline to register is Jan. 25.

Please Support Hospice For 29 years Calvert Hospice has served the residents of Calvert County. Calvert Hospice’s compassionate and personal character, plus its consummate expertise in the control of pain and symptoms, makes it a viable choice for anyone who wishes to die with dignity, and

also want to live the best life possible to their last day. Calvert Hospice transformed a very difficult time in our lives through their knowledgeable and caring support as my mother lived out the final weeks of her life (in July). With their compassionate approach we were afforded the

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luxury of saying our good-byes without the added stress of personally providing the necessary palliative care. We knew with certainty because we saw firsthand that my Mom was lovingly cared for and had the best possible quality of life to the very end. My husband Doug and I

are privileged to be the honorary co-chairs for Calvert Hospice’s Annual Campaign. Our goal is to help raise $192,000. Doug and I are proud supporters of Calvert Hospice and it is our hope that you will join us in sustaining their good work. It will take 512 families to make a donation of $375 each to reach that goal. To date we have received support from 120 families and that leaves 392 to go. Are you one of the 512 families who have supported Calvert Hospice? If so, thank you. If not, would you please consider doing so this holiday season? You may be familiar with Calvert Hospice’s Festival of Trees held every year during Thanksgiving weekend.

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Looking for a new and exciting way to volunteer? Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum (JPPM) is recruiting docents for our 2013 class. If you are a lifelong learner who would like to interact with the archaeologists, educators, and historians who bring Southern Maryland’s past to life, this may be the program for you! The intensive program will provide you with in depth knowledge of the archaeology, history, and culture of southern Maryland with a specific focus on the land where JPPM sits today. You will also examine techniques and education strategies for engaging museum visitors in meaningful explorations of the past. Classes will begin in January. The ten-week training course will cover many topics including: an introduction to archaeology, the archaeology at JPPM, the War of 1812, JPPM’s Indian Village, Point Farm-estate home of the Pattersons, and a general orientation to the Park and its facilities. After completing the initial training course, JPPM docents further the educational mission of the Park by offering regular, highquality interpretive services for the public in support of annual programs, workshops, and exhibits. Benefits to becoming a docent are many--docents will receive our regular volunteer benefits including a Friends of JPPM family membership, a 10 percent discount in the Show Barn Museum Shop, Friends’ newsletter, and a discount on special event entry fees and workshops. The biggest benefit is the chance to work with some of Maryland’s top archaeologists and educators who are preserving our Southern Maryland heritage through the JPPM programs. JPPM is located in Calvert County, approximately 11 miles north of Solomons Island. The training course will take place on Wednesdays from Jan. 23, 2013 to March 27, 2013, the time will be 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The classes will be presented by professional archaeologists, historians, and JPPM staff. Class size is limited and registration is required. Tuition and fees are $15. Class materials will be provided.


Although this event raises considerable support, it does not cover the entire amount needed to run the Burnett-Calvert Hospice House. In reality, it takes at least an additional $192,000 per year to fund those operational expenses. I was surprised to learn that they do not turn away any Calvert County residents; regardless of their ability to pay! We are asking you to help make a difference in the lives of our neighbors, family members and friends at one of the worst times in their lives – the death of a loved one. There is so much more to hospice than we ever imagined. Please join us in supporting Calvert Hospice. Mary-Ann and Doug Hill Calvert Residents

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National Debt at Dangerous Level

The national debt now reached nearly $16.4 trillion. As of today, every household in the United States owes about $140,000 of this debt. The country is borrowing roughly $6 billion every day, $239 million every hour and $4 million every minute. For every dollar of revenue the federal government brings in, it spends two dollars and six cents.

Interesting Times Ahead for Economy

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The U.S. economy is poised to fall off the fiscal cliff, meaning $600 billion in tax increases and spending cuts unless Washington avoids it, according to Peter Schiff with Money Morning wrote in an online article that the country needs a “shock” to “adopt financial discipline.” Cancelling the tax hikes and spending cuts would just delay the inevitable fiscal strain this country is headed toward, according to Schiff said. "Our economy is so screwed up from years and years and years of bad monetary and fiscal policy that it's going to be painful to correct that problem. But we have to do it," Schiff continued. "We can't keep avoiding the pain and in the process making the problem worse, because then we're just going to have even more pain in the future to fix an even bigger problem." Delegate John F. Wood, Jr. (D-29A) agreed with concerns found online. “Everybody wants to spend, spend, spend but nobody wants to cut a bit,” he said. “You can’t just keep spending. Sooner or later it’s going to catch up with you and now it’s caught up with us.” He worries about cuts coming from Washington, D.C. that could affect programs in Maryland, a number of which are funded with federal dollars. He said the state has to consolidate redundant programs and learn to stretch a dollar. He compared loss of funding to household finances. When money is short, people go without extras because they have no choice when it comes to paying their bills. No matter how deep cuts go, Wood said the one thing that state cannot do is continue to raise taxes on citizens. With unemployment on the rise, fewer people pay taxes, but this is not a scenario that can be fixed by demanding more money from citizens who can’t afford to loose it, he said. No one group is responsible for the state of the economy, and no one group should be expected to fix the problem. “Everybody has to climb on board,” he said. No matter how things play out, Wood said “it’s going to be an interesting year.”

A Year in Review

January through June Top Stories of 2012 The Calvert Gazette recaps the top news stories of 2012, reminding readers of the events of the past year. This issue provides snippets from the top stories from January through June. The first issue of 2013 completes the year in review. To see the stories in their entirety, go to The Gazette has its own archive of full-page views of each issue of the paper.

January “Local Baker Hits the Big Time” – Jan. 5 “It’s very gut wrenching,” said Cindy Selby of her appearance on Cupcake Wars. Selby owns Blondie’s Baking Company in North Beach. In the Jan. 1, 2012 episode, contestants competed to cater the cupcakes at the Los Angeles premier of the play “Wicked”, a take on “The Wizard of Oz”. With four chefs and three rounds, the stakes were high right from the beginning. Selby made it through round one, but was cut at the end of the second round. “High School Students Benefit from Firefighter Training” – Jan. 19

stairwell. Economic development department patrons were forced to call upstairs or make an appointment to have employee escort. Director of Economic Development Linda Vassallo refused to reveal any details of the threats, or who made the calls, but said the individual was frustrated with the current economy. “Calvert Marine Museum Exceeds $500,000 Mark” – Jan. 26 Calvert Marine Museum set its fundraising goal at $500,000 for the Coming of Age Capital Campaign. By January, the museum raised more than $600,000. The money is earmarked to help construct two additional classrooms; an expansion that Director of Development Vanessa Gill said is sorely needed. Currently 20,000 kids pass through the museum every year and “we’re turning people away.” In addition to the museum’s contribution goal, the state contributed $500,000 and Calvert County provides $1 million in funds.

February “Officials Fear Permanent Closure of Boys and Girls Club” – Feb. 2 In January, the North Beach Boys and Girls Club of Southern Maryland closed for two to reorganize its operations and negotiate with creditors. Town council members refused further financial support to the club, which benefits from a $2 million facility the club leases for $1 per year on a 99 year lease. In March, the club opened, operating under the Boys and Girls Club of Annapolis.

Every year Calvert County trains approximately 20 high school students to become nationally certified basic firefighters and EMTs. The county’s Fire-Rescue-EMS Division provides a yearlong study program for firefighting and emergency medical services. Eligible student are 16 years-old and in a position to complete all required high school graduation credits. Later in the year, these same students swept the Skills USA competition and represented Maryland in national competition. “Economic Development Office On Lockdown” – Jan. 26 Following alleged threatening phone calls, the Calvert County Department of Economic went on lockdown to prevent the public from entering the office unannounced. The office, on the second floor of the Courthouse Square building in Prince Frederick, prevented the elevator from stopping and access from the outdoor

“World Record Certificate Lasts Forever; Actual Record Lasts Five Months” - Feb. 2 Stephanie Pitcock’s manager at Sport Clips in Waldorf convinced her that it would be fun to be a part of a Guinness World Record Haircutting team. On Jan. 21, 2010, 10 hairstylists from around Maryland set out to gain the “World Record for the Most Consecutive Haircuts by a Team in 12 Hours.” Hairstylist not related to Sports Clips represented Guinness to ensure the rules were followed and that everyone received a quality haircut. The rules included shampooing every head, removing more than a quarter of an inch, and cutting a style with more than one length. Straight shaves did not count. Of the 350 haircuts during the 12-hour period, 329 qualified for the record “Chesapeake Church Continues to Expand Reach” – Feb. 9 Reverend Robert Hahn has devoted his life to helping those in need since 1988.

Now 24 years later, leading as senior pastor for 20 years, Hahn has seen Chesapeake Church, grow to one of the largest in Calvert County with a congregation exceeding 1,100. The members serve in such initiatives as End Hunger in Calvert County; monthly oil changes; filing taxes, emergency relief teams; counseling; three weekend worship services, and more. While they serve primarily in the county, the church’s influence stretches around the United States and the world sending ministry teams to New Orleans, San Diego, Haiti, and Honduras. “Bohanan Gives Key Yes Vote on Gay Marriage Bill” – Feb. 23 In February, Delegate John Bohanan cast a controversial “yes” vote for the Civil Marriage Protection Act. The vote passed 72-to-67. The Civil Marriage Protection Act does not force religious organizations to perform a wedding if doing so would be against their religious doctrine, providing that doing so would be “…in violation of the right to free exercise of religion guaranteed by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution…” the House bill reads. Citizens sent the bill to referendum, where it passed during the November election. The bill goes into effect Jan. 1, 2013.

March “Calvert to Help Land Use Study for NAS Pax River” – March 1 Calvert County Planning and Zoning Director Greg Bowne told the Board of Commissioners that the movement to reduce energy bills through wind energy interferes with radar systems of military aircraft. In the face of such land use issues affecting Naval Air Station Patuxent River and the state, the Department of Defense and the Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) requests location jurisdictions lead a Joint Land Use Study (JLUS). Bowen explained the OEA has seen an opportunity for a JLUS in jurisdictions in Maryland and Virginia and has asked to form a JLUS policy committee and sign a resolution to join together in the effort. “Three Dead from Mystery Illness in Lusby” – March 8 An erroneous press release, followed by the Calvert County Public School system attempting to help, alarmed county residents and generated a spike in local social media updates. The first release announced five members from the same household, only miles from Calvert Cliff Nuclear Power Plant, contracted a mysterious illness resulting in four deaths. The first case of illness occurred in an 81-yearold woman who presented symptoms at her home beginning on or about Feb. 23. Her


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A Year in Review three children, a son and two daughters, developed similar upper respiratory symptoms on or about Feb. 28. All were hospitalized and became critically ill. The elderly woman, her 58-year-old son and 56-year old daughter subsequently died. A fourth family member and caregiver was hospitalized at the Washington Hospital Center. Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs with MedStar Janis Orlowski told the Calvert Gazette it is was unknown how the first patient died, but the Center for Disease Control determined Influenza A and a “super infection”, caused either by a staph infection or a bacteria, caused the two following deaths. A super-infection is a “condition in which a patient with a contagious disease acquires a second infection,” according to the Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. “Death of Pat Carpenter Leaves Big Shoes to Fill” – March 8

“Legal Wins Give Tiki Bar Much to Celebrate” – April 19 As the Tiki Bar opened for the 32nd time, the ongoing legal battles between Dr. Ronald “Chip” Ross and the Tiki Bar appeared to end. The Tiki Bar owners and Ross have faced each other in Appeals Board hearings for years, dragging out for so long that there are only three people who know the full history between Ross and the Tiki Bar, and “one is in the nuthouse,” said Tiki Bar attorney V. Charles Donnelly. The Calvert County Board of Appeals determined the open space between buildings can be used for purposes other than parking. Ross filed an appeal that afternoon. He and his wife Faith put their house on the market with plans to move to Florida. “Calvert Middle School Time Capsule Unearthed” – April 19 Contractors, demolishing the old Calvert Middle School, kept the cornerstone at the school board’s request. Hidden inside large block of stone from 1947 was a 65-year-old time capsule, the size of a loaf of bread, according to General Services Director Wilson Freeland. Inside were three objects – a 1948 penny, a letter and a third item that was “rusted beyond recognition.” “Judge Krug Retires” – April 26

An active county resident died March 2, surprising many who did not know she was battling illness. Patricia “Pat” Carpenter moved to the county in 2002 with her husband, Bob, who won a seat on Chesapeake Beach Town Council. “Local Inducted into Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame” – March 15 Port Republic resident Margaret Dunkle became one of six Maryland women inducted into the state’s Women’s Hall of Fame. Dunkle was instrumental in Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 that requires that schools and colleges receiving federal funding provide equal opportunities to both women and men. “GOP Primary to be Decided in Southern Maryland” – March 29 Anthony O’Donnell, Republican state delegate for the 29th District in Annapolis, made a bid to unseat incumbent Steny Hoyer for the fifth congressional seat in Maryland. In March, political observers said O’Donnell had a ready-made base of support in Calvert and St. Mary’s counties, where he has represented citizens since 1995. He swept the primaries in April, but failed to win them in the general election. Hoyer retained his seat after the November elections.

April “Session Ends Without Tax Hikes” – April 12 This legislative session ended ith lawmakers passing a so-called “doomsday” budget complete with about $500 million in cuts and no tax increases to plug revenue gaps.

Judge Warren J. Krug turned 70 years old on March 28. The state of Maryland’s code forced him to retire. However, he received approval from the Maryland Chief Judge to continue to work as a retired judge.

May “Gold Medal Weather for Special Olympics” – May 3 This year, for the first time, each of the 104 Calvert County Special Olympics athletes had their own personal cheerleader throughout the day. “Some of the schools already have Best Buddies. This year we expanded on that and had student volunteers from several schools be there for the athletes at the finish line, during awards and lunch,” said Jean Hahn, event coordinator. Students from all four high schools and Plum Point and Calvert Middle schools participated in a small training session before last week’s Special Olympics held on Wednesday at Calvert High School. “Community Helping Community” – May 3

From the shingles on the roof to the insulation in the basement, volunteers with Christmas in April turned out April 28 to work on 30 homes in Chesapeake Beach and Lusby.

licing, deterring vehicle break-ins during the Christmas shopping season. Other activities include disorderly conduct, theft and controlled dangerous substance violations.

“New Principal Coming to Our Lady School” – May 10

“Dominion Seeking Permit for Second Discharge Point” – June 14

After a successful fundraising campaign last year to keep Our Lady Star of the Sea School (OLSS) from being consolidated with another parochial school, Principal Sister Carolyn Marie Betsch has decided to step down as principal of the K-8 Catholic school in Solomons. At the beginning of the school year, Deacon Christopher Jensen became the new principal.

As required by the process to renew its permit to discharge to surface waters, Dominion Cove Point held a hearing bringing out several community members as well as representatives from Maryland Department of the Environment. Acting Division Chief for the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) Michael Richardson was the mediator for the evening. He explained that as long as Dominion Cove Point meets laws and regulations pertaining to the permit, MDE is bound to approve it. However, “we have to respond” to submitted questions submitted or public hearings requested, he said.

“Marine Museum Treasures Volunteers” – May 17 The Calvert Marine Museum recorded a record of 27,248 volunteer hours in 2012 – equating to $610,407 paid hours. Volunteers assist in daily museum functions including First Free Fridays, annual events, summer camps, special projects and other activities. The “Golden Otter” Award Recognition Ceremony honored the CMM volunteers. “Flame of Trophy Set to Pass Through County” – May 31 Travelers on Route 4 between Solomons and Prince Frederick saw yellow school bus, runners and bicyclists in the shoulder carrying the Flame of Hope during the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.

June “Calvert High Juniors Challenged to ‘Be the Change’” – June 7

“From Birthday Party to Carnival – Karsyn’s Karnival Growing Roots as NonProfit” – June 14 The third annual Karsyn’s Karnival attracted more than 400 people to Cove Point Park for music, snacks, a variety of games for all ages and beautiful weather. The event raised more than $2,600 to help promote Down syndrome awareness. This year was full of firsts for Karsyn’s Karnival – it was the first year that the carnival turned a profit, it was the first year volunteers from all four Calvert County high schools were involved and the first year the carnival was a registered non-profit organization. “Mission Complete: First Ever Southern Maryland Free Dental Clinic Serves 800” – June 28

When Elizabeth Jane “E.J.” LaGoya’s friend’s brother died earlier this year, she decided something needed to change. Calvert High School students, staff, teachers and others gathered for two assemblies to learn how they can “Be the Change” not only to eliminate hurtful words, but to bring about a “Braver, Kinder Calvert.” Susan Johnson, principal of CHS, told how LaGoya had approached her with an idea. This idea “spawned” into an “exceptional” performance. “Sheriff’s Bike Patrol Doesn’t Intend to be Invisible” – June 7 Ten years later, citizens of Calvert County are still surprised to discover the Sheriff’s Office has an active bike patrol, according to 1st Sgt. Bill Soper. “Most people are only looking for two headlights,” said DFC. Eddie Bradley, who patrols in both a cruiser and on bike. The bike patrol is a seasonal unit, operating on weekends from April through September/October, and again from Thanksgiving through Christmas. During the events the bike patrol find missing children, follow up on a vender theft or direct traffic. Town center patrol is proactive po-

Dr. Garner Morgan is co-chairman of this year’s only Mission of Mercy (MOM) in Maryland– a free two-day dental clinic at Chopticon High School hosted by hundreds of volunteers, providing teeth cleanings, fillings, minor denture repairs and oral surgery to people who otherwise could not afford it. Complete the year-end review by picking up the Calvert Gazette January 3, 2013 edition.

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Students Remember Troops

Christina Kettmann, Anthony’s Bar and Grill

The College of Southern Maryland hosted its first annual military troop care package drive, distributing 120 boxes for delivery to 12 platoons during the holidays. The care packages contained toiletries, snacks and entertainment items. Participating clubs from CSM’s Student Associations included Phi Theta Kappa, La Plata Student Association, College Leaders of Southern Maryland, Gamer’s United, BACCHUS, Black Student Union and Saludos, as well as staff and faculty members. Due to the success of the drive, students are interested in making this an annual activity. Assembling the packages from left are students Kayode Bello, Kim Smith, Brandi Brown, Zakyi Powell, Matthew Rhoades and Genia Lrandi. For more information on Student Life at CSM, visit

Photo by Sarah Miller Christina Kettmann thought her job as a bartender would be temporary, but then she found that she loved it.

By Sarah Miller Staff Writer The Calvert Gazette recently asked its Facebook readers who was the best bartender in the county. Christiana Kettmann’s name came up the most often. Working at Anthony’s Bar and Grill since 2009, Kettmann wanted a temporary position to maintain her vehicle. “It was kind of fluke,” she said, She found she loved the job. “I’ve just met some solid gold people here.” In other bars, she said everyone has to be careful around other patrons, especially ones wanting to take someone home for the night. This hasn’t been the case at Anthony’s, she said. One of her most memorable moments came when she tried to drive a drunken patron home. He protested because he was going to a relative’s house in St. Mary’s County, but Kettmann insisted. She told the patron is would be an adventure, put another drunk friend in her back seat and stopped at Wawa for gas. The trio never made it to St. Mary’s. Kettmann’s car broke down halfway to their destination. She took it to the patron’s cousin’s house for a “quick fix” before heading back to Anthony’s. She still laughs about that night. “It was a pointless adventure, but we bonded,” she said. Anthony’s co-owner Charlene Ward and her husband met Kettmann after they purchased the restaurant a year ago. “We love her,” Ward said. Kettmann has a habit of quietly contributing to various fundraisers and charity events Anthony’s holds during the year, including donating portions of her tips to Frank Hayward III and bringing in coats and toys for holiday drives. “She does a lot to help out here,” Ward said. Her favorite drink? In the summer, it’s watermelon margaritas. In the winter, she drinks anything with whiskey. “In the winter you wear a sweater on the outside, and whiskey is like a sweater on the inside,” she joked.

SMECO Employees Raise Funds for Local Organizations Employees of Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative recently donated more than $13,300 to three Southern Maryland organizations that help lowincome residents receive medical care and prescriptions. The three groups, Calvert Healthcare Solutions, Health Partners of Charles County, and Health Share of St. Mary’s County, will each receive $4,448.95. SMECO raised the money through the 2012 Charity Golf Tournament, supported by a group of volunteers, vendors, and the SMECO executive team. The Coop selects a different organization each year to benefit from the fundraiser. According to Richard Jarboe, SMECO supply chain director, “Sponsoring the event is a lot of work, but we enjoy pitching together with SMECO’s supply chain partners to help our community. We are grateful for the donations and sponsorships our vendors provide; they make up a significant SMECO Buyer Denise Chalmers, left, Executive Director of Calvert Healthcare Soluportion of the proceeds.” tions Mike Shaw, President of the Health Partners Board of Directors Kit Wright, “As the only free clinic in Charles SMECO President and CEO Austin J. Slater, Jr., and Health Share of St. Mary’s Board County, we provide significant services Member Anne Bell. Health Partners uses the Transportable Dental Unit shown in the to serve four elementary schools to reach children who have limited access to to local residents,” said Kit Wright, Presi- photo dental care. low income uninsured and under insured adult population dent of the Health Partners Board of Directors. “We will use these funds to support our trans- of St. Mary’s County who qualify for medical care and portable dental unit, which serves four local elementary prescriptions at a minimal cost.” “Enrollment in the Calvert Healthcare Solutions proschools. Through this program, we reach children who have limited access to dental care and provide on-site gram has significantly increased over the past few years cleanings, screenings, fluoride, and sealant treatments.” as we have improved our ability to identify and reach Wright added, “SMECO is a glowing example of how a out to eligible residents. Not only do we provide access co-op willingly participates in the social fiber of its local to medical services, we help our clients navigate through other available community resources. Residents receive community.” Ella May Russell, president, explained how the access to medical care, mental health care, laboratory and SMECO contribution would help Health Share of St. radiology care, and prescription medication through a Mary’s: “We provide assistance to more than 2,200 cli- foundational network of community partners,” according ents, and that number is steadily rising. Health Share is a to Mike Shaw, Executive Director. He added, “Our clients non-profit, all volunteer program, and all the money need- constantly express their gratitude for the assistance they ed for services is obtained through private fund raising receive. On behalf of our clients and staff, we echo that and contributions. We are grateful that SMECO recog- sentiment and gratefully say thank you to SMECO, its nizes the needs of our organization, which works with the employees, and vendors.”


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Do’s & Don’ts to Managing Exercised Induced Inflammation By Debra Meszaros CSN What are the underlying causes of muscle fatigue, soreness, and inflammation that usually accompany most exercise routines or physical activity? What are the best strategies to prevent or lessen the side affects of exercise? What is the number one thing many do wrong? You do not have to be a professional athlete to know and understand the side affects of exercise. The long standing myth quote of “no pain, no gain” is slowing fading into old school thinking, as modern research begins to uncover information that points to a belief that more can be achieved with less. Regardless of the intensity of your workout or physical activity, there is some degree of muscle fatigue, soreness, and inflammation that goes along with your routine. It’s not uncommon for individuals to utilize NSAID’s (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) before or after exercise. Many believe that doing so helps reduce soreness, allowing one to train longer or harder. This practice is part of the Don’ts in exercise management. The two primary NSAID’s, aspirin and ibuprofen, both have shown to pose risks to your health when used in the management of pain. When they are utilized frequently as part of your routine it is likely you are doing more damage to your body than good, as you may be trading pain relief for more serious health implications. How do NSAID’s actually interact with the body?

During exercise your body recognizes the increased need by your muscles for blood, and blood is diverted away from your digestive tract to the muscles. From a dietary standpoint, this is why it is advised not to eat a meal and immediately follow up with exercise. When there is an inadequate amount of blood flow in the digestive tract, the cells within the lining of your small intestine have a tendency to “leak”. After an hour or so after exercise the body will return to normal; but when an NSAID is part of the equation, some research indicates that they may lead to “leakage” that expands to several hours after exercise. NSAID’s already have a reputation of disrupting and possibly causing gastrointestinal damage. Regular use of NSAID’s may hinder the absorption of nutrients, especially just after exercise when the muscles need the nourishment to recover and regenerate. “Leaky” cells can cause bacteria to escape into the bloodstream which can lead to systemic inflammation. NSAID’s also stress your liver and kidneys. What are some options to lessen the side affects of exercise? To most, it is no secret that protein (amino acids), play a vital role in muscle recovery and regeneration. A diet that includes carnosine (whey, grass fed beef, free range chicken) can be useful. Carnosine is a potent anti-inflammatory component and inflammation = soreness. When working out, Beta-alanine has shown to help with muscle soreness. Ice-water baths can be utilized just after exercise as well. Turmeric and ginger have also shown promise in the anti-inflammatory category. If one wished to explore the world of enzyme therapy, metabolic enzyme supplementation has been used globally for many decades to aid the body with inflammation and recovery. Keeping well hydrated and mineralized is also a main factor in the performance and recovery of your muscles.

©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.

Understanding Your Risk For Sleep Apnea Sleep apnea is a debilitating and life-shortening ailment that affects millions of people across the globe, many of whom do not know they have this potentially dangerous condition. Understanding sleep apnea and its symptoms and risk factors is imperative for men and women who feel they have or may someday have sleep apnea.

What is sleep apnea?

The word "apnea" is Greek and means "without breath." Sleep apnea occurs involuntarily and unexpectedly while a person is asleep. It causes a person to stop breathing repeatedly while sleeping -- sometimes hundreds of times a night -- estimates the American Sleep Apnea Association. These moments of breathlessness can last a minute or longer and may not trigger a full awakening in a person. There are different types of sleep apnea. The main types are obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. Obstructive apnea is more common and occurs when the muscles in the back of the throat relax during sleep and inhibit air flow. With central sleep apnea, a person's brain doesn't send proper signals to the muscles that control breathing. Mixed sleep apnea is a combination of both obstructive and central sleep apnea. During an episode of sleep apnea, the body may rouse itself partially to resume breathing but not enough to fully awaken the person. As a result, sleep may be very fragmented and sufferers could feel extremely tired during the day and not understand why.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Individuals who may be experiencing sleep apnea may have the following symptoms, according to The Mayo Clinic: * excessive daytime sleepiness * loud snoring * awakening with a dry mouth or sore throat * headaches in the morning * problems paying attention * difficulty staying asleep Others may notice a spouse or family member has sleep apnea by recognizing abrupt awakenings from shortness of breath or intermittent pauses in his or her breathing during sleep. Also, it is important to note that snoring may not be a sign of sleep apnea, but very often loud snoring punctuated by periods of silence is a pretty good indicator of apnea.

Risk Factors

Many people experience sleep apnea, though it may be more pronounced in certain groups of people. Those who are overweight may have obstructions to breathing. People with a thick neck also may have a narrower airway. Genetics also may play a role in a narrow airway in the throat or enlarged adenoids or tonsils that contribute to airway obstruction. Men are twice as likely to have sleep apnea as women, and men who are older than age 60 have an increased

risk over younger men. Smokers are three times more likely to have obstructive sleep apnea over people who have never smoked. That's because, according to the Mayo Clinic, inflammation and mucus retention may occur in the upper airway. People who naturally have difficulty breathing through the nose may be at a higher risk for sleep apnea.


After being tested for sleep apnea, which usually involves some sort of sleep test, whether at home or a nocturnal polysonmography that measures heart, lung and brain activity is conducted at a sleep center, a doctor may refer patients to an ear, nose and throat doctor if there is a physical obstruction causing the apnea. Recommendations may include losing weight, quitting smoking and other lifestyle changes if these are thought to be the primary causes behind the apnea. Therapies for obstructive sleep apnea can include continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, which uses a machine to deliver continuous air pressure into the nose and mouth to keep air passages open. There are other air pressure devices as well. Surgery, including implants or creating a new air passageway via a tracheostomy, may be necessary in severe cases that don't respond to other treatments. Sleep apnea is not a condition to take lightly. It affects millions of people and requires action to prevent other maladies resulting from lack of oxygen to the body.


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Welcome To The End Of Time

Fur and Feathers By Keith McGuire Contributing Writer At 6:11 am on Dec. 21, 2012 we reached the end of “The Long Count” of the Mayan calendar. Time no longer exists to the Mayans civilization, which ceased to exist centuries ago. Now all of our anticipation can be focused on waiting for the economy to recover, which will probably be in short order as the “doomsday preppers” begin to sell off all of their horded survival stores. The night of Thursday, Dec. 20 was enough to give some of us pause; especially, those who live in Annapolis. The wind blew and knocked out power in several places along with the entire town of Annapolis. It must have felt like the end of the world. Since then, the wind has continued to blow, keeping wildlife holed-up and fish inaccessible. But, if you are an outdoorsman, like me, there is no room for pessimism in your world. Good things come to those who wait. This period of weather is nothing but a convenient respite that you can use to prepare jerky and stews from the wild game that you’ve already harvested. If you are of the Yule tide spirit, advanced preparations of wild game culinary appetizers and

main dishes might allow time for an early morning Christmas hunt before the family arrives for dinner on Christmas day. One of my favorite times to hunt is Christmas Eve. Usually, I am hunting deer, and there is no more magical time to be in the woods than Christmas Eve. Water fowlers find it magical, as well. When coming from the woods, the field, or the water, the festivity of the season grabs you as you empty your gun. It doesn’t matter if a big buck has walked into your field of view, or if a flock of geese came into your spread of decoys. As soon as you get to your vehicle and turn on the radio to the perpetual holiday music, you become happy to be alive. As your heart turns to family happiness, nothing else matters in the world. One of the biggest bucks of my lifetime came along on Christmas Eve in 2009. It was truly a time to remember; but what I remember most are the empty roads and holiday music on the radio as I drove home from the woods that evening. The deer occupies a special place in the spare room of my house – known as “the trophy room” – where many of my trophies adorn the walls. I can’t help but hang Christmas ornaments from its antlers every year. The only thing missing from this year’s holiday hunt is the snow. Snow seems to complete the atmosphere of the time. Snow actually tilts the scales toward the hunter at this time of year. Deer become more visible in the woods, and geese seem easier to call to the decoys. Suddenly, fresh deer tracks become discernible compared to before the snow. Some deer hunters actually employ tracking tactics to get closer to the bucks that have eluded them during the pre-snow season. This works once; on the day that the snow falls. Man tracks mean as much to deer as deer tracks do to man. Therefore, another tactic is to avoid making man tracks and continue to hunt deer using pre-snow methods. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all hunters, anglers, and their families. 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. Keith McGuire with a goose harvested before the end of time.

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Bleachers By Ronald N. Guy Jr. Contributing Writer

Since you’re reading this, I assume you survived the Mayan apocalypse, Grandma’s fruitcake (strive for 5) and the holidayforced exposure to your in-laws. Congratulations. Now, with balls dropping and drinks flowing in celebration of one year’s sunset and another’s dawn, it’s time for frivolous resolutions and the mental exercise of extracting something useful from the past year to project on to the future. If you don’t mind, I have a recommendation; no not for the shameless lies (I mean frivolous resolutions) but for the past’s lesson for the future part of the New Year’s routine. My suggestion was delivered regularly throughout the year by a familiar acquaintance and a brutally honest commentator on the state of humankind: the sports world (You probably saw that coming). Indeed, this nugget of knowledge was right in front of my face, but I missed it, until a frequent source

of wisdom cleverly unveiled the obvious. It went a little something like this… My dad and I have always watched sports together. It’s this little constant we’ve shared. We’ve never over-analyzed it. Frankly, we’ve never even talked about it. Our love of sports has transcended economic challenges, life transitions, physical distances and the common struggle between a headstrong father and his equally stubborn adolescent son. It’s just always been there - the steadfast link between us that words have never been. I used to take our sports connection and the time together it created for granted. With the callousness of my youth faded and equipped with emotions swelled by fatherhood and the knowledge that time is fleeting, I don’t anymore. I enjoy every minute of every game we watch together, regardless of whether our beloved ‘Skins or Ter-

A Common Trait…For Life rapins win or lose. It’s become one of the great pleasures in my life. I can’t remember not watching games with my dad and I sure as heck don’t want to imagine when I can’t anymore. While “in” one of these savory moments during a recent Sunday afternoon together and absorbing the chaotic highlights of a typically unpredictable day of NFL games, my dad muttered, “you just can’t write the script.” He has said this many times, but it never registered properly. I mean, the obvious did: the best fictional writers couldn’t produce a story as dramatic as the reality of every week in the NFL. I get that. But this time was different. This time the full meaning of “Senior’s” comment hit me (Junior). If Rod Stewart happened upon me this time of year, he’d probably say, “It’s late December, Ronnie and you really should be reflecting on life.” I will Rod, I will, but first I have to consider the year in sports. Priorities, my raspy troubadour, priorities. I’m certain Maggie May would understand. And this year, equipped with my dad’s wise statement, the annual appeasement of my sports addiction was time well spent. So what was what in 2012? Well, let’s see. A non-descript, 9-7 N.Y. Giants team got hot late and won the Super Bowl. The San Francisco Giants withstood the mid-

season suspension of its best hitter, Melky Cabrera, and the uncertain return of its best player, Buster Posey, from a serious injury to win the World Series. Peyton Manning switched addresses and regained his MVP form after a serious neck injury. Vikings running back Adrian Peterson returned from reconstructive knee surgery to challenge the NFL’s single-season rushing record. And finally, Notre Dame survived several close games and Alabama effectively absorbed a rash of injuries to earn spots in the national championship game in January. The connection between the data set is success despite tremendous adversity. Each team and player mentioned above pulled off its/their miraculous feats because of one common trait: resiliency. They scoffed at bad news, thumbed their noses at the doubters, ignored the substantial pessimistic forces and blew the lid off of all external expectations. And there it is: resiliency, 2012’s lesson for the future. In sports and in life, “you can’t write the script”; but with a sufficient dose of resiliency, we can overcome whatever obstacles our personal story unfurls…in 2013 and beyond. Happy New Year! Send comments to

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The Marrying Maryman By Linda Reno Contributing Writer Was John Thaddeus Maryman handsome, charming, or both? Born in 1859, he was the son of John Vernon Maryman and Ellen Joanna Russell. In 1881 he married Ida V. Norris, daughter of John Llewellyn Norris and Sarah Goldsborough. He deserted her in 1888. In April 1893, John was hauled into court for bigamy. He had been a busy guy! “Maryman’s Wives and Sweethearts. John T. Maryman, who pleaded guilty to bigamy in the Criminal Court yesterday and was sentenced to five years in the penitentiary, has had a varied matrimonial experience. He is about 35 year old and of rather attractive appearance. So far as is known he engaged to marry two women while having two wives living. On the 23rd of February, 1881, he married Miss Ida V. Norris of St. Mary’s County, Md., but deserted her about five years ago. They had three children, two of whom are living. On February Lilly M. Roberts, Mary, Great Grandpa Maryman 24, 1891 he married in Baltimore, Miss Dora E. Brown...They have one child. went down the bay for two weeks. When I The first wife went to Washington with returned I received a letter stating that my her children and took up residence with wife was dead. I went to the Patuxent for Maryman’s mother…The second wife had two weeks and worked again at Sparrow’s heard that her husband had another wife Point for eight or nine months. I boarded and wrote to his mother, who informed in the same house with Miss Brown and married her five weeks after becoming her of the facts. Further investigation showed that acquainted with her. It was four months Maryman had engaged to marry Miss after my second marriage that I heard my Lony Lee, of Accomac County, Va., on first wife was living and I wanted to keep April 26, 1891, and Miss Manion, of Bal- it secret for my second wife’s sake.” (Baltimore, on last Christmas. Both ladies timore Sun, April 18, 1893). I have found no further written reprepared their wedding dresses in anticicord of John. On the 1900 and subsequent pation of the ceremony that never came off. The two wives, the second one with censuses, Ida stated she was a widow. By an infant in her arms, and Miss Lee were 1906 she was living in Rochester, New in court. Miss Lee was the only one of York working as a dressmaker. Here the three who testified. She is a good- her daughter Bertha Maryman married George Wagner and daughter Ruth Marylooking blonde. Maryman, while admitting that he man married George Roberts. Fay Migotsky graciously allowed me had two wives, denied engaging to marry to use the picture shown here, taken about the other two ladies. He said he left his wife four or five years ago because of a 1930. On the back is written “Lilly M dispute. ‘I worked at Sparrow’s Point for Roberts, Mary and Great Grandpa Marythree months,’ he continued, ‘and then man.” The little girl Mary (Roberts) was Fay’s mother. Could it be?

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Join New Year’s Eve Activities By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Looking for a good time in the smallest county in Maryland? Have no fear, there’s plenty to do during the last hours of 2012. For the first time in years, the Ruddy Duck will not be hosting a full course formal dinner to ring in the New Year. Instead, Ruddy Duck owner Michael Kelley said they will have a DJ and a dance floor open until 1 a.m. on Jan 1. “We had a lot of customers who wanted to come to the duck and do what they usually do,” Kelley said. The night’s menu will include a three course meal for customers still interested in a more formal affair, but customers can also order appetizers and drinks from the “special menu” for the evening. New Year’s Eve is usually a “very busy night” at the Ruddy Duck, Kelley said. In northern Calvert, the American Legion in Chesapeake Beach will host a New Year’s Party “you’ll want to attend,” according to a press release. Doors open at 6 p.m. and festivities commence with hot hors d’oeuvres, then dinner, followed by dancing

to the tunes of the Snakebite Band, a champagne toast to bring in the New Year and a continental breakfast for everyone who is up until the break of day. Entry is $45 each or $75 per couple. Purchase tickets at the American Legion. For more information, call 301-855-6466. Anthony’s Bar and Grill in Dunkirk will host a Hillbilly New Year’s Eve Party Dec. 31 starting at 9 p.m. The event announcement suggests livestock stay at home and shoes are required. Everyone is invited to come out dressed in their hillbilly best and ring in the New Year. Other hot spots include Vera’s Beach Club and Captain Big’s in Chesapeake Beach, according to the Gazette’s Facebook survey, which a number of readers are staying home and welcoming 2013 with their families. Kelly Hall wrote she will be “home safe with the family playing board games and enjoying snack foods.”

Entertainment Calendar Thursday, Dec. 27 Live Music: “Dave Norris” DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 6 p.m. Live Music: “DJ Billy” Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) – 9 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 28 Live Music: “Country Memories Band” St. Mary’s Landing (29935 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall) – 7 p.m. Live Music: “Bar Dogs” Anderson’s Bar (23945 Colton Point Road, Clements) – 9 p.m. Live Music: “The Musician Protection Program” The Westlawn Inn (9200 Chesapeake Avenue, North Beach) – 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 29 Live Music: “Tony Lapera”

Running Hare Vineyard (150 Adelina Road, Prince Frederick) – 1 p.m.

towne Neck Road, Leonardtown) – 9 p.m.

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

Live Music: “Doug Segree Band” Running Hare Vineyard (150 Adelina Road, Prince Frederick) – 9 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 30

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

Live Music: “Charles Thompson” Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood) – 7 p.m. Live Music: “RetroPhyt” Running Hare Vineyard (150 Adelina Road, Prince Frederick) – 1 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 31 Live Music: “Funkzilla” and New Year’s Eve Party Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood) – 8 p.m. Live Music: “Gridiron Grill” Gridiron Grill (20855 Callaway Village Way, Callaway) – 9 p.m. Live Music: “Miles From Clever” Cryer’s Back Road Inn (22094 New-

Live Music: “GrooveSpan” Back Creek Bistro (14415 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 7:30 p.m. New Year’s Eve Party Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 5 p.m. Live Music: “No Green Jelly Beenz” Hotel Charles (15110 Burnt Store Road, Hughesville) – 9 p.m.

Live Music: “HydraFx” The Green Door (18098 Point Lookout Road, Park Hall) – 10 p.m. Live Music: “Bill Bemton, George Henderson and Alan Friedrich” Blue Dogg Saloon (7940 Port Tobacco Road, Port Tobacco) – 9 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 1 Open Mic Night Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 6:30 p.m. Live Music: “Fair Warning” DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 2

Live Music: “Juke Box Thieves” Hollywood Volunteer Firehouse (24801 Three Notch Rd., Hollywood) – 8 p.m.

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

Live Music: “Country Memories” Mechanicsville Moose Lodge #495 (27636 Mechanicsville Road, Mechanicsville) – 9 p.m.

Cinema Café Calvert Library (850 Costley Way, Prince Frederick) – 6 p.m.

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Out&About Classes at Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Art Center • artLAB School’s Out Classes Annmarie Garden, Solomons, Md. The artLAB at Annmarie Garden will be open during the school break, Dec. 26 - Jan. 1, 2013, 1 to 4 p.m., daily. Break out of school boredom and come to Annmarie Garden to make a special seasonal project. The artLAB is free with general admission. Take a break from creating and explore the art galleries, the outdoor garden, and visit The Giftshop at Annmarie. New winter hours for the artLAB, beginning Jan. 4, 2013. For more information, visit www.annmariegarden. org or call 410-326-4640. • artLAB New Hours Staring Jan. 4, 2013 Annmarie Garden, Solomons, Md. The artLAB at Annmarie Garden will have new winter hours and will be open Friday through Monday, 2 to 5 p.m., beginning Jan. 4, 2013 through March. Should you want to visit during the week (at a different time), group visits for all ages can be organized, simply call 410-326-4640 or email to schedule your visit. • artLAB Mom’s Club Annmarie Garden, Solomons, Md. artLAB Mom’s Club at Annmarie Garden is held on the first and third Monday of each month. These lightly guided sessions will help your child make great art, fun toys, creative costumes, and new friends. This club is perfect for preschoolers, ages 3-5. Mark your calendars, Dec. 3 and 17, 10 to 12 p.m. and new hours in 2013. Jan. 7, Jan. 21, Feb. 4, Feb. 18, March 4, and March 18, 9 to 11 a.m. Cost is $7 for parent/child pair; $2 for each additional child. No registration required. Call 410-326-4640 for more information. • Homechool Tuesdays Annmarie Garden, Solomons, Md. Annmarie Garden will host Homechool Tuesdays, 9 to 11 a.m., on Jan. 15, Feb. 19, and March 19. Add a little artLAB to your homeschool curriculum as we invent, build, and discover through guided ‘challenges’. Ideal for ages 7-12 years, but all ages can participate. No registration required; $7 for parent/child pair; $2 for each additional child. No registration required. Call 410-326-4640 for more information. • Wednesday Wine Nights Annmarie Garden, Solomons, Md. – 5 to 7 p.m. Annmarie Garden will host Wednesday Wine Nights, the third Wednesday night of each month, 5 to 7 p.m. (drop in at any time), on Dec. 19, Jan. 16, Feb. 20, and March 20. Bring your favorite beverage or snack and get ready to turn trash to treasure as we create home décor, fashion items, and jewelry. Adults only, no registration required. Cost is $7 per person. For more information visit or call 410326-4640. Plan a fun night out with your friends. • Open Studio Days Annmarie Garden, Solomons, Md. Annmarie Garden will host Open Studio Days in the artLAB by appointment only. If you have want free reign in the artLAB to create, now is your chance. Email or call to schedule your session today. Cost is $7 per person.

Monday, Jan. 21 • School’s Art, Art’s In Annmarie Garden, Solomons, Md. – 9 to 4 p.m. Register at Annmarie Garden today for the next School’s Art, Art Is In full-day program, for Grades K-2 or Grades 3-5. Students will learn all about the animal kingdom through art, with a specific focus on Magnificent Mammals. Call today to pre-register for this popular class at 410-326-4640; Members $35, Non-Members $40. Register early, as spaces are limited. For more information please visit

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Community Events Thursday, Dec. 27

Tuesday, Jan. 1

• Little Minnows Calvert Marine Museum, 14200 Solomons Island Road, 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: 410-326-2042 ext. 41. Free thanks to PNC.

• Polar Bear Plunge North Beach, 1 p.m. Pre-registration this year. Go to to pre-register and pay $25 fee (through PayPal) to ensure you receive a plunge T-shirt and certificate. Preregistration ends Dec. 28. You may register the day of the event. Net proceeds of the plunge go to the North Beach Boys and Girls Club. Hot Chocolate and marshmallows by the bonfire.

• Turtle Talks Calvert Marine Museum, 14200 Solomons Island Road, 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, fifteen-minute programs start at the top of every hour. • ‘Hunger Games’ Movie Showing Calvert Library Prince Frederick (850 Costley Way), 6 to 8:30 p.m. Join us for a showing of the recent popular movie based on Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Rated PG13. This is a free event. For more information: 410-5350291 or 301-855-1862.

Friday, Dec. 28 • The World of the Megalodon Calvert Marine Museum, 14200 Solomons Island Road, 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 8 to 20 million years ago. Free with museum admission, 15 minute programs starting at the top of every hour. • Creativity Workshop Calvert Library Prince Frederick (850 Costley Way), 1 to 4 p.m. Bring your quilting, needlework, knitting, crocheting, or other project for an afternoon of conversation and shared creativity. This is a free event. For more information: 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

Sunday, Dec. 30 • Seahorses Calvert Marine Museum, 14200 Solomons Island Road, Solomons, 1 to 4 p.m. Join an interpreter by the seahorse exhibit to get a look at these ‘sea dragons’ with monkey tails. Learn about their exotic courtship and unconventional birth. Explore their habitat, their relatives, and why there are so few of them left. Free with museum admission, 15 minute programs starting on the top of every hour.

Monday, Dec. 31 • New Year’s Eve Dinner-Dance American Legion 206, Chesapeake Beac, 6 p.m. The American Legion Post 206 on Route 260 in Chesapeake Beach is hosting the New Year’s Party you’ll want to attend. Doors open at 6 pm and festivities commence with hot hors d’oeuvres, then dinner, followed by dancing to the tunes of the Snakebite Band, a champagne toast to bring in the New Year, and finally a continental breakfast. Cost is $45 each or $75 per couple. Tickets may be purchased from the Bartender. For more information, call 301-855-6466.

Wednesday, Jan 2 • Gentle Yoga Northeast Community Center - 9:30 a.m. Free Gentle Yoga Class. Begin the new year with Yoga! Learn basic techniques to encourage flexibility and relaxation. Instructor: Cristal Toribio, cristalrae@ • Movie and Discussion Calvert Library, 850 Costely Way, Prince Frederick, 6 p.m. Come watch a motivating and triumphant film about the power of the human spirit, based on Dan Millman’s bestselling book, Way of the Peaceful Warrior. A gifted young athlete, bound for Olympic gold, has it all: trophies, talent, and all the women he wants. But after a tragic accident, Dan comes to rely on a mysterious stranger, and an elusive young woman, to teach him the secret to overcome incredible odds and tap into new worlds of strength and understanding. Lights go down at 6 p.m. for the film, followed by a short discussion ending by 8:30 p.m. Light refreshments and coffee will be served. For more information call Robyn Truslow at 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

Thursday, Jan. 3 • Meditation Norheast Community Center in Chesapeake Beach 9:30 a.m. Curious about mediation? This free session offers an invitation to explore stillness with breath awareness and relaxation techniques. Northeast Community Center. Instructor: Cristal Toribio, cristalrae@massagetherapy. com • Senior’s Meeting Dunkirk Baptist Church 11275 Southern Maryland Blvd. Dunkirk, 10:30 a.m. All seniors are welcome to join us for our monthly meetings followed by lunch the first Thursday of the month in the Dunkirk Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.

Friday, Jan. 4 • Skate North Beach End of the pier over the Chesapeake Bay, 9023 Bay Ave, North Beach, 6 to 10 p.m. Admission is $5, skate rental is $3, and hot chocolate is $1. You may bring your own skates based on availability. Ice rink is made from synthetic material. Call Town Hall at 301-855-6681 or Welcome Center at 410-286-3799. • Hula Hooping Northeast Community Center - 7:15 p.m. Enjoy a fun evening of Hula Hooping. Explore simple tricks, dance and play with hula hoops. This free session will be offered at the Northeast Community Center. Open to all levels, no experience necessary. Hoops provided. Please email with questions.


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Saturday, Jan. 5 • Skate North Beach End of the pier over the Chesapeake Bay, 9023 Bay Ave, North Beach, 12 to 10 p.m. Admission is $5, skate rental is $3, and hot chocolate is $1. You may bring your own skates based on availability. Ice rink is made from synthetic material. Call Town Hall at 301-855-6681 or Welcome Center at 410-286-3799.

Sunday, Jan. 6 • Skate North Beach End of the pier over the Chesapeake Bay, 9023 Bay Ave, North Beach, 12 to 6 p.m. Admission is $5, skate rental is $3, and hot chocolate is $1. You may bring your own skates based on availability. Ice rink is made from synthetic material. Call Town Hall at 301-855-6681 or Welcome Center at 410-286-3799.

Tuesday, Jan. 8 • Ladies’ Bible Study Dunkirk Baptist Church 11275 Southern Maryland Blvd. Dunkirk, 9 a.m. Studying LifeChange Bible Study Series: Acts in the fellowship hall.  Childcare provided For more information, contact:

Wednesday, Jan. 9 • Learn About eReader Services at Library Calvert Library, Fairview Branch, 8120 Southern Maryland Boulevard
Owings, 7 p.m. Did you get an ereader for the holidays? Do you want to save money on ebooks? Or are you looking for a way to pass time on your commute? The many advantages of ebooks include the ability to change the print size, the flexibility of downloading from home, and they are automati-

cally returned – which means there are never any overdue charges. If you are interested in downloading electronic audio books or electronic print books, then our Life Long Learning class, Downloading Books using Overdrive is for you. Calvert Library is part of a statewide consortium that buys ebooks for Maryland library customers to check out on the ereading device of their preference. If you have one, feel free to bring your e-reader, laptop, tablet or smartphone and your library card for hands-on practice.

Friday, Jan. 11 • Worship Night Dunkirk Baptist Church 11275 Southern Maryland Blvd. Dunkirk, 6:30 p.m. Join us in the DBC Sanctuary for a night of worship. Contact DBC office at 301-855-3555 or to share your gift in worship to our Heavenly Father.

Saturday, Jan. 12 • Orientation Session to Prepare for GED or Earn External High School Diploma Hunting Creek Annex, 4105 Old Town Road, Huntingtown, 9 a.m. If you are over 16 years old, out of school, and need a high school diploma, the Adult Education Program can help you. Adult Education Classes, which help you prepare for the GED Test or the External Diploma Program, are offered during the day and during the evening in various sites within the county. To enroll in an Adult Education class, students must participate in an Orientation and Skills Assessment before being assigned to class. For more information and/or to register, please call the Adult Education Program at 410-535-7382 or visit the Adult Education website: other/adulted/index.htm

Long Standing Calendar • Monday Memories Tours at JPPM Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum
10515 Mackall Road
St. Leonard, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Each Monday, the public is invited to a free Monday Memories guided tour of Point Farm at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum. All are welcome to enjoy the memories of Calvert County, the Patterson family, JPPM or those who once worked on the land that is now JPPM. The public is welcome to share stories, or visitors may also simply enjoy the tour and listen to the memories of others. Point Farm was the country retreat of the late Mr. & Mrs. Jefferson Patterson. In 1983 Mrs. Patterson donated the property to the state in honor of her late husband, creating Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum. Join us for a guided tour of this beautiful 1933 Colonial Revival brick house and gardens designed by noted female architects Gertrude Sawyer and Rose Greely. Please call 410-586-8501 or visit for more information

Library Events Thursday, Dec. 27

Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2013

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

Library Closed for New Year’s Day. 12-12 a.m.

Friday, Dec. 28 • On Pins & Needles Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way, 1-4:00 p.m. Bring your quilting, needlework, knitting, crocheting, or other project for an afternoon of conversation and shared creativity. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

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

Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 • Movie and Discussion “Way of the Peaceful Warrior” Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way, 68:30 p.m. Looking for an inspirational start to your new year? Come see a motivating and triumphant film about the power of the human spirit, based on Dan Millman’s bestselling book, Way of the Peaceful Warrior. A gifted young athlete, bound for Olympic gold, has it all: trophies, talent, and all the women he wants. But after a tragic accident, Dan comes to rely on a mysterious stranger, and an elusive young woman, to teach him the secret to overcome incredible odds and tap into new worlds of strength and understanding. This is one that should not be missed. Light refreshments and coffee will be served. For more information call Robyn Truslow at 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

Out&About Throughout the Month Through Sunday, Dec. 30 • Artworks@7th Artworks@7th is located at 9100 Bay Avenue in North Beach, 1 to 6 p.m. Please join us at the opening reception for our holiday gift show featuring small works by over 25 local artists, including jewelry, ceramics, paintings, prints, cards, fabric art, ornaments and more. The show goes from Nov. 29 thru Dec. 30. Artworks@7th is a cooperative gallery with 23 artists in media ranging from pottery, sculpture, ceramics, glassware, custom art jewelry, and stained glass to landscape paintings and photographs with views of Chesapeake and North Beach, of local scenery, barns and farmland, water views, equestrian art and historic views of Washington, D.C. We also have wonderful florals and still life in pastel, oil and watercolor. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday or by appointment. For more information or directions call 410-286-5278 or go to www.

Through Monday, Dec. 31 • Endangered Species: Watermen of the Chesapeake Calvert Marine Museum, 14200 Solomons Island Road, Solomons This is a temporary exhibit featuring the black-andwhite photography of Glen McClure on loan from the Mariner’s Museum, along with original photographs by A. Aubrey Bodine from the museum’s collection. Call 410-326-2042 or go to www.calvertmarinemuseum. com

Through Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013 • Fifth Annual Ornament Show and Sale Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, 13480 Dowell Road, Solomons The Ornament Show and Sale is a juried show that features hand-crafted ornaments by 22 regional artists. This is the perfect place to find unique and affordable gifts for friends and family. The ornaments are hung on trees displayed in the main gallery of the arts building. Call 410-326-4640 or go to

Through Thursday, Jan. 3, • Brightest Beacon on the Bay Chesapeake Beach Town Hall, 8200 Bayside Road, Chesapeake Beach Tens of thousands of holiday lights twinkle throughout Chesapeake Beach to make it the Brightest Beacon on the Bay. Call 410-257-2230 or

Through Saturday, Jan. 12 • Tans Holiday Train Display Tans Cycles and Parts, 9032 Chesapeake Ave., North Beach This interactive five-level train display includes 25 trains, a carnival, construction site, tunnels, bridges and more. Call 410-257-6619 or go to www.tanscyclesparts. com

Through Sunday, Feb. 24 • Marc Castelli: The Art of the Waterman Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, 13480 Dowell Road, Solomons This exhibit features 23 paintings by renowned Chesapeake artist Marc Castelli, on loan from the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michael’s, Md. Seventeen of the paintings were donated to the museum from the Diane Simison collection. The remaining images are from the artist’s personal collection. Call 410326-4640 or go to

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Annual New Years Day Holiday Antique and Collectable Auction Tuesday, January 1st • 10 a.m. • Furniture - Wide Variety • Queen Size Quilt with Pillows Amish Made - St. Mary's County By Mrs. Elizabeth Hurtzler • Ornate Crystal Punch Bowl Set • Crocks • Duck Decoys (Eastern Shore) • Sets (Bedroom, Living Room, Dining Room) • Art (Kincade - more) • Glassware (Depression, Nippon) • Pottery (Roseville) • Clocks • Advertising Items • Collectible and Vintage Toys • Much More Visit Our Website for more details and pictures!


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