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‘Incorrigible’ Defendant Gets 30 years By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

Pollard’s family was visibly saddened during the hearing and outside the courtroom had to be kept apart from Carter After pleading guilty to supporters. second-degree murder, Andrew The victim’s father Antonio Carter returned to court to reNathanial Pollard Sr. confronted ceive a 30-year prison sentence. Carter in the courtroom, saying Carter shot and killed Antohe wanted revenge against the nio Nathanial Pollard Jr. at a Lexmurderer of his son. ington Park apartment around 3 Andrew Carter He called Carter a “coward a.m. on Aug. 28, 2010 when Polwho has taken my child.” lard and four other men showed up. “He didn’t deserve what happened to Judge Graydon S. McKee, visiting from Prince George’s County, said Carter’s long him,” Pollard Sr. said. “I’d have gladly taken record of criminal activity, both in and out of that bullet for him.” His son was an expecting father and was jail since he was 12 years old, showed that he doing well working at a food service job at St. was essentially incorrigible. The defendant’s pre-sentencing investi- Mary’s College, according to Pollard Sr. Pollard Sr. warned McKee that he should gation was “one of the most disturbing invesenact swift justice. tigations”, McKee said of his 45-year career. “What you don’t do, I will,” Pollard Sr. Carter said during Monday’s sentencing hearing that he believed the men were there said. “That’s a promise, this court system’s to attack him at the behest of his girlfriend’s given him enough breaks.” Shamika Ramirez Ford, mother of Cartex-boyfriend who is currently in prison. He said he shot the gun he had borrowed er’s 22-month old daughter said, “Andrew did from an acquaintance and that it happened to not mean for things to happen this way. He hit Pollard, with whom Carter neither knew felt like he was in a situation where he had to defend himself.” nor had issues. Although chastised several times for “I knew these guys didn’t come to talk,” he said, apologizing to Pollard’s family for speaking directly to the defendant, Pollard Sr. said in open court, “All I’m thinking about what transpired that morning. Pollard died of a single gunshot to is revenge. I pray I’m not around when the the head through his eye, according to system frees you. You should pray the same thing.” prosecutors. In the courtroom, shouting matches broke out between Pollard’s family members guyleonard@countytimes.net and Carter’s supporters.

Local Clerks Force Judiciary to Form a Policy St. Mary’s Clerks Refuse to Perform Same Sex Marriages By Guy Leonard Staff Writer A spokesperson for the Maryland judiciary said she had not heard of any court clerks refusing to perform the same-sex marriages other than those in St. Mary’s County. In the wake of refusals, the state court system, specifically the section that deals with the duties of court clerks, is formulating a policy to govern the performance of same sex marriage ceremonies, officials said this week. The judiciary is working on the problem and it is unknown if it will propose a solution soon, according to Terri Bolling, spokesperson. “They’re meeting to come up with guidance for clerks and also to form a policy. We do have adequate staff to perform same-sex marriages,” Bolling said. Given the controversial nature of the new law that legalized same-sex marriage in Maryland, Clerk of the Circuit Court Joan Williams is confident she made the right decision by disallowing the clerks – who refuse to perform same-sex marriages because of

their religious beliefs – to perform any marriage ceremonies. “I just believe I can’t have them picking and choosing,” Williams said. “If they won’t do some they can’t do any.” As of last week there had been no weddings scheduled at the courthouse in Leonardtown, same-sex or otherwise, but the applications for such weddings were available as of Jan. 2, Williams said, adding she has enough court clerks to perform the same-sex ceremonies. “They will take place according to the law,” Williams said. So far she has not reprimanded clerks who have declined to perform the same sex ceremonies. Bolling said reprimands could be considered natural for any employees who did not fulfill their assigned duties but that was left up to their immediate supervisors. “I understand that it’s very controversial. I had to make the best decision I could and I think I made it for my office.” guyleonard@countytimes.net


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COUNTY NEWS County Administrator John Savich Dies The County Times

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer John Savich, county administrator since 2007 and a long time county employee, died Monday evening. St. Mary’s County Commissioners President Francis “Jack” Russell made the announcement at Tuesday’s commissioners’ meeting. Savich had been on extended leave for several months battling medical issues, returning briefly last year before leaving again. In his absence the head of the Human Resources Department, Sue Sabo, has been working as the acting county administrator. “He was a great county administrator, we’re saddened by his loss,” said County Commissioner Todd Morgan (R-Great Mills). Hired in 2001 as county’s Director Economic and Community Development,

Savich became the county administrator in March 2007. He was known for his keen attention to detail during the daily operations of county government and kept a careful watch on the fiscal health of government operations. Donna Sasscer, who is the agricultural and seafood specialist with the county, said Savich facilitated economic development employees who were having problems obtaining resources their various programs needed. Savich’s contacts were always helpful in helping them get their jobs done, she said. “He was a good boss, he allowed us to do our jobs,” Sasscer said. “He would go to bat for us.” As director of economic development, Savich’s reputation included building strong contacts with Naval Air Station Patuxent River and aiding the base in completing its mission here. “He immediately saw the importance

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of the navy base,” said former county commissioner Daniel Raley of Great Mills. The naval air station and defense contractors associated with it make up 80 percent of the county’s economy. Raley said Savich demonstrated strong performance in his roles as economic development director and county administrator. “He was good at dealing with various people in the county,” Raley said. One of Savich’s particular achievements was to strengthen ties between commissioners and the Board of Education especially on budget issues. When Savich helped elected leaders talk about fiscal issues the debate over them became much smoother, when he was not there things did not go as well, Raley said. “He will be missed,” Raley said. Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced. guyleonard@countytimes.net

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State Commission Rules On Smart Meters By Guy Leonard Staff Writer The Maryland Public Service Commission has ruled that residents do not have to allow the installation of so-called “smart meters,” which emit radio waves that allow meter readers to simply drive by their homes to assess power consumption rates. The commission stated that until it can have further deliberations on two key issues; about whether customers can retain their older meters or switch to a smart meter that operates without RF band type transmissions, its order from earlier this spring stands. “Until such time as we decide which option will be available to customers and the specific costs that will be associated with that option, our May 25, 2012 interim order remains in effect, and those ratepayers that have previously informed their utility that they do not wish to receive a

smart meter need not take any additional action at this time,” the commission stated in their Jan. 7 ruling. “After we ultimately determine the nature of the ‘opt-out’ and its associated costs, all ratepayers will have the opportunity to provide their utility with their final decision.” The commission also stated in their ruling that ratepayers would likely have to incur the costs of switching to any new technology that was not capable of radio frequency transmission. Part of the commission’s ongoing deliberations will be to ascertain just what those costs could be, both for ratepayers and to utilities to not switch over to the technology. The Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO), along with other large-scale providers, was planning on wide spread use of smart meters as a more efficient means of gauging power consumption across the grid and possibly reducing its overall operating costs.

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of the non-ionizing type, meaning it was harmless to humans, and the commission could not find convincing evidence that there was a substantial health risk. “Although we have not found convincing evidence that smart meters pose any health risks to the public at large, we acknowledge a good-faith belief on the part of some ratepayers to the contrary,” the ruling stated. The commission was also not convinced of opponents’ claims that smart meter installation put homes at increased risk of fires despite media reports from Pennsylvania that the Pennsylvania Electric Company was delaying its rollout of the meters because of the very same problems, the ruling stated. The commission stated in their ruling that the meters to be installed in Maryland were of a different type than those in Pennsylvania. guyleonard@countytimes.net


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COUNTY NEWS State Legislative Session: Guns, Gas, Wind Gusts The County Times

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Since the state’s revenues projections are the best they have been in several years many lawmakers believe gun control, gas taxes and windmills will be the contentious issues addressed during the 2013 legislative session. In the wake of the elementary school shooting in Connecticut that claimed 26 lives, some lawmakers may call for a ban on assault weapons using large capacity ammunition magazines. A task force report has come out with recommendations to curb gun violence. One proposal is to restrict access to firearms to the mentally ill who make violent threats. Del. John Wood (D-29A) said that there should be protections for people who have firearms designed for sporting purposes or to protect their homes but he questioned the need to own military-style weapons. “I agree with the Second Amendment but we were talking about a weapon for hunting or protecting your property,” Wood said. “Do we need assault weapons? I don’t think so.” Del. John Bohanan (D-29B) said “I can’t foresee any major overhaul in gun regulations this year. Most of the focus needs to be on the mental health aspect. How do you prevent them from causing things that happened like in Connecticut?” Control measures would find a tough sell in the legislature, Bohanan intimated, acknowledging gun control was a highly contentious issue especially in St. Mary’s County where guns of all kinds are popular. “There’s no doubt there will be a push [for gun control]. But there’s a push on for a lot of things that never fly,” Bohanan said. One of those that has yet to gain altitude in the legislature is a gas tax. “There’s a lot of talk about the gas tax but I don’t know that it’ll go anywhere,” he said. Lawmakers have floated the idea of a gas tax to replenish the transportation maintenance and road building coffers of the state that have been raided in recent years to balance the budget. The gas tax idea is widely unpopular, especially in Southern Maryland.

Wood said gas taxes disproportionately affect residents here because they lack mass transit options and must instead take to the roads in their vehicles. Those increased revenues in turn would be used for mass transit and other transportation projects in larger Maryland counties. “The big boys always come out on the big end of the stick,” Wood said. “We in the rural areas put more money in the pot and get the least out of it.” “I wouldn’t even consider it if it’s [tax increase] not put in the transportation trust fund and used for roads only,” Wood said. “But I don’t think there’s any intention on the part of the [O’Malley] administration to put it back in.” The state projects by 2018 it will not have enough revenue to maintain existing roads nor funds for new roads and projects. “Transportation revenues are definitely needed,” Bohanan said. Lawmakers are likely to make a push for offshore wind turbines this year, a key goal of Gov. Martin O’Malley’s administration, but some still believe it will pose problems for consumers who will have to pay more. “It’s going to cost us more money,” Wood said of the turbines. “We, the citizens, are footing the bill.” Bohanan said, while no taxpayer money will pay for the construction wind turbines, Marylanders would be paying for alternate energy in the future. State legislators should focus on keeping education funding commensurate with the high achievement levels state public schools are producing, according to Bohanan. Education, especially in universities, is comparatively inexpensive in Maryland and is key to retaining the economic advantages the state has. The state economy reaps the benefits of college-educated residents. “We have an economy that requires a highly education work force. We need to grow our own locally and statewide,” Bohanan said. guyleonard@countytimes.net

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Silence During Public Hearing on Distillery Law By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Distilleries of spirituous liquors such as whiskey are already allowed to operate in the county’s rural areas but the Board of County Commissioners is considering a text amendment to the zoning ordinance that would allow for even greater activity at the alcohol production sites. As required by law, the county commissioners held a public hearing this week on the measure before scheduling a vote at a subsequent meeting. The amendment will align the county’s statutes with state law to allow product testing, retail sales and events at distilleries, according to staff members with the county’s Department of Land Use and Growth Management. Tours of the distilleries would also be allowed under the new text amendments. At a previous meeting the county’s Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve the text amendment, leaving now county commissioners to give final approval. At Tuesday’s public hearing no residents spoke in favor or opposition of the amendment. Events at a distillery in the county’s rural preservation district (RPD) with 50 acres of property available would be able to hold an event without seeking a permit from the planning department; however, those with less than 50 acres would have to fulfill that requirement, staff said The 50-acre rule was important because of concerns over having enough parking space for attendees. Permits issued by the planning department approving an event at a distillery would not supersede the authority of the liquor board, which as a state agency, would have the final say as to whether an event could go forward. guyleonard@countytimes.net

Flu Vaccinations Available The flu season in the United States is off to its earliest start in a decade, and the St. Mary’s County Health Department would like to remind citizens to get vaccinated as soon as possible. According to officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the early nature of the cases and the predominant type of flu in circulation this year could create a severe flu season. Flu cases have been reported in 29 states, including Maryland. Influenza often peaks in January, February or even later. Fortunately, the vaccine formulated for this year is well matched to the strains of virus seen so far, and officials are urging those who have not been vaccinated to get a flu shot. Flu vaccines are designed to protect against three influenza viruses that experts predict will be the most common during the upcoming flu season. Influenza immunizations are recommended for everyone over the age of six months. It is especially important for individuals who are at high risk for complications, including; • Children six months to 18 years of age; • Persons 50 years of age and older; • Pregnant women; • Persons with chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, heart, lung or kidney disease • Persons undergoing therapy or with a condition that may weaken their immune system. Persons who care for someone in these groups should be sure to get vaccinated to avoid spreading the flu to them. This includes healthcare workers, caregivers, and daycare and school workers. More information on influenza vaccination is available on the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/flu/ protect/keyfacts. Immunizations are typically offered in primary care doctors’ offices. The St. Mary’s County Health Department also offers flu vaccinations, by appointment only, for a fee of $20. Please call 301-475-4324 to schedule an appointment.


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JFK Assassination Solved By Alex Panos Staff Writer

Ridge resident Edward Bauer has published his first electronic book; it focuses on solving the mystery of the JFK assassination. While some believe sniper Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in the murder, others believe in a conspiracy involving more people. “This is the first book I know of to actually solve the thing,” Bauer said of his work. Bauer’s book, titled “The Final Truth,” focuses on four major reasons he believes his research is conclusive. The retired computer programmer has an extensive background in marksmanship, dating back to his high school days. Unlike other published theorists, says Bauer, he knows and Bauer did much research before authoring his first e-Book, The Final understands rifle shooting. Truth. Most only know guns from of the literature convinced him, until readwhat they have heard or seen in movies. ing “Case Closed.” He dismisses testimonies of people “Oswald did it,” Bauer concluded. “He claiming to recall a puff of smoke by a green acted alone.” hedge. Originally he planned to find an author Bauer chuckles, “Guns haven’t made to write the book using his research, but depuffs of smoke since the Civil War.” cided to write and publish the book himself. “People never credit Oswald for having The process took nearly three years. a brain,” Bauer continues, noting this as his The outline became very detailed and second point. “We have to credit him with specific, but writing the book was easy. the ability to make contingency plans.” His unconscious and conscious mind Bauer believes authors and theorists of worked together to the complete the book, previous works he has read fail to credit Os- Bauer explained. wald with an educated plan and thought-out “I would sit down and the words just escape route. came out,” he said, explaining it was still a His book looks at the situation “in Os- long process – Bauer says he wrote 10 difwald’s shoes.” ferent drafts. By analyzing everything through OsOne morning in the spring of 2010, he wald’s eyes, a former marine who believed woke up and everything became clear to in Marxism of the Soviet Union, it is clear him, then his real work began. to understand why he committed the attack, The e-Book is available for purchase at says Bauer. thefinaltruth.net. The preface, intro and first His experience editing film and tape two chapters are free. The rest of the book allowed Bauer to analyze the sequence of costs is $20. events from a unique standpoint as well. Bauer has extensive experience in alexpanos@countytimes.net broadcast production, a subject he majored in during college, and produced a series of tapes on resolving • Signs conflict situations for • Banners St. Mary’s County. • Wall Wraps “Knowledge of film editing is critical • Logo Design to solving the mys- • Vehicle Wraps tery,” he said. Bauer has read many differ- • Decals/ Stickers ent books on the JFK • Custom Clothing assassination, a topic that has fascinated • Trade Show Design him for years. However none Mention This Card And Recieve 10% Off Your Order! Limit 1 Per Customer

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Lt. David Yingling, with the sheriff’s office Bureau of Criminal Investigations, revealed little about the ongoing investigation into the shooting, saying detectives are following up multiple leads in the case. Community concerns caused detectives to move quickly to investigate the case eventually showing it was a false report. “There was a significant neighborhood concern over the shooting,” Yingling said. “We wanted them to know it was not a random drive by shooting.” Information from the criminal investigations bureau stated that charges are pending against the juvenile, dependent upon the investigation of the State’s Attorney’s Office.

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Narcotics Officers Make Arrests, File Charges Vice/Narcotics detectives received several complaints regarding Jacqueline Dale Buckler, 44, of Ridge and her alleged distribution of prescription medication. Several undercover purchases of oxycodone were made and Buckler was indicted on multiple counts to include distribution of oxycodone. Amber Elizabeth Clark, 26, of Mechanicsville was indicted for her alleged role in attempting to introduce oxycodone into a secured correctional facility and possession of oxycodone with the intent to distribute. Vice/Narcotics detectives learned of allegations that Stacey Ann Thompson, 26, was distributing oxycodone from her home in Mechanicsville. Undercover purchases were made, police said, and Thompson was indicted on several counts of distribution of oxycodone. Terry Lee O’Neil III, 31, of Ridge was indicted and charged with distribution of marijuana after officers made undercover purchases of marijuana police said. O’Neil was allegedly selling the drugs from his home. Aaron Maynard Bobo, 36, of Lusby was arrested after he was identified by narcotics detectives from St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office as allegedly being involved in passing fraudulent prescriptions in both jurisdictions. In addition to the St. Mary’s County warrant, a Calvert County Circuit Court warrant was served as well, police said.

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awarded her the lead academic offices role in 2005 – Chief Academic Officer. Jeff Maher, director of learning and professional development, worked closely with Dudderar from day one. “She’s one of the most child-centered people with who I have worked,” Maher said. “It’s going to be a big loss.” Maher believes Dudderar leaves a lasting legacy, and “her presence will be felt in terms of what she meant to the community.” Dudderar will be in and out of the office over the next few weeks, “wrapping things up” and helping to ease the transition, said Beverly Dahlstrom, the public information officer and assistant to the superintendent. “It’s bitter sweet for us,” Dahlstrom said of Dudderar’s departure, noting the staff is happy she now gets to enjoy some free time and family, but disappointed she has left. According to Dahlstrom, the position will not be filled until early July and other administrators are shifting around work and duties to help pick up the slack. The job will be posted in the coming months, and it has yet to be determined if it will be an out of county hire

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or a promotion within the school system. Dahlstrom says the job will be awarded to the best candidate. alexpanos@counttimes.net

Tech Center Alters Courses By Alex Panos Staff Writer Courses have been added, deleted and modified at the Forrest Center for Technology, it was announced yesterday at The Board of Education meeting. Sculpture through welding, landscape design, sheet metal design and fabrication, geographic information systems, and sales management and entrepreneurship will not be offered next year. “They were elective courses students are not taking,” said Jeff Maher, director of learning and professional development. Some of the discontinued courses are being eliminated due to lack of interest, while others have experienced title changes to meet new requirements. The center is adding three new courses – principles of arts, nutrition and carpentry – to its course list and

nine courses have been tweaked and renamed to align with new course requirements. “These changes were made to get courses approved at the state level,” Maher said. “We won’t do anything that really changes beyond enhancing curriculum.” A new web design course enhances the already existing programs offered at the tech center, Maher said. The presentation to the board yesterday will be open for public discussion at the next board meeting before being finalized. No changes to curriculum concerning common core subjects – math, science and reading – will be made for before the 2014-15 school year. Maher does not see any conflict with the suggestions announced this week. alexpanos@countytimes.net


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Legislators Learn about Educator’s Concerns By Alex Panos Staff Writer Education Associations of St. Mary’s and Calvert counties presented topics involving public funding dollars of private schools, forced teacher unions, pensions and state funding during this year’s annual legislative breakfast. Dels. John Bohanan (D-St.Mary’s), John F. Wood Jr (D-St. Mary’s, Charles), Mark Fisher (R- Calvert) and Anthony O’Donnell (R-Calvert, St. Mary’s) had conflicting opinions on topics presented to them by the unions, but agreed on the BOAST system, which helps fund private and parochial schools. BOAST gives a state tax credit for donations to private and parochial schools. The union is against the policy, saying it takes away from money that should be used for public schools. “We are doing more with less, and taking home less compensation,” said NEA Director Steven Brooks. O’Donnell, meanwhile, feels the schools “get a bargain” because parents with kids in private schools are paying taxes but not using the school. Private schools take pressure off the public school system by providing materials, buildings and services that would require additional funding, he said. Fisher said while students in St. Mary’s and Calvert counties are fortunate to be in a remarkable school system, there are many kids that grow up in areas where private school is the best option. “I’ll always help the private schools in some part,” echoed Wood.

Photo by Alex Panos State Legislators John Bohanan, left, Johnny Wood, Mark Fisher and Tony O’Donnell take questions from St. Mary’s and Calvert County educators.

Melissa Kiernan, legislative co-chair for EASMC, urged the panel to agree with mandated teacher unions, claiming 85 percent of teachers are currently funding benefits 100 percent of teachers are receiving. Speaking on behalf of Roy Dyson (DSt.Mary’s, Calvert, Charles), Bohanan supports mandated labor unions while Wood, Fisher and O’Donnell oppose. While in favor of mandated labor unions, Bohanan warned the recent pushback against unions seen in Michigan could happen in Maryland. “I don’t believe in saying ‘you have to join,’ Wood said. “If you’ve got a good program, they’ll join.” Fisher said Maryland is different in all regions. What is best for one area might not be best for another.

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“That to me is what’s best for the children,” he said of keeping teacher’s options open. Dennis Mooney, Calvert Education Association vice-president, asked if the delegates will continue to ensure the counties meet state requirements on school maintence. “State mandates are the wrong way to go on decisions in local school systems,” O’Donnell said. “It should be made by local officials.” Fisher believes a state can only succeed by boosting the economy, and it can only grow by convincing people to move, work

and retire in Maryland. “Growing our economy grows job security,” he said. The union wants pensions to continue to be paid by local governments, and out of their budget line. Bohanan said pension changes were necessary, while the other three members were in agreement with the teacher unions. “We could not afford to continue to [pay] the rates we are doing. It would have come the classroom.” alexpanos@countytimes.net

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The Dream is Over By Kimberly Manns Contributing Writer After 15 years of servicing and dressing the residents of Southern Maryland, the trending, glitzy, shop in the heart of Leonardtown known as Colleen’s Dream is saying good-bye to the loyal customers of St. Mary’s County.

Photos By Stephanie Scott Colleen’s Dream is a vintage clothing and accessory store located on Fenwick Street just off the Square in Leonardtown.

Colleen’s Dream has a large selection of vintage men’s and women’s clothing that varies in styles and textiles.

What started as a small clothing store in the back of a retail space, evolved into a high-end vintage consignment shop filling the entire building at this historic Leonardtown location. When sisters Carol and Jane opened Colleen’s Dream in 1997 they opened a small shop in back of an antique store built during the business renaissance of the city. Here they bought and sold vin-

tage clothing while Colleen, their family friend and neighbor showed the girls the ropes. This seemed to start as a family adventure as they attended thrift stores, yard and, estate sales looking for hidden treasures. Carol was the ‘trendy’ and Jane was the ‘glitzy,’ according to Jane. Together they made a great team taking trips to New York, shopping for the right

pieces and items like the vast array of collectables, Civil War clothing, 1970’s dresses displayed in Colleen’s Dream. The consignment shop, a concept suggested by their mom was named after their mentor Colleen and expanded to include new contemporary furniture and gifts. The inside of this unique shop is as fun and eccentric as the clothes and collectables themselves. Entering the shop is a retro world experience. Jane loves vintage clothing with her favorite of all being the JackieO or 60s era. Of the many good times throughout the fifteen years in business, Jane says that most memorable was recently during the closing. One of the Colleen’s first cosigners cried when she heard it was going out of business. Jane recalls, “She made me want to cry too.” Jane admits that it is time to do other things; although, she and her sister will still continue to pull vintage items for the love of doing so, the dream is over. Residents may catch this gem before it shuts its doors for the final time. Jane says they are clearing out everything between 30 to 50 percent off and the sister partners will have a private event for cosigners and longtime customers leading up to the closing Feb. 16.

Grapevine Antiques Snags 1st Place in Holiday Display Contest Grapevine Antiques is the first place winner of the Lexington Park Business and Community Association’s fourth annual Holiday Display Contest. “We are so thrilled,” exclaimed Helen Newell who, along with her husband Ken, owns and operates Grapevine Antiques located on Tulagi Place. Newell gave a large measure of credit for this year’s winning display to Troy Meister, a vendor at Grapevine Antiques. “We received a ton of compliments from customers on our holiday decorations both inside and outside of the shop. 2012 was an excellent year for our business and winning this contest is just a great way to kick off the New Year,” she said. Grapevine Antiques’ design featured an oversized polar bear, donning Santa’s hat, relaxing in an antique rocker surrounded by coco-filled tea sets and other vintage memorabilia. Meister’s handcrafted garlands and wreaths decorated the posts and cornice fronting the business dressing up the entire block. Pet Salon was this year’s second place contest winner, improving their third place showing in last year’s contest. The owners of Pet Salon, located at 21640 Great Mills Road, added even more holiday pizazz to this year’s display. To market their pet grooming business, Mr. and Mrs. Oh created a display of cats and dogs outlined in

twinkling holiday lights sitting next to a wheelbarrow overflowing with poinsettias. Garlands circled the poles, awnings and entrance to the Salon. The Ohs expressed their excitement and appreciation for the second place win over the steady buzz of clippers, while expertly grooming two pooches. This year’s honorable mention goes to Kenny’s Flowers and Gifts. Kenny’s is a well-established and highly successful business located on Great Mills Road. Julie Pitt, owner of Kenny’s Flowers and Gifts, maintains a tradition of decorating the company’s windows to accentuate holidays throughout the year. “We nearly double the number of participants in this year’s contest,” stated Sharon McLeod-Hare, chairman of the Business Association’s holiday display contest and manager of the newly opened Comfort Inn and Suites on Three Notch Road. “Everyone really appreciates the added attention for Lexington Park and this is simply a great way for local businesses to share the holiday spirit with the surrounding community. I hope we can sign up even more businesses for next year’s contest.” Chairman of the association Mark Pinekenstein explained, “The Lexington Park Business and Community Association’s mission is to promote business growth in the community surrounding the base. We’ve received tremendous support

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for each new activity, such as last year’s parade and the Twilight Taste held this past fall. Lexington Park’s comeback is defying the naysayers, and anyone who wants to be a part of the community’s growing success is encouraged to participate.” The winners of this year’s Holiday Display Contest will be honored at the Jan.

9 meeting of the Lexington Park Business and Community Association. The association meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the social hall of the Bay District Volunteer Fire Department. For more information about the association, call the Community Development Corporation at 301-863-7700.


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Volunteers Paid in Six Figures As the Project Director of the first Southern Maryland Dental Mission of Mercy, and as this year comes to and end, I would like to take this opportunity to reflect on our accomplishments and to thank so many. This year we were able to help almost 700 people that were in need. None of this could have been accomplished without the support of people like you. We had an outstanding group of more than 600 professionals and lay volunteers to help others in the Southern Maryland area. Volunteers are paid in six figures S-M-I-LE-S. Here’s to all those volunteers who believe in all work and no pay. Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless. The Mission of Mercy could not have been accomplished without businesses and members of the community who supported us in so many ways such as monetary donations, in kind donations, food, supporters of our fund raisers and especially St. Mary’s County Public Schools. I sincerely thank each of you for your dedication to those in the community who were in need of our help and for coming fourth to be on our team. To quote Winston Churchill, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Thank you and I look forward to working with you on the next Southern Maryland Mission of Mercy to be held in 2014. Garner D. Morgan, D.D.S. Mechanicsville

Name New School After Local Hero I never knew Walter Francis Duke. I do remember my father saying that his old friend, Col. Duke, had lost his son, Walter, in the war and his body was not found. The recent story in The Enterprise reminded St. Mary’s Countians of his brief and tragic life. He was born and raised in Leonardtown, attended St. Mary’s Academy High School. He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force before the United States declared war on Japan in December 1941. He then transferred to our Air Force and was eventually stationed in India. He became an ace pilot, shooting down eighteen known Japanese planes. He was reported missing in action over the jungles of Burma, his airplane and body never found. After nearly seventy years, it appears his aircraft and remains have been located. If it is proven to be him, he will be returned to Leonardtown for services and burial in the old St. Aloysius cemetery, adjoining the Hayden Farm, the future site of our new elementary school. When I was reading the fine article in the enterprise, there was a whisper in my ear; “This should be the name of the new school.” Capt. Duke is a favorite son of St. Mary’s County, a true hero of World War II and a wonderful patriot who paid the ultimate price in defending our country. He was a young man of great courage and foresight and a true role model for all students of St. Mary’s County. This is the stuff of legends and movies. When I review my life on this earth, I hope that I might have made the decisions of Capt. Duke. The timing of the location of the remains of Capt. Duke’s body and his eventual burial in the cemetery only a few yards from the new school is not a coincidence. The whisper in my ear is now a shout. Please name the new school for Capt. Walter Francis Duke. Robert Steele Pogue Bushwood, Md.

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Act Differently to Make a Difference According to NBC Politics, four months ago Congress had a 12 percent approval rating, and by some estimates, after the fiscal cliff fight, could go to near zero approval rating. Four months ago was approximately 2 months prior to the election. So my question to the American people is how or better yet, why did Americans put the same folks in office? Some 90 percent of Congress members who ran for re-election in 2012 got reelected. Do you not consider your Congressman part of the problem or does everyone think their Congressman is in the 12 percent? According to NBC Politics, experts say that because the ratings have been so poor for so long, members of Congress are no longer fazed by the public’s overall disapproval. Let me repeat this, members of Congress are no longer fazed by the public’s overall disapproval! It is very plain and simple why we vote these same individuals in office. We are voting for what is good for us today but judge or rate on actions affecting tomorrow. We vote for what is good for us now and we speak in terms of what we want for our kids and grand kids. We cannot have it both ways. If we want a different tomorrow, we must act differently today. The Congress that we reelected is the Congress that is bringing home the bacon, fixing the roads, funding education, helping the poor, extending unemployment, giving Federal workers raises, etc., essentially buying their way through term after term, but they are also the ones causing our debt. I agree that some of money spent is needed but we all know that much of this is the debt that is putting our children and grand children’s future in jeopardy. Much of the debt is pork barrel spending, and the online edition of A Glossary of Political Economy Terms by Dr. Paul M. Johnson of Auburn University definition of pork barrel spending is the appropriations of public funds by Congress (or other legislative assemblies) for projects that do not serve the interests of any large portion of the country's citizenry but are nevertheless vigorously promoted by a small group of legislators because they will pump outside taxpayers' money and resources into the local districts these legislators represent. Successful promotion of such pork-barrel legislation (often through skillful logrolling) very likely to get the legislator re-elected by his constituents. Logrolling, according to the same book, is the practice common in the U.S. Congress and in many other legislative assemblies in which two (or more) legislators agree for each to trade his vote on one bill he cares little about in exchange for the other's vote on a bill that is personally much more important to him. Logrolling is especially common when the legislators are relatively free of control by their national party leaders and are trying to secure votes for bills that will concentrate sizable benefits on their own home districts while spreading most of the costs out over taxpayers in the rest of the country. Local projects such as federally funded dams, bridges, highways, housing projects, VA hospitals, job-training centers, military bases and the like are often pushed through by logrolling. Year after year the American deficit grows larger while Republican and Democrat lawmakers blame each other and the President as long as he is from the other party. There is no more incentive for them to work together for the benefit of the American people as we all know they are looking out only for themselves. They are the ones that look like super heroes when they come to your town when they are showing off something they have done, which by the way cost your kids and grand kids, but because it is good for you at this time, you think they are great and can’t wait to go to the polls to vote for them again to show your support. I don’t know about you, but I have worked my entire working life after my kids were born, for my kids. I want to leave them with something that will help them through the hard times and I will continue to do so and if that means giving up a little now for their benefit later, than that’s what I will choose to do. If you agree with me, let’s start the process to remove those in office that are unfazed by yours and my overall disapproval rating and remind them that used to work for us.

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Libraries Are About Learning, Not Books By Alex Panos Staff Writer Since her first day as a librarian, current St. Mary’s County Library Director Kathleen Rief’s focus has been encouraging learning from birth to old age. Fresh out of college in 1972, she took the first job opening that came her way. “I kind of fell into it,” she said of her joining the Baltimore County library system, “and I fell in love with it.” Rief had no idea she would one day be in her fourth decade as a librarian. She had found her life calling working with children, and utilizing the power of the library to help children succeed. “What drives me professionally,” she explained, “is the impact a library can have on young children before they start school.” She has been vital to the initiative known as “Every Child Ready to Read,” which teaches parents activities and lessons to work with their young children before starting school. The library recently released the second edition of the program – according to Rief brain development of a child happens before beginning pre-school. Teaching them early, she said, eliminates the learning gap – setting up the child for success entering school. “It’s the library’s mission to lead that conversation in the community,” Rief said. Another program implemented during Rief’s tenure is the “My First Library Card.” Designed with the help of defense contractor BAE, the card is specially made for young children to get them excited about being a member at the local library. “My vision of that is that will go to the [keepsake] album of the families,” she said. Rief changed the Words on Wheels program – a book delivery service – from parttime to full-time, with more focus on delivering books to children at local daycare centers. The program takes place multiple times each

Susan Clifton, left and Sue Gibbs converse with Rief.

month and hosts a story-time segment with kids before leaving. Volunteers now bring materials to nursing homes and homebound people as part of the Words on Wheels program. In 2010, Governor Martin O’Malley appointed Rief, because of her work with children, to be the library representative of the state Early Childhood Advisory Council. She has gotten the ball rolling on a local chapter of the early childhood council; the group will begin implementing programs within the next several months. Over the course of her nearly 10 years in St. Mary’s County, after coming over from being Library Director of Wicomico County, she has been at the helm of a transforming community resource. She decided to make the move to St. Mary’s after nine years in Wicomico, after the county on the Eastern Shore experienced a significant property tax. “When you have that type of artificial cap on a main funding source, it’s like beating your head against a brick wall,” Rief said, noting she saw “potential” in St. Mary’s County. The library system here in Maryland’s first county now consists of more than books. The system has become big on technology under Reif. The library website has become more interactive, allowing patrons to reserve books, utilize databases and pay fines online. Inside all three libraries – Charlotte Hall, Leonardtown and Lexington Park – self-checkout has proven to be convenient and efficient as well. The libraries now feature computers, eBooks, study rooms and classes to train community members how to use all the new technology tools and resources. Last year, she recalled, people were coming in to the library with unopened electronic book readers with no idea how to use them. Currently two of the six major publish-

Photos by Frank Marquart Rief, library staff and volunteers have been implementing technology since her first day on the job.

ing companies allow libraries to purchase eBooks. In a September study, Rief observed that nine of the top 13 New York Times bestsellers are not available electronically to the libraries. As a member of the national American Library Association, she is actively working on the issue and encourages the public to put pressure on publishers to allow them access; it remains a top priority to obtain eBook access for all six major publishers. Rief will soon attend an American Library Association national conference to discuss what needs to be done for a resolution – she has been a member of the group, focusing on the public sector, since 1975 and served as the director of the Public Libraries Association from 2005 until 2007. The association is just one of many organizations Rief is involved with. On the local level, Rief is a member of the Local Management Board, Leonardtown Rotary, Early Childhood Team, St. Mary’s Historical Society and the Board of Literacy Council. “I think the only way to understand the community is to get involved, not sitting in this office,” she said of her decision to take part in many local groups and organizations her job does not require her to. “My philosophy is the librarian is here to serve the community, and it’s spreading to the branch managers.” She concluded, in order to pick prominent programs she has to know what is on the public’s mind. A number of ideas come to Rief from members of the community, staff and people from other areas of the country. “They’re the ones coming to me with ideas,” Rief clarified. “I need to have an engaged, energetic staff.”

The library is able to thrive in this county, Rief believes, through relationships built with the school system and other businesses in the community. She noted elected state and local officials show they understand the importance of the library system and work with them. They help in a large way to add a number of programs to the library system, she said. Friends of the Library have increased their services from small book sales to a three-day annual event at the county fairgrounds. The Southern Maryland Library Association provides databases, purchases eBooks and processes all materials. Rief has a clear focus for the future of the St. Mary’s County Public Library system. The libraries need more space. After a study in 2007, it was determined the county needs to double its library space. Room is needed to install computer labs and study rooms. Rief hopes to eventually expand the Leonardtown Library and add another in the Wildewood area. She is working towards getting the libraries open seven days a week. Of course, Rief stated, it is important to continue hiring motivated and well-trained staff in order to continue generating new ideas. More technology is on the way in the near future – including digital camera classes and a mobile technology information unit. “We’re just going to become more of a learning portal,” Rief said of the library’s future. “Our mission is not books. Our mission is learning.” alexpanos@countytimes.net


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Beating The Winter Blues By Debra Meszaros CSN www.MXSportsNutrition.com It seems everyone wishes to be healthy, and many want to be physically fit, but is it just a thought that crosses your mind or is it a life goal? Do you lack the determination and drive it takes to make changes? Do you view health as a destination, or a journey? Fitness is a state of health and physical measurement. It is a word easier spelled than it is achieved. Its meaning is also greatly misunderstood. Optimal health is a lifetime journey and not a destination. Your body chemistry is always changing and your body’s requirements to maintain health adjust accordingly. So how can you fine tune your lifestyle and stay inspired to stay on track? It all begins with the mind. Everything you are and will be is mental and emotional before it is physical. Physical expression is the last realm of expression. Stimulation is derived from what you think, so one needs to stay focused and positive. Your health journey is only obtainable if you plan, defining your goals are your starting points. There is a lot of invisible activity going on inside your body and every small adjustment you make to your lifestyle has a large impact on your fitness. So celebrate every little change and be honest about your efforts. Your journey is a long one, so be patient. Beginning the journey…. First, you have to throw out your excuses: I don’t have time to exercise, I don’t have time to cook, I don’t have money to shop smart, It’s hereditary, and so on. Rid yourself of these mental blocks and consider the following

laws of fitness: • Quality sleep is essential. Follow your body clock as it prefers a routine sleeping habit. In general, making sure you are asleep between the hours of 11pm and 3am. • Some form of exercise is needed. It doesn’t have to be the gym but your body needs to move to keep your lymph system flowing. • Shopping smart doesn’t cost more. Take time to learn how to read product labels. Stay away from tag lines like “fat free”, “low-fat”, and “lite” these foods generally take out the fat and have to add flavor, usually in the form of sugar or unwanted empty calories. Be aware of the sales on fresh and frozen vegetables, stocking up when things are in season usually costs less. • Replace sugary beverages like fruit juices and sodas with better choices like mineral waters, herbal teas, and vegetable juices. Staying hydrated is extremely important to the body. The slightest amount of dehydration can result in mood changes and lack of concentration. • Replace your milk chocolate with organic dark chocolate [70 percent or more] and only consume it in small amounts like squares instead of bars. • Be aware when you are eating from an emotional standpoint. Many times due to our emotional status we eat not because we are hungry, but because we are emotionally unhappy or upset. Learn emotional management tools to help you with this issue. • Do not deprive yourself of food. Take the time to eat throughout your day. If your lifestyle has you on the run, learn to pack up some foods to take with you in the morning. Replace that fast food restaurant stop with a quick trip to a supermarket that has a salad bar. You’ll have a lot more healthier choices, it’s still fast, and usually costs the same. • Don’t eat sugar when you are hungry, choose raw veggies, nuts or seeds. • Make sure your diet includes adequate protein and quality fats.

• Don’t hang on to guilt if you happen to break a law of fitness. Remember making small changes will bring large results and once you are following the laws 90% or more of the time. ©2013 Debra Meszaros MXSportsNutrition.com. 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. I encourage you to make your own health decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified health care professional.


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Joyce Marie Bondy, 64 of Lexington Park, Md. died Jan. 3, 2013 at her residence. Born Oct. 5, 1948 in Toledo, Ohio she was the daughter of the late Walter E. Pobish and Mary C. (Nero) Pobish. Joyce is survived by her husband, Charles James Bondy; her stepson Michael Bondy of Lexington Park, Md.; and step-grandchildren, Grace, Lauren, James and Jessica Bondy. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her stepson Gilbert Bondy. A Visitation will be held on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Reeb Funeral Home, 5712 North Main Street, Sylvania, Ohio 43560. A Scripture service will be conducted at 7 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the Reeb Funeral Home. Interment will follow in the Ravine Cemetery, Sylvania, Ohio. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md.

Travis Jason Buckler, Sr., 37, Clements, Md., peacefully passed away on Jan. 2 at Prince George’s Hospital. Travis was born Jan. 9, 1975 in Leonardtown, Md., the sixth child of Paul and Ann Buckler. Travis was self-employed, running his company, Buckler’s Home Improvement and Tree Service. He enjoyed working with people and made many friends through his business. Prior to becoming self-employed, Travis worked for Carruth & Sons and Howlin Concrete as a truck driver and A-Whisco as a warehouseman and truck driver. Travis was a kind-hearted person. Little did people know, until his illness, how he contributed or helped those who were less fortunate. In his spare time, Travis did a little hunting, attended auctions, played the slots, and enjoyed spending time with family, especially his wife and son. Travis was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, John Tribett of Ohio and Edna Murphy of Lexington Park, Md. and paternal grandparents, Charles and Mary Buckler. Travis leaves to cherish his precious memories his wife, Lydia Buckler and son, Travis Buckler, Jr. of Clements, Md.; his parents, Paul and Ann Buckler of Hughesville,

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Md.; four brothers, Paul (Gale) Buckler, Dennis (Denice) Buckler, and Justin (Nicole) Buckler, all of Mechanicsville, Md., Ricky (Darlene) McAllister of Hughesville, Md.; three sisters, Dora (Tim) Hill and Alice (Mike) Gilbert of Mechanicsville, Md. and Karen Buck of Waldorf, Md., and many nieces, nephews and friends. Visitation was held on Jan. 8, at Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home Chapel, 38576 Brett Way, Mechanicsville, Md. On Jan. 9, viewing was at Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home Chapel. Pastor Mark Dooley, Leonardtown Baptist Church, officiated. Interment followed at Trinity Memorial, Waldorf, Md. Pallbearers were Justin Buckler, Dillon Buckler, Brody Buckler, Josh Hill, Jason Hill, and Michael Gilbert. Honorary pallbearers were Billy Buckler and Jerry Kiley. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made at County First Bank for the benefit of Travis Jason Buckler, Jr. For more info, call County First Bank at 301-290-0340.

Albert Denis Jr. 61 Albert Edward Denis Jr. 61 of Milford, N.H. passed away on Nov. 6, 2012 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardtown, Md. Albert was born on Dec. 26, 1950 to the late Albert Edward Denis, Sr. and Bertha Marie (King) Denis. Al worked for Numega Compuware as a Q.A. Software Engineer. He enjoyed working on computers and was known to many as the computer doctor. Al served in the United States Navy for 14 years and during that time served twice in Vietnam. He was always willing to help anyone out at any time. Al loved to travel, cruise and ride on his Goldwing motorcycle until the time he became sick. He also enjoyed spending time with his family, friends, and also his toy poodle and buddy, Maximums that he loved very much. Al also loved to spend time with his daughter Carey and her husband Dwaine Fowler, and his two grandchildren Thomas and Taegan. He had a nickname, Albe that his niece gave him when she was little. Al will be loved and missed very much by his loving wife of 28 years, Ellen K. (Sanford) Denis. The Sanford family took Al in with welcome arms and they will love and miss him too. In addition to his wife, Al is survived by his daughter, Carey Fowler (Dwaine), of Lexington Park, Md.; his sisters, Judy Sirois, of Fort Myers, Fla., Dorothy Claar, of Milford, N.H., Geri Marble, of Bristol, N.H., Carole Nece, of Ark.; his brothers, James Denis, of Salem, Mass., Mike Denis, of Bangor, Maine, and Rick Denis, of Conn.. In addition to his parents, Al was preceded in death by his daughter, Wendy Denis. The family will have a private service in January and a graveside service will be held at a later date this summer. Condolences to the family may be made at www. brinsfieldfuneral.com. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md.

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Susan Dennis, 47 Susan Lynell (Grouls) Dennis, 47, of Park Hall, Md. died on Dec. 26 at Hospice House in Callaway, Md. surrounded by her loving family. Born Jun. 25, 1965 in Valdosta, Ga., she is the daughter of Marsha Milford Grouls of Sylvania, Oh. and the late David Grouls. In 1987 Susan graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Development. On Dec. 28, 1991, she married her beloved husband of twenty-one years, Michael Dennis, at Cecil Field Chapel in Florida. Susan loved children, and made her own children her foremost priority. She volunteered extensively at her children’s schools, Park Hall Elementary and Spring Ridge Middle. She was the “team mom” for Great Mills High School volleyball and lacrosse teams. She was the Girl Scout Troop Leader for Troop 5065 for 12 years. She was the AWANA Leader at Lexington Park Baptist Church, where she was very actively involved. In addition to her love for her children and family, she also enjoyed baking and reading. In addition to her husband and mother, she is survived by her children, Eric (20), Michelle (17), and Alex (6), of Park Hall, Md.; her sister, Debra Tornes and her husband Brian and niece Allie of Columbus, Oh.; her half-brother, David Grouls II of Chillicothe, Oh.; and her very close friends, Jeanie Lee and her husband Scott of Sylvania, Oh. Her father precedes her in death. Family received friends for Susan’s Life Celebration on Dec. 31 2012 at Lexington Park Baptist Church, 46855 South Shangri-la Drive, Lexington Park, Md. 20653. Interment was private. Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to Hospice House of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, Md. 20650 or to “Support Dr. Sardi’s Research in Memory of Susan Dennis”, at Mercy Health Foundation 301 St. Paul Place, Baltimore, Md. 21202. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md.

Doris Dunn, 83 Doris Catherine Dunn, 83, of La Plata, Md. formerly of Leonardtown, Md. passed away on Dec. 28, 2012 at her residence. Born on Aug. 30, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Lloyd Joseph and Elizabeth Violet (Pilkerton) Quade. She is preceded in death by her loving husband Joseph Manley “Dinky” Dunn whom she married on Jan. 15, 1951 in St. Aloysius Catholic Church, Leonardtown, Md. Doris is survived by her children; J. Ronnie Dunn of California, Md., Janet Wenger of New Holland, Pa., and James Dunn of La Plata, Md. She received her GED in 1968 and worked as a supply clerk for St. Mary’s Hospital for 37 years re-


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tiring in 1980, and was a lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County until 2004 when she and Joseph moved to La Plata, Md. to stay with son Jim and family. Doris enjoyed reading, oil painting, crafts, and plants. The family received friends on Dec. 31 2012 at the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home Leonardtown, Md. A Funeral Service was held on Monday, Dec. 31 2012 at the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed in Charles Memorial Gardens Leonardtown, Md. Pallbearers were; Ronnie Dunn, Jim Dunn, Tim Wenger, Chip Fenwick, Michael Collins, and Pat Collins. Contributions may be made to Hospice of Charles County 2505 Davis Road Waldorf, Md. 20603.

Harriett Forrest, 96 Harriett Ann Swales Forrest, 96 of Leonardtown, Md., daughter of the late Frank and Jane Frances McWilliams Swales was born on Jun. 20, 1915 in Leonardtown, Md. She entered into eternal life on Dec. 27, 2012. Harriett was educated in the public school system in St. Mary’s County Md. In 1935, she married James A. Forrest, Sr., at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church. She and her husband had five children and were married for 73 years. Harriett and her husband had a passion for education and were very involved in the St. Mary’s County Schools. She instilled the importance of education in her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Many of whom achieved Bachelors, Masters, Theological and Doctorate Degrees. She opened her home to schoolteachers new to the county needing a place to stay. One of her first jobs was to start the fire for the school children in the morning at her school. She would constantly quote her favorite schoolteacher, Ms. Cora King, who told her about the importance of education and saving money. She was a member of the Gray Ladies under the auspices of the Red Cross, a member of the Red Hat Ladies, a volunteer with Helping Hands, and contributed to the St. Vincent DePaul Society. She and her husband played a leading role in the youth programs in St. Mary’s County, especially the 4H Club and the Department of Parks and Recreation with many of the youth activities held in their backyard. She was a faithful servant of the Lord. She passed with her rosary and scapula in her hands. She was rarely without her rosary. When she became homebound she watched Mass for the Shut-ins every day on the Eternal World Television Network (EWTN). Harriett leaves to cherish her memory, four children, George (Chiquita); Lewis I. (Eudora); Barbara (Nace); and Francis/Bert (Margaret); nine grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, two sisters-in-law, extended family members and very close friends. She was preceded in death by her beloved and faithful husband, Dr. James A. Forrest, Sr.; her son, James A. Forrest, Jr.; her parents, Frank and Jane Frances McWilliams Swales; and her 18 brothers and sisters. Family received friends for Harriet’s Life Celebration on Jan. 5 at St. Peter Claver Church, 16922 Saint Peters Clavers Road,

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 In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Harriett Forrest’s name may be made to Hospice of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, Md. 20650. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md.

Richard McCracken, 85 R i c h a r d Franklin McCracken, 85, of Piney Point, Md. died at his home on Dec. 23, 2012. Born on Jul. 19, 1927, in Beaufort, S.C., he was the son of the late Colby Mitchell Calvin McCracken and Dorothy Davis McCracken. On Oct. 26, 1945, Richard enlisted in the United States Air Force, where he proudly served his country as a Private First Class until his honorable discharge on Apr. 3, 1947. On Nov. 12, 1988, he married his beloved wife, Isabella Judith McCracken, at Lincolnia Methodist Church in Alexandria, Va. In 1989, Richard and his wife began spending weekends in St. Mary’s County. In 1992, they moved from Alexandria, Va., and made St. Mary’s their home of residence. He was self-employed for 43 years as a paint contractor. He enjoyed fishing and boating, until his boat sunk in Hurricane Isabel. He loved to spend time with his grandchildren, Julian Ayres, Christian Alfonso and Julia Alfonso. He was a member of the St. George’s Island Improvement Association. In addition to his wife, nine children and his grandchildren survive him. In addition to his parents, his three brothers and two sisters precede him in death. Family received friends for Richard’s Life Celebration on Sunday, Jan. 6 at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, Md. 20650. The Reverend John A. Ball, Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church of St. Mary’s City officiated. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown.

D.C., and was always ready to sit with family and friends to play card games. Charlotte is survived by her children, Cathy Allen (Brad) of Hollywood, Md. and Jeff Patterson (Lisa) of Tampa, Fl.; grandchildren, Kyle Allen, Leslie Allen, Katey Patterson and Ally Patterson; and sister Jessie Powers of River Forest, Il. In addition to her parents, Charlotte was preceded in death by her husband, John Franklin Patterson, Jr., and siblings, Joseph Wright, Clydie Haywood, Eva Bostic, Beatrice Peters, Ann Anderson Boyd, Dot Winstead, Jackie Littlejohn, Horace Wright, Raymond Wright, Lenard Wright and Henry Wright. Family received friends for Charlotte’s Life Celebration on Jan. 5 from in the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown. Interment was on Jan. 7 at in National Memorial Park Cemetery, Falls Church, Va. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Southern Maryland Office, P.O. Box 1889, LaPlata, MD, 20646 or the Hospice of Charles County, Inc., 2505 Davis Rd., Waldorf, MD 20603, or the Hospice of your choice. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md.

Robert A. Purple, 81 Robert A. Purple, 81, of Hollywood, Md. died on Dec. 30, 2012 at his home. Born Jul. 25, 1931 in Newport, R.I., he was the son of the late William and Henrietta “Mary” Purple. Bob graduated from The Citadel in June 1951 with a degree in Electrical Engineering and later received a Master’s degree in Nuclear Engineering and Civil Engineering from MIT in 1958. He spent 20 years in the US Army, serving in both Korea and Vietnam, and retired in 1972 as a Lieutenant Colonel. Bob was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious service

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Charlotte Patterson, 87 Charlotte Cherie Patterson, 87 of Waldorf, Md. died Jan. 2 at her residence. Born Aug. 28, 1925 in Danville, Va., she was the daughter of the late James H. Wright and Maude Elizabeth (Sigmon) Wright. Charlotte graduated from Central High School in Washington, D.C. in 1945. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, traveling and spending time with her family. She often told stories about growing up in Washington,

while in combat and in the performance of his military duties. He spent the next 15 years working for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the Department of Energy. He served as the US Scientific Representative to the European Community in the late 1970’s in Brussels, Belgium. After a blind date and a three-month whirlwind romance, Bob married Betty Robinson. His army career meant frequent moves and the couple lived in France, Washington, Ohio, Kansas, Alabama, Florida and Virginia. Always looking for adventure, Bob and Betty purchased a home at Deep Creek Lake, Md. where they and their four kids enjoyed year-round fun waterskiing, sailing, swimming and snow skiing. In retirement, Bob and Betty enjoyed living on the water and established a business, Hollywood Studio Stained Glass, where they were commissioned to create a variety of stained glass art for individual homes and businesses. Their stained glass can be found in St. Mary’s County and throughout the United States. He and Betty supported the Hospice of St. Mary’s County through selling specially designed stained glass ornaments for 11 years. “Captain Bob” loved the water, and he and Betty spent a great deal of time exploring the inter-coastal waterway and traveling with family. He has created wonderful memories for his family and friends through his many boating excursions. Bob is survived by his wife of 60 years, Elisabeth R. Purple; his son, Richard Purple; his three daughters and sons-in-law, Jeanne and David Lee, Elees and Kevin Anderson and Sue and Dave Bradley; and his eight grandchildren, Erik, Nikki, Rebecca, Sharon, Christine, Adam, Emily and Annie, who all love and miss him dearly. Family received friends for Robert’s Life Celebration on Jan. 4 at St. John’s Catholic Church, 43927 Saint Johns Road, Hollywood. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob’s memory may be sent to Hospice of St. Mary’s County, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown.

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William Sluder Jr., 71 William Herbert Sluder Jr., 71 of Lexington Park, Md. died Jan. 4 at Hospice House of St. Mary’s. Born Aug. 10, 1941 in Kermit, W.Va, he was the son of the late William Herbert Sluder, Sr. and Maude Mae (Preece) Sluder. He was married to Jane Ann Hamara on Aug. 14, 1965 in West Orange, N.J. They spent more than 47 happy years together. William lived with his wife and children for more than forty years in St. Mary’s County where he spent most of his career as a middle school principal at Margaret Brent Middle School, Spring Ridge Middle School and Leonardtown Middle School. He retired in 1996 and began working for Emory Riddle Aeronautical University at Patuxent River Naval Air Station for two years. He also substituted occasionally in the public school system, delivered Meals on Wheels and served as a bailiff in the St. Mary’s Circuit Court System. He was an avid golfer; played in the St. Mary’s County Horseshoe League for more than twenty years, loved to garden, play chess, prepare food for the members of the local Elks Lodge, spend family vacations at the beach, travel with his wife, Jane, play cards with friends, root for the Redskins and the University of Maryland, and in general enjoy each day as it came. William was a member of several professional and social organizations including the National Education Association, Maryland State Teachers Association, St. Mary’s County Teacher’s Association, original member of the Lexington Park Optimist Club, St. Mary’s County Horseshoe League, and the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks 2092. William is survived by his wife Jane; his two children, Luann K. Wonders of Arlington, Va., and William H. Sluder III of Crofton, Md.; grandchildren, Melissa G. Sluder and William H. Sluder IV of Gambrills, Md. and Lucy Ann Wonders of Arlington, Va.; and two sisters, Mary Louise Mart of Hiawatha, Iowa and Artlene Boyter of Belpre, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his par-

ents, William H. Sluder and Maude M. Sluder and siblings Lloyd Ray Sluder and Helen Lambert. The family received friends for William’s Life Celebration on Wed., Jan. 9, from 1 to 2 p.m. at Hollywood United Methodist Church, 24422 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood. An Elk’s Memorial Service will be conducted at 2 p.m. with a funeral service conducted by Reverend Sheldon Reese following. Interment will follow in the Evergreen Memorial Gardens, Great Mills, Md. 
 In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice House of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, Md. 20650. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com . Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md.

“Bubba” Tyer, 68 Richard Henry Tyer, 68 of Oxon Hill, Md. (formerly of Avenue, Md., St. Mary’s County), affectionately known as “Bubba”, was called home to be with the Lord on Dec. 28, 2012. Richard was born on Jul. 30, 1944 in Avenue, St. Mary’s County, Md., to the late Juanita Frances Woodland Tyer and Joseph William Tyer. He leaves behind his older brother, Joseph A. (Chummy) Tyer. Joseph was a father figure to Richard and Richard loved and respected him very much. Richard and Joseph were inseparable and very close. Richard was a cradle catholic and a faithful member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church. In 1963, Bubba graduated from Banneker High School, St. Mary’s Count. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged in 1973. On his return home from the military, he worked as a Laborer for several construction sites until he landed a job with Giant Food Warehouse in Landover, Md., where he worked for more than 25 years until his retirement. In his “hay day” Bubba was known to be the life of the party with his sleek and suave hand dance moves. He loved his oldies music. He was also known for his snazzy dress-

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ing, looking as though he had stepped off the front page of GQ magazine. He loved looking at western movies and cooking shows and well as venturing out of the area doing a little traveling. Williamsburg, Va. was one of his favorite vacation trips. Richard leaves to cherish his memories two sons, Rodney Maddox of Bushwood, Md. and Terrence Tyer (Mia) Temple Hills, Md., one brother, Joseph Tyer; sister-in-law, Geraldine Tyer ; two step-daughters, Kimberly Mason and LaShawn Curtis (Mark); two nieces, Alicia Price (Timmy) and LaTonya Marshall (Michael); nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, two great-nieces, special devoted friend, Florence Wallace and three special cousins, Edmund Armstrong, Thomas Dickerson and Martha Carter and a host of other cousins, relatives and friends. Visitation was held on Jan. 7 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 4275 4th Street, S.E., Washington, D.C. Interment will be held on Friday, January 11, 2013 at 2:30 pm at Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery, 11301 Crain Hwy., Cheltenham, Md. Arrangements by Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home, Waldorf.

Robert Williams, 74 Robert Noah Williams, 74, of California, Md. died on Dec. 21, 2012 with his loving family at his side. Born Feb. 22, 1938 in Johnson City, N.Y., he is the son of the late Noah Williams and Gertrude (Finch) Williams. Robert entered the United States Navy in 1958 and proudly and honorably served his country until his retirement as a Senior Chief in 1986. During that 28-year span he married the love of his life, Annamaria (Radice) Williams, on Mar. 13, 1964, while stationed in Italy. He served on the following Ships: USS Wright, USS Biddle (which did a tour of duty in the Gulf of Tonkin during the Vietnam War), USS Howard W. Gilmore, and USS Farragut. He and his family were stationed overseas in Iceland, Greece, and two different tours of Italy. After retirement he worked as a Defense Contractor for six years and then found a new calling that he loved to do, which was home schooling children who were too sick to attend school. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus. In addition to his loving wife, Robert is survived by his children, Mark Henry Williams and his wife Lynn of Leonardtown, Md. and Camille Rosaria Williams of California, Md.; his brother, Donald Williams of Johnson City, N.Y., and his grandchildren, Hayden, Jennifer, and Charles, and his great-grandchildren, Brennan and James. In addition to his parents, his sister, Betty Caro, precedes him in death. Family received friends for Robert’s Memorial Life Celebration on Dec. 28, 2012 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 22375 Three Notch Road, Lexington Park. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Monsignor Mike Wilson. Interment followed at the church cemetery. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md.

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Ingrid Young, 41 Ingrid Cassandra Young, 41, of Lexington Park, Md., peacefully answered the Lord’s call to come Home to glory on Dec. 30, 2012. Ingrid was born on Jan. 2, 1971 to Delores Eileen Young and Carl Tyrone Jones. In 1976, Ingrid moved to Prince George’s County. After eleven years (1987), she returned to St. Mary’s County where she completed her education in the St. Mary’s County Public School System; graduating from Chopticon High School in 1989. Ingrid loved to work. She held numerous jobs, including working at J&J Mailing Services, St. Mary’s Nursing Home (where she received her Certified Geriatric Aide Certification), and fast food services and retail. Ingrid was a loving mother who dedicated her life to supporting and caring for her children. Whenever you saw Ingrid, you would always see one or more of her children with her. A day did not pass when she was not around her grandchildren and her children. Ingrid was a strong, determined person; there was little that could keep her down. Everyone admired Ingrid’s sense of humor, her infectious “smile” and her laugh. She was very outgoing and an enjoyable, fun person to be around. You can believe that Ingrid was the life of the party and enjoyed life to the fullest. In addition to working and enjoying family, Ingrid still managed time for interests and hobbies. She loved cooking, cleaning, partying, dancing, shopping, hanging out with family and friends, and going to Budd’s Creek racetrack. Ingrid enjoyed watching TV, especially soap operas, Family Feud and most importantly, her Redskins. Of course, we can’t forget playing the lottery and numbers. If you were ever at McKay’s grocery store in the morning, midday or afternoon, you would surely see Ingrid there playing her numbers. She never missed a day until her declining health prevented her from doing so. Ingrid leaves to cherish her precious memories her seven children, Latoya Renee Young, Michelle Angela Dorsey, Michael Andrew Dorsey, Jr., Donita Rochelle Young, Leslie Young, Alexis Lachay Young, and Thomas Sebestian Gough; three grandchildren, Ty’Quan Maleek Cunningham, Jaquon Davon Johnson, and Kiyane Malik Dorsey; one sister, Dee Chantel Young; one brother, Keith Eugene Young; her special nephew, Tyrone Byrd; special aunt, Mary L. Mack; her God-daughter, Marquise Da’Que Pixley; special companion, Marquis Bundy; special friends, special aunts and uncles and other relatives and friends, Angie Jordan, Mary Maxine White, Stephanie Dorsey, Gwennie (Missy) White, Katrina Fenwick, and Michael Andrew Dorsey, Sr. and a host of other special aunts and uncles, and other friends and relatives. Visitation was this morning, Jan. 10 followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Angels Catholic Church, 21340 Colton Point Road, Avenue, Md. Interment will follow at Sacred Heart Church Cemetery. Arrangements by Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home, Mechanicsville, Md.


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NAVAIR’s First Pathways Program Employee Emily Burdeshaw was hired as part of the Pathways Program, part of President Obama’s federal hiring reform initiative, which became effective in July 2012. Pathways consists of two new programs — the Internship Program and the Recent Graduates Program — and modified another, the Presidential Management Fellows Program. These developmental programs are tailored to promote employment opportunities for students and recent graduates in the federal workforce and make it easier for them to pursue federal careers. “Pathways helps NAVAIR bring untapped talent to our workforce. The programs for students and recent graduates, coupled with the overall hiring reform, help ensure we bring the right talent to NAVAIR at the right time with greater speed and efficiency,” said Rebecca Hampshire, NAVAIR Pathways program manager. Burdeshaw first learned about NAVAIR through St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s career center. She was looking for real world opportunities to apply the lessons she had learned as an English major, she said. Her interest in public relations and journalism seemed a perfect match with NAVAIR’s Public Affairs. She started a summer internship in 2012, writing news articles for NAVAIR’s website and the Tester, the Patuxent River Naval Air Station newspaper.

“Once I started, I found that I liked the work, because I wasn’t just sitting at a desk,” she said. “I was up and moving around, meeting and talking to a lot of new people, and working on multiple stories and projects at once. The dynamic nature of the job is what kept me coming back.” Part of the job meant meeting new people and telling their stories. “I love talking to new people. I like chasing stories and learning new things about naval aviation from people who are passionate about their work,” she said. One such story was about the Sailor of the Year Award, for which Burdeshaw said she corresponded with a sailor in Afghanistan for a couple of weeks. When the story was published, she felt a palpable wave of excitement. “While it may be more commonplace here, coming from a non-military environment to one where that type of interaction was more of the norm, I was thrilled. I loved the idea that I was responsible for telling this sailor’s story,” she said. Currently, as a public affairs trainee, she assists the Unmanned Aviation & Strike Weapons (PEO U&W) program office by writing communications plans, providing media training, attending interviews and writing news articles. She said she hopes to learn to be the best liaison she can be between the media and NAVAIR leaders.

“I think that it is really challenging and interesting to take the technical language of the engineering world and turn it into something digestible for those outside of the field,” she said. “I enjoy the challenge and the process of learning enough about a program or project to turn it into something intelligible to people who are not familiar with the jargon.” She will become a full-time NAVAIR civilian employee after her graduation in spring 2013. Jamie Cosgrove, PEO U&W public affairs officer, said, "This is an excellent opportunity for a young professional like Emily to pursue a career in public affairs and give a fresh perspective to our team. She will gain valuable experience with media relations and both internal and external communications.” Burdeshaw advises students looking for federal jobs to feel comfortable marketing themselves and the skills they can bring from the classroom to the workplace, such as writing, research and critical thinking. “Lots of the learning that happens in a university setting can be translated to the workplace,” she said. “While we lack the specific experience, students and recent grads can bring fresh perspective and energy to an environment. Ambitious, hardworking students are going to be able to do a job and do it well, with direction from a mentor.”

Precise Systems Appoints Vice President Precise Systems, Inc. is pleased to announce that Lindy Kirkland, USMC (Ret), has been appointed Vice President for Marine Corps Programs. In his new role, he will be overseeing many programs and projects, as well as serving as the new Program Manager for the Precise Systems PMA-274 team (Presidential Helicopters Program) at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, MD. Kirkland has been with Precise Systems since his retirement from the Marine Corps in June 2006. At Precise he has previously served as Program Manager for PMA-274 and as the Presidential Helicopters Requirements Officer supporting Headquarters Marine Corps. Most recently, he served as the USMC Liaison Officer for the Robotics Systems Joint Project Office. A native of Chipley, Fla., Kirkland attended Auburn University on a Naval ROTC scholarship, graduating in 1984 with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. Upon graduation from Auburn, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps and reported for duty to NAS Pensacola as a student naval aviator. After receiving his “wings of gold”, he was assigned as an AH1W Cobra Attack Helicopter pilot and served various tours at MCAS New River, NC and Camp Pendleton, Calf. These tours included multiple shipboard and overseas deployments and participation in Operation Desert Storm. While serving as an instructor pilot, Kirkland earned a Master’s of Science degree in Man-

agement from Troy University. While still in uniform, he served as the Deputy Program Manager for the H-1 Helicopter Upgrades Program (in PMA-276) at Patuxent River Naval Air Station and attained DAWIA Level III certification in Program Management. Kirkland’s final assignment on active duty was as the Executive Officer of Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1) at Quantico, Va.. There, he flew three different helicopters and served as pilot in command of Marine One and personal pilot for the President of the United States. Precise Systems is employee-owned and a noted Service Disabled, Veteran-owned Small Business (SDVOSB) defense contractor. Recently recognized in the 6th annual Inc. 5,000 list as one of America’s FastestGrowing Private Companies, Precise is headquartered in Lexington Park adjacent to the Naval Air Station at Patuxent River, MD with additional offices in Reston, Va., and Havelock, N.C. Founded in 1990, Precise Systems is comprised of highly skilled experts who provide a broad range of DoD acquisition, engineering, and program management solutions. Combined with widely acclaimed integrating information technology tools that enhance our customers’ mission success, Precise provides superior service and “value added” support. For more information, or to learn how you can become a member of this award winning team, visit www.GoPrecise. com.

Photo courtesy of Navy Emily Burdeshaw is NAVAIR’s First Pathways Program Employee

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Nominate Employers For 2013 Freedom Award Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense agency, is encouraging Guardsmen and Reservists to nominate their civilian employers for the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award before the Jan. 21 deadline. The Freedom Award is the nation’s highest recognition for employers supporting Guard and Reserve members. Employers of every size and industry are eligible to receive the honor. Guard and Reserve members, or a family member acting on their behalf, may nominate their employers at www. FreedomAward.mil. "With today's evolving missions of the Reserve Component, as we adapt to the current national security policy, America's employers continue to provide steadfast support to the more than one million men and women serving in the National Guard and Reserve at home and abroad. The Freedom Award is your opportunity to honor your employer for their critical support," said James Rebholz, ESGR National Chair. "As a member of the Guard or Reserve who has received outstanding support from your civilian employer, take the time to nominate them for the 2013 Freedom Award." Any civilian employer who has not previously received the award is eligible. Service members who have previously nominated their employers are encouraged to do so again. The Department of Defense will recognize nominees, semi-finalists and finalists. The 2013 recipients will be announced in early summer and honored in Washington, D.C. during a ceremony in the fall. Past recipients have met with the President of the United States, Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The Freedom Award was instituted in 1996 under the auspices of ESGR to recognize exceptional support from the employer community. In the years since, 175 employers have been honored with the award. Established as a DoD agency 40 years ago, ESGR develops and maintains employer support for Guard and Reserve service. ESGR advocates relevant initiatives, recognizes outstanding support, increases awareness of applicable laws, and resolves conflict between service members and employers. Paramount to ESGR's mission is encouraging employment of Guardsmen and Reservists who bring integrity, global perspective and proven leadership to the civilian workforce. For questions or interviews regarding the Freedom Award, please contact Beth Sherman, ESGR Public Affairs, at 571-372-0705 or by email at ESGR-PA@osd.mil.


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Zumba Dancing for Charity By Alex Panos Staff Writer As the Zumba saying goes, “join the party” at the county fairgrounds this Saturday, Jan. 12 for a “Zumbathon” – a charity dance event to aid the efforts for cancer patient Shelly Estacion. Estacion was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2012, and shortly after learned she was in stage three, said her close friend Lisa Martoni. Zumba is a type of dance-workout hybrid, which uses rhythm and upbeat music to burn calories. Zumbathon is used as a way to hold a dance rally for charity. Martoni, a certified Zumba dance instructor, began contemplating ideas for a charity fundraiser after hearing the news. After the recommendation of a fellow Zumba instructor and receiving the “ok” from Estacion, the wheels were in motion to host the event at the fairgrounds. “It never feels like a workout,” Martoni said of Zumba. “The time goes fast and everyone has a good time. It’s a bit contagious.” She believes Zumba is a great activity for the body and mind, adding, “Zumba can make you feel alive. My customers and others love coming to a Zumba class because they know that they can get a workout and have a great time.” Multiple Zumba instructors are bringing their own playlists of three to four songs each, and Martoni says each set will have unique styles and beats. “Zumba makes everyone smile,” Martoni said. In addition to the dance sessions, there will be common charity attractions including door prizes, raffles, gift baskets, vendors and a bake sale. Martoni decided to get involved after reading a letter Estacion’s daughter Samantha wrote in her unique way to attempt to help the family. It was submitted it to The Ellen Degeneres Show, but weeks have passed and the family never received any feed back. Martoni took matters into her own hands by hosting the event, and

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there has already been a positive response from the community. Gift certificates have been donated as door prizes, including three free oil changes from Mr. Tire. Justin Myles’ band and Lawless are entered in silent auction; Sam Grow Band donated $200. “I love this community and county,” Martoni said. “My first hosting charity event has been successful from day one.” The event takes place in the new auditorium of the fairgrounds, located on 42455 Fairgrounds Road in Leonardtown, from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets cost $15 at the door, and presale tickets are available for $10. Contact Martoni at fundraiser4shelly@gmail.com or call 240-9254153 for more information. alexpanos@countytimes.net

Local Playwright Debuting Latest Work By Alex Panos Staff Writer Three Notch Theatre is featuring a free, one-act play performance during the evening on Wednesday, Jan. 16. Written by Trish Cole, the play focuses on a grieving couple eagerly awaiting the osprey, or sea hawks, to return to St. Mary’s. Their struggle resembles the physical migration of the osprey – the bird travels 3,000 miles each spring to return to Southern Maryland. The husband tries to ignore his sorrow while his wife is so depressed she has not left her room in nearly two months. “Their struggles are an emotional migration,” Cole said, clarifying just as osprey physically migrate, humans must emotionally

migrate through trying times. Cole says the 20-minute performance features “new, bold” theatrics never tried before at Three Notch Theatre. The actors utilize movements in the play mimic a physical migration. Cole’s play is entered in the annual Maryland Community Theatre Festival. The festival is a chance for one-act plays from small theatres to be recognized on the state, regional and even national level. “For a small community theatre, it’s a really exciting opportunity,” Cole said. Cole’s work often explores the intersection of social norms, gender, and identity. Her stage plays have been produced in New York, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco and regionally in Maryland where she is known to lead conventional community theater audiences to dar-

ing and unconventional places, her biography states. She has received original script awards and was a finalist for a literary prize in 2011. Michael Bell, an actor in the play, is in awe of her abilities as a playwright. “It’s one of the best things she’s written, if not the best,” Bell said of Cole’s latest one-act play. “It’s beautiful and deep.” The free preview performance of the play, titled “Field Guide to the North American Osprey” takes place at 8 p.m. Wednesday night at Three Notch Theatre. The theatre is located on 21744 South Coral Drive in Lexington Park. alexpanos@countytimes.net

Butterfly Project for CSM Theatre Company Group Seeks 15 Thousand Handmade Butterflies During the blustery days of winter, College of Southern Maryland Theater Director Keith Hight is hoping that Southern Marylanders of all ages will ‘think spring’ and help create unique, handcrafted butterflies—15,000 of them—for an upcoming performance. CSM Theatre Company's production of “I Never Saw Another Butterfly,” pays tribute to the more than 15,000 Jewish children who passed through Terezin during the Holocaust. Only 132 of those survived when Terezin was liberated at the end of the war. Raja, one of the survivors, is

credited with helping to give the children hope by creating a little world of laughter, of flowers and butterflies behind the barbed wire. “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” tells the true story of the children. There were no butterflies at Terezin, of course, but for the children, butterflies became a symbol of defiance, making it possible for them to live on and play happily while waiting to be transported. The butterflies collected by CSM’s Theater Department will be displayed along the walls of the Fine Arts Center in remembrance of these

children. “Students of all ages, parents and community members can create as many handmade artsand-crafts butterflies as possible,” said Hight, adding that the butterflies can be mailed to H. Keith Hight, Coordinator for the Theatre/Dance, College of Southern Maryland, P.O. Box 910, La Plata, MD 20646 or can be dropped off at the Box Office in the Fine Arts Center by Feb. 1. For information on the performance of “I Never Saw Another Butterfly,” visit www.csmd. edu/Arts/Broadway.

eReader help offered at libraries Customers who need help downloading eBooks on their eReaders or tablets can stop by any branch for assistance or plan to attend an eReader class. This Saturday, Leonardtown library will offer two one-hour classes on checking out eBooks, one using the Kindle Fire at 9 a.m. and the other using an iPad at 1 p.m. No registration is required for these classes. Charlotte Hall library will offer an introductory class on Nooks on Jan. 14 at 2 p.m. and on Kindles on Jan. 17 at 2 p.m. These classes require registration. Leonardtown library changes storytimes days Leonardtown library has changed the days and times of storytimes. Storytimes are now on Wednesdays and Thursdays. A complete list of storytimes at all three branches is posted on the library’s website. Space available in Introduction to Word and basic computer classes Openings are available in the Introduction to Word 2010 class offered on Jan. 10 at 2 p.m. at Charlotte Hall branch, on Jan. 16 at 5:30 p.m. at Lexington Park branch and on Jan. 28 at 2 p.m. at Leonardtown branch. Space is also available in the Lexington Park library’s basic computer classes offered on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. during January. These classes cover computers, Windows, Internet and email. Registration is required. Leonardtown branch to host Homeschool Science Fair Southern Maryland Homeschool Science Fair will be held at Leonardtown Library on Jan. 24. The registration form and more information can be found on the homeschooling page of the library’s webpage under the kids tab. Teen Art Contest is underway Teens have until March 1 to create and submit artwork for the teen art contest. Entries must be original, flat and 8 x 11 or less. They can be drawings, paintings, photography, computer-generated or mixed media. All entries will be posted in the Lexington Park Library Art Gallery from March 1 through April 15 and winners will be announced at the Award Ceremony on April 15.


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Thursday, Jan. 10 • Southern Maryland Youth Orchestra Information Session Lexington Park Library, Meeting Room A – 5:30 p.m. The Southern Maryland Youth Orchestra is kicking off its inaugural season January 2013. The orchestra will host informational sessions to help musicians grades 6-12 and their families learn more. Visit www.smyorchestra.org for more information.

Friday, Jan. 11 • Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament Fleet Reserve Association Branch 93 (21707 Three Notch Road, Lexington Park) – 7 p.m. Buy in is $50 for $3,000 in chips Blinds start at $25/$50 and progress every 20 minutes. $10 buys a 50/50 ticket and a $1,000 chip. For more information, call Terry Heineman at 240-298-3293. • Bay Montessori School Tour and Observation Bay Montessori School (20525 Willows Road, Lexington Park) – 9 a.m. Join the school for a prospective parent meeting to find out what Montessori is all about. Staff will discuss the differences between Montessori and traditional education, give guided campus tours and provide brief classroom observations. Reservations are required so the school can get an expected headcount. For more information, call 301-727-2421 or visit office@baymontessori. • Kid’s Yoga and Crafts Evolve Yoga and Wellness Studio (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 5 p.m. Evolve Yoga and Wellness Studio is hosting a kid’s yoga class that combines yoga and crafts. Parents have the option of joining their child’s yoga class, participating in their own yoga class in the adjacent studio or dropping their child off for their own class. For more information call 301-862-1236 or visit www. EvolveYogaWellness.com.

Saturday, Jan. 12 • Meat-down - A Vegetarian Meet-up Leonardtown Library – 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Meat-Down will be hosting their inagural meeting. Vegans, vegetarian and anybody wanting to learn more about vegetarianism are welcome to attend. The purpose of this and future meet-ups is to offer an inviting social setting for networking with like-minded friends who care about their wellbeing, the well-being of animals and the environment. Discussion will focus on the purpose and mission of the group, building community support, vegan potlucks, sharing resources and how the group will network with other groups for community outreach. RSVP to Natalie at nrevans1117@yahoo.com or 301-481-274.

• Winter Celtic Festival St. Mary’s Ryken High School, Romauld Hall (22600 Camp Calvert Road, Leonardtown) - Workshops – 2-4 p.m., Concert – 8 p.m. The Celtic Society of Southern Maryland is proud to present Bruce Molsky at this year’s Winter Celtic Music Festival. The 8th Annual Winter Celtic Music Festival is hosted by the students of St. Mary’s Ryken High School, Student Organization for Improving the Arts (SOFIA). An afternoon workshop with Molsky will be primarily focused toward fiddlers, but guitar and banjo players welcome, as Molsky is a master of all three instruments. Students of all ages are encouraged to bring a recording device, as tunes will be taught by ear. This workshop will focus on intermediate to advanced skill levels, but beginners are welcome to join in for the valuable experience of listening, watching, and learning from this master of traditional music. For more information, email fiddling@cssm. org, or call 301-375-0534. Seating will be limited for the workshops, so register early. Please contact the organizer for more information regarding the limited scholarships available for workshop participation. • American Association of University Women Meeting Mt. Zion United Methodist Church Hall (27108 Mt. Zion Church Road, Mechanicsville) 12 p.m. The meeting will start at noon with a pot luck lunch followed by discussion of books and an update of American Association of University Women activities at the state and national levels. Participants are asked to bring children’s books for the Tri-County Head Start. For more than 130 years, members have been advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, research and philanthropy. The Patuxent River branch includes members from Charles, St. Mary’s and Calvert counties. For more information, contact the president Barbara Fetterhoff at paxriveraauw@gmail.com. • Contra Dance Christ Episcopal Church Parish Hall (37497 Zach Fowler Road, Chaptico) – 7 p.m. The Contra Dance will feature caller Sargon deJesus. Doors open at 7 p.m. and dancing begins at 7:30 p.m. Contra is a traditional American style of social dance. Beginners are encouraged to arrive at 7 p.m. for instruction in the various dances. Admission is $8 for non-SMTMD members, $6 for members. There will be an ice cream social following the dance. For more information and directions go to www.smtmd.org. • Zumbathon Charity Fundraiser for Shelly Estacion St. Mary’s County Fair Grounds (42455 Fairgrounds Road, Leonardtown) – 6 p.m. A Zumbathon fundraiser will be held for Shelly Estacion who is going through chemo treatment of colon cancer. Tickets in advance are $10 and tickets at the door are $15. For more information, or to order tickets, e-mail fundraiser4Shelly@gmail. com or call 240-925-4153.

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Sunday, Jan. 13 • Sundays in the Park at Greenwell Greenwell State Park – 1-4 p.m. Enjoy Sundays in the Park at Greenwell’s Rosedale Manor on the second Sunday of every month. Sundays in the Park is a family-friendly event where the community is  welcome to come and browse  the rooms of historic Rosedale Manor. Rosedale was the home of John Philip Greenwell, Jr., who donated his land to the state of Maryland, and began the Greenwell Foundation, an independent,  non-profit organization offering inclusive and accessible programs, services and facilities within Greenwell State Park. Self-guided tours of the manor house are available. Sundays in the Park is also an opportunity for brides-to-be to spend some time inside the manor house and envision what their special day will look like. For more information about  the Greenwell Foundation, visit www.greenwellfoundation.org. • CHS Theatre Booster with Vera Bradley Bingo Mechanicsville Moose Lodge (27636 Mechanicsville Road, Mechanicsville) – 2 p.m. Doors open at 1 p.m. and games start at 2 p.m. The Chopticon High School Theatre Booster club is sponsoring the bingo fundraiser. For more information contact Kathy McGurk at 301-481-4420 or denkat2012@yahoo.com. • All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast Second District Volunteer Fire Department (Intersection of Route 249 and Drayden Road) – 8-11 a.m. The Second District Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad Auxiliary will hold an all-you-can-eat breakfast at the firehouse. The menu includes scrambled eggs, home fried potatoes, pancakes, French toast, sausage links, ham, hot biscuits, creamed chipped beef, sausage gravy, grits, spiced applesauce, milk, assorted juices and coffee. The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children 5-12. Children under 5 eat free.

Monday, Jan. 14 • Annual Soup Cook-off at the Forrest Center Forrest Career and Technology Center (24005 Point Lookout Road, Leonardtown) – 5:30 p.m. The Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center is hosting its annual Soup Cook-off on Monday. The contest has a junior division for students and a senior division for adults. Cooking begins at 3 p.m.; doors open to the public at 5:30 p.m. with tasting and judging of the junior division starting at 6 p.m., followed by the senior division. The contest is open to the public. The public is invited to sample the soups and be part of the event. Soups will be grouped in six categories and will be judged by expert chefs, local celebrities and community leaders. A people’s choice award will also be chosen by the public. House soups will be provided by the Forrest Center’s Culinary Arts program so visitors can make a meal of the event. The public can purchase tickets for the contest and house soup sampling. Tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for students, and children

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under 4 eat free. The contest is open to the first 20 individuals or teams of up to three that register. Contestants will have use of the facility and will have access to necessary equipment but will need to provide their own ingredients. All proceeds benefit the Forrest Center’s programs and SkillsUSA student organization. For more information on registration or sponsorship, contact Chef Amanda Granados at 301-4750242 or aegranados@smcps.org.

Tuesday, Jan. 15 • Tri-County Weight Loss Surgery Support Group Jaycee Community Center (3090 Crain Highway, Waldorf) – 7 p.m. The Tri-County Weight Loss Surgery Support Group provides support for individuals thinking about or who have already had weight loss surgery. The group offers information about different types of surgury as well as provides advice about Bariatric Center of Excellence. The group gives guidance on pre/post-op concerns; offers advice and support after surgery and for the long term. Family members and friends are welcome to attend. The support group meets every third Tuesday of the month. For more info call J.Edwards at 301-645-3149.

Wednesday, Jan. 16 • Free Beginner Line Dance Lessons Hotel Charles (15100 Burnt Store Road, Hughesville) – 7 p.m. The Boot Scooters of Southern Maryland offer free line dance lessons every Wednesday night from 7-7:30 p.m. at Hotel Charles. Guests may stay and watch or participate in dancing after lessons. For more information, visit www.bootscootersofsomd.blogspot.com.

Thursday, Jan. 17 • Big Loser Challenge Callaway Baptist Church (20960 Point Lookout Road, Callaway) – 10 a.m. Participants are wanted for a 12week weight loss challenge. Participation is $35 and buys 12 weeks of personal coaching and nutrition education classes. The group meets every Thursday except holidays. For more information, call 301-247-1322.

Friday, Jan. 18 • The Living Gallery Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center (13480 Dowell Road, Dowell) – Daily, Jan.18-March 24 Annmarie’s Main Gallery will be transformed into artist studios, providing a serene retreat and experimental space for artists to develop new work. Visitors can observe and interact with artists and are invited to participate in the creative process. For more information, call 410326-4640 or visit www.annmariegarden. org.


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• Free Square Dance Lesson Southern Community Center (20 Appeal Lane, Lusby) – 7-8:30 p.m. Learn to square dance at the Aqua Squares open house. The group invites families, singles or couples to try out square. For more information call Elaine Reilly at 301-855-7937, Mary and Bernie Ridgell at 301-863-8054, e-mail www. aquasquaresclub@yahoo.com or visit www.aquasquaredancers.org.

Saturday, Jan. 19 • The Living Gallery Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center (13480 Dowell Road, Dowell) – Daily, Jan.18-March 24 Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center invites guests to visit and engage with artists during the Living Gallery Studio. Annmarie Garden’s main gallery will be transformed into artist studios Jan. 18 through March 24, providing a serene retreat and experimental space for artists to develop new work while allowing visitors the opportunity to appreciate the artistic process. These studios will be set up much like a “booth,” utilizing the artist’s own supplies and equipment. • Waterman Photography Slide Show & Talk Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center (13480 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 1-3 p.m. Artist Marc Castelli will present a slide show of his photography, “A Year on the Water.” Castelli will discuss the Chesapeake Bay, watermen and their harvest through the year and conditions and circumstances in which they work. For more information, call 410-326-4640 or visit www.annmariegarden.org.

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• Sunday Conversations with Chesapeake Authors: “Pure Sea Glass” with Richard LaMotte Calvert Marine Museum (14200 Solomons Island Road, Solomons) – 2 p.m. Richard LaMotte will talk about his renowned book on sea glass identification, “Pure Sea Glass.” Richard has spent hours carefully studying close to 30,000 shards of sea glass to produce this indepth study. Come and immerse yourself as he focuses on sea glass identification. Bring your favorite shards for help determining their age and origin. Wear your best piece of sea glass jewelry or purchase a unique keepsake from a sea glass jeweler. Enter the “Glass with a Past” contest and possibly win a gift certificate to the Museum Store. Prizes will be awarded for the oldest and most rare pieces of sea glass brought to the conversation. No registration necessary; the presentation is free. For more information, call 410-326-2042 or visit www.calvertmarinemuseum.com.

• Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center (13480 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center invites the public to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Admission is free for all guests. Create a community art installation in honor of a dream. Reservations are not required. For more information call 410-326-4640.

• Boys Youth Lacrosse Clinic and Registration Chopticon High School Gym (25390 Colton Point Rd, Leonardtown) – 12-3 p.m. Boys Youth Lacrosse Clinic and registration for new and experienced players age 5 - 14 years old. Clinics are $5 per player from 12-3 pm. Patticipants can register for the 2013 Spring Lacrosse Season for Mechanicsville Youth Lacrosse Club, Inc. for $115 per player or $180 for a family of two.

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• Dinner Theater – “Friends to the End” Our Lady Star of the Sea School (90 Alexander Lane, Solomons) – 6:30 p.m. Jan. 25 and 26, Feb. 1 and 2 The Alumni Players will perform comedy-mystery “Friends To The End.” The Dinner theatre will be catered. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the dinner and show begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $33 per person. For more information and reservations, call 410-326-3008.

• Indoor Flea Market St. Mary’s County Fair Grounds (42455 Fairgrounds Road, Leonardtown) – 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Comments: St. Mary’s County Fair Association is having an indoor Flea Market. All vendors and Crafters are welcome. An 8 X 10 space with one table may be rented for $20. For information or to reserve a space call 301-475-9543 after January first.

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Sotterley Plantation 2013 Calendar Sotterley Plantation released its 2013 schedule for the 2nd Saturday Series. During the first five months of the year, the public will have the opportunity to experience five unique tour experiences. Advance reservations only. $15 per person per tour. Purchase tickets online: www.sotterley.org. Walking required.

Saturday, Jan. 12 • Backstairs/Upstairs Tours at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Go behind the scenes at Sotterley. Become an insider and enter places you won’t see on a regular tour. See the kitchen and travel up the back staircase to view private chambers and undisplayed collections. Learn what it takes to operate and support a museum. Limited to 16 people per tour. (Snow date Jan. 26)

Saturday, Feb. 9 • Slavery, Resistance and Freedom Tours at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Slavery was a part of Sotterley’s history from the turn of the 18th century and lasted for over 160 years. Hear the voices and visit the places where African Americans lived and labored. Limited to 20 people per tour. Ages 13 & up. (Snow date Feb. 23)

Saturday, March 9 • From the Ground Up Tours at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. From the basement to the attic of Sotterley’s 1703 Plantation House there are numerous nooks and cran-

nies rarely seen by most people. Presented by Sotterley’s Restoration Manager, this exclusive tour will reveal how the structure was built and what the various spaces tell us about the over 300 year history. Limited to 16 people per tour. (Snow date March 23)

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Saturday, May 11 • Women of Sotterley Tours at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Discover the women of Sotterley. Whether it was the mistress of the house, the farm manager’s wife, the heiress, or the enslaved servants, the women of Sotterley were fascinating people who lived extraordinary lives. Limited to 20 people per tour.

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Dinner Theater Guests Solve Murder Mystery By Sarah Miller Staff Writer The Alumni Players, while raising money for Our Lady Star of the Sea School, plan to entertain dinner theater guests with an interactive murder mystery, a first for the troupe. An overly helpful single woman at a couple’s seminar, a cop in search of a murder and a questionably effective motivational speaker are among the cast of characters for “Friends to the End,” by Bob Crawford. The murder’s premise revolves around a couple’s seminar presented by Dr. Zoey Wynne, played by Peggy Thomason of Lusby. The murders don’t happen until after the show starts, much to the consternation of police officer Floyd Cashewickiewickiepeliume, who shows up before the first shots are taken in search of a murder to investigate.

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The audience participates with a mismatched group of suspicious characters to solve not one but two murders. Solomons resident Ron Thompson, playing the small town officer, has been an Alumni Player for 20 years; joining shortly after its start in the 1980s. He said he enjoys the group because it’s a way to have fun while raising money for the fine arts program at Our Lady Star of the Sea school. Some actors have been in the group as long as he has. Others have come and gone over the years. He said they draft anybody who shows some interest in the Alumni Players. Peggy Thomason, a seven-year member of the group, said after working with some actors for so long they can anticipate one other. Nita joined a few years after Ron and their daughter started acting in the annual dinner production. She started with little roles, becoming increasingly involved until she was asked to direct last year’s play. She enjoyed the experience so much that she was ready and willing to go again this year. This is the first time this adaptation of “Friends to the End” hits the stage. Director Nita Thompson said she and Ron first saw the play during a murder mystery weekend getaway. While searching for a suitable play she wrote

Photos by Sarah Miller Zoey Wynne (Peggy Thomason) and Ruth Prickle (Barbara Rohe) talk about therapy.

to Bob Crawford, asking him to consider condensing the script “from two days to two hours.” He wrote back saying he had done so for other groups in the past and was happy to help the Alumni Players, Nita said. Thomason said this year’s play is different from years past. Before, the group followed a traditional format of dinner then a play. She is looking forward to this year’s play and seeing how the audience reacts. Thomason’s son Charles joined the

Rose Green (Geri Reynolds) administers first aid to Ruth.

group this year to run the lights and soundboard. Charles said his mother signed him up. This is his first time running tech for a play, though he said he has experience with the boards in other capacities. For more information, or to reserve tickets, call 410-326-3008. Tickets are $33 each and dates are Jan. 25 and 26 and Feb. 1 and 2. Doors open at 6 p.m. and Thompson’s Seafood is catering the evening. sarahmiller@countytimes.net

Thunder Saxon (Greg McMinn) is confused in the wake of the first murder.


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St. Mary’s Department of Aging Programs and Activities Soup & Salad Luncheon

On Thursday, Jan. 17 at noon, the Garvey Senior Activity Center will prepare a heart- warming meal of minestrone soup, chef salad, warm Italian bread, and finish your meal with a cup of creamy homemade hot chocolate and warm chocolate chip cookies. Cost for lunch is by donation for those ages 60 and above and $5.50 for those under the age of 60. To register by Jan 14 call 301.475.4200, ext. 1050.

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Pickleball is a cross between tennis and ping-pong. Players use a Pickleball Paddle, which looks like a paddleball paddle, a wiffle ball and a net. The game is played on a smaller version of a tennis court (about 1/3 the size). The focus of the game is on exercise and camaraderie. If you are interested in learning more about pickleball, or in signing up to play, attend the organizational meeting at the Garvey Senior Activity Center on Monday, Jan. 14 at 10 a.m. or call 301-475-4200, ext. 1062. Games will be held at the Margaret Brent Gym in Helen, Maryland on Fridays, Feb. 8 to Mar. 22. Advance registration is required.

Cards for Troops

On Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 1:30 p.m. the Garvey Senior Activity Center will make handmade Easter greeting cards for our troops stationed abroad to send home to

their family and friends. All handmade cards will be donated to Cards for Soldiers, a nonprofit organization that provides homemade greeting cards to service members to send home to family while away from home. To sign up to help cut, stamp and assemble cards, call 301-4754200, ext. 1050. No previous experience needed.

Woodcarving for Beginners

A new class for beginning woodcarving will begin in January at the Loffler Senior Activity Center. The class will be taught by Mr. Warren Brown, an accomplished and award-winning wood carver. With an emphasis on safety and the importance of using the correct tools, Mr. Brown will hold an orientation on Jan. 15 from 1 to 4 p.m. in which he will discuss your first project, the specific tools you will need (including a quality carving glove) as well as samples of his own work. Please bring a notebook and a number two pencil to this orientation. To sign up call 301-737-5670, ext. 1656 by Friday, Jan. 11.

Scripture Study Friday, Jan. 25

Come to Loffler Senior Activity Center to study the scriptures with friends. This study is a Christian-based non-denominational gathering of people who are looking for comfort, joy and purpose in the written word. Next meeting is Friday, Jan. 25 at 10 a.m. For more information call 301-737-5670, ext. 1655.

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Let us do the cooking and cleanup in the morning while you enjoy a great start to your day & good conversation with others. On Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 9 a.m., French toast, sausage & fruit will be served for breakfast. Homemade by the Northern Senior Activity Center’s Senior Council and served with complimentary beverages. Cost is only $2 per person and sign up and payment is due by noon the day before. Please call 301.475.4002 ext. 1001 with any questions.  

‘Easy Listening Lounge’

On Wednesday, Jan. 23, from noon to 1 p.m., this performance series showcases local artists in a social and casual atmosphere. Listen to the smooth songs and music of ‘Folk Salad Trio’, performed by Greg Penk and fellow musicians while enjoying a special noontime lunch at the Northern Senior Activity Center. The lounge will be space near the stage area with quiet tables for the most attentive listeners. Those who prefer occasional conversation during the performance will enjoy the dining room. A special donation collection for our guests will be taken by staff. Get your meal ticket at 11:30 a.m. as lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. Reserve a pork roast and spiced apples lunch by noon Tuesday, Jan. 22 by calling 301.475.4002, ext. 1001. The cost for lunch is by donation for seniors 60 and older; $5.50 for others.

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

Did You Know That... A Journey Through Time By Linda Reno Contributing Writer • the first naval battle in English America occurred in 1638 when the St. Mary’s Militia took Kent Island? • Catherine Louisa Johnson, wife of President John Quincy Adams, daughter of Joshua Johnson of Calvert County, was born in London where her father was then working as a tobacco factor. She is America’s only foreign-born first lady? • Margaret Mackall Smith, born in Calvert Co., married President Zachary Taylor. Their daughter, Sarah Knox Taylor, was the first wife of Jefferson Davis? • In 1970, while a student at Fordham University, Denzel Washington played the role of Matthias De Sousa, an African American who came to Maryland on the Ark. He was assisted in preparing for this role by Edwin Beitzell, then President of the St. Mary’s County Historical Society? * Upon their return to England, the crew of the Dove had to sue three times for payment of their wages. Lord Baltimore refused to pay them because the Dove had also traveled to Barbados in order for the ship’s captain to collect on a personal debt? • Frank Brown, father of Helen Hayes, lived in St. Mary’s County during the last years of his life. He was one of the last persons buried at St. Nicholas RCC before the Navy took over the property for the Patuxent Naval Air Station? • Charles Somerset Smith, son of Charles Somerset Smith (of Charles Co.) and Ann Sothoron (of St. Mary’s Co.) was killed at the Alamo. There is a street named for him in San Antonio, Texas? • Dolph Briscoe, Jr., a descendant of Philip Briscoe and

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Susanna Swann of Charles Co., was Governor of Texas from 1973 to 1979. “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” is based partly on his life? • Dr. Gustavus Brown of Charles County was George Washington’s personal physician. Dr. Brown and Dr. James Craik, also of Charles County, were two of the three attending physicians present during President Washington’s final illness. At the time of his death, Washington was taking his own pulse? • Julia Boggs Dent, 1826-1902, wife of President Ulysses S. Grant, was a descendant of Thomas and Rebecca (Wilkinson) Dent of St. Mary’s County? • General James Longstreet, 1821-1904, “Lee’s Old Warhorse,” was also a descendant of the same couple. He and Julia Boggs Dent were fourth cousins? • Samuel Dashiell Hammett, 1894-1961, author of “The Thin Man” and “The Maltese Falcon” was born at Great Mills in St. Mary’s County? • Archibald Binney, 1763-1838, with his business partner James Ronaldson, began the business of type founding in Philadelphia. This formed the foundation for the printing industry in America. They also created the dollar sign ($). Binney lived at “Porto Bello” in St. Mary’s County from 1814 until his death in 1838? • Stevens Thomson Mason (1811-1843), the first Governor of Michigan, was the great grandson of Abraham Barnes of Tudor Hall, St. Mary’s County. He became Governor at the age of 24 and was known as “The Boy Governor.” Mason County, Michigan is named for him? • Sylvester Stallone briefly attended Charlotte Hall Military Academy.

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Bleachers By Ronald N. Guy Jr. Contributing Writer

Shame on you Mike Shanahan. As I sit here on Sunday night, I know this: the ‘Skins’ season is over and the next one is looking murky based on Robert Griffin III’s disgusting knee injury late in the team’s playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks. It was a knee he had been nursing for four weeks after what was reported to be a grade-1 sprain of the Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL). This is typically a one to two-week injury, yet here was RGIII, four weeks after the injury, still laboring, dragging his injured wheel around like a 20-pound weight was strapped to his ankle. RGIII’s slow progression to health, given the initial diagnosis and prognosis, and a USA Today report that cited renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews as saying, “he’s still recovering …and I’m holding my breath because of it” cer-

tainly puts the team’s reported “grade-1 LCL sprain” in question. Only the ‘Skins organization and its doctors know the truth; NFL football teams are routinely coy regarding injuries…especially down the stretch of a regular season. What isn’t in question is that RGIII was wholly ineffective after tweaking the knee in the first half of last Sunday’s game. He was immobile and clearly couldn’t employ his normal throwing mechanics. Frankly, he was a shell of himself. This was obvious to everyone except head coach Mike Shanahan (for the record my dad and I were calling for a change at halftime). Shanahan kept running RGIII out there, goading the player to be the hero. RGIII, as players do, was happy to oblige. Shanahan claims he asked RGIII on several occasions how he felt and that RGIII always provided a reas-

Clueless Against Seattle suring answer. Of course he did…that’s what the best players do. Did Shanahan really believe RGIII or did he just get the answer he wanted to hear, the one he knew he’d get from his team captain and the one that would allow him to justify his decision to shove a practically defenseless player into harms way? That’s between Mike Shanahan and his conscience. I don’t mean to paint Shanahan the villain (although admittedly I am internally spewing venom in his direction right now). Personally I think he, despite his experience, got caught up in the moment, was hypnotized (like every ‘Skins fan) by RGIII’s heroism all season and was simply too close to his best player to pull him out of the biggest game of the season. As the sports axiom goes: players play, coaches coach, owners own. It suggests a very needed division of labor/ decision making within a sports team or any organization. Mike Shanahan broke the rule. He ignored RGIII’s re-injury in the first half, his painful hobble for 9 yards in the second half and his uncharacteristic ineffectiveness. But most of all, Shanahan ignored his larger responsibility to the player and the franchise. RGIII has already had one ACL tear in his right knee. Now, there’s at least considerably more damage done to that joint, if not a

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Night Lights By Shelby Oppermann Contributing Writer I know a great way to wake yourself up in the morning, especially after staying up too late. Brush your teeth with any Crest Cool Mint toothpaste and immediately walk outside in 35 degree weather. Even through a closed mouth you will feel like an actor in one of the York Peppermint Patty commercials. It woke me up. I was having a hard time waking up fully last Monday morning because I felt a little sluggish and depressed after the Redskin’s loss on Sunday, and tried to ease my sorrow by watching Tom Selleck as Jesse Stone for the rest of the evening. Another thing that will wake you up is having the outside sensor lights go on at 3:30 in the morning. Ours turn on usually once or twice during the night.

Does my husband notice this? No. I, however, can’t sleep with even a sliver of light. That’s why you would find on a tour of our bedroom, that the TV, DVD player, and air conditioner (during the summer) have various types of dark painters tape and stickers that come off of new clothes taped over any type of flashing or constant lights (known as vampire lights). Our sensor light is on my 10’ x 12’ workshop near our back door. When it goes on, and stays on for five minutes, the light also shines through the door off the deck to our bedroom. Naturally the first thing you worry about when the lights go on is that there is a prowler. We do have good reason to worry. Many years ago, one car was broken into and a stereo stolen. About three years ago, in the middle of the night, thieves broke into several cars in our neighborhood stealing tools, etc. I remember getting in my old van and wondering why my fabric bag of papers and mail that I always

Sp rts second ACL tear. The “Skins’ future and the revival of Mike Shanahan’s coaching legacy is inextricably linked to RGIII’s long-term health. RGIII’s focus was on the day, on the game. That’s how players think; that’s how the great one’s must think. It’s up to Shanahan to consider the many tomorrows no matter the importance of any day. Shanahan was blind to what was obvious evidence of a physically degrading quarterback, and eventually, the hero collapsed in a heap: a victim of his individual will and a coach that failed to protect the player from himself. Another D.C. sports prodigy, Stephen Strasburg, was controversially shut down late last season to protect a golden arm still recovering from surgery. The Nationals took the ball out of Strasburg’s hand. Shanahan left the ball in RGIII’s hand. Only one player will certainly be ready when formal preparations being for next year. Mike Rizzo, the General Manager of the Washington Nationals, ensured Strasburg would. Mike Shanahan failed to do the same and I sincerely hope didn’t write his epitaph as ‘Skins coach in the process. Get well RGIII. Get a clue, Mike Shanahan. Send comments to rguyjoon@yahoo.com

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kept in there was on the floor with all the contents spilled out. I did have trouble with a mouse once, and a squirrel when I left my window down. It wasn’t until later that I noticed there were actually a few items missing from the back seat, including a dress I was returning to a friend. Then we found out about all the tools that were missing from our neighbor. When my oldest son was young and we lived above the frame shop where I worked on Great Mills Road, my Mother used to admonish me for not locking my car doors at night. I’d always say, “Well If they can clean out that car with all the kid’s stuff and things I carried around then good luck to them.” I stopped making a joke about it when someone stole not only my college books, but my son’s car seat and the radiator out of the car. No, not radio – they stole the radiator. And it wasn’t the first time. My first husband and I started out thirty-two years ago in Hills Trailer Court, also on Great Mills Road, and, we believe, the same person(s) stole

the radiator out of that car. I have finally found out the cause of the nightly sensor light show. I raced to the kitchen window a few weeks ago to look outside. A huge owl was flying fast and low from the back yard to our woodpile by the door. I saw the owl again a week later. He must have found field mouse heaven. I’d rather have the owl waking me up at night than have field mice having a field day in my home, so I will have to just keep waking up I suppose. I look forward to seeing my night owl now. I was trying to tell my husband about the owl, and as you can guess, he kept saying, “Who? Who?”, until I finally got it. Well, guess “who” I’m waking up next time the sensor lights go on. To each new day’s adventure, Shelby

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