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COUNTY NEWS School: Employee Retirement Not Adding Up The County Times

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer The Board of Education will have shortfalls when it comes to funding employee retirement benefits. In a joint with the Board of County Commissioners, Schools Superintendent Michael J. Martirano told commissioners the school system contributed $25.2 million in 2012 to the OPEB (Other Post Employment Benefits) fund and funding will grow to $210 million by the system’s 30-year commitment to employees. School system figures show for fiscal 2014 the school system needs $12.4 million for its annual required contribution to the fund for OPEB but it already has a shortfall of $8.4 million. St. Mary’s school’s problem with OPEB benefits paled in comparison with counties like Prince George’s,

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where the liability stretches into the billions, Martirano said. “Many of my colleagues have selectively ignored this. It’s going to come home to roost in the near future.” The $25 million the county currently has in a trust fund for OPEB would be nearly impossible to touch if the state wanted to use some of it to offset the insolvency of other counties funds, county finance officials said, but Martirano and others were still worried. “What’s going to be the backlash for us?” Martirano asked, noting that the state might consider “bailing out” more insolvent jurisdictions. Commissioner Dan Morris (R-Mechanicsville) agreed the state might try to make an end run on those funds. “The state doesn’t have the best of track records,” he said.


The county asked the school system to meet strict deadlines for getting their budget submission in for review by March 1. The school board said that date would be difficult since the system is negotiating with labor and the state won’t have stable projections about education funding. “Our revenues from the state are not remotely near to being set,” Martirano said. “It’s really not a firm budget.” County finance projections show that the maintenance of effort funding for the school system in fiscal 2014, including extra funding for shifting pensions from the state, came to $86.6 million.

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Detectives make drug arrests

Antonio Wendell Chase, 26 of Great Mills was indicted and charged for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. $1,000 in cash was also seized related to this investigation. Chelsea Shyan Brandon, 28 of Lexington Park was indicted for distribution of hydrocodone, possession with intent to distribute oxycodone and possession of methadone.

Police arrest barricade suspect

On Jan. 16 at approximately 9:45 p.m. deputies were dispatched to a residence on Kearsarge Place in Lexington Antonio Chase Park for a report of a domestic dispute. An intoxicated, 44 year-old male, reportedly armed with a handgun and long gun made threats to kill his family and himself before barricading himself inside of the residence. The subject made initial contact with uniformed officers but refused to exit the residence and subsequently stopped all communications. A perimeter was established and the St. Mary’s County Emergency Services Team, Crisis Negotiators and K-9 deputies responded. Negotiators made numerous attempts to establish contact with the subject but their attempts were met with negative results. After several hours the subject was taken into custody, unharmed and was transported to St. Mary’s Med Star Hospital for an emergency mental evaluation. A shotgun and a handgun were recovered from the home was.


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MLK Would Likely Jab President By Guy Leonard Staff Writer St. Mary’s College held its annual Martin Luther King’s Prayer Breakfast to celebrate the man’s work, which is baring fruit, according to speakers. Teachers, elected officials, community leaders and nine students attended the morning event. “The re-election of President Barack Obama is significant,” said college President Jo-

seph Urgo. “It says: ‘Yes, as a country we meant that’ by bringing him back to finish the job.” This year’s keynote speaker, Bert Ifill, the interim Dean of Students at the college, said that King was born into a well-to-do family and attended the best educational institutions that were available to African Americans nearly 60 years ago. When he came to Alabama as a pastor he took the path of resistance by starting the bus boycott that Ifill said was a history changing event.

Photos by Guy Leonard Members of the Greenview Knolls Elementary School choir and the Spring Ridge Middle School Rhythm Club perform musical selections for the 2013 Martin Luther King, Jr. prayer breakfast

At that time blacks had to give up their seats to whites and take positions in the back of the bus but King’s organizated boycott, sparked by the defiance of Rosa Parks, changed all of that. “King coalesced many strands of resistance into a coherent front,” Ifill said. “Martin Luther King was a galvanizing force.” King was unsettling to many on both sides of the civil rights debate, including his own side. Some believed he was too confrontational, Ifill said, while others said he was not confrontational enough by refusing to use violence, depending rather on peaceful dem-

onstrations to affect change. If he were alive today, Ifill said, King would likely not be satisfied with the pervasiveness of civil rights accomplishments, despite their obvious far reaching effects. King would be agitating elected leaders about the righteousness of foreign policy causes the nation is embroiled in right now, Ifill said. “He’d probably be jabbing the president in the side about being involved in a protracted land war in Asia… Afghanistan,” Ifill said.


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Photos By Guy Leonard Emily Nelson, 9, along with her mother Tricia Nelson, snuggle cats at the new SMAWL Cat Castle in Callaway

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As parents and their children crowded into the St. Mary’s Animal Welfare League’s new facilities in Callaway looking for new furry friends to add to their families, volunteers were busy taking care of cats that were just as anxious to find a new home. Carrie Monaghan, one of the chief coordinators at SMAWL, said the new home allows easier access to prospective families seeking to adopt felines. Before opening their new home in the Callaway Village Shopping Center volunteers would have to place all the cats Karen Moye, a volunteer with SMAWL, cuddles an adorable cat waiting they were putting up for to be adopted. often faces $5,000 to $8,000 in veterinaradoption into carriers and take them to places like Petco so they ian bills. Monaghan said they are always in could meet new families. This new place allows families to need of foster families and in need of come to the cats where they are more calm donations. SMAWL has families who will take and comfortable. Monaghan said many of the cats care of cats in the short term while the orSMAWL takes in are callously abandoned. ganization finds them a permanent home; “These animals are innocent and its SMAWL pays for the medical and food people’s ignorance that makes them do bills while the temporary family takes these things to animals,” she said. “The care of the cat, Monaghan said. The new SMAWL facility is open on majority of these cats just want love.” weekends for pet adoptions and during SMAWL had all kinds of cats up for adoption Jan. 19, from big ones and small weekdays by appointments only. The adopted families receive their one to energetic ones and ones that just cat already vaccinated, implanted with a loved to lounge around. The new facility comes with its costs microchip and either spayed or neutered. though, Monaghan said, since utilities often run about $750 a month and SMAWL


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By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Players from all over the region came to John G. Lancaster Park in Lexington Park Jan. 19, braving winds and cold to play in the 2013 disc golf Ice Bowl to benefit the Southern Maryland Food Bank. Players reached their goal this year,



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French Chef Serving Leonardtown By Kimberly Manns Business Writer Café des Artistes, known for its gourmet dishes, offers classic country French dining in the historic town square of Leonardtown. The quaint cobblestone patio sidewalk is perfect for dining during the Spring and summers months and the beautiful lit dining room inside is warm and inviting. The Jazz Cabaret on weekends at the café makes for a great place to relax and unwind. In the café customers can enjoy fine French Cuisine in a country Inn atmosphere with earth tones colors throughout the restaurant and the menu offers an array of delicious culinary French dishes. Chef Loic and Karleen Jaffres, owners and operators of the restaurant say that they live, eat, sleep and breathe the restaurant business and have done so for over 13 years. The Jaffres along with their four children have become like family to the Leonardtown community. Born in Morocco in North Africa to parents from Photos by Sarah Miller France, Jaffres honed his skills in classic French cooking and Waiter Sean Purdy serves drinks. was an apprentice at age 13 in 1968 and at age 16 Jaffres knew he wanted to be a master chef. He devoted himself to the art and science of cooking and with his vast of knowledge of food and ingredients subsequently leads him to study and work in France. Jaffres later utilized his talents cooking in several restaurants in Washington, D.C. and other metropolitan areas. He worked with several world-renowned chefs including a chef to Clinton’s White House and Watergate. One of the highest honors of all was Jaffres being inducted into the Academic Culinaire de France, an honorary title reserved for the elite of the cooking world. Now Jaffres will be an ambassador to others and holds the responsibility of developing and update recipes and to maintain the prestige of the profession. The husband and wife team opened the café in 1999 and say it was formally an ice cream polar, but Jaffres saw this place and decided right away that this was the spot. Although his wife and friends had doubts, Jaffres took the risk and it paid off. When residents and neighbor businesses came to welcome the Jaffres and inquire about the restaurant, the couple knew at that moment that they had made the right decision and before long the café de Artistes was a hit. Their commitment to culinary excellence has provided a stable

Chef Loic and Karleen Jaffres

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New Award For State’s Top Chamber of Commerce (Baltimore, MD) The national Small Business Administration headquarters in Washington, DC has extended the deadline to receive nominations for the 2013 Maryland Small Business Week Awards to Thursday, Jan. 31. The awards program, held on April 19 at Martin’s West, located at 6817 Dogwood Road in Baltimore, will also debut a brand new category to recognize the area’s strongest and most impactful Chamber of Commerce – a long time source for many of the award nominations and winners. “Along with unveiling a new streamlined event, tailored for the busy executive and time-challenged entrepreneur,” according to President of the MD Small Business Week Awards committee, Ed Podowski, “this year’s Small Business Week Awards luncheon will debut a brand new category to recognize the top chamber of commerce in Maryland.” Joining the Small Business Person of the Year (the only awardee who goes on to compete at the national level) and the Local Champion and Advocacy awardees, including: Entrepreneurial Success of the Year, Women in Business Champion and Attorney Advocate of the Year, among others, this year’s awards luncheon will honor the most influential and supportive Chamber of Commerce in Maryland. The Chamber of Commerce Champion will be selected in a brand new way, allowing chamber members to cast one vote, each day, right up to the week before the awards luncheon, with up-to-date vote tallying displayed on the Maryland Small Business Week website. “The chambers have long been one of the most consistent and visible award nominating organizations, nominating a slew of their members throughout the awards’ history. They are very strong advocates for their members and communities and we want to recognize their efforts,” said Bryan LePage, Vice President of the MD Small Business Week Awards committee. Also new this year is a re-vamped awards program that will allow busy attendees – many of whom are timestrapped small business owners, to enjoy the whole program without having to wait for the most popular portion of the event – the awards segment. “This year we will keep the program moving right through lunch without a break in the action which I think will be helpful to those with time constraints,” said Podowski. Past awardee, committee member and host, Martin Resnick, Chairman of Martin’s Caterers, adds that the committee is very grateful to the small business community for their strong support and yearly turnout for this event. “It is important that the true meaning and essence of these awards is conveyed to all who are present and take their valuable time to attend.” For more information about the 29th Annual Maryland Small Business Week Awards, including nomination guidelines and video, visit or call Rachel Howard at 410-962-6195 ext. 330 and follow the event on Facebook and Twitter for breaking news and updates.


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CSPAN Bringing Resources to Students By Alex Panos Staff Writer Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network (CSPAN) sent its mobile unit, a remodeled coach bus, to Leonardtown High School. The CSPAN bus drives around the country to raise student awareness of the network’s programs and availability as a resource. “There’s a combination of reasons why we wanted to come here,” Doug Hemmig, CSPAN community relations coordinator said, explaining the network offers educational tools on its website. Catering to his audience, students in Global and International studies, Hemming introduced the international resources page in CSPAN libraries and video resources. Leonardtown’s Assistant Principal Shelly Amstutz said they chose students from the global programs because the academy is high school’s signature program. “These students are in high class rigorous courses,” Amstutz said, adding over 65 students in 10th and 11th

grade received the opportunity to tour the bus on Friday. A few students’ jaws nearly dropped when he said the video library had 190,000 hours of easily accessible content. CSPAN’s team aboard the bus makes it a point to work with teachers on how to utilize Internet services. As technology in the classroom continues to expand, Internet resources can be valuable asset to schools, says Amstutz. CSPAN made students aware of the upcoming nationwide student campaign contests as well. After the lecture, students participated in a few interactive activities towards the front of the vehicle. They took part in games, visual examples and quizzes on current events. Students receiving a perfect score on the quiz received a prize to take home with them. Hemmig said the station’s goal is to tell all sides of the story, and then allow the student to make their own decision. “It’s another tool” in the students’ toolbox, he said.

Doug Hemmig shows students CSPAN’s online resources

Program to Brush Up on Oral Health By Alex Panos Staff Writer Students in 4th and 5th grade will receive free dental screenings at Title I elementary schools over the next few weeks. Dr. Willy Winfree of Bell Alton Regional Health Center will travel to Carver, Green Holly, Lexington Park and Park Hall to examine around 700 students. If the dentist determine students need additional care, they will advise the youth to see a regular dentist or make an appointment at the Bell Alton health center. The program targets 4th and 5th graders because it’s the age they have lost most of their deciduous teeth, more commonly known as “baby teeth,” according to Kelly Hall, public school el-

ementary education director. Younger students may be examined on a caseby-case basis as well. The health center was motivated to take action after a child in Prince George’s County passed away from abscess – an infection of the gums – and received a grant after writing a community service proposal. According to Hall, authorities determined the fatality could have been prevented with basic dental care. Joan Jones, Rev. Ruby Thomas and Dr. Deloris Datcher worked together to request the $247,500. The screening is completely visual, students will be asked to “open wide” as Winfree examines looking for abnormalities. Each child, whether or not they receive parent permission to be examined, will leave with an oral

hygiene “education bag” full of toothpaste, floss, brushes and activity booklets. “It’s not going to be threatening or scary,” Hall made a point to emphasis. High school students enrolled in the dental programs at the Forrest Technology Center have the opportunity to observe and possibly assist Winfree during the examinations as a learning opportunity. Winfree will provide the tech students with a tour of the dental program at Howard University, where he is an instructor, as well. When all the organizers are around the table, Hall is amazed what happens. Hall believes Winfree’s efforts contribute to creating “an amazing facility and program to help children all over Southern Maryland. He’s all about helping kids.”

Register for Free Financial Aid Workshops at CSM Jan. 27 College Staff to Assist Students, Parents in Meeting March 1 Maryland Deadline College of Southern Maryland staff will be available to assist students and parents filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at the La Plata Campus during two sessions between 12 to 4 p.m. on Jan. 27. The free workshop is provided as a service to people in the tri-county region who are seeking financial assistance for tuition at CSM or any educational institution for the 2013-14 academic year. “The FAFSA form is not difficult to fill out, but a misunderstanding or miscalculation can significantly impact a student’s eligibility for financial aid,” said CSM Financial Assistance Department Director Christian Zimmermann, who added that attendees should come prepared with information to fill out the form with assistance from CSM staff. Prior to the event, attendees should obtain a pin number and complete a pre-application worksheet through and bring student and parent records such as social security numbers, 2012 federal income tax returns, 2012 W-2 statements and untaxed income records such as Social Security, child

support and veteran’s benefits. Due to rising educational costs and the state of the economy, Zimmermann has seen a significant increase in the numbers of FAFSA applications over the past three years. CSM has seen 56 percent more FAFSA applications submitted between the 2009-10 and 2011-12 academic years. In addition, the number of students at CSM receiving financial aid has increased by 40 percent, from 2,983 in the 2008-09 academic year to 4,163 in the 2011-12 academic year. According to a report in U.S. News & World Report, “Although students have until June 30, 2013 to complete the form, the U.S. Department of Education states that the FAFSA includes a few first-come, first-served federal student aid programs. Therefore, if students wait to complete the form, they may not be able to take advantage of these valuable opportunities.” To avoid missing out on first-come, first-served federal student aid programs and to meet early state deadlines, students should complete their FAFSA forms sooner

rather than later. Maryland’s deadline is March 1, 2013. “Not all scholarships with the CSM Foundation are need-based, however, CSM does require all students to complete a FAFSA as a part of the scholarship application process,” said CSM Development Director Martina Arnold, who added that Feb. 4 through May 31 the online Scholarship Finder will be active for students applying for 2013-14 academic year scholarships. FAFSA workshops will be held from 12 to 2 p.m. and from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Francis P. Chiaramonte, Maryland Center for Science and Technology (ST) Building on the La Plata Campus. To register, send an email to fadasst@ or call 301-934-7531 and press “0” to speak with a representative. For information on financial aid at CSM, visit www. For information on CSM’s Scholarship Finder, visit


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Friday, Feb. 1st, 2013

Show Leonardtown some Love, during First Friday. Fill-out a Love Note at one of the many LBA members to share what YOU LOVE about Leonardtown or your favorite business!

Gotta Love these events for First Friday from 5PM to 8PM

“DOWNTOWN” Knit, Dye, Weave, Crochet, Bead, Felt

BELLARUS BOUTIQUE -- Calling all fashionistas! Take a sneak peek at Leonardtown’s newest ladies retail boutique and meet owner Susanna Kwon. FENWICK STREET USED BOOKS and MUSIC- Special book signing with Sarah

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FUZZY FARMERS MARKET --HEARTFELT celebrates all things

Valentine’s and all types of felting. Watch different techniques for making felt. Make your own felt heart to take home (ages 10 and up).


Organic WINE TASTING! Meet Melissa of Bacchus Imports and sample sustainable and organic wines.


First Friday Dinner Special and kids menu. Kick start your Valentine’s Day and check out the new Oyster Bar! Open every Friday evening during Lent!

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Classic Country French Dining in a casual, relaxing atmosphere. • Piano every Friday and Saturday night • Jazz cabaret/dancing on special evenings • 3-course prix-fixe dinner menu $23.95 available until 6 pm daily and all night on Wednesdays! • $8 lunch & beverage special daily • Sunday brunch á la carte items • “Le Salon” (private room) available


Annual Invitational Show, “Primary Colors” -- First Friday reception in February. Artwork from more than 20 invited artists to include: Pat Beskin, James Bershon, Susan Chappelear, Carmelo Ciancio, Ruth Collins, Stephen Costa, Candy Cummings, Steve Griffen, Martin Hughes, Sue Johnson, Carrie Patterson, Mary Ida Rolape, Tim Scheirer, Mary Ann Schindler, Suzanne Sheldon, Matthew Spaulding, Tammy Vitale, Byron Williams, Daniel Wise, and Alice Yutzy.


Leave the ball gown and black tie at home during TUXEDO “An Informal Affair.” Juried artists from around the region exhibit work in black and white. Opening Reception, refreshments served.


Open House and Class Registration! Watch two art classes in action, create a craft, or sign-up for a workshop or class. Help us celebrate our new location on the Leonardtown Square!





Featured artist for First Friday: Mary Lou Troutman of Dameron. Known for her detailed acrylic paintings of lighthouses, nautical, wildlife and scenic areas along the Chesapeake Bay. Beverly Weaver of Hughesville, featuring smocking, children’s clothes and American Girl doll outfits. Class registration for decorative tole painting with Joyce Owen, stained glass wind chimes with Ardith Young, and a knitting for beginners with Sandy Webb.


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Mechanicsville Elementary School Profile Fast Facts Principal: Jeffrey D. DiRenzo has been principal 3 years at MES. Mascot: Mustang Enrollment: 341 students 28585 Three Notch Road Mechanicsville, Maryland 20659 301-472-4800 • Fax: 301-472-4809 Office Hours: 8:45 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. Student Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

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Mustangs Gallup Through St. Mary’s History Mechanicsville Elementary School, the home of the Mustangs, is located in the northern region of Saint Mary’s County Maryland and is highly visible when traveling on Route 5. This school has a long history in St. Mary’s County that dates back to the late 1800’s. While the external structure of the current school was built in 1951 and has maintained a lot of its charm, we are anything but antiquated. We strive to provide our students with cutting edge educational experiences, as student achievement and meeting the needs of all of our students remain our highest priorities. We are a school of 341 hardworking students and 41 dedicated staff members.

Generations of families have passed through our doors, making our school a true community landmark that has strong parent and community support. Mechanicsville Elementary loves our volunteers and we offer many ways to get involved. Our Parent, Student, Teacher Organiza-

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Continued From Page 14 students to showcase their individual talents including: The Science Club, Lunch and Read Book Club, Elementary National Honor Society, The Math Team, Future Leaders of Our World (FLOW), Robotics, Running Club, Boy’s Club, Green Team, and a student run recess sports league.

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Mechanicsville Elementary also has a strong character development program. Our students follow our three school wide rules: I will be respectful, responsible, and ready to succeed. These measures ensure an ideal learning environment where students thrive. Each school year, our students win

prestigious awards in the areas of writing, art, and scholastic merit. Leadership, scholarship, service, character, and citizenship are the pillars of which our students live by. Countless service hours, boxes of canned goods, and care packages for our troops have been donated through our student volunteers. Our school has been participating in the St. Jude’s Math-a-Thon since 1986 and has raised $42,112.96! Mechanicsville Elementary

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Defense Memo Has Local Contractors, Civil Servants Worried By Guy Leonard Staff Writer A memorandum from Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter has sent ripples throughout the military and defense-contracting industry as it calls for certain cuts in spending and hiring freezes for employees who are not active duty military members. In an effort to maintain wartime readiness, documents, referred to as the Carter Memo, target civilian employees but exempts military personnel from spending cuts. The memo calls for the release of temporary employees and prohibits the rehiring of those on term employment. It authorizes voluntary separation incentives, early retirements and furloughs of up to 30 days. Reductions in the civilian workforce are subject to exemptions for personnel critical to missions and union consultation, according to the memo. Carter responded to Congress’s inability to pass a budget and the possibility of deep sequestration cuts in defense starting March 1. “For now, and to the extent possible, any actions taken must be reversible at a later date in the event that Congress acts to remove the risks I have described. The actions should be structured to minimize harmful effects on our people and on operations and unit readiness,” the memo. The memo goes on to cover a whole range of cuts and cost saving measures including reducing base operating funds, putting a halt to certain travel, training and conferencing expenditures, building maintenance, supply purchases for administrative work. Significantly the memo calls for canceling some maintenance on ships and activity at ground and aviation depots. Production contracts that cost more than $500 million for research and development are also up for cuts. A civil servant who works on the base, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the memo has sparked fear in the civil servant contingent on base as well as the private contractor community. “There’s a lot of people out there, contractors, who are scared,” the civilian said. “They’re concerned about layoffs and the possibility of losing their jobs. They’re also talking about 30-day furloughs for civil servants.” The civil servant said some of his fellow employees have money saved for just such a furlough but their expenses will continue to add up. Right now any non-essential expense was being ques-

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tioned, they said, such as whether it was necessary to take an expensive trip out of state when a conference call with a contractor would suffice. Conference calls “are good tools but they aren’t the same,” they said. The worst part of the process, they said, was the lack of confidence, from the Obama administration on down, to fix the problems of looming sequestration or the mounting national debt. “No one has any confidence the leadership can fix this,” the civilian employee said. County Commissioner Todd Morgan (R-Great Mills) who also works for a defense contractor, said the memo stems from a leadership problem. “We have gentlemen in Congress who can’t get out of the sandbox,” Morgan said. “We have a shortfall of adult supervision.” So far the programs the Navy considers the most important for Patuxent River Naval Air Station, such as the P-8

Poseidon and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, are moving forward he said, but the service is still looking at major problems. “The navy overall faces a $4.5 billion readiness shortfall,” Morgan said. “But there’s been no mention so far of programs being cut. “Our programs are going forward.” Sequestration cuts mean $500 billion in cuts over 10 years, Morgan said, but no one knows exactly how those cuts will be distributed. “It’ll be a jigsaw puzzle,” he said. Del. John Bohanan (D-Dist.29B) said the memo did not actually authorize major cuts but it did tell defense industry employees to prepare for the worst. “A lot of it is preparing for contingencies,” Bohanan said. “It’s prudent to go ahead and do it.” The nation has a whole is facing economic woes, he continued, since it has been taking in 15 percent of its gross domestic product in revenues but spending at the rate of 24 percent. Cuts to make expenditures match revenues would be “catastrophic for the DOD and the economy.” Recent moves in Congress to move sequestration talks perhaps a month or more ahead this year provided some additional revenue and relief for the military, Bohanan said, but the national debt still loomed, with no real solution in sight as to how to pay the nation’s bills. “That’s not any way to run the government,” he said. Glen Ives, former commander of Patuxent River NAS and now working in the contractor community, said the defense industry would know just how bad the situation would be by March 1 when Congress faced a deadline to solve the sequestration problem, also known as the fiscal cliff. If they do not come up with a budget deal, he said, automatic cuts across the board could come to $45 billion dollars alone for the Department of Defense; since the base represented 80 percent of the county’s economy that spelled trouble. “I think that any cuts that cause reductions here would have an impact,” Ives said. “The question is how much impact it will be over how long a period of time. “That’s what everybody’s wrestling with now.” “If I get presented, on behalf of the Navy, with another $500 million or greater bill there are really only two places to go for it,” Mabus said. “One is operations and maintenance. “The other place, if the bill gets too big, is to begin the cut platforms. I don’t want to do either one of those things and I don’t think we have to.”


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Veterans Offered Way To Get Commercial Driver’s License LAUREL, MD - Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown today announced two new Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) services to assist Maryland veterans in their job search options and to provide them easier access to benefits for veterans. Brown, joined by federal, state, local officials and veterans organizations, announced the new MVA services at an event hosted by MVA Administrator John T. Kuo, at the American Legion Post 60 in Laurel, Maryland. “Serving our veterans is one of the most basic obligations we have, and today, we are providing them two more tools to help them succeed in their new goals and career opportunities in civilian life,” Brown said. “These programs provide one more way we can honor our veterans for the sacrifices they have made for our country and for every one of us.” The MVA began offering a veteran indicator on driver’s licenses and identification cards on January 1, in accordance with legislation passed during the 2012 Maryland legislative session. In the first week since the MVA began offering the Veteran indicator, 271 Veterans already have received the new indicator on their driver’s license, ID card or learner’s permit. The indicator provides veterans an easy way to provide proof of their veteran status and take advantage of various veteran benefits, discounts, services and federal and state programs and initiatives. Creating the veteran indicator on the Maryland driver’s license and identification card was a recommendation of the Veterans Behavioral Advisory Board, chaired by Brown. The Maryland General Assembly unanimously passed legislation to allow the veteran indicator on the driver’s license and identification card during the 2012 legislative session. The primary sponsors of the legislation were Senator James N. Mathias Jr. and Delegate Norman H. Conway. Brown also announced that, effective January 1, Maryland is providing veterans a streamlined process to obtain a commercial driver’s license. This expedited process is possible thanks to another effort by the Obama administration to assist veterans. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently adopted regulations, which give states the authority to waive the driver skills test for veterans that is required to obtain a commercial license. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator Anne S. Ferro joined Brown, Department of Defense Training Readiness and Strategy Director Frank C. DiGiovanni, Maryland Veterans Secretary Edward Chow Jr., Acting Transportation Secretary Darrell B. Mobley and Laurel American Legion Post Commander Lee Luby in announcing the new veteran initiatives. “Maryland veterans who can handle large, commercial vehicles, can now benefit from a streamlined process to obtain commercial driver’s licenses,” Ferro said. “This program will assist veterans in their transition from their military to their civilian lives. As more and more troops return home from active duty, the process provides a method to connect them to quality jobs in transportation.”



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America Is On a Downward Slide Staff writer Guy Leonard and several of the letters to the editor in your Jan. 17 edition clearly state some of the facts and folly in the latest gun control initiatives. Mr. Seaborn Jr.’s letter on the disappearing moral compass throughout our government is also correctly focused. A common thread seems to be a fear of our elected officials. I never thought I’d see the day that the general public of this country would fear their government. Obviously, the widespread rush to buy guns, by people of all stripes, some who never had a thought of a gun purchase before government intervention was threatened, is based on a fear of what restrictions their government will impose on them. I also never dreamed I’d be among those who feel I can no longer trust our government. Several years ago I dropped my membership in the National Rifle Association since I thought they were being too rigid and unreasonable in their defense of gun ownership. I have since rejoined the NRA since I have seen how even reasonable regulations can be manipulated to infringe on guaranteed rights and defy

court rulings. The Maryland courts have ruled that Marylanders should be allowed to carry weapons without having to give predetermined reasons but even after the State lost in court the Maryland State Police, probably at the behest of the O’Malley administration, continues to use the application form that eliminates most citizens from qualifying for a permit. Perhaps the name should be changed from “State Police” to “Police State.” Mr. O’Malley says he wants to fashion his new gun control measures after the rules governing driver’s licenses. To have the privilege to operate a motor vehicle there are minimum requirements (age, eye test etc.), there are both written and skills examinations and procedures to take away the privilege for those who violate the rules, but there are more deaths resulting from motor vehicle accidents, even when considered proportionately, than guns ever caused. An automobile, like a gun, never killed anyone by itself but some of their irresponsible operators are the cause of countless deaths, including children, in spite of minimum standards, tests and penalties. The regu-

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from doing something. The real reason is, he wouldn’t recognize leadership if it fell into his lap. Most of the incumbent elected officials who have joined the chorus have the same egg on their face in spite of their recent rebirth in the virtues of more gun regulations. Hypocrites, one and all! Many great cultures have risen to a zenith and then fell into ruin and I fear we are on the downward slide. I consider myself fortunate that I will not likely live long enough to see rock bottom, but I feel for those who will. After this last election, I think the demise is inevitable due to the current demographics that will only become more of a deciding factor in the future. While I can still say it, “God bless America” and I really hope he does because the United States needs something to save it from its government. The latest gun control movement is pure political theater. We have more to fear from our government than we have from guns.

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lations must not be working since motor vehicle deaths haven’t gone away.If Mr. O’Malley wants to save lives he should focus on reducing vehicle accidents. We are told distracted drivers are a frequent cause of accidents but cell phone use while driving is rampant. Either the State Police are blind, indifferent, intentionally not enforcing the law or enforcing it selectively. Another example of why trusting our government to protect us is probably not a good idea. I also find it amusing that Mr. Obama has just recently found his deep seated concern over the perils of gun ownership. Where has he been for the past four years? In spite of several tragic incidents involving gun violence he did absolutely nothing. Could it have been because it wasn’t to his political advantage that he didn’t show his concern? Could it be that he put politics before public safety? What leadership? He has no more executive authority now than he has had for the past four years, which now is the vehicle he has chosen to implement most of his new gun program, so it wasn’t the NRA or the Republican Congress that prevented him

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State, Federal Prison Sentence for Rape Conviction By Guy Leonard Staff Writer A Dameron man accused of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl and a 15-year-old girl pleaded guilty Jan. 18 to second-degree rape and a third-degree sex offense in county Circuit Court. His sentence was waived initially in lieu of a longer term of incarceration he will serve in federal prison for child pornography charges. Last week Judge Michael J. Stamm agreed to a concurrent sentence for Cary Michael Anderson, 33, meaning that his time that was to have been served in state prison would run along the same time he would

spend in federal prison. Anderson was formally accused of the crimes back in February of 2012 and indicted in Circuit Court locally one month later. “I think that is an appropriate sentence for you,” Stamm said. Stamm said he would sentence Anderson at a later date to 20 years for the rape charge and an additional 10 years of the sex offense count. Stamm said that Anderson’s time in federal prison would likely be between 23 to 27 years. The federal system took over the case when it was discovered that Anderson had stored pornographic pictures of the two, fe-

male underage victims on his cell phone, netting him child pornography charges. According to the Bureau of Criminal Investigations, detectives found that the sexual relations with the two girls lasted off and on for two years. Assistant State’s Attorney Joseph Stanalonis said the federal sentencing meant that Anderson would receive all of his jail time since there was no parole in the federal system. Anderson was formally indicted for sexually exploiting both girls in May of 2012, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland.

State Fire Marshals have arrested a woman for allegedly setting fire to her home. According to fire investigators, last November, Mary Ellen Mattingly, 61, of Great Mills used kerosene to start a fire in one of the rooms of her home, eventually spreading to cause about $80,000 in damage. Charging documents, filed by Deputy Fire Marshal Jeffrey Frye in county District Court, state, Mattingly said kerosene was spilt on the floor and that she went for walk. When she returned the fire department was

at the location extinguishing the fire.” Witness statements said it was only a few minutes between the time when they saw Mattingly leave her home on Garfield Street, walking towards Rutherford Boulevard, before they saw flames and smoke coming from the house. “The heater had not sustained any fire damage,” Frye wrote. Frye’s investigation found the mortgage on the house had not been paid in several months. One firefighter was injured in the blaze but he was treated at and released from Washington Hospital Center.

Marko Released on Bond By Guy Leonard Staff Writer The man accused of stabbing another man in a Park Hall bar last November was released on bond after a Circuit Court William Marko judge postponed a hearing for an alleged violation of probation charge. William Marko, who has since been indicted for attempted second-degree murder, is set to have a criminal jury trial starting at the end of April, according to court records. Judge Michael J. Stamm allowed Marko, not currently incarcerated, to remain out of jail on bond. Assistant State’s Attorney John Pleisse told Stamm that the state wanted to see Marko kept in jail prior to his trial. “I feel he’s a danger to the community,” Pleisse said. “I don’t think he should be out on bond, I don’t know how he got out on bond.” Marko is alleged to have stabbed the victim, John Loss, in the back for reportedly being in the way of Marko who was

trying to buy a drink for his ex-girlfriend Dana Dreher, according to charging documents filed by police in county District Court. Marko then fled the scene of the Nov. 15 stabbing, but later showed the knife to witnesses claiming it still had the victim’s blood on it, police said. The victim told police that as the stabbing occurred he could remember seeing Marko and what he wore, a dark suit with a red shirt. Other witnesses confirmed the man committing the stabbing wore a red shirt and dark suit. Police report that the ex-girlfriend initially denied Marko’s presence at the bar and identified him as someone other than the defendant. In a later interview Dreher admitted to police that her ex-boyfriend had been at the bar but still referred to him by another name, police said. When police found Marko and interviewed him he “did not deny stabbing the victim but claims to have been intoxicated during the stabbing and does not recall committing the act,” according to charging documents.

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Dean’s Lifting Community for 80 Years By Alex Panos Staff Writer From the early days as a lumber yard, Dean Lumber Company has evolved through the years to offer a variety of products and services. Founded over 80 years ago by Mervell Dean, the company started as a lumber mill, building homes in the Town Creek area. According to Mike Derby, general manager for the last 31 years, Dean’s began to offer new services during the 1940s in order to stay in business. Dean’s evolved again, this time during the 1970s, to offer “more refined” products to accommodate the public as demands changed again. They have now expanded again, opening a new showroom in San Souci, yet the principle belief of customer service remains as important today as the first day the company opened its doors. Dean’s original location is still a 6-acre full service lumber yard, but the showroom operates on separate hours similar to other retail stores in the area, which Designer Steve Cooper pointed out helps accommodate the clientele even more. On Jan. 19, the company held a grand opening celebration at their new location. Dean’s gave away prizes, served food to the public and showed off a new custom woodwork shop to help facilitate a wide range of design options. “We’re so much more than a lumber

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yard,” Derby said. The service is more personal at Dean’s than a big box store, explained Christy DeMent, marketing manager. At chain department stores, it is likely a different employee will assist the customer each time they come in with questions. At Dean’s, she said, customers can expect to interact with the same designer from the beginning of the project until the end. The company offers custom home

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services, such as remodeling a fireplace, with specialized staff on hand to assist with each project. Derby believes people should consider Dean’s for each project because of their resources on hand and the knowledge each employee possesses. What separates the company from big box stores is the amount of employee experience – the average Dean employee possesses 15 years. Designers Steve Cooper, Brian Connor and Iane Lewis have a combined 43 years of experience remodeling and designing homes. Dean’s prefers to come out and evaluate installation estimates for free, because quoting is a necessary part of the process. “You can’t do the job correctly if you don’t see what you’re working with,” Cooper, a designer with 10 years experience, two with Dean Lumber, said. Dean’s uses relationships with local contractors to specialize and fill customer needs as well. “What we’ve been able to do is take that relationship and help customers today,” Cooper said. “We’re a one-stop shop.” During the grand opening celebration last week, Rob Plant of Blue Wind was on hand cooking and serving gourmet food in the fully functional display kitchen. Derby says they opted for a working kitchen in order to host community functions, support other local businesses and host special festivities in the showroom – cooking demonstrations from local chef’s and wine tasting events will be held in the future. The small-town feel in the showroom overflows into the community. As a family owned and operated company for generations, Dean’s puts a strong emphasis on helping the community more than commercial big box stores, Derby said The company donates materials to Leonard Hall Junior Naval Academy for maintenance and repair, and is active in

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supporting a youth organization called the Eagle Scouts. Dean’s helps build dugouts for youth baseball leagues and maintain fields for pigskin football. “We really focus on the youth,” Derby said. At Greenwell State Park, Dean’s is involved in raising flowerbeds and gardens to make them accessible to handicap people. The company is an active participant with Christmas in April, a volunteer organization that renovates the homes of lowincome families, and with Habitat for Humanity, helping improve homes in Cedar Cove and San Souci. “We want to see our area thrive,” Derby said. “We’ve been supported by this community for 80 years. We believe in the buy local program.” Cooper added, besides running a business, it is important to Dean’s to ensure members of the community experience fulfilled lives. In the future, Derby anticipates the company to continue to add products and features, in order meet the needs of the customers. “It all comes back to customer service,” he said, explaining no matter what services or prices are offered, if customers are not satisfied they will take their

business elsewhere. Customer service correlates to future business as well; DeMent says much of Dean Lumber’s business comes from word of mouth when clients refer friends and relatives to Dean for all their home projects. The company anticipates people will enjoy the new “hands on” facility in an accessible location on route 235 with more convenient store hours. “We’re here from conception all the way through the installation and beyond,” Cooper said; before Derby added 9 times out of 10, customers enter the store unaware of the various products available. Said Derby, “We’re the area’s best kept secret.” Dean Lumber offers installation services including doors, closet systems, kitchens, bathrooms, home offices, kids play areas, cabinetry, countertops and roofing. The original Dean Lumber is on, the new showroom is located at 22630 Three Notch Road in Lexington Park, across the street from San Souci Plaza. Call 301-373-2111 or visit for more information.

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Martin Luther King: A Look at His Life

Martin Luther King, Jr. played a pivotal role in race relations in the United States for nearly a decade. He helped secure the end of legal segregation of African-American citizens, created the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and served as a source of inspiration for black individuals across the globe. Dr. King did not begin his life as a crusader or public figure. He had much more modest beginnings in rural Atlanta. Born Michael King Jr., he was the middle child of Michael King, Sr. and Alberta Williams King. Michael King, Sr. served as pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church upon the death of his father-in-law, who was the church's prior pastor. At this point, the elder king decided to change his name to Martin Luther to honor the famed Protestant religious leader. His son soon decided to adopt the name as well. A religious family, the Kings tried to shield their children from the realities of racism that were alive and well in the country. They believed racism and segregation to be an affront to God's will, and Martin, Sr. discouraged separation of class and taught these lessons to his children. Those lessons resonated with Martin. Dr. King attended Booker T. Washington High School and was so advanced he was able to skip both the 9th and 11th grades. He went on to college at the age of 15, graduating from Morehouse College in 1948 with a degree in sociology. In his junior year of college, King enrolled in a Bible class that sparked a renewed enthusiasm for the ministry.

He later enrolled in the liberal Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester, Pennsylvania, where he received a Bachelor's of Divinity. Later he attended Boston University and earned a Ph.D. at the age of 25. It was during his time in Boston that he met his future wife, Coretta Scott. While he was completing his dissertation work, Dr. King became the pastor for the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church of Montgomery, Alabama. Martin Luther King, Jr. became directly involved in the civil rights movement after the head of the local NAACP chapter in Montgomery met with him on the night that Rosa Parks was arrested for failure to give up her bus seat to a white passenger. Dr. King helped institute the Montgomery Bus Boycott. During this time, African-Americans refused to ride the public bus system in Montgomery. The boycott lasted 382 days. During that time, Dr. King's home was bombed due to his involvement in the boycott, and he was arrested for conspiracy. His work paid off on December 21, 1956, when the Supreme Court ruled that racial segregation on public transportation was illegal. Dr. King promoted nonviolent protests against unfairness to the African-American community, urging civil disobedience and peaceful protests, tenets that formed the basis for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, or SCLC, which he led. He participated in numerous n o nv iole nt

protests and was arrested several times. During one stint in jail, he penned his famous, "Letter from a Birmingham Jail." Dr. King established a relationship with fellow African-American civil rights activist Bayard Rustin, who shared similar interests, including the teachings of Gandhi. Rustin would serve as King's mentor and also was the main organizer of the March on Washington that took place on August 28, 1963. Approximately 250,000 demonstrators were involved in the march, and it was the largest demonstration in the nation's capital up to that time. In front of the Lincoln Memorial, Dr. King issued his famed "I Have a Dream" speech. He later met with President John F. Kennedy to appeal for greater rights for African-Americans and called for an end of segregation. As a result of his civil rights efforts, Dr. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on December 10, 1964, at the age of 35. He was the youngest person ever to receive the honor. He donated all of the prize money to his racial equality effort. Through the late 1960s, Dr. King expanded his Civil Rights Movement to other cities. But he was often met with criticism, especially when he appealed to white middle-class citizens. Many militant black organizations considered King's methods too weak and ineffective. His support was faltering and Dr. King grew weary of marches, jail and protests. However, in April of 1968, a labor strike in Memphis drew King's attention, and he gave a speech about the sanitation labor dispute, which would prove to be prophetic. The next day, on April 4, Dr. King was hit by a sniper's bullet while standing on an outside terrace of his motel room at the Lorraine Motel. King's words from the previous day, including, "I've seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land," were haunting. James Earl Ray was charged with the assassination. In his honor, Americans have celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a federal holiday since 1986. King was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977. Many streets have been renamed in his honor, and Dr. King remains a source of inspiration decades after his death.

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William Victor Adams Jr., 81 William Victor Adams, Jr., LCDR USN (Ret.), 81 of St. Mary’s City, Md. died Jan. 19 at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C after a long battle with lymphoma. Born August 4, 1931 in Queens, N.Y., he was the son of the late William Victor Adams, Sr. and Mignon (Phillips) Adams. In 1948, William graduated from Newtown High School in Queens, N.Y. He enlisted in the United States Navy on Oct. 4, 1948. On Jan. 7, 1954, he married his beloved wife of 59 years, Barbara Benjamin Adams, at Church of the Blessed Sacrament in Johnson City, N.Y. He achieved the rank of CPO in November 1956, Senior CPO in 1960 and was commissioned in May 1962. His specialty was in aircraft maintenance and he served in that capacity while deployed on the USS America and also on the USS Independence. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University in Lafayette, Ind. and a Masters Degree in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y.; both with highest honors. He retired as Lieutenant Commander on May 1, 1978. He started his second career at ManTech as a Senior Engineer-NSATS Ordinance from September 1979 to September 1998. William was an active member of Lexington Park United Methodist Church for 37 years, where he served in many capacities. He especially enjoyed the choir and also

sang many years with St. Maries Musica. He did a lot of volunteer work, including driving for St. Mary’s Transit and Meals on Wheels. He enjoyed volunteering at the Naval Base pharmacy for the past few years, Monday mornings, window No. 3. William especially loved preparing taxes as a volunteer with AARP. His hobbies included woodworking, sailing, reading, traveling, and crossword puzzles. However, his greatest love was spending time with his family. In addition to his wife, William is survived by his children, Suzanne Szollosy of St. Mary’s City, Md., William Victor Adams III (Joann) of St. Mary’s City, and Melinda McClure (Brian) of Sylva, N.C.; his sister, Judith Adams of Live Oaks, Fla.; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild and five nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. Family received friends for William’s Celebration of Life on Jan. 24 at Lexington Park United Methodist Church, 21760 Great Mills Road, Lexington Park. A Funeral Service was conducted by Rev. Doug Hays. Interment followed in the Ebenezer United Methodist Cemetery, Great Mills. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown.

Robert Austin, 83 RMCM(SS) Robert M. Austin, USN (Ret.), 83 of Solomons died December 22, 2012 at his home after a courageous battle with Lewy Body Dementia.

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Bob was born in Birmingham, Ala. to the late Robert P. Austin and Nancy Leona Garrett Austin. Navy days were Bob’s best years. They were when he came of age and when he learned of and developed his skills as a leader. He rode the old diesel submarines out of Pearl Harbor to China, Japan, Korea and points between. He later served a tour at the American Embassy in Oslo in support of NATO. Before retiring in 1968 he served his twilight tour as Command Master Chief at Commander Oceanographic System Pacific. Following a four year retirement during which he attended college, played golf, and supported his wife’s home-based business, he was recruited by a former Navy XO to join Litton Industries (now Northrop Grumman). Transferred from one division to another at a rate that mimicked military changes of station, he retired from the Amecom Division as Engineering Field Program Manager with responsibility for Litton input and customer satisfaction at seven shipyards worldwide. No wonder that he was once introduced as, “… and this is Bob, from the World.” At his request, Master Chief Austin’s cremains will be scattered over the South Pacific from an American submarine, time and location to be determined by the Captain of that boat. He is survived by his wife, Cheryl Austin of Solomons, stepdaughters, Stacey Kennett and her daughter, Hayleigh, of Hollywood, Md., and Thea Noll and her daughter, Maryfrances, of Lexington Park. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Myrtle Lou Austin and niece, Linda Austin, both of Birmingham, and family friends of 65 years, Nancy and Jack Smith of Norfolk, Va. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his first wife, Elizabeth (Betty) Overman, and his brother, Jimmie Austin. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to their incredible home health aide, Val Howell. They are grateful to her for her love and devotion. A Celebration of Life was held at the family home on Jan. 22. Memorial donations may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, P.O. Box 451429, Atlanta, GA 31145-9429 (lbda. org). Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

for City Hall of Vineland, N.J. for 20 years. Mary was a devoted catholic and attended St. John’s Catholic Church, she enjoyed playing bingo and rummikub. The family received friends on Jan. 18 and again on Jan. 19 in the Demarco-Luisi Funeral Home, 2755 South Lincoln Avenue Vineland, N.J.. A Funeral Service was held on Jan.19 at in DemarcoLuisi Funeral Home. Contributions may be sent to Angel Cardona, Jr. Local arrangements provided by Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home Leonardtown.

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David Baker Justice, 55, of Port Republic, Md. passed away Jan. 14 in Prince Frederick. He was born in Norfolk, Va. on July 1, 1957. David worked as a carpenter for many years and loved to build. He also ran an embroidery business, called Biker Patchwork. David likes being on the water and riding his motorcycle. He was loved by many and will be missed by all who knew him. He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Baker Justice, and is survived by his mother, Jacquline Justice of Lusby. He is also survived by his sister, Susan Dugan and her husband James, their children John Dugan and Stephanie Dugan, all of Garland Texas. The family received friends at the Rausch Funeral Home, 4405 Broomes Island Road, Port Republic on Jan. 17, where services were held on Jan. 18. Interment followed in Middleham Chapel Cemetery, Lusby, Md. Memorial contributions may be made to Calvert Hospice.

Mary Carmen Cardona, 72, of Great Mills, formerly from Vineland, N.J., passed away on Jan. 14 in Callaway, Md. Born on April 9, 1940 in Aibonito, Puerto Rico, she was the daughter of the late Juan B. and Silvia R. Perez. Mary is survived by her children: Nancy and Donald Edwards of Great Mills, Michael Cardona of West Deptford, N.J., and Angel Cardona Jr., of Vineland, N.J. Mary is also survived by her grandchildren; Crystal Marie and Ahmad Williams of Pataskala, Ohio, Phillip D. Childs Jr. of Millville, N.J., Estrella Marie and Bryan Strahan of Great Mills, Md., and Peirre Vargas Jr. of Vineland, N.J. Siblings; John Perez of Freeport, N.Y. and, Felicita Hernandez of Orlando, Fla. Mary was proceeded in death by daughter Rose Mary Cardona of Vineland, N.J., siblings; Flavio Perez SR. and Nelson Perez both of Manhattan, N.Y. She worked as a Cashier Clerk

Bunks Joy, 77 Ignatius Samuel “Bunks” Joy, Jr., 77, of Hollywood, Md. passed away on Jan. 14 in Charlotte Hall, Md. Born on July 27, 1935 in Leonardtown he was the son of the late Ignatius Samuel Joy, Sr. and Theresa Frances Johnson Joy. Ignatius was the loving husband of Norma Grace “Sue” Joy whom he married in Leonardtown and she preceded him in death on Jan. 16, 1997. Mr. Joy is survived by his siblings; Margaret Burch (Len) of Riverside, Calf. and Thomas Eugene Joy (Norma Jean) of Hollywood, Md.. He was preceded in death by his siblings; Phillip B. Joy of Hollywood, Md., Elizabeth McCoy of Baltimore, Mary Lillian Dunbar of Fredericksburg, Va., and William McGuire Joy of Mechanicsville. Ignatius graduated from Margaret Brent and was a lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County. He joined the United States Army in 1955 and was honorably discharged in 1958. He worked as a carpenter at Patuxent River Naval Air Station and Indian Head Naval Air Station in civil service retiring in 1997. The family received friends on Jan. 17 in the Mattingley Gardiner Funeral Home Leonardtown. A Funeral Service was held on Jan. 17 in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home Chapel with Deacon Bill Nickerson officiating. Interment followed in Charles Memorial Gardens Leonardtown. Pallbearers will be; Thomas E. Joy II, Wayne Bean, Steve Joy, James Joy, Michael Joy, and William Johnson. Contributions may be made to the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home 29449 Charlotte Hall road Charlotte Hall, MD 20622 and/or Hospice of St. Mary’s P.O. Box 625 Leonardtown, MD 20650.

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John Patrick Kennedy, 50 John Patrick Kennedy, 50, of Callaway, Md. died Jan. 8 at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. Born Oct. 20, 1961 in Washington D.C., he was the son of John Thomas Kennedy and the late Patricia Eloise (Geary) Kennedy. John graduated from Paint Branch High School. He was employed by Harry Lundenburg School as a truck driver, and then by Taylor Gas as a truck driver. He was married to Rosabel Charisma Molina. In addition to his wife and his father, John is survived by his daughters, Gina Patricia Kennedy of Mechanicsville and Brandy Nicole Kennedy of California, Md.; and his sister, Kathleen K. Clark of Tall Timbers, Md. He was preceded in death by his mother. Family will receive friends for John’s Memorial Life Celebration on Saturday, Feb. 9 from 12 to 1 the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown. A Memorial Service will be celebrated by Monsignor Karl Chimiak at 1 the funeral home chapel. Interment will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to the Second District Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 1, Valley Lee, MD 20692 or St. George Catholic Church, 19199 St. George Church Road, Valley Lee, MD 20692. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown.

Virgina Marie Lacey, 83 Virgina Marie Lacey, 83 of Compton, Md. died Jan. 19 at the Hospice House of St. Mary’s. Born Dec. 26, 1929 in Washington, D.C., she was the daughter of the late Thomas B. Kenney and Betsy E. (Dingee) Kenney. Marie loved spending time with her family, friends, and her dog Foxy. She enjoyed having cookouts, eating seafood, listening to old time music and dancing. Marie was a caregiver working at Newtowne Village, Cedar Lane Apartments and other assisted living facilities. She was also a cafeteria worker at Leonardtown High School. Marie is survived by her children, Ann M. Short of Brandywine, Md., Rita F. Smalls of SC, Barbara Daye (Chris) of Maryland, Cheryl L. Bickerton of AL, Scotty J. Lacey (Silva) of Maryland, and Timmy L. Lacey of Compton, Md.; her grandchildren and great grandchildren; and devoted friends Ann and Donald Mattingly of Compton, Md. In addition to her parents, Marie was preceded in death by her husband, John L. Lacey and her siblings, Tommy Kenney, Frances Stokes, Anthony P. Kenney and Theresa E. Smith. Family received friends on Jan. 24 at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown. A Memorial Service was conducted by Reverend Brian Sanderfoot and Deacon Bill Nickerson of St. Francis Xavier Church in the funeral home chapel. Interment was private. Memorial contributions may be made

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Robert Charles Larrabee, 61 Robert Charles Larrabee, LCDR, USN Retired 61, of Lusby, Md., died suddenly on Jan. 12 at Arundel Medical Center, Annapolis, Md. Born Mar. 13, 1951, Robert was the son of the late Robert N. Larrabee and Frances (Train) Larrabee. Affectionately known as ‘Buzzy’ by family, he leaves sons Robert C. Larrabee, Jr., of Lusby and James D. Larrabee, of Oceanside, Ca. Robert is also survived by Sarah and Jon VanDeventer and Meghan Duncan Toffey, all of Lusby; his loving sisters, Gail Ingle (Ron) of Durham, N.C., Nancy Barry (Dave) of Lexington Park, and Joyce Raum (Wendell) of Leonardtown; one niece, eight nephews and thousands of friends. Robert graduated from Chopticon High School in 1969 and soon after enlisted in the Navy. In 1973 he was accepted into the Naval Enlisted Scientific Education Program (NESEP). Through NESEP he graduated from the University of Texas in Austin in 1977 and received his commission as a U.S. Naval officer. He served as a naval flight officer in A-3 Skywarrior (whale) aircraft. He graduated from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Ca. Other Navy assignments took him to Lakehurst, N.J.; Jacksonville, Fl.; Pensacola, Fl.; Guam; and Norfolk, Va. He retired proudly after serving 21 years. After his Navy retirement, he supported various weapons systems and their host platforms for Department of Defense contractors. His expertise included engineering and training other engineers in various technical disciplines and software process improvement. He was a caring son, brother, husband, uncle and father. Robert loved good food and was a self-taught chef, preparing meals that tasted as good as they looked. He was the ‘fun uncle’ for his niece and eight nephews, teaching them all sorts of things their parents preferred they not learn. He enjoyed the outdoors, spending countless hours kayaking and hiking. A huge Bob Dylan fan, Robert owned every song Dylan recorded, as well as a huge collection of books and memorabilia. He proudly administered the oath of enlistment into the Navy for both of his sons. The family received friends on Jan. 18 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. with services at 7:30 p.m. at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, Md. 20650. A Funeral Service was conducted by Rev. Sheldon Reese on Jan. 19 at 10 a.m. at the Hollywood United Methodist Church, 24422 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood, Md. 20636. Interment will follow in Joy Chapel Cemetery. All are invited to a reception at the Loffler Senior Activity Center at Chancellor’s Run Regional Park following the interment. Serving as pallbearers will be Robert Barry, Jesse Barry, David Raum, Leland

Raum, Scott Barry and Abraham “Abo” Raum. Also participating in the funeral service will be Rev. Ronnie Ingle, Jr., Roy Ingle and Robin Wilmoth. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Southern Maryland Office, P.O. Box 1889, La Plata, Md. 20646. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md.

Marie Rosette Proctor, 55 Marie Rosette Proctor, 55, of Lexington Park, Md., (formerly of Aquasco, Md) was called to heaven on Jan. 3 with her family by her side. Marie was born on Sep. 30, 1957 to Junior and Mary Thompson. On Jun. 30, 1982 Marie married the love of her life, Charles “Pete” Proctor. Marie was a loving mother who dedicated her life to supporting and caring for her children. Whenever you saw Marie, you would always see one or more of her children with her. A day did not pass when she was not around children. She was known to “adopt” children as her own; she enjoyed bringing joy to all of her children. Marie was a strong, determined person; there was little that could keep her down. Everyone admired her sense of humor, her infectious smile and her laugh. She was very outgoing, enjoyable, and fun person to be around. You can believe that Marie was the life of the party and enjoyed life to the fullest. In addition to enjoying family, Marie still managed time for interests and hobbies. She loved cooking, cleaning, camping, reading, and talking on the phone with her sisters and brothers. Marie enjoyed watching TV, especially soap operas and old black and white movies. Marie was the nucleus of the family. The family was always around Marie because it was known, if she was near so was food and plenty of it. She never missed a day of being with her family until her declining health prevented her from doing so. Marie is preceded in death by her father Junior Thompson, son Jimmy Proctor, sister Geraldine Thompson, brother Calvin Thompson and niece Laura Middleton. Marie leaves to cherish her precious memory her husband of over 30 wonderful years Pete Proctor, daughter Rose Carroll, son Charles “Chucky” Proctor and step son Jermaine Harley: Four grandchildren Devontai Douglas, Cameron Stauffer, Jermaine Harley Jr., and Nina Harley: one son in law, David Carroll: one daughter in law, Sherie Harley: two sisters Retta Mackall and Catherine Thompson: five brothers James(Fish), Junior, Daniel, James (Hardrock) and John: six sister in laws Joan Jones, Lisa Thompson, June Green, Darlene Proctor, Sherry Thompson and Lisa Thompson: five brother in laws George Proctor, Leroy Jones, Carlos Proctor, Andrew Green, Jackie Mackall: one goddaughter Lynn Middleton: four special children that she raised Daniel( Mark), Michael, David and Amanda Thompson: many nieces, nephews, family and friends. A memorial service is being planned for a later date. Arrangements by Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home, Mechanicsville, Md.

Cecilia Melin Richardson, 69 Cecilia Melin Richardson, 69 of Lexington Park, Md. died December 12, 2012 at St. Mary’s Hospital. Born October 17, 1943 in Los Angeles, Calf., she was the daughter of the late Kenneth Leroy Melin and Pollyanna (Cook) Melin. Cecilia was a registered nurse and was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church in Avenue, Md. She loved her Siamese cat Tai Pe and the colors orange and purple. Her philosophy was if a little bit is good, a lot more is even better. Cecilia is survived by her husband, Ralph Edward Richardson and her siblings, William Melin (Lynn) of Anchorage, Alaska, Pamela M. Coflin (Whitey) of Hollywood, Md., and Mandy Mulligan (Mike Duke) of Leonardtown, Md. Services will be private. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown.

Matthew Louis Suite Jr., 63 Matthew Louis Suite Jr., 63, of Mechanicsville, passed away peacefully at his home on Jan. 22 surrounded by family. Born in Washington, D.C. on March 17, 1949, he graduated from Crossland High School in 1967 and served in the U.S. Navy Air Reserve for six years. Matt owned and operated Waldorf and Charles County Computers for over 25 years. For the past five years he was a devoted employee of Southern Maryland Publishing. In May 2012, he was named 2011 Republican Man of the Year for his support and contributions to the St. Mary’s County Republican Central Committee. He was their treasurer from June 2012 to December 2012. Matt became a member of the Knights of Columbus and was very active in the Southern Maryland community, including the church, fundraisers, charities and social clubs. An avid sports fan, Matt enjoyed supporting and traveling with his sons, friends and their racing teams. He was known as Chef of the Sniper Drag Racing Crew. He also enjoyed football, hockey, NASCAR and passionately supported and shared his daughter’s love for softball. Matt loved music and was a big supporter of local bands, such as Sam Grow Band, Hydra FX and others. Matt is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 44 years Mary Kathryn “Mickie” Suite, father Matthew Louis Suite Sr., brother David Suite and his wife Sandy, sister Cindy Mitchell, oldest son Matthew L. Suite III “Sonny” and his wife Jeannie, son Michael Suite and his wife Brandy, daughter Michele Suite, grandchildren McKayla, Shianah, McKenzie, Olivia and Mason and granddog Paco. His mother Ruth B. Suite preceded him in death. Family will receive friends on Jan. 26 at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church and a Mass at 11 a.m. Reception will follow in the church hall. Memorial contributions may be made to the Matthew Suite Jr. Memorial Fund, in care of County First Bank.


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Cameras Can Snap It if Cars Pass It By Alex Panos Staff Writer Local resident Jason Miller has become quite concerned with negligent driving near his home on Route 5. He has witnessed a number of car accidents outside of his home the last few years, mainly because drivers fail to stop in time for school buses loading and unloading children. Cars whiz past the bus at 50 to 60 mph, Miller said, completely ignoring the flashing signs on the bus indicating to stop. People appear to be preoccupied, not care or not know they need to stop when the bus puts on its lights outside Miller’s home. “Everyday, constantly cars just flying past” the bus, majority of drivers don’t even touch the brakes,” Miller said, claiming three to 10 cars drive past the bus every morning without stopping. “You would think people would be scared to hit a child.” Miller says if the bus was not already on his side of the road, his 11-year-old stepdaughter would not be allowed to cross the street to get to the bus; they would drive her to school or find alternate transportation. One way Miller believes the problem could be solved is the installation of cameras on buses, similar to cameras at traffic lights, an idea local officials have been considering lately. Sheriff Timothy Cameron said they are in the process of seeking grant dollars for a resolution, and are one of many options being tossed around. “We’re moving forward,” Cameron said, explaining the sheriff’s office is working with the Board of Education to fund cameras for the buses. “How long that will take, I do not know.”

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Buses with the most heavily traveled routes and bus stops will be first in line to receive cameras, Cameron said. Motorists are putting themselves, other drivers and children in danger by not following the rules of the road, Cameron said, bringing the issue to the forefront. “It’s a priority with us,” Cameron said. Miller believes the cameras will eventually “pay for themselves” through fines from violators. Additionally after getting caught, Miller believes the

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A horse and buggy tied up to a lamppost behind Charlotte Hall Burger King drive-thru.

penalty for speeding past a bus is so severe a violator will never do it again. The fine for driving past a bus $570 and three points on the driver’s license. “I believe it would be a great remedy source for the county,” he said.

Popping Sodas for Charity

The Chaptico Chargers 4-H Club community service project collected 23 pounds of aluminum flip tabs to donate to the St. Mary's County Farm Bureau. These flip tabs are sent to the Ronald McDonald House Foundation that serves families of seriously ill and injured children being cared for at Children's Hospital. For more information about 4-H contact the University of Maryland Extension 4-H Program at 301-475-4478. (Pictured in photo front row left-right Bridget Cory, Hannah Jarboe, Adam Cory, Emily Baden, back row left to right Rebecca Graeme, Chris Windsor, Gabrielle Cory).


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Library Items Introductory genealogy and photo editing classes offered

Adults can attend an introductory genealogy class to find out where to begin looking for family history information, filling out charts, organizing information, using the library’s databases and exploring useful websites. The class will be held at Charlotte Hall branch on Feb. 6 at 5:30 p.m. Basic computer skills and an email account are necessary. Registration is required. Lexington Park branch will focus on free Internet websites, the library’s databases, Social Security Death Index, and US Census in the introductory genealogy class on Feb. 11 at 5:30 p.m. Knowledge of the Internet is necessary. Registration is required. Adults can explore the basics of using a digital camera and how to make photos spectacular at a class offered at Charlotte Hall library on Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. Registration is required.

Libraries offer evening storytimes and LEGO fun

Lexington Park library will offer an evening storytime on Feb. 6 at 6 p.m. Leonardtown branch will offer storytime on Feb. 5 at 6 p.m. followed by LEGO fun at 6:30 p.m. Charlotte Hall branch will offer storytime at 6 p.m. and LEGO fun at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 7.

Reception for St. Mary’s Camera Club

An opening reception will be held for St. Mary’s Camera Club on Feb. 6 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Lexington Park Library Art Gallery. Club members will have their photography on display at the Gallery through the end of February.

Poets can share poetry

Poets of all ages are invited to come and share their poetry, either original or favorite poems, at the Poetry Open Mic on Feb. 6, at 6:30 p.m. at Leonardtown library.

Childcare providers can register for free training

Two CEUs will be awarded to childcare providers upon completion of the Every Child Ready to Read training being offered at Leonardtown library on Feb. 12, at Charlotte Hall library on Feb. 21 and at Lexington Park library on Feb. 28. Providers will learn simple activities they can do with the children in their care to help them get ready to learn to read. All three trainings begin at 6 p.m. The training is free and registration is required.

Kids can learn about healthy food choices

Jane Kostenko, University of Maryland Extension Food Supplement Nutrition Education Educator, will conduct two Now You’re Cooking sessions each month on the second Tuesday at Lexington Park Library, starting Feb. 12. Children 8-12 years old can drop in and enjoy fun, hands-on activity making and tasting food, measuring sugar and fat in food, or learning to make healthy food choices. The 30-minute sessions will start at 3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.


Sheltering Students from Storms Editor’s Note: Have you ever wondered about the numerous bus shelters along the side of main roads throughout Southern Maryland? Who qualifies for them? Who owns and maintains them? How can I advertise on them? The County Times sent Alex Theriot, our intern and Senior from Leonardtown, to find out. By Alex Theriot County Times Intern While driving down main roads across the county, one can spot small structures, with an assortment of advertisements, facing the road. These structures are known as school bus shelters, used to shield students from the forces of Mother Nature while they wait for school provided transportation on buses. St. Mary’s County Public Schools is home to over 17,000 students whose transportation needs are met either by the county or by their guardian. Buses are made accessible to every student in the county that meet districting requirements but, when inclement weather should strike, Interstate Shelter All is there to save the day. “My father put his first shelter in St. Mary’s in 1962 and we’ve been present ever since then,” says Scott Thorbahn, a second-generation owner of Interstate Shelter All, located in Pennsylvania. Originally started in 1961 by his father, George Thorbahn, Interstate Shelter All has since expanded its business from only school children to serving public transportation and private parochial schools located in the Southern Maryland area. Although there no special requirements or eligibility for receiving a school bus shelter, the process is easy, “Parents contact the school saying that their children or neighborhood’s children are waiting at this certain location for the school bus, the school then gets in touch with me, and then I get in touch with the property owner,” Thorbahn describes. After shelters are set up in the requested areas, Interstate Shelter All maintains the structures at no cost to recipients. “We guarantee that we will maintain that structure every month throughout the year. By that I mean, we will cut the grass around it, sweep it out, clean it out, if it needs painting, we paint it,” added Thorbahn while talk-

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ing about the business’ responsibilities towards school bus shelters. These shelters come free of charge to property owners through funds by advertisers. The advertising dollars help to maintain the structure while also providing local partnerships and opportunities throughout the county. Although advertisements can be seen everywhere on these shelters, appropriate advertising is a strong value for Thorbahn and his business. “We don’t allow the advertisements of alcohol, fire-arms, and tobacco. We don’t feel those are appropriate for a structure around school children,” included Thorbahn. These shelters can be found all over, even expanding to neighboring Calvert County. “We have many shelters… on roads such as St. Andrew’s Church Road and 235,” says Thorbahn. Over the 50 years Interstate Shelter All has been in business, they have expanded their partnerships through Delaware and Pennsylvania while still including shelters located on Maryland’s Eastern shore and throughout Maryland’s Southern tip.

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Friday, Jan. 25 • 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.

Saturday, Jan. 26 • 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. • Appraiser Fair St. Clements Island Museum, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The St. Clements Island Museum will offer expert appraisers to share their knowledge and offer value to your treasured heirlooms, yard sale finds, or curiosities. Bring your paintings, music boxes, small antiques, ceramics, pottery, jewelry and/or

gemstones, and U.S. coins to the Appraiser Fair. First come, first served. Fees and limits apply. Call the museum at 301-769-2222 for more information.

Sunday, Jan. 27 • The Boxcars Perform American Legion Post 238 (Hughesville, Md.) – Noon to 2 p.m. The Bluegrass group, The Boxcars will be appearing Sunday, Jan. 27th at the American Legion Post 238 in Hughesville, Md. Doors open at Noon and the show begins at 2 p.m. with Jay Armsworthy and Charlie Thompson. Tickets are $15.00 per person and sold at the door. For more information go to

Thursday, Jan. 31 • Vital Community Connectors public forum Southern Maryland Higher Education Center - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Vital Community Connectors plans to hold a series of public forums in the coming months. The first public forum will be held on Jan. 31st from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center. At these forums information will be provided about how the Vital Community Connectors broaden and extend that quality of life to all of our citizens through prudent investments in important programs and services crucial to building a dynamic community. For more information please call Joe Anderson at 301-4816350 or e-mail at

Friday, Feb. 1 • Book Signing Fenwick Street Used Books & Music, (41655A Fenwick Street, Leonardtown, MD) – 5 to 7 p.m. Sarah Pleydell will be signing copies of her book, “Cologne.”

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Sunday, Feb. 3 • Community Breakfast at St. John’s Hollywood St. John’s Francis Regis Catholic Church – (Hollywood, Md.) – 8 to 10:30 All-you-can-eat full course breakfast including eggs, pancakes and sausage from 8 to 10:30 a.m. in the parish hall. The price is a donation. Families are welcome. Sponsored by the St. John’s Knights of Columbus.

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Wednesday, Feb. 6 • Business Networking with Calvert Coffee Connections Heavenly Chicken and Ribs - (10812 Town Center Blvd, Dunkirk, Md.) – 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Calvert Coffee Connections will be welcoming new businesses/members to our Inaugural networking event on Wednesday, Feb. 6th from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. There will be a complimentary Wine Tasting & Lite Fare. If you are a small business owner, an entrepreneur, or a professional woman working in Calvert County, Prince George’s County, Anne Arundel County, St. Mary’s or Charles County come meet other businesses and share your product or service with our growing CCC networking group. To attend this event, please RSVP to no later

than Monday, Feb 4th. You may call and RSVP at 410 980 5771 or email and connect on twitter @ConnectCalvert. This will be the first meeting and the first time Heavenly Chicken and Ribs will be hosting. Heavenly Chicken and Ribs is located at 10812 Town Center Blvd in Dunkirk, Md. telephone 410 286 9660.

Thursday, Feb. 7 • St. Mary’s College of Maryland Bruce Reidel Presentation St. Mary’s Hall, St Mary’s College of Maryland - 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Join us for A Joint Presentation by The Patuxent Partnership and the Center for the Study of Democracy at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Bruce Riedel, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Saban Center for Middle East Policy, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Near East and South Asia, Office of the Secretary of Defense “America, India and Pakistan to the Brink and Back: Avoiding Armageddon in Asia” Book signing to follow presentation View bio and excerpt of book on registration website. This is a no-cost program. Seating is limited.

Saturday. Feb 9 • Indoor Yard Sale The Center for Life Enrichment - 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Center for Life Enrichment will again host an Indoor Yard Sale. Hours will be from 8 am – 1 pm. Gently used treasures and your favorite vendors just in time for Valentines Day. We will feature Crafts, Gifts and affordable Jewelry for all the special people on your list. For more information contact Karen at 301-373-8100, ext. 826, M-F, 8 to 4 p.m. • Baseball and Softball walk-in registrations See locations and times below St. Mary’s American Little League American and National Little Leagues will hold Baseball and Softball walk-in registrations on Feb. 9th and 16th at Leonardtown and Esperanza Middle Schools from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Baseball and Softball Fundamentals Clinics and Registrations will also be held Feb. 23rd from 1 to 4 p.m. at Spring Ridge Middle School SMNLL. Baseball only will be held on Feb. 23rd from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Leonardtown Baptist Church SMALL. Baseball and Softball will be held on Feb. 27th from 5 to 8 p.m. at Spring Ridge Middle School SMALL SMNLL (Baseball and Softball) For more information, call: Tim Nelson (SMNLL) at 301737-3247, or Vince Vanoss (SMALL) at 240-538-1802

Sunday, Feb. 10 • All-You-Can Eat Breakfast Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad building, Route 235, 7:30 to 10 a.m. The Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad Auxiliary is sponsoring an all-youcan eat breakfast. The menu will include: sausage gravy and biscuits, sausage links, bacon, scrambled eggs, fried potatoes, pancakes, escalloped apples, chipped beef, assorted juices, coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. The cost will be adults: $9, children ages 5-12 $4, and children under age 5 are free. Carry outs available.


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Tuesday, Feb. 12 • Shrove Tuesday Pancake and Sausage Supper St. John’s Francis Regis Catholic Church – (Hollywood, Md.) – 5 to 7:30 p.m. All-you-can-eat supper will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the parish hall. There will be a choice of toppings. Cost is $7 for adults; $3 under 12, with those under 6 eating for free. The meal is sponsored by the St. John’s Knights of Columbus.

Wednesday, Feb. 13 •Economic Forum Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, 8:15 a.m. to 12 p.m. Register today for the Economic Forum, to be held at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center. Check-in will be from 8:15 a.m. – 9 a.m. and the program will run from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The keynote speaker is Anirban Basu, Chairman and CEO, Sage Policy Group, Inc. The cost is $30

per person for employees of Chamber-member; $45 per person for employees of non-Chamber member companies. Prepaid reservation required. Go to for the event flyer and registration form.

Sunday, Feb. 17 • Quarter Throw Down Auction Mechanicsville Vol. Fire Department – 2 p.m. The Mechanicsville Vol. Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary is sponsoring a Quarter Throw Down Auction Sunday, Feb. 17th. Tickets are $3 each that includes a door prize ticket and 1 paddle. Additional paddles available for $3. Over 70 prizes to be won from Vendors such as, Tastefully Simple, Scentsy, Mary Kay, Miche Bags, and Thirty One just to name a few. Doors open at 1 p.m. with the Auction beginning at 2 p.m. For Questions or to make Reservations call 410-47-2958 or 301-884-5680.

Annmarie Garden: Jan. Events, Classes Jan. 19 – March 24

No registration required. Call 410-326-4640 for more information.

• The Living Gallery Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, daily Visit and engage with artists during the Living Gallery Studio. Annmarie Garden’s Main Gallery will be transformed into artist studios from, 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. The Living Gallery Exhibition will feature works by the participating Living Gallery artists that will take place April 5 to May 19, 2013.

• Wednesday Wine Nights Annmarie Garden, Solomons, 5 to 7 p.m. Annmarie Garden will host Wednesday Wine Nights, the third Wednesday night of each month, on Feb. 20, and March 20. Bring your favorite beverage or snack and get ready to turn trash to treasure as we create home décor, fashion items, and jewelry. Adults only, no registration required. Cost is $7 per person. For more information visit or call 410-326-4640. Plan a fun night out with your friends.

• artLAB New Hours Staring Jan. 4, 2013 Annmarie Garden, Solomons, 2 to 5 p.m. The artLAB at Annmarie Garden will have new winter hours and will be open Friday through Monday beginning Jan. 4, 2013 through March. Should you want to visit during the week (at a different time), group visits for all ages can be organized, simply call 410326-4640 or email to schedule your visit.

• Open Studio Days Annmarie Garden, Solomons, Annmarie Garden will host Open Studio Days in the artLAB by appointment only. If you have want free reign in the artLAB to create, now is your chance. Email or call to schedule your session today. Cost is $7 per person.

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: Walking required.

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 crannies 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)

Saturday, April 13 • A Taste of History: How African American Foods: Influenced Our Modern Cuisine Tours at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. What did people eat during the 1700s? Come learn about the foods that were transported on slave ships during the 18th century and how they influenced not only colonial dishes but our modern day regional foods. Lecture and demonstration to be presented by the Director of Education of Historic London Town and Gardens. Limited to 60 people per session.

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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• artLAB Mom’s Club Annmarie Garden, Solomons, check hours below artLAB Mom’s Club at Annmarie Garden is held on the first and third Monday of each month. These lightly guided sessions will help your child make great art, fun toys, creative costumes, and new friends. This club is perfect for pre-schoolers, ages 3-5. Mark your calendars fro Jan. 21, Feb. 4, Feb. 18, March 4, and March 18, 9 to 11 a.m. Cost is $7 for parent/child pair; $2 for each additional child. No registration required. Call 410-326-4640 for more information. • Homeschool Tuesdays Annmarie Garden, Solomons, 9 to 11 a.m. Annmarie Garden will host Homeschool Tuesdays, Feb. 19, and March 19. Add a little artLAB to your homeschool curriculum as we invent, build, and discover through guided ‘challenges’. Ideal for ages 7-12 years, but all ages can participate. No registration required; $7 for parent/child pair; $2 for each additional child.

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A Black Tie Affair at Opal’s Gallery By Alex Panos Staff Writer For the first time, during February’s First Friday, Leonardtown’s Opal Fine Art gallery will host an art show featuring local talent. A wide variety of art with a mixed array of mediums – ranging from photography, jewelry, sculpture, paintings and ink drawings – will be on display. The one constant is the “tuxedo” theme; every piece of art will only consist of black and white. The different art on display allows the gallery to appeal to a large range of people, says Cynthia Rosenblatt, gallery co-owner. Rosenblatt – a metalsmith who creates pieces ranging from jewelry to small sculpture – and co-owner Angela Wathen – a surrealist artist working in sculpture, photos and paintings – typically focus on bringing out of town artists to feature in their gallery. “We try to pull artists in from out of the region,” Rosenblatt said. “By hosting artists from outside our area, we are able to showcase Southern Maryland’s rich and diverse culture.” Once or twice a year, however, Opal Fine Art hosts local artists. The show is an opportunity for the art gallery to mix it up from typically highlighting out of town artists and showcase the talent of 13 artists, many of which are from Southern Maryland. A panel of judges selected the work that will be on display based on a number of critical elements, and the art is avail-

Photos Courtesy of Opal Fine Art Co-owner Cynthia Rosenblatt, left, guest artist Mindy Camponeschi and co-owner Angela Wathen in the gallery at Opal Fine Art.

able for purchase. “The more variety we have to offer, we are able to reach a broader audience,” Rosenblatt said, adding the show’s theme is a nice contrast from the vivid and colorful art on display opening night last October. Rosenblatt looks forward to the night’s black and white theme, an unusual feature to the area. The works will feature a variety of genres including surrealism, realism and abstraction.

“I really feel we have a number of extremely talented local artists in Southern Maryland,” she said. Patrons will enjoy “Tuxedo” refreshments, served throughout the evening, including dark and white chocolate washed down with champagne as they stroll through the gallery. The event is one of many specials to take place during Leonardtown’s monthly First Friday celebration. Other shops and restaurants in town stay open later and of-


fer special discounts throughout the night. “You can see a variety works at different venues,” Rosenblatt said of First Friday. “And it also highlights the restaurants.” Opal Fine Art is located at 41625 Park Avenue in Leonardtown. The gallery opens at 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information contact Rosenblatt at 302-438-1629.

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• The Piranhas Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood) – 8:30 p.m. • Dave Norris DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 6 p.m. • I Do Music – Piano Performance La Tabella (23154 Wetstone Lane, California) – 5:30 p.m. • Ladies Night with DJ Billy Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) – 9 p.m. • Dave and Kevin Trio Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Solomons) – 6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 25 • Random Impact Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood) – 8:30 p.m. • Portuguese Wine Dinner Tides Restaurant (46580 Expedition Drive, Lexington Park) – 6:30 p.m. • 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 • DJ Billy Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) – 9 p.m. • Dave Norris DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 6 p.m. • Randy Richie on Piano Cafe Des Artistes (41655 Fenwick Street, Leonardtown) – 6:30 p.m. • The Shatners Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Solomons) – 6 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 26 • Fair Warning DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 6 p.m. • Texas Heat Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) – 9:30 p.m. • Randy Richie on Piano California Applebee’s (45480 Miramar Way, California) – 9 p.m. • Karaoke with DJ Tommy T and Friends Cafe Des Artistes (41655 Fenwick Street, Leonardtown) – 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 27

• Sunday Jazz & Requests with Gretchen Richie Cafe Des Artistes (41655 Fenwick Street, Leonardtown) – 5 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 28 • Karaoke Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood) – 8:30 p.m. • Team Trivia DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 6:30 p.m.

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Tuesday, Jan. 29 • Polar Bear Plunge Vera’s Beach Club (1200 White Sands Drive, Lusby) – 1 p.m. • Fair Warning DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 5 p.m. • Ladies Night with DJ Billy Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) – 9 p.m.

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• Open Mic Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood) – 9 p.m. • Karaoke with DJ Harry Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) – 8 p.m. • Mason Sebastian DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 5 p.m. • The Piranhas Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood) – 8:30 p.m.

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• Dave Norris DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 6 p.m. • Latrice Carr & the Muzican’s Den Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Solomons) – 8 p.m.

• Randy Richie on Piano Cafe Des Artistes (41655 Fenwick Street, Leonardtown) – 6:30 p.m. • Mixed Business Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Solomons) – 6 p.m.

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

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Manic Monday Mornings

By Shelby Oppermann Contributing Writer I don’t really mean to annoy my husband, but somehow in the mornings I believe he is just not happy with me. Already this morning I had taken Tidbit out and tried to coax my husband out of our nice warm bed to join us, done some morning stretches while out there (I shouldn’t gloat this was only the first time), put some more Euonymus sprigs in my winter wreath for the front door, ordered space bags, started laundry (could be I annoyed him because of the laundry since the laundry room is directly under our bedroom…oops), made us scrambled eggs, started this article, and sung quite a few songs to Tidbit, amongst twenty other things. So, in other words my joints were working pretty well this morning and I was bouncing off the walls. His only comment to me was, “You are too {darn} happy in the morning.” Well, he said something pretty close to that anyway. As many of you know, with RA, and the other two types I have and the lovely ulcer which comes from the medications, you just can’t be sure how your day is going to unfold. I shouldn’t dwell on it I know but it’s been acting up bad and I’m mad. When I get up and I feel good then I try to do as many things as I can, consequently ensuring that the next day won’t feel nearly as good. But right now it’s a good day. I could hug everyone on the planet, save the world, and I love everyone and everything. I’m going with it. In a little while I will head out to finish using up gift cards, and maybe even decorate the outside of my shop similar to one I love in Old Town Alexandria. Then my husband and I will spend the second half of the day together as we normally do on my Monday’s off. All throughout the day, as often happens on my Mondays, the song Manic Monday recorded by the Bangles in 1986 will play in my head. Though my Mondays are really more like the verse for Sundays, “It’s just another manic Monday I wish it was Sunday ‘Cause that’s my fun day My I don’t have to run day.” I’m continuing last week’s thread on one-day trips, and will have some more local treasures next week. My husband and I enjoy finding new restaurants. When we go to a different town or a different state, the last thing we want to do is eat at a national chain restaurant that we can eat in at home. A week ago, I finally remembered that I had a Sephora gift card from November that I hadn’t used. I found that the closest Sephora location was Annapolis Mall. We headed up there knowing we always have a good time in Annapolis. But where to have a good, reasonable lunch? I ended up asking two shop girls in the Mall for suggestions. Their suggestion? Nordstrom’s Café. The Café is tucked away upstairs; a hidden gem of amazing sandwiches, homemade salad dressings, and great service. I never would have guessed. The last time we were in Waldorf about two weeks ago, again to use another gift card I believe, we passed by a restaurant that I’d really like to try. I mention this to my husband every time we pass it. He is not a fan of Chinese food however. Well, Saturday night when we were over at our friends’ house up the street, my husband and his friend must have talked about said restaurant because yesterday morning my husband said, “You know that Sasquatch Kitchen you’ve been talking about?” There was silence for several minutes on my part as I tried to make some sort of connection. “WHAT are you talking about?!!” I said. He says, “That Chinese restaurant in Waldorf” “Oh,” I said, “you mean Szechuan Garden??” This was said a little louder than what you can read. “Yeah”, he said “Gary said it’s a really good place to eat!” I can’t wait to try Sasquatch Kitchen now. Yesterday, during the Ravens vs. Patriots game I asked my husband a question about Tom Brady: Wasn’t he married to some model? His reply, “Yeah, he’s married to Gazelle, she’s a top model.” There was silence again for several minutes on my part… To each new day’s adventure, Shelby Please send your comments or ideas to: shelbys.wanderings@yahoo. com

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Captain William Smith’s Will, Pt. II Dr. Jenifer’s deposition, continued By Linda Reno Contributing Writer Question: Who was in the habit of managing Captain Smith’s plantation affairs? Answer: His son William was until he got married. After that, Captain Smith’s wife and son Sylvester managed his affairs until Mrs. Smith died. [Margaret Smith died April 1, 1827]. He recalls buying timber from the testator who sent for his son William to price it. Captain Smith accepted half a dollar less for the trees than William had priced it. His sons did not manage his affairs but acted as his agents. Question: At the time of making his last will, was the testator free of alcohol and mentally capable of making a will? Answer: Yes. Deposition of James Richardson: He was present when the last will was made and signed as a witness. The testator was free of alcohol and, in his opinion, was mentally capable of making a will. Deposition of Elwiley Smith: The testator was his brother. In 1817, his brother asked to go with him on his vessel to Baltimore but he refused and Captain Smith became very angry with him. His brother then boarded a brig and arrived in Baltimore about the same time as the deponent. Captain Smith arrived at Fell’s Point and attempted to walk to town…when he fell in

the street in a fit, which the deponent was told by a tavern keeper whom he accompanied to his brother where he found him in a violent fit. He had several more severe fits that day. From that time on, he was in the habit of constant drinking of ardent spirits and had a good many fits before his death. About three years later, his brother was deprived of his sight. He believes that was from the amount of liquor his brother drank and that he was not capable of making a will. He said Captain Smith died January 27, 1829. Reverend Mr. Carberry was sent for a number of times prior to his brother’s death but did not administer the sacraments. He and his brother were on good terms until about a year ago when he was approached by Sylvester to renew a note that he owed the testator. He told Sylvester he would not renew the note, but would pay his father as soon as he heard from Baltimore. Sylvester told him that it was alright; his father did not want the money right then. As soon as he got the money, he went to pay him and Captain Smith told him he had referred the matter to court. Captain Smith seemed sorry he had referred the matter to court. In 1815 his brother had $4,000 in cash and good notes. The deponent made this calculation when he found out his brother intended to bid for Point Lookout. He sold Negroes to the value of $3,000 since he started to drink and has spent more than $7,000 since that time. On March 25, 1829 William L. Smith dropped the case and the will was probated.

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How to Power Up the Nutrition In Your Food By Debra Meszaros CSN Can we actually take any food and turn it into a perfect food? In our quick paced world, it is often difficult to find adequate time to prepare all our meals from scratch. But there are a few simple add-ons to recipes and prepared foods that can greatly increase their nutritional value. Learn the tricks of nutrient enhancement and healthy eating becomes simple. Some view breakfast as the most boring meal of the day, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Protein powders can easily be placed into your recipe for pancakes or waffles. Utilizing a vanilla flavored powder adds, not only flavor, but as much as 20 grams of protein to a standard pancake recipe. Just simply add one to two scoops of vanilla flavored protein powder to your pancake or waffle mix. One of my favorite combos with pancakes is 100 percent pure maple syrup; but taking your maple syrup and mixing it 50/50 with either organic extra virgin coconut oil or flax oil, adds the energizing, metabolism boosting powers of these oils in a true tasty fashion. Don’t be afraid to also add grass-fed butter to the equation. These quality fats will keep you going with sustained energy until lunchtime. Additionally, tossing in the tiny but mighty flaxseed to your pancake or waffle mix supports your heart, cellular, vascular, and blood sugar health. Add them all and I call these Power Pancakes. Eggs are absolutely natures’ perfect food. The egg in its complete form (white and yolk), contains a perfect balance of nutrition for the human body. We can easily dress up that boring egg. Every time you add a just one tablespoon of your favorite vegetable to it, you boost nutrition. Pile on the veggies: Onions, mushrooms, tomato, peppers, spinach, or kale. I call these super-charged eggs. Are you more of the bagel and cream cheese type? Add slices of tomato, avocado, tablespoon of capers, top it all with some wild caught salmon lox. This adds quality fats

and protein to this American classic. Maybe having a morning fruit smoothie is more your style. Adding 1 tablespoon of coconut or flax seed oil to it and you chop the glycemic level in half while providing much needed quality fats.

Fortify your afternoon…

If your thinking a salad can be a boring choice for lunch, think again. There are so many healthy additives that can be placed on top of your favorite greens that it becomes a top choice for versatility and health. Replacing the bread of your sandwich or sub with a bed of lettuce cuts out the simple, weight gaining carbs and adds a broad range of nutrition. You can take the ingredients to your favorite sub and simply chop them up and toss it into your lettuce base. An example would be a Reuben sandwich, chop up that corned beef or pastrami, cheese, sauerkraut, pickles, and Thousand Island dressing. You’d be amazed how good it is. When it comes to soup and salads, nothing beats them for being the most versatile. Packing in nutrition with either is very easy. Flax seed, Chia seed, hemp hearts, and sea vegetable sprinkles are easy add-ons. Chia seeds alone are said to have two times the protein of any other seed or grain, five times the calcium of milk, two times the amount of potassium than a banana, three times more iron than spinach, and three times the anti-oxidant strength of blueberries!! Not bad for a little seed. Just a tablespoon of your favorite seed or nut to your salad gives an additional nutritional punch. When it comes to nutrition, the small things you do at each meal, can add up big time by the end of your day.

Closing the day in a healthy way….

After a hard day of activity, your body clock is ready to prepare you for replenishing, rejuvenation, and repair. Dinner should be relaxing and not rushed. Hopefully you’ve eaten adequately during the day to avoid over-eating at dinnertime. Try to also avoid sugar-based foods in the evening hours, as for many this disrupts the sleep cycle. The rejuvenation and repair your body has planned for you while you sleep is dependent on protein; be sure protein is part of this meal. Sprouted brown rice, quinoa, beans and legumes added to soups, whether homemade or store bought, add fi-

ber and nutrients. Similar to breakfast, adding a tablespoon of some of your favorite veggies to your salad is beneficial. There are also huge benefits to creating your own salad dressings; for the most part homemade salad dressings are quick to make and are healthier. Almost every common store bought salad dressing is made with inferior oils. Most commonly, you’ll find soybean and canola oil as the main base in most dressings. Corn and soybean oil are usually genetically modified oils, which many believe to be unhealthy. Simply switching that oil to olive oil and you create a much healthier choice of dressing. If you still feel you cannot prepare your own dressing, here’s a simple trick that’s the next best thing; drain the existing oil out of the store bought dressing and replace it with your olive oil. If stir-frying is a favorite, try frying with coconut oil, it adds quality fats to the diet. Even a pinch of your favorite herbs added to anything, has qualities the body can utilize. So experiment, because doing a pinch here, and adding this there, means you’re on your way to powering up your food! ©2012 Debra Meszaros All rights reserved; no duplication without permission. DISCLAIMER: When you read through the diet and lifestyle information, you must know that everything within it is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. I am making no attempt to prescribe any medical treatment. You should not use the information here for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem or for prescription of any medication or other treatment. The products and the claims made about specific products have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. You should consult with a healthcare professional before starting any diet, exercise or supplementation program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem. Confirm the safety of any supplements with your M.D., N.D. or pharmacist (healthcare professional). Some information given is solely an opinion, thought and or conclusion based on experiences, trials, tests, assessments or other available sources of information. I do not make any guarantees or promises with regard to results. I may discuss substances that have not been subject to double blind clinical studies or FDA approval or regulation. You assume the responsibility for the decision to take any natural remedy. You and only you are responsible if you choose to do anything with the information you have read. You do so at your own risk. Use your intelligence to make the decisions that are right for you. Consulting a naturopathic doctor is strongly advised especially if you have any existing disease or condition.

Vitamins and Cancer Prevention People take daily vitamin supplements for a variety of reasons. Many believe that vitamins will serve as an insurance policy of sorts should they not be consuming the necessary vitamins and minerals through their diets. Others believe that vitamin supplements will ease certain ailments or help prevent diseases, such as cancer. Beliefs such as these have helped the dietary supplements business become a billion-dollar industry. There have been many clinical studies conducted to look into the correlation between vitamin supplements and the prevention of certain types of cancer. Understanding the results can be confusing. There is no magic formula for consuming a broad-spectrum vitamin supplement to serve as a blanket remedy for preventing cancer. However, there have been some studies that show certain vitamins may help lower risk for specific cancers. For example, a study published in 2010 found women who had high levels of vitamin A and C in their bodies, whether from diet or supplement use, had fewer cases of cervical cancer compared to women with lower levels of these vitamins. Vitamin B6 has been known to have various ben-

efits, including reducing a person's risk of developing lung, breast and colon cancer. Those with high blood levels of B6 have a lower risk, but there is no proof that taking B6 supplements will have the same benefits. Some studies indicate that vitamin E supplements may reduce men's risk of developing prostate cancer. Studies in the 1970s suggested that high doses of vitamin C could be an alternative cancer treatment, says The Mayo Clinic. These findings were debunked when it was discovered the research methods used to reach the conclusions were flawed. Subsequent studies did not corroborate the 1970s results. However, more attention is now being paid to administering vitamin C intravenously, which has different effects than when the vitamin is taken orally. Until clinical trials are completed, researchers cannot say for sure if intravenous vitamin C will be the new all-natural cancer cure. It is important to note that taking vitamin supplements at the suggested levels recommended should be relatively safe for most people. Individuals should not super-dose vitamins in an effort to achieve better health results. Also, people

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

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A View From The

Bleachers Arranged Marriage is a Toxic Relationship

By Ronald N. Guy Jr. Contributing Writer

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It’s been two-plus weeks since Robert Griffin III’s catastrophic and wholly avoidable knee injury. I should move on, but I’m still steaming. My caldron of rage has slowed, though, from a rolling boil to a steady simmer. I’m done lamenting about RGIII’s stubborn hero-complex, raging against Mike Shanahan, being irritated by anyone named “Mike” and wondering whether Dr. James Andrews, the team doctor for the football club in Washington whose name I can’t bear to speak, was more concerned with managing RGIII’s injury or recklessly breaking down an elite athlete and scoring another high-profile client. So I’ve made progress. I think. Although writing about the same topic in consecutive columns – something I can’t ever remembering doing – speaks to a lingering scab. To my credit (maybe?), I’m beyond the specifics of this Shana-man-made disaster and am at a more philosophical level. The altered perspective hasn’t done much to calm my nerves; to the contrary, it’s shoved my nose into a broader problem I’ve been reluctant to acknowledge. RGIII’s gross and willful mishandling isn’t just a singular event; it’s an exclamation point in degradation of the original love of my life into a wholly toxic entity. The aforementioned nameless Washington-based professional football team was my first “bride.” Considering the family that raised me, I had no choice in the matter. It was an arranged marriage. I have no recollection of my “wedding day” because it occurred before my infant brain was capable of forming long-term memories. I hope everyone had fun. For the first 25 years of my life things were fabulous. My sports-bride was a source of pride and bravado and took me places – celebrating multiple championships – where few fans have gone. Best I can figure, that all changed on April 6, 1997, the day Jack Kent Cooke, the owner of the team, died. The headline in The Washington Post read “Redskins Lose

Guiding Force” (they said the “R” word, not me). The headline has proven prophetic. Under Cooke, the Washington area football team was one of the elite organizations in the NFL and a destination that enhanced the careers of its players of coaches. Since Cooke’s death, the franchise has devolved into a place where careers are diminished and reputations are sullied. An overstatement? Unfortunately, it isn’t. Think about it. Steve Spurrier arrived as an offensive wunderkind and exited as a cartoonish and catastrophic failure. Jim Zorn, Seattle’s quarterback coach, was hired as offensive coordinator in D.C. then awkwardly over-promoted to head coach. The position overwhelmed him and ruined his progression within the coaching ranks. While with the Broncos, Clinton Portis was on his way to the Hall of Fame. Instead it’s Champ Bailey, the guy the team jettisoned to acquire Portis, who will be entering the Hall. LaVar Arrington’s and Chris Cooley’s careers were truncated by injury mismanagement (sound familiar?). Brad Johnson and Stephen Davis, once exiled in D.C., appeared in Super Bowls with other squads. Is Mike Shanahan circa 2009 or 2013 better? Right…Shanahan 2009. Even the immortal Joe Gibbs returned only to dim his once irreproachable legend. So is it any surprise that RGIII, the franchise’s single most important player since Sammy Baugh, has had his career arc flattened? I almost feel like he’s owed an apology for being drafted by this team. Sure it was a great season, but does any fan of the nameless team even care that it won the division? Only the ‘Skins – there, I said it – could render the team’s first NFC East Division title since 1999 a bittersweet, if not regretful, accomplishment. What do I do with this toxic relationship and insufferable spouse of mine? Am I considering a divorce? Mmmm…no. I’m not capable of such crass action. But I can’t keep living this way (said with soap opera-worthy drama). I suppose all marriages go through these periods. The offseason will provide some much needed time apart. I’ll reassess my feelings when RGIII returns in 2013…whenever that is. In the meantime, I’m going to channel the spirit of Jack Kent Cooke from the beyond to revitalize my commitment. Strange? Yes, but cheaper than therapy. Send comments to


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St. Mary’s Department of Aging Programs and Activities

“What’s Happening with your Loved One?”

On Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 1 p.m., a Mental Health Awareness presentation will be conducted by Julia A. Ohman, B.A., CSA consultant at the Northern Senior Activity Center. Ms. Ohman will give a quick overview of age related cognitive changes and dementia. Learn how to recognize behavioral and emotional changes in someone as well if there are deeper mental health concerns. Learn how situational pressures, prescription medications and other issues can trigger or worsen conditions. Learn when and how to respond and when to seek outside help. A Question and answer time will be available. To reserve a seat, call 301-4754002, ext. 1001. Space is limited.

Beginning Bridge

Offered at the Garvey Senior Activity Center on Wednesdays Feb. 6 through Feb. 27 from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Beginning Bridge is designed for the player with little knowledge of Bridge. It will focus on the fundamentals of counting points, bidding and playing your hand to make your contract. The fee is $5. To register, call 301-475-4200, ext. 1050.

Love Day Celebration On Tuesday, Feb. 12

Get your tickets now for this popular party at the Loffler Senior Activity Center. The fun is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Our in-house chef Joyce will be cooking up Sweet Spiral Ham, Romantic Ratatouille, Cuddle-Up Comfort Corn, Lucky-in-Love Juice and Tempting Tasty Black Forest Cake. Fun events will include music by our favorite DJ Mean Gene and the “King of Love” pageant. This is a ticketed event with a suggested donation of $8. Only 100 tickets will be sold and tickets sell out quickly. For more information

call, 301-737-5670 ext. 1658.

AARP Tax Assistance

AARP Tax Assistance is available at each senior activity center beginning Feb. 4. Please call 301-8848370 to make an appointment. No calls after 7 p.m. Appointments will be available at the following locations and times: Garvey Senior Activity Center (Leonardtown). Tuesdays 9 a.m. to noon; Thursdays 2 to 4 p.m. Loffler Senior Activity Center (Great Mills). Mondays 1 to 3 p.m.; Thursdays 9 a.m. to noon Northern Senior Activity Center (Charlotte Hall). Tuesdays 9 to 11 a.m.; Thursdays 1 to 3 p.m.

Valentine’s Day Knot Bracelet

Make a knotted bracelet at the Garvey Senior Activity Center on Friday, Feb. 8 at 10 a.m. Two types of knots, which are symbols of everlasting unity, are showcased in these colorful bracelets: the cross knot and the overhand knot. The cost is $3 per person. To sign up, call 301-475-4200, ext. 1050.

Learning is ForEver (LIFE)

Get ready, get set, GO…to your local senior activity center after Feb. 11 to pick up the Spring 2013 LIFE booklet of classes. Registration opens on Monday, Feb. 25, and will be taken on a first-come, firstserved basis either through the mail or walk-in at the senior activity centers. Classes fill quickly, so don’t delay. Many exciting, interesting, educational events are planned such as a tour of the U.S. Capitol and Library of Congress; Surratt House; Dr. Samuel Mudd Museum; National Air & Space Museum; Newseum; Nobella Alpaca Farm and more. Be sure to pick up your booklet as booklets will no longer be mailed. They are also available on-line at www.stmarysmd.

com/aging. Call 301-475-4200, ext. 1063 with questions. And remember, learning is forever.

Northern Breakfast Café

Let us do the cooking and cleanup in the morning while you enjoy a great start to your day and good conversation with others. On Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 9 a.m., enjoy scrambled eggs, ham, and sweet roll. Breakfast is homemade by the Northern Senior Activity Center’s Senior Council and served with complimentary beverages. Cost is only $2 per person. Sign up and payment is due by noon the day before. Please call 301-475-4002, ext. 1001 with any questions.

Learn More about your Hearing Aid

Do you have trouble figuring out how your hearing aid is supposed to work? Do you not use it because it’s so complicated? If your hearing aid is 5 years old or less, this class is for you. The folks from Professional Hearing will be at Loffler Senior Activity Center on Friday, Feb. 8 at 12:15 p.m. Among the things they can show you: cleaning and maintenance, changing your battery and how to put it in. To sign up or for more information on this class call 301-737-5670, ext. 1658.

Make a Pie in a Jar

Mason jars are so popular these days and are being put to many good uses- including individual pie bake ware. Make a little apple pie to take home and bake for your dessert or freeze it for another time. These cute little wonders can be given as a gift, too. This session will take place at Loffler Senior Activity Center on Friday, Feb. 8 at 10:30 a.m. Cost is $4 and includes everything you need. To sign up or for more information call 301-737-5670, ext. 1658.

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.

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Senior Care Experts Give Tips for Flu This flu season is shaping up to be one of the worst in decades – with the Centers for Disease Control already reporting widespread outbreaks in many states. While anyone can get the flu, seniors are especially susceptible to the virus and are at greater risk for serious flu-related complications that can lead to hospitalization and even death. Ninety percent of flu-related deaths and more than half of flu-related hospitalizations occur in people age 65 and older. “The flu can be very dangerous for seniors, so we are concerned about this recent outbreak,” said Jeff Huber, president of Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care franchise network. "We encourage seniors and their families to take extra precautions to protect themselves from the virus.” To fight the flu, senior care experts recommend the

following: Get a Flu Shot: Experts strongly encourage all seniors and those in frequent contact with seniors to get vaccinated if they haven’t already done so. Medicare covers one vaccine per flu season. Practice Good Hand Washing: Wash hands with soap frequently, especially after coughing or sneezing. If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Cover Coughs and Sneezes: Droplets from a sneeze or a cough can travel up to six feet. Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and dispose of the tissue immediately. If a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into the elbow, not the hands. Stay In to Stay Well: If there’s an outbreak in the area, avoid trips to crowded shopping centers or com-

munity events. Avoid Contact: Those with flu-like symptoms, especially school-aged children, should avoid contact with senior loved ones. Enlist the help of friends, neighbors or professional home caregivers to take over caregiving responsibilities, if necessary. Rest Well, Eat Well: Get plenty of sleep, drink plenty of fluids and eat healthy foods. Experts also recommend a diet rich in Vitamins C and D and plenty of exercise. If senior loved ones begin to show symptoms of the flu, contact their health care provider immediately. Antiviral medications (like Tamiflu) are available to help make symptoms less severe. For more information about senior and caregiver well-being, please visit

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