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Animal Control: Horse Rescue Under Investigation By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Animal control officers removed a horse and pony from a Mechanicsville home last week after finding that the horses did not have adequate shelter, Director of Animal Control Tony Malaspina said. Jennifer Hurry, the operator of the site, was given a citation by animal control officials for not providing appropriate shelter,

Malaspina confirmed. He said animal control officers are still investigating whether Hurry is working as a legitimate horse rescue operation. “I’m sure in her eyes she is,” Malaspina said, adding that Hurry’s operations had been the source of various complaints over the past year. One horse remains at the location, he said. “It’s borderline between having proper

care and not having proper care,” Malaspina said of the third animal. He said that when animal control officers went to Hurry’s residence that none of the animals appeared to be suffering from neglect. The horse and pony were being housed at the Tri-County Animal Shelter but were later moved to a farm, Malaspina said. According to Maryland equine standards a horse shelter must have at least three

sides and a roof, Malaspina said, but a tree can also be considered shelter if it provides enough cover. He said there was a tree around the pen but it did not provide enough cover. When The County Times went to the site on Finch Court, Hurry declined to give any comments for the story.

Medical Arts Building for Great Mills By Guy Leonard Staff Writer A dialysis center is considering renting space in a proposed three-story medical building slated to replace the Cherry Cove Property Management near Chancellors Run Road, according to Robin Finnacom, director of the county’s Community Development Corporation. “It just reinforces the fact that quality office space on Great Mills Road will attract great tenants,” Finnacom said. Lexington Park, along with Great Mills and Park Hall, recently became one of five state designated health enterprise zone, which includes funding to address disparities in access

to health care based on race, socioeconomic status and ethnicity. Cherry Cove owners have plans to redevelop an entire 86-acre mobile home community off of Great Mills Road, turning it into single-family homes and work force housing. The first part of the project will be a medical arts building, county officials said. The three-story structure will include a medical office, Finnacom said, and Cherry Cove has received numerous calls from medical professionals expressing interest in renting space there. The entire East Run project will go forward if the economic conditions are right, Finnacom said. Future plans include a pharmacy at the intersection of Great Mills Road

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and Chancellors Run Road where a gas station once stood. A day care facility that would serve primarily the needs of the nearby community is also part of the plan, she said. East Run LLC, which operates under the auspices of Cherry Cove Property Management, would demolish the current mobile home park and replace it with 129 single-fam-

ily homes, 527 apartments and 81,000 square feet of commercial space according to the plan under consideration. The demolition of the trailer park would mean the displacement of up to 700 residents although residents would have the opportunity to move into new housing opportunities there.

Planning Commissioner Wants Promises in Writing By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

After lengthy debate Monday night over a proposed new shopping center at the intersection of Route 4 and Three Notch Road a majority of the county Planning Commission voted to approve a concept site plan. The project is proposed for the old, now vacated Burke’s Mobile Home Park on St. An- Concept art from the developer of the planned St. Mary’s Marketdrew’s Church Road and has place project in the process and must still go through a been stalled since 2005 when the original developer planned to put 121,000 detailed site plan process that must get the approval of the Board of County Commissquare feet of retail space there. The new owner of the land, Klein En- sioners before construction. Planning Commission member Shelby terprises out of Baltimore, plans just 96,000 square feet of retail space spread across five Guazzo said she and two other members, both women, voted against approval, makbuildings with a central parking lot. The buildings are set to house a gro- ing the vote a 4-3 split. Guazzo is concerned the developer cery store, bank, restaurant, pharmacy and didn’t put into writing commitments to space for other retail establishments. The developer plans three access points complete all improvements. Furthermore, she is worried about the to the site, one of which will cross a county right-of-way from Three Notch Road that increased traffic at what she called “the county’s most important intersection,” leads directly to the shopping center. The others include one on St. Andrew’s which is currently stressed. “It’s vital we keep traffic service there Church Road and a connector between the Sturbridge community and the First Colony excellent,” Guazzo said. “We were very shopping center portion of FDR Boulevard. concerned this was a rush job.” The strip mall running along Three The developer is essentially building another section of the long anticipated coun- Notch Road would be eliminated but the tenants could move into the new retail space, ty road, county planners said. “They’ll be completing that section,” Berry said. The developer will deed the cleared said county planner Dave Berry with the Department of Land Use and Growth Man- space to the state and would remain undeagement. “That’s in the plan, that’s not a ver- veloped with the exception of a hiker-biker trail, built behind a stand of trees running bal agreement.” By having that aspect of the project in parallel to Three Notch Road, Berry said. The first phase of the project is set to the concept site plan, Berry said, the developer is essentially locked in to completing be a pharmacy, according to the concept site that section of the road as a condition of plan. approval. The concept site plan is the first step


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Leonardtown Wharf Project to Bid By Guy Leonard Staff Writer After unveiling their plans for the property at the Leonardtown Wharf property late last week Town Council members say their search for qualified developers and their plans will scour the state and nation. The town’s request for proposals from developers will include a request for qualifications, said council member Hayden Hammett, who views the development of the property as key to boosting the economic development of the town. “The idea is to bring people all the way through the town by traffic and by boat,” Hammett said at Monday’s town council meeting. At the center of the development is a planned 5,000 square-foot restaurant and one or two shops; the restaurant would have a second floor to act as meeting space, effectively doubling the square footage. Mayor Dan Burris previously said the development would not take up any of the


Public Forum on Fracking Scheduled By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

community parkland that has become a popular attraction in town. The original plan proposed by a Savage, Md. consulting firm had the restaurant set back from Washington Street with two buildings for commercial enterprises. The most recent iteration cuts out the building closest to the boardwalk to make way for more parking. The requests for proposals and qualifications are expected to go out in the next 30 to 60 days, Hammett said.

While there is little possibility of a fracking operation occurring in St. Mary’s County or Southern Maryland, some in the environmental community are worried. St. Mary’s College of Maryland, along with environmental groups and energy industry representatives will hold a public forum on the possible impacts of fracking and liquid natural gas exports. Fracking is the process of using hydraulic pressure to crush slate and bedrock to release natural gas for energy consumption. “There is the concern that fracking may impact the Chesapeake Bay watershed,” said Bob Lewis, executive director of the St. Mary’s River Watershed Association. “It is an environmental issue. It’s a quality of life issue.” Lewis said that the association has not taken an official stand on fracking but may do so after the forum. Currently the state has engaged a moratorium on fracking but there is still the prospect of such operations

starting up in the northern and western regions of Maryland. Lewis said that the abundance of natural gas nationwide has led to cheap energy costs in that portion of the market but that could change if liquid natural gas exports become a reality. “It could drive energy prices up,” Lewis said. “We’re concerned and we want to learn more.” Michael Cain, professor of political science and head of the college’s Center for the Study of Democracy, said that despite the controversy over fracking and exporting liquid natural gas, the state was uniquely suited to benefit from it. The Dominion Cove Point facility in Calvert County, which allows for the importation of liquid natural gas was just one aspect. There was also the oil pipeline in Piney Point, he said. “We have the capacity on the Chesapeake Bay to export liquid natural gas,” Cain said. “And it would provide jobs.” The forum is set for Feb. 25 at 5:30 p.m.

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Job Source Available for Sequestration Fallout By Guy Leonard Staff Writer The Southern Maryland Job Source program has helped 3,000 St. Mary’s County residents in their job searches this past year at its local office at the Joseph Carter Building in Leonardtown, Director Ruthy Davis told the Board of County Commissioners Tuesday. The program is part of the state mandated Workforce Investment Board which helps to bolster employment in the region. Davis said Job Source spent $15,000 to help train the unemployed so far – those who have recently lost their jobs or are under employed. The looming threat of sequestration cuts could severely curtail local incomes dependent on the defense industry, Davis said. Helping professionals find new jobs or get back to work means the job source program will become even more important. Special assistance is available for certain professionals laid off within the past 12 Photo by Guy Leonard months, connecting them local industries or Commissioners Todd Morgan, Cindy Jones, Larry Jarboe and Dan Morris talk with Job Source with business opportunities in another state. Participants in this particular program director Ruthy Davis and program member Ken McDowell after touring the Mobile Career Center must be laid-off within the last year, earn at Tuesday recreational vehicle equipped with computers and Internet access least $40,000 with their last employer and be a resident of one of to help job seekers with their employment searches. the Southern Maryland counties. The Mobile Career Center is equipped with 10 computer sta“We have a great statistic to go with that, that the profession- tions for job seekers; it was purchased in 2010 with federal Amerials get a job within four to six months as opposed to the national can Recovery and Reinvestment Act. average of 19 months,” Davis said. The Job Source program is mobile, a renovated and revamped

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Ringing in a New Chapter St. Francis Xavier Has New Bell By Guy Leonard Staff Writer One of the oldest Catholic churches in Maryland commemorated 350 years of service by ringing in its next chapter of work. The St. Francis Xavier Church in Newtown Neck took possession of a newly forged bronze church bell on Christmas Eve morning and had it installed Jan. 31, blustery and cold conditions not withstanding. “They had to muscle it in there, but everything worked out,” said the parish priest Rev. Brian Sanderfoot. “The new one’s in and ringing.” The new bell, weighing in at about 235 pounds, replaces the older 250-pound iron bell that had been hanging in the church’s tower. McShane Bell Foundry in Glen Burnie forged the bell for the churches 350-year anniversary. Bells are special in the Catholic Church, Sanderfoot said, as their tolling signals not only the call to prayer but helps be-

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Born A Service Pro By Alex Panos Staff Writer “We don’t want to be good, we want to be the best in the field,” said Vince Whittles, owner of St. Mary’s and Calvert Servpro cleaning and restoration. “We’ve raised the bar of the service industry.” His first customer in 1984 is still a customer today, and Servpro, which started with three drying fans, now has over 500 and the ability to clean any building in Southern Maryland. Whittles can call other individually owned and operated Servpro’s around the country to help in time of a crisis. During Hurricane Irene, Servpro sent an additional 50 units to Maryland. “We brought in [crews] that worked directly with our office… basically allowing us to quadruple our capacity to provide service,” said Chad Day, general manager. “That was made possible by personal relationships with other franchise owners that were developed as a result of the number of years that Vince has been in the Servpro organization.” As a teenager Whittles worked part-time for the Montgomery County Servpro as a helper washing winServpro owner Vince Whittles, left, his wife Sherry and stepson, General Manager Chad Day.

dows and cleaning carpets. He spent the rest of his time either helping his father as a bricklayer or playing sports. He worked for his brother’s Servpro in Annapolis after graduating from college, and a year later opened his own office in St. Mary’s where he built the business from the ground up. For 12 to 14 hours a day, Whittles was knocking on doors, restoring homes and expanding his company. “I was definitely an outsider,” recalled Whittles of his arrival to Southern Maryland, noting eventually people finally started calling the office. “Once we got in the door, we made sure people weren’t going to use the

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Telephone “Kidnapping” Extortion Scam On Feb. 11 local law enforcement received six calls from concerned citizens who had received telephone calls from a man asking vague, personal questions regarding their family members. The man claims their family member was involved in a motor vehicle accident with his relative. The man tells the victim he is holding their relative captive until a family member goes to a local Western Union or some other money wiring service and wires money to him in the amount of the vehicle damages caused by their relative. The “damage” is usually several hundred to several thousands of dollars. Thus far, all calls have come from a 301 exchange. This kidnapping extortion scam is very similar to extortion scams, which occurred recently in Miami, Florida, Middlesex County, New Jersey and Martinsburg, West Virginia in late 2012 and early 2013. See below websites: html?nav=5006 These calls are very alarming. Should you receive a similar phone call claiming a family member is being held captive, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office recommends: Use caution and DO NOT divulge any personal information regarding yourself or any of your family members; Ask probing questions of the caller and gather as much information about the caller as you can; • Have the caller describe your family member, the vehicle you family member was allegedly operating, and where/when the accident occurred, etc.; • Attempt to contact and/or account for relatives; • DO NOT wire any money and contact the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office or your law enforcement immediately.

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On Feb. 10 deputies responded to a residence on Glouchester Court in Lexington Park for a report for a disturbance. Investigation revealed Carroll Michael Milburn, 29 of Lexington Park was engaged in a verbal dispute with the victim, which escalated into a physical assault when Milburn struck the victim in the face, ribs and head. Milburn was arrested and charged with second-degree assault.

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Police: Spike in Shootings Appear Unrelated By Guy Leonard Staff Writer St. Mary’s County police have yet to make any arrests in three shootings – one deadly – marking the week as one its most violent weeks in recent memory. The latest shooting occurred Monday at Coronado Drive in Great Mills about 1 a.m. with the victim being shot multiple times. The victim, a 23-year-old male, had to be flown out by state police helicopter to a trauma center for treatment. The victim has refused to provide information on the altercation or who the suspects are in his shooting, police said. Detectives said an altercation between the victim and the first suspect erupted and then a second suspect arrived and fired several shots into the victim’s abdomen and leg. The first shooting occurred Feb. 7 at about 9:30 p.m. in St. Inigoes on Beachville Road. Two men broke into the home of Robert L. McDowney, 37, to commit a robbery, the police said. Police reported McDowney struggled with the two men and was shot and killed. McDowney had a police history involving drug charges. It is too early to confirm whether the home invaders were seeking money, drugs or both, according to law enforcement. The two suspects in the fatal shooting Feb. 7 are described as being black, one of them 5-feet, 7-inches tall and weighing 180 pounds. The second stood about 6-feet, 2-inches tall and weighed between 215 and 240 pounds. The first suspect was reportedly wearing an orange and black bandana and blue jeans, while the second is said to have worn an orange and black jacket with a hood and blue jeans. Both suspects fled the scene of the robbery in a silver-colored Ford Fusion, police reported. Downey’s was the first homicide this year, the sheriff said, but he believed this murder and the other two shootings would be solved soon. “We have some solid leads in all these cases,” Cameron said. A second shooting occurred in Clements on Jenny Lynn Lane where an unknown black male produced a handgun and shot a 23-yearold male; the victim was later treated and released from MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardtown, police said. The suspect fled the scene of the shooting before police arrived. Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron said the level of gun violence in so short a period was highly unusual for St. Mary’s County. He said that the shootings don’t appear to be related or committed by the same people.


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SMCPS Superintendent Tenure Extended

Board of Education Meets with Local Delegates By Alex Panos Staff Writer

Photos by Alex Panos The meeting room was unusually full for the regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting.

By Alex Panos Staff Writer Michael Martirano, Superintendent of St. Mary’s County Public Schools, was unanimously reappointed by the Board of Education to a third term on Wednesday. The term will last until June 30, 2017. The each member of the school board took the opportunity to speak of the decision to reappoint Martirano, who will be the longest retained superintendent in St. Mary’s County since 1978. Board member Cathy Allen recalled Martirano’s first interview for the position, when he made light of an awkward situation when a waitress was taking orders.

He has the ability to think on his feet and do it with a smile on his face, she said. “The greatest educators are right here,” stated a choked up Sal Raspa, chairman of the board. During the meeting Martirano said frequent superintendent turnover inhibits the ability to provide and maintain an agenda, which can harm the education of young people. “It is truly an opportunity and a privilege to serve as your superintendent,” Martirano said, adding his life has devoted his life to students. “I [get] out of bed everyday with the energy that young people can and will.”

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The Board of Education hosted a legislative breakfast to discuss school security, funding, standardized assessments and evaluations. According to Del. John Bohanan (Dist. 29B), $25 million of the $35 million for school construction has been put in the capital budget specifically geared towards improving school safety. House Minority Leader Anthony O’Donnell (RDist. 29C) says he anticipates many disagreements during legislation, but none concerning the issue of school safety. Sen. Roy Dyson (Dist. 29) agreed, and brought up the notion installing cameras on school buses, to monitor cars that ignore the flashing stop signs, in order to provide safer transportation of our students. He believes permanent task forces could be seen throughout schools in the future. “I would like to think St. Mary’s led the way [in school safety]” Dyson said, noting the county was the first to implement separate entrances and lock the main school doors during the day. The school board has been in ongoing discussions with St. Mary’s Sheriff Timothy Cameron to implement the cameras. St. Mary’s schools will receive all state funding, Bohanan said, and there is no reason to expect shortage in funds.

O’Donnell says casino funding will replace funding from other sources, not add to the total amount, an assumption he believes the general public is under. There will not be any “new gobs” of money for schools, Bohanan clarified, however casino funding will help ensure school continue to be funded. Del. Johnny Wood (D-Dist. 29A) said the new funds from casinos will go towards the state’s general funding – similar to the lottery Martirano said the teacher evaluations need to be “forward thinking.” St. Mary’s does not want to resort to using the state evaluation process. The school system recently had its evaluation system turned down by school officials. “My fear is there are already gaps in terms of curriculum,” Martirano said. School board member Cathy Allen believes due to St. Mary’s implementing common core curriculum, there is currently huge disconnect between the curriculum being taught and the standardized evaluation tests. “It doesn’t make sense,” Allen said. St. Mary’s number of at-risk students is 41.8 percent, much lower than the 69 percent state average. The local wealth per pupil in St. Mary’s County has surpassed Charles and is slightly behind Calvert. “It’s reaffirming your commitment to us,” Martirano said as he thanked each delegate for attending the breakfast. “I’m very assured today.”

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Flight Academy Debuts At Annual Tech Expo By Alex Panos Staff Writer The career and technology center offered an opportunity for middle and high school students to learn about the center’s different programs last week. The National Flight Academy, an aircraft simulation course set to launch in the fall, was debuted at the annual expo. Ed Barrett, vice president of the Patuxent Partnership, said about 25 students filtered through the room in eager anticipation of the flight simulation class. Students displayed enthusiasm for the simulators, and look forward to applying critical thinking skills, while working as a team, in an “extremely fun” manner, he explained. The partnership is working with the school system to see the completion of this course.

College Scholarships Available The Margaret Brent High School Alumni Association is offering scholarships to June 2013 high school graduates entering college for the first time. An applicant must be a direct descendent of an alumnus of Margaret Brent High School between the years 1931 and 1965, before the high school became a middle school. Other requirements must be met in order to qualify, and these requirements are listed on the application to be submitted to the scholarship committee. Applications are available at the guidance or career centers of all high schools in St. Mary’s County, and also may be obtained by telephone request to Grace Bolton at 301-274-3486. The deadlines for the application is March 31, 2013 and are to be returned to Scholarship Chairperson, Grace D. Bolton, as shown on application. Awards will be made following graduation from high school and proof of college registration.

The flight academy will hold a small summer camp this year as well in anticipation of the full semester class in the fall. Along with the flight academy, the rest of the tech center was buzzing with middle and high school students interested in tech center classes – the center’s parking lot was full and cars were resorting to using Leonardtown High School’s lot next door. The courses provide real-life, on-the-job experiences necessary for jump starting a career, according to several current tech center students. Nursing student Tiffany Cruickshank said the course is an excellent stepping stone for her, which she anticipates will help lead to a job in the medical profession. The natural resources course had two live animals on hand to attract prospective students to the information table – where current students then explained to students how hands on the course is. While students typically think of going to class as teacher lectures, natural resources is a hands-on, do-it-yourself type of class, said current student Meagan Svoboda. Evangeline Watts and Kaleigh Butler, first-year horticulture students, say horticulture is a fun and unique option for students to consider. They agreed meeting the teacher is a feature they enjoyed about the tech expo when they signed up for last year. Butler has been encouraging people to sign up as they walk by the table, and giving an overview of the programs available.

Brittany Trombino and Megan Svoboda allowed students to pet live reptiles at the Natural Resources display table during the annual career and technology expo.

Photos By Alex Panos Ashley Guy, left, demonstrates to Ashley Mousseau some of the tasks performed at the tech center’s nursing class.

“It really opens up your eyes to what classes are all about,” Butler said. Instructors were on hand pitching the courses to prospective students. Ernie Laurel, computer-networking teacher, was explaining to students and parents why they should sign-up for his course. “[Information Technology] is huge now,” Laurel said. “This class helps navigate the environment.” At the Emergency Response classroom, in addition to live equipment demonstrations from students, instructor Donna Voorhaar and coordinator Bill Smith showed students the various college credits capable of being earned, and informed them of the excellent real-life experience can provide when job hunting down the road. “It looks good on a resume,” Smith said, adding the program is nationally recognized. “It’s a great starting point of a career.” Students listed their top preferences, at least three, of which classes they would like to enroll. Ultimately, counselors at the individual high schools decide what programs to allow students into.

Cutting-Edge Scientist to Speak at CSM The College of Southern Maryland’s VEX Robotics Challenge will showcase 30 middle and high school teams from Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties to compete for the opportunity to go to the VEX World Championships in Anaheim, Calif., in April. Before beginning the day-long competition on Feb. 16, students will have an opportunity to hear about cutting-edge robotics research and development from Michael J. Zeher, a member of the Senior Technical Staff at the Johns Hopkins University - Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) where he is the Section Supervisor for Robotics and a Project Manager for the Revolutionizing Prosthetics and the Advanced EOD Robotic System (AEODRS) programs.

Robotic arms that have independent mobility and function through thought, such as the prosthetic arm recently featured on “60 Minutes,” are among the projects Zeher works on. Prior to joining APL in 2008, Zeher worked as a technical manager, product technologist, systems engineer and software developer for GE Aviation, Smiths Aerospace and Fairchild Space and Defense. Some of his work includes the development of data management and communications products for the NASA Hubble Space Telescope and Small Explorer programs, the Air Force F-22 Raptor, the Army Bradley Tank and the U.S. Naval Air Fleet. Zeher holds a bachelor’s degree in elec-

tronic engineering from Capitol College and a master’s degree in computer science from The Johns Hopkins University. He is the recipient of the 2011 Department of Defense Systems Engineering Top 5 Programs Award for the AEODRS program. Zeher is also president of Cornerstone Educational Services, Inc., a non-profit corporation that sponsors Cornerstone Academy, a Maryland-approved private school dedicated to the education of children with learning differences. He is currently training for his third triathlon race. To view advances in robotic limbs featured on 60 Minutes, visit www.cbsnews. com/video/watch/?id=50137987n.

Michael J. Zeher, a member of the Senior Technical Staff at the Johns Hopkins University - Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) where he is the Section Supervisor for Robotics and a Project Manager for the Revolutionizing Prosthetics and the Advanced EOD Robotic System (AEODRS) programs, will be the keynote speaker at the CSM VEX Robotics Championship-Senior Division on Feb. 16 at the La Plata Campus.


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Teacher Feature: Chris Rodkey Made for SMCPS St. Mary’s County has many fine educators. Some have been with us for several years and have seen this county change and grow; others are new here and will part of the future of this beautiful county. One such new comer is Chris Rodkey. He comes to us from Ellicott City, Md. And teaches Earth and Space Science at Fairlead Academy II along with health and P.E. He earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and did his student teaching at Great Mills High School. I guess you could say the county trained and prepared him just for us. In addition to teaching, Mr. Rodkey is also an assistant coach for the Great Mills swim team. He was a representative at the Education is Multicultural task force last fall. Mr. Rodkey has enjoyed the opportunity to travel to many foreign lands. He has been to England, France and Japan. He participated in a six-week exchange program in The Gambia, West Chris Rodkey Africa. He is pictured here with his young African students at an all-female agricultural school. Many past times and activities interest Mr. Rodkey. He was on the rowing team at St. Mary’s College for five semesters, he works as a lifeguard in the summer at Point Lookout and he plays soccer on the Parks and Recreation Adult League. He has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity and a member of the Kiwanis Club while in college. Mr. Rodkey is a well-rounded individual with lots of experiences to share with our young people. He is a dedicated teacher and an active member of the Education Association of St. Mary’s County and we are truly lucky to have him.

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SMECO President Reads to Children

The College of Southern Maryland Board Chair and President, CEO of the Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) Austin Joseph Slater Jr. visited the St. Charles Children’s Learning Center at the College of Southern Maryland (CLC) as a “Celebrity Reader” Jan. 22. Slater read one of his favorite childhood books, “The Polar Express,” written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg Williams. Prior to the reading, CLC Director Shirley Allen gave Slater a tour of the center and following the reading Slater handed out SMECO hats to the children as they thanked him for reading. The Children's Learning Center nurtures and enhances the lives of children and their parents by creating an environment that helps children interact with their world and peers, and building confidence, self-esteem and a life-long love of learning. For information on the Children’s Learning Center, visit

Glenn Squadron Accepting Scholarship Applications The Marine Corps Aviation Association (MCAA) John Glenn Squadron is accepting applications for their 2013 merit-based college scholarships. Applicants must be Tri-County (St. Mary's, Calvert and Charles) area high school seniors or the dependents of MCAA members who are pursuing a STEM-based degree in college and show an intent to work in a career field that supports the Department of Defense. Visit html to apply. Applications are due by March 15th. Since the inception of their scholarship program in 2007, the MCAA John Glenn Squadron has awarded $183,500 in scholarships to 45 Tri-County area students. Individual scholarship awards have recently ranged from $4,000 to $6,000 with an average of $4,800 last year. The scholarships are funded through the gracious donations of corporations, local businesses and philanthropic individuals in our local community.


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Spring Ridge Middle School Profile


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Principal: Angela Fulp Vice Principal: Kelly Kent, Adrianne Mathis, Scott Szczerbiak Mascot: Harrier Enrollment: 930 Feeder Path: Elementary-George Washington Carver, Green Holly, Greenview Knolls, Lexington Park, Park Hall, Piney Point and Ridge. High School-Great Mills and Leonardtown High 19856 Three Notch Rd. Lexington Park, MD 20653 Phone: 301-863-4031 FAX: 301-863-4035 Website: Office Hours: 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Student Hours: 7:20 a.m. to 2:05 p.m.

Spring Ridge Harriers Taking Off in Lots of Directions Spring Ridge Middle School is proud of our students, staff, school and community. We work each day to prepare our students for the opportunities and challenges that face them in their journey to adulthood. We recognize the achievements of our students both academically and socially. Our Positive Behavior Intervention System (PBIS) focuses on the strategies students need to develop to support positive behaviors and good choices that will result in a more positive learning environment for every- one. The administration, teachers and staff at Spring Ridge want to see students excel academically and hold themselves and their peers accountable to our SR3: Safe, Ready to Learn, Responsible and Respectful. We utilize Harriers Coins, Positive Letters and quarterly incentives to recognize the hard work of our students. We conduct quarterly awards assemblies to recognize academic achievement and attendance. Many programs are in place to support student achievement. We have two sixth, two seventh and two eighth grade teams at our school. The students have eight periods in a day that includes their lunch. Spring Ridge

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has a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Academy (STEM) for 6, 7 and 8th grade students as a part of our school community. In addition, we focus on and implement the STEM for All strategies for all of our students at our school. Spring Ridge also supports an after-school program, which addresses academics, recreation and club organizations such as Spring Ridge Middle School Rhythm Club, StarBase Program, Step Club, Civil Air Patrol and many other activities for our students. We have fall, winter and spring intramurals, and many other club activities for our students like Drama, Destination Imagination and Language Artists to name a few. Our staff is committed to the academic achievement of our students while also focusing on the development of strong relationships with students and families. We value pa- rental involvement and work closely with our PTSA and community. We partner with St. Mary’s College as a Professional Development School for their Education program. We conduct quarterly School Improvement Team meeting and PTSA meetings on the same date. Our next meeting is Wednesday, May 15, 2013. Spring Ridge Middle School works with our students to enrich their learning experience with academic rigor, supports and relationships to ensure their success in middle school.

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To The Editor

Don’t Buy Gun Control The recent fever over gun control is not what you think. The politicians are using the tragedy that happened at the elementary school as a means to restrict ownership of firearms by private citizens. Our present government is not of democratic individuals as you might think. Very liberal socialists have slowly but surely replaced them. Socialism cannot exist in a free society. Therefore, many freedoms that we enjoy must be terminated. Citizen ownership of a firearm is generally an item first on the list. They are using a very sympathetic audience at this time and they are very aware of it. We keep hearing all kinds of different laws they want to impose and all of them are so ridiculous it’s hard to believe. For instance, no magazine clips that hold over ten rounds. They are trying to eliminate the 30 round magazine clips. What makes the difference if one chooses to use three ten round clips or a 30 round clip? Ten round clips are easy to carry and can be loaded

very quickly. This version is what the military uses. Also with the 30 round magazine clip, the gun is not very concealable. The guns are more concealable with ten round clips. No assault weapons. What is an assault weapon? If a person were assaulted with a small caliber weapon, would that weapon be considered an assault weapon? Their definitions are weak and very loose. They could classify any weapon as an assault weapon. In most cases, I believe they are referring to military style weapons. Many sporting guns today are styled as military guns. Where do we draw the line? There is a sport where people use semi-automatic gun to rapid fire at a target. The objective is to see how closely you can group shots using rapid fire. Must these people give their support? What is a semi-automatic weapon? By definition, it is a weapon where a shot is fired with each trigger pull. That cov-

ers a very wide range of weapons. A simple revolver could be classified by this description. The President and some politicians state, “we are not going to take your shotgun or rifle”. What about semi-automatic shotguns and rifles? They are used for hunting purposes. It is better if the politicians leave gun control alone. In their hands, it won’t be long before all guns are illegal. We must defend our rights under the Constitution to bear arms. How many and what kind of guns should be our business, not theirs. The Second Amendment is very clear and it’s meaning should not be distorted. Ownership of cannons was allowed to our early citizens and there is nothing more destructive or massive killing device than

every other country in the world would agree that a person who enters a country illegally is an “illegal alien.” I’m offended by the insidious method used by “liberals” to intimidate and coerce anyone who does not bow to them by accusing such people of being racists, extremists, or being violently “far right wing.” I am offended by members of the Republican Senate and Congress who claim to believe in conservative values and the constitution but grovel at the feet of people such as Reid, Pelosi, and Obama. I’d like to see the conservative population in this land get off their hind ends and vote those bums out of office and get some people in their place who have SPINES. These are a few of the things that offend me. James H. Hilbert Mechanicsville

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I Am Offended This morning it seemed that the most important news, other than the snow storm up north of us, was the horrible, terrible, racist name for the Washington football team: Redskins. The name offended a few people to the extent they had a symposium in which liberals vented their spleen about how offended they were. If they are able to change the name of a football team because they were offended, well…there are things that offend me. I’d like to see them changed. Let me name a few. I am offended by the name “Democrat.” I’d like to see that changed to “Socialist.” I am offended by the label “liberal.” I’d really appreciate that being changed to either “socialist” or “communist.” I’m offended by the label “gay,” a word that denotes a form of happiness. I’d want to change that to “homosexual” which is far more accurate. I’m offended by the label “undocumented immigrant.” I think a check of

a cannon. I am sure that small semi-automatic weapons would have been approved und the Second Amendment had they been available at that time. Weapons are not the problem in today’s society. Better security and monitoring of mentally ill people is required. Many unemployed veterans would be more than happy to accept jobs as security guards and I expect would be very good at the job. Don’t let the politicians fool you. Gun control is not necessary and if implemented will ultimately lead to full disarmament of all citizens. Their attempts will be one bite at a time. Don’t let them take the first bite.

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Stage Set For Premier Friends, Town Co-Star on Arts, Entertainment District Application By Alex Panos Staff Writer Arts and entertainment has come to the forefront in Leonardtown, and the wheels are in motion to restore the old Leonardtown Theater behind El Cerro Grande in Town Square. The Friends of Leonardtown Theater, a non-profit organization, plan to eventually feature a films lineup created by Jim Bershon including vintage, world, comedies, romance and actor series, and ideally the theater will cover senior shows, children’s programs, young adults and midnight showings. “It’s all inclusive,” Kerri Frank, member on the theatre’s friend’s board, “and offers something for everyone.” While the theater needs significant work, without looking closely Leslie Roberts, another member, says she can see the building’s potential. The three women agreed the town has been extremely supportive helping seek grants. Leonardtown is currently on the cusp of becoming a state recognized arts and entertainment district, which would open up a variety of state and federal funding grants to renovate the theater and buildings in town, and promote programs and economic development. Some districts succeed with thoughtful landscaping and signage, while others are involved in the renovation of existing buildings and attracting complimentary businesses – Maryland is the first state to fund an Arts and Entertainment District in order to maintain a local mission, history, and cultural development. The theatre would add an “entertainment” component to the arts and entertainment district. Additionally, Leonardtown would be added to a state maintained list of arts and entertainment districts for tourists to visit, which Joe Orlando, Leonardtown Business Association vice president, expects to promote more tourism to the area. Mayor Dan Burris said the town applied for the designation in 2001 but was not successful. At the time businesses were not willing to renovate their operations to take part in the tax credits. Businesses can receive tax credits under the designation if they provide space for artists to live and work in Leonardtown; businesses are now willing to do that, he said. Receiving the designation was a key strategy in continuing the revitalization of the town economically, according to Burris. “It’s not going to change things overnight but some of the places that need revitalization could use the [tax] credits.” The State Arts Council, which oversees these districts, was impressed during a recent visit to Leonardtown to see the arts and entertainment infrastructure built over the last 12 years, Burris said, adding the town was encouraged to apply for the designation. “I think our chances are very good at this point.” Town Administrator Laschelle McKay said the benefits of the designation go beyond tax credits, since the state does public relations and marketing for the town once it is named an arts and entertainment venue. The artists who move into town also receive tax credits she said. The added galleries and other entertainment centers will bolster the town’s nightlife. “It’s always been a struggle for us when it come to nighttime activities,” McKay said. “It’s been one of our goals to get a more vibrant night time in downtown.” “It’s been a long time coming for us,” Orlando said of being recognized by the state. “It’s crucial to our future as a town. We’ve been looking forward to this for a long time.”

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Leonardtown’s town council is promoting the integration of a local theater, and in the coming months will be hosting a film series at the Dorsey Law Center. On Earth Day “Still Running” will show, “American Graffiti” is slated for 50s weekend, Cinco de Mayo will feature “Like Water for Chocolate” and “Blind Side” will be shown on Mother’s Day. Friends of Leonardtown Theater is hosting a screening next Friday at Dorsey Law Center to promote local awareness of their initiative to get the theatre up and running. “We wanted to have an opportunity to show people what we’re planning,” Roberts said. The lack of a destination after dinner has been a regular complaint of young people in the area, said Frank. “The movie theater would be a destination to keep [people] in town longer,” Kerri Wood, President of the Friends of Leonardtown Theater, said. The facility will double as a local performing arts center for community events. Eventually, Wood would like to see the theater become a facility used for a variety of purposes, up to six nights a week. The theater would give people in the community regular events to attend, such as a weekly children’s movie series during the summer. A large variety of programming will be vital to attracting a large spectrum of people and resulting in success, says Wood. The theater will provide educational opportunities for local students, including potential extra credit film screenings. “None of the high schools have anything close to the screening of a movie theater.” They want to work with College of Southern Maryland and St. Mary’s College of Maryland to provide educational opportunities on the. They hope the collaboration with the town will end with a similar result to the success of Port of Leonardtown winery. “We’re using that as our template,” Wood said. An avid movie enthusiasts, Wood is a member of the American Film Institute and Maryland Film Fest, became inspired by the efforts of volunteers at the Maryland festival as well as the event’s ability to appeal to a wide range of people of all ages. She was taken away with the festival’s theatre in Silver Spring, which she feels is was obviously built by movie enthusiasts, and feels the efforts can be duplicated in Leonardtown. At the beginning of last summer, she began to kick around the idea with her coworkers at Leonardtown Middle School.

Photo By Alex Panos Teresa Wood, Kerri Frank and Leslie Roberts hope to restore Leonardtown’s old theater into a screening room.

Once the idea seemed feasible, Wood began making calls to find funding for renovations, and is in the final phases of the getting recognized by the state as a non-profit. The group expects the idea to take off, simply because there are no theatre’s that fit this niche in the area. Roberts believes people will enjoy the theatre because it offers something to do before or after grabbing a meal. The number of coffee shops in town may also serve as a place of group discussion after viewing the films. “The beauty of the theatre experience is sharing it with others,” Wood said. “You want to have a place to see it, then talk about it with someone to see different perspectives.” The old theatre in Leonardtown was constructed in 1946. It was purchased and turned into a REX theatre until it closed in the mid 1980s, at which point it served as a venue for community events. Local businesses, town council and the friends agree they see the theatre’s restoration as a great economic fit for Leonardtown. The Friends of Leonardtown Theater inaugural reception and screening event will be held at Dorsey Law Center on Friday, Feb. 22. The meet and greet begins a 6 p.m., and the movie “A Good Year” begins at 7 p.m. Guy Leonard contributed to this story.


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Once known as Washington's Birthday, Presidents’ Day is now a federal holiday in the United States celebrated on the third Monday of February. The holiday dates back more than 100 years to 1880, when a federal holiday honoring George Washington, the U.S.'s first president, was implemented by an act of Congress. It was not until a century later, in the mid-1980s, that the day was modified to honor other great leaders and renamed as Presidents’ Day. This year, celebrate some of the more notable presidents in U.S. history with this easy guide. • George Washington: As commander in chief of the Continental Army, George Washington set the tone for a revolution that eventually ended in the American colonies winning their independence from Great Britain. Born into a wealthy Virginia family in 1732, Washington would become the first President of the United States in 1789, an office he held until 1797. • Abraham Lincoln: The 16th President of the United States, Lincoln would preside over the country during what was arguably its most tumultuous period. Upon issuing his

Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, Lincoln immediately freed more than 50,000 of the nation's slaves and an additional 3 million as the Union armies advanced. Along with James A. Garfield, William McKinley and John F. Kennedy, Lincoln is one of four U.S. presidents to have been assassinated while in office. • Woodrow Wilson: Serving from 1913 to 1921, Woodrow Wilson was president when the United States entered World War I. In addition to persuading the passage of numerous acts, Wilson also played a significant role in the creation of the League of Nations, which served as a precursor to the United Nations. • John F. Kennedy: At the time of his assassination in 1963, Kennedy had served less than three full years in office. However, Kennedy's iconic speeches and affable personality continue to influence the American public, which routinely votes him as one of the country's greatest presidents. Footage of Kennedy's assassination remains haunting to this day, and media historians often cite news coverage of the assassination as a seminal moment for television news.

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Mt. Rushmore National Memorial is a huge mountain sculpture of four US Presidents, located near Keystone, in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The Presidents depicted are: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. These four Presidents were chosen to represent the founding, growth and preservation of the United States. The work was designed by the sculptor John Gutzon Borglum (March 25, 1871- March 6, 1941). The Construction of Mt. Rushmore: The monument was sculpted by Borglum and about 400 stone workers. Construction began on August 10, 1927 (President Coolidge attended the dedication that day). Funding was provided by private donations and the Federal Government. The sculpting was done by first blasting away tons of rock with dynamite. Workers then sat in hanging "swing seats," and used jackhammers, drills, hammers, and other tools to do the finishing work. Bad weather and a lack of funding slowed work; although it took 14 years to finish the project, work was done for only about 6 of those years. After Borglum's death, soon before the sculpture was done, the completion of the giant sculpture was overseen by his son, Lincoln Borglum. The monument was completed in 1941 (after Borglum's death). Geology of the Area: The rock of Mt. Rushmore consists of outcroppings of fine-grained granite (a hard, light-colored, igneous rock - volcanic rock that has cooled) and some mica schist (a type of crystalline metamorphic rock). The light-colored granite of Mt. Rushmore contrasts with darker layers of mica schist. Mt. Rushmore is the northeastern edge of the Harney Peak Granite Batholith (a batholith is a huge body of igneous rock that solidified under the earth).

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Trivia on the American Presidents and Their Presidency

Presidential Nicknames:

James Buchanan – The Bachelor President Dwight D. Eisenhower – Ike Andrew Jackson – Old Hickory Thomas Jefferson – The Sage of Monticello John F. Kennedy – The King of Camelot Abraham Lincoln – The Great Emancipator Theodore Roosevelt – The Rough Rider Franklin D. Roosevelt – The New Dealer William Howard Taft – Big Bill Harry S. Truman – The Haberdasher George Washington – The Father of His Country Woodrow Wilson – The Schoolteacher

Fun Presidential Trivia At the start of the 20th century, the first three U.S. Presidents who became a president without having held any major elective office were William Howard Taft, Herbert Hoover, and Dwight D. Eisenhower. As president of the United States of America, George Washington set the precedent of kissing the Bible and presenting an inaugural speech after taking the oath of office. Bill Clinton is the only president elected twice without receiving at least 50 percent of the popular vote either time. He received 43 percent of the popular vote in 1992 and 49 per cent in 1996. Franklin Pierce is the first American president born at the turn of the 19th century. He was born in 1804. George W. Bush is the only U.S. president to earn a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Harvard Business School. The first two U.S. presidents born outside of the original 13 colonies were Andrew Jackson and Abraham Lincoln. Jackson was born in the Waxhaw area of the Carolinas, and Lincoln, in Hodgenville, Kentucky. Dwight D. Eisenhower is the only U.S. general in the 20th century to become American president. A graduate of West

Point and the United States Military Academy, Eisenhower was in charge of the D-Day invasion near the end of World War II. His parents were members of a fundamentalist religious sect and were strict pacifists. Bill Clinton is the only U.S. president whose wife attained elective office. Hillary Rodham Clinton is the first First Lady to be elected to high office, as senator from New York. Barack Obama is the first African American U.S. president. Abraham Lincoln is the U.S. president who declared Thanksgiving to be a national holiday. In 1863, he issued a proclamation declaring Thanksgiving to be a national holiday, celebrated on the last Thursday of November. James Buchanan is the only U.S. president who never married. Virginia is the U.S. state where the greatest number of American presidents have been born. It is the birth state of the seven of the first twelve presidents – George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, and Zachary Taylor. Thomas Woodrow Wilson (28th U.S. president) was also born in Virginia. Benjamin Harrison is the U.S. president who began the tradition of decorating a Christmas tree in the White House, in 1889 on Christmas morning. In 1913, Woodrow Wilson asked for a community Christmas tree to be placed at the Capitol so that a tree lighting ceremony could be recognized as a national event. Franklin Delano Roosevelt served the longest period of time. He was elected to four terms, serving from 1933 to 1945. Herbert Hoover approved “The Star-Spangled Banner” as the national anthem. Golf is often the sport most associated with American presidents. The first U.S. president who took up the game was William Howard Taft. The two U.S. presidents whose names contain all the vowels, plus ‘y’ – Ulysses Simpson Grant and Rutherford Birchard Hayes. The two American presidents who died on the very same day – the 2nd and 3rd U.S. presidents, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. They were rivals, then friends. Both died on July 4, 1826, exactly fifty years after the signing of the Declaration of

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Independence. The first U.S. president who won the Nobel Peace Prize is Theodore Roosevelt, in 1906, for mediating the Russian-Japanese War Treaty. Woodrow Wilson, Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama also won the Nobel Peace Prize. U.S. presidents depicted on Mount Rushmore – George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. Mount Rushmore is located in South Dakota, in the Black Hills, 23 miles southwest of Rapid City. The three American presidents who were sons of a clergyman were Chester A. Arthur, Grover Cleveland, and Woodrow Wilson. John F. Kennedy is the only American president to win a Pulitzer Prize. He received the prize for his book Profiles in Courage.


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We have changed our format for obituaries. From now on we will run them in the order that we receive them so that in the event of space limitations, the last obituaries that came will run the following week. Please note that any obituaries that come in after 12 p.m. on Tuesday may not be published in the Thursday edition. If you have any questions, please call 301-373-4125 or email

Gilbert Lee Childress, 59 Gilbert Lee Childress, 59 of Lexington Park, Md. formerly of Laurel, Md. died on Jan. 10 in Leonardtown, Md. surrounded by his loving family. Born Dec. 27, 1953 in Simpsonville, Md. he was the son of the late Victor and Nellie Childress of Laurel, Md. Gilbert graduated from Atholton High School in Simpsonville, Md. in 1972. Gilbert loved the great outdoors, especially gardening and working with dogs and horses. He liked to read, draw and paint. His artistic abilities were amazing. If you were lucky enough, he would gift you one of his works. Gilbert lived a very simple life, and if there was anything he could do for anyone, he did it. Gilbert was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary, St. Mary’s Unit 26 in California, Md. where he was serving as Junior Vice Commander and Legislative Chairman. Gilbert was also a life member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Fulton, Md. Gilbert is survived by his brother Victor Childress and wife Donna of Appling, Ga., a sister Ruth Wilcoxen and husband Robert of Lexington Park, Md., a sister Violet Haley and husband Wayne of Berlin, Md., a brother Franklin Childress and wife Yvonne of Middleton, Md., a sister Shirley Martellucci and husband Paul of Whitefield, N.H., a sister Mary Moschler and husband Leslie of Baltimore, Md. and a sister Carolyn Turner of Lexington Park, Md., a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Gilbert was preceded in death by his parents Victor Eugene Childress and Nellie Ensor Childress, grandparents, Alye and Elizabeth Childress of Glen Burnie, Md., and Harry and Ella Ensor of Hampstead, a brother Samuel Childress of Laurel, Md., a nephew Gilbert Klemm of Oxen Hill, Md. and a nephew Austin Childress of Denver, Colo. Gilbert donated his body to science through the Anatomy Gifts Registry in Hanover, Md., to be utilized for medical science and education. It is hoped that the study and research on cancer will one day lead to a cure. A memorial service for Gilbert will be held when his cremated remains are returned to the family. A time and place will be announced at a later date. The family asks that memorial contributions be made in Gilbert’s memory to: Hospice of St. Mary’s, address: P.O. Box 625 Leonardtown, MD 20650 We at The County Times would like to apologize to the family and friends of Gilbert Lee Childress for running the wrong picture with his obituary last week.

Frances Clese, 98 Frances Faye Clese, 98, of Mechanicsville, Md., formerly from Hyattsville, Md., passed away on Feb. 3 in Callaway, Md. Born on March 18, 1914 in Brooklyn, N.Y., she was the daughter of Juiseppe and Pasqua Tirolo Ceppo.  Faye was the loving wife of John A. Clese whom she married in Brook-

lyn, N.Y. on June 11, 1933 and preceded her in death on July 30, 1987. Frances is survived by her children, Frank Clese (Maria), of Bowie, Md. and June Davis of Tenn.; six grandchildren Bill (Maxann), Gina (Don), Denise (David), Donna (Tom), John, Shane; seven great-grandchildren; and five great-greatgrandchildren. Mrs. Clese is preceded in death by her siblings Louis, Esther, and Marguarite, and nephew Joey.  Faye moved to St. Mary’s County in the early 1960’s and worked as a homemaker, life insurance sales, dressmaker, and office assistant.  She enjoyed sewing, cooking, caring for her family, being with her friends, and loved and cared for her pet cat “Giovoni.” The family received friends on Feb. 9 in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home Leonardtown, Md.  A funeral service followed in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Paul McPherson officiating.  Interment followed in Charles Memorial Gardens Leonardtown, Md.  Contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Mary’s P.O. Box 299 Leonardtown, MD.  

Troy Gruber Sr., 85 Troy E. Gruber Sr., 85, of Chambersburg died Feb. 5 after a battle with cancer. Born June 16, 1927, in Mount Joy, Penn., he was the son of the late Ida Jane Gruber. Later moving to Harrisburg, Penn., he graduated from William Penn H.S. in 1945. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, he served with distinction from May 1945 through April 1967 as a naval photographer, attaining the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer. He was awarded six Good Conduct Medals, the Navy Expeditionary Medal (Cuban Operations), the World War II Victory Medal, the Navy Occupation Medal, two National Defense Medals, and the Korean Service Medal (two stars). His naval career took him to several countries on a range of assignments through his numerous duty stations, to include Atlantic Fleet Mobile Photographic Group, Naval School of Photography, U.S.S. Leyte and U.S.S. Palau. His wide range of assignments encompassed events from the shores of Korea, the entombment of General Douglas MacArthur to flying with the Navy’s aerial acrobatic team The Blue Angels. After his retirement from the U.S. Navy he continued his photographic profession with the federal government, first with Weapons Systems Test Center at Patuxent River Naval Air Test Center, where, through aerial photography, he documented the use and actions of airborne weaponry. Several years later, he joined the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs where he photographed everyday reservation life of the American Indian in several Western states and the Pacific Northwest including Alaska where he documented Kim Agnew, daughter of the late Vice-President Spiro Agnew, visiting native Alaskan villages. The images he created were used to produce multimedia presentations utilized in congressional hearings and public information, before returning to Patuxent River Naval Air Test Center where he retired from federal service. He was committed to community service with civic organiza-

tions such as the Boy Scouts of America, the Fleet Reserve Association, Loyal Order of Moose, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, AMVETS and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He enjoyed camping, hiking, hunting and fishing. In addition to his mother Ida Jane Gruber, he was preceded in death by the mother of his children, Shirley Teresa Knox, and his sister, Betty Farrell. He is survived by his present wife, Pamalee; his children, Clara Nichols and her husband Alan, Troy E. Gruber Jr. and his wife Jeanne, and Margaret Redman and Harry Gruber; 13 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. The funeral service was held on Feb. 7 at the William F. Sellers Funeral Home, with the Rev. Dr. William H. Harter officiating. There was a visitation on Feb. 11 in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, Md. A funeral service was held on Feb.11in the funeral home chapel with Deacon Bill Nickerson officiating. Interment followed in Charles Memorial Gardens Leonardtown, Md. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home (Veterans Assistance Fund). Mail checks to: Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs Charlotte Hall Veterans Home 29449 Charlotte Hall Road Charlotte Hall, Md. 20622, please make checks payable to: Charlotte Hall Veterans Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Betty Homan, 85 Betty Ann Homan, 85, of Lexington Park, Md., formerly from Lincoln, Neb., passed away on Jan. 29 in Callaway, Md. Born on Feb. 15, 1927 in Atlanta, Ga., she was the daughter of the late Earl and Christine McGehee. Betty was married to the late Bertie Glee Homan, who she married in Lincoln, Neb. and who preceded her in death in Feb. 2009. Mrs. Homan is survived by her son Billy Bert Homan of Lexington Park, Md., three grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, and brother Ralph McGhee. Betty attended Jacksonville University and graduated in 1975 with a master’s degree in elementary education. She was the Director and President of the Homan School for 30 years, retiring in 1981. Interment will be at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery Arlington, VA.

Michael Warren Moore, 56 Michael Warren Moore, 56, of Lexington Park, Md. passed away on Jan. 23 at the Georgetown University Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer. Born Dec. 19, 1956 in Alexandria, Va., he was the son of Helen Joyce (Hare) Ewansky and the late Warren Eson Moore. Michael and his family have lived in St. Mary’s County for about 16 years after a military transfer to Patuxent River Naval Air Station from San Diego, Ca. Michael loved his career as an Emergency Room Tech. He also enjoyed spending time with his family and friends; Michael was a long time member of the North South Skirmish Association and enjoyed attending events in Winchester, Va. Michael was Deputy Command-

er of St. Mary’s Light Infantry, a skirmish team at the time of his death. As a descendent of Civil War soldiers, Michael enjoyed visiting many Civil War battlefields. Gettysburg was his most often-visited site. He would talk to anyone about the Civil War weaponry and always handed out bullets from the guns that he shot in competition. Michael also enjoyed singing karaoke at many local bars. Michael was a member of the choir at church, Trinity Lutheran Church in Lexington Park. Michael enjoyed woodworking and photography. Michael retired from the United States Navy after 20 years of service. Michael is survived by his loving wife, Genia Marie (Luekan) Moore of Lexington Park, Md.; his mother Helen Joyce Ewansky of Sunrise, Fla; his daughter, Kayla Elizabeth Moore (Shean) of Lexington Park, Md.; and his siblings, Joyce Belanger of Tallahassee, Fla.;. Joseph Mullen (Becky) of Pensacola, Fla.; and Melanie Van Hasselt (Vince) of Plantation, Fla. Michael was preceded in death by his father, the late Warren Eson Moore. Family received friends on Feb. 2 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 46707 Shangrila Drive, Lexington Park. Pastor Roger Schoolcraft officiated a memorial service. Dinner followed. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or Relay for Life. Condolences to the family may be made at: Relay for Life, c/o Brenda Laney, Leonardtown High School, 23995 Point Lookout Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Arrangements were made by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md.

Lou Ella Brooks, 81 Lou Ella Brooks, 81, of Lexington Park, Md., passed away peacefully on Feb. 7, 2013 at St. Mary’s Hospital. Lou Ella was born on Dec. 22, 1931 to the late Jeff and Osie Mae Duggans in Washington County, Tennille, Georgia. Lou Ella was a faithful member as well as First Lady of St. Luke and St. Mark U.A.M.E churches for more than 40 years. She served as President of local missionary society of St. Luke and St. Mark Churches. She was a member of Fidelity Chapter #60 Order of The Eastern Stars. Lou Ella was also a member of various auxiliaries within the churches. Lou Ella leaves to cherish her memories: her husband, Reverend Rudy C. Brooks of 60 years; two sons, Jimmie L. Brooks and Johnnie L. Brooks (Lillie); six girls, Pearl L. Brooks, Rena M. Smith, Mary H. Brooks, Osie M. Shade, Sarah L. Brooks and Ruby L. Thompson (Francis);one sister, Wynonia Duggans; 16 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, two God-children, and one sister-in-law, Helen H. Louella loved her family and her church family. She will be greatly missed. Family received friends on Feb. 14. The service followed at St. Marks’ UAME Church, 45685 Happyland Rd, Valley Lee, Md. Interment will be at the church cemetery. Pastor Andrew Fulton officiating; Reverend Henry Briscoe Eulogist. Repast will be held at the 2nd District VFD, Valley Lee, Md. Arrangements by Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home, Mechanicsville.

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Sherman Edward Schmalgemeyer, 63 Sherman Edward Schmalgemeyer, 63, of Hollywood, Md. died February 7, 2013 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardtown, Md., surrounded by his loving family. Born June 5, 1949 in Leonardtown, Md., he was the son of William Robert Schmalgemeyer and the late Thelma Smith Schmalgemeyer. Sherman was a lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County. On July 5, 1977, he married his beloved wife, Mary Frances Schmalgemeyer, in Leonardtown, Md.. Together they have spent 36 wonderful years together. He was employed as a mechanic by DynCorp for the past eleven years. He enjoyed his job and was an exemplary employee. Sherman loved music, and has been playing the bass guitar since he was 14 years old. He was a skilled carpenter and made and restored many beautiful pieces of furniture. He and his wife customized the interiors of vans. In addition to music, his hobbies included camping and gardening. However, his greatest love was for his family, and he enjoyed spending time with them. In addition to his father and his beloved wife, Sherman is survived by his children, Chuck Schmalgemeyer (Patricia) of Hollywood, Md, Eric Schmalgemeyer of Hollywood, Md., and Joseph Miller of Frankford, Del.; his sister, Patricia Hayden of Holly-

wood, Md.; his grandchildren, Nathan Schmalgemeyer of Hollywood, Md., Benjamin Schmalgemeyer of Hollywood, Md., Crystal Parlett of Longneck, Del., Ashley Evans of Alexandria, Va., and Erika Parlett of Longneck, Del.; and a great-grandchild, Charlotte Evans of Alexandria, Va. He was preceded in death by his mother. Family will receive friends for Sherman’s Life Celebration of Friday, February 15, 2013 from 5p.m. to 8p.m. with a service recited by Reverend Sheldon Reese at 7 p.m. at Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Interment will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1041 Route 3N, Building A, Gambrills, Md. 21054. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Doris H. Hooker, 87 Doris H. Hooker, Captain, USN Retired, passed away on February 4, 2013, at Hospice House in Callaway, Md.. Born September 4, 1925 in St. Johnsbury, Vt., she was the youngest daughter born to the late Elmer and Vera Hooker. Doris graduated from St. Johnsbury Academy in 1943; and, in 1947, she graduated from the Auburn School of Nursing in Cambridge, Mass. She entered the Indian

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Service of the federal government where she lived and worked on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation in Rolla, N.D. In 1951, she enlisted in the United States Navy. During her career with the Navy, Doris was stationed at Newport, R.I., Key West, Fla., Bethesda, Md., Philadelphia, Pa., Argentina, Newfoundland, Portsmouth, NH, 29 Palms, Calif., Bremerton, Wash., Guam, and Camp Lejeune, N.C. Her final duty station was at Patuxent River Naval Station in Maryland where Doris retired as Director of Nursing Services. Upon retirement, Doris remained in the “Pax River” area surrounded by her dear friends with whom she shared food and family. During her naval career and her retirement, Doris always found time to be with the families of her two sisters, Margaret Kingman and Lucille Paterson. She loved time at the beach in Delaware or at a Washington Redskins football game with the Kingman’s. She also loved spending time in Vermont at the Paterson family cottage on Woodbury Pond where she would fish, water ski, watch the loons and feed the chickadees. She especially enjoyed sitting on the “lido deck” with a “toddy” and swapping sea stories with her Vermont friends. Although Doris stayed in Maryland after her retirement, she was a Vermonter at heart; and had made arrangement to be buried at the Vermont Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center, Va. Over the years, Doris remained a friend of the South Congregational Church in St. Johnsbury; and, she was a regular attendee at Christmas time in the Barre Congregational Church. Doris is survived by her nephew, Edward Kingman (Betsy) of Darnestown, Md.; her niece, Nancy Kingman Dickey of Tampa, Fla.; her nephew, William Paterson of Castleton, Vt.; her niece, Joanne Paterson Rose (Wendell) of Barre, Vt.; and seven grandnephews and grandnieces. She is preceded in death by her sisters, Margaret Kingman and her husband, Edward, and Lucille Paterson and her husband, Arthur. Family will receive friends for Doris’ Celebration of Life on Friday, February 15, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Interment will be held at Vermont Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center, Vt. at a later date. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md.

Nancy Louise Pender, 53 Nancy Louise Pender, 53, of Lexington Park, Md. died February 7, 2013 at her home surrounded by her loving family after a courageous battle with cancer. Born October 26, 1959 in Buffalo, N.Y., she is the daughter of Stanislaus Profic and Mary Ziolo Profic of Bellingham, Wash. Nancy honorably served in the United States Navy from November 24, 1978 to July 19, 1988 as a Photograph’s Mate and Dental Technician. On July 17, 1980, Nancy married her beloved husband, Bryan Anthony Pender, in Pensacola, Fla. They renewed their vows on September 19, 1998 at St. Nicholas Chapel in Patuxent River, Md. Together they spent 33 wonderful years together. She was employed by IAP World Services for the past 17 years as a preventative maintenance scheduler. Nancy loved to travel to Walt Disney


World, going every year for the past 11 years. She also enjoyed organizing trips for her family and friends to attend Jimmy Buffet concerts. Her favorite holiday was Christmas, and she always decorated the inside of the house. She was an avid book reader, but her favorite hobby was decorating cakes. She was self-taught and always produced “works of art” for her family, friends and colleagues. Nancy loved to spend her time with her family, including her dog, Petunia. In addition to her parents and her husband, Nancy is survived by her children, Samantha Pender of Lexington Park, Md. and Derek Pender (Amanda) of Lexington Park, Md.; her siblings, Christine Profic of Bellingham, Wash., Ann Coberly (William) of Bellingham, Wash. and Michael Profic (Jennifer) of Boise, Idaho, and many nieces and nephews. Family received friends for Nancy’s Life Celebration on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 from 11:30 AM until 1:00 PM at Holy Face Catholic Church, 20408 Point Lookout Road, Great Mills, Md. 20634. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Reverend Joseph Calis at 1 p.m. Interment will be held at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, Md. 20650. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md..

Linc Snyder, 89 Abraham Lincoln “Linc” Snyder, 89 of Lexington Park, Md. died February 7, 2013 at the Hospice House of St. Mary’s. Linc was a beloved husband, father and grandfather; Veteran of the Second World War, talented master carpenter and musician. Linc was born in 1923 in Queen Shoals, W. Va., the fourth child of the late Henry B. and Daisy White Snyder, and grew up along the banks of the Elk River during the Great Depression. He entered the U.S. Army in 1943 and served in the European Theater of Operations, rising to the rank of sergeant assigned to the 83rd Infantry Division. He was caught in the siege of Bastogne at the famous Battle of the Bulge during the winter of 1944. His experience during this hard-fought battle formed the basis for his enduring sense of commitment to his community and his country. After serving his country, Linc returned to W. Va. where he married Miss Helen Frances (Fannie) Crouse of Gauley Mountain, W. Va. and began his career as a carpenter. During these same years, he also discovered his love for playing guitar and singing and he bought his first Gibson guitar. In early 1960, Linc, with his wife and son (and the Gibson) transferred to Indian Head, Maryland to work at the Naval Ordnance Station as a civil service employee, making Charles County his home. Shortly thereafter his daughter was born. In the late 70s, Linc transferred again to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, D.C. He made many friends along the way and retired after more than 30 years of government civil service. Linc and Frances (who passed away in 1996) are survived by their son Jay Snyder, daughter Daisie Register, and grandsons Russell Wagoner and Lucas Snyder.


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Enjoying retirement but eager to serve his community, Linc put his carpentry skills to use in La Plata, Maryland, at the Civista Medical Center (formerly known as Physicians Memorial Hospital). This is where he met like-hearted musicians and they eventually formed the well-known southern Maryland band, The Bluegrass Gospel Express. He began to live his dream – often playing the same Gibson guitar – and sharing music and fellowship around the community. The Gospel Express has shared music at many St. Mary’s County locations including the old Leonardtown Ice Cream Parlor/Theater and Lil’ Margaret’s Bluegrass Festival. In 2000, Linc married Deanna (Dee) Kramer. Together they enjoyed 12 years of family, friends, and joyful fellowship. Linc often spent his time with musical friends, offering fellowship and fishing with his buddies Jack or Cliff. Along with the great joy Dee brought to Linc’s life, he also gained two lovely daughters Stephanie Kurtz and Kris Foley, and two more grandsons, Ben and Will. After suffering congestive heart failure, Linc is now home with many loved ones that have gone on before, among them his brothers Conard, Daniel, and Howard of W. Va.; Henry of Maryland, and sister Daisy, who died as a toddler. Linc leaves behind many who dearly loved him, including his adored wife Dee, his children and grandchildren, nephews Jim, John, George, and Bradley of West Virginia, and Peter of Baltimore, his musical brethren from The Gospel Express, Erin Dean Tennyson, and numerous other music buddies, along with family and many friends. Family received friends for Linc’s Life Celebration on Monday, February 11, 2013 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown , Md. 20650. Prayers were recited at 7:00 p.m. A funeral service was held on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at the Hollywood United Methodist Church, 24422 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood, Md. 20636. Interment followed in Trinity Memorial Gardens in Waldorf, Md. Memorial contributions may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kan. 66675 or Hospice House of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, Md. 20650. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md.

children, Marley Mae Murray, Jack Murray, Maxwell Murray and Judson Herbots; and her siblings, Barbara Waterhouse of Barrington N.H. and Gordon Brown of Barrington, N.H. All services will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to the ASPCA Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md..

Renee Sue Sanders, 52 Renee Sue Sanders, 52, of Dameron, Md. died February 8, 2013 at her home surrounded by her loving family after a courageous battle with cancer. Born July 29, 1960 in Washington D.C., she was the daughter of the late Michael John Bernardon and Shirley Sue Gateau Bernardon. Renee is a lifelong resident of Southern Maryland. She was employed as a hair stylist where she really enjoyed and met many people in doing so. On June 13, 2008, she married her beloved husband, James Russell Sanders. She was a mentor for Alcoholics Anonymous where she guided and sponsored many people. She was an avid reader, enjoyed watching hummingbirds, mediating and praying. She especially enjoyed taking picnics with her daughter. Renee was famous for her spaghetti sauce, so much so that it has been shipped to California and Hawaii. Her greatest love was spending time with her family. In addition to her parents and her husband, Renee is survived by her children, David Hines (Sarah) of Hyattsville, Md., Madeline Clyburn (Thomas) of LaPlata, Md. and Elizabeth Manzo (Brandon); her siblings, Michael Bernardon (Lynn) of Huntingtown, Md., George Bernardon (Debi) of Monroe, Ga. and Amy Young (Harry) of Hughesville, Md., her grandchildren, Brandon Manzo and Michael Manzo of Belluvue, Neb.; her moth-

er-in-law, Mary Sanders of Dameron, Md. and many nieces and nephews. Family will receive friends for Renee’s Life Celebration on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 from 3 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., with prayers recited at 5 p.m. at Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, Md. 20650. Interment will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, Md. 20650. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md.

Charles C Reynard, 54 Charles C Reynard, 54, of Lima Ohio, passed away 30 January 2013 in Lexington Park MD. Chuck was born in Lima, Ohio on November 18, 1958 to the late Mary Ida Van Wirt and Clayton Claude Reynard. In 1977 he graduated from Elida High School and enlisted in the United Stated Marine Corps that same year. During his USMC service he went on to earn a degree in Aviation Management from Southern Illinois University and a Master’s Degree in Administration from Central Michigan University. In November of 1998 Chuck retired from active duty as First Sergeant (E-8) with the United States Marine Corps, Headquarters & Service Battalion, MCRD in San Diego, Calif. and did so with 21 years of faithful service. After retirement he worked as a Department of Defense contractor for Value Systems Services (VSS) and Raytheon Corp, and transitioned to Civil Service with Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) in Patuxent River Md. in 2003. While at NAVAIR he supported the F/A-18 foreign military sales as logistic manager and as deputy program manager for the Australian Royal Air Force. He was an avid runner completing several dozen marathons and half marathons throughout his life. He enjoyed weight lift-

Kenny Knott, 45 Brian Kevin “Kenny” Knott, 45, of Mechanicsville, Md. died February 7, 2013 at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital. A Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 14, 2013 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 29119 Point Lookout Road, Morganza, Md. 20660. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. by Father Keith Woods. Interment will follow in Charles Memorial Gardens, 26325 Point Lookout Road, Leonardtown, Md. 20650. A full obituary will appear at a later date. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md.

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Doris Irene Decker, 80 Doris Irene Decker, 80, of California, Md. died February 7, 2013 at St. Mary’s Hospice House in Callaway, Md. Born October 16, 1932 in Dover, N.H., she was the daughter of the late Harold G. Brown and Irene A. Stimpson Brown. Doris married her husband, Roland Bernard Decker in 1962 in Fort Meyer, Va. Together they spent 50 years. She was employed by Town and Country Realty until her retirement as a realtor. She was a member of the Republican Women’s Club of St. Mary’s County. Her hobbies included gardening and cooking. Most of all she loved spending time with her family and pets. In addition to her husband, Doris is survived by her daughter, Roberta M. Jones of Solomons, Md.; her granddaughter, Heather Murray of California, Md.; her great-grand-

ing and spending time either in person or on the phone with his vast circle of friends all over the world. Chuck is survived by his two sisters, Gina Page of Chicago, IL and Cheryl Marie Arnold of Ann Arbor, MI; two nieces, Seana Larson and Jennifer Guziel both of Ann Arbor MI; many cousins, and his beloved Kimberly. Chuck was preceded in death by his parents, Mary Ida and Clayton. Family will receive friends for Chuck’s Life Celebration on Saturday, February 23, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. A memorial service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675. Also on-line contributions can be made at default.aspx?tsid=72&campaignSource=W EBSITE&source=HONOR Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md.

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Thursday, February 14, 2013


Sequestration to Bring Pain, Opportunity Anticipation

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Civil servants and defense contractors are bracing for cuts to defense budgets. All but certain sequestration will take effect unless Congress devises a solution, local economic development officials say cuts will be painful. Or at least that is the short-term analysis.


Sequestration will cut nearly $5 billion from the Department of Defenses Operating and Maintenance Budget [OMB]. The Chief of Naval Operations, concerned the proposed cuts will effect the military’s effectiveness in global defense, “has directed Navy commanders to begin planning and reduce expenditures in order to mitigate negative impacts on forward-deployed forces,” according to the memo from Naval Air Systems Commander Vice Admiral David Dunaway. The Navy planned for across-the-board cuts, devising a two-tier plan. Most of the proposed “Tier Alpha” cuts prior to the final enactment of sequestration have been put into place. “Without Congressional Relief on transfer authority Tier Bravo cuts are inevitable,” according to a PowerPoint presentation given to The County Times. The unclassified document, lasted updated Jan. 25, is said to have come from Navy News Online. The slide titled “Navy actions by region – Northeast” show that under Tier Bravo Pax River will cancel the Blue Angels Air Show and furlough most civilians for 22 work days. This would effectively reduce their pay by 20 percent. “In the short term there is going to be some belt tightening,” said Bill Scarafia, executive director of the St. Mary’s County Chamber of Commerce. “I’m not trying to minimize this because we’re talking about people’s lives and people’s careers here.” Civilian contractors with close ties to the base are worried that downsizing forced through defense cuts will cost jobs, while civil servants working for the federal government have been told that they could be furloughed for up to one day a week for 22 weeks to save federal money.

The reduction in civilian pay means a general reduction in discretionary income small businesses and other service industries have come to rely on. Top navy commanders have directed hiring freezes, cuts to maintenance for surface ship groups and aircraft projects, cuts to training and eliminating business travel and conferences. Scarafia has found local businesses streamlining their operations to deal with the looming cuts while at the same time avoiding job cuts. “Everyone has one goal in mind, to minimize the impact on individuals and on the community as a whole,” Scarafia said. “Over the past few years they’ve learned how to do just as much with less. I expect the private businesses to do fine, it’s just the uncertainty that is underpinning everything.” The current uncertainty lies in whether Congress will draft another continuing resolution to fund government functions under fiscal 2012 levels or if it lets sequestration take its course. If Congress doesn’t postpone the sequestration again, it will take effect March 1. Scarafia believes Congress would eventually have to renew funding to key programs across the defense industry; however, he could not predict how long Congress would wait after sequestration went into effect. “It could be a tough time or a bump in the road,” Scarafia said. “How long can they not do repairs on aircraft and yet the initial plan is everyone gets a 20 percent cut. The cuts aren’t going to last; the missions [here] can’t be eliminated.”


Steven Anderson, the county’s director of the Department of Economic and Community Development, said job and revenue loss to the county is assured under sequestration. The pain could force the county to examine ways to diversify its economy, which has been dependent upon the defense industry for six decades. “It makes it really possible to explore new opportunities for businesses and leverage our current assets,” Anderson said, pointing to one of the most highly educated work forces in the country. Coupled with local businesses seeking new opportunities “they have the means to commercialize new concepts and bring in new companies.”

But that means a comprehensive strategy for economic development – one that doesn’t depend upon government spending. “We have to build our own entrepreneurs and everything else. We don’t know all the businesses in the county, we have to identify them,” Anderson said. “We have to develop a strategy to boost businesses.” Anderson said a community dependent on one industry is always dangerous. If the industry suffers, the community suffers. Sequestration cuts could mean fewer jobs, which means a shrinking local economy, Anderson said. If the economy is smaller than the burgeoning population of the county that would fly in the face of established economic growth principles. It would put future economic growth far behind, he said.

Reaction Among Civilians

Speaking under condition of anonymity, one civilian said that inside the base gate, civil servants seem to be divided. Some have savings for such an eventuality. Others live paycheck to paycheck. Civil servants are already talking about cutting back on luxury expenditures and focusing on the bare essentials, they said. “It’s coming so quick and most thought that this would never come,” the civil servant said. “With gas prices doubling in the past few years, the increase in taxes and a 20 percent pay cut it’s like a one-two-three punch.” The base employee said colleagues are talking about car pooling to save on fuel costs but that could have an even greater drain on productivity as they would no longer be able to work as late to complete critical projects. “They say they’ll work the book hours and take that car pool home,” they said. “It will hurt the delivery of capability to warfighters; they’ll feel [the cuts] much more than we will.” While the civilian side of the defense industry is set to experience cuts, active duty members are being shielded and are in line for a one percent pay raise. “But a pay raise is cold comfort if don’t have a weapon or a defensive system to use against the bad guys,” the civil servant said.

Military Benefits Extended to Same-Sex Partners Statement from Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta "Seventeen months ago, the United States military ended the policy of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." We have implemented the repeal of that policy and made clear that discrimination based on sexual orientation has no place in the Department of Defense. "At the time of repeal, I committed to reviewing benefits that had not previously been available to same-sex partners based on existing law and policy. It is a matter of fundamental equity that we provide similar benefits to all of those men and women in uniform who serve their country. The department already provides a group of benefits that are member-designated. Today,

I am pleased to announce that after a thorough and deliberate review, the department will extend additional benefits to same-sex partners of service members. "Taking care of our service members and honoring the sacrifices of all military families are two core values of this nation. Extending these benefits is an appropriate next step under current law to ensure that all service members receive equal support for what they do to protect this nation. "One of the legal limitations to providing all benefits at this time is the Defense of Marriage Act, which is still the law of the land. There are certain benefits that can

only be provided to spouses as defined by that law, which is now being reviewed by the United States Supreme Court. While it will not change during my tenure as secretary of defense, I foresee a time when the law will allow the department to grant full benefits to service members and their dependents, irrespective of sexual orientation. Until then, the department will continue to comply with current law while doing all we can to take care of all soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, and their families. "While the implementation of additional benefits will require substantial policy revisions and training, it is my expectation

that these benefits will be made available as expeditiously as possible. One of the great successes at the Department of Defense has been the implementation of DADT repeal. It has been highly professional and has strengthened our military community. I am confident in the military services' ability to effectively implement these changes over the coming months." The secretary's memorandum extending these benefits can be viewed at: www.


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VNOC Testifies About Impact of Sequestration By Jason Kelly Navy Live Blog Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mark Ferguson testified before the Senate Committee on Armed Services about the impact of sequestration on national security on Feb. 12, 2013. These are his opening remarks. Chairman Levin, Senator Inhofe, and distinguished members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to testify on this important issue. Simply stated, the combined effect of a year-long continuing resolution and sequestration will reduce our Navy’s overseas presence and adversely impact the material readiness and proficiency of our force—thus limiting the President’s options in time of crisis. Of equal concern, we will irreversibly damage the industrial base that we depend upon to build and maintain our ships and aircraft. Under these circumstances, we assess your Navy will be limited in its ability to provide the capability and capacity called for in the current defense strategy. The Navy will be unable to execute all of the naval force requirements of the Combatant Commanders. The impact of the Continuing Resolution is already being felt across the force as we reduce our operations and maintenance spending by $4.6 billion over the remainder of this fiscal year. Because we are operating under a continuing resolution, we also do not have congressional authority to initiate new programs or adjust funding for ongoing programs. Over $5 billion in planned FY13 investments are affected. For example, we will be compelled to delay the start of construction of John F. Kennedy (CVN 79), the completion of America (LHA 6), as well as cancel procurement of an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer and hundreds of weapons. Without congressional authority, the carrier Abraham Lincoln must remain moored at Naval Station Norfolk rather than start her overhaul, and we will not be able to complete the current overhaul of the USS Theodore Roosevelt. These debilitating impacts will be compounded by the devastation of sequestration, should it execute in its

present form on March 1st. On that date, the Navy will face an additional reduction in this fiscal year of $4.0 billion to our operation and maintenance account, and a reduction of over $7 billion to our investment accounts. The immediate impact will be to our fleet operations and depot maintenance. We anticipate reducing flight operations and underway days for our deployed forces, cancelling deployments, deferring more maintenance on ships and aircraft, suspending most non-deployed operations, such as training and certifications, along with other cost cutting measures. We will immediately erode the readiness of the force. Over the long term, the discretionary budget caps under sequestration will fundamentally change our Navy. We will be compelled to reduce our force structure, our end strength, and investments as we (face) lower funding levels and the altered landscape of our industrial base. Like many Americans, our Sailors, civilians, and their families are experiencing increased anxiety as a result of this fiscal uncertainty such as the Truman Strike Group that you alluded to, Senator. We must be mindful of the corrosive effect of this uncertainty on the morale of our people, and be vigilant regarding the potential effects of sequestration on the propensity of our force to stay with us, and of new recruits to join. Accordingly, we will make every effort to sustain family and Sailor support programs. We ask that Congress act quickly to reduce the magnitude of these reductions and replace the mechanism of sequestration with a coherent approach that addresses our national security interests. Additionally, we request the Congress enact an FY13 appropriations bill or other legislation that provides appropriate authorities for new starts and transfer authority between our accounts to address our immediate shortfalls. We look forward to working with the Congress to resolve this fiscal uncertainty and we must ensure that our Navy remains ready and capable to protect our nation’s security and prosperity. I appreciate the opportunity to testify today and look forward to your questions. Thank you.

Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mark Ferguson testified before the Senate Committee on Armed Services

Love 365 Days a Year By Laura Joyce Contributing Writer I’ve always liked Valentine’s Day. Back in high school, one of the clubs sold Candy Grams: you’d pay a few dollars and scribble a message to your special someone, and in homeroom on Valentine’s Day a box of those chalky little hearts with sayings—Be Mine, and Love U, and Forever—and a red construction-paper heart with your message on it would be delivered. I still have the paper hearts I received from my first love, tucked into a box that I open now and then. They instantly recall the feeling of new love at an age when absolutely everything seemed possible. Seeing them makes me think of the daughters-in-law I hope to someday have, and the other young women just starting out in relationships, and all of the hopes and dreams they hold, and are just setting out to realize. I think about what I wish I had known and imagine all of the girls being gathered in the auditorium for one of

those “So Now You’re a Woman” lectures, but instead of another miserably embarrassing talk, this is what I wish they’d have told us: You love Valentine’s Day and its expressions of love: the flowers, the hearts, the declarations of forever. Or, maybe you’re one of those cynical girls, telling everyone that the holiday is just a scam, a day invented by Hallmark to bring in the big bucks. And you might be right, but I bet you still harbor a secret hope that you’ll be remembered today. We all want to know love, soft-hearted girls and cynics alike. Maybe you’d prefer an unexpected cluster of bright yellow sunflowers to a traditional bouquet of long-stemmed red roses, or an ironic box of SpongeBob Squarepants chocolates to a heart-shaped box of Godiva, but even you, cynical girl, with that rough-and-ready heart of yours, have hopes and dreams. Whatever kind of heart you’ve got—a wide-eyed Taylor-Swift one, or a tough Harley-heart, or something in between—here’s what I hope for you when it comes to love. I hope you find a partner who sees that the real you is still developing (it always will be), and cherishes and nurtures it, following the twists and turns of your journey into womanhood with delight and appreciation. I hope you feel valued—and if you

don’t, I hope your heart guides you toward a partner you truly deserve, one who helps to light your travels with kindness and respect. Laughter—no matter what, be sure there’s plenty of laughter. Life is too short, and sometimes the things we see and experience are too grim, to live without humor. I hope your relationship brings you deep friendship, too, and understanding, and your partner’s sense of wonder that you are who you are, unique, the only you who exists. And if your relationship makes you feel ‘less than’—less than your true self, less than who you could be if you weren’t being held back, judged or shamed, treated with disrespect or worse, less than your full, joyous self—I hope you’ll treat it as a lesson learned, but learned quickly, then made part of the past. That past builds the foundation underlying a lifetime of Valentine’s Days that recognize your good fortune. More than anything, though, what I hope for you is a lifetime of just-plain-everydays in which you know what it is to be well and truly loved, for exactly who you are. I love hearing from you; feel free to contact me at if you have comments or questions about the column.

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Thursday, Feb. 14 • Tides Restaurant Valentine’s Day Celebration The Tides Restaurant, (Lexington Park, MD) Join The Tides Restaurant for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner. Prepared to order at $40 per person, the menu will feature elegant preparation and flavors from Chef, Steven Baltz. Tides’ Valentine’s menu is a little spicy, a little sweet— the perfect motif for a Valentine’s Day to remember. In addition to the set menu, the regular menu will be available. Call 301862-5303 for reservations.

Friday, Feb. 15 • Reservation deadline for St. Mary’s Cooperators Dinner meeting The dinner is Friday, Feb. 22 at the Crystal Room in Callaway. • Seafood Dinner Immaculate Heart of Mary (22375 Three Notch Road, Lexington Park), 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Join us for seafood dinners every Friday night during Lent (Feb. 15-March 22) as a fundraiser for parking lot resurfacing. Weekly fish specials include rockfish or catfish, baked/fried crab cakes prepared by Catering Plus, steamed/fried shrimp, fried oysters, baked haddock, fried fish basket, and a choice of two sides of applesauce, coleslaw, French fries, green beans, macaroni and cheese, and stewed tomatoes. Dine-in and carryout options are available. There will be a weekly drawing for two free dinners. Coupon for $2 off any dinner expires tonight.

Saturday, Feb. 16 • Sweets for the Sweet Port of Leonardtown Winery, 12 to 6 p.m. Chocolate truffle and wine pairings. We will pair truffles from Wildewood Pastry Shop with our award winning wines. Fabulous combinations. Call ahead to reserve your spot. Cost is $10 for a souvenir glass and wine tasting up to six wines paired with specialty truffles.

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. Tickets are $3 each that includes a door prize ticket and one 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. • “Bowl-for-a-Youth” Community Bowl-a-Thon AMF Waldorf Lanes Bowling Center (11920 Acton Lane, Waldorf), 9 to 11:30 p.m. Join us at our 2013 “Bowl-for-aYouth” Community Bowl-a-Thon event.

There will be door prizes and a silent auction. Teams of six cost $150 per team or $30 per person, which includes shoe rental for 2.5 hours of unlimited bowling. E-mail registrations to

Wednesday, Feb. 20 • Esperanza Student vs. Staff Basketball Game 6 pm. Tickets are $3 in advance, $4 at the door age 4 and under are free. Exciting halftime show. Refreshments will be sold. Come show your Pirate Pride. • “Disasters by Design: How Global Change Threatens Landscape Sustainability” St. Mary’s College’s Schaefer Hall, room 106, 4:40 p.m. St. Mary’s Arboretum Association and the Natural Science and Mathematics Colloquium Series at St. Mary’s College will sponsor the talk “Disasters by Design: How Global Change Threatens Landscape Sustainability.” Michael Raupp, University of Maryland professor and ornamental horticulture specialist, will present on how human activities contribute to pest outbreaks, and what these outbreaks mean to the citizens of Maryland. At the conclusion of the event, participants can take home free tree and shrub seedlings from the arboretum’s plant nursery. The seedlings are sponsored by the arboretum and the Chaney Foundation of Waldorf, Md. All education sessions are free and open to the public. Upcoming events are listed on the arboretum’s website:

Friday, Feb. 22 • Open House for Mother Catherine Spalding School Catherine Spalding, 38833 Chaptico Road, Mechanicsville, 2 to 6 p.m. For parents and prospective students in grade PRE-K through 8th grade. This is an excellent opportunity to visit our school, meet our principal, teachers, parents and students, and learn about the many programs we have to offer. A fullday PRE-K program is available. For more information call 301-884-3165 or visit at • Open Mic at the Christ Church Parish Hall Christ Church Parish Hall, 37497 Zach Fowler Road, Chaptico, 7 p.m. The Southern Maryland Traditional Music and Dance HomeSpun Coffee House will sponsor this great event with many varieties of music and lots of friendship. So if you haven’t been to an SMTMD event before, this is a great time to start. The music starts at 7:30. The admission fee for this event is only $5, and performers are admitted free. Light refreshments will be provided (donations are suggested). For additional information, or to sign up to perform, please contact John Garner at or call John at 301-904-4987. Visit for directions and more information. • St. Mary’s Cooperators Dinner meeting Crystal Room in Callaway The reservation deadline was Friday, Feb.15.

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Saturday, Feb. 23 • Roast Beef Dinner Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad building, Route 235, 4 to 7 p.m. The Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad Auxiliary is sponsoring a roast beef dinner. The menu will include: roast beef, mashed potatoes, green beans, carrots, rolls, coffee and tea. Dessert table will be available. The cost will be: adults $13 (eat-in or carry out), children 5-12 $6, children under 5 free. • Camp Maria Annual Yard Sale 41290 Camp Maria Road, Leonardtown , 7 a.m. to noon. Breakfast items for sale; coffee & hot choc available for a donation. No credit cards; cash or check only. Gently Used Items. Some items brand new. • Meet the Airplane Patuxent River Naval Air Museum, 12 to 3 p.m. The Patuxent River Naval Air Museum is hosting their second semi-monthly Meet the Airplane event. Come to the Museum and get to know the airplanes on the flightline and inside. Our focus airplane this month is the mock-up of the Northrop Grumman X-47A Pegasus, the predecessor to the Navy’s current demonstrator aircraft, known as the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System, which is making news throughout the Navy and around the world. The Museum will have Active Duty Military personnel there to answer your questions about this aircraft and others. Make your own unmanned vehicle and demonstrate how it flies. Join the exclusive FOD Club; find foreign objects that damage aircraft (FOD) in and around the Museum; get your FOD Club Card stamped for additional savings at the Flightline Gift Shop. In rhe conference room, Hank Caruso will be on-hand to demonstrate how to draw aircraft. During the Meet the Airplane another drawing for a remarqued Hank Caruso Aerocature print will be pulled. These tickets and Aerocature© prints are available at the Museum Gift Store anytime you can come by, you do not have to wait to purchase those. Oh by the way, the Museum’s Flightline Gift Shop has the largest collection of aviation themed merchandise in the So MD area. 50/50 drawings will be held for a couple additional lucky winners for the day. Food is sponsored by Days Off Catering. • A Thoughtful Approach to Women’s Wellness Mt. Zion United Methodist Church of Laurel Grove (Mechanicsville), 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. This free annual event offers an array of health screenings, continental breakfast and lunch, health displays, and education materials. Guest speaker Dr. Udman Zahir, orthopedic specialist with the MedStar Georgetown Orthopedic Institute at MedStar St. Mary’s. will discuss spine and back health. Dr. Pradeep Simlote, allergist and immunologist will talk about respiratory health and Dr. Meenakshi G. Brewster, health officer with the St. Mary’s County Health Department, will discuss women’s priorities from a public health perspective. In addition, Hospital Vice President Joan Gelrud will welcome participants and Kristin Montour Grubbs


will discuss diabetes and wound care. Nutritionist Donna Taggert will present “Health By Chocolate.” Glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol screenings will be available in addition to bone density scans. Other services to be offered at the event are Body Mass Index Measurement, skin analysis, and flu shots. Preregistration is required for this popular program. Visit or call 301-475-6019 for more information or to register. • Free Women’s Wellness Program Mt. Zion United Methodist Church of Laurel Grove in Mechanicsville, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. “A Thoughtful Approach to Women’s Wellness,” a free program sponsored by MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital and St. Mary’s Delicados, Inc. The annual event offers an array of health screenings, continental breakfast and lunch, health displays and educational materials. Guest speaker Dr.Usman Zahir, orthopaedic specialist with the MedStar Georgetown Orthopaedic Institute at MedStar St. Mary’s, will discuss spine and back health. Dr. Pradeep Simlote, allergist and immunologist will talk about respiratory health and Dr. Meenakshi G. Brewster, health officer with the St. Mary’s County Health Department, will discuss women’s priorities from a public health perspective. In addition, Hospital Vice President Joan Gelrud will welcome participants and Kristin Montour Grubbs will discuss diabetes and wound care. Nutritionist Donna Taggert will present “Health by Chocolate.” Glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol screenings will be available in addition to bone density scans. Other services to be offered at the event are Body Mass Index measurement, skin analysis and flu shots. Pre-registration is required for this popular program. Visit MedStarSt.Marys. org or call 301-475-6019 for more information or to register. • Summerstock Audition Workshop Chancellor’s Run Regional Park (Loffler Building), 12 to 3 p.m. The St. Mary’s County Department of Recreation and Parks will hold a workshop for anyone interested in auditioning for this summer’s Summerstock production of “Hairspray”. The goal of the workshop is to help individuals improve their singing, acting and dance audition routines. Techniques will be taught to help excel in these areas and to gain confidence in the process. The class will also focus on all types of stage production auditions. $10 per person. Ages: 12 to 21 A maximum of 40 participants will be admitted to the workshop. Registration is on a first come first served basis. Participants must pre-register, either online or in person at the Recreation and Parks main office in Leonardtown. Registration (online and walk-in) is now open. Visit to register online. Walk-in registration can be done at the Recreation and Parks main office; Monday thru Friday; 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Patuxent Building, 23150 Leonard Hall Drive, Leonardtown. Resources will be available for sheet music to choose a song For more information contact the Recreation and Parks office at 301-475-4200 x 1800.


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• Purses and Totes Bingo Ridge Fire House (13820 Point Lookout Road, Ridge, MD 20680), 1 p.m. The Ridge Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary is hosting a Purses and Totes Bingo on February 24, at the Ridge Fire House, 13820 Point Lookout Road, Ridge. Doors open at 1 p.m., Bingo begins at 2 p.m. Prizes will be Coach, Vera Bradley, Longaberger Sisters, and Thirty One Purses and Bags. There will be money games, specials, pull-tabs, raffles, and refreshments. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the Door. Advanced tickets must be purchased no later than Feb. 22. To purchase tickets, email auxiliary@ridgevfd. org or call 301-872-5671. Those purchasing advanced ticket sales will be entered into a drawing. Reserved tables for six or more for advanced sales only. No children permitted unless they have their own ticket and are accompanied by an adult. Tickets are non-refundable. There will be only one item won per game. This bingo is in no way affiliated or endorsed by Coach, Vera Bradley, the Longaberger Company or Thirty One, though the prizes to be won are genuine products.

• St. Mary’s Genealogical Society Meeting Leonardtown Library (23250 Hollywood Road), 7 p.m. The St. Mary’s Genealogical Society is holding their next meeting on Monday, Feb. 25 at the Leonardtown Library at 7 p.m. The public is invited and admission is free. The subject of tonight’s meeting is “Websites to Expand Your Research.” The speaker Ms. Linda Vert. Refreshments will be served. Contact Loranna Gray at 301-373-8458 or Peg Richardson at 410326-4435 for directions or information. • Public Meeting and Discussion on Fracking St. Mary’s Hall, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, 5:30 p.m. What do you know about fracking? How will fracking affect our local waterways, our drinking water and our pocketbooks? Do you know how fracking is accomplished? Join us for a panel discussion with experts who will provide an overview of the process and speak to the environmental concerns and energy costs. This moderated discussion will feature speakers from the American Petroleum Insti-

tute, the Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper and regulatory enforcement agencies. The program is being sponsored by the St. Mary’s River Watershed Association, the Natural Science and Mathematics Colloquium and Center for the Study of Democracy at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, The League of Women Voters of St. Mary’s County and the Patuxent Riverkeeper. For more information: www.

Wednesday, Feb. 27 • Wounded Warrior Appreciation Dinner Reservation Deadline River’s Edge Restaurant at PAX River NAS, 6 p.m. Contact Duane Mallicoat at 240-8957363 or Bill Lankford at 240-895-7330 by today for the Wednesday, March 6 dinner. DAU Alumni Association is hosting and the guest speaker is RADM Jane. The first 20 WW and a guest that RSVP will be admitted free. Everyone is welcome. • The Interview Fair Forrest Center, 24005 Point Lookout Rd., Leonardtown, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The intent of this fair is to give our students a chance to interview with professionals in the industry they’re interested in

pursuing after high school. The primary focus is to give students a chance to practice their interview skills. You don’t have to have job or internship openings to be one of the industry participants since that isn’t the primary focus of this event but you certainly may offer job or internship positions to any student you interview. We already have some PAC members from other programs who have signed up to participate. Some people are coming for the full day to interview students and others are just doing interviews for a few hours. Your commitment is totally up to you and what your job schedule will support. If you have the time and are available to help please let me know by reply e-mail so we put you on our schedule. We really appreciate your time and help. Please call (301) 475-0242

To submit your event listing to go in our Community Calendar, please email with the listing details by 12 p.m. on the Tuesday prior to our Thursday publication.

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Programs and Activities

SENIOR LIVING Cards for Troops

On Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 1:30 p.m. the Garvey Senior Activity Center will be making Mother’s Day cards for service members stationed abroad to send home to their family and friends. All handmade cards will be donated to Cards for Soldiers, a nonprofit organization that provides homemade greeting cards to service members to send home to family while away from home. To sign up to help cut, stamp and assemble cards, call 301-475-4200, ext. 1050. No previous experience needed.

Bunco Party

Bunco is a fast paced but easy to learn dice game that will be played at the Garvey Senior Activity Center on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 10 a.m. Prizes will be awarded. A pizza lunch will be served at Noon. Cost for the lunch is by donation for those ages 60 and above and $5.50 for those under the age of 60. Call 301-475-4200, ext. 1050 to sign up to play and reserve your pizza lunch.

Basket Weaving Class

On Tuesday, Feb. 19 and Thursday, Feb. 21, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Northern Senior Activity Center, make a Beaded Basket. This is a great basket for decorating your home and storing small items. It measures about eight inches in diameter by eight inches high and features a wooden bottom and beaded trim on the false rim. A selection of short beaded trims will be provided or bring your own (about one yard). The basket will be woven in two class sessions held on Tuesday, Feb. 19 and Thursday, February 21, from 1 to 4 pm. The cost for the kit, which

includes all materials and tools is $35. Call 301-475-4002, ext. 1003 to sign-up by Tuesday, Feb. 12. Payment must be received to confirm a reservation for the class.

Medication Safety for Seniors

On Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 10:45 a.m., the “Senior Matters” discussion group will meet at the Northern Senior Activity Center to talk about issues surrounding medication safety. Structured like a small study or focus group, participants will explore issues and concerns related to aging. The group is facilitated by Elizabeth Holdsworth (LCSW-C) and meets the first and third Tuesday at 10:45 a.m. Walk-ins are welcome. Please contact the center for more information at 301-475-4002, ext. 1001.

Let’s try Cribbage

At the Loffler Senior Activity Center we have plenty of cribbage boards and cards, but it’s been a long time since we’ve had players. Starting Friday, Feb. 15 at 1 p.m. we will hold have a room set up with all you need to enjoy this two-player card game. If players come we will keep cribbage going as a regular weekly program. No need to sign up--just come to Loffler Senior Activity Center on Friday at 1 p.m. For more information call 301-737-5670, ext. 1658.

Limitations No More

At the Loffler Senior Activity Center we have a practitioner of Emotional Freedom Technique, an energybased self-help technique that has had dramatic results with issues such as pain, fears, stress, weight gain, allergies and so much more. Richele McLeod is a regis-

tered nurse who continues to study this healing art that is based on the tenets of acupuncture but uses tapping that you do yourself. She will show you how to practice this method on your own for continued improvement. Frequently a person can find relief after only one session. Other issues may require more, but it is something you can continue to do for yourself. Richele’s sessions are gentle and are appropriate for anyone. An initial session will last 90 minutes, subsequent sessions, (if needed) will be 1 hour. The initial session includes a 30-minute introductory period. If, after that time, you are not already having some relief, you may discontinue the session and will be charged nothing. To continue for the next hour it is $45. Richele is at the Loffler Senior Activity Center the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. She accepts walk-ins when space is available but appointments take priority. You can schedule a session with her by calling 240-925-4309. For more information call 301-737-5670, ext. 1658.

O’Loffler’s Irish Pub

Put this on your calendar: Friday, March 15; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Loffler Senior Activity Center will be celebrating the luck of the Irish with the music of David Norris and a fine lunch including ham, potatoes and cabbage, plus all the fun, shenanigans and (near) beer you might find in an Irish Pub. This party will be served up Loffler style, so make sure you bring your sense of humor and for blarney’s sake, make sure you wear the green. Tickets are required ($8 suggested donation) and are available for purchase at Loffler Senior Activity Center. 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. Visit the Department of Aging’s website at for the most up-to date information.


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Tri-County Council Has New Board The Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland convened their full Council meeting at the Loews Hotel in Annapolis, Maryland on Jan. 24. Council members took up several matters, including a vote on the Nomination Committee’s slate of Officers for calendar year 2013. The Council membership voted to unanimously approve the slate of officers and recognized the service of outgoing chairs, St. Mary’s County Commissioner Todd Morgan and Mary Lynn Stone, and outgoing Executive Board members, Calvert County Commissioner Gerald Clark and Wilson Parran. Charles left to right: St. Mary’s County Commissioner Todd Morgan; Mary Lynn Stone, County Commissioner Pres- Pictured Council Executive Board Member; Lt. Governor Anthony Brown; Elaine J. Lancaster, Acting ident, Candice Quinn Kelly, Executive Director, Tri-County Council; Council Chair and Charles County Commissioner will serve as Chair of the President, Candice Quinn Kelly. Council’s Executive Board. “I feel honored to have five health enterprise zones, and highlighted Medserved as Co-Chair of the Tri-County Council,” said Star St. Mary’s Hospital, Greater Lexington Park, as Morgan. “The council continues to be a strong ad- one of the designated locations. “Health Enterprise vocate for the three Southern Maryland counties, Zones are a new and innovative way of addressing the working to resolve region-wide issues and to assure health disparities that have plagued our communities regional goals are attained.” for too long,” Brown said. “My father was a doctor, The retiring co-chairs and members of the and growing up, I had the opportunity to see firstexecutive board were presented with framed post- hand the tremendous impact that quality, affordable, ers, depicting the historic churches of the Southern healthcare can have on families and businesses.” Maryland region. Acting Executive Director, Elaine Additionally, the lt. governor announced new J. Lancaster, was introduced to the full Council services being offered by MVA for veterans. The sermembership. vices will help veterans connect to job opportunities Eric Franklin, Workforce Investment Board and access benefits and services. “Providing these Chairman, introduced keynote speaker Lt. Governor new services through the MVA is an important part Anthony Brown to the Council members. of the commitment we make each and every day to Brown addressed a number of Southern Mary- improve the lives of the 30,000 active military and land initiatives and issues that the Council member- 460,000 veterans who call Maryland home,” said Lt ship has been interested in, including transportation; Brown, a Colonel in the U. S. Army Reserves and the health care; regional infrastructure; veteran’s issues; highest ranking elected official to have served a tour and, education. Brown announced Maryland’s first of duty in Iraq.

SMADC Regional Grants Offered The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) is offering a round of regional grants in Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties for projects deemed to have structural longevity and a lasting impact on the regional farming and aquaculture community. SMADC initiated the first round of Regional Grants in 2010, and was pleased to award funding to a broad range of regional entities for projects that support long-term infrastructure, agricultural education and/or Farmers’ Markets including but not limited to farm equipment purchases for rental programs, high school agricultural education programs, capital improvements for farmers markets, urban farming and projects that target the new or beginning farmer. To be considered for a SMADC Regional Grant, proposals must be submitted no later than Monday, April 15. Prior applicants for this grant are welcome to apply again, however first time applicants will have funding priority. Examples of successful Regional Grant awards are listed below:

• Urban community farm - purchase of shipping container to be retrofitted for produce prep • High school educational programs on food and agriculture • Children’s garden for educational foundation • Refurbished greenhouses at two high schools • Purchase of high tunnel for agricultural education • Farmer Market signage and hand washing stations • Capital improvement to a farmers market • Research on suitable grape varieties for wine in Southern Maryland • Farm equipment for rental programs within the five counties • Two Freezer trailers for transportation of local produced meat from USDA processing facilities To be considered for a SMADC regional Grant proposals must be submitted no later than Monday, April 15. Visit to download the Grant Application or call SMADC staff at (301) 2741922, ex. 1.

Thursday, February 14, 2013


CSM hosts Civil War Book Discussions, through March Tuesday, Feb. 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. • Civil War Book Discussion: America’s War anthology – Part Three Calvert Library Prince Frederick, Meeting Room 1, 850 Costley Way, Prince Frederick. This is a five-part series sponsored in part by the Maryland Humanities Council, in which three books are discussed. Loaner copies of the book are available on a first-come, first-serve basis in the La Plata Campus library. Part three of the discussion series approaches the Battle of Shiloh, which occurred in April 1862, almost exactly a year after Fort Sumter and the secession of Virginia. The battle redefined the boundaries of the military conflict and thousands of men with little training and no experience in war were thrown against one another in days of inexpressible suffering and waste. The war was seen as a desperate, defiant effort by the Confederacy to stop the progress of the Union Army and Navy and shattered any fantasies people had that the war would be won easily by either side. Free. 301934-7606 or

Thursday, March 7 from 7 to 9 p.m. • Civil War Book Discussion: Crossroads of Freedom and America’s War anthology – Part Four College of Southern Maryland, Leonardtown Campus, Building C, Room 216, 22950 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown. This is a five-part series sponsored in part by the Maryland Humanities Council, in which three books are discussed. Loaner copies of the book are available on a first-come, first-serve basis in the La Plata Campus library. In the fourth segment of the discussion series opposing views are offered on the study of Antietam. Neither the Union nor the Confederacy could claim a glorious victory but Civil War historians James McPherson and Gary Gallagher argue sides on a victory. McPherson sides for a Union victory while Gallagher argues on behalf of the strength of the Confederate Army. Drew Gilpin Faust’s excerpt shifts our focus from the course of battle and politics to the suffering of families and communities and asks that we broaden our vision of what took place. Free. 301-934-7606 or smsc@

Tuesday, March 26 from 7 to 9 p.m. • Civil War Book Discussion: America’s War anthology – Part Five College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Center for Business and Industry, BI-113E, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. This is a five-part series sponsored in part by the Maryland Humanities Council, in which three books are discussed. Loaner copies of the book are available on a first-come, first-serve basis in the La Plata Campus library. The final conversation focuses on the emancipation of four million people who had been held in slavery for over two centuries. Following the conclusion of the war at Antietam, President Lincoln drafted the Emancipation Proclamation, allowing Frederick Douglass to rally black men to the defense of the United States because it is now fighting for their freedom. While the Gettysburg Address, given in November 1863, does not speak of slavery directly, its potent language frames the purpose of the war as freedom understood it its broadest terms. After finally being able to enlist, 200,000 African American men joined the service in just two years. Emancipation was not a single event but a long and uneven series of struggles on plantations and farms, in cities and town, all across the South. In a final essay on “Images of the War,” America’s War illuminates drawings from artists who were able to see firsthand, army camps in the midst of battle and enabled the public to picture the war as it progressed and to help us make sense of the American Civil War today. Free. 301-934-7606 or

State Bike, Pedestrian Survey The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) is launching an update of the 20-year Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. The Bicycle and Pedestrian Master plan establishes a 20-year vision to support cycling and walking as modes of transportation in Maryland. The Plan will provide guidance and investment strategies to support cycling and walking. MDOT is asking for your input. Please take a moment to complete the Bicycle and Pedestrian Needs Survey, which is designed to help MDOT better understand how people currently use bicycle and pedestrian facilities and what types of improvements are most important. Go to bikewalkplan for more information and to complete the survey.


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Brownies Care for Feral Cats Library Items Harriet Tubman to visit Lexington Park Library

Harriet Tubman will return to Lexington Park library on Feb. 23! Joyce Harris will take the audience back in time as she portrays Harriet Tubman and provides a glimpse into Tubman’s life as a slave child through the times she helped to free slaves. Michael Eley will join Harris singing historical Negro Spirituals and sharing their hidden messages. This free program starts at 10:30 a.m. and is being co-sponsored by St. Mary’s County Branch of NAACP, United Committee for Afro-American Contributions, and the Minority Outreach Coalition. Light refreshments will be served.

Childcare providers can earn CEUs

Childcare providers will learn simple activities to help children get ready to learn to read plus earn two CEUs upon completion of the Every Child Ready to Read training. Providers need to register for the training offered at Charlotte Hall library on Feb. 21 or at Lexington Park library on Feb. 28. Both begin at 6 p.m.

Mobile Career Center to visit libraries

Southern Maryland JobSource Mobile Career Center will be providing services to job seekers from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Lexington Park library on Feb. 15 and at Leonardtown library on Feb. 19, and from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Charlotte Hall library on Feb. 21.

Kids can solve a crime

Children ages 7-12 will try to solve a crime explore the science of forensics while they try to solve a crime at the “Who Done It?” program at Leonardtown library on Feb. 22 at 2:30 p.m. The program is free but registration is required.

Need help with Kindle or iPad?

Leonardtown library is offering sessions on downloading eBooks for those who have Kindles on Feb. 19 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and for those who have iPads on Feb. 25 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Teen art entries due March 1

The Express Yourself Teen Art Contest is underway and open to teens in grade 6 through 12. Teens can drop off their art entries at any branch by March 1. All entries will be displayed in the Lexington Park Library Art Gallery from March 1 through April 15. Winners will receive art supplies and will be announced April 15. Details are posted on the teen webpage.

Estate Auction Feb. 15th 6 p.m.

Brownie Troop 6336 created three shelters that they donated to a local feral cat rescue group. The project was part of their Take Action portion of their Journey Quest. Back: Leaders Wendy Perraut and Jennifer Kosich In front of leaders: Katie Wise and Madison Ray Middle row left to right: Fiona Coll, Julia Kosich, Delaney Huiskens, Kylie Perraut, Grace Utzinger, Juli Blake Front row left to right: Emma Ashley and Carly Taylor

Fundraiser for Teenage Girl with Cancer Kayla Kiley is a 13-year-old child from St. Mary’s County who is battling cancer. At the age of 6, Kayla was diagnosed with lymphoma cancer. She went through many rounds of chemo and radiation and put up the fight of her life and eventually beat it. This put the cancer into remission. Almost two years after being in remission, she started having headaches and was taken to Children’s Hospital in DC where we discovered that, yet again, her cancer had returned. This time, it was diagnosed as P-Net cancer (brain tumor). It was already in a stage four category. She was not given very good odds to overcome this cancer. Even St. Jude turned Kayla away because it was an extremely rare cancer and they felt there was nothing that could be done. Thanks to Children’s Hospital, Kayla fought the fight again and, against all odds, put the cancer back into remission. Kayla has been in remission three years, however, recently she unfortunately began having headaches again. She was taken back to Children’s Hospital, fearing the worst but hoping for the best. The devastating news returned for Kayla; the

cancer has returned, this time as leukemia, which is cancer of the blood. Doctors have informed our family that this will be the ultimate fight. She is going through six weeks (minimum) of chemo for the first cycle, will go back home for a week, then come back for another six weeks (minimum) for the second cycle of chemo, go home for a week, then the bone marrow procedure will begin where she could be at children’s hospital for six months or more. Our family is in need of the com-

munity’s help. We are putting together a benefit to be held at Heavy Hitters Bar and Grill located at 30125 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville, MD 20622 on Feb. 17 (1 p.m. to 2 a.m.). Any donations that could be applied to this benefit for Kayla and her family would be of great appreciation. The donations are tax deductible. For more information, please contact Heavy Hitters at 301-884-8820, Jen Snyder at 240-298-2826, Greg Bennett at 301-904-8312 or Lynne Quade at 301-399-3172.

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Thursday, February 14, 2013


Southern Maryland VEX Robotics League’s Inaugural Season This will be the first championship competition for the new Southern Maryland VEX Robotics League sponsored by the College of Southern Maryland. The VEX game is called “Sack Attack” and requires robots to pick up beanbags and score them in goals. “By creating the league, we are able to offer more play opportunities for Southern Maryland teams than in the past,” said CSM Industrial Studies Professor Bernice Brezina, robotics coordinator. “Students are challenging themselves to come back each month with better robot designs and more advanced programming. I hope we may improve how we do this each year as we work with the STEM coordinators, teachers, mentors and volunteers again and continue to offer robotics challenges for students of all ages, including the collegiate level. We just opened a new robotics lab at the La Plata Campus as we continue to grow.” Since the season began in September, the 32 registered teams have worked with faculty advisors and mentors in their schools and competed in ranking sessions held at schools in Southern Maryland. Following the final ranking session Feb. 2, the teams will play in elimination rounds in the League Championship Feb. 16. Final team rankings will determine the alliance selection order and elimination bracket. Currently, the top three teams represent each county with La Plata’s Angle

Warriors in the lead. “CSM relies on the support of sponsors and many volunteers to provide these exciting robotics programs to the students in our community. At the same time, schools need funding for their teams,” said Brezina. CSM offsets some of the costs to schools by providing the VEX goal and game objects kits, league coordination and registration fees. Middle school teams are especially interested in forming VEX robotics teams, and high schools that initially had one team are now expanding to two, three and even four teams, said Brezina, adding that each VEX robot team can require upwards of $1,000 in equipment and parts to build a competitive robot. “A competition team will require programming software, spare tools, batteries, metals, electronics and mechanical parts—the costs add up quickly. Besides money, schools are in need of mentors such as engineers and programmers with expertise in mechanical design, electronics and C programming,” she said. The Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division (NAVEODTECHDIV) provided equipment and engineer mentors to start new middle school teams in Charles County this year. NAVEODTECHDIV Technical Projects Manager and Engineer Byron Brezina, the husband of Bernice Brezina, worked with

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

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In Entertainment

Thursday, Feb. 14

• Piranhas for Valentines Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 8 p.m. • Ladies Night with DJ Billy Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) – 9 p.m. • One Way Mo Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood) – 8:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 15 • Big Money Band Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 8 p.m. • Ladies Night with DJ Billy Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) – 7 p.m. • DJ Charlie Thompson Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood) – 8:30 p.m. • Wolf’s Blues Jam Fat Boy’s Country Store (41566 Medleys Neck Road, Leonardtown) – 8 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 16 • No Green Jellybeenz Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) – 9:30 p.m. • The 25th Hour Band Cryer’s Back Road Inn (22094 Newtowne Neck Road, Leonardtown) – 7 p.m. • Kristen and the Noise with The Piranhas in the Front Bar Hotel Charles (15110 Burnt Store Road, Hughesville) – 10 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 18 • Karaoke Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood) – 8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 19 • Dylan Galvin Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 20 • Karaoke with DJ Harry Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) – 7 p.m.

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• Team Trivia Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood) – 6:30 p.m. • Open Mic Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood) – 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 21 • Swamp Dog Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 7:30 p.m. • DJ Dogg Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood) – 8:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 22 • Lawless Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 8 p.m. • Justin Myles Experience The Tides Restaurant (46580 Expedition Dr, Lexington Park) – 6 p.m. • Bob Wire and the Fence Posts Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood) – 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 23 • Sum Bich Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) – 9:30 p.m. • Three Sixty Hotel Charles (15110 Burnt Store Road, Hughesville) – 10 p.m. • The 25th Hour Band Cryer’s Back Road Inn (22094 Newtowne Neck Road, Leonardtown) – 8 p.m. • The Piranhas Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood) – 8:30 p.m. • Pounding Sand Debut Gridiron Grill (20855 Callaway Village Way, Callaway) – 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 24 • Sunday Jazz and Requests Café des Artistes (41655 Fenwick Street, Leonardtown) – 5 p.m.

The County Times is always looking for more local talent to feature! To submit art or band information for our entertainment section, e-mail

Wednesday, Feb. 6 was signing day at St. Mary’s Ryken. Knights sign their letters of intent (from the left): DeMarco Rojas (wide receiver/defensive back) is headed to Lake Erie College; Ryan Deal (quarterback) commits to West Virginia Wesleyan University; and KaDarius Campbell (running back) inks on the dotted line for St. Francis University. All students are varsity athletes on the football team.

Book Review

“The One I Left Behind” by Jennifer McMahon c.2013, William Morrow $14.99 / $16.99 Canada 423 pages By Terri Schlichenmeyer Contributing Writer

Once upon a time, your parents diapered your behind. They didn’t mind, though, because it was part of being a parent. They fed you, cleaned up after you, put clothes on your little body, toys in your bedroom, and lessons in your head. They made meals, curfews, and sacrifices. Someday, you may need to repay the favor, although it may not be pleasant. In fact, in the new novel “The One I Left Behind” by Jennifer McMahon, it may come at a bigger price than one might think. Thirty-nine-year-old Reggie Dufrane never wanted to return to Monique’s Wish. The old stone house was once a labor of love, built by Reggie’s grandfather for his wife, Monique, who died in childbirth. It was supposed to be a gift, but Reggie only saw it as a place to escape forever. She never wanted to return. But when her Aunt Lorraine phoned, she had no choice. Twenty-five years ago, Reggie’s mother, Vera, was the final victim of a serial killer that the media dubbed Neptune. Though they never found her body, they found Vera’s right hand, amputated neatly, the calling card of a killer. But Vera was very much alive. She’d been living in a homeless shelter all those years, and now she was dying of cancer. Lorraine demanded that Reggie bring Vera to Monique’s Wish for her final days, though returning to a life’s worth of bad memories was something Reggie didn’t want to do.

In retrospect, Vera hadn’t been a good parent. Reggie spent more time with her aunt than with her mother because Vera loved to drink. Lorraine resented that, and she seemed to resent Reggie, too. Because she felt unloved, and because of a childhood injury, Reggie grew up self-conscious, selfdestructive, and unable to resist peer pressure from a reckless supposed-best friend. It had taken a long time to overcome that. She didn’t want to return to it. But the fact of the matter was that her mother was alive, and dying. The other fact was that Neptune was never caught and vulnerable Vera was still in danger. Then again, so was Reggie… I really have to stop reading books like this before bedtime. I was okay until I got about a quarter-way through it. But then author Jennifer McMahon made me jump and, well, helloooo nightmares. Though there are some rough spots in editing and a little bit of initial backand-forth confusion in timeline, “The One I Left Behind” is a pretty fine thriller. The characters are a creepy bunch, even when you may think they’re not supposed to be. There are lots of distractions here to keep you guessing, and plenty of dead ends that should easily foil early-solvers. In fact, I didn’t know where McMahon was going until almost the end of this book, which was mighty satisfying. So if you need to scare up a few scares, this book should be your next read need. For lovers of a high Creep Level, “The One I Left Behind” won’t be left behind anywhere.

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Wanderings of an Aimless

Food Fraud: What’s on your plate? By Debra Meszaros CSN There has never been a time in history more important than now, to raise your own awareness about the food you decide to consume each day. Unfortunately the days of knowing your local farmer have been replaced with corporate supermarkets. We are left to trust what we read on the labels that accompany our food. But should we be? In the past year alone, reports have surfaced about many common practices of modern food manufacturing. How can a fast food burger be left out for a decade and not decompose? Why does a McRib pork sandwich contain 70 different questionable ingredients and its meat portion consist of restructured meat? Is the meat you have chosen to purchase at the grocery store held together by “meat glue”? Does your child’s school lunch contain a combination of ground up beef scraps and some connective tissue mixed with an ammonia solution, a.k.a. “pink slime”? Did you miss the full-page ads that a supermarket chain ran in national newspapers apologizing for selling hamburgers that contained 30 percent horsemeat?

Supporting that dollar menu at many local establishments may be doing more damage than you think. With each dollar you spend, are you supporting food fraud? When you deliberately substitute, add, tamper or misrepresent food, its ingredients, or packaging, or make false or misleading statements about a product for economic gain, you are committing food fraud. The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) reports 800 new reports of food fraud over the last two years. At this rate, wholesome food may be very hard to come by in the near future. Where can we find a solution? Could it be right in our back yards? Getting back to the basics is the way to preserve our food safety and our health. Small family farms still exist in our area, and those that respect the laws of nature are helping to preserve a healthy food chain. Local farming is very important to all of us. Buying from smaller community farms with free-range animals that are organically fed, removes you from possibly being a victim of food fraud and unwanted food contamination. Look for signs in your local supermarket for local products. Understand that contamination is mostly found in products raised in confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs); so research the brands you buy and keep a sharp eye out for that local farm stand. Stop in and buy some wholesome food, and don’t forget to say “Thank you”.

©2013 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. I encourage you to make your own health decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified health care professional.

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James Williams Part One Linda Reno Contributing Writer We would like to believe we would be proud of all of our ancestors, but they were human beings and often made mistakes--sometimes big ones. One of these was James Williams (1796-1844), my fourth great-grandfather. James Williams and Elizabeth Spalding were married about April 23, 1817. By 1829 Williams was running a dry goods store and had begun acquiring property in and around Mechanicsville. By 1835 things had begun to come apart. There are records of at least five judgments against Williams by various creditors between 1835 and 1838. Now, apparently, the heavy drinking began and along with it, the wife beating. The first charge occurred on May 27, 1839 followed by another on December 15, 1839 and again on July 11, 1840. Bond was posted in each case, but it does not appear any real action was taken. Perhaps Elizabeth dropped the cases with the hope or promise things would get better, not realizing that too often the violence only escalates. On July 14, 1843 a Coroner’s inquest was ordered on the body of Elizabeth Williams at her home. Her eight-year-old son, Robert testified that “his parents went to Mr. Scott’s together and his mother came home and left his father there. When his father came home, he tried to break down the door before he or his mother could get up to open the door. Rob-

ert opened another door and let his father in. His father grabbed his mother by her hair and dragged her out the door and beat her with a heavy thick board on the back and head. Then he beat her with two tobacco sticks and then with a large rail. When he stopped beating her with a rail, she appeared to be dead and then he stamped her on the breast and head. He grabbed hold of her feet and dragged her into the house; stamped her again; and then got a chunk of fire and kindled it upon her breast. Then he laid her out and laid down by her.” The July 24, 1843 issue of the Baltimore Sun reported: “A Wife Murdered by Her Husband. On the night of the 13th, we learn from the Leonardtown Herald, a horrid murder was committed in the vicinity of Charlotte Hall by a man named James Williams, upon his wife. After the murder had been committed, the fiend in human shape deliberately removed his victim into the yard fronting the house, where the deed was perpetrated and fled from the neighborhood. He has not been arrested. His son, an interesting boy of eight years old who saw his mother expire under blows inflicted by the inhuman husband, seated himself close by the remains of his murdered parent, which he continued to watch over during the remains of that gloomy night, and did not leave that spot until neighbors had assembled the following morning. Williams is an intemperate man, and we have no doubt that this caused him to commit the foul and diabolical act.”



Valentine’s Vittles

By Shelby Oppermann Contributing Writer Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! We started celebrating last Saturday by attending a wine and chocolate evening at Ingleside Plantation Winery; two hours of tasting in the barrel room was so romantic. And, I understand that our own Port of Leonardtown Winery will have a similar tasting before their wine dinner tonight (The dinner is already sold out however). We are blessed with everything we need right here. St. Mary’s has so many restaurants and now wineries to choose from. Two years ago we had the most wonderful Valentine’s dinner at Fitzie’s Restaurant off Joe Hazel Road in Leonardtown – great crab cakes. There are lots of locally owned restaurants to support. If you haven’t been to Morris Point Restaurant yet in Abell then you are in for a treat. Debbie and Chris will take good care of you and serve you delicious food. Quades Store in Bushwood is not just a store but serves some of the best home cooked food, and you probably already know about their famous crab cakes. Just in Leonardtown alone, we are fortunate enough to have so many great restaurants: The Leonardtown Grille; just thinking about the Ethan burger makes me hungry, The Front Porch; not only the food but some great cocktails are available, of course Café Des Artistes with Chef Loic serving amazing creations consistently and offering Valentine’s specials all week, The Tea Room with elegant luncheon teas and substantial sandwiches, The Pub; lots of great appetizers, wings, and subs, Kevin Thompson’s Seafood Café and his crab cakes, Salsa’s, Cerro Grande, Oga’s, Happy Dragon... How lucky can we be? One of my favorite comfort foods is Fiesta Steak at Tequila Grill in Charlotte Hall, or St. Mary’s Landing’s fried chicken. I should probably eat some breakfast so I quit thinking of food, and these are just a few from the upper end of the county. I haven’t even tried food yet at The Melting Pot, The Lounge at Bollywood, or Thai Inter to name a few on my to do list. A few weeks ago a reader wrote to tell me that I might want to try Laurel Grove Station Restaurant on Rt. 235 near our home in Mechanicsville (Thanks, Helen). So, one cold and rainy mid-week night we headed on over. I thought they were basically a sub shop, but in August they came under new management, and now serve elegant white tablecloth, candlelit dinners at reasonable prices in the old Southern Maryland Railroad stop. What a surprise when we walked in to find gleaming wood floors, beautiful, cozy tables, a tasty chef-prepared meal, and a very nice wine selection. They just had a Brazilian wine dinner last week. What a lovely meal with attentive service. Laurel Grove Station is offering a new twist on Valentine’s Day dinner with limousine service offered to and from your home for $38.00 a person. What a neat idea. Wherever you end up this evening or over the weekend, I hope you take time to enjoy all the varieties of local flavor St. Mary’s has to offer, and share some love. To each new day’s adventure, Shelby Please send your comments or ideas to: shelbys. or facebook: Shelby Oppermann / Don’t forget the Limericks!

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