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COUNTY NEWS Hughesville Gets CSM’s Fourth Campus By Alex Panos Staff Writer As The County Times reported in the Dec. 20 issue, the College of Southern Maryland confirmed it will build its fourth campus in Hughesville. The new campus will house CSM’s Center for Trades and Energy, which is currently held in a leased facility in Waldorf. Francis Jack Russell, St. Mary’s County Commissioner President, said the county never really a chance to build such a project into a capital budget, but the point is moot because the two towns are so close to each other. “A proposal never came to us in any way shape or form, about any of this,” said Russell. “You can’t mail a blank check. I wish them well, I really don’t see where it would make a tremendous amount of difference one way or the other,” Russell said. “It is what it is.” Commisioner Larry Jarboe was not in favor of building a college campus in Charlotte Hall due to the hustle and bustle it would create in the community and the costs the county would take on – Charles will be paying 25 percent of construction costs and all costs of purchasing the land. “Folks who live in Charlotte Hall will be happy it’s out there [in Hughesville], especially people in Charlotte Hall Veterans Home,” Jarboe said. He continued, people attending the campus in Hughesville will travel a few minutes down the road to shop in Charlotte Hall. Charles County Commissioner Ken Robinson believes the new campus will help lead the revitalization initiative in Hughesville. Robinson anticipates bookstores, cafes and small shops popping up all around Hughesville as the area begins to grow.


Robinson hopes the campus will rebuild the town, and help stretches of old buildings “in need of tender love and care. We’re looking at it as a ‘Main Street’ type of environment.” The college campus would have provided many increased business opportunities for the county in Charlotte Hall, according to Bill Scarafia, St. Mary’s Chamber of Commerce president. While Jarboe says Hughesville is growing into a governmental center, Scarafia believes the college is destined to bring change in Hughesville. In fact, it is possible Charlotte Hall may at some point become an obsolete option to students if the Hughesville area builds up enough. “I would have liked to see the college go to Charlotte Hall. It adds to the community, the quality of life and creates opportunities for businesses,” Scarafia said, noting even a built up town such as Charlotte Hall would grow. Jarboe believes St. Mary’s never had a chance of getting the fourth campus because talks behind the scenes with The Hughesville Business and Civic Alliance Center to move Waldorf’s youth detention center to Hughesville motivated increased support for the town to acquire the campus. “It was a done deal pretty much a year and a half ago… The deal was done way before it ever became an issue in St. Mary’s County. They’ll get a business, a business as a youth detention center,” Jarboe said Hughesville Station, LLC, owns the property. Les Gooding, co-owner of Hughesville Station, selected the CSM site for the same reasons as its All American Harley-Davidson site – to be convenient and visible. “The property is across Route 5 from the dealership and is zoned as a Planned Employment and Industrial Park,” co-owner of Hughesville Station LLC Les Gooding stated in a release.

Secretary of Defense Memo to DoD Regarding Furloughs

To All Department of Defense Personnel: For more than a year and a half, the president, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and I have repeatedly voiced our deep concerns over the half a trillion dollars in automatic across-the-board cuts that would be imposed under sequestration and the severe damage that would do both to this department and to our national defense. The administration continues to work with Congress to reach agreement on a balanced deficit reduction plan to avoid these cuts. Meanwhile, because another trigger for sequestration is approaching on March 1, the department's leadership has begun extensive planning on how to implement the required spending reductions. Those cuts will be magnified because the department has been forced to operate under a six-month continuing resolution that has already compelled us to take steps to reduce spending. In the event of sequestration we will do everything we can to be able to continue to perform our core mission of providing for the security of the United States, but there is no mistaking that the rigid nature of the cuts forced upon this department, and their scale, will result in a serious erosion of readiness across the force. I have also been deeply concerned about the potential direct impact of sequestration on you and your families. We are doing everything possible to limit the worst effects on DoD personnel – but I regret that our flexibility within

the law is extremely limited. The president has used his legal authority to exempt military personnel funding from sequestration, but we have no legal authority to exempt civilian personnel funding from reductions. As a result, should sequestration occur and continue for a substantial period, DoD will be forced to place the vast majority of its civilian workforce on administrative furlough. Today, I notified Congress that furloughs could occur under sequestration. I can assure you that, if we have to implement furloughs, all affected employees will be provided at least 30 days' notice prior to executing a furlough and your benefits will be protected to the maximum extent possible. We also will work to ensure that furloughs are executed in a consistent and appropriate manner, and we will also continue to engage in discussions with employee unions as appropriate. Working with your component heads and supervisors, the department's leaders will continue to keep you informed. As we deal with these difficult issues, I want to thank you for your patience, your hard work, and your continued dedication to our mission of protecting the country. Our most important asset at the department is our world-class personnel. You are fighting every day to keep our country strong and secure, and rest assured that the leaders of this department will continue to fight with you and for you. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta


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School Budget Increase Doubles By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Schools Superintendent Michael J. Martirano will come before the Board of County Commissioners with a budget increase two times larger than the first draft. The additional funding request comes from schoolteachers and staff salaries, offering cost of living increases as well as step increases. County elected leaders question the amount for salaries increases with sequestration looming. Martirano’s first budget called for an increase of $2.1 million but as of last week that doubled to $4.2 million in increases. Sequestration, scheduled to take effect March 1, are the automatic cuts to federal spending that must go into effect if Congress does not come up with some kind of budgetary resolution. For the past three years, the government has been operating under continuing resolutions restricting spending to the prior year’s levels. The local defense industry, epitomized by the aviation and technology work performed at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, faces severe cuts in funding if sequestration occurs. That, elected officials say, will have repercussions on revenues they receive from citizens. Commissioner Todd Morgan (RGreat Mills) questioned the wisdom of the schools offering up such a request. “I’d say they could do some better listening and see how the national economy is affecting the county,” Morgan said. “When they come to talk to us we’ll have to have a chat. They’re the biggest part of the budget, I get that but that doesn’t mean

I’m going to ignore the rest of the citizens.” Last year Morgan joined other commissioners in approving stipends and other pay increases for county and state employees but noted they all had to be paid from the same funds and one not more than the other. School Board member Cathy Allen said the budget was a reflection of current negotiations with school system employees coupled with the need to make cuts in anticipation of short falls from the state. “It’s a difficult position to be in to build a budget and be in negotiations,” Allen said. “That’s what this budget means, it’s a best understanding.” Still Allen recognized that the doubling of the salaries increase would be a tough selling point. “It’s a point I’ve made to the board… there’s a concern about the sustainability of the budget and the state and the county’s ability to fund it.” According to changes offered by Martirano at the Feb. 13 Board of Education meeting the plan also calls for eliminating 18 positions for a savings of a little more than $1 million. The budget plans offer up about $1.2 million in cuts overall to deal with projected shortfalls of the same number from the state. Of the $94.8 million budgeted in the schools plans the state is expected to only give $93.6 million. Other cuts to deal with the shortfall come from group health and life insurance and retirement funds. The Board of Education is expected to make its final decision on Martirano’s changes by Feb. 27.

Commission for People with Disabilities Seeks Nominees The St. Mary’s County Commission for People with Disabilities, in cooperation with the Board of County Commissioners, presents its annual Awards program. The program was instituted to celebrate contributions made by individuals and businesses in our community, and to raise awareness regarding persons with disabilities. Award categories include volunteer, notable employer, facility accessibility, innovative program, outstanding person with disability award, and outstanding individual achievements awards. Descriptions and applications can be found on the Commission for People with Disabilities website at The deadline for applications is June 1, 2013 and should be submitted to Cynthia Brown, Department of Human Services, 23115 Leonard Hall Drive, Leonardtown, MD 20650. For more information contact Christina Bishop at (301) 475-4200, extension 1802.


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MetCom Hopes to Delay Rate Increases By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Metropolitan Commission officials may need to raise water and sewer rates up to 50 percent to fund the rising capital projects costs. This has MetCom board members considering eliminating or postponing some capital construction projects to soften the blow of rate increases on customers. The proposed rate hikes would increase the service improvement charge for water by 51 percent and by 29 percent the system improvement charge for sewer. Acting director of MetCom Dan Ichniowski confirmed the rate increases were driven by the costs of replacing or repairing water lines. Board members said they are reviewing options. Board member Brenda Hanson wants to know why capital projects increased so much from one year to the next.


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Board member Mike Mummaugh said many of MetCom’s water and sewer lines are aging and in need of either repair or replacement. “We’re working on that right now and analyzing it,” Mummaugh said. “We’ve got a lot of aging water lines that need attention. We need to decide how long we can wait or if we can wait.” The upgrades for water line are particularly important, Mummaugh said, since they provide added pressure for fire hydrants and home sprinkler systems. If MetCom officials can stave off projects for one to a few years, it might bring the capability to spread the heavy rate increases over time, he said. According to the fiscal 2014 draft capital construction project plan the cost to replace a portion of the Town Creek water supply system was $2.4 million, nearly doubling the last projection from the fiscal 2013 plan. A project for Esperanza Farms, now slated to cost $2.65 million in fiscal 2014, was originally estimated at $1 million according to fiscal 2013 figures. In St. Clements Shores a line replacement projected to cost just $1 million in fiscal 2013 has ballooned to $5 million this year. g uy l e ona r d @ c o un t y

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer The Town Place Suites by Marriott in Lexington Park almost had its liquor license suspended last week during the Alcohol Beverage Control meeting. The management admitted it gave the alcohol away for free and allowed customers to consume alcohol on the premises outside of their rooms. The hotel holds a class A liquor license which lets it operate as a standard liquor store. Sarah Arthur, attorney for the hotel, told the alcohol board the license was not the best fit for the establishment. Hotel management overstepped its bounds by accommodating guests’ desires by allowing customers to consume the beverages somewhere other than their rooms. Giving away alcohol for free is prohibited in Maryland. The board’s inspector Garland Thompson came to the hotel Nov. 7 and observed, sitting on the breakfast bar, beer in iced buckets for the taking, according the board’s board attorney Joann Wood. When board officials informed management they could not sell al-

cohol to customers there except under certain circumstances managers there told them that they were giving the beer away for free. Liquor board officials said they had to cease and desist immediately. “They simply did this to provide alcohol to their customers as an accommodation,” Arthur said. “They have a big license for a very small use of alcohol. It stopped immediately that night.” Beverage board member Linda Palchinsky spoke directly to hotel managers in attendance. The license is clear about the conditions, “it was made point blank… it was pointed out how it was to be done,” Palchinsky said. Board chair Moses Saldana raised concern about beer displayed openly iced buckets without any restrictions. “An underage individual could’ve snatched one and taken to their room our poured it in a cup,” Saldana said. The board voted to impose a $500 fine for allowing the consumption of alcohol on the premises and $1,000 in fines for giving alcohol away for free by a 4-to-1 vote. The second fine was suspended.

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By Guy Leonard Staff Writer The Maryland House of Delegates seek prevent vendors from allowing self scanning registers to purchase alcohol; while allowing chain stores and similar establishments to sell alcohol, effectively eliminating a state law that has banned the sales since 1962. HB 1172 would make it illegal for a customer to purchase alcohol at an automated register but it also prohibits getting alcohol though any other automated system. One such system is used at the McKay’s Market and Café on Hollywood Road where customers can purchase individual glasses of wine for sampling through automated dispensers. The fines for purchasing alcohol using an automated register or similar device are steep under the proposed legislation; the first offense calls for a fine of $1,000 from the license holder. The second fine would bring a $2,500 while the third offense would result in suspension or revocation of the license, according to the bill. Members of the county’s Alcohol Beverage Board heard of the bills Feb.

14; board attorney Joann Wood said the bill restricting sales might not be well thought out because it could possibly restrict other modes of sale alcohol retailer shops use. Thomas F. McKay, president of McKay’s Foodstores Inc., said automated checkout machines actually made transactions safer by cracking down on possible underage sales. “I think it’s an example of big brother government who doesn’t know what they’re talking about,” McKay said. “The safeties built in are so strenuous retailers are confident consumers can’t rip them off.” McKay said that the machines have software that requires age verification before allowing it to go through beyond what the purchaser might provide by their word. “There’s no human error or complicity, it’s not in the system,” McKay said. The other bill HB 1366, also known as the chain store bill, would allow grocery stores and other large-scale retailers to apply for liquor licenses and compete with smaller scale dealers. David Dent, president of the local Licensed Beverage Dealers Association, told members of the county beverage

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go out of business.” The current system does not quash competition either, Dent said, since larger retailers can now get discount sales from alcohol wholesalers due to a change in the rules governing their operations. Smaller businesses who sell alcohol often don’t have the store space or capital to take part in large package deals that larger retailers can afford. The way the system works now, while it does not allow big box retailers, insures that smaller retailers are in fierce competition with each other, he said.

Sheriff Blotter The following information is compiled directly from publicly released police reports.

Destruction of Property On Feb. 15 deputies responded to a residence on William Drive in Mechanicsville, Maryland for a report of a disturbance. The victim and witnesses heard glass breaking in her driveway. When the victim went out to investigate she saw a male, later identified as Craig Joseph Denham, 37 of Mechanicsville, Maryland running down the street from her property line. The victim and other witnesses gave chase, stopped and detained Denham until police arrived. Further investigation lead to the arrest of Denham for destruction of property.

Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance On Feb. 15 Cpl. Connelly stopped a vehicle on Three Notch Road and Wildewood Parkway in California, Maryland for a vehicle registration violation. As a result of the traffic stop, James Aaron Eugene Justice, 28 of Lexington Park, Maryland was arrested for operating a motor vehicle while his privilege to drive in Maryland was suspended. Further investigation and a consent search lead to the discovery of suspected marijuana. Justice was additionally charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance – suspected marijuana.

Second Degree Assault On Feb. 16 deputies responded to a residence on Mt. Zion Church Road in St. Inigoes, Maryland for a report of an assault. Investigation revealed Victoria Elaine Burnett, 57 of St. Inigoes, Maryland was engaged in a verbal dispute with the victim, which escalated into an assault when Burnett struck the victim in the face. Burnett was arrested and charged with second-degree assault.


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Kimberly Manns Contributing Writer Anita’s Cake shop has something for every occasion, from birthday parties to corporate celebration. Anita Kriner, owner of the shop she calls a full service boutique, personalizes each sweet treat with unique flavor options, specialty filling and frosting combinations for any occasion. Weddings, however, are her specialty. After taking a class in cake decoration, Kriner decided weddings would show off her artistic talent. “Our cake is the canvas to create our art, we are cake decorators,” Kriner said. The bakery features a display case filled with bright beautiful cupcakes and brownies, drizzled with toppings, and a noticeable sweet aroma throughout. Kriner, began cooking with her dad, the baker of the family, as a young girl. Throughout their baking adventures, she grew to love it and became good at developing particular flavors for her cakes. She started off making cakes on the side. By the holidays, she was selling enough cakes to rent a kitchen and open her first shop – Anita’s Wedding Cakes. Kriner then tailored her dessert menu to the St. Mary’s community by including birthday and holiday cakes, cupcakes, brownies and other sweet treats. The cake shop quickly growing and Kriner now has a full staff, referred to as “the team,” that come together and work hours upon end to help make the business a success. By 2010, Kriner had quit her job and fully dedicated her time to the cake shop, and continues to build a great reputation and award winning recipes. In 2010, Anita’s cake shop won first prize for best dessert at the taste of St.

Mary’s. Over the years, the shop has participated in several events such as the Southern Maryland Dream Wedding giveaways. She received the honor of being selected judge at the first annual Cake Decorating Contest at St. Mary’s County fair. One of her proudest moments, Kriner recalls, was receiving the Best Emerging Business Award by the St. Mary’s Chamber of Commerce in 2008. Kriner looks forward to expanding her distribution through delivery services for local business and wholesale to coffee shops throughout St. Mary’s. Kriner will continue to personalize her cakes and sweets to meet the desired tastes of the community. Anita’s cake shop will participate at the 2013 Easter Festival of Leonardtown. The bakery is located at the Hickory Hills Center in California. For more information, visit www.anitasweddingcakes. com. Alex Panos contributed to this story.


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Students Thank State Legislators for Support Students representing the College of Southern Maryland attended Student Advocacy Day Feb. 6 in Annapolis to thank the Southern Maryland delegation for supporting community colleges. Along with students representing Maryland’s other 15 community colleges they asked legislators to support Gov. Martin O’Malley’s proposed FY2014 operating budget that provides for a seven percent increase in state aid to community colleges. The day started with a rally in the Presidential Conference Room of the Miller Senate Office Building where Sen. Thomas “Mac” Middleton (District 28), an alumnus of CSM, gave an unscripted ‘shout-out’ to the students of Southern Maryland. “All politics is local,” Middleton said, adding that the one-onone that students would have with legislators during the breakout sessions make a difference. “I get these wonderful letters [from students who attend Student Advocacy Day] with some of the stories about their opportunities and what the community college means to them, some of the struggles that people are going through,” he said, adding that the messages really elevate the importance of funding community colleges. Senate President Sen. Thomas V. “Mike” Miller Jr. (District 27) told students that he promises to keep the budget for Maryland’s community colleges growing. Students also heard from Del. Anthony “Tony” J. O’Donnell (District 29C) who took the opportunity to recognize the students from CSM and

the important role the college plays in Southern Maryland. Later in the day, CSM students visited with Middleton, Del. John L. Bohanan Jr. (District 29B), Del. Peter Murphy (District 28), Del. Sally Jameson (District 28) and Del. John F. Wood Jr. (District 29A) in the Southern Maryland Delegation meeting room of the House of Delegates Building to discuss pending legislation and budget issues. Bohanan told students that he considered it a good year for education and Student Association leaders and representatives from CSM met with Sen. Thomas “Mac” Middleton and delegates community colleges on the operating John L. Bohanan Jr., Peter Murphy, Sally Jameson and John F. Wood Jr. in the Southern Maryland Delegation and capital side. “We continue to try to meeting room of the House of Delegates Building in Annapolis Feb. 6 for Student Advocacy Day. Students shared stories of their path to college, reasons that they chose CSM and future plans. First row, from left, are Tia Dickerson hold down the cost of education. The of Lusby; Kirsten Sellers of Port Republic; John Jones of Waldorf; Thomas West and Audra West of Loveville; Nataly state of Maryland has gone from the Cruz-Castillo of Lexington Park; second row, from left, Connie Barrow of Chesapeake Beach; Christopher Allahiari seventh most expensive in the country of Waldorf; Marion Lindstrom of Huntingtown; Wood, Murphy, Middleton, Jameson, Bohanan, Lora Clarke of Mechanicsville; Tavia Tate of Great Mills; Jazzmika Chase and Kayode Bello both of Waldorf. for public colleges and universities to now—we are 26th, maybe 27th.” “We think the community college grocery business, and then from serving people in the grocery system in our state is good, but we need to continue to make it business to serving them as a delegate, he added. better,” Bohanan said, adding that currently 44 percent of MaryIn summing up the day, Vice President of Student and Inland residents have some level of college degree with a goal to structional Support Services Bill Comey said, “It was a great increase that to 55 percent by 2025. day in Annapolis. Our students had a chance to not only talk Wood welcomed students and said the day had a with their elected representatives but to share with them why full agenda for them to observe government in action. having a flexible, affordable college like CSM in their commuOut of the delegation, Wood described himself as the nity is so important. When you hear the student’s stories you unlucky one since when he was growing up in South- really get a better understanding of the role the college plays in ern Maryland there was no community college. From their lives.” high school he progressed to working for his family’s

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A Calvert High School senior took second place in the regional Poetry Out Loud competition held this weekend at the Calvert Marine Museum. Malaysia Johnson has competed in Poetry Out Loud every year during high school. The competition allows students to cultivate “more diverse interests” and express themselves and boosts confidence and public speaking skills, she said. The seven students who gathered Saturday, made it through their school competitions and the countywide competition. Armed with three memorized poems, students took turns at the microphone during two rounds. The top three, chosen by a panel of judges, competed in a third round to determine first, second and third place. Inside Broad Creek Kitchens Blessed Sheriff, senior 27215 Three Notch Road from Richard Montgomery Mechanicsville, MD High School, took first place, Johnson second, and Taylor Covert, senior from Ann Arundel County’s Southern High School, took third. While it was the second year the regional competition was held at NEW the CalSHIPMENT vert Marine JUST ARRIVED Museum, it was the first

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The County Times

Thursday, February 21, 2013


Chesapeake Public Charter School Profile Fast Facts Principal: Angela Funya Vice Principal: Karen Antonacio Mascot: Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab Enrollment: 334 Feeder Path: CPCS feeds all high schools due to the broad geographical area that we draw from. 20945 Great Mills Road, Suite 501 Lexington Park, MD 20653 Phone: 301-863-9585 Fax: 301-863-9586 Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Student Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Chesapeake Public Charter School: The Greenest School At the Chesapeake Public Charter School the teachers truly make it their duty to create the future environmental stewards of the Earth. They come up with creative ways to integrate environmental activities into everyday lessons; both academic and life. Anyone walking through the school can see evidence of these activities in practice. Each grade level has an area where there are recycling containers, worm bins, compost tubs and Stuff Left On Plates (S.L.O.P) buckets. There are also Terracycle collection bins which help the school raise money to fund other Green projects. Students are cognizant of these programs and help run many of them. Student involvement ensures that these practices become commonplace and often the lessons carry over into their home life; thus educating the community. Students at the charter school are also being educated about sustainable habits. They learn about the lifecycle of plants through hands on experience growing their own food from seed. We currently grow several crops in our school garden to supply our cafeteria salad bar. Thus far we have harvested many crops of lettuces, carrots, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, beets and cantaloupe. With the growing season around the corner, CPCS 2nd grade students are now preparing their garden for spring crops and gearing up for their annual plant sale. The addition of a new greenhouse has enriched the learning experience and made it possible to increase the amount and variety of plants for the fundraiser. This year’s sale is scheduled for April, 20. The Charter school students are very fortunate because they are afforded the opportunity to not only learn environmental lessons through different modalities in the classroom and the school garden, but also in many fun and exciting locations throughout Maryland. For example, the 6th grade students go on a weeklong trip to an environmental education camp called North Bay, the 4th grade students spend three days on Smith Island, the 5th grade students go to Echo Hill, as well as sending a student delegation to the Green School Summit. These field trips allow the students to take the information learned in the classroom, and on the regularly assigned St. Mary’s County Public School System trips and practice applying their critical thinking skills to different locales Every Friday the middle school students participate in environmental electives, a program which is new this year. Each elective lasts several weeks and students participate in activities designed to raise awareness about the environment, its importance, and things each person can to do to help. The elective Green Games gave students the opportunity to build their own environmentally conscious games and share them with other electives. Through these games, students addressed the issues of the human-impact on the environment such as over-fishing of the clam population in the Chesapeake Bay and the value of natural resources. Eco-Construction focuses on using repurposed materials to build new things. Students built a fence around the school’s pond using materials from an old deck, made checkers from tree limbs for a wooden checker board constructed of both new and used material, and are currently working on building a greenhouse us-

ing pallets and panels from an old green house, plastic sheeting, and discarded PVC piping. In Public Awareness students research the various green initiatives implemented at our school and report on them to the student body and community in the form of a newspaper. The Upgrade elective focuses on the practice of upcycling, using otherwise discarded materials to create new and useful items and keep them out of landfills. Projects include wind chimes made with old bottles, jewelry made with pop tabs, and bowls made with old buttons. Picture This has students using photography along with their writing and editing skills to create a picture book called the ABC’s of being green. Students have also created plaster of paris watershed maps for instructional use with other students by studying various maps and models in Watershed Mapping. Smart Growth focuses on achieving understanding of land use and planning issues and the effects on the environment of choices made by human beings. Teachers make sure to keep their lessons current by staying informed. They seek out information through attending professional development opportunities such as attending the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education conference; participating in week long classes through the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and taking part in the Project Wet, Wild and Learning Tree programs. Many of the staff have become so proficient in their area of understanding that they now hold classes of their own to share ideas with other educators in the public school system and environmental instructors at nature centers. And what other school can lay claim to an environmental singing Green Queen?

Introducing Wellness, New Foods On any given day our wellness center is a busy place. In addition to the typical day to day activities, our school nurse, working closely with the wellness committee, the PE teacher, and the school alliance, provides many great opportunities and activities that help to promote wellness.  Each month an electronic newsletter called Notes from the Nurse is sent to each family, offering important health information to read and share.   Throughout the school year many students participate with our Friday Taste-It events, which give students the opportunity to try new and healthy foods. Foods offered have included fresh local produce such as turnips, radishes and potatoes, organic berry lemonade, green smoothies, handmade fruit bars, and chick pea black bean salad with tabbouleh, to name just a few.   In addition, the students are given lessons in the classrooms that include hand washing, dental care, growth and development, basic CPR and first aid.  New this school year some of our middle school students have been given the opportunity to take the American Red Cross Babysitter’s Training course as an elective.  CPCS students are encouraged to take charge of their health and to make the right choices to keep themselves well each and every day. The Wellness Committee, along with CPCS staff, have created a food sampling program  titled  Taste it. We have orchestrated  a series of foods to be sampled over the course of the year, looking primarily at what we can purchase through local farms, what’s seasonal, what ties into  a  teaching theme.  For example, if we are looking to expand some to personalize for specific classes so if say,  8th grade is studying an area where hardtack was appropriate we might make hardtack for that class to sample. If the 3rd grade is studying New Zealand we might bring in some kiwi. We are also looking at serving food that has cultural ties  such as  black-eyed peas at the New Year. Parent volunteers  along with Food Service staff  prep the sampling is and distribute it throughout the building. This year we added stainless steel condiment cups to cut down on waste.  We spend time in different classes getting feedback from the students about their thoughts on the different foods as they are tasting them. It  is  interesting to see the difference in the student’s perspectives on foods they didn’t think they liked or had never tried or never tried fresh from a farm.  The philosophy is to give them a taste, change an opinion, create a different connection, etc.  Our hope is that as we explore other foods we will continue to see a shift in the choices these kids make. Our kids eagerly look forward to what the next one will be and several of the older students have given us suggestions or requests.  Examples of items tried  - green smoothies,  chick pea salad, kiwi, roasted potatoes, freshly made hummus, air popped popcorn,  red peppers, cantaloupe, tangelos, cabbage slaw, and handmade veggie and fruit bars.


The County Times

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Facing Anger, Conflict The Chesapeake Public Charter School Peer Mediation Program offers all K-8 students an opportunity to choose mediation, facilitated by a trained student, as a tool for resolving conflict before it escalates into class disruptions, physical confrontation or suspensions. We encourage active participation and accountability by all members of our school community to keep conflict to a minimum and violence out of our school. Our Peer Mediators have participated in a three year training protocol, starting in 6th grade with conflict resolution classes, continuing with 7th grade mediation facilitation training classes and culminating as 8th grade peer mediators, conducting mediations supervised by teachers and counselors. Our students graduate from middle school as Maryland Peer Mediators, certified through the Citizenship Law-Related Education Program for the Schools (CLREP), an organization jointly sponsored by the Maryland State Department of Education and the Maryland State Bar Association. The primary goals of Peer Mediation are: • To increase students’ understanding that conflict is a natural and normal part of life and that physical con-

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frontation is only one, and the least desirable, reaction to a conflict. • To enable students to work in harmony with each other despite differences. • To create a positive school climate by utilizing a method for resolving interpersonal conflict. • To avoid suspensions and expulsions from school by providing alternative methods of dealing with repetitive misbehavior. • To develop an awareness and encourage the use of compromise as a viable alternative to conflict and to relate this to a deeper understanding of the American political system. In understanding conflict, students gain control, selfrespect and confidence. These life skills will enable our students to be in control of their own anger and behavior. The training emphasizes understanding anger and conflict, communication and questioning techniques, employing role-playing in the mediation process. We have 40 graduates, currently in different high schools throughout St. Mary’s County, who are trained mediators.

Arts education should provide all students with the knowledge of the creative artistic processes, abilities to communicate using artistic vocabularies, and the knowledge of critical artistic elements to make informed choices about the products of art, and how the arts are incorporated into their world. Chesapeake Public Charter School has a school wide focus on educating the whole child. One mode of achieving this goal is using arts integration. Students spend time using drama, dance, music, poetry, and visual arts to demonstrate their knowledge in the content areas. Students create puppet shows, dance sequences, and poems. Many classes also read various pieces of literature and attend arts performances at the Kennedy Center and other performance theaters. Hands-on activities keep the students engaged in real world experiences. All grade levels take multiple field trips to have experiences with extending their knowledge in the field of study. Our eighth grade students have the unique opportunity to travel abroad to Italy for a weeklong exchange program, where students are immersed in culture.

CPCS Electives:

Electives are an additional educational class offered to all of our students, Kindergarten to 8th grade. They are run by both CPCS Staff, volunteers, and even some of our 8th graders. Electives are organized into three, seven-week sessions throughout the school year, meeting every Friday from 1:45 to 3 p.m. Elective topics have included cooking, gymnastics, sewing, letterboxing, totem poles, drama, sign language, homemade musical instruments, photography and lots more. Electives give the opportunity for the community to share their passion with our students.

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Local Sentenced For Sex Offense By Guy Leonard Staff Writer A local salon employee who pleaded guilty to sexually molesting a 14-year-old boy a decade ago will spend the next 18 months in the county jail. Sean Brooks, 40, was originally charged with sexually abusing a minor but pleaded to a lesser charge of committing a third-degree sex offense. Circuit Court Judge Michael J. Stamm initially sentenced him to six years of incarceration in state prison for molesting his victim but suspended the sentence to the lesser amount. The victim’s father told Stamm his son exhibited erratic behavior for a long time but his family could never account for it, that is until his son came forward to tell him the truth. “One day in the basement, he told me what happened,” the father said. “Somebody takes advantage of your child, it hurts. I just seek justice for my son.” The victim, now 24, recounted what happened the day he was molested at the salon where he would go to have his hair braided. The victim said the experience made him doubt his own sexuality. “I thought if I was weak enough to let that happen then I might as well be that way,” he said.

He said he had incidental contact with Brooks over the years, even at family gatherings; Brooks asked him if he was all right with what had happened between them, the victim said. The victim said he had told Brooks everything was all right “but it was tearing me up inside.” Brooks’ attorney Bob Harvey said his client had no other criminal record, not so much as a traffic ticket, and that Brooks felt remorse for his crime. “I’ve hurt someone else and their family,” Brooks said. “I’m very sorry about that.” Stamm said that after reading letters of support for Brooks and reviewing the facts of the crime, he questioned if Brooks were “like an onion with many layers to peel away” and that his supporters may not know him well. “I have questions about remorse and apologies,” Stamm said, adding that Brooks’ history showed he was also molested at a young age. “You were victimized at the same age you victimized someone else,” Stamm said. “That’s a terrible chain of custody.” As part of Brooks’ sentence he was compelled to be under five years of supervised probation and was authorized for work release from jail.



Thursday, February 21, 2013


Police Make Several Arrests in Shootings One Remains Unsolved By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Accused of shooting his victim multiple times during an altercation on Coronado Drive, a Landover resident $1 million jail bond, charges of attempted murder, first-degree assault and using a handgun in the commission of a felony. Jeramey Bradshaw, 24, of Landover remains incarcerated at the St. Mary’s County detention center following the Feb. 11 assault. Bradshaw fired on a 23-year-old male after walking up to an altercation between the victim and another assailant, police reports state. The victim refused to assist police in finding Bradshaw, detectives reported initially. Police say they have identified the perpetrator in another shooting in Clements two days before the Coronado Drive assault. They say that Eric D. Burgess Jr., of no fixed address, produced a weapon at a party in Clements Feb. 9 and fired multiple shots into the crowd. He struck one victim in the torso, police alleged. The victim received treatment and was later released Eric Burgess Jr from Medstar St. Mary’s Hospital. Burgess is still free, police said, and faces charges of first-degree assault, reckless endangerment and using a handgun in the commission of a felony. Police say that Burgess is likely armed and should be considered dangerous, they say he may be hiding in either Lexington Park or Bushwood. Local detectives arrested two suspects in the shooting death of Robert L. McDowney, killed in an apparent home invasion and robbery attempt on his trailer on Beachville Road in St. Inigoes Feb. 7. Police arrested Andre Bowman, 31, of Laurel and Joseph Medley III, of Lexington Park, for taking part in the robbery and conspiring to kill McDowney.

Police are still looking for James Kenneth Clay Jr., 35, having no fixed address, after charging him with first-degree murder and armed robbery. Considered armed and extremely dangerous, Clay is known to frequent areas in Bal- Andre Bowman timore and Laurel, police said. With local police arresting or hunting suspects in three shootings that rocked the county in just one week’s time, a mother who lost her son to an an unsolved homicide back in August of 2011 wants answers. Police have yet to arrest Joseph Medley III anyone in connection with the death of Deondre Augustus Hawkins. “I just feel like they’re never going to solve my son’s case,” Phyllis Clark said of her son’s murder. “What’s the problem with my son’s case? It’s St. Mary’s County. I don’t see how James Clay Jr. no one has come forward.” Hawkins was found on Sell Drive in Lexington Park after his car had gone off the road and hit a utility pole; he was found suffering from a gunshot wound and succumbed to his injury. Police have continued in their investigation and Clark along with the local Crime Solvers group have been able to put up a $10,000 reward for information that leads to a conviction in her son’s homicide. Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron said that the Hawkins case is not in the cold case file. Investigators are dedicated to continuing to run down all available leads. “That case is predominate in our minds,” Cameron said. “That determination hasn’t waned.”

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Detectives received information that William Antonio Briscoe, 25 of Lexington Park, was in possession of firearms. Briscoe is a convicted felon and prohibited from possessing firearms. As the investigation progressed, detectives discovered that Briscoe, who is currently incarcerated, was attempt- William Briscoe ing to make arrangements to have the firearms transferred to the possession of an associate. As the result of the investigation, a firearm was recovered from Briscoe’s residence. Briscoe was subsequently indicted by a St. Mary’s County Grand Jury. Vice/Narcotics detectives have been conducting an investigation into William Ford Cryer’s, 48 of Hollywood, drug activity. As a result of the investigation, a search and seizure warrant was obtained and executed. Prescription medication, nearly $800 in cash, a cell phone and additional evidence William Cryer that supports the ongoing investigation was recovered. Cryer is on parole for crimes related to a separate prescription drug case. Additional charges are pending. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Leonardtown Officer was contacted in regards to a possible theft scheme. A customer at a local pharmacy realized that they were not receiving the proper number of tablets while having their prescriptions filled. The case was continued by detectives in the Drug Diversion Unit and additional victims were discovered. A pharmacy tech, Suspect Ashley Caroline Reid, 25 of Leonardtown, was stealing Oxyco- Ashley Reid done and Percocet tablets as prescriptions were being filled. She was indicted and charged with offenses that included theft, illegal possession of the listed prescription medication and fraud.


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Thursday, February 21, 2013


SMCPS Celebrates Diversity Year Round Now that the 2012-2013 school year is well on its way, it is important to pause in honor of African-American History Month. The 2013 African American History Month theme, which is the bases of the African American History Month proclamation issued by President Barack The Law Office of Obama, is “At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation ProclaD. Anne Emery mation and the March on Washington.” theme is momentous because it pays & Associates, LLC This due homage to two significant milestones in the history of America, the writing of the Emancipation Proclamation 150 years ago by President Abraham Lincoln, and • Civil Litigation • Adoption the speech delivered by Dr. Martin Luther • Auto Accident • DUI/DWI King, Jr. at the March on Washington 50 • Personal Injury • Criminal Defense years ago. The writings by these two men • Family Law • Divorce not only greatly changed history, but they • Incorporation • Child Support also ignited a movement that led to the • Wills and Trusts • Custody creation of a positive impact on declaring equality for all people in the United States of America. In an effort to ensure that St. Mary’s By Appointment Only County Public Schools (SMCPS) continPhone: 301-475-9995 ues to encourage all students to celebrate Fax: 301-475-9997 the equality, freedom, and appreciation of all people, our newly appointed Diversity/ Equity Specialist is working with schoolFREE CONSULTATION WITH THIS AD based Education That Is Multicultural and Achievement Liaisons and administrators, faculty and staff within the schools to ensure that diversity awareness initia41660 Courthouse Drive tives and programs being implemented Suite 200 throughout the year. We are also working in partnership with other communityThe Proffitt Building based organizations and business, like P.O. Box 1960 the College of Southern Maryland Cause Leonardtown, MD 20650 Theatre Club, to support our various initiatives that involve multicultural and diversity awareness education for all students. As we reflect on the numerous positive changes that people throughout history have The Commissioners of Leonardtown will hold a public contributed toward the ability hearing on Monday, March 11, 2013 at 4:15 p.m. at the Town to celebrate this Office, 41660 Courthouse Drive. The purpose of the heargreat holiday, ing will be to present for public review and to receive public we also find comment regarding the proposal to submit an application to ourselves pausthe Maryland Department of Business & Economic Develing to reflect

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opment for the creation of an Arts & Entertainment District (AED) in Leonardtown. The AED will provide the opportunity for property tax credits for improvements that create arts related space, income tax subtraction for income gained from artistic work sold by qualified resident artists, and exemptions from the admissions and amusement tax for certain arts related businesses and individuals. Copies of the application will be available for public review at the Leonardtown Town Office by March 5, 2013. The public is invited to attend and/or send written comments to be received by March 11, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. to the Commissioners of Leonardtown, POB 1, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Special accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities upon request.

By Authority: Laschelle E. McKay, Town Administrator.


on the significant impacts that have been made by outstanding educational leaders in St. Mary’s County Public Schools. These leaders are individuals that proudly work to not only ensure that Education that Is Multicultural permeates the heart and mind of each child, but that diversity is a celebratory concept holistically implemented in every aspect of our system. We could not be prouder of the hard work that everyone has made regarding ensuring that diversity awareness takes precedence in the process of educating all students in an equal and equitable manner. Moreover, because we pride ourselves on being a school system that works diligently to keep parents and the community informed of our ongoing efforts toward educating all students, we are pleased to announce that we recently launched a new diversity and equity website on Monday, February 4, 2013. This website can be accessed by going to www. and clicking on the diversity quick link located on the left hand side of the screen. It serves numerous purposes, including an explicit definition for diversity that the school system operates according to, keeping the public informed of upcoming diversity events, providing a diversity reading list, a photo gallery and video archive of events taking place throughout the schools, a list of community partnerships, teaching and learning resources to aid in fostering an awareness of multicultural and diversity recognition months, and it chronicles documents that identify milestones in the work conducted toward eliminating the achievement gap. Finally, below is a detailed list of the numerous initiatives we pride ourselves in accomplishing during the 2012-2013 school year regarding multicultural and diversity awareness education, and our efforts in working toward eliminating the achievement gap that exist amongst students across the nation. • July 2012 – Diversity Lesson Planning Workshop • August 2012 – Diversity (multicultural education) lessons taught at all schools (elementary, middle, and high) • August 2012 – Education that is Multicultural and Achievement (ETMA) Liaisons hired for each school (this is a stipend paid position due to the Maryland Department of Education requirements of the job)

• August 2012 through June 2013 – Diversity/Multicultural Awareness activities and events provided at SMCPS schools • August 2012 through June 2013 – ETMA Committee meetings held throughout the year • August 2012 – Superintendent’s Diversity and Equity Advisory Committee formed for the first time this year • August 2012 through June 2013 – Superintendent’s Diversity and Equity Advisory Committee meetings held with community stakeholders • July 2012 – January 2013 – Superintendent’s NAACP Education Committee meetings • August 2012 through June 2013 – SMCPS, NAVAIR, and Naval Air Station diversity partnership initiatives implemented • November 2012 – Diversity Plays performed by the College of Southern Maryland at all SMCPS high schools during school (for grades 9-12) and for the community • Jan. 21, 2013 – Student performance groups provided from Greenview Knolls Elementary School and Spring Ridge Middle School for the St. Mary’s County Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast at St. Mary’s College of Maryland • February 2013 – Diversity Poetry Slams provided at all SMCPS middle Schools in honor of Black History Month • Feb. 27, 2013 – Black History Month Recognition at the SMCPS Board of Education meeting • Feb. 2013 through May 2013 – Diversity/Equity Specialist working in partnership with the Coordinator of Minority Recruitment and Staffing on recruiting and hiring new minority teachers • April 2013 through May 2013 – Diversity/Multicultural appreciation and celebration puppet show for elementary school students in partnership with the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Department • And many more activities to come. For further discussion regarding diversity and equity initiatives, contact Dr. Charna Lacey, SMCPS Diversity/Equity Specialist at Michael J. Martirano, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools St. Mary’s County Public Schools

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

To The Editor

Understanding Climate Change For those who are doubtful that the climate change we are seeing is caused by the activities of those who live on our planet, I suggest that they may not appreciate the scale of our environment. First let’s note that our planet is about 25,000 miles around at the equator. (Do you realize that you are traveling about 1,000 miles per hour if you are on the equator … the Earth is about 25,000 miles around at the equator and we make a revolution every 24 hours.) Next we know that the deepest place in the ocean is 36,000 feet or about 6 ½ miles deep and Mount Everest is about 29,000 feet high or 5 ½ miles. Together from the deepest part of the ocean to the highest point of land we are looking at about 13 miles. This is less than the distance from Hollywood to Charlotte Hall. The things we think of as being big are not so big on the scale of the entire Earth. How about the atmosphere? The part of the atmosphere we experience, the part which has most of our oxygen is 10 miles deep, less than the distance between Hollywood and Leonardtown, (remember that Mount Everest is only 5 ½ miles high and to climb there you need to take your own oxygen.) For all practical purposes there isn’t any atmosphere beyond 20 miles up. Actually we live on a relatively smooth sphere with a very thin layer of air surrounding us. One hundred years ago, 1912, the Earth’s population was about 1.8 billion. Today the population is over 8 billion. Today there are more than 1 billion cars and trucks on the road world wide. (In 1912 there were about 300,000 cars and trucks on the road, almost all of them in the US.) To-

day if each car burns 2 gallons of gas a day that means that we are turning those 2 billon gallons as exhaust into our very thin atmosphere every day. Today all those 8 billion people use fossil fuels to keep warm, cook their food and to manufacture the stuff they own. We deliver goods all across the world by burning fossil fuels. We travel through the air by burning fossil fuels. Almost all the electricity created is made by burning fossil fuels. (A very small percent comes from nuclear and wind.) In the past CO2 was kept in check by plants converting it into carbon, the basic stuff all living things are made of, and releasing the oxygen back into the atmosphere. Today, world wide, our forests are disappearing so that the CO2 is not being converted at a rate, which will keep things balanced. Common sense tells us, as does science, that we can’t continue to do this with out expecting something to happen. CO2 is being accumulated in our very thin atmosphere at a pace, which is causing global warming and climate change. You have to appreciate the scale of things to understand what we are doing to our planet. We have to recognize the problem and forget politics if we are to survive as a species.

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Hoyer is Watching Our Backs Throughout his career, Congressman Steny Hoyer has been the lead advocate for the growth and sustainment of the Patuxent River Naval Air Station, and I’m glad to see that he has been urging Congress to protect our community and communities throughout the country from automatic spending cuts that will hit if sequestration goes into effect. As Congressman Hoyer often points out, sequestration is an irrational process and it was meant to force Congress to make the difficult choices needed for a long-term, balanced plan that will bring down the deficit. We need both parties to work together on a compromise that will replace the sequester. Congressman Hoyer continues to call for this bipartisan approach, and I am pleased that he has met with VADM Dunaway and local contractors to discuss his efforts and seek their input.

Congressman Hoyer has a long record of standing up for Patuxent River. During the BRAC processes, he helped preserve 9,000 jobs at PAX River. During that same time period, over 5,000 new defense jobs were added in the area. Since 1993, he has secured federal appropriations for over $700 million in military construction and programs, including the Aircraft Prototype Facility and E-2 Advanced Hawkeye RDT&E facility, as well as approximately $64 million in funding for the surrounding contract community. There’s no question that he works tirelessly to support our community, and I know he’ll continue to fight on our behalf to avert these painful cuts and help protect jobs in Southern Maryland.

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Thursday, February 21, 2013



Estranged Husband Arrested in Beating Death Evidence of Prior Domestic Violence By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Detectives with the county’s Bureau of Criminal Investigations have arrested a man they say beat his estranged wife to death in her Great Mills home in the early morning hours of Feb. 19. James Mitchell Carter, 46 of Lexington Park, faces charges of second-degree murder and first-degree assault in the death of Kimberly Dawn Carter, 38. Carter remains incarcerated at the county detention center and has also been charged with first-degree burglary and second-degree assault. According to police reports the defendant and victim were in the process of getting divorced. Police reported that witnesses said Carter had hopes of reconciling with his wife since their separation last year but the victim had also told witnesses that she feared Carter. She planned to serve him with divorce papers by the end of the week, witnesses told police. “[She] feared he would do her great harm because of the pending divorce,” police wrote in charging documents. Police believe that James Carter entered his estranged wife’s home on Douglas Court at about 3:30 a.m. Tuesday and found her and her “paramour” Thomas Norris sleeping in the same bed. Norris told police he saw someone with the same size and build as the defendant enter the room; Kimberly Carter said “Mitchell, no” and a struggle ensued in which Norris said he struck Carter and fled the house to get help. Police alleged that James Carter and his wife continued to struggle inside the house but eventually she was taken out through a basement window into the back yard where he brutally beat her about the head with a blunt object until she was dead. Police sources close to the investigation said he used a paver to bludgeon his wife. When police arrived on the scene Norris was unclothed and had blood on him from the altercation. Police found Carter at his home several hours later; he said he had been out driving but could not tell police exactly where he had been.

“When an individual leaves the partner that’s the highest time of risk,” said Laura Joyce, director of the Southern Maryland Center for Family Advocacy. “I can’t guarantee it but the one thing I would bet is this isn’t the first act of violence in this relationship.”

“Too many times, too many to remember, he has hit, choked, kicked, punched and slapped me,” Kimberly Carter wrote in 2002. “He has been arrested numerous times, has served 30 days in jail and has been on probation.” They reported that Carter gave officers different time frames as to how long he had been out driving. Charging documents revealed Carter told police he had stopped at a bank in California sometime before 1 a.m. Police said Carter had been with his three juvenile daughters at his home but left them “to drive around.” Police say they found a contusion on Carter’s lip and scratches on his hand. He exhibited multiple scratches on his chest and a large cut on his finger, which appeared to be new. Witnesses had seen the victim lock the doors of her home the night before she was killed, according to police. Witnesses believed she had planned to change the locks because she was worried her husband had made a duplicate house key using one of their daughter’s keys. Carter is listed as being a mail Photo by Guy Leonard carrier working at the U.S. Post Of- BCI and Crime Scene Technicians investigate a Great Mills home and yard following the reports fice in Great Mills on Point Lookout of a beating. Road. protective order against her husband dating back to FebruEmployees there declined to comment. ary of 2002 that lasted until March of 2003. A neighbor of Kimberly Carter’s said the victim had “Our advocates helped her and an attorney representrecently moved to the neighborhood just off Chancellor’s ed her,” Joyce said. Run Road and mostly kept to herself. A copy of the protective order provided by the advoca“They were very private people,” the neighbor said. cy group has Kimberly Carter’s litany of abuse allegations Police sources close to the investigation said that against her husband written down. there were no recent court records showing any kind of She wrote that when she accused her husband of aduldomestic problems between the two though Kimberly had tery he struck her in one instance. recently moved out of the home she shared with her al“He became angry and hit the left side of my face leged killer. with his right hand,” she stated. “I could not call the police The two had four daughters. at that time because he threatened that if I ‘got stupid’ he Carter has a history with law enforcement dating would ‘drag my [expletive] around the house some more’.” back to between 1992 and 1998, court records show two She stated that she was able to get her husband to convictions, one for battery in 1995 and one for second- take homework one of her daughters forgot to her school degree assault in 1998. and during that time she took her two other daughters to Other charges, not pursued beyond the District Court, a neighbor’s house and called the Maryland State Police. were first-degree burglary, two counts of battery and child He returned, she said, but left again before the police abuse according to court documents. arrived. Police sources have said that because of the age of the The alleged cycle of abuse had gone on for three years, cases against Carter it was difficult to determine if they she wrote in the application for the protective order. involved Kimberly Carter. “Too many times, too many to remember he has hit, Laura Joyce, director of the Southern Maryland Cen- choked, kicked, punched and slapped me,” she wrote. “He ter for Family Advocacy, said it was unusual for such vio- has been arrested numerous times, has served 30 days in lent acts to occur without a history, but not impossible. jail and has been on probation.” “When an individual leaves the partner that’s the Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron said his detectives would highest time of risk,” Joyce said. “It’s a tragedy whether continue to search for any history of domestic violence in there was a history or not.” the relationship. “I can’t guarantee it but the one thing I would bet is “This is a horrific loss of life,” Cameron said. “It this isn’t the first act of violence in this relationship,” she speaks to the volatile nature of domestic violence.” said. Joyce said her agency’s records showed that Kimber- ly Carter did seek out their help in getting a court-granted


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Local Youth Racing For A Cause By Alex Panos Staff Writer With the Daytona 500 slated to begin this weekend, a local young driver has his eye on one day participating in the race. Going at speeds around 40 miles per hour in an openair go-cart, 10-year-old DJ Stotler has been racing since he was 7 in the World Karting Association. The Piney Point Elementary fifth grader’s experience covers courses all over Maryland and Virginia on asphalt and dirt tracks. DJ quickly proved his skills on local tracks, beginning his career in 2009 at age 7, and won Sportsman One Cham-

pion and Rookie of the Year, Rookie Champ in 2010 and 2012 Sportsman One Champion. DJ, who races under the team name Deuces Wild Racing with his parents, crew chief Doug and promoter Jen Stotler. Despite being so young and focused on his career goals, the fifth grader is already looking to give back to charitable organizations. He is racing this year to raise funds for Victory Junction Gang – a national organization that provides lifechanging experiences for kids with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses. NASCAR racing legend Kyle Petty runs the charity, in honor of his son Adam Petty. He wanted to help raise money, and race for a cause, said Jen. He has acquired a number of local sponsors, including Fastenal, Raley’s, Fisher Auto Parts, Curtis Tire Center and Jennifer Goddard Realtor at Century 21 Millennium.

Fiesta Café and Papa John’s Beach Boys Pizza are hosting spirit nights in the near future for Deuces Wild Racing. A portion of their proceeds on those evenings will go towards Victory Junction Gang. In two years, DJ will move up to UCAR racing – which he hopes is just the next stepping-stone in a lifelong career. “I really hope to get into NASCAR,” DJ said. “That’s my dream.” People and businesses interested in supporting Deuces Wild Racing should contact Jen at 301-247-7611 or email

St. Mary’s and Calvert Youth Football Merge By Alex Panos Staff Writer St. Mary’s three football programs are teaming up with Calvert County this year to form a more competitive youth football league. The Mechanicsville Braves Pax River

Raiders and Leonardtown Wildcats have made a 5-year commitment to the league in a recent merger, effective for the beginning of the 2013 season. Calvert and St. Mary’s have similar goals – to skip the red tape, and focus on playing football, Kerm Nored, president of the Mechanicsville Braves.

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The CSM Lady Hawks basketball team, led by Coach Andrew Norris, left, in his second season as head coach, fell to Harford Community College in the second round of the Maryland Junior College (MDJUCO) Tournament with a score of 58-57 on Feb. 14 in Harford. No. 8 seeded CSM narrowly lost to No. 1 seeded Harford Community College in the final seconds of the game.

The merger opens up a number of different opportunities for players in St. Mary’s, who otherwise did not have many options for tackle football. There simply are not enough players in St. Mary’s to have a solid football league in county, Nored said. “This league gives us an opportunity to fit everyone in the community,” Nored said, from elite players to kids just looking to give football a shot. “It should be good competition for everyone. “This is a hybrid league,” he continued. “It’s going to give elite players exposure, while also allowing kids an opportunity to try it out.” The challenge was to get three different groups in St. Mary’s to come together and make an agreement with the Calvert organizations. It’s something many people have been hoping for a few years now, said Nored. The teams were able to form a partnership with the Calvert County Youth Football League by participating in scrimmages throughout the year and building relationships with the league’s coordinators. In the previous St. Mary’s youth league, Nored said travel could fluctuate,

but now will be more structured for the athletes and their parents. Nored expects to have an alternating travel schedule with teams in Calvert County. The season will be 10 games long, alternating games between nine different clubs. Nored hopes to broaden the out into a couple of years. Eventually, he would like to have a system in place similar to a high school league structure, incorporating teams from Charles County in a merger in the near future. While tackle football is not offered year around, the Mechanicsville Braves offer conditioning programs, flag football games and cheerleading practice and exhibitions. The Braves program has experienced recent success. Last year the 9 and 10-yearold Braves team advanced to the state championship game played at The University of Maryland College Park. The Braves program is open to kids ages 6 to 14, to register visit or sign up at Lettie Marshall Dent Elementary between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Nored is excited to bring the two counties together, and have the players, coaches and organizers working together to create a top-notch league for kids gain experience playing football or cheerleading and develop lifelong skills.


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By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Natalie Evans and Tony Bruffy have not been vegans for very long — just about a year — but they say the benefits of the lifestyle change have been so profound that they never want to go back to eating meat or even go so far as using dairy products. They are healthier, lost weight, gained energy and sleep better as a result of a vegan lifestyle. Now they are starting a support group for local vegans and vegetarians on their Facebook page, to share recipes, insights and spread the work about what they say is a much healthier lifestyle. The group is called Southern Maryland Vegans and Vegetarians “This is what we consider our community service,” Evans said. “We’re new to this and we’ve learned a lot in a year.” One thing they’ve learned is that it’s hard to have any vegan opportunities at local restaurants, so they’ve been talking to business owners to encourage them to start putting vegan and vegetarian options on their menus. “There’s nothing [vegan] here so we’re bringing it to the county,” Evans said. She said she and her husband’s vegan journey started when their daughter began working as an intern with the Vegan Resource Group in Washington, D.C. She encouraged them to look into what they were eating by watching two movies — Forks over Knives and Food Inc. — which argued that modern meats and processed foods were slowing killing Americans by spreading ailments like diabetes and heart disease. Evans said she was starting to worry about her own health and once she watched those movies she decided to make a change for good. “I realized I didn’t need to be doing this,” she said of eating meat and processed foods. Bruffy went on the journey willingly with her, he said, and he has seen his blood pressure drop significantly. Both have seen weight change, but in different directions. “I lost 20 pounds,” Evans said. “I actually gained 10 pounds but I’m a carb junky,” Bruffy said. Bruffy said that they’ve learned to live without meat and with soy-based products formed to be meat and cheese substitutes in so many ways he doesn’t miss it now. “If you look into it you’re really not giving up anything,” Bruffy said. But the transition hasn’t all been easy, they said. When they first started they found themselves back sliding on a product they both loved: cheese. The vegan lifestyle goes beyond just eschewing meat but also any kind of dairy products and eggs. “We would break down and order a cheese pizza,” Bruffy said. And giving up foods they had always enjoyed made for some irritable people in the beginning, Evans said. “The first three months there were some tempers flaring,” Evans. “You’re body goes through withdrawals.” But now they’ve become so accustomed to a plant-based diet that if they eat anything even tinged with egg or dairy products their digestive system gives them fits, they say. While Evans and Bruffy consider themselves


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Bessie Louise Proffitt, 79 Elizabeth “Bessie” Louise Proffitt, 79 passed away peacefully, surrounded by love, with family by her side, on Jan. 16 in Cape Coral, Fla. Elizabeth, Bessie was a long time resident of Beltsville, Md. and North Charleston, S.C. before moving to Florida in 2009. Born on Dec. 28, 1933 in Mechanicsville, Md., Elizabeth was the daughter of the late Leonard B. and Mary (Tippett) Alvey. Loving Mother to: Winnie Nicholls of Maryland, Wanda Talbott (Scott) of Maryland, Brenda “Jewell” Emer (Ray) of Fla., April Chenevert (Kevin) of Maryland, Jerome B. Grabis of Maryland, Deborah Digise of Ga., Michael Proffitt of Pa. Elizabeth was preceded in death by her son, William “Willie” Padgett. Loving and devoted grandmother to: Scotty Talbott II of Maryland, Christina Talbott of Maryland, Travis Talbott of Maryland, Angela Emer of Fla., Hunter Emer of Fla., Jason Chenevert of Ind., Anthony Digise of Ga. and Jennifer Hulett of UT. Elizabeth is also survived by her greatgrandchildren. Beloved Sister to: James Alvey of Maryland., John Alvey of N.C., Hazel Summers of Va., Lee Alvey of Tenn., Robert Alvey of Maryland., Joseph (Larry) Alvey of Maryland, Wayne Alvey of Maryland, Linda Summers of Maryland, the late Irene Strickland, Helen Stoneman and a host of other relatives and friends. Elizabeth, a homemaker, had an uncanny ability

to see the beauty in anything she touched. An avid gardener with an extraordinary green thumb, she naturally found great joy in tending to and watching her flowers and plants grow and bloom. Lavender/Purple was her favorite color. Elizabeth had a love of collecting knick-knacks and glass trinkets. Elizabeth was also an admirer of books and while working at her daughter, Jewells’ bookstore in South Carolina, met and developed everlasting friendships that she cherished to this day. Elizabeth was a beautiful, thoughtful and compassionate lady that will be truly missed by so many as she starts this new journey. As her famous tagline goes, “I Love You, Bye-Bye”. Until we meet again…. The family received friends on Feb. 17 in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home located at 41590 Fenwick Street, Leonardtown, MD 20650.

Kenny Knott, 45 Brian Kevin “Kenny” Knott was born on May 4, 1967 in Leonardtown, Md. to Sarah Knott and the late William “Rabbit” Knott. Kenny, as he was affectionately known, departed this life on Feb. 7 at his home. Kenny was educated in the St. Mary’s County Public School System. After graduating from Leonardtown High School in 1985, Kenny worked for the federal and D.C. governments and held various other positions as a rental office manager and security guard until his

Thursday, February 21, 2013

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 health caused him to become permanently disabled. Kenny resided in Prince George’s County but would always return home to be with his family. Recently, Kenny relocated back to St. Mary’s County to be close to his family and loved ones. Kenny was a loving and giving person who loved people especially all his nephews and younger cousins. He enjoyed going to the casino, cooking, dancing, singing and planning family events. Kenny leaves to cherish his memories, his accepted son, Jordan Saunders, his mother, Sarah “Tina” Knott, sister, Michelle Shingles (Greg) of Waldorf, Md.; two brothers Carl Knott, Sr. of Mechanicsville, Md. and Antonio “Toney” Knott of Manhattan, N.Y.; grandmother, Agnes Baker and a host of other relatives and friends. Kenny was preceded in death by his father, William J. Knott Sr.; brother William J. Knott Jr., and grandparents, Joseph Baker, Joseph and Margaret Knott. Kenny loved to party and celebrate so let’s not mourn his death but celebrate his life! A visitation was held on Feb. 14 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 29119 Point Lookout Road, Morganza, Md. A funeral mass was celebrated by Father Keith Woods. Interment followed in Charles Memorial Gardens, 26325 Point Lookout Road, Leonardtown, Md. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md.

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Charlotte Louise “Lottie” Hasel, 95 of Chaptico, Md. died Feb. 9 at her residence. Born Jul. 3, 1917 in Chaptico, Md. she was the daughter of the late Harrison Schuhart and Mary Lena (Morgan) Schuhart. Lottie moved to Baltimore in 1935 to work for Western Electric. In 1948 she moved back to Chaptico. She and her husband Al owned and operated the Hasel Grocery Store in Maddox until 1957. After selling the grocery store, Lottie and Al ran the Gulf Station in Mechanicsville. In 1960, they moved back to the family farm in Chaptico. Lottie joined the Izaak Walton League with her husband many years ago. The league is known as “defenders of woods, soil, waters and wildlife”. Lottie’s role, as well as many women at that time, was to support the league and work behind the scenes. Lottie later served as the first woman president of the Southern Maryland Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America. In this role, she was instrumental in opening an outdoor education center on a 141-acre parcel of land where the Jordan and Zekiah swamps met near Waldorf, Md. She also served on the Board of Directors for the IWLA. Lottie’s love for the league and her ties to the land stemmed from her upbringing on the farm

that has remained in her family for generations and which she and her husband lived out their lives. Lottie is survived by her son, Alfred Lawrence Hasel, Jr. (Helen) of Mechanicsville, Md.; two grandchildren, Michael L. Hasel (Stefanie) of Chaptico, Md. and Ann E. Meidenbauer (Kenneth) of Hollywood, Md.; great grandchild, Christopher L. Hasel; sisters, Maude Hipsley of Great Falls, Va. and Lillian Maupai of Towson, Md. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred Lawrence Hasel and her brother Joseph (Jack) Schuhart. Family received friends on Feb. 14 at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. A mass of Christian burial was celebrated by Father Jaroslaw Gamrot on Feb. 15 at Our Lady of the Wayside Church, 37575 Chaptico Road, Chaptico, Md. 20621. Interment will follow in Sacred Heart Church Cemetery, Bushwood, Md. Serving as pallbearers were Robert W. Jacobs, Robert Beverage, George E. Hayden, Jr., Francis A. Hayden, Sr., James S. Hayden and John R. Fowler. Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of the Wayside Church, 37575 Chaptico Road, Chaptico, Md. 20621. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md.

Buck Pope Sr., 79 Edward Everette “Buck” Pope, Sr., 79 of Charlotte Hall, Md. died Feb. 6 at Civista Medical Center. Born Mar. 13, 1933 in Washington, D.C., he was the son of the late Ralph Edward Pope and Alease Virginia (Orndoff) Pope. Buck was a U.S. Army veteran serving from 1953 until 1955. He was a selfemployed house painter. Buck was a family man, a Dallas Cowboys fan, and he loved to fish and play bingo. Buck is survived by his children, Edward E. Pope, Jr. of Hanover, Md., Steven L. Pope of Elkridge, Md., and Kenneth D. Pope of Great Mills, Md.; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and siblings, Bobbie Moreland of Lothian, Md., Helen Boggs of Benedict, Md., Ralph Pope of Cummings, Ga., Wayne Pope of Stevensville, Md. and Kenneth Pope. He was preceded in death by his wife, Grace Jane (Zidek) Pope; his children, Ronald S. Pope and Lisa S. Knott; and sibling, Nancy Hoffman. A graveside service was held on Feb. 14 at the Crownsville Veterans Cemetery, 1122 Sunrise Beach Road, Crownsville, Md. 21032. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md.


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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Robert McDowney, 37

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Helen Bowles, 101

Julian Tyer, 53

Robert Lee “Dirty” McDowney, Sr., 37 of Lexington Park, Md., beloved son of Darlene Bernetta McDowney and George Vincent Dickens (Father who raised him) and Thomas Robert Butler (Paternal) entered this life on Apr. 10, 1975 and departed this life suddenly to enter into eternal peace on Feb. 7, in St. Inigoes, Md. Robert Lee received his education from St. Mary’s County Public Schools, St. Mary’s, Md. Robert Lee leaves to cherish his memory three children, Robert Lee “RJ” McDowney, Jr., Trinik “Tater” Barnett, Journey Khijeantony McDowney; one grandchild, Aiden “Scooby” King; one sister, Kristen S. “Pebbles” McDowney; three brothers, Corey A. “Punch” McDowney, Eric J. “EJ” Bonds and Damien X. “Shortstop” Bonds, and a host of cousins, uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and associates. Family and friends will unite on Feb. 16 at Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home Chapel, 38576 Brett Way, Mechanicsville, Md. Burial will immediately follow at the Lomax- McDowney Family Cemetery, King George, Va.

Francis X. Prior, 92, passed away peacefully on Feb. 13, at Asbury Solomons in Solomons, Md. Born Nov 7, 1920 in Worcester, Mass., he was the oldest son of the late Bernard and Frances Prior. Frank grew up in Springfield, Mass. and graduated from Cathedral High School in 1939. He attended the University of Vt. and was president of his class; he graduated in 1944 with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. After graduating, he joined the US Navy and was stationed in Washington D.C. He was then assigned to the US Armed Forces Foreign Language School in Colorado Springs and studied Russian. In 1946, he was stationed at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow where he served as a translator and met his first wife Elizabeth Prior. Upon completing his tour of duty, he returned to the United States, attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Ma., and graduated in 1951 with a bachelor’s degree in Food Technology. Frank then joined the Textiles Division of the DuPont Company where he served as a technical service representative. In this position, he traveled throughout South America and Mexico visiting manufacturing facilities and providing technical advice. During this time, Frank, his wife, and three sons lived in Kennett Square, Pa. He worked for DuPont until retiring in 1980. Upon retirement, Frank moved to California, Md. where he lived with his second wife, Mary Prior, whom he married in 1980. He and Mary enjoyed playing golf and traveling. Frank also enjoyed studying the stock market, investing, and had an interest in and a facility with foreign languages. Frank was always kind and cheerful and was a great husband, father, and grandfather. He enjoyed spending time with his family including his wife, children and grandsons. He always encouraged his sons and grandsons to study hard to make good lives for themselves. His life provided an excellent example for them to follow. His family and friends will miss him greatly and he will always be in their hearts. Frank is survived by his wife, Mary Prior of Solomons, Md.; his son Robert Prior, DMD of Lexington Park, Md.; his son Bruce Prior, DMD of North Wales, Pa; his son Donald Prior, Md. of Belleair Shores, Fla.; and his five grandsons, Francis, Robert, Thomas, Jake, and Jack. He is preceded in death by his first wife Elizabeth Prior, his brothers Philip Prior and William Prior, and his sister Mary Bradshaw. A funeral service was held graveside at Charles Memorial Gardens in Leonardtown, Md. on Feb. 18.

Helen Celeste Latham Bowles, 101, of Clements, Md. Died on Feb. 15 in Hospice House of St. Mary’s, Callaway, Md. in the company of her family at her side, after a long, and courageous struggle with pancreatic cancer. Celeste was born in Clements the fifth child of the late Andrew Clarence Latham Sr., and Jane Celeste Mattingly Latham. Surviving Celeste, her daughter Violet Ann Bailey, son William Clarence Bowles, and her daughter-in-law Estelle Marie Bowles. Also surviving are her seven grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, 11 great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Celeste was preceded in death by her husband Joseph Aloysius Bowles Sr, whom she married on May 26, 1931 in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Morganza, Md., and also two sons; Joseph Aloysius Bowles Jr., John Anthony Bowles, son-in-law Robert L. Bailey, and her daughter in law Catherine G. “Jenny” Bowles. Also proceeded in death by six brothers; William E. Latham (Aleatha), Andrew Clarence Latham Jr., Harry Mattingly Latham (Marie), Joseph Aloysius Latham (Laura), Leonard Johnson Latham (Mina), Charles Zacheria Latham (Emily), one sister Clara May Wills (Doyne). Also preceded in death by her nieces; Doris Latham Griffen, Jean Latham Smith, nephews; Doyne Robert Wills, Jr., Harry Latham Wills, and Charles Zacheria Latham Jr. Celeste worked hard all of her life to raise her children and caring for others. Celeste worked at Guy Brothers Store in Clements until the store went out of business and then she worked at St. Mary’s Pharmacy until she retired. Celeste was very particular about her appearance (always neat and accessorized). Celeste was very proud of her grandchildren. She was always known to her grandchildren as “Mar-Mar-Toots”, and her nieces and nephews as “Aunt Toots”. Mar-Mar or Aunt Toots was a very good cook, and loved having her family, and friends over for a delicious dinner. Celeste had a great devolution to the “Blessed Mother” and the most “Holy Rosary”. Mar-Mar Toots loved to play bingo and enjoyed a good pitch game or a game of Thirty-One. Celeste was life member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Morganza, Md. Celeste loved to work at all of the Annual church dinners and in her younger days she would be head of the church dinners. The family received friends on Feb. 19 in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home Leonardtown, Md. A mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Feb. 20 in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Morganza, Md. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were; Joey Bowles, Frankie Bowles, Lee Bowles, Al Bailey, Robert Bailey, and Billy Yost. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Mary’s P.O. Box 625 Leonardtown, MD 20650 and/or Seventh District Volunteer Rescue Squad P.O. Box 7 Avenue, MD.

Julian Augustus “Tayman” Tyer, 53 of Leonardtown, Md. passed away on Feb. 14. Julian was born in Maddox, Md. on Feb. 18, 1959 to James A. and the late Martha E. (Scriber) Tyer. Julian received his education in the St. Mary’s County Public School system, where he excelled academically and in sports; playing football, basketball, baseball and track. He also attended Davidson College. Julian worked for many years with Chopp Lumber Company and Dean Lumber Company, but in recent years was selfemployed in the construction business doing home improvement. Julian enjoyed being with family and friends and spent many hours of enjoyment and entertainment with them. Nothing pleased him more than sitting around on a Sunday afternoon watching TV, telling stories of his childhood to his nieces and nephews and laughing at their reactions. He was known as a kind and gentle man who displayed a serious nature and keen wit. An intellectual man, Julian loved to hold what he called intelligent conversations with his nieces and nephews. When recalling those conversations, the kids would always state that “Uncle Tayman knows everything”, to which he would reply “I don’t know everything, I just know a little about a lot of things”. His compassion and love for his family and others was evident. Julian was always willing to lend a hand, and never backed away from a challenge. There was nothing he couldn’t fix and on many days you could find him tinkering with one project or another. Outside of his family and work, his hobbies included sports. Over the years, Julian participated on many softball, baseball and basketball teams. His love of sports and his commitment to youth advocacy led him to work and volunteer with the St. Mary’s County Parks and Recreation Department, the St. Mary’s County Branch of the NAACP, where he served as First Vice President and the Chopticon High School Athletic Boosters Club. He also coached his nephews in basketball through these leagues. Julian was preceded in death by his mother Martha E. (Scriber) Tyer. Julian leaves to cherish fond memories his loving and devoted family: father, James; step-mother, Grace; brothers, Wayne, James (Traci), Kyle, Craig (Kelly), Clint (Jennifer), Larry (Agnes) and Ronnie; sisters, Lisa (Paul), Lori (Eugene), Luray, Sheena (Sam) and Selena (William); nephews, Eric, Justin (Heather), Craig II, Kyle, Jason, Jared, Trent, Jackson, Travis, LJ, Rodney, Sam and Marvin; nieces, Angel (Bankole), Alysia, Jernai, Felica, Kyriana, Shelby, Tiara, Lakira and Chloe; greatnephew, Justin; great-niece, Alivia; exwife, Betsy and mother-in-law, Betty. He also leaves to mourn a host of special aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Family and friends united for a “Celebration of Life” and “Homegoing Service” on Feb. 21at Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home Chapel, 38576 Brett Way, Mechanicsville, Md. Reverend Bankole Akinbinu will be officiating. Interment will be private.

Eva Johnson, 98 Eva Lucretia Johnson, 98, of Hollywood, Md. died Feb. 12 at Chesapeake Shores Nursing Home in Lexington Park, Md. Born on Sep. 1, 1914 in Leonardtown, Md., she was the daughter of the late Thomas Rhody and Marie Hebb Johnson. She was the wife of the late William Robert Johnson. She was the mother of Catherine Jones of Bentonville, Va., Robert A. Johnson of Mechanicsville, Md., Mary Cameron of Chaptico, Md., and Rose Cooley of California, Md. She was the sister of the late Hubert Johnson, Vivian Johnson, Hebb Johnson, William Benjamin Johnson Sr., and Mary Grace Payne. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and two greatgreat-grandchildren. She was predeceased by one great-granddaughter, Ashley Jones. Eva was a lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County. She farmed for much of her life and later operated a home day care center. Eva had a great love of all children, especially her grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren. The family received friends on Feb. 1 in the Mattingley-Gardiner funeral Home Leonardtown, Md. A mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Feb. 15 in St. Aloysius Catholic Church Leonardtown, Md. with Father Piotr Kozial officiating. Interment will follow in St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery Leonardtown, Md. Pallbearers will be; Jerry Pope, Jackie Pope, Ricky Jones, Ricky Cooley, Roland Mann, and Walter Hayden. Contributions may be made to the Hollywood Vol. Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 7 Hollywood, MD 20636 and/or Leonardtown Vol. Rescue Squad P.O. Box 50 Leonardtown, MD 20650.

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Patricia Cullison, 78

Serge Lefebvre, 57

Audrey Eno, 92

Patricia Ann Cullison, 78, of Ridge, Md. died Feb. 13, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardtown, Md. after a courageous battle with cancer. Born Aug. 16, 1934 in Harland County, Ky., she is the daughter of the late Ellison Greene and Virginia Blair Greene. Pat married her beloved husband, John Bernard “Bernie” Cullison, on Aug. 3, 1968 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church. Together, they spent 44 wonderful years together. She was a member of the Ridge American Legion Ladies Axillary; Ridge Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Axillary, and the St. Michael’s Ladies of Charity. She enjoyed scrapbooking, growing vegetables and flowers in her garden, baking, and cooking. She was an excellent cook and also enjoyed canning. She was a beloved Nana, and some of her favorite times were spent fixing Sunday dinner and spoiling her grandchildren. In addition to her husband, Pat is survived by her children, Randy Norris (Theresa) of Hughesville, Md., Sharon Purcell (Joe) of Ridge, Md., Hal Norris (Lynette) of Saginaw, MI, and Brian Norris (Kim) of Leonardtown, Md.; her son-in-law, Bob Thompson of Lexington Park, Md.; her grandchildren, JC Leavy, Josh Leavy, Jennifer Purcell, Joey Purcell, Melissa Norris, Angela Norris, Jason Thompson, Jessica Freeman, Jacqueline Norris, Kateline Norris, and Jonathon Norris; 11 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her first husband, Thomas C. “Pete” Norris (1966), and her daughter, Nancy Thompson (2007). Family received friends for Pat’s Life Celebration on Feb. 17 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 16566 Three Notch Road, Ridge, Md. A mass of Christian burial was celebrated by Reverend Lee Fangmeyer. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were JC Leavy, Josh Leavy, Joey Purcell, Jason Aldridge, Jason Thompson, and Jonathon Norris. Memorial contributions may be made to Ridge Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 456, Ridge, MD 20680. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md.

Serge Joseph Lefebvre, 57, of Mechanicsville, Md. passed away on Feb. 16, at Calvert Memorial Hospital. Dedicated and driven; intelligent and intense; charismatic and compassionate; ambitious and accomplished; loving and filled with life-Serge exuded a presence that simply could not be denied. Father, friend, husband, and heart-felt confidant to all, Serge was everything to everybody. He made an immediate impact and was impossible to forget. His eternal spirit will forever shine in those that were fortunate enough to have met him. Serge was an employee of BAE Systems and its legacy companies since 1985. He was the director of the Air Traffic Control and Identification Systems Operation, leading over 300 employees to meet the emergent requirements of the warfighter. He was known for his high energy levels and commitment to his people. He strived for quality and excellence in all facets of his position. He also volunteered his time and energy to Special Olympics for the past 20 years. He was known as “Coach” to his athletes and was recognized for his unique qualifications and his ability to bring out the best in all athletes by being selected as the Maryland Coach of the Year. His energy and enthusiasm has touched many family members, volunteers, and especially his athletes. Serge is survived by his mother, Marie; wife Terry; brother Rich; and, two sons Chris and Scott. Serge was preceded in death by his father Bob. Family received friends for Serge’s Life Celebration on Feb. 22. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Special Olympics St. Mary’s County, 22170 Chesapeake Lane, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md.

Audrey Eno, 92, of Charlotte Hall, Md., passed away peacefully on Feb. 15, surrounded by her family at Cedar Lane Assisted Living Center in Leonardtown, Md. Audrey was born on May 28, 1920 in Washington, D.C. to the late James and Augusta Hicks. She was a bookkeeper for the Carpenters and Joiners Union Headquarters in Washington, D.C., then later worked for her husband’s plumbing business. She was a proud member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and enjoyed crocheting, crossword puzzles and watching game shows. Audrey is survived by her son, Frank Eno (Kitty) of Piney Point, Md.; grandchildren, Jackie Snell, Jennifer Eno (Mike) and Tommy Eno (Kelly); great-grandchildren, Megan and Kevin Snell and Emma Eno; siblings Jean Alexander and Olga Rinker; and her best friend of many years, Audrey Hicks. In addition to her parents, Audrey was preceded in death by her husband, Walter “Frank” Eno, and her siblings, Elizabeth Eliff, Phyllis Porter, Mildred Lovejoy and Edmund Hicks. Audrey loved her family and will be greatly missed. Family received friends for Audrey’s Life Celebration Gathering on Feb. 21 at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, Md. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to Hospice of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650 or Cedar Lane Assisted Living Center, Friends of Cedar Lane, 22680 Cedar Lane Court, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Condolences to the family may be made at

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Kent Luppino, 49 Kent Richard Luppino, 49 of Leonardtown, Md. passed away on Feb. 14 at his residence. Born on Sep. 19, 1963 in Washington, D.C. he was the son of the late Dominic Richard and Mae Louise (Hildebrand) Luppino. Kent grew up in Fort Washington, Md. and began working in construction at a young age. He loved to fish and was an avid fan of the Redskins. He was known for being laid back and always willing to help anyone. He would give away his last dollar if he thought someone else needed it. He will be missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his wife, Melissa Luppino, of Leonardtown, Md.; daughter, Megan Rose Luppino, of Leonardtown, Md.; brothers, Mark R. Luppino, of Huntingtown, Md., and Glen A. Luppino, of La Plata, Md. He was predeceased by his parents. Family received friends for Kent’s


Life Celebration on Feb. 19 at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, Md. A funeral service was held on Feb. 20 in the funeral home chapel. Interment will be in Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton, Md. at a later date. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md.

Audrey Lowmiller, 90 Audrey Marie Lowmiller, 90 of Berkeley Springs, W.V. died on Feb. 17at her residence. She was the daughter of the late Richard Leon and Audrey Cecilia Wathen Saunders. A mass of Christian burial was held on Feb. 21 in St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Leonardtown, Md. with Father Brian Sanderfoot officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Arrangements provide by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md.

Jenna Stone, 22 Jenna Rayann Stone, 22 of California, Md., beloved daughter of Joe and Mary Lynn Stone and sister of Devin Stone, died suddenly while attending a ski trip in Vermont on February 16, 2013. Jenna attended Father Andrew White School and graduated from St. Mary’s Ryken in 2008. Recently, she graduated from James Madison University and was currently attending the University of Notre Dame of Baltimore Graduate School. In addition to her parents and her sister, Jenna is also survived by her grandmothers, Patricia Runco and Betty Lou Stone; aunts and uncles, Laura and Thomas Barnhart and Amy and Timmy Cullison; as well as truly hundreds of friends. Jenna was everything to everyone she touched. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, 14400 Solomons Island Road, Solomons, MD 20688. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Jenna Stone Scholarship Fund. This scholarship fund has been established for graduating eighth grade students from Father Andrew White School who are aspiring to attend St. Mary’s Ryken High School. Contributions may be made to the Jenna Stone Scholarship Fund, c/o St. Mary’s Ryken High School, 22600 Camp Calvert Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown.


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Thursday, February 21, 2013

St. Mary’s Department of Aging Programs and Activities Alzheimer’s and Dementia Discussion

On Tuesday, March 5, at 10:45 a.m., the Senior Matters discussion group will meet at the Northern Senior Activity Center to talk about issues that seniors may face when helping persons with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia concerns. Structured like a small study or focus group and facilitated by Elizabeth Holdsworth (LCSW-C), participants explore issues and concerns related to aging in a small group setting. The group meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 10:45 a.m. Walk-ins are welcome. Please contact the center for more information. 301-475-4002, ext. 1001.

Quilting for Beginners offered

On Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 12:30 p.m., Quilting for Beginners will be offered at the Northern Senior Activity Center. Instructor, Gina Alexander brings many years of experience to help you get started on your first quilt. Call the center at 301-475-4200, ext. 1001 to register and get a supply list. Classes are held every second and fourth Wednesday of the month. Walkins are welcome.

Free help with Advance Directives – Law Day

Do you need help with making Advance Directives? The St. Mary’s County Department of Aging and Human Services in conjunction with El-

ville & Associates presents Law Day on Wednesday, May 1 at the Northern Senior Activity Center. Attorneys will be on hand to discuss, answer questions, and help prepare necessary forms for advance directives at no charge. Appointments required. Call the Garvey Senior Activity Center at 301-475-4200 ext. 1050 to schedule yours today.

Senior Bullying presentation

Triad/SALT (Seniors and Law Enforcement Together) will be hosting a presentation on Senior Bullying. The presentation will engage participants with a working definition of what bullying behaviors are, give examples of how these behaviors appear in senior living communities, offers strategies for bystanders and those experiencing bullying to address the behaviors, while providing dialogue about why bullying might be happening in senior living communities. The presentation is free and all are welcome to attend on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, 1:30 p.m. at New Towne Village, Leonardtown. For more information, contact Jennifer Hunt at 301-475-4200 ext. 1073.

O’Loffler’s Irish Pub

Put this on your calendar: Friday, March. 15 from 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; a fine lunch (featuring ham 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

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 301-4754200, ext. 1050 to sign up to play and reserve your pizza lunch.

Quilting for Beginners offered

On Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 12:30 p.m., Quilting for Beginners will be offered at the Northern Senior Activity Center. Instructor, Gina Alexander brings many years of experience to help you get started on your first quilt. Call the center at 301-475-4200, ext. 1001 to register and get a supply list. Classes are held every second and fourth Wednesday of the month. Walk-ins are welcome.

Northern Breakfast Café

On Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 9 a.m., let us do the cooking and cleanup in the morning while you enjoy a great start to your day & good conversation with others. Enjoy these morning comforts

with sausage gravy over biscuits and home fries. Breakfast is homemade and served with complimentary beverages. Cost is only $2 per person and sign up and payment is due by 9 a.m. the day before. Please call 301-475-4002, ext. 1001 with any questions.

Cribbage Trial at Loffler

At the Loffler Senior Activity Center we have plenty of cribbage boards and cards. Do you want to spend Friday afternoons with a friend or two playing? We are giving it a try at Loffler, so come out at 1 p.m. We will hold a room open and set it 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

Loffler’s Monthly Craft for March

Begin the month of March at the Loffler Senior Activity Center when Toni will show you how to make an organizer for hats (or notes, cards, whatever you need to have easily accessible). It is made with a long skinny piece of wood and some clothespins. You can paint them any color(s) to suit your taste. Cute, easy and practical, this handy item can be made on Friday, March. 1 at 10:30 a.m. at Loffler Senior Activity Center. Cost is $4 and can be paid directly to Toni on the day of the class. To sign up or for more information call 301-7375670, ext. 1658. You can also stop by the reception desk at the center to register.

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.

A Journey Through Time The


By Linda Reno Contributing Writer Rumors abounded and other allegations were made. According to one source, one of the sons of James Williams said his father had murdered a peddler who stopped at his house a few years before and the body was buried in the cellar. As nothing else appeared in the newspapers, this was apparently never proven. But one thing was certain, Williams was on the run. On August 4, 1843 Governor Philip Francis Thomas issued a proclamation reciting the murder of Elizabeth Spalding and saying that “James Williams is, and has been, ever since the commission of the murder, at large” and offered a reward of $200 for his apprehension. Williams was described as “thin in person, about five feet, eleven inches high, light complexion, eyes and hair, about

The Murder of Elizabeth (Spalding) Williams, Pt. II

fifty years of age, and of intemperate habits.” On August 16 it was alleged that Williams had passed through Rockville the previous Monday. “He only stopped to take a drink of grog at a tavern. He has, in all probability, gone to Leesburg, Va. thence through the mountainous portions of the county, avoiding large places on his way to Texas.” James Williams was arrested in Washington, D.C. on August 20 and placed in jail. “He wept when lodged in jail and desired that a priest might be sent for.” He remained there for about three weeks while the necessary steps were completed to extradite him to Maryland. On September 9 “Williams, who has been in jail here three weeks, on a charge of murdering his wife, left this morning, in custody of High Constable Mitchell, of Baltimore, upon a requisition from Governor Thomas. I understand he will be conveyed to Leonardtown, Md. The prisoner left under great depression of spirits; indeed, so much as to excite pity.” James Williams was presented to court a few days later and pled not guilty. He was found guilty of murder in the first degree and sentenced to be hung. On December

18, 1843 his attorney made a motion for a new trial. It was denied. The death penalty required approval by the Governor. On January 11, 1844 Governor Thomas issued the following warrant: “The State of Maryland, To the Sheriff of St. Mary’s County, Greeting. Whereas James Williams, late of St. Mary’s County, was convicted in the county court of St. Mary’s County, at August Term, A.D. 1843, of the murder of one Elizabeth Williams, his wife, and the said court sentenced him to be hung by the neck until he is dead. Now, therefore, these are to will and require, as also to charge and command you, that on or before twelve of the clock, on Friday, the ninth day of February next, you take the said James Williams from your prison, and him safely convey to the Gallows in the county aforesaid, the place of execution of Malefactors, and there the said James Williams hang by the neck until he is dead. For all which this shall be your sufficient power and authority.” To be continued.


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Thursday, February 21, 2013


Seventh District VRS Installs Leaders Seventh District Volunteer Rescue Squad Auxiliary Officers 2013

Seventh District Volunteer Rescue Squad Line Officers 2013

Seventh District Volunteer Rescue Squad Executive Committee Officers

From left - Chaplain Betsy Wigginton, Corresponding Secretary Edith Bell, Recording Secretary Michelle Miller, Treasurer Nancy Daigle and President Barbara Hill. Not pictured – Vice President Rose Beitzell.

From left - Assistant Engineer Donnie Morgan, Assistant Engineer George Bussler, Supply Officer Richard Colliflower, Assistant Engineer Francis Gibson, Lieutenant Charles Anthony, Lieutenant Wendy Gibson, Assistant Engineer Stevie Lawrence, Engineer Stevie Gibson, Lieutenant Tanya Colliflower, Deputy Chief Any Farr, Captain Hattie Norris, Captain Matt Colliflower and Chief Todd Hayden. Not Pictured – Assistant Chief Donald Cather, Jr., Quality Assurance Officer Karen Colonna and Assistant Engineer Pat Arnold.

From left – Chaplain George L’Heureux, Treasurer Stevie Lawrence, Recording Secretary Hattie Norris, Corresponding Secretary Jennifer Huntington, Vice President Matt Colliflower, President Donald Phetteplace, Member at Large Ronnie Mattingly, Chief Todd Hayden. Not pictured – Member at Large Pat Arnold.

PRAD Accepting Applications

Promoting Nonprofit Success Conference Scheduled

Patuxent River Appreciation Days, Inc. is pleased to announce the opening of the 2013 grant round. Non-profit organizations that provide educational programs or conduct research activities about the importance of the Patuxent River or Patuxent River Basin are eligible to apply. The grant recipients for 2012 were the Calverton School, the Purple Martin Club on the grounds of the Calvert Marine Museum and the Patuxent Naval Air Museum. Awards are made on a competitive basis by the P.R.A.D., Inc. Board of up to $1,000 per organization in any one calendar year. The P.R.A.D., Inc. Board includes members of the Calvert Marine Museum, Calvert Artist Guild, the Pa-Po-Peake Shrine Club, SMILE, and the Calvert County Waterman’s Association. To request an application for a P.R.A.D. Inc. grant, please call Melissa McCormick at 410-326-2042, ext. 41 or email You must provide the name of the nonprofit organization, a contact person’s name, a complete mailing address and a daytime telephone number or email address. Deadline for receipt of completed applications is March 25, 2013. (Must be postmarked by this date.) For more information go to or to

The Nonprofit Institute at the College of Southern Maryland’s third annual conference for employees, board members and volunteers of the region’s nonprofit organizations will be on March 8 at CSM’s La Plata Campus. The conference will feature a keynote address, “The Board’s Dashboard: Getting the Data You Need to Govern,” by Justin Pollock, founder and principal of Orgforward. Following the keynote, participants will select from among 10 presentations on fundraising, The Nonprofit Institute at the College of Southern Maryland’s Third Annual Conference will strategy, volunteer recruit- be March 8 at CSM’s La Plata Campus. ment, strengthening comlutely Positively Everything Goes Wrong by Linda munity relationships and Gottfried of Calvert Hospice; Form 990—What utilizing public access television. There is a rate of $40 for registrations before Does Yours Say to Your Donors? by Christina L. Feb. 25 and a rate of $35 for groups of five or more Mudd, CPA and Joseph Saunders, CPA from Askey, people from one organization. Registration is $55 Askey & Associates, CPA, LLC; Strengthening Relationships with Your Top Donors and Prospects by after Feb. 25. “Through events like the Nonprofit Institute’s Paul Jolly of Jump Start Growth, Inc.; How Nonprofannual conference, Southern Maryland nonprofits its Can Utilize Public Access Television in Charles can learn best practices and expertise from profes- County by Patricia Christofaro and Karen Smith sionals who work in management, finance, fundrais- Hupp of CSM; Charitable Contributions-Substantiing, development and marketing. People who work ation and Disclosure Requirements: What Matters in the nonprofit world are a special group. They care and Why by Angelyn M. Zephyr of Murray, Wamsabout their community and the people who live in ley & Schrader, LLC; Strategic? What’s That? by it—from newborns to people who are entering end- Vivian H. Mills of VHM Nonprofit Solutions; Volof-life hospice care. The events hosted by the Non- unteer Southern Maryland—Let’s Get Volunteers! profit Institute—the annual conference as well as by Heather Zeolla and Emily Mudd-Hendricks of the breakfast meetings—are designed to instruct, CSM; and Building a Database of Professionals inspire and serve the nonprofit workers who serve Who Can Provide Pro Bono Assistance to Nonprofit Southern Maryland,” said CSM President Dr. Brad Organizations by Robert Schaller and Ed Otten of Leadership Southern Maryland. Gottfried. To register online for the conference, visit Workshops include: Strategic Leadership Direction: Realigning Your Compass and Leading or Change Within Your Organization by Lou Carloni contact CSM Service and Volunteerism Coordinator of SMBC Incorporated; What To Do When Abso- Heather Zeolla at 301-934-2251,


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Thursday, February 21, 2013


Heart Attacks Rise in Winter A recent study into the longheld belief that more heart attacks occur in the winter than other times of the year has startled the cardiology community – not because this thinking is flawed, but because of just how true it is. According to research published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation you’re more likely to die of heartrelated issues in the winter – no matter what climate you live in. This finding is making a lot of news because colder temperatures were thought to be the determining factor for the higher winter death rates, notes Terence Bertele, MD, the chief cardiologist with southern Maryland’s Chesapeake & Washington Heart Care. This study however, indicates that whether you live in Hollywood, MD, or in Hollywood, CA, you are much more likely to die of a

heart attack, heart failure, cardiac disease or stroke during the winter months. The researchers, Bryan Swartz, M.D. and Robert Kloner, M.D., Ph.D., analyzed 2005-‘08 death certificate data from seven U.S. locations with different climates: Los Angeles County, Calif.; Texas; Arizona; Georgia; Washington; Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. In all areas, total winter heart attack deaths rose an average 26 percent to 36 percent from the summer low to the winter peak over four years. Seasonal patterns of cardiac deaths were very similar in the seven different climate patterns. Death rates at all sites clustered closely together and no one site was statistically different from any other site. While the study did not shed light on the specific causes that

might drive up the death rates, a number of theories exist. Among the most cited risks include: • respiratory infections during the winter – a constant throughout different parts of the country. “Contracting the flu or other infection certainly increases the chances of hospital admissions for heart attacks and congestive heart failure,” reports Bertele. “This is yet another reason that in the winter it is especially important to avoid infection through such simple steps as frequent and thorough hand washing, getting a flu shot and pneumonia vaccine (if your circumstances warrant it) and seeking early medical attention for serious colds and fevers,” he says. • people not taking as good care of themselves in the winter

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as they do in summer. Schwartz, now a cardiology fellow at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, said, “It’s known that people are not quite as healthy in the wintertime – their diet is not as good people tend not to exercise and gain weight.” • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a kind of depression that usually occurs in the winter, might also play a role. This is because, according to Bertele, “depression can actually cause chemical changes in the body that can increase stress on the cardiovascular system.” The increased danger of heart attacks and stroke continues through early March, but the cardiologists all agree that taking care of your heart – and your overall health – should be a year-round affair.

Photo courtesy of Darrin Farrell Dr. Terence Bertele, a Southern Maryland cardiologist, has advice on how to reduce the risks of winter heart attacks.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment with a cardiologist, contact Chesapeake & Washington Heart Care, 301645-5100 (Waldorf) or 301-4753240 (Leonardtown), or go to

MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital Staff Wear Red

Harriet Tubman is coming

This Saturday, Feb. 23, Harriet Tubman is coming to Lexington Park library! Joyce Harris will portray Harriet Tubman providing a glimpse into Tubman’s life and the Underground Railroad. Joining Harris will be Michael Eley who will sing historical Negro Spirituals and share 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

Space is still available in the Every Child Ready to Read training being offered for childcare providers at 6 p.m. at Lexington Park library on Feb. 28. Two CEUs will be awarded upon completion of the training. The training is free and registration is required.

iPad Help and computer classes offered

Those who have iPads and need assistance downloading eBooks from the library’s collection can stop by Leonardtown library between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Feb. 25 to receive help. Basic computer classes which include introduction classes to computers, Windows, Internet and email will be offered at Lexington Park on Mondays at 2 p.m. in March with the first class scheduled March 4. Registration is required.

Teen Art Contest deadline is March 1

March 1 is the last day teens in grade 6 through 12 can drop off their art entries for the Teen Art Contest at any branch. All entries will be displayed in the Lexington Park Library Art Gallery from March 1 through April 15. Details are posted on the teen webpage.

Libraries celebrate Dr. Seuss birthday

Dr. Seuss birthday will be celebrated with Dr. Seuss related stories, songs and fun activities at Seusstravaganza on March 2 at 10:30 a.m. at Leonardtown branch and at 11:00 a.m. at both Charlotte Hall and Lexington Park branches. The program is free and no registration is required.

500 by Five introduced

A new initiative, 500 by Five, has been introduced to encourage parents to read 500 books to their child by age 5. By participating, parents and caregivers will help to develop the love of reading and learning in the child and help the child get ready to learn to read. Parents can pick up a 500 By Five packet at any branch.

MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital associates gathered to show their support for National Wear Red Day on Feb. 14. Wear Red Day is part of the American Heart Association’s national campaign to build awareness and help stop heart disease among women in our lifetime. Building awareness is vital because heart disease is still the No. 1 killer of women, taking the life of one in three women each year. Our hospital’s Occupational Health professionals provided free blood pressure screenings and educational materials, as well as a Go Red dress pin to any staff member who wore red.

CAT OF THE WEEK Feral Cat Rescue has three kittens remaining along with their mom named Lady Godiva. The kittens are all female. They are named Baby Ruth, Cherry Cordial and Truffles. They cost $125 each or two for $200 and will be vetted at Feral Cat Rescue's expense. This will include 2 more distemper vaccines, spay, micro chip and rabies vaccination. They are already been combo tested for aids and feline leukemia and been dewormed. They have had their first distemper vaccine also. If you are interested in adopting, please fill out an application at and email it to Diane at moonandhunt@ If you have questions, please call 301-4810171. They are now 2 months old. They have been with us since they were 4 weeks old and are very friendly and they love to play.

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Thursday, February 21, 2013



John Glenn Squadron Recognizes Excellence

From left to right, LtCol Victor Argobright, LtGen(ret) Michael Hough, Mrs. Katrina McFarland, and Mr. Rich Linhart (Bell Helicopter);

From left to right, RDML Paul Grosklags, GySgt Johnny Kilgore, Mrs. Katrina McFarland, Mrs. Jennifer Kuehn and Ms. Tammi Leader (family of the award namesake), and Mr. Tom Hills (Rolls Royce);

For the past eight years the Marine Corps Aviation Association (MCAA) John Glenn Squadron at Naval Air Station Patuxent River has annually recognized excellence in Aviation Acquisition by presenting awards to the Marine Test Pilot/Naval Flight Officer, Acquisition Officer, and Acquisition Staff Non-commissioned Officer-of-the-Year. This year the Squadron had the pleasure of hosting keynote speaker Katrina McFarland, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, at their awards banquet held on Jan. 31 at the Naval Air Station River's Edge Catering and Conference Center.

McFarland was joined in presenting the 2012 acquisition awards by VADM David Dunaway, NAVAIR Commander; RDML Paul Grosklags, Program Executive Officer for Air ASW, Assault, and Special Mission Programs; and LtGen (retired) Michael Hough, former Deputy Commandant for Aviation, along with corporate representatives of the award sponsors and family members of the late GySgt Sean Joyce and MGySgt Gary Leader, memorial namesakes of one award. The John Glenn Test Pilot-of-the-Year award, sponsored by GE Aviation, was presented to Maj James Gibson, MV-22 "Osprey" Department Head and Gov-

Photos courtesy of Mike Wilson From left to right, VADM David Dunaway, Maj James Gibson, Mrs. Katrina McFarland, and Mr. Harry Nahatis (GE Aviation).

ernment Flight Test Director at Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 21 (HX-21). The Michael Hough Acquisition Officer-of-the-Year award, sponsored by Bell Helicopter, was presented to LtCol Victor Argobright, AH-1 "Cobra" Platform Team Lead at the U.S. Marine Corps Light / Attack Helicopter Program Office (PMA-276). The Joyce/Leader Acquisition Staff Non-commissioned Officer-of-the-Year award, sponsored by Rolls Royce, was presented to GySgt Johnny Kilgore, CH-53K "Super Stallion" Mission Systems Integrated Product Team Lead at the H-53 Helicopter Program Office (PMA-261).

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Contract Specialist Briefing Schedule The Patuxent Partnership (TPP) and the National Contract Management Association (NCMA) Chesapeake Bay Chapter announce a brown-bag briefing on the ole of the contract specialist in these challenging times on Wednesday, Feb. 27. All are welcome to attend. Elliott B. Branch, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Acquisition and Procurement) in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition), will provide the government perspective on the contract specialist role. Branch is the senior career civilian responsible for acquisition, contracting and policy that governs the operation of the Navy’s world-wide, multibillion-dollar acquisition system. He is the principal civilian advisor to the Navy Acquisition Executive and serves as the Department of the Navy’s Competition Advocate General for procurement matters and is the community leader of the Navy’s contracting workforce. Bruce Sharp, Acquisition and Contracting Specialist, MITRE, will provide an industry perspective on the contract specialist role. In federal service prior to retirement, Sharp reported to office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition). As Director of the Program Analysis and Business Transformation, he was responsible for overseeing analysis and support of the contracting and business aspects of Department of the Navy (DON) acquisition programs and for the development and support of business transformation initiatives within DON to include Strategic Sourcing. Diane Balderson, Assistant Commander, Contracts, NAVAIR will open and welcome the attendees and speakers. Biographies for all three speakers are available for view on the registration website. Bonnie Green, Executive Director, The Patuxent Partnership, said “The work of contracting specialists is vital to the mission of Patuxent River. It is important that we better understand their

requirements and their challenges.” “The Chesapeake Bay Chapter of NCMA is pleased to work with The Patuxent Partnership on this important topic,” said Emily Harman, President. “Federal contracting is challenging but critical to our national security and in this economy.” The program will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bay District Volunteer Fire Department Social Hall, 46900 South Shangri-La Drive, Lexington Park.

Attendees are welcome to bring their lunches and beverages. This is a no-cost program. The Patuxent Partnership works with government, industry and academia on initiatives in science and technology, hosts programs of interest to NAVAIR and the broader DoD community, and supports workforce development including education initiatives and professional development. Visit or call 301-866-1739.

The National Contract Management Association (NCMA), founded in 1959, is the world’s leading professional resource for those in the field of contract management. NCMA strives to serve and inform the profession it represents and to offer opportunities for the open exchange of ideas in neutral forums. For more information regarding the Chesapeake Bay Chapter, visit us at:

January 2013 Real Estate Report; St. Mary’s County

Antiques & Collectables Feb. 22nd 6 p.m.

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Here are some of the interesting real estate statistics from this past month. If you, or any one you know, needs professional real estate assistance in the new year contact me.


Number of Listings Avg. D.O.M. $259K and Less $251K and More Under Contract Foreclosures Short Sales Standard Sales

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Thursday, Feb. 21 • Republican Club Meeting DB McMillan’s, 23415 Three Notch Rd California, 6:30 p.m. Speakers from the Vital Community Connectors Coalition will address the membership.  In addition, we still need a new Treasurer.  Please let me know if you are interested in the position. Please invite your friends and colleagues to join us.

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.

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. Pre-registration is required for this popular program. Visit 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 of-

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fice in Leonardtown. Registration (online and walk-in) is now open. Visit recreate 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.

Sunday, Feb. 24 • 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@ 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.

Monday, Feb. 25 • 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 Institute, 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 Mathemat-


ics 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:

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 • A Southern County: Perspectives on 20th Century Race Relations Historic St. Mary’s City Visitor Center auditorium, 18751Hogaboom Lane, 7 p.m. St. Mary’s County experienced enormous cultural, environmental, and economic shifts in the 20th century.  Join us as a panel representing divergent perspectives considers our recent past and its relationship to the present.  Topics for discussion may include the impact of class and gender, as well as race, on relations in this rural community along with the influence of the church, schools, and the Navy.   The panel -- Everlyn Holland, Ernie Bell, Emma Hall, and Alonzo Gaskin -- includes elders who have been active in civil rights efforts throughout their lives.  Hear from a former NAACP president who, as a student, experienced the desegregation of the local schools; a retired nurse and indefatigable community activist; a prominent Leonardtown lawyer; and a past resident of the Brome Plantation slave/ tenant quarter.   The panel will be moderated by Merideth Taylor, St. Mary’s College of Maryland professor emeritus, who has researched and written extensively about local African American history as a long-time Board member and former president of Unified Committee for African American Contributions and a Trustee of Historic Sotterley. The admission is free.  For more information about this program or the museum, contact the Visitor Center at 240-895-4990, 800-SMC-1634, or 


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• Leonardtown First Fridays Port of Leonardtown Winery, 23190 Compton Road, Leonardtown, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Richard Wagner will be playing live music in the tasting room. Enjoy browsing the local art and other items for sale in the tasting room. $5 for wine tasting up to six wines and receive a souvenir glass. Call for more information 301-690-2192.

• Spring Jellybean Pairings Port of Leonardtown Winery, 23190 Compton Road, Leonardtown Spring will be around the corner. Before the Easter bunny gets them all, come try different fruity jellybeans paired with our award winning wines. Cost: $10 for a souvenir glass, wine tasting up to six wines paired with specialty jellybeans. Call for more information 301-690-2192.

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Tuesday, March 5

• Wounded Warrior Appreciation Dinner River’s Edge Restaurant at PAX River NAS, 6 p.m. DAU Alumni Association is hosting the dinner. Guest speaker is RADM Jane. The first 20 WW and a guest that RSVP will be admitted free. Everyone is welcome. Deadline to RSVP is Wed Feb 27, 2013. Contact Duane Mallicoat at 240-8957363 or Bill Lankford at 240-895-7330.

• Spring Jellybean Pairings Port of Leonardtown Winery, 23190 Compton Road, Leonardtown Spring will be around the corner. Before the Easter bunny gets them all, come try different fruity jellybeans paired with our award winning wines. Cost: $10 for a souvenir glass, wine tasting up to six wines paired with specialty jellybeans. Call for more information 301-690-2192.

• “Cyber: What is it? Where are we going?” Symposium Southern Maryland Higher Ed. Center, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Patuxent Partnership is pleased to present “Cyber: What is it? Where are we going?” Limited exhibitor opportunities are available. The invitation to exhibit at the Cyber Symposium is open to all interested organizations. Take this opportunity to present your organization’s products and services to potential partners and key government decision-makers. This is a regional conference which will attract attendees interested in both the problems and opportunities that cyber security has to offer. Exhibitors will have visibility on the registration website and onsite at the conference. Exhibit booths are limited to six to 10 spaces and will be located in room 135. The exhibit rate is $295 for TPP members and $495 for non-TPP members. Exhibitor rate includes badge, conference registration, continental breakfast and lunch. The deadline for submitting exhibit agreements is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13. Register online, or fax Kathryn Marro at 301-866-9002 or email kathryn.marro@ Exhibit spaces are assigned as agreements are received. Send in your completed exhibit agreement early for prime space.

• SoMD Sudoku Championship St. John’s School, 43900 St Johns Road, Hollywood, 9 a.m. to noon The 3rd annual SoMD Sudoku Championship will benefit the St. John’s scholarship fund. The purpose is to provide to all those many Sudoku players an opportunity to display their skills at the novice, intermediate, advanced and expert levels. The top three in each level get the title and cash prizes. Those scoring in the top 50 percent will be posted on the web in the order of time and correctness, similar to road race results. Participants can start any time they wish from 9 a.m. till noon and will have two hours to work the puzzles. For details, search the web @ SoMD Sudoku Championship 2013 or go to: We encourage registration online at the St John’s School website and there is no need to pay the entry fee till you arrive that morning, March 2. So, for $10 to $20 and two hours of your time we will put a perspective on how good you are. Mike Thompson, event coordinator, at 301 373 8545

Friday, March 8 • Fish Dinner St. George’s Episcopal Church, 19167 Poplar Hill Lane in Valley Lee, 5 to7 p.m. The snow date will be the following day if necessary. The menu includes beer-battered fish, cornbread, St. George’s potatoes, coleslaw and beverages. Homemade desserts will also be for sale. Adult dinners will be $13/plate, children 12 and under are $6, and children under 3 are free. Large parties of five or more will be seated more quickly at 5 p.m. and after 6:30 p.m. Call (301) 994-0585 for more information.

Saturday, March 9 • Golden Beach/Patuxent Knolls Mulch Sale Golden Beach Fire House, 29848 Therese Circle, Mechanicville, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Golden Beach/Patuxent Knolls Civic Association host its Fourth Annual Mulch Sale. 3 cu. ft. bags of shredded hardwood mulch, 2 cu. ft. bags of red or black shredded mulch for $3.75/bag. Free local delivery if you order 20 or more bags. Orders must be received and paid for by March 2. Questions, orders, volunteers call 301884-5478 or 301-884-8432.

• The Comedians – a COSMIC presentation Great Mills High School, 21130 Great Mills Road, Great Mills, 7 p.m. Featuring young artist competition winners Jessica Lyons, Katelyn Lynos, and Moriah Morgan. Kabalevsky’s The Comedians with “clowns” Tim Marrone and Joe Brady. Admission payable at the door: Regular $10, Special (senior, student, military) $8, and Family $25. For full program visit or call 240-561-5799. • Spring Cupcake Pairings Port of Leonardtown Winery, 23190 Compton Road, Leonardtown Sample specialty cupcakes from Anita’s Bakery paired with our award winning wines. Call ahead to reserve your spot. Cost: $10 for a souvenir glass, wine tasting up to six wines paired with specialty cupcakes. Call for more information 301-690-2192. • “From The Ground Up” Sotterley Plantation, 44300 Sotterley Lane , Hollywood, 1 and 3 p.m. 2nd Saturday Series at Sotterley. From the basement to the attic of Sotterley’s 1703 Plantation House there are numerous nooks and crannies rarely seen by most people. Presented by Sotterley’s Restoration Manager, this exclusive tour will reveal how the structure was built and what the various spaces tell us about the over 300 year history. Limited to 16 people per tour. (Snow date 3/23/13) Advance reservations only. $15 per person. Ages 13 and up. Walking required. Purchase tickets online: www.

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• Deadline for order mulch Golden Beach Fire House, 29848 Therese Circle, Mechanicville, Golden Beach/Patuxent Knolls Civic Association host its Fourth Annual Mulch Sale on Saturday, March 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 3 cu. ft. bags of shredded hardwood mulch, 2 cu. ft. bags of red or black shredded mulch for $3.75/bag. Free local delivery if you order 20 or more bags. Orders must be received and paid for by March 2. Questions, orders, volunteers call 301-884-5478 or 301-884-8432.

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Thursday, February 21, 2013


First Annual SOMD Music Awards By Alex Panos Staff Writer Southern Maryland’s most well known bands came together last weekend for the first annual Phoenix Awards – Southern Maryland’s version of the Grammy awards. Hosted by the online radio station, The Phoenix, listeners made nominations online for their favorite local bands. The station’s committee then narrowed the suggestions down to five in each category. The biggest surprise of the evening, said host and Phoenix general manager John Hunt, was the band new to the circuit – Changing Scene. Hunt had watched them perform for the first time last summer at a Blue Crabs game, and was surprised how much their stage presence had improved. “They just brought it,” Hunt said of Changing Scene’s live performance of an original piece during the show on Saturday. “It shocked a lot of people.” Some awards categories saw around 10,000 votes cast between the end of December and Feb. 1. A few of the more obscure categories had about 5,000 votes placed. Once nominations were made, a split between public and radio committee vote on the finalists determined the winners. The non-performer awards and people’s choice award were determined entirely on popular vote. About 250 people showed up, only 70 of which were band members wearing evening formal for the first annual Phoenix Awards – The Phoenix gave live reports on air of award winners as they were announced.

2013 Phoenix Award Winners Best Music Store: Hot Licks Best Music Venue Large: Calvert Marine Museum Best Music Venue Bar/Restaurant: Gilligan’s Pier Best Singer/Songwriter: Little Paul Best Original Song: “Rock Bottom” Justin Myles Best New Band: Changing Scene Best on Stage Performance: The Piranhas Best Percussion/Drums: Russell Williams Best Bassist: Matt Wiegand (Hydra FX) Best Guitarist: Dylan Galvin Best Vocalist: Tara Rae Best Cover Band: Absinthe Best Original Band/Artist: Justin Myles Peoples Choice Award: Justin Myles Dylan Galvin was named Best Guitarist.

Awards were given typical to a music awards ceremony, including as best vocalist, bassist, and percussionist. More obscure awards included best music store and best music venue. Justin Myles took home three of the five awards he was nominated for. He believes the number of people to turnout to the ceremony and the response from voters in the community prove the first annual award show turned out very well. “We’re looking forward to doing it next year,” Hunt said. “I loved having all the musicians together.” For more information on The Phoenix, visit or email Hunt at Tara Rae of Juke Box Thieves, Best Vocalist in 2013.

Justin Myles, left, cleaned house winning three separate Phoenix Awards.

Photos By Eric McKay

Matt Wiegand of Hydra FX won best bassist.

Lead singer Hyde Hitchcock helped propel Absinthe to win Best Cover Band.

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

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Thursday, Feb. 21

• Swamp Dog Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 7:30 p.m.

• Team Trivia DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 6:30 p.m.

• DJ Dogg Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood) – 8:30 p.m.

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

• Dave Norris DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 6 p.m.

• Vinyl Night Fat Boy’s Country Store (41566 Medley’s Neck Road, Leonardtown) – 5 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. • Dave Norris DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 6 p.m. • Karaoke California Applebee’s (45480 Miramar Way, California) – 9 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. • Fair Warning DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 6 p.m.

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

Maryland Tax Day

Monday, Feb. 25

FREE tax preparation and electronic filing by IRS/AARP-certified volunteers.

Saturday, February 23rd 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 26

Leonardtown Library and the Tax-Aide Site at McKay’s Shopping Center on Great Mills Road

• Fair Warning DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 27 • Mason Sebastian DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 5 p.m. • Karaoke with DJ Harry Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) – 8 p.m. • Open Mic Night Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood) – 9 p.m.

No appointments required… first come, first served. Personal returns only: no out of state returns or returns involving farms, businesses, rental properties, or partnerships. Taxpayers must have proof of social security number and picture identification. Bring all income and tax related information including names, social security numbers, and birth dates for self, spouse, and dependents. For more information, call 301-863-2561 or 301-904-6205.

Thursday, Feb. 28

DAU Alumni Association Wounded Warrior Appreciation Dinner

• Dave Norris DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 6 p.m. • Tonight’s Alibi Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood) – 8:30 p.m.

Friday, March 1 • Dave Norris DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 6 p.m. • DJ Charlie Thompson Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood) – 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 2 • Fair Warning DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 6 p.m. • Fast Eddie and the Sow Pokes Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood) – 8:30 p.m. • Three Days of Rain Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) – 9:30 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 Please submit calendar listings by 12 p.m. on the Tuesday prior to our Thursday publication.

When: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 Where: Rivers Edge Conference Center NAS Patuxent River, Maryland Time: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Schedule of Events: 6:00 – 6:30 Social with appetizers 6:30 – 6:45 Flag presentation Pledge of Allegiance & National Anthem 6:45 – 7:30 Dinner (Food Options: Chicken Parmesan or Rosemary Crusted Pork Loin)

7:30 – 7:50 7:50 – 8:45 8:45 – 9:00

Guest Speaker Drama Performance Closing Remarks

Evening Highlights Special Guest Speaker:

RDML C.J. Jaynes Also featuring:

Chopticon High School AFJROTC Honor Guard Music by the Chopticon High School Jazz Band Special performance by the Chopticon High School

-Only 160 slots are available, so early registration is encouraged. -Deadline for sign-ups will be Wednesday, February 27th. -Tickets are $50 (cash or check.) Checks can be made out to DAUAA. **If you cannot attend, but would like to sponsor a Wounded Warrior or a Chopticon High School student, please contact either Bill Lankford at; 240-895-7330 or Duane Mallicoat at; 240-895-7363.** Suit and tie or business casual Active Duty Military – Dress Uniform Retired Military are encouraged to wear their uniform

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The Body Challenge Revolution By Debra Meszaros CSN Transform yourself. Lose Weight and feel great. Just take a 30, 60, or 90-day body challenge today. Sound familiar? Have you tried one yet? These days it’s hard not to find a form of media that hasn’t displayed an ad or two about body challenges, and with the growing number of people attempting to use these programs, there is an important need to discuss this form of transformation. Are you a perfect candidate for these programs? If you struggle with preparing quality meals for yourself, simply hate eating breakfast in the morning, or have experienced a health trauma like radiation treatment, or any type of treatment that has dampened your appetite for food, the right challenge program might be your answer. What makes these programs work? Challenge programs can be based on weight loss, increasing energy, enhancing endurance, or to build lean muscle; each one is formulated to achieve a specific goal. Understand and choose the appropriate program. Beware of the challenge programs that promise a huge amount of weight loss in 30 days, as often you will gravitate back to your normal dietary habits and back comes the weight you lost. A challenge pro-

gram is temporary, a tool to allow you to adjust your dietary habits gradually, helping you to achieve a transformation into a new lifestyle. It is suggested that any seriously reduced calorie program be approved by your health care professional. There are many super charged meal replacement powders on the market today with a ton of nutrition in just 8oz of liquid. They’re an excellent choice for those experiencing a loss of appetite for food. They also work well as a jump-start to your day as a better choice than a simple carbohydrate breakfast. The protein content in these powders can provide nutrition that satisfies your body, lessening the frequent call for more food. They contain a lot more nutrition than calories. For the athlete, providing your body with the right nutrition can help you in achieving the results you want from your program. You can get lean, build muscle, and experience greater performance and recovery when these tools are utilized correctly. When and how to use your products Many athletes can use the liquid based products during heavy activity days, as many experience a need to consume light foods, ones easier to digest. Most liquid powders are easily digested and absorbed quickly by the body. Individuals using these programs for weight loss normally need to follow the outline of each plan. Choosing the right challenge There are only a few negative issues surrounding challenges; they are not a permanent replacement for real, whole food, and there are some less desirable ingredients to watch out for. Your body was designed to eat wholesome food that is non-denatured, so eventually you need to get back to the basics. Finding a balance between real food and these products may

A View From The

Bleachers btw, will u marry me? ;-)

By Ronald N. Guy Jr. Contributing Writer Did you survive Valentine’s Day, gentlemen? I say survive because, let’s face it, it’s a day often layered with insatiable female expectations. Still, we try. Oh, do we try. Of course no matter the effort or good intentions, we frequently fall shy of the unrealistic outcomes generated by the fairytale knight from the romance novel. Fabio: the bane of every man’s existence. So going in to February 14th, we’re disadvantaged: our hair isn’t as thick or as long, our waists are wider, our chests are thinner, our body fat is higher and our French is far worse than the man she’s arm-in-arm with in her romantic utopia. Our advantage is we know her better than that fictional guy. We know what makes her gooey inside, incites tears of joy and leaves her speechless. The sage Tomcat plays to these strengths and constructs a Valentine’s Day that passes him off as a reasonable real-life facsimile of the chiseled and charismatic heartthrob galloping on a white horse through the grassy meadows in her mind. That’s not an easy trick to pull. We often step in it, rendering the day love

was to be celebrated as the day love was neglected. And even if she seems pleased with our annual offering, we secondguess ourselves. Ahhh, why didn’t I think of that? Idiot. Will my offerings hold up after she compares notes with her friends? The immortal crooner Sam Cooke captured this uncertainty and desperation in his classic song Cupid. Sing it for us Sam… “Cupid pull back your bow and let your arrow go, Straight to my lover’s heart for me; Cupid please hear my cry and let your arrow fly, Straight to my lover’s heart for me.” There it is: validation by Sam Cooke. Our plight cannot be denied. Break, break. We’re getting used to athletes disappointing us. They have this pesky propensity to take their professions and physical blessings for granted, cheat, womanize, develop a small mindedness indicative of a privileged, insular world and behave as if they’re above the law. Such behavior regularly insults me as a fan, a man and a decent human being.

be your answer. Be aware of artificial ingredients and artificial sweeteners. Quality products do not contain anything artificial. Anything artificial will stress your liver and kidneys, often without you noticing. Check to make sure your challenge products are non-GMO, as often soy based products are genetically modified. There is a very good reason why genetically modified products are banned around the world. ©2013 Debra Meszaros MXSportsNutrition. com. All rights reserved; no duplication without permission. DISCLAIMER: When you read through the diet and lifestyle information, you must know that everything within it is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. I am making no attempt to prescribe any medical treatment. You should not use the information here for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem or for prescription of any medication or other treatment. The products and the claims made about specific products have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. You should consult with a healthcare professional before starting any diet, exercise or supplementation program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem. Confirm the safety of any supplements with your M.D., N.D. or pharmacist (healthcare professional). Some information given is solely an opinion, thought and or conclusion based on experiences, trials, tests, assessments or other available sources of information. I do not make any guarantees or promises with regard to results. I may discuss substances that have not been subject to double blind clinical studies or FDA approval or regulation. You assume the responsibility for the decision to take any natural remedy. You and only you are responsible if you choose to do anything with the information you have read. You do so at your own risk. I encourage you to make your own health decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified health care professional.

However, I have…or had…never been insulted as a romantic. Petulant: adj; insolent or rude in speech or behavior: Peevish. Twerp: noun; a silly, insignificant or contemptible person. Put those terms together – petulant twerp - and you have Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. Cutler has always struck me as the life-long “C” student, not because that represents his peak performance but because it never occurred to him to apply himself more than necessary. He’s thrown teammates under buses, tapped out of playoffs games and played a child’s game in such a joyless way that his jersey sales should be discontinued to thwart any risk of him becoming a role model. His approach to life, in a word, is a heartless “whatever.” His on-field offenses aside, “Cutler the Irritant” recently managed to lower his rock bottom. He recently asked his girlfriend to marry him…via a text message. Excuse me? Where’s any sense of tradition? What about a dash of forethought, artfulness and emotion to ensure this special moment is a memorable event? Where’s the gumption to look the object of your affection in the eye and boldly ask for her hand in marriage? Where’s the effort to make a marriage proposal feel like something more than a “by the way”…or rather a “BTW.” “Whatever”, right Jay? Sam Cooke, warm up the pipes. Cupid, stuff your quiver. Restore man’s good name and save us from the hopelessly unromantic Jay Cutler. Send comments to rguyjoon@yahoo. com

Wanderings Aimless



Hooked Regally

By Shelby Oppermann Contributing Writer I’m hooked. I’m somewhat addicted. And I am a little surprised actually. I really didn’t think I would like or want to watch Downton Abbey. I normally mainly watch mysteries, CSI, Blue Bloods, and NCIS Los Angeles. My husband will watch most of those with me, unless there is a Redskins game, Orioles game, Maryland game or Capitals game on. No, we don’t always watch the same TV – it’s a good thing we have four TV’s in a two person house. I really like the old TV downstairs by the woodstove if I can stand the inferno for very long. It all happened so innocently sometime last year. My husband had on a late football game on the flat screen in the living room, and I was going back and forth between the game and the smaller TV in our bedroom to watch the Sunday mysteries on Hallmark Channel and Public Television. I do remember sighing loudly when I realized that none of my favorite BBC mysteries were on. Then I realized that the show that was on must be the Upstairs/ Downstairs type of show I’d been hearing about. I’ll just watch a few minutes of it I thought. A half hour later I was lying across the bed watching scenes of WWI horror and spies. I am not going to get caught up in this I kept telling myself. And as it happened there were a few episodes I missed, but most series catch you up in the first few minutes with what went on in the previous week’s episodes anyway. I know that all Masterpiece shows are excellently written and the acting is superb, so I should have known I would enjoy Downton Abbey. Now I love it. In my mind, I had a recollection of being very bored with Upstairs/Downstairs when it aired in the early 70’s. Of course in 1971 I was 10 years old and still really liked Scooby Doo and Bugs Bunny. But my Father enjoyed it, so I saw some of it. We only had one TV – unbelievable today. Gothic Romances and mysteries were my reading choices then, I should have liked Upstairs / Downstairs. I knew I was starting to get hooked a few weeks ago, when I was streaming an episode of Downton Abbey, that I missed, on my cell phone at 4 in the morning. A friend and I at church are hoping to have a Downton Abbey night soon at her house even though the season finale has already aired. She said we can watch on Netflix, and has invited me to her house…though that might have just changed since I called her last night in disbelief that a certain key character had been killed off. She said “What??!!, What are you talking about??!!” Unfortunately, I had forgotten that she was watching videos and not the “real-time” series like I was and was still an episode behind. Oops, I guess that offer will now be rescinded. To each new day’s adventure, Shelby Please send your comments or ideas or find me on facebook: Shelby Oppermann

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

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