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“It’s grown tremendously. Being in a state of war… it has brought a lot of attention to our vets and people are coming out to support them. There were groups in the parade I’d never heard of before.”


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Jones Confirms Run For Senate Seat By Guy Leonard Staff Writer After just one term as a county commissioner Cynthia L. “Cindy” Jones has confirmed rumors that she will run for the Dist. 29 state senate seat currently held by Roy Dyson, a Democrat. Jones, a Republican, made her announcement this week as she sent out invitations for a fundraiser to bolster her campaign but according to the Maryland Board of Elections Web site she has yet to file for election officially. Dyson has not filed either; the only one to do so is Steve Waugh, a GOP challenger who tried to unseat Dyson in 2010 and came closer to that goal than many others in past elections. Todd Eberly, professor of political science at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, said Jones brings a strong campaign style to the race and would likely need it since she was facing a primary battle against Waugh who is an established challenger. “She was a dogged campaigner,” Eb-

erly said of her victory over then incumbent commissioner Kenneth R. Dement who was seeking a third term. “If she brings that kind of energy… it’ll be a battle,” Eberly said. Jones did not return phone calls for comment on her campaign as of press time Wednesday, but gave just a brief statement in an E-mail regarding her scheduled Nov. 19 fundraiser. “I’m looking forward to serving the people of Calvert and St. Mary’s counties as the next new Senator from Southern Maryland,” Jones wrote. Her biggest challenge, Eberly said, would be to overcome Waugh’s experience in facing Dyson, who he very nearly unseated in the last election. “I consider him [Dyson] to be one of the more vulnerable seats in the senate,” Eberly said, adding that St. Mary’s County voter rolls have waxed increasingly Republican in majority.

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St. Mary’s County Government Office Closures for Thanksgiving Holiday All St. Mary’s County Government Offices will close Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 29 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. County offices will re-open Monday, Dec. 2. The St. Andrews Landfill, 6 Convenience Centers and St. Mary’s Transit System (STS) will close Thursday, Nov. 28 but will be open for normal business hours on Wednesday, Nov. 27 and Friday, Nov. 29. All three St. Mary’s County Public Library branches will close at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, and remain closed on Thursday, Nov. 28. The libraries will re-open Friday, Nov. 29 for regular business hours. All Senior Activity Centers will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 29 with no Meals on Wheels Delivery. Their normal schedule resumes Monday, Dec. 2.


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Former Commissioner Kenny Dement Passes Away By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Kenneth R. “Kenny” Dement, who served as a county commissioner for two terms before losing a 2010 reelection bid died early Wednesday morning. He was 78 years old. Dement, a Republican during his years on the commissioner board, was usually taciturn during meetings but often received praise from his constituents for his knowledge of the county and the deep personal bonds he shared with many people. Dement went into hospice care earlier this week after suffering from a long-term illness. Dement, well loved by nearly all who knew him, was heavily involved in many community activities and organizations as well as softball leagues. He helped found the St. Mary’s County Slow Pitch Softball League and served as its president for three decades; he was also one of the founders of the St. Mary’s County Softball Hall of Fame. Before winning a career in politics Dement worked for the St. Mary’s County public school system as a bus driver and then as a trainer for 20 years. Dement was also a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 2065 and served as a board member of the St. Mary’s County Recreation and Parks Board.

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Commissioner Larry Jarboe (R-Golden Beach) remembered Dement for a critical vote he provided in his first term on the board that allowed for perpetual property tax relief for senior citizens. It was a 3-to-2 vote, Jarboe said, and Dement’s ballot in that debate was the deciding factor; it was a true example of fiscal conservatism. “Without his vote it wouldn’t have happened,” Jarboe said, dispelling the perception that Dement’s quiet nature indicated a lack of political acumen. “Kenny always said he was a listener, not a speaker,” Jarboe said. “Everybody liked Kennedy.” Commissioner Todd Morgan (R-Lexington Park) said he became friends with Dement while Dement was a commissioner and their relationship grew from there. “He was an institution and a legend in this county,” Morgan said. “He always cared about the little people, he was always there for you.” Known as “Mr. Softball” Dement continued to make friends and establish relationships in the community, Morgan said. “He’ll be sorely missed, Kenny was a friend and a friend to many,” Morgan said.

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By Guy Leonard Staff Writer The Veterans’ Day Parade in Leonardtown Monday brought in about 6,000 people between spectators and participants, leading town officials and event planners to believe that their parade is the largest in the state. They say they have never actually confirmed that statistic but have used it in applications to the state for special designations for the event and no one has ever come forward to challenge the assertion, said Laschelle McKay, town administrator. “No one’s ever disputed it,” McKay said, adding that town staff had counted “well over 2,000 [spectators] on Fenwick Street alone.” McKay estimated there was at least that same number on Washington Street that made up the other portion of the town square — there were nearly twice as many spectators as actual parade participants. “I’d say there were 3,500 to 4,000 watching and 2,300 participants,” McKay added. The parade may have attracted more attention this year, she said, since much of it was dedicated to the memory of World War II flying ace Capt. Walter Francis Duke who was shot down over Burma in 1944 but not before chalking up what may be 18 air-to-air victories against Imperial Japanese fighters over his short career. A float was dedicated to his memory with his face depicted

in flying garb while a plane flew overhead trailing the banner welcoming him home. Duke’s remains and his aircraft were found last year in the jungles of Burma and his family awaits their return. Connie Pennington, the event’s coordinator, said the participation in this year’s parade was such that it nearly overflowed what the town square could handle. More than 2,100 signed up to officially take part in the parade but more showed up at the last minute to take part and Pennington said she was not about to turn them away. “It’s grown tremendously,” she said. “Being in a state of war… it has brought a lot of attention to our vets and people are coming out to support them. “There were groups in the parade I’d never heard of before.” There were 22 veterans groups in the parade this year, she said, and she responded to complaints from last year’s parade that had veterans marching in positions other than at the front of the line. “That changed, the vets are the VIPs,” she said. “If anybody showed up at the last second I put them in the line at the back. “We’re all there to support our vets.”

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Volunteer Maryland Volunteer Services By Kimberly Alston Contributing Writer Volunteer Maryland is a statewide volunteer program that recruits 30 organizations per year to host Americorp volunteers over an 11 month period to help build volunteer programs. The goal each year is to take any non-profit, school, or government organization that wishes to help build a stronger and more sustainable volunteer program and help get that program started. Individual members are recruited through both Volunteer Maryland and the specific organization they will be placed in, due to their specific skill set. The organization receives a full time employee for 11 months without having to pay benefits and insurance for them. Instead, the organization pays a cash match, depending on their annual budget that directly goes into the stipend for the volunteer. Organizations pay no more than $9,450. Each volunteer member goes through two weeks of training called volunteer program management in where they learn how to grow in a program that sustains a volunteer workforce. After that, the volunteers are released to their organizations where they spend 11 months working towards the individual goals of that organization. The volunteers are direct service volunteers, meaning they are placed based on where their skills would be best suited. If there was a program who took homeless citizens and transitioned them to safe, affordable housing, the volunteers in that program would be councillors or case workers that could be used to help further the organization. Volunteer Maryland will be holding an information session at Greenwell State Park in Hollywood, on Tuesday, Nov. 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. For more information, visit or call 410-767-6203





Efforts to Bring Cruise Ships to Solomons Island By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Local businessmen are searching for a way to bring the cruise ship industry to Calvert County. Solomons Island based lawyer V. Charles Donnelly and Calvert County realtor Chris Moore have teamed up and created Global Maritime Solution with the vision of bringing a passenger cruise ship hub to Solomon’s Island using pre-existing docks at the Navy Recreation Center in Solomons. Bringing cruise ships to the area has the potential to offer more than 500 jobs and bring more than $60 million in revenue to the county, a shot in the arm the local economy sorely needs, Donnelly said. Currently, the only cruise port in the immediate area is in Baltimore. That port has reached capacity with no option to expand, Donnelly said. The port in Solomons would not be designed to replace Baltimore but to supply a location to fill demand Baltimore cannot fill, he added.



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Commissioners May Approve New Breweries

News By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Micro breweries and breweries at pubs may soon be allowed in the county’s development districts after the Board of County Commissioners voted Tuesday to allow a new zoning regulation to go to a public hearing. Commissioners have moved ahead with several approvals over the past few years that allowed wineries and then distilleries of spirits and breweries for beer on farms in the rural preservation district. The latest proposed text amendment would allow breweries in more densely populated urban centers like Lexington Park and California.

Yvonne Chaillet, senior planning analyst with the Department of Land Use and Growth Management, said microbreweries could be attached to a restaurant and produce up to 22,500 of beer each year under what is known as a Class 7 license. Laura Boonchaisri, a business development specialist with the Department of Economic and Community Development said the enabling legislation for microbreweries and pub breweries came through the state legislature earlier this year. The new breweries would work in the same vein as wineries and distilleries, Boonchaisri said, to bring in visitors and tourist dollars from outside of the county. “We definitely feel there’s a tourist component there,” Boonchaisri said. “It’s similar to the wineries in that they can give tours of the operations… it’s kind of a niche market.

“It’s an opportunity to grow the night life aspect in St. Mary’s County.” There are currently three entrepreneurs who have expressed interest in starting either a microbrewery or a pub brewery, Boonchaisri said, and county business planners looked to The Ruddy Duck restaurant in neighboring Calvert County as a template for the zoning text amendment they seek to have approved. A second Ruddy Duck restaurant now operates on St. George’s Island and would be able to start brewing its own beer if the amendment passes. “It’s a successful business model,” Boonchaisri said.

Code Change Would Allow for Popular Pools By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Over the summer many users of privately purchased wading pools that could be assembled quickly and filled up using something as simple as a garden hose were surprised when they received violations from the county’s code enforcement inspectors. The county’s current building code, influenced by the International Building Code, mandates that even small wading pools made of flexible materials off a

shelf in a department store must have a use permit. The commissioners held a public hearing Tuesday to revise those rules to exempt such above ground pools. Phil Shire, head of the Department of Land Use and Growth Management told the Board of County Commissioners Tuesday that a recent public forum in Valley Lee brought out large numbers of residents who protested getting citations for what they believed should be an acceptable use on their property. Commissioners then pledged to fix the

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issue after the public outcry. “The code requires a permit for the impoundment of water that’s more than 24 inches deep,” Shire said. “This extends to pools that you might buy at Wal-Mart or Target.” The proposed text amendment to the code would eliminate the permit requirement for pools or spas that are above ground or portable. Shire said the nature of the pools exempted in the proposed ordinance — portable, collapsible and seasonal — meant that those who purchased them had every expectation to be able to set them up at their homes with minimal opposition. “People really wouldn’t think to get a permit for that,” Shire said in a later interview.

Commissioner Larry Jarboe (R-Golden Beach) said since there was no one who chose to speak at the Nov. 12 public hearing on the issue, commissioners would give the public another chance at a Dec. 3 forum to speak out on the changes. It appears that the changes will pass without any opposition. “It was an obvious thing to do,” Jarboe said of the proposed change. “This way people could set it up without a permit.” Jarboe said when commissioners held a forum back earlier this fall there were about two dozen people who had run afoul of the current code rule and called for change. “I think it will be a good, simple fix,” Jarboe said.

Leonardtown Lions Support Shop With a Cop Shop with a Cop is an initiative by the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7 in conjunction with the Optimist Clubs of St. Mary’s County to provide a brighter Christmas to needy children of the area. Each child is allotted money, and is transported to a store by a St. Mary’s County law enforcement officer where they shop for themselves, family members or for household items.  This year’s shopping date is Dec. 14 and will include 100-110 children.  Points of contact for the program are Joe Stanalonis and/or Detective Bill Raddatz.

Leonardtown Lions Art Richardson, Jim Davis, Mike Payne, John Brown, Mike Mummaugh and Frank Nuhfer (not pictured) present Detective Bill Raddatz, Assistant States Attorney Joe Stanalonis, and Corporal Margaret Smolarsky with a check for $1000 in support of the St. Mary’s County “Shop With A Cop” program.


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Residents Petition Against Zoning Amendments

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

More than 100 residents from Mechanicsville and Charlotte Hall have signed a petition urging the Board of County Commissioners to reject one zoning text amendment and approve with conditions another that business community members have said would help relieve a virtual moratorium on construction and development in the northern portion of the county. One text amendment would exempt non-residential site plans of less than 5,000 square feet from adequate public facilities requirements, while the second would allow developers to mitigate traffic impacts in town centers like Mechanicsville, Charlotte Hall and New Market to the same standards as in large development districts like Lexington Park and Leonardtown. The petitioners want the former amendment subjected to surveys of traffic impacts to insure that building additions do not greatly increase traffic at alreadystressed intersections. They want elected leaders to reject outright the text amendment that would allow developers to mitigate traffic. While developers say the text amend-


ments would allow much needed economic development to take place, the citizen petitioners claim that traffic already festoons the roadways in Charlotte Hall and further development would only compound the problem. Dale Burch, a Charlotte Hall resident who has spoken out publicly against the text amendments, said the county commissioners should not bow to pressure from developers. “They have taken calculated risks to invest in properties in these areas for development purposes and want to see a return on their investments…,” Burch wrote in a missive with the petition attached. “While one can hardly blame them for presenting their cases in the most altruistic light, their purposes were most clearly stated when [a business owner] said, in effect, that if the land can’t be developed, the values of their properties will go down. “When did it become incumbent upon government… to insure that investors get an expected return on their investments?” The commissioner board has yet to vote on the two text amendments.

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Cops & Courts By Guy Leonard Staff Writer After months on the run local law officers now have Matthew Hurry, the suspect in a brutal home invasion that took place back in March, in custody facing charges of first-degree assault, first-degree burglary, second-degree assault and theft. The burglary occurred March 19 in Leonardtown, police said, when Hurry, a registered child sex offender, allegedly broke into the female victim’s home by kicking in the door. Covering his face to conceal his identity, Hurry then threatened the victim, demanding she hand over items to him, according to court papers filed against Hurry in county District Court. “Without provocation the defendant began assaulting the victim by using his closed fists to strike [her] several times in the face,” Det. Cpl. David Alexander wrote. “The victim sustained serious injuries to her eye, jaw, nose and facial bones as a result of the assault.” Hurry then started “ransacking” the defendant’s home searching for valuable items; he retrieved a knife from a drawer and held it to the victim’s neck and threatened to kill her if she did not allow him access to two safes, court papers alleged. Hurry made off with jewelry, money and medications that detectives said was valued at about $2,000. To quash any chance of the victim calling for help, Hurry also destroyed her cell phone and house phone; he used the phone cord to tie the victim’s hands, police said. Not content with simply restraining her, Hurry allegedly tried to twist her leg to break it to prevent her from fleeing, police said, and when that did not work he took the smaller

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Police Capture Home Invasion Suspect of the two safes and used it as a bludgeon to seriously injure her ankle. Capt. Terry Black, commander of the sheriff’s office criminal investigation division, said the extent of the victim’s injuries spoke to the level of violence Hurry is alleged to have committed. “He tried to disable her, that’s what got him the first-degree assault charge,” Black told The County Times. Hurry tried to leave in his own vehicle but it became stuck in the mud; he went back inside demanded the victim’s keys and even forced her to try to help in unsticking his own vehicle, police said. The victim’s son arrived home while they were trying to extricate the vehicle, court papers stated, and Hurry threatened the victim with the knife he had taken to not tell her son what was going on. This made her delay telling what happened, police said. When they were unsuccessful Hurry left his truck at the scene, Alexander wrote, where it was later used as evidence in the case. Hurry then forced the victim to drive with him to Drayden where he hid some of the property he stole, police alleged. They said they later recovered the items as evidence. Detectives said they learned that Hurry was staying at multiple locations, in violation of rules governing his status as a registered sex offender, and they eventually learned he was staying in Nelsonville, Ohio. Police there arrested him and local detectives brought him back to stand trial after he waived his extradition proceedings.

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

ARRESTS, WARRANT & CRIMINAL SUMMONS SERVICES Disorderly Conduct – On Nov. 5, Captain Alioto was off duty when he observed Joseph Michael Curtis, 49, of Great Mills, in the area of Great Mills High School urinating on the side of the road. Curtis was heavily intoxicated and stumbling. He was placed under arrest by Deputy Manns and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with Alcoholic Beverage in Public Area and Disorderly Conduct. Trespassing – On Nov. 4, Deputy Pontorno observed Tyreak Otis Braswell, 20, of Lexington Park, on the property of Foxchase Apartments. Braswell had been served a notice not to trespass for the complex on August 28, 2013 by Deputy T. Shomper. He was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with Trespass: Private Property.

WARRANT SERVICES Mark Albert Fenwick, 21, of Park Hall, Md., 11-04-13 Bench Warrant failure to appear in court by Corporal Emory Johnson Tyler Deshaun Camile Roberts, 19, of Ridge, Md., 1104-13 Bench Warrant for violation of probation by Corporal Emory Johnson Demetrious Eugene Jones, 22, of Leonardtown, Md., 1104-13 Bench Warrant for failure to appear in court by Corporal J. Somerville Keith Adrew Breitmaier, 33, of Mechanicsville, Md., 1105-13 Violation of Probation by Deputy Flerlage

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Business Profile Accurate Accounting By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Anybody thinking an accountant is an introverted individual who enjoys interacting with numbers more than people could not be more wrong in the case of Angelyn Zephyr and Candlist Greenwell, the founders of Accurate Accounting Certified Public Accountants, LLC. The women behind Accurate Accounting may love working with statistics and numbers, but they are both extroverts who are just as comfortable working with people and being in the community as they are behind their desks. They opened Accurate Accounting on April 24. The newly launched business didn’t take long to become successful, Zephyr said. They were expecting to spend weeks sitting around hoping the phone would ring, but Zephyr and Greenwell have been busy since day one. Some of their first clients followed Greenwell and Zephyr to their new business. Clients tend to find an accountant they like and stay with them, Greenwell said. “People don’t realize how many deadlines there are,” Zephyr said. Businesses and non-profit organizations have several deadlines throughout the year, ensuring accountants are busy far beyond the April deadline for personal income filings. Zephyr and Greenwell work with clients from all over the tri-county area to find procedures and processes that work best for a specific non-profit group or business. Tax specialists and accountants tend to be more behindthe-scenes. Zephyr and Greenwell like to be in the community. They focus on helping and teaching their clients to deal with day-today issues, even if it means they’re out of a job when their client becomes self-sufficient. Greenwell is the firm’s accounting specialist. She focused on photography during high school, intending to attend art school. At the end of her senior year she decided she didn’t want to be a starving artist and attended the College of Southern Maryland to find a new direction for her life. She found her niche in accounting, eventually earning a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in management, with a specialization in accounting from the University of Maryland University College. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants. In addition to her day job with Accurate Accounting, Greenwell teaches Principles of Accounting at the College of Southern Maryland. She and her husband are involved with the Calvert County Relay for Life team and the American Cancer Society. To top it all off, Greenwell and her husband have a two-year-old son. Running her own business gives her the flexibility she needed to manage such a chaotic schedule, Greenwell said. Zephyr is Accurate Accounting’s Tax Specialist. She has an artistic streak of her own, having run her own small business for 13 years making costumes for theatre

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productions before working in accounting. Her choice to enter accounting was made from a “supply and demand standpoint” – a large accounting firm had just closed and there was more business than service providers could serve. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Economics from Smith College in 2005 and her Master’s degree in Professional Accounting from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2007. Zephyr received her Maryland CPA license in 2010 and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants. She was certified as a public accountant in Texas in 2008. While completing her Masters, she began her public accounting career with the international firm KPMG, focusing on taxation of partnerships. She began working with a small, local firm in Texas in 2009, providing tax preparation services to individuals as well as to partnerships and corporations. It was also here that Zephyr began a focus on non-profit organization reporting. She moved to Southern Maryland in 2010 with her defense contractor husband. Like Greenwell, Zephyr worked in other local firms before taking the leap back into self-employment. Accurate Accounting is located at 25853 Morganza Turner Road in Mechanicsville. For more information, call 301-475-6973 or visit www.accurateaccountingcpas. com.

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A Special Thanks to Our Community

On Oct. 12, Helpful Hooves Equine Therapy, Inc., a non profit 501C3 corporation, held its 6th annual fundraising barn dance. Our mission is to improve the lives of persons with disabilities through social gatherings, picnics, and parties that involve horses and horse related activities. We serve a population of special needs adults which as grown in number from 15 to over 100. We offer our parties at no cost to our participants and rely solely on the donations of our generous business community along with friends and family to support our activities. Our primary annual expenses are liability insurance, as well as, the upkeep of 3 horses and party supplies, food, pizzas, soda, and prizes for many events. The October Barn Dance is our primary source for raising these funds. We would like to thank the following businesses and families for their generous support. Rocco Aiello, Bill and Etta Battaglia, Bernard and Shirley Bailey, S.M. Bailey, Beverly Wood, Marcia and Ray Bald, , Lauren Blair ,Shirley and Robert Bowles,Blazer Enterprises, Dennis Boyle, Michael and Jawana Broadus , David and Shirley Butler, Minor Buckler, Sharon and Andy Brown, Sam and Ben Brown, Dan Burris, Judith Carrigan, Dave and Donna Chewning, Colony Builders, Rush and Mary Cox, Joyce and Billy Cusic,, Mary B Cheseldine , Anthony and Marcia Coe, Lorraine and

George Cohen, Tom and Marilyn Crosby, , Carolyn Davis, Linda and Ford Dean, Kevin Detwiler, Dan and Debbie Dixon, Phil Dorsey,Downs Plumbing and Heating, Kay Duvall, Father Dave, Bonnie Elward,Tom and Anne Emery, , Marilyn Ferguson, William Fitzgerald, Carl and Kathy Franzen, Chris and Susan Gass ,Al and Sue Gough, Jane and Jack Green, The Greenery, Guy Auto Parts, , Pamela Hammet, Carol Ann Hall, Tom Hodges, Jim and Mary Lee Hodges, Pat Hodges, Hollywood Lions Club, Mike Hutson, Mary and Larry Hyatt, Dan Ichniowski,, Janet and Michael Johnson, Robert and Inky Kopel, Steve and Karen King, James A. Kenny, Donald Knott, Susan Kreckman, Ladies Auxiliary #2632, LaPlata Farm and Home Supply, Little Silences Rest, John and Annette Madel, , Ron and Barbara Merkle, Garner Morgan, George Morgan, Morris Point Enterprises, Robert Steele and, Diane Pogue, , Patricia Ramey, Phil Riehl, Maryann Rymer, Martha Sanborn, Bob Schaller Bill Schmalgemeyer, Art and Linda Shepherd, Ronald Smith, Janet Standish, Joe Stone, Bob Taylor Engineering, Tidewater Dental Associates, Jessica and Jeff Tomcsik, Frank and Jean Toth, Kathleen Werner,Curtis and Jackie Wilson, Joan and Dave Wilson, Steve and Bev Wilson , Dalton Wood, John and Barbara Wood, Robert and Kathleen Wright, Jason Wright. A very special thanks is in order for the businesses

and crafters who donated to our silent auction , The Greenery, Karen King,, Towne Florist, Mary Hyatt, Diane Pogue, Joe St.Clair, Chris and Maryann Chewning, Ron Stump, Picker’s Paradise, Jan Jarboe, Eastern Shore Winery, Erin Harrigan, Arbonne International and Rita at Ultimate Therapy Leonardtown. I would like to thank the businesses and persons who worked with us to make this event so special: Thompson’s Seafood who caters the event, the 7th District Optimists and Murphy’s Country Store. Finally, I would like to thank Andrea and Ron Stump, Susan and Gary Adriani, , Joe St.Clair, Chris and Maryann Chewning, Mary B Cheseldine, Don Cropp and Jessica St.Clair, all who have spent many many hours donating their time and energy all year long to our monthly parties, making them a great success. We couldn’t do it without you. A special thank you to our generous sponsors Blazer Enterprises, GTMR, Inc . and Tidewater Dental Associates. Sheral A. St.Clair, Avenue The writer is the President of Helpful Hooves Equine Therapy, Inc.

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This letter is a tribute for a good young man who tragically lost his life when a motorist pulled out in front of him while riding his motorcycle. Don was a very responsible and safe motorcycle rider. Donald Harriman was one of the finest young men I have ever known and he was without a doubt a Good Samaritan. If anyone in the neighborhood needed help, Don was one of the first to provide aid. Our neighborhood has several elderly residents who are incapable of doing many little jobs that frequently occur, particularly after storms. Don would arrive, do what needed to be done and then be on his way. He helped me several times when I was trying to accomplish a task. Don's warm smile and his gentle attitude are some characteristics you never forget. Don will be long remembered by his friends and neighbors. I am sure that God has a special place in Heaven for him. We send our deepest sympathy to Kathy, his wife, and family. Tom & Mary Julien Charlotte Hall

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Abused Vietnam Veterans and the Big Picture On Veteran’s Day we honor our military and the men and women who fought and sometimes died for our freedoms. There is also a lot of talk and many articles that mention how badly our military that fought in Vietnam were treated during and after that war. Here is my opinion of those veterans. The Cold War of democracy verses communism began in 1945 as World War II ended, with Russia trying to spread communism westward throughout all of Europe. The U. S. and our allies kept our military in Western Europe and helped to rebuild that area through the Marshall Plan and other efforts. In 1950, China tried to spread communism in southeast Asia through Korea, probably intending to eventually also conquer Japan. The Democratic countries fought the Korean War and stopped the Communists at the 38th parallel, resulting in the division of Korea into two countries. We still have military in South Korea to

assure their freedom. In 1946, communism began to be spread south through Vietnam, with the intension to also conquer the other countries on that peninsular and beyond. In 1962, the U. S. sent troops to Vietnam and fought that war until 1973 when a ceasefire was signed. By then communism had for the most part been contained and the threat to the rest of the southeast Asian nations was eliminated. Many things changed in the U. S. between 1945 and the 1960s as we became the most prosperous nation in the world. Many of the baby boomers enjoyed that prosperity and, not having fought in a war, didn’t have the patriotism of earlier generations. They didn’t understand or appreciate the sacrifices made to win the Cold War. Consequently, they unfairly turned against the Vietnam War and the military serving there, not realizing that those military along with the others who fought the Cold War are responsible for many countries

having their freedom today. However, despite winning the cold war, the war between democracy and communism, or its companion socialism, isn’t over. It has just taken the new tactic of slowly growing a government until it controls everything in a country. Its latest effort is Obamacare, the attempt to control the entire health care industry in the U. S. For more details, read my letter “What caused the shutdown” in the 24 October 2013 edition of the County Times. Amazingly, after all the sacrifice of men and material to defeat communism/socialism, many people in our country now seem willing to accept it. Robert Boudreaux Waldorf, Md.

America’s Largest Provider of Veterans Housing Offers Volunteer Tips to Help the Nation’s Veterans Recently, Volunteers of America convened a panel discussion at the National Press Club to discuss many of the issues facing America’s veterans, particularly traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. The panel consisted of former U.S. Senator Richard Lugar; Senior Advisor for the Corporation for National and Community Service, Koby Langley; Jonathan Sherin, M.D., PhD, executive vice president of veterans affairs for Volunteers of America; and Kelly Caffarelli, the president of The Home Depot Foundation, which has committed more than $80 million to help returning veterans.  Also in the discussion was the hopelessness that so many vets face. Demonstrated by the growing suicide rates for veterans (22 per day, on average), veterans are feeling increasingly isolated and abandoned.  Throughout the discussion, the panelists continued to refer to the fact that so many veterans feel forsaken by the U.S. and that, while applauding those who are returning from war is a significant gesture, it does little to help them with the many day-to-day challenges they face.   Here are some suggested ways to help:  Identify veterans in your community and make sure that they’re included in community events. Don’t be afraid to knock on their door and introduce yourself.  Let them know that you’re available if they, or their families, need help.  Just knowing that someone cares and is there in a time of need goes a long way. Write a letter of gratitude to a veteran; it’s a simple act but letting them know that their service is appreciated is always a good way to show your support. Volunteer at a veteran’s hospital or with a local veteran’s organization.  Volunteers of America has affiliates across the country and many of them provide housing and services for veterans.  You can find affiliates in your area at <> .  Volunteers

of America also helps homeless veterans. More than 60,000 veterans around the nation are struggling with homelessness and the numbers are expected to escalate in the coming years. Help out veteran families in your community by offering to assist with lawn care and gardening/weeding/ mulching, etc.  When a spouse is deployed, families at home are often stretched and lawn care is often difficult to keep up. Offer to provide transportation for local veterans to work or to receive medical care. Donate small things like magazines, DVDs, books and clothing to local veteran organizations.  While money donations are always good, many vets also cannot afford to buy small things like magazines due to limited income and high medical bills. Donate gift cards for grocery stores and restaurants or help to prepare meals for veteran families either by adopting those families in your community or through veteran organizations such as Volunteers of America. Provide foster care for a pet while a deployed soldier or wounded veteran is receiving medical care away from home. Start a veteran support operation in your community by hosting an event (bake sale, 5K walk or run, etc.) to raise funds in support of veterans.  You can ask your homeowners association, church, synagogue, school, etc. to help in organizing donations. Offer your services as a babysitter or tutor to a family with a deployed or wounded service member. Don’t be afraid to ask veterans and their families directly how you can help and what they might need.  Then rally your community together to help support them.  Most veterans are reticent to ask for help so you might need to contact family members to best determine what they might need.  Check with national charitable organizations too to see if they can assist in providing whatever support is needed.  Build a neighborhood sup-

port group to assist veterans and families. Ask your employer if your company has a veterans hiring program.  If not, see if they’d be willing to set one up and then assist in working with local job programs to help in finding veterans and providing employment.  For more ways to volunteer and help, visit www. Volunteers of America is one of the largest national providers of housing and programs for homeless veterans and their families.  The organization is a national, faith-based non-profit dedicated to helping America’s most vulnerable groups—including seniors, at-risk youth, the homeless and disabled—to rebuild their lives. Responding in particular to the challenges facing veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq, many of whom suffer from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), as well as those who served in prior conflicts, Volunteers of America is building housing for veterans. Volunteers of America has veteran programs around the country including special housing, services and programs for returning veterans as well as aging vets. A program for women veterans is also helping single mothers and other female veterans who are finding it difficult to transition back into civilian life.    In addition to helping veterans Volunteers of America is dedicated to helping America’s most vulnerable groups to rebuild their lives.  Since 1896, Volunteers of America has supported and empowered America’s most vulnerable groups, including veterans, seniors, people with disabilities, at-risk youth, men and women returning from prison, homeless individuals and families, those recovering from addictions and many others. Through hundreds of human service programs, including housing and health care, Volunteers of America helps more than 2 million people annually in over 400 communities. 

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Graduation Rates Remain High Despite Rising Free and Reduced Meal Enrollment

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By Kay Poiro Staff Writer

At the Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, Superintendent Dr. Michael J. Martirano echoed talking points from last week’s Board of County Commissioners meeting: St. Mary’s County Public Schools are at 90.3 percent for five year graduations. He noted that the national average is around 73 percent, while the Maryland state average is 83 percent. Martirano also pointed out that as county graduation rates continue to rise, so do the percentage of students enrolled in the Free and Reduced Meal program. Often, Free and Reduced Meal enrollment is used as a poverty indicator within school systems. Currently, 33 percent of St. Mary’s County Public School students are enrolled in the program. The Superintendent went on to say that the county’s ability to maintain a high graduation rate regardless of the challenges of poverty is a direct result of the support provided by teachers and administrators. Superintendent Martirano praised county public school teachers as “phenomenal” and urged them to continue with intervention efforts for at-risk students.

Halfway through the first year of full implementation, Maryland’s Common Core State Standards are still largely misunderstood. Common misconceptions are that the standards are a new national curriculum, mandated by the federal government and developed with minimal input from parents or educators. “There have always been standards,” Jeffrey A. Maher, Executive Director of Teaching, Learning and Professional Development for St. Mary’s County Public Schools says. “For instance, math teachers across the country followed the guidelines set forth by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) for almost twenty years.” The transition to the Common Core State Standards has been gradual, actually beginning three years ago. Adjustments of teaching methods to better align with the new standard were introduced first in the earlier grades, and then middle school before reaching area high schools. School year 2013-2014 is the first year all K-12 students in St. Mary’s County Public Schools are being taught in accordance with the Common Core State Standards. Maher stresses that the Common Core State Standards are different from the curriculum. “The new standards spell out the level of subject proficiency we should expect from, for example, all fifth graders coming out of Maryland schools,” Maher explains. As for the curriculum itself, “Our curriculum is still developed locally within the county,”

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Maher says, addressing the misconception that the federal government mandated the change. “Our curriculum and textbooks are locally adopted and that won’t change.” Parents may see changes in work that their child brings home, reflecting a shift toward critical analysis across the subjects, including more writing and with a focus on problem solving. This emphasis on deeper thinking now begins in earlier grades. Using elementary school as an example, “Elementary school classes that might have read mostly literary fiction texts in the past are now being asked to read and analyze non-fiction texts, as well.” As with any program, constant re-evaluation is key. To this end, St. Mary’s County Public Schools employ the use of Content Supervisors, a group of local educators whose job is to make sure the local curriculum is remains intact while also providing ongoing professional development to teachers. Maher urges teachers and parents to educate themselves and remain involved. “The state standards are posted online,” Maher says. “Another way to make a difference is through your child’s School Improvement Team.” Maher also mentions attending Common Core State Standard information sessions sponsored by state and local boards of education, such as the one scheduled for Monday, Nov. 25 at Huntingtown High School in Calvert County. While Maher admits that these rigorous standards may prove challenging for some, he expresses full confidence in St. Mary’s County Public School students and teachers. “As long as we continue to support our students and teachers through this process, they will be successful.”

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St. Mary’s College Named a Top College for Veterans News & World Report has ranked St. Mary’s College of Maryland among the top colleges in the nation for helping veterans and active service members apply, pay for and complete their degrees. St. Mary’s College ranks fourth on the publication’s 2014 “Best Colleges for Veterans” list, released Veterans Day 2013, in the national liberal arts colleges category. “It is an honor to be named a top college for veterans,” said Ian Newbould, interim president. “We understand that the decision to return to school after service is not always an easy one, and finding the right institution can be difficult. At St Mary’s we are committed to academic excellence, and we are also steadfastly committed to helping our service members succeed—in the classroom and beyond.” St. Mary’s College is certified for the GI Bill and participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, two federal initiatives

that help veterans reduce the cost of school. The college is also a member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium, a group that works to simplify credit transfers and give veterans credit for military training and national tests such as the College-Level Examination Program. These are criteria by which the rankings are based. Additional factors include graduation rate, faculty resources, reputation and other markers of academic quality measured in the 2014 edition of the U.S. News Best Colleges St. Mary’s College of Maryland, designated the Maryland state honors college in 1992, is ranked one of the best public liberal arts schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. More than 2,000 students attend the college, nestled on the St. Mary’s River in Southern Maryland.

October Work Hard And Be Nice Award Recipients Announced St. Mary’s County Public Schools’ (SMCPS) Work Hard and Be Nice Award recognizes distinct and extraordinary accomplishments of school system employees in connection with official employment. Dedicated employees contribute to the success of the school system and our students. Award recipients enhance both the success and the reputation of the school system through their extraordinary actions. Each month, staff members are recognized for going above and beyond the call of duty. Dr. Michael J. Martirano, superintendent of schools, is proud to announce the award recipients for the month of October.

Patricia Abell Lisa Bachner Gail Beavers Kimberly Blackburn David Chilson Laurel Dietz Chuck Dunbar Wanda Duran Leslie Fancella Virginia Gatton Cherri Godfrey Travis Guthrie Karen Guy Raymond Hall

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From Boys to “Gentlemen on a Mission”

By Kay Poiro Staff Writer The Gentlemen on a Mission statement reads that their endeavor is to “help each participant find their voice and use it to be a productive citizen: first in their home, second in their community and finally in the world.” Created in 1996 in Salisbury, Md., Gentlemen on a Mission was developed to address the academic and social needs of middle school males at risk of dropping out of high school due to undesirable schoolrelated traits such as disruptive classroom behavior or struggles with schoolwork. “We chose 12 of these guys and offered them leadership positions such as hall and bus monitors in exchange for their time once a week to attend leadership development meetings,” says Dr. Curtis Alston, principal of Lexington Park Elementary School. While witnessing positive results from the participating students and garnering support from the community, Dr. Curtis Alston accepted the position of assistant principal at Lexington Park Elementary School in 2009. There, he started the first chapter of Gentlemen on a Mission in St. Mary’s County.

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His first group was formed by referrals of 3rd through 5th grade teachers who were sent a watch list of social and

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academic characteristics possibly exhibited by young boys in their classes. Some of these students became the basis of the first group. Subsequent groups have been developed on either volunteer basis or by referrals from school staff or parents. “In 2009, we had 12 boys,” Dr. Alston says. “The second year, 15. The third and fourth year, we had 30 boys as well as a waiting list.” Currently, Gentlemen on a Mission has four groups: one in each grade at Spring Ridge Middle School and one at Lexington Park Elementary School. Every Wednesday for an hour, 3rd through 5th grade boys- dressed in khaki pants, white dress shirts and ties- participate in leadership development workshops with faculty and community mentors, as well as academic sessions, chess and debate teams. Gentlemen on a Mission are also provided an opportunity to glimpse the world at-large. For example, State Delegate and Leonardtown native John L. Bohanan, Jr. takes time to speak with

the group every year. Trips are also taken to the Maryland state house to meet with lawmakers. When if there is any particular success story that comes to mind, Dr. Alston points out that there are too many to mention. He does note that the Salisbury group still keeps in touch with him. “One is a professional boxer, another plays for the Houston Texans football team and a third is serving in the armed forces,” he says. At the end of each school year, a rite of passage ceremony is held for the students. At the ceremony, 5th graders earn their Gentlemen on a Mission (GOM) ring, while 4th and 3rd graders receive their GOM dress shirt or tie, each with the organization’s logo. While the students eventually leave the group, hopefully with the mentoring of Dr. Alston and others like him, they will remain gentlemen for life.

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Feature Story By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Capt. Ben Shevchuk has been commander of Patuxent River Naval Air Station for only about a year but already some of his decisions have made their impacts outside the base’s main gates where for years prior base commander’s decisions had less impact to the community at large. Shevchuk said he knows some of his decisions have been unpopular, specifically to change the base’s main gate from the decades-long Great Mills Road junction to the one on Chancellors Run Road, bypassing much of the aging Lexington Park, but the decisions he’s made have had one thing in mind: keeping Pax River a safe and secure working environment. The decision to shift the base’s main gate was a tactical one, based on force protection considerations that included the ability to stop vehicle with a failsafe barrier and a position set far back from the main road to stop surveillance by potential terrorist threats. The change did not come from his superior officers, he said. “It was my decision,” Shevchuk said, adding that security officers needed all the advantages they could get. “To posture this base most effectively… I need to give them the best gear I’ve got. “It was time to make this change.” Shevchuk has also been the target of some lobbying efforts from the county government in an attempt to sway his decision on the main gate, mostly because businesses are worried that the shunting of traffic away from the Great Mills Road corridor will hurt their economic bottom line, especially at nights and on weekends, as well as plans to revitalize the aging corridor. But the Great Mills Road entrance, now known as Gate 2, simply did not have the modern security equipment to be the base’s vanguard gate despite a recent reconstruction. “If we had significant investment in reconfiguring Gate 2, I’d consider [changing it back to Gate 1,” Shevchuk said. “Security often runs counter to convenience.” The change came before the Sept. 16 shooting rampage by what was reportedly a mentally disturbed and disgruntled contract employee at the Washington D.C. Navy Yard but the killing of a dozen people, one a local resident gave Shevchuk pause about the base’s continued level of security, he said. The entire U.S. Navy has begun a security shake up in its aftermath, especially since the contractor believed to have committed the crime, and killed by D.C. police in a shootout, already had a security clearance that was still valid despite a history of criminal charges and mental instability. Pax River is no exception and a review of base access privileges extended to those who have criminal records has resulted in some losing their jobs there. A review of those waivers, Shevchuk said, resulted in five percent of them having their access revoked based on the severity of criminal records to include felonies like sex offenses and narcotics involvement. “They were repeat offenders… their records indicated someone how has not changed their ways,” Shevchuk said. “The security job is never done.” Shevchuk knows there may be a perceived shift in the relationship between the base and the community just outside the gates but he said his policy is to continue to foster good relations with businesses and residents. He pointed to continued partnerships in community activities and service awards by the Navy as proof that the base was still committed to good relationships. “It doesn’t show us walking away from the community,” Shevchuk said. One elected official, however, who has also worked on the base for three decades, is worried that there is a growing rift between the base and county. Commissioner Todd Morgan (R-Lexington Park) said the gate shift was one issue that he and Shevchuk were at odds on despite his respect for Shevchuk’s command and responsibilities. Morgan has also opposed the initiation of the Enhanced Use Lease (EUL) project which would contract a multina-

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Base CO’s Influence Spreads to Lexington Park

Photos by Frank Marquart

Capt. Ben Shevchuk tional construction firm to build much needed modern office space inside the base main gate. This has raised the ire of property owners in the community at large because of their long standing commitment to providing that space outside the fence line; many have said it is a fundamental shift in the way the navy has long dealt with the local private sector. Shevchuk said that back in September the stalled EUL project has made one step ahead with the navy agreeing to fund the environmental impact study for the Hines developer company. Morgan said he would continue to try to sway Shevchuk to return the Great Mills Road gate to its premier status. “There’s a collaborative relationship that exists between the base and the community,” Morgan said. “Both have a fiduciary responsibility to each other. “My concern is that that relationship is waning.” Morgan looked to the economic impacts to the region south of Gate 3 as reason to be concerned for businesses outside Gate 2; he said they have already reported that their business has suffered. “I do not agree with his decision making,” Morgan said of

Shevchuk. “At the end of the day that affects the community.” Shevchuk has also publicly stated the navy’s approval of the revised Lexington Park Development District Master Plan, which adheres to the county’s aircraft incident compatible use zone (AICUZ) that restricts development in certain areas around the base to mitigate the danger from aircraft accidents. Economic development officials have protested the plan as it is written because strict adherence to the AICUZ means that properties that commercial properties that were there long before its implementation would now be strictly limited in how intensely they could be revitalized. Shevchuk said the proposed plan would help “ensure public safety and the air station’s mission.” He said the base’s commitment to the community still stands and his decisions, though hard were necessary ones that he was open to discussing. “For 70 years the mission has thrived,” Shevchuk said. “I’ve wanted to make my decision with transparency.”


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A View From The

Bleachers No Fairytale Ending

By Ronald N. Guy Jr. Contributing Writer Fairytales always end well. They’re clichés no one minds. The guy gets the girl. The hero thwarts the villain. The princess wakes from an eternal sleep. The stepsister turned oppressed maid gets the prince. A humble boy finds the final golden ticket just in time to rescue us from the spoiled and gluttonous. A Philadelphia boxer with southern European heritage always authors a storybook ending. A young Jedi overcomes a complicated family history to save the eons from the Dark Side. A group of four buddies survive seemingly insurmountable odds during a Las Vegas bachelor party to make the wedding

just in the nick of time. The real world politely gets in on the act sometimes. A hometown quarterback struggles through an uneven season before channeling his inner Joe Montana and leading his team to a Super Bowl victory (Joe Flacco). Another local professional quarterback suffers a gruesome knee injury but returns in record and triumphant fashion to lead his team to the promise land (Robert Griffin III). Uhh, maybe that fairytale is still being written. Reality’s cooperation with fantasy is more by accident than commitment. Reality is a freethinking dimension with no concern for human emotion – good or bad. We have to look no further for confirmation of this unfortunate fact than the approaching 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Camelot was a fairytale grotesquely skewed by the unconscionable nature of reality. In the midst of a glorious climax, with a nation awash in smiles and warm feelings, a few shots by a madman positioned in an over-looking building’s window turned the fairytale into an instant nightmare. The worst of the sports world is generally more benign than the horrific events in Dallas, Texas on November 22nd, 1963; however, competitive athletics are the original reality show and offer no guarantee that the bad guys won’t prevail or that disheartening outcomes will be avoided. True to sports’ deep roots in reality (and complete disregard of fairytales), the NFL has had few happy endings recently. Denver head coach John Fox is recovering from heart valve replacement surgery and Houston head coach Gary Kubiak has taken a leave of absence after collapsing on the field while suffering a “mini-stroke” last week. The prognosis for both coaches is good; the same cannot be said for embattled Miami guard, and apparent connoisseur of boorish behavior, Ritchie Incognito. Incognito was suspended last week for his disturbing conduct toward teammate Jonathan Martin. It’s a hostile workplace/bullying case playing out on the largest of athletic stages. It gets worse. Just below the blazing Incognito headlines came the news that former Cowboys running back Tony Dorsett and Dolphins wide receiver Mark Duper were diagnosed with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopahy (CTE). CTE is a degenerative brain disease resulting from recurring head trauma. It is afflicting former NFL players at an alarming rate. There is presently no happy ending for those with CTE. Dorsett and Duper’s diagnosis was sobering news, particularly for children of the ‘80s (like me) who remember the phenomenal players in their primes. Collectively these stories are an indictment of the NFL’s inherently violent nature and long-term viability (Dorsett, Duper) and on the game’s culture – one that subjects head coaches to debilitating stress and obnoxious work hours and provides a playground for male egos to run amuck. Of course Fox and Kubiak are coaches by choice. Jonathan Martin made a decision too: to expose not just a bullying teammate but his employer’s (NFL) unrestrained enabling of players like Incognito. Duper and Dorsett are a little different. While today’s players are acutely aware of football’s effect on long-term health, Dorsett and Duper had no such information until it was too late. Still, neither man expressed regret for having played professional football. I suppose these recent events simply reinforce that life – in any role or profession - is an experience filled with choices, many of which are accompanied by tremendous opportunity cost (known or unknown). I know that, I just wish it wasn’t sometimes. I wish there was always a clear path forward with few consequences. But that’s not reality; it’s the stuff of fairytales. Send comments to

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Barefoot Graphics Partners with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs Barefoot Graphics and the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs are excited to announce that their organizations have entered into an official partnership. Ef fect ive immediately, Barefoot Graphics is the “Official Sign Company of the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs.” All large format printing and signage will be produced by Barefoot Graphics, including the outfield billboard banners and various stadium graphics. “We are thrilled that we will continue to produce state-of-the-art sign printing capabilities for such a wonderful organization,” stated Josh Frauenfelder, Vice President of Barefoot Graphics. “We have always had such a great time at the stadium. The Blue Crabs have always provided us with topnotch service! Now it’s our turn! We look forward to the added exposure this partnership will have on the businesses and residents of Charles County, Md.”

“We are eager about the partnership with Barefoot Graphics and look forward to many years of working together,” said Blue Crabs General Manager Patrick Day. “It will be exciting to help each other grow and prosper in providing services to the Southern Maryland Region.” Barefoot Graphics played a large role in outfitting Regency Furniture Stadium for the 2013 Atlantic All-Star Game – printing the “All-Star Walk of Fame.” Barefoot Graphics has also sponsored Veterans Appreciation Night at the stadium for the past two years. Barefoot Graphics has produced immediate printing services for companies that value a superior corporate image since 2007. Conveniently located at 21878 F.D.R. Boulevard in Lexington Park, Md., Barefoot Graphics is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Southern Maryland Blue Crabs Front Office Giving Back at Southern Maryland Food Bank WHAT: Southern Maryland Blue Crabs Front Office Giving Back at the Southern Maryland Food Bank WHEN: Friday, Nov. 15 at 1 p.m. WHERE: Southern Maryland Food Bank, 22 Irongate Drive, Waldorf Md. 20602 DETAILS: With the holiday season rapidly approaching, The Blue Crabs staff will kick off the season of giving this Friday at the Southern Maryland Food Bank in Waldorf, Md. The Blue Crabs front office will assist the Food Bank staff in their daily operations of sorting and organizing food in preparation for the busy holiday season. The Southern Maryland Food Bank has been proudly serving Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s Counties since 1983 with the core goal of meeting the basic and essential needs of families and individuals by providing food and easing the pain of hunger. “It is extremely important to the Blue Crabs to give back to the community that supports us all year long. The Southern Maryland Food Bank has been a staple of the Tri-County area and we are excited and grateful to help them in their efforts during the holiday season,” said Blue Crabs Assistant General Manager of Marketing and Special Events Courtney Knichel. The front office will be at the Southern Maryland Food Bank from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.


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Dressage in St. Mary’s at Begin Again Farm It was beautiful fall day to end the show season at Dressage at Begin Again Farm on Oct. 27. Dressage in St. Mary’s is here and growing with each year. For 8 years Begin Again Farm in Leonardtown, Md. has offered a dressage schooling show series from April to October. It is a supportive, friendly and encouraging atmosphere for riders new to dressage, young horses needing experience and for experienced riders needing to fine tune their rides. Classes include USEF dressage test, Eventing dressage, Musical Freestyles and new this year Western Dressage. Dressage at Begin Again awards each class and each division at every show with great prizes and offers beautiful Year End Awards


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for those who compete in 3 or more of the shows in the series. The shows run smoothly with the help of a super group of volunteers who generously donate their time to ensure the show series is a success. Dressage at Begin Again would like to thank the following Year End Award Sponsors: St. Mary’s Chapter of the PVDA, Chenoweth Hill Custom Equestrian Apparel, Leonardtown Md., Claddagh Equestrian Center, Leonardtown, Md. , Debbie Spalding Singletree Farm, Leonardtown, Md., Annmari Ingersoll, Oak Grove, Va., Karen Siebert, Valley Lee, Md. and the Ladies of BAF for producing a wonderful hot lunch.

2013 Winners: First Level: Heather Stiffel and It’s All Love Reserve: Gina Guffey and Bally Duff

Adult High Score: Heather Stiffel and It’s All Love Reserve: Heidi Mulder and Donata

Training level –Open: Alison Dodges and Dewars Reserve: Karen Siebert and Tuff Kalidospark

Dust the Deck Memorial Award: Tuff Kalidospark Reserve: Impressive by Sonny

Training level –Young Rider: Hannah Balderson and Impressive by Sonny Reserve: Brenna Goebel and Jameson Introductory Level –Open: Heidi Swain and All the Goods Reserve: Eva Rogers and My Kingdom for a Horse Introductory Level- Young Rider: Ashley Edwards and Danny’s Little Boy Blue Reserve: Brianna Dorsey and All the Goods Western Division : Karen Siebert and Tuff Kalidospark Reserve: Lindsey Burch and Domino Black Magic SMPVDA High Score Young Rider: Hannah Balderson and Impressive by Sonny Reserve: Karyn Owens and Chesapeake Chief SMPVDA High Score Junior Rider: Brenna Goebel and Jameson Reserve: Lauren Siebert and North Fork Lady Violet

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Test & Tune on Sunday

On Sunday, Nov. 17, MIR will host a full day Test & Tune. Time runs, grudge runs, testing, and tuning all day long! MIR will also have a free $1,000 to win gamblers race for the bracket racers. So bring your grudge matches, street cars, pro cars, bracket cars, imports, motorcycles, and Jr. Dragsters to MIR! Gates open at 10 a.m., eliminations begin at 3 p.m., and the test & tune is over at 6 p.m. Admission is just $15. For more detailed information on these events call the 24-Hour Dragline Hotline at 301884-RACE or visit us at

Local High School Football Week 10 Review

Week 10 Football Scores Chopticon 14 v Calvert 37 Leonardtown 50 v Great Mills 6

Photo by Jessica Woodburn

Photo by Elliott Lawrence, Jr.

Photo by Elliott Lawrence, Jr.

Photo by Jessica Woodburn

To submit photos of local high school football, email by 12 p.m. on the Tuesday prior to our Thursday publication.


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Sports Fundraising Begins in Support of Local Special Olympics Athletes

By Karen Wathen St. Mary’s County Special Olympics Public Relations Manager Leonardtown High School hosted the first official fundraiser in support of local Special Olympics athletes who have been selected to attend the Special Olympics USA Games to be held this summer during the week of June 14, 2014. These local athletes and volunteers will travel to New Jersey to compete in this national athletic competition. St. Mary’s County has a talented delegation comprised of 19 local athletes; these athletes will compete as a part of the 200 member Team Maryland delegation. St. Mary’s County will have athletes competing in bocce, bowling, cycling, golf, track, and flag football. The kick-off fundraiser was held during a home football game of the Leonardtown Raiders on October 4, 2013. During halftime, the athletes and coaches representing St. Mary’s County were introduced and recognized by the supportive crowd. The athletes representing St. Mary’s who will be competing in individual sports during the 2014 USA Games are Russell Bucci (bocce), Mary Herbert (bowling), Rachel Hicks (bowling), Amanda Lowe (cycling), April Towler (golf), Tyeshia Holt (track), Khadisha Young (track), Jason Swift (track), and Matt Dobson (track). St. Mary’s Special Olympics Flag Football team will also be represented within Team

Maryland by athletes Larry Mills, Corey Woodland, Avery Long Anthony Cyrus, Sam Huffman, Kegan Zimmerman, Shaun Ridley, Thomas Smith, Brandon Chan, and Durrell Scott. In addition to the wonderful line up of athletes, St. Mary’s County also has a large group of adult volunteers attending the 2014 USA Games; John Gallagher (bocce coach), Bill Lowe (golf coach), Jeff Hagen, Sr. (track coach), Wil Ridley (flag football coach), Don Bewick (flag football coach), Lynne Baker (aquatics coach), Kourtney Baker (assistant family coordinator) and Mary Lu Bucci (team manager) will all be serving Team Maryland during the upcoming training season as well as the June event. St. Mary’s County athletes were overjoyed with the support of the crowd; they were appreciative of the generosity of LHS for recognizing their outstanding athletic ef- The St. Mary's Athletes and Coaches representing Team Maryland pose with LHS student and Best Buddies forts. A 50/50 raffle was held during the event member, Regan Walker, at the LHS Kick-Off Fundraiser. and winner, Shaun Delany, donated half of pics Spring Games event. A special thanks to pics program; it is sincerely appreciated by his winnings back toward Team Maryland. It Alan Raley for arranging this kick-off fund- our athletes, families, friends and volunteers. was a great evening to celebrate the success raiser and for his unwavering support of the If you would like to make a donation toof these local athletes. A check was presented local Special Olympics program. Addition- ward the local athletes representing St. Mary’s to the local Special Olympics Management ally, a sincere thank you to the Leonardtown County within the Team Maryland delegaBoard during their November meeting. Ms. High School community for your continued tion, please visit our Facebook page at https:// Erin Beyer, sponsor of the LHS Best Bud- efforts in supporting the local Special Olym- dies chapter and Ms. Anna Hill, president of the LHS Best Buddies chapter, presented the $265.00 check to the board. Leonardtown High School is the host of the annual St. Mary’s County Special Olym-

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Quality Consignments Accepted for Auctions Erin Beyer, Sponsor of the LHS Best Buddies chapter, and Anna Hill, Best Buddies President, present the fundraiser check to Connie Thompson, St. Mary’s County Special Olympics area director. Also pictured: Lynne Baker, Kourtney Baker, Jeff Hagen, Mary Lu Bucci, and John Gallagher.

Recreation and Parks to Offer Adult Drop-In Basketball Calling all adults ages 18 & up! Join us for pick up basketball in an informal setting at a great price! Come for a workout, meet some new friends and just enjoy playing. No refs, no uniform costs. We will incorporate a short court play and provide a gym supervisor. You just need to bring yourself and some friends. Location: Margaret Brent Recreation Center Fee: $5 per night When: Wednesdays from 8:00-10:00pm Dates: Dec. 4 to March 26, 2014 For more information contact Kenny Sothoron at 301-475-4200 ext. 1830 or via email to

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Obituaries Mary Grace McLaughlin Mary Grace McLaughlin, nee Finarelli, passed from this life on Nov. 5, at St. Mary’s Nursing Center, Leonardtown, Maryland. She was born April 27, 1930 to the late Nicholas Henry Finarelli and the late Grace Mae Finarelli. As the beloved wife of Charles J. Mclaughlin Jr., of Lexington Park, they shared sixty two wonderful years together. Mary raised seven children almost single handedly because of Chuck’s tedious business travel schedule. Mary worked as a real estate agent in St. Mary’s county for several years, first for O’Brien Real Estate, of Lexington Park, and then L. K. Farrell, of California. Mary was an avid Bridge and tennis player. She played tennis several times a week with the most wonderful group of local ladies, as well as participated in the Senior Olympics. Mary never missed the County Fair or the Oyster Festival. Mary loved life and lived it to the fullest until she became sick with Alzheimer’s disease. For the last ten years of her life she resided at St. Mary’s Nursing Center where she was treated like a queen by the wonderful staff, more importantly those on the third floor.

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The County Times runs complimentary obituaries as submitted by funeral homes and readers. We run them in the order we receive them. Any submissions that come to after noon on Tuesdays may run in the following week’s edition.

Mary is survived by her husband; seven children, Charlene J. Metzler (Harry) of Lexington Park, Dr. Charles J. McLauglin III DC of Telford, PA, Colleen J. Mitchell of Milford, N.J., Mary G. McLaughlin of Virginia Beach, Va., Eileen A. McLaughlin of Hatboro, Pa., Kelley A. Mai (Denny) of Lexington Park, and Dennis P. McLaughlin (Dina) of Bordentown, N.J.; her sisters, Doris Denton (Bob) of Wesley Chapel, Fla. and Geraldine Charlton(Jimmy) of Yonkers, N.Y.; her brother, Peter J. Finarelli of Kissimee, Fla.; seventeen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Dennis Peter Finarelli and grandson, Sean Allen Mai. Family received friends for Mary‘s Life Celebration on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 10 to 11 a.m., at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 11 a.m. A private interment will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Southern Maryland Office, 10665 Stanhaven Place, Suite 205D, White Plains, MD 20695. or St. Mary’s Nursing Center, 21585 Peabody Street, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md.

Clarence Rawlings Yeager, Jr. 31 Clarence Rawlings Yeager, Jr. 31, of Leonardtown, Md., passed away in Leonardtown, Md., on Oct. 27. Born on Oct. 20, 1982, he was the son of the late Clarence R. Yeager, Sr., and Peggy S. Yeager. Clarence is survived by his sisters Tracy Lynn Yeager of Lexington Park, Md., Patricia Ann Yeager of Virginia, and Caretaker James Elliott Hammel of Leonardtown, Md. Clarence graduated from Leonardtown High School in 2003 and was a lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County. He worked as a stock clerk for Vintage Value and enjoyed listening to music, watching movies, looking at pictures, his yearbook, and being with friends. All Services will be private.

Margaret Rita James, 56 Margaret Rita James, 56 of Lexington Park, Md., passed away on Oct. 31. The Lord reached down and took Margaret by the hand and said “it’s time to go home my daughter. Job well done.” Margaret was born on August 4, 1957 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania where she too was educated. Margaret endeavored in several career fields such as event decorating, child care and nursing, but spent over 20 years doing what she enjoyed doing best, serving within the food service industry where she was employed by the St. Mary’s County Board of Education. Margaret is well known in the community as the lady with the big smile and open heart. She never met a stranger. If there was anything she could do for anyone, she did it without hesitation. Margaret would always say “hey I don’t have much but I will give or do all I can”. Margaret loved her daughters and grandchildren whom she always spoke highly of and spent her time with. She made it a point to prepare Sunday dinner every week for them to ensure family unity. In her spare time, she en-

joyed a good thrift store run, creating decorative pieces and visiting family in Pennsylvania. Margaret is preceded in death by her father, Jacob Gibson, Sr. and brother, Jacob Gibson Jr. She leaves to cherish her memories, her loving daughters, Tavonya Dyson (Gerry Dyson), Loylita James and Cassandria James-Cole (Jarvis Cole); seven grandchildren, Turquoise Biscoe, TreVon James, TiJa’e Dyson, Dymond Estep, Gera’e Dyson, Quintara Travers and Dominique Cole; her mother, Katie Gibson;brothers, Jeffery Gibson, Randy Gibson, Kenneth Gibson and Dwight Gibson; special friend, John Hall, Jr. and a host of loving aunts, uncles, nephews, cousins, Godchildren and friends. Family united with friends on Saturday, Nov. 9, for visitation at 10 a.m., until time of service at 11a.m., at Zion United Methodist Church. Interment followed at Evergreen Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home, Mechanicsville, Md.

Mary “Henrietta” Delozier, 89 Mary “Henrietta” Delozier, 89 of Leonardtown, Md., died peacefully on Nov. 5, at the Hospice House of St. Mary’s, Callaway, Md. Born September 22, 1924 in Hollywood, Md., she was the daughter of the late Thomas Cusic and Madeline (Thompson) Cusic. Family received friends for Henrietta’s Life Celebration on Monday, Nov. 11, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Brinsfield Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Reverend David Beaubien on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 10 a.m., at St. Aloysius Catholic Church. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md.

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The County Times runs complimentary obituaries as submitted by funeral homes and readers. We run them in the order we receive them. Any submissions that come to after noon on Tuesdays may run in the following week’s edition.

Betty Ann Carter, 66

20, 1937 in Calvert County, Maryland. Richard was educated in the Calvert County Public School system. On May Betty Ann Carter, 1, 1958 Richard was joined in Holy 66, of Waldorf, Md., Matrimony to Loretta C. Thomas who passed away on Oct. 28, preceded him in death. Richard obat Southern Maryland tained his commercial driver’s license Hospital, Clinton, Md.  at an early age and became a chauffeur Betty Ann Carter, the for the President and CEO of Carter Inoldest daughter of Mardustry Corporation for over 25 years. tha Thomas and the late James Hogan was born on March 15, Richard then became a Foreman at the 1947 in Prince Frederick, Md. She at- Maryland Applicators Drywall Compatended school in Calvert County. After ny where he retired. Richard received leaving Calvert County; she resided in Christ as his personal savior in 1957 and Washington, D.C. for many years. It was he became a member of Galilee Baptist there that she had her daughter Amanda.  Church in 2001 where he was baptized.  Betty was proud to work for The Hilton, Richard loved cleaning his car, reading The District of Columbia Superior Court his bible, attending quartet concerts and later, the Department of Health and and listening to gospel music. Among Human Services. Betty retired from the his favorite groups were the Sanctuary Federal Government in 1994. One of Choir, Canton Spirituals, the Mighty Betty’s goals in life was to go back to Clouds of Joy, and Slim Supreme and school and earn her high school diplo- the Angels. His favorite songs included ma. In 1999, Betty earned her Maryland I Won’t Complain, Precious Lord Take High School Diploma. In her spare time My Hand and Walk Around Heaven Betty loved to fish with her brothers, All Day.  Richard’s favorite football sew, cook, and quilt. She looked forward team was the “Washington Redskins.”  to holiday dinners and family gather- Richard continued his love for chauffer ings. Betty was a devoted wife, mom and service by providing transportation grandmother. She loved to boast that she service to family, friends and the comhad the best grandchildren in the world.  munity until he departed this life.  Betty is deeply loved and survived by: Richard leaves to cherish his beautiful her mother, Mar­tha Thomas; her hus- nine children: Rhonda Thomas, Richband, Cornelius James Carter IV; devot- ard Thomas Jr., Tammy Owens (Paul), ed daughter and sons, Amanda Merritt Rodney Thomas (Barbara), Adriainie Stewart, her husband Al­vin P. Stewart Thomas (Marvin), Pamela Berry (JoSr., Cornelius James Carter V and Eric seph), Wanda Ashe-Roberts (Arthur), James Carter, his wife Natasha Carter; Emory Thomas and Kimberly Thomas; three grandchildren, Danelle Mae Har- six sisters, Louise Thomas, Rebecca ris, Cornelius Gay) James Carter VI, Thomas, Elizabeth Thomas, Charlotte and Alan Avery Stewart; two brothers, Thomas, Phyllis Thomas, Hazel D. James Gantt and Norval Jacks; two sis- Thomas; two brothers, Phillip Thomas ters, Mary Jane (Paulette) Hogan and (Eunice ­deceased) and Lemuel Thomas Darlene Brown; one niece, Deborah (Georgia); fifteen great­-grandchildren, Jacks-Pearson; five nephews, James Corey Thomas (Tiara), Andre Thomas, Winfield, Derrick, and Carlos Gantt, Andrew Thomas, Tinesha Thomas, JeChris and Steve Brown; four sisters -in- mall Thomas, Jordann Thomas, Rodlaw, Laverne Gantt, Rosa Jacks, Denise ney Thomas Jr., Kevin Thomas, Rayand Cheryl Carter; two brothers-in-law, mond Thomas, Jesse Thomas, Latasha William Brown and Dwayne Carter; Thomas, Tronta Gantt, Joseph Berry three aunts, Flossie (Sister) Saunders, III, Jocelyn Berry and Dorien Minor; Betty Mackall, and Marie Chew; and seven great-grandchildren: Jazmine a host of other family and friends.  Thomas, Jalen Thomas, Tamia ThomFuneral service was held on Wednes- as, Jurnee Thomas, J’vion Thomas, day, Nov. 6, at 11 a.m. at Sewell Fu- India Thomas, Amir Thomas and a neral Home, Prince Frederick, Md. host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, with Pastor Tyrone King officiating. cousins, family and friends. He was The interment was at Trinity Me- preceded in death by his lovely ex-wife morial Gardens, Waldorf, Md. Loretta C. Thomas, his daughter DoThe pallbearers were Steve Brown, Mau- retta Ann Thomas and his parents Philrice Chew, Paul Chew, Sr., Carlos Gantt, lip Thomas Sr. and Hazel A. Thomas. Sr., Joseph Parran, Jr. and Ronald Stewart. Funeral service was held on ThursFuneral arrangements provided by day, Nov. 7, at 11 a.m., at Mt. Olive Sewell Funeral Home, Prince Frederick, UM Church, Prince Frederick, Md., with Rev. Thomas Byrd officiating. Md. The interment was at Carroll WestRichard E. Thomas, Sr., 76 ern Cemetery, Prince Frederick, Md.  The pallbearers were Linwood Richard E. ThomThomas, Rodney Thomas, Philas, Sr., 76, of Suitland, lip Thomas, Melvin Thomas, GerMd., passed away on ald Thomas and Arthur Roberts. Nov. 1, at his residence.  The honorary pallbearers were RodRichard, the beloved son ney Thomas and Emory Thomas. of the late Phillip Thomas Funeral arrangements provided by Sr. and Hazel A. Thomas Sewell Funeral Home, Prince Frederwas born on September ick, Md.

William James Kent, 87

Obituaries Ruth Leona Barnett, 86

William James Ruth Leona Barnett, Kent, 87, of Lusby, 86, passed away on Nov. Md., passed away on 10, at her daughters home Nov. 1, at his residence. in Lusby, Md. She was born on Oct. 23, 1927 in William James Kent was born on Nov. 18, 1925 to Capitol Heights, Md., to the late Howard Kent, Sr. the late Lester Abbott and and Hattie Sutton Kent Florence Ziegler Abbott. in Calvert County, Md.  William known She was preceded in death by her by many as “Cherry or Dick Sutton”, parents, her beloved husband Emory was a loving husband, father, grandfa- Wayland Barnett who died in 1996, her ther, brother, uncle, cousin and friend. daughter Florence D. Smith, her sister In his latter years, he resided with his Florence C. Miller and her brothers Uncle Lawrence and Aunt Bertina Jackie Messineo and William E. (Butch) Weems. William was educated in the Morgan. Ruth is survived by her chilpublic schools of Calvert County, Md.  dren, Ruth E. McDonald of DavidsonOn September 11, 1948, be married ville, Md., Robert E. (Bobby) Barnett of Elsie Marie Johnson Kent. From this Prince Frederick, Md., Vicky A. Richunion they were blessed with ten chil- ardson and Marsha E. Henrich both of dren. William was a carpenter with Lusby, Md., and our brother from anthe Washington Carpenter’s Union. other mother and father Eric Miller of He loved for everything to be neat and W.V.; grandchildren, Kim L. Curtis, clean. He was always caring and con- Eric S. McDonald, Ronald W. (Ron cerned about others. When he worked Ron) Richardson, Ginger K. Manifold he made certain it was done right and and Jeanette N. (Nikki) Smith; great completed before leaving. William grandchildren, Kenneth (Little Kenny) was a member and Trustee of Eastern Bryant, Diane (Dee)Bryant, Meaghan United Methodist Church. He loved R. McDonald, Scot Tarut, Laura C. working at the place of Worship and Richardson, Sean A. Manifold, Jessica Praise. William heard about the Gospel R. Richardson, Danielle R (Danni) Mcof Jesus Christ by the late Rev. Ruth- Donald, Christian T. Manifold, Camererford Robinson of Eastern Church.  on J. Richardson, Jamie C. Proper and William was preceded in death by his Katie M. Proper; great-great grandchilson James Morris Kent; great-grand- dren, Kam Ron S. Bryant, Karizmah F. son, DeDryon Terrayus Johnson; broth- Smith, Samahya Thomas, Kobe S. Bryer, Albert “Joe” Sutton; sisters, Ger- ant, Traemari N. W. Brooks and Dennis trude Douglas and Rebecca “Lettie” Jr. Thomas; siblings, Georgia L. Miles Odom and step-mom Beatrice Kent.  of N. C., Kenneth V. Messineo of SuitWilliam leaves to cherish his memo- land, MD and Shirley A. Patrick of N. ries his loving, faithful and devoted C. There was always one thing about wife, Elsie Marie Johnson Kent; 2 sons, our mother Ruth, she always found Leon Johnson, Earl Johnson; 7 daugh- good in everyone, no matter who you ters, Doraine (Henry) Harris, Regina were. She would always say never judge (Elsworth) Plater, Barbara Butler, Sha- a book by its cover. She will always be ron Savage King, Denise L. Kent, Rita missed by her loving family and many Kent and Melissa (Joseph) Kopyto; dear friends. From another relationship, he also acThe family will receive friends on knowledged as his son, Chris Curtis; 2 Sunday, Nov. 17, from 2 to 6 p.m., in brothers, Henry and Howard Kent, Jr.; the Rausch Funeral Home, 20 Ameritwenty-seven grandchildren; 3 sisters- can Lane, Lusby, Md., where a service in­-law: Gertrude Johnson, Erma John- celebrating her life will be held on son, and Sarah Dent; and a host of lov- Monday, Nov. 18 at 11 a.m., with Caling great grandchildren, great-great vert Hospice Chaplain Gerry Headley grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cous- officiating. Interment will follow in ins, and friends. He also leaves spe- Ft. Lincoln Cemetery, Bladensburg, cial friends, Calvin Chase Sr., Amos Md. Should friends desire memorial Hurley, Joe Cali, Alexander Briscoe, contributions may be made in Ruth’s Daniel Butler Sr., Malcolm Beverly Sr., memory to Calvert Hospice, P. O. Box George Johnson, Howard Chase, Owen 838, Prince Frederick, MD 20678 (doHoward, Levi Butler and so many more.  nations are encouraged to be made onFuneral service was held on Sat- line at or to urday, Nov. 9, at 11 a.m., at East- the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. ern UM Church, Lusby, Md., with Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301 Rev. Marvin Wamble officiating. or call 1-877-426-2838 The interment was at Eastern UM ext. 1340. Arrangements were handled Church Cemetery, Lusby, Md. by the Rausch Funeral Home, Lusby, The pallbearers were Gregory Kent, Md. For more information or to leave Leon Johnson, Jr., Sean Savage, William condolences please visit www.rauschSmith, Louis Long and Wayne Savoy. Funeral arrangements provided by Sewell Funeral Home, Prince Frederick, Md.

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Thursday, November 14, 2013


Taking a Look Inside Gramas Cupboard

Herbs to Boost Immune System By Michelle Lea Owner of Gramas Cupboard As the season changes and old man winter is knocking on the door, thoughts of colds and flu remind us of last year’s rough times. What can be done to enhance our protection against natures’ negative influences? Flu shots are advertised to aid in stimulating the immune system to hopefully avoid getting ill. Harvard Medical School has published an article about herbs and supplements that indicates: Walk into a store, and you will find bottles of pills and herbal preparations that claim to “support immunity” or otherwise boost the health of your immune system. Although some preparations have been found to alter some components of immune function, thus far there is no evidence that they actually bolster immunity to the point where you are better protected against infection and disease. Demonstrating whether an herb — or any substance, for that matter — can enhance immunity is, as yet, a highly complicated matter. Scientists don’t know,

for example, whether an herb that seems to raise the levels of antibodies in the blood is actually doing anything beneficial for overall immunity. But that doesn’t mean we should discount the benefits of all herbal preparations. Everyone’s immune system is unique. Each person’s physiology responds to active substances differently. So if your grandmother says she’s been using an herbal preparation for years that protects her from illness, who’s to say that it doesn’t? The problem arises when scientists try to study such a preparation among large numbers of people. The fact that it works for one person won’t show up in the research data if it’s not doing the same for a larger group. The simple realization is if it works… it works. If it provides a benefit that has helped users throughout history; then it is beneficial. Herbs have long been used in all cultures to enhance the body’s abilities to overcome. Aloe Vera in a topical form has evidence that supports the positive effects on minor burns, wounds, or frostbite, and also for skin inflammations when combined with hydrocortisone (1). This simple example lends credence that understanding the science is important, but the results are more important. Herbs have long been used in ancient cultures as a means of helping and healing. The immune system of our bodies may be enhanced through the use of certain herbs that are properly prepared for human consumption. This article will provide information from various resources based on available information. No claim is made that herbs will cure or prevent illness based on scientific study, but rather each person is unique and there may be benefits gained from the usage of these herbs based on the time tested usage by cultures around the globe.

did not use Echinacea to prevent the common cold, some Plains tribes used it to treat some of the symptoms caused by the common cold. The Kiowa used it for coughs and sore throats, the Cheyenne for sore throats, the Pawnee for headaches, and many tribes including the Lakotah used it as an analgesic. It comes from a group of herbaceous flowering plants in the daisy family. The species of this group are commonly called coneflowers. Combined with goldenseal, another herb, or enjoyed alone as tea, this member of the daisy family may help the body prevent or minimize upper respiratory tract infections as well as the common cold. ( and immune_system_herbs_spices.html)

Elderberry (Sambucus): Sambucus

(elderberry) is a shrub formerly categorized in the honeysuckle family but reclassified due to genetic evidence to the family Adoxaceae, whose blue-black berries have traditionally been used to help fight colds and flu viruses. Sambucus is high in a type of antioxidant called anthocyanins, which can help alleviate bothersome symptoms. It also contains a property

Olive Leaf: Olive leaf extract has received

a lot of attention from alternative health care advocates in recent decades; however, this immune system booster has been used medicinally for centuries in the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern regions, where olive trees grow in abundance. Aside from fighting the common cold and flu, this powerful little leaf can also help increase energy levels, lower blood pressure, stabilize blood sugar levels, and aid in fighting auto-immune disorders. Rich in disease-fighting phytochemicals, olive leaf is especially potent when used in combination with other antioxidants. Freshpicked olive leaf complex can be a powerful weapon in the battle between your immune system and invading microbes. The bitter substances in olive leaves—identified as the polyphenols (oleuropein, hydroxytyrosol, caffeic acid, verbascoside, etc.) have been found to be particularly helpful in resisting bacterial damage. In fact, early research by the drug company Upjohn found extracts from olive leaves to be effective in treating infection caused by a large number of viruses as well as bacteria and parasitic protozoans. ( and http://totalhealthmagazine. com/articles/vitamins-and-supplements/ olive-leaf-complex-your-secret-weapon-forhealth-and-immunity.html)

Echinacea: Echinacea is a popular herb

that was widely used by the North American Plains Indians for its general medicinal qualities. Although Native American tribes org_1350311499elderberry.jpg

that stimulates the body's own defenses by producing anti-inflammatory molecules called cytokines. The leaves, twigs, branches and seeds of Sambucus are toxic if ingested, as are the berries if unripe, so it is not recommended to gather your own plant. As with all herbal remedies, consult with your physician before embarking on a treatment regimen. Black elderberry has been used medicinally for hundreds of years. Some preliminary studies demonstrate that elderberry may have a measurable effect in treating the flu, alleviating allergies, and boosting overall respiratory health. (http://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/Sambucus and http://www. f o x n e w s . c o m / l e i s u r e / 2 012 /10 / 0 4 / top-10-immune-system-boosters/)

Other immune stimulating herbs are: Garlic, Licorice Root, Probiotics, Bell Pepper, Tumeric, Gingko Biloba, Cat’s Claw, Clove and Oregano… Just to name a few. Zinc (though not an herb is a trace element with antioxidant properties) For more information and for a schedule of upcoming FREE classes; contact Gramas Cupboard in the Callaway Village Shopping Center behind A&W (240) 2378309 or visit . We offer Holistic Nutrition Counseling and Herbal Health Consulting.


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Thursday, November 14, 2013

In Our Community

MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital Raises Over $1,300 for Breast Cancer Programs By Kay Poiro Staff Writer On Nov. 8, the Leonardtown Business Association presented MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital with a “pink” check for $13,501. The amount was for donations raised for breast cancer support programs at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital. Held on Oct. 4, Leonardtown’s October First Friday event was dedicated to breast cancer awareness. Donation boxes were placed inside Leonardtown area businesses during the month of October with many local retailers donating a portion of their First Friday evening proceeds to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital. The Uplifting Designs Bra Art contest sponsored by the St. Mary’s County Arts Council raised over $500 for the cause.

Photo by Kay Poiro Accepting on behalf of MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital (L-R) Carol Picon, Lori Werrell, Joe Orlando, Nell Elder and Dan Burris, Mayor of Leonardtown

St. Mary’s Department of Social Services Selected as Jurisdiction of the Year by the Department of Human Resources By Kay Poiro Staff Writer On Nov. 6, St. Mary’s County Department of Social Services (SMCDSS) was recognized as 2013 Place Matters Jurisdiction of the Year by the Maryland Department of Human Resources. Results were formally announced at the end of the Place Matters Award Luncheon. Among those representing St. Mary’s County were Ella May Russell, SMCDSS Director and Hilary Laskey, SMCDSS Team Leader from Leonardtown. Place Matters is a Maryland Department of Human Resources initiative promoting safety, family strengthening and communitybased services for children in the child wel-

fare system. Since statewide implementation in 2007, Place Matters has reduced the proportion of youth in-group home placements and increased the proportion of family home placements to 73%. Within the past year, the number of children in foster care has dropped significantly. In July 2012, the St. Mary’s County Department of Social Services reported 166 children in care. As of October 2013, there are 86 children in care. In FY 2013, only 22 children came into care. St. Mary’s County DSS met 7 of the 8 of the eight Place Matters goals. According to the Maryland Department of Human Resources, these goals are: the number of children in out-of-home care, percentage of children in

group homes, percentage of children in family homes; percentage of children visited each month; number of children exiting to family guardianship, number of children exiting to adoption and placement stability. SMCDSS maintains a 97% placement stability rate for children in care. While the goal of SMCDSS is placing children in foster care with permanent families, Leonardtown Team Leader Hilary Laskey says she is simply proud to “be able to make lives better for families and individuals living in St. Mary’s County.”

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Thursday, November 14, 2013


w e i v e R k Boo LIBRARY ITEMS

Teen Video Contest Entries to Be Showcased

The public is invited to view the videos entered in the Teen Video Contest at the Video Showcase at Lexington Park branch on Sat, Nov. 16, at 2 p.m.  Those attending will select the winner of the Viewer’s Choice award.   The grand prize winner will be announced.  

Time for the Quarter Quell

Hunger Games fans of all ages will participate in various challenges to see if they have the skills and knowledge to survive the arena at the Catching Fire program at Lexington Park branch today at 6 p.m. and at Charlotte Hall branch on Nov. 21 at 6 p.m.  

From Instant City to Boomtown

Lexington Park branch will host Dr. Julia King, St. Mary’s College Professor of Anthropology and Director of the SlackWater Project, on Nov. 20 at 6:30 p.m. Her presentation will focus on the impact of the 1960s and 1970s on the development of Lexington Park, especially the art, culture and concerns of Lexington Park as it grew to a boomtown.

eReaders and Tablets to Be Explored

Adults interested in purchasing an eReader or tablet can attend the eReader Shopping class offered on Nov. 20 at Leonardtown branch at 5:30 p.m. Staff will compare and contrast the various devices and the features available.  Registration is required.

Kids to Go Fishing

Kids 3-5 years old will use unusually “attractive hooks” to see what they can catch at Fishy Magnets program at Charlotte Hall branch on Nov. 25 and at Lexington Park branch on Dec. 5. Both of these STEM programs begin at 10 a.m. and registration is required.

Crafternoons Planned for Holiday Recess

Children can drop in and make a fun craft on Nov. 27 at either Leonardtown branch from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. or Lexington Park branch from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Supplies will be furnished.  

Mobile Career Center to be at Lexington Park

The Southern Maryland JobSource Mobile Career Center will be at Lexington Park library on Nov. 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The coordinator will assist job seekers get registered with the Maryland Workforce Exchange and with other related job needs.  


Holly and Marie are up for adoption with Feral Cat Rescue. They are sisters and were born in August of 2013 and are super sweet.  When you pet them they start to purr instantly and they sleep with their foster mom every night.  They love to play and run over to see you for attention.  They definitely like people.  They have been combo tested for aids and feline leukemia, spayed, vaccinated against rabies and distemper.  They are micro chipped, dewormed and cost $125 each or two for $200.  It would be great if they could go together but can go to separate homes.  If you would like to adopt, please fill out an application at <> and email it to Diane at If you are feeding a stray cat or already have a house cat that is not spayed, please call Feral Cat Rescue at 301-475-5059 for info on low cost spay and neuter.  Please spay and neuter before they turn into many. It is impossible to find enough homes for all the kittens that are born.  Please help prevent unwanted cats from being euthanized by spaying and neutering.

“Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him” by David Henry & Joe Henry c.2013, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill $25.95 / $32.95 Canada 400 pages By Terri Schlichenmeyer OW contributor Dirty, nasty, filthy. That’s what your mother claimed “those words” were. You said them once… and were never allowed to say them again in her presence. They were bad words. They were dirty – unless, of course, Richard Pryor said them. Then they were hilarious, fall-downfunny, and in the new book “Furious Cool” by David Henry and Joe Henry, you’ll read a few of them, and more. Peoria, Illinois is like “[w]hatever you think of when you hear the name,” Richard Pryor once said to an audience in 1966. He was born there, the son of a vaudevillian and a prostitute, and was raised in his grandmother’s bordello. There, as a small boy, he learned to get laughs – though his childhood was overall rough and marked with things little boys should never see. When he was just nineteen, Pryor married his pregnant sixteen-year-old girlfriend, the first of his many marriages. He was unemployed then, but “soaked up everything” he saw while lounging around, watching TV. Shortly after his son was delivered prematurely, he left his young wife, moved back to his father’s house, and began performing at local Peoria clubs. From there, Pryor bounced around between Toronto, New York, and Las Vegas. He played the “Chitlin Circuit,” performed on The Ed Sullivan Show, and learned to mimic Bill Cosby’s act. For a time, Pryor left the stage and moved to California to live a “flower children” existence with his second wife then, following a brief separation from her, he moved to Berkeley where he spent his days

reading the works of Malcolm X. It blew his mind. It also changed his act. Embracing the “N” word and inspired to “speak truth,” Pryor revolutionized comedy with the “raw language of the streets.” People flocked to concerts and comedy clubs where he performed. His genius poured forth. But though his stage career soared, Pryor’s personal life was in shambles. He loved cocaine, cognac, women, and guns, but the four together was a bad mix and his behavior “grew increasingly bizarre.” His addictions out of control, he sought help and entered a hospital in 1979. Later, he insisted to everyone that he was “off drugs for real this time.” He lied. “Furious Cool” is a wonderful, wonderful book. But I was wrung out when I finished it, as if I had watched a car accident in excruciatingly slow motion. That’s a testament to authors David Henry & Joe Henry, both of whom had a relationship with Pryor at the end of his life, and who had access to his story. Here, Henry & Henry give us a sense of the once-in-a-lifetime genius that Pryor was, but because we know how this tale unfolds, it’s painful to read. We watch his selfdestruction through these pages, and feel powerless. And yet – “Furious Cool” is impossible not to enjoy. It’s filled with history, memories, laughs, and yes, an abundance of profanity - but if you want to read a story of a complicated comedy genius, it would be a dirty shame to miss it.


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Thursday, November 14, 2013

St. Mary’s Department of Aging

Programs and Activities

SENIOR LIVING Thanksgiving Movie A week before Thanksgiving is a great time to watch a movie about the holiday. We will be showing “An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving” at the Loffler Senior Activity Center on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 10 a.m. This Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation is based on the book by Louisa May Alcott and stars Jacqueline Bisset. There is no cost for this showing. If you wish to sign up to see this movie or wish for more information call 301-737-5670, ext. 1658. Make a Tasty Christmas Cottage Use Pop Tarts to make the cutest and easiest edible house ever! This popular project will take place at the Loffler Senior Activity Center on Thursday, Dec. 5 and Friday, Dec. 6 at 10 a.m. We will construct the cottages on Thursday and let them dry overnight. The next day we will decorate them with bright Christmas candy and royal icing. Cost is $8 payable the first day of the class. Call 301-737-5670, ext. 1658 by Tuesday, Dec. 3 to sign up. The Essential Oils of Frankincense and Myrrh What is so special about Frankincense and

Myrrh? Plenty--especially when it comes to essential oils. Using essential oils for health and home use is making a big comeback as scientists learn more about their healing properties and why they work. Richele McLeod, an RN who is the EFT practitioner at Loffler will be presenting this topic at the Loffler Senior Activity Center on Tues, Dec.10, 10 a.m. For more information or to sign up call 301-737-5670, ext. 1658. Holiday ‘Centerpiece’ Basket On Tuesday, Nov. 19 and Nov 26. The Northern Senior Activity Center will host holiday “centerpiece” basket arrangement from 1-4 p.m. Arrange Christmas balls, pine cones, ribbons, greenery, small gifts and other items in it for a decoration that will look great on the table or the hearth. Learn to make a round bottom and curls, as well as a fancy handle wrap. Size is about 12” in diameter x 3” high. The cost for the kit and instruction is $35. Class will be held in two sessions. Payment must be received at time of sign up by close of business Friday, Nov. 15. Call 301-475-4002, ext. 1003 for more information.

Bone Density Screening On Friday, November 22, at 1 p.m., there will be bone density screenings and blood pressure checks at the Northern Senior Activity Center. Anyone wishing to have their blood pressure checked is welcome to stop by. No appointment necessary. Make a Gourd Snowman Paint and embellish a gourd into a whimsical snowman on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 10 a.m. All materials are provided. Cost is $7.00. Payment reserves your space in the class. Class size is limited. Call 301-4754200, ext. 1050 for more information. Garvey Senior Activity Center Join us for the Garvey Senior Activity Center Holiday Party with entertainer Gretchen Richie performing holiday renditions on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 12:00 p.m. The menu will be Chicken & Cornbread Casserole, Peas with Lemon, Carrots with Maple Glaze, Cranberry Tortoni for dessert, Coffee, Milk and Juice. Space is limited. To make reservations call 301-475-4200, ext.1050. Reservations must be made by Wednesday, Nov. 27.

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 Visit the Department of Aging’s website at for the most up-to date information.

Ann Elizabeth (Mattingly) Owens By Linda Reno Contributing Writer John Benson Owens, son of George Francis “Frank” Owens and Geneva Cooke, was born February 25, 1888. On December 25, 1907 he married Ann Elizabeth Mattingly, born 1891, daughter of Thomas Oscar Mattingly and Elizabeth Goldsborough. The marriage appears to have been a disaster from the beginning and it probably didn’t help that the couple lived with John’s parents. In June 1913, Frank Owens and Ann “became engaged in a quarrel, and the elder Owens is alleged to have struck his daughter-in-law.” Ann swore out a warrant for assault and battery and Frank was arrested. On June 30 Ann, along with husband John and a young girl named Lillian Cheseldine were on their way to River Springs for Ann to testify against her father-in-law. Undoubtedly John had tried to get his wife to drop the charges against his father many times before and this time, like the others, he was unsuccessful. “When walking through the strip of woods, it is alleged that Owens struck the deceased with his fist knocking her down and then with his penknife cut her throat.” Lillian Cheseldine, 12 years old, who was with the couple said they resumed a quarrel which had begun before they left home said that after she saw Owens strike his wife with his fist and knock her to the ground she ran away. (Lillian, born 1902, was the daughter of Joseph Enders Cheseldine and Mary Maude Mattingly, Ann’s half sister).

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“Constable Bernard Long was notified and accompanied by Dr. H. B. Palmer, went to the scene. The body of the woman was found lying in a pool of blood. Her hair and clothing were torn and the ground trampled, giving mute evidence that she met death only after a struggle… she had a gaping knife wound in her throat and several bruises on her face.” There was talk in the neighborhood of lynching Owens but nothing came of it. It was noted that Owens was an oysterman during the season, but for the last month had not been employed. And according to others, the Owens frequently quarreled and “on several occasions the household has engaged in fights.” John Benson Owens surrendered himself to authorities, after an all-out search for him, and admitted the murder of his wife. He was subsequently sentenced to life in the Maryland Penitentiary. On June 5, 1917, while in prison, he registered for the draft saying he was a widower and an iron molder. He was described as being of medium height, medium build, dark blue eyes, and light brown hair. In 1920, he was still in prison and was listed as a widower and said he was an operator for cloth manufacturing. By 1930, John had been transferred to Spring Grove State Hospital where he was held in custody until his death on April 5, 1946. He’s buried in the Spring Grove Cemetery. The two children born to this couple appear to have been placed in an orphanage rather than with a member of the family. Ann Elizabeth (Mattingly) Owens


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Thursday, Nov. 14 Free training offered for child care providers St. Mary’s County Library, Charlotte Hall, 6 to 8 p.m. Child care providers can earn two CEUs while learning simple activities to help the children in their care get ready to learn to read. Registration is required. Party planned for Hunger Games fans St. Mary’s County Library, Lexington Park, 6 p.m. It’s time for the Quarter Quell.  Hunger Games fans can attend the Catching Fire program.  Those attending will face challenges to see if they have the skills and knowledge to survive the arena.  The program is free. Visitors’ Day Ye Olde Towne Café, Leonardtown Square, 8 a.m. The BNI Leonardtown Breakfast Chapter is holding a visitor’s day. Networking starts at 8a.m. and the meeting begins promptly at 8:15 a.m. Any and all business professionals are welcome. There is a $5 sitting fee regardless of if breakfast is purchased. The sitting fee is waived when the meal is over $5. Don’t forget to bring your business cards. Please RSVP with Jereme George at 240-538-2291 or jmgpblair@docuscanllc. com to ensure seating is available. For more information on BNI and your local BNI chapter visit www.bnicentralmaryland. com/index.asp Engaging Life The Kings Christian Academy, 20738 Point Lookout Road, Callaway, 7 p.m. “Engaging Life”...This exciting Christ centred and transformational event is an opportunity for all to hear God’s gospel message of hope. The featured speaker is Bible Communicator Ed Newton. Praise and worship music will be provided by Urban Street Level. Contact Pastor Arthur Shepherd at 240-561-3815 for more information. Grocery Auction Mother Catherine Spalding School, 38833 Chaptico Road, Mechanicsville, 5:30 p.m. Grocery Auction to benefit Mother Catherine Spalding School (MCSS). A large variety of items will be available. We never know ahead of time what items we will get for the auction. However, expect anything found in a grocery store such as candies, snacks, sodas, frozen meats, frozen vegetables, frozen pizza, canned goods, dry goods, dairy products, cleaning supplies and just about anything else in between.    There will be some great deals so don’t miss out.  We suggest you bring your cooler for any frozen items purchased.  Payment can be made by cash or check.  For more information, call 301-884-3165. GrassRoots Leadership College of Southern Maryland, Leonardtown Campus, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. GrassRoots Leadership is a program that provides leadership insight based on research and best practice techniques to help leaders achieve breakthrough results in their organizations. Attendees will experience the simple power of this

transformation-in-thinking approach to improve their leadership skills that will ultimately benefit their organizations and employees. Then cost is $945 per person. Groups of four or more are eligible for a group discount of $895 per person. To register, please contact Karen O’Connor at or 240-725-5479. For more information on these and other trainings, visit www.CorporateCenter. Decompression Night at the Museum Patuxent River Naval Air Museum, 4 to 8 p.m. The Patuxent River Naval Air Museum is sponsoring a new event and we’re hoping you can join us. The event will offer an opportunity to stop by the museum after work, have a little food, spend some time with friends, and enjoy a drink or two. Light appetizers will be provided by Quality Street Catering.  Beer and wine from Blue Wind Gourmet will be available by the glass.  Tickets for the event can be purchased in advance of the event at the museum. You can also email prnamaeventscomm@gmail. com for tickets of more information.  The cost of the ticket is $8 for non-members and $6 for members.  Beer or wine by the glass will be available for $4. Best Value – Competitive Source Selections River’s Edge Catering & Conference Center, 46870 Tate Road, Patuxent River, 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The National Contract Management Association (NCMA) Chesapeake Bay Chapter invites the public to ‘Best Value – Competitive Source Selections’ with presenter Alan Goldberg, NAVAIR Source Selection Office. The cost is $20, payable at the door, including registration and buffet lunch. You will learn about Best Value continuums; LPTA and Tradeoff analysis; Basic terms (strength, weakness, deficiency, etc.); Rating definitions (Outstanding, Acceptable, etc.); Sections L&M Development Process; How Technical selects the discriminators; Technical Evaluation Challenges; Selection Data on Source Selections with Trade-Off Criteria - approx. 1/3 awarded to low price, 1/3 to highest price, and 1/3 to the best noncost value proposal with the lowest price; and ending with Q&A for 15 minutes.  QinetiQ North America Open House for Industry and Government 22299 Exploration Drive, Suite 102, Lexington Park, 2 to 5 p.m. Members of the community are invited to the QinetiQ North America Patuxent River Open House for Industry and Government. Please come by the new QinetiQ North America (QNA) Patuxent River facility for light refreshments, to meet members of the team, and to learn more about QNA’s capabilities and strong focus on command and control for unmanned systems. For more information, call 571-449-1032

Friday, Nov. 15 Richard Moe-Roosevelt’s 2nd Act: The Election of 1940 & the Politics of War Historic Sotterley, Inc. P.O. Box 67 Hollywood, Md., 7:00 p.m. President Emeritus of the National Trust

for Historic Preservation & former White House staffer Richard Moe offers an original look at the 32nd president, arguing that the economic policies of FDR’s first two terms and the wartime leadership of his second two are bridged by one pivotal moment: the election of 1940. The Sotterley Speaker Series is sponsored by The Boeing Company Committed to community support and service, The Boeing Company has been dedicated to promoting education and the arts within the Southern Maryland community. This generous sponsorship allows our Speaker Series to be free of charge for the general public. Due to limited seating advanced reservations are requested. Please call 301-373-2280 to make your reservation today. Steak, Shrimp, & Fish Dinner Night American Legion Post 221, 21690 Colton Point Rd., Avenue, 5 to 8 p.m. This is an excellent opportunity to get out and meet people in the community. There are several menu items for the adults and kids to enjoy at a reasonable price (http:// htm).  You can call (301) 884-4071 for further information. You can also visit our website at

Saturday, Nov. 16 First Annual Fall Craft/Vendor Show St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Hollywood volunteer rescue squad auxiliary is sponsoring it first annual fall craft/ Vendor show. Admission and parking are free. Food and refreshments will be available. There will be a 50/50 raffle, and a Stuffed Ham raffle. Crafters interested in participating in the show, please contact Adel Carter at 240-298-7956 or JoAllen Mattingly at 301-904-3767. Vendors interested in participating in the show, please contact Marcia Ridgell at 240-577-3552 or Jessica Carter at 240-298-7956. All proceeds will benefit the Hollywood volunteer rescue auxiliary. Pathways Dinner Dance Holiday Inn Solomons, 6 to 11:30 p.m. Pathways is a private, nonprofit corporation that provides mental health services, rehabilitation, and housing for adults and older teens with mental illness or brain injury. Established in 1981 in St. Mary’s County, the main office is in Hollywood, Md. and services are available to persons in the tri-county area of Southern Maryland. Treatment services are available to the general public while rehabilitation and housing programs specialize in serving the person with a psychiatric disability or brain injury. The majority of those in our specialized programs have little or no income. Pathways will hold its second annual dinner/dance and silent auction fundraiser. All proceeds will support services for persons with a mental illness or brain injury. For tickets call 301-997-9393. Prices are $35 in advance, $40 at the door. Video Contest open to teens St. Mary’s County Library, Lexington Park, 2 p.m. A Teen Video Contest is underway. Teens

wishing to enter the contest create a book trailer about their favorite book and then post it to YouTube by Nov. 13. The entry form is available on the teen webpage.  A grand prize winner will be selected and awarded at the Video Showcase.  Those attending will view all the videos and then select the winner of the viewer’s choice award. Meet The Authors Coffee Quarter, San Souci Plaza, 12 to 6 p.m. Come out to meet local authors with Christina Allen, Ellynne Davis, Frances Hayes, Marguerite Labbe, Linda Stewart and Eddie Washington. Enjoy delicious CQ food and drink, available for purchase, while you shop for just the right book to complete your holiday gift-giving list. For more information, e-mail LynnieBDavis@gmail. com or St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Holiday Bazaar 37707 New Market Turner Rd., New Market, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. There’s something for everyone; silent auction, food, crafts and vendors LSM’s Spat Pac Invites You to Help Leave a Legacy of Cleaner Water Barry Friedman’s, 47171 Snow Hill Manor Road at 9 a.m. A group of Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) 2014 class members has decided to focus on making a direct impact on local water quality by undertaking an oyster reef installation in the St. Mary’s River. Filterfeeding oysters aid in the clean-up of our local watershed and contribute to a healthier Chesapeake Bay. The LSM classmates have dubbed themselves ‘The Spat Pac’ and have set the pace committing their own financial support and volunteer hours to create an oyster reef, complete with spat, or infant oysters. Classmates Ray Dodson, Bob Lewis, Beverly Brown, Holly Meyer, Joe Klausner, Rebecca Bridgett, Jeff Lehnertz, Michelle Ruble, MaryAnne Bowman and Carrie Kelly have made replenishing the oyster population their Legacy Project, with a goal of ensuring future generations will be able to enjoy the beautiful waterways which surround the Southern Maryland region. Bob Lewis, Executive Director of the St. Mary’s River Watershed Association, knows a thing or two about building oyster reefs and has worked with numerous groups to create a three-dimensional habitat in the river’s sanctuary. Fellow classmates have already jumped on board to help and the group hopes LSM alumni and community members will show support of their eco-conscious efforts. They ask for a $30 contribution and welcome volunteers to meet them on the waterfront at St. Mary’s College of Maryland to be part of something lasting and beneficial for our community. Volunteers age 11 and up should wear work clothes and footwear. The Watershed Association will provide life jackets, gloves and food. Heavy-duty wheelbarrows are needed. For more information on oyster reefs and their vital role in the health of the watershed or to make a taxdeductible donation via PayPal, visit www. Foul weather date is Sunday, Nov. 17. Please RSVP and send any inqui-


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ries to Colonial Times Workshop Historic St. Mary’s City, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Historic St. Mary’s City (HSMC) invites you to the Colonial Times Workshop: Hide Tanning. When tanning a hide, you have to know how to use your brains (brains of the deer, that is.) Join HSMC at the Woodland Indian Hamlet and discover the process of making clothing out of deer the Yaocomaco way. This is a hands-on event; dress for work!  Ages 14+. $12 for members, $14 for non-members. Registration required by Nov. 12 - 240-895-4990 or  Teen video contest entries to be showcased St. Mary’s Public Library, Lexington Park, 2 p.m. The public is invited to view the videos entered in the Teen Video Contest at the Video Showcase. Those attending will select the winner of the Viewer’s Choice award. The grand prize winner will be announced. 

Sunday, Nov. 17 Fall Craft Fair Hollywood Firehouse Social Hall, Hollywood, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fall craft fair is open to the public. There is free parking and free admission too. The Ladies Auxiliary will have lunch items for sale that will include Stuffed Ham Sandwiches, Homemade vegetable Soup, Chicken Tenders, Burgers and Hot Dogs. There will also be Stuffed Ham for sale by the pound and a Pound Cake. For more information, contact Leone Gatton at 301-373-2221 St. Mary’s Ryken Open House 22600 Camp Calvert Road, Leonardtown 12 to 3 p.m. St. Mary’s Ryken will hold an Open House. Learn about the new 1:1 iPad program; the X-PAX accelerated programs for advanced students; the SMR STEM 100 program for all students; and the many features that make St. Mary’s Ryken unique. Members of the administration and the faculty will be on hand to answer questions. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www. or call the Admissions Office at 301-475-4183

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addresses locally grown perishable produce, which could be sourced from farms, community gardens or home gardens. Your input would be invaluable and will help shape possible legislation regarding fresh food access in 2014. In order to develop the model, the Task Force has been charged with the following: 1. Researching the nutritional needs of various Southern Maryland communities (low-income, working poor and unemployed) 2. Identify infrastructure necessary to meet those needs through fresh food distribution 3. Identify fresh food distribution opportunities for those in need 4. Make recommendations regarding Hub & Spoke operation and management 5. Make recommendations on education and outreach efforts 6. Create a tax incentive for local farmers to donate freshly grown food The Task Force was created by the Maryland Legislature (SB 586/HB 1019) to Study the Implementation of a Hub and Spoke Program in the Southern Maryland Region, otherwise known as the “Hub and Spoke Task Force.” On or before December 1, the Task Force shall report its research and recommendations to the Maryland General Assembly. Please RSVP using the online Registration Form or call 301-274-1922 ex.1 Dyslexia Support Network of Southern Maryland Patuxent Presbyterian Church, 2341 KIngston Creek Road, California, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Parents, teachers and caregivers of students who struggle to read and write are invited to network with other parents and learn more about how to help students with dyslexia.

Tuesday, Nov. 19 Volunteer Maryland Partner Information Session Hosted by the Greenwell Foundation Knott Lodge, Greenwell State Park, Hollywood, 2 to 4 p.m. Volunteer Maryland is a statewide organization (part of the governor’s office), and will be holding an information session, hosted by the Greenwell Foundation, at Greenwell State Park in Hollywood.www. The Weight Watchers of Leonardtown Open House 41605 Fenwick Street, Leonardtown, 5 p.m. Weekly meeting to follow at 5:30 pm. There will be demos, samples, door prizes, and fun give aways. Come see what you’ve been missing! Bring a friend for additional entries! Holiday Survival: Club Swing The House Of Dance 7 to 9 p.m. The cost for all of the workshops is $25, and descriptions for them can be found on our website We also have some new classes that start on 11/18 and go through 12/14 and those can be seen at our website or people can call for more information at 301-373-6330.

Wednesday, Nov. 20 PEO U&W Update with RDML Matt Winter Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, 42219 Airport Rd., California, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. The Patuxent Partnership invites members and the regional community to a PEO U&W Update with RDML Mat Winter,

Program Executive Officer for Unmanned Aviation & Strike Weapons. This is a no cost program. Seating is limited. Advance registration is required to guarantee your seat. Doors open at 7 a.m. Third Annual Human Resources Professional Development Day Hilton Garden Inn, 13100 Dowell Road, Dowell, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Human Resources Association of Southern Maryland (HRASM) is presenting its 3rd annual Professional Development Day, Navigating Through HR. Keynote speaker Christine Walters will present Advocacy as a Core Competency and HR Top 10 Headaches. Additionally, there will be six other topics presented by experts in the industry that cover current Human Resources (HR) issues – Using Mobile Technology to Recruit; Diversity Matters; Health Care Tool Kit; The Onboarding Experience; Healthiest Maryland Business Initiatives and HR Best Practices for Employers. The program is designed to provide professional development for HR professionals, support staff, business managers or anyone with HR responsibilities. The Professional Development Day is pending approval for 6.5 recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. The meeting is open to anyone with an interest in Human Resources issues. The cost is $75 for members and $100 for nonmembers, which includes both continental breakfast and lunch. Sign-in begins at 7 a.m. with the program starting at 8 a.m. To register, please go to hrasmonline.shrm. org  by Nov. 13. Once registered, payment is required if a cancellation is made after the deadline date. More information about HRASM can be found at hrasmonline. 

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Monday, Nov. 18 Hub & Spoke Community Forum on Nov. 18th, 2013: Getting fresh, local food to those in need SMECO Auditorium, 15035 Burnt Store Rd, Hughesville, 7 p.m. Southern Maryland community members are invited to a Hub and Spoke Public Forum. The Hub and Spoke Task Force is soliciting community feedback on a model to improve fresh farm food access for working poor and low-income communities within Southern Maryland (Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s). The model currently

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By Kimberly Alston Contributing Writer On Saturday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. and again Sunday, Dec. 1 at 2 p.m., the Cosmic Symphony Orchestra, along with the Donetsk Ballet of Ukraine and Ballet Caliente, will be performing The Nutcracker at Huntingtown High School. As the only live performance of The Nutcracker in Southern Maryland this year, all of the artists are determined to give justice to the classic. Cosmic is Southern Marylandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only community orchestra and several of the musicians are in middle and high school. Ballet Caliente has casted every age of students for the performance. The Nutcracker has been held as a Christmas Classic for years. It tells the story of Clara and her beloved Nutcracker doll which after being broken earlier in the evening, Clara finds has become lifesized. Later on, the Nutcracker is trans-

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formed into a prince, and Clara follows him into a forest ending up in the land of

sweets where the Sugar Plum Fairy has ruled until the Princeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s return. When it is told of how Clara saved the Prince, candies from all over the world are brought and a dance is performed. Finally, a reindeer drawn sleigh appears and they leave. Clara wakes up in the parlor, and wonders if her adventure had been a dream. When she sees the Nutcracker intact, she picks him up and goes up to bed, concluding the performance. This year, the ballet performance will be directed by Sheryl-Marie Dunaway. Dunaway is the owner and artistic director of Ballet Caliente, which she has owned for 13 years, prior to that, she had taught dance for 30 years. Dunaway began dancing at age three and was invited to apprentice with the San Francisco Ballet Company at age 16. She attended college on a dance scholarship and had been preforming ever sense. In addition, Vlaimir Lande is the music director of the performance. Not only is he the music director of the COSMIC Symphony Orchestra, he is also a guest conductor of the National Gallery Orchestra, and the music director of the Washington Soloists Chamber Orchestra and the John Hopkins University Chamber Orchestra. Lande debuted as a conductor on 2006 with the Baltimore Opera Orchestra.

Tickets for the Nutcracker are available online at www.cosmicsymphony. org. Premium seating is $40 for adults and $35 for seniors and children under 12. Standard seating is $35 for adults and $30 for seniors and children under 12. MWR Patrons receive a $2 discount on every ticket purchased with the code MWR-COSMIC. The performance will take place at Huntingtown High School, 4125 North Solomons Island Road, in Huntingtown. For more information, visit www. or call 240-561-9799.


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lywood) 12 p.m.

The Music of George Gershwin Café des Artistes (41655 Fenwick Street, Leonardtown) 6 to 9 p.m.

Pounding Sand Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Rd, Hollywood) 8:30 p.m

Gretchen Richie’s Jazz Cabaret Café des Artistes (41655 Fenwick StreetOn-the-Square, Leonardtown) 6 to 9 p.m.

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Hydra Fx Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Rd, Dowell,) 8 p.m. Dylan Galvin  Ruddy Duck Alehouse (16800 Piney Point Rd, Piney Point) 7 p.m. Super DJ Charlie Thompson Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Rd, Hollywood) 8:30 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 15 The Return of Funkzilla Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Rd, Hollywood) GrooveSpan Duo DiGiovanni’s Restaurant(14556 Solomons Island Rd S, Solomons) 6 to 9:30 p.m.

GrooveSpan DiGiovanni’s Restaurant (14556 Solomons Island Rd S, Solomons) 2 to 8 p.m. Brunch Buffet with Joe Martone Ruddy Duck Alehouse (16800 Piney Point Rd, Piney Point) Charlie Thompson Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Rd, Hollywood) 3 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 18 Team Trivia Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Rd, Dowell,) 7 p.m. The Bud Light Karaoke Challenge Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Rd, Hollywood) 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 19

R&R Train Band Apehangers Bar & Grill (9100 Crain Hwy, Bel Alton) 9 p.m. 

Dylan Galvin Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Rd, Dowell,) 7 p.m.

Bar Dogs Ruddy Duck (16810 Piney Point Rd, Piney Point) 8 to 11 p.m.

Taco Bar Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Rd, Hollywood) 4 p.m.

Big Money Band Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Rd, Dowell,) 8 p.m

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Saturday, Nov. 16

Team Trivia Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Rd, Hollywood) 6:30 p.m.

R&R Train Band Brass Rail Sports Bar (20331 Point Lookout Rd, Great Mills) 9 p.m.

DJ Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Rd, Hollywood) 8:30 p.m.

Bar Dogs Breton Bay Oyster Scald (21935 Society Hill Rd., Leonardtown) 7 to 10 p.m

Thursday, Nov. 21

Charles Lollar Pig Roast Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Rd, Hol-

BB Express Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Rd, Hollywood) 8:30

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Real Estate for Sale 2.8 secluded acres overlooking a pond. Hardwood floors. Fireplace in family room is great place to spend the holidays. The kitchen has many stainless upgrades and over looks the family room. Separate dining room and living room. Large master with a room that could be used for an office. Large detached 3 car garage/shop w/ 800+ sq ft overhead storage. Hot tub and large back deck. Price: $439,000. Call 240-561-2144.

Real Estate Rentals Rambler for Rent in Mechanicsville: Freshly painted clean home, country kitchen, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, hardwood floors. Non smoking home, no pets, no section 8 please. Please call Janette at (301) 884-3853. Rent: $1,250.

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Apartment Rentals Large 2BDRM apartment with sep kitchen and living room area. 20mins from Waldorf and Lexington Park. Electric included with monthly rent. Pets are allowed, no yard access. Price: $1200. Call 301-399-0413 or email Prince Frederick, Maryland (Calvert County). Nice room in private home with 2 closets and storage area. Less than 1 mile to all shopping, and CSM. Public transportation across the street. Includes utilities, AC, WIFI, and cable. Available immediately. Call Rick 443968-4727. Rent: $600.00

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Deliver Phone Books Work Your Own Hours Delivering in the Charles & St Mary Counties. Must be 18yrs old, have valid DL & Insured vehicle. No exp. necessary Call 1-800-518-1333 x 224

FOR SALE  Five (5)  Boat  Shaped  Conference  Tables  (brand   new/never  used)    Color:  Tuscany  Brown  (shown  in  picture)    Dimensions:  95.5  in  L  x  47.5  in  W  x  30.38  in  H    Seats  10  people  comfortably    Pickup  Only  –  Located  in  Leonardtown,  MD    Will  not  fit  in  our  new  conference  room      Can  be  disassembled    Retail  Price:  $520    Will Sacrifice Price: $350 each or $1500 for all

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1. Reverberation 5. Sonny’s ex wife 9. Drives elephant 11. High-spirited tomboy 13. Plans 15. Gather materials together 16. Brew 17. Discovery child star 19. Stalk of a moss capsule 21. Capital of Yemen 22. Local area network 23. Belgrade River 25. Straight or bobby 26. Tennis player rank 28. Helped (archaic) 30. Lounges 32. Dove sounds 34. Int’l relief organization 35. Planted crops 37. Gobblers 39. Animal companions 40. Firth of Clyde city & river 42. Korean writer Mogeum 44. 007’s creator Flemming

45. Ursine animal 47. Voyage 49. Pageant title 54. A woman’s undergarment 55. A treeless grassy plain 56. Anarchic 58. Gun dog 59. Coat of wool 60. These (old English) 61. Somalian shilling


1. Birds of prey 2. Fastest land animal 3. Judge’s moniker (abbr.) 4. Part of Uttar Pradesh 5. Italian crooner Perry 6. Syringe 7. Articles fit to eat 8. Replace spent bullets 9. International metal polish 10. New Mexico artist town 11. Elf (Brit.) 12. Glowing gas element 14. Break suddenly

15. Blue colored 18. Br. children’s author Blyton 20. Limicoline bird 24. Burn plants 26. Gulf of, Aegean Sea inlet 27. Clysters 29. Leguminous fruit 31. Large tub 33. Member of U.S. Navy 35. Having physical sensation 36. Colors clothes 38. Plural of 33 down 39. Grouped by twos 41. Fence bar 43. Cherry brandy 44. Pixies 46. Canadian flyers 48. Emit coherent radiation 50. Lot 51. Area units 52. Russian space station 53. Tools for holes 57. 5th sign of the zodiac

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Wanderings of anAimless



“What does the ___ Say?”

By Shelby Oppermann Contributing Writer At the time of this writing there are still a few leaves on the trees, but with the wind whipping up the way it is I believe the leaves will become one big carpet by the time I am finished. Though it was very enjoyable sitting outside this morning. The temperature was just beginning to start its nose dive. While I sat in my chair in the paths, I heard what I thought was a huge truck barreling down the street which turned out to be the rushing wind. Even Tidbit looked towards the sound. It made me think how incredibly loud the roar of the wind must have been in the Philippines. I can’t even imagine, and hope to never hear it. I feel, like everyone else, so bad for their suffering. But even the sound of the raging wind here is better than the song which is stuck in my head from this past Saturday. If you haven’t heard (or seen) “What does the fox say” by the two brothers called Vegard and Bård Ylvisåker, who are members of the Norwegian comedy group Ylvis, then you have no idea how this song infiltrates your life and plays incessantly in the back of your mind. Now, I’ve starting changing the lyrics around to , “What does the Tidbit say”. Tidbit just stares at me strangely. I know she’s wondering if her mommie has finally gone over the deep edge. You can fill in the “fox” part with anything you want really, like “what does the husband say?” and add the “Na na na na nanananana” to make it true and realistic. It must have been the Dancing with the Stars group dance to this song, and the Kelly and Michael show which have not let this song die. It is pretty funny, and catchy. This past Saturday we went to a winery with a group of friends, and someone (they know who they are) either began to sing the song or bring up the video. That’s all it took. What was nice is that very few people came and stayed in the event room where we were. That was a shame for them because then we had the huge room with a roaring fire pretty much to ourselves. Nothing could be scarier to 30 something’s than a bunch of 52+++ something’s singing the fox song with all the hand moves. I always think, “Will I ever see these people again? No!” And then I usually do. The main thing is you have to let loose and have friends you can laugh with, and upon occasion act goofy with. And boy do we have those. Our 12th anniversary is this Sunday, so we have been doing little things here and there, and hopefully we will get away for at least the day on the 17th. During the week we were out somewhere and able to act a little goofy ourselves, and a lady said we looked so happy. I told her just like I say about our friends, “Well you need someone you are comfortable with whether you have silent introspective moments side by side, or whether you get up and do dances like you did 30 years before – you need someone you can act stupid with – and they will still understand and accept you. I figure if my husband hasn’t left me yet after five years of writing this column then we should be set for many more years together.

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Keys to Controlling Stress By Debra Meszaros CSN How well do you deal with the stressors in your life? Do you struggle to stay healthy even though you lead a healthy lifestyle? Are you a active lifestyler that still continues to battle with weight gain? Stress, it comes to us in many ways, and seems to be a major part of the modern lifestyle. What are some of the things we could implement in our lives to lessen the affects of daily stress? Whether your stress is mental, emotional, or physical, stress places certain demands on your body. As your levels of stress increase so does your body’s nutritional needs. You need to eat well to support stress. When it comes to physical stress, the body needs quality calories to support physical demands. Energy in is energy out. Reducing calorie intake while increasing physical activity can sometimes lead to weight gain. Why? A good percentage of individuals exercising weekly fail to reach their weight loss goals often because of low to moderate intensity cardio training for extended periods of time. If you are reaching 75% or more of your heart rate for extended periods of time, you may be increasing your cortisol levels, setting yourself up for weight gain instead of weight loss. Replacing your extended cardio with high interval training for a shorter period of time (like 15 minutes) can better serve your goals. Longer periods of time totally deplete glycogen stores setting you up for that carbohydrate and sugar craving you want to avoid. Those carbohydrates have a tendancy to contribute to weight gain by replacing the building of lean muscle with increased fat gain. Replace that carbohydrate with protein and quality fat [like avocado and coconut oil] and help the body recover faster from your efforts, calming the physical stress. When performing high interval cardio training it is not needed nor suggested to do more than one to three sessions per week. If you struggle with recovery or have an underactive thyroid, more than one session per week can do more damage than good. Weak adrenals or thyroid will only be further hindered

by multiple sessions per week. It will not increase metabolism when these conditions exist. Sugar depresses many functions and systems of the body. Avoiding all forms of sugar, processed grains, and controlling fruit intake help manage blood sugar levels. Utilizing quality fats and protein also help in blood sugar management. Sugars place stress on the body and feed pathogens that may exist within you. Cognitive function can be affected by sugar intake while proteins and fats support cognitive function. Often a lack of adequate protein intake is the root of mental and emotional issues, dysfunctions, and hormonal balances that affect happiness and mood. Stocking up on your beneficial bacteria (probiotics) is also a way to help many stresses in the body. Your gut is your center of health and happiness; as serotonin is manufactured and stored there. All types of stress deplete beneficial bacteria so there is a need to continually replenish them. Sleep is a key element in maintaining health, it is vital to combating the negative affects of all stress. Getting into the habit of a good routine sleep schedule and you’ll have an easier time managing stress. It’s important to be sleeping between the hours of 11PM and 3AM to help support the natural cycle of your body clock. And the last key......controlling the brain. Yes, you control your conscious mind and it can only handle processing 44 pieces of information per second. With over 100 trillion cells in your body, each cell is processing one byte of information every 1/100th of a second! Overthinking leads to a congested conscious mind. Reserve your energy for things happening this moment, and leave the past behind and the future to unfold itself. ©2013 Debra Meszaros All rights reserved; no duplication without permission. DISCLAIMER: When you read through the diet and lifestyle information, you must know that everything within it is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. I am making no attempt to prescribe any medical treatment. You should not use the information here for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem or for prescription of any medication or other treatment. The products and the claims made about specific products have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. You should consult with a healthcare professional before starting any diet, exercise or supplementation program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem. Confirm the safety of any supplements with your M.D., N.D. or pharmacist (healthcare professional). Some information given is solely an opinion, thought and or conclusion based on experiences, trials, tests, assessments or other available sources of information. I do not make any guarantees or promises with regard to results. I may discuss substances that have not been subject to double blind clinical studies or FDA approval or regulation. You assume the responsibility for the decision to take any natural remedy. You and only you are responsible if you choose to do anything with the information you have read. You do so at your own risk. I encourage you to make your own health decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified health care professional.

Vendor/Craft Sale Support GMHS Class of 2015 Cash & Carry Items will be available!!!

When: Saturday, Dec 7, 2013 Time: 8am – 4pm Where: Great Mills High Great Mills, MD

Find that special gif for everyone on your shopping list. Multiple Vendors and crafers all in one spot to make your shopping easier.

Reserve a table for $30 or two for $50 Yard Sale tables available as well No duplicate vendors and only one product line per table.

To each new day’s adventure, Shelby Please send your comments or ideas to: or find me on facebook: Shelby Oppermann

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