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Economic Development Commission Application Deadline Extended The original Nov. 15 deadline for individuals to apply for the newly formed Economic Development Commission, has been extended to Dec. 2 at 5 p.m. The Board of County Commissioners authorized the establishment of the St. Mary’s County Economic Development Commission (SMCEDC). The commission will guide the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy intended to broaden the local economy. Individuals with relevant experience are sought to serve on the SMCEDC. The SMCEDC will be an appointed body, whose members will meet in public on a routine basis and will serve terms of three years. The Commission will be staffed by County’s Department of Economic and Community Development. Ideal candidates will have private industry experience in technology transfer, defense, retail and service, workforce, tourism and agriculture development or related businesses. Individuals with extensive knowledge about growing and supporting entrepreneurship, who are willing to lend their expertise to the goal of transforming the County’s economy to support a wider income spectrum and greater diversity of workforce skills and attributes, would be especially welcome. Individuals interested in applying for appointment to the board can download an application from the St. Mary’s County Government website at All applications must include a resume. For more information, contact Robin Finnacom, Acting Director, St. Mary’s County Department of Economic and Community Development at 301-475-4200, ext. 1407.

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State Withdraws Phosphorus Control Plans By Guy Leonard Staff Writer The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) has announced that it has withdrawn plans to institute what they termed the phosphorus management tool (PMT), a framework of regulations designed to further stem runoff of the element into the watershed due to the objections of farmers across the state. While the state and its environmental analysts have identified phosphorous as one of the three major pollutants in the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed, it is also a key ingredient in many fertilizers, natural and synthetic, used by farmers. It is also a critical nutrient for plant growth. The proposed rules would have pushed farmers to further restrict the use of phosphorus rich fertilizers and make a stricter accounting for the amounts they laid out on their farmsteads. Local Soil Conservation District officials and farm community leaders said that it boiled down to a question of economics, which would have put farmers on the losing side of the equation. Bruce Young the director for the local soil conservation agency said much of the opposition came from the Eastern Shore where the poultry industry had its own hefty supply of chicken manure to act as a natural fertilizer. Those fertilizers helped farmers with a less expensive way to boost crops but they were also not as measured when it came to phosphorus amounts: synthetic fertilizers were more expensive but farmers knew how much phosphorus they were laying down. Farmers must already submit a nutrient management plan to the state for approval of when and how much fertilizer they can use.

“It [PMT] was going to be even more restrictive,” Young told The County Times. “There was enough outcry from around the state to pull it.” Jamie Raley, president of the St. Mary’s County Farm Bureau, said farmers were not satisfied at the state’s contention that phosphorus was leaching into the waterways after decades of established scientific research showed it became bonded to the soil at the molecular level. That bonding meant that a field rich in phosphorus might still not transfer the needed nutrient to plants, which meant that phosphorus-rich fertilizers were required. “Farmers haven’t been shown any scientific evidence from university researchers that supports the University of Maryland’s position,” Raley said. Had the PMT become required, the poultry industry on the Eastern Shore might be endangered due to increased costs, Raley said, and local farmers who produce corn and soy beans for sale as chicken feed could have been imperiled as well. “The [Maryland Department of Agriculture] did the right thing by withdrawing it and taking it back to the study committee,” Raley said. “It’s been forestalled but this will be back.” State Secretary of Agriculture Earl “Buddy” Hance said the state would continue to pursue the measure. “The O’Malley-Brown administration remains committed to adopting the PMT through rule making and developing an approach that further considers comments raised by policymakers and citizens alike,” Hance said in a prepared statement. “MDA is confident that the PMT science is sound, based on 20 years of evolving federal and state research to better understand soil phosphorous and managing risk of loss to our rivers and streams.”

Commissioners Approve Zoning Changes In Town Centers By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

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The Board of County Commissioners approved two zoning text amendments Tuesday that land use planners say will help break a virtual deadlock on development in town centers where levels of traffic congestion have prevented permits being issued for certain projects. One text amendment exempts nonresidential site plans of less than 5,000 square feet from adequate public facilities requirements, while the second allows 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. Four out of the five commissioners voted to approve both measures while Commissioner Larry Jarboe (R-Golden Beach) voted against them, saying he wanted to see a master plan for development in Charlotte Hall in place to guide growth before making any changes to the zoning ordinance. The text amendments got the support of developers and business owners alike in Charlotte Hall especially who want to either build new projects or expand their existing operations.

However, more than 100 residents from both Mechanicsville and Charlotte Hall signed a petition asking that commissioners reject the amendment that allowed for traffic improvements while accepting the first with strict oversight of traffic impacts from smaller projects. They warned of already congested roadways and intersections and that further projects would only generate more traffic; they argued that the current traffic situation at certain intersections does not meet with the county’s own level of service requirements to allow further development. Commissioner Dan Morris (R-Mechanicsville) who has publicly expressed wariness over development without a master plan in areas like Charlotte Hall voted for the two measures after he received assurances that current economic conditions essentially limited the amount of projects that were in the development pipeline. Department of Land Use and Growth Management Director Phil Shire said that the text amendments would not solely benefit developers with larger projects planned but smaller businesses who wanted to expand their operations. “These people aren’t influenced by developers, they’re businesses that provide services,” Shire said.


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News Commissioners Start Construction Budget Process By Guy Leonard Staff Writer The Board of County Commissioners laid out their wish lists for capital construction projects they wanted to give top priority to for the coming fiscal year, which include enhanced street lighting for the Great Mills Road corridor and a rapid push to complete communication towers for the next generation emergency responder radio system. Commissioner Todd Morgan (RLexington Park) wanted to move a project set in for fiscal 2016 back to upcoming fiscal 2015 that would put improved lighting all along Great Mills Road from near St. Mary’s Shopping Center down to Great Mills High School. He said the project could mirror the success of similar street lights put in place in the Colony Square community off Missouri Drive that had long been plagued with criminal activity and blight. “The community is pleased and the police feel much better about going back there,” Morgan said. The amount currently budgeted for the project is $60,000. Both Morgan and Commissioner Dan Morris (R-Mechanicsville) wanted the county to push ahead with completing the communications towers for the emergency radio system that county technology specialists have been busy clearing of operational glitches.

“We need to get the towers in now,” Morris said. Morgan said the county could try a public/private partnership to get the towers built at private industry’s own expense and give them the ability to charge rents on using them. “That would go a long way to helping the community and getting tax relief,” Morgan said. Commissioner Larry Jarboe (RGolden Beach) deviated from talk of construction projects when he said he would like to see if commissioners could change the age of eligibility for the senior property tax cap from 70 to 65 and perhaps even abolish the energy tax. “One of two of those things I’d like to accomplish before leaving office,” Jarboe said, who is term limited in 2014. Commissioner Cindy Jones said the county needed to see if projections for tax revenues could support such a cut because such a change might not be sustainable. “We may find that 15 years down the road we may not be able to afford it,” Jones, of Valley Lee said. “We need to be careful about tinkering with something when it’s not broken.” Morris disagreed saying seniors needed more tax relief. “It is broken,” Morris said. “We need to attract seniors to come and live in St. Mary’s County.”

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No Public Opposition To Blight Ordinance But Questions Remain By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Tuesday night’s public hearing on a proposed new ordinance that would give the county legal grounds to fight blighted properties showed no opposition to the measure but one resident raised the question about how it would be enforced. Under the proposed ordinance the new regulations that would make it easier for the county to cite property owners who let their structures or land become dilapidated, overgrown or trash infested would only apply to the Lexington Park and Leonardtown development districts. “Why is it only for two areas of the county?” Sherry Daniels, treasurer of the Longview Beach Club Estates in Bushwood asked. She said her community was dealing with blighted properties as well and the new rules could be just as useful there. County Commissioner President Francis Jack Russell said that since the ordinance was in draft form the commissioners would still have the opportunity to change it.

Bill Scarafia, director of the St. Mary’s County Chamber of Commerce and member of the task force that came up with the recommendations for the ordinance said their original idea was to have the rules apply county-wide but the draft ordinance prepared by the county’s legal staff restricted its purview to the development districts. “That was not our doing,” Scarafia said. “It might have been something to do with them not knowing whether the commissioners would have supported it county-wide.” Scarafia said the task force did recommend that the blight provisions not apply to properties in the county’s rural preservation district (RPD) or on farmland, the reason being that properties that were not maintained were so far apart that they did not effect adjacent property values. “You can’t expect RPD properties or farmland to be held to the same standards as those in neighborhoods because they aren’t neighborhoods,” Scarafia said.

MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital Wins National Marketing Honor

MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital’s Marketing and Public Relations Department earned nationally recognized Aster Awards and Healthcare Marketing Report awards for hospital publications and events. The Pulse, the hospital’s monthly internal newsletter for associates, earned the department an Aster Gold Award in the publication series category. Winning a gold award in the single publication category was the Heart of Hospice recipe book. A Century of Caring, the hospital’s celebration of its 100 year anniversary, also earned a Gold Aster Award within the special events category. In addition, Healthy Living, the hospital’s quarterly community newsletter received a Bronze Aster Award. Approximately 100,000 Southern Maryland residents receive the publication that is intended to inform and educate the community about health and health services. The hospital’s 2011 Nursing Annual Report also captured a Bronze Aster Award. The Aster Award program is an elite competition recognizing the nation’s most talented healthcare marketing professionals for outstanding excellence in advertising. The 2013 contest was for entries designed, printed and/or distributed the previous year to be scored, judged and recognized for excellence in healthcare marketing and advertising. In addition to the Aster Award program, the hospital earned awards from Healthcare Marketing Report’s annual competition, which had more than 4,000 entries nationwide. The hospital’s internal newsletter, The Pulse, and the 2011 Nursing Annual report were recognized with a received a Merit Award. “I am very proud of the work produced by the marketing team,” said Holly Meyer, director of marketing, public relations and philanthropy. “Our team consistently produces highly creative, quality materials that share our hospital’s mission and commitment to excellence in our programs and services for the community.” The Marketing, Public Relations and Philanthropy Department includes six associates in addition to Meyer – Amanda Bowie, writer; Andrew Dziuban; philanthropy officer; Ruby Hawks, graphic designer; Jeni Irwin, project coordinator; Linda Lagle, writer; and Nicki Strickland, graphic designer; – plus longtime volunteer, Lorena Goeller.

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Morris Targets MetCom Operations By Guy Leonard Staff Writer County Commissioner Dan Morris called on the county’s legal counsel to come up with options for discussion among elected leaders that could change the way the Metropolitan Commission (MetCom) does business, including whether the water and sewer agency should be brought under the control of the county. During the commissioner comment period at the board’s regular Tuesday meeting, Morris (R-Mechanicsville) aired publicly his displeasure with how MetCom operates after attending that agency’s board meeting Nov. 14. In a later interview Morris even said he wanted to find out if it was legally possible for the county to make MetCom a department of county government. “If that’s an option I think the board should look at it,” Morris said. At the meeting he said he witnessed wildly fluctuating prices for critical water and sewer infrastructure projects and voiced worries over MetCom’s burgeoning capital construction debt, for which the county government lends its full faith and credit despite MetCom’s position as an independent service provider set up by state law back in 1964. Morris even wanted County Attorney George Sparling to investigate whether the county can audit MetCom’s financial and business practices. “I was thoroughly disappointed,” Morris said of what he saw at MetCom’s board of directors meeting last week. The County Times recently publicized worries




from some of MetCom’s own board members who have become concerned that the utility’s costs of replacing aging infrastructure are outpacing its ability to pay off the debt. MetCom’s own projections show that their capital construction debt for fiscal 2014 will total up to $95.6 million by the end of the year but by 2018 that figure will more than double to $192.3 million. MetCom is currently saddled with an annual debt service of $8.3 million to pay down the debt but those payments will also more than double in the next four years to $17.1 million if the projections hold. By 2020 the annual debt service is projected to reach nearly $20 million, according to MetCom’s own figures. Residential and commercial water and sewer rates are also expected to increase incrementally over the next several years. Both Morris and some MetCom board members have said they are worried that the agency’s projections on how much infrastructure will actually cost year to year is virtually meaningless, with price tags rapidly inflating. According to the fiscal 2014 draft capital construction project plan the cost to replace a portion of the Town Creek water supply system was $2.4 million, nearly doubling the last projection from the fiscal 2013 plan. A project for Esperanza Farms, now slated to cost $2.65 million in fiscal 2014, was originally estimated at $1 million according to fiscal 2013 figures. In St. Clements Shores a line replacement projected to cost just $1 million in fiscal 2013 has ballooned to $5 million this year.





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Morris noted this particular projection as one that raised an alarm. David De Mauro, one of the MetCom board members concerned over the direction of the agency, said the debt increases were a major problem. He has said that debt projections show that the MetCom’s capital debt will outstrip the entire county’s in several years. “I am very concerned about the debt,” DeMauro said. “Sooner or later the debt comes due, and then what happens?” Commissioner Todd Morgan (R-Lexington Park) said he had no interest in bringing MetCom under the county’s control. “[That] I’m not going to agree with,” Morgan said. “They have a board over there that we appointed to oversee their activities. “I don’t think it’s the commissioners’ responsibility to take over MetCom’s day-to-day responsibilities. I don’t see why it’s a good idea.” Still, Morgan was also worried about the growing MetCom debt situation, which he believed was exacerbated by state requirements to upgrade the nutrient removal systems of the county’s main water and sewer plant with a $36 million investment as well as the need to repair crumbling infrastructure. But Morgan questioned why MetCom’s estimates for completing other construction projects was off by as much as 500 percent in some cases. “I do have concerns about their budgets and their debts,” Morgan said.

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Christmas on the Square and Annual Tree Lighting in Leonardtown

Ring in the holiday season on Friday, Nov. 29 from 5 to 9 p.m. with Leonardtown’s annual “Christmas on the Square” and “Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony” held on Washington Street in the Leonardtown Square. Live entertainment starts at 5 p.m.. and includes holiday music, sleigh rides, horse & carriage rides, train rides, hay rides, fire truck rides, a petting zoo, live nativity, face painting, make-and-take crafts, festive decorations, food and much more! Stop by Mrs. Claus’ tent for stories and crafts, but make sure you are in the Square promptly at 7 p.m. for Santa’s arrival and the lighting of the Town Christmas Tree! Stage performances include Bella School of Music, Piney Point Elementary School, Gracie’s Guys and Gals Dance Troupe, the Leonardtown Baptist Church Choir, and the Bootscooters! Let the music put you in the holiday mood as you browse the downtown merchants and art galleries that will remain open for your Christmas shopping needs. Want to give back this holiday season? Bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots through Winegardner Automotive, or support local charity fundraisers and raffles. Don’t miss the drawing for the Cedar Lane $10,000 Raffle Winner live on stage after Santa’s arrival. Tickets are $100 each, with a maximum of 500 tickets being sold. You can buy your ticket the night of the event, or beat the rush and call 301-475-8966 or e-mail Beverly Stickles at with your request and she will reserve a ticket for you. You’ll also want to stop by the Winegardner Auto Showroom Christmas Festival sponsored by the Leonardtown Volunteer Rescue Squad Auxiliary. See the decorated trees and

wreaths, admire the electric train display, sign up for the silent auction, or buy a chance to win a wagon full of toys worth over $500! There will also be face-painting and grab bags for the kids. This year many of the rides will board in front of Winegardner Automotive and travel around the Historical Part of Town, including Tudor Hall, The Old Jail Museum and the Historic Courthouse Building. Enjoy time away from the crowds and travel into the past with beautifully decorated buildings, luminaries and Christmas carolers. Groups interested in caroling should contact Maria Fleming at maria.fleming2@verizon. net. Several streets in the downtown Leonardtown Square area will be closed to thru traffic from 3 to 10 p.m. Spectators are encouraged to park at the College of Southern Maryland and take the free shuttle bus service to the Leonardtown Square, or park at Leonardtown Elementary School, St. Mary’s Ryken High School, or other designated lots around Town and enjoy the beautifully decorated walk into Town Square! Christmas on the Square is sponsored by the Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department, the Leonardtown Business Association and the Commissioners of Leonardtown, with gratitude to their community financial partners: Two Guys Auto Body, Winegardner Automotive, Quality Built Homes, MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital, PNC Bank, Burris’ Olde Towne Insurance, and the College of Southern Maryland. For further information, visit or call 301-475-9791. Rain date: The rain date will consist of the Annual Tree Lighting only on Saturday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m.

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Fire Sprinkler Exemption To Expire By Guy Leonard Staff Writer County elected leaders have acted over the past three years on two separate occasions to exempt newly built homes from having mandatory fire sprinkler systems installed but by 2015 the state’s mandate will override the county’s exemptions. In 2010 the Board of County Commissioners specifically exempted homes in the Amish and Mennonite communities from the sprinkler requirement as posited in the International Building Code which the state adheres to. In 2012 the commissioners exempted new homes with wells from having to have them installed over the recommendations of firefighters who advocated the systems’ effectiveness in dousing blazes rapidly. County director of Land Use and Growth Management Phil Shire confirmed Monday

that the new measure will affect all newly built single family homes; even the Amish and Mennonite communities may be affected, he said. “So far there appear to be no exemptions,” Shire said. County Attorney George Sparling confirmed the broad-reaching scope of the pending state mandates. “That certainly is my understanding,” Sparling said, adding the county will have to comply with the new mandate on Jan. 1 of 2015. “The county will no longer have any authority to change the laws on fire sprinklers; it’ll be out of the county’s hands at that point.” Sparling said that there also appears to be no state aid for homebuilders to offset the added costs of installing the sprinkler systems.

SMECO Warns Customers about Green Dot Payment Scam Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) is warning its customer-members about a scam involving prepaid Green Dot Visa and MasterCard debit cards. Callers claiming to represent SMECO have been contacting customers and threatening to disconnect their electric service. The caller tells SMECO customers to make a payment by purchasing a Green Dot debit card. They may even tell customers to purchase the card at a local CVS store. Customers are then told to call another phone number; when the customer gives the card information over the phone, the scam artist cashes in the monetary value of the Green Dot card. Customers who have received a phone call from an unauthorized source may call their local law enforcement agency or the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-FTC-HELP. According to Tom Dennison, SMECO’s government and public affairs director, “SMECO has received a number of phone calls from customers who have been targeted by this scam. They said that ‘SMECO’ appeared on their phone’s caller ID, so they thought the call was legitimate.” SMECO has a set routine for collecting payments from customers. • SMECO only calls customers who owe a past due balance. • SMECO usually uses an automated phone system with a recorded message; rarely will SMECO employees make personal “collection” phone calls. • Collection calls are made about 10 days before service is to be terminated. • SMECO does not require payment at the time of the call. • SMECO does not make collection calls or terminate service on weekends or holidays.

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Jurors hearing the case of Joseph William Medley III, the third defendant charged with the murder of Robert McDowney at his St. Inigoes home back in February, were set to hear closing arguments Wednesday after hearing about a day-and-a-half of testimony. Prosecutors allege that Medley, who lives in Great Mills, was the one who helped plan the home invasion of McDowney’s Beachville Road home in search of drugs and money. Medley’s two co-defendants, James Kenneth Clay and Andre Bowman, both of Laurel, have been convicted of first-degree murder and other charges in separate jury trials already. Prosecutors argued successfully that Clay was the trigger man in the armed robbery that turned into a shooting as Bowman was busy searching the back of McDowney’s trailer for narcotics and cash. Medley faced the same first-degree murder charge in court. Prosecutors say that Clay and Bowman

met up with Medley in St. Mary’s County at a gas station where video surveillance showed the three of them together before the Feb. 7 break in. In two previous trials Oshia Lewis, a witness for the prosecution, who drove Bowman and Clay down to St. Mary’s County to meet with Medley that night, testified she did not know the men were planning on committing a robbery but continued to transport them because she was frightened. Lewis also identified Bowman and Clay as the men who entered McDowney’s home. Prosecutors believe that Medley helped the other two men identify McDowney and his home as their target though he did not accompany them to the robbery. Clay is currently serving a life sentence while Bowman is asking for a new trial. A judge recently agreed to have police to test other for other DNA on swabs in evidence that had not been previously examined.

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The College of Southern Maryland is investigating and cooperating with police with regard to an incident Nov. 18 at the La Plata Campus which resulted in a lockdown of the campus for approximately 35 minutes. The Charles County Sheriff’s Office and the Maryland State Police responded to the campus for a report of an individual who may have had a hand gun being observed in the Campus Center. Upon their arrival, police detained an individual and determined there was no further threat and lifted the lockdown. In their investigation, officers did establish that another person who was with the group may have had a pellet gun which was consistent with what the campus officer had observed on surveillance cameras. Identities of those involved are being established, and the college will seek appropriate action. "We are serious about the safety of our campuses and will not tolerate inappropriate behaviors that could put anyone on our campuses at risk. This includes zero tolerance with regard to weapons or anything that would resemble such a weapon," College of Southern Maryland President Dr. Brad Gottfried said. "I am grateful for the quick response by our faculty and staff on campus to our emergency messaging and our law enforcement officers within the Sheriff's Office and State Police who immediately responded to this incident. College personnel have been training for such emergencies, and as a result our public safety team, and our faculty and staff were able to respond appropriately." "The highest priority of CSM is to ensure that our students, faculty, staff and visitors are safe,” said Gottfried. “We live in a society where no one can predict where and when an emergency situation will occur. While we have an outstanding Public Safety and Preparedness Department, they cannot do the job alone. We must all be prepared to act appropriately during emergency situations. Our goal is to constantly work with all members of our community to improve our preparedness and readiness for any and all incidents and emergencies.” In its ongoing efforts for emergency preparedness, CSM has launched a mobileready emergency page of CSM Ready at as a one-stop location for emergency information and includes a message by Gottfried which can be viewed at The web site includes comprehensive information about the college’s operating plans for managing emergencies as well as plans for specific responses to emergencies by members of the college community. The CSM Ready web site also includes the ability to register for emergency notifications as well as to report

behavioral incidents and requests for accommodations during emergencies. "We have been implementing various measures in the past several years so as to have a safe environment for our personnel, students, community members and visitors. With funding provided through our state and county governments we have been able to add security measures and public safety officers at all of our campuses. Training has been implemented for staff and faculty, and will continue on an ongoing basis to keep safety and security always in the forefront. This also includes training and exercising our procedures. We consider every incident an exercise of our procedures and an opportunity to improve,” Gottfried said. “It is critical with recent events across our nation that we all become partners to ensure safety in our communities. On our campuses we urge students, employees and visitors to report immediately anything suspicious or activities they consider as a threat. This can be reported directly to any public safety officer or by calling emergency 911," said Executive Director of Public Safety and Preparedness Donald Frick. The college encourages anyone involved in an incident to complete an after action report, which is available at CSM Ready. This After Action Report is an opportunity to enhance the college’s emergency operations plans based on the thorough information provided. "We take all reports seriously, and we have a team in place to respond to all concerns, and to implement disciplinary actions as warranted, from suspension and expulsion, to police investigation and possible arrest,” said Vice President of Student and Instructional Services Dr. Bill Comey. Emergency notifications are available by text message or email, as well as posted to the CSM Ready site, the college's home page, and to social media networks of Twitter and Facebook. To subscribe, free registration is available at or by typing Ready on a mobile phone to 79516. In addition, security measures such as bag checks at graduations and large-scale events will begin in January at the college. "All emergencies, whether by nature or manmade, are what we all have a responsibility to prepare for; to expect the unexpected. Recent incidents around the nation at shopping centers, movie theaters, schools, and college campuses are what force people to realize all of us are vulnerable in today's society. It really is up to each one of us to be watching, reporting anything suspicious or out of the ordinary, and learning how to prepare ourselves for the unexpected," Gottfried said.

Fatal Pedestrian Accident On Nov. 18 at approximately 7:55 p.m. deputies responded to the area of Three Notch Road and New Market Turner Road for the report of a motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian. Upon arriving on the scene, deputies found a Ford F-150 on the shoulder of the roadway and a pedestrian lying in the roadway being treated by Emergency Medical Personnel. The pedestrian succumbed to his injuries while on scene and the request for reconstruction was made. Sheriff’s Office Collision Reconstruction Team Members responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. Preliminary investigation revealed Roland Philip Tucker, 52 of Mechanicsville, was attempting to cross the southbound lanes of Three Notch Road just south of New Market Turner Road. Tucker failed to yield the right of way and entered the path of a 2011 Ford F-150 operated by Paul Downs, of California. Tucker sustained life threatening injuries and succumbed to his injuries on the scene. No other injuries were reported. At this time alcohol, drugs, and speed are not considered to be factors in the collision. Anyone who may have witnessed the collision and has not already provided a statement is asked to contact Corporal Brian Connelly # 151 of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office at 301475-4200 Ext. 9010. This crash remains under investigation.


Thursday, November 21, 2013

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Cops & Courts

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

On Nov. 15 Deputy First Class Boyer responded to the Walmart in California for two shoplifters in custody. Loss Prevention personnel observed Jazmyn Maya Purie Choice, 19, of Callaway, Md., and Christian Alexander Montanez, 18, of California, Md., load items of merchandise into a shopping cart and leave without paying. The approximate value of the stolen items was over $550.00. Choice and Montanez were placed under arrest by DFC Boyer. When Montanez was searched two prescription pills were located in his pants pockets. Both were transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. Choice was charged with Theft Less $1,000.00 and Montanez was charged with Theft Less $1,000.00 and Prescription/Remove Label. Possession Controlled Dangerous Substance: On Nov. 14, Deputy Cole observed a suspicious vehicle parked in the parking lot of Millison Shopping Center in Lexington Park. Deputy Cole made contact with the driver, identified as Alfred William Gardiner Jr., 63, of Leonardtown, and detected an odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle was conducted and an amount of suspected marijuana was located under the driver’s seat. Gardiner was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center by Deputy Cole. He was charged with Possession Controlled Dangerous Substance – Marijuana and Possession Paraphernalia. Theft: On Nov. 16, Deputy Wesner responded to a residence located on Winding Way in Lexington Park for a burglary just occurred. The victim alleged two suspects stole an all-terrain vehicle from his shed on his property. A witness observed two suspects pushing the victim’s ATV down the street and informed him – he then called 9 1 1. The suspects had placed the ATV in a nearby

wood line and left it. A short time later, the witness observed one of the suspects, identified as Tyreak Otis Braswell, 20, of Great Mills. Braswell was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center by Deputy Wenser. He was charged with 2nd Degree Burglary and Theft $1,000 to $10,000. Assault: On Nov. 17, Deputy Schultz responded to a residence in Great Mills for a disturbance. Contact was made with the victim who alleged being assaulted during an argument by suspect Kenneth Terril Greene, 41, of Great Mills. Deputy Schultz observed evidence of fresh injury on the victim. He contacted Greene who refused all of Deputy Schultz commands and displayed an aggressive hostile attitude. After a brief struggle, Greene was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with 2nd Degree Assault, Obstruction/Hindering, and Resisting Arrest.

leged she found a television missing from the residence when she returned home. The victim provided Deputy Cameron with possible suspect information. The investigation revealed, Adam Joseph Downs, 29, of Mechanicsville, entered the victim’s residence and stole the television. Downs was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with 1st Degree Burglary, 4th Degree Burglary, and Theft Less $1,000.00. Sex Offender Registration Violation: On Oct. 31, Detective Corporal Raddatz of the Criminal Investigation Division charged Devonte Arnez Shubrooks, 20, of Lexington Park, with Failure to Register as a Tier III Sex Offender after he was ordered to do so by the Circuit Court for St. Mary’s County. Shubrooks was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with Failure to Register as required.

Violation Protective Order/Assault: On Nov. 17, Deputy First Class Boyer responded to a residence in Lexington Park for a reported violation of a protective order. The victim alleged Laurie Elle Snell, 29, of Lexington Park, contacted the victim in person in violation of an active protective order. During the contact, an argument ensued. Snell bit the victim leaving fresh evidence of injury. Snell was placed under arrest by Deputy Boyer and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. She was charged with Violation Protective Order. Theft/Conspiracy/Possession Controlled Dangerous Substance: On Nov. 17, Corporal Moritz responded to the Arby’s Restaurant in Charlotte Hall for a reported theft. The investigation revealed restaurant manager Tiffany Michelle Lang, 26, of Mechanicsville, removed cash, over

Deputies Break Up Altercation On School Bus By Guy Leonard Staff Writer A confrontation between two Leonardtown Middle School students Wednesday afternoon got so out of hand that the bus driver called in county sheriff’s deputies to pull the two students apart, school officials told The County Times. An eyewitness on Hollywood Road said they saw two sheriff’s deputies and a school system official come to the bus that had pulled over on the side of the road and lead one student away in handcuffs. The other student was released to their parents, school officials said. Sgt. Cara Grumbles, sheriff’s office spokesperson, said the male juvenile who was arrested was charged with disruption of school activities. School officials said they will continue to investigate the nature of the conflict between the two students.

$550.00, from the safe. Lang along with three other suspects was subsequently located in a hotel room in Charlotte Hall. When Corporal Moritz approached the hotel room door suspects in the room attempted to dispose of suspected cocaine. Suspect Raisha Tenett Gates, 24, of Hughesville, was in possession of a large sum of cash. All four suspects were placed under arrest. In addition to Lang and Gates, Marvin nmn Robinson, 26, of Cincinnati, Ohio and Brian Russell Hosier, 25, of Mechanicsville, were arrested. All four were transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with Theft Less $1,000.00, Conspiracy to Commit Theft Less $1,000.00, Possession Controlled Dangerous Substance – Not Marijuana, and Possession Paraphernalia. Burglary/Theft: On Nov. 18, Deputy Shane Cameron responded to a residence on Tin Top School Road in Mechanicsville, for a reported burglary and theft. The victim al-

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Collaborative Work and Art Space in Leonardtown By Kay Poiro Staff Writer Located in the heart of Leonardtown, Immediate Solution serves as a collaborative and creative workspace for those in need of an office for a day, week or month. In addition to individual workspaces, Immediate Solution also offers a conference room and houses a burgeoning art gallery. Owner and Leonardtown native Helen Dorsey says the idea for Immediate Solution was born out of necessity. “I was working from home and outgrew my kitchen,” she says. “I figured there were others like me who needed access to a convenient place to work without the expense or commitment of a long-term lease.” Conveniently located on Courthouse Drive across the street from Circuit Courthouse and Leonardtown Arts Center, its grand opening is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 29. Inside, Immediate Solution’s front half is workspace configured to comfortably accommodate six. The back half is a fully equipped conference room that accommodates 10 to 20 people. The multifaceted space will feature standards like wireless Internet, phone and fax capability, as well as 24-hour, 7 day a week access. Clients who sign up for regular service will have 24-hour access for around Photo by Kay Poiro $100 a month. A less expensive “virtual office” option will also be available, but Dorsey says walk-ins will Immediate Solution owner Helen Dorsey is a proud contributor to the

benefit from their prime spot in Leonardtown Square. “We are located across the street from the courthouse, so people can step out into the quiet and green space,” she says. “The space lends itself to productivity.” Although the primary function for Immediate Solution is workspace, it also maintains strong ties to the local arts community through its in-house Walters Art Gallery. The gallery currently has two artists in residence: Michael Guy Tommassoni and local photographer Bernadette Garner. Supporting local artists is an ongoing mission of Helen Dorsey. Later this month, she is taking a small group of St. Mary’s County graphic arts students to Baltimore to participate in an artist-to-gallery exchange. In the future, she hopes to re-establish an arts scholarship for St. Mary’s County high school seniors. Dorsey credits the Leonardtown Business Association and area artists with creating an atmosphere conducive to a specialized business like Immediate Solution. “Great minds are doing great things for Leonardtown,” she says. “And all in a selfless way.” Immediate Solution is located at 41630 Courthouse Drive, Leonardtown, Md. To inquire about office or gallery space, email Helen Dorsey at hmd58@

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By Kay Poiro Staff Writer On Nov. 16, the Charlotte Hall Veteran’s Home dedicated their new outdoor pavilion. Funded and built entirely by donations of time and material from local businesses, the pavilion will serve as an outdoor recreation area for its 400-plus residents and their visitors. Charlotte Hall Veteran’s Home Director, Sharon Mattia, gives credit where credit is due. Mattia says the project would have been impossible without the help of Cruising Southern Maryland, other area car clubs and donations from several other businesses- all organized by Jack Parlett, Jr. Parlett is a member of Cruising Southern Maryland car club, as well as the president of Charlotte Hall-based CMI General Contractors. “Cruising Southern Maryland said we’re going to get it done by Veteran’s Day,” Mattia says. “And with John Parlett’s leadership and commitment, they did.” The over $9,000 raised at last May’s Cruising Southern Maryland for Veterans annual fundraiser was originally earmarked for construction of the pavilion.

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Thanks to All Who Helped With This Year’s Oyster Scald On behalf of the Camp Maria Retreat Center I thank all who contributed to the success of our Annual Oyster Scald event. First, thank you to Alice Moreland, Board member and the Chair of the Oyster Scald event along with Denise Pietsch, Board member and Chair of the Development Committee and Dr. Kathleen O'Brien, Chair of the Camp Maria Retreat Center Board of Directors. We are grateful to our Oyster Scald Sponsors, Pearl Level ($1000+) :The Fleury, Hartley & Kerns Families; Oyster Level ($500 +): Eddie and Patsy Bailey, Bailey's Party Rentals, Leonardtown; Reef Level ($250 +): Dyson Lumber and Building Center, Great Mills; Captain Jack Russell; Barney and Sarah Kane; Mark and Laura McCaffrey; Jon Meyer; Robert H. Moreland Attorney at Law, Charlotte Hall; Murphy's Town and Country Inc, Avenue; and Bob Taylor Engineering, Lexington Park. A special thanks to our event Benefactor: Bailey's Catering. Thanks also goes out to Guy Distributing Inc, Leonardtown and Metro-Restaurant and Janitorial Supplies,

Mechanicsville. St. Mary's County Department of Public Works and the Port of Leonardtown Winery for support of this event. We are grateful to our hard working volunteer oyster scalders, Jack Russell and Paul O'Brien. We are thankful to Our Lady's Church in Medley's Neck, the Knights of Columbus, Leonardtown, Larry Stauffer and Jack Russell for the use of equipment and tents. Thanks to our hard working volunteers: Terry Ater; Audrey Dorrans; Carol Edick; Tom, Theresa, Natalie and Meredith Emmart; George Fleury; Al and Kathy Guy; Clarke Guy; Louise Gough; Mark Kovalcik; Maura Kovalcik; Laura Moreland; Hazel Ptack; Heidi Ptack; Dakota Price; Kim Simpson; Larry Stauffer; Rachel Stauffer ; Robin Willis; Derek Willis and Georgio. Thanks also to other members of the Board of Directors who worked nonstop for the success of this event: Sarah Kane, Dan Kerns, Rose Mary Klein, John Re, Bill Russell and Rick Wood. Special thanks to Bob Schaller and his band for the great music and to all the venders and crafters

who challenged the weather and came out for this event. My heartfelt thanks to the staff of Camp Maria for attention to detail and smooth running of the facilities. Thanks to all who came out and participated. As a year round retreat center, it is truly important that Camp Maria offer a place to gather, reflect, experience peace and return refreshed to the daily challenges of life. Camp Maria Retreat Center, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Kentucky strives to provide an atmosphere of prayer, hospitality and simplicity in a peaceful environment for retreats and various types of renewal programs. Ann Kovalcik Director Camp Maria Retreat Center Leonardtown, Md.

6th Annual Friends of the Poor Walk Thanks All Sponsors and Support The 6th Annual Friends of the Poor Walk was held on Saturday, Sept. 14. Thanks to your help and support, the walk raised more than 10,000 dollars for the St. Vincent de Paul Societies in St. Mary's County. All the money raised stays in the St. Vincent de Paul Conferences to be used for direct and immediate aid to help those in need. We would like to thank the following individuals and businesses for their support: GOLD SPONSORS: St. Mary's Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, ASEC, Chick-fil-A, BP Fueling Companies, Cafe des Artistes, SMECO, Leonardtown Knights of Columbus, Town Cleaners, Printing Press, Queentree Management, College of Southern Maryland, William J. Fitzgerald, CSC Applied Technology Group, Fredo, Inc., Wathen's Electric, Inc., Imagine One Technology & Management, Ltd., CMI Affiliated Companies and Chaney Physical Therapy, Inc. SILVER SPONSORS: Southern Maryland Women, Anne & Ernie Bell, Barefoot Graphics, Burch Oil, J.F. Taylor, Inc., Bruster's Real Ice Cream, Griffin's Flooring America, Joyce Neal, M.D.P.C. and JP Wathen's Plumbing. BRONZE SPONSORS: Hollywood Lions Club, Brinsfield Echols Funeral Home, J. Walt Neal, Michael & Florence Michalski, International Beverages & Deli, Norris Lawn Service, Martin's Auto Tech, Wyle, Knights

of Columbus Immaculate Conception Council 8159, Verghese & Ling, M.D.P.A., Eagle Systems, Wells Fargo Financial Advisors - Steve Richardson and Buddy's Heating and Air Conditioning - Buddy Wathen. Donations: Jen Soroka, John & Vicki Wenke, Michael McCauley, Chick-fil-A, Cathy Greer, Debby Brookins, Panera Bread and Allstate Insurance - Duke May. Door Prizes were donated by: Tequila Grill, Twist Wine and Spirits, Sue and Walter Johnson, Ella Neal, Hong Kong Buffett, John and Vicki Wenke, Traditions of Loveville, Gloria Ramos, Peggy Gray, Debbie and Bob Brookins, Good Earth Natural Foods, Barbara Brown, Sandgates, Frances Dicus, OGA's Asian Cuisine, Vicki Lydon - Longaberger Consultant, Rose Miller, Port of Leonardtown Winery, Healing Hearts, Trish Lea - Century 21 New Millennium, Cheeseburger in Paradise, McKay's Food and Drug, Dyson's Building Center, Guenther's Bistro, St. John's Pharmacy, Chaney Physical Therapy, Inc., Fiesta Cafe, Kevin's Corner Kafe, Salsa's Mexican Cafe, Cathy Greer and Leonardtown Old Towne Pub. We would like to acknowledge and thank the following individuals: Jimmy Dicus, Jamie Thomas and Kevin Cain for their help and support. Thank you to Rev. David Beaubien and Father Andrew White S.J. School. Thank you to Debbie Brookins for organizing a fabulous brunch

and to the Ladies of Charity at St. Aloysius Church for serving. Thank you to Mickey Ramos, Rob Young, Larry Jarboe and Freddie Long for providing the music and to David Kalil for providing the sound system - you guys ROCKED. Thanks to Megan Petrie and Kayla Goldring for taking walk day photos. Thanks to the Leonardtown Rescue Squad for being there in an event of an emergency and to Health Connections from Med Star St. Mary's Hospital. Thanks to Jen Soroka, Sue and Walter Johnson, Gloria Ramos, John Wenke, Peggy and Matt Menard, Rose Miller, Sarah Norris, Mike McCauley and Boy Scout Troop #1634 for all their help. Thanks to Ernie Bell who arranged to have the Old Jail Museum on Courthouse Drive open for walkers to visit. Thank you to Scott Belanger and Gloria Ramos for assisting with Master of Ceremonies. To my children Emily and Kyle Belanger, thank you for your love and support. Lastly, Thank You to all the volunteers who helped out on walk day and to the hundreds of walkers who make this walk a success. Thank You for making a difference in the lives of so many. Patty Belanger Vickie Wenke Co-Chairs Friends of the Poor Walk in Leonardtown

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Thanks to All for Helping Raise $29,181.68 for the Hospice House of St. Mary’s at This Years Bluegrass for Hospice On Saturday October 26, 2013 was the 5th year for the Bluegrass for Hospice. It’s a one day Bluegrass music event where all proceeds went toward the Hospice House. The event took in $29,181.68 this year. In 5 years, Bluegrass for Hospice has raised $97,315 for the Hospice House. This finally makes this event one of the biggest fundraisers for the Hospice of St. Mary’s. I would like to say thanks for all the kind words that I have received about the festival. I appreciate all the words of encouragement given in person and through social media. As always, we all had a blast putting this together and we had a representation from 4 states that we know of. I need to thank my wife, Michelle, for keeping everything organized all day and for her dedication in the final stressful hours of planning. “Behind every strong man is a strong woman” and I could not have done it without her. I also want to thank my friend and colleague, Sarah Chick for her help keeping notes and listening to me “think out loud” about all that I needed to do for 2 weeks prior to the event!! We can all get back to a normal life now. Thanks to all of the performers: Bluegrass Gospel Express and thanks for your generous donation of your CD sales, Bubby Abell & Spoon Creek, Charlie Thompson & Bottom County Bluegrass, 15 Strings, Gracie’s Guys & Gals Dancers, Shelby Thompson, and my band, Eastern Tradition. Every band on stage was fantastic and Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice was icing on the cake. We helped Larry Sparks celebrate his 50 years in Bluegrass music. He was surprised with the presentations. If I miss someone in my thank you’s I’m very sorry, but please know from the bottom of my heart that your help and your time were very much appreciated. THANK YOU: to all our Hospice volunteers and Katy Crowell for providing them; my Dad, Johnny Arm-

sworthy, Barbara Robinson, and Tina Williams for getting so many nice door prizes and silent auction items; to the business’ who donated them and to the Amish/Mennonite Communities; my Mom, Lorraine Armsworthy & Nina Campbell for keeping track of the door prizes; Debbie Johnson, Linda Davis, Pam Ferris, and Denise Bragg for selling raffles; also to Denise for making the stage curtain-it was a great addition; Woody & Jill Norris; Troy Jones for doing a great job with the sound and for his dedication to me for all of the shows that I put on; Sydna Buckmaster; Wayne’s Signs; Anita’s Cake Shop; County Times (Kay Poiro & Kit Carson); Voni Craig and Chick Fil A; Michelle Carter and Texas Roadhouse; Joe Bragg; Tiffany Withrow; Jonathon Skrabacz; Mickey at the Flat Iron Farm for having everything that was needed with “no problem”; Bubby Knott for providing the arena; Frannie Woodburn; Marsha at the Hospice House for keeping a good track on the numbers; to everybody who sold tickets; Toni Long and the Third District Optimist Club-great food; Jim & Martha Bailey for donating the “Little Martin” guitar; Country Inn’s & Suites; Jody at Sheetz in Great Mills; McCormick Spice Company; Old Line Bank; and David Vert for making the plaque for Larry Sparks. Congratulations to Jo Ann Abell of Leonardtown for winning the $500 raffle. Your food donations were much appreciated by the Helping Hands Food Pantry in Hollywood. And now I’d like to thank all of the sponsors for supporting the Bluegrass For Hospice-2013: Jan BarnesCentury 21-New Millennium; Christine Wray & John Felicites; Hearing Professionals; Patuxent Pump & Well; Walmart; Synergy Aerospace, Inc.; Danny Miedzinski & Son; Abc Liquors; Gtmr, Inc; Vidsec Systems; First Command Financial Services; First Home Mortgage; Technology Security Associates; St. Mary’s County Arts Council; W. M. Davis, Inc; Technology Security Associates, Inc; Red-Inc; Pnc Bank; St. Mary's Nursing

Honoring Veterans at Christmas Charles County Right to Life (CCRTL) is working with Wreaths Across America again this year to place wreaths at the graves of veterans buried at the Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham, Maryland. The ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery is often well publicized, but similar ceremonies takes place at cemeteries throughout the world. Log onto <http://www.> for more information. Placing a wreath on a veteran’s grave is a positive way to honor and remember a relative or friend who has passed away. It can also honor someone you don’t know, but who has had a positive impact on your life or the lives of your family or ancestors. For example, many veterans helped

to defend England and to liberate France, Italy, the Philippines, etc. during World War II. Some fought in other wars or helped our country or other countries during natural disasters, such as hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, etc. It can also be a way to teach children about their family’s part in history. The wreath laying ceremony starts at noon on Saturday 14 December at the main building near the entrance. It includes a color guard, prayers, and the laying of seven wreaths to honor the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine and POW/MIA. The remaining wreaths are then handed out for the purchasers to place on the graves. If you order a wreath but can’t attend the ceremony, CCRTL will

place the wreath on the designated grave for you. If you do not have a designated grave, it will be placed by one of the participating organizations at a grave of their choosing. If you know of anyone who has a relative or friend buried at the Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery but doesn’t know of this program or isn’t living in the area, we would appreciate it if you would tell them about this program. Thank you in advance. The wreaths are $15, with $5 going to the organization that sold them. All orders should be in by 27 November 2013, but we may have extras available after that date. Contact Robert Boudreaux at (301) 638-7042 or to order a wreath. Robert Boudreaux Waldorf, Md.

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Information St. Mary’s County Libraries Session to Discuss Offer Live Homework Common Core Help, Downloadable State Standards Resources for Students

By Kay Poiro Staff Writer At the beginning of the second marking period for St. Mary’s County Public Schools, St. Mary’s County libraries remind students and parents of online study and research resources available. Help Now! offers live, online homework help daily from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. Accessible through the St. Mary’s County Library website, Help Now! offers live tutoring in most subjects, as well as with PSAT/SAT standardized tests and

adult education courses. A valid St. Mary’s County library card is required for access. Maryland Ask Us Now! is an additional homework and information site that puts students in direct online contact with Maryland state librarians who answer their questions. An email address is required for access to this site. St. Mary’s County Library Director Kathleen Reif stresses the role libraries play in education saying, “Public libraries should be a leader in the education movement.”

By Kay Poiro Staff Writer On Nov. 25, the Maryland State Department of Education and the Maryland PTA are sponsoring a “Common Core State Standards Information Session” for the Southern Maryland Region. The session begins at 7 p.m. and will be held at Huntingtown High School in Calvert County. The session is open to the public with the agenda including remarks from Dr. Lillian Lowery, State Superintendent of Schools and Ray Leone, Maryland PTA President. A question and answer period will follow. According to the Maryland State

Department of Education, Maryland’s new Common Core State Standards are a set of “high-quality academic expectations in English/Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics that define both the knowledge and skills all students should master by the end of each grade level to be on track for success in college and careers.” School year 2013-2014 is the first year of full implementation for the new curriculum. More information about Maryland’s Common Core State Standards can be found at cc/.

SMADC Offers Scholarship for Acidified Foods Training Workshop The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) is offering matching scholarships of $100 to Southern Maryland farmers who attend and successfully complete the University of Maryland’s acidified foods training program “Understanding Acidified Foods Workshop for Small Food Processors”, to be held at the Maryland Department of Agriculture headquarters in Annapolis on November 22, 2013. The full cost of the training is $200. The acidified foods training scholarship is offered to farmers/producers resident in the five county area of Southern Maryland (Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, St. Mary’s and Prince George’s counties); the award is integral to SMADC’s on-going initiatives to identify new and emerging agricultural enterprises that offer potential for profit and increased sustainability for the region’s farms. To be eligible for the scholarship producers must provide proof of agricultural assessment for the land they are farming and/or IRS Schedule ‘F’

Form (Profit or Loss From Farming). The “Understanding Acidified Foods Workshop” provides the mandatory training required by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH)  for the production of acidified foods (pickles, chutneys, salsas) for retail sale at farmers markets, stores, and other retail venues in Maryland.  Additionally, farms and producers who want to manufacture acidified foods in their on-farm kitchens must submit for the DHMH ‘on-farm processor’ license. SMADC works closely with state DHMH and other federal and local regulatory agencies to help farms navigate successfully through acidified foods  processing requirements, and offers a ‘step by step’ guide to on-farm acidified foods certification available on the ‘Resources for Farms’ page under ‘training and tutorials’ at www.  To view or download the SMADC Acidified Foods Training Scholarship Application Form and criteria

visit the ‘What’s New’ page at, or call Susan McQuilkin at 301-274-1922, or email:  To register for the Acidified Training Workshop contact Mary Pandian at 301-4054521, or email:  The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) is committed to: a) a market-driven and sustainable farming future as Maryland transitions away from tobacco. b) a Maryland where farmland preservation, and environmental stewardship positively impact the quality of our air and water and c) cultivating awareness among consumers and leaders of the vital role our farms play in a balanced community, safe, nutritious food and a cleaner and healthier environment. To learn more about additional programs and resources, contact SMADC, P. O. Box 745, Hughesville, MD 20637; phone: 301-274-1922, Ex. 1, fax: 301-274-1924; email; or visit

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Find Out More About the Common Core By Kay Poiro and Sarah Miller Staff Writers Families from St. Mary’s and Calvert counties will have a chance to hear what the state has to say about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The Maryland State Board of Education is hosting an information session on Monday, Nov. 25. from 7 to 8:30 p.m., where parents and teachers alike will have the opportunity to ask the State Superintendent questions concerning CCSS. Questions must be submitted beforehand in writing. The forum is the sixth and final in the state, according to Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Spokesman Bill Reinhard. There were originally four scheduled forums, he said. Two more, including the Southern Maryland forum, were added by popular demand. Calvert County Interim Superintendent Nancy Highsmith will introduce the evening and State Superintendent Lillian Lowery. Calvert County educator Steven Van Rees will provide a teacher’s perspective, Reinhard said. To date, 45 states, the District of Columbia and Department of Defense schools have all adopted CCSS. The standards have met with vocal opposition across the country, including a Howard County parent who was arrested during a heated CCSS infor-


mation session. On Monday, Nov. 18, opponents of the Common Core State Standards staged a march in Baltimore. To ensure parents are kept involved in the process, St. Mary’s County is taking steps above and beyond what is mandated by the state, according to St. Mary’s County Public Schools Executive Director of Teaching, Learning and Professional Development for Jeffrey A. Maher. The St. Mary’s County Public School system is committed to educating its parents and providing professional development for its teachers. Maher stresses the importance of parents being able to see the scope and sequence of instruction. “One of our main goals is to de-mystify this for the parents,” he said. The school system is in the process of uploading Common Core State Standard documents to its own www.smcps. org website. Most St. Mary’s County Public elementary schools have hard copies of the CCSS available. Hard copies will soon be available at the middle and high school level, Maher said. There are a number of misconceptions regarding CCSS, according to Calvert County Public Schools Acting Director of Instruction Scott McComb. One of the biggest is a misnomer – he hears people call CCSS the “common core curriculum.” CCSS is not a curriculum; it is a set of

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standards. Standards guide the way a curriculum is formed. It is up to local school districts to create a curriculum around the standards, Highsmith said. Local school districts and teachers will continue to write their own curriculums. Other misconceptions McComb has heard involve the rigor of CCSS. Some parents have expressed concern that the standards are less rigorous than previous methods while others have worried that schools were simply pushing lessons to earlier grades without making them age appropriate. Some topics will be taught in grades earlier than they have traditionally been, but that will be tempered by the fact that teachers will take more time to explore lessons in depth and allow students to find answers in ways that make sense to them. Students can expect to be writing a lot more, McComb said. Types of writing students should be proficient in will include argument or opinion papers, information reports and narratives. Most of the changes in the curriculum will be to math and reading/language arts, though all aspects of education will be more rigorous, McComb said. CCSS has been implemented during the past two years, McComb said. Schools will continue taking the Maryland State Assessments while piloting the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness of College and Careers (PARCC) assessment. The new assessment is scheduled for full implementation during the next school year, McComb said. The state is working on a tight deadline – the money for developing new curriculums and the new assessment came through a three-year grant through the Race to the Top initiative. The forum is designed to address misconceptions and answer questions, McComb said. Ongoing professional development of the educators is paramount to the success of CCSS. St. Mary’s County Public Schools

supported its teachers by sending five teams per school and central office supervisors to each of the state-led Educator Effectiveness Academy (EEA) conferences. Those teams have also participated in follow-up webinars over the past three years leading up to full implementation. Each school then collaboratively developed transition plans addressing specific professional development areas related to the transition. These plans are continually reviewed, ensuring consistent support for systemic professional development across the St. Mary’s County Public School system. Moreover, multiple professional days built into the school calendar provide additional time for EEA participant and administrator led sessions for information and training exchanges. Monthly follow-up is provided to the EEA participants who are then able to support school-level work. Overall, content supervisors continue providing resources and site-based training to align with the new standards. This follow-up includes collaborative planning, print and electronic resources as well as direct lesson feedback. Calvert teachers have been involved in EAA as well, with delegations from every school bringing information back to their colleagues. “Teachers are constantly trying to improve their craft,” Highsmith said. Moving forward, teachers will be facilitators to guide students through finding answers themselves instead of employing a “stand and deliver” method, where they give students information and students memorize it. Students will be working more in small groups and with partners on assignments and tests. The goal is to create independent thinkers who can work out answers in groups and alone, Highsmith said. “We’re teaching students to do careers that don’t exist yet,” Highsmith said.


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Bridges of St. Mary’s County Provides Outreach for Children, Adults By Kay Poiro Staff Writer Located in Leonardtown in the “little blue house” at 22750 Dorsey Street, Bridges of St. Mary’s County has been quietly servicing Leonardtown for over ten years. The non-profit organization provides educational outreach and summer activities for neighborhood children. Most of the children serviced live in subsidized townhomes across the street from Bridges and attend Leonardtown Elementary and Leonardtown Middle School. The city of Leonardtown recently put in a crosswalk for the children, making it safer for the children walking after school. Terry Bonnevier, the Chair of Bridges of St. Mary’s, began as a volunteer in the reading room and developed a strong bond with the children, as well as their families. Bonnevier remembers the program when it was an after school “reading room” in a storage room of a church. “We were there for about five or six years before we started renting the little blue house on Dorsey in 2008.” Bridges of St. Mary’s has also expanded their menu of services. Today, they also offer adult outreach through advisement services such as resume prepa-

ration and financial management. “We’re not recreating the wheel as far as service offerings go,” Bonnevier says. “We are simply connecting them to the services that are available.” In the summer, campers benefit from a program heavily focused on health and wellness. Through partnerships with Health Connections through MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital and local health food stores, the children are kept active and engaged. One summer, Chef Loic Jaffres of Café des Artistes in Leonardtown gave a healthy cooking demonstration in the house kitchen. Bonnevier says their goal for the summer campers is to “keep them moving and keep them learning.” The year-round educational outreach is a success. Terry Bonnevier is especially proud of the number of students who started with the program in elementary school and who are now graduating as the first in their families to receive a high school diploma. Bridges of St. Mary’s relies heavily on donations and the efforts of their volunteers to continue its mission. While First Saints Community Church currently helps with the rent on the house, Bridges of St. Mary’s is actively working to secure sufficient grant funding to pay its own way. To help offset operating costs, Bridges of St. Mary’s recently joined the Combined Federal Campaign, the Department of Defensesponsored workspace charity campaign. Donations are accepted using the number 51935. Contributions are tax-deductible and can be either one-time or monthly. For the future, Bonnevier hopes increased crosstalk between Bridges of St. Mary’s and similar outreach programs can provide even more opportunities for St. Mary’s county children. “If not having someone to help with homework is the only thing keeping a child from succeeding, we should change that,” Bonnevier says. “Every community should have a little blue house.”

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Obituaries Minerva Gertrude Eaton, 71 Minerva Gertrude Eaton, 71 of Hollywood, Md., passed away on Sunday, Nov. 10. On Dec. 24, 1941, Minerva Gertrude Eaton was born to the late James Virgil Swales Sr. and Mary Ella (Barnes) Swales in St. Mary’s County, Maryland. There she was raised as a Christian and completed her education in the St. Mary’s County school system. Minerva was married for 52 years to Marvin Gray Eaton Sr., who affectionately called her “Tootsie.” From that union four children were born whom she loved dearly. She was a good mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. Minerva often welcomed her home to those who had need. She retired with thirty-five years of service from Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC. Minerva had a love for home décor and would often browse through magazines and model homes for ideas. Studying the Bible, shopping and traveling with her husband and family was her most favored past times. She also enjoyed cooking for the family and friends. Minerva joined From the Church Ministries in 2008. She served in the Physical Stewardship Ministry until her illness progressed. Despite her personal battles, she never stopped caring for others. Minerva is preceded in death by her parents the late James Virgil Swales Sr. and Mary

Ella (Barnes) Swales, her sister Agnes Rosetta (Swales) Stewart, brothers James Virgil Swales Jr., Joseph Aloysius Swales and James Franklyn Truman Swales. She is survived by her husband Marvin Gray Eaton Sr., her children, Tisa husband (Curtis), Jacqueline, Kimberly husband (Artie), Marvin Jr., wife (Chirleen); three brothers Philip Ignatius Swales, John Benedict Swales, James Francis Swales; seven grandchildren Faletra, Danitra husband (Giovanni), Nicole, DaiJanae, Carl, Jeremiah and Eboni; great grandson Mathias; a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Family united with friends on Tuesday, Nov. 19, for viewing and visitation at 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. at From the Heart Church Ministries. Immediately following the service, family invited friends for fellowship at a repast at the church. After the repast, interment followed at Old St. Aloysius Church. Arrangements by Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home, Mechanicsville, MD.

Nancy T. Wilson, 81 Nancy T. Wilson, 81, of St. Mary’s City, Md., died Nov. 12, at St. Mary’s Nursing Center, Leonardtown, Md. Born August 14, 1932 in Cranford, N.J., she was the daughter of the late Leigh Townley and Hazel (Smith) Townley.

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“Nurse Nan” graduated from Russell Sage College in Troy, N.Y. and worked as an R.N. Many people in St. Mary’s County remember her from her years as Dr. J. Patrick Jarboe’s office nurse. She was a volunteer at St. Mary’s City Godiah Spray Plantation, a member for many years of the choir at Church of the Ascension in Lexington Park, and a committed parishioner of St. Cecilia’s Church in St. Mary’s City. Nancy was also on the board of directors for Hospice of St. Mary’s in the 1990s, and active in projects throughout the community. She loved gardening, reading, and making others happy. Nancy is survived by her husband, Richard V. Wilson, Jr.; her daughter, Patricia of San Diego, Calif.; and siblings, Patricia McDonald of Carlisle, Pa, and Rev. James Townley of East Corinth, Vermont. Family received friends on Monday, Nov. 18, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Brinsfield Funeral Home. Prayers were recited at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Rev. Scott Woods on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 10 a.m. at St. Cecilia’s Church. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation, Gift Processing Center, PO Box 5018 Hagerstown, MD 21741-5018. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md.

Juanita Adelaide Burch, 99 Juanita Adelaide Burch, 99 of Solomons, Md., died Nov. 14, at Solomons Nursing Center in Solomons, Md. Born April 20, 1914 in Jonesville, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Bruce Messick and Alsie Triplett Messick. Juanita was a dedicated employee of the Department of the Army for 25 years as a personnel administrator. While there she earned numerous awards for outstanding and superior performance and employee appreciation. She was a devoted wife to her late husband, Francis R. Burch and a loving mother and grandmother. She was an active and devoted member of The First Church of Christ Scientist in Boston, Mass. She was also an avid reader and prolific artist, painting beautiful landscapes and still life portraits featured in many art shows. Juanita had a green thumb and always had beautiful flower and vegetable gardens. She loved animals and often took in and saved many stray cats and dogs. She was an excellent cook and baker and was known for her delicious southern fried chicken. However, her greatest love was for her family, and she enjoyed spending time with them. Juanita is survived by her daughter, Hannah Robin Langfeldt (Larry) of Solomons, Md.; her grandchildren, Ralph Paul Reeder (Jennifer) of Bristol, Va. and Cynthia Eve Belote (Steven) of Melfa, Va.; her great-grandchildren, Nicholas Belote, Max Reeder and Eli Reeder; and her siblings, Harold Messick (Ruth) of Salt Lake City, Utah and Doris Rein of Alvin, Texas. In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by her daughter, Juanita Joan Burch; five sisters, and two brothers. Family received friends on Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the MillerRivers-Caulder Funeral Home. A Graveside Service will be on Thursday, Nov. 21, at 2

p.m. at Chatham Hill Memorial Gardens, Cheraw, S.C. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md.

Thomas Walter Dickerson, 68 Quietly on the morning of Nov. 15, Thomas Walter Dickerson, 68 of, Suitland, Md. (formerly of Abell, Md.), entered into eternal rest. Thomas was affectionately known as “Tom” and “Teeny Baby” to family and friends alike. He was the 9th of fourteen children, born on Nov. 21, 1944 in Abell, Md., to the late George Allen and Georgia Anna Dickerson. Thomas received his education in the St. Mary’s County public school system, graduating from Banneker High School. After graduation, he relocated to Washington, D.C., where he worked various jobs. Thomas retired in 2005 from the construction industry where he was a faithful member of the Construction & General Laborers Local Union 657. Thomas was diagnosed with cancer five years ago. Right after his diagnosis, he became a participant in a cancer protocol at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the duration of his illness. When asked by his doctors if he was willing to participate in this medical research, he unselfishly replied, “Yes. If it doesn’t help me; perhaps it will help someone else”. He never complained about his illness; when speaking of his illness, he would simply say “it is what it is”. Thomas’ participation in this valuable medical research will assist in finding a cure for many types of cancers. Thomas was a friendly, quiet and gentle man. He was a good husband, father, grandfather and brother. He truly loved his family very much. Thomas did not allow his illness to consume him nor prevent him from living his life to the fullest. He continued to spend many hours doing yard work and maintaining his many vehicles. Thomas’ favorite past times were admiring vintage cars, watching car races, constantly polishing and washing his vehicles, to be sure they were always spotless and spoiling his best buddy, his dog, Sarge. Last, but not least, Thomas was known for always being neat and was very meticulous about his appearance. Thomas was preceded in death by his parents, George Allen and Georgia Anna Dickerson; brothers, John, George “Buck”, Leroy, Allen “Bird”, Kenny, Gibbon “Cook” and Tyrone Dickerson; sisters, Betty Ann Fenwick and Frances Dickerson Briscoe, father-in-law, Richard Dickens and his cousin, Richard Tyer. Thomas leaves to cherish his memories his devoted wife, Joyce Howard; son, Bertrand Dickerson; daughter, Denise Dryden; five grandchildren, Chynna, Bertrand, and Rockeen Oliver, Asia Herbert and K. Ezekiel Dryden; sisters. Thelma (Sonney) Thompson, Martha (Ernest) Carter, Cheryl Barbette Stewart; his brothers, Wilbert Dickerson and Joseph (Essie) Green; aunt, Rita Frederick; uncles, Joseph Dickerson and Aloysius Dickerson; mother-in-law, Lizzie Bell Dickens; his cousin, who grew up with him, Joseph Tyer; brothers-in-law, Francis Briscoe, James (Geneva) Dickens,


Thursday, November 21, 2013

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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. Harry (Ann) Dickens, Richard (Bernice) Dickens, Jr., Elbert (Lorraine) Dickens, Joe Seth (Carolyn) Dickens, Thurman (Margaret) Dickens, Kary Dickens, Larry (Maxine) Dickens, Ricky (Yvonne) Dickens, Gilbert (Sharon) Dickens, William Dickens, Orlando Dickens, Pastrano Dickens and Demerlyn Warren; sisters-in-law, Lendora Dickens, Minnie (Jerry) Harvey and Cornelia Dickens; close friends, Thomas and Loretta Peoples, Edmond Armstrong and Anthony Frederick and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, family and friends. Family will unite with friends for visitation on Friday, Nov. 22, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home, 2294 Old Washington Road, Waldorf, Md. On Saturday, Nov. 23, there will be visitation from 10 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at Holy Angels Catholic Church, 21340 Colton Point Road, Avenue, MD 20609. Interment to follow at Sacred Heart Church Cemetery, Bushwood, Md.

Kenneth Russell Dement, 78 Kenneth Russell “Kenny” Dement, 78, of California, Md., died Nov. 13, at Hospice House in Callaway, Md. Born July 8, 1935, in Callaway, Md., he was the son of the late Harry Lee and Clara Evans Dement. Kenny was employed by St. Mary’s County Public Schools for as a bus driver and bus driver instructor. After twenty years of dedicated service, he retired in 1997. He proudly served as a County Commissioner from 2002 to 2010. In Dec. 2002, he was elected to the Board of Commissioners representing the First Commissioner District, which includes Ridge, Callaway, and Piney Point. He was also on the Board of Health and the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland from 2002-2010. During his tenure as commissioner Kenny played a significant role in determining the yearly County budgets which totaled over $200 million each year. Kenny always made recreational needs and senior citizen issues a priority. He prided himself as being the commissioner for the average citizen. The five county commissioners that Kenny served with all stated that hey enjoyed working with him and that his presence will be missed. Kenny had a long and active softball career, which earned him the nickname, “Mr. Softball” of St. Mary’s County. He was the founder and organizer of the Slow Pitch League (1965), where he served as president for 35 years. He participated in the league, wearing many different hats. He was player, manager, umpire, coach, sponsor and administrator. He also served as the Director for ASA, NSA, and USSSA for St. Mary’s County. His job as Umpire Commissioner included assigning umpires for the St. Mary’s County Umpire’s Association. He was one of the original founders and charter members of the St. Mary’s County Softball Hall of Fame. He was very active in every aspect of softball from being the Director of Slow Pitch Softball Tournaments to hosting the local television show, “The Hot Corner with Kenny Dement,” on Metro Channel 10. Kenny’s awards included induction into the Great Mills High School Hall of Fame, induction into the St. Mary’s County Softball Hall of Fame, induction in the St. Mary’s County Softball Umpires Association Hall

of Fame, and induction into the Maryland Slow Pitch Softball Hall of Fame. Kenny is survived by his sons, Michael of Hollywood, Md., Ronald (Debbie) of Calif., and Jeffrey (Francesca) of LaPlata, Md.; his sister, Loberta Malone of Alpharetta, Georgia; and seven grandchildren, Hanna, Brooke, Jake, Dylan, Alexandria, Ryan and Rochelle; three great- grandchildren, his loving companion, Mary Dean; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Shirley Marie Dement; his sons, Kenny Jr., “KD,” and Joseph Lawrence “Jody;” his brother, Willard Dement and his sister, Lucy Blackwell. Family received friends for Kenny’s Life Celebration on Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Brinsfield Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Reverend Joseph Calis on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 10 a.m., at Holy Face Catholic Church, 20408 Point Lookout Road, Great Mills, MD 20634. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Servings as pallbearers will be Dan Raley, Bill Lynam, Jimmy Hayden, Roy Alvey, Tommy McKay, Tom Hodges, Donald Knott, and Paul Trossbach. Honorary pallbearers will be Ronnie Delahay, Aggie Owens, Bubby Knott, Preston Hopkins, George Bean, Tyrone Harris, John Mickey, Junior Bailey, and Snookie Miedzinski. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice House of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md.

James Carroll Dyson, 75 James Carroll Dyson, 75, of Lexington Park, Md., entered into eternal life on Saturday, Nov. 16. James was born February 15, 1938 in Drayden, Md. He was raised by his late parents, James Henry Dyson and Jeanette Dyson. He was educated in the St. Mary’s County Public School System. He worked for many years at Harry Lundberg School of Seamanship as a painter. He worked as a contractor at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station until retiring in 2010. In 1959, he married his sweet heart, Carolyn Margaret Briscoe. She entered into eternal life on August 9, 2001 after 42 years of marriage. They raised six children; Carolyn Lorriane Dyson of Lexington Park, Lisa Marie Berry (Wayne), Melissa Ann Countiss (Darrell), Linda Michelle Dyson, June Loretta Smith (William), James Carroll Dyson, Jr. (Susan). He had 18 grandchildren; Anthony Dyson, Sr., Latisha Curtis, Darius Gregory, Erika Berry, Ashley Berry, Imani Simon, Isaiah Countiss, LaKeisha Hopewell, Breanne Hopewell, Darrell Stewart, Darren Stewart, Shyanne Dyson, James Dyson III, DaSean Dyson, Jaden Dyson, Jameson Dyson, Savannah Dyson, & Samantha Dyson. He had 7 great grandchildren; Anthony Dyson, Jr., Jaheim Dyson, Naheim Dyson, Carmello Barnett, Amiyah Clayton, Jeremiah Clayton, and Deanna Short He was the oldest of 16 children. He is survived by 13 brothers and sisters; Pauline Dyson of Great Mills, Md., James Robert Dyson (Junior) of Lexington Park, Md., Andrew Dyson of Valley Lee, Md., Preston


Dyson (Linda) of Valley Lee, Md., Irving Dyson of Drayden, Md., Lester Dyson of Lexington Park, Md., Earl Dyson of Piney Point, Md., Frank Dyson (Eloise) of Valley Lee, Md., Linda Lawrence (Charles) of Valley Lee, Md., Minister Kenneth Dyson (Janice) of Augusta, Geo., Sharon Dyson of Morristown, Tenn., Janice Dyson of Washington, D.C., Darnell Dyson of Lexington Park, Md. & a sister-in-law Gladys Dyson of Lexington Park, Md. He had a host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends. He was preceded in death by his sister Eleanor Dyson and a brother Alvin Dyson. His pride and joy was his children and grandchildren. He just beamed when he spoke of them. His girls were always referred to as “Carroll’s Daughters.” He shared a special bond with his one and only son and namesake, James Jr. whom he affectionately referred to as “Junie.” He was an early riser and had no concept of the fact that others might not rise at the crack of dawn. He had no problem calling or showing up on your doorstep at an ungodly hour. James enjoyed going to yard sales, buying gifts for his grandchildren, and hanging out with his friends at designated locations in the Lexington Park area. He loved visiting with family more than anything. After his most recent hospitalization he told the doctors that he could not wait to get to his daughter, Linda’s house for his favorite bacon and egg breakfast with applesauce. James loved hats and was seldom seen without one. He enjoyed watching the Washington Redskins play, as well as watching the Family Feud & Matlock. He was dearly loved by many and will be sorely missed. Family will unite with friends on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 for visitation at 10 to 11 a.m., at Living Hope First United Pentecostal Church, 46694 Midway Drive, Lexington Park, Md. Interment to follow at Evergreen Memorial Gardens, Chancellors Run Road, Great Mills, Md. Arrangements by Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home, Mechanicsville, Md.

Raymond Anthony Dean, Jr. Raymond Anthony Dean, Jr., of Leonardtown, Md., passed away on Nov. 15, in Leonardtown, Md. Born on September 18, 1949 in Washington, D.C., he was the loving son of the late Agatha Dean and Raymond Anthony Dean, Sr. Raymond was the loving husband of Peggy Jane Dean. The family will receive friends on Friday, Nov. 22, from 10 to 11 a.m., in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home Leonardtown, Md. A Funeral Service will follow at 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow in St. Francis Xavier Catholic Cemetery Compton, Md. A full obituary will appear at a later date.

Larry D. Keen, 71 Larry D. Keen, 71, died of heart disease on Nov. 3, at his Florida home. Born April 8, 1942 in Spencer, WV, he was the son of the late Harry Bert and Willa Florence Surface Keen. Larry graduated from Spencer High School in 1960 as an honor student and was a 4 year letterman in both foot-

ball and baseball. In 1962 he fulfilled a dream by enlisting in the United States Navy. He served for 11 years and during his service accumulated several thousand hours in the P-3 Orion supporting missions worldwide. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy in 1972. He continued his commitment and dedication to the Navy through employment with naval contractors in support of the Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, Md. His civilian career began with Tracor Applied Sciences and in 1980 he moved to ManTech Services Corporation where he went on to become Vice President of the company. Upon leaving ManTech, he went to Eagan, McAllister Associates Inc., subsequently SAIC, until his retirement. While working fulltime at Tracor he studied at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and was awarded his bachelor’s degree. Larry was a devoted father who volunteered as a coach for his son’s youth baseball leagues over many seasons. He continued to share their love for the game and could always be found in the stands rooting them on. Larry was an avid reader and fisherman who especially enjoyed trout fishing trips to Cranberry, W.V. with his sons and close friends. Though he was a long time resident of St. Mary’s County, his love for his birthplace, West Virginia, never faded. Larry was most happy while driving mountain roads in his old Jeep and while on his tractor at his property in Sugar Grove, W.V. He cherished times spent at his cabin with family and friends and he was content spending hours on the front porch enjoying the scenery and all the creatures that roamed about the area. Larry is survived by his loving wife, Beverly (Katie) Nester Keen, sons and daughters-in-law, William (Bill) and Pizzel Keen of Valley Lee, Md. and John and Tracy Keen of Drayden, Md., step daughter, Anna Nester Cox (Christian) of Canada, sister Eleanor Belknap of Lexington Park, Md., grandchildren Taylor, Lorin, Addison and Colt Keen of Valley Lee, Md. and Cade and Owen Keen of Drayden, Md., nephew Michael Belknap of Warrenton, Va., niece Cheryl Parra of Austin, Texas, and longtime friend Dennis Lueker of Gulf Port, Miss. Friends will be received at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650 for Larry’s Life Celebration on Friday, Nov. 22, from 1 to 3 p.m. A memorial service, conducted by Dr. Reverend Robert Kirkley will begin at 3 p.m.  Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, Larry has requested that donations in his memory be made to: South Fork Volunteer Fire Department P.O. Box 297 Brandywine, WV, 26802 Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md.

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Announcin Issued Marriage Applications for August 2013 AugusT 1, 2013

AugusT 7, 2013

Yolande Rose Larsen 31 Mechanicsville, Md Jesse Anthony Chanler 38 Mechanicsville, Md

Nicole Marie Dellapenna 30 Pomfret, Md Travis Edward Woodhouse 36 Pomfret, Md

Benjamin Edward Brown 27 Amsterdam, Netherlands Elizabeth Brooke Degele 25 Amsterdam, Netherlands Kendall Lynne Balfe 23 Aloha, Or Clifford Eugene Harrell, III 28 Lexington Park, Md

AugusT 2, 2013 Paul Andrew Pryor 52 Mechanicsville, Md Terri Lynn Cusic 50 Mechanicsville, Md Melissa Joy Young 22 Mechanicsville, Md Daniel James Piper 23 Mechanicsville, Md

Iva Sue White 20 Lexington Park, Md Leon Thomas Osborne, Sr., 20 Lexington Park, Md

AugusT 14, 2013

Robert Wayne Tyrell, Jr., 29 Lexington Park, Md Julie Ann Yanagisawa 24 Lexington Park, Md

Jennifer Ayn Malkin 41 Mechanicsville, Md Paul John Winters 44 Mechanicsville, Md

Eric Michael Long 27 LaPlata, Md Katelyn Marie Snider 25 Waldorf, Md

Mary Elizabeth O’Connor 42 York, Sc Jennifer Ann Hansen 48 York, Sc

AugusT 9, 2013

Taneshia Lavon Taylor 28 Lusby, Md Jaron Clarnece Briscoe 26 Great Mills, Md

Jody Thorne Sanna, Sr., 35 Mechanicsville, Md Lauren Michelle Pittman 35 Mechanicsville, Md

Nancy Carolyn Davault 65 Leonardtown, Md Elizabeth Lee Walden 64 Leonardtown, Md

Jessie Francis Degroat 50 Ridge, Md Angela Jean Patterson 45 Dunkirk, Md

Charles Eddie Dowdy 62 Hollywood, Md Linda Ann Llyod 57 Hollywood, Md

Tammy Jean Hill 32 Bushwood, Md Joseph Terry Faunce, Jr., 29 Bushwood, Md

AugusT 5, 2013 Ryan Joseph Ferriter 30 LaPlata, Md Erin Renee Marsh 27 LaPlata, Md Jacqueline Anne Guiles 34 Mechanicsville, Md Donald Wade Balch, Jr., 25 Mechanicsville, Md

AugusT 6, 2013 Rachel Elizabeth Sellner 24 Lusby, Md Eric Thomas Burdette 27 Lusby, Md

AugusT 19, 2013

AugusT 8, 2013

Nicole Lynn Mattingly 22 LaPlata, Md Michael Gene Kosky, Jr., 25 LaPlata, Md

Jennifer Jean Finch 32 Valley Lee, Md Travis Danielle Henderson 28 Valley Lee, Md

AugusT 13, 2013

Susan Lynn Roggeman 45 Dameron, Md James Michael Nelson 38 Dameron, Md

Amber Sheree Harrington 27 Lexington Park, Md Brian Scott Verbic 26 Lexington Park, Md

Darlene Abell French 38 Leonardtown, Md Suzanne Durler 35 Leonardtown, Md

Tammy Lynn Hawkins 48 Augusta, Ga Donna Michelle Reese 50 Augusta, Ga

Myrtle Lee Bowen 76 Lexington Park, Md Milton William Bowen 75 Lexington Park, Md

Carie-Anne Spangler 28 Mechanicsville, Md Azan Iqbal 26 Mechanicsville, Md

Stephanie Kathryn Falk 23 Leonardtown, Md Thomas James Kohut, III 23 Leonardtown, Md

Paul Joseph Halloran 57 Lusby, Md Walter Herbert Crosby 48 Lusby, Md

Renata Monique Sinclair 29 Lexington Park, Md Anthony Everett Myles, Jr., 29 Lexington Park, Md

Felicia Marie Ollom 25 California, Md Kazvin Isander Olmeda 43 California, Md

AugusT 15, 2013

Heather Marie Oliver 34 Lexington Park, Md Joseph Kent Pechatsko 36 Lexington Park, Md

George Richard Cable, Sr., 70 Mechanicsville, Md Sandra Lynn Williams 50 Mechanicsville, Md

Joseph Merek 48 Haddon Heights, Nj Kenneth Michael Wallace 52 Haddon Heights, Nj

AugusT 16, 2013

Donna Michelle Huffman 44 Mechanicsville, Md Hobart Eugene Weimer, Jr., 39 Mechanicsville, Md Morgan Taylor Durst 21 Hollywood, Md Derek Matthew Dean 25 Hollywood, Md Scott David Boas 29 Leonardtown, Md Ashley Nicole Gill 30 Leonardtown, Md Derek Allan Wright 31 Waldorf, Md Nichole Marie Ramsey 28 Waldorf, Md

Amanda Michelle Dufour California, Md Richard Allen Staley, Jr., 27 California, Md Meaghan Patrice Carr 19 Patuxent River, Md Aaron Michael Moore 20 Patuxent River, Md Brandy Jo Capps 36 Lowell, Nc Tammy Michelle Wyatt 42 Lowell, Nc Matthew Glenn HOrr 38 Lexington Park, Md Christopher Joseph Bocci 32 Lexington Park, Md

AugusT 12, 2013

Lawrence Jackson Bissett, Sr., 41 Lexington Park, Md Millie Virginia Saville 40 Lexington Park, Md

Brittany Rose Salmon 29 Leonardtown, Md Jonathan Michael Szaks 31 Leonardtown, Md

Melissa Rose Ridpath 23 California, Md David Gerard Facini 24 California, Md

Heather Marie Hemler 22 Lusby, Md Robert Allan Williams, Jr., 27 Leonardtown, Md

Susan Maclauchlin Grier 59 St. Mary’s City, Md Patricia Ann Cole II St. Mary’s City

Tanya Marie Bashioum 35 Mechanicsville, Md Charles Lee McClanahan 38 Mechanicsville, Md Patricia Marie Stanis 57 Mechanicsville, Md Mark Eugene Weeks 53 Mechanicsville, Md

AugusT 23, 2013

Krista Anne Harrison 27 Washington, Dc Michael Edwards McGee 29 Washington, Dc

James Patrick Beavers, Jr., 25 California, Md Jennifer Melissa Marchant 27 California, Md

AugusT 20, 2013

Kevin Ray Martin 21 Leonardtown, Md Charity Rae Horst 21 Mechanicsville, Md

Megan Anne Hickman 28 Arbutus, Md John Alfred Mowbray IV, 28 Arbutus, Md

AugusT 21, 2013

Sean Patrick Mack 23 Olde Bridge, Nj Lindsay Margaret McCleaf 23 Old Bridge, Nj

Jacquelije Leigh Clarke 25 Leonardtown, Md Aubrey Raymond Knottm, 3rd 27 Leonardtown, Md

AugusT 26, 2013 Tammy Marie Jackson 40 Charlotte Hall, Md John Philip Naumoff, Sr, 51 Charlotte Hall, Md Sarah Louise Smith 32 Lexington Park, Md Charles Andrew Smith 33 Lexington Park, Md Jessica Marie Amorose 26 Waldorf, Md Jason Lee Canada 39 Waldorf, Md

Karin Jeanne Kless 38 California, Md Jason Michael Reintzell 35 California, Md

Shane Michael Burud 29 Lexington Park, Md Anita Marion Rich 27 Lexington Park, Md

Rudolph Joseph Livak 50 Fredericksburg, Va Gregory David Cline 55 Fredericksburg, Va

Charles Ellis Dotson, Jr., 70 Lanham, Md Mary Rosalie Carpenter 72 Mechanicsville, Md

AugusT 22, 2013

Richard Mathew Surdacki 54 Mechanicsville, Md Sharon Margaret Mattingly 49 Hollywood, Md

Jennifer Leigh Askew 42 Great Mills, Md Christopher John Hasbrouck 50 Great Mills, Md Julie Rebecca Walter 23 Prince Frederick, Md Andrew Thomas Hall 24 Mechanicsville, Md Jenaine Marie Butler 42 Washington, Dc Christopher Owens 46 Washington, Dc Krista Elyse Sulkowski 30 Waldorf, Md Charles Patrick Barnes 37 Waldorf, Md Kaitlin Anne Sickle 23 California, Md Gregory Scott Benjamin 25 Seattle, Wa

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AugusT 27, 2013 Harvey Sensenig Stauffer 24 Loveville, Md Sandra Valencia Martin 19 Leonardtown, Md Michael David Dehner 45 Avenue, Md Theresa Carolina Burch 46 Avenue, Md Karleen Louisa Gardiner 23 Vienna, Va Kyle Joesph Lawson 26 Arlington, Va

AugusT 28, 2013 Kerri Nicole Long 29 Park Hall, Md Lawrence Brian Jones Jr., 30 Park Hall, Md




Thursday, November 21, 2013

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First National Youth 5K Series in Leonardtown

Photo Courtesy of the Commissioners of Leonardtown

In Our Community

The first inaugural National Youth 5K race took place at the Leonardtown Wharf on Sunday, Nov. This race is part of a national youth series designed to challenge our youth to be active and encourage families to embrace healthy lifestyles together. The family friendly running event included a timed 5k and 1 mile fun run encouraging children to be active and inspiring them to triumph over life’s obstacles. The series is produced and presented by Turning Point Sports, an Annapolis based company, dedicated to helping kids overcome challenges in life, dream about their true purpose and succeed with help from their team. Proceeds from the race will benefited the Team Captain Kids Foundation (, “whose mission is to support children through adverse situations and to inspire teams of kids to learn about supporting friends and being “team captains in life.”

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

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CSM Hosts 3rd Annual Turkey Trot Runners take off after hearing the starting gun at last year’s College of Southern Maryland Turkey Trot on the college’s La Plata Campus. This year, the 3rd Annual Turkey Trot will take place on Nov. 24 with the starting and finish line at the Physical Education (PE) Center, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. This fundraising event gives runners and walkers a scenic tour of the campus with proceeds to benefit the American Cancer Society and the CSM Foundation. Trophies will be awarded to the top three female runners and top three male runners. Same-day registration for the 5k and 1-mile walk begins at 7 a.m. with 5k registration at $35, $15 for children 12 and under and seniors 65 and older. Same-day registration for the 1-mile walk is $15 for all age groups. Race start time is 9 a.m. For information, visit http://calendar. entid=1381262105817.

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Libraries close early for Thanksgiving All three libraries will be closing at 5 p.m. on Nov. 27 and remain closed on Thanksgiving Day. They will resume regular hours of operation on Friday, Nov. 29. Children can make a craft 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. Preschoolers to fish and dance 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. A storytime dance party is planned at the Leonardtown branch on Dec. 4 at 10:30 a.m. Preschoolers will dance to their favorite storytime dances. Reading activities set for parents and preschoolers Parents and caregivers can drop in to enjoy fun activities with their little ones at Lexington Park branch on Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; at Charlotte Hall branch on Dec. 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and at Leonardtown branch on Dec. 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The activities will help children get ready to learn to read and can be repeated at home. Un-birthday party planned Fun activities are planned at the un-birthday party scheduled at Charlotte Hall branch on Dec. 3 at 10:30 a.m. and at Lexington Park branch on Dec. 10 at 10 a.m. to celebrate everyone’s un-birthday. Mobile Career Center to be at Lexington Park The Southern Maryland JobSource Mobile Career Center will be at Lexington Park branch on Nov. 27 and at the Charlotte Hall branch on Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at both branches. The coordinator will assist job seekers to get registered with the Maryland Workforce Exchange and with other related job needs.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

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Public Dialogue Project Continues with “Practicing Democracy”

By Kay Poiro Staff Writer What does “Liberty and Justice for All” mean? This was the question posed by the latest discussion in the 2013 Southern Maryland Public Dialogue Project. This year, Practicing Democracy partners

Photos by Kay Poiro One participant writes a note on a photograph about what “Liberty and Justice” means to him.

with Defying Definitions for an open discussion that, according to their website, explores “identity, stereotypes and diversity challenges.” The latest dialogue in the series “What does ‘Liberty and Justice for All’ Mean?” was held on Nov. 13. From 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. According to St. Mary’s County Libraries Media Specialist Marilyn Lash, approximately 60 people participated in the Leonardtown event. Registered participants were separated into small discussion groups as they arrived. Prior to the entering into discussion, participants browsed images depicting different aspects of culture and identity and were invited to jot down their thoughts. Although some of the images could have been interpreted as divisive, the Maryland Humanities Council hopes for the opposite effect. “We started this series in an effort to foster a sense of community,” says Michele Alexander, Communications Officer with the Maryland Humanities Council. She goes on to say that using the humanities to spur conversation has the potential to bring divergent groups to-

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gether, “especially in areas with rapidly changing demographics like Southern Maryland.” One attendee who traveled from Calvert County said, “Growing up, St. Mary’s County always had a reputation for being conservative and a little narrow-minded. But, that was years ago and I’m curious to hear if it’s true or not.” Another attendee, a self-identified conservative, mentioned that he was hesitant to participate, Photographs depicting social and cultural identity sparked discussion. but “they said everybody’s providing Marylanders an opportunity to opinion was welcome, so here I am.” share differing opinions through respectPracticing Democracy began three ful and effective conversation. years ago on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The next dialogue event is schedThere, the group refined their open diauled for Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m. on the topic logue format by hosting forums primar“Exploring What ‘Freedom & Equality’ ily focused on land use issues. Today, Mean Today.” It is scheduled to take place they have taken that format and, partnerat the Calvert Library, Prince Frederick ing with organizations like the Maryland branch. To register, call 410-535-0291. Commission on Civil Rights and Defying Definitions, created public dialogues

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Sports On Sunday, Nov. 24, Maryland International Raceway (MIR) will host the last Test & Tune of the year. 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 10am, 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

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in an active expansion mode. Over the next few years the League plans to expand from eight to twelve teams, which will join the existing teams in the major metropolitan markets of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C. and Houston. About The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball Clubs is the highest level of professional baseball, other than the Major Leagues. Atlantic League players are experienced professionals, having progressed through the development levels (Single-A, Double-A, Triple-A) and are all “Major League Ready, ” with approximately 40% of Atlantic League players having Major League service time. Since the League’s inception in 1998, nearly 30 million fans have attended an Atlantic League game in one of the League’s state of the art ballparks.


Thursday, November 21, 2013

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St. Mary’s Department of Aging

Programs and Activities

Two Dates available to enjoy Christmas at the 1676 State House Enjoy the holiday season and this lovely event. See the fabulous holiday decorations that the Mistress Brent Garden Club has created and installed in the Historic State House in St. Mary’s City. A club member will explain the techniques and materials used to deck the halls of this Jacobean-style landmark. This is a perfect time to get together with friends for lunch. If you attended before, you are welcome to go again, as the decorations are always different. After touring the State House, enjoy a delicious lunch at The Inn at Brome Howard in St. Mary’s City. Two dates are available, with limited seating, either Monday, Dec. 9 or Monday, Dec. 16 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. A $20 payment must be received to hold your space and can be done at any county senior activity center. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. For more information, call 301-475-4200, ext. 1063. What You Need to Know Before Investing in Hearing Aids This presentation at the Garvey Senior Activity Center on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 10:30 a.m. will give you knowledge to make an informed decision, either yourself or a loved one regarding the purchase of a hearing aid. Dr. Gina Diaz will cut through the gimmicks seen in ads, TV, the internet, magazines and in newspapers. Hearing aids are a big expense. Make an informed decision before making the investment. Sign up for this presentation by calling 301-475-4200, ext. 1050. Holiday ‘Show Troupe’ Dancers On Monday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m., the Charles County ‘Show Troupe’ will be performing a series of holiday themed dances at the Northern Senior Activity Center. What better way to get in the Christmas mood, than by watching the show

troupe dancers who have always wowed the audience! Call 301-475-4002, ext. 1001 by noon Friday, December 6 to reserve a seat for this performance and lunch if you would like to stay afterwards. The lunch cost is a donation for those 50 and over, $6 for others. Make a Tasty Christmas Cottage Use Pop Tarts to make the cutest and easiest edible house ever! This popular project will take place at 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, RN will be presenting this topic at Loffler Senior Activity Center on Tuesday, Dec.10, at 10 a.m. For more information or to sign up call 301-737-5670, ext. 1658. Total Body Strength Class On Monday, Nov. 25, 2 p.m., don’t miss out on this opportunity to experience a fitness class designed to strengthen your body and image at the Northern Senior Activity Center. Monday’s group session motivates you and others through individual and partner exercises using weights and resistance training. Also offered on Fridays, a circuit training session is held in the workout room with ‘cardio’ exercise, all under the supervision and guidance of a certified trainer. Friday’s class


is limited and filled on a first-come basis. These two sessions, held at 2 p.m., complement each other for a total body workout to improve your body and core strength, balance, flexibility and bone density. (First “trial” class is free and subsequent classes are $3 each session with a fitness card.) The senior center will be closed on Friday, November 29 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Northern Breakfast Café On Wednesday, Dec. 11, 9 a.m., let us do the cooking and cleanup in the morning while you enjoy a great start to your day & good conversation with others. Pancakes, Scrambled eggs, Sausage & Fruit breakfast is homemade by Ginger, and served with complimentary beverages. Cost is only $2 per person and sign up and payment is due by noon the day before. Please call 301-475-4002, Ext. 1001 with any questions. Gift Donations needed for Christmas Gift Bingo New, unwrapped items for our annual Christmas gift bingo are being gratefully accepted at Loffler Senior Activity Center, Mon-Fri, now through December 17. The bingo will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 18 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. If you’ve bought or made something during the past year and found that you didn’t use it after all or received a gift that isn’t quite your style or perhaps you took advantage of a sale that had bargains too good to pass up knowing someone could use them, maybe you would like to donate these items to our annual Christmas gift bingo. (Please, no candles, expired foodstuff, old things from your closet or shopworn items-our players give these as gifts to their loved ones.) Items can be dropped off at the Loffler Senior Activity Center during business hours (8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon-Fri.) Thank you for thinking of us! For more information call 301-737-5670, ext. 1658.

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

Joseph Edwin Coad By Linda Reno Contributing Writer Joseph Edwin Coad, son of William R. Coad and Elizabeth Rodman Smith, was born September 12, 1825. His mother was born in Philadelphia and was the niece of Susanna Howell who married Colonel Athanasius Fenwick of St. Mary’s County. After completing his education at Charlotte Hall School, Coad attended St. Mary’s College in Baltimore. A number of his fellow countians attended as well. The July 17, 1842 edition of the Daily National Intelligencer (Washington, D.C.) included an article stating that premiums had been distributed at St. Mary’s College to Oscar Miles, James Thomas, Joseph Maddox, William Smith, George Campbell, Raphael Neale, and Joseph Coad. By 1846 Coad had returned to St. Mary’s County where he began studying law. He apparently decided not to pursue this profession. On August 16, 1847 he married Eleanor Ann “Nellie” Manning, daughter of Robert Manning and Ann Priscilla Gough. Along came the storm clouds of war. The January 5, 1861 edition of the Baltimore Sun reported that “two new voluntary military companies are about to be formed in

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St. Mary’s County, Md., in view of the present crisis. One of them is to consist of mounted horsemen, with J. Edwin Coad as captain, and Henry J. Carroll as first lieutenant. The following persons have joined the company: George Thomas, J. Edwin Coad, Thomas A. Lynch, H. I. Carroll, W. Bennett Bean, J. William Thomas, John L. Hebb, H. J. Hebb, R. D. Watson, J. A. Greenwell, Henry A. Wise, J. A. Wise, Wm. R. Coad, G. D. Duke, O. A. T. Combs, W. A. H. Hammett, S. G. M. Burroughs, Thomas Dent, William J. Norris, John S. Guyther.” On October 5, 1861 the Baltimore Sun reported that “J. Edwin Coad, a resident of the Factory district, and a distinguished and wealthy citizen of our county was arrested by federal authorities some time last week and is at present a prisoner on board one of the government cutters in the Potomac. We learn that he will be retained on board the cutter until the commodore of the squadron is able to give his case an investigation.” Nothing came of this. I would have to believe he was up to his eyeballs in transporting goods and materials to Virginia. His father and brother-in-law, Philip Ford Combs, certainly were. Combs was arrested by Federal troops for ferrying men and supplies across the Potomac. By 1870, Coad had moved his family to Baltimore where he was a flour inspector. After 28 years of marriage and 12 children, his wife Nellie died July 6, 1875. On Sep-


tember 8, 1877, Coad married second, Mary Ann Allan by whom he had three more children. The October 19, 1911 edition of the St. Mary’s Beacon reported “J. Edwin Coad died at ‘Cherryfields’ his old home, Monday, Oct. 16, 1911, in the 87th year of his age. He had [recently] celebrated his 86th birthday in Hoboken, NJ at the home of his daughter, Mrs. V. H. Thompson.” He’s buried at St. Ignatius Catholic Church, St. Inigoes.

Joseph Edwin Coad, 1907 Grand Jury

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Thursday, November 21, 2013


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Thursday, Nov. 21 Party planned for Hunger Games fans St. Mary’s County Library, Charlotte Hall, 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. Exotic Moves The House of Dance 7:30 to 9:30 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 www.thehouseofdance. org or people can call for more information at 3013736330 State of the St. Mary’s County Public Schools Luncheon Olde Breton Inn, 21890 Society Hill Road, Leonardtown, 12 to 1:45 p.m. Join the St. Mary’s County Chamber of Commerce for the State of the St. Mary’s County Public Schools Luncheon to be held. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $25 per person, and a prepaid reservation is required by November 15. For the event registration and flyer, go here www. of %20Schools%20Flyer %2013.pdf  Women’s Roundtable Charles County Economic Development Center, 10665 Stanhaven Place, Suite 206, White Plains, 6 to 8 p.m. Join the Women’s Roundtable to network and learn! The topic for November is ‘Cutting your Costs and Finding your Breakeven’ presented by Leona Charles. A light dinner will be provided. The cost is $15 per person. To register, please contact Faika Kasmani at 301-412-0883 Operation Pledge to Vets Conference: Learn how to be a “military-friendly” company Hilton Baltimore BWI Airport, 1739 W. Nursery Rd., Linthicum Heights, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. No Cost to attend Cutting your Costs and Finding your Breakeven 10665 Stanhaven Place, Suite 206, White Plains, 6 to 8 p.m. Join the Women’s Roundtable to network and learn! The topic for November is ‘Cutting your Costs and Finding your Breakeven’ presented by Leona Charles. A light dinner will be provided. The event will be held at the Charles County Economic Development Center. The cost is $15 per person. To register, please contact Faika Kasmani at 301-412-0883. 

Friday, Nov. 22 Auction to benefit Immaculate Conception Church’s Parish Hall Immaculate Conception Church Hall, 28297 Old Village Avenue, Mechanicsville, 6 p.m. Live auction, Country Store, bake table,

raffles, food table, plant and garden table, and Christmas table, and lots of fun and excitement. Quilts, furniture, antiques, picnic tables, gift sets, dinners, sports memorabilia, collectibles, Afghans, rockers, and many other items made and donated by the parish community. Auctioneer will be A.J. Bussler. Food (stuffed ham sandwiches, fried chicken, hot dogs, potato salad, and vegetable crab soup) and drinks available from 4 p.m Seasoned Crab Meat for Sale The Ridge Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary, 13820 Point Lookout Road, Ridge, 5 to 7 p.m. It will be sold frozen in one-pound packages and is the same recipe used for our Carnival’s infamous crab cakes. For Thanksgiving or Christmas, just thaw and shape into crab balls or crab cakes and cook as desired. Only pre-orders will be filled. Cost is $20 per one-pound package.  Pre-Orders must be placed by Nov. 22.  Your order can be picked up on Monday, Nov. 25 from 5 to 7 the Firehouse. Orders can be placed by emailing or by calling 301-872-5671. Please provide your name, phone number and the number of packages that you are ordering. Your support is greatly appreciated. Open Mic Christ Church Parish Hall, 37497 Zach Fowler Road, Chaptico, 7 p.m. The Southern Maryland Traditional Music and Dance HomeSpun Coffee House will sponsor This a great event with many varieties of music and lots of friendship, so if you haven’t been to an SMTMD event before, this is a great time to start! The doors open at 7 p.m., and the music starts at 7:30. The admission fee for this event is only $5, and performers are admitted free. Light refreshments will be provided (donations are suggested). For additional information, or to sign up to perform, please contact John Garner at or call John at 301-904-4987. Visit  for directions and more information.  26th annual MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation Gala, “The Wonder of Winter” Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department Social Hall The Gala is the hospital’s major fundraising event of the year and proceeds from the Gala benefit a number of programs at MedStar St. Mary’s, a not for profit community hospital. Numerous levels of sponsorship are available to accommodate any size business from small to large. The levels range from $850 to $25,000, allowing for a sponsorship that is appropriate for any company or organization. All sponsors will be properly acknowledged in the event’s Gala program and will be given additional recognition. Information about the various levels of Gala sponsorships and sponsor packets are available on the hospital’s website at www.MedStarStMary’ or by calling 301-475-6455. 

All vendors and Crafters are welcome. An 8 X 10 space with 1 table may be rented for $20. For information or to reserve a space you must call 301-475-9543. Craft Fair The Center for Life Enrichment, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be a 50/50 raffle and refreshments available for purchase. All proceeds benefit Individuals with Disabilities. For more information please call 301-373-8100. St. Paul’s 62nd annual Christmas Bazaar 25 Church St., Prince Frederick, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Come to the church. Enjoy a traditional dinner of crabcakes, ham, green beans, corn pudding, potato salad, angel flake biscuits, apple pie and chocolate cake. Dinners are $19 for adults, $8 for kids younger than 10. Bake sale, pictures with Santa, crafts, plant and flower table, raffle, attic treasures. Call 410-535-2897. Renaissance Madrigal Dinner and Concert Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 2206 Briggs Road, Wheaton 5:30 p.m. St. Maries Musica will be singing as part of their Music at Pilgrim series. This begins with dinner at 5:30 p.m., followed by the concert at about 7 p.m.  Suggested donation: $15 for individuals, $30 for families.  Pay at the door, but reservations will be appreciated:  reply to or call 301-942-7188. Holiday Survival: The Hustle 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 www.thehouseofdance. org or people can call for more information at 301-373-6330. The Coolside of Yuletide Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 2206 Briggs Rd., Wheaton, 7 to 8:30 p.m. St. Maries Musica madrigal group presents, a free concert, donations accepted, 301-9949441 or Super Bingo Benefit Mother Catherine Spalding School, 6:30 p.m. A benefit will be held. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. Early bird games begin at 6:30 p.m., and regular games begin at 7 p.m. Admission is $20 and includes one regular game book.  For more information, call 301-884-3165. 

Sunday, Nov. 24

Saturday, Nov. 23

Gretchen Richie’s Jazz Cabaret Café des Artistes, 5 to 8 p.m. The Gretchen Richie trio performs jazz & pop standards + your requests at Leonardtown’s fine French Cafe. No cover charge. Reservations recommended.  Call 301-997-0500.

Indoor Flea Market St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds, 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Annual Fall Festival Dinner St. Michael’s School, 16560 Three Notch Road, Ridge, 12 to 4 p.m.

Come to St. Michael’s School for a traditional all-you-can-eat Thanksgiving style dinner prepared by Bailey’s Catering and Old Breton Inn. Menu includes stuffed ham, fried oysters and turkey with all the trimmings. Cost: adults $25, children 6-12 years old $12.50, and under 5, free. Take-out dinners for $23 are available, but do not miss the extra offerings inside the school halls. Sample some of the baked goods offered for sale at the Ladies of Charity table. Take chances on the corn hole game boards and basket raffles. The winners will be announced at 4 pm. Visit the Gift Room for great deals on a large inventory of homemade crafts, Christmas items and lovely gifts for the young and young at heart. There will be additional vendors selling their products and activities to entertain the children. For more information call 301-872-5454.

Monday, Nov. 25 Kids to go fishing St. Mary’s County Public Library, Charlotte Hall, 10 a.m. Kids 3-5 years old will use unusually “attractive hooks” to see what they can catch at Fishy Magnets program. Registration is required. St. Mary’s Genealogical Society Meeting Leonardtown Library, 23250 Hollywood Rd., Hollywood, 7 p.m. The public is invited and admission is free. The subject of the meeting is “Where There’s a Will”. The speaker is Mr. Peter Himmelherber. Refreshments served. Contact Loranna Gray at 301-373-8458 or Peg Richardson at 410-326-4435 for directions or information.

Tuesday, Nov. 26 Dinner American Legion Post 206, Chesapeake Beach, 5:30 p.m. Under the supervision of the incomparable Chef Clarisse, the menu will include Shrimp with all the trimmings and a beverage.. The cost is $10, including beverage. Call for more information (301) 855-6466. Public welcome.

Wednesday, Nov. 27 Crafternoons planned for holiday recess St. Mary’s County Public Library, Leonardtown, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Children can drop in and make a fun craft. Supplies will be furnished. Crafternoons planned for holiday recess St. Mary’s County Public Library, Lexington Park, 1 to 4 p.m. Children can drop in and make a fun craft. Supplies will be furnished Mobile Career Center to be at Lexington Park St. Mary’s County Public Library, Lexington Park, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Southern Maryland JobSource Mobile Career Center will be at Lexington Park. The coordinator will assist job seekers get registered with the Maryland Workforce Exchange and with other related job needs.  


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Thursday, Nov. 28 Thanksgiving Dinner Church of the Ascension, 21641 Great Mills Rd., Lexington Park, 12 to 3 p.m.’ Family Dinner, all are welcome. No cost involved. Call 301-863-8551 for more information Wicomico Shores Golf Course Thanksgiving Day Charity Event Wicomico Shores Golf Course The staff of the Wicomico Shores Golf Course will host the thirteenth annual Thanksgiving Day charity golf event. Golf Course staff will donate their time to open the course that day and will waive greens and cart fees for patrons who contribute various non-perishable food and household items for charity. This year, donations will be given to the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church food pantry. Located in the Laurel Grove area of Mechanicsville, the pantry assists citizens in need from all over St. Mary’s County. The facility provides direct aid to individuals and families facing economic hardships and who are in need of temporary assistance with food and other household items. Golf Course staff hopes to exceed last year’s event total of over 2,000 items collected. Traditionally, most players donate at least one bag of non-perishable groceries, including such items as canned fruits and vegetables, boxed mixes, soups, canned meats, pasta and noodles. Cash donations will also be accepted. Patrons are encouraged to reserve tee times at least one week in advance. Tee times will be for morning hours only. Please call the Wicomico Shores Golf Course at 301-884-4601 or 301-934-8191 for further information on this event or to reserve tee times for your group.

Friday, Nov. 29 Opal Fine Art’s 2nd Annual Holiday Show and Reception Opal Fine Art, Park Avenue, Leonardtown, For more information call 301-438-1629 Hearth and Home in Early Maryland Historic St. Mary’s City, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Explore the colonial table & discover how Maryland’s first settlers celebrated the end of the harvest season during Hearth and Home in Early Maryland. Help churn butter, shuck beans, grind corn and learn about the many tasks required to cook the family feast over a 17th-century hearth. Discover a Southern Maryland delicacy – stuffed ham. Admission charged. Visitors contributing a non-perishable food item will receive a $1 discount off admission benefiting the Southern Maryland Food Bank. For more information, go .   Christmas on the Square & Annual Tree Lighting Leonardtown, 5 to 9 p.m. The Town of Leonardtown is hosting its annual “Christmas on the Square and Tree Lighting” event

in Historic downtown Leonardtown. Bring the whole family for holiday entertainment, music, sleigh rides, train rides, fire truck rides, hay rides, horse & carriage rides, face painting, make-and-take crafts for children, and more while you wait for Santa’s arrival to light the Town Christmas Tree at 7 p.m.! Park at the College of Southern Maryland and take the free shuttle into Town or park at St. Mary’s Ryken High School or the Leonardtown Elementary School and enjoy the beautifully decorated walk into Town Square.  Sponsored by the Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department, the Leonardtown Business Association, and the Commissioners of Leonardtown.  For more information, call 301-475-9791.  (Rain date:  The rain date will consist of the Annual Tree Lighting only on Saturday, November 30th, 2013 at 7 p.m..) 

Saturday, Nov. 30 Hearth and Home in Early Maryland Historic St. Mary’s City, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Explore the colonial table & discover how Maryland’s first settlers celebrated the end of the harvest season during Hearth and Home in Early Maryland. Help churn butter, shuck beans, grind corn and learn about the many tasks required to cook the family feast over a 17th-century hearth. Discover a Southern Maryland delicacy – stuffed ham. Admission charged. Visitors contributing a non-perishable food item will receive a $1 discount off admission benefiting the Southern Maryland Food Bank. For more information, go .   PINTEREST PARTY at Craft Guild Shop 26005 Pt. Lookout Rd., Leonardtown, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Join us at the Craft Guild Shop for a Pinterest Party. Registration and snacks $5 per person (to register or for any questions, please call 301-997-1644).  4 crafts will be taught:  bead-

ed bracelets with Nancy Wiehe, making tutus with Sandra Webb, decorative Christmas ornaments with Joyce Owen, and wooden turned pens with Hans Boecher.   Craft kits $10 each.  Make as many projects as you want.  RSVP - Space is limited, so please register early.

Sunday, December 1 Summerseat Farm Open House 26655 Three Notch Road, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic lunch and blanket to enjoy an old fashion picnic or may use the gazebo or nearby picnic tables around the garden. Summerseat is a 120acre working farm which features a smoke house, spring house, tobacco barns, gardens, as well as goats, pigs, chickens, geese and a unique herd of American bison (buffalo).  Visitors may meet and feed our farm animals.   Summerseat Farm, Inc., is a nonprofit established to “save the farm” and is completely supported by volunteers, memberships and fundraisers.  We are located approximately 5 miles north of Hollywood Intersection, on Route 235 See our website at for more information, to volunteer, or to set up group tours or call 301-373-6607.  Fee: Donation Appreciated.

Monday, Dec. 2 The Coolside of Yuletide First Saints Community Church,25550 Point Lookout Road, Leonardtown 7 to 8:30 p.m. St. Maries Musica madrigal group presents a free concert, donations accepted, 301-9949441 or

Tuesday, Dec. 3 SMC: Fraud Update Lunch & Learn Waldorf Jaycee Community Center, Waldorf, 1 to 3 p.m.

Registration will be open at 12:30 p.m. Robert W. Askey, CPA, CFE, CFFA and Mary M. Gaskin, CFE will present the 2012 ACFE Report to the Nations and discuss: What is fraud & types of frauds; Detection of fraud scheme statistic; Who commits occupational fraud; Some behavioral red flags; Lie detection; Using Benford’s Law to detect fraud; Tone at the Top; and ACFE Fraud Prevention Checklist. For more details and to register go here  <http://www. aspx?CourseID=13140040> . 

NAS Patuxent River Job Fair Bay District VFD Social Hall, 46900 S. Shangri-La Drive, Lexington Park 3 to 6 p.m. This event is supported by The Fleet and Family Support Center-Patuxent River. To register, contact JobZone at 434-263-5102 or 540-226-1473, or Participating exhibitors will meet with top notch job candidates who possess mid to senior level skills and clearances of all levels (Secret, Top Secret, SCI, Full Scope Polys, PLUS).

Wednesday, Dec. 4 TPP/ANA Panel & Reception “International Programs: Building Coalition Forces” Patuxent River Naval Air Museum, 22156 Three Notch Road, Lexington Park, 5 to 7 p.m. RADM Tim Heely, USN (ret), former PEO, U&W Panelists: Mr. Rino Pivirotto, Executive Director, Navy International Programs Office  $10 pre-registration; $15 at the door

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Entertainment By Kimberly Alston Contributing Writer “We should have been twins,” Amy said. Though the girls are two years apart, they feel that they are in sync with each other and work better together than apart. “When people ask how we’re related, we sometimes do say that we are [twins],” Heather added. In 2008, sister- singer/songwriter duo Amy and Heather Howes, influenced by the likes of Patsy Cline and George Strait decided to give their passion for music a chance to shine and became “Laced Ember”. “It’s kind of a play on a lot of different things,” Heather said. She explained how the girls have been “laced together” throughout their lives and since they were both born in November, “ember” was a sort of play on words. In addition to that, the girls said that Amy has more of a feisty, ember spirit, while Heather is more of a timid, laced, together type of person. Amy began writing songs at around 17, when she got her first guitar. Meanwhile, Heather had been singing for years, even making it as one of the top 10 finalists on a WMZQ radio competition at age 13. Since then, the girls have had a go at co-writing songs, though they both feel that Amy is the main writer. The Laced Ember describes their songs as “pop-country”. “Our songs have always had that country/pop feel,” Heather said. “My writing is very emotional,” said Amy, “It fits into country.” As of now, the girls have five of their songs released overseas and are currently looking for ways to put their music in the public eye, in America. A friend they made in Nashville, Tenn., put them in contact with a person who owns a radio station in Ireland, and from there, Laced Ember has travelled through to Denmark and various places in the United Kingdom.

Fiery and Free “I love reaching out to people through music,” Heather said. Their favourite song, “Dancing in Circles” has been on satellite radio since February, and they hope to get more attention in the near future. “I’ve always had a passion for writing,” said Amy, adding that she has no plans to stop any time soon. The girls are in the process of gaining members and expanding their music to a fuller band. They are also learning how to make music videos, and produce their own music. Laced Ember’s songs tell the stories of their lives. They hope to reach out to people through their music and share their experiences with the world.

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St. Mary’s Ryken Presents “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” Your favorite “Peanuts” characters from the much beloved Charles Schultz comic strip are on stage in the musical, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” performed by St. Mary’s Ryken students on Nov. 21, 22 and 23. Shows begin at 7 p.m. and performances will be held in the Romuald Hall Theater on the lower campus of St. Mary’s Ryken. The lobby will open for ticket sales one hour before showtime. Tickets can be purchased at the door: $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets may also be purchased online at St. Mary’s Ryken is at 22600 Camp Calvert Rd., Leonardtown, Md., 20650. The show is appropriate for all ages. Poor Charlie Brown. He just can’t make things go his way. The Little Red-Haired Girl doesn’t know he exists, his kite won’t soar into the air, and he keeps saying “Merry Christmas” instead of “Happy Valentine’s Day.” He decides to find out if he really is a “good man” with the help of his friends Snoopy, Lucy, Schroeder and Linus. Songs in-clude “The Red Baron,” “My Blanket and Me,” “Suppertime” and “Happiness.” St. Mary's Ryken is a Catholic, coeducational, college preparatory high school sponsored by the Xaverian Brothers and dedicated to individualized student growth. Students come from many different counties across the region in-cluding Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, King George, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties.



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Mixed Business Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Rd, Dowell) 8 p.m.

Jennifer Cooper, Jonah Yeh, Carl Reichelt, and special guest baritone, John Dooley DiGiovanni’s “Broadway Night (14556 Solomons Island Rd S, Solomons) - 5 to 8 p.m.

Piranhas Acoustic Ruddy Duck Alehouse (16810 Piney Point Rd, Piney Point) 7 p.m.

Gretchen Richie’s Jazz Cabaret Café des Artistes (41655 Fenwick Street-Onthe-Square, Leonardtown) 5 to 8 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 21

BB Express Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Rd, Hollywood) 9 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 22 The Shatners Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Rd, Dowell) 8 p.m.

Buffet brunch with Swing Away Ruddy Duck Alehouse (16810 Piney Point Rd, Piney Point) 1 p.m. California Ramblers Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Rd, Hollywood) 3 to 7 p.m,

Monday, Nov. 25

Rum Runners Ruddy Duck Alehouse (16810 Piney Point Rd, Piney Point) 8 p.m.

Team Trivia Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Rd, Dowell) 7 p.m.

WILDGOOD Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Rd, Hollywood) 9 p.m.

The Bud Light Karaoke Challenge Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Rd, Hollywood) 8:30 p.m.

Bar Dogs Anderson’s Bar (23945 Colton Point Rd, Clements) 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 26

Saturday, Nov. 23

Justin Myles Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Rd, Dowell) 7 p.m.

R&R Train Band Gridiron Grill (20855 Callaway Village Way Callaway) 9 p.m.

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

George Dunn Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Rd, Dowell) 8 p.m. Joe Norris Ruddy Duck Alehouse (16810 Piney Point Rd, Piney Point) 7 p.m. Four of a Kind Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Rd, Hollywood) 8 p.m.

Sunday, November 24

Wednesday, Nov. 27 The Piranhas Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Rd, Dowell) 8 p.m. Team Trivia Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Rd, Hollywood) 6:30 p.m. DJ Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Rd, Hollywood) 8 p.m.

Sunday Jazz & Requests Café des Artistes (41655 Fenwick Street, Leonardtown) – 5 to 8 p.m.

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its many system among of has the school that the readiness members, show children to learn has kindergar ten-aged since 2002, though markedly subject gradu- grownwas a slight drop in most high school there this year. The county’s has pierced the 90 last year to year 74 areas from 2013 to 2013 school ready ation rate for Schools Superinte ndent In the 2012 were of young children skills as oppercent mark, told the Board percent of and literacy Michael J. Martirano oners Tuesday. for language in 2002. County Commissihighest ever,” Marti- posed to just 39 percent of them were the to the percent between “That’s academy wrote them A full 76 last school the joint meetingEducation office citizen’s ners imploring math learning rano said at ready for and Board of percent in 2002; county commissio the improvements commissioners Wicomico Shores Golf year as opposed to 41 getting By Guy Leonard of the to learn science the to act on were ready their first tour Grail.” members at Staff Writer 78 percent like the Holy in 2002 as well. done after taking Course. “It’s said the school system’s versus just 26 percent of county kinsince the treatnearly a year percent Martirano voted facility. you enter the medical rooms past five years It has been for the Overall 88 “As rate over the Commissioners were ready which two small graduation in the Board of County to expand the county ment [area], there are dergarten students out to 89.3 percent, experience turn around e has averaged the state’s current aver- entire school learning is to the origi- which you can barely to shelve plans 41 percentag of the looks like it improvements school year, is still above are also slow in and equipment that jail but the and far ahead Titus. 2012 to 2013 2001 to 2002. they promised wrote Frances someage of 84 percentof 73 percent. higher than nal facility the 1950s,” kindergar ten-tofor of points told from national averagesaid the rising tide isolation cells The statewide is 82 percent. in coming. K. Cameron in “There are two medical space Martirano Sheriff Timothy that he could see to hard work a school readiness rate sick… the currently due really was s one system is Times upgrade.” graduation The school The County by staff to institute of the tunnel” desperately needs an complain about in state grant at the end s for on to the school system the impetus for grad- seeking nearly $30,000 “the light genTitus went puts early childhood when to needed renovation al ng and the strategy that to support since the and teachers when it came air conditioni his correction money lack but students especially the uation on school not wait- readiness to learn children be the aging facilityinmates — all 238 at eral environment. elementar y hed young they nt cannot the starting in suffer with officers and ranks of impoveris school to ensure “This environme or the employto grow, Martistill have to ing until high can be unthe inmates last count — schools continues that for in taking not the diploma. healthy to conditions earn their Earth are you not just substanda rd communithe pressure high rano said. ees… why on lly affluent “I’ve shifted the of stuIn traditiona safe for both. s are old and action to improve conditions schools from efthe 94 county Creek the number at the elementar y Locking mechanism jail still inmates but said, focusing meals, ties like Town nt and the for the 240 there?” schools,” Matirano in instructing stu- dents on free and reduced school there need replaceme cameras; air condi- employees who work comy the county forts of teachers skills of reading and eponymou s elementar he said. repairs need needs new security A letter from core absent and to Titus stated 38 percent, . dents on the tioning is also roof, tiles, kitchen area missioners in response s and now reaches said Martirano to mastered mathemat ics. for the renovation capi“That’s shocking,” rate is at an all to be made hadn’t been 2014 If these skills said, students were the that funding graduation in the fiscal and windows. he “While our poverty level is at an all on it but at upgrades was was spread over severby the 3rd grade, too far behind. “We’re moving nt seems to go time high our tal budget and a total of $9.5 governme at risk of falling read, how can they time high.” typical pace said. “Meanwhile we’re al years, amounting to “If they can’t on,” Cameron with degrading condi- million. Martirano said. read to learn,” from the county’s Early guyleonard@county forced to deal constant need of repair. which in Statistics parts tions that are Advisory Council, even make repair guyleonard@county Childhood “They don’t s anymore.” mechanism for the locking of the sheriff’s graduate A recent By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

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“Under Pressure” By Shelby Oppermann Contributing Writer

Wow, I have a lot to do. Today and for the next few days, I will be cleaning and organizing like a mad woman. The day you will be reading this column will be B Day; the day my oldest brother, Bobby and my sister-in-law Kathy fly in from Utah. They should arrive here at the house sometime after 6 p.m., so I still will have most of Thursday to finish things up. I know they probably really won’t care about all the places I won’t get dusted, and that we are still getting the basement guest room in shape, or still finding places for everything from my shop. Okay I guess I am starting to panic. While I am typing this my mind is also racing around from room to room and my list of things to get done. I know everyone goes into a panic when family or friends are coming to stay for an extended time. Even the most expert cleaners seem to worry about something they feel is not right or that they have missed. The best way to get your house clean is to invite people over. At least I have the extra bedroom upstairs to hide things, but after my brother leaves that room is next on the list. I told both my sons that I will fix them a big dinner and they can go through all their old toys and books to see what they what to keep or get rid of. But they keep telling me that I have to go through all the old clothes and craft items so they can get to their stuff. It’s a stand-off right now. But why am I so extra panicky about cleaning now? I’ll tell you. My sister-in-law Kathy, who I love dearly and has been in my life since I was a pre-teen, was a Home Ec Major in college, back when that was an important major for lots of women. I realize no one is perfect, but Kathy has always been the closest to perfect I’ve ever seen or known, and I’ve known her for over 40 years. Martha Stewart has nothing on Kathy. Though Kathy is also the kindest and most understanding woman; she accepts me the way I am. Now my brother on the other hand…You have to keep in mind he was an Eagle Scout, Test Pilot in the Air Force (he retired as a Lt. Col.), and is a retired airline pilot for Alaska Airlines. Bobby will make sure I fall in line. He he he, or so he thinks. No, actually my brother is much more mellow now, but still is an amazing man of great faith, courage, and standards, as is my other brother. I’ve written about them both before, but I think about them both so much more now because I feel like I don’t see them enough, and we are 52, 61, and 66, and live in three different states: Maryland, Virginia, and Utah. I am so looking forward to the next week and a half and having some quality time with both my brothers and their wives. They were both out of our parent’s house when I was so young that I feel like I barely know them or what their lives are like, so this time I am going to make time for lots of togetherness and talking. I think it will be one of the best Thanksgivings ever and I aim to make sure…after everything is clean. 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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When B’s are Better Than A’s By Debra Meszaros CSN Is one of the most important vitamin supplements you can take a multi-vitamin? Do you feel you live a healthy lifestyle yet lack well being? With the increased interest in individuals taking health into their own hands, what do we need to know to help achieve the highest possible level of health? Pick up any magazine, search the internet, or listen in on your favorite health and wellness show, and you’re sure to have enough information to confuse even the best of us on how to maintain your personal health. Reality is, you’ve probably purchased or currently take a supplement that may provide very little benefit to your health. Studies and much of the research performed always concludes its findings by placing everyone in one category. This categorical thinking often holds us back from ultimate health. If you have a well balanced diet and consume adequate amounts of quality food, a multi-vitamin may not be a focal supplement for you. Supplements like Omega 3’s, probiotics, magnesium, and enzymes have more influence on your well being than your One-A-Day. A good multi-vitamin is a great foundational health item but not usually an item that can provide therapeutic results. For those struggling with maintaining the level of health they wish, checking in on your digestion might be a good place to start. Bloating, gas, stomach pain, indigestion, and fatigue after eating are all body language letting you know you are not digesting your foods very well. Typical over-the-counter remedies do not correct your digestive issue but instead mask the body

language that’s trying to communicate to you that something is wrong. Digestive enzymes can possibly be your answer. Once you have the proper enzymes to break food down correctly, you begin to actually absorb the nutrients from the food you are eating. When your digestion is not on track and you continue to ignore your body’s language, gastrointestinal issues manifest. Unfortunately once the lining to your intestinal area is thinned, thickened, or damaged you then begin to develop the inability to utilize and manufacture B vitamins. Homocysteine is an amino acid from a breakdown of protein normally found in the blood. It is an indicator of well being; high levels of homocysteine are not regarded as good. The body needs adequate amounts of several key B vitamins, Vitamin B6, folate, and vitamin B12 to breakdown homocysteine. Good sources of B6 and Folate are fresh, dark green leafy vegetables while B12 is mostly found in meat and dairy; but meat and dairy require the proper enzymes and high amounts of stomach acid to digest. For those already struggling to digest wheat and dairy, these individuals more than likely have inadequate amounts of stomach acid and possibly a deficiency in B vitamins!! If you are attempting to maintain good levels of energy, help your body digest and assimilate food, build strong hair, nails, and skin, and support levels of stress, than supplementing with a quality, whole food vitamin B complex may actually serve you better than your A to Z multi-vitamin. ©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.

A Family’s Best Friend Laura Joyce Contributing Writer There are definitely two camps: the cat people and the dog people. I’ve always been in the first set, but maybe that’s because I was surrounded by dogs—not just surrounded, but swimming in dogs, od’ing on dogs—for as far back as my memory goes. It’s no surprise that we had so many dogs around: my mom had always loved them, but wasn’t allowed to have a dog when she was a child. For a brief time as a teenager, she had a Doberman she adored, only to return from a weekend church trip to discover that her puppy had been given away. My grandmother disliked dogs just about as much as my mother liked them, as it turned out. As soon as my mother was grown up she bought a Doberman, and before long, she became a professional handler, breeding Dobermans and showing them up and down the East Coast every weekend. Every dog my mother owned, I believe, was a little more balm on the hurt of losing that first puppy. And so, we had hundreds of puppies pass through our doggy doors; I’d even been the midwife to one litter when one of our adult dogs unexpectedly decided it was time for the puppies to arrive while my mom was away. My brothers and I were given the daily chore of cleaning the kennels and whelping box, unpleasant tasks for the obvious reasons. The final step in the whelping box chore involved tearing newspapers into strips and fluffing them up, then dropping them to the covered floor, where the puppies could frolic—and make messes—in them. I’d stand there tearing newspapers, thinking about cats, fastidious little pets that didn’t require newspaper or daily clean-ups. For years, starting when I was six or seven, my mom ruefully and rhetorically asked what kind of friend would call you to imperiously announce that she’d shipped you a cat that morning, one that would be arriving at the airport, and requiring you to pick it up, in an hour. That’s what her friend, a rich lady used to getting her way, did the year I entered first grade. Of course, my answer has always been, “The best friend ever.” The queenly beast who flew in with little warning was a gorgeous Siamese named Marshmallow, and there was never any question that she’d be my cat. Even she seemed to know it,

taking up residence in my bedroom, to the initial consternation of my Doberman, Star (like Marshmallow, I didn’t really mind dogs; I just preferred cats). Before long, I’d find Marshmallow sleeping back-to-back with Star on my bed when she thought no one would see. When she died in my senior year of high school, it was a tough loss; that was the longest friendship I’d had. For years after, I had various cats, but none of them measured up to Marshmallow. Finding the perfect cat-match isn’t easy. When Fleaster finally came along—I was almost thirty by then—we just knew we were meant to be her people. She was so young that she hadn’t even learned to meow yet, and for the first few weeks we had to feed her milk from a dropper. The boys were babies then, too, so they all sometimes seemed to pass through life stages at the same time, knocking down Christmas trees and racing up and down the stairs. Fleaster grew from a playful kitten into a regal, lofty adult who you were pretty sure was judging you (and finding certain essential qualities lacking). The boys went from being rambunctious toddlers to pre-teens to young men. All of them—the cat, the boys—grew up in the blink of an eye. In Fleaster’s last years, she was a graceful older friend, always a comfort, even when her eyesight failed, even when she began sleeping almost around the clock. The boys didn’t remember a time when she wasn’t part of our family: she was treasured, that cat. As hard as it was to let her go when she became ill and in pain, I wouldn’t change the ending. She gave the boys a precious gift, as they learned how to put another’s best interests ahead of their own, even though it hurt. Some people believe there’s a heaven for people and pets; others are sure that this one life is it, all we get. Whatever you might believe, if you’ve ever had a pet you loved, you’ll understand: wherever she is now, she was as surely a part of our family as any one of us, a wise old woman disguised as a cat, with whiskers twitching in amusement and fur keeping all of us warm as she travelled with us for a part of the trip we’ll never forget. I love hearing from you; feel free to contact me at if you have comments or questions about the column.

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