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COUNTY NEWS Calvert Garden Club Announces Mini Grants

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Board of County Commissioners Considers Stricter Property Maintenance Regulations

By Sarah Miller Staff Writer The Calvert County Garden Club has been “quietly supporting the community” for more than 70 years, according to club vice president Alice Galligan. In an effort to broaden the scope of their efforts, the club is offering a mini grant program for the first time this year. The mini-grant program is designed to focus on natural resource preservation and conservation. Grants can be awarded for amounts between $100 and $1,500, Galligan said. Funds for the grants and other garden club activities are paid for through fundraisers, including the annual cookbook sale and the yearly plant sale at Linden in Prince Frederick at the end of April. Mini grant applicants must be local to Calvert County Maryland, be a non-profit organization and the project focus must be on conservation of natural resources and the environment. To apply for a mini grant, go to the Garden Club’s web site www. calvertgardenclub.com and complete the Mini Grant Application. The application may be downloaded at the CGC Mini Grants tab. Completed applications are due by Feb. 1, 2014. Grant awards will be announced in March, 2014. The Board of County Commissioners discuss property maintenance.

By Sarah Miller Staff Writer The Calvert Board of County Commissioners considered ordinance changes that would allow the county to more strictly enforce property maintenance regulations during their Dec. 10 board meeting. Chapter 92, as it is written today, only allows enforcement of property maintenance in Residentially Zoned areas, and the property owner is given 30 days to abate the nuisance. If the nuisance is not abated within the 30 days the County may abate such nuisance, said Zoning Enforcement Office Chief Christopher Breedlove during a presentation to the county commissioners. The proposed changes are to expand the areas of enforcement to properties zoned Rural Community District (RCD), Rural Commercial (RC), Farm and For-

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est District (FFD), and any Town Center (TC), in addition to amending the notice to abate section. The proposed changes will mirror the County Zoning Ordinance for enforcement. Current regulations state “…it shall be unlawful for the owner of any lot, tract or parcel located in a zoned Residential District to permit, within 100 feet of any house, mobile home or other residence whether occupied or unoccupied, any accumulation of debris, decayed vegetable matter, filth, dangerous trees, rubbish or trash, abandoned vehicles, refrigerators or other household articles, or any excessive growth of weeds or underbrush, or growth of noxious plants. “Excessive growth” is defined as growth of more than 12 inches in height.” For more information, visit www. co.cal.md.us. sarahmiller@countytimes.net

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December is Designated Driver Month

Chesapeake Beach Residents Reject Water and Sewer Rates By Sarah Miller Staff Writer The residents of Chesapeake Beach have had their say and the Town Council will have to agree on an alternative water and sewer rate structure during their Dec. 19 meeting. Voters in Chesapeake Beach held a petition against a new rate structure, charging residents a flat sewer use rate of $11.28 per thousand gallons and water use rate of $4.28 per thousand gallons. With enough registered signatures on the petition, the matter went to a special vote on Dec. 7. “I didn’t know what to expect, so nothing would have surprised me,” said Chesapeake Beach Mayor Bruce Wahl. The majority of residents voted to reject the flat usage rates, meaning the Town Council will have to consider the matter again during their Dec. 19 town hall meeting. Before the meeting, Wahl said he will meet with council members individually to discuss alternative plans, some of which were tentatively approved at the town hall meeting in August and involve loans from the town’s general fund. He hopes to have a proposition for water and sewer usage fees that the town council can agree upon at the next meeting. For more information, visit www.chesapeake-beach. md.us. sarahmiller@countytimes.net

Question to Approve or Reject Sewer Use Rate of $11.28 per thousand gallons and the Water Use Rate of $4.28 per thousand gallons Total Votes Cast: 712 Polling Place Ballots: 670 Absentee Ballots: 42

Votes to Approve: 309 Votes to Reject: 403

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By Sarah Miller Staff Writer With the holiday season come a lot of parties. In an effort to make sure everyone gets home from their parties safely, the Calvert Alliance Against Substance Abuse (CAASA) and other local government agencies have partnered to promote Designated Driver Month. As a part of the awareness campaign, Sheriff Mike Evans and Maryland State Police Barrack U Acting Commander First Sgt. Shane Bolger have partnered with CAASA to distribute more than 5,400 designated driver wine bags to local liquor establishments, according to CAASA Coordinator Candice D’Agostino. The bags will be used

to remind customers of the importance of designating a driver when celebrating this holiday season, she said. December has been Designated Driver Month since D’Agostino joined CAASA in 1999, and most likely before then, she said. In addition to the wine bags, CAASA is distributing brochures with alcohol free recipes and tips for staying safe on the road during the holiday season. For more information about CAASA and Designated Driver Month, visit www.co.cal.md.us or call 410-535-3733. sarahmiller@countytimes.net

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COUNTY NEWS

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Prepare for Weather-Related Outages Southern Maryland faces potential severe weather on Sunday. Area residents may want to take steps to prepare for possible weather-related power outages. Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) is monitoring weather forecasts, and co-op crews are prepared to restore power if outages occur. SMECO’s outage restoration policy is to make repairs that will restore service to the most people in the least amount of time. Transmission lines and substations are repaired first, followed by distribution lines that feed neighborhoods. Tap lines and individual service lines are then repaired to restore power to customers who may still be without electricity. Customers can view a two-minute video, “Preparing for a Power Outage” to help them take steps to get ready in

case an outage occurs. Customers can see the video on the co-op’s website at www.smeco.coop.

The following is a list of steps customers can take to prepare for power interruptions: • If someone in your household depends on electricity to operate life support systems, make plans for alternate sources of power or alternate lodging. Call SMECO’s special needs information number: 1-866-524-9402. In addition, check with your local fire department, which may offer temporary shelter. • Keep flashlights and fresh batteries on hand. • Stock nonperishable foods and keep a manual can opener handy. The ideal choices are foods that require no cooking, such as fruit, canned tuna, peanut butter, crackers, cereals, cereal bars, canned soup, and bread. • Do not stock your refrigerator or freezer with foods that may perish dur-

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ing a power outage. • If you plan to use a charcoal or gas grill for cooking, keep the grill outdoors. • If your water at home is supplied by a well, store extra water in clean jugs, bathtubs, or laundry tubs. • Keep a battery-powered radio with fresh batteries and stay tuned to local news bulletins and weather reports. • Keep fresh batteries in your smoke detectors. • Make sure that you have a standard phone available. Cordless phones do not work without electricity. If you use a cell phone, an auto adapter may be needed to recharge your phone. • If you plan to use a portable generator, use extension cords to connect what you want to power directly to the generator. Place your generator outside, not in a crawl space or in a basement. Make sure your generator is connected safely; a generator that is not connected safely can cause serious injury or death. When your power comes back on, turn off and disconnect your generator immediately. • Keep your automobile gas tank above half full. • As in preparing for any other

emergency, maintain a supply of cash. Credit cards and ATM machines may not work if the power is out.

If your power goes out: • Call SMECO’s Outage Hotline at 1-877-74-SMECO or 1-877-747-6326. • Turn off all the major appliances in your home, especially the heat pump. This will prevent damage to the appliances once the power is restored. Then, try not to turn everything back on at once; turn on appliances gradually so the electric demand does not jump suddenly. • Make sure the oven and stove are off to prevent fires if the power comes back on while you’re away. • Open the freezer and refrigerator as little as possible. This will help food stay fresh longer. • Never touch downed power lines or attempt to remove trees from power lines. Contact with live power lines may result in serious injury or death. Let qualified SMECO crews handle the clearing and repair work. Please report downed power lines to SMECO immediately by calling 1-888-440-3311.

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COUNTY NEWS CMHInitiates Palliative Care Program for Patients, Families The Calvert Gazette

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Earlier this month, Calvert Memorial Hospital began a new palliative care program aimed at providing extra support for patients and their families dealing with ongoing illness. The focus of palliative care is to ease the pain, suffering and stress caused by advanced or chronic illness while maximizing their quality of life. “Our palliative care team understands that when a patient is coping with a serious illness that it can also have a big impact on their family,” said Dr. Francisca Bruney, medical director of the palliative care program at CMH. “This program was created to help not only patients but their loved ones deal with these challenges.”

Temporary Closure of Armory Road in Prince Frederick Rescheduled for Dec. 12 Due to inclement weather, the temporary closure of a portion of Armory Road in Prince Frederick has been rescheduled for Thursday, Dec. 12 beginning at 9 p.m. The road will be closed to traffic during the evening and overnight for the installation of a sewer line. The work is part of the Armory Road/Chesapeake Boulevard improvement project. Temporary detour signage and barricades will be set up at the intersections of Armory and Dares Beach roads and Armory and Fairground roads. Motorists will detour along Fairground Road to travel between Dares Beach Road and Main Street. Armory Road will re-open before 5 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13. The four-phase project will result in Armory Road improvements including wider shoulders, sidewalks, pedestrian lighting and more. The road’s name will change to Chesapeake Boulevard and a traffic circle will be installed at its intersection with Dares Beach Road. The project is part of the larger Prince Frederick loop road. Details of the project can be found at www.co.cal. md.us/roadproject. The website includes regular updates as the project progresses and features maps and information on its four phases.

The CMH Palliative Care team meets weekly to collaborate on patient care. Pictured (l-r) are social worker David Sacks, Dr. Francisca Bruney, medical director; palliative care navigator David Free, NP; social worker Cindy Bruce, committee chair; Mathew Wheaton, director, CMH Transitional Care Unit; Dr. Mike Brooks, VP medical affairs; TCU nurse Deborah Cole, pharmacist Neal Vasist, Rev. Alice Thompson, CMH chaplain and case manager Jean Davis.

The CMH Palliative Care team includes palliative care doctors, nurse practitioner, nurses and social workers as well as the hospital chaplain, pharmacist, nutritionist and case managers who meet weekly to collaborate on patient care. Bruney said that palliative care services are available to all inpatients at Calvert Memorial Hospital. “If a patient, family member or caregiver thinks this is a service they need or could benefit from any of them may ask for a visit from the palliative care team.” Once a consult is requested, she said, the palliative care navigator will meet with the patient and their family to determine their needs and then will forward this information to the palliative are team. Together, they address emotional, spiritual and cultural needs while working closely with the patient’s own doctor regarding treatment options. Bruney stressed that palliative is different than hospice care, which is specifically meant for those approaching the last stages of life, while palliative care is appropriate for any stage of a serious illness. “The most important thing is not to wait,” said palliative care navigator David Free, NP. “Early palliative care has been shown to improve outcomes and quality of life for patients and their families.” Free is a nationally certified Hospice Palliative Care nurse practitioner and

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COUNTY NEWS

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Forum Encourages Legislation to Fix Unfair Treatment of Pit Bulls By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Animal welfare activists from all over Southern Maryland came out on Dec. 3 to discuss breed specific legislation in the aftermath of the Solesky v. Tracey court ruling. The St. Mary’s Animal Welfare League (SMAWL) hosted the event in Leonardtown. Maryland Senior State Director for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS-Maryland) Tami Santelli led the discussion. Attendance was good, with more than 30 attendees, including Senator Roy Dyson, Former Calvert County Delegate Sue Kullen and representatives from the tri-county animal shelter and the Golden Retriever Rescue of Southern Maryland, according to SMAWL Board of Directors President Katie Warner. Community concerns included needed renovations and upgrades to the tri county animal shelter and an increase in the intake of pit bulls following the Solesky v. Tracey court ruling, which singles pit bulls out as being inherently dangerous and making owners liable for all incidents involving the breed, Warner said. In all other cases involving dog bites or attacks, where owners are only held liable if they had prior knowledge of their dog’s nature and possible violent tendencies, she said.

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Possession of Oxycodone: On Dec. 7 at 2:21 p.m., Trooper Barlow stopped a vehicle on Rt. 4 at Steeple Chase in Prince Frederick for traffic violations. A search was conducted and Oxycodone was located. The driver, Linwood R. Thomas Jr., 26 of Prince Frederick, was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center. Possession of Oxycodone: On Dec. 7 at 3:01 p.m., Trooper First Class Logsdon responded to Rt. 4 and Old Field Lane in Prince Frederick for a reported disabled vehicle. Eric J. Gallodoro, 23 of Dowell, was in the passenger seat attempting to use a cell phone. While speaking with Gallodoro, he appeared to be under the influence of narcotics. A search revealed that he was in possession of Oxycodone. He was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center. DUI & Possession of Marijuana: On Dec. 7 at 11:58 p.m., Trooper First Class Wiesemann stopped a vehicle for traffic violations on Cove Point Rd in Lusby. Rachel M. Pitcher, 24 of Broomes Island, was arrested for DUI. A search revealed that she was in possession of marijuana. She was incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.

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Vintage Treasures opened in St. Leonard in 2010, then relocated to the Solomons location in Aug 2012, Ireland said. Since moving to Solomons, the shop has been involved in Christmas toy giveaways every December. In addition to the Christmas activities, Ireland said she collects and donated items for newborns. Ireland has two daughters and eight grandchildren. The children’s fathers haven’t all been the most reliable and Ireland and her husband help their daughters as much as possible. Not all young mothers have that kind of support system, Ireland said. This inspired her to donate items for newborns to mothers in need. For more informaiton, visit the Facebook pages for Vintage Treasures and Calvert Cares at Christmas.

Vintage Treasures in Solomons will help distribute toys to children and family in need on Dec. 15. The event at Vintage Treasures follows a successful Rock-N-Roll Christmas Toy Drive at Anthony’s Bar and Grill on Dec. 7, according to Vintage Treasures owner Cindy Ireland. Calvert Cares at Christmas collected the proceeds from the Rock-N-Roll Christmas Drive and will bring leftovers, after preplanned distributions, to Vintage Treasures during a visit from Santa Claus on Dec. 15. Santa arrives at 1 p.m. and will stay until 3 p.m. Anybody wanting to donate toys can bring them to Vintage Treasures, located at 13858 Hg Trueman Road in Solomons.

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Making Sure No Child Goes Hungry By Sarah Miller Staff Writer John Bunyon said - “you have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” The Bible says “although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous” (Luke 14:14) and “when you help the poor you are lending to the Lord—and he pays wonderful interest on your loan” (Proverbs 19:17). The men and women with HeartFELT Ministry have taken those words to heart. Three Calvert Churches, Trinity United Methodist Church, St. Paul’s Episcopal and Solomons United Trinity Church, have adopted local schools in an effort to get send food home with students in need. One year ago, Trinity UMC in Prince Frederick began their partnership with Barstow Elementary School to give students in

need backpacks filled with food to ensure they have food during the weekend. HeartFELT (Feeding Empty Little Tummies) has grown in the last year. Solomons United Methodist Church began providing backpacks with food for two breakfasts and lunches and three dinners to 14 children from six families in September. St. Paul’s Episcopal in Prince Frederick works with students attending Calvert Elementary School. The backpacks and much of the food are donated to the churches, said Solomons UMC Reverend Meredith Wilkins-Arnold. Since starting HeartFELT, the community has embraced the cause, she said. One of her neighbors, who doesn’t even go to Solomons UMC, gave her a $100 gift card from Food Lion to help buy food. Local restaurants have held fundraisers and donated nonperishables to the cause. End Hunger has helped obtain food through the Maryland Photos by Sarah Miller Bill Johnston, left, Dianne Koerper, Lynda Adams and Ellen Curran help feed hungry children every week.

Food Bank. The owners of The Striped Rock in Solomons are planning a Christmas party for the families sponsored by Solomons UMC. Teachers and administrators in their school in need identify children, WilkinsArnold said. Backpacks are labeled with an age and gender but no personal information. Every Friday, the children receiving aid take their backpack full of food and return it on Monday to be refilled. All aid is kept confidential. “Who would have thought spaghetti and sauce would be such a big gift,” WilkinsArnold said. Jack Woodford introduced HeartFELT to Trinity UMC in January 2013 after learning of a similar project at a church his daughter works at in Tampa, Fla. He spoke to the principal from Barstow Elementary School and a teacher from Calvert Elementary School and found there is a need in Calvert for a similar ministry. The cause is one that hits home for Woodford. After his father had a stroke when Woodford was a child, his family lost their farm and home in New York State.

Empowering Calvert’s Youth

FUEL Empowerment Forum This Weekend By Sarah Miller Staff Writer For the second year, 2003 Patuxent High School alum Shanae Gray is bring the FUEL Empowerment forum to Patuxent High School. This year, the event will include the Change Club and their anti-bullying skit, the JustMusic.Group and featured artists and a variety of ministries and organizations aimed at empowering students to be a positive influence in their communities. Speakers will include representatives from the Washington D.C. National Guard and the Calvert Alliance Against Substance Abuse, Gray said.

Entry is free for students, Gray said. Other FUEL Empowerment events during the year include a mini-series in March, she said. FUEL Empowerment’s goal is to provide a positive outlook on life and give students the tools they need to resists peer pressure and bullying. The forum will be at Patuxent High School, located at 12485 Southern Connector Boulevard in Lusby, on Dec. 14 from 9:40 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, e-mail fuelemplowerment@rocketmail.com. sarahmiller@countytimes.net Flier courtesy of Shanae Gray

They lived with relatives, but resources were scarce. Woodford is nearly seven feet tall and, as a child, his brother’s hand-medown clothing didn’t fit well and he never had enough to eat. He made it his mission to prevent children from going to bed hungry. After receiving food, he said schools have seen improvements in the children HeartFELT Ministry serves. “The have improved attendance, improved attitudes, and improved grades,” Woodford said. Currently, Trinity UMC has distributed 4,380 pounds of food and more than 5,000 meals to children at Barstow Elementary, Woodford said. HeartFELT Ministry’s goal is to get a sponsor for every school to ensure that no child goes hungry, Woodford said. For more information about HeartFELT, including opportunities to get involved, email Woodford at jwoodford@ trinityumchurch.org or call Trinity UMC at 410-535-1782. sarahmiller@countytimes.net


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By Sarah Miller Staff Writer The annual Teacher Recruitment and Placement Report and allergic reaction response plans were Calvert County Public Schools’ (CCPS) Human Resources Department presented its annual report on “Teacher Recruitment and Placement,” Thursday, Dec. 5 to the local school board. According to a report from Department of Human Resources Acting Director Victoria Karol, 54 of the 73 newly hired teachers within the Calvert system have earned a master’s degree. One has earned a doctorate. Of the newly hired teachers, 44 percent were recruited from other Maryland counties, First year teachers make up 41 percent of the 2013-2014 new hires, with the rest having an average of 4.5 years of experience when they were hired into Calvert County Public Schools. Twenty-one special education teachers were hired for the current school year, with 12 of them teaching at the elementary level. The majority of teachers in the county are between the ages of 40 and 49, Karol said. That demographic makes

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Calvert County Library Director Makes Plans for 2014 Every year, librarians and supervisors come up with goals for Calvert Public Libraries, according to Calvert Library Director Carrie Plymire. Librarians come up with three goals and supervisors come up with five. Below are some staff resolutions for Calvert County Libraries in 2014 – Paulita Gross, Library Office Assistant Gross wants to see more parents bring in their children in for programs and to embrace reading. Tiffany Sutherland, Librarian and TACOS (Teen Advisory Council of Students) Advisor Sutherland’s goal is teen oriented. She wants to “give teens what they really want.” Molly Crumbley, Public Services Librarian Crumbley would like to see more young adults in their 20s come in for programs. She said once students leave high school, the library doesn’t see them as often. Lisa Wieland, Public Services Librarian Wieland wishes more people would come in and realize libraries are gathering places for the community. She said she hopes to increase public awareness on programs and community events at the library in the new year. Ellen Ruoff, Public Services Librarian Ruoff hopes to increase awareness of the library’s online public resources, such as the online catalogue, and electronic resources, such as e-readers. Robbie McGaughran, Adult Resources Coordinator McGaughran wants to help customers learn to navigate Zinio, a digital magazine reader Calvert County libraries began utilizing in August. Beverly Allyn Izzi, Youth Services Coordinator Izzi intends to have at least 500 children enrolled in the 500 by 5 program in 2014. Marcia Hammett, Calvert Library Prince Frederick Branch Manager Hammett intends to continue to cater to the community’s needs and help people find the information they need.

By Sarah Miller Staff Writer With a new library director, plans for a new library catalogue and improvements to programs and services offered at library branches, Calvert County Public Libraries are ready for and exciting year in 2014.

Meet the New Director Calvert Library Director Carrie Plymire started work on July 8, coming to Calvert County Libraries with 12 years of experience in library services. Before working for Calvert libraries, she was in Hagerstown, Md., where she worked for the Washington County Free Library and was the Technical Services Supervisor for the Western Maryland Regional Library. Plymire earned her undergraduate degree from St. John’s College, then moved in with her parents and took two part-time jobs – one at a library and the other at a bookstore. She got marries and moved with her husband to New Mexico, when she found another job with a library. She worked for libraries for “several years” before she ralized that’s what she wanted to do for a career, Plymire said. She earned her Masters in Library and Information Sciences from Drexel University in 2006. When she got her masters degree, Plymire said some of her friends told her she could find a job in archiving or at the Library of Congress. “I don’t think I could,” she said, explaining that she enjoys interacting with the public and helping them discover all that the library can do for them too much to do anything else. Plymire is a graduate of the Maryland Library Leadership Institute and Leadership Washington County where she also served as Board Secretary. She wasn’t sure whether she wanted to apply for the position of library director when her predecessor, Pat Hofmann, announced her intention to retire. It wasn’t until she began researching the library system in Calvert and found the libraries goals dovetailed with her own, to educate and engage the community and provide a high level of public service. “The philosophy of the library system and my philosophy are simpatico,” she said. With that in mind, she decided to apply for the position.

What’s New in 2014 – Goals and Challanges Plymire’s New Year Resolution for the library is to “be as creative and innovative as we can given budget restraints.” Plymire works closely with the Calvert Library Board of Trustees in determining the path for Calvert County Public Libraries. The trustees set policies and she manages dayto-day operations. They work together to create a budget, she said, noting that the libraries are working with level or less funding every year. Making up for the gap in funding are the Calvert Library Foundation and the Friends of Calvert Libraries, two fundraising organizations devoted to the county library system. Some programs are paid for through grants, such as the “Pushing the Limits” series planned for this summer, sponsored by Califa. “We will have scientists host discussions of popular books with science themes like Clive Cussler's Arctic Drift, TC Boyle's When the Killing's Done, Jean Auel's Clan of the Cave Bear or maybe Land of the Painted Caves, and Eric Larson's Thunderstruck. The idea is that participants will find science accessible and interesting and the scientists will help them "think like a scientist" when discussing the themes in the books. There will also be two short film clips shown for each discussion...one of the author and one human interest story tied to the theme,” said Calvert Library Public

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Relations Coordinator Robyn Truslow in an e-mail. Science is a large part of youth programming. STEM programs “really turn into STREAM events (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, Math),” Plymire said. The 2014 summer reading program, Fizz, Boom READ!, is science based, said Youth Services Coordinator Beverly Allyn Izzi. “It’s very common core without being common core,” Plymire said, explaining students are encouraged to puzzle out problems and find answers through experimentation. Plans for the county library system will not just be at the physical branches, Plymire said. She has polled staff from the libraries and they are working on a new URL for the library website. The current one, calvert.lib.md.us, has too many breaks and can be difficult to remember, she said. In addition to a new URL, the library system will implement a new online library catalogue system – Polaris. Plymire has experience with Polaris, having helped integrate the same system at the Washington County Free Library. The change will allow online users to create individual favorite lists, Plymire said. The new system is more intuitive. For example, if an individual puts “It” in the search box, the novel by Stephen King and the movie adaptation of the novel will be among the top hits, not buried on the sixth page, Plymire said. The library system is in negotiations for partnerships with local museums and water parks for summer programs, Plymire said. Several other library systems throughout Maryland have begun lending non-traditional items, such as cake pans, and Plymire intends for Calvert libraries to follow the trend, through she’s non sure how that will look yet. Typically, librarians will come up with big ideas, then talk them through with colleagues until they are manageable workable for the library system. Funding challenges mean the library has difficulty keeping up with technological advance, from computers to 3D printers. Plymire would like to do additional outreach in the new year. Ideally, if the funding was there, she would want to hire an additional outreach librarian to deliver books and provide programs to shut-ins, day cares and other community based locations. She would like an imagination station with toys, puzzles and games for children and, similar to the one at the new Calvert Library Southern Branch in Solomons. More publishers are allowing books to be lent out on e-readers, but without the funding it will be difficult to fulfill the demand this will cause, Plymire said. sarahmiller@countytimes.net


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Calvert Hospice Thanks Everyone for Their Help with This Year’s Festival of Trees Everyone at Calvert Hospice sends our warmest holiday greetings to all those who helped make our 25th Anniversary of Festival of Trees held at St. John Vianney Family Life Center a huge success. We are happy to report more than $116,000 in revenues; making the bottom line the most profitable ever. The 2013 Festival of Trees featured a record number of 73 beautifully decorated trees; Memorial Service; VIP Reception, 64 vendors, model train displays, Hospice Boutique, photos with Santa, Santa’s Workshop, community musical, choral, and dance groups, and multi-hundreds of volunteers. The beautifully decorated trees created by volunteers sparkled and inspired everyone who saw them. We are grateful for the hours and hours of time spent to make the magic of Festival of Trees come to life! Festival of Trees was sponsored by Marrick Homes, Crow Entertainment, M&T Bank, Kelly McConkey’s Tree Service and Landscaping, Sneade’s Ace Home Center, Bais2, College of Southern Maryland, Lee Funeral Home-Calvert,

P.A., ProCare Rx, S.J. Johnson, Inc., Tax Depot, LLC, Beretta USA, SMECO, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store, Pamela Meador in Memory of Frank Meador, Chesapeake’s Bounty, Rene Cunningham & Gerry Van de Velde, Patty and Ed Mehosky, and John & Laray Schaffner. Many other local businesses and individuals sponsored trees, placed ads in the program, or donated items for sale at the Hospice Boutique where 100% of the proceeds benefited Calvert Hospice. Festival of Trees supports the Burnett Calvert Hospice House, bereavement programs for all Calvert County residents, our We Honor Veterans program, and programs for children and teens: Bridges and Camp Phoenix. We rely on the community to ensure that we can keep the doors to our hospice house open and ready to serve our community in their time of greatest need. In this season of giving, we are grateful for all we have received. Brenda Laughhunn Executive Director, Calvert Hospice

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In a letter published in the Calvert Gazette and two others, Ms Amy Dent presumes to speak for all of Calvert County by declaring Sue Kullen “too liberal for Calvert”. Dent ‘can’t imagine a worse outcome than to have Kullen back in office to pursue her liberal agenda’. Such extreme statements may energize those who think like Dent but turn off many others, including those who “can’t imagine a BETTER outcome than to have Kullen back in office”. The Dent letter, similar in negative tone to mailings by the Fisher campaign four years ago, only polarizes voters. The 2010 Fisher mail blitz was the most egregious case of smear campaigning I can recall from my 45 years in Calvert County. To her credit, Kullen eschews negative campaigning—the fact that that probably cost her re-election does not speak well for our practice of democracy. Dent focused her letter on one bill introduced by Kullen more than six years ago. This bill seemed to be at first thought a creative attempt to finance MD storm water management (thus saving taxpayers money) by imposing fines for building in wetlands or dumping fertilizer, thus also deterring some from exacerbating the long-known chronic over-fertilization of Chesapeake Bay. I have been following Chesapeake-related legislation for years—having personally observed the Bay’s and Patuxent’s decline since I moved here in 1969. However, I had never heard of this bill until reading Dent’s letter. So I read the bill online, picked up the phone and called Sue Kullen herself. Yes, she is in the phone book, and very approachable—one of many reasons she served Calvert well for more than six years. Ms. Dent could have done what I did. Had she contacted Sue, Ms. Dent would have learned as I did that Sue herself had voluntarily withdrawn the bill, for several reasons. Yes, the fines and penalties WERE too draconian, and the bill’s intended focus on the most vulnerable wetlands could not be properly defined. In the end, the funding problem for the storm water program was solved in another way. The problems of fertilizer dumping and wetland destruction remain—so what do we do about it? Unfortunately there will always be some who spoil things for all of us and are only deterred by fines or even prison terms. Penalties for abusing our common US waters go back to the Refuse Act of 1899, which “prohibits throwing, discharging or depositing any refuse matter of any kind into the water of the United States”. Back then navigation hazards were the main concern. Today it’s a federal law, with up to $5000 fine, for discharging oil or oily water. State laws impose fines up to $2000 for discharge of untreated sewage from boats. Because even treated sewage is bad—it’s fertilizer!!— there are fines up to $1000 for emptying holding tanks in “No Discharge Zones”. Meanwhile on land, in Maryland anyone who dumps even ‘non-commercial’ amounts of trash along our highways can be fined up to $1500, perhaps sent to the klink, and required to clean up the litter and perform public service. Would Ms Dent suggest we abolish any of these laws or lighten the penalties as being the work of “liberals”? Isn’t disposal of fertilizer into the Chesapeake watershed or eliminating wetlands in fact stealing from the Bay’s productivity (fin and shellfish), and thus a theft from our economy, from our numerous businesses that depend on the Bay? If so, which political party is being softer on crime? Sure, Delegate Sue’s 2007 bill imposed fines which were too severe—one of the reasons she withdrew the bill. How does Ms. Dent suggest we solve the problem? With 2014 an election year, how about a New Year’s resolution to campaign in a civil manner—no more propaganda blitzes, please! Let’s all, no matter your political persuasion, work to restore the Chesapeake to the best it can be, given 17 million of us now share the watershed. Ideological shouting matches and negative campaigning will never restore the Bay: How about dialogues, not diatribes! I invite Ms. Amy Dent to suggest how best to deter and motivate those who would otherwise do preventable damage to the Bay. It’s many seemingly small impacts that cause the big problem. Contact Sue Kullen—as I did upon reading Dent’s letter—and share your constructive ideas while listening to hers. Sue is truly committed to restoring the Bay- as each of us should be- but she’s also pragmatic and listens to voters. That’s why this former Republican (me) intends to help send her back to Annapolis to represent our great little county. Peter Vogt Port Republic, Md.

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The Anti-Dote to C-CAN Lies and Misinformation By Susan Shaw Calvert County Commissioner, District 2 All the Commissioners are getting a lot of panicked calls, emails and Facebook messages (not a good way to communicate with a Commissioner if you want a quick response) from constituents who live in the neighborhood of the proposed Dominion Cove Point LNG Liquefaction Project. Most of the concern is related to blatant misinformation being widely disseminated by the Chesapeake Climate Action Network or C-CAN. Two of their staff members even lied about being from the same organization at a recent public hearing. The public seems unaware of the C-CAN agenda: to ONLY promote wind, solar, and bio-mass energy sources. I would have NO problem with that agenda, except their methods are reprehensible, which is to lie, distort, misinform, and spread half-truths, panic and fear to promote their agenda. So, here is a PARTIAL list of FACTS about the proposed project to answer C-CAN allegations: • The U. S. Department of Energy said “the export of natural gas resources is having a transformative impact on the U. S. ability to improve our energy security while spurring economic development in this country.” • President Obama encourages the development alternative fuels such as LNG in

his “Climate Action Plan” as a way to promote the move to cleaner fuels. • The U. S. Department of Energy has found that this project and others like it benefit American consumers and businesses. • The job benefits of this project are enormous and real, especially in Calvert County and beyond. The proposed project will create more than 3000 construction jobs during a three-year period. Most of these jobs are expected to be filled by local workers. The new permanent jobs will go to permanent and new residents of the Calvert County area who will shop in local stores and buy local homes. According to the U. S. Dept. of Commerce, another 14,000 permanent jobs are expected to result from the project nationally. • Dominion has worked diligently to minimize the environmental impacts and they are outweighed by the environmental benefits. The numbers being promoted by C-CAN inflate the expected emissions by assuming Cove Point will, at every moment, both import and export LNG at full capacity. While technically possible, it makes no economic sense to go through the substantial expense of liquefying natural gas and loading it onto a ship, while simultaneously unloading a ship to re-gasify natural gas. • Greenhouse gas emissions from natural gas-fired electric generation are about half of those of coal. Using natural gas to supplant coal in other countries decreases greenhouse gas emissions globally. • This facility will have to meet the same thorough and stringent clean air and clean water standards as other facilities in Maryland.

Alimony Payers Actor/singer/director/political activist Barbra Streisand can soon add another title to her growing list: alimony payer. Welcome back from Pluto if you haven’t hear that Streisand and husband James Brolin are divorcing. Life without Barbra will, no doubt, be a difficult period of adjustment for Brolin, who will have to re-aquaint himself with how to dress, where to stand, what to do with his hands, what and how to think. Once he regains his independent thinking skills, he might even discover those people in the ‘fly over’ states between New York and Los Angeles are decent folk. Under ordinary circumstances, I’d say that a woman paying alimony – the scourge and frequent lament of the Odd Couple’s Oscar Madison and the motive for countless murders - to an able-bodied man is nothing less than an obscenity. But in the case of Streisand v. Streisand, I’d also have to say that Brolin has more than earned his $390 million settlement. Only in recent years have women been compelled to pay support to lazy, good-for-nothing ex-husbands, and, to say they’re not happy about it would be an understatement of epic proportions. Log onto a support group for women alimony-payers, and you’ll be greeted with hyperbole like “worse than slavery!” and “bond without end.” So great has been the outcry that several states have revised their laws to end permanent alimony entirely. The fairer sex has gotten a taste of how millions of men in our society began a new month –and gagged. But, when only men paid through-the-nose, nobody complained. As a lifelong bachelor, I have no pony in the alimony race. Being unfettered means sleeps single in a double bed, but it also means your meager income is your own to keep. My friend, Stan has been charged with failure to pay his alimony and released so many times, he’s known locally as “Walkin’ Stan.” Last year around this time, Stan’s ex-wife gave him the Christmas gift of a lifetime. With one felled swoop of an ink pen, she relinquished any claim to future alimony, freeing Stan from nearly thirty years of involuntary servitude. Walkin’ Stan can finally move out of his sister’s house and buy a car he can be proud of. If only Stan’s ex-wife owned real estate. Edward C. Davenport, Drum Point

• Ship traffic will be virtually no different than when Cove Point is only importing natural gas. The same number and kinds of ships for exports—about one every four days or 85 per year—as when the facility was at its peak imports. This is a very small percentage of the commercial shipping traffic on the Bay. • The ships headed to Cove Point will have to obey the same U.S. Coast Guard regulations with regard ballast water and other issues as ships currently landing at Cove Point, and to all ships headed through the Bay to Baltimore and elsewhere. • LNG tankers have one of the best safety records in the maritime industry. • Cove Point will be the same good neighbor that it has been for 40 years. • No new pipelines will be needed in Calvert County. • The Myersville, MD, compressor station that C-CAN mentions is needed to serve customers of Washington Gas and Baltimore Gas and Electric, not Cove Point’s export customers. • The new liquefaction equipment will be installed inside the fence line at the current Cove Point plant, and the existing pier, storage tanks, and other infrastructure will be used. • The 800 acres of protected area will remain preserved. • There will be no new ship traffic beyond currently permitted levels. • Every effort is being made to minimize local road traffic—from bussing workers to the construction site to installing new traffic signals and turn lanes. • Every effort is being made to dampen

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noise from the site. Tall and long sound walls will be hidden by the current over 60’ tall tree line. • Any off-site area that needs to be temporarily disturbed will be restored. • Any trees removed from the Cove Point site will be replanted elsewhere. If Cove Point were not to be built, the natural gas, jobs and economic benefits will go elsewhere. There are more than 20 other natural gas export facilities proposed in the U. S., along with others in Canada. They may not all be built, but certainly some of them will. They are ready to take Cove Point’s place in the queue if Cove Point were to falter. In that case, the people of Calvert County and the rest of Maryland would lose out. • The Federal Energy Commission (FERC) docket contains well over 12,000 pages of documentation of the facts I just shared above. Any one can read that documentation by going to the FERC website. • Approximately 50 regulatory permits and approvals are still required. The approval process is thorough, arduous, and comprehensive. • A complete Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was required for Cove Point prior to the relatively recent construction of the new pipeline and other improvements at Cove Point. An Environmental Statement or ES is a thorough and extensive update to the previous EIS and will answer any remaining environmental questions. Calls for a new EIS are merely attempts to delay the project to allow the project to occur elsewhere. They are not constructive. I could go on and on, but you get the picture.

Lusby Business Association Talks Article About the article in the Nov. 27 publication, I'd like to ask who told you the Dominion Cove Point plant would be an expansion? It doesn't expand their ability to do what they used to do. It will be 3 complete new plants: a power plant , a purification plant, and a liquefaction and compression plant. The 130 megawatt power plant will burn natural gas, which is 1/2 as dirty as coal. It will produce 3.3 million tons of carbon pollution into the air per year, equal to 5 million cars commuting to DC from Lusby. It will "cool" 15,000 tons per day of natural gas, down to -270F. Think of this as having a freezer in your house. Every day you add 15,000 tons of warm food, and freeze it to -270F. No wonder the burning of gas needed for this, makes it the 4th biggest power plant in Maryland, out of at least 7, without producing any electricity for the people of Maryland. Cove Point export plant will provide a strong economic incentive for companies to expand fracking across our region. Fracking still causes drinking water contamination, air pollution, illnesses ranging from asthma to COPD to cancer. The Chesapeake Bay supports more than a trillion dollars in economic activity through seafood and tourism. Exporting gas from Cove Point would increase traffic of massive, 1,000-foot long tankers carrying volatile, potentially explosive liquid fuel. Harmful emissions from those tankers would worsen local air quality. They would also dump billions of gallons of dirty ballast wastewater near and into the Bay each year. Each empty ship will have more ballast water than any other

kind of ship, and it will be radioactive water from Japan, since the nuclear meltdown there. Construction of the gas liquefaction facility would require the clearing of forests in Lusby and barging in of heavy construction materials along the Patuxent River, further threatening the network of rivers, wetlands and forests that attract tourists and support rare species of plants, animals and migratory birds. The chemicals Dominion will remove from all the gas that comes in, the propane, methane, ethane, sulfur, benzene will be stored on site, and trucked out of Lusby, up or down rt.2/4, over our 1 lane bridge. Do we want these chemical trucks on our roads? Maryland is known to have the highest overall rate of cancer in the nation, partly because our prevailing winds from the west, bring the pollution from industry and power plants from the midsection of the country. Calvert Co. has a high cancer rate. What good is getting taxes from Dominion, if our children and residents get ill? The money will be used up on medical bills, and time lost from jobs and schools. We have alternative ways to create jobs: manufacture parts of windmills for the offshore electric project approved by Maryland and Virginia, and manufacture computer parts for solar panels for businesses, like the solar farm built by Smeco in Hughesville. We can even bottle our precious aquifer water, and sell it, rather than waste it in the LNG process. Lila West Lusby, Md.


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The Calvert Gazette runs complimentary obituaries as submitted by funeral homes and readers. We run them in the order we receive them. Any submissions that come to news@countytimes.net after noon on Mondays may run in the following week’s edition.

Christine Clark Boesz, 69 Christine “Tina” Clark Boesz, 69, of Port Republic passed away on Nov. 24, at her home in Washington, D.C. Born May 26, 1944 to Stanley and Cecilia Clark in Bridgeton, N.J. Tina excelled in just about everything she laid her head and hand to in life. She began her excellent career by graduating valedictorian from her high school class of more than 600 graduates. Because her high school guidance counselor told her that only men have successful careers in mathematics, Tina majored in math at Douglass College, the all female college at Rutgers University. She was later the first female admitted to the Rutgers University School of Applied Statistics graduating with honors. In 1968, Tina was hired as an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Valdosta State College. She later worked for the Bexar County Area Planning Council in San Antonio, Texas as a statistician. Tina quickly moved on to become the first female director of a Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) in the US working for Bexar County Medical Association. Simultaneously, Tina applied her skills to the Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) where she travelled extensively across the US evaluating VISTA programs. In 1978, she was sought by the US Department of Health and Human Services (USDHHS) to develop policies and procedures for evaluating and approving HMO programs. She later headed the office that evaluated and approved HMO programs across the US signing contracts in excess of $10 Billion. In 1995, Tina was hired away from the federal government by New York Life – later Aetna. She served as Vice President for Health Programs. In 1990, she was accepted as a Pew Foundation Fellow and entered a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) program at the University of Michigan. In 1997, she was awarded her DrPH. In 2000, Tina was again sought by the US government this time as the Inspector General of the National Science Foundation (NSF.)This was Tina’s dream job combining her management skills, evaluation skills, and accounting skills with her love for world travel. She was blessed to have a staff of 125 highly motivated auditors, and scientists who were dedicated to the integrity of scientific research funded by taxpayer dollars. Wishing to build ever stronger monitoring of research, Tina established the first joint venture between the US NSF and that of the European Union. She later made this same effort by co-chairing the first meeting between the US NSF and that of China in an effort to assure research integrity. She didn’t stop there; she then co-chaired a committee of the Office of Economic Coordination and Development (OECD) on the subject of re-

search integrity. In retirement, Tina continued to indulge her other passion: interacting with the world’s people by traveling to every US state, to every continent, over every ocean. She visited the polar ice cap and the South Pole. Even with her all consuming responsibilities, Tina made huge contributions to her communities as well. She was an active member of ZONTA mentoring young women on their way to success. She served as the President of her Community Association at Scientists’ Cliffs. She was active in the American Chestnut Land Trust, Ann Marie Gardens, and several honor societies. And, she served on the board of the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health. She is survived by her husband of more than 48 years, Colonel Daniel Boesz and numerous cousins across the four corners of the world. Her many friends will sorely miss her lavish gourmet dinners, and lively tales of her beloved world travels and the countless people she met along the way. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery in a private family ceremony. Donation may be made to the National Cancer Society or to the American Chestnut Land Trust. ACLT, P.O. Box 2363, Prince Frederick, MD 20678.

Stewart Edwin Gray, 74 Stewart Edwin Gray, 74, of Owings, Md., passed away on Nov. 24, at Anne Arundel Medical Center, Annapolis, Md.  Stewart Edwin Gray, Sr. son of the late Russell and Rebecca Gray was born September 6, 1939 in Calvert County, Md.  Stewart received his education in Calvert County, Maryland public schools. He worked as a bricklayer for over 20 years before retiring in 2011. Stewart later started working at Wal-Mart part-time until he took ill.  He was joined in marriage to the late Malinda Harris on April 10, 1976. From this union three children were born; Glendora, Stewart Jr. and Dawn. He has one daughter, Lanya, from a previous marriage to Corina Green.  He attended “Christ Is The Answer Deliverance Center”, where he accepted Christ as his personal Lord and Savior and was baptized. He was a member of the usher board and loved making a joyful noise unto the Lord singing in the choir.  Stewart loved spending time in his yard, working around friends at Wal-Mart and helping others. He loved the Lord, his family, his grandchildren, and his great-grandson.  Stewart leaves to cherish his memories; three daughters; Lanya Holland, Glendora Harris, and Dawn Gray; one son; Stewart Gray, Jr.; fourgrandchildren; Jasmine Downs, Sherandan, Dawnmarie, and Stewart Gray, Ill; two step­

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Willie Ray Abercrumbie, 71 Willie Ray Abercrumbie, aged 71, passed away quietly Dec. 8 surrounded by friends at the Mandarin House, Harwood, Md. A longtime resident of Chesapeake Beach, Willie, also known as Bill, was a retired US Park Policeman having served in Washington, D.C. and Sandy Hook, N.J. After retirement Willie was active for 36 years in the Bill Wilson community serving as a beloved sponsor to many; he tutored four “stepchildren” with their college studies; and, he served as caretaker for his neighbors and friends. Born in Rector, AR on February 21, 1942 to the late John and Gertie Ballard Abercrumbie, he graduated from Kennett, MO High School where he played 4 years of basketball and proudly served with the 29th Signal Battalion, US Army, in France from 1960 to 1963 as a Communications Specialist attaining the rank of Sergeant E-5. Willie is survived by sisters, Genece (Jack) Lance of Kennett, Mo. and Joyce Neely of Seneath, Mo; nephew, Greg (Debbie) Lance of Eden Prairie, Minn., and nieces, Susan (Ronnie) Abmeyer and Patti (Paul) Jones, both of Seneath Mo. Visitation will be at the Rausch Funeral Home, Owings, Md., on Thursday, Dec. 12, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.,with a “Celebration of his life” at 7 p.m., at North Beach Union Church. Burial will be in Kennett Mo. at Dunklin Memorial Gardens, Dec. 21. In lieu of flowers family requests donations to Hospice of the Chesapeake/ Mandarin House, 90 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena MD 21122 or www.hospicechesapeake.org.

Jessie Lee Staughton, 91 Jessie Lee Staughton, 91, passed away on Dec. 2, at her home in Lusby, Md. She was born on May 23, 1922 in Dillwyn, Va., to the late Josiah Peyton Moss and Martha Ann Pendleton Moss, the seventh of their eleven children. She was preceded in death by her parents and nine of her siblings. Jessie Lee is survived by her devoted husband of sixty nine years, Harry Staughton, of Lusby, Md; loving children, Harry Lee and his wife Bonnie, Jo Lynne, Patricia, Kim, Dennis and Martin Staughton; three grandchildren, Juliette Aponte, Benjamin and Nicholas Dunn; and her sister Grace Trimmer of Richmond, Va. Graveside services will be held at a latter date in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington,

years, Shirley M. Anderson. Mr. Dillon has been a resident of Charlotte Hall Veterans home for the past two years. He enjoyed watching westerns and listening to country music. He is survived by his devoted friend and companion, Shirley M. Anderson of Chesapeake Beach, children Michael Lee Dillon and wife Shelia of Lusby, Shirley Jean Dillon of Crofton, Elaine, Stephen, Betty Jean, Leroy, Billy and Ronnie Dillon, a sister Patricia Prickette of New Smyrna, Fla., and step children Sharon and Charles, whom he raised. Family and friends were received Sunday, Dec. 8, from 2 to 4 and 6to 8 p.m., at Rausch Funeral Home, P.A., 8325 Mt. Harmony Lane, Owings, where a funeral service and celebration of Mr. Dillon’s life was held Monday, 11 a.m. Interment in Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham was held 1 p.m., on Wednesday, Dec. 11. Memorial donations in his name may be made to Charlotte Hall Veterans Home. To leave condolences visit www.rauschfuneralhomes.com.

Michelle Ann Lee, 52 Michelle Ann “Shell” Lee, 52 of Lusby, Md., formerly of Indian Head, Md., passed away on Nov. 27, at Georgetown University Hospital. She was born on May 26, 1961 in Washington, D.C. to the late Gloria Dohanick and Michael Dohanick. She married Randy E. Lee on April 1, 1991 in the city of Alexandria, Va. Shell graduated from Lackey High School and went on to attend the Washington School of Secretary’s. She was an Administrative Assistant for The Federal Aviation Administration. She will be remembered by her family as the best mom in the world and was the co-founder of R.J.S. Small Engine Repair. Shell is survived by her father Michael Dohanick; husband of 22 years, Randy Lee of Lusby, Md.; children, Robert Lee, Jennifer Lee, and Scott Lee all of Lusby, Md.; siblings, Kathy Halter of Lusby, Md., and Tina Pickeral of Marbury, Md. and a grandchild. She was preceded in death by her mother and a brother, Roy Wedding. The family will receive friends on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 from 10 to 11 a.m., in the Rausch Funeral Home, 20 American Lane, Lusby, MD where a Life Celebration Service will be held at 11a.m., with Pastor Brian Sandifer officiating. Interment will be private.


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Christmas by the River 29th Annual Solomons Island Christmas Walk

Community Boat Parade Winners Best of Show - Sweet Sue

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Best Power Boat - Summer Place Photo by Vandy Young

By Kimberly Alston Contributing Writer From Dec. 5 to the 7, the Solomon’s Business Association invited the community to its 29th Annual Christmas Walk. With thousands of candles lighting the path from Roy Rogers to the end of the pier, hundreds of people walked the streets, finding new business, vendors and forms of entertainment throughout Solomon’s Island. Several venues offered refreshments and special games and events throughout the weekend. There were also Santa sightings and Christmas music galore. On Saturday, Dec. 7, the Lighted Boat Parade also took place as several sailboats lined up and flowed down the Patuxent River. The event was hosted by the Solomons Business Association (SBA), the Solomons Island Yacht Club (SIYC), Solomons Yachting Center

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(SYC), Zahniser's Yachting Center (ZYC), Sail Solomons and the Patuxent River Sail and Power Squadron (PRSPS). There were prizes given out for “Best Theme, Best of Show, Best Sailboats and others. In addition to that, Our Lady Star of the Sea entertained the public with puppet shows each night. This year’s Christmas walk was sponsored by the Community Bank of the Chesapeake, Solomons United Methodist Church, Our Lady Star of the Sea, Sail Solomons, Solomons Towne Centre/JBG Rosenfeld Retail Properties, LLC, Back Creek Bistro, Solomons Civic Association, Roy Rogers Restaurant, Calvert Marine Museum and Grandmother’s Antiques. For more information, visit www.solomonsmaryland.com or contact President Lisa Frailey at 410-326-4917

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Shady Blue - Judges Choice

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Utopia as “Polar Express”

The Black & White Gala Dinner at Back Creek Bistro kicked off the weekend Thursday evening.

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Best Sail Boat - Airborne

Solomons Best Decorated House 2013

Carmens Gallery Best Decorated Business Photo by Vandy Young

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Paws-itively Wonderful Holiday Season By Kimberly Alston Contributing Writer On Saturday, Dec. 7, The Calvert Animal Rescue League hosted their Joyful Paws Holiday Open House to help raise money for the league by benefiting the animals. This year, the league held raffles, silent auctions and buy-it-now items as well as baked goods. In addition to that, several vendors including Sweet Dreams Candy Shoppe and Leia’s Treats, participated in the event by selling their items at the open house. Photos with Santa were one of the main events as Santa appeared and took pictures with animals and their human friends. Also at the event, several animals were available for adoption and some ended up finding new homes. The Calvert Animal Rescue League is located at 1040 Prince Frederick Blvd., in Prince Frederick. The league is part of a 501©3 pet rescue organization. For more information, visit www.cawlrescue.org or call 410-535-9300 kimberlyalston@countytimes.net

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Santa Visits the Lodge By Kimberly Alston Contributing Writer For over 20 years, the Calvert Elks Lodge has hosted Breakfast with Santa as a way for children, members, their families and guests to enjoy themselves in a close family holiday atmosphere. For the past seven years, lodge member Anne Balcerak has run Breakfast with Santa as part of her duties that came with her running the youth committee. This year, the event included goody bags, prizes and surprises, a special pancake breakfast with bacon, eggs, orange and apple juice as well as coffee for adults. The main event, however, was the arrival of Santa at 11 a.m. on a fire truck, and being escorted by the lodge’s motorcycle club. Accompanying Santa was his helper elf who passed out goodie bags after Santa took pictures with the children. While the event was directed only towards Calvert Elks Lodge members, Balcerak said that breakfast with Santa will continue to be a Lodge tradition. The Calvert Elks Lodge is located at 1015 Dares Beach Rd., in Prince Frederick. For more information, visit www.elks. org or call 410-535-5110 kimberlyalston@countytimes.net

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Oh Christmas Tree By Kimberly Alston Contributing Writer

SENIOR LIVING

On Saturday, Dec. 7, the Lusby Business Association held its fourth annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony in front of the Lusby Food Lion. The events were free and open to the public and featured Santa Claus, courtesy of the Solomon’s Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad. In addition to Santa, there was face painting, hot chocolate, and Christmas caroling thanks to the SYB Optimist club, the Girl Scouts Troup 1010 and Dunkin’Donuts. The business was founded in 2009 as a way to provide a local forum for businesses in Lusby to “improve and stabilize the local economy by participating on collaborative endeavors that include but not limited to community events, cooperative advertising, promotions and special events,” according to their website. The tree will stay lit until the first of January, 2014. The Lusby Business Association holds monthly meetings and seeks to help the local businesses of the community to grow. For more information, visit www.shoplusby. com, or email president Nance Pretto Simmons at nance@shoplusby.com kimberlyalston@countytimes.net

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Holiday Closings Calvert Pines, North Beach and Southern Pines Senior Centers will be closed Tuesday, Dec. 24 and Wednesday, Dec. 25 for the Christmas holiday. Meals on Wheels will be delivered Dec. 24. The senior center staff would like to wish you a very happy holiday! Get Moving and Stay Fit this Holiday Season Regular exercise improves your body and your mind! Calvert County senior centers offer fitness programs for any fitness level. Programs are open to anyone 50 and older. Here is a sample. Calvert Pines offers Walk to the Beat classes Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:30 a.m. North Beach offers an aerobic exercise class, Mondays, 9 a.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. Southern Pines offers a Bone Builders class, Wednesdays and Fridays, 8:45 a.m. All three sites offer an Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program at varying times and days of the week. Contact your local senior center to find out more about these fitness opportunities. Office on Aging Snow Policy If the Calvert County Courthouse is open, the Office on Aging will be open. You will need to listen to the local radio stations to hear whether County services such as Public Transportation will be available. If schools are delayed or closed, the Office on Aging will make every effort to have meals available for the Eating Together program at all three senior centers. Photo by Kimberly Alston

Greening the Courthouse Every December, the Calvert Garden Club helps Calvert County get into the Christmas spirit by decorating the courthouse with seasonal greenery.

Calvert Pines Senior Center (CPSC) Have some laughs at the Gift Exchange, Friday, Dec. 20, 11:45 a.m. Bring in a wrapped gift, $5 or less, and play the “Right/Left” game. You never know where your gift will end up or what gift you’ll end up with! Enjoy a New Year’s Eve Luncheon, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 12 noon. North Beach Senior Center (NBSC) Learn about the different Jewish Festivals, Thursday, Dec. 19, 10:30 a.m. Explore their significance and how they are celebrated. Pre-registration required. Come to the New Year’s Eve Bingo and Party, Tuesday, December 31, 10:30 a.m. Join in the fun of bingo with bigger and better prizes. Register by Dec. 23. Southern Pines Senior Center (SPSC) Sign up early for the Holiday Cookie Bake, Thursday, December 19, 1 p.m. Make delicious cookies to share with your friends and family! Fee: $20 Bring a wrapped gift, $5 or less and join the fun at the Crazy Gift Exchange, Monday, Dec. 23, 1 p.m. Enjoy the Noon Year’s Eve Party, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 11:30 a.m. EATING TOGETHER MENU Lunches are served to seniors aged 60-plus and their spouses through Title IIIC of the Older Americans Act. Suggested donation is $3. To make or cancel a reservation call: Calvert Pines Senior Center at 410-535-4606 or 301-855-1170, North Beach Senior Center at 410-257-2549, or Southern Pines Senior Center at 410-586-2748.

Lightpost swags ready for transport.

Monday, Dec. 16: Baked Chicken, Macaroni and Cheese, Salad, Corn Bread, Warm Sliced Apples Tuesday, Dec. 17: Salmon Casserole, Broccoli, Black Beans, Wheat Bread, Pineapple Tidbits Wednesday, Dec. 18: Meatball Sub, Cauliflower/Broccoli, Salad, Apple Sauce, Eclairs Thursday, Dec. 19: Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Bean Pasta Salad, Pineapple

Wreath ready for transport.

Photos courtesy of Vicki Geneva Calvert Garden Club members (clockwise from left to right) Janet Cosh, Terri Waller, Maricarol Cloak, Carol Frederick and Joyce Murphy working on roping for courthouse brick entrance wall

Friday, Dec. 20: Braised Liver and Onions, Whipped Potatoes, Green Beans, Fruit Cocktail


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Entertainment Calendar Thursday, Dec 12 Joe Martone   Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Rd, Dowell) 7:30 p.m. Piranhas Acoustic Ruddy Duck Alehouse (16810 Piney Point Rd., Piney Point) 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 13

The Works of Chopin

4 Friends Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Rd, Dowell) 8 p.m.

By Kimberly Alston Contributing Writer Artist in Residence at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Brian Ganz held a concert on Tuesday, Dec 3., featuring the music of Debussy, Chopin and Beethoven. Ganz has partnered with the National Philharmonics, part of the Strathmore Music Center, to perform the entire works of Chopin over the next decade. The first Chopin concert performed by the partnership was in January of 2001 and the projected end date is scheduled for February of 2014. For Ganz, the opportunity to perform the music of Chopin was a dream come true, Chopin, being Ganz’s favorite composer from a young age. While Chopin only wrote six works to be performed with a full orchestra, he also wrote several pieces to be played with just a solo piano. From age 10, Ganz decided that being a pianist was more than just a hobby, it was a calling. “Chopin is the language of my soul,” Ganz said. Ganz said his love of music was pushed through his “really wonderful teachers” and created a “devote, spiritual nourishment” to him. He said that his calling was encouraged by his family, especially his parents and that in general;

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

Saturday, Dec. 14 The Not So Modern Jazz Quartet The Westlawn Inn (9200 Chesapeake Avenue, North Beach) 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 15 Jazz Brunch Ruddy Duck Alehouse (16810 Piney Point Rd., Piney Point) 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 16 Team Trivia Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Rd, Dowell) 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 17 he was, “surrounded by encouragement. Ganz said that he is excited to perform the works of Chopin and said that, “it is possible that no one has ever done

this before”. He said that it has always been a dream of his to play every note that Chopin ever composed. “I feel I can communicate most precisely when I am speaking the language of Chopin,” Ganz said, adding that, “there is something so mysterious and soulful about his music that resonates the soul and depths of my being.” Being a teacher at St. Mary’s College of Maryland as a one on one repertoire piano class instructor as well as giving lecture recitals has given Ganz a way to share his love of music with others. He said that he loves being an artist in residence and while he plays basically classical pieces, he feels that he can give people and undersanding of music tht they may not have had before. Ganz;s next concert will be performed on Saturday, Dec 14 at the Michael P. P’Brien Athletics and Recreation Center (ARC) along with the St. Mary’s College Choir, and the St. Mary’s College Orchestra, with Larry Vote conducting as they perform Handel’s Messiah. For more information about Brian Ganz or his music, visit www.smcm.edu/ music/b_ganz.html or www.brianganz. com kimberlyalston@countytimes.net

Karaoke with DJ Tommy and DJ OT Hard Times Café (1120 Smalllwood Drive, West Waldorf) 8:30 p.m. $2 Tuesday Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Rd, Hollywood) 11 a.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 18 Trivia Ruddy Duck Alehouse (16810 Piney Point Rd., Piney Point) 6:30 p.m. Wolf’s Blues Jam Londontowne Pub (726 Londontowne Rd., Edgewater) 8 p.m. Team Trivia Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Rd., Hollywood) 7 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 19 Karaoke Applebee’s (4100 N W Crain Hwy., Bowie) 9 p.m. B & B Express Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Rd., Hollywood) 8:30 p.m.


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Library Events Thursday, Dec. 12 • Calvert Conversations Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch, 3819 Harbor Road, Chesapeake Beach – 10 to 11 a.m. An informal discussion of local history of interest to long-time Calvertonians and newbies. Complimentary coffee and tea. Come, relax in our living room, and share or learn something new! 410-257-2411 • Holiday Evening Storytime Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch, 3819 Harbor Road, Chesapeake Beach – 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. Join us for a wide variety of holiday stories and activities. 410-257-2411 • Holiday Evening Storytime Calvert Library Fairview Branch, Rt. 4 and Chaneyville Road, Owings – 7 to 7:45 p.m. Join us for a wide variety of holiday stories and activities. 410-257-2101

Friday, Dec. 13 • On Pins & Needles Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way – 1 to 4 p.m. Bring your quilting, needlework, knitting, crocheting, or other project for an afternoon of conversation and shared creativity. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862

Saturday, Dec. 14 • Gingerbread House Workshop Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way – 10 to 11 a.m. Come and celebrate the holiday season by building a small gingerbread house. Each child is asked to bring a bag of any edible item to share with the group to decorate all the gingerbread houses. For children in K – 7. Please register. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862

• Gingerbread Workshop Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch, 3819 Harbor Road, Chesapeake Beach – 10 to 11 a.m. Come and celebrate the holiday season by building a small gingerbread house. Each child is asked to bring a bag of any edible item to share with the group to decorate all the gingerbread houses. For children in K – 7. Please register. 410-257-2411 • Chess Saturdays at the Library Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch, 3819 Harbor Road, Chesapeake Beach – 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Chess enthusiasts or wannabe enthusiasts—please join us (with or without your own chess set) at the library the 2nd Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to noon. All ages and levels welcome! 410-257-2411 • Learn Mahjongg Calvert Library Southern Branch, 13920 H. G. Trueman Road, Solomons – 1 to 3 p.m. Want to learn Mahjongg? Games are a great way to keep your brain sharp while having fun! Join us! 410-326-5289

Monday, Dec. 16 • Books & Toys Calvert Library Southern Branch, 13920 H. G. Trueman Road, Solomons – 10 to 11 a.m. Skipping Christmas by John Grisham. Moms, parents, caregivers and your tots! Book club for mom, playtime for kids! 410-326-5289 • Calvert Eats Local Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way – 7 to 8:30 p.m. Share a local ingredient holiday snack and/or bring your extra seeds, pickles or whatever you have too much of! Greg Bowen will share a short presentation on behalf of the American Chestnut Land Trust about whole communities and how county organizations can network to maintain/improve quality of life.  Encourage local agriculture, discover ways to eat locally, and share resources, energy, and good ideas for great food! 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862

Tuesday, Dec. 17

• Gingerbread House Workshop Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way – 2 to 3 p.m. Come and celebrate the holiday season by building a small gingerbread house. Each child is asked to bring a bag of any edible item to share with the group to decorate all the gingerbread houses. For children in K – 7. Please register. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

• Yes! You CAN Use a Computer Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way – 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Learn the steps to setting up a Facebook account so you can locate and keep in touch with friends and family. The training will last one hour and will take place in a small group. Please register. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862

• Gingerbread Workshop Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch, 3819 Harbor Road, Chesapeake Beach – 2 to 3 p.m. Come and celebrate the holiday season by building a small gingerbread house. Each child is asked to bring a bag of any edible item to share with the group to decorate all the gingerbread houses. For children in K – 7. Please register. 410-257-2411

• Book Discussion Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way – 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wild by Cheryl Strayed. At twentytwo, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, alone, with no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike

more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862

Wednesday, Dec. 18 • Yes! You CAN Use a Computer! Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch, 3819 Harbor Road, Chesapeake Beach – 2 to 3 p.m. Learn the steps to setting up a Facebook account so you can locate and keep in touch with friends and family. The training will last one hour and will take place in a small group. Please register. 410-257-2411 • Book Discussion Calvert Library Fairview Branch, Rt. 4 and Chaneyville Road, Owings – 2 to 3:30 p.m. The White Queen by Philippa Gregory. Elizabeth Woodville is a woman of extraordinary beauty and ambition, who secretly marries the newly crowned Edward IV. Elizabeth rises to the demands of her position and fights for her family’s dominance. Despite her best efforts, her two sons become pawns in a famous unsolved mystery that has confounded historians for centuries: the lost princes in the Tower of London. 410-257-2101 • Book Discussion Calvert Library Southern Branch, 13920 H. G. Trueman Road, Solomons – 7 to 8 p.m. Breakfast with Buddha by Roland Merullo. When his sister tricks him into taking her guru on a trip to their childhood home, Otto Ringling, a confirmed skeptic, is not amused. Six days on the road with an enigmatic holy man who answers every question with a riddle is not what he’d planned. Come along for the adventure. 410-326-5289

Thursday, Dec. 19 • Yes! You CAN Use A Computer! Calvert Library Fairview Branch, Rt. 4 and Chaneyville Road, Owings – 2 to 3 p.m. Participants will learn the basics of formatting a resume using Microsoft Word. The training will last one hour and will take place in a small group. Please register. 410-257-2101 • Tell Us Your Story About ... Calvert Library Southern Branch, 13920 H. G. Trueman Road, Solomons – 2 to 3 p.m. Talk it up with good conversation and coffee at Calvert Library Southern Branch. This month’s topic is “Paying it Forward”. Share your stories and hear others. 410-326-5289 • Holiday Concert & Sing-along Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way – 7 to 8:30 p.m. Bring the family to enjoy “Fathers & Sons” barbershop quartet singing holiday songs and join in a sing-along of fun holiday favorites. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862

Friday, Dec. 20 • On Pins & Needles Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way – 1 to 4 p.m. Bring your quilting, needlework, knitting, crocheting, or other project for an afternoon of conversation and shared creativity. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862

Saturday, Dec. 21 • Yes! You CAN Use a Computer! Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way – 10 to 11 a.m. Learn the steps to setting up a Facebook account so you can locate and keep in touch with friends and family. The training will last one hour and will take place in a small group. Please register. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862

From my Backyard to our Bay A Calvert County Resident’s Guide to Improving Our Environment and Drinking Water

Creating Living Shorelines From My Backyard to Our Bay is a small but powerful booklet that was first developed by the Baltimore Soil Conservation District. From there, several counties republished a version tailored to their county resources. Calvert County’s booklet was developed by the Citizens Green Team. FREE COPIES can be obtained at Annmarie Gardens, at local libraries, or downloaded at calvertgreenexpo.org. If the 17.5 million residents who live in the Chesapeake Bay watershed area read this booklet, and took to heart its suggestions and best practices, the Chesapeake Bay would see a dramatic increase in health.

Erosion along shorelines is a natural but relentless process. Many methods have been used to try to slow or stop the erosion process. These methods include dumping recycled materials and tires and installing bulkheads and riprap. Unfortunately, these “solutions” often cause problems by impairing the aesthetics of a shoreline and eliminating the valuable fringing wetlands and sand beaches needed to improve water quality and sustain wildlife. Shorelines are a critical part of the environment for many species of fish, turtles, shorebirds, and aquatic life. Calvert County requires homeowners to look first at “living shorelines” to control erosion (see photo). This technique employs materials such as native plants, stone, and sand to preserve the shoreline naturally. Unlike methods such as riprap or bulkhead, living shorelines are designed to maintain or minimize the disruption of normal coastal processes, such as movement of sediment along shorelines, and to restore or protect wetlands. Living shorelines offer increased habitat for

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shorebirds, fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and other aquatic organisms. Living shorelines can also increase property value. People are attracted to natural settings with aesthetic beauty and plenty of wildlife. The deep roots of marsh grasses, shrubs, and trees help to stabilize the shoreline and reduce erosion. Living shorelines help filter nitrogen and phosphorous from upland landscapes to prevent pollutants from flowing into streams and rivers.

Where to get help with… STREAMS & SHORELINES • Calvert County Dept. of Planning and Zoning – 410-535-1600 ext. 2356 • Calvert Soil Conservation District – 410-535-1521 ext. 3 • Maryland Department of Natural Resources – dnr.maryland.gov/criticalarea/pdfs/Living%20shorelines-FN.pdf

This is the eighth in a series of articles that Mary Ann Scott (maryann.scott58@yahoo.com) has adapted from From My Backyard to Our Bay in the hopes of increasing awareness of this powerful booklet that could do so much to help the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Be sure to look for the next article in next week’s Calvert Gazette!

In that booklet, you will find 8 different types of grants up to $75,000 that will help you create a living shoreline on your property. Even if you don’t live on the water and have an erosion problem, it is a very interesting publication for those that are interested in the Chesapeake Bay. In that same website, also check out: http://www cbf.org/landscaping and http://www.cbf.org/join-us/ more-things-you-can-do/ with-your-family/in-youryard/native-plants for more information on helping the Bay in your backyard!


Out&About Thursday, Dec. 12

Sea Squirts presents Hoppers and Ploppers: All About Frogs Calvert Marine Museum, 10:30 to 11 a.m. Come sing songs, dance the frog dance, play some games, and meet the museum’s frogs to learn more about these jumpy little critters. Free drop-in program for children ages 18 months to 3 years old and their care givers.  Business After Hours College of Southern Maryland 115 Williams Road, Building B, Prince Frederick, 5 to 7:30 p.m. Garden In Lights Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center, 13480 Dowell Road, Solomons 410-326-4640 • www.annmariegarden.org. Garden In Lights is a magical tour that takes visitors of all ages on a beautiful journey through the glittering woods. As you walk along the protected path, you will be transported to a fantastical place of spectacular lights and amazing “light sculpture.” Guests will be surrounded by superheroes, wild animals, airplanes, pirates, princesses, dinosaurs, fantasy land and outer space to name a few. All of the “light sculptures” are designed and made at Annmarie Garden; nothing in this show is commercially available.  Holiday Meeting Adam’s, The Place for Ribs, Prince Frederick, 6:30 p.m. Democratic Club of Calvert County. Holiday buffet, $25   -   Cash bar. Please bring non-perishable food or a cash donation to “End Hunger in Calvert”. Join your fellow Democrats in ushering in the holiday season. RSVP:  By phone:  (410) 535-1873 or by e-mail calvertdems@gmail.com. Friday, Dec. 13 Patuxent Voices performs: A Musical Journey through the Season All Saints Episcopal Church, Sunderland, 7:30 p.m. Patuxent Voices, Southern Maryland’s premiere women’s a cappella group, presents “A Musical Journey through the Season” during this holiday;. There is no admission charge, but donations are welcome. To learn more or see additional performance dates, visit www.patuxentvoices.org or friend us on Facebook. Dinner American Legion Stallings-Williams Post 206, Route 260, Chesapeake Beach,5:30 to 7 p.m. Join us for an informal dinner in the lowerlevel dining room.  The menu will feature Open Face Roast Beef and Gravy Sandwich. Public Welcome. The cost is $10, including salad and beverage. Call for more information (301) 8556466. www.ALpost206.org 17th Annual Christmas Open House  132 Main Street Prince Frederick, 4 to 9 p.m. Please join us for Light Fare Holiday Cheer. Donations will be accepted to benefit The Calvert Memorial Hospital Foundation. Field Trips Myrtle Point Park, St. Mary’s County, 8 to 9 p.m. “Winter Owl Prowl”. Leader: Bob Boxwell (410-610-5124, bobboxweel@hotmail.com) This trip attempts to attract owls by having them respond to recorded calls. Youths are especially welcome. Dress for the weather, but avoid noisy clothing. Meet in front of the park gates at the end of Patuxent Boulevard off Rt. 4. Garden In Lights Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center, 13480 Dowell Road, Solomons 410-326-4640 • www.annmariegarden.org. Garden In Lights is a magical tour that takes visitors of all ages on a beautiful journey

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through the glittering woods. As you walk along the protected path, you will be transported to a fantastical place of spectacular lights and amazing “light sculpture.” Guests will be surrounded by superheroes, wild animals, airplanes, pirates, princesses, dinosaurs, fantasy land and outer space to name a few. All of the “light sculptures” are designed and made at Annmarie Garden; nothing in this show is commercially available.  Saturday, Dec. 14

Freeze your Bucc off Regatta SMSA, 14490 Solomons Island Rd, Solomons We are now entering the absolute best time of year to sail. If you haven’t been out all summer because you’re waiting for cooler air, warm water, sunshine & wind....it’s here...it will last the next two months..don’t miss it.  There is no better time to get out.... Christmas Market All Saints Episcopal Church, Sunderland, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Terrific craftspeople will help with your Christmas shopping. Baked goodies, cocoa & glühwein add to holiday spirit! Rain, snow or shine! No admission fee. Proceeds benefit parish & community projects. Patuxent Voices performs: A Musical Journey through the Season All Saints Episcopal Church, Sunderland, 7:30 p.m. Patuxent Voices, Southern Maryland’s premiere women’s a cappella group, presents “A Musical Journey through the Season” during this holiday;. There is no admission charge, but donations are welcome. To learn more or see additional performance dates, visit www.patuxentvoices.org or friend us on Facebook. Country Dance American Legion Stallings-Williams Post 206, Route 260, Chesapeake Beach,8 p.m. to 12 a.m. For a fun time, come to the Country Dance. If you can’t dance, teachers will be available to give instruction.  One hour lessons commence at 7 p.m. followed by dancing from 8 p.m. until midnight.  The Modest price of $15.00 per person includes soft drinks or draft beer and light munchies.  Hosted by the American Legion 206  in the upper level  Ballroom in Chesapeake Beach on Route 260.   For information call 301855-6466. www.ALpost206.org ENCORE Chorale of Southern Maryland Holiday Concert Great Hall of Middleham & St. Peter’s Parish, 10210 H. G. Trueman Road Lusby, 3 p.m. The 35 member Chorale is directed by Krystal Rickard McCoy. Come and enjoy the holiday tunes prelude on the piano played by Debra Tallarico, an alto in the Chorale. The concert accompanist will be Erin Tennyson. The guitar is played by Daniel Morgan during ‘Ocho Kandelikas’ a Ladino Song for Chanukah by Flory Jagoda. Daniel is the grandson of bass Ron Hillard. The concert is dedicated to the memory of Phyllis Campbell, alto and Eunice Butler, tenor who passed away this Fall. The chorale is part of the over 650 voice ENCORE Creativity for Older Adults, founded by Jeanne Kelly. Rehearsals are weekly on Wednesday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Auditorium of Asbury Solomons. The Spring season begins on January 8th. Contact Richard Staley at (410) 394 – 3174 about membership or on line at www.encorecreativity.org. Garden In Lights Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center, 13480 Dowell Road, Solomons 410-326-4640 • www.annmariegarden.org. Garden In Lights is a magical tour that takes visitors of all ages on a beautiful journey through the glittering woods. As you walk along the protected path, you will be transported to a fantastical place of spectacular lights and amaz-

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Community Events ing “light sculpture.” Guests will be surrounded by superheroes, wild animals, airplanes, pirates, princesses, dinosaurs, fantasy land and outer space to name a few. All of the “light sculptures” are designed and made at Annmarie Garden; nothing in this show is commercially available.    Luminaria Event Chesapeake Village Community, Chesapeake Beach, 6 to 8 p.m. Drive through the community of Chesapeake Village and enjoy the beautiful luminaria event.

“light sculpture.” Guests will be surrounded by superheroes, wild animals, airplanes, pirates, princesses, dinosaurs, fantasy land and outer space to name a few. All of the “light sculptures” are designed and made at Annmarie Garden; nothing in this show is commercially available.    Sunday Afternoon with the Pattersons Tour Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum, 10515 Mackall Road, St. Leonard, 2 to 3:30 p.m. 410-586-8501 • www.jefpat.org Point Farm was the country retreat of the late Mr. and Mrs. Jefferson Patterson. In 1983 Chesapeake Choral Arts Society announces Mrs. Patterson donated the property to the Christmas Concert    state in honor of her late husband, creating College of Southern Maryland Fine Arts Center, Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum. Join us 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata, 7:30 p.m. for a guided tour of this beautiful 1933 ColoThe Chesapeake Choral Arts Society nial Revival brick house and gardens designed presents:  A Renaissance Christmas with guest by noted female architects Gertrude Sawyer performance by the Schubert Singers. Tick- and Rose Greely. For reservations call 410ets are $15 for adults; $12 for seniors, mili- 586-8501 or email jppm@mdp.state.md.us.  tary, and youth. Tickets can be purchased at   the door (cash/check/credit card) or reserved 1812 Tide of War by calling Carol Charnock at 301-642-0594  College of Southern Maryland, Auditorium, 115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick, 3 p.m.   FUEL Empowerment Rally 410-326-2042 • www.calvertmarinemuseum. Patuxent High School, auditorium, 9:40 a.m. to 1 com p.m.  War of 1812: A Legacy of Division speaker seF.U.E.L. Empowerment Youth Rally, a free ries presents Donald Shomette and Gary Rue faith-based rally with live music, motivational and Company performing “1812: Tide of War.” speakers, dancers, and pizza lunch afterward This original musical presentation describes will be held. Teens come and fuel up your fu- Maryland’s role in the events of the War of 1812. ture; Fire, Unite, Empower, Leadership. Student They worked together to shape into melody the Learning Credits available with participating in stories of the Maryland heroes and heroines an Asset Development workshop. whose lives were caught up in the drama of the final wrenching of the fledgling America from Sunday, December 15 the influence of Great Britain. A facilitated discussion will follow the program. This series Donald Shomette and Gary Rue and Company: is made possible by the Maryland Humanities 1812: Tide of War Council, Friends of Jefferson Patterson Park and Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons, 3 p.m. the Calvert Marine Museum. This original musical performance, also available on CD, describes Maryland’s role in The 14th Annual Holiday Highlights Contest the events of the War of 1812. Shomette and Rue North Beach, 6 p.m. Decorate your home or business for the worked together to shape into melody the stories of the Maryland heroes and heroines whose holidays for your chance to win! There will be lives were caught up in the drama of the final TWO categories. The first category is houses, wrenching of the fledgling America from the apartments and townhouses. The second category is businesses. Gift bags will be awarded influence of Great Britain. to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in both categories. Decorate, decorate, decorate!!! For Gingerbread Lighthouse Workshops Calvert Marine Museum, 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. more information, call Sally Donaldson at For children ages 5 and older. Taking place 410.286.3988. throughout the day. Fee is $4 per child. Sign up at the admission desk the day of. Space is lim- Chesapeake Choral Arts Society announces ited – first come, first served. This program is in Christmas Concert    high demand, so come early to secure your spot. College of Southern Maryland Fine Arts Center, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata, 3:30 p.m. War of 1812 Speaker’s Series presents Donald The Chesapeake Choral Arts Society Shomette and Gary Rue & Company perform- presents:  A Renaissance Christmas with guest ing 1812: Tide of War performance by the Schubert Singers.TickCollege of Southern Mary- ets are $15 for adults; $12 for seniors, mililand, Prince Frederick, 3 p.m. tary, and youth. Tickets can be purchased at This original musical performance, also avail- the door (cash/check/credit card) or reserved able on CD, describes Maryland’s role in the by calling Carol Charnock at 301-642-0594  events of the War of 1812. Shomette and Rue   Monday, December 16 worked together to shape into melody the stories of the Maryland heroes and heroines whose lives were caught up in the drama of the final wrench- ArtLAB Mom’s Club ing of the fledgling America from the influence Annmarie Garden, 10 a.m. to 12 noon Discover your little one’s creative potential of Great Britain.  The fourth in a series of lectures on the War of 1812 will take place at the in the artLAB! These lightly guided sessions College of Southern Maryland, Prince Frederick will help your child make great art, fun toys, campus in the new Leed Certified building. This creative costumes, and new friends. Perfect for series is sponsored by the Maryland Humanities preschoolers ages 3 to 5, with parent. Council, Star Spangled 200, Friends of Jefferson Tuesday, Dec. 17 Patterson Park and Museum, and The Calvert Marine Museum. Admission is FREE. Steak Dinner Garden In Lights American Legion Stallings-Williams Post 206, Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center, Route 260, Chesapeake Beach,5:30 to 7 p.m. Particular about your Steak? At the Ameri13480 Dowell Road, Solomons can Legion in Chesapeake Beach, you order it 410-326-4640 • www.annmariegarden.org Garden In Lights is a magical tour that takes vis- directly from the Grill-Master and you get what itors of all ages on a beautiful journey through you order. The $15.00 price tag includes sides, the glittering woods. As you walk along the salad, beverage, and roll. Public welcome. For protected path, you will be transported to a fan- information call (301) 855-6466. www.ALtastical place of spectacular lights and amazing post206.org


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Last Week’s Puzzle Solutions

1. Binder 5. Move up and down 11. Wild sheep of northern Africa 12. Annoys 16. An upward movement 17. Ducktail 18. Town in central Minnesota 19. Philatelist’s delight 24. Carrier’s invention 25. Foreign travellers 26. Aurochs 27. Batter advanced score 28. Show the way 29. Steep rugged mass of rock 30. Valley 31. Digital data device 33. Insert mark 34. Breakout 38. Dissention from dogma 39. Kuhil and clown fish 40. Unconsciousness 43. Czech River 44. Johann Sebastian 45. Flows to the Danube at Belgrade 49. World data organization (abbr.) 50. Comedian Sahl 51. Porch furniture wood 53. Potato state 54. American Pickers 56. Yellow-fever mosquitos 58. Edison’s company 59. Axis and offshoot angle 60. Standard 63. Blame (Scottish) 64. Esoteric 65. Pronounces

20. Article 21. GMA anchor’s initials 22. Streetcar 23. Summer month (abbr.) 27. Not widely distributed 29. Plays great music 30. Female 1776 descendants 31. Speed gauge ratio 32. Old English 33. After B 34. Expressing sorrow 35. More hearty, firmer 36. Taxis 37. Single pip card 38. 50th state 40. A source of worry 41. Eight sided 42. Highest military valor award (abbr.)

44. Former Harvard Pres. Derek 45. Drinking tubes 46. Loss of coordination 47. Self-love 48. Talus joints 50. Accumulator 51. Rural delivery 52. Lady Soul’s initials 54. Prefix indicating abstraction 55. Hawaiian goose 57. Prince William’s mom, Lady __ 61. Aid organization (abbr.) 62. Farm state

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1. Any wrist bone 2. Baltimore bird 3. Czar’s nation 4. Regulated food 5. Space next to someone 6. Expunction 7. Trauma center 8. Spanish yes 9. Matters 10. Twist out of shape 13. Toward 14. Renders able for a task 15. An extended social group

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

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

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Apartment Rentals Large 2BDRM apartment with sep kitchen and living room area. 20mins from Waldorf and Lexington Park. Electric included with monthly rent. Pets are allowed, no yard access. Price: $1200. Call 301-399-0413 or email bbmangel36@gmail.com. Prince Frederick, Maryland (Calvert County). Nice room in private home with 2 closets and storage area. Less than 1 mile to all shopping, and CSM. Public transportation across the street. Includes utilities, AC, WIFI, and cable. Available immediately. Call Rick 443968-4727. Rent: $600.00

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Maryland Wine & Craft Beer distributor looking for qualified and experienced sales person for Calvert County territory. We offer comprehensive salary with eventual conversion to commission (when territory generates more commission than salary). We offer monetary support for cell phone and car use. We offer medical and dental insurance and a 401K plan with generous matching funds. Please email resume and salary history to Lax422@aol.com ATTN H/R Sales

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Prizes listed last week were for last years’ prizes. The prizes have been updated to reflect the popular new items of 2013!

www.dealehardware.

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WhiLe santa is

make a decorated Snowflake and bring it in by December 14th for a chance to win a prize! We will gladly hang it above our tree for all to see! Prizes will be awarded to the age groups seen here. Limit one entry per child.


2013-12-12 The Calvert Gazette