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New Movie Theater Has Park Businesses Worried By Guy Leonard Staff Writer For years county residents have been waiting for a new, more modern movie theater in addition to the one currently open on FDR Boulevard in Lexington Park but business community leaders there are worried that the coming of a new 12-screen cineplex at the Oak Crest development in California will draw even more patrons from what was once the retail center of the county. Robin Finnacom, director of the county’s Department of Economic and Community Development, said their worries are well founded. “Their concerns are fair and we see that with any new shopping center,” Finnacom said. For a decade commercial development on Route 235 north of Lexington Park has grown quickly and the addition of a new movie theater, a key anchor business in any large development to bring in shoppers and restaurant goers, could draw away even more customers from an area trying to revitalize itself. Finnacom said there was an air installation compatible use zone in affect in Lexington Park, which effectively restricts revitalization and reinvestment in older

properties in favor of safety from aircraft accidents. “It’s more competition and the revitalization community is competing with Route 235,” Finnacom said. “There are fewer things you can accomplish downtown.” The new theater would be built by R/C Theaters and have a 2,400 seat capacity while being situated back in the center that will accommodate about 900,000 square feet of commercial space. Despite its age, business owners in the park are thankful for the AMC Theater’s presence since it still attracts customers to local shops. Finnacom said she still goes to the theater. “They have excellent popcorn, it’s better than other theaters I’ve been to,” she said. “It’s convenient and it’s close to restaurants.” Still, she lamented the condition the theater has come to over the years since it was built in the 1990s. “It has been disappointing that the ownership of the theater haven’t chosen to reinvest [in it.]” Finnacom said, despite being offered assistance from the county and nearby private investors. “They’ve declined every offer.”


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Base Commander Affirms Stance on District Plan By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Capt. Ben Shevchuk, commander of Patuxent River NAS told members of the county’s planning commission Monday night that both he and the U.S. Navy continue to support the draft Lexington Park Development District Master Plan’s adherence to aircraft operation safety zones around the base that both restrict development and revitalization of the aging community just outside the base main gate. Shevchuk even said that the base had interests in expanding the buffer around the base to protect the integrity of two accident potential zones (APZ) in the aircraft installation compatible use zones (AICUZ). The navy has already acquired several properties outside the base to restrict encroachment on its air test operations and is looking at others, he said, and the navy considers some activities outside the base main gate that are not actually in the APZ to still be potential problems. “Encroachment extends more broadly than the APZ,” Shevchuk told commission members. Months ago Shevchuk relayed the Navy’s position on the draft document to the county but this week reiterated the commitment at a question and answer session with commission members and planning staff to better understand just what the navy needed to continue its work at the base. When asked by commission members if the navy would be willing to relax its adherence to the AICUZ restrictions the county put in place years ago, Shevchuk

said the navy would stand firm. “New development should abide by the AICUZ,” Shevchuk said, which meant that any redevelopment would have to stay with the 50 people-per-acre requirement to reduce risk in the event of an aircraft accident. He also said the county could do more to ensure down town Lexington Park complied with AICUZ rules. “Lexington Park is not as AICUZ compliant as it could be,” he said. “I don’t really need to put a grade on it.” That included when businesses renovated or repurposed buildings and in doing so brought in more than 50 people per acre in the AICUZ; renovations do not require a permit and base officials are only informed of changes in buildings when permits are issued for demolition and construction, he said. The navy’s plans to move ahead with its enhanced use lease (EUL) project continues he said, which consists of hiring a private developer to build high quality office space inside the base’s main gate in an effort to provide competitive workspace for programs to continue coming to Patuxent River. Commission member Shelby Guazzo said the navy’s decision to pursue the plan, which would leave office space outside the base main gate that local developers had built vacant, was still a sore issue. “If the navy wants Class A office space Lexington Park can provide it,” she said. “It’s not rocket science.” Commission member Merl Evans said the navy’s request for the county to adhere to the development plan as written, which has been criticized by economic devel-

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also on-hand for the event. He noted that he knew many of the children personally and said a true measure of a community is how it takes care of its less fortunate and that St. Mary’s County is “a true example of walking the talk.” Law enforcement from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, Maryland State Police, United States Coast Guard, Federal Bureau of Investigations, St. Mary’s College Public Safety, Prince George’s County Police, the Department of Parole and Probation, and the Department of Defense Police volunteered their off-duty time to shop with the kids. Shop with a Cop is a 501(c)3 non-profit. 100% of donations go directly to the program, which is run by volunteers. Funding for Shop With a Cop is raised over the course of the pervious year by fundraisers and direct donations to members of the organization. Tax-deductible donations are accepted year round through Shop with a Cop, Inc. at 23150 Leonard Hall Drive, Leonardtown, MD 20650 or mailed to Shop with a Cop, Inc., P.O. Box 2336, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Chick Fil A also hosts Shop with a Cop fundraiser nights every other month in St. Mary’s County. For more information about the Shop with a Cop program, contact Detective Bill Raditz at 301-475-4200, ext. 1958.

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Tax Revenues Rise Slightly in Budget Projections By Guy Leonard Staff Writer As the Board of County Commissioners begin their fiscal 2015 budget talks in earnest county staff reported that tax revenues continue to increase year over year, albeit only slightly from the last budget. According to budget projections offered to commissioners Monday at a work session property tax revenues should be about $102.4 million, which is about $1 million over the projection for fiscal 2015 that county had in December of 2012 according to county government documents. Income revenues are also likely to be up, but projections show that the increases are slowing; county budget officials believe tax revenues for fiscal 2015 will be about $85.2 million over this year’s $82 million. Overall county revenue projections from those two main sources and others comes to $213.2 million, according to county budget documents.



County analysts say that local government’s contribution to the Board of Education’s budget would be $90.9 million if they used some of their fund balance to help pay for teacher pensions and other post employment benefit (OPEB) costs. County commissioners also learned about the possible impacts if certain local taxes were relieved or abolished but took no action on the prospects; one of three options is no longer available, that of reducing the homestead tax credit to 2.5 percent, because the application to the state had to have been made by Nov. 15 of the year prior to the change. That would result in a $450,000 loss of revenue, county staff reported. The other two proposals, reducing the energy tax on heating and electric bills and reducing the senior property tax cap age from 70 to 65, would also cut into the county’s operating budget. If the energy tax were eliminated, county documents show it would result in about $1.3 million be taken out of the budget. That figure is what is already budgeted in the fiscal 2014 budget. The senior property tax cap is projected to cost $835,000 in revenues by fiscal 2015, Chief Financial Officer Elaine Kramer said, and if 65 year olds are included in the formula that cost could increase each year thereafter.


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Police: Man Used Truck as Weapon in Domestic Row

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer St. Mary’s sheriff’s deputies allege a man who became embroiled in a domestic argument with the mother of his child followed her in his vehicle as she left the home and used his own vehicle to ram hers while the child was still in it. John Francis Tippett, Jr. faces charges of first-and-second-degree assault but has since been released on bond from the county’s detention center. Police say that Carey Bowen, the defendant’s girlfriend, left the home where the argument occurred on Park Hall Road and drove to another residence on Havilland Road in Lexington Park and as she was driving away from a house police said was left in disarray, she told police she kept getting phone calls from Tippett that if she did not

return he would “destroy everything in the house.” When she arrived at the Havilland Road residence Tippett pulled in behind her, got out his vehicle and demanded she get out of her car or “he would break the window,” police alleged in charging documents. When she refused, police alleged, Tippett got back in his vehicle and drove it into the rear of her vehicle, pushing it forward and causing scratch marks, police said. Tippett and Bowen’s 2-year-old daughter was in the vehicle he drove into, police said. When police questioned him he admitted to running into Bowen’s vehicle, saying he did it so “she would not leave,” police said in charging documents.

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Drive-By Shooting Rocks South Hampton By Guy Leonard Staff Writer A community that has long been the focus of a concentrated police presence to crack down on crime was the scene of a drive-by shooting the afternoon of Dec. 14 police say that has been bloodless. Law officers say the shooting took place in the South Hampton community in Lexington Park, close to a major sheriff’s office substation located at what was once an elementary school. Assailants firing from a vehicle began shooting on Bristol Avenue but no one was hit, though police found shell casings and bullet strikes on several homes. Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron called the shooting a surprising and brazen act given the proximity of a major police presence. “It’s been a while since we’ve seen that kind of violence in that neighborhood,” Cameron said. One man who lived on South Hampton Avenue, which intersects with Bristol, said the neighborhood was usually quiet and that such an incident had not happened in the 10 years he had lived there. He was away when the shooting happened that Saturday at about 2:44 p.m., he said, and was surprised to hear it had happened. “I know I was,” he said. “Nobody’s saying nothing.” Police said a tan or brown Chevrolet sport utility vehicle, possibly a Tahoe with rusted wheel rims, operated by a black male drove down Bristol at a slow rate of speed and fired several times, striking some homes and a vehicle. One of the homes that was hit was occupied at the time; the shooter fled the scene after firing the handgun, police said.

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Matthew Scott Hurry, 27, who was recently captured in Ohio after being on the lam from St. Mary’s authorities on charges that he brutally beat and robbed a woman in her own home has been formally indicted and now faces a litany of other charges. Among them are failing to register properly with authorities on time as he is a convicted sex offender. Hurry, of Mechanicsville, also faced charges of violating probation this week but his hearings were continued. He now faces charges of first-degree burglary, first-and-second-degree assault, theft from $1,000 to under $10,000, two counts of malicious destruction of property, robbery, armed robbery and failing to register properly as a sex offender. The burglary occurred March 19 in Leonardtown, police said, when Hurry, a child sex offender, allegedly broke into the female victim’s home by kicking in the door.

Covering his face to conceal his identity, Hurry then threatened the victim, demanding she hand over items to him, according to charging papers filed against Hurry. Hurry is alleged to have brutally beaten his victim so badly that she sustained serious injuries to her face and police say he even tried to break his victim’s leg to prevent her from fleeing and destroyed her cell phone to prevent her from calling for help. Hurry stole numerous items from his victim, police alleged and even forced her to come with him to Drayden where he hid some of the valuables. Before leaving her residence her son came home and Hurry allegedly threatened her with a knife to not tell her son what was going on, police said. Police in Nelsonville, Ohio finally found Hurry back in mid-November and detectives here brought him back to stand trial within days of his capture.


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SHERIFF’S BLOTTER The following information is compiled directly from publicly released police reports.

On Dec. 15 Deputy Beasley responded to a residence in Lexington Park, for a domestic disturbance in progress. The victim alleged suspect, John Francis Tippett Jr., 37, of Park Hall, followed the victim in a separate vehicle to the residence and demanded the victim exit the vehicle. When the victim refused, Tippett got back into his vehicle and purposefully drove into the back of the victim’s vehicle. The victim’s small child was inside the vehicle at the time. Tippet was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with 1st and 2nd Degree Assault. On Dec. 13 Deputy Shomper responded to a residence in Lexington Park, for a domestic disturbance. The victim alleged suspect, Matthew Anthony Brown, 53, of Lexington Park, struck the victim in the face with his fist during an argument. Deputy Shomper observed fresh evidence of injury on the victim’s face. Brown was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with 2nd Degree Assault. On Dec. 14 Corporal Maletto responded to Walmart in California, for a theft. A loss prevention employee observed a male subject, later identified as Alvin Enrique Colina, 31, of no fixed address, with a shopping cart full of merchandise. The subject then exited the store without paying. The value of the stolen merchandise was over $200. Colina was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with Theft Under $1,000. On Dec. 14 Deputy Lawrence responded to a residence in Mechanicsville, for a reported burglary. The victim alleged her locked bedroom had been broken into and several of her belongings were stolen. The investigation revealed a roommate of the victim, identified as Nicholas Taylor Cave, 23, of Mechanicsville, was home during the time the crime was committed and witness statements support Cave broke into the victim’s bedroom. Cave was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. A search of Cave revealed he was in possession of a plastic baggie containing suspected prescription medication. He was charged with 1st Degree Burglary, 3rd Degree Burglary, Theft $1,000 to $10,000, 4th Degree Burglary – Dwelling, 4th Degree Burglary – Theft, and Possession Controlled Dangerous Substance – Not Marijuana.

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Police Charge Man in Car Ramming By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Police arrested a Morganza man Dec. 14 for allegedly using his truck to try and run another vehicle off of Three Notch Road. Eric Manual Scriber, 22, faces charges of first-degree assault and second-degree assault as well as reckless endangerment but has since been released on bond from the county’s adult detention center. According to police an off duty Prince George’s County law officer witnessed Scriber use his silver 2000 Dodge Dakota to try and run a black Nissan car off the road several times while traveling on Route 235. When the Prince George’s policeman pulled Scriber over, the defendant got out of his car and told the officer he did not have a license. The female victim in the car, identified as Shawna Welch, had yelled out through her window for help just before the officer stopped Scriber, charging documents stated, but left the area during the investigation. The officer told local police he had witnessed Scriber “turn around behind the victim’s car and came within inches of striking

the victim’s vehicle,” charging documents stated. When police talked to Welch she told them Scriber, who was her ex-boyfriend, had come by her residence and watched her while she was in the driveway; Scriber had approached both her and her boyfriend while they were in her car. She drove away and Scriber followed, she told police according to charging documents. Welch said she tried to get away from Scriber, sometimes going up to 120 miles an hour to escape; she said Scriber was upset because her new boyfriend was Scriber’s cousin. Scriber told police both he and the victim had a child together and that he was following her because he wanted to talk to her and became upset when he saw her with his cousin. Police have also charged Scriber with driving without a license, reckless driving, negligent driving and following too closely, charging documents stated.

On Dec. 14 Deputy LaFave responded to the 27000 block of Three Notch Road for a reported domestic assault. An off duty Prince George’s County police officer observed a Dodge truck attempt to ram a Nissan passenger vehicle several times. The officer stopped the truck and identified the driver as Eric Manual Scriber Jr., 22, of Morganza. Deputy LaFave’s investigation revealed Scriber had been chasing the victim (operating the Nissan) for several miles attempting to ram the victim’s vehicle off of the road. Scriber was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with 1st and 2nd Degree Assault and Reckless Endangerment. On Dec. 11 Deputy Teague responded to the Kmart in California, for a reported employee theft. Deputy Teague’s investigation revealed, Sierra Renee Savoy, 20, of Lexington Park, stole cash from the register and items of merchandise totaling over $1,300 since being employed at the store in August 2013. Savoy was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. She was charged with Theft $1,000 to $10,000 and Theft Scheme $1,000 to $10,000. On Dec. 12 Sergeant Safford of the Lexington Park COPs UNIT, observed Adrian Fauvet Dubost, 26, of Prince Frederick, consuming an alcoholic beverage on South Coral Drive in Lexington Park. Dubost was charged with possession of Alcoholic Beverage by Criminal Citation. On Dec. 10 Deputy LaFave responded to a residence in Mechanicsville for a reported domestic disturbance. The victim alleged Jean Marie Gagnon, 44, of Mechanicsville, assaulted the victim with her hands during an argument. Deputy LaFave observed fresh evidence of injury on the victim’s face. Gagnon was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. She was charged with 2nd Degree Assault. On Dec. 12 Corporal White responded to a residence in Lexington Park for a reported assault. The victim alleged suspect Angie Sheree Porter, 35, of Lexington Park, struck the victim in the face with her fist. Deputy White observed fresh evidence of injury on the victim. Porter was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. She was charged with 2nd Degree Assault.


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Sakura Bar and Grill Offers Japanese-Malaysian Dining

By Kay Poiro Staff Writer Located on Rte. 5 in the True Value shopping center, Sakura Bar and Grill is under new management and wooing customers back. New owner and manager Andy Seow has wasted no time making changes since their grand re-opening on Dec. 1. “We are still mostly Japanese food,” Seow says. He explains that about 90% of the menu’s dishes come from Japan. However, “we’ve also added tastes of food from all of Asia food, so we’re a Japanese restaurant with a little extra.” Seow says his strategy of continuing the more common Japanese dishes alongside lesser-known Asian are is working. He notes the positive reaction from his regular customers. “I’m encouraged by the diners,” Seow says. One of his fondest memories is when a group of customers pulled him aside on the day of his grand re-opening and offered him a few words of comfort. “They told me ‘no matter what, stick around. Hang in there.’ It warmed my heart.”

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Sakuras Bar and Grill features a sushi bar and domestic beer on tap

Not to be confused with the Sakura Japanese Steak and Seafood House chain found in Waldorf and Annapolis, Seow ways his bar and grill offers a more relaxed atmosphere. “We are a restaurant for families who love delicious, inexpensive food and are looking for something different,” he says. For him, that something different means bringing only the best ingredients to his customer’s table, including hormonefree chicken and beef. “Diner who come to Sakura are willing to expect a culinary experience outside the norm,” he says. “So, we’re giving them an opportunity to experience foods from other countries while they are here, as well.” Those other countries include Singapore, Thailand, and his native Malaysia. In fact, most of the menu additions have been food and drink from his homeland. “We’ve added a few Malaysian delights to the base Japanese menu,” Seow says.

The shrimp bento box at Sakura Bar and Grill

28th Annual Christmas Doll & Train Exhibit

St. Clement's Island Museum 38370 Point Breeze Rd Colton's Point, MD 20626 301-769-2222

Enjoy "A Maryland Christmas" with vintage dolls, toys, and miniature trains. Learn about interesting facts and folklore of Maryland! Museum store open for shopping!

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“Items include classic Malaysian white coffee, Hazelnut white coffee and Malaysian ‘pull’ tea- a form of milk tea.” In the near future, Sakura plans to launch a lunch buffet. Featuring two hot bars and a cold bar, it will include the more popular Japanese dishes, while also offering foods from neighboring countries. Although he has planned a New Year’s Eve event, Seow is cautiously optimistic about adding more to his plate. “We’ve been open for less than a month,” he says, adding that he would rather listen to what his customers want and work from there. In the meantime, he’s content for Sakura’s Bar and Grill to be known for its authentic Japanese foods- and a little more. “Our willingness to offer a sampling of all Asian foods, that is what makes us truly different,” he says.

Piney Point Lighthouse Holiday Exhibit

Piney Point Lighthouse Museum & Historic Park

44720 Lighthouse Rd Piney Point, MD 20674 301-994-1471 Come "Home for Christmas" and see a nostalgic look at Christmases long ago. Keeper's quarters filled with holiday eras and vintage items. Play the scavenger game!

Dec. 21 to 31 (Open daily) 10 am to 4 pm Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas Day

St. Mary’s County Museum Division of Recreation and Parks - St. Mary’s County Board of Commissioners


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Driving with Daisy Clare By Sarah Miller Staff Writer “We’re more than curb to curb service,” said Ellen O’Brien, owner of Daisy Clare’s Transportation. O’Brien’s transportation business is more personalized than a typical taxi service, she said. O’Brien makes an effort to build relationships with her customers. One of her clients has mobility issues but likes to get a pedicure every week. While she is getting her nails done, O’Brien takes her grocery list and goes shopping for her. O’Brien is willing to go beyond driving individuals around town. One elderly woman needed someone to fly with her to Florida for a visit to her daughter. O’Brien took her to the airport, helped her get her boarding pass and check her luggage and even flew with her to Florida to make sure she met up safely with her daughter. Two hours later, O’Brien boarded another plane and went back to Maryland. “What you’ll do for your parents, we’ll do for your parents,” O’Brien said. Her mother was sick and her father

had health issues so she and her family struggled to balance driving her parent to doctor appointments with PTA meetings, work and other obligations. Other families go through the same struggle, she said, and she set out to fill a need in the community. Daisy Clare’s started in 2009. With advance notice, O’Brien said she runs 24/7. She has driven people home from wine tastings in Alexandria, Va., Tiki Bar opening weekend in Solomons Island. She has driven bachelorette parties and other larger groups. O’Brien operates throughout Southern Maryland, serving customers in St. Mary’s, Calvert and Charles counties. She plans to grow her business, including adding more drivers to accommodate more customers. Holidays tend to be the busy season for Daisy Clare’s Transportation. O’Brien spends a lot of time driving to and from airports. In an effort to make the holiday season easier, Daisy Clare Transportation and Infinite Errands have formed a partnership to make sure customer’s needs are addressed during the last days leading up to Christmas.

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Ellen O’Brien

“We’re not combining companies,” O’Brien said. “We’re partnering for folks who need assistance with transportation, paperwork, shopping, decorating. For more information, or to arrange a ride with Daisy Clare’s, call 301-356-

4697, email or visit For more information about Infinite Errands, visit

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An “F” in History We should all thank Mr. Glenn Weder for the Social Security history lesson provided in his letter to the editor Dec 12, 2013. Unfortunately I think Mr. Weder probably received an "F" in history and the County Times has done its readers a disservice by publishing this letter and legitimizing such myths. Mr. Weder states the President Roosevelt promised this program would be voluntary. The Social Security program was never voluntary and Mr. Roosevelt never promised that it would be voluntary. From the first days of the program to the present, anyone working on a job covered by Social Security has been obligated to pay payroll taxes. Although in the early days many jobs were not covered by social security those who did not participate in the program did not collect any benefits. Although today most jobs are covered under this program, the obligation to pay payroll taxes is as true today as it was in 1935. Mr. Weder also stated that it is no longer true that the Social Security trust fund would be used only to fund the Social Security Retirement Program. Again, Mr. Weder's statement is wrong. The operation of the trust fund has not changed since 1935 and Mr. Weder's statements obscure the real problems that this nation

must address to keep the program solvent. The federal government, under both Republican and Democratically controlled governments, has borrowed massive amounts of money. In fact from 1981-to-1993 under Reagan and Bush the national debt nearly tripled, under the second George Bush the national debt more than doubled in 8 years. Under Obama the borrowing continues. Over $2.5T of our national debt is owed to the Social Security trust fund. Who does Mr. Weder trust to pay this money back - the same Republicans who have railed against the program for decades? Or perhaps Mr. Weder would rather have the federal government default on this debt. The demagoguery expressed by Mr. Weder will not resolve the issues the nation must address to keep the Social Security program solvent. Mr. Weder stated that Roosevelt promised participants that the Social Security tax would by only 1% of the first $1400 dollars of income. Again Mr. Weder makes another a false statement. Roosevelt never made that promise. In fact the initial law included provisions to increase the rates and income levels over the course of many years. Since the passage of the Social Security act in 1935 Congress has made additional adjustments. The largest adjustment was signed into law by a Republican

president, Ronald Regan, in 1983. Mr. Weder stated that under Democrat Jimmy Carter immigrants moving into this country began receiving Social Security payments even though they may never had paid a dime into the program. Again Mr. Weder makes another false statement. Neither immigrants nor anyone else are able to collect Social Security benefits without paying Social Security payroll taxes into the system. Perhaps Mr. Weder confused the Social Security program with the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program, a welfare program, signed into law by President Nixon on October 30, 1972. I could continue rebutting Mr. Weder's every statement however I think your readers will get my point. At the very lease I hope I alert your readers to do their own research. Every statement Mr. Weder made in his letter is false and through such demagoguery he does the citizens of St Mary's County and the entire nation a disservice. By publishing a letter filled with false and inflammatory statements your paper also participates in this demagoguery.

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College of Southern Maryland Up for Accreditation

By Sarah Miller Staff Writer The College is Southern Maryland is nearing the end of their preparations for reaccredidation. During their Dec. 12 meeting, the Board of Trustees approved the self-study document which will be used during the reaccredidation process. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) accredits CSM, according to CSM President Brad Gottfried. The MSCHE is one of several entities given power by the federal government to afford accreditation to higher education institutions. Being accredited means the school is eligible for federal money, which in turn makes pell grants and other financial aid to students, Gottfried said. Schools that loose their accreditation often end up closing. In most cases, a school looses accreditation because they were already failing and the loss of accreditation is the final straw, Gottfried said. Schools must be reaccredited every 10 years, Gottfried said. CSM has been working on the self study

document, which must address 14 points outlined by the MSCHE, for two years. Because so much rides on being accredited, many educators fear the process. Gottfried sees it as an opportunity. “It’s like taxes,” he said. “You know its coming. You’ve just got to do it.” The self study document has involved the entire school community, from administration to teachers and students. It is a comprehensive look at the schools successes and areas that need improvement and plans for the future. CSM has been an accredited institution since the late 1950s, Gottfried said. In addition to MSCHE accreditation, several CSM programs are independently accredited. The Practical Nursing and Associate Degree Nursing programs are approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing and accredited by the National League for Nurses Accrediting Commission. The Physical Therapist Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Ther-

Teacher Union: Post-Labor Day School Start is Archaic, Elitist By Kay Poiro Staff Writer President of the Education Association of St. Mary’s County (EASMC) Anna M. Laughlin calls Maryland State Comptroller Peter Franchot’s plan to keep Maryland public schools closed until after Labor Day “archaic and elitist.” During a visit to St. Mary’s County earlier this month, Franchot touted his idea for a shorter school year as “a great idea”, saying that “it’s ultimately going to happen.” Laughlin, a retired educator with 30 years in the classroom told The County Times, “This is archaic because the rest of the world is moving toward year round schooling

to provide more educational opportunities for our children and he’s moving us backward.” She adds, “It’s elitist to shorten the school year just so the privileged can extend their vacations, while most of our children will be sitting at home during that time with minimal, if any, educational enrichment.” Superintendent of St. Mary’s County Public Schools, Dr. Michael J. Martirano, has also expressed concern about the impact of a later start school start date on the county’s public school students.

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A Great Mills High School spare change drive netted $867.67 in support of the St. Mary’s County Public Schools shoes fund. Spearheaded by Sisters In Success, a school mentorship program aimed at introducing female students to community service and leadership, the effort lasted just under 30 days. A pizza party was promised for whichever class raised the most money. Assistant Principal and head of Sisters In Success, Contina Quick-McQueen says, “Last year, we collected food and donations for Thanksgiving. I threw some ideas out for a community service project this quarter and they chose the shoe fund.” The shoe fund is entirely donation funded. Pupil Personnel Workers identify children who may need new shoes for the first day of school. New shoes are then purchased for the children. “The money goes directly from the shoe fund to buy shoes for our children,” Superintendent Michael J. Martirano says. “This is money making a direct impact in the community” A check for the amount raised will be presented to the Board of Education during their Jan. 8 meeting.


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Superintendent: Education Fine Arts Academy Opening for 2014-2015 School Year By Kay Poiro Staff Writer “If you cut the arts, you cut creativity. Then what will students have to read and write about?” This is how Superintendent of St. Mary’s County Public Schools Dr. Michael J. Martirano illustrated his reasoning for expanding arts in the St. Mary’s County Public Schools. During the Dec. 11 Board of Education meeting, the superintendent once again advanced the idea of a fine arts academy at the high school level. “We expose all our children to the arts,” Martirano says. “However, those students with a greater affinity and aptitude deserve the opportunity to excel.” That opportunity will come for high school students in the 2014-2015 school year. Superintendent Martirano told The County Times that the Fine Arts Academy will open its doors in time for the next school year. The first cohort of 50 freshmen is expected to begin instruction in the fall of 2014. Martirano says the academy’s implementation will be staggered, with the

second year seeing freshman advance to sophomores as a new freshman class of 50 is admitted. Year four will see the full student body of 200 students. Laurel Dietz, St. Mary’s County Public School’s Supervisor of Instruction for Fine Arts, is currently leading a committee to finalize a curriculum that will include weekly seminars, master class critiques, and guest speakers as well as classes on audition preparation. “We are an hour and a half from Washington, D.C., two hours from Baltimore,” says Martirano. “We will be taking advantage of our proximity those cultural centers, as far as instruction goes.” He adds that one more teaching position will be added to the budget for the program. The position will be filled during the normal hiring period taking place this spring when teachers are hired for the school system’s other signature programs: the Academy of Finance, Global and International Studies and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Martirano says the creation of a fine arts academy

continues the county’s tradition of providing a holistic educational experience for its students. Citing his philosophy that “all children are gifted” and “all children can and will learn,” the Superintendent stresses that we are educating the 21st century learner and cannot afford to overlook the value of creativity and imagination. “The Fine Arts Academy will be yet another jewel in the crown of instruction for our young people,” Martirano says. Last month, Martirano threw his support behind another signature program, the Curriculum of Agricultural Science Education (CASE). Although still in the planning stages, this signature program would be housed at the James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center. “All of our signature programs provide a solid foundation of learning for our young people,” says Martirano.

‘Tis the Season for Giving Last Friday, St. Michael's School students, under the guidance of fourth grade teacher, Philip McQuilkin, held an international mass and luncheon for Philippines disaster relief. Each week when school is in session, students plan and lead the Friday Mass. Second grade students were the lectors and recited the gospel readings. Students from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade, dressed in traditional clothing for the countries they represented, introduced themselves, stated their family origins, and then read the prayer intentions in their native languages. The congregation was provided handouts with the English translation for each petition. The international readers were: Daegen Vieten (Pre-K), representing China/reading in Mandarin; Sydney Vieten (8th), Germany/ Deutch; Alex Wettengel (7th), Finland/Finnish; Maximillano Cervantes (5th), Mexico/Spanish; Phoenix Spalding (4th), Bulgaria/ Bŭlgarian; Rebekah Meja (3rd), Kenya/Swahili, Gracie Muir (3rd), Aruba/Papiamento, and Patricia Gaydar (5th), Philippines/Tagalog. Raymond Meja (8th) Jamaican/Patois said a prayer placing our faith in

God. Laila McKinney (5th) played the meditation song on the piano. Sister Bonsecour and Sister Mara, who is stationed in the Philippines, attended the event. Sister Bon Secour, read a petition in French and later showed pictures of the bleak conditions in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. She explained that the children in the Philippines are most in need of two things – 1) prayers and 2) everything else. The Filipino people never had a surplus of material possessions, but now have lost everything - housing, clothing, and toys. Over $1,300, with much in small change, was collected and donated to the Mission Childhood Association for the victims. After the liturgical celebration, a delicious Filipino luncheon was prepared by Neno of N&N Oriental Market in Great Mills and school parent/chef Jennifer Purcell. Mrs. Linda Barr and Mrs. Zonnia Brown served the generous contributors.  'Twas a wonderful morning when all through the school, the children were sharing and showing their caring by giving to others not faring so well. Maligay- Fifth grade student Patricia Gaydar, whose mother is from the Philippines, presented her petitions in Tagalong. ang Pasko (Merry Christmas)!

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Anglican Mission of Southern Maryland Christmas Eve Service Tuesday, December 24th

6:00 PM 41695 Fenwick St. • Leonardtown

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Christmas Eve S

Church of the Ascension Christmas Services Christmas Eve

4:30 p.m. - Holy Eucharist with Music & Sermon 10:30 p.m. - Holy Eucharist with Choir & Sermon

Christmas Day

10:30 p.m. - Holy Eucharist with Sermon 21641 Great Mills Rd Lexington Park, MD

(301) 863-8551

Hollywood United Methodist Church Annual Christmas Eve Service Dec. 24th at 7:00 P.M.

The Service Will Consist of Combined Choirs Our Services Are Traditional and All Are Welcome Nursery Care Will Be Available


24422 Mervell Dean Rd Hollywood, MD 20636

Gospel Light Baptist Church 39315 Romans Way Mechanicsville, Md. 20659

Christmas Eve Service 7:00 P.M.

Pastor Tom Campbell - 301-884-7366 Bus transportation & nursery available

Nursery Available Ages 4 and Under

"The Church With A Heart" Services at 7 p.m.

20960 Point Lookout Road Callaway, MD 20674


Lexington Park United Methodist Church

Christmas Eve Worship 10:00 a.m. Birthday Party for Jesus Designed for children & parents to celebrate Jesus’ birth together

7:00 p.m. Traditional Worship

Candle lighting, music by our combined choirs & handbells

11:00 p.m. Traditional Worship

Candle lighting, special music by soloists & ensembles

21760 Great Mills Rd. Lexington Park, MD 20653


MT. ZION UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 5 pm Family Service (Sanctuary) 7 pm Candlelight (Fellowship Hall) 10 pm Candlelight (Sanctuary) Nursery available for ages 4 and younger during 5 pm and 7 pm services

(301) 884-4132

27108 Mt. Zion Church Road Mechanicsville, MD


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St. John’s Church December 24th

5:00 p.m. • 7:00 p.m. • Midnight

December 25th

7:00 a.m. • 9:00 a.m. • 11:30 a.m.

(301) 373-5212 43950 St Johns Rd • Hollywood, MD 20636

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Hughesville Baptist Church On Christmas Eve Hughesville Baptist Church will have two Candlelight Services at 7 PM & 11 PM

Our 11 P.M. Service Includes Communion

301-884-8645 or 301-274-3627

8505 Leonardtown Road • Hughesville, MD 20637

Patuxent Presbyterian Church Rev. Michael R. Jones, Senior Pastor

Christmas Eve Candlelight Services 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Sunday Morning Worship Service 8:30 and 11:00 a.m.

Sunday School for all ages: 9:45 a.m.

Nursery care available during all services

California, MD • 301-863-2033

1 mile south of Thomas Johnson Bridge on Rt. 4 • email:

Solomons United Methodist Church 4:00 p.m.

Family Friendly

7:00 p.m.

Traditional with Candlelight

11:00 p.m.

Candlelight with Communion

14454 Solomons Island Road

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Feature Story By Sarah Miller Staff Writer “I’ve become me again for the first time in 20 years.” Raina Seymour is a Resident at Ruth’s Miracle Group Home with a 20-year history of drug and alcohol abuse. She got married at 20 years old to a man who abused her. As a young woman, she said her days typically consisted of getting high, working a little bit and getting hit. She finally managed to break the cycle, eventually divorcing her husband and making an effort to get clean. She found Ruth’s Miracle Group Home, a transitional facility, through the Southern Maryland Community Network. She was starting to change her life, but the abuse in her life, both physical and substance, cost Seymour most of her teeth. When she came into Ruth’s Miracle Group Home earlier in the year, Seymour didn’t smile, didn’t want to talk to people and spent a lot of her time avoiding contact with anybody, according to group home founder Veronica Alston. Ruth’s Miracle Group Home Financial Development Officer Rhonda Crawley believed Seymour needed something to boost her self-esteem. She said to Seymour “Raina, we’re going to get you a new smile.” Seymour didn’t believe Crawley, having never experienced somebody wanting to do something for her without expecting repayment or trying to extort something from her. Crawley set out to make the dream a reality. She approached her personal dentist, Dr. Tomicka JacksonGeorge of Neibauer Dental Care, about getting a new set of dentures for Seymour. Jackson-George agreed to see Seymour for a consultation. Seymour said she was in Washington D.C. with the other women from the home, eating at Golden Corral after having helped out with a local United Way Day of Caring when Crawley called with the news. “I was crying and eating fried chicken,” Seymour remembered, laughing. The first appointment, her consultation with Jackson-George, was on Oct. 16. This day was significant for Seymour – it was the anniversary of her wedding to her ex-husband. Now it’s the day she realized becoming a whole new Raina was not just possible. It was going to happen. The first step was assessing the damage and making a mold of Seymour’s mouth, Jackson-George said. She sent the mold to the denture manufacturer, who made dentures to fit Seymour’s mouth, even accounting for the

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A New Smile for Raina

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Dr. Tomicka Jackson-George, left, Rhonda Crawley, Veronica Alston and Raina Seymour worked to create a new smile for Raina.

teeth that would have to be pulled. The day that Seymour came in to have her teeth pulled was the day she got her dentures. Patients don’t have to try to get along without teeth for eight weeks before their dentures come in, Jackson-George said. Helping Seymour was a team effort, Jackson-George said. Everyone in her office offered time and help to give Seymour a new smile. Raina was numbed for the surgical procedure, but after that refused to take any pain killers She has seen Jackson-George once a week to adjust her dentures as the swelling from surgery goes down. Dentures are a challenge because a person needs to re-learn how to eat and talk. Jackson-George said helping Seymour was her way of paying it forward. During her senior year of dental school, one of her patients was a man who needed a set of dentures. He never paid her bill and she was informed she had to settle his account before she would be allowed to graduate. Jackson-George began calling him to discuss his payment but he never responded. Eventually his employer heard one of


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Jackson-George’s messages and offered to pay the bill and settle accounts with his employee privately, allowing Jackson-George to graduate on time. He didn’t have to do that, JacksonGeorge said, and it inspired her to help others when possible. The organization Jackson-George is affiliated with makes an effort to serve the community, Once a year, dentists from all different Neibauer branches gather in Waldorf for a free dental day, seeing patients and performing dental care free of charge. For anybody needing dental work who has fallen on hard times, Jackson-George recommends contacting the Maryland Donated Dental Services for aid. Ruth's Miracle Group Home opened in 2009 to provide at risk women in Southern Maryland Area a safe haven and a chance to start life over once more. The overall goal for every client that joins our family is to aid in grow and development that results in full independence and a self-sufficient lifestyle, Alston said. The home’s mission is to meet the immediate needs of homelessness and to address concerns of physical and substance abuse that exists in the lives of women who are struggling to overcome mental influences and emotional scars encountered as a result of domestic violence, drug use, alcohol addiction or incarceration. They don’t try to reinvent the wheel at the home, Alston said. Instead, they focus on improving upon the foundation each woman comes with to bring out the best in themselves. Seymour hopes to inspire other women to have the courage to achieve their goals. Her smile is not the only new thing in her life – she has a new job and a new outlook on life. She has reconnected with her children and looks



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St. Mary’s County Special Olympics Partners with the Medically Oriented Gym By Karen Wathen and Penny Brueggeman St. Mary’s County Special Olympics has partnered with The Medically Oriented Gym (M.O.G.) at Gateau Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine to train 19 athletes in their state of the art facility for the upcoming 2014 Special Olympics USA Games.   Exercise Physiologist, Keri Ramey, assisted groups of athletes over a short period of time to become adept in the use of exercise machines for their respective training needs according to their sport.  The athletes then are able to work out at the M.O.G. with a chaperone or coach who has also been trained on the machines. Ms. Ramey has continued to oversee the training and provides additional assistance to them. “It has been a pleasure working with these athletes. They are giving it their all during our workout sessions together. They all have different goals to reach and it feels good to be a part of that,” said Ms. Ramey. The M.O.G. offers a full range of exercise options for all people.  Each member receives an initial assessment from the exercise physiologist who then provides them with an individualized exercise program.  Assessments are done every 90 days thereafter.  Their mission is to deliver a level of service that the member never expected, every day.  They are committed to assist all people

in obtaining a healthy and fit lifestyle, and have a variety of programs to meet everyone’s needs. The Special Olympics USA Games will be held during the week of June 14, 2014 in New Jersey. St. Mary’s County has a talented delegation comprised of 19 local athletes; these athletes will compete as a part of the 200 member Team Maryland delegation. They will be competing in bocce, bowling, cycling, golf, track, and flag football during the national competition. The athletes representing St. Mary’s competing in individual sports during the 2014 USA Games are: Russell Bucci (bocce); Mary Herbert (bowling); Rachel Hicks (bowling); Amanda Lowe (cycling); April Towler (golf); Tyeshia Holt (track); Khadisha Young (track); Jason Swift (track); and Matt Dobson (track). St. Mary’s Special Olympics Flag Football team will also be represented within Team Maryland by athletes: Larry Mills; Corey Woodland; Avery Long; Anthony Cyrus; Sam Huffman; Kegan Zimmerman; Shaun Ridley; Thomas Smith; Brandon Chan; and Durrell Scott. In addition to this wonderful line-up of athletes, St. Mary’s County also has a large group of adult volunteers attending the 2014 USA Games: John Gallagher (bocce coach); Bill Lowe (golf coach); Jeff Hagen, Sr. (track coach); Wil Ridley (flag football coach); Don Bewick (flag football coach); Lynne Baker (aquatics coach); Kourtney Baker (assistant family coordinator); Ann Marie Goddard (volunteer); Jason Zimmerman (volunteer) and Mary Lu Bucci (team manager).  These volunteers will be supporting Team Maryland during the upcoming training season as well as at the June Games. Coach Jeff Hagen reported that “the track athletes are going to be entered into the 4x100 with athletes from other counties and we want to make sure St. Mary's County shines and promotes the entire team’s capabilities.  That is what the opportunity of using this gym will provide to

Athlete April Towler works on her lower body strength at the M.O.G.

us.” Additionally, Coach Bill Lowe noted that with the generosity of the M.O.G, “the athletes will be performing at the top of their game leading into the event. Team Maryland will be well represented.” St. Mary’s County Special Olympics is extremely grateful for the resources which The Medically Oriented Gym at Gateau Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine has been able to provide to these amazing athletes during their preparation for the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games. A special thanks to the owner, Bonnie Gateau, for her overwhelming support of Special Olympics. The Medically Oriented Gym at Gateau Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine is located at 23123 Camden Way, California, Md. 20619. For more information about the gym and GPT please call 301-866-5444.

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Obituaries Gabriel Richard Farrell Gabriel Richard Farrell, infant son of Richard Donovan Farrell and Julie Christine (Shirley) Farrell of Hollywood, Md., passed away on Dec. 9, at Med Star St. Mary’s Hospital, Leonardtown, Md. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his siblings, Kyle Lee Johns, Sage Alexandra and Donovan James Farrell, of Hollywood, Md.; his grandparents, Thomas “Bosie” and Milly (Vallandingham) Farrell, Charles W. and Deborah K. (Feeley) Shirley; his great grandparents, Lucy H. Vallandingham, of Leonardtown, Md., and Bette Stiles, of Mechanicsville, Md. A Graveside Service was held at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12, at the Vallandingham Family Cemetery, Clements. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md.

Helen Lucille Rote, 76 Helen Lucille Rote, 76 of The Villages, Florida died Nov. 2, at Taylor Farm Assisted Living in Bushwood, Md. Born April 13, 1937 in Des Moines, Iowa Helen was the daughter of the late Lisle Elliott and Lucille (Mowrey) Elliott.

A longtime resident of central Iowa, Helen retired from U.S. West Communications as a customer service representative. She moved to Florida 10 years ago, was a member of the Red Hat Society, the Mulberry Women’s Club and supported Shepherds Lighthouse. She enjoyed time with family and friends, and played golf and bocce ball. Helen is survived by her sister Ann Clough (Doug) of Champaign, Illinois; two children, Robin Helton (Richard) of Chamberlain, South Dakota and Robert Rote, Jr. (Kristi) of Leonardtown, Maryland; five grandchildren; and six great grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Rote, Sr., and her sister, Marilyn Breese. Memorial Services will be held on Dec. 21, at 11 a.m. at the Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, 1511 Buenos Aires Boulevard, The Villages, FL 32162 and on Dec. 28, at 1 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 3100 Easton Boulevard, Des Moines, IA 50317. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Marion County <http://www.>, the American Cancer Society < https://donate. CISp3Ony17oCFadFMgodQEcAYA>, and a foundation is being established in Helen’s name in coordination with Taylor Farm Assisted Living <>. Condolences to the family may be made at

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Roland B. Decker, 95 Lt. Col. Roland B. Decker, USAF (Ret.), 95, of Charlotte Hall, Md. died Dec. 12, at Charlotte Hall Veteran’s Home. Born March 9, 1918 in Springfield, Mass., he was the son of the late Wallace Decker and Clara Nash Decker. Roland proudly served in the United States Air Force from 1941 to 1961. He retired as a Lt. Colonel. He served in WWII and Korea. Lt. Colonel Decker was assigned to the 8th Air Corps. After his retirement he started his own vending machine company, which he ran from 1974 to 2000. He was a dedicated and hard worker. He was described by his mother-in-law as “tougher than a boiled owl.” He celebrated 52 years of marriage with his late wife, Doris Decker, who preceded him in death in Feb. 2013. He also loved his dogs, especially, “Max.” His hobbies included, skiing, hunting, travelling and camping. Roland is survived by his children, Jeffrey Decker and Roger Decker; his stepdaughter, Robbie Jones; his granddaughter, Heather Murray; and his great grandchildren, Marley Murray, Jack Murray, Max Murray and Judson Herbots. In addition to his parents and his wife, he was also preceded in death by his brother, Richard Decker. A graveside service will be held at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md.

Mary Catherine Byrd, 87 Mary Catherine Byrd (Mom Mom), 87 of Mechanicsville, Md., died Dec. 10, at Hospice House of St. Mary’s in Callaway, Md. Born June 15, 1926 in Beans Cove, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Grover Bridges and Rosalia Bridges. Mary is survived by her three daughters, Cindy Walton (Tom) of Mechanicsville, Md., Donna Hubble (Ron) of Lanham, Md. and Carolyn Vanjaria (Al) of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; grandchildren, Ashley Walton, Tommy Walton, Jenna Walton, Jessie Hubble (Allison), Brian Hubble (Krystal), Hanif Vanjaria (Patricia), Abeed Vanjaria and Madina Scott (Brian); great-grandchildren, Oliver Vanjaria, Mia Vanjaria, Lucas Hubble and Hannah Hubble; sister, Elsie Barnes of Flintstone, Md., and brother Philip Bridges of Baltimore, Md. Mary was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Howard D. Byrd in 1995, and her siblings, Laverne Ruppert, Zelma Miller, Irene McDonald, Helen McQuain, Clarence Bridges and Patrick Bridges. Mary (Kitty) was an amazing wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She was a great woman with the sweetest nature that absolutely loved her family and would go over and beyond

to make everyone happy. Mary was deeply devoted to her family and her Catholic faith. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Mechanicsville, Md. A graveside service will be held on Friday, Dec. 20, at 11 a.m. at the Maryland Veterans Cemetery, 11301 Crain Highway, Cheltenham, MD 20623. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mary’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 5216, Glenn Allen, VA 23058-5216 or Hospice of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Her family wishes to thank the caregivers at the Hospice of St. Mary’s for the tender care they provided her during her stay. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md.

Nedra Elaine Buckler, 61 Nedra Elaine Buckler, 61 of Leonardtown, Md., died Dec. 13, at her residence. Born Sept. 12, 1952 in Dallas, Texas, she was the daughter of the late Thurman Seward and Beverly Jean (Baldridge) Seward. Nedra was an insurance claims processor. She enjoyed gambling and spending time with friends and family. Nedra is survived by her husband Roger W. Buckler, Sr.; her son, Roger W. Buckler, Jr. of Valley Lee, Md.; two grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and her siblings, Samie Cope, Velda Phan and Emmie Seward all of Dallas, Texas. In addition to her parents, Nelda was preceded in death by her brother, John Seward. Services will be private. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md.

Virginia Hanger Wood, 87 Virginia “Gini” Hanger Wood, 87 of Mechanicsville, Md., died Dec. 11, at Hospice House of St. Mary’s, Callaway, Md. Born May 30, 1926 in Washington, D.C., she was the daughter of the late Pearl Louise and Minor William Hanger. Virginia was the loving wife of the late William R. (Jack) Wood, whom she married on February 15, 1947 in Washington, D.C. Gini was the beloved mother of Sharon (Denny deceased) Burright of Keizer, Or., and Jacqueline W. (Jack) Koslowski of Edison, N.J., devoted sister of Lorena (Earl deceased) Hinzman of Leonardtown, Md., Edwin (Sharon) Hanger of Fort Smith, Ariz., and the late Milton Hanger, beloved grandma of Denise (Chris) Boutell, Laurel (Darrin) Epperly, and Robert Koslowski, beloved great-grandma of Ashlee and Michael Boutell, Austin and Sydney Epperly, and Joseph Koslowski. Gini graduated from Anacostia High school in 1944, she retired in 1983 after 35 years of service with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission as a Technical Publications Writer /Editor. She


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The County Times runs complimentary obituaries as submitted by funeral homes and readers. We run them in the order we receive them. Any submissions that come to after noon on Tuesdays may run in the following week’s edition. moved to St. Mary’s County in 1968 from Prince Georges County, Gini was a member of the National Audubon Society, AARP, National Wildlife Federation, Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Senior Vibes, and Mt. Zion United Methodist Church. She taught Sunday school and loved feeding birds. The family received friends on Tuesday, Dec.17, from 5 to 8 p.m., in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, Md. A Funeral Service was held on Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 10 a.m., in Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, Mechanicsville, Md., with Reverend Ann Strickler officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were; Kevin Hanger, and Robert Koslowski. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 27108 Mt. Zion Church Rd., Mechanicsville, MD 20659 and or the charity of your choice.

Francis Xavier Russell Sr., 82 Francis Xavier Russell Sr., 82, of Leonardtown, Md., died Dec.14, at his home surrounded by his loving family.   Born July 4, 1931 in Leonardtown, Md., he was the son of the late Spalding Russell and Bertie (Redman) Russell. Francis was a lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County. On August 6, 1960, he married his late wife, Eleanor Ann Ball Russell. They spent 45 wonderful years of marriage before her death in 2005. He was a hard worker; spending over thirty years working as an oysterman, tobacco farmer and construction worker. He was dedicated to providing a good life for his family. He enjoyed spending as much time as possible with them, including working with them in the tobacco fields and on the water oystering. His other hobbies included gardening, fishing and crabbing. Francis is survived by his children, Francis X. Russell, Jr. (Vicky) of Leonardtown, Md., Cathy Bell (Billy) of Leonardtown, Md., Archie Russell (Dawn) of Leonardtown, Md., Laura Mills (Doug) of Mechanicsville, Md., and April Terry (Walter) of Norfolk, Va.; his sister, Catherine Stancil of Leonardtown, Md.; his grandchildren, Francis Xavier Russell III (Katie), Jamie Russell, Billy Garner, Steven Rowe, Kayla Rowe, Branden Mills, Jacob Mills, Peyton Mills, Billy Bell II and Walter Terry; and his great grandson, Francis Xavier Russell IV. In addition to his parents and wife, he was also preceded in death by his siblings, Joseph A. Russell, Robert F. Russell, Margaret L. Gatton, Cecelia Bussler, Charles Russell and Bernadette Dean. Family received friends for Francis’ Life Celebration on Tuesday, Dec. 17, from 5to 8 p.m., with prayers at 6 p.m., at the Brinsfield Funeral Home.   A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Rev. Lawrence Young at 10 a.m., on Wednesday, Dec. 18, at Our Lady’s Catholic Church. Interment followed in the church cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box

625, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md.


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George Andrew Ferguson, 80 George Andrew Ferguson, 80, of Hollywood, Md. passed away Dec. 12, at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital, Leonardtown, Md.   Born July 8, 1933 in Hollywood, Md., he was the son of the late Bernard Xavier Ferguson, Sr. and Essie Marie Payne. George started working as a teller at First National Bank of St. Mary’s and eventually moved to the positions of Branch Manager, Assistant Cashier, Cashier, Vice President, Corporate Secretary, and Senior Vice-President - a span of 50 years.  After his retirement in 1999, he continued to serve on the Board of Directors for a number of years.   Throughout his life, George remained active in his Church and Community, holding offices and serving on a number of committees:  including the Rotary Club of St. Mary’s, Little League, St. Mary’s County Historical Society, and the Elks.  He was a charter member of the Hollywood Fire Department.   He enjoyed reading the newspaper, especially the financial and stock market sections.  George enjoyed golfing, checking his crab pots, a little fishing, taking his boat for a what he called a spin, doing woodworking and carpentry type jobs, and traveling.   Most of all he liked being with his family and bragging about his grandchildren. George was a devoted and loyal husband, father, grandfather, and friend.  He is survived by his loving wife, Suzanne, three sons: Ron (Donna) of Hampton, Va., Ricky (Kathy) of Laurel, Delaware, Randy (Beth) of Hollywood, Md., and one daughter, Cindy Mengle (Rocky) of Damascus, Maryland.  He was especially proud of the accomplishments of his grandchildren: Casey, Josh, Andrew, Nicholas, Ryan, and Drew, and six greatgrandchildren.  George is also survived by two sisters, Vickie Dell and Mary Hemming.    In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his two brothers, Bernard Xavier Ferguson, Jr. and Robert Luke Ferguson, Sr.  Visitation was from 5 to 8 p.m, Monday, Dec. 16, with prayers at 7 p.m., at Brinsfield Funeral Home.   A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10 a.m., on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at St. John Francis Regis Church. Interment followed in St. Michael’s Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Saint John’s Church Revitalization Fund, 43950 St. John’s Road, Hollywood, MD 20636 or Hospice of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md.

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By Kimberly Alston Contributing Writer The St. Clement’s Island Museum is still running its 28th annual Doll and Train Exhibit until New Year’s Eve. The dolls in the exhibit are donated to the museum each year by the Black Eyed Susan and Southern Maryland Doll clubs. The train sets and doll house are set up by Maggie and Anthony Hammett who donate their collections each year as well. The Doll and Train Exhibit was started

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as a way to bring people into the museum for the holidays and share a way for families to celebrate the Christmas season together. Even 28 years later, there is still an interest in the dolls and the trains for people of all ages. Each year, the doll and train exhibit has a special theme that carries the exhibit for the season. This year’s theme is “A Maryland Christmas” and shares some of the facts and fictions of Maryland throughout the exhibit as well as the decorations. There are years where the theme of the ex-

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

From My Backyard to Our Bay was first developed by the Baltimore County Soil Conservation District. From there, the booklet was given to each of the Soil Conservation Districts in the Chesapeake Bay watershed area for customization. If the 17.5 million residents who live in the watershed area of the Chesapeake Bay read this booklet, and took to heart its suggestions and best practices, the Chesapeake Bay would see a dramatic increase in health. Obtain a FREE copy of the booklet by going to the St. Mary’s River Watershed Association, and downloading it. The booklet is available at Wentworth Nursery in Charlotte Hall; Chicken Scratch in Park Hall; The Greenery in Hollywood; Good Earth Natural Food; and the St. Mary’s Soil Conservation District in Leonardtown. Join your local watershed association and make a difference for Our Bay!

Country Living: Sights, Sounds, and Smells of Farming Continued from last week…

Harvesting is a particularly critical time, and farmers work every available hour until the crops are harvested from the fields and processed. Part of the urgency is that crops can be seriously devalued or completely ruined if they get wet during harvest time. While harvesting, farmers may work from dawn to dusk to get their crops in. Also during this time, harvesting equipment and wagons may need to use the highway to get from fields to barns. Be patient when slowmoving farm equipment is on the road – that could be the producer of your dinner up ahead!

When the farm is a livestock or dairy operation, the efficient and environmentally safe disposal of manure is a major consideration. Whenever possible, farmers use manure as organic fertilizer on crop fields, reducing their need for commercial fertilizer, which is both an economic and environmental benefit. Manure is usually stored in a facility that will protect it from runoff, and therefore prevent it from being washed from the barnyard into streams. The facility provides storage, but eventually the manure is spread on the fields. Manure handling involves odors, but under normal conditions the odor from manure spreading quickly dissipates. If there are problems with new neighbors, especially those who have never lived in a rural area before, it is critical to address problems in a cooperative

manner with an attitude that might allow changes on both sides for a peaceful solution. In some cases, a friendly visit to the farm to learn more about the operation can eliminate many misunderstandings. Where to get help with... AGRICULTURAL QUESTIONS • St. Mary’s Soil Conservation District, 301-475-840 or • Maryland Department of Agriculture, • University of Maryland Extension, Home and Garden Information Center, • University of Maryland Extension - St. Mary’s Office, 301-475-4482 or

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LIBRARY ITEMS Children can celebrate holiday Children of all ages are invited to a holiday celebration at the Lexington Park branch on Dec. 19 at 6 p.m. The program will feature stories, crafts and songs. Libraries showing free movies Each library will show a free family movie on Dec. 27 at 2 p.m. Snacks will be provided. Charlotte Hall branch will show the sequel to the 2010 animated picture featuring Gru who in this movie is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help deal with a powerful new super criminal. The movie to be shown at Leonardtown branch is about a crop dusting plane that has a fear of heights but lives his dream of competing in a famous around-theworld aerial race. Lexington Park branch will show the movie in which two kids find and play a magical board game, releasing a man trapped for decades and a host of dangers. Health care one-on-one information sessions scheduled at libraries Individuals and businesses wanting information on the health care insurance options or need help with enrollment can attend one of the following sessions conducted by Walden Sierra: Dec. 20 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Charlotte Hall branch, Jan. 2 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lexington Park branch, Jan. 3 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at Leonardtown branch. More sessions are scheduled at the libraries through March. Dates are posted on the library’s website. Donations sought for Tree of Warmth Donations of new or gently used scarves, mittens and hats are being collected at each branch until Jan. 4 for the Tree of Warmth project. The collected items will be distributed to local charities.

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“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.”

Dr. Lipoff: Health Tips for Everyday Fitness Happy New Year everyone. Many people will make resolutions at the start of the New Year but they are hard to live up to. I checked the internet to see what the most popular resolutions were but they varied on different sources. Basically the TOP 5 included these six: losing weight; getting in better shape, becoming more financially stable, spending more time with family and loved ones (Really? Then stop ignoring them to go shopping on Thanksgiving); quit smoking or drinking and enjoying life more. Number one is usually losing weight and going to the gym. Fitness centers will be packed these next three months with enthusiastic fitness newbies or returning patrons. The problem is it can be overwhelming and quite a daunting task. Remember, you didn’t gain weight or get out of shape overnight so it will be a slow process. Set realistic goals. If you need help hire a fitness trainer or bring a friend to keep your motivation up. There is no secret pill, food or exercise. There is also a lot of misinformation out there and silly gadgets. It takes work and smarter eating. You could bust your butt in the gym and never see any positive changes if you don’t change what goes into your body. So let’s start there. In fact, every televised super, shape-changing workout always includes a diet book because you will see no changes if you keep your current eating habits. I will put an article together next time regarding working out effectively. Below I have included a nice bullet list of things you should do to help you achieve your fitness goals by sim-

Dr. Jay M. Lipoff is the owner of Back At Your Best Chiropractic & Physical Therapy, LLC, which is located in the Wildewood Shopping Center. Dr. Lipoff is also the author of “Back At Your Best; Balancing the Demands of Life With the Needs of Your Body.” It is available in book and Kindle format at Amazon. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University in 1990, a Doctorate of Chiropractic (D.C.) from New York Chiropractic College (NYCC) in 1994 and he became a Certified Fitness Trainer (CFT) in 2005. Dr. Lipoff is an Executive Board Member, International Chiropractic Association Council on Fitness and Sports Health Science; has a radio segment: Back At Your Best in 5 Minutes or Less, contributes articles to The Huffington Post, Co-Founder, Drug Free Training USA; Member, NY Strength-promoting the importance of physical conditioning; Board Member of Public Relations Committee, Maryland Chiropractic Association; has spoke on nationally broadcasted radio interviews, has articles in print and referenced in over 100 print papers, magazine and on websites, President, Wildewood Business Network-promoting better business relations and community outreach.

ply changing your eating habits. Good Luck! The ME PRINCIPLE. You can eat whatever you want in MODERATION with a steady diet of EXERCISE! • Half the battle is won at the store. Shop smart. If you don’t buy it you can’t eat it. • Cut down on fat intake. Avoid saturated fats (partially hydrogenated & trans fats) Healthy fats like mono and poly saturated fats are heart healthy and protect internal organs. • Reduce the simple carb intake and focus on complex carbs (grains, beans, veg). You need carbs as an energy source; otherwise you will break down muscle tissue. • Starving / eating one meal/ day slows the metabolism, promotes the storage food as fat. • Read labels for fat calories. A 9:1, cal: fat cal ratio, or less, is best. (100 calories, 10 calories from fat.) Proteins & Carbs are 4 cal/gram, Fat is 9 cal/gram, which is why you get filled up eating fats. • Read the ingredients! Don’t consume food with sugar listed in first three ingredients. • Excessive sugar causes: Diabetes; Inflammation; weakened immune system; Anxiety; Depression; Heart Disease; Weight Gain; Elevated cholesterol and Blood pressure, GI problems; Wrinkles; Fluid Retention; Headaches; Kidney Disease, Tooth Decay and more. • Many protein drinks for our youth and elderly have less protein than a glass of milk. Don’t believe the hype. • Eat your biggest meal in the morning so you have all day to work it off. Less later as you’re less active. • Dinner around 6:00 so it too can be worked off. For a late night snack try vegetables, protein snacks, yogurt, nuts or protein bars. • Don’t eat too much at one meal. About 300-400 calories per meal will keep you satisfied. • Eat 3 - 6 smaller meals throughout the day. Sticks burn quick keeping your metabolism burning hot vs a log that smolders. (Sm vs Lg Meals) • If you are counting calories, don’t eat the same amount each day as your body will adapt to that amount of calories and reset your metabolism to it.

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Vary it but keep the week’s total at your goal amount.(Instead of 1800/day; try 1600/day, then 2000/day, 1800/day, still averages out to 1800/day) • Consume more fiber. Soluble and insoluble fibers are helpful with heart health and moving food through your body, respectively. It also controls sugar spikes and can help you feel full. • Eat your calories don’t drink them. Eating an orange is much healthier than drinking its juice. • Increase water intake. Helps mobilize fat for energy, suppress hunger & is vital for health. • Eating while drinking alcohol should be avoided. You have less self-control. • Alcohol slows the metabolism and mixers have a lot of hidden calories. • Swallow your food before drinking at meals. This will ensure you chew the food completely. • Never eat a meal and take a nap, be active. Sumo wrestlers eat and nap to get big. • Eat slowly. Chewing each bite 30 times to improve absorption 50%80% and feel full. • Use a smaller plate or don’t eat everything on it. Choose wisely when you add to it. • Save the kids leftovers if you can, don’t eat them. Those little nuggets can add up too. • Avoid soda or other high calorie drinks. Artificial sweeteners and increase calories at meals. • Diet soda is even worse. Soda stops Leptin from telling your body when you’re full and makes your body more resistant to insulin, which controls blood sugar levels. • High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is used widely because it is a cheap sweetener. Since its introduction, our weight is up, there is no insulin response to it, no Leptin response and mercury was found in one-third to half the samples tested. • Fat free goodies also have calories that add up and chemicals you can’t pronounce. • Vary your diet. Try things like: undercooked vegetables; Mediterranean dishes; Indian foods; fresh foods and Oriental dishes; for greater nutrition.


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Issued Marriage Applications for October 2013 OCTObEr 1, 2013 Michael Dominic Desarno 40 Lexington Park, Md Lara Leigh Krug 3 Lexington Park, Md

Ronda Diane Van Camp 45 Mechanicsville, Md Michael Joseph Sardo 46 Mechanicsville, Md

OCTObEr 8, 2013

John Allen Combs, Sr., 40 Lexington Park, Md Belinda Gail Smith 29 Lexington Park, Md

Jennifer Marie Hunt 25 Mechanicsville, Md Jonathan David Stone 28 Mechanicsville, Md

OCTObEr 2, 2013

Glenda Helene Mincey 46 Lexington Park, Md Christopher Paul Espina 47 Lexington Park, Md

James Alexander Reynolds 33 Lexington Park, Md Connie Patricia Cardwell 34 Lexington Park, Md Shelby Lynn Arthur 23 Great Mills, Md William Andrew Sylvanie 34 Boulder, Nv Colleen Marie Clarke 30 Hollywood, Md Christopher Lee Romero 32 Hollywood, Md

OCTObEr 4, 2013 Cheryl Jean Knott 43 Mechanicsville, Md Terry Lee Russell 49 Mechanicsville, Md Cathy Lynne Matthews 57 Bumpass, Va Patricia Jean Michale 59 Bumpass, Va Sharnaye Annette Taylor 20 Lexington Park, Md Deangelo Tyson 21 Lexington Park, Md Amber Mae Clarke 23 Mechanicsville, Md Curtis Lee Vittatoe 24 Mechanicsville, Md Courtney Caitlin Igoe 25 Mechanicsville, Md Darin Patrick Feustel 26 Mechanicsville, Md

OCTObEr 7, 2013 Janet Kathleen Kimbel 21 Hollywood, Md Daniel Steven Connelly 23 Hollywood, Md

Tiffany Crystal Brys 30 Drayden, Md Nancy Dianne Gilroy 24 Drayden, Md

OCTObEr 11, 2013

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OCTObEr 21, 2013

OCTObEr 24, 2013

Kenneth Clyde Bowen 23 Lusby, Md Kristen Ashley Douglas 28 Lusby, Md

Matthew Ian Gullette 42 California, Md Candace Renee’ Gullette 42 California, Md

John James Welch 29 Mechanicsville, Md Shannon Lee Beale 32 Mechanicsville, Md

Linda Marie Greer 60 Hollywood, Md Sterling Patrick Debold 67 Mechanicsville, Md

Maja Magalena Poschl 19 Lexington Park, Md Wayne Aloyious Jordan, Jr., 23 Great Mills, Md

OCTObEr 25, 2013

Sophia Marie Ford 29 Lexington Park, Md John Kevin Fitzgerald Reed 49 Mechanicsville, Md

Edgar Wade Shotwell 48 Mechanicsville, Md Tracey Lynn Hill 46 Frederick, Md

OCTObEr 17, 2013

OCTObEr 22, 2013

Lore Beth Cook 34 Clinton, Md Anthony Gerard Smith 40 Clinton, Md

David James Spendolini 35 California, Md Christina Marie Russell 32 California, Md

OCTObEr 18, 2013

Eric William Welch 33 Great Mills, Md Darcee Lynn day 38 Hartland, Me

Kimberley Joy Dunkin 31 Great Mills, Md John Phillip Goldbach 28 Great Mills, Md

Caitlyn Celeste Little 22 Knoxville, Tn Krystal Marie Mansfield 23 Knoxville, Tn

Patricia Lynn Smith 36 Callaway, Md Michael Joseph Montalbano, III, 41 Callaway, Md

Racquelle Naomi Major 30 Canal Winchester, Oh Ronald Emmanuel Holland 46 Canal Winchester, Oh

David Tyler Williams 23 Hollywood, Md Jessica Lindsey Silvati 21 Valley Lee, Md

Tiffanie Nichole Garner 26 Bryans Road, Md Franklin Alexander Creech 26 Bryans Road, Md

OCTObEr 15, 2013

Shelby Leigh Starr 23 Lusby, Md Ra’Joun Anthony Nelson 22 Lusby, Md

John Harold Miller 26 Mechanicsville, Md Margaret Grahm Swayze 27 Mechanicsville, Md Jennifer Anne Spies 38 Great Mills, Md Nickolas Jay Cromwell 43 Great Mills, Md Lauren Flanary Moran 33 Great Mills, Md Maurice Devon Chase 41 Great Mills, Md Misty Danell Cantu 33 Callaway, Md Amy Michelle Fischer 29 Callaway, Md

Maddison Michael Brown 20 Mechanicsville, Md Matthew Anthony Gould Mechanicsville, Md David Marshall Havens 26 Virginia, Beach, Va Daniel Joseph Murphy 28 Virginia Beach, Va Jimmy Levaniel Diggs 44 Lexington Park, Md Cynthia Leigh McGhee 42 Lexington Park, Md

OCTObEr 23, 2013

Maria Raquel Diaz 30 Silver Spring, Md Jason Peter Cassi 31 Silver Spring, Md

Braheem James McKnight 32 Lexington Park, Md Sharon Lee Thomas 24 Great Mills, Md

Marlene Lisa Labanowski 42 Mechanicsville, Md Joseph Eugene Ridgell 43 Mechanicsville, Md

Francesca Gabrielle Capuano 27 Annapolis, Md Richard James Howard, III Annapolis, Md

Jacqueline Lee Goddard 27 Ridge, Md Brian Dayne Hite 37 Ridge, Md

Melissa McGovern Meatyard 34 Tall Timbers, Md Casey James Craig 36 Tall Timbers, Md

Daniel Courtney Good 30 Leonardtown, Md Christina Noel Sterling 32 Leonardtown, Md

Meghan Nicole Hiponia 28 Port Tobacco, Md Joshua David Bynum 23 Port Tobacco, Md

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Elizabeth Balir Wright 28 LaPlata, Md Cory James Miles 24 White Plains, Md Benjamin L Stolzfus 21 Pamplin, Va Ruth Beiler Fisher 21 Mechanicsville, Md

OCTObEr 28, 2013 Donna Ilene Arbaugh 54 Hughesville, Md George Milton Thompson 67 Mechanicsville, Md Jessica Ann Briggs 26 Colonial Beach, Va Kaloyan Kirilov Gueorguiev 27 Waldorf, Md Jordan Kimberly Ritchie 26 Bonita Springs, Fl Scott Steven Desruisseausx 40 Bonita Springs, Fl

OCTObEr 29, 2013 Steven Keith Jameson, Jr., 27 Mechanicsville, Md Cherry Bien Sy 29 Mechanicsville, Md Kelly Melissa Harris 35 Pace, Fl Sharon Loraine Hogan 43 Pace, Fl

OCTObEr 30, 2013 Jennifer Irene Mathews 36 Hollywood, Md Christopher Steven Miller 25 Hollywood, Md

OCTObEr 31, 2013 Mary Ann Tyndall 47 Lexington Park, Md Charles John Schreiber, Jr., 67 Lexington Park, Md


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Living Well with Chronic Disease Start the New Year off with the best gift you can give yourself; improved well-being. The Loffler Senior Activity Center will conduct a six-week workshop on how to manage your chronic condition. The class meets at the center on Thursdays, Jan. 2 – Feb. 6. This is an evidencebased program developed by Stanford University to help people with chronic conditions take charge of their life by developing self-management skills, including: dealing with depression and fatigue, pain management, working with health care providers and more. If you have a chronic condition and are serious about improving the way you feel, this workshop is for you. There is no charge for taking this class, however, a commitment to regular attendance is needed for good results. For more information, or to sign up call 301-737-5670, ext. 1658.


St. Mary’s Department of Aging Programs and Activities

SENIOR LIVING Holiday Closings The Department of Aging & Human Services will be closed on Dec. 24 and December 25, 2013 in observance of Christmas. The Department will be closed Dec 31, 2013 and January 1, 2014 in observance of the New Year. No Meals on Wheels will be delivered. Questions about the closings can be addressed by calling 301-4754200, ext. 1050.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Tai Chi for Arthritis: The Core Movements The Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi Program developed by Dr. Paul Lam, uses gentle Sun-style Tai Chi routines that are safe, easy to learn and suitable for every fitness level. The Tai Chi program helps reduce stress, increase balance and flexibility, and improve your overall mind body and spirit. During this six week program held at the Garvey Senior Activity Center on Fridays Jan. 10 – Feb. 14 from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m participants will learn warm-up and cool-down exercises, six basic core movements, and direction changes to add challenge. Advance sign up is required; there is no fee. To sign up or for more information, call 301-475-4200, ext. 1050. Pickleball Pickleball is the up and coming sport in the United States for older adults. The game has grown in popularity in St. Mary’s County over the past year and offers a great way to exercise while having fun. Equipment is available for use. Games will be held at the Leonard Hall Recreation Center in Leonardtown on Wednesdays, Jan. 8 – Feb. 26 from noon – 2 p.m. The cost per player is $32.00 payable in advance at the Garvey Senior Activity Center. Advance sign up is required. Register early because space is limited. For more information, call 301-475-4200, ext. 1050.

‘Rearview Mirror’ Duo Singers On Monday, Jan. 13, from 10 a.m. to noon, enjoy a variety of songs and music from vocalist, Iris Hirsch, and vocalist/guitarist Glenn Bullion, who will perform a blend of some of the most popular music from the 50s, 60s, and 70s at the Northern Senior Activity Center. Take a look and travel back in time to enjoy the ‘Easy Listening Lounge’ performance series which showcases local artists in a social and casual atmosphere. Request your favorite songs from a song list that will be provided. Deadline for purchasing $4 show admission tickets is Thursday Jan. 9. A pork roast lunch is served after the performance, reservations are required and lunch contributions are made separately. Deadline for lunch reservations is Friday, Jan. 10 at noon. The cost of lunch is a donation for seniors 60 and older; $6 for those under 60. Tickets will not be held at the door. Call 301-475-4002, ext. 1001 for more information. Massage and Reflexology Therapy Available at Loffler The Loffler Senior Activity Center has an experienced massage and reflexology therapist available three days a week. To schedule an appointment call 301-7375670, ext. 1658 for more information. Fee.

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

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December All Month Long St. Clement’s Island Museum Presents 28th Christmas Doll and Train Exhibit Department of Recreation and Parks, Colton’s Point The St. Clement’s Island Museum in Colton’s Point, MD will present the 28th Annual Christmas Doll & Train Exhibit, beginning December 1, for a month-long exhibition. The museum will come alive with antique and collectible dolls, toys and working miniature trains in a holiday setting sure to delight children from one to 101. The theme this year celebrates “A Maryland Christmas,” and incorporates Maryland facts and folklore, Maryland railroads and Chesapeake Bay related displays. Maryland-themed activities for kids will be available in the c. 1820 Little Red Schoolhouse. This exhibit is made possible by the members of the Southern Maryland and Black-eyed Susan Doll Clubs and Maggie and Anthony Hammett. Visitors will also enjoy browsing through the Crab Claw Museum Store, which features a myriad of unique gifts, children’s books and toys, clothing, jewelry, Maryland flags and scarves, lighthouses, souvenirs and even pre-lit crab pot Christmas trees, perfect for your home, yard, boat, or pier. All museum store proceeds benefit museum programs, projects and exhibits. Become a museum member and receive a 10% discount any time you shop throughout the year! The exhibit will be open December 1 to December 20, Wednesday through Sunday, 12 noon to 4 p.m. The extended holiday schedule includes December 21 to December 31, open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Admission is $3 per adult, $2 for seniors and military, $1.50 for children 6 to 18 and kids 5 and under are free. The museum will present an open house on Saturday, December 8 and admission is free for everyone. The St. Clement’s Island Museum is managed by the Museum Division of St. Mary’s County Department of Recreation and Parks and the St. Mary’s County Board of County Commissioners. It is located at the end of Route 242 in Colton’s Point. Please call the Museum Division offices at 301-769-2222 for more information or log on to the website at www. First Friday Celebration 41630 Courthouse Drive. Walters Art Gallery will host a First Friday celebration featuring emerging artist in residence Michael Guy Tomassoni , photographer Bernadette Garner and a special collaboration with Jordan Faye Contemporary Art of Baltimore. presenting artist Lat Naylor “INFOTROPY” meditations on stop points in a fast world.” thru December 30. Jennifer Cooper & GrooveSpan on The GrooveSpan Christmas Special! Metrocast Channel 10 (St. Mary’s County) Jennifer, Carl, Paul, Rick and Bill bring

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Fowler Road, Chaptico, 7:30 p.m. The Southern Maryland Traditional Music and Dance HomeSpun CoffeeHouse will sponsor its popular annual Holiday Open Mic. This is a great event with many varieties of holiday music and lots of friendship, so if you haven’t been to an SMTMD event before, this is a great time to start! The doors Open at 7 p.m. and the music starts at 7:30. The admission fee for this event is only $5, and performers are admitted free. For additional information, or to sign up to perform (holiday themed music please), please contact John Garner at It’s suggested that you bring a small appetizer or dessert to share! There will also be beverages available (donations requested). For directions or more information about SMTMD go to

Sotterley Christmas Traditions Sotterley Plantation Various times, visit www.sotterley. org for tour times. Visit Sotterley’s 300 year-old plantation house beautifully decorated for the holidays and hear about the Christmas traditions of the families that lived here.  Make this tour one of your holiday traditions! $15 per person.  Advance reservations required, purchase tickets online at

STEM-ING: Ruby Tuesday’s Community Giveback Ruby Tuesday, 45138 First Colony Way, California Bring the flyer from our calendar page < index.cfm?action=CL2&amp;Entry=126 4> , and 20% of your dining bill will be donated to STEM-ING (formerly known as Expand Your Horizons) on Dec. 20 to Dec. 22

Cybersecurity Investment Tax Credit Briefing Webinar 9 to 9:45 a.m. This program has been rescheduled and will now be offered as a webinar. The access link will be provided soon on the registration page on the TPP website.

Saturday, Dec. 21

holiday spirit right to your home with a 30-minute showcase of wonderful holiday music on “The GrooveSpan Christmas Special”. From beautiful ballads to goofy grooves, there’s something for everyone!  Also featuring two original Christmas songs, “Candles and Sweet Silent Night” by local musician Charles Long, and “Together for a While” by Carl Reichelt and Jennifer Cooper.  Both songs are available at<http://> .  So keep an eye out for this holiday treat which airs throughout December, only on Metrocast Channel 10.    Schedule: Sundays 12p, 7p.  Mondays 1p, 7p.  Tuesdays 10a, 8p.  Wednesdays 12p, 8p.  Thursdays 7p.  Fridays 11a, 9p.  Saturdays 10a, 6p.

NDIA S&ET Executive Breakfast The Army and Navy Club, Washington D.C., 7:15 a.m. to 9 p.m. Speaker: Dr. Robie Samanta Roy, Defense Science and Technology Advisor, Senate Armed Services Committee

Friday, Dec. 20 Sotterley Christmas Traditions Sotterley Plantation Various times, visit www.sotterley. org for tour times. Visit Sotterley’s 300 year-old plantation house beautifully decorated for the holidays and hear about the Christmas traditions of the families that lived here.  Make this tour one of your holiday traditions! $15 per person.  Advance reservations required, purchase tickets online at Buone Feste con Musica! Jennifer Cooper & Carl Reichelt (GrooveSpan Duo) DiGiovanni’s Restaurant  , 14556 Solomons Island Rd S, Solomons, 6 to 9 p.m. w w w. d i g i ov a n n i s r e s t a u r a n t . c o m  410-394-6400 Jennifer and Carl return to DiGiovanni’s to serenade your soul and warm your heart on this special evening for holiday music.  Enjoy award-winning cuisine, specially prepared by Chef Anna, while the sweet sounds of your favorite holiday tunes fill the air.   Holiday Open Mic Night Christ Church Parish Hall, 37497 Zach

STEM-ING: Ruby Tuesday’s Community Giveback Ruby Tuesday, 45138 First Colony Way, California Bring the flyer from our calendar page < index.cfm?action=CL2&amp;Entry=126 4> , and 20% of your dining bill will be donated to STEM-ING (formerly known as Expand Your Horizons) on Dec. 20 to Dec. 22 St. John’s School Orange & Grapefruit (and Pecan) Sale Pick-up Saturday, Dec 21 & Sunday morning till 1 p.m.  Some extras will be ordered.  Details are also available on the St. John’s School website or at www. For more information, call 301-373-8545.

Sunday, Dec. 22 Gretchen Richie’s Jazz Cabaret Café des Artistes, 5 to 8 p.m. The Gretchen Richie trio performs favorite holiday tunes at Leonardtown’s fine French Cafe. Sing-alongs will be part of the evening!  No cover charge.  Reservations  recommended.  Call 301-997-0500. STEM-ING: Ruby Tuesday’s Community Giveback Ruby Tuesday, 45138 First Colony Way, California Bring the flyer from our calendar page < index.cfm?action=CL2&amp;Entry=126 4> , and 20% of your dining bill will be donated to STEM-ING (formerly known as Expand Your Horizons) on Dec. 20 to Dec. 22

St. John’s School Orange & Grapefruit (and Pecan) Sale Pick-up Saturday, Dec 21 & Sunday morning till 1 p.m. Some extras will be ordered.  Details are also available on the St. John’s School website or at www. For more information, call 301-373-8545.

Monday, Dec. 23 Emotional Peace E.A. Beacon of Hope Recovery and Wellness Center, Lexington Park, 6 p.m. Weekly meetings of Emotions Anonymous, a mutual aid 12 step program for those desiring emotional wellness, are starting at Beacon of Hope Recovery and Wellness Center. Emotions Anonymous (E.A.) meetings are open to anyone who has the desire to be emotionally well. People attend Emotions Anonymous meetings for various reasons, among them feelings related to depression, anxiety, relationship problems, and other difficulties. The only requirement for membership is a desire for serenity and peace of mind. Over 900 meetings are held weekly in 26 different countries. Emotions Anonymous meetings are mutual aid/self-help meetings and are not counseling groups. Meetings are held each Monday at 6 p.m. Beacon of Hope Recovery and Wellness Center of Walden is located at 21800 N. Shangri La Drive, Lexington Park, in Millison Plaza (behind Family Dollar.) For more information, please contact Laura at 301-997-1300 x 804 or at You may also visit for more information about E.A. Elks Holdem Bounty Tournament 45779 Fire Department Lane,Lexington Park, 7 p.m. 301- 863- 7800 No Limit Holdem Poker Tournament $25 Buy in = 3,500 chips $5 add-on = 500 chips and raffle drawing Top ten percent places paid. This tournament is part of our Fall/Winter Leaderboard challenge. Earn 1 point for every player that busts out before you. You do not need to participate in the leaderboard challenge to come out and play. Earn a BOUNTY chip worth $5 dollars for every person that you bust out of the tournament. Food and Beverage are available for purchase. Cash games will start as soon as there are enough players that are interested. Holdem : $1- $2 no limit Omaha Hi/Lo : $.50 - $1 no limit Please enter through the side of the building. Questions: James Dean 240-5770828 Email:

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Jennifer Cooper & Carl Reichelt (GrooveSpan Duo) Blue Dog Restaurant 7940 Port Tobacco Rd, Port Tobacco, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.   301-3921740 Jennifer and Carl return to the Blue Dog Restaurant to spend a special, musical Christmas Eve with you.  Enjoy award-winning cuisine, specially prepared by Chef Gary Fick, while the sweet sounds of your favorite holiday tunes fill the air.  Reservations are recommended. 

Wednesday, Dec. 25 10th Community Christmas dinner Father Andrew White School, Leonardtown, 2 to 6 p.m. The St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Aloysius Church is sponsoring. This dinner is free and for anyone desiring a good meal and/or wanting to share the spirit of Christmas with others within our community through fellowship. All are welcomed to attend. Anyone requesting a dinner delivery will need to contact us by Wednesday, December 18. For more information, call St. Vincent de Paul Society at 301-481-2942 or email us at

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44720 Lighthouse Road, Piney Point, 10 a.m. Relive the holiday magic and memories of childhood at the Piney Point Lighthouse, Museum & Historic Park! The “Home for Christmas” theme embraces Christmases past as each room of the lighthouse keeper’s quarters depicts a past eras with nostalgic toys, decorations and items of the day. This step back in time will delight parents and children of all ages. A scavenger hunt activity will lead you through the exhibit and provide interesting facts of interest. The Lighthouse Lens Museum Store is brimming with holiday decorations and crab pot Christmas trees, lighthouse and nautical gifts and souvenirs, clothing, jewelry, books, home décor and more! Many unique items not found anywhere. Shop local and shop where your dollars make a difference. All proceeds benefit museum programs, projects and exhibits. Admission: $7 adults, $3.50 senior citizens, military, and students 6 to 18, and children 5 and under are free. Admission includes a guided tour of the museum and historic campus. Call the museum at 301-994-1471 for more information or go on line to www. Presented by the St. Mary’s County Museum Division of Recreation and Parks and the St. Mary’s County Board of Commissioners

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By Kimberly Alston Contributing Writer

Throughout the month of December, Annmarie Garden has held their 19th annual Garden in Lights event. Originally, the event was significantly smaller and was held as a drive-through event. For the past several years however, the Annmarie staff have created more extravagant pieces and this year, there are eight different galleries to be seen throughout the quarter mile wooded area stretch that makes up the Garden in Lights. The galleries are separated into different themes; popular culture, featuring pieces with Batman and Superman as well as Mario and more. There is an Air and Space Museum gallery where spaceships, Startrek and Starwars characters and objects are featured; fantasy land where the Three Little Pigs and other fairy tale creatures are on display. Following that is the Museum of American West where one can mosey alongside cowboys and girls. And wrapping up the journey are Botanical Garden and Under the Sea themes. The mission of the event, according to Director of Marketing and Development Bill Stevenson, is to “engage people and integrate art with nature”. Each of the sculptures for the light show are hand made by the staff, using only LED lights and special plastic which has to be cut with holes drilled into for the lights to be strung through. Keeping up with the modernization of the world and trying to keep the

younger audiences interested, sculptures such as a 6 foot giraffe along with “What Does the Fox Say” characters are also featured in the exhibits. The Garden in Lights tradition was put into place before even the buildings were in place. The event is known as a holiday tradition during the winter season where families can still come to enjoy the garden although the weather is a bit more intense. The cost to walk through the Garden in Lights is free for children under the age of five and $6 for everyone else. The cover charge goes not only to the sculpture garden, but also covers any of the events that are going on inside at the time of the lights. There are, however, several discount days throughout the exhibit, which are shown in detail on the Annmarie Gardens website along with a $1 off coupon. The event will go through the first week in January. For more information, visit www.annmariegarden. org or call 410-326-4640.

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Come Blow Your Horn at TUBACHRISTMAS By Kimberly Alston Contributing Writer On Sunday, Dec. 22 local members of the community will gather in Solomons to give a spin on traditional Christmas music as the island hosts its 12th annual TUBACHRISTMAS. On a national level, this year marks the 40th anniversary of TUBACHRISTMAS originally held in New York on Dec. 22, 1974. Harry Phillips started the tradition to honour his teacher, mentor and friend, William “Bill” Bell who was born on Christmas day in 1902. Bell was known as one of the most famous tuba players with several baritone pieces of sheet music being compose by him. As of this year, over 270 cities in the world participate in TUBACHRISTMAS. Bill White along with his friend Jim Martz co-coordinated TUBACHRISTMAS in Solomons after taking students from the local high schools to play at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. as well as various places in Baltimore for years prior. “Because the events were normally held on school days, we wanted more people in the community to be able to take part in it,” White said. The first year that TUBACHRISTMAS arrived in Solomons, eight people were performers. The second year, eleven performers showed up. This year, a total of 40 performers from Calvert, St. Mary’s and Charles County are expected to perform at the event.

While Martz has now moved to Mississippi, White says that he still gets a lot of help from locals who enjoy the event. Each year, Christmas carols that are arranged for a 4 part harmony with baritone instruments are given to the performers who practice just hours before the event is set to take place. The performers do a run through of each of the songs, checking to see if they can perform well together, then during the event, audience members are invited to sing along as a new take on Christmas music is unveiled.

This year’s event will take place at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, located on Alexander Lane in Solomons at 4 p.m. TUBACHRISTMAS has grown each year and all members of the public are invited to join this free and open event. For more information, visit

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Hope and Serenity Combine Praise and Worship, Jazz By Kay Poiro Staff Writer Hope and Serenity are two friends living their dream. The group is Gloria Washington and Carmen White, two friends who met at their Southern Maryland church in 2009. Gloria says she’d been searching for a singing partner, but “nobody wanted to harmonize. I was looking for my other half,” she says. “I wasn’t looking for the spotlight.” That was when she met Carmen. They became fast friends and four years later, Gloria and Carmen have released their debut album “Jesus, You’re Beautiful.” The record took one year to complete, Gloria says. The record’s music is a combination of their own musical influences and the serene feeling evoked by worship. That same serene feeling inspired the group’s name. “We were looking for a name that fit the type of music that we wanted to make,” Carmen explains. “There’s gospel music out there, but nothing I’d heard with a jazz feel. We’re a different genre.” “The owner of the studio where we recorded is a heavy metal music engineer and we even mellowed him out,” Gloria laughs. “The music is so relaxing that it puts you in a calm state.” Carmen played all the instruments on the record, while Gloria wrote the lyrics and melodies. Gloria is a former all-state chorus member who went to college on a music scholarship to University of Tennessee. Carmen, on the other hand, learned piano from her mother. She is self-taught on every other instrument, having played both R&B and Gospel bands in the past. Although Hope

and Serenity is not traditional gospel of her youth, Carmen says the music and lyrics are meant to inspire praise, worship and ultimately reflect the beauty of God’s love. “Our purpose is to talk about God’s type of love and how we should extend it to both believers and non-believers,” she says. The group accepts outside bookings, but Hope and Serenity say they prefer intimate settings in which to perform, as their music lends itself to the smaller places. But, the relaxing nature of their music isn’t the only reason for the preference of a smaller venue. “We both suffer from stage fright,” Gloria admits. “But we understand that this is our calling, so we’re dealing with it.” Hope and Serenity are figuring out what’s next but say that for now, they are satisfied with their record and pray that the music touches others as it has touched them. “There’s a sense of internal satisfaction when you’re doing what God wants you to do. Therein lies peace and joy.” Hope and Serenity’s music can be found on,, and iTunes. Visit their website for more information.

Photos by Abba Ishola, Ishola Photography Gloria Washington and Carmen White perform throughout Southern Maryland

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Lift Every Voice and Sing By Kimberly Alston Contributing Writer The Chesapeake Community Chorus is set to host their winter concert on Dec. 21. The chorus was started by Larry Brown after his mother passed in North Carolina; he wanted a way to help raise money for building a Hospice building here in the county where the residents could have their loved ones closer to home. Eleven seasons later, the Hospice building is complete and the chorus now raises money for charity programs all along Calvert County. The basic concept for the chorus is that they will perform wherever they are asked. The facility that hosts the chorus gets to keep all the money that is made from that night’s program and then donate said money to their fa-

vourite charity program. Over the years, the Chesapeake Community Chorus has raised over 75,000 dollars in money for various charities. The chorus travels all over Calvert County, participating in various events. They have performed at Memorial and Veterans Day concerts anywhere from Lusby to Chesapeake Beach. They have been asked to perform by many churches, “and for fun, we even go to some Blue Crabs Games,” Brown said. When they are performing at a church, the chorus performs sacred music, and their genres change as their venue changes. They perform music from ballads to more contemporary style, depending on their audiences. The chorus performs in both the Fall and Spring seasons; however, they tend to shy away from dates the weeks of Christmas and Easter, as many members of the chorus

have other obligations during that time. At any one concert, the chorus size ranges between 25 to 35 singers. The chorus rehearses primarily three times per month on Sunday afternoons, normally at either the North Beach Community Center or the Huntingtown Methodist Church. This Saturday’s concert will take place at the Mount Hope United Methodist Church, located at 3 Dalrymple Road, in Sunderland at 4 p.m. The chorus will be performing both Christmas and sacred music during the performance and will be joined with the church choir for part of the concert. For more information, contact Larry Brown, Director, at or call 301-855-7477.

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“A Sweet Mess” By Shelby Oppermann Contributing Writer

Christmas time is here! I know it is because we just received our tin of homemade cranberry/ walnut fudge from my friend Bethany. Bethany and her husband and son moved to Florida quite a few years ago, but she never fails to send the fudge every year. There is nothing like it. And it’s a tradition. She “shops” at yard sales all year to find the tins to send it in. I have quite a few to send back to her, so I am assured of receiving more next year. I suppose Bethany comes by her fudge making skills honestly. When Bethany was in high school on the Eastern Shore, her Mother won the Pillsbury bake-off for her cake recipe. I never did get to try that cake. We met in college here at St. Mary’s. I do remember the chocolate chip cookies that were sent to our dorm. When Bethany would come home to Clinton with me from college, my Mother would bring us breakfast in bed, and make Bethany her own rum cakes to take back. I never got a rum cake either! With thoughts of Bethany’s fudge in mind, I made fudge with one of our granddaughters last week. Granted it was the fastest fudge-making you’ve ever seen. Gracie did a great job, even though we only had 30 minutes before we had to get to our church hall for the annual Holiday Family Night where we craft, eat, and make a mess. Earlier in the day I had been watching the Home and Family show on the Hallmark Channel, and Cristina Ferrare made the classic Mamie Eisenhower fudge recipe which uses Marshmallow Fluff. It looked easy to me. It was easy – I had Gracie and her Mom Kathy do all the hard stirring and folding in. There was one little detail I forgot to think about however: Cooling time. The fudge really needs to sit in the fridge for a while to set-up properly. I was hoping that the 4 minute ride in a cold car to the hall would do the trick. When I got there I was told it would make a delicious frosting – and it would. The trick from the editor of Taste of Home who shared the recipe was great: Line your 13” x 9” x 2” with buttered tinfoil. I would add that it might also be good to line your mixing bowl with the tinfoil too. The fudge seemed to harden fine everywhere else but in the pan. I’m actually glad that we even found Bethany’s fudge this year. We don’t use our front door all that much in the winter. We use it all the time during the warmer months when we have our fire pit nights. Bethany’s eagerly awaited brown paper parcels, and other Christmas gifts, have sat out at our front door for a week or more some years. It’s still always good when opened. Some years I have frozen a portion of it right in the tin to be enjoyed later. That may not happen this year, I just sat back down from a quick fudge run to the kitchen. Well, I had to re-taste it to make sure that when I say it is the best fudge – it really is. And anyway, isn’t fudge healthy for breakfast or is that just mental health? Speaking of healthy, I might ask Bethany if she could experiment with dark chocolate fudge for next year. that way it can be healthy and mood-enhancing. In fact, I am heading out around the county and to Waldorf today maybe I should test a bit more fudge for scientific purposes. I think I’m smiling more already! Happy, Happy Christmas to All! To each new day’s adventure, Shelby Please send your comments or ideas to: or find me on facebook: Shelby Oppermann

Sprout Your Health By Debra Meszaros CSN What could be more nutritious to your body than the best organic food? How has hybridization and genetic modification affected the contents of the food you eat? A few small adjustments to your diet can make all the diffence in the world to the free radical damage done in your body. It’s more important to focus on the quality of your food, than quantity or calorie counting. Do you think you’ll get more nutrition out of a younger version of a plant or vegetable, or the more mature version? We have been told that genetic modification and hybridization was developed and implimented to solve worldwide malnutrition. After decades, the hunger issue in many parts of the world is still unresolved. What has developed from the mutation of Mother Nature, is the reduction in the beneficial qualities of our food; and even in the case of fruits, has increased the fructose level of fruits to as much as thirty times more than fruits grown decades ago. Fructose is sugar and sugar in excess is not a healthy choice. When we think about it, how does a tiny seed have the strength to grow into a plant, that at maturity provides you with thousands of more seeds in just one season? How Mother Nature works is truly amazing, and we have alot to learn from her. When we research a seed and the process it goes through to develop into a plant, we discover that the amount of enzymes and nutrition in a sprouted seed is far greater than at maturity. The phytochemistry of a sprout is a powerhouse of nutrition, as the enzymes released unlock the nutrients within it. This gives the seed the ability to develop into a mature plant. From a dietary stand-

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point, you can utilize sprouts to increase the nutrients available to your body. Like the seed regenerating itself, sprouts can support cell regeneration in your body. Sprouts can contain ten to thirty times more antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, and enzymes than its mature self! Pea sprouts and sunflower sprouts have the highest nutritional profile, but there are many benefits to almost all types of sprouts. You will notice a distinct difference in taste from one variety of sprout to another, so explore all that is available, to find the ones that appeal to you. In this part of the country, winter naturally seems like a good time to bring a little bit of Mother Nature indoors. Seeds store very easily and sprouting small quantities is rather simple and quick. There are many sprouting kits available for all types of seeds. You can seriously increase the amount of quality nutrients available to your body by sprouting at home. If you are wondering how to incorporate sprouts into your diet, some of the easiest ways are to simply add some to your salad mix, sprinkle some a top your soup, add them to your sandwich, or toss them into your favorite omlet. Using sprouts is easy and extremely beneficial to your health, so get creative and find ways to sprout your way to health! ©2013 Debra Meszaros All rights reserved; no duplication without permission. DISCLAIMER: When you read through the diet and lifestyle information, you must know that everything within it is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. I am making no attempt to prescribe any medical treatment. You should not use the information here for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem or for prescription of any medication or other treatment. The products and the claims made about specific products have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. You should consult with a healthcare professional before starting any diet, exercise or supplementation program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem. Confirm the safety of any supplements with your M.D., N.D. or pharmacist (healthcare professional). Some information given is solely an opinion, thought and or conclusion based on experiences, trials, tests, assessments or other available sources of information. I do not make any guarantees or promises with regard to results. I may discuss substances that have not been subject to double blind clinical studies or FDA approval or regulation. You assume the responsibility for the decision to take any natural remedy. You and only you are responsible if you choose to do anything with the information you have read. You do so at your own risk. I encourage you to make your own health decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified health care professional.

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By Linda Reno Contributing Writer I always warn people who are new to researching their families that if they can’t stand a little bit of dirt, they should leave it alone. The Key family is a good example. Judge Joseph Harris Key (1839-1917) was born at Tudor Hall in Leonardtown to a wealthy and well-known family. On December 5, 1866 he married Frances “Fanny” Ruth Baltzell in Rochester, NY (18391874). Their oldest son was John Baltzell Key, born August 6, 1869. The second wife of Judge Key was Cora Beale (1852-1893) of Washington, D.C., whom he married October 4, 1880 in London, England. Their oldest son was James Francis “Frank” Key, born July 17, 1881 in Washington, D.C. Judge Key married third, Martha Elizabeth Harris “Mattie” Maddox (1862-1942) on April 24, 1895 in Baltimore. They had one child who died at the age of five days. On June 27, 1906 John Baltzell Key married Ina May Smitten (born May 16, 1882 in Indiana County, PA) in Prince William County, VA. Their son, Joseph William Key was born January 11, 1908. This marriage was not a happy one and it is said that John Baltzell Key was somewhat abusive to Ina. Whether that’s true or not, no one knows, but for whatever reason Ina left her husband for his younger half brother, James Francis “Frank” Key some time between 1910 and 1911. Frank and Ina ran off to Paris taking her son with them. When they returned, John Baltzell Key met them at the dock in New York serving them with legal papers taking sole custody of his son whose name he had legally changed to Joseph Harris Key. Ina, now forbidden from ever seeing her son, and Frank who was disowned by his family, moved to Orange County, California where Frank died in 1954 and Ina in 1962. Joseph would, in fact, not see his mother again until he was grown and married (he married Lily Rose Yates of St. Mary’s County), but the relationship between mother and son would never be a good one. He died in Los Angeles on December 30, 1967 and regardless of their issues is buried near her.

Joseph William (Harris) Key, 1908-1967 Courtesy, Cora Rubidoux

John Baltzell Key married the second time to May Mattingly Swann on August 6, 1914 and they had two daughters before John’s untimely death in 1919. “John B. Key drowned on Sunday afternoon last at Pt. Lookout while trying to save Mrs. John C. Reeves and her son, William Reeves from drowning. Both drowned also. Mr. Key was the eldest son of the late Joseph H. Key and had recently purchased his late father’s estates, known as “Tudor Hall” in the 3rd district and “Indian Town” farm in the 4th district. He was 50 years of age on August 6th last. Survived by his widow, who was Miss May Swann and 3 children. Joseph H. Key, Jr., a son by his former marriage and 2 children by his last union. His funeral was held at Christ Church on Monday last.” (The Enterprise, 8/23/1919).

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Thursday, December 19, 2013


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