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Gazette Calvert

January 2, 2014


Everything Calvert County

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County News

6 Crime 7 Business 8

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9 Letters 10 Education 11 Obituaries 12

Out & About


Library Calendar

14 Entertainment 15 Games CSM President Bradley Gottfried looks forward to new programs, increased student services and even a new college campus in the coming year.

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The Schubert Singers will be holding their annual Epiphany and Advent choir events at various venues throughout the first weekend in January.

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After a lengthy investigation St. Mary’s prosecutors have charged George Raymond Wells, of Huntingtown, operator of the recently shutdown TPR Casino in Charlotte Hall with two counts of running a theft scheme designed to deprive the charity he was ostensibly running the casino for of tens of thousands of dollars.


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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Paws to Read Reading Practice in a Safe Environment

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Calvert County Libraries invites children to come practice reading out loud with someone who won’t correct, criticize or comment at all on their reading – a trained therapy dog. The libraries have been hosting Paws to Read for the past seven years, according to Youth Services Librarian Beverly Izzi. Volunteers bring their animals to sit with children, who read to the dogs and cats, then get time to pet and play with the animal. Paws to Read gives children “a nice, safe environment for kids to practice their reading,” Izzi said. Reading with a trained therapy dog is a great way for children to improve their reading skills, she said. This is the first time the library has hosted Paws to Read in two locations, Izzi said. The first will be on Jan. 4 at the Prince Frederick Library starting at 2 p.m. and the second will be at the Southern Branch in Solomons on Jan. 18 at 2 p.m. The program is one of the most popular programs at the library, Izzi said. Fifteen-minute time slots will be assigned to each reader after arrival at

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The Obama Administration has approved a one percent cost of living increase (COLA) in pay for federal employees and uniformed service personnel. The executive order signed by the president effectively ends a freeze on COLA increases for those in federal service. Actual salary rates for federal employees have been frozen for four years; the pay increase will take effect in January of 2014. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer called the executive order a “modest but important step” for federal civil servants and military who deserve a pay raise. Hoyer claimed that federal employees have contributed significantly to deficit reduction through sequestration cuts and employee furloughs this year to the tune of $114 billion. Recent congressional budget dealings, however, mean that military retirees will be losing some of their cost of living increases. One federal employee lamented that. “It’s kind of ironic military retirees are losing out on their COLAs down the road,” they said. “We appreciate it, but we think our active duty personnel and retirees deserve the same deal.” Most federal employees had enough savings to deal effectively with the furloughs and sequestration cuts, but some “were on the ragged edge” at the end of the year and could use what help they could get. “Some of them were really feeling the pinch,” they said.

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Leadership Southern Maryland Class 2015 Information and Recruitment Breakfasts The Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) Board of Directors announced today they will host four informal breakfast meetings in Charles, St. Mary’s, and Calvert Counties to invite potential candidates to learn more about the benefits of LSM. Board, Alumni and Class 2014 members will be available to share information about the LSM Program and Application Process with interested LSM candidates. Meeting locations include: Charles


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Poston’s Fitness for Life Partners Up With End Hunger to Help Calvert Lose 1,000 lbs. in 6 Weeks

Kick-off Event: Saturday, Jan. 4, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Poston’s Fitness for Life, owned by Bob Poston, certified personal trainer to many local residents, and his team of certified fitness trainers are inviting the community to start the New Year off right by taking the Biggest Winner, Ultimate Thinner Challenge! This 6-week weightloss program will challenge teams of four to compete for the most percentage team weight loss which will crown them “Calvert County’s Biggest Winners” and award them a $2,000 Grand Prize.  Poston’s Fitness for Life will host a Kick-off Event on Saturday Jan. 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for teams to come participate in FREE group training, get team fitness advice, and get motivated for this 6-week weight loss challenge! Poston’s Fitness has partnered up with End Hunger in Calvert County and will host a food drive for each of the challenge events encouraging participants to bring non-perishable foods to donate.  Let’s see if we can donate as many pounds as we lose! “We are honored that Poston’s Fitness decided to incorporate End Hunger In Calvert County into their fitness chal-



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Casino Operator Charged With Theft By Guy Leonard Staff Writer After a lengthy investigation St. Mary’s prosecutors have charged George Raymond Wells, of Huntingtown, operator of the recently shutdown TPR Casino in Charlotte Hall with two counts of running a theft scheme designed to deprive the charity he was ostensibly running the casino for of tens of thousands of dollars. Wells had said he was running the casino for Thoroughbred Placement Resources, Inc., located in Upper Marlboro, in an effort to raise funds to find homes for horses who would otherwise have been slaughtered. But county law officers say that during their investigation, which stretched from June up to Dec. 30, they contacted the proprietors of the charity and were told they had never received any money from the operations of the casino, nor could Wells or his associates produce any documentation that they had provided any benefits to them. According to an official announcement of the indictment by the county’s vice/ narcotics unit the case has two parts: that employees who worked for Wells in operating the casino received proceeds from the games there and that Wells deliberately planned to withhold money from the charity that was supposed to go to them. According to Maryland law, all proceeds from gambling-style fundraisers must go to the charity; those who operate the games are not supposed to receive any financial remuneration. Capt. Daniel Alioto, commander of the vice/narcotics unit, said that at least one document obtained by investigators at Wells’ home was “damning” and illustrated his scheme to defraud the charity. “When you look at the totality of the case… it’s pretty simple,” Alioto said. “He was running a gambling house and he profited from it.” He said that profiteering extended to Wells’ associates, too. Wells denied the charges against him

and felt he was being treated unfairly. “I’ve never stolen a dime in my life,” Wells told The County Times. “I’ve been falsely accused.” When The County Times interviewed Wells in October after his operations in Charlotte Hall and Huntingtown home had been raided by law officers with search warrants he also denied any wrongdoing. “I have nothing to hide,” Wells had said. What happened the other night got blown out of proportion. “We’re being falsely accused for something that is innocent.” He later said that he had given money to volunteers running the casino to compensate them for their own expenses in coming to work there. He said back in October that he had started the charity down at the Brass Rail sports bar in Great Mills in 2012 and even put $71,000 of his own money into the venture but it failed and closed in March of 2013. He reopened the TPR Casino in Charlotte Hall back in June of 2013 to recoup his losses and once that was done, he said, start making money for the charity. He also said during the October interview that since the reopening of the casino the charity had received about $2,500 and that the casino has helped sponsor other charitable causes. Wells had said law officers seized about $20,000 in cash from the casino and $5,000 in cash from his home during the raids more than two months ago. The envelopes had contained money for people who had volunteered at the casino night as dealers, he had said. Law officers stated that in their latest search of the casino, which took place Dec. 30, they seized gaming equipment still at the premises including “poker chips depicting the defrauded charity’s logo and name.” They alleged that at least $66,000 has been stolen from the TPR, Inc. charity.

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

During the week of Dec. 23 through Dec. 29 deputies of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to 1,147 calls for service throughout the community. Citizens with information on the following crimes or any criminal activity in Calvert County who wish to report it anonymously can now access the Calvert County Crime Solvers link through the Sheriff’s Office website. Go to and click on the Crime Solvers link to leave an anonymous tip on-line. Information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect could result in a $1,000 reward.

Theft from Vehicles Cases #13-74626, 29, 32, 37, 40, 41, 44, 50, 54 & 59: Overnight between Dec. 23 and 24, deputies took reports of thefts or vandalism to vehicles from 10 victims who live in the area of Bristol Court, Bristol Drive, Holderness Lane, and Charing Court in Chesapeake Beach. Christmas gifts, cash, and other assorted items were stolen. Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at 410-535-2800. Theft Case #13-74662: A stainless steel triple commercial grade sink valued at $3,000 and a stainless steel electric wall range valued at $50, were both stolen from behind the North Beach Fire Department sometime between Dec. 23 and 24. DFC C. Fox is investigating. Theft from Vehicles Case #13-74741: Someone entered two unlocked vehicles outside a home in the 5500 block of Douglas Street in St. Leonard between Dec. 23 and 24 and stole a gift card from Pier 1 valued at $200 and a bag of items from Bath and Body Works valued at $55. DFC W. Wells is handling the investigation. Mail Theft Case #13-74701: A citizen walking his dog in the area of Hillside Road and Long Beach Road in St. Leonard on Dec. 24 noticed open envelopes in the roadway. DFC A. Clas responded and made contact with the intended mail recipient. The opened mail was Christmas cards containing 3 Bass Pro gift cards, a Visa gift card and a Red Lobster gift card, altogether valued at $250. All the gift cards were missing. The investigation is continuing. Destruction of Property Case #13-75185: On Dec. 27 at approximately 9:35 a.m. a victim was traveling westbound on Plum Point Road just past Kimberly Lane in Huntingtown when his front driver’s side window shattered. The victim was not injured and no projectile was located. Dep. W. Durner is investigating. Mail Theft Case #13-75199: A woman on Lacrosse Court in Dunkirk reported to Cpl. J. McCarroll that on Dec. 27 at 9:30 she observed a vehicle stop at her mailbox and a male passenger then took the outgoing mail from her mailbox. The outgoing mail contained Visa information. She then saw the same vehicle stop at a cluster of mailboxes then flee the area. The investigation continues. CDS Violation Case #13-75209: On Dec. 27 at 11:55 a.m. Cpl. B. Gray conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on Md. Rt. 4 at Doris Lane in Owings. She found the driver, Christopher Michael Shaner, 22 of Baltimore, to be in possession of suspected drugs. Gray was assisted by Dep. W. Durner, who subsequently arrested Shaner and charged him with DUI of drugs and/or alcohol, possession of a schedule II drug:

Adderall, possession of a schedule IV drug: Xanax, possession of a schedule III drug: Suboxone, and possession of drug paraphernalia; a cellophane cigarette wrapper. Drunk and Disorderly Case #13-75220: On Dec. 27 at 1:52 p.m. Cpl. J. McCarroll responded to Sunderland Wine and Spirits on Dalrymple Road in Sunderland for the report of an intoxicated male who was stumbling around and cursing at customers. He then assaulted an employee of the store. The male then left the store but a similar call for police was made from the neighboring 7-11 Convenience Store. McCarroll made contact with the man, later identified as Frederick Emmett Donahue, 53 of Chesapeake Beach, who was leaning against the wall of the store, cursing at customers. He appeared to be intoxicated. Donahue was asked to stop cursing but became combative and was arrested. He has been charged with second degree assault, two counts of disorderly conduct, two counts of trespass, and two counts of public intoxication. CDS Violation Case #13-75376: On Dec. 28 at 8:51 a.m. a citizen advised Cpl. B. Gray that a man was asleep at the gas pump at the Dunkirk WaWa. Gray approached the vehicle and observed a man who appeared to be asleep in the driver seat with one foot on the ground and the other inside the vehicle. The vehicle engine was running. Gray woke the man who appeared to be under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. Matthew John Vitale, 23 of Owings, was arrested and charged with two counts of driving while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, use of drug paraphernalia; a glass smoking device and possession of drug paraphernalia; a hypodermic syringe. CDS Violation Case #13-75474: On Dec. 28 at 8:39 p.m. members of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Holiday Inn in Solomons for the report of underage drinking and possible drug use in one of the hotel rooms. DFC R. Wilson, DFC J. Morgan, DFC W. Wells and Cpl. G. Shrawder found 11 juveniles and 4 adults in the room. All were arrested for possession of drugs. Precious T. Young, 18 of Laurel, Monica R. Jefferson, 18 of Lusby, Bernard D. Gibson, 20 of Laurel, and Cornay S. Johnson, 19 of Lusby, were each charged with possession of marijuana less than 10 grams, and possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia; a metal grinder. Six male juveniles, ranging in age from 13 to 17, and five females, ranging in age from 11 to 17, all from Prince Frederick, Lusby, Lexington Park, Port Republic, Mechanicsville and Laurel, were each charged with the same offenses on youth reports and released to parents.

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“It’s All About Student Success.” By Sarah Miller Staff Writer “The hardest degree was my high school diploma.” CSM President Dr. Bradley Gottfried was not a highly motivated high school student. He often cut class, neglected his homework and generally made a nuisance of himself. He could sign his mother’s signature better than she could, he said, and to this day he’s not sure if he actually earned his high school diploma or if his high school administrators gave it to him just to get him out of the school. Lacking in direction and motivation, but with a command from his mother that he go to college, Gottfried went to Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) in Pennsylvania. Gottfried grew from a wayward youth to a successful adult. Similarly, CSM is in a growth phase, to the extent that a new campus has become a necessity. Gottfried anticipates finalizing plans for a regional location in Hughesville, Md., within the first few weeks of 2014. Currently, CSM students take classes at the campus closest to their home, Gottfried said. By creating a campus that is centrally located and offering programs there that the school can’t afford to offer at all three of the current campuses, he anticipates making CSM feel like a truly regional community college for Southern Maryland. In addition to the new campus, new buildings are planned and under construction at the Leonardtown and La Plata campuses and a brand new building was recently opened at the Prince Frederick campus. Gottfried aims to keep CSM’s class sizes small. Students learn better when teachers can actually spare attention for them and help find the best ways for them to learn. “It’s all about student success,” he said. Student debt is a huge factor in success. More than half of graduates leaving a four year college are in debt when they graduate, often owing $20,000 or more. Community colleges can be an affordable option for students, Gottfried said. Once a student has their associates degree, they can transfer to a four year college for a bachelors degree or higher. Alternatively, they can begin building a career and pay for their education as they go, steering clear of debt. “If there is one legacy I would like to leave, it’s that no person is denied a college education,” Gottfried said. Success requires a committed collaboration between students and teachers, Gottfried said. Nobody can control illness, or if a student’s family moves away, but when it comes down to academic achievement and the effort put forth, that’s on students and teachers.

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CSM received a Title III grant to focus on student success during the next five years. One of the programs the school is considering is creating a student one-card system. The cards would serve as on-campus identification and could be scanned to show a student’s record, including the number of times they have sought tutoring. This could be a useful tool in creating a targeted plan to help a student achieve academic excellence, Gottfried said. Success doesn’t only start after a student graduates from high school. Gottfried is collaborating with schools in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties to create a middle college. In a middle college, at-risk students are identified

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and enrolled in classes at CSM, allowing them to finish their high school diploma while earning college credit in an environment they can thrive in. Gottfried was appointed as CSM’s fourth president in July 2006. As of 2013, he has been the president of a community college, first at MCCC then at CSM, four 14 years. He said community colleges have a stigma in the educational community, being seen as lesser institutions that four-year colleges. In a few years, colleges will be running into an issue, Gottfried said – teachers will be retiring in ever increasing numbers as the baby boomers age. When he asks deans and presidents at other schools what they plan to do to make up for the outflow of instructors,

they often tell him they will pull them from community colleges. They view community colleges as training grounds for teachers before they go to a four-year school, and that is a perception Gottfried strives to change. Gottfried has “…extensive experience in strategic planning, enrollment management, fiscal and facilities management, and cultivating community and legislative relations, as well as developing successful initiatives in curriculum, technology, faculty, transfer programs and business development,” according to the CSM website. In addition to his leadership at CSM, Gottfried serves on a number of committees and boards, including the Southern Maryland Civil War Roundtable, St. Mary’s Historical Society, and Southern Maryland Higher Education Council. “Among his many initiatives are the Money Smart Seminar Series to promote financial literacy throughout region; the Southern Maryland Nonprofit Institute (2010) to strengthen the region’s nonprofit organizations; and the Diversity Institute to promote a culture of inclusiveness and understanding,” according to the CSM website. Gottfried is the secretary and treasurer for both the CSM Board of Trustees and the CSM Foundation. He holds a Ph.D. in Zoology from Miami University of Ohio, a master’s in biology from Western Illinois University, and a bachelor’s in biology from West Chester University. When he is not planning the future for CSM and ensuring a quality education for all students, Gottfried is an author, a radio personality and a loving husband to his wife, Calvert Hospice Director of Development Linda Gottfried. He has written 10 books on the Civil War, with several focusing on Gettysburg. He writes and creates maps simultaneously, often finding out how troops and forces must have been moving through written accounts. He enjoys mixing his loves of cartography and history. Gottfried takes the term “morning person” to the extreme. He rises at 3 a.m. every day to make sure he has time to write, working until 6 a.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. on weekends. This early morning regimen allows him to attend to his duties at CSM and in the community, as well as time in the evening to spend with his wife. On Sunday mornings, Gottfried can be heard on local radio stations with his show, Southern Maryland Perspectives. He interviews local Southern Maryland personalities, including himself once. Above all, Gottfried enjoys the opportunity to learn or try something new. “I’m a student of life,” Gottfried said. For more information about CSM, including classes offered, visit www.

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

A Big Thank You Dear Calvert County, I am writing to thank you for the amazing year we have had at End Hunger In Calvert County had in 2013. Together, we helped feed over 10,000 needy people in Calvert County and hit an all time record by distributing over 1 MILLION pounds of food to families right here in our county. We are humbled. And we understand that no one achieves anything of value on their own. This year has truly shown the value of partnerships and combined focus. It is impossible to list the names all the people, organziations and partners that are at the core of the End Hunger effort. But please know that your names are known not only by us but by our Heavenly Father who sees all. In many ways 2013 was a year of firsts for our cause. In June we hosted our 1st Annual Dragon Boat Festival in North Beach. If you participated in this event, you remember what a huge success it was! Twenty teams raced throughout the day and over 2,000 spectators attended. During that first year, together we raised over $25,000 … all to help feed hungry families. The festival returns on June 22, 2014. This fall we launched our first Culinary Training Program to get unemployed and underemployed people back to work. The eighteen students who made up our first graduating class held internships in local restaurants and most have already landed full-time positions. Our goal now is to offer the program four times in 2014, graduating a total of 80 students. For more information and to learn how you can get involved, visit Additionaly, End Hunger In Calvert County received two major recognitions in 2013. We were voted Best Charity in Calvert County’s 2013 People’s Choice Awards. This recognition is most rewarding, because it came from you, our community. There are so many great charities in our county it’s an honor to be included alongside them. Also, the Better Business Bureau recognized End Hunger In Calvert County as an Accredited Charity, awarding us it’s Wise Giving Designation for meeting all 20 Standards of Charitable Accountability. This certification means that when you donate to End Hunger In Calvert County you can do so with confidence. Lastly, this year, we saw sports teams, businesses, and community groups engage and get involved with End Hunger In Calvert County like no other year. You have truly taken End Hunger and made it your own, finding creative ways to do what you love and making a difference while you do it. Together, we have improved the quality of life in Calvert. On behalf of the entire End Hunger In Calvert County team, thank you for believing and embracing in the cause. Your work brings to life the #givewhereyoulive value and constantly affirms that at least in our corner of the world, hope is real and that the ‘neighbor helping neighbor’ attitude still lives. It is a privilege to work alongside you and we are already gearing up for another unforgettable year together! May God bless you and those you love, Rev. Robert P. Hahn CEO, End Hunger In Calvert County #givewhereyoulive

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On Eternal Patrol On the night of June 16, 1999, shortly after 10 p.m., the phone rang in the Federal Aviation Administration office in Bridgeport, Connecticut. An airport manager on the island of Martha’s Vineyard reported that a single-engine Piper Saratoga piloted by John Kennedy Jr. was missing. Locating the downed plane and its occupants would be a herculean undertaking. The former president’s son hadn’t filed a flight plan. That left miles of featureless ocean up and down the Massachusetts coast to scour. Four days later, and three days after a search began, a U.S. Navy vessel, the Grasp, hit pay dirt. An underwater camera located the plane and its two occupants, giving millions of Americans a sense of finality. Stewart Butler, a former Navy sonar man, followed the search for the missing plane with more than a passing interest. It was one of Butler’s former students at the career training center where he teaches, who found the plane. Ships like Butler’s provided support for the carriers in preparation for shore bombardments in the Mekong Delta. Butler says unmanned ‘drones’ with inferred cameras were used for surveillance and intelligence gathering purposes. As protests against U.S. involvement in Vietnam mounted, servicemen like Butler came under attack – not just from countries like Hong Kong, where angry hoards tossed Molotov cocktails at his ship incorrectly believing there were nuclear weapons aboard, but from their own countrymen. Butler says he was “cussed at, (and) called every name in the book.” Butler, who served in the Navy from 1962 to ’84, has a strange symbiotic relationship with national tragedies. Twice, he participated in the search for nuclear-powered U.S. Navy submarines – the Thresher in 1963 and Scorpion in 1968. The Thresher imploded 220 miles off the Boston shore with the loss of 120 lives in April, 1963. It remains the deadliest accident to date involving an American submarine. President Kennedy ordered flags flown at half-staff for three days. The Scorpion was posted overdue when it failed to arrive in Norfolk on May 27, 1968. Chere Amtower, who was three at the time, remembers it was cold and damp as she and her mother waited for her father, Thomas E. Amtower, to arrive. The hull was eventually discovered off the Canary Islands, its nuclear reactor intact. The cause of the Scorpions’ demise remains cloaked in mystery. In 2012, the group of U.S. Submarine Veterans asked that the Navy reopen the investigation to determine if the Scorpion might have fallen victim to hostile action by the Soviets. Although it was not known at the time, John Walker, a Navy traitor-in-uniform, had been selling the codes used by the crew to the Russians. The Scorpion had been on an intelligence gathering mission to monitor the Soviet fleet. The Navy never officially declared the crew of the Scorpion lost at sea. The crew of Thresher ended their watch 51 years ago . . . Petty Officer First Class Thomas Amtower and his 98 fellow crewmen will always be, in the words of the U.S. Navy, “ on eternal patrol.” Edward C. Davenport, Drum Point, Md.

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Loud and Clear Local American Legions Host Speaking Competition By Sarah Miller Staff Writer

Among other assignments, students High School and one participant from the competition. This year’s American Legion Oratorical Competition is on Jan. are required to memorize and recite pas- Northern High School. Local politicians and well know resi- 18 at 1 p.m, For more information, call the sages from the American Constitution, dents judge the competition, Miller said. Arick L. Lore Post 274 at 410-326-3274. Miller said. The winner of the county competi- Students are not allowed to listen to each tion goes to the regional competition in others speeches. They are sequestered in room from the audience during Clinton, Md. The winner of the regional a separate Ad Size: 3.875” X 6” competition goes to the state competition, and that winner goes to the national Section: ENTERTAINMENT competition. The winner of the national competition receives $15,000 in scholarship money, Miller said. Winners at the local levels also receive scholarships, but they are considerably smaller he said. Miller distributes informational packages to each county high school in September. Students have from September until the competition in January to prepare. The number of participants varies from as few as three to as many The Calvert County Board of Education (Board) has initiated a nationwide as eight, Miller said. This year, he ansearch for a new Superintendent of Schools. To help facilitate the process, the ticipates five participants from Patuxent Board has contracted with the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE). Open forums for the staff and community will be held at locations throughout the county to provide the public an opportunity to identify qualities and characteristics they would like to see in the new superintendent.

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private, to show off their public speaking skills. Contest coordinator Ed Miller, with the Arick L. Lore Post 274, has been working with students and the competition since the early 1970s. According to, “The Oratorical Contest presents participants with an academic speaking challenge that teaches important leadership qualities, the history of our nation's laws, the ability to think and speak clearly, and an understanding of the duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges of American citizenship.”

Open Forums Scheduled for Superintendent Search

The following are the times, dates and locations: January 15: January 16:

Patuxent High School cafeteria – 6 p.m. Staff; 7:30 p.m. Public Calvert High School cafeteria – 6 p.m. Staff; 7:30 p.m. Public Northern High School cafeteria – 6 p.m. Staff; 7:30 p.m. Public

Participants will be provided a presentation explaining the search process and will be asked to answer three questions: • What do you feel are the most positive things about CCPS? • What characteristics and qualifications would you like to see in a superintendent? • What challenges do you think a new superintendent will face? Input received will be compiled and presented to the Board to develop a brochure to solicit candidates. The brochure will be posted on the CCPS website as well as in local, state and national publications. If you are unavailable to attend, please email your input to kblumsack@mabe. org or by mail to K. Blumsack, MABE, 621 Ridgely Road, #300, Annapolis, Md. 21202.

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

Tommie Shires, 84 Shires, Tommie, 84, residing in Genesis Care in Elkton, died peacefully on Dec. 27. He was born May 17, 1929 to the late Harry and Edna (Nee: Cosner) Shires in Rising Sun, Md. He was a member of Calvert Pines Senior Center for Years. He loved bowling, pool time, horseshoes, baseball, boating, fishing, hunting, crabbing, traveling and especially taking day trips. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn L. (nee: Fitzpatrick) Shires; daughters, Lori Warriner and her husband Joel of Huntington, Linda Seymour, Kathy Mahlstedt and Debbie Watkins; sons, Tommy Shires, Johnny Shires; brothers, Paul Shires of Arnold, Bill Shires of Brooklyn and Jim Shires of Delmar, He is also survived by 7 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Friends and family will celebrate his life on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Kirkley-Ruddick Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, 7 p.m., at the funeral home. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Season’s Hospice 133 N. Bridge St. Elkton, MD 21921. For further information or to post condolences, please visit

Michael Anthony Bowen, 33 Michael Anthony Bowen, 33, of St. Leonard, Md. passed away on Dec. 19, in Washington, D.C. Michael was born on June 22, 1980 to Paul and Elizabeth Bowen. Michael loved to raise vegetables in his garden, fish, and football. He really loved tattoos. Michael is survived by his wife Victoria Bowen, and their children Katylin, Devean, and Sean. He is also survived by his parents, Paul and Elizabeth Bowen, and his siblings Heather Neese of North Beach, Md.; Paul F. Bowen,Jr of North Beach, Md.; Jesse J. Bowen of St. Leonard, Md., and Jacob D. Williams of St. Leonard, Md. The family received relatives and friends on Dec. 26, from 4 to 7 pm., at the Rausch Funeral Home. A funeral service was held on Dec. 27 at 11 a.m., at the Rausch Funeral Home. Interment followed at the Chesapeake Highland Memorial Gardens in Port Republic, Md.

Michael E. David Yodichkas, 56 Michael E. David Yodichkas, 56, of North Beach Maryland passed at 1:30 p.m., on Dec. 22, at his home in North Beach Maryland. He was born Nov. 17, 1957 in Washington D.C. to John and Josephaine Yodichkas. Survived By his daughter Sarah J. Douglass, Brother's John Yodichkas, Jim Yodichkas and Sister Lori Michael. Michael was a longtime Resident of North Beach Maryland. He enjoyed day's on the boardwalk with his dog Mattie, Camping in the mountains, and most of all the love he had for fireworks. From shows at the Washington Monument to Rock hall Maryland he shared his passion for all to see. He will be missed by many and remembered by all. Memorial Services were held at Rausch Funeral Home on Monday, Dec. 30, at 11 a.m.

William F. Hatch, Sr., 48 William F. Hatch, Sr,, 48, of Limestone, N.Y., formally of Lusby, Md, passed away on Dec. 22, in Limestone, N.Y. He was born on Sept. 30, 1965 in Salamanca, N.Y., to the late Ronald G. Hatch and Eulagene “Tina” Bailey Hatch. Billy served in the Navy from 1983 to 1986. He loved the outdoors and he was an avid deer hunter, loved camping, the beach and NASCAR. He loved old westerns and “The Duke”. He was a 27 year member of Plumbers Local #5 in Washington DC, and a member of the Knights of Columbus at Our Lady Star of the Sea. Billy is survived by his wife, Karen Hatch, and father of Melinda M. Hatch of Manassas, Va., William F. Hatch, Jr. of Lusby, Md. and Shannon L. Hatch of Great Mills, Md. Grandfather of Makenzie M. Hatch , son of Eulagene “Tina” Hatch of Limestone, N.Y., and brother of, Kathy Murphy of Raleigh N.C., Ron Hatch of Avondale Ariz., Gregory Hatch of Fredericksburg, Va. and the late Julie M. Hatch.

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He is also survived by numerous other aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. The family will receive friends at the Rausch Funeral Home, 4405 Broomes Island Road, Port Republic, Maryland, on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 from 10 to 11 a.m., where a Memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, 120 Wall Street 29th Floor, New York, New York 10005, (

Albert Kenton McGraw, 64 Albert Kenton McGraw, age 64, of St. Mary’s County, Md., passed away Dec. 7, at Washington Hospital Center. He was born July 10, 1949 in Oakland, Calif., to Kent Albert and Neva Anna (Crookshank) McGraw. A child of a Navy father, the family lived all over the world. Albert was a graduate of Potomac High School in Oxon Hill, Md. He worked with his father as a printer and eventually opened his own printing company, Clinton Press. He was a resident of St. Mary’s County for the past 15 years. Albert enjoyed camping at the Outer Banks, N.C., fishing and crabbing and spending time on the Chesapeake Bay, especially Point Lookout and Piney Point. He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter Ali Christine Morrison who passed away on Dec. 30, 2011. Surviving are a son Adam K. McGraw of Galena, Md., grandsons Richard Morrison, Jr. of Annapolis, Md. and Nicholas Morrison of Prince Frederick, Md.; sisters Belinda G. Hooker of Hughesville, Md. and Carol A.

Bain of Leonardtown, Md., brother Daniel L. McGraw of Petersburg, Va. and five nieces and one nephew. A private service and celebration of Albert’s life will be held by the family. To leave condolences visit

Helen Mirjam Nurmi, 87 Helen Mirjam Nurmi, 87, of St. Leonard, Md., passed away on Dec.20, in Prince Frederick, Md. Helen was born on Nov. 29, 1926 in Teaneck, N.J. to the late John and Lempi Lindroth. As an infant she moved with her parents back to Finland and stayed there until she was 21. It was not until the end of World War II did Helen move back to the United States. On her boat trip back home is where she met her future husband Reino A. Nurmi. They raised a family together; Helen also enjoyed bowling, gardening, watching golf, and needle point. She was also an excellent seamstress. Helen was predeceased by her parents, and her husband. She is survived by her children John Nurmi of Biloxi, Mississippi; May Cullen of St. Leonard, Md.; Ruth Marshlick of Churchton, Md.; and Carl Nurmi of Upper Marlboro, Md.. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. The family received relatives and friends on Saturday Dec. 28, from 110 to 11a.m., at the Rausch Funeral Home, 4405 Broomes Island Road, Port Republic, MD 20676. A funeral service followed at 11 a.m. Interment will be private.

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Thursday, January 2, 2014


Community Events

January All Month Long

Sunday, Jan. 5

AARP Tax-Aide Program Tax-Aide Counselors will be available Monday, February 10 through Tuesday, April 15, 2014 to prepare tax returns for low-to-moderate-income senior citizens aged 50-plus. The three Calvert County senior centers will start taking calls Monday, Feb. 3 to schedule appointments which will begin Feb. 10, 2014.  Before making your appointment, please make sure you have all of the documentation necessary to complete your return. This would include last year’s tax return and any income and expense documentation for 2013. Bring a cancelled/ voided check (for proof of direct deposit account) for any refunds/payments.  To schedule an appointment, contact: Calvert Pines Senior Center, 410-535-4606 or 301-8551170; North Beach Senior Center, 410-257-2549; Southern Pines Senior Center, 410-586-2748.

Lineage “Lineage”, the Artworks @ 7th January show will feature works from renowned American artist Michael Bell; jeweler Amanda Hagerman; photographer Caroline Van Sicklin and ceramic artists Marlene Kramer and Libby Kozlowski. The show will run Jan. 3 through Jan. 27, with an opening reception Jan. 4, 1 to 4 p.m.

Chesapeake Community Chorus Practice Northeast Community Center, 4075 Gordon Stinnett Avenue, Chesapeake Beach, 4 to 6 p.m. The Chesapeake Community Chorus is an all-volunteer chorus that performs concerts to benefit charities in Calvert County. We are looking to add new singers to the chorus.  No auditions are required.  Contact Larry Brown, Director, at 301-855-7477, or email  

2014 United Seniors of Maryland Legislative Forum Speak up and help public policymakers understand the importance of services in the Aging Services network at the United Seniors of Maryland Legislative Forum, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., St. John’s College in Annapolis. The $15 fee includes continental breakfast and box lunch. More information can be found at: http://

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Calvert Pines Senior Center (CPSC) Get your thinking caps on and challenge yourself to a Spelling Bee, Thursday, Jan. 9, 1 p.m. We know you like singing! Even if you don’t, enjoy the fun of Karaoke, Friday, Jan. 10, 2 p.m. North Beach Senior Center (NBSC) A new six-week session of Strength Training is beginning. Classes are held Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:45 p.m. or Wednesdays and Fridays at 11 a.m. Fee: $5 / class Enjoy eggs, sausage, biscuits, juice and coffee at the Men’s Breakfast, Friday, Jan. 10, 8 a.m. Pre-register by Friday, Jan. 3. Southern Pines Senior Center (SPSC) Balance is essential for a healthy life. A physical therapist from Gateau Physical Therapy will be here to share some tips for staying flexible and on our feet, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 11a.m. Please call or register in the office. Local Trip Watch as Moses! comes to life on the Sight and Sound stage in Lancaster, Pa., Wednesday, March 12, 2014. You will be completely immersed in the spectacular events of the story and experience the humanity of Moses and the children of Israel as they struggle for faith, freedom and belonging. The $106 fee includes the show, lunch and transportation. EATING TOGETHER MENU Lunches are served to seniors aged 60-plus and their spouses through Title IIIC of the Older Americans Act. Suggested donation is $3. To make or cancel a reservation call: Calvert Pines Senior Center at 410-535-4606 or 301855-1170, North Beach Senior Center at 410-257-2549, or Southern Pines Senior Center at 410-586-2748. Monday, Jan. 6: Eggplant Parmesan, Breadsticks, Spinach, Green Grapes Tuesday, Jan. 7: Pork BBQ, Baked Beans, Cole Slaw, Lemon Bar, Assorted Juices Wednesday, Jan. 8: Fried Chicken, Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, Jell-O with Fruit, Ice Cream Thursday, Jan. 9: Baked Tilapia, Red Potatoes, Black Beans, Kale, Rice Pudding, Apricots Friday, Jan. 10: Spaghetti w/Meat Sauce, Salad w/Veggies, Italian Green Beans, Clementine

Thursday, Jan. 2 Am. Legion Post 221 Meeting 21690 Colton Point Rd., Avenue, 8 p.m. American Legion Post 221 invites all active duty personnel and veterans to join us for our monthly meeting on the first Thursday of each month at 8 p.m. Visit our website at or e-mail us at alpost221@ Call Mike Barbour for more information @ (301) 769-4569. 

Garden In Lights Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center, 13480 Dowell Road, Solomons, 6 to 9 p.m. 410-326-4640 • Garden In Lights is a magical tour that takes visitors of all ages on a beautiful journey through the glittering woods. As you walk along the protected path, you will be transported to a fantastical place of spectacular lights and amazing “light sculpture.” Guests will be surrounded by superheroes, wild animals, airplanes, pirates, princesses, dinosaurs, fantasy land and outer space to name a few. All of the “light sculptures” are designed and made at Annmarie Garden; nothing in this show is commercially available. Free Epophany Concert- Schubert Singers, Children’s Choir Christ’s Church, 700 Farmington Rd., West, Accokeek, 7 p.m. The program will include a set of Renaissance Christmas carols, as well as pieces celebrating the season of winter. The three choirs (Chorale, Ensemble, and Preparatory) which make up the Schubert Singers will be featured throughout the program. A set of “tree” carols (Linden, Cherry, Olive, Holly) by Upper Marlboro-based composer, Barbara Masters, will be a centerpiece of the concert. Post 274 Steak Night 1820 H G Trueman Rd., Lusby, 5 p.m. Cooked to Order Rib-eye Steaks with Potatoes, Veggies, Dinner Roll and Soup / Salad.......ONLY $16!!! French Fries and fresh Onion Rings are also available. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!!! Meal followed by Blackjack and Karaoke Night with thousands of songs to choose from.

Saturday, Jan. 4 Garden In Lights Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center, 13480 Dowell Road, Solomons, 6 to 9 p.m. 410-326-4640 • Garden In Lights is a magical tour that takes visitors of all ages on a beautiful journey through the glittering woods. As you walk along the protected path, you will be transported to a fantastical place of spectacular lights and amazing “light sculpture.” Guests will be surrounded by superheroes, wild animals, airplanes, pirates, princesses, dinosaurs, fantasy land and outer space to name a few. All of the “light sculptures” are designed and made at Annmarie Garden; nothing in this show is commercially available. Deep Stack Texas Holdem and Cash Games 4120 Old Town Rd., Huntingtown, 7 p.m. To benefit the Patricia Rogers educational scholarship fund 75 percent to the payout 25 percent to the scholarship fund doors open 6 p.m. Buy-in $125 gets you 20,000 in chips no rebuys. Cash tables also available (holdem and omaha) dealers provided for cash games and final table blinds start at 25/50 - increase every 20 minutes. Free food, sodas and adult beverage high hand awarded every hour during cash game call Tommy Rogers to register at 443-398-5223

Garden In Lights Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center, 13480 Dowell Road, Solomons, 6 to 9 p.m. 410-326-4640 • Garden In Lights is a magical tour that takes visitors of all ages on a beautiful journey through the glittering woods. As you walk along the protected path, you will be transported to a fantastical place of spectacular lights and amazing “light sculpture.” Guests will be surrounded by superheroes, wild animals, airplanes, pirates, princesses, dinosaurs, fantasy land and outer space to name a few. All of the “light sculptures” are designed and made at Annmarie Garden; nothing in this show is commercially available. Aqua-thon Edward T. Hall Aquatic Center, 130 Auto Drive, Prince Frederick, 12 to 3 p.m. 410-414-8350 • The Aqua-thon is a family-friendly competition that consists of three 10-minute water events: running in shallow water, biking on a noodle in deep water and swimming. Participants must be older than 12 and able to swim. Prizes will be awarded. Entrepreneur Fair Greater Mount Zion Church, 3170 German Chapel Rd, Prince Frederick, 1 to 4 p.m. Entrepreneurs of all types are invited to participate in the first ever entrepreneur fair at Greater Mount Zion Church in Prince Frederick. In addition from business owners of all types, attendees will be able to purchase boxed lunches, soups and baked goods. For more information, or to reserve a vendor space, call Eloise Evans at 410-231-2149.

Monday, Jan. 6 Legislative Breakfast Rod N’ Reel Restaurant, Chesapeake Beach, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. $35 per person SOMD Youth Orchestra Auditions Chopticon High School, 3 p.m. The Southern Maryland Youth Orchestra (SMYOrch) is pleased to announce auditions for its Spring 2014 season, from 3-5 pm each day. Auditions will be held at Chopticon High School. Interested musicians should go to to complete an audition registration form and request an audition date.

Tuesday, Jan. 7 SOMD Youth Orchestra Auditions Chopticon High School, 3 p.m. The Southern Maryland Youth Orchestra (SMYOrch) is pleased to announce auditions for its Spring 2014 season, from 3-5 pm each day. Auditions will be held at Chopticon High School. Interested musicians should go to www.smyorchestra. org to complete an audition registration form and request an audition date. Am. Legion Auxiliary Unit 221 Meeting 21690 Colton Point Rd., Avenue, 6 p.m. American Legion Auxiliary Unit 221 invites all spouses of veterans who served in the United States Armed Forces during the listed war eras to join us for our monthly meeting on the first Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. Visit the Post website at Call Christina Barbour at (301) 904_5876 for more information.

Wednesday, Jan. 8 SOMD Youth Orchestra Auditions Chopticon High School, 3 p.m. The Southern Maryland Youth Orchestra (SMYOrch) is pleased to announce auditions for its Spring 2014 season, from 3-5 pm each day. Auditions will be held at Chopticon High School. Interested musicians should go to to complete an audition registration form and request an audition date.


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Thursday, January 2, 2014


Library Events January, All Month

Children read to furry friends and they listen! This event is for beginning and reluctant readers. Reading with a trained therapy dog is a great way for children to improve their reading skills and confidence. Please register. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862

• Art in the Stacks-Colleen Sabo (watercolor) Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862 • Art in the Stacks-Terry Quinn (photography) Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch. 3819 Harbor Road, Chesapeake Beach 410-257-2411

Thursday, Jan. 2 • Code Name 4-5-6 Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch, 3819 Harbor Road, Chesapeake Beach – 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. For 4th-6th grade eyes only! 4th – 6th grade students are invited to this series of events, which use plenty of hands-on activities to have fun with reading! Each month we will explore a new theme and introduce a great chapter book on the topic. No advanced preparation is needed and a snack will be provided. This month’s topic: Night at the Museum. Please register. 410-257-2411

Friday, Jan. 3 • On Pins & Needles Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way – 1 to 4 p.m. Bring your quilting, needlework, knitting, crocheting, or other project for an afternoon of conversation and shared creativity. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862

Saturday, Jan. 4 • Brain Games: Mahjongg, Scrabble & more Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way – 12 to 3 p.m. Want to learn Mahjongg? Hope to make your Scrabble skills killer? Games are a great way to keep your brain sharp while having fun! Join us! 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862 • Paws to Read Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way – 2 to 4 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 6 • Monday Morning Movies & More Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way – 10 to 11 a.m. Bring the little ones for a movie and a story! 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862 • Kids Just Want to Have Fun Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way – 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Exciting events for children grades K-3 that explore worlds of reading, science, culture, and more! Please register. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862

Tuesday, Jan. 7 • Storytime 2 and 3 year olds Calvert Library Southern Branch, 13920 H. G. Trueman Road, Solomons – 10 to 10:30 a.m. This storytime is uniquely designed with 2-3 year olds in mind. Children practice their listening skills, participate in group activities and create a craft weekly. Children must be 2 at the time of registration. Todays theme is School. Please register. 410-326-5289 • How to Get Library eBooks to Your Device Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way – 7 to 8 p.m. Learn how to use Maryland’s Digital eLibrary and the OverDrive Media Console to check out, download and read library e-books on your tablet, smartphone, ereader or computer. Please register. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862 • Writers by the Bay @ the Library Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way – 7 to 8:30 p.m. Looking for a writers’ group? All writers and would-be writers are welcome to come for critique & camaraderie. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862

Wednesday, Jan. 8 • Cuddle Up and Read to Me Calvert Library Southern Branch, 13920 H. G. Trueman Road, Solomons – 10 to 10:20 a.m. This Storytime is designed for children birth to 24 months. Children are introduced to books and language through short stories, songs and more. Please register. 410-326-5289 • PlayTime Calvert Library Southern Branch, 13920 H. G. Trueman Road, Solomons – 10:25 to 10:55 a.m. Playtime is learning and discovery time for you and your child. Engage in interactive play, connect with other parents and caregivers, and have fun! Bring a non-battery operated toy to share. No registration. For ages birth through 5 years old. 410-326-5289 • JobSource Mobile Career Center Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way – 1 to 4 p.m. Stop by to get job counseling, resume help, search for jobs and get connected with Southern Maryland JobSource. This 38’ mobile center features 11 computer workstations, smart board instructional technology, satellite internet access, exterior audio visual and broadcasting capabilities; state of the art workforce applications and connectivity for wireless mobile device access. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862 • Yes! You CAN Use a Computer! Calvert Library Southern Branch, 13920 H. G. Trueman Road, Solomons – 2 to 3 p.m. Participants will learn about some useful web sites and tips to use for job searching. The training will last one hour and will take place in a small group. Participants must be able to use a mouse before signing up for this class. Please register. 410-326-5289 • Lego Mania Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way – 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Lego enthusiasts will meet monthly to hear a story followed by a Lego building session. Each session will close with sharing time. Legos supplied by library. This month’s theme is Under the Sea. Please register. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862

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

State and county parks are available for launching boats and kayaks, swimming, fishing, bicycling, horseback riding, and hiking. Excellent hiking trails are located at Flag Ponds, American Chestnut Land Trust and Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Nature Center. Calvert Cliffs State Park permits bicycling and horseback riding. Whether hiking, bird watching, visiting parks, kayaking, boating, sailing, fishing, or hunting, the residents of Calvert County find ample opportunities to enjoy the abundant natural beauty that surrounds them. The health of the forests and tributaries is fundamental to the overall health of our rivers and the Chesapeake Bay. The DNR and Calvert County require that homeowners manage trees and waterfront issues on their property according to state and local law. Special considerations apply within the Critical Area (1,000 feet from the shore). Before you cut or clear, or amend your shoreline, make sure you know what is permitted.

hunting Upland hunting and waterfowl hunting are quite popular in Calvert County. Trail hikers and riders should be aware of hunting areas and avoid these areas during hunting activities. Maryland laws forbid the harassment of hunters.

if you are hiking during hunting season in a park adjacent to a hunting area, be sure to wear bright colors – orange is preferred and safest. Where to get help with... NATURAL RESOURCES QUESTIONS • Calvert County Dept. of Parks and Recreation – 410-535-1600 ext. 2225 or or • Public Parkland, County and State – • Maryland Dept. Natural Resources –

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

4 Battle Creek Cypress Swamp County Sanctuary 4 Kings Landing Park 4 Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Nature Sanctuary 4 Calvert Cliffs State Park 4 Hallowing Point Park 4 Jefferson Patterson Historical Park 4 American Chestnut Land Trust 4 Route 260 Recreation Area 4 Cove Point Park

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

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Entertainment Calendar Friday, Jan. 3 Bar dogs Chiefs (44584 Tall Timbers Rd Tall Timbers )8 to 11 p.m.

Hark Now Hear the Chorus Sing By Kimberly Alston Contributing Writer The Schubert Singers will be holding their annual Epiphany and Advent choir events at various venues throughout the first weekend in January. The Schubert Singers were founded in 2003 by Alicia Cordell and Angela Garvey as a way to keep children interested in the arts and in singing though school programs were being cut in that area. The choirs are made up of children throughout Calvert, Charles, St. Mary’s and Prince George’s counties with children ranging in age between three and 16. The Schubert Singers are made up of three different choirs, KinderChor, Ensemble and Chorale, each progressing in age and experience over time. The KinderChor is for children through first grade both male and female and open to anyone. The Ensemble is for children in grades two through four and there are auditions required to test the skill levels as far as pitch matching and reading music are concerned. The Chorale is for children from grade five until age 16. It is an all-girls choir and auditions are again, required. The Schubert singers are a concert choir, meaning they focus more on classical, traditional and sacred pieces, juxtaposing with a show choir which usually performs more musical or Broadway pieces.

Redwine Jazz Trio Westlawn Inn (9200 Chesapeake Ave., North Beach) 7:30 to 10 p.m. Bar dogs Andesons Bar (23945 Colton Point Rd, Clements) 8 to 11 p.m. Come Back Iris Cryers Back Road Inn (22094 Newtowne Neck Rd.,Leonardtown) 9 p.m.

The singers perform at various events throughout the year, including the CSM renaissance festival and blue crabs games as well as their own concerts. The chorus’ winter Epiphany concert will feature more traditional Christmas pieces from the renaissance period as well as winter based pieces. Their spring performance, coming later in the year, will hold a more “All American” theme as they perform both official and popular state songs as well as songs composed from poems written by American authors. While the Shubert singers are a community chorus, they are not, as of now, a competing choir. They do perform more advanced level pieces, but their goal is more to teach children about the benefits of a love of music. The Schubert Singers run in two terms throughout the year, a spring season and a winter season. After auditions, rehearsals for the singers are once a week. Auditions will be held Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. The Epiphany Concerts will take place January 3, 4 and 5 in Accokeek, Upper Marlboro and Waldorf, respectively. For more information, visit or call 301-512-1183.

Photos courtesy of the Schubert Singers

Saturday, Jan. 4

A Day Off Earth Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Rd., Hollywood) 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 8 Wolf Blues Jam Londontowne Pub (726 Londontowne Rd., Edgewater) 8 p.m. True Blue Country Martini’s Lounge (10553 Theodore Green Blvd.,White Plains) 6 p.m. Latin Dance Night Bollywood Masala ( 22576 MacArthur Blvd., California) 7 p.m.


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Thursday, January 2, 2014


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

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

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

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Looking for a auto detailer with mechanical skills. Primary job will be detailing automobiles. Some mechanical experience will be required for heavy times. If interested please e-mail or fax resume to 301-737-4206 or call 301-737-6400.

Large organization located in Piney Point, MD has a full time Laborer position open. Duties include – cutting grass, trimming hedges and trees, cleaning the shop, maintaining equipment, helping with the flowerbeds, mulching, and assisting the maintenance department when needed on base and other school properties. We offer an excellent benefits package. Compensation is $7.50/hour. Please send resume via email to mszepesi@seafarers. org or fax at (301) 702-6060. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran. Salary can be adjusted at employers discretion based on experience, skill, ability, seniority, and/or education.

Chesapeake Neurology Associates has a full-time position available for a RN/ LPN. Experience preferred. Candidate must possess current Maryland Licensure. Strong writing skills necessary. Act as a liaison between patient and MD/ CRNP in meeting patient needs between office visits. Additional responsibilities discussed during interview. Paid holidays, health benefits package, and flexible schedule. No phone calls accepted. Faxed resumes only to (410) 535-6030 or email

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2014-01-02 The Calvert Gazette  

2014-01-02 The Calvert Gazette newspaper. Serving Calvert County in Maryland. Published by Southern Maryland Publishing.

2014-01-02 The Calvert Gazette  

2014-01-02 The Calvert Gazette newspaper. Serving Calvert County in Maryland. Published by Southern Maryland Publishing.