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After a short but contentious debate Tuesday morning a majority of the Board of County Commissioners voted to approve a new ordinance that strengthens local government’s ability to deal with abandoned and blighted properties. But two commissioners who voted against it, Larry Jarboe and Dan Morris, were troubled by changes to the ordinance package that extended its reach across the entire county and not just to the two development districts as originally planned and also that home owners would be pushed to spend money and make repairs to their homes that they did not want to do. Both felt that the new ordinance opened property owners up to more government control or abuse of the system by neighbors with whom they had property disputes. Morris floated an amendment that would ensure property owners who were living in a dwelling that ran afoul of the ordinance could be notified of the property’s condition but could not actually be fined. It failed. “Unless it’s directed to abandoned or vacant homes it [fines] shouldn’t apply,” Morris said. “I don’t think it’s the

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government’s job to say you must paint your house.” Commissioner Cindy Jones said that the ordinance offered a number of remedies for such issues and ensured that anyone who was the object of a complaint from a citizen or who was subject to a fine could go before the citizens Board of Appeals to have their case heard. She said many of the concerns seemed to be based on “worst case scenarios” and that there were checks and balances in the ordinance to prevent abuse. County Attorney George Sparling said the ordinance was not designed to have “an army of inspectors” reviewing properties; instead the process would only start from a citizen complaint. The ordinance also does not apply to farms or any land that was assessed as agricultural in nature, Sparling said. Also if a property owner has been duly warned of a violation on their property but is making a good faith effort to remedy the problem, the county would not move ahead with any enforcement under the ordinance’s provisions, Sparling said. Jarboe said that while some farm related buildings were protected he worried that old tenant homes on farmland that had no habitants were in danger of

being targeted. He called such old homes were “part of who we are” in the scheme of county history. He also called the change in the ordinance to take affect county wide a “bait and switch.” “I’m pretty upset about the changes that are taking place,” Jarboe said. “This [ordinance] is the most obtuse and potentially abusive I’ve ever seen.” Sparling said the ordinance sought to not only deal with blighted properties but also to protect the property rights of other residents or seek to “find a balance between fairness and compassion.” The ordinance defines blight as structures with “objectively determinable exterior signs of substantial deterioration, dilapidation or lack of maintenance and which may be reasonably concluded to significantly depreciate the economic value of the properties in the neighborhood.” Signs of deterioration can include anything from excessive amounts of peeling paint, rust corrosion or graffiti to portions of the structure due to fire

damage. The ordinance offers a litany of other definitions including sagging roofs, excessive plant growth and the open storage of refuse or even cars or household appliances. Sparling said however that the ordinance would not force property owners to cut grass but only in the circumstance that it interferes with the public right of way. “This does not apply to anyone’s yard,” Sparling said. Structures that accumulate vagrants and infestations of vermin or rodents would also be forbidden under the ordinance. Citations would be issued by the Department of Land Use and Growth Management but only 30 days after the property owner had been notified of the alleged violation. Fines are not to exceed $1,000, the ordinance reads. guyleonard@countytimes.net

Eastern Shore Delegate Wants Repeal of Gun Ban By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Last year’s legislative process surrounding the Firearms Safety Act of 2013 was one of the most tumultuous in recent history and though they lost the vote, gun rights activists aren’t giving up on what they consider the infringement of their rights. Del. Mike Smigiel (R-Eastern Shore) has introduced a bill that pushes for the repeal of the act but even some in the pro-gun movement do not hold out much chance for its success. “I admire Mike Smigiel greatly for his efforts,” said John Mountjoy, president of the local Sanners Lake Sportsman’s Club. “I hope and pray it has a chance of success. “Our focus needs to be on educating the electorate regarding safety and gun ownership and changing the constituency in the House of Delegates to make it more friendly towards Second Amendment civil rights.” Smigiel, one of the more ardent opponents of last year’s legislation that banned many military style rifles and high capacity magazines as well as requiring handgun buyers to be fingerprinted and undergo training and qualifications. Smigiel slammed the state government and the state police for allowing a heavy backlog of handgun applications in the wake of the law as well as not providing enough training venues. Under Maryland law buyers must wait at least seven days for a background check. “The HQL is clearly just a registration scheme,” Smigiel said. “After seven days it becomes an infringement on your constitutional rights.” Smigiel’s bill would put Maryland on the same background check for handguns as other states like Virginia that use a telephonic background check with the FBI. “That allows you to do it in seven seconds,” Smigiel said. Smigiel said Second Amendment forces planned a rally in support of repeal Feb. 4 in Annapolis. guyleonard@countytimes.net


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Study Ranks Maryland Low on Fiscal Health By Guy Leonard Staff Writer As Gov. Martin O’Malley’s administration touts its latest $39 billion budget as one that supports jobs and works to eliminate the state’s long-standing structural deficit — all without raising taxes or fees — a study released from the George Mason University paints a much dimmer fiscal picture of the state from several different perspectives. The study released this month from the Mercatus Center, State Fiscal Condition, Ranking the 50 states, analyzes the fiscal health of each state in the union based on cash solvency, its ability to pay its bills each fiscal year without running a deficit, its long-run solvency regarding assets liabilities, its ability to sustain its services and finally its overall fiscal health. The study ranks Maryland as No. 44 out of all 50 states for overall fiscal condition using fiscal 2012 numbers compiled by the study’s researcher, Sarah Arnett.

The overall fiscal condition is defined within the study as a measure of a state’s “liquidity, budgetary balance, reliance on debt to finance current and longterm expenditures and the ability to pay for essential services.” Each of these five factors is also measured individually among all the states in the study. Maryland ranks 41st in cash solvency, 43rd in budget solvency, 43rd in its ability to cover all its long term costs but fares somewhat better in terms of servicelevel solvency by ranking in at 32nd place. Political scientist Todd Eberly, of St. Mary’s College of Maryland, said studies such as this tend to go unnoticed among Maryland political circles because it could be seen as damaging to the long-term Democratic power structure. He said there have been several studies recently that showed Maryland was either unattractive to businesses or too heavily reliant on taxes.

The Mercatus Center has a right-of-center view for many of its studies but Eberly said their research was still valid. “It’s hard to dismiss this as partisan,” Eberly said. “There have been several of these assessments and they all say the same thing.” He expected Republican gubernatorial candidates, as well as Attorney General Doug Gansler, a Democrat who is also seeking the seat, to use the numbers to hit the campaign of Lt. Governor Anthony Brown. “It’s an election year and it’ll get some play,” Eberly said. “It could have an impact.” This year’s proposed budget, despite being touted as containing several hundred million dollars in spending cuts, is about $2 billion more than last year’s state budget. guyleonard@countytimes.net

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News By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Ending months of speculation Larry Hogan, a former cabinet member of Gov. Robert Erlich’s administration and a real estate broker, has announced he will run for governor in the GOP camp. Hogan is also the chairman of the conservative grassroots group Change Maryland which has been sniping at Gov. Martin O’Malley, and by proxy Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown who is also seeking the office, and their Democratic administration’s handling of the state’s economy primarily. Hogan planned a campaign rally in Annapolis Tuesday night but fears of extreme winter weather cancelled the official announcement. “The establishment in Annpolis has just been expecting another coronation in November,” Hogan said

in a campaign press release. “But today regardless of the weather, we’re putting them on notice that we’re going to give them the toughest fight of their lives.” Political pundits say that Hogan will likely reinvigorate the Republican field of candidates, which include Del. Ron George, Harford County Executive David Craig and Charles County businessman Charles Lollar. Recent fundraising reports show that all of those candidates have raised only small amounts of campaign cash. Todd Eberly, political scientist at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, said Republican donors could very likely have been withholding their money in anticipation of Hogan entering the race. “It’s possible donors were waiting for someone to donate their money to,” Eberly said, and said Craig’s numbers were disappointing despite his long experience and qualifications. “He did a horrible job raising funds,” Eberly said of

Craig’s campaign thus far. Eberly viewed Hogan’s entry into the race as a highly credible one, possibly giving him front runner status. “He’s absolutely a serious candidate,” Eberly said. “And Change Maryland has been far more effective in getting under the skin of the administration.” For the past year the O’Malley administration has fired back at many of the political barbs thrown by Change Maryland and Hogan, all to the good for raising Hogan’s public profile, Eberly has said. And while Republicans have found it difficult to make headway in Maryland politics, the recent debacle surrounding the implementation of the state’s healthcare exchange and website could hurt Democrats and Brown, Eberly said. “Either Hogan or Craig could beat Brown,” he said. guyleonard@countytimes.net

Capps Elected as Chair of ReliabilityFirst Kenneth M. Capps, Senior Vice President of Engineering and Operations at Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO), has been elected to chair the board of directors of ReliabilityFirst Corporation. ReliabilityFirst is the organization responsible for setting, monitoring, and enforcing elec-

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Police Capture Suspect in Gas Station Hold Up police said, and Gonzalez fled in a white Chevrolet passenger vehicle. A short time later, after loThe man police have charged cal police had posted a lookout with robbing the Race-N-Inn corGonzalez for Gonzalez and his vehicle, a La ner store in Mechanicsville picked the store because of its remote location and Plata police officer pulled him over on northbecause he thought there would be few wit- bound Route 301 for speeding and found a black revolver in his right jacket pocket. nesses, charging documents state. Police brought Gonzalez back to the Adam J. Gonzalez, 28, who resides at Andrews Air Force Base in Camp Springs, sheriff’s office and, after being read his Mihas been charged with armed robbery and randa rights, confessed to robbing the store two counts of first-degree assault and re- and stealing the cash, police said. “The defendant advised he needed the mains incarcerated in the county detention money, so he picked the Race-N-Inn due to center for the Jan. 19 hold up. Police said while the store attendant the location and [because] he didn’t think and a visiting friend were there Gonzalez, there would be many people around,” police wearing a green jacket with a gray hooded wrote in charging documents. “The defendant advised the gun used sweatshirt came in, produced a black revolver wrapped in a white sock and demanded was his.” money. The attendant turned over $675 in cash, guyleonard@countytimes.net By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

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Baltimore Man Held on Rape Charges By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Police say a woman who went to sleep at a party in Mechanicsville after drinking alcohol the night of Jan. 18 woke up shortly thereafter with a man she knew from high school forcing himself on her sexually without her consent. John Luke Charles Cassini, 19, remains incarcerCassini ated at the county’s adult detention center on charges of second-degree rape. According to charging documents the victim told police that she awoke to find her pants pulled down, Cassini pulling his pants up and a female friend and witness yelling for help. The victim told police she did not remember the sexual act but said her friend had told her that she had caught Cassini in the act and had stopped him. The witness told police that when the victim had fallen a sleep on the couch Cassini had joined her and had put his hands underneath the victim’s blanket; the witness told police she believed he might be touching the victim inappropriately. Cassini pulled his hands out and “stated he was not doing anything,” charging documents read. The witness woke the victim and took her into a bedroom where they both went to sleep but at about 6 a.m. Jan. 19 the witness awoke to allegedly find Cassini on top of the victim having sex with her. The witness told police she awoke to the victim groaning and saying “no,” charging documents stated. The witness told police the victim, who was also 19, was not coherent and had no idea what was happening. Other witnesses came to the bedroom because of the calls for help and they observed Cassini pulling up his pants, according to charging documents. Cassini fled before police arrived on the scene, charging documents stated. guyleonard@countytimes.net

Police Investigating Apartment Shooting By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

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Police are looking for information and suspects surrounding a late night shooting at Fox Chase Apartments in Great Mills that took place Sunday. The latest reports from police showed that an unknown shooter fired multiple shots at an apartment building but caused no injuries. “They shot at an apartment but we’re not sure exactly which apartment they targeted,” Capt. Terry Black, sheriff’s office Criminal Investigations Division commander said. Witnesses report seeing a dark-colored vehicle leaving the scene but Black said investigators are not even sure the vehicle is related to the shooting. Black said that so far little information about the incident has come forward. Last month a shooting was reported in the South Hampton community in which a home on Bristol Avenue was struck by gunfire. No one was hurt in that incident, police said. Black told The County Times investigators have found no evidence to suggest the two incidents are related. guyleonard@countytimes.net


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Driver with Underage Passenger in Wreck Going to Trial By Guy Leonard Staff Writer A 19-year-old motorist accused of causing life threatening injuries to his then-16-year-old female passenger in a wreck in a Breton Bay community will go to trial next week facing additional charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and driving a motor vehicle in a willfully dangerous manor. According to police reports the day of the crash on June 2 of last year, Connor Riley Nauman, of Clements, was driving on Society Hill Road when his vehicle suddenly left the roadway when he veered off to the right and then struck a utility pole and then went on to strike a tree. Reports stated that Nauman had told police he had swerved to avoid hitting a deer just before 4 a.m. The car appeared to be completely destroyed according to evidentiary photographs taken by police and the female juvenile suffered broken ribs, a punctured lung and a fractured skull as well as other

injuries resulting from the high-speed crash, police reports stated. A week later Nauman’s passenger had been released from the hospital and told police that when he had come to pick her up at about 11 p.m. June 1 he had just been at a wedding and told the juvenile that he had consumed three beers an hour before coming to see her at her Mechanicsville residence. She also told police that both she and Nauman had begun to drink mixed drinks combined from vodka and a soft drink shortly after he picked her up, police reports stated. When the accident occurred a nearby resident called it in; she saw a fire showing where the pieces of the car had come to rest and Nauman walking along the road asking for help. The witness saw the young girl in the wreckage; she was not pinned but was not making an effort to extricate herself, she told police. The witness said she could not detect any odor of alcohol on Nauman’s breath and that he seemed co-

herent but a Maryland State Police flight medic who had transported Nauman said he had noticed a strong odor of alcohol emanating from him. In a later interview Nauman told police he had not had anything to drink at the wedding but admitted to drinking a cup of vodka mixed with a soft drink at his girlfriend’s house. Police reports stated he told police he was going 55 miles-per-hour at the time of the accident. Police analysis of the speed marks left by Nauman’s Honda Accord showed however that he was traveling just under 88 miles an hour when he swerved off of Society Hill Road. Blood alcohol tests completed on Nauman while he was at the hospital showed that his blood alcohol level about two hours after the crash was .119, the legal limit to drive is .08, police reports stated. guyleonard@countytimes.net

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of our hard earned money to support their goals and ideas even if we may not necessarily agree with them. Couple this constant inflow of cash with the splintering of the public opinion based on fantastic extremism in our political parties and you have our current situation. The TEA party is not our hope for the future. Instead, they are only another example of a broken system. We, the people, are our own worst enemy. If we continue to promote and indulge in this consumerist culture we are only feeding the monster, and its been eating well for far too long. We cannot allow ourselves to be splintered by leaders who think us too ignorant to understand their game. Instead we must continue to keep a watchful eye on the political system, learn some tolerance and understanding, and be humans first by being able to speak about our beliefs while not degrading others if they believe differently. The common ground between us has not be so wholly eroded that it cannot be put back. As long as we continue to feed the government with our taxes and big business with our need to possess things, this endless cycle will continue. Leaders of our Fortune 500 will only back politicians who willingly accept campaign “donations” in exchange for passing things through Congress that are not necessarily designed to help us over time. The government is consistently being bought and sold on a case by case basis as each new elected official promises to make the change we so desperately need. Despite seemingly good intentions upon winning their prize, no official can solely change a system this corrupt. It is time now to step back and reexamine what we have allowed to become our lifestyle and collectively agree that the citizens of our country must change first. Brandon Russell Leonardtown, Md.

A Big Thank You On behalf of my daughter, Macy, and our entire family, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your kindness. Our daughter was playing a basketball game at St. John's School against Our Lady Star of the Sea. She experienced an unexpected accident, to no ones blame, and broke her leg. She is actively involved in the sports of basketball and soccer. We would like to take the opportunity to thank Mrs. McDonough, Principal of St. John's School and Staff, her J.V. Coach Mrs. Barbara Skane and the entire team, the varsity Coach Mrs. Kristen Turner and the entire team, Fr. Ray Schmidt for all the prayers, and ACTS in Bushwood for lending us a wheelchair. Our Lady Star of the Sea Athletic Director, Mrs. Gladys Nehf brought two of the J.V. players to visit with a huge basket of gifts and notes from the entire school,

LEGAL NOTICES Commissioners of Leonardtown Notice of Rescheduled Public Hearing

We, The People, Are Our Own Worst Enemy

Recently I have seen a number of letters printed in papers of our area decrying the politicians we have elected. The complaints have been numerous and varied, but everyone seems to agree that there is something wrong with our government. Many have their opinion on which party and direction is correct for the future of our nation but the truth of it is that no political ideology currently in use will carry our nation to a prosperous future and that is our fault. There was once a time in our country, many decades ago, when it was perfectly acceptable to work hard for what you had and live simply. Life wasn't always easy, but it was possible to be happy with very little. As our country prospered and looked to the future we were lead through under the guise that existence would be easier. Wage rates went up, the percentage of poor went down, and the middle class was growing into a formidable opponent. We now could buy things we couldn't afford because of this wonderful thing called credit which later had been so used and abused it decided to roll over and play dead. Our consumerism got the best of us. Big business knows we have an appetite for things because they created it. With one hand behind the government and the other responsible for images we see everyday, the American public has been assaulted with propaganda that has lead us to firmly believe that we must have the latest and greatest of everything and that we can happily go into debt in order to obtain that goal. The American dream of owning a home to build a future was sold to us early on and the message was so strong it still resonates in today's culture. Immigrants flock to our land to take advantage of this dream. Sadly, it is just another smooth piece of marketing designed to keep us on the credit system. Lawmakers and businessmen have kept us under their thumb for decades by keeping us in debt, thereby forcing us to have a job and pay taxes out

Coach Fran Dever, brought the entire soccer team to the house for visit (all 11) on a practice night. We cannot forget the HVRS that responded within 10 minutes to an emergency situation and to the staff at St. Mary's Hospital. There are numerous friends and acquaintances, too many to mention individually that lent their support from sitting in the hospital waiting room with us, visits to the house bearing gifts and support and the many heartfelt inquiries. We have been overwhelmed at the thoughtfulness and kindness of everyone. Again, thank you for your concerns. It has been a great source of comfort for our entire family. Sincerely, Macy Dollarton's Family

The Leonardtown Planning and Zoning Commission will be rescheduling a public hearing originally planned for January 21, 2014. The new date will be January 27, 2014 at 4:05 p.m. in the Town Office, located at 41660 Courthouse Dr., Leonardtown, MD. The purpose of the hearing is to present for public review and comment, comprehensive changes to the Leonardtown Zoning Map. Copies of the proposed changes are available for review at the Town Office. All interested parties are encouraged to attend or to submit written comments by 4:00 p.m. on January 27, 2014 to the Commissioners of Leonardtown, POB 1, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Special accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities upon request. By Authority: Laschelle E. McKay, Town Administrator.

The Leonardtown Mayor and Town Council will hold a public hearing on February 10, 2014 at 4:15 p.m. in the Town Office, located at 41660 Courthouse Dr., Leonardtown, MD. The purpose of the hearing is to present for public review and comment, comprehensive changes to the Leonardtown Zoning Map. Copies of the proposed changes are available for review at the Town Office. All interested parties are encouraged to attend or to submit written comments by 4:00 p.m. on February 10, 2014 to the Commissioners of Leonardtown, POB 1, 41660 Courthouse Drive, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Special accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities upon request. By Authority: Laschelle E. McKay, Town Administrator.

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Commissioners of Leonardtown Fair Summary of Ordinances Notice is hereby given that the Commissioners of Leonardtown have passed, and the Mayor has approved, Ordinances #158 to 163. A fair summary of these ordinances are as follows: Ordinance No. 158 – Article XX- Section 155-134C- Addition of the Rules of Procedure for appeals conducted by the Leonardtown Board of Appeals. Ordinance No. 159 – Article XI- Section 155-50- A change in the allowed size of parking spaces. Ordinance No. 160 – Changes to zoning categories that allow residential multi-family dwellings that requires age appropriate, private recreational amenities for any project consisting of 50 or more units, a change in the approval process for any project with multi-family housing to go through the same process as a planned unit development, adding general retail under 20,000 s.f. as a permitted use in Commercial Highway zoning and increasing the possible density bonus in Residential Multi Family zoning to four stories in height. Ordinance No. 161 – Article VI- Section 155-29- The addition of funeral homes as a permitted use in Commercial Office Zoning. Ordinance No. 162 – Article II- Section 155-13- Requiring paved driveways for new residential structures. Ordinance No. 163 – Leonardtown Sign Regulations- Section 8-9- Increasing allowed height of digital signs to eight feet. These ordinances will become effective Feb 2, 2014. Full text of these ordinances may be obtained at the Town Office at 41660 Courthouse Drive, Leonardtown, Md. or at www.leonardtown.somd.com. By Authority: Laschelle E. McKay, Town Administrator.

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Why Military Retirees Can Expect to Face More Broken Promises Recently Congressman Ryan from Wisconsin commented that military pensions are "overly generous" and his recent budget proposal included reductions in the cost of living adjustments for those military retirees under the age of 62. Ryan's proposal is the most recent attack on the compensation promised to this nation's military personnel after their years of service. The military health care system has been under constant attack over the last few decades. A few years ago Congress reduced the military retirement by implementing a formula based on a "high-three" formula and recently the Secretary of Defense Secretary asked his staff to formulate a plan to close all stateside commissary stores. The recent attack on the compensation of military personnel and military retirees will continue because the nation's military retirees are the "low hanging fruit" and it is politically easier to snip at this fruit than it is to address the real cost drivers and inefficiencies that impact federal government spending. It is also a mistake that short-sighted and ambitious political climbers like Mr. Ryan may make that could put this nation's future security in jeopardy. Why are this nation's military retirees the "low-hanging fruit?" Simply, the military retiree is politically inconsequential. Although the percentage of military retirees who vote may be greater than any other single group, their numbers are small and demographically their population is spread evenly among all fifty states. Only ten states have a military retiree population greater than 1% of the state's population with Virginia having the highest at 1.8%. The military retiree population as a percentage of total state population within the other forty states is less than 1% of each state's population. Additionally, since only a small percentage of Americans ever serve in the military, most Americans are unaware of the personal scarifies and financial hardships most retirees faced during their years of service. This is especially true of someone like Paul Ryan who has never worked a day in his life outside the halls of Congress. For example, how many Americans are forced to leave their career fields at the very peak of their earning years and have to start an entirely new career? How many Americans are forced to relocate every 1-3 years spending money from their personal savings to cover incidental moving expenses and, as a result of the constant relocations, are unable to build eq-

uity in a home? How many other parents have their children attend 8 or 9 schools because their parents are constantly moving and often have to pay for private schools or accept a sub-standard education for their children because the schools near the military installation are below standards? How many other workers are subject to recall at their former employer's whim after being forced to leave their job during the peak of their earning years? How many other Americans willing put their lives on the line every day to protect this nation's way of life and security. Ryan's attack on the military retires is nothing more than demagoguery. If it were an honest attempt to address the federal government's budget issue why did he not include the cost of living increases for the federal civil service retirees who retired early, why did he not include cost of living increases for social security recipients who retire before their full retirement age, and why did he not include changes to the current tax laws that favor the wealthiest Americans over the vast numbers of middle class Americans? To be fair some retired military, especially in the Washington DC area do transition nicely to well paying positions. However, many of these jobs support the defense industry and those that enter into these positions often have spent significant time in and around the Pentagon performing administrative jobs directly related to the defense industry. These are the people who Mr. Ryan probably sees on a regular basis so I guess he believes that all military retiree's step into these positions after leaving the military. Since Ryan has spent most of his adult life in and around the halls of Congress, perhaps he doesn't know that these military retirees are a small percentage of this nation's military retirees. Most military personnel have spent their active duty years plying their trade which entails preparing to kill and destroy. Amazingly, when they retire they do not find a big job market for killing people, calling in artillery strikes or launching motor rounds. But unlike those fortunate few in and around Washington DC, these are the service members who use that "overly generous" pension to help offset their loss of income when they transition to a new career, who use that "overly generous" pension to help pay for the education and/or training needed for new skills, who use that "overly generous" pension to help pay for their children's out of state college tuition because they

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have moved so much they have not been able to plant roots, who use that "overly generous" pension to help pay for homes they have been unable buy because of their constant relocation, who use that "overly generous" pension to help replenish whatever savings they used to pay for the constant relocations, and, finally, use that "overly generous" pension to help an often difficult transition back into civilian life. Unfortunately, for both active duty personnel and the military retiree, the term "overly generous" is in the eye of the beholder. Fifty years ago a defined pension was part of the everyday American dialogue. Most large companies and many smaller companies offered their employees a defined annuity retirement plan. Today the defined annuity in the private sector is part of the past. Except for social security most Americans are on their own when preparing for retirement. As a result it is easy for any demagogue to rail against the military pension system. Few Americans today have a defined annuity retirement plan and it is easy to present such a plan as "overly generous" especially when the American public is divorced from the challenges military personnel face when they leave active duty. The impact of this move and other attacks on military compensation by demagogues such as Paul Ryan place the nation's security at risk. This "overly generous" retirement plan is not "overly generous" in the eyes of the military personnel who earned it. If this demagoguery continues, those in the military will eventually speak with their feet. Ryan is not old enough to remember the hollow military force structure of the late 1970's when Congress failed to provide service members enough compensation to feed their families much less provide them the funding to conduct training they needed to fight and win a war. Good people left the military in droves during this period. They did not leave because they did not love what they were doing. They did not leave because they did not believe in the value of their military service. They left because the nation they served was deserting them in the same way some of our political representatives are starting to desert them today. These political leaders represent us so we need to ask ourselves if Ryan's actions represent out beliefs about this nation's military personnel. Tom Wolf Lexington Park Md.

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, smrwa.org 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!

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Oyster Aquaculture

Oysters are filter feeders – they filter the water eating algae and microscopic animals, while constantly removing sediments from the water column and placing them onto the bottom. An adult oyster (about 3-4 inches long) filters 60 gallons of water a day. Historically, oysters could filter the entire Chesapeake Bay waters in about three and a half days – today it takes more than half a year. Oysters, with their ability to cleanse our bays and tidal rivers, are an essential component in the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay.

Additionally, oysters create threedimensional habitats called reefs that attract a diverse assortment of plants and animals. Many of these animals are also filter feeders such as barnacles and shrimp. Blennies and Skilletfish abound in the oyster reef colony feeding on the smaller filter feeders, all the time trying not to become dinner for larger fish. Mature oysters bars are excellent places to fish for perch, rockfish, speckled trout, and croakers. Oysters grown under residential docks provide miniature oyster reef habitats. Growing oysters is an excellent way to help clean the water and, in time, enjoy eating one of the Chesapeake Bay’s finest culinary treats. Maryland residents can receive income tax credits of up to $500.00 per taxpayer to offset the cost of growing oysters at home under their dock.

Marylanders Grow Oysters The Marylanders Grow Oysters program is active in three rivers in St. Mary’s County – the lower Patuxent River, Wicomico River, and St. Mary’s River. Volunteers steward baby oysters through their first vulnerable year of life by tending them in cages tied to their dock. The year-old oysters are then placed onto a sanctuary reef within that river. To learn how you can volunteer, visit: smrwa.org/mdgrowoysters.html Where to get help with... OYSTER AQUACULTURE QUESTIONS • St. Mary’s River Watershed Association, 301-737-2903 or SMRWA.org/ mdgrowoysters.html

This is the thirty-second in a series of articles that Mary Ann Scott (scottmaryann9@gmail.com) has adapted from From My Backyard to Our Bay in the hopes of increasing awareness of the powerful booklet that could do so much to help the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Look for the next article in next week’s County Times!

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Business Profile

Fit U Promotes Personalized Fitness in Leonardtown By Kay Poiro Staff Writer Located down the hill from Courthouse Drive at 22630 Gregory Drive in Leonardtown, Fit U is a 10,000 square foot performance facility specializing in fitness programs that focus on the individual and overseen by personal trainers who motivate, inspire and encourage. Fit U boasts a low stress environment and owner Stacy Buster would have it no other way. Certified as a personal trainer through the National Association of Sports Medicine, Stacy knows all too well the importance of physical activity. She’s worked in the field for 27 years, has a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science and is a licensed RN. Her core staff are also certified personal trainers with degrees and extensive professional experience in everything from sport coaching to physical therapy. Unlike other exercise programs based in functional training and athletic movement, Fit U isn’t governed by pre-determined workouts. Instead, boot camp classes consist of 15-20 people on timed circuits with multiple people working at multiple levels. Stacy says this allows people to work within their comfort zone while diversifying the movements. Personal Trainer Jen Houck agrees that diversification of a workout is key. “It’s important to change it up because your body gets used to it. The body adapts so rapidly.” Popular classes include Boot Camp and Strength & Balance classes. Led by personal trainer Jen Moslener, Strength & Balance classes are geared toward the facility’s older clientele. The oldest

member of Fit U is 90 years old. “As we age, we lose muscle mass and coordination. Strength & Balance class can help that,” Stacy says. Jen Moslener adds that many of the older clients’ goals include remaining able-bodied and able to live on their own. Those wishing to try out Fit U are encouraged to schedule a consult. Stacy says this is so she can speak with the person about their goals and/or conduct a health evaluation. From there, Stacy works with the client to determine whether a personalized plan would be best or if the person could accomplish their goals by attending classes that are already offered at the facility. For wellness goals that include more than movement, Fit U also has a nutrition counselor on staff to evaluate your current eating habits and suggest modifications or changes. Like many small businesses, Fit U is a family-run operation. Stacy and her husband pitch in to do whatever it takes to keep the place running- including housekeeping. Stacy’s twin girls are soccer players at Leonardtown High and also use the gym for speed and agility training. Stacy takes as much pride in Fit U’s personalized programs and state-of-the-art facility as she does in her relationships with her clients. “I know the clients, their kids and their families,” she says. “The health and well-being of my clients is as important to me as the health of my own family.” “You’re not just a dollar sign or a client number here,” she says. “Instead, you are part of a family.” kaypoiro@countytimes.net

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MIL Welcomes Bill Dunkin, New Sr. VP of Engineering and Technical Services With a new year comes a new strategic force at The MIL Corporation (MIL), a government contractor with a strong defense presence in Southern Md. Having undergone a recent organizational shift to accommodate growing business sectors, MIL has added William (Bill) Dunkin to its executive team as the Senior Vice President of the Engineering and Technical Services Business Sector. His addition aims to aid in the company’s expanding defense-related sector. Dunkin, a prior Department of Defense (DoD) Acquisition Professional (DAWIA Level III) with a background in executive management, engineering and business development, will bring a wealth of knowledge in the defense arena. In addition to being a retired Navy Captain, his work history involves multiple positions that aided in business development between NAVAIR organizations and DoD contractors, as well as demonstrated engineering and management expertise. While working for NAVAIR, Mr. Dunkin served as a Deputy Program Executive Officer (Operations and Acquisition), Program Manager, Chief Engineer, and in various military operational and acquisitions positions. © Ashlee Dalrymple

“Bill’s addition to the team will not only give us more strategic direction, but a fresh perspective on our organization, which is always continuing to grow, “said Chief Operating Officer, Ed Greer. “Having another leader who will guide the day-to-day operations of the Engineering and Technical Services Business Sector will give us a new eye on how to tweak our services so that they meet the ever-changing needs of our customers, especially those on the defense side.” Reaching the employment of nearly 600 individuals in 2013, MIL chose to reevaluate its service areas and identified a need to realign. Selected to complement its core competencies, the organization carved out six new business sectors: C4 Integrated Systems; Engineering and Technical Services; Cybersecurity; Financial and Administrative Systems; Global Financial Services; and Information Technology. Dunkin will be responsible for leading teams on a daily basis in order to cultivate relationships with senior clients as well as representing MIL across the organization and marketplace. “I look forward to remaining in the PAX community and continuing to grow relationships in the defense market,” said Dunkin. “Having started out in the Navy back in the 70’s, my ties to this field are strong and I am excited about the new position I am taking at MIL.”

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Dunkin holds a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy, a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School, as well as a Management Certificate in Program Management from the Defense Systems Management College. His experience also includes serving as managing director and sitting on the board of a virtual company (joint venture), as well as sitting on the boards of several non-profit organizations. He currently resides in Tall Timbers, Md. www.milcorp.com


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Mother Catherine Spalding School Remains Open, Students Rejoice

Student body of Mother Catherine Spalding School reacts to the news.

By Kay Poiro Staff Writer Mother Catherine Spalding School will see its 50th anniversary after all. After a year marked with uncertainty, it was announced earlier this month that Mechanicsville private school Mother Catherine Spalding School had raised enough to continue operations into the 2014-2015 school year, its golden anniversary. School administrator, Father Keith Woods, notified parents by letter. Principal Linda Miedzinski herself found out on the evening of Jan. 9. On Friday, Jan. 10, she held an assembly at the end of the day to tell the students. “We made the announcement and words can’t express the looks on their faces. There was hugging and jumping and screaming and kids throwing their arms in the air like, Thank you Lord!” She adds that

the students chanted ‘We are MCS! We are MCS!’ Mother Catherine Spalding School launched an extensive fundraising campaign, but Miedzinski says she was amazed at how the students became involved, ultimately raising over $1,000 on their own. “Our Lady of the Sea invited our children to sell their bracelets with the school colors at their Christmas bazaar last year,” she says, adding that the outpouring of support from the Southern Maryland Catholic schools has been “amazing.” “For other Catholic schools to send us checks saying ‘this is what our children raised for your children’, that was special. You can’t put a price on that.” Principal Miedzinski also credits her team of parents who met weekly to discuss fundraisers, enrollment, and marketing strategies for the school. Money from New Year’s Eve bingo and their annual Christ-

Photos courtesy of Linda Miedzinski

mas bazaar, as well as community donations were applied directly to the school. In recognition of their donors, the school plans to place a Giving Tree in their foyer. Although the school fell over $300 short of its fundraising goal, Mother Catherine Spalding School is now shifting focus to increasing its enrollment. Currently, the school has an enrollment of 122, but needs around 195 students to be considered fully operable. To help boost enrollment, the school is planning several open houses, as well as a “shadow a friend” program for potential students. Even with all the challenges ahead, Principal Miedzinski says Mother Catherine Spalding School remains joyful with an eye toward the future. “It’s like a dark cloud has lifted,” she says. “There’s a whole different feeling in our school.” kaypoiro@countytimes.net

Kindergarten student Francis Gross (foreground) shows his excitement.

High School Students in St. Mary’s SMR Senior Again Wins First Place in St. Mary’s County Compete in National County in University Poetry Recitation Contest Math Competition The Maryland State Arts Council and The St. Mary’s County Arts Council announces winner and other finalists of the County –wide Competition for Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest. They are: Connor Joy, King’s Christian Academy, 12th Grade – First Place; Sage Burch, Leonardtown H.S, 11th Grade - Second Place; and Renae Thomas, St. Mary’s Ryken H.S., 12th Grade - Third Place. Connor Joy and Sage Burch will go on to compete at the Regional Competition which will be held on Saturday, February 8, 2014, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. (snow date Feb 23rd) at the Montpelier Cultural Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Rd, Laurel, MD 20708  for directions go to: http://www.msac. org/599 (See: Regional Competition) The competition, presented in partnership with the Maryland State Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. On January 15, 2013, high school students from Great Mills High School, Kings Christian Academy, Leonardtown High School and St. Mary’s Ryken High School participated in the Poetry Out Loud County competition at the Cole Cinema Auditorium in the Student Center at St Mary’s College. The County competition celebrated its 6th year and with 11 student competitors and 4 of the 5 high schools in the County participating, it had the largest participation to date. Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by of-

fering educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high schools across the country. Poetry Out Loud uses a pyramid structure. Beginning at the classroom level, winners advance to a school-wide competition, then to county, then regional then state competition, and ultimately to the National Finals in Washington, DC. More than 365,000 students from 2,255 high schools took part in the 2010–2011 Poetry Out Loud programs. Contestants will recite works they selected from an anthology of more than 680 classic and contemporary poems. Students participating in the Poetry Out Loud program have benefited from educational materials created by the Arts Endowment and the Poetry Foundation. These materials include a standardsbased Teacher’s Guide, a comprehensive website, a Learning Recitation DVD, and a CD featuring poetry recitations by well-known actors and writers such as Anthony Hopkins and Rita Dove. Poetry Out Loud Awards The winner of the Poetry Out Loud Maryland finals will receive $200, and the winner’s school will receive a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. The first runner-up will receive $100, with $200 for his or her school library. The Maryland champion of the Poetry Out Loud will also receive an all-expensespaid trip (with a chaperone) to compete in the National Finals in Washington, DC, on April 28-30, 2013. The Poetry Out Loud National Finals will bestow a total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends, with a $20,000 award for the Poetry Out Loud National Champion.

Solving problems involving permutations of integers and cubic polynomials, St. Mary’s Ryken senior Jane Kwon took first place in St. Mary’s County in the 35th Annual University of Maryland High School Mathematics Competition for the second year in a row. The competition is open to all students enrolled in high school in Maryland and the District of Columbia and a total of 2,614 students participated this school year. “In addition to a sound knowledge of high school mathematics (up to, but not including, calculus), both parts will require a fair amount of mathematical insight and ingenuity,” according to the competition website. Students are not allowed to use calculators on the test, and needed high scores on Part I to move on to participate in Part II of the competition. Jane was among only 291 testtakers to qualify for Part II. St. Mary’s Ryken is a college preparatory high school sponsored by the Xaverian Brothers. The rig-

For the second consecutive year, Jane Kwon of Lexington Park, a senior at St. Mary’s Ryken, won first place in St. Mary’s County for the University of Maryland High School Math Competition.

orous and challenging course curriculum, grounded in morals and values, develops time management skills and prepares students for the demands of college course work. Approximately 99% of graduates go on to college. The Class of 2013 received offers of admission from 193 different colleges and universities and earned $12.6 million in scholarships.


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CSM Celebrates 15th Winter Commencement Ceremony Marks Largest Winter Class with 649 Graduate Candidates The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) recognized 649 candidates for degrees and certificates during its 15th Winter Commencement held Jan. 16 at the La Plata Campus. “Each one of our graduates has a story and we are proud of each and every one of them. Each one has so much potential and it is our responsibility to prepare them to be successful in achieving their future goals,” said CSM President Dr. Brad Gottfried. Gottfried told students that he is impressed at the perseverance of students who have completed their studies while working, raising families and volunteering in the community. “You have chosen to make sacrifices in your life now in order to invest in a more promising future. We hope you stay part of this college, your college, and to your community. This is now your alma mater and we take great pride in your accomplishments,” Gottfried said. The college awarded 625 associate degrees and 298 certificates: 40.4 percent of the students receiving awards are from Charles County, 30.2 percent are from St. Mary’s County and 24.7 percent are from Calvert County while 4.8 percent are from outside of the region. One-quarter of all associate’s degree candidates for graduation earned a 3.5 grade point average or higher. The ceremony marked CSM’s milestone of its largest winter graduating class. Associate degrees were awarded predominantly in the fields of general studies, business administration, and arts and sciences, while general studies: transfer and advanced and basic accounting topped the list as the most popular certificates. Of the graduates, more than 64 percent are female, the oldest graduate is 71 and the youngest graduate is 17. Oldest Graduate Graduate Eileene Zimmer, of Waldorf, at age 71 earned an associate degree in Arts and Sciences: Mathematics/Physics. Although Zimmer previously had earned a bachelor’s degree in food science and nutrition from Brigham Young University in Utah and a master’s degree in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University in New York, she wanted to pursue a field that she had struggled with at the beginning of her academic pursuits. “I stopped taking math after not doing well in pre-calculus [in my early college experience]. I thought I would try to go back and try again after receiving a notice for an open house at CSM,” said Zimmer. In January 2011, she registered for college algebra. Zimmer received support from her four sons. “One said, ‘Why are you doing this?’ and one I inspired to return to give calculus another chance,” said Zimmer. Another son is a mathematics instructor who she will lean on when she returns to CSM to take a course in linear algebra this spring. Zimmer said that she wants to be an example to her grandchildren that learning doesn’t end when you have a family—learning doesn’t ever have to end. Zimmer is applying for tutoring jobs and when she completes the second part of “Concepts of Geometry and Algebra for Teachers” she hopes to teach math at a middle school. Youngest Graduate The youngest student, Magen Stempin, 17, of La Plata, got an early start in her collegiate academic pursuits. When she was in sixth grade, she read about a program at Mary Baldwin College (MBC), west of Charlottesville, Va., where students could begin college after middle school

credits the college for much of his success,” said Middleton. Slater served as a trustee from 2008 to 2013 and as the chair, 2012-2013.

CSM awarded 625 associate degrees and 298 certificates: 40.4 percent of the students receiving awards are from Charles County, 30.2 percent are from St. Mary’s County and 24.7 percent are from Calvert County while 4.8 percent are from outside of the region. One-quarter of all associate's degree candidates for graduation earned a 3.5 grade point average or higher.

through a middle college type of program. With the help of her seventh grade teacher Mrs. Walent and the permission of her parents, Stempin headed for MBC after completing Milton Somers Middle School. Stempin has been passionate about literature and writing since seventh grade, she said. She transfered to CSM in fall 2012. She appreciates Associate Professor Erich Hintze as a mentor and an inspiration. “He guided me and helped me blossom as a writer,” said Stempin, who registered for an English class with Hintze as an elective after meeting her requirements. She earned an associate degree in General Studies: English. Stempin is considering colleges that offer anthropology so that she can become proficient in science writing. Student Speaker Giving the student address was Winter 2014 Graduate Austin Rick, of Waldorf, who told his fellow graduates that among his favorite quotes is, “The biggest room in the world is the room for improvement. Good, better, best, never let it rest until your good is better and your better is best. Always make room in your life for improvement.” “We can make ourselves into whatever we wish. The formula is simple: recognize possibility, envision success, pursue relentlessly—and swing wide open the door to the biggest room in the world,” he said. Keynote Speaker Vice Adm. David Dunaway Commencement keynote speaker Vice Adm. David Dunaway, commander, Naval Air Systems Command headquartered at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, told graduates and guests that America’s founding fathers were smart as they placed into the Constitution checks and balances to keep the country focused on individual liberties—life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. “[As citizens] we are entitled to opportunity. We do our best work when we are service-oriented; when we serve each other more than we serve ourselves. We do our worst work when we are greedy.” Dunaway offered students advice using three themes: tribalism, oysters and buffalo herds. On tribalism, Dunaway said that people break off into their own tribes such as when rooting for their football team, but will come together as a larger tribe when rooting for the country as in supporting the United States at the Olympics. On oysters, Dunaway said that when

he sees oysters, he marvels at the first person to have cracked one open and eaten what was, unappealingly, inside. “Who did that? Because that person is the kind of person I want on my team. They did not see the crust, they did not see the slime,” said Dunaway of people who are bold and innovative, curious people. Finally, on buffalo herds, Dunaway said that the lesson comes in two points. “One, if you are the lead buffalo, follow the path that keeps your herd from running off a cliff. If you’re a following buffalo, don’t fall down.” Dunaway said that the three items provide good analogies about life, that tribalism is about healthy competition, that oysters are about learning, innovation and being bold, and that buffalo herds are about being a good leader and a good follower. For more on Dunaway, visit http://www.csmd.edu/news/ archive/2014/b90d68d8a858ea9bf8deaa1389db40b587b524f2.html Trustees’ Distinguished Service Awards The Board of Trustees recognized former Trustee MacArthur Jones and former Board Chair Austin J. Slater Jr. for their service to the college. Jones was an educator in the Calvert County Public School System for more than 30 years where his activities still resonate today, said Middleton. He served on the college’s Board of Trustees from 2003-13, serving as vice chair from 2007-09. He also served as the trustee liaison to the CSM Foundation Board 2008-10. During this time the foundation launched its 50th anniversary major gifts campaign with a goal of raising $5 million. With the direction and support of Jones and the foundation board, the foundation exceeded the goal and raised $7.7 million. “MacArthur Jones has been a solid rock to this college. He is always there when you need him and has the wisdom that helped shape the direction and future of CSM and we thank him for his years of dedicated service,” said Middleton. Slater, president and CEO of Southern Maryland Electric Co-op (SMECO), is a 1974 alumnus of CSM, formerly Charles County Community College, and he sat where graduates are sitting tonight, Middleton said to CSM’s winter graduating class. “He recalls getting a job right out of high school and realizing that he needed an education to become successful. After working long hours during the day, Joe would come to the college at night, in his muddy boots and work clothes, to get his education. He

Faculty Excellence Award Honoring Adjunct Faculty The annual Faculty Excellence Award Honoring Adjunct Faculty was presented to Early Childhood Education Instructor Yvette M. Dodson who is in her 16th year with CSM. “Ms. Dodson has developed most of the materials in the courses she teaches. These courses have been developed and are taught based not only on her experience with children—she’s a mother of seven—but on her research and understanding of ‘Brain-Based Learning Theory and Universal Design for Learning’,” said CSM Faculty Senate President Mike Green. Nursing Recognition The 10th winter class of nursing students participated in the inaugural Alpha Omega Chapter of the Alpha Delta NU Honor Society induction ceremony and a recognition ceremony earlier in the day. Health Sciences Chair Dr. Laura Polk presented an Academic Achievement in Nursing Award to Carrie Catalan, of Waldorf, who graduated with high honors. Adriene Braccialarghe-Vallejo, of Waldorf, received the Achievement in Nursing Award which is given to a student who has demonstrated advanced clinical competence, service and dedication to the community, leadership within and outside of the classroom, and academic excellence. Winter Commencement Candidates for Graduation The following students were recognized as candidates for associate’s degrees or certificates at the commencement ceremony: (See attached listing) For photos and additional stories from commencement, visit http://csmphoto.zenfolio. com/14jangrad/h1beb3c4b#hdf99670 For information about the college, call 301-934-7765 or 301-870-2309, 240-725-5499 or 443-550-6199, Ext. 7765 or visit www.csmd. edu.

Nursing graduates show off their decorated caps as they process for the start of the 15th Winter Commencement ceremony. Earlier they attended the Nursing Recognition ceremony when they received their nursing pins.


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John Dorsey Credits County Upbringing for His Success

By Kay Poiro Staff Writer In a classic tale of local-boy-does-good, John Dorsey of Leonardtown has recently been named NFL Executive of the Year. Born in Leonardtown, Dorsey graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Annapolis and went on to play NCAA Division I-AA football at the University of Connecticut. In 1984, he was a fourth round draft pick to the Green Bay Packers, ultimately playing for the team until 1989. Dorsey served as the Packer’s Director of College Scouting for 12 years- years that included a 2011 Superbowl win. He moved up the ranks to Director of Pro Personnel and Director of Football Operations before being named General Manager of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2013. Along the way, he’s been recognized for his civic contributions as well as inducted into the Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame. Last week, the Pro Football Writers Association named Dorsey NFL Executive of the Year. But before any key franchise acquisitions, before helping put players like Aaron Rodgers on the map, he was just John Michael.

County Roots “He was rambunctious,” remembers Leonardtown attorney and family friend J. Ernest Bell. “He was rambunctious, but he was a polite young man and he was always on the move.” John is the third of four children in the Dorsey family. His father was Walter Dorsey, the celebrated former St. Mary’s County state’s attorney. The senior Dorsey was much like people describe John today. Joe Stone, local businessman and longtime family friend, says Walter Dorsey was well-known for helping those for whom most people didn’t have much time. Walter Dorsey’s love of the game assured John Michael’s exposure to football. From a young age growing up in the Tudor Hall neighborhood, John Michael enjoyed playing football with his brothers and neighborhood kids.

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“Dad made sure all the boys played football,” remembers Phil Dorsey, John’s older brother and prominent Leonardtown attorney. Leonard Hall Junior Naval Academy was where John Michael played on his first team. Phil says his brother was always a disciplined player and person, but the Leonard Hall years honed those qualities. Even as disciplined as he was, he never lost that easygoing nature. On a trip to Kansas City last year, Phil, Joe Stone and several family and friends paid John Michael a visit. Once there, Stone saw firsthand how Kansas City had embraced its new GM. “The city is ecstatic over him. Not just because of what he’s done but because they think, ‘He’s one of us.’ And you know what? He is,” says Stone. “He’s the same kid I knew back in high school. He really worked hard for what he got,” Stone says. Phil agrees. “He has great work ethic and it shines through in everything that he does. He’s driven.” Stone says that drive was evident in Dorsey’s teenage years. “He would work out at the Racquet Club,” he said, referring to the former gym on Great Mills Road. “He’d work out there and then run home. That was about 12 miles.” He adds that although John Michael had built himself up to be a great athlete, he’s still a humble guy without airs. Bell, who’s known John Michael since he was “knee high to a tadpole,” relays a story he heard about John. “A bricklayer said John Michael came into his store about a year ago. He hadn’t seen John Michael in nearly 40 years, so he didn’t think John would remember him. John Michael was one of their helpers when he was younger.


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He’d carry the mortar and the wheelbarrow. “So, he walks in and by golly, if he didn’t look at him and say, “Frank, I haven’t seen you in years!”

Local Boy at Heart “If I had to do it over again, I wouldn’t change a thing,” Dorsey told The County Times this week. “When you’re from Leonardtown, it represents who you are. All your core beliefs are formed there. Leonardtown is a special place. It’s who I am.” Dorsey maintains that if it weren’t for the core values he learned in St. Mary’s County, he wouldn’t be where he is today. “At home is where I learned those basic tenants of life. Treat others how you want to be treated,” he said. “We teach the value of work at a young age.” He said his teachers- from the nuns of Father Andrew White School to the faculty of Leonard Hall- were no-nonsense taskmasters. In fact, a lesson he learned at Father Andrew White in the midPhoto courtesy of Phil Dorsey III

1960s impacts him to this day. “I was left handed and Sister Samuella tied that hand behind my back because she said writing with the left was a sign of the devil,” Dorsey remembered with a laugh. “To this day, I do everything with my left hand- everything except write!” Through the years, John Dorsey’s ties with St. Mary’s County have remained firm. He returns home every year for about a week when his schedule permits. Two of his children were christened at St. Aloysius Gonzaga on Fenwick Street. “I’m proud to say I’m from Leonardtown,” Dorsey says. “Those Southern Maryland values and principles are a badge of honor I carry with me. All I can say to the town is thank you.” kaypoiro@countytimes.net


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Obituaries James D. “Danny” Dean, 47 James D. “Danny” Dean, 47 of Hollywood, Md., passed away on Jan. 9, at his residence. Born Nov. 25, 1966, in Leonardtown, Md., he was the son of Patricia “Patsy” Burger and step-son of Tommy Burger of Lexington Park, Md., son of Rodney F. Dean and step-son of Laura Dean of Lexington Park, Md. Danny is also survived by his wife, Angela Marie Dean, whom he married on June 12, 2012, in Hamilton, Bermuda; siblings Christy Dickerson (Ray) of LaPlata, Md., Debra Sharpe (Robert) of Birmingham, Ala., Craig Cavalier (Cheryl) of LaPlata, Md., and April Gomez (Sean) of Baltimore, Md. Danny graduated from Leonardtown High School, class of 1984. He was a sheet metal mechanic for 29 years with the Sheet Metal Workers Union Local 100. Danny loved his Harley Davidson, his family and friends and cooking. The family received friends on Sunday, Jan. 19, from 2 to 5 p.m., with prayers recited at 3 p.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md. A Funeral Service was held on Monday, Jan. 20, at 10 a.m. in funeral home chapel. Interment followed in Joy Chapel Cemetery. Pallbearers were Dave Tyree, Ricky Dean, Craig Cavalier, Sean Gomez, Tommy Newton Jr. and Carl Butler. Honorary pallbearers were Tommy Burger and Bill “Mudd” Stevens.

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Thomas Edward Somerville, 69 Thomas Edward Somerville, 69 of Chaptico, Md., affectionately known as “Fats,” departed this life to eternity on Jan. 11, at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC. Today we celebrate the life of Fats, who was born to the late Joseph Hampton Sr. and Agnes Marie Somerville. Fats earned his education at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and Banneker High School. Later, he went to work as a construction laborer for George Hyman Construction and Jack Mattingly Construction until he retired in 2010. As a faithful member of Our Lady of the Wayside Church in Chaptico, Md., he would rise bright and early to attend the 8 a.m. service. Fats was married to Shirley Marie Young for 41 years, and loved her dearly. He nicknamed her his “baby girl.” From this union were born three children, Thomas, or “Bobo”; Shawn, or “Lonnie,” and Anessa, or “Chontae.” A devoted husband, father and grandfather, he had a great love for his wife and children, and their wellbeing. Fats was an extraordinary man. His presence and smile could fill a room, and

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his laughter brought joy to many. He found joy in everything he did. His favorite pastime was spending time with family and friends, especially the grandchildren. They were the “apple of his eye” and he was their “Pop Pop.” He also loved to play spades and watch a good old western, and he “loved” his wife’s good cooking. Fats’ cherished memory will live on through his wife, Shirley Marie; his sons, Thomas and Shawn; his daughter, Anessa; his grandchildren, Mariassa, Marcelis, Malik and Alissa; his brothers, Joseph H. (Agnes), James A. (Loris), Charles D. (Vivian) and George F. (Evelyn); his sisters, Agnes E. Holley and Mary T. Briscoe; his sister-inlaws, Joyce Brown, Delores Young, Mary Alice Young and Caroline Kenely (Henry); his brother-in-law, Joseph Young (Valeen); his uncle, Eugene Hill; his special aunt, Ann Mills; his godson, Francis Young, and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Special thanks to Lisa Somerville-Thomas, Rena Bannister, Iris Carr, Christine Mills, John Francis and Joan Thomas. Fats was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Mary Josephine Young. Family and friends united on Monday, Jan. 20, for visitation from 9 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 28297 Old Village Road, Mechanicsville, MD. Interment followed at Sacred Heart Church Cemetery, Bushwood, Md. Arrangements by Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home, Mechanicsville, Md.

Franklin “Frank” Wilson Dean, 93 Franklin “Frank” Wilson Dean, 93, of Hollywood, Md., died peacefully on Jan. 14, at his residence. He was born June 6, 1920, in Hollywood, Md., to the late George Wilson Dean and Effie Graves Dean. Frank proudly served in the United States Marine Corps from 1944 to 1945, serving on Iwo Jima during World War II, and receiving the Purple Heart for injuries sustained in battle. On Oct. 2, 1953, Frank married his beloved late wife, Mary Gertrude Hayden Dean. They spent 53 wonderful years together before her death in 2006. He was employed for 60 years and was manager at Dean Lumber and Supply Company, Hollywood. He and his late brother, Robert Dean, developed Esperanza Farms in Lexington Park. Throughout his life, Frank invested in other real estate endeavors, including Twin Ponds in Hollywood. He served on the Board of Directors of the First National Bank of St. Mary’s, which later merged with Mercantile Bank. Frank was a proud charter member of the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department, serving as its first treasurer, and remained committed to its growth, success and community support throughout his life. In his spare time he enjoyed bowling, and he spent many years competing with friends in leagues at Esperanza Lanes. Frank is survived by his children, Gregory Alan Dean of Kensington, Md., and Karen Ann Dean of Baltimore, Md.; his sister, Margaret Thompson, of Hollywood and his granddaughter, Jennifer Leigh List, of Philadelphia, Pa. In addi-

tion to his parents and wife, he is preceded in death by his brothers, Robert G. Dean Sr., Mervell M. Dean, Sterling W. Dean and Sheldon M. Dean and his sister, June D. Fletcher. Family received friends for Frank’s Life Celebration on Tuesday, Jan. 21, from 4 to 8 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m., at Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department, 24801 Three Notch Road, Hollywood, MD 20636. A Funeral Service was celebrated by Reverend Sheldon Reese on Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 11 a.m. at Hollywood United Methodist Church, 24422 Mervell Dean Rd., Hollywood, MD 20636. Interment followed at Joy Chapel Cemetery, Joy Chapel Rd., Hollywood, MD. In lieu of flowers, the family requests Memorial Contributions be made to Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department, 24801 Three Notch Road, Hollywood, MD 20636, or Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, 24801 Three Notch Road, Hollywood, MD 20636. Condolences to the family may be made at: www.brinsfieldfuneral.com. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md.

Francis Albert Greenwell, 78

Francis Albert Greenwell was born in Ridge, Maryland on April 30, 1935 and departed this life on Jan. 16. He was the son of the late James Ralph Grinnell and Sophia Mae Barnes Reed. Francis grew up in Ridge, Md., where he also attended school before he met and married his wife of fifty-three years,  Brunia ‘Mae’  Harris Greenwell. Not long after getting married, he and his wife moved to Washington, D.C., where he worked construction before taking his first federal government job at the Arlington Cemetery. While living in Washington D.C, Francis and his wife were blessed with six children. He later left the government and started a janitorial service just before returning to the Lexington Park area in 1973. He spent several years working private sector jobs until he was reinstated to government service with the Department of Navy at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station where he worked for several years before transferring to the Washington Navy Yard. Francis completed 20 years of government service to retire in May 1997, although he continued to work periodically until late 2012. Francis is preceded in death by both parents, his wife and one sister, Diane Bryan. He leaves behind six children, Taunya Greenwell, Debora (Greenwell) Dickens, Anthony (Gerald) Greenwell, Ricardo (Ricky) Greenwell, Shana (Greenwell) Taylor and Donna Greenwell; one sister, Jeannette Price, and one brother, Andrew Jenifer; thirteen grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, two son-in-laws and one daughter-in-law, and a long list of loving sister-in-laws, brother-in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was loved, respected and treasured, and he will be truly missed. Family and friends will unite on


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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 news@countytimes.net after noon on Tuesdays may run in the following week’s edition. Thursday, Jan. 23, for visitation at 10 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 22375 Three Notch Road, Lexington Park, MD. Interment to follow in the church cemetery.

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Albert Sydney Hammond Jr. 74

Robert Flemming “Bob” Woody, 76

Albert Sydney Hammond Jr. 74, of Colton’s Point, Md., passed away Dec. 6, 2013, at Hospice House of St. Mary’s, Callaway, Md.   Born March 16, 1939, in Baltimore, Md., he was the son of the late Albert Hammond Sr. and Ella May Hammond. Albert graduated college with a BA degree. Prior to retirement, Albert worked as a manager in financial and warehouses for various businesses. He is survived by his wife, Joan Hammond; his three sons, Albert Hammond III of St. Cloud Minn., John Hammond of Italy, Michael Hammond of Sykesville, Md., and three step children, Walter Ostrowitz III of Coco Beach, Fla., Trica Derrick of Baltimore, Md., and Robert Derrick of Laurel, Md. He is also survived by a sister, Ella Mae Russell of Abell, Md. Graveside services will be held Friday, Jan. 24, at Cedar Hill Cemetery, 5829 Ritchie Hwy, Baltimore, MD 21225 at 11:30 a.m. 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 www.brinsfieldfuneral.com. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md.

Robert Flemming “Bob” Woody, 76, of Lexington Park, Md., died Jan. 18, at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardtown, Md. He was born on July 12, 1937, in Moundsville, W.V., to the late Donald W. Woody and Mary Delores White. Bob proudly served in the United States Navy from 1955 to his retirement in 1981, as a Master Chief Petty Officer. Upon retirement from the Navy, he began his second career as a Vice President with Veridian/Wyle. After 22 years of dedicated service, he retired in May 2004. On May 13, 1960, he married Regina Lenora Peckford at St. Martin’s Anglican Church in Newfoundland, Canada. Together they celebrated 53 wonderful years. Bob was an active member of the Church of the Ascension, serving as a Lay Minister and Senior Warden of the church. He is a long time member of the Lexington Park Lions Club, serving as past president from 1996 to 1997 and receiving Lion of the Year award from 1997 to 1998. He was named the 2004 Business Person of the Year by St. Mary’s Chamber of Commerce. He has previously served on the St. Mary’s County Social Services Board and as a volunteer for Hospice of St. Mary’s and Office on Aging. In addition to his beloved wife, Bob is survived by his daughters, Linda Reed (Gary) of Lexington Park, Md., Sherry Whittles (Vince) of Dameron, Md., and Deborah Woody of Lusby, Md.; his grandchildren, Heather Reed, Kelly Reed, Chad Day, Dustin Whittles, Dylan Whittles, Dominic Whittles and Elaina Woody; his great granddaughter, Hadley Day; and his sisters, Elizabeth Kay Fox of Virginia Beach, Va., and Nancy Whitesell of Bear, Del. In addition, he is survived by many special sisters and brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents. Family recieved friends on Wednesday, Jan. 22, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, Jan. 23, at 11 a.m. at Church of the Ascension, 21641 Great Mills Road, Lexington Park, MD 20653. Internment will follow at Trinity Episcopal Cemetery, 47477 Trinity Church Road, St. Mary’s City, MD. Flowers will be gratefully accepted or donations can be made to St. Mary’s Nursing Center Foundation, 21585 Peabody Street, Leonardtown, MD 20650 or the Lexington Park Lions, 23293 By the Mill Road, California, MD 20619. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com.

Mark Visscher Millar, 74 Mark Visscher Millar, 74, of Tall Timbers, Md., died Jan. 2, at his residence. He was born Jan. 28, 1939 in Falls Church, Va., to the late Bradford P. Millar and Doris C. Markham Millar. Mark was self-employed as an accountant for over 48 years before his retirement in 2008. He also worked part-time as a waterman and a charter boat captain. Mark loved being on the water and traveling. He was a member of the Masons, Maryland Society of Accountants and Maryland Watermen’s Association. Mark is survived by his brother, Philip F Millar (Donna) of Owings, Md.; his step-children, Laurie Swanson (Jeff) of Tall Timbers, Md., and Ric Bradford of Phoenix, Ariz.; his nephews, Steven (Eva) Millar and John (Ruth) Millar; his niece Lori (Gerald) Elks and his companion, Ruth Haynes. In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Bradford Millar; his brother, Preston B Millar, and his sister, Martha L Millar. A Celebration of Life will be held in early spring at Tall Timbers, and interment will be private. Contributions may be made to the Chesapeake Bay Trust, 60 West Street,

Arrangements by Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md.

Harold Stewart Guiles, 82 Harold Stewart Guiles, 82, of Leonardtown, Md., died on Jan. 15, at the Hospice House of St. Mary’s in Callaway, Md. He was born on Oct. 3, 1931, in Norwalk, Conn., to the late Stewart Henry Guiles and was raised by his beloved late grandmother, Hattie Bedell. Harold was an Army veteran, where he was in Engineering Corp. and worked on military personnel vehicles. After the military, he returned home and married his late wife, Joan Patricia Guiles. Harold and Joan enjoyed 56 wonderful loving years together before her passing in Sept. 2010. Harold was employed for over 32 years as an auto mechanic, specializing in large equipment, where he retired from the Town of Wilton in Connecticut. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. His hobbies included golfing, bowling, boating and fishing, and he was a member of the South Norwalk Boat Club. In his retirement years, he loved to spend his time outside, gardening and repairing or building things in his shed. He also enjoyed watching television, particularly westerns, the Redskins games and his favorite new drama, NCIS. While Harold and Joan loved to take vacations together, he recently enjoyed a vacation to North Carolina, where he spent time with family. Harold’s shadow and beloved companion, his dog, Pudge, will be well loved in his absence. Harold is survived by his children, Gary D. Guiles Sr. of Mechanicsville, Md., Kenneth A. Guiles of New Haven, Conn., Elizabeth A. Guiles of Atlantic Beach, Fla., and Lisa J. Cates of Leonardtown, Md., who lovingly provided for his care, allowing him to remain in his marital home, where he felt closest to his wife, Joan. Harold is also survived by 7 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. In addition to his father, he is preceded in death by his wife, Joan Patricia Guiles, and his youngest daughter, Margaret Eileen Guiles. All services will be private.

Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com. Arrangement by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md.

Lisa Ruth Aden Darrah, 54 Lisa Ruth Aden Darrah, 54, of Hollywood, Md., died peacefully on Jan. 13, at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardtown, Md. She was born March 11, 1959 in New Orleans, La., to the late Manerd William Aden and Tommie Lou Scott Aden of Eupora, Miss. Lisa attended Ottawa University where she met her beloved husband, Mark Wayne Darrah. On Aug. 5, 1979, Lisa and Mark married in Carrolton, Ill. Together they have celebrated 35 wonderful years of marriage. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from George Mason University in English Literature. She was employed as a life cycle logistics manager for NAVAIR for the past 10 years. She always put family first, taking great pride in spending as much time as possible with them. She had a warm personality that allowed everyone around her to feel welcome and comfortable. She loved warm weather, the sunshine and the beach. She travelled the world, living in many places, but she especially enjoyed the year spent in Kauai, Hawaii. She was an avid reader, especially enjoying poetry. She loved learning about her heritage, being part Scottish, Irish and German. She was an accomplished musician, beautiful dancer and a fabulous cook. She could make anything and it was always delicious. In addition to her mother and husband, she is also survived by her children, Marcus Bryan Darrah of Hollywood, Md., Aislinn Elise Darrah of Hollywood, Md. and Robert William Darrah of Washington, D.C. and her brother, Keith Aden of Eupora, Miss. Services were held Jan. 18 in Eupora, Miss. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md.

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A View From The Newsmakers Amate Life: Local Woman Starts Four Remarkable Stories, Company, Social Club One Common Lesson to Promote Wellness

Bleachers By Ronald N. Guy Jr. Contributing Writer

A long time ago, I used to play a little softball. I have a few faded jerseys, soiled championships t-shirts and body scars to prove it. My glove is somewhere. A random softball still appears in my house from time to time. An abused joint occasionally creaks and reminds me of, as fellow Marylander Jim McKay famously said, “the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.” Like many rec-league athletes, my pre-game routine included a feverish exit from work, scurrying to a nearby bathroom to imitate Superman’s phone booth wardrobe change and a quick drive to the field. On good days I’d preserve enough time to loosen the hammies and right arm. On bad days (meaning time ran way too short), I’d stretch on the field before the first pitch and limber up the throwing arm by employing Pete Townshend’s windmill guitar move. Despite my youthful exuberance, the long workday preceding games contributed to different levels of motivation. Sometimes I was ready to go; other times I brought what I had. For important games – rivalries, playoffs and certainly championships – I would incite my competitive juices by playing Eminem’s “Till I Collapse” at volumes my mother wouldn’t appreciate. The song is a personal call to arms – a raw play to basic human emotions. More than the obvious stoke to one’s internal fire, it was (for me anyway) a healthy shot of resolve, an audio elixir to help me cope with the ebb and flow that inevitably occurs during athletic competition. Errors happen. Momentum shifts. Victory can appear likely, then nearly impossible an inning later. Dealing with negativity, maintaining resolve and ultimately overcoming adversity is nearly as fundamental to success as physical talent – in any sport. The chatter leading up to last Sunday’s NFL conference championships – a heavyweight twin billing featuring New England versus Denver and San Francisco versus Seattle - was predictably a present- and forward-look focused on the games, the personnel and the quarterbacks. I couldn’t help but consider the past and the road each team traveled – or survived - to reach the NFL’s final four. While the four teams were prohibitive favorites to play deep into January, none arrived at their presumed destination via a tranquil script. Seattle played several games without its starting offensive tackles, absorbed the year-long suspension of star cornerback Brandon Browner and, due to a slow recovery from hip surgery, got virtually nothing from wide receiver Percy Harvin, the team’s key offseason acquisition. San Francisco played 11 games without its best wide receiver, Michael Crabtree, who sustained an Achilles tendon injury in the spring, and five games without stud defensive end Aldon Smith while he received treatment for alcohol abuse. Denver’s road to the AFC Championship was as rocky as its famed nearby mountain range. Left tackle Ryan Clady and center Dan Koppen suffered season-ending injuries in the preseason. Von Miller, the team’s best defensive player, was suspended the first six games and tore up his knee in week 16. And head coach John Fox missed several games while recovering from heart valve replacement surgery. And then there’s New England. The Patriots were chameleons this season, reinventing themselves weekly based on available personnel. One star tight end - Aaron Hernandez - is incarcerated; the other – Rob Gronkowski – is recovering from knee surgery. Vince Wilfork and Jerod Mayo, perhaps their best defensive players, were lost for the season weeks ago. I could go on…and on…and on. Frankly, New England’s presence in the AFC Championship game is arguably the organization’s greatest accomplishment. In their survival stories, the common message of the NFL’s elite quartet is this: no matter what you seek in life, and no matter how probable the achievement of a goal may appear, you have to expect the unexpected and prepare to overcome adversity during the journey. Or, to use a golf analogy, a hole may set up perfectly for your natural draw and strong mid-iron game. But what if you inexplicably slice your drive into the rough? Well, you just have to regroup and find a way to make par. Humming an Eminem song as inspiration is optional.

By Kay Poiro Staff Writer Businesswoman and fitness professional Mileddy Albo overcame a lifetime of health issues to start her own wellness and weight loss company. Amate Life (“love yourself” in Spanish) specializes in nutrition and weight loss supplements designed to help jumpstart their client’s wellness goals. One of Amate Life’s more popular products is Miracle Moringa pill. The moringa is a tree found in tropical climates whose roots, leaves and bark are commonly used to make medicine. Containing proteins, vitamins and minerals, moringa has also been used to help combat malnutrition in India and Africa. The Miracle Moringa pill is taken once a day and contains significant amounts of calcium, vitamin A, vitamin C and a host of others. Mileddy (foreground in Santa hat) with Amate Life and More so than a distributor of supplements, Z-Club at their annual Christmas party Amate Life is a full nutritional program. “We comfort and support, both in person and through a Expo in Washington, D.C. where they performed a dance fitness demonstration. personal online profile.” Mileddy also acknowledges that her club Born with a condition affecting her bone density, exercise has always been a motivation for fills another void. “For a portion of the Hispanic population in St. Mary’s County, either English Mileddy to maintain a healthy lifestyle. “That’s what motivated me to keep moving,” isn’t their first language or they barely speak any she says. Although she has a Bachelor’s degree at all, so they don’t socialize. But they will come to in Business from the University of Puerto Rico, Z-Club because they feel comfortable,” she says. Mileddy is also a well-known dance fitness in- “Pretty soon, they’re part of the community.” Community is important to Mileddy. Since structor in the Southern Maryland community. “I’ve always danced, so this was natural for relocating with her husband to St. Mary’s County me,” she says, referring to her Latin-inspired dance in 2001, they have been active as church planters in fitness classes. Although fitness had always been a the area. Twelve years ago, they started Ministerio centerpiece of her life, she had never thought about Christo at Lexington Park Baptist Church, one of the first Hispanic Protestant worship services in it as a business opportunity until much later. When she finally did marry the two, the re- the county. “Whether it is through ministry or business, sult was Amate Life and Z-Club, a social group combining Amate Life’s weight loss products and my family and I always want to serve the commudance fitness. Despite exercise being a main com- nity,” she says. “To me, service is success.” To learn more about Amate Life products, ponent of the group, Mileddy is quick to point out visit www.amatelife.com. For information on Amthat they are not a gym. “We’re a social club,” she says. “At Am- ate Life and Z-Club, visit www.Facebook.com/ ate Life and Z-Club, we’re about making friends, AmateLifeZClub. building relationships and connections. There’s no pressure.” Most recently, Amate Life and Z-Club kaypoiro@countytimes.net traveled to the 2014 NBC 4 Health and Fitness

Send comments to rguyjoon@yahoo.com Amate Life and Z-Club at the 2013 NBC 4 Health and Fitness Expo

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In Our Community

Real Life Angry Birds at The Library

The Golden Age of Dogs By Kimberly Alston Contributing Writer

Photo By Kay Poiro

Participants build towers of gumdrops and paper cups simulating levels of the Angry Birds game

MLK Prayer Breakfast

In 2007, Pat Johnson, along with her husband, opened the Golden Retriever Rescue of Southern Maryland (GRRSM). For the past seven years, the Johnsons, as well as several foster homes and volunteers have been saving and sending golden retrievers and golden mixes to new, loving homes. The difference between GRRSM and other dog shelters or rescues, is that, “not only do we rescue Goldens, but we follow up and do things with them forever,” Johnson said. GRRSM holds several activities throughout the year where Goldens and their people family can come out and play. They host several events such as an annual dog picnic, dog park days once a month, beach days, pool days and agility classes as well as obedience classes once in a while for training refreshers on commands such as “sit, stay and down”. The difference between Goldens and most other dogs is that, according to Johnson, they tend to stay

“puppy-like” until they are about three years old, meaning that they require a lot of extra attention and care in order for a person to have some semblance of control over the animal. Because most Goldens don’t behave as they do on television commercials or programs, Johnson said, they are more likely to be sent to puppy mills or put down. Johnson gets approximately 60 percent of the Goldens she rescues from shelters in South Carolina, where there are shelters that tend to put down even the puppies. Johnson said that there is a golden retriever shortage on the east coast because of the amount of animals that are put down each year. Johnson encourages those looking for a golden retriever to not buy one online, but to adopt one from a shelter or rescue instead. As the days get colder and winter is in full force, Johnson reminds all dog owners that, “there is no such thing as an outside dog”. She said that dogs are social animals and encourages owners to treat their dogs as toddlers. “If it is too cold to let their children play, it’s too cold for a dog,” Johnson said. The Golden Retriever Rescue of Southern Maryland has several Goldens and Golden mixes that are available for adoption. For more information, visit goldenretrieverrescueofsouthernmaryland.org or call

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The Southern Maryland Gospel Choir sings a selection in Zulu at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. prayer breakfast on Jan. 20

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LIBRARY ITEMS “Reset: How to “Appy” Hour and Word Class Planned

Adults are invited to “appy” hour to explore new apps and share favorite apps that pertain to health and fitness at the Leonardtown branch at 3 p.m. on Jan. 27.  Registration is required. Leonardtown branch will offer the four basic computer classes during February.  The classes include an introduction to computers, Windows, Internet and email.  The class schedule is posted on the library’s website.  

Youth Can Learn to Train A Robot

Youth ages 9-13 will have fun learning to control the Finch robot using SNAP! programming language at the following programs presented by Great Mills High School and AP Computer Science students:  Feb. 6 at  6 p.m. at the Leonardtown branch, Feb. 13 at  6 p.m. at the Charlotte Hall branch, and Feb. 20 at  6 p.m. at the Lexington Park branch.  Registration is required.

Hands-On Activities Encourage Fun with Books

Parents and caregivers can attend the Ready to Read, Ready to Rock! program with their children at the Leonardtown branch on Feb. 8 at 10 a.m. for hands-on activities that will help to encourage fun with books.

Help for Job Seekers

Adults can register to attend a resume basics class offered at Lexington Park branch on Feb. 12 at 10 a.m.   The class will cover writing a resume, the different types of resumes, and using Word 2010 to prepare a resume.  The Southern Maryland JobSource Mobile Career Center will be at Charlotte Hall branch on Feb. 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and at Leonardtown branch on Feb. 11 from 1p.m. to 4 p.m. to offer assistance to job seekers.

Where to Start Family History Search

Adults will learn how to do searches, fill out charts, organize information, use the library online resources and explore various websites at a class offered at Charlotte Hall branch on Feb. 12 at 2 p.m.  Ability to use a mouse is required to attend.  Registration is required.

Workshop Offered for Grant Seekers

Staff from the College of Southern Maryland Nonprofit Institute and library staff will present an overview of researching grant opportunities and the grant writing process at a free workshop at Lexington Park branch on Feb. 13 at 5 p.m.  The workshop will include a hands-on demonstration of the Foundations Center’s databases available at the branch that can be used to find grant sources.  Registration is required.

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Beat the JobLoss Blues and Get Ready for Your Next Act” by Dwain Schenck

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for positions for which he was extremely overqualified. The lack of job-hunting success made Schenck depressed and his family life suffered. Through this experience, though, Schenck learned several things, and he shares the advice he discovered: Upgrade your resume and “make sure [it] doesn’t read like an obituary…” then utilize the internet (including LinkedIn) by tweaking it to maximize search engines. Become a “networking machine.” Be “transparent” about your age and experience, have a strategy for all interviews, and practice what you’ll say before you leave the house. Send thank-you notes following interviews. Be resilient. And finally, “Don’t go it alone,” says Schenck. That’s the worst mistake you can make. At the risk of being a spoiler, I should tell you that “Reset” ends on a nice up-note… but wow, is it harrowing to get to that point. Author Dwain Schenck gives readers his story, warts and all. We’re privy to the embarrassments, the aggravations, the outrageousness, the highs, and the bottom-of-the-barrel moments including envy and consuming bitterness. The ferocity of the latter is quite disquieting, but not without reason; Schenck’s experiences as a job-hunter were often soulcrushing and, sadly, common – and on that note alone, his book offers lessons and tips all around. Definitely, this is a book for jobseekers but there’s plenty here for upper management, CEOs, and anyone along the job spectrum who knows that, well, you never know. If that’s you, then “Reset” is a book to hit.


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A Journey Through Time

Lucie Stratton By Linda Reno Contributing Writer Lucie Stratton, a young servant girl, was indentured to Arthur Turner, a wealthy plantation owner who was first in St. Mary’s County where he served as a Burgess and then in Charles County (where his land was probably located prior to the creation of that county in 1658). Turner mistreated his servants. That’s apparent from the records left behind and while he may have gotten away with it before, he met his match in Lucie Stratton. In June 1658 Lucie took Turner to court as her term of indenture had expired and several times she had “demanded her corn and clothes and Mr. Turner has denied them.” Turner was ordered to release her and pay up. Lucie had not gotten away quickly enough and was then about five months pregnant by none other than Turner. Lucie’s baby (Mary) was born in October 1658. In November Lucie was charged with having a bastard child and it was alleged that she had “unnaturally

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dried up her milk, through which action the infant’s life might have been in danger.” Lucie appeared at court “with her illegitimate child in her arms.” It was ordered that the sheriff give her 30 lashes. Lucie then took Turner to court to pay support for the child and won. Turner, now a widower, admitted paternity. He even offered to marry Lucie. Christopher Russell testified that Turner told him that “he could love Lucie as well as ever he had his own wife” and was along when Turner proposed. Russell related that Turner said he had “come to tender both person and estate unto Lucie if she would take him to be her husband.” Lucie’s response was she had “suffered enough” by Turner and would not marry him even if she further suffered for it saying he was “a lustful man—a very lustful man and she could never be at quiet for him.” Turner replied “Who was the most lustful, you or me, seeing how thou camest to the bed when I was in bed and put thy hands under the clothes and took me by the private parts.” Turner appealed his case to the Provincial Court and the verdict for support was overturned because he had offered to marry Lucie.

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By 1662 Lucie had married Samuel Dobson who, by a deed of gift, gave a heifer and calf to “his wife’s daughter, Mary Stratton.” Nothing further is known of Mary but Samuel and Lucie had a daughter named Lucia “Lucie” Dobson. By 1682 Lucia Dobson married Thomas Love. They are the ancestors of the Love family of Charles and St. Mary’s Counties.

Turner learned nothing. In 1663 he was ordered “to give reason why the orphan John Ward had been ill treated at his house so much that the voice of the people cry shame….the said Ward has a most rotten, filthy, stinking ulcerated leg that even loathed all the beholders thereof; his apparel being all ragged and torn and his hair seemed to be matted with ashes.”

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To submit your event listing to go in our Community Calendar, please email news@countytimes.net with the listing details by 12 p.m. on the Tuesday prior to our Thursday publication.

Thurs. Jan. 23 Bingo American Legion (6330 Crain Highway, La Plata) - 6 to 9:30 p.m. American Legion Auxiliary Unit 82 will hold smoke-free BINGO with early birds beginning at 7 p.m. at Harry White Wilmer American Legion Post 82. Doors open 6 p.m. Call (301) 934-8221 for information. Chili Night VFW 2632 (23282 Three Notch Rd, California) - 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Warm up with a delicious cup or bowl of Chili. Get a cup $2 or a bowl for $5. You can add toppings for 50 cents each, such as cheese sauce, shredded cheese, Fritos, fresh onions or sour cream. There will also be fries for $2 and chili fries for $4. The chili is homemade and won’t disappoint you!

Friday, Jan. 24 Open Mic Night Christ Church Parish Hall (37497 Zach Fowler Road, Chaptico) – 7:30 p.m. The Southern Maryland Traditional Music and Dance HomeSpun CoffeeHouse is holding this great event, with many varieties of music and lots of friendship. 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 $7, and performers are admitted free. Light refreshments will be provided (donations are suggested). For additional information, or to sign up to perform, please contact John Garner at garner@wildblue. net or call 301-904-4987. Visit www. smtmd.org for directions and more information. 

Saturday, Jan. 25 The United States Air Force Airmen of Note La Plata Campus, Fine Arts Center Theatre (8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata) - 8 p.m.  Please note the new date. Free, but reservations are strongly encouraged! The Airmen of Note is the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force. Created in 1950 to carry on the tradition of Major Glenn Miller’s Army Air Corps dance band, today the “Note” features 18 of the most talented jazz musicians in the country and is one of the last touring big bands. As a result, it has earned an international reputation as one of the finest and most versatile big bands of its kind in the world. Click here for more information. Dreams Studio of Dance Designer Bag Bingo Mechanicsville Rescue Squad (28120 Old Flora Corner Road, Mechanicsville) - 1 to 4 p.m. Please help the dancers raise competition fees for the 2014 season. All proceeds go to the dancers. Doors open at noon and games start at 1 p.m. Tickets are $25. For advance reservations, email denkat2012@yahoo.com. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. There will also be baked goods, a silent auction, raffles, door prizes and 50/50 drawing. For additional information, contact Tara Anderson at dreamsstudioofdance@ yahoo.com. Breton Bay Polar Bear Plunge  Breton Bay Beach (at the end of Society Hill Road, Leonardtown) - 1 to 2 p.m. This is a free event. Bring a canned or dry food, or a monetary donation,

to benefit St. Mary’s Caring Soup Kitchen. Important Update: Due to damage at the Avenmar Community Center during recent cold weather, the Post-Plunge Party will be held at the Breton Bay Golf Course Clubhouse. Attendees may still bring a shareable snack or appetizer, or may purchase food from the grille. All beverages must be purchased at the restaurant and outside beverages are not permitted. A big thanks to the Breton Bay Golf Course for accommodating the Plunge Party on such short notice. Find us on Facebook at Breton Bay Polar Bear Plunge or email bonesinpax@gmail.com for more information. Bridge Ministry Rap Session Heritage Church International (2760 Crain Highway, Waldorf) – 1 to 4 p.m. This is an event hosted by the Young Adult Ministry at Heritage Church International. This rap session will help people of all ages learn to find a healthy balance is their everyday lives.

Sunday, Jan. 26 Holiday Inn Express Bridal Show Charity Event Holiday Inn Express (6860 Crain Hwy, La Plata) - noon to 3:30 p.m. Event is Free to the Public! There will be door Prizes! All profits will be donated to Charles County hospice. If you’re interested in being a part of our Bridal Show, please contact the hotel at 301-392-0065 for more information.

Monday, Jan. 27 World Views: The Photographer as Visual Author St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s Boyden Gallery Montgomery Hall

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(18952 E Fisher Road, St. Mary’s City) – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. An exhibition of Gabriela Bulisova, Bill Crandall, Michael Robinson Chavez, Hector Emanuel and Robert Knoth - five photojournalists from the Washington D.C.-based Metro Collective. Co-sponsored by the Maryland State Arts Council and the Center for the Study of Democracy. Event is free. St. Mary’s Genealogical Society Meeting Southern Maryland Higher Education Center (44219 Airport Road, California) – 7 p.m. The meeting will be in Building 11, room 135. Please note, this is a new location for the meeting. Subject of the meeting is “ Researching St. Mary’s County Participants in the War of 1812.” Speaker is Ms. Linda Reno. Refreshments will be served. The public is invited and admission is free. Contact Loranna Gray at 301-373-8458 or Peg Richardson at 410-326-4435 for directions or information.

Tuesday, Jan. 28 Gallery Talks with Robert Knoth and Michael Robinson Chavez St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s Boyden Gallery Montgomery Hall (18952 E Fisher Road, St. Mary’s City) - 4:30 to 7 p.m St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s Boyden Gallery will host gallery talks with award-winning photographers Robert Knoth and Michael Robinson Chavez. Knoth will discuss his collaboration on “Fukushima: The Shadowlands Project.” Through interviews, landscape and portrait photography, “Shadowlands” documents the profound sense of loss of life and land af-


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ter the Fukushima power plant meltdown in 2011. Following, at 6 p.m., Chavez will present “End of an Egyptian Era: The Fall of Mubarak,” a talk in which Chavez will discuss his role as a photojournalist documenting the Arab Spring. The gallery talks are free and open to the public.

Wednesday, Jan. 29 Annual Forrest Canter Soup Cook-off Forrest Career and Technology Center (24005 Point Lookout Road, Leonardtown) - 5 to 7:30 p.m. The Dr. James A. Forrest Career & Technology Center (Forrest Center) is hosting its annual Soup Cook-off in the school’s state-of-the-art kitchen. The contest has two age groups, a junior division for students and a senior division for adults. Cooking begins at 3 p.m. and doors open to the public at 5 p.m. with tasting and judging of the junior division starting at 5:30 p.m., which will be followed by the senior division. The public is invited to sample the

soups and be part of the event. Soups will be grouped in six categories and will be judged by expert chefs, local celebrities and community leaders. The public will also choose a people’s choice award. House soups will be provided by the Forrest Center’s Culinary Arts program so visitors can make a meal of the event. The public can purchase tickets for the contest and house soup sampling. Costs for the tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for students, and children under four are free. The contest is open to the first 20 individuals or teams of up to three that register. Contestants will have use of the facility and will have access to necessary equipment but will need to provide their own ingredients. Sponsorship is available to businesses and organizations. Sponsors will be given free passes to the event and will be recognized during the event. The event may be recorded and presented on SMCPS Channel 96, the school system’s educational cable channel, and the Internet.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Forrest Center’s programs and SkillsUSA student organization. For more information on registration or sponsorship, contact Chef Amanda Granados at 301.475.0242 or aegranados@smcps.org.

Thursday, Jan. 30 Bingo American Legion (6330 Crain Highway, La Plata) - 6 to 9:30 p.m. American Legion Auxiliary Unit 82 will hold smoke-free BINGO with early birds beginning at 7 p.m. at Harry White Wilmer American Legion Post 82. Doors open 6 p.m. Call (301) 934-8221 for information.

Saturday, Feb. 1 Leonardtown Babywearing Group Meeting Leonardtown Library (23250 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown) – 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. This will be a typical meeting. Those who have borrowed carriers at

a previous meeting return them. Then, around 9:45, introductions begin. After that, the babywearing educators do a demo based on requests from the crowd. This might be a simple overview of types of carriers or demo of specific carries, depending on what everyone wants to see. From there, attendees break into smaller groups and chat, try new carriers and work on anything the crowd is interested in. Around 11:15, the group will take some time to check out carriers and start cleaning up the library room. Meetings are free and all are welcome to attend, including dads, partners, grandparents, nannies, expecting parents and older siblings. All You Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner Knights of Columbus Hall in Ridge - 4 to 7 p.m. Come enjoy a home cooked meal. There will be meatless sauce, meatballs, salad, bread and a dessert table will be available. Adults are $10, children 5 to 12 are $5 and children 4 and under are free. Carryouts will be available.

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Hillbilly Gypsies Coming to Southern Maryland By Kimberly Alston Contributing Writer As part of their annual Bluegrass concert series that started back in October, the Gypsies are coming to the American Legion. For the past 10 years, Jay Armsworthy has put together the American Legion Bluegrass Concert series with between four and five shows per season. When he saw the Hillbilly Gypsies live, he had to find a way for them to come down and show off for the county. On Sunday, Jan. 26, the Gypsies will be paired with public favoured Remington Ryde in what is projected to be a can’t miss event. While the Hillbilly Gypsies have never been to St. Mary’s County before, Armsworthy thought they would be a good fit for the concert series because, “they’re wild,” he said. Armsworthy thinks that the show will definitely have some great energy and the crowd will have lots of comedy and fun, because, “they play bluegrass in an old-timey way, but with a hard drive”. Visit www.thehillbillygypsies for more information about the band. In addition to the Gypsies, Remington Ryde is also scheduled to appear at this event. James King once described this band as, “One of the hottest upcoming bands in bluegrass today”. The band is from central Pennsylvania, but has been back and forth to Maryland several times. They released their latest album, “Harvesting the Tradition” in July of 2013 and have been touring ever sense. For information about the band, visit www.remingtonryde.com Armsworthy put together these two up and coming stars in Bluegrass Entertainment because he felt 100Pictures courtesy of Remington Ryde and the Hillbilly Gypsies

as though they would be good compliments to each other. The concert has been drawing a lot of buzz, even on social media sites, such as Facebook, where the bands have been communicating publically back and forth with regards to their music and the concert itself. The American Legion Bluegrass Concert series takes place at the American Legion post 238, 6265 Brandywine Road in Hughesville. The doors open at 12 p.m. and the concert begins at 2 p.m., Tickets for the event are $15 per person and are available at the door. There will be food available, for sale, before the show. There are still several more concerts coming up this season, one in February, March and April. kimberlyalston@countytimes.net

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I’m sitting in our home office here in the early morning, trying to string together disconnected thoughts, and sentences for my column like usual when I hear strains of song coming from our bedroom across the hall. Any thoughts that were coherent went out the window. It sounds like “Anybody here seen my old friend Martin”, but in actuality it is my husband singing, “Anybody here seen my old friend snowflake, can you tell me where he’s gone?, Why does everything have to close when all we get is rain?” It went on for quite a while, fairly nonsensical, and he won’t repeat it now. he just told me is asleep, and won’t be awakening until after the snow is gone. I told him the first snowflake hasn’t even fallen yet. The hibernating bear of one of my first columns has returned once again. As you know, my husband is not a winter person or a morning person, so mornings here are a bit touchy. I try to quietly do my morning routine of tea, news, and outdoor time with Tidbit, my journal, and our tea. “Our Tea” of course refers to Tidbit’s and mine. She pointedly stares at my cup outside until I get to that last little bit saved for her. It’s hard being so quiet in the morning. I can’t win. If I close the bedroom door after I get up, then he will get cold because we heat with the woodstove down in the basement. And may I say, that my husband creates the hottest woodstove on the planet; a fire that will suck the air out of the house and leave you blindly stumbling around for cool air anywhere. If I leave the bedroom door open, then he will be complaining about the microwave bells, opening the refrigerator door, and Tidbit dancing around until I am ready to go outside. Oh, and the most annoying thing to him is me sitting here typing. I can imagine that this is true…does it bother me this morning? No not really. As I laid awake in bed last night with all my normal achiness, he was snoring with a sound akin to a spouting whale. It was consistent, it was loud, and it was annoying. Could he help it? No, I know that, but some little part of me said, “Ha! Spout like a whale in my ear!” It’s not right. But we are married and well past that Serotonin-fueled, “I love everything you do”, “No, that doesn’t bother me at all” honeymoon phase. So with the snoring episode and the stifling heat making me grouchier I instead got up and went downstairs to the guest bedroom, shut the door, and opened the window for the rest of the night. And I know he and Tidbit love the heat, so I knew I might be able to get some rest downstairs uninterrupted. Well, that plan worked well. Tidbit danced around at 1:30 to go outside, I couldn’t get comfortable, and along about 5:30 here comes my husband, “Do you mind if I join you it is so hot upstairs I can’t breathe?” I told him, as any sweet wife would, “No, I don’t mind at all – just leave that spouting whale you were sleeping with upstairs!” To each new day’s adventure, Shelby Please send your comments or ideas to: shelbys.wanderings@yahoo.com or find me on facebook: Shelby Oppermann

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Mental Training: Going Beyond the Physical By Debra Meszaros CSN www.MXSportsNutrition.com Are you pushing yourself to the limits physically but still not improving your game? Do you feel you have reached a plateau? Do you lead an active healthy lifestyle but still not achieving optimal health? Well, you may have overlooked the most important piece of your training program or healthy lifestyle. It is common for those that are active, and athletes training for a specific sport, that their lifestyle or program focuses mostly on exercise. Although the physical component is important, it is a very one-dimensional approach to achieving ultimate body performance and health. Additionally, most agree that nutrition plays a key role; but how many individuals and athletes spend time to train their brain? The majority of top athletes today are fairly equal in terms of their physical strength. It is the mental toughness and emotional stability that separates those that are successful in reaching their goals from those that do not. When we look at the active lifestylers, we may also find, that those that have spent time on finding ways to control stress and balance their emotions, become the healthiest. A training program or healthy lifestyle must include mental training and emotional balancing to be truly successful. If you are an athlete or individual developing a healthy lifestyle, you need to explore the many tools available to you to build mental strength and control emotional stress. In the beginning you probably need to spend significant time working in these areas. They are just as important as your physical workout. Put adequate time aside each day to work with the tools that you feel comfortable with.

When it comes to mental training there are a few primary tools: Breathing exercises and meditation. Breathing exercises allow you to quite the conscious mind, help control heart rate, and balance certain emotions. There is no simpler way to increasing focus and performance than utilizing breathing exercises. It is the perfect method of bringing you into the moment, the now. You cannot reach 100% focus or performance without being in the moment. Ultimately, the best is to combine both breathing exercises and meditation, because they both work on different areas of your mental fitness. Meditation provides a bit more long term mental, emotional, and physical strength because it helps build the root of each element. Everything about you and around you manifests from your mental state; physical expression is the last realm of expression. Mental thoughts control your emotions and your physical body. Both of these tools take commitment. Do not expect to implement them and see results in a day or a week. It has taken you a lifetime to this point to develop the mental conditions you possess and no method removes them quickly. For those that are willing to invest in mental training, they will find success in their sport and their health. Utilize these tools; after all, they’re free!!! ©2014 Debra Meszaros MXSportsNutrition.com. 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.

Snow Days Laura Joyce Contributing Writer As I’m writing this, the weather forecasters are rubbing their hands gleefully: there’s a 95% chance that this will be a big week for them, with a substantial increase in airtime and the television audience glued to their every word. According to all the local stations, there’s also no doubt: snow is coming (or else it’s not); it’s coming from the west (or maybe the south); Southern Maryland is right in the bull’s-eye, with 8.9 inches predicted (Channel 7), or 2-4 inches (Channel 4)—although the guy on Channel 2 forgot altogether that there is a Southern Maryland, but what else is new? Since meteorologists already seem to be an object of eye-rolling from December through March, I won’t pile on. It must be a tough job, predicting the forces of nature. I can’t even accurately predict what I’ll want for dinner. I don’t remember watching weather reports or giving them any thought whatsoever when I was younger. Snow seemed to just magically appear, with no warning and with far greater frequency than it does now. I have lots of fond memories of sledding down hills in the pastures that surrounded our house, the cows looking on with mild alarm. I also remember my mother sending us off to play armed with a thermos of cocoa and graham crackers she’d wrapped in wax paper (it seems amazing to be so old that Ziploc Bags weren’t even in use when I was a child. I just Googled that, and sure enough: they were first marketed in 1968—I was around by then, though very young, but the bags weren’t widely available yet). My brothers and I would take our prehistoric snacks and set off into the woods around our house, and pretend to be lost in a blizzard. As a mother of three myself, I’m certain my own mother was grateful for our imaginations, occasionally wishing an hour or two of lost-ness upon us, especially in the midst of the cabin fever of snow days. Down a steep hill in the heavy forest behind our house, there was a huge woodpile with a large empty space in its middle. It served as a log cabin, a spaceship, and a palace, depending on the game. In the snow we were pioneers, risking our lives to get our families through a blizzard to safety.

When my own boys came along, snow became even more fun; our collection of sleds is like a photo album of those years. There are toddler sleds that look like brightlycolored plastic car seats, and round saucers from the boys’ pre-adolescence, and the molded plastic sleds of their teenage years, vehicles that flew down hills at breakneck speed, the only speed worth going at 16 or 17. They’re all a testament to the exhilaration of snow days, and to the cold walks home in early evening, to the first warming sips of the hot chocolate I made, just like my mother had a generation before. Once the boys were in middle school, I would wake them early on snow days, telling them to get up for school. “Feet on the floor!” was the battle cry in our house, our morning Reveille: it followed the repeated calls to get up, and was said in a stern or exasperated voice. Once the boys would start to rise, still in that delicious, half-conscious state between sleep and wakefulness, I’d give them the happy news: Snow Day! They never tired of that moment of relief and excitement: more sleep, then snow. Even now, with the boys off at college, I find myself watching the forecasts with excitement when snow might come. When I see that their schools are closed, I think about texting them to say, “Feet on the Floor!” and then following it with a text that says, “Snow Day!!!” I’m drawn to snow by the child who was an explorer playing amidst the trees with their heavy frosted branches, and by the mother greeting her own children in the gloaming, pulling the boots from their cold, red feet and settling in under quilts to sip cocoa and hear about their adventures. No matter what dire predictions the forecasters make about roads, and cancelled flights, and record wind-chills, word of snow will always carry a shimmer of magic for me, a picture of the white flakes swirling down like curling ribbon between the past and the future, turning an ordinary day into one when memories are always made. I love hearing from you; feel free to contact me at thewordtech@md.metrocast.net if you have comments or questions about the column.


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