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Gazette Calvert

February 13, 2014


Everything Calvert County

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This year marks the 15th Annual United Way of Calvert County’s Mardi Gras Celebration. According to United Way President and CEO Kelly Chambers, pictured, one challenge the United Way has been overcoming the misconception that the United Way is only a fundraising entity. While they do a lot of fundraising to support community partners, Chambers said the United Way exists as a “community building, problem solving organization” working to find and address needs in the community.

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Seeking Advocates for Families By Sarah Miller Staff Writer The Calvert Family Advocates is seeking individuals to join their Board of Directors and fundraising efforts to help families in need throughout Calvert County. The Calvert Family Advocates is a non-profit organization formed in 2011 and associated with the Maryland Association of Social Service Boards, according to Board of Directors member Lori Barbee. The group is in great need of volunteers and donors, Barbee said. Their goal is to have no overhead for administrative costs so all funds raised go to help families in need, such as the families displaced from the Hallowing Point Trailer Park. In the future, Barbee said they hope to offer aid to single mothers, giving them funds to put their children in daycare so they can return to school and earn a degree. She said the groups plan is to fill in service gaps and offer individuals and families aid they would not find elsewhere. So far the group has held one fundraiser at the Green Turtle in Prince Frederick and is in the process of planning more. Anyone with an idea for a fundraiser should contact the Calvert Family Advocates, Barbee said. She said their goal is to raise $10,000 in the next six months.

Families in need of aid should apply through the Calvert Department of Social Services, Barbee said. They vet all families and make recommendations to the Calvert Family Advocates. Chris Cummings, board member and treasurer for the Calvert Family Advocates, said she joined the group nearly two years ago because she wanted to give back to her community. She retired from federal services, and decided to put her experience to work for the Calvert Family Advocates. One of the groups goals is to eliminate homelessness in Calvert County, she said, adding that people aren’t aware that there is poverty even in a wealthy county like Calvert. People are struggling to pay all their bills, she said, and if they can no longer keep up with their utility payments, families will likely be evicted from their homes. The Calvert Family Advocates aim to prevent such circumstances, she said. “I think we all have to give back when we can, what we can,” said board member Barry Briscoe. Briscoe has been in the group for a year and has helped develop a strategic plan. Like Cummings, he joined because he wanted to give back to his community and help families in need. For more information, contact Cummings at Barbee at lori.barbee@comcast. net.

Comedy Invasion Raises Money for Project Graduation 2014 The Capitol Steps will perform a special brand of satirical humor to raise money for Project Graduation 2014 at 8 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Huntingtown High School auditorium. Comedy Invasion for Project Graduation 2014 is sponsored by the Calvert Alliance Against Substance Abuse, Inc. (CAASA), offering a night of fun entertainment and laughter right here in Calvert County. All proceeds fund Project Graduation 2014, an all-night alcohol-free and drugfree celebration for graduating senior students from Calvert, Huntingtown, Northern and Patuxent high schools. The event aims to keep young people safe during one of the most important nights of their lives. Tickets to Comedy Invasion for Project Graduation 2014 are $25 in advance, $30 at the door and are available at the Calvert Alliance Against Substance Abuse office in Prince Frederick, Floral Expressions in Owings, K5 Sports in Prince Frederick and Lotus Kitchen in Solomons. Doors open at 7 p.m.; show begins at 8 p.m. For information call 410-535-3733. CAASA is a grassroots coalition of individuals and organizations dedication to fighting alcohol and other drug abuse in Calvert County. It is a non-profit corporation that raises funds to support this vital effort. For more information, visit Calvert County Government online at, like us on Facebook or call 410-535-1600.


Sharma Named Director of Calvert County Department of Public Works

The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners is pleased to announce the promotion of P. Rai Sharma to director of the Calvert County Department of Public Works. Sharma has been with Calvert County government since 2010, when he was hired as a project engineer and was soon promoted to deputy director of public works. He started his county government career in Wicomico County, where he served as chief engineer for public works and as director. Sharma replaces Department of Public Works Director Terry Carlson, who served in the position from Nov. 8, 2005, until his retirement on Jan. 24, 2014. Carlson was originally hired as a transportation engineer in 1988. “Terry will be sorely missed,” said Calvert County Commissioners President Pat Nutter. “He has been an excellent leader and manager for more than 25 years and we appreciate his service. He has set a strong example for his staff and his successor. I am proud to have worked with him.” Since joining Calvert County government, Sharma has focused his attention on public road safety, sidewalk policies and neighborhood traffic management. Sharma has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. He is a member and past president of the County Engineers Association and the Solid Waste Association of America. “We know Rai will do his best to continue making Calvert County’s infrastructure safer and more pedestrian-friendly,” said County Administrator Terry Shannon. “Since he has been here he has updated the County Road Ordinance, facilitated a methane gas remediation project and been a part of a number of engineering policy updates and improvements.” Sharma was formally introduced as a department director during the Jan. 28 meeting of the Calvert County Board of County Commissioners. For more information about Calvert County Department of Public Works, visit us online at, like us on Facebook or call 410-535-1600.


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Margaret Phipps Files for 10th Term

By Sarah Miller Staff Writer “I love what I do, I really do,” said Registrar of Wills Margaret H. Phipps (Democrat). Phipps registered to run for her 10th term in office on Jan. 10. Phipps was first elected as Register of Wills in November 1978, the 24th register for Calvert County. She has been chairperson of the Maryland Register of Wills Automation Committee since 1992. She is a member of the probate/judiciary subcommittee to the rules committee and a past president of the Maryland Register of Wills Association. The Registrar of Wills is a non-policy making position that oversees the proper and timely administration of

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all estate proceedings, is responsible for appointing personal representatives to administer decedents’ estates, admit wills to probable, audits accounts of personal representatives, determines and collects Maryland inheritance tax and advises the public in preparation of all required administrative forms, according to information provided by Phipps. “I am afforded the opAuto Accidents portunity, as Registrar, to serve the citizens of Calvert County during the traumatWorkers’ comp ic time following the death • Divorce/Separation of a loved one,” Phipps said. • Support/Custody For more information, • Domestic Violence visit www.registers.mary• Criminal/Traffic, visit the office at • DWI/MVA Hearings 175 Main Street in Prince Power of Attorney Frederick or call 410-535• Name Change • Adoption 1600, ext. 2256. • Wills • Guardianship s a ra hmi l le r @ c oun t y

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By Sarah Miller Staff Writer The guest speaker at the Republican Men’s Club on Feb. 10 was Stacy Barton, Chief of Staff for Congressman John Runyan (R-NJ). Barton addressed challenges the Republican party will be facing this year. Democrats will fight anything having to do with immigration reform, she said, including the Path for Citizenship bill. This is not the time to be fighting the Democrats. The 2016 election will be the big one, she said, adding that anybody campaigning right now is doing so because they are aiming for the presidency. Democrats have been mounting a grassroots campaign, Bartons said adding that they have been going into neighborhoods to garner support and votes. “Republicans need to start doing this and they need to have started two decades ago,” she said. Barton is a Northern High School graduate. After high school, she went to college at St. Mary’s College of Maryland in St. Mary’s City for her bachelors degree, then graduate school in Delaware to earn her masters degree. She found herself homesick for Maryland while living in Delaware and enrolled in a program that paired her with a politician on Capitol Hill. It was that program that piqued her interest and career in politics, taking her from campaigning to working as chief of staff for Runyan. She returned to Calvert County to help during Delegate Mark Fisher’s campaign in 2014. Her parents still live in Huntingtown, but she, her husband and her two children live in Prince Georges County. Barton refers to herself as an island in her family being the only Republican in a family full of Democrats. The Republican Men’s Club meets every second Monday at 7:30 p.m. at the Calvert Elks Lodge on Dares Beach Road in Prince Frederick. Entry fee is $10 for refreshments and hall rental. For more 301-343-0430, rcsteuart@yahoo. com


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Modern Day Armour By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Becky and Joe Nimrichter have tried several types of jewelry making, but the one that they’ve fallen in love with mixes old time function with modern day fashion – chain mail jewelry. Jewelry from Castle Armour centers around chain mail weaves and traditional hand fabrication. Joe and Becky hand craft every piece from small rings, which interlock to create each pattern. No matter how intricate or complex the end result, every piece of jewelry starts out as a bag full of metal rings. The Nimrichters started making mail pieces a year ago and began selling their creations in fall 2013. They started out making and selling paracord bracelets and beaded jewelry.

The first mail they experimented with was a 4 in 1 weave, in which every ring is connected with four others. After their first experiment in chain mail, they fell in love. “Basically, it just fit our personalities,” Joe said. Becky has a masters degree in medieval literature and can tell anyone interested the history behind every piece she and Joe makes, from the metals to the types of weaves used. “I know more about metal than I thought I ever would,” Becky said. She and Joe use copper, aluminum, stainless steel, brass and other metals in their jewelry. Joe is a Retired USAF Helicopter Crew Chief. Making chain mail jewelry is an example taking something old and making it new again, Joe said. In this case, it’s taking an art form that dates back thousands of years and using it now for classy jewelry that can be used for any occasion. All materials are produced or sourced in the United States. Anything that can’t be obtained in the United States, such as certain types of gemstones, they obtain through United States based sellers. They are also looking to United States based retailers to sell their jewelry, including veteran and minority owned businesses. They have reached out to Andrews Air Force Base and may soon be selling a line there. They regularly attend Makers Market at Annmarie Garden and their jewelry will soon be offered at Kathy’s Bella Scarpa in Lusby. Their goal is to make jewelry making their full time job, but until that happens both Becky and Joe work as personal trainers. For more information, visit or www., e-mail or call 520-465-4116.

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Proud to be a Vegan By Kimberly Alston Contributing Writer The Southern Maryland Vegan and Vegetarian Group (SMVVG) advertise as being a “low key group with no agendas and no pressure”. Founder Natalie Evans started this group in 2013 with her husband after they decided to become vegans together about two years ago. The two of them created the group as a way for like-minded and open-minded people to come together and learn about the benefits of a plant based lifestyle. SMVVG is not strictly a non-meat eater’s organization. While many of the members of the group are either vegans or

vegetarians, some are just curious about why anyone would want to change their diet. Evans herself did it because, “I did not want to be dependent on medicine,” but she added that there were several benefits to that sort of change in diet, including: lower cholesterol, stable blood pressure, diabetes regulation and weight loss. The group is in the process of trying to get local business to add more vegan and vegetarian options to their menus and they frequently pass out literature on their type of diet. At one point, the group also held quarterly meetings at the libraries in Calvert, St. Mary’s and Charles County however, they received little to no turnout. When the group shifted to promoting the lifestyle, they

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began focusing on promoting local and organic farms, as well as upcoming festivals that shed more light on the vegan and vegetarianism diet. In addition to the health benefits, Evans said that reasons that people change over to a vegan or vegetarian diet is because of the positive impact that it has on the environment, considering the carbon footprint that processing meats leaves. Evans also promotes raw food preparation and eating more vegetable based products, even for meat eaters. She said that for her, “being vegan and vegetarian is doable, comparable, and it makes you feel good.” She frequently refers those with questions about veganism or vegetarianism to the Vegetarian Resource Group (VRG), which has more information than she can provide on her own. SMVVG will be participating in Earth Day in Leonardtown in April, selling vegan baked goods for those that are interested. For more information, visit the SMVVG Facebook page at, call 301-481-2741, or visit the VRG website at www.


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Punishment Maryland State Police Blotter The following information is compiled directly from publicly released police reports. Possession of Cocaine and Drug Paraphernalia: On Feb. 3 at 7:37 p.m., Trooper Palumbo responded to the 120 block of Chesapeake Avenue in Prince Frederick for a reported domestic related argument. While at the residence, drug paraphernalia with cocaine residue was observed. Marvin R. Chase, 46 of Prince Frederick, was arrested for possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia. He was incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center. Charges are pending for Sherry A. Chase, 33 of Prince Frederick. Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia: On Feb. 4 at 12:09 a.m., Trooper Barlow responded to the 1000 block of Golden West Way in Lusby for a reported disturbance. Michael C. Oswald, 41 of Lusby, was found to be in distress and was transported to the Calvert Memorial Hospital for treatment. During contact with Oswald, marijuana and drug paraphernalia were observed. Oswald will be charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia at a later date. Theft-Shoplifting: On Feb. 5 at 9:50 p.m., Trooper Palumbo responded to the Olympia Sports store in Prince Frederick for a reported theft. Witnesses advised the suspect left prior to Trooper Palumbo’s arrival and had been followed to the Fox Run Shopping Center by one of the witnesses. Attempts were made to locate the suspect and she was finally located in the parking lot. Jennifer L. Garner, 38 of St. Leonard, was arrested for theft/shoplifting and was incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center. Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia: On Feb. 8 at 7:38 p.m., Trooper Matthews stopped a vehicle at Rt. 4 and Walton Rd. in Huntingtown for traffic violations. The strong odor of marijuana was emitting from inside the vehicle. A search revealed both marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Christopher D. Hiner, 22 of Huntingtown, Matthew H. Ireland, 23 of Lusby, and a juvenile from Lusby, were all charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. They were transported to the MSP Barrack in Prince Frederick for processing.

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Sheriff’s Blotter The following information is compiled directly from publicly released police reports. During the week of Feb. 3 through Feb. 9 deputies of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to 1,369 calls for service throughout the community. Citizens with information on the following crimes or any criminal activity in Calvert County who wish to report it anonymously can now access the Calvert County Crime Solvers link through the Sheriff’s Office website. Go to and click on the Crime Solvers link to leave an anonymous tip on-line. Information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect could result in a $1,000 reward.

CDS Violation Case #14-6394: On Feb. 3 at 9:05 p.m. Dep. L. Wood responded to the area of Sitting Bull Circle and Arrow Court in Lusby for the report of a vehicle in the roadway. Wood observed the vehicle that matched the description given but it was legally parked. She observed two men exit a nearby Huffin residence and approach her. She asked for identification from them and one of the men indicated his was inside the residence. The other man, identified as Tavon Irving Huffin, 23 of Lusby, was observed to have suspected marijuana on the front of his shirt. A search of Huffin revealed additional suspected Cantrell drugs. The deputy then accompanied the first male into the home for him to obtain his identification and she observed suspected drug paraphernalia. The male was identified as Anthony Allen Cantrell, 20 of Lusby. A consent to search turned up additional suspected drugs. Wood also noticed women’s jewelry that Cantrell could not account for. The jewelry was confiscated by Wood. Both men were arrested. Huffin was charged with possession of marijuana less than 10 grams, possession of a schedule II drug; Percocet, possession of a schedule II drug; Vyvanse, and possession of a schedule IV drug; Xanax. Cantrell was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of a schedule II drug; Percocet, and possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia; a green smoking device.

Destruction of Property Case #14-7112: Sometime between 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 6 and 9:40 a.m. on Feb. 7 unknown suspect(s) shot two holes through the front glass of a guard shack at the main gate of the Naval Research Lab-Randall Cliffs on Bayside Road in Chesapeake Beach. The damage is estimated at $100. Dep. L. Wood is investigating.

CDS Violation Case #14-7272: On Feb. 8 at 1:16 a.m. DFC J. Denton conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle that was traveling on Md. Rt. 4 in Prince Frederick. The vehicle pulled into the Holiday Inn parking lot. Denton made contact with the driver, identified as Gregory Louis Mercilliott, 47 of Dunkirk and lone passenger, Jessica Lyn Smith, 26 of Suitland, and found them to be in possession of suspected drugs. Mercilliott was charged with two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia; a glass smoking device, and seven counts of possession of controlled danger-

ous substances; crack cocaine, heroin, oxycodone, and alprazolam. Smith was charged with possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia; a glass smoking device.

Attempted Theft Case #14-7301: Someone entered an unlocked vehicle at around 3:30 a.m. on Feb. 8 while it was parked outside a home in the 12000 block of Century Manor Drive in Dunkirk. Nothing was taken but items inside the glove box were in disarray. Dep. A. Curtin is investigating.

Theft from Vehicle Case #14-7307: A Garmin Nuvi GPS valued at $150 was stolen from an unlocked vehicle at a home in the 11900 block of Rivershore Drive in Dunkirk between 1 a.m. and 7 a.m. on Feb. 7. DFC P. Aurich is handling the investigation.

Theft from Vehicle Case #14-7308: An unknown suspect(s) entered an unlocked vehicle in the 8600 block of Valley View Court in Owings in the early morning hours of Feb. 8 and stole $200 of items to include two Apple IPhone chargers, two pair of sunglasses and two Naval Academy stadium seat cushions. Dep. A. Curtin is investigating.

Destruction of Property Case #14-7333: The property manager of Silverwood Apartments in Prince Frederick advised Dep. W. Durner that overnight between Feb. 7 and 8, unknown suspect(s) spray painted graffiti on the sidewalk, benches, trees, a sign and an electrical box of the complex. Damage is estimated at $1,400. The investigation is continuing.

Theft from Vehicle Case #14-7348: Someone stole $120 in items from an unlocked vehicle parked outside a home in the 3400 block of Charing Court in Chesapeake Beach overnight between Feb. 7 and 8. A gray Timberland suitcase containing various clothing items and two Verizon phone chargers were stolen. Dep. A. Curtin continues the investigation.

Attempted Theft Case #14-7406: Mercilliott


A homeowner reported to Dep. T. Roberts that on Feb. 8 at about 5 p.m. his babysitter observed two black men on the back porch of the home looking in the windows. She said they tried to get into the home but she screamed. The two males then went to the front of the home and attempted to steal a bicycle from the driveway but the attempt was unsuccessful and they fled on foot in an unknown direction. The investigation is continuing.


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CCPS Employees Honored for Years of Service By Sarah Miller Staff Writer

Employees who have been with CCPS 25, 30, 35 and 40 years were honored.

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Calvert County Public Schools honored 153 employees for their years of service during the 39th Annual Service Awards. The honorees have given the school district a combined 3,905 years of service, according to Acting Director of Human Resources Victoria Karol. Some started working for the schools right out of high school, such as Patrick “Mike” McLaughlin. McLaughlin graduated from Calvert High School, coming from the tech center to work as an apprentice air conditioning mechanic. He has seen the school system go through a growth spurt in the 1980s and the current declining enrollment.

Through it all, he said it has been the quality staff he worked with who kept him in the county. For 20-year honoree Kathleen Gardiner, teaching was her second career. She worked for a non-profit organization in Charles County and, after having children, decided she wanted to try her hand at teaching. Ysedria “Cuppie” Brooks is a Calvert County native who has been with CCPS for 40 years. She said she loves the children and has enjoyed working with the schools, doing everything from working as a special education aide to a custodian. “I’ve enjoyed everything,” Brooks said.

More Space for Boarding Students at the Calverton School Coming Soon By Sarah Miller Staff Writer The Calverton School hopes to welcome more international and boarding students with the anticipated opening of the One World Residential Village in fall 2014. Current boarding students are housed in rented houses off campus, according to Project Manager Nikki Pietryka. They are bussed to the school every day. This means that if one student has an after school activity, the whole group has to stay so they can be bussed home together. The residential program itself started three years ago, according to Calverton Head of School Spencer Taintor. As it became apparent that housing the students offsite wasn’t the best solution, the school began looking at building housing in the 100 acres of wooded area on campus. Additional housing will allow the school to accommodate more international students, which is a positive thing for Calvert County as well, he said. Information they send to students overseas contains information about Calvert County, and

while they are in the United States, students are exposed to activities in the county in addition to larger urban areas, such as Washington, D.C. County officials are currently reviewing the on-site housing project. The school hopes to break ground on the project in April, Pietryka said. The planned village will consist of five houses, to be built by Quality Built Homes. Each house can accommodate between eight and ten students, Pietryka said. Having a residential area will allow the school to offer more robust programs to boarding students during the evenings and on weekends, Pietryka said. For more information, visit www.calvertonschool. org. The residential project will be discussed at the upcoming Feb. 19 Calvert County Planning Commission meeting at 7 p.m. in the Courthouse Square Conference Room located at 205 Main Street in Prince Frederick.

Photo courtesy of The Calverton School The proposed One World Residential Village.

Vaccine Requirements Changed for Kindergartens, 7th Graders By Sarah Miller Staff Writer The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) determined the new requirements, according to Calvert County Public Schools Supervisor of Student Services Donna Nichols. The Maryland State Department of Education cooperated with DHMH to create a calendar and guidelines to ensure all students in the public school system are vaccinated appropriately. Students will require two doses of Varicella vaccine for entry into kindergarten and one dose of Tdap vaccine and Meningococcal vaccine for entry into seventh grade. Varicella is the vaccination against chicken pox. Tdap is a supplemental booster for the continued protection against tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis/whooping cough. The original vaccination (DTaP) wears off. Meningococcal (MCV4) protects from certain bacteria that can lead to meningitis or sepsis. MCV4 is a required vaccination for college/university students, however the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hy-

giene has found it necessary for students age eleven and older to receive the vaccine, Nichols said. Because the guidelines originate with DHMH, they apply to private schools as well, according to Calvert County Health Department Director of Disease Surveillance and Response Sharon Nazarek. Getting the word out has been a concentrated effort between Calvert County Public Schools, St. Mary’s County Public Schools and the health departments from both counties, Nichols said. Schools have sent letters to parents and guardians of sixth graders, and St. Mary’s County Public Schools have created informational blurbs to put on Channel 10 said St. Mary’s County Supervisor of Health Services Patricia Wince. Health department representatives have been in communication with pediatricians and family doctors to ensure they have an appropriate supply of vaccinations on hand and know to tell parents their children are due for a vaccination, which would save them from scheduling a second doctor’s visit, Nazarek said. The health department has reached out to the Office

of Childcare representative in Leonardtown to help get information out to daycares and preschools in the tri-county area, Nazarek. Failure to provide proof of vaccination can result in a student being excluded from school until the required records are provided. Students are requires to be up to date on their vaccines within 20 calendar days following the first day of school, at the latest. Military families are given 30 calendar days after the first day of school to show proof of up-to-date vaccinations, Wince said. As of a January 2014 count, CCPS has 1,268 sixth graders, all of whom will need proof of the Tdap and MCV4 vaccinations prior to entering seventh grade, Nichols said. Parents and guardians can contact their students’ school nurse with questions.


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By Sarah Miller Staff Writer The Calvert County Board of Education was briefed by Dominion Cove Point vice president of LNG operations Mike Frederick about the safety of the proposed Liquefied Natural Gas Expansion project, slated to begin later this year at Dominion Cove Point. Frederick reiterated Dominion Cove Point’s stance that the project is not a hazard to the community and any incidents will be contained on the Dominion Cove Point Property. Board of Education members requested more information regarding the project and it’s potential impact on local schools, including Southern Middle School, Patuxent High School and Appeal and Patuxent elementary schools.

In other news during the Board of Education meeting, a school facilities departmental report, shows school recycling is up 108.4 percent over 2008 levels and electricity usage has been reduced by 13.4 percent since 2007. The board briefly discussed the Beach Elementary School redistricting. For parents and individuals interested in learning more or commenting on the redistricting, the Board of Education will host a public forum on Thursday, Feb. 13 at Huntingtown High School at 7 p.m.

Southern Maryland Publishing Seeking Writing Interns Southern Maryland Publishing is seeking high school seniors and college students with an interest in journalism for an exciting internship with The Calvert Gazette in Calvert County and The County Times in St. Mary’s County. Beats will include covering education, government, business and assembling weekly calendars. Occasional weekend and evening work will be required. Writers are expected to take pictures with every story when possible. Interns with Southern Maryland Publishing will receive a wide range of experience and great clips. Interns are expected to have knowledge of AP style and basic editing. This is an unpaid position. For more information, or to submit an application, contact Sarah Miller at or at 301373-4125. Applicants should submit three published writing clips, a cover letter and a resume. Hard copy applications can be sent to PO Box 250, Hollywood, Md., 20636.

Presents in partnership with the Institutional Equity and Diversity Office a viewing and discussion of the award winning documentary by Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson Lee.

A documentary 14 years in the making, American Promise provides a rare look into the lives of two middle class Black families as they navigate the ups and downs of parents and educating their sons. Through the intimate experiences of these two families, the documentary reveals complicated truths about parenting, while challenging commonly held assumptions about educational access in the 21st century. Ultimately, it asks each of us: What is the American Promise?

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“The Most Fun Formal Fundraising Event in Southern Maryland” United Way Prepares for Mardi Gras By Sarah Miller Staff Writer From a golf tournament in August to the Mardi Gras in March and the Day of Caring in September, the United Way of Calvert County promotes community involvement and awareness in everything it does. The United Way of Calvert County is an independent, separately incorporated organization governed by local volunteers serving Calvert County. United Way of Calvert County was incorporated on April 23, 1980 and has raised more than $14 million since then. UWCC began by supporting six agencies and now serves a multitude of agencies through Community Impact grants, Basic Needs grants and designations. As of 2013, there are 30 partner agencies eligible for designations, 15 Community Impact grant funded partners, and six Basic Needs grant funded partners. The United Way of Calvert County has evolved from a fundraising organization into a community building partner, focusing on three vital impact areas: Education, Income and Health. All three impact areas combine to address one goal, according to United Way President and CEO Kelly Chambers – breaking the cycle of poverty in Calvert County. Chambers began working with the United Way of Calvert County 23 years ago, taking her current position in 1998. She has an extensive background in working with non-profit organizations, first working with special needs children and Just Say No programs in schools. Transitioning to the United Way, with its focus on education, was an easy task for Chambers, who said her favorite part of the United Way has been interacting with the community. “The best part of my job is the people,” Chambers said. She said one challenge has been overcoming the misconception that the United Way is only a fundraising entity. While they do a lot of fundraising to support community partners, Chambers said the United Way exists as a “community building, problem solving organization” working to find and address needs in the community. Individuals who want to help but don’t have a lot of spare time or disposable income to donate can get involved in one of the annual campaign drives. The United Way receives funds from the Combined Federal Campaign, and individuals can have a set amount of money, starting at $1, withheld from their paychecks every pay period. This allows individuals to give without breaking the bank or trying to find a lump sum at the end of the year. While the United Way’s focus is promoting and improving the community, money remains an essential component to the work they do. “We can’t do what we want to accomplish without the dollars to do so,” Chambers said. This year, the United Way’s goal is to raise $1 million for their next budget. She hopes to accomplish this through campaigns and grass-roots fundraisers, including the upcoming Mardi Gras celebration. This year marks the 15th Annual United Way of Calvert County’s Mardi Gras Celebration and a change in the process for selecting the king and queen. This year, the United Way selected an Honorary King and Queen, Chris Moore and Jeannie Stone to lead the fundraising. Moore, a Huntingtown resident, is a local realtor for ReMax and a member of the Committee for Governmental Affairs with Southern Maryland Association of Realtors and Calvert County Chamber of Commerce. Moore has held several fundraising events at local restaurants and is kicking off a letter writing campaign to secure further support. Stone is the co-owner of Stoney’s Restaurants, which includes four restaurants spread throughout Calvert County. According to a United Way press release, Stone grew up in New Orleans, making every actual Mardi Gras since the age of 4. In the past, she served as the chair of the Cancer Gala and

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has been involved with Shop with a Cop, Wounded Warrior and Calvert Hospice. So far, she has hosted special events like a glass painting workshop and a polar plunge as part of her Mardi Gras fundraisers. Her next fundraiser will be an Anti-Valentine’s Party on Friday, Feb. 14, to be held at Stoney’s at the Pier from 7 to 9 p.m. Past Mardi Gras kings and queens remain involved in the United Way even after their reign has ended. Reigning Queen Shelby Potts, Executive Director and Pre-College Advisor with Southern Maryland College Access Network (SoMD CAN), currently serves on the Mardi Gras planning committee and will host the third Annual Cornhole Throwdown on Sunday, Feb. 16 at the Greene Turtle Sports Bar and Grille in Prince Frederick, with registration at 1 p.m. and bag throwing at 2 p.m. Potts has been involved in the United Way since 2011, serving with SoMD CAN as a partner agency for YouCAN, a program for eighth graders at Southern Middle School and Calvert Middle School to expose students to the idea of going to college and show them ways they can get there. She has met a lot of great people through the United Way, Potts said, and she believes in the mission and activities the United Way supports, which is why she intends to remain involved. Mardi Gras planning committee member Cliff Bridegum, owner of, was recruited last year to run for Mardi Gras king. Though he didn’t win, he stayed for an opportunity to serve his community. “They wouldn’t let me leave,” he joked. 2004 Mardi Gras Queen Heather Maertens, owner of Maertens Fine Jewelry and Gifts, has served on the decorating committee for Mardi Gras every year since she ran for queen. She said she has been happy to see it grow every year. “It’s the most fun formal fundraising event in Southern Maryland,” Maertens said. Moore and Stone are recruiting sponsors for United Way’s Mardi Gras, with event sponsor packages that include tickets as well as advertising for print, television and web. Much of the Mardi Gras event costs are covered through in-kind donations. Maryland Country Caterers donates a large percentage of its catering fees, and the open bar is fully sponsored by Bob Hall - distributor of Bud Light, Running Hare

Timeline 1980 - United Way of Calvert County started with volunteers from Baltimore Gas & Electric supporting six local human service agencies. The first employee campaign held at BGE raised approximately $5,000. 1994 - The annual Day of Caring formed to encourage and celebrate volunteerism in Calvert County. 1996 - The United Way House and Volunteer Resource Center opened its doors at 530 Main Street to act as a hub for local human service agencies. 1998 - The Success By 6 Initiative was established to bring partners together to improve the percent of children entering school ready to learn. 2004 - The Community Impact model was adopted to fund programs that address a critical need, provide measurable results and lead to long-term change. 2005 - The Women's Initiative emerged to raise funds and awareness in three key areas: early childhood, healthy girls and women’s economic empowerment. 2007 - UWCC Implemented its first multi-year funding cycle to achieve lasting changes in the lives of people in Calvert County. 2010 - A new strategic direction was launched to bring the community together in addressing pressing issues in the areas of Education, Income and Health - the building blocks for a good life.

Vineyard and Nick’s of Calvert. The 15th annual Mardi Gras celebration will be on March 1 at Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center. For more information, call United Way of Calvert County at 410-286-0100, e-mail or visit The United Way House is located at 530 Main Street in Prince Frederick.


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DAY Don Cropp proudly displays his Lincoln library.

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Personal Collection Celebrates Lincoln’s Presidency, Legacy By Kay Poiro Staff Writer Don Cropp collects all things Abraham Lincoln. What began as a small reading room is now a home library of over 300 books, as well as a collection of art, movies and other Civil War-era memorabilia. The Valley Lee resident says it all started with a trip to Gettysburg 14 years ago. “I fell in love with the place,” he says. “Soon, every book I could find on Lincoln, I’d get it and read it.” He also notes that his hometown is New Salem, Pennsylvania. Abraham Lincoln lived in New Salem, Illinois. Cropp frequents antique shops and bookstores for his Civil War and Gettysburg-related items. He even contacted an artist he discovered on CSPAN who specializes in Lincoln to purchase her work. These days, his collection is expanding to include diaries and personal accounts from the former president’s cabinet. Cropp’s explanation for his liking for the 16th president is simple. “He’s different from politicians nowadays. Some have said Lincoln was one of the most “close-mouthed” people. He was a listener. “Lincoln had a moral compass and he was good at bringing people together,” says Cropp. “So different from politicians today.”

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Trivia on the American Presidents and Their Presidency

Presidential Nicknames:

James Buchanan – The Bachelor President Dwight D. Eisenhower – Ike Andrew Jackson – Old Hickory Thomas Jefferson – The Sage of Monticello John F. Kennedy – The King of Camelot Abraham Lincoln – The Great Emancipator Theodore Roosevelt – The Rough Rider Franklin D. Roosevelt – The New Dealer William Howard Taft – Big Bill Harry S. Truman – The Haberdasher George Washington – The Father of His Country Woodrow Wilson – The Schoolteacher

Fun Presidential Trivia At the start of the 20th century, the first three U.S. Presidents who became a president without having held any major elective office were William Howard Taft, Herbert Hoover, and Dwight D. Eisenhower. As president of the United States of America, George Washington set the precedent of kissing the Bible and presenting an inaugural speech after taking the oath of office. Bill Clinton is the only president elected twice without receiving at least 50 percent of the popular vote either time. He received 43 percent of the popular vote in 1992 and 49 per cent in 1996. Franklin Pierce is the first American president born at the turn of the 19th century. He was born in 1804. George W. Bush is the only U.S. president to earn a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Harvard Business School. The first two U.S. presidents born outside of the original 13 colonies were Andrew Jackson and Abraham Lincoln. Jackson was born in the Waxhaw area of the Carolinas, and Lincoln, in Hodgenville, Kentucky. Dwight D. Eisenhower is the only U.S. general in the 20th century to become American president. A graduate of West

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Point and the United States Military Academy, Eisenhower was in charge of the D-Day invasion near the end of World War II. His parents were members of a fundamentalist religious sect and were strict pacifists. Bill Clinton is the only U.S. president whose wife attained elective office. Hillary Rodham Clinton is the first First Lady to be elected to high office, as senator from New York. Barack Obama is the first African American U.S. president. Abraham Lincoln is the U.S. president who declared Thanksgiving to be a national holiday. In 1863, he issued a proclamation declaring Thanksgiving to be a national holiday, celebrated on the last Thursday of November. James Buchanan is the only U.S. president who never married. Virginia is the U.S. state where the greatest number of American presidents have been born. It is the birth state of the seven of the first twelve presidents – George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, and Zachary Taylor. Thomas Woodrow Wilson (28th U.S. president) was also born in Virginia. Benjamin Harrison is the U.S. president who began the tradition of decorating a Christmas tree in the White House, in 1889 on Christmas morning. In 1913, Woodrow Wilson asked for a community Christmas tree to be placed at the Capitol so that a tree lighting ceremony could be recognized as a national event. Franklin Delano Roosevelt served the longest period of time. He was elected to four terms, serving from 1933 to 1945. Herbert Hoover approved “The Star-Spangled Banner” as the national anthem. Golf is often the sport most associated with American presidents. The first U.S. president who took up the game was William Howard Taft. The two U.S. presidents whose names contain all the vowels, plus ‘y’ – Ulysses Simpson Grant and Rutherford Birchard Hayes. The two American presidents who died on the very same day – the 2nd and 3rd U.S. presidents, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. They were rivals, then friends. Both died on July 4, 1826, exactly fifty years after the signing of the Declaration of

Independence. The first U.S. president who won the Nobel Peace Prize is Theodore Roosevelt, in 1906, for mediating the Russian-Japanese War Treaty. Woodrow Wilson, Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama also won the Nobel Peace Prize. U.S. presidents depicted on Mount Rushmore – George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. Mount Rushmore is located in South Dakota, in the Black Hills, 23 miles southwest of Rapid City. The three American presidents who were sons of a clergyman were Chester A. Arthur, Grover Cleveland, and Woodrow Wilson. John F. Kennedy is the only American president to win a Pulitzer Prize. He received the prize for his book Profiles in Courage.







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Washington Inspired President’s Day

President's Day is an American holiday that is celebrated each year on the third Monday in February. School children typically get the day off from school, and many

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Mt. Rushmore

Mt. Rushmore National Memorial is a huge mountain sculpture of four US Presidents, located near Keystone, in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The Presidents depicted are: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. These four Presidents were chosen to represent the founding, growth and preservation of the United States. The work was designed by the sculptor John Gutzon Borglum (March 25, 1871- March 6, 1941). The Construction of Mt. Rushmore: The monument was sculpted by Borglum and about 400 stone workers. Construction began on August 10, 1927 (President Coolidge attended the dedication that day). Funding was provided by private donations and the Federal Government. The sculpting was done by first blasting away tons of rock with dynamite. Workers then sat in hanging "swing seats," and used jackhammers, drills, hammers, and other tools to do the finishing work. Bad weather and a lack of funding slowed work; although it took 14 years to finish the project, work was done for only about 6 of those years. After Borglum's death, soon before the sculpture was done, the completion of the giant sculpture was overseen by his son, Lincoln Borglum. The monument was completed in 1941 (after Borglum's death). Geology of the Area: The rock of Mt. Rushmore consists of outcroppings of fine-grained granite (a hard, light-colored, igneous rock - volcanic rock that has cooled) and some mica schist (a type of crystalline metamorphic rock). The light-colored granite of Mt. Rushmore contrasts with darker layers of mica schist. Mt. Rushmore is the northeastern edge of the Harney Peak Granite Batholith (a batholith is a huge body of igneous rock that solidified under the earth).


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Begin the New Year In a New Home After flatlining during the economic downturn that began around 2008, housing markets in many regions of the United States and Canada have shown signs of recovery. Those in the market to buy and sell may find this year presents an ideal opportunity to do just that. According to the real estate listing Web site Zillow, home values rose 5.1 percent across the United States between February 2012 and February 2013. The latest forecasts from Canada Mortage and Housing Corporation indicate a strong housing demand into 2014, at which time a strengthened economy will energize both resale and new housing markets. Buyers will need to be prepared to purchase inventory right away, while sellers will need to price their homes right for the best chance of sale. The following are some guidelines.


Having a plan is essential when buying a home, as such a purchase is not something buyers should take lightly. Establishing a budget is the first step. This means taking inventory of savings, expenses and borrowing power. It is adviseable to sit down with a lender and do a run-through of what you can afford. By providing key financial information, including earning statements, existing debt and credit history, buyers can quickly learn how much they're qualified to borrow and how much they are comfortable borrowing. This helps buyers zero in on homes in their price range. Being preapproved for a mortgage is advantageous when it comes time to make offers on properties. It shows sellers that buyers are serious and that they have been vetted by the bank. Many buyers conduct a lot of research online prior to stepping into a home. This research lasts an average of six to eight weeks, according to the National Association of Realtors. Homework includes investigating neighborhoods and school systems, comparing the going rates of homes in the area, as well as figuring out which features are desired in a home. It also is important to hire a buyer's agent. Such professionals send buyers listings that fit their home-search parameters, which saves buyers a lot of time and effort. Some agents preview homes for their buyers, even going so far as to identify overpriced listings that can be avoided or finding sellers who are willing to negotiate. A buyer's agent works for the buyer, meaning there will be no conflict of interest. Agents assist buyers in the negotiating process, using their knowledge of the real estate market to help buyers make realistic offers that are likely to be accepted while providing a wealth of information about housing

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Why Marylanders Need Craig and Haddaway Marylanders have an important decision to make this year. We will either decide to continue the tax and spend agenda and the exit of businesses and Marylanders to other states, or we will embark upon a journey of restoration for our state. What choice will you make? Our next governor will have difficult issues to address and important decisions to make. Our next governor will have many new challenges and will inherit the burden of old challenges not met and made worse by the O’Malley administration. David Craig has the experience necessary to begin restoring Maryland. A life-long public servant, Craig brings with him critical experience as a city councilman, a mayor, a member of both the House of Delegates and Senate and is currently serving his second term as Harford County Executive. No other candidate can dispute his level of leadership experience. He is experienced at all levels of government in critical areas such as economic growth, job creation and managing budgets. We will not see his administration impose further tax burdens on Marylanders. Craig’s running mate, Delegate Jeannie Haddaway, has much to offer the people of Maryland as Lt. Governor. Her experience as both a small business owner and 10 years as a member of the House of Delegates complements Craig’s proven leadership. I, as many Marylanders do, fully support and endorse David Craig and Jeannie Haddaway, true representatives of the people, as Governor and Lt. Governor of Maryland. Jason P. DeLizio Prince Frederick, Md.

Another Fitness Option I would like to add some first-hand experience/comments to the excellent article on Page 5 of the HMB Supplement to the County Times/Calvert Gazette, January 14th – “How to find time for fitness.”    As a family physician, I was often asked about “fitness.”  One of the things I frequently suggested, is that they might consider running as a basic exercise of achieving better health and physical fitness. But, only if they found that they enjoyed it!     I would relate to them a fortunate experience I had as a teenager: Our high school athletic coach had us run, even if we were not trying out for the cross-country track team.  We were surprised.     Back then (70 years ago) very few people ran for fitness, including athletes. One hardly ever saw a person running.     “Running’s for the cross-country guys,” we’d complain. But, as we did our running for the coach, many of us experienced an unexpected thing --- We found we enjoyed running!  Many of us continued running-for-fitness even after we left high school. It was joyful …  Just jogging through the countryside, or the city, or wherever we happened to be.    The key point in the HMB (health, mind & body) Supplement article was “finding time to exercise” and that is very important for many of us with our busy lives.  Here are some pointers about the efficiency of running --   Running takes very little time: A good ½ hour or 45 minutes is adequate, especially if one is not prepping for a footrace.  Three or four times a week is enough.    Running is convenient: It can be done anywhere, and at any time, wherever you are.    Running is inexpensive: All one needs is a good pair of running shoes, and dress for the weather.    Running is simple and fun: When traveling for business or pleasure, running gear takes up very little luggage space. At your destination, take a run or two. It’s a great way to enjoy where you are.    Let me repeat: “Enjoyable”  This is the key point. As for me, and for my patients who became runners, that was the key. As for you readers … Try it and see. You may wind up enjoying running, and being fit, and be fit … Lifelong. (Note):  If you decide to run-for-fitness, and are not normally an exerciser, or have medical questions, check with your doctor.   Eugene Guazzo, M.D. Chaptico, Md.

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

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

application – in the Critical Area. That topic will be addressed in more detail later in this series of articles, but the short version is this:

The Critical Area If you are fortunate enough to live within 1,000 feet of tidal waters or tidal wetlands, then you have some special obligations. Any changes to that area have such a direct and immediate impact on the Chesapeake Bay that in 1984 the Maryland legislature declared those lands the Critical Area and imposed special restrictions on human activities. You need to take special precautions with your yard care – especially with fertilizer, herbicide, and pesticide

Fertilizer-free and pesticide-free lawns are the best choice for the environment. The homeowner saves significant amounts of time and money by reducing the frequency of fertilizing and applying pesticides. Slow-release and low- or no-phosphorous fertilizers are optimal to promote a healthy environment. New lawns may require some phosphorous, but require very little once established. Don’t over-fertilize! Why? According to the Maryland Department of Agriculture, there are more than 937,000 acres of residential lawns statewide. Since 2009, more fertilizer has been applied to residential lawns than to agricultural fields. If each of us over-fertilizes our lawn by just one pound, a huge amount of excess nutrients ends up polluting groundwater, streams, rivers, reservoirs, and the Chesapeake Bay.

100-Foot Buffer: Within the Critical Area, there is an even more sensitive zone: a 100-foot buffer immediately along the shorelines that serves as a transition between upland and aquatic habitats. This Critical Area Buffer, required by the Critical Area law, is measured 100 feet inland from mean high water, the landward extent of tidal wetlands, and the edge of tributary streams. Where steep slopes or particularly sensitive soils are present, the buffer may be even greater than 100 feet. Stop and ask! Does this sound complicated? It can be. Any land- or vegetation-disturbing activities carried out within the Critical Area must follow specific provisions in the state-adopted Critical Area Criteria and local Critical Area Programs. More on the Critical Area next week…

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




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Slavery and Abortion February is Black History month, and there will be much said and written about past injustices, such as slavery, on blacks. However, although they are also devastating, the recent and on-going effects of abortion on blacks probably won’t be mentioned. Since the Supreme Court decisions in January 1973, an estimated 18 million abortions have been performed on black women according to U. S. Census Bureau data. Add that to the 42 million in the 2010 census and the black population would be 60 million. At least one-third of the black population is missing because of abortion. Ironically, many black women have abortions, essentially treating their unborn babies the same way slave owners once treated their ancestors. Actually, slaves and unborn babies have some things in common. Both are owned by and under the control of someone else. Both are considered to be less than human by some people. Both can be disposed of if they are an inconvenience. However, there are some differences between slavery and abortion. Slaves could sometimes run away from home or hide and escape from their own-

ers/masters, possibly with the help of someone like Harriet Tubman. But for unborn babies, the womb is their home, and there’s no way to run away and no place to hide. And since abortionists don’t make house calls, pregnant women deliver their helpless unborn babies to the abortion facility to be killed or use a chemical such as the morning after pill to do it themselves. The pro-lifers (mostly Republicans) are the ones trying to help save unborn babies. This time may be the darkest period in black history. While slavery, segregation, Jim Crow laws, etc. were injustices imposed on blacks against their wills, abortion is a choice many of them freely make. Regrettably, most of the black community seems to be unaware of or are ignoring the abortion issue. I hope and pray that they repent of their involvement with abortions very soon. God is merciful and forgiving. If anyone is really sorry for their sin, repent and ask Him, He will forgive them. Waiting until the Last Judgment will be too late. Robert Boudreaux Waldorf, Md.

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Hospice and Love (Valentine’s Day) Valentine’s Day is all about love and I would like to share my true story that demonstrates the bond between hospice and love. She has lost her vision and can’t see him.  He has lost much of his auditory function and can’t hear “worth a lick.”  For two years, although in a wheelchair, he has visited her for every meal, every day.  She is weak and has been on hospice care for almost three months.  I am there to offer support as a member of her hospice team.  The volume and tone of his voice express his frustration.  To those in the hall it sounds like he’s angry, however, I can see the watery, salty tears pooling in his eyes.  They tentatively gather there at the precipice of his lower eyelid, afraid to risk letting go, just like him.  I sense there’s something more.  He continues, “What do you want!?  Tell me what you want to eat.  You can’t just not eat Joyce!” He touches the spoon to her lips again.  Nothing.  Her lips move and I lean in.  “Tell him,” her voice fades. “Yes Joyce,” I encourage.  “Tell him,” she says before pausing and moistening her lips, “I love him.” I lean into his ‘better’ ear and say, “Robert, she says to tell you, ‘She loves you.’”  I’m loud, as if I’m announcing it to the whole world.  The tears release and stream down his cheeks.  I take her hand and touch it to his moist face.  The connection is made.  I realize in that sacred moment their love passed through me.  I leave them together in that cameo pose and know that I will always remember them that way.   Calvert Hospice is about love.  The body may rebel or slip away from us and time may soften the sharpness of our senses and harden our movements but the power of love knows no constraints.  As hospice providers, we are often eyewitnesses to profound love. Fortunate to be present as love moves nimbly, vibrantly, and vitally with every breath and heartbeat, up to and including the last one.  That’s why we choose to “do” hospice care.  If you need help caring for a seriously-ill loved one or are grieving a loss, Calvert Hospice is here.  Allow us to help you continue to share your love with family and friends.  For more information, call 410.535.0892 or visit* Linzy Laughhunn                                                                                                                                                               Adult Bereavement Coordinator & Community Outreach Specialist Calvert Hospice                                                                                                                              *If you are grieving the loss of a loved one this Valentine’s Day, please visit the Grief Resources page on our website.  

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The Calvert Gazette runs complimentary obituaries as submitted by funeral homes and readers. We run them in the order we receive them. Any submissions that come to after noon on Mondays may run in the following week’s edition. resa Lee and Eugenia Stephney, and a Greene Jr. (deceased). George married who loved her dearly, as well as a host of host of cousins, co-workers and friends. Jean Jones (deceased). George later nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.  Funeral service was held on Saturday, married Monica Holland (deceased).  Viola was a quiet and gentle woman Melissa Reed JohnFeb. 1, at 11 a.m. at St. Edmonds United He was preceded in death by his son, who always greeted you with a smile. son, 46, of Lusby, Md., Methodist Church, Chesapeake Beach, George Greene Jr.; father, Leroy Greene She softly touched the lives of many passed away on Jan. Md., with Rev. Joan Jones officiating. Sr.; mother, Bertina Greene; brother, Le- as she traveled her Christian jour25, at Cancer TreatThe interment was at Southern Me- roy Greene Jr., and wife, Monica Greene.  ney. We thank God for blessing us ment Center of Amermorial Gardens, Dunkirk, Md. George leaves a daughter, Valtina by making her a part of our lives. ica, Philadelphia, Pa.  The pallbearers were Dennis L. Coleman; her husband, Anthony; Funeral service was held on FriReed JohnMelissa Brooks, Curtis Gross, Ray Har- grandchildren, Alisha D. Coleman, day, Jan. 17, at 11 a.m. at Mt. Olive son was born in Calvert County, Maryland on April 15 to Mervin ris, Arthur Pratt and James Savoy Jr. Anthony D. Coleman Jr.; great grand­ UM Church, Prince Frederick, Md., honorary pallbearers were son Neke T. Coleman; siblings, Delo- with Rev. Dana Jones officiating. Parker and the late Josephine Reed.  Me- The lissa graduated from Northern High Richard Dare, Ellis Pratt, Mal- res D. Howe (Charles), Phyllis E. Reid The interment was at Young’s School in 1985. She graduated from colm Rice and Roosevelt Rice. (Russell), Leonard Greene Sr. (Earlene) Church Cemetery, Huntingtown, Md.  pallbearers were Timothe Washington School of Secretar- Funeral arrangements provided by and Linda D. Greene; sister-in-law, The Sewell Funeral Home, Prince Frederick, Blanche Greene; aunt, Elizabeth Wilthy Boots, Donald Stepney, Sean ies, Washington, DC., in April of 1986.  lett; uncle, Lemuel Harrod, and friend, Gustus, Robert Carter Jr., TerMelissa started her career at Mutual Md. Michelle Booth, as well as a host of rence Oliver and Vincent Johnson. of Omni and later started working for cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Funeral arrangements provided by the World Bank, where she was emGeorge Greene, 81 Funeral service was held on Tues- Sewell Funeral Home, Prince Frederick, ployed for many years. She also worked day, Jan. 21, at 11 a.m. at Plum Point Md. for several years at Calvert MemoGeorge Greene, 81, UM Church, Huntingtown, Md., rial Hospital as a pharmacy technician.  of Huntingtown, Md., with Rev. Bryan Fleet officiating. Melissa was a lifetime and devoted passed away on Jan. Helen Marie Fullmore, 88 The interment was at Cheltenham Vetmember of St. Edmonds United Meth- 11, at Heritage Harbour erans Cemetery in Cheltenham, Md.  odist Church where she actively par- Health and Rehabilitation Helen Marie Fullpallbearers were Ameri- more, 88, of WashingThe ticipated in the St. Edmonds Ush- Center, Annapolis, Md.  can Legion Gray Ray Post 220. ton, DC passed away er Board and the Dance Ministry, George was born Oct. Funeral arrangements provided by Sewell on Jan. 14, at Washand sang with the Voices in Praise. 12, 1932, in Plum Point, Melissa was a devoted mother to her Md., to the late Leroy Greene Sr. and Funeral Home, Prince Frederick, Md. ington Hospital Cenchildren. She loved her family very Bertina Parker Greene. George was a ter, Washington, D.C.  much and cherished her children. She member of the Plum Point United MethViola Blanche Kent, 88 Helen Marie (Simms) enjoyed building things, making flow- odist Church. He loved good spirituals Fullmore, also known as er arrangements, coordinating wed- and an uplifting church service. George Viola Blanche Kent, Aunt Sis, was born Dec. 20, 1925, in dings and family get-togethers, help- was educated in the Calvert County, 88, of Huntingtown, Sunderland, Md. to the late Benjamin ing others in any way that she could, Maryland Public Schools. He graduated Md. passed away on and Elizabeth Simms. She later had a riding her motorcycle and attending from W.S. Brooks High School in 1949.  Jan. 11, at her residence. daughter, Suzie, who preceded her in activities with her bike club,  “Speed George served in the Air Force during Viola Blanche Rusdeath. She was married to the late JuDiva,” going to church and, above the Korean War. He was also a law en- sell was born on Jan. 9, lius Fullmore. She departed this life at all, anything involving her children.  forcement officer with the Park Police 1926, in Prince FrederMed Star Washington Hospital Center Melissa leaves to cherish her loving and Washington D.C. Metropolitan Po- ick, Md., to the late Wilin Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Jan. 14. memories her children, Tymessha and lice Departments, in addition to em- liam Russell and Helen Stewart Russell.  She was edu­cated in the public schools Joshua Johnson; three brothers, Corey ployment with the United States Postal Viola received her education in Calvert of Calvert County, Maryland. She Reed, Casey Reed, and Andrea Parker; Service, for a total of 30 years of gov- County Public Schools. She was a life- worked as a domestic engineer in Washfive sisters, LaShawn Reed, Stephanie ernment and military service. He was a long member of Mt. Olive United Meth- ington, D.C. for several years. Helen was Savoy, Angela Parker, Randi Parker and member of the American Legion Gray odist Church. During her Christian walk a devoted member of Greater People’s Danielle Parker; one surrogate sister, Ray Post 220 and was also nominated at Mt. Olive she served in several posi- Union Baptist Church in Washington, Alicia Coates; three nephews, Raekwon and appointed as an alternate member to tions over the years, but the one she loved D.C. for over 30 years. She served as the Savoy, Trayvon Chase and Khaleel the Calvert County Board of License as a most was communion steward. She was secretary for the Flower Circle and was Thompson; one surrogate nephew, An- Commissioner. In addition, George was determined to serve each first Sunday an active member of the church’s choir. thony Wilson; one nephew that preceded a licensed realtor with Long and Foster in until she was unable to attend service.  She also was a member of the Heavenly her in death, Robert King Ill; seven niec- Prince Frederick, Md. He loved to travel.  In November 1953 she was united in Gospel Singers of Washington, D.C. es, Monique Savoy, Carina Reed, Day- George was a loving son, brother, father, holy matrimony to Gayhart Kent, which She leaves behind one brother, William ona Jones, Yolonda Evans, Jaia Parker, grandfather, uncle and friend. He was led to 60 years of marriage. Their com- Simms (Cecelia); one grandson, Andre lmani Watson and Madison Lee Harris, well liked and will be greatly missed.  bined families consisted of six children.  Parker (Sadiqa), and three great grandand one surrogate niece, Amaya Wilson. George was married to Ilean Gray. After Viola worked for many years in do- children. She also leaves a host of nieces, She also leaves five godchildren; a spe- this union ended, George was then mar- mestic service until she began working great nieces, nephews, great nephews, cial uncle, Winfield Reed; seven aunts ried to Alma May Aldrich (deceased) and at Huntingtown Elementary School, relatives, friends and church family.  and uncles; close friends, Cloteal Ben- from this union, two children were born, where she worked until she retired on Funeral service was held on Friday, Jan. nett, Sandra Shorter, Milt Shapiro, The- Valtina Coleman (Anthony) and George June 30, 1988. After her retirement 24 at 11 a.m. at Greater People’s Union she devoted herself to her family and Baptist Church, Washington, D.C., with church which both gave her great joy.  Rev. James L. Dawkins officiating. She was preceded in death by her par- The interment was at Mt. Hope UM Where Life and Heritage are Celebrated ents, William Russell and Helen Rus- Church Cemetery, Sunderland, Md.  sell Gross; sisters, Charlotte Gray The pallbearers were Antwonne Holand Alberta McGruder; brothers, land, Marvin Claggett, Timothy William Jr., Joseph, Bernard, Mil- Claggett Sr., Derrick Herbert, Eldrick ton, Herbert and Richard Russell.  Brown Sr. and William Holland Jr. She leaves to cherish her memory her Funeral arrangements provided by devoted husband, Gayhart Kent; daugh- Sewell Funeral Home, Prince Frederick, ter, Gayle Reid (Vaughn); step daugh- Md. ter and friend, Myrtle Harvey; sons, Affordable Funerals, Caskets, Vaults, Clifton Russell (Denise), Howard Kent John William “Billy” Leitch Cremation Services and Pre-Need Planning (Cheryl), Michael Kent and Gary Kent; III, 80 Family Owned and Operated by grandchildren, Greg (Kesa), Vaughn Jr. (Laichelle), Jeanine (Randy), Shadawn Barbara Rausch and Bill Gross John William “Billy” (Sean), Kendall and Camden; Leitch III, 80, of Owings grandchildren, Dashawn, Kaniece, Marsalis, Trinity, Davaughn, Jayden, Lanez, passed away Jan. 29, at Sydney and Cheyenne, and sisters-in- Solomons Nursing Cenlaw, Louise Russell, Marian Russell, and ter. 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and Grace Louise (Ward) Leitch. Billy was raised in Huntingtown and graduated from Calvert High School in 1950. He then attended St. James Preparatory School in Hagerstown, Md., in 1951, and attended the University of Maryland in College Park for two years before being drafted into the United States Army in 1953. After two years of service, he was honorably discharged and returned to the University of Maryland, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education in 1955. Billy married Beverly Jane Whittington in November 1955, and they made their home on the family farm in Owings. He was employed by Southern Maryland Oil as a plant manager, retiring in 1997 after 34 years. Billy also managed and worked the family farms in Owings and Huntingtown. He was a member of the Calvert County Farm Bureau, the Stallings-Williams American Legion Post 206 in Chesapeake Beach and All Saints Episcopal Church in Sunderland, where he served on the Vestry and Cemetery committees and was also an usher. Billy served as Chairman of the Calvert County Property Tax Assessment Appeal Board from 1970-1976. In his leisure time, Billy enjoyed farming, upland and waterfowl hunting and was an avid sports fan. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Beverly Whittington Leitch, who passed away Feb. 9, 1999. Billy is survived by children Lori Prevost of Huntingtown, Marcia Leitch of Bethesda, Karen Katsiyiannis of Temecula, Calif., and John Whittington Leitch of Owings. Also surviving are a sister, Jane Leitch of Huntingtown;

grandchildren Mallory Reading, Christina, Thomas and Beverly Katsiyiannis, and a great-grandson, Brady Reading. Family and friends were received Sunday, Feb. 2, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Rausch Funeral Home, P.A, Owings. A funeral service and celebration of Billy’s life was held Monday, 11 a.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church, Sunderland. Interment will follow in Smithville U.M. Church Cemetery, Dunkirk. Memorial donations in Billy’s name may be made to All Saints Church, the Alzheimer’s Association or Solomons Nursing Center, Activities Department. To leave condolences visit ww.rauschfuneralhomes. com. Arrangements by Rausch Funeral Home, 8325 Mount Harmony Lane, Owings, Md.

Samuel A. Harris, 56 Samuel A. Harris, 56, of Saint Leonard, Md., passed away on Jan. 27, at Burnett-Calvert Hospice House, Prince Frederick, Md. Samuel Alexander Harris “Mouse” was born on Dec. 13, 1957, in Prince Frederick, Md., to the late Frank Harris and Viola Brooks.  Samuel received his education in Calvert County Public Schools. He was employed with the Buehler’s Family Grocery Store for four generations and lived in the house above the store. Samuel loved his job and enjoyed interacting with the customers of St. Leonard.  Outside of work, you would find Samuel spending quality time with friends and family whom he loved dearly. On any given day, you would find Samuel and his siblings discussing his love

for the Dallas Cowboys and his secret crush on Whitney Houston. Not only did Samuel love to eat, he also enjoyed cooking. He would sometimes share his secret recipes with family and friends. Samuel enjoyed life and never failed to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank Harris and Viola Brooks, and brother, Calvin Lewis Harris. Sammy leaves to cherish his memory his uncles, Herbert Brooks and James Brooks, and his aunt Mary Frances Gross (Mickey). He also leaves his siblings, James, Thomas, Rose (Theodore) and Agnes. He will be greatly missed by his niece, Charisse Payne (Alfred); nephew, Tori Harris (Nelly), and great nieces, Kyra, Dontashia, Dijonna and Dalyanna. He also leaves to cherish his memory his beloved companion, Alice Johnson, the Buehler Family, the Huntzberry Family and a host of dear friends and family. Memorial service was held on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 1 p.m. at Sewell Funeral Home, Prince Frederick, Md., with Rev. John Howanstine Jr. officiating. The interment was private. Funeral arrangements provided by Sewell Funeral Home, Prince Frederick, Md.

Sharon Marie Hulett, 53 Sharon Marie Hulett, age 53, of Huntingtown, Md., passed away suddenly Feb. 3, at her residence. She was born Dec. 16, 1960, in Havre de Grace, Md., to Arthur B. and Marie M. (Keithley) Lincoln. She was raised in Harford County and attended the county schools. She joined the United States Army National Guard May 7, 1982 and the regular Army Jan.

16, 1984. Sharon was married Nov. 3, 1983, in Bel Air, Md., to Thomas E. Hulett, whom she met while stationed at Ft. Bragg. Together, Sharon and Tom served in the Army and they were stationed in North Carolina, Korea, Virginia, Germany and Texas. Sharon was discharged April 22, 1988, as a SP4. They moved to Huntington in 2001, after Tom’s retirement. Sharon loved animals and owned and cared for her cockatoos and cockatiels as well as her tropical fish. She also enjoyed traveling. She is survived by her husband, Tom of Huntingtown; mother, Marie M. Colter of Towson; father, Arthur B. Lincoln of Wilmington, Del., and brother, Steve Lincoln of Baltimore. Friends were received on Sunday, Feb. 9, from 1 to 2 p.m. at Rausch Funeral Home, P.A., 8325 Mt. Harmony Lane, Owings, MD, where a service and celebration of Sharon’s life followed at 2 p.m. Inurnment with military honors will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday Feb. 18, at Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham. For information, or to leave a condolence, visit Arrangements by Rausch Funeral Home, 8325 Mount Harmony Lane, Owings, Md.

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Entertainment Calendar Thursday, Feb. 6 Dave Norris DB McMillan’s Pub & Grill (23415 Three Notch Road, California) - 6 to 10 p.m. Higher Standards Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 8 p.m.

A Speakeasy Fundraiser for Freedom Hill By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Wine, jazz and murder were just some of the highlights of Freedom Hill Horse Rescue’s first ever Speakeasy Soiree, held at Friday’s Creek Winery in Owings. The event was sold out, according to Freedom Hill President and Executive Director Kristy Alvarez. Participants showed up in flappers dresses and tuxedos, ready for an elegant evening of wine, dancing and music performed by the Pax Rats culminating in a murder and whodunit mystery. Les and Dianne Dickey came out to support both the Freedom Hill Horse Rescue and Friday’s Creek Winery. Kelly Shatzer, left, and Kelly Hysan have some speakeasy fun. “They’re raising money for a good cause,” Les said. Other attendees came out just to have fun in costume. “I can’t miss a chance to dress up,” said Kelly Hysan. Volunteers at Freedom Hill Horse Rescue save horses from neglect, abuse, abandonment, and slaughter, as well as helping to relieve the unwanted overflow of foals generated by the Premarin and Nurse Mare Industries. For more information, visit www.

Bar Dogs Ruddy Duck Alehouse (16810 Piney Point Rd., Piney Point) – 8 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 7

Country Memories Band Vera’s White Sands Beach Club (1200 White Sands Drive, Lusby) 7 to 11 p.m. George Dunn Ruddy Duck Alehouse (16810 Piney Point Rd., Piney Point) – 8 p.m. Hydra FX Anthony’s Bar and Grill (10371 Southern Maryland Boulevard, Dunkirk) - 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. Fast Eddie Martini’s Restaurant & Lounge (10553 Theodore Green Boulevard, White Plains) – 9 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 8 Photos by Sarah Miller Jennifer and Mike Purcell get into the spirit of the roaring 20’s.

Drivin’ Muzzy Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) - 9:30 p.m. Too Many Mikes Cryer’s Back Road Inn (22094 Newtowne Neck Road, Leonardtown) 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. One Louder Vera’s White Sands Beach Club (1200 White Sands Drive, Lusby) 9:30 to 10:30 p.m. Igniters Martini’s Lounge (10553 Theodore Green Boulevard, White Plains) - 9 p.m. The Not So Modern Jazz Quartet The Westlawn Inn (9200 Chesapeake Avenue, North Beach) – 7:30 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 10 Team Trivia DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 11 Jim Bennett Motown Live Martini’s Lounge (10553 Theodore Green Boulevard, White Plains) - 7 to 10 p.m. Fair Warning DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) - 5 to 9 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 12

Chip Guffey performs with the Pax Rats.

Country Band Martini’s Lounge (10553 Theodore Green Boulevard, White Plains) - 6 to 9 p.m.


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Senior Citizen News

Holiday Closing Calvert Pines, North Beach and Southern Pines Senior Centers will be closed for Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 17, 2014. Volunteers Needed to Help with Summer Camp The Office on Aging is looking for persons interested in volunteering for the annual intergenerational camp. Volunteers must be at least 13 years of age and should have experience working with summer camps. Interested volunteers can contact the Office on Aging at 410-535-4606 or 301-855-1170 to fill out a volunteer application. Applications must be received by March 31.

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Bodies in the Cellar and the President in the Attic The Newtowne Players Present Arsenic and Old Lace

Get Free Tax Assistance AARP Tax-Aide counselors are preparing taxes for low-tomoderate-income senior citizens, aged 50-plus. Appointments are required and can be scheduled now by calling Calvert Pines Senior Center, 410-535-4606 or 301-855-1170; North Beach Senior Center, 410-257-2549; Southern Pines Senior Center, 410-586-2748. Stay Fit This Winter Calvert County senior centers offer fitness programs for any fitness level. Programs are open to anyone 50 and older. Here is a sample. Calvert Pines offers Walk to the Beat classes Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:30 a.m. North Beach offers an aerobic exercise class, Mondays, 9 a.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. Southern Pines offers a Bone Builders class, Wednesdays and Fridays, 8:45 a.m. All three sites offer an Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program at varying times and days of the week. Contact your local senior center to find out more about these fitness opportunities. Calvert Pines Senior Center (CPSC) Join us for Happy Hour, Friday, February 21, 2:30 p.m. and enjoy appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages. The Motown and More Show is back! Watch as seniors and staff perform as Motown’s favorite entertainers, Wednesday, February 26, 12:30 p.m. North Beach Senior Center (NBSC) Celebrate Black History Month by participating in a game of Black History Wheel of Fortune, Thursday, February 27, 10:30 a.m. Prizes for winners! Southern Pines Senior Center (SPSC) Calling all good spellers! Patricipate in a Spelling Bee, Tuesday, February 25, 1 p.m Prizes will be awarded for first and second place winners. Moses Tickets Available Additional tickets are now available for the show, Moses, at the Sight and Sound Theatre, Wednesday, March 12 in Lancaster, PA. The $106 fee includes show, lunch and transportation. Watch as the greatest biblical epic of the Old Testament comes to life on the Sight and Sound stage. The show starts at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at approximately 2:15 p.m. at the all-you-can-eat Good ‘N Plenty family-style restaurant. EATING TOGETHER MENU Lunches are served to seniors aged 60-plus and their spouses through Title IIIC of the Older Americans Act. Suggested donation is $3. To make or cancel a reservation call: Calvert Pines Senior Center at 410-535-4606 or 301-855-1170, North Beach Senior Center at 410-257-2549, or Southern Pines Senior Center at 410-586-2748. Monday, February 17: CENTERS CLOSED FOR PRESIDENTS’ DAY Tuesday, February 18: Pork BBQ, Baked Beans, Cole Slaw, Lemon Bar, Assorted Juices Wednesday, February 19: Pasta Alfredo, Salad, Broccoli, Dinner Roll, Sliced Peaches with Cottage Cheese Thursday, February 20: Baked Tilapia, Red Potatoes, Black Beans, Kale, Rice Pudding, Apricots Friday, February 21: Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, Salad with Veggies, Italian Green Beans, Clementine

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By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Why keep your skeletons in the closet? Abby and Martha Brewster (played by Ellynne Brice Davis and Linda Lagle) keep theirs in the cellar, which may be the worst kept secret the ladies have in Joseph Kesselring’s “Aresnic and Old Lace,” now on stage at Three Notch Theatre. The elderly Brewster sisters are perfectly hospitable to the lonely men who come knocking at their door, asking about the room for rent they have advertised. They’ll sit them down, offer them a nice meal, give them a glass of wine laced with a little arsenic and even hold funeral services for their burial in the Brewster house cellar. Between their boarders, their nephews Teddy (played by Paul Rose) and Mortimer (Carlton Silvestro) and the neighboring reverend and his daughter, the Brewster sisters live perfectly respectable, present lives. That is, until the black sheep of the family, Jonathan Brewster (played by Chris Woehrer) comes calling with Dr. Einstein (played by Rick Thompson) in tow, and possibly a body that could use a burial. Auditions for “Arsenic and Old Lace” were held in October and the cast and crew have been working on the set and script since, Brice Davis

said. The script is an especially challenging one because the dialogue goes by so quickly and it can be tough to keep track of who’s supposed to be talking and when, she said. Despite the difficult script, the cast carries the play masterfully. The set is well designed, with hand painted wallpaper and just the right furnishings to call to mind the 1940s home of two aging spinsters. The play will be presented at Three Notch Theatre on 21744 South Coral Drive in Lexington Park Thursdays through Sundays, Feb. 14 through March 2, 2014. Celebrate opening night with a glass of wine and dessert on Feb. 14, featuring wine tastings from Port of Leonardtown Winery and dessert from new local business Kathryn’s Crafty Cakes. Reservations are recommended. Please make reservations for the show by visiting www. or calling 301-737-5447. For more information about volunteer opportunities or other upcoming programs by The Newtowne Players, visit or newtowneplayers.

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Out&About Friday, February 14 Valentine’s Dinner/Dance American Legion Stallings Williams Auxiliary Post 206 (3330 Chesapeake Beach Road, Chesapeake Beach) – 5:30 p.m. Bring your Sweetheart to celebrate this annual special occasion with Surf and Turf. Hosted jointly by the Auxiliary and the Sons of the American Legion, Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the dinner will be served in the upper level dining room from 6 to 8 p.m., accompanied by music. Dancing will commence at 8 p.m. until midnight. A bartender will be available at the cash bar for your convenience. The price of $20 includes all sides and a soft beverage, $2 for dessert, and $10 for only dancing Advanced sale of tickets through Feb. 13 only; no sales at the door. They may be obtained from the Post Bartender. For more information call 301855-6466. NDCT Presents Five Women Wearing The Same Dress Long Beach Community Center (5845 Calvert Boulevard Street, St. Leonard) - 7 to 9:30 p.m. Have you ever been a bridesmaid? Have you ever considered what they say to each other on the big day? Are you better off not knowing? If you answered either yes or no to either of these questions, Five Women Wearing the Same Dress is a show you cannot miss. It’s a hilarious exposé of an ostentatious Knoxville, Tenn., wedding reception where five reluctant, identically-clad bridesmaids hide out in an upstairs bedroom and the girl talk gets real. Each has her own compelling reason to avoid the proceedings below and, as the afternoon wears on, these five very different women joyously discover a common bond. This is a funny, irreverent and touching celebration of the feminine soul written by esteemed screen writer, Alan Ball (American Beauty, Six Feet Under, True Blood). Tickets are $12, and $10 for seniors, students and military.

Saturday, February 15 Scratch Board Painting for Adults Cox Art Center (32 Cox Road, Huntingtown) - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Master artist Carmelo Ciancio leads this six-hour workshop in which the student may use an original drawing or one submitted by the instructor to complete a 9”x 12” wonderful work of art. Hands-on instruction guides the student from start to finish in this unique technique. It is for beginner and intermediate artists. The process requires a sketch of a desired image on painted board. Using an exacto knife or other tools, hundreds of minute lines are carved into the inked surface. Cutting and scraping the ink from the scratchboard results in an almost three-dimensional image, adding subtle shading and texture to the composition. Cost is $120. Youth Choir Flapjack Fundraiser Applebee’s (555 Solomons Island Road N.,

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Prince Frederick) - 8 to 10 a.m. All you can eat pancakes, sausage and beverage for $7. Benefit Friendship UMC Voices in Praise missions. 410-257-7133, Play In Clay: Fairies, Dragons, & Wizards! Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center (13840 Dowell Road, Solomons) - 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Instructor Sarah Houde will provide basic hand-building techniques to make a fantastical wizard, fairy or dragon for your room. Learn to use slabs and coils to make your creation unique. Add beautiful glazes to give your work added color and shine. A great way to spend quality time with that special child in your life! Class is offered is designed for children ages 6 and up; children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. The member cost is $35 for individuals; $60 for adult/ child couples. Non-member cost is $40 for individuals; $70 for adult/child couples. All materials are included. Advanced registration required, please call 410-326-4640, and indicate age group. HOOT is in your Backyard? Greenstreet Gardens (391 West Bay Front Road, Lothian) -10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Please join in for this family fun event with live animals and crafts to benefit Jug Bay Wetlands! You’ll see, hear and learn about owls and other native birds, plus a few little critters that will be a surprise. $5 per person, with proceeds donated to Jug Bay.

Sunday, February 16 Sunday Afternoons with the Pattersons Tour Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum (10515 Mackall Road, St. Leonard) – 2 to 3:30 p.m. Point Farm was the country retreat of the late Mr. and Mrs. Jefferson Patterson. In 1983, Mrs. Patterson donated the property to the state in honor of her late husband, creating Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum. Join us for a guided tour of this beautiful 1933 Colonial Revival brick house and gardens designed by noted female architects Gertrude Sawyer and Rose Greely. This tour is for ages 10 and older. 410-586-8501 •

Monday, February 17 School’s Out: Renaissance Art Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center (13840 Dowell Road, Solomons) - 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatelo, Raphael—they’re not just Ninja Turtles! Learn about these all-stars of the Renaissance art period, and try your hand at fresco painting, carving, chiseling and perspective drawing. Pack a lunch, dress for a mess, get ready to get creative! This class is for children in grades K to 2nd or 3rd to 5th, please specify at registration. The member cost is $35 and the nonmember cost is $40. All materials are included. Advanced registration required Please call (410) 326-4640, and indicate your age group.

Wednesday, February 19 Art + Story Sessions Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center (13840 Dowell Road, Solomons) - 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. This class is designed for preschoolers, ages 4 to 6. These hour-long story times teach basic art elements, art styles and even a little art history with wonderful children’s books, imaginative games and inventive art projects. Each student comes away with a matted artwork and a greater appreciation of all things artistic! Sign up for one class or all of them. Space is limited. The member cost is $8 per child and the non-member cost is $12 per child. Advanced registration is required, so please call 410-326-4640. Ruby Ribbon Relay For Life Fashion Show Hilton Garden Inn (13100 Dowell Road, Lusby) - 5 to 8 p.m. Please join us as we launch new and fashionable clothing for women. While these clothes are perfect for any woman, they speak directly to women who are breast cancer survivors because they replace the underwire. There will also be a 50/50 raffle at a price of $5 per ticket will go to Jan Jarboe’s Relay For Life team. Tickets can be purchased for $20 at www.eventbrite. com (Search for Ruby Ribbon Relay For Life Fashion Show). Sponsors are encouraged to take part by contacting Jan Jarboe at 240-233-4332 or Michelle Fitzwater at 443-717-4143.

Friday, February 21 Comedy Invasion for Project Graduation Huntingtown High School Auditorium (4125 North Solomons Island Road, Huntingtown) - 7 p.m. This comedy show, featuring The Capitol Steps, benefits Project Graduation in Calvert County. Tickets available at CAASA Office, Floral Expressions in Owings, K5 Sports in Prince Frederick and Lotus Kitchen in Solomons. Tickets $25 in advance or $30 at the door. For information call 410 535-3733. Guided Winter Hike at Double Oak Farm North Side Trailhead, American Chestnut Land Trust (676 Double Oak Rd, Prince Frederick) 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Join ACLT’s guides for a hike through the woods at Double Oak Farm and see beautiful, unobstructed views of Parkers Creek! Please register for this event. Dogs are not permitted on guided tours. Kids! Let’s Play 1950s Restaurant! Bayside History Museum (4025 4th Street, North Beach) – 2 to 3:30 p.m. Kids can see the local restaurant exhibit and play 1950s restaurant with menus toting vintage prices and meals. Take a turn as cook, server and customer. This event is recommended for children ages 3 and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 301855-4028 •

Frost and Fire Battle Creek Cypress Swamp (2880 Grays Road, Prince Frederick) – 5 to 6:30 p.m. 410-535-5327 • Join us for a campfire and a talk about how nature changes in the winter as we make s’mores and drink cider. Black History Month: We are Now Free, so Take a Stand Carroll-Western United Methodist Church (2325 Adelina Road, Prince Frederick) – 3 p.m. Features groups such as the Brooks Gospel Choir, Mother’s Dress and Burning Light. There will be multiple guest speakers including Rose Willett, Bro Sidney Gross and Assistant Pasto Margo Gross. Calvert County Young Marines Open House American Legion Post 206 (3330 Chesapeake Beach Rd, Chesapeake Beach) - 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Young Marines is a youth education and service program for boys and girls, ages 8 through completion of high school. The Young Marines promotes the mental, moral and physical development of its members. The program focuses on character building, leadership, and promotes a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. The Young Marines is the focal point for the U.S. Marine Corps’ Youth Drug Demand Reduction efforts. All interested parents and youth are encouraged to attend this event to learn more about the Young Marine program. For more information, please contact the Unit Commander, Rob Willis at 240-577-1489 or visit www.calvertcoun​tyyoungmarines.​com. Shoppes of Asbury Sale Asbury Solomons Retirement Community (11000 Asbury Circle, Solomons) – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will take place in the auditorium and other marked sites in the building. There will many items, including Betty’s Closet, a resale of new and gently used clothing and accessories. Grannies will be selling housewares, furniture and miscellaneous items, and the library committee will have many books at a reasonable price. All proceeds will benefit the Benevolent Care Fund. Call 410394-3483 for more information. Passion of Christ Auditions Southern Community Center (Prince Frederick) – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Preparations up and running for another production of the Passion of Christ. This will be the sixth consecutive year. This community-based production is open to all and requires about 30 men, 20 women and ten children, plus singers and dancers. If possible, please bring a short prepared piece to highlight your talents. The production will be April 18, Good Friday, and 19. Auditions will also be held on March 1 and March 8. For further information contact 443-295-3202 or Facebook: Passion of Christ Southern Maryland.


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Library Events February, Month Long • Art in the Stacks at Calvert Library Prince Frederick: Deborah Watson Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way Watercolor artist, muralist and decorative painter specializing in trompe l’oeil. 410535-0291 or 301-855-1862

• Family Night Calvert Library Southern Branch, 13920 H. G. Trueman Road, Solomons – 7 to 8 p.m. Fun family activities! May be games or a themed program for parents and kids K-5! This week: Legos. Please register. 410-326-5289

Friday, Feb. 14 • On Pins & Needles Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way – 1 to 4 p.m. Bring your quilting, needlework, knitting, crocheting, or other project for an afternoon of conversation and shared creativity. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862

• Art in the Stacks at Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch: Linda Hofmann Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch, 3819 Harbor Road, Chesapeake Beach Photography. 410-257-2411

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• Calvert Conversations Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch, 3819 Harbor Road, Chesapeake Beach – 10 to 11 a.m. An informal discussion of local history of interest to long-time Calvertonians and newbies. Complimentary coffee and tea. Come, relax in our living room, and share or learn something new! Please call 410-257-2411 for more information. 410-257-2411

• Yes! You CAN Use a Computer! Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way – 10 to 11 a.m. Google. Tips and tricks for using Google to search the internet will be presented. The training will last one hour and will take place in a small group. Please register. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862 • Garden Smarter: Planning Your Garden Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way – 10 to 11:30 a.m. Organize your garden layout and planting schedule to maximize your output. Keep an interesting garden journal to help plan for years to come. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862

• Theater Thursdays Calvert Library Southern Branch, 13920 H. G. Trueman Road, Solomons – 10 to 11 a.m. Bring your preschoolers for movies and a story. See for the movie this week. 410-326-5289

• PlayTime Calvert Library Fairview Branch, Rt. 4 and Chaneyville Road, Owings – 10:45 to 11:15 a.m. Playtime is learning and discovery time for you and your child. Engage in interactive play, connect with other parents and caregivers, and have fun! Bring a non-battery operat-

• Valentine Open Mic Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way – 7 to 8:30 p.m. Traditionally, we host a Heart and Spleen Open Mic. Same deal here..bring your love/ hate poetry, stories, music, improv! Register for a 10-minute slot. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862

ed toy to share. No registration. For ages birth through 5 years old. 410-257-2101 • Playtime Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch, 3819 Harbor Road, Chesapeake Beach – 10:45 to 11:15 a.m. Playtime is learning and discovery time for you and your child. Engage in interactive play, connect with other parents and caregivers, and have fun! Bring a non-battery operated toy to share. No registration. For ages birth through 5 years old. 410-257-2411 • Playtime Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way – 11 to 11:30 a.m. Playtime is learning and discovery time for you and your child. Engage in interactive play, connect with other caregivers, and have fun! Bring a non-battery operated toy to share. No registration. For ages birth through 5 years old. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862 • Brain Games: Mahjongg, Scrabble & more Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way – 12 to 3 p.m. Want to learn Mahjongg? Hope to make your Scrabble skills killer? Games are a great way to keep your brain sharp while having fun! Join us! 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862

Tuesday, Feb. 18 • Yes! You CAN Use a Computer! Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way – 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Google. Tips and tricks for using Google to search the internet will be presented. The training will last one hour and will take place in a small group. Please register. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862

• Code Name 4-5-6 Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way – 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. For 4th-6th grade eyes only! 4th – 6th grade students are invited to this series of events which uses plenty of hands-on activities to have fun with reading! Each month we will explore a new theme and introduce a great chapter book on the topic. No advanced preparation is needed and a snack will be provided. Please register. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862 • Book Discussion Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way – 7 to 8:30 p.m. Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini. This novel presents a stunning account of the friendship that blossomed between Mary Todd Lincoln and her seamstress, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Keckley, a former slave who gained her professional reputation in Washington, DC, by outfitting the city’s elite. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862

Wednesday, Feb. 19 • PlayTime Calvert Library Southern Branch, 13920 H. G. Trueman Road, Solomons – 10:25 to 10:55 a.m. Playtime is learning and discovery time for you and your child. Engage in interactive play, connect with other parents and caregivers, and have fun! Bring a non-battery operated toy to share. No registration. For ages birth through 5 years old. 410-326-5289 • Yes! You CAN Use a Computer! Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch, 3819 Harbor Road, Chesapeake Beach – 2 to 3 p.m. Google. Tips and tricks for using Google to search the internet will be presented. The training will last one hour and will take place in a small group. Please register. 410-257-2411

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Email your ad to: or Call: 301-373-4125 or Fax: 301-373-4128. Liner Ads (No artwork or special type) Charged by the line with the 4 line minimum. Display Ads (Ads with artwork, logos, or special type) Charged by the inch with the 2 inch minimum. All private party ads must be paid before ad is run.

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

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

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Real Estate Rentals Peaceful 3 Bed Room, 2 1/2 Bath Split Foyer with a f lat fenced in backyard. Excellent for family with children. On a no thru street. House is located in White Sands Development approx .5 miles from Route 4, and about 20 miles from Pax Air Station. Quiet friendly, neighbors. Large Master Bedroom with walkin closet. Huge attic with lots of storage space, Full size laundry room with washer and dryer. Recently remodeled bathrooms. New f looring on first f loor. 8x8 wooden shed for storage. Pets on case by case basis. For more information please email kirks. or call Mark at 301-751-9309.

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Looking for a auto detailer with mechanical skills. Primary job will be detailing automobiles. Some mechanical experience will be required for heavy times. If interested please e-mail or fax resume to 301-737-4206 or call 301-737-6400. Chesapeake Neurology Associates has a full-time position available for a RN/ LPN. Experience preferred. Candidate must possess current Maryland Licensure. Strong writing skills necessary. Act as a liaison between patient and MD/ CRNP in meeting patient needs between office visits. Additional responsibilities discussed during interview. Paid holidays, health benefits package, and flexible schedule. No phone calls accepted. Faxed resumes only to (410) 535-6030 or email

Wine & Craft Beer Position (Calvert County)

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

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7 Facts About the Cove Point LNG Project Dominion’s proposal to add export capability to its Cove Point Liquefied Natural Gas facility in Calvert County will be Southern Maryland’s largest private investment in at least a generation. So it’s no surprise the project has received broad and strong support. Still, we believe we have a responsibility to make sure everyone knows the facts about this project.


The project will deliver substantial and far-reaching economic benefits.


The project’s economic benefits include strong job growth.


By using clean-burning natural gas, the project will protect the environment.


Dominion is continuing a 40-year record as a trusted neighbor.


We’ve done our homework, and made it public.


We’re designing to have the smallest local impact possible.


The facility will be built somewhere. Calvert County should be able to enjoy its benefits.

Calvert County will initially receive more than $40 million in new revenue each year from the project. That’s in addition to the $15 million being paid now. To put it in perspective, that’s almost 15% of the county’s current $274 million operating budget. This new revenue could be used for tax relief; sewer, water, recreation or road improvements; support for schools; aid to senior citizens; or any combination of worthy projects. 3,000 construction jobs will be created over the course of the project. Most of those are expected to go to local residents. Another 75 high-paying permanent positions will also be created. And that’s not to mention the opportunities for local businesses to participate in the project, as well as the spending increases other local businesses will enjoy. The facility’s new equipment will use natural gas, the cleanest-burning fossil fuel. It meets the most stringent environmental limits to protect air quality. It has been carefully designed to optimize efficiency while minimizing impacts. And it will also be zero-discharge—no water used will disturb the bay. In all, Dominion has provided more than $2.3 million in charitable grants and donations in Maryland since 2002. One example is the Dominion Reef at the Gooses—one of the largest efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay’s oyster population. Beyond that, Dominion led an initiative to save the largest freshwater marsh on the bay’s western shore when it was damaged by a storm. And for nearly four decades, the facility’s daily operations have gone largely—and pleasantly—unnoticed.

Over the past 20 months, Dominion has filed more than 20,000 pages of documents as part of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s review of the project. And that’s just one of about 50 federal, state and local government permits and approvals needed. As a result, the project is being given a thorough review to minimize potential impacts on the bay and other water resources, residential areas, wildlife, vegetation, air, soil, noise, public safety, traffic and visual quality. The LNG facility will be built entirely within the existing fenced industrial area. The surrounding 800 acres Dominion owns will remain a woodlands and wetlands preserve. The heat generated by the natural gas-fired turbines used in the liquefaction process will be reclaimed to generate clean electricity for the facility. A sound wall to shield neighbors from noise will be concealed by 350 feet of tall trees. And road improvements and other initiatives will minimize traffic disruptions.

If this project does not go forward, our customers may choose to either export gas from other competing projects in the United States, or import gas from the Middle East, Russia or other parts of the world. In the end, global demand will be met. But without this project, Southern Maryland will get none of the benefits.

Despite these facts, we know some people will still have questions. And we’re committed to answering each and every one. So far we’ve held 39 meetings with local residents, and have many more planned. The government approval process is open, and we encourage our neighbors to participate. Our website, (keyword: Cove Point), offers even more background about this project, a regularly updated list of FAQs and a place to ask questions and sign up for our e-newsletter. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter. We’ve been neighbors for four decades. And we believe we’ve been good neighbors. Our goal is to continue working together to improve Calvert County and all of Southern Maryland. We firmly believe the plans we have for Cove Point will do just that.

Thank you.

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