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Gazette Calvert

March 20, 2014


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Community Members Protest Dominion Cove Point Project Six Arrested in Prince Frederick


Online Media Center Makes County Videos Easy to Access Commissioners’ Meetings Now Streamed Live

Six protestors were arrested on March 13.

By Sarah Miller Staff Writer

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For residents who cannot make it in person to the Calvert County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meetings at 10 a.m. Tuesdays, there is now a way to watch live from anywhere. Calvert County’s Media Center provides access to the commissioners’ meetings on demand, both by live streaming and archived, as well as a growing collection of videos on demand that highlight different aspects of Calvert County Government. The Media Center, located at, includes a Meetings on Demand function that gives users 24-hour access to videos of regular meetings, archived meeting agendas and minutes. Archived meetings are arranged by year and date, with the most recent at the top of the list. Users can also search the archives by typing keywords into the search box. Videos can be viewed on a variety of devices, from smart phones to desktop computers. Video streaming typically requires the use of media plug-ins. While the necessary plug-ins will often come pre-installed, you may need to install or enable plug-ins to watch streaming video. Adobe Flash Player and Microsoft Silverlight plug-ins are recommended if they are available for your device. County government information is also shown on Comcast channel 6, the county’s public access cable channel. Regular meetings of the BOCC are shown at 7 p.m. Tuesdays, 2 p.m. Wednesdays, 7 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. In addition to video content, Comcast also airs a weekly county bulletin board with information from local government and other county agencies. For more information about Calvert County Government, visit, call 410-535-1600 or like us on Facebook.

Six Maryland residents were peacefully arrested outside the Calvert County courthouse in Prince Frederick protesting Virginia-based Dominion Resources’ plan to build a liquefied natural gas export facility at Cove Point in nearby Lusby. The protesters, led by a retired nurse and former Air Force reservist from Lusby and including five students, blocked the courthouse entrance on the morning of March 13 to demand justice in the federal handling of Dominion Cove Point’s expansion plan. “The name Cove Point has been hijacked by Dominion Cove Point,” said Tracy Eno, a Lusby resident and member of the Calvert Citizens for a Healthy Community. She explained that Cove Point was a lighthouse first, then the neighborhood that grew up around it. The six arrested were David Hardy, Ashok Chandwaney, Ruth Tyson, Emily Tanner, Ori Gutin and Gabriel McKinney. The group wanted to get arrested to show their distaste for the Dominion Cove Point export project, Hardy, a Lusby resident, said. Aspects the group was protesting included potential vapor clouds, the possible pollution of the area and the lack of secondary escape routes if there were to be an incident at the Dominion Cove Point facility that required evacuation. The arrested protesters were “…charged with CR 10201 (c) (1) under the disturbance of the public peace laws. The charges filed were for disturb peace hindering passage—the more specific charge is did willfully obstruct and An Independent Agent Representing: hinder the free passage of another and others in a public ERIE INSURANCE GROUP place or on a public conveyance. All of the persons arrested Standing: Dan Burris, Jake Kuntz, complied and cooperated with law enforcement during the Seated: Lisa Squires, arrest processing phase. The charges filed are a misdemeanor and carry a fine of $500 or 60 days incarceration or both,” Susan Ennis, Donna Burris according to a Calvert Sheriff’s Office press release. For more information about the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, visit For more information about the Calvert Citizens for a Healthy Community, visit or email

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League of Women Voters Forum Spotlights Groundwater

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Water table levels and future freshwater availability in light of the Dominion Cove Point export project were among topics discussed at the latest League of Women Voters town hall, held at the library in Prince Frederick. League of Women Voters member Sue Bilek moderated the forum. According to her research, the amount of water Dominion Cove Point will use is equal to an average sized farm and shouldn’t impact the water availability in Calvert in the future. Another topic covered was the need to get the next generation engaged in ecological issues. Ideas generated involved going into schools and making the environment sometime tangible for them. One attendee suggested the community seek ways to encourage students to be proactive in protecting the environment. For more information about the Calvert County League of Women Voters, including upcoming public town hall events, visit

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State, County Considers Traffic Safety on Northern Route 4 By Sarah Miller Staff Writer The State of Maryland and Calvert County are combining forces to address the safety of citizens traveling on Route 4 going north into Annapolis. County Commissioner Evan K. Slaughenhoupt, Jr., has been calling for a safety study on the stretch of Route 4, which narrows to a two lane road with no shoulder and trees close to the roadside going into Anne Arundel County. Slaughenhoupt likened the stretch to a tunnel. “So many people in the county go up Route 4 to work,” Slaughenhoupt said, adding that traffic is always an issue at certain times of day, such as 6:30 a.m. when a school bus stopping periodically to pick students up will bottleneck the stretch for a mile or more. Accidents are also a concern on that stretch, according to County Commissioner Susan Shaw. Accidents can easily end up with vehicles in trees, and even a fender-bender can tie up traffic because there is no way around the accident. The Board of County Commissioners put the road on their priority list. According to County Administrator Terry Shannon, “the Board of County Commissioners long recognized the need to address safety concerns along Route 4 and has appealed to state transportation officials for improvements. In fact, they pointed out this very segment of road and their desire to see it improved at the Maryland Department Of Transportation Secretary’s Annual Capital Transportation Program Tour visit with

them last fall. The majority of the County’s workforce commutes so anything that can be done to make it more safe and reliable is a step in the right direction. We are very pleased and encouraged that the State Highway Administration is moving ahead with a study to consider shoulders and other upgrades to help safeguard our commuters.” After the commissioners decided northern Route 4 was on their priority list, they approached the Anne Arundel county council for support. Shortly after, Senator Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. picked the issue up, promising to take it to the state level. A press release from Miller’s office announced “…the Secretary of Transportation James T. Smith, Jr. announced that a study will immediately commence to best address highway safety needs between Calvert and Anne Arundel Counties. The Secretary indicated that the study will look at the possible creation of shoulders to address safety concerns along Route 4, as well as address visibility issues. The study will be completed in time for the next Draft Consolidated Transportation Program in July.” While state studies are underway, the Board of County Commissioners directed the Calvert County Department of Community Planning and Building to continue to look at the current traffic patterns on and surrounding northern Route 4, in addition to studying projected roads to be built in that area. For more information, visit


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By Sarah Miller Staff Writer The Calvert County Department of Finance and Budget presented the upcoming budget for consideration during a March 18 public hearing. The Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Staff Recommended General Fund budget of $239,874,936 is presented with a $7,368,317 use of prior year's fund balance required to balance the budget. The overall budget increased by $7.4 million over the FY 2014 adopted budget. According to Department of Budget and Finance Tim Hayden during his presentation at the public hearing, county expenses are outpacing revenues. In FY 2013 the Department of Finance and Budget pre-funded about $3.7 million of the FY 2014 budget using surplus and reserve funds. Taking into account this prefunding, the FY 2015 operating budget actually increased about $3.7 million over FY 2014. This increase is due to the following: a $1 million increase for the County's Other Post Employment Benefits (OPEB) contribution (total $3.5 million), salary increases due to reclassifications, and the new courtroom staffing expenses. Additionally, the Department of Budget and Finance added $0.8 million to the cap for equipment and vehicles to bring it up to $2.2 million. This increase is needed

to catch up on deferred vehicle replacements for the Sheriff's Office and other county departments. Funding towards education remains the primary focus of this budget at approximately 51.5 percent of the General Fund operating budget and 39 percent of the six-year capital projects budget. Education funding for operations is greater than Maintenance of Effort (MOE) levels as it provides level funding for the schools in a period of declining enrollments. Teacher pension costs (shifted from the state budget) of $4.1 million are included in this budget. This budget does not include funding for any new positions, or new initiatives, nor steps or a cost of living adjustment (COLA) for employees. Included in the budget is a proposal to raise the Solid Waste fee by $2 from $117 to $119, and tipping fee increases as required by the contract with Waste Management. Water and Sewer plans to add two system operators to help maintain the water and sewer infrastructure. The FY 2015 budget is not balanced yet, Hayden said. This is similar to last year’s budget build, he said, but this year the Department of Finance and Budget has to take into account a smaller income tax revenue and nearly $1 million in snow removal costs. Despite that, Hayden said he is sure they can present a balanced final budget. “I have every confidence we can eliminate the gap,” he said. “ The economy shows

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continuous signs of life.” During her address to the Board of County Commissioners at the public hearing, Interim Superintendent Nancy Highsmith asked for additional funding. Calvert County Public Schools is required to have a balanced budget, she said, and to do so they require an additional $1.6 million to cover an increase in healthcare costs. During the public comment portion of

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COUNTY NEWS Women of the World 2014 Honorees

Calvert Collaborative for Children and Youth Naomi Watkins (presented by Pat Pease) Calvert County Commission for Women Advocacy – Randi Vogt (presented by Ariane Odom) Business – Diane Burr (presented by Annette Funn) Service – Lilian Lopez (presented by Inez Claggett) Woman of Tomorrow – Erin Dix (presented by Judy Hooker) Calvert County Hospice Barbara Burnett (presented by Brenda Laughhunn) Community Mediation Center of Calvert County Sheri Tardio (presented by Susan Rork)

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Outstanding Women Honored at Women of the World Luncheon

By Sarah Miller Staff Writer The 12th annual Women of the World Luncheon honored 12 women who make a difference in the community. The March 15 event was coordinated by the Calvert County Commission for Women and the Calvert County League of Women Voters. Author and attorney Carol McCabe Booker, a Lusby resident, presented the event’s keynote address. She talked about her experiences during the civil rights and women’s rights movements in the 1960s and 1970s, including her first attempt at getting a job as a writer with Newsweek. She was told women were only hired for research, fact checking or to work in the mail-

Concerned Black Women of Calvert County Robin Johnson (presented by Lauretta Grier) Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital Jessica Norwood (presented by Nadine Happell) Deborah Jaeger (presented by Nadine Happell)

room, not positions that appealed to Booker. Booker is married to journalist Simeon Booker. Together, they co-authored “Shocking the Conscience: A Reporter’s Account of the Civil Rights Movement,” detailing Simeon’s experiences during the Civil Rights movement, including covering the murder of Emmett Till. While large strides have been made, Booker said there is still work to do to ensure women are treated the same as men, which includes receiving equal compensation. In addition to Booker’s address, the group was treated to a rendition of Katy Perry’s “Roar” by Plum Point Middle School

seventh grader April Ortega and lunch catered by Maryland Country Caterers. Sarah Sears, Azara Seek and Vanessa Verbeten with Senior Girl Scout Troop 2443 posted and retired the colors, with help from Brownies Nicole Klock of troop 5967 and Brianna Bevard of troop 3312. Reverent Joanna White of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church provided the invocation. This year saw the largest turnout for a Women of the World Luncheon, according to Chair of the Calvert County Commission for Women Margaret Dunkle.

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The Calvert County Board of Education (“Board”) has initiated a nationwide search for a new Superintendent of Schools. To help facilitate the process, the Board has contracted with the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (“MABE”). The Calvert County Board of Education is seeking a knowledgeable instructional leader who believes that student achievement is the top priority, will communicate openly and honestly with all stakeholders, and is skilled in financial management. The application is available on the Calvertnet web site. The application for the position of Calvert County Superintendent of Schools is due by March 24 for first consideration or until the position is filled. The superintendent search is being conducted by the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE). For additional information visit www.mabe. org or call 1-800-841-8197.

Timeline for Superintendent Search: • March 24 - Deadline for application • April 26- Initial interviews • May 12 - 2nd interviews and select finalists • May 22 - Announce finalists • May 27‐29 - Finalist interviews • June 10 - Announce selection (tentative) • July 1 – Position begins Calvert County Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, ancestry or national origin, familial status, marital status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation or genetic information in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director of Human Resources or Director of Student Services at 410-535-1700.

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Dominion Cove Point Response: CCAN, 350.Org, Sierra Club News Conference Of March 18

Liquefied natural gas exports from the United States could cut greenhouse gas emissions in half compared with using coal to generate electricity overseas, an independent study by respected consulting firm ICF International says. The study, sponsored by Dominion (NYSE: D), shows the substantial advantage exists even after factoring in the greenhouse effect of methane lost in U.S. natural gas production and processing. “Slowing or preventing natural gas exports from the United States is a step in exactly the wrong direction for those who are concerned about climate change,” said Pamela F. Faggert, Dominion’s chief environmental officer and vice president-Corporate Compliance. “We as a nation should be doing everything possible to expedite the shipment to our allies of some of our abundant, clean-burning natural gas surplus for environmental, economic and geopolitical reasons. “Those who have concerns about methane emissions and other issues would be better focusing their energies on solving those issues rather than just saying ‘no.’ “ In its independent report, ICF International reviewed an analysis of lifecycle emissions released by the Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN). The CCAN analysis stated that the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from exported natural gas could have higher lifecycle emissions than those from coal because of methane emissions from gas production and transmission. The ICF report concluded that, based on the best available data and using standard assump-

tions, exported natural gas would have GHG emissions 43 percent to 52 percent lower than coal. It also said other recent studies suggest that GHG emissions could be lower and that recent new regulations will result in lower emissions in the future. The ICF report is attached. Other recent news: · The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) commissioned ICF to perform an independent analysis that determined the onshore segment of the U.S. oil and gas sector can significantly reduce emissions of methane using currently available technologies and at a low annualized cost. The EDF’s March 3 news release and links to the ICF report is available at cost-effective-methane-emissions-reductions-usoil-and-gas. · A Feb. 14 report in Science magazine said updated data from the U.S. EPA GHG data inventory “still supports robust climate benefits from [natural gas] substitution for coal in the power sector over the typical 100-year assessment period.” The article is attached. · The State of Colorado in February approved groundbreaking controls to reduce methane emissions after a coalition of energy companies and environmentalists agreed on the measures. www. Press Release submitted by Dominion Energy.


Veterans Patio World War II Memorial Brick Campaign Is Now Under Way Public Can Purchase Bricks Memorializing World War II Service Members Now through April 1

The Calvert County Department of General Services is coordinating the annual Veterans Patio Memorial Brick Campaign taking place now through April 1. For a limited time, the public may purchase memorial bricks to be placed at the Veterans Patio, located at the WWII “On Watch” Memorial Statue in Solomons. The commemorative bricks are available to memorialize those who served the country during World War II. The cost of each memorial brick is $100 and all contributions are tax deductible. Bricks will be installed in the fall of 2014 and purchasers will be notified when they are available for viewing. An application is available online at To learn more, call Melinda Donnelly at 410-535-1600, ext. 2565. The World War II “On Watch” memorial statue is an 8-foot-tall bronze statue by Maryland artist Antonio Tobias Mendez commemorating the people and work done at the Solomons Amphibious Training Base during World War II. This, the nation’s first amphibious training facility, was active from 1942 to 1945 and its effect on the area continues to be felt today. The statue was unveiled in August 2007. For more information on Calvert County Government, call 410-5351600 or like us on Facebook.

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Maryland State Police Blotter The following information is compiled directly from publicly released police reports. Destruction of Property: On March 10 at 1:56 p.m., Senior Trooper Gill responded to the 13800 block of McCready Rd. in Lusby for a reported destruction of property. A truck window was damaged. Investigation continues. Possession of Marijuana and Pills: On March 11 at 1:35 a.m., Corporal Evans stopped a vehicle on Prince Frederick Blvd. near W. Dares Beach Rd. in Prince Frederick for traffic violations. Brandon M. Kinder, 24 of Huntingtown, was found to be in possession of marijuana and xanax pills which he did not have a prescription for. He was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center. Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle: On March 13 at 3:48 p.m., Trooper Follin responded to the 4400 block of Virginia Avenue in Prince Frederick for a reported unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. The vehicle was taken by a family member without the consent of the owner and was located later the same day in Waldorf. Charges are pending. Theft of Weapon: On March 14 at 1:46 p.m., Trooper Follin received a complaint regarding a stolen handgun. The victim reported the handgun was stolen from a storage unit. A suspect has been established. Investigation continues. Warrant Service / Assault / Disorderly Conduct/ Resisting Arrest: On March 14 at 2:45 p.m., Trooper First Class Oles responded to District Court to serve a warrant on Conrad O. Robinson, 32 of Lusby. Robinson resisted arrested and attempted to kick Troopers after being taken into custody. He was incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center. Possession of Marijuana: On March 16 at 1:25 a.m., Trooper First Class Saucerman stopped a vehicle on Rt. 402 for traffic violations. While speaking with the driver, the odor of marijuana was detected. A search revealed marijuana on the floorboard of the rear passenger seat. Eddie J. Ellis, 20 of Washington, DC, was arrested and transported to the MSP Barrack for processing.

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14th Annual Taste of Solomons, March 29 Restaurants Offer Tastes of Fine Food, Beverages New tastes abound in the Solomons Town Center as restaurants showcase selected food and beverages during the one-day food festival, Taste of Solomons 2014 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 29. The event is one of the yearly signature events sponsored by the Solomons Business Association, with proceeds to benefit the association’s annual July 4th fireworks display. The Taste of Solomons reflects some of the best that Solomons has to offer when it comes to enjoying the flavors of this wonderful waterfront community, according to Taste of Solomons Chair Richard Fitzwater. Tickets are $4 each and may be purchased at any of the participating businesses. Each ticket can be exchanged for a sample of selected food or beverages. Most restaurants are also participating in a Gift Certificate Prize program, with some of the tickets at each location designated as prize winners. The lucky purchaser will be awarded a gift certificate for future use at the respective restaurant, Fitzwater said. Participating restaurants are Back Creek Bistro, Bistro Belle Maison at Blue Heron Inn, Boomerang Original Ribs, China Harbor Bistro, CD Café, Dry Dock at Zahniser’s, Grill Sergeant BBQ, Hilton Garden Inn Solomons, Isaac’s at Holiday Inn, Laughing Buddha, Lighthouse Restaurant & Dock Bar, Lotus Kitchen/Kim’s Key Lime Pies, Kingfisher’s Seafood, Ruddy Duck, Solomons Pier and Striped Rock. Tickets will also be available at The McNelis Group. For information on the Taste of Solomons, call 410-326-9900. For a map of participating restaurants and their offerings, or for information on activities in Solomons as well as local shopping, dining and lodging, visit

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The Post Moves On Washington Post readers recently received the equivalent of a “Dear John” letter from former owner Donald Graham and family. “By the time you read these lines, I’ll be gone. I’ve taken the kids, the hog, the frog, and the dog to live with my aunt Zelda. Have a nice life and don’t forget to write.” For the first time in memory, the Graham family no longer has any claim to the venerable newspaper. The paper sold – lock, stock and proverbial barrel – for a reported $250 million. I can’t remember too many mornings that didn’t began with at least a skimming of the Post’s headlines. While it’s the Watergate crimes the Post will forever be associated with, it is the human-interest stories that probably stand out in most readers’ minds. Who could forget the story about the African American firefighter nicknamed ‘Sauce’ for his affinity for spicy food that overcame racism in the department before dying in a residential blaze, or the four wheelchair-bound brothers with a rare form of MD? The Sunday edition was a sight to behold – it weighed a ton and was large enough in circumference to do serious damage to the beveled door strips when tossed by an overzealous delivery boy. There was no denying that it was the hallmark of quality journalism. That was before – before declining revenues, before the newspaper industry began emulating the New York Daily News and Geraldo. Thumbing through the anemic, skimpy 21st Century final edition with its conspicuous “dead” spaces, wide margins and shrinking content, is rather like watching a childhood friend waste away before your eyes on life support. Recent editions have featured three (count ‘em, THREE) full color close ups of Colorado theatre shooting suspect Jeremy Holmes attending his arraignment, an electronically-altered image of the 14th Street bridge, and front-page ‘tweets’ from readers. The Post, like all responsible members of the Third Estate, had a longstanding policy against giving undue publicity to crime. It was a belief rooted in the realization that a “new” crime will inevitably inspire copycats to imitation. In 1972 alone, there were 17 skyjackings

within the U.S., all involving a demand for ransom. Judging from the Post’s coverage of the Jeremy Holmes Superstar Show, it’s hard to imagine that editors routinely tossed out graphic crime scene photos. Reflecting a national trend, the Post has displayed a voyeuristic streak. A recent front page photo culled from a security video of the Washington Navy Yard gunman prompted one disturbed reader to write, “it’s hard to see how a photo such as this adds to the debate or our understanding of these issues . . . Certain things we just don’t need to see, or we should be warned so that we have the choice to turn away...” “Our brains are not like hard drives. Files don’t get fully erased; marks are left by everything that flickers across our ‘screens’.” When a United DC-10 cracked up on final approach to the Sioux City, Iowa airport  in 1989, Post columnist Richard Cohen questioned whether the crew merited the hero status being showered on them by the press. The pilots, Cohen asserted, were merely saving their own necks, not their passengers. (Cohen evidently sees nothing praiseworthy in flying an aircraft several hundred miles without benefit of little niceties like elevators, ailerons, and hydraulics.) The same elitism can be seen in Colbert I. King’s Nov. 2, 2013 column. King perpetuates the stereotype of GED students as lazy, unmotivated dropouts unqualified for any type of government position. Someone should tell King that people leave school for many reasons, some of them beyond their control. Not everyone is blessed with the same extensive formal education as the Post staff writer who recently wrote that a Michigan supreme court judge hid assets from her bank because her “house was underwater.” Donald Bezos owns the Post now. I have no doubt that he’ll be a good, responsible steward. Seeing my newspaper change ownership is like saying goodbye to a Ford Fairlane that has served you faithfully and well. Park her out of the rain, Mr. Bezos, give her plenty of TLC.   Edward C. Davenport Drum Point, Md.

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Primary Election By Susan Shaw Calvert County Commissioner, District 2 Now that the candidate filing deadline for the next election has passed, you may have read some funny comments such as the one by Marty Madden on Facebook where he says, “There are three candidates who own or manage liquor stores. There are also three candidates with law enforcement backgrounds. And there is one candidate who owns a donut shop. At this point, I’m afraid you’ll have to insert your own joke.” Now the serious part of the campaign begins. Each candidate must introduce himself/herself to the voters. A message must accompany that introduction. What is the best way in which to begin both the introduction and the message? It all depends on who votes as to how to reach those voters. Who votes in Primary campaigns? More and more voters are registering as unaffiliated, commonly called Independent, so they do not vote in the Primary election. Why are more voters registering as unaffiliated? I hear many reasons. Often, registering as unaffiliated seems to be a way to make a statement about unhappiness or disillusionment with the two-party system as practiced in America. Yet, the irony is that an unaffiliated voter not voting in the Primary has LESS opportunity to make their voice heard. There is a saying that “all politics is local.” It is true that decisions made at the local level can and do affect your daily quality of life in many ways. In the last column, I wrote about the big squeeze that the County is experiencing from residents and businesses burdened by the many taxes and fees imposed at the State level that are separate from and do not fund the many demands on local County resources, where tax rates have not been raised. Who is going to be making decisions about taxes going forward? Are cuts to County services going to affect your quality of life? The Primary will narrow your choices for Governor considerably at the State level with multiple contenders on both the Democratic and Republican sides. The Primary will determine how budget savvy the candidates for County Commissioner are, and who is minding the books on the Board of Education. Voters in the Primary election, coming up early this year on June 24th, with early voting from June 12-19th , get to make the important first choice for those who will be making decisions that directly affect YOUR life. You can register to vote or change party registration up until June 3rd. PLEASE make every effort to be a high information voter on the local level and then PLEASE register to vote with a party affiliation to exercise your right to vote in the Primary election. PLEASE reconsider registration as an unaffiliated voter. Your vote in the Primary Election this year will have an irreversible impact on the political landscape in Calvert County and in Maryland, not just for the next four years, because decisions made can last for a very long time and be VERY hard to undo. Our future depends on it!

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The Calverton School Celebrates Dr. Seuss

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Sheriff Mike Evans and Calverton School alumna Jan Huether visited the elementary grades at The Calverton School to help celebrate Dr. Seuss Day. In addition to the readers, who both read Dr. Seuss’s “Yertle the Turtle”, elementary students and teachers decorated doors and hosted a competition to choose the best Dr. Seuss book. For more information about The Calverton School, visit www.

By Sarah Miller Staff Writer

Sheriff Mike Evans reads to older elementary students.

A program started in Calvert County to help high school students transition smoothly into the working world and their adult life, served by the Arc of Southern Maryland, has expanded to St. Mary’s County. Career Starters started as a partnership between the Arc of Southern Maryland and the Calvert County Department of Parks and Recreation, according to Arc of Southern Maryland employee and People on the Go facilitator Crystal Haislip. The program was so successful that the Arc expanded it to St. Mary’s County, which currently underway. The class is one day per week for four weeks. During the course, participants learn about job opportunities that they may not have previously considered. The current class being offered in St. Mary’s County is centered around careers in hotels. During the first week, participants brainstorm job ideas in hotels, such as working in housekeeping or at the front desk. The second week involves role-playing – participants get practice making beds to hotel standards, answering phones appropriately and putting information into computers. For the final two weeks, participants have the opportunity to talk to and shadow individuals in the positions they have learned about. For more information, visit

Jan Huether reads "Yertle the Turtle". Photos by Sarah Miller

Huntingtown High School Presents Les Miserables Huntingtown High School’s, award-winning theatre program, Eye of the Storm Productions, is celebrating the school’s ten-year anniversary by producing the acclaimed theatrical masterpiece, Les Miserables. This production, made famous by its long Broadway run and recent film adaptation, is brought to life by the students of Eye of the Storm whom recently earned accolades from Stage Directions magazine as the top high school theatre program in the Southeast United States. Director Derek Anderson is amazed by the talent that is in this cast. “I am blessed to be able to work with these wonderfully talented students.” The cast is led by senior Noah Donahue, as Valjean, whose voice packs a punch and creates chills. Senior Megan Bunn is engaging as Eponine and newcomers to the company, Ashley Cazier and Kaitlin Harbin, bring passion and depth to the characters of Cosette and Fantine. Anthony Colby brings a naiveté, which leads him to great moments of regret in his final solo, Empty Chairs at Empty Tables. The student revolutionaries are led by Ben Cimoli, Vince Kubala, and Nick Raines. Over 70 elementary and middle school children auditioned for the roles of young Cosette, Eponine and Gavroche. Six of the talented young people were double cast. The Outstanding High School Theatre Award honored the company’s progressive vision, which is on display in Les Miserable. “We like to reimagine the shows we produce,” states Anderson, “our goal is not to reproduce the Broadway show, but to give our students a chance to expand their artistic skills and vision.” To this end the settings, lights, costumes and props are all student designed and aim to enthrall the audience with their originality. The show runs March 28, 29 at 7 p.m., Sunday March 30 at 2 p.m. and April 3, 4, and 5 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. A special Dinner and Show Package is available for the Friday, April 4, performance. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling the school at 410-414-7036 or online at 180 tickets are being held in reserve to sell at the door for each of the productions. Box Office opens at 6 p.m. each evening and at 1 p.m. for the matinee.

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A Life of Service to Others By Sarah Miller Staff Writer After 34 years with the Arc of Southern Maryland, Executive Director Harriet Yaffe has announced she will retire this May. Yaffe has served as executive director since 1998 and has been affiliated with the organization since 1980. She started out as a program director from 1980 to 1985 then served as a Board of Directors member from 1987 to 1985. She accepted her current position as executive director in 1998. Yaffe started working with the Arc after moving to Calvert County. When she started, the organization was under the direction of Jerry Kiracofe. “I knew I could learn a lot from him,” Yaffe said, adding that under Kiracofe’s leadership, she “learned about being a servant-leader,” learned the basics of building and maintaining budgets, and found out what it means to be mission-driven in the field she is working in. Yaffe has a background in working with people with mental illnesses, and wanted to put her experience to work helping others, she said. She wanted to make a difference in her community. The Arc of Southern Maryland promotes community involvement, independence and personal success for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The organization’s Arc of Southern Maryland Executive Director Harriet Yaffe will retire on core belief is that “those who receive ser- May 2. When asked, Yaffe said she can’t choose one sinvices should have as much control of their own lives as possible. We strive to help all achieve their gle highlight from her time with the Arc, saying there individual goals and expand their horizons,” according are too many achievements and moments to be proud of to pick just one. to the Arc of Southern Maryland website. “It’s been a really long road in a good way,” she The Arc’s focus is providing services in the tricounty area. The organization is part of a larger net- said. Siegel called Yaffe an extraordinary leader, both work, including 10 chapters in Maryland and several in the Arc of Southern Maryland and all the activities other Arc chapters nationwide. The Arc of Southern Maryland began providing she is involved in throughout the community. “We are really going to miss her,” Siegel said. services in 1975. After her retirement, Yaffe intends to travel, play Currently, the Arc is an advocate for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities golf and pursue her ambitions as a musician. She has no living and working in Southern Maryland. The Arc intention of leaving everything she helped build. Yaffe provides an array of services including residential, sup- has accepted a part-time position at Sproutflix, a New ported employment, respite care, day support services York based film distributor for media projects featuring people with developmental disabilities as subjects. and behavioral support services. The individuals Yaffe works with on a daily basis These projects range from documentaries, cartoons want to be actively engaged in all aspects of the com- and music videos to feature films. The Arc of Southern Maryland Board of Direcmunity, she said. Yaffe too strives to be involved in all aspects of the tors appointed Terry Z. Long as the new executive dicommunity. She is a founding member of Leadership rector, effective on May 2. Finding a new executive director has been a chalSouthern Maryland, has been involved in the Calvert Arts Council, and President of the Maryland Associa- lenge, Siegel said. The Board of Directors spent seven months combing through resumes and conducting intion of Community Services, among other activities. “It’s like everyone knows her,” said Arc of South- terviews before naming Long. There are a number of ways to get involved in the ern Maryland Board of Directors President Gail Siegel. During Yaffe’s time with the Arc of Southern Arc, Yaffe said. Individuals can volunteer at one of the Maryland, services offered expanded to include job Arc offices in the tri-county area, make a donation, atcoaching and training for high-school students with tend a Sprout Film Festival, or play in the annual golf developmental disabilities. Coaching begins in high tournament. This year’s golf tournament, the 12th Anschool, with the goal of making the transition from nual Pat Collins Golf Classic, will start at 7:30 a.m. school into the workforce as smooth as possible. Ac- at the Twin Shield’s Golf Club. For more information cording to Siegel, Yaffe has been instrumental in bring- about the golf tournament, e-mail jparran@arcsomd36. ing the Arc of Southern Maryland to the community’s org, fax 410-535-4124, call 410-535-2413, ext. 123 or mail Jennie Parran at The Arc of Southern Maryland, awareness throughout the tri-county area. “I don’t think that people realize how many peo- P.O. Box 1860, Prince Frederick, Md., 20678. For information on The Arc of Southern Maryple we serve,” she said, adding that the Arc supports the families and caregivers of individuals with devel- land, services and programs call 410-535-2413 or visit opmental disabilities in addition to offering a number of programs.

Arc of Southern Maryland History September 3, 1975: Calvert ARC is incorporated in the State of Maryland. 1976: Calvert ARC' first employee (Margaret Smith) is hired. 1977: Calvert ARC' first Executive Director (Tom Fisher) is hired, and the Calvert Learning Center is established to serve 18 adults with mental retardation. 1978: Calvert ARC applied for and received HUD 202 funds to purchase and/or build eight homes, scattered throughout Calvert County. The Residential Program begins when the agency rents three houses and serves 9 adults. 1979: Calvert ARC expands and changes its focus from adult learning to employment, shifting from arts & crafts to developing work habits. Jerry D. Kiracofe is named Executive Director of CARC. 1980: Calvert ARC receives funding to provide residential supports and services. Southern Maryland Project begins, an effort to serve people labeled severely and profoundly mentally retarded in the community in order to prevent another institution from being built. 1981: Calvert ARC begins its Community Education & Family Support Services program. 1983: Receives the Governor's Committee on Employment of the Handicapped Barrier-Free Design Award for wheelchair-accessible residences. 1984: Calvert ARC establishes its Individual Support Services to people who are living in their own homes or with family members. A fully-integrated day care center is opened, the first of its kind in the State. 1985: Calvert ARC begins its Supported Employment program. The agency develops the Cooperative Summer Program with the Board of Education and Parks & Recreation. 1986: Calvert ARC changes its name to ARC/Calvert. Vocational services are moved into a brand new building on West Dares Beach Road, Prince Frederick. (This building is funded through both Calvert County and the State of Maryland). Family Services Department is selected as a model program by the Center on Human Policy in Syracuse, New York. Kate Rollason is named Executive Director for the ARC/Calvert. 1987: ARC/Calvert sponsors its first Golf Tournament to raise funds for the development of a children's residence. 1988: Agency establishes strong legislative network with Southern Maryland Delegation. The agency first enclave is established at a local business (Direct Mail). CDS is awarded a DORS grant to enhance its Supported Employment program. 1990: ARC/Calvert receives three-year accreditation through CARF. The agency's Employee Incentive Program begins. The agency's principle office moves to 268 Merrimac Court, Prince Frederick, Maryland. The Arc/Calvert hosts the State Convention. 1991: The Quality of Life Committee was established (formerly named "Parent Monitoring Committee"). 1992: The long-awaited Children's Residence opens in February. In September, The ARC/Calvert merges with the St. Mary's ARC, expands services into Charles County, and is renamed The Arc of Southern Maryland. 1998: The Arc of Southern Maryland hires Harriet Yaffe as new Executive Director 2001: Opens office in Leonardtown, begins the re-design process for West Dares Beach location 2008: Begin renovations on West Dares Beach location – Embarks on Capital Campaign 2010 (January): Moves into newly renovated West Dares Beach location Courtesy of


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Public Workshop on Land Use Study around NAS Patuxent River The public is invited to participate in an interactive workshop in support of developing the Joint Land Use Study (JLUS). The JLUS is a cooperative planning effort between Naval Air Station Patuxent River (NAS PAX) and communities in the region. The objective of the study is to develop a set of recommendations that will promote well-suited compatibility growth and economic development compatible with military training and operations being conducted by NAS PAX. The purpose of the second public workshop is to provide an update on the JLUS project, present the NAS PAX military mission footprint, and to obtain input from the public on prioritizing the compatibility issues, such as, land use, noise, frequency interference, aircraft safety zones, vertical obstructions, and interagency coordination. The second set of workshops will be held throughout the region in four different locations, and each workshop will be tailored to the specific location it is being conducted in. The Southern Maryland region workshop will be held for St. Mary’s County, Charles County, and Calvert County on: Date: Time: Location:

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The public is encouraged to attend this workshop. It is critical to obtain input from the community in order to develop a plan that is responsive to local needs. Please join us to hear about the JLUS and provide your input on local land use issues relevant to the JLUS. For more information, visit the project’s website at: or contact: Phone: E-mail: George Clark, CCTM, MWD-BS Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland 301.274.1922

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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.

Phillip Shane Poole, 49 Phillip Shane Poole, 49, of Huntingtown passed away March 8 at his residence. He was born March 18, 1964 in Annapolis. Shane was raised in Davidsonville and Temple Hills, and attended Crossland High School. He moved to Calvert County, where he later met and married his wife Angie on June 4, 2000, and they resided in Huntingtown. Shane was employed as a food service equipment manufacturer at American Metal Fabricators in Prince Frederick. In his leisure time, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, and riding motorcycles. He was preceded in death by his mother Carole Ann Gebhardt, and brothers Timothy “Jimmy” and Robert “Scott” Poole. Shane is survived by his wife Angela Marie Poole, his father and step-mother, James and Becky Poole of Prince Frederick, daughters Kasi M. Poole, Shelbi M. Edwards, both of Prince Frederick, and Tara L. Poole of Huntingtown, and sons Justin D. Edwards of Bene-

dict, Cody D. Edwards of Huntingtown, and Jared J. Poole of Huntingtown. Also surviving is a sister Elizabeth Poole of Prince Frederick, a brother Michael Frye of Virginia Beach, and mother-in-law Gail Grierson of Benedict. Family and friends were received Friday, March 14 from 12 to 1 p.m. at Rausch Funeral Home, P.A., Owings, where a funeral service followed at 1 p.m. Interment was private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Shane’s name to Chesapeake Church. These funds will be used to assist the family with funeral expenses. To leave condolences visit

Edna Barbara Edwards, 79 Edna Barbara Edwards, 79 of Lusby, Md. passed away peacefully on March 10 at her residence. She was born on May 27, 1934 in Deanwood Park, Md. to the late Daisy and

George Jackson. Her children Sharon Watson and her husband Clarence of Accokeek, Md. and Kevin Edwards and his wife Glenda of Lusby, Md., survive her. The family received friends on Saturday, March 15 from 11 a.m. until time of funeral services at 12 p.m. in the Rausch Funeral Home, 20 American Lane, Lusby, Md. Interment followed in Chesapeake Highlands Memorial Gardens, Port Republic, Md. For more information or to leave a condolence please visit

Keith Edwin Kaatz, 54 Keith Edwin Kaatz, 54, of Prince Frederick, Md. passed away on March 8 in Prince Frederick. He was born on Feb. 3, 1960 in Mora, Minn. to Sharen Neuman Kaatz and the late Edwin Albert Kaatz. Keith was a retired Air Force Master Sergeant, Journeyman Electrician, and general jack-of-all-

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With the county’s first LEED-certified building already on site, and a proposed state-of-the-art design that recycles water, our project won’t take away from the Chesapeake’s wonder. Dominion’s Cove Point project will have a very positive impact on the local economy. Thousands of construction jobs, 75 high-paying permanent positions and tens of millions in annual county revenue will add to what’s already been a four-decade commitment to Calvert County and protecting the Chesapeake Bay. With the nation’s commitment to natural gas exports, it’s nice to know that the people who live and work here will enjoy its economic benefits. Cove Point—another great solution for Southern Maryland.

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ArtWorks@7th Gallery Presents “Sister Act” ArtWorks@7th will be featuring the works of Pat Blackerby and Selena Daughtrey-Andersen. Pat works in acrylics and oils; Selena will be presenting works in various media. The show runs April 3 through April 27 with an opening reception April 5, from 1 p.m. to 5 pm. Light refreshments will be served.

Arts Council of Calvert County to Host Poetry Open Mic Happy Hour Friday, April 4 at the CalvArt Gallery in Prince Frederick On April 4 at 5:30 p.m. the Arts Council will play host to an evening of live poetry with an open mic for all guests to share their poetry with the audience. The evening will begin with award winning poet Michael S. Glaser. Michael S. Glaser was the Poet Laureate of Maryland from 2004 to 2009. He is Professor Emeritus at St. Mary’s College of Maryland where he served as teacher and administrator for nearly 40 years. A recipient of the Homer Dodge Endowed Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Columbia Merit Award for service to poetry and the Andrew White Medal for his dedication to the intellectual and scholarly life in Maryland, he currently serves on the Board of the Maryland Humanities Council and the Maryland State Department of Education’s Arts Advisory Committee. Glaser has published eight collections of his own work, most recently The Threat of Rain. He was co-editor of the Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton (BOA, 2012) and writes poetry for the Friends Journal. Assorted beverages and snacks will be available for all to enjoy. Admission to Poetry and Art Open Mic Happy Hour is FREE. The CalvArt Gallery is located in the Prince Frederick Shopping Center next to Dreamweaver Café at 110 South Solomons Island Road. The Arts Council of Calvert County is supported by citizen donations, funding from the Board of County Commissioners of Calvert County and the Maryland State Arts Council.

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NOMINATE LOCAL CHAMPIONS FOR CHILDREN Calvert Collaborative for Children and Youth, Inc, a nonprofit, educational and advocacy United Way partner agency, seeks nominations of local “Champions for Children” to be recognized at a dinner on May 1. The awards recognize exemplary child advocates in Calvert County, in the areas of Educational Opportunities, Healthy Children, and Strong Families, and also recognize a Youth (person 21 years or younger). Details and the Nomination Form are available on www.calvertkids. org. Nominations must be received by Friday, April 4. For further information, please contact: Calvert Collaborative for Children and Youth, Inc. 410 2868300 or calvertkids@

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Big Yard Sale See what you can find at the Big Yard Sale at Calvert Pines Senior Center, Saturday, March 29, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. For table information, call 410-535-4606 or 301-855-1170. 2014 Senior Arts Competition Adults 50 and older can enter their artwork in this year’s Senior Arts Competition. There are various categories to choose from. Stop by your local senior center for a complete list of categories and the 2014 rules. There is a new procedure for submitting your art pieces: There will be one day of registration. Artwork will only be accepted Tuesday, April 1, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Calvert Pines Senior Center. The Ceramics Instructor will accept ceramic art: Thursday, March 27 at Southern Pines; Friday, March 28 at Calvert Pines; Monday, March 31 at North Beach for those without transporation. Grand prize will be awarded by the Arts Council of Calvert County. Caregiver’s Support Group People Who Care (PWC) is a support group for caregivers of persons with ongoing health conditions, including Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. The next meeting will be held, Wednesday, April 2, 10:30 a.m. to noon at Calvert Pines Senior Center. For more information, contact the senior center at 410-535-4606 or 301-855-1170. Upcoming Trips Enjoy upcoming trips to historic places like the U.S. Capitol and Library of Congress, Monday, April 21; the Spirit of Baltimore Cruise and National Aquarium, Thursday, May 15; or Mt. Vernon, Monday, June 2. Sign up early as these trips will fill up fast! For more information, contact Calvert Pines, 410-535-4606 or 301-855-1170, North Beach, 410-257-2549, or Southern Pines, 410-586-2748. Calvert Pines Senior Center (CPSC) Enjoy peanuts and non-alcoholic beer for baseball’s Opening Day Celebration, Monday, March 31, 12:30 p.m. Dress up in your favorite team’s cap, t-shirt, or colors. North Beach Senior Center (NBSC) A representative from Calvert Substance Abuse will discuss Prescription Drug Abuse, Wednesday, March 26, 11:15 a.m. The Annual Peep Contest will be held, Friday, April 4, 10:30 a.m. Be creative and decorate a diorama using “Peeps” as your main component. Prizes will be awarded. Southern Pines Senior Center (SPSC) Make a braided or crochet ribbon necklace at the Jewelry Workshop, Wednesday, March 26, 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. Pre-register with the time slot you prefer. No fee. The Ask-For-The-Nurse Presentation, Tuesday, April 1, 11 a.m. will have information about diabetes including Diabetes Risk Factors and Warning Signs. 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 301-8551170, North Beach Senior Center at 410-257-2549, or Southern Pines Senior Center at 410-586-2748. Monday, March 24 Salad with Chicken Strips, Breadsticks, Oatmeal Cookie, Assorted Juices Tuesday, March 25 Beef Chili with Beans, Rice, Salad, Corn Bread, Fresh Fruit Wednesday, March 26 Salisbury Steak, Mashed Potatoes, Bread, Cabbage, Juice Thursday, March 27 Egg Salad Croissant, Corn Chowder Soup, Pickle, Mandarin Oranges Friday, March 28 Tuna Salad Sandwich, Bean Pasta Salad, Raw Veggies with Dip, Banana, Brownie


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Tackle Spring Cleaning with the Environment in Mind Spring is a time of year when many people resolve to give their homes or apartments a thorough cleaning. Spring cleaning projects help people revitalize their homes for the warm months ahead, when windows are once again opened, fresh air pervades homes and items that might have accumulated over a dark and dreary winter have become a distant memory. Many families have spring cleaning rituals that allow them to efficiently clean their homes in a single weekend. But it’s just as important for spring cleaners to place as great an emphasis on the environment as they do on efficiency when cleaning a home. Eco-friendly spring cleaning practices produce less waste and rely on less chemicals to rejuvenate a home and get it ready for those seasons when huddling inside under the covers takes a backseat to lounging around the house as fresh air washes into the home. The following are a handful of ways to efficiently clean a home while also protecting the environment. • Clear out the clutter. Clutter is an enemy to homeowners and the environment alike. That’s because addressing clutter is often an inefficient process in which homeowners methodically go through items that have accumulated over the years, individually choosing which items to keep and which items to discard. Clutter can also prove harmful to the environment because rooms filled with clutter tend to collect dust, reducing air quality and leading to more indoor air pollution that can prove harmful to human health. When sifting through clutter in a home, discard those items that have gone ignored for years, as they likely have little or no financial value and it’s safe to assume they serve no practical purpose as well. Once clutter has been cleared out, prevent more of it from accumulating by making a conscious effort to discard items once they no longer serve any practical purpose. This includes old newspapers and magazines, as well as any other items that are likely to sit in a pile or on a shelf for months on end. Preventing the buildup of clutter reduces the amount of time you need to spend spring cleaning next year while also improving indoor air quality. • Use cleaners only when windows are open. Many people get a head start on spring cleaning in late winter, when the weather might have started to warm up but has not yet warmed to the point when windows throughout the home can be opened. Though there’s nothing wrong with starting early, avoid using cleaning products on days when you can’t open the windows. Many cleaning products contain ample or even just trace amounts of chemicals that can compromise indoor air quality and may exacerbate existing medical conditions like respiratory ailments. When using cleaning products, try to do so only when the windows are open and fresh air can enter the home. • Ensure appliances are working at peak efficiency. Spring cleaning is a great time to

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Homeowners should periodically inspect their appliances, including vacuum cleaners, to ensure they are working at peak efficiency and not expending excess energy.

inspect appliances to make sure they are operating efficiently. Clean or replace filters on window air conditioning units. Dusty or dirty filters will force the air conditioner to work harder and use more energy to cool a room. In addition, dirty or dusty filters make units less efficient, which means rooms won’t cool as quickly on those scorching summer afternoons. Appliances forced to work harder also cost more money, and those costs can be considerable. When checking appliances, be sure to check the refrigerator as well. Refrigerators are plugged in all day long, and those that are not operating at peak efficiency can cost you a lot of money in the long run. Periodically clean the coils on the back of your refrigerator so it can operate more efficiently, saving energy and money. Vacuum cleaners should also be inspected before each use to make sure reels are not covered in hair, which can make it nearly impossible for the machine to collect dirt and dust from the floors. • Use reusable cloths. Another way to turn spring cleaning into a more eco-friendly affair is to forgo using paper towels in favor of reusable cloths. Reusable wash cloths can be just as effective at wiping down counters as paper towels, which require more and more trees to be cut down and eventually end up in landfills. If you are feeling especially eco-friendly, you can go the extra mile and create your own reusable cleaning cloths out of old clothes or linens, saving you money and making use of items that might otherwise have been headed straight for a landfill. Spring cleaning can rejuvenate a home after a long winter. Emphasizing eco-friendly techniques when cleaning can ensure your home’s revival is as beneficial to the environment as it is to the home’s inhabitants.


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Thursday, March 20, 2014


The Calvert Gazette is always looking for more local talent to feature! To submit art or band information for our entertainment section, e-mail Please submit calendar listings by 12 p.m. on the Monday prior to our Thursday publication.

Let’s Get Quackin’ Ruddy Duck Hosts Second Annual Fundraiser Benefiting Reaching for the Stars Foundation By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Live music, good food and tons of prizes – all for a good cause. The Ruddy Duck is gearing up for the second Let’s Get Quackin’ Fundraiser to benefit the Reaching for the Stars Foundation, a Cerebral Palsy nonprofit foundation led by parents, with a focus on the prevention, treatment and cure of Cerebral Palsy. The organization is “committed to serving the needs of children with Cerebral Palsy, their families, and the care givers involved in their care,” according to the foundation’s website, The fundraiser starts at 5 p.m. on March 26, a percentage of all food and beverage sales will go to the foundation. Additionally, there will be a silent auction and raffle going on. 100 percent of the proceeds from the silent auction and raffle will go to benefit the Reaching for the Stars Foundation, according to Ruddy Duck Brewery and Grill Advertising and Promotions Manager Stephanie Abrams. The driving force behind Let’s Get Quackin’ is the Searle family, including Brad Searle. “When our son, Jacob, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy (CP), we were shocked to see there were barely any resources available to help guide parents while raising a child with CP,” he said in an e-mail. “It’s hard to believe that there is no dedicated federal funding for CP research when CP is the most common motor disability in children impacting over 800,000 Americans and 17,000,000 people worldwide. Research for CP, particularly in children, is under-supported and severely under-funded. More research would mean the possibility of prevention and earlier diagnosis, more effective treatment options, and eventually the possibility of a cure. In the end, we are just trying to do our part as a family of a child living with cerebral palsy. We need to show the world we care about Cerebral Palsy. This means letting medical institutions, the media, lawmakers, the general population, neighbors and friends know this is an important public health issue. If we don’t show that this is important, why should anyone else? If we don’t speak up about Cerebral Palsy, no one else will. I’m not sure about the past, but one thing I know for sure is that we are changing this for the future. Last year’s event was geared toward children, labeled a fun-raiser, Abrams said. This year, the fundraiser is aimed at a more diverse

group. There will be a musician showcase starting at 7 p.m., featuring Hydra FX, The Piranhas, the Justin Myles Experience, the Mike Starkey Band and Funkzilla. Before the larger bands take the stage, there will be various acoustic performers. “We have a lot of really incredible talent in the area,” Abrams said. In addition to the musical offerings, there will be a photo booth to allow attendees to create memories with friends and family. The auction and raffle items have been donated by community members. “Our local community has always been very supportive,” Searle said. “As this event grows larger each year, we are just amazed at their generosity when given the opportunity to contribute. Without our local community, we wouldn’t have all the great raffle and silent auction prizes. This year we have received more great raffle and auction donations from Personalized Therapy LLC, Bella Salon, and many more. The charter fishing trip and Harley Davidson jacket also proved to be very popular last year.” This year’s fundraiser is sponsored by Personalized Therapy, LLC, an outpatient therapy center with branches in Calvert and St. Mary’s counties. “I want to personally thank Carlos Yanez, Michael Kelly, Stephanie Abrams and everyone else at the Ruddy Duck Brewery & Grill for their continued friendship and support,” Searle said. For more information about the Ruddy Duck, visit For more information about Personalized Therapy, visit For individuals unable to attend, donations can also be made through www.ReachingForTheStars. org. The fundraiser will be preceded by an opportunity to raise awareness on a national level. “As a fellow board member of Reaching for the Stars, we are also excited to announce our invitation to testify in Washington DC before the House Appropriations LHHS Committee, on March 25, the day before the fundraiser, about the need for Cerebral Palsy research funding. We’ll also be meeting with Senator Isakson (GA) while we’re in DC to personally thank him, and Senator Casey (PA), for co-sponsoring the National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day Senate Resolution,” Searle said.

Entertainment Calendar Thursday, March 20 Dave Norris DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 6 to 10 p.m. Swamp Candy Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 7:30 p.m. The Pirannha’s Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood) – 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Friday, March 21 Dave Norris DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 6 to 10 p.m. Joe Parsons Ruddy Duck Seafood and Alehouse (16810 Piney Point Road, Piney Point) – 8 p.m.

Westlawn Inn (9200 Chesapeake Avenue, North Beach) – 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 23 Higher Standards Brunch Buffet Ruddy Duck Seafood and Alehouse (16810 Piney Point Road, Piney Point) – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Motown with The Winstons Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood) – 3 to 7 p.m. Jazz and Requests Café des Artistes (41655 Fenwick Street, Leonardtown) – 5 to 8 p.m. Motown Night with The Winstons Vera’s White Sands Beach Club (1200 White Sands Drive, Lusby) – 9:30 p.m.

Monday, March 24

Tracy Allen Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 8 p.m.

Team Trivia Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 7 p.m.

Spoon Creek Band Anderson’s Bar (23945 Colton Point Road, Clements) – 8 to 11 p.m.

Karaoke Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood) – 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Wild Good Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood) – 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Tuesday, March 25

Saturday, March 22 Fair Warning DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 6 to 10 p.m. Kappa Danielson and Paul Larson Westlawn Inn (9200 Chesapeake Avenue, North Beach) – 7:30 p.m. Tracy Allen Ruddy Duck Seafood and Alehouse (16810 Piney Point Road, Piney Point) – 8 p.m. One Louder Vera’s White Sands Beach Club (1200 White Sands Drive, Lusby) – 9:30 p.m. Kappa Danielson and Paul Larson

Fair Warning DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 5 to 9 p.m. Open Mic Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood) – 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 26 Mason Sebastian DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 5 to 9 p.m. Let’s Get Quackin’ Fundraiser Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 6 p.m. Team Trivia Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood) – 6:30 p.m. Musician’s Showcase Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 7 p.m.


The Calvert Gazette

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Library Events March, Month Long

• Artist of the month: Nevin Bossart; Medium: Acrylic. Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch, 3819 Harbor Road, Chesapeake Beach Celebrate St. Patrick’s “month” enjoying Nevin Bossart’s seascapes of Ireland. 410-257-2411 • Art in the Stacks: Deborah Watson Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way – 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Watercolor artist, muralist and decorative painter specializing in trompe l’oeil. 410535-0291 or 301-855-1862

Thursday, March 20 • 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 • Duplicate Bridge Class Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way – 10 to 12:30 p.m. John Etter will teach the basics of duplicate bridge with some hands-on practice. You will learn a lot about bidding and a bit about the play. Please register. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862 • Yes! You CAN Use A Computer! Calvert Library Fairview Branch, Rt. 4 and Chaneyville Road, Owings – 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. 410-257-2101 • Game on @ Calvert Library! Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way – 2 to 3:30 p.m. Join us to play Nintendo Wii! All ages are welcome! 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862 • Code Name 4-5-6 Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way – 2:30 to 3:30 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 • Kids Just Want to Have Fun Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch, 3819 Harbor Road, Chesapeake Beach – 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Reading, discussion and projects for children in kindergarten to 3rd grade. . This month’s theme: Lighthouses. Please register. 410-257-2411 • Family Night Calvert Library Fairview Branch, Rt. 4 and Chaneyville Road, Owings – 7 to 8 p.m. Fun family activities! May be games or a themed program for parents and kids K-5! This week: Spell that Dinosaur and Make one with Legos! Please register. 410-257-2101

Saturday, March 22 • Garden Smarter: No-Till Gardens Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way – 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Put away your rototiller and shovel. Save time and carbon by using the no-till method of preparing your garden.  It’s a growing trend, so be on the cutting edge! 410-5350291 or 301-855-1862 • 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 operated 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

Monday, March 24 • Monday Morning Movies & More Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way – 10 to 11 a.m. Bring the little ones for a movie and a story! 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862 • Books & Toys Calvert Library Southern Branch, 13920 H. G. Trueman Road, Solomons – 10 to 11 a.m. The House Girl by Tara Conklin. Moms, parents, caregivers and your tots! Book club for mom, playtime for kids! 410-326-5289

Tuesday, March 25 • Flying Needles: Knitting and Crocheting Group Calvert Library Southern Branch, 13920 H. G. Trueman Road, Solomons – 7 to 8:45 p.m. Knitting and crocheting group open to anyone wanting to join in and share talents, crafting time or learn a new skill. 410-326-5289

Wednesday, March 26 • Cuddle Up and Read to Me Calvert Library Southern Branch, 13920 H. G. Trueman Road, Solomons – 10 to 10:20 a.m. Cuddle Up and Read to Me Storytime is designed for children birth to 24 months. Children are introduced to books and language through short stories, songs and more. Please register. 410-326-5289 • PlayTime Calvert Library Southern Branch, 13920 H. G. Trueman Road, Solomons – 10:25 to 10:55 a.m. Playtime is learning and discovery time for you and your child. Engage in interactive play, connect with other parents and caregivers, and have fun! Bring a non-battery operated toy to share. No registration. For ages birth

through 5 years old. 410-326-5289 • Song Circle / Jam Session - Celtic Themed Calvert Library Southern Branch, 13920 H. G. Trueman Road, Solomons – 6:30 to 9 p.m. 7-12 singer-musicians trade songs, taking turns in choosing and leading a group of musicians. It’s a sing-along with space for learning from each other and trying new things. A range of playing abilities and experience can be expected. The public is welcome to participate or just observe. 410-326-5289

Thursday, March 27 • 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 • Duplicate Bridge Class Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way – 10 to 12:30 a.m. John Etter will teach the basics of duplicate bridge with some hands-on practice. You will learn a lot about bidding and a bit about the play. Please register. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862 • JobSource Mobile Career Center Calvert Library Southern Branch, 13920 H. G. Trueman Road, Solomons – 1 to 3 p.m. Stop by to get job counseling, resume help, search for jobs and get connected with Southern Maryland JobSource. This 38’ mobile center features 11 computer workstations, smart board instructional technology, satellite internet access, exterior audio visual and broadcasting capabilities; state-of-the-art workforce applications and connectivity for wireless mobile device access. 410-326-5289

Friday, March 28 • Southern Matinee Calvert Library Southern Branch, 13920 H. G. Trueman Road, Solomons – 1 to 4 p.m. This movie, based on the book “The Great Gatsby”, follows would-be writer Nick Carraway as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz and bootleg kings. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, partygiving millionaire, Jay Gatsby, and across the bay from his cousin Daisy and her philandering, blue-blooded husband Tom Buchanan. It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super-rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. As Nick bears witness, within and without the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles. Please register. 410-326-5289 • 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 • Pub Quiz Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way – 6:30 to 10 p.m. For one night only, the library won’t help you find the answers. But that won’t stop us from asking plenty of tough questions. Preregister for $60 per team of up to 6 adults. $300 prize to the winning team! Limited

space, register early at any Calvert Library location. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862 • Spectator for Pub Quiz Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way – 6:30 to 10 p.m. Want to watch the fun without the pressure of a team? Or maybe you hope to be picked up by a team that could use another player? You can join us as a spectator for $5. You can participate in the 50/50 raffle and basket raffles. Space is limited so register early at any Calvert Library location. 410535-0291 or 301-855-1862

Saturday, March 29 • 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 operated 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 • Courageous Women of Maryland: A Living History Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way – 2 to 3:30 p.m. To celebrate Women’s History Month, Sherry Mervine, Artistic Director of New Direction Community Theater, produces a living history of Courageous Women of Maryland featuring students primarily from Our Lady Star of the Sea. Content is based on Katherine Kenny and Eleanor Randrup’s book by the same title. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing. Bring the family! 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862

Monday, March 31 • Monday Morning Movies & More Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way – 10 to 11 a.m. Bring the little ones for a movie and a story! 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862

April, Month Long • Artist of the month: Jacquelyn J. Dinora; Medium: Watercolor Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way Dinora’s paintings have been shown at the Alexandria Art League’s gallery in Old Town. She has been accepted for membership in several watercolor societies and has won many awards. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862

Out&About Thursday, March 20 • National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association Meeting Calvert Pines Senior Center, West Dares Beach Rd. Prince Frederick, 1 p.m. The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE), Calvert County Chapter 1466 on March 20. There will be a presentation on Alzheimer’s, followed by a regular business meeting. Also, join us for an early lunch at 11:30, this month at the Dream Weaver in PF. Active and Retired Federal employees, spouses, members, non-members and guests are welcome. For NARFE membership Information and Application. Call 410-586-1441 or email

Friday, March 21 • Art Lecture by Ray Bogle – Exploring Japanese Ceramics Cox Art Center, 32 Cox Road, Huntingtown – 6 p.m. March 21, Art Lecture by Ray Bogle - 6 pm March 27 - Art Camp for Kids (3 to 6) Thursday afternoons April 5 - 25, Autism Project Show April 14, Easter Break classes for kids Join Cox Art Center for free lectures featuring local artists and historians, Ray Bogle and Julia Musengo. New creative art classes are scheduled now through Summer. Registration is now open; please visit or call 410-535-0014 for detailed information about the free lecture series and all new art classes.

Saturday, March 22 • Calvert County Republican Central Committee Candidate Training Day Republican Headquarters, 424 Solomons Island Road, Prince Frederick – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 2014 is an important election year! The Calvert County Republican Central Committee is holding a Candidate Training Day on Saturday, March 22, at our conveniently located Headquarters in Prince Frederick.  We invite you to join us for this informative training that will help you jump start your campaign.  Presenters from the State Party to the Republican National Committee are volunteering to come to Calvert to help us.  There will be lots of handouts and information that will help you and your volunteers prepare for the Primary and General Elections. If you have questions, please contact Candidate Recruitment Chair Frank McCabe (443-404-8585 or frankpmccabe@, Candidate Training Day Chairman Judy MacWilliams (443-964-4252 or, or CCRCC Chair Ella Ennis (410-586-2975 or eee437@ • 24th Annual Calvert County History Fair Plum Point Middle School, 1475 Plum Point Road, Huntingtown – 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The 24th Annual Calvert County History Fair will be held on March 22. The judging will take place from 8 a.m. to noon. History Fair Award Winners and Maryland History Day Advancers will be recognized at the Awards Ceremony beginning at 7 p.m. at Plum Middle School. Joining in the awards ceremony will be Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr.,

The Calvert Gazette

Thursday, March 20, 2014


Community Events

President of the Maryland Senate, Delegate Tony O’Donnell and Delegate Mark Fisher. • All You Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner Saturday Trinity United Methodist Church, 90 Church Street, Prince Frederick – 3 to 7 p.m. Please join Trinity United Methodist Church for fun, fellowship and our 32nd annual all you can eat Spaghetti Dinner. The menu features all you can eat spaghetti, salad, bread, drinks, and dessert. Tickets will be sold at the door during the event. $12 per adult, $8.00 per senior citizen, $5 for children ages 4-10 and children under 3 are free. Carry-out will be available. All proceeds benefit Trinity United Methodist Church. For more information, call: 410-535-1782, email: or visit • SoMD Sudoku Tournament 2014 St. John’s Monsignor Harris Center, St. John’s School, 43900 St John’s Road, Hollywood – 9 a.m. to noon This year will be the 4th annual to be held at St John’s School in Hollywood to benefit the school scholarship fund. Players can register and start anytime from 9 am to 12 noon. How good are you? How good are your friends? There will be Cash Awards in the Novice, Intermediate, Advanced and Expert levels. Free refreshments. Details available on the web at “SoMD Sudoku Tournament 2014” or on the school website at www. • Indoor Flea Market St. Andrews United Methodist Church, 4 Wallace Manor Road, Edgewater – 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Indoor Flea Market will be held the last two Saturdays of every month. Fill a bag of clothes for $5. Items for sale include clothes, shoes, furniture and jewelry. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Call 410-269-7671 for table space. $10 per space, $15 for space and table.

Sunday, March 23 • Kids! Seahorses! Bayside History Museum, 4025 4th Street, North Beach – 2 p.m. Search for the resident seahorse, learn about seahorses, hear a seahorse story, do a craft and play a fun seahorse game! $1 per child. Drop-in program. Recommended age is 3 or older. Children must be accompanied by an adult. • 2014 Speaker Series at Sotterley - Katie Moose - 1812: Food and Herbs in Maryland’s History Sotterley Plantation, 44300 Sotterley Lane, Hollywood – 3 p.m. Sotterley Plantation is pleased to announce the presenters for the 2014 Speaker Series at Sotterley. An important community outreach, this series is yet another way that this National Historic Landmark fulfills its mission of preserving, researching, and interpreting Sotterley Plantation’s diverse cultures and environments and to serve the world as an educational, cultural, and community resource. Because of the ongoing generosity of The Boeing Company, dedicated to promoting education and the arts within the South-

ern Maryland community, the Speaker Series at Sotterley is free to the public. Due to limited seating, advanced reservations are required. Call 301-373-2280 for reservations.

Monday, March 24 • $3 -Zumba® Fitness with Joyce Chesapeake Ranch Estates Clubhouse, 500 Clubhouse Drive, Lusby – 6:30 p.m. Hey Party People! Come get your party on with Zumba(R) Fitness at the Chesapeake Ranch Estates Clubhouse. Only $3 donation per class Visit and “Like” Joyce on facebook @

Tuesday, March 25 • Glass Fusion – Make Your Own Suncatcher CalvART Gallery, 110 Solomons Island Road S, Prince Frederick, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Please join Ray and Phyllis in celebrating spring by creating your own Sun Catcher. A great time is planned where you will participate in a hands-on session and select a design or create your own design for a beautiful glass piece of art. Your finished piece will be fired in a kiln off site and will be available for pick up at the Gallery on Friday, March 28th. Supplies will be furnished, bring an apron to protect your clothes. The class is limited to 8 people at $25.00 per person. Register at the Gallery or call 410-535-9252. CalvART Gallery is a unique, local venue offering regular showings of new art by both our members and special exhibits by non-members. Our artists are part of your community and are dedicated to enriching the lives of others through art and through their involvement and collaboration with other organizations working to preserve and improve natural and human resources in Southern Maryland. CalvART is a program of the Arts Council of Calvert County. Please join us for an evening of great fun with ART Night, sign up for the class at the Gallery or call for reservations. Refreshments will be included. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. View the Gallery at or call us at 410-535-9252. • Basic Bike Mechanic Class Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way – 7 p.m. Learn how to change a flat tire on your bicycle and other basic bike maintenance and repairs. This Basic Bike Mechanic Class is sponsored by Calvert Library, organized by the Calvert Cycling & Trails Coalition, and will be presented by the Patuxent Adventure Center (PAC). Wes Chester, of PAC, will be presenting this free seminar along with representatives from the Calvert Cycling & Trails Coalition. Wes is the PAC shop maintenance manager and is a UBI-certified bike mechanic. In addition to the basic bike maintenance class and how-to demonstrations there will be a variety of bikes and equipment on display to demonstrate their differences. Calvert Cycling & Trails Coalition is a cycling and multi-use trail advocacy group based in Calvert County, MD. Their goal is to enhance outdoor recreational opportunities for all residents of Calvert County and is online at The Patuxent Adventure Center (PAC) opened in March of 2003 to serve the needs of outdoor sport

enthusiasts in the Southern Maryland area. Our professional staff has over 40 years of combined bicycle shop experience while our full time employees were trained at either the United Bicycle Institute and/or Specialized. PAC is online at www.paxadventure. com. For more information about this event, call Robyn Truslow at 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

Wednesday, March 26 • Basic Bicycle Mechanics Class. Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way – 7 to 8:30 p.m. We’ll be covering flat repair, with a hands on activity, and basic bicycle care! This is a free class and no reservation is necessary! Presented by the Calvert Cyclists & Trails Coalition and the Patuxent Adventure Center. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

Thursday, March 27 • Social Media Workshop Calvert One Stop Career Center – 1 p.m. Did you know that recruiters are using Social Media now more than ever to find potential employees? The Calvert One Stop Career Center offers a free workshop on how to make the most of Social Media to enhance your job search and market your skills and talents. This workshop will provide a basic understanding of the different social media outlets and what role they play in today’s job market. We will also provide tips on networking with professionals in your industry and the importance of branding. You must be registered with the Maryland Workforce Exchange in order to attend this free workshop which is held on the 4th Thursday of every month. For more info and to register please visit

Friday, March 28 • SM’s Connections Literary Series: Authors Robert and Patien College of Southern Maryland, Leonardtown Campus, Building A, Auditorium, 22950 Hollywood Road – 7:30 p.m. Robert and Patience Mason discuss their books, “Chickenhawk” and “Recovering from the War,” which deal with Robert’s experiences in the war, and the struggle to combat Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The Connections Series features award-winning contemporary writers, poets and artists who share their work with Southern Maryland residents. Tickets are $3 through advance sale at the CSM box office and $3 at the door with a student ID. General admission at the door is $5. For tickets, contact the box office at or call 301-934-7828. • Spring Craft & Vendor Show Registration First Baptist Church of Calvert County, 1522 German Chapel Road, Prince Frederick – 9 a.m. Spring Craft and Vendor Show Registration is on! The event will take place on April 12, 2014 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. FBC is currently taking table reservations for this event. Space is limited, so don’t delay! For more information or to reserve a table go to www. All proceeds made from the table reservations go to support our Summer camp for teens. 410-535-1669


The Calvert Gazette

Thursday, March 20, 2014


Last Week’s Puzzle Solutions

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Looking to build? Wonderful & wooded three+acre building lot in Hollywood with three conventional perc sites. Beautiful and private homesite just waiting for you and your dream home. Conveniently located to Pax River, Leonardtown, & easy commute to Waldorf, St Mary’s City, NESEA, etc. Call for plat or appointment to preview property. 804-241-5374 or 301-690-2544. Price: $99,900.

3br 2.5ba duplex on cul-de-sac, 2 parking spaces in front, master bedroom with en suite bathroom, cathedral ceiling, and walk-in closet. Wall-to-wall carpeting throughout, washer, dryer, window treatments, stove, dishwasher, microwave. Very close to PAX, shopping, schools, $1325/mo+sec dep, no sec 8, dog neg, NS 301-994-2791.

Real Estate Rentals 1-Bedroom - Central in-town location. All electric appliances and heat. Landlord pays water, trash removal, and sewage. 1-year lease required. References required. No pets and no children. Call 301-475-8787 for further details. $650/month.

Quiet, private area in Valley Lee. 3 BR, 1.5 BA, Lrg Kitchen, Living/Dining Rm, plenty of closet space. W/D, Heat Pump/ CAC. Extra storage. Asphalt Parking. Cable TV is furnished. Dumpster for trash on site. 1600 sq ft. No Pets, No Section 8. References required. $1,200.00/mo plus utilities. $1,000 security depost. Call 301-994-2908. After 5PM call 301-994-2031.

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Preschool-Child Care Center is seeking individuals willing to substitute for classroom teachers and aides. Substitutes are “on call” and come to work when needed. We are hiring teens (must be at least 16) as well as qualified adults. Please apply in person. Located on Rt. 235 across the street from Walmart in California, Md.

Busy tax office looking for receptionists. Drivers Class-B CDL: Must be available to start immediately. & Home-Time! EveningGreat shift, Pay Monday through Friday 2pm to 8pm.No-Forced Must work weekends. Dispatch!Position available until April Must be customer New singles from15th. Hagerstown, MD friendly and work well states. with others. to surrounding Applications only accepted in person. Please Apply: come by the office, 4110 Crain Hwy, Waldorf Call:  877-606-7083 MD 20603 to apply.

Tired of driving to the beltway to find work? Toyota of Waldorf has two openings for Express/Maintenance technicians . Busy shop with plenty of work. Must be able to change oil, air filters, cabin filters and rotate tire . Great work in a clean shop. Tool purchase program available.Great benefits ,Health Ins,401K .Pay based on experience . .A good start for a motivated person. Contact Mike at call 301-843-3700 ext 1300.

General service technician position avaliable .Must be able to perform tire replacement/ repair, oil changes, maintenace,and other related duties. Call 301-467-2973. EXPERIENCED PLUMBERS: Must have 2 years experience. Full time with paid holidays. Immediate opening. Send resume to

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The Calvert Gazette

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Build in Energy Efficiency from the ground up Make SMECO’s ENERGY STAR® for New Homes program your blueprint for year-round savings and comfort. This winter’s icy blast pushed energy use and costs through the roof. ENERGY STAR Certified Homes offer energy-saving features that make them up to 30% more efficient than standard homes. That means you will save on heating and cooling costs—the biggest chunk of your monthly energy bill. ENERGY STAR Certified Homes typically have: • Effective insulation • Tight construction and ducts • High-performance windows

• Efficient heating and cooling equipment

You’ll save money on energy and maintenance costs, plus your home will be more comfortable and have improved indoor air quality. Learn how SMECO’s ENERGY STAR for New Homes program can help you build energy efficiency into your next home. Go to or call 877-818-4094 for details and to find a homebuilder.

This program supports the EmPOWER Maryland Energy Efficiency Act.


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