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Commissioners Question MetCom Budget Numbers, Projects

News By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

The Metropolitan Commission’s (MetCom) latest capital improvement budget puts projects to repair damaged sewer lines in the Compton area front and center but at a much increased cost, while another project to lay down a new water line in the Town Creek subdivision could compel as many as 30 property owners to abandon their wells and hook up to the central water and sewer provider. These were some of the issues that came about when MetCom rolled out its construction budget plans to the Board of County Commissioners Tuesday; some of the elected leaders were concerned about the cost to residents to hook up to central water while they questioned why the St. Clements Shore project, which only cost about $1 million in fiscal 2013 now is proposed to cost $12 million. Dan Ichiniowski, executive director of MetCom, said many of the sewer damage issues occurred during the harsh winter cold.

“We saw a lot of damage to the system over there,” Ichniowski told commissioners. There were 24 sewer line breaks in all, MetCom’s Dave Elberti, chief engineer, said. Commissioner Todd Morgan said he could not see why the cost estimates were so far off from the mark. “I’m trying to figure out how we went from $1 million to $12 million,” Morgan said. Elberti said that MetCom was now taking into account more up-to-date construction cost figures in its estimates, where as before they were taking less time to come up with their estimates. “Our scope was significantly increased,” Elberti said. “We’re using real construction numbers as opposed to last year.” For the project in Town Creek, both commissioners Dan Morris and Larry Jarboe were concerned that MetCom had yet to reach out to the residents on Town Creek Drive who might have to hook up to the proposed water line.



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Moreover the much-increased costs for residents to hook up to water and sewer that have been proposed were worrisome to them as well. “As long as you have a working well I find it hard to believe someone wants to pay all this money to hook up to MetCom,” Morris said. Jarboe said many in Town Creek had grown accustomed to having their own

wells and likely had no interest in giving them up. “People need to know what’s coming right around the corner,” Jarboe said. “They’ve invested in these wells and are happy with these wells.”

MetCom Must Make Allowances for Hardship Customers By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Metropolitan Commission customers who can demonstrate a legitimate financial hardship can now get a waiver when it comes to paying their connection charges, services charges and system improvement charges. A bill that passed the state legislature now ensures that customers who are behind on those various payments don’t have to immediately be taken to tax sale. Another bill that passed the legislature ensured that property owned by a volunteer fire company or rescue squad here was exempted from water and sewer charges from MetCom at the time it was being used for public purposes. The bills were a response to an incident in which an 88-year-old man faced the loss of his home on Hollywood Road in Leonardtown because he was arrears in sewer service maintenance charges for about $700 late last year. Combs Toney had been paying the charges for years but suddenly decided to stop paying, saying he had grown tired of paying for a service he was not actually receiving. Toney had never actually hooked up to the sewer line MetCom had run in front of his home to help allay failing septic systems in the Tin Top Hill community nearly 20 years ago. When news of his plight was made public a St. Mary’s College of Maryland professor paid his bill and legislators moved ahead with plans to mitigate the tax sale process for MetCom. Under the new law customers who apply for a waiver or an extension on their payments and are rejected by MetCom’s board of commissioners can still make an appeal to a higher county authority such as the Board of County Commissioners or body the county appoints.

New Member Needed for MetCom Board Do you have a desire to make a difference by serving your community? The St. Mary’s Board of County Commissioners wants to hear from you! Citizens are sought to fill a vacancy on the St. Mary’s County Metropolitan Commission (MetCom) Board. Those interested must reside in the 2nd or 9th election district in order to serve. Applications will be accepted through April 25. If you are interested in applying for appointment to the board, download an application from the St. Mary’s County Government website at All applications must include a resume. For more information, contact Diane Gleissner at 301-475-4200, ext. 1700.



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Wind Turbine Moratorium Passes By Guy Leonard Staff Writer A strong bi-partisan effort led to the successful passage of a bill that placed a moratorium on the planned wind turbine project on the Eastern Shore that local leaders believed threatened operations at Patuxent River Naval Air Station but it remains to be seen if the bill actually becomes a law. Despite heavy support for the moratorium Gov. Martin O’Malley has long been a strong proponent of wind energy and may decide to veto the bill. If he does not sign it, it would eventually pass into law. “That’s our hope and expectation,” that O’Malley would either sign it into law or let it pass, said Del. John Bohanan, a key proponent of the moratorium. He said there was always a chance that the governor could veto the bill as is his constitutional right. “I wouldn’t call it a strong chance, but stand by,” Bohanan said. The project was expected to come up with about $40 million of revenues for Somerset County but the operations at the naval base put $4.5 billion into the state’s coffers each year and supports jobs across the bay,

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Southern Maryland Caregivers’ Conference Coming in May The 22nd annual Southern Maryland Caregivers’ Conference will take place Friday, May 2 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, 44219 Airport Road, California, Md. The $25 conference fee includes a continental breakfast, lunch, conference materials, exposure to service providers in the exhibition area, and the opportunity to attend professionally presented educational sessions regarding Community Resources & Services For Caregiving Families; Caring For Individuals With Dementia; Medication Management; Caregiver Coping Strategies; Paying For Long-Term Care; Managing Chronic Illnesses At Home; Safe Caregiving – Techniques and Equipment Options; Medical Orders For Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST); Hospice Services; Palliative Care and Preventing Identity Theft. The conference is sponsored by the St. Mary’s County Department of Aging & Human Services, Geriatrics and Gerontology Education and Research Program at the University of Maryland Baltimore, Charles County Department of Community Services Aging Division, and Calvert County Office on Aging. For more information, or to receive a registration brochure by mail, please contact: Rebecca Kessler by calling 301-475-4200, ext.1061, or by email at Registration brochures may also be obtained at any senior activity center or at the Potomac Building, 23115 Leonard Hall Drive in Leonardtown. To inquire about a scholarship opportunity or to attend this conference, contact Stacie Prinkey, by calling 301-475-4200, ext.1056, or by email at For more information about the St. Mary’s County Department of Aging & Human Services, log on to the county’s website at aging.


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The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office to be Celebrated At Third Annual Pride in the Park Parade The Lexington Park Business and Community Association will host the 3rd annual Pride in the Park Parade on Saturday, May 3 at 10 a.m. The 2014 parade celebrates the community’s support for the men and women of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office. “We wanted to take an opportunity to showcase and recognize the special relationship with the Sheriff’s Office and the Lexington Park community,” said Mark Pinekenstein, Lexington Park Business and Community Association Chairman. “We wanted to thank Sheriff Tim Cameron and pay tribute to his deputies for their continued work in making Lexington Park a safer place to live and work every day.”

Sheriff Cameron has been named the parade’s Honorary Grand Marshal. Among the community member businesses and organizations slated to join the Sheriff at this year’s march include the Leonardtown High School marching band, the color guard from Naval Air Station Patuxent River, the Lexington Park Rotary Club’s King Oyster, a dance group from Competitive Team Gymnastics, the St. Mary’s County Library, Great Mills H.S. Navy JROTC, Chopticon H.S. JROTC, Taylor Gas and many more. Dignitaries scheduled to appear include the St. Mary’s County Commissioners and Delegate John Bohanan. The parade will pause at the intersection of Great

Mills Road and FDR Blvd. for a ceremonial ribbon cutting to mark the completion of construction of FDR between Great Mills Road and South Shangri-La Drive. The parade begins promptly at 10 a.m. at the Bay District Volunteer Fire Department parking lot along South Shangri-La Drive. The route will continue on South Shangri-La to South Essex to Great Mills Road. The march makes its way back to the fire department via the alley adjacent to Raley’s Home Furnishings. Additional parade participants are welcome. For more information, contact Karen Stone at 443-9759994 or via email at

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program Gives Back to Community

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Norine Rowe, Manager for the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of St. Mary's County, presents a ceremonial check for $842,385 to Commissioner President Jack Russell during RSVP's annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony and Awards Banquet held March 27 at the Forrest Technology Center. The check represents the value of the 36,546 hours of service donated by 284 RSVP senior volunteers in 2013 to local county agencies, community groups, and non-profit organizations. Also on hand to receive the check were Commissioners Todd Morgan and Cynthia Jones. The Commissioners participated in the event by handing out awards to senior volunteers in appreciation of their many hours of service to the community. RSVP has been matching senior volunteers with volunteer opportunities in St. Mary's County for more than 30 years under the sponsorship of the county's Department of Aging and Human Services.

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Martha Vickie Dell, a volunteer with the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of St. Mary’s County, is congratulated by Commissioner Cynthia Jones on receiving the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award for more than 4,000 hours of community service as an RSVP volunteer. Dell earned the award through her volunteer work with the Helping Hands Food Pantry and St. Mary’s Historical Society. She was presented with the top volunteer award during RSVP’s annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony and Awards Banquet held March 27 at the Forrest Technology Center. RSVP volunteers at the event also received bronze, silver, and gold award pins for their hours of service in 2013. RSVP volunteers were also recognized for their years of service with the program that has been matching senior volunteers with volunteer opportunities in St. Mary’s County for more than 30 years under the sponsorship of the county’s Department of Aging and Human Services.


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County Gets Boost in Road Money, College Tuition Relief By Guy Leonard Staff Writer St. Mary’s County will get some more money to fix potholes in local roads after the state legislature passed its $39 billion operating budget Saturday. In the new budget is an additional $10 million in pothole repair funds; St. Mary’s County’s total share of county highway user revenue in fiscal 2015 is $785,018 and it got an additional $268,588 for pothole repair. Del. John Bohanan (D-Dist. 29B) said this represents a 39 percent increase in the county’s highway funds share over last fiscal year’s $758,232. Minus the emergency pothole money the county’s share this year would have actually been less than last year’s allocation. The additional $268,588 within the current fiscal 2014 year, Bohanan said. In other news the state’s budget also included an 8.6 per-

cent tuition reduction for in-state undergraduates attending St. Mary’s College of Maryland The tuition relief totals out to $1.5 million in grant money. “We are grateful to Governor [Martin] O’Malley and the Maryland state legislature for their ongoing commitment to higher education and to St. Mary’s College of Maryland,” said Ian Newbould, interim president. The board of trustees for the college has set April 11 as the date for a special meeting where they will vote on reducing tuition for individual students by more than$1,000, according to a release from the college. The new tuition rates should take affect in the fall of 2014, college officials stated. Bohanan said in conjunction with a bill passed last year that froze tuition, this latest budget means a total of $2,000 in savings for those in-state students attending the college.

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By Guy Leonard Staff Writer St. Mary’s law officers have formally charged a man they claim invaded a residence and confronted several women in a bizarre incident in which he propositioned them for sex and tried to get food. Robert John Woodside, IV, faces charges of attempted first-degree sex offense and first-and-third degree burglary — a statement of probable cause alleges that Woodside had entered a Leonardtown residence on Mar. 10 where the women had just returned to from a local convenience store. “[They] entered the residence, shut the door but did not lock it,” Cpl. Angela Delozier wrote. “Seconds later the defendant came to the door and even though he asked to come in, he just came into the house.” The defendant asked them bizarre questions like “Do you know what 50 Shades of Gray is?” and “Can I show you?” court papers stated. Woodside then went to the kitchen and went looking through their refrigerator and “became mad when they didn’t have

cheese.” “The defendant then told them they could trust him and that he wanted satisfaction,” court papers read. “She [one of the victims] advised he said it over and over again as he began to take off his belt.” The four women eventually fled to the upstairs bedroom and barricaded themselves in and called for police. Burnside allegedly tried to get in through the door, charging papers alleged, and began begging the women for a specific sex act “and started crying about how he wanted one so bad.” Several of the victims told police they believed the defendant wanted to rape them based upon what he said and his actions and that they were in fear of their life. When officers arrived they found Woodside in the neighborhood and he was positively identified by the victims; he was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital for psychological examination through an involuntary emergency petition.

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Woman Under Investigation in Second Drug Overdose By Guy Leonard Staff Writer St. Mary’s County narcotics detectives are investigating a woman’s connection to a fatal drug overdose in Charlotte Hall back in October of last year; Lena King has already been charged with second-degree murder in a January 7 overdose that left an intravenous drug user dead. Police say that King and the as yet unidentified male victim had both driven to Prince George’s County to buy heroin and injected some before returning to St. Mary’s; the victim died from the narcotics overdose during the return trip. When she realized the victim died, police said, King left him in a Charlotte Hall parking lot and called 911. Police allege that King took heroin and other drug paraphernalia when she left the body in the car. State’s Attorney Richard Fritz said Tuesday that King is a “person of interest” in the Charlotte Hall fatal overdose case. “That case is still under investigation,” Fritz said. “But she’s being looked at very seriously.

“That young man died of a heroin overdose and we’re looking at Ms. King to see if there are any connections.” King has already been charged in the death of John Cleveland back in January after allegedly administering both morphine and heroin directly into his system, according to police and prosecutors, via an injection. That was the justification for the second-degree murder charge. “That is the state’s allegation,” Fritz said. Police said that after both King and Cleveland took the heroin, King fell asleep and when she awoke she found that Cleveland was not breathing and tried to resuscitate him at a Leonardtown residence. After failing to revive him King and others moved Cleveland into a vehicle and drove him to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. King faces other charges of involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment, administering a controlled dangerous substance as well as possessing and distributing a controlled dangerous substance.

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Boothe’s Heating and Air Wins Customer Service Award By Kay Poiro Staff Writer Hollywood’s Boothe’s Heating and Air has won the Customers Service Dealer of the Year for the third consecutive year. The award was given by Northeastern Supply, a plumbing, HVAC and water systems wholesaler in the mid-Atlantic region. At the ceremony held in Baltimore last month, President of Boothe’s Heating and Air Wayne Boothe said the award was important “because it was given to us by our customers and shows their trust in the services and equipment we provide. We take great pride in all our employees, and their commitment to customer service and technical excellence.” Wayne Boothe says it comes down to his staff sharing the company vision and taking pride in a job well done, from system installation to staff training. “All of us take pride in what we do,” says Boothe. “And we go the extra mile by committing time and effort to training our staff. I consider our staff members to be the best of the best.” Boothe’s Heating and Air has been serving Southern Maryland since 1993. Wayne first worked with the company part time before transitioning to full time 14 years ago. His late father was also in the HVAC business. In addition to his father, Wayne Boothe counts his family and16 employees as daily inspiration. He also credits his mentor, friend and fellow businessman Rick Busby with priceless guidance. Busby, a Georgia native, has been a constant source of support for Wayne as Boothe’s Heating and Air has grown over the years. Wayne calls Busby a “blessing” and a “godsend.” Awards aside, Wayne says Boothe’s Heating and Air wouldn’t be where they are without their loyal customers. “Our customers know we’ll do everything possible to help resolve their HVAC problems and keep their systems running smoothly. It’s our pledge to excellence and total customer satisfaction,” he says.

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Give Camp Moving Out of Southern Maryland By Sarah Miller Staff Writer After five years at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Southern Maryland GiveCamp will be moving out of St. Mary’s City. This does not mean the end of Southern Maryland GiveCamp, according to Southern Maryland Give Camp founder and coordinator Jim Pandarvis. The group intends to resettle closer to Washington, D.C. or in Charles County, Pendarvis said. GiveCamp is a weekend-long event where technology professionals from designers, developers and database administrators to marketers and web strategists donate their time to provide solutions for non-profit organizations. Since its inception in 2007, the GiveCamp program has provided benefits to hundreds of charities, worth millions of dollars of developer and designer time in services, according to Southern Maryland GiveCamp held its first event in March 2010 and has held the event every year since then. So far, more than $1 million in free services have been provided to Southern Maryland non-profit organizations, Pendarvis said.

“It’s an excellent event,” he said. Moving toward a larger population center, and closer to established information and technology businesses, will enable GiveCamp to serve more non-profit organizations, Pendarvis said. St. Mary’s City is a long drive, and there is very little near the college to give IT professionals a reason to already be out there. The organization aleady has prospective venues, and fully intends to host a Southenrn Maryland GiveCamp in 2015. For more information, www.somdgc. org.

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School Board Faces Budget Shortfall

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Schools Superintendent Michael J. Martirano told the county school board Wednesday that a “perfect storm” of events has conspired to put the school system at a financial deficit for the current fiscal year 2014. He said increased costs in snow removal, heating bills for school but especially health care costs for employees were the biggest drivers of the deficit. The impacts to the fiscal 2015 school system budget, which stands at about $190 million, were yet to be determined, he said. “This is either an aberration or hopefully not the new norm,” Martirano said. The biggest issue was with the increased use of healthcare coverage within the school system’s plan, which has just over 5,000 members to include dependants of system employees. He signaled that the school system does not have the money or resources to deal with the health care shortfall. Of the $30 million fund dedicated to health care just 20 percent is paid by employees with the remaining 80 percent funded by the school system. The health care shortfall totals out to “several million dollars” according to Martirano’s budget presentation but sources in county government say it could be as high as $5.8 million. County Commissioner Todd Morgan (R-Lexington Park) slammed what he called a last minute fiscal crisis that comes less than a week before the county’s public hearing on both the

county’s and schools system’s budget. “We were told it was about a $6 million deficit,” Morgan said. “We’ve been given no documentation, no paperwork. “There’s nothing to justify it but by word of mouth.” Morgan said this latest shortfall was evidence of “gross negligence, mismanagement and a complete lack of accountability and transparency from Moakley Street.” “Every year there’s a climactic event before the public hearing [April 15.],” Morgan said. “Stay tuned for the next round of the three-ring circus.” In a joint statement both Morgan and County Commissioner Cindy Jones demanded more accountability from the school system. “Just under a year ago, the county commissioners fully funded the school system under the state’s maintenance of effort law. Given the tough economic climate we are in, it is unconscionable for the school system not be able to account for such a large amount of money,” they said. “The county commissioners are watching every penny and we simply do not have $5.8 million laying around to bail out the school system.” A serious problem in the health care expenditures was the propensity of school system employees to choose name brand prescription drugs instead of generics. The increases were staggering, according to school system documents. With an additional 77 employees came 279 new members at an estimated cost of $926,000; the increase in prescription drug costs totaled $1.98 million with three-quarters of all prescriptions being brand names.

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High dollar medical claims resulted in a cost increase of $500,000 and the total of prescriptions filled increased by 1,229 fills. Brand name drug fills increased by 1,380 while generic fills decreased by 151, school records show. The school system spent hundreds of thousands of dollars just to fill certain drug prescriptions — for cholesterol drugs like Crestor the system spent a total of $331,380 and $206,411 for the anti-psoriasis drug Enbrel. “We’ve been conditioned to say that brand names are the best,” Martirano said. “We need to do a better job… of encouraging our employees to make better consumer choices.” Board member Cathy Allen said the budget shortfall in the millions would likely mean many popular programs in the system would face cuts. “There’s going to be pain and there’s going to be lots of pain,” Allen said. “We’re dealing with the potential of scaling back or eliminating a lot of those things.” Other shortfalls include $525,000 for utilities, $150,000 for weather related costs and $600,000 for additional special education services. The serious shortfalls already led to personnel issues. Sources in county government say that as many as 100 contract employees, who are not part of the teachers union, have been abruptly laid off and Martirano said that all positions have been frozen. Any advancements in the system must go through his leadership with the final decision maker, he said.

Kings Christian Academy Excels at CSM Robotic Competition

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By Kay Poiro Staff Writer SkillsUSA participated in the annual State Conference in the Baltimore area last weekend. The Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center sent over 80 competitors in over 20 contest areas competing. Competitors included winners of the regional competition held in February of this year. The Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center came away with 13 gold medals, including one from western region vice president Josephine Stehling, who also won a gold medal in dental assisting. SkillsUSA member Amber Major competed in Nurse Assisting this year and won the gold medal. Major has medaled every year for the past three years. SkillsUSA is a student organization that sponsors an annual competition for tech center programs. Every tech center in the nation is eligible for SkillsU-

SA. This year, the James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center competed against over 20 tech centers from across the state of Maryland. This year marks the first year that every student at Forest Center is a member of the SkillsUSA. According to Bonnie Skinner, Academy of Health Profession teacher and lead advisor for SkillsUSA, St. Mary’s County SkillsUSA has over 900 members, making it the largest in the state of Maryland. SkillsUSA is also a service organization, sponsoring food drives and an annual Breakfast with Santa. Later this month, they are hosting their inaugural golf tournament on Naval Air Station Patuxent River. The SkillsUSA National Competition is scheduled for June 23-27 in Kansas City, Missouri. Visit or for more information.

Over the weekend, Kings Christian Academy's middle school robotics team took the top prize at CSM's robotic competition. During each of the four rounds, our students had the highest score, beating 35 local Southern Maryland schools. They received both the Excellence Award as well as the Robotic Performance Award during the event.  This is the second year in a row that KCA has swept the competition and received the Excellence Award.


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Chopticon High School Tightens Up

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By Kay Poiro Staff Writer Every week, Chopticon High School hosts “Tighten Up Thursday” where the student body is encouraged to wear business attire to school. Each Thursday, the best dressed boy and best dressed girl win gift cards from Men’s Warehouse and other program supporters. Tighten Up Thursday also coincides with the school’s own mentoring program, The Elite and the Ladies of Excellence. The Elite and Ladies of Excellence were started five years ago by Safety Assistant Team Leader Antone Smith. Smith, Educational Support Professional of the Year for 2013, started the bi-weekly mentoring programs for the young men and women of Chopticon High School. Participants of both programs benefit from round table discussions with faculty mentors, as well as guest speakers who impart business, as well as personal advice. In the past, speakers have included owners of local food franchises, members of law enforcement and banking representatives. Following the success of the mentoring program, Smith started Tighten Up Thursdays. He explains, “I was tired of seeing young men with their pants sagging and their undergarments showing. Tighten Up Thursdays is about pulling those pants up, taking pride in their appearance and generally tightening up.”

Chopticon junior and Maryland Leadership Workshop alumn Eboni Lyles has been a member of the Ladies of Excellence program for the past year. “When they dress up, they act more mature,” Eboni says of her fellow students. Mr. Smith leads by example by trading in his security uniform for a suit and tie on Thursdays, saying that he even keeps a couple of extra ties in his office for anyone who may want a little extra tightening up. Smith recognizes that the students make Tighten Up Thursday a success and is quick to credit Chopticon’s faculty and staff for their support of the program, especially Principal Garth Bolden. “Mr. Bolden really believes in the institution of education,” says Smith. “He believes that you should come to school to learn, from the inside out.” Eboni Lyles, who plans to study prelaw after high school, says the best thing about Tighten Up Thursdays is how it has expanded past The Elite and Ladies of Excellence. These days, even students who aren’t a part of the mentoring program have taken to dressing up one day of the week. Eboni says, “It’s a ‘thing’ now. You always hear people asking, ‘Are you going to dress up?’ ‘What are you wearing on Thursday?”

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Banneker Elementary School Celebrates the Month of Military Child

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April is the Month of the Military Child. Although St. Mary’s County Public Schools, Naval Air Station Patuxent River and the rest of the community officially recognize the accomplishments and sacrifices of military children on Friday, April 11, Benjamin Banneker Elementary School is celebrating all

month. Every morning for the month of April, Benjamin Banneker Elementary School highlights a military family during their morning announcements. This week, the Buchness family were highlighted. The three Buchness children- Gavin, Aiden, and Paigeshared with the school some of the places their father 1SG Chris Buchness has visited during his military deployments, including Afghanistan, Germany and Estonia. “It’s not fun when my dad leaves, but it’s good when he comes back,” says Paige Buchness. Banneker Elementary also has a world map surrounded by pictures of local military heroes displayed prominently in their hallway. Paraprofessional Mary Boyle hung the map with the and military students have been placing pushpins on the different states and countries where they’ve lived. Banneker Principal Debra Bowling says her school receives a lot of support from her military families and that several military parents serve on the PTA, as well as volunteer to speak at the school’s career day and other activities. Nearly one-third of St. Mary’s County

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Public School’s 17,840 students are directly associated with the military. County schools work closely with Naval Air Station Patuxent River through school liaison officer Dawn Simpson to ensure the specific needs of the military students are met. “When we have that many military children, we want to be absolutely sure that we’re sensitive to their mobility and transitions and helping them assimilate into our school system,” says Superintendent Martirano. Transition was the topic of a skit written and performed by three Banneker students. The skit, written by sisters Kaitlin, Malayna and Kendal Shiels, touched on the apprehension felt by military children when leaving their friends, as well as the sense of adventure that comes with traveling to and living in exotic locales. Photos by Kay Poiro Sometimes the term “exotic” is relative. Banneker Principal Debra Bowling (with the Shiels The Rogers sisters are Banneker Elementary sisters) says, “Raise your hand if you’re a military child.” students new to St. Mary’s County. Origi- of the service by wearing purple. nally from Ottawa, Canada, they’re members “We’re celebrating the diversity that we of a Canadian military family who moved to have here at Banneker,” says Principal BowlSouthern Maryland nearly two years ago. ing. “Our military students bring new perFriday, April 11 is “Purple Up Day.” At spectives and exposure to other cultures that, Banneker Elementary and across the school in turn, enrich our culture.” system, students, faculty and administrators will be showing their support for all branches

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WE’RE PROUD TO CELEBRATE 30 YEARS OF DOMINION’S VOLUNTEER PROGRAM, AS WELL AS EVERY SINGLE EMPLOYEE WHOSE DEDICATION HAS MADE IT POSSIBLE. To celebrate 30 years of volunteering in the communities where we live and work, Dominion has recognized 30 honorees for the personal time and effort they donated in 2013. One of those volunteers, Susie Lopez, works at our Cove Point LNG terminal right here in Southern Maryland. And like other Cove Point volunteers—who, since 2005, have spent 3,500 hours volunteering alongside a company that’s donated $2.3 million to Maryland charities over the past 12 years—Susie has found important and meaningful ways to make a positive difference through public service. In addition to recruiting and inspiring others, Susie and her family have personally participated in numerous efforts in and around their community. One that’s especially meaningful for her is Farming 4 Hunger, a nonprofit near Cove Point that grows and harvests food—ensuring that families in need don’t go hungry. Because even though Dominion helped buy Farming 4 Hunger’s bean picker, it’s the generosity of people such as Susie that will help end hunger itself.

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LEGAL NOTICES INVITATION TO BID— CONTRACTORS TAKE NOTICE (Renovation and Addition, Residential Property, 597 Lake Drive, Lusby) Licensed general contractors are invited to bid on the renovation of, and addition to a bungalow at the above address. The structure is available to begin work immediately or upon an agreedto- schedule. Architectural drawings have been made and are available for review. Please email to discuss project and receive drawings. GENERAL CONCEPT: Rip off the existing screened-in porch, excavate this area for a basement level about 5 feet deep, and construct the below-grade foundation for the addition (about 20x 24’). Connect the addition to the existing structure. Construct a two-story addition which is about 900 sq. ft. above and 450 sq.ft. below grade. TASKS include: 1. File all permits. 2. Install masonry skirt around existing structure to allow for winterization. 3. Remove and replace existing siding; 4. Construct front porch; 5. Construct “Trex” or comparable rear deck; 5. Add dormer style gable to roof, and re-roof; 6. Sub-contract for installation of geothermal heat pump (bid on hand) and Certainteed PV shingles or equivalent; 7. Install propane tank system for stove and hot water; 8. Seamlessly integrate new and old structures; 9. Use LEED Gold standard for construction standard. (Questions, call 703.822.9993) 4/10/2014 PUBLIC NOTICE: Cellco Partnership and its controlled affiliates doing business as Verizon Wireless (Verizon Wireless) proposes to build a 199-foot Monopole Communications Tower. Anticipated lighting application will be medium intensity dual red/white strobes. The Site location is 20706 Hermanville Rd., Lexington Park, St. Mary’s County, MD 20653, Lat: 38-14-4.74, Long: -76-26-36.08. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Antennae Structure Registration (ASR, Form 854) filing number is A0895808. ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS – Interested persons may review the application ( by entering the filing number. Environmental concerns may be raised by filing a Request for Environmental Review ( environmentalrequest) and online filings are strongly encouraged. The mailing address to file a paper copy is: FCC Requests for Environmental Review, Attn: Ramon Williams, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554. HISTORIC PROPERTIES EFFECTS – Public comments regarding potential effects on historic properties may be submitted within 30 days from the date of this publication to: Trileaf Corp, Rae,, 10845 Olive Blvd, Suite 260, St. Louis, MO 63141, 314-997-6111. 4/10/2014

I'd like to thank Hope Hewins and Freddie Clarke for having a fundraiser and benefit to raise money for my prothesis. I'd like to give special thanks to Judy and Gordon Reagan, owners of Dew Drop Inn, for hosting the benefit. I'd like to thank Thomas McKay, Kit Carson, and the County Times for advertising the event. Thank you to Jeff Kirby and Shep Patrick, both from Sunshine Catering, for the wonderful Bar B Q sandwiches. I'd like to thank all the volunteers that worked the event and the ones who worked to secure the donations. Thank you to all the people and businesses that donated items for the door prizes, raffles, and auction. These items really contributed to making the benefit a success. Thank you to the bands for donating their

Patricia Cregon Plaintiff V. Carolyn Virginia Dorsch Bank of America, NA TIM, Inc, nka PRLAP, Inc, Trustee Register of Wills for St. Mary's County St. Mary's County Maryland State of Maryland All person that have or claim to have any interest in the property identified in the Tax Rolls of the Treasurer and Collector of State and County taxes for St. Mary's County as follows: First District, Property No. 01-024205, 43, 124 Sq Ft & Imps, Scotland known as 11880 Point Lookout Rd Defendants

time: Charles Thompson, Piranhas, R & R Train, No Green Jelly Beenz, and DJ Steve with Sonic Sound. Most of all, I'd like to thank the participation of friends, family, and the community that came together to make this a very successful benefit. I'm very grateful to have the turnout we did. With a little hope and participation, big things can happen. I'm working on getting my leg to heal. I'm working my way to getting a prothetic so I can walk again. Anyone wishing to donate can do it on the website fundraiser-for-Richard-Bowles/153960.


St. Mary's County Case No.: 18-C-13-000746

ORDER OF PUBLICATION This object of this proceeding is to secure the foreclosure of all rights of redemption in the following property sold by the Collector of Taxes for St. Mary’s County and State of Maryland to the Plaintiff in this proceeding: First District, Property No. 01-024205, 43, 124 Sq Ft & Imps, Scotland, known as 11880 Point Lookout Rd. The Complaint states, among other things, that the amount necessary for redemption have not been paid. It is thereupon this 25th day of March, 2014, by the Circuit Court for St. Mary’s County, ORDERED that this notice be given by the insertion of a copy of this Order in some daily newspaper having general circulation in St. Mary’s County once a week for three successive weeks before the 25th of May, 2014, warning all persons interest in said properties to be and appear in this Court by the 25th day of May, 2014, and redeem these properties and answer the Complaint, or thereafter a final judgement will be rendered foreclosing all rights of redemption in the said property and vesting in the Plaintiff a fee simple title, free and clear of all encumbrances.


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I’m Tired of Politicians Splitting Hairs Politics is certainly not my favorite thing and I’m sure most of you would agree it’s not yours either. Sometimes, however, wading into that murky swamp is a necessity. I’m tired of politicians promising one thing when they’re running and delivering something completely different once they’re in office. I’d sure love a big helping of honesty and integrity. Is there any left? I’m tired of politicians splitting hairs. Don’t tell me you haven’t raised my taxes for the past eight years when you have constantly raised the assessment levels on my property, thus I really am paying more taxes. I’m tired of hearing “there’s nothing I can do about it.” Wrong! Get to know the candidates and their records and above all else, vote. If they don’t keep their promises, take them to task. I’m tired of hearing “well, I have to vote Democrat (or Republican) because I have to stick with my party.” Really? Did Moses miss something? The future of St. Mary’s County is at a crossroads. We need to take our future out of the hands of politicians who supposedly were elected to represent us, but don’t. Remember that “insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.” During my 37 year career with the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C., I commuted an estimated 750,000 miles. I could have moved closer to work, but I didn’t want to. St. Mary’s County is and has always been my home and besides I liked being in the country. I never had a desire to live in an apartment where I could hear every noise made by my neighbors; live in a subdivision with the houses 10’ apart; look over my shoulder wondering if and when I was going to be mugged or worse; and I wanted my chil-

dren to be raised where they could run and explore without worrying that they could be abducted or molested. I didn’t move to the city, but the city is certainly trying to come to me. Now it’s just next door. The quality of life and culture of Charles County has been destroyed. Some developers, with the assistance of the some of our politicians, are trying to take us down the same road. Waldorf, with all of its plastic houses, townhouses, and apartments, is no longer a safe place to be. Don’t believe me? Read the crime reports. Here in Charlotte Hall, we’ve been fighting the battle to keep central water out for years, yet it keeps rearing its ugly head. Be assured we are not going to sit quietly back and let that happen. That, in itself, is the entrée to high density housing. Larry Jarboe has fought this battle with us but the bad news is that he is termed out and cannot run this year as County Commissioner. The good news is that he is running for the State Senate. Some people say that Larry says “no” too often. I say look closely at what he’s saying no to and perhaps you’ll understand why. He truly represents his constituents. Puff Barthelme is running for the House of Delegates on the premise of “Keep Waldorf in Waldorf.” I agree with him wholeheartedly and have discussed it with him at length. Having known him for over 30 years, I truly believe that he will do whatever he can to protect this county we love so well. It’s long past time to take our country back and we need to start at the county level. Are you going to be a part of the problem or of the solution? I interview my candidates—after all, they’re supposed to be working for me. Maybe you should too. Linda Reno Charlotte Hall, Md.

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Student Board of Ed Member Peter Widmayer: Model Student, Model Citizen

By Kay Poiro Staff Writer Embodying the phrase “those who do, do more,” 17-year-old Peter Widmayer is a busy young man. In addition to serving as Student Member of the St. Mary’s County Board of Education, he also sits on the Southern Maryland Association of Student Councils Executive board, attended the Maryland Fall Leadership Conference. Last week, he was the keynote speaker at St. Mary’s County Black History Coalition. Adopted at two days old from a Baltimore hospital, Peter Widmayer is the last of six children from a blended and crosscultural family. Peter tells the story of how his mother, a former Catholic Charities employee, had fostered over 50 infants before eventually relinquishing those children to forever homes. Peter says one day, his mother decided that she would adopt the next infant she fostered. That infant was Peter. “I’ve been graced with good parents who brought me up to do great things,” he says, adding that the mentoring he received through Future Leaders of the World (FLOW) and Chopticon High School’s Safety Assistant Team Leader Antone Smith has been instrumental in his success. Admitting that he was “somewhat terrified” when first elected to the Board of Education one year ago, Peter says his focus never wavered from advancing an anti-bullying agenda. “I only had one year to make a difference, so I chose one topic – bullying,” he explains. “Bullying can take many forms: cyberbullying, hazing and social media harassment. It’s definitely a nationwide and cultural problem, but it starts with students taking personal responsibility. “Adults can say work hard and be nice, but it’s up to us to live it.” Peter mentions being bullied when he moved to the county during in his elementary school years, but says the problem was resolved after he gained the courage to speak up. “Nobody wants to be a ‘snitch’”, he says, adding that the experience affected his confidence and left him plagued with self-doubt for years. He describes himself as “lazy” until his sophomore year at Chopticon when his biology teacher encouraged his involvement in student government. “She kept on me, making sure that I stayed on track,” he remembers. “It seemed like a small thing but it gave me the push that I needed.”

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work hard and be nice, but it’s up to us to live it.” Peter says the most important thing he’s learned during his time on the board is an appreciation of the intricacies of a wellrun school system. “I’ve had the opportunity to peek behind the curtain of our school system and see people working tirelessly to ensure the students have what they need to succeed. The programs we have are years in the making,” he explains. “Nothing just happens. “There’s a reason why we’re ahead of the state and national graduation rates. It’s a direct result of teachers and administrators who truly care about what they’re doing.” “Our teachers don’t just come to a job, they come to ‘work’.” Peter says he has two accomplishments of which he is most proud. First, he established the St. Mary’s County Counsel of Extraordinary Student Leaders. Composed of national honor society president, student government president and senior class president from each school and facilitated by student member of Board of Education, the committee identifies school issues that can be improve upon. Bullying was a common thread they found in all three schools. Second, he was able to speak to the freshman class of each high school during a “Stop Bullying- Speak Up” event. Most recently, he addressed 300 Chopticon freshmen as part of the safety and security festival along with the county sheriff’s office and their anti-drug use in the county. Board of Education member Marilyn Crosby sits next to Peter on the dais says of his dedication. “Peter is very proactive in all his endeavors,” she says. “He attends events in and outside of his normal board schedule.” She says that he’s side by side with the elected board members at events such as the Rising Freshman Orientation at Leonardtown, the Sir Walter Francis Duke Elementary School Groundbreaking Ceremony, the

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Drug Summit and countless other events. Superintendent Martirano praises Widmayer as an “outstanding student board member,” saying that he is wise beyond his years and appreciates his anti-bullying focus. “Right now is a busy time for me but it’s all worth it. It’s something that is making a difference. “Everything I’ve worked toward is coming to a climax this year,” says Peter. “And unfortunately it all ends May 29.” May 29 is Chopticon High School’s scheduled commencement date. After graduating from Chopticon, Peter will attend the University of Maryland Eastern Shore with a major in Hotel

and Restaurant Management. He recently passed his final exam with a 98 percent and won a gold medal at SkillsUSA competition in the customer service category on Saturday. Even with all his accomplishments, Peter realizes that high school is a stepping stone and says he is looking forward to the future. “Like many before me, I’ve been able to go from ‘some kid at Chopticon’ to a student who’s taken advantage opportunities available,” he says. “It’s something I’ll always cherish.”


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Katherine F. Blix of Saint Mary’s City, Md. died peacefully in her sleep on March 28 after a short illness. She is survived by her husband of fifty five years, Trygve M. Blix and her daughters Torgunn and Gioia. Katherine and Trygve have three grandchildren and one great grandchild. Katherine is also survived by her brother Joseph Strada. She was preceded in death by her sister Rosemary Cangro. Katherine had a long successful career in education culminating in her last position as Director of Supervision and Curriculum for the Charles County Public Schools. Katherine is greatly missed by her family including nieces, nephews, and their families. A Memorial Mass was held on Saturday, April 5th at 1 p.m. at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church located at 47950 Mattapany Road, Saint Mary’s City, Md. A private gathering of celebration will be held following the funeral. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Cecilia’s Church, 47950 Mattapany Road, P.O. Box 429, St. Mary’s City, MD 20686 or to Hospice House of St. Mary’s, Inc., P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, Md. 20650. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, Pa., Leonardtown, Md.

Jenifer Lynn Beall, 53, passed away on March 28 after a long illness. Jenifer was preceded in death by her parents Charles Beall and Norma Beall and her brother Charles Beall, Jr. She is survived by her son James Michael Beall; her six grandchildren, Ashley, Caleb, Hailey, Micah, Brendan, and Jimmy; partner of twenty years, Chris Adams; siblings, Charlotte Pantazes, Karen Dockery, Wanda Beall, Susan Beall, Wayne Beall, Rodney Beall and Kenneth Beall. Jenifer is remembered as a loving, caring, and kind person with a big sense of humor. She loved being outdoors in her garden planting flowers, vegetables, and herbs. The produce was shared with those she loved. Jenifer loved her cats and enjoyed feeding the birds and squirrels. She also enjoyed cross stitching. She believed in angels and enjoyed reading the bible. Sending cards or leaving notes to express her kind words was something she did regularly. Jenifer loved having family visits and going shopping.  Christmas and Thanksgiving were her favorite holidays spent at home with Chris and family.  She was a beautiful woman who was full of love.  The family received friends on Thursday, April 3 from 4 p.m., 7 p.m. with prayers recited at 6 p.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, Md. A Funeral Service was held on Friday, April 4 at 10 a.m. in the Funeral Home Chapel with

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Joseph Reginald Tarleton, 80 Joseph Reginald “Reggie” Tarleton of California, Md. passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday morning, March 30 surrounded by members of his loving family. His faithful dog, Bear, stood watch overnight. He was born on May 17, 1933 in Valley Lee to the late Luther Reginald Tarleton and Mary Josephine Ridgell Tarleton. He was the second of five children and was predeceased by younger siblings Mary Lee Tarleton and George Francis Tarleton. He is survived by sisters Joyce Marable (Walt) of Garrett Park, Md. and Shirley Evans Palmer of Greenbelt, Md. He married Mary Margaret Wood in 1953 and they celebrated 42 years together until her death in July 1995 just before their 42nd wedding anniversary. He was also predeceased by a grandson, Brian Joseph Tarleton, Jr. Reggie is survived by his five children Karen Garner (John) of Drayden, Brian Tarleton (Marie) of Saint Mary’s City, Russell Tarleton (April) of California, Dale Tarleton (Patricia) of California, and Keith Tarleton (Keri) of Hollywood; nine grandchildren Mary Beth Garner Cudd (David), Jack Garner, Tara Tarleton, Kellan Tarleton, Brennan Tarleton, Travis Tarleton, Chelsea Tarleton, Cole Tarleton, Blake Tarleton, Ashlynn Tarleton; and one great-grandchild Aaron Cudd. Reggie is also survived by his long-time companion, Peggy Goddard, with whom he enjoyed many card games, family events, and trips. He shared a special relationship with Corey and Janice Rakes and their girls Lilly and Allison as well as Peggy’s granddaughter Tori Clements. Reggie graduated from Great Mills High School in 1951 and took up farming with his father in California, Md. He was a rural mail carrier from 1969 until 1995 when he retired to care for his wife. He was also a Saint Mary’s County school bus driver and contractor from 1954 until just before his death; he was the youngest bus contractor in the county when he obtained his first contract in the 1960s. Valuing a Catholic education, Reggie worked three jobs to send his five children to local parochial schools. Reggie spent many hours cultivating his garden and the produce was always abundant and shared with family and friends. He experimented with herbs, wines, and most recently honey bees with oversight from Viet Nguyen. He looked forward to the annual hog butchering ritual with extended family and especially enjoyed Christmas Eve dinner where he stood guard over the fryer turning out perfectly seasoned oysters. He was also known to turn out large pots of vegetable beef soup and delicious raisin cake. One of his greatest pleasures was giving youngsters their first tractor ride and demonstrating how to gather eggs without disrupting the hens. He was always up for a game of pitch or a church dinner. He had endless patience with any task as well as a knack for repairing things; from meat slicers to paper shredders,

he painstakingly took items apart, cleaned each piece, and put them back together so that they worked like new! He was an active member of St. John Francis Regis Catholic Church and a member of the Knights of Columbus, St. John Francis Regis Chapter. He was also a member of the St. Mary’s County School Bus Contractors Association. The family received friends on Friday, April 4 from 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. with prayers recited at 6 p.m. at Mattingly-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, Md. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday, April 5 at 10 a.m. at St. John Francis Regis Catholic Church, Hollywood, Md. with Father Keith Woods and Father Ray Schmidt officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Pallbearers are Jack Garner, Kellan Tarleton, Brennan Tarleton, Travis Tarleton, Tom Marable, and Martin Evans. Honorary pallbearers are Mary Beth Cudd, Tara Tarleton, Chelsea Tarleton, Cole Tarleton, Blake Tarleton, and Ashlynn Tarleton. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Mary’s PO Box 625 Leonardtown Md. 20650, St. John’s Catholic School, 43950 St. John’s Road, Hollywood Md. 20636, or St. Mary’s Ryken High School, 22600 Camp Calvert Road, Leonardtown, Md. 20650.

Mary Roberta Hammett, 90 Mary Roberta (Berta) Hammett, 90, of Hollywood, Md. passed away at her home on March 28. She was born on January 23, 1924 to John Millard Redmond and Edna M. (Wallace) Redmond. She was the oldest of four children. She was preceded in death by her brother Francis. She is survived by brothers Joseph of Lebanon, Ore., and Lawrence of Hollywood, Md. She married Norbert A. Hammett on February 18, 1946, and had two children Mary Linda Hammett who she cared for all her life, and Jerry Hammett (Deana) of Mechanicsville, Md. She is also survived by two grandchildren; Jerry, Jr., (Stephanie) of St. Augustine, Fla., and Christopher of Mechanicsville, Md. and also her niece Cheryl Lynn Redmond of Hollywood, Md. She simply loved helping people she worked for the Office of Aging for 12 years and later helped numerous people at Cedar Lane Apartment in Leonardtown, Md. She was always the type of person who put everyone else in front of her. She will be greatly missed by all who came to know her. The family received friends on Wednesday, April 2 from 5 p.m., 8 p.m. with prayers recited at 7 p.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home Leonardtown, Md. A Funeral Service was held on Thursday, April 3 at 10 a.m. in the Funeral Home Chapel with Deacon Bill Nickerson officiating. Interment will follow in Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, Md. Pallbearers; Jerry Hammett, Jr., Johnny Wallace, Daniel Dixon, Christopher Hammett, Joseph Dorsey and Charles Thompson. Honorary Pallbearers; Cheryl Lynn Redmond and Laurie Dorsey. Contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Mary’s P.O. Box 625 Leonardtown, Md. Arrangement provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Pa.


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Barbara Lee Wetzel, 75 Barbara “Snizzles”, Lee Wetzel, 75, of La Plata, Md. passed away at her residence on March 27. Born on August 31, 1938 in Leonardtown, Md., she was the loving daughter of the late William Edward and Essie Eulalia Downs Owens. Barbara is survived by her children;  Linda Thompson of Lexington Park, Md., Kristina Huckabee of Indian Head, Md., Paul Wetzel (Mary), Alan Wetzel (Lori), both of Mechanicsville, Md., Cheri Wetzel of Plattsmouth, Neb., Patrick Wetzel (Aaron Kaburick) of N.Y., 7 grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild. Sisters; Gladys Pilkerton and Betty Woods. She is preceded in death by her siblings; Mary Catherine, Mitchell Owens, Regina Wilhemina Owens, Rita Joy, Irene Robertson, Lindy Owens, Francis Walter Owens, Donald Edward Owens, Jack Owens, and Bob Owens.  Barbara graduated from Margaret Brent and Graduated from Charles County Community College in 1985, she earned her Associates of Science Degree in Nursing. She worked as a registered Nurse at Civista Medical Center, retiring after 26 years in 2003. Barbara belonged to TOPS, and was an avid crossword puzzle solver, avid Redskin fan, and she loved all sports.  The family received friends on Monday, March 31, from 5 p.m., 8 p.m. with prayers recited at 7 p.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home Leonardtown, Md. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday, April 1 at 10 a.m. in Sacred Heart Catholic Church La Plata, Md. with Father Robert Buchmeier and Father Ron Potts celebrating. Interment will follow in Queen of Peace Catholic Cemetery Helen, Md.  Pallbearers:  Paul Huckabee, Eric Wetzel, Kenneth Woods, Glenn Woods, Kevin Woods, and Henry Washington.  Honorary Pallbearers; Jennifer Rettig, Devon Dawson, Hannah Wet-

Obituaries zel, Erin Wetzel, Sallie Wetzel, and Kristen Wetzel. Contributions may be made to Catholic Charities 513 Charles St, La Plata, Md. 20646, and/ or Hospice of Charles County 2505 Davis Road Waldorf, Md. 20603.

Charles Joseph McLaughlin, Jr., 83 Charles Joseph McLaughlin, Jr., 83, of Lexington Park, Md., passed away March 31 at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardtown, Md. He was born November 4, 1930, in Broddoc, Pa., to the late Charles Joseph McLaughlin, Sr. and Marquerite Behr. He was the beloved husband of the late Mary Grace McLaughlin. Before her passing in November 2013, they spent sixtytwo wonderful years together. He served in the United States Coast Guard and was stationed in New York. While on leave he loved to go roller skating and it was there he met the love of his life when she purposely bumped into him to get his attention. Together they raised 7 children. He peacefully went to join his bride and they are together again for eternity. Chuck was an electrical engineer who spent many years as a Government Contractor but his greatest love was his family. Mr. Chuck will be lovingly remembered at St. Mary’s Nursing Center where he would visit his beloved wife every day for almost 10 years and then spent 3 months there himself rehabbing after a fall from December until February of 2014. Charles is survived by his seven children, Charlene J. Metzler (Harry) of Lexington Park, Md., Dr. Charles J. McLaughlin III of Telford, Pa., Colleen J. Mitchell of Milford, N.J., Mary C. McLaughlin of Virginia Beach, Va., Eileen A. McLaughlin of Hatboro, Pa., Kelley A. Mai (Denny) of Lexington Park, Md. and Dennis P. McLaughlin (Dina) of Bordentown, N.J.; seventeen grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents and wife, he is also preceded in death by his grandson Sean Allen Mai. Family received friends for Charles’ Life

Celebration on Saturday, April 5 from 11 a.m., 12 p.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 22375 Three Notch Road, Lexington Park, Md. 20653. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Reverend Jack Kennealy and Deacon Amon Ripple at 12 p.m. A private interment will be held at a later date. Serving as pallbearers will be Anthony Luciotti, Daniel Schoor, Christopher McLaughlin, Lloyd McLaughlin, Dennis McLaughlin, Timothy Mai. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Southern Maryland Office, 10665 Stanhaven Place, Suite 205D, White Plains, Md. 20695. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, Pa., Leonardtown, Md.

husband, she is also preceded in death by her siblings, Yvette Livingston, Paul Messier, John Messier, Marcel Messier, Robert Messier, and Armand Messier and infant son Terrence Lee. Family received friends on Tuesday, April 8 from 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. at Holy Face Catholic Church, 20408 Point Lookout Road, Great Mills, Md. 20634. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Reverend Joseph Calis at 10:30 a.m. Interment will immediately follow. Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kan. 66675. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, Pa., Leonardtown, Md.

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Madeleine Messier Cecil, 89, of Bristol, Conn., passed away March 31 at Bristol Hospital in Bristol, Conn. She was born January 26, 1925, in Newport Center, Vt. to the late George Messier and Antionette Milotte. From 1947 to 1952, Madeleine proudly served her country in the United States Navy as a Lieutenant. She was employed as a Registered Nurse at University of Conneticut Health Center for 20 years, before her retirement in 1987. She was the beloved wife of the late Norbert Joseph Cecil. Madeleine is survived by her children, Kathleen Renee Cecil (J. Edward Smith) of Great Mills, Md., Maureen Michelle Estrella (Daniel) of Bristol, Conn., Terrence Joseph Cecil (Roberta) of West Harford, Conn, and Timothy George Cecil (Theresa) of Farmington, Conn.; her siblings, Charles Messier (Cecile) of Manchester, Conn., Charlotte DeCampos of Manchester, Conn., Constance Cremer of Dover, Del., and A. Renee Daniel of Swanton, Vt.; nine grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. In addition to her parents and

Nona Lorene Clarkson, 76 of Valley Lee, Md. passed away on Sunday, March 30, 2014 at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, Md. Nona is survived by her children, Clifford Anthony Clarkson, Frank Joseph Clarkson, Victoria Clarkson, Robin Darlene Little (William), Gerald Dean Skalby, Daniel Keith Skalby (Joanne), Roy Ned Hines, Teresa Mae Pace, Peggy Ann Hines, Jenny Ann Booth, and Steven Van Gregory Skyrm; brother Dick Ford; sister Peggy George; 18 grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren. Nona is also survived by a circle of great friends who will never forget her. A graveside service was held on Thursday, April 3 at 1 p.m. at Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, Md. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, Pa., Leonardtown, Md.

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Today, April 7th, Mom, would have been your 87th birthday, also it's been 3 years since you went to Heaven. We will miss you more than even your smile - your kindness and just you being yourself. Please watch over your family, and again you were an angel from Heaven to your family and those who know you, love you, and miss you. Love Always, Your Children, Grandchildren, Great-Grandchildren, and Family

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Covert Scores Potomac First With New Team Pilkerton Popular RUSH Crate LM Winner

By Doug Watson Contributing Writer York Haven Pa.’s Jason Covert was victorious for the first time in his career in last Friday nights 35-lap Ed Canupp Memorial at Potomac speedway. The win for Covert, worth $2500, was not only his first-ever Potomac Late Model feature score but also his first with new car owners Pete Cameron and Roland Mann. Kenny Moreland and Covert shared the front-row for the start of the event with Covert assuming the race lead as the pack raced off turn-two. Covert would eventually lead all 35laps to post the win, but it was by no means an easy trip to victory lane. As Covert lead Kenny Moreland, Glenn Elliott and Stevie Long all waged a furious battle until Long broke-free from the chaos on lap-32. Long then tracked down Covert over the final three-circuits but would fall short by three car-lengths as Covert streaked under the checkered flag. “This win is about all the people who gave me this opportunity.” Covert stated during his post-race interview. “Pete, Roland, Lisa and all the people on this team gave me a shot to drive their car this season and I’m so proud to be able to get my first win for them here at their home track.” Protecting the bottom of the speedway, in Covert’s opinion, was key in his winning drive. “The bottom was the place to be tonight.” Covert quipped. “the top was real dirty and I knew if we could hold the bottom, we’d have a shot to win, but I knew Stevie was back there towards the end and we were able to hold him off. It feels great to finally win here at Potomac.” Kenny Moreland came home third, Jamie Lathroum took fourth with Dale Hollidge settling for fifth. Heats went to Covert and Long. Former Late Model track champion Jeff Pilkerton wired the field to score his career-first divisional win in the 20-lap RUSH Crate Late Model event. Pilkerton started on the pole and would lead the distance to score the popular win over 10th-starting Ben Bowie. “I just want to thank all the guys who worked all winter getting this car ready.” Pilkerton stated. “We haven’t won here in a long time and this Crate division is a perfect fit for us.” Defending track champion John Imler was third, Darren Henderson collected fourth with Reese Masiello rounding out the top-five. Heats went to Bowie and Henderson. Mike Latham scored his second win in a row, and career 32nd, in the 16-lap Street Stock feature. Defending champion Darren Alvey lead the first 8-laps before Latham slid by to take the lead for good on the 9th-lap. Latham would then dominate the remaining 8-laps to score the win

over Darren Alvey, Mike Raleigh, Chuck Bowie and Troy Kassiris. Defending track champion Erica Bailey dominated the 15-lap U-Car feature to become the third different winner of the three-week old season. Cori French lead the first 2-laps before Bailey snared the race lead on lap-3 and would go on to post a convincing win. DJ Powell came home second, Jeremy Pilkerton was third, Same Raley took fourth with Megan Mann rounding out the top-five. Jamie Sutphin scored his first win of 2014 in another down to the wire 15-lap Hobby Stock main. John Burch lead the first 4-laps before Jerry Deason assumed the top-spot on lap-5. Deason appeared headed to his second win of the season, but Sutphin had other ideas. Coming off the fourth turn on the final lap, Deason got pinched behind a lapped car, allowing Sutphin to sneak by and grab the win at the start/finish line. Deason held on for second, John Burch was third, Jonathon Raley took fourth with 12th-starting Billy Crouse completing the top-five. Late Model feature finish 1. Jason Covert 2. Stevie Long 3. Kenny Moreland 4. Jamie Lathroum 5. Dale Hollidge 6. JT Spence 7. Greg Roberson 8. Dominic DeFino 9. Kyle Lear 10. Deane Guy 11. Glenn Elliott 12. Brandon Long 13. Marty Hanbury RUSH Crate Late Model feature finish 1. Jeff Pilkerton 2. Ben Bowie 3. John Imler 4. Darren Henderson 5. Reese Masiello 6. Sam Archer 7. Timmy Booth 8. Sonny Hatzell 9. Brian Lederhouse 10. Harry Shipe Jr. Street Stock feature finish 1. Mike Latham 2. Darren Alvey 3. Mike Raleigh 4. Chuck Bowie 5. Troy Kassiris 6. Johnny Oliver 7. Dale Reamy 8. Mike Hanbury U-Car feature finish 1. Erica Bailey 2. DJ Powell 3. Jeremy Pilkerton 4. Sam Raley 5. Megan Mann 6. Cori French 7. Angel Mudd 8. Corey Swaim Hobby Stock feature finish 1. Jamie Sutphin 2. Jerry Deason 3. John Burch 4. Jonathon Raley 5. Billy Crouse 6. Kenny Sutphin 7. Will Nelson 8. Korey Downs 9. Chris Maxey 10. Ernie Dettbarn 11. Ryan Clement 12. Robbie Kramer Jr. 13. Max Martin 14. Greg Morgan 15. Buddy Dunagan

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Less than a week after signing RHPs Peter Parise and Ian Marshall, manager Lance Burkhart continues to adhere to the adage that “pitching wins championships.” Today, he announced the signing of RHP Erik Hamren, who brings with him experience at the Major League level with the San Diego Padres back in 2011. This season will be Hamren’s first with the Blue Crabs. Hamren began the 2013 season with the Double-A Mississippi Braves of the Atlanta Braves farm system before being traded to the Montgomery Biscuits of the Tampa Bay Rays organization. Between the two clubs, he posted a sparkling ERA of just 3.08 in 45 games. Working as a reliever, Hamren struck out a staggering 76 batters in only 64.1 innings of work, which averages out to 10.6 strikeouts per nine innings pitched. Prior to last season, the 6’1”, 195lb righty spent 2011 and 2012 with the San Diego Padres organization. Hamren began the 2011 season with their Single-A club, before skyrocketing through their Double-A and Triple-A teams due to his outstanding performances. He finished that season with a total record of 5-0, an ERA of 1.05, and an average

of more than one strikeout per inning (71 K in 68.2 IP). Hamren, 27, was born in Newport Beach, CA. He attended Tesoro High School in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA before enrolling at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, CA. In 2008 the Chicago Cubs selected him in the 37th round of the MLB June Amateur Draft. In a professional career spanning six seasons, Hamren has accumulated 326 strikeouts in 330.2 innings pitched and has a superb ERA of 3.46. The Blue Crabs play 140 regular season games in the Atlantic League, considered the highest level of Minor League Baseball. Atlantic League players are “Major League ready” and in the last 16 years, over 600 players have graduated from Atlantic League clubs to Major League organizations, making the League a preferred route for experienced players to be scouted by Major League Baseball. The Blue Crabs play at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, Md. The franchise will look to open its 7th season on Thursday, April 24. Please call 301-638-9788 or visit www.SOMDbluecrabs. com for more information and to save your seat at the ballpark today!


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Pilkerton Ends Fifteen-Year Winless Drought Friday at Potomac By Doug Watson Contributing Writer Back in the mid to late 90’s the name Jeff Pilkerton and Potomac speedway went hand in hand. The Loveville, Maryland resident collected four-straight track titles (93, 94, 95 and 96) in the old Semi-Late class and notched 42 career feature wins along the way. After his successful run in the Semi-Late’s, Pilkerton moved up to the Late Models in 1998, capturing one feature win in his rookie season. The 1999 season would be a break-out campaign for Pilkerton as he would score three-feature wins and the Late Model track championship in the process. Rising costs to run a competitive Late Model operation forced Pilkerton to be a spectator more often than not after his break-out 1999 season. Pilkerton would race sparingly over the next several season’s, but would never find the success like he had during his heyday in the 90’s. That would all change last Friday night. During the off-season, Pilkerton and company decided to try the Crate Late Model division, flying under the RUSH Racing Series banner for 2014, and the decision paid dividends quickly. The second appearance of the class this season would be a night to remember as Pilkerton scored a convincing flag-to-flag win aboard his MasterSbilt no.8, his first Potomac feature win since August 13,1999 and his overall 47th career Potomac feature win. “We can afford to race again.” Pilkerton stated. “These cars, with the sealed motors and all you can’t touch anything, so it was a pretty easy decision to get one of these things.” Pilkerton was quick to praise those who got him back to Potomac’s victory lane. “This is Derrick Quade’s car he flipped at the nationals a few years back.” Said Pilkerton. “The guys worked all winter getting this thing ready and without all their help and all the sponsor’s we have, we wouldn’t be standing here right now. It sure does feel good to be standing here right now.” The win was not only special for Pilkerton, but your’s truly as well. When I made my announcing debut at Potomac in 1995, Pilkerton was my first-ever victory lane interview, as he scored a flag-to-flag win in the 20-lap Semi-Late feature.

Door Wars at MIR This Weekend

This weekend on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 11 through April 13, Maryland International Raceway (MIR) will hold the 6th annual Door Wars, featuring 5-second, 240+mph Pro Mods, Outlaw 10.5, Outlaw Drag Radial, X275, Ultra Street, 422 Motorsports, “Pro vs Joes” Top Sportsman Shootout and a Mod E.T. class. MIR has posted over $55,000 in prize money and the best of the best from all over the country will be here to take home victory. This will be an action packed weekend of wheels up side by side racing with all of the top outlaws! The internet has been buzzing about this event and world records will fall. See wheel standing radial tire cars, to the wild 5-second 240 mph Pro Mods. The gates will open at 9am on Friday for a test session, but the real action will be on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday the gates will open at 8 a.m., and qualifying for the feature classes will be at 12 p.m., 4 p.m., and 8 p.m. On Sunday gates open at 9 a.m., eliminations will begin at 12noon for the feature classes. Don’t miss this unique event! Friday admission is $20, Saturday or Sunday Admission is $25 or you can purchase a 2-Day pass for $40. Children 6 to 11 are $5, and kids 5 & under are free. For more detailed information on these events call the 24-Hour Dragline Hotline at 301-884-RACE or visit us at

Weekend NotesAfter finishing 9th in Friday’s Late Model feature at Potomac with his 358-powered, Rocket no.151, Kyle Lear towed to Hagerstown (MD) on Saturday and won the Late Model Sportsman feature, his first at the track since 2010...Glenn Elliott made his 2014 debut at Potomac on Friday wheeling his brand-new Darrell Lanigan prepared Club 29 race cars no.5. Elliott was fast with the new machine as he was as high as second during the LM feature, but would eventually retire from the event with mechanical problems...After finishing 5th Friday at Potomac with his Rocket no.0, Dale Hollidge scored his second win of 2014 with his second-career Late Model win Saturday at Winchester...Congrats to 2013 Winchester Pure Stock champion David Kaiser as he scored his first-career Hagerstown Pure Stock win on Saturday. This is actually the second time Kaiser won at Hagerstown, with his first coming in 2012, however it was lost at the tech-line....Even with Hagertsown and Winchester running on Saturday nights the Limited late Model fields were quite healthy as Hagerstown attracted a field of 26 machines with Winchester pulling a field of 23. Jonathon DeHaven, the defending Winchester LLM champion, won Saturday’s season-opener for the class...2013 Williams Grove (PA) speedway 358 Late Model champion Wes Alleman made a surprise visit to Hagerstown on Saturday with his MasterSbilt no.80 and would take a solid fourth in the 20-lap LMS feature... For the third event in a row, the Potomac surface was spot-on and produced some intense racing during the program. Speaking of the program, Potomac’s five-division show was once again very fan-friendly as it was completed just a tick before 10pm. After selling his potent no.43 Four-Cylinder, Cody Kershner won Saturday’s FourCylinder main aboard Chuck Pingley’s no.04. Kershner will wheel Pingley’s mount for the remainder of the season as he prepares to go 358 LM racing in 2015 with a Rocket he purchased from Justin Weaver...Three races into the season has produce three feature-winners in Potomac’s Hobby Stock class as Jerry Deason, Billy Crouse and Jamie Sutphin have all take wins as the class continues to grow as 15 cars entered Friday’s program.

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Spring break activities scheduled for children Lexington Park branch will hold a karaoke for children ages 6 to 12 on p.m. Apr. 14 at 3p.m. The popular crafternoon program will be offered on Apr. 15 at Leonardtown branch and on Apr. 16 at Charlotte Hall and Lexington Park branches. Kids, ages 4 to 12, can drop in from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and complete a spring craft. Supplies will be provided. Free family movies are planned at each branch. Charlotte Hall branch will show the movie about Anna who teams up with a mountaineer and his trusty reindeer to break an icy spell cast by Snow Queen Elsa on Apr. 15 at 2 p.m. Leonardtown branch will show the movie in which Basil, the rodent Sherlock Holmes, investigates the kidnapping of a toy-maker and uncovers its link to his archenemy, Professor Ratigan, on Apr. 16 at 2:30 p.m. On Apr. 17 at 2 p.m. Lexington Park branch will show the movie of Hop telling the comic tale of Fred taking the Easter Bunny in after he accidentally injures him, only to find out the Easter Bunny is the world’s worst house guest.

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Walking a Mile in Her Shoes

Finish-the-Story contest underway Children ages 6-12 can finish storyteller Ming Diaz’s 1812-themed story to be entered in the Raiders & Invaders Finish-the-Story contest. Every participant will receive a Bruster’s Ice Cream coupon. Six finalists will receive Don’t Give Up the Ship flags and the winner will receive a $20 gift certificate from Fenwick Used Books and Music in Leonardtown. The completed story with the winning ending will be told at the Raiders & Invaders Festival. Entry forms and instructions are available at any branch. Deadline for entry is May 16.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes®, held in St. Mary's City on Sunday, April 6, is a Men's March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault and Gender Violence. It is a project of Venture Humanity, Inc. a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit corporation. Men literally walk one mile in women's high heeled shoes to protest sexualized violence, educate their communities and raise money for chronically underfunded rape crisis centers, domestic violence shelters and other sexualized violence prevention and recovery services.

Master Gardeners resume plant clinics The Master Gardeners will resume the plant clinics starting Apr. 15 at Lexington Park branch. The clinics will be conducted on the first and third Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lexington Park branch; the second and fourth Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Leonardtown branch; and on the first and third Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Charlotte Hall branch. Help available for job seekers Job seekers can get job counseling and resume help, search for jobs, and get registered with the Maryland Workforce Exchange when the Southern Maryland JobSource Mobile Career Center visits Lexington Park branch from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Apr. 23. Leonardtown branch will offer a free resume basics class on Apr. 23 at 5:30 p.m. for adults. The basics of writing a resume, the different types of resumes, and how to use the resume templates in Word 2010 will be covered. Registration is required.

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Annual Run & Fun Walk to Benefit Hospice Set for Saturday The Annual Run and Fun Walk for Hospice is set for Saturday, April 12 at 8:30 a.m. at the Governmental Center in Leonardtown. Over the years, the event has developed into both annual rite of spring and a Southern Maryland tradition. As one of the largest running events in the region, people often express amazement at the turnout for the popular event. “There are several reasons behind the success” explains longtime volunteer Jim Dicus, who along with friends Jamie and Jeff Thomas founded the event 19 years ago to raise funds and increase awareness of the Hospice philosophy of providing compassionate care to the terminally ill. “First and foremost – people support this event because they know it benefits hospice. Facing death – or the death of a loved one is probably the hardest thing we have to do in our lives. Hospice is there not only for the patient, but for the patient’s family as well. And in gratitude people want to give something back. Coming out and participating in this event is a great way to do that. And, for many of them it’s a cathartic and healing experience – enabling an individual or a family who has experienced a loss, to come out and be able to express that grief, that loss, in a positive, community way. And to give back to an organization that helped them deal with the loss. I hear people say “Hospice was there to help us take care of my father, my mother, my brother. Now I am here for them…” It’s beautiful how we as humans have the capacity to care and to give back. It’s part of the grieving and hopefully healing process. So in that way I think the event can even be therapeutic. As we go through life, we have to deal with the loss of friends, family members, acquaintances. “We noticed on many registration forms that people would pencil in that they were ‘participating in memory of Mom’ or whoever their loved one may be. So we started offering “Participating in Memory Of” bibs so participants can write the name or names of loved ones on their bib and display that on their shirts as they run or walk. The ‘Memorial Bibs’ are very popular and people have grown accustomed to looking for them. “It’s a way of honoring that person”. “When you participate in this event, there is a feeling of community, of camaraderie. And that is a wonderful thing to be a part of”. It is this “Community Spirit” that also manifests itself in the form of group volunteers and participation. There are numerous corporate, civic and social groups and organizations that participate in this event. For example, the Boy Scouts volunteer ever year at the runners re-fueling station – handing out water, sports drinks and fruit to runners after crossing the finish line. Likewise, local Girl Scout troops volunteer to staff the water stations along the course. It has become a tradition for them they look forward to. Families, friends, and many companies come out in t-shirts specially made for the event. “It’s nice to see so many groups represented- and it’s fun for them”. People often express a desire to get involved with hospice on some level, yet many people have jobs or commitments that prohibit them from being a regular volunteer. However, the run and walk gives them an opportunity to get out for an hour or two and make a difference for hospice. “The thousands of participants who come out and support this event every year – they are all hospice volunteers for a day” said Dicus. 100% of all net proceeds from the event stay in St. Mary’s County and go towards offsetting the cost of providing care to patients who may have limited or no insurance for end of life care. Or to fund grief and bereavement programs and camps for family members – such as a child who’s lost a parent or sibling. “We don’t turn anyone away”. A Famous Post-Event Brunch “The brunch alone sets this event apart from any other walking or running event in the Washington DC region” says capital Running Company president Rick Freedman. In addition to the standard race fare of bananas, oranges, juices and water, the hospice run offers a whole lot more; Maryland stuffed ham sandwiches, barbecue sandwiches, pasta salads, hotdogs, soups, bagels, and much more.

A Festive, “participant-friendly” event The event is known for its inclusive, friendly and festive atmosphere. There is ample free parking, and the event is ideal for the novice runner competing for the first time. There are numerous volunteers on staff to assist with registration or answer any questions. The courses are well marked, and both the 5K and 10K runs are paced with vehicles and monitored. The event is professionally timed and scored. However, you don’t have to be a runner to enjoy the event. Approximately 1/3 of the participants sign up for the Fun walk. The DJ plays a wide array of upbeat music, and there are balloons for the kids. The event allows well behaved, leashed dogs as well as baby joggers/strollers. Indeed the event regularly attracts hundreds of each. There are baby changing stations and “doggie cantinas” to keep the animals hydrated. In the end, though people have different reasons for participating, everyone seems to agree on 2 things: It’s fun, and it’s for a great cause.

to Doctor’s Crossing Way. Cones will separate the Running Course from the Walking Course. There will be a sign inserted into the cones directing RUNNERS to turn RIGHT onto Doctor’s Crossing. The 5K Course will then turn RIGHT onto Miss Bessie Drive, RIGHT onto Moakley Street, make a TURNAROUND at the dead end on Moakley and make a 2nd TURNAROUND near the Board of Education Building. Runners will then proceed RIGHT onto Miss Bessie Drive, left onto Route 245, crossing back over Route 245 at Baldridge Street and finish at the Carter Building. 5K RUNNERS always stay to right of the road and only cross Route 245 at the entrances of the Governmental Center. 10K Course:

Traffic Advisory/Course Routes: This year the police and organizers will NOT be shutting down the Route 5 intersection: However, motorists are advised there may be delays in the Leonardtown area from 8:30 to 9:30 AM. The Fun Walk will proceed through the downtown area of Leonardtown. To mitigate and minimize effects on traffic at the intersection, 5K Run has a new course. A map for this new route can be found at events/5krunmap/. 5K RUN COURSE – THIS IS A DIFFERENT ROUTE THAN PREVIOUS YEARS The 5K run will start simultaneously with the 10K event. Runners will start in front of Carter Building and will cross Route 245 with the Walkers . They will follow the right shoulder of Route 245 and then turn RIGHT onto

This event starts at 8:30 a.m. Same day registration starts at 7 a.m. at the Governmental Center, 41770 Baldridge Street, Leonardtown, Md. 20650. For more info see www.

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St. Mary’s Department of Aging Programs and Activities Living Well with Chronic Conditions is back at the Loffler Senior Activity Center

Do you have a chronic condition that drains you, causes you pain, anxiety, depression and fatigue? Did you know there are some simple tools you can use to help you take back your life? It’s all about self-management and you can learn how to do it. The Loffler Senior Activity Center will offer another six-week Living Well workshop starting Apr. 24 and continuing through May 29. The classes will be from 1-3:30 p.m. All materials will be supplied including text, relaxation cd, water and snacks. All that is required of participants is a commitment to attendance and to feeling better. Want to learn more? Call Shellie Graziano at 301-737-5670, ext. 1655.

Geppi’s Pop Art Museum & ‘Behind-the-Scenes Tour’ of Oriole Park at Camden Yards

On Thursday, May 1, travel to downtown Baltimore for a tour of Geppi’s Pop Art Museum and remember all your favorite toys and super heroes of the `60s, `70s, & `80s. This is the perfect tour for baby boomers! Enjoy lunch at nearby Dempsey’s Restaurant, followed by a behind-the-scenes tour of Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Sorry, the Orioles won’t be playing but you’ll be able to see and learn about the inner workings of the stadium and how it operates. Lunch is self-pay at Dempsey’s Restaurant. Bus departs from the Northern Senior Activity Center promptly at 8 a.m. and returns about 5 p.m. Bring your own travel snacks. For more information, call Alice at 301-4754200, ext. 1063. Fee is $50, payable in advance at any of the county’s senior activity centers and includes admission, bus transportation and bus driver tip.

Tour of Calvert Marine Museum & Skipjack Ride

On Wednesday, May 7, enjoy an afternoon at Calvert Marine Museum including a ride aboard the historic skipjack, William B. Tennison (weather permitting). Start your afternoon with lunch at Stoney’s King Fisher Restaurant on Solomons Island, followed by the skipjack ride and a guided tour of the Calvert Marine Museum. Learn about estuarine life of the tidal Patuxent River and the Chesapeake Bay as well as the maritime

SENIOR LIVING history of these local waters. This is an adventure right in your own backyard! Lunch is self-pay at Stoney’s. Bus departs from the Loffler Senior Activity Center promptly at 11:30 a.m. Call Alice at 301-475-4200, ext. 1063 for more information. $24 fee is payable in advance at any of the county’s senior activity centers and includes bus transportation, skipjack ride and museum admission.

Blue Crabs Baseball Game

The Department of Aging and Human Services will take a trip to Regency Furniture Stadium to see the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs take on the Long Island Ducks on Thursday, May 1. A ticket to the Senior Day Brunch includes entrance to the game, access to the air conditioned Legends Club Room which includes private restrooms, full wait staff, and available outside private seating. You will also have a 2 hour all-you-can eat brunch buffet of eggs, potatoes, muffins, bagels, fruit, sausage, bacon, coffee, tea, and soda. The cost is $23 per person. Reservations can be made by calling the Garvey Senior Activity Center at 301-475-4200, ext. 1062. Payment is due by Apr. 17. Make checks payable to St. Mary’s County Department of Aging and Human Services. Limited transportation is available; inquire when make reservations. Those providing their own transportation should meet at Regency Furniture Stadium no later than 9:45 a.m. Game time is at 10:35 a.m.

Representative from Steny Hoyer’s Office to Visit

Maurielle H. Stewart, a constituent liaison to Congressman Steny Hoyer, will visit the Garvey Senior Activity Center on Tuesday, Apr. 15 at 10 a.m. to meet with area seniors and hear concerns specifically related to issues impacting seniors. Space is limited; therefore, those wishing to participate should sign up by calling 301-475-4200, ext. 1050.

Coping with Aging Challenges & Loss of Loved Ones

On Friday, Apr. 11, at 1 p.m., the Hospice of St. Mary’s, in partnership with MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital, will have a special presentation at the Northern Senior Activity Center. The session covers coping with the challenges of aging and the loss of

loved ones while addressing the grief involved with each. Call 301-475-4002, ext. 1001 to reserve a seat as space is limited.

Hospice of St. Mary’s to make presentation at Loffler Senior Activity Center Coping with the challenges of aging, particularly the loss of friends and other loved ones will be the topic presented on Friday, Apr. 25 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Loffler Senior Activity Center. The speaker will address learning to deal with loss and the grief that accompanies loss. If you are interested in attending, or would like to learn more about this presentation, call 301-737-5670 ext. 1658.

Cards for Troops

On Tuesday, Apr.15 at 1:30 p.m. the Garvey Senior Activity Center seniors are invited to help make homemade greeting cards for troops stationed abroad to send home to their family and friends. All handmade cards will be donated to Cards for Soldiers, a nonprofit organization that provides homemade greeting cards to service members to send home to family while away from home. To sign up to help cut, stamp and assemble cards, call 301-475-4200, ext. 1050. No previous experience needed.

AARP Smart Drivers Course coming to Loffler on

Tuesday On May 7, AARP will offer their Smart Driving Course for seniors at the Loffler Senior Activity Center from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. The cost is $15 for AARP members (must provide your AARP number) or $20 for Non-AARP members payable to the instructor on the day of the class. There will be a one hour lunch break beginning at 11:30 a.m. If you wish to stay on the premises during the break, lunch is available at Loffler for $6 (if you are under 60 years old) or by donation if you are 60+ (reservation required). To sign up or for more information call 301-737-5670 ext. 1658.

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

February 1781 By Linda Reno Contributing Writer In February 1781 there was a crime spree going on in St. Mary’s County. The first case was all about flour. It is almost understandable. The Revolutionary War was all over but the shouting (Yorktown occurred in September of that year) and since the year 1775 people had been deprived of food and other necessities of life in order to supply the troops. Eight men from St. Mary’s County were charged with stealing 3-4 barrels of flour each from the State of Maryland. They were arrested and hauled into court in Annapolis. Seven of the men said they were “in no wise guilty but would not contend with the State of and upon the cause” and submitted themselves to the grace of the court. All were found not guilty and released. They were: James Daffin, Benjamin Spalding, Thomas Hill, James White, William Holston, Peter Smith, and Rodolph Jarboe. The eighth man was Henry Jarboe. When called to the bar to make his plea he produced a pardon signed by Governor Thomas Sim Lee and was discharged after paying court fees. It seems that Colonel Samuel Smith and Major Ignatius Taylor had, prior to the court date, written to the Governor on Jarboe’s behalf attesting to his character and asking Lee to intervene on his behalf. From what I can tell, none of the men involved in the flour theft were young-they were all in their 40s and 50s and had wives and children, undoubtedly all hungry. Another local man was taken to Annapolis about the same time. These charges

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were more serious. May Term, 1781. James King, planter of St. Mary’s County. On April 1, 1780 the said James King “did by words wickedly, traitorously, advisedly, and willingly declare, maintain, and defend that the king of Great Britain had authority, power and jurisdiction in and over the State of Maryland and that allegiance was due from the subjects and inhabitants of the State of Maryland aforesaid to the king of Great Britain and did then and there wickedly, corruptly and seditiously persuade and entice a certain Cartwright Hammett of St. Mary’s County, then and there being a subject and inhabitant of the State of Maryland to return to and acknowledge a dependence on the Crown and parliament of Great Britain, his heirs and successors in manifest contempt of the laws of the State, to the evil example of all others offending in like manner against the form of the act of assembly in that case made and provided and against the peace, government and dignity of the said State.” When called to the bar, King said he was “in no wise guilty but will not contend with the State of and upon the cause and submits himself to the grace of the court.” King was ordered to forfeit and pay to the State 200 lbs. current money, be imprisoned for 15 days, and pay court fees. He was committed to the custody of the Sheriff of St. Mary’s County, “who being present, takes charge of him accordingly.”


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Identifying the source of the problem is the first step to addressing dead grass.

A patch of dead grass on an otherwise lush lawn can be a frustrating eyesore for homeowners. Whether lawn care is your passion or just something you do to maintain the value of your home, dead grass can be exasperating. But as unsightly as dead grass can be, addressing it and restoring the dead patches can be somewhat simple. Before you can restore grass, however, you must first identify the source of the problem. Grass often dies because of urine damage, which is typically characterized by a dead spot surrounded by otherwise green grass. Grub infestation might be at fault when dead grass appears, and such an infestation often produces patches of light brown grass that are scattered throughout the lawn. It’s also possible that dead grass is a result of human error. If your lawn was overfertilized, then patches of gray-green grass may appear. Fungal disease is another common culprit behind dead grass, and such disease can manifest itself in different ways. Once you have identified why the grass is dead, which may require the help of a professional, then you can begin to treat your lawn.

Urine damage

Urine damage is often limited to a particular area of the grass where your family pet routinely relieves itself. Once a particular patch of grass has worn down, the pet may move on to another spot. But if you quickly notice a dead spot due to urine damage, you can train the animal to urinate elsewhere, limiting the damage it causes. When repairing the grass, dig a hole that’s roughly four inches deep and fill it with fresh soil until it’s level with the soil surrounding the dead patch. Then you can sprinkle seed on top of the freshly laid soil and water the spot. Grass should grow in and stay green so long as you prevent

further urine damage.

Insect damage

Addressing dead spots caused by insect damage can be a little more complicated, and some homeowners may prefer to hire a professional. If you want to handle the problem on your own, apply pesticide to the affected areas so the insects behind the problem are killed. Once the insects are no more, cut the grass, raking the affected area to remove the dead grass and any additional debris. Scatter grass seed over the affected areas and then apply an appropriate fertilizer and water immediately. Professionals may know just the right fertilizer for your lawn, so even if you want to go it alone, visit a local lawn care center to ask for advice about addressing your particular problem.

Fertilizer damage

Fertilizer damage can also prove difficult to address, as applying fresh seeds too soon can kill any freshly growing seedlings. So grass that has been damaged by overfertilization must first be allowed to fully die. Once that has happened, the grass can be cut and any remaining debris or dead grass can be removed. Seed can then be scattered, and you can even add some additional soil before laying down an appropriate amount of fertilizer and watering the lawn immediately. If you don’t trust yourself to use fertilizer correctly, then hire a professional to do the job for you. This will cost a little more, but you likely won’t wake up to more dead patches of grass down the road. Dead grass can be unsightly and turn an otherwise lush lawn into a patchy eyesore. But addressing dead grass can be easy and can quickly restore a lawn to its green grandeur.


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April, Month Long Sign up for Relay for Life! 23995 Point Lookout Road, Leonardtown, Md. 20650 Join your friends and neighbors at the 2014 Relay For Life of St. Mary’s County! Tis the season for green grass, blooming flowers, capes, masks and sidekicks! The 2014 Relay For Life of St. Mary’s County season is in high gear, but it is not too late to join in on the fun...and the opportunity to help change lives! Relay For Life of St. Mary’s County will take place on June 7 at Leonardtown High School. The fun starts at 6 p.m. with our opening ceremony and will continue until 6 a.m. There will be fun, food, music, entertainment, celebrations and fundraisers to benefit our local Relay For Life. This year’s theme is “Superheroes”, so grab your friends, family, sidekicks and capes, and head to to register your team now! The Relay For Life movement features community and campus events that offer an inspiring opportunity to honor cancer survivors, promote how individuals can reduce their cancer risk, and raise money to help end cancer. Today, with the support of thousands of volunteers, the American Cancer Society is helping save more than 400 lives a day. And we won’t stop until we finish the fight against cancer! To find out more about Relay For Life of St. Mary’s County, visit our website at, find us on Facebook, or contact Event Chair Keith Brady,

used children’s and maternity items will be available. Many items remaining after the sale are donated to local charities. Any local organization interested in receiving items from future sales can contact McConville at House of Dance Latin Night House of Dance, 24620 Three Notch Road, Hollywood – 8:15 p.m. House of Dance instructors will host a Latin Night on Friday, April 11! This party is great for practicing steps learned in class and connecting with a wonderful dance community. A variety of Latin music will be played, including Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, and Cha Cha!. Lessons are included from 8:15 p.m., 9 p.m. $15/Person $28/Couple Lenten Fish Fry 37585 Chaptico Road, Mechanicsville – 5 p.m. Our Lady of the Wayside Church in Chaptico annual Lenten Fish Fry is on Friday, April 11 at Our Lady of the Wayside’s Loretto Hall from 5 p.m., 8 p.m. Prices are $14 for adults, $7 for children 6-12 and children 5 and under are free. The menu will include fried fish; fried popcorn shrimp, fish nuggets, French fries, green beans, coleslaw, rolls, iced tea, juice and desserts are also available. Cheese pizza will be sold for $2 a slice. Carry outs are also available. For additional information, please contact Brenda Russell at 301-247-1871 or at rsbrssll@AOL.COM.

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Jewelry Making Class 22760 Washington Street, Unit # 1, Leonardtown – 6 p.m. On April 10 from 6 p.m., 7:30 p.m. there will be a European 4-in-1 Pattern Chainmail Jewelry Making Class at “Caught My Eye” shop in Leonardtown Square (between the Front Porch and The Hair Company). Create your own chainmail bracelet to take home. The Class is $30 (including materials). Sign up by April 6 to receive $5 off. Sign up at Caught My Eye, 22760 Washington St., Thursday-Sunday 10 a.m., 5 p.m.

St. Michael’s School Viva Las Vegas Gala 16560 Three Notch Road. Ridge – 5:30 p.m. The Viva Las Vegas Gala to benefit St. Michael’s School will be held at the Ridge Firehouse on Saturday, April 12. Doors and the cash bar open at 5:30 p.m. While tasting a delicious assortment of appetizers such as meatballs, Lil smokies, veggies/dip and cheese/crackers, you can bid on silent auction items. At 6:15 p.m., a buffet dinner of stuffed ham, fried oysters and roast beef begins. After dinner, DJ Coop will play tunes for dancing or listening enjoyment while you and your friends try your luck at the casino games. Cost for the evening is $35, which include starting “fun money” for your gambling. Silent auction winners will be announced at 9:30 p.m. At the end of the evening, prizes will be given to the High Rollers of the night. Tickets can be purchased online at www.saint-michaels-school. org <> or call 301-872-5454.

Friday, April 11 An Evening with Sarah Vowell 18952 E Fishers Road, St Mary’s City – 7:30 p.m. Author, humorist, and Daily Show correspondent Sarah Vowell will deliver this year’s Twain Lecture on American Humor and Culture on Friday, April 11, at St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM). The lecture, entitled “An Evening with Sarah Vowell,” will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the college’s Michael P. O’Brien Athletics and Recreation Center (18952 E. Fisher Road., St. Mary’s City, Md. 20686) and will be followed by a book signing. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Ben Click at or 240-895-4253. Fire Department Fish Fry 22733 Lawrence Ave, Leonardtown - 5 p.m. The Auxiliary of the Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department is sponsoring a Fish Fry on Friday April 11 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Leonardtown Fire House. Adults will cost $12, Children 3 to 10 years $5 and children under 3 are free. Menu will include fish, parsley potatoes, green beans, coleslaw, applesauce, cornbread, brownie and drinks. Carry outs will be available. Leprechaun Lilly’s Children’s Consignment Sale 42455 Fairgrounds Road, Leonardtown – 9 a.m. The Leprechaun Lilly’s Children’s Consignment Sale will be held at the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds in Leonardtown on Friday, April 11, from 9 a.m., 8 p.m. and Saturday, April 12, from 9 a.m., 2 p.m. More than 25,000 gently

Contra Dance 37497 Zack Fowler Road, Chaptico - 7 p.m. A Contra Dance, sponsored by Southern Maryland Traditional Music and Dance (SMTMD), featuring caller Kim Forry, will be held on Saturday, April 12 at the Christ Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 37497 Zach Fowler Rd, Chaptico, Md. The doors open at 7 p.m. and the dancing begins at 7:30 p.m. Contra is a traditional American style of social dance and is a huge amount of fun (and exercise)! If you’ve ever danced a Virginia Reel or been to a Square Dance, you have a good idea how much fun it can be. If you haven’t, it’s about time you tried it! Beginners are encouraged to arrive at 7 p.m. to get some instruction in the various dances. Admission is $10 for non-SMTMD members; $6 for members (band members are free). No special clothing is required. You need to be comfortable, to move freely. There will be an ice cream social following the dance. For more information and directions go to www. <> . Career and College Fair and Basketball Showcase 21130 Great Mills Road, Great Mills – 2 p.m. April 12, Basketball 4LYFE and NAACP

will partner to host a Career and College Fair, and 3rd Annual Education First, Rise to the Challenge Basketball Showcase. Veteran Cup Game at 2 p.m., in honor of our Troops. High School Rising Star Game will be at 3 p.m. These events will take place at Great Mills, High School, Great Mills Md. POC Jeff Burrell, 202-329-4233, www.basketball4lyfe. com. Help us raise education awareness in our community. St. Mary’s Easter Egg Festival 42455 Fairgrounds Road, Leonardtown – 12 p.m. The St. Mary’s County Easter Egg Festival will take place on Saturday April 12 from 12 p.m.,4 p.m. at the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds. There is a $5 participation fee. The Easter Egg Festival has become a staple of the Southern Maryland community every spring and features egg hunts for all ages, photos with the Easter Bunny, amusement rides, live entertainment, free arts and crafts, egg decorating contest, face painting, and goods and services for sale by local area vendors. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Recreation & Parks main office Monday - Friday 8 a.m., 5 p.m. Net proceeds from the Easter Egg Festival along with the Scott Verbic Memorial Golf Tournament are used to fund the Recreation & Parks Scholarship Program which provides qualified individual applicants the opportunity to participate in an activity at a 50 percent prorated amount of the registration fee. For more information please visit easter or call 301-475-4200 ext. 1800. Community Dialogues to Decide How to Live 150 Years With a Better Quality of Life 23250 Hollywood Rd, Leonardtown – 2 p.m. Leonardtown Public Library from 2 p.m., 5 p.m. Come help start dialogues on the “Potomac River Association” website by attending the “Community Television in St. Mary’s County” monthly meetings at 2 p.m. in the Leonardtown Library on the 2nd Saturday of each month (the 3rd Saturday in December 2014). Contact David Triantos at 301-997-1409 or email mtriantos@ Meet the Airplane! 22156 Three Notch Rd, Lexington Park – 12 p.m. Discover Naval Aviation with a visit to the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum on April 12th! Our bi-monthly program, Meet the Airplane! is scheduled April 12, 12 p.m., 3pm. We will be featuring the F-14 Tomcat. View our exhibits and discuss this versatile aircraft with pilots and RIOs. The Panel is expected to include Cdr. Joe Edwards, Capt. Mike Rabens, Capt. Dave Madsen and Adm. Dave Venlet. Weather permitting, we’ll have a restored MiG cockpit available outside with volunteers who are looking forward to seeing you. There will be special activities for children - building paper airplanes, face-painting, carrier landings, radar games! 50/50 raffle drawings will be at 1330 and 1500, so don’t forget to buy your tickets. Food will be available for purchase from Days Off Catering. The panel members will gather for a discussion at 1400 in the main exhibit hall where tables will be set up in case you would like to eat while you listen. An Aerocatures print by Hank Caruso will be raffled as well. Each raffle ticket also gives you a discount at Mattedi Gallery! We hope to see you Saturday, April 12 at the Meet the Airplane! F-14 Tomcat Event. Your support is appreciated. Ballroom and Swing Party House of Dance, 24620 Three Notch Road, Hollywood – 8:15 p.m. House of Dance instructors host a Ballroom and Swing Party on Saturday, April 12. This party is great for practicing steps learned in class and connecting and building a wonderful dance community A wide variety of music is played, including Waltz, Foxtrot, Swing, Cha Cha, Rumba, and Tango. Great if you are taking a Wedding Sur-

vival Class, or any Ballroom or Swing Class! Lesson is included from 8:15 p.m., 9 p.m. $15/Person $28/Couple Yard Sale 37585 Chaptico Rd, Mechanicsville – 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. Our Lady of the Wayside Church will be holding a yard sale on Saturday, April 12 in front of the church from 7 a.m., 12 p.m. Table/Space Rental $15, Second Table/Space $10 If you would like to donate items to the church, please call 301-884-2502 or email Freedom Belles Co-ed Flat Track Roller Derby 3033 Waldorf Market Pl, Waldorf – 5:30 p.m. Freedom Belles Co-ed Flat Track Roller Derby-I mean who doesn’t love watching women in fishnets and short skirts skate in a circle and hit each other? The Freedom Belles are hosting our first bout of the season this Saturday April 12th at the Capital Clubhouse in Waldorf, Md. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. and the bout should start around 5:30 p.m. Children 10 and under are Free, Military members are $8 and all other tickets are $10. Bring your own chair for best seating options. The Freedom Belles are also holding a year-long toy drive for a Christmas toy donation. Bring a new and un-opened toy to any home bout and you will be entered in a raffle for a $25 gift card to Grille No. 13. At our last bout in October three raffle tickets will be drawn for the Grille No. 13 gift cards. You do not need to be present to win. If you could add it to the community calendar that would help us out so much. We are also looking to expand our team and would love for people to come out and watch us bout who are interested in joining.

Sunday, April 13 All Kinds of Recovery Sunday Circle Millison Plaza, 21800 N. Shangri La Drive, Unit 13, Lexington Park – 3 p.m. All Kinds of Recovery (AKoR) Sunday Circle is a peer group discussion focused on a rotating wellness topic. This will take place on Sunday April 13 from 3 p.m., 4 p.m. at the Beacon of Hope Recovery and Wellness Center. Group is free and open to any adult practicing any form of recovery related to any form of addiction, mental health challenges or traumatic experiences. Meetings are free and open to the public. Beacon of Hope is located at 21800 N. Shangri La Drive in Millison Plaza in Lexington Park, behind Family Dollar and next to the Well Pet Clinic. Call 301-997-1300 x 804 or e-mail for more information. Breakfast with the Easter Bunny! 24801 Three Notch Road Hollywood – 7:30 a.m. The Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad Auxiliary is sponsoring an All-You-Can Eat Breakfast on Sunday, April 13th from 7:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the Rescue Squad building on Route 235 in Hollywood. The menu will be: Sausage Gravy and Biscuits, Sausage Links, Bacon, Scrambled Eggs, Fried Potatoes, Pancakes, Escalloped Apples, Chipped Beef, assorted juices, coffee, tea and hot chocolate. The cost will be: adults $10; children ages 5-12 years $5 and children under age 5 are free. Carry Outs available. For more information, call 301-904-3098 or 301-373-3131. Movie about Sustainable Living 41655 Fenwick St, Leonardtown – 3 p.m. The Friends of the Leonardtown Theater, Inc., is proud to present The Dinner a movie about sustainable living featuring local farmers Frank and Christine Allen, on April 13 from 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m. in the Agricultural Services


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Building at 26737 Radio Station Way (Next to Dunkirk Building Supply), Suite C, as part of Leonardtown’s Earth Day activities. The Dinner is a documentary about a single meal prepared in the fall made entirely from ingredients from the farmer’s heirloom garden. Copies of the DVD are available at Fenwick Street’s Used Books and Music in Leonardtown. Filmmaker Shelley Wilson will be signing and selling copies of the DVD at The Good Earth Store during the town’s Earth Day festivities. Co-producer and star of the film Christina Allen will be at the screening to discuss the farm-to-table movement and sustainable farming. This event is sponsored by the FOTLT. For more information, please call 240298-0183 or visit

lenges such as depression or anxiety. Call 301997-1300 x 804 or e-mail beacon@waldensierra. org for more information.

Fried Chicken Dinner Knights of Columbus 2065, 16441 Three Notch Road, Ridge – 11:30 a.m. Knights of Columbus 2065, 16441 Three Notch Road, Ridge Md. will sponsor their fried chicken dinner on Sunday, April 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $12 - half chicken, buttered potatoes, green beans, coleslaw, etc. Dessert table will be available. Eat-in or carry-out.

Storytime with Jefferson Patterson Park Calvert Library Southern Branch, 13920 H. G. Trueman Road, Solomons – 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. You may see an American flag flying outside of many buildings you pass every day. You may also hear the Star Spangled Banner song played before any large sporting event, but do you know when these traditions started? Come learn a little about what started these American traditions by reading a story about a young girl who helped sew a very large flag during the War of 1812. Together, we will learn just how hard this task would have been by making our very own flag! 410-326-5289

Free Egg Decorating for Kids! 22760 Washington Street, Unit # 1, Leonardtown – 11 a.m. There will be free egg decorating for kids just outside Caught My Eye in Leonardtown from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Folk Salad Trio Leonardtown Square, Leonardtown – 3:30 p.m. Come this Sunday, April 13, and join us on the Square in Leonardtown for the annual Earth Day celebration. We’ll be starting up at around 3:30 p.m., but come early for all the great music, and exhibits. Leonardtown Earth Day Celebration 2014 Historic Leonardtown Square and Leonardtown Wharf Park – 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Talk to experts in soil and water conservation, animal rescue, solar energy, gardening, and recycling. See bee keeping and yarn spinning demonstrations and visit live animal exhibits. Head to the Wharf for nature walks, a free kayak rides, samples of organic ice cream, and a moon bounce for the kids. Many Leonardtown businesses and restaurants will be open and offering Earth Day specials and menus. Stop by the Leonardtown Arts Center for the 2nd Annual Recycled Art Show and Reception, and at 3 p.m. attend the Leonardtown Premiere of The Dinner, a locally-made documentary about sustainable farming. Earth Day on the Square is sponsored by the Leonardtown Business Association, the Commissioners of Leonardtown, and the St. Mary’s County Arts Council. Call 301-475-9791, visit more information.

Monday, April 14 Karaoke at the Lexington Park Library! 21677 F.D.R. Blvd, Lexington Park – 3 to 4 p.m. Children ages 6-12 can be a star and sing their favorites at the Lexington Park Library. “Emotional Peace” Emotions Anonymous Meeting Millison Plaza, 21800 N. Shangri La Drive, Unit 13 Lexington Park – 6 to 7 p.m. Come to the Beacon of Hope Recovery and Wellness Center on April 14 for a program called “Emotional Peace”. It offers a free and open to the public Emotions Anonymous meeting. Anyone with a desire to be emotionally well is welcome to this 12 step program for individuals struggling with emotions or mental health chal-

Tuesday, April 15 Crafternoon 23250 Hollywood Rd, Leonardtown – 9 a.m. Come to the Leonardtown Library on Tuesday, April 15 at 9 a.m. for “Crafternoon”. Supplies will be provided. Fun for children ages 4 – 12! Storytime with Jefferson Patterson Park Calvert Library Southern Branch, 13920 H. G. Trueman Road, Solomons, Md. – 10:30 a.m.

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Tonight’s Alibi

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By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Combining a high energy play list with solid vocals, Tonight’s Alibi is a solid reason for anybody to spend an evening out of the house and on the dance floor. The current lineup is comprised of bassist and vocalist Wes Tillack, lead singer Megan Nosek and guitarist Josh Airhart. The band is looking for a permanent drummer to join the lineup, Tillack said. Tonight’s Alibi was formed in June 2012. Their first performance was at Blue Crab Stadium during the 2012 Pheonix Fest only a couple months after the band formed, Nosek said. That was a crazy time for the band, Nosek said. They had to come up with a 10-song set and be ready to perform in only a few weeks. Since then, Tonight’s Alibi has played all over, including in Charles, Anne Arundel, St. Mary’s and Calvert counties. They have shared the stage with other local bands, sich as Hydra FX, The Piranhas and Three Days of Rain. Their set list has grown from the original 10, growing to include songs by Rihanna, Fall Out Boy, Blink 182, Ozzy Osbourne and Big and Rich, among others. In short, Tonight’s Alibi plays “everything that anybody loves,” Tillack said. He even learned how to play the harmonica so the band could play “Timber” by Ke$sha and Pitbull. Nosek enjoys finding songs that show off her vocal range, but aren’t exactly songs epople would expect to hear a woman singing. They play songs designed to get people singing along and out on the dance floor, Nosek said. While they have played exclusively covers so far, Tonight’s Alibi is planning to unveil some original songs in coming months, Tillack said. They rehearse a couple times per week and perform every other Friday and Saturday. Nosek and Tillack knew each other for quite a while

before forming the band. Both grew up in musical families. Tillack’s uncle was composer and percussionist Vincent Montana, Jr., and Tillack started playing the bass in 1998. When Nosek was 14, her mother forced her to join the church choir. She said she hated it at first, but gradually warmed up to the idea, eventually becoming a worship leader at her church Coming up Tonight’s Alibi can be found at ABC Liquor on April 11, at Bollywood Lounge on April 12 and at

Cryer’s Back Road Inn on April 26. The band is also available for private functions. To book the bank, e-mail Tillack’s wife, Stephanie, is the booking manager for the band. For more information, including upcoming performance dates, visit


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Piranhas Acoustic Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 7:30 p.m. Damion Wolfe Ruddy Duck Seafood and Alehouse (16810 Piney Point Road, Piney Point) – 7 to 10 p.m.

Friday, April 11 Don’t Call Me Shirley Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 8 p.m. Snake Bite Anthony’s Bar and Grill (10371 Southern Maryland Boulevard, Dunkirk) – 9 p.m. Bar Dogs Ruddy Duck Seafood and Alehouse (16810 Piney Point Road, Piney Point) – 8 p.m. Tonight’s Alibi ABC Lounge (22741 Three Notch Road, California) – 9 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Saturday, April 12 Tonight’s Alibi The Lounge at Bollywood (22576 Mac Arthur Boulevard, California) – 9 p.m. Too Many Mikes Cryers Back Road Inn (22094 Newtowne Neck Road, Compton) – 9 p.m. Funkzilla Lisa’s Pub (4310 Indian Head Highway, Indian Head) – 9 p.m.

Sunday, April 13 Joe Martone Ruddy Duck Seafood and Alehouse (16810 Piney Point Road, Piney Point) – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Afternoon with the Easter Bunny & Egg Decorating Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 2 to 4 p.m.


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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. Must be available to start immediately. Evening shift, Monday through Friday 2pm to 8pm. Must work weekends. Position available until April 15th. Must be customer friendly and work well with others. Applications only accepted in person. Please come by the office, 4110 Crain Hwy, Waldorf MD 20603 to apply.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

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“Piddling Here, Piddling There”

By Shelby Oppermann Contributing Writer I love Reader’s Digest Magazine and all the great stories and features – especially the humor features. The May issue had a humor blurb that read, “Don’t knock the weather. If it didn’t change once in a while, nine tenths of the people couldn’t start a conversation.” How true is that? Though I am sure if people weren’t talking about how bad the weather was in the last few months, they will be talking about how nice it is now. When you are out and about, running errands, or grabbing a bite to eat, you can’t help but see that everyone seems so happy. It makes a difference to me, and to my husband, known as the Cave Bear. This week, I am getting ready to start putting a bunch of items on Southern Maryland Online Yard Sale; one of the items will be my husband’s SAD Light. For those of you don’t know what a SAD Light is, it’s a Seasonal Affective Disorder light which replaces the lack of sunshine during the winter. You are supposed to use it for 20 minutes a day. I bought this for Christmas quite a few years ago. Has he used it? Maybe once. My husband is a lot better during the winter now than when I wrote “The Winter Hater” article five years ago. He’s not 100% better in my opinion, but he knows what to do now. I even had trouble staying happy during this winter. Of course, closing a business, hurting, and not used to being home every day I’m sure had a lot to do with that. Even though I am not doing as much detail work at present, I am still trying to create things. I’m having fun up-cycling old frames and other things with funky colors and embellishments. It keeps me occupied. Though my husband did mention this morning that when I got done eating my Bon Bons could I clean out the drawers in the coffee table and the side table in the living room. He says he wants to start fresh with his pool paperwork this year. Since when did he get so organized. But I am more than willing to help him with his work out of the goodness of my heart – and for a few dollars here and there. This is all known as piddling. I stay busy all day, but it’s one of those things where everything I work on gets put away when I’m done, and the results are hidden. I suppose I’ll have to do something big to show that I am actually working on something all day. I keep saying I am going to tackle those kitchen cabinets. Now that I am getting real good with the chalk paint – I might be ready. As soon as I finish writing this column I am going to go out and finish chalk painting an old rocker & foot stool – and I have some neat ideas for them after I paint them. It’s fun piddling all over the house (I know that this term sometimes has other meanings). I piddle on the dining room table. I piddle on my worktable in the basement, and I piddle all over the place in my workshop. So, if you are bored, contact me and we can piddle all over the place…together. Sounds like fun. To each new day’s adventure, Shelby Please send your comments or ideas to: shelbys. or find me on facebook: Shelby Oppermann

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Creating a Healthy Sleep Routine By Debra Meszaros CSN Science has been studying sleep and its influence on your health for a very long time and no one will argue that sleep is vital and extremely important. Unfortunately, many people have difficulties sleeping, either falling asleep or waking up. There are various reasons for why. How important are your sleeping habits? Your metabolism is altered when you are sleep deprived as the hormone that signals satiety, Leptin falls; additionally Ghrelin, which signals hunger, rises. Research shows sleep-deprived people tend to consume more starchy and sweet foods rather than vegetables and protein. Programming rhythm: The circadian system drives the biological activities of your body on a cellular level. Disruptions in programmed cycles affect your entire body. There are five stages of sleep in which your body takes about 90 minutes to complete. During the five stages there are different functions taking place in each stage and there is a perfect time in the cycle to wake. Have you ever thought you had a good nights sleep and still woke up tired? Odds are you woke up while in stage three or four. So lets learn the proper rhythm to your sleep patterns. Stage one lasts about 5 minutes, this is a light sleep period and you are easily woken during this time. Stage two can last ten to twenty-five minutes and is considered still a light sleep stage. Stage three is a deep sleep stage; here if you are woken you will most likely be groggy and take awhile to actually wake. Stage four is a more intense deep sleep stage; here blood flow is directed away from the brain towards muscles, restoring physical energy; the recharging stage. Stage five is known as the REM sleep stage occurring approximately 70-90 minutes after falling asleep. This is the dream stage. Stage five is the stage you want to program waking up from. So, the formula is to plan your sleep in multiples of 90 minutes. Example would be to plan to fall asleep around 10pm and wake at 5:30am. Pre-conditions of sleep: For some it’s really not about “when to wake up” that’s the issue, but actually falling asleep. There are definitely some conditions that need to exist to get a restful sleep and to quicken the time to actually fall asleep. An hour or two before bedtime concentrate on summing up your day, preparing for sleep, do not watch TV or use any electronic type devices as we want no brain stimulation at this time. There is a nice trick that works well for most active individuals called journaling. Get yourself a notebook that you will keep at bedside. Before retiring for the night, go through your day, recapping the events in your mind. Write

down anything that you feel was unresolved, unfinished, or points of importance. Writing down tasks or ideas for the next day is also helpful in clearing the mind of anything you would normally lie awake thinking about. Once you have written them all down, close the notebook and say to yourself “I’ll deal with all of that tomorrow”. Sleep Recovery & Quality Factors: It is between the hours of 11pm and 1am that you should definitely be sleeping. Here are some ways to develop quality sleep: Light is your body clocks worse enemy. The room needs to be completely dark so your pineal gland produces melatonin and serotonin. Complete darkness means that even the faint glow of a clock can disturb this process. Close your door, no night-lights, and if waking to use the bathroom, either don’t turn on the light or install “low blue” light bulbs. These bulbs emit an amber light that does not hinder melatonin production. The perfect room temperature is about 70 degrees F and not lower than 60 degrees F. Avoid sugar based snacks or carbohydrate foods before bedtime as they may contribute to an increase of energy. Build a routine to your sleep cycle especially the total time of sleep. Keeping each day the same helps the body build a routine, but listen to your body during times of illness or emotional stress and lengthen your sleep period if it is needed. Please remember that there is no such thing as “catching up on sleep”. You cannot skimp on sleep all week and plan to “catch up” on the weekend. Consistency wins and routine is king. ©2014 Debra Meszaros All rights reserved; no duplication without permission. DISCLAIMER: When you read through the diet and lifestyle information, you must know that everything within it is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. I am making no attempt to prescribe any medical treatment. You should not use the information here for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem or for prescription of any medication or other treatment. The products and the claims made about specific products have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. You should consult with a healthcare professional before starting any diet, exercise or supplementation program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem. Confirm the safety of any supplements with your M.D., N.D. or pharmacist (healthcare professional). Some information given is solely an opinion, thought and or conclusion based on experiences, trials, tests, assessments or other available sources of information. I do not make any guarantees or promises with regard to results. I may discuss substances that have not been subject to double blind clinical studies or FDA approval or regulation. You assume the responsibility for the decision to take any natural remedy. You and only you are responsible if you choose to do anything with the information you have read. You do so at your own risk. I encourage you to make your own health decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified health care professional.

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