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Experience Separates Candidates at Forum By Jean Ferrante Burke Contributing Writer For a second Tuesday in a row, candidates for House of Delegates 29A, the seat currently held by retiring Delegate Johnny Wood debated the issues facing St. Mary’s County and the state of Maryland. Republican candidates Matt Morgan and Tommy McKay were in attendance for both forums, candidate Puff Barthelme who did not appear for the first forum was in attendance at this past Tuesday’s event. The three candidates made introductory statements and then fielded open questions from the audience. When asked what they would do to protect jobs associated with the Patuxent River Naval Base, Puff Barthelme stated that he would talk to Commissioner Todd Morgan about that subject. Matt Morgan stated he felt it was better government just got out of the way and let PAX River do its thing. Former County Commissioner President Tommy McKay said “it is necessary that we maintain St. Mary’s County as a good place for the Navy to do business.” McKay said that while presiding over local government during the last BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure) his board was successful in developing and implementing a strategic plan to address four key issues: Encroachment, School Capacity, Housing, and Transportation. McKay said that elected officials must be prepared for a future BRAC. The candidates were asked about transportation issues in St. Mary’s County. McKay referred to the St. Mary’s County Transportation Plan which his board adopted in 2006 and emphasized the need to continue the work laid out in that plan. Major road projects were moved forward during the McKay administration including the completion of the widening of Route 235 from Route 4 south to Lexington Park, the Hughesville Bypass, expansion of Chancellors Run Road, and funds to improvements to Great Mills Road and Washington Street in Leonardtown. McKay stated that while the expansion of the Thomas Johnson Bridge is an important project that it should not take precedent over improvements to Route 5 through Charlotte Hall, Leonardtown, and Great

Mills as those areas could be improved for a fraction of the money and improve the quality of life for more than twice the number of people as improvements to the bridge would provide. Morgan stated that the gas taxes being collected by the state of Maryland should be returned to St. Mary’s County for highway improvements. Mr. Barthelme was concerned that the park and ride on Golden Beach Road was creating a problem and that the intersection of Route 5 and Singletree Lane in Leonardtown needed improvement. All three candidates expressed their support of repealing Maryland’s most recent anti gun law which Morgan said he believes is a violation of the constitution while Barthelme stated he would like to see what the Republican caucus wants to do. McKay emphasized the fact that the criminals never seem to abide by guns laws giving Chicago as an example and stating that it wasn’t the Republicans that needed to be convinced, it was the Democrats he hoped to influence. The primary election this year will be held on June 24 with early voting beginning on June 12.

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McKay Garners Key Endorsement The Maryland Right to Life, Inc (MDRTL) has awarded its prestigious endorsement to Tommy McKay, candidate for Delegate in Maryland’s Legislative District 29A. Tommy has always been an ally of the right to life movement, and fully supports MDRTL in their mission to protect all innocent human life – from birth to natural death. The State of Maryland is a very pro-choice state, allowing late-stage abortions, offering limited emotional and physical post-abortion support to women (and girls), while offering both civil and legal protection to those who perform them. Tommy Mckay wants to help Maryland change direction on this issue, by recognizing the precious gift of life and helping women find viable solutions besides abortion. “I want to thank Maryland Right to Life and its hundreds of thousands members for their confidence in me” Mckay said. “Maryland Right to Life along with many others understands the need for experienced leadership for Maryland at a time when most Marylanders believe our state is headed in the wrong direction”.

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St. Mary’s County Division of Tourism and the Town of Leonardtown are pleased to announce that Raider Red, Port of Leonardtown Winery’s distinctive 1812-themed wine, will be unveiled during Raiders & Invaders Weekend. Other beverages associated with the era, such as “switchels and shrubs”, will also be featured. Raiders & Invaders is a 3-day, multi-component experience for all ages taking place in Leonardtown and throughout St. Mary’s County June 6 to June 8. At Opal Fine Art Gallery during Raiders & Invaders First Friday in Leonardtown, guests can view art and enjoy the 1812-style vinegar-based punches known as “switchels and shrubs” as the gallery celebrates Leonardtown’s role in American history. The opening receptions at Tudor Hall and North End Gallery will feature similarly-themed exhibits and beverages. Quality Street Kitchen & Catering will offer rum tastings during both Raiders & Invaders First Friday and Raiders & Invaders Festival on Saturday. Learn a bit about the history of this popular import and favorite drink of pirates and sailors. Sample various types of rum from the era, including light, dark and golden rums. Also during Raiders & Invaders First Friday and Raiders & Invaders Festival on Saturday, find out why hard ciders were a preferred drink of 1812 with a hard cider tasting at The Good Earth Natural Foods. A guide will be on hand to direct visitors through beverage tasting and describe hard cider’s historical significance to the era. The Port of Leonardtown Winery will debut their Limited Edition Raider Red, a wine crafted for Raiders & Invaders Weekend. The special label, created by artists from Wine & Design, and antique style bottle, contribute to the uniqueness of the offering. During the day, festival-goers over the age of 21 can enjoy traditional and craft beers and wine in the Tavern Tent, which will also feature live music. Beer and wine will also be available at the evening outdoor British Invasion Tribute concert at the Wharf. For the most current event information, the public can log on to the event website

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Task Force Report Pushes Mandatory Metcom Hookups

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer A long awaited report to the Board of County Commissioners on the requirements for property owners to hook up to public water and sewer in certain circumstances has few surprises. It advocates that all properties that abut such newly constructed lines, laid by either the Metropolitan Commission (MetCom) or by a developer, must hook up to them either before the properties’ well and septic system fail or before the property owner makes any additions or improvements to the home that requires modification to the current system it is on within a time frame of 10 years. The report, the work of the Water/Sewer Connection Policy Study Group, advocates much the same for public water and sewer systems that already exist for development districts and town centers. The recommendations came in a draft form and were presented to elected leaders Tuesday; several of them were concerned that if they became settled rules it would not only violate the property rights of individuals but be prohibitive in cost for homeowners to convert from their well and septic systems. “We made the requirement for 10 years, that takes some of the pain away,” said Phil Shire, director of the Department of Land Use and Growth Manager. But Dan Ichniowski, executive director of Met-


Com, acknowledged that residential property owners could easily face “at least” $15,000 to $20,000 in costs to abandon their well and septic and switch to public water and sewer. Moreover, the recommendations would require that even if property owners who abutted one of these lines had not hooked up to it they would still be required to pay monthly system improvement charges. Commissioner Larry Jarboe said the cost of such hook ups would put them out of the financial range of nearly anyone who had to comply with the rules if they were enacted. “Ninety-nine percent of people just don’t have that in savings,” Jarboe said. Commissioner Daniel Morris said the requirement should only take affect when the home or property was sold. “You’re violating property rights,” he said of the hook up requirement recommendations. “There has to be more consideration to the homeowner.” The requirements were introduced at a joint meeting between the commissioner board and MetCom leadership where Ichniowski also acknowledged that MetCom’s burgeoning capital construction plan was a looming liability as it was set to rival the county’s own projected $206 million construction budget by 2020. “We’ve got to look at some ways of cutting costs,” Ichniowski said.


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Monday and Tuesday evening, while many families were taking their children to the circus, a group of concerned citizens stood outside for a peaceful protest against Cole Bros. Circus, holding signs against animal abuse.

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DNR: Low Crab Population Means More Restrictions By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Results of the winter dredge survey used to determine the health of the Blue Crab population in the Chesapeake Bay watershed shows that the level of spawning-age females has dropped to just below minimum safe harvesting levels. The dredge survey for 2014 showed that the number of spawning-age females dropped to 69 million, just one million below the required minimum, while the levels of juvenile crabs increased 78 percent from record lows of just a year ago. The overall crab population, according to reports from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), stands at approximately 300 million, which is better than 2008 levels. Natural resources officials signaled that the decline in the female population, likely caused by a colder-than-expected winter and natural predation as well as other factors, will mean more restrictions on harvesting. “Since crab harvests remained at safe levels, our scientists believe an array of environmental factors impacted Blue Crab abundance,” said DNR Secretary Joe Gill. “With the number of spawning age crabs low, and juveniles at pre-2008 levels for two years runMay 4-10, 2014


ning, we will be working with our partners and stakeholders to develop adaptive management strategies that will protect the next generation of spawners.” The crab population that will likely be targeted for greater regulation will be females, which are not as popular as male crabs for summer time fare but are the main stay of picking houses for crab cakes and crab soup in the fall and winter months. Tommy Zinn, president of the Calvert County Watermen’s Association said that for the past three or four years watermen have had to deal with some sort of cut back on female crab harvesting and they may one day have to face a complete ban on harvesting them. Fuel and bait prices, coupled with regulations and poor harvests have made it difficult for watermen to even break even in recent years. He said this crab season was particularly bad; last year’s crab harvest was also poor. “This year’s been a very slow start, the crabs aren’t coming up out of the mud yet because of the cold water and the cold rain we’ve been having,” Zinn said. “So far we haven’t seen any number of crabs.”

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Cops & Courts Police: Woman Threw Away Puppies By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

The victim told police that she and Curtis were having problems in their “intimate” relationship and that Police have charged a LexingCurtis had allegedly become violent ton Park woman with several counts and refused to pay her portion of the of animal cruelty after she allegedly rent. took three puppies placed them in “The victim advised the defena plastic bag and threw them in a dant told her and [another witness] Curtis dumpster. she killed the puppies and refused Tammy Marie Curtis, 49, was to tell her where they were,” police wrote in placed under arrest by St. Mary’s County charging documents.” sheriff’s deputies and taken to the adult deThe three puppies were later located by tention center where she was charged with another party in a community dumpster, pothree counts of animal cruelty in the second lice said, wrapped in a white trash bag. high profile case of its kind here this year. They were removed, still alive but In another recent case a Ridge man was charged with animal cruelty and reckless with trouble breathing, charging documents endangerment after shooting and killing a stated. “The victim advised the puppies were pitbull puppy he claimed was acting in an in good health prior to this incident,” police aggressive manner on his property. Police alleged, however, that Kenneth wrote in court papers. Court papers went on to state that when Woodburn had fired at the dog in the same direction as a nearby child daycare center. the puppies were found there were “numerAccording to charging documents filed ous” blood stains on the diaper pads inside against Curtis in District Court the owner of the trash bag with the dogs. the three puppies, born on April 24, said the animals were taken away by Curtis while she was away trying to obtain a protective order.

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Mechanicsville Woman Sentenced to 20 Years for Murder By Guy Leonard Staff Writer A Mechanicsville woman was sentenced to two decades behind bars in Virginia for shooting her boyfriend in the head in April of last year at a resort campground. Lillian May Levy, 78, received a 30-year sentence for the second-degree murder of 62-year-old James Thomas May 1, according to on-line court documents from the Commonwealth of Virginia, Levy suspended to just 13 years of active incarceration. She also received three years of jail time for using a firearm in the commission of a felony, court records showed. Local police who were at the crime scene at the Wilderness Presidential Resorts in Spotsylvania, said Levy used a “small caliber handgun” in the commission of the shooting. Thomas died of his wounds May 9 of last year after doctors tried to remove the bullet from his head. Police said the pair often spent their weekends in the camper where police say the shooting took place. The shooting resulted from a domestic argument, according to law officers in Spotsylvania County; Levy is alleged to have walked out to her vehicle and removed a .22 caliber revolver to shoot Thomas. Police said there were no signs of a struggle in the trailer in the aftermath of the homicide.

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Another Week, Another Arson By Guy Leonard Staff Writer State Fire Marshal’s Office investigators say that a house fire in Hollywood this week was intentionally set; it is the second such fire in the community in as many weeks. The last fire was allegedly set by a 13-year-old girl to a vacant home on Mustang Court; the house was completely destroyed in the blaze and the juvenile was charged with first-degree arson. In the latest case the fire occurred on Ruff Ruff Lane early Sunday morning at a single family home for a loss of $35,000 in damage; it took 35 fire-

fighters from Hollywood, Bay District, Second District, Leonardtown and Seventh District volunteer fire departments just five minutes to control the blaze. The fire started at the entrance to the home’s basement, fire investigators stated. The home was unoccupied when the fire was set, they said. “The fire was determined to be incendiary from the suspect’s igniting combustible materials at the entrance of the basement,” marshal’s stated. Investigators continue to search for suspects but have yet to make any arrests in the case.


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Defendant’s Statement Focus of Murder Trial By Guy Leonard Staff Writer The second day of the murder trial of John M. Quade, Jr., the man accused of bludgeoning a woman to death last year on Three Notch Trail in Laurel Grove, focused on statements Quade gave to a St. Mary’s detective Quade that though he did not remember the actual killing he believed he may have been responsible. Prosecutors played a tape in court that had about two-hours worth of interviews between Det. William Raddatz and Quade just days after the homicide on the trail Aug. 8. In the beginning Quade denied being anywhere near the trail on the day that Moneta Joe Strickland went missing and was later found dead but as the interview wore on Raddatz continually impugned his statements with video surveillance and witness statements to the contrary. “We have a pole camera with your picture on the trail,” Raddatz said in the interview with Quade. “We have your DNA near this woman and on top of this woman…”

Strickland was killed while jogging on the trail and police quickly developed Quade as the prime suspect within days, in part from video surveillance from a nearby business, The Apple Basket, which showed him driving into their parking lot and than walking back across Route 235 towards the trail. Police believed Quade killed Strickland before driving to The Apple Basket. Quade later said he went back in order to retrieve his cigarettes for fear that they might leave trace evidence for police, according to the taped transcript. Early in the interview Quade admitted to seeing Strickland’s body and covering her with leaves. “Did you see this woman and you got freaked out… so you tried to cover her up, just because you didn’t want to be associated with it,” Raddatz asked. “Yes,” Quade answered. In the interview Quade said medication he takes to inhibit rages could have caused him to black out during the incident but he remembered to take Strickland’s iPhone and turn it off so it could not be tracked, according to a transcript of the interview. The transcript also showed that as he drove away he threw her phone away. Quade told Raddatz that he got into an argument with Strickland as they were on the trail and that she tried to “smack” him.

Cops & Courts “So how many times do you think you hit her,” Raddatz asked. “I, I, after that, I don’t remember…” Quade answered. “How long do you think it took to hit her,” Raddatz asked. “I really don’t know,” Quade answered. “So you just went into a rage, and…” Raddatz said. “I’m assuming. I mean, I had to’ve,” Quade responded. In the final portion of the interview with Raddatz, Quade said he returned to tell detectives the truth because the knowledge of the incident hurt him. “So deep in your heart, deep in your heart, you know that you did something to this woman,” Raddatz said. “I feel that way, yeah,” Quade said, who shortly thereafter said: “And I’m, well, not a hundred percent sure, but I mean, I’m pretty sure… I was there, you know. I had blood on me, my shirt was torn.” During the interview Quade also told detectives he tried to dispose of clothing that had been stained with blood and that he threw a rock away on the side of Three Notch Trail that he believed he used to beat Strickland with. The trial is set to last until May 9.

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I am one of America’s 16 million men and women who saw military service in WWII. Add in the yet unknown number serving, or who have served in Vietnam, Korea, Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan and we are only a minority when measured against the many, many more millions who didn’t have to risk lives and livelihoods because we did. Another fact - shameful and outrageous - is that for generations our nation has shortchanged its military veterans in the too often abysmal quality and availability of healthcare through the VA Hospital system. I am seriously disappointed in the failure of our elected representatives – Gov O’Malley, Rep Hoyer, Senators Mikulski and Cardin to team up and demand change in the VA system to aid a most deserving minority of our citizens; the military veterans in need of prompt, effective and compassionate medical care. Tom Burke Hollywood, Md

As we are approaching Mother’s Day, we should look at mothers from a Christian world view and see how they fit into God’s plan for mankind. God has given women the incredible opportunity of continuing the human race by having children. Some women may not be able to have children, some may choose not to, and others may choose to have one, two, etc. However, there is a responsibility that goes with that opportunity. In Luke 12:48 NASB, Jesus said “From everyone who has been given much, much will be required.” Regardless of how a woman became pregnant, God will hold each woman accountable for how she cared for the child in her womb. On Jan. 28, 1973, the U. S. Supreme Court decided that what is growing in a pregnant woman’s womb isn’t a child, but a blob of tissue like tonsils that can be cut out and discarded. They issued the Roe vs. Wade and Doe vs. Bolton decisions that gave each pregnant woman (sometimes a teenager) the authority to decide whether to continue the pregnancy and give birth to a child or to have an abortion and end that child’s life. With the exception of children born to women who didn’t have access to an abortion, everyone in the U. S. born after that date is a result of a pro-life decision by the mother. Because of those decisions, many baby girls and baby boys were and are being born with the opportunities to grow up and become mothers and fathers. Also, many people have the opportunity to be fathers, grandparents, uncles, aunts, brothers and sisters, etc. We should certainly honor all mothers, but especially those who became mothers after the Supreme Court decisions. They not only chose life for the child in their womb, but many have taken on the difficult task of raising righteous children in an increasing sinful world. They deserve our respect, our prayers and all the help we can give them. Robert Boudreaux Waldorf, Md.

At the April 28 BOCC meeting, Commissioner Morgan disrespectfully flaunted a chart of Maryland counties’ school funding in an attempt to belittle the Board of Education and Superintendent, some of the finest people I know. Ironically, that chart actually makes it clear that the commissioners themselves are at fault for the current financial crisis in the schools. The chart shows that on a per-pupil funding basis, the children of St. Mary’s County are dead last. St. Mary’s County Public Schools has less money to spend on each child than any other county in Maryland. We are 24th of 24. No one who cares about quality education would be proud of this. If St. Mary’s County kept pace with Calvert County, on a per pupil basis, the BOCC would need to allocate $25 million more each year. To keep up with our neighbor Charles, you would need to provide $29 million more. Our two neighbor counties’ federal and state funding is very similar to St. Mary’s. The difference is what the county contributes. Mr. Morgan emphatically insists that because the county ranks somewhat below the middle of the pack, at 15th in local funding, the Commissioners are being very generous. But that ranking is meaningless, because the state and federal government have stacked the deck by using a formula to determine their funding. The wealthier a county is, the less state and federal money it gets. They expect and trust each county to be responsible and support education in direct proportion to its wealth. St. Mary’s County’s wealth is 4th highest in the state. Our local county education funding ranks 15th in Maryland. Every position we moved down below 4th in local funding moved us closer to the bottom in total per-pupil funding. When we dropped to our current 15th position in local funding, our total state, federal and local per pupil funding hit bottom. BAM. We can’t get any

lower. Thank you Mr. Morgan. Actually, we can go lower. If the local funding downward spiral continues, to 16th and below, we’ll need to start comparing our total per pupil funding level to states like Mississippi. See the document that clearly shows the embarrassingly low level of funding at SMCDeadLast2 Commissioners, if you care about maintaining the foundation of a quality school system, and keeping our children competitive, you need to begin moving the county funding back up from the bottom rung of the ladder, towards 4th place, commensurate with the county wealth. If your real aim is to be near the middle in terms of a fairer local contribution to education, then use the average amount of local funding. To be at the average level in the current year, FY 2014, you would need to have contributed an additional $14.8 million, which would have moved the county from last place in total state, federal and local funding to around 15th place. Please stop blaming the Board of Education and Superintendent. Yes, they ran into a deficit this year. That’s what happens when you have 0% margin for error built into your budget. What is the county government’s margin of error? It's a fact that according to the County Government FY13 financial statements, the county has a fund balance of $54 million, of which $23 million is unassigned. The BOE and Superintendent are trying to give you the Cadillac school system you want on a Yugo budget and as you see, it’s simply not possible. You don’t need to raise taxes. You just need to increase the share of revenue that goes to education. Mark G. Smith Coordinator of Special Programs St. Mary’s County Public Schools

Thank You from Patuxent Habitat for Humanity On April 26, Patuxent Habitat for Humanity hosted the 6th Annual Recycled Art Show and Benefit Auction. On behalf of the Board of Patuxent Habitat for Humanity I would like to express our sincere gratitude to the Recycled Art Show Committee and the many sponsors, donors, artist, volunteers, and, of course, bidders, who together made it possible. We would like to recognize those individuals, organizations and groups who helped make this show such a success by sponsorships: Our host Our Lady Star of the Sea of Solomons, Blue Wind Gourmet, DJ Johnny G, Fitzgerald Realty & Auctioneer, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, PNC, Port of Call Wine & Spirits, Leonardtown High School Habitat Campus Chapter, Ryken Habitat Campus Chapter, Wentworth Nursery, Captain Pete Charters of Solomons, Whitetail Resort, Printing Press, Inc., Gary & Linda Williams, Dave & Lois Zonderman, Vincent DiAngelis, and graphic designer Joy Woppert. Artist Include: Ron Bailey, Barbara Boward, Valeria Birch, Ann Crain, Candy Cummings, Steve Carle, Wayne Davis, Jessie DeGroat, Nell Elder, Barbara Ferrante, Pat Fitzgerald, Shirley Gromen, Richard Holden, Sarah Houde, Peggy Hovermale, Beverly Jackson, Amanda Jones, Sherry Jones, Marsha Lederman, Tif-

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How Are People on Public Assistance a “Drain” on Our Economy? I am writing this letter in response to Glenn Weder’s letter from last week. I wrote a letter to Roy Feders on this same topic and will include figures from my previous letter. Glenn I find your views to be judgmental and extremely stereotypical. There are never any facts to back up your ridiculous suggestions pertaining to people on public assistance. A whopping 4.1 percent of Americans are on welfare. How is that possible right? All you ever hear people complain about is people on welfare stealing their hard earned money. You can look up all my figures for yourself. Unlike you I present real live statistics to back up my argument instead of blanket statements. People on public assistance are not lazy, freeloading, moochers like they are portrayed. Most of them use public assistance programs temporarily to transition back into the workforce. In reality almost half of recipients of some type of cash assistance in the United States are children. These children are usually living with a Grandmother or other relative because for whatever reason their parents were deemed unfit or passed away. Temporary Cash Assistance (Maryland’s Welfare) can only be received for 5 years of an adult’s lifetime. A relative raising a child can receive it until the child is 19 years old. I don’t think you know anyone personally who has ever had to be put in this situation. I do, and I take personal offense to your outrageous “policies”. People in these situations deserve help for the hardship they are enduring not baseless stereotypical attacks. I find it ironic that your writing letters complaining about taxes and money yet are suggesting policies that would cost hundreds of millions of dollars to enforce. For example the average cost of a 5 panel drug test is $40, not including the lab fees. One test a month for 1 million Human Resource recipients (roughly the amount in Maryland) will equal $480,000,000 a year. How are people on public assistance a “drain” on our economy? About 7 percent of Maryland’s FY14 state budget went to Human Services which includes the Department Of Human Resources and only half of that were for TCA and Work Opportunities. So in reality the majority of our taxes (64 percent) in Maryland go to Education, Health Care, and Transportation. 65 percent of Federal taxes go to DOD, Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. So this misguided perception that all our tax money goes to lazy people on welfare is completely wrong. Only 12 percent of our federal taxes go to safety net programs, which range from helping the elderly and disabled to children who have been neglected. People on TCA cannot live off of the state government for their entire life. Random Drug testing has been proposed in the state of Maryland only to be deemed ineffective. In Florida random drug testing was signed into law in 2011 for the state’s welfare program. But was soon found unconstitutional by an Orlando

district court and later upheld by a federal appeals court for violating the 4th amendment. During the four months of Florida’s mandatory drug testing program, only 2.6 percent of applicants (108 out of 4,086), failed the drug test. Not only has this been ruled unconstitutional in other states but it has been deemed ineffective in saving money. Having subsidized housing recipients searched for valuables is probably the most idiotic statement I have ever heard. Not only is it wrong, it would clearly be a violation of the 4th amendment. You want to revoke the right to vote for people on public assistance which is absolutely ridiculous. We cannot pick and choose who has rights and who doesn’t. You think people who apply for a state program that is offered to them should be stripped of all their civil and constitutional rights because we hard working people are so much better than them? You are so judgmental it makes me sick. I know people in subsidized housing and they work harder than most to make ends meet. I’m sick of all the stereotypes that have no facts to back them up. People on public assistance are just as likely to abuse drugs as the general population. TCA has many provisions and strict rules set forth to encourage and or mandate people to find work so they can lead a normal life. Before you write an article outlining new policies why don’t you read up on the policies already put forth. Most of the policies you are suggesting are already in effect. This leads me to believe that you don’t know what you’re talking about and just repeat everything you hear. You are acting as if people are allowed to be on TCA forever and that’s not true. Temporary Cash Assistance means that it is temporary. There are rules and provisions set forth to limit benefits for mothers who continually have children within 10 months of receiving TCA. I understand that people abuse these programs but they are the minority and we cannot revoke them for the honest people who need them. In fact most people receiving food stamps work. We are the most civilized country ever and to let children and people in need suffer is wrong. Food riots during the Great Depression made the federal government act to help families in need. I have no problem with a small percentage of my taxes going to Human Resources. Taxes are a fact of life and will never change. We need to create accountability on government spending not bash people seeking help from poverty. Your stereotypes and overall judgmental views are extremely flawed. Look up some facts about the topic you are writing on. Your broad assumptions and stereotypical outlook for people in need is both offensive and wrong. I hope from now on people view your letters as the fact less and ignorant pieces of garbage that they are. Benjamin Aud Leonardtown, Md.

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St. Michael's School 8th grade student Marcus Holt receives a first place check for his essay on the Bill of Rights from Robert Reed of the Fleet Reserve Association Branch 93 at PAX NAS. Other essay winners from St. Michael's School included Sydney Vieten (8th grade), Kirsten Hamilton (7th grade) and Alexandra Wettengel (7th grade) To the left of Holt, the statue of Our Lady of Fatima, which made a pilgrimage of Catholic churches throughout St. Mary's County during Holy Week, is displayed in St. Michael's Church.


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Town Council Gets One New Member By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Leonardtown voters chose to stay with most of their elected leadership during Tuesday’s elections but voted to include Tom Combs as the new member to the council replacing the outgoing Tom Collier who served on the board for 10 years. Incumbents Roger Mattingly and Leslie Roberts both held onto their seats; Mattingly was the top vote recipient with 177 ballots while Combs received 159. Roberts won 151 votes. Town election rules state that the top three vote recipients would win election; candidates Christopher Jeyes and Robert Wentworth each received 109 and 108 votes respectively. There were just 273 ballots cast in the election with 12 of them absentee and one emergency ballot, according to elections judge attorney J. Ernest Bell. Mattingly thanked the residents for coming out to vote as well as for reelecting him, though he lamented that the voter turnout, like the last election was so low. “It is a small number,” Mattingly said. “There are 1,802 registered voters; it is kind of a poor showing.” Roberts ran on a campaign of significant economic and community revitalization achievements to win her seat, including

Photos By Frank Marquart The Leonardtown Town Council, Jay Mattingly, left, Tom Combs, Leslie Roberts, Hayden Hammett, Mayor Dan Burris and Roger Mattingly.

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Obituaries James Orville Dickens Jr., 74 Our beloved James Orville Dickens, 74, of St. Inigoes, Md., departed this earthly life and went home to be with the Lord on “Good Friday” April 18. James, also known as “Jim” was born on September 23, 1939 in St. Georges Island to the late James O. Dickens Sr. and Viola M (Greene) Dickens. He was the sixth oldest of eleven brothers and sisters. As a young adult he joined St. Peter Claver Catholic Church. James received his education at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Ridge, Md. He was employed by Historic St. Mary’s City of Maryland. James dedicated over 20 years of service and retired in 1998. James followed his passion for helping others by pursuing different careers with Life Enrichment and Pathway. In 2011, he achieved his entrepreneurship goal by opening a family business by the river “Club Maryland”. He enjoyed his many friends and customers. In August 1966, he united in marriage to Annette Shubrooks. From this union they were blessed with five loving daughters. James cherished “the girls” dearly. He loved spending time with his family, and especially loved having his grandkids around. He was happy when his granddaughter was born but he was extremely excited when the grandsons came along.

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William Thomas Slaughter, 67 CPT. William Thomas “Tom” Slaughter, USA Retired, 67, passed away Saturday, April 19 peacefully at his home in Lexington Park, Md. He was born April 11, 1947 in Newport News, Va. Tom graduated with a degree in Business from the University of Southern Mississippi. He served in the US Army for over 22 years, retiring as a Captain. He was a logistics analyst for nearly 20 years at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station, and was a life member and past President of the Optimist Club of St. Mary’s and a member of the VFW Post 2632. He was preceded in death by his father, William R. Slaughter, and his brother Ronald W. Slaughter. Survived by his devoted and loving “Shirley Girl” (Shirley Jones), his children, Sean T. Slaughter of N.J., Kelly D. Slaughter (granddog Brody) of N.C., Michael D. Valente (Tabitha) of Ore., Kent L. Valente of Ore., Tiffany D. Belleavoine (David) of Md., his mother Fay E.

Gwaltney-Lemmlie of Va., his sister Pamela C. Slaughter (Berty) of Belgium, and his grandchildren, Maximillian, Callie, Timothy, Draiden, Ethan, Azaria, Amelia and Carter. Tom loved his country, his family, the Washington Redskins, crabbing, and his two cats, Tigris and Euphrates. He was an honorable man, loving father and grandfather, who will live always in the hearts of many. Family will receive friends on Friday, April 25 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, Md. 20650. A time for remembrances will be held at 7 p.m. Cemetery services will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that contributions be made to the Lexington Park Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 339, Lexington Park, Md. 20653. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md.

Tammy Elizabeth Coleman, 49 Tammy Elizabeth Coleman, 49 of Mechanicsville, Md., passed away peacefully on April 23, surrounded by her loving family. Tammy leaves to cherish her precious memory her husband, Robert Coleman; five children, Brittany (Chad), Joseph, Kristi, Kelly and Kaycie (Adam); mother, Ruth Ryan; grandchildren, Alaina, Michael and Dominic; sisters, Jackie Harlow(Sheldon) and Mary Frances Ryan and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Jack Ryan; three brothers, Donald, Robert and Jackie Lee Ryan; sister, Barbara Ann Steele and grandparents, George A. and Katherine E. Underwood and John and Bertha Ryan. Family and friends united on Monday, April 28, for visitation at 10 a.m. until service at 11 a.m. at Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home, 38576 Brett Way, Mechanicsville, Md. Interment to follow at Resurrection Cemetery, 8000 Woodyard Road, Clinton, Md.

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Cecelia Young (Joseph), Mary Stewart (George), Elaine Fredrick and Elizabeth Barnes. Two brothers: Ernest Dickens (Frances) and Francis Dickens. He leaves behind Deanna Guzeh and Gladys (Precious) Shubrooks whom he thought of as daughters, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and godchildren. James is also survived by sisters-in-law: Mary, Gladys (James), Sylvia (Arthur), Cardella, Beverly, and brothers-in-law: Charles (Dorothy), Sherman, William (Sherry), Melvin (Patricia), Lawrence and Morris (Wanda). James is preceded in death by his parents, twin daughters, (Earlene and Verlene), and brothers: Joseph, Russell, Vincent and Paul. Ceremony Details: Family and Friends united on Saturday, April 26 for visitation at 10 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, 16922 St. Peter Claver Church Road, St. Inigoes, Md. Interment immediately following at St. Peter Claver Church Cemetery. Arrangements by Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home, 38576 Brett Way, Mechanicsville, Md.


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The County Times would like to apologize for unintentionally printing obituaries from May of 2013 in last week's (May 1, 2014) publication. The obituaries that should have been printed last week are included in this week's (May 8, 2014) publication.

Melissa Solms-Baruth, 59 Melissa Solms-Baruth, 59, left us on April 23, surrounded by her family at her home in Leonardtown. Melissa was born May 5, 1954 in Providence, R.I. to George and Mary Butler. She graduated from The Wheeler School in 1972 and attended college in New Mexico, Paris, France and Lugano, Switzerland. She married Christian Solms-Baruth on October 31, 1979 in New York City. In 1988, Melissa and Christian moved their family to Leonardtown, Md. Melissa was a dedicated mother and wife, as well as an avid photographer and waterfront real estate professional. In 2007 she began publishing Southern Maryland Woman magazine with her eldest daughter. Melissa was an equestrian who enjoyed traveling, antiquing and jewelry making. She was an active CASA volunteer and also supported the St. Mary’s Mediation Center. Kind and generous, she devoted her life to her family and friends. Melissa’s fun-loving, free-spirited nature was her hallmark and she most enjoyed spending time near the water. Melissa is survived by her husband, Christian; children, Oda, Carolina and Alexander; and grandson, Lucas. A Funeral Service was held on Saturday, April 26 in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, Md. with Bishop William McClean officiating. Interment followed in Charles Memorial gardens, Leonardtown, Md.

Sara Catherine Seman, 81 Sara Catherine Seman, 81 of Lexington Park, Md. died April 20 at Washington Hospital Center. Born October 31, 1932 in Leonardtown, Md. she was the daughter of the late Samuel Gibson Oliver and Mamie Jessica (Shoemaker) Oliver. Sara worked in the food service industry for most of her life. She was also a bus driver for the Clinton Christian School. Sara enjoyed cooking, making greeting cards, karaoke and traveling to Memphis, Tenn. for Elvis week. Her favorite hobby was attending concerts, especially Ronnie Dove & Elvis ETA’s. Sara was a member of the SAYSF Bible Church in Lexington Park, Md. and enjoyed spending time with her family. Sara is survived by her children, Joni M. McElhaney (Charles) of Tall Timbers, Md., George O.Seman (Pamela) of Waldorf, Md. and Michael B. Seman (Karen) of Newburg, Md.; 9 grandchildren; and 2 great grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings, George Oliver, Samuel Oliver, Jr., Margaret Oliver and Rachel Oliver Delozier and her former husband, George Seman. Family received friends for Sara’s Life Celebration on Monday, April 28 from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, Md. 20650. A fu-

neral service will be held at 12 p.m. Interment will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to SAYSF Bible Church, 46544 Rue Purchase Road, Lexington Park, Md. 20653 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, Tenn. 38148. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Alverta K. Lawrence, 94 Alverta K. Lawrence, 94, of Valley Lee, Md., passed away April 20, at the Chesapeake Nursing Home in Lexington Park, Md. Alverta was born August 20, 1919 in Bracey, Va. to the late Thomas Henry King and Nanie (Valentine) King. On July 7, 1948, Alverta married her late husband, Jessie C. Lawrence, who passed away on Nov. 30, 1968. In addition to her parents and husband, she is also preceded in death by her sisters, Thelma, Ida Lea, Izilia and brother, Wilson. In lieu of flowers, a Memorial Contribution may be made to Hospice of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, Md. 20650. Alverta’s Life Celebration was on Wednesday, April 30 with visitation at 10 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. George’s Catholic Church, 19199 St. George’s Church Road, Valley Lee, Md. 20692. Interment immediately following at St. Mark’s U.M.A.E. Church Cemetery, Happyland Road, Valley Lee, Md. Arrangements by Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home, Mechanicsville, Md.

Sara Ruth Hayden Hammett, 91 Sara Ruth Hayden Hammett, 91, of Leonardtown, Md. passed away on Saturday, April 26 at her home in Leonardtown, Md. Born on Aug. 15, 1922 in Leonardtown, Md., she was the loving daughter of Susie Lucas Hayden and James Bradley Hayden. Sara was the loving wife of the late James Richard Hammett, Sr., whom she married on August 24, 1940 in St. Aloysius Catholic Church Leonardtown, Md., and he preceded her in death on March 15, 2004. Sara is survived by her children; Sue Anne Bucher (Larry) of Virginia Beach, Va., Sally Wigginton (Bob), Dick Hammett (Vicki), Brad Hammett (Barbara) all of Leonardtown, Md., Ruth Owens of Knoxville, Md., Donna St. Pierre (Mark) of Brunswick, Me., Jim Hammett (Lora) of High View, W.Va., Stephen Hammett (Mary) of Lexington Park, Md., David Hammett (Kim) of Ladson, S.C., 36 grandchildren, 40 great grandchildren, 5 great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her siblings; Hattie Guy, James Hayden, Mildred Mattingly, and Lambert Hayden. Sara graduated from Margaret Brent High School, and was a lifelong resident of St. Mary’s


County, Md. She was a homemaker. Sara belonged to Ladies of Charity, St. Aloysius Alter Society, Brownie & Girl Scout Leader, and Avon Representative for over 30 years. The family received friends on Wednesday, April 30 from 5 to 8 p.m. with prayers recited at 7 p.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home Leonardtown, Md. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, May 1 at 10 a.m. in St. Aloysius Catholic Church Leonardtown, Md. with Father David Beaubien officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Pallbearers: Larry Bucher, Jr., Dick Hammett, III, Jerry Owens, Nick Hammett, Bryan Hammett, and Matthew Hammett. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Mary’s P.O. Box 625 Leonardtown, Md. 20650.

John Kincaid Lee, 80 John Kincaid “J.K.” Lee, 80, of Leonardtown, Md. passed away on April 27 at the St. Mary’s Nursing Center in Leonardtown, Md. Born on March 11, 1934 in Oakville, Md., he was the son of the late Myrtle Marie Curry Lee and Edward Newton Lee, Sr. He was preceded in death by his siblings Bertha Russell, Helen Long, Mary Pilkerton, Edward N. “Ike” Lee, Jr., and Robert M. “Bobby” Lee, all of Mechanicsville, Md. He is survived by sister-in-law, Mary “Peggy” Lee, four nieces, one nephew and numerous great nieces and nephews. Mr. Lee was a lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County and attended Margaret Brent High School. He enjoyed riding and repairing his many bicycles, listening to bluegrass music, socializing, playing horseshoes, and playing bingo. Mr. Lee worked with his father operating the family sawmill business located at Laurel Grove, Md. until his father’s death in 1968. He then worked for his brothers, who opened the business as “Lee Brothers” sawmill and logging operation, until 1992. In 2005, Mr. Lee became a resident of the St. Mary’s Nursing Center where he always tried to help the staff any way he could and was affectionately known as “the door man.” He also enjoyed putting on his Santa hat and passing out goodies to the nursing home staff and residents at Christmas time. The family received friends on Thursday, May 1 from 5 to 8 p.m. with prayers recited at 7 p.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home Leonardtown, Md. A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, May 2 at 10 a.m. at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church with Reverend Ann Strickler officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Matthew G. Spalding, Timothy W. Glass, Kell Davis, Jay R. Long, Wallace Abell and Jamie Abell. Honorary pallbearer Joe Pruett. Contributions may be made to the St. Mary’s Nursing Center Foundation,. P.O. Box 518 Leonardtown, Md. 20650, and/or the Mechanicsville Vol. Rescue Squad P.O. Box 15 Mechanicsville, Md. 20659, and/ or Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 27108 Mt. Zion Church Road Mechanicsville, Md. 20659.

Trygve M. Blix, 80 Trygve M. Blix, 80, of Saint Mary’s City, Md. died peacefully on April 28 after a short illness. Katherine, his wife of 55 years, passed away a month earlier. Trygve is survived by his daughters Susan, Torgunn, and Gioia. Katherine and Trygve have three grandchildren and one great grandchild. Trygve was born in Norway and came to the U.S. when he was 17. He served honorably in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and became a U.S. citizen with a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering. Trygve had a long, successful career at the U.S. Patent Office where he started as a patent examiner of marine inventions and later became part of the Senior Executive Service. Trygve is greatly missed by his family and friends. A MemorialService was held on Saturday, May 3 at 1 p.m. at St. Cecilia’s Church located at 47950 Mattapany Road, Saint Mary’s City, Md. A gathering of celebration was 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.

Robin Ann Butler, 37 Robin Ann Butler “Bina”, 37 of Hollywood, Md. passed away at her home in Hollywood, Md. Born on April 15, 1977, she was the loving daughter of Catherine L. Pfeiffer and Michael G. Pfeiffer of Hollywood, Md. Robin is survived by her children: Samantha M. Butler and Maddisyn K. Butler both of Onaway, Mich., and Samuel E. Butler of Hollywood, Md.. Siblings; Michele L. Underwood of Hollywood, Md., and Geraldine Pfeiffer of Spartonsburg, S.C. She is preceded in death by her son Michael R. Butler. Robin graduated from South High School in 1995. The family received friends on Thursday, May 2 from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home Leonardtown, Md. A Funeral Service will follow at 11 a.m. in the Funeral Home Chapel with Father Keith Woods officiating. Interment will follow in Charles Memorial Gardens Leonardtown, Md. Pallbearers: Richard Oliver, Christopher Oliver, Joshuea Underwood, Samuel butler, Sr., Charles Evans, Jr., and Wesley Thompson. Honorary Pallbearers: Eddy Butler, Andrew Thompson, Orin Joseph (OJ) Lewis, David Oliver, Brandon Butler, and William Wockenfuss, Jr.

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In Our St. Mary’s County to Pay Tribute to Community Law Officers at 14th Annual Law Media Contact: Tony Jones, Public Information Officer SMCG TV 95 Station Manager 301-475-4200 ext. 1342 or

NEWS RELEASE for Immediate Release No. 2014 - 85 May 5, 2014 10:30 a.m.

Enforcement Appreciation Day

2014 Summer Youth Bus Passes Now Available

Leonardtown, MD - Monthly Summer Cruiser Bus Passes are now available fo

years old and younger. The $20 Monthly for unlimited rides on St. M The St. Mary’s County Department of Aging & Human al Police Memorial Week andPass will allows pay tribute to law officers Transit System (STS) buses for one month at duty a time. The as passes for Services, Triad/S.A.L.T. (Seniors and Law Enforcement To- who have perished in the line of as well honorare theavailable OfJune, July and August. gether) Council and the St. Mary’s Board of County Commisficer of the Year selected from each county law enforcement sioners is sponsoring the 14th Annual Law Enforcement Ap- agency, based on their outstanding service to the community. preciation Day Ceremony. The publicCruiser is invited to enjoy the ceremony and compli- ext. 112 To purchase a Summer Pass, please call 301-863-8400 The event takes place Tuesday, May 13 at 11:30 a.m. at the mentary catered lunch following the event. RSVPs areto notconfirm A photo ID will is required age Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, 44219 Airport quired, but encouraged. For more information contact Jennifer information regarding bus schedules or County transportation programs can also b Road, California, Maryland. This event occurs during Nation- Stone at 301-475- 4200, ext. 1073. calling or emailing.

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CORRECTION: In The County Times article "Quilt Commemorates County’s First Families" (on page 22 of the April 17 edition), the article could be interpreted as there only being nine families that landed here in Maryland in 1634, when in fact, there were over 150 people. In the fifth paragraph the article stated "according to research nine families came to Maryland on the Arc(should be Ark), and Dove in 1634." The crafters put only nine ships in the squares on the quilt as a representation of some of the folks who were on board those ships, and still thrive in the area today, but those were certainly not the only families on the ships. The County Times apologizes for the confusion.



Monthly Summer Cruiser Bus Passes are now available for residents 18 years old and younger. The $20 Monthly Pass allows for unlimited rides on St. Mary’s County Transit System (STS) buses for one month at a time. The passes are available for the months of June, July and August. To purchase a Summer Cruiser Pass, please call 301-8638400 ext. 1120, or email A photo ID will is required to confirm age. Additional information regarding bus schedules or County transportation programs can also be obtained by calling or emailing. For more information go to: dpw/STSTransportation.asp.

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In Our Community

2014 St. John’s Catholic Bee The St. John Francis Regis Knights of Columbus Council #7914, located in Hollywood recently held its third annual Catholic Bee. Similar to a spelling bee, fourth and fifth graders from St. John's school and parish were tested on their Catholic faith knowledge, at the Monsignor Harris center in front of friends and family. Twelve kids vied for the top three trophies and cash prizes. Brooke Pappaconstantinou, successfully defended her 2013 title becoming the 2014 first place champion. Claire Ichniowski captured second and Jane Mattingly rounded out the top three.

LIBRARY ITEMS Library services to be interrupted May 9-14; libraries to close May 15

Some library services will be interrupted during the final stage of transition to the new online catalog, May 9 to May 14. Customers are reminded that the online catalog and their accounts will not be accessible and that they must present their library card to check out or renew an item. The item to be renewed must be brought to the library. Holds cannot be placed until after the new catalog goes live on May 15. To avoid items being returned during this transition period, the library has extended the due dates so no items are due May 9 to May 14. Customers are asked to return items either before May 9 or after May 14. All three libraries will close May 15 to complete the transition to the new system.

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Photo Courtesy of Chris Woehrer

Pictured, from left, are Chris Woehrer, activity chairman and host, Fr. Ray Schmidt, moderator, Clair Ichniowski, Brooke Pappaconstantinou, Jane Mattingly, and Bruce Newell, Grand Knight.

Staff from Jefferson Patterson Park will present a special story time all about pirates at Lexington Park branch on May 13 at 10:30 a.m. The program is geared for children ages 3 to 5 years old. Registration is required. The branches will celebrate Children’s Book Week on May 17. Children

and their parents can drop in at any branch during the day and enjoy fun crafts and activities together.

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This Saturday is the last day for students to apply to be a Summer Reading volunteer. The application is available on the library’s website. Volunteers must be entering the 6th grade or older.

Finish-the-Story contest underway

Children ages 6 to 12 can complete a story started by professional storyteller Ming Diaz for the Raiders & Invaders Week-end and enter it in the Finishthe-Story contest. Entry forms and details are available at any branch. Every participant will receive a Bruster’s Ice Cream coupon and the winner’s ending will be used at the event plus the winner will receive a gift certificate to Fenwick Used Books and Music in Leonardtown. Deadline for entry is May 16.

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The Southern Maryland JobSource Mobile Career Center will be at Leonardtown branch on May 13 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Cat of the Week DO YOU WANT A LAP KITTY LOVE BUG? I am your man! My name is Thor. I was rescued from the kill shelter because I am so friendly and I am a very rare and unusual color for a cat. I am the sweetest boy and I love to be loved. I get along well with other cats. I am fully vetted and ready to find my forever home. You can meet me at the Petco in California Md from 11 to 3 on Saturdays and Sundays. You can fill out an application at and email it to my foster mom at moonandhunt@Hotmail. com If you have any questions, you can call my foster mom at 301-481-0171 Hoping and Wishing to find you, Thor PS: Feral Cat Rescue lends traps to catch the feral cats so they can be vetted. They also have some spay/neuter grant money. You could email my foster mom for info.

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

May, Month Long North End Gallery - May 2014 - “T to Tea” 41652 Fenwick St, Leonardtown With thoughts of spring around the corner, and summer following in her footsteps, the North End Gallery will be offering an Afternoon Tea at the Gallery in May. Together with the May show “T to Tea” , where the gallery artists will look at artworks that focus on all things that begin with the letter “T” the Gallery will present an actual Afternoon Tea as well. The Afternoon Tea will take place on Sunday, May 4 at 3 p.m. in the Gallery on Fenwick Street in Leonardtown. In addition to tea and light refreshments a brief tea related program will be presented. Reservations are required as there will be a limited number of seats. The tickets are Fifteen dollars a person and will be available at the gallery in advance. The May show, “T to Tea” will run from April 30 until June 1. The first Friday reception will be on May 2 from 5 until 8 p.m. The Gallery is located at 41652 Fenwick Street in Leonardtown. They may be reached at 301-475-3130 and the web address is www.northendgallery. org. Opal Fine Art Gallery - May 2014 - “Renewal and Transformation” 41625 Park Ave., Leonardtown “Renewal and Transformation,” a series of photographs by artist Andy Plautz will be on exhibit at Opal Fine Art Gallery in Leonardtown, Md. Please join us for an opening reception on First Friday, May 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. The exhibit runs through May 31. In addition to our gallery exhibit, Opal Fine Art will showcase a special visitor: a painted carousel creature on loan to us by the Southern Maryland Carousel Group. Opal Fine Art Gallery is open Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and First Fridays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, email or call 301-994-9499.

Thursday, May 8 MOMS Club of Waldorf West Open House 6980 Bensville Road, 6, Waldorf – 11 a.m. Come out and join us for a scavenger hunt, a fun craft, balloons, bubbles, food and fun! We are a support group designed just for you, the mother of today! Event starts at 11 a.m. and it is free. Rain date is Friday, May 9. Our boundaries include 20603 East of Middletown Road, 20601 East of 301, 20637 East of Route 5, 20637 in Charles County, 20602, 20617, 20675, and 20695. Email for more information. Golf Tournament 35794 Aviation Yacht Club Road, Mechanicsville – 9 a.m. Lexington Park Lions will host their annual golf tournament, Thursday, May 8, at the Wicomico Shores Golf Course in St. Mary’s County. Tee time 9 a.m. with a shotgun start. Proceeds from the tournament fund the Lions vision and hearing programs benefiting those in need in the Lexington Park area. The tournament is open to all golfers, but pre-registration is required. Sponsorships are available. The Lexington Park Lions Club is a 501(c)3 or-

ganization; donations are tax deductible. Entry forms and additional information can be found on the Lexington Park Lions Club website: www.lexingtonparklions. org. Or, if you prefer, give one of us a call: Buzz Shelley, 301-904-3809,, or Jess Davis, 301-9040352, Patuxent River Naval Air Museum Party 21967 Cuddihy Road #2371, Patuxent River – 4 p.m. Land at the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum after work on Thursday, May 8. We’ll be ready to serve you at 4 p.m. and the party goes on until 8 p.m. Join us for an evening with amazing music provided by Billy Breslin, fantastic food and a great selection of premium beers and wine. The museum and the exhibits will be specially lit for the event courtesy of Pete Butt and Communications Facilities Co. This is a fantastic way to spend the evening with friends - make sure you bring them along! Tickets for the event can be purchased in advance of the event at the museum.  You can also email prnamaeventscomm@ for tickets or more information.  The cost of the ticket is $10 for nonmembers and $8 for members. Premium beer or wine by the glass will be available for $4; Coors Light is $2. If you’re already a member - great! Take advantage of your membership and buy your ticket at a reduced price. If you’re not a member yet, take advantage of our reduced membership prices offered at these events. Individual memberships are available for the reduced price of $35 and family memberships are available for $80 at these events.

Friday, May 9 Just in Time for Mother’s Day! 18751 Hogaboom Lane, St. Marys City – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Shop the Annual HSMC Garden Market! Find great gifts for Mother’s Day! Buy annual & perennial flowers, hanging baskets, shrubs and herbs on May 9 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the corner of Route 5 and south side Old State House Road, St. Mary’s City. Small plates will be served by Expressions of St. Mary’s from 12 to 2 p.m. Health Care Industry – Wide Job Fair/ Hiring Event 22950 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Southern Maryland JobSource invites you to our Health Care Industry – Wide Job Fair/Hiring Event on Saturday, May 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the College of Southern Maryland. All attendees must be registered in the Maryland Workforce Exchange prior to attending this event. Please register at Questions? Please call 301-880-2800. Contra Dance 37497 Zach Fowler Road, Chaptico – 7:30 p.m. A Contra Dance, sponsored by Southern Maryland Traditional Music and Dance (SMTMD), featuring caller Elgin Perry, will be held on Friday, May 9 at the Christ Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 37497 Zach Fowler Road, Chaptico, Md. Please note this is a deviation from the regular 2nd Saturday venue, due to scheduling concerns. 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 Historic St. Mary’s City Garden Market Route 5 & South Side Old State House Road, St. Mary’s City Shop the Annual HSMC Garden Market! Buy annual & perennial flowers, hanging baskets, shrubs and herbs on Friday, May 9 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the corner of Route 5 and South Side Old State House Road, St. Mary’s City. Small plates will be served by Expressions of St. Mary’s from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, contact Anne Forrest, Volunteer Coordinator, Historic St. Mary’s City Museum at or 240-895-4972.

Saturday, May 10 Please Note: The Drive Thru Country Ham and Fried Chicken Dinner Originally Scheduled for Saturday, May 10 took place on Saturday, May 3. The County Times apologizes for the confusion. Pre-Mother’s Day Cabaret Maryland 235, 1, St Inigoes – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. On Saturday, May 10 there will be a Pre- Mother’s Day Cabaret at The KnightsSt. Jerome’s Hall in Dameron. It will begin at 9 a.m. and last until 1 p.m. Get tickets in advance for $13 or buy them at the door for $15. For more information, call Delora at 301-769-1761 or Linda at 301-475-9255. County May Bird Counts Help is appreciated from all: backyard birders, beginners, new members to collect data and information to help save our birds. Each county in our areas has its own coordinator. Visit our website, www., for more information and to participate. The Commodores, U.S. Navy Jazz Band Leonardtown Square, Leonardtown – 6 p.m. On Saturday, May 10th, experience the energy of the U.S. Navy jazz band, The Commodores, as they join us at 6 p.m. in the Historic Leonardtown Square. Highly regarded for their renditions of big band jazz over the last 40 years, this popular ensemble will entertain with a variety of

timeless classics, toe-tapping favorites and original tunes. Enjoy dinner at one of our local restaurants, then grab a blanket or a chair and join us on the Square – dancing encouraged! For more information call 301-475-9791. 12th Annual Plant Sale 26655 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come on out to Summerseat Farm for the 12th Annual Plant Sale on Saturday, May 10, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (rain or shine). Look for a day of excitement in an historic 1678 farm setting at our huge plant sale featuring a wide assortment of colorful annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetables, shrubs, trees, grasses, planted pots and dish gardens, hanging baskets, crafts, Mother’s Day gifts and much more. You can shop till you drop! Cash/Check/Credit Card accepted. The kids will have fun at the Children’s Tent and Petting Zoo. Come hungry and enjoy the tasty delights the Courtyard Café has to offer for breakfast and lunch. Relax while walking the lovely grounds and enjoy the sights along the way: a sparkling goldfish pond; the vivid color of the gardens; the old cemetery; then take a guided tour of the old manor house; and finally a visit to the barns to see the assortment of animals we house, including American buffalo. Remember your camera. Summerseat is an IRS designated 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, operated by volunteers and dedicated to preserving the history, agriculture and natural resources of this property, as well as its educational programs. We’re supported by our fundraisers, donations, and memberships. Location is 26655 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville, Md. 20659. Enjoy reasonable prices, plenty of free parking, and no admission fee. Info 301-373-6607; website; or email

Sunday, May 11 Make Mother’s Day Memorable at Sotterley! 44300 Sotterley Lane, Hollywood – 12 to 4 p.m. In honor of Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 11, all mothers will receive the Guided Tour of the 1703 Plantation House at Sotterley Plantation for HALF PRICE on their special day! From 12 to 4 p.m., we welcome you and your mother to stroll the blooming Colonial Revival Gardens, walk the plantation grounds and nature trails, see the historic outbuildings including our original 1830’s Slave Cabin, or picnic out on the lawn while enjoying the breathtaking views of the Patuxent River. Top off the day with buying a memorable gift at the Sotterley Museum Shop, located in the Visitor Center. It will be a day she will never forget! For more information on upcoming Sotterley Plantation events, please visit our website at Beloved Horses in Second Careers 25450 Rosedale Manor Lane, Hollywood – 1 to 4 p.m. Sharon Miner, author of Beloved Horses in Second Careers, featuring Greenwell’s very own beloved Spot, returns on May 11 for a book signing event. Spot is one of the cover horses (bottom left in attached photo of book cover) in the fourth Beloved Horses book by Tampa,


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Florida’s, equine and children’s author, Sharon Miner. In Beloved Horses in Second Careers, Spot’s journey is described as a Texas reining horse, to a Pony Club mount to a valuable member in the Greenwell Foundation’s Therapeutic Riding Program. In 2010, when the book was released, Spot and Sharon Miner met for the first time at the Foundation’s book signing event during her Equestrian Book Tour. Since then, the author has had two more books released: a fifth Beloved Horses book featuring equines from around the world and a second Woogie’s Travels dog book for youngsters. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the first book in the series, Beloved School Horses, the author will once again visit Greenwell during her East Coast book tour. On Sunday, May 11, from 1 to 4 p.m., Sharon Miner will speak about her inspiration for writing the series, read Spot’s story and answer questions as well as sell and sign her ten books for horse, dog or mystery lovers. There will also be a raffle to benefit the foundation featuring Beloved Horses in Second Careers and Beloved Horses From Around the World. For more information about the author, visit Breakfast All-You-Can-Eat for Mother’s Day Valley Lee – 8 to 11 a.m. Breakfast All-You-Can-Eat for Mother’s Day will be held on Sunday, May 11 from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Second District Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad. The cost for adults is $8.00, the cost for children from age 6 to 12 is $4.00, and children 5 and under are free. The menu consists of scrambled eggs, home fried potatoes, pancakes, French toast, sausage links, ham, hot biscuits, creamed chipped beef, spiced applesauce, grits, assorted juices, milk and coffee. For more information call 301-994-9999.

Monday, May 12 Pax River Quilters Guild 20850 Langley Road, Lexington Park – 6:30 p.m. The next monthly meeting will be held Monday, May 12, at 6:30 p.m. at Good Samaritan Lutheran Church, 20850 Langley Road, Lexington Park, Md. Our May meeting will feature a Trunk Show by member Elsie Lishness. Show & Share - bring your latest creation to share. Spotlight will be on first quilts. Officer elections will be held. Remember to bring your Silent Auction items for June, your BOM, bus trip to the Hersey, Penn. Quilt Odyssey Show form/payment and food pantry donations. It’s time to re-new your membership. New members welcome! Visit our website www.paxriverquiltguild. com. SMAWL Low Cost Rabies Clinic 42455 Fairgrounds Road, Leonardtown – 6 to 8 p.m. The St. Mary’s Animal Welfare League will host a low-cost rabies clinic the 2nd Monday of each month, March through November, at the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds located on Fairgrounds Road in Leonardtown, Md. Doors and registration opens at 6 p.m. The clinic is open until 8 p.m. Each vaccination is $15. With proper proof of current rabies vaccination (tags are not proper proof of

vaccination), 3-year shots will be given. Without proof, a 1-year shot will be given. All pets must be on a leash or in a carrier. If your pet is nervous or does not do well around other animals, please leave your pet in the car (attended) and the vet will come to your car to give the vaccination.

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Southern Maryland Candlelight Vigil for Police Week 21215 Chancellors Run Road, Great Mills7 p.m. This Candlelight Vigil is to honor the Fallen Brothers and Sisters of Law Enforcement during Police Week 2014. It will be held at St. Mary’s County Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge #7, 21215 Chancellors Run Road, Great Mills, MD 20634 This event is open to the Public. If you are interested in Donating or have Questions Please Call: Amanda Bankhead 240925-6419, Amanda Boyer 240-772-1058, Jessica Snyder 240-772-1225, or donate directly to the National Law Enforcement Memorial through goto/somdvigil. Event sponsored by the Law Enforcement Institute of Maryland. Casual Tuesday Tex-Mex Dinner 3330 Chesapeake Beach Road, Chesapeake Beach – 5:30 to 7 p.m. Join us for an informal dinner from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. hosted by the American Legion Stallings Williams Auxiliary Post 206, on Route 260 in Chesapeake Beach, in the lower-level dining room. The menu for “Casual Tuesday Dinner” will be TexMex with all the trimmings. The cost is $10 and includes a beverage. Call for more information (301) 855-6466. Public invited.


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Piranhas Acoustic Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 7:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. Karaoke Bowie Applebee’s (4100 NW Crain Highway, Bowie) – 9 p.m.

Friday, May 9 Still Standing Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 8 to 11 p.m. Hydra FX Anthony’s Bar and Grill (10371 Southern Maryland Boulevard, Dunkirk) – 9 p.m.

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Monday, May 12 Big Money Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 13 Open Mic Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood) – 11 a.m.

Wednesday, May 14

Bar Dogs Ruddy Duck Seafood and Alehouse (16810 Piney Point Road, Piney Point) – 8 to 11 p.m.

Wolf’s Blues Jam Blair’s Londontowne Pub and Grill (726 Londontown Road, Edgewater) – 7:30 p.m.

The EGG Rocks Swampys Swampys/SeaBreeze (27130 South Sandgates Road, Mechanicsville) – 9 p.m.

Team Trivia Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood) – 7 p.m.

Karaoke DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 8 p.m.

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Tonigth’s Alibi The Lounge at Bollywood (22576 Mac Arthur Boulevard, California) – 9 p.m.

Saturday, May 10 George Dunn Ruddy Duck Seafood and Alehouse (16810 Piney Point Road, Piney Point) – 8 to 11 p.m. Karaoke California Applebee’s (45480 Miramar Way, California) – 9 p.m. May Masquarade House of Dance (24620 Three Notch Road, Hollywood) – 8 p.m. Big Boy Little Band Crab Feast Mechanicsville Moose Lodge (27636 Mechanicsville Road, Mechanicsville) – 1 p.m. Tonigth’s Alibi Back Road Inn (22094 Newtown Neck Road, Leonardtown) – 8 p.m.

Thursday, May 15 Tracy Allen Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 8 p.m. Karaoke Bowie Applebee’s (4100 NW Crain Highway, Bowie) – 9 p.m.

Friday, May 16 Tracy Allen Ruddy Duck Seafood and Alehouse (16810 Piney Point Road, Piney Point) – 7:30 p.m. Back by Sunrise Anthony’s Bar and Grill (10371 Southern Maryland Boulevard, Dunkirk) – 9 p.m. Mike Starkey Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 8 p.m.

Saturday, May 17 Rum Runners Ruddy Duck Seafood and Alehouse (16810 Piney Point Road, Piney Point) – 8 to 11 p.m.

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1620 Meadow Oaks Ln, Huntingtown, MD 20639 | $415,000 Spacious brick home on 1.33 acres features 4 BD/3BA, hardwoods, new carpet, freshly painted, finished lower level w bar. Patio/deck are perfect for entertaining. HVAC & roof less than 5yrs 2 car finished attached garage, detached 2nd garage for toys & ample storage makes this home a value. Close to PAX, AAFB, Calvert Memorial, shopping & dining. Home Warranty.

Outdoor entertaining is one of the joys of nicer weather. People routinely gather on the patio or around the pool when the weather warms up, and such recreational activities can foster companionship and reduce stress. However, if nuisance animals and insects are sharing entertaining spaces, these pests can quickly put a damper on the festivities. While it may seem impossible to keep an outdoor entertaining area completely pest-free, there are ways to keep such unwanted intrusions manageable. Identify common pests Yard pests vary depending on geography, so the first step is to figure out which pests are native to your area. Mosquitoes can be found in many locales, but certain insects may be exclusive to specific regions. For example, palmetto bugs are native to moist, tropical areas, such as the southeastern United States. In addition to insects, squirrels, moles, raccoons, and other rodents may also descend on a property. Neighborhoods that abut natural ecosystems or infringe on wild animals' habitats may see a wider array of animals encroaching on entertaining spaces. Deer, bears, coyotes, and certain bird species can present their own brands of trouble. Homeowners new to an area may have to experience a learning curve to determine which pests are common to a certain area, as well as which seasons bring which creatures. Try natural repellents first To minimize damage to the environment and to protect local wildlife, homeowners should exhaust natural ways to repel pests before resorting to less eco-friendly methods. Animals can be kept out of a yard with fences and other barriers, such as thorny bushes. Many pests are deterred by smells or certain structures in a lawn

or garden. For example, inserting chicken wire into a garden bed may be enough to repel burrowing animals. Certain insects, such as flies and mosquitoes, find the aromas of citronella grass, basil and marigold offensive. Surrounding a property with these plants can create a natural bug repellent. Lavender and rosemary are other aromatics that may deter pests. Blood meal and soap solutions can repel deer and other wildlife that may feed on garden plants. Pests attracted to food can be kept at bay with frequent sweeping or hosing down of the patio. In addition, maintain a clean grill and store trash in tightly secured receptacles. Consider more traditional alternatives If natural repellents do not work, you may need to rely on more traditional products to repel insects and other pests. Beetle traps lure beetles with an inviting scent before the beetle gets trapped in a bag and cannot exit. Traps for wasps and flies follow a similar premise. Bug zappers are largely viewed as an inhumane option but can be highly effective. Unfortunately, these zappers also attract and kill beneficial insects, such as bees and butterflies. Chemical repellents also are available. Stores stock pesticides that will rid plants of damaging insects. These repellents also may be used around the patio to make the area inhospitable to insects and other pests. Contact an exterminator If the problem is simply too difficult to manage on your own, then you might need to contact an exterminator, who can spray the perimeter of the home for bugs and can also be called in to safely trap and remove nuisance animals. An exterminator may also have detailed knowledge of protected species and which habitats can and cannot be disturbed.


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St. Mary’s Department of Aging Programs and Activities Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

The St. Mary’s County Department of Aging & Human Services, Triad/S.A.L.T. (Seniors and Law Enforcement Together) council, and the Board of County Commissioners will sponsor the 14th Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Day Ceremony on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, 44219 Airport Road, California, MD. This event takes place during National Police Memorial Week and pays tribute to law officers who have perished in the line of duty as well as honor the “Officer of the Year” selected from each of the county law enforcement agencies, based on their outstanding service to the community. The public is invited to view the ceremony and enjoy a complimentary catered lunch. RSVPS are not required but encouraged. Call 301-475-4200, ext. 1073.

Skin Cancer Prevention, Treatment and Screenings

Friday, May 16 at 9 a.m. If you or someone you love is affected by chronic breathing problems and have some questions about it, this will be a good chance to ask a professional. Sign up today by calling 301737-5670, ext. 1658.

Skin Cancer Screening at the Loffler Senior Activity Center

Have a question about a mole or a recent change in your skin? The staff from MD Dermatology will be at the Loffler Senior Activity Center to provide free skin cancer screenings from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Make an appointment today by calling 301-737-5670, ext. 1658.

Try your hand at Table Tennis

Come to the Loffler Senior Activity Center on Thursday afternoons at 2 p.m. and try out our new ping pong table. Singles and doubles will be played depending on how many folks attend. Put your Thursday afternoons to good use by engaging in some friendly fitness fun. For more information call 301-737-5670, ext. 1658.

Skin cancer is the most common of all cancer types and the number of skin cancer cases has been on the rise for the past few decades. Currently, more than one million skin cancers are diagnosed each year in the United States. Dr. George Verghese, local dermatologist and skin cancer expert, will provide an interactive discussion on the prevention, detection and treatment of skin cancer at the Garvey Senior Activity Center on Tuesday, May 13 at 10 a.m. Following the presentation, Dr. Verghese will be available to provide FREE basic skin cancer screenings to anyone who attends the presentation. To sign up for this presentation, call 301-475-4200, ext. 1050.


Good Taste and Good Health

Introducing: Good Taste and Good Health, a new program focused on healthy eating. Join us for this two part program that will help you understand how the foods you eat help keep your body strong and healthy. Information, helpful tips, and recipes will be available for you to take home. Sample one of the tasty recipes or foods on the second day of the series. The program will be held at the Garvey Senior Activity Center on Tuesdays, May 13 & 20 from 9:45 – 10:30 a.m. The focus of the discussion is “Food and Blood Pressure – What is the connection?” Sign up in advance by calling 301-475-4200, ext. 1050.

COPD Presentation to be held at the Loffler Senior Activity Center

Staff from Health Connections will be at the Loffler Senior Activity Center to discuss Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease on

‘Spring Fling’ Dance

On Friday, May 16, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., a ‘Spring Fling’ dance featuring D.J. Mean Gene will be held at the Northern Senior Activity Center. Enjoy your favorite music, including R & B, oldies, top hits and fun music for line dancing! Come early to get a seat and treats at the hospitality table. Music begins at 10 a.m. There will be a lottery drawing and door prize and best dressed prize for spring’s finest looking person! Tickets are available for suggested donation of $8 to be purchased by Thursday, May 15 at the Northern Senior Activity Center, or while supplies last.

Informational Presentation on the Aging & Disability Resource Center/Maryland Access Point (ADRC/ MAP)

The ADRC/MAP will provide an informational presentation about available services for seniors and anyone experiencing a disability. The presentation will provide the steps to gain access to these services through the Maryland Access Point. The ADRC/MAP is a one-stop shop for health and support services. The presentations will be offered at the Northern Senior Activity Center, May 21 from 10 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. The Potomac Building Room 14, May 22 from 1:15 p.m.

– 2:15 p.m. and at the Loffler Senior Activity Center on May 29 from 10:00 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Beginner’s Piano/Keyboard class coming up

Dr. Robert L. Jefferson, the author of the “How to Play Gospel” book series and a leading expert on teaching gospel music (Check out his website at, will be offering beginner piano/ keyboard classes at the Loffler Senior Activity Center starting May 20. The cost for the lessons is $100 for 6 sessions and includes instruction, texts and corresponding cd. Additionally, you will need to invest in an inexpensive keyboard ($50-$100+ available at local stores and online.) Payment for the lessons can be made directly to Dr. Jefferson on the first day of class. Classes will take place on six consecutive Thursdays at 1 p.m. beginning May 20 and continuing through June 24. For questions or to sign up, call 301-737-5670, ext. 1658.

Pottery Open House at Northern Senior Activity Center

What better excuse to play in the mud! You’ll have a chance to see hand-building demos and get your own hands-on time ‘throwing’ clay on a potter’s wheel. Volunteer instructor Pam King will be your guide in the Ceramics/Pottery room on Tuesday, May 13, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Start with this beginners demonstration and return for ‘Whimsie Works’ pottery, which meets every second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 11 a.m. For completed pieces (on a regular basis) a small donation is suggested to cover cost of clay, paints, and firing (kiln is on site) payable at the front desk. Call 301-475-4002, ext. 1003 for any questions. Walk-ins are welcome.

Reservations Needed for AARP ‘Smart Driver’ Course

On Tuesday, May 20, at 9:30 a.m., a smart driver course will be offered at the Northern Senior Activity Center. A lot has changed since AARP Driver Safety first began as “55 Alive”. The roads have changed, cars and even the people behind the wheel have changed. As a result of evidence-based research findings, the course focuses on areas where older drivers could benefit from additional training. The cost is $15 for AARP members, $20 for non-members, payable to AARP, payment made on day of class. Members must show their membership card to get the member rate. Advance sign up is required; call 301-475-4002, ext. 1001.

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.

John Taylor, Pt. II By Linda Reno Contributing Writer On June 16, 1781 the Council ordered that John Taylor be confined to the District of Montgomery County and not to depart the limits without leave and to post bond of 1000 pounds specie. On September 3, 1781 the Council allowed Taylor to move his wife and their belongings to Montgomery County. The record remains silent on the outcome but it can be supposed Taylor was not charged with any serious offense. Had that been the case he would have lost his property and possibly his life. By 1790 John Taylor was back in St. Mary’s County where he died in 1792. His will, dated March 19 of that year, left all to his wife Ann during her life and then his estate was to be equally divided between his two sons, Joseph Taylor and John Taylor. Joseph Taylor died prior to July 1795 and his administration accounts name his siblings, the other children of John Taylor, Sr., who presumably didn’t name his other children because he had already provided for them prior to making his will.eH 8/22/1796: Administration accounts of Joseph Taylor, St. Mary’s County. To: 2 brothers and 3 sisters, equally: William Taylor, John Taylor, Mary Taylor, Ann Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor. Admin.: John Taylor.

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William Taylor, probably the eldest son, was born ca1753. By 1788 he had married Lavinnah Clarke (daughter of Robert Clarke IV, died ca1788) and they moved to South Carolina taking with them Lavinnah’s younger siblings, Charlotte S. Clarke (1770-1831), Robert Clarke V (1773-aft. 1800), Mary Clarke (1766-aft. 1788) and Caleb Clarke (1777-1849) who became a wealthy lawyer. The only Clarke sibling to remain in St. Mary’s County was Matthias Clarke (1766-aft. 1829) who prior to 1792 married Elizabeth Herbert (born prior to 1776-living 1820, daughter of William Herbert and his first wife, Ann Milburn). Two of their children, William (1802-1853) and Caleb (1804-1882), joined their Clarke relatives in South Carolina in the 1820s. Caleb Clarke became a physician. William Taylor died March 15, 1822 at Sandy Run in Lexington Co., SC. Lavinnah died at the same place on January 22, 1827. Rebecca Adderton, daughter of James and Rebecca, also moved to South Carolina. Whether this was by coincidence, we may never know, but she married Stephen Henry Boykin here on October 5, 1801. Boykin was from Camden, Kershaw Co., SC. Rebecca died October 2, 1805, leaving behind two little children. John Taylor always identified himself with his property. In his will he calls himself “John Taylor of Blewstone (sic) Neck. As you can see from the map provided below, courtesy


Courtesy, Pete Himmelheber

of my friend Pete Himmelheber, the Taylors and Addertons lived just across St. Inigoes Creek from each other. Although the Clarkes are not shown on this map, they lived close by. The Addertons also owned a part of this property. A land dispute may have led James Adderton to allege that John Taylor was consorting with the British. If they weren’t enemies before this, they most assuredly were afterwards. HiH

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“What Is...?” By Shelby Oppermann Contributing Writer

I would love to go on a game show. My dream would be to go on Jeopardy, though the Wheel of Fortune I think might be the easiest way to win the money - I mean “big money”. How hard can it be to answer questions about history, music, and potent potables ? At home I answer every question, okay I mean nearly every question, correct. The hard part, I think, would be remembering to phrase all your answers in the form of a question. The contestants must have to practice answering all their relatives, their bosses, waitresses, everyone in where is, what is, or who is form. How annoying this must be for everyone around them. It might be fun to go to the Jeopardy website and take their practice quiz; it might be fun to actually go on Jeopardy in the future. So if I’m going to start preparing to go on Jeopardy I should probably start reading Shakespeare again and researching the encyclopedia on the Internet. It used to be that Jeopardy contestants would say “I just picked up the first book of the encyclopedia and started reading cover to cover until I reached the last book”. I’ve heard several contestants say that over the years. They must know from a young age that they will be on Jeopardy someday. Now with all the information on the Internet where would you start? Maybe aardvark? And where would you end? Zeolific? By the time I would finish researching all the available knowledge on the Internet the elapsed time could be my entire lifetime- so I could plan on being on Jeopardy possibly in the year 2040 or later, like the year 3060. In order to begin getting ready for my Jeopardy adventure, I think I should start going to all the various trivia nights held around the county. Then I would be ready for whatever Alex Trebek throws at me. The big question is whether I could get my husband to go with me to one of the trivia night events. If he has to, he will sit and listen to Jeopardy while we’re eating dinner, but if he has his choice he would rather be watching his shows. My husband would, however, win hands down if all the questions were sports related. Sometimes he surprises me and comes up with answers to questions I would have never guessed he knew. My problem with going on any game show would be nerves. I would either start laughing for no reason, or worst case scenario, I would start crying if I missed a question or lost. I do often wonder why some of the contestants don’t burst into tears when they lose. The producers must screen the contestants to make sure they are not too emotional to be on TV. Now, Wheel of Fortune, on the other hand, is a show that lends itself to very emotional contestants. I think the producers I want you to jump up and down and scream and yell “big money”, “big money”. That’s what draws in the ratings. The Screamers are a little rough. I’ve seen Pat Sajak cringe many times when he has to walk over to the screamers. But if I was winning $5000 to 40,000 I think I would be screaming too. For that matter if I was winning $1000 dollars I would probably be screaming. You should see me when I find $5 in my purse. Well, I better stop writing now, and start researching. Okay, Abacus: “a counting frame or calculating tool”. Acacia... To each new day’s adventure, Shelby Please send your comments or ideas to: shelbys.wanderings@yahoo. com or find me on facebook: Shelby Oppermann

By Debra Meszaros CSN Could other prescription drugs you take cause your depression? Do antidepressants really work? Could there be a link between your diet and your mental health? There is a very strong dependence on behavioral drugs throughout the United States. Most doctors do not go through a day of their practice when they do not see a patient looking for help with depression and anxiety. Narcotic painkillers are one of the most lethal substances available today, yet health care professionals prescribe them daily. Unfortunately many patients are not educated on the risks involved with these substances. Most choose to overlook the major downside in exchange for quick relief. Besides the known high risk of addiction many are completely unaware of how painkillers can significantly raise your risk of major depression. The increased risk can be as high as 53 percent!! Within the US population it is estimated that 1 in 10 adults suffer from some degree of depression and 11 percent of the population over 12 years old take antidepressants. What may be even more alarming is the fact that some studies show antidepressants do not even work as advertised; and the side effects include suicidal and homicidal tendencies. So you take it to lead to more serious mental issues???? Could there be a safer option instead of mind-altering drugs? Overcoming depression without drugs Depression is indeed a very serious state of mind; a very clear body sign that your life is out of balance. To optimize your attempt of overcome depression it is important to realize that mind and body are closely related; interconnected. Your diet and lifestyle have a profound affect on the delicate balance. Research has shown the very strong connection between gastrointestinal health and your mental state. Since your gut plays

a significant role, the place to start is your diet and the synergistic role of your adrenal glands, vitamin D levels, and glucose management. Brain function is seriously influenced by your consumption of sugar, fructose, grains, and processed foods. MSG, artificial sweeteners, aspartame, and chemical additives can all have an influence on the mind. Dramatically decreasing and eliminating them may be helpful. Increasing Probiotic based foods like kefir and fermented vegetables can have a positive affect on the balance of beneficial gut bacteria. Anyone under even the modest amount of stress, physical or mental, has a greater need for the complete array of vitamin B’s but just a vitamin B12 deficiency alone can contribute to depression. There is a very close connection between the sun and depression as well as an interesting link, vitamin D. SAD (seasonal affective disorder) is a type of depression connected with sunshine deficiency. Our body manufactures vitamin D through sun exposure so this makes perfect sense. Vitamin D is directly connected to your mood. Testing your vitamin D levels on a regular basis is suggested to manage your mental health. The brain is 60 percent Omega 3 fat. Brain function and mental health rely heavily on DHA and EPA, so there is an Omega 3 connection to depression as well. It is unfortunate that the majority of the US population is Omega 3 deficient. Evaluating your sodium levels to ensure you are not deficient, getting adequate exercise, and getting quality sleep all conclude the factors that affect your mental state. A nice barefoot walk in the grass or sand can do wonders. ©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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By Terri Schlichenmeyer OW contributor Sometimes, you just can’t fit in. You stick out like a sore thumb, totally unable to melt into the crowd. You feel like you have a neon sign across your shoulders; one that says “I’M NEW!” Yeah, you’re self-conscious then but, if you’re Game Warden Joe Pickett, you get used to it. And yet, as in the new book “Stone Cold” by C.J. Box, standing out could get a man killed. Anyone who’d seen Nate Romanowski on that nearly-moonless night would’ve instantly known he was a pro. Romanowski had studied the Scoggins compound, he knew how to get inside, and he knew Henry Scoggins was a jerk, that nobody would really miss him. Nate knew where all the security weaknesses and surveillance cameras were – except one. So when Joe Pickett was shown trail-cam video weeks later and he spotted his friend Nate dragging something, he knew that trouble was mountain-high. For some time, the Feds had been nosing around northeastern Wyoming, where folks kept mostly to themselves. In that atmosphere of solitude lived a certain Wolfgang Templeton, a man who owned half the county and most of the people in it, and whose name repeatedly rose during investigations of high-profile disappearances, including that of Scoggins. Was it just coincidence? With a ruse of “helping” Medicine Wheel County Game Warden Jim Latta with a project, Pickett headed

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for the corner of the state, noting the beautiful land and the poverty of its people. Pickett had promised his wife that he’d avoid danger, but keeping safe wouldn’t be easy when there were so many questions. Why, for instance, did Latta seem afraid of the county’s judge? Why did he look the other way while a couple of Templeton employees poached wild game at will? Who was the cold-eyed dandy on Templeton’s ranch? And why did everybody seem to know where Pickett was going, even before he got there? Perhaps most vexing of all was the question of Pickett’s friend Nate, and Nate’s covert activities. It pained Pickett to imagine how Nate was involved - although not as much as it would hurt if he kept snooping… Reading parts of “Stone Cold” is somewhat like going on a scenic vacation that takes a bad turn – in a good way. Author C.J. Box lets his main character, Joe Pickett, savor the land, and it’s gorgeous. We’re treated to descriptive images of colorful mountains and harsh beauty, where even scrub takes on a relaxing aura and invites us to linger just a bit. It’s easy, therefore, to be lulled into forgetting exactly what you’ve got in your hands. But then Box brings us abruptly back to his novel, in which few can be trusted and everything seems off. We’re soothed, then we’re hit with an uppercut of thriller that makes us reel – and makes us want more. This novel is part of a series but can definitely be read by itself, so if you’re in need of a hot mystery, get this. You won’t be sorry because, for you, “Stone Cold” fits.

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2014-05-08 The County Times  

The County Times newspaper. Serving St. Mary's County in Maryland. Published by Southern Maryland Publishing. Online presence is provided by...

2014-05-08 The County Times  

The County Times newspaper. Serving St. Mary's County in Maryland. Published by Southern Maryland Publishing. Online presence is provided by...