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Chaptico Community Wants County’s Help in Blight Fight

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer The small beach front community of Mill Point Shores has existed since 1951, mostly as a summertime retreat but now families who have moved there and stay year round say they are suffering from a growing number of blighted properties. They say they want the county’s assistance in coming up with a solution and that their community would be the perfect test bed for the county’s new property standards ordinance. “This is the place,” said Thelma Dews, Mill Point Improvement Association president. “Some of the property owners down here have deaf ears.” She said that the association routinely sends out letters to property owners who have all but abadoned their lots and let them deteriorate, but the association on its own can do little to press any property improvements. Dews said the situation came to a head at their commu-

nity meeting last month when about 20 property owners complained about 10 blighted properties in the small community and pressed the association leadership to finally do something about it. “Everybody had something to say,” Dews said. “They just opened up, everybody was on the same page.” Barbara Watkins, another Mill Point resident and head of a new committee tasked with solving the blight problem, said she had been in contact with the county government over the problem. “Some of these dilapidated buildings you just can’t stay in,” Watkins said. “We want the county’s guidance in how we can get rid of them.” The ordinance was passed by a 3-to-2 vote back in January over debate about whether the ordinance should apply over the entire county or just over the two development districts. A majority voted to enact the ordinance to ensure it took effect over the entire county, but officials said it would only be enforced through citizen complaints rather than continuously sending out inspectors to survey communities. The ordinance defines blight as structures with “objectively determinable exterior signs of substantial deterioration, dilapidation or lack of maintenance and which may be reasonably concluded to significantly depreciate the economic value of the properties in the neighborhood.” Signs of deterioration can include anything from excessive amounts of peeling paint, rust corrosion or graffitti to portions of the structure due to fire damage. The ordinance offers a litany of other definitions including sagging roofs, excessive plant growth and the open storage of refuse or even cars or household appliances. Watkins wrote a formal letter to the county commissioners last week seeking their help.

Photos by Guy Leonard Abandoned or dilapidated properties in Mill Point Shores have community members there asking for the county’s assitance in finding ways to remove them.

“More and more people are taking pride in their homes and no one wants to see this,” Watkins said of the pervasive blight. “Something has got to be done.” Phil Shire, director of the county’s Department of Land Use and Growth Management, said Watkins’ letter to the county, which included pictures of the blight, easily demonstrated the problem. “It’s on the inspectors’ schedule,” Shire said of the community. “Judging from the pictures the concerns are justified.” He said there have been at least a dozen complaints from around the county looking for local government assistance in dealing with abandoned structures since the passage of the new property standards ordinance.

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As a WWII veteran, I appreciate Tommy’s dedicated and wholehearted support of the military and its continuing presence here in St. Mary’s County. We need a trustworthy representative, a delegate who is going to honor his commitments and promises. Tommy McKay has shown the caliber of man he is from his exemplary service as our Commissioner President. He has my vote. Thomas J. Burke. Sr Hollywood

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I am impressed with Tommy’s leadership, experience, and accomplishments in public service to St. Mary’s County and to Maryland. As one who commutes to Northern Virginia for my job, I appreciate the fact that improved transportation is a clear priority for him because it is important to me. With his record of results in transportation matters, I feel assured that he will focus on taking action to keep our roads safe and to minimize congestion. Rose Jiménez Mechanicsville

It is essential that the delegate we send to Annapolis have the experience to work together in an overwhelming Democratic majority while standing firm on a more conservative approach to financial and social issues. I feel we need a delegate who has both government and business experience; who has served our county and shown he can get things done; who is familiar with the way local governments operate and understands how unfriendly Maryland has become to small business. This is why I am supporting Tommy McKay as the Republican candidate for Delegate Jean L. Ferrante Golden Beach, Mechanicsville



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Planning Commission Delays News Vote on Water, Sewer Upgrade By Guy Leonard Staff Writer The developer of a 50-lot subdivision, known as the Woodmore project, sought the county planning commission’s approval Monday to upgrade his 27-acre plot for water and sewer service in the next three to five years instead of six to 10 but met heavy opposition from local residents in the Sandy Bottom Road area who both opposed the development itself as well as the water and sewer lines the developer would put in at his own expense. Residents feared that they would be made to pay to hook up to the new lines if the measure was approved, provoked in no small part by a notice from the county’s Department of Land Use and Growth Management telling them that was a distinct possibility. But both land use director Phil Shire and Jacque-

lyn Meiser, public information officer and attorney for the Metropolitan Commission (MetCom), said there was nothing in the proposal that would require the residents to hook up. Shire said that the notice had “wording that was overly strong.” Meiser said that since the property in question was not part of a defined service area — indeed there existed no firm definition of a service area under the county’s code that governs hook ups to public water and sewer — there was no requirement to abandon their well and septic systems. But the possibility existed that those residents would have to hook up in the future, some planning commission members said, since the county government was mulling recommendations from a task force that was pushing just that requirement. Local residents were adamant that they did not

want to hook up to any public water or sewer. “Our community does not want or need MetCom going through our neighborhoods,” said Chris Insley, who said residents were also concerned about overcrowding at nearby Hollywood and Evergreen elementary schools. They said a new development would only add to that was well as increase traffic problems. “Why are we going to compound an issue when we haven’t solved it yet,” Insley said. “Not all growth is good.” The planning commissioners delayed making a decision on the water and sewer status upgrade for two weeks leaving the record open for more public comment. They should come to a decision in mid-July, according to planning staff.

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Chamber Members, Public Servants Honored for Their Contributions

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The St. Mary’s County Chamber of Commerce honored three people at their annual dinner Tuesday at the Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department. Mayor Dan Burris received the Business Person of the Year award from outgoing chamber board chair Kim Oliver, Judge Michael J. Stamm, the Public Servant of the year, was honored for his work in the juvenile drug court and John Hambel of Air Corps Embroidery in Lexington Park received the Ambassador for the Year award for his work with the chamber. Margaret Sawyer, of Old Line Bank and the new board chair for the chamber, also presented an award to Oliver, of Amelex, for her service in leading the organization for 2013 to this year.


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Living Civil War History

By Lindsey Webb Contributing Writer Point Lookout State Park recently sponsored the Blue and Gray Days, a Civil War Living History Program hosted by The Maryland State Park Service, Department of Natural Resources. The event took place on Saturday, June 7 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday, June 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Activities in this event included Infantry Drill and Musket Demonstrations, Hammond Hospital and Camp Hoffman Exhibits, Life in a military garrison, prisoner of war camp and civilian occupation of Point Lookout during the Civil War. This twentyeighth annual program continues to give people of all ages and interests useful information and experiences that help them to learn about the Civil War. The program exists to remember prisoners and to give insight into all perspectives of the war. Ron Sweeney, member of The Friends of Point Lookout, said that this year the event was very successful, and the directors and coordinators were very pleased with the outcome. “The event began in the 1970’s when we did commemorations”, said Bob Crickenberger, Maryland Park Service

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Historic Safety Officer. Crickenberger has spent more than thirty years volunteering for Point Lookout. He is even called “Mr. Point Lookout” by some that know him for everything that he does for the park. “The program is exciting for all ages because Point Lookout is a great location for everyone to enjoy. Also, we do

a lot of cannon and rifle demonstrations and incorporate the civilian life in the Civil War,” Crickenberger said. Not only is the area a popular family attraction, but it is rich in Civil War history, making the perfect venue for the Blue and Gray Days. The program has greatly evolved in the past 28 years and continues to grow.

“We are planning on a big event next year,” Sweeney said. He made sure to thank volunteer efforts that made the program possible. Make sure to stay updated for next year’s twenty-ninth annual Blue and Gray Days and come to Point Lookout State Park to join in on the fun.



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Police from the county sheriff’s office are investigating the death of a 34-year-old male found inside an apartment on Lawrence Avenue Monday while state police are investigating the death of a 29-year-old woman found in the same apartment just the day before. Capt. Daniel Alioto, commander of the sheriff’s office vice/narcotics division, said the deceased man was the boyfriend of the woman found there. “We believe he may have ingested some sort of controlled substance, but

what that substance is we do not know,” Alioto said. “The apartments are where we’ve conducted numerous investigations before.” The narcotics commander said that the people known to have frequented the apartment made it a narcotics hot spot in Leonardtown. Sheriff’s deputies are not releasing the name of the deceased male. State police are continuing their investigation into the death of the female victim.

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For 40 years, the Cove Point LNG Terminal has worked to protect the health and natural beauty of the Chesapeake Bay—and we won’t stop now. As Dominion moves forward with its Cove Point LNG export project—which will provide a

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LCIF Awards Grant To Local Lions Organization On June 19, 2013, The Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) awarded a $49,900 matching grant to the Lions Community Outreach Foundation of District 22-C (LCOF). LCOF is a 501c3 nonprofit organization based in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Their primary mission is to prevent blindness by providing sight saving services to the community. Last year the Lions of District 22-C, in partnership with LCOF, provided over 6,000 free vision, hearing, and glaucoma screenings to the residents of Calvert County, Charles County, Montgomery County, Prince George‚Äôs County, and St. Mary‚Äôs County in Maryland and the District of Columbia. ‚ÄúI am very excited about this opportunity‚Äù, stated Jim Cocchiaro, President of LCOF. ‚ÄúOur current equipment is old and outdated. With this grant, we were able to purchase new screening equipment, a truck and a trailer. Through the efforts of several dedicated Lions (Past District Governor Sandi Halterman, Lion Bill Halterman, Lion Billy Halterman, and Lion Mark LeRoux), we were able to modify the truck and trailer into a state of the art mobile health unit. Now we can expand our coverage to even more people within our service area and, at the same time, improve the quality of the experience for our clients‚Äù. The new Mobile Health Unit was showcased at the Multiple District 22 Convention in Ocean City, Md. in May 2014. It is equipped with two hearing screening booths, one glaucoma screening station, two vision screening stations, and one pre-school vision screening station. Shown in the photo is Lions Clubs International President Barry Palmer, Lion Thelma LeRoux of South Potomac Lions Club, and Lion Jim Cocchiaro of Suburban Lions Club in Glenn Dale, Md. A ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled to take place at the Leonardtown Lions Crab Festival at the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds on June 14 at 12 p.m. The fairgrounds are located at 42455 Fairgrounds Road, Leonardtown, Md. 20650. All are invited to attend and while you are at it, receive free health screenings!

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From Theatre to Mexican Restaurant and Soon To Be Bar

The Rex is Under New Ownership By Sarah Miller Staff Writer More than 40 years ago, The Rex was Leonardtown’s movie theatre. When new owner Joe Kurley was growing up, he remembers there being an ice cream parlor in the building. Most recently, the building it was home to Mexican restaurant called Cerro Grande. Soon, The Rex will be open again. Kurley decided to go back to the old name, wanting to evoke Leonardtown’s history. Rex also means “king” in Latin, which happens to be Kurley’s son’s name. “It just kind of came together,” Kurley said. Kurley and co-owner Darrin Atlas are planning a major overhaul of the building and intend to open in late July. The Rex will be two restaurants in one, Kurley said. One half of the building will be more of a traditional bar, Kurley said. The other side, located where the box office and concession stands once were, will be designed as a ode to the old movie theatre. He has been talking to longtime Leonardtown residents about movies they remember seeing at The Rex and finding vintage movie posters from those movies to hang up and down the walls. This is supposed to be a more quiet dining area, Kurley said. He and Atlas came up with the idea of putting movie posters on the walls, along with stories from the Leonardtown residents who saw them, from bars in New York City. Kurley said his favorites bars are the ones that display their history on the walls, and that was the feel he wanted to create. The renovation won’t erase everything from former establishments. Kurley intends to keep the tin roof and refinish the existing wooden floors while painting the walls red and black, like vintage movie theatres. The Rex will feature food from Lotus Café in Solomons. Everything that comes form the Lotus Café is fresh cooked and seasonal, which Kurley believes will be a good addition to the town. In the future, following The Rex’s grand

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opening, Kurley hopes to bring the theatre in the back of the building back to life, possibly hosting concerts and showing classic monster movies and westerns, like the ones he found listed in newspaper clippings in the basement of The Rex. Kurley and Altas have a long history in Leonardtown, having grown up in the area and graduated from Leonardtown High School. Kurley spent 14 years as the general manager at the Tiki Bar in Solomons. Atlas is the owner of Firehouse Subs in Lexington Park. Kurley said he has had his eye on the building for a long time, and when it became available he approached Atlas and they decided to go into the venture together. “It’s got a lot of character,” Kurley said. Kurley looks forward to having a hand in shaping Leonardtown in the future and making it a place for his son to grow up. For more information about The Rex, contact Kurley at 301-247-0110.


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Style, Grace, Anita’s Cakes By Emily Charles Contributing Writer It’s that time of the year again—summer. Pool parties are all the rage, holiday celebrations are being planned, and warm weather weddings are welcoming the season with arms wide open. And what does every special occasion need? A cake! Lucky for all party planners, Anita’s Cake Shop in California, Md. provides cakes of all kinds. The shop sells cakes for an array of events, from birthdays to baby showers. Established in 2004 by long time baker Anita Kriner, the shop specializes in baking cakes, cupcakes and other pastries. It’s the only local bakery with a drive through window, and a variety of cakes, cupcakes and other pastries are ready-made and available to take home upon entering Kriner’s store. The bakery is open five days a week, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Orders must be placed in advance. The finished food products are visual masterpieces and are just as highly

praised in regard to their taste. “I purchased a cake for my mother’s birthday from Anita and it was both beautiful and delicious. Mom is a fan of white cakes and this one was delectable!” said local resident Teri Woodburn. There are plenty more who agree. Proof of this lies in the glowing reviews posted to Kriner’s website, Not only does Kriner make wonderful cakes, but she’s been known to offer winter classes in cake decorating and other related activities from time to time. In addition, her website provides guides as to how to cut your wedding cake most effectively, how to wrap your anniversary tier and even how to choose the best cake maker for you. The extensive gallery of past cakes she’s created also provides a great source of inspiration for customers who need a cake but aren’t quite sure what they’re looking for. Not to mention its clear examples of Kriner’s vast talent. Cake lovers all over Southern Maryland can also look forward to the grand opening of a satellite location Anita’s Sweets & Cones, in Solomons, Md., on

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June 21. Anita’s expanding business is one not to be missed, so be sure to mosey over to one of her locations as soon as you can. The new location will feature cupcakes, snow cones, cotton candy, grilled panini sandwiches, cold beverages, and more. While Kriner is a busy woman, sometimes providing cakes for up to six events per weekend, she says, she loves to bake and would love to help you find the

perfect cake for your celebration, whether it be in St. Mary’s, Calvert, or Charles County. To learn more, contact Anita Kriner at 301-737-6440, visit or stop by one of the two locations at 22741 Three Notch Road, California, Md. or 14448 Solomons Island Road, Suite 22 in Solomons, Md.

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Do You Want to Build a Boat?

By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Have you always wanted to own your own boat? How about one you build with your own two hands? The Calvert Marine Museum has the opportunity for you. The Calvert Marine Museum and Patuxent Small Craft Guild are scheduling requests for the Build a Boat by Appointment program. Invite your family and friends to join in the fun and choose two consecutive Saturdays or any two days of your choice. No boat building experience is necessary, according to Calvert Marine Museum Boatwright George Surgent. With simple hand tools and guidance from experienced instructors, your canoe and paddles will be assembled and ready to paint at the end of the second day. A fee of $600. for Calvert Marine Museum members and $650 for nonmembers includes all materials necessary to complete one canoe and two paddles. Youth groups and children ten years and up are welcome in the company of an adult. Groups that have built boats in the past include Boy Scouts, school groups and families, according to museum

volunteer and Patuxent Small Craft Guild President Bill Lake. CMM offers a similar class in building a 12-foot rowing skiff. The cost for the skiff is $950 for members and $1,000 for non-members. A sailing version, including sail, spars, daggerboard, and rudder is an option for an additional $800. Individuals will go home with a nearly-complete product, Surgent said. There will be some sanding and finishing left to do, in addition to painting the boat. Financial assistance is available to qualified applicants from the Melvin Conant Memorial Youth Fund. The Fund was established in 2004 to encourage young people, particularly those in need, to participate in programs offered by the Calvert Marine Museum’s Patuxent Small Craft Center. The Build a Boat By Appointment program is not the only way to build a boat. The marine museum offers a five day summer camp every year for children, allowing them to build a 13” boat and learn how to use it. The camp only has 10 slots, according to volunteer Bill Wright, and they fill up fast. Children can register for the weeklong camp up to a year in advance, Wright said.

Bill Lake shows off the boat to be raffled off later this year. Tickets are available at the Calvert Marine Museum.

For more information, details, and scheduling, contact Surgent at 410-586-2700 or For more information about events and programs at the Calvert Marine Museum, please visit www.calvertmarinemuseum. com. Bill Wright gets ready for a boat building camp.

No Excuses for Bad Grades in St. Mary’s County

Magnificent Minds Learning Center Now Accepting Students at Tutoring Facility Locally owned Magnificent Minds Learning Center has opened a new tutoring facility in St. Mary’s County serving grades K-12 in the Southern Maryland area. Magnificent Minds is a state-of-the-art supplemental teaching provider offering personalized, focused and differentiated learning opportunities. Magnificent Minds Learning Center officials say the opening of their new location will improve understanding of the Common Core strategies, academic achievement and parent-teacher communication in the community. In addition to tutoring, Magnificent Minds also offers specialized summer programs, group sessions and SAT prep. The new location will permit Magnificent Minds to help parents and children who would otherwise commute up to 60 minutes to the next closest tutoring facility. In addition to assisting students, Magnificent Minds Learning Center is creating new jobs for local teachers. Area students may have been coasting along with sub-par grades, but now that there’s a tutoring facility in town there should be no more excuses. To learn more about this business, please contact Magnificent Minds Press Release

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CSM Administrator Named to Maryland Community College Learning Assessment Group

CSM Lead Academic Planning and Assessment Coordinator Cami Cooley has been selected to be president for the Maryland Community College Learning Assessment Group (MCCLAG).

Cami Cooley, lead academic planning and assessment coordinator for the College of Southern Maryland, has been selected to be president for the Maryland Community College Learning Assessment Group (MCCLAG) starting this June. A recognized statewide affinity group for assessment professionals, Cooley will represent CSM. “I am truly honored to represent the College of Southern Maryland at MCCLAG and to have been elected to this position,” said Cooley, a resident of Welcome. In September 2010, the Maryland Council for Community College Chief Academic Officers (M4CAO) approved the creation of MCCLAG, one of the first of its kind in the nation. Its membership is open to community colleges in Maryland and Washington, D.C. as well as for those members engaged in the assessment of learning. MCCLAG meetings involve discussions about assessment software, measurement of core learning areas, program assessments, experiences with Middle States, relevant state and federal laws and other topics related to student learning outcome assessments in Maryland. Cooley joined MCCLAG in 2011. The group provides a forum for learning outcomes assessment leaders to share ideas and best practices from their respective schools. “The information and support that MCCLAG provides has been, and continues to be, indispensable,” she said. For information on the college, visit


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SMECO Awards College Scholarships Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) has awarded four scholarships to high school seniors for 2014. Each year, SMECO awards four $1,500 college scholarships to students who live in the Co-op’s service area. Scholarships are based on the applicants’ scholastic achievement, financial need, and school and community involvement. SMECO has awarded scholarships to 88 students over the past 21 years. Each of the following students will receive a $1,500 college scholarship. Nathan Tyndall, son of Ransom and Amanda Tyndall of Port Republic, is a senior at Calvert High School. Tyndall participates in the National Honor Society and Foreign Language Club, and he is a founder of the Chemistry Club and plays varsity soccer. In addition to playing the trumpet in the Calvert High School Band, he enjoys playing the guitar, saxophone, and piano. According to Jennifer Andreasen, Advanced Placement Specialist at Calvert High School, “Nathan is a very mature young man with a thoughtful outlook on life. His sense of irony and his sense of humor are welcome additions to the classroom. Yet, he is also very kind. He is quick to rise to the defense of others, and he does not use his humor at the expense of others.” Tyndall plans to study chemistry at St. Mary’s College of Maryland in St. Mary’s City. Rachel Potts, daughter of Jill Potts of Chaptico, is a senior at Chopticon High School. Potts has received many honors, including Academic Achievement awards, Principal’s Citizenship, Science Fair, Student of the Month, and field hockey athletic awards. She plans to study accounting at the College of Southern Maryland. Sandra Tolson, Counselor at Chopticon High School, says, “Within the community, Rachel has been honored to serve and give back to those less fortunate. She volunteered her time in support of a fund-raising event for Vacation for Vets, prepared materials for the Child Support Awareness campaign sponsored by Social Services, and participated in the Relay for Life Walk. Rachel speaks fondly of her desire to make a difference in the lives of others. I have worked with many students throughout my career and I can truly say that Rachel is exceptional.” Jabrena Milburn, daughter of Charles and Marion Milburn of Lexington Park, attends Chopticon High School. Milburn served as the historian for Best Buddies and secretary for the National Honor Society, and she participated in Dance Team and Future Business Leaders of America. Milburn plans to study Special Education at Delaware State University. According to Elizabeth Privette, Special Education teacher at Chopticon, “Jabrena’s actions have demonstrated that she has a compassionate heart and a talent for looking at an individual and being acceptant of their uniqueness. She is dependable and displays a strong work ethic. She went beyond her responsibility as a student aide in the classroom and extended her involvement with the SAIL (Supporting Academics and Independent Living) population into the general community of Chopticon High School. Jabrena is a giving, kindhearted, responsible young woman.” Josiah Manning, son of David and Marilyn Manning of Huntingtown, attends Huntingtown High School. He plans to attend the University of Maryland and to study biochemistry. Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. says this about Manning: “An aspiring Eagle Scout and recipient of many awards, Mr. Manning devotes much of his non-classroom time to support local civic activities. Using his passion for agriculture, he participates in a variety of 4-H events that donate their proceeds to organizations like the Goldberg Breast Cancer Center of Calvert Memorial Hospital, countywide food drives, scholarship programs, and local families. His commitment to the community is exemplary and he shows a great dedication and desire to serve fellow citizens.” Manning’s ambition is to become a veterinarian, physician, or biomedical engineer. SMECO provides scholarships to local students who excel academically and who show promise in their chosen field of study. Past scholarship winners include teachers, nurses, and a medical doctor. SMECO is a customer-owned electric cooperative, and we are proud to be a J.D. Power 2014 Customer Champion. We are one of an elite group of 50 U.S. companies to be named to this list. SMECO provides electricity to more than 156,000 services in southern Prince George’s County, and in Charles County, St. Mary’s County, and all but the northeast portion of Calvert County. Co-ops are distinctly different from investor-owned utilities because co-ops are owned by their customers, and these members elect the men and women who serve on the Board of Directors. Co-ops also issue capital credits to their members. What are capital credits? They are the member’s share of the co-op’s margins, based on how much electricity the member purchased and the rate at which the account was billed. SMECO’s margins—revenue less expenses—are used as working capital for new construction and system improvements. When SMECO’s Board of Directors determines that a percentage of the capital credits can be distributed to members through a general refund, capital credits will be issued by check or credited to members’ electric bills.

Nathan Tyndall

Rachel Potts

Jabrena Milburn

Josiah Manning

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Maryland State Senate - 29 Steve Waugh Lawrence D. Jarboe Political Party: Republican Hometown: Golden Beach Age: 61 Occupation: Lumber Mill Owner Political Background: Currently serving fourth term as District 3 County Commissioner

All the GOP candidates have criticized the way the state taxes and spends. What taxes would you cut or eliminate and how would you control spending? “No. 1 you have to control spending within the budget by saying no.” As County Commissioners, “we not only held the line… but we were able to cut taxes three years in a row.” “When it comes time to vote on the budget you have to be willing to say no on things that are wrong.” “You don’t create any new taxes.” Name specific actions you would push in Annapolis to better protect the mission at Patuxent River Naval Air Station. “At this point in time the best we can do at Pax River is leave well enough alone, support the local initiatives that are taking place on the Board of County Commissioners with the AICUZ and the zoning.” “The fact that the state is taking over doesn’t help counties at all. [Gov. Martin] O’Malley and his desire for wind turbines has threatened Pax River.” “We have to give zoning back to the counties. The moratorium has to be extended to those wind turbines.” What are the region’s main transportation priorities and how would you work to secure funding for them in Annapolis? “Obviously it’s the Thomas Johnson Bridge, in order to secure that you have to secure allies in Southern Maryland.” “A partnership could be establised for MARC and support Charles County’s initiative and the quid pro quo would be that they support ours.” How should the county and state best combat the growing epidemic of drugs, specifically opiates and heroin? “Education, education, education. Once someone is willing to stick a needle in their arm to get high there’s an 80 percent chance they’re not coming back. So we have to educate people that getting hooked on heroin is a terrible way to die.” Do you support the expansion of the LNG plant at Cove Point? Do you believe it poses any unusual environmental or safety concerns? “America needs to be energy independent and having a plant that ships energy around the world is the next step to that independence. We should have access ourselves to natural gas. It’s not only for India and Japan it should be for us, too. There are safety concerns but you deal with them.” Do local schools get enough funding or do they need to do a better job of allocating their budgets? Why? “The challenge has been this huge mistake made by the Board of Education and by their staff. None of us is perfect. Somebody is going to have to come to the table and find a way to cushion the blow.” Residents often want increased economic development but sometimes oppose public water and sewer. How would you solve this issue? “You can’t blame people for not wanting to pay $20,000 to hook up when they have perfectly good well and septic.” “You can have water and sewer provided by the [commerical] developers… but the next tier back stays on well and septic.” “They like their well and septic and they want to keep their well and septic and I’m very supportive of that.”

Cindy Jones

Political Party: Republican Hometown: Valley Lee Age: 48 Occupation: Independent business owner Political Background: Currently serving as District 1 County Commissioner All the GOP candidates have criticized the way the state taxes and spends. What taxes would you cut or eliminate and how would you control spending? “You start by finding common ground. I don’t think people of any political persuasion like wasting money. It’s easy to build consensus on programs that are clearly wasteful; I’d eliminate those first. Taxes like the estate tax are doing a a lot of damage to small business people and farmers.” Name specific actions you would push in Annapolis to better protect the mission at Patuxent River Naval Air Station. “The major challenge is to make sure that the very specific things Patuxent Naval Air Station has excellence in are kept in mind by people who make decisions in the House and Senate. I would be a tireless advocate for Southern Maryland. Tony O’Donnell has done a great job but he needs some help.” What are the region’s main transportation priorities and how would you work to secure funding for them in Annapolis? “One of the things troubling to people in rural Maryland has been the raiding of the transportation funds. I would be a leader to build consensus to find a way to make sure that stops happening. We need a more balanced approach to the way the state spends its transportation dollars. We… have some significant transporation needs in Southern Maryland. I don’t believe the State Highway Administration has built a road in St. Mary’s County in the last 20 years.” How should the county and state best combat the growing epidemic of drugs, specifically opiates and heroin? “The opiates and heroin have been the last very prominent issue in a long term challenge with drugs. I see this primarily as a public health issue. I’m working on bringing a program to the county called Drug Endangered Children … we’ll make long term success by making those partnerships stronger and also by public education on the dangers of addiction.” Do you support the expansion of the LNG plant at Cove Point? Do you believe it poses any unusual environmental or safety concerns? “Anytime you place a facility like that in the critical area… we need to absolutely do our due diligence. I absolutely support the expansion of Cove Point.” Do local schools get enough funding or do they need to do a better job of allocating their budgets? Why? “SMC has a very high quality school system. I don’t believe our schools are underfunded but I’ve seen a track record in recent years of a lack of prioritization. The school board continues to bring to the county budgets that are unsustainable. There’s a lack of discipline in using only recurring funds for recurring expenses; over the years they’ve used fund balances to fund recurring costs. As revenues are flat, it’s very difficult to do that long term.” Residents often want increased economic development but sometimes oppose public water and sewer. How would you solve this issue? “One of the issues driving whether you hook up is the Watershed Implementation Plan. How is the federal government going to help people hook up to water and sewer if that is the best practice to improve water quality in the [Chesapeake Bay]? Is there a way to have them amortize the cost over a 20 year period? It’s something we have to tackle head on, we can’t wait.”

Political Party: Republican Hometown: Lusby Age: 50 Occupation: Program manager Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab Political Background: Ran in 2010 for District 29 Senate seat All the GOP candidates have criticized the way the state taxes and spends. What taxes would you cut or eliminate and how would you control spending? “The easiest way to control spending is to limit the growth of it. If we can keep that growth [of spending] at or below the rate of inflation then the economy has a chance to catch up. You basically cut the spending by not increasing the spending. What that will do is create room for tax relief.” “The things like the rain tax are more dumb than crippling, storm water management is crippling.” “The gas tax… is absolutely hammering everyone.” Name specific actions you would push in Annapolis to better protect the mission at Patuxent River Naval Air Station. “No. 1 is to kill these windmill, not push them back but kill them outright. No. 2 is to restore the transportation funding to the county, to not just repair the roads, but build the roads we need, and then argue passionately for the [Thomas Johnson] Bridge. If that bridge falls down the devastation to our economy will be extraordinary and the time to turn it back on will be devastating. During that period of time we will be non competitive in a BRAC.” What are the region’s main transportation priorities and how would you work to secure funding for them in Annapolis? “The role of the state senator is to get the resources. Five years ago we were getting $5 million from the state for highway funds now we’re getting less than $1 million, so the county commissioners are hobbled in their ability to maintain and build roads.” How should the county and state best combat the growing epidemic of drugs, specifically opiates and heroin? “While there certainly are public healthcare aspects to the issue… the bottom line is this is a genuinely evil drug and the bizarre economic affect of decriminalizing marijuana is that they have made marijuana not a good cash crop for drug dealers so they are turning to heroin to make money now. The only way we’re going to combat that is aggressive law enforcement… find these people and throw them in jail.” Do you support the expansion of the LNG plant at Cove Point? Do you believe it poses any unusual environmental or safety concerns? “The approval process will be completed before the election so anybody who stands up and tells you they will stop the LNG plant… if you can find this person they’re delusional. I believe it will be good for the county, Southern Maryland and the country. There are risks… there are concerns about air pollution, noise pollution and hazardous waste byproducts from liquefaction. I’m quite sensitive to the concerns. It can be mitigated if you have engaged leaders. If it’s not inspected, it’s going to be neglected.” Do local schools get enough funding or do they need to do a better job of allocating their budgets? Why? “The school board is elected, the school budget is their sole responsibility and they should be held accountable for their success or failure. I believe what we’ve seen is a dramatic failure of oversight in failing to anticipate the very obvious costs from Obamacare. Their cost overruns are no one’s fault but their own right now. Does the school system have all the resources that it properly needs? I don’t know. Focus on what the schools need to do and do it world class.” Residents often want increased economic development but sometimes oppose public water and sewer. How would you solve this issue? “The state is involving itself in the lowest level of detail for absurd reasons. My well and septic works just fine. They issue these edicts so somebody in Baltimore can feel better about the fertilizer I’m using, no thank you. That’s going to be a top priority to keep those people out of our lives as much as possible. Services like MetCom looking to foist themselves on people for no apparent reason; there’s really no rationale to impose that on them. We’d be well served by clipping the wings of groups like MetCom.”


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Maryland House of Delegates - 29A Thomas F. McKay

Political Party: Republican Hometown: Hollywood Age: 57 Occupation: President McKay’s family food store enterprises Political Background: Former president of Board of County Commissioners All the GOP candidates have criticized the way the state taxes and spends. What taxes would you cut or eliminate and how would you control spending? “Most of the pet projects legislators are in favor of are on the capital side so they don’t have hard choices to make. They are able to borrow money to get their schools, parks and museums built. I think you have to have skin in the game… I’d like to see our capital projects funded somewhere around 25 percent from the operating budget to force legislators to make hard choices. The most regressive tax we have has been the gas tax. Food and gas are basics to our economy. You’re taking money out of the economy… the poorer you are the more you pay.” Name specific actions you would push in Annapolis to better protect the mission at Patuxent River Naval Air Station. “Pax River is a unique job provider because it’s public sector. What we have to be concerned about…is that roads are sufficient, that our schools have sufficient capacity and that they are performing at a high level and that we have protected the mission at Pax River through our encroachment policy. [The wind turbines] were developing in Somerset County three years ago. [We should have brought together] officials from federal, state and county government and do some type of economic summit… because these people are living under weak economic conditions.” What are the region’s main transportation priorities and how would you work to secure funding for them in Annapolis? “Everyone likes to point to the Thomas Johnson Bridge as the No. 1 priority and I’m not suggesting the bridge shouldn’t get some improvements… I’m concerned however that when we spend transportation dollars there needs to be a cost benefit analysis. There simply isn’t enough to go around. We have 35,000 cars on the bridge and we’re talking about spending $1 billion to improve the quality of life for those 35,000 vehicles. Alternatively on Route 5 through Charlotte Hall and Leonardtown and Great Mills we have nearly 100,000 vehicles a day that are hitting congestion. For about 20 percent of that $1 billion we could improve the quality of life for those 100,000 vehicles.” How should the county and state best combat the growing epidemic of drugs, specifically opiates and heroin? “While we do need recovery and treatment programs that’s not the solution. We have got to direct our full attention to the supply side, that means law enforcement has to make this a priority. We have to put in special operations units to deal with this problem. We have to close the gates.” Do you support the expansion of the LNG plant at Cove Point? Do you believe it poses any unusual environmental or safety concerns? “I support the expansion of the plant. Are there elevated concerns? Yes. But can they be addressed? Yes, and they are being addressed in a safe and reasonable manner. I am concerned however… that as Calvert gets the LNG expanded it’s going to result in another $400 per citizen the government there will be able to spend. They already spend about $2,500 per citizen, here we spend about $1,900. Calvert’s going to spend the money on having the best teachers in Maryland and we in St. Mary’s County are going to be challenged to address that issue. There should be some reasonable regional consideration when one county gets that kind of tax boost compared to their neighboring counties.” Do local schools get enough funding or do they need to do a better job of allocating their budgets? Why? “We are one of the richest counties in the state, our funding for education overall should be in the 13th or 15th rank. Where that funding comes from local, state or federal we can have those discussions and I will but at the end of the day we need to bring education funding back in line. We need to be in the middle of the pack at least… we can stay competitive in the classroom. If the state would fund the geographic cost of living increase that would level things out for St. Mary’s County.” Residents often want increased economic development but sometimes oppose public water and sewer. How would you solve this issue? “There’s already a lot more controls in place than people realize. Local government should be the lead in land use not the state legislature. I want it to be heard at the commissioners table and not at the legislature so much. I really believe what they get will represent more of what they want if it’s done at the commissioners table rather than at the state government. I think at this time we should avoid in the north county avoid extending water and sewer into the residential communities. However, there needs to be a limited amount available because of the limits of the Aquia aquifer and the types of soils there, for a limited amount of commercial. We don’t want out of control growth but we don’t want a lot of big boxes there either.”

Matt Morgan

Political Party: Republican Hometown: Mechanicsville Occupation: Realtor, network administrator Political Background: Ran in 2010 for Dist. 29 A Delegate seat

Candidate declined to participate in the County Times' Political Guide.

Bryan Barthelme

Political Party: Republican Hometown: Mechanicsville Occupation: Advertising Consultant Political Background: Currently seeking Dist. 29 A Delegate seat

Candidate declined to participate in the County Times' Political Guide.

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St. Mary’s County Board of Education The County Times emailed all St. Mary’s County Board of Education Candidates an interview form comprised of three questions. The candidates' responses are published below as they were submitted.

Randy Darnowsky Political Party: Independent Hometown: Great Mills Age: 26 Occupation: Enterprise Architect for NAVAIR Political Background: N/A

What qualifications do you have that you think makes you the best candidate for this job?

Randy Darnowsky is well qualified for the position of being elected to the St. Mary’s Board of Education. Mr. Darnowsky possesses excellent leadership abilities and steadfast dedication to improving the educational environment of St. Mary’s for teachers, parents and students. Furthermore, Mr. Darnowsky is truly passionate about helping the lives of others and servicing the community. He has provided many hours in terms of sponsorship and mentors of students at Great Mills High. Mr. Darnowsky also listens to parents’ concerns about requests for further improvement in the processes involved in obtaining an IEP for students of special needs. Mr. Darnowsky believes that the complex nature concerning the fiscal deficit needs to be handled with the help of a newly elected school board member who is qualified enough to understand upon current and future budgetary line items and how best to manage tax-payers’ dollars to suit the needs of teachers and school staff.

What major concerns or changes do you hope to bring to the Board of Education for consideration as a school board member?

The biggest concern for St. Mary’s residents is that of the fiduciary manners concerning the organization of the school system. Mr. Darnowsky portrays deep concern for the budgetary issues involving the St. Mary’s school district. He has proven leadership abilities by showing commitment to working with various representatives at the table, such as speaking one-on-one with teachers, staff and administration of the school system, providing resources and public support for student after-school activities, and speaking openly on school-related matters at county-held forums and events. Mr. Darnowsky plans to investigate measures that will conservatively save tax-payers and yet provide the best benefits for the well-qualified and hardworking teachers in St. Mary’s. Teachers and staff of SMCPS have proven that hard work pays off and deserve to be provided with affordable health-care and ample classroom resources.

Do you think current funding levels for education in Calvert County is too low/too high/about right? Why?

Mr. Darnowsky believes that the fiscal deficit concerning SMCPS is a combination of the interrelationships of funding measures provided by county, state and federal levels as well as the management of the said funds by the school board and administration. The county has provided more than the required MOE for SMCPS, however, the school system deserves a larger portion of the allocated county budget that will allow for recurring funding for teacher pay raises. Without increasing tax rates, Mr. Darnowsky believes that the county can use more of the tax dollars collected from newly growing businesses in the Pax River area for funding school resources and molding more high school graduates into future workforce of St. Mary’s County. Furthermore, Mr. Darnowsky strongly advocates for increased federal funding for St. Mary’s due to the large portion of federally dedicated land in the county for military usage.

John Alonzo Gaskin Political Party: Democratic Hometown: Scotland Age: 62 Occupation: Electronic Technician Political Background: Former Member Democratic Central Committee

What qualifications do you have that you think makes you the best candidate for this job?

Over the past 30 plus years I have been a PTA president, member of school improvement teams, member of NAACP Education Committee, Past Board Member of Walden Sierra. Through the years even after my own children have graduated from school I have remained involved with the Education system knowing the stronger our schools are the stronger our county will be. I enjoy listing to the varied view points of my fellow county residents when we agreed or respectful disagree. I am thankful to have received the endorsement of the Education Association St. Mary’s County (EASMC). If St. Mary’s is to flourish and grow we need concerned parents, an educated populist, and a caring community willing to make the difference now for education tomorrow.

What major concerns or changes do you hope to bring to the Board of Education for consideration as a school board member?

I believe our St. Mary’s County schools are in good shape given the fact we are in the top ten out of 24 jurisdiction in the state of Maryland. I would like to see the number of teachers increase to reduce class size to give students concentrated instructional help be it in STEM or Standard classes to reduce the load that already over extend our teacher and staff resources. I would like to see the respect for our St. Marys County Educational Professional increased. I would like to see volunteer participation renewed/ increased across the county this is one of our strengths that is under utilized.

Do you think current funding levels for education in Calvert County is too low/ too high/about right? Why?

I think the funding levels are to low as mentioned St. Mary’s is in the top ten (10) out of twenty four (24) jurisdictions in Maryland and the funding of our schools should reflect the work that has been accomplished. We have a variety of Technology based company’s that will employ our students but St. Mary’s County must provide the leading edge education for that to become reality. That is not to say just lavish money on the system we must take the long view in education tempered with sound thinking to move the system steadily forward making sure that we examine every choice that is made for present and future educational growth and viability. We are a good school system but can be better with increased investments with our eye steadily on the future of St. Mary’s County.

Rita Weaver

Political Party: N/A Hometown: Dameron Age: 50 Occupation: Emergency Room Registered Nurse, Adjunct Professor CSM - Nursing Political Background: N/A

What qualifications do you have that you think makes you the best candidate for this job? Masters of Science – University of MD School of Nursing, Health Leadership & Management. • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing • Marketing and Financial Management • Strategic Marketing in a Global Economic Market • Marketing Management • Managerial Health Finance Bachelor of Science - Nursing - Stevenson University • Summa Cum Laude Associates in Nursing – Charles County Community College • Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society ACLS Certification PALS Certification Registered Nurse – 18 yrs • Emergency Room • School Nursing • Behavior Health Adjunct Professor CSM - Nursing • Classroom • Clinical teaching at Tri-County Hospitals U.S. Navy Veteran 8 yrs • Managed Civilian and Military Personnel • Aviation Squadron Budget • Ft. Benning, GA Jump School - “Airborne” Qualified,1984 Parent of a SMCPS Middle School student.

What major concerns or changes do you hope to bring to the Board of Education for consideration as a school board member?

Regain control of Board of Education (BOE) meetings as-well-as assigned duties which members are elected to fulfill. Provide open communication with parents, students, teachers, and community members. Be available before and/or after BOE meetings to speak with community members. Correspondence, mail, phone, email, will be sent directly to the intended BOE member. This will ensure constituents concerns are given the proper attention which they deserve. Bring transparency to the BOE by making budget expenditures/ deficits available to the community. Within legal confines, make available for public viewing the superintendent’s contract. Dismantle current SMCPS Ethics Panel. All complaints will be presented to the County Ethics Committee. This will ensure all issues are looked at from an independent third party, therefore the school system is not investigating themselves. Monitor school funding to ensure money is being directed to where it is needed most; to the students and classroom teachers. Create a Budget Board to provide input on budget spending. Review bus routes and safety to ensure maximize value for dollars spent.

Do you think current funding levels for education in Calvert County is too low/too high/about right? Why?

Budget should remain as written until a full independent audit is conducted. An independent audit will identify accurate use of funds. All programs should be reviewed yearly by BOE members with staff and administration input. This input will identify needs for increased/decreased funding in particular program areas. Meet with State Delegates and Board of County Commissioners to ensure St. Mary’s County Public Schools receive proper funding. Research additional means to assist in funding the school system. Reestablish good working relationships with St. Mary’s County Commissioners as-well-as State and Local Delegates. Focus on trying to maintain small class sizes. When situations arise that require a larger class size, additional support should be provided by school administration. This support will decrease the need for teacher extended hours/overtime and work overload.


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St. Mary’s County Board of Education The County Times emailed all St. Mary’s County Board of Education Candidates an interview form comprised of three questions. The candidates' responses are published below as they were submitted.

Karin Bailey

Political Party: Unaffiliated Hometown: Mechanicsville Age: 45 Occupation: Internal Auditor Political Background: Appointed member, St. Mary’s County Ethics Commission Appointed member, State of Maryland Property Tax Assessment Appeals Board, St. Mary’s County

What qualifications do you have that you think makes you the best candidate for this job?

I am an internal auditor and spend 13 years performing evaluations of business operations and auditing publicly traded companies. I have an extensive background in internal controls and business processes. Based on the recent headlines surrounding the budget problems, I think the citizens need someone on the Board of Education with business and financial auditing experience to challenge the budget process, monitor expenses, and ensure that our tax dollars are spent on educating the students. We need to put money into the classrooms. Secondly, I am a parent of two children in the public school system, and I have been a volunteer at our elementary school for the past four years. I see the challenges within our school and the classrooms, and I’m sure those same challenges are repeated across the county. i think a parent’s perspective is necessary on the Board of Education in order to make sure that funding is provided to make our students successful.

What major concerns or changes do you hope to bring to the Board of Education for consideration as a school board member?

There are two main concerns, the budget and communication. My main concern is the budget and financial position of the school system. I think the Board of Education has a responsibility to critically review, question, and monitor the items within the school budget. Controls need to be put in place for timely notification of cost overruns and appropriate financial decisions must be made, based on complete information, to stay within the approved school system budget. Undisclosed costs and budget overruns based on poor financial decisions only hurt our students and our schools. Also, I would like to give parents a better method of communication with the Board of Education. It is challenging to communicate concerns or ideas with school administrators. Parents are involved with a school every day simply because of their child’s attendance and the parents have some good ideas that aren’t easy conveyed to the appropriate officials.

William Brooke Matthews

Political Party: N/A Hometown: Chaptico Age: 43 Occupation: Realtor with Remax Political Background: Second year as the Boards’ Vice Chairman

What qualifications do you have that you think makes you the best candidate for this job?

I am a current member of the Board of Education. This is my second year as the Boards’ Vice Chairman. I am a full time Realtor in St. Mary’s county and my negotiating and people skills are well exercised. Because of my profession, I am always available if someone has a question or concern. I feel that I am easy to approach, no matter what the issue or concern might be.

What major concerns or changes do you hope to bring to the Board of Education for consideration as a school board member?

I will continue to work to close the achievement gap, strive to keep class sizes at a minimum, and to insure all of our children have access to current technologies. I want to expand the educational pathways like Stem, Fairlead Academy, Academy of Finance, and Global and International Studies. I will push to educate our local policy holders about the importance of funding our school system, and make sure that we have what we need to make sure our children succeed. I want to continue to give our teachers the opportunities for further professional development, so they have only the most up-to-date information to share with our children.

Do you think current funding levels for education in Calvert County is too low/ too high/about right? Why?

As the local population continues to grow, it is imperative that our budget continues to grow with it. St. Mary’s county is one of the fastest growing counties in all of Maryland, and yet we are ranked last in our per pupil funding. Our neighbors in Charles (ranked #10) and Calvert (#12) are much more in line with the wealth factors of their populations. Calvert spends $1,397.00 more per student than we do here at home. I think our kids deserve better.

Do you think current funding levels for education in Calvert County is too low/too high/about right? Why?

I believe the most important need within the St. Mary’s County Public school system is to align the budget and ensure that more money goes into our schools and classrooms. The goal of our school system should be to offer our children the best education possible in order to prepare them for the future. Funding levels should be based on the needs of the students and their learning environment and assessments. Children have one chance to receive a quality education and monitoring their progress provides the justification to request more funding when necessary. I have two children in elementary school, and they have a long school career ahead of them. As a parent, I want them to have the best education possible and as a taxpayer, I want to ensure that our money is being put to the greatest use for the students in our community.










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St. Mary’s County Democratic Central Committee The County Times emailed all St. Mary’s County Democratic Central Committee Candidates an interview form comprised of basic info and one question. The candidates’ responses are published below as they were submitted.

Joshua Brewster

Hometown: Burlington, IN Age: 38 Occupation: Attorney Political Background: Always voted Democrat. Worked on U.S. Congressional campaign for Nels Ackerson for Indiana's 4th Congressional District in 2008. Campaigned for President Obama in 2008. Why do you want to serve on the Central Committee? I would like to ensure that Democrats continue to have a strong voice in Southern Maryland politics at the local and state level. I feel strongly that the Democratic Party continues to best represent the interests of hard-working, low and middle-income families in Maryland. I hope to do my part to continue the work of Democrats in St. Mary's County to protect the rights of the underprivileged to affordable and decent housing, top-notch public education, accessible and affordable health care, quality public infrastructure, equal access to goods and services, and most importantly in our changing economy, equal opportunity to good jobs at a wage that a single-earner family can live on.

Amanda Cross Justin Fiore

Hometown: Mechanicsville Age: 25 Occupation: Student Political Background: Internship with Doug Gansler for Governor

Why do you want to serve on the Central Committee? Rather simply, I can help put good Democrats in office. Our party got hammered in 2010 and we’re now feeling the effects of having four Republican County Commissioners. While we obviously witnessed a pronounced national push from the Republican Party last election cycle, I don’t believe that our own Democrats here at home are without some blame—frankly, our organization and energy has disappeared. I believe I possess the qualities to help turn this committee around. While interning as a field organizer with Doug Ganlser for Governor, I lead a group that knocked over 2000 doors and made over 15,000 phone calls. I’ve already helped Bob Schaller and Dan Slade as well. Vote Justin Fiore, thank you.

Joan Gelrud

Hometown: Lexington Park Age: 56 Occupation: Hospital Vice President - RN Political Background: N/A Why do you want to serve on the Central Committee? I would like to become a Democratic Party Central Committee member to contribute to our community through public service. As a hospital executive, Housing Authority Commissioner, Community Development Corporation Board Member and member of the St. Mary's County Economic Advisory Group, I have experience implementing a wide array of human services with the business and financial knowledge to make balanced decisions. Working in diverse settings pre-

pared me to communicate well, with integrity, excellent listening skills and open mindedness to embrace all ideas. As a Democratic Central Committee member, I will be sharing the importance of voting and the message of the Democratic Party.

Kathy O’Brien Walter Powell

Hometown: Age: 58 Occupation: Business Representative/ Vice President Political Background: Have been active in the Democratic Party with Operating Engineers Union for 38 years. Appointed Central Committee last term. Why do you want to serve on the Central Committee? I would like to continue to serve on the Central Committee to help promote and support the best candidates to be elected. I feel like my 38 years experience working with the Democratic Party would continue to benefit the Central Committee. Thank you for your support.

Ellen Scott Cindy Slattery

St. Mary’s County Republican Central Committee Vincent Baldacchino

Hometown: Great Mills Age: 57 Occupation: Aerospace Engineer Political Background: I have observed, considered, and evaluated government actions and the consequences. Why do you want to serve on the Central Committee? Faith Liberty and Constitution are my guiding principles. I believe that the people understand our needs better than their elected officials and can address them better. Therefore we need a smaller more efficient government, lower taxes, and more personal responsibility. Our candidates must be committed to core Republican principals. I will work to find and support candidates with these principals to protect personal freedom, personal property, and our very lives including the lives of our preborn. I will promote a St Mary's County Republican platform that states that no government resources will be used to terminate the lives of our preborn.

Roland Baringer

Hometown: Leonardtown Age: 40 Occupation: System Safety Engineering Analysis Political Background: No previous political office held, life-long Republican, Veteran, property owner, family man and father of three. Why do you want to serve on the Central Committee? Greetings voters. Perhaps like me, you've been wondering lately, what is wrong with my political party? and does anyone even read the U.S. Constitution anymore? As a life-long republican, and oath-keeping son of life-long Republicans, I've never wavered from the traditional republican principles of small government, fiscal and monetary honesty and conservatism, with a healthy dose of individual liberty. I'll support republican candidates who'll protect and defend these Constitutional values and our Rule of Law. I'm the overdue face of a republican revolution long in coming and as Central Committeeman, I'll water these roots of revolution within our GOP and help return the party to Grandness.

Bryan Barthelme

Mike Boyd

Hometown: Chaptico Age: 38 Occupation: Self Employed Political Background: N/A

State GOP awards, and I will continue to engage in these endeavors if re-elected. Why do you want to serve on the Central Committee? I am currently the Recording Secretary for the St. Mary’s County Republican Central Committee and I am running for re-election. As a life-long registered Republican and as a strong supporter of conservative values, I believe that the only way to change Maryland is to get more Republicans elected. Voter turnout is the most important GOP goal; the GOP can win if we are united and will work together. I promise to work tirelessly towards helping the GOP succeed in energizing the voters in St. Mary’s County. If re-elected to the St. Mary’s County Republican Central Committee, I pledge to practice the following principles as a member: commitment, consensus, cohesiveness, congeniality, camaraderie, and collaboration.

Why do you want to serve on the Central Committee? I believe firmly in giving back to the Community. The idea of serving was brought to me by a fellow local business person that felt the Community could be better served with some new blood and ideas at the grass roots level. I did a little research online and discovered the mission of the RCC. At my first RCC meeting after announcing I was abruptly challenged by establishment Republicans about my motives. That in itself is why I am here. The Republican Party at all levels needs to be more inclusive and less fearful of new ideas and concepts. Furthermore, as my campaign got going, the most common question I received mainly from young Republicans was “what does the RCC do?” Establishment Republicans in St Mary’s are proud they have over taken the Democrats in mere numbers. These same establishment folks are falling short of the goal line however if the majority of your Party has no clue what the RCC even does. I will bring new ideas, new vision, and new leadership to the SMRCC, we will be Hometown: Leonardtown known for more than passing out bumper stickers at the County Age: 51 ELLYNNE BRICE DAVIS, Fair if elected. Occupation: Technical Editor

James Buckler

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Ellyne Brice-Davis

AuthoR Political Background: St. Mary’s County Republican Committee Present) On August Central 12, 2009, Ellynne’s (2011“Tomato Stack Former Secretary of the St. Salad” recipe was declared the Mary’s winner Republican of the Washington Club (2009Post’s – 2011)Third Annual Top Tomato

Hometown: Baltimore Age: 67 Recipe Contest. Her prize consisted of her photo and recipe on the front page on of the Food Committee? Occupation: RETIRED ST. MARY’S COUNWhyappearing do you want to serve thePost’s Central section, and a gift certificate for a chef’s catalogue TY PUBLIC SCHOOLS TEACHER ( ElemenAs the current vice-chair of the St. Mary’s RCC, I have (she chose a three-tiered steamer). This Top Tomato tary School Music grades K – 5 at Oakville Elworked tirelessly our stated mission Cookbook is the resulttowards of a collaboration with three to register new Reementary School 1990 – 2000; and ESOL Teachpublican -voters, helpCounty elect Public Republican perform funlongtime friends and colleagues St. Mary’s Schoolscandidates, art er, grades PreK – 12, Leonardtown High School, as my “home teacher Joyce Judd, St.draising Mary’s County Publicand Schools Writingthe Specialist activities, promote Party platform. Among my school”, 2000 - 2009) Myra Raspa, and Graceachievements: Fuller (who, along her husband, Richard, is As with Director of Youth Outreach, I started the Youth Political Background: I worked on several campaigns foroflocal a co-owner the Southern Maryland Cooperative and is a in politics and aware Round TableWine to getGrowers our youth more involved candidates and began attending St. Mary’s County Republican Port of Leonardtown Winery volunteer). of current events; I have coordinated the past 3 Annual Lincoln Central Committee meetings as well as St. Mary’s County ReEllynne is a retired teacher from St. Mary’sand County Schools in Republican Woman Reagan Dinners; I wasPublic the St. Mary’s publican Club meetings. A slot on the SMC RCC came open in Maryland, having taught elementary school music and English-as-aof the Year in 2010. I remain an active member of the Republican 2010; I ran for the seat and won. Since becoming a member of Second Language. She has over 20 years experience in writing feature Club and the Republican Women of St. Mary’s. If re-elected, I the RCC, I have attended MD GOP Conventions, and have pararticles for local publications. will stress Party unity. ticipated in increasing county voter registration, inEllynne door-knocking holds a Bachelors degree in Voice from the Peabody Conservatory campaigns, and Fundraisers. I have worked at the pollsofduring of Music Johns Hopkins University, plus Masters degrees in both Voice Early Voting, and for the Primary and General and elections. am in SpeechI Communication from West Virginia University. She was the proud that St. Mary’s County has been the recipient of ofseveral recipient a National Endowment for the Arts Grant as a West Virginia

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Performing Artist-in-Residence. She also received a Fulbright-Hayes Grant to Japan, awarded through the University of Maryland.

As a singer and an actress, she has performed roles with the Light Opera Company of Southern Maryland, the Newtowne Players at Three Notch Theatre, the College of Southern Maryland’s Theatritext, and CSM’s Southern Maryland Originals, and has made numerous professional appearances in opera, theatre, and on the concert stage.


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St. Mary’s County Republican Central Committee The County Times emailed all St. Mary’s County Republican Central Committee Candidates an interview form comprised of basic info and one question. The candidates’ responses are published below as they were submitted.

Mary Burke-Russell

Hometown: Hollywood Age: 61 Occupation: Small Business Owner Political Background: 2008 Co-Chair St Mary's McCain-Palin 2009-2014 St Mary's Rep Central Committee, 2012-2014 Current Chairman 2012 Alt Delegate RNC Convention Tampa, Fl 2013 Outstanding Maryland Republican Woman of the Year Why do you want to serve on the Central Committee? I have had the honor and privilege of serving St Mary's County on the Republican Central Committee since 2009. In that time I have held positions as an Events Coordinator, Communications Dir, Community Outreach, Voter Registration, Vice chair to Chairman in 2012. In the last two years as Chairman we have grown significantly as a core team serving St. Mary's constituents. In our efforts to grow the Republican Party we became the majority in St Mary's in 2012. I am the candidate who can unite the party and project the values and principles of Republicans in St Mary's. I ask for your vote to continue the surge of Republican majority and help counties across the state end one party rule in Maryland.

Kevin Cioppa

Hometown: Lexington Park Age: 43 Occupation: Special Education Teacher Political Background: I am presently the communications director of the St. Mary's Republican Central Committee. I am a past president of the St. Mary's Republican Club. Why do you want to serve on the Central Committee? I am a member of the St. Mary's Republican Central Committee and I serve as its communications director. In that capacity, I update the facebook page, manage the website, and send out e-mails. During the past few years, I have also coordinated the schedules for our presence at the County Fair, Relay for Life, Juneteenth, and Election Day, as well as other events. I believe firmly that the Republican Party offers the best way forward for our county, state, and nation. I would like the opportunity to continue to serve this cause by working as hard as I always have.

Clay Costanzo Joe DiMarco Stuart Garlington Stephen Meizoso

Hometown: Hamilton, Ohio Age: 50 Occupation: Program Manager Political Background: N/A Why do you want to serve on the Central Committee? I was born to parents who legally migrated from a country with an oppressive regime. My parents wanted to live the “American Dream” and make it possible for their offspring to enjoy the same. Back then personal responsibility, hard work, and integrity meant something to most Americans. I’ve seen those values slip as my parents did in their home country. It’s time to encourage Americans to get back to appreciating those values and it starts with political leadership. I knew being a Central Committee member would be how I could contribute. Working with other committee members, I can recruit and support candidates with the values that made this country great. It CAN start in St. Mary’s County.

Jeffrey Noel

Hometown: California Age: Occupation: DOD Political Background: Strong interest in rep-

resenting Citizens of St Marys County and supporting the US Constitution. Experience includes leadership of a business unit of approximately 50 persons and chair of a committee that is responsible for coordinating annual symposium meetings that usually includes over 600 persons. Why do you want to serve on the Central Committee? My motivation to serve is largely based my love for St. Mary's County and it's citizens. My desire is to ensure that the Republican Party has a strong and principled leadership going forward. Last summer, I was monitoring the legislative sessions and became concerned about the focus and direction of the state and I decided to become more involved. The Republican Party can become the voice of the worker and small businessman again. I think both parties have been seduced by the appeal and allure of working with large corporations and foreign entities and forgotten the citizens. I would focus on attracting more members by promoting a Republican message of faith, liberty and freedom.

Gary Rumsey

Hometown: Saint Inigoes Age: 53 Occupation: Aerospace Engineer Political Background: Served on St. Mary's Republican Central Committee 2012 -14 St. Mary's County Campaign Chairman Collins Bailey for Congress 2010 Why do you want to serve on the Central Committee? What if the Republican Party returned to the glory years of Reagan? What if our principles mattered once more and were promoted proudly? What if all elected officials and candidates were held accountable to those principles? What if true conservative candidates were recruited for every office? What if the Party promoted a Contract with St. Mary's County that reflected our citizen's values? This is not a dream. It can happen again. But it must start with the Central Committee. I, along with the Constitution - Faith - Liberty team, am ready to do all that. Please vote for me and the rest of our team so we can leave to our children and our posterity, the principles that made our Country great.

Greg Sauter

Hometown: Columbia Age: 48 Occupation: Aeronautical Engineer, Retired Navy Commander Political Background: N/A Why do you want to serve on the Central Committee? I am a Christian, Engineer, Naval Academy graduate, and a combat-decorated, retired Navy helicopter pilot. I have been married for 25 years and am a father of four. I swore to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. I didn't give up on that promise when I retired from the Navy. After fighting in two wars and raising a family, I looked around and realized that this is not the America I grew up in. It is not the America I want my kids or grandkids to grow up in, either. I want to make St. Mary's County, the State of Maryland, and our Country a better place to live for all of us. I want to promote a positive message to secure the election of good people.

Lou Sierra Jodi Stanalonis

Hometown: Hollywood Age: 42 Occupation: Chief Financial Officer Political Background: I have had the opportunity to work on several political campaigns to include Richard Fritz’s 2010 campaign for State’s Attorney, Joseph Stanalonis’ 2012 campaign for Circuit Court Judge, Larry’s Hogan’s 2014 campaign for Governor, and Richard Fritz’s 2014 campaign for State’s Attorney. During these campaigns I have participated and/or coordinated mailers and advertisements to be distributed to the community, door knocking, scheduling workers for the polls at both early voting and on Election Day, worked the polls at both early voting and Election Day, organized fundraisers and worked with the Central Committee to assist these candidates in their elections.

Why do you want to serve on the Central Committee? As a Central Committee member I will work to increase the number of registered republicans and the number of elected republicans at the local, state and federal level. I believe I have the management and financial skills through my employment and past experience to effectively organize and coordinate efforts to assist in making this happen. In addition, I want to participate in building our grassroots foundation and work hard to promote the Republican Party to our younger generation and minorities. I ask for your vote on June 24th. I am the candidate who has our community and Republican Party’s best interest at heart and would like to have the opportunity to make both stronger.

Barbara Thompson

Hometown: Hollywood Age: 69 Occupation: Research Analyst Political Background: County Commissioner President 1994-98 County Commissioner 1990-94 Chairman St. Mary’s County Central Committee 1986-90 Why do you want to serve on the Central Committee? My past experience, both as an elected official and Central Committee Chairman, makes me uniquely qualified to assist in promoting the Republican Party. Having run political campaigns equips me to support future candidates. I understand the importance of raising funds and providing logistical assistance to Republican candidates in the general election. My experience gives me insight into candidate identification and promotion. I understand the role of the Central Committee at the state and local level and look forward to continuing the ongoing work of promoting Republican ideals and growing the party in St. Mary’s County.

Matthew Tippett David Willenborg

Hometown: Lexington Park Age: 54 Occupation: Federal Employee Political Background: • McCain/Palin County Chair, 2008. The McCain/Palin campaign wins in St. Mary’s. • Selected to serve on Maryland GOP Rules Committee. • Awarded the Amole-Bishopp Award, St. Mary’s Republican Man of the Year for 2008. • Elected St. Mary’s Republican Central Committee Chairman, January 2010. • Elected to serve as an elector of the Electoral College, representing the Republican Party for Maryland’s 5th congressional district, during the 2012 presidential election. • During my chairmanship St. Mary’s County wins MD GOP County of the Year Award at the spring 2011 convention. • During my chairmanship St. Mary’s Republicans outnumber Democrats for the first time since the 1890’s. • Appointed by Commissioner Morgan to the St. Mary’s County Redistricting Board, 2013. • Hogan for Governor, St. Mary’s County Chairman, 2014. Why do you want to serve on the Central Committee? I want to serve on the Republican Central Committee to continue the work that I have started, and to assist the committee to maintain a strong and active Republican Party in St. Mary’s Co. While I served on the committee we had an aggressive voter registration effort which turned a 2,400 voter deficit in 2008 to achieving plurality in 2012. My personal goals include building the number of grass roots volunteers, growing the party membership, and getting more Republicans appointed to local boards and committees. Reaching these goals will provide candidates with the needed resources to win.

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A Candidate We Can Trust In deciding which of the Republican candidates running for Del. Johnny Wood’s seat in District 29A I would want to represent me, I have done my research. I have reviewed their websites, looked at their Facebook pages and listened to what they say they are going to do if elected. My decision is based on the following; which candidate understands the needs of St. Mary’s County, which candidate is earnest in his desire to serve the voters of our county and state, is the candidate influenced by outside forces in our county that may reflect on their voting? Which candidate has the right experience to lead the Republican conservative cause in the State House? Both Tommy McKay and Bryan Barthleme have grown up in St. Mary’s County; Tommy has lived in district 29A his entire life. Matt Morgan just moved into the county six months ago, it seems with the sole intent to run for the vacated seat in 29A. That seems to be self-serving, not what I consider a plus for the candidate I want to represent me. The recent mailing by one of Matt’s biggest supporters, Maryland Realtors PAC, did us a favor. They were kind enough to remind us that Matt lived and grew up in Charles County in La Plata, and that he understands the needs of their community. That is fine and dandy for La Plata, but last time I checked, district 29A is in St. Mary’s County not Charles County. I prefer to have an authentic resident of St. Mary’s County as my delegate. Tommy and Bryan have a real vested interest in our community; they have lived here their entire lives, paid taxes here and raised their kids here. During the debate with all three candidates Tommy McKay showed not only an indepth knowledge of the many issues St. Mary’s County faces, but was the only candidate who actually gave solutions to the problems raised in the debate. Matt Morgan and Bryan Barthleme have both received large donations from outside the county, Matt has 70% of his funding from outside sources and Bryan has 40%. Matt has gotten a large portion of that money from the Maryland Realtors PAC to the tune of $6,000.00. The question I would have is this - why are they dumping so much money into Matt’s campaign? Could it be because Matt would be a voice for developers, both residential and commercial, to pursue their interests in Northern St. Mary’s County as Matt is also a realtor? So, my support comes down to either Tommy McKay or Bryan Barthleme. When it comes down to it, experience is what matters most. I am supporting Tommy McKay as the only viable choice for District 29A because there is a difference between saying what you want to do and actually doing it! Bryan has said what he wants to do, but has no track record of doing it. Tommy, as our Commissioner President, not only said what he was going to do, but actually accomplished it, which is a rarity when it comes to our politicians! I encourage all of my Republican friends to vote for Tommy McKay as we need a delegate who will stand up for our freedoms and rights in St. Mary’s County and Maryland! Darryl Smith Mechanicsville, Md.

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When You Pay for Less and Still Expect More When I was a freshman at Leonardtown High School in 1977 we cut tobacco in the summer, folks bought mixed drinks at Duke’s drive through window, and our quaint little county had only three public high schools. Thirty-seven years later we’ve watched as Charles and Calvert have invested in education and infrastructure and we elect county commissioners who lack foresight. The shortfalls in the Board of Education’s budget are well-known, but please consider what happens when you pay for less and still expect more. According to, of 207 Maryland high schools listed, Leonardtown High School came in 205 for the highest teacher/student ratio, or to refer to teachers’ gallows humor, “stack ‘em deep and teach ‘em cheap!” With budget cuts, each St. Mary’s County school will lose one teaching position this year. That may well push us to last place, which would side nicely with our state standing for per-pupil spending. L.H.S. will lose another teaching position to in-school suspension, which new regulations now requires a certified teacher. If you’re still convinced that class size and regulations are not the problem, and that the greedy teachers are to blame, consider that the average St. Mary’s teacher doing the same job makes $11,000 less than the average Charles County teacher and $12,000 less than a Calvert teacher. Many St. Mary’s teachers fix this problem by transferring their steps/years to these counties, after we have paid for their additional schooling and trained them. Others leave for more lucrative jobs on base.

Our commissioners seem to prefer being reactive rather than forward thinking. For example, rather than budget funds for needed renovations, we wait until Spring Ridge Middle School burns down, and then get excited about the much more expensive process of fixing it. (Good luck, circa 1980s jail). If the commissioners were to plan for the very near future, they would realize that over 23% of our teachers have less than five years’ experience, 10% have over thirty years, and 14% have twenty-six or more years. Most teachers leave the profession in the first five years, and the other group is nearing retirement. Other young teachers leave for different counties and states. Is St. Mary’s prepared to replace nearly 38% of their teachers? According to The Maryland Teacher Staffing Report 2012-14, twenty districts in Maryland will face teacher shortages simultaneously and will be competing for the same ever-shrinking pool of young, qualified teachers. In fact, there has been an increase of less than 10% in nearly twenty years in the number of college graduates certified to teach in Maryland. These graduates must replace retiring teachers and fill our new schools, and the report warns that many of these graduates aren’t going into teaching at all. What will attract teachers to this county? Will it be the unaffordable housing, lower pay, or larger class sizes? I suspect we’ll let it burn and then try to figure it out. Bill Breslin California, Md.

Jarboe Will Be Faithful At every election, through a process of proven imperfection, we attempt to choose elected officials who will provide us with good government. Sadly, we provide the means by which we suffer when we poorly choose those officials. In his address to Congress, December 8, 1829, President Andrew Jackson wrote: “There are, perhaps, few men who can for any great length of time enjoy office and power without being more or less under the influence of feelings unfavorable to the faithful discharge of their public duties. They are apt to acquire a habit of looking with indifference upon the public interests and of tolerating conduct from which an unpracticed man would revolt. Office is considered as a species of property, and government rather as a means of promoting individual interests than as an instrument created solely for the service of the people. Corruption in some and in others a perversion of correct feelings and principles divert government from

its legitimate ends and make it an engine for the support of the few at the expense of the many.” Unfortunately, too many of our present day public officials perfectly fit this description. Surely, there must be citizens of the type needed to be reasonable and responsible officials; people with strong minds, great hearts, true faith, and honorable character, who cannot be seduced or corrupted by the lust or spoils of office. I am writing this letter because I believe the 16 year record in office of St. Mary’s County Commissioner Larry Jarboe meets the qualifications of the type of citizen and elected official needed. Accordingly, I encourage voters to select Larry Jarboe for election to the Maryland Senate. I have never known him to be unfaithful in his representation of public interests. Vernon Gray Great Mills, Md.

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College Republican For McKay Having an opinion, or rather I should say having an informed opinion, is no easy task. As a college student, I fall under the relentlessly targeted demographic group known as “the youth.” With an innumerable amount of inputs directed at us daily, it can be difficult to separate important news from useless garbage. I was basically born sign-waving. Okay, not really, but from a young age I became involved in politics. I have interned for multiple campaigns on the local, county, and statewide levels. Recently, I completed my first year of college. I have been elected to the Executive Board for my university’s chapter of College Republicans, now holding the position of Director of Social Media. Coming home I have been catching up on the local races. One I have found of specific importance is the Republican primary for the nomination of the State Delegate of Maryland’s Legislative District 29A. I am a strong supporter of experience. If a candidate does not have skills proven in real-world applications to be successful, and one of their challengers does, the choice seems obvious. Mr. McKay’s leadership as President of the St. Mary’s Board of County Commissioners,

and success on the state level, keeping our beautiful county on a prosperous track, has undoubtedly won over my support. As a successful businessman, Mr. McKay has proven he understands fiscal responsibility; something Maryland could use a little more of. As Commissioner President, leaving office with a surplus in place, he also demonstrated his dedication to economic prosperity. His efforts to keep our county’s rich rural culture alive, while accommodating the needs of a technologically advancing society,have helped preserve what makes St. Mary’s County so wonderful. I would not be able to rightfully say I support Mr. McKay if I had not done the research; if I had not gone and looked at the resumes of his challengers, watched the debates, and went out of my way to find differing opinions. All of which I did do. With a chance to send a man who truly cares about the well-being of our county to the state level, who can make a real difference, as he has done before, being informed matters. Emily Burke Mechanicsville, Md.

Morgan Will Fight for Us in Annapolis As a taxpayer in Maryland, I am frustrated at how mismanaged our state tax dollars are. I am frustrated by politicians ignoring the wishes of their constituents and I am tired of being used like a piggyback for Maryland’s urban areas. After consideration of the choices in the 29A Republican primary, I am asking my fellow citizens to vote for Matt Morgan for state delegate. I have known Matt for the last five years. He is an extremely smart guy and really knows the issues inside and out. Plus, from what I have witnessed, Matt has been fighting for the conservative cause for years here in St. Mary’s county. From supporting the people in Golden Beach with a Board of Elections issue,

supporting other county-level candidates, to the ballot initiative petition drives, his actions prove his true intentions. We need principled people like Matt to represent us. We can’t afford to gamble with someone who is uniformed on the issues or someone who won’t be able to hold their own in a debate. We also can’t gamble on someone proven to be un-electable. We have seen Matt fighting for us over the past years, and I know he will continue to do that for us in Annapolis. He would represent St. Mary’s county well and I am happily endorsing Matt Morgan for the House of Delegates. Linda Morris Mechanicsville, Md.

What a Candidate Should Know This coming election year either it be the local level, county level or state level. Each and every candidate should know most if not all the important issues pertaining to their elected positions in and around us as taxpayers and citizens of the fine St. Mary’s County. As taxpayers and fine American citizens, the candidate should also be aware of the hardball politics that go along with each office. It helps to also have thick skin, a candidate wins the election not just by pounding the pavement, and shaking hands, putting up signs. But knowing the consequences, and also how to be a productive person, a good business

mind, not to mention create and keep good jobs, balance budgets and managing money. Also knowing the county roads for transportation and its infrastructure. Most elections are won by popularity, knowing the people and knowing the issues of yesterday or today. I would ask each and every candidate to think long and hard before serving the public and do all the needed homework. Keep in mind it’s hard to please 118,000 people. Good luck! William R. Dexter Jr. California, Md Former Member RCC

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Thomas F. McKay, Republican Tuesday, June 24 is primary election day in Maryland. While there are only a few races of significance in either party beyond the governor nominations, one race does take on significant meaning with the retirement of Delegate Johnny Wood after 28 years. Three candidates have lined up on the Republican side, with the winner of the primary taking on the lone Democratic candidate this November. There is only one candidate that has the experience, knowledge and demonstrated constituent service to fill the void being left by Delegate Wood, that candidate is Tommy McKay. McKay is the only candidate with business experience, meeting payrolls, creating jobs, and dealing with the regulatory environment that has slowed our economy. Only McKay has local government experience, balancing and reducing budgets, lowering taxes, reducing government debt, funding key agencies such as education, transportation, and law enforcement. Only McKay has experience at the state government level with his years on the Critical Areas Commission and numerous other statewide associations. McKay’s ability to work across party lines with a forward vision is well documented. As former Commissioner Dan Raley who served with McKay said, McKay can bring people together and get things done. Retiring Delegate Johnny Wood, who has worked with McKay both in business and in government recognizes McKay’s background as that which he believes would best serve the community which he cares so much about. McKay was the largest vote getter in District 29A last election while running for Commissioner President, in fact McKay has always beaten his Democratic opponent in this district while running for commissioner. McKay’s strong support makes him the best candidate to win in November against what will undoubtedly be a tough democratic establishment candidate. Neither of McKay’s opponents have the background in business or government that McKay has, and more important, neither of his opponents have a record of accomplishments. Matt Morgan has moved to St. Mary’s County in the past few months in order to be eligible to run for this job which represents areas of St. Mary’s County only. He is heavily supported by the real estate industry in Charles County with large amounts of special interest money. They claim that because Morgan was “born and raised in La Plata, he understands our community” Obviously they mean he understands the Charles County development community. While Morgan claims his residency issue is a “distraction” from the real issues, the fact is, it is the issue. He picked up his family and moved to St. Mary’s for one reason; to take over Johnny Wood’s seat in St. Mary’s County. He is the favorite son of the Charles County real estate industry and has sold his allegiance not to the people of St. Mary’s, but rather to the brokers of Charles County. What Morgan has done would be no different than McKay moving to Calvert County so he could run for Delegate there. You can rest assured, people in Calvert would not have any part of that type of regional control, and neither should the people of St. Mary’s. The real estate industry has invested more than $10,000 of special interest money in Morgan, what is it they want him to do in St. Mary’s? Puff Barthelme is a very likeable gentleman. He has worked hard and should be commended for that. Unfortunately Barthelme has had no business experience and very little government experience. As a planning commission member, appointed by the McKay board of county commissioners, Barthelme lasted only a few months. When the first difficult decision involving a project in Morganza came before the planning commission, Barthelme resigned because the decision was too difficult. Barthelme’s long history with the Democratic Senate President Mike Miller and his years on the Democratic Central Committee should give Republicans great pause. The last time Republicans elected a former Democratic Central Committee member, Kenny Dement, they found out that just because they change parties does not mean they have changed philosophy or loyalty. Barthelme’s plan to “keep Waldorf in Waldorf” is nothing new, others including McKay have been fighting this battle for years. Unfortunately Barthelme’s plan to let the state legislature decide what is best for St. Mary’s County rather than the county commissioners is the worst idea anyone has come up with. From what we can see, both Morgan and Barthelme want the state legislature to control land use in St. Mary’s while McKay will fight to keep it the responsibility of the county commissioners and the local community. Republicans talk about limited government and lower taxes but seldom elect anyone who can deliver on those promises, and often re-elect those who have for years failed to deliver. If Republicans truly want change in Maryland there is only one choice in this election. McKay has repeatedly delivered on the Republican agenda and has demonstrated he clearly is the best candidate to replace Johnny Wood.

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In 2005, MLB’s hollow promises ran dry and the fiendish opposition by Peter Angelos, cu r mudgeon owner of the Orioles, was overcome - finally. The Montreal Expos moved south, donned script “W” caps and were reborn as the Washington Nationals. The honeymoon was brief. For years there wasn’t much to celebrate beyond the team’s presence. Stephen Strasburg didn’t arrive until 2010. Jayson Werth was signed a year later. In 2012, Bryce Harper was called up and the Nationals managed their first winning season – eight years since fleeing the great white north. Before “that” - the dark period between 2005 and 2010 - there was Ryan Zimmerman…and little else. Zimmerman attended high school in Virginia Beach and played baseball at the University of Virginia. In 2005, the rebooted Nationals, an organization pillaged of talent while languishing in Montreal and in desperate need of a franchise player, selected the local prospect with the fourth overall pick in the MLB Draft. Since debuting later that year, Zimmerman has been everything for the Nationals: a silver slugger, gold glove awardee, an All-Star, kindling for a budding fan base and a pillar in the community. Until all the aforementioned “help” arrived, Zimmerman was the only player on the roster likely to be a Nat beyond a single presidential election. He wasn’t just the team’s third baseman and best player; he was the Nationals’ identity. It would be sacrilegious around these parts to compare Zimmerman’s connection to the area, arrival in Washington and meaning the Nationals franchise with the real-life fairytale of Aberdeen’s Cal Ripken Jr., Baltimore and the Orioles; but there are similarities. Baseball acumen aside, there aren’t two better people in the game. Ripken’s reputation speaks for itself. Zimmerman is the consummate professional, a gentleman’s gentleman and in 2006 put his name on the ziMS Foundation, a charity dedicated to combating Multiple Sclerosis, a disease afflicting his mother. I personally witnessed Zimmerman’s community work

when he spent an unpublicized afternoon with a group of very sick kids at Children’s National Medical Center in 2010. I’ll never forget it. And now there’s another parallel in Ripken and Zimmerman’s stories: a position move. Ripken, a long-time shortstop, was moved to third base in 1997. Zimmerman, a third baseman with hot-corner skills that were once compared to Brooks Robinson, is now playing left field. Unlike Ripken, whose shift to third occurred late in his career, Zimmerman’s reassignment to left field is happening in his prime and as a result of an uncooperative right shoulder ravaged by injury. Father time - Ripken’s culprit - defeats us all; Zimmerman’s circumstance – bad luck – is much more difficult to accept. But here are a few thoughts, as reported by Adam Kilgore in The Washington Post, from Zimmerman on the matter. Regarding his viability at third base, Zimmerman said, “I don’t know if I’m the best option over there anymore.” Zimmerman touched on the impact to the team with this gem: “My goal is to win games…get to the playoffs…this gives us the best chance.” And then, the reincarnated outfielder offered this reflective thought: “I have a hard time taking anything negative from baseball…I’ve had a pretty good life…I look at it as more of, maybe just a new chapter, something like that.” That’s about as good as it gets – textbook stuff. A potentially toxic issue was completely diffused by objectivity, humility, optimism, selflessness and class. I initially characterized Zimmerman’s reactions as obligatory for an established professional athlete. Alas, I’m showing my age. There are few people today – athlete or otherwise – that would have handled an analogous situation with such dignity. And if any D.C. athlete qualified to play the entitlement card, gripe and placate an inflated sense of self-importance, it would’ve been Ryan Zimmerman. But Zimmerman is the anti-diva. He’s a throwback to a period when people routinely thought beyond the boundaries of their personal world and considered others - team and teammates in this case - ahead of themselves. Zimmerman’s perspective is as rare as his baseball talent. I suspect Cal Ripken Jr. is tipping his cap to Nat’s new outfielder; for what it’s worth, so am I. Send comments to rguyjoon@yahoo. com


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Obituaries Elaine Agnes Johnson Williams, 71

Elaine Agnes Johnson Williams, 71, passed away on Sunday, June 1, in Newport News, Va. Elaine was born on January 15, 1943 to the late Joseph Frederick Johnson and Julia Elizabeth Edwards Berry. Elaine was educated in the St. Mary’s County Public Schools system at George Washington Carver. She worked as an Advocate for Social Services where she earned her degree in Child Development. She later moved to Newport News where she married her husband of 32 years, James Williams. Elaine was a member of Holy Trinity Church. She enjoyed traveling with her “Special” group of ladies on different casino trips. Elaine loved playing Bingo and spending quality time with her family. Her famous saying to her family was “It may not be what you want, but it sure is what you need”. Preceding her in death was her father, Joseph Frederick Johnson; her brother, John Samuel Somerville; her step-father, John W. Berry Sr.; a special niece, Nicole Johnson; and her brother-in-law, Ernest Toney Sr. Survivors include her husband of 32 years, James Williams; her mother, Julia Elizabeth Berry; three sons, Darnell Conner, Rodney Conner and Darwin Conner, all of Newport News, Va.; two step-sons, Jaques Williams of Tampa, Fla. and JaVan Williams of Houston, Texas; four daugh-

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ters, Darlene Conner, Pat Young, Bobbi Mitchell (Billy) and Johanne Conner, all of Louisville, Ky.; a step-daughter, Raquel Williams of Tampa, Fla.; her siblings, Delma Brown (Gilbert) and Linda Fraley of Newport News, Va., Brenda Johnson (Charles) of Aberdeen, Md., Judith Toney, John Berry Jr. (Barbara) and Shawn Berry (Tereama), all of Lexington Park, Md.; Debra Curtis (Wendell) and Karen Owens (Danny) of Oklahoma; a special sister inlaw, Martha Williams of Rome, Ga. and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and special family and friends.Family united with relatives and friends on Friday, June 6, for visitation at 10 a.m. until service at 11 a.m. at Lexington Park Baptist Church, 46855 S. Shangri-la Dr., Lexington Park, Md. Interment followed at Holy Face Church Cemetery, Great Mills, Md. Arrangements by Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home, Mechanicsville, Md.

Catherine Regina “Cathy” Morgan, 69

Catherine Regina “Cathy” Morgan, 69, of Mechanicsville, Md., passed away surrounded by her loving family on June 1 at the Hospice House in Callaway, MD. Born on August 12, 1944 in Mechanicsville, Md., to John Louis

and Mary Etoyle Tippett. She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings; Lola Morgan, Doris Downs, Hazel Copsey, Herman Tippett, Louis Tippett, John Tippett, James Tippett and Lawrence Tippett. Cathy is survived by her husband of 53 years, Lewis Bunny Morgan. Her children; Lewis Morgan, Jr. of Mechanicsville, Md., Sandy Williams of Hollywood, Md. and Tammy Morgan of Mechanicsville, Md. Siblings; Eleanor Johnson of Mechanicsville, Md., Edna Morgan of Beltsville, Md., Bertha Russell of Calvert County, Md., Emma Marshall of Va. and Mary Heier of Mechanicsville, Md. Daughter in law Shelli Morgan, Son in law Dale Williams, 6 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Many nieces, nephews, and her special friend, Jane Rye of Marbury. Cathy worked at Charlotte Hall Veterans home as a CNA from 1987 to 1995. She enjoyed playing cards, bingo, talking to Tammy on the phone many times a day and spending time with her husband Bunny. Cathy’s favorite holidays were Easter and Christmas. The family received friends on Thursday, June 5, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home Leonardtown, Md. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Thurs., June 5, at 10 a.m. in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Morganza, Md., with Father Keith Woods officiating. Interment followed in Queen of Peace Catholic Cemetery Helen, Md.

Richard Clyde “Dick” Shoemaker, 74 Richard Clyde “Dick” Shoemaker, 74, of Leonardtown, Md. passed away surrounded by his loving family on June 2, at his residence. Born on January 1, 1940, in Lancaster, Pa., he was the loving son of the late Lillian Hazel Shank and Clyde Frank Shoemaker. Dick was the loving husband of Grace Marie Shoemaker. He was preceded in death by his first wife Ellen J. Abell Shoemaker. Dick is survived by his children: Frank Richard Shoemaker, (Kim) of Magnolia, Texas, Erin Kathleen Shoemaker and Cary Colleen Shoemaker both of Leonardtown, Md., Kimberly Jo Guy (Brian) of Clements, Md., 9 grandchildren: Cameron, Frank JR, James, Johnna Shoemaker, Nick, Preston and Grant Gass, Ashley Jo and Austin Guy. Dick enlisted in the United States Navy on January 16, 1959. During his service to our county he served for 3 and ½ tours in Vietnam from March 1969 to June 1972. He also served aboard the U.S.S. Nimitz for one tour for Fleet Air Reserve Unit VQ1 for VAW116. He earned an enormous amount of awards while in service for his heroism and dedication to the United States Navy. To name a few: Air Medal for meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight or for a single act of heroism against an armed enemy, and

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Obituaries Presidential Unit Citation for service in a unit cited in the name of President for outstanding performance in action, he retired in June 29, 1977. Dick was a member of the Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department from 1980 to 1990, and was awarded Fireman of the Year in 1981, and remained in the top 10 of fire calls from 1980 to 1986. Dick worked as an Airplane Technician for DynCorp, retiring on March 30, 2005. He was loved and respected by countless friends, and family. The family received friends on Monday, June 9, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with prayers recited at 7 p.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home Leonardtown, Md. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday, June 10 at 11 a.m. in St. John’s Catholic Church Hollywood, Md. with Father Ray Schmidt officiating. Interment followed in Charles Memorial Gardens Leonardtown, Md. Pallbearers included: Clem Johnson, Nick Gass, Preston Gass, Brian Guy, Kenny Scully, and Kevin Abell. Contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Mary’s P.O. Box 625 Leonardtown, Md., 20650, and/or the Leonardtown Vol. Fire Department P.O. Box 50 Leonardtown, Md., 20650.

Eunice Marie Morris Guy, 84 Eunice Marie Morris Guy, 84 of Loveville, Md., died on May 29 at her residence. She was born June 12, 1929 in Abell, Md. and was the daughter of the late John Foster and Frances Geneva Ellis Morris. On August 4, 1947, Eunice married her late husband, Berchman Lewis Guy at Sacred Heart Church in Bushwood, Md. Together they spent 44 wonderful years of marriage together before his death on December 26, 1991. Eunice was a life-long resident of St. Mary’s County, where she attended St. Mary’s Academy. She was owner and operator of Guy’s Tavern in Loveville, Md. for 27 years. She also worked at Wood’s Produce in Charlotte Hall, Md., where she enjoyed talking to and helping the customers until she was 80 years old. She had a heart of gold and was loved by all. Eunice is survived by her children, Christine Miedzinski (George) of Compton, Md., Gloria Jean Wood (Alvin) of Mechanicsville, Md., and Gail Sotelo (Jim) of Hollywood, Md.; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; 8 great-great grandchildren; and Archie Higgs, loving son-in-law, and caretaker of both Mr. and Mrs. Guy. In addition to her parents and husband, she is also preceded in death by her siblings, Joseph Earl “Popeye” Morris, Charles Ernest “Tootsie” Morris, Frank Victor Morris, John Sylvester “Neutsie” Morris, Irvin Foster “Piggy” Morris, Jones Bernard Morris, and Mary Dora Morris Gibson. Serving as pallbearers is Tyler Higgs, Jesse Higgs, Joseph Wood, Richard Vallandingham, Bryan Miedzinski, John Miedzinski. Honorary pallbearers are Spencer Higgs, Dalton Higgs and K.J. Wood. Family received friends on Sunday, June 1, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, Md., with a Funeral Service officiated by Pastor Mark Dooley at 4:00 p.m. A Graveside Service was held on Monday, June 2, at noon at Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, Md. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, Md., 20650. Condolences to the family may be made at

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

William Victor “Vic” Adams, III, 57

William Victor “Vic” Adams, III, 57, of St. Mary’s City, Md. passed away on May 31, at his residence with close family at his side. Vic was born October 30, 1956 in Portsmouth Naval Hospital, Norfolk, Va. to the late William Victor Adams, Jr. and Barbara Adams of St. Mary’s City, Md. Vic graduated from First Colonial High School in Virginia Beach in 1974. After doing some traveling on his own, he returned to St. Mary’s County. In 1982 he began working at Sailing Specialties Inc. (SSI) as a Production Manager and then OEM Sales, until early 2014. Vic was a devoted son, husband, and father, with a huge heart and unending loyalty for friends and loved ones. His hobbies included traveling, boating, skiing, cooking and NASCAR racing. He also loved music, especially Blue Grass and did some pickin’ of his own on the banjo. He also enjoyed volunteering at Historic St. Mary’s City. In addition to his loving wife, JoAnne Adams and mother, Barbara Adams, Vic is also survived by his children, Abigail Adams and Samuel Adams; his step-son, Rick Royce; sisters, Suzanne Szollosy and Melinda McClure; granddaughter, Morgan Adams; two nephews and one niece. He is preceded in death by his father, William V. Adams, Jr. who passed away in January 2013. A Celebration of Life and luncheon will be held on Friday, June 13, for family, co-workers and friends of Vic and JoAnne. Please RSVP by June 10, at with name, number of attendees, telephone number and association to Vic and JoAnne. Details will be emailed to you. Memorial Contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, Md. 20650. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md. Condolences to the family may be made at

Donna Kay Pickard, 56 Donna Kay Pickard, 56, of Lexington Park, Md. died May 30, at her residence in Lexington Park, Md. She was born on August 22, 1957, in Oklahoma City, Ok., to the late George and Dalena Howard Ellis. Donna moved to St. Mary’s County in 2004 from Paradise, Calif.. She was employed as a manager at Dress Barn in California, Md. She enjoyed many sports, including cheering on Jeff Gordon during NASCAR racing, the Oakland Raiders and The Oakland Athletics. She also enjoyed cooking, fishing, crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, and watching family feud. She was very family oriented, and loved to spend time with her family and friends. She also loved her pet cats, Baby Girl and Precious. Donna is survived by her children, David Ryder of Lexington Park, Md. and Sherry Leyba of Lexington Park, Md.; her siblings, Cheryl Calabria (Richard) of Great Mills, Md., George Ellis (Karen) of Oroville, Calif., Raymond Ellis (Kris) of Stockton, Calif., and Debbie Hutchinson of Las Vegas, Nev; two

grandchildren, Joseph Leyba of Lexington Park, Md. and Wesley Ryder of Paradise, Calif.; and her companion, John Lynch of Lexington Park, Md. She is preceded in death by her parents. Family received friends on Saturday, June 7, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, Md. 20650. Interment will be private.
 Memorial Contributions may be made to the Animal Welfare League, P.O. Box 160, Hollywood, Md. 20636. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md.

recited at 7 p.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home Leonardtown, Md. A Funeral Service was held on Wednesday, June 11, in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home Chapel with Deacon Bill Nickerson officiating. Interment will follow in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery Hollywood, Md. Pallbearers included: Robert L. Wallace, Charles A. Wallace, James M. Wallace, John A. Wallace, Edward G. Wallace and Joseph S. Wallace. Contributions may be made to the St. Mary’s Nursing Home 21585 Peabody Street, Leonardtown, Md. 20650.

Timothy “Timmy” Ray Hicks, 55

Michelle Jean Bates, 45, of Royal Palm Beach passed away on Saturday, May 31, at Palms West Hospital after a brief illness. Michelle was born to Bruce W. Bates and Julia A. Bates (deceased) on April 27, 1969 at Malcolm Grow U.S.A.F. Hospital, Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. Michelle is survived by her Father Bruce, Sister Jennifer Stotler, Niece’s Bryanna and Kalie, Nephew DJ, Aunts’ Gloria and Judy, Uncles’ Bill, Ed and Art, numerous cousins, as well as her pride and joys Daisy and Sam, her Yorkie and Maltese. Michelle was educated in Anne Arundel County Md., followed by community college during her 8 years with the U.S. Air Force. Her service for her country was diverse and impressive. She served as an Air Force Security Police Officer in Texas, California, Germany, California and Panama. After her honorable discharge, Michelle worked as a security agent at the Reagan building in Washington, D.C. for Wackenhut Security. Because of her love for Florida, she obtained a transfer to south Florida. Michelle’s last 8 and half years had been spent with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBSO) as a 9-1-1 Communications Officer, a job she developed a true passion for. Michelle was awarded Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Communication Employee of the Year in 2013. She also had the honor of being selected as the 2013 Association of Public Safety Communications Official’s (APCO) Florida Chapter Telecommunicator of the Year. Michelle was involved with numerous public services and charities. Michelle was devoted to her work and co-workers at PBSO. She was always at the top of the list to volunteer for events and charities involving Law Enforcement, the Military or animals. Her loss leaves a large void in her PBSO family and friends. In lieu of floral remembrances, donations can be made to Wounded Warriors of South Florida 561-855-4207 or Place of Hope at 561-775-7195 A service was held on Tuesday June 10, at 11 a.m. at Christ Fellowship Church in Royal Palm Beach, 9905 Southern Bl. Royal Palm Beach Fla., 33411. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, June 18, from 1 to 3 p.m. with a funeral service at 3 p.m. at the Hardesty Funeral Home, located at 905 Galesville Rd., Galesville Md. 20765. Interment will be at a later date in Maryland.

Timothy “Timmy” Ray Hicks, 55, of Hollywood, Md., passed away on June 5, in Lexington Park, Md. Born on November 2, 1958, in Leonardtown, Md., he was the loving son of the late Mary Evelyn Hicks and Elmo Jack Hicks. Timmy is survived by his daughter Christina Thompson of Oakville, Md., special friend of 30 years Earleen Hicks (Snyder), 6 grandchildren: Thomas Bowen, Austin Bowen, Shawn Thompson, Jr., Myressa Thompson and Alex Thompson. Siblings; Thomas Hick of St. Leonard, Md., Ronald Hicks, of Baltimore, Md., Jack Lee Hicks of Callaway, Md. and Robin Poe of Mechanicsville, Md. He was preceded in death by his grandchild Madison Thompson and brothers; Joe Hicks and John Hicks. Timmy was a lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County, Md. and was a Truck driver. The family received friends on Wednesday, June 11, from 5 p.m. 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 Thursday, June 12, at 10 a.m. in the Funeral Home Chapel with Father Ray Schmidt officiating. Interment will follow in Charles Memorial Gardens Leonardtown, Md. Pallbearers will be: Thomas Hicks, Ronald Hicks, Jack Lee Hicks, Dale Poe, Dale Poe, Jr. and Thomas Bowen.

Helen Rosalie Wallace, 98 Helen Rosalie Wallace, 98, of Compton, Md. formerly from California, Md. passed away on June 4, in Leonardtown, Md. Born on May 2, 1916, in California, Md., she was the loving daughter of the late Lucy Combs and George E. Combs. Helen was the loving wife of the late Louis G. Wallace, whom she married in St. John’s Catholic Church Hollywood, Md. on December 30, 1945; he preceded her in death on December 11, 1992 in Leonardtown, Md. Helen is survived by her children: Robert L. Wallace of Compton, Md., Charles A. Wallace and James M. Wallace both of Redgate, Md. She is preceded in death by her siblings: Bernard Combs, Andrew Combs, Benjamin Combs, Vincent Combs, Estelle Boothe, Elizabeth Bean and George E. Combs, Jr. She graduated high school and was a homemaker. Helen was a lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County, Md. She enjoyed gardening and croqueting. The family received friends on Tuesday, June 10, from 5 to 8 p.m. with prayers

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In Our Community

Space available for grant webinar Lexington Park branch is offering a free webinar June 17 at 2 p.m. that will focus on corporate giving and effectively using the Foundation Center’s resources. Registration is required. 500 By Five Celebration scheduled 500 By Five is a program designed to help children get ready to learn to read by reading 500 books by age five. Those who are interested in finding out more about the program, those currently participating, and those already 500 By Five readers are invited to a celebration at Charlotte Hall branch on June 19 and Leonardtown branch on June 20, both from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Stories, activities and snacks are planned. growingSTEMS presenting programs growingSTEMS will present two STEM


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LIBRARY ITEMS Youth can win prizes by reading Babies through teens can sign up anytime either at the library or online to participate in the library’s Summer Reading programs and earn prizes by completing fun reading activities. Upon completion of their game sheet, they receive a free book and are entered in grand prize drawings. Some of the grand prizes include Kindles, Kindle Fires, tablets, iPods, and noise canceling headphones. The programs run through Aug. 9.

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programs on June 20 for youth 7 to 12 years old. At Charlotte Hall at 10 a.m. participants will watch and perform a variety of chemical reactions and processes as they explore the “messy” world of chemistry at Fizzy Fun. At Leonardtown at 2:30 p.m. kids will take down towers of cups using marshmallows and catapults they built at Tower Takedown. Both programs are free and require registration.

Raiders & Invaders Weekend Hosted Concerts, Street Theater, Art, History, Dining and More

Uncle Pete kicks off Professional Performance Series The Professional Performances held on Mondays during the summer will kick off on June 23 with a concert by Uncle Pete. The performance at Lexington Park branch will be at the library at 10 a.m., Leonardtown’s will be held at Leonardtown Elementary at 12:30 p.m. and Charlotte Hall’s will be at White Marsh Elementary at 3 p.m. Uncle Pete’s performances are made possible by a grant from St. Mary’s County Art Council and matching funds from Friends of St. Mary’s County Library. Those attending are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the local food pantry. Teens can learn programming Teens can learn programming fundamentals using python scripting language at Coding Academy to be held at Lexington Park branch at 3 p.m. on Mondays, June 23 through July 14. Registration is required.

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St. Mary’s Department of Aging Programs and Activities Living Well… Take Charge of Your Health” The “Living Well… Take Charge of Your Health” workshop will be held at the Garvey Senior Activity Center on Tuesdays, Jul. 8 – Aug. 12 from 9:30 a.m. – noon. This program is an evidence-based Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop developed by Stanford University. The workshop is for any person who has one or more chronic conditions and wants to learn to live more healthfully. It helps people learn everyday skills to manage chronic health symptoms and get the most out of life. Caregivers of a person with a chronic condition are also invited to attend. In the “Living Well… take Charge of Your Health” Workshop, you will learn how to manage symptoms; how to communicate effectively with doctors; how to lessen frustration; how to fight fatigue; how to make daily tasks easier and how to get more out of life. To ensure that you get the most out of the program, attendance is recommended at all six sessions. Registration is limited, sign up now by calling 301-475-4200, ext. 1050. Free.

Fishing on the ‘Patty Lee’

Let’s go fishing on Wednesday, Jun. 25. Try to catch’em aboard the ‘Patty Lee,’ a 40ft., Bay-built, Coast Guard-licensed charter boat. Capt. Paul Kellam will navigate the waters near Pt. Lookout to bottom fish. Tackle, bait and ice are furnished, as are bottled water and snacks. You will need to supply your own cooler to carry your catch home, and sunscreen. Boat departs from Pt. Lookout Marina on Miller’s Wharf Road in Ridge, MD (NOT the State Park) promptly at 8:00 a.m. and returns around

noon. Please wear appropriate shoes and clothing so you can enjoy your fishing excursion. Considerable agility is needed to get on and off the boat. Transportation is on your own to the pier. In the event of questionable weather, call 301.475.4200, ext. 1063 after 7:00 a.m. for information. The fee is $35, payable in advance at your local senior activity center.

Delaware Park Casino Trip

A second bus has been added for the Northern Senior Activity Center Council sponsored trip to Delaware Park Casino, Tuesday, Jul. 8. Cost is $40 and includes luxury motor coach transportation, $30 slot play, morning and evening refreshment and driver gratuity. If you have called and could not get a seat on the first bus and you are still interested, contact Pat Myers 301-884-8714.

Share your Calligraphy Skills at the Loffler Senior Activity Center

If you have a talent for Calligraphy and are interested in teaching this art form to others, we have a few people who are interested in learning it. Call Shellie at 301-737-5670, ext. 1655 for more information.

Hospice Support Group meets

On Friday, Jun. 20, at 12:30 p.m., a Hospice of St. Mary’s support group lead by Esther Palmer, will be meeting at the Northern Senior Activity Center. Are you looking for comfort, support from others and insightful ways of coping with the loss of a loved one? Then this is the group to join. This confidential meeting

SENIOR LIVING is held every third Friday of the month at 12:30 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome, no registration needed.

Try your Hand at Table Tennis

Table tennis is being played at the Loffler Senior Activity Center on Thursdays at 2 p.m. There’s no cost or need to sign up, just come by on Thursday. If enough interest is expressed, perhaps we could plan a tournament with another center. For more information, call 301737-5670, ext. 1658

Meditation Workshop

This six week session on the “Power of Meditation” will be offered at the Garvey Senior Activity Center on Wednesdays, Jul. 16 – Aug. 20 from 9:45 - 10:30 a.m. Learn how this simple but powerful practice can improve overall wellness and health. Participants will learn of the scientific evidence that supports meditation for health and will be given the tools needed to begin to practice on their own. During each session there will be a discussion, a little movement and breathing to prepare for meditation, and a period of meditative practice. Cost for the six weeks is $24 and paid directly to Gail Wathen. Pre-registration is required through the Garvey Senior Activity Center; payment reserves your seat in the class. To learn more, call 301-475-4200, ext. 1050.

Midsummer Celebration at the Loffler Senior Activity Center

The Midsummer Celebration will be held at the Loffler Senior Activity Center on Wednesday, Jul. 16 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. This

party is for you and your grandchildren to celebrate together. It features ice cream from Bruster’s, Karaoke by Scarlet Plus Entertainment and opportunities to create art. The cost is $2 for adults; free for children. This party is limited to 100 people and tickets are required (including the free children’s tickets.) Stop by the Loffler Senior Activity Center to get your tickets before they are all gone. For more information call 301-737-5670, ext. 1658.

Breakfast Café

On Wednesday, Jun. 18, at 9 a.m., the breakfast café will be serving pancakes, sausage and scrambled eggs at the Northern Senior Activity Center. Let us do the cooking and cleanup in the morning while you enjoy a great start to your day & good conversation with others. Breakfast is homemade by Ginger, and served with complimentary beverages. Cost is only $2 per person and sign up and payment is due by 9 a.m. the day before. Please call 301475-4002, ext. 1001 with any questions.

Loffler Luau tickets now on sale

The 7th annual Loffler Luau will be celebrated on Thursday, Jul. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Loffler Senior Activity Center. This wildly popular event will feature the favored trappings our partygoers love, including DJ Mean Gene, staff-prepared Huli-Huli Chicken, rice pilaf, pineapple skewers, sesame cabbage salad, cucumber salad, and key lime pie. Wear your favorite tropical garb and we’ll give you a lei that will look smashing with it. Tickets are available at the Loffler Senior Activity Center for $8. Seating is limited to 100. Call 301-7375670, ext. 1658 for more information.

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.

James T. Graves & Pearleen Guy By Linda Reno Contributing Writer In the 1870s, St. Mary’s County had its own version of Romeo and Juliet. The story is just as tragic. James T. Graves, born 1846, was the son of Lewis Rudolph Graves and Ann Ford. The family lived at “Bachelor’s Rest.” The object of his affections was Pearleen Estelle Guy, born 1849, daughter of Thomas P. Guy and Louisa Wimsatt. Pearleen’s family disapproved and wanted her to marry William Burch instead. In anticipation of the upcoming nuptials, Burch’s father built a new house for the young couple. In the meantime, James was becoming more and more distraught, began drinking heavily and causing trouble in the neighborhood. This culminated with him setting fire to the new house in January 1872. He

was arrested for arson. A year went by and no marriage occurred. Then, on March 11, 1873 Pearleen died. In April 1875 the case went to trial. “Love and Incendiarism. James T. Graves was tried and convicted in the Circuit Court of St. Mary’s County, Md. last week on the charge of setting fire to a new house belonging to Mr. William Burch. The Leonardtown Beacon gives the following facts in regard to the case: ‘Graves is a young man, who up to the time he was charged with this crime, had borne a good character. He was in love with a young lady named Estelle Guy, but her parents disliked him and favored the attentions of William Burch, who was also a suitor for her hand. Graves was discarded and it was generally understood in the neighborhood that Mr. Burch and Miss Guy were to be married. Burch’s father built him a new house into which he was to take his bride. In the meantime, the rejected Graves took to hard drinking and became rowdy and mo-

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rose. One evening about the time the house intended for the home of the beloved Rosalie (sic) Guy was finished he mounted his horse, rode to Mechanicsville, and purchased a small bottle of coal oil and then proceeded to Mr. Burch’s new house. It was burned down that night, and those who first came to the fire smelled a strong odor of coal oil. Nobody doubted but that Graves had set fire to the house. Miss Guy died soon afterwards, it is said, of a broken heart. Graves was found guilty of the crime and sentenced to five years’ imprisonment in the penitentiary’.” (Baltimore Sun, April 12, 1875). Less than two weeks later, April 22 James was pardoned for the crime and never went to jail. Four years later, in May 1879 a hearing was held to determine if he was insane. Within a month he was dead. James is buried in the Old St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Morganza and has a tombstone containing only his name. Thomas P. and Louisa (Wimsatt) Guy


had four more children who did marry but all of them were deceased by 1900 when the couple reported to the census taker that they had six children, none living.


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Recognizing Termite Damage

Presenting the professionals' favorite properties on the market.

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Home ownership can be an unending series of adventures, especially for those homeowners who love good home improvement projects. Some projects are fun and improve the value of a home instantly, while others are undertaken to address a potentially serious issue. Discovering that termites are taking up residence where you live can be disconcerting, but termites are a very common occurrence. Understanding termites and recognizing the signs of termite damage early on can help homeowners reduce the havoc that such critters can wreak on their homes. Termites are social insects that live together in colonies. These colonies eat nonstop, dining on wood and other cellulose plant matter. They also eat materials made from plants, like fabric and paper. According to the National Pest Management Association, termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage a year. Studies show that queen termites can live up to decades under ideal climate conditions while workers and soldiers live approximately one to two years. While there are many varieties of termites, all are silent destroyers capable of chewing undetected through housing structures. To eradicate termites, homeowners must first identify the insects and then contact a termite management specialist to address the pest problem.

Spotting termites

Termites may not always be visible. Subterranean termite homes are usually formed in soil, where the termites build elaborate tunnel systems that channel through to above-ground food sources. Drywood and dampwood termites may live within the wood they consume and be undetectable until the wood collapses or rots away. Homeowners often realize they have a termite problem when they witness swarming termites. At this point there already may be a mature colony at work damaging a home. Swarming, winged termites form in a mature, established colony. Winged termites emerge and fly off looking for mates. Afterward they will locate a new breeding site and form another colony, potentially spreading infestations through multiple locations. Winged termites are attracted to light and can be seen by windows and doors in spring. Other signs of termites include accumulation of soil or dirt at the base of wood structures or the foundation of a home. There also may be fissures or cracks near wood surfaces. Sometimes "frass" or termite droppings can be seen. They appear as rough, granulated sawdust. Covered mud tubes, or channels of mud leading from the soil up the foundation of a home, are indicative of the presence of termites. Even if termites are no longer present in these tubes, that does not mean the termites have moved on. They simply may have chosen a new path to your home.

Keeping termites away

Once termites have been identified, it is time to eliminate them. This means getting rid of water and food sources that are close to a home. • Repair leaky faucets and other water drips in and around the house. • Keep gutters and downspouts clean. • Seal entry points around water and utility lines or pipes. • Divert water away from the foundation. • Keep lumber, firewood or paper away from the foundation of the home. • Clear away stumps and tree debris. • Prevent untreated wood from contacting the soil.

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Treating termites

It is very difficult for homeowners to get rid of termites by themselves. Very often they require the work of professionals. A termite exterminator will conduct a visual inspection of a home and property and may do extensive testing involving expensive acoustic or infrared equipment to probe the soil beneath the house. Depending on the species of termite, the exterminator will suggest various treatments. These may include the application of pesticides and making areas around the home less hospitable to termites. Severely damaged wood may need to be removed and replaced. Termites are problematic in many areas of the world. These insects often stay hidden and do serious damage that can cost homeowners a fortune. Treating termites promptly is essential.

To list a property in our next Realtor’s Choice edition, call Jennifer at 301-373-4125.

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Thursday, June 12 Gretchen Richie Jazz Cabaret Café des Artistes, 41655 Fenwick Street, Leonardtown — 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The Gretchen Richie Trio will performs popular film music at Leonardtown’s fine French Cafe. No cover charge is necessary, but reservations are recommended. Please call 301-997-0500.

Friday, June 13 Relay for Life Regency Furniture Stadium, 11765 St Linus Drive, Waldorf — 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Join the fight against cancer! The relay is Disney themed and children are encouraged to come as their favorite Disney character! There will be vendors, games, and a DJ. For more information, contact Terrie Gibson at terrie.gibson@ or call 301-641-5305.

Saturday, June 14 Community Concert Series Waldorf Seventh-day Adventist Church, 11245 Berry Road, Waldorf — 7 p.m The Waldorf SDA Church presents Jorge Saul and C# Sustained by Christ and special guest Cindy Chukwu! Seating is limited, though all are welcome. Admission is free. A love freewill offering will be taken for the artist. For more information, contact Todd Fong at Contra Dance Christ Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 37497 Zach Fowler Road, Chaptico — 7 p.m. The Southern Maryland Traditional Music and Dance (SMTMD) is sponsoring a Contra Dance featuring caller DeLaura Padovan. Doors open at 7 p.m. and 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 How to Live 150 Years With a Better Quality of Life. Leonardtown Public Library, 23250 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown — 2 to 5 p.m. Come help start dialogues on the “Potomac River Association” website by attending the “Community Television in St. Mary’s County” monthly meetings at 2 p.m. in the Leonardtown Library on the 2nd Saturday of each month (the 3rd Saturday in December 2014). Contact David Triantos at 301-997-1409 or email

Live Music at Morris Point Restaurant Morris Point Restaurant, 38869 Morris Point Road, Abell — 5 to 9 p.m. David Flood will be providing musical entertainment for the evening! Come have a good time to good music! For more information, please call 301-769-2500. Summer Song Saturday Series Port of Leonardtown Winery, 23190 Newtowne Neck Road, Leonardtown — 5 to 8 p.m. Diane Daly will be performing jazz live on the patio. Stop by & relax to her easy jazzy tunes while sipping our award winning wines. Cost is $5 for wine tasting up to six wines and a souvenir glass. For more information, call 301-690-2192

Sunday, June 15 Father’s Day Breakfast 2nd District Volunteer Fire Department, 45245 Drayden Road, Valley Lee — 8 to 11 a.m. The 2nd District VFD & RS is hosting a Breakfast All-You-Can-Eat for Father’s Day! The cost for adults is $8.00, the cost for children ages 6 to 12 is $4.00, and children under 5 are free. The menu will include scrambled eggs, home fried potatoes, pancakes, French toast, sausage links, ham, hot biscuits, cream chipped beef, spiced applesauce and grits. Assorted juices, milk and coffee will also be available. Proceeds from this fundraiser and previous fundraisers are for the Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad to continue to keep our community safe. Thank you for your support! For more information call 301-994-9999.

Monday, June 16 Flag Disposal Ceremony America Legion Post 221, 21690 Colton Point Road, Avenue — 7 p.m. Come out and join us as we show respect for our flag and properly dispose of those that are unserviceable. If you are not able to make it you may still drop off your unserviceable flags at the post, prior to the event, by placing them in the back parking lot flag repository or in the front alcove area. For further information call 301-884-4071. Also check out the Post website at

Tuesday, June 17 Cost Analysis of Government Proposals Briefing Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, 44219 Airport Road, California — 8 to 9:30 a.m. Gene Townsend, a member of The Patuxent Partnership Board of Directors will speak. Event is free. Register at CSM Twilight Performance Series: Deanna Bogart. College of Southern Maryland Leonardtown Campus, Great Lawn, 22950 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown — 6:45 p.m.

The Twilight Performance Series presents Deanna Bogart, an awardwinning blues and jazz musician. Bogart has performed with acts like Carole King, Jimmy Buffett and Three Dog Night and has received Baltimore Museum of Art¹s Horn Instrumentalist of the Year award for three consecutive years since 2008. The concert is presented as part of CSM¹s Twilight Performance Series. Each week the series features a different performance on each campus. Bring a picnic and a lawn chair or blanket (no alcoholic beverages permitted). Free. For a complete schedule of bands performing, visit www. html or call 301-934-7828.

Wednesday, June 18 Maryland Writer’s Association Meeting College of Southern Maryland La Plata Campus, Business and Industry Building (BI 124), 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata — 7 p.m. Learn about The Potomac Review and other literary magazines at the meeting for the Charles County Chapter featuring editor-and-chief of the Potomac Review, Julie Wakeman-Linn. To learn more visit mwacharles.wordpress. com or e-mail mbcwriting@outlook. com. CSM Twilight Performance Series: Deanna Bogart. College of Southern Maryland Leonardtown Campus, Great Lawn, 22950 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown — 6:45 p.m. The Twilight Performance Series presents Deanna Bogart, an awardwinning blues and jazz musician. Bogart has performed with acts like Carole King, Jimmy Buffett and Three Dog Night and has received Baltimore Museum of Art¹s Horn Instrumentalist of the Year award for three consecutive years since 2008. The concert is presented as part of CSM¹s Twilight Performance Series. Each week the series features a different performance on each campus. Bring a picnic and a lawn chair or blanket (no alcoholic beverages permitted). Free. For a complete schedule of bands performing, visit www. html, 301-934-7828.

Thursday, June 19 CSM Twilight Performance Series: Deanna Bogart. College of Southern Maryland Leonardtown Campus, Great Lawn, 22950 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown — 6:45 p.m. The Twilight Performance Series presents Deanna Bogart, an awardwinning blues and jazz musician. Bogart has performed with acts like Carole King, Jimmy Buffett and Three Dog Night and has received Baltimore Museum of Art¹s Horn Instrumentalist of the Year award for three consecutive years since 2008. The concert is presented as part of CSM¹s Twilight Performance Series. Each week the series features a different performance on

each campus. Bring a picnic and a lawn chair or blanket (no alcoholic beverages permitted). Free. For a complete schedule of bands performing, visit www. html, 301-934-7828.

Friday, June 20 NARFE Meeting Olde Breton Inn, 21890 Society Hill Road, Leonardtown — 11:30 a.m. Senator Roy Dyson, will attend and swear in newly elected Chapter officers at the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE). A full course lunch will be prepared and offered by Bailey’s Catering Service. A cake raffle will also take place at this meeting.   Reservations are required; if you have not already confirmed reservations, please contact Bev at 301-7521131 by Wednesday, June 18.   Not a member?  Contact Judy Loflin for membership details at 301-872-0064. Check us out on Facebook and like our page. St. Michael’s Auction and Yard Sale St. Michael’s School, 16560 Three Notch Road, Ridge — 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. St. Michael’s School begins its 28th Annual Auction weekend with their massive yard sale. There is sure to be something for everyone at this event. Come early for the best selections of treasures. For information, call 301872-5454 and check our website: www.

Saturday, June 21 Election Day Sandwich Sale Ridge Volunteer Fire Department, 13820 Point Lookout Road, Ridge — all day Pre-orders are due! The Ridge Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will be selling Chicken Salad and Beef BBQ (in a cup with bread enclosed) Sandwiches on Election Day - June 24, 2014 at the Fire House. Sandwiches will be $4 each. Pre-Orders are recommended and are now being accepted. In order to guarantee your order, make a preorder. You can pre-order your sandwiches by sending an email to which includes your name, phone number, pick-up day, and the number and type of sandwich you would like to preorder or by calling 301872-5671 and leaving a message with the same information. Email orders will receive an electronic confirmation. All pre-orders can be picked up on Tuesday - June 24 from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. or on Monday evening - June 23 - 6 to 8 p.m. Please specify the day & time you wish to pick up your order. Come out and support a great cause, enjoy great food and get lunch for the office! Baked goods will also be available for sale. For more information, contact Aggie Owens at 301-872-5797. St. Michael’s Auction and Yard Sale St. Michael’s School, 16560 Three Notch Road, Ridge — 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. St. Michael’s School hosts its 28th Annual Auction weekend. The yard sale begins at 7a.m. and the silent auction begins at noon and ends at 3 p.m.


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The live auction with Auctioneer A.J. Bussler starts at 3 p.m. and over 200 items, including cars, a boat and antiques will be up for bid. Chick-fil-A breakfast sandwiches and coffee are on sale at 8 a.m. Ridge Rescue Squad offers luncheon items from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ladies of Charity start their bake sale at 1 p.m. and the Ridge Knights of Columbus offer their delicious chicken dinners for sale at 4 p.m. Take-outs are available, but we hope you stay and enjoy the auction fun.  Join us and you could be the winner of something wonderful. For information, call 301-8725454 and check our website: Summer Song Saturday Series Port of Leonardtown Winery, 23190

Newtowne Neck Road, Leonardtown — 5 to 8 p.m. Harmony Grit will be rocking the patio with their groovy music so come sip some wine, bring a picnic, & relax. Cost is $5 for wine tasting up to six wines and a souvenir glass. For more information, call 301-690-2192

Sunday, June 22 Sacred Heart Church Annual June Dinner Sacred Heart Parish Hall, 23080 Maddox Road, Bushwood — noon to 4 p.m. Menu includes crab cakes, fried chicken, country ham, potato salad, cole slaw, green beans, beets, rolls and beverage. Served buffet style, all you can eat. Cost is $25 per adult, $6

for children 12 and under and $25 for drive-through carry-outs. We will also have a country store, cake table and raffle. For more information, contact the Parish Rectory at 301-769-3100.

interests, development of new skills and site conditions. Tuition is $140 for the general public and $130 for the children of Sotterley Members(another benefit of having a Sotterley Membership!).

Monday, June 23

Tuesday, June 24

Camp Skipping Stone Forms Due Sotterley Plantation, 44300 Sotterley Lane, Hollywood — all day Registration forms for Camp Skipping Stone are due! Forms are available online at Camp Skipping Stone runs from July 8 to July 11 and is offered to children in grades 3 through 6. The children learn and play the old-fashioned way, with self-direction, imagination, and creativity. Activities are based on children’s choices and

Minecraft Club Lexington Park Library, 21677 FDR Boulevard, Lexington Park — 2 to 3:30 p.m. Children in grades 3 through 5 are invited to learn how to design 3D video game worlds using Minecraft, the world’s most popular video game. Introduction, intermediate and advanced levels available. Free. Registration required. 301-863-8188


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Not Your Average Gallery

By Madeleine Buckley Contributing Writer “I know that some galleries can be kind of stuffy. But this gallery is not stuffy.” This, according to artist Carol Wade, describes Artworks@7th, a gallery in North Beach that displays work from 25 local artists. “It is unique. It has wonderful artwork by local artists,” said John Young, a photographer who displays at the gallery. “And it’s a fantastic place to, if not buy gifts for folks, then at least browse and take a look at some of the fabulous artwork.” The gallery was founded in 2004, when a group of local artists came together to create an artists’ cooperative. It was originally located above Nice n’ Fleezy Antiques, then moved to a house across the street. Two years ago, it relocated to its current storefront location. “We moved up. It’s more classy,” said Gerry Wood, a painter who shows her work at the gallery. “We like the location. It has front lighting, glass windows, the lighting is better and we have more visibility. It’s a very convenient location, and we’ve doubled or tripled our sales there.” The gallery accepts members through a juried process. Each artist first has to present samples of his or her work to show their abilities. “The gallery membership looks at your work to see if it’s classy and first class,” Wood said. “We don’t accept kits and second sale buying and all of that kind of stuff. It has to be original.” However, the gallery serves as a great starting point for

Photos by Madeleine Buckley The work of Carol Wade is displayed as part of her show, “The Big Picture.” “When you see my show, there’s a sign there that says to take a card if you’re interested in prints of my paintings. You take the card, and it will give you the website to go to to order prints or framed prints of my work,” Wade said.

some local artists. “Most of the artists who are there have been doing it for a long time,” said Jen Poteet, the youngest artist at the gallery. “So, for me, I have gotten a lot of tips and a lot of experience taking art from just being an artist to being a professional artist. Kind of making it that one step better than what I was doing before, just from constantly having to create artwork.” Any artist with interest is invited to look into displaying at the gallery. If accepted, members have to pay $60 monthly rent, as well as 30 percent commission. According to Wood, being in a gallery is beneficial for artists. “To go to shows, you have to lug and set up all your equipment and things for a two day weekend, and then the show is over,” Wood said. “But with the gallery, you don’t have to lug and set up. You take your artwork and it’s there all the time.” Unlike some galleries, Artworks@7th displays a wide variety of mediums, from jewelry to watercolors, scratch art, photography and more. “It’s a very, very nice blend of people,” said Selena Anderson, who shows multiple types of artwork. “Of course, you can always be more diverse. We really could use some

“Here in this area, it is in very much of a tourist destination. So there is a lot of walk in traffic that you might not get in other places,” Said Mickey Kunkle, an artist who shows at the gallery.

stained glass in here, so I’m kind of putting that out there.” In addition to its usual mix of art, the gallery hosts a monthly showcase of one artist’s work. Currently, the show is “The Big Picture,” featuring Carol Wade. “It’s different components of my life,” said Wade. “People I’ve known, places I’d like to go and places that are familiar to me. So it’s a mixture of images that are meaningful to me. Between the size of the pictures and the subject matter, I came up with ‘The Big Picture’.” Generally, the gallery members hope the community hears more about the gallery and more people choose to visit. “I actually run into a lot of people who still do not know that we’re here, Anderson said. “In fact, there are a lot of people who live here in Calvert County that never step foot in Chesapeake Beach or North Beach. And they really should treat themselves, because they don’t know what they’re missing.” For more information about the gallery, visit their website,, call 410- 286-5278, or find them on Facebook.

Artist Selena Anderson fills out a sales slip behind the counter at the gallery. “We certainly make sales, and since we’ve been in this location, sales are a lot better than they were,” Anderson said.


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Friday, June 13 Justin Myles Experience Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 8 to 11 p.m. Damion Wolfe Ruddy Duck Seafood and Alehouse (16810 Piney Point Road, Piney Point) – 7:30 p.m. Hate the Toy Anthony’s Bar and Grill (10371 Southern Maryland Boulevard, Dunkirk) – 9 p.m.

Saturday, June 14 Latrice Carr Ruddy Duck Seafood and Alehouse (16810 Piney Point Road, Piney Point) – 8 to 11 p.m. Too Many Mikes Brass Rail (20331 Point Lookout Road, Great Mills) – 9 p.m. 14th Annual Humane Society of Calvert County Fundraiser Anthony’s Bar and Grill (10371 Southern Maryland Boulevard, Dunkirk) – All Day

Monday, June 16 Team Trivia Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 7 to 9:30 p.m.

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“Tidbit’s Happy Wanderings” By Shelby Oppermann Contributing Writer

Tidbit has had some wonderful adventures around the county lately. We had such a string of beautiful days with cool breezy weather; the kind Tidbit loves, the kind of days where she can put her head out the car window and breathe in all the lovely smells like horse & cow manure. It’s a good thing we had those cool days, since we are back to the hot and muggies now. Rarely does she get to go in the car on those days, unless it’s a drive-thru day; going to the bank and the drugstore. Last week I started walking again with one of my friends, one of my sisters-in-law, and Tidbit. I still hesitate to go by myself just in case a knee or an ankle decides to go out. Chaptico Park is a really nice place to walk, since it’s a flat, smooth surface for all of us. I should be ready for hills again soon if the joints hold up right. Tidbit loves it there because she can romp and play in the grass, take lots of shady breaks under the evenly spaced trees along the road…and there are plenty of sweat bees; the nicer, more proper name is Halictidae which no one can pronounce, hence “sweat bees”. One of Tidbit’s happiest pastimes is catching and eating bees. Actually she will eat most anything that flies or crawls. Spiders need to be able to move quicker than her. One of the neat places we visited the other day was Pine View Grocery off Rt. 6 in New market. Tidbit and I had a nice little walk on the Three Notch Trail between the Charlotte Hall Library and the Northern Senior Center, enjoying the coolness under the trees. There is such charm to the section of trail which passes by Ye Coole Springs and through the historic village of Charlotte Hall. I was amazed to see a few of the historic homes for sale: Visions of bed & breakfasts and antique shops began running through my head. I wonder if the local homeowners would like a little quaint shopping district there on the old road. It’s so pretty. After our walk, I borrowed a few good mysteries from the library and then we went off to search for some Herbs De Provence and Coriander from the Amish grocery store. Tidbit loves the road leading to the grocery because you have to drive very, very slow, and she can stand with her front paws on the window ledge to take in the sights, smells, and sounds. I always laugh when I see how her eyes widen when we pass by cows at the fence, or the horses playing in the fields. Once in a while we pass other dogs, or children who smile at Tidbit. Tidbit couldn’t go in the store, so she was content to watch everything happening around her in an air-conditioned car, with both windows still open a bit. I love walking in the store and smelling the spices. That’s how I feel when I walk in The Good Earth grocery store in Leonardtown. The smell of herbs, spices, and all sorts of wonderful smells immediately calms me and relaxes me. Pine View Grocery, and Martin’s Supply store in Loveville make me feel that same comforted way. I found the Coriander, and then walked around looking at the bulk bags of noodles, and other grocery items. I was already thinking of the vats of chicken soup I could make in the fall in order to use all those thin egg noodles. But I couldn’t stay all day, so I headed back out and didn’t see Tidbit in the front seat. I looked in the back and there she was curled up in a ball and shaking – I guess Tidbit became the original pup-cicle. To each new day’s adventure, Shelby Please send your comments or ideas to: or find me on facebook: Shelby Oppermann

Parental Tips To Raise A Financially Savvy Child Submitted by Vanessa F. Bright, Author of Dollars and Sense for Parents and Children In March 2014, T. Rowe Price published its sixth annual ‘Parents, Kids and Money Survey’ which revealed that although parents have the greatest influence on their children’s financial habits, 74 percent of those surveyed have some reluctance to discuss financial topics with their kids. Reasons vary from not wanting them to worry about financial matters, 42 percent; they’re too young to understand, 30 percent; I would rather discuss more important things with them, 20 percent; and I worry they would share sensitive family information, 19 percent. These statistics would suggest that many parents are not comfortable with taking the primary role in educating their children about healthy money management. Then what are parents to do if they want to raise money savvy kids? Well you don’t have to be Warren Buffet to raise a financially savvy child, you just need to use the tools and resources available. Finding the right resources may also be a daunting task because from banks to non-profits to financial experts and government agencies, there are a great deal of financial literacy resources available. To help relieve the pressure, here are a few basic tips to get you started: Start lessons early: e.g., allow your child to go grocery shopping with you. I know this might seem painful, but they need to understand the costs of items, how coupons work, and how to comparison shop. Give an allowance: explain that they must save a portion, give back a portion and can spend a portion and why. Use age appropriate examples, lessons and experiences. For example, young children need to learn money denominations and how to count money and give change. Your teen needs to understand credit and the benefits and dangers of using it.

Explain what a budget is and how to establish one. Help them to get an idea of what things costs – food, entertainment and how it fits in a budget. Help them to understand the difference between a want and a need. Explain the importance of a rainy day fund or emergency savings. Sit down with them and help them to establish financial goals. Talk about balance in life-you don’t want to raise a stingy or selfish child or one that spends everything. And probably the most important tip is to: Set a good example for your child that they can observe. Manage your money wisely. Children learn by what they see and experience. On April 19, 2014, the University of Maryland Extension is hosting the Second Annual Children’s Entrepreneurship Fair, sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank and the Big Vanilla. There will be food, activities and an Easter Egg Hunt. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Severna Park Community Center, 623 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd. This is a great opportunity for a fun, financial education lesson for your kids. Children Entrepreneurs will set up their businesses as vendors and sell their products. The event is free to the public. Vanessa Bright is a Family and Consumer Sciences Financial Literacy Educator at the University of Maryland Extension. She is also the author of Dollars and Sense for Parents and Children available on Amazon. She resides in Odenton with her young son. Website:

Full Nest Syndrome Laura Joyce Contributing Writer Full Nest Syndrome It’s summer here on Testosterone Terrace, and that can only mean one thing: my empty-ish nest is occupied once again by invading armies raiding the pantry and depositing milk crates full of college debris in the garage. It’s definitely a change, having the house full again. Not only are the boys home for the summer, but their assorted friends come and go at odd hours too. We’ve known many of them for years, which gives them a comfort level in my house, so I often walk into my kitchen to find boys I didn’t give birth to leaning against the island eating bowls of cereal, or staring into the open refrigerator, trying to decide what looks good. They carry in groceries without being asked, though, so I figure it’s a reasonable trade. In some ways, not much has changed since they started college; in others, everything is different. Prince Firstly will graduate with a degree in English in December, and he’s taken to signing correspondence with “Chris Joyce, Future Starbucks Employee.” FMC (Forgotten Middle Child) Tim didn’t actually return, since he didn’t leave to begin with. He was at CSM, and I was joyfully discovering something: with his brothers away and the weight of the household upkeep on just the two of us, he proved himself to be the most accommodating and easy-to-live-with housemate I could ever imagine. And 6’4 Baby Ben is back too, of course: his bedroom looks like footage you’d see on CNN of a small town after a tornado strikes. I briefly considered earning a little money on the side by renting it out as a training site for search and rescue teams, but I’m concerned about PTSD—not for Ben, for the team members. Perhaps it’s better if they just do their training at a real disaster, where it won’t be quite so overwhelming for them. Despite the chaos and clutter, I think this is the

stage of parenting that I’ll miss the most. Heaven knows it’s not without challenges, but there’s more give to go with the take, these days. And, the boys get along now, which gives me great joy. They still tease each other relentlessly, but it’s a bit more gentle, and it’s interspersed with actual conversations; they talk to each other. They show an interest in each other’s lives. At this age—the late teens, the early twenties— you can really start to see who your children are going to be as adults. They’re freed from the social pressures of high school, and have spent some time at college or working, or both. They’ve had to start handling some of the challenges of adult life: grandparents aging, a beloved pet dying, a tough boss. They’ve managed the day-in, dayout irritants of life, too: being pulled over for doing something dumb; having a computer that crashes just before a deadline; owning a car with a warning bell that chimes every five seconds on a six-hour drive to Pittsburgh. These things, big and small, are like sandpaper, smoothing down the rough edges, softening the ego, the focus on self. Ideally this makes us turn outward so that we not only recognize how others impact us, but also how our actions and inactions affect others. Once that happens, the person we’ve been growing all these years seems to shed that teenage covering, like a baby bird cracking open its eggshell and coming out, blinking in the new light. The boys will roll their eyes at that analogy, and their buddies will undoubtedly have a field day with it. New nicknames may result; certainly some pointed and hilarious harassment will take place. If the last year has taught me anything, though, as our family has gone through so much loss and change, it’s that the boys can take it: they’re tough. Now they’re just a little more tender, too. I love hearing from you; feel free to contact me at if you have comments or questions about the column.

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