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loaf on top of buildings along Great Mills Road during the mornings. As the day becomes warmer the birds take flight and rise on the thermal pockets of air, Harter said, and they loiter at relatively high altitudes looking for carrion or any other food of opportunity they can find. “By nature they’re a high flying bird,” Harter said. “If they see food, they’re going to key in on it.” It is when they are flying so high that they are such a threat to local navy flights. The vultures are within two miles of much of the air operations at the naval air station and the flock is large, about 300 birds in size. Several years ago the county airport had a similar problem with vultures posing dangers to incoming civilian aircraft, then as now, open trash bins at the nearby shopping center were attracting the vultures.

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Sheriff’s Office Investigates “Creepy Clown” Threats By Guy Leonard Staff Writer The unnerving national trend of wayward clown sightings has not yet come to St. Mary’s County but local law enforcement officers say they are investigating one specific threat from the social media-driven movement and are waiting to see if the clowns visit any county schools. Capt. Edward Willenborg, commander of the sheriff’s office Criminal Investigations Division, said that the Creepy Clowns social media site had posted that there might be visits from clowns to schools in St. Mary’s, Calvert and Charles counties. “There has been no direct threat to public schools,” Willenborg said, adding that police could not talk about the one actual threat attributed to the clowns because it was an ongoing investigation. What’s more, police said, was that the Creepy Clowns web presence had morphed into a Southern Maryland clowns and then into a St. Mary’s County clowns presence. “They talk about making some kind of visit, we just don’t know what kind,” Willenborg said.



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By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Whole flocks of black vultures and turkey vultures are making it increasingly dangerous for planes to come in and out of Patuxent River Naval Air Station, a biologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture working on the base told state and county lawmakers Tuesday. Grant Harter, coordinator of the BASH (bird/animal strike hazard program) said he was waiting for approval on different methods to shoo the birds away from restricted airspace — the birds cannot be culled as they are a federally protected species, even though they are not endangered — but there is one thing that local businesses could do to help solve the problem. They just need to keep their trash bins closed, Harter said. “They happen relatively infrequently but they do happen,” Harter said of bird strikes. Locally the birds often like to roost at a spot just across from Lexington Park Elementary School, Harter said, and then they




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The posts made by the clown group have been enough to worry parents and school board officials, law officers said, and they were the ones who alerted law enforcement to the issue. The Southern Maryland Information Center, the regional law enforcement intelligence center, is also part of the investigation, Willenborg said, trying to collate information on the clowns organization locally to anticipate what they might do. Law officers said that simply standing near a school in a clown suit, while disturbing, was not illegal but that law officers would confront them to find out what they were doing. Also, they said many of the national reports about people in clowns suits committing assaults or trying to lure people into dangerous situations have been largely unsubstantiated.

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80 Indicted in Racketeering Conspiracy at Maryland’s Eastern Correctional Institution

18 Correctional Officers Charged for Taking Bribes to Smuggle Contraband into State Prison; 35 Inmates, 27 Facilitators Also Indicted;
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A federal grand jury has indicted 80 defendants in two separate indictments for a racketeering conspiracy operating at the Eastern Correctional Institution in Westover, Maryland. The indictments charge 18 correctional officers (COs), 35 inmates and 27 outside “facilitators,” for their roles in the conspiracy, which allegedly involved paying bribes to correctional officers to smuggle contraband, including narcotics, tobacco, and cell phones, into the prison.  The indictments were returned on September 29, 2016, and unsealed today.

The indictments were announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Gordon B. Johnson of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office; Postal Inspector in Charge Terrence P. McKeown of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service - Washington Division; Secretary Stephen T. Moyer of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services; and Colonel William M. Pallozzi, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police.

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“Prison corruption is a longstanding, deeply-rooted systemic problem that can only be solved by a combination of criminal prosecutions and policy changes,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. “We will continue to work closely with state officials to prosecute correctional officers who bring cell phones, drugs and other contraband into correctional facilities, and to propose appropriate changes in prison policies and practices.” “Few things threaten our society more than public servants who betray their oath for personal gain,” said Special Agent in Charge Gordon B. Johnson of the FBI’s Baltimore Division. “It was extremely courageous of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services to allow the access required to conduct this type of investigation. The state of Maryland and the FBI together have made this community safer.” “After taking office last year, I assigned eight investigators to work directly with the federal agencies to root out corruption, which is my chief priority,” said Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services Secretary Stephen T. Moyer. “Today’s actions, which are a result of the extraordinary partnership of the DPSCS Investigative Unit, the FBI, and our other state and federal partners, send a strong message that we will no longer tolerate corruption committed by a few tarnishing the good work of our 10,500 dedicated and committed department employees.” “Today’s arrests by Postal Inspectors and our law enforcement partners serve as a warning to street criminals and corrupt public servants that the nation’s mail system is not a tool for use by those who traffic in drugs and illegal contraband,” said Postal Inspector in Charge Terrence P. McKeown of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service - Washington Division.  “We are committed to safeguarding the interests of law abiding citizens and our Postal Service employees by working to eliminate these dangerous substances from the U.S. mail.” According to the indictments, the Eastern Correctional Institution (ECI) is the largest state

prison in Maryland, operating since 1987 near Westover, in Somerset County, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. ECI is a mediumsecurity prison for men built as two identical compounds (East and West) on 620 acres, and housing more than 3,300 inmates. The East and West Compounds are further divided into Housing Units, 1 through 4 in the West and 5 through 8 in the East. The first indictment covers the West Compound at ECI and charges a total of 39 defendants, including nine COs, 17 ECI inmates, and 13 outside suppliers or “facilitators.” The second indictment covers the East Compound at ECI and charges a total of 41 defendants, including nine COs, 18 ECI inmates and 14 facilitators. The indictments allege that the COs accepted payments from facilitators and/or inmates, or engaged in sexual relations with inmates, to smuggle contraband into ECI, including narcotics, cell phones and tobacco.  The “going rate” for a CO to smuggle contraband into ECI was $500 per package, although some COs charged more and some COs charged less. According to the indictments, inmates and facilitators paid COs for smuggled contraband in cash, money orders, and through PayPal. Inmates were able to use contraband cell phones to pay COs directly using PayPal from within ECI.  Inmates also received payments from other inmates for contraband through PayPal, often with the assistance of facilitators.  The indictments allege that the defendants conspired to smuggle and traffic in narcotics within ECI, including heroin, cocaine, MDMA, commonly referred to as “molly” or ecstasy, buprenorphine, commonly referred to as “Suboxone,” a prescription opioid used to treat heroin addiction, marijuana and synthetic cannabinoids (otherwise known as “K2”), and other contraband, including cell phones, pornographic videos and tobacco, in order to expand their criminal operations.  The profits made by the inmates by selling contraband in the prison far exceeded the profits that could be made by selling similar items on the street.  For example, defendant inmates could purchase Suboxone strips for $3 each and sell them inside ECI for $50 each, a profit of more than 15 times the purchase price.   According to the indictments, although COs and other ECI employees were required to pass through security screening at the entrance to ECI, defendant COs were able to hide contraband on their persons.  Further, COs took breaks during their shifts and returned to their cars to retrieve contraband. Once the COs had the smuggled contraband inside the facility, they delivered it to: inmates in their cells; clerk’s offices, which were private offices within each housing unit where an inmate clerk worked; the officer’s dining room where officers could interact with inmate servers and kitchen workers; and pre-arranged “stash” locations like staff bathrooms, storage closets, laundry rooms and other places where contraband could be hidden and then later retrieved by inmates. The indict-

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ment alleges that defendant inmates who had jobs that allowed them to move throughout the housing unit and elsewhere in the prison, commonly referred to as “working men,” took orders for contraband from inmates, provided orders to corrupt COs and delivered contraband to inmates. The affidavits filed in support of the search warrants discuss an inmate who admitted paying COs $3,000 per week to smuggle. According to the West indictment, another inmate said he aimed to make $50,000 before he was released.  The defendants allegedly used cell phones to communicate with one another and coordinate contraband smuggling and trafficking activities and some shared a “dirty” phone among themselves for contraband smuggling purposes. According to court documents, the conspirators rented post office boxes to send drugs and bribe payments to the COs. The indictment alleges that COs warned inmates when the prison administration was planning cell searches so that the inmates could hide contraband or pass it to other inmates whose cells were not being searched.  The COs also monitored inmates to determine if they were providing information to the prison administration about contraband smuggling.  When the COs learned that inmates were providing information to the prison administration, they would allegedly try to prevent them from doing so or would alert defendant inmates so that they could retaliate against these inmates, sometimes violently.  According to the indictment, defendants used violence to obtain contraband once it was smuggled into the facility, to ensure that contraband paid for by an inmate was delivered to that inmate, and to retaliate against inmates that provided information, or attempted to provide information, to the prison administration about corrupt COs and contraband smuggling, or that otherwise interfered with their contraband trafficking activities. For example, the West Compound indictment alleges that an inmate was stabbed at the direction of a defendant CO after the inmate filed a complaint against the CO which caused the CO to be removed from the housing unit.  At the time of his removal, the CO owed several inmates contraband that he had been bribed to smuggle into ECI.  Each defendant faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for the racketeering conspiracy, and for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute drugs. Two correctional officers and two inmates charged in the indictment covering the West Compound at ECI also face a maximum of 10

years in prison for deprivation of rights under color of law for allegedly participating in the stabbing of two inmates in separate incidents. Initial appearances for the correctional officers and facilitators arrested today are being held in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. The inmates charged in the indictments will have initial appearances at a later date. An indictment is not a finding of guilt.  An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings.  The U.S. Attorney expressed appreciation to Secretary Moyer whose staff initiated the ECI investigation and who has made the full resources of the DPSCS available to assist the three-year investigation.  The state/federal coordination was on display on October 5, 2016 when the execution of dozens of federal search warrants coincided with the simultaneous searches of cells of the more than 30 inmate defendants, some of whom are no longer at ECI. U.S. Attorney Rosenstein also recognized the efforts of the Maryland Prison Task Force which has brought together federal, state and local agencies in meetings to generate reforms in prison procedures and facilitate joint investigations of prison corruption and prison gangs.  Mr. Rosenstein thanked the members of the Maryland Prison Task Force and the and other agencies who assisted in this investigation and prosecution, including: United States Marshal Johnny Hughes; Special Agent in Charge Karl C. Colder of the Drug Enforcement Administration - Washington Field Division; Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh; Tom Carr, Director of the Washington-Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area; Somerset County Sheriff Ronald Howard; Queen Anne’s County Sheriff Gary Hofmann; Wicomico County Sheriff Michael A. Lewis; Worcester County Sheriff Reggie T. Mason, Sr.; Salisbury Police Chief Barbara Duncan; Commissioner Kevin Davis of the Baltimore Police Department; Chief J. Thomas Manger of the Montgomery County Police Department; Somerset County State’s Attorney Dan Powell; Wicomico County State’s Attorney Matthew Maciarello; Worcester County State’s Attorney Beau Oglesby; Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby; Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Wes Adams; and the Wicomico, Somerset, Queen Anne’s and Worcester County Narcotics Task Forces.  From U.S Attorney’s Office

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County To Continue Watershed Cleanup Plan By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

The county will soon begin the process of planning the third stage of its Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP), which has set stringent goals for all counties to achieve major reductions in pollutants draining into the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Sue Veith, the county’s environmental planner with the Department of Land Use and Growth Management, said that the county has been busy trying to meet milestones for reducing the flow of nitrogen, phosphorous and sediment into local waters. “There has been progress made and Maryland overall is meeting its goals,” Vieth said. The county’s public works department has received grant money to retrofit storm water management ponds and other apparatus to improve the water quality flowing through it. Also, the county has established an academy for training what are known as watershed stewards who can go to local

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Comptroller’s Office Receives Anti-Fraud Award

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Governor Proclaims Importance of Manufacturing and Cybersecurity Industries to Maryland’s Economy Governor Larry Hogan has issued two statewide proclamations announcing the month of October as Manufacturing and Cybersecurity Awareness Month in Maryland. Maryland is home to more than 3,600 manufacturing companies and 1,200 private-sector cybersecurity companies, in addition to world-class facilities including the U.S. Cyber Command, the National Security Agency, and the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence. The state’s manufacturing industry employs more than 100,000 workers, while the rapidly growing cybersecurity industry employs more than 42,000 Marylanders. “Maryland has a storied history in manufacturing, and we are proud that this vital industry continues to thrive in our great state. We are also excited that Maryland is leading in creating the jobs of the future as the nation’s epicenter of cybersecurity,” said Governor Hogan. “Both of these industries provide access to high quality, high paying jobs in our communities, making our economy stronger and providing a better quality of life for all Marylanders.” Since Governor Hogan took office in January 2015, Maryland manufacturing jobs have increased by 2.8 percent, which is the largest percentage increase out of any state in the region. January 2016 was also the first time that Maryland has seen positive year-to-year manufacturing job growth since January 1998. Governor Hogan has pursued creative and common-sense initiatives that would grow Maryland’s manufacturing industry. During the 2016 legislative session, the Hogan administration introduced the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative to address chronic

unemployment while attracting more manufacturing jobs to the state. This innovative legislation would eliminate the state corporate income tax for new manufacturers who commit to bringing jobs where unemployment is the highest — areas such as Baltimore City, Western Maryland, and the lower Eastern Shore. Maryland is also home to an unparalleled cybersecurity community, ranking first in the nation in the concentration of information technology workers, intensity of academic research and development, hightech share of all businesses, and STEM job creation. Maryland was also the first state to establish a dedicated commission—the Maryland Commission on Cybersecurity Innovation and Excellence—which develops strategies to protect against cyberattacks and promote cyber innovation and job creation. Today, the state contains 74 federal laboratories—more than twice as many as any other state—over 60 federal agencies, and Maryland receives nearly $17 billion in federal research funding, eclipsing all other states in both dollar amount and on a per capita basis. Since entering office, Governor Hogan has gone on economic development trade missions to South Korea and Israel, where he touted Maryland’s strong manufacturing and cybersecurity industries to encourage investment in the state. These efforts have met with numerous successes, including major defense company ELTA Systems Ltd. announcing it was tripling its footprint in Maryland and adding up to 50 new manufacturing and cybersecurity jobs during the governor’s Israel trade mission in September.

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Governor Declares Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Governor Larry Hogan has issued a statewide proclamation declaring October Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Maryland. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second most common cancer diagnosed in women in the United States, following skin cancer. As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Maryland health officials are recommending that women be screened regularly for breast cancer. When breast cancer is detected early, it can be easier to treat. According to Maryland Cancer Registry, in 2013, which is the most recent data available, age-adjusted incidence rate for female breast cancer in Maryland was 134 per 100,000 women based on 4,810 new breast cancer cases in a year. “Breast cancer poses a threat to women of all ages and backgrounds, and in many cases early detection and action leads to more effective and successful treatment,” said Governor Hogan. “By raising awareness, we can increase screening rates and help people better understand, prevent, detect, and treat this terrible disease. We encourage all Marylanders to take necessary steps to reduce their risk of breast cancer or detect the disease in its early stages, and to

encourage their friends, family, and loved ones to do the same.” According to medical experts, regular breast cancer screenings should begin at age 40. Women are encouraged to talk with their health care providers about the screening tests and other preventative care measures that are recommended for their age and risk factors. While breast cancer is less common in males, those with family histories of the disease are urged to share that history with their health care providers to determine if screening is needed. In June 2015, Governor Hogan was diagnosed with stage III non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Since then, he has committed to raising awareness and resources to help support those who are fighting all forms of cancer, and has been involved in numerous cancer outreach initiatives. The governor has been especially active in campaigns that raise awareness for pediatric cancer and support for childhood cancer patients, such as the Ronald McDonald House and the Cool Kids Campaign. In November 2015, Governor Hogan announced that he was 100% cancer-free and in complete remission.


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Man Indicted For Knife Assault By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Prosecutors have formally indicted a man for threatening his grandmother with a knife after she tried to throw him out of her home. Travon Markell Courtney, 18, of Leonardtown faces one count of first-degree assault and one count of second-degree assault in the May 4 incident. According to police reports Courtney had been living with his grandmother, Cynthia Annette Woodland, off and on and had actually broken into her Lawrence Avenue residence the night before the alleged assault. When he came back the second time, police said, to retrieve some clothes a verbal argument began. When she told him to leave, he refused, and when she tried to grab her cell phone to call police, Courtney snatched it from her hand and shoved her, court papers stated.

When she managed to get her cell phone back from him, Courtney went to the kitchen and retrieved a 6-inch steak knife. “I will kill you [expletive] and I will cut your [expletive],” Courtney is alleged to have said. Woodland said she ran back into her bedroom, locked the door and called the police. She also told police that he threatened to beat her and slash her tires on her truck, charging documents stated. Police said Courtney left the scene with the knife still in his possession; Woodland had no visible signs of physical injury police said.

Man Charged With Crab Poaching By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

State Natural Resources Police (NRP) have charged a California man with illegally harvesting crabs without a license; Bruce Edward Chainay, 62, faces up to $4,000 if convicted off all four charges against him. According to the NRP, officers acted on tips to eventually make an arrest against Chainay after they found that he had been using crab pots to harvest crabs in the area of Smith Creek, which was restricted to trotlines and hand lines. When NRP police began to track Chainay Sept. 29, police reports stated, his boat disappeared around a bend in Jutland Creek but when officers began to check the contents of coolers of recreational crabbers at Seaside View Campground on Jutland Creek they found one with 61 female crabs in it.

The owners told NRP officers that just minutes before they had arrived a man had driven up to them and sold them the crabs. Police soon located Chainay’s boat and crab pots at a nearby campsite. He was charged with failing to have a tidal fish license for commercial activity, failing to have a commercial crabbing license, keeping female crabs recreationally during a closed season, and setting and harvesting from crab pots in restricted waters. On-line court records show that Chainay is specifically charged with having 20 female crabs in his possession.

Armed Robbery in Great Mills On Oct. 2, 2016, at approximately 8:55 p.m. St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Maryland State Police responded to the area of South Essex Drive behind the Burger King on Great Mills Road for a reported armed robbery. The victim advised the suspect approached his vehicle asking for a cigarette before producing what appeared to be a semiautomatic handgun and pointing it at him while demanding money. The suspect grabbed the victim’s cash and cigarettes from his hands and then fled on foot from the scene.

The suspect is described as a white male in his early 30’s, approximately 5’10” to 6’0” tall, shoulder length sandy blonde hair, wearing blue jeans, a red hooded sweatshirt, and a black baseball cap. Detectives are asking anyone with information about this crime to contact Detective Skyler LeFave at 301-475-4200, ext. *1983 or by email at Skyler.Lefave@ C

SMCSO Investigating Home Invasion Burglary On Sun., Oct. 2, 2016, at approximately 2:45 AM deputies responded to a private residence near Old Rolling Road in California, Maryland, for a reported home invasion burglary. Initial investigation revealed an adult female victim was awoken in the middle of the night and assaulted by an unknown male intruder. A prolonged struggle with the suspect occurred inside the residence during which the suspect produced a weapon. The victim fled the residence along with her juvenile child and contacted 911.

Detectives from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division (CID) are continuing the investigation and requesting the public’s assistance. The suspect is described as a darkskinned (possibly Hispanic) male in his 20’s, approximately 5’5” to 5’7” with a slim build and short dark hair. Additionally, the suspect may have utilized a bicycle to flee the scene. Detectives are asking anyone with information about this crime to contact Detective Cory Ellis at 301-475-4200, ext. *8125 or by email,


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BLEACHERS by Ronald Guy Contributing Writer

You’re Making How Much? The interview went well. An offer was made. The job was accepted. You landed in cubicle village hungry to produce, earn respect and advance. After learning the ropes and chatting up veteran members of your new work family, your suspicions were confirmed: your position or department isn’t highly valued in the organization and, even among your second-class peers, you aren’t making an equitable salary. With professional careers now spanning well over three decades and job-hopping increasingly common, this is a situation – feeling underappreciated and underpaid - nearly everyone will experience (unless, of course, you follow the path of a certain presidential candidate who has never struggled to pay a bill or spent a day chasing a middle-class life). There are perfectly legitimate reasons, of course, for such predicaments: an inaccurate assessment of market value, a new entrant to the workforce, a temporary gig, starting a second career or a financially hastened employment decision. And legitimate or not - and at the risk of sounding naïve and dated – it can be a temporary state if the tried and true trilogy of hard work, a positive attitude and shrewd maneuvering is deployed. In the meantime, working harder while making less than the slacker in the adjacent cube, despite the same job description, can be demoralizing, a natural and understand-

able reaction that retards the employee’s potential and threatens the development of a successful organizational culture. It is this common sense lesson on human behavior and organizational health which makes what is happening in professional sports so fascinating. The financial landscape in the NFL, NBA and MLB is being redefined yearly. Monopoly money is being thrown around: $200M contracts and $20M annual salaries are the new normal. It is an indisputably good time to be really good at sports. But, the bonanza is concentrating wealth in just a few positions and producing salary structures within individual teams that are grossly misaligned with talent and production. Consider these statements. Golden State G Stephen Curry is the fourth highest paid Warriors’ player and will make less than half of teammate Kevin Durant’s 2016 salary. The top six MLB salaries and eight of the top 10 belong to starting pitchers. NFL quarterbacks claim the 14 highest 2016 salary cap figures and are the most expensive player on 23 of 32 teams. Closer to home, John Wall, the second highest paid Wizard, will make roughly $17M less than Bradley Beal over the next three seasons. Bryce Harper’s salary ranks tenth on the Nationals. Joe Flacco ($22.5M) and Kirk Cousins ($19M) have the highest cap figures for the Ravens and ‘Skins, respectively, and make exponen-

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tially more than all-world Ravens G Marshal Yanda ($4M) and ‘Skins RT Morgan Moses ($864K), two offensive lineman tasked with protecting those expensive quarterbacks. Lies, damn lies and statistics? According to, all of it is true. With collectively bargained time-ofservice-based salaries and structured free agency qualifications, this disparity is somewhat understandable. Still, consider the environment such financial chaos creates. Ultra-competitive athletes with an abbreviated career – those that last 10 years are rare – are asked to buy-in completely, give maximum effort and play hurt despite often either earning far below market value or a fraction of a lesser-talented or more valued teammates. The point isn’t to prompt pity for offensive linemen or the Wall’s and Curry’s of the NBA; a professional athlete’s life is a glorious gig. But those fortunate elite ath-

letes are still human, manage a unique career arc and face the ever-present reality of an injury altering their career and financial outlook in a split second. It is amazing, then, and a credit to athletes and coaches (who no doubt double as psychologists), that holdouts aren’t prevalent and more teams aren’t compromised by the evolving business of professional sports. Maybe players are just appreciative of the opportunity. Of course that’s easy to do while making millions and hoping to make tens of millions. Still, there’s something there, some hint of solace for the struggling cube dweller who is dutifully implementing the aforementioned trinity – hard work, a good attitude and strategic networking – and awaiting a deserved market correction of their own. Send comments to

Tackle Box Fishing Report By Ken and Linda Lamb A Special to the County Times

The storms are done and the sun is out. The rain, wind and high tides of last week have made the rockfish enthusiastic in the Potomac, Patuxent and the bay.  The rockfish are getting bigger as keeper sized fish (20 inch minimum) are now about one in five caught by lure casters in the mouth of the Patuxent and at Cedar Point.  The fish are boiling the surface and sometimes have crowds of seagulls attracted and sometimes the birds are absent.  The fish are in the rip (active current with surface water disturbance) at Cedar Point most all the time, but can be mostly undersized.  The bigger fish are in smaller schools around the Point and can be found on the fish finding sonar.  Bluefish are abundant there too. Schools of gray trout (weakfish) are at  the PR buoy and many other locations in the bay and up the Potomac and even into the St. Mary’s River. Catfish are plentiful, big, and abundant in the northern regions of the Patuxent and Potomac. Croaker are still here and are caught regularly by bottom fishermen everywhere. The Potomac is loaded with rock-

Matias Falcon and his weakfish (gray trout) from the St. Mary’s River.

fish from the District to Point Lookout. The water should be back to normal by mid week without the super high tides that have plagued us and the perch fishing in the creeks will be excellent.  Lure casters using beetle spins, tiny crank baits, Rooster tails, and Mepps spinners, will find eager white perch. Columbus Day is this coming Monday and we have renamed it the “Great Fall Fishing Weekend”.  If we dodge hurricane Mathew that is in the tropics now we should have a great time in Rockfish Heaven.

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Legal Notice Planning & Zoning Commission Notice of Public Meeting Planned Infill and Re-development District (PIRD) Zoning Request Property Location: 22565 Washington Street, Leonardtown The Leonardtown Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a public meeting on Monday, October 17, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. at the Town Office, 22670 Washington Street, regarding Tax Map 133, Parcel 319. The purpose of the meeting will be to present for public review the request for Planned Infill and Re-development District (PIRD) floating zone classification. Copies of the documents are available for public review at the Leonardtown Town Office. The public is invited to attend and/or send written comments to the Commissioners of Leonardtown, P.O. Box 1, Leonardtown, MD 20650 to be received no later than October 17, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.

Legal Notice Commissioners of Leonardtown Notice of Public Hearing Planned Infill and Re-development District (PIRD) Zoning Request Property Location: 22565 Washington Street The Commissioners of Leonardtown will hold a public hearing on Monday, November 14, 2016 at 4:15 p.m. at the Town Office, 22670 Washington Street, regarding Tax Map 133, Parcel 319. The purpose of the hearing will be to present for public review and receive public comment regarding the request for a Planned Infill Re-development District floating zone classification for the parcel located at 22565 Washington Street. Copies of the documents are available for public review at the Leonardtown Town Office. The public is invited to attend and/ or send written comments to the Commissioners of Leonardtown, P.O. Box 1, Leonardtown, MD 20650 to be received no later than November 14, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. By Authority: Laschelle E. McKay, Town Administrator

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15 Years After State Buyout, Tobacco Farming Legacy Carries On By Dandan Zou & Guy Leonard Staff Writer Charles Cox is a seventh-generation tobacco farmer in his family and one of the few left in Calvert county. Back in 2001 when the state offered local farmers a buyout program, the Cox family didn’t participate because their tobacco yield was too small (between 10 to 15 acres), and the compensation was not enough for them to buy Spider Hall Farm in Barstow that they own now. At the time, Cox was only about 10. Now a 26-year-old and a graduate of Virginia Tech, Cox is in his third season growing tobacco in fields spread out along Route 231 in Hallowing Point. But the Cox family is a rare case among local tobacco farmers. By 2005, 854 out of 1023 farmers statewide accepted the state’s offer, and a majority of them were in Southern Maryland. Calvert accounted for one fourth of the total number: 195 farmers took the buyout. To the best of Cox’s knowledge, the Cox family farm and S.L. Brady’s farm are the only two farms left in Calvert that grow tobacco as of 2016.

For more than three centuries, tobacco sustained Maryland agriculture and decorated the Southern Maryland landscape with large, airy tobacco barns still visible today. The lasting impact of the state buyout, which issued its final payment to farmers in 2015, can still be felt throughout the farming community. “Farmers don’t unite like they used to,” said Buddy Hance, a local farmer who has 600 acres of farmland growing corn, wheat and soybeans in Port Republic. Before taking the buyout, Hance was a fourth generation tobacco farmer and grew tobacco all his life. “There are not many reasons for us to gather together now,” Hance said. Tobacco farmers used to meet and chat at annual auctions in the spring. Now under contract, farmers usually deliver the product to an appointed place, get the check and leave, often with little interaction with other farmers. Hance said he misses the socializing and the distinctive smell of tobacco leaves.

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What he doesn’t miss is the hard work, Hance said. Growing tobacco is a laborintensive process because the crop must be cut, stored, hung and stripped all by hand. In long-term perspective, Hance thinks tobacco farming is not sustainable as land and labor costs keep rising. After all, farming is essentially a business. “There will come a point and time that there won’t be any tobacco left,” Hance said. When he took the buyout, the average age of tobacco farmers were about 60 years old and Hance said they didn’t see a future in tobacco. “Some would say that the state buyout expedited the decline of the tobacco industry,” Hance said. But he believed there was an upside to it. With guaranteed income for a decade, he said the buyout offered farmers “an opportunity to venture out new enterprises.” Using five percent of the state’s $2.6 billion settlement from major tobacco companies, the buyout program compensated tobacco farmers so that they could afford to try out farming alternatives to tobacco. The subsidy was calculated based on individual farm’s yield of the 1998 season at $1 per pound. In exchange, farmers could never grow tobacco again and were required to remain in agriculture throughout the 10 years. “It’s not just the tobacco; things change,” Hance said. For his generation, farmers grew the crops, sold them and that was all. Younger generations now need to figure out how to adjust to the new agricultural environment. And farmers can do it with some help from programs sponsored by the state through Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission. The commission was created to manage the buyout program and its continuing mission is to help farmers transition out of tobacco and promote diversified farming. Farmers are encouraged to branch out to grow organic produce, nursery crops and grapes for wine and explore agri-tourism. But some growers still make a go of it and reap the profits from an age old trade. The reason local farmers continue to grow tobacco may have little to do with nostalgia or preserving tradition; it’s because the plant is still one of the most profitable they could ever grow.

“We still grow about 2 million pounds a year in the region among about 100 growers,” said Ben Beale, an agricultural specialist with the local University of Maryland extension. “It’s not what we used to grow but it’s still a significant amount.” Between St. Mary’s, Charles, Calvert and Prince George’s counties, about threequarters of the farmers who still grow tobacco are located in St. Mary’s and many are in the Amish community, Beale said. The total sales of tobacco in the region are $4 million, Beale said. “It’s still profitable for them,” he said. As of 2005, the last year for farmers to sign up for the tobacco buyout program, St. Mary’s County was still the largest grower in the entire region, accounting for 3.1 million pounds of tobacco production. This counted for 34 percent of the total regional production, which was 7.6 million pounds. Jerry Spence is a local farmer who uses agriculture as a secondary source of income and has a relatively small crop of tobacco in Bushwood that he harvests for substantial profits. His grandfather was a tobacco farmer and he grew up at an early age harvesting the crop and learned what it took to make a living out of it. “You don’t need a lot of equipment and if you have a strong back you can do it,” Spence said. “Very rarely do you lose money on a crop, in fact I don’t think I ever have lost money on a crop.” Taking the money from the tobacco buyout did not make sense for Spence, he said, because he would qualify for only about $1,000 per acre. He could make more money continuing to grow tobacco. Other, much larger growers stood to benefit far more than he did. “It wasn’t economically feasible for me to take the buyout,” Spence said. “But for the larger growers getting paid $30,000 or $40,000 to do nothing is hard to pass up.” But growing tobacco is not for everyone, despite the continued promise of profits. “It’s a very labor-intensive crop,” Spence said, adding that the harvesting method for the plant is much the same as it was centuries ago where it must be pulled out of the ground and hung in a barn to be dried and cured.

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“That hasn’t changed,” Spence said. He still hires four or five people each season to harvest it. Spence said the work has its benefits and allows him to maintain his farm at Bachelors Hope where he maintains a sunflower maze. He also works as a conservation planner with the state’s Department of Agriculture. “It helps pay my mortgage, I have two mortgages I have to pay,” Spence said. “Without it I’d have to sell one of my farms.

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“It’s about 40 or 50 percent of my income.” With four growers, including Cox, tending 30 acres of tobacco fields, the yield is between 2,000 and 2,500 pounds per acre, he said. He has an annual contract with tobacco giant Philip Morris and sells his tobacco at a price of about $2 per pound. When excluding expenses, the net profit is estimated by Cox to be between $3,000 to $4,000, making tobacco the single most profitable crop per acre a small farmer can raise in this region. Tobacco is still the “cash crop”, Cox said. “It is the ‘insurance crop’ when there is no insurance in farming.” Other than being a revenue source, tobacco carries sentimental meanings for Cox. The Cox family started growing tobacco since 1831. When Cox was a child, he helped his father strip the tobacco leaves off the stalks. “Tobacco built this county and Southern Maryland,” Cox said, adding it had also put him and his siblings through college. “Personally I think I will continue growing tobacco,” Cox said. “It would be nice to have tobacco farmers in the future, but I want them to have it easier than what it is now.” Cox considered tobacco a “heritage crop.” But what’s most important for him is to keep the agricultural legacy going in the family and in the county. He hopes that there will be eighth and ninth and many more generations of farmers to come in the family after him. “It only takes one link in the chain to break it,” Cox said. Local Farmer Charles Cox


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The County Times runs complimentary obituaries as submitted by funeral homes and readers. We run them in the order we receive them. Any submissions that come to after noon on Mondays may run in the following week’s edition.

Kenneth Lawrence Wathen Kenneth Lawrence Wathen, 76 of Leonardtown died September 28th after complications from a long illness. A true St. Mary’s County native and icon. Born November 10, 1939 in Leonardtown, Maryland he was the beloved father of Margaret Julia (Julie) Pitt (Michael) of Hollywood, Kenneth Chet Wathen (Kristin) of Leonardtown, Mitchell Stephen Wathen (Angela) of Leonardtown, beloved brother of Judith Willamae DiGiovonni (Raymond) of Port Tobacco, and friend and companion of Lucille Attick of LaPlata. He is survived by 11 grandchildren; Mike, Bill, Lindsay, and Sarah (Pitt), Matthew, Sam, and Luke (Wathen) and Kristin, Jacob, Garrett, and Addie (Wathen). He is preceded in death by his wife, Rita Irene Wathen (Lacey), granddaughter, Lauren Shelby Pitt, parents, John Richard Wathen and Mary Thelma Wathen (Tippet), and his brother, Theodore Richard Wathen.

Kenny attended Saint Mary’s Academy and graduated from Leonardtown High School in 1958. At the young age of 13 he started developing his musical and guitar skills as a member of the Rhythm Rascals Band and began playing at venues throughout Southern Maryland. Music was his passion and it lasted his entire lifetime. He truly was the “Guitar Man.” He received his business degree from Strayer College in 1965 and opened Kenny’s Flowers and Gifts the following year, which remains in business to this day. No matter what the endeavor Kenny approached it full force. No matter what the obstacle, he would find a way to overcome it. The last thing to do was to tell him “Kenny, you can’t do that.” It would then become a challenge and new endeavor and he would strive to find a way to accomplish it. One of his many favorite sayings was to “plan your work and work your plan” and “a good run beats a poor stand.” Among his lifetime achievements were being an entrepreneur, business owner, aircraft pilot, boat captain, and night club owner as well as a great mentor, father, and grandfather. There was never anything he felt he could not achieve. He was a heart and kidney transplant recipient. He was a true survivor. He was extremely proud and devoted to his family. He loved meeting with friends, dancing, and entertaining. He was a lifetime member of Saint

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Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic Church and the Lions Club of Leonardtown. Family will receive friends for Kenny’s life celebration on Sunday, October 2nd from 2-5:00 PM with prayers recited at 4:00 PM at Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Monday, October 3rd at Saint Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic Church, 22800 Washington Street, Leonardtown, MD by the Reverend David Beaubien at 11:00 AM followed by interment at Charles Memorial Gardens Cemetery, 26325 Point Lookout Road, Leonardtown, MD. Pallbearers are Joseph M. Johnson, George Burroughs, Cecil Norris, William Flaherty, Burris Rogers and Robert Tejchman. Condolences to the family may be made at

Sonia Di Tommaso Cucinotta Sonia Di Tommaso Cucinotta, 88, of Leonardtown, MD died September 27, 2016 at St. Mary’s Hospice House in Callaway, MD. She was born on January 18, 1928 in Abruzzi, Italy to the late Loreto Di Tomasso and Angela Pierri Di Tommaso. Sonia grew up during the battles of Anzio during World War II.  She met and married her beloved husband, Marco Cucinotta on April 11, 1948 in Saint Benedict’s Catholic Church, Pomezia, Italy. It was the only Catholic Church that was still standing in Pomezia.  Together they celebrated over 67 wonderful years of marriage before his passing in May 2015.  She immigrated to the United States in May 1955, arriving in New York Harbor.  She worked as a beautiful, talented seamstress in Brooklyn.  After her son was older, she worked in Manhattan for famous designers, including Leslie Fay Company, Kaspar and Nolan Millers Dynasty Collection. After many years of working hard, they retired in Florida, where they spent 20 wonderful years.  She and her husband travelled

extensively during retirement. She was a delicious cook, especially of lasagna, gnocchi, and eggplant rollatini. She was a talented artist and graceful dancer.  In addition to being a professional seamstress she was also skilled in croquet and needle point.  She made the alter linens for St. Aloysius Catholic Church. In August 2011, they moved to Leonardtown, MD to spend the rest of their years near their son and his family. In 2015 she wrote a book, Surviving Anzio and had it published.  This book was based on her life growing up during the battles of Anzio during World War II.  It shares the struggle, hunger and despair that she lived through and survived. It details how she found true love during such hard times and how she came to live the American Dream.  She was a member of the Italian American Club in Broward County, FL, the Young at Heart St. Bonaventure Church in Sunrise, FL, and St. Aloysius Catholic Church.        Sonia is survived by her beloved son, Ambrose Cucinotta of Mechanicsville, MD (Darlene); her grandchildren, Stephen Cucinotta of Boca Raton, FL, Jon Michael Cucinotta of Davie, FL, and Allison Cucinotta (Gabe O Campo) of Fort Lauderdale, FL; her step grandchildren, Nick Midgett of Mechanicsville, MD, Casey Pearson of Charleston, SC, Scott Martin (Christina) of Orlando, FL; and Amy Gibson (Mike) of Chattanooga, TN; four step great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.  In addition to her parents and husband, she is also preceded in death by her siblings, Maria Di Tommaso Blancodini, Vincenzio Di Tommaso, and Antonio Di Tommaso.  Family will receive friends for Sonia’s Life Celebration on Monday, October 3, 2016 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic Church, 22800 Washington Street, Leonardtown, MD 20650. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Reverend David Beaubien at 4:00 p.m. Interment will be private. Serving as pallbearers will be Stephen Cucinotta, Jon Michael Cucinotta, Nick Midgett, Casey Pearson, Gabe O Campo, and Devon Irvin. Memorial Contributions may be made to Hospice House of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Condolences to the family may be made at

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Important 2016 Presidential General Election Deadlines Deadline to register to vote and request alternate polling place is October 18 Important deadlines for the upcoming 2016 Presidential General Election are approaching. The deadline to register to vote, update an address, and request an alternate polling place for this election is Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 9 p.m. To vote in the upcoming general election, Maryland residents who are eligible to vote but are not yet registered – including 17-year-olds who will be 18 years of age or older on or before the November 8 General Election – must register by 9 p.m. on Tuesday, October 18. This is also the last day for registered voters to update their address at their local board of elections. St. Mary’s County residents with a Maryland driver’s license or MVA-issued ID may register to vote or change their address online by 9 p.m. on Tuesday, October 18 at Voters and members of the military, their spouses and dependents who are overseas and who do not have a Maryland driver’s license or MVA-issued ID, may also register or change their address online using different identifying information.

Paper voter registration applications must be hand-delivered or mailed to the St. Mary’s Board of Elections. A hand-delivered application must be received by the St. Mary’s Board of Elections by October 18 at 9 p.m., and a mailed application must be also postmarked by October 18. Voter registration applications are available throughout Maryland at the following locations: Local boards of elections Public institutions of higher education Motor Vehicle Administration offices Marriage license bureaus State Department of Health offices Post Offices Local Department of Social Services offices Public Libraries Offices on Aging State Board of Elections Division of Rehabilitation Services You may also call 1-800-222-8683 to request an application by mail or download and print a voter registration application at

You can also register to vote during early voting. To make the voting process quicker for you, you are encouraged to register to vote by the close of voter registration. If you can’t register by October 18, go to an early voting center in the county where you live and bring a document that proves where you live. This document can be your MVA-issued license, ID card, or change of address card, or your paycheck, bank statement, utility bill, or other government document with your name and new address. Most of Maryland’s polling places are accessible to voters with disabilities. An elderly voter or a voter with a disability who is assigned to an inaccessible polling place may ask to be reassigned to an accessible polling place. This request must be submitted in writing by 9 p.m. Tuesday, October 18. The request form is available online at pdf/request_for_accessible_polling_place. pdf or by calling 1-800- 222-8683 to request a form by mail. On receipt of a timely request, the St. Mary’s Board of Elections will review the request and determine whether there is an accessible poll-

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Free History Lecture at St. Mary’s City On Thursday, October 20 at 7:00 p.m, Historic St. Mary’s City will be hosting a free lecture given by Travis Parno, Chief Archaeologist at Historic St. Mary’s City. When describing the 1638 home of John Lewger, Esq., Maryland’s first government administrator, former HSMC Director of Research Garry Wheeler Stone wrote that it was “built by immigrants for an immigrant.” Lewger was a man of means and an important figure in the governance of early Maryland, and his status was reflected in his home, which was built on a lot known as St. John’s Freehold. Three years after Lewger’s home was completed, a family in the small town of Dedham, Massachusetts moved into a house that bore a striking resemblance to Lewger’s; it is known today as the Fairbanks House.

This lecture compares the homes of Lewger in Maryland and the Jonathan Fairbanks family in Massachusetts, examining the English architectural traditions that led to the erection of nearly identical timber-frame houses nearly 500 miles apart. It explores the lives of each home’s occupants, both prior to their arrival in the New World and within the communities they helped grow in their respective colonies. It also illustrates the importance of historical, architectural, and archaeological research in bringing early colonial society to life. The evening lecture is open to the public, and will be held inside the Visitor Center Auditorium located at 18751 Hogaboom Lane, St. Mary’s City, MD. From Historic St. Mary’s City

Pink Friday to raise funds for Breast Cancer Outreach St. Mary’s Arts Council and Leonardtown Business Association are holding a fundraiser for MedStar St. Mary’s Breast Cancer Outreach Friday, October 7, 2016 on The Square in Downtown Leonardtown. The Arts Council will be unveiling this year’s Uplifting Designs bra art entries. The public is encouraged to choose their favorite bra through generous donations. North End Gallery will be hosting several Classic Bra Art designs from past years that will available for purchase, all revenue will be included in the donation to MedStar. Joining the festivities will be The Southern Maryland Roller Derby Girls who’ll be

modeling some of our more special Uplifting Designs from previous years. Patty Dorsch and her popular female band The Bootleggers will be performing your favorite music live on The Square. The Southern Maryland Breast Cancer Support Group will be there as well with information for breast cancer patients, survivors, and family members. Select businesses around town will host classic Uplifting Designs and offering Pink Friday fund-raising specials in their shops. Please join the fun and take a moment to make a purchase or give a generous donation in support of this important cause.

SMECO For Sustainability

Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) recently issued its position statement on sustainability to document the cooperative’s progress on meeting its goals to reduce energy consumption, minimize its carbon footprint, and increase the amount of renewable energy in its power portfolio. “Focusing on sustainability is part of our core values and is included in our strategic plan,” said Austin J. Slater, SMECO’s president and CEO. “Sustainability is as much about preserving our heritage and maintaining a healthy environment as it is about conserving energy. We want to keep our forests, fields, and pastures green, our black-eyed Susans golden, and our Maryland crabs blue.” Slater added, “We want to do the right thing by the environment and by our customers. Helping our customer-members to become more energy efficient not only helps our environment by reducing energy consumption, it also helps customers reduce their energy bill.” According to SMECO’s sustainability report, the cooperative has surpassed its EmPOWER Maryland goals for improving efficiency and reducing energy use per capita. Customer-members have saved more than 242,170 megawatt-hours by participating in SMECO’s EmPOWER Maryland and demand response programs, which includes more than 40,000 participants in the SMECO CoolSentry program. In a recent national survey conducted by Touchstone Energy cooperatives, two-thirds of the members surveyed support a balanced

energy portfolio and programs that help customers reduce energy use, such as smart thermostats and online energy portals. For other members, the affordability of energy is most important. “SMECO is working to improve its use of natural resources and advocating at the state level for cost-effective renewable energy goals and a framework for sound environmental practices. We are continuing to add wind and solar to our power portfolio.” Slater added. In 2015, nearly six percent of SMECO’s power purchases came directly from renewable resources. More than 3,200 SMECO customers have installed solar panels to make efficient use of renewable energy at their home or business. Infomation on how to instal solar panels can be found on the SMECO website. “We’ve made some significant accomplishments and have demonstrated our commitment to sustainability by optimizing automated technology on our electric system and promoting flexible schedules and teleworking for employees,” Slater said. “Engaging employees in our sustainability effort is very important. In fact, we are publishing a 2017 calendar that features photos that were taken right here in Southern Maryland by SMECO employees. When you look at some of these spectacular images, you’ll see why sustainability is crucial to preserving our heritage.”

Rachel Riche, a junior at Great Mills High School, won the Best Horse Rider award on her mount, Sun Tan Dan.

County Fair Horse Show Results

The St. Mary’s Riding Club held their annual horse show at the county fair on Sunday, September 25. The show was dedicated to the late Betty Guyther, a cofounder of the club. The show chair was Kathy Glockner, secretary Christine Hurry, and the course designer was Asta Repenning Brown. Seventy four riders competed in a variety of classes, with Gina Hall serving as the judge. Each year, the St. Mary’s Riding Club awards four memorial trophies at the fair show. Two of these trophies are judged anonymously on the horsemanship of riders on and off their mounts, including the rider’s equitation, sportsmanship, courtesy and horsemanship. The Agnes T. Duncan Memorial Trophy sponsored by Jill and Julie Duncan for the best pony rider went to Hayley McKulka. The Lynn Cline and Elbert Willey Memorial Trophy for the best horse rider sponsored by Ron and Kathy Glockner was awarded to Rachel Riche. The winners received a silver tray, a horse sash ribbon, and a $25 gift certificate from Tractor Supply. The J. L. McNey and Betty Guyther Memorial Trophy sponsored by the Willenborg and Fritz families, for the pony and rider accumulating the most points went to Aspen Harclerode on Scotty. Aspen is the great great granddaughter of J. L McNey, and the great great niece of Betty Guyther. Lane Freidman riding Discreetly Mine won the high point horse award which is sponsored by the Wilkerson family in

memory of Frank Latham. The following lists the championship and reserve championship winners of each division. Beginner Rider Champion Cali Harclerode on Pancho, Reserve Abigale Ringold on RF Kelo’s Chance Pony Novice Rider Champion Hannah Simonelli on Lucky, Reserve Kalista Hawkins on Gambler. Pony Evergreen Champion Sylvia Suckow on Patches, Reserve Caroline Herdick on Fine Chyna Short Stirrup Champion Grace Rorke on Maybelline, Reserve Caroline Herdick on Fine Chyna Pony Hunter Champion Aspen Harclerode on Scotty, Reserve Olivia Furlong on Maybelline Pony Equitation Champion Ally Ridgell on Midnight, Reserve Aspen Harclerode on Scotty Pony Pleasure Champion Aspen Harclerode on Scotty, Reserve Olivia Furlong on Maybelline Horse Novice Rider Champion Carli Pipkin on Cloud Nine, Reserve Allison Tippett on Amigo Horse Evergreen Champion Alexis Kinney on Theodore Cheese, Reserve McKenna Gallagher on Annie Horse Pleasure Champion McKenna Gallagher on Annie, Reserve Lane Friedman on Discreetly Mine Horse Hunter Champion Lane Friedman on Discreetly Mine, Reserve Alyssa Carter on My Partner in Crime Horse Equitation Champion Lane Friedman on Discreetly Mine, Reserve Elizabeth Konecny on Cloud Nine

4 year old Madeleine Smith, waits to enter the ring on Will U Be Mine, owned by Allison Willenborg.

The Best Pony Rider Award judged on horsemanship and riding abilities went to Hayley McKulka on Cody.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

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In Our Community


Marriage Application For September 2016 September 1, 2016 Philip Quartararo, Iii, 51, La Plata, Md Donna Frances Spalding, 48, La Plata, Md

James Anthony Lasome, 31, Callaway, Md Cathleen Leslie Labordo Perez, 28, Callaway, Md

September 13, 2016 Sarah Lenae Williams, 26, Lusby, Md Christopher James Deinert, 26, Lusby, Md

Zachary Lee Thomas, 21, Lexington Park, Md Brandy Michelle Morgan, 22, Lexington Park, Md

Dale Lee Lokey, Sr, 47, Leonardtown, Md Racheal Lorraine Frisbie, 28, Leonardtown, Md

September 14, 2016 Andrew Duart Mclean, 27, Baldwin, Md Rebecca Lynne Frack, 28, Baldwin, Md

Amanda Nicole Keefe, 21, Waldorf, Md Jordan Taylor Thomas, 23, Hudsonville, Mi

September 7, 2016 Kelly Lynn Willer, 52, Leonardtown, Md Angelic Marie Shifflett, 44, Leonardtown, Md

Pamela Jean Daugherty, 26, Catonsville, Md James Blake Burroughs, 25, Catonsville, Md

September 2, 2016 Ian Sean Koladay, 33, Lexington Park, Md Corinne Arielle Liddick, 31, Lexington Park, Md

Stephanie Jo Bentley Haney, 48, Mechanicsville, Md Jerry Michael Weber, 49, Ypsilanti, Mi

Shannon Marie Bonnel, 24, Mechanicsville, Md Tyler Mckenzie Summers, 24, Mechanicsville, Md

Gregory Alexander Hutchins, 42, Lexington Park, Md Kalicia Yesmein Butler, 37, Lexington Park, Md

Jordan Elizabeth Tochtermann, 29, Bushwood, Md Christopher Ryan Bailey, 28, Bushwood, Md

Katherine Nicole Corney, 26, Winter Park, Fl Matthew Joseph Gonzales, 28, Winter Park, Fl

William Robert Albert, 45, Hollywood, Md Sandra Rosella Holland, 33, Hollywood, Md

Matthew Joel Winebrenner, 24, Columbia, Md Maura Leigh Kovalcik, 25, Columbia, Md

Ade Rasheed Muhammed, 26, Lexington Park, Md Natalia Kozhevnikova, 28, Lexington Park, Md

September 8, 2016 John Webster Keenan, Jr., 54, Stafford, Va Roberta Ann Parks, 59, Stafford, Va

Warren Brent Stauffer, 22, Mechanicsville, Md Darlene Stauffer Stauffer, 19, Leonardtown, Md September 6, 2016 Ciarra Lynnida Forsyth, 28, Butler, Nj Leif Edward Tobiassen, 32, Butler, Nj Amy Michelle Buckler, 34, Mechanicsville, Md Donald Michael White, 39, Mechanicsville, Md

Kristin Lynn Frazier, 35, Owings, Md Robert Charles Bowling, 36, Owings, Md September 15, 2016 Jon Thomas Mattingly, 25, Lexington Park, Md Karyn Nicole Boggs, 25, Lexington Park, Md September 15, 2016 Sarah Jesse Johnson, 26, Hughesville, Md Megan Brittany Myers, 23, Hughesville, Md Celia Hedaya Aboul-Nasr, 26, Mechanicsville, Md Ryan Grant Ridgell, 26, Mechanicsville, Md September 16, 2016 Sarah Martin Diehl, 27, Piney Point, Md James Edward Keister, 28, Piney Point, Md

September 23, 2016 Linda Michelle Dyson, 48, Lexington Park, Md Michael Lavon Chase, 50, Great Mills, Md Renee Love Schwartz, 39, Lusby, Md Gregory Lionel Mackall, 52, Lusby, Md Erik Arthur Roberson, 32, Kensington, Md Mary Kathryn Mccllough, 27, Kensington, Md Melissa Marie Williams, 26, Avenue, Md Jarred Michael Norris, 27, Avenue, Md Corey Howard Bradt, 46, Henrico, Va Allyson Kurzman Tysinger, 48, Henrico, Va Richard Cyril Johnson, Iii, 36, Lusby, Md Ashley Rae Blume, 29, Valentine, Ne Joshua Alchendo Mebane, 24, Chesapeake, Va Janean Shaday Owens, 23, Norfolk, Va

Anna Maria Dix, 31, Hollywood, Md Christopher Adam Montaour, 27, Ventura, Ca Lisa Mary Jane Curcuruto, 27, Covington, Ky Andrew Spencer Jarboe, 27, Covington, Ky September 8, 2016

Dale Thomas Pritts, 27, Chesapeake Beach, Md Miranda Joy Honaker, 23, Chesapeake, Md

September 28, 2016 James Eugene Stratchko, 30, North Beach, Md Austin Adair Eun Hee Logan, 28, North Beach, Md

Jill Roxanne Long, 43, Mechanicsville, Md Alan Douglas Oberlander, 41, Mechanicsville, Md

Douglas Charles Gisriel, 57, Dameron, Md Joan Ellen Dominiak, 64, Dameron, Md

September 29, 2016 Molly Ann Hayes, 32, Scotland, Md Bryan Scott Erion, Jr., 30, Scotland, Md

September 19, 2016 Rachel Lynne Peters, 26, Richmond, Va Joshua James Delaney, 29, Richmond, Va

Mark Eric Crowe, 25, Lexington Park, Md Gem Caryll Mico Tanpiengco, 25, Upper Marlboro, Md

Jeremiah Daniel Ress Hallisey, 29, Californai, Md Stephanie Michelle Wood, 28, California, Md

September 6, 2016 Judith Beatrice Gardiner, 30, Windsor Mill, Md Ian Bonaventure Hoeckel, 30, Windsor Mill, Md

September 9, 2016 Ashley Nicole Jensen, 27, Aquasco, Md Michael Edward Dolesh, 30, Aquasco, Md

James Thomas Gollem, 26, Prince Frederick, Md Hayley Diane Melton, 23, Prince Frederick, Md

Stephanie Lynn Armstrong, 23, Lexington Park, Md Joshua John Beckerman, 27, Lexington Park, Md

September 22, 2016 Carys Amy Eccleshall, 20, California, Md Tyler David Guice, 19, California, Md

James Roger Bruce, 33, Lexington Park, Md Brittany Marie Debord, 21, Lexington Park, Md

Cristina Rodriguez, 24, Lexington Park, Md Mayovanet Mane, 29, Lexington Park, Md

James Joseph Bernier, 56, Lusby, Md Jean Marie Vold, 56, Lusby, Md

September 21, 2016 Danielle Lynette Riley, 23, Lexington Park, Md Charles Donovan Grugin, 23, Lexington Park, Md

Randi Lynn Cropper, 26, Lexington Park, Md Ryan Foster Pinno, 26, Lexington Park, Md September 12, 2016 Shannon Marie Bearns, 32, Mechanicsville, Md Robert Vincent Crawford, 30, Mechanicsville, Md

September 20, 2016 Jourdan Kylie Vernita Coombs, 26, California, Md Vincent Michael Cucinotta, 28, California, Md Jaime Edgardo Tejada, 3Rd, 22, Lusby, Md Mattie Paige Stonebreaker, 21, Minot Afb, Nd Tracy Smith Travers, 65, King George, Va Jon Blaine Bingham, 53, Fredericksburg, Va

Matthew Scott Moore, 30, Frederick, Md Alexis Margaret Curran, 26, Frederick, Md Rachel Stuart Miller, 28, Silver Spring, Md Michael Ryan Buckman, 30, Alexandria, Va September 29, 2016 Maryanna Eva Lanham, 38, Hughesville, Md Kevin David Jones, 38, Hughesville, Md September 30, 2016 Kevin Richard Frederick, 30, Hollywood, Md Allison Jenlena Dominiecki, 30, Hollywood, Md Kevin Paul Houghton, 36, White Plains, Md Hannah May Lopez Maramag, 30, White Plains, Md

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Bingo Every Saturday at Mother Catherine Academy (33883 Chaptico Road Mechanicsville) 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. SATURDAY NIGHT BINGO! Doors open at 5 pm. Early Birds start at 6:30 pm. Regular Games start at 7:00 pm. $10 admission (includes one regular book). Progressive Money Ball! Door prizes. Concessions: Weekly specials along with regulars Pizza, Cheeseburgers, Hamburgers, Hot dogs and French Fries. We are located on Route 238 Chaptico Road just one mile off of Route 5. Call 301-8843165 for more information. Visit our website for Jackpot and Moneyball update. Cedar Point Ladies Golf Cedar Point Golf Course (PAX River NAS, Lexington Park) 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cedar Point Ladies Golf Association (CPLGA) plays EVERY Tuesday morning. Arrive and be ready by 8:15 a.m. Tee off starts promptly at 8:30 a.m. All skill levels are welcome. PGA Teaching Pro will be offering clinics during the season. Join the 9 hole group or the 18 hole group. Working woman option: Play any day before Sunday 5pm with a CPLGA member and turn in your signed score card. Eligible members include all active duty, reserve, retired or military personnel or their dependents; DOD federal personnel and family members employed at Patuxent River, St. Inigoes, or Solomon’s Annex, Cedar Point Officers’ Club silver card holders, contractors, members of the Navy League, and sponsored guests. For more information: Contact Pam at Pam447@,, Pat at Bingo - Am. Leg. Post 82, La Plata (6330 N. Crain Highway, La Plata) 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. American Legion Auxiliary Unit 82 will hold smoke-free BINGO Thursdays with early birds beginning at 7:00 pm at Harry White Wilmer American Legion Post 82, 6330 Crain Highway, La Plata. Doors open 6 pm. Call (301) 934-8221. PUBLIC WELCOME. Line Dance Lessons (Hotel Charles - 15110 Burnt Store Rd, Hughesville) Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Free line dance lessons taught by the Southern Maryland Boot Scooters. Beginner lessons 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM. Intermediate lessons 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM.

Thursday, October 6

Issues of Criminal Justice: Race- or Poverty- Based? (Auerbach Auditorium, St. Mary’s Hall, 47458 Trinity Church Road, St. Mary’s City) 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. At a Justice & Inequality Round Table, Hon. Peter J. Messitte, senior United States district judge for the District of Maryland, will give the keynote address on the perception that the United States criminal justice system is unfair and discriminatory. His presentation will be followed by a roundtable discussion with comments by legal professionals, including Paul Kiyonaga, Esq., criminal defense attorney of the District of Columbia; Hon. Melanie Shaw Geter, judge of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals; Hon. Karen H. Abrams, county administrative judge of the Circuit

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Court of St. Mary’s County; and Hon. Paul B. DeWolfe, Jr., public defender of the State of Maryland, Baltimore. Serving as moderator will be the Hon. James Kenney III, judge of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals (retired). A special pre-event reception will be held beginning at 7 p.m. at the Reconstructed State House of 1676. RSVP by Sept. 28 to Adrienne Dozier at amdozier@smcm. edu or 240-895-6432.

Friday, October 7

Voting Machine Public Logic and Accuracy Demonstration (47382 Lincoln Avenue, Lexington Park) 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The St. Mary’s County Board of Elections will conduct a Public Logic and Accuracy Demonstration on the DS200 Ballot Scanner and the Express Vote voting units on Friday October 7 at 10 a.m. The Testing will take place at the Election Warehouse at 47382 Lincoln Avenue, Lexington Park, MD 20653 (Old Carver Elementary School). If you have any questions, please contact Wendy Adkins at 301-475-7844 ext. 1613. St. Mary’s Sunshine Center LuLaRoe Fundraiser (St. Mary’s Sunshine Center Preschool & Day Care 25600 Point Lookout Rd. Leonardtown) 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Come join 6 local LuLaRoe consultants for some Friday night shopping fun and help raise money for the St. Mary’s Sunshine Center Preschool & Day Care! The Sunshine Center is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 childcare/preschool facility, caring for children in Southern Maryland since 1989. Steak & Shrimp Dinner La Plata Am Leg (6330 N. Crain Highway, La Plata) 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. American Legion Post 82 will hold a Steak and Shrimp Dinner 6 - 8 pm every first Friday at the post, 6330 Crain Hwy, La Plata. Cost is $15 for steak or shrimp, or $18 for combination. Call 301-934-8221. Come support veterans, active-duty military, and your community! PUBLIC WELCOME. CSM Children’s Theatre: “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” (CSM – 8730 Mitchell Rd, La Plata) 7 p.m. The play is a dramatization of C.S. Lewis’ classic, set in the land of Narnia, recreating the magic and mystery of Aslan, the great lion, his struggle with the White Witch, and the adventures of four children who inadvertently wander from an old wardrobe into the never-to-be-forgotten Narnia. $7 adults and seniors, $5 youth of high school age and below., 301-934-7828, Also on Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Sheppard Pratt 3rd Annual Stride (Sheppard Pratt’s Towson Campus – 6501 N. Charles Street, Baltimore) 7:30 a.m. The Sheppard Pratt Stride is a one-mile walk and timed-5K to raise awareness and funds to support the many Sheppard Pratt Health System programs that help those affected by serious mental illness. Join us this fall for the Sheppard Pratt Stride, a one-mile walk and timed-5K to raise awareness and funds to support the many Sheppard Pratt Health System programs that help patients and students,

their families, and those affected by serious mental illness. The Stride will take place on Sheppard Pratt’s Towson campus and will include family-friendly activities after the walk. Register today at <http://> ! 5K registration: 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., 5K 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., One-Mile Walker Registration 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., Entertainment from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Awards from 9:45 a.m. to 10 a.m., and One-Mile Walk from 10 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Cost: 5K = $35, Adult Walk Registration=$25, and Child Walk Registration=$5. Charles County Literacy Council – Tutor Workshop (United Way House, 10250 La Plata Road (Rt. 488) La Plata) 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Charles County Literacy Council will conduct a new tutoring training program on Saturday, October 8, from 9am to 3:30pm. We need your help! Once trained, just an hour or two per week will allow you to have a positive impact on one of the estimated 15,000 people in Charles County living with functional illiteracy! If you can read, you can teach someone to read. If you like math, you can teach someone math. You can change a life forever. Call us at 301-934-6488 or go to to register! (CCLC provides confidential, free, one-onone tutoring in reading, writing, basic math, GED, citizenship training and the ASVAB military entrance examination. The Council provides all the training materials and resources.) Hide Tanning Workshop (Historic St. Mary’s City – 18751 Hogaboom Lane, St. Mary’s City) 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Woodland Indian Hamlet (meet at the Visitor Center), 18751 Hogaboom Lane, St. Mary’s City, MD 20686. Learn to prepare deer skin Yaocomaco-style. This is a hands-on event; dress for work! Ages 14+. $14 ($12 Friends members). Reservations required: (240) 8954990 or Christ Church Annual Fall Dinner (37497 Zach Fowler Rd, Chaptico – off Rt. 234) Noon to 5 p.m. Historic Christ Church in Chaptico, Maryland will host their annual Fall Dinner on Saturday, October 8th, Rain or Shine, From Noon to 5:00 p.m. at the Parish Hall. Enjoy your dinner inside the hall or carry-out. The dinner menu features: Fried Oyster & Ham dinner w/sides for $20, Fried Oyster dinner w/sides for $16, Ham dinner w/sides for $10, Oyster Po’ Boy for $8, and Ham w/roll for $5. Sides are: Parslied potatoes, Cole slaw, apple sauce, and roll. Credit cards accepted. Also available: Fried Oyster basket, Scalded Oysters outside, hot dogs, and baked goods. The Parish Market will include Christ Church cookbooks and ornaments. Please come and enjoy a delicious home-cooked dinner and a day in the country. Tour our historic church that was built in 1736. Handicap Acceptable Parish Hall. For more information, contact our Parish Office 301-884-3451 or e-mail or Contra Dance (37497 Zach Fowler Rd, Chaptico) 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. A Contra Dance, sponsored by Southern Maryland Traditional Music and Dance (SMTMD), featuring caller Ann Fallon, will be held on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at the

Christ Episcopal Church Parish Hall. The doors open at 7:00pm and the dancing begins at 7:30. Contra is a traditional American style of social dance and is a huge amount of fun (and exercise) for the whole family! 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 7:00 to get some instruction in the various dances. Admission is $10 for nonSMTMD 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

Sunday, October 9

2 Dist VFDRS Breakfast All-You-Can-Eat (2nd Dist VFD&RS, 45245 DRAYDEN RD. Valley Lee) 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Breakfast all-you-can-eat, bacon, bacon, bacon – addition! TO BREAKFAST MENU— HOME-MADE-HOME-STYLE. MENU: Scrambled Eggs, Home Fried Potatoes, Pancakes, French Toast, Sausage Links, Ham, Bacon, Hot Biscuits, Creamed Chipped Beef, Spiced Applesauce, & Grits. Assorted juices, milk and coffee will be available. NEW PRICING: Adults—$9.00; Children 6—12—$5.00; Children 5 & under are free. For more information call: 301-994-9999. nd

Harvest Home Tour (Sacred Heart Catholic Church – 23080 Maddox Road, Bushwood) 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bushwood, Maryland is hosting a Harvest Home Tour on Sunday, October 9th, 2016. Six homes plus the church are available for touring. The cost is $50 for the tour or $10 per home. There is no charge to view the church. Hostesses will be available at each site. The tour begins at 11:30 a.m. till 4:00 p.m. Lunch and bathroom facilities will be available at the church hall. For more information, call Mary Morgan at 301-481-3023. All home are located in the 4th or 7th districts. The homes on the tour are: Bachelor’s Hope; Creekside, Lower Notley Hall, Ocean Hall, The Cheseldine House, Wicomico Overlook. Our Lady of the Wayside’s 9th Annual Apple Festival (37575 Chaptico RD, Chaptico) Noon to 5 p.m. Our Lady of the Wayside’s annual Apple Festival offers great local food and desserts including crab cake sandwiches, fried and steamed oysters, BBQ, crab soup, hamburgers, hot dogs, fries, apple pies and dumplings, There will be fresh apples and pumpkins for sale, local vendors, children’s games, face and pumpkin making, scarecrow making and live music by Riverside South and Monkey Business. There is also an “Apple Raffle Basket” and a Silent Auction. In lieu of an admittance fee, Our Lady Works of Mercy will accept nonperishable food items and monetary donations for the Mary Lou Gough Food Pantry. Event will be held Rain or shine. For more information, please contact Brenda Russell at 301-247-1871 or at

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Community Antique Tractor Parade (22735 Washington Street, Leonardtown) 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. See iron, steam and diesel workhorses from the past rumble through the Leonardtown Square. Stay afterwards to check out the tractors!

Monday, October 10

St. Mary’s Ryken Open House (St. Mary’s Ryken, 22600 Camp Calvert Road, Leonardtown) 8:30 a.m. Join us to tour our beautiful, waterfront campus and learn more about St. Mary’s Ryken! Open house and campus tours while school is in session. Coffee with Administrators * Admissions Presentation * Student-Led Campus Tours * Q & A session with SMR Leadership. Visit to learn more and to RSVP. Questions: Low Cost Pet Clinic (St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds – 42455 Fairgrounds Rd, Leonardtown) 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The St. Mary’s Animal Welfare League (SMAWL), in partnership with the St. Mary’s County Health Department, offers low-cost rabies vaccinations, distemper vaccinations and microchipping to the public every month from March through November. The clinics are held at the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds on the second Monday of each month from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. The vaccinations are available for ferrets, cats, dogs and horses. The cost is $15.00 per animal for each rabies vaccine, $10 for each distemper vaccine and $30 for a microchip. To obtain a three-year vaccination, you must present a current rabies certificate (not tags). Contact or leave a message at 301-373-5659 for more information about the clinic. Contact spayneuter@ for information about low cost spay and neuter vouchers for your pet. Pax River Quilters Guild Meeting (Good Samaritan Lutheran Church, 20850 Langley Rd., Lexington) 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. This meeting features “Member Demos”. Various members will be sharing tips and techniques such as free-motion quilting, perfect half square triangles, mitered corners and double row binding. The President’s Challenge will be announced. New members and guest welcome. Pax River Quilters Guild is a 501(c)(3) organization open to the public. Visit our website www. for more information. Publisher Associate Publisher Office Manager Advertising Phone Graphic Artist Sarah Williams Staff Writers Guy Leonard Dandan Zou Interns Miranda McLain


Homeschool Day (Historic St. Mary’s City – 18751 Hogaboom Lane, St. Mary’s City) 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Experience early Maryland through handson activities, demonstrations, and crafts. $5 per child age 5 and older; one accompanying adult free. Registration recommended: (240) 895-4990 or LFS Weekly Cash Bingo! (Little Flower School Gym; 20410 Point Lookout Rd, Great Mills) 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. CASH BINGO! Over $2000 in cash prizes. Bonanza, holders, specials winner take all, AND jackpot special!—all in our newly renovated gym! Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Doors open at 6pm Early Birds start at 6:45pm. Email: LFS bingo@ for more information.

Thursday, October 13

Gutbuster Cheese Steaks @ VFW 2632 (23282 Three Notch Rd, California) 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Stop by and enjoy one of our delicious GUTBUSTER Philly-Style Cheese Steaks. All Cheese Steaks served on a hoagie roll with your choice of cheese and grilled veggies, and served with American Fries for only $8.00. Choose from CHICKEN or STEAK. Eat here or take one to go. Archaeology: “Bones for Beginners” (La Plata Police Station, 101 La Grange Ave., La Plata) 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Archaeologist Jim Gibb will present: “Bones For Beginners”, the first in a series of talks on how to identify and interpret animal bones. Participants may bring bones they have collected for identification. No fee to attend. Film: A Tale of Two Schools (Cole Cinema, Campus Center, St. Mary’s College, St. Mary’s City) 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Morgan Freeman narrates this compelling one-year documentary about a dedicated superintendent, a novice teacher, and a first grader overwhelmed by the challenge of learning to read—all captured during a tumultuous year in two struggling schools.

Contributing Writers Laura Joyce Ron Guy Linda Reno Shelbey Oppermann David Spigler Doug Watson


Wednesday, October 12

Thomas McKay Eric McKay Tobie Pulliam 301-373-4125

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“Shall We Wake the President?” by Tevi Troy

c.2016, Lyons Press $26.95 / $34.95 Canada 272 pages You were, of course, asleep when the alarm sounded. Why do these things always happen at 3 a.m.? Emergencies never happen during the day. You can’t schedule them, either, so you need to be at least semi-prepared for anything, all the time. But is the government ready? In “Shall We Wake the President?” by Tevi Troy, you’ll find the answer. Hurricanes, conflagrations, tornadoes, terrorism. Does it seem like there’ve been more disasters in the United States lately, or are we just more aware of them? Both, says Tevi Troy. Inclement weather, epidemics, war, and destruction are as old as mankind but the world itself is more complicated than ever. We have better technology, for instance, which informs but may not fully prepare us for worst-case scenarios, and full-scale prevention may be impossible. Sometimes, the best we can hope is that our Commanders-in-Chief are ready for what befalls us, although, as Troy notes, unseasoned new presidents are often inexperienced in dealing with major disasters. They can, however, look at the past for a basic disaster management blueprint; many of their predecessors dealt with similar occurrences throughout history. Presidents can take stronger leadership roles or even an advisory role, if a different level or department of government is more suited or better braced to take the reins. At the very least – and perhaps first – a president must loosen the strings tying communication, and reassure his or her people. Even so, and though we lay many expectations at the feet of our government, Troy

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says most Americans would be well-served to serve themselves. Because the government doesn’t have a nation-wide stockpile of food or water, create your own. Since there may be difficulty getting medicines everywhere, get vaccinated, take basic hygienic precautions, and have a well-stocked medi-kit. Pay down your debts. Consider buying a generator, and some sturdy locks. And finally, keep in mind that while there are things you can’t gird against, you also can’t spend your life worrying. All things considered, your chances of being a victim are relatively low. Wow. “Shall We Wake the President?” is quite the surprise. I expected to see history in this book, which author and former Deputy Secretary of the Department of Health & Human Services Tevi Troy offers, and it’s very eyeopening. I didn’t expect the behind-thescenes politics, nor the touch of survivalist advice in this book – even though I came to welcome both. It’s easy to complain about shortcomings in disaster mitigation, but merely knowing why help may not be coming if the unthinkable happens is a great way to be forearmed; to that end, Troy explains why the system is what it is. That’s a good education for readers who want to dive deeply into this book; of even more help is the no-nonsense tone and the quietly urgent advice. The anniversary of 9/11 has just passed, and if that and other current events have you on watch, then this ponderously thoughtful book will keep you reading. Buy “Shall We Wake the President?” and be prepared, not alarmed.

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Lexington Park Library Closed 9 a.m. -1 p.m. for Staff Training

Lexington Park Library will be closed on Friday, October 7 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. for staff training. The Leonardtown Library and Charlotte Hall Library will be open their normal hours.  

Charlotte Hall Library Closed 9 a.m. -1 p.m. for Staff Training

Charlotte Hall Library will be closed on Friday, October 14 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. for staff training. The Lexington Park Library and Leonardtown Library will be open their normal hours.  

Job Searching on the Maryland Workforce Exchange

Leonardtown Library will host Job Searching on the Maryland Workforce Exchange on Tuesday, October 18 from 2 to 4 p.m. Registration required on or call 301-475-2846.  

College Q&A: You Have Questions, We Have Answers

Lexington Park Library will host College Q&Q: You Have Questions, We Have Answers on Wednesday, October 19 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.  A casual discussion and Q&A session about preparing for college from writing your admissions essay and choosing a school to figuring out FAFSA and picking a major. All students, parents, and community members are welcome!  

Minecraft Mania for ages 6-9

Lexington Park Library will host Minecraft Mania for ages 6-9 on Friday, October 21 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.   Share strategies with other Minecrafters, explore new terrain, gather raw materials and create amazing structures! Registration opens 2 weeks before each program. Registration required on www. or call 301-863-8188.  

Minecraft Mania for ages 10-17

Lexington Park Library will host Minecraft Mania for ages 10-17 on Friday, October 21 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.   Share strategies with other Minecrafters, explore new terrain, gather raw materials and create amazing structures! Registration opens 2 weeks before each program.  Registration required on or call 301-863-8188.   

Paying for College

Leonardtown Library will host Paying for College on Saturday, October 22 from 1 to 3 p.m.  FAFSA? MDCAPS? Loans, grants, scholarships, and “expected family contributions?” Paying for college can be complicated, but the Maryland Higher Education commission can help. Learn about sources of financial aid, how to find them, and how and when to apply.  No registration required. 

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Issues of Criminal Justice: Race- or Poverty-Based? Auerbach Auditorium in St. Mary’s Hall (47458 Trinity Church Road, St. Mary’s City) 8 to 10 p.m.

DuckFest: Beer and Music Festival The Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Rd., Dowell) 1 p.m.

Wicked Weekend Anglers Seafood Bar & Grill (275 Lore Rd., Solomons) 7 to 11 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 7 DJ Will and Ray Anthony’s Bar and Grill (10371 Southern Maryland Blvd., Dunkirk) Fall Princess Party Wade Community Center (2300 Smallwood Drive, Waldorf) 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 8 Wicked Weekend Anglers Seafood Bar & Grill (275 Lore Rd., Solomons) 8 p.m. to Midnight Open Stage Anthony’s Bar and Grill (10371 Southern Maryland Blvd., Dunkirk) 2016 Annual Fall “Fishin’ Buddies” Derby Gilbert Run Park (13140 Charles St, Charlotte Hall) 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Craft Fair La Plata Volunteer Fire Department (911 Washington Ave, La Plata) 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Harvest Home Tour Sacred Heart Catholic Church (23080 Maddox Rd, Bushwood) 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 10 Team Trivia The Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Rd., Dowell) 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 11 Ben Connelly Anglers Seafood Bar & Grill (275 Lore Rd., Solomons) 6 to 9 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 12 Wild Card Trivia Anglers Seafood Bar & Grill (275 Lore Rd., Solomons) 6 to 9 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 13 Swamp Candy The Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Rd., Dowell) 7:30 p.m. Mike Damron Anglers Seafood Bar & Grill (275 Lore Rd., Solomons) 7 to 10 p.m.

Introduction to Genealogy 101, Part 2

Charlotte Hall Library will host Introduction to Genealogy 101, Part 2 on Thursday, October 20 from 2 to 4 p.m.  Explore additional places to locate genealogical information using books, libraries, websites, censuses, government sources and more. Basic computer skills and email account required.  Registration required on www.stmalib. org or call 301-884-2211.  

The Calvert County Times is always looking for more local talent to feature! To submit art or band information for our entertainment section, e-mail Please submit calendar listings by noon on the Tuesday prior to our Thursday publication.

Youngat Heart 2016 Health Fair: The Way to Wellness

Do you have the annual Health Fair: The Way to wellness on your calendar? This year’s health fair will be held on Friday, Oct. 21, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center. With hourly drawings, a number of health-based vendors, screeners, and classes, this year’s Health Fair will have something for everyone! The Health Fair is hosted by the Department of Aging & Human Services is free and open to the community. There will be a shredder truck on site. People using the shredder truck will be limited to four boxes Screenings – Blood Pressure Screening, Oral Health Screenings, Leg Vein Screening, Hearing and Vision Screening, Flu Shots, Depression, and Skin Cancer. Schedule of Classes and Presentations What is the Zika Virus? 10-10:45 a.m., Room 124 Home Care Facts 11-11:45 a.m., Room 124 Overdose Response Training 12-1:30 p.m., Room 124 EnhancedFitness Demo 1-1:30 p.m., Room 154 Hands Only CPR Demo 2-2:30 p.m., Room 124 Fitness at Home 2:30-3 p.m., Room 154 For additional information, call Sarah Miller, Community Programs and Outreach Manager, at 301-475-4200, ext. *1073.

Living Well with Chronic Conditions

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agement, working with health care providers and more. The Northern Senior Activity Center will offer this series on Mondays, Oct. 17, 24, 31 and Nov. 7, 14, 21 (6 sessions) from 12:30-3 p.m. If you have a chronic condition and are serious about improving the way you feel, this is the workshop for you. There is no charge for taking this class; however, a commitment to regular attendance is needed for good results. To sign up, please visit the sign up table at the Northern Senior Activity Center or call 301-475-4002, ext. *3101.

LIFE – St. Mary’s City Tour

Join us on Tuesday, Oct. 18, as we experience life in 17th century St. Mary’s County. Enjoy a walking tour led by the always fascinating tour guide, Pete Himmelheber. See artifacts discovered by archaeologists, walk in the footsteps of the first colonists and learn about St. Mary’s City, the first capital that once was the ‘Metropolis of Maryland’. On this tour, you will view the actual burial crypt of the Philip Calvert family featuring the three lead coffins that were excavated in 1992, the Godiah Spray Plantation, St. John’s Site Museum and the Brick Chapel. Lunch is included. Bus departs from the Loffler Senior Activity Center promptly at 9:30 a.m. and returns around 2:30 p.m. $25 fee includes STS bus transportation, museum admission, guided tour and box lunch. You may register at a senior activity center or call 301-4754200, ext. *1063. Space is limited.



This specialized class offered at the Garvey Senior Activity Center on Wednesdays, Oct. 12 – Nov. 30 (no class Oct. 19) from 8:30-9:30 a.m. is geared towards active men and women ages fifty and above and has great energy without the high impact exercises that are done during a mainstream kickboxing class. The instructor, Geno Rothback, is a registered nurse, a senior fitness instructor, and is a black belt in Taekwondo and certified Martial Fusion and Kickboxing instructor. Cost is $30 payable to Geno Rothback. Payment required at time of reservation. Call 301-475-4200, ext. *1050, to learn more.

Reader’s Theater Club Forming

Reader’s theater provides an opportunity for those who enjoy theater to be involved without memorizing lines. Actors use only vocal expression to help the audience understand the story rather than visual storytelling such as sets, costumes, intricate blocking, and movement. This is an informational and interest meeting only held at the Garvey Senior Activity Center on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 10 a.m. Linda Lagle, current actor with the Newtowne Players, will facilitate the group. Call 301-475-4200, ext. *1050 to sign up for the meeting. If you can’t attend the informational meeting, but still wish to be involved, call to express interest.

Open Studio Art

In October Open Studio Art at the Loffler Senior Activity will be held on Oct. 14 and 28 at 10 a.m. This class is available for just a $5 supply fee- the instruction is being offered free of charge. If you would like to take part in this opportunity, call 301-737-5670, ext. 1658, to sign up.

Covered Bridge Painting

Enjoy the fellowship of friends, food, and fun at the Northern Senior Activity Center for our Southern Maryland Wine & Design event on Thursday, Oct. 20 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Learn to paint a red covered bridge from a professional art instructor. The picture is pre-sketched to guide you during the painting process and is perfect for artists of all skill levels. All supplies, including snacks and specialty brewed coffee, are provided and you will leave with a 16x20 canvas of your acrylic painting at the end of class. No alcohol is permitted at this event. The cost is $25 and is made payable to Southern Maryland Wine & Design. To sign up and pay for the class in advance, please visit the front desk. For more information regarding the class, please call 301-4754002, ext. *3101.

Halloween Party at Loffler

Kick off the holiday season at the Loffler Senior Activity Center by celebrating Halloween! The party starts on Monday, Oct. 31, at 11 a.m. and ends at 1:30, with music, dancing, occasional spurts of impromptu entertainment (bring your good nature- there will be a few tricks and they may be on you!) along with a scary lunch: Fallen Leaves with Blood Red Acorns, Plucked Fowl in Aged Curds Sauce, Tiny Treetops, Grainy Forest Floor Bits, Devil’s Opposite Dessert. If this menu doesn’t appeal to your gentle nature you can request the alternate menu: Tossed Salad w/kidney beans, Salad Dressing, Chicken Divine, Rice, Broccoli, WW Dinner Roll, and Angel Food Cake. If you want to ramp up the fun, wear a costume- there will be prizes in several categories! This is a ticketed event ($6 suggested donation) with a limited number of tickets available. Stop by Loffler to get your ticket while they are still available. Call 301-737-5670, ext. 1658 if you have any questions.

Crossword Puzzle Fun

This crossword puzzle group held at the Garvey Senior Activity Center on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 1 p.m. is a great way to keep your brain energized, have fun and make new friends. This is a group exercise where you work with other people to solve the puzzle. Besides using your own knowledge, bring your dictionary, and access the internet to help solve the puzzle. Fun prizes will be awarded. Sign up by calling 301-475-4200, ext. *1050.

Pitch and Pinochle

Do you like to play cards? Pitch and Pinochle are played on a regular basis at the Loffler Senior Activity Center. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday starting at 8 a.m. lovers of pinochle start making their way into the center as soon as the doors open for business. For those who enjoy a game of pitch, Thursday at 10 a.m. is the perfect opportunity to make an appearance. For questions call 301737-5670, ext. 1658 or stop by the reception desk.

Brought to you by the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County: James R. Guy, President; Michael L. Hewitt; Tom Jarboe; Todd B. Morgan; John E. O’Connor; and the Department of Aging & Human Services Loffler Senior Activity Center 301-737-5670, ext. 1658 • Garvey Senior Activity Center, 301-475-4200, ext. 1050 Northern Senior Activity Center, 301-475-4002, ext. 3101

Visit the Department of Aging’s website at aging for the most up-to date information.




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Southern Marylander You Should Know By David Spigler Contributing Writer

SARAH AND JACOB HOGGLE MISSING CHILDREN FROM MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND I decided I wanted to use my space this week to tell you the story of 5 year old Sarah Hoggle and her 3 year old brother Jacob. You may know of their story as it has received considerable publicity in the local Washington, DC news media as well as national attention since their disappearance two years ago in September, 2014. This is truly a sad story that has no ending. It remains a mystery full of issues, legal entanglements, and questions with no answers. As a father of three and grandfather of nine, I cannot begin to imagine the anxiety, the pain, and the stress of not knowing where your children are for the past twenty four months. I am told there is no worse heart ache for a parent then to have to bury a child, but to go through life day by day not knowing whether your children are dead or alive has got to be devastating. So, how did I become interested in this story of these two missing toddlers? This past July, my wife and I were in Alexandria, VA one Saturday receiving a presentation from our vacation program representative, Troy Turner, a nice young gent who sat us down in his office to update us on the latest features being offered. Following our business discussion, he cleared the top of his desk and said, “Mr. Spigler, my staff has told me of your long time work with children as a member of the Hogettes and I want to ask for your help”! He then brought out his wallet and showed us pictures of his children, Sarah and Jacob! We were stunned as we immediately realized we had seen his interviews many times on local news stations! I cannot describe for you what it was like to hear his story so up close and personal and to be asked could I get involved!?! This young father had tears in his eyes as he spoke of his missing kids… Troy told us he was estranged from Catharine Hoggle, the mother of his children. For reasons known only to Catharine, she left their home in Clarksburg twice in early September, 2014, first with Jacob, then with Sarah, only to return without them and offering no clues other to say they are in a safe place. Later, while on the way to the police station, Troy stopped to let Catharine get a soft drink and she slipped out the back door without his knowledge. Four days later, she was found by the police, arrested and put in jail. To this day, she has never revealed to the authorities, nor to Troy, not even to her own mother what became of Sarah and Jacob. And following a diagnosis of a mental examination that found her to be “paranoid schizophrenic”, she was declared mentally incompetent to stand trial.

As recently as this week, there have been multiple appeals to have her provide testimony concerning her children’s whereabouts; every attempt to have her cross examined have been turned down. She is currently institutionalized at the Carl Perkins Facility here in Maryland where reports are that she has made several attempts to escape to go see her children and often will not take her prescribed medication. I asked Troy, how could I help him with his search? He told us that all evidence and leads are drying up, but he and Catharine’s mother continue to believe Sarah and Jacob are alive and living with people their mother found. They do not believe this was a sudden impulse of Catharine to do something with her children, but a very complicated and orchestrated plan to put them with others until such time she was more capable of caring for them. There are many different opinions of how mentally incompetent she may be. Several have stated she is a very smart , intelligent individual that can feign mental illness. Others are not so sure, therefore Troy and his mother in law are anxious to have her interviewed by the authorities to gain knowledge and keep their investigation alive. Importantly, the reason I have picked up the banner in helping Troy with his search is their current thinking is Catharine may have left her children with families living in a rural area of the State feeling they would be less susceptible to discovery and out of the media’s eye. He said there has been little active publicity in Southern Maryland and maybe I can get the word out of their plight. Thinking about it, we do live in a largely rural, agricultural region and if the kids were here amongst us, there is a great chance they would go unnoticed. And, truthfully, how do you say “No!” to a father with tears in his eyes when he asks for your help??? I do not know of anyone that could say no if put in this situation. So here I am wondering what can I do? I decided to do a flier with Sarah and Jacob’s most recent pictures, provide some background information on it, make it so it could be cut out and posted anywhere and send it to as many folks as I am able. Additionally, thanks to my good friends here at the “COUNTY TIMES” for both Calvert and St. Mary’s Counties, the flier was published in an August edition. I also sent it to all my friends in the Real Estate industry, my friends in government, the County Sheriffs, my neighbors and anyone else I thought could lend a hand and get this word out. Please know in discussing this story with the children’s Father, he told us it costs him over $5000 a month to keep this story alive and in front of the public. He is paying investigators, placing ads, and holding fundraisers in his quest to find his kids. The story was all over the news once more

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this week with news of their latest request to have Catharine cross examined was once more denied. To lift a quote from the “Homeland Security Agency”, if “you see something, say something”! I know it’s a long shot, but I have never been one to just sit back and do nothing. It will take only that one small tip to solve this case. If you have any inclination or any possible clue, no matter how slight, please call the Montgomery County Police at 240 773–5070. For additional information, go to “”. The chances are slim, but there may be an opportunity for you to become another “unsung hero” here in Southern Maryland. Good luck and thanks for listening! SPIGGY


Dave Spigler resides in Lusby at his home “Hog Heaven” with his wife Deb. He has lived in Southern Maryland since 1979 and has been recognized several times for his years of community service. He received the “Calvert You Are Beautiful Award” for 2013 and was recognized by the Maryland Knights of Columbus with its Maryland Citizen of the Year Award in 2011. Dave was a member of the HOGETTES, Washington Redskins “Biggest Fans” for 22 years. If you know of an unsung hero of the Southern Maryland, contact Dave at

Joyce to the World By Laura Joyce Contributing Writer

See Something, Say Something

This morning I attended a meeting of the St. Mary’s County Commissioners. They were issuing a proclamation in honor of October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which is recognized nationally. Considering the relatively small size of St. Mary’s County, there were a lot of people attending to hear the proclamation read. Representatives were there from Social Services, law enforcement, the State’s Attorney’s office, MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital, the St. Mary’s County Commission for Women, Walden Sierra, the Southern Maryland Center for Family Advocacy, and more. It’s a reminder I get daily at work, that there are so many people and agencies working hand-in-hand to try to make a difference in the lives of the victims of this terrible crime, but I was glad that the Commissioners also got to see how many people care, and how many people are working every day to try to end intimate partner violence. Commissioner Tom Jarboe read aloud the Proclamation, which noted some very sobering statistics: in the United States, more than 20 people per minute are victims each year; 1 in 5 women and 1 in 7 men will be victims over the course of a lifetime; more than 20 people per minute are abused by an intimate partner each year; 1 in 15 children are exposed to intimate partner violence annually. After reading the proclamation, he observed how shocking the statistics are, and he is right, of course What I didn’t say in that moment is that the numbers he read were actually quite low. It’s not that they’re inaccurate, it’s that the crime of intimate partner violence is undoubtedly significantly underreported. There are a number of reasons for this: for example, individuals feel shame at admitting that they are victims of abuse, or they fear reprisal from their abuser, or they fear that their partner will lose his job, plunging the family into economic chaos. These are just a few of the many reasons people don’t seek help. The broad category of domestic violence includes physical assault, sexual assault,

verbal and emotional abuse, economic abuse, intimidation and threats, using children as pawns, and isolating an individual from those who would support her. The range and the devastating effects of these many combined crimes make the issue deeply complex. Its consequences are equally complex: each day we see physical, emotional, mental, economic, and many other kinds of fallout. In the course of my work, I’ve met victims who have had every tooth knocked out; I’ve met victims who are smart and competent and witty, yet are afraid to speak. I’ve met victims who ask themselves why they were born, if only to be treated with such cruelty and disregard. I believe that intimate partner violence is particularly damaging because of how it unfolds: the violence comes from the person who is most supposed to have your back. Those of us who gathered today to hear the proclamation stand ready to help, but we can’t do this work alone. Just as our government urges all of us to “see something, say something” to stop acts of terrorism, we need every member of our community to do the same if we are to stop the terrorism that occurs in intimate relationships. When you see or hear someone being treated with cruelty, step forward. Let them know that the good people of St. Mary’s County—which has one of the highest rates of domestic violence in the state, sadly—will no longer tolerate intimate partner violence. Remind victims that there are resources available, at no cost, to help them break free of the vicious cycle. Help them reach out to law enforcement, to the Courts, to the Center for Family Advocacy, and t other providers. Together, we can change those sobering statistics—and that means that together, we can change lives. I love hearing from you; feel free to contact me at if you have comments or questions about the column.


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La Britannia, Pt. II Upon their arrival in New Orleans in December 1769, the crew of the LaBrittania appealed for help from Louisiana’s governor. Named were John Steel, Francis Loundiz (Lowndes), Joseph Mattingly, Philip Ford, Leonard Mattingly, Neal Kerigan, Joseph Hamilton, Charles Steward, and Joseph Mattingly, Jr. Francis Lowndes was in New York by March 1770 when an account of his adventures was published in the New York Gazette. Another, more descriptive account, was provided by Basil Sollers in 1784. “During the time I was at New Orleans, a gentleman from Maryland, who had fallen, by a very unfortunate accident, into the hands of the Spaniards in New Mexico, and with several other British subjects had been most cruelly treated by them, arrived there. Having at length obtained his liberty, for he had been a considerable time very rigidly confined, he came to New Orleans, to endeavour to procure a passage either to Virginia, Maryland, or Philadelphia. “This gentleman, descended from a Roman Catholic family in Maryland, was master of a vessel belonging to his brother Athanasius Ford, of Leonard Town, in St. Mary’s County, and had sailed from the river Potowmak, loaded with the French Neutrals… who had been removed from Nova Scotia by the British government on account of their strong predilection to the French interest there, which at every risk they were always ready to promote and support. “The vessel was navigated by British sailors, and was bound to the Mississippi, in order to carry these French Acadians to

their countrymen there, where they intended to settle. But having got into the tradewinds, and being unacquainted with the navigation of that part of the gulf of Mexico, after having been reduced to the greatest distress for want of provisions, their whole stock being exhausted for some time, having subsisted on the rats, cats, and even all the shoes and leather in the vessel… “Happening to discover a horse, immediately after their coming on shore, they killed him for food, which was certainly very excusable in their emaciated, starving condition. “They had scarce finished their wretched repast, when the vessel was seized on by the Spaniards, and confiscated for the use of the King… The common people were permitted to go at large, in the day, on condition of their labouring for the inhabitants. Yet the officers belonging to the vessel, as well as all the English sailors, were still imprisoned with the most rigid and barbarous severity… They were also offered a limited enlargement, on condition of their signing a paper, written in the Spanish language, which however they privately contrived to obtain a translation of, and found it contained an acknowledgment on their part of having been guilty of the most unjustifiable and aggravated crimes, and of being treated with the greatest humanity and tenderness during this their captivity. This they had the resolution and virtue of refusing to subscribe to, although they were actually in danger of starving and perishing for want of necessary food.”

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Wanderings f an

o Aimless Mind by Shelby Oppermann Contributing Writer

A Whiff of the Past Mindy and I were taking our little walk yesterday, and I caught the smell of gas and dirt mixed together. A smell I love. The scent immediately took me back to the smells of our old carport growing up. I suppose it came from gas cans stored next to the lawn mower, or quite possibly from the old 1930’s automobile with a rumble seat in the back. I always want to call it a bumper seat – guess I have it mixed up with the colloquialism for umbrella. Always did want to actually ride in that seat, though I played in it enough and can still smell warm dry rot when I close my eyes. Though I didn’t care how it smelled much back then. The only time that poor old car did move was when it was towed away by chains by the next owner. My Father would much rather read books, and sip Old Grand Dad, or Port wine and 7-Up under the car port than actually work on anything. He probably thought one of my two older brothers would take an interest in the old relic and restore it. My oldest brother, Bobby did use the carport, though not for a car, but for the infamous swamp boat he built. I know there must be a photo of it somewhere. It was two large pieces of plywood about 5 inches apart with sloped diagonal pieces on each end. In the center he had a rectangular opening. I remember it as being painted a sky blue, but it may have been white. I don’t know if my brother ever used it or whatever happened to it - I will have to ask him. He lost interest, I think, when my Mother gave him $400 to get a wrecked ’62 Corvette Stingray. Bobby lovingly worked on and fiber glassed the Vette until he left with the car for West Virginia University in 1965. Amazingly he still owns that car, and eventually through his years of being an Air Force Test Pilot and then commercial airlines pilot accumulated many other fine cars at great deals usually from other service members heading overseas. At one time he owned two Rolls Royce’s’, an Avanti Studebaker, a Ferrari, the Corvette and other miscellaneous vehicles for everyday driving. He still has all of them, except for one Rolls Royce – I think he sold that one when he got married.

Some of my fondest memories are related to my brother’s cars. When my brother was left out in the desert in Texas during his bachelor party, my Father got in the Rolls Royce to go out and get him. Another Rolls Royce memory was driving on the Autobahn in Germany. All the other cars were zooming past us, but my brother kept to the American type of speed limit. It was fun using the drop down burled-wood tray in the back seat like I was on an airplane. Another car memory was when my father, brother and I went tent camping through Texas. I was maybe 12. It was so funny to me that we would pull all of this tent gear out of the back of a big old Cadillac; Camping in a Cadillac I always called it. The best memory was my Father trying to throw cigarettes out of the Cadillac window and my brother had those neat electric windows, so he would try to capture my father’s hand in the act. We were in Texas and it was dry; risk of fire was always very high. Also my brother didn’t smoke and thought he was going to cure my father of smoking. Not a good idea. I still remember my father, normally the kindest, gentlest man in the world, snapping back at Bobby with a few things I can’t print here. Other than the “Vette, my brother takes the most loving care of his Ferrari. There is one man in the United States, I believe, who is considered the expert on painting them, using many coats of lacquer in the process. I know my brother was on a long waiting list. Gosh, I love that car. My brother even puts on racing gloves when he uses it. I have added a photo from years ago of how much I and my sons love the car. We’re hoping Bobby will tire of it and it will show up in one of our driveways. You can always hope, right? To each new day’s adventure, Shelby Please send your comments or ideas to: or find me on facebook: Wanderings of an aimless mind

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Pet of the Week

Meet Tinkerbell Status: Available for Adoption Species: Cat Current Age: Approx. 6 Years 7 Months

Turtle colored coat with green eyes. Spayed and front claws taken off. She has been kept indoors and sees the vet regularly for all shots etc. We have always fed her BLUE food and healthy treats. She has never had fleas. Uses a litter box and has never peed outside of it or damaged our home or furnishings. She loves laying in the sunshine and has played with our dogs off and on when they were living, but usually just ignores them. She rubs up against peoples legs at times and will allow others to pet her some, but she pretty much sticks with my husband and I. She likes to be up on our chest with her head under the left side of our neck to snuggle, purr, and be scratched under her chin, top of her head, and ears. She also travels well.


Unfortunately, I have allergies to cats,. We need to find a good home for her - someone who would really like an indoor cat and/or traveling companion. She would be free of course as well as all of her supplies - litter box, automatic food dispenser, toys, travel bag, brush, and whatever else we have for her.


DIRECTORY METHODIST CHURCH Hollywood United Methodist Church

24422 Mervell Dean Rd • Hollywood, MD 20636


Katie Paul, Pastor Sunday Worship 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. Sunday School for all ages 9:45 a.m. All of our services are traditional. Child care is provided. Sunday Evening Youth Group Christian Preschool and Kindergarten available


St. Cecilia Church

47950 Mattapany Rd, PO Box 429 St. Mary’s City, MD 20686 301-862-4600 Vigil Mass: 4:30 pm Saturday Sunday: 8:00 am Weekday (M-F): 7:30 am Confessions: 3-4 pm Saturday

St. GeorGe roman CatholiC ChurCh St. George Church: Saturday, 5:00 p.m. • Sunday, 8:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m. St. Francis Xavier Chapel: Saturday, 7:00 p.m. (Memorial Day-Labor Day) Weekday Mass Schedule: Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri, 1st Sat: 9:00 a.m. Confessions: Saturdays: 4:00 - 4:30 p.m. or by appointment

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EPISCOPAL CHURCH Christ Episcopal Church King & Queen Parish founded 1692 25390 Maddox Road | Chaptico, MD 20621


PENTECOSTAL CHURCH 21800 N. Shangri-La, Dr. #8 PO Box 1260 Lexington Park, MD 20653 301-866-5772 Pastor James L. Bell, Sr.

Church Schedule

Sunday Worship 8:00am Holy Eucharist, Rite I 10:30am Holy Eucharist, Rite II, Organ & Choir

Sunday Morning Worship 10 a.m. Tuesday Bible Study 7 p.m. Friday Men Perfecting Men 7 p.m

All are Welcome



CATHOLIC Grace Chapel Ministry

Victory Baptist Church 29855 Eldorado Farm rd CharlottE hall, md 20659


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HUGHESVILLE BAPTIST CHURCH A member of the Southern Baptist Convention 8505 Leonardtown Road, Hughesville, MD 20637 240-254-2765 or 301-274-3627 Senior Pastor Dr. J. Derek Yelton Associate Pastor Kevin Cullins

• Sunday School (all ages) • Sunday Morning Worship • Sunday Evening Worship & Bible Study • Wednesday Discipleship Classes (Adults, youth & Children)

9:15 am 10:30 am 6:00 pm 7:00 pm

Member of the Grace Fellowship Brethren Churches

Teaching The Bible Without Compromise Sunday Worship • 8 A.M. Sunday School • 9:15 A.M. Blended Worship • 10:30 A.M. Tuesday Bible Study • 7 P.M. Tuesday Youth Group • 7 P.M. American Heritage Girls 1st & 3rd Thursday • 7 P.M.

Senior Pastor - Dr. Carl Snyder Assoc. Pastor - David Roberts Youth Pastor - Luke Roberts

You are invited to worship with us.

We Are Located On The Corner Of Route 5 & 238 39245 Chaptico Rd., Mechanicsville, Md. 301-884-3504 • Email:

GRACE CHAPEL MINISTRIES Invites you to a new worship service

Every Saturday Night at 7 p.m. Launch Date: October 22, 2016 For more information call 301-884-3504 Or visit


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FOR SALE $45,000

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Recently had $9,500 of work in maintenance of slide-outs, HVAC Units, rechaulking of topside areas, engine and generator maintenance, new batteries, new bed mattress, refrigerator repair, gray and black water tanks flushed, etc. Currently weatherized. Propane Stove | Microwave/Convention Oven Refrigerator and Storage Areas | Shower and Toilet Bedroom with Slide-Out Closet

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PRICE REDUCTION Only asking $549,999!

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