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Commissioners Log In on Comp Plan By Dick Myers Editor Sixty percent of the growth in Calvert County in recent years has been in the rural areas. That’s counter to the goals of the county’s Comprehensive Plan to preserve the rural character and concentrate growth in the town centers. Writers of the Comprehensive Plan update hope to change that trend. “There’s been some kind of overall collective failure,” said Commissioner President Evan Slaughenhoupt, Jr. during a Feb 6 joint meeting of the commissioners and the planning commission to discuss the first draft of the Comprehensive Plan rewrite. Slaughenhoupt was referring to what caused that growth in the rural areas. Director of Planning and Zoning Mark Willis noted the cost to developers to extend public water and sewer and to purchase development rights has often been prohibitive. And, Long-Range Planner Jenny Plummer-Welker pointed out that the commissioners in the past year changed the Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) program to a more tiered approach with the requirement of fewer TDR purchases in town centers.

Plummer-Welker observed the change had helped. Slaughenhoupt wanted to know at the beginning of the meeting if a determination had been made about the anticipated population as the result of the master plan rewrite. Plummer-Welker said the population of 37,000 homes had been established by plans in the late 1990’s, with state planning estimating 31,815 homes in 2015. Willis said his staff and consult a nts are still working on coming up with a build-out future for the county. “We don’t know where we are,” said Willis. He suggested that the population projections be looked every year or so and revised to fit reality. Commissioner Mike Hart observed that drastic changes, such as the arrival of Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant, could have caused unanticipated changes in the county. One factor in population growth may

Slaugenhoupt: CBOC Contract Coming Soon

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer The contract to be a new community based outpatient clinic (CBOC) for veterans at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home could come any day now, according to Calvert Commissioner President Evan Slaugenhoupt, who is also the chair of the Tri-County Council’s Veterans Regional Advisory Committee. Slaugenhoupt told the gathered Tri-County Council at their Jan. 25 meeting in Annapolis that the U.S. Veterans Administration (VA) had been expected to award the contract in December. “We even had a press release ready,” Slaugenhoupt said. “We’re still expecting it to be awarded at any moment.” Slaugenhoupt said a disagreement between the VA and the builder, as yet unnamed, ensued over the cost of rent for the new facility. A CBOC is currently operating at the Charlotte Hall facility but it is surplus space there that even the management has said is not adequate for the needs of veterans seeking medical care. The CBOC is an important facility for the region’s large veterans population as it allows them to get medical

care without traveling long distance to either Washington, D.C. or Baltimore. The problem over the rent of the new facility is just one more stumbling block to the project. “This has been going on for years,” Slaugenhoupt said. “It’s like a comedy of errors and this seems to be the latest one.” A staff member at the Tri-County Council dealing with veterans affairs stated that the issue stemmed from the builders wanting more than $1 million in rent for the new CBOC facility, which was not permitted, they said. The new CBOC is planned to be about 17,000 square-feet in size with up-to-date services and medical equipment available for veterans’ needs. The facility will include primary care as well as tele-health — medical and mental health screenings via video conferencing — as well as tests for hearing. The current CBOC has been operating for the past 20 years in a space at the veterans home, which is the only one in Maryland. The building the CBOC is operating in now is over 50 years old.

be the county’s transportation network. Some commenters to the plan have suggested that the process be put on hold pending the development of a transportation plan which hasn’t been updated since the late 90’s. Willis said he did not favor halting the process, but instead developing the transportation plan in conjunction with the revision of the zoning ordinance, which cones after the Comprehensive Plan rewrite. Slaug henhoupt also raised the touchy issue of another Bay crossing. He said any traffic studies would have to include that possibility if the state pursues the unpopular idea in Calvert County. At its Jan. 10 meeting at which the first draft was discussed, the planning commission shrunk the size of the proposed Huntingtown village by removing properties on Cox Road. But that decision was criticized by several of the commis-

sioners during the joint meeting. They questioned not having commercial zoning on the northbound lanes when there is already some of it there. “This Huntingtown thing doesn’t make sense,” said Commissioner Vice President Tom Hejl. No decisions were made and no public comments were allowed from the packed house at the Harriet Elizabeth Brown Community Center. The joint meeting was largely made up of comments and questions from the commissioners. When the planning commission was invited to participate, there were few comments. Planning Commission Chairperson Carolyn McHugh said the commission has been living with the issue for quite some time. The process started in 2016. Plummer-Welker said that after the second draft is finished, there will have to be either a 60- or 90-day comment period (still to be decided) from state agencies, after which there will be a joint public hearing. The commissioners have the final decision.

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Delegate Gerald “Jerry” Clark has filed for election to the position that he was appointed to two years ago to replace Del. Anthony O’Donnell, who was appointed by Gov. Larry Hogan to the Maryland Public Service Commission. Clark’s District 29-C is on both sides of the Gov. Thomas Johnson Bridge in Calvert and St. Mary’s counties. Clark was joined in filing by the rest of his “We are changing Maryland for the Republican delegate colleagues better and we are just getting started.” from District 29 delegation, Delegates Matt Morgan and Deb Rey. They do so with the endorsement of Gov. Larry Hogan. Distict, Steve Waugh, also a Republi“I am happy to endorse the District can has also filed for re-election. No 29 team..,” said Hogan in a prepared one has filed in either party to oppose statement. “I know I can count on them him. to support a fiscally prudent yet socialJulia Nichols of Leonardtown has ly responsible legislative agenda. filed as a Democratic candidate in Dis“We are changing Maryland for the trict 29C. She is chair of the Strategic better and we are just getting started.” Planning Committee for Chesapeake Morgan stated the decision to file Charter School, Vice President for together represented the level of trust Southern Maryland Youth Orchestra between the three delegates. and Chair and Secretary for the St. “United we stand, divided we fall,” Mary’s Arts Council Board.d. Morgan said in a statement. “We fought Clark is a businessman. He owns a for everything we campaigned on. liquor store in Solomons. “We work extremely well together, and I trust both delegates Rey and Clark to consistently to the right thing.” Rey said the delegation was “humbled” to accept Hogan’s endorsement and looked forward to “working with him to lower taxes, fight for our con-

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Charlotte Hall Bus Route Now Operational Senior Citizen Transportation Program Shutters

County Commissioner President Evan Slaughenhoupt, Jr and Department of Community Resources Director Jennifer Moreland board the new Charlotte Hall Route bus.

By Dick Myers Editor It’s official. The new Charlotte Hall bus route from Prince Frederick is now available for riders. Calvert County Commissioner President Evan Slaughenhoupt, Jr. and Department of Community Resources Director Jennifer Moreland hopped on the bus with other passengers at the Calvert Pines Senior Center for a trip to the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, where the commissioner was due to chair a meeting of the regional veteran’s council. The bus route has been the passion of the head of the county’s bus system, Sandy Wobbleton. The county was able to secure extra state funding to allow the addition of the route to its regular schedule of service. With the Veterans Administration Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) on the near horizon, the idea of the service was originally to provide a way for Calvert County veterans to get there and to the interim clinic at Charlotte Hall Veterans Hone. But, Director of the Office on Aging Susan Justice noted the benefit to the county’s elderly population to get transportation to the regional office of the Social Security Administration and to a cancer rehabilitation center, both in Charlotte Hall. The bus will also provide service to the College of Southern Maryland’s Prince Frederick campus.

College President Dr. Maureen Murphy and interim Prince Frederick VP Barbara Ives were among the dignitaries attending the launch of the service early Monday morning at Calvert Pines Senior Center. The new service will also provide riders with connections to bus services in St. Mary’s and Charles counties. Calvert County Health Office Dr. Larry Polsky also noted, “It helps businesses along the Route 231 corridor” by providing bus service for potential employees. Moreland praised the persistence of Wobbleton and Maryland Veterans Secretary George Owings, a Calvert County resident. Noting his own military service, Slaughenhoupt said that leadership is one quality taught to those who have served. The veterans showed their leadership in the project, he said. “Veterans played a big role in setting this up,” he said. The Department of Community Services has a guide to services for veterans on its website at: DocumentCenter/View/17534 While initiating a new bus service in a county whose residents often have trouble getting around, another service to senior citizen recently folded in Calvert. The Partners in Care program was providing transportation services to more than 40 senior citizens who were unable to drive to the store, doctor’s appoint-

ments or to the hospital. The program started with its three founders noticing the effects of aging on their parents. Barbara Huston, her sister and their friend noticed their parents were unable to do many things they had previously been able to do, because of vision problems and other infirmities. They idea of how to address the needs of their parents was to use the time-tested “time exchange.” If an elderly person was unable to drive for instance, they might be able to bake a cake or sew a sweater or write a press release. This idea of Partners in Care originally came to fruition in Anne Arundel County in 1993. It spread to Calvert County in 2012. They also have programs in Frederick, Talbot and Caroline counties. The non-profit organization established a relationship with the Calvert County Office on Aging that led to its formation in the county. The aging office arranged for Partners in Care to have a local office in the Calvert Pines Senior Center. Mandy Arnold has been executive director if the organization for about a year. She said her board looked at

the numbers and the support. They saw only about 15 active clients and about six active volunteers. They were receiving some grant funding, but that only made up about 12 percent of what was needed. “We could never get support down there,” Arnold observed. One place they didn’t know to look for additional support was to county government, Arnold said. Just before pulling up stakes they learned of the monies the county annually provides in its budget to non-profit organizations. Partners in Care asked to be included. Moreland said the decision about that funding has not yet been made for the next fiscal year beginning I July. Arnold said Moreland was upset on learning of the programs leaving the county. “I was upset too,” Arnold said. “It’s needed!” She assured The County Times that if the county supported them they would return the service to the county.

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County Requests Law to Limit Cruelty Investigations by Humane Groups

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By Dick Myers Editor The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) has proposed to the legislative delegation a bill that would limit the ability of humane organizations to do cruelty investigations. The BOCC unanimously approved submission of the request from Public Safety Director Jackie Vaughan and new Shelter

Manager Crystal Dowd. The current law states: “[i]n Calvert County, if an officer of a humane society sees a person committing a misdemeanor that involves cruelty to an animal, the officer shall arrest and bring before the District Court the person committing the misdemeanor.” Maryland Annotated Code, Criminal Law Article, §10-615 allows an authorized agent of a humane society to seize an animal if necessary to protect the animal from cruelty. Maryland Annotated Code, Criminal Law Article, §10-616 allows an authorized director of a humane society, accompanied by a sheriff or a deputy sheriff, to inspect the premises where buying, selling, trading, or breeding dogs, a kennel where 25 or more dogs are kept.” The memo to the BOCC which was used as a basis for their decision to endorse the proposed bill states: “The humane society clauses in Maryland Law are aimed at those counties that outsource their animal control program to handle animal incidents, investigations, cruelty cases, statement of charges, etc. unlike our county who have employed Animal Control officers who are appointed through the hiring process by the Board of County Commissioners.” However, most of the counties (if not all) in Maryland employ their own animal control officers, although some counties do contract out the shelter operation. St. Mary’s, Charles and Prince George’s all have their own animal control officers, yet do not limit the cruelty investigations by humane organization representatives. Some members of the county’s humane organizations have recently been critical of the animal control effort. Animal control functions were moved to Vaughan’s department on July 1 of last year. The most recent criticisms involved the so-called Millbridge Dogs in Lusby and the case involving Sosa, the pit bull.

Animal advocates allege the county hasn’t responded to complaints about neglect and breeding at two Millbridge Road homes. And they say Sosa received major injuries after animal control failed to respond to a complaint ten days earlier from a veterinarian. Ellen McCormick Ament, who operates the SPOT Thrift Store in St. Leonard for Southern Maryland Spay & Neuter, wonders what the problem is that needs to be addressed by the bill. She said she and her mother years ago often went on animal cruelty investigations, but she hasn’t done any recently. The last she did, several years ago, involved seizing a dg in a cruelty case. She said a judge upheld the action and the owner turned over the dog for adoption. Ament feels the timing of the legislation request is suspect. She belongs to an assemblage of animal groups called Calvert County Pet Coalition. They are currently discussing providing training for several members, so they can do cruelty investigations. She said that ideally a deputy would accompany them on such investigations. One of the justifications stated for the bill is fear for the safety of the volunteer investigators. Ament said that all the humane organizations want to do is help the animal control officers in cases where they can’t respond. That could include desperate situations on weekends or holidays. The bill proposal would limit cruelty investigations to animal control or an agency designated by the BOCC. The health department also would have authority in certain situations. A representative from the office of Del. Mark Fisher (R: 27B) said the request had been received, but the deadline for submitting bills for drafting had passed and they are trying to figure out what to do with it.

Child-Care Center Expansion Approved By Dick Myers Editor

Jessica Jones and consultant Jacob Leggett at the Feb. 1 Calvert County Board of Appeals hearing.

The Calvert County Board of Appeals has approved the doubling of the size a child care center on Solomons Island Road on the north side of Prince Frederick. The board at its Feb. 1 meeting approved the expansion from 60 to 120 children for the center owned by Jessica and Mark Jones at 1364 N. Solomons Island Road. The couple purchased an existing child care center at the location in 2013 and since then the waiting list has ballooned to 48. “There is really a lack of child care in the county,” Jessica Jones, who runs the facility, said. Additionally, she said three child care centers in the area had closed, but not because of any lack of demand. The approval of the expansion to

120 children is the maximum allowed under the county zoning ordinance. The applicants will also have to receive approvals from several other agencies, including the health department for well and septic, the Maryland Child Care Administration and the Office of Planning and Zoning for their sire plan. Consultant Jacob Leggett told the appeals board that the property is “surrounded by a relatively thick forested area.” None of the neighbors opposed the application. One parent, who has a child at the center, testified that she had to wait for an opening to get her child admitted; she praised the center’s operation. Leggett said the proposed plan would add a separate two-story, 3,000-square-foot building. Plans are to connect the two buildings

with a breezeway, Mrs. Jones told The County Times. Architectural design has not yet occurred because they were waiting for the necessary appeals board approval first. There was some discussion about the Solomons Island Road entrance to the property and concern about traffic. But, Mrs. Jones assured the board that there have been no problems there. Mr. Jones said there is only occasionally a one- or two-car back-up waiting to get out onto the highway in the morning. He said traffic is backed up there anyway and drivers usually let the center’s customers pull out. The expansion was unanimously approved by the three appeals board members.

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Bill Introduced to Move State to 100% Clean Energy

Dozens of Maryland residents and clean energy advocates rallied outside the State House today in support of the most aggressive climate bill ever introduced in the legislature. 39 state lawmakers, led by Delegate Shane Robinson, introduced the “100% Clean Renewable Energy & Equity Act”, which would require all of Maryland’s electricity to come from clean sources by 2035.  “When it comes to climate change, winning slowly is the same as losing,” said Delegate Shane Robinson, the lead sponsor of the bill. “We need aggressive action to move to 100% clean energy, and in Maryland we have a plan ready to go that can make that happen. This bill lays out a bold vision for our renewable energy future, one where we improve people’s health, create thousands of jobs and turn the tide against the dangers of climate change. I think that’s the kind of vision Marylanders want to see in Annapolis, and that’s why I’m proud to introduce this bill with my colleagues today.” “We can stem the tide of climate change if we take bold, proactive, robust action now,” said Delegate Jheanelle Wilkins. “This commonsense bill helps secure a cleaner, greener future for Maryland residents. We’re seeing the impact of climate change every day, and I believe that achieving 100% clean renewable energy is critical to the future of our residents and our state.” “We are facing runaway climate disruption,” said Delegate Karen Lewis Young. “Therefore, we must transition to 100% clean renewable energy. The 100% Clean Renewable Energy and Equity Act creates the framework to reach that realistic goal by 2035.” Delegate Eric Luedtke said, “Our

children deserve a future free of fossil fuels. It’s our responsibility to set us on that path today.” The 100% Clean Renewable Energy & Equity Act is one of five bills being introduced in state houses across the country this year. In addition to Maryland, lawmakers in New York, New Jersey, Virginia and Colorado are introducing legislation to move their states to 100% clean electricity by 2035 or sooner. “This is a big day for Maryland and the country,” said Rianna Eckel, Maryland Organizer with Food & Water Watch. “The time for half-measures has passed, but fortunately we now have a bill that matches the urgency of the climate crisis. Marylanders are fired up and ready to work hard to lead the way for real clean energy solutions and to join legislators who will fight with us in Annapolis and in state houses across the country.”   “Now, more than ever, we need leadership on climate action,” said Josh Tulkin, Director of the Maryland Chapter of the Sierra Club. “An accelerated move to 100% clean energy to fight dangerous climate disruption is not only necessary, but is achievable.  Smart, robust policies like the 100% Clean Energy & Equity Act will drive significant growth in Maryland’s clean energy economy, creating jobs and cleaning our air and water.” The bill introduced today differs from previous clean energy proposals not just in it’s requirement that all of Maryland’s electricity come from clean sources, but also by including features designed to improve public health, protect low-income households and stimulate job growth in Maryland.  A fact sheet from the 100% Renew-

able Maryland coalition explains that the bill would create more than 10,000 direct and supply chain jobs in Maryland by 2035, and incentivize the installation of rooftop solar and offshore wind in the state. The bill would also cap residential energy bills at no more than 6% of household income, which would protect low-income people from any increase in electricity costs. “We understand that public health is directly affected by climate change,” said Rita Collins, RN, a member of National Nurses United. “ Whether it is increased incidence of asthma and respiratory illnesses, extreme weather events that devastate lives, or a range of other problems, nurses are climate first responders. Nurses across the country understand that we are entering a climate emergency with grave effects on public health and safety and the future of society as a whole.” “This bill provides a well-constructed pathway to 100% clean renewable electricity in a way that benefits public health, job growth, fiscal responsibility, and climate protection,” said Tim Whitehouse of Physicians for Social Responsibility. “We urge the Maryland General Assembly to step up and pass this bill.” “Our group, along with so many oth-

ers in Maryland, spent years fighting fracking until we won in 2017,” said Ruth Alice White of Howard County Climate Action. “Now we are especially energized to support this initiative for 100% clean energy in Maryland by 2035. It is critical that our state stop funding dirty energy, and that we move away from fracked gas infrastructure like Transcanada’s Potomac Pipeline and transition to 100% clean energy as soon as possible.” “Banning fracking was a positive step and moving to 100% clean energy is the logical path forward,” said Aravinda Pillalamarri of Harford County Climate Action. “This transition is urgently required to protect our environment and health, particularly our coastal communities and to stimulate jobs in the rapidly growing renewable energy sector. Harford County Climate Action is a grassroots volunteer organization focused on educating the public and our elected officials about the urgency of the climate crisis and empowering Maryland to lead the way towards a fossil free energy future.”

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Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh has announced that the State of Maryland will file suit challenging the constitutionality of the Trump Administration’s tax bill, H.R. 1. Along with other states, Maryland will challenge the bill’s $10,000 federal cap on state and local property and income taxes deductions.  “By eliminating the SALT deductions, Trump’s tax bill will jack up taxes for more than half a million Marylanders,” said Attorney General Frosh.  “It is an attack on state sovereignty and an attempt to cripple our ability to educate our kids, protect the Chesapeake Bay, and build the infrastructure that Maryland needs to be competitive in the world economy.”  The $10,000 cap on the state and local tax deduction (SALT) disproportionately harms Maryland residents and disrupts the longstanding balance of taxing power between the states and the federal government.  Maryland relies on state property and income taxes to fund a variety of critical services, including education, health care, public safety, and other priorities.  Over half a million Marylanders will lose $6.5 billion in SALT deductions - an average of $11,800 per taxpayer.   These changes will also have harmful collateral consequences for the State and its residents.  With the decreased value of the property tax deduction, for example, many Marylanders will see decreases in the value of their homes.  Maryland residents will have an incentive to move elsewhere, and attracting young families and skilled workers to the State will become more difficult, putting Maryland at a competitive disadvantage. Moreover, the overall impact of the changes to itemized deductions will impact almost 600,000 Marylanders who will lose $6.7 billion in deductions. Press Release from Office of MD Attorney General

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Cops & Courts

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Maryland State Police Report February 5, 2018

Possession of Marijuana On 1/31/18 at 8:35 pm, Corporal Esnes stopped a vehicle on Rt. 4 near Patuxent Point Parkway in Solomons for traffic violations. The driver, Dairquarius J. Gantt, 23 of Port Republic was arrested for driving on a revoked license. The strong odor of raw marijuana was emitting from within the interior of the vehicle. The search of Gantt did not reveal any CDS and the search of the vehicle did not reveal any CDS. Gantt was asked several times if he had CDS in his possession and each

time he stated “no.” Once Gantt was at the Calvert County Detention Center a strip/secondary search of his person revealed a large amount of marijuana hidden in his groin area. Gantt will be additionally charged with Possessing CDS/contraband within a place of confinement. Theft of Handgun On 2/1/18 at 4:38 pm, Corporal Esnes responded tot he 400 block of White Sands Drive in Lusby for a reported theft of a handgun. The victim reported the last time he observed his Hi-Point handgun in it’s stored location was prior to a party hosted at the home on the 27th. The Hi-Point model CF380HSP has been entered into NCIC. Investigation continues.

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Calvert County Sherrif’s Office Weekly Blotter • January 29, 2018

During the week of January 22 – January 28 deputies of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to 1,250 calls for service throughout the community. Burglary: 18-3760 On January 23, 2018 Deputy Childress responded to Oriole Way, Saint Leonard for the report of a theft. The victim stated sometime between 8:00 AM and 12:30 PM an unknown suspect(s) entered his residence and stole a Wii game console along with games and controllers, a Playstation 4, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPod Touch, ½ a carton of Marlboro cigarettes, unknown amount of US currency (loose change) and a safe containing prescriptions and vehicle titles. The total value of stolen property is approximately $984. Burglary: 18-3870 On January 24, 2018 Deputy Cress responded to 18th Street, Chesapeake Beach for the report of a burglary. The victim stated between January 13th and January 24th and unknown suspect(s) forced entry into his residence, which is currently vacant, through a rear locked door, and stole two saws. The total value of stolen property and damage is approximately $295. Burglary: 18-4172 On January 26, 2018 Deputy Hardesty responded to St Leonard Road, Saint Leonard for the report of damaged property. The owner of the business stated between January 25th at 5:15 PM and January 26th at 8:00 AM an unknown suspect(s) tampered with the lock and attempted to enter the business, but was unsuccessful. Burglary: 18-4393 On January 27, 2018 Deputy Rediker responded to The Shops at Ogden’s Commons on Parker’s Creek Road, Port Republic for the report of a burglary. The victim stated around 2:00 AM she received an alarm to her business that indicated a door was opened, which she found when she showed up around 8:45 that morning. The door appeared to have been pried open with a bar by an unknown suspect(s). The estimated value of the damage is approximately $300. Damaged Property: 18-3479 On January 22, 2018 Deputy Fox responded to Bedford Drive, North Beach for the report of a vehicle that had possibly been keyed. The vehicle owner stated on January 21st between 9:30 AM and 10:30 AM her vehicle was scratched while parked at the World Gym in Owings. It is undetermined whether it was a scratch by key or by vehicle. The estimated damaged property is $200. Damaged Property: 18-3460, 18-3451 On January 22, 2018 Deputy J. Ward responded to Victoria Lane, Sunderland

for the report of damaged property. The complainant stated she left her residence and noticed two of her neighbors’ mailboxes were damaged. Both victims stated sometime between January 20th at 4:30 PM and January 21st at 8:00 AM an unknown suspect(s) purposely damaged their mailboxes. The estimated damaged property is $100 each. Damaged Property: 18-4035 On January 25, 2018 Deputy Kreps responded to Stinnett Road, Huntingtown for the report of damaged property. The victim stated sometime between January 14th at 12:00 PM and January 21st at 12:00 PM an unknown suspect(s) had taken his wooden shooting target apart and driven in his yard. The estimated value of the damaged property is $30. Damaged Property: 18-4646 On January 28, 2018 Deputy Parks responded to Shore Acres Way, Prince Frederick for the report of damaged property. The victim stated at approximately 8:17 PM he heard a loud bang from his sliding glass door. Deputy Parks noticed a large crack in the glass, however, it is unknown what caused damage to the door. Theft: 18-3589 On January 22, 2018 Deputy Parks responded to Calvert Towne Drive, Prince Frederick for the report of a theft. The victim stated an unknown suspect(s) had stolen her rear license plate from her vehicle while she was at work that day. Theft: 18-3903 On January 24, 2018 Deputy Spalding responded to Dawkins Court, Saint Leonard for the report of a theft. The victim stated at approximately 12:30 PM his cell phone was stolen from Middleham and St Peter’s Parish church parking lot in Lusby. The estimated value of the stolen property is $750. Theft: 18-4063 On January 25, 2018 Deputy Mitchell responded to Owings Hill Court, Owings for the report of a theft. The victim stated sometime between December 25th and January 25th an unknown suspect(s) stole the registration plates from his utility trailer which was parked in front of his residence. The estimated value of stolen property is less than $100. Theft: 18-4477 On January 27, 2018 Deputy Y. Bortchevsky responded to the Northeast Community Center, Chesapeake Beach for the report of a theft. The victim stated between 7:00 PM and 8:00 PM an unknown suspect(s) stole his wallet while playing basketball. His wallet contained a Navy Federal Credit Union bank card, his Maryland driver’s license, his social security card and his health insurance card. Theft: 18-4469 On January 27, 2018 Deputy Childress

responded to Walmart in Prince Frederick for the report of a theft. The victim stated between 9:00 AM and 1:30 PM an unknown suspect(s) stole a cell phone car charger as well as 8 Prednisone pills from her unlocked vehicle. The estimated value of the stolen property is $60. Theft: 18-4611 On January 28, 2018 Deputy Burggraff responded to Stock Drive, Lusby for the report of a theft. The complainant stated he noticed on January 26th that an unknown suspect(s) stole the year sticker of the tags from his mother’s vehicle. Motor Vehicle Theft: 18-3728 On January 23, 2018 Deputy R. Shrawder responded to St John’s Creek Road, Lusby for the report of a stolen vehicle. The victim stated between January 15th at 7:00 PM and January 23rd, while he was away on a business trip, an unknown suspect(s) stole his 2008 Harley Davidson. Arrests: On January 22, 2018 Deputy R. Evans conducted a traffic stop in the area of Sixes Road and Grays Road, Prince Frederick. Deputy Evans approached the vehicle and made contact with the driver, Richard Kidwell Jr. After running his information, Deputy Evans approached the vehicle, this time from the passenger side and recognized an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. After a search of the vehicle, Kidwell was placed under arrest for an active warrant through Montgomery County and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center. Correctional Officer McDowell conducted a search on Kidwell and found 20 grams of suspected marijuana in a plastic bag as well as another 10 gram bag of suspected marijuana during the strip search. Kidwell was charged with CDS: Possession of Marijuana 10 gm+ and Possession/Receive CDS While Confined/Detained (Marijuana). On January 23, 2018 Deputy R. Shrawder responded to Clay Hammond Road, Prince Frederick for the report of a burglary. Because of previous burglaries at his home, the homeowner set up trail cameras around his house. After watching the trail camera footage, Deputy Ward and Trooper Rucker recognized the male captured on camera and identified him as Kevin Riggleman. Dep-

uty Ward and Trooper Rucker located Riggleman walking on Clay Hammond Road where he was arrested and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center. Riggleman was served three active warrants and charged with Trespassing: Private Property and SecondDegree Burglary. On January 24, 2018 Deputy Ridgely responded to Shore Acres Way, Prince Frederick for a report of a suspicious vehicle. Deputy Ridgely made contact with the driver, identified as Danielle Murphy (33). While speaking with Murphy, Ridgely noticed a damp cigarette in the center console by her touch screen. The passenger, later identified as Ryan Graves

(39) kept touching a damp cigarette and was asked to exit the vehicle. Once out of the vehicle, Deputy Ridgely immediately recognized the odor of PCP. Both Murphy and Graves were placed under arrest. Graves was transported to the Calvert County Detention Center and charged with CDS: Possession-Not Marijuana (PCP) and CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia. Murphy was transported to the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office and charged with CDS: Possession-Not Marijuana (PCP), CDS: Possession with Intent to Distribute, CDS: Possibly Marijuana 10 gm+, two counts of CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia, and Altering Drug/Alcohol Test. On January 24, 2018 Deputy Yates responded to Calvert Health Medical Center, Prince Frederick for the report of a check welfare of an individual refusing medical treatment. Marisa Ramos (24) refused to listen to Deputy Yates and continued to make several loud outbursts. She was asked to refrain from yelling in the hospital and warned that if she continued to do so, the consequence would be her arrest. After an additional loud outburst in the hallway, Ramos was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where she was charged with Disturbing the Peace and Failure to Obey Lawful Order.


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Dinosaur Tracks Discovered at NASA Goddard

a rare glimpse of the mammals and dinosaurs Lockley said. interacting, which make this find extraordiLockley and Stanford believe the wide diversity and nary. Dr. Godfrey coordinated the excavation number of tracks show many of the animals were in the of the slab and produced the mold and cast that area, actively feeding at the same time. Perhaps the mamformed the basis of the scientific work. mals were feeding on worms and grubs, the small carnivoDr. Godfrey authored the paper with Ray rous dinosaurs were after the mammals, and the pterosaurs and Sheila Stanford; Martin Lockley, pale- could have been hunting both the mammals and the small ontologist at the University of Colorado; and dinosaurs. Compton Tucker, Earth Scientist at NASA “It’s a time machine,” Stanford said. “We can look across Goddard Space Flight Center. Below are ex- a few days of activity of these animals and we can picture it. cerpts taken from the NASA’s press release, We see the interaction of how they pass in relation to each published January 31, 2018: “The concentration of mammal tracks on this site is orders of magnitude higher than any other site in the world,” said Martin Lockley, paleontologist with the University of Colorado, Denver, a co-author on the new paper. LockNASA and Calvert Marine Museum contractor, Michael Godfrey, works to ley was one of the first to begin studyexcavate the slab containing the fossil footprints in January 2013 (Rebecca ing fossilized footprints in the 1980s. Roth/NASA/GSFC) “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a slab this size, which is a couple of square meters, Dr. Stephen Godfrey, Calvert Marine Museum’s Curator of Paleontology, has co-authored a new paper published in where you have over 70 footprints of so many difScientific Reports on January 31, 2018 entitled: “A diverse ferent types. This is the mother lode of Cretaceous mammal-dominated, footprint assemblage from wetland mammal tracks.” The first track Stanford found was of a nodosaur – deposits in the Lower Cretaceous of Maryland.” Dinosaur tracks from more than 100 million years ago “think of them as a four-footed tank,” Stanford said. were discovered at NASA’S Goddard Space Flight Center Subsequent examination revealed prints of a baby in Greenbelt, Maryland. Ray Stanford, a local dinosaur track nodosaur beside and within the track of the adult expert, spotted this intriguing rock while dropping his wife, nodosaur, likely indicating that they were traveling Sheila, a Goddard employee, off at work in 2012. The slab together. The other dinosaur tracks include: a sauof sandstone, the size of a dining room table, contains 70 ropod, or long-necked plant-eater; small theropods, A. Photograph of the painted cast replica. B. Interpretive drawing of mammal and dinosaur tracks from eight species, including crow-sized carnivorous dinosaurs closely related to multiple prints and trackways made by dinosaurs, pterosaurs, and squirrel-sized mammals and tank-sized dinosaurs. The fos- Velociraptor and Tyrannosaurus rex; and pterosaurs, Cretaceous period mammals. Images courtesy of Ray Stanford sil footprints, likely made within days of each other, provide a group of flying reptiles that included pterodactyls. “There was something about this surface, this substrate, that was very at- other. This enables us to look deeply into ancient times on tractive,” Lockley said. “It Earth, and I think it’s just tremendously exciting.” looks like it was very orThe parallel trackway patterns made by four crow-sized ganic-rich. Fortunately for carnivorous dinosaurs suggests they were hunting or foragus, the slab was suddenly ing as a group. covered in sediment, which “It looks as if they were making a sweep across the area,” preserved the tracks.” Lockley said. Several of the mammal tracks occur in pairs, The dinosaur tracks are representing hind feet. “It looks as if these squirrel-sized impressive, but it is the col- animals paused to sit on their haunches.” The team gave lection of mammal tracks the new formal scientific name of Sederipes goddardensis, Hello, my name is Lady. You can that make the slab signifi- meaning “sitting traces from Goddard Space Flight Cencant. At least 26 mammal ter”, to this unusual configuration of tracks. tell by looking into my sweet tracks have been identified “We do not see overlapping tracks” said Compton Tuckface that my goal in life is on the slab since the 2012 er, a Goddard Earth scientist who helped with the excavato PLEASE! I just LOVE discovery – significantly tion, coordinated bringing in multiple scientists to study the PEOPLE. I bet you can more than have been dis- tracks, and has worked to create a display of the cast in Godpicture yourself sharing covered anywhere else in dard’s Earth science building. “Overlapping tracks would the world. Furthermore, occur if multiple tracks were made over a longer period an adventure with the slab also contains the while the sand was wet.”  Tucker added, “people ask me me or maybe just largest mammal track ever why were all these tracks in Maryland?” I reply, “Maryland SNUGGLING up for discovered from the Creta- has always been a desirable place to live.” The authors have some quiet time. I’m a ceous. It is about the size of also noted that the Cretaceous environment was “swampy” sweet young bundle of modern raccoon’s prints. 100-120 million years ago. This makes for good jokes tolove who deserves the Lockley and Stanford day, but also points to a serious side of geological research said most of these ancient into long-term climatic and environmental change. great home someone like footprints belong to what As the scientists continue to study the tracks and comYOU could give me! I’m we would consider small pare them to others found in the area and around the world, only two years old with loads mammals – animals the they will continue to discover more about prehistoric life of potential! size of squirrels or prai- that existed here.  PLEASE CHOOSE ME! rie dogs. Most Cretaceous “This could be the key to understanding some of the mammals discovered to smaller finds from the area, so it brings everything togethAnd remember, if there is room in the heart, date have been the size of er,” Lockley said. “This is the Cretaceous equivalent of the there is room in the house! rodents, their size usually Rosetta stone.” Come meet me and the wonderful gang at Tri-County Animal determined only from their For more information about the find, please visit the sciShelter (6707 Animal Shelter Road, Hughesville) or call teeth. “When you have only entific paper and its supplemental material at: http://www. 301-932-1713 for more information. To see more of my amazing teeth, you have no idea friends available for adoption, “like” us on Facebook  @ Tri-County Animal Shelter Southern MD. what the animals looked like or how they behaved,” Press Release from Calvert Marie Museum.

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Automated External Applications Accepted for Defibrillators Now at Parks Teen Leadership Academy

The Calvert County Department of Parks & Recreation announces the installation of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in five county parks to help responders treat park-goers who experience a medical emergency. An AED is a portable device that delivers an electric shock through the chest to the heart when a patient experiences arrhythmia or sudden cardiac arrest. “We worked closely with the county’s risk management team to install the AEDs in secure areas in our busiest parks,” said Department of Parks & Recreation Director Shannon Nazzal. “The majority of our staff was already certified in first aid, CPR and AEDs and all of our incoming seasonal employees will receive training on the AEDs as well.” The AEDs are located in the following areas: • Dunkirk District Park maintenance shop, 10750 Southern Maryland Blvd. • Marley Run Recreational Area concession stand, 1455 Mairfield Lane • Hallowing Point Park maintenance shop, 4755 Hallowing Point Road • Cove Point Park maintenance shop office, 750 Cove Point Road • Solomons Town Center Park maintenance shed, 13320 Dowell Road Shannon added that the AED locations are clearly marked and can be used by any member of the public assisting as a first responder during an emergency. Learn more about Parks & Recreation and its comprehensive program of recreational activities offered in its community centers, aquatic facilities, the public schools and the county parks by visiting online at the link provided below.

Press Release from Calvert County Government.

Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) announces that it is now accepting applications for its Teen Leadership Academy, which will run daily from June 25-28, 2018. The academy is open to teens living in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s County entering grades 10, 11, or 12. The program is based at the College of Southern Maryland, Prince Frederick campus, with bus transportation available from the CSM La Plata and CSM Leonardtown campuses each day. The application is online at www.leadershipsomd. org under the “Programs” header. The  Teen Leadership Academy  is designed to teach and develop leadership skills in a hands-on, experiential program with workshops and visits to meet with regional leaders in their workplaces throughout Southern Maryland. This year, students will explore healthcare in Southern Maryland with a focus on veterans in our community.  LSM has proudly partnered with HTii in support of the academy and is looking for a second organization to co-sponsor, allowing us to keep this unique experience accessible for youth in the tri-county area.    Leadership Southern Maryland offers the Teen Leadership Academy in addition to

its nine-month tuition-based adult executive program designed and dedicated to educate and inspire a diverse group of current and emerging leaders to create collaborations and partnerships to impact the community needs of Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties and incorporates a cross-section of the region to include diversity of geographic location, profession, ethnicity and gender. Leadership Southern Maryland is a 501(c) (3) organization by the Internal Revenue Service (EIN#26-2989381). Contributions are deductible as charitable contributions to the extent permitted by law. For more information, please contact the Helen Mattingly Wernecke, Executive Director Leadership Southern Maryland, 240725-5469 via email helen@leadershipsomd. org or visit Press Release from LSM.

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Volunteer Shortage Has Leaders Looking To The Future By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Now that Calvert County has decided to supplement its volunteer paramedics with paid personnel, officials there say that their problems in providing advanced life support are partially alleviated, but a critical shortage of volunteers for even basic life support (BLS) units continues. Still these officials say that bringing in paid personnel to support BLS is not an issue they feel is a pressing one. “We’re far from that, it’s mainly ALS were dealing with right now,” said Ginger Manifold, fire and rescue recruitment specialist with Calvert County government. The problem filling positions for ALS workers are much the same as BLS workers, she said, but with ALS the increased training requirements are a significant issue. There is a two-year certification program for ALS crews with training at the College of Southern Maryland’s Prince Frederick campus or a more intensive nine-month course at Prince George’s County Community College in Largo. The stringent requirements not withstanding, volunteerism in general seems to be receding. “It takes two people working to get by these days,” Manifold said. “There’s not a lot of time to volunteer.” The very nature of the work, dealing directly with sickness, suffering and even death, also discourages some from volunteering. That is a major problem looming, since, Manifold said, 85 percent of emergency calls are for emergency medical services. “You’re always busy,” she said. “But not everyone likes the medical field.” The reason Calvert is able to forestall the need for paid personnel to support BLS is that all of their stations, except the lone rescue squad in Prince Frederick, is combined with a fire station. Since the county has a greater volunteer pool of firefighters, most of whom are cross-trained as emergency medical technicians (EMTs) they can still ef-

Ginger Manifold, recruitment and retention specialist

fectively field emergency medical calls. The county government also has a program in county high schools for students training to join the emergency services to be crosstrained as EMTs, Manifold said. “We’re pretty strong,” Manifold said regarding the ability to put volunteers in the field. But officials were not sure how long that could last. “I wish I could predict the future,” she said. Jim Richardson, the Fire/Rescue/EMS Coordinator for the Department of Public Safety said the conversation on wheter paid support for BLS units would have to be triggered by data. “We’re constantly monitoring ALS and BLS response to calls,” Richardson said. “But it is becoming more difficult to find people who are willing and able to commit.” The paid ALS support will include ambulances from the pro- Jim Richardson, Fire/Rescue/EMS Coordinator vider, county officials said, which will reduce strain on BLS crews to provide transport adding that the county government did not keep track of all the volunteers in each company. of patients to hospitals. This made it difficult to ascertain just how many In neighboring St. Mary’s County, where some volunteers were needed where or if paid personnel emergency response leaders have said the system should be considered. may need paid support without more volunteers “Is it something that we need to look at? Perhaps,” coming from the community, there appears to be little discussion like the one decided upon in Calvert. Walker said. “We don’t track that information unless Steve Walker, acting director of the Emergency we have a need.” Still, leaders in the rescue community say they are Services Department, said there is some paid supworking to improve services to the county without port staff for the county’s ALS unit. “It’s very limited and on a part-time basis,” Walker having to go to paid support by better utilizing what told The County Times. “It may be too soon [to think they have. Sean Davidson, chief at the Lexington Park Volunabout paid assistance]. teer Rescue Squad and now the county’s rescue chief, “But it’s a good question.” Despite chronic problems with getting enough says that anyone who would never even consider the volunteers to fill fire and rescue companies, the ser- eventual need to have paid assistance “has blinders vices were still being provided on.” “I see that down the road,” Davidson said. “But he said. “They [emergency compa- not tomorrow and hopefully not even 10 years from nies] do a wonderful job provid- now.” The push for volunteers on a constant basis was to ing services to the community,” ensure there was always a pool of qualified personnel Walker said. He speculated that the rea- ready to provide emergency services, he said, even if son Lexington Park Volunteer there was not a chronic shortage of EMTs in rescue Rescue Squad, the busiest in the squads. “While there is a struggle to find volunteers… it county, can answer virtually every emergency call is that there still takes time to get them trained and qualified to are enough people both living practice independently once they come on board.” The Lexington Park unit responds to 49.2 percent and working there to be able to of the emergency calls county-wide, but only 17 peractively volunteer. Other rescue squads may suf- cent of the calls they run are outside their first-due fer from the fact that they are area of responsibility, he said. The unit also sees plenty of volunteers who want to more removed from employment give of their time. centers such as Lexington Park, “It’s the population density,” Davidson said. and potential volunteers must “There are just so many people here.” travel farther away for work. Despite the success of the volunteer system here This would mean they could in St. Mary’s, both for fire and rescue units, it made not readily leave work to answer sense to consider how paid support personnel might emergency calls. But, he said, the reason some one day come to the county, said Davisdon. “There’s validity to the idea that we need to look at companies need more volunteers what comes next,” Davidson said. than others a questions easily answered. “You need hard data to get to those conclusions,” Walker said,

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Beyond the Ordinary Summer Camp:

CSM Kids’ and Teen College Focuses on Educational Fun

A participant in last summer’s CSM Kids’ and Teen College sharpens her digital photography skills. Registration opens Feb. 14 for this summer’s program, which includes 115 different courses, including 38 new offerings.

Looking forward to the warmth of the summer sun in just a few months? Besides dreaming of sunny skies, now is also a great time to make plans how to spend those days. It is an ideal time to consider the best use of those weeks off from school for your children, and the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) has prepared a packed Kids’ and Teen College schedule to provide an experience beyond the ordinary summer camp for children ages 5 to 17 from June 18 through Aug. 17.

Registration opens Feb. 14. “CSM’s Kids’ and Teen College is designed to be an opportunity — an opportunity to learn new things, try new skills, expand understanding and make new friends — all while having fun,” said CSM Youth Program Coordinator Anthony Warrick. This series of one-week educational experiences includes 115 different courses for parents and children to choose from, including 38 new offerings this summer. Courses are offered at the La Plata, Prince Frederick and Leonardtown campuses and include before- and after-care Students participate in a cybersecurity course at last summer’s CSM Kids’ and Teen Registration opens Feb. 14 for this summer’s program, which includes 115 options at all three campuses. College. different courses, including 38 new offerings. This year, CSM included an additional week of classes nior Pilots, Superhero Camp and JEDI Engineering with to accommodate students going back to school after La- LEGOs®. bor Day. “We hope this will help parents when it comes CSM emphasizes high standards in its instruction, to their family’s care and educational needs,” Warrick working with multiple vendors that specialize in the insaid. demand areas of STEM (science, technology, engineer“Kids get to meet new friends, discover a new skill ing and math) education and vendors that employ the or even uncover a passion they did not know they had,” most experienced instructors. Vendors include Black Warrick said. “The opportunities are wide and varied. Rocket and Circus Camp from previous years and four The Kids’ and Teen College program at the College of new vendors this year, Goldsmith Education, Playwell Southern Maryland is definitely not your parents’ sum- Technologies, Drobots and Lessons From Abroad. mer camp, that’s for sure.” One of the new vendors, Goldsmith Education, has Examples of some of the new courses available for stu- been providing courses throughout the state before comdents ages 11-14 include: Drones: Fly, Code and Create; ing to CSM. Goldsmith Education’s courses at CSM this Advanced 3D Video Game with Unity for Teens; Young summer will include Engineering and Robotics, DisEntrepreneurs; and Advanced Digital Photography. secting Computers, Rockets and Robotics, Circuit FunStudents ages 7-10 can select from new courses like damentals, All about Technology, Robotics with MindElementary Engineering for Kids, STEM Challenge storms and Elementary Engineering. with LEGOs® I and II, Comic Book Design and Mad Aaron Goldsmith of Halethorpe, who started GoldScientist. smith Education after a decade in the industry and five Examples of new courses for students ages 5-6 include years as a teacher, applies that experience when designWorld Traveler, Intro to Drone Flying Missions for Ju- ing his courses. He only hires Maryland-certified teachers, and he believes in project-based education, where skills are applied in real-world situations. “First they build the robot. Then, they program it. Then, they trouble-shoot it, and that’s the most important part,” Goldsmith said. “This multi-pronged approach asks students to think in multiple directions at the same time. It’s an exciting way to learn and it leads to better understanding of material as they marry the physical and digital world. Students are treated as engineers and learn to communicate as such using scientific and engineering terms and ideas. In turn, our young engineers work collaboratively to overcome challenges and learn from one another’s experiences,” Goldsmith said. In addition to responding to the demand for more STEM courses, CSM’s Kids’ and Teen College is offering a few courses for older students this year. SAT/ACT Prep and the Great Job Hunt are offered for students ages 14-17. “We are also including CPR and First Aid for our Counselor in Training Course this year,” Warrick said. For information about all available courses and to register for CSM’s Kids’ and Teen College, visit www.csmd. edu/kidscollege Press Release from CSM.

Two students work together on a science experiment at last summer’s CSM Kids’ and Teen College. Registration opens Feb. 14 for this summer’s program, which includes 115 different courses, including 38 new offerings.



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In Remembrance Michael Anthony Martin Michael Anthony Martin, 61, of Chesapeake Beach passed away February 4, 2018. He was born December 14, 1956 in Wa s h i n g t o n , D.C. to Frederick F. and Josephine (Robey) Martin. Michael was raised in Forestville and attended P.G. County Public Schools. He began working for METRO in 1974 at the age of eighteen and retired in 2004. He was a member of the Local 689 Transit Union. He was an avid Washington Redskins fan and also enjoyed watching the Washington Nationals, NASCAR and muscle cars. Michael could often be found in his garage tinkering with anything and everything. He is survived by his wife Susan L. Martin, son Michael A. Martin II and wife Melissa of North Beach, step son Robert Lilly and wife Tina of Frankfort, KY, step daughter Kimberly Lager of husband Brian of Frederick, MD, his mother Josephine Martin of Huntingtown and grandchildren Michael A. Martin III, Odessa Lilly, KayLee Robinson, and Avery and Brynn Lager. Also surviving are sisters Gerri Brewer and husband (Dana) of Shallotte, SC, Carol Swann (Dave Wilson) of Owings, Lois Canada (Donald) of Huntingtown, Cecelia Stortzum (Skip) of Myrtle Beach, SC and Mary Jo Lear (Steve) of Gettysburg, PA and brother Charles Martin (Debbie) of Huntingtown. He was preceded in death by his father Frederick F. Martin and brother Frederick T. “Tim” Martin. Visitation will be Saturday, February 10, 2018m 10-11 a.m. at

Rausch Funeral Home - Owings 8325 Mount Harmony Lane, Owings MD 20736. Life Celebration Service will follow at 11 a.m, at the funeral home.

Nancy Delores Drury Nancy Delores D r u r y, 83, of Owi ngs passed a w a y February 3, 2018. She was b o r n April 27, 1934 in Er win, TN to John E. and Virgie A. (Guinn) Tilson. Nancy moved to Washington, D.C and married William Clifford Drury. They settled in Owings in 1973. Nancy was primarily a homemaker and member a Bayside Baptist Church. Nancy was preceded in death by her husband William C. Drury. She is survived by children William L. Drury (Susan Bowles) of Owings, Robert E. Drury (Michelle) of Lusby and Teresa Steer (Rory) of Centennial, CO, grandchildren Michael, Kimberly and John Drury, great-grandchildren Harmony and Jayden, sister Earlene Cornett (Charles) of Limestone, TN and brother John Tilson of TN. Memorial Service will be Friday, February 23, 2018 at 2 p.m at Rausch Funeral Home - Owings 8325 Mount Harmony Lane, Owings MD 20736. Memorial contributions may be made to ALS Association, 1275 K Street NW #1050 Washington DC 20005; Phone: 202407-8580; website:

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The Calvert 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.

Irene Elizabeth White I r e n e Elizabeth White, 91, of A nnapolis, MD passed away January 31, 2018 at the Mandrin Inpatient Care Center in Ha r wood. Irene was born December 27, 1926 in Annapolis to Harvey F. and Myrtle V. (Carr) Myers, and was raised in Annapolis. She attended Germantown Elementary and graduated from Annapolis High School in 1943. She was employed at the Naval Academy where she met Lewis J. White while he was stationed there, and they married August 22, 1948 in the Academy Chapel. They lived in Annapolis and later at numerous other duty stations in the U.S. and abroad, including Hawaii and Paris, France, both of which she loved. Upon resettling in Annapolis in 1966, she was a homemaker raising her three children. She had also worked for the past thirty years at Kitchen Encounters, her son Mark’s family business in Annapolis. Irene was a long time active member of Heritage Baptist Church in Annapolis where she enjoyed attending Sunday school and being on the dinner committee. In her leisure time Irene enjoyed crafts, sewing and needlework, embroidery, playing word puzzles and solitaire on the computer, and time with family. Irene was preceded in death by her husband Lew in 1998. She is survived by a daughter Cindy White Spittle and husband Pat Curran of Annapolis, sons Lewis J.” Jim” White, Jr. and wife Sherry of Gibsonville, NC, and Mark T. White and wife Cindi of Arnold, MD. Also surviving are grandchildren Alex, Jessie, Grace, Joshua, Timothy and Kathleen White, six great-grandchildren, a sister Joan Myers of Crofton and a brother Martin Myers of Aiken, SC. Irene was preceded in death by brothers H. Fenton Myers, Jr. and John A. “Buck” Myers, and sisters Ivyl V. Rowland, Myrtle M. Rausch, Beverly L. Ames, and Shirley A. Myers. Memorial contributions may be made to Heritage Baptist Church, 1740 Forest Drive Annapolis MD 21401; Phone: 410-2636680; website: Funeral arrangements were made by Rausch Funeral Home.

Audrey Curtis Anderson Aud rey Curtis Anderson, 96, of Shady S i d e passed away January 30, 2018. She was born August 13, 1921 in Washington, D.C. to Edward R. and Ruth (Effenbach) Curtis. Audrey was raised in D.C. and graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1939. Following high school, Audrey attended and graduated from Wilson Teachers College. Audrey moved to Silver Spring in 1958 and made her home there until moving to Shady Side in 2015. She was employed as an elementary school teacher in D.C. and Montgomery County, retiring in the early 1980’s. Audrey was a member of Luther Rice Baptist Church in Silver Spring, where she sang in the choir. She was also a member of Hillandale Women’s Group for many years. Audrey was a gifted singer and was hired to sing at weddings and funerals. She was very active and independent and even in her 90’s still enjoyed water aerobics and driving. Audrey was preceded in death by her husband Richard G. Anderson and brother in law Jack Hutchins. She is survived by her son Richard Anderson and his wife Linda of Shady Side, sister Edith Hutchins of Upper Marlboro and niece Cindy Hutchins of Upper Marlboro. Funeral arrangements were by Rausch Funeral Home.

David Brack Diamond (Dave) David B r a c k Diamond (Dave), 50, of Hunt i ng tow n passed away January 30, 2018 in the Upper Ma rlboro area due to a tragic car accident. Dave was born on June 8, 1967 in Washington, D.C. to Brack and Pamela Diamond. He graduated from Northern High School in 1985 and went on to graduate from Frostburg State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business in 1989. He was

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employed at Diamond Container Corporation as plant manager for 33 years. Dave married his wife, Rev. Christina Diamond, on September 30, 1995. He was a member of Full Gospel Assembly of God Church. For twenty-two years he loved and served his family, church, and community. He was a great partner with his wife in ministry. They worked as a team praying for those in need, visiting those who were sick, serving communion to the Body of Christ, and teaching in Christian Education classes and Life Groups. They worked side by side for several years in the youth department, encouraging and building relationships with Calvert County’s youth. He also had ministries of his own. Whether he was an usher, greeter, nursery worker, transporting those who needed rides, or Vacation Bible School leader, he loved people. It showed in everything he did Dave was also deeply involved with the Royal Ranger program at Full Gospel Assembly of God. He faithfully served in that ministry for over 14 years. He eventually became Outpost 74’s Senior Commander. Teaching and reaching the young boys in Calvert County for Christ was a passion of his. He enjoyed taking them camping, building pinewood derby cars with them, and teaching them Godly truths. From Pow Wows to hiking trips,Dave worked hard to take as many boys as he could. He also enjoyed being a part of the Frontiersmen Camping Fellowship. He always came home with a smile and told many stories of the wonderful relationships he developed through FCF. His children, Jesse and Elizabeth, grew up with their father present and active in their lives. They both enjoyed their dad immensely; he was always there for them with great support and love. Dave took his role as a father very serious and invested time in his family. Dave enjoyed the outdoors; camping, fishing, and hunting are a few hobbies that made him smile but most of all it was the relationships he had with his father, brother, uncles, cousins, family and friends while doing these things that brought him the most joy. Survived by his wife Christina Marie Diamond, children, Jesse David Diamond and Elizabeth Pearl Marie Diamond. Father Brack Diamond, Mother Pamela Diamond and brother Stephen Diamond and many many other family and friends. He was faithful, loving and true! Funeral arrangements were by Rausch Funeral Home.

Charlotte Laverne Crider Charlotte Laverne Crider, 81, of Lexington Park, MD passed away on January 30, 2018 at Georgetown University

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Hospital. Born May 19, 1936 in Baltimore, MD, she was the daughter of the late Dalton Mitchell Chaney and Anna Marie (A nd rews) Chaney. Charlotte graduated from Arundel High School in 1954. She worked for the U.S. Government as a Logistics Technician for thirty years, retiring in 2003. Charlotte enjoyed traveling, dancing, shopping and playing cards. Charlotte is survived by her children, Susan Dresher, Joseph Butcher, Michelle Williams, Patricia Shroy and Brian Butcher; eleven grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; and her sister, Betty J. Kreiner. She was preceded in death by her husband Gerald Crider in 2014, whom she married on August 1, 1996 in Prince Frederick, MD; and her sister Dorothy M. Chaney. Family received friends on Friday, February 2, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Rausch Funeral Home, 20 American Lane, Lusby, MD 20657. A Funeral Service was held on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. in the Rausch Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Dottie Yunger officiating. Interment followed in Solomons United Methodist Church Cemetery, Solomons, MD. Sering as pallbearers will be Jeffrey Bell, Joseph Butcher, Brian Butcher, Michael Shroy, Ray Kreiner and Michael Kreiner. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lexington Park Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 339, Lexington Park, MD 20653. Condolences to the family may be made at

Douglas McArthur Moore Douglas McArthur Moore, 72, of Lusby, MD and formerly of Morgantown, WV, passed away on January 28, 2018 at his residence. Douglas was also known as Doug, Pop-Pop and Grumpy Gills. Born August 12, 1945 in Bradshaw, WV, he was the son of the late Walter

H. Moore and Edith C. (Bellew) Moore. Doug moved to Waldorf, MD from WV in 1985 and then to Lusby, MD in 1991. He retired as a residential carpenter and his hobbies included fishing, camping, hunting in his younger days, western movies, and eating crab legs and shrimp with his grandchildren. Doug is survived by his wife Dona S. Moore whom he married on March 13, 1985 in LaPlata, MD; his daughter, Robin Goldsmith of Lusby, MD; his grandchildren, Joshua, Spencer and Shelby Goldsmith; and his brother, Eli McCoy of WV/Hurlock, MD. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Patty Underwood and Cleatus Gibson. A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Olivet United Methodist Church, 13575 Olivet Road, Lusby, MD 20657. Memorial contributions may be made to the Calvert County Watermen’s Association, 12925 Spring Cove Drive, Lusby, MD 20657. Condolences to the family may be made at

W. Gordon Gemeny W . Gordon G e m e ny, age 87, of Solomons Island, M a r yland, died peacefully at his home on November 22, 2017. He is survived by his 3 children, 7 grandchildren, and a great grandson, who was born just after his passing. Gordon Gemeny, the son of the late Andrew Gemeny and Myrtelle Gordon Gemeny, was born in Washington, D. C., and was a graduate of McKinley (Tech) High School in D.C. and the University of Maryland, College Park. He was a member of Middleham Parish in Lusby, MD, LaFayette Masonic Lodge in Washington, D.C., and the Solomons Island Yacht Club. In 1951, Gemeny graduated from UMCP with a BS in Political Science and was a member of Scabbard and Blade, The Arnold Society, and Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. He was honorary ROTC and subsequently served as a lieutenant in the U. S. Air Force during the Korean War. Prior to moving to Calvert County, Gemeny spent most of his adult life as a resident of Greenbelt and College Park. He was politically active and ran for the House of Delegates in 1958 as a Republican. Gemeny was instrumental in the establishment of the Marlboro Home Rule Charter Committee in the 1960’s,



and served as a member of the board that drafted the charter that still forms the basis for Prince George’s County government today. For 50 years, Gemeny was managing partner of Andrew Gemeny & Son, an insurance brokerage firm in Washington and Hyattsville, MD, which was started by his father in 1925. From 1965 until 1988, Gemeny imported yachts and was the main U.S. representative for Westerly Marine Construction, a leading British sailboat manufacturer. During this period, he handled the importation and sale of more than 500 offshore Westerlys cruising around the U.S. Gemeny participated in the Annapolis and Washington boat shows representing Westerly, and then later on, powerboat shows representing Nova Embassys. When he wasn’t working, he enjoyed recreational boating as well. He and his wife, Mary, who predeceased him in 2016, made many trips up and down the Intercoastal Waterway with their dog during winter months. Together they enjoyed traveling the East Coast while living aboard their boat. Often family and friends joined them on these water trips between Maryland and Florida. As he grew older, Gemeny and his wife traveled to Florida in a motorhome, eventually purchasing a small home in Fort Myers, which they enjoyed for 6 years. Around 2007, Gemeny and his wife began their last big adventure together: planting a vineyard. They hoped to turn the 200-acre farm that had been in the Gemeny family since 1897—a former tobacco farm—into a thriving Southern Maryland winery. Their goal was to create inspiration and opportunity for other former tobacco farms to grow an alternative crop—grapes—encouraging a Southern Maryland Wine Trail. During the process, Gemeny, along with another local family-owned winery, worked to change the laws of Maryland and Prince George’s County, which, at the time, did not allow wineries to exist in the county. Gemeny lobbied and helped create the laws that now allow for wineries to exist in Prince Georges County. In August 2016, Gemeny Winery and Vineyard opened its doors. The tasting room currently serves and sells a selection of wine produced from grapes grown on the family farm in Brandywine, as well as wines produced from grapes grown in other regions. The family winery is now a part of The Legacy Wine Trail of Southern Maryland wineries. Help us celebrate his hard work and life well lived. Join us as we raise our glasses and toast Gordon Gemeny! He will forever be remembered.



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Community Thursday, February 8

Saturday, February 10

Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Calvert Library Prince Frederick 7:00 - 8:30 PM Tips and support from other caregivers. Facilitated by Jeannette Findley & JC Hooker.

Calvert Artists’ Guild Meeting Solomons Asbury Auditorium, 11740 Asbury Circle 10:00 AM to Noon After a brief business meeting, join Nicole Stewart as she does a sketching demonstration. Nicole will discuss achieving depth with a pencil sketch. Artists and guests will see signs at Asbury directing all to the parking area. Members can bring “finger foods” (no cutting required) to share. Free to the public. Info: Jan Barr 443-404-5746, or Gerry Wood 301863-9663,

Fried Shrimp Dinner American Legion Post 206, 3330 Chesapeake Beach Rd., Chesapeake Beach 5:30 - 7:00 PM An informal dinner hosted by the Sons of the American Legion Stallings Williams Post 206 in the lower-level dining room. Dinner includes all the trimmings, salad and beverage for $12. Public invited. Call for more information 410-257-9878. Acoustic Music at the American Legion American Legion Post 206, 3330 Chesapeake Beach Rd., Chesapeake Beach 7:00 - 11:00 PM For your listening pleasure in the Lower Level Lounge, music by Ross Crampton with the compliments of the American Legion Stallings Williams Post. Public welcome. For more information, call 410-2579878.

Fri. - Sun., Feb. 9 – 11 Jewelry Trunk Show Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM The Museum Store presents an exquisite selection of jewelry that highlights both new artists and perennial favorites. Get a free box of sea salt caramels with a $50 or more jewelry purchase. Returning this year is Black Point Chocolatier, on hand with delectable handcrafted chocolates and confections to sample and purchase.

Friday, February 9 Tracking Through Technology Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick 7:00 PM Greg Kearns, Naturalist, Patuxent River Park, has documented a decrease in the migratory Sora Rails, which he attributed to the decline of Wild Rice in the tidal freshwater marshes. Greg is tracking Sora Rails using lightweight transmitters to understand their migration patterns along the East Coast. He will present preliminary data and discussion. Register for this free program:

Pet Adoption Pepper’s Pet Pantry in Solomons 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM A dog and cat adoption event with local Saint Mary’s and Calvert County animal rescue groups. Pepper’s Pet Pantry is located in the Solomons Towne Center behind CVS. For more information, please call 410-326-4006 Swimsuit Edition: Recreation in Calvert County Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way 3:00 - 4:00 PM Where we swam and what we wore in the early 20th century presented by Joanie Kilmon. “At the Water’s Edge” lecture series. Co-sponsored by Calvert Library, Bayside History Museum, Calvert Marine Museum and Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862. HAVE a HEART for Calvert Youth SpringHill Suites, 75 Sherry Lane, Prince Frederick 6:00 – 8:00 PM Join the Calvert Collaborative for Children and Youth (3CY) for their first annual fundraiser auction. Hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction at 6:00 and move to the live auction at 7:00. Proceeds will help facilitate youth development programs, recognize outstanding citizens and youth as Champions for Children, and advocate for youth and family friendly community spaces and programs. $25/person can be purchased by calling 410-414-8300; emailing calvertkids@ or online at: have-a-heart-for-calvert-youth-fundraiserauction-tickets-39703196329. Country Dance American Legion Post 206, 3330 Chesapeake Beach Rd. 7:00 – 11:30 PM For a fun time, come to the Upper Level Ballroom at the American Legion StallingsWilliams Post 206. If you can’t dance, teachers will be available to give instruction. Onehour lessons at 7:00 followed by dancing from 8:00 until 11:30. $15/person includes soft drinks or draft beer and light munch-

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lated to the story’s setting. Registration required. Call 410-586-8501, email jef[at@ Register on line: timetravelingkids.

Sunday, February 11

Zumba Toning—Code Pink and Red! Mt. Hope Community Ctr., 104 Pushaw Station Rd, Sunderland 7:00 - 8:00 PM Pre-game your Valentine game—Dress Code (optional) Pink and Red Hearts. If you love to dance, this is the fitness class for you. All fitness levels are welcome, and no experience is necessary. If you have any concerns/ questions or want to know how you can try a class for free, please call 410-535-7080.

Sweetheart Breakfast American Legion Post 206, 3330 Chesapeake Beach Rd, Chesapeake Beach 8:00 - 11:00 AM Treat your Sweetie to a yummy breakfast featuring all-u-can-eat Waffles, Ham, Sausage, Scrapple, Bacon, Scrambled Eggs, Home Fries, Biscuits, Fruit, and Chip Beef. Hosted by the American Legion Auxiliary in the upper level Dining Room in Chesapeake Beach on Route 260. Public Welcome. Adults $12; kids 6-12 $6; kids under 6 free. Bloody Marys will be available for a nominal charge. For information call 410257-9878. Valentine’s Date Night Chesapeake Church, Sunderland 6201 Solomons Island Rd. 6:30-8:30 PM Featuring Grilled Marinated Chicken Dinner, Live Music and The Not-So-Newlywed Game! RSVP or call 410-257-0700 for more info. Mardi Gras Art Show & Wine Tasting Carmen’s Gallery, 14550 Solomons Island Road, Solomons, MD 20688 1:00-3:00 PM The show will feature the acrylic an oil paintings of gallery owner Carmen Lee Nance Gambrill and a wine tasting of French wines with Dee Peters. There will also be special event pricing on some clothing on that day only. Come masked, beaded, wigged or any way you’re comfortable. For more info, call 410-326-2549.

Monday, February 12 Zumba Gold-Toning Dunkirk Firehouse, Ward Road, Dunkirk 7:00 - 8:00 PM The party you love at your own pace with a total body workout using light weights to shake up those muscles. All fitness levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. Drop in $5. All active duty first responders will always be free. If you have any concerns/ questions or want to know how you can try a class for free, please call 301-520-2338.

Tuesday, February 13 Time Traveling Kids Storytime Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum, 10515 Mackall Rd., St. Leonard 10:00 -11:00 AM This free program for Pre-K kids features stories that transport participants into the past! In addition to reading a story, participants will join in on activities re-

Sons of the American Legion Member Meeting American Legion Post 206, 3330 Chesapeake Beach Rd. 7:00 - 8:00 PM Monthly meeting in the Upper Level Meeting Hall of the Post. All members are urged to attend and make their voices heard. For more information, call Commander Ward at 410-610-7217.

Wednesday, February 14 Valentine’s Day Sea Squirts: Rockin Reptiles! Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons 10:00 – 10:30 AM FREE drop-in program for children 18 month to 3 years and their caregivers. Space is limited; if the session is full, another program will be offered at 11 a.m. Ash Wednesday Service Friendship United Methodist Church 22 W. Friendship Rd. 20758 7:30 - 8:30 PM All welcome. Voices in Praise (VIP) youth choir sings.

Thursday, February 15 NARFE Meeting Calvert Pines Senior Center, West Dares Beach Rd. Prince Frederick 1:00 PM The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE), Calvert County Chapter 1466. There will be a presentation on Long Term Care and 2018 Tax Changes followed by a short business session. Join us for an early lunch at 11: 30, this month at Dreamweaver in Prince Frederick. Active and Retired Federal employees, current and prospective members, non-members and guests are welcome. If your staff has any questions about the announcement, I can Questions: 410326-9024 or can contact Roger Cronshey 410-535-4576.

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Thursday, February 8

Calvert Conversations. 10:0011:00am. Local history lite! Listen to stories in the library’s living room; sometimes meet-up at local places of interest. Call 410-257-2411 for latest info. Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch, 3819 Harbor Road, Chesapeake Beach, 410-257-2411. S.T.E.A.M. PUNKS. 6:30-7:30pm. Question, Discover and Explore! Grades K to 7. Please register. Calvert Library Southern Branch, 13920 H. G. Trueman Road, Solomons, 410-326-5289. MakePlayLearn. 6:30-7:30pm. Take building and creativity to a whole new level at the library. We provide the space, Legos® and other building materials. You provide the imagination.​​ Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch, 3819 Harbor Road, Chesapeake Beach, 410257-2411.

Friday, February 9

On Pins & Needles. 1:00-4:00pm. Bring your quilting, needlework, knitting, crocheting, or other project for an afternoon of conversation and shared creativity. Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way, 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

Saturday, February 10

Poets’ Circle. 9:00-11:00am. Beginner or big-time, confident or compulsive, stuck or star-lit! All are welcome. Expect a friendly session of discussion, editing and support. Bring 5 copies of what you want to work on or just yourself. Please register. Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way, 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862. Construction Zone. 2:00-4:00pm. Bring your family to explore the Library’s building sets. It’s come and go constructive time in the storytime room as we bring out the library’s collection of Legos®, Keva Planks®, Lincoln Logs®, blocks, Magformers® and more. No registration. Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way, 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862. Swimsuit Edition: Recreation in Calvert County “At the Water’s Edge”. 3:004:00pm. Swimsuit Edition: Recreation in Calvert County “At the Water’s Edge” where we swam and what we wore in the early 20th century presented by Joanie Kilmon. Co-sponsored by Calvert Library, Bayside History Museum, Calvert Marine Museum and Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum. Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way, 410535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

Monday, February 12

JobSource Mobile Career Center. 1:00-4:00pm. Stop by to visit the JobSource Mobile Career Center for your job search needs! Get job counseling and résumé help, search for jobs and connect with Southern Maryland JobSource. No registration. Calvert Library Fairview Branch, Rt. 4 and Chaneyville Road, Owings, 410-257-2101. Book Discussion. 7:00-8:30pm. Emma is a wealthy young woman who prides herself in being a matchmaker. Although Emma has had some success, she doesn’t always choose wise matches for her friends, but she unexpectedly finds the love of her life along the way. Written by Jane Austen. Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch, 3819 Harbor Road, Chesapeake Beach, 410-257-2411. Books & Toys. 10:00-11:00am. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Book club for parents and caregivers, playtime for your tots! No registration. Calvert Library Southern Branch, 13920 H. G. Trueman Road, Solomons, 410-326-5289.

Tuesday, February 13

Documentary & Discussion: Business in the Black. 6:30-8:30pm. Learn about the rise of black business in America from the 1800’s to 1960’s. Hear about the impact of racism on black business districts. Co-sponsored by the Calvert County Minority Business Alliance, Calvert League of Women Voters, Calvert Library and Concerned Black Women. Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way, 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

Wednesday, February 14

Happy Crafternoon! 1:00-1:45pm. Children enjoy books and language through short stories and create fun art projects using a variety of techniques and mediums. For 3 to 5 year-olds. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please register. Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way, 410-5350291 or 301-855-1862. Memoirs & Creative Writing Workshop. 2:00-3:30pm. Join author and editor Elisavietta Ritchie as she encourages the art of creative memoir writing. Bring 6 double-spaced copies of your piece of memoir, 500-800 words, to work on and share with the group. Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way, 410535-0291 or 301-855-1862.


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AARP Tax-Aide Program

Certified Tax-Aide Counselors will be available Monday, February 12 through Friday, April 13, 2018 to prepare individual federal and state tax returns at no cost or low-to-moderate income senior citizens aged 50-plus. You do not have to be an AARP member. All individuals on the return must be present and provide identification (SSN card and photo ID). Senior centers will begin scheduling appointments, Monday, February 5. Please call for more information. Calvert Pines, 410-5354606, North Beach, 410-257-2549, Southern Pines, 410-586-2748.

Do You Need Help Paying for Heat and Electric?

The Maryland Energy Assistance Program (MEAP), through Tri-County Community Action, assists eligible individuals and families with a one-time-per-year grant to help pay heating and electric bills. You must be eligible to apply and be prepared to show proof for all household members. Appointments are now being scheduled at each of the senior centers: Calvert Pines, Mondays – Fridays, 410-535-4606; Southern Pines, 410-586-2748; North Beach, 410-257-2549.

AARP Driver Safety Class

A class will be held Tuesday, March 6, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Calvert Pines Senior Center. The fee

for a class is $15/AARP members, $20/non-members. Members must show AARP cards. Please call to register.

Calvert Pines Senior Center (CPSC)

If you want to enjoy a sweet ice cream treat, join us Wednesday, February 14, 12:30 p.m. for Valentine’s Day Ice Cream Sundaes. Ask questions in an interactive session that is set to help you reach goals and improve your lifestyle with Ask the Expert – Dietician. Friday, February 9, 9:30 a.m.

North Beach Senior Center (NBSC)

Wear your masks and beads! Celebrate “Fat Tuesday” with doughnuts and friends, Tuesday, February 13, 10:30 a.m. for Mardi Gras. Let us guess who’s who from your wedding picture. Enjoy the crooning music of Robert Anthony to set the mood for love, Wednesday, February 14, 10:30 a.m. for Valentine’s Day.

Southern Pines Senior Center (SPSC)

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with music while singing along with Christine, Wednesday, February 14, 1 p.m. The Winter Olympics are in full swing. Join us for some fun and games Friday, February 16, 10:30 a.m. with Olympic Games.

Eating Together Menu

Monday, February 12

Club Sandwich w/Turkey, Swiss Cheese & Lettuce, Cole Slaw, Citrus Sections

Tuesday, February 13

BBQ Chicken, Oven Roasted Red Potatoes & Onions, Roasted Carrots, Dinner Roll, Baked Apple

Wednesday, February 14

Lasagna w/Meat Sauce, Tossed Sal-

ad, Seasoned Kale, French Bread, Peaches

Thursday, February 15

Baked Chicken in Cream Sauce, Minestrone Soup, Broccoli, Carrots, Dinner Roll, Whole Baked Apple w/Raisins

Friday, February 16

Baked Fish Sticks, Green Beans, Corn, Dinner Roll, Banana

Lunches are served to seniors, aged 60-plus, and their spouses through Title IIIC of the Older Americans Act. Suggested donation is $3. To make or cancel a reservation call: Calvert Pines Senior Center at 410-535-4606, North Beach Senior Center at 410-257-2549, or Southern Pines Senior Center at 410-586-2748. Lunches are subject to change.




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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Winter Hours Extended at Three County Parks

The Morning After the Night Before

The blaring alarm pierced into a vulnerable recess of my brain. With throbbing temples and half-mast eyes, I struggled to calibrate. The world beyond the warm bed was harsh and intimidating. The once-snoozed, then chirping again time box next to the bed incited rage. It was just doing the job I programmed it to do. But its rude, rhythmic call demanded that I rise to meet the responsibilities of the day. Responsibilities…so overrated at a time like this; sleep and sloth were more appealing. That was this past Monday morning. But it wasn’t just any Monday morning; it was the worst Monday morning of the year – dead-of-winter-cold, dark and, for the first time since early September, lonely. The fifty-second edition of The Great American Game – the Super Bowl - was played the preceding night. Somebody lost, somebody won. Million-dollar ads had their one shining or dubious moment. Confetti flew. A champion was crowned. Disney World trips were booked. Heroes were anointed; goats were scolded. One city planned a parade; the other prepared for a wake. For the majority – those neither celebrating the Eagles’ win nor despondent over the Patriots’ loss - this question loomed on the morning after the night before: now what? The NFL’s departure hurts. Football’s crescendo builds through the fall, reaches a frenzy in the early winter and ends with an abrupt, climatic thud on Super Bowl night. Then that Monday morning comes. Where to go? What to do? See a doctor! Yes, that’s it, a doctor of the human mind (such a scary place). My therapist is Dr. Seuss. Been seeing him my entire life. His advice: “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” Will do, sir. So with a semi-genuine smile, I say thank you, NFL season…again and as always. Now for some business… The Rolling Stones famously crooned, “It’s only rock ‘n’ roll, but I like it.” Well, following that excessive deprecation, the NFL is, technically, only football. Ah, but look closer, Luke…feel The Force… errrr…the football inside you. There’s much more to this game than a tightly strewn, pigskin-wrapped sphere. The “much more” is what I always miss. The game aside, the Super Bowl jour-

ney of the two combatants is always a fascinating tale. They are two of 32 miraculous survivors of an arduous trip wrought with tough losses, injuries, inevitable internal conflict, self-doubt and seemingly impossible scenarios. That each transcended is a testament to their individual and collective resiliency. Those broad-brush aspects of Super Bowl stories never change. The teams and details do. This year, New England absorbed the significant pre-season loss of star WR Julian Edelman and pushed aside reports of infighting and their dynasty’s pending collapse. Philadelphia rode the MVP play of QB Carson Wentz to regular-season prominence. After Wentz’s week 14 season-ending injury, pundits left the Eagles for dead. But to their great credit, Philadelphia rejected the bulletproof excuse and rallied against any and all naysayers. Digging deeper, past even the individual team stories, lurks the “much more” that I miss most about football in the postSuper Bowl haze: with its incomparable concurrent interdependencies – coaches, players, offensive and defensive concepts and in-game chaos - it is the ultimate team sport. Football’s musical equivalent is jazz. At its best, jazz is improvisational magic. Within a basic structure, talented individuals read real-time cues of bandmates, wax and wane within a team concept and remain laser-focused on the art, not personal excellence. This describes football at its best, too, as it is performed game-to-game, possession-to-possession and play-to-play. When it all aligns, without ego and toward a collective end, it is, like jazz, an exhilarating experience and a testament to a group committed to a grand, democratic endeavor. This is why, after watching football’s finest offering, it hurts to say goodbye. This is why the post-Super Bowl Monday morning is the worst. Football shows us what democracy can be; its departure leaves us to reflect on what our nation’s democracy certainly and currently is not. No wonder my head was throbbing when the alarm sounded. Nevertheless, I’m still smiling because the football season happened. Doctor’s orders. Send comments to

The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners voted Jan. 23, 2018, to extend winter park hours at Dunkirk District, Hallowing Point and Cove Point parks. The parks, which are open mid-November through mid-March from 8 a.m. to 3:50 p.m., will now be open during those months from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. beginning Feb. 5, 2018. Summer hours of operation will remain 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The decision to extend winter hours came after the Calvert County Department of Parks & Recreation conducted a survey to identify community needs and determine residents’ preferences on the parks’ opening and closing times. The survey received 366 responses and the majority of responders preferred the parks stay open longer. “Based on the survey results we saw there was a need for a change in hours and we are thrilled the board put the resources in place to be responsive to our constituents,” said Department of Parks & Recreation Director Shannon Nazzal. Learn more about the Department of Parks & Recreation and its comprehensive program of recreational activities offered in its community centers, aquatic facilities, the public schools and the county parks by visiting online at the link provided below. Press Release fron Calvert County Government.

Craft Leads Seahawk Men’s Basketball at Wesley

Senior wing Chris Craft, Jr. (Waldorf, Md./Westlake) tallied 13 points off the bench to lead the St. Mary’s College of Maryland men’s basketball team in an 8059 road loss to Wesley College Saturday afternoon. The win gives Wesley the season sweep of the Seahawks as the Wolverines earned a 74-67 win in St. Mary’s City on January 6. The Basics • Score: St. Mary’s 59, Wesley 80 • Records: St. Mary’s (3-18, 2-12 CAC), Wesley (10-11, 6-8 CAC) • Location: Dover, Del. – Wentworth Gymnasium How It Happened Wesley jumped out to an early 5-0 lead before senior guard Ochae Bynum (Waldorf, Md./North Point) and sophomore forward Jamal Murphy (Waldorf, Md./ Westlake) pulled the Seahawks even at 5-5 at 16:47. However, the Wolverines would never trail in the game as WC used a 13-5 run to build an eight-point lead at 12:39 following an and1 play by Brian Cameron. St. Mary’s responded with a 7-0 run as Craft pulled his team within one with a layup off an assist from senior wing LaVonte Sanders (Upper Marlboro, Md./ Wise). However, the Wolverines outscored the visitors 25-11 over the final 10 minutes of the half to post a 43-28 lead at the break. Mychal Stefanides led all scorers at halftime with 13 points as Wesley shot 60.7% (17-28) from the field, including six threepointers (three of which were made by Stefanides). Sophomore guard Matt Ayoub (Fairfax, Va./W.T. Woodson) scored six to

lead the Seahawks while the team went 11-of-26 (42.3%) from the floor with five triples but a dismal 1-of-12 at the line. The Wolverines’ hot shooting continued in the second half, making 61.5% of their shots in bolstering their lead to 26 at 8:58 on back-to-back layups by Evan Anderson. Inside the Box Score In addition to matching his season-best 13 points for the second time, Craft added seven boards, while Murphy contributed seven caroms and five points. Sophomore guard Reggie Rouse (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) scored in double digits as well as Rouse put up a career-best 12 points behind career-highs of five field goals (5-7) and two three-pointers (2-3). He also contributed four assists and three rebounds. As a team, St. Mary’s dished out a season-best 17 helpers for the third time this season. Four starters reached the double-digit plateau for Wesley with Stefanides’ 19 points leading the way. J.W. Lawson didn’t miss a shot from the field, notching 11 points and helping the Wolverines to a 3532 rebounding margin with a game-best nine boards. Facebook: StMarysAthletics Instagram: @smcseahawks, @smcm_mbb Twitter: @smcseahawks, @SMCM_MBB Hashtags: #SweepTheSheds, #GoHawks By Nairem Moran for SMCM.

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WORD SCR AMBLE Rearrange the letters to spell something pertaining to baking.


CLUES DOWN 1. Bone in the lower back 2. Goddess of wisdom 3. Comedic honors 4. A way to grasp 5. Apex 6. British soldier 7. Manganese 8. Indicates position 9. Decompressions in scuba diving (abbr.) 10. Soon 13. Blood type 14. Clever reply 15. One who travels by luxurious boat 20. Once more 21. Rural delivery 22. Mexican dish 23. Nigerian City

27. Is not (Span.) 29. Italy’s longest river 30. Grand __, vintage 31. Monetary unit 32. The man 33. Basics 34. Poster 35. Small remains 36. Gelatinous substance 37. A narrow opening 38. Artificial intelligence 40. Algerian coastal city 41. Canned fish 42. Milligram 44. Carrot’s partner 45. Single-celled animals 46. Movie theater 47. Necessitate 48. A state of not being used 50. Small folds of tissue 51. Gallium 52. Trauma center 54. Commands to go faster 55. New England’s football team 57. Pianoforte 61. Unit of loudness 62. Atomic number 13

Kid'S Corner What’s the Difference?

There are four things different between Picture A and Picture B. Can you find them all?

Answers: 1. Red twine is cut 2. Hole punch has grips on handles 3. Striped paper missing 4. Extra glue stick

54. Your parents’ parents 56. Monetary unit 58. Farm state 59. One of Hollywood’s Bridges brothers 60. Not the plaintiff 63. “Night Train” novelist 64. Martens valued for their fur 65. Discount

Word Scramble: SUGAR

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Puzzle Solutions

CLUES ACROSS 1. Elaborate silk garment 5. Fleet 11. Egyptian deity 12. Hundredth anniversary 16. Chew the fat 17. Doctor of Medicine 18. Large, edible game fish 19. Revitalization 24. Personal computer 25. Unfettered 26. Clumsy persons 27. Japanese classical theater 28. Part of a ship 29. Rate of movement 30. How much 31. Image taken with a camera 33. Sharp mountain ridge 34. Czech capital 38. One who treats poorly 39. By right 40. Relating to odors 43. As soon as possible 44. Israeli Olympic swimmer 45. Scored perfectly 49. Financial ratio (abbr.) 50. Unpleasant emotion 51. Sign of the zodiac 53. Promotional material



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Newtowne Players Celebrate 75th Show with ‘Streetcar’

theater, Blanche is the victim of tragic circumstances that have led her to reject the harsh realities of the world in favor of her own rosy—and deluded—fantasies. Barely moments after reuniting with her sister, Stella (Sharol Buck), Blanche finds herself squaring off against Stella’s brutPhotos by Reid Silverman Photography. Sharol Buck as Stella ish husband, Stanley Kowalski holds back tears as tensions boil over with her visiting Kowalski (Jonathan sister Blanche played by Kate Donnelly. Berry). Unlike othThe Newtowne Players mark their 75th ers in Blanche’s life, mainstage production with Tennessee Wil- Stanley isn’t taken in by her charms and liams’ sultry Southern drama, “A Streetcar illusions, and his rough and ready ways Named Desire,” running Jan. 26 to Feb. 11 begin to chafe uncomfortably against her at the Three Notch Theatre in Lexington worldview. As Blanche struggles to conceal Park. troubling secrets about her past and adjust The play tells the story of one swelter- to daily life within the confines of the Kowing summer in the French Quarter of New alskis’ two-room apartment, the tension beOrleans that begins with the unexpected tween the three begins to build—ultimately arrival of the seemingly prim-and-proper boiling over in a climactic reckoning beBlanche DuBois (played by Kate Donnelly) tween Blanche and Stanley. to the underbelly of the Big Easy. One of For director Chris Joyce, it was intensity the most iconic leading females in modern of the family drama at the core of the play


that initially drew him to the show. “That’s the purest kind of drama, one between members of a family,” Joyce says. “You don’t choose your family—they can be completely different and antithetical to each other, but you are bound to them all the same. Blanche and Stanley are two people who would never, ever want to spend any extended amount of time with each other, but through Stella, they are forced into prolonged contact.” “We’ve brought together a cast of The Newtowne Players’ most capable, intense character actors and together assembled

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SOUTHERN MARYLAND HIGHER EDUCATION CENTER Subcontractor Prequalification Opportunity

The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company has been awarded the preconstruction and construction of the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, Third Classroom and Engineering Building on the California, MD campus. We invite subcontractors to submit prequalifications for the trade packages listed below. Please note that all subcontractors must be pre-qualified by The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company for their proposal to be considered. Bid Packages: • 031A- Earthwork • 033A- Site Utilities (Wet) • 002A- Site Surveying • 002B- 3rd Party Independent Testing & Inspections Prequalification Period: Jan 22 - Feb 8 - Deadline to receive prequalification statements is February 8 by 5:00pm.   Bid Period: Feb 15 – March 15 - Bids due on March 15 by 5pm. Construction Start: Planned start June 2018 (Anticipated - 24-month construction schedule)

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a superb production of one of America’s finest plays,” Joyce says. “It’s intense, and heartbreaking, and moving. I think anyone who sees it will be blown away by the performances, the set, the music—everything.” This production runs Jan. 26-Feb. 11. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, military and students, and $10 for all Thursday performances. Due to the mature nature of the production, children’s tickets are not available for this show.

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