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College Basketball Players Charged in Campus Robbery

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Four men attending St. Mary’s College of Mar yland, also members of the college’s basketball team, have been charged with numerous counts stemming from an Judge Payne armed robbery they are alleged to have committed on campus last week. Judge Payne, 18, of Laurel, Marquis Bullett 18 of Columbia, Kyndle TerrellJones, 18, of Owings Mills and Kevin Makle, 18, of Finksburg all face charges

of armed robbery, robbery, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, second-degree assault and theft over $100. According to a statement from the college, all four Marquis Bullet have been suspended pending a further investigation. The alleged robbery took place at about 3:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Warring Commons dormitory suite on campus when all four men entered the dorm of the victim, who police have not named, and used a handgun to rob the victim of money, marijuana and a lockbox, charging documents stated.

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Three of the men entered the dorm room, sheriff’s detectives stated in court papers, while one remained at the door to insure no one else could enter. One of Kyndle Terrell-Jones the men — charging documents do not specify which of the defendants committed a certain act in the dormitory room — demanded that the victim given them “everything he has” or they would take it by force. Two of the men then began to beat the victim numerous times with closed fists; one of them produced a small black semiautomatic handgun from their waistband

and brandished it in front of the victim, detectives said. One of the defendants stole two ounces of marijuana from a table in the room, while another demanded the victim hando- Kevin Makle ver the rest. One of the suspects searched the dorm room and found a small blue box, police said, that contained six more ounces of marijuana and stole it. Another of the group stole $40 from the victim’s wallet as well.

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L I County Commissioner Todd Morgan S Guy Leonard I HAVE SOLD Steve Atkocius MANY HOMES IN T By Staff Writer YOUR AREA Broker/Realtor I County Commissioner Todd Morgan RECENTLY AND IN for his third and final term for the Purple Post Real Estate N filed THE LAST 20 District 4 seat Wednesday morning. Years! G The longest serving member of the 301-399-3089 commissioner board, Morgan is P current the first to file for the seat. Commissioners are limited to three R consecutive, four-year terms in office. I Morgan said he wanted to see many he helped to get moving ANNUA L FEBRUARY DI N N ER C ofcomethetoprojects fruition in his final term. “I want to finish what I’ve started,” E Morgan i D s said. t h r t i c 7 t y Opt dB im The key projects Morgan noted were e : r i so the completion of the county jail renova$ tion and expansion, the Lexington Park S E R V IN G F EB. sheriff’s substation, the continued exof the airport, the final connecSTARTS 21 pansion TH tions of FDR Boulevard, the engineer11: 30 9 ing and research building at the South20 1 8 A.M. , 9 0 FRIED OYSTERS • SPICED SHRIMP • STUFFED HAM 0 By Guy Leonard FRIED CHICKEN • VEGETABLES Clu

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ern Maryland Higher Education Center and the continuing efforts to diversify the county’s economy. Morgan said he had considered running for higher office but wanted to have a final run at the commissioner table. “My skills and abilities are focused on what I can do to support the citizens of St. Mary’s County,” Morgan told The County Times. “St. Mary’s County continues to grow and we have to look at needs and wants and find out how to balance them against revenues.” Morgan and other commissioners are dealing with only slightly increased property tax and personal income tax revenues this year. The county also needs to improve the process by which businesses who want to invest here can work more smoothly with county government to begin their work, he said. The county has made some improvements in streamlining the permitting process, Morgan said, but they are “baby steps.” “We’ve got to find a way to make it easier for people to do business in St. Mary’s County,” Morgan said. “We’re too slow.” Morgan said the county’s immediate future was strong as it continued to grow. “I like this job,” Morgan said. “I like working with the people of this county.”

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Sewerage backups and water main breaks are part of doing business for Leonardtown town government and in some instances they have had to hire an outside contractor, or bring in the Metropolitan Commission, to plumb the lines with a remote camera. Now the town says they want to have their own sewer surveillance system to find and help correct problems. “For maintenance it’s a good thing,” said Town Administrator Laschelle McKay. “In emergencies we use it all the time.” The main problem, according to town public works personnel, is that seeking outside help when there is a water

or sewer emergency can take too much time, sometimes days after the initial problem presents itself. “It’s just something we needed to buy,” McKay said. The town council approved the process at this week’s regular business meeting to continue the search for the best camera system; there are two current finalists, one from Envirosight and the other from Atlantic Machinery. The search is taking place outside the normal bidding process, though, since no local contractors were found to be able to sell such a device to the town, officials said in council session. The amount approved in the town budget for the camera system is $14,000.

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Land Preservation Hogan Administration and Recreation Survey Announces New Now Open “Maryland OneStop”

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources invites residents and nonresidents to share their thoughts on land acquisition, conservation and recreation in the state by completing the Maryland Land Preservation and Recreation Plan Survey. Individuals who complete the 3-5 minute online survey will be entered into a random drawing to win Maryland Park Service day-use passes. The survey, which includes questions on outdoor activities, amenities and services like camping, fishing and hunting, helps guide the department’s decisionmaking, investments and programming. Results will be incorporated into the Land Preservation and Recreation Plan, which is required to receive federal funding from the National Park Service’s Land and Water Conservation Fund. “Taking the pulse of our customers, guests and users is essential to our strategic development, planning and pri-

oritization goals and needs,” Maryland Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton said. “Are we meeting our customers’ expectations by providing them exceptional outdoor recreation opportunities? Are we shortchanging an evolving customer base or meeting their need? Are we spending too much on trail construction and maintenance over historical interpretation and programming? These are but a few of the questions we need your help in answering.” The survey – a combination of multiple choice and open-ended questions – seeks to clarify how people access and utilize public lands, including state forests, parks and wildlife management areas, and if the department is meeting demands and needs. In addition to the online survey, the department has partnered with a contractor to reach potential respondents by telephone. —Maryland DNR

Licensing Portal

Following through on Governor Larry Hogan’s promise to improve access to government services for all Marylanders, the Maryland Department of Information Technology (DoIT) today unveiled a new statewide licensing portal. Known as Maryland OneStop and available at, the portal provides a single point of entry for citizens to access all offices of state government that issue licenses or permits, from hunting licenses and fishing permits to drivers’ licenses and commercial permits.  “Our administration is fully committed to doing everything we can to make state government more efficient and easier to interact with – and with today’s launch of Maryland OneStop, that is exactly what we are doing,” said Governor Hogan. “This exciting and innovative new portal will make the licensing and permitting process more customer-friendly for Marylanders than ever before.”  Maryland OneStop’s modern, intuitive search engine and browsing options quickly and accurately assess a customer’s needs to connect them with the right resources in the shortest amount of time. The portal’s customer-friendly search results format allows users to quickly view Approval Time, Validation Period, Application Cost, and Average Completion Time in a single snapshot for each license or permit.  “At DoIT, we take Governor Hogan’s commitment to making sure that Maryland is open for business to heart daily. The new Maryland OneStop Licensing Portal is proof of our commitment to bring additional convenience and options to citizens accessing state services by providing digital tools that make interaction simpler and easier for everyone,” said Acting DoIT Secretary

Michael Leahy. The portal’s citizen-centric design provides various options for completing an application for a license or permit, depending on the source. These may include:  • Complete an application online • Submit an application via smartphone • Download an application to fill out and send via mail  Additionally, users are provided with a “Documentation Checklist” and an “Action Items” function for maintaining their license or permit to include renewal reminders. What was once a painstaking process for many citizens and business owners is now easily managed due to the checklists provided by the portal.  Maryland OneStop is currently in beta mode. As DoIT continues to update and improve the site, all licenses and permit applications will be available in mobile form. Providing citizens with access via their personal mobile devices further improves the efficiency of the licensing process, and provides Marylanders with direct access to the services they need in the shortest amount of time. Users will be able to easily provide feedback during the beta testing process by clicking on the “Tell us what you think?” button on —Office of the Governor

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St. Mary’s County Sherrif’s Office Weekly Blotter

Robbery On February 9, 2018, deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Mechanicsville Burchmart, located on Three Notch Road, for a report of a robbery in progress. Upon arrival, Deputy First Class Roszell, observed the suspect Kottie Deon Fauntroy, age 35, of Laurel, Maryland, detained on the ground by employees and customers. Investigation revealed Fauntroy came behind the counter at the store, assaulted an employee, and began to grab money from the store register. The employee attempted to stop Fauntroy, at which time another employee and customers, assisted and detained Fauntroy until law enforcement arrived. Fauntroy was charged with the following criminal violations: Fauntroy Robbery Assault 2nd Degree Theft Fauntroy remains in custody at the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center on a no bond status.  Quick Change Suspects/ID Needed The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of persons pictured.  On January 24, 2018, the two individuals entered the Leonardtown McKays Food & Drug, located on Merchants Lane. Once inside the store the

pair separated and purchased small items with a $100 bill; while the cashiers were making change, the suspects then asked cashiers to make change for other $100 bills. Ultimately, the cashiers became confused and the suspects were able to obtain well over the amount of change they should have received. Anyone with information about the identity of the suspects/ and or this incident is asked to contact Cpl. Nelson at (301) 475-4200 extension *8117, or by email at Kristi. N e l s o n @ s t m a r y s m d . c o m .  Citizens may remain anonySuspect 1 Suspect 2 mous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” and their message to “CRIMES” (274637).  Through the Crime Solvers Program, tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.

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Governor Larry Hogan Signs Rape Survivor Family Protection Act

Governor Larry Hogan joined Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller and Speaker of the House Mike Busch Tuesday to sign the Rape Survivor Family Protection Act into law. This new law, passed with the governor’s vocal support after nearly a decade of efforts by advocates, will enable rape victims who conceive a child to terminate the parental rights of their rapist. At the outset of the 2018 session of the Maryland General Assembly, the presiding officers stated their support for this legislation, while the governor called on legislators to act expeditiously and pledged to sign it the moment it reached his desk. “Our administration made a commitment to work with legislative leaders to pass this important and long overdue legislation, and today, I am proud to sign this bill into law,” said Governor Hogan. “No rapist should be allowed to maintain their rights as a parent, and no victim should ever be forced to interact with their attacker. The Rape Survivor Family Protection Act will ensure just that.” Earlier this year, Governor Hogan announced several proposals to further protect, support, and empower victims of crime in Maryland, and the governor today urged the Maryland General Assembly to act on those bills, which are currently going through the legislative process. The Felony Human Trafficking Act of 2018 classifies felony human trafficking as a violent crime, ensuring that offenders will be held truly accountable. The Repeat Sexual Predator Prevention Act

of 2018 mirrors legislation that was proposed by the governor during the 2017 session and has received bipartisan support for nearly a decade. The bill allows courts to admit evidence of a criminal defendant’s prior history of sexual crimes or abuse if he or she is prosecuted for subsequent sexual offenses. In addition, the Hogan administration has proposed legislation to strengthen the Maryland “Safe-at-Home” Address Confidentiality Program to better enable victims of domestic violence to safely purchase a home without fear of their abuser finding their address. Governor Hogan also announced a proposal to create a new victim services unit focused on restitution by centralizing data collection across state agencies that will act as a one-stop shop for victim notification and information regarding restitution. “We look forward to working with the legislature in a bipartisan manner to pass our common sense victims’ right proposals in order to make Maryland safer for all of our citizens,” said the governor. Since taking office, the Hogan administration has demonstrated its commitment to empowering and supporting victims of crime including convening the first-ever governor’s statewide victim services conferences, awarding over $110 million in federal and state funds to help victims and organizations, and serving over 181,000 victims in Maryland in the past year alone. —Office of the Governor

St. Mary’s Man Arrested for Attempted Arson On February 11, 2018, at approximately 6:25 pm, Amanda Marie Evans (30) of 209 Del Ray Circle, La Plata arrived home with her son and observed forced entry to her residence along with a strong odor of kerosene. Ms. Evans contacted 911 and due to the strong odor of kerosene, La Plata Fire Department responded to the call along with La Plata Police Department.   It was determined that the kerosene was poured around the exterior of the residence and there was no fire damage.   During the joint investigation with La Plata Police Department, it was determined that Ms. Evans had broken up with Sean Michael Rice (30) of 29553 Arlington Court, Mechanicsville, St. Mary’s County earlier that day.   As a result of that investigation, Mr. Rice was taken into custody

by St. Mary’s Sheriff’s Office at his home around midnight on February 12, 2018, and was transported to Charles County Detention Center, by La Plata Police Department, without incident.   The Deputy State Fire Marshal charged Mr. Rice with Attempted 2nd Degree Arson. There were six additional charges from La Plata Police Department with regards to this same incident.   Mr. Rice is currently being held at Charles County Detention Center on $2000 bond for the Arson charge. —Maryland State Fire Marshals

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SMECO Sponsors 24th Annual Math Competition

Nearly 200 Middle School Students Compete

The 24th annual regional MATHCOUNTS competition challenged nearly 200 students from 21 schools and home-schooled students throughout Southern Maryland to test their math skills at Calvert Middle School in Prince Frederick on Saturday, February 3, 2018. A competitive technological world requires a proficiency in mathematics as a foundation for success in science, technology, and engineering. MATHCOUNTS aims to boost student interest in mathematics by making the subject challenging and entertaining. Each year, more than 500 regional competitions are held in middle schools across the country, with winners advancing to state competitions and then to the national competition. The local MATHCOUNTS competition features rounds of mathematics problems to challenge students one-on-one and as teams over the course of the threehour event. First is the sprint round, a 30-question test that students complete individually. The competitors go next to the target round, where they have four sets

First place team: Northern Middle School, Calvert County From left, coach Carole Butler, and team members Kyle Page, Jack MacMillan, Mara Durham, and Aidan Smyth.

Fourth place team: Windy Hill Middle School, Calvert County From left, coach Tracy Greenwell, and team members Bradley LeFever, Koy Greenwell, Addison Fortenbery, and Jasmine Simpson.

of math problems and six minutes to complete each set of two questions. In the individual competition, which is based on combined scores in the sprint and target rounds, Holland Henderson-Boyer from Spring Ridge Middle School in St. Mary’s County placed first and Emma Vanden Berg from Milton Somers Middle School in Charles County placed second. The top 12 scorers finish the competition by facing each other in the countdown round, a single-elimination tournament in which students must respond verbally to questions in a matter of seconds. Ryan Parker from Calvert Middle School finished first in the countdown round and Kyle Wojciechowski from Southern Middle School placed second. Both schools are in Calvert County. In the team round, foursomes of students answer 10 questions in 20 minutes. In the team competition, Northern Middle School in Calvert County won first place; team members included Mara Durham, Jack MacMillan, Kyle Page, and Aidan Smyth, coached

Second place team: Leonardtown Middle School, St. Mary’s County From left, coach Bernadette Scheetz, and team members Ben Dodge, Caleb Bryan, Mika Jones, and Damanjit Singh.

Fifth place team: Plum Point Middle School, Calvert County From left, head coach Dorinda Rice, and team members Seth Hilton, Ian Hays, Mick Gullace, and Emily Chan.

by Carole Butler. Leonardtown Middle School in St. Mary’s County placed second; team members included Caleb Bryan, Ben Dodge, Mika Jones, and Damanjit Singh, coached by Bernadette Scheetz. Milton Somers Middle School in Charles County won third place; team members included Will Alcorn, Rachel Chernoff, Taylor Peterson, and Emma Vanden Berg, coached by Jennifer Rowland. The team from Windy Hill Middle School took fourth place and Plum Point Middle School took fifth place. Both schools are in Calvert County. Sponsors for the local MATHCOUNTS competition are SMECO and the Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s county public schools, with the support of the National Society of Professional Engineers. Volunteers from SMECO helped score the tests. Winners of the Southern Maryland chapter competition will go on to compete in the statewide contest at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. The top four individual competitors from each state competition receive an all-expensespaid trip to the national competition in Washington, DC, in May.

Third place team: Milton Somers Middle School, Charles County From left, coach Jennifer Rowland, and team members Taylor Peterson, Emma Vanden Berg, Rachel Chernoff, and Will Alcorn.

Ryan and Kyle, Countdown Round Ryan Parker from Calvert Middle School finished first in the countdown round and Kyle Wojciechowski from Southern Middle School placed second.

Holland and Emma, Sprint and Target Rounds In the individual competition, which is based on combined scores in the sprint and target rounds, Holland HendersonBoyer from Spring Ridge Middle School and Emma Vanden Berg from Milton Somers Middle School placed second.


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Helping Little Hearts: More than 400 Hats Donated to MedStar St. Mary’s in Support of American Heart Month

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A call for red newborn hats at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital has resulted in a tremendous turnout. Through the American Heart Association’s “Little Hats, Big Hearts” cam-

paign, families who welcome babies at the Women’s Health & Family Birthing Center in February will receive a handmade red hat instead of the traditional pink or blue. More than 400 caps have been generously donated by community members so far. The special hats are meant to create awareness of congenital heart defects during American Heart Month, plus emphasize the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. “We are humbled by the generosity of our community,” said Mary B. Cheseldine, volunteer services coordinator for MedStar St. Mary’s. “Hats have been arriving almost daily, and the creativity and talent are so impressive. These donations ensure that every child born at the hospital this month will have a warm red cap to wear, plus receive valuable resources for parents.” “Knitters and crocheters are just the most loving group of people,” said Ellen Lewis, owner of Crazy for Ewe in Leonardtown. Lewis’ store served as a dropoff point for red hats through January,

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Leonardtown, MD (February 14, 2018) – The Patuxent Tidewater Land Trust (PTLT) will hold a Meet & Greet at the Port of Leonardtown Winery February 23 from 6-8 p.m. The event provides the public with an opportunity to meet PTLT board,

staff, and volunteers and to learn more about the benefits of donating land and conservation easements for the protection of the Southern Maryland countryside. Highlighting the Meet & Greet will be a short talk by noted ornithologist and PTLT board member David Moulton. Moulton will discuss the critical connections between land conservation and the variety of birds still present in St. Mary’s County, particularly open grassland species. Protecting our rural legacy is both a deeply felt human priority but also the foundation for the survival of diverse birdlife. Moulton, an avid birder, is the field trip coordinator for the Southern Maryland Audubon Society and serves on the board of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. To attend this free event, contact Annabelle Harvey with the number of people in your party: For more information and directions to the Port of Leonardtown Winery, please visit —Patuxent Tidewater Landtrust

when she brought more than 80 to the hospital on Feb. 2. Contributions from Crazy for Ewe were donated to honor Jacob Medrano, who has had three major open heart surgeries and 28 minor procedures to repair a congenital heart defect. Jake, a local pre-K student, celebrated his fourth birthday in January. MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital and the Women’s Health & Family Birthing Center would like to thank the many crafters who donated their time and skills to this

project, especially members of the Fifth District Homemakers Club and Crazy for Ewe of Leonardtown. “The kindness shown by members of our community — too many to name — is very appreciated by the hospital and, more importantly, by our patients and families,” added Cheseldine. Visit to learn more about the campaign. —MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital Waterfront Estate in St. Mary’s City Seven Acres with 300 feet of frontage on deep water, boathouse/pier. Main home with 4 BRs, 3 BAs, hardwood floors, tiled baths, full basement, 4 car detached garage. Propane generator, fenced yard. Seperate Guest/Rental home with 3 BRs, 1.5 BAs. SM10132793 $799,500 • Call William Durkin 301-737-1133 •

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The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) will begin utility relocation and grading work in advance of a critical $12 million improvement project at the MD 5 Point Lookout Road/Abell Street/Moakley Street intersection in St. Mary’s County. The work is expected to begin in March and will continue through summer. Beginning in mid-fall, MDOT SHA will add left turn lanes to both directions of MD 5 at the intersection. In late Spring 2019, MDOT SHA will begin widening the road, an effort which will increase vehicular and pedestrian safety. “This project will break congestion and greatly improve safety at this busy Leonardtown intersection,” said MDOT SHA Administrator Greg Slater. “This area is growing, and it is essential to maintain safe access and transit to nearby schools and businesses.” MDOT SHA will perform this ad-

vanced work at night with single and double lane closures between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m., Sunday nights through Friday mornings. MDOT SHA recognizes the key role MD 5 plays not only to the citizens of Leonardtown and St. Mary’s County, but to all Southern Maryland. MD 5 is a major thoroughfare to the Washington D.C metropolitan area. Approximately 26,000 vehicles travel the corridor each day, a number which is projected to reach 32,000 by 2035. Widening this intersection allows for more access to the satellite campuses for the College of Southern Maryland, University of Maryland, as well as MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital and many other local businesses. Customers who have questions about traffic operations along MD 5, or other State numbered routes in St. Mary’s County, may call MDOT SHA’s District 5 Office at 410-841-1000 or 410-841-5450. While MDOT SHA and its transportation partners work hard to maintain safe traffic mobility in work zones, each driver needs to actively modify his or her driving style to help prevent crashes. Stay alert and look for reduced speed limits, narrow driving lanes and highway workers. Slow down and don’t follow too closely. Work Zone Safety is in Your Hands. For a list of all major MDOT SHA projects, click on Road Ready, MDOT SHA’s electronic construction brochure. For a look at real-time commute conditions, log onto —St. Mary’s County PIO

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Ives Energized By A Life of Service

swing, individual augmentees, special- idea was if women couldn’t fight for their country on ists in their technical military fields ships then why incur the costs of sending them to the were sent oversees to units in combat academies.” zones to serve with them from PatuxHer service aboard the Harkness helped pave the ent River Naval Air Station. way for women serving on board line vessels in the They often came back with emotion- Navy. al scars that were difficult for them to She went on to take command at the Naval Oceanoovercome, Ives said. graphic and Meteorological Command in a reserve That was when she decided to help capacity. veterans through volunteering. Continuing to serve in civilian life she spends “We work to find their triggers so we hours moving between the counties going to meetcan help them heal,” she said. ings to make partnerships that strengthen the ties She’s also helped organize the an- with the College of Southern Maryland and regional nual Mission of Mercy events that businesses. bring free dental care to needy patients The strategic partnership building work she does around the region. helps make classes students take more relevant to gain Though these projects are all founded employment, she said. in good will, they are still tough assignAmong those achievements are getting local conments that require a lot of dedication. tractors to agree to have their classes taught at CSM; Years ago a large line of dental pa- some are technology based, she said, while others are tients at the Mission of Mercy project geared towards teaching new employees to deal with at North Point High School in Charles all the procurement-based terminology rife in the deCounty began to get a bit difficult to fense industry. handle; Ives was in charge of meeting Keeping busy can be draining, she said, but the and greeting and she started the crowd Southern Maryland community is held together in singing “If you’re happy and you know large part by volunteerism and she and her husband it,” she told The County Times. Glen Ives, also a retired Navy captain, Naval Acad“They all responded,” she said, ad- emy graduate and helicopter pilot, want to give back mitting it was a strange idea despite its to the community they have adopted. efficiency to keep them content. “In Southern Maryland folks appreciate it when you She said the idea came to her from volunteer your time,” Ives said. “You’re appreciated her experience as a teacher; before for your efforts.” coming to CSM she taught mathematics and served as dean of academics at St. Mary’s Ryken High School in Leonardtown for 13 years. There, too, she wanted to find ways to help people achieve their goals. “It makes me feel good to achieve that goal in life,” Ives said. “That’s what education is all about. “I like to see people Ives at the CSM Prince Frederick Campus. Photo by Ceandra Scott. move forward with their lives.” By Guy Leonard Ives’ life to this point has been proven Staff Writer by forward motion. After graduating from the naval acadWhen she’s not helping to run the Prince Frederick emy she served in anti-submarine warcampus of the College of Southern Maryland as the fare roles, mapping the depths of the acting dean, Barbara Ives is serving in some other oroceans in the Caribbean and then the ganization or effort to educate and improve the lives waters around Iceland. of Southern Maryland’s residents. Her job was to find places for U.S. subA retired Navy captain and graduate of the U.S. Namarines to hide and ways to find Soviet val Academy, Ives can’t remember a time when she submarines that used the abyss to evade wasn’t in some sort of service. detection. “I just like helping people,” Ives, who lives in St. “These were the Cold War days,” Ives Mary’s County, said. “In the Navy you’re used to said. “We were losing those [Soviet] subs serving. as they left their territory. “It’s almost innate. That’s what I like to do.” “We were using oceanography toIves just received an award from the regional chapter wards anti-submarine warfare.” of Naval Academy alumni for her community service. She served aboard the USNS HarkShe volunteers for Christmas in April helping to ness, a hydrographic survey ship that repair people’s homes, the Three Oaks Shelter Veterwas a test bed for women serving at sea. ans Stand Down event that helps veterans get in touch Ives was a trailblazer for women in the with critical services and she also helps an organizaNavy as well. tion known as Warfighter Advance. “Back then women weren’t allowed This group helps veterans recover from post-trauat sea and there was the big debate in matic stress disorder (PTSD) without the use of drugs, Congress about allowing women in the Ives received the Greater Southern Maryland Naval Academy alcohol, tobacco or even caffeine. service academies,” Ives said. “The Alumni Association "Hero" Award Years ago, when the War on Terror was in full

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By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

As the St. Mary’s County Board of Education and Superintendent Scott Smith have had to cut back their fiscal 2019 budget request, system employees have sprung into action to press them to seek even more funding. At a Feb. 12 budget hearing at the school board headquarters in Leonardtown members of employee unions spoke out on numerous issues but the fate of the Navy Junior ROTC program at Great Mills High School received much of the attention. The current budget would eliminate a third teaching position planned for the popular program. School board members were quick to dispel concerns as the meeting began that the program itself was not in danger of being eliminated. “The Navy doesn’t play around with school systems who don’t live up to their contracts,” said Capt. David Randle, commander of the detachment at Great Mills High School. “You have to abide by the contract or we’re going to lose the program.” Randle said the contract with the Navy to have the program at Great Mills called for a third instructor, and the system’s decision to cut that billet meant the Navy could pull its support for the St. Mary’s program and put it somewhere else. “We are already way overrepre-


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Donald Paul Young

Donald Paul Young known to us as “Duck”, departed this earthly life on Monday, Febr uar y 5, 2018. He was bor n on September 3, 1952 in Avenue, MD to the late James Edward Young, Sr. and Gertr ude

Elizabeth Young. In August 1972, Donald enlisted in the United States Marines, and proudly served his countr y as a Sergeant until his Honorable Discharge in August 1976. During his service he ear ned the Rif le Marksman Badge, Pistol Shar pshooter Badge, Merit Mast, and the National Defense Service Medal. He was employed as a Mechanical Engineer with the National Galler y of Art until his retirement. He had gifted hands and was a ver y smart man. Donald enjoyed going to the race track, working on cars, hanging with his buddies, and playing cards with family and friends. He was ver y loving, kind, and generous. Donald was loved by all. Leaving to cherish his memor y is his mother Gertr ude Young, 2 children; Lakiesha Young-Woods and Donald Pier re Roberson, sonin-law; Jamal Woods, 2 grandchildren; Ishmael Robinson and Zoey Woods, siblings; Agnes Dorsey, Karen Young, Lestremayne Stewart (Paul), Deborah Young, Belinda Young, LaShoan Young, James

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Young, Jr., Edrick Young, and Carlton Young; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends. Donald was preceded in death by his father, James E. Young, Sr. and his siblings: Tamara Young, Diane Young, Ter r y Young, George Young, Timothy Young, and Mar y Young. Family will receive friends on Thursday, Febr uar y 15, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. with a Mass held at 11:00 a.m., at Holy Angels Catholic Church, 21340 Colton’s Point Road, Avenue, MD 20609. Interment will follow at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemeter y, 23080 Maddox Road, Bushwood, MD 20618. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsf ieldfuneral. com. Ar rangements by the Brinsf ield Funeral Home, P.A.

Milton Carl Rose

Milton Carl Rose, “Bud” 79 of Bushwood, MD passed away on Febr uar y 1, 2018 in Washington, DC. Bor n on October 4, 1938 in Bloomf ield, Nebraska, he was the loving son of the late Emma Wilhelmina Hinzmann Rose and Herman Philip Rose. Bud is survived by his wife Margaret Cecelia Rose. As well as daughters; Donna Cecelia Rose of Abbottstown, PA, Diana Lynn Rose (Laura Ann Palmer) of Waldorf, Mar yland. Siblings; Leona Emily Boland, Kenneth Herman Rose and Raymond Lewis Rose. He graduated from Bloomf ield High in 1957. Bud served in the United States Army from Januar y 31, 1958 to Januar y 30, 1961. While serving in the Army he ear ned the Shar pshooter Badge w/Msl Bar. Furthermore, he served in the Mar yland National Guard from 1961 to 1972, and Washington, DC Air National Guard from 1972 to 1980. Bud was an Industrial Specialist at the

Washington Navy Yard, retiring in 1989. He was a member of the American Legion Post #221 in Avenue, MD. A militar y funeral honors ceremonywill be held on Wednesday, Febr uar y 21, 2018 at 2:30 PM in Mar yland Veterans Cemeter y Cheltenham, MD. The family would like to invite friends to join them for refreshment from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM at the American Legion Post #221 21690 Colton’s Point Road Avenue, MD 20609. Contributions may be made to the American Legion, and or Salvation Army. Ar rangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A Leonardtown, MD.

Wayne Austin Pingleton, Sr.,

Wayne Austin Pingleton, Sr., “Smokey” 77 of Sun City Center, FL formerly from Bushwood, MD passed away in Sun City Center, FL. Bor n on September 4, 1940 in Leonardtown, MD, he was the sun of the late Julia Helen Hill Pingleton and Joseph Austin Pingleton of Abell, MD. Wayne was the loving husband of Carol Ann Raley Pingleton whom he mar ried on Januar y 22, 1966 in Holy Angels Catholic Church Avenue, MD. Wayne is survived by his children; Catherine Burch (Steve) of Avenue, MD, Barbara Hall (David) of Chaptico, MD, Wayne Austin Pingleton, Jr (Gale) of Apollo, Beach, FL, 5 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brothers; Johnny Pingleton, and George Pingleton. He attended Margaret Brent H.S. Wayne moved from Bushwood, MD to Florida in 2013. Wayne was an Equipment Operator for the Mar yland State

Highway Administration for 27 years, retiring in 1996. He was a member of the Seventh District Optimist Club, and Sun City Center Security Patrol. Contributions may be made to Holy Angels Catholic Church 21335 Colton’s Point Road Avenue, MD 20609, and the Seventh District Vol. Rescue Squad P.O. Box 7 Avenue, MD 20609. Ar rangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A. Leonardtown, MD.

Steven Uhl Steven Uhl, “Poppy”, 59, of Leonardtown, MD formerly of New Jersey passed away on Januar y 26, 2018 in Cheverly, MD. Bor n on November 23, 1958 in New Jersey he was the son of the late Henrietta Simms Uhl and Richard Uhl. Steven is survived by his loving wife Tawni Jane Uhl of Leonardtown, MD. Children: Katrina Mackall (Dar yl) of Lexington Park, MD, Steven Uhl of Leonardtown, MD, Tawni Angel Uhl of Lexington Park, MD and 5 Grandchildren. As well as his siblings: Donald Uhl and Janet Taylor both of North Carolina. All Funeral Services will be private. Ar rangements provided by Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A. Leonardtown, MD 20650.

Anne Maude Wheeler Patton

Maude Russell Wheeler and Joseph Latham Wheeler. Anne was the loving wife of the late Lonnie H. “Jimmy” Patton whom she mar ried on March 30, 1957 and who preceded her in death on August 12, 2012. Ann is survived by her children; Denny Patton (Vonnie) of Maddox, MD, Ann “Sissy” Shotwell (Dave) of Califor nia, MD, Ronnie Patton (Kitty) of Clements, MD, Chris Patton (Joyce) of Valley Lee, MD and Rosie Bates (Bill) of Leonardtown, MD. Twelve grandchildren; Marsha Wentworth (Howard), David Hewitt (Christina), Cathy Russell, Laura Patton, James Patton, Sean Patton, Andrew Patton, Jonathan Shotwell, Ryan Patton, Nicholas Shotwell, and Jessica Lynch. As well as 8 great grandchildren, 5 step grandchildren and several step great grandchildren. Siblings: Agnes Cecilia Lang, sister in laws Elaine Wheeler, Marguerite Wheeler, and Delores Wheeler. She was preceded in death by her grandson Charles “Chuck” Ronald Patton, Jr. and siblings; Joseph Aloysius Wheeler, William Frances Wheeler, James Leonard Wheeler, Sr., John Ear nest Wheeler, Thomas Sylvester Wheeler, Charles Albert Wheeler, George Ber nard Wheeler and Susie Wheeler Latham. Anne was a lifelong St. Mar y’s County, MD resident and graduated from St. Mar y’s Academy and Mercy Hospital Nursing School. Anne enjoyed f ishing, crabbing, cooking, gardening, bingo, slots, and Sunday gatherings and get togethers with family. In addition, Anne enjoyed watching the Baltimore Orioles games, and her dog Molly who was like a sixth child to her. Most of all, Anne enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and teaching them her f ishing expertise.

Bor n December 14, 1960 to Alfred Eugene and Mar y Jean Wood of Mechanicsville, MD. Brenda grew up in St. Mar y’s County and was a graduate of Chopticon High School class of 1978. After graduating, she worked in Dr. Gwyther’s off ice as a receptionist. She then met her husband and moved to Newport News, Virginia, which they called home from 1982 to 2009. She worked in the off ices of Hampton Roads Orthopedics and Dr. Robert Feely, drove a

Brenda Lee (Wood) Manzie, 57, passed away at University Hospital in San Antonio, Texas on Wednesday December 27, 2017 from a short battle with Idiopathic Pulmonar y Fibrosis.



school bus for the City of Newport News and later in her retirement she drove cars for Big Valley Auto Auction in Donna, TX. Brenda spent several years being a Girl Scout troop leader in the Greater Hampton Roads area and she was a member of the Red Knights Virginia 6 Motor Cycle Group. Brenda is survived by her beloved husband of 37 years, James (Chico) Manzie, daughters K ristine Lee (Manzie) Williams and Jessica Lee Manzie. Her father Alfred Wood. Her sister Loretta (Wood) Moats, four brothers Thomas Wood, Joseph Wood, Robert Wood and Jason Wood. 9 grandchildren, one great grandchild and a caring motherin-law Rita Senkbeil of Weslaco, Texas. Brenda touched the lives of many people with her smile and kindness throughout her life. Funeral services were handled by Memorial Funeral Home in San Juan, Texas. A grave side service was held at the Hillcrest Memorial Park Edinburg, Texas on Januar y 3, 2018.

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Fundraiser for LVRSA Urban Bar-B-Que, 22845 Washington St. #1342, Leonardtown 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM Urban BBQ CUP fundraiser for Leonardtown Volunteer Rescue Squad Auxiliary. During the month of February if you buy their special cup when you purchase your drink the Squad gets a donation. Hope to see you there and Thank You! 240-309-4098.

Thursday, February 15 Grocery Auction Mother Catherine Academy, 38833 Chaptico Road, Mechanicsville 6:00 - 9:00 PM Groceries arrive in a refrigerated trailer from distribution centers and major grocery stores throughout the area. We never know ahead of time what we are getting but expect anything that could be found in a grocery store. Items available in small lots and/or large lots. Payment: cash, check, or credit cards. Ten percent buyer’s premium. School cafeteria will be serving concessions. For more information, contact: MCA—301-884-3165. VOICES Reading Series Cole Cinema, 47645 College Dr., St. Mary’s City 8:15 - 10:00 PM Porsha Olayiwola is the 2014 Individual World Poetry Slam Champion and 2015 National Poetry Slam Champion. She bested more than seventy of the highest ranked slam poets in the world to earn these titles and is now one of the most sought after spoken word artists on the national circuit.

Friday, February 16 Lenten Dinner Third District Optimist St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds, 42455 Fairgrounds Rd., Leonardtown 4:00 - 7:00 PM Drive through seafood dinner $10, menu includes for each dinner fish, shrimp, clam strips, fries, hush puppies and apple sauce. No substitutions. Benefit 4H archery. Contact Tony 301-904-0799. criscokid41@ Lenten Seafood Dinner Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 22375 Three Notch Rd., Lexington Park

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4:30 - 7:00 PM Give the kitchen a break and treat the family to a seafood dinner. Fried rockfish, baked haddock, fried oysters, or shrimp Po’Boy sub.Each entrée comes with two sides: coleslaw, green beans, or fries. Kid meals, desserts, and soft drinks, also available. Fridays during Lent. 301-863-8144. Drive Thru Fish Dinner 21804 Colton’s Point Road, Avenue Every Friday from Feb. 16 to March 23. The 7th District Optimist Club is having drive-thru fish dinner to support the kids of the St. Mary’s County. Beer battered cod, steak fries, cole slaw and a roll for $11. Any questions please email: Come support friends of youth. SMYOC Irish Fundraising Gala Holiday Inn Solomons-Conf Center & Marina, Holiday Drive, Solomons 5:00 - 8:30 PM This major fundraising event features Cillian Vallely, an uilleann piper, who will perform with Southern Maryland’s Youth Orchestra and Choir, making an incredibly exciting, enjoyable and memorable event for everyone. The gala includes a silent auction for another opportunity to support SMYOC. Ticket prices include food. Cash bar available. Get your tickets at Annmarie After Hours Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center 5:00 - 8:00 PM Inspired by the likes of Yayoi Kusama, and the addition to Annmarie Sculpture Garden of a work by Taiwanese artist, Hung Yi, BIG FUN ART! has a jovial and exuberant spirit. It’s all about the joy! A casual adult evening of great art, wine & beer, light hors d’oeuvres, and live music. No reservations required! Free for members; $5 for non-members. Must be 21+ to attend. Ken and Brad Kolodner Quartet Calvert Marine Museum, Harms Gallery, Solomons 7:00 - 9:00 PM This dynamic quartet includes Ken Kolodner on hammer dulcimer and fiddle; clawhammer banjoist Brad Kolodner represents the next generation of Old-Time musicians; Rachel Eddy’s multi-instrumental talents and soulful singing; and Ralph Gordon brings years of musical experience to the bass and cello. A Maritime Performance Series sponsored by a matching grant from the MD State Arts Council Maryland Touring Grant. Tickets are $15 online,

$20 at the door. Texas Hold’em Tournament VFW Post 2632, 23282 Three Notch Rd. (Rt. 235), California 7:00 PM, Sign-in 6:20-6:45 PM $50 Buyin ($40 Prize Pool + $10 Charity). Early Bird Bonus. Preregistration is encouraged, but not required. Late players accepted until the end of the first break. Must be 18 or older to play. Public welcome. More info or to pre-register contact Brian: or call 240-925-4000. Celebrate Recovery Our Father’s House, 45020 Patuxent Beach Rd, California 7:30 - 9:30 PM A Christian-based 12-step program for those 18 & up who are struggling with absolutely any hurt, hang-up or habit. Come for the first hour large group meeting, stay for the second hour of small group sharing, and enjoy some snacks and socializing. This could be a turning point in your life! Email: for more info.

Saturday, February 17 Marathon Recital Day St. Aloysius Church, 22880 Washington St., Leonardtown 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM The Music Teachers Association of Southern Maryland present a special event open to the general public. A recital every hour for this all-day program at St. Aloysius Church will feature piano/voice/instrumental performances given by youth musicians. Admission is free. For additional info visit the MTASM Facebook page. Lore Oyster House Tours 14430 Solomons Island Rd, Solomons 11:00 AM–12:00 PM. & 1:00–2:00 PM Tours will highlight African American experiences at National Historic Landmark, J.C. Lore & Sons Oyster House. It is an off-site exhibit. In case of inclement weather, the program will be held at the Calvert Marine Museum. Visit www. Savor the Flavor: Chocolate Darnall’s Chance Museum, 14800 Governor Oden Bowie Dr., Upper Marlboro, Md. 20772 1:00 - 4:00 PM Take a guided tour with our costumed interpreters of our 18th cen-

tury house. Learn interesting facts about why chocolate was so popular in Colonial America. Visitors will get to taste hot chocolate and chocolate tea made from authentic 1750s recipes. $8/person includes house tour, a cup of hot chocolate and chocolate tea as well as other delectable sweets. Advance registration highly recommended, but walk-ins welcome. 301-952-8010. Benny C. Morgan Recital Series: Anthony Zwerdling, baritone. College of Southern Maryland, Leonardtown Campus, Building. A, Room 206, 22950 Hollywood Rd. 3:00 PM CSM voice instructor and DC-area oratorio soloist Antony Zwerdling will be accompanied by CSM Communication, Arts, and Humanities Chair Stephen Johnson on piano. 301-934-7828 or visit the-arts/music/bennyc-morgan-series/index Visiting Anthropologist Lecture Cole Cinema, 47645 College Dr., St. Mary’s City 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM The St. Mary’s College of Maryland Anthropology Department will host Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz, associate professor of anthropology at the University of Chicago, Loyola, for the lecture “On Both Sides of the Wall: Deportation and Mixed-Citizenship Families.”  Valentine’s Dinner Dance 2nd District VFD&RS, 45245 Drayden Rd., Valley Lee 5:30 - 11:00 PM Valentine’s Dinner Dance & Silent Auction. Cash Bar. 21 & over to attend. Music by Swingaway. Tickets $30/person in advance or $40/person at the door. Contact: Georgia W.— 301-312-9176, Cathy C, —301-9043854, or Dee Dee J.—240-561-2750. Proceeds benefit SDVFDRS new building. More info: Heather Bean at fundraising@SDVFDRS.ORG Valentine’s Father-Daughter Dance!! Gracie’s Guys and Gals Dance Studio, 44150 Airport View Dr., Hollywood 6:00 - 8:00 PM If your father is not available, male relatives or family friends are welcome as escorts. Dancing, corsage for the daughters(s), appetizers, desserts and much more! $25 Advance. $30 at the door. ($5/ ea. additional daughter(s). Tickets at the dance studio. RSVP, ques-

tions please email A fundraising event Gracie’s Guys and Gals Show Troupe and unique moments w/ Lisa LLC. presents Butterf ly Kisses. Bingo Every Saturday Mother Catherine Academy, 38833 Chaptico Rd., Mechanicsville 6:30 - 10:00 PM Doors open at 5:00. Early Birds start at 6:30. Regular Games start at 7:00. $10 admission (includes one regular book). Call 301-884-3165 for more information. Visit for Jackpot and Moneyball update. Swing and Ballroom Dance Little Flower School Gym, 20410 Point Lookout Rd, Great Mills 7:00 - 11:00 PM Bring your sweetheart for a night of ballroom dancing! There will be a beginner-level lesson from 7-8 pm and dancing until 11 pm. $10 per person. Please bring a snack to share. Water is provided. Questions, call Greg at 240-577-0153.

Sunday, February 18 Turkey Shoot and Oyster Scald 21804 Colton’s Point Road, Avenue 12:00 PM Join the 7th District Optimist Club Turkey Shoot to benefit the 7th District Youth Outreach Programs. Featuring a Kid’s Shoot, Cash Shoot and many more prizes. $5 per round. Food and drink available for purchase Any questions please email: Come support friends of youth. Frozen Day of Play Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons 12:00 - 4:00 PM A family day of play and creativity. Explore the wonders of winter and ice through a variety of art projects, pretend play, investigations, and more! From frosty face painting, to a frozen treasure hunt, to guided winter walks, kids of all ages will delight in this sensory seasonal experience. Cold Stone Creamery will be here with yummy ice cream! Snacks and drinks will be available too. Turkey Shoot Mechanicsville Moose Lodge, Mechanicsville 1:00 - 5:00 PM Sign up starts at 12:30. First round starts at 1:00. Shoot for money and prizes. More info, call Jimmy at 240-417-5767.


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ELKS Texas Hold ‘Em St Mary’s County Elks Lodge, 45779 Fire Department Lane Lexington Park 3:00 - 8:00 PM No Limit Texas Holdem Pokr Tournament. $120 Buy in (includes $20 Bounty) = 15,000 chips. Please enter through the side of the building. Questions: James Dean 240577-0828. Email:

Monday, February 19 Presidents Day Free Tax Preparation Church of the Ascension, 21641 Great Mills Rd., Lexington Park    9:00 AM - 6:00 PM AARP Tax-Aide/IRS certified counselors will provide free tax preparation and electronic filing for low-to moderate-income taxpayers of any age in St Mary’s County, with special consideration for those 60 and older. Taxpayers do not need to be a member of AARP. We are not able to prepare returns for businesses. Walk-In Service is available for taxpayers on Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Saturdays 9 a.m. to noon. Additional information is available at: www.  Book Discussion on Teaching Practices for Undocumented Students Daugherty-Palmer Commons, St. Mary’s College 5:00 - 6:30 PM The educational studies program presents Lori Dodson ’04, Sandra Duval, and Anne Marie Foerster Luu for a book discussion on “Teachers as Allies: Transformative Practices for Teaching DREAMers & Undocumented Students.”  Educators are invited to join the discussion and find out what they can do to support undocumented children and youth in pre-K through university education. Elks Holdem Bounty Tournament St. Marys County Elks Lodge    7:00 PM No Limit Holdem Poker Tournament. $25 Buy in = 4,000 chips. $5 add-on = 1,000 chips and raff le drawing. Food and beverage available for purchase. Please enter through the side of the building, 45779 Fire Department Lane, Lexington Park. Questions: James Dean 240-577-0828. Email: jdeanjunior@


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Tuesday, February 21

Science & Engineering Awards Great Mills High School 5:00 - 6:30 PM Eight St. Mary’s County Science and Engineering Fair participants from senior and junior divisions were selected for awards in the areas of aeronautics and aerospace; electrical and electronics; environmental and biological; and unmanned systems. Students will receive their awards and showcase their projects at a special reception. Public is invited to attend. Pre-registration required. $5 donation, students free. Info: visit or contact Jen Brown,, 301-866-1739 x318.

Bike Assessment Northern Senior Activity Center, 29655 Charlotte Hall Rd. 1:00 - 2:30 PM Check the condition of your tires, chains, brakes, shifters, cables. Get your tires pumped and your seat properly adjusted so your bike fits you. Space is limited. Sign up for this free assessment in advance Visit the signup table or call 301-4754200, ext. *3103.

Anthropologist Lecture Series Cole Cinema, Campus Center, St. Mary’s College 4:30 - 6:30 PM Gomberg-Muñoz will present results from a binational pilot project exploring the challenges facing families that are separated or relocated by deportation to Mexico. Mon., Tue., Feb. 20, 21 & Tue, Feb. 27 MD Safe Boating Course Taylor Gas Building, 21541 Great Mills Road, Lexington Park 6:00 - 8:30 PM Be ready for the boating season— get your MD Boating Safety Education certificate in just 3 short sessions. All operators of numbered or documented vessels in MD waters born on or after July 1, 1972 must have in their possession a certificate of boating safety education. Presented by your local Patuxent River Sail and Power Squadron (America’s Boating Club!). $25; just $10 for each additional family member. For more information or to register call 301-475-3883 or email

Thursday, February 22 CSM Transfer Fair College of Southern Maryland, Leonardtown Campus, Bldg. D, Wellness and Aquatic Center Lobby, 22950 Hollywood Road 2:00 – 4:00 PM Students can meet representatives from a variety of colleges and universities, explore college majors and degree programs and meet with CSM faculty to help plan their next education step. Free. 240-725-5320. April Ryan Auerbach Auditorium of St. Mary’s Hall on the College campus 4:00 - 7:00 PM St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s Black Student Union introduce the inaugural Elizabeth Barber Walker Lecture Series with guest speaker April Ryan. Ryan’s lecture, “A White House Correspondent’s View in Black & White, Unmasking Oppression;” A book signing will follow the event. Free and open to the public.

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St. Mary’s Department of Aging Programs and Activities

Loffler Senior Activity Center 301-475-4200, ext. 1658 Garvey Senior Activity Center, 301-475-4200, ext. 1050 Northern Senior Activity Center, 301-475-4002, ext. 3101

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Brought to you by the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County: James R. Guy, President; Michael L. Hewitt; Tom Jarboe; Todd B. Morgan; John E. O’Connor; and the Department of Aging & Human Services

Legal Assistance Available

The Legal Aid Bureau, Inc. has appointments available on Friday, March 9, to provide free legal assistance to St. Mary’s County residents age 60 and over. Legal services available include landlord tenant disputes, denial of public benefits, advance directives, consumer/credit problems, etc. Legal Aid cannot prepare wills, power of attorneys, or deed changes. To schedule an appointment call 301475-4200, ext. *1064.

WARM Seeking Volunteer Drivers

With colder weather settling in, The St. Mary’s County Department of Aging & Human Services seeks volunteer drivers for Wrapping Arms ‘Round Many (WARM), a winter emergency shelter program for homeless individuals in St. Mary’s County. Drivers must be 18 or older and have a valid driver’s license. Volunteers will be given access to a countyowned van. Volunteer slots are open 7 days per week while WARM is operational. Evening drivers pick up WARM guests at the Three Oaks Center at 5:30 p.m. for transportation to the selected church for the evening. Morning drivers arrive at the church by 7 a.m. the next morning to transport guests back to Three Oaks. To volunteer, call Ursula Harris at 301475-4200, ext. *1658, or via email to Your assistance with helping others is greatly appreciated during the cold winter months.

Bike Assessment at Northern

With spring just around the corner, it’s time to break out your bike and give it a good old once over. Cycling volunteers Dan and Diana Donahue along with a professional from Bike Doctor will give a free bike assessment at the Northern Senior Activity Center on Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 1-2:30 p.m. They will check the condition of your tires, chains, brakes, shifters, cables. Get your tires pumped and your seat properly adjusted so your bike fits you. Space is limited. To sign up for this free assessment in advance, please visit the signup table or call 301-475-4200, ext. *3103.

Senior Companion Presentation

Come join us at the Garvey Senior Activity Center for a Senior Companion presentation on Wednesday, March 7, at 1:30 p.m. Since 1974, Senior Companions have made difference by providing assistance and friendship adults that have difficulty with daily living tasks, such as shopping or paying their bills. Their assistance helps these adults retain their dignity and remain independent in their homes rather than having to move to more costly institutional care. Opportunities are now available for those seniors 55 and over who would like to volunteer to become a senior companion. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please join us for this presentation and to get more information on this wonderful program. To sign up call the recep-

Microsoft Office: Introduction to PowerPoint

Library Holiday Hours

All three branches of the St. Mary’s County Library will be closed on Monday, February 19 in observance of President’s Day. All three branches will be open for regular business hours on Tuesday, February 20.

Leonardtown Library will hold Microsoft Office: Introduction to PowerPoint on Tuesday, February 27 from 2 – 4 p.m. Learn the basics of creating multimedia presentations using Microsoft PowerPoint. Explore how to animate presentations using various effects. Prerequisite: Basic skills in using the mouse & keyboard. Adult computer classes are limited to ages 16 and up. Registration required.

Protecting Your Privacy Online

Charlotte Hall library will hold a Protecting Your Privacy Online class

tionist at 301-475-4200, ext. *1050.

St. Patrick’s Day Craft

Bring the luck of the Irish home with a beautifully crafted piece of repurposed wood at the Garvey Senior Activity Center on Wednesday, March 7 at 10 a.m.! Come join us! The cost for the class and the materials will be $10. Call 301-475-4200, ext. *1050, to register for the class.

Healthwatch Presentation

How to Take Your Own Blood Pressure- and Manage It will be presented by Linda Weintraub at the Loff ler Senior Activity Center on Thursday, March 8, at 10 a.m. This free workshop is designed to help you understand what the numbers mean and why they are so important. Find out when you should be concerned and what you can do to improve those numbers. To sign up call 301-4754200, ext. *1658, or stop by the reception desk.


The next Loff ler Senior Activity Center monthly craft will be Painting on the Glass of a Frame on Friday, March 9, at 10 a.m. You need only bring a picture frame that comes with glass (5 x 7 or 8 x 10 recommended). We will supply the rest of the materials. It’s simple, really- you just place a coloring picture or a heavily outlined printed message under the glass of the frame and trace the design with a paintbrush- then use scrapbooking paper for a background! Personalize it further, if you wish, by painting the frame while waiting for the glass to dry. You can sign up for this project

on Tuesday, February 27 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Learn about tools you can use to limit what’s shared about you online. Create strong passwords and use free open source software, including browser plug-ins, the Tor browser, and VPNs to help keep your information private. Attendees should be proficient computer users. Registration recommended.

Teen Night: Automotive Jobs

Lexington Park Library will hold a special Teen Night event: Automotive Jobs on Thursday, March 1 from 5 -7 p.m. Come get hands-on experience fixing a car. Learn the skills needed to extend the life of your automobile from a local expert. Part of this program

by calling 301-475-4200, ext. *1658, or by stopping by the reception desk.

Senior Bowling League Has Openings

The senior mixed bowling league sponsored by the St. Mary’s County Department of Aging and Human Services meets on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 12:30 p.m. at Esperanza Lanes. Cost is $15 per session, which includes 3 games, shoe rental and ball. This is a non-sanctioned league though there are some regulations to follow- the real point is to have fun with other people who are 50 years of age or older. If this is something that appeals to you, call Shellie Graziano at 301475-4200, ext. *1655. Also, call if you would like to sub for this league and meet the age requirements. Sub fees are paid by league member.

Zumba Gold

Come join us at the Garvey Senior Activity Center and dynamic instructor Geno Rothback! This class is for active older adults who are looking for a modified Zumba® class that recreates the original moves you love at a lower-intensity. The design of the class introduces easy-to-follow Zumba® choreography that focuses on balance, range of motion and coordination. Class focuses on all elements of fitness: cardiovascular, muscular conditioning, f lexibility and balance! Geno will have you moving and grooving throughout the class to fun, upbeat music selections. This class is on our fitness card and the cost is $30 for 10 classes. Call 301-475-4200, ext. *1050 to learn more.

will take place outdoors, so dress accordingly. Registration Required. Ages 14-18.

School Age Explorers: Book Fan Mail!

Lexington Park Library will hold School Age Explorers: Book Fan Mail! on Friday, March 2 from 2 – 3:30 p.m. Help your child discover the lost art of letter writing! Part storytime, part letter writing primer, this program will teach your child the basics of letter writing and give them a chance to write a letter to some of their favorite children’s book authors. Authors are busy people so responses are not guaranteed, but having fun at the library certainly is! Recommended for ages 6-10, registration required.

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St. Mary’s Ryken II Transcends Huntingtown and Northern’s Hockey to Win Chesapeake Cup By Zach Hill Contributing Writer

To go out and upset the top-seeded Northern High School Patriots in the playoffs as one of the bottom four teams in the regular season is a massive feat in itself. Coming out and dominating the Patriots by a score of 5-2 would eventually prove to not be enough satisfaction for the Knights as they would come out just as hungry against the Huntingtown Hurricanes on February 9th at the Capital Clubhouse in Waldorf. In the first period alone, the Knights posted 20 shots with two goals from Luke Sprague and one goal from David Hruda. This showed pure dominance in comparison to the Hurricanes who were unable to capitalize off of eight shots on goal and a penalty shot in those first 15 minutes. The second period was a similar story as the Knights continued to run the table, adding goals from Frank Furtado and Liam DeLong. The Hurricanes did manage to prevent the shutout in this period. Sam Nyman found the back of the net off of a pass from Dylan Jenkins to post Huntingtown’s first and only goal of the game with 5 minutes and 15 seconds to go in the second. The last period would seal Huntingtown’s fate as St. Mary’s Ryken Captain Alex Delaney would net his first of the game with under one minute left, closing out the game with a final score of 6-1. “Hard work. Grinding. Not giving up.” Knights Captain Alex Delaney explained were major keys to their program’s success this game and all season. “We saw a penalty shot first period, who knows what could have happened then. But if they would have scored we

would have came back and fought hard all game.” Knights Goalie, Senior Bryce Travers managed to only allow one goal out of 22 shots(.955) as opposed to Hurricanes Goalie, Freshman Brody White who faced 46 shots allowing six goals (.870). This game marked the first time that the St. Mary’s Ryken Ice Hockey program has won the Chesapeake Cup title since the decision was made to post multiple teams back in 2015. “We have stuck with some of the same systems we have used for years” Billman said. “We took advantage of what we have and when you have a team like this you can’t just set up a basic system.” “It was a good game, we skated hard the whole time. They didn’t really get back which is always a worry when you start to get up in a game early. The worry is always that they will start slowing down and taking it easy but they just kept pulling the whole game,” Billman added. There was some additional bittersweet to this game as Huntingtown Head Coach Eric Nyman announced that after the game he would be happily stepping down from this program after a five year run. Now, the Northern Patriots(13-1-0), whose regular season record earned their spot, and the St. Mary’s Ryken Knights(6-8-0) have earned a chance to compete in the State Championship tournament. The Patriots will be coming in as the seventh-seed to face off against the tenth-seeded Thomas S. Wootton High School team on February 15th at the Laurel Gardens Ice House at 5:00pm. The Knights will be coming in as a fifth-seed, and will face off against the twelfth-seeded Kent Island in the opening round on February 14 at the Capital Clubhouse in Waldorf at 6:15pm.

The St. Mary’s Ryken Knights pose with fans after winning the Chesapeake Cup



Lady Seahawks Pull Out Last Minute Victory

Olivia Nowlin ‘18 - Photo Credit: Julia Persell

The St. Mary’s College of Maryland women’s basketball erased a six-point deficit in the final minute and a half to pull out a 67-65 Capital Athletic Conference road win over Southern Virginia University Saturday afternoon. Senior captain Olivia Nowlin (Glenelg, Md./Glenelg) tallied a game- and teambest 17 points while sophomore guard Janey Mathisen (Marshfield, Mass./ Notre Dame Academy) laid in the gamewinning bucket in the final seconds to lead the Seahawks to the season sweep of SVU. The Basics Score: St. Mary’s 67, Southern Virginia 65 Records: St. Mary’s (8-14, 4-12 CAC), Southern Virginia (12-11, 5-11 CAC) Location: Buena Vista, Va. – Knight Sports Arena How It Happened Southern Virginia entered the fourth period with only a one-point lead before back-to-back baskets by Katie Garrish gave the Knights a five-point cushion 41 seconds into the last quarter. SVU would build a six-point advantage on four separate occasions, with the last one coming at 1:26 when Cory Stout knocked down two free throws for a 6357 SVU lead. The Seahawks then took over as four different players combined for a 10-2 run over the final 1:17 of the game. Mathisen scored four points in the run, including the game-winning layup with four seconds to go, while the Knights went 0-for-4 at the line with one turnover. Southern Virginia opened up a fivepoint lead in the first stanza behind 50.0% (6-12) shooting from the field but the Seahawks used eight points off of seven SVU miscues to pull within 17-16. The Knights came out firing in the second period, shooting nearly 70% (9-13) from the field during the next 15 minutes. After St. Mary’s claimed a one-point lead for the second time in the quarter, Southern Virginia closed out the first half on an 8-0 run to boast a 3629 halftime advantage. Shelby Butler was the half’s leading scorer with 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting while Nowlin and junior captain Katie

Robey (Kensington, Md./Georgetown Visitation) led the Seahawks with seven apiece. SVU dominated the paint in the first half, 20-12, while St. Mary’s picked up 17 points off of 13 turnovers by the home team. Southern Virginia bolstered its lead to 11 points at the 5:44-minute mark of the third stanza behind an opening 11-7 run but the Seahawks used a 12-2 run to end the quarter down only one. Inside the Box Score The Seahawks forced 25 turnovers with a season-best 17 steals, capitalizing for 28 points, while 13 offensive rebounds led St. Mary’s to eight second chance points. Nowlin posted 17 points by matching her career-high in field goals with six for the fourth time while adding three rebounds and two assists. She has now scored in double-digits 10 times this season. Robey came away with a near tripledouble on 15 points, nine boards, and a career-best eight steals plus three helpers while senior captain Kerri Kline (Hagerstown, Md./Saint James) contributed 11 points, six caroms, a career-high five steals, and two dimes. Mathisen finished the day with 10 points for her third straight double-figure scoring performance while chipping in career-bests of four rebounds and three assists. Southern Virginia was led by a pair of double-doubles as Garrish registered 13 points and a game-best 13 rebounds and Alexus Barnes recorded 11 boards and 10 points. The duo’s combined effort of 24 caroms helped the Knights notch a 45-37 rebounding margin. Game Notes Kline remains in fourth place on the St. Mary’s all-time scoring list with 1,206 career points in 97 games. She needs 42 points to move into the third spot and pass Stephanie Saint-Aubin ‘10, who put up 1,247 points in three seasons as a Seahawk. Up Next for the Seahawks Feb. 14 at York College of Pennsylvania (15-8, 11-5 CAC) – York, Pa. – CAC game – 6:00 p.m. 


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you now have a better chance of earning money on your investments.


It’s not enough to live on, but it is a safety net for you. Check out the benefits to which you are entitled and keep in mind that there are limitations under age 66 to the amounts you can earn if you receive social security.


By Lyn Striegel Contributing Writer

This is for all you procrastinators out there. You know who you are. It’s never too early or too late to start a financial plan. Every year I prepare a list of financial planning tips. In hopes of inspiring you to start a financial plan, here are 18 tips for your 2018 financial plan:


The first step is to stash enough cash to give you breathing room if something terrible happens like an illness or job loss. At least 6 months and probably a year’s worth of income will do it.


If you own a small business, get yourself on the books too. It’s tempting to pay everyone else before you, but by doing that you cheat yourself. Be kinder to you.


Think about it—twenty percent interest on your purchases? This is a terrible drag on your finances. Pay off those credit cards with a plan. Then, keep one for emergencies but otherwise buy with cash.


If your employer has a 401(k) and you do not participate, shame on you. Especially if the employer will match your contributions—that’s free money to you.


If you can’t see it, you can’t manage it. Get all your investment accounts under one roof with one statement a month.


This goes without saying, but unless you allocate your assets across cash, stocks and bonds, you will not succeed as an investor. I always recommend investors consult a professional to allocate their assets—interview the professionals until you find one that responds most to your concerns.


Compound interest is your friend. The more you can reinvest your interest or dividends, the better.


Following the business news to figure out how to make a plan is just foolish. The news cycle is not your investment guide. Turn off the 24-hour business “news” and focus on making a plan to last over time.


You’ve got to make investments to earn money on your money. Just keeping it in the mattress will not help defeat inflation. With interest rates rising,

There are insurance products out there that can give you income and security for your principal. A professional is required to advise you on all the products available to you. Do your due diligence and interview professionals—unless they can explain how the insurance products work, walk away. You want someone who treats you with respect and is well educated about insurance products and you and your family.


I like ‘em and so does everyone else. Keep it basic with index funds that track the major indexes. There are far too many hybrid index funds out there that are too risky. Forget the bells and whistles—go for the basic indexes.


You need to check on what beneficiaries you have designated for your accounts, retirement plans, insurance policies, etc. Make sure it isn’t the ex-spouse or deceased parents. The latest dated beneficiary designation counts so keep these up to date.


You know I’m going to advise you to get your estate plan in order as a major part of your financial plan. You need a Will or a Living Trust, a Power of Attorney and a Living Will. Without these documents, you have no power to help your loved ones in a medical emergency and the courts will decide the distribution of your assets.


There are lots of free available tools to help you get your credit rating. Review your credit report and question anything that is not clear to you. Submit corrections to all three major credit reporting agencies and follow-up to make sure the corrections have been implemented on your report. To re-build your credit, obtain a credit card, make a small monthly purchase and pay it off every month. Keep doing this for a year. The results will show up as current on your credit report and raise your score.


This is the hard part. Financial planning is not rocket science—anyone can do this by following simple rules. HAVE CONFIDENCE.


There are so many learning tools out there. Every major brokerage firm and insurance company has tips for you on starting and maintaining a financial plan. And, most reputable financial advisors are very willing to give you their time free of charge to discuss financial planning. Take advantage of what is available to you and learn more. You can never get enough education.


You will not achieve success by chasing the most current trend. Pick your investments carefully, making sure to allocate and be patient about the results. If at any time your investments decline more than 15%, review them with your advisor It may be time to get out of some of them. Your horizon should be long-term. Striegel & Baddour is a law firm focused on Estate and Business Planning located in North Beach with appointment locations in Hollywood and Annapolis. Nothing in the following article represents legal advice. Readers are urged to consult their legal counsel.

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I am a pop singer born in Barbados on February 20, 1988. I had a tough childhood and sold clothes in a street stall with my father. I started singing at age 7 and released my first album in 2005. My first hit was about a device that blocks the rain.

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

Answers: 1. Bunny by fence 2. Larger fence across yard 3. Birds in sky 4. Smaller cloud

49. A cat is one 52. Broken piece 56. French president 58. Artist’s workroom 60. Ability to apply knowledge and skills 62. Visually stunning 63. Ancient region south of Dead Sea

Guess Who? Rihanna

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“Syd-eo and Mindy-et; A Hound Story”

This morning I was reminded of the heart tugging story of Romeo and Juliet. How fitting on Va l e n t i n e’s Day. Shakespeare brought to life the tragedy faced by young lovers since the beginning of time. The only difference from the famous story to what I observed this morning is that the Romeo and Juliet in my sight are Syd and Mindy: two star-crossed, love and play happy, hounds. Syd is our neighbor’s sweet hound and of course you know that Mindy is our stubborn, listens only when good and ready to, hound. They are madly in love. I had to laugh at the sight of Mindy playing the coquettish female, teasing Syd from atop our front steps with a treat hanging out of our mouth. Syd was below dancing back and forth pleading for her to come down and share her treat and play with him. The only problem is that once Syd gets his treat he runs home with it. So, Mindy knows the way to keep him with her. I will be looking for ladders against the basement window soon. They talk to each other daily from across the street from within our homes. We can hear Syd start his high pitched woooo woooo woooo howling for Mindy, and Mindy answering with loud whimpering and lots of barking. If Mindy gets out first, the first thing she does is look across the street to see if Syd is laying in front of the front door. Then Syd really starts his howling/ crying. After she does all her urgent morning routines, she will either sit or lay facing Syd’s house until it’s his turn to come out. I believe they think about each other quite a lot. They play so well together, rolling and play biting for ages, and they will mostly share treats and toys, though once in a while Syd will take off back across the street with a toy, sometimes dropping it off right as he enters his front yard. He

looks back as if to say, okay now it’s your turn to follow me. But, as in any good love story there is an obstacle. In their love story it is Balto, whose name brings to mind Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet. Balto, the black shepherd is Syd’s half-brother not a litter sibling, and does not want to share his playtime with Syd with Mindy. Yes, it is an unusual love triangle, but brotherly love is just as strong. Syd is one of the sweetest, lovable dogs on the planet, who wouldn’t want to play with him as he wriggles his whole body when he sees you. And he is so accommodating and adaptable, even learning to tolerate the mundane ritual of playing ball with Mindy. I think Syd feels playing ball is so beneath his intelligence and elegance. Syd knows that other than loving him, Mindy’s only other love is a slimy, muddy ball in her mouth – preferably with a human throwing it over and over for hours on end. So, he compromises like any perfect couple should, and acts as if he is enjoying it immensely. Compromise is a good foundation for any relationship as a matter of fact. What does Mindy give to this relationship? I believe she gives gentle, slobbery play time, and a devotion that Syd can clearly see when she sits on the edge of the yard staring at him and waiting for him. What more could anyone want than knowing that someone wants to deluge, flood, douse shower you with yards and yards of slobbery love, and then pine for you with sweet brown doggie eyes, then bite you, sometimes not so tenderly, all over your ears and legs? Muskrat love has nothing on this. We could all learn a lot from hound dog love on this Valentine’s Day. Hope your Valentine’s week is filled with loving slobber and playtime as well. To each new day’s adventure, Shelby Please send your comments or ideas to: or find me on facebook.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Michael Brown Carroll

For well over 400 years, the Barbary Coast pirates made their living by seizing ships and goods and by enslaving people. France and England, among other nations, had for hundreds of years been paying “tributes” to the rulers of the Barbary Coast which included Algiers, Tunisia, Morocco and Tripioli (now called Libya). American ships were protected because prior to the Revolutionary War, our ships f lew British f lags. For a while after the Revolutionary War, we were protected by the French. By 1785 we were on our own. The newly created United States had downsized the army to less than 700 men, had eliminated the Navy entirely and had sold its last ship. That same year, the Barbary Coast pirates seized the first U.S. merchant ship and took 22 hostages. By 1793, over 100 Americans were being held hostage (including 16 of the 22 taken in 1785; 6 hostages having died while in captivity). This on-going situation was the single most important reason why Congress passed and President Washington signed legislation on March 27, 1794 which recreated the Navy under the Department of War. The Department of Navy, as a separate entity was created April 30, 1798. The first Secretary of the Navy was Benjamin Stoddert who was born in neighboring Charles County, MD. Just six months later, on September 7, 1798, Michael Brown Carroll was appointed as a midshipman in the U.S. Navy. Mr. Carroll was born 1768 in St. Mary’s County at “Susquehanna” which was a part of the approximately 7,000 acres taken by the U.S. Navy in 1942 for

the Patuxent Naval Air Station. Mr. Carroll saw action first in the Quasi War with France, but by 1800 he was serving aboard the Philadelphia off the coast of Tripoli. In 1803, the Philadelphia was seized by pirates and its crew of 307 was taken hostage after it had become entrenched on a sandbar in the harbor of Tripoli. Luckily, by that time Michael Brown Carroll had already been assigned to the Siren. Stephen Decatur, with a crew of volunteers, eventually destroyed the Philadelphia in a daring raid in which they posed as pirates using a previously captured Tripolitan ketch which had been renamed the USS Intrepid. The Siren, with Mr. Carroll on board, accompanied the USS Intrepid. The mission was successful with 20 of the enemy being killed and the Philadelphia destroyed. Michael Brown Carroll would continue to serve in the Mediterranean until 1806. He was promoted to Master Commandant in 1815 after having served in New Orleans during the War of 1812. Mr. Carroll resigned from the Navy in 1822 and returned to “Susquehanna” where he died in 1831. In 1960, the Carroll family donated to the St. Mary’s County Historical Society the original commission signed by President Jefferson, a sword said to have been presented to him by a prominent Turk after the Battle of Tripoli, and a small portrait all of which are on display at the Old Jail Museum in Leonardtown.

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Letter to the Editor

The Maryland Legislature is currently considering Senate Bill 903, which is: “For the purpose of repealing provisions that establish the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center and its governance: and generally relating to the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center”. This Bill, if enacted, would transform the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center (SMHEC) from what is currently a fully independent regional higher education center governed by a Board of Governors comprised totally of Southern Maryland citizens into a third-tier University System of Maryland (USM) regional center with only local “Advisory Board” input to its operations and, most importantly, to the selection of its advanced degree offerings. This Bill would have no effect, positive or negative, upon the efforts currently underway which are directed toward the SMHEC’s third building, an education and research facility being constructed under the auspices of the USM. The issue of the Research Center, currently partially funded and in the planning stages by the USM, is essentially settled – and will hopefully prove to be a valuable, if expensive, asset supporting both necessary Southern Maryland economic diversity and the Navy’s continued presence here. The absorption of the totality of the SMHEC into the mass of the USM however, is driven by only the apparent reluctance of the State of Maryland to recognize the value of such independent centers (there are multiple) through reliable funding and the absence of sufficient public dialog to effect a change to that dynamic. Rather, the easy route is to funnel funding into the USM and hope for the best. Again, there is no linkage between the research facility and the absorption of the SMHEC as a whole. USM represents fine institutions of higher education and many of the offerings provided over the past 24 years at the SMHEC have been by USM components. Many other of the fine offerings however have been provided by nonUSM associated schools. In fact, the very first offeror to come to the SMHEC Publisher Associate Publisher

in 1994 was Notre Dame of Maryland University, an independent institution willing to take a risk at a brand new higher education center to provide local graduate degree-leading programming to the substantial education community in Southern Maryland. That commitment by Notre Dame was instrumental in assuring the future of the SMHEC and led soon to interest by other institutions. A primary function of the Board of Governors has continued to be to work with constituencies in the region to define higher education needs, solicit program proposals from advanced degree-awarding institutions and to independently select the very best solutions appropriate to our needs – regardless of the offerors’ affiliations, or even, in some cases, whether in-state or external to Maryland. The control rests locally. Independent governance has also resulted in the provision of needed programs very efficiently. While comparative numbers are sometimes hard to extract from the huge entity which is USM, estimates are that SMHEC operating costs are on the order of one half of those of USM-affiliated regional higher education centers. Delegating total responsibility and authority for the administration of SMHEC, currently a self-governing institution of higher education established under State law, and transferring all its assets to another academic entity with a separate governing structure, headquartered outside the region, would undermine the future accountability and responsiveness of SMHEC’s programs and services to the needs of Southern Maryland and its people. Since there is no apparent rationale to support this bill right now, I would hope that such a drastic step can be tabled pending at least the opportunity for more open community dialog to address the wisdom of its effects. Robert Randall Past Chairman of the Board of Governors 1994-2004 Southern Maryland Higher Education Center

Letters to the Editor


Legal Notice IN THE MATTER OF DOMINIC AARON GLASCOE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO DOMINIC AARON BUCKLER In the Circuit Court for St. Mary’s County, Maryland Case No.: C-18-FM-18-000078 Notice (Adult) (DOM REL 61) The above Petitioner has filed a Petition for Change of Name in which he seeks to change his name from Dominic Aaron Glascoe to Dominic Aaron Buckler. The petitioner is seeking a name change because: I would like my father’s last name. Any person may file an objection to the Petition on or before the 10th day of March, 2018. The objection must be supported by an affidavit and served upon the Petitioner in accordance with Maryland Rule 1-321. Failure to file an objection or affidavit within the time allowed may result in a judgment by default or the granting of the relief sought. Tracy L. Cantrell, Acting Clerk of Court for St. Mary’s County Maryland January 25, 2018

Legal Notice IN THE MATTER OF MATTHEW MANNING FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO MATTHEW HASKINS In the Circuit Court for St. Mary’s County, Maryland Case No.: C-18-FM-18-000064 Notice (Adult) (DOM REL 61) The above Petitioner has filed a Petition for Change of Name in which he seeks to change his name from Matthew Manning to Matthew Haskins. The petitioner is seeking a name change because: I want to have the same name as my stephfather. Any person may file an objection to the Petition on or before the 9th day of March, 2018. The objection must be supported by an affidavit and served upon the Petitioner in accordance with Maryland Rule 1-321. Failure to file an objection or affidavit within the time allowed may result in a judgment by default or the granting of the relief sought. Tracy L. Cantrell, Acting Clerk of Court for St. Mary’s County Maryland January 22, 2018

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2018-02-15 St. Mary's County Times  

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

2018-02-15 St. Mary's County Times  

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