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After years of planning, delays and continued civic activism, supporters of the new Leonardtown Library and Senior Center broke ground on the 45,500 square foot facility Tuesday in the Leonard’s Grant community. “This truly is a good morning,” said Commissioner President James “Randy” Guy. “I consider this a rebirth of our library and senior center.” Guy said senior center activists who wanted a replacement for the current Garvey Center were in constant contact over the past several years to make sure the project came to fruition. “This facility is going to be built,” Guy said. “I hope to be running again to see this completed.” Guy said U.S. Census projections show that the senior population in the county will grow by 245 percent in the coming decades. The dual facility is projected to cost $21.5 million and take between 18 months to two years to build. In the year coming up to the contract award to the Tuchman/Barbee construction group of Upper Marlboro, the

county commissioners had to cut some space in the senior center portion of the project to bring it within cost limits. Juanita Nether, chair of the county’s Commission on Aging, said the efforts of senior citizens were paramount in getting the project to move forward. “They usually don’t take ‘no’ for an answer,” Nether said. “They are amazing and tireless.” Mary Lee Russell, branch manager at the Leonardtown Library, said she had heard of calls for a new branch for years; the current building was constructed in 1954 as a National Guard armory and was prone to utility failures. “This has been 12 years in the making,” Russell said. “Many, many times I didn’t think this would happen.” Dale Taylor, president of the Garvey Senior Activity Center Council, honored the members of the group for all their efforts lobbying for the facility’s completion. “They have devoted much of their lives these past four years to make a dream come true,” Taylor said, adding “… we have moved a mountain today.”

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Town Officials Excluded From Shovel Time at Groundbreaking

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

Officials from the Town of Leonardtown were invited to and present at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new library and senior center complex to be built by the county within town limits but were conspicuously absent from being allowed forward to shovel dirt. Town Administrator Laschelle McK-

ay confirmed that past and present members of the town council had been invited – Mayor Dan Burris and Council Member Jay Mattingly were in attendance as was former member Leslie Roberts – but the program that day was set up by the county. “It’s a county program, we weren’t asked to come up so we didn’t,” McKay told The County Times.

County leaders such as Commissioner President Randy Guy spoke, as did Senator Steve Waugh. Also speaking at the podium were county department heads, library personnel and senior center advocates, but no town officials. The history of the complex dates back years but in 2014 some on the county commissioner board were pushing for the library, and later the senior center, to be built on land for- Mayor Dan Burris merly known as the Hayden Property. county employees. There was some division in the town Burris, for his part, was not concerned. government about where to site the li“I’m not going to pay any attention to brary but many in the business commu- that, we were recognized so that’s fine,” nity favored its placement in the down Burris said. “I’m sure it’s an oversight.” town area to better foster economic Commisioner President Randy Guy development. did not return phone calls seeking comThe process to site the library could at ment for this story. times be acrimonious. Tony Jones, county spokesperson, said that the program for the ceremony was promulgated by a multitude of

Two Attorneys Apply for Judge’s Seat

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

Two local attorneys have put their

names in for consideration to fill the St. Mary’s County Circuit Court seat soon to be vacated by Judge Karen H. Abrams.

Abrams retired March 19; she had served since November of 2005. Assistant State’s Attorney Joseph Stanalonis and James Tanavage, who currently serves as the Alcohol Beverage Board’s attorney are both seeking the seat. Tanavage also has a private law practice and once served as a prosecutor in the state’s attorney’s office under Richard Fritz. “I think I could do a good job at it,” Tanavage told The County Times. “I think it would be interesting work.” According to on-line state judiciary documents they are the only two attorneys to apply for the position. The closing date for attorneys to apply for the seat is June 4, the

Maryland Judiciary Nominating Commission is set to meet to discuss the applicants June 25. The commission was established in 1970 by then Gov. Marvin Mandel to aid in screening judicial candidates; it is the governor’s responsibility to appoint judges in the event of a vacancy. Circuit Court judges are elected in St. Mary’s County and serve a 15-year term. The last election for a judge was in 2012 when Stanalonis ran against David Densford and lost. Densford had already been in the seat vacated by C. Clarke Raley for six months by gubernatorial appointment at the time. Tanavage had also applied to be selected for that seat. That campaign was marked with controversy as Stanalonis had accused Densford of opposing the registration of sex offenders. Densford filed a complaint with the state’s Attorney Grievance Commission over the accusation; a Prince George’s County judge later ruled that Stanalonis had acted with “reckless disregard” in making the accusation. Stanalonis did not return phone calls seeking comment for this article.

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Members of the All Saints Episcopal Church in Avenue say their 19th century church is suffering from severe, even dangerous, structural problems. They have moved down about one mile on Oakley Road to the parish hall for Sunday services and are now waiting for a report from a local construction specialist regarding whether the building can be restored. “We found that the water was coming into the church,” said Nancy Zearfoss, a member of the church vestry. “There’s been a significant amount of structural damage.” Built in 1846, the church has seen some modifications and repairs over the years, Zearfoss said, but the overall building is much the same as it was built in the 19th century. “The structure has never really been addressed,” she said. Zearfoss said the specialist should come back inside a month to tell the congregation whether or not “hopefully the church can be saved.” Richard Lord, Zearfoss’ husband, said the structural damage became too prominent to let continue about four months ago. The pews were removed and the flooring underneath was torn out; stained glass windows were removed and warehoused, he said. As the safety issues began to mount some in the church vestry were seriously considering an effort to demolish the old building, while others would not even consider such a move, Zearfoss said. Since receiving an initial consultation on the possibility of restoring the church, the demolition option seems to have been

rescinded; at least for the time being. “Right now demolition is off the table,” Lord told The County Times. “At least for now that’s not going to happen.” Don Cropp, owner of Colony Builders, said he believed the church was far from a lost cause. “It’s just a simple wood frame church,” Cropp said. “We can knock it out in a few weeks.” Cropp has taken on and successfully completed several major restoration projects around the county. Those include the restored lighthouse on St. Clements Island as well as the African American School House in Drayden. Cropp said the county continues to lose much of its history through buildings being demolished or left to collapse, such as tobacco barns. “It seems like we’ve lost much of our history,” Cropp said. “But we can preserve more of it by preserving these churches. “They are the most beautiful buildings we have left.” Carpentry in the 19th century was not significantly different from carpentry today, Cropp said, and resources readily available from the Amish and Mennonite community, which use much older methods, made restoring historic buildings more feasible. “Everything that was done we can fabricate here,” Cropp said. “I think this will be a good community project.” Dave Hudson, junior warden at the All Saints parish, was adamant about saving the church. “We’re not going to demolish it, were going to save it,” Hudson said. “It’s going to be a labor of love.

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Commissioners Approve Valley Lee Fire/ Rescue Tax Increase

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Residents of the 2nd and 9th Election Districts will now pay more in taxes to support their local first responders. The Commissioners of St. Mary’s

County, after some debate over the possibility of last-minute changes to the rate increases, voted by a 3-to-2 margin to raise the fire tax rate for the two districts to .056 cents per $100 of assessed property value and the rescue tax portion to .017 per $100 of assessed value for both districts as well.

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This is the first time in 17 years that either district, both served by the 2nd District Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, commonly known as the Valley Lee fire house, have experienced a fire and rescue tax increase. The issue of whether to raise the tax also drove a deep wedge between community members there; many opposed any increase because of the large numbers of residents on fixed income. Opponents also said the ostensible reasons for the increases, to defray increasing operational costs and begin building a new fire house, were not fully supported by the fire and rescue company’s own fiscal projections. First responders who called for the increase said their building was aging and could not fit new apparatus coming off contemporary assembly lines. They also said a modern facility would help attract new volunteers to the organization. Before the vote, some commissioners balked at the rate of increase and the uncertainty of the costs of a new fire house. “This new facility does not have cost certainty,” said Commissioner Mike Hewitt. “We’re hearing estimates from $8 million all the way up to $11 million. “I think it’s unfair to increase people’s taxes when they don’t know exactly what they are getting.” Commissioner President James “Randy” Guy suggested reducing the rate increases from .056 to .050 and .017 to .011 for about a 15 percent difference. He, too was concerned about the potential costs of a new building. “They do need an increase to cover operational costs,” said Guy. “But the build-

ing, we need some more study on.” The other commissioners disagreed. Commissioner John O’Connor, speaking on a conference call, said the county should avoid interjecting itself in the debate attempting to suppress professional judgement. Commissioner Tom Jarboe, also on a conference call, agreed. “I don’t think there’s any doubt they need a new building,” Jarboe said. Commissioner Todd Morgan said the issue had to be solved at the commissioner’s table, else the issue would only surface again and sow more community division. “They just don’t want to sit down and talk about it,” Morgan said, warning the proponents of the tax increase to be responsible with the new revenue. “What can be given can be taken away,” said Morgan. The commissioners also voted by a 4-to-1 margin to approve the fiscal 2019 budget of $230 million; it includes a solid waste environmental fee increase to $91 and about $140,000 extra in land use fees. Income tax and property tax rates remained the same at 3 percent and .8478 cents per $100 of assessed value, respectively. The Board of Education received a funding increase of $1.6 million over last year’s appropriation to $103.8 million in county funding. The commissioners also set aside $1 million from their fund balance for school security upgrades. County employees also received a onestep merit increase. Commissioner Mike Hewitt was the only opposing vote.

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Survey Shows Blue Crab Population Healthy

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources today released the results of the 2018 Blue Crab Winter Dredge Survey, which shows that the population of blue crabs remains healthy and sustainable. While this year’s cold weather and ice cover took a toll on the adult crab population, causing an estimated 35 percent mortality of adult females wintering in state waters, the number of young crabs that returned to Chesapeake Bay this year increased 34 percent. Blue crabs spend the first part of their lives in the Atlantic Ocean before returning to the bay to grow and mature. “Despite the cold, hard winter, which extended well into the spring, the blue crab population remains healthy, resilient and sustainable,” Maryland Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton said. “Even with the erratic weather, which included snow in April,  the blue crab population remains well within parameters, showing that the state and our partners are managing the species well.” The survey indicates a bay-wide crab population of 371 million, a decrease from last year’s estimate of 455 million, driven largely by a decrease in the number of adult crabs. In 2018, the spawning female stock decreased 42 percent from

254 to 147 million, dropping below the target level of 215 million, but remaining well above safe levels. This year’s adult female abundance remains among the 10 highest of the nearly three decade old survey. Adult male crab abundance declined 23 percent from 76 to 59 million. The juvenile crab population increased 34 percent over last year, reaching 167 million. “Although the number of spawningage females is down from last year, we are pleased to see that their abundance is well above the minimum safe number even with the winter weather and lackluster reproduction last year,” Chesapeake Bay Stock Assessment Committee Chair Glenn Davis said. “Last year we had very few young crabs entering the bay. Those juveniles grew through 2017 and endured this year’s cold winter to become the 2018 class of spawning adults.” The decline in numbers of adult crabs in the bay may lead to a slow start to the early harvest season, but as young crabs enter the fishery and increase their abundance in midsummer, Maryland may see an improved late season. The 2017 bay-wide crab harvest decreased slightly in 2017, from 60 to 54 million pounds, but continued to operate at sus-


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Routine Maintenance Scheduled on Gov. Thomas Johnson Bridge

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Brady Retires from County Service

On Sunday, May 20, the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) will perform routine maintenance to the MD 4 (Patuxent Beach Road) Bridge over the Patuxent River (Governor Thomas Johnson Memorial Bridge) at the Calvert/St. Mary’s County. Crews will be clearing bridge drains between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. Drivers will be guided through the work zone using a flagging operation. Motorists should plan extra travel time Sunday morning. 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 Press Release frm MDOT

Grace Mary Brady, second from left, receives a proclamation from County Commissioners upon her retirement from her job as historic preservation planner.

Primary Election Registration Deadlines Looming

Important deadlines for the upcoming 2018 Gubernatorial Primary Election are approaching. The deadline to register to vote, change party affiliation, update an address, and request an alternate polling place for this election is 9:00 pm on Tuesday, June 5, 2018.

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also the last day for registered voters to update their address with their local board of elections or change their party affiliation. Residents with a Maryland driver’s license or MVA-issued ID may register to vote, change their address, or change their party affiliation online at OnlineVoterRegistration Voters and members of the military, their spouses and dependents who are overseas and who do not have a Maryland driver’s license or MVA-issued ID, may also register or change their address or party affiliation online using different identifying information. Paper voter registration applications must be hand-delivered or mailed to the voter’s local board of elections. A handdelivered application must be received by the local board of elections by 9:00 pm on June 5, 2018, and a mailed application must be postmarked by June 5, 2018. Voter registration applications are available throughout Maryland at the following locations: • Local boards of elections • Motor Vehicle Administration offices • State Department of Health offices • Local Department of Social Services offices • Offices on Aging • Division of Rehabilitation Services • The MTA Paratransit Certification Office • Recruitment offices of the U.S. Armed Forces • Public institutions of higher education • Marriage license bureaus • Post offices • Public libraries • State Board of Elections You may also call 1-800-222-8683 to request an application by mail or down-

load and print a voter registration application registration/application.html Most of Maryland’s polling places are accessible to voters with disabilities. An elderly voter or a voter with a disability who is assigned to an inaccessible polling place may ask to be reassigned to an accessible polling place. This request must be submitted in writing by 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5, 2018. The request form is available online at Accessible_Polling_Place.pdf Voters can also call 1-800-222-8683 to request a form by mail. On receipt of a timely request, the voter’s local board of elections will review the request and determine whether there is an accessible polling place with the same ballot as the voter’s home precinct and notify the voter of the status of his or her request. To verify voter registration status or to find out if an assigned polling place is accessible, voters may visit VoterSearch The 2018 Gubernatorial Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, and the 2018 General Election is Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Starting the 2nd Thursday before the election through the Thursday before the election, voters can vote in person at the designated early voting center(s) in their county of residence. Early voting locations and hours and additional electionrelated dates and information are available at early_voting.html. For more information, voters may contact the State Board of Elections at 1-800-222-VOTE (8683) or visit Press Release from Maryland Board of Elections

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Young Girl Dies After St. Mary’s Crash A 12-year-old Lusby girl succumbed on Friday, May 11, 2018, from injuries suffered in a motor vehicle crash on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. On May 1, 2018 at 6:50 a.m., the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and emergency personnel responded to the area of Indian Bridge Road and Park Drive in Great Mills for the report of a single-vehicle collision. Upon arrival, units located a single vehicle off the roadway which had struck an embankment, a mailbox and street signs. The operator of the vehicle, Kelly Rapert, 57 of Lusby, was found to have incapacitating injuries and was transported to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardtown, while a juvenile passenger, 12-year-old Madison Clare Curran of Lusby, suffered severe incapacitating injuries and was eventually transported to Georgetown University Hospital. Initial investigation revealed the vehicle, a 2009 Honda Accord, was traveling southbound on Indian Bridge Road when for

unknown reasons the vehicle left the roadway, struck an embankment and a mailbox. The vehicle continued to travel across Park Drive and struck several street signs before coming to a stop. The juvenile passenger was transported to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital, transferred to Children’s Hospital and then transferred to Georgetown University Hospital due to the severity of the injuries sustained. On Friday, May 11, 2018, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office was notified that the juvenile passenger had succumbed to her injuries at 3:37 p.m. At this time, speed, alcohol and drugs do not appear to be factors in this collision. Witnesses to the collision are asked to contact Cpl. Brian Connelly #151 from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Reconstruction Unit at 301-475-4200, ext. *8031 or by email at Jason Babcock, St. Mary’s County Sheriff ’s Officer PIO

Bushwood Man Injured in Sunderland Crash On May 12 th , 2018 at approximately 3:03 p.m. deputies responded to Maryland Route 2 and Wayside Drive in Sunderland for a report of an accident involving three vehicles. The investigation revealed a 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier, driven by Mathew Austin Smith of Bushwood was waiting to turn at Wayside Drive. A 2013 Dodge Caravan, driven by Nicole Bland from Lusby was travelling northbound in the same area when it struck the Cavalier and sent it into oncoming traffic. The Cavalier subsequently struck a Toyota Prius, driven by Rachel Broderick from Huntingtown. The Cavalier and the Prius both caught fire. The occupants of the vehicles were removed by unknown citizens. Mr. Smith was transported by helicopter for his injuries. The Dodge Caravan driven by

Bland also had twin 6-month-old passengers in the vehicles. They were secured in car seats and uninjured. Bland was charged with Driving under the inf luence and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center. This case is still under investigation by Dfc. Bowlan. Capt. David Payne, sheriff’s office spokesman, said Bland has been charged with driving while under the inf luence of alcohol and controlled dangerous substances. Bland also faces charges of reckless driving, Payne told The County Times, and charges are pending for her driving the car with children in it while intoxicated. Bland refused the breathalyzer test after the accident, Payne said. Calvert Sheriff ’s Office Press Release

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Hollywood Man Charged with St. Mary’s County House Fire

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A Deputy State Fire Marshal has arrested a Hollywood man who allegedly intentionally set fire to a two story single family dwelling in Hollywood. The residence is owned by Michael Nowotny. On May 9, 2018, at approximately 4:47 pm, approximately 50 firefighters from Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department responded to a one alarm fire located at 26442 Peninsular Drive that caused approximately $350,000 in damages. Nowotny was also Emergency Petitioned the same night of the fire by the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office. As a result of the investigation by the

Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office, it was determined that Nicholas Everett Nowotny of the same address intentionally set fire to his father’s residence. Mr. Nowotny was charged with Arson 1st Degree. He was transported from Medstar St. Mary’s Hospital to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center at approximately 1:48 p.m without incident. He is currently being held without bond until his hearing on May 15. 2018 and 1:00 p.m. Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office


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versity and majored in Equine Studies which led her to training horses in Kentucky. But, she also liked acting. She became a spokesperson for the World Equestrian Games and also the “Speedway Girl” for a chain of gas station/convenience stores. She moved around for a tine, ending up in Washington state, where she met her husband who was in the Navy at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station. Everywhere she traveled it was either the talent work or horses Her husband now works for Lockheed and they moved to Southern Maryland for his job associated with the Patuxent River Naval Air Station. Once here she was interested in continuing with horses, but she also felt the pull of the entertainment business. So, she took a commuting job with the Discovery Channel. But the commute to Silver Spring was a drag, “I had to reevaluate my life a little bit,” she said. She started working at All Kinds Veterinary Hospital in Callaway, St. Mary’s County. It was at that time that Beasley came into her life. Beasley is a mutt, a mix of at least several breeds. He was eight months old when she adopted him in 2014 from Homeward Bound Animal Rescue in Pennsylvania. He was one of 14

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puppies and she saw him online on the Petfinder website. “I decided I needed a dog in my life,” she said. When her job with Discovery didn’t pan out, she said, “I felt like I was a little unworthy. I wasn’t happy. I was feeling depressed which brought on some anxiety. Something was missing from my life. Something needed to change,” she explained. Working with a dog, she felt, “would be a great outlet for me.” She added, “That was a life-changing moment for me. This is what I missed, having that companionship.’ So, Beasley and Chrissy hiked all over Southern Maryland, especially at Calvert Cliffs State Park and American Chestnut Land Trust. The next logical step was obedience training classes. She learned from the folks at the vet hospital about BFF Pet Services in Brandywine and started with puppy kindergarten. One of the staff members saw her working with Beasley and said, “We need to get her on our team.” At first her focus with Beasley was just on basic training and hiking. “We do seven miles a day, every day,” she said. Her new employer, BFF, became interested in trick training, so Joy started training him tricks at home. They started getting involved in agility and trick dog competition. He took to it quickly. The training eventually paid off; Beasley became the first dog at BFF to get his Champion Trick Dog title. All the while The County Times was talking to Joy, Beasley was following Joy’s every word and gesture, obviously attuned to her wishes. But, at the same time she was attuned to what he was doing. This is the animal/human bond we were talking about at the beginning of this story. The human and animal also started doing some stage performances. “That was really exciting,” she said. That led to Beasley doing TV commercials. She started working with talent agencies to get jobs for him. If you’ve seen the commercials for Chewy Pet Food, that’s Beasley in it. Stunt Dog competition was a new thing this year and Joy decided to try it with Beasley. “You can only compete in Stunt Dog if you have a Trick Dog Title,” Joy explained. This past weekend at DogFest in Charles County was the first time that Stunt Dog Trials were held in America. They were put on by BFF. But the birth of Stunt Dog competition was at Tridex, or the Trick Dog Expo at Purina Farms in Missouri in March. To compete for the National Stunt Dog Championship, a dog had to be a Trick Dog Champion. Bailey had to compete in four intermediate Trick Dog competitions to make it to the finals of the first ever Stunt Dog Championship. Beasley was one of six finalists.

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Beasley loves crowds. “If he hates it (the situation) we are not going to do it,” Joy said. She can tell because he turns away, showing disinterest. But he was definitely into the finals. Routines were to be six to 10 minutes long. Their’s was seven minutes in front of a three-judge panel. Their routine was about bullying and selfesteem, where at one point Beasley comes to comfort Chrissy, who is obviously depressed. “I think God was on our side,” Joy said. “I had serious anxiety before that performance. But he got by my side and he could tell I was nervous. Like ‘Mom, what’s wrong.’ We went in that ring and he was spot on. He was nailing the tricks before I even said, ‘Go get the tissues’ He was doing everything because he knew the routine pattern. I think he knew mom was stressed,” Joy explained. “I think also the message we were driving home is something the judges appreciated -- that we are here to help kids and adults and whatever they suffer from. Stay with your dog and you can be happy with who you are and any way you are because your animal loves you unconditionally,” Joy said. This was not acting for Joy. What with her anxiety as a kid and the unconditional love from Beasley, the performance was a natural. Beasley has an irritable bowel disorder and has suffered from separation anxiety. Joy said they complement each other and “are strong for each other.” The BFF training facility has helped Beasley with his separation anxiety. “I actually would not be where I am if it wasn’t for this place,” Joy said. And they were especially supportive during the national competition. BFF does all types of training and conducts workshops, including for those interested in getting into show business. Their website is: So, Beasley is now back home in Lusby and during the day at BFF in Brandywine with his large trophy and a ribbon to wear around his neck as the National Stunt Dog Champion. But he’s not resting on his laurels and neither is Joy. They would like to do more commercial and show business work. Keep in mind that Beasley was a rescue dog. Joy firmly believes that all dogs can be trained, even those with some age or physical disabilities. “They all can learn some form of obedience, tricks, agility,” she said. A perfect way to cement that bond. You can next see Beasley in action at the World Dog Expo in New Jersey, June 9-10. And to view Chrissy and Beasley’s winning routine go to You can follow Beasley on Facebook at GoodBeasley


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Tom and Jerry were born in 2016. You can meet them at the Petco in California every Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 to 3. Tom especially doesn’t show very well at Petco. He is scared and hisses at people. With adults, we do let people do trial adoptions to see what their true personalities are. You will find that they are actually very wonderful boys. Both boys are friendly, lap kitties. We hope they go together but it is so difficult to find homes for adults so they can be adopted separately. They both are very young at heart and are so small that they actually seem like teenage kittens. You can fill out an application at and email the application to IF YOU KNOW ABOUT CATS LIVING OUTSIDE, PLEASE CONTACT US SO WE GET LEND TRAPS AND GET THE CATS SPAYED OR NEUTERED.Animal Shelter Southern MD.


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Southern Marylanders Rally for March for Babies More than $87,000 raised

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It was the best feel-good moment of the week when approximately 800 Southern Marylanders showed their support for the health of all moms and babies by participating in March for Babies presented by Pepco Holdings to benefit March of Dimes. Regency Furniture Stadium was packed with strollers, families, and business teams who raised more than $ 87,000 to help give every baby the best possible start. Special guests at the event included Larry Foster, Partner, Evergreen Disposal, and the 2018 Southern Maryland March for Babies Chair. Foster and his family joined walkers on the 3-mile route as DJ Chris Productions provided tunes to keep the energy high. “We saw today how important the health of moms and babies is to the people of Southern Maryland,” says Foster. “I’m so proud to be part of this community of people who came together to join in the fight for the health of all moms and babies.”

Premature birth and its complications are the largest contributors to infant death in the U.S. and pregnancy-related death has more than doubled over the past 25 years. From advocacy to education to research, we’re working to level the playing field so that all moms and babies are healthy. March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. We support research, lead programs and provide education and advocacy so that every baby can have the best possible start. The 2018 March for Babies is sponsored nationally by Kmart, Famous Footwear, Macy’s, HCA, Cigna, Pampers and regional sponsor Publix Super Markets, Inc. In our community, March for Babies is sponsored by Pepco Holdings, Dominion, Washington Gas, Medstar, Safeway, Subway, and Southern Maryland Woman. Press Release from March of Dimes

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The online Voters’ Guide from the League of Women Voters is now available at Candidates for every office in every county in Maryland were asked to respond to questions relating to the duties of the office they are seeking and also to list their websites and social media pages. More than 1,500 candidates responded to the League’s questions. The VOTE411 website allows voters to type in their addresses and then displays the candidates who will appear on the ballot in their precinct. VOTE411 also lists League-sponsored candidate forums throughout Maryland. From VOTE411, the voter can access the Maryland State Board of Elections website to request an absentee ballot or

update their voter registration information, either to change party affiliation or provide a new address. The St. Mary’s County League has published Voters’ Guides for our county; two have been provided to each library (Charlotte Hall, Leonardtown and Lexington Park). Printable pdf files of each Voters’ Guide will be available on the website for the League of Women Voters of Maryland at as well as local League websites. For additional information, contact Ralph Watkins at or (301) 892-6529. Press Release from St. Mary’s County League of Women Voters

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The Colors of Spring Show Now Through June 1st

The Color & Light Society of Southern Maryland is a non-profit group of visual artists from Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s Counties who are dedicated to the artistic development and creation of original work. The organization consists of members working in oil, acrylic, watercolor, sculpture, fused glass, photography, jewelry, and woodworking. Visit St. Mary’s County Arts Council to see their colorful new exhibit which runs through June 1st. All pieces are available

for purchase, special orders/ commissions may also be requested. The Arts Council is located in the heart of Downtown Leonardtown at 22660 Washington St. across from Winegardner Motor Company. Email info@, call (240) 309-4061 or visit www. for details. Artwork featured include pieces by: • Pamela Callen (pictured in photo w/ “Under the Cherry Blossoms”) • Jeannine Finnacom • Barbara Hak • Iris Hall-Willey • Larry Langfeldt • Susan Levin • John Okay • Roz Racanello • Linda Sanborn • Jill Smithson • Sigrid Stiles • Karen Szachnitowski • Toni Wolf To learn more about the Color & Light Society including membership opportunities, upcoming events, and more about their artists visit Submitted by St. Mary’s County Arts Council


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LEGAL PLANNING FOR YOUR ELDERLY PARENTS As painful as it is to think that your parents may one day be unable to drive, climb stairs, feed themselves or change their own clothes, the time to face these issues is right now when your parents are relatively healthy and, most importantly, able to understand what they are signing. You and your siblings need to have “the talk” with your parents while there is still time to protect them. Clearly, “the talk” will extend far beyond the legal documents that your parents need to put into place. However, no matter what else you discuss, your parents need the protection that the following legal documents will give them: Power of Attorney. This document gives power to a person each of your parents designates to make decisions for them if they are unable to do so. Your parents need to understand that they are NOT giving up their power to make decisions for themselves. All they are doing is appointing someone to make those decisions if and only if they cannot do so. In most cases of married couples, the spouses appoint each other as the power of attorney and, if the other cannot serve, appoint a child or other loved one. Each one of your parents needs their own power of attorney. The form of Power of Attorney that I prefer covers medical care, financial care and guardianship. Guardianship is a critical point. You would think that your father or mother would have the right to sign the paperwork to institutionalize the other if they had to. They do not have that power. Either parent would have to go to court to be declared the guardian of the other before they could sign the paperwork. That court process takes time and costs legal fees. Instead, the power of attorney form should make it clear that the person appointed as power of attorney is also the guardian. Some attorneys will use an Advance Directive and a separate Financial Power of Attorney. Same result, more forms. No matter—the critical issue is whether your elderly parent has the capacity to sign the forms. In order to sign a Power of Attorney, your parents must be able to understand

what they are signing. If your elderly parent has dementia in its later stages and cannot understand what they are doing, they cannot sign legal documents, including the power of attorney. What happens in that case? A Guardianship proceeding. Will or Trust. Your parents need to obtain a Will or a Revocable Living Trust to ensure that their assets will be distributed to their loved ones the way they want it done. A Will is only applicable after the person dies. With a Will or without one, if the person dies with assets in their sole name, those assets must go through the probate process to get to loved ones. The revocable living trust avoids the probate process and works while you are still alive. It is especially effective if one of your parents is incapacitated. If that happens, the other parent ordinarily becomes the sole trustee of the family trust and uses the assets of the trust to take care of the incapacitated parent. If both your parents are incapacitated, they will have appointed a successor trustee under the family trust who can manage the assets in the trust on their behalf. Living Will. Your parents should make their own end of life decisions, specifically whether they want life-saving procedures, in a Living Will. Forms for living wills are found in doctor’s offices, at hospitals and online. No matter how you approach these topics with your parents, they need to be discussed. Family harmony is the critical issue—don’t let messes happen. Encourage your parents to take control and protect themselves and the family. Striegel & Baddour is a law firm focused on Estate and Business Planning located in NorthBeach 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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Drone Race Celebrates County’s Tech Culture By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

St. Mary’s County has always played host to competitive racing events and in June a relatively new kind of race will blend the county’s love of speed and its burgeoning technology culture. The RaceX International FPV Drone Race and Show will descend upon St. Mary’s College of Maryland June 16 and June 17, bringing a new generation of racers from all over the nation to compete for cash prizes. Local organizers in county government with the Department of Economic Development say it’s more than a race, it’s to show just how important St. Mary’s County is to the rise of unmanned air systems (UAS) in general. “It’s hype for the county in terms of UAS in general and its also about quality of life,” said Bennett Wilson, deputy director of the Department of Economic Development. “This is about the county being a UAS center of excellence.” The county’s focus has been mainly on developing drone technology for military and first responder applications with much of the work being done at Webster Field in St. Inigoes, Patuxent River Naval Air Station and at the University of Maryland’s site at the county airport. This event, Wilson said, was to showcase how what started as military technology can be used for civilian fun; the race will hopefully dispel the idea that there are few things to do and enjoy in St. Mary’s. “This is a family friendly event,” she said. “We want the tourists to come here. We want people to know there’s something to do here.” Adam Mawyer, an economic development specialist with the county, said they expect between 500 and 1,000 spectators at the event. Justin Haggerty, head of the International Drone Racing Association, the sanctioning body for the race,

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Quad-copter drones are the kind mostly encountered at drone races.

said this is the 7th race of an international competition to decide the top 32 drone racers who will move onto the finals in Las Vegas. Last year’s prize purse was $50,000; this year’s has not been determined. Drone racing represents a unique hybrid in motor sports, Haggerty said. “It’s a very cool, very immersive 3-D race that’s not only exciting for the racer but for spectators as well,” he said. “It’s what sets us apart from other motor sports that have been successful for the past 100 years.” What makes the racing unique is that the drone pilots can see what the obstacle course is like from the drone’s perspective through advanced headset technology. A camera mounted on the front of the drone transmits images back to special goggles worn by the pilot. This perspective allows the pilots to push their drones at top speeds and make twists and turns through the obstacles courses. Racers in the upcoming event will use FPV-type goggles which have virtually no lag time on image transfer, this allows the racers to attain the kind of agility needed on an obstacle course. The lag time between the drone’s eye view and the goggles worn by

the racer is “about 17 milliseconds,” said Haggerty. “We’ve taken the best of all motor sports and put it in a fun, immersive package.” It’s also a motor sport that, while expensive in general, is more affordable for entry-level participants. A suitable quad-copter drone can be purchased for about $500, Haggerty said, while the headset and controller can cost about $1,000. If a racer wants to, they can build their own quadcopter drone and they can view videos on-line from some of the best racers in the world about what builds and parts work best. Racing drones also helps improve racers’ technical skills, Haggerty said, since they often learn how to repair their own in the event of inevitable damage from crashes. “Pilots are just constantly buying parts and batteries,” he said. “But in terms of motorsports we’re the most affordable.” Racers will fly their drones in a special net enclosure on the college’s soccer fields, Mawyer said, but it won’t just be a contest of speed but one of obstacles. Contestants must fly their drones through, under, over and around obstacles against the clock. Racers will compete in heats of between four to eight drones at a time, Mawyer said. While the racers compete there may be a venue at the competition set up to allow spectators a try at drone piloting; the tennis courts at the college could serve as a miniature track to allow spectators to see what drone racers see during a competition. “We’re trying to get people exposed to this,” Mawyer said. “We just want to make it a fun event.” With about a month to go before the race begins about 40 pilots are expected to register; races will take place between noon and 6p.m. on both days. Wilson said she wanted this event to make St. Mary’s a destination for drone racing. “We hope it takes place forever more,” she said. “We want this year to be super successful.”



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

Patricia Ann Croson Patricia Ann Croson, 77 of Mechanicsville, MD passed away at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital on May 13, 2018 in Leonardtown, MD. Patricia was born on May 22, 1940 to the late John Clohessy and the late Eller Boswell Clohessy in Washington, DC. In addition to her parents, Patricia was predeceased by her son, Mark Croson. She is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Julian (Tom) Croson; daughters, Jacqueline D. Peck (Steve) of Berkley Springs, WV, Julianne G. Farley (James) of Charlotte Hall, MD, Marlyna J. Croson of Accokeek, MD; brother, John Clohessy of West End, NC; 14 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. Pat was a constant reminder of love, compassion, patience and understanding, which she passed on to her 14 grandchildren, and 22 great-grandchildren. As well as countless nieces and nephews. Not one to sit around, Pat could do

all and touched many hearts. As well as working as a book-keeper to numerous schools and organizations in the Southern Maryland area, she also belonged to Sigma Phi Gamma International Sorority for 60 years; an organization where she dedicated her life to helping others. As a member of Immaculate Conception Church, Mechanicsville, she kept busy volunteering her time starting a church Youth Group in the late 70s, teaching RICA, lecturing, as well as countless other activities. She was awarded the Manifesting the Kingdom of God Award in 2004 by the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. She loved her hobbies, which included stamp collecting, quilting/sewing, Friday lunches with her friends, and rooting on the Washington Redskins and Washington Capitals. She will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her. Family will receive friends for Patricia’s visitation on Thursday, May 17, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., with Prayers at 7:00pm at Brinsfield Funeral Home, 30195 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622. A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, May 18, 2018, at 11:00 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Church, 28297 Old Village Road, Mechanicsville, MD. 20659. Interment will be private.

In Remembrance Emily A. Triszczuk

Emily A. Triszczuk, 90, of Hollywood, MD passed away May 8, 2018 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Born April 27, 1928 in Wallington, NJ, she is the daughter of late Vincent Zober and Mary Ludzia Zober. On June 14, 1947, Emily married her beloved husband, Joseph Charles Triszczuk, in Bristol, PA. Together they celebrated over 62 wonderful years of marriage. She was employed as a court clerk at Bucks County Clerk of the Court until her retirement. She made many beautiful ceramic pieces. She enjoyed cooking traditional holiday meals for her family. Her specialty was delicious Polish foods including stuffed cabbage, borsch, and perogies. She planted beautiful flower and vegetable gardens, her gardens bloomed 12 months of the year, even in snow. She and her husband liked spending weekends in the Catskills Mountains enjoying polka music. Her family was her greatest pride and joy and she enjoyed spending her time with them. Emily is survived by her children: Carol Morelli (Vince) of Hollywood, MD, Joseph Charles Triszczuk, Jr. (Linda) of Lusby, MD, and Sharon Triszczuk of Hollywood, MD; her grandchildren: William Haworth, John Haworth, Marc Haworth, Jennifer Triszczuk, and Kimberly Triszczuk; 10 great grandchildren; her Pomeranian Oreo; her phenomenal Traditional Funerals, Cremation Services, Memorial Church Services, Caregiver Erica who became part of her Traditional Funerals, Cremation Services, Memorial Church Services, family; and many extended family and Direct Burials, Monuments, Unlimited with Commitment Through After Care. Direct Burials, Monuments, Unlimited with Commitment Through After Care. friends. In addition to her parents and husband she is also preceded in death by her brother and two sisters. Family will receive friends on Thursday, May 17, 2018 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 11:00 a.m., at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 22375 Three Notch Road, Lexington Park, MD 20653. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD. Condolences to the family may be made at

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Janet Marie Wojciechowiecz Janet Marie “Jan” Wojciechowiecz, 78, of Lexington Park, MD passed away April 27, 2018 at MedStar Georgetown Hospital in Washington, D.C. She was born September 21, 1939 in Chicago, IL, and was the daughter of the late Stephen Howicz and Colletta

Wachdorf. Jan joined the United States Army and proudly served her country until her honorable discharge on July 14, 1962. During her service she earned the good conduct medal. She was employed over 25 dedicated years as an accounting clerk with American Express until her retirement in 1999. On January 11, 2013, she married her beloved wife, Larae Ann Phillips. They began their relationship in November 1985, and spent over 32 wonderful years together. In retirement she enjoyed working as a gas attendant at BJ’s Wholesale Club because she enjoyed meeting and conversing with the patrons. She was an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears. She also enjoyed playing BINGO, slot machines, and working in her yard. Her greatest love was spending time with her family. In addition to her wife, Jan is also survived by her extended family and many wonderful friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, Stephen and Colletta Wojciechowiecz, and siblings, Charlotte, and Leona. Family will receive friends on Friday, May 18, 2018 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., with a Memorial Service celebrated at 11:00 a.m., at Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Interment will follow at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in Great Mills, MD. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 405 Williams Court, Ste. 120, Baltimore, MD 21220. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

James Erwin Henderson James Erwin Henderson, 31, of Lexington Park, MD passed away May 9, 2018 at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardtown, MD. He was born September 2, 1986 in Leonardtown Maryland to Theresa Nelson Paupaw of Suitland, MD and Willie & Coretta Henderson of Lexington Park, MD. James attended Great Mills High School. He was employed as a mechanic with his father at Willie’s Towing in Great Mills, MD. He was always ready to help his father with tow calls and just as eager to work on the cars that were brought into the shop. James, his

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brother Kyle and their friends loved to work on Hondas. James had a passion for fixing up any kind of Honda, it didn’t matter what kind or what needed to be fixed on it. He was going to fix it up his way. On September 4, 2014, he married his beloved wife, Jesse Marie Jameson in Leonardtown, MD. He was an avid Dallas Cowboy fan. In addition to his parents and wife, James is also survived by his children: Darius Henderson of Lexington Park, MD, Jaylynn Henderson of Mechanicsville, MD, Kyleigh Henderson of Mechanicsville, MD, James Henderson of Mechanicsville, MD and Karson Henderson of Lexington Park, MD; his siblings: Kyle Henderson of Lexington Park, MD, Michael Fountain of Lexington Park, MD and Nicolia Paupaw of Suitland, MD; his step-mother, Coretta Henderson of Lexington Park, MD and many extended family and friends. Interment will be private. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD. Condolences to the family may be made at

Johnny Dudley Marshall, Jr. Johnny Dudley Marshall, Jr. “JD”, 59, of Hollywood, MD formerly from California, MD passed away on May 6, 2018 in Washington, DC. Born on January 16, 1959 in Trenton, NJ, he was the son of Ruth Ellen Crowe, and Terry Marvin Crowe of Lexington Park, MD. JD was the loving husband of Gennie Marshall whom he married on June 18, 1994 in California, MD. He is survived by his children; Jason (Andria) of Chaptico, MD, Josh (Jackie) of Hollywood, MD, Ashtin of Lexington Park, MD, 8 grandchildren; Daniel, Cassi, Kylie, Liana, Tommy, Joslyn, Jolie, and Jaden. Siblings; Robert Marshall (Cyndi), Robin Long-Frank, Earl Childress (June), Carl Crowe (Jolecia), and 11 nieces and nephews. He was a lifelong St. Mary’s County, MD resident and graduated from Great Mills High School in 1979. JD was a Truck Driver for C.A. Bean, Inc. for many years. Interment will be private.

Christopher Burke Hawes Christopher Burke Hawes, “Chris-CBDad”, 64 of Lexington Park, MD formerly from Walterboro, SC passed away on May 9, 2018. Born on September 11, 1953 in Walter-

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boro, SC, he was the son of Dorothy J. Hawes of Walterboro, SC and the late Raymond Burke Hawes. Chris is survived by his wife Suzette Nancy Hawes, whom he married on November 27, 1976 in Patchogue, NY. Chris is survived by his children; Raymond Burke Hawes of Lexington Park, MD, Richard Walter Hawes of Woodville, TX, 6 grandchildren; Sunny Hawes (12), Christopher Hawes (10), Isaiah Hawes (9), Augustus Hawes (6), Maryann Hawes (2), Avalynn Hawes (1), and his brother Jeffrey T. Hawes of Summerville, SC. He graduated from Walterboro High School in 1971 and attended Clemson University. Chris served in the United State Navy for 20 years, retiring in 1994. He retired as a United States Navy Senior Chief Petty officer. Chris worked as a contractor for the United State Government for 10 years and a Civil Servant for 14 years. Chris moved from Virginia Beach, VA to St. Mary’s County, MD in October of 1990. He enjoyed cooking, golf, boating, camping, and motorcycles. All Funeral Services will be private. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital 262 Danny Thomas Place Memphis, TN 38105, Charlotte Hall Veterans Home 29449 Charlotte Hall Road Charlotte Hall, MD 20622, or charity of your choice. Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A. Leonardtown, MD.

Philip Ignatius Tayman Philip Ignatius Tayman, 75, of Walhalla, SC formerly of Mechanicsville, MD died May 9, 2018 at 4:02 am at GHS Hospice of the Foothills in Seneca, SC. Born March 20, 1943 at 8:30 PM in Clements, MD. He was the son of the late William Lawrence Wathen and Rose Viola Gray they abandon him. Later adopted by the late Thomas Douglas Tayman and Mary Delia Tippett March 7, 1950. Mary Delia Tippett Tayman raised her son Philip Ignatius Tayman until she died July 8, 2004 at the age of 89. Philip Ignatius Tayman was then willed to Brenda Gail Derrick Buckler of Mechanicsville, MD Husband John Oscar Buckler, Sr. Then Philip moved with them to Walhalla, SC 29691 where Philip Ignatius Tayman lived till he died.

Claire McNeill Russell Claire McNeill Russell, 91, of Leonardtown, MD passed away May 9, 2018 at St. Mary’s Nursing Center in Leonardtown, MD with her loving family at her

side. She was born November 1, 1926 in New London, CT to the late Sylvester Aloysius McNeill and Eleanor Rattigan McNeill. In February 1949, Claire married her beloved husband, Dick Russell in Mystic, CT. Together they celebrated over 51 wonderful years together before his passing in 2000. She was a devoted military wife for 30 years and followed her husband through his entire Navy career which included flying recon missions in Viet-Nam and a stint with the world famous Blue Angels. She was an excellent cook and delicious baker. She and her husband completely refurbished a 1926 antique boat and enjoyed taking boating trips to the local islands. She also liked to crab and fish. She was a beautiful dancer and liked to play scrabble and roll yatzee. Her family was her greatest love and she enjoyed spending time with them. Claire is survived by her children: David Russell (Patti) of Leonardtown, MD, Brian Russell of Lexington Park, and Elizabeth Cecil (Larry) of Sunset Beach, NC; her siblings: Marguerite Sheflott of Fort Meyers, FL, Charles McNeill (Patty) of Pawcatuck, RI, and Robert McNeill (Beverly) of Fort Meyers, FL; her grandchildren: Heather Cecil of Sunset Beach, NC, Jesse Ford (Nicole) of Kings Bay, GA, and Jeff Ford of Hollywood, MD; her great grandson, Tyler Ford of Goose Creek, SC; and many extended family and friends. In addition to her parents and husband, she is also preceded in death by her sisters, Elizabeth Lamb and Frances Gillen of Groton, CT. She will also be remembered as being the BEST mom & mother-in-law in the whole darn universe! A Graveside Service will be held at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery.


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Preston White Preston White, 85 of Lexington Park, MD died May 4, 2018 at Chesapeake Shores Nursing Center. Preston was born April 6, 1933 in Scotland, MD to the late Caleb Douglas White and Helen Eva Handy. Preston proudly served his country in the Korean War. He was a long time resident of St. Mary’s County and loved to work in his yard. Preston had a green thumb and always had flowers blooming in his yard. Preston was a bus driver for The Lab School in Georgetown, DC until he retired in 2004. Preston married the love of his life, Mary C. White on April 18, 2011. Preston and Mary loved vacationing in Virginia Beach and he enjoyed spending time with his puppy/sidekick “Ben White”. Preston enjoyed hanging out at the Lexington Park, Mr. Tire with “the guys”. Preston is survived by his wife, Mary Cecelia White and his children, Katie Barber of Capital Heights and John Thompson of Lexington Park, MD, 2 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings: Virginia White and Frances White and a host of Nieces and Nephews. Preston was preceded in death by his parents Honor and siblings: Sydney Caleb the memory of your cherished White, HildaoneWhite, Margaret Barnes, by sharing the story of their life withand friends, neighbors and associates Lena Gough Howard Shorter. in the community. In lieu of flowers, here donations may be made to Hospice House of St. Mary’s, For details and to place P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650. your notice of remembrance, Condolences to the family may be call 301-373-4125 for assistance. made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

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373 Students Participate in 2018 Commencement Ceremony at St. Mary’s College of Maryland

St. Mary’s College of Maryland, the state’s public honors college, graduated 373 students with Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Master of Arts in Teaching degrees on Saturday, May 12, outdoors on the campus’ Townhouse Green.                                                          The commencement address was delivered by Wanda Queen Draper, executive director of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture since 2016. Prior to the museum, she worked at WBAL-TV of the Hearst Corporation, where she served in a number of capacities, including director of programming and public affairs. She began her career with Hearst Newspapers as a reporter for the Baltimore News American. She also worked at WJZ-TV and Maryland Public Television. Draper is dedicated to uplifting and empowering communities in need. Her view of community service as a social responsibility has led her to take on hunger, homeless, and education, amongst many other worthy causes. Draper was presented with an honorary degree from St. Mary’s College by the Honorable Sven Holmes, chair of the College’s Board of Trustees. Also receiving honorary degrees from St. Mary’s College were St. Mary’s College Board of Trustee Emeritus John J. McAllister and Bradley Gottfried, former president of College of Southern Maryland.   McAllister served on the Board of Trustees from 2004-2016. He has been an active supporter of the College as a River Concert Series sponsor and as a supporter of the Computer Science Co-op. He is also an active member of the community, having served on the Historic St. Mary’s City Commission, the Board of the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, and Sotterley Plantation Board. McAllister was co-founder, president and CEO of Eagan, McAllister Associates, Inc.  Gottfried served as College of Southern Maryland’s fourth president from 2006 – 2017. Under Gottfried’s leadership, CSM has taken an active role

in the growth of Southern Maryland. These include the development and growth of several academic and workforce development programs, and the formation of a number of institutes. During his tenure, collaboration with the College was enhanced and served to strengthen the student pipeline between the two institutions, thus facilitating transfer student transition into St. Mary’s College. At the conclusion of the ceremony, President Tuajuanda C. Jordan charged the Class of 2018 with the following: “You have done well here at St. Mary’s

College of Maryland, where you have studied and learned in the finest liberal arts tradition. As you ‘sail through this to that’ in moving beyond the banks of this river into the world, my expectation is that you will take your passions, your skills, and the knowledge you have gained at this place to create a more just and humane society for all.” This year, two students earned the honor of serving as valedictorians to deliver the valedictory address. The first was Tyler Jones, a physics and computer science double major and a mathematics minor. Jones was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa as a junior, and this spring he won the Physics Department Award for academic excellence. He was a member of the dance club, president of the jiu jitsu club, and a tutor in the Writing and Speaking Center, where he was known for his patience and good nature. He was joined as valedictorian by Melissa Barall. Barall is a triple major in public policy, economics, and political science, with a minor in mathematics.  She has studied abroad at University College Dublin, served as a student ambassador for the Admissions Office, and twice interned with Wells Fargo as a summer analyst. She was co-captain of the Women’s Varsity Tennis Team, a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, and editor of the political science student journal, Open Water. This spring, she won the Scholar-Athlete Award and the Louise Victoria Lusby Award in Economics.  St. Mary’s College of Maryland is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education through 2024-2025. St. Mary’s College, designated the Maryland state honors college in 1992, is ranked one of the best public liberal arts schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Approximately 1,700 students attend the college, nestled on the St. Mary’s River in Southern Maryland. Michael Bruckler, St. Mary’s College of Maryland

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A Taste of Broadway in Southern Maryland The Newtown Players present “A Night on Broadway: Sight, Sound and Song”

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The Newtown Players have brought a delightful taste of Broadway to Southern Maryland. The Three Notch Theatre is currently presenting “A Night on Broadway: Sight, Sound and Song,” written by Thom Espostio and Diane Trautman, directed by Thom Esposito and choreographed by one of the shows stars, Kristin Kauffman. The show is filled with a talented cast of musicians and singers, each bringing their own unique character, style, and representation to the songs. The musicians are Erin Moss, Diane Trautman, Kent Randell, Stephanie Gleason, and Ed Winston Delmoro. The singers are Sophie Campbell, Eddie Carter, Shawn Davidson, Sarah Gravelle, Kristin Kauffman, Autumn Mallory, Hunter Martin, and Stephanie Taubert. Michael Cahall and Tommy Ray Chedester play dual roles as both musicians and singers in the show. The show moves quickly, performing one song after another, with no dialogue between each title. The singers wear walking microphones and preform in front of a screen, projecting each song title and Broadway show, but occasionally make entrances and exits through the audience. The songs range from top hits and not as well known songs from Broadway shows including: Beauty and the

Beast, Hamilton, West Side Story, Jersey Boys, South Pacific, Wicked, The Sound of Music, Something’s Rotten, My Fair Lady, Beautiful, Movin’ Out, Chicago, Grease, Into the Woods, Little Women, Dear Evan Hansen, Kiss Me Kate, All Shook Up, and more. The evening opened with the Ensemble preforming “Another Op’nin’, Another Show” and closed with their electric performance of “We Go Together.” Some other tunes I caught myself humming throughout the weekend included Autumn’s playfully entertaining performance of “Doin’ What Comes Naturally,” and Kristin and Stephanie’s perfectly timed duo performance of “Marry the Man Today.” The show includes some deeply moving performances as well, including Eddie and Hunter singing “History Has its Eyes on You” and Shawn covering “Love Changes Everything.” With more than 30 musical performances, you’re bound to hear many songs you know and love; and you may even discover something new to delight you. The show runs now until May 20th, Fridays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 3:30 p.m., doors open one hour prior to the performance. Tickets are available at Adults $18, Seniors/Students/Military $15, Children $13. This show is appropriate for all ages.

Eddie Carter takes the lead in “Workin’ My Way Back to You” as part of the Jersey Boys medley with backup vocals by Hunter Martin, Mike Cahall and Shawn Davidson.

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UPCOMING & ONGOING Plastic Pesticide Container Collection Program The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) will sponsor a summer collection program for empty plastic (HDPE) pesticide containers according to specific guidelines. The nearest location to St. Mary’s County which accepts out-of–county pesticide containers is the Frederick County Landfill, 9031 Reich’s Ford Rd., Frederick, MD. Collection dates are June 19, July 24, August 21 and September 18, 2018 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. More info: Department of Public Works and Transportation Recycling Program at 301-475-4200, or

Thursday, May 17 Special Needs Night Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons 5:00 – 7:00 PM   The museum will be open exclusively for individuals with special needs and their families or caregivers. The Drum Point Lighthouse will be open and 30 minute cruises will be offered on the Wm. B. Tennison. A model train will be on display courtesy of the Chesapeake Beach Model Railroad Club. More info: call 410-3262042 or visit

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Octagon Optimist Club, Mechanicsville Moose Lodge, 27636 Mechanicsville Rd. 5:00 – 10:00 PM Dinner (5:00-8:00) and dance & lessons from 7:0010:00. $12 Dine-in; $10 Carry-out; $6 for 6 & under. DJs: Geneva & John Leon. Texas Hold’em Tournament VFW Post 2632, 23282 Three Notch Rd. (Rt 235), California 7:00 PM No limit Texas Hold’em Tournament. $50 Buyin ($40 Prize Pool + $10 Charity). Early Bird Bonus: Register and PAY by 6:45 PM and receive an extra $500.  Preregistration is encouraged, but not required. The public is welcome. Must be 18 or older to play. Side games are available. More info or to pre-register contact Brian: or call 240-925-4000.

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Armed Forces Day at Sotterley Sotterley Plantation, Hollywood All Day Hear our stories. Sotterley residents experienced major conflict in the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and the Civil War. Active duty military and dependents are invited to spend the day enjoying Sotterley with complimentary site and house tour admission. Show your military ID at the Visitor Center. 301-3732280.

The Wizard of Oz Mother Catherine Academy, Mechanicsville Friday, 7:00 PM Sunday, 2:00 PM Mother Catherine Academy’s annual school play. $6.00 per ticket. Questions? Contact MCA 301-884-3165.

RVRS 5K Run/Walk 2018 Point Lookout State Park Registration 7:00 AM Race begins 8:00 AM Sponsored by the Ridge Volunteer Rescue Squad Association. First 100 entrants receive free event T-shirt.  More info, call 301-904-2812 or

Friday, May 18 International Museum Day Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Celebrated all over the world since 1977. The museum is open and FREE to the public. 410-326-2042. St. Mary’s County NARFE Chapter 969 Luncheon/ Meeting Olde Breton Inn, Leonardtown 11:30 AM The St. Mary’s Master Gardeners will present information on planting small gardens.  Election of officers will take place. $16.50. Reservations required. Contact Geneva for membership details  301-8845112. Ice Cream Social Big Larry’s, Leonardtown    5:00 – 8:00 PM The Auxiliary of the Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Dept hosts this fundraiser at the ice cream shop on the square. Welcome summer and enjoy your favorite frozen treat!! Fried Chicken Dinner

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Cecil’s Old Mill Outdoor Market 20854 Indian Bridge Rd., California 8:00 - 11:00 AM Great vendor selection; lots of antiques, collectibles, hand-made artisan work, repurposed items, candles, jewelry, art, photography, crafts of all kinds, food vendors and FUN! Town Creek Yard Sale Town Creek Drive, Lexington Park 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM (Rain or Shine) Fundraiser for the Town Creek Pool Restoration Project. Multiple ways to donate or participate, please call Erin@301-904-7429. Greater Washington Walk for Sjögren’s 1400 Lake Fairfax Drive, Reston, VA 20190 9:00 AM Help raise awareness and funds to support research and education for this debilitating disease. To learn more about Sjögren’s visit  or call 1-800-475-6473. Donations accepted online: Information about the event visit:  Running Workshop Gateau Health & Wellness Center, 23123 Camden Way, California

9:00 -10:00 AM Licensed Physical Therapist, Danielle Leclerc, will discuss some of the most common running injuries, causes, and how to prevent or treat them. Call to register. Space is limited. 301-866-5444. Girls on the Run 5K Event in the Square, Leonardtown 9:00 – 11:00 AM No closures expect delays. Girls on the Run Southern MD 5K 22600 Camp Calvert Rd, Leonardtown 9:00 - 11:00 AM Second 5K to celebrate 3rd-5th graders on the completion of their 10-week program. Sign up and take advantage of early bird rates: If you don’t wish to walk or run, volunteer opportunities are available. More info, email Coastal Arts Market 22510 Washington St., Leonardtown 9:00 - 2:00 PM Located at the Leonardtown Wharf Park. All products are handcrafted by local artists. Shop and keep an eye on the kiddo’s while they enjoy the playground. Coastal Arts Market, third Saturday April thru September. More info: or on Facebook. Fossil Field Experience Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM Explore the fossils of Calvert Cliffs with a trained museum educator. For ages 8 and up. $20 includes museum admission. Space is limited; preregistration required. Call 410-326-2042, ext. 41 to register. 410-326-2042 or visit Shoppes at Asbury Asbury Solomons Retirement Community, Solomons 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM “Betty’s Closet” - a resale of gently used clothing and accessories. “Granny’s Treasurers” selling furniture, housewares and miscellaneous items. The  ”Library Committee” will have books at fabulous prices. All proceeds will benefit the Benevolent Care Fund. Contact - 410-394-3466. Southern MD Decorative Painters Immaculate Conception Church Social Hall, 28297 Old Village Rd., Mechanicsville  9:30 AM - 3:30 PM Business meeting at 10:00 followed by painting an Deb Antonick project, “Frosty Snow Globe” led by Debbie Williams. Guests are welcome and should contact us for supply info if you’d like to paint on the date of your visit.  Questions? Garnett Joy 301-884-2835 or email  Pet Fair St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM St. Mary’s Animal Welfare League is bringing back its Annual Pet Fair. A fun-filled and educational day to celebrate PETS! Museums Free for Armed Forces Day Piney Point Lighthouse, Museum and Historic Park,

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44720 Lighthouse Road, Piney 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Today we honor our Armed Forces with FREE admittance with ID! Bring the family and enjoy a climb up the lighthouse, a stroll on the beach and a picnic lunch! Armed Forces Day at Sotterley 44300 Sotterley Lane, Hollywood 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Active duty military and dependents are invited to spend the day enjoying Sotterley with complimentary site and house tour admission. Details at Praise in the Park Chancellor’s Run Regional Park, Great Mills 12:00 - 3:00 PM  Join the First Missionary Baptist Church of Lexington Park for this celebration! Schedule of Events: Inspirational Messages, Various Church Choirs, Liturgical Dance, Healthy Living, Food, Fun and Fellowship. Rev. R.W. McClanahan, Pastor. More info: 301-863-8388 Cooper Voice Studio Recital Lexington Park United Methodist Church 1:00 PM Voice students of Jennifer Cooper perform repertoire spanning opera, art song, musical theater and more!  5 South Outdoor Festival 21030 Point Lookout Rd., Callaway 1:30 - 9:30 PM A whole day of great music, food, games, shopping, and more! Bring your friends for an amazing musical experience! $25 at the door. $5 for kids 13 and under.  Hold’Em Tournament Mechanicsville Moose Lodge #495 5:00 PM Doors open 4:00; tournament starts 5:00. No limit cash games begin as players and dealers are available. Buy in $50 to $300. Food and drinks available for purchase. Call to reserve a seat: Ron, 301-481-6318. Chris, 240-210-3187. BINGO K.C. Hall, Ridge 5:30 PM Doors open at 5:30, games start at 6:30. Concessions available. More info: J.D. Biscoe, 301-872-5140. Bingo Every Saturday Mother Catherine Academy 38833 Chaptico Rd., 6:30 - 10:30 PM Doors open at 5:00. Early Birds start at 6:30. Regular Games start at 7:00. $10 admission (includes one regular book). Progressive Money Ball! Door prizes. Concessions. More info: 301-884-3165. Visit for Jackpot and Moneyball update. COSMIC Symphony Season Finale Patuxent Presbyterian Church, California 7:00 PM Porgy and Bess: A Concert of Songs starring Kevin Short, bass-baritone and Marsha Thompson, soprano and featuring the Carter Legacy Singers. Updates, details and tickets, visit:

Sunday, May 20 Spring Breakfast with the Knights of Columbus St. Francis Xavier Church Hall, 21370 Newtowne Neck Rd., Leonardtown 8:00 AM – 12:30 Plain and Blue Berry Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, Ba-

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con, Sausage, and Sausage Gravy w/ Biscuit, Coffee, & Juice. Free Will Donation. Proceeds to Benefit Pastoral Counseling Center. More info: Dale Rebarchick, 240-538-3562. Strawberry Festival Christ Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 37497 Zach Fowler Rd, Chaptico 1:30 - 5:00 PM 24th annual Strawberry Festival!  Live music, artists, crafters, Mike’s Barbecue, and strawberries, strawberries, strawberries!  Strawberry pie, strawberry shortcake, yummmmm!  Join the Bushmill Band (, 1:30-3:00 and Folk Salad  (  3:30 -5:00. Funds raised help support local charities in St. Mary’s County.    Southern Maryland Youth Orchestra Choir Patuxent Presbyterian Church, California 4:00 - 5:00 PM Enjoy your favorite show tunes including songs from: Dear Hanson, Mary Poppins, Pippin, The Sound of Music, Carmen and more. This is a family friendly event. Please come and support our local children while they entertain you with their amazing singing talent. Free.

Monday, May 21 Republican Women St. Mary’s Meeting Front Porch Restaurant, Leonardtown 11:00 AM Scheduled guest speaker is Senator Steve Waugh. Topic: Legislative wrap up of 2018 Senate Session. New members and guests are welcome.  Questions? Beth Bonifant, 301-861-6112 or Toastmasters Meeting—Talk of The Town Lexington Park Library, 21677 FDR Blvd. 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM If you want to improve your communication and leadership skills, pay us a visit. We have a diverse membership since we are not limited by a corporation or association. You are welcome to attend our meetings as a visitor! Learn more about Toastmasters at



Tuesday, May 22 Positively Focused - Wellness & Recovery Group Beacon of Hope Center, 21770 FDR Blvd., Millison Plaza, Lexington Park 12:00 – 1:00 PM A fun discussion and support group. The prompts provided by recovery support team facilitators give participants the chance to consider wellness and recovery tools for thinking positively and with healthy intention. Free and open to the public. More info call 240-298-0212 or 301-997-1300 x 804 or email Friends & Family Addiction Recovery Support Group Beacon of Hope Center, 21770 FDR Blvd., Millison Plaza, Lexington Park 5:30 - 7:00 PM A free and open to the public support group for those who have a loved one who is struggling with addictive behavior, in treatment, or is in early recovery. More info call 240-298-0212 or 301-997-1300 x 804 or email

Wednesday, May 23 MD 4 Corridor Study Update Esperanza Middle School, 22790 Maple Rd., Lexington Park 5:30 - 7:30 PM The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration will provide an update on the MD 4 Corridor Study. The Open House will present the status of the study in a series of maps and exhibits. You may arrive at any time during workshop hours and walk through at your own pace. There will be no formal presentation. Watershed Stewards Academy Information Meeting 26737 Radio Station Way, Leonardtown 6:00 - 7:30 PM A social evening to meet WSA Stewards from our first class and learn about getting involved this summer 2018. Light refreshments and drinks will be provided. More info: Nicole Basenback at or 301-475-4484.

Refuge Recovery- Mindful Monday Meeting Beacon of Hope Center, 21770 FDR Blvd., Millison Plaza, Lexington Park 3:30 – 4:30 PM A free and open to the public addiction reThursday, May 24 covery support group based in healing through the use of Buddhist philosophy. Literature and tools from are used. Little Minnows More info call 240-298-0212 or 301-997-1300 x 804 or Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons email 10:00 – 11:00 AM World Turtle Day. For children ages 3 to 5 years. Candidate Forum Members free; $5 for non-member. CalvertmarinemuLexington Park Library, 21677 FDR Blvd. 5:30 - 9:00 PM Ask questions and hear what the candidates have to CSM 2018 Spring Commencement say. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, AdNAACP. Free and open to the public. min. Bldg. Lawn, 8730 Mitchell Rd. 6:00 PM Elks Hold’em Bounty Tournament U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Dr. Jerome M. St. Marys County Elks, 45779 Fire Department Lane Adams, a Southern Maryland native, will provide the Lexington Park keynote address. More info:, 7:00 P No Limit Holdem Poker Tournament. $25 Buy in = 4,000 chips. $5 add-on = 1,000 chips and raffle drawing. Food and Beverage are available for purchase. Cash games will start as soon as there are enough players that are interested. Questions: James Dean 240-577-0828. Email:



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Thursday, May 17, 2018

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

Riverside Dinner Theater & Backstage Tour

Join us on Wednesday, June 27 for a trip to Fredericksburg, VA for an excursion to Riverside Dinner Theater. We’ll tour the backstage area of the theater followed by a full-course luncheon served by the cast of the featured production, Always, Patsy Cline. We’ll travel by motorcoach, leaving from the Northern Senior Activity Center at 8:15 a.m. and return about 5:45 p.m. Please arrive at the Center by 8 a.m. to check-in. Trip fee is $94 and includes motorcoach transportation, backstage tour and your meal. Register at a senior activity center near you. For more information, call Alice at 301-4754200, ext. *1063.


Do you like to play ball? Are you looking for a team to join? We have an opportunity for you! Come play softball at Leonard Hall on Fridays at 10 a.m. Call 301-475-4200, ext. *1050 to learn more.

Talking Saves Lives

Join the Department of Aging & Human Services and the Triad/SALT (Seniors and Law Enforcement Together) Council for an introduction to suicide prevention for seniors. Learn the warning signs and risk factors for suicide for older adults and how we can help prevent it together on Thursday, May 24, from 1-2 p.m. at the Loffler Senior Activity Center. Registration is required by Wednesday, May 23. For more information, call 301-475-4200, *1658.

Handmade Ceramic Buttons & Jewelry

Get creative and learn to make your own ceramic buttons, brooches or pen-

dants out of stoneware clay at the Northern Senior Activity Center on Monday, May 21 from 1-4 p.m. Whimsie Works Art Pottery group leader, Pam King, will guide you as you use a variety of small shape cutters, molds, and other tools to cut out and decorate your pieces. Once the pieces are made, the clay will need to dry and fire in the kiln and a followup date will be decided for returning to glaze the final product. The cost of the class is $5 along with a firing donation. Space is limited. To sign up and pay for this class in advance, please visit the front desk. For more information about this class or the Whimsie Works Art Pottery program, call 301-475-4200, ext. *3103.

The Mediterranean Diet

Registered and licensed dietician, Donna Taggert will be at the Northern Senior Activity Center on Thursday, May 31 from 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. to discuss the benefits of a Mediterranean-style diet. The Mediterranean Diet emphasizes eating primarily plant-based foods, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and nuts, replacing butter with healthy fats such as olive and canola oil, and using herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor foods. To sign up for this presentation in advance, please visit the signup table or call 301-475-4200, ext. *3103.

Beginners Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention

Loffler Senior Activity Center will offer Beginner Tai Chi for Arthritis Classes on Mondays and Thursdays at 11 a.m. for the month of June beginning June 4. In this class you will learn to do core movements on each side of the body in a graceful routine while applying basic Tai Chi principles. There is no fee for this class, but a commitment to attendance

from the rest of the group, and enjoy the company of fellow bibliophiles. Visit for directions and to see menu options available for purchase. Adults only. No registration required.

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Book Bites

Join the St. Mary’s County Library at Elements Eatery & Mixology for Book Bites on Monday, May 21 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Grab a bite and gab about books! A relaxed conversation about what you’ve been reading. Share what you loved (or loathed) about the last book you read, gather new recommendations

Lexington Park Library will hold a Stay and Play playgroup on Tuesday, May 22 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. In May, visit your library every week for a toddler/preschool playgroup, with our partners from the Infants and Toddlers Program! We’ll provide the playthings; you bring the fun. No registration.

and practice is necessary for success. Pre-registration is required. Since space is limited to 20 new participants; please sign up only if you are sure that you will be able to attend regularly. Call 301-4754200, ext. *1658, or stop by the reception desk by June 1 to sign up.

Seashell Anchor Craft

She sells sea shells down by the seashore. The beach is calling! This craft is perfect for the person who loves the beach and wants to add a touch of it to their home or to their beach house. Come join us on Wednesday, June 6, at 10 a.m. at the Garvey Senior Activity Center. We will help you create a one of a kind wooden anchor to take home with you. All materials are supplied. The cost for the class is $8 and payment is due at the time of reservation. Class size will be limited so sign up quickly! Call 301475-4200, ext. *1050, to learn more or to make reservations.

Video on Early Medicine

On Wednesday June 6, the video, The Ancient ER, will be presented at the Loffler Senior Activity Center at 10 a.m. Learn about the world’s age-old traditions of healing, many aspects of which have been endorsed by modern science. 50 minutes. Free. Limited seats available, reserve yours by calling 301-475-4200, ext. *1658 or stop by the reception desk.

Breakfast for Fathers

On Friday, June 8, from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., the staff at the Loffler Senior Activity Center will pay tribute to our Loffler Dads with a delicious breakfast. We like to get a jump on the Father’s Day festivities by honoring you a week early. Make plans to enjoy a hot morning meal with your fellow Loffler fathers. Seating

Common Thread

Lexington Park Library will hold Common Thread on Tuesday, May 22 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Whether you have been stitching for years, or you just want to learn, join fellow crafters who love all things fabric and fiber. Open to knitters, crocheters, quilters, embroiderers, crossstitchers, and any other kind of needleworkers. Bring your current project, mingle with like-minded makers, and swap patterns, ideas, and tips. Basic supplies available, if needed. All skill levels welcome. No registration required.

is limited so make your reservations early by calling 301-475-4200, ext. *1658, OR stop by the reception desk to sign up.

History of the United States Flag

As part of their Americanism outreach initiative, Southern Maryland American Legion Post 221, from Avenue, MD will present an overview of our nation’s flag history at the Garvey Senior Activity Center on Wednesday, June 13, at 12:30 p.m. Mike Barbour, Americanism Programs Chairman, will explain the evolution of the flag from its inception during the early years in the 13 colonies to the present day 50 star United States version. This presentation is the first in a series of Americanism presentations hosted by the Garvey Senior Center. Call 301475-4200, ext. *1050, to learn more or to make reservations.

Lyme Disease & Tick-borne Education

The Northern Senior Activity Center has created a Lyme Disease Action Tool Kit (for the month of May) that includes specific information on steps to take for awareness, action and advocacy. It also includes a complimentary green wristband to wear or share with someone. When visiting the Center to pick-up a kit, share your email to get updated on Lyme Disease developments as well as services and resources we provide. On June 14, at 1 p.m., the group will have a scheduled meeting to review the April Conference on Integrative Medicine for the Treatment of Tick-borne Diseases in Baltimore. Any questions may be directed to the Center by calling MarieNoelle Lautieri at 301-475-4200, ext. * 3102.

Library Holiday Closings

The St. Mary’s County Library will be closed on Monday, May 28 in observance of Memorial Day. All libraries will be open for regular business hours on Tuesday, May 29.


Lexington Park Library will hold PoziTeens on Thursday, May 31 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Open to teens ages 13 to 18. Meet our trained teen conflict coaches who offer positivity, activities, friendship, and fun! Join us to build community, volunteer, make some new friends, and spread positivity. Walk-ins are encouraged.

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Editor, The County Times While serving on the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee in the Maryland Senate, Senator Steve Waugh, recognizing his lack of expertise in the many of the areas covered by the committee, held public forums to solicit input from constituents with knowledge in those areas.  In 2015, when I served as chair of the MedStar St. Mary’s Board of Directors, I attended Senator Waugh’s first forum on health care issues at the Lexington Park Library. The forum was open to the public and was attended by a cross section of the medical community including hospital executives, doctors, a pharmacist and nurses. Senator Waugh made a brief presentation highlighting the bills that had come through his committee that pertained to healthcare; what had passed, what hadn’t and what he thought would come back the next year.  He asked for those in attendance to share their thoughts and concerns on each bill, and he directed his staff to take notes.  Senator Waugh used the forum sign in sheets to develop a list of contacts that he would be able to call on for input on legislation introduced in his Committee in future years.  Additional forums held that year and each year since covered these topics: Veterans, Alcohol/Liquor laws, Agriculture/Farming, Watermen (fisheries/hunting), and Education.  This is just one example of how Senator Waugh has reached out to his constituents, asked for our input, listened to our concerns, and worked together with us to represent us in Annapolis.  I believe it is to our advantage to allow Senator Waugh to build on what he has learned and the relationships he has developed by serving St. Mary’s and Calvert counties for another four years. He has my vote in the Republican primary. Yours Truly, Barbara R. Thompson Hollywood


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Dear Editor: This primary season the voters in St, Mary’s County have an opportunity to bring back the State Senate seat to our great county. Currently Calvert County has 2 senators, Democrat Mike Miller (President of the Senate) and Republican Steve Waugh. District 29 is drawn so that 85% of the district is made up of St. Mary’s County residents and 15% is Calvert County residents. Normally, as a Republican, I would not be concerned if my Republican Senator was from Calvert or St. Mary’s, but, when that said Republican Senator starts to side and vote with Miller and the extreme left democratic party, that changes everything for me! And that is just what Steve Waugh did. Waugh voted with Mike Miller and the liberal Democrats in the senate to override the Governor’s veto of a bill that limits and, in some cases, prohibits, colleges’ ability to ask about criminal history on student applications, making colleges less safe. He is the only Republican senator who voted against the Governor. Waugh has shown time and again that he believes he does not need to work with our county commissioners, local leaders and community organizations. If the residents in St. Mary’s and Calvert counties want to meet with Waugh, they must go to his Annapolis office, he does not have an office in either St. Mary’s or Calvert. It seems to me that Waugh is a bit too close to Mike Miller and has started to take on that Democratic elitist attitude of, I know what you need, just leave it to me. Well, Mr. Waugh, no thank you! I, and many other republican voters, have a choice this primary season. Waugh has lied, and continues to lie, about his involvement in losing the funding for the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center; he did not stand up for Southern Maryland and he let Mike Miller take that money away. He has lied about endorsements he did not receive. Waugh continues to mislead voters on his stance on our Second Amendment rights, he is not a proponent, in fact he proposed multiple anti-2A bills this session. There is an alternative to the establishment candidate. We have a candidate who is one of our own, a candidate who is open, honest, and integrity driven. A man who when he gives you a hand shake and his word, he sticks to it no matter what. Jack Bailey, a recently retired DNR police officer who served our community for 30 years, is that man. Jack Bailey will work full time to serve us as our Senator. He is available and will have an office in Leonardtown giving you the opportunity to meet with him on those issues that matter most to you. Jack is committed to our community, our District, and our State! And, Jack will stand behind our Republican Governor and our principals one hundred percent. In closing, this veteran supports Jack Bailey for our State Senate seat, as I want a senator who is truthful and will fight for Southern Maryland.


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Jordan vs. James: The GOAT Debate

I was nine when Michael Jordan drained the winning shot in the 1982 national championship game, 12 when the first Air Jordan shoes were released, 14 when he claimed the NBA’s dunk title, 15 when he won his first NBA MVP award and 18 when he won his first NBA Championship. During this period I attempted his dunks on Nerf rims, imitated (poorly) his jump shots on any available court and admired his confidence and ferocity (neither of which I was capable of duplicating) - and I wasn’t even a fan of Jordan’s or the Chicago Bulls. This is all to say that I witnessed, at very impressionable ages, Jordan’s rise from unknown North Carolina guard who played in the shadows of Sam Perkins and James Worthy, to basketball’s Greatest of All Time (GOAT) and the most consequential athlete of my generation. With those admissions and declarations, I’ve found the periodic suggestions of LeBron James challenging Jordan for the NBA’s throne quite irritating. But with James’s most recent playoff run, again with a cobbled together band of non-descript session performers, another Jordan vs. James debate has started. A resume review should end the conversation quickly. Here’s the scoreboard, with Jordan’s count first, followed by James’s. Championships: six to three. NBA MVP awards: five to four. NBA Finals MVP awards: six to three. NBA All-Defensive First Team: nine to five. Let’s go deeper. Jordan’s 6-0 in the NBA Finals. James is 3-5. What’s more, James has often shown indications of competitive anxiety at the biggest moments of the biggest games. Jordan had not one discernable trace of fear on the court – ever. You want to give James extra credit for more Finals appearances? Fine…but then acknowledge that he has feasted on a pathetic Eastern Conference for his entire career. Meanwhile Jordan had to overcome the Bad Boy Pistons, Patrick Ewing’s Knicks and Shaquille O’Neil’s Magic, among others. And then there’s this: if you had to win one game and had to choose between peak Jordan or any version of James, Jordan would be the majority’s choice. Debate. Over. Well…sorta. There are other data points. If the criteria was expanded beyond basketball accomplishments, James surges. Jordan wasn’t a great husband, was notoriously ruthless to his teammates and, for all his fame and potential influence, chose not to engage socially or politically. On the other hand, James is, by all accounts, a solid husband and father, a good teammate and has shown a willingness, despite rude admonishments to “shut up and dribble”, to engage on social causes. This isn’t an argument for James over Jordan. James just isn’t of Jordan’s basketball ilk at this point. I’m fortunate that’s the case because I’m resistant to even consider ranking James over Jordan. The truth is the gap is closing and narrower than I’m ready to admit. Why the reluctance? If wrapped in Wonder Woman’s truth lasso, I’d offer this response: I’m biased. A cognitive corruption has stolen my objective analytical ability. As a basketball player, I value Jordan more than James. It’s not that I dislike James – quite the contrary…I’ve defended him many times in this column over the years – it is simply that Jordan is the icon of my youth. He made an impression on me at very impressionable ages. I don’t want his standard of greatness to be challenged; I want James to leave my adolescence alone. This bias is likely shared with other Jordan supporters of my vintage; similarly, more youthful basketball fans may be inclined to argue for James. Bias can be based on just about anything. It creeps into your mind, clouds your judgement and skews reality. We are all capable of it, and it’s habit-forming. When debating such things as basketball’s best, it’s benign; in life, biases can be misleading and fundamentally wrong. The trick then, is to be more conscious of their formation and, most importantly, to consistently identify that important line between silly debates and things that really matter. To that end, I’ll prepare myself for an objective Jordan vs. James discussion. But not yet. Jordan’s still the GOAT - for now. Send comments to

Thursday, May 17, 2018

“Moms, eggs, crabs, and strawberries?”

Last week, I wanted to tell all the mothers, grandmothers, God-mothers, and those that have been like a mother, Happy Mother’s Day, but my computer said no – it just sent me another scary message with hard drive failing! It didn’t even save the column I wrote. So, Happy belated Mother’s Day! I received a great Mother’s Day gift however. My oldest son was able to meet me on Saturday at the local electronics store and get started on my urgent computer needs, and then he is going to “build” me a computer with all the specs I need. Me, I turn the computer on and expect it to work, similar to how I feel about my car, or any electronic machine in the house. I press the button, or turn the key and you are supposed to start and last forever. Sunday, we had a relaxing day. My oldest son and I met at The Lotus Kitchen and Kim’s Key Lime pie restaurant in Solomons and listened to my friends Greg and Debs of Folk Salad play their great music. And wow, was that Key Lime pie good – makes you pucker up with happiness! Then we wandered over to Annmarie Gardens to see what art exhibits were hanging. They have changed the main floor around a bit. It was quite an experience walking in; fairy lights were hanging all over the ceiling of the great hall and they reflected down on the shiniest, glossiest floor I have ever seen. I remarked to my son, that it looked like water. You know how you look at a still lake and say the water looks like glass? At present, Annmarie Gardens has three exhibits. One is about eggs, the Eggsibit; an “exhibit exploring oviparous animals, egg ID, and the science behind this reproductive process”. Live animals in aquariums are in that area. Upstairs in the Daugherty Gallery and out in the Sculpture Garden, the exhibit is Big Fun Art! That is exactly what it is too. I wish I had seen the deadline on this one since I have a recently finished crazy painting called Crab-Casso; Blue Period that really would have fit in there. I can’t really think of anywhere else it would go actually. You can look at the photo and decide. Apparently, my mind wanders even when it is painting. Sweet Kay Daugherty would have loved this exhibit. I remember all the wonderful, fun art she had in her home. And the third art exhibit is the on-going fairy house exhibit, my favorite. You can wander through the paths and find all the creative fairy gardens scattered in the Loblolly Woods. Every year, I say I am going to make a fairy house for this. Well, you know how that goes. And, Mother’s Day is not yet over for me. My youngest son and two of my little grandsons are taking me out to lunch, maybe dinner this week. I am looking so forward to that. Just hearing Liam’s and Carson’s sweet little voices, saying Happy Mother’s Day on the phone made my heart melt. By the way, you all probably know what time it is for me: It’s Strawberry Festival time, and Folk Salad and The Bushmill Band will be playing there all day. I always enjoy meeting readers who come up to introduce themselves. Hope to meet bunches of you this Sunday. The festival starts at 1:30 and ends at 5. We have Mike’s Barbecue truck with the best barbecue you have ever tasted, plus strawberries, and all kinds of strawberry desserts. A bicycle ride will be coming through. Crafters and artisans will be there to sell their wares, and the Southern Maryland Bootscooters are having a dance exhibition. What more do you need? More strawberry pies you say? Well, I am making 6 of them, so come on down to Christ Episcopal Church Parish Hall on Zach Fowler Road in Chaptico this Sunday. Well, I better do more festival errands. If you see me putting out the last of the yard sized festival signs throughout the area, please don’t run me over...oops I mean, please don’t forget to honk. To each new day’s adventure, Shelby Please send your comments or ideas to: or find me on facebook

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

2018-05-17 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...