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Waugh, Bailey Close in Campaign Funds

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

In perhaps the most hotly contested local political race in St. Mary’s County, District 29 senate challenger Jack Bailey has slightly outpaced incumbent Sen. Steve Waugh in fundraising. The latest reports show that Bailey’s campaign war chest currently holds $32,128.51 to Waugh’s $28,124.85. The reports show that Bailey has received just over $20,000 in contributions so far and a major intake of $23,035 in ticket sales for fundraisers. Bailey’s fundraiser in Bushwood April 27 was attended by hundreds from the business and political communities. Waugh’s latest report summary shows that he has only received $685 in contributions so far; though his earlier war chest showed he had more than $39,271 saved. Waugh so far has expended $11,831 in campaign funds, the latest reports stated. Bailey’s total receipts before expenditures showed he had pulled in $43,395 and spent $11,369.34 on his campaign. Waugh’s political contributions according to the report show donations from a private citizen in Solomons, the Licensed Beverage Distributors of Maryland, Inc. in Annapolis, Long and Foster Real Estate, Inc. based in San Francisco, California and Valentine’s Delight Farms, LLC of Avenue. Much of Waugh’s expenditures include payments for campaign materials and direct mailings, the report shows. Donations to Bailey’s campaign come from throughout District 29, the report stated, including Mechanicsville, Leonardtown, Lexington Park and Lusby and Prince Frederick, from both private individuals and corporate entities. A great many of the contributions can be directly attributed to the April 27 fundraiser in Bushwood where Gov. Larry Hogan confirmed his endorsement for Bailey against Waugh. That event raised $23,035.


Todd Eberly, political science professor at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, said the fundraising deck had been stacked in Bailey’s favor by circumstance and Hogan. “Steve Waugh can’t raise funds during the General Assembly,” Eberly told The County Times. “That’s the law of Maryland.” As for the fundraiser in Bushwood, Hogan’s appearance was sure to draw in many from the local Republican establishment. “People are going to come out for that,” said Eberly. “That should have been and was… a cash cow for Bailey.” Eberly also believed that Bailey would have an uphill battle in unseating Waugh; again Hogan’s involvement might play a role. “I think Hogan runs the risk of fostering resentment from voters,” Eberly said. “When he has representatives like Chris Shank (whom Waugh has accused of leading attacks against him on Hogan’s behalf) at candidate forums he runs that risk.” In the contested primary races for county commissioner in District 1 Mike Daras currently leads Eric Colvin in fundraising with $210 in his war chest. Colvin lately reports just $70.29 cents in his account. Daras’ total receipts so far tally to $1,100.15. Colvin’s prior balance was $616.70, according to the latest report and has spent $546.50 on his campaign. Daras has so far spent $438.53 on his campaign in the Republican primary. In the Democratic primary for the District 2 race Rose Frederick has a sizeable lead in funds remaining with $4,237.59 in her campaign coffers; Ann Marie Abell has $1,869.96. Overall, though, Abell has received $6,535.62 but has spent virtually all of that on campaign expenses. Frederick’s receipts tally to $5,013.18 with campaign expenditures of just $1,984.09.


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Ridge Legion Honors The Fallen

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

Dozens of citizens from Ridge and from veterans organizations laid wreaths at the American Legion Post 255 in Ridge on Memorial Day to honor America’s war dead. But veterans there reminded attendees that community was just as important to remember; it was the reason veterans gave their lives in the line duty. Duncan Disharoon, the post commander, said that many celebrated Memorial Day with shopping sprees, days off and barbeques at home; that was far afield

from the original intent. “Let’s stop and think about what this day really means,” Disharoon said. Capt. Jason Hammond, commanding officer at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, said military service, and the times when service men and women make the ultimate sacrifice, is not only about obtaining victory on the battlefield. “It’s about community and country and about us,” Hammond said. He noted the Ridge post’s 60 years of service to the community and to veterans by those who served their country.

This included starting the Ridge Volunteer Rescue Squad. Their commitment did not waver. “None of that was done because they were paid, none of that was done because it had to be,” Hammond said. Veterans and the community they continued to serve, Hammond said, were inseparable. “The fabric of our nation is tied up in Ridge 255,” he said. Memorial Day was meant to honor veterans, but it should also call to mind the sacrifice of ordinary county residents who died in testing on the air base in its early years. The street names on the base are named for veterans and civilians alike who served their country however they could, Hammond said. “It’s not just about those on active duty,” Hammond said, adding that of all the communities in which he had served he had never seen one more supportive of the Navy than St. Mary’s County. The enormous and wide-reaching capabilities of America’s military were staggering, Hammond said, but it was only because of people such as those in St. Mary’s County. “It was built by places like Ridge 255, it was built by places like St. Mary’s County,” Hammond said. “That capability… won’t happen without communities like this one.”

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Jack Payne and his Cpaitals ice hockey shrine.

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

Jack Payne knows about pain; he’s a Capitals fan. Even though his team is in the Stanley Cup ice hockey finals it’s been a long, grueling road. “It’s soul crushing,’ Payne said of being a Caps fan. “They’ve been around for 45 years and I’ve been a fan for 40 years, since I was 14. “This is only the second time they’ve been to the playoffs in that time.” It’s bittersweet, he said, because since the 1980s the Caps have had good teams but for some reason they have never been able to make it to the finals. “It’s going up against a hot goal tender, or not getting the breaks or the puck just not bouncing our way,” Payne said of the myriad of possible reasons bandied about for years. Or it could be the well-known “curse of the D.C. sports teams” as Payne put it, noting that none of them have won a major championship since the Redskins won the Super Bowl in 1992 versus the Buffalo Bills. Payne became a fan in 1978 when he and a friend took a drive to the Capital Centre, trying to catch a Bullets basketball game; it was a Caps game instead. So they paid their five bucks at the window and gave it a shot, not expecting much.

“I said, ‘This is the greatest sport I’ve ever seen,’” Payne remembered. Even as prices have increased – to $109 a ticket – Payne, a retired sheriff’s deputy, is still a die-hard fan. He has a shrine to the Caps in his class room at the James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center where he teaches for the criminal justice program. “I have more at home,” he said of his Caps memorabilia collection. But now the Caps are locked in battle with the Las Vegas Golden Knights, an expansion team put together by the former general manager of the Caps. And they just won the first game; the Caps face the Knights in the second game of a seven-game series Wednesday night. “They’re run by the Caps former general manager [George McPhee] who we fired,” Payne said. “He got to pick from very good players. “Basically, he’s got an all-star team.” Despite the challenge, Payne still has confidence in his team that they can break the curse. “They play in D.C. [June 3 and June 4,” Payne said. “I’ll be going to both of them. “I think they’ll win the next four straight.”


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Long-Serving Lion Named Unsung Hero By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

Jerry Pope has been volunteering with the Leonardtown Lions Club since 1989 and has managed their vision and hearing assistance program for almost as long. In working to help the needy of St. Mary’s County see and hear better his

own eyes were opened. The Lions Club’s vision program is the largest community charity they run, Pope said, while the hearing program is a close second. His leadership in the critical program earned him his organization’s Unsung Hero award this year. “It does reach quite a few people,” Pope, 70, of Redgate said. “Our program

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treats the young as well as the elderly. “I didn’t realize so many needed help until I got involved.” He operates screenings to find out which applicants to the program qualify for help; those applicants are then referred to either a vision or hearing physician for treatment with the aid of the Lion’s Club. When he started volunteering with the club, it was out of love of the community, he said. “It was for the community to support both the elderly and the young,” Pope said. At that time he was holding down a full-time job and continues to work parttime jobs now as well as volunteering. He was born and raised in Leonardtown. “It’s very rewarding,” Pope said of helping to restore people’s sight and hearing. “To see people walking around, enjoying life with their sight and their hearing, that’s gratifying to me.” The work the Lion’s Club does particularly affects young people, he said, by ensuring they can master their education with the best eyesight they can get.

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“The simple fact is that some families can’t afford it or they don’t have insurance or they lost their job,” Pope said. “These young kids are our future. “We’ve got to support them in getting an education.”

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Governor Hogan Vetoes Three Bills Says They Weaken School Accountability

Governor Larry Hogan has vetoed three pieces of legislation passed during the 2018 session of the Maryland General Assembly that he says weaken accountability in Maryland schools: Senate Bill 739 - State Board of Education - Membership - Teachers and Parent; House Bill 808 - Collective Bargaining - Education - Supervisory Personnel; and House Bill 643/Senate Bill 678 - State Department of Education - Employment Categories and Practices. During the 2018 legislative session, in addition to providing record funding for K-12 public schools and enacting legislation to increase education spending by more than $4.4 billion over the next decade by ensuring all casino revenues go toward schools, Governor Hogan proposed common sense legislation to increase accountability by creating an independent Investigator General to look into allegations of wrongdoing in schools. Unfortunately, despite de-

mands for increased transparency and oversight from students, parents, and communities across the state, the legislature did not act on the governor’s proposal and instead passed retributive, tone-deaf legislation that gives special interests and lobbyists greater control over the education system and erodes accountability standards. “These three bills are a crude attempt to accomplish two things: dilute the authority of the Board of Education by packing it with appointees that represent the interest of lobbyists rather than those of teachers, parents, administrators or students; and, these bills seek to prevent the Maryland State Department of Education - a body that is already insulated from political influence - from removing high-level employees who are ineffectual, incompetent, or who simply aren’t getting the job done,” said Governor Hogan in his veto message. “It is shocking to me, as well as the citizens of Maryland, the lengths the General Assembly will go to to weaken accountability that will hurt the performance of our school children.” Governor Hogan vetoed Senate Bill

739 - State Board of Education - Membership - Teachers and Parent. Senate Bill 739 would have changed the process Maryland uses to select members to the State Board of Education, a move that would have diluted the independence of the State Board of Education by giving teacher unions control over two additional seats on the Board, and dictating that three seats be chosen by just two stakeholder groups, a move that would risk turning this critical policy-making body into a collection of special interest group representatives. Governor Hogan also vetoed House Bill 643/Senate Bill 678 - State Department of Education - Employment Categories and Practices. This legislation would weaken the Maryland State Department of Education’s capacity to achieve the state’s educational goals - at a time when strengthening the performance of Maryland’s schools and students is more important than ever - by hindering the Department’s ability to compete in an already competitive job market and acquire talented employees. Finally, Governor Hogan vetoed House Bill 808 - Collective Bargaining -

Education - Supervisory Personnel. This legislation would remove local authority to determine who is classified as a “supervisory employee” and give authority over local school system organizational charts to the Public School Labor Relations Board. This new structure would prohibit school leadership from ensuring an efficient operation best suited for the needs of their local school system. “These pieces of flawed legislation join the unfortunate litany of attempts by the General Assembly over the past four sessions to pass legislation to enhance the power of partisan special interests, while eliminating transparency and usurping accountability,” said Governor Hogan. “At a time when unethical behavior and mismanagement continue to hold our school systems back from serving school children, this sequence of bills that I am vetoing today seek to move Maryland in exactly the wrong direction. Instead, we need to be working together to restore accountability for our students, teachers, and families.” Press Release from Office of Gov. Larry Hogan


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Hallowing Point State Park, Prince Frederick Maryland Natural Resource Police boatlift $30,000 Calvert County Department of Public Safety Fire-Rescue-EMS Purchase of inflatable fire/water rescue vessel  $10,000 in matching funds Charles County Smallwood State Park, Sweden Point Marina Replacement of parking lot lights with energy efficient fixtures $60,000 St. Mary’s County Leonardtown Wharf Construction of transient boat dock and slips $99,500  Ridge Volunteer Fire Department Purchase side scan sonar for fire boat  $14,000 in matching funds Statewide Funds toward replacement of J. Millard Tawes icebreaking buoy tender  $1 million Dredging/navigation/storm damage in designated public shallow water channels or publicly owned boating facilities that occur outside the budget cycle or exceed statewide appropriated funding amount $370,998  General maintenance and improvements at Eastern Region boating facilities $50,000 The Waterway Improvement Fund was created in 1966 to support the development, enjoyment and use of Maryland’s waters for the benefit of the general boating and cruising public. It is primarily derived from a five-percent vessel excise tax on boat purchases and titling. Press Release from MD DNR

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Shooting Victim Arrested on Warrant By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

State Police investigators report that a man shot last week in Lexington Park has since been arrested on a bench warrant for failing to appear in court for an alleged traffic violation. Corey Lee Bond was shot in the shoulder as he was sitting in the back seat of a passenger vehicle in the 21000 block of Three Notch Road, May 23. Police are still looking for the suspects in the shooting; the victim was released from the hospital the day after the shooting. “They’re still working the case,” said Det. Sgt. Jeffrey Linger of the Leonardtown Barrack. “We’re still asking for the public’s assistance.” Police reported last week that the suspects were believed to have been driving in a white Ford Explorer or Expedition near the Motel 6 shortly before the shooting occurred at 11:30 p.m. Investigators believe Bond was shot by an as yet unknown suspect from outside the vehicle in which he had been seated. It was not a random occurrence, Linger said. “We feel this person was targeted,” said Linger.

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Fatal Crash in Mechanicsville

On May 25, 2018, at approximately 8:01 PM, deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 38000 block of All Faith Church Road, in the area of New Market Turner Road, in Mechanicsville, for the reported motor vehicle collision. Upon arrival, units located a single vehicle on its side with an occupant trapped. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Collison Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene and continued the investigation. Initial investigation determined a 2011 GMC Terrain, operated by Tommy Lee Cook Jr. age 50, of Mechanicsville, was traveling southbound on All Faith Church Road in the area of Wanda Lane, when Cook failed to negotiate a curve, causing the vehicle to leave the roadway. The vehicle struck an embankment, reentered the roadway, and overturned several times before coming to a rest on its passenger side. Cook was extricated from the vehicle and initially trans-

ported to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital with incapacitating injuries; after initial treatment Cook was transferred to an area trauma center by helicopter for further treatment. At this time speed and alcohol appear to be contributing factors in the collision. Anyone who may have witnessed the collision and has not yet provided a statement to law enforcement is asked to contact Corporal Christopher Beyer at (301) 475-4200 extension *8004, or by email at Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637). Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.

AssaultOn April 1, 2018, Cpl. Knott responded the 27000 block of Mechanicsville Road, in Mechanicsville, for the reported disturbance. Upon arrival officers were Douglas advised Daniel Kenneth Douglas, had discharged a gun inside the residence. While officers were getting initial information Douglas attempted to flee the residence on foot, and was apprehended. Investigation determined after a confrontation with the victim, Douglas became upset, obtained a gun, and fired a shot inside the residence, (investigation later determined Douglas had fired a blank). Douglas is prohibited by law from possessing a firearm and is also the respondent in an active protective order which prohibits Douglas from possessing a firearm. Douglas was arrested and charged with Assault 1st Degree, Assault 2nd Degree, Malicious Destruction of Property, two counts of Violation of Protective Order, Firearm Use/Felony-Violent Crime, Registered Firearm-Illegal Possession, Firearm Possession W/Felony Conviction, and Resist/Interfere with Arrest. CASE# 16791-18

vised Khristopher James Marsh, age 30, of Leonardtown, violated an active protective order by having another individual contact the victim for him. Marsh was arrested and Marsh charged with Violate Exparte/Protective Order. CASE# 17164-18

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Violation of Protective Order- On April 3, 2018, Dep. Sidorowicz responded to the 20000 block of Pt. Lookout Road, in Callaway, for the reported protective order violation. The victim ad-

BurglaryOn April 4, 2018, Dep. Fenwick responded to the 21000 block of Little Girl’s Way, in Lexington Park, for the reported burglary. A witness observed an Tharpe individual later identified as Steven Rene Tharpe Jr., age 28, of Great Mills, on the back porch of a residence which had damaged window screens. Tharpe was located shortly after the incident at the Great Mills Sheetz; Tharpe had previously been served a notice not to trespass at the Sheetz; Tharpe was also found to be in possession of a hypodermic needle and heroin. Tharpe was arrested and charged with Burglary 3rd Degree, Burglary 4th Degree, Malicious Destruction of Property, CDS Possession-Not Marijuana, CDS Possession-Paraphernalia, and Trespassing. CASE# 17355-18

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AVIAN is One of Inc. Magazine’s Best Workplaces 2018

AVIAN has been named one of Inc. magazine’s Best Workplaces for 2018, the publication’s third annual ranking in the fast-growing private company sector. Hitting newsstands today in the June 2018 issue, and as part of a prominent feature, the award is the result of a wide-ranging and comprehensive measurement of private American companies who have created exceptional workplaces through vibrant cultures, deep employee engagement, and stellar benefits. Out of thousands of applicants, Inc. singled out just under 300 winning companies. Built in partnership with employee engagement and work culture experts Quantum Workplace of Omaha, NE, Inc.’s Best Workplaces list is a magnifying glass on how innovative companies can truly raise the bar in hiring and retaining the best talent. What does it take to become a company that workers want to be part of? Inc. magazine says it’s more than good pay and good perks – it’s also about having a clear purpose, a sense of humor, and leadership that makes them all work together. “We’ve said from day one that our employees come first,” said Kevin Switick, president and an owner of AVIAN. “We know that our successes as a company are in no small part because of our great team. The least we could do is offer a work environment where people are actually happy to come to work each day. That’s our goal – across the board happiness.” The 2018 Inc. Best Workplaces Awards assessed applicants on the basis of benefits offered and employees’ responses to a unique, 30-question survey fielded by each of the applying companies. Responses were evaluated by the research team at Quantum Workplace. For its results to qualify, each company had to achieve a statistically significant response rate based on employee count. Survey scores account for employer size to level the playing field between small and large businesses. All companies had to have minimum of 10 employees and to be U.S.-based, privately held, and independent – that is, not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies. While researching the entries, Inc. and Quantum saw distinct themes develop: • Strong company cultures breed stunning individual and team performance. • Workers at the best companies

don’t view their employers as sugar daddies. They aren’t mesmerized by whatever giveaways seem to be the latest fad—be it gourmet lunches or beer fridges. • When employees feel valued by their organization, they are far more likely to be engaged. This single factor proved to be one of the largest drivers of employee engagement.

“By including an employee survey into this year’s Best Workplaces selection process, we’ve really raised the bar. Companies that don’t score at the very top of their peer group don’t make the cut. So, our hats are off to the winners. They all excelled at engaging their workers, making them feel appreciated, and aligning them behind a mission. And remember, that’s not just our opinion: The employees told us that themselves.” says James Ledbetter, Inc. editor-in-chief. About AVIAN LLC AVIAN LLC is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business. We believe talent and passion generate solutions to today’s business challenges. We understand that these characteristics thrive in a business culture that embraces innovation, creativity and the entrepreneurial spirit. We are resourceful, responsive and reachable for our clients in program, financial, and logistics management; engineering and systems engineering; test and evaluation of manned and unmanned systems; workforce development and training; cybersecurity consulting; and communication strategy and graphic design. AVIAN is headquartered in Lexington Park, Maryland with more than 240 employees located across the county. Specifically, we are supporting customers in Huntsville, Alabama; China Lake and San Francisco, California; Denver, Colorado; Panama City, and Jacksonville, Florida; Lexington Park and Patuxent River, Maryland; Arlington and Quantico, Virginia. Overall, AVIAN provides a broad range of niche expertise to more than 20 program offices at NAVAIR. In addition to NAVAIR, AVIAN supports the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) and the Office of Naval Research through a total of sixteen prime contracts as well as the Colorado Department of Transportation. AVIAN Press Release

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SMECO Board Candidates Nominated

The 2018 Nominating Committee for Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) met on Wednesday, May 23, 2018, and chose candidates for the five seats up for election on SMECO’s Board of Directors. The list of nominations follows: Calvert County (one candidate to be elected) Samuel “Jack” Hammett Charles County (two candidates to be elected) Fern G. Brown Kenneth W. Cross Kenneth L. Dyson St. Mary’s County (two candidates to be elected) W. Rayner Blair III William R. Cullins III In addition to nominations made by the Nominating Committee, any 15 or more SMECO members acting together may make other nominations by petition. SMECO customer-

members running by petition should also complete and submit a Board of Directors Candidate Application. To obtain a candidate application and petition, contact Terrie Barringer at 240-528-9747 or Terrie.Barringer@ SMECO must receive completed candidate applications and petitions by Friday, June 29, 2018. Applications and petitions may be mailed to SMECO, Attention: Joseph Densford, Board Attorney, P.O. Box 1937, Hughesville, Maryland 20637, or delivered to Terrie Barringer at 15035 Burnt Store Road in Hughesville. Nominations will be posted in each SMECO office and available online. SMECO customer-members will elect five directors to serve three-year terms by voting for one Board seat in Calvert County, two seats in Charles County, and two seats in St. Mary’s County.

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ALS4 Family Day Returns for 24th Year

It was twenty-four years ago that Mattingly family members, and distant relatives, gathered for the first Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis type 4 research event in Solomon’s Island, Md. On Sunday, June 24, 2018, generations of affected and non-affected family members are invited for a free Family Day “reunion” at the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department. The event is designed to connect distant family members and new generations, to help further research efforts, and to provide resources and support to those impacted by ALS4. Since Drs. John Griffin and David Cornblath of Johns Hopkins met with over 100 family members in 1994, which led to the identification of 49 ALS4affected family members in Maryland, researchers have discovered ALS4-affected individuals in at least five other countries. ALS is characterized by clinical and pathological features of upper and lower motor neuron degeneration, originating in the brain stem and spinal cord. Approximately 90% of ALS cases are sporadic and 10% are familial. There are more than a dozen identified types of ALS. While the majority of ALS types are eventually fatal, ALS type 4, or juvenile onset, is not.  The 2018 ALS4 Family Day welcomes affected and non-affected grandparents, parents, siblings, spouses, aunts, uncles, children and grandchildren of ALS4 family members. The free event will be held rain or shine at the Billy Huseman Room, an accessible meeting space, at the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department, Hollywood, Md. June 24 from 12 noon until 5 pm. There will be food, refreshments,


children’s games, and study updates by doctors from the National Institutes of Health, Vivian Cheung and Christopher Grunseich, who have been coordinating ALS4 advancement efforts with researchers across the globe. The doctors will also speak one-on-one with guests by request, and conduct mouth-swab tests for anyone interested in obtaining a personal diagnosis to determine if they have the affected senataxin gene. Results are private and will only be released to the individual, or his/her legal guardian at a later date, following the event. Please complete the reservation form by June 15, and include the number of any test-kits desired. For more information contact Bonnie Mattingly Woolston,, 410-371-4342. June 24 ALS4 Family Day  Schedule of Events 12 noon — 12:30 pm Registration 12:30 – 1:00 pm Introductions and Welcome, Bonnie Mattingly Woolston 1:00 – 3:00 pm  Lunch Meet new people and greet old friends, family. Enjoy sandwich platters, informally discuss ALS4’s impact, make family updates on the giant genealogy chart, and/or have one-on-one conversations with research doctors. Confidential mouth-swab, diagnostic test kits will be available by advance request. 3:00 — 4:00 pm Research Presentation Drs. Vivian Cheung and Chris Grunseich present an ALS4 research update followed by Q&A. 4:00 — 5:00 pm Informal Networking Press release from ALS4 Family Day

Thursday, May 31, 2018


Too many of us look upon putting our affairs in order as the final actions that have to be taken just before we die. Naturally, looking at it this way, there is very little enthusiasm for the concept and, by extension, the vast majority of people never get themselves organized. Just suppose, however, that getting organized is not about death at all, but about making sure things are done the way you want. It’s your life, and your legacy. How you leave things behind you is a testament to you and should be a roadmap for your loved ones. Concern about your loved ones having to tackle that decades old mess of paperwork you have stuffed into your desk drawers after you die is not a bad image to spur you on to getting your affairs in order. How great would it be to present your loved ones with a totally organized plan so that they can spend their time fondly remembering you instead of silently cursing their bad luck at having to wade through years of bills and statements, tax returns, stock certificates, safety deposit keys, insurance policies, beneficiary designations, etc. Yes, but isn’t it difficult to get organized? Actually, not really. There are many wonderful resources on the internet to give you guidance. Every bank, brokerage firm, investment advisory service, financial newspaper and magazine have plenty of planning tips available to you free of charge. And, estate planning attorneys, accountants and other advisors are often available with no-charge consultations. In other words, there is really no excuse these days not to get moving on an estate plan. Everyone has two types of property—personal property which is everything that you can pick up and move and the residue or residuary estate, which is where you have the bulk of your wealth (houses, investment accounts, etc.). On your personal property there are probably some items you want to leave to special people in your life—make a list of which person should receive your special property like your golf clubs, jewelry, etc. On everything else left over when we die (and all of us have too much stuff), think about how you want that distributed. Or, perhaps you want to donate it to charity. Whatever you decide, just by thinking through the personal property that is important to you and how you wish it to be divided will give you some organization and peace of mind. When it comes to your residuary estate, let’s assume your estate consists of a house in Maryland, a bank savings account, a certificate of deposit, an investment account, a retirement account and an insurance policy.

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Start by making a list of those assets. Once you have the list, think about the beneficiaries you have—with a couple, the decision is relatively easy since most spouses want all of the residuary estate to go to each other when they die. This becomes difficult for some couples if one spouse controls all the finances and the other has no idea what the estate involves. In that case it is even more important to get started on planning to ensure that the survivor will be protected even if the spouse with the financial control dies first. Often, going to an estate planning attorney or advisor will help you figure out what you want to do and give practical guidance to the surviving spouse. What if both of the spouses die? Many people choose to leave an equal percentage of the residuary estate to their children. Anyone with more than one child is concerned about fairness and family harmony. While it is relatively easy to state you want an equal share of the residuary estate to go to each of your three children, for example, make sure you haven’t already upset those plans by designating one of your children as the beneficiary of your retirement plan or insurance policy. The beneficiaries of those plans and policies are outside of the residuary estate you have discussed in your will or trust. If you leave your retirement account to one child through a beneficiary designation, that child is legally entitled to take the account with no responsibility to share with other siblings even though you have indicated you want your estate to be shared in your will or trust. So many of the decisions you will make to put your affairs in order call for common sense. Reaching those decisions before you die and offering an organized plan for your loved ones is your last act of love and affection. Don’t let the distractions of daily life get in the way of this important task and responsibility. If you want to learn more about estate planning, free of charge, you are invited to join me for a free seminar at our office at 8906 Bay Avenue, North Beach at 11am on Wednesday June 20th. If you are interested in attending, let me know by calling 301-8552246—or send me an email at 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. By Lyn Striegel

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Great Mills HS Ranked by National Magazine By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

Every year U.S. News and World Reports ranks all high schools in America based on the proficiency of students in reading and math and the schools ability to make them college-ready; this year Great Mills High School ranked as No. 45 out of all high schools in Maryland. According to the magazine’s ranking study, Great Mills High School boasted an 89 percent graduation rate as well as an Advanced Placement testing participation rate of 31 percent. The school earned what the magazine called a “silver medal” award for its standing. Great Mills was also given a 24.5 rate out of 100 for college preparedness. Curiously the other two high schools in St. Mary’s, Leonardtown and Chopticon were not ranked in the study, despite having some higher metrics than Great Mills. Great Mills ranked at No. 2,430 in the nation. Both Leonardtown and Chopticon had 95 percent or higher rates of graduation;

Leonardtown had a 33.1 percent college preparedness rate as opposed to a 21.5 percent rate for Chopticon. Neither Leonardtown nor Chopticon were awarded a “gold” or “silver” medal by U.S. News and World Report. Chopticon has a 39 percent advanced testing participation rate with a 41 percent pass rate; Leonardtown has a 40 percent participation rate, according to the study, with a 77 percent pass rate. At Chopticon 44 percent of students are proficient in math, the study states, while 41 percent are proficient in reading. At Leonardtown 33 percent are proficient in math and 55 percent are proficient in reading; at Great Mills just 28 percent are proficient in math with 48 percent proficient in reading, the study reports. Overall, U.S. News and World Report gave St. Mary’s County Public Schools a college readiness rating of 26.4 with a 35 percent student proficiency in math and a 47 percent proficiency in reading.

School Administrative Appointments, Transfer Announced St. Mary’s County Superintendent of Schools Dr. J. Scott Smith announces the administrative appointments made by the Board of Education at its May 23 meeting. The Board appointed Colleen Gill as Supervisor of Instruction for Instructional Programs in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Gill holds a Master’s degree from Towson University and a Bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She currently serves as an Instructional Resource Teacher in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Jeffrey DiRenzo has been appointed as principal of Park Hall Elementary School. DiRenzo holds a master’s degree from Chapman University and a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech. He currently serves as an Assistant Principal at Leonardtown Elementary School. Glenna Edwards has been appointed as principal of Margaret Brent Middle School. Edwards holds a master’s degree from Towson University and a Bachelor’s degree from Frostburg University. Edwards currently serves as principal at Piney Point Elementary School. The Board of Education also approved the following Administrative Transfer: Kelly Courtney will transfer from principal at Lettie Marshall Dent Elementary School to principal at Piney Point Elementary School. These appointments and transfer will become effective July 1, 2018. Press Release from SMCPS


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County Student Wins First Place in Writing Contest

All of the first place winners and runners-up, along with the Christine D. Sarbanes Teacher of the Year Award Tara A. Elliott and some of the afternoon’s speakers. Orlandra Foote, Max McKenna, Tara A. Elliott, Michael Sarbanes, Parker O’Brien, Phoebe Stein, Gautam Anand Tangirala, Becky Brasington Clark, Lucy Virgilio, and Minh Lê.

Parker O’Brien, a student at Leonardtown Middle School, read her letter to author Katherine Applegate onstage to a live audience in the Harry and Jeannette Weinberg Auditorium at Mercy High School on May 12. O’Brien took home the first place prize in the state for Level Two entries (Grades 7–8) in the 2018 Letters About Literature contest, a

program of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, coordinated locally by Maryland Humanities. One hundred ten finalists from across Maryland were honored at the ceremony in Baltimore City. Tara A. Elliott received the Christine D. Sarbanes Teacher of the Year Award, awarded to a Maryland teacher who works to promote

reading by employing creative teaching methods to inspire students to read great literature. Elliot teaches English and Language Arts at Salisbury Middle School in Wicomico County. Letters About Literature is a national program where students write to the author (living or dead) of a book, poem, or speech and express how the work changed their view of the world or themselves. Letters are judged on state and national levels. More than 46,000 students from across the country entered Letters About Literature this year. Readers in grades 4–12 are eligible to enter the contest. The first-place winners for each contest level advance to the national level of the competition. LAL St. Marys1st O’Brien Stein: Parker O’Brien Phoebe Stein, Executive Director of Maryland Minh Lê—author of Let and Humanities. Me Finish! and the upcoming Drawn Together and Green Clark of the Library of Congress spoke, Lantern: Legacy—gave the keynote as well. address. In his remarks, Lê directly addressed each winner and runner-up with Press Release from a response specific to the letter they Maryland Humanities wrote. The Honorable Paul Sarbanes, The Honorable John P. Sarbanes, Michael Sarbanes, and Becky Brasington

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Leonardtown High School Graduating Class of 2018

Rebecca Marie Abbett Joseph Archie Abell Lauren Catherine Adams Jack McKenna Alanis Nina Allen Victoria Eleanor Allen Jessica Elizabeth Alvey Lamont Anthony Armstrong Isabelle Kaitlyn Ashby Benjamin Robert Ausenbaugh Christopher Davis Austin William Davis Bachner Alec Matthew Bacon Jane Sinclair Bailey Isaac Kent Baker Megan Nicole Baker Michael Ryan Baker Michael Alexander Balaton Samuel Paul Baldauff Diontre Malik Barnes Ramon Ahmod Barnes Samuel Patrick Barnhouse Rosalyn Ophelia Bates Lindsey Paige Behrman Zoe Danielle Behrman Brittany Ellen Bender Rhiannon Celeste Bethea Steven Zachary Bieshelt Alyssa Nikole Billings James Mitchell Tyreece Blackwell, Jr. Jacob Robert Blottenberger Michael Allen Bonnie Katherine Marie Borland Sterling Matheson Bouldin Margaux Lee Boutin Jeremy Scott Bowen Trey Michael Bowes Andrew Maarten Bowles Brooke Nicole Bowles Ashley Hope Boyd Kristen Maria Boyle Jacob Patrick Breslauer Julia Morgan Briner Taylor Charles Brock Katherine Anne Broich Allison Paige Brooke Devin Michael Brooks Kailen Richard Brown William Charles Brown Bailey Rose Brunk Katie Jean Buckalew Joseph Dionne Buckley Jade Sky Burch Charley Nicole Burke Danielle Marie Burke Megan Elizabeth Burns Kyle Matthew Burton Andrew Joseph Bushell Jalyn Nicole Butler

Joshua Scott Byers Sarah Byrne Hanna Marie Byrnes D’Shae Jemar Caballero Aliyah Dean Campbell Kyle Matthew Campbell Jayson Warren Canterbury, Jr. Cordell Ryan Cardona Dominic Charles Carnobas Ethan Connor Carpenter Benjamin Patrick Carrigg Justin Denton Carter Kyle Joseph Cartwright Raymond Nicholas Chainay Benjamin Joseph Chase Minghao Chen Kyle Devin Cherry Aaron Jean Choo Eloisa Ann Chubb Brian Michael Church Eric Allen Clark Christopher Dane Coleman Hannah Sidney Coleman Hayley Ellen Coleman Haley Brooke Collins Skila Renee Combs Steven Ray Combs Jeremy Bryce Commerford Charles Christopher Cooksey II Chloe Mae Corcoran Cara Beth Correll Megan Adrienne Cosgrove Austin Skyler Coughlan Tyra Mackenzie Countiss Brianna Jasmine Courtney Scott Steven Cousineau Christopher Michael Coyte Jaime Renae Cozzens Elizabeth Marie Crandall Emily Madeline Cranford Erica Ja’ynia Crawford Kaitlyn Grace Dailey Emma Blaire Daniels Cameron Payne Darden Destiny Breann Davis Emma Riley Davis Garrett Ames Davis Jamecia Meche Davis Katherine Margaret Davis Scott Tyler Davis Cassi Nicole Deaderick Tyler Wayne Dean John Richard Deems Ambar Alexa Delgado Bradley Michael Dement Eric Michel Denham Dylan Michael Denton Katerina Marie Dewey McKenzie Marie Diggle

Jacob Daniel Dobbins Savannah Rose Dobbins Corinne Michelle Dobry Jarrett Michael Dollarton Thomas Alexander Donigan Nolan Joseph Dorics Brianna Alexis Dorsey Christian Troy Dover Raquel Marie Drexel Linus Eliot Dantonio Drissel John William Dugan Kylie Bryanna Duncan Owen Asher Guston Dunn-Hindle Alena Dunnington Tyrin Ashlynd DuPriest Lexy Shyann Eberhardt Ausha Elizabeth-Anne Edwards Allison Nicole Egeli Christian Shayne Erdolino Leya Michele Essex Luke Robert Everett Kristina Michelle Faison Samantha Marie Staley Fallon Annabelle Grace Finagin Brandon Alexander Flowers Lacey Corryne Focht Seth Eric Folk Joshua Thomas Fondren Emily Lauren Forest Collin Jay Foster Andrew Micheal Fowler Aron Michael Fox Jordan Alexis Franz Nathan Andrew Frazier Anna Benamy Garth Froom Jaliya Renee Fuller Jakob Andrew Furbee Asha Talise Gaines Hayley Valere Gallagher Scott Jae Won Gallagher Matthew Charles Garrison Elena Anne Gast Natalie Kay Genton Hans Anthony Garcia Gerschwiler Joshua Allen Gilbert Dezmon Patrick Gladney Richard Lee Gladwell III Gracie Gail Goddard Kayla Montiece Goldring Madalyn Nicole Gooding Donovan Maurice Gordon Danielle Susan Gore Leah Ja’Nae Gough Emily Irelynn Grant Ryan Marie Graves Austin Riley Gray Carson Therman Gray Cassidy Christine Gray Alexander Matthias Green

Brittany Leigh Groat Kaleb Austin Guiles Charles Preston Guy Benjamin Joseph Guyther Paige McKenzie Haffer Austin Michael Hall Kara Ann Hall Nicole Alexis Halleck Ahna Sophyia Halpern John Putnam Hamilton Bailee Ann Hammett Kelley Marie Hammett Amanda Nila Hampton Katie Maureen Hancock Areej Hanif Jacob Joseph Harms Garrett Reece Harvey Cheyenne Autumn Hegedus Jermain Antoine Herbert Liam Grady Heveron Lauren Elizabeth Hicks Dalton Pearce Higgs Michelle Le Hoang Bryan Austin Hodge Ellie Lynne Holt Abigail Marie Hoover Christina Marie Howe Jaiden Quin Howe Saesha Christine Howell Kenya Anjail Huffman Tyler William Huss Jackson Alexander Immel Carrington Nicole Isom Harita Iswara Christopher James Jarrett Brett Alexander Jarvis Christopher James Jensen Michael Karl Johnson Walt Stanford Johnson Jordan Harrison Jones Jesse Sequoya Jowanowitch Samantha Joy Julia Kamosa Divine Jafar Kearney Kyle Andrew Kidwell Lauren Nicole Kiesel Jordan Alfred Killian Rachel Jeannette Kinder Brant Nikolas Klesch Steven James Knott Lucas Dimitrios Kokolios Sean Patrick Kraese Ankur Kumar Ankush Kumar Kaylee Victoria Kumar Kyle Michael Lacey Robert Steven Lacey, Jr. Ryan Sean Lacey Lindsay Renee Lagana Bethany Noel Laird

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Hannah Jade Reynolds Yusuf Ibrahim Rickard Allison Michelle Ridgell Lauryn Alexis Ridley Jillian Faith Risor Lyndsey Maxine Riti Tessa Christine Robertson Dallas Charles Rollins Hunter Victoria Rosenthal Luke Nathaniel Russell Michael Ray Russell Tyler Brandon Sabater Samuel Jacob Saltzman Luis Antonio Santiago III Nason Andre’ Santiago Georgette Turner Savage Madeleine Lane Sawicki Kaelynn Paige Scarbrough Andrew Thomas Schaefer Emma Elizabeth Schmidt Rebekah Annamae Schmidt Dennis James Schnaubelt Catherine Alaina Schultz Slade Fitzgerald Scriber Jillian Paige Selby Justin Aaron Shaner Asmay Shao Justin Allen Shaw Sydney Jane Shelley Angela Samantha Sherwood Elaina Juliann Sherwood Catherine Elizabeth Sierra Azalea Madeline Smith Dayton Wayne Smith Dewan Meshure-Samson Smith Elliott James Smith Lucas Sullivan Smith Nathan Jacob Smith Olivia Troi Smith Sydney Diane Smith Sydney Nicole Smith Nathaniel Scott Snyder Maximilian Soderberg Richard John Solis Megan Agtarap Soriano Ashley May Spalding Robert Barry Sparks Michael Edward Spriggs Tarrah Elizabeth St. Mary Alexxis Nicole Stanalonis Courtney Mechelle Stanley Chloe Victoria Stevens Brittany Lynn Stewart Melanie Alexandra Stewart

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Chopticon High School Graduating Class of 2018

Austin Kenneth Absher Devin Michael Absher Haley Nicole Adams Michaela Marie Adams Nicole Elizabeth Adams Olivia Rose Adkins Kiana Brooke Allosada Sean Ernest Angel Shane Ernest Angel Jessica Lynn Apessos Kyra Elise Aragon Jamal Elijah Armstrong Christopher Allen Ayers Taylor Marie Baden CeCelia Elizabeth Badovski Carl Michael Baney Trevor Nicholas Barnes Autumn Ruth Barnett Caitlin Joyce Bateman Harrison Francis Bauman Alek Lawrance Bayne Cory Allen Bean Sara Jane Beasley Justin Parker Beavers Taylor Nicole Bell Savannah Maree Bell-Bussler Savanna Morgan Benfield Jonathan William Birch Carson Lee Bistline Rachel Corinne Bond Caleb Daniel Bouch Erika Jaleece Bowman Zackary Aaron Brickey Deja Janese Briscoe Kaitlyn Caroline Brock Haleigh Zaeda Brown Nathaniel Steven Brown Jacob Daniel Buchanan Geoffrey Michael Buckler Shane Matthew Burch Charles Edward Burns Thomas Michael Burton Marissa Lorraine Bush Jenna Elizabeth Butler Nikolas Michael Butler TyShonna Na’Shell Butler Scott Harrison Cameron Cierra Roxenne Carter Benjamin Herbert Cecil Arionna McKenzie Chase Hope Charity Chase Joy Barbara Chase Garrett Anthony Cherry Christopher Piero Ciancio Alivia Mirella Cimini Jessica Carolann Clark

Holly Michel Click Emily Grace Cobaugh Rebecca Marie Collier Tayler Marie Collins Jehanette Marie Combs Kyle Mathis Conley Jonathan Richard Conner Camille Grace Cooley Brennen Tyler Coombs Caralena Adele Cooper Gregory Douglas Cornwell Paul Daniel Cronin Jade’ Alexis Curtis Amber Lynn Dabler DeSales Cornelius Dade Hannah Noel Dalrymple Dempsey John D’Angelo Kai Edward Davies Christopher Brian Davis Hannah Nicole Day Daniel Evan Deaderick Macy Elizabeth Delahay Thomas James DeMarr Christian Miguel DeReza Erin Elizabeth Deroche Zachary Thomas Donahue Colin Michael Dziedzic Brian Omar Estrada Camryn McKenzie Evans Robert Bryce Evans Victoria Lynn Farrell Jeslynne Marie Farrell-Rivera Caleb David Ferro Erik Todd Fleenor Benjamin Robert Fowler Jeremy Michael Fowler Ethan Garrett Frawley Dante ‘ Allen Frazier Breanna Nacole Freeman Ashley Nicole Garner Joshua Alexander Gatton Brittany Lynne Gaydosh Zachary Ryan Gaylord Michael Aaron Gilbert Douglas Wayne Ginevan Richard Steven Girard Cassidy Chance Goddard Julian Andres Gonzalez Meghan Elizabeth Good Luke Edison Grant Charles Joseph Gray Lindsey Catherine Gray William Patrick Gray Austin James Gregory Madeline Marie Gregory Madison Michelle Griffin

Dallas James Griffith Eric Alexander Griffith Hannah Elizabeth Gross Richard Steven Grzywacz Caridad Madison Guy David Travis Guy Jacob Evan Guy Stephanie Paige Guy Kameron Jemar Hailey-Matthews Alexander Eugene Hall Samuel Martin Hall Joshua Lee Hamilton Ryan Lee Hamilton McKenzie Lee Haney Shawn Michael Harding Caitlyn Michael Hare Kailee Marie Harrison Derek Alexander Hatton Levi Andrew Hauer Sydney Lynn Hauer Connor Lawrence Hayden Khaya Amani Hemsley Aaron Wayne Henson Skylar Noelle Hepner Carlos Miguel Herbert Kelsey Lynn Herbert Chase Montgomery Herrington Brooke Veronica Higgs Andrew Louis Hill Shannon Nicole Hill Vontae Quartez Hoffert Ryan Matthew Hoffman Kevin Logan Holt Alyse Marie Horan Audrey Frances Houck Alexandra Catherine Howard Michael Wayne Howell Jeremy Aaron Hubert Sarah Nicole Hudson Alessandra Huerta-Hernandez Elizabeth Marie Hull Anthony Maurice Hunt Jake Edward Hutchinson Hannah Stone Iezzi Lindsey Marie Istvan Joshua Quinlan Jackson Preston Neale Johnson Tera Nicole Johnson Roxlynn Anne Jones-Brooks Dylon Scott Jordan Trevor George Kaylor Madison Alexis Keane Destiny Abriel Kendall Elizabeth Margaret Kent Nathan Garrett Kern Dalton Benjamin Kidwell

Rachel Marie King Lauren Marie Kirscht Makayla Nicole Kuhnow Jordan Lee LaBille Jordan Patricia Landau James Michael Latham Ryan Elliott Lawrence Madisyn Renea Leadmon Alexis Corin Ledman Katlyn June Leeman Isabella Catherine Lehr Jessica Marie Leonard Nalajze Damita Lewis Stephanie Michelle Lewis Dylan Scott Lidh Jasmine Marie Lilly Daniel John Littleford Blake Elden Livingston Colin Elliot Lorah Alyssa Jean Lundmark Brooke Logan Lyon Jacob Dean Mahaffey Colin Alexander Maher Somer Marie Mann Lance Andrew Martin Scott Edward Massey Daniel Charles Matlock Andrew Hunter Mattingly James Dean Mattingly Kyle Ashton Mattingly Jeremy Wood May Morgan Arielle May Kyle Anthony McAllister Alayna Dale McCarty Raynard McClary Sheyonna Violia McClary Mason Andrew McConaha Alyssa Nicole McCully Lindsey Michelle McCutchen RaiQuna JoTavis McDowell Savannah Nicole McGee William Logan McGrath Destinee Kay McKenzie Madison Marie McLaughlin Joshua Alan McNeely Christian Jacobi McNeill Brooke Renee McQueeney Jack Nicholas Medved Megan Marie Merchant Darian Winter Miller Jasmine Alexis Miller Kharim Manal Mitchell Robert Daniel Mogel Dylan Richard Molen Cassidy Amber Moore Abigail Paige Moran

Thursday, May 31, 2018 Cody Nathaniel Moran Rachel Ketchum Moreno Elizabeth Ann Morgan Kaitlyn Marie Morrison Kyle Jeffrey Morrison Alyssa Marie Murphy David Wayne Murphy Fayth Krystine Murphy Zachary Mark Nesbitt Chelsea Marrie NeSmith Jingerlyn Rose Newsome Cassidy Lew Norris Page Michael O’Donnell Mollianne Olivia Oliver Gary William Otterbach Sophia Emily Palma Gabrielle Nicole Parsons Haley Elizabeth Patton Imani J’Nae Paul Jace Alexandra Paust Meaghan Reanne Payne Alayna Faith Peddicord Carissa Belle Peissner Jeremy Scott Pelczar Madison Nicole Peterman Dustin Lee Pierce Dymond Marie Pilkerton Haley Lynne Pilkerton Jeremy Foster Pilkerton Joseph Lange Pilkerton Jamie Lynn Pitcher Alexis Michelle Plater Frank Joseph Polievka Dylan Gerard Pomerleau Jackson Thomas Potter Bethany Marie Prettyman Dimitri Robert Proctor Garrett Bryan Pullium Brenden Scott Quade Eric Matthew Raley Jeffrey Raymond Raley Madison Morgan Raley Luke Andrew Randle Joel Huwey Raymond Erin Nicole Redding Anna Faye Reese Talmage Bert Reeves Lindsay Anne Remetz Thomas Jakob Reminga Charles Plummer Rhoads Madison Jean Richards Jessica Lee Rickett Cassie Michaela Ridgell

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James Dylan Steger Avery Leslie Stokes Mya Shyann Stone Bruce Norman Strickland Brittany Marie Stringer James Matthew Sullivan Shelby Nicole Sullivan Benjamin Daniel Sweeney Hannah Lynne Sweeney Sarah Anne Sweeney Michael Ryan Terrell Austin Joseph Thomas Courtney Nicole Thomas Christopher Matthew Thompson David Andrew Thompson Emily Victoria Thompson Breanna Leigh Tippett Megan Caitrin Tomasic Asia Arianna Tompkins-Holt Jenna Lee Tucker Ryan Jeffrey Tucker Tatyanna Marie Tyger Victoria Marie Tyler Aniela Kylene Tymczyszyn Jeremy Thomas Ucekay Makenzie Ann VanDevander Samuel David Varga Bradley M. Vincent Leah Isabel Voithoffer


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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.

Susan Starlett Palivos Susan Starlett Palivos, 71, of Great Mills, MD (Formerly of Chicago, IL) passed away We d n e s d a y, May 23, 2018 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Sue was born May 3, 1947 in Chicago, IL and was the daughter of the late John and Mary Russell. Sue is survived by her children Jerry Gunderson of Chicago, IL and Nicole Quinn (Steve) of Great Mills, MD; her brothers: John Russell (Lynda) of Houston, TX, Roger Russell (Cookie) of Alsip, IL, and Bill DeFore (Lorrie) of Blue Island, IL; her grandchildren: Carla Pajak, Haley Barnett, Jerry Gunderson, and Olivia Quinn; and many extended family and friends. In addition to her parents and husband Nick, Sue is preceded in death by her granddaughter, Amber Rose Gunderson. Sue enjoyed simple pleasures like playing Bingo and enjoying a nice cup

of coffee. In her heyday, she was a runner up in a beauty pageant! However, nothing brought more joy to Sue than her grandchildren; Sue loved her grandchildren with all of her heart. Visitation will be Thursday, May 31, 2018 from 4p.m. - 8p.m. at Beverly Ridge Funeral Home, 10415 S. Kedzie, Chicago, IL. 60655. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD. Condolences to the family may be made at

Tommy Lee Cook, Jr Tommy Lee Cook, Jr., 50 of Mechanicsville, MD, passed away on May 26, 2018 at Prince George’s Hospital Center, Cheverly, MD. Tommy was born in Washington, DC on October 9, 1967 to Tommy Lee and Mary Ann Cook. Tommy enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, making people laugh, and just generally enjoying life. Tommy is survived by his loving wife of 26 years, Anita Michele Cook; his parents, Tommy Lee and Mary Ann Cook; son, Shawn Michael Cook of Mechanicsville, MD; daughters, Amber Lee Cook-Rye (and son-in-law Tim Rye Jr.) of Lusby, MD; Shelly Lynn Cook of Mechanicsville, MD; brother, Jimmy

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Cook (and sister-in-law Kim Cook) of Mechanicsville, MD; sister Tammy Naumoff ( and brother-in-law John Naumoff of Charlotte Hall), and grandchildren, Bentley and Hailie Skidmore. Family will receive friends for Tommy’s Life Celebration Gathering on Friday, June 1st from 5 to 8pm with a Memorial Service at 7pm at Brinsfield Funeral Home, 30195 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: The Organ Donation and Transplant Association Inc. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A.

Philip Leo Schmitz Philip Leo Schmitz, 100, of Coltons Point, MD passed away on May 24, 2018. Born on May 26, 1917 in St. Paul, Minnesota he was the son of the late Ida Wilhelmina Jansen Schmitz and Edward Peter Schmitz. Philip was the loving husband of the late Ada Eleanor Faunce Schmitz whom he married on September 20, 1947 in Washington, DC and who preceded him in death on May 6, 2018. Philip is survived by his children: Thomas Philip Schmitz of Silver Springs, MD, Lawrence Edward Schmitz (Maria) of Plano, TX, Leonard Joseph Schmitz (Barbara) of Gaithersburg MD, Gregory Paul Schmitz (Bobbi) of Colton’s Point, MD and Eleanor Marie Schmitz Webb (Arthur) of Clarksburg, MD, 11 Grandchildren and 7 Great-Grandchildren and sister Betty Chrysler. He was preceded in death by his siblings; Mary Deal, Loraine Swagman, and Bernard Schmitz. He graduated from Cretin High School in 1935 and was a graduate from St. Thomas College in 1940 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemistry. Philip served in the United States Army from 1945 to 1946, he was also in the Army Reserves for 6 years, honorably discharged as 2nd Lieutenant. While serving in the Army, he was stationed in the Philippines, Pacific and was an investigations officer. Philip worked for the United States Government at the FBI, Veterans Administration and Social Security Administration as a Document Examiner for 26 years, retiring in 1974. He moved from Wheaton, MD to St. Mary’s County, MD in

1979. Philip was President of the American Society of Questioned Document Examiners from 1972-1974. He was a member of the American Legion, and Seventh District Optimist Club.

Joseph Luin Ramos Joseph Luin Ramos “Joe”, 83, of Bushwood, MD formerly from Leonardtown, MD, passed away on May 24, 2018. Born on December 28, 1934 in Leonardtown, MD, he was the son of the late Lola C. Bramble Ramos and Charles M. Ramos. Joe was the loving husband of Lucy Jane Hall Ramos whom he married in Holy Angels Catholic Church on May 24, 1958. Joe is survived by his children; Donna Faye Morris (Chuck) of Avenue, MD, Joseph Ramos (Robin) of Mechanicsville, MD, 2 grandchildren and his sister Linda Knott. He was preceded in death by his siblings; Thelma Parr, Margie Dyke, Charles Ramos, Kitty McMuellen, Tennessee, Mary Wathen, Lenwood Ramos, and Judy Clarke. Joe served in the Army National Guard from 1962 to 1963. While serving in the Army National Guard, he earned the Medal for Marksman, MI Rifle and was mess steward. He was a lifelong St. Mary’s County, MD resident, and was Budget Analyst at Patuxent River Naval Air station for 19 years, retiring in October, 1993. Joe was a member of the Seventh District Optimist Club, and a Thursday Night Bowling League. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, softball and stock cars. A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 10:00 AM with Father Anthony Lickteig officiating. Interment will follow in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery Bushwood, MD. Pallbearers will be: Charles Morris, Tommy Hall, Johnny Hunt, Joe Ammann, Todd Dyke, and Mickey Ramos. Contributions may be made to the Seventh District Rescue Squad P.O. Box 7 Avenue, MD 20609.

Glen William Craig Glen William Craig, 80, of Lexington Park, MD passed away Friday, May 18, at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital in Leon-

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ardtown, MD 20650. He was born on July 11, 1937 in Veedersburg, IN to the late Ralph Burton Craig and Gladys Lee Myers. In 1957 Glen enlisted in the United States Navy and proudly served his country for four years and was Honorably Discharged in 1961. On March 8, 1967, he married his beloved wife, Patricia Ann Hamrick, in Leonardtown, MD. Together they celebrated over 51 wonderful years of marriage. He was employed by the Department of Defense as a dedicated Senior Project Analyst until his retirement. In retirement he continued to work as an analyst for several years for defense contractors. He was a problem solver and was known for his ability to think outside the box. He was able to create new ways to solve many problems. His hobbies included horseshoes, league bowling, drag racing, speed and sail boating, waterskiing, and playing Texas hold’em. He also enjoyed travelling and has been throughout the United States and Germany, England and Greece. Some of his favorite travels were to Outer Banks in North Carolina, Arizona and Hawaii. He also had an artistic talent. His family was his greatest pride and joy and he loved spending his time with them, especially his granddaughter and great-grandson. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and the Maryland Ornithological Society. In addition to his beloved wife, Glen is also survived by his daughter, Vickie Lee Miller (James P.) of Summerville, SC; his sister, Carol Cushman (Dale) of Veedersburg, IN; brother, Richard Craig (Patricia) of Veedersburg, IN; his half-brother, Kenny Ray Craig (Debbie) of Lafayette, IN; his step-sister Nancy Seymore (Lyle) of Newtown, IN; his granddaughter, Teia Marie Craig of Lexington Park, MD; great grandson, Sean William LaRue of Lexington Park, MD; and many extended family and friends. Family will have services at a later date. Interment will be held at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, One Intrepid Square, West 46th & 12th Avenue, New York, New York 10036. Condolences to the family may be made at

Thomas Edward “Ed” Stokel, Sr. Thomas Edward “Ed” Stokel, Sr., 93, of Leonardtown, MD, passed away on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at Hospice House of St. Mary’s in Callaway, MD. He was born March 20, 1925 to the late Edward John Stokel and Eloise Maria Abell Stokel. Ed graduated from Margaret Brent High School in 1942. In 1943 he joined the United States Navy during World

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War II and p r o u d l y served his country as an aviation radioman and combat air crewman, surviving three plane crashes, and received an honorable discharge. On September 29, 1944 he married his beloved wife, Agatha Teresa Stokel in Hutchinson, KS. Together they celebrated over 66 wonderful years of marriage until her passing in November 2010. In 1946 he joined the Naval Air Station Fire Department as a firefighter and was later promoted to Engineer and then Safety Officer. He later taught Supervisory Management Training at the Naval Air Test Center. He retired with a total of 43 years of government service. His hobbies included art, county history, and archeology. He was a charter member of St. Mary’s County Historical Society and the Maryland Archeological Society. He designed and drew the official County seals for St. Mary’s, Calvert, Prince George’s, and Queen Anne’s Counties. He also spent many hours volunteering within the community, as a first aid instructor, a lecturer, and a lay teacher in a confraternity of Christian Doctrine. He received a Letter of Commendation from the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. for 70 years of dedicated service to St. Aloysius Catholic Church. Ed is survived by his children: Thomas Stokel, Jr., Jeanne Marsh (George), Joyce Stokel, Laura Ferris (Tom), Monica Clements (Bill), Marian Stokel Rita Humphrey (Jay), Mary Underwood (Warren), Clara Spalding, and Mark Stokel (Tracy); 14 grandchildren; many great and great-great grandchildren; and many extended family and friends. In addition to his parents and wife, he is also preceded in death by his sister, Katherine Stokel. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

tonia “Marie” Knobel of Hughesville, MD; his son Anthony “Tony” Knobel Jr. (Angie) of Mechanicsville, MD; his grandson Anthony F. Knobel (Kimberli) of Purcellville, VA; his granddaughter Amanda J. Knobel of Great Mills, MD; his sister Lena K. Gardiner of Hughesville, MD; and his brother Paul Knobel of Waldorf, MD. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mechanicsville Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 15, Mechanicsville, MD 20659. Arrangements by Brinsfield Funeral Home, Charlotte Hall, MD. Condolences to the family may be made at

Robert “Bob” Lee Marconi, Jr. Robert “Bob” Lee Marconi, Jr. 52, of Mechanicsville, MD, passed away on May 19, 2018. Born on March 24, 1966 in Baltimore, MD, he is the son of Robert Lee Marconi, Sr. and Fern Riley Marconi. He went to college for two years and worked for the federal government as a Painter. Bob enjoyed playing the lottery, spending time with friends and family and loved his cats. Bob is survived by his parents, his wife, Dana Lee Marconi, his brother, Ronald Lee Marconi (April), his sister, Rondi “Dee Dee” Lea Marconi Benac (Jeff), his nieces Madison Marconi, Savannah Marconi, Kayla Benac and nephew, Justin Benac. Memorial contributions in Bob’s name may be made to: The American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, or the Tri-County Animal Shelter in Hughesville, MD. Condolences to the family may be made at



Evelyn Anna Mae Armsworthy Evely n Anna Mae Armsworthy, 96, of California, MD passed away on May 24, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. Born on May 3, 1922 in Hollywood, MD, she was the daughter of the late Annie Mignonetti Readman Dorsey and John Ignatius Dorsey. Evelyn was the loving wife of the late William Ignatius Armsworthy, Jr, whom she married in Holy Face Catholic Church Great Mills, MD on March 24, 1940 and who preceded her in death on March 7, 2007. Evelyn is survived by her children; John Ignatius “Johnny” Armsworthy, Sr. (Dorothy Lorraine Woodburn) of California, MD, Mary Ann Adkins (Jimmy) of Great Mills, MD, five grandchildren; John “Jay” Armsworthy, Jr, (Michelle), Tammy Adkins, Cathy Clarke (Teddy), Allen Adkins, and Don Adkins, 7 great grandchildren, and 14 great great grandchildren. As well as siblings; Grace Theresa Davis, and Joseph Philip “Schaefer” Dorsey. She was preceded in death by her siblings; Mary Magdalen Abell, Catherine Victoria “Kitty” Dixon, William Walter “Bonnie” Dorsey, Barbara Elizabeth “Peggy” Montgomery, Elbert Dorsey, and Ignatius “Tinker” Readmond. She was a lifelong St. Mary’s County, MD resident and graduHonor the memory of your cherished ated from St. John’s School. Evelyn was one by sharing the story of their life a homemaker, enjoyed blue grass music, with friends, neighbors and associates going out to eat and here she inloved to cook. the community. Contributions may be made to HollyFor details and to place79 wood Vol. Rescue Squad P.O. Box notice ofBluegrass remembrance,for Hollywood, MDyour 20636. call 301-373-4125 assistance. Hospice c/o Hospice for St. for Mary’s P.O. Box 625 Leonardtown, MD 20650

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Anthony “Pop” Knobel Sr. Anthony “Pop” Knobel Sr., 82, of Mechanicsville, passed peacefully on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital. Pop was born in Gallant Green, MD on July 20, 1935 to the late Joseph and Agatha Knobel. Pop was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Mary C. Knobel and five siblings. He is survived by daughter An-




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They were born in April and will be ready for adoption in about a week. You can put your application and once approved we can arrange a meeting. Applications can be found at and emailed to diane@ They have energetic, playful personalities. They were rescued from Tri County Shelter when they were about 10 days old along with their feral mother. She will be moving to a barn situation shortly. If you or you know anyone who would like to provide an outdoor home for a vetted feral cat, please contact us. Magic and Mae are combo tested for aids and feline leukemia and have had their first distemper vaccine. They cost $125 each and this adoption fee will include : spay/neuter, 2 more distemper vaccines, deworming, microchip and flea control. They will be making their debut at the California Petco this Sunday from 11 to 3. These two cuties will not last long. IF YOU KNOW ABOUT CATS LIVING OUTSIDE, PLEASE CONTACT US SO WE GET LEND TRAPS AND GET THE CATS SPAYED OR NEUTERED.




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Not Buying It

The NBA’s regular season is a drag – a six-month, 82-game yawner offering few surprises. The absurdly long odyssey is marred with scheduled off days for stars, tanking by bottom feeders and lackadaisical effort that would make the pending retiree buried in a cubical village look like an aspiring intern. At the root of what ails regular season basketball is this: there is no drama. Oh sure, it is marketed as something significant, but it’s a manufactured marathon to pay the bills. We all know what’s going to happen. Mostly anyway. At the start of every season, only a half dozen or so teams are in the championship conversation; in reality, the list of true contenders is even shorter. And yet, the NBA and the networks that spew regular season coverage expect consumers to take the product seriously. Why? Because there’s some burning desire to see what teams eke out the eighth playoff seeds in each conference? Come on. Even the best teams have only a passing interest in home court throughout the playoffs; now a top-four seed and home court in the first round suffices – and the (lack of) game-to-game exertion proves it. There are exceptions. Russell Westbrook is a relentless competitor. He would race you up the stairs. LeBron James, to his credit, played all 82 games this year. There are also many players fighting tooth and nail every night to stay on an NBA roster. But mostly, the NBA’s regular season is charade. Dislike the brutal honesty and cynicism if you want, but was a half of a year of basketball necessary to validate Houston and Golden State, and Cleveland and Boston, as the Western and Eastern Conference Finals participants? No…it just wasn’t. Pulling the string further, the preseason/October versions of ourselves would have declared Golden State, as the defending champs and with its Avengers-like cast of All-Stars, the overwhelming favorites to repeat. Maybe Houston, with its notable duo of Chris Paul and James Harden, could offer some resistance in the Western Conference, but not enough to actually threaten Golden State. Similarly, James’s Cavaliers and the rebuilt Celtics would be worthy ad-

versaries in a Finals showdown with the Warriors, but this was Golden State’s title to win since Halloween. It was fait accompli. All other contemplated outcomes were just wishful, manufacture noise. Then the season happened. The destination followed the Golden State, Houston, Cleveland and Boston final four script, but the journey swerved way off the expected track. The Celtics lost prized free agent addition Gordon Hayward for the season after he broke his leg in in the first game and G Kyrie Irving for the playoffs after the All-Star had knee surgery. A struggling Cleveland squad flipped nearly half its roster in multiple moves before the trade deadline. Warriors’ G Stephen Curry missed 31 games. Houston often played man down too, with Paul and Harden missing 24 and 10 games, respectively. No one was spared the fury of The Regular Season Monster. Whatever sins the NBA regular season commits against basketball fans, the playoffs are the penance – a fabulous display of intensity and desperation. It is basketball at its best. Once things got real in this year’s second season, the Fantastic Four of the preseason – Golden State, Houston, Boston and Cleveland – waved off the adversity, refused the ready-made excuses and arrived where everyone thought they would be – the Conference Finals. Of the four, Houston and Boston impressed the most. Boston lost its two best players and still came within one game of slaying King James’s Cavs and reaching The Finals. In the west, Houston has, as of my submission deadline, pushed the juggernaut Warriors to seven games, something that on paper they had no business doing. The easy play for both teams would have been to accept conventional wisdom – that Boston, sans Irving and Haywood, couldn’t threaten in the east and that Houston couldn’t actually push Golden State. But neither team was buying the imposed limitations of outsiders. Good for them and fortunate for anyone facing doubters in their lives. Sometimes the only person in your corner is you; sometimes that’s all you need. Send comments to

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Blue Crabs Fall Late to Revolution

The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (10-18) dropped the series opener against the York Revolution (14-12) 8-5. The Revolution took an early lead on the night, putting up a pair of runs in the first inning. Jared Mitchell started the bottom of the inning with a triple, before a single from Alexi Casilla allowed him to score. A stolen base moved Casilla up to second, with a groundout getting him up to third. That set up a sacrifice fly from Zach Wilson, putting the Revs ahead 2-0. A solo homerun from Ryan Dent added another run in the second, before the Blue Crabs began to fight back in the third. Back-to-back singles put Angelys Nina and Johnny Bladel aboard, with a wild pitch moving both into scoring position. Edwin Garcia came through with a sacrifice fly to score Nina, before another wild pitch scored Bladel to cut the deficit to one run. After a quiet fourth inning, York padded their lead with two runs in the bottom of the fifth. Mitchell started the offense again, this time with a one-out infield single. After two failed pickoff attempts at first, Casilla clubbed a two-run shot to put the Revs ahead 5-2 on the night. Southern Maryland responded immediately, plating a pair in the top of the sixth. Austin Green came up with a two-out double, scoring Devon Rodriguez and Dave Sappelt to cut the deficit to one run. They added another run in the seventh, with Bladel scoring on a Teodoro Martinez sacrifice fly. The Martinez RBI tied the game at 5-5 at the seventh-inning stretch. The game didn’t stay tied for long, as the Revolu-

tion grabbed the lead back in the bottom of the inning. Mitchell and Casilla connected for a double and a single, putting runners on the corners with nobody down. After a fielder’s choice and a stolen base from Welington Dotel, Wilson was intentionally walked to load the bases. Melky Mesa followed with a single, scoring Mitchell and Dotel to retake the lead. A second homerun from Dent added an insurance run in the eighth, giving closer Junior Rincon (S,4) a three-run lead to work with. An error put Bladel on

first to start the inning, before a flyout and a double play finished off 8-5 win for the Revolution. The win moves York to 3-0 on the season against Southern Maryland. For more information on the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, or to reserve your seat today for any of the Blue Crabs upcoming home games, please visit our website at or call us at 301-638-9788. Press Release from Southern Maryland Blue Crabs

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Friday, June 1 First Friday in Leonardtown! Participating restaurants, shops, art galleries, and various studios throughout Leonardtown 5:00 – 8:00 PM A featured event is the annual “Where’s Crabby?” scavenger hunt. Check in from 5:00 on at 2 Broke Girls Boutique, 22760 Washington St. to receive a handout and list of participating businesses. Check Facebook page (Leonardtown First Fridays) or for updates and details about the evening’s events and special offerings at the local businesses. Jake Owen and Chris Janson Calvert Marine Museum, 14200 Solomons Island Rd. S, Solomons 4:00 PM Country music star Jake Owen will perform live and is joined by Chris Janson. Gates for this new tailgate party at the PNC Waterside Pavilion open at 4:00—come early, eat, drink and kick off the summer with friends. Tickets $35—$68 at or by calling 1-800-787-9454. Info at To reach a staff member, please call 410-326-2042, ext. 16, 17 or 18. Jennifer Cooper w/ Carl Reichelt St. Mary’s County Arts Council, Leonardtown 5:30 – 6:30 PM  Local artist Jennifer Cooper will present an intriguing history and evolution of her journey as a professional vocalist. Guitarist Carl Reichelt will join Jennifer in a performance of songs spanning jazz, blues, light pop, Italian art song, opera, and more! Free. Grocery Auction 22377 Lawrence Ave, Leonardtown (Firehouse) 6:00 - 9:00 PM The Auxiliary of the Leonardtown Volunteer Firehouse will be working with Farrell’s Auction Service to hold an awesome Grocery Auction! Get frozen meats, snacks and other great grocery items at amazing prices!! Auction starts at 6:00, check in starts at 4:45. Bring your coolers and your friends. Concessions for sale by Auxiliary. Texas Hold’em Tournament VFW Post 2632, 23282 Three Notch Rd. (Rt 235) 7:00 PM No Limit Texas Holdem Tournament. $50 Buyin ($40 Prize Pool + $10 Charity). Optional $10 Add-On. Sign in from 6:20-6:45, Early Bird Bonus. Tournament starts at 7:00. Must be 18 or older to play. More info or pre-register contact Brian: Email: Cell: 240-925-4000.

Fri., Sat. & Sun, June 1, 2 & 3 Antique Farm & Craft Show Green Manor Farm, 38250 New Market Turner Rd., Fri. & Sat., 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Sun., 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Farm and craft demonstrations, antique farm

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equipment displays, small engines, saw mill, corn cob grinding and blacksmithing. Antique truck, car and tractor show. Antique tractor pull on Saturday and a garden pull on Sunday. More info contact Jeffrey Hayes at 301-861-7738. Facebook event page is

Sat. & Sun., June 2 & 3 Watermelon One-Act Festival St. Mary’s College, Montgomery Fine Arts Center, Bruce Davis Theater Saturday, 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM Sunday, 2:00 - 5:00 PM The 2018 WOAF features 16 original one-act plays. Three to five plays will be performed and adjudicated by qualified professionals during each of four performance sessions on Saturday. Top scoring plays will compete on Sunday afternoon. The winning script, director, ensemble, and performers will receive awards. More info and a complete schedule of participants!

Saturday, June 2 National Wear Orange Day Wear Orange Family Potluck & Picnic Great Mills High School 3:00 – 5:00 PM Wear your orange or teal for a community event to memorialize losses both national and local from gun violence. Vendors and activities at this fun family event. More info: Open House—Half-Day Discovery Camp Knott House, Greenwell Foundation, 24520 Rosedale Manor Lane, Hollywood 9:00 AM - Noon Half-Day Discovery Camp is new this year and is for ages 4-6 years old. They will explore, discover and connect with nature! Learn more about this great camp and meet our lead instructor! Check us out on Facebook to win a FREE week of this great new camp! Phone: 301-373-9775. Info: half-day-discovery-camp-open-house/ St. Clement’s Island Heritage Day St. Clement’s Island Museum, 38370 Point Breeze Rd., Colton’s Point 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM Free boat rides to St. Clement’s Island. Heritage games and crafts. Blackistone Lighthouse tours. Much more. Info: SMCMuseums Calvert Green Expo & Craft Fair Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Dowell Rd., Solomons 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Free event presented by the Calvert County Citizen’s Green Team: Green businesses & services — arts & crafts — workshops —kids activities —food & drink —and more! Southern Maryland’s leading

sustainability event, where you can learn how to make your life, and our community, healthier—environmentally! June Maker’s Market Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts, Dowell Rd., Solomons 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Held in conjunction with the Calvert Green Expo, join us for a special extended market featuring all things handmade, homemade, and homegrown! From jewelry to jam, shop local! Admission is free. makers-market Drayden African American Schoolhouse Open 18287 Cherryfield Rd., Drayden 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM A docent will be on site to answer questions. Please come and visit! Bar Bingo St. Mary’s County Elks Lodge #2092, 45779 Fire Department Lane, Lexington Park 4:00 - 6:00 PM No text provided Sunset Supper Cruise Calvert Marine Museum, 14200 Solomons Island Rd S, Solomons 5:00 - 7:30 PM Climb aboard the historic Wm. B. Tennison for a 90-minute cruise through history. Return to the museum for a short presentation and a light supper. Bring your own libations. $50 per person. Reservations required. Bingo Every Saturday Mother Catherine Academy, 38833 Chaptico Rd., Mechanicsville 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. Call 301-884-3165 for more info. Visit for Jackpot and Moneyball update.

Sunday, June 3 Environmental Stewardship Event St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds, Leonardtown 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Participants have the opportunity to purchase compost bins and/or rain barrels and receive information/ demonstrations on both topics and oysters. Workshops: 10:00, Composting. 11:00, Rain Barrel. 12:00, Oyster. Attendance is free. Space is limited. Pre-registration required. st-marys-county-environmental-stewardship-eventtickets-45449352236. More info, please contact Nicole Basenback, Watershed Restoration Program Assistant, at 301-475-4484 or Jackie Takacs, Watershed Restoration Specialist 240-393-6508. Community Fest 2018 Encounter Christian Center, 30080 Henry Lane,

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Charlotte Hall (behind Burger King) 12:00 – 2:00 PM Participate in festivities to benefit the Homeless in Southern Maryland. ECC is collecting Towel and Toiletries (T&T) items. Mechanicsville Fire Department has fire prevention goodies for the kids. Demonstrations, bake sale, hot dogs, popcorn, snow cones and water. And much more!  More info contact Kristina Hun at 240-216-7421.  Cancer Survivors Day Picnic MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital, 25500 Point Lookout Rd, Leonardtown 1:00 – 3:30 PM Free and open to all cancer survivors and their families. The picnic will be filled with joy, camaraderie, hope, and love as we honor cancer survivors, their family and friends. Delicious down home Southern Maryland cooking will be available. Info 301-475-6070. Southern Maryland Youth Orchestra Choir Leonardtown Wharf 5:00 PM Free concert and bake sale. A family friendly event. Bring a blanket and picnic basket and enjoy a free concert!! More info:

Monday, June 4 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 recovery


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support group based in healing through the use of Buddhist philosophy. Meetings feature meditation, readings, information and discussion. More info call 240-298-0212 or 301-997-1300 x 804 or email School Health Council Board of Education Meeting Rm., 23160 Moakley St., Leonardtown 5:00 - 6:30 PM St. Mary’s County School Health Council meeting. More info contact Dr. Andrew C. Roper, Supervisor of Physical Education/Health/Athletics: 301-475-5511, ext. 32104

Tuesday, June 5 Positively Focused” Wellness & Recovery Group Beacon of Hope Center, 21770 FDR Blvd., Millison Plaza, Lexington Park 12:00 – 1:00 PM Prompts provided by recovery support team facilitators give participants the chance to consider wellness and recovery tools for thinking positively and with healthy intention. Group members also share ideas and tools with one another. The meeting is free and open to the public. More info call 240298-0212 or 301-997-1300 x 804 or email beacon@ Friends & Family Addiction Recovery Support Group Beacon of Hope Center, 21770 FDR Blvd., Millison Plaza, Lexington Park  


5:30 – 7:00 PM For those who have a loved one who is struggling with addictive behavior, in treatment, or is in early recovery. Free and open to the public. More info call 240-298-0212 or 301-997-1300 x 804 or email

Wednesday, June 6 Little Explorers: Summer Time Historic St. Mary’s City, The Shop at Farthing’s Ordinary, 47414 Old State House Rd. 10:00 - 11:00 AM Designed for pre-school age children 3-5 years old and an accompanying adult.  $4 per child ($3 Friends members); one accompanying adult free.  Full-day admission included.  Meet at The Shop at Farthing’s Ordinary.  240-895-4990 or

Thursday, June 7 American Legion Post 221 Meeting 21690 Colton Point Rd., Avenue 8:00 - 9:00 PM American Legion Post 221 invites all active duty personnel and veterans to join us for our monthly meeting. Visit or e-mail Call 301-884-4071 for more info. 

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Thursday, May 31, 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

Learn More About the Department of Aging & Human Services

How much do you know about the Department of Aging & Human Services? With seven divisions, three Senior Activity Centers, and a bevy of programs such as Senior Rides, Home-Delivered Meals, Christmas Caring, and WARM, we support the community from birth through retirement. Join us at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 21, in the Chesapeake Building to learn more about how we can serve you! We encourage everyone to attend this community presentation, hosted by the Commission on Aging. Registration encouraged. Please contact Sarah Miller at 301-475-4200, ext. *1073, or email to register.

Bike and Tote Basket

Cycling and basket enthusiasts, listen up! Learn to make a stylish basket perfect for your next cycling trip. Once you park, this basket goes from bike storage to snazzy tote in a matter of moments using its classic black strap. This basket is about 12” long x 8” wide x 8” high and is made from a rectangular base weaving up to an oval rim leaving holes for short straps with slip buckles. A choice of colored weavers will be available for embellishment. Class will be at the Northern Senior Activity Center on Monday, June 4, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The cost is $35 and includes all materials and instruction for this class. Participants are advised to bring a bagged lunch. Space is limited and payment is due at sign up. To sign up and pay for this class in advance, please visit the front desk. For availability, call 301475-4200, ext. *3101.

The Longest Table

Join the St. Mary’s County Library on Thursday, June 21 at 6 p.m. for a community conversation over a family-style meal of Mission BBQ. The Longest Table will be held at the St. Mary’s County Government Center, on the front lawn near Miedzinski Park (23145 Leonard Hall Dr,

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 four weeks beginning June 4. In this class you will learn to do some 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 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 301-475-4200, ext. *1658, or stop by the reception desk by June 1 to sign up.

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. Seating is limited, reserve yours by calling 301-475-4200, ext. *1658 or stop by the reception desk.

YES Cycling Ride

The Northern Senior Activity Center will have a YES Cycling ride on Wednesday, June 6, at 9 a.m. Bring your own bike or trike and helmet for a causal, relaxed-pace ride stopping along the way to read the trail interpretive signs, observe wildlife, and admire scenery. Participants will also learn about trail rules and basic group riding tips. The rides are led by Dan and Diana Donahue, experienced cyclists and volunteer bicycle trip leaders. Ride lengths adjust to meet the needs of the group. The Northern Senior Activity Center has

Leonardtown, MD 20650). Tickets are $10, to cover expenses. Purchase your ticket on, or visit any library branch. During the meal, participants will discuss how to Choose Civility in their everyday interactions. Share a meal and conversation with someone you don’t know, exchange stories about life in St. Mary’s County, and discover both common ground and new ideas. The conversation starts when you come to the table! To enhance the experience of getting to know different people, guests will not be seated with their companions.

three bicycles and one trike available to borrow for trips. Helmets and cell phones are required to participate and are not provided by the center. To sign up for the trip or to reserve one of the cycles in advance, please visit the signup table or call 301-475-4200, ext. *3103.

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 is limited to 40 so make your reservations by close of business Friday, June 1, by calling 301-475-4200, ext. *1658.

AARP Safe Driving Course

The class is offered at the Garvey Senior Activity Center on Tuesday, June 12, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The course focuses on areas where older drivers can benefit from additional training, such as roundabouts and safety issues. The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers. Advance registration is required. Lunch is available at the Center; lunch cost is $6 for those under the age of 60 and a donation for those ages 60 and above. Call 301-475-4200, ext. *1050, to register for the course and make your lunch reservations.

History of the United States Flag

Mike Barbour with the Southern Maryland American Legion Post 221 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. The presentation will include

Common Thread

Common Thread is now at both Lexington Park Library and Charlotte Hall Library! Lexington Park Library will hold Common Thread on Tuesday, June 12 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Charlotte Hall Library will hold Common Thread on Wednesday, June 13 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, cross-stitchers, and any other kind of needleworkers. Bring your current project, mingle with like-minded makers, and swap pat-

an explanation of the evolution of the flag from its inception during the early years of the 13 colonies to the present day 50 United States version. This presentation is the first in a series of Americanism presentations to be held at the Garvey Senior Activity Center. Lunch will be served prior to the presentation. Call 301-475-4200, ext. *1050, to learn more and to make lunch reservations.

Lyme Disease Discussion and Support Group

May was Lyme Disease Awareness month but it’s wise to stay diligent and informed all year, especially this summer during outdoor events and activities. Don’t miss the resources provided by the Lyme Disease Discussion and Support Group at the Northern Senior Activity Center. For those who haven’t already picked up a Lyme Action Tool Kit, they are still available while supplies last. The kit provides easy stepby-step suggestions on what you should know and what you can do, right now! Anyone may pick up at tool kit in person. At that time, we will ask for an email address to stay connected on Lyme Disease developments and related services and resources the Department of Aging & Human Services provides. In addition, mark your calendars for Thursday, June 14 at 1-3 p.m. for a special meeting. There will be a report back from the Integrative Medicine for the Treatment of Tick-borne Diseases Conference and the many “pearls of wisdom” shared from the experienced and renowned doctors and practitioners. Please contact the Northern Senior Activity Center at 301475-4200, ext. * 3101 to save your spot for the meeting. It is an intergenerational program and open to adults of all ages.

terns, ideas, and tips. Basic supplies available, if needed. All skill levels welcome. No registration required.

Chillax at the Lex

Lexington Park Library will hold ‘Chillax at the Lex’ on Thursday, June 14 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Chillax at the Lex will be held on Thursdays through August (except 3rd Thursdays). Open for kids ages 8 to 13. Activities vary including special events, PC games, board games, Wii, and craft projects. Hang out, bring your friends! Walk ins Welcome.

Letters to Editor

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Is It Too Late? To the Editor: With regards to the Hollywood Rt 235 & Rt 245 commercial development still in the approval process, I offer this. The citizens came out to the many meetings, even taking the Appeals Board ruling to court in an effort to primarily change the traffic and road design to improve safety and reduce congestion. In the latest Planning Commission meeting approving the final portion as an auto dealership, several of us who testified continued to challenge the congested and even unsafe traffic conditions that will predictably result. That approval is now being challenged at the Appeals Board for similar reasons. The main public objections are the congestion that will likely be created in a five lane 600-foot section of Rt 245/Sotterley Rd (plus the existing parking shoulder) to be used as the main access and the Rt 235N traffic crossing pattern that will be established.  Almost to a person and from the beginning, those reviewing asked why not use the existing firehouse intersection as the obvious main entrance, safest and simplest traffic solution.  At the recent Planning Commission meeting approving the auto dealership portion of the development, more than one member of the commission commented on the unnecessary congestion and the likely unsafe traffic pattern.  Their comments were that the County staff and the State Highway Administration had approved the traffic patterns and that the Planning Commission’s disapproval would likely be overruled by the Appeals Board anyway, thus saying their authority was less than whole. That is exactly what happened previously when the Planning Commission disapproved the original proposal stating public traffic safety concerns after the County lawyer said it was within their purview to consider public safety. The Appeals Board approach is much more legalistic.  So, the developers have insisted on their proposed traffic pattern as best for their concerns.  The auto dealership representatives said they leave traffic safety to the engineers.  The developer’s engineer said the County staff approved the pattern as sufficient, so it was not their engineer’s fault the County approved.  The county staff said it was sufficient, even if not the best for the public.  The two employees associated with writing the County approval letter are now retired.  Since SHA offered no public objections to the County, it was not the County’s fault.  The SHA offered no public comment on the original proposal, many times deferring to the county, so it was not their fault even though both 235 & 245 were state roads.  With some digging we found out, as this progressed to the Appeals Board, that the SHA engineers initially said the proposed pattern was unsafe but apparently were later persuaded to change their minds. Also, the Director of Land Use and Development publically stated the solution was not sufficient and would demand a better plan but backed off for some reason.  According to a May 10 th letter to me from Pete Rahn, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation, there is still no final SHA approval. All this is not exactly Profiles in Courage material for a famous book I read in high school authored by President Kennedy.  Several of us concluded that the system did not treat the public sufficiently and fairly.  The system failed to provide for orderly development; it failed to place public safety as a primary concern.  We should not be dissuaded from


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requiring better engineering in spite of the financial, legal and time resources spent. The owner/developer had the choice of going with the better plan from the beginning.  I have heard it said many times that the primary permission for bad decisions and resulting bad outcomes is to have someone else to blame. Plenty of that going on here and the residents of Hollywood will have to live with the results. Is it too late to reconsider?   Mike Thompson Hollywood, MD 20636

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Chaptico is Invaded

Lafayette C, Baker, an investigator and spy for the Union Army during the Civil War, paid a visit to St. Mary’s County during the fall of 1861. According to Baker: “It was a surprising fact during the first six or eight months after the war began, that the result of every Cabinet meeting at Washington was reported in Richmond within twenty-four hours after it was held. The secret was that every postmaster in Lower Maryland, comprising the counties of St. Charles, St. George, and St. Mary s, with three exceptions, was disloyal. It had been taken for granted that the State was true to the Government, while rebel emissaries were constantly conveying information from Washington to the post-offices along the Potomac, from which it was transmitted to Fredericksburg by blockade- runners and spies, and thence telegraphed to Richmond. By this arrangement, uninterrupted and unrestrained communication was kept open between the rebels North and South until November 20. 1861, when I decided, if possible, to break up the treasonable correspondence. Accordingly, the Secretary of War directed that three companies, of one hundred men each, from the Third Indiana Cavalry, then in General Hooker s division at Budd s Ferry, be detached, and report to me for the purpose of visiting and, if necessary, permanently occupying Lower Maryland. .. The first military seen in Chaptico was my advent with 300 of Uncle Sam’s boys, which naturally created intense excitement among this rural people… In the evening, to my surprise, when passing one of the I proceeded to the post-office, and found the postmaster sick and all the family in about the same plight, excepting a bright little girl, twelve years of age. I rapped at the door, when she raised the window and said: ‘Father told me I must not let any of the Yankee soldiers in .’ I replied : ‘I am not a Yankee soldier, but an agent of the Post-office Department.’ I was then admitted ; and asked where the office was kept. She pointed to a box of pigeon holes. While examining it, I accidentally observed a rough pine box with iron hasp and hinges and a United States mail lock. It was partitioned through the center, with a hole for letters in each division. Over one part was ‘ Southern Letters ;’ over the other, ‘ Northern Letters. ‘ I said : ‘What is this box for ?’ She innocently answered, pointing to the inscriptions : ‘Why, the letters put in that hole (the Southern) go to Richmond ; and those in the other go to Washington.’ The postmaster, who was in bed, overhearing her, spoke somewhat excitedly : No, that ain’ t so ; why do you tell the gentleman such a story?’ I answered : ‘I guess the girl tells the truth.’ Taking the box, which, upon examination, was found to contain letters from rebels on the way to the Confederacy, and those whose hearts, if not their faces, were toward rebeldom, I placed it in the Post-office Department at Washington as a curiosity, where it still remains.”

Thursday, May 31, 2018

“Where is the ice cream?!!”

I cannot believe that our crazy, stubborn hound dog, Mindy has been with us two years as of the 29th. Mindy has calmed down somewhat. We spent over $200 on obedience training not long after we got her, but that was a waste of time, because all Mindy wanted to do was play with all the other pups…constantly. My husband is convinced that her unending desire to play fetch with balls, bones, or sticks is from our first meeting with our (then) scrawny little pup. My husband kept throwing the ball in the rubber floored meeting room at Petco, and Mindy happily obliged. He thinks that she continually brings us, or anyone in our house, the ball because she thinks she is making us happy and in turn will keep her. She thinks she is doing us a favor we believe. Tuesday my husband called me while I was working at Keepin’ It Local to remind me that it was going to be a Frosty Paws night for all of us because of Mindy’s adoption anniversary date. But I knew by the way he said Frosty Paws that it really meant it was an excuse for ice cream for us too. I am already thinking I will have to wear a muzzle when I go to work because I am so addicted to that Cappuccino Crunch I told you all about. I need hazard pay for going into an addictive ice cream environment. I didn’t even know I liked ice cream that much until I tried the shop’s ice cream. And he wants me to bring some home too! Well…of course I did – can’t let Mindy celebrate alone. Every Tuesday when I get home from work, my husband asks where is the ice cream. Now you know that if I bring it home, he says, “Why did you bring ice cream home?” If I don’t bring it home, then he says, “Why didn’t you bring ice cream home?!” I can’t win. It’s like this morning when I was trying to tell him something that I thought was important. He is trying to get out the door and work on pools, and I just remembered something I have to tell him. After I hear the

impatient sigh, I yell at him, “It’s your fault!” “What’s my fault?” “ When we were first together and I kept all my thoughts and opinions in my head, you would say, ‘Why don’t you talk, what are you thinking about?’” “Well, now I talk and let you know EVERYTHING I am thinking and you don’t want to hear it, you can’t have it both ways!” “Well I thought that you working one or two days a week would cure that.” “No, it makes it worse, cause I have to tell you everything I’ve been told or heard.” The sound of a groan is the response I hear. Well, I could talk to my neighbor more. We are the two crazy women in pajamas that you hear yelling our chatty conversation across the street at each other in the mornings. We have had a few days of a sick, lethargic raccoon wandering between a few houses here, so we may have been even crazier than normal. Problem has been solved – thanks Animal Control. Or I could start calling all my other friends more - though I really am not much of a telephone person. Or I could just keep singing and talking to Mindy and get even bigger sighs and crazier looks from my husband. Maybe I do need one more day a week at work so I can be around people. I do love retail. I am thinking every other Friday would be good that way I can claim my cup of Cappuccino Crunch as a treat after I give myself the bimonthly Humira injection. I’ll just take the injector pen to work, but don’t be surprised if you hear “Oh sweet mystery of life at last I found thee” used in Young Frankenstein sung loudly while that needle is in my thigh for 10 seconds. And you may even hear it sung again, this time quietly, after the first spoonful of ice cream heaven. To each new day’s adventure, Shelby Please send your comments or ideas to: shelbys.wanderings@ or find me on facebook.

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CLUES DOWN 1. About Andes 2. ESPN hostess 3. Cerumen 4. Perceived 5. A right related to property 6. Blessed with 7. Mendelevium 8. Of I 9. Viscous liquid 10. Suffix 13. Bromine 14. Beverage 15. Level in an organization 20. Star Trek character Laren 21. Bad grades 22. Mars crater 23. Small amount 27. Froth on fermenting liquor 29. Bachelor of Divinity

30. Follows sigma 31. Human foot 32. Commercial 33. Company that rings receipts 34. Experiencing a sudden sense of danger 35. Taxable 36. Alternative credit investment firm 37. Ho-__ 38. Gold 40. Will not (obsolete) 41. Supposes without proof 42. Rapper __ Hammer 44. Split lentils 45. Carried out systematically 46. Condition 47. Without restraint 48. Produces reproductive cells 50. One of Washington state’s Tri-Cities 51. Spielberg film 52. Elliptic function 54. Pearl Jam song “Hail __” 55. People in a film 57. Lethal dose 61. Root beer maker 62. Tellurium


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CLUES ACROSS 1. In bed 5. Composition headings 11. Close by 12. Cannot be removed 16. Take upon oneself 17. -__, denotes past 18. Denotes ancient Greek dialect 19. “American History X” actor 24. Millihenry 25. Town in Sonora, Mexico 26. Netherlands river 27. Insect associated with honey 28. Adjacent 29. Change shape 30. Pattern in Indian music 31. Genus of finches 33. Australian clover fern 34. Caused to curve 38. Ability to make good decisions 39. King of Thebes 40. Belgian city 43. Basic unit 44. Phonograph recording 45. Flew off! 49. Moved quickly 50. Chums 51. Stick fast to 53. Megabyte

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