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Calvert’s ‘Gone Country’ Alan Jackson Coming to St. Leonard PAGE 14
With Cash and Clout, Hoyer is Tough to Beat Story Page 4
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Calvert Budget Cut: No Furloughs, New Taxes Story Page 6
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Your Paper... Your Thoughts Do You Plan on Getting the Swine Flu Vaccine? “I’m not really concerned because I think there’s always different stains of the flu virus that come through, and whether or not I get a shot – I may or may not. I’ve certainly received flu shots in the past,” said Rebecca Swoboda, of Falls Church, Va., who was in Solomons Island last weekend visiting historical sites. “I don’t worry about it quite so much.”
Terry Jeffas, who is in from Burkittsville visiting family, is not really concerned. “I’m just hoping all the old people that come visit me don’t have something. And, no I will not be getting the shot, I don’t get the regular shot.” “I am concerned about the pandemic, and once the vaccine is proven safe I will absolutely get it,” said Beverly Jeffas, a Leonardtown resident who was visiting Southern Calvert County. Jeffas said she would wait a little after the vaccine is released to see if any problems develop. “I got antibacterial stuff in my hand bag,” said Terry Breland, left, adding she is not overly concered about swine flu, and had no plans to vaccinate. “I’m not really concerned about it. I don’t necessarily plan on getting the vaccine unless I find myself in a circumstance where I’ll perhaps be traveling a lot,” said Heather Flynn, of Washington, D.C., who was visiting Solomons Island with her friend Breland, also from the District.
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Living county music legend Alan Jackson is coming to the Bayside Pavilion at St. Leonard Volunteer Fire Department on Sept. 20. Photo by Dwight McCann / Chumash Casino Resort
Never Forget - One of the area’s only public 9/11 memorials will feature 2,977 American flags planted in the ground for each of the 2,977 people killed during the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. SEE PAGE 4
Mating Deer Are On the Move The season is approaching where feisty bucks are chasing does into roadways and the danger of deer-vehicle crashes increases. SEE PAGE 5
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Dr. Kent Mountford is one of the featured speakers at Calvert Marine Museum’s September lecture series. He will be discussing the perils of 17th century exploration of the New World. SEE PAGE 9
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Does the idea of completing the Great Commission by establishing churches worldwide, and doing missions work such as communications, medical work, translation, and aid for relief and development - interests you? Are you interested in building a new community of faith in Lusby which is committed to living this call?
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If so come on September 26, at 6:00PM to the Theatre Conference Room at the Holiday Inn Solomons, 155 Holiday Drive, Solomons, Maryland, to find out more about the world wide ministry of The Christian and Missionary Alliance. What started as a five-member team in Congo, has now expanded to missionaries in over 58 nations, and churches in 81 countries. Find out more about The Alliance in Lusby by going to www.cmamad.org/Lusby
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Hoyer, the 14-term Democratic incumbent from Southern Maryland, raised $668,462 during the second quarter of 2009, bringing his total for the year to just over $1.26 million, according to documents filed with the Federal Election Commission. To campaign finance experts, it’s not overkill. It’s
par for the course. “Despite the fact that they (incumbents) seem incredibly secure to us, they generally do not feel that way,” said John Samples, director of the Center for Representative Government at the Cato Institute, a public policy think tank. Even with no serious challenger in sight, incumbents tend to “run scared” in order to ensure against any threats that may emerge. “Our plan is to not allow money to be the deciding factor,” said Holly Robichaud, spokeswoman for Charles Lollar, a Charles County Republican who is running against Hoyer. She said of Hoyer, “you could pretty much say he’s got a for-sale sign on his forehead.” Collins Bailey, a Republican who ran against Hoyer in 2008 and plans to run in 2010, said that the money isn’t as important as the message. Bailey won almost 25 percent of the vote last year, despite raising only $26,870 to Hoyer’s $3.6 million. To the contrary, Bailey sees Hoyer’s long history as a well-funded, perennial politician as a disadvantage for the incumbent because he senses a possible voter backlash against Washington in 2010. Bailey said he thinks his limited-government message will resonate with disaffected voters. “The American people are smart . . . they get it,” said Bailey. “It’s the elected officials who have been there for years that don’t get it.” Despite Bailey’s optimism, others believe that Hoyer is firmly entrenched in the 5th District for reasons beyond mere fundraising ability. “Hoyer has a solid Democratic district and is very popular with his constituents,” said Thomas Mann, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, another think tank. “The money he raises is not his most valuable asset in winning re-election.” -BY GRAHAM MOOMAW (CAPITAL NEWS SERVICE)
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Photo by Sean Rice 2,977 American flags are planted on the grounds of the Charlotte Hall Veterans’ Home in honor of the number of Americans who lost their lives on Sep. 11, 2001. A memorial service will be held there at 6 p.m. Sept. 11 - one of the only public memorial events planned in Southern Maryland for that date.
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eer smell love in the autumn air, and that spells danger for local drivers. Mating season for the state’s 200,000-plus deer begins in the fall and peaks in November, according to state wildlife officials. During that time, lusty bucks are willing to jump across roadways with reckless abandon as they travel on average four or five miles hunting for eligible does. “Bucks are chasing the does, so they’re a lot more aggressive, which means more movement on their part and more opportunities to come into contact with vehicles, unfortunately,” said Bob Beyer, associate director of the Heritage and Wildlife Service in the state Department of Natural Resources. The risk of car-on-deer collisions is highest in suburban and urban areas because deer are forced to live in close proximity to humans and their automobiles, Beyer said. “If you see one, expect more, especially during the
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By Gerald “Jerry” Clark, County Commissioner, District 1
id you know that 40 to 80 percent of all new jobs are created by existing business? The United States had six million small businesses in 2006, representing 99.7 percent of the nation’s employers and 50.2 percent of its private sector employment*. Maryland had 112,547 small businesses in 2006, representing 97.7 percent of the state’s employers and 53.4 percent of its private-sector employment. Small businesses created all of the state’s net new jobs from 2004 to 2005 and Maryland’s real gross state product increased by two percent in 2007. By comparison, growth in the mid-Atlantic region was 2.8 percent above the national U.S. average of two percent. ** Small business is the backbone of the nation’s economy and that’s why retaining and growing the existing business community is extremely important. Healthy local economies depend on the well-being of their existing business community. Calvert County places a strong emphasis on business retention and expansion efforts (BRE) as an integral part of the economic development program – the heart of any successful economic development program. The county’s business retention program has several major objectives including issue identification, resolution, and trends – all to identify impediments facing the business community. The county offers a number of resources to support the growth and development of county businesses through the Department of Economic Development. Free services include online commercial listings, an annual job fair, confidential in-house counseling, online employment classifieds, marketing assistance, an ombudsman program and training and educational seminars. The county also offers an Incentive Loan Fund and Economic Development Loan Fund for well-qualified businesses, pro-
duces a number of publications annually and the business retention program serves as an intermediary to local business owners in helping them to grow and succeed. As many of you know, we also dedicate a full week each May to honor and thank our local business community through Business Appreciation Week. During this week, the Board of County Commissioners, along with the Department of Economic Development and other small business resource partners, hosts a variety of events and activities specifically geared toward hearing first-hand about the issues our existing business community may be facing. We use this opportunity to seek innovative ways to meet those challenges to help our business community thrive. Lastly, the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is provided to the business community and is staffed on site at the Department of Economic Development offices two days per week. Certified, professional business counselors collaborate closely with local business leaders in Southern Maryland and at the Calvert County Department of Economic Development to provide assistance to small business owners. In the long-term, continued improvement of the local business program builds capacity to sustain business growth, increases competitiveness and identifies resources that can further assist the health and vitality of our local business community. We treasure our local small businesses and work continuously to develop resources for their success. For additional information about the county’s economic development efforts, please visit www.ecalvert.com or call 410.535.4583. * Source: U.S. Small Business Administration ** Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis
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mating season,” Beyer said. “A buck will be chasing a doe and the doe will be frantic, because maybe it’s not ready to mate, and it runs across the road, and the buck is running right behind it.” While deer are normally most active at sunrise and sunset, Beyer said their mid-day activity picks up during mating season, so drivers should remain vigilant at all hours. Officials advise drivers not to swerve if crashing into a deer becomes unavoidable. Swerving can cause drivers to lose control of their vehicle and hit other cars, or slam into a tree or telephone pole. DNR also offers the following tips to improve your odds of avoiding a deer collision: • A deer standing near the road may suddenly leap onto the road. Slow down and sound your horn to scare the deer away from the road. •If you see a deer crossing the road ahead, slow down and scan for more deer. Deer travel in groups; others may be nearby, but out of view. BY SEAN RICE (SCG) AND CAPITAL NEWS SERVICE
Detectives Seek ID of Pregnant Suspect
he Calvert Investigative Team is seeking information in reference to recent credit card thefts conducted in the Prince Frederick area. The stolen cards were used in the Bowie and Prince Frederick areas to make large purchases in the amount of $10,000, at various retail clothing stores between Aug. 1-10. At the time of the incidents, the suspect, an African American female with a light complexion, was described by store personnel as being “very pregnant.”
The suspect is between 5 feet 4 inches tall and 5 feet 7 inches tall with an extremely thin build. She has a large scar on the center of her chest and is known to frequent the Prince Frederick, North Beach and Chesapeake Beach areas Police say this individual may or may not have delivered her baby at the time of this release. If you have any information or can identify the suspect, contact Det. N. DeFelice at (410) 610-8275.
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he state budget cuts that rocked counties recently means that Calvert County officials will have to prioritize nearly every facet of their local budget, said the vice-president of the Board of County Commissioners, but they won’t attempt to offset the $3.4 million loss with tax increases, layoffs or furloughs. “Our goal is not to have any furloughs or layoffs,” said Commissioner Gerald W. Clark (R-Lusby) “We’re not going to raise any taxes. We’re going to make government work with the money we have.” Right now the commissioners are focusing on how best to deal with the cuts to agencies like the health department, state police and the loss of highway user fees. Those user fees were cut by about $3.4 million, according to state budget figures, dropping the amount of state money used to pave, maintain and repair roads by 90 percent. Virtually every county in the state saw the same reduction in the percentage of those user fees, budget numbers show. Clark said county government would not abandon road maintenance but would
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he following real estate transactions for home sales were recorded in the last two weeks and are on file at the Calvert County Circuit Court: • Stacey L. and Brian A. Reed purchased 5404 Bay View Avenue, St. Leonard, for $240,000 from Janeen R. Slavik. A first-time buyer affidavit was filed. A mortgage was secured from Academy Mortgage Corp. in the amount of $244,897. • Timothy A. and Mindy S. Deale purchased 2027 Dasher Lane, Lusby, for $300,000 from William M. and Janet Spruce. A mortgage was secured from Washington Savings Bank in the amount of $294,566. • Larry B. Fleming purchased 1320 Griffis Court, St. Leonard, for $650,000 from Wayne K. and Cynthia E. Zurowski. A mortgage was secured from First Home Mortgage Corp. in the amount of $520,000. • John Kendrick purchased 301 Cayuse Circle, Lusby, in the Chesapeake Ranch Estates, for $167,000 from Robert A. Ament Jr. A first-time buyer affidavit was filed. A mortgage was secured from 1st County Mortgage, LLC in the amount of $170,340. • Patrice D. Rushing purchased 508 Maple Way, Lusby, from tiger Run II, LLC for $220,000. A first-time buyer affidavit was filed. A mortgage was secured from 1st
Mariner Bank in the amount of $224,488. • Lee W. Cooper and Jacqueline M Grebmeier purchased 11125 Hatteras Court, Lusby, for $340,000 from the estate of Helga P. Hessler. A mortgage was secured from USAA Federal Savings Bank in the amount of $125,000. • Tyler J. Cunningham purchased 1108 Aztec Trail, Lusby, in the Chesapeake Ranch Estates, for $150,000 from the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. A first-time buyer affidavit was filed. A mortgage was secured from Union Mortgage Group in the amount of $153,061. • Christopher M. and Julie A. Sacco purchased 1950 Richard Lane, Lusby, for $395,000 from U.S. Bank National Association. It was listed as a previous foreclosure. A mortgage was secured from 1st Mariner Bank in the amount of $395,000. • Joshua and Christine Welch purchased 334 Longhorn Circle, Lusby, in the Chesapeake Ranch Estates, for $245,000 from D&D Homes Inc. A mortgage was secured from Suntrust Mortgage Inc. in the amount of $250,267. • Steven E. Carle Jr. purchased 525 Shortbow Trail, Lusby, in the Chesapeake Ranch Estates, for $75,000 from U.S. Bank National Association. A first-time buyer affidavit was filed. A mortgage was secured from JP Morgan Chase Bank, NA, in the amount of $84,150.
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The Health Care Reform Debate I share Senator Dodd’s sentiment that the sizzling days of August must give way to the cooler days of September. The health care reform debate is at a critical point and I am hopeful that all this passion does not go to waste. I think most of us can agree that there is a huge need for health care reform. Those of us who have health insurance are paying significantly more each year. Most businesses can no longer afford to pay for coverage for their employees. Over 769,000 Marylanders don’t have health insurance. Nationally, some 46 million people lack insurance and about 15% of those are children. A recent study found that 62% of American bankruptcies are linked to medical bills and 78% of these people actually had health insurance. Since health care represents about 20% of our economy it is critical for our country’s long term stability to begin to solve the problems. There is a lot at stake in health care reform and a lot of legitimate points to debate. Currently in Congress there are many proposals. For a side-by-side comparison of proposals see http://www.kff. org/healthreform/sidebyside.cfm
What Should We Do? I believe that government has a role to play in better regulating private health insurers. Exclusions for pre-existing conditions should be a thing of the past and your health care should be able to be portable so if you lose your job you and your family will still be able to be affordably covered. We should reward doctors for high outcomes and lower costs and allow doctors to concentrate on providing good care instead of worrying about paying the receptionist’s salary or skyrocketing malpractice insurance. Private health insurers are focused on profit and not necessarily on good health outcomes and fairness. I have spoken to many doctors who are tired of the fights with health insurance companies. Doctors want what is best for their patients and health insurance companies worry about the bottom line.
Offering an American plan will offer more choices. For folks who like their insurance, they can keep it. It will provide an affordable option for self-employed people and small business owners. It will offer much-needed competition to those insurance companies that hold monopolies in many areas of the country. It is simply allowing people under 65 to buy into a Medicare-like program. The government currently covers older more frequent users of health care and it is not sustainable over time as the baby boomers are living longer lives. It becomes more solvent when younger healthier people pay into it: a win-win situation.
Can We Afford To Do This? There is a moral answer to this question and an economic one. Both answers are simple: We can’t afford not to. Morally, it is unacceptable to allow people to die because they cannot afford health insurance. Economically, the costs of private health insurance premiums are strangling our businesses who want to do the right thing for their employees. I will be honest: it makes me nervous to see how far in debt our country is. But I feel strongly that this investment now in our nation’s collective health will ultimately result in a stronger work force, more competitive companies and a healthier overall economy. We cannot wait.
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Not A Silver Bullet But Silver Buckshot We still have many other issues to solve. We need to insure that doctors are reimbursed fairly especially general practitioners and other professionals who can spend more time educating patients on better health and prevention. We also have to make sure that we have enough people pursuing the field of health care delivery because if we are successful in insuring 46 million new people we need to make sure that there are health care professionals to treat them. The Government needs to lead the way in incentives and provide clear direction. As is, the current profitdriven insurance market will not address our health care needs for the future. As always, a mix of public and private partnership ensures we address all needs fairly. I want to thank Delegate Tony O’Donnell for giving up his column space to allow me to share my opinions about the health care debate. I am proud to represent northern Calvert County in the State House
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he 2009 average composite SAT score of 1531 for Calvert County Public Schools’ test takers represents a five point increase from last year according to results released by the College Board. The 2009 composite SAT score for Maryland is 1497 and the total score (for all SAT test takers) is 1509. The total score possible is 2400. The composite score is the sum of the scores from the critical reading, mathematics and writing sections of the SAT. Calvert County tested 1% more graduating seniors in 2009 than were tested in 2008 while there was a 32% increase in the participation rate for African American students. But while the SAT scores increased slightly from last year, school officials are aware that over the last five years county, state, and national scores have decreased.
This declining score trend in Calvert County is occurring at the same time participation in AP courses and AP test taking is on the rise. The AP program in all four Calvert public high schools gives students the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school. Calvert’s school officials are also concerned that while tests such as the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) and the High School Assessment (HSA) show that Calvert County is making good progress on closing the achievement gap for African American students, the gap is not closing for their SAT scores. “We are pleased that more of our students are taking the SAT because we know that this is the first step to higher education,” said Jack Smith, Superintendent. “We are committed to increasing the achievement of all students so they have a variety of options once they graduate from high school.”
he Community Traffic Safety Program Coordinators in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties in Southern Maryland have joined together to protect area teen drivers with a pilot traffic safety program called DriveCam, which is entering its second year. The program, funded by a multi-year grant from the Maryland Highway Safety Office, is providing hundreds of teenage drivers and their parents the opportunity to use a $900 device that monitors teens as they are driving in the event of an incident behind the wheel. “We piloted the program for the state to see whether or not we can change the way teens drive using a tool for parents to see if
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ticipants are issued an account online were videos would be posted after an incident behind the wheel. “What we have, and we know, is an issue with teen drivers in Southern Maryland and their safety,” Jennings said. “Typically, teen crashes occur because of a moment or two of inattention, inexperience in handling a specific situation, or perhaps a poor decision.” The first group of students who participated is finishing in next few weeks and study results should be out in next few months, Jennings said. Research is being complied by the National Study Center for Trauma A teen driver is shown in this DriveCam Inc. courtesy photo talking on and Emergency Medical the phone just prior to getting into a crash in a parking lot. Systems out of the University of Maryland. “Most of them are their teen is having problems,” Debbie Jen- very pleased,” Jennings said of parents who nings, Calvert County Community Traffic used the program last year. “Most of them Safety Program Coordinator told the South- have used the program as a way to reward ern Calvert Gazette. their teens because they are not having The DriveCam equipment mounts on events, and they can feel comfortable with the windshield behind the rear-view mir- them driving and they’re giving them more ror and cameras watch the roadway and the freedom. Then of course there are some driver. teens that need a little more hands on time Jennings said the camera does not save with their parents, and those parents have a any video unless the teen is hard-braking or tool that that can use.” swerving. The program saves a 10-20 secFor more information on the device see ond clip which parents can then review. Par- Drivecam.com. BY SEAN RICE (SCG)
Calvert Students Not Required to Watch President
n response to a reported nationwide controversy over President Barack Obama’s proposal to issue a speech directly to school-aged children during school on Sept. 9, Calvert County Public Schools Superintendent Jack Smith decided that no students would be required to watch the address. As of press time, Smith said the speech would be available to high school students during their one-hour lunch, if they chose to watch. “Elementary and middle school students will not have the opportunity to view the speech on Tuesday at school for two reasons. First of all, logistically it is impossible for us to stage the event for all children at the elementary and middle levels … In order to
show the speech to all children, the school day at all 19 middle and elementary schools would have to be significantly altered, including lunch service,” Smith said in a letter to parents on Sept. 4. Smith said a link to the video will be posted on the district’s Web site (www. calvertnet.k12.md.us) after the speech so parents, who choose to, can view it with their children and have discussions about the message. In addition, Smith said school staff would not be using new lesson plan materials provided by the United States Department of Education for any activity before, during, or after the President’s address. There are approximately 16,500 students in Calvert’s public schools. BY SEAN RICE (SCG)
Support CBL With ‘Run for Research’
he Chesapeake Biological Laboratory (CBL) is announcing the second-ever Run for Research 5k, coming up Sunday, Sept. 27. This annual event is an opportunity for members of the community to support CBL. “The 5k provides crucial support both to the research conducted at CBL and for the lab’s students, allowing CBL to continue training and educating scientists in a variety of environmental science fields,” said race organizer Jessica Faux in a press release. “We hope to once again see a lot of our neighbors at the race,” said student Charlotte Shearin, “This is a great opportunity to support CBL’s graduate student research of the Chesapeake Bay.” Registration for the race will begin at 7 a.m. with the 5k run and walk starting at 8 a.m. Following the race there will be an awards ceremony with refresh-
ments provided for all participants. The race organizers encourage everyone to stick around afterward for the Calvert County Waterman’s Festival, which takes place in Solomons later that day. Participants are reminded to register early to guarantee a commemorative race t-shirt. “As part of our commitment to sustainability the race t-shirts are made from 100% organic material. We also encourage participants to bring their old athletic shoes to the race so that they can be recycled into sports surfaces instead of filling up landfills,” noted graduate student Kathleen Marshall. Registration information can be obtained by calling 410-326-7449, e-mailing runforresearch@cbl. umces.edu or by visiting the CBL website at http://
Participants during the first-ever “Run for Research” in 2008 on Solomons Island. The event is happening again this year on Sept. 27.
Celebrate the Patuxent River
elebrate the Patuxent River on the weekend of Oct. 10-11, as Patuxent River Appreciation Days - locally known as PRAD - returns to Solomons. Started in 1978, PRAD is one of the longest running festivals in Southern Maryland with this year promising to be better than ever. On Saturday and Sunday the ‘Green Village’ features scores of non-profit groups that celebrate the river in a wide variety of ways. See exhibits, demonstrations, displays, and educational activities about ‘green’ products, recycling, oyster restoration, native plants, wildlife, restoration efforts, and more. The juried arts and craft fair and local food vendors will be located in the museum’s parking lot. The music stage will host live performances by local musicians including Joe Norris, Patuxent Voices, Joey Tippett and the California Ramblers, Fortune’s Turn, and Some Assembly. Enjoy free boat rides on the Wm. B. Tennison and the Nathan of Dorchester; toy boat building and rowing in the boat basin; and free admission to the Calvert Marine Museum. Across the street there is free parking, pony rides for a nominal fee, and pet adoption opportunities. New this year on Saturday only, the Bounty of the Patuxent will be featured in the Corbin Nature Pavilion. Local wineries will offer wine tasting, locally grown produce from the farmer’s market, and other tasty treats will be available to sample and buy. Sample good food in a café style seating with musical entertainment. The annual PRAD Parade with a one mile route along Solomons Island Road begins on Sunday, October 11 at 2:00 p.m., followed by a concert by the Southern Maryland Concert Band at the museum. This year cash prizes are being offered for the “Best Float” entry. For more information, including a complete schedule of events, visit http://www.pradinc.org
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he Calvert Marine Museum is offering free lectures on different topics during the month of September.
Wednesday, Sept. 16: Richard Dodds, Curator of Maritime History, at the Calvert Marine Museum will present Solomons Island: The Ebb and Flow of Church and Community at 7:00 p.m. in the Calvert Marine Museum auditorium. This is the first of three symposium’s celebrating the 325th Anniversary of Middleham Chapel. Hosted by the Calvert Marine Museum and Middleham and St. Peter’s Parish, this symposium is on the development of Solomons Island and St. Peter’s Chapel. The evening also features the newly published “A History of Middleham and St. Peter’s Parish: Kent Mountford will present “In the Wake of Chesapeake Explorers” on Sept. 26 at Calvert Sharing Our Story 1684 - 2009.” Enjoy light refresh- Dr. Marine Museum, discussing the perils of 17th century exploration of the New World. ments following the presentation. Saturday, Sept. 26: Dr. Kent Mountford will present In the Wake of Chesapeake Explorers at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium on Saturday, September 26. Dr. Mountford, an ecologist, Chesapeake historian, and licensed Captain, sailed the route taken by many 17th century Chesapeake explorers (including John Smith and the Jamestown Adventurers) to the New World. Aboard the five masted full rigged ship, Royal Clipper, Mountford navigated using replica instruments from the late 16th and early 17th century (although electronic instruments were also aboard). He will discuss North African and Canaries archipel-
ago ports of call relevant to the early New World voyages, as well as his attempts to reckon position with relatively crude instruments on a rolling deck. Death aboard the early transAtlantic vessels was a common occurrence and Royal Clipper has her own adventures to relate. All lectures are FREE and open to the public in the museum auditorium. For more information about activities, events, and programs at the Calvert Marine Museum, visit www. calvertmarinemuseum.com .
September in Calvert County By Joyce Baki
alvert County is full of great events in September and there is something for everyone. The Solomons Island Model Boat Club will host the annual 2009 Vintage Model Yacht regatta at the Calvert Marine Museum September 10-13. The Regatta will feature races with models of Skipjacks, Schooners and Vintage-class models. If you have never been to a model sailboat regatta, this is a must see event! For more information visit www.calvertmarinemuseum.org. Celebrate the beauty of the Chesapeake Bay and the natural resources of Calvert County at Flag Ponds Nature Center September 13. The park rangers will have nature displays, crafts and fun activities on the Bay throughout the day and musical performances by Ship’s Company. Vendors will have food available. This free event runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information can be found at their website – www.calvertparks.org. Book lovers will love the Friends of the Library Gently Used Book Sale on September 19. The Calvert County Library in Prince Frederick will have a great selection of used books at low prices and there is a sidewalk sale. The sale runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., but if you want to choose from the best selection – go early! I love quilts, so on September 19 I will be at Waters Memorial Church for their Autum-
nfest Quilt Show. The show runs from noon until 5 p.m. Apples and crafts will be available for sale. Save your appetite – there is a crab cake and chicken dinner available and it is always delicious. (P.S. – My Mom loves the yard sale which starts at 7 a.m.) Jefferson Patterson Park hosts the War of 1812 Reenactment on September 19. Enjoy this living history event with battle reenactments, camp life, historic craft demonstrations and hands-on activities. Food and merchandise is available. That evening join the group at “Patterson’s Pint” for an evening of period music, drink, food and fun. This is an 1812-style Happy Hour, which will have a rare performance by Dramtreeo. Dramtreeo is an acoustic folk group based in Norfolk, VA, that features the traditional music of ordinary people from around the world, reflecting their joys and sorrows, hard work and hard luck, and their high spirits and low humor. Information on both events can be found at www.jefpat.org or call 410-586-8501. Are you a lighthouse aficionado? September 19-20 celebrate Maryland’s 375th birthday and visit some of the most picturesque spots in the state during the 2009 Maryland Lighthouse Challenge. Challenge Lights include: The Chesapeake Lightship, Concord Point, Cove Point, Drum Point, Fort Washington, Hooper Strait, Piney Point, Point Lookout, Seven Foot Knoll and Turkey Point. Visit one or more of these historic lighthouses and receive a com-
memorative souvenir at each. “Meet the Challenge” by visiting all and receive a special completer souvenir to mark your accomplishment! Learn about all of the lighthouses at www.cheslights.org. Recognized as one of the top outdoor arts festivals in the Mid-Atlantic region, Annmarie Garden hosts Artsfest on September 19-20. Artsfest brings together some of the country’s most accomplished artists for a weekend of art, music, food and fine brews. Music and entertainment acts perform continuously throughout the garden. Enjoy a day of “artful” surprises and activities for all ages in the beauty of Annmarie Garden. For information call 410-326-4640 or visit their website www.annmariegarden.org. Future events for your calendar – September 27 the Calvert Watermen’s Association holds their Annual Waterman’s Festival at Waterman’s Dock, Solomons. Activities include a boat docking contest, men’s and women’s anchor toss contest, crab soup cookoff, food and beverage vendors. Calvert County’s long agricultural heritage and history is celebrated each year with an old-fashioned county fair. September 30-October 4, the Calvert County Fair will delight young and old with farm animals, displays of all kinds, demonstrations, and delicious Southern Maryland cooking. Consider entering your handmade items – check their website for more information, www.calvertcountyfair.com.
ub Scout Pack 427 in Lusby, MD will be holding their annual Join Scouting Night on Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 6:30 p.m. Please come by the American Legion in Lusby to join the Scouts! The Cub Scouts is a fun organization geared towards boys ages 6 - 11. We love to camp, race at the Pinewood Derby, and learn new and exciting skills. For more information, please contact Melissa Richardson at 443-624-4304.
Seventh Annual Pet Day 5k
unners and walkers are invited to join the Humane Society of Calvert County (HSCC) for its seventh annual Pet Day 5K Run/ Walk on Sept. 19. Enjoy a mostly level course through scenic Solomons Island beginning at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church. You will enjoy a beautiful view of the Patuxent River and the Chesapeake Bay for the duration of the walk/run. The overall top male and female finishers (runner’s only) will receive $100 in cash. The event is held rain or shine and dogs are welcome at the 3.1-mile run and fun walk. HSCC is looking forward to a growing crowd this year. Last year HSCC raised $17,000 dollars to help continue our mission of rescuing homeless animals that would otherwise have no chance. We are hoping to go over the $20,000 marker this year. We are confident that we can meet our goal with the help of all of our wonderful supporters!. Event t-shirts are available for all pre-registered participants. There will be a jazzercise warmup, refreshments, dog related gifts & presentation of some of HSCC’s adoptable animals. Results from the 2008 race can be obtained here: www.
When: Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009 at 8:30 a.m. Where: Solomons Island Register ONLINE: www.active.com (search for Pet Day 5K)
To The Editor, I want to thank Representative Steny Hoyer for holding the recent Town Hall meeting in Waldorf. It was good of him to meet with the 1500 area citizens. As a health care advocate, I know that our nation’s current health care system does not work well for many people with cancer and other catastrophic illnesses. I urge people to pay attention to the word “reform” in health care reform. We need to reform – revise, fix, repair – this problematic American health care system. The status quo clearly isn’t working, and while there is still room for progress, the bills currently being debated by Congress represent a huge improvement for people fighting cancer. One in four cancer patients have delayed necessary care due to cost, according to a recent poll from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (http://www.acscan.org). Cancer patients are often denied insurance coverage or find that the cost of coverage is far beyond their means. The insurance companies are completely allowed to discriminate based
on your health! In their current form, the bills in Congress will ensure that no one will be denied coverage because of preexisting medical conditions; place an increased emphasis on prevention; and eliminate annual and lifetime caps on benefits. These are enormous steps forward. We must keep these reforms. At the same time, health care reform must provide coverage that is adequate and affordable for people with cancer and other life-threatening chronic diseases. I urge Representative Hoyer along with Senators Mikulski and Cardin to pass legislation that guarantees quality, affordable insurance for all Americans. The status quo is not an option for cancer patients and survivors who are struggling to afford the care they need. We need Congress to stop playing politics and act NOW, not later, to enact comprehensive health care reform. Very Respectfully, Sue Lyddon-Hayes, Volunteer American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
Adults Need to Set Example for Teen Drivers To The Editor,
The faster you drive … the less reaction time you have to brake, the more distance you need to stop, the harder it is to control your vehicle, the harder your impact in a crash, and the greater the chance of serious bodily injury or being killed. It’s one of the “Choose Safety for Life” messages that teens in Maryland’s driver’s education programs have heard through the years, and those concerns have certainly been reinforced by local educators and law enforcement officers. I often meet with parents to discuss Calvert’s young driver initiatives (behind the wheel skills clinics, education programs and enforcement efforts). The concern most frequently expressed by parents is not whether their teen knows the traffic laws or whether they are prepared for changes in road or weather conditions. It’s more often whether their new driver can safely handle prevailing speeds and the aggressive driving behaviors exhibited by other motorists, especially on Md. Route 2/4. The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office conducted an “Opening Day of School” enforcement effort. Although much of the enforcement took place during regular staff scheduling, several roadways near the high schools were
carefully selected for grant-funded overtime enforcement, based on previous citation and crash data. More than 40 citations or warnings were issued and all to adult drivers. Not one teen was pulled over during that morning’s overtime efforts. Calvert County residents were recently requested to participate in the “Monitoring the Future of Maryland” traffic safety survey. The survey ended last week, and a preliminary review of the responses has been completed. Addressing “speed and aggressive driving” behaviors was again listed as residents’ topmost traffic safety priority by 394 of the 550 participants (71%). Ironically in the same survey, 59% of respondents stated that they have driven more than 10 miles over the speed limit in the last month. Members of the Calvert County Traffic Safety Council are reminding all motorists that there are many new drivers traveling to and from the high schools. Let’s all Slow Down, Drive Sober, Buckle Up, and Stay Aware, especially when we know our teenagers are driving to and from school. For additional information on Maryland’s traffic safety programs, please go to www.choosesafetyforlife.com.
Debbie Jennings, Coordinator Calvert County Traffic Safety Council
To The Editor, Between now and Sept. 28 you are likely to hear arguments about a new proposal that the Coastal Conservation Association Maryland (CCA MD) believes will have a drastic negative impact on recreational fishing in the Chesapeake Bay, and, in fact, the numbers of fish available to all Maryland citizens. DNR will hold a public hearing Sept. 28 at 6 p.m. in the Tawes Building to discuss a proposal that would increase the length of gill nets from the current allowable length of 2,400 yards to 3,500 yards. That would be almost a mile of additional nets, bringing the total allowable length to just short of two miles. That’s a 45 percent increase. There is absolutely no rational reason for this increase. There are, however, a number of reasons why this would be bad policy— • Commercial fishermen already easily meet their quota with the existing net length. In fact, in January of this year there was a 108,000 pound overrun in the commercial quota.
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• Gill nets are probably the hardest gear type for NRP to monitor, and NRP officers are already understaffed and overburdened. • Increased gill net fishing will eliminate fishing area for other anglers, including hook and liners and recreationals. These are only a few of the reasons why increasing gill net length should be eliminated from the proposed regulations. CCA MD will stay active in this review, and our membership will be strongly represented at the Sept. 28 hearing. We urge you to investigate the value of and problems with this proposal. You can find out more about the proposed regulations at the DNR website,
http://www.dnr.state.md.us/fisheries/regulations/proposedregulations.html. Lew Armistead, Chair CCA MD
American Idol Sing Off Was a Success To the Editor,
I would like to take this time to thank our friends and our community for their help on our first CJ’s American idol sing off for the American Cancer society, It was a wonderful day and the singers were the best. We hope to plan another event soon.
Due to the kindness of everyone involved we were able to raise $1,812. April and I want to thank each one of you from the bottom of our hearts for showing your support for a Great cause.
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nyone that knows me, knows I love family history. I have collected bits and pieces of history about my family for the last twenty years. It started with a school project that was assigned to my daughter, Erin. Erin was supposed to make a list of family members as far back as possible. Easy? Not as easy as you would think. After several calls to family members, we were able to list parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. The project became a passion for me. How do you begin your family tree? Start with yourself. List everything you can about you, your parents, your grandparents, your siblings. List all milestones – birthdates, anniversaries, date of death - you may have. What records do you have that support this information? Do you have a family Bible where someone has listed family members? Many of us have a “box” somewhere that has old photos, school or military records, certificates, news clippings, marriage certificates, old wills and deeds. Go through these and make a list. Talk with family members. Write down questions you want answered. Ask if you can record the conversation. As you talk with people, if someone gives you information that is different than that told to you by someone else, do not contradict. You do not want to close off future discussions. Ask if they have any records that they would be willing to share. My uncle had done a great deal of research which he shared with me. From his records I learned my great-great grandfather had been in the Civil War, and my close proximity to the National Archives allowed me to research military records from the Civil War to learn more about this man. Keep good records. There are basic forms to help you record your genealogy. A Family Group Sheet (FGS) allows you to list a father, mother and their children; with birth, death and marriage dates, the location of those milestones, and the name of a spouse for the children if they married. Where would you find more information? If your family is from the area,
begin with your local historical society. You will find information on local history and the families that have made an impact on that area. The Calvert County Historical Society is located in Prince Frederick, MD. To find more information on the group visit www. calverthistory.org. Visit your state archives. The Maryland Archives (www.msa.gov.us) is a repository for Maryland records including death certificates, court, probate, land and military records. You will also find a large inventory of local newspapers on microfilm, which gives you local news, obituaries, engagement and marriage announcements. Census records not only help you to locate where your ancestors lived, but yields other important information. A typical record will include the head of household, wife, children, age, sex, where they were born and where their parents were born, if they could read and write, their occupations, and if they owned or rented the land on which they were living. Beware, many people could not read or write, so names could be spelled wrong. And there are many stories of census takers that recorded the information improperly. Church records will have lists of parishioners, baptismal, marriage and burial records. Graveyards will sometimes yield birth and death dates. Families were generally buried within a plot, so look to see who else is nearby. It may be a married daughter, or a grandchild. Keep records of when, where, what and why you were researching and if you found anything or not. Whenever possible, make a copy of the original record. There are many ways to store your information – my favorite is Family Tree Maker, however, you will find lots of great products out there. Find one that you like to use. My family tree now has more than 4200 names. We have traced my mom’s line to the 1500’s to a small town on the border of France and Germany. I still struggle with my dad’s line. His family has been in Calvert County for more than 200 years. Calvert County lost many records in fires that occurred at the courthouse around the turn of the century.
‘Island Guardians’ Provide Splash of Color on Riverwalk
lose to the southern tip of Calvert County parallel to the Solomons Riverwalk, in the middle of a long parking lot, are 15 small islands of gardens providing a splash of color amidst the asphalt. The gardens were established eight years ago under the Solomons Civic Association leadership of Alton Kersey and ever since have been a successful collaboration between the Civic Association, the county government, Calvert Garden Club, Calvert County Master Gardeners and, most notably, a spade-toting core of green-thumbed volunteers, known as “island guardians”. Each spring and fall the Solomons Civic Association (SCA) funds the purchase of flowers, procured through the SCA Garden Club liaison, Joan Kocen. The county Department of Public Works mulches the islands twice year, and also came to the rescue with trees and soil conditioners after Hurricane Isabel’s 2003 salty floodwaters devastated the plots. And then there are the citizen-gardeners. Until this summer when they relocated to Florida, Annie and Richard Rogers not only tended an island themselves but also coordinated the plant purchases and county maintenance. In all, there are 17 island guardians that tend the 15 islands with the tasks of planting and transplanting, deadheading and pruning, hauling water in dry periods, removing the occasional litter, and, of course, weeding. Impressively, about half of the current guardians have been weeding one or two plots since their start in 2001. What keeps these guardians devoted? “Several people walking by will stop and let us know that they enjoy having the blooming
flowers amid the asphalt and wonder how many people do the maintenance...we let them know its a real commitment by many to keep our community looking nice, putting our best foot forward so to speak,” said Lin Gauchat, one of the original volunteers who now partners with her mother Doris Harris. Whether it’s the supportive comments of passersby or just a love of working the soil, some island guardians are looking for more local gardening projects. Three of the seventeen island guardians have become certified Master Gardeners through training with the Calvert County Extension Office and other community gardening activities. On two of the fifteen islands, among the crepe myrtles, black-eyed Susans, geraniums and lirope, are dedications to other public servants. The clock tower island honors the Solomons Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad and the island with a red buoy contains a memorial to the local Coast Guard patrol. Near the Coast Guard memorial is a display of edible landscaping in the island gardens: a volunteer tomato plant from homegrown compost has flourished and is bearing the familiar summer fruit. If you or a group you know would like to adopt an island or partner with a current guardian, call Lin Gauchat at 410-326-2022 or Jean McDougall at 410-326-0321. If you would like more information on the Calvert County Master Gardener Program, call Herb Reed in the County Extension office at 410-535-3662. The Solomons Civic Association meets quarterly; the next meeting is Monday evening, October 13th at the Calvert Marine Museum. The current tree island guardians are Bob Priddy, Lin Gauchat, center, Doris Harris, left, Jimmy Langley, Al Kersey, Jean McDougall, Carole Purcell, Althea Fejes, Kay McClellan, right, Joan Kobrinski, Shirley and David Butler, Anita and Jim Shepherd, Karen and Jack Norton, and Mary and Ed Bahniuk.
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squadâ€™s main fundraising arm, but it also has grown to become a bona fide concert venue for some of the nationâ€™s biggest performers. The departmentâ€™s roadside venue, renamed this year the Bayside Toyota Pavilion, hosted the Charlie Daniels Band for its inaugural show. In the years since, the venue continues to keep up the act of attracting the biggest names in country and rock and roll. Montgomery Gentry was there this season, Phil Vassar and Little Big Town played on Aug. 29, and to finish off the season, Alan Jackson is coming Sept. 20. For Phil Vassarâ€™s show, there was a worry about the weather as rain threatened all day. The rain did not arrive until Phil Vassar took the stage, but it only lasted about 20 minutes, and that did not stop the crowd from
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WASHINGTON - The place to find a job in today’s lagging economy is the federal government, according to the Partnership for Public Service. Between baby boomer retirements and new government initiatives, roughly 273,000 jobs are projected to become available within the next three years, a 40 percent increase over predictions made just three years ago, the organization said in a news conference. While federal vacancies exist nationwide, Maryland is likely to benefit from federal hiring. Nearly 14 percent of federal positions are in Washington, D.C., or suburban Maryland. “While much of the economy is still pretty turbulent, what we learned is there is a lot of solid opportunity, by contrast with the federal government,” said Rick Hearin, who directs the University of Maryland, College Park Career Center. “This is like the sun shining on an otherwise dark day.” Federal agencies competing for qualified workers plan to use President Obama’s focus on national service to compete with the private sector. “We have a talent market that has, by and large, at least in recent times, not seen government service as part of public service, but that is changing,” said Max Stier, partnership president and CEO. “We have a president that has made it a priority to make government cool again.” While government employment is not typically on recent graduates’ radar screen, the turbulent economy may force them to reconsider, Hearin said. “Given the fact that so many organizations and employers in the private sector are pulling back (at) the same time federal government is expanding, in terms of opportunity, it will become part of the campus culture,” Hearin said. “It may be just as cool to work for the Department of Homeland Security or Department of Treasury as it is for Microsoft or Google. That’s a long row to hoe, but it’s doable.” According to Jeff Neal, chief human capital officer of the Department of Homeland Security, unless the federal government changes its hiring process, they may have a difficult time filling all the critical positions. “Most people find that our hiring process is sometimes a barrier to getting people into the federal government and filling our jobs,” Neal said. “We need to
do a lot to streamline the process.” Hearin has observed the difficulties of the federal hiring process as well. “The application process is so daunting that applicants that are otherwise are well qualified get discouraged and conclude falsely that they’re not attractive candidates,” Hearin said. Even with all the new hiring, the national work force will still be smaller than it was in 1967, according to projections. “It’s important to note that while there has been considerable growth in mission-critical jobs, the government is not growing significantly in historical terms,” said Stier. Many of the new hires, according to Stier, will fill positions that previously went to contractors. - BY DAVID JOHNSON (CAPITAL NEWS SERVICE)
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Charles William Emerson, 85, of Sunderland, Md., passed away on Aug. 18, 2009, at his residence. He was born July 8, 1924, in Paris, Md., to the late Mason Emerson and Priscilla Gray Emerson. Charles was the youngest of seven children, all of whom preceded him in death. He was educated in Calvert County schools, attending the old Paris and Mt. Hope schools. He left school to work at a very early age, receiving only a fourthgrade education, proving to his descendants that there are no excuses and proving that God can do all things but fail. He spent his entire adult life working in the construction field, mastering the skill of carpentry and working in several other roles such as masonry and concrete. He was employed by various construction companies throughout the
years including Have Hill, Howard Woodingham, Inc., and Ralph Decker from which he retired at the age of 62. Charles was a very hard worker and spent more than 60 years of his life doing just that. Even after his retirement he continued to work every day. He worked around the homes of several of his children, friends and other family members. He also assisted his children and friends with various jobs and work that they may have had. He enjoyed being with his family and close friends. Family time was very important; he ate every dinner at the head of the table with his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed building things. He built picnic tables for his family, friends and churches for their summer events, working in the yard raking, gardening and cutting grass. While he was working, you would often hear him humming a tune or whistling, “I’m A Girl Watcher.” On any given weekend you would find him on the hill with the boys working on vehicles or just enjoying time sitting on the porch. In earlier years he also enjoyed attending the area baseball games, attending wrestling events when in town, attending the tractor pulls and county fairs. Charles liked to watch his favorite baseball team the Orioles on TV, and he looked forward to his family ordering his favorites wrestling and boxing of Pay-PerView. In his later years you could expect to see him on any given morning at the Dash In, Owings, Md., for coffee or the Fastop in Chesapeake Beach.
He also spent mornings at the local Thrift shop where he made many friends. Charles was affectionately known by his loved ones as “Pops.” Pops will be deeply missed. He leaves us with many memories and values. He leaves the legacy of hard work, family togetherness, and honesty even when it hurts. He leaves to cherish his memories and continue his legacy, devoted partner of more than 50 years, Edythe Chew (Emerson); 14 children, Tenney Chew, Jr., Elizabeth Tasker, Robert Coates, John Coates (Jackie), Charles Brown, Jerome Brown (Barbara), Faye Logan (Raymond), Regina Emerson, Rachel Tyler (Charles), Colvin Emerson (Sherry), Michael Emerson (Dorothy), Cassandra Watkins (Calvin), Anthony Emerson (Juanita), Terri Lee (Charles); 47 grandchildren, 67 greatgrandchildren, 35 great-great grandchildren, one sister-inlaw Nina Reid, one brotherin-law Webster Reid, nephew Tyrone Pettiford, nieces Margaret Baker, Deltha Royal, Laverne Watkins, and a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by three children Audrey Chew, George Chew and Gregory Ellis, two granddaughters Cheryl Spriggs and Kathy Hall. Funeral service was held Monday, Aug. 24, 2009, at 11 a.m. at Ward’s Memorial UM Church, Owings, Md., with Rev. Joan Jones officiating. The interment was at Ernestine Jones Cemetery, Chesapeake Beach, Md. The pallbearers were Robert Coates, Jr., Brian Jones,
Raymond Logan, Jr., Lydell Tyler, Wade Tyler, Jr. and Calvin Watkins, Jr. Funeral arrangements provided by Sewell Funeral Home, Prince Frederick, Md.
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ed Methodist Church, United Methodist Youth Fellowship, Attn. Dave Showalter, 11000 H. G. Trueman Road, Lusby, MD 20657. Services and interment were private. Arrangements were handled by the Rausch Funeral Home, P. A., 20 American Lane, Lusby, MD 20657.
Grace Calhoun Horton, 88 Grace Calhoun Horton, 88, of Solomons, Md., died of respiratory failure Aug. 28 in Washington, D.C. She was born July 12, 1921, in Selma, Ala., to Otis
Ronald Douglas Elliott, Jr., 29, died on Aug. 17, 2009, in Lusby, Md. He was born in Baltimore, Md., on Sept. 3, 1979. Ronnie was raised in Calvert County by his parents Cynthia Vakoutis, Ronald Douglas Elliott Sr., Nila Elliott and Lawrence J. Bowman. His siblings were Brandi Taeschner, Ashley Elliott and Alyvia Elliott. He graduated from Calvert High School in 1998 with many of his local friends. Ronnie will be greatly missed but is now free. Should friends desire, contributions may be made in his memory to St. Paul Unit-
Vaughn Calhoun and Mary Byrne Calhoun. She graduated in 1943 from Huntingdon College, Montgomery, Ala., where she was president of her senior class. After working in the field of child welfare from 1943-46, she pursued a master’s degree in social work at the University of Chicago. She was married to John Ryder Horton in June 1947.
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After he joined the Central Intelligence Agency, she accompanied him to posts in the Philippines, Japan, Hong Kong, Uruguay and Mexico. Three of their four children were born overseas. While in Hong Kong, she worked with the International Social Service in helping refugees from China, primarily abandoned and orphan children, find homes in America. It was during that work that she met the late Mabel Ingalls, who at the time owned the Sotterley Plantation in Hollywood, Md. Her friendship with Mrs. Ingalls led to the family being invited to spend time at Sotterley, beginning in 1962. In 1975, on Mr. Horton’s retirement from the CIA, Mrs. Ingalls generously made available to the Hortons land near Sotterley, on which Mr. Horton built a house overlooking the Patuxent River. The Hortons named their place Cornwaleys Fresh and lived there for the next 25 years. While living near Sotterley, Mrs. Horton led and participated in a wide variety of community activities. She served on the Sotterley Foundation board of trustees, including a term as a vice-president. She was a charter member of the League of Women Voters chapter for St. Mary’s County, serving two terms as president. She was among the founders of the Healthshare agency, which assists low-income people in meeting health care needs not funded by Medicare or Medicaid. She served on the St. Mary’s County human relations committee, which focuses on discrimination claims and issues, as well as on the county’s affordable housing commission. She helped the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by translating information sent in Spanish from Central America regarding banded birds. She was an ardent and lifelong Democrat, and a long-time member of the Women’s National Democratic Club. Throughout her life Mrs. Horton read widely and occasionally took college courses, most recently at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. After she and her husband moved to the Asbury Solomons Island retirement community in 2000, they led the effort to arrange for courses taught by St. Mary’s College faculty to be
offered at Asbury Solomons. In recognition of their leadership, St. Mary’s College designated its program of community courses as the Grace and John Horton Explorations in Learning Program. She maintained her interest in world events to virtually the end of her life, most recently through her involvement in the Episcopal Church’’s Millennium Development Goals program. She and her husband attended Patuxent Presbyterian Church while living at Sotterley, and attended St. Peter’s Chapel after moving to Solomons. Her husband, John R. Horton, died in 2007. She leaves four children, Andrew M. Horton of Falmouth, Maine, Mary C. Horton of Washington, D.C., David R. Horton of St. Johnsbury, Vt., and Jane B. Horton of Decatur, Ga., and seven grandchildren, as well as a sister, Margaret McIlwain of North Carolina; a sister-inlaw, Jane Cabanyes of Madrid, Spain, and many nephews and nieces. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Middleham Chapel, 10210 H.G. Trueman Rd., Lusby, Md. In lieu of f lowers, the family suggests a donation to the St. Mary’s College Foundation, designated for the Grace and John Horton Explorations in Learning Program, at the following address: Office of Lifelong Learning, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, 18952 E. Fisher Road., St. Mary’s City, MD 20686-3001. Arrangements provided by Rausch Funeral Home, P.A., Lusby, Md.
Sammie M. Sheppard, 90 Sammie M. Sheppard, 90, of Huntingtown, Md., passed away on Aug.t 12, 2009 at the Calvert County Nursing Center, Prince Frederick, Md. She was born Feb. 11, 1919 in Empire, Ala. She was preceded in death by her husband Alfred James and her parents, Albert Adams and Lucille Terry Adams. She graduated from Dunbar High School in Fairmont, W. Va. She was a member and Sunday school teacher at Leckrone Baptist Church. She moved to Washington,
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D.C., and retired from the U.S. Treasury Department after many dedicated years of service. Working at the Treasury Department gave her an opportunity to meet many celebrities and presidents. She met Queen Elizabeth and was thrilled to wave at Pope John Paul II. She traveled to many cities in the U.S. and visited Paris, Rome and London accompanied by her sister Amy. She enjoyed sharing her beautiful view of her apartment in Georgetown of the Watergate Hotel and the Kennedy Center. She was a member of the Isle of Patmos Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., where she sang in the senior choir. She was a great orator known for reciting Shakespeare. She enjoyed playing the piano as well as the organ. She was a very quiet, beautiful and gentle person. She was also a wonderful mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and a fair mother-in-law. She is survived by her daughters Brenda Coleman and Lucille Robinson (Jimmie); sons Alfred Sheppard and Leon Sheppard. She was preceded in death by her son George. She is also survived by her grandsons, Caldwell Coleman Jr.(Eartha), Gregory Coleman (Marsha), great grandchildren, Ian and Madison Coleman, two sisters, Rose Brown-Asbury, Amy Palmer and one brother, James Jenkins (Gerri). She is also survived by a host of other loving family and friends. Funeral service was held on Monday, Aug. 17, 2009, at 6 p.m. at Sewell Funeral Home, Prince Frederick, Md. The interment was at Greendale Cemetery, Masontown, Pa.
Pekolia Wesley, 47, of Capitol Heights, Md., passed away on Aug. 11, 2009, at Southern Maryland Hospital, Clinton, Md. She was born June 8, 1962, in Calvert County, Md., to the late William V. and Julia R. Wesley. She was a graduate of Northern High School. She later was employed at the Library of Congress located in Wash-
ington, D.C. She was a devoted
worker for 18 years at the Library. Pekolia was a loving person, who liked to help others, always had a great smile and liked to laugh and have fun. A few months prior to her death she opened her heart to the Lord and accepted Him as her Lord and Savior. Memories of her will be cherished by her fiancé Allen Cooke; brothers, Langston Q. Watts and William Wesley; sister Lilly V. Parran; sisters-inlaw, Jacqueline Watts; uncles, Bishop Robert D. Watts, Norman Gray and Narval Jones, Jr.; nieces, Kimberly Wesley, Vanessa Watts, Lakeka Wesley-Brice; nephews, Langston Watts, Jr. Lenwood Watts, William Wesley III and Lambert Watts. She also leaves a host of cousins and friends. Funeral service was held on Monday, Aug. 17, 2009, at 11 a.m. at Sewell Funeral Home, Prince Frederick, Md., with Rev. Lillian Gray officiating. The interment was at Mt. Hope UM Church Cemetery, Sunderland, Md. The pallbearers were Lambert Watts, Chandell Dargin, McKinley Hill, Maurell Cooke, Arden Cooke and Pontell Beverly. The honorary pallbearers were Roddre Bird, Sean Smith and Anthony Barns. Funeral arrangements provided by Sewell Funeral Home, Prince Frederick, Md.
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Margaritaville Regular Plays Solomons Island By Sandra Leitner
or the second year in a row, Scott Kirby played to a sold out crowd at Southern Maryland Sailing Association (SMSA) on Solomons Island in late August. Ninety-nine folks got to hear songs from his new CD “Row Me Home” as well as some old favorites about all things nautical...beaches, sailing and harbor towns. Having Kirby play at SMSA wouldn’t have been possible without all the club volunteers behind the scenes making sure that the event went smoothly. Many Kirby fans are sailors and some came from as far away as Leesburg, VA and north of Baltimore. “We put this concert on for two reasons,” said SMSA publicity chair, Tim Flaherty. “One was to give our members something fun to do at their clubhouse. The second was an attempt to attract potential new members to SMSA.” Local businesses donated raffle and door prizes. Catamarans Restaurant provided a $75 gift certificate. Isaac’s provided a $50 gift card. Woodburn’s Gourmet Market provided a gourmet gift basket worth $35. West Marine in Solomons donated an Igloo cooler worth about $35. Solomons Pier, Four Winds Café (at Calvert Marina), Zahniser’s Pool Bar, and Solomons newcomer The Ruddy Duck Brew Pub (top of Dowell Rd.) provided $25 gift certificates. The Captain’s Table Restaurant gave us a $20 gift. Beer distributors Bob Hall Distributing, Bozick Distributors and Buck Distributing provided a variety of raffle and giveaway items like coolers, beach games, shirts, hats, leis, flip flops and beads. Verizon contributed high-quality tote bags, carry-on luggage and umbrellas valued at more than $150. The learn more about Scott Kirby and his type of music visit www.scottkirby.com. Summer has flown by and the racing season is drawing to a close. We have a few more weeknight and weekend races left. The racing may be over all too soon, but SMSA still remains active year round. The club continues to have Friday night socials at the SMSA clubhouse and welcomes visitors who are interested in what our club has to offer. There are workshops available and cruises are planned. Visit our web site www.smsa.com for race results and upcoming social events. We hope to see you out on the water or at the clubhouse soon.
An Evening of Flounder, Stripes and Blues By Capt. Sonney Forrest
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Lauren Mooney is carried off the field by Assistant Coach Gordie Jones after she scored a goal Sept. 4 during the Patuxent Girls soccer team opening game against Great Mills High School. Coach Charles Grubby, right, said Mooney injured her knee and left the game to see a doctor. The team defeated Great Mills 2-0, with the second goal being score by Lindsay Lane. Photo by Sean Rice
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he Panthers hit the road to start their season at Lackey High School. Patuxent came out strong dominating the line of scrimmage and taking a 13 to nothing lead nearing halftime on two long plays, the first an 85 yard touchdown run by Frank Taitano and a 65 yard reception for a touchdown from Ed Massengill to Tyler Austin. After a short quarterback keeper for a score by Lackey QB Brandon Pickeral, the Patuxent defense got a safety to take a 15-6 lead into halftime. Taiano struck again early in the third quarter with a 70 yard touchdown run giving the Panthers a 21-6 lead.
It was a dominant performance by Taitano and the offensive line as he finished the game with 262 yards and 2 touchdowns on 25 carries. Late in the third quarter Lackey started their comeback with a 60 yard punt return by Chesley. In the 4th quarter, Pickeral had another short TD run tying the score at 21. Both teams battled until the final few minutes when James Bowman recovered a fumble and returned it 45 yards to complete the comeback victory for Lackey. Patuxent will have their first home game tomorrow, September 11, against the Leonardtown Raiders, who lost their first game 26 -20 to Calvert. BY JOHN HUNT (SCG)
ith dog days of August came the start of high school football in Southern Maryland. The official “first day of tryouts” was Saturday Aug. 15, and throughout the area, there was new hope and excitement for productive seasons for the area teams including the Patuxent Panthers. Even though it has been a mild summer, temperatures reached the mid 90’s with high humidity. But, that did not dampen the spirit of the many teens that came out for the first days of practice in full gear. Many of these players are nearing the ends of their football days, which started on the county pigskin teams including the Solomons Steelers and SYB. According to the coaching staff at Patuxent High School, there were “over 100 players” in attendance for the first day of practice with a number of them in good shape after attending summer conditioning and 7 on 7 passing camps throughout the summer. The Panthers began their regular season at Lackey on Friday Sept. 4. The big county rivalry game against Calvert will be
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Darwin, Science, and Society Symposium at Calvert Marine Museum: Speakers will talk about how the work of Charles Darwin has influenced both scientific and religious thinking. Lectures include Evolution and Original Sin: The ‘Problem of Evil’ Solved by Dr. Daryl P. Domning; The Structure of the Universe through the Eyes of the Bible by Dr. Stephen J. Godfrey; and Questions in Genesis: Creationism and Biblical Interpretation by Rev. Dr. Christopher R. Smith. Admission is FREE in the museum auditorium at 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 17 Book Discussion: All of Maryland is reading “Song Yet Sung” by James McBride. This exceptional book by the best-selling author is a story of slavery on the Eastern Shore of MD, and also a tale of freedom, hope, redemption, and identity, with a generous dose of commentary on modern American society. Let’s talk about it! 2:00-3:30pm. Calvert Library, Southern Branch, 20 Appeal Way, Lusby, MD 410-326-5289.
Friday, Sept. 18 – Sunday, Oct. 4
The Newtowne Players Presents “Harvey”: The Newtowne Players at Three Notch Theater in Lexington Park present Mary Chase’s Pulitzer prize-winning play about Elwood P. Dowd, a polite and cheerful eccentric whose best friend is an invisible 6-foottall rabbit named Harvey. His sister and her daughter try to have Elwood committed to the local sanitarium, where the behavior of the prominent psychologist and his staff raises the age-old question of who is more dangerous to society - the easygoing dreamer with a vivid imagination or the people who want him to conform to the accepted version of reality? Admission: $15 adults, $12 senior/student/military, $10 for groups of 10 or more. For show times and reservations call 301737-5447 or go to http://boxoffice. newtowneplayers.org/.
Saturday, Sept. 19 War of 1812 Reenactment at Jefferson Patterson Park: Featur-
ing live battle reenactments, living history presentations, handson activities, live entertainment, food, local vendors and more. Admission: $3 per person, $10 per car, free for friends of JPPM. For more information call 410586-8501 or go to www.jefpat. org.
Saturday, Sept. 19 – Sunday, Sept. 20 Maryland Lighthouse Challenge: Discover a piece of Maryland’s maritime history and see how many Chesapeake Bay lighthouses you can visit in one weekend. For complete information, visit www.cheslights.org/challenge.htm. Don’t miss the custom Lighthouse Challenge socks in the Calvert Marine Museum Store.
Saturday, Sept. 19 – Sunday, Sept. 20 Artsfest’ 09: Annmarie Garden will host Artsfest 2009, an annual juried art show recognized as one of the top outdoor
arts festivals in the Mid-Atlantic region, bringing together some of the country’s most accomplished artists for a weekend of art, music, food, and fine brews at the beautiful garden. Music and entertainment acts will perform continuously throughout the garden and an outstanding array of food and drink for every palate will be available. The event will be held on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adults $5, AMG members and children 12 and under admitted for free. For more information go to www.annmariegarden.org/Events/Artsfest/.
Wednesday, Sept. 23 Little Minnows: Wetland Detective at Calvert Marine Museum. Walking through the marsh, children will look for the clues about the animals that live there. Using a magnifying glass, binoculars, and other tools, we will become wetland detectives. 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The fee is $4 for members, $5 for nonmembers. Space is limited and pre-registration suggested. Call 410-326-2042 ext. 41.
Sunday, Sept. 20
Saturday, Sept. 26
Point Farm House and Garden Tour at Jefferson Patterson Park: At 2 p.m. take a guided tour of Point farm, estate home and retreat of the late Mr. & Mrs. Jefferson Patterson. Built in 1932, this Colonial Revival brick house was designed by noted female architect Gertrude Sawyer. The gardens are being faithfully restored based on the original plans by landscape architect Rose Greely. $10 per person, $8 seniors 55 and over. Reservations required. Call 410-586-8501 or email jppm@mdp. state.md.us.
Fossil Field Experience at Calvert Marine Museum: Become a fossil hunter with the museum’s Fossil Field Experience from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Learn about the prehistoric past of this region, explore a local beach for fossils with a museum interpreter, and learn how to find and identify fossils. Space is limited and pre-registration required. Children must be eight years or older to participate. Cost is $20 per person. Call 410326-2042 ext. 41.
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Getting Deep in the Shallow End
Steve Nelson, Jo
t takes a fair amount of digging to find a local “There have been multiple lineup changes. I don’t band that performs (mostly) original material. want to go through all the names, there’s too many,” said (It’s not that they don’t exist, mind you, but this Steve, laughing. “I think we had different opinions on the reviewer has noticed they tend to favor the Baltimore way the band was going. I still believed in the music, they circuit.) And it takes even more digging to didn’t, so I kept it going.” ShallowDeep. e r a z find bands that have cut an album and s Frant Despite the turnover, the band has i enjoy radio play without a label be- Chr met with a great deal of success in a nd hind them. relatively short period of time, earnSuch creatures are rare in ing recognition as 98 Rock’s band Southern Maryland, where of the month for April 2009 and the local bar and nightclub gaining several track-of-the-day scene tends to rely on cover accolades from GarageBand. bands who perform stancom. dard sing-along favorites The band’s 2006 album, (Georgia Satellites, any“Ammunition”, boasts a polone?). Though the rock ished sound and professional cover formula works well quality, as does the members’ (especially for club owners), stage act, but it may be hard to to actually run into a group pinpoint their influences since that writes and arranges their there seem to be so many. own material, while still prolif“I’m a huge fan of Incubus and erating in the area’s nightlife, is Elton John,” said Steve, while guitartoo rare not to notice. ist Chris Frantz listed a mishmash of ll Shie favorites like Pearl Jam, Depeche Mode, But that may be why Lexington Photo by Andrea Park-based ShallowDeep generates so much Fugazi, Alice in Chains, Nine Inch Nails and the buzz. Pixies. Bassist and lead vocalist Steve Nelson, 31, started Drummer Joe Barrick, who has been splitting his the band in 2005 but said that personality conflicts had duties as the drummer for HydraFX to join ShallowDeep led to several changes over the years, the most recent one onstage for the last couple of weeks, couldn’t help but lavhappening when the band’s drummer (who shall remain ish his praises on Pantera’s Vinnie Paul, which he listed as nameless) quit unexpectedly right before a performance one of his primary influences, though he also brings with in Baltimore. him a love for party bands like Sublime and 311. And although one can hear traces of all of the aforementioned bands in their set, the material still manages to distinguish itself. Of course a recent Saturday afternoon offered little more than a scant sampling of ShallowDeep’s talents, where the trio were slated to headline the Wounded Warrior benefit at the St. Mary’s County Elks Lodge off of Chancellor’s Run Road.
As heavy rains pummeled the ground, soaking their feet and causing cancellations, they eventually settled on doing an impromptu opening set for D.C. darlings the Lloyd Dobler Effect, who were playing at Hula’s Bungalow in California later that night. After arriving they swept past numerous fans as they took the stage, stopping to greet many of them by name. Due to their approachable, almost amiable nature, it may be safest to say that this trio can turn on the charm, but they can also turn up the amps as well. And even though they’re not sticking with standard covers (the only cover they performed was a loud and inventive version of Michael Jackson’s “Billy Jean”), the stuff stays with you. ShallowDeep’s next big date will be at the Recher Theatre in Towson, at 8 p.m. Sept. 12. For more information on the band, including mp3s and performance schedules, go to www.myspace.com/ shallowdeep. BY ANDREA SHIELL (CT)
Photo by Andrea Shiell Photo by Andrea Shiell
Steve Nelson Joe Barrick
Photo by Andrea Shiell